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Recently, twenty-one year 13 students from The Western Springs Dragon Boating Team went to Lake Pupuke to compete in the Auckland Secondary Schools’ Dragon Boating Championship Competition. Fortunately the rain cleared up for us to compete in our seven races winning five heat round races and making three championship finals. At the end of the day we managed to walk away with three silver medals for the 200m championship, 500m championship and the open championship.

We would like to say a huge thank you to our Principal, Ivan Davis, for coaching us and being an excellent sweep. We would also like to thank Anne Ingham for being such a great manager, helping us stay organised to make it to our races on time and for our lovely lunch and continued support.



Last week the WSC First XI Cricket Team had an incredibly important promotion/ relegation game against Glendowie. This was very important as we have had a tough time stepping up into the grade as the standard of Cricket has gone up significantly. However, we managed by the end of the season to get ourselves a playoff game to stay up.
In this game, we posted 184 after 49.1 overs. We had some brilliant partnerships to put this together between James, Robbie, and Garth. We then came out firing after the break and had them 21 for 7. The game ended with us bowling them out for 121. This was an amazing win and very critical for the team to stay in 1A.
A big thanks to Ant Olliff for coaching the boys over the season and all the time you took off work; we really appreciate it. Also, thank you too, Asha and Joss, for scoring over the season we couldn’t do it without you. Big thanks to Adrian Turner for driving the van and all the things you do behind the scenes. Also thanks to the school and Pete for everything you do for us.  It’s amazing. Parents for all your amazing support we love you all.


Congratulations to all the students who qualified to compete at the College Sport Auckland Athletics Championships on Wednesday 20 March at Mt Smart Stadium, Penrose.

Amelie Fairclough – Junior Girls 200m and 300m

Sophia Westenberg – Junior Girls High Jump

Elly Mae Lawson – Junior Girls 1500m

Rio Smith – Intermediate Boys 1500m

Nathaniel Faull – Senior Boys 1500m

Jamie Daly-Jones – Intermediate Boys 400m

Jamie Daly-Jones, Nathaniel Faull, Theo McIntosh and Rio Smith – Open Boys 4 x 400m Relay

And finally to our Junior Girls 4 x 100m Relay team (pictured below from L-R) Elly Mae Lawson, Eva Pointon, Amelie Fairclough and Sadie Wilson who placed third in their relay event, receiving a bronze medal at the awards ceremony, congratulations to you all and thank you to all the parents who came out to support our athletes at the zones and championships.


Eleven of our swimmers qualified to compete at the Auckland College Sport Swimming Championships which was held on Wednesday 3rd April at the West Wave Pools in Henderson, many personal bests were achieved at this event.  We also had four relay teams entered.

Tess Whineray – Junior Girls 50m Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle

Henry Williams – Intermediate Boys 50m Butterfly, Backstroke and Freestyle

Sam Kenny – Junior Boys 50m Butterfly

Tobias Beaumont – Junior Boys 50m Breastroke

Chance Singer – Junior Girls 50m Freestyle

Tess Whineray, Nauatea Crosswell, Chance Singer and Sophia Westenberg – Open Girls 200m Butterfly Relay

Tobias Beaumont, Ben Watkinson, Elliot Williams and Sam Kenny – Junior Boys 200m Freestyle Relay

Sam Kenny, joe Mount, Henry Williams and Fergu Reay – Intermediate Boys 200m Freestyle Relay

Elliot Williams, Tobias Beaumont, Sam Kenny and Ben Watkinson – Junior Boys 200m Medley Relay

Congratulations to you all but in particular to our medallists:

Tess Whineray (pictured in the middle) who received a Gold Medal in the Junior Girls 50m Backstroke


Our second medallist Henry Williams (pictured below right) who received a Silver Medal in the Intermediate Boys 50m Freestyle


Once again, thank you to all the parents that took time off work to come and support our team of swimmers at both the zones and championships events, but a special thank you to Sandra Thomas (Tess Whineray’s mother) who was our official timekeeper for both days and helped organise our swimming relay teams, your assistance was greatly appreciated.


The Central Auckland Secondary Schools Orienteering Sprint Series has been running on school campuses around Auckland over the past five weeks. Orienteering has exploded in popularity in the last few years, with more than 800 students participating in recent events. One school has resorted to using a double-decker bus to transport their students! Not to be outdone, a group of 15 enthusiastic Western Springs students has been joining in the chaos. It has been great to see some new faces enjoying the technical and physical challenges that orienteering presents. The team has produced some excellent results, with Anna Cory Wright, Sylvie Frater, Juliet Frater, and Max Armstrong qualifying for the finals, which was held on Sunday 7th April, this is a two race finals where students need to compete in both events in order to get their overall final placing.  The morning event was held at Orewa College followed by the afternoon event that was held at Massey High School.


At the Auckland Secondary Schools Individual Orienteering Championships, the courses are set as difficult as possible within the guidelines to test the most able orienteers in each age group.   Students have the option of entering in the Standard Grade or the Championship Grade.

On Thursday 4 April we had entered a team of nine in the following grades, this event was held out in Waiuku:

– Sylvie Frater Senior Girls Championship 3rd

-Anna Cory-Wright Senior Girls Championship DNF

– Marco Schnabel Senior Boys Standard 4th

– George Wright Intermediate Boys Championship MP

– Juliet Frater Intermediate Girls Championship 2nd

– Hattie Walker Intermediate Girls Championship 19th

– Andy Heathcote Intermediate Girls Championship 10th

– Max Armstrong Junior Boys Standard 9th

– Isobel McIlroy Junior Girls Standard 6th

It was a great day enjoyed by all with some fantastic results.  Thank you to Bronwyn Rosie (Manager Of The Year 2018) for all your organisation and help with transportation, also to Mark Frater and Guy Cory-Wright who volunteer their time every Thursday morning to coach and support our orienteers.

For those of you keen to do more, there are events most weekends run by one or other of the three Auckland clubs. These races are open to the public, with grades to suit everyone, and are enter and pay on the day. Please see the Auckland Orienteering Club website

The next big schools event is the North Island Championships in the Hawkes Bay on 18-20 July (during the holidays). We hope to have a Western Springs College team there, so keep it in mind when planning your holidays! For more information please contact Sami Va’auli –

WSC Team at AKSS Orienteering Champs

Sylvie Frater (left) with a Bronze medal for the Senior Girls Championship Grade

Juliet Frater (right) with her Silver medal for the Intermediate Girls Championship Grade

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