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SSC Newspaper : October 2010
www.ourstrathfield.com.au By Bernadette Chua Students at local schools – PLC Sydney in Croydon and Meriden School in Strathfield – have excelled in two vastly different fields of endeavour: mathematics and snow skiing. A total of 56 students at Meriden School have performed with distinction in a state-wide mathematics competition, while a team of 16 students from PLC Sydney has won the 2010 Subaru Australian Interschools SnowSports Championships. The elite snow sports students from PLC Sydney beat competitors from 165 schools in the Australian Interschools SnowSports championships held at Jindabyne in September. As part of the PLC Sydney ’s winter school program, elite snow sports students train daily on the snow, completing the rest of their school curriculum from their base in the snowfields. Year 9 student Genevieve Martin, placed third overall at the championships, says that the program has been a huge boost to her prowess on the snow. “Being at the snow with the winter school has enabled me to train more and therefore improve my performance,” she says. “The great thing is that my classwork has improved at the same time and we are able to easily contact our teachers.” Meanwhile, students at Meriden School have performed with distinction in a state-wide mathematics competition. A total of 56 students from the school were awarded distinctions for their work – three of whom gained high scores. Year 7 students Jennifer Luo and Steffi Wu and Year 8 student Jewel Qi won top prizes in the Australian Mathematics Competition. The three girls have now been invited to take part in the NSW Enrichment Program which is run by the University of Sydney. Both Luo and Wu said they thoroughly enjoyed their experience with the Australian Mathematics Competition. “It’s challenging and sometimes there are questions that no one can answer, so it shows that no one is perfect and you have to learn from your mistakes,” says Luo. The school is so proud of their achievements that it has put an announcement on the bulletin board outside the school. By Natalie O’Brien AftEr a consultation process that took more than six years, Strathfield Council has finally signed off on the sale of Matthews Park, the leash-free dog park on roberts road in Greenacre. At an extraordinary council meeting held to discuss the issue, councillors resolved to sell the park to a property development company, Hargreaves Property Group, which specialises in retail network projects. Although the exact sale price has not yet been revealed, it is expected to bring around $3 million to $4 million into the council coffers. Patrick Wong, the council’s director of technical services, said the park was earmarked for sale because it was underused. “Every time council workers went to the park, there might be one person using it – that’s all,” said Wong. During recent discussions about the sale of the park, Cr Bill Carney wanted it noted that the decision to sell Matthews Park had a long and involved history and that it was not a quick or recent one. James Allison, a property development manager with the Hargreaves Property Group, told the Scene “it is a great site” with a lot of potential but that the company had no definite plans for the park. “It most likely will be a bulky goods site, we have a few people interested but there are no commitments yet,” said Allison. Matthews Park, which is in an industrial area, was acquired in1923 by the former Enfield Council and was used for many years as a sanitary depot. The land became part of Strathfield in 1949, and a couple of years later the council decided the area should be preserved for recreational use. The park was then named after a former town clerk of Strathfield Council, James Sandry Matthews. The council first began selling off parts of Matthews Park in 1973 when it carved off about five acres of land at the rear of the park and sold it to the fire Brigade. Money raised was put into park improvements and land acquisition – and for the redevelopment of Strathfield Park. The council has stipulated that the funds from the sale of Matthews Park should be reinvested in the purchase or improvement of a community open space in either the Greenacre or the Belfield area. 231 Roberts Road, Greenacre Ph: (02) 9759 7445 SWEEPS, RAFFLES, LUCKY DOOR PRIZES AND MORE FULL TAB FACILITIES FASHIONS OF THE FIELD COMPETITION. WIN PRIZES Book now for our $15 buffet luncheon Including Prawns, Meats, Salad and a complimentary champagne cocktail Celebrate the 150th Tuesday 2nd November 2010 Melbourne Cup Council sells the park no one wants Strathfield Scene 5 “Being on the snow with the winter school has enabled me to train more and therefore improve my performance – Genevieve Martin, PLC Sydney student. news www.ourstrathfield.com.au tell strathfield about your events Post them free at www.ourstrathfield.com.au Ski champion Genevieve Martin Success adds up for our students Jewel Qi, Steffi Wu and Jennifer Luo.