Starting at Westlake

What to expect on the first day

Getting to and from school on the first day

School buses will be running from early February 2022, tying in with the start of the school year. If you are dropping your daughter at school by car, we recommend using one of the surrounding streets as a drop off point. Smales Farm does not allow parking for school drop off/collection and issue infringement tickets. There are bike racks between B and C Blocks for cycling to school. Please ensure your daughter has a lock for her bike. The school gates are closed from 3 – 3.30pm each day for the safety of our students, so you will be unable to enter the school grounds to collect your daughter. We recommend arranging a drop-off and collection point in one of the surrounding streets.

Year 10-13 students – first day 2022

Year 10-13 students start school on Tuesday 1 February 2022, heading straight to their Form Class for an 8.50am start. They should be in full uniform and bring their Laptop. There will be no formal classes today and they will finish before lunch. Year 10-13 students are not required at school on Wednesday 2 February but will return on Thursday 3 February. This will be the first full day of classes and will be a Day 4 on their timetable. 

Year 9 students – first day 2022

When Year 9 students in 2022 start on Wednesday 2 February. It will be a full day from 8.45am to 3.15pm, and an Orientation Day for the Year 9s only. Please have your daughter at school in time for an 8.45am start. Once in the school gates, Prefects will direct her to the Event Centre. During the assembly in the Centre, students will be welcomed, divided into Form Classes, and will then go to their classroom with their Form Teacher and classmates. There they will receive their school diary, timetable, be guided to connect their device to the school system, be given their student email address (which is a key way we contact our students) and be provided with the school rules and regulations. There will also be an opportunity for students to get to know each other in their class, and they will be taken on a guided tour for bathrooms, lockers, canteen, library, Office, Health Centre, places to eat lunch, and classroom blocks. They will also be shown how to use the library, including topping up printing cards. 

Once your daughter has her timetable, she will be able to go to the Payments Office and purchase the use of a locker for the year ($60). Staff in the Payments Office, will be able to assign her the most appropriate locker choice based on her timetable. She should place her lock on the locker as soon as practicable. Either combination or key locks are suitable. Your daughter will also require a padlock for her PE locker during PE class.

What to wear and bring

Students should be in correct uniform, including skirt or culottes, blouse, blazer, and sandals or shoes/socks. Students will not need to bring their full range of stationery for their first day at high school. However, they should bring:

  • School bag
  • Refill paper
  • Pen
  • Laptop
  • A lock (for the locker)
  • Lunch/morning tea
  • Water bottle

The tuck shop will be open for lunch purchases. Your daughter will not be permitted to leave the school grounds until the day finishes at 3.15pm.