From the Board

WGHS Board news

Term One flew by very quickly this year as students and staff settled into a new year. We were fortunate this year that we did not encounter any unscheduled interruptions.

Two longstanding parent board members, Joy Bradfield and Kim Tay, have resigned. We would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to Joy and Kim for their exceptional commitment and service to WGHS during their tenure. They have contributed tirelessly and passionately to the betterment of our school community. We wish them all the very best for the future.

The Board sought to select two new candidates to fill these vacancies. Having completed the process, we are pleased to confirm that Jason Britten and Sujata Giri have been selected for those positions. Both Jason and Sujata bring fantastic skills, and we look forward to them joining the team.

Over the last few months, you might have noticed that our artificial turf has been replaced. Tiger Turf has been busy installing the new turf with the aim of having this finished in the Term One holidays. The lights over the turf have also been upgraded, giving the school additional lighting configurations. Given the significant use of this turf during and after school, the Board felt this was an important project to complete to ensure our students and the wider community could continue using this space.

We enjoyed seeing our students achieving great things last term, from our Kapa Haka group to our mountain bikers, surf lifesavers, sailing team, rowing teams, skiers and softball players, as well as our athletics competitors, beach volleyball players and equestrian riders, and many more students striving to do their best in their chosen sport, hobby or interest. We congratulate them all on their achievements. We would also like to take the opportunity to congratulate three staff who have been successful in being selected for national sports teams.

Kate Segetin was selected for NZ Masters Hockey.

Toa Tanimo was selected for the Samoan netball team.

Holly Pearson was selected for the Black Sticks Hockey team.

Well done to these staff on their fantastic achievements.

Lastly, as a reminder, the Board would like to highlight the importance of our school donations. These funds play an important part in helping Westlake Girls to deliver all of the extra teaching staff, extracurricular activity support, and amazing resources at our school. Every bit contributed goes a long way in ensuring our students have the best opportunity to succeed at our school.

Victoria Mahan

Presiding Member