Nga Puna O Waiorea
 Newsletter No. 4, May 16, 2011  
Springs Calendar
Term Two
Week three
May 16 - May 20
Monday 16th -17th May: Yr 11 Geo trip.
Tuesday 17thMay: Yr 12 Food Tech Work Choice day.
Thursday 19th May: Yr 11 Drama Trip.
Friday 20th May: Yr 12 Sports Academy students on First Aid course.
Week four
May 23 - May 27
Monday 23rd May: Auckland University Info Day for Yr 13s.
Intermediate Workshops – seniors on study leave.
Yr 9 Careers Week 23/5 to 27/5.
Tuesday 24th May: Yr 11 Exams.
Wednesday 25th May: Yr 11 Exams.
Thursday 26th May: Yr 12 Exams.
Friday 27th May: Yr 12 Exams.
Week five
May 30 - June 03

Monday 30th May: Yr 13 Exams
Tuesday 31st May: Year 13 Exams.
Thursday 02 June: Yr 9 Stardome Trips
Thursday 02 & 03 June: WSC & Waiorea to host Nga Manu Korero Regionals.

Week six
June 06 - June 10
Monday 6th June: Queens Birthday.
Tuesday 7th June: Yr 12 Media Editing Day.
Wednesday 8th June: Yr 12 Media Editing Day.
Thursday 9th June: Yr 12 Media Editing Day. Yr 12 Parents as Careers Educators Workshop, 5.30pm, WSC Library.
Friday 10th June: Careers Expo Yr 12 visit periods 3 & 4.
Saturday 11th June: Careers Expo 10am - 4pm - ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane.

Senior Students Mail-Out
This week's mail-out to families of Years 11-13 students will contain an update of the Record of Achievement, showing results for the internally assessed standards completed during the first 13 weeks of the year. There will also be included guidelines concerning the examinations in weeks 4 and 5 of the term.

The Year 11 exams are on Tuesday, 24/5, and Wednesday, 25/5; the Year 12 exams will take place on Thursday, 26/5, and Friday, 27/5; the Year 13 students' exams are scheduled for Monday, 30/5, and Tuesday, 31/5. The only study leave day is next Monday, 23/5, when all senior students will be asked to prepare at home for their examinations. See Ruth Roberts' Senior Exam Timetable below.

Year 8 Workshops, Monday, 23 May
The annual visits on the part of students from Pasadena, Ponsonby and Kowhai Intermediates will coincide with the senior students' exam leave day on 23/5. All Year 9 and 10 students will attend school on this day.

Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival
Congratulations to Lucy Lever and the cast of the scene excerpt from Othello, directed by Tim College, who have recently claimed two of the three main awards at the Auckland Central Shakespeare Festival held at TAPAC in the first weekend of the term break. See Rita Stone's report below.

Nga Manu Korero Auckland Regional Speech Competition, 2-3 June at WSC
In week 5 of this term Nga Puna O Waiorea will again host this prestigious event. The speeches will take place in the hall ( Te Reo Maori section ) and the gymnasium ( English section ). Best wishes for the success of the four students representing Nga Puna O Waiorea / Western Springs College.

Staff News

  • Congratulations to deputy principal, Shaun Hawthorne, on the recent publication of his book Effective Practices in Teaching Writing produced under the auspices of the New Zealand Association for the Teaching of English. Shaun conducted a workshop which focused on teaching writing at the NZATE conference during the recent term break.
  • Other WSC English teachers to present seminars at the English conference were Simon Ferguson, Belinda Develter and Chris Selwyn.
  • Commendations also to head of Art, Peter Coxon. Peter was invited by the Canterbury Art Teachers' Association to conduct a professional development workshop in Christchurch during the weekend which drew over 60 appreciative art educators from the region. Peter was sharing the fruits of his endeavours to meet the challenges of implementing the NZ Curriculum.

National Excellence in Teaching Awards
If you as a parent or student would like to nominate a teacher for a NEITA award, nomination forms are available on request from Beth Parker at the school office.

NCEA Debates
Parents are encouraged to read in full the principal's letter-to-the-editor of the NZ Herald on the issue of NCEA withdrawals, which is accessible on the school website. The letter published in Sunday’s paper was an edited version. The letter has also been sent to the Minister of Education and the Deputy Chief Executive of NZQA. The WSC senior managers have decided to place on the website for parents a statement outlining the strengths of NCEA and the reasons WSC supports the national qualification.

The Board of Trustees has decided that there will be no out-of-zone enrolments for 2012. Please refer to the Enrolment section of the school website for further information.
Ken Havill


Senior Exam Timetable

Monday 23 May:
All Year 11, 12 & 13 (except those assisting with intermediate school visits) are on study leave. This is the only study leave day for Year 11 – 13 students.

Tuesday 24 May & Wednesday 25 May:
Year 11 exams. (Year 12 & 13 students have normal classes and times.)

All Year 11 students need to be at school from 8.45am until 3.30pm on both days. NO EXAM LEAVE.

Thursday 26 & Friday 27 May:
Year 12 exams. (Year 11 & 13 students have normal classes and times.)

All Year 12 students need to be at school from 8.45am until 3.30pm on both days. NO EXAM LEAVE.

Monday 30 & Tuesday 31 May:
Year 13 exams. (Year 11 & 12 students have normal classes and times.)

All students need to be at school from 8.45am until 3.30pm on both days.

Sheilah Winn

At the start of the April school holidays, WSC was host for the second year running to the Auckland Central University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival. We had a wonderful two day event at TAPAC, welcoming performers from 9 other schools in the greater Auckland region. Our Performing Arts Technology students did us proud by running the event without any glitches. They were a fantastic team who facilitated the stage management, lighting and sound, escorting of school groups and front of house operations.

The assessors commented that our calibre of work as a school is at a very high standard; our students are noted for really connecting with the text and finding the emotional truth and journey for their characters. They had some very difficult decisions to make when selecting the top performances.

WSC came away with 2 of the 3 top festival prizes; Director Tom College's final scene of 'Othello' won the 15 minute section and will travel to Wellington to compete nationally over Queen's birthday weekend. This scene was performed by Daniel McBride in the title role, Flora Philpott as Desdemona, Olivia Shaw as Emilia, Caleb Wells as Iago, and Erin O'Flaherty, Etta Bollinger, Minnie Finlayson and Tara Ranchod in supporting roles. These students will showcase their scene against the country's finest, and they each have the opportunity to be selected individually for National Shakespeare Schools' Production later in the year.

Year 13 student Lucy Lever, for her role as Gloucester (Richard III), received the NSSP Direct Entry award. This is the most coveted prize at the festival as it singles out an individual performer from the entire region. As a result, Lucy will by-pass the national festival and go straight into a week-long intensive in Wellington over the October school holidays. Here she will work alongside the other top young actors from around NZ to form a young Shakespearean company, with the possibility that she may be selected to attend the Globe Theatre in London, in 2012.

Congratulations to all our students who participated in the festival, and all the best for those who are moving on to the next stage of the Sheilah Winn.
Rita Stone
Assistant HOD Drama

English Department News

Our junior debating teams continue to enjoy their competition. On Monday the 8th of May, team 2 won their debate, opposing the topic "This house would make participation in team sport compulsory at school." Debating for team two were Hannah Swedland, Qi An Tan and Elsie Bollinger. After four debates the team has a perfect record, and are hoping to get through to the Auckland finals after their last local debate on the 22nd of May.

Carys Finlayson, year 10, had her writing on the topic of "Parental Control" published in the first 2011 edition of the College Herald. The best 20 pieces of student writing submitted from around the country are featured in this publication, making this a great achievement. The College Herald appears in the New Zealand Herald throughout terms 2 and 3.

The Readers and Writers Festival took place last week on the 11th of May, and a group of our enthusiastic young writers attended the Schools' Programme on May 12th at the Aotea Centre. There were sessions on myth, fantasy, science fiction, storytelling, poetry and the process of writing, plus writing workshops for smaller groups. All in all, those who attended found it a stimulating and rewarding day.

As always, we need our textbooks returned. If you have had a call from Andrea, the English Department Resource Manager about an English book that is still outstanding, or if you see a novel lying around that is probably from WSC, could you encourage your child to return it as quickly as possible to the English teacher? Thank you for that support.
Ali Geursen
HOD English

Leaders’ Voice

Western Springs College Radio – It’s here
By Daniel McBride

That's right, it's been on the cards for a long time, but this year, for the first time ever, Western Springs is officially on the radio waves! For the past term students have been listening to our regular morning show in form class, where we bring our school community the daily notices and some tunes to start off the day.

Our three hosts, Victoria Chellew, Olivia Shaw and Daniel McBride, supported by Barnaby James, get up bright and early every morning so that we can get in to the studio on time. We keep our community informed of all key events and more. It is the place to go to find out what's on at lunch-times and interval, what the special is at the canteen, or even just to hear Barnaby's dulcet tones.

As from term 2, every Friday, the radio is being run entirely by students! We'll be playing student music, talking about student issues, and even better, seeking out student opinion. Students can email us with song suggestions, questions, shout outs, or even just a “Good-morning,” at radio@wsc.school.nz.

So students, tune in every form time, Monday-Friday, at 107.1, Wai FM, the sound of Springs!

Student Council Update
By Linda Palavi

Our main objective for 2011 is to consider how the five key competencies fit within the everyday life of a Western Springs College student. We are interested in considering opportunities which will allow students the chance to further engage with and enhance these competencies. As a council we work closely with the senior management team as well as the board of trustees and the student leadership group. This ensures that we have a more in depth understanding of current issues and needs.

We are presently considering the current detention practises, looking at links with the key competencies and considering how we are able to work with waste wise leaders in order to achieve a common goal.

I am privileged to work with a fantastic team who have many creative ideas and a range of thought-provoking viewpoints.

A Health-Wise Recipe
By Eva Woodward

Banana-Berry Smoothie

  • 1 1/4 cups orange juice
  • 1 ripe medium banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries, blackberries or raspberries
  • 1/2 cup low-fat yoghurt 2 ice cubes, crushed


  • Combine in a blender and blend until smooth and frothy.
  • Serve immediately.
  • Tip: An easy way to crush ice is to place cubes in a heavy-duty plastic bag and break them with a rolling pin.

Per serving:
135 calories; 2 g fat ( 0 g sat , 0 g mono )0 mg cholesterol; 27 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 4 g protein; 3 g fibre; 19 mg sodium; 376 mg potassium. Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (93% daily value).

Maori Mainstream

Introducing your Student Leaders
As mentioned in the last newsletter edition, we are extremely proud to have 4 Maori Mainstream students on the leadership team for 2011. At the end of term 1 we featured Amy Flynn, introducing her to you on a more personal level. In this edition we are featuring Georgia Gregory.

Georgia Gregory
During my time at Western Springs College, I have learnt a lot about both myself and about others. The main lesson, to be accepting of others and to respect everybody in spite of differences. Not having a uniform really helped me with this as I was able to see others expressing themselves through their clothing which in turn helped me understand more about them.

Learning to look past the obvious, I opened myself up to friendships with people I may otherwise never have even spoken to.

If I could go back to year 9 and redo my school years, I would take part in more sporting activities. Our school has such a wide range of activities and having much less time as a senior student makes me regret not making more use of these opportunities when I was younger.




Physical Education

Things have been very busy within the PE department this year. A few changes with staff mean there is a new look department. HOD Jarrod Dunn will be back in term three, and in the meantime we have Haidee Tiffen taking his classes. A very warm welcome to her. Haidee is the ex White Ferns captain so we are very lucky to have her with us. Haidee has made the move up from Christchurch.

At the start of this year we introduced a new Physical Education uniform which has been very well received. This uniform is compulsory and if your son/daughter needs a new one then they can be purchased from the front office for $65. Please ensure these are named so if any are left behind we can return them.

Term one saw year 9 students researching into an international game that was not played in NZ, these were of a very high standard with some of the more interesting sports including Wife carrying which was first introduced in Finland and Chess boxing which from 2008 London has staged ten international tournaments! Year 9s are current working on the 'Warrant of Fitness' unit, where they are looking into and testing themselves in the different components of fitness. The theoretical component of the unit lets students explore into resting and maximum heart rates. Please ask your son/daughter to have a look at their workbooks and see how well they are doing in the tests!

Year 10s are participating in a 'Teaching games for understanding' unit whereby they are developing their understanding of tactical awareness by taking part in modified games that give them a more realistic view of what games are about, i.e. teamwork, communication and decision making etc.

Thanks everyone for their high levels of participation and involvement within the junior and senior programme. Keep it up!!
Megan Murdoch
Acting HOD


In Term One, the Year 11 PE classes took part in two action packed days in the Karamatura Valley as part of their Physical Education Achievement Standard 1.1 - Factors that Influence Participation. These students partook in various team building and orienteering activities, exhibiting fantastic leadership qualities, communication skills, and physical fitness (not to mention their bombs were incredible)! We were greeted each day with clear blue skies. All students showed their competitive spirit by charging through the Waitakeres. The view from the top of the Tom Thumb Track was absolutely stunning! Both staff and students alike took away memorable experiences.
Christina Paolini

Year 11 P E Class
Team Building Exercises

Careers Happenings

Year 9 Careers Week - Week Four, 23 - 27 May
Your Year 9 son/daughter will bring home a Careers booklet in Week 4 this term. Could parents please assist by encouraging your son/daughter with the work, which should take 2-3 hours, over a one week period? It may take longer with the website activities and quizzes but these are optional.

The purpose of this homework exercise is for you and your teen to start discussing issues about their interests and future careers. Parents have a major influence on their teens' career choices.

This Year 9 Careers booklet builds an understanding of strengths, interests, and values as students start to consider how these influence their lives, learning and work choice. Current career theory states that students who understand themselves and the influences on them, can build and maintain a positive self-concept and interact positively and effectively with others. Students who have a better self-knowledge are also able to develop strategies to change and grow throughout their lives. There are nine days to complete work at home and helping your son/daughter with this at home will be appreciated.

Year 12 Events for Term 2
Parents as Careers Educators Workshop Thursday 9th June 4.30 pm - 5.30 pm

WSC Library Parents and Year 12 students can come and learn about how to make better career decisions. Sarah McIndoe, Career Consultant from NZ Careers Services, will speak and offer her ideas and one or two activities to help parents and student with making career decisions (40 minutes). The remainder of the time will be allocated to preparing students and parents for a meaningful Careers Expo trip which is being held at the ASB Show grounds from 9th - 11 June.

For the workshop, please rsvp to wallacek@westernsprings.school.nz
Phone: 815 6730 Extension: 758
Thanks to those parents who have already registered.

Year 13 - Interviews
So far about three quarters of all Year 13s have had an interview with a careers advisor either Mrs Ruland or Ms Wallace. Interviews will continue this term.

Liaison Visits
We have had Liaison Officer visits from Otago, Auckland and AUT Universities. UNITEC attracted a smaller group of students which was disappointing given that UNITEC offers progressive entry for degree programmes if students do not meet University Entrance criteria for other courses. The fact that UNITEC offers Certificates and Diplomas (approximately 50% practical and 50% theory) which may staircase into degrees is well worth noting.

Other Dates to write on your calendar
May: Massey University Information Evenings at Albany campus see www.massey.ac.nz for details
02 Aug: Senior Careers Expo (Biennial) at Western Springs College 5.30 - 7.30 in the Hall
11 Aug: Victoria University Information Evening 6.30 pm - 9 pm at Auckland Novotel Greenlane
13 Aug: Massey University Albany Open Day (Saturday) 10 - 3pm
26 Aug: Victoria University Open Day
27 Aug: Auckland University Open Day
August: AUT Information Evenings - to be advised

Updating Details

Parents, please let us have updated email addresses, phone numbers or addresses so that we can keep you informed of what is happening. Thank you.

Community Notices

Dyslexia Parent Support Group
The Dyslexia Parent Support Group provides information for parents of students who are, or may be, dyslexic. In addition to emailing new information on dyslexia to group members when it appears, the group also meets twice each term. These meetings provide a forum in which you can talk with other parents in similar situations, and this can make a difference in your ability to provide effective support for your son/daughter.

You can make contact for information on the group, or to join, via email or phone.
Email: trevorcrosby@actrix.co.nz
Phone: Bev or Trevor on (09) 849 5023.

As well there are occasional guest speakers on specific topics of interest.

The end of May meeting will feature guest speaker Laughton King who is well known for the presentations on dyslexia he has given to schools and their parent communities throughout New Zealand in recent years.

Talk on "Dyslexia Dismantled" by Laughton King
7:30 pm, Monday 30 May 2011 Gladstone School staff room

The Dyslexia Parent Support Group has arranged for Laughton King, who is based in Whangarei, to speak about dyslexia. As Laughton says, "There is nothing  'wrong' with the child - just as there is nothing 'wrong' with a diesel engine - we just need to learn that it works differently from a petrol engine, and needs different fuel."

Laughton is dyslexic, and he considers that this has given him valuable insights during his thirty-five years career as an educational psychologist, author, mediator, counsellor, and trainer. Laughton has worked with children and parents in schools and their homes throughout New Zealand. He has published in parenting magazines all around the world, and is well-known as a public speaker and trainer.

Since 2008 he has become well known for the presentations on dyslexia he has given throughout New Zealand, especially to teachers in schools and parent communities -- over 360 presentations . His website is at www.dyslexiadismantled.com, on which there is information about his books that are available for purchase. There is now also on his website a 4-part video of his talk about dyslexia he gave to caregivers in Sydney early this year. Any queries should be sent to Bev and Trevor Crosby (trevorcrosby@actrix.co.nz)

Another source of reliable information is the Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand www.dfnz.org.nz. Their websites at www.4d.org.nz are designed to provide specific information for Parents, Schools, and the Workplace.

Beginners Ukulele for Adults
Every Thursday from 7-8pm starting 19 May at Westend Tennis Clubrooms, Westend Rd
$120 for 8 sessions
Teachers - “The Flying Bisons” - Rory Lenihan-Ikin, Jack and Nick Tapsell
For more information email: tapsell.gray@xtra.co.nz or txt/phone Jack on 02102927820