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Principal's Newsletter, Week 5, Term 3, 2016

posted Nov 26, 2016, 9:01 PM by Unknown user

Principal’s Report


Thank you to all families who have returned their sold raffle tickets. If students have not yet returned tickets we ask that they do so on Monday at the latest. The CoJR raffle is our major fundraising activity. Our facilities have been much improved over the last 5 years through the efforts of our parent community. We now have air conditioning in every classroom, three new science labs (one completely paid for by CoJR funds), textbooks for our new courses, new books in the library and new science laboratory equipment purchases all the time. We need to keep this momentum going; we are now fundraising for our next four science labs in POWE block and new textbooks for our new senior courses (starting in 2018). Please sell as many tickets as possible and donate where you can.


Year 8 will soon be attending their Resourceful Adolescent Program Camp at Milson Island. This camp focuses on developing a student’s resourcefulness. More information about the RAP can be found at The RAP program builds on a person’s ability to identify their personal strengths, problem solve, engage in positive self-talk, develop a support network and keep calm in difficult situations.

As always our CAPA department have fabulous events scheduled for the upcoming weeks.

Please save the following dates for our:

HSC Music Recital Night Tuesday 30th August 6.30pm in the Lecture Theatre

HSC Drama Showcase Tuesday 6th September 6.30pm in the Hall

Classical Concert Tuesday 13th September 6.30pm in the Lecture Theatre

Year 11 Production Tuesday and Wednesday 21st and 22nd September 6.30pm in Hall

These four events will showcase the spectacular and diverse talent of our students. Please come along. A full audience is a crucial element to enhance our students’ learning and performance culture.


Our students are supporting and volunteering at the “Ride for Refugees” day on the 27th August at Wright Reserve, Pye Rd, Quakers Hill. It is focused on helping people engage and raise funds for refugees locally and globally.


Grab your bike - and your helmet! - and come along for a great day out. You can cycle the 25km course once, or you could take up the challenge of riding hard and completing 50km, 75km or even the full 100km option. Either way, it's all about helping others through your efforts and the funds that you are able to raise. This is a family-friendly event with a short course for the kids too, as well as a jumping castle and face-painting.

RIDE, donate, volunteer, sponsor or partner with us so that this year’s events will bring even greater benefits to refugee projects, both local and global.

For more information or to register/donate/volunteer please visit:

Thank you to our ISCF students for making us aware of this opportunity

Year 9 and 10 High Resolves have been completing sessions over the last few weeks. Year 10 have chosen to work on the issue of homelessness. Groups of 5-6 students are attempting to raise awareness of homelessness and provide practical sources of help for homeless people. Thank you to our leader Dan and Mrs Jenny Bowen for implementing this amazing program.

Next Thursday at 9.45am we will hold the Annual General Meeting of Mother’s Club. It is a very full agenda with excellent guest presenters. We will hear from Sydney University about the application and interview process for medicine. We also have three ex-students coming who are now in their early careers after finishing university. It will be wonderful to hear from Diana, Vineet and Dheepa.

A short bio of Diana is below, Vineet and Dheepa are both working as doctors.

Diana Liu graduated from James Ruse Agricultural High School in 2008 and did a Commerce/Law degree at the University of Sydney as a scholarship recipient. She was extensively involved in various advocacy and legal skills competitions, travelling domestically and globally to represent the University to considerable success. She has worked at national and international law firms, focusing on commercial litigation now as a solicitor at the largest firm in Australia. She is about to complete her Masters of Law at the University of Sydney and University of Cambridge. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, excellent food and good company (whether they be human or furry friends).

It is always so wonderful to hear of the successes of our students; it inspires us all to ensure our current students have the same opportunities and have the all-round skills to seize them.

Next Tuesday night Mrs Jenny Bowen, Head Teacher of Gifted and Talented and a number of students will present at the CoJR meeting (6.30pm in the lecture theatre). If we wish our students to succeed in all aspects of life we need them to be creative, critical thinkers that work effectively with others to achieve positive change – both in their lives and those of others. Our extra-curricular programs aim to achieve these goals. Please come along to the meeting to learn more of these activities and the importance of them to the successful education of your child.


Coming Events

Week 6B

Monday 22nd August     Raffle Tickets must all be handed in today

                                    Year 9 Police Talk

Tuesday 23rd August    6.30pm CoJR Meeting in Lecture Theatre

Thursday 25th August   Mothers Club AGM 9.45am

                                    CoJR Raffle Draw

Friday 26th August       Duke of Edinburgh Silver Hike

Saturday and Sunday   Duke of Edinburgh Silver Hike

Week 7A

Monday 29th August                 Preliminary Exams begin

Tuesday 30th August                Year 9 Slam Poet Incursion

                                                6.30pm HSC Music Recital Night

Thursday 1st September           Australian Informatics Olympiad

                                                Science and Engineering Challenge Finals


Have a wonderful week

Megan Connors