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Western Springs College Nga Puna O Waiorea Newsletter No 2 – 5 March 2012 Message from the Principal: Springs Calendar TERM ONE 2012 Week Six March 5 – March 9 March 5 PAG Fundraiser – Movie ‘Headhunters’ at the Bridgeway 7.45pm. Week Seven March 12 – March 16 March 12 to March 16 Year 11 PE Camp. March 16 Ministry of Education Teacher Only Day #1. Students stay home. Week Eight March 19 – March 23 March 19 to March 22 Yr 12 Geo Tongariro Crossing Trip. March 19 to March 23 Yr 13 Drama Class Production. Week Nine March 26 – March 30 March 26 Board of Trustees Meeting 6pm. March 30 Yr 12 PE – 3 classes will be doing their Ultimate Frisbee NCEA assessment task during period 5 today. Teacher-Only-Day, Friday, 16 March The Minister of Education has set aside time this year for teachers’ planning and preparation of the new curriculum-aligned NCEA achievement standards for Levels 2 & 3. Further to the term calendar information included in the January newsletter, the first of the two Ministry of Education-mandated teacher-only-days has been scheduled for the Friday of week 7, March 16. Accordingly, there will be no school for students on Friday week. School / Home Partnership Each of the successful parent / student / teacher gatherings we have hosted during the last three weeks – the New Families BBQ organised by the Parent Action Group in week 3; the Pacific families barbeque during the week before last; and the shared meal for mainstream Maori families and teachers last week - has underlined WSC’s commitment to the building of close and effective school-home partnerships. These meetings are very much about establishing communication lines with the key teachers assigned to provide learning support for particular groups of students across all levels. Year 9 & 10 Parent / Teacher Interviews, Week 10, Monday, 2 April The upcoming parent /teacher interviews provide another opportunity for parents and students to meet subject teachers, form class teachers, and deans to discuss academic goals, expectations for this year and beyond, and progress to date. Junior reports will be sent home in week 9. Parents new to the school should look out in the mail-out for directions on how to use the on-line booking system to make appointment times for the teacher interviews. Scholarship Results For the second consecutive year the Top Scholar in NZ Award for Visual Arts – Photography has gone to a WSC student: in 2011, Tim Webby There were four Outstanding Scholarship awards: Asher James: English Tim Webby: Media Studies and Photography Hugo Christian-Slane: Art Design Art Design gained most (4) Scholarships followed by Biology with 3. Road Safety We have welcomed news of Auckland Transport’s plans to establish traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing at the corner of Great North and Motions Roads. The WSC Travel Wise group of students, teachers and parents is currently liaising with A.T. in response to their community consultation exercise. See Mary-Carol Holdaway’s report below. PolyFest, 14-17 March Visitors to the school this term will have observed Nga Puna O Waiorea’s two kapahaka groups covering the campus during their practices with nearly 100 students selected to perform in the Auckland Secondary Schools Cultural Festival next week. The newly established Division 3 group have been impressing their tutors and observers with the high standard of their choreography; they will be performing at 9.30am on Thursday, 16 March, out at the Manukau Sports Bowl. Nga Puna O Waiorea’s Division 1 group are scheduled to perform at 2.00pm on Saturday, 17 March. They have a proud record during recent years and are determined to add to the trophy table once again this year.