WSC Newsletter # 9

100 Motions Rd, Western Springs
Auckland 1022, New Zealand
Phone (+64 09) 815 6730
Fax (+64 09) 815 6740

22 September 2016

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Calendar - Term 4

Week 1
Oct 10 to Oct 14
No trips for seniors
Oct 14 Ken Havill's Farewell 1pm

Oct 14 Yr 13 DVC Showcase 4 - 6pm

Week 2
Oct 17 to Oct 21
No trips for seniors
Oct 17 BOT meeting 6pm

Week 3
Oct 24 to Oct 28
No trips for seniors
Oct 24 Labour Day
Oct 26 
Pasifika Prizegiving 6pm
Oct 27 Media Studies Film Gala at Bridgeway Theatre, 8pm

Principal's Pen

We have scheduled a special event to mark Ken Havill’s retirement from the principal’s role at Western Springs College/Nga Puna O Waiorea on Friday, October 14th from 1.00 pm.

This is at the end of the first week back after the school holidays and students will be dismissed at 12.30 pm.  Periods 1, 2 and 3 will run.  We hope many students will remain to take part in the farewell celebrations and our form teachers will gather indications of intention from students during form periods throughout week 1 of next term.

I would like to take this opportunity to formally extend an invitation to parents and friends of the school, both past and present to attend this event to mark Ken’s 19 years of service as principal of the college.  Could you please indicate your intention to attend by email to:

This farewell will take place predominantly in the school hall with adjacent marquees on the lawn to provide for extra capacity.  A formal whakatau and presentation will take place in the wharenui at 1.00 pm followed by a procession of our Pasifika students leading Ken and his family from the marae to the school hall.  Formal proceedings will be kept to a tight time frame to enable guests to enjoy a range of foods that will be supplied as well as being able to chat with Ken.  We do hope you can attend.

Ivan Davis

Leaver's Dinner

From the Year 13 Academic Director and the Events Leaders

The 2016 Western Springs College Year 13 Leavers Dinner
will be held on Monday 5th December
at MOTAT 2

This is an annual event and gives parents, caregivers, whanua and teachers of the year 13 cohort to celebrate their successes.  MOTAT 2 is an amazing venue and very close to school.

The ticket price will be finalised as soon as the final estimates have been received, but it will most likely be between $70 - $75 each.
Tickets will be on sale from Monday 31st October through to  Friday 25th November. 

A letter with attached menu  and payment slip will be emailed to all year 13 families once the final cost is known. Please note, this is a finger food menu.  Vegan, vegetarian, lactose intolerant and gluten free options will be available.  All food items are nut free. All meat ( except for pork) is halal.

There will be a cash bar.  Purchases can only be made by parents and caregivers.  Students will not be allowed to purchase alcohol, even if they are 18 years old.  The dress code is smart casual.

Year 13 Academic Leaders

The Junior Learner Council Six Months On

The Year 13 Academic Leaders who helped set up the Junior Learner Council reflect on the last six months.

It has been a productive and interesting 6 months for the Junior Learner Council. Discussions have been held about the new school rebuild and the idea of an ILE (Innovative Learning Environment), a new initiative called PB4L (which stands for “Positive Behaviour for Learning”), the proposed Year 9 camp, student financial literacy, and many other new and exciting prospects which may impact the junior school.

From chairing and note taking at the meetings, we have learnt very important skills in facilitating successful discussions with representatives from the junior cohorts - making sure the discussions are productive, that we stay on topic, and that everybody gets a say.  It’s been a great learning experience for us as Year 13 Student Leaders and it’s been a pleasure working with such a switched-on and capable group of young students who are potentially Western Springs future Year 13 Student Leaders.

Liam Hogan and Muhammad Mulla
WSC Academic Leaders 2016

Junior Learning Award
Sian Azariah

"Sian Azariah from 10 WU was the last of our Term 2 Junior Learners, but got cut off from the end of the list in the last newsletter.  Apologies Sian and congratulations for all your hard work this year at WSC."

Balancing Exam Success and Hauora

With exams coming up very soon, we have found some videos from Massey University that you may help students to reduce their stress levels during exams and to prepare more effectively.  Each technique is essential in being prepared for the exams in November and should help students to achieve at their best, whilst also looking after their overall wellbeing.  Click on the hyperlinks below to watch the videos:

Study Tips

Muhammad Mulla and Liam Hogan
Year 13 Academic Leaders


International Languages Week took place in term 3 week 4 with a variety of events.  Languages badges were given out to the students who would use languages other than English to greet people.

The week started with a bake sale organised by the year 12 and 13 students of French. Black forest gateau, cupcakes with French flags, lamingtons, mini cheesecakes, Anzac biscuits and truffles were among the international delicious treats on sale, and the money was used for the trip to the French restaurant which took place the following week. Students enjoyed an onion soup, a quiche, and some traditional French patisseries.

We brought back the popular cultural dress-up competition as a house-point event, and the winners this year were Mimi Sayid (Year 9), Alex Verkerk (Year 13) and Metuliki Manu (Year 9).

On the last day of the week, we arranged a Taiko group (Japanese drum) and invited teachers and students to the performance. The students had the chance to go on the stage to have interactive activities with the performers. It was a wonderful way to finish the Languages Week celebration.






This year, the Springs 1ST XV rugby team moved up to the 2nd division as it was an open weight grade. It would be fair to say we were the smallest team in the competition. The season started off shaky with a large loss in our first game. However, the boys showed tenacity and commitment and went on to win ten games in a row, losing a total of three games for the entire season. Springs made the playoffs, but sadly lost our first playoff game 10-12, which was a knock out match.

There were many stand out players all punching well above their weight. I would like to make special mention of our year thirteen players who will be leaving this year. Alitu Tafaemalii, Hayden Talagi, Jachim Tumu Makara (first fifteen - 3 years), Jack Connor and Sam Schumacher (first fifteen - two years) Fili Manu, and Alex Wolf.  We wish you well for the future.

Big thanks to our captain, Hugo Spath, Sene Niupopo, our vice-captain and Jack, the player’s manager, who lead the team well, week in and week out. Top try scorers were Hugo with 7, Sene scored 5 and Herbert Vete with 4.

A huge thank you to Siu Puletiuatoa, our assistant coach and Hannah Moselen, our team manager, for making the season a very positive one, with players going from strength to strength, and the team functioning like a well-oiled machine.

A special mention to Hugo Spath and Tonga Nau for being selected in the Auckland West u 16 rep squad. This is the first time in over 10 years for two boys from Western Springs to make it into one rep team together.

All in all it was a positive season, with great promise for the future.
Sigi Spath, Coach

It has been an exceptional year for netball and this would not have been possible without the support of our lovely coaches and managers. On behalf of the Sports department and myself – a huge thank you for the outstanding contribution to netball.  14 netball teams / 3 Gold Medals, 3 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze medals, illustrates are very successful season.

Premier Team  5th placing – Thank you Carla for the great job on ensuring our Premier team remain at the top.
Waiorea Senior A   A Grade – 5th placing
Waiorea Senior B   C Grade – 4th placing – Moved up from D Grade
Waiorea Senior C   C Grade – Gold Medalists – Moved up from D Grade
WSC Senior C    C Grade – Silver Medalists
WSC Senior Gold  D Grade – Silver Medalists
WSC Senior Green   G Grade – Bronze Medalists
Waiorea Purple   F Grade – Gold Medalists – Moved from G Grade to F.  This teams is awesome. Beginning of the season they had only 3 seniors after having a full squad. Many pulled out except for the 3 seniors and the year 10s played up each week to make up the team.
Year 10 Gold –    B Grade - Silver Medalists
Waiorea Year 10 –   B Grade - 6th placing awesome job moved from D grade to B
Year 10 Green -    E Grade  – Bronze Medalists
Year 9 Gold -    A Grade  -  6th placing  awesome as they went from C grade to A
Year 9 Green -    D Grade  – Gold Medalists   thanks Milar and Katerina
Year 9 White -    D Grade  - 7th placing

North Island Secondary Schools Ski Championships (NISSSC) – 2016

Held at Turoa ski area each year and run by Ruapehu College the NISSSC attracts a huge number of athletes. This year over 500 skiers competed in 128 teams from 81 schools in races run over two days – a giant slalom on day one and dual slalom on day two.  WSC entered two teams of five skiers each, the second year we’ve had two teams. With those sorts of numbers, our skiers clearly had no shortage of competition and this year against all odds they performed incredibly well.

The challenges aren’t just from other athletes. The weather is notoriously fickle at Ruapehu which can affect race course visibility and this year was no different. The courses too have a huge number of skiers running through them, turning them into much more challenging tracks for skiers who are racing down the order. Just completing a race is an achievement. One day can be hard ice which steadily becomes slicker and with a weather change the second day can produce a soft course which becomes rutted and dangerous. Which is how it turned out this year.

The WSC athletes competing were; Team B; Zac Lund, Florence Boyd, Bella Lund, Liam Hagan, Theo McIntosh and in the A team; Tayla Eaton, Zac Stock, Felix Moores, Oscar Murrell and Toby Main. To prepare for the big event we had a good turn out of skiers training for nine weeks at Snow Planet late on a Tuesday night. The coaches there made a real effort, sometimes staying late and certainly made a difference to our crews skills. While almost everyone had quite limited ski race mileage It helped that everyone on the team had competed in schools events before.

At the event the weather was fantastic on day one for the GS. All skiers completed their races which was a particular challenge as the courses became very icy. In the GS there were creditable performances by Toby Main 2nd, Oscar Murrell 7th and Theo McIntosh 16th out of 170 junior boys. Zac Stock placed 35th and Liam Hagan 54th in the Senior mens.

On day two the weather was quite different with mist and variable snow conditions. Our athletes had to race and beat another skier to earn 4 points or complete the course for 2 points. The A team; Felix, Tayla, Zac Stock and Oscar all scored four point wins and Toby crashed but completed the race for two points. In the B team Zac Lund won for four points while Florence, Bella and Theo didn’t win their races but completed their races for two points, and Liam didn’t complete.

At the end of two days, outstandingly the WSC A team placed 7th this year - a vast improvement on 54th last year and places them squarely in the territory of some very well funded schools. The B team placed mid-field at 65th compared to 81st last year. Those are great outcomes. Thanks to our course assistants; Linda Hagen and Phil Eaton and to the parents who put aside time to support the two teams. All that car pooling and logistical planning paid off as both teams performed so well.

Careers Happenings

Choosing subjects and the Careers NZ website

Not only is the Careers NZ website a tool for finding information about work opportunities, but also it can give recommended subjects for particular jobs.  Below are the steps to research  recommended subjects for a job…
Start at Careers Website

“Jobs Database”
“More about this Job”
   “How to Enter the Job”

    scroll down page...

“Secondary Education” - read information about subjects recommended

Applying for Part-time Jobs
Students applying for part-time or full time work would be advised to review their online media presence because nowadays most employers screen prospective applicants by looking at facebook and other social media sites. Students can browse prospective employers’ websites and search for keywords such as Careers, Recruitment, Vacancies, Employment or Jobs etc and upload their CVs (the Careers  NZ website has an excellent  CV builder).  Students will need a bank account in their own name and an IRD number before starting work.

ForkLift Training
Recently students attended a Fork-lift driving training course at RT Training. All successfully gained their fork-lift drivers licence which is valid for 3 years.

                                                                            Josephine Jackson

Technology Department News

Technology Department News

At this time of the year our focus is on enabling our students to complete their projects to the best level and making sure that any loose ends are tidied up in the presentation of their folders and reports.  We have squeezed in some great events amongst the hard work in order to give our students an understanding of tertiary and job possibilities and how the various technologies we teach function in the real world. Recent events have included:

WSC Alumna Visit: On Wednesday, ex-wsc student Sophie Edwards, who is currently working as an architect at Jasmax, came in to speak to the year 13 Design and Visual Communication students. She spoke about her experience as a young architect and the road she took to get where she is today. With a large number of students in DVC interested in Architecture as a vocational pathway it was extremely valuable to hear about Sophie's journey.

Year 10 Options Choice Fair: Our year 11 students hosted a stall that showed the many projects that our senior students are undertaking in the five technology subject areas available at Western Springs.  We provided  information  for students and parents to help them make informed choices for next year that you can view here.

Walk the Line:  Our Fashion students are given an opportunity to enter a design competition biannually and this year we took on this competition which is part of NZ Fashion Week.  We are very proud to have had four WSC students get into the show with their garment designs: Jahmin Hesse, Beau Vipond, Oscar Furness Wills and Catherine Boddy.  Catherine was the very deserving overall winner with an extraordinary outfit that mixed textures, volumes and shapes.  She has already created and exhibited her own signature capsule collection and we look forward to following her future career.

Girls and Digital Technology: We wholeheartedly support and encourage the  growing number of female students who are choosing this subject. This month we took a group to visit the ‘Women in Digital Technology’ day at Techtorium and our team also gained second place in the Auckland University Programming Competition for Girls.

Wastewise Workshops: Matt Coldicutt has been working with this dedicated and enthusiastic group who are creating garden furniture and features from recycled materials to enhance areas of the school.  Here’s Finn McIntyre eating a slice of pizza on his pallet crate recliner following a hard afternoon’s work with the Wastewise crew

Upcoming Event:  Year 13 DVC students will be exhibiting their major environmental project for the year.  All family and friends are welcome.
Time: Friday 14th October between 4 and 7
Place: Pasadena Overbridge, Motions Rd

Library News

Once again student and staff participation has to be acknowledged for the success of this important event in the Library calendar. For the final question in the form class quiz it was great to see students rushing into the library, taking a photo of their assigned picture. The form class had to provide a title which was judged according to relevance. Some interesting and insightful titles were provided making our judging difficult.

"ao-athena" (dra)

Culture is knowledge, knowledge is life (wmw)

Form class quiz
Overall Whenua won with full participation from its form classes.
Moana  placed second
Kapura and Oranga were  third equal

Character Dress up
Many thanks to all students and staff who participated. After much deliberation the winners were:
First -  Sarah Wu (TGA)                                         year 12        Joker (Batman graphic novel)
Second equal  Anthony HArt (AWM)                  year 13        Knight of the Round Table
                          Alex Verkerk (BIM)                      year 12       King Richard first(Robin Hood)
Third equal     Simone Hartill (HSA)                   year 13       Alice in Wonderland
                         Alice Natalya Jones ( WATO)     year 12        Alice in Wonderland

Staff member David Larsen dressed as Sherlock Holmes and Julie McDermid, our very own assistant as Mary Poppins were placed first equal.

Sharda Patel
Library Manage

Wrap It Up

Wrap It Up is proud to announce that our online store is live! Replace your single use plastic wrap with our elegant, reusable beeswraps. Our beautiful wraps are coated in organic Jojoba oil and New Zealand beeswax, giving them antibacterial properties and the lovely smell of honey. Our wraps come in a range of sizes and will last for at least three months. Our small beeswraps are perfect for covering snacks, the larger sizes are ideal for sandwiches and you can easily cover your leftovers with our extra large beeswraps. Purchase our beeswraps, for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, from our website  or from the front office.

For more information visit:

Recently, we all enjoyed the dance of ‘Footprints’, Y13 Dance Showcase - a moving collaboration of Y13 choreography. If you missed it, make sure you get along to see Dance Alive! showcasing the best of senior choreography across L1-3 Dance. Shows are this week, Wednesday 3.30pm and 7pm, TAPAC Theatre. Tickets are available at TAPAC reception or via TAPAC website. 

Last week we visited Ponsonby Intermediate for our annual showcase and took selection of acts from Dance, Drama and Music to perform. The Arts Leaders supported the showcase of talent that represented the creative arts at our school so well. There was an exciting line-up selected for the day, a fantastic reel of Media Film and showcase of Junior Art. We congratulate those who travelled on their fantastic performance. Thanks to all involved: Beth Kayes, Melanie Turner, Chloe Davison, Margaret Robertson, Robert Pollock and to Judy Chiang for Photography.
Thanks to Cato Refiti – 13Art Design – for the ArtsNews Heading in this issue.                                                                         Kirsty Britton – Arts Coordinator

Final Words for 2016

It has been a busy ride for the Arts Leaders and Committee this term. We started off with the Senior Drama performances in the first four weeks and the Year 13 Dance Showcase in week five. It was a busy time for both students and teachers, but we all managed to pull through and everyone did so well. The Year 11’s did a fantastic re-work of Macbeth, which our very own Robert Pollock wrote as comedy. The Year 12’s performed a fantastic production of Too Fast, directed by Beth Kayes and it was also the Year 13’s last performance of The Wedding Party, which we are very grateful to have had Mr. Pollock direct and mentor us through.

We recently celebrated the Arts with our annual trip to Ponsonby Intermediate. Every year we go to Ponsonby Intermediate to showcase a selection of wonderful junior and some senior work - giving the potential Western Springer’s a taste of what’s to come. It was a great time, and all of the students performed very well. Everyone was really talented and we want to say a huge thank you to the teachers who helped out, especially Ms Britton! Thanks also to Ponsonby Intermediate for having us.
Coming up we have the Junior Drama Showcase and Dance Department Showcase  - Dance Alive! that I know everyone is very excited about. Good luck to all of those students who are performing.

Finally, I am saying goodbye. A few months ago I auditioned for a Foundation Acting Course at Rose Bruford College over in London, and low and behold, I was accepted! I am leaving the week term three ends for six months to learn about different acting techniques and methods, picking up invaluable skills and hopefully enjoy the hectic life of London! I never planned on leaving Springs this early, and was looking forward to leaving together with the Class of 2016, but I know this is an opportunity not many people are able to experience, and I need to go. London is the dream, and the fact I am going so early to try and achieve this I am eternally grateful.
Thank you to all the teachers and students who have been with me through Western Springs. You are all awesome!
Ariane Lenihan – Arts Leader

AUT Tautai Workshops

While some of the students were studying and sitting their exams last week, I was given the opportunity to attend the Tautai workshops at AUT.  The Tautai workshops are dedicated to students of Pacific ethnicity, where they are able to experience a taste of studying Art at University.  These workshops were spread across 3 days and consisted of 3 different workshops.  The workshops were lead by Pacific artists including Linda Lepou leading 'Lineage and Fashion Art', Vaimaila Urale leading 'Symbols and Signs' and Edith Amituanai leading 'Contemporary Photography'.  Over the 3 days, I worked with an artist creating art pieces which were inspired by their own culture and identity.  I was also lucky enough to go to 'Artspace', an Art Gallery on K road which features incredible art.  At the end of day 3, we presented our work to our family, friends and teachers at an exhibition held at the AUT Design building.  The Tautai workshops were a great chance for Pacific island students to make new friends, learn more about art at Uni and create inspirational work.
Link to instagram of 'Symbols and signs' workshop:

Dione Tay – Arts Leader

Dance Alive

Year 11 - 13 dance students are showcasing the best of their choreography and performance in our annual show, DANCE ALIVE! It promises to be a rich and invigorating evening, ranging from breakdance and hip hop to flamenco and contemporary dance, with all year levels well-represented.  There are 2 one hour shows, 3.30pm (koha) and 7.00pm $5/$10 - book for 7pm on , ph 845 0295.  See you there!
13 Dance have been invited to perform as part of Tempo dance festival in Ignite! The festival's platform for secondary-ages performers.  Eden Galo will present her work Helpless Wander, performed by Dione Tay, Hannah Langton and Seline Hiddleston, Sunday 16 October, 3.30pm at Q-Theatre's Rangatira stage - book at

Mel Turner - HOD Dance

Photo credit:  Nina Gastreich Photography

Film Gala

Hey everybody! Just a short announcement from the media department about the Film Gala which is happening on the 25th of October. The Film Gala is a screening of all of the best senior films that the media department has to offer, showcasing Year 11 music videos, Year 12 Short Films and Year 13 documentaries. The Film Gala will be on the 25th of October at 8pm in the Bridgeway Cinema. Tickets will be available in Term 4, we encourage all to come and celebrate your school pride!
Sharn-Konet Reitsma – Media Leader

National Finals of Pacific Beats and Rockquest!

Get your tickets for the National Finals of Pacifica Beats and Rock Quest.
Western Springs College is represented in both of these events!

Pacifica Beats final - featuring Critical Damage
Friday September 23rd, 7pm at the Raye Freedman Centre, Epsom Girls Grammar School

RockQuest final - featuring Daffodils
Saturday September 24th, 7pm at the Raye Freedman Centre, Epsom Girls Grammar School

There is limited seating for both events - contact i-ticket and book your seat $10

Margaret Robertson - HOD Music

The department would like to thank those families who have been dropping off newspaper.  Please drop off to E Block or the office anytime.

With the next holidays fast approaching, students are encouraged to take advantage of the workshop times available – especially those who have more than one practical subject and particularly for the scholarship students. 

These are the dates students are working towards;

LEVEL 1 boards due T4 Week 1 Friday 14th October (E3)
LEVEL 2 boards due T4 Week 2 Friday 21st October (E3)
LEVEL 3 boards due T4 Week 3 Friday 28th October
Scholarship workbooks due 2nd November

Dates and times are posted shortly, so keep an eye on the Arts noticeboard (outside E5) and the classroom whiteboards.

Term 3 - Holiday Workshops – Finishing the External Folio!
The Art Department will be open…

                                                    Artwork by Ruby Johnson - 13 Art Design 2016

Lily Laita - HOD Art

Eco Warriors

Calling all old Mobile Phones to help Sustainable Coastlines look after NZ’s coastlines and waterways.
After $2.5 million was donated to the Starship Foundation from the sale of unwanted old mobile phones it is time for a new multi award winning NZ charity - Sustainable Coastlines to benefit from this scheme.
It would be great if you could rummage around at home and bring into school any unwanted mobile phones/chargers you may have.

Phones collected help Western Springs College gain valuable rewards and also the environment benefits by keeping our landfills free of mobile phones and their array of hazardous toxic substances.

Please drop any unwanted mobile phones/chargers you may have in the collection box in the reception area at school or take them to the S Block office.

Thanks very much - Eco Warriors

Change-Making at Springs

News from our Sustainability Groups


Waste Wise is running gold coin donation DIY honey wrap workshops after school. All students are welcome to come along and make a sustainable alternative to glad wrap for their lunchbox! Keep an eye out in the notices for when & where.

HealthWise is excited to bring two events to WSC post-exams. The inter-house MasterChef Competition will take place on Tuesday of week 9. With teams selected and less than a week to go, excitement is building as the competitors wait to find out the contents of their “mystery box”. HealthWise is also bringing back the much loved Pyjama day. Students are invited to Rest and de-stress by wearing their warm pyjamas on Friday of week 8 and receive free Milo in the Quad.

NZ Model United Nations 2016

Kia ora everyone,

Last July myself, (Lachlan Barnes) and Ariana Brunet flew down to Wellington for four days to represent Western Springs College at the 2016 Model United Nations. Model United Nations is an event where senior high school students role-play delegates of a member state in the United Nations. During the conference, delegates engage in debate on matters of world politics and social concern. NZ Model United Nations is New Zealand's national Model UN event.

The countries we represented were Serbia and New Zealand. During the conference, we debated on issues ranging from social media as a terrorist instrument, right through to solutions to climate change. Being challenged to represent an entire country showed us what it takes to be diplomatic, effective and altruistic leaders, and opened our eyes to the challenges and opportunities of over 100 different countries making decisions for the world’s future. 

Since representing Springs at the NZ Model UN I, (Lachlan) have gone to two other Model UN events. The first was the UN Youth Innovation Competition where I was given three hours to prepare and present an action plan for the World Heath Organisation to combat the Zika virus outbreak. The second being the premier Model European Union 2016, where I represented Poland and the EPP political party in debating the issue of terrorism and refugee migration. The event was hosted by Auckland University and lasted for three days with 300 students attending. During this conference I was lucky enough to be recognised as the “best delegate” for the conference, as well as being part of the winning team for a UK/EU negotiation competition.

Why is politics relevant to young people?

Donald Trump, Brexit and climate change - these are just some of the examples of how the world is changing. Although a UN conference room or Parliament seem far removed from day-to-day life, politicians and diplomats make decisions about everything around us - from our roads and schools to how we deal with world issues of relevance like refugees or our future food supply.

Politics is simply, about power. Not only power that corrupts, but the power to choose the way we want our society to be. Often as a young person it might feel like we don’t have this kind of power - but the more involved I have become, the more I have realised this isn’t true.

How to become involved in Model United Nations NZ

Anyone can get involved with UN Youth - you don’t have to be part of a club or an organisation. The UN Youth organising committee is a group of University students in Auckland and around the country who regularly organise events. These involved mock committees/conferences of the world’s leaders, as well as practical competitions such as creating a solution to help a country recover from a natural crisis.

I would strongly recommend Model United Nations to all students, it is a unique opportunity to engage in global issue in a fun and stimulating manner. If you think you might be interested in Model United Nations feel free to contact me at or to check out Auckland's Model UN facebook page.

Thank you for everyone who helped Ariana and me attend the NZ Model United Nations; Ms Stimson for her support and constant help and for PAG for helping fund the trip down to Wellington
(Lachlan Barnes and Ariana Brunet)

Sustainability and Justice in the School Charter

Kia ora everyone,

Our school is leading New Zealand in terms of sustainability and justice however, a group within Western Springs College believes that hasn’t been reflected in our school's charter. The charter is a document that encapsulates the mission, aims, objectives, directions, and targets of the board of trustees and is a base for which the schools progress is measured against.

Over the last year we have held weekly meetings in the goal of synthesising a submission which best represents the school; the students the staff and the community. At the last board of trustees meeting (12/09/16) we presented these ideas and the potential clauses to the board of trustees. We were successful in getting the submission accepted and hope that it will be ratified in the near future. In making this submission we are expecting that sustainability and justice remain an integrated, fundamental part of the way our school operates. We also hope that our submission removes the chance that our values are lost, or only championed by a few.

Thank you to everyone who was involved in this submission. If you want to view what we submitted, a link to the public document follows:

(Lachlan Barnes)

Design & Visual Communication Exhibition

What:  Year 13 Design and Visual Communication Exhibition of Nano Architecture
Where: Pasadena bridge
When: 14th October 4pm-6pm

Students were given the brief to transform and enhance Pasadena walkway into a livable area through nano architecture. As a part of Achievement Standard 3.31 students are required to exhibit their design ideas to an audience. The exhibition is being held on Pasadena bridge through a series of presentation boards and 3D models. We welcome you to join us, there will be refreshments provided by year 10 Food Tech students.



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Be first to try out one of our new classes in term four:
• Zumba
• Financial Planning for Baby Boomers
• Soap Making
• Party Food / Canapés
• Teen Yoga
Or perhaps you would like to enrol in one of our returning courses:
Golf, Organic Gardening, Interior Design, Sewing, Silkscreen Printing, Photography, Creative Writing, Investment courses, Xero, Pilates, Guitar, Ukulele and Cooking Classes: Christmas Gifts, Vegetarian Indian, Vietnamese, Korean and Thai.
Whichever one you choose, high quality tuition is guaranteed.
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Pt Chevalier Sailing Club

Point Chevalier Sailing Club is taking registrations for the Term 4 Learn to Sail programme. Registrations will close on September 23 so please act now if a course interests you. There are courses for learners aged 9 and upwards. Beginner courses are based on the Yachting New Zealand Learn To Sail program. More experienced sailors can join the Learn to Race program and compete in races. Sailing is a great way for children to enjoy independence, responsibility and self reliance in our lovely marine environment. Further information and the online registration form is available on the club website,"

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