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Principal's Newsletter, Week 3, Term 3, 2014

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Congratulations to Brendan Ma (11) who has been selected to attend the THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations), a conference held every year in the Netherlands that brings together thousands of students from around the world. As a part of Australia’s 20th ever delegation to THIMUN since its inception in 1968, the delegation will be representing a UN member state, debating resolutions in commissions and chambers, and engaging with world leaders, NGOs and institutions. Organised by UN Youth Australia, Brendan will be travelling on a unique, once in a lifetime tour from 1 January to 3 February 2015. With the purpose of education and experience, Brendan will travel across Eastern and Western Europe from Budapest to Amsterdam. We congratulate Brendan on his fabulous success in achieving this role and wish him a wonderful trip.


Thank you to the Community of James Ruse who hosted a wonderful event on Tuesday night with ASPIRE mentoring. The fabulous speakers, young doctors and medical students, oozed passion for their career and embodied lifelong learning.


Congratulations to Spencer Hu (10), Eklavya Wangoo (11), Brendan Ma (11) and Stephanie Wu (11) who have moved on to the finals of the Evatt UN Youth.


Sarah Tan competed in the NSW Table Tennis Junior Open Championships earlier in July and won the Gold medal in the U18 Girls singles as well as the Gold medal in the U18 Girls Doubles. Sarah has been selected in the Australian High Performance Squad and is also in the National Junior Squad. Congratulations Sarah and good luck in your future endeavours.


Last Friday Mudith Jayasekara (12) received the 2014 Pierre de Coubertin Award at the Hall of Legends, Sydney Olympic Park. He participated in the ‘Olympic Academy Day’ and he enjoyed very much learning about the Olympic spirit . The award represents the highest honour and reflects Mudith’s exceptional level of sportsmanship and also his dedication and commitment to his sport.


We wish Julia Tran of Year 8 good luck as she performs a piano concerto for the Harold Brissenden Commemorative Concert on Sunday 3rd August.


Year 12 have begun their trial examinations and we wish them every success as they move through this exam period.


Congratulations to Leila Nguyen-Hoang who was successful in being selected to attend the NSW State Junior Music Camp. Congratulations also to Sheree Nguyen-Hoang who participated in the Vietnam Vision Project in Vietnam. Sheree is working with an Australian medical team, consisting of Ophthalmologists, GPs and Nurses, participating as a work experience volunteer. It will be fabulous to hear of Sheree’s experience when she returns next week.


As you may have seen in previous newsletters, we are sending another group of students on tour to Japan again next year in the April holidays. The experience of an overseas excursion for your son and daughter would be an invaluable addition to their education. The Japan trip allows student to immerse themselves in a new and exciting culture. They gain greater insight into Japanese culture, language and experience life in a megacity. Student’s skills in collaboration and communication are developed. The experience will add to their ability to succeed not only academically but also give them valuable world experience. Seeking out new adventures and trying new things in the safety of a school group develops life skills. I highly recommend you consider sending your child on this trip and taking full advantage of this opportunity.


Last Friday night I had the pleasure of attending the Year 9 and 10 Drama night. This event showcased the many talents of our actors. The quality of the showcase was spectacular. Thank you to Mr Gerlach and Ms Webb for putting together such a special night.


Ag Enrichment took a break this week from creating the 2014 Archibull and learnt how to prune our many roses. Thank you Mrs Hameed, relieving Farm Manager, for passing on this skill.


The NSW Government will invest up to $1 million to enable 100 students and up to 28 supervising teachers the opportunity to attend the official ANZAC Day commemorative services at Gallipoli in 2015. On 25 April 2015 we mark the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli. NSW students will join students from across Australia, descendants of those who served at Gallipoli, Australian First World War widows, and the thousands of Australians who were successful in the national ballot, in participating in the commemoration ceremonies that will take place at Gallipoli next year. Students enrolled in years 10, 11 and 12 in 2015 are encouraged to submit an online Expression of Interest (EOI) to enter the ballot. Please visit if you are interested in discovering more details.

Applications open at 9am on Wednesday 30 July 2014.

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 27 August 2014. No late submissions will be accepted.


The Public Education Foundation has just opened the biggest ever round of scholarships for students in public schools. Fourteen scholarship categories have opened, exclusively for students attending public schools. Our scholarships are about focusing on the different kinds of support and encouragement that individual students need. Applications close on October 4th. For more information please visit


Coming Events:

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 Maths Competition

Friday 8th August         Earth and Environmental Science ASOE


Have a wonderful week.

Megan Connors




Maths Olympiad

Congratulations from the Maths Faculty to Praveen and Yang for their outstanding result of Silver and Bronze in the International Mathematics Olympiad. The process now starts again with the first Senior Maths Olympiad Examination being held on August 12th. This is an invitational event and I will be contacting students once I receive a list of names from the Australian Mathematics Trust.


Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad

This has been moved to 11th September and is a 4 hour exam. The payment for this has changed whereby any student who gained a prize in the 2013 or 2014 AMC will be given free entry. Students from Year 8 to 10 who are involved in the Enrichment activities, Jonathan Zheng and Victor Khou’s Maths Club as well as other interested students are able to compete in this competition. Year 7 students who gain a prize in the AMC will be allowed to enter automatically while other students will need to see Mrs Weber if they are interested. There will be a meeting on Tuesday for interested students in Year 8 to 10 to register to participate and then students not receiving free entry will be invoiced the $18.70 for the entry at a later date.


Mathematics Challenge for Young Australians 2014 – Results.

The results:

Year & Division

















Year 8 High Distinctions: Linus Cooper, Deborah Davis, Sunny Guan, Esha Gupta, Aniruddh Chennapragada, Janet Shin, Athena Yuan.

Year  9- High Distinctions :Tasneef Helal , Adrian Law, Mayank Gupta, Haradarshana Kannan, Steven Liu, Fiona Chen, Bill Hu, Connie Jiang Matthew Xu, Kelly Zhang.

Year 10- High Distinctions; Michelle Kim, Justin Wu, Brendan Gu, Bridget Hwang, Andre Lo, Anita Ma, Kannan Subapriyan, Darius Zhu, Sriganesh Thavalingam, Cynthia Yu, Jackie Chen, Cherry Hu, Kevin Tang

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Maths Challenge and thank you to Ms Chan and Mr Perrins for the marking of the intermediate maths challenge.


Australian Maths Competition (AMC) 2014

On Thursday 7th August ALL Year 7 to Year 11 will participate in the Australian Mathematics Competition during period 6, 7 and 8.  Year 7-10 entry is covered by school fees.


Heather Weber

HT Maths


ABS Australian Economics and Business Studies Competition


The following students were awarded High Distinctions for their outstanding performance in the Australian Economics and Business Studies Competition.


Economics Senior Division – Donna Zhuang

Economics Junior Division – William Luu, Jessica Bulluss, Simon Hua, William Chen

Business Studies Competition – Winston Gu, Qing Ze (Joel) Huang


All these students have been invited to attend an Awards Ceremony at the University of NSW where they will receive certificates and cash prizes. Particularly noteworthy is the achievement of Winston and Joel who had only completed 1 ½ years of Commerce and yet were competing against Year 11 Business Studies students.


Mr Federico