news Update
Published 25/8/00.

From The Principals Desk.
A look in the foyer will find a large number of excellent major works completed by Westfields Sports students. The works represent many, many hours of work at school, at home and at Saturday workshops at school. Students are justifiably proud of their efforts and I would say a big thank you to the teachers for their efforts, encouragement and support.

Year 12 must be utilising their time between now and the HSC to build upon their results. If help is required, please let us know. Tutorials will be available in the holidays.

Westfields Sports has a very high retention rate of students. The vast majority of year 10 students continue on to the HSC. Westfields Sports does not have a year 10 farewell. Any student or parent who organises their own function takes on the moral, legal and financial liabilities associated with it. At other schools such illegal functions have resulted in police and legal action being taken against the organisers.

With the announcement of the teams for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games it is with great pride that I report the selection of four former Westfields Sports students - Harry Kewell, Kelly Golebiowski, Heather Garriock, and Jason Culina to represent Australia in Soccer.

Congratulations also to our ice skater, Olivia Masterton of year 10, upon her selection in the Australian team to participate in the Junior Grand Prix in the Ukraine in late September and in the Grand Prix S.N.R in Banska, Slovakia at the end of October.

Commonwealth Title For Shannon!
Shannon Hill (Yr11) and Scott Burriss (Yr 12) have just returned from representing Australia at the Commonwealth Youth Games held in Scotland. Shannon won the 1500m event while Scott finished fourth in the heats of the 400m. Scott also ran in the 4x400m relay which also finished fourth! Shannon accepted the point score trophy for Australia finishing third overall behind south Africa.
Shannon & Scott will be added to the Westfields 'Hall of Fame' as International Athletes.

An Easier Time?
Did our grandparents have an easier life than we do??? Corrine Archer was team adviser to Toni Sidoroff, Chanika DeSilva and Matthew Russell when they debated this topic against East Hills Girls High. With Christie Harrison as chairperson and Shivanthi Sivakumaran as timekeeper, our team won convincingly to wrap up the Commonwealth Bank Debating Competition.
Well done to all!

Olympic Trials
Congratulations to the four Westfields Athletes who competed in the recent Olympic Trials. Mark Dickson (Yr12) threw the Hammer, finishing in the final with a personal best performance. Irayne Omoregbee (Yr12) competed in the High Jump clearing a personal best of 2.05m! Scott Burriss contested the decathalon and ex student Kirsten Truscott competed in the High Jump.

Maths Challenge
Congratulations to Trang Nguyen of P10 with last editions correct answer of 72. Test out your maths ability with the challenge below and place your answer in the box outside the maths staffroom by next Wednesday lunchtime for the chance to win that open order canteen voucher.

A winning candidate for a national office received 1.2% more votes than his oppoment. If there were 52,450,000 votes cast, by how many votes did he win?

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Rugby Success
Our "10's" sides, both the Open and the 15 Yr progressed into the finals of the State Schoolboy "10's" competitions, only to be eleminated in the quarter finals. The World Rugby 10's team was beaten in a very close semi-final of the Bowl Competition, after an enjoyable day at Macquarie University. We entered teams in both the Buchan Schield (15's) and the Waratah Shield We had successes in the first three games in both these competitions, being beaten by Hurlstone Ag. High in the fourth round and by Endeavour Sports in the fourth round. We are currently enjoying great success in the local competitions: The University of Western Sydney Cup for the Opens and the Liverpool Bulls Cup for the Yr 9 & 10s. We play Prairiewood in the final of the UWS Cup today and have qualified for the semi-finals of the Bulls Cup with both teams being undefeated.
Our Year 8 Development Squad were winners of the Parramatta 10's Gala Day for the second year running. These boys, with the addition of the 7 & 9 boys, have been training very well and have played some very competitive games this year.

Leading Teacher News
Yesterday, Year 7 students completed a trial ELLA test. Westfields was chosen to assist in the preparation of the 2001 ELLA tests which will be held for Years 7 & 8 in March 2001>
Student Representative Council (SRC) elections were held on Wednesday. Successful members of this group attended the elections of the prefects and captains on Friday. An induction ceremony will be held on Wednesday 11th October at which the school leaders for 2001 will be introduced.

The P & C would like to thank boys from Year 10 who took part in the taste testing fund raiser recently. Their support is greatly appreciated.

Year 11 students will sit for their yearly exams and final assessments during weeks 7 & 8 of this term. Following these exams, Year 11 students will be asked to consider their subjects to be presented for the HSC. Year 10 have their exams during weeks 1 & 2 of term 4>

Any student considering Pathways in 2001 should discuss their options with Mrs Wilson.

Student Profile - Kate Romer
Kate Romer of Year 10 is a champion ice skater whose achievements are worthy of note:
* School Captain - Fairfield West Public School 1996
* Member of NSW Champions Novice Precision skating team - The Crystalettes - 1996, 1997 & 1998
* Member of NSW Champions senior Precision skating team - The Sydney Ice Impressions - 1997, '98 & '99
* Member of NSW Team at National Championships - Novice level - 1996, 1997 & 1998
* Member of NSW Team at National Championships - senior level - 1997, 1998 & 1999
* NSW Representative - Olympic trophy - Melbourne 1997
* NSW Representative - Summer trophy - Brisbane 1997 & 1998
* NSW Representative - Dragon City trophy - Bendigo 1997, 1998 & 1999

Well done Kate!

Good Counsel - Memory (cont'd)
The following are also useful strageties in developing memory and recall in exam situations.
Sub-grouping: learning information by breaking it up into smaller groups or clusters. For example,
phone numbers are usually broken into two or three smaller sub-groupings (often with the additional
use of rhythm). When breaking longer items into sub-groupings, the most useful groups are those
which have some internal meaning.

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Good Counsel Cont'd
Lucky Associations: Occasionally a fact will have some useful co-incidence attatched to it-a lucky association that makes the information easier to remember. Be on the lookout for them. for example: Mount Fuji is 12365 feet high. When split, this number has the number of months (12) and the number of days (365) in a year. Easy!!

Acronyms: Turning important pieces of information into a series of initials makes them much easier to remember. This can be done in the opposite way to expand a set of letters into a sentence that is easy to recall. For example: the musical notes (E G B D F) can be learnt by the following: Every Good Boy Does Fine!
---------------------------------------More Next Time.... Robert Brown Counsellor

State Records Fall
Paul Stickler, Joven Clarke and Aaron Mellor broke State records at the 2000 All Schools held at Stadium Australia in front of 30,000 spectators. Paul broke the 16 Yrs 110m hurdles record, Joven tore up the track with a sizzling 10.80 seconds in the 17 Yrs 100m and Aaron set a new 10 Yrs 5000m walk record
Gold medalists were Paul Stickler, Joven Clarke, Aaron Mellor (2), Mark Dickson, Michael Ogilvie, Sharron Dickson, Fabrice Lapierre, Shannon Hill (3), Scott Burriss, Corrine Archer and Darren Breckon. Other medalists were Ryan Mormul, Kate Connolly, Sharyn Dickson (2), Fabrice Lapierre (2) and Hayley Cameron. Congratulations to you all!

The Search
Searching within myself
Looking deep within my soul
Searching for something
Something very small
Almost buried in my guilt
And trapped beneath regret
Trying to push past sadness
And avoin stepping in my fret
Moving deeper yet
Not knowing where to go
Searching for a wormhole
Or a twinkling little glow
Finding something to hold,
Something to keep me safe,
A little thing called "hope"
and then, I can be brave.
Millinda Cobban- former student, semi-finalist in International Poetry contest and published in "In-Between Days" due for release in September.

Study Safety
There is a worrying trend with some students to forget about their personal safety. It is important for ALL students to properly use road crossings, to to travel in the guards carriage on trains and to be aware at all times of not placing themselves at risk by "hanging around" outside school on their own.

Parents, please DO NOT DRIVE into the school grounds. There are clear signs warning against this. When students are driving cars, they need to remember the safety of themselves and others. -----------------------------------------------------------------------
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---------------------- Dates For Your Calander

8/9 - (Friday) Last day Term 3
2/10 - (Tuesday) first day Term 4 for ALL students and staff
-Year 10 Yearly exams for all subjects
18/10 - HSC commences

6 & 7/11 - School Certificate exams
8/11 - Sports Orientation night
11/11 - SRC Induction Assembly
14/11 - Year 7 2001 Orientation night
16 & 17/11 - Schools Spectacular

6/12 - Westfields Presentation night.

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