From the Principal

Kia ora parents and caregivers,

With four weeks of term under our belt, the school is starting to find its natural rhythm, and our new students are settling into life as Westlakers. Those first-day nerves are being replaced with new friendships, new experiences and an excitement for the academic, extra-curricular and social opportunities that are opening up before them.

On Monday 20th February we held our full-school Academic Assembly where we recognised our top performing students of 2022 and presented our 2023 Prefects and Tuakana with their badges. It was a special occasion to be together for our first full school assembly in two years and to celebrate the achievements of so many students. We are delighted with our 2022 provisional NCEA results and proud of everyone who has worked so hard to achieve this success, which included the achievement of 52 NZQA scholarships over 19 subjects.

Last week we had our first House Assemblies for the year and our Swimming Sports event at AUT Millennium. Unfortunately the rain today has meant we have had to cancel our planned Athletics Sports today and we will let you know when we have a new date.

On Wednesday 22nd February we welcomed our new Year 9 parent whānau to the school with an information evening, it was great to see so many attend. One of the key messages for new students is to get involved in activities outside the classroom. Next Tuesday 28th February we will hold our Club’s Expo at lunchtime on the covered courts. This is great opportunity for students to have a look at the extracurricular clubs and activities on offer, ask questions and sign up to get involved.

Below is a list of upcoming key events, and you will receive further communication about these.

Have a lovely weekend.

Jane Stanley


Events in the coming weeks:

Tuesday 28 February – Clubs Expo

Wednesday 1 March – Year 9 Tabloid Sports Day

Wednesday 1 March – Whānau Hui

Tuesday 7 March – Athletics Day (students entered in Championship events only)

Wednesday 15 March – Pasifika Fono Evening

Tuesday 21 March – Tertiary night

Thursday 30 March – Report Evening #1

Tuesday 4 April – Report Evening #2

Thursday 6 April – last day of Term 1

Friday 7 April – Good Friday