Our prefect body for 2018 is led by two wonderful ambassadors for the school – Head Prefect Izzy Sheild and Deputy Head Prefect Janice Lim.
As well as being high achievers academically, both students have thrown themselves into a wide range of extra-curricular activities during their time at Westlake. Izzy is passionate about the arts and has had several leading roles in school productions, while also being a member of the award-winning Choralation choir. Janice is an accomplished musician, playing the violin in Westlake’s Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, and she is also a talented debater. Both girls have a strong sense of service and have been involved in Westlake’s Smart Swans junior tutoring programme and various service committees.
Izzy’s main goal this year is “to make each student feel they belong and are supported in a positive way to have the best experience possible at Westlake Girls.” Janice is particularly keen to “foster house and school spirit and encourage interactions between different age groups.” Their enthusiasm and strong commitment to their roles makes them eminently suited to being exemplary role models and to the tasks that lie ahead of them this year.
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected as this year’s prefects with key responsibilities within each of the five houses:
House Captain: Izzy Ray-Chaudhuri; Academic Prefect: Huda Aljawahiri; Arts Prefect: Lexy Etheridge; Cultural Prefect: Pritika Chand; Environment Prefect: Jemma Heron; International Student Prefect: Teresa Qingqing Fan: Service Prefect: Weaam Bassiouni; Sport and Wellbeing Prefect: Jaimee Wyatt; Junior School Prefects: Farin Dickinson; Alanah Grassick; Danielle Kooge; Hannah Retimana; Paris Seu; Suvarna Swaraj; Amelia Tominiko; Baylee Wareham.
House Captain: Iliarne Watson; Academic Prefect: Elizabeth Vaughan; Arts Prefect: Justine Razon; Cultural Prefect: Lillian Mbuba; Environment Prefect: Shaila Bhabha; International Student Prefect: Ying Celia Liu; Service Prefect: Drew Fletcher; Sport and Wellbeing Prefect: Sara McCarthy; Junior School Prefects: Jess Bark; Kate Fox; Eimear Kelly; Emily Lyndon; Sanaa Nair; Grace Poloai; Catelyn Rozario; Brooklyn Yagmich.
House Captain: Bridget Layburn; Academic Prefect: Kjirsti Pedersen; Arts Prefect: Kasey Lui; Cultural Prefect: Mandy McClenaghan; Environment Prefect: Gnesyer Gomez; International Student Prefect: Evelyn Linyi Lu; Service Prefect: Rhiana Merota; Sport and Wellbeing Prefect: Risheeka Chhiba; Junior School Prefects: Rebekah Fouhy; Amy Lambert; Shanay Ramphal; Ashleigh Sun; Beverley Sun; Brea Walker.
House Captain: Cynthia Liu; Academic Prefect: Jenny Choi; Arts Prefect: Joyce Yang; Cultural Prefect: Yeonji Lee; Environment Prefect: Hannah Waller; International Student Prefect: Yudi Iris Cai; Service Prefect: Caitlin Goodin; Sport and Wellbeing Prefect: Anna Steven; Junior School Prefects: Haneen Abu-Obeid; Emma Buckley; Jess Curry; Alyssa Laterveer; Katie Sadlier; Molly Turpin.
House Captain: Janelle Beamish; Academic Prefect: Maitreyi Jain; Arts Prefect: Chantelle Reilly; Cultural Prefect: Macy Foulagi-Koroi; Environment Prefect: Katelyn Nayler; International Student Prefect: Naomi Koya; Service Prefect: Juliana Mekhaiel; Sport and Wellbeing Prefect: Zara Pocock; Junior School Prefects: Jess Geaney; Charlotte Houten; Isabella Kim; Raewyn Leow; Jess Nu'u; Victoria Roebuck.
2017 Sporting Awards
In the final term of last year, nine Westlake students were named finalists at the 2017 Auckland College Young Sportsperson of the Year (YSPOTY) Awards. Four students went on to win awards for their category. Congratulations to all these students for their outstanding achievement in sport.
Sports Category Overall Winners:
Amara Afghan – Squash
Anna Steven – Athlete with a disability
Ariane Pola – Volleyball
Elys Ventura – Tennis
Sports Category Finalists:
Dileesia Henare – Squash
Tamara Otene – Badminton
Jordyn Maddix – Basketball
Aya Tanaka-Probert – Gymsports
Student Official of the Year Finalist:
Danielle Kooge – Basketball
Twins Courtney and Brianna Reynolds-Smith were also recognised for their sailing achievements over the 2017 season, with the highlight being their placings at the Junior World Championships in Japan. Competing in the 470 class, they came eighth in the Under 23 category and first in the Under 20 category.
At the 2017 Massey University Harbour Sports Excellence Awards they were awarded the Spencer on Byron Hotel Junior Team of the Year. They also received a Youth Performance Certificate in the Volvo Yachting Excellence Awards. With their sights set on the Olympics, the sailing duo have shown great dedication and commitment to their sport, following an intensive training programme throughout the year.
Miss Tubs Scoops Young Enterprise Awards
Risheeka Chhiba, Lillie Cripps, Caitlin Goodin, Charlotte Houten and Eda Ye won the Northern Region Food & Beverage Excellence Award at the 2017 Lion Foundation Young Enterprise Scheme (YES) Awards. The judges commented on the high standard of their ice cream/mousse combinations going under the Miss Tubs label.
Caitlin Goodin also won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for her ability to engage and lead her company to develop a unique product and achieve their goals. Caitlin was acknowledged for encouraging others to pursue business opportunities and interests, using her enthusiasm and passion for success while also having fun.
YES is an experiential programme where students set up and run a real business. Each YES company creates their own product or service and brings this to market. Through the scheme students learn about business planning and operations, develop a range of personal and business skills, and create networks within their community. The skills learned provide invaluable preparation for the future workplace, encouraging entrepreneurism, creativity and real-life problem solving.
Tapping into the current popularity of Kiwiana, the creators of Miss Tubs developed an innovative ice cream product made from high quality ingredients with a classic Kiwi flavour. Orange Obsession and Pineapple Passion use a creamy chocolate ice cream swirled with a light flavoured mousse, with a sprinkle of either Jaffas or Pineapple Lumps to create the finishing touch. The makers of Miss Tubs knew they were onto a winning recipe when they started selling the products at local markets. Even in the wet winter months they regularly sold out and were spurred on to try other sales avenues, setting up shop at the Saturday morning netball courts.
A percentage of every Miss Tubs product sold was donated to Shine, the national charity aimed at making homes violence free.