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Principal's Newsletter, Week 2, Term 2, 2017

posted Jun 4, 2017, 2:16 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 4, 2017, 2:17 AM ]

Principal’s Report

 We wish Steven Liu (12) and Yuyu Ma (12) a fabulous experience as they compete as part of the Australian team at the Asian Physics Olympiad in Yakutsk, Russia.

Australian Science Olympiads

Steven first discovered the Australian Science Olympiad Exam from his teacher who promoted it. “It was an opportunity to enhance my learning beyond school content. I wanted to explore more about science so I decided to sign up.” 

He has loved science for as long as he can remember and constantly looks forward to learning new physics concepts especially in a challenging environment like the Summer School. 

“I’d like to go into space someday”. With his goal clearly defined, he works hard to pursue them. Besides getting involved with the Olympiad, he leads a team in the Zero Robotics programming competition run by MIT, and also spearheads a robotics team that competed in the FTC FIRST Tech
Challenge and got through to the international level. 
His role models are his peers who he can relate to that share similar traits such as resilience, motivation and precision.

With his career aspiration focussed on designing and building new machines such as rocket engines or automated industrial processes, with persistence and endurance, it seems it is only a matter of time until his dream takes off.

#AustralianScienceOlympiad #SummerSchool2017#AsianPhysicsOlympiad #APhO2017 #Yakutsk#TeamAustralia

Yuyu’s bio:

Australian Science Olympiads


This time next week, Yuyu will be travelling across continents to Yakutsk, Russia to compete as part of eight-strong team representing Australia in the Asian Physics Olympiads (APhO).

For him, the appeal of competing comes from the challenge of learning beyond school syllabus. “My decision to take part in the Australian Science Olympiad Competition stemmed from my passion in science and the motivation to broaden my horizons beyond what I have learned in school.”

While it is a competitive selection program, having selected out of 5,000 students nationwide, he finds plenty of inspiration at school as well, having spent his time practicing with other Olympiad hopefuls from school to prepare for the selection exam.

Balancing school, hobbies and preparing for the competition is a juggling act that’s all too familiar to participants of the APhO including Yuyu. Motivated by the challenge ahead, he spent most of his time preparing for the qualifying exam by getting in touch with other program alumni. In his leisure time, he indulges himself in playing chess, piano and also reading dystopian science fiction books. 

Yuyu, who looks forward to his trip to one of the coldest cities in the world, dreams to have a career in
STEM related areas such as computer science, electrical engineering or actuary. 
#AustralianScienceOlympiad #SummerSchool2017#AsianPhysicsOlympiad #APhO2017 #Yakutsk#TeamAustralia

This week has been an exciting week in the media for James Ruse. Two of our ex-students have appeared on television. Ex-student and former teacher at James Ruse, Eddie Woo, featured on Australian Story. We also saw Eddie and his mentors/ teachers Mr Lisle Brown (former Agriculture Head Teacher) and Mr Alan Best (Music Teacher) walk around the school reminiscing on their shared experiences. If you missed the episode on Monday night you can watch it on ABC iview .

It was also a fabulous surprise to see Bryan Zhu, also an ex-student, receive a white apron on Masterchef.  A lovely article about Bryan’s journey can be found at: .


Bryan at school was a creative, artistic student who we fondly remember. Bryan has just finished his University degree in Marketing and International Business but perhaps a very different career is beckoning.


Year 11 and our preliminary cohort have completed their first set of assessment tasks. Year 11 will be at camp on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week. Year 7 and 9 will complete NAPLAN exams next week.



The following letter arrived from NESA (formerly BOSTES) this week:



Subject: HSC minimum standard resources for Year 9 students and parents

In the lead up to this year’s NAPLAN tests, I am writing to ask your help to ensure every Year 9 student and parent has accurate information about the NSW Government’s implementation of a minimum standard of literacy and numeracy for the HSC from 2020.

In particular, the main messages I would like to convey are: 

  • The HSC minimum standard is being introduced to help ensure that students leave school with the basic literacy and numeracy skills fundamental for life after school.
  • NAPLAN is a chance to check a student’s progress towards the HSC minimum standard or, for more advanced students, prequalify for the HSC minimum standard with Band 8s or higher. 
  • Most students will demonstrate the minimum standard by passing online reading, writing and numeracy tests in the lead up to Year 12. 
  • Year 9 students have three more years of learning before the HSC.

I have written a letter to Year 9 students and a message to Year 9 parents explaining the new HSC minimum standard. I would appreciate if you could distribute my letter to your Year 9 students and publish my message in your newsletter.

Additionally, the NESA website has an extensive range of resources designed to help explain the new HSC minimum standard including:

Thank you for your support in clarifying understanding of this important education initiative.

Yours sincerely
David de Carvalho
Chief Executive Officer



We received the wonderful news this week that Matthew Ku (9) will have two poems published in the Bankstown Poetry Slam Anthology. Congratulations Matthew.


On Tuesday night we had the pleasure of hearing three ex-students, Kevin Xian, Edward Jiang and Kevin Tang, present to the CoJR meeting. The boys gave a detailed presentation on how to apply to overseas institutions. Edward will be attending Pennsylvania University, Kevin Tang UC Berkeley and Kevin Xian Cambridge. We received excellent advice and guidance. Kevin Tang made a very heartfelt comment, his “only regret in high school was not continuing his wide reading”, as the personal essays, statements and the grammar component of the SAT were so important.


It was with great pleasure that I received the following emails over the last week. I am very proud of our students and particularly our senior students who are so vigilant in places such as Epping station.



The Principal
James Ruse High School

Dear Sir/Madam

Yesterday afternoon, my wife and I joined a large gathering of your students at the Carlingford Rail bus stop awaiting a bus to Epping.  We had a while to wait and I was struck by the pleasant and courteous demeanour of your students towards each other as they interacted.

When the bus finally arrived, there was only sufficient room on board for some of these students so the rest would have to wait for the next bus. When they saw my wife and I obviously waiting to board, a senior student beckoned two students off the bus to allow us to board which they did seemingly quite happily.

We are elderly and had several hours of travel yet to go so we accepted with thanks and boarded.

So many times we hear pejorative comments about today's children. The demeanour and courtesy of these young people gives the lie to such reports and I believe that the School should be justly proud to have them as worthy representatives.

We very much appreciate the thoughtfulness they showed to us. 

Yours faithfully



Dear to whom it may concern, 


I'd like to express my gratitude for the Year 12 students at the Epping station who assisted me with my luggage. I had just returned from a long business trip and was extremely exhausted after a tedious flight. I struggled to lug my suitcase down the flight of stairs and without hesitation they kindly helped me carry it to my bus stop. I must say I was very impressed with the behaviour of all the students at the Epping bus station. There was clearly a lack of space for all the students to fit along with providing a sufficient pathway for the rest of the public YET the senior students persisted in allowing the public to comfortably walk through and the rest of the students seemed willing to squeeze themselves tightly against wall. I am aware of this school's elite academic reputation and I am delighted that their courtesy and generosity perfectly reflects this. 


Yours sincerely,


Have a wonderful week

Megan Connors