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Principal's Newsletter, Week 5, Term 2, 2014

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Principal’s Report


Congratulations to our team of talented performers who have produced yet another fabulous musical – The Gipsy Baron.


PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY: Su Annetts, Alan Best, Jenny Burgess and Patrick Wong 

MUSICAL DIRECTION: Alan Best and Patrick Wong

CHOREOGRAPHY: Emma Chen, Alisha Jeong, Nicole Wen, Lin Yang, Vivian Ng (Ballet)


Otto – Factotum to Kalman Zsupan                               Andrew Ni

Mishka – Young Gipsy                                                   Praveen Thamilarasan

Pali – Young Gipsy                                                         Ashvin Ragavan

Franzi – Young Gipsy                                                     Isabella Browne

Vanya – Young Gipsy                                                     Baily Wang  

Julijana – Young Gipsy                                                  Clarissa Luo

Arletta – Zsupan’s only Daughter                                  Anisha Gunawardhana

Kalman Zsupan – Mayor and pig-breeder                       Baopu (Bob) He

Mirabella – Zsupan’s Housekeeper                                 Beatrice Nguyen 

Czipra – Queen of a Gipsy Tribe                                   Sarah Tan

Saffi – A Gipsy Princess                                               Joann Balasuriya 

Count Kareska – A Civil Commissioner                           Brian Marr

Sandor Barinkay – A young, returning exile                  Bright Zhang

Graf Peter Homonoy – Governor of Province                 Andy Wang 

Captain of the Hussars                                                 Kelvin Zhai-Liu


A musical requires the involvement of the whole school community and our parent body have been wonderfully supportive in 2014. Thank you to all volunteers who have spent many hours ironing costumes, feeding the cast and an enormous thank you to the wardrobe and costume team:

Co-Ordinators: Kishani Gunawardhana and Rita Zhuang (Assistant)

Costumes: Co-ordinators and parents of Cast Members


Thank you also to the amazing staff that have assisted in the production as well – Gerard Yeo, Ian Goggin, Graeme Widmer, Lyn Flanagan, Bruce McFayden, Liza Mayers, Glenda McIntosh, Carmelita Maitra, Cheryl Isherwood, Mansour Khoury, Kate Boatswain and Cathy Hayes.


Remember there are still tickets available for Friday and Saturday night – please come along if you can.



Korean Foodfair

Thank you to the Korean Community for holding our first food day for 2014. Mrs Meeae Lee did a wonderful job of coordinating again and we thank her and her wonderful team for their contribution. The Food Day was a wonderful success raising $2949.35 for the school. Food Days are also a fabulous way of showing our students the true meaning of service.

Special thanks to the following Korean parents:

Tina Lee, Kelly Han, Mia Park, Lois Kim, Joanne Lee, Jeam Soon Shin, He Sug Park, Haejin Kim, Hyunjoo Jun, Jina Song, Okyi Song, Taennie Cha, Jungyi Ha, Chloe Choi, Mijin Mun, Hyon Jong Yoon, Monica Sim, Mon Chi, Su Myeong, Jeehee Kim, Sarah Lee, Hee Young Park, E-Soo Bang, Gina Bak, Hyo Sook Kim, Tara Kim, Kim Song, Hee Jung Kim, Hye Won Chang, Catherine Jin, Cindy Cho, Chloe Choi, Soon Hwa Curtis, Hee Sun Kim and Jane Kim.


Year 7, 8 and 11 students competed this week in the Da Vinci Decathlon. All teams did incredibly well with both Year 7 and 8 teams achieving 2nd place overall. Year 11 achieved a 1st in Mathematics, 3rd in Philosophy and 3rd in Science. Thank you to Ms Keira Brooks and Ms Joyce Ng for supervising the teams and thank you also to Mrs Jenny Bowen for all the assistance given in preparing the teams.


The curriculum committee met on Wednesday morning to discuss the beginning of our next three year planning cycle, the results of the evaluation of Year 7 Mathematics and our cross curricular focus in Year 7 and 8. Year 7 will be beginning their inquiry unit over the next weeks focusing on critical and creative thinking.


Twenty Year 10 students will be trained on Monday to become peer teachers of the SALSA   program. The Students As LifeStyle Activists (SALSA) program aims to improve nutritional intake and physical activity of high school students and is part of our Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) curriculum.  The program consists of four lessons that are presented to Year 8 students by trained volunteer Year 10 Peer Leaders.


Next Tuesday at 2pm we will hold our Year 7 Parent Teacher Night. Meetings will be held in the Library and L Block classrooms. Please see the attached article in the newsletter.


Three of our senior students, Eklavya Wangoo (11), Ning Zhang (12) and Michael Sun (12) are part of Outburst! The Western Sydney Youth Action Group. Outburst has become a finalist in the Champions of the West awards and could earn a $10,000 grant to make their Friend2Friend Youth Mental Health project a reality.




Friend2Friend Youth Mental Health Project:

Friend2Friend Youth Mental Health project is a youth-led mental health project designed to equip young people with the skills and resources to tackle mental health issues in their local youth community. The project aims to improve attitudes of young people towards mental health; resource young people with the tools to responsibly support their peers with mental health concerns and to resource young people with the skills and knowledge to raise awareness of youth mental health issues.


It would be wonderful if you could support this initiative and assist Outburst win the $10,000 grant by voting for them. Voting is open now and closes in 1 week on Sunday 1st June 2014. The form will only allow one vote per IP address but if there is more than one person wishing to vote, you can vote with your mobile phone with WIFI off. Voting is open to all NSW residents.

It can be done at:


Just a reminder to Year 12 students and parents that UMAT registrations close at 5pm on the 6th June 2014. Please ensure that you keep a close eye on all dates etc. via the careers website on the intranet.


Coming Events:


Monday 2nd June          Year 10 SALSA training; Year 9 Boys vaccinations

Tuesday 3rd June          Year 7 Parent Teacher Afternoon at 2pm; Year 11 Biology Fieldwork

Wednesday 4th June     ICAS Science Competition p3 and 4; Year 11 Handwriting seminar;                  

Year 10 Brainbee Competition Round 2

Thursday 5th June        HSC Assessments; Year 11 Biology Fieldwork; Mothers Club Meeting

Friday 6th June                        HSC Assessments

Tuesday 10th June        HSC Assessments; Zone Athletics, COJR Meeting

Wednesday 11th June    HSC Assessments; Regional Cross Country; UNSW Maths Competition

Thursday 12th June      HSC Assessments

Friday 13th June           HSC Assessments

Sunday 15th June          Senior Concert Band Tour (15-17th)

Monday 16th June         Social Justice Conference at JRAHS

Tuesday 17th June        Year 8 Information Night – Subject Selection 6.45pm; Canteen Helpers Thank you Morning Tea

Wednesday 18th June   SRC Dance

Friday 20th June          ASPIRE DAY


Have a wonderful week

Megan Connors