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Education: Westlake Girls High School

Twilight Shakespeare Performance

Westlake Girls High School have had an action-packed term with regards to extra-curricular drama.
On Friday 5th April we had our inaugural Twilight Shakespeare performance. All seven groups competing at the regional Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival (SGCNZUOSWSF) performed their various scenes outside for an audience of parents, staff and friends.
The open-air performances helped students prepare for the regional festival - held at Albany Junior High School - and was a fundraiser for Westlake prefect Alice Allfree.
As a member of the Shakespeare Globe Centre New Zealand Young Shakespeare Company, Alice will fly to London in July to participate in a series of workshops and performances on the Globe stage.  Alice has been competing in the SGCNZUOSWSF since Year 9, and it is wonderful that all her persistence and hard work has been recognised.
The regional festival was held on the 12th and 13th of April and was a fantastic two days and both the audience and judges – Michael Hurst and Raymond Hawthorne – were stunned by all the young talent on display.  Whilst Westlake students were not awarded with a trip to the National Festival, they received an encouraging response from audience and judges.  All students who participated have worked very hard over term 1, and we look forward to more groups participating in 2014.

New Zealand Young Physicists Tournament
This year Westlake Girls entered two teams in the New Zealand Young Physicists Tournament.

The Regional competition held at Kristin School was followed by the National Tournament held at Auckland University with Westlake Girls being one of the six teams nationwide that qualified. The New Zealand Young Physicists Tournament (NZYPT) is affiliated to the International Young Physicists Tournament (IYPT). Students are given seven problems to investigate. They then present their findings to a panel of judges and participating schools. A formal debate ensues in which the students are questioned about their experimental procedures and associated scientific theories.

Pasifika Parents' Night
Talofa, malo e lelei, bula vanaka, kia orana, fakaalofa lahi atu and hello.

The inaugural Pasifika Parents evening was held during April to celebrate the Culture Week. It was a lovely evening involving a pot luck dinner with outstanding music items performed by numerous individual students and the Pasifika culture group performing their Samoan Siva. Parents, siblings, cousins and grandparents were laughing, clapping and wiping away the tears throughout the evening.

Westlake Girls High School Alumni Association

Westlake Girls High School is keen to engage with its alumni community (former students and staff), having reached a significant milestone with its 50th year in 2012.
This year we have an Alumni Co-ordinator, Cathy Roughan, a former WGHS parent and teacher, to develop the alumni database, build up networks amongst former students and assist them to reconnect with Westlake. We are always keen to hear updates of our former students who are pursuing a great variety of careers, and contributing to their local and wider communities in diverse and interesting ways. Current students are interested in the paths others have taken and can benefit from their mentoring, suggestions and networks. Some of you, our parent community, may be former students, or your friends may be, or other children in the family. Your help in letting others know about the new developments will be most welcome. Support the network in one or all of the following ways: ‘Like’ the Westlake Girls High School Alumni Facebook Page; Join the Westlake Girls Alumni Association by visiting www.westlakegirls.school.nz.
Contact us directly via email with details (name, years of attendance), or brief updates of former students and staff that can be followed up, as well as any comments and suggestions – Email: croughan@westlakegirls.school.nz or alumni@westlakegirls.school.nz

Westlake Sports:
Athletics

Ella Pilkington won the Senior Girls Hammer throw at the Greater Auckland Championships. At the recent North Island Secondary School Championships she won the Senior Girls Discus and placed 2nd in the Senior Girls Hammer.

Sporting Highlights
Bethany Hayman and Annalise Vukets have been selected to attend the Volleyball New Zealand High Performance Junior Women Training Camp at Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua in April.
Also New Zealand Basketball Representatives from the school are Zara Jillings (NZ U16 & U17 team), Bronwyn Kjestrup (NZ U18 team), Tiarna Clarke (NZ U16 team) and Georgia
Perrott Hunt (NZ U17 team).
New Zealand Touch Representatives are Celine McGahan (NZ U15 Mixed Team), Elena Brown and Jaimee Phillips (NZ U15 Girls team).

Double National Selection

Year 12 Westlake Girls High School student Kate Burley has achieved the unique feat of gaining selection in two national teams for two different sports. Kate has been selected in the New Zealand Youth Water Polo Team and the New Zealand Maori Secondary Schools Netball Team.  Both these teams are involved in tournaments later in the year.

Shore to Shore Fun Run/Walk

Westlake Girls High School had over 280 people compete in the Shore to Shore Fun Run/Walk that was held on Sunday 24th March.
 Students, staff, parents and friends took part in the event with staff member Kameron Sadler being the first person to complete the timed event. The Year 12 Health Classes used the event as a way to increase physical activity. The aim for 2014 is to reach the 300 participant mark.

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