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Principal's Newsletter, Week 9, Term 2, 2017

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Congratulations to Steven Liu (12), Yuyu Ma (12), Ivan Hou (12) and Linus Cooper (11) who had the honour of receiving their Australian Olympiad Blazer at a ceremony on Monday at Parliament House, Canberra. Ivan is part of the Chemistry team, Linus the Mathematics team and Yu Yu and Steven in the Physics team. Thank you to Mrs Heather Weber who represented our school in Canberra to witness this tremendous honour for our students.

On Monday afternoon our students in Year 7-10 enjoyed an ideas filled lecture given by Dr Karl Kruszelnicki. Dr Karl led the students through a journey of the latest discoveries across a range of industries and sciences; inspiring students to follow their passions, to set high goals and be active and responsible citizens.

Thank you to Ms Katrina Jenns, Mr Neil Pakes, Ms Lauren Killey and Ms Kaarin McKenzie for organising and completing our latest Duke of Edinburgh Hike. Thank you in advance to Mr Bruce McFadyen, Mr Peter Low, Mr Neil Pakes and Ms Lauren Killey who will take our cadets to Murramurra (a beautiful national park on the outskirts of Sydney) this weekend.


Congratulations to our Mothers’ Club and the amazing parents who worked so diligently to prepare lovely dishes of food for our staff and students to purchase.  It is also so impressive to see our former parents come back to guide and assist us. The amount raised was $5246.30 – a fabulous total – this will be of great benefit to our purchase of equipment for our science laboratories.


2017 Mothers’ Club Food Day Helper List


Team Leaders  Annie Chen/Wendy Lin


Co-ordinators  Angela Tung

                        Susan Wu

Curry -             Doris Pua

                        Cindy Chong

                        Michelle Soon

                        Peiling Tiu

                        Rebecca Troung

                        Angela Li 

                        Jennifer Ho

                        Laura Chen

                        Sophie Wang

                        Sue Fung

                        Karen Lim


Gua Bao -         Tian Chuan


Laura Chen

                        Eva Lu

                        Jenny Chen

                        Winie Chen


Rice -               Kerry Huang

                        Belinda Xia


Rice Noodle-    Amy Ou

                        Jenny Luo

                        Huang Song (c/o Teng)


Deep Fried Chicken -   Sharon Su

                                    Xiao Ying

Pearl Milk Tea -           Marissa Li

                                    Agatha Jo

                                    Ayisa Ha


Deep Fried Wonton -   Effie Lee

                                    Susanna Law

                                    Boey Wong


Pre-Order -                 Teng Teng Gan

                                    Cora Yung   

Roti                             Tracy             

It was lovely to receive an email from ex-student Yang Song (2015) earlier this week. Yang shared a newspaper article he is featured in. This is the link::  . Yang is still very appreciative of his education at James Ruse and also the help we gave him in his completion of the application process to gain entry into Princeton. A generous young man, Yang would be very happy to help others with advice and guidance in applying to overseas universities.


At James Ruse we will celebrate NAIDOC week in Week 1 next term with an assembly on Thursday. However during the holidays there are many wonderful opportunities for students to embrace. It is very important that students expand their horizons and experience our Indigenous culture. There are plenty of ways to get involved in NAIDOC Week: from films to feasts, tunes to talks. Here are some picks of the program, which runs from 2 – 9 July.

 Klub Koori

It’s an all-female line-up for the latest edition of Klub Koori at Carriageworks on 6 July. Casey Donovan leads the charge alongside emerging and established Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists Jess Beck, Mi-Kaisha Masella and Thaylia.

Blak Markets at Barangaroo

Aboriginal artists from 11 remote Australian arts centres will bring their artworks, sculptures, textiles and accessories to Sydney for the Blak Markets at Barangaroo on 2 July. You can join in Tjanpi weaving workshops, watch demonstrations of Rarrk painting and pandanus weaving and sample bush tucker.


3. NAIDOC in the City

Book a long lunchbreak on Monday July 3 and experience Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dance, song, food and more in the heart of Sydney. NAIDOC in the City is a free, family-friendly day out. There will be lunch cooked in a traditional earth oven, performances by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander musicians, market stalls, weaving demonstrations, sports workshops for kids and so much more.


4. NAIDOC Week cultural cruise

Spend the afternoon on Be-lang-le-wool (Clark Island, National Park). Tribal Warrior’s NAIDOC Week Cultural Cruise will take you to the centre of Sydney Harbour, where you’ll have your pick of activities, from hand stencilling, guided tours, cultural dance and Yidaki (didgeridoo) performances.

5. Lunchtime Film Screenings

Immerse yourself in a series of free lunchtime film screenings at Museum of Contemporary Art during NAIDOC Week. The program features documentary The Tall Man, about the death of Cameron Doomadgee at Palm Island Police Station as well as much-loved 2006 film Ten Canoes.

More information can be found at .

Thank you to Ms North for organising and implementing a superb learning experience for our Japanese students. Professional chefs were brought in to teach our students how to make sushi. The hall was transformed into a restaurant for Year 8’s dining pleasure.

Year 7 and 8 enjoyed year meetings today. Thank you to Mr Ng and Ms Sami-Pullay our Year 7 Advisors and Ms North (our newly appointed Year 8 advisor) and Ms Zhu for organising such positive celebrations of the term. The student performance is always a highlight.  Many students had received awards from their teachers. This term we recognised students that regularly exhibit enthusiasm and participation in class.

 Congratulations to our Year 10 Brain Bee team who not only won the Brain Bee finals but also achieved 1st and 3rd place in the individual competition. Congratulations to Wenjing Chen on achieving 1st place and Chelsey Teng for coming 3rd. A fabulous effort by all concerned. Thank you to Mrs Pooviah for training and supervising the team.

 I recently came upon the following article written by Dr Louis Wang, an ex-student of Sydney Boys (HSC 2000) and recommend it to you. .

Being studious and getting good grades count for very little in the great lottery of life. Rather, where we end up and our own future happiness are determined by a multitude of other factors, such as being open to new experiences, exploring one's interests, learning and honing new skills, being able to communicate our ideas, and making informed choices.”

His message certainly made me reflect and I ask that parents and students do the same. In our recent Tell Them From Me student survey it was pleasing to note that our students do value the so-called “soft skills”. As a school and staff we dedicate our time and resources to ensuring our students can lead a full extra-curricular life, experience new things and follow passions. I am often very disappointed by the number of hours our students report they spend in tutoring and the lack of free time to explore they may have. To gain these soft skills, students need to spend many hours in the metaphorical ‘sandpit’ as Dr Wang suggests.

“At school, our children will work from the syllabus; at home, we can also help them understand not only what they need to know but also the sort of person they should strive to be. We can role-model compassion, integrity, resilience in the face of adversity, tolerance and acceptance of other people's differences, respect for one another and the environment, the importance of hard work, and the satisfaction of doing a job well. And as our children cross the threshold into school, not only do they carry our hopes; they also remind us of our pledge. With everything that is going on in this world, theirs is the generation that may one day help save us all. We just need to show them how.”

Louis Wang is a Sydney doctor.


As we approach the holidays please demand that your children seek each other out, go on outings, practise a little independence and have lots of fun. Next week I urge you to encourage students to attend the SRC dance on Wednesday evening (5.30pm – 8.30pm). Please note that we do not allow students to leave the hall without their parents and ask that you come through the pedestrian gate to collect your child.

Coming Events     

Saturday and Sunday 24th and 25th June       Cadet Bivouac


Week 10A


Monday 26th June                    SRC week

Tuesday 27th June                   Prefect Voting

                                                Yr10 Debate V’s Strathfield Girls

                                                Yr 10 meeting

                                                Yr 11 meeting

                                                Yr 9 Debate V’s Strathfield

                                                Year 10 Parent Teacher Night 4pm

Wednesday 28th June              Drama IP HSC Trial

                                                SRC Dance 5.30pm

Thursday 29th June                 Announcement of School Captains and Prefects

                                                Yr 8 Taster and Information day

Friday 30th June                      Prefect Assembly


Term 3


Week 1B                                


Monday July 17th                     NAIDOC week.

School Development Day

                                                Band Camp begins.

Tuesday July 18th                    Band Camp continues.

Wednesday July 19th               Band Camp continues.

                                                HSC Drama Trial Performances

Thursday July 20th                  NAIDOC Assembly Period 3

                                                Year 8 Parent Teacher Night

Friday July 21st                       Year 9 Study Skills    


As this is the last newsletter for Term 2, I wish everyone a wonderful break and refreshing holiday.

Megan Connors