• WGHS ASB Finalists

    WGHS ASB Finalists

  • WGHS Coach of the Year

    WGHS Coach of the Year

  • WGHS Frances, Vukets, Joy

    WGHS Frances, Vukets, Joy

  • WGHS Sportswoman of the Year

    WGHS Sportswoman of the Year

  • WGHS WHS co-ed group on a school tour 1 October 2014 IMG_2485

    WGHS WHS co-ed group on a school tour 1 October 2014 IMG_2485

Schools & Education

Sports Awards Galore and Founders' Reunion
News from Westlake Girls High School

ASB College Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards

Westlake Girls High School won four individual sport awards and had two teams on the roll of honour at the ASB College Sport Young Sportsperson of the Year Awards.

The school had nine finalists in six sport categories Zara Jillings, Katelin Noyer for basketball, Liz Olney cricket, Jessica Remington, Renee  Scott-French rowing, Tayla Clement swimming, athlete with a disability, Rosie Cheng tennis, Annalise Vukets and Imogen Francis volleyball.

The winners were Jessica Remington, Tayla Clement, Rosie Cheng and Annalise Vukets.  Teams on the roll of honour were Rowing U17 4’s and Premier Water polo, both teams won New Zealand National titles.

Current and Former Students Claim Harbour Sports Awards

Current and former Westlake Girls High School students were winners at the Harbour Sport Excellence Awards.

Current students Imogen Frances and Annalise Vukets were members of the Harbour Raiders Women’s Volleyball team that won the Regional Team of the Year.  They were joined by former student Charlotte Joy who was also a member of the team.

Former student and New Zealand Hockey player Rhiannon Dennison won the Maori Sports Performer award while Jo Aleh along with her partner Olivia Powrie won the International Performance by a Team for sailing.

Westlake Girls also had two finalists in the Junior Team of the Year, the U17 4’s rowing crew and the Premier water polo team, and both these teams won their respective national tournaments.

Westlake Girls Sporting Excellence Awards

Rosie Cheng was named Sportswoman of the Year at the Westlake Girls annual Sporting Excellence Awards.

Cheng is the schools number one ranked tennis player who this year made it through the qualifying rounds to the main draw of the Junior Australian Open at Melbourne Park.  In the first round of the main draw she defeated the tournament 16th and world 43rd ranked player from Hungary in three sets. Rosie seeded 177 in the junior world rankings was unable to produce the same outcome in her second round match losing in three sets to a player from Slovakia.  

She has played in numerous International Tennis Federation tournaments throughout NZ, Australia and Asia with great success in the doubles, winning the Brisbane International Tennis Federation and Auckland International Tennis Federation G3 Tournaments.  She is the number 1 player at Westlake Girls High School who this year won the Auckland A1 competition for the first time and winning the silver medal at the NZ Teams championships.

Tennis also won the Junior Sportswoman of the Year award with Paige Alter claiming the trophy.

Team of the year was the U17 4’s Rowing Crew had a season to remember, claiming four gold medals at both the NZSS and Club champs. The crew were Poppy Logan, Jessica Remmington, Renee Scott-French, Sian Anderson and Amber Fordham (cox).

Coach of the Year was Steve Knights from water polo, Student Coach of the year Abby Fitchett, Sporting Allrounder Sammi Stanton and Volunteer of the Year Robyn McNaughton.

Citizenship Award - Sihui Penelope Peng and Wai Yan Jessica Tsang    

Penny has been actively involved in serving her community throughout her time at Westlake; from Year 10 when she helped raise funds for the Red Puppy Appeal, as a Pupuke House Service Committee member in Year 12, and a St John Youth Volunteer from 2006-2012.  This year she was Pupuke House Service Prefect. Penny was extremely active in organising various ventures to fundraise for Pupuke House Charity – The Animal Sanctuary. She is a debater, has played badminton and Table Tennis, and is an accomplished pianist. This year she has represented the school at the Student’s CHOGM and NZMUN (New Zealand Model United National).

As Service Prefect for Onewa House, Jessica worked tirelessly to achieve the goal of funding 140 cataract operations for the Fred Hollows Foundation, her House charity. She set up various activities to raise not only money but awareness – such as a blind obstacle course where students were required to wear cataract masks throughout the challenge and a blind taste challenge. Jessica’s leadership and motivation of students for this worthwhile cause was outstanding. Through the efforts of Jessica, Onewa collected over $4000 which well exceeded their goal thus managing to fund 162 eye operations. Also involved in CHOGM, MUNA and debating, Jess has shown her ability to balance a multitude of commitments. 

Westlake High School Founders’ Reunion Tea and Tour

The founding group of both Westlake High Schools had a reunion afternoon tea and tour at Westlake Girls recently.  It was a great chance for a catch up and look around the school for around  65 of the co-ed group  who attended school on the Westlake Girls High School site between 1957 and 1961, before the school split into separate schools. 

The group enjoyed the interaction with prefects as they showed them around, noting that the hall is the only remaining part of their original school.

Some of the group came from Wellington, Manawatu, Taupo and Northland as well as the Auckland area, to catch up with old friends. Nearly 40 other WHS students have been in touch again and expressed their interest in the Westlake  alumni communities, including some  based in London, Switzerland, Germany, Canada and Australia.

The function was co-hosted by both schools and we hope this is the first step in our re-connecting with this group of alumni. 

Please contact alumni@westlakegirls.school.nz for information on this WHS Founders group and the alumni associations of both schools.

By Channel Editorial

Channel Magazine: Issuu 50 December 2014 | January 2015

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