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Principal's Newsletter, Week 2, Term 3, 2014 - JRAHS Student 1st in the WORLD

posted Jul 28, 2014, 3:44 AM by Unknown user

Principal’s Report


The Australian Informatics Team has had incredible success at the 2014 IOI held in Taiwan. Last week we were able to celebrate the wonderful success of Praveen and Yang at the International Mathematics Olympiad earning a Silver and Bronze medal respectively. This week we celebrate the exceptional success of our Informatics Team. Ishraq Huda (11) came equal first in the world with a perfect score of 600/600 to earn a Gold Medal. Ray Li (12) also did superbly achieving a Silver Medal. Oliver Fisher (Normanhurst Boys High School) came 5th in the world and Michael Chen (Scots College, Melbourne) came 36th in the world. Our ex-student Jarrah Lacko, was a very proud team leader, of this incredible team. Our tally of two gold and two silver are our best ever medal sweep and our position was 3rd in the world. Full results can be found at We are very proud of the wonderful achievements of Ray and Ishraq and offer them our sincere congratulations.

Congratulations to Daniel Selvadurai (8) who was awarded First Place in the Zone Final of the Legacy Public Speaking Competition (Years 7-10). Our debaters have also been flourishing with Year 10 (Eva Sinha, Spencer Hu, Jin Yoo and Lesley Zhang) making it to the grand finals of the Macquarie Cup.


Congratulations also to the very talented Jessica Guo (10) who has been selected to represented NSW in the Australian Cross Country competition in Perth next month. We wish Jessica a successful meet.

Year 12 begin their HSC trial examinations next Thursday. Students are given stuvac on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and are welcome to either study at home or at school but we will have no scheduled lessons. Many students will sit the UMAT exam on Wednesday. Please ensure students keep balanced during this time; eating good foods, taking breaks and getting plenty of sleep. If a student is unwell they must contact the school, see a doctor, obtain a medical certificate and apply for Illness and Misadventure. Students must not sit an exam if they are unwell.


Next Tuesday two events will occur after school. Firstly our Year 9 and 10 parent teacher night occurs from 4pm until 7pm. This is a great chance to gain feedback on your child’s progress and for Year 10 parents and students to discuss subject choices for 2015.


The Community of James Ruse also has the pleasure of hosting Aspire Mentoring, a not for profit organisation to promote the pathways into medicine. We are targeting this seminar for students and their parents in Years 9, 10 and 11. Vincent An, ex-student, made me aware of this wonderful group of young people who have pursued careers in medicine. A brochure is attached with all details. Aspire Mentoring do ask that each family contribute a gold coin donation of which 100% will be donated to charity.


Congratulations to the Ruse Robotics team who worked all holidays to prepare for their latest international competition. The team worked well together achieving the Judges’ award. Thank you to Mrs Pooviah and Mr Pronger for the wonderful assistance and time they have given the team.


Our Bands performed at the Waverley Festival last weekend. Thank you to our teachers and conductors – Mr Richard Brus, Mr Glenn Armitage, Mr Adam Tomkins and Ms Christine Pringle.


The UN Youth NSW competition held the Evatt semi-finals this week. Congratulations to Eklavya Wangoo, Spencer Hu, Tharsini Urutherakumar, Elaine Yan, Stephanie Wu and Brendan Ma for reaching this level.

Coming Events:

Week 3

Year 12 Stuvac and Trial exams begin.

Tuesday 29th July        ICAS English competition

                                    4pm Year 9 and 10 parent teacher night

                                    7.15pm for 7.30pm start – Aspire Mentoring

Wednesday 30th July   UMAT exam

Thursday 31st July       HSC Trials begin; Year 10 SDD Trial Exam

                                    9K and 7A NAPLAN trial

Week 4

HSC Trials continue

Tuesday 5th August      Aurecon Bridge Building – Year 9 (3 students)

Wednesday 6th August Chemistry ASOE

                                    Year 11 – Great Engineering Challenge (16 students)

Thursday 7th August     Australian Mathematics Competition

Friday 8th August         Earth and Environmental ASOE



Have a wonderful week.


Megan Connors