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Published 26/03/01.


From The Principals Desk
Congratulations to the two hundred students who submitted essays in the Westfields Sports Public Education Essay Competition. The initiative was held to celebrate the efforts, achievements and excellence of our Public School system. Many thanks to the English faculty (Mr Freer, Mr Down) for marking the essays. The standard was excellent and the comments about public education and Westfields Sports High made us very proud. Congratulations to the following students:
-----------------Senior Essay Competition:
------------------Toni Sidoroff -Winner
------------------Eryne Balston -Special Mention
------------------Jessica Hong -Special Mention
-----------------Junior Essay Competition:
------------------Lenda Oshalem -Winner
------------------Krystale Hill -Special Mention
------------------Tim Marlin -Special Mention


-----------------Students are not to be picked up from school by ‘friends’ - boyfriends or whatever. Schools are meant to be a safe place and this safety is not supported by people waiting to pick up girlfriends. Do we know who this person is and what their intentions are? Last year I was forced to take out an AVO request on an ex-boyfriend of a student who was threatening people. Lately the police have noticed a number of individuals behaving inappropriately in the streets of Fairfield. ‘Stranger Danger’ is relevant concern for people concerned with the safety of our young people.

Last week we welcomed a visitor from a Danish School who is setting up a sports school from Denmark. An invitation was issued by this Deputy Principal for us to visit her school and her country.

Congratulations to the Swim team on their outstanding success in the Area Carnival and the Cricketers upon winning the Davidson Shield for the second year in a row.

Do not forget the Musical Evening this Thursday 29th, you are most welcome.

I would bring to your attention the Honour Board in the foyer noting the achievements of those students who have been awarded the prestigious Level One in our student Welfare Program. Many students are nearing this goal and the school is looking to further support their efforts to gain this coveted award. Please contact Mrs Souris (Head teacher Welfare) if you would like information.

Year 12 Examinations commence soon. It is time to plan and prepare effectively.

From The Deputy's Office - Mrs Wilson
As half yearly exams approach (for Year 12), on April 2nd and 1st of May for years 10 and 11, all students are reminded to prepare carefully
-----------------1- Finding out exactly what will be examined from recent studies
----------------- 2- Knowing the style of questions and structure of all papers
----------------- 3- Preparing responses in advance as practice.
----------------- 4- Summarising topic and text notes
----------------- 5- Re-reading set texts
----------------- 6- Asking your teachers’ advice


P & C News
--------- A big THANK YOU to all the Year 7’s who have sold their chocolates, some even coming back for more! The competition is hotting up and 7 Violet are leading the class challenge. Well done 7 Violet.
---------A reminder that all monies and unsold chocolates are due back this Friday, 30th March.

---------The next P&C meeting will begin with a tour of the school at 7.00pm leaving from the library, on 28th March. Parents will see a range of teaching areas and facilities. The tour will be followed by the Annual General meeting. We look forward to welcoming new parents. Supper will be provided.

Library Update
--------- As announced in the previous edition of “Up to Date”, I have been appointed as the new teacher Librarian at Westfields. In support of the schools Literacy Program I have asked students to write book reviews to entice other students to borrow some of the great new fiction books the library has purchased. I hope year 7 are remembering to have their yellow reading cards signed by parents and supervising teachers.

---------I would like to thank Ashleigh for the review she wrote this week that appears below. If any student would like to write a review, please come and speak to me in the library.
By Carol Fardell

Book Review
--------- Graeme Lay wrote The Wave Rider which is a really interesting book about a girl named Justine. She has a part time job in Findlay`s Chemist shop and her teacher feels this will be good for her as she grows older.
The author wrote about his love for surfing and how Justine`s dull life in a small town changes when she gets interested in surfing. She remembers the day Nigel Allen`s gang came down the street with their surf boards on the roof of the car. Later she makes friends with a stunning surfer from California and her life changes.
Don`t just take my word for it , read the book your self. I highly recommend it.

Cricket News
--------- The Westfields Open Cricket side travelled to Maitland this week, in defence of their CHS Davidson Shield Championships Trophy following their semi final win against Kiama High where Westfields scored a total of 9/228 from their mandatory 40 overs. Cameron Nupier top scored with 40, and he was well supported by Matt Williams 36, Reece McDonald 33,Gavin Atkin 29, Paul West 26 n.o. and Nathan Perry with 22. Kiama found the run chase difficult and were dismissed for 114, with Kurt Minard and Cameron Nupier, the best bowlers with 3 wickets each.

In the final, Westfields were up against Orara High from Coffs Harbour, who had easily accounted for Endeavour High in the semi-final. Having to transfer to a synthetic wicket due to inclement weather, the match was finally reduced to 35 overs each, with Westfields batting first, reaching 7/157 from their allotted overs. Reece McDonald top scored with 37 n.o and he was given support by Cameron Nupier with 30, Gavin Atkin 25, and Mitchell Tremain 22. Orara struggled and were eventually dismissed for 100, scored in 26 overs. Reece finished with 3/13 and Cameron 4/15. Gavin Atkin assisted in cleaning up the tail, finishing with 3/14 for 5 overs.

Surfing the Net With The SRC
--------- The SRC will help you surf the net quicker and cheaper with NET CHOICE
----------------- your prepaid internet card.
----------------- Teachers, students and their families are welcome to take up this offer.
---------Choose from two plans:
-----------------NET CHOICE $10 : 20 hours in 45 days or 7 days unlimited.
-----------------NET CHOICE $30 : 70 hours in 90 days or 30 days unlimited
-----------------No bills, No credit card required Convenience brought to you direct.
---------See your SRC Representative for details and look out for the stand outside the canteen area soon.

Open Boys Basketball Regional Trials
--------- Last Friday 16/3 the Westfields open boys basketball team competed in the regional tournament at Campbelltown Basketball Stadium. The team was undefeated in their three round games and remained undefeated in their semi-final and grand-final.

The team was made up of the following students:-
-----------------Pablo Puyo Yr 12
-----------------Chris Natrass Yr 12
-----------------Jeff Coles Yr 12
-----------------Anthony Labka Yr 11
-----------------Feleti Mateo Yr 11
-----------------Dragan Devic Yr 10
-----------------Michael Thomas Yr 10
-----------------Chris Neal Yr 9
-----------------Alex Opacic Yr 9
-----------------David Natrass Yr 9
-----------------Djordje Djordjevic Yr 8
Congratualtions to the following students who gained selection in the Sydney South West Regional Team:-
-----------------Pablo Puyo
-----------------Chris Natrass
-----------------Jeff Coles
-----------------Anthony Labka
-----------------David Natrass
-----------------Matthew McCoy


Violence Free Dance and Theatre Concert
--------- The Kargarian family would like to invite the teachers, parents and students of Westfields Sports High School to a dance and theatre concert on Sunday the 1st of April, 2001. The concert will be held at the University Of Technology, Sydney, Kuringgai Campus in the Greenhalgh Theatre at 5.00pm. Ever since their 17 year old son, Shahab, was shot and killed in Greenwich last October, they have been looking for ways to help make a difference to society, so that no family has to suffer as their family has. Diversity Dance Theatre actively promotes unity through diversity and utilises dance and theatre as a medium to inspire personal development and social change.

Netball Update
--------- On Wednesday 21st March the year 8 Netballers enjoyed a day at the Ann Clake centre being coached by the experts at Netball NSW. All players learnt new skills and are very keen to put them into practice. Congratulations to Samantha Savva [Year 12] who was recently named a shadow player for the Australian Indoor Netball team at the National Championships in Cairns. Good luck and safe travels to the 23 players and 5 adults travelling to Malaysia to compete at the International Festival over the Easter holidays.The experience will be a valuable one

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS:
Don’t make any outside appointments during school time!!

Year 7 Visit Nan Tien Temple
--------- Recently students from Year 7 went on an excursion to the Nan Tien Temple. This is the biggest Buddhist temple in the southern hemisphere and was open in 1995. We participated in many activities of Buddhist origin, including Tai Chi which is a form of exercise derived from martial arts. Buddhists do not eat meat because they believe all life is sacred so our lunch was vegetarian but delicious. We also made lotus flowers out of paper. The lotus flower is a Buddhist symbol of purity. The shrines we visited were beautiful and the walls were filled with little statues of Buddha and fairy lights. The Nan Tien Temple was a lovely excursion. We would like to thank Ms Croci, Ms McLeod and Mr Thomas for making this excursion possible.
By Dana Murphy & Jillian Morrison

MOBILE PHONES
Must Be Switched off when you are at school!


SRC News
--------- The SRC has been very busy this year. The entire team of representatives, from Westfields Sports High School have worked very hard to improve the school and promote the ideas of all students. On 14th February, roses were distributed to all Valentine recipients. This fundraising exercise was extremely successful as over $1000 was raised.

Recently Ms Longo and our school captains, Lana and Daniel , attended a function at the Rotary Club for World Understanding Month. Also, ten members from the SRC travelled to Fairfield Town Centre, Youth Forum to discuss ways in which the younger generation can improve the Fairfield community.

As the SRC, our aim is not only to fund raise, for the benefit of our school, but also to recognise the scholastic achievements of students. It is for this reason, Academic Awards are being created to distinguish students achieving in many aspects of their school life, so look out for your Academic Award!!

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

---WED. 28/03/01 - P&C meeting/School Tour
---MON. 02/0401 - Year 12 Half Yearly Exams Begins
---THU. 12/04/01 - Year 12 Half Yearly Exam Ends- Last Day Term 1
---MON. 30/04/01 - STAFF ONLY RETURN
---TUE. 01/05/01 - School Resumes
---- Half Yearly Assessments Years 7-10
---- Year 11 Half Yearly Exams Begins
---TUE. 08/05/01 - Australian Science Competition
--- FRI. 11/05/01 - Year 11 Half Yearly Exam Ends


Maths Teaser!
You borrowed $300. After 1 year you were asked to pay back $348. What simple interest were you charged?
Last week’s winner: Corinne Archer S1 (Year 10). Answer - 20cm by 30cm.


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