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Principal's Newsletter, Week 2, Term 4, 2015

posted Nov 1, 2015, 1:10 AM by Unknown user

We have had the amazing news that 22 students have been invited to the Science Scholar Schools. This is such a wonderful testament to the dedication of these students to extend their learning to this highest level. Congratulations to the year 10 and year 11 students listed below.




Earth Sciences


Maxwell DING

Andre LO


Jacques BURNS

Hantien CHEN (Y10)

Winston GU

Ivan HOU (Y10)

Bridget HWANG

Justin WU

Simon YANG


Jackie CHEN

Anita DENG

Daniel HO

Yutong JI


Kevin TANG

Victor WONG

Steven LIU (Y10)

Yuyu MA (Y10)

Aaron TING

Vieley XIAO

Our science labs will soon be a fit setting for our brilliant young scientists. Our first two labs will be finished and then equipped over the next 2 weeks. I would like to again thank our parents and the CoJR for ensuring three labs were refurbished and also to Mother’s Club who have been raising funds for new equipment.

Our Interact students will be serving as volunteers to support the Parra Amble. This walk / fun run is a wonderful initiative to raise funds for health research and this year it has been designated to raise funds for veteran health. Please visit the site if you might be able to join in on November 7th:


Next Tuesday night is the AGM of the CoJR and will be held in the lecture theatre. As well as holding the election for new positions, Mr Jason Driscoll will present on “Calculating the ATAR and Scaling of the HSC”.


The HSC has begun smoothly and Year 12 and our accelerated IPT and PDHPE students have all completed their first exams. It was heart-warming to see the number of parents waiting to pick up their child after the exam and the friendly smile / hug. It is a hard journey over the next few weeks and the whole family is needed to be supportive and sometimes a little patient with their son or daughter. Keeping positive, moving on to the next exam and sleeping at least 7 hours a night will ensure success. Thank you to the teachers who are still marking, responding to emails and supporting their HSC students; this does not happen in every school and I am so proud of our fabulous staff.


Thank you to the many students and Ms Sue Briggs our Prefect coordinator for organising the Red Cross Blood Bank, a joint project with Cumberland High School.


Our Bronze Duke of Ed students were led on their arduous walk last weekend by the fabulous Duke’s team – Ms Katrina Jenns, Ms Kaarin Mckenzie, Mr Neil Pakes and Mr Kevin Cousins. It was also a superb effort from Ms Nancy Zhu who hiked and supervised as well.


As I write this I am eagerly awaiting news of Daniel’s efforts at the State Final of the Legacy Public Speaking competition. It is such a wonderful achievement for Daniel Selvadurai of Year 9 to have progressed so far for the second time. Congratulations.

Megan Connors