The school development day on Monday was a great success. In the morning each faculty spent two hours adapting teaching programs by looking at the National Curriculum. We were lucky to have Professor Karen Rogers from the University of St Thomas Minneapolis for an hour and a half session. She is a Professor of Gifted Studies and had just flown in from the States that morning to keep us abreast of the latest in teaching gifted children. Her presentation confirmed that James Ruse teachers are at the cutting edge of gifted and talented teaching. Every staff member felt they learnt some new ideas and techniques to be used in a classroom. After lunch the staff continued programming using the BOS program builder. At 3pm the cross curricular Project Team met to finalise the project for year 8. Last year this project was called the Big IQ. The team have looked at updating and fine tuning this cross curricular project so that it allows students to work collaboratively, be creative and communicate their ideas with others.
During the holidays, Tanya Han, Brendan Ma, Kelly Wu and Richard Tong attended Youth Parliament. The students created and debated bills over the week. The members of parliament have taken these bills on board to see what they can do with them. The media have featured the work of YP this past week including local newspapers and Channel 10's The Project. It was an emotional ride too, especially when people got up to speak on bills like Marriage Equality and Public Housing in such a personal, genuine and visceral sense. Tanya’s own report is included in this newsletter.
Also during the holidays, Karen Zheng and Leo Tan were selected to attend the 11th Australian National Leadership Camp (NLC) 2013 on Sydney’s Northern Beaches last week (July 4-7) for their leadership abilities. The student leaders joined 180 young people from across Australia aged between 14 – 17 years and explored what is necessary for positive, sustainable and impactful leadership.
On Wednesday, Jason Roughley, senior constable at the Castle Hill Police station spoke to year 7 about cyber safety. Jason has been at our school several times over the last year and his information is relevant to our students so that they know how to stay safe in this cyber world. Later this year Jason will speak on the same topic to the parents at a mothers’ club meeting.
Junior reports will be given out next Monday 22nd July. Parents are reminded that if they have any questions about the reports, they can ring and speak to the appropriate teacher.
On Thursday 18th July we had our year 10 /11 Information evening. The selection of subjects for the senior years is important. Students should make the decision on what subjects they are passionate about and what subjects they are good at. All teachers will be happy to speak to students about their ability and aptitude.
Prefect Induction: On Friday the new prefects will be inducted. It is a pleasant formal assembly where parents are invited to pin the prefect badge on their son or daughter. The ceremony is always special and creates a wonderful memory for students and parents. The school is excited to work with a new set of wonderful leaders for 2013 -2014.
Erny Tsao just finished competing in the 2013 Australian National Table Tennis Championships here in Sydney (Olympic Park). Erny has represented NSW in the Open Men's B Team. He has been doing well in the tournament and achieved the following:
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