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Principal's Newsletter Week 4, Term 1, 2014

posted Feb 24, 2014, 12:25 AM by Unknown user

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       

                                                                            Kelly Wu      

James Ruse Prize for Information Processes & Technology 2013          Raymond Han

                                                                            Edwin Chiu

James Ruse Prize for Advanced Mathematics 2013                     Radman Zhang

James Ruse Prize for Drama 2013                                      Robyn Lu 



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.


Coming Events:

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

Thursday 27th February           Mothers’ Club Meeting 9.45 am

                                                Guest Speakers: Sing Young Chen and Niroshan Jeyakumar                                                                              (2013 High Achievers)

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

Megan Connors