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Principal's Newsletter, Week 5, Term 4, 2016

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Principal’s Report

Congratulations to Kevin Xian (12), Bobby Dey (11) and Jason Leung (8) who received medals in the AMC. Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove awarded the prestigious medals of which our students were only one in eight thousand to receive a medal. Thank you to Mrs Weber who travelled to Canberra to witness this special ceremony. Unfortunately Kevin was unable to be present as the Year 12 formal clashed with this event. Kevin will speak at the NSW AMC event this week in Sydney.

Congratulations to our Class of 2016 – just finished the HSC and already achieving fabulous success. Samuel Lin has received a nomination to Encore, Susanna Li and Henry Yi will present their drama major work at On Stage and Joanna Cao, Vieley Xiao and Nicole Zhang have received nominations for ARTEXPRESS.

Congratulations and thank you to their amazing teachers – Mr Patrick Wong   (Music), Mr Jamie Gerlach and Ms Amy Murphy (Drama) and Ms Ashlee Engelfield (Visual Arts).

Year 12 also had a fabulous night on Monday night at their Formal. Spectacularly dressed, relaxed and happy it was lovely to see them celebrating the end of their high school career. An enormous thank you to Ms Stella Chan, their Year 12 Advisor, who ensured this fabulous event was so special.

It was very exciting this week to actually see the beginnings of our gymnasium building project. It was a pleasure to show Mr Michael Quinlan, retired Principal, the fruition of our many years of fundraising.

Congratulations to Ms Katie Twomey who has given birth to her second son, Finn, on her birthday 25th October 2016.

On Wednesday afternoon we auditioned for the 2017 Musical. It is very exciting to announce that the 2017 Musical will be The Wizard of Oz. Approximately 70 year 10 students auditioned for the lead roles. I was very proud to see so many stepping out of their comfort zones to try something new and challenging. Our musical in 2017 will be on Friday March 31st and Saturday April 1st. Please put these dates in your diaries for next year.

Congratulations to our junior students who have now finished their yearly exams. We have many wonderful educational activities planned for the next weeks of school. Please ensure your child remains at school until our last day Friday 16th December.

On Tuesday 15th November we will host our Combined Meeting of the CoJR and Mothers’ Club. Jocelyn Brewer will present:

Digital Nutrition: navigating 'screenagers' towards healthy tech-habits.

Technology is here to stay and is an integral part of 21st Century learning.  How can we support young people to develop healthy online habits that maximise the benefits of digital devices and avoid traps of Problematic Internet Use?  How do we address the tension between the need to use technology for learning and the inclination of young people to leisure activities?

Jocelyn Brewer is a psychologist and teacher who has been studying teens and tech for over 8 years.  She'll provide practical strategies for parenting in the digital age and answer question you might have about video games, social media and digital cultures.

Coming events

Week 6A

 Monday 14th November             Year 10 Urban Challenge

                                                Year 7 Swim School

Tuesday 15th November            Year 10 Urban Challenge

                                                Year 7 Swim School

                                                Year 9 Cross Curriculum Project

                                                Combined Meeting CoJR and Mothers’ Club 9.45am

Wednesday 16th November       Year 10 Urban Challenge

                                                Year 9 Cross Curriculum Project

                                                2.15pm Catholic Scripture group Mass

Thursday 17th November           Year 7 Swim School

                                                Year 9 Cross Curricular Project

Friday 18th November   Year 7 Swim School

                                                Year 10 Visual Art Excursion

 Week 7B

Monday 21st November             Whole School Assembly Period 3

Tuesday 22nd November            Year 10 Urban Challenge Presentation

Wednesday 23rd November       HSC Assessment begins

Thursday 24th November          Year 7 Medieval Show

Friday 25th November               Year 7 Gala Day

                                                History Mastermind

                                                USYD Junior Debating Day

                                               Have a wonderful week.

Megan Connors