Important Things to Note – 12 February

Welcome to 2021! We hope your daughter has a fun-filled and rewarding year at Westlake Girls High School. Here are a few things that might be useful to know.

Contacting us:

Please email for general enquiries. Please do not email as this is for outgoing mail and is not regularly monitored.


Parents or caregivers should contact the school in the morning by emailing AND your daughter’s Form Teacher, remembering to give the reason for the absence. You can find a list of staff contacts on our website.


Students must bring an explanatory note and give it to the Attendance Officer upon arrival in the main reception at the Gernhoefer Admin Centre. Alternatively email the Attendance Officer and your daughter’s Form Teacher.


If your daughter becomes sick at school, it’s important she doesn’t just call you for collection, but follows school procedure. First, she needs to go to the School Health Centre and then you will be notified if she needs to be sent home. It’s important your daughter sees a Nurse at the Health Centre before she calls you for collection.

Exiting during the day:

Parents should email with details of why the student needs to leave school. The student must collect a form from the Attendance Officer at reception before signing out.

Daily Notices:

A great way to know what’s going on at the school is through our Daily Notices which are read out in classrooms every morning. You’ll find them on the App, and also on our website at the bottom of the homepage under Quick Links.

Bus news:

Secondary school students, aged 16 to 19, can now jump online and activate their student discount using their National Student Number (NSN). And with their student discount, they’ll be able to travel and get 40% or more off full price bus, ferry and train fares.

Here is the link to find out more and update your concession: Click for more information

And also just a reminder please that if your daughter takes a public bus to school, it is mandatory for everyone aged over 12 years to wear a face mask.

Blazers for photo day next week:

Blazers are compulsory for assemblies, school trips, ID photos and formal occasions. They should be worn as the first choice for an extra layer. Jerseys may be worn under the blazer. Your daughter will need her blazer for her Photo ID and class picture next week (either Tue 16 or Wed 17 Feb). Her Form Teacher will let her know which day she is scheduled for.

House assembly days are:
Monday – Pupuke
Tuesday – Wairau
Wednesday – Akoranga
Thursday – Hauraki
Friday – Onewa

Swimming Sports:

Swimming Sports is on Friday 19 February, at the National Aquatic Centre in Albany. It is only for those that are keen to participate, and is not a whole-school event. All other students will come to school as per normal (Day 5 on their timetable). Registration for this event is now closed.

Athletics Day:

Athletics Day is on Friday 26 February, at Onewa Domain. This is a traditional full-school event, and all students are expected to attend and participate. Students wear their House colours and compete to win House events. There are Championship and House Events. Students must register for Championship Events before Monday 22 February. For House Events, they just need to come along on the day. More details, along with the registration form, are on our website HERE.

Uniform Shop Hours:

The Uniform Shop will be open on the following days and times during Term 1 (2 Feb – 16 April).

Monday: 2.30 – 5.30pm
Tuesday: 2.30pm – 5pm
Wednesday: 2.30pm – 5pm
Thursday: 2.30 – 5pm
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

The shop will also be closed on Monday 5 April (Easter). For more information visit

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