news Update
Published 11/04/01.

From The Principals Desk
I was invited to visit the Far Western areas of Broken Hill, Cobar, Wilcannia and Menindee last week. The communities made me feel very welcome. The achievements of Westfields Sports are very well known and regarded in this area. The community, District Superintendent, principals and teachers were very interested and along with parents, expressed the wish for students to visit Westfields Sports for a week or three to enjoy the opportunities, not necessarily available in an area disadvantaged by the great distances involved in travelling. I became aware of the isolation and the need to keep in touch. Over the six days I travelled over 3000 kilometres.
------First day back next term will be a School Development Day and staff will focus upon issues relating to the new H.S.C. and curriculum changes. Students will start term 2 on the Tuesday.
------Year 12 have completed their Half-Yearly and the break is an excellent time to catch up and get ready for Term 2. Year 11 will now be preparing for their Half-Yearly Exams, which start on the 1st May.

------Congratulations to the Boys and Girls hockey team on their Area successes. 15 years and Open Rugby League students were very numerous in the Area team selections- good luck in the State Titles. The swim team was very successful at State with 25 medals and the girls crowned State Champions. Amanda Pascoe and Andrew Richards on their becoming State Age Champions. Amanda must be acknowledged following her outstanding swim at the Nationals to win the 800m and 1500m and be selected for the World Championships in Japan.

------Good luck to the Netball team students as they leave on Saturday for their tour of Malaysia. What an experience!
------Thanks to Ms Koch and the History faculty for organising our celebrations of Anzac Day on Wednesday. The school captains and vice captains will be busy during the holidays attending ceremonies observing Anzac Day at Smithfield RSL and Canley Heights RSL.

School Assessment News!
Congratulations to those Year 12 students who performed well for their Half-Yearly Exams. Some early results are excellent. Full details of exam performances will be available early in Term 2.
Years 7-11 will complete their Half-Yearly assessments and exams during weeks 1 and 2 of Term Two. Parent teacher evenings will be held 26th June (Years 10, 11 and 12) and 3rd July (Years 7,8 and 9)

Term 2 Uniform
During Term 2, girls may wear long school pants. Only Westfields uniform pants may be worn- other fashion items are not acceptable. Some students may choose to wear a scarf in winter. Only blue colours to be worn.

Super Swimming Success
The Westfields Sports Swimmers recently competed at the Sydney South West area carnival, held at Bradbury Pool. 31 individual swimmers and 23 relay teams combined to win Westfields Sports the honour of area champions at the Carnival. At the conclusion of the carnival seven students were named age champions.-
------------------------------------ 12Yrs Girls: Jessica Burton
-------------------------------------13Yrs Boys: Michael Hardy
-------------------------------------14Yrs Girls: Stephanie Bentley
-------------------------------------15Yrs Girls: Sarah Kallu
-------------------------------------16Yrs Boys: Michael Crisp
-------------------------------------17+Yrs Girls:Amanda Pascoe
-------------------------------------17+Yrs Boys:Andrew Richards
New records were set by Amanda Pascoe in the 17+ years 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 400m freestyle.
Following the success at the Area Carnival 21 carnival swimmers and 12 relay teams competed at the CHS Carnival held at the Sydnay International Aquatic Centre, Homebush. In our best ever performance, the Westfields swimmers won 12 gold, 6 silver and 8 bronze medals. Andrew Richards and Amanda Pascoe were named 17+ Age champions. These achievements enabled Westfields Sports to finish first in the Girls points score and second in the Boys which made us the second best school in the State.

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Parliament Honours Our Soccer Players
Kirsten Dearle, a member of the NSW State Soccer U14 Team was honoured at Parliament House on Tuesday 3/4/01 with a State Representative Award. Other students from Westfields Sports who made the same state team will also receive the same award. These players include: Catherine Candi, Kylie Ledbrook, Leah Blayney, Nicole Laws and Julia Stojanovski. Also congratulations to Amanda Ghora, Kathryn Collins and Nicole Kimber. These students will also receive State Representatives Awards for being part of the State U17 team.




Because Now There Are Delicious Toasted Sandwiches
Available At Westfields Sports Canteen Before School!

Choose from: Ham/Cheese/Tomato/Baked Beans/Spaghetti
From $1.80 - $2.00

Westfields: Hot Off the Press
On the consecutive weeks of Thursday 1st March and Thursday 8th March, Year 12 Business Studies students went on an excursion to Fairfax Printers Limited at Chullora. Students were given a tour of the multi-million dollar complex by Fairfax staff, as well as attending a workshop with the Sydney Morning Herald's Educational officer, Ali Davies. Students also visited the Fairfax museum where they viewed a brief video on the history of Fairfax Printers Limited as well as having a hands on experience with obsolete and outdated printer machinery. Students were fascinated with the technology and team work needed to compile a newspaper, and the sheer size and budget for the Fairfax Group. The excursion was very informative and relevant to our studies as well as being enjoyed by all. Special thanks must go to Mr Thomas, Mr Brennan, Mr Patmore and the social science faculty for organising the excursion. --------------------------------------------------------------------Danilo Zivanovic & Zuber Hussien

Rowers Visit Murwillumbah
The recent CHS State rowing championships held in Murwillumbah where a huge success for our rowing team, who achieved outstanding results. The rowing team returned home with the following places:
---------------------------First Place: Natalie Bruce and Rebecca Hancock- Mixed quad
---------------------------Second Place:Timothy Bushby and Joel Pradeaux- mixed quad
---------------------------Third Place: Andrew Pascoe and Joel Pradeaux- U14 Double Scull Team
---------------------------Third Place: Joel Pradeaux- U14 Double Scull team

The following people all reached the finals for the event; Timothy Bushby U16 Single finalist, Joel Pradeaux U14 single finalist, Andrew Pascoe U14 Single finalist and Natalie Bruce and Rebecca Hancock U16 Double finalist. A huge effort on everyone's part and all rowers should be very proud of their results. There are many people to thank for their help. All parents that were present on the trip, Phil Bruce for towing the boats, Carlo Calandra whose help we could not have done without and Candice Bruce for coaxing the squad. Well done everyone! -----------------------------------------------------------------------------Ms Borkowski

Basketball Gold
Last week a group of Westfields Girls represented Sydney South West at the CHS Basketball Championships in Terrigal. These girls performed extremely well, winning all their games and bringing home the gold medal. The team included Kiri Gilbert, Sara and Emma Hately, Jamie Samuels, Katherine Watson, Vanessa Wong and special mention should go to Peta Sinclair, Adrianne Gilbertand Eva Afeaki for making the State CHS team. Eva was also named the carnival Most Valued Player. Rachel Grimshaw was chosen to represent at this carnival as a referee and did an outstanding job.

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Year 10 Commerce Excursion
As part of the Year 10 Commerce Course, students recently had the opportunity to visit the Justice and Police Museum, and Parliament House, located in the city. At the Justice and Police Museum, we were able to participate in a Mock Trial, which ran with a real magistrate. We were also shown various murder weapons which had been confiscated from past criminals. Then we were able to see the cells that prisoners were housed in. We listened to some gory stories of crimes in the 50's and 60's. At Parliament House we were able to see the rooms where State Parliament is conducted. We were able to sit in the Lower and Upper Houses. The information that we learned on our excursion will provide us with knowledge for our exams. Altogether it was a great day, with lots of good photos and lunch in St James Park. ---------------------------------------------------Jenni Immonen


During these forthcoming holidays, students are being given a chance
to try their hand at such courses as Beginners or Experienced Horse Riding,
Junior Farm Hand or bring the whole family for a "shindig"!
For any enquiries or bookings ring 13 13 02

Cricket News
Having won the Davidson Shield, the Boys Open Cricket team represented CHS in the GHD All Schools Competition to find the Champion NSW School Cricket Team. This cup replaced the old Ominicom Trophy, won in outstanding fashion by Westfields in year 2000.

All looked on target for a second consecutive championship with Westfields easily accounting for the GPS Representatives, St Josephs College, in the quater final. In a resounding victory, the Westfields lads scored 4/277, led by an inspiring 81 n.o. by Cameron Nupier, and an equally good knock by Scott Jamieson with 68. Gavin Atkin added 44, and Matt Williams 36, to reach the second highest total in the history of the competition. St Josephs replied with 159, with Cameron completing a fine double with 4/27, and Anthony Percy with 4/41. Mark Oliver was the remaining wicket-taker with 1/10.

The semi-final was against the CAS winners, Barker College, who we had defeated in the final of 2000. Our preperation was somewhat upset by difficulties with transport, and having to field first, we struggled to contain Barker, who reached 9/175 from their mandatory 50 overs. Wickets were shared between Matt Williams, Cameron Nupier, Gavin Atkin, and Kurt Minard. Our batting was similar to our bowling and fielding and we were dismissed for only 114. Mark Oliver was the only batsman who showed any resistance, with a top score of 40.

The loss brought to an end an outstanding run of victories by the first XI side who had gone through an undefeated run of 16 matches. All the boys can be proud of their achievements, winning two Davidson Shields and an all Schools Championship, as well as being semi-finalists in the same competition.

State Baseball Representatives
From the CHS Baseball Carnival, last month, four students have been chosen in the NSW State school boys team to play against the NSW Catholic schoolboys on April 5. From this match a squad will be chosen to play in the Australian School Boys Tournament in Melbourne later this year. Well done to David Welch, Matthew Sundstrom, Paul Morrison and Andrew Erickson.

World Youth Championships
John Thornell has been selected to represent Australia at the World Youth Championships (U/18) to be held in Hungary during July. John is currently the number-one Junior long jumper in Australia. Alan Jones (2UE) recently described John's best jump of 7.56 metres by saying "no fifteen year old anywhere in the world has ever jumped that far".

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Open Athletics Nationals
Congratulations to our athletes at the Open Nationals in Brisbane. Scott Burriss won silver in the U20 Decathlon, Kate Connolly won silver in the U20 Long Jump. Making finals were Sharon Dickson, Michael Ogilvie and Fabrice Lapierre. Special mention to Scott Burriss who bettered the National Junior Record in the Decathlon.

Library News
Don't forget that Westfields Sports Library has a wide range of fiction books to select from, and any member of the student body is welcome to borrow. Below is a book review by Linda Troung of Year 7: "The Brocaded Slipper"

This story is a Vietnamese fairy tale written by Lynette Vuong. A little orphan girl named Tam lived with a selfish family which consisted of her step mother and Cam, her step sister. Her parents had died a few years ago and now she felt unwanted.
------She was lucky that one day a bird gave her a slipper which was edged in gold and had sequins on it. However, one day she fell down and her slipper fell off her foot. She couldn't find it as it landed on the Princes land. He found the slipper and he fell in love with Tam.
------After they were married, Cam got jealous, She killed Tam by pushing a log on top of her. This made the Prince very unhappy, Tam came back to the Prince in different ways and finally she reappeared in human form.
------Will the Prince find this beloved Tam again? You will have to read the book to find out for yourself.

CHS Tennis Championships
Congratulations to April Wong and Rachel Lachet who won the CHS Senior Girls Doubles Championships. This was a great win considering April is still a junior and it was Rachel's first year in the Seniors. David Jeflea made the quarter finals of the CHS Junior Boys Singles and was one half of the partnership that won the CHS Junior Boys Doubles. Well done David, a great result. Stephanie DeLaTorre and Anna Atelj have just completed a successful training week at the AIS. This opportunity and the new skills learnt are sure to improve their tennis.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ms McPhie

Legal Studies Excursion
On Tuesday 3/4/01, Ms York's Year 11 Legal Studies class went to the Fairfield Local Court. The court deals with crimes, civil or criminal, that have been committed in the Fairfield District, or anywhere else in NSW. Ninty eight percent of trials heard will be given a verdict in the local court. The remaining two percent will be moved to the next higher court. Which in this case is the District court. The class was split into two sections with group one going to court one and the second group going to court two. The cases which were heard ranged from assault to road rage. Many students were extremely interested in what the magistrate had to say to us. We were treated like guests rather than spectators, and we were therefore extremely grateful. Overall the day presented an excellent paradigm of how the legal system in the local court is run.---------------Noor Georges

Westfields Students Imprisoned!n
On Friday 23rd of March, Year 12 Legal Studies students visited the Silverwater Prison Complex, accompanied by Mr Pearson and Mr Barr as part of their crime and the law unit. Students toured the Silverwater Correctional Centre and the Mulawa Womens Gaol, and vowed never to return.
Everybody had the opportunity to speak and interact with the prisoners themselves and gained an insight into the life of an inmate. Students also had the chance to greet the Governor of Silverwater Prison Complex and discuss issues facing the legal and gaol system today. We heard the viewpoint of the Governor on whether the system is addressing the burden of overcrowding in Australian gaols. All those who attended on the day learnt a valued lesson as to the consequeces of recklessness regarding criminal activity. Overall, it was a wonderful day and a terrific experience for all!-------------------------------Hong Vu & Lucy Tang


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