Congratulations to the large number of senior students who achieved very positive results in the half yearly examination. The hard work is paying off. There is plenty of time to build upon those results. Effective use of holiday time is a priority. I would remind students and parents of the many tutorials during the weekdays and on Saturdays. Please take advantage of these opportunities.
Parent-Teacher evenings are very important. It is very satisfying to see the number of parents who attended. It would have been nice to see every parent attend on this important evening. The year 11 2001 Subjects Selection Evening was held last Tuesday. The selection of subjects is a very significant process. Students must keep in mind a number of factors before deciding. These factors include:
-Present level of academic achievement
-application and interest. The level of Mathematics, English
and Science being selected must be carefully considered. If the successful background is not there, it is not good enough for a student to say "I will work harder next year".
I am very pleased with the introduction of the Pure Mathematics elective in Year 9 & 10. Talented students are gaining a great deal from this initiative. A number of programs in literacy, numeracy and computer skills are being formulated at the moment.
Westfields Sports Students are seen by many people as the one to beat. I am very proud of the manner in which our students conduct themselves on and off the field. There are times when they are placed under unfair pressure by outsiders during games.
In 1991, I promised the then Minister of Education, Virginia Chadwick, that Westfields would foster the development of young people to the highest level. We now have students in Medicine, Law, Engineering, Teaching, Science, Dentistry, Optometry, Computers...the list goes on. Now we have our first Olympians. Heather Garriock and Kelly Golebiowski, who have been long term members of our soccer program, have been selected for the year 2000 Sydney Opympics Soccer Team. Congratulations and best wishes.
Trials & Tribulations
Budding lawyers Julie Lien, Lucy Tang, Hong Vu, Lisa Kondev, Karen McDonald, Elisa Kally, Truc Le and others have worked very hard during lunchtimes and after school with Mr Thomas and former Westfields Social Science teacher, Mr Bowen, to prepare their case for the State wide inter-school Mock trial. With Ms York, acting first as bus driver and then sitting in the magistrates seat, the students presented their case against William Carey Christian College superbly. The reputation of our legal team preceded them and the next 2 schools (Catholic boys schools!) failed to turn up to court. Good luck to the team in their knockout round early next term.
Soccer Representative News
Congratulations to the 13 Westfields girls, including Amanda Ghorra, Kristy Rohrer, Lisa Gatt
and Melissa Clancy, who represented Sydney South West in the recent NSW CHS Carnival at Kiama. Their side managed to finish first in their pool, moving on to the semi final where they defeated Sydney North 2-0 and were unlucky to be defeated 2-1 by South Coast in the final. Congratulations to Catherine Cannuli, Kathryn Collins and Nicole Kimber who were then selected in the NSW CHS First's team; Leah Blayney, Julia Bazi, Katherine Wilson and Kylie Ledbrook who were named in the shadows. Nicole Kimber was named Player of this Tournament. At the NSW All Schools Championships, the NSW CHS seconds were victorious and Nicole, Kathryn and Catherine then being selected to represent NSW All Schools at the Australian Schools Championships in Darwin. Leah, Kylie and Katherine were selected in shadows. Well done to all!
Congratulations to Jelena Tomic who was last editions winner of the Maths Challenge. The correct solution was 18 nickels of course! Put your thinking caps on for this editions challenge and get your answers in to the Maths staffroom by next Wednesday lunchtime for the chance to win that canteen voucher.
Cross Country Success
The Sydney South West Cross Country carnival was held at Elizabeth Macarthur Institute last week with Westfields being represented by 105 students. All students performed exceptionally well. Special mention to the following students who won their respective age divisions: Rory Lang (13B), Sam West (15B), Darren Brecken (17B) and John Pace (18B); Jesse Lottey (12G), Christie Harrison (14G) and Shannon Hill (17G) Westfields will be represented by a team of 40 students at the CHS Cross Country Carnival at the Eastern Creek Raceway in Week 1 of next term.
Congratulations to Ross Brown, Amos Magele, Anthony Luki and Rachel Cavenagh who will be singing at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games. Congratulations also to all music students for their excellent performances for their parents, friends and staff last week at the music nights.
Last Friday the open knockout hockey team competed in Rounds 3 & 4 of the CHS Knockout. In Round 3 the girls won convincingly against James Meehan 19-0. Stacey Kemp scored 5 goals, Christine Gray - 4 goals, Rebecca Bell- 3 goals, Belinda Stewart - 2 goals, Elise Dempster - 2 goals,Candace Foy Moxey - 1 goal, Kimberly Laws - 1 goal and Michelle Andreatta - 1 goal. All the goals came about through team work and tenacity In Round 4 the girls played Robert Townsend who have players that coach some of our Year 7 students on the weekend. Whilst the end result was a 0-0 draw the girls held their own, matching whatever the opposition threw at them and demonstrating some brilliant defence. Despite an extra 10 minutes the score remained 0-0 so a penalty stroke off was held which we unfortunately lost 4-3. Congratulations to all the girls, you played outstandingly and have demonstrated the threat you will be over the next couple of years.
World Vision 40 Hour Famine Reminder
Just a quick note to all those very cool people that participated in the recent 40 hour Famine to raise money for World Vision, you need to bring in all the money you've raised back to school as soon as possible. Don't forget that if there are any problems contact the famine organisers Ms Patmore and Ms Muraro in the science staffroom or on 9604 3333.
Blessed with some fair weather, the 2000 school photographs went off without a hitch on Thursday 15th June. As well as the usual "year" portraits, the "friends" photos were a very popular addition to the day. The photos themselves should be ready by early August.
Staff Development Day
A reminder to parents and students that Monday 17th July is a staff Development Day and therefore students are asked to return to school from their holidays on Tuesday 18th July. There will be no buses running on the Monday, but if you require your child to come to school on the Monday you will need to ring the school on 9604 3333 to make arrangements.
The support for senior Parent-Teacher Evenings was excellent. Please continue to make use of this valuable means of finding out about your child's learning and behaviour. If any parents were unable to attend this night, you are quite welcome to ring the school at anytime on 9604 3333 to make an appointment with a teacher to discuss your childs progress. The Year 11 2001 Subject Evening was also very well attended. Over 500 people filled the school's stadium to discuss the options for Year 11. Year 11 Subject Selection Forms need to be handed in soon, so organisation of next year may begin.
Congratulations to Kristy Law of Year 11 who was a member of the undefeated NSW State team at the U/16 Australian Waterpolo Championships held recently in Hobart. The NSW team defeated Queensland 10-5 in the Gold Medal game with Kristy contributing to the goal tally. Kristy's week was topped off with her being named in the Australian Women's U/17 Squad. We may soon have an Australian Waterpolo player on our hands. A tremendous effort, Kristy!
Double Win In Basketball
The open Girls and Boys Basketball teams won the CHS Knockout Competition, The Shell Cup, last Friday. The girls were defending champions, defeating Endeavour Sports High School, and the boys defeated the 1999 National Champions Warners Bay. Eva Afeaki was the most valued Player in the Girl's Final and Chris Nattrass was the MVP for the Boys's Final. Adrianne and Kim Gilbert, Emma Hately and Vanessa Wong were outstanding for the girls. Tim and Anthony Labka, Craig Blatch, Pablo Puyo and Matt McCoy were outstanding for the boys.
The boys have won their first three rounds to reach the Round Of 16. A forfeit to Sir Joseph Banks, a 22-0 win against Chester Hill and a 12-2 win against Sarah Redfern has placed us against the winner of the North-West Region. The nineteen players in the squad have all managed to get some game time, and with a talented group of baseballers including two Australian pitchers (David Welch, Mathew Sandstrom), the prospects for winning the Proud Shield for the first time since 1997 are looking good.
Seoi nage. Sasaetsurikomiashi and harai goshi...what language is this? Ask Michael Clarke and Amanda Gates who have just competed in the Australian National Judo Championships in Canberra on the 10th and 11th June. Michael competed in the U/16 year, U/81kg Division, gaining second place. He also competed in the young mens U81kg Division, and finished in third place, narrowly missing out on getting to the Final.
Netball - Area Trials
Congratulations to Rebecca Ireland, Stacey Burton, Kaiya Donovan, Aimee Zuzul, Jade Webster, Aimee Palmer, Michelle Minichiello, Natasha McKay, Sam Savva and Crystal Hughes who represented Westfields in the Area Trials on May 29. Although our team members were quite young, we still managed once again to finished undefeated and dominate selections in the Area Team. An amazing seven girls out of the ten selected were from Westfields. Jade Aimee Kaiya, Sam, Natasha, Rebecca and Michelle will be representing Sydney South West at the NSW CHS Championships to be held at Windsor in July.
Netball - Erindale Visit
The Westfields Australasian Netball team had their first competitive trial game against Erindale College (ACT) on Monday June 5. Our young team showed that they have the ability to be competitive and strong against older, more experienced opposition, Westfields defeating Erindale 51-40. Ms McLeod would like to take this opportunity to thank the parents for their support, and the players for ensuring that all staff members were well looked-after. Thank you to Mr McKay, Natasha McKay and Ms Healy who stayed back to help clean up at the end of the night. Your help was very much appreciated.
Good Counsel from Robert Brown (School Counsellor)
*Watch for the following in class:
FORMAL DEFINITIONS- something examiners love to ask about.
PHRASES THAT INDICATE IMPORTANCE- Such as "the basic idea...", "the chief causes are...", "a notable feature is..." etc.
LISTS- If the teacher indicates there are five reasons for a certain fact, this means those five reasons had best end up in your notes!
LISTEN FOR VERBAL CUES- deliberate changes in pitch or tone are often made for emphasis, as are other cues including slowing down speach or deliberate repetition. THINGS WRITTEN ON THE BOARD- Should always be written down, but you should also write down something which are not, such as examples and references- you may need to quote both in assignments or exams. More Next Time....
A number of Year 11 & 12 students received Principals Awards on Assembly for outstanding performances in two or more of the following areas- community service, effort, leadership, participation, performing arts, scholarship, school service, sporting achievement or visual arts Congratulations to Guy Karibian, Simon Chong, Jackie Bradford, Sofia Babatzinis, Amy Bruce, Toan Cao, Jenny Do and Kristy Kovacs of Year 12 as well as Sharon Dickson, Vanessa Wong, Kristy Laws and Kathryn Collins of Year 11 on their awards.
HSC Information For Parents
Fairfield East Community Organisation Inc is organising a HSC Information Session for parents on Saturday 22nd July from 10.00am - 2.00pm at the Cabra-Vale Diggers Club. Topics to be covered include: Understanding- What Your Children Go Through, Communication- Talking the same Language, HSC Options- TAFE, University and Employment and Stress Management- Alternative Therapies. The cost is $10.00 per person / $20.00 per family. Parents must register and reserve seats by Monday 17th July by phoning Kimberley on 9724 3807.