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Principal's Newsletter, Week 3, Term 4, 2014

posted Nov 13, 2014, 1:46 AM by Ms. Connors

Daniel Selvadurai of year 8 spoke eloquently on his chosen topic “Digital Dreaming” for the prepared five minute speech at the NSW finals of the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award held at the Art Gallery of NSW. He followed up with a convincing argument for the two minute impromptu speech on the topic “Up in Flames”. Impressing the judges with his manner, matter and method, Daniel competed against seven other students. The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award encourages the speaker’s use of language to convey a message or a point of view to the audience. They are judged on choice of words, intonation, articulation, pace and pausing. The competition is organised by the Arts Unit, within the NSW Department of Education and Communities. Ms Brooks, Mr McFayden and I attended the event with two Year 10 classes and were so proud of Daniel’s fabulous effort.

 

This week we also had the honour of discovering that 17 students have been invited to the Science Summer Schools to be held in January 2015. The wonderful ASOE results were complimented by these fabulous invitations. Congratulations to the following students:

 

Discipline

Given Name

Family Name

Discipline

Given Name

Family Name

Biology

Andre

Lo

Earth Sciences

Yutong

Ji

Biology

Maxwell

Ding

Earth Sciences

Ricky

Chung

Biology

Lilian

Wan

Earth Sciences

Skye

Hengpoonthana

Chemistry

Zane

Zhang

Earth Sciences

Andy

Wang

Chemistry

Stephanie

Wu

Earth Sciences

Jade

Pham

Physics

Joshua

Lin

Earth Sciences

Daniel

Ho

Physics

Ashvin

Ragavan

 

Physics

Patrick

Song

Physics

Simon

Yang

Chemistry

Tally

Zhuo

Earth Sciences

Eddy

Dong

Of course attending all Olympiad level and also elite sporting courses / events can be very expensive. We have suggested to students that they seek out sponsorships to assist families make these payments. Local clubs, service clubs, banks, newspapers, scientific organisations may be able to assist. Scholarships can also be sought from the organisers of the event. At a school level we have had to refine our policy to share our very limited funds. Funds we share with Olympiad students in need are derived from the charge we place on Year 12 students who apply for overseas applications. In future we will need to ask families who need financial assistance to provide evidence such as Centrelink or health care cards.

 

On Monday night I had the honour of attending Parramatta Rotary’s “Pride of Workmanship” awards. Parramatta Rotary had nominated Bruce McFadyen to receive this award in recognition of his wonderful service to students and particularly his commitment to public speaking. In essence the Pride of Workmanship theme “Do it Once – Do it Well” has been adopted and the principle taken up by companies or schools whereby they can nominate employees worthy of recognition by the wider community.

 

The Harmony Day Committee has requested that Andre Lo’s (10) winning artwork be included in the DEC World’s Biggest Classroom exhibitions being installed next week. It will be featured for the month of November at Parramatta Station. Congratulations Andre. I will display Andre’s beautiful poster in this newsletter.

 

On Tuesday night we held the Annual General Meeting of the CoJR. Congratulations to the newly elected Executive including Para Parameshwaran who has returned for another year as President. To the great joy of our English, Maths, Science and HSIE faculties and students, the CoJR has generously donated $27000 to help provide textbooks to students in year 7-10 in a range of subjects. The texts and e-books will be purchased over the next weeks and will be available next term for use in teaching and learning the new curriculum.

 

At the CoJR meeting I also reported to parents that a decision has been made to remove all ranks from the reports of Year 7 students in 2015. Our research into promoting positive student wellbeing supports the importance of this decision.

 

Invoices / statements of outstanding amounts will be sent to families next week. We would appreciate payment as soon as possible.

 

Year 8 and 9 begin their exams next week. Please encourage all students to revise with study notes and complete practice questions. However it is very important that they are still in bed early.

 

We wish Year 10 Science and Engineering students a fabulous trip to Adelaide and wish them well in the national competition.

 

and Morning Tea

 

Have a wonderful week

 

Megan Connors

Principal

 

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