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Principal's Newsletter, Week 4, Term 2, 2015

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This week three wonderful cadet officers received badges for their years of service to the cadet unit. Lieutenant Colonel David Major presented Paul Byleveld (15 years), Bruce McFadyen (25 years) and Alan Best (35 years) with their badges.


Robotics Sponsorship

We were very fortunate to receive sponsorship from a number of institutions and families. I would like to recognise all our sponsors in this newsletter.


Platinum Sponsorship

Silver Sponsorship

UNSW Engineering

Zhang Family (Tony)

Gold Sponsorship

Chen Family (Hantien)

University of Sydney

Hariharan Family (Anagha)

Toyota Financial Services

Zhang Family (Bright)

Ronald Lovitt ( Ex-student)

Li Family (Christine)

Lo Family ( Andre and Charmaine)

Cai Family (Vicki)

Selvadurai Family ( Yoshua and Daniel)


Rewell Family (Nicholas)


Hurstville City Council


 Congratulations to Joshua Lin of Year 12 who recently attended the Asia Pacific Physics Olympiad in China. Josh not only won a Silver medal but achieved the top Australian score. Josh will now represent Australia in the International Physics Olympiad in July.


Congratulations also to Ishraq Huda of Year 12 who competed in the Asia Pacific Informatics Olympiad in Sydney and achieved a Gold medal.


National Volunteering Week

This week is National Volunteer’s Week and I wanted to share some of the many activities our students, staff, parents and ex-students are involved in. Over the last year the James Ruse community has supplied numerous volunteers such as:


Students:                                                              Staff:

Red Shield Appeal                                                     Sports Coaching

Parra Amble                                                                                         Wrapped with Love

Spark Program (working with                                                                Tutoring disadvantaged youth

refugee children)                                                                                 Guide leaders

After school care                                                                                 Referees                                             

Playing music in retirement villages

Sports coaching

Vinnies Food Van

Vinnies Buddy Program

Salvation Army Youth Ambassador

Charity shops

Wesley Mission Carlingford

St John’s Ambulance Cadets

Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences

Library Volunteer


Thank you also to the parents and ex-students that volunteer to make our school a better place -  book covering, uniform shop, musical, driving students, food fairs, fundraising, committee members, Mothers Club and the CoJR.

 Congratulations to our wonderful students who competed in the zone cross country carnival. We are again the proud winners of this great event. School spirit oozed from this team of students and it was the enthusiastic participation of all year groups that ensured our success. Thank you to our fantastic teachers who train and supervise these students.

It was fabulous to receive the following certificate this week from World Vision stating that over the last 10 years we have donated $90000 to World Vision. 

Tickets are now on sale for the 2015 Musical. This year we are using an online booking system - Try Booking. Click on the link below






Coming Events:

Week 5A              Year 7 and 9 Exams

Monday 18th                 Table Tennis Gala Day

Tuesday 19th                 ICAS Computing – Year 7 and 8; SDD and IPT students

Wednesday 20th           Big Science Competition

Thursday 21st               Year 11 Field of Mars biology excursion


Week 6A

Monday 25th                 Athletics Carnival

May 26th                      Musical Rehearsal

                                    Da Vinci Decathlon

                                    Year 8 Debate

May 27th                      Whole School Assembly

May 28th                      Mothers Club Meeting

                                    Musical Opening Night 6.30pm

May 29th                      Science and Engineering Challenge

                                    Year 11 and 12 Theatre excursion

                                    Musical 6.30pm

May 30th                      Musical 7.00pm


Have a wonderful week

Megan Connors


Maths News

Congratulations to Yang Song who recently attended the prize ceremony at Sydney University where he was named as the Carslaw Scholar for 2015. This Scholar is a year 11 student who achieved a medal in the International Mathematics Olympiad.

Year 7 to 9 have started enrichment this term all students once a week are involved in some type of enrichment ranging from geogebra, spreadsheets, problem solving, project based learning as well as the traditional enrichment groups of Euler ,Gauss and Noether. Students, except those doing the traditional enrichment will rotate through each topic over term 2 and 3.

Unfortunately Ms Briggs had an accident and damaged her leg which has meant her absence for part of this term. We welcome Ms Zhang to the maths staff to fill in while she is away. She has been doing an excellent job teaching all levels but particularly taking on the teaching of the Extension 2 year 12. Hopefully Ms Briggs will be able to return soon.

All Year 7 will be participating in the Australasian Problem Solving Mathematics Olympiad (APSMO) starting next Wednesday. This year we also entered the year 8 Gauss class as a team. The competition consists of completing 5 questions once a month over 5 months.

Heather Weber

Head Teacher Mathematics

ANZAC Display

As part of our commemoration of the 100 years since the Landing at Gallipoli, the Library has held a display highlighting the involvement of the school community in past conflicts. A number of staff shared their relative’s stories and generously donated artefacts for display. Mr Blades brought in shell cases, occupation money and trench art from both World Wars and the stories of his family. Mr Stanley shared his father’s medals and patches as well as the amazing story of his mother’s wedding dress made from a WWII parachute.  Mrs Threlfo shared pictures and documents of her father in World War II and her uncle who was in the French Resistance, then Naval Intelligence at Bletchley Park.  Both Mrs Rubie and Mrs Longmuir talked about their grandfathers experiences in WWII. While most of our stories where from survivors, Mrs Longmuir shared the story of her great uncle who was killed at Passchendaele in WWI just before his 20th birthday.  A big thank you to everyone who helped with the display, especially Mrs Ryan for bringing in our life sized soldier in her father-in-law’s original uniform and Mrs Russell for her father-in-law’s medals.

 As well as the display, the Knitwit group lead by Mrs Gorman helped to knit poppies which were made into a wreath and banner for our Anzac Day Ceremony. Thankyou to Mrs Gorman and Ms Connors' mother who with Mrs Bowen knitted over 150 poppies. 

Year 7 Critical and Creative Thinking

During Week 6 & 7, all Year 7 students will be involved in a Critical and Creative Thinking program in the Library. The first stages of the lessons are aimed at making students more aware of how to be critical users of information. The skills addressed include defining, questioning and evaluating as well as the National Curriculum’s general capabilities of critical and creative thinking and Information and communication technology.

Once students have completed 4 lessons on critical evaluation of sources and research skills they will move onto creative presentation. They will have an introductory lesson on creativity and then they will work at their own pace to complete a creative journal which will need to be completed ready for submission at the beginning of Term 3. The final component of the program will be an afternoon “construction session” in Term 3 where students will work in groups of 5 on a small project.

Library News

Premier’s Reading Challenge

Students are reminded that the Premier’s Reading Challenge has begun. You can register by logging on to the website and following the prompts. You have until August to complete your reading; (see posters in the Library)

Overdue Books

Students are reminded to return overdue books as soon as possible, a number of students still have outstanding books from last year and if not returned in the next two weeks will be invoiced for the replacement of the books.

Senior Reading

Students in Year 11 and 12 are reminded that there are short stories and podcasts on the Intranet Library site which support their English texts. Students should check their emails regularly as links to useful websites are often sent.

J. Bowen