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Principal's Newsletter, Week 3, Term 3, 2017

posted Aug 4, 2017, 3:51 AM by Ms. Connors

On Monday to celebrate Education Week, we held our celebration of our Year 8 Literacy Writing project. This project involved working with Dr Bernard Cohen (author), Cumberland High School and Carlingford West Public School. Dr Geoff Lee, MP, presented our finalists with their certificates. Our Year 8 students formed part of the audience to listen to the stories and poems of the finalists. The level of writing across all three schools was impressive and captured the essence of their observation walk in the Hunt’s Creek Reserve. Thank you to our MCs of the event, Colin Cui and Emilie Wu of Year 10. Our finalists were: Mahica Jain, Adrian Lai, Sarah Phae, Natalie Le, Linda Wang and Afra Kamal.

I have attached our finalists’ pieces later in the newsletter.

Here is also the link to Parramatta Sun Ginko article

http://www.parramattasun.com.au/story/4827365/no-walk-in-the-park/

This week our Year 10 Preliminary PDHPE participated in our annual Ski Trip. This wonderful opportunity allows students to enjoy a new form of outdoor education. Many of our students have seen snow for the first time. Thank you to Mr Peter Low, Mr Ian Goggin, Ms Chelsey Killey and Ms Monique Bobanovic for organising and supervising this excursion.

Ninety students sat the Chemistry Olympiad Qualifying examination this week, others will also attempt the Earth and Environmental NQE, Biology NQE and Physics NQE. Thank you to our teachers, Mr Mansour Khoury and Mr Daniel Hutchinson and also our Year 12 tutors for preparing our students for these exams.

Today our students participated in the collection of funds for Jeans for Genes day. Every dollar collected helps scientists at the Children’s Medical Research Institute discover treatments and cures, to give every child the opportunity to live a long and healthy life.

Congratulations to all our students who performed so well at the Regional Athletics Carnival. Our Under 15s Boys’ relay team did particularly well, achieving second place and are now competing in the state final.

Coming Events

Week 4A

Monday August 7th                  HSC TRIAL exams continue

                                                Year 10 Geography Excursion

                                                NQE Biology Olympiad Exam

Tuesday August 8th                 Science and Engineering Challenge (Year 10)

Wednesday August 9th            NQE Physics Olympiad Exam

Friday August 11th                   Ideas Forum

                                                Science and Engineering Challenge (Year 10)

Saturday and Sunday 12th and 13th      Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Hike

Week 5B

Monday August 14th                 Korean Food Day

Tuesday August 15th                Whole School Assembly P3

                                                Year 9,10,11 Music Samba Workshop

Wednesday August 16th           Year 10 Bathurst Agriculture Excursion

                                                Year 8 and 9 Slam Poetry

Thursday August 17th              Year 10 Bathurst Agriculture Excursion

Friday August 18th                   Year 10 Bathurst Agriculture Excursion

Have a wonderful week

Megan Connors

Principal

From the Farm

“Calling to all JRAHS families. If you have any egg cartons at home, could you please have students bring them in to the 

Agriculture staffroom so they can be refilled with fresh JRAHS eggs. These eggs can then be purchased from the canteen at $4/carton."

It’s that time of year again, 5 months after Valentine’s Day and the lambs are appearing. We had three single births over the past 2 weeks and today, our first pair of twins were born. Our ewes are all first time mothers and so far they are doing a very good job of caring for their offspring.

With the farm so dry and having to supplementary feed our animals on JRAHS farm, it is hard to remember that at the end of March we were being inundated with water when these cattle decided to investigate the netball courts

Year 8 relearning to prune peach trees and attacked this one with gusto. Not a bad job in the end and just as the first blossoms emerge to mark the beginning of spring. The peach orchard should be as ‘pretty as a picture’ in a few weeks during blossom time.

Those beautiful flocks of Sulphur Crested Cockatoos we see around the school that destroyed our Sunflowers and Sweet corn crop last year, decided to have a go at our orange orchard this year and significantly reduced our harvest. Being between seasonal crops at the moment, it seems these lovely native species had become bored so attacked the insulating covering of our native Tetrogonular stingless beehive!!



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