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Principal's newsletter, week 9, term 4, 2014

posted Dec 13, 2014, 1:44 PM by Unknown user
On Tuesday night we were all delighted to participate in the inaugural James Ruse End of Year Concert at The Concourse at Chatswood. This spectacular venue was a fabulous backdrop for the exceptional talent we witnessed. All performers rose to the occasion and I saw a standard of performance that I had never seen before. Every performance was professional and engaging. The Year 7 choir was very special and received a roaring applause. Enormous thanks must go to our talented music teachers – Mr Patrick Wong and Mr Richard Brus – our Gifted and Talented HT and Coordinator of Music – Mrs Jennifer Bowen and our superb administrator Mrs Cathy Elton. Our conductors – Dr Anthony Clarke, Ms Christine Pringle, Mr Adam Tomkins and Mr Jon Collins – were a great support on the night and have done a fabulous job of nurturing and growing the talent of our students. Malcom Zou of Year 10 took beautiful photos and it is such an honour to share them with you. Thank you to the many parents and friends that filled the audience on this memorable night.

On Wednesday we hosted our Year 7 2015 and their families for orientation day. Our newly elected Peer Support Leaders were wonderful role models for our younger students. Thank you to Ms Jen Burgess, our Year 7 2015 Year Advisor and Ms Ashlee Walker, our assistant year advisor who made the day very successful. Our SASS staff do an enormous job in the organising of this event and in ensuring all our new students are successfully enrolled and prepared – thank you Mrs Haslehust-Smith, Mrs Hayes, Mrs Threlfo, Mrs Parker, Mrs Kunz and Mrs Golding. Thank you also to Mrs Wong, our Uniform Shop Manager, and our fantastic parent helpers who have operated the uniform shop over the last 6 weeks selling uniforms to our new students. Our transport prefects (of year 11) were of great assistance offering guidance to our new parents.


2015 Year 11 Peer Support Leaders

Stephanie Moon                                   Anthony Chan

Jessie Sun                                            Cameron Hinton

Jessica Li                                             Henry Chen                 

Balaki Parameshwaran                          Spencer Hu

Joanna Cao                                           Henry Ye                                 

Michele Fu                                           Daniel Ho

Alpha Bi                                               John Lee

Kerrie Leung                                         Malcolm Zou

Ria Sinha                                              Andrew Tchang

Supuli Ranasinghe                                 Lachlan Qin

Alice Yan                                              Alex Cui

Sarah Bak                                            Geoffrey Sun

Cathy Wang                                         Victor Wong

Georgia Sun                                          Priom Paul (Reserve)

Chaewon Lee                                         Wai Lam Wong (Reserve)

Mulanne Phan  

Suryansh Sharma                                

Emily Wong (Reserve)                          

Annie Chen (Reserve)

Sheree Nguyen – Hoang (Reserve)


To showcase the support and engagement of our parent community, our Indian and Sri Lankan families hosted a Food Day in conjunction with Orientation Day. This was a huge success and a massive effort from all the parents involved. A special thank you to Mrs Abha Sinha and Mrs Sandya Nanayakkara who led and coordinated the many volunteers. Our students were also eager to assist with the selling of the produce at recess and lunch.


Next Tuesday is our Presentation Day Assembly to recognise the many achievements of our students. Over 300 invitations have been issued to ensure all student achievement is celebrated. It will be fabulous to share this day with many parents.


Last Friday five students visited Girraween High School with Ms Natalie Novotni, our Acting Head Teacher Welfare, to interview each other on work ethic and grit. Focusing on positive psychology the students and Ms Novotni had a great day.


Ms Jen Burgess hosted our OC Teachers’ Day – which is a fantastic chance for an exchange of information and ideas between us and the primary schools. Rehan Gunawardhana and Calla Lee of year 7 spoke eloquently of their experiences at transitioning to high school.