Languages Department News
Year 9 Chinese course
Ni hao! We are
pleased to announce that the new Chinese language (Mandarin) course has started
this term for Year 9 students. This is a 2-term course, and the students are
learning the language, the importance of the tones in Chinese, as well as about
the countries that speak Chinese and their cultures. We hope that the students
enjoy learning the language spoken by most people in the world, along with
their over 5000 years old culture.
Celebration of International Languages Week
It is the time of the
year again. The International Languages
Week is here, this week, right now
(August 15 to August 19). A lot of events are run through this week, such as:
· Greetings: every day we have greetings in different languages to encourage use by
the staff and students.
· Food: the canteen is providing several different dishes from different
countries or cultures throughout the week. We will be able to taste Japanese,
Chinese and German food.
· Culture Dress-up competition: This is our highlight of the week. The staff and students are
encouraged to dress up to present different cultures or countries, and enter
the competition. This is happening on Tuesday (16 August), and the winners will
be announced during the school assembly time on the same day. Last year we had about 50 students and
25 staff dressed up in different cultural clothes, such as Korean, Indian, African......
· Culture Challenge: This is a new event this year. The students had already registered
their interest in participation last week. The participants will be gathering
in the school hall during lunch time on Wednesday (17 August) to challenge
themselves in four different activities, from doing calligraphy, making origami
and a language quiz to test how good their knowledge of different cultures are.
Let us celebrate the week, the language and the
Renae Liao-Marsden &
Below are the dress-up competition photos from last
|Social Studies staff dressed up
||School staff dressed up
|Students dressed up
||Top Boy (English punk)
||Top Girl (Korean dress)
Enviromental Science News
Open Wide and Say Aaaghh…
From a science
classroom, to a lion enclosure.
Once in front of a desk, a small group of year 12 Environmental Science
students from Western Springs College were now literally face to face with five
full sized lions.
The task was simple -
to enrich the lion’s enclosure to further replicate a natural habitat.
Together, we developed an invention that would briefly offer some entertainment
for the lions, but what we witnessed was very exciting to say the least. In the beginning, we didn’t expect
to be a meter away from a bunch of lions. But keepers at the Auckland zoo
kindly took us in to the place where they eat and sleep. It was time to see the
lions in action.
The four of us merry
rapscallions (and two lion keepers) peered through the meshed gate which
separated us from the Felidae Pantherea, Leo, Swahili, or as the general public
know them, lions.
Having just witnessed the lions up close, we knew very well what kind of strength these vicious yet majestic animals possessed, so we were not expecting the boxes, within boxes within boxes to survive for very long, let alone cause an epic battle of fathomable proportions.
With a swing of a hinge and a creak of a door, the beast was let into their enclosure. Straight away, they picked up on the scent of us humans, intrigued at these newcomers who would dare venture into their nefarious abode.
After marking their territory and discovering the boxes and their contents; the natural pecking order kicked in, and the alpha male (Lazarus) and his main female (who‟s name we cannot remember) took ownership of these strange new possessions. Azura playfully flaunted her new found treat in front of the others while making her way through the various layers of the confectionary, and devouring their contents. Meanwhile, Lazarus for reasons unknown, playfully stroked the hanging box with his head, but sooner or later he saw through the ecstatic feeling and ripped the box off the tree, searching for the internal treasures that this box had to offer.
Meanwhile, other lions began to get curious and approached Azura feasting on her prey, but they were met by a fierce raw, and a short but ferocious fight that lead to the male walking off defeated, marking his territory on a nearby hill to soften the blow. Azura continued her feast, but still kept her head up every now and then, making sure no lion could get a cheap shot and snatch her prize.
Overall, we had done a lot more then enrich the lion‟s environment for a short period of time. We created a catalyst that kicked off lion behaviour, and got a full show of how dominance is kept among the lions when it comes to feeding. It was a box within a box within a box. And it resulted in an effect, within an effect within an enclosure. LION CONFECTION. DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN -
By Hugo and Taylor… and Mo and Rueben
To Parents of
all Year 11, 12 and 13 students.
also apply to Year 10 students doing any NZQA external examinations.
The school has to pay
this fee for each student to NZQA by 1st September. This fee enables your student to be
awarded both internal and external credits. If you do not pay this fee your student
will not receive any credits this year.If you have a
community services card, please bring this to the school office for us to
photocopy and pay $25. We will
apply for the rebate of the remaining fee for you.
All payments and
applications for rebates must be received by the school by Friday 26th
Any problems please
contact Ruth Roberts on 815 6730 extension 705.
Auckland Secondary Schools Debating competition has continued for Western
Springs with two of our three teams making it through to the finals. The
Junior Open team are through to the quarter-finals after their impromptu debate
against Tangaroa College on Monday the 8th of August, where they were
affirmative for the moot "This house would ban advertising during
children's programming." It was an entertaining debate full of humour
and emotion. Tangaroa were tough opposition and it is clear that the
standard is now much higher than the competition in the preliminary
rounds. Hannah Swedlund, Elsie Bollinger and Isabella Lenihan-Ikin will
debate again on the 22nd of August.
Our fabulous Advanced Open team won four of their five debates in the
preliminary rounds and competed in the impromptu knock-out octo-finals on
Tuesday the 9th of August. Rae Ward-Lerew, Lucy Vete and Erin O'Flaherty
were affirmative against Sacred Heart College on the moot "This house
would arm the New Zealand Police." Unfortunately, their dream run
ends with this debate, but they have gained valuable experience that they plan
to carry through into next year. Along with fourth team member, Tasman Stephenson,
the team have represented the school superbly and are sure to enjoy further
success in debating in the future.
FROM THE YEAR 12 ACADEMIC DIRECTOR –
a note to parents!
On Friday of week 5,
the 2nd of September, exams begin for senior students and continue
through week 6. There will be no
timetabled classes for levels 1, 2 and 3 students for those six days.
Do not be persuaded
into believing that because they are not worth credits, that these exams are
not important. It is essential that
students treat them seriously and prepare for them thoroughly, so subject
teachers are able to see what work still needs to be completed or reinforced
and students can see where extra revision may be needed.
They are also
important in terms of the NCEA qualification; if your child is seriously unwell
at the end of the year on the day of an external examination, and is unable to
sit, we will have some data on which to base a compassionate consideration.
now on, all students should be using homework time for revision.
9 and 10 Health classes will begin their sexuality education this term. Most
Year 9 classes will have their first lessons in either week 6 or 7; most Year 10
classes will begin in week 7 or 8.
If you have any questions regarding the content of this topic please
contact your child’s Health teacher or the HOD of Health, Karalee Green.
2012 SPORTS ACADEMY
forms for the 2012 Year 11 and Senior Sports Academy classes will be available
from Monday 15th August.
Applications for next years Senior Academy must be received by Friday 2nd
September and Year 11 applications must be received by Monday 5th
Year 10, 11 and 12 Academy students can get applications forms from their
Academy teacher. Students, not
currently in the Sports Academy, can get application forms from the school
office. All applications must be
returned to the office by the due date (05/09/11).
|YEAR 13 DRAMA CLASS PRODUCTION
Mother Courage and Her Children is among Brecht's most famous plays and follows the fortunes of one woman's struggle to make a living off the war raging around her. Through the course of the play she loses all three of her children, yet her canteen cart continues to roll through the battered countryside of Europe which is slowly being torn apart by a war of faith. Peace is bad business for Mother Courage and war, thankfully, seems never ending.
This production, presented by the year 13 Drama class and directed by Rita Stone, combines the talents of Taylor Groves (a year 13 music student) with theaccomplished singing members of the company.
Join the journey of Mother Courage's cart through this Brechtian masterpiece on the contradictions and inequalities of war.
|DATES: Gala Opening (includes supper) on Sat 13 August @ 7pm
($15 waged/ $10 unwaged)
Season: Mon 15 August – Thurs 18 August @ 7pm
($10 Waged, $5 unwaged)
BOOK ONLINE AT TAPAC.ORG.NZ
YEAR 12 FOOD TECHNOLOGY
Year 12 Food
Technology has been busy preparing for the cabaret show of "Mother Courage
and her children". After weeks of practicing and perfecting they presented
their final dish to the stakeholders, in the hope that it would be chosen to
serve on the night. All students created a fantastic dish and many students
made it through to the final! The
dedicated students prepared and presented a delicious 3 course meal as part of
the opening night.
Photos include a selection of Year 12 creations.
By Linda Palavi
Behind the scenes the
council has been hard at work assessing systems and practices at W.S.C. which
directly impact the student community. Keeping in mind our overall goal of
incorporating the NZC key competencies into everyday school life, we have been
working on a range of projects. These include developing an understanding of
students’ perspectives on the detention system, facilitating a “how
to learn” workshop and supporting Daffodil Day. We are looking forward to
presenting our findings to staff and students as we continue to embrace our
school’s unique culture!
By Ruby Arden, Chelsea Tidswell, Olivia Shaw and
On Friday the 1st
of July, Western Springs College competed in the 2011 Stage Challenge. After 5
months of rehearsals and meetings with our 60 dancers and 30 backstage crew
members, we were finally ready to perform. Our theme was text bullying and the
harsh effects it has on any individual. Our story followed the day to day lives
of three students being text bullied by their peers. Towards the end of the
story the three main characters commit suicide; it is the sad but truthful
reality which some people experience. At the end of our performance a previous
bully deletes the next text message received. It is a resolution to the story
and a way to move forward and to prevent the cycle from happening again.
Western Springs’ performance was amazing. From the set co-ordination and
lighting to the dancers and actors, everybody did a fantastic job. Even hair
and makeup was outstanding. Although we did not place, we won six awards; Award
of Excellence for Soundtrack, Visual Enhancement, Concept, Set Design and
Function, Drama and Student Achievement. It was a very successful day and we
would like to thank Barnaby James for supporting us and guiding us through it.
Well done and thank you to everyone who was involved. Our performance will be
shown during the week of the 22nd of August on Sticky TV.
Travel Wise Facts
* In 2008, 11773 people on the
planet were killed in alcohol impaired driving crashes.
* In 2009, an estimated 24
000 people were injured in crashes involving cell phones causing distraction.
* This year, 10839 people will die in drunk driving
crashes – 1 every 50 minutes.
* A drunk driver will have
driven drunk, on average 87 times, before their first arrest.
* One in three people will be
involved in an alcohol-related crash in their life time.
* One in three people will be
involved in an alcohol-related crash in their life time.
* Every minute, 1 person is
injured as a result of an alcohol related crash.
* Car crashes are a leading
cause of death amongst teens. 1 out of every 3 is alcohol related.
Western Springs College Health Wise
Just a Taste Cooking
Phase 1 –
Complete the entry form below. Place it in the box at the front office or
e-mail your entry to email@example.com by midnight on Friday
August the 19th. You may enter as an individual, or in a pair.
Phase 2 – You
will be informed whether you have been selected as a finalist on Monday 22
August. There will be 5 junior and 5 senior finalists. Finalists will be
selected based on the nutritional value of their recipes.
Phase 3 – All
finalists will make their meal in the food tech room on Thursday 25 August. All
ingredients will be provided and you will be given a senior food tech student
to support you on the day.
Phase 4 – A
junior and senior winner will be announced and prizes awarded during the
following full school assembly.
First place in each category will win a fully paid dinner for two.
REMEMBER: You will
NOT be required to cook unless your recipe is in the top 10.
chosen recipe along with a brief description of why you choose this particular
a lot coming up in the next few weeks in the arts at Western Springs. On
Saturday the 13th of August, the year 13 drama class production of Mother Courage
and Her Children opens in TAPAC theatre. This play, written by Bertolt Brecht,
has been in rehearsal for the past few months, and thanks to the
students’ hard work in developing their characters and honing their
skills, the result is quite a show! Being a ‘Brechtian’ musical,
the music to accompany Brecht’s lyrics has been composed by Taylor
Groves, a year thirteen music student, and backstage assistance is being
provided by PAT students, meaning that this is a truly student-driven
production. The show will be on from Saturday the 13th to Thursday the 18th
(excluding Sunday night) from 7 pm. Tickets are on sale from the TAPAC website.
This show should not be missed!
In addition to that,
another Year 13 student, Victoria Chellew (whose talent will, incidentally, be
on show at Mother Courage), has made it to the finals of the Stand Up, Stand
Out competition in the solo singing category with her stunning interpretation
of Elton John’s Benny and the Jets. She wowed the judges with her unique
take on the song, and has been selected as one of only 8 finalists. Making it
to the finals alongside Victoria was Eden Roberts, for the solo instrumental
category. Eden’s incredible improvised harmonica performance was more
than enough to get her through to the finals, as one of only 5 in her category.
They’ll both be performing at the finals on September 2nd at 7pm at the
Telstraclear Pacific Events Centre, so good luck to Victoria and Eden!
And finally, coming
up in Week 4 of this term is a library music showcase, at which the
school’s music students will perform pieces they’ve been working
on, for NCEA or otherwise. These concerts never fail to impress, and are a
perfect opportunity for students from the wider school community to appreciate
the many talents who would otherwise remain hidden in our music department.
Make sure you head along to the library on Wednesday of Week 4 to see a truly
impressive display of musicianship and talent.
SIX MONTHS OF PHILOSOPHY IN PICTURES
far it has been an action-packed year in the Philosophy Department: new staff,
new rooms, new courses and new projects.
Just before the summer break, Jonathan McKeown-Green X and Vanya Kovach
from the Auckland University Philosophy
Department, along with a group of post-graduate students, came in to work
with our Year 9 students. With the
help of the students they identified and rated new Philosophy resources for
schools. (See the classroom picture
with Vanya in action.)
the start of this year, a second member of staff joined the department, Damon
King. This year Damon has taken the
Year 9 and the Year 10 philosophy courses, both of which have increased in size
from last year with record numbers in Year 9.
this year, the WSC Philosophy Department has teamed up with the Auckland Zoo Education Department,
identifying themes in the Philosophy courses from Year 9 to 13 which overlaps
with what the Zoo can offer. The first
project was organised by Mr King and involved a 3 lesson Year 9 zoo visit,
which focussed on ethical issues.
For instance, the trade in endangered animal parts and products. (See
the photograph of the Zoo’s Education officer Tali photographed with items
confiscated by customs.)
class also discussed the ethics of feeding live prey to zoo animals, and
witnessed the crunch of live locusts being fed to the monkeys! In addition keepers provided us with a tactile
encounter with a large, but friendly, lizard, and discussed the ethical issues
around handling zoo animals
As well as
developments outside the classroom, there have been developments in the classroom
– for the first time the department has its own designated teaching
space. The rooms came along with a
secure lock up, which has also proved perfect for Year 11 in acting out
Plato’s Analogy of the Prisoners in
the Cave (see the picture of Ashley Candir and Daimen Holt enslaved), as
well as providing a set for role plays around positive and negative freedom,
and a prop for the Year 12 Philosophy of Punishment theme.
Earlier in the year
Ashley and Damon, along with the other Year 11s, were even let out on day
release to attend a Philosophy conference at Saint Cuthbert’ Colleges, which was led by Julie Arliss form Oxford University.
Finally, this year
has seen Philosophy move into Year 13, meaning that Philosophy is now an option
in every year level in the school, which we think is a first for any school in
the country. The Year 13
course allows students to gain NCEA credits as well as sitting a first year University of Waikato paper. Provisional results for the 12 Year 13
students who took the course have all 12 passing, with 8 gaining
‘A’ grades. Taylor
Groves (extreme left in the picture with cake) gained the third highest mark
nationally, and Max Diack (second from the right) the highest of any student who
sat the paper.
Talia Sellers from The University
of Waikato (in the centre of the picture) came in 6 times to hold seminars
with the students. On the last
occasion students provided a shared lunch, with each of the twelve students
bringing food that reflected one of the 12 themes of the course. Oliver Mills (crouching) tackled
‘Research Ethics’ and suggested we fill in consent forms before
tasting his offering, and Maddie Barratt (extreme right) baked one of her
At the recent careers
fair there was some confusion about the status of the Year 13 Course in
relation to University Entrance.
From next year the situation will be straight forward. All students taking year 13 Philosophy
will complete at least 14 NCEA level 3 Credits drawn from Social Studies
Achievement Standards. As Social
Studies is a University Entrance Approved Subject, these credits CAN be
used in gaining UE.
(Head of Philosophy)
Hello! Thanks to those families who attended a
very successful Careers Evening earlier this month. We had a very good turn out and engaging
discussions were had by all.
A busy Careers
University Liaison Visits for University Course Planning Term 3 and 4 2011
15 September Victoria University 1.30 till 4 pm
25 October Auckland University 1 – 4 pm
27 October Unitec
31 October 11-2.30 pm
and Wed 2 November - AUT Course Planning 11-2.30 pm for both days.
will work out a schedule and register (book at Waiora Reception 8156730 Ext
743) for students attending these.
AUT Information Sessions Visit www.aut.ac.nz/infosessions
information evenings: 9–30 August 2011 - All are 6.30pm-8.30pm
To register Phone: 0800 AUTUNI (0800 288 864) press
"1" or Email
Languages, social sciences, hospitality, tourism and
Education, health, sciences, sport
Thursday 18 August
Te ara poutama (Maori development)
Tuesday 30 August
Saturday 13th August 10 am – 3 pm Massey – Albany Campus Programme
2010 Register online at
Sat 26th August Study at Vic Open Day
Auckland University Open Day
Unitec Information Evening 31 August 2010 3.30-6.30pm
HELPFUL CAREERS LINGO
Undergraduate -this means that you do not yet have a degree and
applied to secondary school students
after you have a degree already and want to undertake further study (not
for secondary school students).
You may apply for up to 6 different
courses online at Auckland University and it is recommended that you do this to
keep your options open.
Some AUT and most UNITEC courses are admitted by application on a
first come first served basis unless there are other entrance requirements.
NOTE ! Check early
application closing dates for pharmacy, veterinary, music, nursing and
all other medical courses, dance as well as performing and fine arts
Go to provider’s
websites to check for closing dates because each course differs.
Enrolling – make more than one
application to keep your options open.(Plan a, Plan b, and so on..)
Online – Go to University website
BE SURE THAT YOU RECEIVE CONFIRMATION
EMAILS OF YOUR ONLINE ENROLMENTS.
Sometimes people have registered online, not realising that this does
not constitute an enrolment and are shocked to find in January that they have
not been enrolled!
Defence Careers has a new website Go to www.defencecareers.mil.nz/
The defence forces have multiple closing dates
according to course of study.
parents - Helping your Year 13 teen
to set career goals
1. Have casual career conversations with your son or
daughter about their plans for after Year 13. If they haven’t
decided yet, make it clear that you’d be happy to sit and talk through
their ideas, and that there is no pressure for them to make a decision right
2. Help your son or daughter identify their top three
jobs or industries using our 'Find jobs by industry and interest area' section.
Point out specific information on job market statistics and discuss if their
preferred jobs are in demand in New Zealand and if so, why.
3. Look at the subject entry requirements for the jobs
your son or daughter is interested in. Check these against your
child’s current (or previous) subjects and their latest NZQA reports to
see whether they are on target for achieving the credits they’ll need for
entry to their chosen training or course.
4. Draw a timeline with your son or daughter of what
they’d like to achieve and where they’d like to be one, three, and
five years from now. Ask them to explain what they think they would need to do
to make their aspirations happen.
5. Create a career action plan to help keep your son
or daughter positive and focused on their career goals. Praise
achievements big and small, and point out how much closer they are to making
their plans a reality.
6. Use the tertiary study action plan to help your son
or daughter reach conclusions about where they might prefer to study.
7. Remember your child's plans may change between now
and the end of Year 13, so consider writing a pros and cons list as a way of
discussing their career changes along the way.
8. Encourage your child to make multiple applications
as a way of keeping options open if they do not get into their first choice of
Westmere School Hall
After many years of community fundraising
Westmere School is very pleased to
announce the opening of Stage 1 of our new School Hall, Te Whare Kotahitanga.
We will be holding a full
school assembly to mark this milestone on Friday 26th
August 2011 and the Hall will be open for ex pupils and families to pop in and
visit from 12pm - 4.30pm on this day.
Community Centre, 18 Huia Rd, Pt Chevalier, is holding a Kids Only Market from
9am to 1pm on Saturday 20th August. At this market kids and youth are the
There is a
chance for kids to recycle old games, books, toys, clothing and sports
gear. They will also sell crafts,
baking and much more. Kids will
price and sell their merchandise.
All stalls will be manned by kids (with parents helping to supervise
younger kids). Stalls are $5
each. Call 846 1094 to book a stall
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Safer Journeys for
your teenager is learning to drive (or about to start), please read on. This
can be a stressful time for both of you. But don’t worry, help is at
www.safeteendriver.co.nz is a new
FREE website to help parents and caregivers like you
The resource was put together by the NZ
Transport Agency in collaboration with a parent/teen relationship psychologist
and an expert in driving psychology
The website has lots of great tips to help
you connect with your teenager and tools to teach them how to become a safer
Graduated Driver Licence System (GDLS) is a three-step process. So the things you
need to teach your teenager will change as they progress from Learner through
the Restricted phase to their Full Licence.
At the Learner stage:
Teach them the practical driving skills (in
a range of conditions and situations) using the tools on the website
In February 2012, the restricted driving
test is getting harder to encourage around 120 hours of supervised practice.
At the Restricted stage:
Young drivers are most at risk during the
first 6-12 months of driving solo
If your teenager has friends in the car
with them, they’re ten times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash
Learn how to manage the risks using the
tools on the website
It may be convenient for you to let your
teen break their Restricted Licence conditions but:
your insurance may be compromised if they
breach their Restricted Licence and cause a crash
they could be fined $100 and receive 35
demerit points (licence suspended for three months if they get 100 or more
demerit points within two years).
Your teenager still needs you
It can be hard communicating with teenagers. But you’re still a positive
influence on them, even though it might not feel like it at times.
So it’s important you get involved with your teenager’s driving
education and stay involved until they have a Full Licence.
use the tools and help your teenager become a safer driver.
you don’t have the internet, you can order hard copy resources.
For the Learner phase call 0800 772 284 to sign up to Practice.
For the Restricted phase call 0800 822 422 for a Safe Teen Driver pack.
Western Springs College
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