Headmaster’s Newsletter 1 April


Dear Parents and Guardians

I hope you all enjoyed the long Easter weekend. With two weeks of term one to go, please can you ensure that your sons are at school up until 3.10pm on Friday April 15th.

Thank you to all families that have paid their fees and donations already this year. We would be really grateful if all families could make an effort to pay our annual donation this year. This extra money goes a very long way to assist us, in providing the education that we aspire to offer all of our young men and their families.

We appreciate your on-going support of our school.

Good luck to all of our teams who are away at national tournaments next week.

Have a lovely weekend.

David Ferguson

Westlake School Cross Country – Results 2016

Congratulations to all students who participated in the annual House Cross Country on Thursday 31 March.  Well done to the following students who were within the first five in their year group:

Year 9

1 Max Drake Pupuke 13:57
2 Leo Cho Hood 14:07
3 Milo Brown Stanley 14:12
4 Blair Hill Hood 14:12
5 Ben Lewis Stanley 14:22
 Year 9 winners

Year 10

1 Josh Spraggon Pupuke 13:21
2 Zach Keenan Stanley 13:27
3 Oscar Dorbeck Murchison 13:32
4 Dylan Chesney Hood 13:45
5 Theo Bedford Murchison 13:49
Year 10 winners

Year 11

1 Matt Conroy Ururoto 13:00
2 Matt White Hood 13:05
3 Ryan Zent Pupuke 13:05
4 Jesper Bengtsson Pupuke 13:30
5 Rory Johnson Smale 13.34
 Year 11 winners

Year 12 and 13

1 Joe Jackson Murchison 12:33
2 Nicolo Oporto Murchison 12:47
3 Oscar England Murchison 12:52
4 Euan Grigor Pupuke 13:02
5 Drew Farnsworth Hood 13:07
 Year 12 and 13 Winners
Cross Country 2

House Leaderboard

1 April

Westlake Proms 7 April

When: Thursday 7th April 2016
Where: Westlake Boys Auditorium
Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Concession

Proms Poster 2016 Digital
The popular annual Westlake Proms concert features two of the premier Westlake groups, the Westlake Symphony Orchestra (conductor David Squire) and Choralation choir (conductor Rowan Johnston), with soprano soloist Morag Atchison joining WGHS Y13 soprano Michaela Cadwgan.
Music by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Anthony Ritchie, Lloyd Webber, Elgar, Gershwin, Mäntyjärvi, Ešenvalds, Stanford and more! Come along and join in with all your favourites from the old country, such as Jerusalem, Rule, Britannia, Land of Hope and Glory, etc.

The fabulous Nick Brown will guide you through the evening’s entertainment with prizes for the best dressed British themed costume. You’re in for a great night!

Tickets at the door, or phone 09-4894168 ext. 28

Westlake Careers Department

Follow us on facebook https://www.facebook.com/Westlake-Boys-High-School-Careers-Department-1147251241968215/

Upcoming Career presentations before school holidays.   ** These only happen once a year so don’t miss out !

Boys, please register for these events in Heron House.

PTA – Meet the Students Evening Monday 11 April 7.30pm

Come along on Monday 11th April at 7.30pm to the PTA Conference Room in the new Westlake Boys’ High School Gymnasium and meet the students leading our school this year.

Each leader will give us a brief overview of his role within the school.

We will hear from the Head Boy Antoine Ellis, the Academic Captain Rafi Baboe, the Sports Captain Greg Vukets and the Cultural Captain Jun Kim.

Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you.

5 ‘Outside-The-Box’ Tips For Living An Awesome Life – Grant Schofield

Tickets are on sale now for a Special Breakfast Treat for Mums and Sons!

What: Westlake Boys’ Annual Mother Son Breakfast

When: Thursday 12th May 2016, 6.45 am (Thursday after Mother’s Day)

Where: Westlake Boys’ High School Auditorium

Guest Speaker: Westlaker, Professor Grant Schofield

Guests: All students, mothers, grandmothers or female role models are invited to attend the 2016 Mother Son Breakfast.

Tickets: $25 per person from the Uniform Shop. Click here for your ticket order form

Mother’s Day is nearing, Dads and sons take note – we’ve got the answer for the perfect gift for Mum!

The Westlake Boys’ Mother Son Breakfast event is a special, once a year occasion that offers an opportunity for you to spend some quality time with your son/s, enjoying a delicious breakfast specially prepared by the very talented Westlake Boys’ Rowing Group parents.

Banner Mother Son 12th May 2016 Booklet image
This year’s guest speaker is Westlaker Grant Schofield (WBHS 1982-1986), Professor of Public Health and Director of the Human Potential Centre at Auckland University of Technology. You may have seen Grant interviewed on TV or speaking at TEDx Auckland on the findings of one of his many studies e.g. the benefits of playground risk responsibility.

Grant is a man of many talents and, apart from competitive duathlon and triathlon, in which he represented New Zealand at World Championships and Ironman, his foremost passion in life is investigating the Science of Human Potential i.e. finding out how we can ‘be the best we can be’. His research and teaching interests range from understanding and improving lifestyle behaviours such as sleep, nutrition, and physical activity, to well-being epidemiology and human performance. He’s not afraid to ‘think outside the box’ when tackling the big health problems of our times.

Known for ‘challenging current beliefs’ in his field, Grant’s current project base and large group of talented postgraduate thesis students show an exciting range of such challenges. We have no doubt that his ‘5 Tips To Living An Awesome Life’ will be just what the doctor ordered for an entertaining breakfast treat for mums and their sons. Read Grant’s 2014 ‘Featured Westlaker’ profile here.

Tickets are $25 per person payable by cash/Eftpos/Visa or MasterCard. If you wish to pay by cash or eftpos please complete the form available here and return it to the Uniform Shop in Student Services for payment. If you wish to pay by credit card, please call the Uniform Shop on 410 8667 ext. 806 between 9am and 2pm on school days.

We appreciate that, for your sons, it’s likely to be the temptation of an irresistible breakfast that will get them out of bed early! You’ll find details (and photos!) of the menu items here.

We look forward to seeing you and your sons, and perhaps their grandmothers and/or aunties, at the 2016 Westlake Mother Son Breakfast on Thursday 12th May, a few days after Mother’s Day.

Topping Up Student ID Cards for Purchasing from Canteen, Uniform Shop and Photocopying


An email was sent to families in early February with login details.  If you have misplaced your password, click on the “Lost Password” button under the login box.  My Monitor will send you a replacement password.

From MyMonitor you are able to

  • Add credits to student accounts so that your student can make purchases at the school shop or canteen using their ID card and print at school
  •  Transfer credit between accounts and between students that are in your care
  • Track the transactions of your student(s)

View and pay fees online (this is done through a secure site)

  • Parents and students can log into MyMonitor.
  • Students cannot transfer money between accounts (if credit is allocated to the shop, it can only be spent there by the student)
  • Students must use a PIN at the canteen – this can be set online or at the Kiosk in student services
  • Credit can be added at the Kiosk
  • You are able to change and reset your password

Westlake Youth for Change – Unicef NZ

To view the Westlake Boys and Girls YouTube channel outlining involvement by our students, please click here:


Major Diary Dates:

 7th April  Proms Concert
 4 – 8th April  Summer Sports Tournament/Culture Week
 11th April  PTA Meeting – Meet the Student Leaders – All Welcome
 12th April  Late Start PD No. 2 (students arrive 10.55am)
 15th April  End of Term One
 20th April  Board of Trustees Meeting
 2nd May  Start of Term Two
 5th May  Year 9 Parents’ Evening
 9th May  PTA meeting
 12th May  Mother Son Breakfast
 16th – 20th May  Mid Year Examinations
 23rd – 27th May  Westlake’s Got Talent Heats
25th May Board of Trustees Meeting
 26th May  Years 10 and 11 CIE / NCEA Information Evening
 27th May  Korean Evening
6th June  Queens Birthday – School Closed
 9th June  Years 12-13 Parents’ Evening
 9th June  Late Start PD No. 3 (students arrive 10.55am)
 13th June  PTA Meeting
 16th June  Year 11 Parents’ Evening
 23rd June  Year 10 Parents’ Evening
27th June  Westlake’s Got Talent Final
 29th June  Board of Trustees Meeting
 7th July  Father Son Breakfast
8th July Chinese Evening, End Term 2

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Westlake Sport

Westlake Boys sailing team members competed in the 2016 New Zealand National Optimist Championship held at Kohimarama Yacht Club over Easter. The regatta was sailed in extremely light winds making it very difficult; however, this did not stop Westlake achieving some outstanding results:

  • Year 9 student – Henry Wilson took the National title finishing third overall behind two Australian sailors.  Ranked #1 in New Zealand – selected for the World Champs in Portugal.
  • Year 9 student – Thomas Mulcahy finished 17th Kiwi in Nationals, Ranked #15 in New Zealand – selected for the Asian and Oceania Champs in Sri Lanka.
  • Year 10 student – Robbie McCutcheon finished 25th Kiwi, Ranked #19 in New Zealand – selected for the Asian and Oceania Champs in Sri Lanka.
  • Year 9 student – Blake McGlashan finished 42nd Kiwi, Ranked #31 in New Zealand.
As the 180 competitors sailed ashore on their last day of racing, the budding sailors were welcomed back on land by member of Team NZ, a great way to finish a tough week of sailing.

Banner photo by Lissa Reyden | LiveSailDie.com.

Click here for the full results:



Seven Gold Medals at Auckland Secondary Schools Field and Track Athletic Championships

Winning an Auckland title is an outstanding achievement, winning seven titles in one day is quite a remarkable achievement. That’s what Westlake Boys athletes achieved at the Auckland Secondary Schools Track and Field event at Mt Smart on Wednesday 23 March 2016. Six of the gold medals came in the distance events and one in the hammer throw.

The team had sixteen distance athletes qualify for the Auckland Champs and in very tough conditions they managed to take out the title in the six of the eight distance events they entered.

Dan Hoy Senior Boys 3000m Champion leading the race.
Junior runner Jude Darby won double gold, taking out the 800m and 1500m with teammate Matthew Gould in third place in the 1500m.

In the Intermediate grade the team produced two Auckland Champions. Stuart Hofmeyr won the 1500m in a time of 4:34.40 with teammate Murdoch McIntyre being crowned as the 3000m Champion. Murdoch’s winning time – 9:33.69.

In the senior 3000m Dan Hoy secured the Auckland title leading from start to finish. Dan’s winning time of 8:44.36 is 9 seconds faster than the second place finisher and more than respectable in very windy conditions.

New Zealand Cross Country Representative, Joseph Clark, won the Open Boys steeplechase event in a time of 6:27.81. Joseph will represent New Zealand at the World Schools Cross Country Championships in Budapest in April this year.

Anthony Nobilo once again showed his class winning the Senior Hammer Throw with a distance of 62.44m with Anthony Barmes in third (52.01m). Anthony Nobilo also finished 2nd in the senior discus.

Other performances of note:

  • Isaac Letoa Senior High Jump 4th
  • David Moore Intermediate 1500m 5th
  • Matt Conroy Intermediate 800m 5th
  • Kiardyn Hatch Junior 100m 5th
  • JJ Weston Junior 3000m 6th
  • Nicolo Oporto Open Steeplechase 6th
  • Jesper Bengtsson Intermediate 3000m 6th
  • Zach Keenan Intermediate 3000m 7th
  • Bradley Hall Senior 1500m 8th
  • Leo Cho Junior 3000m 8th
Joseph Clark Open Boys 2000m Steeplechase Champion clearing the water jump.
The Westlake Boys team now look forward to represent North Harbour at the North Island Secondary Schools Track and Field Championships which is held at Mt Smart from 2-3 April.

Ultimate Frisbee – Auckland Champions

Congratulations to our Ultimate Frisbee competitors who beat Takapuna Grammar School 9-4 in the Auckland Championships on 30 March, securing the Auckland Championships.


Auckland Secondary School Sprint Series 2016 – Northern Zone

The Westlake Boys Orienteering team finished the last session of the North Harbour series on a high, securing six top ten placements in the senior event. This wonderful result is a helpful preparation for the upcoming Auckland Championships, the team event and Nationals later on in the year. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Senior Boys results: 1st Ryan Williams; 2nd Andrei Popovici; 3rd Ashton Philo; 4th Haynes Taylor; 6th Euan Grigor; 7th Luke Mercieca; 19th Oliver Lawrence; 22nd Mervin Umali.

 1 April

College Sport App

The new College Sport App is an excellent way for students, coaches and supporters to keep up to date with all fixtures, results, cancellations, and venue changes throughout the season.

You can customise the App to get the details of the sports you play and watch.

Download from the App Store by searching for ‘College Sport Auckland’.


  • Year 10 student, Luca Waring (pictured right) competed for the first time in the NZ National Spearfishing Championships in the Junior section, held at Ruakaka in January this year. Luca was awarded The Wilkinsons Sports Trophy for Most Meritorious Catch and the Committee’s Choice Cup by the New Zealand Underwater Association.
  • Jintao Xie won a Gold medal for the Under 74kg male category at the Taekwondo NZ Open.
Luca Waring Spearfishing Champ1
  • Sam and Blake Readman and Kade Scheib represented Red Beach Surf Lifesaving Club at the National Lifesaving Championships in Ohope, at which 1300 athletes competed. The surf was challenging and increased over the 4 days.  Sam attained 1 gold in the board relay, a silver in the sprint relay and after getting through 3 rounds won silver in the ski race. After placing 1st and 2nd in the heat and semi for the ironman race it was cancelled on the final day due to extreme surf conditions.  Blake competed in the under 16 age group and showed awesome board skills to make 2 finals. The weekend prior he also competed at the Canterbury junior champs and came home with 2 gold and 2 silver in the swim and board races. Kade Scheib earned a silver medal in the sprint relay.
Sam Readman

Good Luck to:

  • Our Premier Tennis team who play Auckland Grammar School at 10.15am on 2 April at Auckland Grammar
  • Our Senior A2 Tennis team who play St Kentigern School at 8.15am on 2 April at WBHS
  • Our Senior A3 Tennis team who play Selwyn College at 8.15am on 2 April at Selwyn College
  • Our Water Polo team who play Auckland Grammar School at 5.40pm on 1 April at Diocesan

WBHS Distance Running Quiz Night

7.30pm, 8 April

Please join us for 2017 African Distance Running Tour Fundraiser on Friday 8 April in the Westlake Boys’ High School Auditorium.  Doors open 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start.  Tickets available at the door $25.00 per person.

Enquiries to Ruth Brash: [email protected]

Quiz Night

If you have information and/or photos which you feel may be included in a future newsletter, please contact the Headmaster’s EA, Mrs Sandra White:  [email protected]