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Education: Westlake Boys High School

“Top of the World”

Westlake Boys continued with their outstanding academic achievements when they received the most ‘top of the World’ academic awards in New Zealand at the Cambridge International Examination award ceremony recently.
Pita Roycroft led this impressive group with his two impressive awards in History and Geography, both at A level, while Jack Meng and Brad Lonergan achieved their awards at Applied Information and Communication Technology at AS and A level respectively, while Max Rogers achieved his in Physical Education at AS level. In addition, another notable academic achievement was the number of boys who received Scholarships. Last year, a grand total of 79 boys were awarded scholarships, including 11 outstanding scholarships. The top individual performers were Prasad Ravi and Jefferson Wong with six scholarships, Matthew Lie with five (including two outstanding) and Jae Ha Lee and Colin Ong with 5 each. Fraser Capill, Andy Kim, Daniel Kjestrup, Charles Robertson and Pita Roycroft also received multiple scholarship awards.

Westlake Father Son “Healthy Sports Debate” Breakfast

Thank you to the 160 fathers and sons who set the alarm early and came along to enjoy a three course breakfast at the first Westlake Father Son Breakfast this week.

The topical subject of performance enhancing substances was discussed by our expert panel, hosted by Westlaker Kent Johns, Radio Sport’s “Sports Vox”. Panelists included Westlakers Dr Thomas Reynolds (NZ rep Mountain Biker and Orienteer, Cameron Gibson (Olympic and Commonwealth Games swimmer) and Football Fern legend Maia Jackman from Drug Free Sport NZ.
Topics of discussion included the physical impacts of banned substances; progress in detection practices; the need for doping education and awareness; the reasons sport must remain dope free; the career and personal implications of being caught and labelled a “drugs cheat”; the need to exercise moral integrity; the hidden dangers of some “everyday” medicines and supplements.
The strongest message of the 45 minute discussion was that sporting achievements only count if a sportsman/woman can look him/herself in the mirror and know that they’re on the podium with their integrity intact, as a result of hard work, discipline and determination.
Our next breakfast is on Thursday 16th May and will be for Mothers, Grandmothers and Sons. Guest speaker is trans-Atlantic endurance rower and Antarctic explorer, Kevin Biggar.

New Zealand Reps

Stuart Holthusen, Nick Sugden, Meysum Shafahi and Tamu Dimario were selected for the NZ U 17 World Cup squad to play in the Football World Cup qualifiers.

Sam Brotherton and Judd Baker were both selected for the NZSS U19 Football team to play a series of international fixtures in Ireland and the UK during April and May this year. Sean and Callum Law were selected for the tournament team at the NZSS Touch National competition in December last year. Josh Howe and Jack Salt were also selected for the NZ U20 Basketball team to play in Australia in February this year.

Westlake Auckland Rowing Champions

The annual Head of Harbour Rowing Regatta was held at Lake Pupuke in February this year where Westlake’s U18 crew, U16 Quad and Lightweight U18 four were Auckland Champions.

Westlake Boys also won the Auckland School’s Fleet Racing Championships, by a large margin. Congratulations to Josh Handa and Tom Duffett(420 class), Finn Croft(Techno class), Sam Wallis, Michael Stern and Yuki Watanabe(Starling class) and Tom Fyfe, Harry Milne and Blake Nicholson(Optimist class).
Westlake Boys won the All Schools Regional Pétanque Cup competing against 32 teams at the Herne Bay Pétanque Club last Friday.
The team (Matt Robinson, Yishen Zhou, Emile McArthur, James Mackessack, Jacob Siermans, Zeeshan Shaikh, Tim Becker, William Chen, William Hung, Alex Hung, Ben Streten and Mark Huang coached by Miss Aurelie Kerbellec displayed a lot of energy throughout the day as well as excellent skill and strategy execution. The final game against St Kentigern was won by 11 – 6, securing the overall win and taking the cup for the first time.

Westlakers’ Golf Day 2013

Thursday 11 April 2013
Where: Waitemata Golf Course, Derby St, Devonport   
Format: Four ball Ambrose   
Team Entry Fee: $450.00 per team of four
Hole Sponsorship: $250 per hole. Please consider hole sponsorship as a means of gaining additional exposure for your brand and making a worthy contribution towards Westlakers’ projects.
Prizegiving: Winning teams; Closest to the Pin; Longest Drive; Best Dressed Team
Registration deadline: Thursday 28 March 2013

A packed lunch, on-course refreshments and a light evening meal are included. A cash bar will operate in the clubhouse at the end of play

Proceeds from this event will provide funding for Westlakers’ memorabilia projects and financial assistance for selected senior students who need help to meet the costs of their secondary school education.

by Channel Editorial