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Bollywood Dance Group places second

The Westlake Girls Bollywood Dance Group placed second in the Bollywood Dance New Zealand Dance Competition held at Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau.
The team competed in the Open Category which had performers and choreographers from professional dance schools.  Westlake was the only school to compete in this category where they performed a variety of dance styles that included; hip hop and classical alongside the traditional Indian forms.
Judging was based on: synchronisation, formation, stunts, costume, character/team spirit, use of props, lighting, acting, movement/transition, opening and ending.
Students involved were; Noor Kaur, Hemeesha Singh, Jishika Deo, Kavita Patel, Prachi Brahmbhatt, Amrita Anjali Raj, Afi Bavdovin, Pratiti Roy, Rhea Chandra, Riddhi Chandra and Pooja Bhagath.

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Gold Medals at Synchronised Swimming Championships
Westlake Girls High School students Azzeline Jorieux and Kelly Chang won gold medals at the North Island Secondary Schools Synchronised Swimming Championships in Tauranga. Azzeline Jorieux won gold in the College Solo with a score of 60.167. She then teamed up with Kelly Chang where they won gold in the College Duet with a score of 62.833.

Rowers to Represent Auckland In Australia
Seven Westlake Girls students have gained selection into the Auckland U18 Girls 8’s that will compete at the Queensland Schools Championships in September. This is an outstanding achievement for the students and the school. The students selected are: Jess Remington, Poppy Logan, Renee Scott French, Adelia Bolam, Caitlin Nugent, Sian Anderson and Danielle Schofield. The crew will be coached by Westlake Girls Head Coach Craig Smith.

Westlake Win Gold at Table Tennis Champs
The Westlake Girls High School Premier Table Tennis team won the Auckland Secondary School Teams Table Tennis title. The team of Veronica Li, Jocelyn Lim, Irene Liu, Sandy Liu and Sam Sun were undefeated in their three matches with wins against Epsom Girls, WGHS Team 2 and last year’s national champions ST Cuthbert’s. The team now turns its attention to the New Zealand Championships in early September held at North Harbour.

Staff Member Runs to Fundraise
Westlake Girls High School staff member Catherine Taylor will be running on behalf of the school in the Auckland Half Marathon on November 3rd to raise money for the New Zealand Blind Foundation.
Westlake Girls High School is involved in supporting a number of charities as we support and guide our students in becoming positive and active members of the community. Cat is hoping to inspire young people to get involved and support in any way they can. Please get behind the school to raise as much money as we can for this wonderful Foundation. 
To donate please visit the following fundraising page:

All Blacks Train at Westlake
The All Blacks squad recently visited Westlake Girls using the artificial football fields for their fitness testing.
Both players and coaching staff said that the facilities were fantastic and the school was fortunate to have outstanding sporting facilities.

Westlake Girls Dominate Badminton Championships
Westlake Girls once again dominated the Greater Auckland Badminton Championships by making three of the four finals.
For the third year in a row, Rayna Phillips and Deborah Yin won the Senior Doubles. Virginia Gunter and Alyssa Tagel teamed up to win the Junior Doubles.  In the singles, Rebecca Goddard was knocked out in the quarter finals of the senior section and Selena Wu placed runner-up in the junior section in a close-fought final. The team turn their attention to the New Zealand Nationals in September where they are the defending champions.

Korean Night Raises Money for City Mission
The annual Korean Night was held at Westlake Boys’ Auditorium and provided participants with an evening of cultural exhibition and an opportunity for people of every ethnicity to experience Korean culture.
The evening involved the showcase of around 18 performances over the period of three hours. These performances ranged from traditional Korean dances, tae kwon do, to contemporary k-pop singing and a haka.  All the performances were put together by groups of Westlake students. The evening has continued to prove a huge success, steadily attracting an average audience of over a 1000 people.  Profits from 2013 Westlake Korean Night surmounted to $2500, of which $2000 was donated to Auckland City Mission in our hope to help marginalised people in our local neighbourhood and make Auckland a welcoming place for them to live in.

Bronze Medal at National Trampoline Championships
At the recent New Zealand Secondary Schools Gymsports Championships Westlake Girls student Natasha Marriage won a bronze medal. 
Her medal was won in the Women’s Individual A Grade Individual Trampoline. 
Natasha had a score of 52.300. Fellow Westlake student Kiera Greenacre placed 10th in the Women's Individual Elite.

by Channel Editorial