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Principal's Newsletter, Week 9, Term 3, 2017

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It was wonderful to be informed during the week that our Drama students had once again been nominated for OnStage. 

Liesl Chen has been nominated for her Individual Performance, To Fly.

Richard Mo, Helen Park & Travis Wu have been nominated for their Group Performance, The Unholy Trinity. 

This is a wonderful achievement. Congratulations to their teachers - Jamie Gerlach, Amy Murphy and Lauren Killley.

Congratulations to our superb mathematicians who recently sat the Australian Mathematics Olympiad. Linus Cooper achieved a Gold Medal, Brian Su a Bronze medal and Yasiru Jayasooriya and Philip Liang an honourable mention. Fabulous achievements for all four students.

Awards Day was another memorable event to honour our graduating Year 12 students and award recipients. Andy Cai and Ashley Wong were awarded the prestigious Sydney University and JRAHS Leadership award. I have enclosed my speech below:

“As we wish our year 12 students every success as they move into their futures, I would like to reflect on the importance of the relationships they have developed – with friends, families, teachers and other students. These relationships have helped you grow into the person you are today. These relationships have shaped your identities and supported your dreams.

Year 12, as you move onto the next phase of your education, it is important that you seek out new relationships – relationships that will continue to support but also challenge you. Many of you may have heard of A.A Milne, author of Winnie–the–Pooh. Milne wrote “You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”

It is so important that we all step out of our comfort zone, our “corner of the forest”, and seek out new experiences, new opportunities to build relationships and networks. It is our ability to connect with all types of people and build productive relationships that will ensure we thrive at university and later in careers. It is our networks that will help us find future jobs. It is also our ability to create relationships that employers will seek. Your ability to connect with each other is perhaps the most important skill you will leave Ruse with.

I wish for all our graduating students a life time of learning and a life time to find, develop and explore relationships. To thrive in this fast paced, changing world we need to cultivate our friendships, nurture our dreams and look after the world we live in. Thank you to our parents and staff who have shared this journey with Year 12; helping and supporting them throughout their high school career.

Year 12 – Congratulations to our Awards Winners today. Your achievements across so many fields are impressive. I wish each of you good health, happiness, adventure and laughter. Please always remember, as Christopher Robin said to Winnie-the-Pooh

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Congratulations on your graduation.”

We wish Year 12 a wonderful last week of school – celebrating their last concert on Monday afternoon and graduation lunch with their parents on Tuesday. They will enjoy a day of relaxation on Balmoral Beach on Wednesday. Stuvac follows and is a time of intensive preparation. The key is the completion of past papers. The first HSC exam is on Monday 16th October. Students should always ensure they arrive at the hall 30 minutes before each exam. The full timetable can be found at:

It is very supportive if parents collect students after exams – but please note it can take 30 minutes after each exam to complete the paperwork required.

On Wednesday we held a lovely assembly to farewell a much loved teacher, Ms Sue Briggs. Sue has taught at JRAHS for the past 27 ¾ years. An inspirational teacher, supportive colleague, mentor to staff and students alike and great friend, Sue will be greatly missed. Sue is transferring to Penrith High School, much closer to her home. Very popular, many former students joined us in celebrating Sue’s career. Thank you to Mrs Weber and the Mathematics Faculty for ensuring a successful farewell assembly. We wish Sue a fabulous career at Penrith High School.

The Year 8 Cross Curricular Project starts today and will conclude on Thursday 21st of September when they present their projects at Western Sydney University. Students will be working on a project related to the Sustainable Sydney 2030 vision with the overarching question being 'How can gaining a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding globalisation help us be an agent of change in our communities?' Students will be given an option of 5 projects they can select from that deals with Equality, Culture, Sustainability, Liveability or Innovation. Thank you to our Head Teacher, Teaching and Learning, Ms Belinda Buurma and the Cross Curricular team – Ms Monique Bobanovic, Ms Nancy Zhu, Ms Alicia North and Ms Sophie Belevski. I have included the project outline below. Parents are welcome to join us at WSU Parramatta on Thursday 21st September to observe the presentations in the form of a trade display.


Today we also welcomed our new students who will be joining us in Year 9. Thank you to Ms Sophie Belevski for her organisation of Orientation Day.

In 2017 Mrs Janie Golding has been working in the DEC training new schools as they embrace LMBR. Four excellent staff members have relieved as SAM over this time. Thank you to Mrs Cathy Threlfo, Mrs Kathryn Longmuir, Mrs Leanne Ryan and Mrs Cathy Hayes who have all done a superb job learning and working in the role of School Administration Officer.

Save the Date: Tuesday 17th October 6.30pm Community of James Ruse Forum meeting – students and parents are welcome to listen to our former students share their journeys and careers.

This is our last newsletter for Term 3. Thank you to our students, parents and teachers for their amazing efforts in Term 3. It is such a huge term of learning, assessing, performing and playing. Please join us on Wednesday night for the Classical Concert which will be held in the lecture theatre.

Coming Events

Week 10A

Monday 18th September           Year 8 Cross Curriculum Project (all week)

                                                Year 12 Final Assembly

                                                Year 10 Science Practical examination Period 4

Tuesday 19th September          Year 12 Graduation Lunch

                                                Year 7 Excursion to Taronga Zoo

                                                6.30pm Classical Concert in Lecture Theatre

Wednesday 20th September    Year 12 Balmoral Beach Day

                                                Year 11 Meeting


Thursday 21st September        Year 11 Wellbeing Day

                                                R.U.O.K Day – Cloud 9

                                                Year 8 Cross Curriculum Project – presentation at WSU

                                                3.15pm ISCF BBQ


Friday 22nd September            Prefect Games

                                                Year 9 Meeting Period 4

Week 1B, Term 4

Tuesday 10th October              Year 10 Science Practical Exams Period 4 and 5

Thursday 12th October             Year 11 Production       

Have a wonderful holiday

Megan Connors