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Principal's Report Week 1, Term 3 2012

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Vale Ramtin Ravaie, class of 2005. Ms Briggs and Ms Mayers attended Ramtin’s funeral on Tuesday. Ramtin had been a registrar at RPA for six months when he was tragically killed in a cycling accident in Newcastle. Staff remember him as a wonderful student with great dignity and integrity . Ramtin was an outstanding individual and his passing is a true loss to society (Mr Bialy). Over 70 of his cohort attended the
funeral, some coming from overseas. His passion was making a difference and the world has certainly lost a gifted young doctor. Ramtin is pictured below as part of a campaign to make CPR training part of the national curriculum. The school passes on its condolences to Ramtin’s family and friends.

School Development Day We focused on improving literacy across all subject areas, as well as on the following school targets:
1.1.1 Develop integrated cross curricular units of work around big concepts in Stage 4 and stage 5
2.2 Collaboratively strengthen teacher capacity to balance emotional intelligence and intellectual ability.
We used each other’s expertise to design some wonderful implementation strategies.

Maths Olympiad Congratulations to Nancy Fu who achieved Bronze at the recent Maths Olympiad in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Drama Showcase 2012 Our drama teachers, Ms Amy Murphy, Ms Kristy Webb and Ms Diane Mason put on a magnificent showcase of years 9, 10 and 11 drama students on the last Tuesday of Term 2. We enjoyed an amazing, varied array of talent: duologues, mash-ups, mimes, group devised pieces, creative movement, movement and dance, musical pieces as well as scenes from The Taming of the Shrew and The Seven Stages of Grieving. Thank you to all the performers, the sound and lighting crew and the advertising crew. The
comperes were especially innovative and talented!

The following chess report was provided by our chess co-ordinator, Mr Mansour Khoury.
Lunchtime chess competition - results (win = 1 point draw = 0.5 points maximum score = 8)
Congratulations to:
Yoshua Selvadurai (year 8) - 1st (score 7/8)
George Lin (year 8) - 2nd (score 6.5/8)
Winston Woong (year 7) - 3rd and highest ranked year 7 boy (score 6/8)
Maria Ditu (year 7) - = 5th highest ranked year 7 girl (score 5/8)
These students will receive their medals this term.

Representative Chess - Friday afternoons The school has three representative teams this year- two intermediate grade (9/10) and one senior grade (11/12). The competition is set up in the hierarchical order of divisional winner - region winner - overall winner of their grade. All three teams won their divisions. They will now play off against other divisional winners to determine the regional winner (our region is west as opposed to north, south or east). The four regional winners then play each other to decide the eventual competition winner for their grade. Good luck to: Senior team: Joshua Lau, Austin Shen, Marco Lee, Suraj Ashok Murthy and Mark Lin Intermediate A team: Andrew Pan, Raymond Han, Frank Zhu, Lalit Prasad and Jackie Wu Intermediate B team: Kevin Ly, Michael Jia, Edwin Chiu and Kenric Chui.

One Day schools chess tournament -Terry Shaw Shield – Success!!!
On Sunday 24th June, James Ruse was represented superbly by three teams of three players in the One Day School Chess Tournament for the Terry Shaw Shield: two opens teams (10-12) and one junior team (7- 9). Having never won the Opens title before, our senior teams were hard pressed to keep at bay the likes of Knox and Sydney Grammar who traditionally dominate this tournament. After seven gruelling rounds, our strongest team -Andrew Pan, Joshua Lau & Raymond Han managed to come out on top, despite incredibly talented opposition from both Knox and Grammar. The 3-0 win against Knox was a very impressive achievement by our A team. The other opens team consisted of Frank Zhu, Jackie Wu and Lalit Prasad, all in year 10 and they came a very respectable =4th behind our A team, Knox (2nd) and Sydney Grammar (3rd).
James Ruse has never won this prestigious title ever before. The school now gets to keep the shield for the year. It is being displayed in the foyer of the Library. Well done to all the students involved!!!!

The junior team - Kevin Ly (9), Yoshua Selvadurai (yr 8), and Winston Woong (7) - was relatively inexperienced at this level of competition. Special mention must be made of Kevin Ly (9) who ended the tournament on an incredible personal score of 6/7 with no losses, despite playing opponents on Board 1 that were much more highly rated than himself.

Finally, we have a good chance of winning the right to represent NSW in the National School Tournament later this year (December) fielding our four strongest players across any year -Andrew Pan ( 9), Raymond Han ( 9), Joshua Lau ( 11), and Austin Shen (12). Our toughest opposition will be from Knox, Sydney Grammar and Sydney Boys, amongst others. Here's hoping!!!

Special thanks must go to Mr Tony Lau, whose efforts to raise the profile of chess at the school over a long period are reaping rewards now. Well done Tony!!!

Combined High Schools Debating Team Congratulations to Thanya Sritharan, who has been selected in the Combined High Schools Debating Team. There will be a series of three debates between representative teams drawn from government and non-government schools. The three debates will take place on the following dates:

CHS v Archdale Representative Team, Wednesday 12 September, Venue TBA
CHS v Combined Associated Schools, Monday 17 September, Venue TBA
CHS v Greater Public Schools, Wednesday 19 September, Venue TBA

All of these debates will be held between the hours of 7pm and 9pm. Thanya needs your support. Please come along and watch all or any of these debates. This will be especially useful for all our younger debaters. I will let you know venues when they are confirmed.

NSW Premier’s Student Volunteering Awards Congratulations to Sing-Young Chen, whose outstanding efforts as a volunteer have been recognised with the highest award – The Black Opal. Sing-Young volunteered more than 150 hours of her time for the benefit of the community.

Young ICT Explorers Congratulations to the following students whose projects are through to the Young ICT Explorers finals judging event on Saturday the 4th of August 2012.

Project: 319: Apple Catcher - Team members: Helena Qian, Allan Lin, Angela Chen
Project: 327: Galactic Conquest – Team members: Royce Gu, Jesse Gong and Winney Kuang
Project: 365: Scott++ - Team members: Matthew Chen, Michael Sun and Alexander Yeung

The Judging event is held at the University of New South Wales Kensington campus in the Scientia Conference centre. Parents and family members are all welcome to attend and view the projects.

Mission Australia’s 2012 Youth survey Many of you completed this survey last time regarding values and issues of concern to young people; the report was widely distributed and the collated information was very valuable. If you are aged 15 to 19 please consider completing the 2012 survey at

Australian Open and Youth Table Tennis Championships in Brisbane Congratulations to Erny Tsao for the following results:
Open Men's Team Event (10 Teams) - Position 7 in the Open Men's Team Event (NSW A Team at position 4)
U21 (Youth) Men's Individual Events - Bronze Medal in U21 Men's Doubles; and Quarter-finalist in U21
Men's Singles (Erny is the only player from NSW reaching the Quarter-final)
Open Men's Individual Event - Last 16 in Open Men's Singles (Erny is the only U21 player from NSW
reaching the last 16)

Railway detonators An incident occurred during the recent school holidays, resulting in serious injury to a student from a Western Sydney high school when a railway detonator exploded, allegedly while he was tampering with it. The detonator was one of many that had been stolen from railway carriages. There have been further instances of detonators being stolen and it is unclear how many of these thefts have taken
place. Police believe there are more detonators that have not been recovered and are concerned for the general safety of children and young people. All students need to be aware of the dangers associated with railway detonators.

A signaller (detonator) used by State Rail is generally in the form of a red disk with wire wound around it so that it can be attached to a railway track. Twelve disks are packaged within a red cylinder which is labelled, “Danger Explosive”.

If students have any knowledge of the whereabouts of detonators they should contact local police, the Police Assistance Line (131 444) or Crime Stoppers (1800 333 000). Notifications via Crime Stoppers can be made anonymously and also online, using the link:

2012 ICAS Computer Skills Competition. Congratulations to Steve Tran (year 10) who is a potential medal winner for the 2012 ICAS Computer Skills Competition.

Worm Farms
Congratulations to Elizabeth Chen (Yr 11) and her team who have been awarded a High Achievement for their “Worm Farms” entry in Enviro Inspiro! 2012.

I am going to Yanco with the Senior Wind Ensemble, next Sunday to Tuesday.

Next week: 2A

Monday 23 July: Senior Wind Ensemble to Yanco (from Sunday) Years 7- 10 receive reports
Tuesday 24 July; Senior Wind Ensemble to Yanco; Years 7 – 10 receive reports
Wednesday 25 July: Year 12 UMAT and STUVAC
Thursday 26 July: Year 12 STUVAC; Years 9 and 10 Parent Teacher Night 4 – 7pm; Brain Bee comp;
Year 11 History Debating (4 students) Area Athletics
Friday 27 July; Year 12 STUVAC; Year 8 Bandalism Pds 1 and 2; Area Athletics