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Principal's Newsletter, Week 7, Term 1, 2016

posted Apr 19, 2016, 11:11 PM by Unknown user

It is almost here – our 54th James Ruse Musical. This year we are performing the hilariously funny SPAMALOT.

This 2005 Tony Award­ winner for Best Musical is a musical comedy “lovingly ripped off” from the 1975 film “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

Story: King Arthur is traveling around England recruiting his Knights of the Round Table. When he and his band of misfit knights finally gather in Camelot, they receive a charge from God to find the Holy Grail. The quest brings King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table to strange places and into the company of strange characters, challenging them to keep their heads on straight or die terribly weird deaths.

Tickets go on sale tonight after 7pm. To purchase tickets please visit the TryBooking site: 

Ticket Prices:

Adult                           $25.00

Child/Student (0-18)    $15.00

Family of 3                   $60.00

Family of 4                   $60.00


Staff and students have worked so hard to ensure two fabulous performances and it is so important that we have full audiences. Please come along and bring your friends:   

Opening Night         Friday 1st April                6.30pm

Closing Night          Saturday 2nd April             6.30pm

Today we welcomed students and teachers from Keio Uni High, Tokyo, Japan. Mrs Pooviah and science classes hosted students for the first 3 periods, allowing them to watch physics, chemistry and biology lessons. Thank you to our science teachers. Our Japanese class then shared morning tea with the group, practising their language skills. Thank you to Ms Brooks for organising the visit and Ms North for utilising her wonderful language skills.

On Tuesday night the CoJR hosted their meeting in our new lab C2.1. Our superb students presented on their particular scientific passion – Andre Lo, Jade Pham, Simon Yang, Winston Gu, Bridget Hwang and Steven Liu. Thank you to our science teachers who were able to attend – Ms Kong, Mr Hutchinson, Ms Fernandez and Mr Khoury. Thank you also to Mr Long who summarised the findings of our recent curriculum review.

Over the weekend I dropped in to visit our students and Mrs Twomey at the Castle Hill Show. For three days, our fabulous presentation was attended by many families. Thank you to our students and special thanks to Mrs Twomey, our Agriculture teacher and Farm Manager, who prepared the display and also entered our produce which once again did very well.

On Tuesday, our students, Ms Hameed and Mr Gerlach took part in UN Women International Women’s’ Day breakfast. It is an event that ensures we reflect on our own lives, appreciate what we have and do our best to help others live better, happier and safer lives.

Our knockout teams are doing extremely well and progressing to the next levels. Last week our tennis, basketball and soccer teams won their games. Our soccer boys were very pleased to beat Baulkham Hills through to the next round. Thank you to our coaches – Mr Driscoll, Ms Russell, Ms Belevski and Ms Novotni.

It has been a very full week once again at Ruse and next week we begin our Term 1 HSC assessments and Year 7 will enjoy their peer support camp.

A last reminder to purchase tickets for the musical ASAP. No tickets will be sold at school. Limited seats will be available at the door each night.

Have a wonderful week

Megan Connors