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Autaia – Haka Theatre Performance showcases future stars from Waiōrea!

On Thursday 29th of September 2022, a sold-out performance in the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre in Aotea Centre showcased original works of haka theatre through Autaia - a unique blend…

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Kapa Haka Nationals 2022 Competition – Congratulations Waiōrea!

Ngā mihi nui ki a koe (congratulations) Ngā Puna o Waiōrea (NPoW) for taking out 2nd place at the recent Kapa Haka Nationals 2022 Competition, Ngā Kapa Haka Kura Tuarua…

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Principal’s Notes – September 2022

Senior ‘Derived Grade’ Exams 990 students were involved in this year’s derived grade ‘mock’ exams over 7 days – beginning at 9.00 am with session 1 and session 3 concluding…

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Arts News – September 2022

Skill building, creating, connecting, refining, rehearsing and much more! It has been a busy term here at WSCW in all of the Arts learning spaces. This term has seen many…

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Grace Cory-Wright – Selected for NZ Secondary Schools Orienteering Team

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to Grace Cory-Wright (Year 10 student from Moana House) who was selected in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Orienteering Team. This week, Grace participated in the Australian…

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NZEDC event – HOPE NIGHT – Weds 19 Oct 2022

The New Zealand Eating Disorders Clinic (NZEDC) is hosting a free event called HOPE NIGHT on Wednesday 19 October 2022 (4pm to 6pm) in Newmarket, which is for individuals and…

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48hrs Film Competition Success!

Congratulations to Archie Crayford and Finlay Trelease-Hughes (Team Shole)! Their film 'Maybe Crazy' made for the 48hr film competition has been nominated for best school team award in the Auckland…

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“Stars are the Limit” Careers Evening for Māori & Pasifika students – Tues 18th October 2022

In the first week of Term 4, on Tuesday 18th October 2022, the Stars are the Limit Careers Evening will held for Māori & Pasifika students of Western Springs College-Ngā…

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New “Key Information for Whānau” tab on website

We have a new tab on our website... Key Information for Whānau.  You will find this information on the first tab under Student Life on the menu bar, as above. …

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School Strike 4 Climate (SS4C) – strike taking place on Fri 23 Sep 2022

Western Springs College/Ngā Puna O Waiōrea accepts that students from the college may want to take part in the School Strike 4 Climate (SS4C) event on Friday 23 September 2022.…

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Bio Zoo trip – Human evolution

Our Year 13 Biology class went to the Auckland Zoo for an educational session on trends in human evolution. The session covered changes from quadruped great apes to biped intelligent…

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WSCW vacancy – Accounts Officer – would you like to join us?

We have an opportunity for an experienced, innovative and enthusiastic Accounts Officer to join our Office Administrative team at Western Springs College-Ngā Puna o Waiōrea (WSCW). This is a 25…

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Ngā Puna o Waiōrea ākonga in Spoken Word Finals

Kia ora tātou, Our team, Piremina Ngapera, Ava & Kaiya Walker, Arahi Sionetali-Rattray and Koromiko Jacobs-Williams came 3rd  in the WORD - The Front Line finals behind Marcellin and the winners Papakura.  An awesome…

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Wellbeing Expo – Sat 24 Sep – come join us!

Western Springs will be hosting its first Wellbeing Expo on Saturday 24th September on site from 10:00am-2:00pm. We will have stalls from a range of charities, organisations and businesses that…

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Healthwise – Competition News

Healthwise organised a form class activity to help create an environment that is inspiring (for Oranga House), welcoming (for Atea House), calming (for Whenua House), safe (for Moana House) and…

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WSCW Peace Ambassadors attend the 2022 Youth Peace Symposium

Each year, The Peace Foundation (Te Rōpū Rongomau o Aotearoa) puts on a Youth Peace Symposium Event. It is held on a school day at the Western Springs Community Centre,…

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Green Jam 2022

Green Jam 2022 was live and enlivening! The sustainability conference on the 29th of August was an amazingly informative and inspiring event. A result of the collaboration of students from…

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ECO News – September 2022

ECO TIP - Plastic free options to store food Did you know that the average household bin in Auckland is about 45% food waste? Uneaten food is a major contributor…

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Reader/Writer (Exam Assistants) for the NZQA November exams

Kia ora Community, The Learning Support Department is turning their attention to the November 2022 exams and recruiting for Exam Assistants (Reader/Writers) - a three hour session where you will…

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Western Springs College – Homestay Families Wanted

Our school welcomes applications from local families who may be interested in hosting International Students. Ever thought of hosting an International student? Do you have a spare room available? We are looking for families…

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Western Springs College-Ngā Puna o Waiōrea – School Board 2022 Election and Selection Results

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 Parent-elected Board Member Results Parent-elected Board Member…

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Laptop Appeal

With families around NZ experiencing increasing financial hardship - we have an increasing number of families who are unable to purchase laptops for their children.  We are raising funds to…

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EPro8 update

The opening round of this construction competition is done and dusted... Seniors We had 3 teams entered. They placed 1st, 4th and 3rd in their events. There are 12 teams…

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Springs student at Youth Parliament

As already in the Principal's Notes for August 2022, our strong links with NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern show through in a report from our Year 12 Springs student, Amelia…

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Principal’s Notes – August 2022

Every school day at Springs/Waiōrea is a big day? In Aotearoa, all children under 16 years of age are required to attend a registered school every day, unless they are…

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WSC successes at the NZ Secondary Schools Championships

We're really proud of the Western Springs College Swim Team, who competed at the 2022 New Zealand Secondary Schools Championships on 28-31 July 2022 at Waterworld in Hamilton. Our six…

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News from Zylah & Esther from Y12 Education for Sustainability

Last term, we undertook a cleanup of our community with the aim of gaining sponsorship which we would then contribute to the school’s solar panel fundraiser. We’d like to thank…

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WSCW vacancy – Accounts Officer

We have an opportunity for an experienced, innovative and enthusiastic Accounts Officer to join our Office Administrative team at Western Springs College-Ngā Puna o Waiōrea (WSCW). This is a 25…

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News from the Maths Department – Aug 2022

New Zealand Engineering Science Competition New Zealand Engineering Science competition is an annual problem solving competition run by the University of Auckland for secondary school students throughout New Zealand. The…

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Earphones at Western Springs College/Ngā Puna O Waiōrea

We recommend all students bring a pair of earphones to school/kura. Earphones will be available from the school office from 22/8/22 for $16. Why are earphones a recommended item on…

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How To Read the Daily Notices

A reminder that daily notices can be viewed by caregivers and students on the WSCW website at the daily notices menu or on our school app, also on the menu…

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Arts News

It’s Showtime! At the end of term two we warmly invited whānua, kaiako and tauira to our Junior Arts showing in the school hall. This new event aimed to give…

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Senior Course selection for 2023 + Y11 MCAT date

Senior Course Selection for 2023 (information due in Term 3, 2022) Term 3 is course selection for 2023 for Years 10-12 students. Information will be sent to whānau over the…

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WSC-NPoW’s enters first-ever mixed Netball team

Mixed Senior Netball is done and dusted! This year marks WSC-Waiōrea's first mixed gender netball team enrolled in Netball Waitakere's first mixed senior grade ever! The games were tough -…

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Fantastic mahi from two Y12 Education for Sustainability students

Introduction  Western Springs College provides a subject for Year 12 students and above called Education for Sustainability. Under this course, students learn about environmental, social, and economic factors of sustainability,…

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Food deliveries (including Uber Eats) stopped during school hours

We'd like to issue a friendly reminder that WSC-NPoW will no longer accept deliveries for students from food delivery companies (including Uber Eats) during school hours. We thank you in…

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Year 9 camps planned for Nov 2022

We are in the process of organising the Year 9 camps at Tāwharanui campgrounds. Springs Year 9 students will go in House groups for 2 nights and 3 days at…

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Western Springs College – Homestay Families Wanted

Our school welcomes applications from local families who may be interested in hosting International Students. Ever thought of hosting an International student? Do you have a spare room available? We are looking for families…

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News from International Department – Aug 2022

NEW TERM 3 INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS After the NZ border closure to international students for two long years, the international department welcomed a group of 31 new international students for Term…

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Y13 English visit to Auckland Art Gallery

One of our Year 13 English classes had a wonderful visit to the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki last week. We were guided through the exhibition "Declaration! A Pacific…

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Library Week

When: Week 7, 5th September to 9th Our wonderful librarians Sharda and Andrew have an exciting week lined up to celebrate all things literature and language. A famous New Zealand…

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Do you have any spare calculators to donate?

Do you have any spare calculators at home or work that are not being used? Then please hunt them out and consider donating them to our school for use during…

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ECO NEWS – Aug 2022

ECO TIP - What can you compost? Photo credit @ethiqueworld PLASTIC FREE JULY We had some amazing entries into the Ethique Giveaway staff and students draw. Huge thanks to everyone…

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Y13 studying Tourism Development.

In the first week of Term 3, 49 students and 3 staff visited Rotorua to learn first hand about spatial and temporal patterns of tourism development in Rotorua.  From the…

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Upcoming Fully Funded Outward Bound Adapted Courses

Outward Bound runs Adapted courses for secondary school students with physical and intellectual disabilities. These courses are fully funded thanks to Outward Bound’s generous supporters and donors. The only cost to…

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Meet the Candidates for 2022 WSC Parent-elected Board members

On Monday 22nd of August at 7pm, there was an opportunity for our school community to meet the following six candidates standing for election - either at school or online…

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Business In Service to the Community (BISC) Directory

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Principal’s Notes – July 2022

It is wonderful to begin this Newsletter with the acknowledgement of the receipt of $1,000 deposited into our accounts by BISC – Business in Service of the Community.  This annual…

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NZ Touch Age Group Rep – Skylah Tainui-Takerei

Over the past 3 year, Skylah Tainui-Takerei (a Year 11 Ngā Puna o Waiōrea tauira) has represented the Auckland Under 16s Girls provincial side, at the same time making the…

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2022 Photos for WSC Sports Teams & WSCW Clubs/Groups

PhotoLife will be onsite on Wednesday 10 August 2022 (Week 3, Term 3) to take photographs of our 2022 WSC Sports Teams and WSCW Clubs & Groups for our Yearbook…

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Vacancy – WSCW Exam Centre Manager

Western Springs College-Ngā Puna o Waiōrea (WSCW) is seeking an Examination Centre Manager to run the NCEA and NZ Scholarship examinations in 2022. The smooth and successful running of an exam centre is…

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2022 Triennial School Board Elections

Triennial elections for the Western Springs College-Ngā Puna O Waiōrea School Board will soon be taking place in Term 3. Our co-governance constitution means that we have positions on our…

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Reader and/or Writer – volunteers wanted for exams

Kia Ora Community, WSC has the Derived Exams (formerly known as Mocks) beginning on the 15th September 2022 (in week 8 of this term) and finishing on Friday 23rd September…

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More Rockquest successes!

Western Springs College won first place in both the solo/duo, and band sections of the SmokefreeRockquest Auckland Central regional finals! Huge congratulations to This Machine Means Murder who won the bands…

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WSC Health Education Survey 2022

We would like to offer you the opportunity to complete the Western Springs College (WSC) Health Education survey for 2022. The link for the survey is here. This survey is…

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WSC 2022 Senior Open Debating Competition: 3 teams in Octo finals!

Sam Marsh, Scarlett Ledgrove, Amelia McCrone, Ruby Judson, Alice Shepherd,  Sam Mankelow, Bella Benson, Esther O'Donnell, Arushi Gupta, Jaime Black, Radha Patel, Mackenzie Fleet, Maha Shahab. The 3 WSC Senior…

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College Sport Auckland Individual Swimming Championships – Sun 26 June

Individual champs were a big success this year. Springs had six swimmers: Sam Kenny, Liam France, Koen Dettling, Tom Kenny, Tess Whineray and Abigail Sharp. Four of the swimmers medalled…

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Year 11 Geography trip to Waihi

Another fabulous spin off of COVID fun, is the field trips rescheduled to winter. However, the weather gods smiled upon all but two of the groups. While it hailed on…

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Netsafety Week 2022

This week is NetsafetyWeek2022. We’ve joined forces with Netsafe to promote the safe and positive use of the internet. During this week our student Digiwise team will be promoting online…

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Show jumper – Charlie Ullrich

One of our Year 12 students, Charlie Ullrich, has had great success in show jumping.  Recently, Charlie was lucky enough to travel over to Germany and train with Gugler Sport…

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Eco News – July 2022

ECO TIP - Plastic Free July     Photos credit @Plastic Free July Aotearoa Have you tried to live plastic free this July? Email us your photos and be in…

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Y12 Geography trip in Tongariro

What an epic Year 12 Geography trip this year! Covid-related issues led to an unusual winter adventure instead of an autumn trek. Icy conditions on the crossing meant we ran…

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Matariki planting at the awa

In week 9 of Term 2, the week of the rising of Matariki, the kura continued the our annual native planting programme next to our awa Waititiko.  This has been…

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WSCW success at Smokefree Rockquest Auckland heats

WSCW success at SmokefreeRockquest Auckland heats - bands and solos On Saturday afternoon (11 June 2022), 27 bands from 15 Auckland Central schools made lots of noise, pumping out original…

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Auckland City Mission Appeal

Many form classes are currently taking part in our annual Social Studies Auckland City Mission Appeal. The Auckland City Mission provides around 900 emergency food parcels every week and they…

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WSCW vacancy – International Department Service Administrator

We have an opportunity for an innovative and enthusiastic Service Administrator to join our International team at Western Springs College – Ngā Puna o Waiōrea (WSCW). This is a 30 hour per week role,…

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WSCW 2022 Ball

"Enchanted Ruins" was the theme to this year’s ball and the transformed ballroom definitely looked enchanting thanks to Asha Vaidya (mastermind behind the theming), Beth Fitzgerald and our Events leaders…

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Principal’s Notes – June 2022

Open Week school tours (actually extended to 8 days) preceding the 2023 enrolment season have now been completed with a huge amount of interest evident from our feeder schools.  Additional…

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Eco News – June 2022

          As a Gold Green-Gold Enviro school, we are very proud to announce that we are now recycling disposable face masks! We have 3 bins located…

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Western Springs College – Homestay Families Wanted

Our school welcomes applications from local families who may be interested in hosting International Students. Ever thought of hosting an International student? Do you have a spare room available? We are looking for families to host & care…

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International Department News

As we are heading into the middle of the school year, our international students are finding it challenging to juggle all the school work and preparing for assessments and exams. …

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WSCW vacancy – Examination Centre Manager

Western Springs College, Ngā Puna O Waiōrea is seeking an Examination Centre Manager to run the NCEA and NZ Scholarship examinations in 2022. The smooth and successful running of an exam centre is important for all…

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Digital Learning Update – June 2022

Digiwise YAS training The Digiwise team undertook Netsafe Youth Action Squad training recently. Our 8 keen members learnt about how to keep themselves safe online and ways to promote online…

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SPCA Fundraiser

On the fourteenth of April, the Peace Ambassadors fundraised for the SPCA with a bake sale. Many ambassadors baked, with cookies and cakes in the shapes of paws and animals!…

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WSC enters the 2022 Auckland College Climbing Competition

Run by College Sport Auckland and Auckland Sport Climbing Club, the Auckland College Climbing Series first kicked off a brand new competition in 2021 - with its goal being to…

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WSCW Netball Legacy – Whaea Kau Tepaki

Kia ora all, It is with a very sad heart that after 20 years, I announce that Whaea Kau Tepaki is standing down from the Netball Coordinating role. Over the…

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Pink Shirt Day

Pink Shirt Day was held on May 20th this year. Celebrated annually around the globe, Pink Shirt Day began in Canada in 2007 when two students took a stand against…

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Year 13 Business Pitch

Year 13 business groups presented their business pitches to a group of external judges last Monday in Henderson. As part of the YES (Young Enterprise Scheme) they compete against other…

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12 Business at Grey Lynn Market on Sundays

The two Year 12 Business classes will be marketing/selling their products this term, with each group attending two market days. The first groups with candles, eco pot plants, hot chocolate…

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Arts News – May 2022

   

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Job Opportunity – WSCW Finance Officer

We have an opportunity for an experienced, innovative and enthusiastic Finance Officer to join our Office Administrative team at Western Springs College – Ngā Puna o Waiōrea (WSCW). This is a 30…

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Principal’s Notes – May 2022

On Friday 13th May, we were involved in another of the Accord Teacher Only Days focussing on the review of NCEA. The NCEA is New Zealand’s key school-leaving qualification, and…

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Library News – Term 2, 2022

Check out the Term 2 Library Newsletter for 2002 with lots of interesting things to look at, thanks to our fantastic Library Assistant Andrew Raba!           …

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Science Department News

Last term, year 10 Science students began their first topic, ‘The Science of wellbeing’. Students got the opportunity to learn about the brain and nervous system as well as the…

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Parent workshop with Dr Judith Locke at WSC on Thurs 2 June

Dr Judith Locke - a clinical psychologist and former school counsellor, teacher and workplace trainer - is coming to Western Springs College on Thursday 2 June (6:30-7:30pm) for a PARENTS…

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ECO news

Solar panels at WSCW At the time of writing, we have generated 61,522 kWh since our solar array was installed in January 2021, with a capacity of 50kWh on a…

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Puhoi research trip

On a fairly typical Auckland day (cloudy with the ongoing threat of sprinkles), 76 keen Geographers embarked on a trip to the Puhoi River. The goal: to test their hypothesis…

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News from the International Department

What would be the best part of supporting international students? Without a doubt, it would be witnessing our students grow as a person over their time at Western Springs College…

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WSC Girls Water Polo – 5th in NISS Championships

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to the WSC Girls Water Polo team who recently competed (26-29 March) in the North Island Secondary Schools (NISS) Division 1 (i.e top division) Championships - finishing…

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Ngā Puna o Waiōrea WINS at the 2022 ASB Polyfest

Ngā mihi nui ki a koe to Ngā Puna o Waiōrea (NPoW) who were placed FIRST at the 2022 ASB Polyfest - the Auckland Secondary Schools Maōri & Pacific Islands…

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Two 2021 Alumni featured in 2022 NZQA Top Art Exhibition

Exciting news... Two 2021 Alumni have had their Level 3 Art Design portfolios selected to tour as a part of the 2022 NZQA Top Art Exhibition. Congratulations on your success…

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Fundraiser for Ukraine

On 24th February 2022, the news of Russia invading Ukraine sparked across the globe. With the invasion occurring, 3.8 million Urkrainians were forced to leave their homes and millions have…

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Term 1 (Week 9) Digital Learning Update

Many thanks  to our wonderful teaching staff & ILAs who have supported our students during the current Omicron outbreak via hybrid learning. Hybrid learning means students have been able to…

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New WSC-NPoW Board Chair

Carol Gunn resigns from Board Chair role  I wish to inform the school community that at Monday evening’s Board meeting (28 March 2022), Carol Gunn stood down as Board Chair…

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TAPAC – April Holiday Programmes for Teens

TAPAC is running quite a few April 2022 Holiday Programmes for Teens - check out the poster below!  

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Biodiversity Project

WSCW's Kaitiaki roopu and Wastewise group in conjunction with the Albert-Eden Youth Board and Urban Ark – Manawa Taiao launched the Biodiversity project on Wednesday 30 March 2022. The project…

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Eco News

ECO TIPS 3 week old Ezra McCrorie in his newborn sized cloth nappies from Bear and Moo   When you crush your cans, they become too small for the sorting…

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WSC Girls Cricket – T20 Champions!

HOWZAT! WSC Girls T20 Champions!! On Wednesday 23 March, our WSC Girls Cricket team won their College Sport Auckland T20 competition against a very competitive Lynfield College team. Under the…

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Rainbow Rangitahi Social Group

Below is information regarding a social group for Rainbow rangatahi aged 14 years and under.

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News from the Learning Support Department

From Garden to Plate Our LIfe Skills Programme students, (a programme run by Learning Support teacher Jane Tan and ILA Nick Westerling), have been busy this term growing a variety…

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Principal’s Notes

International students returning to New Zealand are on the horizon from July onwards and we are on the lookout for homestay families to host them. We pay a generous amount…

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2022 Leaver’s Gear

The Year 13s have voted for their Leaver’s Gear this year to be sourced from Canterbury Clothing and the options are below. An order form has been emailed to all…

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Western Springs College – Homestay Families Wanted

Our school welcomes applications from local families who may be interested in hosting International Students. We are recruiting new host families for when the NZ borders open to overseas students in July.…

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2022 The Daily notices have moved

Daily notices can be found here https://wsc.school.kiwi/index.php/notices

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WSCW 2022 School Ball – update

Following the PM's announcement that vaccine passes will no longer be required (unless venues want to continue enforcing them), Ellerslie Event Centre has confirmed they will NOT be requiring a…

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ASB Polyfest 2022 – Nga Puna o Waiorea 3 Kapa Haka Roopu Performances Live Streamed on Maori Television!!!

We hope you enjoy the performances of Waiorea, O Rehu & Nga Oho, along with all the other Kura in attendance.
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Yoga

Thursday Lunchtime Yoga 1:05-1:30pm Wero "Learn a simple moving and breathing practice that supports mental wellbeing. All students and staff welcome. No previous experience or flexibility required."

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Pā Harakeke o Waiōrea – Official Opening

On the 9th of March, the kura officially opened our pā Harakeke, NgaUri o Pakoti (the descendants of Pakoti). Pakoti's offspring according to Maori tradition was harakeke (flax).  This opening and naming…

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Construction Works at Seddon Fields

We have received the following communication from Western Springs Football Club. The resurfacing of the Artificial turf fields at Seddon Fields commences on Monday 14th March.  The turf fields will be…

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Library News

It has been a busy start to the year in the library with over 25 class visits, orientations, and research sessions. 500 books have gone out since term began! We…

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Solar power going strong.

Our community funded solar array continues to generate clean power for us, the sun is very reliable!   Here are the latest figures… The sun has generated 67,712kW of power since…

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News from the International Department

Living and studying in a foreign country as a teenager is a challenging but valuable experience. It can be more challenging than usual when students are faced with the pandemic.…

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Principal’s Notes

Our rostering home schedule will continue next week (week 7 of term) so that we can maintain on-site learning for the 75% to 80% of our student population still able…

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Mathematics News

Pi-Day March 14 i.e. 3.14 is Pi-day. It is a day to celebrate the well-known mathematical constant Pi, the relationship between the circumference and diameter of a circle. The celebrations…

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Eco News

ECO TIPS The water you use to cook pasta can be used to water your plants and flowers, and will help you save some water . After cooking your pasta,…

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The WSCW mobile school app

Western Springs College - Ngā Puna o Waiōrea have a mobile app for news and events, daily notices and other important school messages.  Use the app to notify us of absences,…

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Music

Chamber Group - calling all players   WSC/NPoW Chamber Group is looking for new members. Do you play violin, viola, cello, clarinet, oboe, flute, double bass or bassoon? If so, we…

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Learning Centre

Kia ora koutou 2022 has seen the introduction of lots of changes to our Learning Center.  We have sadly said goodbye to Helen Thorpe and Trina Sellers but have been…

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WSCW Ball 2022

The WSCW School ball will be held at the Ellerslie Events Centre on Saturday 11th June 2022 if we are in the Orange setting in the COVID Protection Framework. The…

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Rostering Home

As Omicron case numbers rise across the nation we anticipate the need to transition to a rostering home plan for year levels as teaching staff impacted by isolation requirements around…

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When a positive case is identified at WSC/Waiorea

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Paid Union Meeting

18th February 2022 Dear Parents and Caregivers, Under the national industrial award, the PPTA is granted the right to hold two paid union meetings (PUMs) annually. The Western Springs College…

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Principal’s Notes

I have been determined not to begin my first Newsletter communication to the community this year with ‘stuff’ about Omicron, but needs must, and I refer you to the section…

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Resource Centre – Hub Manager

We have an opportunity for a special someone to become the Resource Centre (RC)/Hub Manager at Western Springs College - Nga Puna o Waiorea (WSCW). The RC/Hub sits in the…

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News from the International Department

It was great to welcome our international students back to school and see their faces in person after the lovely summer holiday. It has been challenging for some of the…

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Digital Learning & Communications

Our teaching and learning at Western Springs College/Ngā Puna o Waiōrea is complemented by digital devices and the excellent digital tools we have available to us. In our recent digital…

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Arts

  2022 Arts – Exploring, creating, refining and designing! This year started with navigating the current landscape of covid protection framework in relation to each one of our Arts areas.…

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ECO News

Our school values, with the aim of strengthening relationships in a positive environment, are reflected in our school culture, and enable us to remove barriers to engagement and improve students’…

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WSC Football 2022

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Violin Lessons

My name is Antonia Grant and I am taking on new violin students for 2022, ranging from beginner to intermediate level. I am teaching part-time at Saint Mary’s College in…

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NZ Cadet Force

Interested in Aviation? Wanting to fly? Shooting? Bushcraft? Navigation? Let us help you! If you’re in Year 9 or 10 or aged 15 to 13, then come check us out! …

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Formclass activities to engage juniors after lockdown

Staff got right into running various formclass activities with a social engagement focus for our juniors when they returned after the very long lockdown period. The activities ranged from form teachers taking their…

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Principal’s Notes

Let’s start with a Beatles song to celebrate the end of a very challenging 2021: “Well, shake it up, baby, now Twist and shout”  The 2021 year has been a…

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2022 Digital Learning Information

Here is the 2022 digital learning information you need to know. This information includes device and headphone requirements and some background on how digital learning occurs at Western Springs College Ngā…

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Arts

Tēnā koutou katoa Samantha Wood Rawnsley connecting in for our final 2021 ArtsNews. Firstly, I would like to acknowledge the creativity and adaptability of our dedicated arts Kaiako and ākonga.…

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Alumna Courtney Sina Meredith on the true riches of life.

"Courtney Sina Meredith, The University of Auckland's Young Alumna of The Year 2021, is a distinguished author whose work delves into issues such as racism, sexism and poverty and draws…

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Parenting classes

NEXT CHAPTER PARENTING offering Individual, or group, PARENTING SESSIONS via Zoom. Eight one hourly sessions, weekly at a time convenient to you, available evenings. Topics covered include Communication, Empathy, Setting…

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Science

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Gn7pGadUrkWJ-61OZf6JbUynCkcFGIAZ/view Rudi Goldberg was the inspiration for some year 9 students who built their own machines. This rat is so cute and understands just like there human that energy can…

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Community Notices

Western Springs College Football Programme 2021/2022 Welcome to Western Springs College’s football programme.  We have been formally running the programme for 10 years now, with some significant successes. We are…

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Peace Symposium

PEACE AMBASSADORS Earlier this year, the WSCW Peace Ambassadors were invited to attend this year’s Peace Symposium. The theme of ‘Inner Peace for Outer Action’ was explored through various activities,…

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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 – myschool.co.nz. We encourage you to order…

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WSCW’s sustainable journey documented in the prestigious American Journal of Community Psychology.

Niki Harré and Charlotte Blythe, School of Psychology, University of Auckland, have published an article featuring Western Springs College - Ngā Puna o Waiōrea’s (WSCW) sustainability journey in the American…

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Design, Photography or Painting Portfolios

Missing your 2019, 2020 or 2021 11Art, 12Art Design, Photography or Painting Portfolio? The Art Dept at WSCW may be able to help. Interest in collecting can be made to…

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ECO NEWS

Recommended Products Bamboo cotton buds, available at Dirty Hippie for $6.50 (box of 200), Healthpost for $3.90 (box of 100)and Ecowarehouse for $5.50 (box of 200). - Benefits: Bamboo Cotton…

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Waiōrea Alumni are ‘dotters’ at ‘gotyadot’ campaign

​Ngā Puna o Waiōrea were a leading light in the ‘gotyadot’ campaign, which is a kaupapa designed by rangatahi, for rangatahi to get ‘dotted’. They also teamed up with UNITEC…

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Shot Cuzz Bus comes to TAPAC

Please come on down and get your jab at the Shot Cuzz bus this Friday (5th November). Friends and whānau welcome too! Be in to win a prize on the…

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Principal’s Notes

Subject selection 2022: Special assemblies to address this important aspect of school life have begun with a special focus on our Year 10s who will move into Year 11 and…

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YMCA Holiday Programme Positions

YMCA have part time (after school care) and casual (Holiday Programme) positions available for Team Members and Team Leader.

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Arts

Tēnā koutou katoa The Arts departments are a hive of creative activity! Walking through these spaces you will see ākonga and kaiako busily preparing for and refelcting on the multutiude…

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Ponsonby Cruising Club

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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.  The dates following are a guide to when each…

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International News

School Holiday Trip At each school holiday, the international department organises a trip or two for our international students so that they can enrich their experience in NZ while sharing…

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Secondary School Swimming

Our 13-15 years boys' relay team of Sam Kenny, Tobias Beaumont, Jasper Stevenson and Koen Dettling came 6th in the 4x100m freestyle relay and 6th in the 4x50m medley relay.  They also…

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Eco News

Stevie and Andi Teleiai love their comfortable and colourful cloth nappies. Recommended Products Ecofloss Bamboo charcoal floss and refill, available at Healthpost. Degradable, sustainable and beautiful. Activated charcoal floss for…

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2022 Portfolio Leadership Process

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

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Inclusive Learning Assistant Advertisement

We are looking for an ILA (Inclusive Learning Assistant) to join our large and busy Learning Support Department, beginning term 3.  Experience working with students with learning needs is a…

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Business Studies

Guest speakers Joe Vagana, Trow Group, and Garry Lawrence, Garry Lawrence Roofing Ltd, shared their business experience with two classes of Year 11/L1 Business Studies students this week."Sharing real life…

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Auckland City Mission

Auckland City Mission Appeal Many form classes are currently taking part in the Social Studies Auckland City Mission Appeal. Last year the Mission provided 45,000 food parcels to Auckland-based individuals…

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Digital Learning Update June 2021

Our digital citizenship programme has focussed on digital distraction and the fair use of our wi-fi resources this term. It is expected that students will put their phones in their…

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Arts

Tēnā koutou katoa It has been another busy term in the all Arts areas of Western Springs College Ngā Puna O Waiōrea. I would like to take this moment to…

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Principal’s Notes

Senior Reports: Reports for Years 11, 12 and 13 students are due to be sent out to whānau at the beginning of Week 10 of this term (July 5th). These…

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News from the International Department

Introducing the newly structured international department The International Department is under a new staffing structure now, where Joanne Qiao is still the International Director, Yuki Tsukihara is the Service Administrator, and…

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40 Hour Famine WSCW

Thankyou for your amazing contribution!!!  So far $4264.89 already raised for the WSCW 40 hour Famine Campaign.  Stunning result - thankyou to all those who contributed with their very original…

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Sports News

BADMINTON Senior Boys Green   (Ollie Burton, Andrew Bancale, Chris Taing, Eric Davidson) Our Green team are still undefeated after 5 rounds. They played their closest rivals Auckland Boys last week…

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Auckland Squash Competition

On Tuesday 15th of June to Wednesday 16th, the senior girls' squash team attended the Auckland Champs competition. We went into the event for the experience that comes with it.  After…

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Homework Centres

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Orienteering Update

North Island Secondary Schools Orienteering Champs 2021 Western Springs had a team of 10 students competing at the NISSOC in Palmerston North from Thursday 29 April – Saturday 1 May.…

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Sports News

Swimming – North Island Secondary Schools' Championships The Western Springs Swim Team of Tess Whineray, Nauatea Crosswell, Hereata Crosswell, Abigail Sharp, Tom Kenny, Sam Kenny, Tobias Beaumont, Jasper Stevenson and…

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Eco News

Ms Liao-Marsden uses a reusable cup to soup from the Canteen Ethically Kate Visited WSCW Kate Hall, known as Ethically Kate, is an educator, activist, and blogger who advocates for…

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Community Notices

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Principal’s Notes

Top Scholar Awards, Grand Hall, Parliament Buildings, Wellington The Top Scholar Awards ceremony celebrates the academic achievements of the highest achieving secondary school students in the New Zealand Scholarship Examinations. …

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Impacts of water scarcity (poem) by Esther O’Donnell

The Earth’s Cry Water is everything. A spindly thread of life, feeble, singular, wondrous. Providing everything. Everything. The earth cries a silent sob. Listen closely and you will hear it. Ignore it…

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Wises planning day and Clothes Swap

Wises camp/planning day. A successful event for Wises panels coming together to plan for 2021 was held last week of term 1. Groups got to know each other, ate together, ran…

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News from the Music Department

Performance successes! We’ve had a busy and fabulous time in the last few weeks. For the first time in several  years we held our Junior Talent Quest. A small but…

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Ball Reminder

Our WSCW Ball on Saturday 26/6/2021 in Eden Park is shaping up to be a glamorous event. A gentle reminder to please have ball form handed in to the admin office and payment…

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Breakfast Clubs in WSCW 2021

It's free and for any student who wants some food before tackling the day ahead of them.    We are very grateful to have already received very generous contributions from a…

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Greetings from Rangitoto

At the time of writing it is the first week of Term 2 and all of our classes are extremely busy; Y9 have pattern paintings to resolve and the Y10s…

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Trail running and orienteering

Springs/Waiorea has a new club on offer - trail running! This small but dedicated group meets before school on Mondays and after school on Thursdays, where we usually head out…

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International Department News

Dome made by Year 13 Design Technology students One of the reasons that attracts high school international students to New Zealand for studying is that they can choose subjects from…

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WSCW Peace Ambassadors

The Peace Ambassadors are a group of students who have completed a Leadership Training Day run by the Peace Foundation. This happens once a year, and is a great opportunity…

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Career Education at WSCW

Like most NZ schools, we are excited to be using an online tool called Career Central (CC) to help students begin exploring what makes them unique and how this might…

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Sports News

Our school water polo team just won division 2 nationals!  Here’s how we did it. We started off rough with a loss against Christchurch Boys in a tough game. We…

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40 Hour Famine

The WSCW 40 hour Famine group will soon be promoting The 40 Hour Famine - for World Vision, who are dedicated to working with children and communities to overcome poverty…

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Examination Centre Manager

Western Springs College, Ngā Puna O Waiōrea is seeking an Examination Centre Manager to run the NCEA and NZ Scholarship examinations in 2021. The smooth and successful running of an exam centre is important for…

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Principal’s Notes

As our students and staff look forward to a much deserved holiday break, I think it is appropriate to address the national advertising campaign around ‘burn-out’ and the symptoms of…

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A Research Project Invitation

   Mathematics and language-literacy self-beliefs, gender-role attitudes, and career aspirations in mid-adolescence: A German-New Zealand comparative study.  Year 10 students from several Auckland schools, including Western Springs College, will be…

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BISC

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Athletics & Swimming

The Athletics Auckland Secondary School Central West Zones were held on Wednesday 17 March at Mt Smart Stadium.  WSCW had 18 students that had qualified for this event: Vincent Bailie…

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Library Monitors

I am pleased to announce our Library Monitors for 2021. A special welcome back to our former monitors and to our new members, I hope you will enjoy being part…

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Safe Travel at Springs

Western Springs College - Ngā Puna o Waiōrea is a school that knows the importance of sustainable travel. As such we encourage as many students and staff to travel using…

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More sports news

TENNIS In Term One we entered a senior and junior boys tennis team into the North Harbour competition which was played after school on Mondays. Our junior boys team played…

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Digital Learning Update April 2021

Last year the Ministry of Education released its Statement of National Education and Learning Priorities. This statement sets out Government’s priorities for education, which include protecting the wellbeing of all…

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Arts

Tēnā koutou katoa It has been a busy time in the Drama department preparing eight groups of students for the SGCNZUOSW Regional Shakespeare Festival Auckland West. Last Sunday we took…

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Raranga Workshop

On Saturday the 20th March a Raranga Wānanga was held in Waioteao at WSC/NPOW to bring together tikanga Māori and sustainability. Whaea Annie Jane Ah Mu, a traditional Maori weaver,…

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May Open Week Tours

OPEN WEEK AT WESTERN SPRINGS COLLEGE – NGĀ PUNA O WAIŌREA SCHOOL TOURS TERM 2 School tours with the Principal will take place from Tuesday 4th May to Friday 7th…

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College Sport Archery 2021

Archery is made up of 2 bow types, recurve and compound. This year there were 140 recurve archers and 14 compound archers from 18 High schools. The event is run…

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WSCW Netball 2021 – Coaches & Managers needed

Kia Orana Whanau – WSC-NPOW Netball have increased teams this year and we are needing Coaches and Managers for Year 9 (3 needed), Year 10 (3 needed) and a Senior…

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Open Week Tours – Term 2

OPEN WEEK AT WESTERN SPRINGS COLLEGE - NGĀ PUNA O WAIŌREA SCHOOL TOURS TERM 2 School tours with the Principal will take place from Tuesday 4th May to Friday 7th…

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WSCW Year 12 & Year 13 Ball 2021

The WSCW Y12 and Y13 Ball this year will be held on Saturday the 12/6/21 at Eden Park. Year 12 and 13 students have been emailed the information and the form to…

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News from the International Department

O week Diversity is one of the key values at Western Springe College.  To celebrate the international diversities at the school, at O week, Gavin Yang and Liya Yang Nightingill,…

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Homework Centres at WSCW

When What Where Subject help available for: Mondays 3.20 - 4.30 p.m. Pasifika and English Medium Māori Homework Centre Level 2, Pohutukawa 1. English with Tupe Tai, Social Sciences with…

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Student Council 2021

Ko ngā pae tawhiti, whaia kia tata. Ko ngā pae tata, whakamaua kia tina. The potential for tomorrow, depends on what we do today. It’s official, we have re-established our…

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Orienteering

Andy Heathcote on the podium at the National Champs. The Orienteering Team had a very successful if slightly shortened sprint series, with two events cancelled because of COVID lockdowns. Training was…

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Eco News

    Recommended Products       Solid shampoo/conditioner, available at Ethique, Ecowarehouse, Healthpost ($18-$25). Benefits: natural ingredients, compostable packaging, no plastic, no water waste, lasts about 6 months. Get…

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WSCW Senior Girls Qualify for Premier Grade

The WSC Senior Girls' Water Polo team qualified for the 2021 Premier Grade in February with a convincing win in a promotion/relegation game over Kristin Premier Girls' 12 - 4.Since…

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O Week

A few weeks ago, Western Springs College held their very own O week! Clubs and organisations from all over the school showed off what they had to offer with stalls,…

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Whataboutme.nz

Whataboutme.nz -The National Youth Health and Wellbeing Survey Our school has been selected to take part in whataboutme.nz, a nationwide survey of young people in Aotearoa/New Zealand. The survey will…

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Principal’s notes

Here’s a thing!  I phoned to thank a parent this morning, who had donated an extra amount of money for an upcoming fieldtrip so that others, less fortunate, could take…

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Community Notices

Piano Lessons: One on one half hour lessons with experienced teacher. $16. Beginners to advanced, Pt Chev area. Ph: 021 179 3348. Jody Hill  BISC - Building in Service of…

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Arts News

Tēnā koutou katoa Samantha Wood Rawnsley connecting in as Arts Coordinator for 2021. I am excited to hold this space that supports and celebrates the rich learning happening in the…

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News from the International Department

After the second lockdown finished, our international students are now back to our normal routines and are ready for our upcoming exciting learning opportunities including some trips and camps.  Here…

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New Families BBQ

Our Western Springs College/ Nga Puna O Waiōrea  New Families’ BBQ  was held on Wednesday 24th February. This annual event for any students new to Western Springs College/Nga Puna O…

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Portfolio leadership camp 2021

A 2-days and 2-nights leadership camp in the scenic ferndale lodge in Waitakere was organised for the new 43 student portfolio leadership team to get to know each other and…

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‘O’ week at Springs/Waiōrea – brought to you by your portfolio leaders 2021.

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Keeping our young people safe online

During these challenging times there are several places in which young people can get information to support their wellbeing and contact counsellors to talk to in times of need. The following…

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Student leadership at WSCW

At WSCW we operate on a shared leadership model: All students in Year 13, our Tuakana, are school leaders and are expected to work with our youngest year level, Year…

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Digital Learning Update

Our teaching and learning at Western Springs College/Ngā Puna o Waiōrea is complemented by digital devices and the excellent digital tools we have available to us. In our recent digital…

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Principal’s Notes

Principal’s Notes: Our short sharp lockdown was certainly a surprise for us all, and a shock to our new students who had only been in timetabled classes for 3 days…

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Canteen

Did You Know? ... that Western Springs College|Nga Puna o Waiōrea has a modern, well equipped and clean student and staff canteen which provides a wide range of meals and…

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New Families’ BBQ

Kia ora koutou,  Our Western Springs College/ Nga Puna O Waiōrea  New Families’ BBQ  is on Wednesday 24th February from 5-7pm. You are warmly invited to this event. This is…

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NZQA Resubmission Changes for 2021

NCEA Resubmission 2021:  Key Information for students and whanau You need to be aware of an important change to NCEA assessment in 2021 This change is an outcome of the…

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Spirit of Adventure Trust

SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE TRUST YEP MEMBER APPLICATIONS - PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO NAVY CADETS - please click here and here for more information.

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Eco News

Hi there! This year, the 2021 student Wises team is going to be running a section in the newsletter where we share tips, tricks, and products we like to help…

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Public Transport

Getting a secondary student discount for public transport has never been easier Secondary school students, aged 16 to 19, can now jump online and activate their student discount using their…

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Athletics – National Schools’ Track & Field Championships

Athletics – National schools Track and Field Championships Last year, two of our top athletes, Jamie Daly-Jones and Amelie Fairclough both represented Western Springs College Nga Puna O Waiorea at…

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Welecome 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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Western Springs College – Homestay Families Wanted

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 NZ borders open to overseas students.  We also have…

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Western Springs College–Ngā Puna o Waiōrea. Board Member Mid-term 2020 Election Results

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 Parent-elected board member results 3-year term:…

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Principal’s Notes

Principal’s Notes: It is with much pleasure that I announce the appointment of Julie Debreceny to the position of associate principal here at Western Springs College/Ngā Puna o Waiōrea.  I…

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Arts News

Congratulations to our junior learners who received awards at Junior Prizegiving this week in recognition of their efforts this year. Special mention goes to the following students: M.A.D.D Junior Arts…

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Earphones at Western Springs College Ngā Puna O Waiōrea

This article seeks to answer some frequently asked questions whānau have about earphones at school. Why are earphones a recommended item on the stationary list? For kaiako and ākonga (teachers…

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Peace Ambassadors

Despite all the disruptions of this year the Peace Ambassadors have packed in lots of events and activities. As well as raising money for charities there has been a strong…

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Yearbook 2020

Given the budget constraints this year, the decision has been made to do an online companion Yearbook website only. Here is the 2019 version. The 2020 version will be ready from mid…

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News from the Science department

Zoo trips Some of our Year 9 classes have visited the zoo over the last few weeks, to learn about global sustainability, animal adaptations & rongoā Māori. Check out some…

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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

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

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?

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

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

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: 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 – 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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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

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

 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

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

  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

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

   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

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 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 - 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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  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

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

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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

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

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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 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

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

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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  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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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?

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

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

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

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!

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

(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

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

  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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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!

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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