Headmasters Newsletter 10 June


Dear Parents and Guardians

Thank you to those of you who voted in the recent Board of Trustees elections. The results are below.

Well done to the 300 students who I saw earlier this week following the recent internal examinations. These students were nominated by their teachers for doing particularly well in an individual subject (based on effort, progress or attainment). Their names and the subject that they achieved success in, are listed here.

Congratulations to our cross country runners who cleaned up at the Auckland Schools Championships yesterday. We won 7 of the 9 gold medals available in the individual and teams events. In the other two events we won silver medals. This was an incredible achievement from the team led by Mr Strydom.

Finally, next Thursday is our Parents Evening for Year 11 students.  This is held in the Auditorium on Thursday 16th June 2016 between 5.30 and 8.30 p.m.  You can now go online to book interview times with teachers. Please use the following procedure:

  • Go to schoolinterviews.co.nz
  • Enter event code up2r4 and press Go
  • Follow these three steps:
    1. Enter your details and press Go
    2. Choose teachers and press Go
    3. Choose times and press Go
  • Print the list of bookings for your records

Have a lovely weekend.

David Ferguson

Board of Trustee Elections

Thank you to the nine candidates who were nominated as a member of the Westlake Boys’ High School Board of Trustees.  We were extremely fortunate to have such a high calibre of candidates.  The results of the election are as follows:

Melinda Bennett 166
Suzanne Donovan-Skeens 149
Philip Harkness 100
Eric Yuan Liu 125
Sean Meng 105
Andrew Nell 87
Andrew Nicoll 205
Darryl Roycroft 97
Chris Simcock 166
Invalid votes 22
I hereby declare the following duly elected:

  • Andrew Nicoll
  • Melinda Bennett
  • Chris Simcock

Daphne Kent
Returning Officer

Korean Education Centre Donation

This morning we welcomed Yoomi Won, Director of the Korean Education Centre to our assembly.  Mrs Won presented a donation to the value of approximately $1000 to our school of DVD movies and a large set of educational resources about Korea.  Year 12 student, Kevin Shin (MU01), delivered an appreciation speech in both Korean and English.

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The Korean Education Centre is a non-profit organisation representing the Korean Ministry of Education and is affiliated with the Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Auckland.  Since the centre was established in 2012, they have been promoting and supporting the Korean language and culture to a wide range of groups in New Zealand.

Debating Nationals

At the Auckland Regional Debating Championships earlier in the year, Ford Gooch was selected for the Auckland Blue regional team and Sam Baker was named as a reserve for both Auckland teams.  Having two Westlake students selected for the Auckland teams is an exceptional achievement ranking them in the top 10 debaters in the city.   Both students travelled to Wellington on Friday 27 May to compete in the Debating national tournament at parliament.

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The level of competition at Nationals was high, with many decisions going down to a 2-1 split panel decision. Auckland Blue missed out on the Top 4 teams by just 11 speaker points, but it was a great result nonetheless. Congratulations to the overall winners of the tournament Wellington Gold.  Pictured are Ford and Sam with the Auckland Blue team along with their coaches – one of them Westlaker, James Rankin.

Travel and Tourism Trip

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Westlake’s Form 7 Travel and Tourism class, led by long-serving staff member and Westlaker, Mr Peter Rea, spent Wednesday at the International Tourism College to explore and experience the New Zealand adventure tourism industry first hand. The day consisted of theory, practical experience and examinations on “how to lead an adventure group” for which the students gained valuable NCEA credits.
To put their adventure tourism skills into practice, the group travelled to the Auckland Harbour Bridge the following day, where they were guests of renowned Westlaker AJ Hackett’s Auckland Harbour Bridge Bungy and Bridge Climb operations. The Auckland Harbour Bridge Bungy traces its roots back to 1987 when the activity was still “not technically legal” and Westlaker AJ Hackett first jumped off the Auckland Harbour Bridge. He was promptly arrested and detained by the maritime Police but was happily released only hours later. Needless to say, this particular escapade didn’t put too much of a bump in his, reputedly lively (!), stride. Mr Rea, who clearly takes his teaching responsibilities very seriously, followed in the footsteps of fellow Westlaker AJ Hackett and bungy-jumped off the Harbour Bridge as well!

Anybody interested in the Auckland Harbour Bridge Bungy or Bridge Climb experiences can find out more at this link. Westlaker AJ Hackett is involved with bungy and adventure tourism operations in Australia, Russia, China, France and Singapore. See the AJ Hackett International website here .


2016 Burger Battle – Year 10 Food Technology

Westlake Boys Year 10 Food Technology students have been cooking up a storm with What’s Your Flavour Burger Battle held on Friday, 3 June 2016. The first annual cook-off tasked students with designing and creating a healthy burger dish with a cultural twist.
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Heats had been held over the past couple of weeks with over 150 students competing in teams against one another. Lucas Rawlings, Eugene Imai, James Ahn and Eric Phuong wanted to take the judges on a flavour tour of Thailand in Fridays grand finale, and with an overall score of 355 out of 400, they delivered.

On their grand final win, Lucas, full of smiles said: “I think it’s the best burger we’ve cooked so far and we’ve improved every time and we did it together as a team which makes it more special than anything else.”

Battling for the title and Subway voucher, each team had to plate up a burger dish for judging by Grant Kitchen (head chef of Le Chef and NZ Culinary judge), Jason Rutherford (owner of Subway Smales Farm and airport), Sam Sutherland (2014 MKR contestant and food blogger), and Mrs Sue Maddren (Home chef).

It was a great moment for teams as they entered their food technology classroom to see 4 esteemed guest judges and the food technology teachers waiting for them. Although the nerves where high for all the contestants, they needn’t have worried as the judges had nothing but praise when the burgers hit the table.

Team Thailand’s food technology teacher, Miss Shoobert felt incredibly proud of her winning students and said this win was well deserved. During heats and the final this team has showed incredible teamwork, and at times individuals showing great flair and passion.

James Ahn came up with the original Thai patty flavour which included traditional Thai ingredients such as Kaffir Lime leaves, coriander, chilli flakes and lemon grass and after much tasting and evaluating, sauces and toppings where added to compliment the burger. The delicious sriracha mayonnaise sauce certainly was a hit amongst the judges. Eugen and Lucas demonstrated strong knife skills and Lucas demonstrated calm and effective leadership throughout and held his nerves when under pressure during the final plating up. 2016 Burger Battle
All contestants involved throughout have shown great skill, and there is little doubt that we have master chefs at our school in the making!

2016 Asian and Oceanian Sailor – Robbie McCutcheon

Westlake Boys 4th Form student Robbie McCutcheon, represented New Zealand at the 2016 Asian and Oceanian Championships held in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka from 28th May to 5th June.The race attracted 120 sailors from 15 countries and was sailed in a stunning setting off the beach in the vicinity of the Cinnamon Blu Hotel.

Robbie had a great regatta, finishing 13th overall (number one New Zealander) and third in the Oceania Championships.

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Big Sing Preview Concert, Monday 13 June, 7.00pm, Westlake Boys Auditorium

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What: Big Sing Preview Concert
When: Monday 13 June, 7.00pm
Where: Westlake Boys Auditorium
Entry: FreeThe 2016 Big Sing Regional heats, featuring the award winning choirs from Westlake Boys and Westlake Girls Schools, are fast approaching.  To give you a taste of what’s in store in the regional competition, you are invited to come along to the free Big Sing Preview Concert, held in the Westlake Boys Auditorium on Monday 13th June at 7.00pm – the eve of the Big Sing Regional Competition.
The Westlake Boys and Westlake Girls choirs include:

  • En Masse – Westlake Girls’ massed choir
  • Momentum -Westlake Boys’ junior choir
  • Nota Bella – Westlake Girls’ junior choir
  • Voicemale – Westlake Boys’ senior choir
  • Cantare – Westlake Girls’ senior choir
  • Choralation – combined Westlake Girls and Boys premier choir

All groups will perform their short Big Sing regional programmes.  All Westlake parents, students and the wider Westlake community are invited to come along to enjoy an evening of uplifting and entertaining music

The Big Sing Regional Competition runs from 14-16 June in the Auckland Town Hall. Tickets for the evening gala concerts on each of those nights are available from Ticketmaster or by phoning 0800 111 999. Prices $19 – $23. Click here for the Big Sing Auckland timetable.

Academic Council Quiz Night Friday 17 June 2016, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

The Westlake Boys’ High School Academic Council invites members of the Westlake community to a quiz night at 7:00pm on Friday 17 June in the Staffroom. Funds raised during the evening will be used to support senior students who may experience difficulty meeting expenses to attend our holiday tutorial programme later this year.

Great Prizes to be won for highest scoring as well as most uniquely themed table, also bring cash for a raffle. Light snacks will be available on the night.

Tickets are $10.00, sold at the uniform shop.

Conservation Expedition to Fiji in July 2017

I would like to announce an extremely exciting opportunity for your son to be part of an International Conservation Expedition to Fiji in July 2017.

We will be spending one week Scuba diving at the marine site in Natewa Bay Research Centre and one week living in The Natwea National Park, in the beautiful native Forest. The boys will be working alongside scientists, research, PhD and university students from all over the world. They will also undertake a Jungle skills course and learn how to scuba dive. Fiji
This trip is open to any boys who are currently in years 10, 11 and 12 whom have an interest in Scuba diving, Biology, Conservation or simply experiencing different cultures. It will be especially suited to any students studying Biology, however they do not have to study Biology to attend this trip. If you have an interest in scuba diving or if you want to learn to scuba dive, then this trip would also be perfect for you. There will be a Parent information evening at school on Tuesday 14th June at 6.15pm in the main Staff Room. Please come along to find out more.  If you are interested, then please read more on the information letter here, or  contact Miss Jihan El-Labany [email protected] for further details.

2016 Father Son Breakfast

When: Thursday 7th July 2016 (last week of term 2)

Time: 6.45 am

Where: Westlake Boys’ High School Auditorium

Tickets: $25 per person from the Uniform Shop – click here to download the ticket order form

Guest Speaker: All Blacks Manager Darren Shand

All students and their fathers, grandfathers and/or male role models are invited to attend the 2016 Father Son Breakfast.

The Westlake Boys Annual Father Son Breakfast event offers dads and sons an opportunity to spend some quality time together.

About Darren Shand

Hawke’s Bay-born Darren Shand, ‘Shandy’, took on the role of All Blacks Manager in 2004 after a four year, very successful stint with the Crusaders. For over a decade he’s played an instrumental role in the All Blacks management team, overseeing many notable All Blacks achievements, recognised in 2014 when he was appointed as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Read more about Darren here.

Tickets to the Father Son Breakfast are on sale at the Uniform Shop in Student Services until Tuesday 5th July, 1.30pm unless sold out prior. Tickets are $25 per person payable by cash/Eftpos/Visa or MasterCard. 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. click here to download the ticket order form

Darren Shand
Remember that the Mother Son Breakfast earlier this year was a sell-out, so best get in quickly to avoid disappointment!

If you have any queries regarding this event please contact the Event Manager Christine O’Dowd on 410 8667 ext 786 or [email protected]  

Westlake Production “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” 26-30 July 2016

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What: A Midsummer Night’s Dream
When: 26-30 July, 7.30pm – plus one Matinee on Saturday 30 July at 2.30pm (first week in Term 3)
Where: Westlake Boys Auditorium
Tickets: Adult $20; Student/Child $15; Family $50 – click here to order your tickets now!
In 2016 the world celebrates the 400th anniversary of the passing of arguably the greatest dramatic writer who ever lived: William Shakespeare. Westlake Boys’ and Westlake Girls’ have therefore combined once again to bring you William Shakespeare’s most popular and enduring comedy: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.This “…Dream”, however, will be quite different, as the production will incorporate both Physical Theatre and Tikanga/Te Ao Māori, to bring audiences a version of the play that is youthful, vital, energetic, playful and truly bicultural.   Unusually, the production will be played with the audience on three sides, partly simulating the experience of Shakespeare’s original Globe Theatre. Furthermore, the first row of each of the three audience tiers will be “Rumpus Zones”, allowing audience members close contact with the actors, as if they were groundlings at the Globe Theatre.The production is brought to you by the same students and creatives who staged the thought-provoking and multi-award winning “Assassins”, by Stephen Sondheim, in 2015.

Click here to order your tickets now!

Major Diary Dates:

13th June PTA Meeting, 7.00pm, PTA Conference Room, Gymnasium
16th June Year 11 Parents’ Evening (5.30pm – 8.30pm)
22nd June Board of Trustees Meeting, 5.00pm, Boardroom
23rd June Year 10 Parents’ Evening (5.30pm – 8.30pm)
27th June Westlake’s Got Talent Final
29th June WBHS/WGHS Careers Evening, WBHS Auditorium 6.30pm
1st July Westlakers Recent Leavers Reunion, 7.00pm, PTA Conference Room
4th and 5th July Tauranga Boys’ College Winter Sports Exchange – Tauranga
6th July Late Start PD (students arrive 10.55am)
6th July 2016 Westlakers London Reunion
7th July Father Son Breakfast, 6.45am, Auditorium
8th July Chinese Evening, End Term 2
5th August Grandparents’ Day
12th August Westlakers Annual Reunion, 5.30pm, Gymnasium

Westlake Sport  

Westlake Boys Auckland Cross Country Champions

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The Westlake Cross Country Team had a very successful day at the Auckland Secondary School Cross Country Championships on Thursday 9th June in Pukekohe. The team of 55 boys won seven of the nine Auckland Titles on offer over a tough hilly course in windy conditions.

In the Junior grade the team won both the three and six person team titles with six runners finishing in the top thirteen. Jude Darby finished runner-up over the 4km course with Blair Hill 4th and JJ Weston in 6th place. They were well supported by Matt Gould 9th, Ben Lewis 10th and Arsh Kazi in 13th spot.

In the Intermediate grade over 4km, Murdoch McIntyre finished first leading the team to a three and six person team victory. With 115 runners in the race, the Westlake team had six runners in the top 16. Murdoch was well supported by David Moore 3rd, Jesper Bengtsson 9th, Josh Spraggon 12th, Nikola Sovljanski 14th and Daniel Robertson 16th.

Racing against the very best in Auckland, the Senior Boys won the three person title. Dan Hoy won the Senior grade 6km race with teammate Joseph Clark runner-up and Bradley Hall finishing 5th. Strong performances from Euan Grigor 16th, Oliver Heal 19th and Oscar England 23rd led to a second place finish for the six person team.

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The excellent results are a testament to the hard work and dedication of all students and staff involved with Cross Country at Westlake. Westlake Boys would like to congratulate all boys on their astonishing achievement and especially Mr Strydom, Ms Booth and Mrs Shoobert, who dedicate many of their hours to the Cross Country and Distance Running programmes. The team look forward to continue their successes in the upcoming New Zealand Cross Country Championships in Rotorua on the 18th June.

Junior Boys – Three Person Team first and Six Person Team first

Jude Darby runner-up, Blair Hill 4th, JJ Weston 6th, Matt Gould 9th, Ben Lewis 10th and Arsh Kazi 13th

Intermediate Boys – Three Person Team first and Six Person Team first

Murdoch McIntyre 1st, David Moore 3rd, Jesper Bengtsson 9th, Josh Spraggon 12th, Nikola Sovljanski 14th and
Daniel Robertson 16th

Senior Boys – Three Person Team 1st & Six Person Team 2nd

Dan Hoy 1st, Joseph Clark runner-up, Bradley Hall 5th, Euan Grigor 16th, Oliver Heal 19th and Oscar England 23rd

Premier Basketball Results 3 June

On Friday night Westlake Boys Premier Basketball team played its second home game of the season, against Liston College. Westlake got off to a quick start behind some thunderous dunks from big man Thabo Manyere and some easy baskets in the paint from our guards, Marc Malingin and Josh Hidalgo. Defensively the team were rebounding well and able to push the ball up the floor and were up 27 -12 at the first break. June
Westlake continued the second period as they had finished the first, with Scott Telfer scoring both sides of the break. During the second quarter behind some great rebounding from everyone on the floor, especially Lucas Mennenga (12 rebounds), Telfer (11) and Manyere (10), Westlake managed to push its lead out to 30 points at the half, leading 56 – 26.

Liston came out of the changing room after halftime firing on all cylinders, and Westlake did not match their intensity and effort to begin the third quarter. Liston drove inside on offense and forced Westlake into some costly turnovers on the defensive end and they started the quarter on a 14 – 7 run. Coach Campbell called a timeout to try and refocus the Westlake Boys team. It did the trick and Westlake managed to get the momentum back to end the quarter behind some great effort plays on both ends, dominating the boards once again and looking after the ball. After a big scare in the third quarter Westlake was still in the lead at 79 – 46.

Westlake continued the effort from the end of the third quarter into the fourth quarter. Liston kept playing hard. The combination of players Westlake used in the final quarter of Greg Vukets, Luke Day, Scott Telfer, James Moors, Lucas Mennenga and Ethan Martin, used their length to dominate the boards and make it tough for Liston to get inside the paint. When the final whistle blew, Westlake had managed a 101 – 60 win over a very spirited Liston team.

Scott Telfer had a very effective game, showing lots of effort on the floor collecting a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Thabo Manyere also managed a double-double, with 11 points and 10 rebounds. James Moors had great all-around game, top scoring with 16 points, grabbing 7 rebounds and 5 steals. Greg Vukets scored 15 points to go with 4 assists and 4 steals. Lucas Mennenga did an awesome job on the boards pulling in 12 rebounds and scoring 7 points.

Rugby Results 4 June

By Trey Tupu-South – photos Ollie Jones

Week after week, Westlake’s Inisi brothers have managed to bring their team’s efforts to fruition. The sixth round of 1st XV competition saw a similar fate on Saturday, as the two sealed Westlake’s 24-12 victory over Massey by scoring one try each late into the second half. Despite the dismay of the home crowd, nobody could walk away disappointed with the picture-perfect setting of the game, or the nail-biting and fast-paced play which ensued.

Truly a thrilling match, made up of two halves, which Massey dominated the first. Their bigger and stronger players commanded control from the outset, making the bigger impacts on both offence and defence. The Massey  No. 7 and captain Nathan Vaatausili set the game in motion with a try within the first ten minutes of the game, shocking ‘Lake supporters’ and forcing them to brace for a potential first loss of the season.

Although as the game continued, Westlake exhibited a high level of vigilance in the face of Massey’s merciless pressure, holding the team to just one more try, scored by No. 10 Nikau Drage, who stepped and swerved his way through the Westlake defence to score and extend his team’s tally to 12-0. Nikau Drage also demonstrated great ability during a kicking exchange with his opposition No.10 Cooper Green, which lasted the first half, with each player performing banana kicks, grubbers, punts, and exhibiting an amazing competence with their kicking. IMG_9268
It was Cooper’s kicking which saw Massey pinned within their 22 towards the end of the first half. Massey’s half-back Miracle Naititi attempted to punt his team’s way out of this unfamiliar territory, but his box-kick off from the ruck was well anticipated by Westlake’s No. 6 Lotu Inisi, who swatted the ball down for his brother No.12 Fine Inisi to recover and score the team’s first try of the game. Despite Massey’s dominant performance during the first half, this try and a successful conversion, saw Westlake behind by just 12-7 heading into the second half.
As the second half commenced the crowd observed a turn of events. A rejuvenated Westlake team entered the pitch with every player radiating a new sense of strength. Lock Blake Houghton began Westlake’s second half assault by securing their team’s kick off to place Westlake on the front foot. Deciding not to kick for goal when given penalty opportunities, their persistence eventually paid off as Blake Houghton pushed over in the left hand corner, equalizing the score. Blake remained pivotal throughout the second half at the break down area, as well as on the run, demonstrating great agility for a lock. IMG_9309
Despite Massey’s backline making some punishing tackles, they were unable to remain tight against the running strength of the Inisi brothers who eventually scored one try each and secured Westlake’s 24-12 victory late in the second half.

A great day for our First XV, coming from behind to beat a robust Massey side (24-12). Highlights from the 1st XV match against Massey High School can be seen in the link below, courtesy of Sky Sport NZ:https://www.facebook.com/skysportnz/videos/1036605273075804/

1A Points:  Westlake 28, Rosmini 23, Massey 20, Whangarei 13, Rangitoto 13, Takapuna 8, Orewa 8

Other Rugby results here…

Football Results 4 June

Westlake edged by Grammar in Dramatic Match

In a game that was literally decided with the last kick of the match, Westlake lost in heartbreaking fashion to traditional rivals Auckland Grammar School. In a game that could be crucial to both team’s chances of qualifying for the top tier of the Secondary Schools National Tournament, Westlake were desperately unlucky to end up empty handed.

Both teams took a while to settle and the first quarter of the game saw little in the way of flowing football or scoring opportunities.  On the half hour mark Westlake seemed to come to life and enjoyed an extended period of dominance as their passing and movement asked questions of the home team’s defence. Matt Conroy’s pace saw him find space on the right and when his cross found Drew Farnsworth only a desperate block from an opposition defender, followed by their keeper, kept the game scoreless. Farnsworth then combined cleverly with Conroy to get through on goal, his shot beat the keeper but unfortunately also the far post.  Westlake were then desperately unlucky not to take the lead when View Rungpao’s speculative shot rebounded off the bar with Grammar’s custodian stranded. The home team were defending desperately and Conroy again had a sight of goal but couldn’t find the power needed to finish. The half time whistle came to Grammar’s rescue as Westlake continued to look likely to make the break-through they deserved.

The second half began in a similar vein to the first as both teams refused to give an inch. It was Westlake who finally got the upper hand in the 66th minute. Left back Clarke Foulds overlapped and whipped a cross into the opposition box. Rungpao’s challenge caused the keeper to fumble the ball and Conroy took the chance to volley powerfully home. Westlake should have doubled their lead four minutes later when the Farnsworth forced a mistake before passing to the surging Lough who flashed his shot wide with only the keeper to beat.

Westlake were soon to regret that miss when they suffered a double blow as they were reduced to 10 men, with the dismissal of defensive midfielder Jack Pirie, and then conceded a scrappy goal after failing to deal with a free kick crossed to the far post.  Grammar now sensed an opportunity for a win and pushed forward in search of another goal. This arrived m another set piece as Westlake again struggled to clear their lines from a corner and the ball was bundled in from close range. Westlake were rocked but dug deep to find an opportunity to level the match time up on the clock. Conroy used his and pace to beat two defenders and was scythed down as he was about to shoot from 12 yards. Captain Greg Nimmo accepted the responsibility but his spot kick was well saved by the Grammar keeper and the referee whistled for full time. Westlake’s next match is a Premier league fixture against Sacred Heart College, Friday 10th June, 7pm kick off.

Team: Bradley Williams, Greg Nimmo (C) , Clarke Foulds,  Harrisson Piper, Daniel Lough, View Rungpao, Bronson Kelly, Matt Conroy, Drew Farnsworth, Jack Pirie, Trent Baker. Subs: Tyrone Stretton, Joe Benbow, Abdul Al-Majmuei and Daniel Mitten.

AGS 2 vs WBHS 1, Premier League 4/6/16, Goal: M. Conroy (66th)

Westlake Boys Premier Rugby League vs Avondale College

The Westlake Boys Premier Rugby League team pulled off a comeback draw against Avondale College in their first match of the CRL competition championship round.  Westlake began poorly allowing Avondale to race out to a 12-0 lead but when Westlake eventually composed themselves, the team scored three tries in the first half to take a 16-12 lead into the break. Avondale started the second half strongly and scored two more tries to skip to a 28-16 lead. Westlake fought back with two late tries to earn a 28 all draw.

The result was a fair reflection of what was an intense and exciting game which neither side deserved to lose. Westlake now play Kelston Boys High School next Wednesday at home in a must win encounter. Standout performers for the team were Lotu and Fine Inisi as well as Christian Ma’anaima.

Hockey Results 8 June

Westlake Boys 1st XI vs Kristin School 1st XI

The Westlake 1st XI faced a strong Kristin School team in another touch match for third/fourth spot in the Harbour Hockey finals on Wednesday.  Westlake started the first half on the front foot but could not manage to convert the pressure into goals.  Kristin, however, scored early on in the game and Westlake responded well through Cameron Jones Moore, levelling the score before half time.

Several Westlake errors in the second half led to Kristin scoring two more goals but Westlake battled hard and finally got a second break through from Craig Templeton closing the gap. Charl Urlich grabbed the equaliser with 2 minutes to spare resulting in shootouts which went Kristin’s way.

Other Hockey results here…

Cycling Update

Our Cycling programme continues to go from strength to strength and some promising results have been posted recently. The Auckland Team Time Trials started last weekend at Pukekohe and Westlake produced the following results:

Third in Auckland for the Senior Boys – Eamonn Jack, Blake Sunde, Chris Thomas, Reuben Soares and Finn Buckeridge.

Fourth in Auckland for the Junior boys A – Nick Thomas, Blake Scanlen, Ewart Bower and Daniel Maddren.

Well done to all involved and thank you to our dedicated coaches, staff and parents. The second installment (of 7) of the Time Trial Series takes place this Sunday – good luck to all involved.

June 2016


  • Sean Yang (Year 12) enjoyed sharing classical music with a full house at Elmwood Retirement Village in South Auckland on 15 May in a very memorable and well received performance. Sean performed Beethoven: Sonata in Bb (1st mov) Allegro con brio, Chopin; Polonaise in C minor and Rachmaninov: Prelude in Bb  Sean has had success in numerous competitions including Tauranga, North Shore and the National Schools’ Chamber Music Competition.an
  • Congratulations to Alex Jarrold who attended the Australian Trampoline Nationals last week, placing 9th on trampoline and 7th on Double Mini overall. Well done.
Sean Piano Recital

Good Luck to:

  • Our 1st XV who play Takapuna Grammar School at 12.00pm on 11 June at WBHS 1
  • Our 2nd XV who play Mahurangi College 1st XV at 12.00pm on 11 June at WBHS 2
  • Our 3rd XV who play Birkenhead College 2nd XV at 9.30am on 11 June at WBHS 1
  • Our 4th XV who play Rangitoto College 3rd XV at 9.30am on 11 June at Rangitoto College 3
  • Our Premier Basketball team who play Rosmini College at 7.30pm on 10 June at Rosmini College and Auckland Grammar School at 7.30pm on 13 June at WBHS 1
  • Our 1st XI Football team who play Sacred Heart College 1st XI at 7.00pm on 10 June at NH Stadium Artificial
  • Our 2nd XI Football team who play Sacred Heart College 2nd XI at 9.45am on 11 June at WBHS Turf
  • Our 3rd XI Football team who play Long Bay College 3rd XI at 10.00am on 11 June at WGHS 2
  • Our 1st XI Hockey team who play Rosmini College 1st XI at 5.10pm on 15 June at Harbour 1
  • Our 2nd XI Hockey team who play Sacred Heart College at 6.20pm on 15 June at Harbour 2
  • Our Premier Rugby League team who play Kelston Boys’ High School at 4.00pm on 15 June at WBHS 1
  • Our Premier Squash team (1) who play Auckland Grammar 1 at 4.15pm on 10 June at AGS 1-2
  • Our Premier Squash team (2) who play Pukekohe High School at 4.15pm on 10 June at Eden Epsom Sq 1-2
  • Our musicians competing in the Chamber Music Auckland Heats
  • Our footballers who are competing in the Under 15 Hillsdene Football tournament
  • All students competing in the Auckland Snowsports Competition at Snowplanet on 13 June
  • All students competing in the Nga Manu Korero Ki Waitemata Regionals at Ngati Whatua Marae on 16 June

Westlakers News 

Westlakers are holding reunions in Auckland and London over the next few months and we need your assistance to help us spread the word. If you know of any former students, staff or families of Westlake Boys who are currently living in or around London, please forward this email to them and ask them to register for the London Reunion. For more information on all Westlakers Reunions, please read on. We appreciate your help.

Westlakers Committee

The dedicated Westlakers Committee is: Richard Stevens, Lester de Vere, Andrew Howson, Brady Arblaster, Anson Davies, Dale Gooding, Jeff Knight, Sam Viskovich, Gavin Roberts and Jimmy O’Brien. If you’d like to be part of the team and help us spread the good news to Westlakers around the globe, please come along to the AGM on 13 July, details below.      

2016 Westlakers Recent Leavers Reunion

Friday 1 July 2016, 7.00pm-9.00pm Westlake Boys Gymnasium

Westlakers, if you’ve left school within the past 6 years or so, it would be great to see you back at Westlake to catch up with your mates and teachers at the 2016 Westlakers Recent Leavers Reunion, held upstairs in the PTA Conference Room in the new Gymnasium. Westlakers Recent Leavers 2016 - new
Your first drink is on us and we’ll have some tasty sausages sizzling on the BBQ. Wear your Westlake colours in support for the Premier Basketball Team, who are playing MAGS at home on the evening. Click here to register NOW!

2016 Westlakers London Reunion

Wednesday 6 July, 6.30pm-9.30pm – The Pepys Riverside Bar, Stew Lane, London EC4V3PT

UK Westlakers, save the date!

Westlakers are gathering again in London – this year’s London Reunion has moved back to one of our old favourites, The Pepys Riverside Bar and Dining (formerly The Samuel Pepys) on Wednesday 6th July for another opportunity to catch up with your schoolmates for a few beers.

The evening will be hosted by Westlake Boys Headmaster, David Ferguson. Tickets just £15 available online. Tell your mates to lock in the date and click here to register and purchase your ticket on Eventbrite NOW!

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2016 Westlakers Annual Reunion – New Venue!

Friday 12 August, 5.30pm-9.00pm – Westlake Boys Gymnasium

Join us after work in the recently opened $5 million Westlake Boys High School Gymnasium.

  • Catchup with your mates and former teachers
  • School tours (5.30pm-6.00pm), including the new fitness centre, artificial turf, honours boards and our world class Auditorium
  • Storytelling of “tall tales and true”
2016 Westlakers Annual Reunion
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Mobile Phone Appeal

Did you know that after rainfall 69% of NZ’s rivers are deemed unsafe for swimming due to contamination?

The Mobile Phone Appeal is now supporting the Sustainable Coastlines charity. This means that it’s time again to rummage through your drawers and cupboards and bring to school any unwanted / broken phones that you may have. Phones collected help our school gain valuable rewards and the environment benefits as well by keeping our landfills free of mobile phones and their array of hazardous toxic substances. Please drop any unwanted mobile phones you may have into the box outside Mr Hall’s office in Student Services. We believe that the future of our beautiful coastline and waterways can only be secured if we all work together. Mobile Phone Appeal

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]