WESTERN SPRINGS COLLEGE
Nga Puna O Waiorea
 Newsletter No. 12, December 7, 2010
Springs Calendar
Term Four
Week Nine
6 December – 10 December
Monday 06
Junior Exams Finished
Board of Trustees meeting @ 6pm in the admin meeting room
Week Ten
13 December – 15 December

Monday 13
Rumaki Prizegiving Day
Tuesday 14
Picnic Day at Long Bay
Wednesday 15
Junior Prizegiving @10am
School finished for the year after Prizegiving @ approximately 11.30am

PRINCIPAL'S NOTES

ERO Review Report
The Education Review Office report for Western Springs College has recently been published and is now accessible both on the ERO website at www.ero.govt.nz and on the school website here

We should all be proud of this outstanding report which represents a powerful affirmation of the quality of education offered to students at WSC.

Late Start Tuesdays To Continue in 2011
The WSC Board of Trustees has decided to approve the continuation for 2011 of our late start on Tuesday mornings – students are required to attend school from 9.45am - to enable staff to sustain the curriculum development and professional development work we have invested in this year and which we plan to extend further in the new year.

Graduation Dinner
Last Friday evening’s leavers’ dinner was a wonderful celebration of the Year 13 students’ secondary school years at Springs.

We enjoyed an extremely thoughtful and compelling speech from former student, Hannah Neville, whose main theme was the importance of staying in touch, not just by email or text messages, but by taking care to schedule regular, face-to-face gatherings. Year 13 students, Nicholas Merrington and Ariella Balmforth, both gave us their own delightfully idiosyncratic take on proceedings with very well received speeches, and Phoebe Balle held it all together as our M.C. for the evening. Student leaders from each of the five houses announced each of their peers who all came on stage to receive an envelope containing their personal testimonial and the 2010 WSC yearbook. And there was a well deserved thank you from the students for their deans and academic director, Thea Kilian.

My own reading of the testimonials has left me in no doubt about the significant personal development experienced by our students during their time with us. Our graduates are well rounded individuals with an impressive range of strengths and competencies.

Year Book Distribution
Year 9 and 10 students will receive their personal copy of the year book on the last day of term after the junior prizegiving. Years 11 and 12 students will be mailed theirs. This year the book is electronically presented in a touch-page-to-turn CD format.

Nga Puna O Waiorea’s C21st Celebration
Last Saturday special guests, whanau, kaiako and students and gathered to celebrate 21 years since the establishment of Nga Oho wharenui and Rehu marae on its current site at Western Springs College. The event was highlighted by the publication and unveiling of a history of Nga Oho written by Jenny Lee and tumuaki, Chris Selwyn, which features the various stages of Nga Oho’s development which have occurred during the last two decades.

Another special aspect of proceedings was the welcoming of the McIntyre whanau who brought with them a framed photograph of Aunty Pare McIntyre which will hang on the walls of the wharehui in commemoration of Aunty’s extraordinary contribution to Nga Puna O Waiorea.

English Department

One final piece of wonderful news! For the second time, Henrietta Bollinger has been successful in the annual Re-Draft competition for teenage writers, and is having two stories published in The World‟s Steepest Street, the 10th book in the Re-Draft series. Etta takes her place among 40 of New Zealand‟s best young writers and has succeeded, for the second year running, in a very demanding competition. Should you wish to buy a copy of the book, it will be available from the 10th of December. Please email young.writers@xtra.co.nz for more information. We extend to Etta our warmest congratulations.

Junior exams are now over and you will soon receive your child‟s report, which will be posted home by the 17th of December. Accompanying it will be a separate English report which will give grades for the major class assessments that each student sat throughout the year. There will also be a grade for the Response to Text essay which formed part of the exam.

The last event for the juniors is the Speech Competition, which is being held for year 10 in period 4 on Thursday December the 9th, and for year 9 in period 4 on Friday December the 10th. We are holding this competition in the gym so we can have the whole cohort as an audience. We look forward to hearing the speeches and hope that these skilled young orators put themselves forward as debaters next year, as we need more skilled public speakers in the senior school!

HELP!

AT THE MOMENT WE ARE DOING A STOCKTAKE OF ALL OUT TEXTS AND RESOURCES, AND MANY OF OUR SETS ARE INCOMPLETE BECAUSE BOOKS HAVE NOT BEEN RETURNED. COULD I ASK FOR YOUR HELP WITH THIS PLEASE? MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN PHONED OR EMAILED ABOUT OUTSTANDING TEXTS BUT WE WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF YOU COULD ASK YOUR CHILD(REN) TO CHECK CAREFULLY FOR ANY ENGLISH DEPARTMENT BOOKS AND POP THEM IN TO BETH AT THE FRON OFFICE AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

Happy Christmas to all our wonderful, supportive parents - from the English Department. Have a safe and relaxing holiday.
Ali Geursen
HOD English

Commerce Department

FAREWELL TO ROB JAMES
We would like to bid a fond farewell to Rob James who has taught Economics at the school since 2006. Students and teachers have enjoyed your sense of humour, interesting stories, passion for Economics and your kindness. We wish you all the best for future endeavours and will miss you.

ACCOUNTING DINNER
Year 13 Students gathered to celebrate our three years together as an „Accounting Family‟. The annual dinner was once again at Saffron Restaurant in Ponsonby where we all ate far too much. It was great to have the whole class there but certainly sad to say goodbye. All the very best guys!!!!

Below are some photos of the dinner and the Balance Day Party. Note the photo taken to highlight how my students tower over me.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL
Liz Samy

Careers Happenings

Seniors... Why you need to have a Plan B...
Even if you get good secondary results, there is no guarantee that you will get entry into the course you have chosen. So, it is important to have a good back-up plan, or “Plan B”. If you did not get into the course you wanted to do, it is natural to feel disappointed and even angry. Nevertheless, that old saying that "when one door closes, another opens" is as true for careers planning as it is for life. It usually takes a deal of courage to take some practical steps in finding the "other" door. If you want some ideas then look at www.careers.govt.nz or you could try phoning 0800 222 722 Careers Hotline provided by NZ Careers Services.

Juniors... How you can use your holiday as a Career Planning Tool
Following up from work you did in Careers Week this year here are practical tips for developing your career management tools for life. These enable you to know yourself better so that you can make more informed choices about possible future career choices.

Holiday Career Planning... I can...

  • Add to my knowledge about self & careers by talking to a lot of people (parents, whanau, teachers, friends, parents' friends, friends' parents, and careers adviser) about jobs, costs,
    pay, training, subjects...
  • Try new things safely, by exploring more extra curricular activities to broaden my possibilities for enjoyment.
  • Consider voluntary or part-time work (less than 10 hours per week is WSC term time policy) with caregivers' permission.
  • Refer regularly to the careers website www.careers.govt.nz for updated career information about jobs and the labour market.
  • Try all of the self-assessment quizzes. Follow the links... www2.careers.govt.nz/decision_making_quiz.html or
    www2.careers.govt.nz/quiz_where_are_you_at.html

    Try these interactive self assessment tools too...
    www2.careers.govt.nz/interactive_tools.html
    Have fun too!

See you next year.
Kay Wallace

Mathematics

As is usual at this time of the year, we've provided some Christmas maths (or Christmaths) puzzles to keep your brains ticking over during the break.
1/
Santa has noticed that it took 8 of his elves 10 hours to wrap 50,000 gifts. How long would it take 16 elves to wrap 200,000 gifts?

2/
In the Christmas poem “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, how many gifts would I receive from my true love
a) on the twelfth day?
b) in total over all twelve days?

3/
Santa needs to drop off presents at each of the apartments in the 3 by 5 block below (plan view). He must start at A and finish at B and does not want to go over the same apartment twice (he cannot move diagonally). How many different ways can he do this?

(Answers will be available on the Mathematics Intranet page – go to the Western Springs home page, go to the intranet link labelled "from outside", under learning areas choose "Mathematics & ...", choose the sub page "Mathematics")

From the Library

Overdue Books
We are concerned that a large number of books borrowed by year 9 and year 10 students have yet to be returned. I am requesting the assistance of parents and caregivers to ensure these books are returned as soon as possible. The books are required urgently for our annual stocktake. The students have been issued with an overdue notice giving them the title and author of the book which they have in their possession.

Many thanks.
Sharda Patel

Here at 'Springs we are proud of our non-uniform policy.

Students value the sense of freedom from conformity that it imbues them with and our parents and staff frequently comment on the "campus feel" of this place. We are one of the few secondary schools in New Zealand that has successfully maintained such a policy – one that is much more common overseas than here.

Our prospectus celebrates the fact that we have no formal uniform as part of an educational philosophy aimed at developing "sensible attitudes towards matters of dress and appearance." It is noted that dress should be neat and appropriate for all school related occasions and that it is not acceptable for students to wear clothing that is ripped or that has offensive messages printed on it.

As we approach summer it is timely to remind students that school is a workplace and that they should dress appropriately for a workplace. School is not the beach! We are finding it necessary to speak to a number of students about the inappropriateness of their clothing for the classroom, extremely short shorts, low cut tops and torn/frayed clothing being the most concerning. We ask students and parents to help us in maintaining what is now an almost unique non-uniform policy by dressing appropriately.

Community Notices

Host families are needed to host Western Springs College International Students in 2011 ($220 per week reimbursement). If you are interested or want to know more please contact Jacqueline Pryor on 815 6730 ext 752 , or alternatively email intcoord@westernsprings.school.nz.

HOT SUMMER – COOK BOOKS

SUMMER READING PROGRAMME – 06 DECEMBER TO 21 JANUARY 1

  1. The programme is open for the whole family. It is fun and flexible. The theme is Kiwiana. Even teenagers, parents and caregivers can participate.
  2. Participants can pick up challenge cards suitable to their reading levels. Each card has four tasks on it. They can pick and complete as many cards as they want.
  3. Participants can win spot prizes and go in the draw to win big prizes. After the completion of all the four tasks on a card participants will get a certificate.

For any further information please contact Pt Chevalier Community Library – Contact June

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

 

Part-time Work – NZ Census

The NZ census is on March 8th 2011 and the NZ Statistics department is calling on applications from persons in their local census district areas to deliver and pick up the forms in February and March 2011.
For information details go to to www.census.govt.nz and look for NZ census 2011
Click on menu 'JOBS'
Click on menu 'here' for 'Collectors'
Otherwise look for the Census positions advertisements in you local community newspaper in early December 2010.

Gary, Census Supervisor District 55