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Principal's Report Week 1, Term 2 2012

posted Apr 26, 2012, 5:52 PM by Unknown user
Welcome to two new teachers. A new permanent member of staff, Ms Joyce Ng, joins us in English from this term. Ms Ng has been teaching at Turramurra HS and was successful in her application for our second English vacancy via the merit selection process. Mr George Lowery is joining us in HSIE, coming from Pennant Hills HS, also via the merit selection process. Mr Arnold Boyaci has been offered, and has accepted, our TSO position. He will commence duty at our school on Thursday 3rd May 2012.
Retirement. Mr Ron Howlett, maths teacher extraordinaire, retired at the end of last term. Mr Howlett has been teaching at our school for three decades, since 1982. Thousands of Ruse students owe their maths success to Mr Howlett. Mr Howlett was thanked and farewelled at a staff luncheon on the last day of term.

Harvard Success. Congratulations to Anna Zhong, who has been accepted into a number of US universities and has chosen Harvard with a $40000 scholarship. Anna writes: Please let them know that I couldn't have done it without all the teachers who have taught and encouraged me, or without the wonderful James Ruse environment, in which I was given every opportunity to grow and contribute to (I remember writing about how much I learnt from agriculture in my Harvard application too). I also think my Visual Arts may have had a huge impact on my   application because my admissions officer sent me an email saying how much he loved my HSC Body of Work. Mr Goggin might be happy to know this :) However, I will never know what other reasons they accepted me for... I am still incredibly surprised.

Chess Success. Congratulations to Andrew Pan (Year 9) who participated in the biggest international Chess Tournament in Australia  from 5 – 9 April, the 50th Doeberl Cup, at the Hellenic Club in ACT. It is an Australian Chess Federation Grand Prix 5 Class and FIDE rated. It is also part of the training session for the Australian Junior U/16 Olympiad Squad members.
Music success. Congratulations to Lian Park & Justin Wu, in reaching the Semi-Finals of the NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition.  This is a great achievement when they were competing against 100 contestants! They have been chosen to be part of the 20 Semi-Finalists performing on 28 April at Peter Duly Hall, Abbotsleigh School, Pacific Hwy, Wahroonga from 11am.

Australian Informatics Team success. Congratulations to Joshua Lau who has been selected for this team. Keep your fingers crossed for aRay Li who is the reserve.

OzCLO success.  Congratulations to Bonita Gu, Monica Tay, Carmen Cheng and Benjamin Zhu who have come second in the national Australian Computational Linguistic Olympics, and the only NSW placegetter ! First place went to PLC in Victoria. Carslaw Scholar 2011. Congratulations to Nancy Fu for being nominated as a Carslaw scholar for 2011 by the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Sydney. Nancy will receive her award at a ceremony on Tuesday 8 March 2012.

Swimming success.  Congratulations to all our swimmers at CHS. Yale Yi came second in the 100 metres breastroke and now swims in the All Schools on 7 May. He also came 5th in the 100 metres butterfly, 100 m freestyle, 100 backstroke. Our 12 years boys’ relay came second. Our 13 year boys’ relay (Dennis Yoon, Yale Yi, Shawn Xie and Lucas Myeong) came 5th.

Maths Olympiad Training School.  If you missed the story and photo of our students in The Telegraph, you can find it here:

School Development Day. Teachers had a very successful and interesting day at Girraween HS on Day1, together with teachers from Penrith HS and Baulkham Hills HS, the four selective schools in our Western Sydney Region. Jason Clarke from Minds at Work focused on teaching creativity through a range of concepts and activities with a focus on how we can do it effectively as practitioners. Content covered included: What is creativity and innovative thinking? When should we teach creativity and innovative thinking? When and where should risks be taken in teaching creativity and innovative thinking? You can have a look at his website -

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Test Walk. Congratulations to the 21 students who completed this walk, Bundeena to Otford, on the last weekend of the holidays. Year 12 First Aid course. A large number of Year 12 students completed their First Aid training on our pupil-free day – a very useful credential to have.

Robotics. Our students enjoyed their Robotics Boot camp with Ms Chen at MacIct Macquarie University. Check out the YouTube video to see the students' robots in action. At 0:24 second, it is William Chen demonstrating his proud product!

ANZAC Day. Many of you would have watched our Senior Marching Band marching in the ANZAC Day parade in the city. Others of you would have seen them on TV. Congratulations to all our students. They were magnificent. Thank you Mr Armitage, Ms Murphy and all the parents involved. ANZAC Day Celebrations. Twenty eight of our cadets were invited to provide the Honour Guard at the DEC Hyde Park ANZAC service on the Tuesday at the end of last term. They also attended memorial services at Epping and Carlingford. The school held its ANZAC Day service this Tuesday. Our guest of Honour was Brigadier D. R. Leece, PSM, RFD, ED (Ret’d) MScAgr (Sydney), PhD (Michigan State), FAIAST, 


David Leece was educated at North Sydney Boys’ High School, the University of Sydney and Michigan State University.  He became a scientist, a public administrator and a citizen soldier.

His early career was as a research scientist in the New South Wales Department of Agriculture, where he made significant contributions to science, and to agricultural and environmental practice, on the mineral nutrition of crops, the foliar absorption of chemicals, and the impacts of pollutants on plants and ecosystems.

Dr Leece transferred to the State Pollution Control Commission in 1980, which became the Environment Protection Authority in 1992.  For 22 years in these two agencies, he contributed at senior executive level to advising government, policy development, pollution control, natural resource management, the oversight of scientific research, and the provision of scientific knowledge to underpin government decisions.  When he retired in 2002 after 42 years in the New South Wales Public Page 3Service, Dr Leece was Executive Director and Chief Scientist of the Environment Protection Authority, and, concurrently, the New South Wales Deputy Commissioner of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission.  In 2001, he was awarded the Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding service to science, agriculture and environment protection.

Following retirement, Dr Leece was an Assistant Commissioner of the Natural Resources Commission for five years.  He is now Vice-President of the Royal United Services Institute and he edits the Institute’s quarterly professional journal, United Service.


Table tennis success. Congratulations to Erny Tsao who competed in the NSW Table Tennis Open Championships on Sunday the 1 April.  The Championships is a NSW State Senior and Youth (U21) qualifying tournament. Erny won two Medals:   Gold Medal in U21 Men's Singles; and   Gold Medal in Men’s Open Doubles. At the New Zealand ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) Global Junior Circuit and World 
Junior Championships Oceania Qualification in Auckland over Easter Erny  won 1 Bronze Medal, and represented Australia in qualifying for entry to International tournament, with details as follows: New Zealand ITTF Global Junior Circuit – Bronze in Junior (U18) Boys Teams, and Quarter-finalist in Junior (U18) Boys Doubles; and Oceania Qualification for World Junior Championships - Winner in Junior (U18) Boys Teams, and thus qualified for 2012 World Junior Championships to be held in Hyderabad, India in December 2012. 

Young Endeavour Youth Scheme. Please consider applying for a voyage in this 11 day training scheme. Check out the website: Youth crew are selected via a ballot. Young Australians aged 16 to 23 can apply. No sailing experience is required.

Next week: 2A
Monday 30 April: .Preliminary exams yrs 11/9; Prefects 3 on 3 basketball recess and lunch; High Resolves 40 Yr. 10 students  3.10 – 5.10pm; staff welfare team conference.

Tuesday 1 May: Preliminary exams Yrs. 11/9; Prefects 3 on 3 basketball recess and lunch; staff welfare team conference; Yr. 9 High Resolves pds 1 – 5.

Wednesday 2 May: Preliminary exams Yrs. 11/9; Prefects 3 on 3 basketball recess and lunch; Yr. 8 Fretworks 1.45pm. 

Thursday 3 May: Preliminary exams Yrs. 11/9; Prefects 3 on 3 basketball recess and lunch; Chartered Accountants Cadetships presentation Yr. 12 lunchtime in lecture theatre

Friday 4 May: Preliminary exams Yrs. 11/9; Prefects 3 on 3 basketball recess and lunch; Yr. 8 Bandalism pds 1- 2;  all Yr. 9 Agriculture excursion to Tocal.