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Principal's Newsletter, Week 8, Term 3, 2016

posted Nov 26, 2016, 9:13 PM by Unknown user

Principal’s Report

Congratulations to four of our very talented chess students who competed at Knox Grammar on Saturday in the play-offs to establish who would represent NSW in the Australian School Team Competition in Perth later this year. After a long day of battling, the Ruse team won on countback after drawing with North Sydney boys. Congratulations to Kevin Willathgamuwa (Year 7), Rowan Willathgamuwa (Year 9), Raymond Li (Year 10) and Linus Cooper (Year 10). Thank you to Mr Khoury for guiding this team to victory and running our very successful chess competitions.

This weekend our Cadet Unit will complete the Bivouac to Marramarra National Park. This was the bivouac cancelled earlier due to poor weather. Thank you to Mr McFadyen and the Cadet Under Officers for their wonderful reorganisation of this event.

On Tuesday and Wednesday we held our JRAHS Executive conference to evaluate and current processes and plan for the future. Our school plan’s three strategic directions are:

1.     Creative, holistic learning

Our purpose is to provide a supportive, creative, differentiated curriculum and co-curricular program to meet the needs of our highly and exceptionally gifted students. We will develop the critical and creative thinking skills and personal and social attributes of students. Students will learn ethically with each other valuing their own development as holistic, lifelong learners. Agriculture will be a priority across the school to recognise its vital role in society. To ensure resilient and resourceful students a wellbeing curriculum will be implemented. Student programs will develop leadership capacity.

2.     Collaborative, professional learning culture

Our purpose is to provide collaborative professional learning to build the capacity of staff to become leaders of learning, creativity and innovation. We aim to ensure the wellbeing of all staff and implement an effective staff wellbeing program based on the principles of positive psychology and the ASPIRE values.

3.     Connected community engagement

Our purpose is to enhance community engagement with all stakeholders including parents, ex-students, other schools and the wider community to enhance creative, holistic learning. With continued outreach into the community we aim to be a school with a local and global focus. We will provide world class infrastructure to support teaching and learning within our school and as a means of collaboration with others. Aligning with the NSW Government’s recommendation on Agricultural High Schools, we will promote ourselves as specialists in Agricultural education and share this expertise with the wider community.

As a peer principal I have recently participated in the external validation of two other schools. This has allowed me great insight into how we as a school should prepare for our self-assessment and future validation. Collecting evidence to show the impact of our programs on student achievement and success is very important. Our Executive Conference allowed us to create better systems to achieve this.

On Monday 19th September a representative of Harvard University will provide a session on applying to Harvard and other American universities. The session will be 1 hour long starting at 9am with a brief presentation and time for questions and answers. Students have attended a meeting to place their names on the list – no further space for students is available. If parents would like to attend there are limited places – to book a place please RSVP to our James Ruse email address - Unfortunately places are limited. Please write RSVP Harvard and your name in the subject line.

 It was a pleasure on Tuesday night to witness our talented Year 12 students perform their group and individual Drama HSC pieces. The creation and direction of such thought provoking and entertaining pieces is inspiring. 

Congratulations to Year 8 on their fabulous behaviour and participation at the year 8 camp to Milson Island. Thank you to Mrs Ramsay for organising the camp and ensuring our wellbeing programs are successfully delivered to year 8. Thank you to Mrs Ramsay, Mr Driscoll, Ms Silvestro, Ms Killey and Ms North for taking Year 8 on this wonderful experience.

Coming Events

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


Week 10B

Monday 19th September            9.00am Harvard Information Session and Visit – RSVP required

                                                Year 12 Concert P6 and 7

                                                Year 9 Science Practical Assessment

                                                Year 7 Meeting in the Lecture Theatre P4 and 5

Tuesday 20th September          Year 10 Geography Excursion

                                                Year 9 Macquarie Cup Debating

                                                12.30pm Year 12 Graduation Lunch

                                                6.30pm Year 11 Drama Production

Wednesday 21st September      6.30pm Year 11 Drama Production

                                                Year 12 Beach Day

Thursday 22nd September         Year 7 Zoo Excursion

                                                Year 11 VA Excursion to Art Gallery

                                                3.15p.m Year 9 High Resolves

Friday 23rd September Duke of Edinburgh Gold Hike

                                                Year 9 and 10 Poetry Slam – Bankstown Library.

Have a wonderful week

Megan Connors