Las Vegas was the theme for the 2018 School Ball on Saturday night. More than 800 Westlake Boys’ and Girls’ students donned their finery and danced the night away at Sky City. There was a delicious buffet dinner and the chance for lots of photos against Vegas-themed backdrops. Prizes were awarded to: King of the Ball – Jacksyn Siakisini Lavaki, Best Dressed – Greg Huamaha, Life of the Party – Saiga Otsubo, and Cutest Couple – Grant Busico and April Pocreo. Thanks to Mr Coetzee, Mrs Jorgensen and the Ball Committee for their hard work in making it a night to remember. Here’s the link to all the photos: https://jeremyhillphotography.shootproof.com/gallery/6300792/home
Congratulations to our Senior 6 Man Cross Country Team who took second place in the world, representing New Zealand at the ISF World Championships in Paris last night. Well done Blair Hill, Stuart Hofmeyr, Zach Keenan, Murdoch McIntyre, David Moore and Daniel Robertson.
This week we were fortunate to have some of our Colts and SA tour squad cricketers spend an hour with Craig McMillan – the Blackcaps batting coach. North Harbour Ford donated his services to the school.
The session was excellent – it was inspiring, interactive, and informative and most pleasingly in the 60 minutes he spoke to the boys there was no talk of grips or stance or back lift, but rather he focused on the key qualities and behaviours of top batters – the importance of work ethic, being a learner, being coachable, retaining individuality, being patient, taking ownership and having the right mindset. The glue of batsmanship as he called it.
The only time Craig touched on anything technical was to say that all batting is built around a strong and dependable defence. He asked the boys questions such as do you practice defence? Do you train like you play? Because if not you are setting yourself up to fail.
Craig finished by describing how their philosophy in the Blackcaps is to be there at the end – to be able to pull a stump out of the ground having won a game for their country. To dream about that.
We are very grateful to North Harbour Ford for donating the services of Craig to Westlake and affording this opportunity to our boys to learn from someone who has done the journey.
Westlake Boys High School won the 67th annual Inter-Secondary Schools regatta at the Wakatere Boating Club on Tuesday. It was a challenging regatta, with Monday’s racing being cancelled due to a lack of wind. Westlake Boys did especially well in the Optimist class, taking the first three places.
Optimist (23 boats)
1st: Mason Mulcahy (Westlake Boys High School) 2 1 1 – 4 points
2nd: Josh Hyde (Westlake Boys) 1 2 2 – 5 pts
3rd: George Rush (Westlake Boys) 3 3 5 – 11 pts
Toady we welcomed many of our Chinese and Korean parents to school for our annual Lantern Festival Morning Tea. First they attended assembly, where they were treated to a performance by Voicemale. During the morning tea one International students and prefect, Bingzheng Yan, spoke in Chinese about the opportunities available to all the students. Mr Ferguson emphasised how much we value the cultural diversity of the school, which we believe helps prepare our students for their future in a global society.
Year 9 student, Tyler Clayton, competed in the National Kayak Championships at Lake Karapiro – the pinnacle event for kayaking in New Zealand, where the country’s best compete over 3 days. Tyler came away with silver medals in both the 100m and 200m sprints and only narrowly missed out on a medal in the 500m, placing 4th. He was hugely honoured to recive his medals from Olympic Gold medallist, Lisa Carrington.
Ururoto were the winners of this year’s House Haka Competition. See more photos in the newsletter, The Green Striped Blazer.
A very big thank you to everyone who has offered to help the PTA at the second-hand uniform shop. We are overwhelmed by the response and now have enough people to help, so do not need any more volunteers at this time.
As a reminder, we are open every Friday lunchtime 12.30 – 1.30 pm and can be found in Student Services.
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.