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Classy New Uniforms for Westlake Girls

In 2012, the Westlake Girls High School Board of Trustees and staff identified the need for higher uniform standards for all students. As a result, in the 2012 Annual Plan a new uniform was proposed for all levels (Junior Years 9 -11 and senior for Years 12 & 13).

Sports Teams and Music groups also wanted higher visibility when representing the school at regional and national events and a new uniform – including a blazer – was designed and incorporated to meet this requirement.

Abolishing mufti for Year 13 students from 2013 was a consequence of this proposal and the wearing of this smart new school uniform gives all students, including Year 13 an opportunity to show pride in their school.

Students are enjoying wearing their new uniform and their professionalism and purposeful approach to school life is apparent.

Pooja Bhagath and Amrita Raj Win Dance Comps

Congratulations to Pooja Bhagath and Amrita Raj, proud winners of the 2013 Indi King and dance2 competition held at Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre on Saturday 9th February.

This was a duo dance competition where the contestants had to perform to any genre of music in any dance form. They were judged on choreography, costumes, Attitude, Facial expression and confidence.

Pooja and Amrita have worked extremely hard during the Christmas holiday period and their performance on the night was amazing. Their dance had a different theme as they tried to show how two completely different types of genre can come together. Pooja’s main forte of dancing was Classical whereas Amrita’s style of dancing was hip hop. They both blended their fortes together and produced an energising performance that dazzled with talent and stage presence.

They were the proud recipients of a trophy and $1000 as prize money.

Beach Volleyball Nationals

The New Zealand Secondary School Beach Volleyball Championships were held at Mt Maunganui with Westlake Girls having five teams competing.

Three senior teams of; Zoe Cronin and Bethany Hayman, Imogen Francis and Annalise Vukets, Aria Koria and Annuska Mendita and the two junior teams of; Jen Gale and Ashleigh McNaughton, Hannah Cronin and Chelsea Martin all qualified for the Division 1 championships.

All teams were competitive with the highlights the performances of the senior teams all placing in the top ten with the pairing of Zoe and Bethany winning the bronze medal in the senior girls section. Both the junior girl’s teams finished a credible 12th and 13th position.


Rowing Oar Purchase

At the Browns Bay Rotary breakfast Westlake Girls High School purchased the New Zealand Rowing Oar signed by the five rowing Gold medallists from the London 2012 Olympics.

Mahe Drysdale and Juliet Haigh were the guest speakers at the breakfast where a number of Westlake Girls High School rowers were in attendance. The rowers were inspired by the speakers where they heard Mahe and Juliet’s experiences. The speech was well timed as the Westlake rowers head into the business end of their season with the North Island and New Zealand Secondary School Championships held in March. The oar is yet to find a home at Westlake Girls High School but will be placed in a location where it will inspire others.

WGHS Head of Harbour Rowing Regatta

Westlake Girls High School had a successful Head of Harbour Rowing Regatta at Lake Pupuke winning eight gold, four silver and four bronze medals.

The highlights included the Girls Under 18 8’s of Maddie Dobier, Molly Dagger, Ella Madsen-Reid, Jessica Remmington, Ella Campbell, Georgia Gilbert, Jaime Gunderson, Grace Howard and cox, Jenna Clinton winning the Girls U19 Head of Harbour Cup. The Girls Under 16 eights won their respective section plus placed third in the Girls U18 8’s. The crew were; Holly Ellett, Courtney McCormick, Cait Dowden, Sian Anderson, Poppy Logan, Renee Scott-French, Adelia Bolam, Teuane Baxter and cox Amber Fordham.

Other results were:- 1st and 2nd U17 4; 1st U15 4; 1st U18 pair; 1st U18 lightweight 4; 1st U18 lightweight double; 1st and 2nd U16 4; 2nd U18 novice 4; 2nd u18 4; 3rd U15 quad; 3rd  U17 8; 3rd U15 8; 2nd place overall points trophy for girls schools; Outstanding athlete of the regatta was Jaime Gunderson (year 13) with 3 U18 gold medals.


by Channel Editorial