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Principal's Newsletter, Week 2, Term2, 2014

posted May 8, 2014, 12:48 AM by Unknown user

Congratulations to Mudith Jayasekara of Year 12 who has successfully competed in the Sri Lankan National Championships. Mudith will now compete in Taiwan in his bid to qualify for the World Youth Games.


Our first Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh camp was held on Monday and Tuesday. Highly successful, the students returned very tired but satisfied with themselves for completing a challenging and adventurous journey. Thank you so much to Ms Jenns, Mr Pakes, Ms Burgess, Ms Hameed, Mr Gengiah and Ms Brooks for supervising the students and completing the challenging hike themselves.


At the end of last term, Elizabeth Hsu of year 11, interviewed me for the Education Times online magazine. If you would like to see the video: or read the interview it is in the current issue on their website: If you have any requests for special articles or resources, contributions or are interested in being a student reporter you may contact the . I sincerely thank Elizabeth for being a fabulous reporter as I am quite sure I could not have done it without her. In the previous issue, our Year 7 student, Rehan Gunawardhana, interviewed the Lord Mayor of Parramatta, John Chedid. Well done Rehan.


Year 11 are midway through their exams and are doing a great job. They seem calm and prepared. Keep up the good work. Next week they will participate in their 3 day Crossroads Camp at Morisset.


On Wednesday I spoke to Year 12 about their progress so far this year. We are very proud of their achievements this year and in particular the large improvements many students have made since last year. As they move into their next assessment period, we have stressed the need for PRACTICE of all types of questions. Practice is the key.


This week we had a wonderful visit from Billabong High School. An enormous thank you to Ms St Louis for coordinating this exchange of sharing and ideas. The 6 students and 2 teachers from Billabong were buddied with our students and loved being in our classrooms. They commented on the friendliness of all students and the wonderful discussions and debates in class. They were surprised to witness a passionate argument about “Potassium” in a Chemistry class. Thank you to the many teachers that made our visitors so welcome. It would be great if we could reciprocate with a return visit.


Just a reminder that we are moving into Junior Exams (years 8 and 10) and NAPLAN next week (years 7 and 9). The purpose of junior exams is to help students develop an organised study programme and complete a number of exams in a short time period. All students must write their own study notes, discuss task requirements with their teachers and complete many practice questions. Practice papers for many subjects can be found on the intranet.


Next Tuesday night in the Lecture Theatre we will hold our Community of James Ruse meeting at 7.30pm. The lecture will be on “Writing Scholarships and Applications” and will aim to give parents advice on how to best prepare students for post-school options. This is particularly relevant to parents of junior students as it is so important that experiences are had in the younger years and can then be written about in applications in Year 12.

Upcoming Events:

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 7.30pm

Thursday 15th May       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

Week 4:       Year 7 and 9 Exams.


Have a wonderful week.

Megan Connors