Newsletter No. 5, May 24, 2010
|Week Six – 24th May to 28th May
Late Start – First Bell 100am
Manu Korero – Hato Petera
Manu Korero – Hato Petera
Week Seven – 31st May to 3rd June (short week)
Yr 11 Exam Day (Te Reo, Science, Maths, Geo)
Late Start – First Bell 10.00am
Yr 12 Media Edit Day
Yr 12 Media Edit Day
Trash to Fash – lunchtime
Yr 12 Media Edit Day
Trash to Fash – lunchtime
Week Eight – Mid Term Break
Friday 04 to Tuesday 08 June inclusive
Science Yr 9 Astrodome
Science Yr 9 Astrodome
HPV Dose # 2
Junior Reports – online booking opened
Week Nine – 14th June to 18th June
Late Start – First Bell 10.00am
Level 3 Music Performance Evening @ 6pm
Geo & Sci exams Yr 12 & 13
Geo & Sci exams Yr 12 & 13
Student Abuse of Social Networking Sites
At last week’s assembly I have drawn the attention of students to the unacceptability and danger involved in posting offensive messages about others on sites such as Facebook. Recently, there have been instances when students have written extremely offensive comments about teachers on Facebook pages and then later discovered that there has been public access to these statements. The most recent case has resulted in a stand-down.
I have warned students that such abusive or defamatory messages are likely to result in police intervention.
In these matters students are well advised to exercise extreme care about their privacy settings. Unlike other websites where the norm is to ask users to opt in to allow private details to be exposed or shared, Facebook requires users to opt out, meaning that you need to explicitly deny Facebook the right to broadcast your messages.
Currently, WSC is planning staff professional development for later this term to ensure that we are in a well informed position to further develop our cybersafety policy and procedures and to put in place educational programmes which address the issue of raising student awareness.
Parent Access to Classrooms
Please note that all visitors to the school including parents are requested to register their arrival at the school office. It is not permissible to enter classrooms during lessons unannounced and without a prior arrangement. WSC does welcome parent visits to the school, but it is necessary to make contact beforehand so that we can organize an appointment and assign the most appropriate staff member to attend to your wishes.
School-Based Physiotherapy Service
Negotiations are well advanced for the establishment of a free physiotherapy service at WSC’s Waiora Health Centre for a half day on each day of the week from Monday to Friday. All students accessing the service will need to be referred by the school nurse, Margaret Meyer, who will determine eligibility for Accident Compensation Commission coverage of costs.
A recent incident when a student walked onto the tram line and was knocked down from behind by the tram serves as a warning to students. Fortunately, this event did not result in any significant injury to the girl concerned who was suffering from a hearing problem at the time. However, there remains the apprehension that students may put themselves at risk by failing to take due care, for example, if listening to an ipod.
I have been impressed with the responsible manner in which the MOTAT management team has responded to the incident. We have renewed an agreement between WSC and MOTAT that the trams will not run from 8.25-8.50 in the morning nor in the afternoon between 3.15 and 3.35pm.
Year 11 Exam Day: Monday, 31 May
A reminder about the Year 11 examinations on Monday, 31 May. Check the 3 May newsletter for details.
Mid-Term Break: Queen’s Birthday Weekend, 4-8 June
Another reminder that school finishes for the week on Thursday, 3 June, and resumes on Wednesday, 9 June.
Greetings from the Art Department
We have had a very pleasing start to the year with the inclusion of the new curriculum and focus on the Key Competencies within the Junior programmes. Congratulations to the recipients of Principal certificates awarded to a number of outstanding students from Term 1. A presentation of Year 9 expressive portrait paintings and woodcut prints will displayed in the school library for the remainder of term two.
The collective energies of the four Level 1 Art classes has resulted in a creative buzz of activity as they have just completed the first of two internal standards responding to the theme of ‘Journeys’. Students are currently focussed on developing and extending their ideas through printmaking.
Level 2 and 3 are also well under way in Photography, Design and Painting. All senior students are reminded that the Art rooms are available for some teacher directed and independent working during lunchtimes in consultation with the teacher in charge. ‘Managing Self‘ is not only a Key Competency, but is seminal to the students ability to perform at the higher levels of achievement. This is particularly important with the large number of timetabled classes, students who take two or more practical subjects and Y13 students who are considering the Scholarship option for Level 3.
Lastly, a selection of outstanding Art works from Western Springs College will be part of the Local Schools Art Festival at Pasadena Intermediate School. Participating students will be notified shortly and their families will receive invitations to the opening in June.
Recent artwork by Y10 student AMY MATTHEWS.
This was Amy's final painting in the Rosenquist-inspired Pop Art Unit completed last term.
Hello, I am Kay Wallace, a new careers counsellor and I am now assisting in the delivery of career education to all levels of the school, in combination with my HOD ESOL job which I continue to hold at Western Springs College.
Nowadays, career planning considers changing life roles which are accompanied by a review of personal circumstances, often resulting in a change in work values. My own personal career story in the last decade shows a phenomenon that is all too common, particularly for women. I was employed at WSC originally as an Assistant Principal in 1998 and held this position until 2001 when I resigned to take up a new role as full-time parent of my two sons. As a mother, I found it quite compelling to be the primary caregiver for the first few years. During that time, I did some intermittent relief teaching while continuing studies in my Certificate in Teaching English to Adults (CELTA) and Certificate in Career Counselling at AUT. Both of these post-graduate courses enabled an easier transition back to the world of full-time work in 2008, and now my partner is the primary caregiver.
Reviewing one’s life priorities is an ongoing process that many of us can expect to repeat many times in life, whether it is triggered by a change in the job market, financial position, health, family responsibilities such as caring for aging parents or simply leaving school and getting older. Most relevant to students is the transition from school to the world of work or tertiary study which can result in a review of present and past roles. Many WSC students have other roles including as members of their families, sport teams, churches and even part-time workers and these are all important and add to self-knowledge and career maturity. The outcome of this transitional phase can be exciting. However, with over 20,000 jobs to consider (although these can be simplified into 20 broad categories) and so many training courses, decision-making can be paralysing, depending on how you are placed to handle these life changes. Firstly, it is a really useful exercise for students to reflect on the areas/subjects that they enjoy the most. Secondly, it is important to think deeply about values and what really motivates you. Further discussion or one-to-one counselling can assist with this process. Looking at the careers website, www.careers.govt.nz is also an excellent tool. (see below).
Career education is about developing each student’s career management skills (through self-awareness, being aware of opportunities, making appropriate decisions, planning and taking action). Given the ever-changing work environment and the need for flexibility in terms of career, students should be prepared for the current work situation but also be ready for life-long learning and career changes. Information they are given needs to be accurate and up-to-date. Students need to be able to explore all factors relevant to career decisions so they can make immediate decisions and also develop life-long skills. Career education and guidance is not about preparing students to make the “right occupational choice”; it is about “equipping people with the competencies (skills, knowledge and attitudes) to make career choices throughout their lives”.
What can Senior Students do now to help with their decision-making?
Here are some instructions for Senior Students to help with the transition to training or work.
How to Investigate Possible Jobs/ Areas of Work based on Student Interest
Students register and login with their own username and password (this is not affiliated to school website) www.careers.govt.nz This is a great website. But it is only a start.
This NZ Careers Services programme is called “Career Quest” and has just been updated.
1/ Click on “Plan your career” then scroll down the page
2/ Click on “Interactive tools”
3/ Click on “Job Matching tools “
4/ Click on “Career Quest”
5/ Enter “My Career Space”. Use login
6/ Hint-Answer the 78 questions about your interests – for better results it is best to try to give fairly extreme answers e.g. ‘don’t like’ rather than’ neutral’. You can repeat it when you are feeling differently.
7/ The Career Quest programme produces a list of possible areas of interest and jobs. Filters can then be applied (on right side of page) to exclude classes of jobs or to exclude jobs requiring higher education.
To follow up from your job list and answers to your own questions, you can:
• research the careers website further on “Get Job Info” which gives up to date information on entry requirements, job outlook, real life stories about people who do this job, pay, related jobs, job vacancies... for just about any sort of job you can imagine.
• talk talk talk talk talk (and listen listen listen listen) to your parents, friends, subject teachers, deans, anyone your parents know who does that job. Experts say talk to eight people who do that job before deciding because it is easy to be influenced by, for example, a person’s personality. Avoid stereotypes in jobs; some accountants do a lot of relationship building with clients (i.e. people work).
• Look up current job vacancies on Seek or the NZ Herald website. Research more about other related jobs on the website
• Talk to a careers counsellor
• Come in to discuss issues. You could benefit from talking to a careers counsellor, Margaret Ruland or Kay Wallace at the Waiora Office.
• Please text or call the WSC Careers line 0226773284 to arrange a time.
This term the sports leaders have organised a sporting achievement book that recognises the sporting achievements of our athletes outside of school. Each assembly we will read out some of these sporting achievements, while all achievements will be recognised in the newsletter. If you know of a classmate or friend who has excelled, please let Morgan, Kate, Maddy or one of the PE teachers know.
Congratulations to the following students.
Renata Gottgtroy and Kate Livingston are travelling to the Junior Worlds for inline hockey.
Ariia Tainui made the NZ U19 touch team.
Casey Nukunuku, Steven Rogerson and Richard Clarke made the NZ U15 Softball team.
Amelia Brown, Kate Livingston and Brenna Magee-Watling made the U19 NZ lacrosse squad.
Amelia Brown also made the U19 NZ lacrosse team travelling to Sydney.
Tom Cloonan came 1st in Weapons fighting and made the final for every event he entered for Kempo U20 black belt.
Drew Lomax made the Auckland U19 road cycling team and came 3rd in U19 Auckland time trial.
Ben Pearson came 1st place in U16 Water polo nationals.
Manu Walters is the captain of the championship winning Gridiron team for Junior Auckland American football.
Rhye Jacka made the double ski and canoe 4 man finals at the U19 surf life saving nationals.
Adam and Jack Tapsell made the finals of the NZ Maori tennis tournament U18 doubles.
Jack Tapsell made the finals for U16 singles at the NZ Maori Tennis tournament.
Jack Tapsell also made the U15 Auckland Soccer team.
Rochelle Peckham came 3rd place in the B final at the secondary schools North Island champs for rowing.
Well done to all of you and keep your achievements coming J
Recently I had the fortune of being selected to attend the Converse Urban Youth Summit organised by the Auckland Youth Council.
Converse gives youth an opportunity to have their voices heard. There were various workshops to choose from; I was in the "How to Express Yourself" and "Youth Rights" groups. The workshops covered a wide range of skills from "How To from Get Rich” to “How to Throw an Awesome Party.” There were also talks from various other leading figures including Auckland MP Niki Kay. How youth can have a voice in the new super city and the alcohol purchasing age were two hot topics under debate. I came away with a gratifying sense of pride in and appreciation of Auckland Youth. Anyone who attended the summit could see that we are far from opinion less and far from voiceless.
Last week the year elevens would have received a letter in the post from their academic leaders giving them advice on how to deal with their workload and the upcoming exams. If you haven’t already, please read this letter because it contains some very useful information that will help you to achieve the best that you can at school. There will be two more letters coming your way at the start if term 3 and term 4. Good luck with the upcoming exams!
On May 31st all Year 11 students will be sitting practice exams. It is absolutely essential that all students come equipped with a calculator; the department will not be providing any on the day. These exams should be taken seriously as they can be used to help predict the grades in the final exams and focus revision on the appropriate areas. Parents will be contacted if students are not doing as well as we would expect them to be at this stage of the year.
The Mathematics department runs a homework centre on Monday after school to help with homework and revision. We will also be running holiday workshops to help students work on not only the achievement skills, but also to focus on some merit and excellence skills. A timetable of workshops at all levels will be published closer to the end of the term.
Debating – after four Senior Open rounds the two teams have dropped only one debate between them. What is especially pleasing is that Year 9 and 10 students are successfully mixing it with opponents who are predominantly in Yr 11 and 12.
Readers and Writers’ Festival On the 13th of May two students, Etta Bollinger and Katherine Lomas, and a teacher, Ms Rita Stone, attended some of the schools’ programme at the Readers and Writers’ Festival. Here is Etta’s report:
“The first session was a talk from John Carey, the biographer of William Golding Carey spoke with particular focus on Golding’s ‘Lord of the Flies.’ Although I haven’t read the novel, it was still interesting to hear about. It made me think about outside influences on people’s work. For example, Carey discussed his Golding’s experiences in war had informed the ideas expressed in the book and his years as a teacher had informed his portrayal of the boys.
After this we attended a creative writing workshop with NZ writer Anna Mackenzie. Here we were challenged to write stories inspired by pictures, including particular given words and (in my opinion the hardest task of all) we were asked to write a piece with a maximum of twelve words. There was little time to get much done then and there, but it felt good to get something down on paper.
Third and finally was another talk. Two historians, (Anne Salmond of New Zealand and Thomas Keneally of Australia) shared how they had come into writing history, a little about their work and country’s history; they also raised the idea of our history’s relevance today.”
Year 10 Business
Students are being organised into groups and starting work on their Market Day Project. This is the highlight of the course where students create a product, market it, sell it and prepare Financial Statements. They pay tax of 10% and share the rest of the sales among the group. It is a great opportunity for students to learn the skills and work ethics involved in running a small business.
Market Day is during Period 3 and lunchtime on 24 JUNE, so please mark it in your diaries as we really appreciate and need the support of teachers and parents.
Year 11 Accounting
Year 11 are sitting their 2 hour mid year exam on the 24th and 25th of May. They will be starting their internal assessment topic after the exam which will mean they should be revising and completing Accounting homework on a daily basis. Success in this assessment will require consistent practise so please monitor this.
ENJOY THE MID-TERM BREAK
Spirit of Adventure has a male and a female berth available on a 10-day Youth Development Voyage
from 11th- 20th June.
Please contact Heather Dikstaal for more information