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:
Annetta St Louis
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:
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