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Principal's Newsletter, Week 5, Term 4, 2017

posted Dec 4, 2017, 6:24 PM by Ms. Connors
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week year 6 students who will be starting their high school career at
James Ruse, were invited to attend an interview. The purpose of the interview was to create a smooth
transition to high school and allow parents and new students time to ask questions about our school. Mrs
Mayers, Mrs Novotni, Ms Hameed, Ms Romic, Ms Belevski and Ms Knight all conducted the interviews. Parents
and students were able to buy uniforms and hand in all documents to ensure enrolment is competed for 2018.

Tuesday 7th November was the last day of the HSC. All year 12 students entered each exam with excitement
and left each exam satisfied they had done their very best. Many teachers are marking HSC at the moment
and in a few weeks’ time all results will be available. Results will be available from December 14th.
Monday 13th November year 12 students and 21 staff will attend Le Montage in Haberfield for the year 12
formal.

Informatics School of Excellence

The Australian Informatics Olympiad Committee (AIOC) has invited Yasiru Jayasooriya of year 9 to be a
member of this year's AIOC Informatics School of Excellence. The school will be held at Burgmann College,
Australian National University, Canberra, from 2 December to 12 December 2017.

This invitation should be viewed as a particular honour as the principal purpose of the School will be to help
identify and develop the skills of students who may become members of the Australian Team to compete at
the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI) to be held in Tsukuba, Japan in 2018. The four members of
that team will be selected following further examinations and the AIOC Informatics Selection School in April
2018.

Chess News
On Sunday 5th November, we had both an Opens team and a Girls Team play-off for the right to represent
NSW in the National Teams Chess Tournament to be held in Sydney (at Sydney Grammar in the first weekend
in December) this year. The Girls team played well but were unfortunately unsuccessful in winning. The Opens
team were successful in winning after a gruelling day of chess playing.

Opens Team                                                                     Girls Team:
Kevin Willathgamuwa (8T)                                                Eva Ge (8A)
Rowan Willathgamuwa (10C)                                            Anagha Kanive-Hariharan (9T)
Raymond Li (11K)                                                             Jessica Xu (8K)
Brendan Xu (11T)                                                                Elizabeth Hua (8A)

Fencing news
Over the weekend, at Carlingford Village the annual invitational foil competition for youth was held. Jason Pak
from grade 7 in James Ruse came 2nd out of 13 other competitors in the youth electric foil division. His
teacher has praised Jason’s efforts and recognises the importance of focus, grit and fair play.
 
Young Scientist Awards

Aniruddh Chennapragada (Year 11) and Sariena Yu (Year 9) are to be congratulated for their achievements in
the 2017 Young Scientists Awards. The awards were presented at the University of Wollongong on
Wednesday 1 November 2017. Sariena Ye achieved 3rd place in the 7-9 Physics Category of the Awards
Aniruddh achieved 1st place in the 10-12 Chemistry Category, the RACI Best Chemistry Project Award, and
Second Place in the Young Scientist Grand Awards and is a member of the ISEF Team travelling to compete in
Pittsburgh, USA in May 2018. This is the second time Aniruddh has been a member of the ISEF Team
travelling to the USA to participate in an International Science and Engineering Fair.

A wonderful letter from a parent. We are so proud of Hiya.

Hello James Ruse,
I'd like to thank one of your students from your school for a brave thing they did today. At Parramatta station today, I
was waiting at the station with my three year old daughter. The train appeared and my daughter excitedly ran towards it.
Before I could stop her, she slipped down onto the track. My hands were full of shopping bags so I dropped my bags and
ran. The train was coming closer and my daughter couldn't get up.

Luckily, a girl from your school managed to get there before and pulled my daughter out. The train managers had stopped
the train by the time I got to them. I thanked the girl and she politely welcomed me and handed my daughter to me. Not
only that but she kindly explained the "behind-the-yellow-line" concept to her. :D After a few high fives and hugs with my
daughter she ran onto the train waving happily.

Later, I managed to find out her name was Hiya Patel from other students from your school but I unfortunately couldn't
get the grade. I'd like to thank her for her brave action and I am grateful to your school for teaching your students to
take action and be helpful in society.

Have a wonderful week
Annetta St Louis
Relieving Principal

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