This week we held our first “High Achiever’s Assembly” to celebrate the wonderful success of our 2013 HSC cohort.
Congratulations once again to our 2013 duxes:
J C Hoskin Prize for Dux 2013 awarded to both Michael Hong
and David Hu
Andrew & Dominique Donald Prize for Dux 2013 Sumedh Jayanti
Gladys Macdonald Memorial Prize for Chemistry 2013 Sumedh Jayanti
AJ Gilmour Prize for Physics 2013 Sumedh Jayanti
Andrew & Dominique Donald Prize for Dux 2013 Niroshan Jeyakumar
James Ruse Prize for Advanced English 2013 Niroshan Jeyakumar
G A Mathews Prize for Dux 2013 Steven Luu
Dudley Macdonald Memorial Prize for Dux 2013 Gary Xu
We also congratulate the many fabulous students who achieved First Place in their cohort at JRAHS:
Charles Mullavey Memorial Prize for Agriculture 2013 Dana Song
FK Clatworthy Prize for Mathematics 2013 - Extension 1 & 2 Jonathan Zheng
Ross Prize for English – Extension 1 & 2 - 2013 Weng Lun
B Steen Prize for Biology 2013 Sing Young Chen
Malcolm Scanes Prize for Economics 2013 Angela Jiang
JA Reid Prize for Modern History 2013 Rachel Wang
Monique & Simone Cheung for Music 2 Keith Yang
& Music Extension 2 2013
UNSW Prize for Software Design & Development 2012 Raymond Wu
James Ruse Prize for PDHPE 2013 Rosalie Chen
James Ruse Prize for Ancient History 2013 Natalie Li
James Ruse Prize for History Extension 2013 Natalie Li
James Ruse Prize for Visual Arts 2013 Elaine Dong
James Ruse Prize for Advanced English 2013 Elaine Dong
James Ruse Prize for Japanese Continuers 2013 Linda Chen
James Ruse Prize for Japanese Extension 2013 Linda Chen
James Ruse Prize for Japanese Extension 2013 Naushin Khan
James Ruse Prize for French Continuers 2013 Ceci Yu
James Ruse Prize for Information Processes & Technology 2013 Raymond Han
It was wonderful so see so many of our 2013 students back at school, excited about starting university in the coming weeks and so appreciative of their wonderful teachers and friends who were so important on their journey.
We welcomed Rohan Campbell (class of 2009) back as our guest speaker. He is in his penultimate year of Law at the University of Sydney. In 2012, he completed an International and Global Studies degree, topping his year in Government and International Relations. In 2013, he received First Class Honours for a dissertation on Democratisation in Burma.
Rohan has been heavily involved in debating throughout his life. After representing at a regional and state level in high school, he went on to represent his university at the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships. He then transitioned into Model United Nations. Most recently, he has served as Vice-President of the Sydney University United Nations Society, chaired the International Court of Justice at the Asia-Pacific Model United Nations Conference, and represented Australia at the annual International Model United Nations Security Council Conference, held in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Rohan also volunteers with Wesley Mission and the Returned Services League of Australia. So far, he has travelled to three continents (other than Australia), and is trying to get to Antarctica soon. He also acts as a facilitator and moderator for the University of Sydney Union, and has written articles for Honi Soit and The Typewriter. He’s currently trying to learn Spanish and the ukulele.
As well as Rohan, his older brother also attended Ruse and it was wonderful to hear his inspirational speech on this special occasion.
James Ruse Swimming Carnival
Another fabulous day was had at Parramatta Pool on Monday. We have so many talented swimmers and many records were broken. The level of participation was impressive with so many students swimming for their House. My highlight was a conversation with a Year 12 girl as she ran to start her relay – she was looking so happy and said “This might be the last time I swim in a race – I am going to enjoy it.” Thank you to the many teachers who ensured the smooth running of the carnival and particularly to Peter Low, our Sports Organiser, Kaarin McKenzie, Jason Driscoll, James Kennedy, Kate Boatswain and Natalie Novotni, our PDHPE team.
Congratulations to Sarah Tan (11) who has had a successful start to 2014 in her field of Table Tennis. From 22 to 26 January, Sarah competed in two international tournaments in Vila Nova de Gaia in Portugal: the 2013 ITTF Youth Olympic Games Qualification Finals and 2013 world Junior Circuit Finals. Sarah was the only girl representing Oceania in both events. She competed with the top 15 junior players in the world; all were much higher ranked in the world ranking. In the first event, Sarah just missed out on the top 4 and finished 12th out of 16 participants in the second event.
Tomorrow Sarah will participate in the Australia Commonwealth Games Qualification Tournaments to be held on the Gold Coast. Sarah will be the only Junior Player to compete with the other 7 Senior National Squad members for 3 spots in the Australian Commonwealth Games Women’s Table Tennis Team.
From 28 February to 2 March, Sarah will participate in the Australian 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Qualification Tournament to be held in Melbourne. Sarah will compete for one of the two spots to represent Australia in Oceania’s 2014 Nanjing YOG Qualification Final to be held in Cook Islands this May. We wish her all the best in her competitions.
The Order of Australia Association New South Wales Branch has invited schools to recognise their outstanding young Australians. The John Lincoln Youth Community Service Awards recognises outstanding service rendered to the community by secondary school students. Three of our Year 12 students last year received this award – Madeline La, Fiona Ma and Thanya Sritharan. I will email our Year 12 students more information and students that meet the criteria should speak to either myself or Ms St Louis. Applications are due before Friday 14 March.
Olympiad training classes –Science Olympiad training for students in Years 10 and 11 began this week. Informatics training begins next Monday 24th February in T2.2 at 3.15pm (all years). Knockout sports, extracurricular clubs and other enrichment classes are advertised in the Daily Notices each day. Students and parents can subscribe via the James Ruse Intranet Portal to receive updates and links to each daysheet and newsletter.
Monday 24th February Year 7-10 SRC Elections
Tuesday 25th February Period 2 – Year 10 and 11 Year Meetings
Period 6 – Year 7, 8 and 9 Year Meetings
Year 12 Information Night 6.30pm
Wednesday 26th February 12.15pm Year 12 Meeting
Tuesday 4th March Zone Swimming
Wednesday 5th March Zone Swimming
Thursday 6th March 5pm: Year 7 BBQ and Information Afternoon /Evening
Friday 7th March International Women’s Day
French Australian Informatics Olympiad
Thursday 27th March School Cross Country
Monday 7th April School Athletics Carnival
Tuesday 8th April ANZAC Day Assembly
Thursday 10th April Year 12 Parent Teacher Night 3pm-5pm
Wishing everyone a fabulous week ahead
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