Principal's Notes - 7 June 2019

Parents will note elsewhere in this Newsletter my outline of the industrial action facing the sector over the weeks remaining in this term.  Today, in a meeting with the Prime Minister I have heard genuine resolve that the current deadlock will be addressed when the Minister of Education meets the unions in Wellington on Thursday June 6th, and indeed on …
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PPTA Strike Action

You will be aware that there will be rostering home of students, as well as an Auckland Region stike day, if negotiations with Ministry of Education are not forthcoming. We ask that you keep your son/daughter home if their year level is affected by the rostering home schedule below: Week                    …
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Safety In The Car Park

Traffic Safety Our Year 12 and 13 student drivers are now required to register their vehicles and licences and participate in our student safety plan so they understand the hazards that exist in the ACC car park beside the school. They put together this video which highlights the very real hazards and gives a good indication of what to look …
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Weekend Parking - Sports Teams/Visitors/Parents/Coaches

If you have a game at Western Springs Fields during weekends do not park on the Motat Road or along the tram line side of the fields. Offending vehicles will be towed as per the signs that are placed along this area. It is highly hazardous due to the trams running regularly as well as the contractor traffic in this …
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NCW 2nd place speech winner - Isobel Christie

Isobel Christie competed in the 2019 National Council of Women speech competition and was awarded second place. She shares a few comments on her experience. The National Council for Women Speech Competition was a very rewarding experience. Everyone there was so supportive and it was lovely to see all the different speeches from the girls and their views on the …
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Entertainment Book

Thinking about getting an Entertainment book... now is the time, anyone who purchases a membership from the 7th of June until the 14th of June goes in the draw to win a $50 Cafe Melba voucher. Excellent odds for winning the voucher, as this offer is for our school only. Order your digital or hard copy book here. Funds raised from Entertainment book …
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Hotel Rwanda

Reflecting on Olivier Niyitegeka’s visit Thursday 16 May 2019 I had the amazing experience today of listening to a young Rwandan man speak to a large group of Kate Todd’s year 11 English students. I am writing this after hearing Olivier Niyitegeka speak. Watching the faces of the young people as they listened and then hearing what a young Samoan …
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Writers' Festival

The Auckland Writers’ Festival has been a much anticipated annual event on the English department calendar for the last eleven years. This year was no different with almost forty Springs students joining hundreds of other schools at this increasingly wonderful event. A real highlight of the day was British writer, poet, historian and hip-hop artist Akala. Interviewed later that same …
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News From International Department

At Western Springs College, we embrace and celebrate our cultural diversities and each student’s uniqueness.  At the International Student Assembly on 22 June, four of our international students delivered their speeches about “ME & US”  -  our Term 2 Theme.  Here are the extracts of the speeches. by David Breza from Austria My name is David Breza, I am 15 …
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The Library

We currently have a fantastic display of work produced by some of the year 9 students. With the English department shaking up their list of generic text response activities this year, many students chose to produce something 3 dimensional. These dioramas and displays are stunning and feature Percy Jackson’s world of mythology and the Gryffindor meeting hall from Hogwarts, to …
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Dream Team! Success for Titus Andronicus at The National SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre! Over Queen’s Birthday Weekend it was an absolute pleasure to support the incredible talents of Y13 students’ Hattie Salmon, Amy Morrin, Nimah Maher, Sienna Davidson, Sian Azariah and Grace Thevenard as they took to the stage at Wellington’s …
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Families Urgently Needed in New Zealand - Can You Help?

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 language skills, share your stories and establish a lifelong link to a family in another country. Student Exchange Australia New Zealand is a not-for-profit organisation that …
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