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Principal's Newsletter, Week 5, Term 2, 2016

posted May 29, 2016, 1:50 AM by Unknown user

Principal’s Report

Congratulations to Year 9 on the completion of their first Duke of Edinburgh Hike. An enormous thank you to our teachers who also hiked and allowed Year 9 to share this wonderful experience – Mrs McKenzie, Ms Jenns, Mr Pakes, Mr Long, Ms Fernandez, Mr Wong and Mr Ng. 

Our Duke of Ed team also hiked last weekend, enjoying the spectacular scenery of the Watagan Mountain range.

Another wonderful Athletics Carnival took place on Monday. Fabulous weather was a great backdrop to an amazing level of participation and sportsmanship. Thank you to our PDHPE faculty led by Sports Organiser, Mr Peter Low, for organising another superb day. The day was made even more special by the arrival of a new member of the James Ruse Family – Mr Low and Ms Palmer expanded their family as little Cooper Low arrived. Congratulations.

On Wednesday morning the SRC served over half the school with a hot chocolate before school to begin their Project Positive campaign. On Thursday students enjoyed a games lunch – with Twister, Uno, Battleship and other board games filling the staff common room. Today the SRC hosted an SRC Conference with other selective schools. This wonderful initiative promoted a sharing of ideas and the building of friendships.

The Year 8 Information Night which allows parents and students to learn about the many subjects offered in Year 9 will be held on Monday 30th May – please note this date has changed from the one previously published in the calendar.


Thank you to the many students who have volunteered to give up one day of their weekend to volunteer to collect for the Red Shield Appeal. This is a wonderful learning experience for our students and also a vital help to our community.


Many Year 10 students have also offered to complete another stage of the High Resolves Student Leadership program tomorrow at WSU Parramatta campus.


Congratulations to our Year 8 and Stage 5 language students who have participated in the World Championship Languages Competitions. Our students have answered over 450,000 questions across 15 languages. Thank you to Ms Stuart for initiating our entry into the competition and also to Ms North and Mr Pakes for supplying much encouragement.

Global Statistics

Total questions answered globally: 162,420,253
Total Questions Answered at James Ruse Agricultural High School: 451,141

Recent feedback from your students

  • “I am really enjoying language perfect and especially tonight I made a huge leap in terms of my points. I would really like to thank Ms Stewart and Ms north for their constant encouragement and the dedication that Ms North has gone through to send us emails and remind us in class too" - Vinay Tumuluri
  • "Great for practising languages XD" - Samuel Jiang
  • "Firstly, a thank you to all the teachers for organising this! I find it to be a great way to learn. It reminds me of a competitive version of flash cards. Thanks again!" - Ke Xin Li

Questions answered in each subject

Japanese: 173,467, Latin: 162,377, Chinese: 46,011, French: 32,821, Italian: 10,253, Indonesian: 7,830, German: 4,624, Spanish: 4,028, Turkish: 2,630, Maori: 2,419, Arabic: 1,822, Portuguese: 1,327, Russian: 645, Greek: 607, Thai: 274

The next Community of James Ruse Meeting will be held on Tuesday 7th June at 6.30pm in the Lecture Theatre. We have invited our ex-students who applied to overseas colleges to come back and explain the process they have gone through in applying to US and UK universities. The meeting would be suitable for both parents and students and I encourage parents of students in Years 10 and 11 that are considering overseas study after Year 12 to begin their planning with this meeting.

Korean Food Day will be held on Monday. The posters displayed around the school picture mouth-watering foods and have certainly enticed us to come along and buy in the hall on Monday recess and lunch. An enormous thank you to the 50+ parents that will be cooking all weekend and again on Monday.

Our first major band / music night will be held on Tuesday night at 6.30pm – the standard will be wonderful – please come along and support our students.

Last Tuesday night we hosted the Sydney University Year 10 Information Evening. It was a very interesting and informative event. Mothers’ Club were able to video the night if you were not able to attend. Dr Karl was certainly an entertaining speaker.

On 2nd June Mothers’ Club will host their meeting at 9.45am in the lecture theatre. It will be wonderful to hear Mrs Liza Mayers, HT English, discuss issues relating to English, the new curriculum and tips for success. Mrs Jenny Bowen, HT Gifted will also outline the many enrichment and extracurricular activities available to students

Coming Events

Saturday 28th May                   Year 10 High Resolves Leadership Day at WSU

                                                Red Shield Appeal

Sunday 29th May                      Red Shield Appeal


Week 6

Monday 30th May                     Year 8 High Resolves Day

                                                Year 10 Time Management Seminar

                                                Korean Food Day

                                                6.30pm Year 8 Information Night (Change of date)

Tuesday 31st May                     ICAS Science

                                                Whole School Assembly P5

                                                6.30pm Mid-Year Concert

Thursday 2nd June                    Photo Day 1

                                                9.45am Mothers’ Club Meeting

Friday 3rd June                                    Photo Day 2


Week 7B                       HSC Assessment Period begins

Monday 6th June                      Year 9 and 10 Debate

                                                Year 10 “Away” Riverside Theatre

Tuesday 7th June                      Year 7, 9 and 10 Shakespeare on Trial

                                                6.30pm CoJR Meeting in the Lecture Theatre

Wednesday 8th June                 UNSW Maths Competition 7-12

Thursday 9th June                    Year 10 Meeting P5

                                                Year 11 Meeting

                                                Year 10 and 11 Debating

                                                Year 8 Meeting P2 and 3

Friday 10th June                      Year 10 Macbeth in the Lecture Theatre

                                                Year 9 Romeo and Juliet in Lecture Theatre

                                                Year 7 Midsummer Night’s Dream in Lecture Theatre

Have a wonderful week

Megan Connors