It is fabulous to begin another year at Ruse. Welcome to all our new students, staff and parents. Year 7 began the year with a flourish, bouncing from one lesson to the next and enjoying their peer support lessons.
We welcome 18 new students in year 9, 2 new students in year 10 and 22 students in year 11. Thank you to Mother's club who provided a lovely morning tea for our new parents ensuring there was time for parents to exchange details and make connections.
We also welcome new staff in 2015. Ms Sophie Belevski and Ms Belinda Buurma are joining us in HSIE, teaching Geography and History. Ms Rachel Hann is joining our CAPA faculty for one year and will teach our Year 12 Music classes. Ms Christine Lim joins our LOTE faculty teaching both French and Japanese. Ms Sharmila Sami-Pullay will be teaching Mathematics and Ms Jessica Palmer will join the PDHPE staff. We welcome two new science teachers, Ms Fiona Ward and Mr Daniel Hutchinson. We also welcome back Ms Tali Chew (Maths) and Ms Megan Russell (PDHPE).
We received the bittersweet news in the last week of 2014 that Mr Trent Wilson had earned a promotion to the position of Head Teacher Languages at Hornsby Girls High School. Mr Wilson, a talented and passionate languages teacher and fabulous year advisor will be greatly missed. We wish Mr Wilson every success in his future career.
The 2014 HSC cohort achieved outstanding results and for the 19th consecutive year we were considered the top performing school in the NSW Higher School Certificate Examinations. Two students, Michael Sun and Abhishek Goyal, achieved 1st positions in NSW in Mathematics Extension Two and Biology. Pictured below, Michael and Abhishek, receiving their prestigious awards from the Minister of Education. I would also like to congratulate their fabulous teachers – Ms Stella Chan and Ms Katrina Jenns.
Seven students achieved the highest ATAR of 99.95. We congratulate
Michael Sun USYD combined law
Abhishek Goyal USYD advanced science /medicine
Yueyue Miao USYD advanced science /medicine
Rosy Wang USYD advanced science /medicine
Brook Cao USYD advanced science /medicine
Winnie Cheung UNSW medicine
Kajanan Parameshwaran UNSW medicine
The cohort, including our Year 11 Agriculture classes and Year 10 Software, Design and Development class, also achieved multiple rankings in many subjects in the state.
Another fabulous success was Mathematics Extension 1 where 8 students received a perfect HSC mark and another 10 students achieved full marks on the paper.
At our first Community of James Ruse (P&C) meeting on February 10th at 7pm in the Lecture Theatre I will give a full report on the 2014 HSC and the university destinations of our students. Two of our successful students will provide advice on how they prepared themselves for the HSC year. Earlier this week Yueyue Miao and Abhishek Goyal gave inspirational speeches to our Year 11 and 12 students. I will publish the speeches in this newsletter.
On February 17th we will hold our High Achiever’s Assembly to celebrate the successes of the 2014 HSC.
Our Year Advisors and Assistant Year Advisors in 2015 are;
Year 7 Ms Jen Burgess and Ms Ashlee Walker
Year 8 Ms Sandra Fernandez and Mr Garry Ng
Year 9 Ms Keira Brooks and Ms Joyce Ng
Year 10 Ms Sofia Hameed and Mr Morgan Gengiah
Year 11 Ms Stella Chan (Relieving)
Year 12 Ms Kristy Webb and Mr Tim Flood
Year Advisors are always the first point of contact for all welfare concerns. As teachers, teach all day, the best way to get in touch is to ring the school and leave a message for the YA to contact you after school.
Our Relieving Head Teacher Wellbeing is Ms Natalie Novotni. For curriculum concerns please contact the Head Teacher of the various faculties.
In 2015, our Deputies, Ms St Louis and Mr Long will be responsible for the wellbeing and discipline of three year groups:
Ms St Louis Years 7, 9 and 11
Mr Long Years 8, 10 and 12
Bring Your Own Devices
Students will again bring their own devices to school. A small number of devices are available from the technology Office in the Library for borrowing. Please ask your child to see Mr Boyaci if your child has any concerns with connecting their device to the wireless network.
To allow the most appropriate purchase of a device (either laptop or tablet) for your family we will specify a number of minimum requirements (specifications), however, we do wish to give yourself and your child maximum choice.
MIMIMUM SPECIFICATIONS OF A DEVICE:
· WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY MUST SUPPORT 5 Ghz dual band wireless or 802.11 a/b/g/n (make sure it supports both ‘a’ and ‘n’). Please note students will not be permitted to use alternative wireless options eg, 3G or 4G etc, as we can only ensure security and safety while using our wireless.
· Operating System – current or previous version of any operating system eg, i0S6 or 5 for iPads
· Battery life – minimum 5 hours
· Memory and RAM – 16GB Storage 2GB RAM (at a minimum, students may prefer more)
· Camera and Microphone
· Reasonable size to enable ease of use throughout the day
· Casing – tough and sturdy
· Weight – light enough for your child to carry
· Durability – needs to last a number of years
· Keyboard (attached or wireless)
· Word Processing software
· Spreadsheet software
· Presentation Tool eg, Keynote, PowerPoint, Prezi
· Web Browser (Cloud based software application may be appropriate eg, Office 365)
· Please note there are many suitable e-textbooks now available – please check your device would operate these.
It needs to be made clear that your provision of a computer for your child is not a compulsory program. However, the school is not in a position to provide computers to all students as it has done, through the DER program, in the past. In order to ensure that ongoing ICT education continues and we are truly able to maximize our teaching and learning for our 21st century gifted learners, we believe a BYOD program is our only way forward.
Year 7 students are not expected to have a device at school until Term 2. However they are welcome to use in class this term.
Please ensure your child is dressed appropriately in the school uniform. Shoes MUST be full leather, lace up shoes. Mary Jane shoes are not permitted and are not allowed to be worn due to safety concerns. Blazers do not need to be worn in Term 1 unless a formal assembly occurs.
Coming Events The calendar can be found on the JRAHS intranet
February 2nd Year 8 high Resolves Day 1
Year 7 Band Auditions 3.15pm
February 3rd All string ensemble auditions
February 4th Kings School Debating
7pm Duke of Edinburgh program introductory parent meeting
February 5th Lunch Meeting with Principal, Deputies, Year Advisors and new year 11s
February 6th Lunch Meeting with Principal, Deputies, Year Advisors and new year 9 and 10s
February 10th Australian Mathematical Olympiad (Invited students)
7pm Community of James Ruse meeting in Lecture Theatre
February 11th Australian Mathematical Olympiad (Invited students)
6pm Valentine’s Day Dance
February 12th Valentine’s Day Assembly
February 13th Australian Invitational Informatics Olympiad
Saturday 14th Cadet Bivouac to Brooklyn
Monday 16th February James Ruse Swimming Carnival
Once again welcome to Term 1, 2015 and have a wonderful week.
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