Archives for November 2019


Westlake Boys’ High School has an envious record for producing high achieving boys. Last year 12 of them were awarded scholarships in a number of fields from chemistry to physics, biology and physical education.  In the past, I taught night classes at this school and was impressed with the high degree of organisation I found there. It’s more than can be said about some of the other high schools I have had experiences with!

Some Westlake ex-boys have excelled in the sports world including Dean Barker who has been one of the world’s top yachtsmen. He skippered New Zealand boats to a number of wins and is currently skipper of the Softbank Team Japan. Chris Dixon, another internationally successful yachtsman also went to this school. Chris was world youth champion three years in succession. Basketball star Tim Abercrombie is another sports success story.  Away from the sports arena, one ex-boy is currently making waves in Madagascar with his dream to help intelligent but underprivileged young people achieve success in IT. read more