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International Science Success for Westlake Girls

Angela Zhang in Year 12 has been selected to attend the Professor Harry Messel International Science School in Sydney.  Angela has performed very well academically as well as being involved in extra-curricular activities such as the Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra and Future Problem Solving. It is a wonderful opportunity for her to experience Science at a highly acclaimed institution.
The Professor Harry Messel International Science School (ISS) is a visionary science programme created for academically gifted high school students. The two week fully residential curriculum is sponsored by the School of Physics through the Physics Foundation, which was established in 1954 and is dedicated to the pursuit of academic excellence. The ISS provides a transformational experience for the 145 young scholars attending from around Australia and nine other countries worldwide.
Lixing Wei in Year 13 has been selected to attend the London International Youth Science Forum.  Lixing is a worthy recipient and has performed very well academically as well as being a Prefect. She is also very involved in extra-curricular activities such Chamber Orchestra and Debating as well as participating in the New Zealand Young Physicists tournament, where she was part of the team that reached the Nationals. The students from New Zealand will also be stopping over in Switzerland to visit the CERN particle physics laboratory near Geneva.
 The London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) is a two week residential event held at Imperial College London, with lectures and demonstrations from leading scientists, visits to industrial sites, research centres, scientific institutions and organisations, including world class laboratories and universities. LIYSF attracts over 350 of the world's leading young scientists aged 17-21 years old from more than 50 participating countries. There is also an active social calendar with events designed to enable those from around the world to learn about different cultures. The scope of LIYSF extends further than broadening scientific understanding to engage students in education on other cultures and develop lasting, international friendships.

Special Music Scholarship for Sally Kim
Sally Kim, a Year 13 student at Westlake Girls High School and a member of the WGHS  string quartet ‘Geist’ who following invitation toured and performed in China last year. Sally is a masterful player of the cello and as a consequence is also a member of the Pettman National Junior Academy of Music.

Membership of the Academy is by performance audition and it is normal for students who are accepted to have shown their talent at an early age and to demonstrate an outstanding work ethic of focus and purpose. Audition is open to students from all over New Zealand, including international students.
“The Pettman Junior Academy of Music offers a comprehensive and high quality programme of music instruction for highly talented young musicians who show potential to pursue a career in music” (Wolfgang Kraemer, Director).
The academy selected five of the students to participate in a special programme to prepare them for national and international competitions – Sally was one of the selected students as was her sister Stella - a violinist and ex-student of WGHS, now studying at Auckland University.
Sally is one of five Pettman Junior Academy students to be awarded a “Special Scholarship”.  She will be travelling to Italy for an international music competition from 18 June to 17 July. Whilst in Italy Sally will compete in the Padova International Music Competition and undertake the Garda Lake International masterclass, in Riva del Garda, a Northern Italian province of Trento.

New Jersey Skype Experience
What began as an invitation email from Passaic Valley High in Little Falls, New Jersey has promised to become an annual event. A Year 13 Social Studies class was chosen to Skype a group of 17-year-old co-ed, senior students as part of the ‘Around the World’ programme which Passaic Valley High launched almost 10 years ago.
Miss Kathy Menake, a Social Studies teacher, runs the programme and was keen to invite Westlake Girls to take part on 15 May along with 15 other countries, live and online over a 24 hour period. “We liked the idea of having a large and prestigious girls’ school joining us,” she said.
Questions to encourage global dialogue and cultural exchange are the focus of the programme. Our Year 13 students asked questions on a variety of topics which ranged from gun control laws; the American economic revival; the Amish of Pennsylvania; and free milk in schools. The students had done quite a lot of research before the event and were also keen to ask questions about US government policy on subsidised lunches in schools across America. Rich debate and exchange ensued.
Students in New Jersey had spoken on previous Skype calls with students in countries such as Uganda, Pakistan and Ireland just hours before us but expressed great interest in New Zealand and in particular, our school. We apparently impressed them with “the quality of our questions, our poise and our cute accents.” Miss Menake sent the original invitation to be involved in the programme to Westlake Girls because of our enthusiasm for new ICT initiatives and the perspectives on current world issues that we, as women from one of New Zealand’s largest girls’ schools, might offer. Westlake Girls have joined the global community in real time and we look forward to encounters with other schools in the near future.

Medals at Auckland Duathlon Champs
Westlake Girls High School students competed in the Auckland Secondary School Duathlon Championships at St Kent’s College where they claimed two gold and one silver medal.
Alana Lythe and Danielle Augustin teamed up to win the Senior Girls Team event, Eden Amende and Emma Bullock won the Junior Girls Team event.
Hannah Amende placed 2nd in the Senior Girls Individual event completing a successful Duathlon Championships for the team of 11.

National Volleyball Reps Named
Congratulations to Annalise Vukets and Zoe Cronin who have been named in the New Zealand Under 19 Beach Volleyball team to represent New Zealand in the USA-West Coast Beach Volleyball tournament in early July.
Bethany Hayman was also named as a non-travelling reserve for this team. Imogen Francis and Bethany Hayman were named in the North Island Girls Indoor Volleyball team and will travel to Runaway Bay, Queensland to participate in the Trans-Tasman Quadrangular Tournament (NSW, QLD, North & South Island) 10-14 June 2013.

National Water Polo Reps
Emily Nicholson and Nadia Pavlovich have been selected for the New Zealand Under 15 Water Polo team.
The girls will join Kate Burley (selected for the New Zealand Youth Team) at the start of July to travel to Canberra to play in the World Youth Club Water Polo Challenge. This challenge will involve teams from Europe, USA, Asia and Australia competing. Kate and Emily have also been selected to trial for the New Zealand Schoolgirls team.

Finalist in Auckland Art Competition
Congratulations to Ji Won Lee, a year 11 student, who was selected as a finalist for the Auckland Secondary School Art Competition.
It is a great achievement as her art work was chosen as one of the 40 student finalists representing 13 schools from the Auckland region. The public exhibition was held from 16 to 19 May at the TelstraClear Pacific Events Centre.

by Channel Editorial