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Education: Westlake Girls High School

Education: Westlake Girls High School

 Girls inspired at Science Forum

A group of ten Year 12 Westlake students went to the For Girls in Science forum in Auckland, which is part of the L’Oréal Australia New Zealand For Women in Science Fellowship programme. The purpose of For Girls in Science is to inspire more women to take up science as a career by demystifying some of the stereotypes surrounding the profession and demonstrating the opportunities that are available within science. 

More than 130 Year 11 and 12 secondary schoolgirls from the Auckland region attended the two-hour forum at the University of Auckland, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences in association with the Maurice Wilkins Centre. The forum was chaired by University of Auckland Distinguished Professor Margaret Brimble, a 2007 For Women in Science Laureate. She was joined by 2012 International Fellow, Dr Zoe Hilton from the Cawthron Institute in Nelson. The agenda included addresses by all three distinguished panellists and information about the L’Oréal For Girls in Science and For Women in Science programmes.

Each of the ten girls found it truly inspirational and a fun day out. It gave us the opportunity to see those amazing women role models talking about their experiences with such passion. 


Premier Basketball Team Win Auckland Championship

After suffering a season of injured and departing players, the Premier Girls Basketball team won the Auckland Secondary Schools Premier Championship title last night, defeating Rangitoto 56-50 in the final at the North Shore Events Centre. This is the first time ever (certainly in last 20 years) that Westlake has won the greater Auckland Premier Basketball Competition (Super City). The team will now compete in the NZ Secondary Schools National tournament in Palmerston North during the first week of the school holidays. Congratulations to Zara Jillings who was awarded MVP of the final. 


Selection for Youth Rhino Summit

Bryar Renshaw will be taking part in a world first this month, she will be joining two other Kiwi students to attend the inaugural International Youth Rhino Summit in South Africa on September 21-23. This trip is being funded by the charitable trust imake a Difference. The aim is to engage attendees in rhino and wildlife conservation and protection strategies, empowering them to become ambassadors. 


Westlake High School Alumni 1957-1961: Getting together again

Westlake Girls and Boys High Schools would like you to join us for an afternoon tea, tour and catch up.

What: Westlake High School Reunion Tea and Tour

When: Wednesday 29th October 2014, 2.30pm-4.30pm

Where: Westlake Girls High School Staffroom

Cost: No charge

RSVP to Cathy Roughan by 22nd October if possible (email or phone)

(09) 478 1909         

Please spread the word to your schoolmates – all former students of the co-ed Westlake High School are welcome! 


Badminton & Table Tennis place 3rd at Nationals

Team 1 table tennis placed third at the national teams championships in Auckland, Team 2 placed fourth. In the individual championships Jocelyn Lim won the bronze medal in the U19 Girls section.

Having lost many of our experienced Badminton players this year, Westlake went into the National Badminton tournament as the fifth seeds. The girls played very well during the week and upped their ranking, eventually finishing off in third place. 


2014 National Student CHOGM

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is a biennial summit between Commonwealth nations and their respective heads of government. New Zealand hosted CHOGM in 1995, where it was led by Jim Bolger. On the 28th and 29th of July, Penny Peng and Jessica Tsang attended the 2014 National Student CHOGM, which emulates this meeting on a national scale. Hosted at Parliament by the Hon Peter Dunne, it encouraged networking between students and politicians, foreign ambassadors, and others involved in the Commonwealth. Roughly twenty delegations were present, each assigned a different Commonwealth country to represent. Jess, representing Antigua and Barbuda’s Head of Government, forwarded concerns regarding drug cartels, education, and medicine, while Penny, as its Foreign Affairs Minister, helped form relationships with other countries by lobbying support for resolutions or amendments. Plenary debates were held in Parliament’s legislative chamber, where we proposed solutions to topical issues and debated their merits, or suggested further amendments. We were served a mock state dinner in the banquet hall, and were also given the chance to ask the Hon John Key about his own CHOGM experiences, among other, less political questions. 

Workshops were also run by various politicians, Jess attending one on Good Governance with Paul Foster-Bell, and Penny investigating Business and Trade.  

CHOGM taught us the merits and techniques of diplomacy, as well as the workings of an international summit with voluntary attendants. Although the Commonwealth cannot create legally binding resolutions, it was interesting to see the needs of different countries, and how this influenced their interaction with others. 

Jessica Tsang 


Westlake Students win Fashion Competition

As part of fashion week five Westlake Girls High School Fabric Technology students entered the national secondary schools fashion competition, Walk the Line. Kim Franklin, Hilary Comber, Jung Eun Cho, Kelsey Allott and Jacqueline Yeung produced stunning garments. There were 52 entries from various schools around the country.

Congratulations to Jacqueline Yeung who was the winner of the' Wonderland' category with her red queen garment. 


Swimmers in the medals at Nationals

Year 11 students Ella Cripps and Yeonsu Lee were successful at the National Short Course Swimming Championships in Wellington. Ella Cripps won the Silver medal in the 15-year-old 800m freestyle and the bronze medal in the 200m freestyle. 

Yeonsu Lee won nine Gold medals in the 15-year-old 100m, 200m, 400m freestyle, 50m, 100m, 200m butterfly and the 100m, 200m, 400m individual medley. 

She also won two silver medals in the 200m individual medley and 200m butterfly open.  Yeonsu broke the New Zealand record for the 15-year-old 200m butterfly that was last broken in 1990 (2:15.10). 

She broke the record in the morning session with a time of 2:14.76 and in the open final she once again set the New Zealand record beating her previous time with 2:13.72. 


This year our Art department have combined with Westlake boys Art department. 3.15 began 3 years ago promoting Westlake Girls High School students and teachers creativity in a professional gallery setting. We are continuing this idea with the help of ex-students who are established NZ artists or starting their studies at Elam School of Fine Arts. 

This can be seen as a partnership or linking between our schools and artists together. You are warmly invited to celebrate our first exhibition that encompasses the past, present and future of our schools in a collaborative event. Exhibition is held at Northart gallery 4/5, running from 6th -21st October. With opening on Sunday 5th 5pm.  

by Channel Magazine