It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of 2015. It has been a very special year; full of learning, fun and friendship. We have celebrated our many successes this week at Presentation Afternoon and I would like to congratulate all our prize recipients on their success. The sheer number of awards given out at Presentation Afternoon and at Year Meetings is a testament to the level of achievement across the whole school. I would like to thank Ms St Louis for her leadership of this event and also Ms Haslehust-Smith, Ms Hayes, Ms Ramsay, Ms Steele, Mr Driscoll and Ms Annetts for the fabulous organisation of the event.
As the year ends we say goodbye to a number of valued teachers. Mr George Lowery chose to move to James Ruse in the last years of his teaching career; to enjoy new challenges. He has been an amazing asset to our HSIE faculty, a leader in our Economics team and a fabulous colleague and friend. Mr Lowery is moving into a new phase where he hopes to spend much time on the golf course but also will come back to Ruse to casual teach. Mrs Sharon Rogers has been a valued member of our English Faculty and has chosen to move to a teaching position closer to home. Ms Rosita Soljic will take up a fulltime position at Mitchell HS as a French and Italian teacher and Ms Cheryl Isherwood, our Chemistry teacher, is thinking of moving closer to her family who live interstate. We have also been privileged to “borrow” Mrs Rachel Hann from Oakhill for 2015 and she has been a fabulous asset to our CAPA faculty and whole school. We wish Mr Lowery, Mrs Rogers, Ms Soljic, Mrs Hann and Mrs Isherwood all the best in their future endeavours. For 2016 we temporarily say farewell to Mr Federico and Mr Stanley who will take a leave to pursue their studies and travel respectively.
The Year 10 Formal last Friday night was a very special evening. The students not only looked spectacular but behaved with grace and dignity. Their friendliness, harmony and inclusion of everyone was wonderful to see. Many teachers enjoyed the night with Year 10. Thank you to Ms Hameed and Mr Gengiah for the organisation of this event. Thank you to our many parents who supported their children, enjoying the night, taking many photos and picking everyone up on time.
We received the news that Helen Park (10) had applied for a leadership tour of New Zealand and Australia exploring Indigenous rights and issues. After three rounds (a general application, two essay questions and an interview), Helen was one of 16 students around Australia picked to go on the tour next year. This is a fabulous opportunity for Helen and also for all of us at Ruse as Helen will be able to share her wonderful experiences with us. Well done Helen. More information can be found at the website: https://unyouth.org.au/event/aotearoa-leadership-tour/. The program is sponsored by Australian UN Youth.
Thank you to Mr Low, our PDHPE faculty and sports teachers for organising this year’s sports BBQ. It was a superb celebration of a truly successful year of sport. Thank you also to the Prefects who organised our very own Colour Run.
This week the Executive spent time evaluating 2015 and planning 2016. For the last 2 days 24 teachers have continued to complete the Mini Certificate of Gifted Education through Gateway Education.
Year 7 and 8 science classes have been thoroughly engaged in a creative, dynamic and very engaging STEM activity. This program is designed to really push our students to “think” and “create”. A quote from Ms Fiona Ward’s email:
“Matthew Hackett and Kim from the UK presented a STEM project based on 'Redox Reactions' to our highly motivated year 8 students and they had them on the edge of their seats. The winning class was Science 8K followed by 8T, then 8L and finally 8A. The winning group in 8K were our 'Europe' representatives. Congratulations! This group almost achieved the Highest International score ever recorded and were so very close to breaking that ceiling. They achieved the second highest score ever.
Matthew has assured me tomorrow will be even more interesting (as it is his favourite course) as the day is based around a- ‘Murder Mystery and Blood Analysis'.”
What an amazing learning opportunity for our Year 7 and 8 students.
To access many dates and events already organised for 2016, please visit our calendar - http://web1.jamesruse-h.schools.nsw.edu.au/webcal/calendar/7 . We update the calendar on a regular basis so we advise that both students and parents bookmark the calendar to keep informed.
The Sentral Parent and Student Portals are also an important communication link. In the last week of the school holidays students will be able to print their timetables from Sentral. In 2016 we will not be giving Years 8-12 a paper timetable.
This is our last newsletter for 2015; I wish all families a wonderful holiday with plenty of well-earned rest and relaxation. Students in Year 7 to 10 will receive their yearly reports on Tuesday. Our Prefects will then entertain us with a spectacular concert in periods 6 and 7 to end our year. The school office will be open and staff present until Friday 18th December.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank our students, parents and staff for your dedicated contribution in 2015. Our school continues to grow and thrive due to the support we receive from our community.
Have a wonderful holiday and wishing you a fabulous 2016.
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