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Principal's Newsletter, Week 6, Term 4, 2017

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Principal’s Report

I do not know why we always think term 4 will be quieter than the rest of the year. At James Ruse we are busy till the very last day. Teachers have spent many long hours setting junior exams and marking those exams. Year 11 will have their first HSC assessment period next week. The whole school is planning for 2018. Orientation Day, the annual concert at the Concourse and Presentation Day are all huge events. We must really thank the SASS team as they do all the behind the scenes preparation for these annual events. Mrs Weber, Mrs Bowen and Mr Driscoll are working solidly on the 2018 timetable.

This week alone we have year 9 complete their cross curricular project (Shark Tank) and Year 10 attend their Urban Challenge.

Years 12 have finished the HSC and on Wednesday and Friday they returned to sign out and hand back any text books or library books. All of them looked quite relaxed and were even shocked by having nothing to study.

On Monday 13th the Year 12 Formal was held at Le Montage in Haberfield on the water. Excitement was abound as the students danced and made sure they had their photo taken from the wonderful photo booth.

With changes in the senior syllabus for many faculties, staff are re-writing new programs for Year 11 next year and then Year 12 the following year. Science and English have been able to take a day or two creating new programs to ensure that our students have the best possible start to the senior school.

On Monday Year 9 began their cross curricular program. Their task was to create a product or service. They had to create a business plan, SWOT analysis and a marketing plan. Then the students had to present to a panel of Sharks who were able to ask a myriad of questions and decide on which product in which to invest. I was lucky enough to be a “shark” with Mrs Ramsay and Fayanne Cui from Year 12. We were so impressed with the quality of the presentations and the variety of ideas. Our panel was not at all gentle in asking questions. We certainly made sure all of our questions were answered before we gave our financial backing.


On Wednesday morning year 10 met at Parramatta station to head off on their Urban Challenge. The challenge involves solving a series of puzzles and physical challenges like synchronised swimming or dancing. Once the challenge is complete then the team can move onwards. I have received my first postcard from team 6 who “spent $70 on fish and chips for lunch, did synchronised swimming at Bondi Icebergs and fell in love with Sydney.” I am so proud of them all and cannot wait to see the photos.

We are very lucky to have some maintenance done on some of our farm buildings. A few will be painted and a few buildings will have a new roof to replace the old rusty ones we have now. Our cottage on Jenkins Road will also have a new coat of paint.

Mrs Mayers, Mrs Novotni and Mrs Golding met with 8 canteen operators on Tuesday to discuss our requirements. Our contract is finished with the current canteen operators and we must follow the correct process so we have advertised for tenders. We want to promote healthy eating so we certainly want a canteen operator to be aware of healthy canteen policy.


Coming Events

Week 7b

Monday November 20th            Yr 8 VA Enrichment Day

Yr 10 Alcohol Seminar

Tuesday November 21st           Yr 10 Urban Challenge Winners Presentation

Yr 7 Gala Day vs. Cumberland

League of Legends

Wednesday November 22nd     HSC Assessment

                                                Yr 10 – 10 students to Powerhouse

Thursday November 23rd         Yr 8 Beach Day

Yr 7 Medieval Show

Friday November 24th              History Mastermind

Yr 8 Gala Day

Week 8a

Tuesday November 28th           Yr 8 Thinkers in Education

Wednesday November 29th      Yr 7 Thinkers in Education

Thursday November 30th         Yr 8 Beach day

Friday December 1st                Yr 10 Formal – The Epping Club

Have a wonderful week

Annetta St Louis

Relieving Principal

Deputy Principals Report

Year 10 Urban Challenge has been another huge success with all students having fun and participating in solving problems and challenges whilst exploring Sydney. Thank you to all the wonderful staff Miss Belinda Buurma, Ms Katrina Jenns, Mr Ian Goggin, Miss Sophie Belevski, Miss Lauren Silvestro, Mrs Robbie Ashhurst, Miss Lauren Killey, Ms Sandra Fernandez, Mr Patrick Wong, Mr Jamie Gerlach for making this such a memorable experience for all.

Natalie Novotni,

Releiving Deputy Principal