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Principal's Report Week 10, Term 1 2012

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Chemistry Olympiad Success: Congratulations to Brian Gao and Marco Lee, who have both been chosen to represent Australia in the Chemistry Olympiad team. They will train at Cambridge University before the competition which will be held in Washington in August.

Swimming Success: We have an unprecedented nine swimmers going to the State swimming carnival, representing Western Sydney region! Congratulations to Lucas Chen, Tony Huang, Nathan Lee, Richard Mo, Lucas Myeong, Hannah Qu, Shawn Xie, Yale Yi and Denis Yoon.

International Table Tennis: Congratulations to Erny Tsao who has been selected to represent Australia competing in the following International Table Tennis Tournaments in Auckland, New Zealand from Monday the 16th of April to Sunday the 22nd of April 2012 in the Junior (U18) Boys Team in ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) Junior Circuit - New Zealand Junior & Cadet Open; and, in the Junior (U18) Boys Team in World Junior Championships Oceania Qualification.

UBS Young Women’s Leadership Academy: Congratulations to Rhonda Ung for her success in her application for this program, to be held this April. There were over 190 high quality applications from all over the state for 26 positions. This will be a very valuable learning experience for young women considering entering law and business.

University of Sydney Academic Excellence in Year 10 Awards: Congratulations to Gary Xu, who is a recipient of this award. Gary will be receiving his award on 2 May at 5pm at MacLaurin Hall, University of Sydney.

WeCreate challenges 2012: Please consider entering the digital challenges found at this website: www.wecreate.nsw.edu.au. Formerly these were known as the Connected Learning Awards. Last time we entered en masse the issue was copyright. Please enter, but please take care that all of your entry is original and does not require any copyright permissions.

Harmony Day: This year we did not officially celebrate Harmony Day on 21 March. In the words of our Director-General, Dr Michelle Bruniges, Harmony Day is an annual event where we reach out to understand and respect the many different cultures that make up our multicultural nation. It's a time to share what we have in common and ensure there is a sense of belonging among our students, colleagues, friends and
acquaintances. Given our re-focus on social justice issues, I would like to congratulate all of you for ensuring the spirit of Harmony Day is alive and well at James Ruse. March 21 is the date designated by the United Nations as the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. However its theme- Sport - play, engage, inspire- is with us all year. It was particularly visible during our Cross Country Carnival. Our students ran, coached, volunteered and cheered. Again, in the words of our DG , sport has the capacity to unite and inspire people of all ages and from all walks of life.

Public Speaking Competitions: Please encourage your son/daughter to enter public speaking competitions: The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award for younger secondary students in all NSW schools. This competition – open to students from government and non-government schools, attracted over 400 entries in 2011, from more than 200 schools across NSW. Founded in 1995, the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award was established to develop the confidence of secondary students aged 12 - 14, as well as to develop their oral communication skills. The New South Wales winner and runner-up compete in the National Final.

The Sydney Morning Herald Plain English Speaking Award for senior secondary students in all NSW schools. This competition was first organised in Victoria in 1977. Since then, it has become a national award with the Australia-Britain Society and cooperating education departments in each state. The award is open to senior students of government and non-government schools throughout each state. The first national final was held in 1978.The national winner and runner-up now compete in an international final held in England by the English Speaking Union

To visit the Public Speaking homepage where you can download an information guide and enter contestants in the various competitions, click on https://www.artsunit.nsw.edu.au/programs/speaking-competitions/public- speaking.

Earth Hour: Go Green will be hosting an event for Earth Hour (official event is from 8.30pm - 9.30pm 31st March) on the last day of Term 1 (Thursday 5th April) from periods 4 to 7.Teachers will be switching off their classroom lights and fans, and electronic devices such as computers (if they are not necessary) after recess has ended. Earth Hour is an initiative by the WWF which encourages individuals, homes, businesses,
governments etc. to switch off their lights for one hour. Earth Hour first began in Sydney in 2007, and has since spread to 130 countries worldwide - even the Eiffel Tower will be switching off its lights this year!

Bandaged Bear Food Day: Amnesty has been raising funds all week with its sale of produce. This is culminating in a food stall on Friday 30 April. Thank you to all the students involved. It has been a magnificent effort for a very worthwhile charity.

Student Focus Groups: We ran two delightful focus groups this week on Agriculture/TAS and PD/H/PE. They were a wonderful affirmation of programs and teaching as well as offering recommendations for being more wonderful. Thank you to the students for their representative comments. Thank you to the staff of these faculties. A student from each group will now report on the discussions and suggestions to the SRC; the Head Teachers will report to the executive early next term.

This is the last newsletter for the term. Have a joyful and peaceful Easter holiday. Best wishes to the Japan excursion. I expect lots of cross country and athletics training for the zone carnivals next term.

Next Week:

Monday 2 April: SRC Oriental Food day; Year 9 High Resolves – all day;
Multicultural Night

Tuesday 3 April: Year 9 High Resolves – all day; Cadets at Hyde Park

Wednesday 4 April: Year 12 Information Night

Thursday 5 April: Prefects’ EASTER and Year 7 at Easter Show; Last day of term 1

Next Term:

Monday 23 April: First Day of Term 2 - Week 1 B; School Development Day at Girraween HS for all
teaching staff; First Aid Certificate training for Yr 12; rehearsal for Anzac Day Marching Band.

Tuesday 24 April: All students return

Wednesday 25 April: ANZAC Day public holiday; School band marching in Anzac Day march.

Thursday April 26:

Friday April 27: Yr 8 Bandalism pds 1 and 2; Preliminary exams begin

Larissa Treskin
Principal
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