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Western Springs College - Ngā Puna o Waiōrea| Seddon High School | SMTC
Issue 17| 2023
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Principal's Note

It is wonderful to see the feature on Harry-Ashton-Ireland in this Alumni Newsletter. One of the themes I return to time and time again with our students and their parents too, is “what are your next steps?” Focus on your exit qualifications and where are they going to take you – the next steps on your educational journey. Harry left …

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Principal's Note

A Tribute to Lily Aitui Laita (Ngāti Raukawa/Māori, Tanugamanono/Sāmoa).

Lily Laita was an accomplished and celebrated artist and a dedicated, much loved teacher. As the first Pasifika woman to graduate from Elam School of Fine Arts she paved the way for many to follow in her footsteps. Te Papa holds a number of her works in their collection - a measure of her standing in the art world. Lily …

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A Tribute to Lily Aitui Laita (Ngāti Raukawa/Māori, Tanugamanono/Sāmoa).

Harry Ashton-Ireland - Dutch National Ballet Academy

Harry Ashton-Ireland completed his professional dance training at the Dutch National Ballet Academy in 2023. During his studies he has learnt and performed repertoire from William Forsythe, Ernst Meisner, Rachen Beaujean, Hans van Manen and performed onstage with the Dutch National Ballet in their production of Sir Peter Wright’s The Sleeping Beauty. From the 2023/24 season, Harry is a member …

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Harry Ashton-Ireland - Dutch National Ballet Academy

Sophia Jones - WSC Alumna in WOW 2023!

WSC Alumna, Sophia Jones, has been selected as one of the Top 120 designers from 22 countries to feature in the 33rd iteration of the world-renowned World of WearableArt (WOW) Show, which showed at the TSB Arena in Wellington in September and October of this year. Sophia (known as Sophie) was part of Moana House and she left Springs in …

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Sophia Jones - WSC Alumna in WOW 2023!

NPoW are 2023 National Champions for WORD - The Front Line!

Ngā Puna o Waiōrea (NPoW) are the 2023 National Grand Slam Champions of WORD - The Front Line, the premier inter-high school spoken word poetry competition in Aotearoa that is run by Action Education in collaboration with YouthLine. WORD - The Front Line is a platform for young people to express themselves, connect with others, and discover how they can …

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NPoW are 2023 National Champions for WORD - The Front Line!

Nīkau Balme wins at Ngā Manu Kōrero Nationals in Dunedin!

58th Annual Ngā Whakataetae Mō Ngā Manu Kōrero Taku Manu Kākātarahae, Taku Manu Taiko, Taku Manu Kōrero e After two years of having the national competition online, the 58th Ngā Manu Kōrero live and in-person competition was held in Ōtepoti Dunedin at the Edgar Centre, from Tuesday 19th to Thursday 21st September 2023. Three kura from Tāmaki travelled to …

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Nīkau Balme wins at Ngā Manu Kōrero Nationals in Dunedin!

WSC Alumni playing Water Polo at US Colleges

WSC Alumni playing Water Polo at US Colleges
WSC Alumni, Bailey Hollick (formerly in Moana) and Bella Raynes (formerly in Whenua) are playing Water Polo at two different colleges in the USA, and they recently competed against each other. Both Bella and Bailey are having a great time and loving the USA College experience! Bailey is at Sierra College (Rocklin, California) and plays for their team, the Sierra …

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Charli Dunn in NZ OFC U-16s Women's Football squad!

Our Year 12 Western Springs College student, Charli Dunn, was recently selected as part of the 19-player squad announced by NZ Football to play in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) U-16s Women's Championship for 2023, which is currently being played in Tahiti (13-26th September). Charli was one of two players from our neighbouring Western Springs Association Football Club (WSAFC) to be …

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Charli Dunn in NZ OFC U-16s Women's Football squad!

Māori YouTube Channels Created by NPoW Whānau

Created by whānau from Ngā Puna O Waiōrea, two new YouTube channels are promoting Māori language learning. Speak Māori and Waiata Māori are on YouTube and social media channels. Speak Māori (which already has over 17,500 subscribers) can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/@Speak_Maori Waiata Māori can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/@WaiataMaori Waiata Māori is a brand new channel created in collaboration with …

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Māori YouTube Channels Created by NPoW Whānau

Job Vacancy - Western Springs College, Receptionist

We are seeking a friendly and highly-organised member of our community for the Receptionist role at Western Springs College, starting in the 2024 school year. This is a 40-hour per week, term-time only position, and the successful applicant would report to the Office Manager. Some key responsibilities of the role include: Greeting all visitors at …

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Job Vacancy - Western Springs College, Receptionist