news Update
Published 09/02/01.

From The Principals Desk.

I am deeply concerned at the lack of thought some parents are displaying each afternoon when picking up their children. Difficulties include:
---------illegal parking
---------illegal and dangerous U turns
---------driving through the bus bay
---------parking in neighbours' driveways
---------blocking neighbours driveways
---------encouraging children to run accross the road
---------blocking entry and exit to the school grounds.
These difficulties have been made more dangerous by the recent wet weather. Further, I would remind parents that they are not to park in the school grounds. The Highway Patrol and Fairfiels Council have agreed to patrol Hamilton Road to ensure the safty regulations are obeyed. Please assist us in this regard. -----------I am pleases to report that Deputy Principal, Mr Cherry, is recovering well at home after a
successful operation upon his leg. Mr Cherry slipped over on the wet floor of the stadium while supervising students.
--------On a lighter note, the start of the school year has been very positive. The HSC results were very good, with Tran Nguyen scoring 99.35 - an outstanding result! Most students and subjects were ranked in the top 50% on the State. This is an outstanding achievement. It was particularly satisfying to note the achievements in the highest levels of English and Mathematics. We do not compress students into lower levels.

--------Although all information is not yet available, more than sixty students were offered University places. It was also pleasing to note the very small number of students scoring in lower ranges, much fewer than the State average. Congratulations to the eight students who came first in their TAFE courses!
--------Student numbers for 2001 will settle at around 1450. There is a strong demand for places and still a problem with the attempted use of false addresses to gain enrolment at the school. Currently there are five vacancies on the staff which will be advertised in the next three weeks. These vacancies result from a promotion and two transfers.
--------I wrote to each 2001 Year 12 students during the holidays to provide advice regarding preparation and study for this year's HSC. It is important to all students to begin the year with a positive attitude and an organised study program.
--------Congratulations to students upon the excellent uniform in evidence. Pride in oneself and the school can be shown through the wearing of the full uniform, including tie and hat.
--------The plans for the new Gymnastics Hall were submitted by the Department of Education and Training to Fairfield City Council last December and a completion date of July/August this year has been suggested. The Minister for Education and Training Mr Aquilina, will be present to open the Creative and Performing Arts Building, completed some years ago.
--------Please ensure that your children observe the rules and common sense when travelling to and from school. There is a pedestrian crossing supervisor on duty at the front of the school each morning and afternoon. Students travelling on buses should offer their seats to infirm people and adults, while train travel is to be undertaken in the guard's carriage at all times.

Dates For Your Diary
Monday 19/2 - School I.D Photos Year 7 + New
Monday 2/4 - Year 12 Half Yearly Exams commence
Thursday 12/4 - last day term 1
Monday 30/4 - STAFF ONLY
Tuesday 1/5 - All students return for term 2
Tuesday 1/5 - Year 11 Half Yearly Exams commence
Tuesday 1/5 - Half Year Assessment Years 7/8/9 in class
Monday 14/5 - Half Year Assessment Year 10 in class
Thursday 14/6 - School photos

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--------------From The Deputy Principal - Mrs Wilson
Welcome to the 2001 school year and in particular a special welcome to the 250 students who have commenced Year 7. Westfields endeavours to offer great opportunities for students to achieve their potential.
This is a very significant year for Year 12 who will be the first year sitting the new HSC. It is critical that all HCS candidates have completed 12 preliminary units and be preparing to sit for 10 HSC units this year. All HSC students should take advantage of the help provided by the year adviser, Mr Blevin, or by myself.
Saturday School Tutorials begin on 10th February in English and Maths. This is excellent support to extend all students (7-12) and to help students to keep up with their studies. Application forms are available from my office.
The P & C invites all parents to their first meeting of the year on Wednesday 28th February at 7.00pm in the school library. Light refreshments will be provided.
Parents please support the use of the school diary. It is very useful to assist in time management and the effective preparation for class.
2000 was a particularly successful year for the Westfields family. We look forward to an even better 2001.

Your Chance To Debate

It is that time of the year again, when Westfields looks for interested students to join our debating teams. Open to all students in Years 7 to 12 who are looking for opportunities to improve their public speaking. Joining a debating team gives students the chance to develope confidence as a speaker, visit other schools and eat lots of free food after it is all over. For senior students especially, it gives them the opportunity to move to the highest stages of the Welfare Program because it enables them to perform in a second area of excellence. Also the certificates given for participating are included in the student's Record of Achievement which look great in their portfolio and School Year Book. So if you like to argue go see your English Teacher and tell them you would like to join a Westfields' debating team.

--------------Cricket Report
Cameron Nupierbecame Westfields' second Australian cricket representative when he was selected in the Australian Under 17 Development Squad, after his success at the Australian U17 Carnival, played in Brisbane in January 2001. Cameron helped NSW to the final, but unfortunately saw his side defeated by South Australia on a quotient basis, after the game was drawn.
Scott Jamieson and Gavin Atkin, both from Year 11, celebrated a good Green Shield Series by being chosen to represent City against Country in the annual fixture between these two combatants. Both players will now represent a team of City-based players against Country-based players, at schoolboy level, for final selection in a NSW all schools U16 team to play in the Australian Schools Championship in Queensland in early April.
Westfields' representatives at CHS level continues to stand in good stead, no fewer than twelve students being chosen for final selection trials to represent Sydney South West in the CHS Carnival in Wollongong in March. Our best wishes go to Gavin Atkin, Leigh Cornell, Sajiv de Silva, Scott Jamieson, Kurt Minard, Cameron Nupier, Mark Oliver, Anthony Percy, Nathan Perry, Mitchell Tremain, Matt Williams and Reece McDonald in their endeavours.

School Vocal Ensemble
Students from Year 7 to 12 have the opportunity to join the school vocal ensemble. If you are interested in joining, come and speak to one of our music teachers, Mrs Perre or Mrs Harb, for a note.

--------------Telstra Grand Prix
Congratulations to the following students who gained selection for the first athletics meeting for 2001: Fabrice Lapierre, Irayne Omoregbee, Rebecca Papadopoulos, Ashleigh Payne and Sharyn Dickson

Australian Schools Championships
44 Westfields students travelled to Adelaide in December to contest the Australian Schools Championships for athletics. Westfields won an unprecedented 30 medals: Fabrice Lapierre (7medals), Shannon Hill (3), John Thornell (3), Paul Stickler (3), Robert Boateng (2), Aaron Warburton (2), Joven Clarke (3),Michael Ogilvie, Mark Dickson, Irayne Omoregbee, Aaron Mellor, Darren Breckon, Dani Samuels, Rebecca Papadopoulos, Ashliegh Payne and Kate Connolly. Also winning medals were relay runners: Shivanthi Siva, Kylie Wildman, Corinne Archer, Kerry Rodziewicz, Donna Cranshaw, Hayley Cameron, Fiona Heane, Isaac Simon and Scott Burriss.

Want to learn to play an instrument
Any student interested in learning how to sing, play drums, guitar, keyboard, flute, clarinet, trumpet, saxophone or trombone, come and speak to one of our music teachers, Mrs Perre or Mrs Harb. If you don't have your own instrument it is possible to hire an instrument from the school.

--Sydney Youth Olympics

Congratulations to the following students who competed at the 2001 Sydney Youth Olympics:John Thornell in Long Jump (Gold Medal), Ryan Mormul in Hammer (Silver Medal),Paul Stickler in 110m Hurdles (Bronze Medal), Ashleigh Payne in Javelin (Bronze Medal), Aaron Mellor in 3000m walk (Silver Medal), Aaron Warburton (in 4x100m (Gold Medal and 1st in *B* 100m Final) and John Thornell in 4x100m (Bronze Medal). Also competing were Rebecca Papadopoulos in Shot Put (5th),Sharyn Dickson in Shot Put (6th) and Discuss (5th), Kate Connolly in 3000m walk (5th), Corinne Archer in 100m Hurdles (6th) and Hayley Cameron withdrawing with injury.

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-Australia Day Honours
On the 26th January our own canteen lady extraordinaire, Cathy Watt was awarded an Australia Day honour when Fairfield City Council gave her a Certificate of Achievement for her community work. The ceremony held at Calmsey Hill City Farm recognised her 33 years of Volunteer work in and around Fairfield. She has helped out at Westfields and Fairfield West Public School for this time as well as devoting her time and effort to the scouting movement. Her great love of seeing children make something with their lives has seen her achieve tremendous success with the scouts and cubs while working as a group leader and member of the ladies auxiliary. Cathy was thrilled to receive her award and hopes it encourages other parents to take the opportunity to help out in their community.

-Garage Sale
Westfields Gymnastics is having a garage sale on Saturday 17th February in the front car park area of the school from 8.00am until noon. Come along and snap up a bargain!

-Winners are Grinners
Congratulations to the following people who won prizes in the recent Netball and Rugby League raffles Netball - $250.00 Hamper - Val Cronin
---------$100.00 hamper - Sonia Healy
---------$ 50.00 Hamper - Bruce Barclay
Rugby League - Jacket - David Arthur
----------------Large Hamper - Karen Cutler
----------------Canterbury Watch & hamper - Kerrie Lloyd

-Maths Challenge
Yes - it is on again. Work out the correct answer for the puzzle below and put your answer with your name and roll class on it in the box outside the Maths staffroom by Wednesday lunch next week for a chance to win a canteen voucher. First correct entry drawn wins the voucher. The winner will be published in the next edition of Up To Date.
Row.1 1+2+ 3- 4 =(4.x.2)+2=10
Row.2 5+6+ 7- 8 =(4.x.2)+2=26
Row.3 9+10+11-12=(4.x.2)+2=42

If this pattern continued, what would be the
sum of the four numbers in row 10?

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