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Acting Principal's Report: Week 6, Term 3 2011

posted Sep 8, 2011, 4:57 PM by Ms. Connors
Everyday seems to bring new richness and vibrancy to James Ruse and this week was certainly no exception. Our Malaysian Foodfair brought many parents and ex-parents together to create a wonderful atmosphere of friendship and service as well as raising approximately $2900 for the school which has been ear-marked for our air conditioning projects. Thank you to all the wonderful parents and ex-parents that came back to help make this day so special. A very big thank you to Mrs Lily Gan, Mrs Annie Chen and Mrs Cora Lee who once again pulled us all together to make such a fabulous occasion.

Our CoJR is also running our major fundraising event – the Raffle – at present. As I write this there are still many raffle tickets to be returned and only next week to go. Please encourage your child to sell and return raffle ticket booklets to their roll call class.

Lindy Hua of Year 12 has been successful in winning a Marie Bashir Peace Award for 2011. Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO will present Lindy with her Award on Wednesday, September 21 at NSW Parliament House. Congratulations Lindy on this fine achievement.

Science week was celebrated in style at James Ruse. The highlights included the Geek Show and Assembly. Mr Roberson, Mr Kowalski and Mr Iverach demonstrated just how fun science can be and the reports from all our wonderful science students about their various competitions and activities were very inspirational.

Very soon our Semester 2 Invoices will be issued to each family. The payment of school contributions and fees are the major source of funding the school receives for its teaching and learning programs. General contributions that are given by each family satisfy the “base” teaching needs of a school. We spend this money on items such as:
  • Teaching resources for teachers and students including additional exam papers, additional text books, photocopying, stationary and paper.
  • Resources for students e.g. textbooks, library books, photocopying, paper, science equipment & chemicals, resources for practical subjects.
  • Equipment that we need to ensure more effective teaching and learning e.g. data projectors, lab equipment, TAS machinery.
  • Additional SASS (support) staff to assist us in running so many successful science labs and practicals for all our students who do numerous science lessons.
  • Additional teaching staff to allow us to conduct so many enrichment and extension activities across many faculties for our students.
  • Everyday maintenance of classrooms and classroom resources. 
  • Software packages that allow us to assess, report and monitor attendance and the welfare of all students.
To ensure we are able to provide the resources and services we strive to for our students, please assist us by paying your invoice as soon as it is possible for you to do so.

I was contacted this week by Stacey Law (2010) who emailed to let us know that she had successfully completed the STEP examinations and will be beginning her studies at Cambridge University in October. Stacey will be studying Mathematics and we wish her every success in her future career. I have included a portion of Stacey's email below:

“Many thanks to all of my teachers over the years for teaching me and encouraging me to aim higher and higher, without whom I would not even have thought to apply, let alone achieve what I have done today.”

On Sunday 27th August until Tuesday 29th our school executive team of 16 teachers will be off-site working on the development of our 2012-2014 school plan. The themes that were revealed in last year's extensive surveying will be incorporated:
Creativity, Collaboration and Communication

The target areas for the plan are:
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Student Wellbeing
  • Staff Wellbeing
  • Technology
  • Leadership
  • Positive Learning Environment
Our main aim will of course remain the same to ensure that JRAHS continues to nurture the academic, physical, social and emotional wellbeing of all students and instil the core values of integrity, respect,responsibility, fairness, wisdom and compassion. The importance of Agriculture in the school and in the wider community will also be promoted. The school executive and the curriculum committee have been working on the draft plan and as it takes shape we will encourage input from more students and parents.

Next week our students sit their Preliminary Exams, on Friday our Informatics students will sit the Australian Informatics Olympiad and on Saturday – Evgeny Martynov (12), Joshua Lau (10) and Ray Li (9) will compete in the prestigious UNSW Progcomp. We wish all students well in their competitions and exams in the coming week.

A reminder that once you are on the intranet and reading the newsletter you also have access to our school calendar “Events Calendar” in the bottom left hand corner of Intranet homepage.

Ms Treskin returns from Canada next week and I wish to publically thank Mr Yeo, Ms St Louis and Mrs Mayers who have been an enormous support for the past six weeks during my time as Relieving Principal.
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