Nga Puna O Waiorea
 Newsletter No. 8, September 5, 2011  
Springs Calendar
Term Three
Week Six
Sept 05 - Sept 9

September 05 – September 09:
Senior Exams Yr 10 Careers Week International Student Programme for those not doing NCEA

Week Seven
Sept 12 - Sept 16

Sunday 11 Sept – Tuesday 13 Sept:
Yr 11 Geo Trip to Ruapehu
Monday 12 Sept – Tuesday 13 Sept:
Yr 13 Photo Day
Wednesday 14 Sept – Friday 16 Sept:
Yr 12 PE Camp
Thursday 15 Sept
Yr 13 Drama Trip 11am

Week Eight
Sept 19 - Sept 23

Monday 19 Sept:
Yr 13 Bio Trip to Museum
Yr 12 Film Gala, Hollywood Theatre, Avondale, 7.00pm
Tuesday 20 Sept to 22 Sept:
Dance Showcase

Week Nine
Sept 26 - Sept 30

Thursday 29 Sept:
Senior Exams
Yr 10 Careers Week
Friday 30 Sept:
Yr 10 Cross Country from lunch onwards

Week Ten
Oct 03- Oct 07

Tuesday 04 October
Yr 13 Bio Trip to Liggins Institute
Tuesday 04 to Thurs 06:
Manu Korero Nationals TBC
Friday 07:
Talent Quest

Message from the principal:

In the aftermath of the death on Friday night of Elliot Poupouare we have consulted with the Ministry of Education’s Traumatic Incident Response Team and put in place a plan to guide us through this difficult time.

We have employed additional external counsellors for the week ahead and welcomed the generous offer of counselling support from our neighbouring schools (Avondale College, Mount Albert Grammar School, Lynfield College, Mount Roskill Grammar School, and Epsom Girls’ Grammar school).

Our focus has been largely on providing student support services designed to look after as well as possible those students seriously affected by Elliot’s death. This has included the establishment of a register of at-risk students and the monitoring of the wellbeing of these students. The sports centre (Te Whakamanu) has been set aside as a reception venue for students. We would like to encourage students to come into the school and seek support rather than gather in groups off site.

Routines: Examinations & Staying at Home Overnight
The expert advice we have received is that students should be encouraged to return to normal routines as soon as possible. They should be encouraged to prepare for and to sit their exams, however, teachers will be sympathetic towards those students who are not able to cope with examination demands at this time. We will endeavour to inform parents if students do not present for their exams.

Students should be informed that they are strongly advised to come home in the evening and not stay at friends’ homes overnight. This is a time when parents need to assert their parental authority in the best interests of their daughters’ and sons’ wellbeing.

Students should not attend the funeral ( Morrison Funeral Services, Universal Drive, Henderson, at 3.00pm on Wednesday afternoon ) without parental supervision. We especially do not want large groups of students left on their own after the funeral.

School Closure
School will close early at 1.30pm on Wednesday afternoon. All year 9 and 10 students should attend school on Wednesday, given that only one out of five lessons will be lost as a result of the early closure. The school bus will transport students home at this time.

There will be no examinations for senior students on Wednesday afternoon. These exams have been postponed until Wednesday, 14 September.

Home Support
The resources provided through the attached three links – Supporting a Bereaved Teen; What Does A Grieving Teen Need The Most; Bereavement At Different Ages & Stages – have been provided by the Ministry of Education’s Special Education Traumatic Incident Response Team’s leader, Louise Barry.  


Please contact the school office if you have any concerns.

Ken Havill

Ken Havill

Library News:

Library Week

A highlight in our calendar is Library Week which was celebrated in week 5 from August 16 to August 20. Once students realised the prize was a canteen voucher for correctly answering the daily question they really became engaged and had to be refrained from entering more than once.

The Form Class quiz, which was based on our collection of books, was won by Atea, with Kapura in second place and Whenua in third place. The form class with all the correct answers was YSK, whose form teacher is Ms Yates. Well done to the library enthusiasts in this form class.

Describe the Western Springs Library in 6 words:
Form classes wrote really positive words in response to this quiz question.
Some of the best were:
Quiet, knowledge-filled, safe, learning environment, choice
A captivating, learning and inspirational sanctuary
Helpful, informative, welcoming, friendly, interesting, motivational

Top Readers

The following students were awarded a book voucher for having read the most books from our library.


Mac Stephenson                               Minnie Finlayson

YEAR 12 

Te Ao Marama Geraghty                  Taylor Tuisamoa


Ben Andersen                                    Michela Belesarius


Jasmine Thompson-Milne                Shivez Beckingham


Montagu Walsh                               Anahera-Hin   Brown-Tapuikore


Overall it was a successful week and hopefully students were made more aware of our collection which endeavours to cater for our students reading needs.

Sharda Patel

Media Studies News:

Congratulations to year 13 film maker Simon Havas who has won a place in the final selection of the Last Ocean Film Competition. This competition highlights the fragility of the Ross Sea near the Antarctica. As part of his selection Simon needs as many people as possible to view his documentary on Youtube.  Here is the link:  http://goo.gl/2fgQk

The year 12 filmmakers have finished an impressive range of short films. This year we had 33 films completed – quite a feat! A selection of these films will be shown at our Year 12 Film Gala on September the 29th at the Hollywood Theatre in Avondale. The films will be shown at 7pm followed by an awards ceremony celebrating a range of achievements.  All students who completed a film are up for an award. We encourage you to come along. The films are made with the intention of reaching as wide an audience as possible and we love to celebrate the talents of our film makers. Entry is by koha (the students will decide on a worthy cause closer to the time). 

We'd like to give our ongoing thanks to Leanne Pooley and the PAG. Leanne is currently working alongside our Year 13 filmmakers helping them to develop their documentaries. We are very grateful to her for her support and to the Parent Action Group, who generously provided the financial support to make this possible, through their "visiting expert" scheme.

The Media Studies Department

Careers Happenings:


Waiora Activities  University Liaison Visits for University Course Planning   Term 3 and 4    2011

Thursday 15 September  Victoria  University   1.30 till 4 pm

Monday 19th September Te Awanuiarangi Visit  1.30 till 3pm

Tuesday 25 October  Auckland University    1 – 4 pm

Thursday 27 October Unitec    11-2.30 pm

Monday 31 October    11-2.30 pm and Wed 2 November AUT Course Planning 11-2.30 pm for both days.

We will work out a schedule and register (book at Waiora Reception 8156730 Ext 743) for students attending these.

Year 10 Careers Week 2 September – Friday 8 September

*Year 10 Careers Week is about students exploring their career dreams and possibilities for the future. 

*Year 10 students should give themselves permission to explore their dreams and possibilities so that all options are considered.   

*Year 10 Careers Week is about conducting research into different careers so that you can consider how to choose subjects which will keep your options open for future opportunities.

*Year 10 Careers Week is about being informed so that you can make a better subject choice.

Further information is available on a programme called "Career Quest" and there is also a 'WSC Subject Selection Guide' available on the intranet under 'Student Support' and 'Careers' (see Year 10).  Students will be researching possible career options at home and school to assist with their subject selection.

BOT News:

Advance notice: Board of Trustees Mid-term Election for 3 parent representative positions. Voting day: 18 November 2011

At the December 2009 Board meeting, the trustees resolved to adopt the mid-term (staggered) election option for the 7 parent representative positions. This was to assist the school and trustees in Board succession planning, including the transfer of information and experience from board to board.

This is advance notice that 3 parent representative positions will be available at this mid-term election.  The term will be for 3 years.

The call for nominations will occur on 21 October, and nominations will close on 4 November. Voting papers will be sent out on 9 November. There will be a Meet the Candidates Evening on Monday 14 November at 7:30 pm in the Library. The official voting day is Friday 18 November. The count of votes takes place on Thursday 24 November and the successful candidates take office for their 3-year term on Friday 25 November.

There are 2 scheduled Board meetings (19 September, 31 October) before nominations close. You might like to consider attending one of these meetings to see how our Board operates (they are open to the public to attend). Another option is to speak to a current Board member. A list of Board members is available on our website, as well as minutes of meetings.

Trevor Crosby

(BoT chairperson)

Two New Student Representatives on the Board of Trustees:

Rajiv Singh and Hannah Clarke (both Yr 12) have been appointed as Co- Student Representatives. They are both happy working together and will share responsibilities to match their skills sets and strengths.  Their first meeting will be on September 19th at 6pm in the Admin Meeting Room.


New Zealand's Next Top Model:

Bianca Cutts, a WSC Year 12 student, reached the final that screened last Friday night.  We are all very proud of her achievement.  Well done Bianca.


The World Hip Hop Championships:

Shakaiah  Perez (Year 10) has returned to NZ with 2 Gold Medals from  the 2011 World Hip Hop Championships in Las Vegas, after placing first with Sorority Dance Crew in the Varsity Division & The Royal Family in the Megacrew Division. His dance studio, The Palace, took out 3 of the possible 4 gold medals with Bubblegum in the Junior Division, Sorority in the Varsity Division, The Royal Family in the Megacrew Division & ReQuest, bringing home Silver in the Adult Division. NZ also took Silver in the Junior Division with Lil' Saints.

They have worked very hard for their successful results, training continuously and consistently before and during their competition in Las Vegas and Shakaiah has done us proud.


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03/09/2011 Update:  Both the Senior A and Senior B sides won their finals last Saturday.


Community Notices:

Dyslexia Parent Support Group

This is advance notice that the next meeting of the group will be at 7:30 pm, Monday 12 September 2011.  WSC staff are invited.

This will be a talk on "Understanding the complexities of dyslexia" by well-known psychologist Lynn Berresford of Indigo Assessment and Counselling, North Shore.   Lynn will be discussing the many manifestations of dyslexia, such as how a child can be reading at an age-appropriate level and still be significantly limited by dyslexia, and how the dyslexic mind connects with learning and compensates for dyslexic limitations.

Lynn is very well qualified. She has an M.Ed (Hons) and Dip Teaching (Distinction), She is a Registered Psychologist with over 30 years of experience of working with children, teenagers and adults with exceptional needs. Lynn has developed extensive and practical knowledge of these individuals who learn differently. Lynn has acted as the Gifted Education Centre consultant psychologist ever since the establishment of the centre in 1995. She was one of the "ask an expert" on the Ministry of Education TKI website (Gifted and Talented Community -- Parent and Whanau). She is a member of the N.Z. Psychological Society, N.Z. Counsellors Association, N.Z. Gifted Children's Association and she is a life member of SPELD (N.Z. Federation of Specific Learning Difficulties). Lynn is a dedicated, experienced and skilled advocate for individuals who have behaviours reflecting Giftedness, Dyslexia, Attention Deficits, Dyspraxia, Aspergers etc., and she has worked in both clinical and educational settings.Visit www.indigo.org.nz for further information

The meeting will be held in the Library at Western Springs College, 100 Motions Road, Western Springs, Auckland 1022.

A gold coin donation from those attending would be most welcomed.

Easy parking is available in the public carpark right next to the school (this is the carpark for Auckland Zoo and TAPAC use).


We Are,

Musical Theatre Production

Flashmob Musical Theatre Co. (a Performing Arts School youth company) presents a fresh season of clever devising, improvisation and ensemble collaboration. Flashmob will perform three shows - Sat 10th Sept 7pm, Sun 11 Sept 4pm & 7pm. All shows are at TAPAC, 100 Motions Road, Western Springs. To book, please call (09) 845 0290. Otherwise door sales will be available. Tickets: Adult $15, Concession $10, Family $40




Proposed itinerary for GEOGRAPHY fieldtrip to Peru and the Amazon June 2012. Cost approx. $5,000 I will hold a preliminary meeting for interested geography students and parents, probably in week 9 of this term to answer questions. Jenny Jones

Sun 24 JUN 2012          AUCKLAND-SANTIAGO-LIMA         

16.10 pm                     Depart AUCKLAND on LA 800

11.40 am                     Arrive SANTIAGO - Transfer to your connecting flight

14.55 pm                     Depart SANTIAGO on LA 632

16.55 pm                     Arrive LIMA - On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.


Accommodation for one night at the El Tambo Hotel including breakfast


MON 25 JUN 2012                 LIMA – PUERTO MALDONADO  - ECO AMAZONIA        (B/L/D)         


After breakfast you will be transferred from your hotel to the Airport.

10.50 am                     Depart LIMA on LA 2071

13.30 pm                     Arrive PUERTO MALDONADO the Amazon Lodge

visit Monkey Island located at only five minutes from the lodge, in the middle of the Madre de Dios river

Accommodation for 3 night at the Eco Amazonia (or similar) including breakfast lunch and dinner.         


TUE 26 JUN 2012                  ECO AMAZONIA                                                               (B/L/D)

Hike into the "Cocha Perdida" (Lost Cocha) to the amazing Amazon observatory, built at the top the biggest tree "SHIHUAHUACO", and ride in a canoe around the lake. Then return to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon a canoe ride though the river and a visit to a typical local family, then return for dinner.

WED 27 JUN 2012                             ECO AMAZONIA                                                   (B/L/D)

Sail though the Madre de Dios River, to the beginning of a hiking trek to the rivers GAMITNA / BRIOLO; from the heart of the virgin jungle, these two rivers form huge sailing channels then we will return by canoe, Back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

THU 28 JUN 2012                  ECO AMAZONICA – PUERTO MALDANADO – CUZCO                (B)

After an early breakfast, we make our way to Puerto Maldonado and then transfer to the airport to meet your departing flight.

11.55 am                     Depart PUERTO MANDONADO on LA2074

12.50 pm                     Arrive CUZCO

Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to you hotel.  Rest of the day will be at leisure

Accommodation for two nights at the Eco Inn (or similar) including breakfast

FRI 29 JUN 2012                    CUZCO                                                                                      (B)

Visit the Imperial City Sacsayhuaman Fortress, an imposing sample of military Inca architecture which dominates the city. Also archaeological sites of Qenko, Puca-Pucara and Tambomachay, located north east of the city.

SAT 30 JUN 2012                  CUZCO – SACRED VALLEY                                                 (B/L)

Sacred Valley. You will visit Pisac, a picturesque town located 19.8 miles or 32 Km. northeast of Cusco. Its colorful fairs also take place every day.We continue to the town of Urubamba for a buffet lunch.  In the afternoon you will visit the remarkable fortress of Ollantaytambo, built by the Incas. 

**Suggestion:  pack an overnight bag for Sacred Valley and Aguas Calientes due to the limited space on the trains or cars for big luggage.  The hotel will store your other luggage in Cusco. Please **

Accommodation for one night at the La Casona De Yucay (or similar) including breakfast

SUN 01 JUL 2012      SACRED VALLEY – MACHU PICCHU - CUSCO                            (B/L)

Early pick up and transfer to the Ollanta Railway station to board the (Vistadome Train) tourist train that goes through the Urubamba Valley or Sacred Valley of the Incas, to the fabulous mountaintop ruins of Machu Picchu. Upon arrival to the station, the buses wait to transfer you to the top of the ruins (30 minutes). A guided tour of the ruins.

Buffet lunch will be provided at Machu Picchu Sanctuary Lodge.

Bus transfer to Aguas Calientes and then afternoon back to Cusco by train and coach. 

Upon arrival into Cusco you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Accommodation for Two nights at the Eco Inn (or similar) including breakfast


MON 2 JUL 2012                   CUZCO                                                               (B)

Free morning to relax and refresh. This afternoon time to explore the colourful local markets, last minute shopping. Final dinner together in Cusco.

Accommodation at the Eco Inn (or similar) including breakfast

TUE 03 JUL 2012                  CUZCO  - SANTIAGO                                                              (B)

After breakfast you will be transfer to Cuzco airport for your flight to Santiago

09.35 am                     Depart CUZCO on LA 2018

10.55 am                     Arrive LIMA - Transfer to your connecting flight

13.00 pm                     Departs LIMA LA 637

18.25 pm                     Arrive Santiago - Transfer to your connecting flight

22.50 pm                     Depart SANTIAGO on LA 801

                                    Cross the International Date Line.

WED 04 JUL 2012                             IN FLIGHT


WED 05 JUL 2012                AUCKLAND                                                        

04.00 am                     Arrive AUCKLAND


***Thank you for travelling with EDVENTURETOURS for your South American Amazon and Andes Adventure. We look forward to assisting you again in the future***