Starting at Westlake

What to expect on the first day 2023

Following previous communications, we now have confirmation from the Ministry of Education that we can open for the start of Term 1 immediately. We appreciate that it has been a frustrating time for all of us however we are delighted that we are now able to welcome our students back from tomorrow Thursday 2nd February.

First week of Term 1, 2023:

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday February 2nd:

Years 10,11,12 & 13 students start school (Year 9 students not in school today). Students new to the school at Y10, 11, 12 and 13 go to the Events Centre quad at 9.00am. All Y10, 11, 12 and 13 students that attended Westlake Girls High School in 2022 are to go to their 2022 form rooms at 9.30am where their 2023 form teacher will meet them first. Students will finish at 11.30am except for Year 13 Student Leaders who will remain at school until 3pm. Please note we have been unable to confirm with Auckland Transport if school buses are running tomorrow.

Friday February 3rd:

Year 9 Orientation Day and Year 13 Leaders 9am – 3pm (Years 10-13 not required to be at school). Year 9 students meet in the Events Centre quad at 9am and they will be welcomed into the Events Centre. They will be divided into form/House classes and an orientation programme will run for the day lead by Year 13 student leaders.

Monday 6th February:

Waitangi Day (School closed).

Tuesday 7th February

First day of classes. Form time begins at 8.50am. It is a Timetable Day 7.

Getting to and from school on the first day

School buses will be running from early February 2023, tying in with the start of the school year. If you are dropping your daughter at school by car, we recommend using one of the surrounding streets as a drop off point. Smales Farm does not allow parking for school drop off/collection and issue infringement tickets. There are bike racks between B and C Blocks for cycling to school. Please ensure your daughter has a lock for her bike. The school gates are closed from 3 – 3.30pm each day for the safety of our students, so you will be unable to enter the school grounds to collect your daughter. We recommend arranging a drop-off and collection point in one of the surrounding streets.

Year 10-13 students – first day 2023

Year 10-13 students start school on Thursday 2nd February 2023, heading straight to their Form Class for an 9.30am start. They should be in full uniform and bring their Laptop. There will be no formal classes today and they will finish before lunch (around 11.30am). Year 10-13 students are not required at school on Friday 3 February. 

Year 9 students – first day 2023

Year 9 students in 2023 start on Friday 3rd February. It will be a full day from 9am to 3pm, and an Orientation Day for the Year 9s only.

All Year 9 students meet in covered area in the quad outside the Events Centre at 9am. They will be welcomed into the Events Centre and introduced to key staff. Students will then be divided into Form/House classes and taken to their form rooms.

An orientation programme will run for the day taken by the Year 13 student leaders. The Year 9 students will have activities to get them to know other class members, be taken on tours of the school, attend an ICT session to log into the school network and a library session. Year 9 students should bring their laptop to school on this day.

Once your daughter has her timetable, she will be able to go to the Payments Office and purchase the use of a locker for the year ($60). Staff in the Payments Office, will be able to assign her the most appropriate locker choice based on her timetable. She should place her lock on the locker as soon as practicable. Either combination or key locks are suitable. Your daughter will also require a padlock for her PE locker during PE class.

What to wear and bring

Students should be in correct uniform, including skirt or culottes, blouse, blazer (optional), and sandals or shoes/socks. Students will not need to bring their full range of stationery for their first day at high school. However, they should bring:

  • School bag
  • Refill paper
  • Pen
  • Laptop
  • A padlock (if you have hired a locker)
  • Lunch/morning tea
  • Water bottle

Your daughter will not be permitted to leave the school grounds until the day finishes..