Week 7 has arrived so fast and so much is happening at James Ruse. Thank you to Ms Sofia Hameed who escorted four of our year 10 students to Girraween High School on Monday to celebrate International Women’s Day. James Ruse Amnesty International Club highlighted a day for gender equality.
On Tuesday night we launched our CAPA faculty with an Information Night that led into the Community of James Ruse meeting. It was a fast paced, action packed event that introduced us to the CAPA teachers:
Head Teacher Ms Amy Murphy
Visual Arts Teachers Mr Ian Goggin and Ms Ashlee Walker
Music Teachers Mr Richard Brus and Ms Rachel Hann
Drama Teachers Mr Jamie Gerlach, Ms Diane Mason and Ms Kristy Webb
We learnt of the wonderful experiences that occur in Music, Drama and VA classrooms and we were treated to a number of special performances. Two Year 12 Drama students performed a “sneak peak” of their individual performances – thank you to William Chen and Kelvin Zhai Lu. The Strings Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble and Woodwind Ensemble gave fabulous performances. Year 11 Drama also entertained us, demonstrating the four elements of drama. The CoJR provided us with snacks to allow the party feel to continue.
Congratulations to Andrew Zhao of year 11 who has been selected to play for the Hills Zone Basketball team. Good luck today Andrew. Congratulations also to Ria Sinha, also of year 11, who has been selected to play in the Hills Zone Soccer team and will play a right midfielder.
Year 11 completed two components of their mandatory Crossroads course this week. RYDA is a series of practical and powerful workshops that aim to change the way young people think about road safety. As part of an interactive one-day experience, students experience braking at different speeds, devise travel strategies that will work for them in the real world and get tips from road safety experts on how to protect themselves, their friends and family. Perhaps the most impactful moments come from the personal stories of loss and survival.
Equal access to healthcare is a basic human right, and in Australia, we expect it. So what if we told you that you can expect to live almost 20 years less than your next-door neighbour? You wouldn’t accept it. No-one should. But in reality, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People can expect to live up to 10—17 years less than non-Indigenous Australians. Learn more about why the health gap exists.
Working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is one of the critical success factors. With continued support from the public, we can ensure the Australian Government continues to work with Indigenous communities, recommit additional funding and invest in real partnerships.
Please have a family discussion about this issue. With many of our students thinking about careers in the Health sector it would be wonderful to see them make a difference in this crucial area. More information is available at https://www.oxfam.org.au/act/events/national-close-the-gap-day/
This weekend Ms Jenns will lead our first Silver Duke of Edinburgh hike of the year. These students have completed the Bronze level of the program and over the next six months (minimum) will complete their adventurous journey, physical recreation, skill development and volunteering components of the award scheme. This fabulous program ensures students take calculated risks in a safe environment, become more independent and become resilient and resourceful. For more information please see the website http://www.dukeofed.com.au. Our Duke of Edinburgh team are Ms Katrina Jenns, our coordinator, Mr Neil Pakes, Ms Kaarin McKenzie, Ms Jen Burgess and Ms Keira Brooks. We would not be able to run the program without our dedicated staff.
The following are the minimum time requirements for each Section of The Award.
On Monday we begin our HSC Assessment period. As we begin the exam period it is important to praise your child’s efforts. Tell them you are proud of how they are approaching the exams. Please ensure students keep balanced during this time; eating good foods, taking breaks and getting plenty of sleep. If a student is unwell they must contact the school (on the day of the exam), see a doctor, obtain a medical certificate and apply for Illness and Misadventure. Students must not sit an exam if they are unwell. If a student is granted illness and misadventure they will be asked to sit the task at a later day however the mark that will be assigned will be estimated based on the child’s performance in other tasks. If a student sits an exam unwell the mark for that exam does stand. Please ring and discuss your situation with Mr Long if you are unsure what you should do.
James Ruse’s very own “Dirt Girl”, Ms Katie Twomey, has been leading Rural Ruse as they complete their display for the Castle Hill Show on this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It will be great to see their production of “Dirt World”. If you live in the area please visit the educational displays and say hello to our dedicated Rural Ruse students.
Castle Hill Annual Show - Fri 13th, Sat 14th & Sun 15th March
Week 8B HSC assessments begin
Year 10 work experience all week
Monday 16th March Year 7 Peer Support Camp
Tuesday 17th March Year 7 Peer Support Camp
Year 9 Drama Physical Theatre workshops
Wednesday 18th March Year 8 Geography Skills test
Thursday 19th March Year 11 and Year 9 Visual Arts excursion
Year 8 Meeting p8
Friday 20th March Year 7 and 8 Debating Training Day (Regional debating)
Monday 23rd March HSC assessments continue
Year 7 vaccinations
Year 10 BrainBee competition p2-3
Tuesday 24th March HSC Assessments (last day)
Australian Informatics Competition
Year 11 Drama Individual Performances
Year 9 Meeting
Thursday 26th March Year 12 Hamlet Excursion
Year 10 Study Skills
Friday 27th March Whole School Assembly Period 5
Shave for a Cure – Lunch
Year 11 Study Skills
Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th March Duke of Edinburgh Silver Expedition Hike
Have a wonderful week.
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