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Principal's Newsletter, Week 4, Term 2, 2014

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Principal’s Report


It has been a very busy week at James Ruse. The week began with the Quad Schools Tournament. Girraween, Penrith and Baulkham Hills competed against James Ruse in soccer, touch football, basketball and volleyball. There were 6 games in each sport and a mix of students from various years. Thanks must go to Swathi Sridharan from year 12 who organised the event and liaised with many prefects form the other three schools. Also we must thank the many staff who coached and acted as referees. Thanks to Mr Driscoll, Mr Ng, Mr Grant, Mr Kennedy, Mr Gerlach and Ms McKenzie. The weather was glorious and the students all performed with commitment and energy.


Final rehearsals are under way for The Gipsy Baron. Please remember to buy your tickets. The performances will be on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night next week, starting promptly at 7 pm. It is an exciting part of the school year and I know many ex–students come back to enjoy the singing, dancing and wonderful talent of our students. Also it is a time where the musicians shine as they accompany the talented singers.


James Ruse continues to excel in debating. I was able to see the talented year 12 team debate against Girraween this Tuesday. Congratulations must go to Dev Kuhasri, Sai Muralidaran, Karen Zheng and Richard Tong for winning the regional semi-final.  Next Friday the team will debate the winners of the other semi –final in the regional final. I wish them the best of luck and thank Ms Brooks for her support and commitment as their coach.


On Friday 16th May twelve Ruse Year 7 students competed in the Western Sydney Debating Gala Day at Glenwood High School. The students competed in teams of three, with each team participating on one debate. The James Ruse teams won 3 out of their 4 debates, making them the first placed school in the competition. This was particularly impressive as the competition was for year 7 and 8, so many of the other schools fielded year 8 teams. The students are to be commended for their efforts, particularly as they all came in to school early for training for many days prior to the event. The students involved were Rehan Gunawardhana, Chelsy Teng, Emilie Wu, Colin Cui, Charlie Yang, Abha Gourshettiwar, Calla Lee, Flora Lee, Teena Zhang, Thurgga Thamilarasan, Edwin Xu and Miranda Xie. Ruse now moves on to the second round of the event, where we will debate Greystanes High next week.


Year 8 debaters competed in the Women’s Debating Day on Friday at University of Sydney. The students are Janet Shin, Julia Tran, Shalini Vijeyakumar and Reihana Tsao.

On Wednesday four year 11 girls attended the Future Female Forum. This is a joint venture with the University of Western Sydney, Deloitte and Geoff Lee, MP for Parramatta. The girls will attend 3 leadership Forums over 12 months. The forum will allow young women to discuss roles in leadership within business, media, politics and government. The girls are Winnie Chen, Winnie Wang, Elaine Yan and Jessica Bulluss. They are pictured here with Pru Goward, NSW Minister for Women.

Andre Lo, from year 10, was awarded Highly Commended in this year’s Harmony Day Poster Competition. He will receive his award at the NSW Parliament on Tuesday 17th June.


On Thursday and Friday presenters from the University of Sydney came to speak to year 12 on topics such as why University of Sydney?, study areas, student life and scholarships. Next Tuesday there will be a presentation from the University of Melbourne.


Year 7 and year 9 are completing their half yearly exams. In between exams, students have also managed to finish the Big Science Competition and the ICAS Computer Competition.


Week 5

Monday 26th May         Period 3 Whole School Assembly

                                    Year 11 Visual Arts Biennale

Tuesday 27th May       Musical Dress Rehearsal

                                    Da Vinci Decathlon – Year 7 and 8

Wednesday 28th May    Da Vinci Decathlon – Year 11

Thursday 29th May       School Musical 7pm

                                    P1-3 Year 9 High Resolves Workshop

Friday 30th May           School Musical 7pm

                                    Year 9 and 10 students Engineering Challenge Team

Saturday 31st May        School Musical 7pm


Annetta St Louis

Relieving Principal