Ururoto were the winners of this year’s House Haka Competition.  See more photos in the newsletter, The Green Striped Blazer.

Helpers Needed for the Secondhand Uniform Shop

The second-hand uniform shop is run by the PTA and relies entirely on volunteers.  It provides an invaluable service to Westlake families.

We are open every Friday lunchtime 12.30 – 1.30 pm and can be found in Student Services.

We are in desperate need of more volunteers to assist at the shop.  Can you spare an hour or two ONCE a term?  New volunteers will be paired with experienced helpers.

Please email [email protected] if you can help.

Scholars’ Assembly


On Monday we celebrated the academic achievements of our highest-performing students at Scholars’ Assembly.  In addition to maintaining high pass rates at all levels of NCEA and CIE, we were pleased to have a large number of students achieve Excellence endorsements and course endorsements in NCEA, and A* and A Grades in CIE.  Our students also accumulated 151 Scholarships, including 20 Outstanding Scholarships.

In addition to our Dux, Joshua Chin, and Proxime Accessit, Jonathan Wang, four more boys received Outstanding Scholar Awards by gaining five or more Scholarships with one Outstanding or three Scholarships with two Outstanding.  Stefan Ivanov is remarkable for achieving this as a Year 12 student.

Five students came Top in New Zealand or Top in the World in Cambridge subjects and Gareth Edwards was exceptional for achieving two Top in New Zealand and one Top in the World in his IGCSE exams, with 7A* grades.

It was great to see many of last year’s Year 13 students come back to school to receive their scholar’s ties and badges.

For the full album of photos of Scholars’ Assembly please click here.

Sailing Wins


Our sailors had a great weekend at the Interislander Optimist Ranking Regatta and Port Marlborough Starling Championships.  Thomas Mulcahy took 1st place in the Starling class and his younger brother, Mason, was 1st in the Optimist class, with 105 entries.  Josh Hyde was 2nd and George Lee Rush 6th.  Other Westlake students picked up the following places: Zach Fong 26th, Nash Taylor 34th, Ben Brighouse 40th and William Sims 51st.  Great sailing boys!


Oscar Guo Rises through the Badminton Ranks

Year 13 student, Oscar Guo, recently won his first senior international title, winning the Men’s Singles at the Yonex North Harbour International Badminton tournament.   Combined with an outstanding performance at the Victor Oceania Championships 2018, this sees Oscar climb to a personal best 13th place in the World Junior rankings and 193rd in the Men’s Rankings, a climb of 107 places!

2017 Dux – Joshua Chin

We are delighted to announce our Dux for 2017, Joshua Chin.  Joshua received two Outstanding Scholarships and four Scholarship, along with 4 A* grades (90+%) at A level.  Proxime Accessit is Jonathan Wang, who received One Outstanding Scholarships and five Scholarships, with five A* Grades at A level.  In total we had four more students who are Outstanding Scholars, in the top 60 in the country – Winston Yao, David Xiao, Lawrence Gao and Stefan Ivanov.  Stefan is all the more remarkable, since he was a Year 12 student when he achieved two Outstanding Scholarships and four Scholarships.

Term 4 Week 1 Cricket Report

1st X1 v King’s College

After a 6-month winter break, Cricket resumed for the 1st XI on Saturday, 21st October against King’s College, as Westlake began their defence of the Auckland Two-Day title. Ryan Quinn won the toss and chose to bat on a seemingly good batting track in overcast conditions. The lack of match practice was evident as the X1 got off to a slow start; 33-2 after 11 overs. Ryan Schierhout brought the game back and was playing superbly, racing to 36 off 34 deliveries before a smart catch at cover saw him walking back to the dressing room. After his dismissal, wickets fell at regular intervals and Westlake found themselves at 93-7 just after lunch. Jarrad Harford and Matthew Thornton did well to put on 50 runs for the 8th wicket but, like most of the team, weren’t able to convert their starts. Westlake ended on 162 all out after 52.2 overs.

The team knew they would have to bowl well to have any chance of securing first innings points. Despite some average bowling early on, they were able to take three early wickets and had the opposition 34-3 after 12 overs. However, King’s then gained some momentum and it was another 13 overs before Westlake secured their next scalp; Luke Ranson and Ryan Schierhout combining to complete a very impressive run out to dismiss the King’s captain, who was beginning to look very threatening. One more wicket fell before the close of play and Kings finished on 79/5. Pick of the Westlake bowlers was Jacob Waitai, with 2-14 in his 6 overs.

The game is still evenly poised, but Westlake know that these first innings points are very much there for the taking. A very interesting day two awaits us next week.

Colts 1 v St Peter’s College

Colts 1 won the toss and elected to bat first on a dull, grey and windy day at Wainoni Park. The batting opened well with Dylan Hamilton, who made some particularly strong hook shots, and Olly Chambers setting up the innings with a 73 run opening partnership. Once Olly was out, captain Tom Pleciak kept the momentum up with powerful driving straight and through the off side. When Dylan was out for an aggressive 52, BJ Jacobs marched to the crease and continued the rapid pace. Tom reached his first hundred off only 74 balls.  Once he was out for 101, BJ took over and, with a series of sixes, also reached his maiden century in 97 balls in the last over. BJ was helped in the last few overs by Jesse Hohaia, who unselfishly fed the strike to him.

Facing Colts 1’s formidable score of 315/3 from their 45 overs, St Peter’s College played positively, but the task was too great and they were 78 runs short at the end of their innings. To cap a special day, BJ Jacobs was the most successful of the bowlers with 3/6.

Westlake: 315/3  BJ Jacobs 104 not out, Tom Pleciak 101, Dylan Hamilton 52

St Peters College: 237/7  BJ Jacobs 3/6

Win to Westlake by 78 runs.

Colts 2 v King’s College Colts 2

Playing at their home ground at Wainoni Park, Westlake Colts 2 bowled first against King’s College Colts 2.  Westlake began well, with King’s 2 for 42 after 15 overs, but then several wides, dropped catches and poor bowling saw the King’s score climb, until they were eventually dismissed in the 44th over for 208. The bowling highlights were Cameron Gray, with 3 for 31, bowling well into the wind, and Jason Kay with 2 for 46.

Westlake began the run chase well with a solid opening partnership, where Samrath Singh dominated.  Scoring at almost a run a ball, he was eventually dismissed for 47, caught on the boundary at deep square.  At 15 overs Westlake was well positioned with 1 for 59. However, excellent bowling, loss of wickets and batters not looking for singles, saw Westlake bogged down and beginning to slip. At 30 overs, with the loss of Josh Samaraweera for 23, Westlake was in a precarious position at 4 for 120. The loss of a further four quick wickets saw them really in the deep end, at 8 for 132 in the 34th over.

There was then a dramatic turn around. Jake Scott’s left handedness threw the opposition and the quick running between the wickets by Jason Kay took Westlake to the win in the 44th over, when he smoked the ball to the boundary for 4 runs and an unbroken 9th wicket partnership of 88.  Westlake had scored their runs at better than 8 runs an over.  Jake Scott won player of the week, for his innings of 41 not out, a fine catch in the field and a ‘lucky’ wicket.

Win to Westlake by 2 wickets – 210 for 8 in the 44th over.

Success at Cycling National Championships

Westlake Cyclists competed in the National Secondary School Championships during the first 3 days of the holiday break. Hosted by Palmerston North, the boys competed in Team Time Trials, Road Races and a Points Race. Invariably, the weather made it a tough competition with the cyclists battling against strong winds during their races.

Day 2 of the Nationals proved to be a highlight. A number of boys claimed top 10 places with 3 of our cyclists gaining podiums. Blake Tolmie made a break for the finish in the U16 road race. While the bunch chased hard, Blake managed to claim 2nd in New Zealand in a very exciting finish.

Westlake concluded our season on Manfeild raceway in the Points race. While we were denied any major placing in this event it was great to see some of our senior riders collect points and make attacks in a very competitive field.

Cycling at Westlake depends on the generosity of families. The boys are very fortunate to have such a supportive group. The positive team culture means that while these events involve a great deal of hard work, they are also great fun. Many thanks in particular to Vaughn Bycroft who has generously built and donated a custom-built trailer to the club.

Any boys interested in joining the Cycling Club should see Mr Clarke in E block. We have a number of scholarship bikes available for boys to use.

Nationals 2017

Top 10 placings

Team Time Trial

          Senior A               9th

          Junior A                6th

Road Race

          Blake Tolmie                                    U16 A                    2nd

          Jaydn Harris                                     U16 A                    8th

          Sam Dawkins                                   U16 B                    1st

          Kalib Patterson                                U16 B                    2nd

          Matt Plank                                       U16 B                    4th

          Sam Turner O’Keeffe                      U16 B                    6th

          Ewart Bower                                    U17 A                    6th

          Matthew Sugden                            U17 A                    10th

          Bradley Bycroft                                U17 B                    2nd

          Joshua Wang                                   U17 B                    10th

NZ Swimming Championships

Westlake Boys had a successful weekend at the NZ Secondary Schools Swimming Championships in Hamilton recently, with 10 of our 14 swimmers collecting an impressive haul of medals.  The team came 3rd overall, with Tauranga Boys winning the title for the first time and St Andrew’s, Christchurch taking second place.

Our medal winners were:

Matthew Holder:

Gold in Senior 50m, 100m and 200m Breaststroke. Matthew is 16 and took a clean sweep of these senior events swimming against 17 and 18-year-olds.

Jason Churches:

Gold in Senior 50m and 100m Backstroke; bronze in 200m Backstroke

Jonathan Selman:

15 years old: Gold in 100m Backstroke; bronze in 50m Backstroke

Joshua Lee:

Bronze in Senior 200m Butterfly

Samuel Lee:

15 year old: Bronze in 200m Breaststroke

Cameron Gray:

14 year old: Gold in 200m Backstroke

Daniel Kim:

13 year old: Bronze in 100m Breaststroke

Under 15 team:

Silver in Freestyle and Medley Relays: Flynn Southcombe, Jae Um, Cameron Gray, Jonathan Selman, Samuel Lee

Senior Team:

Gold in Medley Relay: Kyle Shears, Jason Churches, Matthew Holder, Joshua Lee

Overall, the team performed well. Our grateful thanks to Mrs Houzet and Mr Salmon for looking after the team.

Top Places for Junior Adventure Racers

On Sunday 3rd September, a group of 13 Junior Combined Westlake Adventure racers, spread across 4 teams, competed in the Lactic Turkey Three Hour Rogaine race at Shakespear Park.  The Adventure Racers had exactly three hours to reach more than 50 checkpoints and to undertake more than 15 mystery activities and challenges.  These included hauling buckets of gravel to build a DOC pathway and submitting a photo of their best impression of a native bird. The checkpoints and challenges were spread across the beautiful but somewhat tricky terrain.  They required the teams to plan their routes to avoid the swamps and thick native bush, in order to come home with as many points as they could.  All groups raced their (soggy) socks off and managed to take the top three school spots at prize-giving.  Our winning team was the overall highest scoring team in the three-hour category.  The winning team consisted of three Year 9 students – James Donald, Hayden Williams and Alex Jobbins.