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Education: Westlake Girls High School

Korean Art Exhibition

Our purpose within the Art Department at Westlake Girls High School is to inspire students to reach the top of their creative and imaginative potential by demonstrating their outstanding talent through Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Photography and Design.
With the many cultures we have at Westlake we see the importance of demonstrating international diversity and show the eclectic subject that is Art. We are extremely honoured to exhibit the art works from the Changwon Myeongji Girls High School in South Korea.
 Through the use of simplistic resources such as the use of a pen, Changwon Myeongji Girls display their advanced knowledge in drawing techniques (cross-hatching and shading) creating depth, detail, tone and shaded elements to their art work. To see how the students from South Korea can create simple yet extremely complex pieces of art demonstrates to us at Westlake that Art is not determined by the variety of resources but by the originality, ingenuity and innovative talent from the Artists. The exhibition emphasises the strong connection between culture and art, and how art can be appreciated and inspiring to all countries around the world.

The New Zealand School of Dance Associates Programme…
…nurtures the next generation of New Zealand dancers.
Year 9 student Breana Drummond auditioned at the end of last year to become a ‘Junior Associates’ of New Zealand School of Dance as a ballet major and was very fortunate to be one of 8 girls and 6 boys selected from throughout New Zealand.
The programme caters for a small number of exceptionally talented young students, aged 13 - 16, who show potential for classical and/or contemporary dance training.
The aim of the Associates programme (formerly Junior Associates) is to provide complementary training whilst pupils continue to study with their own dance teacher.
The programme is intended for dancers considering full-time training at the New Zealand School of Dance. Associates are appraised throughout the course by NZSD faculty and teachers on their suitability for further training
Classes are held at the NZSD on four weekends a year for the Associates, who travel from all over New Zealand to participate in the programme.

Swimming
Westlake Girls swimmers attend the North Harbour Zone Championships at the Millennium Institute winning numerous events.
Student Yeonsu Lee won the Girls 14-14 50m butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle individual events.  She then teamed up with Tayla Clement, Ella Cripps and Yeonji Lee to win the Girls Open 200m Fly relay.  She was also a part of the relay team that won the Girls 14-15 200m Medley.  Team members included; Georgia Walker, Ella Cripps and Yeonji Lee.
Morgan Blind won the Girls 13 and Under 50m Freestyle then teamed up with Chloe Yeo, Isobella Hillman and Isabella Lloyd to win the Girls 13 and Under 200m Medley relay.  The relay team of Yeonji Lee, Georgia Walker, Isobella Hillman and Morgan Blind also claimed the Girls 13 and Under Freestyle event.
Georgia Walker recently attended the NZ Junior Champs in Wellington where she won 5 Medals in her age group, 2 Gold’s in the 400 IM & 200 Backstroke and 3 Bronze in the 200 IM,  50 & 100m backstroke.

New Zealand Rowing Club Championships
A number of Westlake students attended the New Zealand Club Rowing Championships at Lake Karapiro with the school crew winning the Women’s U19 4’s. 
This is an outstanding achievement for the crew of Jess Remington, Poppy Logan, Renee Scott-French, Sian Anderson and cox Amber Fordham.
This is the first ever club national title won by Westlake girl’s school crews and the first time the Women’s U19 4 has been won by an Under 17 crew.  All of these girls now get automatic junior trials for NZ crews.

by Channel Editorial

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