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Principal's Newsletter, Week1, Term 2, 2014

posted May 7, 2014, 3:16 AM by Unknown user

Welcome back to Term 2. We welcome a number of new staff members to our school this term. Mr Mark Long has taken up the position of Deputy Principal. Mr Garry Ng has joined the Mathematics Department, Ms Daisy Kong, Science and Ms Katie Twomey has returned to our Agricultural faculty. We also welcome back Ms Eve Chen after her year of maternity leave.


The April Scholar Schools for Mathematics and Informatics took place over the holidays. I am very proud to announce that four students have been invited to the Australian Olympiad teams. Congratulations to Yang Song (11) and Praveen Wijerathna (12) who will participate in the International Mathematics Olympiad and also to Ray Li (12) and Ishraq Huda (11) who will compete in the International Informatics Olympiad. We wish all four students every success as they work towards the competition.


This week two classes were surprised by Year 12 Drama’s site specific theatre which was set on the farm. This task involves the interaction of the target audience. Ms St Louis and her talented Drama class displayed their fabulous skills.


Year 11 began their first exams this week. Year 7 to 10 will also do their half-yearlies in the coming weeks. The key to a successful exam period is practice. Research has shown that the completion of practice questions is the most effective form of studying. This year the junior exams have been spread over two weeks so that students do not have to complete more than two exams each day. This allows an effective study timetable to be implemented over the next few weeks.


Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN: Students in Year 7 and Year 9 will complete their NAPLAN exams from May 13th to May 15th. Year 7 and 9 students will require a calculator. Sample tests are located at: . It is recommended that all students complete practice papers to prepare themselves.


2014 NAPLAN Writing Test: ACARA has advised that in the 2014 Writing test, students will be required to respond to either a narrative or a persuasive prompt. However, the genre of the prompt will not be disclosed prior to the test period. Information about the NAPLAN writing test, including example prompts and writing marking guides, can be found on the ACARA NAP website at:




The SRC has begun Term 2 with a project to offer support and hope to Danwon High School of South Korea.

Year 9 will complete their first Duke of Edinburgh Hike and excursion on Monday and Tuesday next week.

Next week we will also welcome Billabong High School to share two days with us.


Upcoming Events:

Week 2

Monday 5th May           Year 9 Camp, Preliminary Exams

                                    Billabong High School visit

Tuesday 6th May           Year 9 Camp, Preliminary Exams

Wednesday 7th May      Zone Cross Country

Thursday 8th May         Preliminary Exams, Economics Competition

Friday 9th May             Preliminary Exams


Week 3

Monday 12th May          Year 11 Camp, Year 8 and 10 exams

Tuesday 13th May         Year 11 Camp, Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN, Year 8 and 10 Exams

Wednesday 14th May    Year 11 Camp, Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN, Year 8 and 10 Exams

                                    Community of James Ruse Meeting

Thursday 15th May       Year 11 Camp, Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN, Year 8 and 10 Exams, Business Studies                                                   competition (Year 10)

Friday 16th May            Year 8 and 10 Exams, Year 9 Music Elective Practical Exams


Have a wonderful week.

Megan Connors