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Scholarships

Huge congratulations to the 2020 Year 13 Scholarship winners. In what was a challenging year, Western Springs College - Ngā Puna O Waiōrea students did themselves proud, with over 51…

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Lumino The Dentists

Please be aware that the dental bus will be back at school in the first week of term one, 2020, to catch up on those who have been missed.

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Arts News

Arts News

Coming up! Junior Arts Festival 2020 Wednesday 2nd December One Theatre show only – 4PM! Free! Junior Art on show -3:10-4PM! TAPAC Theatre and Foyer   Students, families, friends and staff…

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Craft Market

Craft Market

On Friday the 4th December, the Tikanga ā- Iwi /Social Studies Department is running our (now) annual 'Sustainable Christmas Craft Market'. Just about all Year 9 students are involved in this event…

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Principal’s Notes

The ‘architectural award season’ has seen Springs/Waiōrea scoop the pool in multiple categories in the education sector beating all comers to take the NZ Institute of Architects Ted McCoy Award…

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News from the International Department

The NCEA exams started for our senior students this week following last week’s busy schedule with the farewell dinner and the prize giving ceremonies. At the farewell dinner, our Year…

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Got five minutes?

Got five minutes?

Back to school stationery – order now! We’ve teamed up with OfficeMax to make getting school ready faster! Your child’s class list is available now on the OfficeMax MySchool website…

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Crutches

Would anyone who has a pair of school crutches at home please return to the Nurse in Waiora.

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Rubbish Collection Changes

Rubbish Collection Changes

Auckland Council has signed new contracts for waste collections across mainland Auckland for the next 10 years. Rubbish collectors will be using new and improved routing, so residents may notice…

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Young Enterprise Scheme (YES)

Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) success at the West Auckland Regional Finals A Western Springs College Company was among the prizewinners at the YES West Auckland Regional Finals held at the…

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Interschool Mathex Competition

Interschool Mathex Competition

Last Wednesday we took three teams out to the annual Auckland Mathex Competition at the Barfoot Stadium in Kohimarama. Let's just say we came in the top 70. There were…

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Homestay families wanted

WESTERN SPRINGS COLLEGE - HOMESTAY FAMILIES WANTED FOR 2021 Our school welcomes applications from local families who may be interested in hosting International Students. We are looking to recruit new host families for when the…

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“Meet the Candidates” Evening 9 November 2020

Meet the Candidates” evening for the nominees standing for the 2 parent-elected board vacancies at Western Springs College. When: Monday 9 November 2020 When: 7:30 pm Where: Western Springs College…

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Library News

FORM CLASS QUIZ RESULTS  1st    -    Kapura  2nd   -   Whenua  3rd   -    Moana 4th   -     Atea 5th   -     Oranga…

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School Dress and Appearance

Here at Springs we are proud of our non-uniform policy.  Students value the sense of freedom from conformity that it gives them, and our parents and staff frequently comment on…

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Principal’s Notes

Principal’s Notes

Principal’s Notes: It was a pleasure to host Richie Hardcore at a junior school assembly last week. Our photo shows Richie with his audience of 600 Springs kids.  His anti-bullying…

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Bring your own Devices – BYDO

Bring your own Devices – BYDO

Western Springs College operates a fully wireless network and is integrated into the high speed Network 4 Learning providing an always on internet connection. As a result of this we…

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News from the International Department

News from the International Department

We had two amazing dance showcases by our Dance students at the end of Term 3 and the beginning of Term 4.  Dance is one of the popular subjects for…

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Arts

Arts

Wow! Final showcases of senior work in drama and dance are underway. The Dance Department celebrated the work of all seniors with ‘Re-Collect’ and most recently with Year 13 in…

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Library Week

Library Week

 Due to the second Covid lockdown our annual event did not happen, much to our disappointment. On our return we decided to run the Form Class Quiz since it was…

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Bring your own devices – BYOD

Bring your own devices – BYOD

Western Springs College operates a fully wireless network and is integrated into the high speed Network 4 Learning providing an always on internet connection. As a result of this we…

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Matariki Career Evening 2020

Matariki Career Evening 2020

  This was a special, still, warm spring evening event for our Māori and Pasifika whanau and tauira. Not only was the event informative and enjoyable, but it also gave…

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Inner City School Cricket is Alive & Kicking

Inner City School Cricket is Alive & Kicking

On Tuesday 20th October, the WSCW 1st XI Cricket team played a T20 match against St Paul's College at their school.  St Paul's are rebuilding their cricket programme and are…

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NCEA Exams 2020

NCEA exams start on the 16th November and finish on the 9th December. Students have been given their exam slips this week. Some reminders for students:  You must have your…

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NZ Schools’ Swimming Championships 2020

The Western Springs College swim team performed brilliantly at the New Zealand Secondary Schools' Championships in Hamilton from Thursday 15/10 – Sunday 18/10 (and were a pleasure to manage!) The…

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North Island Secondary Schools’ Orienteering Championships

Like most sports, it's been a difficult year for Orienteering with most events postponed or cancelled. And so it was to the credit of the organising Counties Manukau Orienteering Club…

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Staying connected to your teen

Staying connected to your teen

   Being a teenager (and parenting one) is renowned for being challenging. This year has thrown our kids all sorts of challenges, adding even more stress. Dr Sue Bagshaw, a…

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Wave Warriors

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Community Notices

Imperfect Offering presents the music of Leonard Cohen in two shows at Pumphouse Theatre on the North Shore on Friday 30 October and Saturday 31 October.  Come and support local music…

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2020 BOT Mid-term Parent Election and Waiōrea Whānau Selection Notice

Western Springs College–Ngā Puna o Waiōrea school board, 2020 Mid-term Parent Election and Waiōrea Whānau Selection Notice Nominations are invited for the election of two (2) parent-elected board members, and…

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From the Principal:

Congratulations to our two new Student Representatives on the Board of Trustees.  Middle left is Te Huia Kouratoras representing Ngā Puna o Waiōrea, Middle right is Orla Porten respesenting Western…

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Come Play Tennis – it’s free!

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Student leadership opportunities at WSCW

We held our 2021 Student Portfolio Leadership voting on Tuesday 22/9/20. The result of the election will be revealed to candidates Term 4 and the results will be published in…

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Year 9 Camp

At this stage Year 9 camps are still going ahead, we can hold school camps in Alert levels 2 and 3. Given the year our students have had, hopefully this experience…

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Arts News

Arts News

The end of term is fast approaching and for our seniors this is a crucial time as they look ahead to completing their courses of study. It has been fantastic…

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Peace Ambassadors

The Peace Ambassadors meet on Tuesdays at lunchtimes to plan events and practice the mediation process. The week of August 3rd - 9th was Youth Peace Week and the theme…

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Pt Chevalier Tennis Club

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BISC – Building in Service of Community

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Guidance for Choosing Subjects for 2021 Yrs 10-12

You will soon make subject choices for next year.   Here are some helpful guidelines; What subjects do I enjoy?  Why do I enjoy them and would other subjects be comparable?…

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Principal’s Notes:

Stop Press: Ex Springs student receives unconditional offer from Oxford University Eunsoo Chang who attended Springs in 2018 has contacted me to share in this good news.  He has been…

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International Department News:

It has been great to welcome our international students back to school again.  In order for us to know how they were coping with the last lockdown, we conducted a…

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Year 11 MCAT Exam

The Year 11 Maths MCAT is on Tuesday 15th September at 8.45 am in the Hall. The MCAT runs for 1 period only. Students return to their normal timetabled classes…

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2021 Senior Course Selection

Senior Course Selections for current Year 10-12 students are due on Friday 18th September. Course selection will take place online through the school portal. Information on how to access and…

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Green Jam

Green Jam

Green Jam 2020 On Monday the 10th of August our Waste Wise leaders hosted Green Jam at Auckland City Zoo. Almost one hundred tauira from secondary schools all across Auckland…

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Youth Search and Rescue training programme

Youth Search and Rescue training programme

Youth Search and Rescue training programme - training to become a community volunteer in Search and Rescue and Disaster response organisations in NZ and abroad: Youth Search and Rescue is…

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Swimming

SWIMMING Auckland College Sport, Intercollegiate Swimming – Individual Swimming Championships 2020 Sunday 9th August, Western Springs College entered a group of students to compete at the Secondary Schools' Individual Swimming…

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Fundraising for a proposed trip

WSC Year 13 students in action fundraising for the proposed trip next holidays to the Central Plateau Camp.  These students were the most enthusiastic, smiley people around and it was…

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Start Movement Snacking

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Debating

Detabing at Western Springs College Ngā Puna O Waiōrea is in good heart. This year we had a senior advanced, two senior open and four junior open teams in the…

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Tree Planting – August 2020

Tree Planting – August 2020

Tuatahi ake me tuku aku mihi mahana ki ngā ringaringa maha i āwhinatia e mātou kia tiaki i ā Papatūānuku, i te Wao Nui a Tāne whānui, āno nei tō…

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Danger at the school gate:

Whānau, please help us keep your children safe at the end of the day: Please don't park on the yellow lines, when dropping off or picking up your child; even…

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Principal’s Notes:

Stop Press - Springs/Waiorea wins Architectural Award Our architects at Jasmax have been acknowledged in the education category of the New Zealand Institute of Architects Auckland Awards for the WSCW…

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TAPAC – The Auckland Performing Arts Centre

TAPAC – The Auckland Performing Arts Centre

Visit this website to see the latest information  

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Arts

Arts

The Drama Department are getting ready to present scenes from classic kiwi plays in 11Drama’s A Showcase of New Zealand Theatre. Scenes include Astroman by Albert Belz, Woman Far Walking…

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Wastewise Clothes Swap

Wastewise Clothes Swap

On Wednesday the 22nd and Thursday the 23rd of July Waste Wise ran a clothes swap in the hall where students were given the opportunity to combat fast fashion by…

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School Ball 2020

School Ball 2020

First school ball since lockdown in Eden Park and we kicked the season off with a hiss and a roar! All the students looked stunning and in true Springs/Waiōrea (WSCW)…

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World Vision Youth Leader

We understand the power in young people leading young people. In Aotearoa, our youth are at the forefront of social change and at World Vision we’re doing all we can to empower them. I’m excited to touch…

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Bullock Track Bush

A group of Forest and Bird volunteers are beginning a community project to regenerate the area of bush known as Bullock Track Bush. This involves a major planting plan/weed clearing…

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NZQA News

Checking external entries:  We encourage all students to check their external entries before the beginning of September using the school portal in the ‘results’ tab. If you have any questions…

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News from the International Department

News from the International Department

On the first weekend of Term 3, we had the school ball at Eden Park.  For most of our international students, they don’t have an event like this in their…

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Health Education: Year 9 and 10

JUNIOR SEXUALITY EDUCATION  Year 9 and 10 Health classes will begin their sexuality education in the second half of this term.  Due to the disruption to the learning programme due…

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Community Arts, Creative & Well-being Hub

Community Arts, Creative & Well-being Hub

CARRINGTON HOSPITAL AS A HUB FOR CREATIVITY, COMMUNITY AND WELLBEING OPEN DAY AUGUST 8TH Point Chevalier Social Enterprise Trust (PCSET), on behalf the Crown and Mana Whenua, is preparing a…

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Peace Ambassadors

Peace Ambassadors

In term one we raised money for Shine with a cupcake sale, and this time we had a form class competition as well. Congratulations to CTA for being  the ‘best…

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Ball Information

1. WSCW School Ball on the 25/07/2020 at Eden Park South Lounge. Ball form and payment due by Monday 20/7/20 please. If you are bringing a partner, they must sign the Ball…

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Community Notices

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Arts

Arts

The term is ending with Dance! Don’t miss the Junior Dance show ‘Semester I: Studio Showing’ an informal showing of dance from Semester I on Thursday at 3:30pm at TAPAC…

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Western Springs Cup Project Newsletter

Western Springs Cup Project Newsletter

The 1st of July marks the start of Plastic Free July 2020 and hence the beginning of the much anticipated Grey Lynn 2030 Waste Away Cup Project! This awesome community…

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Principal’s Notes

Closing the school for the day to maximise access to teachers for parents of senior students last Thursday was a great move.  I managed to ‘bump into’ happy and satisfied…

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International News

As of the end of Term , we sadly have to say good-bye to five of our international students,who are going to return to their home countries.  We had a…

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NZ Sailing Trust Student Challenge, Duke of Edinburgh and leadership opportunities

Environmental Leadership Programme with BLAKE This new programme has been designed to provide students with the inspiration of leadership and environmental action through Sir Peter Blake’s legacy of sailing and…

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Open Week Tours 27 July – 31 July

Monday 27 July to Friday 31 July 2020 The above dates are now fully subscribed - here are some further times Tuesday 4 August - https://forms.gle/EHXcQXirKvbqtboc9 Thursday 6 August - https://forms.gle/61FHPos9AsTFjDys5 Friday…

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Junior Reports

Junior reports will be issued early in Term 3 just before the scheduled Junior Report Evening in Week 3. These reports will reflect progress in subjects from both Term 1…

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Principal’s Notes

Three key events that I am highlighting in this issue: Senior Parent/Student/Teacher Interviews: These are scheduled for Thursday June 25th in the Ken Havill Centre and Waioteao. We have closed…

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News from the International Department

International Students' Stories Kazuhiro (Kazu) Okada from Japan I first got to know about Western Springs College through my agent from Japan.  They told me the school had a good…

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WSCW Ball (Y12 and 13 only)

Our Y12 and 13 School ball this year will be held on the 25th July 2020 at Eden Park, South lounge. The theme is 100 years (1920s). Doors will open from…

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NCEA Changes for 2020

We know some of our students - and their whānau - are worried that they might not be able to attain NCEA or UE this year, because of the disruption…

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Senior Student Whanau Report Interview Day

The Student/whānau/teacher interviews to discuss senior reports are on Thursday 25th June from 10am until 7pm. School will be closed on this day. Interviews can be booked at www.schoolinterviews.co.nz and the school code for…

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From the Nurse’s Desk

 Hello Whanau Well done New Zealand, we made it to Covid 19 Level 1!  Thank you to our school family for supporting the school through these  difficult times and restrictions…

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School Bus Information for Level 1 from Travelwise (AT)

School Bus Information for Level 1 from Travelwise (AT)

Under Alert Level 1 no physical distancing requirements on any public transport services, including school bus services, are deemed necessary by the Ministry of Education and Waka Kotahi NZTA who…

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Principal’s Notes

This Newsletter provides me with the opportunity to thank you, our Springs/Waiōrea community of parents and caregivers for the truly outstanding messages of support you have sent us, both during…

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Arts

Arts

Classes are back in action we have news and stories galore coming in! We are very excited to be back at school as we move into the second half of…

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Welcoming each other back

To try and make the first days back to school since quarantine a bit nicer, a couple of students from Healthwise and the Peace ambassadors set up a stall with…

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Change making at Springs: News from our Sustainability Groups

The Cup Projet & Ecostore bottles It’s time to bring those jars & Ecostore in that you have found at the back of cupboards during lockdown.   Bring empty ecostore…

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Ngā Hekaheka o Aotearoa – Manaaki Whenua

Last term some Year 9 students visited Manaaki Whenua (Landcare) to learn about Ngā Hekaheka o Aotearoa - our fungi. We got to view many amazing fungi, to see how…

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SchoolDocs

SchoolDocs

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Better Futures Report (Colmar Brunton & SBC)

Better Futures Report (Colmar Brunton & SBC)

Colmar Brunton recently hosted an event with the Sustainable Business Council to release the latest findings of their Better Futures Report. This year for the first time in the report…

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Our staff wins the Love to Ride Competition

Our staff wins the Love to Ride Competition

Love to Ride is a nationwide promotion/competition that aims to get companies and institutions on their bikes during the month of February. Our staff recognises the importance of role modelling…

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Waste Wise at the New Parents’ BBQ

This year the Waste Wise team set up a gorgeous green stall at the New Parents BBQ for the new year nines and their whanau. This was endeavouring to try…

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Wises Camp

Wises Camp

The four wises panels at Springs / Waiōrea came together for the first time in a hui at the end of February. The panels are led by year 13 students…

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The Cup Project

Some of us are finding we have extra time at home at the moment. While cleaning out cupboards, keep an eye out for the jars in the photo below. Clean…

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Kaitiakitanga

Kaitiakitanga

Our Kaitiakitanga group is under the guidance of the Para Kore ki Tamaki group. Para kore is made up of two ex-Western Springs Ngā Puna o Waiōrea students, Waiata Rameka…

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Change making at Springs: News from our sustainability groups – Travel Wise walk to school promotion

In term 1, the Travel Wise panel started their first promotion, about walking to school. The goal was to encourage more students to walk/bike etc. to school, we made an…

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News from the International Department

News from the International Department

As New Zealand and the world headed into unprecedented times, the international department also faced some challenges with our international students and their needs. Our international students and homestays alike…

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Switch on safety

Switch on safety

When children learn from home, it is important to help them stay safe while they are online.

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Sports update

Kia ora koutou katoa The last few weeks have been very challenging times for us all and we do hope that everyone is well both mentally and physically. This letter is…

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Auckland Transport

Kia ora, The Government has announced that New Zealand will be moving to Alert Level 3 on Tuesday 28 April. While some restrictions will be relaxed, many lockdown conditions remain…

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Lockdown solidarity from Wales

Lockdown solidarity from Wales

I bought this little book as a present for a friend just before lockdown started and as I could not pass it on I started texting them a photo of…

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Counsellors’ contact details

Counsellors’ contact details

The counsellors are still available for students to talk with online. Sue  poupouares@wsc.school.nz Linda  beanl@wsc.school.nz Phil  squires@wsc.school.nz

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Getting help from the Learning Centre from home

Getting Help from the Learning Centre from home We are happy to set up an appointment with students. An appointment can be made by contacting one of us via email.…

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Library news

Now is a good time to read an eBook Since you are unable to visit the library, it is a good opportunity to browse our eBook collection where you will…

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Learning to adapt to the challenge of lockdown

Learning to adapt to the challenge of lockdown For teachers: this is your time to show why you chose to be teacher, to demonstrate the passion you have to unlock…

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Healthy Food Guide

Healthy Food Guide

How to make your own sour dough starter If you don’t have any yeast, because it’s all been panic bought during lockdown, it’s still possible to bake delicious fluffy bread…

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Principal’s Notes

Official School Opening: by the Prime Minister on February 21st was a momentous occasion on a perfect day. Check out this link which features photo highlights of the day. Credit -…

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This has been cancelled due to COVID-19 – Park Life at Cornwall Park

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“News Literacy” Messages from a visiting expert

Senior classes in Media, English and Economics were treated to a thought provoking presentation by Damaso Reyes, an award winning photographer and news journalist.    "Don't get tricked by online…

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Grey Lynn School Aloha Night

Grey Lynn School Aloha Night

Grey Lynn School Aloha Night Friday 20 March 5-8pm Live music! Yummy Food! Kids Activities! All Welcome. 

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Community News

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Library News

Library Monitors I am pleased to announce our Library Monitors for 2020.  Years 10 to 13 students deserve a special mention as they are returning to the role. All monitors…

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Italy Technology Tour 2021 – Information Evening

Discover Italy's art, design, fashion, architecture and, of course, food! The Western Springs College 2021 Technology Tour to Italy will focus on four key destinations - Rome, Sicily, Venice and…

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Arts News

Arts News

Drama students are very busy producing and rehearsing 5 and 15 minute extracts from Shakespearean plays in preparation for the annual Auckland West - Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival in April…

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O Week

O Week

Portfolio leaders organised a successful Orientation Week - third week of school. This gave an opportunity for the various clubs/ groups in our school to showcase their kaupapa and recruit…

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This has been cancelled due to COVID-19 – Open Week 2020

 

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Western Springs College – Ngā Puna O Waiōrea Official Opening

Western Springs College – Ngā Puna O Waiōrea Official Opening

Newsletter: Official Opening – this Friday Do note the invitation included in this Newsletter for the official opening of the new school by the Prime Minister on Friday Feb 21st…

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Save on your way to school

Save on your way to school

Help parents save money with AT HOP With the new school year about to start, we have a timely reminder for parents to load student concessions on their children's AT HOP…

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Registrations Open WSAFC

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Western Springs College Football Programme 2019/2020

Welcome to Western Springs College’s football programme. We have been formally running the programme for 8 years now, with some significant successes.  Our Girls 1st XI team competed in the…

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Arts

Arts

Welcome back to all students, parents and staff at Western Springs College – Ngā Puna o Waiōrea.  Congratulations to the following 2019 Arts L3 NZQA Scholarship Award recipients: Maya Murray…

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New Families’ BBQ

Kia ora koutou,  Our Western Springs College/ Nga Puna O Waiōrea  New Families’ BBQ is on Wednesday 4th March from 6-8pm. You are warmly invited to this event. This is…

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Sports

Sports

ATHLETICS Last year we had 2 students represent Western Springs College Nga Puna O Waiorea at the 47th NZ Secondary School Track and Field Championships that was held on Friday…

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Change making at Springs: News from our Sustainability Groups

Change making at Springs: News from our Sustainability Groups

We have some exciting actions happening this year, and need your support! We are collecting jars, to turn into reusable coffee mugs. Please bring clean jars to the office to…

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Portfolio Leaders 2020

Portfolio Leaders 2020

Congratulations to the students below who have accepted their appointment as portfolio leaders 2020. The students who attended the leadership camp over the weekend in Week 1 were able to…

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Tuakana Teina Programme

The Tuakana Teina (literally meaning older sibling-younger sibling) programme at Springs/Waiorea was rolled out in Week 1. We are very fortunate to have fantastic Year 13 student leaders who attended…

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ID Photos Catch Up Day

When: Tuesday 25/02/2020 Where: School Hall How: Students who did not have their ID photo taken on Friday 7/2/20 must come to the hall between 8.30am and 9am to collect…

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Student Exchange

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Welcome to the Student Learning Centre

We are located on Level 1, in Maungakiekie. We are available all day from Monday to Friday. We have 3 teachers available to provide support. Helen Thorpe can help with…

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Mental Stillness App

Mental Stillness App

The Mental Stillness App is a free, evidence-based meditation resource that is available to the public, professionals and, most importantly, to young people. It provides simple guided-meditation sequences on video that can…

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Pacific News 2020

Talofa, Kia Orana, Malo e lelei, Fakalofa lahi atu, Bula and welcome to 2020. Just to let you know that we have two important events in our Pacific calendar. PACIFIC…

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Whakapike Ake Programme – Encouraging Maori to study in Health Careers

If your son/daughter is Maori and is interested in a career in Health they could be eligible to participate in the Whakapike Ake programme (Uni of Auckland).  Participating students enrolling…

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WSC/NPoW Football Programme 2019/2020

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End of year news from the International Department

News from International Department While our senior students are sitting NCEA exams, the special programme for our Term 3 and 4 new students was still on. Hannah Wachter and Emily…

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Principal’s Notes

Annual Beach Picnic: As we accelerate towards year’s end I’m reminded of one of the most delightful features of our school year at ‘Springs which is the annual beach picnic…

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Auckland Transport

Auckland Transport is consulting on proposed changes to some central crosstown bus services. These proposed changes affect the OuterLink and the 650 bus services and so may be of interest…

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Otto August Year 10 Masterworks Exhibition

Otto August Year 10 Masterworks Exhibition

Folded Forms: 71 Upper Queen Street, Eden Terrace Otto August 23 November - 21 December 2019 opening preview Saturday 23 November 3-5pm. Special demonstration by Otto Saturday 30th November 2pm.…

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Health Centre updates – December 2019

Health Centre updates – December 2019

Happy Holidays everyone!!!!  - stay safe and healthy. Measles - Still active in Auckland especially,  but numbers of cases slowing down now-- consider vaccination to prevent the spread of disease…

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Stationery

Stationery

Our school stationery lists are already on line at http://myschool.co.nz

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Student exchange

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School Leavers’ Toolkit

School Leavers’ Toolkit

School Leavers Toolkit  has been recently released by the Ministry of Education.  It has advice about financial matters, flatting, getting a job, leaving school and home.   Ngā tohutohu mō te ārahi…

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Springs Waiorea annual Beach Day

This year our annual Beach Day at Long Bay Regional Park will be held on Thursday the 5/12/2019. Staff and students will depart from school in buses at about 9.00am…

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Yearbook 2019

In order to be more sustainable, we have reduced the number of pages, will be printing less Yearbooks and have a companion website. This companion website, which will be linked…

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Student leadership training for all Year 12 students

When: 4th December 2019 Time: 9am to 3pm Where: School Hall Why: All Year 13s are student leaders and should be provided with opportunities to develop their leadership skills. Leadership…

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Year 9 camp 2019 – THANK YOUs

The Year 9 camp cannot happen without the goodwill of our staff who are willing to give up time with their families for the benefit of our Year 9 students.…

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‘Buy a Panel’ Solar Campaign

By now you will have seen information on our ‘Buy a Panel’ solar power campaign for the new school.  This is the first significant fundraiser that we have run in…

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2020 Rhodes Scholar

Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards supporting outstanding all-round students at the University of Oxford and provide transformative opportunities for exceptional individuals.  The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and most prestigious…

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Measles During Exams

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Info Snippets

All Y12 Student leadership training. When: 4th December 2019 Time: 9am to 3pm Where: School Hall Why: All Year 13s are student leaders and should be provided with opportunities to…

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Students Volunteering for Age Concern

We had some wonderful students turn up to assist Age Concern patrons with technology and use of devices. It was encouraging to see so many students from WSC giving up…

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Library Week

Thanks again to the amazing library monitors for their input into this annual event.  Briar Shaw-Smith was responsible for organising the Scavenger Hunt, which she presented on  the television screen…

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Top-up your NCEA credits

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Principal’s Notes

Fantastic news – just in!  Western Springs College Year 12 student Flynn Mullany has been announced as the NZ representative to drive a Formula 4 race car in the FIA…

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YSAR

YSAR

What is YSAR? Youth Search and Rescue (YSAR) was set up to help 14 to 18-year-olds develop personal, life and leadership skills by contributing to the community through search and…

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Arts

Arts

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Commah is in search for high school students

Commah is in search for high school students (Yr 9 -13) to be part of our ambassador programme! Commah is an independent student-run organisation focused on providing opportunities to the…

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Year 13 – 2020 Student Portfolio Leadership

63 Year 12 students have submitted application forms to be considered for one of the 40 available portfolio leadership positions. The student body online voting will be open from 9am…

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2019 New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Swimming Championships

2019 New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Swimming Championships

Recently Western Springs College had a team entered in the NZ Secondary Schools' Swimming Championships from 12th September – 15th September in Hamilton.  They swam amazingly well. Here are their results.…

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Lumino Dental Message

Please do not get concerned if your child has not had their dental examination and/or treatment completed as we are due back at Western Springs College on 6 November 2019.…

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World Vision School Award

World Vision School Award

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Parent Action Group Movie Night

We’re squeezing in an end of term PAG movie night – in just over a week’s time! **Tuesday 24th September, 7.30pm for an 8.00pm screening of MAIDEN at the Bridgeway**  **Tickets…

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Big Buddy

Big Buddy

Big Buddy is an organisation matching adult male mentors with fatherless boys. We work with the simple philosophy that boys need good male role models to become good men. Unfortunately,…

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Readers and/or Writers

A big thank you to all the wonderful PAG Volunteers who gave of their time to support the WSC students as Readers and/or Writers over the EXAM Week.  We will…

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Savvy Study Tips For Studious Students

Exams… they are inching closer and no amount of denial will stop it. So get on top of your study and start now! Here is a collection of tips and…

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Recent Graduates from Victoria University of Wellington

Former students of Western Springs College graduating from Victoria University of Wellington It is with pleasure that I enclose a list of your former pupils who have graduated from Victoria…

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Ngā Puna o Waiōrea Enrolment

Kia ora e te whānau, We are currently at maximum capacity for Year 9 Enrollments for 2020. Please if you wish, still fill out an enrollment form and you will…

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Principal’s Notes

Best wishes to our sports teams and to all of our students in these teams as they head off to tournament week, joining 25,000 other students from around the country…

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Arts

Arts

The Ken Havill Centre for Learning is an incredible new building and learning space that all students are exploring and enjoying as well as teachers. New spaces, new resources, new…

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Youthtown

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Open Day

Open Day

The Waitakere BMX club (along with Sport Waitakere) is hosting an Open Day. This is a great opportunity for school aged kids to come down and have a go on…

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More Sports News

More Sports News

NZ SECONDARY SCHOOLS ORIENTEERING CHAMPIONSHIPS (photos attached) We had a really good weekend with some great results. The Western Springs Girls came 3rd in the Premier Schools' competition, which is…

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Option Selection

Senior Option Selection: Senior Option Selections for current Year 10-12 students are due on Wednesday 18th September. Course selection will take place online through the parent portal. Information on how…

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Sky City Gateway In Kitchens Programme 2019

Sky City Gateway In Kitchens Programme 2019

Amythest Harris and Kyrie Choudhury Sky City are proud to introduce a brand-new Gateway initiative for senior students who are interested in a career as a chef, who are “work…

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Sports

BADMINTON This has been one absolutely amazing season for the WSC Badminton programme. I am very proud to say that out of our 4 badminton teams (2 x boys, 2…

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Get Your Kids Offline And On The Track

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“AUT Shadow A Leader Day”

“AUT Shadow A Leader Day”

Jack Gong at “The Web Co.” What do CEOs do in a Day? Year 13 students Jack Gong and Alex Barnes found out... On the 4th of July, I was…

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Geography Department

Geography Department

Wondering about the relevance of geography fieldtrips? Is your money well spent? Are they an excuse for a holiday? In the past, geography was associated with learning capitals and countries, but…

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News from the International Department

News from the International Department

DangKhoi (Khoi) Phan from Vietnam on the right in the photo with other Vietnamese students, Thi Mai Giang (Zan), Hai Yen and Jason The International Department are proud of our…

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From the Nurse

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Mayoral Candidate Debate – Event Invitation

Recruit Your Mayor   Nationwide exit polls in the last local elections in 2016 indicated 60% of people under the age of 25 did not vote. But, we also know building…

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Gentle Dentistry

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2020 Student Portfolio Leadership Selection Process

Every Year 13 student at WSC/NPoW is considered a school leader. They lead in the way they conduct themselves and the way they interact with their peers of all ages…

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Principal’s Notes

What an absolute pleasure it has been to introduce our students and then the community into our new school.  They joy of seeing our students adapt so quickly to the…

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News from the International Department

News from the International Department

Twenty-one new international students started with us this term and are now starting to settle into the new environment.  The International Department held a two-day orientation at the beginning of the…

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Gifted and Talented

Gifted and talented students at WSC-NPoW are encouraged to apply for the many scholarships and opportunities offered by external providers throughout the school year. These opportunities are an excellent way…

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Activate Your Trial Digital Entertainment Membership

    As part of Entertainment publications 25th Birthday celebrations we have organised a special gift for you! Follow the steps below to have exclusive 30 day trial access to…

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Arts

Arts

STOP PRESS....Congratulations!! Congratulations to our band Park Rd on making it through to the National Final of SmokefreeRockQuest 2019. This recent achievement follows on from their success at the regionals and takes…

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From the Chair

Kia ora school whanau, We’ve been delighted to welcome our students back to the new school this term. I hope you were able to drop in earlier this week to…

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The Spoken Word Group – Ngā Hine Pūkōrero

The Spoken Word Group – Ngā Hine Pūkōrero

The Spoken word group Ngā Hine Pūkōrero  consisting of students Arihia Hall, Terina Wichman-Evans, Manaia Tuwhare-Hoani and ex-student Matariki Bennett are back from their amazing trip to Las Vegas in…

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Community Notices

Casual Work I am looking for a school Mum or Dad who would like some casual work during school hours helping me with my home staging business. So if you…

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Peace Ambassadors

An enthusiastic group of students from year 10 to 12 attended the Peace Ambassadors Training Day in April. Ali and Andrea from the Peace Foundation came to teach us about…

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Junior Health

HEALTH EDUCATION: YEAR 9 AND 10 JUNIOR SEXUALITY EDUCATION Year 9 and 10 Health classes will begin their sexuality education later this term. Year 9 classes will begin the sexuality…

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History in the Making

History in the Making

Our Spoken Word group, Ngā Hine Pūkōrero: Te Rina Wichman-Evans, Arihia Hall, Manaia Tuwhare-Hoani and ex-student Matariki Bennett  are  off to  Las Vegas to compete in ‘Brave New Voices’ an international…

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Notes From The Nurse

Notes From The Nurse

June 2019  Winter is here -- time for gumboots, raincoats, winter jumpers. Time for winter sports, time to enjoy cold sunny days, time to prepare for spring. Of Special interest:  Colds:  A…

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News From The International Department

In Term 2 this year we have a theme of “UNIQUE ME” for the international student group. A big group of international students by now have met high expectations or…

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Link To Story on Marae Featuring WSC-NPoW

The first 6 minutes feature Western Springs College Ngā Puna o Waiōrea. Here is the link

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PAG – The Light Project – Links

Thanks so much to the 50 or so people who made it along on Thursday evening – what an excellent presentation it was.   It’s not too late to donate towards…

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WSC Student Stars in The Wolves

WSC Student Stars in The Wolves

A student of Western Springs College, Queenie Samuel, is performing in the show The Wolves with Silo Theatre at Q Theatre – Loft, opening THIS WEEK. qtheatre.co.nz/wolves   To secure tickets to…

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Chess Success

Chess Success

They are going to the Nationals!!  Congratulations to our Chess players.  The nationals are in Christchurch on 17 October.  All the best.

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Matariki For Tamariki

Matariki For Tamariki

Kia ora Auckland! We're back in our home city and can’t wait for July! Over the School Holidays we will be premiering Matariki For Tamariki by accomplished New Zealand dancer and choreographer Sean…

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TAPAC HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES

TAPAC HOLIDAY PROGRAMMES

TERM 3 STARTS 22 JULY Did you know that people who actively engage with the arts have higher levels of life satisfaction, a positive self-image, less anxiety about change, and are…

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Principal’s Notes

QSD Survey – your chance to have your say! We have just completed our New Zealand Council For Education Research Well Being @School surveys with our students and teachers, with…

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Plastic Free July – Some Ideas

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Arts

Arts

Performing and Visual Arts showcase at Ponsonby and Pasadena Intemediate Schools Last week we visited both Pasadena and Ponsonby Intermediate Schools for our annual Arts Showcase. Arts Leaders Sienna Davidson,…

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Youthtown Hangout Space

Youthtown Hangout Space

We will have an awesome FREE hang out space open for all teens, where we will be running fun youth development activities for them! It would be amazing if you could help…

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New Zealand Police – 105 Non Emergency

New Zealand Police – 105 Non Emergency

NZ Police recently launched a new non emergency number, 105. We’ve done this to make it easier to get hold of us in the event of non-urgent situations or ‘Things…

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Digital Technology

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Help us raise money for laptops for WSC/NPoW students that genuinely can’t afford them

This is a fundraising initiative to raise money for laptops for WSC/NPoW students that genuinely can't afford them - this is a huge education equity issue! It is about doing…

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Western Springs College–Ngā Puna o Waiōrea

Western Springs College–Ngā Puna o Waiōrea Board of Trustees 2019 Election and Selection Held under the school’s alternative constitution enabling co-governance. A copy of the alternative constitution, promulgated 14 March…

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Arts

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…

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The Library

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…

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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…

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Principal’s Notes

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…

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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…

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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…

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Writers’ Festival

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…

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Hotel Rwanda

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…

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Families Urgently Needed in New Zealand – Can You Help?

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…

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NCW 2nd place speech winner – Isobel Christie

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…

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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…

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Western Springs College–Ngā Puna o Waiōrea Board of Trustees Election – Meet the Candidates 30/5/2019

When: Thursday 30 May 2019 Time: 7:30 pm Place: Western Springs College staff room.   Candidate Statements 3 Year term: Belinda DRAKE: My name is Belinda Drake and I am…

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Board of Trustees 2019 Election and Selection

Held under the school’s alternative constitution enabling co-governance. A copy of the alternative constitution, promulgated 14 March 2019, is online at gazette.govt.nz/notice/id/2019-go1165. Declaration of 18-month term Parent-elected trustees results At…

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Waiorea Alumni Student: Rongomai Grbic-Hoskins shares her experience of receiving an Internship at the  Metropolitan Museum of Art

Waiorea Alumni Student: Rongomai Grbic-Hoskins shares her experience of receiving an Internship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

E te iwi tēnā hoki tātou i ngā ahuatanga o te wā. He uri nō Ngāti Hau ki Whakapara, nō Ngāti Moroki ki Ahipara hoki. Ko Rongomai Kapiri-Mārama Grbic-Hoskins tōku…

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Parent Election and Waiōrea Whānau Selection Notice

Western Springs College–Ngā Puna o Waiōrea school board of trustees’ election and selection Nominations are invited for the election of five (5) parent-elected trustees, and nominations are also invited for…

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Senior Whanau Teacher Interviews – Thursday April 4th

Thursday 4th April 2-7 pm Book Online Now

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New Families BBQ 6 March 6-8PM

Come along and enjoy our new families BBQ 6th March 6-8pm - Village Green

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Meri Kirihimete!

What a blast 2018 has been, with all the ups and the downs Ngā Puna o Waiōrea are very grateful to all tauira, whānau, sponsors, kaiako, and Friends of the…

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New way of buying school stationery

Go to myschool.co.nz, search Westerns Springs College, select list for appropriate year of student and whether enrolled at Springs or Nga Puna o Waiorea. You can then add or remove items…

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New way of buying school stationery

Go to myschool.co.nz, search Westerns Springs College, select list for appropriate year of student and whether enrolled at Springs or Nga Puna o Waiorea. You can then add or remove items…

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2019 Start Dates

Here are some important dates for the start of Term 1 2019. Date Event 24th - 25th January School Open for Year 11/12/13 Course Changes 29th January Teacher Only Day…

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2018 Visual Arts Folio Exhibition

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Becoming a new school

Here are four published documents that explore the ILE model. Please download and have a read for an enlightening look into what the future holds for Springs. The impact of physical…

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Congrats Bella Ashby!

Bella applied for the Te Ara a Kupe Beaton scholarship and made the shortlist of 20 who were invited to a ceremony which was held last night the top 5 applicants…

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Nau mai Haere mai Matariki – Reach for the Stars Pō Rapuara – Careers Night

Nau mai Haere mai Matariki – Reach for the Stars Pō Rapuara – Careers Night

Māori and Pasifika Students Tau 10-13 Week 4: 15 August 6-8 pm Speed date a career: Spend 15 minutes with Māori and Pasifika role models currently working within five professions…

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Pofiafia Night – Thurs 2/Aug

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Congratulations Ngā Puna o Waiōrea Kapa Haka!

Congratulations Ngā Puna o Waiōrea Kapa Haka!

Ngā Puna o Waiōrea have managed to secure yet another top placing at this years Secondary Schools National Kapa Haka Competition which took place in Palmerston North during the last…

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Waiōrea Enrollment Interviews

Waiōrea will be holding Enrollment Interviews for 2019 on the 23rd of August 2018 - Time to be confirmed. Please ensure an enrollment pack has been filled out and sent…

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Senior Whanau Teacher Interviews – Thursday June 28th

Thursday, June 28th 2-7 pm Book Online Now School Code: 3g7ph

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Ngā Manu o Waiōrea – Manu Kōrero 2018

Ngā Manu o Waiōrea – Manu Kōrero 2018

(Photo left to right: Ayziah, Piripi, De Vhante, Atakura) A huge congratulations to our 4 speakers who partook in this years 2018 annual Ngā Manu Kōrero Regional Speech competition. Ngā…

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Start of something NEW! Read more for a look at our Waiōrea Rebuild Time Lapse!

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Junior Whanau Report Evening – Thursday 24 May 2-7pm

The Student/whanau/teacher interviews to discuss junior reports are on Thursday 24th May from 2pm until 7pm. School will finish at 12.40pm on the 24th May for ALL students. Periods 1, 4 and 5 will run in…

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Te Kahui Ako

Te Kahui Ako

Since the end of 2015 Western Springs College - Ngā Puna o Waiōrea has been working to develop closer links with the local primary and intermediate schools that many of…

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The Addams Family Musical

The Addams Family Musical

  Western Springs College presents ‘The Addams Family’ - a spectacular musical comedy from the writers of the multi award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS, with music and lyrics by TONY…

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Basketball Senior Premier Relegation Game

Tough game against Mt Roskill who coming into the game we knew very little about except that they have had two warm up games against two teams from the Top…

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NZ Herald – School says axing streaming boost its NCEA results

This recent NZ herald article talks about our schools continued academic success and features a clip from Ruth Roberts and Chris Selwyn

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Sports Academy

Sports Academy

What an action packed term it has been for our Sports Academy students!! The year 11 class has just completed their open waters PADI diving certificate with a couple of…

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ASB Polyfest Success 2018

ASB Polyfest Success 2018

Congratulations to all whom participated in the annual ASB Polynesian Festival! Our school was represented well across all three divisions of the Māori Stage, and managed to place 1st overall…

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Open Week 2018

Open Week 2018

Western Springs College is a co-educational secondary school with a proud record of academic, sporting and cultural achievements. We are dedicated to offering excellence in secondary education to families in…

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Science News

Science News

Antarctica The Level 2 Environmental Sustainability class & 10AE called Antarctica earlier this term, as they are learning about Climate Change. Dr Rosa Hughes-Currie, a new Science & Physics teacher…

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Principal’s News

We are in celebration mode here at Springs/Waiorea with yet another clean sweep of all three divisions of the Maori stage at the annual Polyfest competition at Manukau Stadium. The…

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Peru Fundraiser – Quiz Night

Peru Fundraiser – Quiz Night

World Challenge Quiz Night Join us for a movie - themed quiz night Friday 23rd March 6:30 - 10:00pm Tickets $25 RSVP andersonru@wsc.school.nz WC Quiz Night Flyer A4

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Congratulations to our 2018 Polyfest winners

Congratulations to all our students who performed exceptionally at the 2018 ASB Polyfest this year. All three teams placed 1st in their respective divisions, their amazing performances can by view…

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Download the new WSC and NPoW mobile school app

Download the new WSC and NPoW mobile school app

Western Springs College/ Nga Puna o Waiorea now have a mobile app for news and events, daily notices and other important school messages.   Use the app to notify us…

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New Families BBQ

New Families BBQ

Kia ora koutou, Our Western Springs College/Ngā Puna O Waiōrea New Families’ BBQ  is on Wednesday the 7th March from 6-8pm. This is an annual event for any students new…

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Principal’s News

Principal’s News

Foundations set for the big build After 9 months of site preparation, building proper has begun at the school with foundations, footings and reinforcing steel in the new main teaching…

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MOUNTAIN BIKES/HELMETS WANTED!

MOUNTAIN BIKES/HELMETS WANTED!

The Sports Academy department is looking for any mountain bikes and helmets that anyone may have. We are currently looking for around 10 mountain bikes and helmets that students can…

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Actress in the Making!

Actress in the Making!

Congratulations to our very own Ria Sionetali-Rattray who has landed one of the lead roles for this years WSC-NPOW school musical, The Addams Family. Ria will play Morticia Addams, and…

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Open Week 2018

Western Springs College is a co-educational secondary school with a proud record of academic, sporting and cultural achievements. We are dedicated to offering excellence in secondary education to families in…

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Te Puna – Māori TV Series

Te Puna – Māori TV Series

Click the link to follow the new series Te Puna -  a documentary based series portraying the busy lives of our tauira, whānau and kaiako here at Waiōrea, inside and…

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Co-Governance

Click into this link to hear former whanau/board member Dr. Te Kawehau Hoskins talk about Co-Governance
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Te Kāhui Ako

The Kāhui Ako has evolved from the Waitematā Network, a grouping of Western Bays schools who in 2015 decided to establish a “Network of Learning” to facilitate better liaison and…

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Waiōrea ki Tāwahi

A trip of a lifetime – please see below an overview of our trip to Poland/Spain/Dubai

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Waiōrea New students Pōwhiri

Our powhiri day is on the 31 January – all students to attend

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Waiōrea Prizegiving

Our annual prize giving yet again was a hit. Thank you for sharing in and being a part of your children’s success. Bitter sweet feeling as we farewell our Whaea…

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We are on the move! Rebuild Update

We are on the move! Rebuild Update

As the year comes to an end – our new journey is in full motion! Waiōrea is looking different already!

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