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Principal's Newsletter, Week 8, Term 3, 2015

posted Nov 1, 2015, 1:02 AM by Ms. Connors

Jessica Guo competed last weekend at the National Athletics Meet and has been selected into the Australian team to represent Australia in Hungary next April. Congratulations Jess.

On Wednesday afternoon I had the pleasure of witnessing three students be awarded the John Lincoln Award for Community Service. This high honour is awarded by the Order of Australia Committee and recognises the extensive service that students across NSW are doing for their communities. Upeka Nanayakkara, Vishni Ravindran and Stephanie Wu were recognised with this award. Their achievements and dedicated service was read to the audience at Government House and they were presented with the Award by The Honourable, David Hurley, NSW Governor. We also had two students recommended for a Highly Commended Award – Brendan Ma and Connie Tran. These five year 12 students have combined their academic studies with a dedication to community service over many years and that is admirable.

Congratulations to Hillary Truong (9) who has won the 'NSW Latin reading competition' hosted at Sydney Girls on the 13th August. Hillary won the solo prose reading section, which was a passage written by Cicero. Well done Hillary.

Congratulations also to Newton Le of Year 12 who competed in his first eisteddfod playing Classical Guitar in the Under 18s division. It is so wonderful to see our talented Year 12 students pursuing their passions outside of the HSC. Newton commented that he cannot wait for the next competition and has learnt so much.

The Prefects have been running a highly successful 3-on-3 soccer competition. This wonderful event sees the oval full of both participants and spectators raising school spirit and promoting an active lifestyle.

Our Duke of Edinburgh program hiked last weekend. This silver hike was another successful and very well organised excursion. Thank you to Ms Katrina Jenns, Ms Kaarin McKenzie and Mr Neil Pakes for organising and running this hike. At the end of the hike our students ran into a former Ruse student – Mr McNeil – who breeds Angus cattle.

On Tuesday night our year 12 Drama students performed to a large audience. Thank you to our year 12 students, their teachers Ms Amy Murphy and Mr Jamie Gerlach and the audience that enjoyed this wonderful night.

We wish Year 8 a wonderful camp next week. Their camp focuses on developing Resourceful Adolescents. More information about the RAP can be   found at http://www.rap.qut.edu.au/ . The RAP program builds on a person’s ability to identify their personal strengths, problem solve, engage in positive self-talk, develop a support network and keep calm in difficult situations.

Megan Connors

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