Education: Westlake Boys High School
Simon Smith receives Westlake staff travel award
Westlake Boys former student and long-serving staff member Simon Smith is the latest recipient of the Westlake Boys Staff Travel Award. The award recognises a staff member whose contribution to Westlake Boys High School is so significant that his/her efforts are considered to have enriched Westlake and make it a better place for everyone. The Staff Travel Award is intended to provide recipients with a significant travel experience which will enhance their lives personally and professionally.
Simon Smith is a Westlake old boy who, over his 24 years teaching at Westlake, has become a mainstay of the school’s Social Sciences department. As well as being a popular History teacher Simon has also impacted Westlake with his longstanding commitment to the school’s sailing teams. Over the past two decades Simon’s sailing teams have included several current and past New Zealand representatives such as Red Bull Youth America’s Cup sailor Jono Spurdle and 2007 Optimist World Champion Chris Steele.
Simon is likely to utilise his award to travel to Europe and, amongst other activities, visit Gallipoli, D Day beaches and the WWI Western Front. He believes that his enriched knowledge of the area will benefit his students and colleagues for many years to come.
Recognises Staff Contributions
The purpose of the Westlake Boys Foundation is to future-proof the school’s academic, cultural, physical and social well-being. One of the initiatives funded by the Foundation is the annual Westlake Boys Foundation
These annual awards recognise staff members who have always gone the extra mile in their work and co-curricular involvements. Recipients utilise their awards to pursue professional initiatives of their own choosing. The knowledge and experience gained has a beneficial flow-on effect within their respective departments and classrooms. Winners of the 2013 Westlake Foundation Staff Awards were:
Charlie Meredith. Head of Physical Education. Coach 1st XI Hockey and North Harbour Men’s Hockey. Charlie intends utilising his Foundation Award to research international hockey coaching programmes
David Squire. Music Teacher and conductor of Westlake Boys National Champion Voicemale choir and Westlake Schools Choralation choir. David will use his award to fund his Masters studies in Music
Michael Murphy. Assistant Property Manager; Football coach and manager. Michael’s award will enable him to attend an international landscaping, design and construction trade show in Melbourne.
All members of Westlake Boys community are welcome to attend the following events during February. Details at www.westlake.school.nz
Annual House Haka Competition
– Wednesday 5th February
Form 3 ‘Welcome to Westlake’ Parents Evening
– Thursday 13th February
Athletics Day – Thursday 20th February
Scholars Assembly – Friday 21st February