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Principal's Report Week 2, Term 2 2012

posted May 6, 2012, 10:00 PM by Unknown user

Vale Barry Baillie (class of 1959) You may have seen this obituary in the SMH last week. I have included it in this newsletter. Barry was in the first intake at our school and attended our 50 year celebrations in 2009. He had an impressive career in agriculture. In the 1980’s he was chairman of the Tocal Field Days, which our Year 9 are participating in this Friday. He was chairman of the UWS Hawkesbury Foundation and director of the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute at Camden.

Welfare conference Our school welfare team ( Year Advisers, Assistants, counsellor) led by Ms St Louis, DP and Ms Jenns, R/HT Welfare, spent two days this week (Monday/Tuesday) scoping all 7 – 12 wellbeing curriculum to ensure alignment with school values and directions, and generally reviewing welfare programs and policies. I was able to join them for some of the time. We are blessed with an amazingly talented welfare team whose priority is the wellbeing of all our students.

Zone cross country It would be good to see our students triumph once again to win this next Wednesday. This is only possible because of our broad participation in each age group, and because of the training our students do to prepare. Please encourage your child’s participation.

PolyU Innovation and Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge (GSC) 2013 Please consider forming a team and entering. We were in the top six internationally last year. Shortlisted teams are sponsored for flights to, and accommodation in Hong Kong. Come up with a brilliant idea about a product or a service. Details and registration forms are available at

Handwriting Course Don’t leave it until it’s too late. The pressure of exams can make your handwriting illegible! Take advantage of our 2012 Handwriting course which commences in Week 4. See Ms McMillan for details.

Shave for a Cure Remember to sign up online and fill in the permission form.

High Resolves Year 9 enthusiastically participated in our global citizenship program this week. It is wonderful to see so many deep thinkers. Year 8 will have their day next Friday after Bandalism.

Time Management Students are to be congratulated on their time management skills. So much has been happening at the start of this term, besides the Preliminary Assessments, including: careers presentations, large animal handling, maths enrichment, agriculture enrichment, chess, Interact, cadets, 3 on 3 basketball, zone cross country training, SRC, Amnesty.

NAPLAN If your child is in year 7 or Year 9 please ensure your child has gone onto the website and is familiar with the layout of the tests and with persuasive writing. NAPLAN is on in week 4, 15 – 17 May,

Tax rebate for school items The Education Tax Refund provides up to 50 per cent back on a range of children's education expenses. In the 2011-12 tax year, you could claim up to $409 for primary students and $818 for secondary students. The Education Tax Refund now includes school-approved uniforms, purchased from 1 July 2011, so items of clothing including hats, footwear and sports uniforms approved by a school as its uniform may be claimed from 1 July 2012. Keep your receipts for school uniforms and other education-related purchases so you can claim them at tax time. You will need them to calculate your refund and you may need to show them as proof of purchase. The website will help you decide if you are eligible and explains what you can claim and how to claim.

Privacy Awareness Week 27 April – 5 May 2012 Privacy Awareness Week is a chance to remind your children to protect their personal details and information, especially online. Australians lead the world when it comes to average monthly social media use and we share many details of ourlives online. As a parent, you can help your child behave in safe and smart ways to minimise the risks of their online activity. To ensure that your kids are protected from cyberbullying, unwanted attention or privacy breaches, you can:
  •     Remind them not to share their usernames and passwords with anyone
  •     go through the privacy settings of social networking sites with them to make sure they are only sharing their personal information with their friends
  •     talk to them about the danger of identity theft and the permanence of online sharing.
For more information on how to educate your children about protecting their privacy online and how to avoid being a victim of identity theft or even how to stop junk mail, go to:

World Asthma Day World Asthma Day was on 3 May. If you or someone in your family is one of the 10 per cent of people in Australia with asthma, you can find lots of resources to understand and manage this condition at: If your child suffers asthma, we recommend the school be given an up to date asthma management plan available from your child’s GP or specialist. If they require an inhaler, please ensure there is one in their bag at all times.

Next week: 3B
Monday 8 May:
Year 11 Crossroads camp; Prefects 3 on 3 basketball
Tuesday 9 May: Year 11 Crossroads camp; Prefects 3 on 3 basketball; Community of James Ruse meeting 8pm.
Wednesday 10 May:
Prefects 3 on 3 basketball; Zone Cross country – Macquarie Uni
Thursday 11 May: SRC Tissue Box Drive – roll call; Prefects 3 on 3 basketball; Australian Informatics Competition; Shakespeare Festival – lecture theatre all day; Year 7 and Year 12 parent Teacher Night 4 – 7 pm; Australian Economics Competition pds 2 And 3; English Extn oral in class time; Yr 10 debate versus Parramatta HS - library – 8.30 – 12.30; Funky Socks and Tie Day – SRC.
Friday 12 May:
Prefects 3 on 3 basketball; Prefects afternoon tea – 3.45 – 6pm – canteen, oval, farm; Yr 7
Debating Gala Day at Glenwood HS; Sydney Uni Information session, lunch - lecture theatre; English Extn oral
in class time; Year 10 Geography excursion (60 students); Yr 9 Romeo and Juliet at Opera House; Year 8 High
Resolves in hall all day after Bandalism with Year 10 leaders; Year 7 meeting period 5 in lecture theatre.