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Principal's Newsletter, Week 3, Term 3, 2016

posted Aug 9, 2016, 3:38 AM by Unknown user

Congratulations to Simon Yang of Year 12 who has earned a Bronze Medal at the International Olympiad in Chemistry. Simon has been competing in Georgia with his Australian teammates who also achieved Bronze medals.

On Monday we held the launch of our “Animals Alive” exhibition of sculptures. It was a wonderful example of how three schools can work so well together to produce a fabulous event. Launching on our beautiful farm, the trail of sculptures weaved through Carlingford West and to Cumberland High School. Students, parents and very proud teachers walked along the trail amazed at the talent and creativity of our students.

Thank you to Ms Novotni, Ms Jenns and Ms Belevski for hosting our Year 10 Information evening to share the exciting news of our Year 10 program for 2016. The first ever Year 10 James Ruse Agricultural High School Urban Challenge will run from Monday 14th to Wednesday 16th November. The 3 day programme filled with fun and adventure, will see students involved in an unfolding journey taking them around the Sydney CBD and surrounding suburbs. They will organise their own food, travel and selves as they navigate and negotiate their way across the city. This challenge will also provide teachers with an insight into students’ leadership potential and their suitability for Peer Support Leader roles. This exciting adventure will develop the social and civic responsibilities of our students, giving them confidence and opportunities to explore new environments.

Thank you to Ms Kong for organising our Nyholm Lecture to students last week. Dr. Michela Simone was very impressed by the curiosity and questions of our students. Thank you also to Mr Kowalski and Mr Gengiah for training and supervising our students for round 1 of the Science and Engineering Challenge which was held yesterday. It was fabulous to hear that not only did we win the first round but our fantastic bridge defeated the bridge buster.

Congratulations to our fabulous Athletics competitors who competed last week at the Regional Athletics Carnival. Our 16 year old male and female relay teams have both won their finals and will now compete at State level – truly an amazing achievement.

During the week I attended a fabulous conference featuring highly recognised educational researchers John Hattie and Alma Harris. The conference focused on the importance of collaboration at all levels and between all stakeholders. Teachers collaborating with each other, with students, with families to achieve the “big hard goal” was showcased in successful case studies from around the globe. Our goal is to educate the whole child, to ensure our students reach their potential in all domains – academic, social, emotional, physical – and become happy, healthy lifelong learners and citizens. I loved the image below that depicted the goal of a particular school in Canada. It is so important that we remember that we must strive to educate the “whole child” in all that we do; succeeding in exams is only a small part of true success. Programs like our new Year 10 Urban Challenge and fabulous extra-curricular opportunities all support our rich curriculum to assist students develop the 21st century skills so essential for fulfilment.

Have a wonderful week

Megan Connors