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Principal's Newsletter, Week 8, Term 2, 2014

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Principal’s Report


Term 2 draws to a close at the end of next week and has been an amazing term for James Ruse. This will be our final newsletter for Term 2.


On Monday, JRAHS hosted the 2nd Social Justice Youth Conference. Our Social Justice Committee and Mrs Adrienne Steele put together a fabulous event that was widely applauded by the other 100 visiting students and teachers. Our guest speakers were:


Ms Jeanmarie Voon - B.Inspired (ex-James Ruse School Captain)

Ms Emma Campbell - Medecins Sans Frontieres

Dr Bill Crews - The Exodus Foundation

Ms Casey O’Brien - The Salvation Army

Ms Althea Sheldon – St Vincent De Paul

Mr Tim Matthews - U.N. Youth Ambassador


This week we received a fabulous gift from a very generous ex-student and her family. Simone Cheung, class of 2009, donated her grand piano for the use of our students. Simone is presently in her second year of Medicine after completing her undergraduate degree in neuroscience and immunology at the University of Sydney. Having a piano of this quality will be a superb asset to our talented musicians. Simone, herself a talented musician and still passionate about music, is presently a part of the NSW Doctor’s Orchestra.

Above is a photo of a very happy Mr Patrick Wong playing Simone’s piano in its new home in the lecture theatre.


Twenty Four Year 12 students and Ms Sandra Fernandez attended the NSW Titration competition at Macquarie University on Saturday 14 June. Our teams achieved excellent results including: Dev Kuhasri, Sai Muralidaran and Kajanan Parameshwaran who came second on the day.


Olympiad Blazer Presentation – Mrs Heather Weber attended this very special ceremony at Parliament House, Canberra. The talented Year 10, 11 and 12 students received their Australian Team blazers. The event was attended by media personality and The University of Sydney’s Mathematics and Science Ambassador, Adam Spencer, Dr Dennis Jensen MP representing the Minister for Education, parents, teachers, academics, Olympiad alumni and officials.

International Olympiad in Informatics 13 to 20 July, Taipei, Taiwan

Michel Chen, Oliver Fisher, Mr Greg Taylor AO, Mr Adam Spencer, Dr Dennis Jensen MP, Adjunct Professor Mike Clapper, Ishraq Huda, Ray Li and Mr Jarrah Lacko


Ishraq Huda (11) and Ray Li (12) are our JR students.

NB: Jarrah is also an ex- student and former Olympian.


International Mathematical Olympiad

3 to 13 July, Cape Town, South Africa


Damon Zhong, Praveen Wijerathna, Yang Song, Mr Greg Taylor AO, Mr Adam Spencer, Dr Dennis Jensen MP, Adjunct Professor Mike Clapper, Mel Shu, Seyoon Ragavan, Alexander Gunning and Dr Angelo Di Pasquale


Yang Song (11) and Praveen Wijerathna (12) are our fabulous mathematicians.


Evatt Trophy Competition in NSW in 2014 - The competition this year has been the biggest it has ever been, with almost 200 teams entering from across Sydney and greater NSW. The standard of debate this year has been very high across all our rounds, and all competitors were congratulated for taking part in such excellent debate. The preliminary rounds have been observed by a panel of rotating judges - there are thirty teams chosen in total from across all of our rounds, who will be progressing through to the Semi-Finals. The teams which will be progressing through to the Semi-Finals from James Ruse are:

Brendan Ma & Stephanie Wu,

Eklavya Wangoo & Spencer Hu

Elaine Yan & Tharsini Utherakumar


JRAHS SRC reach out to South Korea – Our SRC representatives from Year 11 – Brendan Ma, Bob He, Stephanie Wu, Leo Tan and Conny Tran – were able to join with forty students from other schools in meeting the Consul-General of South Korea. The students were able to present their “United for South Korea” books of condolence. Our students found the experience to be humbling.


JRAHS Amnesty combined with Interact and Social Justice to run their “Chick Effect” Day.

The Chick effect is an initiative of the Salvation Army International Development program. Our ambition was to buy a “farm” of chickens, pigs and goats. As the day was a mufti and combined with the fundraising of bubble tea and pizza we should raise at approximately $1000. The photo below depicts our students dressed in their animal onesies!

Invoices (Statements of Accounts) – Thank you so much to the families who have begun paying their accounts. As we are approaching the end of the financial year I encourage you to contribute to our tax deductable building funds:

JRAHS Building Fund 

Community of James Ruse (CoJR) Building Fund

Both our funds are used to sustain our building program. As we have set aside our funds for the Gymnasium, we are now aiming to refurbish our science labs.

To claim the tax deduction in this financial year, please pay the Accounts Office over the next week. You may phone and make a credit card payment or drop in. You could defer other payments until next term if you would like to contribute to these funds this financial year. Please note the Accounts Office needs to close this Thursday 26th June at 1.00pm.


Congratulations to Andre Lo of Year 10 who has again been acknowledged for his artistic talent and creativity and won a prize in the Radiant Peace Awards.


ASPIRE Day – Today is ASPIRE day at JRAHS. An amazing, student developed and led event to induct Year 7 into our school values. Our SRC leaders lead each group of year 7 through a series of activities to demonstrate and encourage the values of:


Thank you to Ms St Louis and the SRC for not only hosting this event, but also developing and living our values. The SRC also held a wonderful dance on Wednesday night and will host their spectacular SRC week next week. Magic is certainly evident at James Ruse at present.


Senior Concert Band Tour – Our Senior Concert Band have performed with distinction on their band tour. They were all wonderful ambassadors of our school and I have received numerous emails congratulating us on our fabulous students. Thank you to Mr Brus, Mr Stanley and Ms Walker for accompanying the tour.


Coming Events:

Week 9            SRC Week

Monday 23rd June                    Photo Day 1

                                                Year 8 and 11 Parent Teacher Night in L Block classrooms and library.

                                                Extended roll call to allow Prefect Vote

Tuesday 24th June                    Photo Day 2

                                                String Ensemble Performance at Lunchtime

Wednesday 25th June               Retirement Function of four wonderful teachers 3.30pm in the hall

Thursday 26th June                  Year 7 Debate; Year 11 Mock Trial

Friday 27th June                      Year 10 Dairy Excursion

                                                Prefect Assembly p6

                                                Year 11 History Debate


Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday and thank you for your support in Term 2. Please remember that students in the junior school must be encouraged to relax and enjoy the holidays. Please encourage your child to make connections with friends and classmates and go on outings to the movies etc. It is important that they experience appropriate degrees of independence. I will be emailing students and asking class captains and vice captains to organise gatherings for their classes.


Thank you

Ms Connors