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Principal's Newsletter, Week 9, Term 2, 2015

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Principal’s Report


Farewell Ms Jen Burgess It is with very mixed emotions that we all say farewell to Ms Burgess. Ms Burgess came to us as a very early career teacher and leaves us as an expert classroom practitioner. From walking with our Cadet Unit and Duke of Edinburgh hikes, coaching teams to her leadership of our 7-10 High Resolves program, Ms Burgess always gives fully of herself. Her leadership and production of the 2015 Musical “Viva Mexico” reflected her drive to create memories for our many students.  Ms Burgess has always been actively involved in student welfare and this year took on the role of Year 7 Advisor and we have seen this year group transition smoothly under her guidance. Much loved by all students and staff, we will miss Ms Burgess and wish her a wonderful life and career in Melbourne.


Prefect Election Yesterday we elected our new student leadership team for 2015-2016. It is with great pleasure that I announce that our leaders for 2015 - 16 are:


School Captains –             Jin Yoo                                Jeffrey Khoo 


School Vice Captains –        Eva Sinha                      Sriganesh Thavalingam       


Senior Prefects –              Jumaana Abdu                 Justin Wu    


Sports Captains –              Ria Sinha                      Joel Jenson


Prefects -                     Annie Bai                      Sarah Bak

                                Alpha Bi                       Joanna Cao

                                Alex Cui                       Cameron Hinton

                                Afif Hossain                   Bridget Hwang

                                Yutong Ji                      Edward Jiang

                                Aaron Lawrence               Jessica Li

                                Joanne Liu                     Anita Ma

                                Sheree Nguyen-Hoang         Yoshua Selvadurai

                                Suryansh Sharma              Victor Wong

                                Daniel Yan                     Alice Yan

                                Simon Yang                    Henry Ye

                                Kevin Zhu (11T)               Malcolm Zou


Thank you to Ms Sue Briggs who guides our Prefect body.

On Saturday our students competed in the Titration Competition at Macquarie University.

Socialising in the holidays – It is very important that students are encouraged to go on outings with their classmates during the upcoming holidays. Independence must be taught and practised. Students should go out in groups and I will ask class captains to encourage these activities.

One of our most professional and student directed activities is Ruse Publications. The latest edition of Rusestar was distributed yesterday. Thank you to the student leaders of this project – Patrick So (12), Jumaana Abdu (11) and Raymond Wu (12). It is such a high quality, creative and engaging magazine – please download and read your copy: 

Year 8 subject selections – Thank you to our year 8 parents and students that attended the year 8 subject information night. Students will be submitting their applications online this year. Year 8 and 11 parent teacher meetings will occur on Monday afternoon between 4 and 7pm. Thank you to the fabulous year 9 and 10 students that presented so passionately about each subject. The photos below are of the Year 9 Elective Music class.

Thank you to the many parents who contributed to the success of our Mother’s Club Food Day on Tuesday. It is always wonderful to see the active support and service of our parents. I would also like to thank and acknowledge the support we have received from Eastwood Superfresh (Eastwood Village 8/1 Progress Ave, Eastwood) for their generous donation of all the vegetable ingredients and also Eastwood Meat Market (Shop 15a/ 1 Lakeside Rd, Eastwood) for donating all the chicken wings required for this food day.

UN Youth NSW Evatt Model United Nations – hosted at Ruse on June 12th

Thank you to Ms Steele and the Social Justice team who hosted a preliminary round of MUNA. Students from many schools formed teams to debate issues and negotiate resolutions to try to resolve the world’s global issues.

On Monday Mrs Pooviah represented our school at the 2015 Australian Olympiad Teams Announcement which was held at Parliament House in Canberra.


We are privileged to have to have 6 students honoured this year and 2 former students are team leaders.

Informatics                  Ishraq Huda     (12)                  Joshua Lau (Deputy Team Leader)

Mathematics                Yang Song (12)

                                    Kevin Xian (11)

Chemistry                     Zane Zhang (12)

Physics                         Joshua Lin (12)                         Bonnie Zhang (Deputy Director)

Earth Science Team     Jade Pham (11)

Year 10 High Resolves completed their Community Action Project this week and reflected on all they have learnt in their journey. Their honest reflections on the strengths and weaknesses of their team and project were impressive.

Congratulation to Linus Cooper of Year 9 won the NSW Boardgaming Carcassonne Tournament at The Games Cube, Parramatta on Sunday.

James Ruse has an official Facebook page. We are aiming to capture the fabulous every day events that occur at school and also provide a more up to date source of information.


This is our last newsletter for Term 2. I wish everyone a safe and happy last week and holiday.

Megan Connors