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Principal's Report Week 3, Term 2 2012

posted May 24, 2012, 3:25 AM by Unknown user   [ updated May 24, 2012, 3:29 AM ]
Zone Cross Country success Congratulations to the whole school. For the 5th year in a row we have won the Zone Cross Country carnival!

Debating success Congratulations to year 10 debaters Sai Muralidaran, Karen Zheng, Stella Ye, Richard Tong and Michael Sun for winning their debate against Parramatta High School on Thursday.

Shakespeare Festival Congratulations to all 103 of our young thespians (from years 7 – 11) who participated in the James Ruse Shakespeare Festival Thursday 10 May. The Shakespeare Festival is a state-wide (perhaps national this year) competition that allows students to showcase their expert knowledge and understanding of Shakespeare through design, music, dance and drama. The winners will now go on to represent the school at regional level.

Year 11 Crossroads Camp The mandatory curriculum requirements were completed over the two day camp, organised by Ms Russell.

Community of James Ruse meeting 8 May Our counsellor, Mr Wong, addressed the parents on stress management on Tuesday night. Please contact the year adviser or Mr Wong is you feel your child’s anxiety is getting in the way of their wellbeing and learning.

SRC Funky Socks and Tie Day This was combined with a tissue box drive, in preparation for winter colds on Thursday. We had some interesting sock and tie combinations! Thank you for all the boxes of tissues, now available in classrooms.

Happenings Year 9 saw Romeo and Juliet in the Opera House on Friday. Year 7 participated in Drumbeat on Wednesday. Year 8 had Bandalism on Friday (as usual), followed by High Resolves, all day. Sixty Year 10 students had a geography excursion, forty Year 10 students were High Resolves leaders. Year 12 listened to an information session from Sydney Uni. The prefects hosted an afternoon tea for prefects from many schools. Sixteen Year 7 debaters participated in a Gala Day at Glenwood HS. Senior students sat for the Economics competition. The school participated in the Zone Cross country carnival on Wednesday. The results of many of these events will be in the next newsletter.

Year 7 and Year 12 Parent/Teacher night The strong partnership the school enjoys with parents was demonstrated on Thursday at the parent/teacher night. The more we know about your child, and the more you know about your child’s life at school, the better your child’s performance and wellbeing will be. If you were unable to attend and wish to speak to your child’s teacher(s) please ring the school for an appointment.

Amnesty For next Thursday Amnesty has planned a variety of activities to raise awareness of the impact of the international arms trade. Please get involved and support their cause.

Table Tennis Success: After 8 days of tournaments (ITTF WJC New Zealand Junior and Cadet Open/Oceania Cadet Challenge and WJC Oceania Qualification event) in Auckland, Sarah Tan (Yr 9) has been officially ranked number 5 in the U15 Girls of Oceania Table Tennis Federation (OTTF). At Oceania Cadet (U15) Challenge, Sarah won the Bronze medal for girls’ singles. She has successfully qualified for Team Oceania that will compete at the World Cadet Challenge in Mangilao, Guam from 27 October – 5 November 2012. She is the only girl from Australia in the team.
In total Sarah has won 1 Silver and 3 Bronze medals and represented Australia in qualifying for entry to International tournaments. Details as follows: New Zealand ITTF World Junior Circuit – Silver in Cadet (U15) Girls’ Team, Bronze in Cadet (U15) Girls’ Singles, Bronze in Cadet (U15) Girls’ Doubles and Oceania qualification for World Junior Championships. As a member of Australian Junior (U18) Girls’ Team, the team
won the qualification event and therefore qualified for 2012 World Junior Championships to be held in Hyderabad, India in December 2012.

Next week: 4A
Monday 14 May: Whole School assembly pd 5; English Extn orals in class time; Biology/Geography incursion pd 6/6 in lecture theatre; Year 10 High Resolves 3.10 – 5.10pm.
Tuesday 15 May: NAPLAN for yrs 7 and 9; English Extn orals in class time; Year 11 debate at Northmead.
Wednesday 16 May: NAPLAN for yrs 7 and 9; English Extn orals in class time;
Thursday 17 May: NAPLAN for yrs 7 and 9; Amnesty Arms Trade Day – roll call and lunchtime activities; English Extn orals in class time; Year 10 Business Studies competition in lecture theatre.
Monday 28 May: School Athletics Carnival (Not 18 May as stated in calendar)

Week 5: Monday – Friday 21/25 May: Years 7 – 10 exams
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