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Principal's Newsletter, Week 7, Term 3, 2016

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Principal’s Report

 Congratulations to Daniel Ho of Year 12 who has returned from Japan and the Earth and Environmental Science Olympiad with a Bronze medal. Daniel is pictured below with his team.

Sydney University have developed a practical, online and father friendly parenting program. It is, of course, for mothers as well. More information can be found at:


Australia's first online-only, nationally available, evidence-based, father-friendly free parenting program ParentWorks aims to increase participation of both parents to improve outcomes significantly for families and society.


Ms Twomey, our Farm Manager, has provided an update on the 'Show Team':

“We entered 5 Pekin Bantams in the Penrith Show over the weekend. The students spent all week washing and fussing over the chickens to win Reserve Champion Soft Feather Bantam of the whole show against all the other breed winners, with a little black hen they call Juliette (she is of course Romeo The Rooster's girlfriend - he only came second in his class though!) We also picked up two other seconds and a third with the other chickens. Not a bad effort as we entered the open section not just against other schools.”

On Tuesday night we experienced a magical night of superb music at the HSC Music Recital night. Congratulations to Samuel Lin, Katrina Wu, Chris Song and Emily Mar on their fabulous performances. We wish Samuel, Katrina, Chris and Emily, all the best in their examination on Monday. On Tuesday night next week we will showcase our Year 12 Drama Performances in the Hall at 6.30pm.

 Congratulations to Sabiqul Hogue of Year 9 who has won the Year 7 -9 category of the Young Scientist Models and Innovations Presentation at Sydney University held last weekend. Sabiqul describes his project below


My project is an automated sprinkler system. It was inspired by my home watering system. One day I found that it was still watering even though it was raining. This was where I had started my project. Originally my project would turn off the watering system when it rained and on when it wasn’t raining. However eventually I added many more mechanisms to it and it eventually became an independent system of its own. It now looks at temperature, humidity, soil moisture, light intensity and rain level to determine when the plant needs to be watered. It took about 5 months to make and it took a lot of time and effort. My most recent addition was an LCD screen with buttons which acts like a screen to display data and the buttons change threshold values. This makes it very user friendly. I submitted my project on Friday and it was judged on Friday and the following day, Saturday, they had us present our models to the public. The public showed a lot of interest in my project, especially the results. They then announced the winners. I was quite surprised actually, for I only expected a highly commended.


Sabiqul Hoque 9C


SASS Recognition and Appreciation Week

Thank you to the fabulous women and men who make up our support staff. Our SASS staff are truly committed to ensuring our students receive the best possible education. I would like to introduce you to our SASS staff and will provide a small snippet of their daily work lives.

Janie Golding is our calm and thoughtful School Admin Manager. Janie looks after our finances, ensures everyone is paid and liaises with the DEC almost every hour of the day. Janie also publishes the newsletter each week.

Cathy Elton, Band Assistant Extraordinaire, attendance officer and cash desk operator. Cathy works tirelessly to ensure all her programs run smoothly - from band camps to annual concerts, Cathy works closely with Mr Brus, conductors and band tutors to ensure everything is held together. Students and parents will often see her smiling face as they come to pay for an activity.

Gillian Haslehust-Smith is our Master of Ceremonies, organising our very special events and ensuring our traditions are upheld. Gill also manages our new enrolments into year 7 and ensures Orientation Day is a success.


Joy West looks after our accounts payable and ensures all orders are promptly paid and our suppliers are looked after. Completing tax invoices, reconciling orders and payments and carefully monitoring donations to the gym (almost a lifetime career) are all achieved with patience and dedication.


Arnold Boyaci looks after our technology and ensures the successful operation of our computers and systems. Completely reliable and very patient, Arnie is able to support and advise staff on technology problems and ensure presentations and events run smoothly.


Kathryn Longmuir ensures our finances are kept in order, orders processed and paid, tax invoices prepared and all expenditures reconciled. With a great sense of humour and an amazing calmness, Kathryn has truly mastered our new world of LMBR.


Kathy Kunz, our Library Assistant, makes everyone feel welcome in the library. Ensuring everything is catalogued and ready to support learning, Kathy always has a friendly smile for a student a little stressed before exams or in need of a quiet moment.


Romi Whiteman, Food expert and Printroom Queen, ensures all teacher resources are published and ready to go. Also monitoring attendance and lateness, Romi is a fabulous asset.


Cathy Threlfo, software and systems expert, manages many of our systems from reporting to our databases. Cathy also helps process our many new applications and is able to successfully juggle so many things at the same time.


Cathy Hayes is our fabulous event manager and BOSTES liaison. Cathy brings her own sense of style and pizzazz to the events she coordinates and in particular our Musical evening. Cathy also assists with processing enrolments, has established our very successful school tour program and looks after all our injured or unwell students.


Mark Blades has seen many seasons on the farm and ensures everything is safe and kept in good order. Spring sees the farm looking spectacular.


Kevin Wilson is new to us this term and already the Farm is benefiting from his determined and dedicated hard work. Learning to look after our cattle has been a new challenge that Kevin has eagerly mastered.


Expert in so many fields is our school Bursar, Leanne Ryan –managing our building programs from refurbishing labs to hopefully building a gym (soon), ensuring all our assets are coded and stocktaken and coordinating all maintenance are all part of Leanne’s day. Leanne’s speciality is saving us money – scrutinising all our bills and almost halving our huge electricity bills.


John Kerr ensures the safety and maintenance of the school through his completion of all his daily tasks. John also enables many events and exams to take place by managing the setup and pack up of the hall.


Michael John is our dedicated gardener who has ensured the school grounds are looking great and well kept. With great initiative, Michael is able to fix and solve problems that arise.


Andre Breit ensures our large gardens continue to flourish and our lawns, hedges and shrubs are kept under control.


Joanne Yates works across so many parts of the school and in all areas she excels. Fabulous on reception, Jo is also a welcome addition to the cash desk and also has expertise in ensuring funds flow into our accounts receivables.


With science so huge at Ruse, Pathmini Jeyaranjan, manages our labs, ensuring practicals are prepared and chemicals mixed for our many science classes. Her expertise and knowledge is indispensable in this field.


Shirley Kwan is a flexible member of our team and is competent in so many fields. Shirley manages our Printroom on Fridays, fills in at the Uniform Shop when needed and has been a wonderful help to our science faculty in the labs.


Jo Hollins is a fabulous addition to the science team – her calm manner and excellent organisational skills ensure practical exams and experiments run smoothly.


Boey Wong manages our Uniform Shop superbly, ordering all stock, managing all sales, stocktaking and catering to our students’ needs. Boey, as an ex-parent, is a great liaison with our parent body.


Always smiling on the cash desk and liaising with parents and students, Bernadette Liddell ensures so many activities, excursions and contributions are collected and processed. Bernadette connects with everyone she serves and many parents comment on the conversations they have with Bernadette.


Last but certainly not least, is the face of our front desk, Cheryl Parker. Cheryl is the caring, kind and patient voice on the phone or over the counter. Students and staff seek Cheryl out for a friendly chat.


We are so lucky to have such a talented, intelligent and dedicated group of staff to support the operation of our fabulous school. I take this opportunity on behalf of our teachers, students and parents to thank them for the work they do each day and for the value they add to our lives.


Another very special person is Ms Ashlee Englefield. Ashlee leaves us today to begin her maternity leave and await the arrival of what will be her beautiful baby. Ashlee has been a fabulous member of the CAPA faculty, a superb Visual Arts teacher (teaching her first HSC class this year) and a valued member of the Wellbeing team fulfilling the role of Student Mentor. We wish Ashlee a fantastic year as a new mother and look forward to her return next year in Term 4.


Coming Events - Week 8B

Monday 5th September             Year 8 Camp

Tuesday 6th September            Year 8 Camp

Wednesday 7th September       Executive Conference

Thursday 8th September           Year 9 Meeting

Friday 9th September               IDEAS Forum

                                                UNSW Presentation Ceremony

Week 9A

Monday 12th September            Awards Day Practice

Tuesday 13th September           Awards Day

                                                Prefect Visit to Westmead Children’s Hospital

                                                6.30pm Classical Concert

Wednesday 14th September      Cadet Passing Out Parade

                                                3.30pm SRC Movie and Trivia Night

Thursday 15th September         6.30pm Year 11 Information Night

                                                Year 11 Wellbeing Day

                                                Year 10 High Resolves Homelessness Expo

Friday 16th September  New students (8-11) Orientation Day

                                                Cadet Passing Out Dinner

                                                Year 8 Cross Curricular Project begins

Have a wonderful week

Megan Connors