news Update
Published 09/03/01.

From The Principals Desk
It was very satisfying to have such a well-attended first Parents and Citizens meeting for 2001. Over 60 parents made the effort to attend and hear about the academic successes of Westfields Sports. The selection of three students for State dance ensembles is further testimony to the standards of our dance program.
--------I wrote to all Year 12 parents inviting them to attend am evening meeting on supporting their child during the Higher School Certificate year. More than 80 parents attended and were very appreciative of the comments of:
--------Rob Brown - Counsellor.
--------Allan Blevin - Careers Advisor
--------Gerry Carter - Assistant Deputy Principal
--------Helen Wilson - Deputy Principal
--------After the talk these teachers remained behind with me to answer questions from parents. Please contact me if you require assistance for your daughter or son. It is time to think about:
Early entry to University

--------Thursday 15th March will be a day of celebration of Public Education in NSW - celebrating the excellence of the efforts and achievements of our public education system. To support this day students have been invited to enter a junior and senior essay writing competition focussing upon the advantages of public education. Further I will be writing a letter to all Westfields Sports families outlining our achievements over the past 10 years.

--------Comgratulations to David Carey (Everton) Trent McClenahan (West Ham United) upon signing professional soccer contracts and to Srecko Mitrovic on being selected to trial for Roma.
--------To facilitate access to and from the ovals, a set of stairs has been constructed. These plans will replace those cornered off because of the fire. Plans for the new gym hall are currently before council and efforts are being made to speed up their approval.

--------Congratulations to Mrs Carol Fardell upon her appointment as Librarian and welcome to our new English/History staff member Mrs Lee Beatty.

Last Monday it was a pleasure to have the family of the late Mr Doug Gillies at the school. The family was here to officially open the Doug Gillies Tennis Courts. Mr Gillies worked for years to help get the funding for this valuable resource.

--------Please talk to your children about road safty - particularly about driving safely and observing the rules of the road. Accidents do not always happen to other people.

Last Saturday night, Mrs Clifford gave birth to Madeline, a bouncing baby girl. Weighing in at 3.2 kilos, Madeline is a very welcome addition to the Clifford clan. Mother and baby are doing well and look for Mrs Clifford to return to Westfields in the new year.

Congratulations to Kaiya Donovan (12), Sarah Armstrong (11) who are currently representing NSW at the Indoor Netball National Championships in Cairns. We wish the girls the best of luck.
By Lisa McLeod

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---------Congratulations to the 12 students who competed in the Australian Youth Championships in Bendigo. Two of our athletics achieved World U/18 Championships qualifying performances. John Thornell jumped a massive 7.56 metres in long jump to win the title. Even though the jump was wind assisted, Alan Jones of 2UE said it was clearly the biggest performance by a "15 year old" anywhere in the world. Paul Stickler also ran a world mark with an impressive 14.18 seconds in the 110m hurdles, equalling former WAC World junior, William Wicks' record.
--------Results were: John Thornell gold and silver in L.J. and H.J., Paul Stickler bronze in 100m H, Sharyn Dickson silver in S.P. Rebecca Papadopoulos gold and silver in S.P. and Javelin, Ashleigh Payne gold in Javelin, Aaron Mellor silver in 3000m walk, Ryan Mormul silver in Hammer, Kylie Wildman gold in 200m Hurdle. Finalist were also: Lindsay Pye, Isaac Simon, Aaron Warburton and Trent Hobbs.

Auditions for the New South Wales Government Schools, Senior and Junior Ensemble for 2001 were held last week from 19 - 23 February.
--------Jay Gillian (Yr 9), Melinda Gasper (Yr 7) attended the auditions and were all successfully chosen to represent the state in Dance.
--------These students went through a very technical audition process and were selected out of 60 students from the state.
--------The students will be very busy this year as they rehearse twice a week with the State Ensemble, three times a week at school and also outside of school at their own studios. We wish these students all the best in all their performance this year.
By Alison Hall.

Every Friday lunchtime you can play Scrabble in room 107. Come down and join the fun. Besides having a great time, you'll have the chance to play against other schools, later in the year at Scrabble tournaments. See you there!

Foster Carers are urgently needed in our area. Carers are required for long and short-term placements for babies, older children and adolescents. Single people, couples with or without children, and from all cultural backgrounds can become foster carers. Appropriate training and support are provided. Please contact Fairfield Department of Community Services for all enquiries on 9728 1911. Speak to Lucy.

Last Monday our open girls basketball team competed in the Area Championships against the other 7 zones from Sydney South West.
They won all 5 games including a 83 - 2 victory in the semi final and 49 - 26 victory in the final.
The following players have been chosen in a squad for the area team to compete in the state championships:
-------- Peta Sinclair, Adrianne Gilbert, Kiri Gilbert, Katherine Watson, Sarah Hately, Emma Hately, Jamie Samuels, Eva Afeaki and Vanessa Wong.

Last week, students in Year 10 received their 2001 School Certificate Policy and Assessment Procedures Booklet. This booklet outlines all the requirements to successfully complete the School Certificate . Make sure that both you and your parents read this document thoroughly. Any problems or if you haven't received your booklet, see Miss Baker in the English Department.

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--------Students in Years 10, 11 & 12 have been issued with an Assessment Palicy and Procedures book to assist them in planning their studies.
--------Each book gives details of course requirements - School Certificate, Preliminary or High School Certificate. In adition, students are advised of due dates for assessments and exams. It is important that students are aware of the "N" Award and they make every effort to avoid one. Please make sure that your son or daughter have their assessment book and use them.
--------Recent events in the media concerning violence in overseas school leads me to reinforce Westfields Sports attitude to bullying and violence. There will be zero tolerance or any anti-social or threatening behaviour, and certainly no place for any student who endangers others at Westfields.

--------W estfields' defence of the CHS Davidson Shield continued last week, with an easy 7 wicket defeat of Deniliquin High. Playing at the home ground of the host school, Deniliquin batted first and were dismissed for 111 runs in the 40th over. Best of our bowlers was spinner Anthony Percy, with 4 for 18, and he was well supported by Kurt Minard with 3/23 and Cameron Napier with 2/17.
Westfields batsmen set about the run chase in fine fashion, and reached the required target with 11 overs to spare, being 3/114 when play halted. Opening batsman, Matt Williams top scored with 47, while Scott Jamieson was undefeated on 30, and Cameron Napier on 19, to see us through to victory.
--------Our quarter-final match against Gosford High was abandoned due to inclement weather, with Westfields 2/36 after 16.3 overs. The match will now be replayed on Friday.
--------Our cricketers also reached a milestone last week, with 7 players selected to represent Sydney South West Region in the CHS Carnival played in Wollongong. Our congratulations go to Matt Williams, Gavin Atkins, Scott Jamieson, Cameron Napier, Reece McDonald, Kurt Minard and Anthony Percy on their selections. Unfortunately, Cameron had to withdraw due to commitments at the AIS in Canberra.
--------The South West Region side subsequently won the Carnival. Their 2nd Championship in succession. The Westfields boys performed admirably, and were rewarded with the selection Scott, Kurt and Anthony in the CHS State teams to contest the ALL Schools Carnival in Term 4.
--------Scott Jamieson further enhanced our status with selection in a Combined High School team to represent NSW on a tour of the UK in June - July of 2001.

P and C NEWS
--------Welcome to the new and old members to the year 2001. It was great to see so many new and familiar faces at our meeting last Wednesday, At this meeting a proposal for a tour of the school was put forward. Mr Tucker agreed and it was decided that a tour will be conducted prior to our March meeting on Wednesday the 28th, meet in the library at 7pm. Come and grab the chance to see your school and what great opportunities it has to offer our children. This will be followed by our AGM.
--------We would also like to notify parents, especially of Year 7 that we are undertaking a chocolate drive over the next month. This is our first major fund raiser this year. Special prizes will be offered to the students who achieve the greatest results. Boxes of chocolates will be issued containing 40 chocolates at 100 each. Please return any unsold chocolates and monies as soon as possible. Thanks.

--------Congratulations to the following Year 11 Hospitality students: Stacey Kemp, Jessica Frew, Clint Warfield, Daniella Dobrota, Wayne Gorman, Peter Sabados, Michael Russell, Krista Mulley, Wendy Clarisse, Amanda Roper and Cindy Stanshall who looked stunning in their full chefs uniforns as they served up a delicious array of hot and cold treats to Mr Aquilina, Mrs Crosio, Ms Payne, Mr Tripodi, Mrs Norvill and the school staff following the official opening of the Creative Arts facilities. This was a fine example of school based work preparation programs.

--------Peta Sinclair has returned to Westfields after a successful twelve months at the A.I.S. Upon returning Peta was chosen in the NSW U/20 team which won a gold medal at the National Championships in Adelaide.

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--------The very successful Westfields Sports High School Soccer program continues to score goals. David Carney who attended our school from 1996 to 1999, has now signed with Everton in the English Premier league. Also Matthew Hunter and Michael Brown are representing Australia at U/17 level this year. We currently have two ex-students in the Men's program at the AIS (Alex Brosque and Tallen Martin) and in NSW 15 squads we have 9 in the women's program and 5 in the men's.

--------In the past couple of years we have seen a number of our students achieve success at overseas clubs, including Matthew Risier(Southampton - U/19's), David Carney (Everton - U/19's) and just last week Trent McClenahan (West Ham U/17's). This adds to the success achieved by more established players such as Garth Edds (Nottingham Forest First Team), Jamie McMaster & Shane Cansdell-Sherriff (Leeds United Reserves), Harry Kewell & Jacob Burns ( Leeds First Team) and Jason Culina (Ajax Amsterdam).

--------Other players are currently trialling overseas, Caetano Lima is currently with Gremio in Brazil, Ismael Arrarte has been offered two uni scholarships in USA but is also trialing in Uruguay, and last Thursday Srecko Mitrovic flew out for trials, the first with AS Roma.

Maths Challenge
Last week's winner was Menhel Miekha (Yr10) who answered correctly with 47.75 mins. See if you can answer the challenge below - entries must be put into the box outside the Maths staffroom by next Wednesday.

A 10-cm by 15-cm picture is enlarged to four times its area. What are the dimentions of the enlarged picture.

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