'The Wizard of Oz' premiering at JRAHS - March 31st and April 1st, 2017

posted Mar 24, 2017, 1:23 PM by Ms. Connors

This time next week we will be about to open our 2017 Musical – The Wizard of Oz. Our staff and students have worked so hard to produce a spectacular show. Led by our CAPA faculty there have been approximately 15 teachers involved in all different aspects of the musical – it is truly a whole school effort. Please book your tickets today - https://www.trybooking.com/OXKR or https://www.trybooking.com/261889.


Principal's Newsletter, Week 9, Term 1, 2017

posted Mar 24, 2017, 1:20 PM by Ms. Connors

Principal’s Report

 

Congratulations to Ivan Hou of Year 12 who has been given the well-deserved honour of becoming an Australian team member to compete in the International Chemistry Olympiad. This year the Olympiad will be held in Thailand.

 

Congratulations to Aisha Abdu of Year 10 who has been selected as a delegate for the UN Youth National Conference. She will be travelling to Perth for 7 days where other students in the Asia-Pacific region will come together for a week of simulating Model UN debates, workshops and advocacy sessions. The National Conference 2017 will examine the theme of ‘The Innovation Revolution’. The student representatives will be given the opportunity to formulate their own policy proposals on issues of global significance and present their ideas in front of foreign and local diplomats.  This is such a fabulous opportunity. It was also wonderful to see so many of our students attending the NSW Conference over last weekend.

If students are late arriving at school, i.e. after 8.50am, it is essential that they finger scan to record their attendance. Period 1 is the official roll marking period of the day. Students who are marked absent in this period will have a whole day absence recorded. When students finger scan, this whole day absence is changed to a partial absence or ‘late’. Students will then need to bring a note from home explaining lateness. Students should see the Attendance Officer in the Print Room if there are any problems with scanning. Messages are sent to parents if a child has not been marked present.

Well done to our HSC classes who have now completed this round of assessment tasks. They have been very impressive, working very hard and staying positive and cheerful. Thank you to our teachers who now begin the process of marking and providing the very valuable feedback to each student.

As we get closer to the holiday can I ask all parents to reinforce the need for all students to be reading every night. Australia –wide we are seeing a decline in reading and hence writing ability. If students do not read they do not learn how to be creative, how to structure great sentences and what is really going on in the world. It doesn’t matter what they are reading just that they read. So much of future exams require high levels of literacy and will demand so much more than a rote learned approach. Reading for enjoyment is the key. If your child needs help finding a book please send them to our Librarian, Mrs Jenny Bowen, who has a wonderful selection on display at present. Parents, remember the best way to encourage reading, is to model it yourself. Turn off your child’s computer, unplug the Wi-Fi and grab a book!

I have attached a flyer from NESA (formerly known as the BOSTES) which outlines the changes to the 2020 HSC which will impact on students in Year 9 2017 or below. It discusses the importance of achievement of a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy. This achievement could occur in the Year 9 NAPLAN tests or during subsequent tests. We will discuss the implications of NAPLAN with your child at school in the coming weeks. NAPLAN this year is in Week 3 of Term 2 (May 9-11) for Year 7 and 9. Students will be advised to familiarise themselves with the tests and also to practise the reading and writing components. More information and sample tests can be found at http://www.nap.edu.au/naplan/the-tests .

This time next week we will be about to open our 2017 Musical – The Wizard of Oz. Our staff and students have worked so hard to produce a spectacular show. Led by our CAPA faculty there have been approximately 15 teachers involved in all different aspects of the musical – it is truly a whole school effort. Please book your tickets today - https://www.trybooking.com/OXKR or https://www.trybooking.com/261889. It is important that Year 7 families experience this fabulous part of our school culture – so Year 7 parents and students please come along. The production begins at 6.30pm each night and will run for approximately two hours.

 Have a wonderful week.

Megan Connors

Principal

Principal's Newsletter, Week 8, Term 1, 2017

posted Mar 24, 2017, 1:17 PM by Ms. Connors

Principal’s Report

On Monday we celebrated another hugely successful cross country carnival. All students participated well and some exceptional performances were recorded. Thank you to Mr Low, Mrs McKenzie, Mr Driscoll, Ms Russell and Mrs Novotni who organised and ran the event so smoothly. Thank you to Mothers’ Club who sold refreshments at the end of the race to the many thirsty runners.

Over the last two weekends Ms Jenns and Mr Pakes have led two Duke of Edinburgh hikes, one very soggy and one beautiful. The students have coped well with the changing weather and were praised for their positive behaviour. Thank you Ms Jenns and Mr Pakes.

The Girls KO Volleyball team played Cumberland in Round 2 of the competition. All girls involved played well to WIN 3 sets to 1. They now move into Round 3. Our boys team was narrowly defeated by Cumberland (2-3). The boys all played with great determination and won the first 2 sets. 

Congratulations to Aletheia Yosaviera of Year 11 who competed in Round 2 of the Lions’ Club Youth of the Year last Tuesday night. Please read Aletheia’s reflection below.

Earlier this year we held our High Achievers’ Assembly, attached in this newsletter is the transcript of Muditha Nanayakkara, our guest speaker’s speech.

Musical Tickets are now on sale:

To purchase your ticket to this year’s musical – Wizard of Oz – please go to the Try Booking site:

https://www.trybooking.com/OXKR or https://www.trybooking.com/261889 

Please be aware that our school gates are locked at 5.30pm. All activities (with the exception of Advanced Strings) will finish at 5pm to ensure students leave the grounds directly.

 

No supervision of students who are not in activities is provided after school. Students are not to wait after school for their parents to collect them - every student should be able to make their own way home on public transport if leaving at 3.05pm.

 

On Monday a student was locked in, thankfully he was able to contact me (0419637967) and able to be "released". Students have been advised that they must never attempt to climb the fences and if locked in they must call me or DET security 1300363778.

 

 

A letter received by the Principal regarding one of our James Ruse students:-

I just wanted to take the time to email my congratulations for the attitudes, behaviour and actions of one of your students on a Blue Mountains train on the 16/03.  This young man conducted himself in a way which put many of his fellow adult passengers to shame. His actions are testament to his school, his parents and most importantly himself.
I first noticed, this young man dressed in your school uniform, engaging with a man in a polite and respectful manner who had bumped him trying to get out. Unknown to your student, this man’s behaviour prior to this encounter suggested that he may have had a disability. Only moments before he had been rocking in his seat and trying to suppress the noises of his fellow passengers. Your student’s politeness and respect, was to be just one of his fantastic attitudes and conduct that I witness from when he got on in Paramatta, to when he got off in Penrith.
However, his actions did not stop there. Every time I looked up I noticed him engaging those around him with further acts of kindness and respect. At one point, he offered assistance to a man struggling to carry luggage up the stairwell. On another occasion, he refused a seat, choosing to remain standing. Instead he offered the recently vacated seat to a senior passenger who had “been working all day” so they sit down. Upon finally getting a seat at the next stop, after all the other passengers had been seated he noticed a primary school student in the stairwell above and offered him a seat. Furthermore, he struck up conversations with some elderly people around him, paying interest in their questions and observation. He was courteous, polite and at all times whilst remaining concerned with those around him. He did so many things for such a relatively sort train ride.
As a fellow high-school teacher, I know that our young men and women are often the first to receive criticism should they do the wrong thing and feel that alternatively, this young man should be congratulated. I just wanted to let you know of what has occurred and congratulate your school on such a well-rounded young man. Unfortunately, I can only provide you with very limited details as to his identity. I overheard him say that his name was David, and other than his appearance of red curly hair can’t offer you much more to identify him by.

Coming Events

 

Week 9A

Monday March 20th                 HSC Assessment

Tuesday March 21st                 HSC Assessment

Yr 9 Science Prac Exam

Wednesday March 22nd           HSC Assessment

 

Thursday March 23rd              HSC Assessment

 

Friday March 24th                   HSC Assessment

 

Week 10B

 

Monday March 27th                 SRC Tissue Box Drive

                                    UNICEF Book Drive

 

Tuesday March 28th                Musical Technical Rehearsal

                                                Year 7 Police Talk

                                                Year 10 Debate

 

Wednesday March 29th           Sport Final

                                                6.30pm Musical Preview – Year 12 invited to preview

 

Thursday March 30th               ISCF Easter Service in the Hall

                                                Year 11 v 12 Debate

 

Friday March 31st                    Musical Opening Night 6.30p.m

 

Saturday April 1st                    Musical Closing Night 6.30pm                         

 

 

Week 11A

 

Monday April 3rd                     Year 10 Work Experience                               

                                                Year 9 Assessment in class

                                                3.30pm Year 12 Parent Teacher Night

 

Tuesday April 4th                     Year 10 Work Experience

                                                Year 9 meeting

                                                Prefect Afternoon Tea at James Ruse

 

Wednesday April 5th                Year 10 Work Experience

                                                Meet the Music – Opera House

                                                Year 8 meeting

 

Thursday April 6th                   Year 10 Work Experience

                                                Year 8 Study Skills

                                                Year 7 and 8 Maths task

                                                3.05pm Prefects to visit Children’s Rehabilitation Unit; Westmead Hospital

 

Friday April 7th                                    ANZAC service 10am

Japan Overseas Excursion

                                                Year 7 Royal Easter Show excursion

                                                Sport Trials

                                                Gold Duke of Edinburgh Hike

                                                Last Day of Term 1

 Megan Connors

Principal

Principal's Newsletter, Week 7, Term 1, 2017

posted Mar 11, 2017, 11:16 PM by Ms. Connors

Principal’s Report

 

Congratulations to Linus Cooper (Year 11), Yasiru Jayasooriya (Year 9) and Katrina Shen (Year 10) for being invited to participate in this year’s AMOC Selection School. The school will be held at Robert Menzies College, Macquarie University from Sunday 16th April to Tuesday 25th April.  At the Summer School, a team will be chosen to participate as the Australian team who will compete at the International Maths Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The school does wish our 3 representatives every success.

 

Monday afternoon at our staff meeting, we covered a few issues relating to Work Health and Safety. Mrs McKenzie gave us a refresher on how to treat a patient with concussion.  Mrs Novotni updated staff on the use of Sentral and I spoke about the Work Health and Safety website and the importance of storerooms not being cluttered, keeping areas free near fire extinguishers and chemical safety. We have been lucky enough to have Sue Fuller, our W H and S consultant visit us and check the safety of our GA workrooms and storerooms.  Next week Sue will visit our Science area and help the school ensure the continued safety of staff and students.

 

On Wednesday Ms Jenns conducted training for the gold and silver Duke of Edinburgh walk.  40 year 10 students and 10 year 11 students completed the necessary training. Last week Ms Jenns and Mr Pakes took our students on a silver/ bronze duke walk and this weekend they will take more students on a silver walk.

 

Year 7 had their first set of HPV vaccinations on Monday. They were so well behaved and moved in and out of the library smoothly. Thank you to Mrs Bowen and Mrs Kunz for all their help during the day.

 

On Thursday 9th March Mrs North and I took 8 year 11 girls to the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour for the International Women’s day breakfast from 7 am  till 9 am. There were 2000 women present and we not only enjoyed a wonderful early breakfast but also celebrated women achieving great things. The students were Gemma Qian, Hillary Truong, Jessica Chia, Janet Zhou, Aletheia Yosaviera, Susanna Yao, Jeany Lee and Annie Song. The theme for this year was “Empower a woman, Empower a nation”. The breakfast was to raise awareness of the obstacles women face globally, and highlight how women’s empowerment translates into stronger nations, economies and safer communities. Sandra Sully was MC on the day and the panellists were Muniba Mazari, Pakistan’s national UN Women’s Ambassador and Aleta Miller the UN Women Representative from the Fiji Multi Country Office.

Jason Lai has been invited to receive an award from the faculty of Computer Science (UNSW) at a ceremony to be held on Friday at 5.30 pm. He obtained a distinction in 2016, while in year 10.

Parking and Safety

I need to remind all parents that the safest place to drop off your son or daughter is near the school hall. It is too dangerous to stop near the driveway in Felton Rd. I have been warned by Parramatta Council that rangers will be visiting our school during drop off and pick up times. Please make sure you do not park in a No Parking Zone and do not double park in Felton Rd.

In the afternoon some parents have parked near the bus bay and we have noticed many students running across the road to get in mum or dad’s car. This is very very dangerous. We have many buses and a huge amount of congestion in that area. All students must cross the road at a CROSSING.

ISCF Bar b que

Ms Fernandez organised a welcome bar b que for Thursday 9th March after school. It was a welcome for any new students who would like to join ISCF. The bar b que was from 3:05 – 5:15pm.

SRC Planning Day

Below are photos of the SRC and their planning day.

Daniel Forrest (Yr 11) was the winner of the Lion’s Club Public Speaking Competition.

Musical Tickets are now on sale:

 

To purchase your ticket to this year’s musical – Wizard of Oz – please go to the Try Booking site:

 

https://www.trybooking.com/OXKR or https://www.trybooking.com/261889

 

Ticket Name

Description

Price

Adult

 

25.00

Child/Student

0-18

15.00

Family (4)

2 adults and 2 children/students

60.00

Family (3)

2 adults and 1 child/student

60.00


The International Women’s Day Breakfast was held at the International Convention Centre this Thursday, where men and women gathered in agreement of one maxim: “Empower a woman. Empower a nation.” James Ruse represented by a group of Year 11s, along with Ms North and Ms St Louis were invited to attend this prestigious breakfast in accordance with many other schools where influential speakers addressed this huge congregation of tomorrow’s leaders. They spoke of the real definition of feminism and empowerment, and inspired us through their tales of women breaking the glass ceiling in male-dominated industries and female power.

 

They told us of women who started their own businesses, women who faced incredible odds, those women who we needed to help from Pakistan to the Pacific and the women who had come before us. It is clear that success is not only in being a CEO or a business owner, it can even come down to the small things we do in life. Above all, International Women’s Day encourages women around the world, despite their circumstances to do what they want to in their life. We are sure, as we were, that many of the audience were inspired to be part of the change that the world needed. The world for women has changed so much in the past. It is only through sheer determination, courage and brilliance that we have come to where we are now. On this day and through this event, we celebrate the women of the past, the present and the future.

 

Hillary Truong and Susanna Yao

 

Coming Events

 

Week 8B

Monday March 13th                              Cross Country

Tuesday March 14th                 HSC Music Day at Sydney Boys High

                                                RUSEMUN – Library

Wednesday March 15th                                        'Meet the Music' - Opera House

 

Yr 10 Meeting P4 in Lecture Theatre

 

Thursday March 16th                 HSC Assessment

 

Friday March 17th                                 HSC Assessment

 

                                                Yr 10 VA excursion Art Express & Olympic Park

Week 9A

Monday March 20th                 HSC Assessment

Tuesday March 21st                 HSC Assessment

Yr 9 Science Prac Exam

 

Wednesday March 22nd           HSC Assessment

 

Thursday March 23rd              HSC Assessment

 

Friday March 24th                   HSC Assessment

 

Annetta St Louis

Relieving Principal

 

TELL THEM FROM ME SURVEY FOR ALL STUDENTS

 

This term, Ruse, like many other public schools in the state, will participate in a Department of Education initiative: the Tell Them From Me student feedback survey. The survey measures factors that are known to affect academic achievement and other student outcomes. The focus of the NSW-wide survey is on student wellbeing, engagement and effective teaching practices.

 

More information about the survey is available at: http://surveys.cese.nsw.gov.au

The survey is a great opportunity for our students to provide us with valuable and quick feedback on what they think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with them. Schools in Australia and around the world have used the Tell Them From Me survey to help improve how they do things at school.

 

I want to assure you that the survey is confidential. The survey is conducted online and will typically take less than 30 minutes to complete. Students will complete it in their own time between 13th March and 7th April. Participating in the survey is entirely voluntary.

 

A consent form and FAQs for parents/carers about the survey is being emailed. If you do not want your child or children to participate, please return the form to school by 17th March. Copies of the form and FAQs are available from: http://surveys.cese.nsw.gov.au/information-for-parents.

 

Liza Mayers,

Acting Deputy Principal

Mathematics Faculty

Congratulations to Linus Cooper (11) who achieved a gold medal in the Australian Mathematic Olympiad exam, Yasiru Jayasooriya (9) and Bobby Dey (12) achieved Silver and Katrina Shen (10), Phillip Liang (11) and Mandy Zhu (10) achieved an honourable mention. As a result of these results Yasiru, Katrina, Linus and Bobby Dey have been selected to sit the Asia Pacific Mathematics Olympiad. Only 28 students across the whole of Australia have been selected to represent Australia in this competition.

 

At this stage Katrina, Yasiru and Linus have also been selected to attend the AMOC Selection School. Thirty students will be attending the School from across Australia; the principle purpose of this Selection School will be to select the six members of the Australian Team to compete at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 12 to 23 July 2017. Well done on this fantastic effort.

Heather Weber


Principal's Newsletter, week 6, term 1, 2017

posted Mar 2, 2017, 9:23 PM by Ms. Connors

Principal’s Report

Last Friday we had our annual Quad School Competition.  It is always a hive of excitement as Girraween, Penrith, Baulkham Hills and Ruse compete in this special day. Teams were made up for touch football, soccer, volleyball and basketball. Each team made sure they were well prepared and ready for the excitement of the day. At Ruse we had many spectators at recess and lunch focusing on the oval and basketball courts. We did come a glorious second.

On Tuesday and Wednesday students competed in the zone swimming carnival. Ms Palmer, Ms Killey, Mr Low, Mrs McKenzie, Ms Babanovic and Mr Driscoll accompanied our team. Students were energetic, swam extremely well and were a credit to our school.

Thursday Mr Grant and Mrs Hameed had a day to update and revise some agricultural programs. Ms Silvestro and Mr Flood attended an Economics conference.  Re writing programs to differentiate the curriculum and cater for the profoundly gifted is always part of the culture of James Ruse.

On Wednesday I met with Sue Fuller, our Work, Health and Safety consultant. Safety in every school is a priority and we spent a couple of hours inspecting the garden shed, storeroom, paint storage area and also our GA work room. We do have to make some minor adjustments and have a clean-up in these areas.

Year 12 Information Night

The year 12 Information Night was a great success with many students and many parents filling the school hall. AN ex Ruse student Ruth Fordyce who is a clinical psychologist spoke about success in year 12. The focus of her talk was balance academic work with extra curricular activities. Being happy and healthy is always of importance. It is always wonderful to have Ruth with us each year.

Mr Gabriel Wong (our school councillor) also spoke about balance in life, the importance of good nutrition and the importance of 8-9 hours of sleep. He showed research that proved that 50 minutes of study can be the most beneficial rather than hours and hours on one topic.

Harvard Pre College Program

Vanessa Burns (Year 11) has been selected to participate in the Harvard Pre-College Program which is a two-week immersive summer experience in Harvard University for high school students around the world. The course which she has selected to attend is the Neurobiology of Behaviour which will run in July 9 - July 21 later this year. Through this course, she will be able to explore a multitude of fascinating animal, including human, behaviour as well as the structure and function of neural circuits that underlie these behaviours. In addition, students of this course learn how the nervous system functions and how it co-ordinates behavioural patterns. During Vanessa’s time at Harvard University, she will also have the opportunity to visit their scientific laboratories, performing cutting-edge research on neural circuit and behaviour, engage and interact with prominent researchers in the field through guest lectures, as well as perform hands-on behavioural research experiments. The application process involves 6 relatively short essay questions ranging from your recent academic projects to your extra-curricular to your favourite books and a report form to be filled in by the school head or other counsellors. If interested in any of the courses or in the application process, please approach her with any queries you may have!

First Aid leadership Course.

Maggie Tang (year 12) has produced a tremendous achievement. She received the Ken Kelman Memorial Trophy for Most Outstanding Cadet in the St John First Aid Leadership Course of 2016 and the Darryl Maguire Memorial Trophy for Cadet of the Year in the St John First Aid Ambulance Community at the Presentation Day.

Musical Tickets are now on sale:

To purchase your ticket to this year’s musical – Wizard of Oz – please go to the Try Booking site:

https://www.trybooking.com/OXKR or https://www.trybooking.com/261889

Ticket Name

Description

Price

Adult

 

25.00

Child/Student

0-18

15.00

Family (4)

2 adults and 2 children/students

60.00

Family (3)

2 adults and 1 child/student

60.00


Annetta St Louis

Deputy Principal

Our new SRC

The elections for SRC have been finalised.

The president is Daniel Forrest.

Vice president – Aniruddh Chennapragada

Treasurer – Leo Yu

Secretary – Julia Tran

Minutes Secretary – Jack Yu

The other captains and vice captains for 2017 are as follows:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

A

Class

Alexander Tran

Joshua Kim

A

Class

Esaias Feng

Fred Chen

EN1

Class

Seung Won Byun

William Chua

Vice

Ashleigh Yu

Gloria Chan

Vice

Sophie Dien

Aisha Abdu

Vice

Aditi Dalal

Srishti Mehta

K

Class

Josiah Kim

Sabrine Wang

C

Class

Aneesa Abdu

Jeffrey Kennedy

EN2

Class

Brian Du

Michael Wang

Vice

Isaac Lawrence

Nathan Nguyen

Vice

Grace Zheng

Jocelin Hon

Vice

Patrick Lu

Sharon Li

L

Class

Jenny Chau

Damon Lee

K

Class

Kevin Gong

Sharon Thio

EN3

Class

Daniel Forrest

Dylan Vom

Vice

Daniel Hwang

Anna Newman

Vice

Lyn Duong

Tim Khoo

Vice

Jeany lee

Alison Huang

T

Class

Hannah Lee

David Kim

L

Class

Jacqueline Chen

Charlie Yang

EN4

Class

Leo Yu

Victoria Lawson

Vice

Vincent Ng

Arielle Gravning

Vice

Andrew Cui

Wilson Jiang

Vice

Louise Cai

Leon Wang

T

Class

Joshua Salama

Daniel Chen

EN5

Class

Aniruddh Chennapragada

Kevin Cao

Vice

Anagha Kanive

Gabriel Mariadasan

Vice

Deborah Davis

Katherine Nguyen

EN6

Class

Julia Tran

Sakilan Gopalarajah

Vice

Jack Yu

Harry Dinh

EN7

Class

Michael Kim

Geoffrey Lim

Vice

Kevin Lai

Manesha Sembu

EN8

Class

Joshua Heckenberg

Celia Kan

Vice

Vicki Vuong

Andy Hwang

Principal's Newsletter, Week 5, Term 1, 2017

posted Mar 2, 2017, 9:16 PM by Ms. Connors

Congratulations to our Prefects for a wonderful week of events to raise everyone’s spirits and celebrate Valentine’s Day. The dance, serenades, deliveries and concert ensured a fun and inclusive week. Thank you to Ms Briggs for supervising and guiding our prefect body.

Our High Achievers’ Assembly on Tuesday was a great celebration of the successes of our students and staff. It was inspiring to listen to Muditha Nanayakkara (ex-student 2010) describe his journey from school to becoming a doctor at St George Hospital. His experiences working in rural and indigenous communities gave us an insight into the diversity of studying medicine. Thank you to Mrs Mayers, Mrs Hayes and Mrs Haslehust-Smith for organising this special event.

Our Musical team have been working diligently to ensure another huge success in 2017. Ticket booking information will be available in the next newsletter. Tickets will go on sale on Saturday 4th March.

 

Ticket Name

Description

Price

Adult

 

25.00

Child/Student

0-18

15.00

Family (4)

2 adults and 2 children/students

60.00

Family (3)

2 adults and 1 child/student

60.00

  

Please save the date. Last year we had full audiences and it would be wonderful to achieve the same outcome

this year.

Year 12 Information Night – Unfortunately we did need to change the date to Monday February 27th at 6.30pm to ensure we could accommodate our ex-student Ruth Fordyce. Ruth, a psychologist, and Mr Gabriel Wong, our school counsellor, will give advice on how to thrive during the HSC year. It is important that both students of year 12 and parents attend.


Coming Events

 

Week 6B

Monday February 27th                         Year 12 Information Night 6.30pm in Hall

Tuesday February 28th                        Zone Swimming

Wednesday March 1st              Zone Swimming

                                                School Assembly P2

Friday March 3rd                     Year 10 Bronze hike (2 days)

                                                Musical tickets on sale

Week 7A

Monday March 6th                   Year 11 Modern History Excursion

                                                Year 7 Vaccinations

Tuesday March 7th                  ASPIRE Day

Wednesday March 8th             Duke of Edinburgh Training Day -Year 10 and 11 students

Thursday March 9th                 FARIO Informatics Competition T2.2

                                                Year 8 High Resolves Social Justice

Friday March 10th                    Year 10 Nursery Excursion

                                                Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh Silver Hike

Our calendar is updated regularly and can be found at http://web1.jamesruse-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/webcal/calendar/7

I will be taking a short period of long service leave and Ms St Louis, will relieve in my absence.

Have a wonderful week.

Megan Connors

Principal 


Principal's Newsletter, Week 4, Term 1, 2017

posted Feb 18, 2017, 6:07 PM by Ms. Connors

Congratulations to YuYu Ma and Steven Liu (of Year 12) who have been invited to represent Australia at the 2017 Asia Pacific Physics Olympiad which will be held in Eastern Siberia (Russia) between May 5 and May 9. This is a fabulous achievement for the students and their teacher, Mr Khoury.

On Friday night we were privileged to attend OnStage ( HSC Drama Showcase). We were awed by Henry Ye’s performance and his compering of the night. Susanna Li’s beautiful and well thought out Director’s Portfolio was also showcased. Congratulations to Henry, Susanna, Ms Amy Murphy and Mr Jamie Gerlach. It was also fabulous to see our 2015 students on the program cover.

Mr Ian Goggin and Ms Ashlee Engelfield had the pleasure of attending the opening of Art Express at the Hazelwood Gallery. Nicole Zhang’s work was displayed.

The Year 7 camp has been a spectacular success with all Year 7 students, Year 11 Peer Support leaders and teachers having a fabulous time. Thank you to Mr Ng, Ms Novotni and Mrs Samy-Pullay for their wonderful organisation. Thank you also to our supervising teachers who have given up so much of their own time – Ms St Louis, Mr Driscoll, Mr Goggin, Ms Bobavanic, Ms Belevski and Mr Zounis.

Congratulations on making the Top 100!
Dear Ms Jenns,

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Australia (NSW Division) would like to congratulate you and your school’s achievement in making the ‘Top 100’ Award Units in NSW.

We thank you for your significant and valuable contribution as the Award Leader. We would also like to acknowledge your Assessors and Supervisors and their contribution to the success of your program. Without this hard work, dedication and commitment the Award would simply not exist.

It was wonderful to receive the above letter earlier this week. Our Duke of Edinburgh program continues to flourish. Thank you to Ms Jenns, Mr Pakes and Ms McKenzie.

It is with great pleasure I announce that we are implementing an Agricultural tour to Vietnam. The tour will leave on Friday 22nd of September and return home on the 29th September. This tour will explore the diversity of Vietnam and focus on the agricultural practices being utilised. Ms Hameed is organising the excursion. Permission notes are available on request from Ms Hameed in the Ag staffroom. It looks like a fabulous opportunity to explore a very different culture and country

The participation of students at the Swimming Carnival was fabulous. Thank you to Mr Low and the PDHPE faculty for the amazing organisation of yet another event.

Congratulations also to our Prefects who have done a wonderful job raising school spirit this week. It has been lovely to watch the deliveries of roses, serenades, fun at the dance and also a spectacular concert on Friday. Thank you to Ms Briggs our Prefect Advisor for her guidance and support.

Thank you to Mothers’ Club for hosting their first meeting yesterday and inviting our High Achievers to attend. Well attended, it was a great opportunity for parents to ask questions and also get to know each other. Thank you to Mrs Angela Tung and the Executive team. I will include transcripts of some of our Year 12 2016 speeches in this newsletter edition.

Parents please encourage all students to check their education email address regularly as the Daysheet and other important information is emailed daily.

Stanger Danger - Students need to be aware that we must be vigilant when walking to and from school at all times. Students need to be aware of their surroundings and if possible walk with a buddy or another Ruse student. Unfortunately an incident where a student from another school was followed occurred in the Parramatta area.

Coming Events

Week 5B

Tuesday 21st February             High Achievers’ Assembly

Wednesday 22nd February       Meet the Music at the Opera House

Friday 24th February               Quad Schools

Week 6B

Tuesday February 28th                        Zone Swimming

Wednesday March 1st              Zone Swimming

                                                School Assembly P2

Friday March 3rd                     Year 10 Bronze hike (2 days)

Have a wonderful week.

Megan Connors

Principal

  

Principal's Newsletter, Week 3, Term 1, 2017

posted Feb 12, 2017, 12:14 AM by Ms. Connors

Principal’s Report

Congratulations to Darshana Kannan of Year 12 who achieved 2nd in the state in HSC Tamil last year.

On Australia Day 2017 Vinushan Kuganathan of Year 10 was named Young Australian of the Year for the Cumberland Area. Vinushan was commended for his volunteer service and community involvement. Congratulations Vinushan.

Congratulations to Jennifer Du of Year 9 who has received the honour of being awarded The Harding Miller Education Foundation Scholarship. The Foundation’s vision is to develop visible, successful, recognised, confident young women. The scholarship is offered to students in Year 8 and applications for 2018 will be available later in the year. (http://www.hardingmillereducationfoundation.org.au/apply-for-a-scholarship/ )

Thank you to Justin Wu, Brendan Gu and Aaron Lawrence who presented on Tuesday night at the CoJR meeting. All speeches were wonderful and great questions were asked and answered. The Lecture Theatre was a full audience. In upcoming newsletters speeches we will publish.

Next Thursday 16th February at Mothers’ Club we will hear from our four remaining top achievers – Kevin Xian, Vieley Xiao, Rohan Krishnaswarmy and James Fu. Although it is the swimming carnival, Mothers’ Club will still be held at 9.45am in the lecture theatre.

Year 7 have now completed their Creative and Critical Thinking program. It was impressive to witness their enthusiasm, willingness to use their voice, try new things and make many new friends. Ms St Louis, Deputy Principal, has been the driving force of the program and an inspirational leader of this fabulous initiative. Thank you to Ms St Louis. Many teachers were also instrumental in ensuring the success of the program and I wish to thank all involved. Next Monday and Tuesday, Year 7 will go on camp. Please ensure they pack their own bags.

On Wednesday night our Prefects will host the Valentine’s Day Dance from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. I encourage all parents to allow their children to attend. This is a wonderful social time where all years mix together. I have spoken to Year 7 encouraging them to attend. To ensure safety of all students, all parents must be waiting outside the hall at 8.30pm. Students will not be allowed to leave without a parent.

Year 10 completed their first unit of our Study Skills program. It is important that good habits – effective time management, early bedtime, and productive study techniques are practised in the junior years.

On Wednesday night, Year 9 and parents attended their Duke of Edinburgh orientation meeting. This program is a fabulous leadership and development program that allows student to learn new skills, complete physical activity, volunteer and take on adventurous hiking. Thank you Ms Jenns for hosting the meeting and for being our Duke of Edinburgh coordinator. Thank you also to Ms Ramsay for also attending the information night. If you would like further information on the Duke of Edinburgh program please visit http://www.dukeofed.com.au/.

The Swimming Carnival is a very important event in our school calendar. All students are expected to attend and attendance at carnivals is noted on the cover of our school reports. If a child is too unwell to attend the swimming carnival they must provide the school with a medical certificate.

Congratulations to Andrew Cui Year 9 who has successfully auditioned and been placed in the 2017 elite orchestral training program delivered by Sydney Youth Orchestras. Well Done. For more information about Sydney Youth Orchestras, ensembles and the exciting 2017 concert series, please visit the web site:www.syo.com.au

Have a wonderful week.

Megan Connors

Principal

Year 7 Creative and Critical Thinking Program.

 

This week year 7 formed small groups of 5 to complete their concept assignment. Their brief was – “you are now Prime Minister of Australia…. what would you change, modify or improve.” As a group, students had to create 8-10 posters with visual images to show how the changes would occur.

On Wednesday morning, year 7 displayed their posters and year 8 asked questions and the reasons why images were used or changes made. The hall and the lecture theatre were abuzz with noise and lots of discussion. The posters were colourful, creative and very artistic.

On Tuesday year 7 had their second Passion day where they learnt to cook, to dance, write and recite slam poetry and perform in drama. Each of these sessions was received with great enthusiasm. We hope all year 7 have learnt some new skills.

Teachers have commented on how relaxed year 7 is, as well as confident and friendly. Thursday 9th February begins the more traditional lessons.

Next week a survey will be sent to all year 7 and all parents so you have an opportunity to voice your opinion.

Annetta St Louis

Deputy Principal

Principal's Newsletter, Week 2, Term 1, 2017

posted Feb 4, 2017, 8:48 PM by Ms. Connors

Welcome back to 2017. 2016 finished with fabulous results from our Year 12 cohort. Nine students

received the highest ATAR of 99.95. Congratulations to

Kevin Xian

Vieley Xiao

Brendan Gu

Aaron Lawrence

Rohan Krishnaswarmy

Joanna Huang

Spencer Hu

James Fu

Justin Wu

Congratulations also to our students who have been nominated and selected for OnStage, Encore and Art

Express.

 

DRAMA to ONSTAGE

Henry Ye

Susanna Li

MUSIC to ENCORE

Samuel Lin

VISUAL ARTS to Art Express

Vieley Xiao

Joanna Cao

Nicole Chen

 

Congratulations also to Rohan Krishnaswamy, Spencer Hu, Albert Fung (Year 10) and Kevin Xian who achieved First Place in NSW in Chemistry, Economics, Information Processes and Technology and Mathematics Extension 2. Congratulations also to their teachers Ms Fiona Ward, Mr Tim Flood, Ms Margaret Ramsay and Ms Stella Chan.

 

State Rankings:

 

Agriculture

Kelly

Zhang

5

Agriculture

Aastha

Bansal

9

 

Biology

George

Yuhan

 

Lin

 

8

Biology

Abiramy

Vaseeharan

12

Chemistry

Rohan

Krishnaswamy

1

Chemistry

Aaron

Lawrence

4

Chemistry

Joanna

Huang

10

Chemistry

Vieley

Xiao

10

Chemistry

Justin

Wu

15

Chemistry

Kevin

Xian

17

 

Chemistry

Brendan

Jason

 

Gu

 

18

Drama

Susanna

Li

4

Economics

Spencer

Hu

1

 

Economics

George

Yuhan

 

Lin

 

2

English (Advanced)

Spencer

Hu

8

Information Processes and Technology

Albert

Fung

1

Information Processes and Technology

Jason

Lai

5

 

Mathematics

 

Sheree

Nguyen-

Hoang

 

8

Mathematics

Regina

Lee

12

Mathematics Extension 1

Justin

Wu

8

Mathematics Extension 2

Kevin

Xian

1

Mathematics Extension 2

Jackie

Chen

2

Mathematics Extension 2

Justin

Wu

5

Personal Development, Health and Physical

Education

 

Jessica

 

Guo

 

3

Physics

Shirley

Chen

9



Darshana Kannan also achieved 2nd in NSW in Tamil.

On Monday, Year 11 and 12 were privileged to hear Joanna Huang and Spencer Hu give us tips on how to manage their senior studies, balance study and relaxation and prepare for exams. On Tuesday night, 7th February, the CoJR will host their first meeting for the year. Our guest speakers for this meeting will be Justin Wu, Brendan Gu and Aaron Lawrence. I will provide a HSC report and our high achievers will provide suggestions and tips for HSC success.

 

 

  Community of James Ruse Meeting

 

  Tuesday 7th February 6.30pm

  Lecture Theatre

    Parents and students welcome.


On Friday night our Zero Robotics team competed in the International Final. Communicating directly with astronauts on the ISS, the students watched the finals play out. Our team, comprised of Steven Liu, Kevin Ding, Kevin Zhu and Sanchit Gupta guided by their mentor Mrs Sheila Pooviah, did extremely well in the competition. Congratulations all.

 

A special welcome to all our new families to Ruse. New students in Year 7,8,9,10 and 11 have hopefully enjoyed their first week. Year 7 have been participating in our Creative and Critical Thinking program. They have experienced a wide variety of activities including puzzle solving, group performances, art making, science experiments, farm exploration, public speaking and positive physical/mental health awareness.



If you wish to speak to a teacher about your child, you may email the school at jamesruse-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au and your query will be forwarded. Alternatively, you can phone the school on 9871 7126 and you will be transferred to the teacher's voicemail where you may leave a detailed message and your contact details. This method will allow teachers to contact you at a convenient time, and also allow them to be fully prepared when they speak to you. Teachers spend their non-class time preparing lessons and marking and it can be difficult for them to take phone calls from parents at this time. Some teachers are not at school every day and they may take longer to respond, but all queries will be answered. If it is an urgent matter please explain it to the office staff and it will be attended to as quickly as possible. 


Have a wonderful week.

Megan Connors

Principal

Principal's Newsletter, Week 7, Term 4, 2016

posted Nov 26, 2016, 9:44 PM by Ms. Connors

Principal’s Report

 Late last term, our Year 10 students competed in the Brain Bee Challenge at WSU. Congratulations to Aingkaran Sakthivel whose very high score in the individual section earned him a spot amongst the top 8 who then went on to compete in the Finals, where he was placed 4th in the State. This is an incredible achievement.

 The Year 10 team consisted of Vanessa Burns, Minho Cha, Monica Cho, Esha Gupta, Jacky Jiang, Connie Huang, Leona Jiao, Toby Ou, Max Wang, Julia Jin, Earl Kwok Jacob Ou, Shirley Wang, Earl Kwok, Aingkaran Sakthivel, Jack Yu, Connie Huang, Naomi Luo, Katelyn Zhang, Jiayi Zhang, Julia Tran, Elton Yang, Anthony Mai, Janet Shim, Jack Yu, Joshua Li, Gemma Qian and Joshua Li. Well done to everyone.

Congratulations to Mark Long who has been successful in gaining the position of Principal at Penrith High School. We wish Mark every success and happiness in his new role and thank him for his contribution to James Ruse over the last three years.

Next Thursday I would like to invite all our Volunteers and Parent Helpers to attend our annual thank you morning tea. The event will be held at 9.30am on Thursday 1st December in the Staff Common Room. Mark is able to come back to join us for this event and say farewell to the parent body. We so appreciate the service our parents, grandparents, friends and volunteers give to our school. Please join us if you are available.

 

Next Thursday December 1st at 6.30pm we are hosting our first Alumni Careers night. Hosted by the SRC twenty six ex-students are coming back to share their stories with us. This is an amazing opportunity for students to explore post university options. Our Alumni attending are from a range of backgrounds: leaders in finance, media, law, medicine, education, government, dance, entrepreneurs, computer science and more. The target audience are Year 10 and 11 students but interested Year 9 students are welcome. Please encourage your child to attend as it is important we have a great audience for our alumni. Congratulations to our SRC for initiating and organising such a fabulous event.

 On Friday 2nd December we will hold our Year 10 Formal. This is a very special night for our Year 10 students. It is held at 6pm at The Epping Club. There is an opportunity from 5.30pm for students to have their photo taken in the spectacular foyer. Families are able to come in and take photos. To ensure the safety of all children, I ask that parents collect their own children at 10.00pm from inside the Epping Club. I have stressed to Year 10 and written in the permission note the importance of ensuring that no after parties take place. I ask for the support of all parents in assisting the school ensure the safety of all children.

Coming Up

Week 8A                      HSC Assessment continues

Monday 28th November             Year 9 Drama Carlingford West

                                                Year 10 SDD and IPT excursion

Tuesday 29th November            STEM workshop “Thinkers in Education” Year 8

                                                Amnesty Event at lunch

Wednesday 30th November       STEM workshop “Thinkers in Education” Year 7

                                                Year 10 Alcohol Seminar

Thursday 1st December             Year 9 Meeting

                                                Year 10 Maths assessment

                                                Parent and Helper Thank you Morning Tea –9.30am                                                                                       Alumni Night 6.30pm in the hall

Friday 2nd December                 Year 10 Formal 6-10pm

                                                Year 8 Geography Excursion

Saturday 3rd December            ISCF Conference         

 

Week 9B      

Monday 5th December               End of Year Concert 6.30pm

                                                Practice all day

Tuesday 6th December              Year 6 into 7 Orientation Day

                                                Indian and Sri Lankan Food Day

                                                Year 8 Surf Awareness (L&T)

                                                High Resolves Summit

                                                Year 10 Japanese Excursion

Wednesday 7th December         Prefect Colour Run

                                                Candy Cane deliveries

                                                Year 10 Mathematics Assessment

                                                SRC Evaluation Day

Thursday 8th December            Presentation Day

Friday 9th December                 Cadets leave on Annual Bivouac

Have a wonderful week.

Megan Connors

Principal

 

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