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Deputy Principal's Newsletter, Week 8, Term 2, 2017

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Deputy Principal’s Report

Deputies’ Conference

On Thursday and Friday last week Mrs Mayers and I attended the 18th Annual Selective Deputies’ Conference in Bowral.  We were lucky enough to hear some fabulous speakers. Ruth Phillips presented A New Approach to Identifying Who may be Vulnerable to Underachievement. Ruth is a lecturer at the UNSW. Kathryn Taylor the Director of Turning Point presented on Leading A Talented Revolution. On day one we were able to share our ideas from our own school on differentiation and supporting gifted and talented students with deputies from other Selective High Schools. Another session we shared was focused on Supporting GAT students to connect, Succeed and Thrive. On day 2 Dr Andrew Marin presented on Motivating High Ability Students and Steve Den-Kaat a clinical psychologist spoke about Supporting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Magda Pollack and Louise Courtney updated us all about the writing task in the selective test and also data from the Selective Schools Unit.

It is a huge advantage to share with colleagues from other selective schools. We have created a strong bond with these deputies and we support each other and also share some ideas that would suit those particular schools.

On Tuesday this week Year 9 and Year 10 attended the Nyholm Lecture. Thanks to Ms Jenns, Ms Kong, Mr Khoury and Mr Kowalski.

Debating still continues its strong connection at Ruse. On Tuesday James Ruse debated against Kellyville which they won. They had to debate the next day and they won the regional final. We wish them all the best for the next round.

Year 7 Parent Teacher Night

Wednesday afternoon parents of Year 7 met with teachers to discuss the wonderful achievements of our junior students. It was a great afternoon and it was wonderful to meet interested parents.

Alumni Night Tuesday 13th June

Tuesday evening saw our annual Alumni Night. Months of preparation has gone into finding ex Rusians who are now employed in various fields. The list this year is extensive.

We had Robert Spooner-Hart Associate Professor of Sustainable Plant Production Systems, John Cadogan Journalist and qualified Mechanical Engineer, Samantha Thomas Sonographer and Janice Hancock, Physiotherapist, Brijanthi Rajeev, Senior Counsel Consumer Law, Sandra Pedram, Dental Surgeon, Mathew Rudd Lawyer and public servant, Quang Chen, Gastroenterologist, Bowei Zhao Management Consultant, Elena Ng Corporate Lawyer, Norman Ma Software Engineer, Rex Huang Dental Surgeon, Trevor Liu, Business Analyst, Benny Lee Digital Content Producer, Bryan Zhu Masterchef contestant 2017, Isabella Kwai Editorial Assistant for the New York Times, Marilyn Pan USYD Tutor / final year of Law/ Economics and Neil Nguyen Analyst Deal Advisory . Year 9, 10 and 11 students were invited to attend and ask these wonderful Alumni about their career paths.

Thanks must go to the executive team of the SRC – Daniel Forrest, Julia Tran, Jack Yu , Leo Yu and Aniruddh Chennapragada who have worked tirelessly in searching, inviting , planning the evening and making the whole event a huge success.

Harvard Summer News

Michelle Chen from Year 11 has been accepted into the Harvard Summer School Program for her desired course; Digital Media, Society, Culture and Economics. The two-week course provides an introduction into the role of digital media in culture, politics and our daily lives. Through visits to various museums, daily readings, lectures and assignments, she will learn about the role of technologies such as social networks, computer generated imaging and the IPhone, in relation to cultural production, political activism and the global workplace.  She is looking forward to meeting people who share the same passions as well as experiencing what college life is like. Feel free to ask her any questions regarding the application process or the course.


Coming Events


Week 9B


Monday 19th June                    Year 9 and 10 Shakespeare Interactive

                                                Period 6 and 7 Years 7-10 Dr Karl Kruszelnicki

                                                Year 11 – ‘Wired’

                                                Cadet Parent Information Night 6pm

Tuesday 20th June                   Zone Athletics

                                                Year 7 Shakespeare Interactive

Wednesday 21st June               Zone Athletics

                                                Year 8 Japanese Incursion

                                                Year 11 Debate

Thursday 22nd June                 Year 10 Subject Selection Night 6.30pm

                                                Whole School Assembly Period 4

                                                Brainbee Yr10

                                                Yr 12 Chemistry – Uni Of Sydney

Friday 23rd June                      Year 11 Camden Ag Excursion

                                                Year 7 Meeting

Saturday and Sunday              Cadet Bivouac


Week 10A


Monday 26th June                    SRC week

Tuesday 27th June                   Prefect Voting

                                                Yr10 Debate V’s Strathfield Girls

                                                Yr 10 meeting

                                                Yr 11 meeting

                                                Yr 9 Debate V’s Strathfield

                                                Year 10 Parent Teacher Night 4pm

Wednesday 28th June              Drama IP HSC Trial

                                                SRC Dance 5.30pm

Thursday 29th June                 Announcement of School Captains and Prefects

                                                Yr 8 Taster and Information day

Friday 30th June                      Prefect Assembly


Annetta St Louis

Deputy Principal