Science of Happiness

We are excited to offer another opportunity to hear Dr Tony Fernando speak at Westlake Boys after the success of his presentation at our 2018 Mother Son Breakfast.

We would like to invite you and members of the local community to attend this evening and hear what he has to say on the Science of Happiness. If you couldn’t make our sell out breakfast, now is your chance to bring family and friends to listen to a passionate and entertaining speaker who will offer you sage advice to take home. Maybe you did listen to him at the breakfast, but would like to come back and hear more.

Tony is a psychiatrist and a senior lecturer in Psychological Medicine at the University of Auckland. He has received multiple awards, including the Chair’s Award, the highest recognition given by the New Zealand Medical Association to any doctor in New Zealand, for his work on physician wellbeing. In January of 2017, he received temporary ordination as a Buddhist monk in Myanmar. He is in the final stages of his PhD at the University of Auckland, studying compassion in medicine. More recently, he started a weekly mindfulness and emotional balance programme for inmates at Mt Eden Correctional Facility in Auckland.

Here is what some people said about Dr Tony Fernando:

“I just want to say I really enjoyed listening to Dr Tony.  He was fantastic”

“The speaker was outstanding. I could have listened to him for hours!”

“The speaker was fantastic – very funny and very real.”

All of us want to be happy but many of us tend to chase things (e.g. money, possessions, grades, status, appearances, “likes” on Facebook) that lead to short term happiness but long term emptiness. To be happy, it helps to learn how the mind perceives different “happiness” states, and know the “traps” the mind conjures to help with survival, but might lead to anxiety and dissatisfaction. You are not guaranteed to be immediately happy after this talk but at least you will be equipped with information that might guide you in your lifelong search for happiness.

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Grandparents’ Day

Westlake Boys is hosting the 2018 Grandparents’ Day on Friday 3 August.

The day will commence at 10.00am. Students will meet up with their grandparents for assembly in the Auditorium followed by a PTA-hosted morning tea in the Staffroom. After this, students will accompany their grandparents on a tour of the school campus to see some classes and facilities in action.

It is a free event, but all those attending will need to make a booking via Eventbrite by Monday 30 July:

We look forward to welcoming many grandparents to school for this special day.

For queries, please contact Event Manager Liz Peters – [email protected]


YouthQuake 2018!

From Trumpism, to the #MeToo movement, to student protest against mass gun shootings in the USA, 2018 has been an unprecedented year. YouthQuake is an inventive and unique telling of the young adult’s voice that is under-represented in the political and cultural conversations in our society. It is a conversation about sexual violence, labels, the voice of Asian communities in New Zealand, agency, respect and so much more.
We are YouthQuake. You are?

Tickets available here

Chinese Night

Come and enjoy a fabulous range of Chinese culture, from ancient to modern, at our Annual Chinese Night, 7 pm Friday, June 29th in the Westlake Boys’ Auditorium. Tickets are $4, available at the door or from members of the Chinese Night Committee: Oscar Guo, Hai Hong Yang, Alex Mei, Kevin Yip, Tim Lin, Hao Jia Tan, Ricky Cheng, Josh Feng, Aaron Chen, Tony Zeng.