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Principal's Newsletter, Week 4, Term 3, 2015

posted Aug 16, 2015, 1:38 AM by Unknown user

Zane Zhang of year 12 (pictured to the left) has just returned from the International Chemistry Olympiad held this year in Baku, Azerbaijan. All members of the Australian team achieved a Bronze medal this year. Well done Zane.

Congratulations Upeka Nanayakkara, Stephanie Wu and Abina Vishni Ravindran of Year 12 who have been chosen as three of the winners of the 2015 John Lincoln Youth Community Service Awards. This award recognises Upeka, Stephanie and Vishni’s sustained community service over many years.

Congratulations to Daniel Selvadurai (9) who won the Zone Legacy Public Speaking competition run by the NSW Department of Education. 

Congratulations to Spencer Hu, Myurie Wijayakumar, Edward Jiang and Eva Sinha of Year 11 who competed in and won the Metro Debating Cup last Friday. This is the 3rd year in a row JRAHS have won this regional cup.

Congratulations to our Australian Informatics Team who scored a Gold, a Silver and two Bronze medals at the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI), which finished in Kazakhstan on 1 August.


Three-time Olympian, Ishraq Huda of year 12, performed brilliantly and came fifth in the world. This followed his perfect score and equal first place last year. Fellow multi-selected Olympian, Michael Chen, brought home his third Silver. Newcomers ninth-grader Jerry Mao from Melbourne and 11th grader Declan McDonnell from Sydney both earned Bronze medals. A fantastic effort! Well done Ishraq.

 Each student had to program solutions to three problems on each of two days: two 5-hour sessions. A live scoreboard recorded individual progress and was able to be viewed across the world. Some 322 students from 83 countries competed to write the perfect solutions.

Our Students (pictured above) enjoying time together on the weekend at the RICE Rally. A number of students performed at the event.


Today I read a newspaper article that criticized a Principal of one of our fellow selective high schools for putting student wellbeing as a top priority for a child’s education. Our School Plan and priorities also emphasises the need to educate the whole child and work towards nurturing the gifts of our students into talents. Student wellbeing has to be a priority of all of us. We aim to implement our wellbeing and leadership curriculum to ensure the positive education of all students. Working together we need to ensure our children become resilient, happy and successful. Many Selective High Schools, including us, follow the principles of positive psychology. I was very disappointed that this newspaper article implied that “anxiety” is a necessary part of success.


At our next Community of James Ruse Meeting we will host Dr Carmel Harrington. Last year Dr Harrington spoke to our staff on the importance of sleep and the sleep trends of adolescents. We found her lecture extremely valuable and felt it is very important for parents to hear. The next CoJR meeting will be held on Tuesday 25th August at 6.30pm.

Dr Carmel Harrington has been working in the world of sleep for nearly 20 years. A former lawyer and educator she has a PHD in Sleep Medicine from Sydney University and consults with companies and educational institutions both here and overseas on sleep health.

An internationally recognised sleep expert, Dr Harrington is amazed at the seemingly little importance given to sleep. Research shows that sleep is critical to our physical and mental health and is fundamental to our ability to think and learn. Emerging research clearly shows that sleeping well is a key component to optimal performance and health and if we want to be at the top of our game we need to ensure we get the best sleep possible.


Dr Harrington is the Managing Director of Sleep for Health and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Children's Hospital Westmead. She is a founding member of the Sleep Health Foundation and a member of the Australasian Sleep Association. She has written two books "The Sleep Diet" (MacMillan Press 2012) and "The complete guide to a good night's sleep" (MacMillan Press 2014). More information can be found at .

The University of Sydney has kindly offered to join us in offering a leadership award to two Year 12 students. All students of year 12 have been emailed details. The applications are due immediately after their trial examinations and must be given to Mr Jason Driscoll, Careers Advisor.

The Public Education Foundation has just opened its major round of 2016 scholarships for students in public schools. The scholarships focus on providing targeted support to students who display high potential but who could benefit from assistance and support as they progress in their education.


Applications for the scholarships listed below close Monday 12 October 2015

For more information please visit .


Our Year 10 Preliminary PDHPE class have returned from their three day excursion to the snow – having a fabulous time skiing and snowboarding. The students all behaved impeccably at all times and were a credit to our school and their parents. We offer our huge thanks to Ms Novotni, Mr Low and Ms Palmer for organising and supervising the excursion


Week 5A                      HSC Trials continue

Monday August 10th                  ASOE Biology

                                                Year 9 Police talk

Tuesday August 11th                 Year 11 Economics assessments in class

Wednesday August 12th            ASOE Physics

Thursday August 13th               9T High Resolves Project

Friday August 14th                    Year 9 High Resolves Working Session


Week 6B                       3-on-3 Soccer all week

Tuesday August 18th                 Year 7 Meeting Period 2

                                                Year 10 Study Skills

Wednesday August 19th            Year 10 Agriculture Excursion

Thursday August 20th   Mother’s Club AGM


Have a wonderful week.

Megan Connors


Maths Faculty News


August sees Maths as the faculty of the month. We started off with all the school, including some year 12 who took time out of their trials, completing the Australian Mathematics Competition.


Next week and for the rest of the month there will be a display in the library of student work; the games they have made and the dream houses they have designed. My thanks to Ms Samy-Pullay who has worked with the students on these projects as part of our enrichment program.


The UNSW mathematics competition results have arrived and are listed below:

Senior Division

2nd Place: Yang Song ($200)

3rd place: Kevin Xian ($150)

High Distinction: Jack Jiang ($100):

Distinction: Hanchi Zhang, Kevin Ly, Samuel Lin, Simon Yang ($50):

We also received 11 credit certificates

Junior Division

2nd place:  Linus Cooper

Equal 3rd place: Ricky Huang and Bobby Dey

High Distinctions: Bill Hu, Adrian Law, Katrina Shen, Raymond Li, Kelly Zhang

Distinctions: Yuyu Ma, Jason Yang, Daniel Choi, Samuel Lam, Dennis Zhao.

We also received 13 credit certificates

All these students will receive a letter inviting them to the presentation of prizes to be held on Friday 11th September at UNSW.

Some mathematical questions to think about

This was one of the questions that appeared on both the junior and senior UNSW exam

1. Find a five digit number which equals to 45 times the product of its digits.

This appeared on the intermediate AMC

2. At Berracan station, northbound trains arrive every three minutes starting at noon and finishing at midnight while southbound trains arrive every five minutes starting at noon and finishing at midnight. Each day, I walk to Berracan Station at a random time in the afternoon and wait for the first train in either direction. On average, how many seconds should I expect to wait.

Heather Weber

HT Mathematics