|From The Principals Desk
--------It is disturbing to have to place teachers on after school duty at the front of the school to stop students running across the road to reach their parents' cars. The pedestrian crossing with its trained supervisor is to be used at all times.
--------I have written to each family of Year 12 students inviting parents to a meeting at 7.00pm in the school library on Monday 5th March. The purpose of meeting is to assist parents to support their children yo achieve the most positive outcomes in the H.S.C. year. In attendance will be Mr Blevin (Careers Adviser), Mr Brown (School Counsellor), Mr Carter (Assistant Deputy) and Mrs Wilson (Deputy Principal). I will be there to answer any questions, please make every effort to attend the meeting.
--------The first meeting of the P&C is this Wednesday 28th February and will commence at 7.30pm in the school library. All parents are welcome and a special letter has been sent to all parents of Year 7 students.
--------This Friday morning (23/2/01) the Creative and Performing Arts Building was opened bu the State Minister for Education and Training, John Aquilina Senator Payne, The Honourable Janice Crosio MBE MP, Joe Tripodi MLA, Desley Norvill (P & C President) and Hedley Mooney the District Superintendent. The ceremony was conducted bt senior members of the SRC and displays of dance music, drama and arts were featured. The standard was excellent.
--------Many thanks to the P&C for the blazers awarded to the senior members of the S.R.C.. They are a great asset to these students who perform many school and public duties. It is with great pleasurethat we welcome back Mr Cherry. He has returned to light duties whilst recovering from his injuries sustained in a fall in the stadium.
From The Deputy's Desk
-----------Westfields Sports High School offers excellent support for students to achieve their best. Saturday School classes for seniors and juniors in English and Maths run from 9.00am $160.00 for two terms represents excellent tutoring value. Where extra tutorials are needed, students should should present their requests to Mrs Wilson.
--------With Half-Yearly Exams approaching for Years 11 and 12, it is recommended that seniors prepare carefully. In addition, it is essential that assessments procedures are followed, notably in the case of illness or misadventure. On Monday, March 5th a special evening to support parents and H.S.C. students will be held. Discussions on careers, UAI and personal management will take place. All are welcome.
--------Congratulations to John Thornell who has jumped an incredible personal best of 7.28 metres at the Sydney Grand Prix long jump. John will now be flown to the Melbourne Grand Prix at the special invitation of the Athletics Australia - all expenses paid. John will again compete againts Olympic Silver Medalist Jai Tarrima and Commonwealth Champion Peter Burge. It is that kind of success that saw John interviewed by Sydney radio personality Alan Jones on Thursday Morning. Congratulations also to Aaron Warburton, Paul Stickler, Joven Clarke, Scott Burriss, Iranye Omoregbee, Ashleigh Payne, Rebecca Papadopolous, Sharyn Dickson, Mark Dickson and Fabrice Lapeirre, who have successfully competed in the National Grand Prix Athletics this season.
Olympians Hold Court
--------Last Friday Westfields Sports High played host to an Athletics Australia Clinic timed to coincide with that night's Sydney Grand Prix Athletics meet. The clinic took the form of an indoor seminar in the library where members of Westfields Track and Field Programmme asked many and varied questions to high profile Australian Athletes. Many thanks to Australian Olympic 400 metre runners Casey Vincent and Daniel Batman for their input on the day.
--------Once again Westfields have produced half of the Sydney South West Baseball team for the CHS championships at Warringah from 6th to 9th of March. Well done and good luck to:- David Welch, Dan Hills, Andrew Erickson, Matthew Sandstrom, Paul Morrison, Ryan Donaldson, Patrick O'Riley and Shane Benson.
--------On Monday 12th February at Milton Park in Ingleburn the Sydney South West Trials for Girls Softball were held. Of the thirteen students selected for the team, Westfields provided seven for the squad. Congratulations to Cassandra Dowdell, Sarah Abrahams, Kim Laws, Jodie Ortego, Zoe Thiel, Chantelle Price and Zara Mee>
With All our Oars in the Water
--------It has been an extremely start to the year for our rowing team with an intensive four day per week training program in the lead up to the N.S.W. State Championship Regatta which was held at the Sydney International Rowing Centre at Penrith.
--------After qualifying for this regatta, our team members achieved outstanding results. The highlights of the weekend were:
* Andrew Pascoe,, racing in an older age group, now ranked 7th in the State in the U/15 age group.
* Joel Pradeaux, racing in an age group two year older, now ranked 8th in the State's U/15 age group.
* Rebecca Handcock, now ranked 8th in the State in the U?15 age group.
* Junior Boys Squad Scull team of Joel Pradeaux, Andrew Pascoe, Joshua Hancock and Sean Ireland now ranked 5th in the State U/15 age group.
--------Congratulations to all rowers on their efforts and achievements and good luck for the upcpming CHS Championships.
--------The sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated at St. Gertrude's Parish Smithfield on 10th and 17th June, 2001. Children who have received First Reconciliation and Holy Communion are eligible to enroll for confirmation. Enrollment forms are available from the Scripture Teachers. Enrollments will be accepted during parish Masses on the 10/11th March or 17/18th March. You can direct enquiries to Rhonda and Halina on 9725 4317 (Monday or Thursday).
Keeping His Eye On The Ball
-------- If you caught the second half of Saturday's Parramatta and Penrith Rugby League match, you may have noticed a familiar face from Westfields on the sidelines. Jake Lockwood of Year Nine is the new ball boy for the Parramatta Eels Rugby League team. Jake a five-eighth or lock for Cabramatta's U/14's First division side was selected by the Head Coach of the Parramatta Development Squad for the honour. Also Jake and other members of the development squad last week made a recruitment video focasing on the skills of the game, such as passing and tackling. This video should soon be available to coaches and schools across the Parramatta area.
New Kids On The Block
--------Time to welcome a couple of new faces you may have seen around the school. First up is Mrs Cordukes who along with Mr Brown are our schools two counsellors. Mrs Cordukes can be found in the library every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoon. The rest of the week she is at Smithfield West Public School. She would like to let students know that she is available to talk to if anything is worrying them. Students must make an appointment to see her during their own time and will receive an appointment slip to show their classroom teacher who will sign it to O.K. the time selected. Also new to the school is Mr Plummer, He has joined the English department from Grantham High and is enjoying teaching his new classes at Westfields. Easily the snappiest dresser amongst the male members of the English staff, he has coached and played Rugby Union extensively and is currently enjoying the challenge of the triathlon. So if you see Mr Plummer on his bike pedalling to school, ask him about the time he stared down a grizzly bear in Canada.
--------Many thanks to the students that have put their names down to join the three Westfields Sports High School debating teams. You have until next Friday, 2nd March to register your name in the English staffroom before applications close. Remember it is open to all students in Year 7 through to 11. Mr Lambkin, the coach of the Year 7-8 team is especially pleased with the reaction of students and is looking forward to holding a school competition so he can select the best four students to represent the school in the state wide competition.
Mr Suchy Honoured
--------Everyone at Westfields Sports High School knows how dedicated Mr Suchy is to the success of the members of the Westfields Track and Field programme, well some other people have been taking notice as well. In December 2000, Mr Suchy was awarded a Sports Australia Award to commemorate his outstanding
conribution in the area of sport. The ceremony was held in Fairfield at the end of last year but unfortunalely Mr Suchy couldn't receive his award personally because he was in Adelaide at the time for the Australian School Championships. It is that kind of commitment that is helping our athletes achieve remarkable results.
Australian School English Competition 2001
--------Westfields Sports High is offering students the chance to enter this year's Australian Schools English Competition. Every year over half a million students are invited to participate in this competition. On 30th May and again on 5th June students will have the chance to gain a measure of their own achievement in an external assessment situation. All students will receive a certificate and an individual results letter with the chance to be awarded Medals and additional Certificates of Distinction. If students have received an entry form, they are remended to return the permission note and $9.00 entry fee to the front office by the 26th February. Any question can be directed to Mr Plummer in the English staffroom.
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Just a reminder to all parents and students that any change of details
(new address, new phone number etc) need to be notified to the school
as soon as possible, please.