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Principal's Report Week 1, Term 4 2012

posted Dec 4, 2012, 4:01 PM by Unknown user
Welcome back to Term 4. The holidays are always a wonderful break and are also full of student activity. Ms Katrina Jenns, our Duke of Edinburgh Coordinator, organised and led three hikes in the last three weeks and there is another one scheduled for this weekend.

Ms Amy Murphy and I travelled with 15 students to Central Australia for an Indigenous Immersion experience. As well as enjoying the fabulous landscape of the outback, we made wonderful friends and felt welcomed by the communities we visited. Visiting the Central Australian Aboriginal Congress (an Aboriginal community controlled primary health care service based in Alice Springs) highlighted the importance of
health care workers and the need to support the theme of Congress “Aboriginal health in Aboriginal hands.” We also had a fabulous experience listening to legal practitioners, including a young Aboriginal lawyer, share their stories and dreams at Caalas (the Central Australian Aboriginal legal aid service). Our visit to Hart’s Range and time spent with the students of the Plenty Pathways program was inspirational. Please look out
for reports from the students in future newsletters. 

Informatics: Congratulations to Joshua Lau of Year 11 who recently represented Australia at the International Informatics Olympiad in Italy and achieved a Silver Medal.

AMC achievement: Four students have been awarded the AMC medal for performances in the Australian Mathematics Competition that are outstanding at both a state and overall level. Tina Lin and Simon Yang of year 8 will receive medals in the junior division, Praveen Wijerathna of year 10 in the intermediate division and Victor Khou of Year 11 in the senior division. The Australian Medals will be presented by the Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC, the Governor of Victoria, at Government House, Melbourne on November 9th. Congratulations to these four students.

Community Service: Congratulations to Aasish Chalasani of year 11 who has been awarded The Certificate of Appreciation for Service to the Community.

Debating: Richard Tong of Year 10 has been selected to represent the Western Sydney Region at the Junior State Debating Championships.

ICAS success: We have once again achieved considerable success in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) that we participate in - English, Writing, Science and Computer Skills. 
Congratulations to:
Winney Kuang, Year 10, Writing
Marco Lee, Year 12, Science
Rayan Premaratna, Year 7, Science
Steve Tran, Year 10, Computer Skills
Kimberley Kai Yan Lun, Year 9, Writing
Andy Yao, Year 8, Science
David Zhao, Year 11, Science

Medals will be presented to students at the following Medal Presentation Ceremony on Friday 23 rd November at UNSW.

Science Summer Schools: Nine of our students have been offered and have accepted places in the Australian Science Olympiad (ASO) Summer School to be held at Monash University from 6th to the 22 nd of January, 2013. Congratulations to the following students:
BIOLOGY: David Zhao, Oscar Xiao and Echo Deng
PHYSICS: Ralph Bulanadi and David Wei Hu
CHEMISTRY: Erny Tsao, Sing-Young Chen, Vivian Shang and David Chen
Titration Success: Congratulations to our Titration finalists - Bonita Gu, Dominic Ng and Jim Ng (all of Year 12) for a very good performance in the National Chemical Analysis Competition achieving silver medals.
Drama: Last night our Year 11 Drama class premiered the JRAHS version of “The Insect Play”. If you missed it last night, try to come tonight.

Chess: Our Chess teams continue to achieve considerable success. Please read the report for all the details.

Applications open: The Minister responsible for Youth Affairs, the Hon Victor Dominello is seeking young people to nominate themselves to be members of the 2013 NSW Youth Advisory Council. The Youth Advisory Council provides a direct avenue of communication between the young people of NSW and the NSW Government. I would encourage our students to take advantage of this amazing opportunity to get
involved and advise the NSW Government on matters of importance to young people and on Government policies and programs which affect young people.

For more information on the Council and details on becoming a member of the 2013 Council go to the Government’s Youth website www.youth.nsw.gov.au or email the Executive Officer, Youth Advisory Council yac@yac.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 9995 0532. Applications are open until 5:00pm, Monday 29 October 2012.

Coming Up this week: Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th: Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Test hike.

Week 2A
Monday - HSC Begins
Tuesday – Year 9 High Resolves Workshop
Wednesday – Year 8 Big IQ presentations
Thursday – Visit from South Grafton High School
Friday – Amnesty Event: Multicultural Mufti.
Saturday and Sunday – Rehearsal for the Celebration Concert

Students in Years 7 to 10 will be beginning to prepare for their exams. A consistent program of writing and revising study notes and completing practice questions will ensure they develop the good study habits they need for future years. Please ensure you praise their effort as you see it happening. It is so important that we praise effort not just results.

Thank you
Megan Connors
Relieving Principal
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