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Successful Time for Westlake Hockey
The Westlake Girls High 1st XI Hockey Team won the North Harbour Girls title defeating Rangitoto College in the final 3-0. 
The team went through undefeated in pool play scoring 30 goals and only conceding two prior to the final. They defeated Orewa 3-0, Pinehurst 14-0, Northcote 6 – 0, Mahurangi College 5-0 and in their final pool game drawing 2-2 with Kristin School.
The team now turn their attention to the Auckland Intercity competition.  The team is Mattea Harris, Bianca Oram, Kiri Walters, Teegan Hager, Hannah Leckey, Georgia Hawley, Ashleigh McNaughton, Alex Agnew, Ariana Corbertt, Jazmin Wanoa, Julie Ellis, Fleur North, Laura Drake, Shenade Benson, Robyn Hellyer, Risheeka Chhiba and Zara Felstead. The team is coached by Verity Sharland and Bridget Blackwood and managed by Linda Clouston.
The 2nd and 3rd XI teams are also performing well with both teams finishing top in their respective grades and the 2nd XI earning the right to play in the Tier 2 Supercity competition.
A  number of students have been selected into North Harbour Representative Hockey Teams, Under 15A team Georgia Clement, Risheeka Chhiba, Tiana Henry, Kiri Walters,  U15B Sanaa Nair, Zara Felstead, Under 18A Team Alex Agnew, Bianca Oram, Julie Ellis, Mattea Harris, Under 18B Ashleigh McNaughton, Georgia Hawley, Hannah Leckey, Jazmin Wanoa  and Teegan Hager.

Success at Auckland
Secondary Schools Snow Sports

On 12 June seven girls from Westlake competed in the Auckland Secondary Schools Snow Sports Championships held at Snow Planet.  Year 13 student Mallory Perigo (pictured) won both the Snowboard Slopestyle and the Snowboard Giant Slalom. Year 9 student Chantelle Reilly (pictured) was placed second in the Girls Slalom Ski Race. Overall Westlake Girls ended up in second place as a team. Well done to all the girls that competed and thank you to Mrs Emma Young who was the Team Manager on the day.

Westlake Students Selected for Pathway to Podium Programme
Both Tayla Clement and Stefanie Crncevic have been selected into the Auckland Pathway to Podium Programme. The Pathway to Podium is an exciting initiative that identifies emerging athletes from different sports with a goal of ensuring they are better prepared to enter the demanding high performance system.  At present, 12 sports have been targeted for this initiative.  Tayla was selected for Paralympics swimming and Stefanie for canoeing.

Westlake Girls Dominate Auckland Rowing Awards
Westlake Girls High School won five awards at the Auckland Rowing Association Prize giving held at Sorrento in the Park recently.
Westlake Girls won School of the Year and Head Coach Craig Smith won the Coach of the Year shield.  Amber Fordham was named Female Coxswain of the Year and the Girls U17 Coxed 4 claimed both the Female School Crew of the Year and Female Club Crew of the Year awards. 

United Nations Team Places Second
A Year 12 team from WGHS was awarded second place in the most recent round of the Senior Division, UN Youth Diplomacy Competition, involving 22 teams nationally. Students investigated a variety of world issues and wrote UN resolutions, reporting how issues might be addressed. 
The Year 12 Team photographed are Sarah Yap, Bonnie Liu, Ruth Gong and Rhea Mahajan.

Westlake Girls’ Chamber Music
Students from Westlake Girls’ High School were featured in three of the 12 selected ensembles for the Auckland Semi-Finals of the 2014 Auckland District Contest on Sunday 7 June at the Raye Freedman Centre. They were selected from 122 competing groups in the Auckland region. Yune Sang’s group ‘Les Six Poulenc’ and Clair Wang’s ‘The Front Room’ were awarded KBB Music prizes for ‘striving for excellence in their music making and featuring a wind and/or brass instrumentalist’.
Gloria Tian and Tahee Kim’s ensemble ‘The Westin Quartet’ were also selected as semi-finalists for their performance of the Shostakovich String Quartet No.8. These students have demonstrated great dedication and mature musicianship throughout the contest, investing many hours into extra rehearsals with students from other schools across Auckland. If you would like to consider entering the 2015 contest please see Miss Hall in the Music Department for further details.

KBB Music Awards
Les Six Poulenc  – Auckland Grammar, Westlake Boys High School, Westlake Girls High School and Diocesan School for Girls
The Front Room  – Western Springs College, Westlake Girls High School and Westlake Boys
High School

Students Cook up a Storm

Three Year 12 Hospitality students were able to gain hands-on experience from Chef David Schofield who presented a vegetables.co.nz Masterclass.  Chef David won New Zealand Chef of the Year in 2011 and 2012 and he describes this secondary school hospitality initiative as very valuable for teaching the culinary stars of the future.
 “This master class broadened my mind on creative flavours to amake a gold award vegetable soup,” said Amber Collé.
Kate Bevis, Amber Collé and Madison Ennis are pictured above with Chef David.

Westlake Netball Wins Trans-Tasman Battle

Westlake Girls hosted Genazzano College from Melbourne, Australia where Teams 1 and 2 played their Australian counterparts.  Both matches were hard fought with both Westlake teams coming out on top.

Students Promote New Sporting Equipment

Westlake Girls High School Year 12 Health Classes received their new lacrosse sporting equipment for the school recently.
The equipment was received through the Shore to Shore Fun Run/Walk event that Westlake Girls competed in.  This year Westlake increased their numbers to 460 entries an increase of over 190 from the previous year.
The Year 12 students promote the event as part of their course.  The new equipment was launched to the school as a Have-a-go-day at lunchtime.  The equipment will now be used by the school in an internal lacrosse competition in term 3.
Pictured is a number of Year 12 students and Harbour Sport representative Renate Smith and the new lacrosse equipment.

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