WSC Newsletter # 7

100 Motions Rd, Western Springs
Auckland 1022, New Zealand
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14 August 2017

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Calendar - Three  - 2017

Term 3 Week 4

14 August - 18 August
Wednesday Aug 16
Stream Working Bee
3.30 - 4.30pm.

Thursday Aug 17
Junior Report Evening
2-4 & 5-7pm.  School closes at 12.40pm for all students.

Term 3  Week 5

21 August - 25 August
Sunday Aug 20
Yr 12 PE Ski Trip A
20 - 23 Aug.
Monday Aug 21
Library Week.
Blood Donnor Collection
9am -2pm in the Hall.
Thursday Aug 24
Yr13 Dance Showcase
6.30 - 7.30pm

Term 3 Week 6

28 August - 1 September
Monday Aug 28
Senior No Trip Week.



From the Principal

Rebuild Update:
The establishment phase of the rebuild project is now completed and the contractors have demobilized from the site.  We now have a stable building platform of crushed concrete down to basalt on which to construct the new 3 storey teaching block and gymnasium.  Preliminary work on the site for new 2 storey teaching block and whare tapere for Nga Puna O Waiorea is imminent with surveyors being on site last week.  The enabling works for this part of the build will be a combination of excavation and piling.
Downers have been confirmed as the main build contractors, and they plan to start construction in October.

In addition, the Ministry of Education have advised us that we will receive $3.3 million for the furniture, fittings and equipment for the new school.  To facilitate the most efficient utilization of this money we have contracted a division of Jasmax Architects to workshop, scope and procure the range of equipment and furniture that we will need.  The contract includes a full set-up phase so that when we transition into the new school everything will be set up and ready to go.  And when will we move in?  The latest indications are for the beginning of term 2 2019.

Bike Security:
With the location of our bike racks at the front of the school we are reminded of the need for vigilance relating to the security of the bikes stationed there.  We have installed two high resolution security cameras to monitor these racks but I remind all cyclists that it is vital that you lock your bike securely using high quality security locks.  Students who forget to bring their locks must not just leave their bikes in the racks unsecured.  The drill here is to notify your dean or senior manager and they will arrange a secure place to leave your bike for the day.

As an aside, the reason for having the bike racks located at the front of the school is twofold:
1. They have been displaced from the building site.
2. Visible location encourages more people to cycle.

Ivan Davis

Stage Challenge dancers pre-show at the Aotea Centre, Friday 7th July 2017 
Photo credit: Cosmo Ashley-Lamb

Term 3 ended with a spectacular Stage Challenge performance at the Aotea Centre on Friday 7th July with the Estrangement 2017 production. Seventy students worked tirelessly to captivate their audience over two terms planning, rehearsing, making incredible costumes and building the supporting set for the show. The production team came away with five Stage Challenge Awards: Excellence in Set Design and Function, Costuming Character, Visual Enhancement, Soundtrack and Health and Life Skills.

Congratulations to Y13 student leaders Khue Chu for set design and construction, Oscar Furness-Wills and Bebe Shatford for costume design and construction and to the lead team of choreographers Esther Cohen-Goh, Carla Harre, Molly Snowden and Freya Sturm. I’d personally like to acknowledge the efforts of Elsa Brandt for her exceptional team leadership and support with administrative duties in preparation for the event. Thank you very much.

Stage Challenge is a wonderful leadership opportunity for senior students to initiate and produce a production for students across all years. Well done to our student leadership team whose efforts have truly been outstanding.

Thank you very much to staff who supported students in the lead up to Stage Challenge and on the day Matt Coldicutt, Chloe Davison, Robert Pollock, Samantha Wood-Rawnsley and Danielle Voyce. Special thanks to Matt Coldicutt for your incredible support with set construction and to Deane Cohen-Goh for his generosity and photography of the evening show.

Oscar Furness Wills, Esther Cohen-Goh, Carla Harre, Elsa Brandt, Bebe Shatford and Khue Chu with Excellence Awards received

Congratulations goes to the following school bands: Daffodils (Theo Salmon, Isaac Keating, Louis Graham) who have made it to the national finals of RockQuest for the second year in a row!! And The Bad Apples (James Macewan, Jack Owles, Harry Scholes) also made it to the top 20 nationally and still have a chance to get to the finals.

They need to win People's Choice... you can help!
Please text "badapples" to 5678 and ask all your family and friends to do the same… Good Luck!
Finally, this term we have the privilege of seeing the senior Drama and Dance productions! Well done to all involved! 12Drama have just presented the hilarious kiwi production of Wheeler’s Luck and next up is 13Drama with Twelfth Night – make sure you get along to see the y13s in their final show!  Dance have their performance showcases later in the month and the term will end with much anticipated Talent Quest! 

Another busy term is underway!  -  Kirsty Britton – Arts Coordinator

Stage Challenge Success!

On the day...
On the last day of term – Friday 7 July 2017 - Stage Challenge took place. All seventy of our dance production crew and teachers went to the Aotea Centre to participate. Teachers, Leaders and Crew arrived at 6:30am to move the set backstage and at 7am our dance team turned up to get into the theatre for a long but very exciting day. We had heaps of fun preparing, doing our stage runs and meeting all the other school competitors - it was a fun day out as well as a competition. There were heaps of activities and games whilst at the Aotea Centre alongside the hours of preparation before going on-stage. Once onstage for the evening show the dancers and crew did an amazing job which resulted in an awesome performance - we leaders were all so proud of everyone that participated and who helped us to create the show. Heading home at around 11pm for a well-deserved rest.

Our whole Stage Challenge team spent countless hours fine-tuning performance ready for stage competition. Our dancers were practicing once a week for term one, then for term 2 practices became more and more frequent to allow the dance and acting to look polished and clean and fun ready for the event. Our set design, building and costuming team spent many hours after school, during lunch times and holiday working to get these completed and looking good so that by the time it came to the 7th everything was well rehearsed with and in leading us to an awesome stress free day and performance.  Well done to our team for putting together such a spectacular show.

We were very proud of this year’s awards as follows:

Awards 2017
Award of Excellence - Set Design and Function
Award of Excellence - Costuming Character
Award of Excellence - Visual Enhancement
Award of Excellence - Soundtrack
Award of Excellence - Health and Life Skills

Stage Challenge Leaders 2017

It’s Show Time! Coming up in Dance…

Year 13 Dance Show
Thursday 24 August, 6.30pm TAPAC Theatre
Friday 25 August, lunchtime (1.45-2.15)

WSC Dance Showcase
A showcase of student work from Year 10-13 Dance
Wednesday 27 September, 3.30 and 7pm

Chloe Davison – HOD Dance

Wheeler's Luck

Weeks one and two of the term saw the two year 12 drama classes perform Wheeler's Luck as their production assessment worth 5 credits. Although the cast members are individually assessed this is a real ensemble effort. The play is a classic kiwi comedy with highly farcical elements. Both classes can be proud of their efforts. They pulled off fast-paced, highly entertaining shows that amused and delighted the audiences. The character work was brilliant and the comic timing superb. Highlights were definitely the gumboot dance that kicked the show off (a tribute to the late, great John Clarke) and the outrageous horse race that ended the show. Fantastic work, Year 12 drama!

In week three, year 13 students take to the stage at TAPAC as a bunch of crazy clowns presenting a chaotic version of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. More details soon!
Robert Pollock – HOD Drama

The 48HOUR Furious Filmmaking Challenge is coming up!

Term 3! The 48HOUR Furious Filmmaking Challenge is coming up on the weekend of August 25th to the 27th. The challenge is to assemble a team and in 48 hours write, shoot, cut, and hand in a fantastic short film between 1 and 5 minutes in length. The challenge is heaps of fun and Western Springs College – Nga Puna O Waiorea has a great history of award winning school teams coming out of the competition.

We’d love to see new and unfounded talent from the younger year levels. Existing teams in year 13 in 2017 have been going at it since year 9 and year 10 and we want to encourage students who are interested in the competition to join the fun!

In the Media Department we will be holding a panel of former students who are from teams Filmsplats, P-Snappy, and Mach One to talk to students about tips and tricks for the weekend and answer any questions they may have. This will be held in week 4 of this term in room D12. This is open to everyone at school and will be announced prior in the daily bulletin so keep your eyes peeled!

If you would like to find out more about 48HOURS such as rules, how to sign up, tips and tricks, previous year’s winners, reviews, news, and more, just go to A good place to start is by clicking “About” at the top of the page, then “First-timer? Read this!” from the left hand side bar on the about page. There is a load of great information there and on other pages under the “About” section.

If you have any other queries about the competition, the weekend, the panel, or anything else in relation to 48HOURS, hit up Deb, Mrs. Webber, Mrs. Long, or myself with any of your questions! We’re all looking forward to seeing new entrants to the competition step up to the challenge, regardless of your previous experience with making films. We really want WSC to be well represented in this competition. Give it a go!

Oscar Barber-Wilson – Media Leader

Music - It's competition time!

Our two Rock Quest bands this year The Bad Apples and Daffodils made it through to the top 20 nationally for this competition!! Then to make things even better Daffodils have been selected in the top 8 and will play in the national finals!! Wow! The Rock Quest National Final (in which Daffodils came 2nd last year) is on Saturday 2 September at 7pm, Auckland Girls Grammar, tickets from

The Jazz Band and Chamber Group are busy preparing for this year's round of competitions.

Sunday 6 August, 1.30pm will see the Jazz Band playing at the Pt Chevalier RSA in the Auckland Jazz and Blues Club Schools Competition.

On Tuesday 15 August, 11.30am the Chamber Group will perform at St Mary's Parnell as part of the KBB Band and Orchestra Festival. In the same event the Jazz Band will play on Wednesday 17 August, 8.30pm. All members of these groups must bring in their permission slips as soon as possible. It would be lovely to see friends and families in the audience for these performances.

On Wednesday 7 August, Peachez Vetenibua and Mercy Williams will represent Western Springs College – Nga Puna O Waiorea at Stand Up Stand Out, where they will compete in the solo voice category.

Mercy, and Stella Fogorelli are representing us in Play it Strange song-writing competitions this term - watch this space.

…and then of course we have....the Talent Quest...

Talent Quest entries are open!

Forms are available from the front office and from the music department.

Talent Quest will be held on the last day of this term and there will be a junior and a senior event - more details later in the term.

All talent is welcomed - dance, solo singing, poetry, waiata, stand-up comedy, talking dogs, solo instrumental, skit, dramatic scene, bands, string trio, poi routine, lip sync (always a crowd pleaser)......

Heats will be held in week 5 so get those entries in.

Margaret Robertson – HOD Music

Greetings from the Art Department

Despite the earlier finishing for the external folio standard this year,  the challenge of pushing boundaries and trying new methods is key to developing ‘student voice’.  This can be a constant source of angst for students in the Visual Arts and Art History – however the perseverance of hard work and consistent reflective feedback/feedforward can only aid students to become more confident in constructing their authentic voice.

To help motivation we have brought in two artists in this term to talk with our senior students – Tyla Vaeau came in to talk about her journey from ex-student to Masters in Art History to successful Tattooist, and Aleksandra Petrovic shared installation experiences as Art Loans Coordinator and Exhibition Technician at the Wallace Trust - Pah Homestead, whilst also spending the greater part of the day with the Art Design students – sharing her illustration and drawing practise.

As a department we have secured Star funding to send a selected group of senior students to the prestigious ‘Semi Permanent’ Art Convention to occur this term for specific Y13 students – two day entry to the prestigious international Art Design conference ‘Semi-Permanent’ on Friday 11 and Saturday 12 August.

Congratulations to Y13 Art Design students Aria Toilolo-Ite and Oscar Furness-Wills as this year’s Western Springs College recipients of the Pat Hanly Creativity Award.  They attended the awards evening at the Auckland Art Gallery on Wednesday 2nd August to receive the award which consisted of a Gordon Harris prize and opportunity to attend AUT Creativity Workshops.

The fantastic work of the Y10 Pop Art classes from Semester 1 has been assessed and documented, and will be presented  in the reporting process and week four Parent Teacher interviews.  These works were produced as part of a Level 1 NCEA internal standard and will be formatted and hung on the wall for near Y Block.  Although it will be happening after the seniors leave, keep an eye out for a selection of the Y9 and Y10 work that will be on prominent display during the Art Festival held at TAPAC in term four.

Lastly an update on the actual dates for the senior deadlines and end of year display in the library:
Level 1 due;    Friday 29th September – last day of Term 3.
Level 2 due;     Friday 20th October – end of Week 1, Term 4
Level 1, 2, 3 Display;   Friday 27 October – end of Week 3
Level 3/Scholarship due;  Tuesday 31st October

Ia Manuia, Lily A Laita - HOD Art

Junior Report Evening Thursday August 17th
2-4pm and 5-7pm

Code is 75k2m

We would encourage all Year 10 whanau to attend the NCEA talks by Heads of House in B1 on Report Evening. They are at 3pm, 4.30pm and 6pm for half an hour.

Senior Option Selection. All Year 10,11 and 12 students are about to start the option selection process for 2018. More information will be sent to whanau via email. The course books for each level will be on the school website from Week 3 of this term. This year subject areas have made video clips for their areas talking about what they offer and the various pathways. Links to access these videos will be included in the email. The option form will be emailed out in Week 5 after whanau have had time to discuss subject and pathway options. Option forms are due back into the office by Wednesday September 20th. These can be dropped into the box in the office or emailed from a parent email address to the school office. If you have any queries please contact the Careers Department, Heads of House or the relevant Head of Department. Any further queries please contact Julie Debreceny as the Deputy Principal with responsibility for the Senior Curriculum.

Kia ora koutou

As some of you may know Waiorea was asked to be part of the Waterview Tunnel Opening….please click on the Link here to view our students and their background singing….

Health Education Year 9 and 10


Year 9 and 10 Health classes will begin their sexuality education later this term. Year 9 classes will begin the sexuality unit of work in either week 7 or 8 (depending on when they finish their current topic). The first sexuality topic is ‘puberty’ which, for most students, will be revision of the work done in their intermediate schools. Later topics in the unit are relationships, contraception, STI‟s and reproduction. Most Year 10 classes will also begin their sexuality unit in weeks 6 or 7, some may start later in the term, again dependent on when they finish their current topic.  Topics in the Year 10 Sexuality unit include decision making, relationships, rights and responsibilities, consent, contraception, sexually transmitted infections, safer sex.

The Ministry of Education has provided schools with the ‘Sexuality Guidelines for Board of Trustees and Principles’. Along with the Guidelines is a pamphlet for parents/whanau.  If you would like to read the pamphlet the following link will connect you ( ).

If you have any questions regarding the sexuality unit, please speak to their health teacher during parent teachers evening in week 4 or you can phone or e-mail their Health teacher or the HOD Health, Karalee Green.

WSC Rebuild Update

As we head into Term 3 we see that the progress in the building compound is coming along steadily. You can view the progress from the viewing platform in D Block beside D2.

Over the holidays the Mains power has been restored to the temporary school.  The temporary school is no longer run on the power from the generator.

- Excavation in the building compound has been completed. The contractors are expected to complete the back filling this week.

- Design for the main build has progressed further. The first stage of the building consent application is targeted for later in August.

- With the Big Dig mostly completed (Phase 2) of the development, plans are in place to commence the main build (Phase 3) and the estimated start time for this is September.

Health & Safety Update

There is a new Visitor + Contractor sign in system in place at Reception in the Administration office and the Waiorea office. This is a Vistab software and we encourage all visitors to sign in using this giving their full names and details.

Six new CCTV cameras have been installed in the zoo carpark which gives greater security to the area. It is 24 hour and is remotely monitored using WiFi. This is monitored by the Zoo and is connected to the police. This monitors entrances to the College at all times. This will improve traffic safety in the carpark.

Defibrillator training has been done for Waiorea and Sports Centre staff. The new defibrillator is now up and running and we have trained staff to use the machine.

We are pleased to introduce Chris Dick, our new nurse at Waiora who is here 5 days per week.

Jessie Bernard
Health & Safety Manager - Western Springs College
09 815 6730 x708

History/Classics Europe Trip

There was no doubting the excitement as students gathered to check in to Flight QR921: two weeks of travel, discovery and shopping. Ahead, was a very full schedule of travel, guided walking tours, museums, negotiating different transport systems and airports across Europe. It was a demanding schedule but one that allowed time to relax at a chateau in Normandy, a swim in the Mediterranean, or wandering in a bewildering large shopping mall in Berlin.

This trip was an undoubted success: it might be a bit of a cliché but ‘a good time was had by all.’  This was due to the extraordinarily excellent behavior of the students who were consistently positive in their approach, enthusiastic learners, and uncomplaining as they dealt with heat and delays and tiredness. They were a fantastic group who were quickly became a cohesive, inclusive and supportive cohort. Such groups make trips like this memorable.

This trip was the first time the History department has ventured so far afield. The hope is that this will be the beginning of other travels abroad. Special thanks must go to Sophie Lenehan and Emma Dwyer who were responsible for so much of the planning and the fine tuning of this complex and demanding undertaking. They were wonderful traveling companions, and without their cheerful and unstinting energy the trip would not have been the great pleasure it was.

Graeme Moran
HOD History

Philosophy News

Ongoing University Success

We have just received the results of the students taking the University of Waikato STAR Philosophy paper, and again this year all students gained an A or B grade.  This is the seventh year that WSC/NPoW has offered the course and in that time 60 students have taken the paper.  Of those 42 have gained A grades, 17 B grades, and 1 a C grade, with no students failing.

The purpose of STAR funding is to help students transition from school into tertiary study or the world of work.   Our past students frequently feed back that what they have learnt about university study though taking the course has been invaluable when they arrive at university the next year.  Transferable skills such as writing within a rigid word limit, contributing assessed posts to forum discussions, constructing logical arguments, and developing seminar discussion skills are just some of the opportunities that they value most.  Having greater control/responsibility over the structure of written tasks and writing within a tight word limit are the two things that the students taking the course tend to find most challenging.

Congratulations to all our successful Year 13 Waikato philosophy students, and in particular to Oliver Balle, Molly Snowden, and Max Truell who got the highest mark of his WSC/NPoW cohort, each gaining a straight A grade.

This is the 10th Anniversary of Philosophy as a option subject at WSC/NPoW - the original 2008 Year 10 Option class having then progressed through the year levels and become the first cohort to take the university paper in 2011.

Ex-Student Gains Prestigious US Scholarship

Sam Gavin, one of our alumni, has been awarded a prestigious US award to complete his Philosophy PHd at the University of Pittsburgh.  Sam’s project is to try to reconcile different ethical theories, which are often seen as being in opposition to each other.  For the full story click here.  Sam left WSC/NPoW before Philosophy was introduced as an option, but a couple of years ago he came back to talk to the Year 11 Philosophy class.  Sam's mum, Beth, was until recently our school receptionist, thanks Beth for keeping us informed of Sam's progress.

Maori and Pasifika Students in Philosophy

Over 50% of this years Level 1 Philosophy class is made up of Maori and Pasifika students, including students from both the Maori Medium and English Medium Parts of the school.  There is also a positive gender balance.  This diversity has enhanced the discussions in class for all students and has meant a wide variety of views have been aired when we have discussed philosophy of art, political philosophy, person/human rights, and the ethics of war.  Te Tiriti o Waitangi has also been a useful philosophical focus that we repeatedly return to.  There is going to be hot competition this year when it comes to deciding on a prize winner of the Philosophy awards at the Pasifika and Nga Puna o Waiorea prizegiving, not to mention the whole school prize givings, especially as there are a good number of successful Maori and Pasifika students in Philosophy at the other year levels as well.

The first Level 1 assessment this year was one on the philosophy of art.  Each student chose and researched a theory of art and then applied that theory to two objects they chose themself, with several students selecting Maori and Pasifika 'objects'.  Phoenix More did some fascinating work after selecting a traditional Samoan tattoo; Matariki Bennet selected Michael Parekowhai's He Korero Purakau mo Te Awanui o Te Motu: Story of a New Zealand River and also the Tamatekapua  Wharenui and constructed an impressive argument around them; whilst Nickania Leef did some thoughtful work on Nga Oho, Tekoteko Marae, and the Ngatokimatawhaorua Waka.  This led to some interesting discussion on the extent to which the insistence of some theories of art to divide 'art' form 'craft' might reflect a Eurocentric and colonising definition of art.

Paul Alford, for the WSC/NPoW Philosophy Department


The New Digital Technologies Curriculum

The New Digital Technologies Curriculum is being rolled out by the Ministry of Education.  The Ministry of Education is running a series of workshops on this across the country, with the evening sessions being for parents.  The timing of our newsletter means that some of these events have already passed, but if you act quickly you might still make one of the Auckland ones - the North shore event is on Monday.  The link to register is here.

Paul Alford, Deputy Principal

Sustainable Furniture Building

The WSC/NPoW Sustainable Furniture Project is back.  Students are invited to come along every Wednesday after school to the hard tech room to start to dismantle old pallets and repurpose them into sustainable furniture and planter boxes.  These will be used around the school to start to create new outdoor spaces for students and staff to use during and after school.  There may even be food!

Oscar Furness-Wills, Year 13 Arts Leader

Western Springs Nga Puna O Waiorea Election Year Special

Come and discuss the topics that matter most to you and our wider community with our local electoral candidates! Bring your friends, whanau and anyone else you wish from our local community! Come and share your thoughts on policy and our future as a country. Confirmed so far are  Denise Roche (Greens), Helen White (Labour ), Paulo Garcia (National Party), Mika X (The Opportunities Party), and Joe Carolan (Socialist Aotearoa), as well as members of the Maori party and ACT yet to be confirmed.  The discussion will be chaired by Paula Penfold.

We'd  love to hear what topics mean the most for you this election, so send in your issue requests to or visit the Western Springs Nga Puna O Waiorea Election Year Special facebook event page for more details and updates.

We hope to see you there!

Oscar Furness-Wills, Year 13 Arts Leader

Nga Uri O Nga Iwi - our maori bi-lingual unit are holding their annual fundraiser - to help raise putea for their 2018 noho-a marae trip for the tamariki.

This event will prove to be a really fun night of entertainment, plus exercising those brain cells!!.  Tickets are selling and we would love to see you there.

With only 15 DAYS TO GO before the big night, lock in your table and town name and dressing up to your themed town table would be fun!!

It's going to be a fun and action packed night - with Moana Maniapoto as our MC and Anika Moa as entertainment.

Below is the link to the web site and online form.

Careers Happenings

Year 9 Careers activity - “Fast Forward”
Over the next 10 days Year 9 students will be expected to complete a short task to lead into  their learning conversation with their form teachers in week 4.  The activity has been to designed to strengthen your son/daughter’s’ “Knowing Self” stage of Careers Development.

The Yr 9 Careers google classroom code for the actvity is 5jcuru2 and students need to firstly join this classroom. The first compulsory task called Fast Forward, then there is a choice of two optional extension activities on Pages 2 and 3 - a DreamBoard or Personal Shield.  Students - join the classroom and away you go!  If Year 9 parents can encourage students to join and complete the task then this would be very helpful.  Note the task works on PCs and laptops, not mobile devices.

WSC students visit Woods (Grafton) for Engineering Week
On Monday 31 July, a group of 20 students from year 10, 11 and 12 visited Woods, a multi-disciplinary company with expertise in Engineering, Surveying, Planning, Geo-spatial, Architecture, and Urban Design.

Presentations from many recent graduates in surveying, urban planning, engineering and architecture allowed our students to learn how they decided their career choices (some at the last minute!), subject requirements and how the professions work together.

Later, students rotated in teams around four practical activities with Woods staff supervising:
bridge building challenge with paper and bits and pieces
surveying 3D scanner used to amp ve=irtually anything
virtual reality headset to see through walls of buildings
drones assisting the world of engineering and science.

It was a brilliant day full of inspiration and fun. Students left with even more motivation to become future engineers, surveyors, planners and architects. We would like to again thank FutureIntech and Woods, especially Tom Halpin, Sakti Gounder & Marcel Waldvogel (see photo right, with students Daniel McKay, Ashley Jacobsen and Luke Wijohn) and other Woods staff for facilitating the visit, for being such excellent hosts as part of Engineering Week.

Mireille Morello-Nakhle (right) walking and viewing a building, wearing a VR headset.

AUT University 

Join us for open day
AUT LIVE, 2 September, is your chance to explore your study options, attend programme information sessions, experience our state-of-the-art facilities, and meet our lecturers and students. Register here

University of Auckland Courses & Careers Open Day

Our Open Day on 2 September could literally change your life. We aim to show students, parents and families all the learning opportunities at the University of Auckland – and the incredibly diverse careers our programmes can lead to.
Details here

When: 10am- 2pm, 26th Saturday August 2017
Where: Unitec Mt Albert campus and Waitakere

Staurday 12 August 10-4


Senior Speech Competition

This is open to Year 11, 12 and 13 students of Western Springs College with a prize pool of  $500.00 thanks to the Lennihan-Ikin family, the sponsors of the event. The finals are on Thursday, 7th September with a deadline of Thursday, 31st August to have a written draft submitted on Classroom: The quality of this will determine the finalists selected to deliver in the competition. You need to deliver a speech of six minutes to an audience centring on YOUR interpretation of one of the Values that frame the New Zealand Curriculum:

The Values are:

  • Excellence, by aiming high and by persevering in the face of difficulties
  • Innovation, inquiry, and curiosity, by thinking critically, creatively, and reflectively
  • Diversity, as found in our different cultures, languages, and heritages
  • Equity, through fairness and social justice
  • Community and participation for the common good
  • Ecological sustainability, which includes care for the environment
  • Integrity, which involves being honest, responsible, and accountable and acting ethically

The ideas contained in these values are broad and it is up to you to develop a speech that takes inspiration from them. There's wide scope for you to convey your passion to your peers. Get involved by joining this Classroom:

Senior Speech Competition: edx6xd3

Yr 11 PE Camp

Last week, three year 11 classes travelled down to Piha to accommodate at Piha Mill Camp for our 1.7 risk management and responsible behaviours assessment. On the way to the camp we went to Tree Top Adventures in Muriwai, which was a thrilling experience for us all. Climbing high in the trees up to 14m and ziplining back down to the ground was really exciting. Something a lot of us had never done before.

After a quick lunch in between we then went across the road to the mountain biking track where we went on a tiring but fun track. Down some steep hills and through muddy areas definitely got the adrenaline pumping for some. After that we jumped back in the vans pretty exhausted and headed to the camp to get settled and have some time to ourselves before dinner.

The night time was pretty cold but 2 nice fires kept us warm while we wrote some of our assessment and finished the evening with some milos and card playing.The next day we learnt how to correctly shoot a bearing with a compass and map. Using these skills, we entered the green wilderness and tried to find our way from one track to another. It was challenging but a good skill to have to keep ourselves safe in the outdoors. We then stayed in the bush and made bivouacs which are little huts made with sticks and leaves. Camp is always heaps of fun and this was no different.

Thanks to the PE teachers who came with us!

Liam Holwerda Year 11

News from the International Department

The international department welcomes 20 new international students into our community. To facilitate their entry into their new life in New Zealand, the International Office organised a two-day orientation programme. We provided information regarding three main areas: 1) the school, 2) the homestay, and 3) practical issues related to living in Auckland. For example, the students were informed about the school’s code of conduct, a typical day at school, recycling systems, safety issues, public transport, accommodation rules, and learning resources.
The International team further helped the students organise SIM cards, HOP cards, and New Zealand bank accounts. To ensure that the information will stick, a follow-up session is taking place two weeks into their studies.

Siyu (Candy) Liu’s life in New Zealand

Candy Liu has a vision. She wants to be a doctor. Not any doctor, but an excellent doctor, one who has undergone rigorous medical training and been through strict selection processes. This is why when Candy witnessed what she considered an instance of bad medical practice in her hometown, she decided to leave China to pursue her dream elsewhere. She was only 12 years old at that time. Simultaneously, Candy was introduced to New Zealand in her Geography Class at school. On that day, Candy went home and searched the internet for more information about the country that looked so beautiful in pictures. She found what she wanted: New Zealand’s universities operate in strict manners and only admit high achievers into medical school. 



That’s when she knew she had to leave China to study in New Zealand – luckily, her parents consented.

From there, one thing led to the next. In 2015, Candy was enroled as a Year 9 student at Western Springs College, and has since very much enjoyed studying here. She particularly appreciates her kind and helpful teachers and working in teams in her Dance classes.

A substantial contributor to Candy’s wellbeing in New Zealand is her homestay. She lives with two homestay sisters and parents  in a beautiful house by the beach. Besides being grateful about their past trips to Rotorua and the Coromandel, Candy simply adores being in their company on a daily basis. 




During dinner, the family makes a point of sharing daily experiences without being distracted by the TV or any other electronic device. The family also enjoys being together in the lounge at weekends and evenings or going for walks along the beach.  Candy’s Chinese name ‘Siyu’ means rain. She was given the name because it was raining for two days in a row when she was born. In this sense, we not only wish Candy many more happy times in New Zealand, but that her career will be as right as rain.

International Students Administrator – Luzia Sauer

From Waiora Counselling Department

Over the last couple of weeks there has been a series of articles in the Herald about mental health.  It has generated much discussion about how we can change our appalling rate of suicide in NZ.

The ways in which we can make change is by making it ok to ask for help and support.  The thing i love about this school, is that the young people here do ask for help, for themselves, their friends and their families.  It is a testament to staff’s hard work on pastoral care that our students feel ok about doing this and telling people that they are not in a good space.  There are however some who struggle silently, as school can be a hard place at times and young people can feel very alone and trapped when they are overwhelmed.   So if you are worried about someone's wellbeing, tell them that, not to make them feel worse but for them to know that they are not alone, that you have noticed and you care.
Waiora (our student services centre) is an amazing, supportive place in school for any students who are struggling.   Appointments can be made with the counsellors easily, by texting the Waiora line with their name on  022 492 4672.  I can be contacted by phone 815 6730 ext 740 or by email if you have any queries.

Sue Poupouare
Head of Guidance

Sports News

BADMINTON – Term 2 Competition
We had six teams participating in the Auckland Secondary Schools Badminton Competition.
By the end of the season, we had three teams winning titles, two teams just outside the top 3
and one team finishing just past midfield.

We had two mixed teams and two girls teams playing on a Wednesday at Gillies Avenue
and two junior boys teams playing on a Thursday afternoon at Mt.Roskill Grammar.
Two training mornings were set up, inside the school gym and we had two excellent student
coaches, Vikram Setty and Mikayla Stokes co-ordinating the sessions. It was amazing how
all our players developed over the season, so we acknowledge VS and MS for their great
Both our mixed teams won their grades, our two girls teams finished 4th & 7th whilst our two
junior boys teams finished 1st and 4th. Six teams, 3 titles, a 50% winning ratio is not a bad

NETBALL – Year 10 Green
The Year 10 Green Netball team have had an awesome season this year and are currently
sitting first on their table in Grade D. When Paea and I first met the girls, we knew that we
would have an awesome time coaching them with lots of laughs and jokes in between our

With training twice a week doing ball drills, court work and lots of fitness, I can honestly say I’ve been blessed to have such an awesome group of girls who work hard and constantly put 110% into their training. Throughout the season they have grown as a group and learnt so much more than both
Paea and I expected. Every early morning and afternoon with these guys are worth it as they
continue to improve and play fiercely but fairly on the court, even with me screaming my head off on the sideline.

A special thank you to the parents of these beautiful girls, who wake up just as early as we
do and continue to support the team at every game. Paea and I look forward to the rest of
the season with these girls and fingers crossed we stay on top. Hinemoa Fonua

NETBALL – Year 9 Green
This season the Year 9 Green Netball team, captained by Anouska Wallis-Lewis have had a great season so far. The girls work very hard during trainings and is clearly demonstrated
through their hard working efforts on court. Every Monday and Thursday mornings we have trainings, rain or shine, where the girls are committed and always turn up. The girls have managed to go undefeated throughout the first round of games where they
have now been moved up a grade.

A big thank you to all the parents and families who come out every Saturday morning to help support the team. Also thanks to Peter McIntyre who always makes sure there is breakfast
and a hot milo ready for the girls after our trainings !!! Frances Va'auli and Whitney Walters

Although the temperature has dropped our WSC girls Lacrosse team’s stamina has not.
Come early Monday mornings, our team has been venturing out onto the icy fields to begin
training without fail and rewarded with a hot breakfast put on by our head of sports. The girls
have been out on the fields on Thursday afternoons kicking butt with a tremendous amount
of school spirit. #wscproud#

Our girl’s skills have improved so much from the start of the season, and we are excited for
the One Day Auckland Championship tournament which starts on Thursday 10th August, at
College Rifles. If anyone is interested in checking out our game come on down and support
our school – tournament schedule times between 9am- 2:30pm. Ellen Hackett
PHOTO – Lacrosse girls proudly wearing their new Sport Hoodies

The Western Springs Equestrian team had a 5AM start on Monday 12th June readying themselves to drive from Kumeu to Papatoetoe Pony Club for the ACG Strathallan Schools Showjumping event.
We got to the grounds with plenty of time to spare and time to grab a hot chocolate!

Sadie and Claudia started the day out well after I made them walk the wrong course! They both
rode nice and fast in the 65cm. Claudia got 2nd on Pearl and Sadie got 5th on Scarlett. The
75cm fences were a bigger class and Claudia did a nice clear round just out of the placings.
Sadie got one rail on Scarlett as did I on Hunny. In the 80cm Hunny jumped well just for a
few lazy rails in the Jump-Off. Atiria joined us for the 80cm and did a fast double clear round
for 5th out of 40 riders! Atiria finished off the day in the 90cm class just for 1 rail.

Overall we had a really fun day at our first event for this year. It takes a lot of organisation for
us to attend these events and are thankful for our parents taking days off to take us!  We are aiming to get to at least one more event this year- hopefully closer this time so we don’t have to get up as early ! - Sian Azariah
PHOTO - from left; Atiria Young-Ogle, Sian Azariah, Hunny, Sadie Azariah, Claudia Alchin

More Sports News........

Congratulations to the Western Springs Gold Girls Hockey 1XI on securing a spot in the Top 4 of their competition!!! 

Despite missing their first game they have fought really hard to secure their place in the Top 4 based on points awarded throughout the season under the guidance of Will Elliot as coach. They have supported and encouraged each other throughout the season and have been the most fabulous bunch of girls who have represented their school on and off the field with tremendous pride and sportwomanship’ and deserve to complete the season with their heads held high.

Thanks must also go to Terry Atkins ‘our in house taxi van driver and assistant coach’ and also Anne Ingham ‘assistant coach and sub analyst’  and also Iggy our ‘in house umpire’. Thanks also to all the parents who have supported the girls at their weekly games. Our hope is to grow this great sport at WSC and we are looking at starting trainings in 2018 in the first term, and encourage all girls who wish to play to sign up early so as we can start the new season with a bang!!! All the best girls with the remaining playoffs, go Gold!!!


Liya Yang Nightingale competed in Gymnastics at the Christchurch CSG Gymnastics Competition over the school holidays representing Waitakere Gymnastics. She got into the finals, in the top 10. She placed 8th overall. Congratulations to Liya on placing in the top 10 gymnasts.

Northern Regional Interclub Pool Event #1of2 held at Owen Glenn 29 Jul 2017

Congratulations to Angus Kirkman from Western Springs College who placed 2nd in the Mens' 15 & under 100m Manikin Carry with Fins and 1st in the Mens' 15 & under 200m 4x50m Medley Relay.

Western Springs Cyclists were out early this Monday morning, as usual, this time doing hill repeats on Mt Eden with coach Ben Eitleberg, as they prepare for forthcoming competitions. A team of six riders travelled to Karapiro at the start of the July holidays: Sam Buckley, Jack Naish, William Brooker, Angus Williamson, Darius Mortimer-Webster and Max Truel. Darius and Max rode in the U20 road race, creditably, riding hard to complete the 55km course in style. Jack Naish rode the same distance in the U17s, finishing in the front bunch, 2-3 seconds behind the winner, though unplaced. Sam Buckley in the U16s and William Brooker in the U15s also finished strongly, just 2 seconds behind the winners of their respective races (45kms and 35kms).  Angus rode very well to finish his first road race experience. The team and supporters enjoyed staying at the Okoroire Hot Springs Hotel the night before.

This year, for the first time, we have three teams entered in the Auckland Secondary Schools Team Time Trial competitions, two senior teams and one junior. Fastest time yet is from the senior A’s: Max Truel (year13), Jackson Green (year 11), Jack Naish (year 12) , Sam Buckley (year 11) and William Brooker (year 9), who clocked around 26mins on the 16.6km course on just their second outing, putting them in 13th place overall out of around 40+ teams. Well done! Our new junior team of Angus Williamson, Forest Mace and Joel Williamson have steadily improved each time, beating their personal bests, and will be looking forward to the next TTT on 20 August at Pukekhoe. We are also delighted to have Heidi Robinson, Darius Mortimer-Webster, Sophia Reay and Charles Seaman riding in the time trial series.

The year started with a hiss and a roar, with the NZ Secondary School National Mountainbiking Champs held in Rotorua in March. This event has now been brought under the auspices of Cycling New Zealand, and was held in conjunction with Crankworx in Roturua.Two WSC riders represented the school in the cross country race: Jack Naish came a very close second in the U17s, and Sam Buckley was 4th in the U16s. Both did extremely well. Both boys, as well as newcomers to mountainbiking this year, Jackson Green and William Brooker are competing in the Auckland Secondary Schools Series. In the most recent race at Woodhill Forest, we had two Springs riders, Jack and Sam on the podium, in first and third places, respectively. William Brooker rode very well in his first mountain bike race ever to finish in the top ten. Jackson rode safely and managed to complete despite being hampered by an injury. The next AKSS mountain bike race (race three of a four race series) will be at Hunua Forest on August 13th. Jack Naish also won the first Nduro Mountain Bike Winter Series U17 event in Rotorua in early July.

Our mountain bikers and cyclists are coached by Ben Eitleberg, of Fitness Locker. We are so lucky to have our pro-coach Ben again this year, who recently achieved level three coaching accreditation. Ben is an inspiring chap, who sets high standards for the riders, but also comes with much innovative best practice knowledge to apply to training. Thank you Ben! Check out WSC_ cycling on Instagram for our up-to-date photo diary.

We would really like to see more girls riding, both road and mountain biking. There are excellent opportunities out there girls, please get some mates together and give it a go – we’d like to see you next year. Queries, please contact Andrea Hotere, Cycling Manager, 021 446604;

Andrea Hotere

Community News

TAPAC is offering new Dance Fitness and Core Strength drop-in classes taught by acclaimed dancer, choreographer and teacher Susan Trainor. These are continuous movement classes based on ballet and contemporary dance techniques. A fun and accessible way to build up your core strength and support your other activities!
Dance Fitness:
Sat: 3.30-4.30
Sun: 10-11am
Core Strength: Thurs 7am (30min)
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