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WSC-NPoW Board Meeting #2 – 8 Apr 2024 (Agenda)

       

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TAPAC Board Advertisement

TAPAC is particularly looking for new Board Members with experience in: Finance and Accounting; successful applicant to be appointed as Treasurer. Fundraising. Capital Works. Please attach a cover letter outlining…

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Western Springs Newsletter #3 – 5 Apr 2024

Newsletter #3 - 5 Apr 2024

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Ngā Puna O Waiōrea – 2024 Polyfest Champions!

Week 8 of Term 1 was a busy, but successful, one for all of our Ngā Puna o Waiōrea (NPoW) ākonga, kaiako, tutors and whānau involved in the Polyfest 2024…

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Public transport fares: changes for under 25s from Weds 1st May 2024

Fares for travel on AT buses, trains and ferries are changing for under 25 year olds from Wednesday 1st May 2024. Free travel for 5 to 12 year olds and…

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Business In Service to the Community (BISC) Directory

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Senior (Years 11-13) Student Whānau Interviews, Reports and Traffic Light Reports

Senior student whānau interviews to discuss Term 1 Progress Reports will take place on Thursday 11th April 2024 from 10am-7pm. There will be no onsite learning for any students on…

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Easter stars over Mt Taranaki

Check out this amazing photo snapped over the Easter break by our Year 11 International student, Yisu Wang. In his own words, "I first went to the Mangorei Track Trailhead…

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Sporting Achievements for T1, 2024

Here are a few of the sporting achievements of students from Western Springs College-Ngā Puna o Waiōrea (WSCW) during Term 1 of 2024. Mountain Biking Results The Auckland Schools Mountain…

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Principal’s Notes – April 2024

With the release of the ERO report on student behaviour in New Zealand schools I am reminded how much we in schools depend upon our parents and agencies in the…

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Tira Puoro/Music Groups to Join

We have four music groups that run at lunchtimes that are open to anyone (no auditions). They all happen in Te Whare Puoro (Music department) in Puoro 3 (the big…

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Reminder from PhotoLife

All of our WSC-NPoW parents/caregivers/whānau should have received an email with their child’s unique Key Code to go online to view and purchase 2024 School Photos.       ***FREE DELIVERY EXPIRES Midnight…

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Gently Loved Markets Teens – May 4th, 2024

The Gently Loved Markets Teens Markets will be held on Saturday 4th of May at the Western Springs Garden Community Hall from 10am to 1pm. GLM Teens offers a sustainable market day for 8…

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TAPAC’s April School Holiday Programmes and Kids Show

TAPAC’s April Holiday Programmes – Enrolment’s Open Now! 15 – 26 April | 9am – 3pm | $70 - $350 We're offering special programmes designed to bring out the best…

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Library News

Term 1 has been busy in the library with over one hundred new books hitting the shelves, including comics, manga, novels, short fiction and non-fiction books on art, sport, and…

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We’re Big Fans of Joel Little Here in Music

It’s not everyday a Grammy winning former student comes to visit Te Whare Puoro/Music Department so we counted ourselves incredibly lucky to host Joel Little at the start of March.…

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Investing in a calculator

It is recommended that students carry a dedicated scientific calculator to help with their learning. Having a scientific calculator enhances efficiency and accuracy in not only mathematics but other learning…

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Visual Arts News

Talofa Lava! Progress is well under way with our art students engaging with a range of media and art making practices. Art Homework Club We have opened up the art…

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Seeking volunteer Reader/Writers for the Derived Grade exams in September

The Learning Support Department is now thinking about recruiting volunteer Reader/Writers for the September Derived Grade exams. If you like connecting with young people, have strong literacy skills and would…

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New Zealand Traveller Declaration – new digital system

Are you going overseas for the school holidays?  When you return, you can now complete a digital New Zealand Traveller Declaration (NZTD) before you fly back into New Zealand – replacing the…

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Wastewise Clothing Recycle

Tuesday the 26th of March was our first clothing recycle for 2024 in Te Whakamanu. It is run by our fabulous Waste Wise team and teacher in charge Marie Hickey.…

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Vacancy: Assistant Science Technician

We are seeking an Assistant Science Technician at Western Springs College-Ngā Puna o Waiōrea in a 20 hours/week role (term-time only), starting in Term 2 of 2024. This position reports…

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Western Springs Newsletter #2 – 1 Mar 2024

Newsletter #2 - 1 Mar 2024

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Communications with our Community

We have several channels by which we keep in touch with you and you can stay informed: Community Updates: From time to time you will receive an email from the…

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Key Information for Whānau – website tab

Looking for infomation on term dates, sports info, how to find the parent portal, how to downlaod the school app?  See our Key Information for Whānau on the school website. …

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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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Implementation of Government Cellphone ban in schools

Need to know: Cellphones "away for the day" at Springs/Waiōrea (see further details below) Leave your phone at home, or keep it turned off and in your bag while at…

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From the School Nurses

At the start of the year, we like to identify all students who may have an increased need for our services. If your child has significant health needs that we…

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WSCW Ball 2024

The WSCW 2024 School Ball will be held at the Ellerslie Events Centre again, but in their biggest ballroom downstairs (Newmarket Room). Please be aware there are only 650 spaces…

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Celebrating 150 years of firefighting in Auckland – free open day (Sun 17 Mar 2024)

Experience 150 years of firefighting history in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland at a free public open day on Sunday, March 17th 2024. Today, Fire and Emergency in Tāmaki Makaurau serves and…

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Charli Dunn – Auckland U17s Cricket Team win Nationals!

Congratulations to our Year 13 student Charli Dunn who was selected in the Auckland Under 17s Girls Cricket team to play in a National Tournament in Palmerston North in mid-January,…

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Principal’s Notes – February 2024

An outstanding Scholarship result for 2023 has seen our 2023 Dux Arushi Gupta winning 5 scholarships in the subjects of Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, History and Technology. Arushi will be a…

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Year 10 Student View Behind the Scenes – AT Pt Chevalier to Meola Road Project

Students ate lunch at Coyle Park while Mark Banfield, Group Manager Infrastructure Project Delivery - Auckland Transport (left), an Intern Engineer and the Project Manager for the Pt Chevalier to…

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Ongoing athletics successes for the Su brothers

Western Springs College brothers, Benaiah Su (Year 12) and Daequan Su (Year 11), have recently achieved great successes at the Auckland Track & Field Championships, which were held on 3rd…

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St John Youth – keen to join?

St John Youth is a structured programme for young people aged 5 to 18 years. The programme is not just about learning first aid and lifesaving skills; it's about building…

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WSC Football 2024 programme

The Western Springs College Football Programme has been running for 12 years with some significant successes. In 2023, we had over 150 students making up eight teams (six boys and…

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Grey Lynn Mataaga Market

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Te Whare Puoro is back in action!

Team Puoro/Music is back in action for 2024 and Te Whare Puoro is already loud! Everything extra-curricular is starting back up this week so I wanted to let you know…

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Visual Art News

Welcome to Visual Art in 2024!     We are excited to introduce a new addition to our team, TeRina Kapa-Vivian who is joining us as a long-term reliever (LTR)…

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PAG Movie Night Fundraiser – Wed March 6th, 2024

Kia ora WSC-NPoW whānau, You’re invited to the Parents' Action Group (PAG) movie night fundraiser ADVANCE screening of The Great Escaper, starring Michael Caine and Glenda Jackson Bridgeway Cinema, Wednesday,…

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WSCW Pasifika Families BBQ Evening

We invite all of our Pasifika Families across all year levels to join us for our annual BBQ evening on Thursday 22nd February 2024, starting at 6pm. Please RSVP to…

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Lunch is ready!

Making Ranch-Style Chicken Wraps was one of our first practical sessions for Food Technology this year. Food Technology is one of the most popular options for WSCW students, and already,…

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Digital Learning at Western Spring College – Ngā Puna o Waiōrea

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…

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The school app – don’t forget to update your alert preferences

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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Springs/Waiōrea Policies Review – Term 1, 2024

Our school policies and procedures are maintained through SchoolDocs, which follows a 3-year review schedule to keep them up to date. Each term, the whole school community (whānau, parents, caregivers,…

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Principal’s Notes – Goodbye 2023, Hello 2024!

Happy New Year to all of our Springs-Waiōrea community! I hope that you all enjoyed the Christmas/New Year period with your family and friends, and that you've been enjoying the…

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2023 year-end THANKS from WSCW staff

Every year, our WSCW staff are grateful for some of our wonderful community members who provide treats, gifts or services to us without wanting any acknowledgement in return. However, we…

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Junior Prize-Giving 2023

Congratulations to all of our Western Springs College-Ngā Puna o Waiōrea (WSCW) Junior learners (Years 9 & 10) who received awards at our Junior Prize-Giving on the last day of…

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Start of Term 1, 2024 – some key dates

Here are some key dates and events for the first 5 weeks of Term 1, 2024. Week 0 Wednesday 24th January 2024 - Western Springs College main reception reopens Week…

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Amelie Fairclough wins Gold at the NZSS Athletics Champs!

Our 2023 Year 13 Sportswoman of the Year, Amelie Fairclough, recently won 1st place/Gold medal in the Senior Girls 400m race at the NZ Secondary Schools Track and Field Champs,…

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Rehekōrero Australia Article

Picture this, 30 degree weather, performing poetry every night to fresh ears, and the sunburned shores of Australia. That’s what we, the Spoken Word group, Rehekōrero, experienced just earlier this…

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Skylah Tainui-Takerei awarded Tania Dalton 2024 Scholarship

A huge congratulations to Skylah Tainui-Takerei (Y12) who was one of 14 young ladies who was recently awarded a 2024 Scholarship from the Tania Dalton Foundation. This is an amazing…

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Thanks for supporting our 2023 Social Studies Market!

Thank you to everyone involved with the 2023 Social Studies/Tikanga ā-iwi Sustainable Xmas Market, which was held on Wednesday 6th December. Many people put in a lot of work to…

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Wastewise 2023!

Wastewise is one of the four Wises groups at Western Springs College-Ngā Puna O Waiōrea. The other three Wises are Travelwise, Healthwise, and the newly minted Digiwise. Each group has…

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Dance – Highlights of 2023

Trips to see amazing Dance shows - Ko Au by Projekt Team, Shel We by Tupua Tigafua in Tapac Theatre, He Huia Kaimanawa by Bianca Hyslop, TOMO by Gaby Thomas…

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Farewell & best wishes!

As this academic year comes to an end, we would like to bid farewell to two of our teachers, Peter Thyberg (left photo) and Jack Wilson (right photo). We would…

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Hello from Pūoro-Music

Tēnā koutou, I am Carmel, the new Head of Music at Springs Waiōrea, and I have returned to a school that I loved when I was the singing teacher here…

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From the WSCW School Nurses

Kia ora e te whānau, The nurses are located in the green building in the corner of the carpark just along from Tapac. In 2024, if your child has health…

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Moe mai rā/Rest in peace dear Trina

It is with much sadness that we share news of the death of our loved colleague, Trina Sellers. Trina taught at WSCW for 17 years, primarily teaching in the Learning…

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2024 Stationery ordering from OfficeMax

Our 2024 Stationery packs are available for ordering now from OfficeMax. Your child’s class list is already loaded. Just go to myschool.co.nz. Simply add your details, check that you want everything…

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2023 WSCW Online Yearbook – now live!

Our WSCW 2023 Yearbook is now available online on our Yearbook companion website here. All of the WSCW Yearbooks from 2019 are also available on our website here, and these…

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Key Dates – final few for 2023!

There's a handy little list of the final key dates for the 2023 Springs-Waiōrea school year: Thursday 30th November 2023 - NCEA examinations end Friday 1st December 2023 - PAG…

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Principal’s Notes – Nov 29th, 2023

One of the most delightful features of our school year at ‘Springs/Waiōrea is the Annual Beach Picnic that we hold for Year 9 and 10 students at Long Bay Regional…

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Back to school stationery – orders open 1st Dec 2023

We’ve teamed up with OfficeMax to make your back to school shop super easy...and if you order in December 2023, you’ll go in the draw to WIN 1 of 5…

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WSC Mixed Junior Water Polo team wins Gold at NISS!

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to our WSC Mixed Junior Water Polo team that won Gold medals at the North Island Secondary School (NISS) Year 9 & 10 Cup (23rd-26th November 2023)…

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FREE EVENT hosted by Disabled Surfers Assn NZ (16 Dec 2023, Piha)

2023/24 Events The 2023/24 summer events are back! We can’t wait to see you all again so let’s hope this summer is kinder to everyone! Please stay in touch via Disabled…

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PAG – Movie Night Fundraiser – Tues 5th Dec 2023

Kia ora WSC-NPoW whānau, You're invited to the Parent Action Group (PAG) movie night fundraiser ADVANCE screening of Next Goal Wins, directed by Taika Waititi Bridgeway Cinema, Tuesday, December 5th 6.45pm drinks…

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Used Physical Education (PE) uniforms

To our Senior students and Year 10 students, If you are no longer intending on taking Physical Education (PE) as an Option from Year 11 onwards, we would appreciate any…

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FREE Coding NZ summer holiday workshops

Coding NZ is running its FREE coding holiday activities again this summer - check it out! With the increasing amount of digital technology in our world today, Coding NZ believes…

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From our WSCW School Nurses

Desperately Seeking Crutches! If your child has borrowed crutches from the WSCW Student Health Centre (Waiōra) and not returned, can they please be returned as soon as possible....we have none…

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TAPAC’s Summer School Holiday Programmes- Enrolments Open Now!

TAPAC’s Summer Holiday Programmes – Enrolments Open Now! 18 – 22 December | 15 – 26 January | 9am – 3pm | $140 - $325 We're offering special  programmes designed…

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Tikanga ā-Iwi/Social Studies Sustainable Christmas Market

The Social Studies/Tikanga ā-Iwi department would like to invite you all to our Annual Sustainable Christmas Market that will take place on Wednesday 6th December from 9:30am to 12:30pm. PLEASE…

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Junior Arts Festival 2023

TAPAC was a hive of activity again this year with our annual Junior Arts Festival. The weeks leading up to this event were filled with creativity and collaboration as kaiako…

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Vacancy – International Office Administrator (temporary position)

We have an opportunity for an innovative and enthusiastic International Office Administrator to join our International Department at Western Springs College-Ngā Puna o Waiōrea. This is a temporary position to…

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2023 WSCW Prize-Givings – Congratulations & Thank You!

A big CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to all those involved with our end-of-year Prize-Givings for 2023, which we held across Weeks 2 and 3 of Term 4: Thursday 19th October 2023…

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Principal’s Notes – Nov 2023

One of the themes I return to time and time again with our students and their parents too, is “what are your next steps?” Focus on your exit qualifications and…

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WSC School Board elections – voting closes Weds 15th Nov 2023 at 4pm

Kia ora e te whānau, The information below is for parents of students in Kura Auraki/Springs (English medium pathway). Voting in the School Board election is underway and the last…

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Ministry-mandated Teacher-Only Day – Thursday, November 16th, 2023

Need to Know Teacher-Only Day - Thursday, November 16th 2023. School closed for instruction. NCEA exams continue as scheduled. Further Details School across New Zealand have been allocated four teacher-only days (TODs)…

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Social Studies Sustainable Xmas Market – Weds 6th December

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Parent Actions’ Group (PAG) Update

Thanks so much to everyone who made it along at short notice to our Term 4 PAG meeting on Tuesday the 7th November, and thank you to everyone who's been…

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Junior Rugby 2024

With the support of Ponsonby Rugby Club and some keen whānau, we have the opportunity to reinvigorate Junior Rugby at Western Springs College-Ngā Puna O Waiōrea. If you are interested…

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Sabina represents NZ in the U18 Ice Hockey team!

Sabina Tunnicliffe has been named for the NZ U18 representative Ice Hockey travelling team.  She is one of only two players from Auckland on the 18-strong girls team who will…

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Wiremu Godfrey – NZ Judo Secondary Schools Champion

Wiremu Godfrey competed in Secondary Schools Judo competition on Saturday 16 September.  In his weight category (under 81kg) he won BRONZE & in the open weight he also won a…

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Principal’s Notes – November 2023

It is wonderful to see the feature on Harry-Ashton-Ireland in this Alumni Newsletter. One of the themes I return to time and time again with our students and their parents…

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News from the Languages Department

Towards to the end of Term 3, our long awaited Overseas EOTC trip departed to Taiwan. Here is a trip recount from one of the students. Taiwan Trip Recount -…

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WSC Equestrian News

Final event of 2023 There is still one more competition ahead in the Schools Equestrian calendar for 2023 – the Auckland Secondary Schools Three Day Event at Puhinui (Dec 8-10th).…

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NZQA Matters: External Exam reminders

IMPORTANT NOTES NCEA exams start on Monday 6th November and finish on Thursday 30th November. Students MUST bring their exam admission slip to EVERY exam. Please ensure they are not…

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Parents’ Action Group (PAG) – Western Springs College

We are in the process of reinvigorating our Parents' Action Group (PAG), and will meet on Tuesday 7th November at 7pm on Level 1 of KHCL (Grey Lynn area, to…

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Tautiakitanga – Sustainability

Recycle your Tetra Pak cartons Tetra Pak cartons are no longer to be put in the recycling bins collected by Auckland Council. Instead, you can find alternatives, like Mylk Made…

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Year 9s Careers- “Ko Wai Au?” “Who Am I?”

When we think of any career planning we reflect on our personal values, strengths and interests. In whanau class last week, Year 9 students were asked to develop their own…

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News from Learning Support – Life Skills – Native Tree and Bird study

Early in term 3 the Life Skills class from Learning Support was invited to take part in some regenerative native tree planting by Waitītiko stream which runs between Western Springs…

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Grey Lynn Park Festival – Sat 18th November 2023

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13Bus YES Tāmaki Makaurau Regional Awards

Recently a number of Western Springs College-Nga Puna ō Waiorea Year 13 students won awards in the the Young Enterprise Scheme Tāmaki Makaurau Regional Awards - Auckland West region. In…

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Arts Week

2023 Arts Banner design by Dawa Yeshe (pictured above) Term three ended with a creative bang! Throughout this week WSCW ākonga could experience and participate in pop up Arts events…

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NCEA Level 3 Calculus programme for Māori and Pacific students

University of Auckland is offering a special 4-week Calculus programme for Māori and Pacific Year 12 students to give them clear pathways into Engineering. The details are as follows: Focus:…

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Women in Engineering

As a part of IEEE women in engineering leadership summit, University of Auckland is offering a free STEM workshop for Y11, 12, and 13 students to attend. The workshop is…

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New Books and Library Awards

Librarian’s choice for this month goes to “Weird Sea Creatures” by Erich Hoyt. A collection of high definition deep sea photographs of the strangest creatures you’ve never seen; including the…

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Yearbook 2023 Website – student/ākonga photos

We are in the process of gathering material to upload to the WSC 2023 Yearbook companion website. Please contact Deputy Principal, Geraldine Victor via email - victorg@wsc.school.nz - to request…

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Drew Cunningham – NZ U18 Ice Hockey Gold medalist

The Auckland Under 18's Ice Hockey team took the Gold medal at the New Zealand Midget Ice Hockey League (U18 NZMIHL) National Championships in Dunedin recently. The NZMIHL features four…

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Job Vacancy – Western Springs College, Receptionist

          We are seeking a friendly and highly-organised member of our community for the Receptionist role at Western Springs College, starting in the 2024 school year.…

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Kai Urungi – Business Operations Manager, Waiōrea

We are seeking a highly organised and aroha-fuelled individual to fill the role of Kai Urungi (Business Operations Manager) at Ngā Puna o Waiōrea on a 12 week, fixed-term basis;…

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Harry Ashton-Ireland – Dutch National Ballet Academy

Harry Ashton-Ireland completed his professional dance training at the Dutch National Ballet Academy in 2023. During his studies he has learnt and performed repertoire from William Forsythe, Ernst Meisner, Rachen…

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2023 Waiōrea Parent-Selected board member statement

Josie Wall Kia ora whānau, I would like to Thank whaea Shannon Haunui – Thompson for nominating me. Ko Waitī te awa Ko Puketōtara te maunga. Ko Tainui te waka.…

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WSC Alumni playing Water Polo at US Colleges

WSC Alumni, Bailey Hollick (formerly in Moana) and Bella Raynes (formerly in Whenua) are playing Water Polo at two different colleges in the USA, and they recently competed against each…

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ECO News – Sep 2023

Recycling Week coming up! Recycling Week is an annual initiative to raise awareness and educate New Zealand on best practices for waste minimisation and recycling. Encouraging conscious procurement, and disposal…

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Charli Dunn in NZ OFC U-16s Women’s Football squad!

Our Year 12 Western Springs College student, Charli Dunn, was recently selected as part of the 19-player squad announced by NZ Football to play in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) U-16s…

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Drowning Prevention Auckland – Term 4 holiday programmes

Drowning Prevention Auckland has just released a series of water safety programmes for the September school holidays that will run at pools around Auckland. The Splash Holiday programme is a…

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Exciting news from Languages Department!

When the Covid Pandemic happened in 2020, the closure of our borders meant that overseas travel stopped. After all these years of not being able to expand our wings, we…

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Principal’s Notes – September 2023

With term break upon us, signs of Spring weather beginning to emerge and daylight savings due, I want to wish all students and staff a refreshing break as it will…

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Sophia Jones – WSC Alumna in WOW 2023!

WSC Alumna, Sophia Jones, has been selected as one of the Top 120 designers from 22 countries to feature in the 33rd iteration of the world-renowned World of WearableArt (WOW)…

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Māori YouTube Channels Created by NPoW Whānau

Created by whānau from Ngā Puna O Waiōrea, two new YouTube channels are promoting Māori language learning. Speak Māori and Waiata Māori are on YouTube and social media channels. Speak…

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Grey Lynn Park Senior Playspace Renewal – Auckland Council seeking your feedback

As a community stakeholder, Western Springs College is updating our school community on the ‘Have Your Say’ campaign for the renewal of the senior play facility (Dryden St end) 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…

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Y11 Business Studies – Guest Speaker Laura Fisher

In late August, Year 11 Business Studies classes were treated to Laura Fisher coming to school to explain how Shannon Kelly (her business partner) and herself successfully launched their new…

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Debating Success

Congratulations to two of our debaters Beza Habtermariam and Alice Shepherd! Beza and Alice have been part of the Advanced Open Team in the Auckland School Debating Competition. The team…

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PASIFIKA PRIZE GIVING – Thursday 19 October 6pm

Malo e lelei, Kia orana, Fakalofa lahi atu, Taloha ni, Ni sa bula, Namaste, Kia ora. Warm Pasifika greetings to you all! Talofa lava, Malo le soifua, CALLING ALL FRIENDS…

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Students Brave the Shave for a Cure 2023

In an inspiring display of unity and compassion, three exceptional students, Jaime Black, Draco Ciprian, and Oliver Burton, boldly shed their locks in support of "Shave for Cure," an initiative…

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Library Week Success

Thank you to everybody who participated in library week this year. Over a beautiful sunny week, we had competitions, a table full of donated books, dress-ups and more. It was…

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Students Complete 6-Week Yoga Programme for Wellbeing

Over 6-weeks in Term 3, 15 students participated in an introduction to personal home yoga practice. Each week the group went through a different aspect of practice. And everybody learnt…

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The Red Cross Journey

Do you like jogging with friends? If you do, our Healthwise team would like to introduce this wonderful event to you. Walk to raise money for refugees across the world!…

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Seeking Itinerant Music Teacher (Brass Instruments)

  Itinerant Music Teacher - Brass instruments - 2 hours per week Te Whare Puoro (Music Department)  Western Springs College- Ngā Puna o Waiōrea The Western Springs College-Ngā Puna o…

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Short-term vacancy (2 weeks) for Waiōra Receptionist/Gateway Assistant

We are seeking a friendly & calm member of our community to provide short-term cover (2 weeks) as a Receptionist at our WSCW Student Services Centre (Waiōra) and also provide…

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Principal’s Notes

Given my frequent reference to ‘next steps’ when speaking to students, and parents as well actually, it was hugely pleasing to see the wonderful turnout to our Pathways & Subject…

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Assessment Update: mid-Term 3, 2023

2023 Senior Course Selection Senior Course Selections for current Year 10-12 students are due on Thursday 15th September. Course selection will take place online through the school portal. Information on…

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Springs/Waiōrea Policies Review – Term 3, 2023

Our school policies and procedures are maintained through SchoolDocs, which follows a 3-year review schedule to keep them up to date. Each term, the whole school community (whānau, parents, caregivers,…

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Drama Department Year 12 Production

The Judas Zoo Year 12 Drama Production Week 2, Term 3 Term three began with the two Year 12 Drama classes performing their production, ‘The Judas Zoo’ by Gary Henderson.…

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WSCW Archery Team update

Archery NZ Indoor Nationals - Results Brothers, Jacob Schaffer (Year 11) and Toby Schaffer (Year 10), recently competed at the 50th Jubilee of the Archery NZ Indoor Nationals in Palmerston…

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Digital Learning & Communications at WSCW

A Spotlight on the Digiwise Panel Our students/ākonga have the opportunity to join a ‘Wises’ panel - students in these groups focus on promoting sustainable behaviours aligned to our school…

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Orewa Spring Holiday Surf Programme

If you're keen to get your child signed up to join the popular Holiday Surf Programme at Orewa Beach over the upcoming school holidays, then please email surf@nzsurfacademy.co.nz to book…

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Spoken Word Competition Success

'​WORD - The Front Line' is an inter-high school spoken word poetry competition held every year. This year's team from Ngā Puna o Waiōrea had an excellent performance at the…

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Congratulations Sam Kenny – 2023 NZ Short Course Swimming Champ!

Our Year 13 student, Sam Kenny, recently competed in the 2023 Apollo Projects NZ Short Course Championships, held at the Hawke's Bay Regional Aquatic Centre (8-12 August 2023). Congratulations to…

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In desperate need of Reader/Writers and/or Supervisors for the NZQA exams!

Kia ora, The Learning Support Department is looking for Reader/Writer and Exam Supervisors for the NZQA exams this year, starting from Monday 6th November 2023. This is a paid opportunity…

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ECO News

Opening of the Waiōrea Community Recycling Centre Western Springs College was privileged to attend the opening ceremony of this wonderful new Community Recycling Center, and it looks fantastic. Located at…

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First place for Western Springs Equestrian Team!

Maeve Gooder (Year 11) and her horse Waiwai competed in the recent Inter-Schools Show Jumping event at St Peter's College in Cambridge and took home a first place for WSC!…

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Former Students at University Football World Cup

Theo McIntosh who graduated from Springs in 2020 and Hari Pathak Adlard who graduated in 2021, have been selected for the University of Auckland (UoA) Football team (Theo named in…

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Planting at Waitītiko

On August 9th we held our 10th annual planting beside the kura's awa Waitītiko. Auckland City Council's Trees for Survival, once again provided our plants and under the guidance of…

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Drama and Performing Arts Technology

In a thrilling venture beyond the boundaries of our classroom, our Senior Performing Arts Technology students recently embarked on an eye-opening journey to BodyFX, a renowned professional makeup company specializing…

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Clothing Recycle – Tuesday 5 September

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Announcing Book Week

Week 7 is Book Week where the library runs a range of events to celebrate all things reading. We have the annual library whanau time quiz and house quiz; dress…

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Eye Bags – Year 13 Business Studies, Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) business

Do you need a cool, locally designed tote bag? Eye Bags are a Year 13 Business Studies group. We are dedicated to creating unique, beautiful tote bags that feature designs…

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Mazda Wildlife Career Expo

On August 7th, Waiōrea students attended the Mazda Wildlife Career Expo at the Auckland Zoo. They went around to various booths to talk to companies and organisation that work to…

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Green Jam 2023

On Monday the 14th of August a team of Wastewise and Kaitiaki members and Education for Sustainability students headed across the road to the Zoo for Green Jam 2023, our…

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Springs and Waiōrea reopens tomorrow (Weds, August 16th 2023)

Need to know: Springs and Waiōrea will be open to all year levels tomorrow (Wednesday, August 16th). Business as usual. Details: Sewage contamination treated overnight by Contaminated Site Solutions. Contaminated…

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Springs & Waiōrea closed – Tuesday 15th August 2023

Need to know: School closed for onsite learning on Tuesday 15th August - Springs and Waiōrea. Learning will move online with Google Meets at start of each lesson, and work…

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School closure due to sewage leak (Mon 14 August, 1:40pm)

Unfortunately, Western Springs College students have been sent home at the end of lunch today (1.40 pm) due to a major sewage leak in the school, which has consequently created…

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NCEA Level 1 changes from 2024

Need to know: Next year (2024) at Springs, we will implement a new programme that allows students to embark on a two-year journey towards achieving a NCEA Level 2 qualification.…

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WSCW Lockdown EXERCISE now completed -Thurs 10 August 2023

We have completed our lock down exercise and all students, staff and persons on-site are safely accounted for. Everyone did extremely well and responded to instructions. I would like to…

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WSCW Lockdown EXERCISE notice – Thurs 10th Aug 2023, from 12:30pm

Western Springs College-Ngā Puna o Waiōrea is conducting a lockdown EXERCISE. This is NOT a real incident.   Please do not come to school or phone the school as you will not…

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Dress for Success Designer Sale – Sat 5th Aug, Sun 6th Aug

If you love sustainable fashion & designer labels, then you don’t want to miss the annual Dress for Success Designer Sale on Sat 5th August and Sunday 6th August (10am…

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Principal’s Notes

I urge parents to consider attendance at the upcoming Pathways and Subject Choices Evening with their children. Please refer to our newsletter article here that outlines the event in more…

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ECO NEWS – August 2023

Plastic Free July Competition We ended Term 2 and started Term 3 with our Plastic Free July competition. We have had amazing entries from students who did their best to…

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Assessment Update – August 2023

Derived Grade Exams Derived Grade exams will take place in weeks 8 and 9 this term (i.e. from Thursday 7th September to Friday 15th September). The derived grade timetable will…

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Momentum – choreography by Y13 Dance (Tues 8th & Weds 9th August 2023)

Our Year 13 Dance classes warmly invite you to their choreographic showing 'Momentum' on Tuesday 8th August (6pm show) and Wednesday 9th August (3:30pm & 6pm shows) in the TAPAC…

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Music News

Smokefree Rockquest update BUZZ and Carthage both made it through to the top 30 acts for 2023 - massive congratulations to both bands! And now, following in the footsteps of…

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Pasifika Update

CALLING ALL PASIFIKA AIGA & WHĀNAU! Kia Orana, Malo e lelei, Fakalofa lahi atu, Namaste, Bula and warm Pasifika greetings to all our aiga & whanau. Talofa lava. Malō le…

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WSCW Pathways and Subject Choices Evening (Thurs 17th Aug)

The Careers Department are hosting the Western Springs College-Ngā Puna o Waiōrea Pathways and Subject Choices Evening on Thursday, August 17th from 4:30pm to 7:00pm in KHCL. The evening is aimed…

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YouDance Festival 2023

The 12 students who performed at YouDance Festival received positive feedback on their choreography from dance professionals who attended the shows. Jack Gray, Artistic Director of Atamira Dance Company, ‘Isope…

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2023 WSCW Y13 LEAVERS GEAR

This year, our Y13s have a choice of hoodie and/or track pants. Hoodies are $85 each and will have a large "23" with all the Y13 students' surnames printed in…

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Pani Hauora– Year 13 Business Studies Young Enterprise Scheme (YES)

Is your skin irritable, dry and not feeling 100%? Are you looking for a natural remedy to soothe and help your skin? Well, we have a product for you. Pani…

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Reader/Writers required for Derived Grade Exams (7th-15th September 2023)

Kia ora, The Learning Support Department is looking for volunteers to support the students with Special Assessment Conditions (SAC) for the Derived Grade Exams from the 7th September to the…

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Visual Art news – Greetings from Rangitoto

Extended Winter Greetings! Despite the weather and seasonal illnesses – students are continuing to extend and challenge themselves in the Visual Arts. It's been great to see the progress of…

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Careers Expo and Subject Pathways – 17 August 4.30 pm – 7pm KHCL

The Western Springs College Ngā Puna o Waiōrea Pathways Evening is being held in KHCL is aimed for whanau and students who are Year 10 and older although all students…

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Library News

During Pride Week, the New Zealand poet laureate Chris Tse visited Springs where he delivered a keynote speech in the hall to over 300 students. He spoke about the major…

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Mini Arts Tour

In week 9 of term 2 a fantastic group of young creatives performed a selection of short works for Pasadena Intermediate. This is an annual event that we look forward…

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Nathan Lindsay – Representing New Zealand

Congratulations to Nathan Lindsay (year 13) on being selected as a member of NZ U18 Bowling team- Katipō18. On Friday 18th August, Nathan will be travelling to Singapore with the…

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2023 New Zealand Secondary School Swimming Championships

The Western Springs College swim team produced fantastic results at the 2023 New Zealand Secondary Schools’ Championships in Wellington from 20-23 July. The over 16 years 4 x 50m mixed…

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Enhancing Sustainability at Waitītiko

To support our planting programme for the school awa Waitītiko, Paula Marx our school Development Manager decided to set up a pest trapping programme. If our programme is successful we…

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Additional Open Day Tours – Weds 26 Jul & Thurs 27 Jul 2023

ADDITIONAL OPEN DAY TOURS AT WESTERN SPRINGS COLLEGE/NGĀ PUNA O WAIŌREA School Tours will take place with the Principal: from 9am-10:30am  Wednesday 26th July and Thursday 27th July 2023  …

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WSCW Phone Lines are currently down

Kia ora koutou, Currently, Western Springs College (WSC) & Ngā Puna o Waiōrea (NPoW) are unable to receive or make external phone calls. This problem is under investigation, but in…

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2024 Springs Enrolment Application

Springs enrolments for 2024 are open. Parents/caregivers who live in-zone should complete an online enrolment application here.

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Recent College Sport Auckland successes – Archery, Swimming

Archery Western Springs College entered a Barebow Team - Jacob Schaffer (Year 11), Toby Schaffer (Year 10), Eljay Paisley (Year 11) and Frederick Storer (Year 11) - into the Term…

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Public transport changes from July 1st, 2023

From July 1st 2023, students can get discounted public transport fares as part of the Government’s Budget 23. Free travel for children aged 5 to 12 years From 1 July,…

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Yoga for student wellbeing – sign up for a free 6-week course in Term 3

To all our Springs-Waiōrea students/ākonga - come and learn how to practice yoga over 6-weeks in Term 3.  When: Thursdays after school: 3:30pm to 4:30pm.  The first 6-week course is…

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Job Vacancy – International Student Administrator

We have an opportunity for an innovative and enthusiastic International Student Administrator to join our International Department at Western Springs College-Ngā Puna o Waiōrea. This is a 35 hour per…

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Music News from Term 2, 2023

Performances, competitions, visits and staff changes - it’s been busy in Te Whare Puoro (Music Department/Block). Changes in the Music Department staffing There has been quite a shift around in…

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Professor Paul Ballantine (University of Canterbury) visits Y13 Business Class

In mid-June, the Year 13 Business Studies class was fortunate to have Professor Paul Ballantine (Executive Dean of Business) from the University of Canterbury come and discuss Marketing. Professor Ballantine…

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✨Matariki✨

Mānawa maiea te putanga o Matariki Mānawa maiea te ariki o te rangi Mānawa maiea te Mātahi o te Tau Hail the rise of Matariki Hail the lord of the…

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Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival – Billy McCarthy’s report

Throughout my 5 years at Waiōrea, I've been asked by my Drama teachers to participate in Sheilah Winn and every time I've said no, as I didn't care for Shakespeare.…

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State Memorial & Concert of The Honourable Dame Catherine Tizard

Moe mai rā e te Whaea, e te Kuia, e te Kahurangi Dame Cath! On Saturday June 17th, it was the privilege of Ngā Puna o Waiōrea to be invited…

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Pūhoro Māori STEMM Academy Wānanga

On Thursday June 29th, a group of Year 11 and Year 12 Ngā Puna o Waiōrea students went on an all-day Māori STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Mātauranga) Wānanga…

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Ngā Manu Kōrero – Tamaki Ki Waitematā

Taku Manu Kākātarahae, Taku Manu Taiko, Taku Manu Kōrero e. Ngā Manu Kōrero is regarded as the most significant event on the Māori education calendar for nurturing the oratory skills…

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Autaia 2023

AUTAIA, HĪ!! AUTAIA, HŌ!! We returned to the Kiri Te Kanawa Theatre stage, on Friday 9th of June, and performed to a sold-out crowd! A group of 70 tauira from…

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Visual Art News – July 2023

Greetings from Rangitoto and the Visual Arts department - we are over half way of the year and creative productivity is ramping up across all three fields at senior level.…

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Ecoder – a Year 13 YES Business

Ecoder is a Year 13 Business Studies Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) business and is a brand that focuses on sustainability and cleanliness. Our latest product is an eco-friendly scent bag…

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Lawn Whisperers – a Year 13 Business Studies Young Enterprise Scheme (YES)

Do you need your lawn mowed but can’t find a quieter alternative? That’s why we are here. We are an eco-friendly Year 13 Business Studies Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) business,…

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Waiōrea-Springs success at Auckland Weightlifting Champs!

At the end of May this year, we had two Ngā Puna o Waiōrea ākonga (students) - Dasan Paullay-Beazley (Year 11) and Puna Shortland-Theodore (Year 9) who represented Ngā Puna…

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SPLASH – One-Day Water Safety Programme – July 2023

Drowning Prevention Auckland is running a series of water safety programmes for the July school holidays that will run at pools around Auckland. The Splash Holiday programme is a fun…

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ECO NEWS

RECYCLING TIP Bunnings battery recycling program: free and easy to use.These Bunnings stores have a battery recycling unit, making it convenient for customers and tradies to drop off their used…

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PPTA industrial action suspended immediately – June 21st, 2023

The PPTA has called off all industrial action, effective immediately, as it has agreed on the arbitration process for its pay dispute with the Ministry of Education. All Springs &…

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2023 Auckland City Mission Appeal

Kia ora Springs-Waiōrea whānau, It is the final two weeks to bring in items for our annual Auckland City Mission appeal. Each whānau (form) class has been given a list…

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Rostering Home dates

The PPTA's escalated industrial action will be in the form of two year levels being rostered home on scheduled days for the remainder of this Term. The rostering schedule is:…

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Peter McIntyre – three generations involved in New Zealand Open Women’s Touch programme

Peter McIntyre is the coaching lead for our New Zealand Open Women’s Touch programme.  He is  joined by his daughter - Assistant Coach Le Toia Tainui-McIntyre and Assistant Coach Kim-Anaka…

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National Shakespeare Festival 2023 – Extraordinary Results!

We are proud to announce the outstanding achievements of two talented students from our kura who recently captivated audiences and garnered accolades at the prestigious Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand…

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Principal’s Notes – June 2023

The current industrial action in support of better pay and conditions for teachers is top of mind across the secondary education sector at the moment, none more so than among…

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Going Global with Yoga for Youth Mental Health

[Photo credit: Andrew Raba - Meeting with German School Teachers in Mainz to talk about Yoga Education in Schools] Over the month of May, I traveled to Europe as a…

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Travelwise week at Springs

Travelwise week is a chance for Springs-Waiōrea to focus on promoting sustainable and safe transport. We are a sustainable school, but we need to keep improving the choices we make…

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RELIEF TEACHERS NEEDED

Here at Springs/Waiōrea, we need relief teachers/kaiako who are passionate about the importance of relievers and their valuable contribution to the success of students in our schools. If you are…

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Billy Mccarthy – a huge year in the performing arts

Billy Mccarthy is a year 13 at Ngā Puna o Waiōrea, he is an amazing talent and has an admirable work ethic, both of which he shares across a wide…

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Australian Maths Competition

Australian Maths competition is Australia’s longest running, largest and most well-known mathematics competition for school students. The competition is open for schools in New Zealand to take part in. Interested…

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Mathex 2023

Mathex is a challenging and fast paced mathematics contest where schools from across Auckland compete against each other in teams to answer questions as quickly as possible. The Mathematics Department…

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Springs/Waiōrea Policies Review

Our school policies and procedures are maintained through SchoolDocs, which follows a 3-year review schedule to keep them up to date. Each term, the whole school community (whānau, parents, caregivers,…

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What is the World Vision 40 Hour Challenge?

The World Vision 40 Hour Challenge is New Zealand’s largest youth fundraising campaign.  "CHANGE EVERYTHING FOR CLEAN WATER!!!" EVERY DAY IN MALAWI, 11 CHILDREN DIE FROM DISEASES RELATED TO DIRTY…

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Springs values still resonate with Alumna Carla Harré

I am Carla Harré, an alumni of Western Springs college. I graduated Springs in 2017 and since then I have graduated from Unitec with a degree in Performing and Screen…

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Equestrian Update

Congratulations to the WSC Equestrian Team who competed in the Pegasus Cup Schools Show Jumping event on March 20-21st at Takapoto Estate in Cambridge. This was the first time that…

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Swimming Update for 2023

Term 1 saw an action-packed schedule for the School’s Swim Team. School’s Swimming Sports First up was the well-attended School’s Swimming Sports held at the AUT Millennium, where the senior…

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Visual Art News

Greetings from Rangitoto - the creative buzz of our senior cohorts working on their individual programmes is ramping up as we move into the second half of the year. Junior…

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Reader/Writer positions for September 2023

Are you able to help out with the Practice Exams in September as a Reader/Writer? The Learning Support Department is looking to recruit new people from our school community who…

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Gently Loved Markets Teens – Sat 24th June 2023

Gently Loved Markets Teens is a sustainable market day for Teens with thrifted, and upcycled clothing, accessories, plants, home-baking and more! This free family event is being held at the…

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Assessment Update – June 2023

Level 1 NCEA requirements 2023: Year 11 students need 80 credits to achieve Level 1 Within that 80 credits, 10 numeracy and 10 literacy credits are required Literacy can be…

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French Senior café trip

The Languages Department have been able to resume their yearly French Senior café trip, which was paused during Covid. Our Y11, Y12 and Y13 students took a bus trip to…

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Open Week Tours – July 2023

OPEN WEEKS AT WESTERN SPRINGS COLLEGE/NGĀ PUNA O WAIŌREA School Tours will take place with the Principal: from 9am-10:30am  Tuesday 18th July to Friday 21st July 2023 The tours will…

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Measles Alert

Are you and your family/whānau protected from measles? With people travelling overseas again, there’s a risk that someone with measles could unknowingly bring the disease back to Aotearoa New Zealand.…

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Principal’s Notes

We hear lots in the press and media generally about declining standards in education. If you have been on any of my school tours during our Open Weeks you will…

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Top Scholar acknowledged

Our Top Scholar for Dance, Minh Anh Tran, personally received her Premier Scholar Award from the Prime Minister at the Wellington ceremony.  Congratulations again on this outstanding achievement! Minh Anh…

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Pink Shirt Day on 19th May 2023

Everyday Upstander Kaitiaki ia rā.  You have the power to prevent bullying! Research shows more than half of bullying situations (57%) stop when tauira/students intervene. Our school will have a…

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Encouraging collaboration in maths classes

To encourage collaboration between students in our year 9 maths classes, the maths department elected to participate in a collaborative activity with escaping a digital escape room as the theme.…

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Collaboration with Pasadena Intermediate School

The Y13 statistics students from WSC visited Pasadena Intermediate school during term 1 as a part of the statistics topic they were working on. During the visit, the WSC statistics…

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Ball themed clothing swap

This is happening Tuesday May 23rd.  Please bring your clothing and accessory donations to the hall foyer before the event day. Ngā mihi nui  

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News from the International Department

Welcome to term 2 and our new international students who joined us at the start of the term. As they settle into the new term, we encourage them to take…

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Gardener and Groundsperson Wanted 

Come work as part of our excellent grounds team. 40hrs per week Mostly gardening - 30hrs, plus some grounds team work - 10hrs 52 Weeks per year. Requirements and skills:…

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HEAD-HIGH Workshop with well-known NZ actor Lynette Forday

In Term 3 of 2023, Springs-Waiōrea are offering students the opportunity to take part in a weekly workshop run by well-known Celebrity Treasure Island contestant & Shortland Street actor and…

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Science Competitions

Interested in taking your scientific knowledge and understanding to the next level? Biology: The NZIBO (New Zealand International Biology Olympiad) is an examination that has 3 levels, the first of which happens…

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North Island Secondary Schools Orienteering Champs

A full term of local training and racing had the Springs Orienteering team primed for 3 days of racing in the North Island SS champs.  A 5am start plus long…

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WSC Sailing

The WSC sailing team competed in the Auckland Cup for Teams Racing, run out of the Royal Akarana Yacht Club over April 30-31. For a team that was put together…

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ECO NEWS

EARTH DAY In May this year, we celebrated Earth day (the actual date was 22nd April), with a focus on our ocean, to raise awareness on the importance of looking…

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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…

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Board Meeting agenda 08/05/2023

Board agenda 08/05/2023  

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Epro8 in 2023

Each year WSC - NPOW enters teams in the interschool Epro8 engineering competition. This has been impacted by Covid restrictions since 2020, but it should be all go for 2023.…

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Waiōrea performs at the NZ Breakers semi-final

On Sunday 12th March, a group of 23 Waiōrea students performed a "Wero" on court to the Sydney Kings, on behalf of the New Zealand Breakers at the trans-Tasman battle…

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Ngā Puna O Waiōrea – 2023 Polyfest Champions!

The last week of the term 1 was a busy, but successful, one for all of our Ngā Puna o Waiōrea (NPoW) ākonga, kaiako, tutors and whānau involved in the…

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Principal’s Message – April 2023

You will see elsewhere in this Newsletter that Ngā Puna o Waiōrea has again taken out first place in both Division 1 (the Premier division) and Division 2, and second…

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Geography teacher happy to be back in the classroom

Geography teacher Sarah Carr would like to thank her colleagues and the leadership of Springs - Waiōrea for allowing her to take leave in order to complete a Postgraduate Diploma…

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ECO News – April 2023

ECO TIP Auckland is aiming for zero waste by 2040 and keeping your food scraps out of the rubbish is a great way you can help, this is why this…

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Dance News – Trips and Street Dance guest tutors

This term the year 12 Dance class have been developing their understanding of hip hop and street dance with their Dance teacher Sam Wood Rawnsley. The outcome of this learning…

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More feedback on our newsletter please.

We are always looking to improve our communication with whanau and community and would appreciate your feedback on our newsletter.  Thank-you to those that have already given feedback. Click here…

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WSCW 2023 Ball for Y13 & Y12 students

The WSCW Y13 & Y12 School Ball will be held at the Ellerslie Events Centre (Level 3 Guineas Rooms) on Saturday 27th May 2023. There is a limit of 500…

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Geography Adventures

Great weather, no lockdowns and a school/BoT that supports EOTC have made it a great year to be a Geographer. Geography is the study of places and the relationships between…

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Sheilah Winn Regional Shakespeare Festival 2023

Bright and early on a Sunday morning thirteen dedicated performers and their Drama Kaiako headed off to this year’s SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Regional Shakespeare Festival 2023, hosted…

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Fundraising for the communities affected by the floods and cyclone

On the 31st of March, the Healthwise leaders had organized a karaoke session at lunch. Teachers sang their favorite songs, and there were even duets with students! Mr Dan started…

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Junior Arts Festival 2022

In the final week of 2022, our Arts Departments shared a very special celebration of Junior Arts here in TAPAC theatre. Our foyer and theatre were filled for two sold…

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Board Meeting agenda 20/03/23

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Principal’s Notes – March 2023

A focus of my Board report this month is school attendance. Parents and caregivers will be aware this is a national focus too as school attendance stats have been in…

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NCEA Information Evening for Māori & Pasifika whānau

NCEA Information for Maori and Pasifika Whānau Wednesday, 22nd March 2023 – 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm in the KHCL Building This information session is designed to answer any questions…

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Library News – March 2023

It has been a great term at the library with hundreds of new books bought, winning orientations, great read-alouds, and more. Term 1 is our orientation time where hundreds of…

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NZ Sailing Trust holiday programmes – Hinemoana & Tikapa Moana

The NZ Sailing Trust has two trips (Hinemoana & Tikapa Moana) during the school holidays to help ākonga complete their Duke of Edinburgh Gold Journey or residential trips or just…

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Atea Blood Drive – Friday 24 March 2023, 9am-1pm

The Atea Blood Drive is taking place again this year on Friday 24th March in the school hall, from 9am to 1pm. See the below form for more information.

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The Light Project parents’ evening – Thursday 23rd March

WSCW is hosting The Light Project parents’ evening next week on Thursday 23rd March (7pm start) on Level 2 of the KHCL at Springs. All welcome. The Light Project was…

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Dress for Success Auckland event – Sat 1 April 2023

Dress For Success Auckland is holding it one of it’s events – Fill A Bag Sale – at the Western Springs Garden Community Hall on Saturday 1st April 2023, from 10am to…

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Pi-day

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

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Year 9 Statistics Project

Our year 9 students are on the verge of completing their statistics projects. They are tasked with presenting the findings of their projects to their whānau. Parents of year 9…

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Wastewise Clothing Recycle

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Visual Arts News

Extended Greetings from Rangitoto, Despite the disruptive start to the year, it has been a whirlwind of activity as students have settled into the first term - introducing them to…

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Welcome Arts Leaders of 2023!

This year we are fortunate to have four new creative and driven Arts Leaders joining our team. Oliver Burton, Oscar Lyons, Ruby Judson, Isabella Benson. Hi! I’m Bella, one of…

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Athletics News – Congrats Amelie!

Amelie Fairclough (Y13) was selected in December last year to be in the NZ Secondary Schools touring athletics squad to complete in the televised Classic Competitions in NZ in January…

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Philosophy makes neurons – practical learning

The Year 12 Philosophy class have been learning about addiction and the brain, so this weeks lessons they have been having practical lessons in making different neurons out of pipe…

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Eco News

Eco tip - Choose local Local food, local artists, local clothes makers, local menders… not only is this beneficial financially, it is also a more environmental choice as products don't…

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Wises Camp 2023 – Camp Maynard

Wises liaison teachers; Ada Wong, Jared Hockly, Deb Thompson and Marie Hickey, had the pleasure of spending a productive and inspirational camp with a great group of student leaders and…

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Important Notice – WSCW to close at 10am on Weds 8 March 2023

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Te Matatini 2023

Congratulations to all past and present kaiako and ākonga who took part in various rōpū at Te Matatini this year. Ngā Puna o Waiōrea was well represented in Angitū by…

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Warm welcome back in 2023!

We welcome all our staff, teachers/kaiako, students/ākonga and their families/whānau back to the 2023 school year at Western Springs College-Ngā Puna o Waiōrea. Last week on Thursday (16 February), we…

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Blue Light 2023 Programmes

Blue Light is a registered charity that works in partnership with the NZ Police to provide young people of Aotearoa New Zealand opportunities that empower and challenge!  All of the…

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WSCW Archery News

Jacob Schaffer has had a fantastic start to the year, where he competed at the Youth North Island Championships in Tauranga earlier this month. Jacob won Silver in both his…

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Job Vacancy – WSCW Accounts Officer

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

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Athletics News – Congratulations to the Su brothers!

The Su brothers, Benaiah (Year 11) and Daequan (Year 10), both competed at both the North Island (Whanganui) and the South Island (Timaru) Colgate games over the summer holidays and…

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WSC Summer Sports – still time to sign up!

If you're interested in playing Summer Sports for WSCW, then please head along to Te Whakamanu (adjacent to the new gym for our new students) and register your interest in…

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Mount Albert Lions Rugby League – 2023 call for players

The Mount Albert Lions Rugby League Club Under 16s Boys team are looking looking for the 2023 season. Pre-season training has commenced Tuesday and Thursday nights. 6.20pm Fowlds Park Mt…

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Digital Learning and 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…

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Speed limit on Motions Road goes down to 30km on 2nd March.

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Job Vacancy – Student Administrator – International team

We have an opportunity for an innovative and enthusiastic Student Administrator to join our International team at Western Springs College – Ngā Puna o Waiōrea. This is a 35 hour…

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Football sign-up and news

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Scholarship Success

We are delighted to receive notification of the success of Springs - Waiōrea students in the 2022 New Zealand Scholarship Examinations. Congratulations to the students who gained scholarships in the…

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Springs/Waiōrea Policies Review

Our school policies and procedures are maintained through SchoolDocs which follows a 3 year review schedule to keep them up to date. Each term, the whole school community (whanau, parents,…

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WSCW Equestrian Team

This has been a tough past few weeks for families with flooding damage to homes and paddocks, many with concerns about horse welfare, both within and outside of the Western…

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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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Springs Waiōrea will be open on Wednesday 15th Feb

Firstly, we would like to acknowledge whānau impacted by Cyclone Gabrielle, and before that the floods. This is unprecedented weather and we understand the physical and emotional toll it can…

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Community Update: 12 February – Cyclone Gabrielle

Western Springs College Ngā Puna o Waiōrea will be closed for onsite learning on Monday 13th February and Tuesday 14th February due to the impact of Cyclone Gabrielle. Due to…

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Rio Faleafa selected for NZ U18s Water Polo Squad in 2024!

A huge congratulations to our WSC Year 12 student, Rio Faleafa, who was recently announced in the 2024 New Zealand Under 18s Mens Water Polo Squad! Rio will train in…

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Coding NZ offers free holiday activities over 2022/2023 summer holidays

After receiving fantastic feedback from parents and students last year, Coding NZ has decided to offer free tutored coding holiday activities again this summer. Check out the flyer and link…

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Waiōrea 2022 Prize-Givings – Ngā mihi nui

A huge thanks and congratulations to all of our Ngā Puna o Waiōrea tauira who received awards at our recent Waiōrea Prize-Givings held in our last week of school (full…

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Skylah Tainui-Takerei selected for NZ Netball Development Camp in 2023!

Our Year 11 Western Springs College-Ngā Puna o Waiōrea student/tauira, Skylah Tainui-Takerei, was recently announced as one of 90 secondary school netball players from across Aotearoa New Zealand invited to…

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Principal’s Notes – December 2022

What a pleasure it has been to witness the roll call of prizewinners walking across the stage to receive recognition for their outstanding work in 2022. From the Year 13…

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WSCW 2022 Yearbook Companion Website now online!

Our WSCW 2022 Yearbook is now available online here. All of the yearbooks from 2019 are also available on our website here, and these can be accessed from our school…

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London awaits Nina Somerville!

Congratulations to Nina Somerville, who as a member of the Young Shakespeare Company of New Zealand will be performing at the Globe Theatre in London next year! Nina was selected…

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Thanks for supporting our WSCW Y9 Social Studies Sustainable Market!

A huge THANKS/Ngā mihi to everyone who supported our WSCW Year 9 Social Studies Christmas Sustainable Market, which was held on Thursday 1 December on Level 2 of KHCL. We…

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2023 Fully Funded Outward Bound Courses for teens with physical disabilities

Outward Bound runs Adapted courses for secondary school students with physical disabilities. These courses are fully funded. The only cost to students is getting a pre-course medical done by a GP…

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Air Training Corps looking for New Cadets

This is an excellent extra-curricular activity for students aged between 13-15. Activities include bushcraft, hiking, drill, leadership, and community events. Two squadrons are located in Arch Hill (Tuesday nights) and…

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Waiōrea’s Amazing Race and Rā Manaakitanga

As part of Ngā Puna o Waiōrea haerenga week in week 7, the Year 9 and 10 students took part in the bi-annual Omanga Miharo- Amazing Race. Working in their…

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News from the International Department

Special Programme for Term 3 and 4 new students While the senior students were sitting the NCEA exams, our Term 3 and 4 senior new students were enjoying the four-week…

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2022 Art Celebrations!

Extended Seasonal Greetings Although the year is drawing to a close, it is worth noting the number of Visual Arts displays that have occurred in the last couple of months. …

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2023 Fully Funded Outward Bound Courses for teens with physical disabilities

Outward Bound runs Adapted courses for secondary school students with physical disabilities. These courses are fully funded. The only cost to students is getting a pre-course medical done by a GP…

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Life Skills Trip to the Zoo

Learning Support Senior Life Skills Programme This year, some of our senior Learning Support students have been involved in a specialist course called Life Skills. They have participated in a…

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ECO NEWS

RECYCLING IN TĀMAKI MAKAURAU TOP TIPS FOR A SUSTAINABLE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS 1. Quality not quantity - when buying gifts think: less but better, putting the time into picking a quality…

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Prize-Givings 2022 – Congratulations & Thank You!

A big CONGRATULATIONS and THANK YOU to all those involved with our end-of-year Prize-Givings for 2022, which we held across Week 3 of this term: Monday 31 October 2022 -…

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NPoW places FIRST at Te Ahurea Tino Rangatiratanga!

In November 2022, Ngā Puna o Waiōrea (NPoW) took part in the Auckland Secondary Schools' Kapa Haka competition, known as Te Ahurea Tino Rangatiratanga, which was established in 1996 to…

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Dress for Success Auckland event – Fill A Bag Sale (Sat 3 Dec 2022)

Dress For Success Auckland is holding it one of it's events - Fill A Bag Sale - at the Western Springs Garden Community Hall on Saturday 3 December 2022, from…

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Year 9 WSC student represents NZ in International Climbing event!

Our Year 9 WSC student, Amaya Tan-Peters, recently represented New Zealand at the Noumea Open International Climbing event held in New Caledonia between the 13th-15th October 2022. Amaya came 2nd…

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Successes for Year 13 student, Avery Longhurst!

Our Year 13 student Avery Longhurst, CEO of the company called Buzz Shots, recently won two awards at the Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) for the West Auckland region…

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What did Dance students do in 2022?

After two years of cancelled events, the Springs Dance Department made up for lost time with a buzzing array of events - trips, performance opportunities, guest tutors and more! Trips…

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Social Studies Sustainable Market – SAVE THE DATE

On Thursday 1st December (week 7), just about all of the WSCW Year 9 cohort will be involved in our Annual Social Studies Christmas Sustainable Market. This will take place…

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Principal’s Notes – November 2022

On Wednesday last week, we welcomed on to the site for the first time our new Evaluation Partners from the Education Review Office (ERO).  ERO has shifted to a more…

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Would you like to be a Homestay Family for WSC?

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…

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Library Wrap-Up

It’s been a great wrap up to 2022 in the library with some new purchases, a pizza lunch for the library monitors, and a new story-time initiative to boost engagement…

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FUYA Academy Sportsperson of the Year Recipient

Dillon Lovrin, a year 10 student, and dedicated soccer player, was nominated and won the FUYA Academy Sportsperson of the Year award for 2022. The football academy awards were held…

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2023 stationery can be ordered from now

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ECO NEWS

Visit from the Waiōrea Community Recycling Centre The Waiōrea Community Recycling Centre held a Logo Design Workshop for some of our Year 9, 10, 12 and 13 students. The WCRC…

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WSCW tech recycling programme has closed

Sadly, the HP Tidy Tech recycling programme has closed and you will no longer be able to recycle your old technology items at school.  Please do not bring any IT…

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Frances Sauvao Va’auli receives the ‘Tulī Takes Flight’ scholarship

Alumna, Frances Sauvao Va'auli was a recipient of the‘Tulī Takes Flight’ scholarship which was presented at the Dawn Raid Commemoration on 27th August, 2022. The scholarships are a part of…

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2022 WSCW Prize-Givings – Save The Dates

As the year is zipping by, we thought we'd share with you the dates for our Western Springs College-Ngā Puna o Waiōrea 2022 Prize-Givings so that you can save the…

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GOOD IN THE HOOD Campaign now on- Support WSCW and the NZ Sailing Trust

Western Springs College-Ngā Puna o Waiōrea (WSCW) have been kindly nominated by the NZ Sailing Trust as the successor of any donations they receive as a recipient of the GOOD…

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More success for Waiōrea at Ngā Manu Kōrero 2022

Ngā mihi nui ki a koe (congratulations) to our Ngā Puna o Waiōrea (NPoW) ākonga, Year 10 Rehutai Appleyard, representing our region Tāmaki Makaurau – Ki Te Waitematā, who achieved…

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2022 Winter Tournament Week Wrap-Up

Following COVID related-disruptions, our second-ever Winter Tournament Week took place between Monday 29th August and Friday 2nd September 2022. A huge THANK YOU to all those involved with this amazing…

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WSC Junior Cricket Boys (starting in Term 4) – new team members welcome!

As we head into Term 4 soon, our WSC Cricket season will be starting for our school teams. If there are any Year 9 or Year 10 Boys interested in…

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Business In Service to the Community (BISC) Directory

https://www.bisc.org.nz/page/569271/dir/bisc.html

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Ordering of PhotoLife Sports Teams & Clubs Photos (free delivery to WSC ends midnight Sun 9 Oct)

Just a reminder that parents should have received an email from PhotoLife about ordering of WSC Sports Teams & Club Photos. If you haven't, please check your Spam folder or…

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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

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

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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Arts News

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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Arts News

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. Grace participated in the Australian Schools Championships…

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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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48Hours 2022 Film Competition Success!

Congratulations to Archie Crayford and Finlay Trelease-Hughes (Team Shole)! Their film 'Maybe Crazy' made for the 48Hours 2022 Film Competition was 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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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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Year 13 Biology trip to Auckland Zoo

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 was an amazingly informative and inspiring event. A result of the collaboration of students from Wastewise, Year 12 Education for…

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ECO News

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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