It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of Russell Carney of year 12. Russell was the passenger in a car which was involved in an accident. Highly regarded by peers and teachers alike, Russell will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with the Carney family during these difficult times. The funeral will be held at Holy Trinity Church 152 Graham Ave, Casula on Tuesday 1st August at 12.30pm.
As the US Open approaches, the Westfields tennis program is hitting top strokes. The Girls' Knockout team recently won the Sydney South-West Knockout Competition. In the semi final we were down a player, but with the help of our "ring-in", Natalie Bruce, we managed to win. At the conclusion of the match it was 4 sets 27 games all, which meant that our four tie-breaks had to be played. With great determination Mellissa Borg clinched the final tie-break which meant Westfields won 3-1. The Girl's final was played against East Hills' Girls. In a tough match the girls won 5 sets to 3. They will now travel to Tamworth next term to compete in the State Final. We wish Anna-Marie Ateij, Stephanie de la Torre, April Wong and Mellissa Borg all the best. The Boys' tennis team won the semi final against Bossley Park 6-0. If they play the finals in the way the semi finals were played Ms McPhie believes they have a great chance of also becoming regional champions.
Commonwealth Bank Shield
The senior girls soccer squad defeated Ulladulla High in the quarter-final of the competition. The final score of 11-2 was a result was well within the true potential of this squad. Nicole Kimber, Jodie Bain & Kylie Ledbrook performed well. Catherine Cannuli finished the game with an impressive hat- trick of goals. The squad now moves into the semi-finals for the fifth consecutive year.
Bill Turner Trophy
The U/15 girls soccer team won the Regional Final against a very determined Elderslie High School by a score of 3-1. Hayley Todd performed well on her return from injury. Other players to stand out were Julia Bazi, Kristy Rohrer, Zoe Thiel, Elisha Passerello, Nikita Hornery and Bilan Faggiano. This squad now moves into the last 16 in the state, which is a tremendous achievement considering that we are not allowed to play any NSW State reps. Good luck against Duval High in Armidale.
Good Counsel: Memory
Often study requires you to memorise information. Unfortunately, most of what we learn is quickly forgotten. In fact, short-term memory is designed to separate the important (which goes to long-term memory) an the unimportant (which is discarded). Information is therefore only held in short term for a small period of time before either being discarded or sent on to long-term memory. To get information to long-term memory is not easy, but the good news is that there seems to be no limit to how much information can be stored there. In the next newsletter, we will be looking at techniques which help to transfer information from short-term to long-term memory.
Until next time...-------------------------------------Robert Brown (School Counsellor)
Jeans for Genes Day
Friday, August 2nd will once again be "Jeans for Genes Day". This is an opportunity for the school to participate in a nation-wide fund raising campaign for research into generic disorders. It would be appreciated if all students could wear their jeans to school on Friday (no other change to uniform will be accepted. ie. normal school shirts, jumpers, shoes etc. must be worn) and pay $2.00 during roll call to help fund raise for a very worthy cause.
Year 8 Subject Selection Night
On Monday 7/8/00, Ms Staples will be conducting the year 8 into year 9 Subject Selection Evening in the school's Stadium. Head Teachers or their representatives will be present to answer any questions relating to subject choices. For such an important night, attendance is compulsory for all students, as is School uniform and it is hoped they will be accompanied by at least one parent when they receive a copy of the curriulum booklet.
Crossing The Country