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Principal's Newsletter, Week 1, Term 4, 2017

posted Dec 4, 2017, 6:08 PM by Unknown user

Welcome back to Term 4. Our Year 12 students begin their HSC on Monday and we wish them all the best in their study and exams.

Congratulations to our HSC Music students – Chelsea Baek, Adrian Law, Nicholas Rewell, Ivan Shen, Julia Tran and Elton Yang – who have each achieved the honour of being nominated for ENCORE. An amazing achievement.

Ms Hameed and Mr Grant spent the first week of their holidays with our students in Vietnam. This fantastic experience was a great success with all students and teachers having a fabulous time. The purpose of the excursion was to learn more about agriculture in a country such as Vietnam – this was certainly achieved. It was not all schoolwork with lots of fun and shopping as well. On behalf of our students I want to thank Mr Grant and Ms Hameed for their generosity and dedication.

The Year 8 Cross Curricular Project was a wonderful success and our Year 8 students were impressive in their presentations at WSU. We have a number of requests for students to present to Parramatta Council and other institutions.

Recently we had the pleasure of hosting a team of educators from Malaysia to share our experiences. Thank you to Ms Buurma for organising this visit and our teachers for allowing teachers into their classrooms.


The Year 11 Wellbeing day taught students awareness of proactive strategies for managing stress. Matthew Johnstone, was our keynote speaker. Matthew Johnstone had 15 years + as a creative in advertising where he worked in Sydney, San Francisco and New York. He worked for some of the world’s best agencies and won many industry awards. In 2005 he published I Had a Black Dog an illustrated book on what it is to suffer depression and what can be learnt from it. Students also took part in a drumming workshop and a seminar on meditation and relaxation techniques.

Next Tuesday evening at 6.30pm, the CoJR will host their Term 4 forum for both students and parents. Four fabulous ex-students will share their journey since leaving school. We aim to highlight a range of wonderful career options for our current students.


Isabella Kwai is a editorial assistant and reporter at The New York Times' Australia bureau. After graduating James Ruse in 2011, she attended Duke University in the United States, double-majoring in English and Public Policy. She received a Bachelor of Arts with distinction in 2016. She has worked in Washington D.C. as a fellow for The Atlantic and recently moved back to Sydney and re-assimilating slowly to flat-whites and avocado toast.


Royce Chen graduated from James Ruse in 2012, and decided to study physiotherapy, a choice that was not common within his cohort and year at Ruse. He graduated from the University of Sydney in 2016 with a Bachelor's of Applied Science (Physiotherapy) and started work in the private sector as soon as he graduated. With the knowledge and experience gained from working in a thriving clinic, Royce went out and has just very recently started his own Physiotherapy and allied health clinic in Rhodes, NSW.

Claire Wu joined JRAHS in Year 11 and graduated in 2010. From there, she went straight to university, and completed a Bachelor of Engineering (civil with architecture) at UNSW. She has worked as a facade engineer for over 2 years. In addition to liking maths and design, Claire's initial career path was inspired by the television show 'Prisonbreak'.

Upon graduating from Ruse in 2012, Delian Entchev spent two years working full time at investment bank UBS through a cadetship program, while completing his studies. In his penultimate year he joined hedge fund Watermark, where he is now an equity partner and manages $500mn of investments in global technology and media shares. Delian also studied a semester abroad at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.


It would be wonderful to see a great audience of both parents and students in the lecture theatre.



Year 7 enjoyed a fabulous day at the zoo on the last Tuesday of term 3. Thank you to Ms Ward, Ms Kong, Ms Kowalski and Ms Annetts for taking their classes.


The SRC and Prefects have a spectacular plan of activities for the school in Term 4. The latest prefect video was one of the best I have seen and was curtained enjoyed by the audience. 

Coming Events

Week 2A                        HSC examinations

Tuesday October 17th              Amnesty – Teacher Appreciation Day

                                                School Development Afternoon

                                                6.30pm CoJR Forum in the Lecture Theatre – students and parents

Wednesday October 18th         “Meet the Music” Opera House

Thursday October 19th                Year 10 and 11 Drama Excursion

                                                    Year 7 Vaccinations

Friday October 20th                    Year 8 Small Farms Excursion

                                                    Year 10 “Sculpture by the Sea” Excursion

 Week 3B                        HSC examinations

Thursday October 26th                Geography Challenge

Friday October 27th                    Mufti Day

Week 4A                       HSC Examinations

                                Year 8 and 10 exams


Week 5B                        HSC Examinations

                                  Year 7 and 9 exams

Have a wonderful week

Megan Connors