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Acting Principal's Report: Week 3, Term 3 2011

posted Sep 8, 2011, 4:44 PM by Unknown user
Congratulations to Evgeny Martynov of year 12 and his team mates who all received medals at the International Olympiad in Informatics. I have included the report of the event from the AMT website:

Clean Sweep of Medals for Australian Team at IOI - Posted Thursday 28 July 2011
Australia’s Informatics Olympiad team has won a clean sweep of a Silver and three Bronze Medals at the 23rd International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), held in Pattaya, Thailand.

The Silver medallist is Evgeny Martynov, of James Ruse Agricultural High School, NSW. This is his third IOI medal, having won Bronze in both 2009 and 2010.

The Bronze Medals were won by Eliot Courtney, of Como Secondary College, WA, Robert Newey, of Cobar High School, NSW and Michael Chen of Scotch College, VIC.

Newey is probably the first Australian student to come from such a remote region and win a maths or science Olympiad medal, while Chen at just 13, is one of the youngest competitors and being in Year 8 has much to look forward to.

Martynov spectacularly snatched Silver in the very last minute of the second five-hour exam when he placed a submission yielding the remaining 54 points available to him in Problem 4 to just get himself over the line. Chen, just shortly before, did likewise for the Bronze, coming from behind.

Evgeny’s achievements in Informatics have been outstanding. Not only has he received a Silver this year but also achieved a Bronze medal last year. He is to be congratulated on his wonderful achievement.

The Finance Committee met this week and approved the purchase of a Baby Grand piano for room W1.3. This purchase was helped by a wonderful donation from the Mothers Club. We are also investigating the purchase of air conditioners for a number of areas in the school and hopefully this will be underway soon.

Our SRC raised funds for Jeans for Genes day on Friday 5th August by holding a mufti day. All families have also received raffle tickets and children are hopefully busy selling their tickets. 1 st prize this year is an IPAD. Funds raised by the COJR through the raffle are so important to the successful operation of the school and the provision of many of our programs.

Congratulations to Erny Tsao (10) and Sarah Tan (8) who have been selected in the Australian table tennis team to compete in the Korean Junior Open in Cheongyang-Gun between August 23rd and 27th. We wish them both well.

Our next International Food day is on August 23rd and the theme is Malaysian. We look forward to a wonderful selection of Malaysian dishes. To prepare for this event and to get together socially our Malaysian families were invited to lunch at the James Ruse Cottage in June. This social occasion provided a wonderful opportunity for families of past and present James Ruse students to catch up with each other. Thank you to everyone who attended on the day but special thanks to Mrs Lily Gan for her organisation.

Our HSC students seem to be coping well with their trial examinations and are now half way through. It is a difficult time for them but support from family and friends really does help.

This week our students sat for the ICAS English and Australian Mathematics Competition. Next week our language classes will compete in the Australian Languages Competition and the Senior and Junior AMOC examinations will occur.

On Sunday 14th August 12 senior students and Mrs Pooviah will travel to Lord Howe Island to attend the “TOWARDS GLOBAL ARTIFICIAL PHOTOSYNTHESIS - Energy, Nanochemistry & Governance” Conference. The preparation for this conference has been arduous and I thank all the students for their hard work and also Mrs Pooviah and Mr Bialy for their support, dedication and expertise. For more information on this conference please visit: This is certainly a wonderful start to National Science Week August 13 -21. It will be wonderful to hear of their experiences.