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We have more than 30 clubs on offer – so there is something for everyone. Here’s what’s happening in 2021, including a list of clubs. 

 

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THURSDAY

FRIDAY

Before School

       

Morning Interval

         

Lunchtime

Envirogroup (B1)

K Drama (D15)

Wearable Arts (H8)

Musical Theatre (H1)

Rotary Interact (A31)

Chess Club (P12)

Neuro-diversity Group (P2)

Parallax Writing Club (H8)

Yoga (Gym 2)

French Club (A34) Fortnightly

Amnesty 

Maths Club (D15)

Bollywood Dance (A31)

Astronomy Club (C7) 
Fortnightly

Karaoke (H9)

Inspire (P6)

Diversity (A29)

Cigno Choir (M1)

Spanish Club (A25)

Code Club (A35)

E-Sports (A35)

Olympiad Chemistry (A3)

Knitting Club (C1)

Bollywood Dance (A31)

Anime Club (A12)

Theatresports (H1)

Wednesday Workout (Fitness Room)

STEAM Maker Space Club (M9)

Chess Club (P12)

Harry Potter Club (H9)

Maths Club (D15)

Philosophy Club (A29)

K Pop (A29)

Reading Club (H3)

Future Problem Solving (A30)

Chinese Club (A16)

Dance Club (Gym 2)

Future Scenario Writing (S1)

SLAM Collective (M2)

Rotary Interact (A31)

Funday Friday activities (Gym 1) 

After School

Adventure Racing (D9)

Dance Troupes

Equip’d Programme (B7)

Evolocity (D9)

Windsurfing (S3) 4pm (Terms 1 and 4)

Bollywood (G3) 3.30pm

Yoga (Gym 2)

Fitness (Gym 2) 7pm

Outdoor Club (S6) Fortnightly

Club/Activity Details

 

Amine Club: Westlake Girls Anime Club is a club established in 2018, by a group of alumni and some of our current leaders. We are meeting every Wednesday lunch time in Room A12. We have more than 30 members. The aim of the club is to promote Japanese subcultures, such as anime and manga, and the jobs available that are related, for example, voice actors, animators, and manga artists. The club has organised various events within the club like the poster and mascot design competitions, favourite anime presentations, and anime related kahoots. These activities allow students to learn and experience what professionals do to produce anime and manga that we enjoy.

Adventure Racing: This is a multidisciplinary sport involving mountain biking, orienteering, problem solving, water-based activities, teamwork and much more! We combine with Westlake Boys High School as teams consist of 4 girls and 4 boys. Given the complex nature of the sport trainings are carried out both locally at WGHS and WBHS as well as outdoor locations such as the Woodhill forest. National events are held on the Great Barrier Island for junior qualifiers and at National Park for senior qualifiers.

Amnesty International: We are the largest school group in Aotearoa/NZ and have a long, proud tradition at WGHS. We discuss and take action on local, national and global human rights issues. During Term 3 we hold the annual Freedom Challenge, which involves a week of different lunchtime activities centred around a theme set by Amnesty International NZ. Sign-ups occur in Term 1 and we hold meetings during Term 1, 2 and 3 only. 

Bollywood Dance Group: This captures the intricate culture of Indian Dancing whilst bringing together students of all year levels for an experience of a lifetime. Students of all nationalities work collectively in constructing dance routines that are showcased in regional and national dance competitions.

Casual Karaoke: We meet every Tuesday to have a sing in a casual environment. 

Chess: We are meeting twice a week and have more than 50 members. There are 2 teams, one competitive and one social team. We  compete among ourselves and once a year we attend the National Interschool Tournament. Last year our team came 3rd in New Zealand and 4 of our students took, first, second and 2 third places at the National level. 

Code Club: A group for students interested in learning how to code websites, games and apps. Students share ideas, explore different skills, set group or individual challenges, and enter competitions such as the Tahi Rua Toru Tech Challenge which was won in 2018 by our Code Club team.

Dance Club: ALL students are welcome to come and learn some different movements and dance routines. Every week we have a different student tutor leading the session. Come along and learn something new! See Mrs Visser-Heydon for more details in Gym 2 Dance office or talk to Hannah Moore in Year 13 – Dance Committee chairperson.

Debating: Students participate in inter-school debates from Year 10 upwards to Year 13 at five different levels. Debaters can also participate in other competitions organised by Auckland Schools Debating. They are required to have had some experience before joining the debating teams. We have student and teacher coaches to help develop their debating skills.

Diversity is a group made up of all year levels that meets weekly on Wednesdays for lunch and a catch up. The group consists of members of the LGBTQI+ (Rainbow) community, and their friends and allies. We welcome all who are interested in being part of a Diverse and interesting community in a relaxed and safe space.

Envirogroup: – we are a group of students who care passionately about keeping our environment clean, green and beautiful and we welcome new members. Projects and initiatives we’re involved in – ensuring best practice of rubbish and recycling systems at school, recycling plastics and paper in classrooms, promoting the breadtags for wheelchairs charity, doing beach clean-ups, planting trees, promoting slow fashion through our clothes swap initiative and lots more.

E-sports Club: A weekly competition where students compete in teams against other schools in the online game League of Legends.

Evolocity: Building an electric vehicle to compete in the National Evolocity Competition.

Feel Good Fridays: A time to chillax with relaxing music, yoga mats and a time of Zen and positive vibes.

Fitness Centre: Open Monday morning before school 7.30 – 8.10am and after school Monday to Thursday 3.20 – 4.10pm every day for all students, sign in at the door, maximum 30. Change of clothes and shoes. Bring a towel and water bottle. Staff rostered on to  help support.

French Club: Open to all year levels and to anyone who has an interest in France and French. You don’t have to study French at school to come along. We learn about French culture with quizzes, games, songs and making food at the end of each term.

Future Problem Solving is a club where each term we look at interesting future issues that society must deal with. Working as teams, or individuals, you ultimately participate in a “lock in” where you have 2 hours 15 minutes to find and develop solutions to a problem set in the future. If you are interested in researching the future and love engaging your brain, this could be for you. Our topics this year are – Youth in competitive sports – wearable technology – human environmental impact – personalised medicine.  

Future Scenario Writing: Students who love to read and write science fiction meet once a week. Scenario Writing encourages creativity and advanced writing skills. Students choose a Global Issues topic from the year’s list, research it thoroughly and identify the major issues that are likely to exist within the topic in the future. Students submit their writing to outside assessors and have the opportunity to compete at national, and if successful, at international level.

Harry Potter Club: Students can share their love of the books, watch the movies, make wands, invent spells and other activities.

Inspire Club: This is a student-run club where students can explore what it means to follow God and find support in each other.

International Students HW: A quiet space to get help from other International students with class or homework.

Kpop Club:Kpop Club is a safe space for anyone and is multi-fandom, you are welcome no matter what your background. We discuss and learn about the impact that Kpop has had worldwide. We’ll learn about Korean culture and aspects of Korean Pop that aren’t so well known, along with activities such as random play dance, discussions around the Korean music industry/ conspiracy theories, watching music videos and mini-series that include Kpop idols – and many, many more!

Les Mills Grit Class: Run before school on Wednesdays 8.30 to 9am for seniors only. Open to all fitness levels, just turn up and join in.  

Maths Club: We are a group of students who love numbers, symbols, logic, and patterns. We enjoy solving problems and use Mathematics to uncover secrets of the universe. In our weekly session, we explore interesting topics in Mathematics such as Fibonacci sequence, Happy Numbers (etc), play strategic games using playing cards, Carcasonne and train for Junior Mathex competition. Senior leaders also organise the tutorial sessions for those who need more support.

MUNA: Year 12 and 13 students from school in Auckland and Northland are assigned and represent a particular UN country in debates on matters of world politics and social concern. The process closely follows that of the United Nations General Assembly. Schools send three-student teams to the Assembly which takes place over a two-day period. Each team dresses in appropriate national costume reflecting the country they represent. For the past twenty years, MUNA has been held at Auckland Girls’ Grammar School in Auckland.

Neuro-Diversity: This is a club that runs weekly. Our members come along to share passions and make friends. In this club students can discuss issues they have and successes in a shared and supportive space where no one is expected to apologize for who they are. This club has helped many students in gaining confidence, making friends, and expressing ones self and problems in a supportive understanding community. We have mini lunchtime parties and study groups when needed throughout the year to solidify connections and increase confidence in striving for academic success. 

Neuroscience Club: a weekly meeting where we explore the complexities of the human brain. We discuss ideas related to neurology, psychology, neurodiversity and neurological disorders. All year levels are welcome.

Outdoor Club: We provide an opportunity for stress free and healthy exercise while discovering the outdoors in the Auckland area. We will keep costs to a minimum by utilising public transport. In Term 2 we will look at overnight camping and tramping opportunities.

Outdoor Volleyball on football field Tuesdays and Thursdays ( when fine)

Philosophy Club: Discussion of important philosophical issues. Students bring ideas to explore and critical thinking happens during every meeting.The club runs throughout the year and students are encouraged to discuss topical and at times ‘confrontational’ issues that are of current interest.

Reading Club: This is a chance for book lovers (juniors and senios) to get together in a buzzy, friendly environment to tell each other about, and discuss, books read. This is a student-driven club, and fun activities are organised by the Reading Club leaders. This is a place where friendships are made. “Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading” – Rainer Maria Rilke

Rotary Interact is a student led community service group that is affiliated to Rotary International. Students determine which community projects they support and how. For further information please follow this link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ndTrpIeaVxhHjwdH25IFjpsGOV2pqz5a83h0T9lqFSo/edit?usp=sharing

Rotary International is a global network of 1.2 million neighbours, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves. 

S.L.A.M. Collective: A club for musicians and song writers aimed to provide a safe space for students interested in the song-writing process. Singers, lyricists, Artists and Musicians. We will learn the basics of writing lyrics, putting lyrics to music, and recording/producing a complete song. The overarching goal of the group is to collectively write, arrange and record a collection of student originals by the end of the year.

Spanish Club: Activities include games, films, culture and conversation. The objectives of the club are social interaction and confidence-building in speaking and understanding spoken Spanish. This is an inclusive club. All students are welcome to attend, not only current students of Spanish. 

Sports gear available to use every lunch time from sports department – sign in and out gear

Sports Prefects running lunchtime activities in Gym 1 on Thursday and Friday for all students who want to have some fun with their friends 

STEAM Maker Space Club: This is a club designed and led by students for students where you can bring your creative projects alive using exciting technology like 3D Printing, Virtual Reality, Electronics, Laser Cutting and Robotics.

Theatresports: Theatresports is improvised theatre and games run by senior students.  Working in small groups, you present short scenes with nothing more than a few suggestions from the audience to get you going.  This is on the spot drama that runs on good humour and adrenaline! We run Social Theatresports on Wednesday lunchtimes in H1.  This is for students looking to get to know new people, develop their acting skills, have fun.  You are welcome to join at any point in the year. For those wanting to stretch themselves, we also offer Competitive Theatresports.  This runs after school on alternate Mondays.  Students who participate in this will be tutored by a professional tutor from the Theatresports Youth Programme, and will participate in a range of competitions around Auckland.

Wearable Arts: Students who are creative with an interest in fashion who would like to enter various fashion competitions throughout the year come and see Ms Luisetti in D6. Competitions include: Show Quest Wearable Art/Toi, Hokonui Fashion Awards and Walk the line.

Windsurfing: We go down to Lake Pupuke for lessons with Alan from Mad loop. All levels welcome.

40 Hour Famine: For over 45 years, young people of Aotearoa have stood together and shown the world what our small nation is capable of through the World Vision 40 Hour Famine. When hunger threatens a child, there’s no time to waste. Every minute matters. Every hour counts. Every cent you raise in this year’s World Vision 40 Hour Famine will help protect children in sub-Saharan Africa from the hunger pandemic. You don’t have to give up food – Your imagination is the only limit! Whatever idea you have to challenge yourself, go for it! You can choose to eat only 4 foods in 40 hours, walk 40km, or even give up furniture or screens for 40 hours. The event this year will be organised by student leaders and advertised in school notices.

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