Welcome back to 2014. It is wonderful to see all our students back at school looking healthy, happy and refreshed. Happy Lunar New Year.
We have a number of staff changes in 2014. Ms Joanne McMillan, our Head Teacher Gifted and Visual Arts teacher retired at the end of 2013 and Mr Edward Woo was promoted to the position of Head Teacher Mathematics at Cherrybrook Technology High School. We wish both Joanne and Eddie the best for their futures.
We welcome Ashlee Walker to the Visual Arts faculty. In PDHPE we welcome James Kennedy, who will also be teaching Geography. In Maths we have a number of new staff including Nancy Zhu, Ian Whiteway and Nilesh Kumar. In Science we welcome back Greg Pitt as we advertise for a Physics and Chemistry teacher. Shanti Soundararajan will work in both Science and Agriculture. We are presently advertising for Mathematics, Science and Agriculture teachers and a Deputy Principal.
Mrs Liza Mayers (Head Teacher of English) will relieve as Deputy Principal this term and Mrs Adrienne Steele will relieve as Head Teacher of English.
Thank you to Mrs Karen Lim and our Mother’s Club for hosting our welcome morning tea for Year 7 parents on Wednesday. It was lovely to see many parents exchanging details. Developing networks and community is so important to the success of all our students.
2013 ended in style with exceptional HSC results again including an overall state ranking of 1st for the 18th consecutive year and impressive 1sts in the subjects of English and Mathematics. Six students achieved 99.95 in 2013 and we congratulate:
Three students achieved the honour of first place in NSW:
Sing Young Chen Biology
Dana Song (11) Agriculture
Radman Zhang Mathematics
Other state rankings included:
A full HSC report will be presented at the first CoJR meeting (18th February evening) and Mother’s Club meeting (6th March 10am). Please see attached David Hu and Sumedh Jayanti’s speeches which they gave to year 11 and 12 on Wednesday.
Many of our talented chess students competed in the Australian Junior Chess Championships. The chess tournament was an individual event (not school based). In the main tournament, Ruse students did very well. In the special problem solving event, we took out 1st (Linus Cooper), 2nd (Lalit Prasad) and 3rd (Andrew Pan). In the special lightning chess tournament, Andrew Pan became Under 16 Champion and Linus Cooper became Under 14 Champion. Congratulations to these students.
Year 11 Textbook Fee:
To allow each faculty to adequately resource all students in Year 11 and 12 with appropriate textbooks and novels we require each Year 11 student to pay $100 to the Accounts Office. Students need to present their textbook receipt to each teacher to be issued their textbooks.
Our new accounting software is slowly becoming more useful and we are now accepting payments. However we are delaying sending out our invoices for 2014 until we are positive our system is stable. Thank you for your patience.
Scripture Services at James Ruse
We are now offering scripture on Wednesday afternoon to all students. Scripture will start at 2.26pm.
Our swimming carnival will be held on Monday 17th February. All carnivals are mandatory and participation is reported on our Student Reports for each semester. If a student is unwell and unable to attend they will need to provide a medical certificate.
It is vital for your child’s development that they explore and pursue their interests and passions. We have over 60 student clubs and activities at James Ruse. Please visit the Intranet to find options.
For students interested in programming, our JR Programming Club is on every Tuesday and Thursday lunchtime in T2.2. For students wishing to join the Informatics Olympiad training programme classes are run by ex-students every Monday afternoon between 3.15 and 5.00pm in T2.2. Beginners are welcome. For more information and permission notes please visit the JR programming club intranet page. The Australian Informatics competition is being held much earlier this year – Tuesday 25 March. Permission notes are also on the Intranet page.
Fee Structure for extra curricular activities in 2014:
Band and Ensemble program $270p.a
(If in more than one program, student only pays once)
Other music programs. $50p.a
Eg choir, jazz ensemble
All Olympiad and similar training. $100p.a
Eg biology, chem, physics, informatics, maths
English and Mathematics enrichment. $30 per term
Debating. $50p.a / $30 per term
Chess. $50p.a / $30 per term
Cadets. $50p.a + deposit
Duke of Ed. $50p.a + DoE fee
2014 will be another wonderful year at James Ruse. We welcome our new students in all years and their families.
Wednesday 12th February Valentines Day Dance
Dances are very rare in High Schools but at JRAHS we highly value this wonderful opportunity for students to relax and share a wonderful time with their peers and also students from all years. Please encourage your child to attend.
All students must be collected by parents in person at the end of a dance – we do not allow students to leave the Hall without a parent.
Friday 14th February Valentines Day Assembly P6
Monday 17th February Swimming Carnival
Thursday 20th February JRAHS High Achievers Assembly – celebrating ourDuxes and highest achieving Year 12 students of 2013. (10am)
Tuesday 25th February Year 12 Information Night 6.30pm
Thursday 6th February Year 7 BBQ and Information Afternoon /Evening
Have a wonderful week
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