Headmasters Newsletter 26 August

Dear Parents and families

This week has been a busy week of exams for all of our senior students. I hope that they have gone well for all students and that they will continue to prepare properly for the rest of the exams next week. If your son finishes his exams early next week, my suggestion would be that he makes sure all of his work is up to date before coming back the following week. There are only three weeks of term left after the exams finish and for all of our senior students, their study leave will soon be here again.

Congratulations to all of our musicians on an incredible set of results at last week’s KBB music festival. It is the first time that all four top awards have been won by the same school (although all of our groups do of course have students from Westlake Boys and Westlake Girls).  Our combined choir, Choralation and our boys only choir, Voicemale are currently competing in the National Big Sing finals in Dunedin. Good luck to everyone involved in those finals.

Good luck also to all our teams who are competing in tournament week next week. We have teams representing us in football, hockey, rugby league, rugby, basketball, table tennis and badminton.

Have a lovely weekend

David Ferguson

Westlake Music – Pure Gold!

Our talented musicians celebrated Westlake’s best ever success at the KBB Music Festival last Saturday.

All four Premier Ensembles won Gold Awards AND they made a clean sweep of the coveted Most Outstanding Performance Awards, a unique achievement at the festival, which has been running annually since 1983.  Symphony Orchestra and Concert Band added to the tally with Awards for Best Performance of a New Zealand Work.

More than 4,000 students from schools across the greater Auckland region took part in this year’s festival and the standard of music gets higher every year.  Westlake had fierce competition and there were some memorable performances by groups from many schools.

Westlake Symphony Orchestra and Big Band Awards

Westlake Symphony Orchestra and Big Band Awards


At the end of the competition the top four ensembles in each category perform at two Gala Concerts, before the announcements are made of the overall winners.  Westlake Chamber Orchestra and Westlake Concert Band were thrilled to receive both the top spots at Saturday’s afternoon concert, and it was a huge surprise when Westlake Symphony Orchestra and Westlake Big Band completed the set in the evening.

The junior ensembles also did well, with Camerata and Symphonic Band both receiving Silver Awards and Stage Band and Tahoroto Orchestra receiving Bronze.

Congratulations to all the students and their fabulous music directors for their hours of dedication and hard work, culminating in truly ‘Outstanding’ performances.

Author and Entrepreneurial Scientist, Sam Kean, visits WBHS

By Trey Tupu South – Photos by Jack Hall

His stories have appeared in The American Science and Nature Writing, The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, and Slate publications and featured on “Radiolab”, NPR’s “All Things Considered”.During his speech he touched upon the different aspects featured within his books — national best sellers “The Disappearing Spoon” and “The Violinist’s Thumb” and in a post interview, he affirmed that there is another “under construction at the moment and coming out in the summer of 2017 about the air and gases that we breathe” -a book which is set to astound if his others are anything to go by.

Kean’s profound enthusiasm and willingness to lend his time was not lost on Westlake’s students, who took full advantage of the opportunity by listening intently and asking a lot of questions afterwards. All in all, Kean’s appearance was a great success with every student who was lucky enough to attend.


Debating – Impromptu Cup

Three Westlake Boys’ High School teams competed in the Auckland Impromptu Debating Cup on Saturday 20th August.  In this tough competition, the 40 teams competing from across Auckland only have five minutes to prepare.

Our teams were: Sam Baker and Ford Gooch, Dylan Maynard and Winston Yao, and Lawrence Gao and Logan Rainey with all three teams ending Saturday with 3 wins from 4 debates.  Sam Baker and Ford Gooch went on to the quarterfinals in 7th place.

In the quarterfinal on Sunday at Auckland University, Ford and Sam went up against the 2nd placed and highly rated St Cuthbert’s team, losing in a narrow decision.  While our young men are disappointed, it is noted that they are mostly Year 12 students, competing against very experienced top Year 13 teams from around Auckland.

NCEA & Cambridge Exam Revision Classes: 26th September – 6th October 2016

The Westlake Boys’ High School Holiday Revision Programme will be running again this year from 26th September to the 6th October.  Students are able to view the timetable, booking details and their confirmed bookings by logging on at http://bit.ly/wbhshrp or through the link on our Home Page

Parents can find the timetable at http://bit.ly/wbhshrplist and a course selection form at http://bit.ly/wbhsform

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, eftpos, credit or student ID if credit has been loaded onto the shop account on My Monitor at http://bit.ly/wbhsmym or through our Home Page

NCEA and Cambridge Exam Revision Classes
Each session costs $20 and is 1.5 hours 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 with 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 Miss Jihan El-Labany.

Major Diary Dates:

Monday 22 August – Friday 2 September Senior End of Year Examinations
Monday 29 August – Friday 2 September Winter Tournament Week
Monday 29 August Board of Trustees Meeting
Monday 5 September PTA Meeting, 7.00pm PTA Conference Room, Top Gymnasium,  Course Selection process ends
Wednesday 7 September Closing date for Out of Zone enrolments
Monday 12 September Whanau Hui, WBHS Staffroom
Wednesday 14 September Ballot held
Thursday 15 September Winter Sports Team Photographs
Monday 19 September Senior Reports issued
Friday 23 September Senior Academic Prizegiving, End Term 3, CIE AS & A2 students leave
Monday 10 October Start Term 4, CIE Examinations commence
Friday 21 October CIE IGCSE students leave
Monday 24 October Labour Day – School closed
Friday 4 November NCEA Years 12 & 13 students leave
Wednesday 9 November NCEA Year 11 students leave, NCEA Examinations commence
Monday 14 November Late Start (students arrive at 10.55am)
Friday 18 November CIE Examinations end
Monday 21 – Friday 25 November End of Year Junior Examinations
Friday 2 December Graduation Dinner 7.00pm, NCEA Examinations end
Wednesday 7 December Junior Prizegiving, End Term 4
Friday 9 December Junior Reports Issued

Westlake Sport  

1st XV versus Mt Albert Grammar School 1st XV – Saturday 28 August, 2.30pm

Westlake 1st XV will take on Auckland 1A Champions, Mount Albert Grammar School in a huge clash for the ‘Blues’ title.

Westlake Supporters are encouraged to come along in your candy stripes, make some noise and support the team!

Kick off is 2:30pm at Mt Albert Grammar #1 pitch.


Rugby Results 20 August

  • Our 2nd XV beat Rosmini College 2nd XV 23-12
  • Our 3rd XV lost to Rosmini College 3rd XV 7-17

Full Rugby results here.

Rugby Draw 27 August

  • 1st XV are playing MAGS at Mt Albert Grammar for the Blues spot at National top 4 in Palmerston North
  • 7 Red vs Rosmini at QBE Stadium Field 3 at 9.30am
  • 6A vs Rosmini  at QBE Stadium Field 2 at 9.30am
  • 5A vs Massey High at QBE Stadium Oval 1 at 10.40am
  • 2nd XV vs Mahurangi at QBE Stadium Oval 1 at 12.00pm
  • 6B vs Birkenhead College (B final) at Birkenhead College 10.40am

Football Results 20 August

  • Our 1st XI drew with Macleans College 2-2
  • Our 2nd XI lost to Macleans College 1-2
  • Our 3rd XI lost to Rosmini College 2-5

Full Football results here.

Hockey Results 24 August

WBHS 1st XI versus Rosmini College 1st XI

In the play off for 3rd and 4th place in the Inter City Competition, the final score was 1:1.

The weather was horrible but the hockey not. Both teams created chances in the first half with Rosmini taking the lead with a well finished reverse shot. Westlake adapted well in the second half and dominated and drew level after 15 minutes. Play went a bit ‘flat’ after that with both teams making errors in the final third of the pitch. Rosmini did have a penalty corner in the last few seconds but couldn’t steal the win. The draw was a fair reflection of the game, with both teams sharing 3rd place.

Full Hockey results here.

Junior Water Polo Results

  • Junior A played Northcote College and won 13 – 3
  • Junior B played Carmel College and lost 4 – 9
  • Junior C played Westlake Girls and won 11 – 3

Congratulations to:

  • Bradlee Wong recently competed in the Auckland International Judo Open with judokas from Oceania, Asia and Europe. In the Under 18, 60kg division final, Bradlee beat a Hong Kong representative, winning a Gold medal. He will soon be competing in the North Island Championships in Wellington and the New South Wales State International Open in Sydney.
  • Dowoo Kim, Year 9 ST12 has been selected to represent North Shore Squash Club at a national Squash Tournament in Invercargill from 21-24 September.

Good Luck to:

  • Our 2nd XV who play Mahurangi College 1st XV at 12.00pm on 27 August at QBE Stadium Oval 1
  • Our 3rd XI Football team who play Northcote College 2nd XI at 9.45am on 27 August at WBHS Turf
  • Our Senior Lacrosse Team who play Rosmini College at 4.00pm on 26 August at Rosmini College
  • Our Vocalists who are competing at the Big Sing in Dunedin
  • All teams competing in Tournament week, next week:
    • Our 1st XI who compete in the Football Nationals at Papamoa
    • Our Premier Basketball team who compete at the North Shore Events Centre
    • Our Premier Rugby League team who compete at the NZSS National Tournament in Papakura
    • Our Chess players who compete in the Auckland Chess tournament at Auckland Grammar School
    • Our Badminton players who are competing in Hamilton
    • Our Junior Basketball team who are competing in Rotorua
    • Our Hockey teams who are competing in Rankin Cup (1st XI), Galletly Cup (2nd XI) and Tanner Cup (Under 15)
    • Our Under 15 Rugby team who are competing in the Hurricanes Tournament in Wellington
    • Our Table Tennis teams who will compete in Palmerston North
 Rowing Book Launch

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]