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Principal's Newsletters, Week 8, Term 1, 2014

posted Mar 23, 2014, 2:18 AM by Unknown user

Congratulations to Ray Li (12), Daaron Chiu (12) and Ishraq Huda (11) who have been chosen to attend the Informatics School of Excellence in the upcoming holidays. Of the final twelve participants, four students will be selected to compete as the Australian team in the International Informatics Olympiad. The IIO will be held in Taipei, Taiwan in July.


I am very pleased to announce that we will have a new staff member join us at the start of Term 2. We welcome Mr Gary Ng to the Mathematics Department. Mrs Doyle and Mr O’Shea have been teaching these classes in Term 1. We thank them for their wonderful effort.


On Tuesday evening, the Community of James Ruse hosted our Study Skills provider; Elevate Education. The meeting was attended by over 80 parents and all present were very impressed with the Presenter and package. Parents were shown strategies to assist with time management and other study skills.  All students in Year 7 to Year 12 will participate in two Study Skills sessions this year. Ms Natalie Novotni, our Learning Support Coordinator, has initiated and introduced the program. Ms Novotni also works with students and teachers in developing effective organisational habits. Please see the attached handout later in newsletter that was provided to the parents that attended.


Our Mathematics Faculty has completed an evaluation of the Year 7 Mathematics course and also followed this with a Maths Focus Group of students from Year 7-11. It was wonderful to hear students speak of their learning experiences. Many students offered wonderful suggestions. Thank you to Mrs Weber and Mrs Briggs for running this meeting. The full evaluation will be produced in the Annual School Report available in Term 2.
The Year 7 camp was a wonderful success. I joined the students for dinner and dancing. It was fabulous watching the bush dancing with a real Bush Band – banjos included. Here are some photos of the very happy time had by all.
Interact’s Exodus Food drive finished last Friday. On Monday the van will filled with food and toiletries to take back to Exodus’ kitchens. Thank you to all families who donated so much. As well as hundreds of cans of food, over 500 kilograms of rice was delivered. One clever Year 10 class ordered their donation via Coles Online and I was very surprised to see a Coles van deliver 75 kilograms of rice! Year 9 Interact students helped to pack the van.

School has been very quiet this week with Year 10 on work experience,  Year 12 on exams and Year 7 on camp. Year 12 seem to be managing their exam period well. Consistently approaching each exam. Please continue to support students as they complete the last two days of exams.


On Wednesday we hosted a meeting of the Principals in our Parramatta Network. It is a great experience to share with both our local Primary School and Secondary School Principals.




Many of our students attended the UN Youth Parliament last week. Brendan Ma was selected to move to the next round. Congratulations Brendan.


Colds, Flus and Viruses are flourishing at school at the moment. Please ensure if your child is unwell that they stay home. A few days of rest will see your child remaining healthy and will stop the spread of the illness to classmates and teachers. Next Friday is the annual SRC tissue box drive – we are in desparate need.


Traffic and parking around the school – Please be very careful driving around our school. We have three schools, including Carlingford West Primary School, in close proximity. We have been asked by Baulkham Hills Council to remind parents that “dropping off “ students in the bus bay is illegal and carries a very heavy fine. Parents were fined in the bus bay and also dropping off near the main entrance in Felton Road last week. Parents must not drive into the school grounds. If you are dropping off your child in Felton Road please drive along and deposit child near the hall gate. After your child alights please turn around at the end of the street in the turning circle. We are very concerned that a student will be hit by a car in the chaotic environment that exists between 8.30 and 9.00am.



Coming Up - Week 9

Monday March 24th                  HSC Assessments continued

                                                Year 7 and 9 Boys Vaccinations

                                                Boys Knockout Soccer

Tuesday March 25th                 Australian Informatics Competition 9am in Hall

                                                HSC Assessments Last Day

Wednesday March 26th            Year 9 High Resolves P1-3

                                                Year 8 Anti-Bullying seminar

Thursday March 27th               JRAHS Cross Country

Friday March 28th                    Year 12 Debate

                                                Australian Geography Competition

                                                Duke of Edinburgh Silver Hike

                                                Year 11 Study Skills – Elevate Education

                                                Tissue Box Drive


Thank you for your continued support of our school. Have a lovely weekend.

Megan Connors