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Principal's Newsletter, Week 7, Term 1, 2017

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Principal’s Report


Congratulations to Linus Cooper (Year 11), Yasiru Jayasooriya (Year 9) and Katrina Shen (Year 10) for being invited to participate in this year’s AMOC Selection School. The school will be held at Robert Menzies College, Macquarie University from Sunday 16th April to Tuesday 25th April.  At the Summer School, a team will be chosen to participate as the Australian team who will compete at the International Maths Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The school does wish our 3 representatives every success.


Monday afternoon at our staff meeting, we covered a few issues relating to Work Health and Safety. Mrs McKenzie gave us a refresher on how to treat a patient with concussion.  Mrs Novotni updated staff on the use of Sentral and I spoke about the Work Health and Safety website and the importance of storerooms not being cluttered, keeping areas free near fire extinguishers and chemical safety. We have been lucky enough to have Sue Fuller, our W H and S consultant visit us and check the safety of our GA workrooms and storerooms.  Next week Sue will visit our Science area and help the school ensure the continued safety of staff and students.


On Wednesday Ms Jenns conducted training for the gold and silver Duke of Edinburgh walk.  40 year 10 students and 10 year 11 students completed the necessary training. Last week Ms Jenns and Mr Pakes took our students on a silver/ bronze duke walk and this weekend they will take more students on a silver walk.


Year 7 had their first set of HPV vaccinations on Monday. They were so well behaved and moved in and out of the library smoothly. Thank you to Mrs Bowen and Mrs Kunz for all their help during the day.


On Thursday 9th March Mrs North and I took 8 year 11 girls to the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour for the International Women’s day breakfast from 7 am  till 9 am. There were 2000 women present and we not only enjoyed a wonderful early breakfast but also celebrated women achieving great things. The students were Gemma Qian, Hillary Truong, Jessica Chia, Janet Zhou, Aletheia Yosaviera, Susanna Yao, Jeany Lee and Annie Song. The theme for this year was “Empower a woman, Empower a nation”. The breakfast was to raise awareness of the obstacles women face globally, and highlight how women’s empowerment translates into stronger nations, economies and safer communities. Sandra Sully was MC on the day and the panellists were Muniba Mazari, Pakistan’s national UN Women’s Ambassador and Aleta Miller the UN Women Representative from the Fiji Multi Country Office.

Jason Lai has been invited to receive an award from the faculty of Computer Science (UNSW) at a ceremony to be held on Friday at 5.30 pm. He obtained a distinction in 2016, while in year 10.

Parking and Safety

I need to remind all parents that the safest place to drop off your son or daughter is near the school hall. It is too dangerous to stop near the driveway in Felton Rd. I have been warned by Parramatta Council that rangers will be visiting our school during drop off and pick up times. Please make sure you do not park in a No Parking Zone and do not double park in Felton Rd.

In the afternoon some parents have parked near the bus bay and we have noticed many students running across the road to get in mum or dad’s car. This is very very dangerous. We have many buses and a huge amount of congestion in that area. All students must cross the road at a CROSSING.

ISCF Bar b que

Ms Fernandez organised a welcome bar b que for Thursday 9th March after school. It was a welcome for any new students who would like to join ISCF. The bar b que was from 3:05 – 5:15pm.

SRC Planning Day

Below are photos of the SRC and their planning day.

Daniel Forrest (Yr 11) was the winner of the Lion’s Club Public Speaking Competition.

Musical Tickets are now on sale:


To purchase your ticket to this year’s musical – Wizard of Oz – please go to the Try Booking site: or


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The International Women’s Day Breakfast was held at the International Convention Centre this Thursday, where men and women gathered in agreement of one maxim: “Empower a woman. Empower a nation.” James Ruse represented by a group of Year 11s, along with Ms North and Ms St Louis were invited to attend this prestigious breakfast in accordance with many other schools where influential speakers addressed this huge congregation of tomorrow’s leaders. They spoke of the real definition of feminism and empowerment, and inspired us through their tales of women breaking the glass ceiling in male-dominated industries and female power.


They told us of women who started their own businesses, women who faced incredible odds, those women who we needed to help from Pakistan to the Pacific and the women who had come before us. It is clear that success is not only in being a CEO or a business owner, it can even come down to the small things we do in life. Above all, International Women’s Day encourages women around the world, despite their circumstances to do what they want to in their life. We are sure, as we were, that many of the audience were inspired to be part of the change that the world needed. The world for women has changed so much in the past. It is only through sheer determination, courage and brilliance that we have come to where we are now. On this day and through this event, we celebrate the women of the past, the present and the future.


Hillary Truong and Susanna Yao


Coming Events


Week 8B

Monday March 13th                              Cross Country

Tuesday March 14th                 HSC Music Day at Sydney Boys High

                                                RUSEMUN – Library

Wednesday March 15th                                        'Meet the Music' - Opera House


Yr 10 Meeting P4 in Lecture Theatre


Thursday March 16th                 HSC Assessment


Friday March 17th                                 HSC Assessment


                                                Yr 10 VA excursion Art Express & Olympic Park

Week 9A

Monday March 20th                 HSC Assessment

Tuesday March 21st                 HSC Assessment

Yr 9 Science Prac Exam


Wednesday March 22nd           HSC Assessment


Thursday March 23rd              HSC Assessment


Friday March 24th                   HSC Assessment


Annetta St Louis

Relieving Principal




This term, Ruse, like many other public schools in the state, will participate in a Department of Education initiative: the Tell Them From Me student feedback survey. The survey measures factors that are known to affect academic achievement and other student outcomes. The focus of the NSW-wide survey is on student wellbeing, engagement and effective teaching practices.


More information about the survey is available at:

The survey is a great opportunity for our students to provide us with valuable and quick feedback on what they think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with them. Schools in Australia and around the world have used the Tell Them From Me survey to help improve how they do things at school.


I want to assure you that the survey is confidential. The survey is conducted online and will typically take less than 30 minutes to complete. Students will complete it in their own time between 13th March and 7th April. Participating in the survey is entirely voluntary.


A consent form and FAQs for parents/carers about the survey is being emailed. If you do not want your child or children to participate, please return the form to school by 17th March. Copies of the form and FAQs are available from:


Liza Mayers,

Acting Deputy Principal

Mathematics Faculty

Congratulations to Linus Cooper (11) who achieved a gold medal in the Australian Mathematic Olympiad exam, Yasiru Jayasooriya (9) and Bobby Dey (12) achieved Silver and Katrina Shen (10), Phillip Liang (11) and Mandy Zhu (10) achieved an honourable mention. As a result of these results Yasiru, Katrina, Linus and Bobby Dey have been selected to sit the Asia Pacific Mathematics Olympiad. Only 28 students across the whole of Australia have been selected to represent Australia in this competition.


At this stage Katrina, Yasiru and Linus have also been selected to attend the AMOC Selection School. Thirty students will be attending the School from across Australia; the principle purpose of this Selection School will be to select the six members of the Australian Team to compete at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) to be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 12 to 23 July 2017. Well done on this fantastic effort.

Heather Weber