Tickets are now on sale for our popular Graduation Dinner where we celebrate students completing their final year of secondary education at Westlake Boys High School.
The event provides an opportunity to farewell departing students and to wish them well for their futures as Westlakers. The evening’s proceedings will include a formal graduation ceremony, a valedictory address, an entertaining speaker and opportunities for photographs. We are delighted that Duncan Garner, a former Westlake student and New Zealand radio and television host, will be our guest speaker.
A full buffet meal will be served and a cash bar will be available. Due to liquor licensing requirements, students must be 18 years or over and produce valid ID in order to purchase an alcoholic drink. We will be following the Ministry of Health guidelines on intoxication, which means any person who is intoxicated will not be served alcohol and may be required to leave the premises.
The dress code is semi-formal i.e. collared long-sleeve shirts and dress trousers are expected, jackets and ties are optional, jeans, casual shirts and sports shoes are not appropriate.
Tickets are available online via the Tickets tab on the school website https://nz.patronbase.com/_Westlake/Productions or from the Uniform Shop until Friday 24th November (unless sold out prior). All boys need to be accompanied by at least ONE parent/guardian, unless special permission has been granted by the Headmaster. Due to the high demand on tickets there will be a limit of three per family. We recommend that you purchase your tickets now to avoid disappointment.
If you haven’t made your seating request, please fill out the online form: http://tinyurl.com/2017gradseats
We will do our best to meet seating requests, but they cannot be guaranteed.
Queries to Liz Peters, [email protected]
2017 Westlake Boys Sports Awards Dinner, Friday 3 November 2017
On Friday 3 November, we held our annual Sports Awards Dinner and shared our many outstanding student achievements with 450 parents, guests, and staff in the Auditorium. Guest speaker Joe Sullivan spoke about the highlights from his distinguished careers in Rowing and Sailing. He also discussed many of the attributes and traits that he believes are essential to success in any field, this was an insightful and inspiring speech from someone who has won both an Olympic Gold Medal and the America’s Cup in recent years.
The night was filled with many accolades in all of our sports (75 trophies were given away on the evening) as well as close to 50 Year 13 students who received their Colour’s Awards. Colour’s Awards are now given exclusively to Year 13 as a commemorative coin, to acknowledge the loyalty, service and positive contribution they have made to their respective Premier teams.
The winners of our Special Awards on the evening were:
- Bev Russell Award for Top Student Coach – Cain Nutall
- Brett Hart Trophy for Team of the Year – Senior Cross Country (Joe Clark, Murdoch McIntyre, David Moore, Stuart Hofmeyr, Zach Keenan and Daniel Robertson)
- Alf Butt Trophy for True Sportsmanship – Reuben Fitzgerald
- Colin Pascoe Cup for Outstanding Attitude and Sportsmanship – Jason Churches
- Simon Bryan Awards for Outstanding Achievement – Connor Bell and Finn Kennard-Campbell
- Arblaster Cup for Sportsman of the Year – Oscar Guo
Our Staff Recognition Awards for Coaching/Managing went to:
- Andrew Clarke – Cycling
- Christel Labuschagne – Touch, Rugby and Rugby League
- Ryan Scivier – Cricket and Football
- Ashley James – Rugby and Sevens
- Marilyn Thorpe – Badminton
The night was capped off by each attendee receiving a booklet that highlighted the sporting year in full. A fantastic keepsake for all students that have played Premier sport in 2017. If you are keen to get a copy, please contact [email protected]estlake.school.nz
Our sporting highlights video for year (made by Tracey McKay) can be seen by clicking on the link below:
Our event photographers, Tracey McKay and Year 12 photography students, Shaun Lee and Do Yeong Kim did a great job of capturing photographs of our award winners, students, families, staff and guests. You can view them via this link https://flic.kr/s/aHsmaDnvYN
Particular thanks go to Deb Hodge and Liz Peters for their outstanding planning and preparation in the lead up to the event.
The WBHS Holiday Revision Program will be running again this year from 2nd October to the 12th October.
Students will need to complete a Course Selection Form and take this to the Uniform Shop in Student Services, where bookings and payments will be made. Payments can be made by cash, Fftpos, credit or student ID if credit has been loaded onto the shop account on My Monitor at http://bit.ly/wbhsmym or through our Start Page.
Each session costs $20 and is 90 minutes long. Sessions start at 9:00am, 11:00am and 1:00pm.
Please note that payment will not be accepted on the day of the sessions and bookings will close on the last day of Term 3.
Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis and there is a maximum of 15 places in each session. We expect sessions to sell out, so please make sure to book early to avoid disappointment.
If you have and questions or would like to discuss the possibility of financial assistance, please contact Mr. Sean McWilliams.
All Westlakers are welcome to attend the Annual Reunion. With this year being 2017 we will be targeting year groups ending in “7” so leavers from 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997 and 2007 can expect to see several fellow classmates on the evening – especially if they contact a few mates themselves!
Mark Friday 22 September on your calendar and come along after work.
Doors will be open from 6.00pm.
Venue: WBHS Auditorium and Street
Cost is $20 a head and that includes finger food and your first beer or glass of wine.
Please spread the word and encourage your team mates and classmates to attend.
Share the event from the Westlakers Facebook page.
RSVP to Event Manager Liz Peters at [email protected]
The Big Sing Finale will be held in the Aotea Centre from Thursday 24 to Saturday 26 August 2017.
- Admission to sessions: $5 per session, $10 whole day (includes the evening session, but not the Gala concert), $5 for programmes
- Special three day pass including programme: $30
These tickets are available at the venue on the day only.
If you can’t make it to the Aotea Centre, you can still watch our choirs perform, as the entire Finale will once again be live-streamed here: http://jxlive.tv/big-sing/
THE BIG SING FINALE 2017
S1 – 2:00-3:30pm Thu 24 August
1.1 Resolutions Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
1.2 Macleans College Chorale Macleans College
1.3 Chapel Choir of Christ’s College Christ’s College
1.4 Voicemale Westlake Boys High School
1.5 St Margaret’s College Chamber Choir St Margaret’s College
1.6 Takapuna Grammar School Chorale Takapuna Grammar School
S2 – 5:00-6:30pm Thu 24 August
2.1 Menasing Saint Kentigern College
2.2 Dunstanza Senior Girls Dunstan High School
2.3 SOS Rangitoto College
2.4 Cantare Westlake Girls High School
2.5 Divinitus Dilworth School & Diocesan School for Girls
2.6 Paradisum Epsom Girls Grammar School
S3 – 8:00-9:30pm Thu 24 August
3.1 Blue Notes Tawa College
3.2 Cantabile Macleans College
3.3 Euphony Kristin School
3.4 Choralation Westlake Girls and Boys High Schools
3.5 Femme Southland Girls’ High School
3.6 One Tree Hill College Chorale One Tree Hill College
S4 – 11:00-12:15pm Fri 25 August
4.1 The Fundamentals Rangitoto College
4.2 Saints Alive St. Cuthbert’s College
4.3 Con Brio Villa Maria College
4.4 Kentoris Saint Kentigern College
4.5 St Cecilia Singers Diocesan School for Girls
S5 – 1:30-2:35pm Fri 25 August
5.1 Cantala Wellington East Girls’ College
5.2 Dunstanza Senior Girls Dunstan High School
5.3 Macleans College Chorale Macleans College
5.4 St Margaret’s College Chamber Choir St Margaret’s College
5.5 Takapuna Grammar School Chorale Takapuna Grammar School
5.6 Voicemale Westlake Boys High School
S6 – 3:45-5:15pm Fri 25 August
6.1 Cantare Westlake Girls High School
6.2 Resolutions Rangi Ruru Girls’ School
6.3 Chapel Choir of Christ’s College Christ’s College
6.4 SOS Rangitoto College
6.5 Menasing Saint Kentigern College
6.6 Divinitus Dilworth School & Diocesan School for Girls
S7 – 6:30-8:00pm Fri 25 August
7.1 Paradisum Epsom Girls Grammar School
7.2 Blue Notes Tawa College
7.3 Cantabile Macleans College
7.4 Euphony Kristin School
7.5 Choralation Westlake Girls and Boys High Schools
7.6 Femme Southland Girls’ High School
7.7 One Tree Hill College Chorale One Tree Hill College
S8 – 11:00-12:15pm Sat 26 August
8.1 The Fundamentals Rangitoto College
8.2 Saints Alive St. Cuthbert’s College
8.3 Con Brio Villa Maria College
8.4 Kentoris Saint Kentigern College
8.5 St Cecilia Singers Diocesan School for Girls
8.6 Cantala Wellington East Girls’ College
Gala Concert 6:30pm Saturday 26 August
Come and support the team in your Westlake colours.
Face painting will be available.
Kick off is 5.15pm at QBE Stadium. Gates open at 4.45pm
Tickets include the 1st XV final and the North Harbour v Otago Mitre 10 Cup game afterwards.
Tickets are available at the school Uniform Shop at half price: $10 Adults, $5 Child/Students – Cash sales only.
For online ticketing click here.
Use the promo code WESTLAKE for discounted tickets. Booking and credit card fees will apply.
Since 1983, the KBB Music Festival has been showcasing the best in secondary school orchestras, concert bands and stage bands in Auckland. From the small numbers in the original Auckland Secondary Schools Band and Orchestra Festival, the KBB Music Festival has now grown to see over 135 groups taking part from more than 50 schools across the greater Auckland region.
THE 2017 FESTIVAL will be held at the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, from the 14th to the 19th August.
FROM THE CHAIRPERSON
“Now in its 33rd year, the KBB Festival has attracted many of New Zealand’s finest young musicians performing in secondary school orchestras, concert bands, jazz bands and chamber orchestras from within the Auckland region. The skills required to perform in ensembles of this nature require personal dedication and time as well as a developing musical understanding and social responsibility through listening to and working with other musicians and musical directors. The Festival is recognized for the quality of the music that students perform which reflects the commitment of both the students and their teachers. Whether you attend as a performer or as a listener, you will come away invigorated and inspired by the musicianship and exhuberance of all participants.” – Trevor Thwaites
Every year, the Academic Council organises a quiz night to raise money for groups of students within our school community. This year, the Academic Council is raising money to create scholarships for students who have dedicated themselves to helping others with their school work. On the night, teams of 5-10 will answer challenging trivia questions to win a wide range of prizes. With a prize pool exceeding $4600 and a top prize of an iPad mini, kindly donated by Barfoot and Thompson, this is not a night to be missed! Food and drink will be provided, but feel to bring your own snacks and drinks. Tickets are on sale both online here and at the Uniform Shop at $10 a ticket or $90 for a full table of ten.
Tickets for Gala Concert are available from Student Services at Westlake Boys or from the Music Department at Westlake Girls:
Door sales will also be available.
Seating will not be allocated.
A ticket allows admission to both sessions.
Session A: 5.00-6.30pm (Intermediate groups)
Session B: 7.30-9.30pm (Premier groups)
What: “Finding Guyland – The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men”. An evening with international teen parenting expert, author and TED Talk presenter, Michael Kimmel
When: Monday 7th August – Westlake Boys High School
Time: 7.00pm – 8.30pm
Price: $10 per ticket available online at Eventbrite
We are very fortunate to have secured the services of international teen parenting expert, author and TED talk presenter Michael Kimmel. Dr Kimmel authored the Amazon bestselling book “Guyland – The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men”. If you enjoyed Celia Lashlie’s “He’ll Be OK” and you value the principles of the “Good Man Project” that Celia championed, you’ll enjoy the evidence-based advice on “growing good men” that Michael has to offer.
Westlake PTA is kindly hosting this event for all parents in the Westlake community. Please spread the word amongst your friends and families – parents with children at other schools are welcome to come along.
A synopsis of Guyland the book:
“The passage from adolescence to adulthood was once clear. Today, growing up has become more complex and confusing, as young men drift casually through school and beyond—hanging out, partying, playing with tech toys, watching sports. But beneath the appearance of a simple extended boyhood, a more dangerous social world has developed, far away from the traditional signposts and cultural signals that once helped boys navigate their way to manhood—a territory Michael Kimmel has identified as “Guyland.” …. Only by understanding this world and this life stage can we enable young men to chart their own paths, stay true to themselves, and emerge safely from Guyland as responsible and fully formed male adults”.