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14th Annual Bollywood High School Dance Competition

The Westlake Girls’ Bollywood Dance group recently competed in the 14th ANNUAL BOLLYWOOD HIGH SCHOOL DANCE COMPETITION, competing against groups from 23 other Secondary schools. This is one of the most popular Bollywood events attracting 3000 plus people and the performance was judged by dance professionals (70%) and audience (30%).
The students did their own choreography, with a mix of classical to contempora
ry and with a modern twist of Bollywood.
Our school’s performance was judged on Music, the synchronization with music and dance, choreography and presentation.
Much to the students’ excitement, this is the first ever win for Westlake Girls High School. They scooped 2 of the major awards.
2nd Runner–up: Westlake Girls received the trophy plus $750 cash. Congratulations to the following students: Noor Kaur, Richa Chandra, Pooja Bhagath, Amrita Raj, Rhea Chandra, Prachi Brahmbhatt, Aathira Nair, Niharika Kudumula, Pratiti Roy and Kavita Patel
Best Female Dancer in the Competition - Pooja Bhagath.  Special Congratulations on winning the BEST Female dancer. She won a Sterling Silver Bracelet Plus a free Dance Lesson from the Academy School of Dance.
Westlake Girls’ Bollywood Dance group also won the most facebook likes (1480 votes) and the students had the opportunity to meet with a UK R and B singer.
This is a great achievement for Westlake Girls Bollywood Dance Group. Congratulations to these students who worked hard over the past 7 weeks who are rightfully proud of their achievement.

National Recognition for Westlake Girls Thespians

Wellington at Queen’s Birthday Weekend was alive and buzzing with secondary school students competing in the Shakespeare’s Globe Centre New Zealand, National University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival (or the SGCNZNUOSWSF for short – yes, we know it’s a mouthful!). 500 participants nationally converged on Wellington East Girls’ College to perform scenes from over 20 Shakespeare plays and to participate in workshops on Shakespearean theatre. 

Westlake Girls High School’s Alice Allfree, Ruby Hey, Sharleen Shergill, Yingzi Song and Laura Staveley performed a 15 minute scene from Love’s Labour’s Lost.  Student director, Alice set the play in modern times at an all-girls school, where four students make a pact to swear off boys in order to dedicate more time to study. Alice received awards for Outstanding Student Direction and Outstanding Individual Comic Role.  She also won the national SGCNZ static image competition for her piece inspired by Hamlet and achieved a Highly Commended for her costume design portfolio. This was an outstanding achievement.
It is not surprising, therefore, that Alice Allfree was selected to participate in the National Shakespeare School Production in October 2012.  This week-long programme of only 40 invited students nationally includes workshops and rehearsals of Shakespeare’s plays for public performance.  The opportunity to work with respected Shakespearean directors is a draw card. About 25 students who shine join New Zealand’s Young Shakespeare Company and perform at The Globe Theatre in England, in August 2013. Westlake Girls’ High School is proud to celebrate the achievements of Alice and her team.   It did not happen of course without support and encouragement of two key staff behind the scenes: Mrs Ann Marie Allan and Mary Jane Milburn.

Workchoice Day Winner – Kirsty Gemmell
Kirsty attended the Science & Research Workchoice Day hosted by BioLactia and Labtests.

Kirsty completed a quiz while at Labtests and was the winner, scoring herself 2 passes to Hoyts.
Well done Kirsty.


Congratulations to the Westlake Girls and Boys High School Bring It On crew who won their Heat on Friday 1st of June.  The students have worked extremely hard since the start of the year and their performance on the night was fantastic. They now progress to the Bring It On schools Final which will be held on Saturday, the 21st of July.  We wish them all the best in the coming weeks as they prepare for this event.

Sports Week
Recently Westlake Girls held the inaugural Sports Week.  The aim was to promote sport to all during lunchtimes with a variety of sporting activities.

Staff member Miss Visser kicked the week off on Monday with a mass Zumba class on the new fields followed by Mr Ov on Wednesday providing students and staff with a martial arts session.  Tuesday and Thursday had the Sports Committee providing numerous sports to have a go at, included were lacrosse, touch, netball, hockey, football, volleyball and badminton.  Friday saw the staff vs. student matches in football, netball and touch, all matches were hard fought with the students winning the football and netball and the staff touch.  The week was a great success and plans are underway for a similar event around the Olympic Games in July plus have regular staff vs. student’s matches throughout the year.

Tori Lelo has just been selected in a World Series Lacrosse team that is to travel in the school holidays to play in a 5 day series against the Great Britain Womens team (that has been selected for the next world cup) in London. 
The tournament will be running from 7 – 12 July.  The team Tori has been selected in has players from the USA, Canada, Japan, Czech Republic to name a few.  She is the only New Zealander selected to go which is a wonderful opportunity for her.  Tori has been a member of the school lacrosse team for a number of years and for the past two seasons has been player-coach.

Ella Pilkington recently attended the Oceania and Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships in Samoa where she had great success.

She won a gold medal in the Youth Oceania’s and bronze medals in both the Junior Oceania’s and Youth Commonwealth.  Her lift of 52kg for the snatch was personal best and along with her lift of 63kg in the clean and jerk she set a new pb total of 115kg.
Ella stated that “it was an amazing experience”.

North Harbour Water Polo Representatives
North Harbour Under 16 A Team –
Emily Nicholson. North Harbour Under 14 A Team – Emily Nicholson, Nadia Pavlovich and Imogen Francis.

by Channel Editorial