WESTERN SPRINGS COLLEGE
Nga Puna O Waiorea
 Newsletter No. 11, November 15, 2010
Springs Calendar
Term Four
Week Six
15 November to 19 November
Monday 15 (to Wed 1 Dec)
NCEA Exams
Thursday 18
Yr 9 rostered home.
Thursday 18-19
Junior Volleyball Auckland Championship begin at Waitakere Stadium.
Week Seven
22 November – 26 November

Monday 22
NCEA Exams continue all week
Monday 22 - Sunday 28
Junior Arts Festival
Tuesday 23
Yr 10 rostered home
Friday 26
International Students’ Host Family Evening in the Library 6.30-8.30pm.

Week Eight
29 November – 3 December

Monday 29 – Wednesday 01
NCEA exams
Wednesday 01
Yr 9 rostered home
Wednesday 01 – Monday 06 –
Junior Exams
Friday 03
Leavers’ Dinner Ellerslie Events Centre 7.00PM
Saturday 04
Rumaki 20 Year Celebration – powhiri and luncheon

Week Nine
6 December – 10 December

Monday 06
Junior Exams finish today
Monday 06
Board of Trustees meeting @ 6pm in the admin meeting room

Week Ten
13 December to 15 December

Monday 13
Yr 9, 2011, Orientation Evening 7.00PM
Tuesday 14
Picnic Day at Long Bay
Tuesday 14
Rumaki Prizegiving Day 6.00PM
Wednesday 15
Junior Prizegiving @10am
Wednesday 15
School finished for the year after Prizegiving

PRINCIPAL'S NOTES

WSC Receives an Excellent ERO Review Report
The Education Review Office has placed Western Springs College on a four-five year review cycle following its recent review of the school, an indication that WSC has received an excellent review report. It is expected that the final, confirmed report will be available for public distribution during the next fortnight. At this point it will be published in full on the school website.

Junior Prize Giving, Wednesday, 15 December, 10.00am
All parents are invited to attend the Year 9 & 10 Prize Giving ceremony in the school hall on the last day of term. Parents of students who have been awarded certificates will receive a mailed invitation. Each core class and each option subject class is allocated two certificates per subject: one for outstanding achievement; the other for outstanding application.

Junior Examinations, Wednesday, 1 – Monday, 6 December
All subject teachers will have advised their students about examination revision procedures and examination techniques. Parents are encouraged to reinforce with Years 9 & 10 students the importance of establishing a revision plan and timetable so that they are well prepared for these examinations. Two exam techniques for students to master before entering the senior school are planning time allocations to enable all questions in the exam to be fully attempted and analysing the key words and phrases in each question in order to draft a plan which ensures the relevance of the answer.

Junior Reports, which will be mailed home in the last week of the term, will cover assessment results for terms three and four and the examination results.

Graeme Moran Awarded a Woolf Fisher Fellowship
WSC’s head of History, Graeme Moran, was honoured at a recent staff meeting with the surprise announcement and presentation of a prestigious Woolf Fisher Fellowship in recognition of his outstanding services to teaching. Graeme received the award to prolonged applause on the part of his colleagues. His plans are to travel and study in Canada and France.

ICT Infrastructure Plan
A major school development focus for the school is its ICT infrastructure. A recent staff review has identified a range of high priority needs: a faster, more reliable network; a learning management system which facilitates teacher development, gives our students enhanced access to resources and more self direction of their learning; and improved parent access to individual student information. There are, of course, considerable financial implications. We will soon be launching a concerted fundraising drive to resource these developments and in doing so we will be depending on considerable school community support.

Nga Puna O Waiorea’s 21st Anniversary Celebration, Saturday, 4 December, 10.00am
A powhiri and luncheon has been scheduled on the first weekend next month to celebrate the twenty one year history of the Rumaki. This landmark event is being commemorated by the commissioned writing and publication of a book researched by local resident, Jenny Lee.

Term Dates: 2011
Term dates for next year have been confirmed:
Term 1 - Tuesday February 1 - Friday April 15
Term 2 - Monday May 2 - Friday July 15
Term 3 - Monday August 1 - Friday October 7
Term 4 - Tuesday October 25 - Friday December 9th

Geography News

Amazon River, Brazil

Overseas Fieldtrip 2011
Some students are already abuzz with the rumour that, in 2011, WSC Geography Department will be visiting the Amazon, the overseas natural landscape we study in Year 12, for their overseas fieldtrip!   Well, we are seriously looking at costs, itineraries etc but are unsure whether to make it late in 2011 or early in 2012, bearing in mind that the cost will be between $4,800-$5,000 and our trip to China was quite expensive.  If your son/daughter is taking Geography next year and you have any strong views on this issue, we would love to hear from you.

Of course, we will still be running our usual fieldtrips within New Zealand, related to both internal and external standards.
Jenny Jones
Ivan Davis

Science

EOTC
Congratulations go to Daimen Holt, Ashleigh Candir and Kira Balmforth for being selected to join the Make a Difference (MAD) Marine Programme for 2011. They have been selected with around 30 other students from schools across Auckland to take part in this highly prestigious leadership programme hosted by experts from DOC and ARC. 

Later this month, a group of girls from across the core classes will be attending the “Girls in Science” event at Auckland University.  This is an opportunity for them to experience a myriad of science applications working with science experts who encourage girls to consider pursuing scientific study.  Limited places were available, which is disappointing for the many students who were keen to go.  Our boys were also asking, “Why isn’t there a Boys in Science Day?”.

Examination Revision
We are in the midst of examination revision with our senior Science students.  Many are choosing to revise in school and attend revision workshops held by their teachers.  It is also pleasing to see that the Year 11 students in particular are making the most of using the revision resources posted on the school’s developing ultranet.  
Examinations for junior students are rapidly approaching, leaving only a few weeks for serious revision.  Revision booklets and revision weblinks are being posted onto the school’s ultranet under the Year 9 and 10 pages of the Science Homepage

Return of School Textbooks
At this time students are using borrowed textbooks for revision.  It is imperative that all school textbooks are returned on the day of the examination. 

Media Happenings

Western Springs student filmmakers achieve great things!

We are thrilled to announce that Zoe Marler, Kenah Trusewich and Dominique Mckenzie have been named as one of twenty winners of the ‘Outlook for Someday’ sustainability film competition. Their documentary ‘Earthsong’, made as a part of their Level 3 Media Studies course, is also up for special awards, most of which will have been announced by the time you read this. You can view the film and also vote for people’s choice award at:  http://tiny.cc/hnhdq

Year 10 students Maximillien Duforest-Barrowman, Callum McAlpine and Josh Sproscandy have gained second place in the Youth town film competition with their short horror film this year and we look forward to their future films as they continue on in the Media Studies department.

This is a great honour for the film makers and we are really proud of them.
Deb Thompson
H.O.D Media Studies

Library

Library Monitors for 2011
The library is seeking students who would like to combine their love of reading with a role in the library. The essential skills required include communicating with students, managing the issues desk, shelving and general duties. There are some perks which also come with the role.
Sharda Patel

PAG

Time is marching by - time to buy tickets

For our last PAG fundraiser movie for the year we have managed to secure the
third and final movie in the Millennium trilogy

-The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest (R16) -

We will be screening this at the Bridgeway on MONDAY NOVEMBER 22ND at 8.30 pm.
Tickets $20.00. Come along from 8.00pm for a complimentary drink.

This is a great opportunity to see the movie in advance of the public release which
is scheduled for the 26th December.

Email pag@westernsprings.school.nz or wendyrhodes@clear.net.nz  for tickets.

 

Food and Wine Festivals

Come to Indulge, Pt Chevalier’s very own Food and Wine Festival on Saturday December 4th
from 6.30pm at Pt Chevalier School.

Tickets only $25, includes free tastings at over 30 stalls, great Xmas specials, food demonstrations from celebrity chefs Peta Mathias and Laurel Watson, Macs Beer marquee with live band and a Ripe Deli gourmet BBQ for only $15.  Order tickets on line at indulgefoodfestival@gmail.com or www.indulgefoodfestival.co.nz