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Principal's Newsletter, week 4, term 1, 2015

posted Mar 2, 2015, 12:24 AM by Unknown user

Principal’s Report


The Swimming Carnival was a wonderful success on Monday. Thank you to Mr Low for his fabulous organisation of another large event. Thank you to our talented swimmers – many will now be off to zone.


Last Saturday our Cadet Unit completed their first bivouac for 2015, hiking from Cowan to Brooklyn. Thank you to Mr McFadyen, Mrs Billing, Mrs McKenzie and Mr Pakes for supervising this walk.


On Tuesday we held our High Achiever’s assembly to recognise the wonderful successes of our 2014 cohort. It was lovely to welcome them back, looking so refreshed from lovely holidays. It was also fabulous to welcome two guest speakers who gave fabulous speeches. Sean and Rashi were both students of the class of 2007.


Sean Lau studied Arts and Law at the University of New South Wales, and graduated first in philosophy and law. He has worked as a lawyer assisting Justice Virginia Bell at the High Court of Australia, and at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. He is currently a solicitor at the NSW Crown Solicitor's Office. He was recently selected as the NSW Rhodes Scholar for 2015.


Rashi Minocha completed her medical degree from Newcastle University and has worked for 2 years as a doctor at Westmead hospital. She is now a Dermatology research fellow at Royal Prince Alfred hospital.


On Thursday Mother’s Club hosted their first meeting for Term 1. Guest speakers Brook Cao and Michael Sun spoke of their experiences of completing the HSC and gave advice on how to ensure students have a successful and happy HSC year.


Plans for both the Science Labs and Gymnasium are moving forward (albeit very slowly). We expect the science lab design to go to tender over the next 4 weeks. Invoices to all families will be issued over the next 2 weeks and any contribution to the Building Fund will assist us in meeting our commitment to the refurbishment of three new science laboratories.


The James Ruse Interact Club is holding their Exodus Foundation Food and Necessities Drive. Students are encouraged to donate non-perishable food and necessary items like toothpaste and soap to support the homeless people of Sydney. Donations can be made at the Flag Pole each morning.


The SRC held their first planning meeting for 2015 and elected their new executive. Year 7 will be given the chance to vote for representatives over the next two weeks.


SPONSORSHIP NEEDED – To campaign at an international level the JRAHS Robotics team need sponsorship.  THANKYOU to the donors who have already supported this fabulous cause. If you are writing a cheque to assist us - please address the cheque to:

                                        JR Robotics     

If you would like to direct deposit into the JR Robotics Club Westpac Bank Account please do so at

BSB 032282                   Account: 318514



Many small donations would make a huge difference in our campaign eg our ability to transport the robot whole in a container rather than rebuilding it on arrival in the USA.


Please also email Mrs Pooviah or myself if you make a donation so that we can keep accurate records of all that help us. or


As I write this our teams are competing fiercely for the Quad Schools Cup. It has been impressive watching students and their coaches train and prepare themselves every morning. Thank you to Mr Gengiah, Mr Low, Mrs McKenzie, Ms Russell, Mr Ng, Mr Grant and Mr Gerlach. We all wish them a great day.

Coming Events         The calendar can be found on the JRAHS intranet



Week 5A

Monday 23rd February              Year 12 Information Night 6.30pm

Tuesday 24th February             Zone Swimming Carnival

Wednesday 25th February        Zone Swimming Carnival

Thursday 26th February           ASPIRE Day – Year 7 


Week 6B

Tuesday 3rd March                   Year 10 Geography Excursion

Thursday 5th March                 Bandaged Bear Day

                                                Year 7 Information Evening 3.00-7.30pm

Have a wonderful week.

Megan Connors