Headmaster’s Newsletter 3 June

Dear Parents and Guardians

Thank you to all of our families who have voted in the Board of Trustees elections. We will announce the results next Friday.

Good luck to the 1st XV tomorrow as they take on Massey High School at Massey, 12.10 kick off. The game is live on Sky Sport. Both teams are unbeaten so far this season.

Next Thursday is our Parents Evening for Year 12 and 13 students.  This is held in the Auditorium on Thursday 9th 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 erj9e 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

Enjoy the long weekend, it’s nice to see the sun again.

David Ferguson

Year 9 School Reports

School reports for Year 9 students will be emailed to families over the next 2-3 days and a printed copy will be posted next week.

A Westlaker’s Journey from Westlake to Wall Street

The Westlake community is fortunate to receive regular enrichment as a result of the involvement of our old boys (known as Westlakers) many of whom remain particularly committed to their school and are very generous in their contributions of time, expertise, knowledge and/or finance. H Atkinson bell
The benefits of these connections were once again evident this morning when Westlaker Dr Hartley Atkinson (WBHS 1973-1977) spoke to the boys in assembly about his “Road from Westlake to Wall Street” describing the journey of his company, AFT Pharmaceuticals, from the early days based in their Takapuna garage to an $80 million global company that listed on the New Zealand stock exchange market late last year. Many parents may be familiar with AFT’s leading consumer product, Maxigesic.

Invariably, Westlake’s guest speakers offer particularly enriching words of wisdom and the messages offered by Dr Hartley Atkinson this morning were no exception and are definitely worth remembering and sharing …

  • Embrace diversity and new experiences
  • Be resilient i.e. learn how to bounce back from failure
  • Creativity is key… good ideas are very valuable
  • Choose an area of work that provides the opportunity to “do good”
  • Life balance and personal well-being is essential
  • Work hard on learning – you never know it all
  • Time is critical – get going, don’t waste time …
  • Don’t be afraid to take a risk and have a go!
  • Work at something you’re passionate about and work will never feel like work

Our sincere thanks to Dr Hartley Atkinson for taking the time to share his inspiring story with us today, for being a voluntary mentor at school and for his family’s generous sponsorship of a classroom in the new Westlake Boys High School Gymnasium.

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Visit to Ngatai Whakarongorua Marae

ESOL Trip to Marae
On Tuesday 31 May, a group of our students who use English as a second language visited the Ngatai Whakarongorua Marae in Tinopai.  The aim of the trip was to explore tikanga and cultural values around kai. The boys were all curious and enthusiastic and they enjoyed gathering pipi; taking part in scientific monitoring of an estuary; learning about Te Uri O Hau whakapapa and they took part in a hikoi through the ngahere to explore traditional kai and customs.

Westlake Academic Council

The Westlake Boys High School Academic Council started in 2007 as a group that would endeavour to support the academic success and aspirations of Westlake students. The Academic council is a diverse group of students that meet every week to contribute to the academic programs and support systems that the school has to offer. Previous iterations have included, and been led by, well-known Westlakers such as George Han and Arkesh Patel.

The Academic Council is currently involved in initiatives such as the Peer Tutoring programme; this is a programme where senior students volunteer to teach junior students in a variety of subjects during lunch times or intervals. In recent times this initiative has led to the creation of the Westlake Boys High School Study Breakfast Scheme. The Study Breakfast scheme which began three years ago started as a way to give targeted help to junior students that were struggling academically. Under this scheme, the lowest performing Year 9 students would be paired with a senior Academic Institute student. These students would come to the Sports Pavilion one morning every week where they would be given a free breakfast in addition to academic support and mentoring from their tutors. _MG_4058
This year the Academic Council has specifically been aiming to support students from our international student body as well as our learner support programme. This has been bolstered by the inclusion of representatives of these specific groups into the Academic Council. As a result the scope of academic mentoring for learner support students has increased. In addition, we have decided to target the Study Breakfast Scheme this year towards Learner Support and International students.

You may have seen the semi-annual Academic Council Quiz Night advertised. This is a necessary part in supporting the programmes the Academic Council can offer. The funds raised are particularly necessary for the subsidisation of the Term 3 Tutorial Program for students that may struggle to afford it. For those that may have not heard of it, the Term 3 Tutorial Program consists of teacher-run sessions of the various subjects which can help give senior students the boost they need in their preparation for their external examinations. The $10 cost of a ticket will go a long way in supporting the academic assistance that Westlake can offer.

By Rafi Baboe, Academic Captain

Chinese Essay Competition Awards

Congratulations to our students who were prizewinners in the 2015 Chinese Essay Competition held by the Confucius Institute.

Antoine Ellis earned 1st Place and Matthew Thornton 3rd place with the following students gaining Merit:  Randel Vongalay, Millan Keshaw, Antony Shim, Kevin Kim, Maric Kim, Dylan Maynard, Kazu Saito, Robbie Blount, Kip Watson, Jackson Tu’inukuafe, Min-Sang Ju, Connor Mcnall, Mark Seddon and Kunj Joshi.

Confucius Competition Winners 2015

Parents Evenings for Years 10-13

All information regarding booking interviews for your sons’ parent evenings will be emailed to you.  The dates for your diary are:

  • Year 12 and 13 Parents Evening – 9th June
  • Year 11 Parents Evening – 16th June
  • Year 10 Parents Evening – 23rd June

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

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:

6th June Queens Birthday – School Closed
7th June Reclassification Assembly – Year 9 students
9th June Late Start PD (students arrive 10.55am)
9th June Years 12 and 13 Parents’ Evening 5.30pm – 8.30pm
13th June PTA Meeting, 7.00pm, PTA Conference Room, Gymnasium
16th June Year 11 Parents’ Evening (5.30pm – 8.30pm)
 22rd 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  

Preview WBHS 1st XV vs Massey 1st XV Saturday 4 June 2016

Westlake Boys High School 1st XV and Massey High School 1st XV are going head to head in the feature televised match at Massey High School this Saturday.

Westlake and Massey have been stern rivals over many years. In the Harbour era they have clashed 58 times; Westlake emerging winners on 38 occasions. Although the win/loss ledger was evenly balanced at 15 wins apiece in the 1999-2011 period, Westlake has won 8 of the 9 matches since then.

Both schools have managed impressive winning sequences over the years – Westlake won 8 in a row from 1985-92 and Massey managed 5 on the trot from 2001-03.  In more recent seasons, Massey won all 3 matches in 2011; Westlake did the same in 2012; Westlake won the 2 matches played in each of the last 2 seasons.  Continue reading here…. 

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Live on Rugby Channel                  Saturday 4th June            1200-1340

Replay Rugby Channel                   Saturday 4th  June            1900-2030

Replay Sky Sport 2                           Sunday 5th June                1030-1200

Replay Rugby Channel                   Sunday 5th June                2130-2300

Replay Rugby Channel                   Monday 6th June              1130-1300

Replay Sky Sport 1                           Tuesday 7th June              1530-1700

Rugby Results 28 May

Westlake 1st XV beat Whangarei Boys 74-0

By Trey Tupu South – images by Jack Hall

Fine Inisi’s fast feet and incredible fend saw him flourish within Westlake’s win over Whangarei this Saturday, as the fifth round of the 1st XV competition commenced. The second-five satisfied home field support with an unprecedented five tries, accounting for twenty-five points of Westlake’s overwhelming 74-0 win.

Despite Whangarei’s strong performance against Rosmini just two weeks ago, their presence was ultimately unfelt by Westlake, which overran the team in every area of the game. Beginning with a try, scored by blindside flanker

Casey Forsyth just two minutes into the match, Westlake continued their attack with the aid of a strong tail wind, which first-five Cooper Green used to pin Whangarei in their own 22.

Halfback Jack Heighton also showcased great intelligence by kicking off the back of the ruck into open spaces down the field. One kick was recovered by Cam Hey and passed to Fine Inisi for his second try of the match. Although Whangarei attempted to mount an assault of their own, they were met by a monstrous defense, with one player having to be carried off of the field after a bone-crunching tackle made by open side flanker Jacob Katipa. Unable to turn the tide, Whangarei let their frustration get the better of them in the latter part of the half and this saw their No.3 yellow carded. Fine Inisi secured his hat-trick in the twenty-ninth minute of the match, thanks to the great hands of the Westlake backline, putting Westlake ahead 36-0 at halftime.  Continue reading here…. IMG_9717

Other Rugby Results

  • Our 2nd XV beat Massey High School 2nd XV 40-14
  • Our 3rd XV beat Massey High School 3rd XV 43-7
  • Our 4th XV lost to Orewa College 12-24

For full results, continue reading here…. 

Football Results 27-28 May

 1st XI vs St Peter’s College

Westlake recorded their first premier league win of the season when they saw off newly promoted St Peters College under lights at QBE stadium. Determined to put the previous week’s heavy defeat to Mt Roskill behind them, Westlake started on the front foot with striker Matt Conroy creating several early chances with his pace and crossing. Unfortunately none of his teammates could find the vital touch needed to force the ball home.

Westlake did take the lead in the 6th minute when View Rungpao’s curling cross from the left evaded everyone to find the top corner of St Peter’s goal. Two more Conway crosses flashed across the St Peter’s penalty area but again the chances went begging. Westlake’s keeper, Bradley Williams, then made a good save to deny the St Peter’s striker as he bore down unchallenged on goal. Westlake doubled their lead right on half time when Bronson Kelly won the ball in midfield before delivering the perfect through ball to Conway who finished calmly past the advancing keeper. Westlake took a 2-0 lead into the changing rooms but had not really played with the fluency they sought.

A brighter start to the second half saw Westlake spurn two good chances as first Daniel Lough and then Conway found space to shoot inside the opposition penalty area only to see their efforts saved. St Peter’s then pulled a goal back after Westlake failed to clear a cross and the ball fell to the St Peter’s striker who scored from close range. However the home team restored their two goal advantage when Keanen Baghaloo and View Rungpao combined and the latter headed home from close range. St Peter’s refused to lie down though and scored their second goal after a cross from the right was not cleared and again fell invitingly to a St Peter’s player who found the back of the net.  Westlake seemed to have ended the game as a contest when Greg Nimmo’s deflected free kick extended their lead to 4-2 but St Peter’s fought to the end and were rewarded with an injury time goal to complete the scoring.

Other Football Results

  • 2nd XI beat St Peter’s College 2-1
  • 3rd XI lost to Rosmini College 3-7

More results here

Convincing Win Sees Westlake Advance in Knock Out Cup

Westlake Boys (5) vs Kelson Boys High School (0) – Knock Out Cup first round 1/6/16

Westlake’s first XI football side eased into the second round of the knock out cup with a convincing 5-0 home win over Kelston Boys on Wednesday. Several regulars were rested but Westlake still had enough fire power to overwhelm their lower division opposition and took the lead within five minutes of the opening whistle. Right back Harrison Piper whipped a cross into the box for Matt Conroy to loop a perfectly placed header past the Kelston keeper.

Drew Farnsworth then combined well with Conroy to create a shooting chance but his effort was well blocked. Westlake continued to dominate possession but created few clear scoring opportunities until the 31st minute when Conroy’s pace saw him round the keeper before he crossed for Farnsworth to score from 12 yards. Conway looked odds on to grab his second goal when he beat the Kelston offside trap only to see his well struck shot impressively saved by the away team’s overworked keeper. The first half ended with Westlake 2-0 up but pressing hard for a third.

The decisive goal arrived 11 minutes into the second spell after Westlake broke down the right and Greg Nimmo played in the fast breaking View Rungpao who was fouled inside the penalty area as he tried to get his shot away. Nimmo converted the resulting spot kick to extend the home teams lead to 3-0.

Centre back turned striker Nimmo then grabbed his second when Conroy beat two defenders before setting up his team mate for an easy finish from 10 yards. It was fitting then that Conroy, who had impressed all game, finished the scoring when his quick feet and thinking helped him evade a posse of defenders before he toe poked the ball home from close range.

Westlake’s next game is a premier league fixture this Saturday 12noon kick off at Auckland Grammar.

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Basketball Results 27 May

Westlake Boys beat Rangitoto 89-80 to remain unbeaten

A large vociferous crowd was in attendance for the game of the week in the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Grade Boys competition as the unbeaten pair of Westlake Boys High School and Rangitoto College went head to head.

Neither side was at full strength as Westlake’s Isaac Letoa and Rangitoto’s Sam Waardenburg are both representing New Zealand at the FIBA 3X3 Under 18 World Championships in Kazakhstan.

Cam Stone opened the scoring for Rangitoto and Dan Fotu glided to the basket for a couple of baskets prompting Westlake coach Phil Campbell to call an early timeout with his team 11-1 down.

A pair of Josh Hidalgo jumpers sparked a Westlake revival but Rangi were in control 23-15 at quarter time.

A Thabo Manyere block excited the visiting fans and when he converted a put back Lake were within five points. He and James Moors continued the Westlake second quarter resurgence but Stone converted three triples in as many minutes as Rangi edged the half 43-39.  Continue reading here……    

Other Basketball Results:

  • Senior A beat WBHS Senior C 83-55
  • Senior B beat Birkenhead College 83-65

Full Basketball results here.

Hockey Results 1 June

Westlake Boys 1st XI (4) vs Rangitoto College 1st XI (2)

Westlake produced a gritty performance against a very good Rangitoto side.  It was Westlake who opened the score only to let Rangitoto equalise soon afterwards.  Westlake then managed to take the lead again just before half time.

Two well worked goals in the second half gave a slight buffer but when Rangitoto scored their second goal of the match things got a little frayed but Westlake managed to hold on to qualify for the Super City league. Goals were scored by Oscar England, Joshua Arnott, Stefan Wiig and Ben Sellar.

Full Hockey results here

Squash Results

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Premier Squash
Westlake 1 team defeated Takapuna Grammar School 12-0 in last weekend’s squash games.
The team consisting of Matthew Lucente, David Matthews, Akil Afghan, and Jien Lim were just too strong, winning all their matches without dropping any sets.The Westlake 2 team however had their first loss going down to Auckland Grammar School 9-6.
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Westlake Boys Junior Squash members Jack Dittmer, Callum Hall, Cory Peters, Alex Jarrold and Douglas Begg have enjoyed a good start to their season, winning all their games so far.
Game 1 (16th May) Westlake Boys vs Orewa College 3 – 1
Game 2 (23rd May) Westlake Boys vs Western Springs College 3 – 1
Game 3 (30th May) Westlake Boys vs Glenfield College 4 – 0

Junior Water Polo Results – Term 2

Junior A

  • vs Westlake Girls High School A won 15-0
  • vs Rangitoto College Boys A won 10-3
  • vs Kristin School Girls won 13- 0

Junior B

  • vs Birkenhead College won 14-3
  • vs Takapuna Grammar School won 14-1
  • vs Rangitoto College won B 12-6

Junior C

  • vs Rangitoto College B  lost 2-17
  • vs Birkenhead College lost 7-9 in a very close game
  • vs Takapuna Grammar School lost 4-13

Well done to a number of our junior players who have made the U14 and U 16 North Harbour teams.

We also held our Water polo activity night at JUMP on 31st May where teams and coaches got together for some fun.

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  • Oliver Schmid (Year 11) who has been selected to represent New Zealand at the World Kickboxing Championships in Dublin, Ireland
  • Oscar Guo (Year 11) who was named New Zealand Junior Player of the Year for 2015 by Badminton NZ for the second consecutive year. Oscar has also recently played in two age group tournaments (Waitakere Under 17 and Auckland Under 19 Opens) winning singles, doubles and mixed in the Waitakere Tournament and singles and doubles in the Auckland Tournament.  Best wishes for future competitions this year.

Good Luck to:

  • Our Premier Basketball team who play Liston College at 7.30pm on 3 June at WBHS 1
  • Our 1st XI Football team who play Auckland Grammar School 1st XI at 12.00pm on 4 June at AGS 1
  • Our 2nd XI Football team who play Auckland Grammar School 2nd XI at 10.00am on 4 June at AGS 2
  • Our 1st XI Hockey team who play Kristin School at 5.10pm on 8 June at Harbour 1
  • Our 2nd XI Hockey team who play Rangitoto College at 5.10pm on 8 June at Harbour 2
  • Our 3rd XI Hockey team who play WBHS Junior 1 at 4.00pm on 8 June at Harbour 1
  • Our 4th XI Hockey who play Kristin School at 6.15pm on 8 June at Kristin School
  • Our 1st XV who play Massey High School at 12.00pm on 4 June at Massey High School

Westlakers News  

Westlaker Jack Smith to the Rescue!

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Westlaker Jackson (Jack) Smith (WBHS 2010-2014) was presented with a New Zealand Search and Rescue Award at Parliament last week in recognition of the critical role he played in the dramatic rescue of a young woman who got into trouble swimming at Piha Beach in November 2015.

Off duty lifeguard and Red Beach SLSC member Jack, was at Piha Beach when he was told a 19-year-old woman was missing in the rough conditions north of Lion Rock. After assessing the situation Jack dove into the water to assist and, 50 metres from shore, found the girl face down and unconscious. With the help of bystanders, Jack managed to bring the girl back to the beach and immediately started CPR. His quick decision and action saved the girl’s life and with the help of Piha lifeguards and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter the young woman was flown to Auckland hospital where she remained in a coma for ten days but has since made a full recovery.

When Jack was invited to attend last week’s presentation in Wellington he was asked to dress up in a suit. From the range of ties he could select from, he choose to wear his Westlakers tie showing off his proud connection with Westlake Boys High School. Westlakers and Westlake Boys High School congratulate Jack on his brave, selfless actions that so accurately reflected the school’s spirit and motto “Virtute Experiamur” – “Let Courage Be Thy Test”.

Upcoming Westlakers’ Events 

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!

  Big Ben with city bus and flag of England, London

2016 Westlakers AGM

Wednesday 13 July, 6.30pm – WBHS Library


All Westlakers welcome to attend!

Wednesday 13 July, 6.30pm in the school Library.

Click here to register NOW or contact Christine O’Dowd on 09 410 8667 for more information.

If you have queries on any of the above events, please don’t hesitate to contact Event Manager Christine O’Dowd on 09 410 8667 ext. 786 or [email protected].

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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
Entry is just $20 per person and includes finger food and your first beer or glass of wine. Click here to register NOW!

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.

Mobile Phone Appeal
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.

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]