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Principal's Newsletter, Week 2, Term 1, 2015

posted Feb 5, 2015, 9:04 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Feb 5, 2015, 9:05 PM ]

On Australia Day, four James Ruse students competed in the grand finals of The Hills Shire 2015 Australia Day Public Speaking Competition. The event was contested by high school students with the competition judged by Toastmasters and run according to their rules.


Upeka Nanayakkara (12) & William Luu (12) competed in the senior division. Elizabeth Williamson (10) & Rehan Gunawardhana (8) competed in the junior division. Rehan was successful in achieving second place of the ten finalists in the junior division. Congratulations Rehan, Elizabeth, Upeka and William.

It was sad this week to learn that our very good friend, colleague and teacher, Mr Earl Morris, has decided to stop casual teaching and enjoy his very well earned retirement. Since his official retirement many years ago, Mr Morris has continued to be a fabulous support and role model to all of us. We look forward to enjoying Mr Morris’ company at our school musicals and events of the future.


As we announced at the end of last year, our Robotics team won the Australian title at the National First Robotics Championships. FIRST, an acronym for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” is an international phenomenon, which pairs high schools with corporate engineering sponsors to build a robot which will compete in a sport-like event. The goal of the FIRST program is to give students hands-on experience working with real engineers, so that engineers and scientists are seen as role models in the same way professional athletes are. For further information refer to


This innovative program has inspired these young students’ interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs and is fostering future inventors. The Robotics program in our school builds confidence, knowledge and life skills through an unparalleled learning experience.


SPONSORSHIP NEEDED – To campaign at an international level the JRAHS Robotics team need sponsorship. If you have any ideas or connections please contact either myself or Mrs Pooviah.

A talented young woman, Darshana Kannan (10) (pictured 2nd from the left in the back row) was a member of the winning T20 Women’s team in the Macdonald’s first grade cup. As well as her success in cricket, Darshana also represents at state level in Netball.


On Tuesday night (10th) at 7.30pm our first CoJR meeting will look at our HSC results for 2014 and we will hear tips and strategies from two students from last year – Kajanan Parameshwaran and Yueyue Miao. The meeting will be held in the lecture theatre.


On Wednesday night we will hold our very special Valentine’s Day Dance. I encourage all parents particularly those of Year 7 to allow their child to attend. The dance is a unique opportunity for students of all grades to mix and have fun in a safe and secure environment.


The dance begins at 6pm and finishes at 9.30pm. Students may be collected at any time but must be collected by parents from the hall. We cannot allow any student to leave the premises without a parent. The Prefects commit themselves to ensuring the whole school values the traditions and spirit of Ruse – please support them.



Coming Events         The calendar can be found on the JRAHS intranet


Week 3A

Tuesday 10th February             Australian Mathematical Olympiad (Invited students)

                                                7.30pm Community of James Ruse meeting in Lecture Theatre

Wednesday 11th February         Australian Mathematical Olympiad (Invited students)

                                                6pm      Valentine’s Day Dance  

Thursday 12th February            Valentine’s Day Assembly

                                                Australian Invitational Informatics Olympiad

Saturday 14th February             Cadet Bivouac to Brooklyn


Week 4B

Monday 16th February              James Ruse Swimming Carnival 

Tuesday 17th February              High Achiever’s Assembly (Celebrating our HSC success)

Wednesday 18th February         Year 12 Drama Assessment

Thursday 19th February            Mothers’ Club Meeting 9.45 am

Friday 20th February                Quad Schools’ Cup


Have a wonderful week.

Megan Connors