Nga Puna O Waiorea
 Newsletter No. 5, June 7, 2011  
Springs Calendar
Term Two
Week six
June 06 - June 10
Monday 6th June: Queens Birthday.
Tuesday 7th June to Thursday 9th June: Yr 12 Media Editing Days.
Thursday 9th June: Yr 12 Parents as Careers Educators Workshop, 4.30 - 5.30pm, WSC Library.
Thursday 9th June: PAG Parent Seminar No. 3 - 7.30 -9pm in the WSC Library.
Friday 10th June: Careers Expo - All Yr 12 visit, periods 3 & 4
Saturday 11th June: Careers Expo 10am - 4pm - ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane.
Week seven
June 06 - June 10

Monday 13th June: Information Evening this evening 7 - 8.30pm in the college hall.
Open Week tours 9.15 - 11am, leaving from the hall Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri.
Tuesday 14th June: Yr 12 Food Tech Workchoice 9 - 12.30pm.
Wednesday 15th June: Yr 12 Art History sculpture trip.
Wednesday 15th June: Yr 11 Geo Trip - Waihi.
Wednesday 15th June: Kamehameha visit Rumaki students.
Thursday 16th June: PAG Parent Seminar No. 4 - 7.30 to 9pm in Library.
Friday 17th June: Matariki

Week eight
June 06 - June 10

Tuesday 21st June: ICAS Writing competition, period 1.
Friday 24th June: Junior reports mailed out today.
Saturday 25th June: SCHOOL BALL


Building Replacement Planning
A meeting of Auckland Ministry of Education property and planning officials, local MP Nikki Kaye, and WSC trustees on Friday, 3 June, has resolved that planning should be undertaken in anticipation of the replacement of B, D, E & F blocks (36 classrooms). An additional roll growth entitlement next year of approximately 11 classrooms and the decision to replace three relocatables which have been on site for many years presents us with the need to plan for 50 new classrooms with adjoining office and storage spaces. It is hardly an exaggeration to state that this amounts to the building of a new school.

Given the multi-million dollar cost of such a massive project, final funding approval will require a decision by the Cabinet. In the meantime we will proceed on the premise that the WSC school community has been presented with the opportunity to design a truly C21st modern learning environment.

NCEA: What parents should know about the New Zealand assessment and qualification system
I do hope that parents who have been unnerved by the continuing media attacks on NCEA take the trouble to read the information about our assessment and qualification system which I have placed on the school website.

The piece has been written following input from our senior managers and department heads. If you have any unanswered queries or concerns, you are welcome to email these into the principal's secretary: goodesc@westernsprings.school.nz .

Nga Manu Korero Auckland Regional Speech Competition, 2-3 June
On Thursday and Friday last week Western Springs College was the host school for the second time in three years for the prestigious Nga Manu Korero Tamaki Makaurau speech competition.

Congratulations to the four young orators who brought such honour to Nga Puna O Waiorea with their fine performances. The speakers were:

Pei Te Hurinui Jones (Senior Maori) Nathaniel Howe
Te Rawhiti Ihaka (Junior Maori) Chaz Brown
Korimako (Senior English) Taitimuroa Akuhata
Ta Turi Kara (Junior English) Uenuku Pomana-McKree

Congratulations to Nga Puna O Waiora whose excellent organisation ensured the outstanding success of this wonderful event. It was remarkable to witness the unity of purpose and dedication to duty of the Rumaki teaching staff and the numerous whanau members who worked so hard and with such pride to ensure that the huge numbers of visitors to the event were well catered for.

School Ball, Saturday, 25 June
The venue this year is the Auckland Town Hall. There are no door sales. The doors open from 7.15 - 8.00pm; students must arrive by 8.00pm to gain entry. Once they have entered students will not be able to depart until 12.00 o'clock, unless collected by a parent. We strongly advise parents to ensure that students have safe transport to and from the ball.

The ball is a school event so the usual school rules apply: smoking and drinking alcohol are not permitted. Students who are clearly affected by pre-ball drinking and/or smoking activity will be required to leave. Should this occur parents will be phoned to collect their son or daughter from the venue.

Please note also that any pre-ball or after-ball activities are not school events and that no staff supervision can be provided for them. Supervision at these times is a parent/caregiver responsibility. There are legal implications relating to attendance at such events so parents should advise wisely. In this regard relevant information is currently available on the school website.

As in past years, if we receive information about the organisation of an after-ball event involving the illegal supply of alcohol, we will pass this on to the NZ Police. Students have been advised not to organise large scale pre- or after-ball events and not to sell tickets for such events which offer the bearer the illegal supply of alcohol.

The theme for this year's ball is Broadway. We have no doubt that our students will give full expression to their legendary imaginativeness in creative apparel! The Ball Committee is very keen for the evening to be a great success. May everyone involved have a great, safe night out!

Bring It On
Congratulations to the WSC Bring It On Hip-Hop troupe who placed second in their Auckland regional heat on the weekend before last. The group worked extremely hard to achieve this fine result, rehearsing long hours over a period of four months, under the leadership of senior student Robin Stoffberg and Shakaiah Perez. The group now face the challenge of choreographing a completely new routine for the finals in August.
Ken Havill

Information from Languages Department

Bonjour! Kon nichiwa! Ni hao!

The language department has started an After School Study Centre on Tuesdays for both French and Japanese from May 17th this term. Students from all year levels can come to the study centre to do work related to either French or Japanese, that is homework, revision work, or even conversation for listening and speaking practice. The teachers will be there to help students with any questions. We would like parents to encourage their children to take this opportunity.

The senior classes for both French and Japanese will start preparing for their Internal Speaking assessment soon. We would like parents' assistance to make sure that students start revising all learnt structures and have their speech memorised by heart by the recording time which will be either in Week 10 or Week 11 this term.

We would also like to remind parents of our students that if you have not yet paid for the course required workbooks, please pay at the school office. This applies especially to the parents of Year 9 classes, as their learning will be finished at the end of this term.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.
Renae Liao-Marsden and Cecile Bourgeois

Sally Bollinger's DVD Cover

Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival

Over Queen's Birthday weekend, Tim College and Melanie Webber travelled with nine students to Wellington for the University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare National Festival, to perform the winning 15 minute 'Othello' scene from the Auckland Central region. The group performed well, and received a special Assessor's Award (Rachel Henry); 'Cue up and Die' which applauded the actors for their tight cueing and rapport as an ensemble. They also won the Backstage Award for Very Cooperative and Courteous School; an excellent reputation to earn!

We also had three students named as finalists in the associated competitions, and their placings were as follows: Nicholas Short (Year 13) was placed third in the country for his essay on 'Othello,' in the SGCNZ Ida Gaskin Shakespeare Essay Competition. Felix Hayes (Year 9) came third equal for his poster of 'Prospero's Isle' in the SGCNZ Adam Foundation Static Image Competition - Sally Bollinger (Year 13) came in second place for this same category.

Sally also went on to win first place for her pile up of Shakespearean characters in the DVD Cover Category of the SGCNZ / Adam Foundation Static Image Competition. She also swept up first place in the SGCNZ Bernina Shakespeare Costume Design Competition for her design of a 'Titania' costume from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream.' Sally's image was constructed and modelled at the festival award ceremony, and will be on display at Shakespeare's Globe in London for six weeks. Through her achievements, Sally has earned a place in the National Schools Shakespeare Production (NSSP), joining Lucy Lever for a week of intensive rehearsals in the October school holidays.

Congratulations to all our students who made it to the National Festival!
Rita Stone
Assistant HOD Drama

Pacific Island Newsflash!

Warm Pacific greetings to you all! This is an update of what has taken place in the first term of this year, and a reminder of the exciting activities planned for this term.

  • We have had a BBQ to welcome everyone to the new year, followed by a parents meeting in week 8.
  • The Pacific Island Homework Centre is open every Tuesday from 3.30-4.30 and on average, we have 20-25 students attend each of the sessions. We need to encourage many more of our students to make use of this time.
  • We had a Junior Report Evening in week 8 and a Senior Report Evening in week 11. This was not well attended by Pacific parents and I strongly encourage you to email me or the school if you have any suggestions about improving the attendance at these very important events.

Term Two Dates:

  • Po fia fia - Thursday 14 July, 6pm. For the new parents, Po fia fia is a night of cultural celebration. The Niuean, Cook Island, Samoan and Tongan groups showcase their talents and skills. Almost all the tutors from each of the groups are students and this is great leadership development for these students. Practices have been in place (lunchtime and intervals only - no impact on curriculum), since week two of this term. Please keep this night free. Bring your family and friends to celebrate with us. The night is always opened by Nga Puna o Waiorea, who were the winners last year and runners up this year at the ASB Polyfest. Please encourage your child to join any of the groups. Gold coin donation and yummy food is sold.
  • Junior Report Evening, Monday 4th July
  • PACIFIC PARENTS MEETING: Thursday, 23 June at 6pm, at Waiora. This is also the week of the School Ball. We strongly urge you to leave this date free and come in to meet with the Pacific staff and other Pacific parents about how your child is doing and what we can do to support their learning. Refreshments will be served.

If you have any concerns, queries or you just want to chat, please free to email me at tait@westernsprings.school.nz

Year 12 Accounting and Economics Work Choice Day Visit - May 2011

Workchoice Trust provided a group of Year 12 students three great opportunities to visit.

The first firm was JRA in Ponsonby , whose vision statement is to ‘build great workplaces!'. They specialise in getting feedback from all levels of the company; from customers through to 360 Degree surveys on CEOs. The key outcome is to have engaged employees and loyal customers.

Our Year 12s listened to new graduates' career stories which included how they changed their university courses after their first University year and learned valuable workplace skills at their part-time work. Most employees had post graduate qualifications and some had changed career direction and studied in a different field from their bachelor degree at the post-graduate level. One of the IT managers spoke about the need to follow up applications with a phone call because this action ended up securing him a job at JRA.

We chatted over a tasty lunch and then students completed a 'real time' computer survey of the morning's session. The JRA team then fed back students survey results which were correlated to their gender, and even their preferences on a MacDonald's menu!

The second workplace we visited was BankLink in Mount Eden which provides 80% of NZ accountants with accounting software. Students were impressed hearing about the critical place of developing and testing IT software as part of marketing and product management.

It is very difficult for students attending school every day to have this face to face with people in occupations. Thanks go to Banklink and JRA's hospitality.
Kay Wallace

English Department

The Western Springs Advanced Open debating team have completed their first round of debates by winning four out of five. This is a fantastic achievement given the quality of the competition in this grade, with experienced teams from schools across the wider Auckland region. Their recent win was in response to the moot "This house would pay teachers according to their performance." The Western Springs team of Rae Ward-Lerew, Erin O'Flaherty and Lucy Vete were negating. Along with fourth team member Tasman Stephenson, they are confident about making the final eight in the competition. They have been fabulous representatives for the school and we wish them well.

We would like to remind parents and caregivers of Year 11EGE students that they will need the English coursebook 'Achievement in English at Year 11' for the study of Unfamiliar Texts which is covered in the second part of the term. As has been mentioned previously, this book is provided through the payment of school fees, or can be purchased separately for $25 from Beth at the front office. We would urge you to buy this book if you haven't already, as the information and tasks it provides are invaluable.
Ali Geursen
HOD English

Media Studies Department News

Junior Media Studies students have been busy completing practical assessment work. The Year 10 students have had a lot of fun devising and producing scenes in the style of a Western. Students chose to either set their Western in a local scene, resulting in some interesting subversions of the genre, or to do a more traditional western. The moustaches and hats proved very popular! Year 9 students are making magazine style items introducing new students to the school, and these were showcased at the recent Intermediate workshop day.

Level 2 students are nearing the end of their term-long practical projects and are producing a range of creative and thought-provoking short films. The Year 13 documentary makers will be starting their projects in the next couple of weeks and are busy planning at the moment. These films will be on view at the end of the year in the student showcase and we'd love to see you there to support these budding filmmakers. More information closer to the time.

It's a busy time of year for film competitions. Any interested student should check out the competitions page in the Media Studies area of the Intranet or look on the board in the Media department. They are also welcome to come and find a Media Studies teacher at any time for helpful advice.

48 hour film shoot Asher James and Kalman Zambo editing the 48 hour film

Just recently the school entered a team in the V48hr film challenge. It was a fabulous experience for the 20 plus students involved and the teacher helpers. We all learnt new skills in the 48hrs of frantic film making! We were very lucky and grateful to have the mentoring skills of Western Springs parent and award-winning filmmaker Michael Bennett on hand. Part of the challenge is that the entire film must be written, filmed and edited in a 48hr period and the students rose incredibly well to this challenge. We were given "Musical" as our genre, which was a bit of a gift, as we had several talented musicians and singing actors in the group.

We are delighted that the film won the audience award in its heat against adult teams. Claris Jacobs (year 12) was part of a team of young people whose film has made it to the Auckland finals and we will be there cheering for her! Another student team comprised of year 10 students came second in their heat, which is a great accomplishment also. There were several other student filmmaking teams involved in the competition (including a team of keen year 9 students) and we are very proud of them all! The films will be available for public viewing in the second week of June and we will publish a link to see them on the intranet.
Deb Thompson
HOD Media Studies


Congratulations to Khelan Naran who has been selected as a member of the Auckland U18 Men's Development Hockey Team. He will be representing Auckland at its six day National Tournament in Hamilton on 18th - 23rd July.

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