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Principal's Newsletter Week 3, Term 1, 2014

posted Feb 13, 2014, 12:43 AM by Unknown user

Another wonderful week at JRAHS reinforcing the fabulous tradition that is Valentine’s Week at Ruse. The dance, concert and roses (+ all the other gifts) were well planned and orchestrated and led to an enhanced level of spirit throughout the school. An enormous thank you to Ms Sue Briggs, Prefect Coordinator and our wonderful prefects.


Our Year 10 High Resolves team began this week with their Coordinator, Courtney Bennett and Ms Jen Burgess. The students involved this year are:



Jeffrey Khoo

Raymond Cheng

Afif Hossain

Anthony Chan

Joel Huang

Yutong Ji

War Lam Wong (William)

Jamie Sung

Christopher Song

Sriganesh Thavalingam

Justin Wu

Yoshua Selvadurai

Andre Lo

Jumaana Abdu

Annie Bai

Bridget Hwang

Sophie Hong

Rowena Young

Ria Sinha

Stephanie Moon

Eva Sinha

Jessica Li

Balaki Parameshwaran

Sheree Nguyen-Hoang

Jessie Sun

Jin Yoo

Anita Ma

Annie Chen

Jessica Sun

Alice Yan


We wish the team well as they strive to make a difference in the community.


Congratulations to Mudith Jayasekara (12) who competed last weekend at the NSW Junior Championships in the U20’s Men’s Pole Vault. He received a gold medal and is now the U20 State Champion. Mudith was very pleased with his result, jumping very well until his pole broke while he was attempting 4.80m.


Congratulations to William Luu (11) who achieved 2nd place in the Seniors Division of the Oz Speak Competition.


On Tuesday night at 7.30pm (18th) our Community of James Ruse (CoJR) will hold its first meeting for 2014. I will present our HSC report and Niroshan Jeyakumar (2013 HSC) will provide his tips and strategies for success.


Canteen Tender: At the CoJR meeting, I will also discuss our desire to lease our canteen space to a private operator. Calling for tender, requires the school to clearly outline our specific needs. Our needs include:

·         A varied range and sufficient quantity of healthy food to allow choice for our student and staff population.

·         Opportunities for students to volunteer to work in the canteen as a form of service.

·         Ability to hold a large number of fund raising events (involving food) and specific Food Days across the school calendar.


Many schools have licensed canteens and we will be visiting these different options. As many families have students in multiple schools it would be wonderful to gain feedback or thoughts from parents. If you can attend Tuesday’s meeting or send an email I would appreciate your thoughts:


Bring Your Own Device and School Laptops: Today we began loaning school laptops to students who have requested one. We are beginning with Year 10 but should be able to loan all laptops over the next week. All students from Year 8-12 will all be required to bring their device to school by Week 5. Students who are bringing their own device must return the BYOD charter and agreement of use. Year 7 students may apply for a loan laptop at the start of Week 5.


Technology is a wonderful tool that all learners now have but it is also important that we do not lose the art of handwriting and note taking. At this stage all HSC exams are still completed by hand. Students should be encouraged to use both note books and devices. Note taking with a pen in hand also allows different thought processes to develop.


The swimming carnival will be held on Monday. Please note that all carnivals are mandatory and if your child is unwell please provide his or her rollcall teacher with a medical certificate.


The Lions Club of Carlingford-Dundas has invited our students to participate in the Lions Youth of the Year Quest for 2014. The Quest aims to select an outstanding youth to be an ambassador and travel overseas. Interested students should visit, download the application form and then submit to the front office. The school will select one student to proceed to further rounds of the process.


On Thursday 20th February we will celebrate two special events – our first High Achievers Assembly to acknowledge the success of our Duxes and High Achievers in each subject in the 2013 HSC and also a farewell to Mr Edward Woo. The assembly will begin at 10am.


Coming Events:

Monday 17th February              Swimming Carnival

Tuesday 18th February              7.30pm CoJR meeting in the Lecture Theatre

Thursday 20th February           JRAHS High Achievers Assembly

Tuesday 25th February             Year 12 Information Night 6.30pm

Thursday 6th March                 Year 7 BBQ and Information Afternoon /Evening


Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend and upcoming week

Megan Connors