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

posted Nov 1, 2015, 1:14 AM by Unknown user

Congratulations to the following 5 students who have been invited to attend the Australian Informatics School of Excellence. They will attend the school in Canberra in December. Congratulations to Winston Gu (11), Hayes Choy (9), Adam Leung (9), Kevin Zhu (10 and Steven Liu (10).


On November 10th we are holding a very special event to honour our ex-students who are also veterans having served overseas. We would like to invite all veterans and their families and friends to join us in the unveiling of our honour board at 9.45 am on Tuesday 10th November. As part of the Centenary of ANZAC, we have undertaken to begin the search for James Ruse former students who have seen active service overseas. We are at the early stages as this is largely a word of mouth search and encourage former students to contact us if they are veterans.


On Tuesday at 9.45am we will hold the unveiling ceremony, a parade by our cadet unit and a morning tea. We are endeavouring to contact our veterans directly but have very few recent contact details – please share this invitation with anyone you might have contact with.


If you are able to attend please RSVP to Mrs Cathy Hayes 98717126.


Veterans’ Honour Board: The list below is the beginning of our list. We are still searching and also still seeking to verify that active service overseas was seen.


Veterans’ Honour Board




ROESE, Gregory


PEATTIE, Geoffrey

HOWELL, William

McGRATH, Douglas


BYRON, Michael




BAKER, Warren




JONES, Trevor, AO, CSC


SEMPLE, Robert

BOVILL, Anthony

MARTIN, Raymond







BARKER, Andrew

MacNISH, Stuart



I read the following interesting article during the week:


In the article it is reported the President Obama announced an initiative to support teaching five times more students to speak the Mandarin language by 2020. The initiative was announced during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Washington D.C., where Obama announced hopes for 1 million children to be educated in Mandarin versus the 200,000 being educated presently. “The more U.S. students learn Mandarin, the greater their understanding of Chinese culture, history and institutions, and the better prepared they – our future leaders - will be to work constructively with their Chinese counterparts to ensure U.S. interests are achieved,” said while explaining the motivation behind Obama’s announcement. It would be wonderful to encourage our students to continue their study of not only their family’s language but other modern languages. Many languages are offered at the Department of Education’s Saturday Schools of Community Language and information can be found on their website - At school we offer both Japanese and Latin as our main languages.

Many of our Interact students are volunteering this month at the Parra Amble.


What Is Parra-Amble aka 'the Amble'?

Join us on Saturday 7th of November 2015 in the Parra-Amble to celebrate Parramatta Day.

Part historical treasure hunt, adventure trail and part ‘Amazing Race’. With some trivia and a few challenges around Parramatta! A fun event for EVERYONE - families, friends & corporate groups - raising money for mental health research through Australian Rotary Health.


Your team of 2-6 people will be armed with a Parra-Amble Passport, Despatch Order and Map, and a mobile phone. Discover things you never knew about the ANZAC Centenary in Parramatta and have fun completing entertaining challenges.


As our HSC exams come to a close, we congratulate all our HSC students on their wonderful efforts this year. We sometimes forget what a wonderful effort it is to achieve the certificate of the HSC to acknowledge 13 years of schooling. We are consistently proud of this fabulous group of young men and women who continue to strive to achieve their goals and dreams. Pictured below is Year 12 enjoying their well deserved beach day. They now move on to their holidays, part-time jobs and of course formal. We wish them well.

There has been a large increase in whooping cough notifications in NSW during 2014 and 2015. A large part of this increase has been among school-aged children. NSW Health would like to provide information about whooping cough to parents and carers of children attending NSW schools.


I have been asked to include the attached text in our newsletter to encourage early diagnosis and treatment of those with the infection, and to help reduce the spread of infection in the community.

This information is also available on the NSW Health website:­ and-schools .aspx

Junior Exams are underway. Year 8 and 10 are now finished exams and year 7 and 9 begin next week. It is so important that students know that parents are proud of their efforts not their results. Please take the time to tell your child that you are proud of their organisational skills, study efforts and approach to the exams. We need our students’ to have a “growth mindset”, one if which they believe that if they put in the effort they will improve. In this Ted Talk -

Carol Dweck explains the power of believing you can improve. Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet?

Please take a few minutes to listen to Carol Dweck and her suggestions to move to a growth mindset.

Megan Connors