This is our last newsletter for this term. Thank you to everyone for your wonderful contribution to our school this year. As the holidays begin we wish our Japan Trip travellers a fabulous trip. Thank you Ms St Louis, Ms Ng, Mr Wilson and Mr Goggin for escorting our large group of students to Japan. An enormous thank you to Mr Goggin who has spent the last 14 months organising this excursion. We also wish our Robotics team, Mrs Pooviah, Dr Inglis and Ms Kong every success as they compete in the FIRST Robotics World Championships. Another enormous thank you to Mrs Pooviah who has spent countless hours organising the trip.
The first day of Term 2 for students is Tuesday 21st April. On this day we will celebrate our ANZAC service. We are honoured this year to have His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales as our Guest of Honour. Our cadet unit will present an honour guard on the front lawn. Parents are very welcome to attend our service at 9.15am on the 21st.
Another special event will be the playing of a bugle by Aaron Lawrence. This bugle that will be used to sound “The Last Post” and “Reveille” at our ANZAC Remembrance Service is a Victor “Class A” silver plated instrument made in Paris c.1900. The bugle was presented to the 5th Light Horse Regiment in December 1914 and was taken with the Regiment when they were sent as Reinforcements to the Middle East on 15 April 1916. It was used at Gaza, Egypt and Gallipoli. After the First World War, the bugle has been in the possession of the Browne family. The bugle is shortly to be donated to the Australian War Memorial. Mr Anthony Browne, who was a student at James Ruse Agricultural High School between 1965 -1970 and a member of the School Army Cadet Unit and his mother, Mrs Patricia Browne, have kindly loaned the bugle to the School to be used on this special occasion marking the one hundredth anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli by ANZAC troops.
The Library is also completing a wonderful display for the Centenary of ANZAC. Students and staff have been busy knitting poppies that will be displayed on wreaths at a number of services in the local area.
As we return to school in Term 2, students must be in full school winter uniform. Students must wear the blazer as their outer garment and it is very important they have this on the first day – for our ANZAC service. The uniform shop is open next Tuesday and Wednesday if needed. On Wednesdays Years 9-12 students must also wear the full tracksuit to school – not shorts and T shirt.
Last Friday night Ms St Louis and I had the privilege of attending the induction of the 2015 UNSW COOP Scholarship holders. It was with great joy that we witnessed three of our fabulous students from 2014 – Tanya Han, Grace Xia and Kathy Xu – receive these amazing scholarships. These scholarships recognise academic success, combined with a person’s ability to demonstrate leadership, creative thinking, problem solving and commitment to service. The scholarship holders have moved through a rigorous application and interview process to be successful.
This week Year 9 put together another superb year assembly. It was inspiring to hear of their awards and also journey so far this year. Two performances were also very special.
On Monday afternoon we will hold our first parent teacher event for 2015. Year 12 are encouraged to attend with their parents. The interviews will be held in the L Block classrooms and library.
This week we have been implementing a new software application called SENTRAL. This new software should allow us to communicate more effectively with parents and with each other here at school. Emails generated from this system will come from the firstname.lastname@example.org email address. Attendance will also be monitored through this new system and early in term 2 we will begin sending texts etc via this new system. It is very important that we have a correct email address for parents. We will test this early in term 2.
Thank you to the many parents and students who joined us for our first Ensemble concert for 2015. It was another wonderful night. Thank you to Mr Brus, Ms Hann, Dr Clarke, Mr Jackson and Ms Pringle for organising the night and conducting our ensembles.
Next week invoices for 2015 should arrive in the mail for families that have outstanding amounts. If you could please pay by 7th May it would be greatly appreciated. If you are able to contribute to the Building Fund it would be a wonderful help to the refurbishment of our three oldest science labs. We need an additional $100,000 on what we presently have to ensure we are able to furnish the laboratories with the best equipment and facilities. The Building Fund is a tax deductible donation and can be claimed on this year's financial return.
Have a wonderful and very restful holiday.
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