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Principal's Newsletter, Week 6, Term 1, 2014

posted Mar 10, 2014, 11:13 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 10, 2014, 11:13 PM ]
Congratulations to our very talented athlete, Mudith Jayasekara (12) who last weekend competed at the NSW Open Track and Field Championships in the Men’s Open age Pole Vault and jumped a Personal Best of 4.80m to win Gold and win the NSW Open Champion title. This event had been won by the same athlete for the past 5 years. Mudith is looking forward to jumping at the Under 20 National titles next week. We wish him every success as he continues to strive for excellence.

This week we welcomed Mr Jace Davies to our Mathematics faculty. Mr Davies will be teaching Mathematics and Information, Processes and Technology.


Elevate Education is the company we have selected to provide all our students from Years 7-12 with techniques to improve time management, organisational skills and study habits. On March 18th we will hold a parent information session to suggest strategies parents can use to assist their children. This session will be part of the CoJR meeting and start at 7.00pm in the lecture theatre. Please put this date in your diary.


Thank you to the many parents and staff that attended our Year 7 BBQ and Information evening. This evening is always a great chance for teachers and parents to meet and our Year 7 parents to learn more about the school. Thank you to our Peer Support Leaders for entertaining our Year 7s and their siblings.


This week our Informatics, Chemistry and Physics Olympiad students have sat their invitational exams to gain places in the Australian teams – we wish these talented students all the best.


Amnesty International continued to raise awareness and funds through a bake sale to celebrate International Women’s Day and contribute to the White Ribbon Day campaign. Please see the beautiful artwork produced by Year 7 student Erica Mai attached to this newsletter.


The JRAHS Interact Club has been conducting their Exodus Food and Necessities drive this week. Thank you to the many students who have donated. Please try to being more items next week as this year’s Interact team have set themselves very high targets. So far we have 8 full boxes. Well done James Ruse.

Our students were extremely successful this week at the zone swimming carnival. Congratulations to all our competitors and thank you for representing the school.


Thank you to Ms Katrina Jenns for continuing to coordinate our Duke of Edinburgh program. The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme is an international recognised program that encourages student growth in many aspects of their life – physical recreation, skill development, service and completing an adventurous journey. Please see the table below to gain an understanding of the incredible commitment our students’ make to achieve various levels. March 15th and 16th is the first hike for this year.


The following are the minimum time requirements for each section of The Award.




Physical Recreation

3 months*

6 months**

12 months***


3 months*

6 months**

12 months***

Service (Volunteering)

3 months*

6 months**

12 months***

Adventurous Journey

2 days + 1 night

3 days + 2 nights

4 days + 3 nights

Residential Project



5 days + 4 nights

Minimum age to start

14 years

15 years

16 years


We have some very important events coming up over the next two weeks. Year 7 will attend their first high school camp and Year 10 will experience the world of work through work experience. Both events are extremely important in developing the whole child – growing independence and confidence.


In Week 8 our HSC students (Year 12, Year 11 Agriculture and Year 10 Software, Design and Development) will sit their second HSC assessments. Ensuring students are well prepared often involves parents insisting on sleep at a sensible hour. Our most successful students comment that they were in bed before 11pm. Sleep is the most successful method of avoiding careless errors in an exam. Parents should also ensure students are eating well. It is very important that students are praised for their efforts – please do not wait until the results come back, praise your child for the effort you are seeing now during the exam preparation time. If you are concerned about your child please remember the school has a dedicated welfare team to support students – our Year 12 Advisor, Mr Neil Pakes; HT Welfare, Mr David Shaw; Supervisor of Girls, Ms Natalie Novotni; Counsellors, Mr Gabriel Wong and Ms Melissa Jovanovic and Deputy Principal Ms Annetta St Louis. Often raising concerns early can solve problems quickly.


Correction to last week’s newsletter – My apologies to the Year 12 parents of 2013. Last week I thanked the parents of 2014 for their generous donation but it was actually our Year 12 parents of 2013 that donated a large sum of money to build seating beside the basketball court. Thank you to our Year 12 parents of 2013.


Upcoming Events:

Monday 10th March                 Brain Bee Round 1

Friday 14th March                    Year 10 Agriculture Excursion

                                                Year 11 Brainstorm productions incursion

Saturday 15th and 16th  Duke of Edinburgh Silver Hike

Week 8B                                  Year 10 Work experience, Year 7 Camp and HSC Assessments

Tuesday March 18th      Community of James Ruse meeting 7pm

                                    Guest Speaker – Elevate Education, our study skills program.


Wishing everyone a wonderful week ahead

Megan Connors



Maths News

The Australian Mathematics Olympiad results were announced this week and James Ruse gained some excellent results. Praveen Wijerathna (12) and Yang Song (11) gained a gold certificate, Kevin Xian (10) silver, Linus Cooper (8) and Simon Yang (10) a bronze.


Praveen, Yang, Kevin and Linus will now continue on to complete another 4 hour examination next Tuesday for the Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad (APMO). They will compete against students from 34 nations around the Asia-Pacific region. The APMO is the second of five selection exams that students must sit if they are to be considered for selection to represent Australia at the International Mathematical Olympiad