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WestNews T1 W10 now available

WestNews is our fortnightly update of events at the school. Stay connected and informed. This issue is from Term 1 Week 6, 2018 . Westnews T1W10 (pdf 477 KB)... Read more

Diet and nutrition

School TV: Diet and Nutrition

We all know that diet and nutrition is vital to your child's development and growth, but are you aware of the effects it has on your child's brain development and how it can impact their academic achievement? In this era of convenience, it is easy to reach for pre-packaged and processed foods to cope with busy schedules. However, these foods are usually packed full of sugar and salt which can have adverse health effects. Making a habit of reading food labels can help reduce the risks. It can also help to stabilise your child's energy, improve... Read more

Theme: Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world

EdWeek 2018 - theme and dates announced

This year's Education Week will be held from Monday 6 August to Friday 10 August 2018 (Term 3, Week 3). The theme for Education Week is ‘Today's schools – creating tomorrow's world'. This theme communicates how NSW public schools are equipping young people with the skills and capabilities they need to thrive in a rapidly changing, globalised world. Video: Mark Scott announces theme for EdWeek 2018 You tube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULMFWr7_OzU... Read more

Cyberbullying

School TV: Cyber Bullying - A Special Report

Many parents will be aware of the tragic circumstances in which Amy 'Dolly' Everett lost her life earlier this year as a result of cyberbullying. Dolly, as she was affectionately known, has since become the face of a campaign to raise awareness of bullying, anxiety, depression and youth suicide. A legacy that Dolly's bereaved family fully support with the intent of sparing other families from the same grief. In this Special Report, Dr Michael Carr-Gregg highlights the dangers associated with social media and outlines how parents can help... Read more

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Year 7 Vaccination Program Update

Adolescent Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccination Program In early 2017 parents/carers of Year 7 students were asked to provide consent for their children to receive three doses of HPV vaccine in the NSW School Vaccination Program. Most* Year 7 students who have received two doses of HPV vaccine are considered to be fully vaccinated and do not require a further dose. This change is based on recent international studies that show for children aged 9 to 14 years of age, two doses of HPV vaccine provide the same protection as three doses, as... Read more

School Transitions

SchoolTV: School Transitions

Whether it is starting school for the first time, moving up to a higher grade or embarking on a journey through secondary school, there is no doubt that any school transition is a very exciting time for children and parents. It means your children are growing up! However, transitioning is an ongoing process. It can continue long after students have entered their new environment and may encounter difficulties at a number of different stages. These stressors may appear as anxiety and frustration and result in negative or disruptive behaviours.... Read more

2018 Resource Allocation Model funding

In October 2017, all NSW public schools will receive a 2018 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2018 funding by visiting the department's website or watch a short animation about managing the total school... Read more

Exam Jitters

SchoolTV: Exam Jitters

Every year, more and more emphasis is placed on achieving good results in exams causing many students to feel extraordinary pressure and having unrealistic expectations. This month on SchoolTV, parents will find advice on how to help students cope with the pressure and how students can work smarter to achieve the results they desire. Exams are like a game. Once you know how to play the game, your chances of achieving great results rapidly increase. Parents can learn how to assist their kids to maintain perspective and keep their sanity intact... Read more

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NDIS continues its roll out across NSW

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) started in NSW in July 2016, rolling out across half of the state. The rollout for the rest of NSW started on 1 July 2017 and the NDIS will be fully rolled out by mid 2018. The NSW government is writing to the families of children and young people with disability who currently receive disability supports in the rollout areas to advise how and when they will enter the NDIS. How will people move into the NDIS? There is a planned approach to the way people enter into the NDIS. The first people to... Read more

Impact of Gambling

SchoolTV : Impact of Gambling

Parents, our school has subscribed to SchoolTV Children and teenagers are particularly vulnerable to marketing tactics and this is greatly concerning. Research shows that children as young as 8, are able to easily recall the marketing for sports betting. It is having a major impact on the way in which young people think about the relationship between gambling and sport. The 'normalisation' of sports betting is posing a threat to Australian teenagers. Children are also being inadvertently exposed to simulated gambling and gambling sites through... Read more

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SchoolTV : a new resource for parents

Parents, our school has subscribed to SchoolTV You'll find a range of topics each published monthly with comprehensive videos from leading specialists and organisations. You'll also find Fact Sheets, suggested books, apps, websites and much more. And because SchoolTV is independent, we've pulled in some great content from organisations such as Beyond Blue, ReachOut, HeadSpace and others. Click the logo on the left for the latest newsletter.... Read more

NAPLAN Online School readiness test

NSW schools will participate in the NAPLAN Online School Readiness Test from 14 August to 22 September. There is a lot of information for schools, students and parents on the NAPLAN Online transition website. The school readiness test is a ‘practice run' for schools to assess their technology as we prepare to transition to NAPLAN Online. It provides an opportunity for schools to become familiar with the NAPLAN Online assessment platform but is not an assessment of student ability.... Read more

Education Week 2017

Next week (Monday 31 July – Friday 4 August) is Education Week, a statewide annual event to celebrate public education in NSW. The week highlights the achievements of public education and local schools, putting the spotlight on our students, our educators and the communities that support them. This year's theme is I Learn, We Learn. It is a celebration of the commitment of the NSW Department of Education to ensuring that our students are at the heart of learning and that all our schools improve every year. Education Week is also a time for... Read more

Once Upon a Sport

The Sports High School documentary featuring Westfields Sports premieres Monday 1 May on FoxSports 501 at 9:30pm. It will be replayed on Tuesday 2 May on FoxSports 501 at 3:00pm & on Wednesday 3 May on FoxSports 501 at 7:30pm Your browser does not support the video tag.... Read more

Indigenous Football Week 2017

Indigenous Football Week 2017 (28/3/17 to 2/4/17) is about the power of football to create change for good, while delivering a standout talent pipeline to the game. The partnership of JMF, Football Federation Australia, Professional Footballers Australia, SBS and Fox Sports, will use Indigenous Football Week 2017 to highlight the achievements of Indigenous players past and present, as well as the next generation of incredible talent. Jada Whyman (Year 12), interviewed for Fox Sports Football before the kick off of the March 28th Socceroos... Read more

Parent Online Payment

It is now possible for parents to make online payments to the school, via a secure payment page hosted by Westpac. At this stage we would only like parents to pay for their child's school fees. Excursions must be paid by the student at school. Payments can be made using either a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card The payment page is accessed from the front page of the school's website by selecting $ Make a payment. For any enquiries regarding the Online Payment process please contact the School Administration Office.... Read more

Healthy School Canteens

Introducing Healthy School Canteens

The introduction of the revised Healthy School Canteen Strategy increases the availability of healthy food and drink options in school canteens to make the healthy choice, the easy choice. It replaces the Fresh Tastes@School Strategy in NSW schools that was commonly known as the traffic light system. The revised strategy is consistent with the 2013 Australian Dietary Guidelines and classifies food and drinks as either Everyday or Occasional. Sugary drinks will continue not to be sold. NSW public schools will have until the end of 2019 to... Read more

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Our shared responsibility

Welcome back for the 2017 school year. I hope everyone had a relaxing and refreshing break. I'd like to particularly welcome students (along with their parents) and staff starting in our schools for the first time. May the year ahead be engaging and rewarding – a wonderful year of teaching and learning. We know the world is transforming profoundly and quickly, and it is our great responsibility to prepare our children and young people so that they can flourish through such change. When our children finish school and enter the evermore... Read more

2017 Resource Allocation Model funding

In October 2016, all NSW public schools will receive a 2017 Planned School Budget Allocation Report. The report will assist with the management of the total budget delivered to schools through the Resource Allocation Model (RAM). The Resource Allocation Model (RAM) methodology distributes funding based on the individual needs of students and schools. This gives schools greater flexibility to make local decisions. Learn more about the 2017 funding by visiting the Department's website. Watch a short animation about the important role of the RAM... Read more

English Faculty Review

Dear Parents, Westfields Sports conducts regular reviews of all key learning areas across the school. This week we are reviewing the English faculty. Could you please take a few minutes to complete the survey below to provide us with your perspective on the teaching of English at our school. Parent Survey All responses are confidential. If you would like to give further comment please contact the school on 9604 3333 and ask to speak to Mr Rogers. Thank you for your assistance. Mr Rogers... Read more

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