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Education: Westlake Girls High School

Westlake Girls 50th Jubilee Celebrations October 19th & 20th 2012

In 1962 the Westlake High School became two schools; Westlake Girls & Westlake Boys High Schools. Both schools are celebrating 50 years of operation this year.
The Boys school’s events are in August and the Girls school are in October.If you are an ex student of our school we would love to see you and your friends at our celebrations.
For details of the programme and registration please go to http://www.westlakejubilee.co.nz
Foundation Students 1962
A group of our keen foundation students have kept in touch and meet once a year.
They visited the school in June and are pictured in the Principal’s office.  It was good to see Helen Ryburn who was the Principal from 1972-1982, she commented that the standard of the Principal’s office has improved markedly since her time.


Karate medals for Tia and Reilly

Westlake Girls students Tia Tuiburelevu and Reilly Polaschek recently returned to school with a handful of medals that they had won at the New Zealand Secondary School and National Karate Championships in Wellington.

Westlake Girls finished second on the medal table with Tia winning eight medals in the 16-17 age group which included; one gold, five silver and one bronze medal and year 9 student Reilly winning three gold and two bronze medals in the 12-13 age group.
Both students have qualified for the Oceania Championships in Sydney during September.


'Bring it on' dance competition
Westlake Girls and Boys High Schools recently competed in the Auckland Bring It On dance competition.

“Bring It On is a real programme that relates to the youth of today. Using hip hop and dance we are able to engage with the youth through the mentoring & leadership program and help change their life.”  The group of 38 performers competed in heat 1 (of 3) on June 2nd. This consisted of 8 schools competing at each heat with the top 4 going through to the finals. Westlake Girls and Boys placed 1st for their heat.
The student leaders of the group decided to choreograph a complete new routine before the finals which were held on July 21st. The students showed a great deal of commitment and motivation during this time, practising during school holidays, lunchtimes and after school. The dedication paid off and they placed 3rd at the Auckland Bring It On Final.  This is an outstanding achievement and is the first time Westlake has placed at the finals. 


Former Westlake Girls Student off to Olympics
Former Westlake student Moira de Villiers recently visited Westlake Girls prior to de-parting overseas on her Olympic campaign.

She attended a staff meeting where she discussed her future judo plans and goals; her final year at Westlake was 2007. She now heads to Spain for a week long training camp, then Holland for four weeks before heading to London and the Olympic Village. She will be competing in the U70kg Women’s on 1st August.
Moira is one of two former Westlake Girls students competing at the London Olympics; the other is sailor
Jo Aleh.


Freemasons support makes Westlake girl’s dream a reality

When Y13 Westlake Girls High School student, Ashlee Parkes, was selected by the Royal Society of New Zealand to attend the International Space Camp 2012 in Alabama, she also had to raise most of the funds to get there. A week ago, Ashlee had $1,000 left to raise and was running out of time.

That’s where the Freemason New Zealand funded FREESTA (Freemasons Science Travel Award) in conjunction with the Royal Society became very relevant. This Award recognises talented science students throughout New Zealand. Hearing about Ashlee’s quest, North Shore Freemason’s Lodges raised the remaining money between their local lodges. V.W. Bro. Geoff Foote District Grand Master surprised Ashlee at Westlake Girls on Wednesday 20th June, by presenting her with a cheque. Ashlee can now pack her bags and admits to a few butterflies. At the International Space Camp 2012, Ashlee will undertake astronaut training and learn the physical, mental and emotional tasks endured by astronauts. Leadership training, experiencing 4Gs of lift off force as well as weightlessness in a space simulator are all added to the mix. Space Camp experiences provide valuable insight into space and its different aspects, as well as helping Ashlee to discover which related field to pursue in future. Astronomy has been Ashlee’s passion for years and this is a dream come true.

by Channel Editorial

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