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Principal's Newsletter, Week 6, Term 1, 2015

posted Mar 6, 2015, 11:40 PM by Unknown user

Principal’s Report

 On Saturday 66 Year 10 students and Ms Jen Burgess gave up their day to complete the advanced leadership skills course run as part of our High Resolves program. This fabulous day involved interactive and creative problem solving activities that led students through a decision making process and helped them create and pitch their ideas and solutions. All students were engaged from 8.30-3.30pm and worked exceptionally well in their teams. Watching these young minds discuss world problems and use their amazing intellect to eagerly offer solutions was inspirational. It was also fabulous to utilise the superb facilities of UWS at Parramatta. Thank you to Courtney, our High Resolves Leader and Ms Jen Burgess, our School Coordinator, for sharing their skills and giving up a Saturday for our students.

Congratulations to Yang Song (12), Linus Cooper (9), Kevin Xian (11) and Bobby Dey (10) who have been selected to participate in the April AMOC Selection School. The school will be held at Macquarie University in the April school holidays.

Congratulations to our Open Boys Basketball team who won their first knockout round on Tuesday afternoon against Girraween. Thank you to Ms Novotni and Ms Belevski for coaching the team. Our Knockout Soccer team is also playing this week – thank you Mr Ng for coaching.

Thank you to the Year 7 parents that attended our BBQ and Information evening. It is an important chance for parents to meet teachers and also to learn more about the curriculum that Year 7 are learning. A huge thank you to the many staff members that gave up their time to meet parents and also to our fabulous Year 11 peer support leaders who are guiding Year 7 through this transition. Thank you to Mr Mark Long for his organisation of this event.

Launch and Information night for our Creative and Performing Arts faculty

J.C Hoskin Hall.

Date: Tuesday 10th March

You are more than welcome to attend the COJR Meeting afterwards – also in Hall.


Please come along to our CAPA Launch/Information Night that will showcase amazing student performances and art work and inform you about what Drama, Music and Visual Art look like, sound like and feel like in our classrooms. We will discuss our vision for CAPA, our three-year plan and speak about the benefits of your child/ren studying the Arts at James Ruse for all future career prospects. Furthermore, we will inform you about the extra-curricular activities that we offer to extend and accelerate your gifted children. Please RSVP using the invitation further on in this newsletter.

Year 10 participated in their mandatory Geography fieldwork to the mangroves of Homebush. Thank you Mr Gerard Yeo for organising this valuable excursion and also thank you to Mr Tim Flood, Ms Sophie Belevski and Mr Warren Stanley for supervising the day.

Our talented Chemistry students competed in their selection exams for the Olympiad programs this week. We wish them every success.

This morning Ms Amy Murphy and myself were privileged to accompany eight of our senior girls to the International Women’s Day breakfast. Each year International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day. International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. This year’s theme, “Empowering Women - Empowering Humanity: Picture It!" envisions a world where each woman and girl can exercise her choices, such as participating in politics, getting an education, having an income, and living in societies free from violence and discrimination.

Interact have again collected hundreds of items of non-perishable food and basic necessities for the Exodus Foundation’s homeless drive. It is wonderful to see the generosity of our staff and students. Congratulations to our Interact team.


I received the news today that I have been selected to participate in a Principal’s educational tour of Korea. I look forward to visiting the homeland of many of our parents and students and also sharing educational experiences.


Mrs Katie Twomey and her team from Rural Ruse are competing in the educational display section at the Castle Hill Show on March 13-15th. If you live near Castle Hill this is a wonderful day out – be sure to stop and see our students, Mrs Twomey and the display.


The calendar can be found on the JRAHS intranet .

If you log on to the intranet – click central – please click on the link called Events Calendar.


Coming Events        

Week 7A

Monday 9th March                    Year 11 Ryda

                                                Year 7 meeting p7

                                                International Women’s Day lunch at Girraween High School

Tuesday 10th March                  Year 11 Brainstorm

                                                Asia Pacific Maths Olympiad

                                                Amnesty – Gender Equity Day

                        5.30pm        Launch of the CAPA department in Hall

                7.00pm        CoJR Meeting (following launch in Hall)

Wednesday 11th March             Year 12 Extension 2 English Viva Voce

                                                Duke of Edinburgh training – gold and silver

Thursday 12th March                Selective Schools Test in the Hall

Friday 13th March                    Year 10 Nursery Excursion

Castle Hill Annual Show - Fri 13th, Sat 14th & Sun 15th March 2015

Week 8B                       HSC assessments begin

                                Year 10 work experience all week

Monday 16th March                  Year 7 Peer Support Camp

                                                Regional Swimming

Tuesday 17th March                  Year 7 Peer Support Camp

                                                Year 9 Drama Physical Theatre workshops

Wednesday 18th March             Year 8 Geography Skills test

Thursday 19th March                Year 11 and Year 9 Visual Arts excursion

                                                Year 8 Meeting p8       

Friday 20th March                    Year 7 and 8 Debating Training Day (Regional debating)          


Have a wonderful week.

Megan Connors