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Principal's Newsletter, Week 6, Term 3, 2016

posted Nov 26, 2016, 9:06 PM by Unknown user

Principal’s Report


Many Year 10 students attended our excursions to Bathurst and Gloucester last week. Both farms provided valuable learning experiences. Thank you to Ms Hameed, Mr Grant, Ms Ashhurst and Mr Pronger for supervising these excursions.

Congratulations to Daniel Ho of Year 12 who is currently representing Australia and competing at the Earth and Environmental Science Olympiad in Tokyo. We wish Daniel all the best in his competition.


Julia Tran of year 10 has been selected, from all over Australia, to be one of 16 Ambassadors on the UN Youth Australia Middle East Experience during January 3-18 2017, the theme being Humanity in Conflict. The selection process involved 3 rounds: i) general online application, ii) another online application of 2 essays and iii) a Skype call interview; all staggered over a 3 month period. The delegation will travel through Tel Aviv, Amman, Petra and Jerusalem on an educational experience focused on developing a first-hand understanding of the work towards peace in the region. They will meet with UN bodies, NGOs, and community development organisations to learn the challenges, strategies and successes of the Middle East Peace process. There will also be a 4 day immersion experience volunteering at Hand in Hand school, Jerusalem – a community organisation that brings Jewish and Arab children together in bilingual classrooms. Together, they work to teach the next generation in an environment that fosters acceptance and peace-building. For more information: and  

Other students might like to consider this program for the future. Well done Julia.

At Mothers’ Club yesterday, a large audience had the pleasure of hearing three of our ex-students speak of their journey through university and the beginning of their careers. We also heard Felicity Barry, of the University of Sydney, advise us on applying for and studying medicine.

Diana Liu graduated from James Ruse Agricultural High School in 2008 and did a Commerce/Law degree at the University of Sydney as a scholarship recipient. She was extensively involved in various advocacy and legal skills competitions, travelling domestically and globally to represent the University to considerable success. She has worked at national and international law firms, focusing on commercial litigation now as a solicitor at the largest firm in Australia. She is about to complete her Masters of Law at the University of Sydney and University of Cambridge. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling, excellent food and good company (whether they be human or furry friends).


Deepa Mahananda graduated from James Ruse in 2006. Deepa was both School Captain and Vice President of the SRC. She commenced an Advanced Science degree at Western Sydney University (formerly UWS) and was awarded the Vice Chancellors Leadership Scholarship and College of Health and Science Leadership Scholarship. Deepa was accepted into the medical degree at UWS after completing the first year of her advanced science degree, going on to graduate in 2012. Whilst at university she held a part time job as a staffer in the office of NSW Senator Marise Payne 2007-2009. Deepa completed her internship and residency at Concord Hospital with secondments to Canterbury and Broken Hill Hospitals. During this time she also attained a Diploma of Child Health through Westmead Children's Hospital and a Sexual and Reproductive Health Certificate through Family Planning NSW. Deepa commenced General Practice Training in 2015, working 6 month terms at practices in Leichhardt, Peakhurst and Menai. Deepa is currently on maternity leave.


Vineet Gorolay is a junior doctor at RNSH, currently on his week off from ICU. He has a passion for spontaneous travel, clinical problem solving and medical education, and will someday be an interventional radiologist. He graduated from James Ruse in 2008; from UNSW Medicine in 2014, undertaking exchange scholarships to Johns Hopkins University and the University of Oslo. A firm believer in life outside academia, he has performed in a Capella group in Scandinavia, completed the Oxfam Trailwalker in under 24 hours, and wakes up at strange hours to capture sunrises on camera.

It was an inspiring Mother’s Club meeting and marked the very successful end to Jan’s time as president. Jan Wang has led Mothers’ Club, liaising with the school and parents, for the past two years. Jan’s calm, organised and dedicated approach to completing any task is much admired. I would also like to thank our many Year 12 parents who have served on the Committee and also supported Mothers’ Club over the years. Michelle Soon also retired from the committee having served in a number of positions for many years. We welcome the new committee into their term.

On Thursday we also held the raffle draw. Due to poor weather, Ms Novotni and her Year 10 class ensured the process went smoothly. Thank you to the CoJR executive for their wonderful efforts in running what is a huge fundraising event.

Our Drama students performed today in front of their HSC examiners. Thoroughly prepared and excited, each student performed to an appreciative audience. Thank you to Ms Murphy and Mr Gerlach, their very talented teachers. Our English Extension 2 students, guided and advised by Ms St Louis and Ms Mayers, handed their projects in this week and our Visual Arts students, taught by Ms Englefield, will also complete their works very soon. Congratulations to all these students who have worked so diligently over a long period of time to produce a major work. Our language students are also beginning their speaking exams on Saturday.

Thank you to Mrs Jenny Bowen, Leona Jiao and Daniel Forrest for presenting a fabulous account of extracurricular life at James Ruse.

Congratulations to Jessica Guo of Year 11 who competed successfully in the 2016 National Cross Country on last Saturday and Monday. She did extremely well and her team achieved 3rd in the team event and 2nd in the team relay

The school had the pleasure of witnessing a fabulous assembly. Our Prefect body led by Fayanne and Winston ran a smooth and entertaining assembly. We were treated to two fabulous videos – one sharing the Musical 2016 journey with us and the other introducing us to our new Prefect Body. However our show stealers were the Year 10 rock band – The Third Meel. Pictured below right is Andy and Helen (our School Vice Captains) who presented at both the CoJR meeting and also Mothers’ Club this week.


Coming Events

Saturday and Sunday   Duke of Edinburgh Silver Hike

Week 7A

Monday 29th August                 Preliminary Exams begin

Tuesday 30th August                Year 9 Slam Poet Incursion

                                                6.30pm HSC Music Recital Night

Thursday 1st September           Australian Informatics Olympiad

                                                Science and Engineering Challenge Finals

Week 8B

Monday 5th September             Year 8 Camp

Tuesday 6th September            Year 8 Camp

Wednesday 7th September       Executive Conference

Thursday 8th September           Year 9 Meeting

Friday 9th September               IDEAS Forum

                                                UNSW Presentation Ceremony

Have a wonderful week

Megan Connors