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Principal's Report: Week 2, Term 2 2011

posted May 12, 2011, 2:37 PM by Unknown user   [ updated May 12, 2011, 2:40 PM ]
A new term. We begin this term with a new Deputy principal, Ms Annetta St Louis, and a new HT HSIE, Mr Frank Federico (from Sefton HS). Thank you to Ms McMillan, who has been the Acting Deputy Principal during Term 1, and to Ms Burgess who has been Acting HT HSIE following Mr Lees’ retirement. Thank you to Mr Iverach who has been relieving as HT Gifted and Talented and to Mr Low who has been relieving Year 9 Year Adviser, with Ms Russell as his assistant. Thank you to Mr Perrins who has been relieving as Year 11 Adviser, with Mr McNulty as his assistant. Thank you to Ms Ballantyne, who will be the Acting/HT English until the merit selection process for a new HT is completed.

Mathematics and Informatics Olympiads. Congratulations to Nancy Fu and Evgeny Martynov who will be representing Australia at the Maths Olympiad in Amsterdam, Netherlands and the Informatics Olympiad in Pattaya, Thailand, respectively. The teams will be officially announced at Parliament House Canberra on Thursday 2 June.

Informatics Olympiad awards. Only 39 students from Australia and New Zealand were invited to sit the 6th Australian Invitational Informatics Olympiad this year. Congratulations to the following: Silver: Evgeny Martynov, Joshua Lau; Bronze: Leo Huang, Michael Su; Invited participants: Kevin Shi, Daaron Chiu.


“The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an annual event for schools since 2008.
On Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 May, students will undertake the 2011 NAPLAN tests.

NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four domains of Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy.

NAPLAN assesses skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time, through the school curriculum. NAPLAN is not a pass or fail type test, but rather shows how individual students are progressing in numeracy and literacy skills against national standards for all Australia children.

All students are encouraged to participate in the tests. Students with disability may qualify for special provisions that reflect the support normally provided to them in the classroom.
An individual student NAPLAN report will be issued by the school later this year. Parents can use this information to monitor how their child is progressing and to identify any areas of concern. Parents may also wish to use their child’s results to discuss progress with teachers. More information is available at”

Please go to the NAPLAN website for more information about the persuasive writing prompts: NAPLAN website

National Student Leadership Conference, UC Berkeley, San Francisco. Congratulations to Ben Zhu and Johnny Huang, who will be representing the school at this conference in the United States in the July holidays.

CSIRO Minerals Downunder Flagship Award for Physics. Congratulations to Angela Ng (class of 2010) who has been awarded an undergraduate scholarship at UNSW, the CSIRO Minerals Downunder Flagship Award for Physics. She receives $3000/year for up to for four years.

University of Sydney Year 10 Academic Excellence Awards. Congratulations to Shelley She who was successful in achieving one of these awards. Shelly received her certificate at a formal presentation evening for Academic Excellence Award recipients on Thursday 28 April at 5pm in the MacLaurin Hall.

Year 12 debating. Congratulations to our Year 12 team – Jessica Kuk, Joanna Fan, Andrew Lee and Joanne Kim –for their win against Castle Hill HS at the end of last term. This team then went on to narrowly defeat our Year 11 team!

NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition. Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra has informed me that Lian Park, has qualified as a Semi-Finalist in the NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition (from a field of 114 musicians!) Lian is performing on Saturday 30th April from 3pm at Abbotsleigh, 1666 Pacific Hwy, Wahroonga.

International tournaments, Oceania Cadet Challenge, Global Junior Circuit and World Junior Championships Oceania. After 8 days’ in Mangilao, Guam, Erny Tsao proved himself to be the number 1 U15 boy in Australia, and probably the number 1 U15 boy in Oceania as well. In total Erny has won 1 Gold and 1 Silver Medals, and represented Australia in qualifying for entry to International tournaments, as follows: Oceania Cadet (U15) Challenge – Winner in Boys Singles defeating all other top U15 boys in the Continent, and qualified for 2011 Global Cadet Challenge to be held in Puerto Rico in January 2012; Guam Global Junior Circuit (GJC) – Silver in Junior (U18) Boys Doubles, and Quarter-finalists in both Cadet (U15) Boys Singles and Junior (U18) Boys Singles; and, Oceania Qualification for World Junior Championships - Finalist in Junior (U18) Boys Teams, and thus qualified for 2011 World Junior Championships to be held in Bahrain in November 2011. Erny was also the only Australian to reach the quarter final of the Junior Singles, after beating among other Juniors, a Korean top player and then a New Zealander, the 2010 No 1 U15 player in Oceania. Congratulations Erny!

SRC. Thank you to the SRC for their work on school noticeboards – they are a work of art as well as clutter-free! Thank you also for all the positive messages around the school. I am sure Year 11 appreciated them as they faced their exams. They are a good preparation for the year 7 – 10 as they face their assessment period.

Mission Australia’s 2011 National Survey of Young Australians. Thank you to all the students who have filled in this survey in past years. The resulting report is widely used by policy makers to development programs and services for young people. Please consider doing the survey again by going to by Friday 1 July.

Community Relations Commission. This year is the 30th anniversary of the Community Relations Commission. You may have seen posters of Henry Lawson’s poem, The Duty of Australians, around the school. This poem was selected because of its supporting statements towards multiculturalism and community harmony. We are fortunate that the communities in our school build the one Ruse community. Cultural heritages are treasured and these riches are shared to strengthen our school community and the unity of society at large. We must always recognise that diversity is an asset and a resource, and celebrate it.

Next week

Monday 9 May: Year 11 camp to Collaroy; Australian Economics competition Yrs 11/12 p3/4

Tuesday 10 May: Year 11 camp (Collaroy); NAPLAN years 7 and 9: community of James Ruse meeting 8pm; musical rehearsal to 9pm.

Wednesday 11 May: NAPLAN years 7 and 9; Year 11 Biology plenary p1/2 (lecture theatre).

Thursday 12 May
: NAPLAN years 7 and 9; Parent Teacher Night Yrs 12/9/7

Friday 13 May: Bandalism Yr 8 p1/2;