From the Principal

Kia ora everyone, 

I am back at Westlake after my wonderful sabbatical. I am very grateful to the Board and the Senior Leadership team whose support ensured I was able to take up this opportunity.  

I attended two conferences facilitated by the International Coalition of Girls’ Schools during my travels. To be able to connect and share with such a diverse group of passionate educators from Girls’ schools across New Zealand, Australia, South-East Asia, South Africa, the US, Canada, the UK, Europe and South America was energising and motivating. 

Having the time to reflect has been very affirming. Our students have as many opportunities here at Westlake to explore their interests, develop their strengths and to decide their choice of pathway both inside and outside the classroom, as any other school across this group. I feel very privileged to have had this opportunity.  

That said, I also feel fortunate to call Aotearoa home and to rejoin my Westlake whānau! I am thrilled to feel such energy and positivity around the school as I chat with staff and students.  

I have certainly returned and hit the ground running, with the vibrant Mother and Daughter breakfast this week, media awards evening and assembly to celebrate the achievement of our Māori students. Well done to everyone involved.   

The Big Sing Finale finishes this Sunday, and our Premier Sports teams are preparing for their Winter National Tournaments across the country next week. We wish those students involved in all of these activities a happy and successful time. 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend. 

Jane Stanley