Thank you to all the students and parents who were able to sell all their raffle tickets and return them over the last two weeks. We will collect again next Friday. The raffle assists the Community in their fund raising for the school. Donations from the COJR assist us in purchasing new textbooks and library books, improving the school environment and hopefully very shortly providing air conditioning for classrooms.
Year 12 have completed their trial examinations and deserve a well earned rest. The exams have progressed very smoothly and it will be wonderful to have them back in class again next week. Year 12 Japanese students have completed both their Continuers and Extension speaking examinations. Other language speaking exams and musical practical exams will happen soon and our major projects for English Extension II and Visual Arts will soon be submitted. We wish Year 12 our continued support as they move quickly towards their HSC.
It was sad this week to hear of the passing of Nancy Wake. Nicknamed the “White Mouse”, Nancy served as a British agent in France in World War II. After an impressive war campaign and bearing many medals Nancy returned home to Australia and entered the world of politics. A courageous and honourable woman, we were lucky enough to host Nancy here at James Ruse in 1986 when she awarded medals to our Duke of Edinburgh students. Nancy is pictured below with Tanya Vincent, Leowin Filewood and Keith Irwin. (1986 Yearbook) In 1985 Wake wrote her autobiography “The White Mouse” and in 2001 author Peter Fitzsimons wrote “Nancy Wake, A Biography of Our Greatest War Heroine.”
Next Thursday 18th August is our next Religious Service event. All Year 7 and 8 students must be at school for a quad assembly at 8.50am. Students in Year 9-11 who wish to attend a service must also arrive at school at 8.50am and then will move to appropriate services. Students attending services at the Catholic Church in Carlingford or the Hindu Temple at Mays Hill must bring $2 to help pay the cost of transport. Students who do not wish to attend a service have two options:
1. Arrive at 8.50am and attend the comparative religion lecture on Buddhism in the Lecture Theatre.
2. Arrive between 10am and 10.15am – however students must not arrive earlier as we will not be able to supervise adequately.
It is also the Mothers Club meeting next Thursday and it is being held in Ruse Cottage on Jenkins Rd and begins at 10am. I am speaking on the “HSC and Scaling”.
As they prepare to leave for Lord Howe Island I wish our GAP scientists and Mrs Pooviah a wonderful experience. Next week many of our students will sit the NQEs (National Qualifying Exams) in Physics, Chemistry and Biology and on Tuesday our new Prefects will host their first Assembly. In Week 6 we will be celebrating science week at James Ruse and will hold another assembly to celebrate many of our science achievements.
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