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Published 11/8/00.



From The Principals Desk.

Many thanks to the students, teachers and parents who attended Russell Carneys funeral. It was a moving occasion and very important in the greaving process. A special thanks to our piper Lachlan. Russell will be fondly remembered.

At last Wednesdays assembly I handed out study timetables and organisational resources to year 12 students. The trial HSC is over but there is a great deal of time which can be used effectly to build upon strengths and address problems. Students learnt the importance to themselves and their classmates of remaining for the full time of each examination.

Congratulations to the students and Mr Symes for the school photograph. They were excellent something of which we can all be proud.

A number of year 11 students have been developing their singing skills and their presentations at recent assemblies brought the house down. I hope there will be a public performance very soon. Their rendition of their own composition - 'Westfields Sports' - was inspirational.

Congratulations to Shannon Hill and Scott Burriss who are now in Scotland at the junior Commonwealth Games representing Australia. Congratulations to the students and teachers involved in the recent All-Schools (public and private) State Championships successes:
---------------------* Basketball-Open Boys & Open Girls
----------------* Track & Field-Open Boys
------------------------------------Open Girls
------------------------------------Junior Girls
------------------------------------Junior Boys
--------------------* Cross Country-12 Yrs Boys
------------------------------------12 Yrs Girls
------------------------------------14 Yrs Boys
David Welch is performing outstandingly on his current tour of the USA with the Australian Baseball Team.

Last Monday the Subject Selection Evening for Year 9 2001 was held. Thanks for the great support. Over 500 students and parents attended this very important meeting. Student are expected to attend school meetings in school uniform. It was good to see the excellebnt standard of dress.

Maths Challenge
Congratulations to last editions winner - Anthony Bedrosian of 9K5, Put your thinking caps on for the puzzler below that is sure to challenge you. Remember, entries have to be placed in the box outside the Mathematics staffroom by next Wednesday lunchtime. First correct entry drawn wins the canteen voucher.

--------------------I'm thinking of a number

--------------------If I had a half, a fourth, and a ninth
--------------------* of it together, I get a total of 62.

--------------------* What's my number.



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PUNCTUALITY
is expected from all students.
be at school BEFORE your class starts

Remember - attendance at school assembly on Wednesdays is compulsory
for all students (except those attending Scripture)

News From the USA
Westfields pitcher, David Welch, will lead the Australian attack on the U19 World Baseball Championships in Edmondon, Canada. David led Australia in 3 wins over Canada and a close 9- 7 loss to the USA in the warm-up games. David will play Chinese Tapei, Cuba, Venezuela, Russia and Italy in Pool 1.

Good Counsel-Memory Tips (continued)
Useful stratagies for remembering information whilst studying include:
REPETITION
* the most boring method, but it works, if you do something enough time it gets to a stage where you can't forget it or where it is more difficult to get it wrong (think of your birthdate)

USE DIFFERENT APPROACHES
* If you learn the same material in different ways you increase your chances of getting a good result from at least one method. It is especially helpful if you involve multiple senses. (e.g repeating out load, writing by hand on a word processor, putting things in a diagramatic form)

RHYME & RHYTHM
* If you can change the material to be learned into a rhyme or a phrase with some rhythm. then it goes into the memory more easily (like a pop song). Quite a lot of study material can be expressed in this simple way. Remember the KISS approach: keep it short simple!

---------------------------------------------------------------More next time. R.Brown. School Counsellor


----------------------------------------* Slammers Junior Softball Club
----------------------------------------* Boys & Girls required
----------------------------------------* Phone Karen on 0412 362 124

Names - Embroided On Uniforms
Professional embroidery is available each Tuesday at school. Names can be embroided onto school jumpers, tracksuits, PE shirts and shorts..... The cost is $5.00 per name e.g Jeffery Thompson would be $10.00
Clothing to be embroided can be left in the morning and, depending upon demand, may be picked up the same day. Please note that all embroidery should be done at Westfields to ensure identical size and quality of lettering. Uniforms, are to be handed to Mrs Stickler, in the office next to the Director of Sport on Tuesdays.

Want To Play Basketball or Volleyball?
Summer season commences October 3rd 2000 Parramatta Basketball Association Church St Lidcombe
Please contact Richard, Emma or Colleen
on 9646 3840 or 9646 5343 for further information.



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