Kia ora Parents and Caregivers,

Happy International Women’s Day.

Today, as we celebrate women’s remarkable achievements and contributions worldwide, I am thinking about the incredible young women of our Westlake community. As we commemorate this special day, I’m proud of our school’s commitment to fostering an environment where our girls can thrive, their voices are heard, and they are encouraged to reach for the stars. Mana wahine!

Last week, we took the entire school off-site for Athletics Day. The logistics of moving the whole school to AUT Millennium were no mean feat, but it was well worth it. As always, our students were impressive. The competitors pushed themselves to their limits all day in the heat, and we saw many excellent results. Whether or not they were competing in events themselves, everyone was supportive. There was also some fabulous inter-house rivalry going on! Everyone contributed to the great atmosphere of the day with enthusiasm and great humour. It was a lot of fun.

This week has also been vibrant and positive, with our Pasifika Fono Evening on Monday and our Whānau Evening on Wednesday.  The commitment of whānau to the girl’s education and the school’s commitment to both groups fills me with excitement about what we can achieve together.  It is clearly going to be a highly enjoyable year!

Have a great weekend, everyone. The weather is looking lovely.

Jane Stanley