WESTERN SPRINGS COLLEGE
Nga Puna O Waiorea
 Newsletter No. 10, October 26, 2010
Springs Calendar
Term Four
Week Three
26 October to 29 October
Tuesday 26
Media Film afternoon 3.30-5pm.
Wednesday 27
Yr 10 rostered home.
Wednesday 27
Media Film afternoon 3.30–5pm.
Thursday 28
Pasifika Certificates Presentation in the Hall 3.30-5pm.
Friday 29
Sports Dinner at Cobb & Co. Doors open at 6pm finish 9.30pm.
Week Four
1 November to 5 November
Tuesday 2
Yr 9 rostered home.
Wednesday 3
Yr 10 Market Day 12.30pm in the Hall.
Thursday 4
Mainstream Maori Yr 13 Leavers’ Celebration. 4-5pm in the Library.
Friday 5
Senior Prizegiving in the Hall starting at 10.30am.
Week Five
8 November to 12 November
Monday 8
Non NCEA International Students’ special programme starts (on campus).
Wednesday 10
Yr 10 Earth Science Trip (all day).
Thursday 11
NCEA examinations start.
Week Six
15 November to 19 November
Monday 15
NCEA Exams continue.
Thursday 18
Yr 9 rostered home.
Thursday 18
Junior Volleyball Auckland Championship begin at Waitakere Stadium.
Week Seven
22 November – 26 November

Monday 22
NCEA Exams continue.
Monday 22
Junior Arts Festival starts
Friday 26
International Students’ Host Family Evening in the Library 6.30-8.30pm.

PRINCIPAL'S NOTES

Senior Prizegiving, WSC Hall, Friday, 5 November, 10.30-1.00pm
Parents of prizewinning senior students will have received a letter of invitation to attend the annual prizegiving ceremony for senior students at 10.30am on Friday, 5 November. This special event is a school calendar highlight and is not to be missed.

Note that all students will be dismissed for the day after the ceremony at approximately 1.00pm. The school buses have been scheduled for this time.

Parents of Years 9 and 10 students should note that the junior students are expected to attend school on 5 November. In the event that the hall seating capacity does not allow all students to attend the senior prizegiving ceremony, an alternative programme will be provided for those Year 9 and 10 students.

PPTA Industrial Action
As teachers gear up for another week of strike action – Year 10 students will be rostered home on Wednesday (27/10) this week – and working to rule – the ban on organising activities outside 8.30am-5.00pm continues – it is clear what is missing in the current crisis of confidence and trust which has arisen between the Government and teachers.

Teachers might be prepared to accept constraints on what can be delivered in the current round if there was a greater sense that the Government had a genuine commitment to the long term improvement of salaries and conditions in the name of a quality public education system.

We know that parents support and value the work of teachers. Parents do not want their local principal having to appoint teachers who are barely adequate or less; they want top quality teachers for their sons and daughters. They do not want to be put in a position where resort to the private sector appears the best or only way out.

Certainly, the talk is about conditions: adequate staffing, improving teacher-student ratios, class sizes and management time. Yet there is no alternative to excellent salaries and conditions.

It is now time for both parties to recognise this as common ground and to make concessions in a spirit of unity of purpose.

TAPAC Phase 2
At the recent AGM (28/9) chairperson, Joanna Smith, looked back on a landmark year and presented her vision for the next exciting phase of development for TAPAC (The Auckland Performing Arts Centre). Joanna and others paid well deserved tributes to the work of venue manager, Margaret-Mary Hollins, under whose leadership TAPAC has flourished and established itself as a leading performing arts centre in Auckland.

Joanna called on those with a passion for and a commitment to the performing arts in Auckland to participate in Phase 2 by contributing their energies and skills to enable the organisation to further develop its infrastructure in order to better meet the needs of our community.

Phase 2 features plans such as those for the expansion of the theatre’s seating capacity and the provision of large, new and flexible studio spaces designed to cater for companies representing both emerging and established practitioners.

The ongoing successful development of TAPAC depends on people with strengths in planning, finance, fundraising, marketing and event organisation stepping forward and assisting the board of directors to build on the successes achieved to date. Joanna can be contacted on ph 027 6260031.

National Shakespeare Schools’ Production 2010

For the last four years (since we were in Year 10), Greta Gregory and I have entered the Regional Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand (SGCNZ) University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival (UOSWSF) together (–What a mouthful!). This year we were selected to go down to the National Festival in Wellington with our 5 minute excerpt from Measure for Measure.

520 students participated in Nationals this year. Of these, 26 students (including the two students who won the composition and costuming competitions) were then selected to join 22 students who were chosen through the Regional Festivals to attend National Shakespeare Schools Production (NSSP). Arlo Gibson was selected at the Regional Festival as a direct entry and Greta Gregory and I were two of the lucky 26.

This year NSSP took place in Dunedin during the Term Three holidays. It was, undoubtedly, one of the best weeks of my life. Each day began at 7.45 with breakfast at Otago Boys’ High School Hostel (you’ll never guess what I found under my bed!) and ended very late at night after some line learning and a copious amount of singing around the piano. It was a week filled to the brim with workshops led by experienced performance practitioners, rehearsals and even a “Mystery Tour”. At the end of the week we performed the cut down versions of the Shakespeare plays which we had been rehearsing all week (The Winter’s Tale, Hamlet and Cymbeline) at Otago Boys’ High School Hall.

Although I began the week thinking that NSSP was all about being selected for the Young Shakespeare Company (YSC), after being there for a couple of days I realised that NSSP was something amazing in itself. Not only did I learn a lot about performing and Shakespeare, I learnt loads about myself, gained a lot of confidence and more importantly made 47 amazing new friends - some whom I’m sure I’ll keep for the rest of my life.

Arlo and I were selected for YSC and will be going to the Globe in July of next year. But we need to raise $8000 each first! SGCNZ is not funded by the government and is run by the wonderful Dawn Sanders whose dedication and effort keeps this opportunity available. I urge WSC students to get involved with the UOSWSF next year as it is a fantastic experience (for directors, costumers, musicians and writers too!) – See Rita Stone for details.
Molly Tait-Hyland

Student Leaders for 2011 Announced!!!

The new team...
The new student leadership team for 2011 was announced during a full school assembly at the start of the term 4. It was with great excitement that the new leaders were welcomed to their roles and we wish them the best of luck for a very successful year ahead.

Atea House Leaders

Academic Leaders

Georgia Gregory Zoe Dunster
Eloise Taylforth Xixi Xian
Wilson Thrush Marsh Taylor Groves
Moana House Leaders Cultural Leaders
Matt Jeffries One Mata’afa
Mary Pierse O’Byrne Daniel McBride
Tom Shore Olivia Shaw
Whenua House Leaders Sports Leaders
Ruby Arden Victoria Hawkins
Kakala Lutui Ciaran Milford
Cole Masina Tiana Gibbons-Campbell
Kapura House Leaders Waste Wise Leaders
Amy Flynn Rory Lenihan-Ikin
Ryan Macallister Nell Mooney
Chelsea Tidswell Karina Smith
Oranga House Leaders International Leaders
Chaz Brown Nicholas Short
Chiquita Cations Mahli Xian
Nathaniel Howe Etta Bollinger
BOT Student Rep Health Wise Leaders
Linda Palavi Eva Woodward
Travel Wise Leaders Shaheen Patel
Beth O’Reilly Shannen Millan
Ella Constable  

Significant change...
This announcement of course also marked a significant change for environmental student leadership within the school. To date, 3 students were appointed to the environmental leadership portfolio each year and took responsibility for a wide range of activities and initiatives. In addition to this, the Health Promoting Schools’ team and Peer Sexuality Support team were not represented on the overall leadership team.

We are therefore excited to have just appointed 8 environmental leaders! 3 of these leaders will work particularly in the area of waste (Waste Wise Leaders), 3 in the area of health (Health wise Leaders) and 2 in the area of travel (Travel Wise Leaders). In addition to this, we will be appointing student panels, ranging from year 9 to year 13 students, to work alongside these leaders. Panels will be know as WISES panels and will play a significant role in developing and promoting Health and Environmental Sustainability in the school and local community.

The WISES Panels will be appointed early next year but interested students are welcome to see me now in order to either find out more or express their interest.

Environmental leaders and WISES Panels will have the privilege of again being supported by the University of Auckland research team under Niki Harre, and will also work closely with Auckland Regional and City Council and the Auckland District Health Board.

A big THANK YOU...
I would also like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the student leadership team from 2010. These students both individually and collectively have made significant contributions to the school and wider community. They have grown and developed tremendously over the year and I have been privileged to have had the opportunity to work so closely with them. I look forward to regular updates on their future achievements!!!!!

Mathematics

Calculators
All students sitting external exams in Mathematics need to have a calculator. The Mathematics Department will not be loaning calculators to students for exams. We ask all students to ensure they have a calculator to enable them to achieve to the best of their ability.

Students using Graphics Calculators need to take care that their batteries are not running low. The AAA batteries can run out over a year. If the batteries have not been replaced lately, we strongly urge you to do so to avoid problems in an exam.

From The Library

Islands of books
The library is supporting a very worthy cause. An Ocean of Books is an organization which supports education in the Pacific. They have requested suitable books for any age group, from primary to secondary. If you have books which are no longer needed please send them to school with your son/daughter. The library will be happy to receive them. Remember your book donations will be highly valued by students in our neighbouring Pacific nations.

Senior Library Monitors
I would like to acknowledge the service provided by our senior library monitors. They have performed their duties with diligence and were often left in sole charge. We will miss those who made the library their base, particularly those discussions about books and their general chatter. Farewell to Amy, Grace, Joe, Loren, Phoebe and Liam.
Sharda Patel

Careers Happenings

How Are You Doing With Your Careers Planning?
Year 13 students have nearly all visited the Careers department for their final interview.  Other year level students, currently making their option choices for 2011, have also been talking to careers advisers and deans to assist with making informed subject choices.

In choosing subjects, a good place to begin is to think about the school subjects enjoyed as well as those where students can achieve well. That is often a good clue to future pathways. If students have any ideas about what they want to do in the future, find out what the entry requirements are for that particular course or job, and work backwards to the option choices they need to make now, to fulfil those entry requirements. Leave the way open for a change of mind later on by choosing a wide enough range of options to provide entry into a few different courses, particularly if you are undecided about future careers.  It is also important to remember that the entry criteria for universities are currently under review, and academic grades that were sufficient for a particular course this year may not be sufficient in the future.

If you are still not sure about whether you have invested enough time in planning for your own career development, then take five minutes to do this light-hearted online quiz by clicking on this link www2.careers.govt.nz/quiz_where_are_you_at

Applying for Jobs or Holiday work? – Cover Letter and CV Writing Tips

Follow the links for CV writing here which uses the New Zealand official website

www2.careers.govt.nz/cv_4_me

For writing covering letters these may also help

www2.careers.govt.nz/cv_cover_letter_templates

Ten Rules for a Great CV

www2.careers.govt.nz/ten_ingredients_for_a_great_cv

If you are searching for work there are some helpful hints here

www2.careers.govt.nz/finding_work_jobs_scarce

While most students choose an online template for writing their CVs and covering letters it is worthwhile remembering the basic rules:

  • Standard grammar rules apply. Check spelling.
  • Use Capital letters for proper nouns (e.g. Wellington or John) and at the start of sentences, even though it is written in a form or template.
  • In your CV and covering letter it is always more powerful to write about HOW you can use your skills. Also, remember that using examplesalways works well.
    Follow this link which illustrates this www2.careers.govt.nz/transferable_skills_into_your_cv

Mainstream Maori
Year 13
Leavers’ Celebration

Please come along and celebrate our Yr 13 Mainstream Maori students’ achievements with us

Thursday 4th November, 4 – 5pm in the Library

Please bring a plate of finger food if you are able

RSVP to
Lorrin Shortland shortlandl@westernsprings.school.nz
Bella Pomare pomareb@westernsprings.school.nz


PAG – Parent Action Group

Our grateful thanks to the following people and businesses for making the 2010 Western Springs College Quiz Night such a success… 

Custom Residential, Tropex Exports Ltd, Styles Project Management, B + M Associates Ltd, The Specimen Tree Company, Jan and Keith Milne, John McBride, NZ Hygiene, Harcourts Dew Realty Ltd, C G Hudson Consulting Ltd, Edwards Builders Ltd, John Butters and Associates, Robyn Gray and Rees Tapsell, Andrea and Al Munro, Pip Sheehan and Michael Newell, Private Parks, Art of Kneading, Maree and John McDermott, Faculty of Science – University of Auckland, Auckland Actors, Glengarry Wines, Jafa, Absolute Pilates, Balance Massage, Agnes Curran, Lee 14 oz Jeans Outlet Store Pt Chevalier, The Mad Butcher, Raw Essentials, MCS Digital, The Little Grocer, Jody Phillips Hair, Meola Kitchen, Nosh Food Market, Garnet Station, La Madu, Sally Barclay, West Lynn Organic Meats, Danielle Rowarth, Garnet Dairy, Harvest Wholefoods, Rachel Lang, Happy Takeaways, Bethells Store and Café, Civic Video, and Positive Systems.


physioACTION

Andrew MacFarlane (Physiotherapist) has a clinic at school for students,

for appointments book directly with:

Andrew or through the School Nurse at the Health Centre (Waiora)

There is NO COST for treatment