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Principal's Newsletter, Week 6, Term 2, 2016

posted Jun 17, 2016, 4:31 PM by Unknown user

Principal’s Report

Yesterday Year 11 students were given the opportunity to apply to become a Prefect for 2016-2017. To be a prefect students are asked to:

·         Model and promote the ASPIRE values both at school and in the wider community

·         Serve the school and wider community.

·         Mentor and support the student body / individuals.

·         Enhance the reputation of JRAHS at all times.

·         Model positive and healthy behaviours while promoting the wellbeing of all students.

·         Implement the Prefect Plan to ensure the vision of the Prefect Body is fulfilled.

·         Create events that allow all students to mix, play, have fun and raise awareness of specific issues.

·         Ensure all events are organised well and responsibly and facilities left clean after each event.

·         Perform active service roles / duties

·         Assist teachers and support staff at all times in the classroom and across the school.

·         Participate in all school events on a rostered basis

With so many fabulous year 11 students it is always very difficult to elect a small number to the role of prefect. Hence we work to promote many different leadership roles for our students and encourage each student to exercise leadership in their own way.

Year 10 and 11 students also participated in History Debates today and made their teachers, Ms Buurma and Ms Delooze, very proud. Two very close encounters saw Year 10 win their debate and Year 11 narrowly defeated. Pictured below is Katherine Cheng of Year 11 in mid argument as second speaker.

Both Year 8 and Year 10 held fabulous year meetings this week to celebrate student achievement and the successes of their year group. Our Wellbeing team chooses to acknowledge and celebrate positive characteristics of our students. This term teachers have nominated students who are always respectful to others and display beautiful manners at all times. Congratulations to the many students who have received this fabulous award. Thank you to Mr Gengiah and Ms Webb (year 10) and Ms Ramsay and Ms Twomey (year 8) for organising and running these events.

Over the last 2 days, six teachers have attended the Positive Schools Conference 2016 ( The conference allows our staff to share and learn from leading educators, psychologists and other schools.

Thank you to the CoJR for hosting our ex-students on Tuesday night to discuss the processes of applying to overseas universities. It was wonderful to welcome back Yang Song, Bob He and also Simon Yang (Year 12, 2016). Joshua Lin was unable to join us but sent along some tips which I will include at the end of this article.

Yesterday we celebrated the success of our Athletes and Age Champions pictured above. It was also a wonderful day for Toft who won all three trophies.

Enjoy the long weekend; although our HSC students will be studying, please ensure younger students spend some quality time with friends and family. Organise some family activities and some technology free time together. I have attached an article by a wonderful psychologist and author, Andrew Fuller, on how parents can help students in their senior studies. Andrew has many free resources on his website

Have a wonderful week

Megan Connors