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Principal's Newsletter, week 6, term 1, 2017

posted Mar 2, 2017, 9:23 PM by Ms. Connors

Principal’s Report

Last Friday we had our annual Quad School Competition.  It is always a hive of excitement as Girraween, Penrith, Baulkham Hills and Ruse compete in this special day. Teams were made up for touch football, soccer, volleyball and basketball. Each team made sure they were well prepared and ready for the excitement of the day. At Ruse we had many spectators at recess and lunch focusing on the oval and basketball courts. We did come a glorious second.

On Tuesday and Wednesday students competed in the zone swimming carnival. Ms Palmer, Ms Killey, Mr Low, Mrs McKenzie, Ms Babanovic and Mr Driscoll accompanied our team. Students were energetic, swam extremely well and were a credit to our school.

Thursday Mr Grant and Mrs Hameed had a day to update and revise some agricultural programs. Ms Silvestro and Mr Flood attended an Economics conference.  Re writing programs to differentiate the curriculum and cater for the profoundly gifted is always part of the culture of James Ruse.

On Wednesday I met with Sue Fuller, our Work, Health and Safety consultant. Safety in every school is a priority and we spent a couple of hours inspecting the garden shed, storeroom, paint storage area and also our GA work room. We do have to make some minor adjustments and have a clean-up in these areas.

Year 12 Information Night

The year 12 Information Night was a great success with many students and many parents filling the school hall. AN ex Ruse student Ruth Fordyce who is a clinical psychologist spoke about success in year 12. The focus of her talk was balance academic work with extra curricular activities. Being happy and healthy is always of importance. It is always wonderful to have Ruth with us each year.

Mr Gabriel Wong (our school councillor) also spoke about balance in life, the importance of good nutrition and the importance of 8-9 hours of sleep. He showed research that proved that 50 minutes of study can be the most beneficial rather than hours and hours on one topic.

Harvard Pre College Program

Vanessa Burns (Year 11) has been selected to participate in the Harvard Pre-College Program which is a two-week immersive summer experience in Harvard University for high school students around the world. The course which she has selected to attend is the Neurobiology of Behaviour which will run in July 9 - July 21 later this year. Through this course, she will be able to explore a multitude of fascinating animal, including human, behaviour as well as the structure and function of neural circuits that underlie these behaviours. In addition, students of this course learn how the nervous system functions and how it co-ordinates behavioural patterns. During Vanessa’s time at Harvard University, she will also have the opportunity to visit their scientific laboratories, performing cutting-edge research on neural circuit and behaviour, engage and interact with prominent researchers in the field through guest lectures, as well as perform hands-on behavioural research experiments. The application process involves 6 relatively short essay questions ranging from your recent academic projects to your extra-curricular to your favourite books and a report form to be filled in by the school head or other counsellors. If interested in any of the courses or in the application process, please approach her with any queries you may have!

First Aid leadership Course.

Maggie Tang (year 12) has produced a tremendous achievement. She received the Ken Kelman Memorial Trophy for Most Outstanding Cadet in the St John First Aid Leadership Course of 2016 and the Darryl Maguire Memorial Trophy for Cadet of the Year in the St John First Aid Ambulance Community at the Presentation Day.

Musical Tickets are now on sale:

To purchase your ticket to this year’s musical – Wizard of Oz – please go to the Try Booking site:

https://www.trybooking.com/OXKR or https://www.trybooking.com/261889

Ticket Name

Description

Price

Adult

 

25.00

Child/Student

0-18

15.00

Family (4)

2 adults and 2 children/students

60.00

Family (3)

2 adults and 1 child/student

60.00


Annetta St Louis

Deputy Principal

Our new SRC

The elections for SRC have been finalised.

The president is Daniel Forrest.

Vice president – Aniruddh Chennapragada

Treasurer – Leo Yu

Secretary – Julia Tran

Minutes Secretary – Jack Yu

The other captains and vice captains for 2017 are as follows:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

A

Class

Alexander Tran

Joshua Kim

A

Class

Esaias Feng

Fred Chen

EN1

Class

Seung Won Byun

William Chua

Vice

Ashleigh Yu

Gloria Chan

Vice

Sophie Dien

Aisha Abdu

Vice

Aditi Dalal

Srishti Mehta

K

Class

Josiah Kim

Sabrine Wang

C

Class

Aneesa Abdu

Jeffrey Kennedy

EN2

Class

Brian Du

Michael Wang

Vice

Isaac Lawrence

Nathan Nguyen

Vice

Grace Zheng

Jocelin Hon

Vice

Patrick Lu

Sharon Li

L

Class

Jenny Chau

Damon Lee

K

Class

Kevin Gong

Sharon Thio

EN3

Class

Daniel Forrest

Dylan Vom

Vice

Daniel Hwang

Anna Newman

Vice

Lyn Duong

Tim Khoo

Vice

Jeany lee

Alison Huang

T

Class

Hannah Lee

David Kim

L

Class

Jacqueline Chen

Charlie Yang

EN4

Class

Leo Yu

Victoria Lawson

Vice

Vincent Ng

Arielle Gravning

Vice

Andrew Cui

Wilson Jiang

Vice

Louise Cai

Leon Wang

T

Class

Joshua Salama

Daniel Chen

EN5

Class

Aniruddh Chennapragada

Kevin Cao

Vice

Anagha Kanive

Gabriel Mariadasan

Vice

Deborah Davis

Katherine Nguyen

EN6

Class

Julia Tran

Sakilan Gopalarajah

Vice

Jack Yu

Harry Dinh

EN7

Class

Michael Kim

Geoffrey Lim

Vice

Kevin Lai

Manesha Sembu

EN8

Class

Joshua Heckenberg

Celia Kan

Vice

Vicki Vuong

Andy Hwang

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