Western Springs College is on a journey to becoming a revolutionary new school. The rebuild currently underway will see 80% of our buildings replaced with state-of-the-art facilities, which will enhance the delivery of an already-outstanding education.
Dance and Drama
Dance and Drama students at WSC have the privilege of learning in a professional studio and performing throughout the year in the TAPAC Theatre, one of Auckland’s most popular performance and rehearsal spaces.
TAPAC provides space and performing arts classes to the community, as well as being a home for WSC classes. It hosts many of Auckland’s thriving arts companies including Massive Theatre Company and Okareka Dance Company, as well as independent arts practitioners and community performance groups.
The Performing Arts Technology (PAT) students are mentored by the TAPAC technicians and have opportunities to learn in a working theatre. Students are able to book studios to rehearse their co-curricular or class work.
Students have opportunities to experience professional dance and theatre through classes with professional companies hiring TAPAC spaces. The dance studio has a sprung floor, mirrors and a spectacular sliding door that opens one whole side of the studio to the field. The flexible theatre seats over 100 people and can be used in a variety of seating and staging configurations from cabaret to proscenium.
Exciting extensions to TAPAC are planned as part of the new school development to cater for the growing Dance, Drama and PAT classes.
Our library supports the school’s vision of inspiring students with a love of learning and challenging them to develop their unique personal strengths through its services, collections and programmes.
We give every student the opportunity to learn, to become enthusiastic readers and to develop information literacy skills to increase achievement. Our collection includes, non fiction, fiction, eBooks, magazines and newspapers.
The library is the centre of our school community, hosting meetings, events, performances and staff professional development. Our dedicated staff are committed to providing an excellent service supporting the curriculum and reading needs of students and staff.
Hours: 8am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday, including interval and lunchtime
The sports programme at Western Springs College is under the leadership of well-known sports director Peter McIntyre. Sports teams represent the college in 26 sports: tennis, volleyball, cricket, touch, water polo, athletics, swimming, dragon boating, softball, triathlon, waka ama, diving, cross country, netball, football, rugby, rugby league, hockey, basketball, lacrosse, table tennis, badminton, squash, orienteering, equestrian, sailing and skiing.
Additionally, the sports director is able to cater for a wide range of individual sporting pursuits through the Auckland Regional College Sport Programme.
As well as the gymnasium and sports fields, students have access to an all-weather, multi-sport turf complex and the sports centre, which is the venue for the Sports Academy classes.
Performance of all styles of music is encouraged and students take part in events such as the talent quest, choir, jazz band, chamber group, assemblies, evening performances, visits to local schools, fundraisers, drama performances, the Smokefree RockQuest and Pacifica Beats, and the Auckland Secondary Schools’ Orchestra and Band Festival.
The music department staff are supported by ten part-time tutors who are instrumental specialists. Students have the opportunity to participate in small group instrumental tuition for flute, keyboard, piano, saxophone, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, cello, double bass, electric bass, drum kit, guitar, violin, viola and voice.
Health Centre and Guidance and Counselling
Waiora is our support hub for students. It is the home to the health centre, guidance and counselling, and our Gateway work experience programme.
Guidance and counselling’s goal is to support students, so that they are fit and able to learn. Two counsellors provide a confidential, easy-to-access service that caters for all students. This is a self-referral process, although heads of houses and families may recommend an appointment with a counsellor.
Within a specialist adolescent health care service, the health centre delivers high quality nursing care. The nurse liaises with colleagues, families and outside health providers, as well as carrying out a significant health education role. The school-based physiotherapist provides treatment for students each day of the week.