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

posted Apr 24, 2015, 2:36 AM by Unknown user
Welcome back to Term 2. Our students have once again achieved spectacular success at the national level.

Congratulations to Jade Pham of Year 11 who won the National Brain Bee finals in Perth during the holidays. Jade will now represent Australia and compete at the international level. Please click on the link below to read more of Jade’s fabulous success. Jade is also a member of the inaugural Australian Earth Sciences Olympiad team.

We have also just heard that 15 year 10 students have been selected to compete at the NSW Brain Bee Challenge.

Congratulation to Yang Song (12) and Kevin Xian (11) who have been selected into the Australian Maths Olympiad team to compete at the IMO to be held in Thailand this year.

Ishraq Huda (12) has been selected into the Australian Informatics Olympiad team and will compete at the IOI to be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan in July. Congratulations Ishraq.

Congratulations also to Zane Zhang (12) who has been selected into the Australia Chemistry Olympiad team and will compete in the International Chemistry Olympiad.

Joshua Lin (12) competes in early May in the Asian Pacific Physics Olympiad and we wish him every success.

Mrs Twomey and her students have been successful at the Royal Easter Show winning the ‘Meat Bird Rearing Competition’ for their project. The Blue Ribbon comes with $1000 prize money. The chickens also came 3rd in the live judging and 5th in the carcass section. With over 100 schools competing this was a fantastic achievement.

On Monday April 21st, we celebrated our ANZAC service. We were honoured to have His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales as our Guest of Honour. His Excellency gave a moving and symbolic speech that emphasised the importance of service to the ANZAC legend and spirit. Our cadet unit led by CUO Eklavya Wangoo were impressive and created a wonderful commemoration for the Centenary of ANZAC. Another special event was the playing of a bugle by Aaron Lawrence of year 11. The bugle used to sound “The Last Post” and “Reveille” at our ANZAC Remembrance Service is a Victor “Class A” silver plated instrument made in Paris c.1900. The bugle was presented to the 5th Light Horse Regiment in December 1914 and was taken with the Regiment when they were sent as Reinforcements to the Middle East on 15 April 1916.  It was used at Gaza, Egypt and Gallipoli. After the First World War, the bugle has been in the possession of the Browne family.  The bugle is shortly to be donated to the Australian War Memorial. Anthony Browne, who was a student at James Ruse Agricultural High School between 1965 -1970 and a member of the School Army Cadet Unit and his mother, Mrs Patricia Browne, have kindly loaned the bugle to the School.

The cadets were also given the honour of parading at Hyde Park on Thursday and once again were very impressive.

Our Robotics team have been having a fabulous time in the USA. They have visited Boston (MIT and Harvard), New York (Princeton) and Washington DC. They were given a tour of Harvard by our very own ex-student Anna Zhong. They are now in St Louis and have just begun the qualifying rounds of the FIRST Robotics World Championships. For more information and to watch live matches visit the website .

This is the web link for the ongoing qualifying matches in US.

Team Name - James Ruse Robotics

Team No - 6911


Above is the link for the video of the Thursday's qualifying matches.

Our team's match number was Q9 and Q23.

The rest of our matches are scheduled for tomorrow and day after.

Match numbers - Q37, Q51, Q67, Q81, Q98, Q121 and Q140.

We welcome back our Japanese Immersion tour and pass on our huge appreciation to Ian Goggin, Annetta St Louis, Joyce Ng, Janie Golding and Trent Wilson who accompanied the students on the trip. All had a fabulous time and have come home with wonderful memories.

Thank you to Ms Jenns, Ms McKenzie and Mr Pakes who were able to ensure the safety of our Duke of Edinburgh hike in the holidays in the face of rising waters. Having such experienced and safety conscious supervisors is essential for the success of these activities.

I had a wonderful experience in Korea with 30 Principals from all over Australia. We visited many wonderful schools and learnt of the values and culture of the Korean People. I was so impressed by the development of Korea in the last fifty years and its ability to build a strong and future focused economy. I hope to begin a sister school relationship with a similar high school in Seong.

Next Community of James Ruse Meeting is Tuesday May 5th at 8pm. Our guest speakers for this event will be Mrs Liza Mayers (Head Teacher of English) and Mr Bravin Ragavan (Ex-student). Mrs Mayers will give a brief overview of the English curriculum and suggest advice on how best to assist your children in the study of English. Bravin will discuss the importance of a well-rounded education and the need for extracurricular activities to ensure a successful university and career experience.


Coming Events

Week 2B               Preliminary Exams

Monday 27th                Year 10 Drug Education Seminar; Year 8 Study Skills

Tuesday 28th                Year 7 Study Skills

Wednesday 29th           Zone Cross Country

Thursday 30th              Resourceful Adolescent Program for Parents

Friday 1st May              Year 9 Tocal Excursion

Week 3A             

Monday Wednesday  Year 9 and 11 Camps

Thursday 7th                Year 11 English Orals, Whole School Assembly P4, Economics Competition                                                       (year 11 and 12); Preliminary Exam for Year 9 SDD.

Friday 8th                     MetWest Debating Gala Day

Week 4B               Year 8 and 10 Exams

                        Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN

Week 5A              Year 7 and 9 Exams

Have a wonderful week

Megan Connors