Principal's Notes - April 2019

It has been a real pleasure to host approximately 350 parents and their children through the school during our Open Week.  This is their first step towards enrolment for 2020.  Of course, there was lots of interest in the wonderful new school growing up so fast now, but apart from a peep at this from the concerted courtyard, the tours …
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Western Springs College | Ngā Puna o Waiōrea Is Awarded Living Wage Accredication

We are proud to be the first high school in Aotearoa New Zealand to be awarded the Living Wage Tick!  This means that all our directly employed and indirectly contracted employees will receive at least the Living Wage (currently $20.55 per hour).  This represents a significant increase for our lower paid staff and takes them out of the poverty gap …
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Technology News

Year 11 and 13 Design and Visual Communication classes were treated to a visit from freelance Art Director and Graphic Designer Andrea Lo Vetere, last week Andrea has worked for various design agencies, including Colenso. He inspired students, sharing his vast portfolio of work and the various projects he has completed. Andrea shared his knowledge of the industry to reinforce …
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Peace Ambassadors

After the terrible events in Christchurch the WSC NPoW Peace Ambassadors decided to hold a bake sale, with the proceeds going to Victim Support. We also invited students to write a peace message which was attached to our Peace Wheel. We raised over $450, and it was great to see students working together to bring some comfort and relief to …
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Sports News

DRAGON BOATING 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 …
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Sporting Personal Bests

Amelie Fairclough got a personal best in the 300m (43.25) and finished 5th in the North Island final in Tauranga on Saturday 6 April and a personal best in the 200m (26.45) and finished…. 3rd in the North Island final on Sunday. We are really proud of her – she ran out of her skin and represented Western Springs and Auckland well. …
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Volleyball - Senior Girls

Our senior girls’ volleyball team – Central Division 1 Grade, showed a lot of energy and passion on and off court.  They each had an impressive serve which made things difficult for the receivers to get the ball to the setters.  Things were made harder at times with minor errors but they never gave up and hustled to try and …
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Change Making at Springs - News from our Sustainability Groups

Travel Wise The travel-wise team aim to improve transport for students and the wider community. We work towards improving sustainability and safety in travel. In Week 10, our group was out offering our yummy home baking to students as a reward for walking and biking to school. Keep up the walking and biking and watch out for us next term, …
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EPro8 Engineering Challenge

We are very proud of the students who put themselves forward to take part in the EPro8 Engineering Challenge this term.  Two junior teams, Ngā kōwhai & Ngā mānuka, made it through to the semi-finals, and our senior team (Ngā kahikatea are) in the finals. Please come along to the finals, here in the hall at Waiōrea / Springs on Tuesday, …
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News from the International Department

WEEKEND WINDSURFING AND PADDLE BOARDING ACTIVITIES During the past two months, a big group of our international students have been attending the windsurfing and paddle boarding activities on Pt Chevalier beach at the weekends.  For most of them, it was a completely new experience, and they enjoyed these fun filled activities in the lovely Kiwi summer weather.     FAREWELL …
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Waka Ama

A roopu of 27 Nga Puna ō Waiōrea Rumaki tauira from Y9 – Y13 competed at this year’s National Secondary School Waka Ama Championship held at Lake Tikitapu – Rotorua, 25th – 29th March. Waka Ama NZ and Te Waiariki Purea Trust reported a record number of school entries for this year’s event. 124 Schools 1950 Students It is very …
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Wonderful end of term news! A huge congratulations to Amy Morrin, Hattie Salmon, Niamh Maher, Sian Azariah, Grace Thevenard and Sienna Davidson, Y13, for winning the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival – Best 15 minute, Student Directed scene for their evocative performance compilation of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus at the Auckland West Regional University at Kristin School on …
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Community Notices

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Host Families Needed In June

OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS TO EXPERIENCE FRENCH CULTURE AT HOME, PRACTICE THEIR FRENCH, MAKE NEW FRIENDS AND REDISCOVER AND SHARE THE BEAUTY OF NEW ZEALAND Welcoming an overseas exchange student into your home is a very rewarding experience. Host families help provide students with the chance to experience life in New Zealand.  It’s a great way to practice your French, share your …
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Western Springs College
100 Motions Rd, Western Springs,
Auckland 1022, New Zealand
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Email: admin@wsc.school.nz