Education: Westlake Boys High School
Westlake Boys celebrates students of 72 nationalities
Over 2000 students walk through the gates of Westlake Boys High School every morning.
Their homes are dotted across the North Shore but their home countries span 72 different countries around the globe – Afghanistan, Australia, Brazil, China, Cyprus, Egypt, Spain, France, Japan, Netherlands and Uzbekistan to name a few. Not surprisingly, Culture Week at Westlake Boys has become a highlight on the school calendar and a proud celebration of the cultural diversity enjoyed by students and staff. Displays of talent showcased during 2013 Culture Week included a Tibetan monk creating a sand mandala, traditional Chinese calligraphy, Sumo wrestling, Japanese anime, a margarine sculpture, the installation of an evolving artwork, a juggling display by the Head of ICT and much more.Traditional international food available at lunchtimes included Chinese, Korean, Middle Eastern, Pacific Island and South African dishes all prepared by parents and students.
Music and drama highlights included performances by Westlake Symphony Orchestra, Westlake “Camerata” String Orchestra, Westlake Symphonic Band, Westlake Stage Band, a drama production of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”, the Annual Westlake Proms Concert and a Korean evening, which proved to be the most popular event of the week attracting 1500 Korean students from across the North Shore.
Westlake golfers claim third successive Auckland title
For the third year in a row Westlake Boys Premier Golf team, Jared Bellas, Harry Yang, Sam Reese and Changi Lee, recently took out both the North Harbour and Auckland secondary school golf titles.
The Auckland final against Auckland Grammar was played at Pupuke Golf Course and went down to the wire with a sudden death playoff hole required after overall scores were tied on the 18th. By winning the North Harbour teams championship the Westlake Boys team qualified to represent the region in the NZ Secondary Schools finals in Christchurch in September.