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
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.
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
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.
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