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Principal's Newsletter, Week 7, Term 1, 2014

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Congratulations to Anna Shen and Skye Hengpoonthana of Year 11 who have been successful in gaining a position at the Dobell National School of Art program.


Year 11 Peer Support leaders continue to do a wonderful job preparing Year 7 for the years ahead at Ruse. Next week Year 11 peer support leaders and Year 7 will attend our Year 7 camp at Vision Valley – always a highlight. A huge thank you to Ms Sandra Fernandez for her organisation of the camp and to all the teachers who will attend.


Our advertisement asking for tenders for the canteen has been placed in the Sydney Morning Herald and local papers. Please see a copy of the advertisement later in this newsletter. For more information or the Tender Information Package please contact Ms Janie Golding, School Administration Manager.


Year 12 and HSC assessments begin next week. We wish every student well as they sit their exams. If a student is unwell during the exam period they must contact the school the morning of the exam. The student must also obtain a medical certificate with the exact illness written on it. Illness and Misadventure will then apply. Many parents are concerned about applying for Illness and Misadventure, however, if a child sits for an exam, the mark they obtain will stand. Therefore if they are ill and do not perform as expected they will have to keep the mark they receive. If they sit a make-up paper they will receive an estimate and their rank will not fall. Estimates are determined by the Head Teachers of each faculty. If you are ever concerned please ring and discuss the situation as it arises. All students have an assessment booklet with our Illness and Misadventure policy clearly outlined. Exam rules and regulations are also available with their exam timetable on the intranet. Parents and other family members are very important during exam periods – students need lots of support, patience, sleep (make sure they do) and good food. Recently Niroshan Jeyakumar of the 2013 cohort spoke to the Community of JR and Mothers’ Club meetings. He provided some wonderful advice. I will attach his speech.


The Central Australia Indigenous Immersion tour is being planned for September this year. This tour was such a wonderful experience for those of us that went in 2012. Students grew in their social and emotional intelligences before my eyes. Their respect of Aboriginal people, the environment, culture and of each other was impressive.


The purpose of the experience to Central Australia is to learn from Indigenous peoples about their cultures, histories, traditions and rituals and then for James Ruse students to give back to these communities. Through their experience, it is hoped, that James Ruse students will:


·         Promote social transformation within Indigenous communities and the whole school community

·         Develop skills of critical and social analysis

·         Foster dialogue and reflection towards understanding and building relationships

·         Facilitate practical action at a grass roots level


The experience proved very rewarding for the students that attended in 2012. Year 12 students (2013) who had attended were able to describe their experiences, thoughts and ideas in the many interviews and applications they produced for their scholarships and interviews. Emily Mo was awarded the Marie Bashir Peace Award for her work for social justice. Please consider allowing your child to attend this unique experience as they will gain invaluable life experiences and give so much to the communities they will meet. For more information please see Ms Boatswain (PDHPE) or Ms Burgess (English). Students from Year 7 to 11 are welcome.

Year 12 Parent Teacher night 2014 will be held on April 10th between 3pm and 5pm. Please keep this afternoon free. We will be using a more sophisticated booking system this year to ensure no parents miss out on interviews. The interviews will be held in L Block and in the Library. Next week we will send parents information with their personal booking code.

Community of James Ruse meeting – next week – Tuesday 18th at

Thank you to the many families that have donated so generously to Interact’s Food and Necessities drive. Many pantries must be looking quite empty as my office is completely full of many cans of food, bags and bags of rice, toiletries and other essentials. Thank you to Interact and Ms Kate Boatswain for supervising this highly active, dedicated and service-oriented team of students.







Upcoming Events:

Saturday 15th and 16th              Duke of Edinburgh Silver Hike

Week 8B                                  Year 10 Work experience,

                                                Year 7 Camp

                                                HSC Assessments

Monday March 17th                  Regional Swimming Carnival

Tuesday March 18th                  Community of James Ruse meeting 7pm

                                                Guest Speaker – Elevate Education, our study skills program.

Wednesday March 19th             Meet the Music 6.30pm

Friday March 21st                     Year 11 Modern History Excursion to the Jewish Museum

Every week brings something new to James Ruse. Enjoy a restful weekend or a productive one if you are moving into assessment week.

Megan Connors