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Principal's Report Week 3, Term 2 2013

posted Oct 16, 2013, 1:01 PM by Unknown user
Well done to our year 7 and 9 students for their completion of NAPLAN. Years 7-10 now move into their half yearly exam week. It is important that students structure their studying into a schedule that caters to their exam timetable.

Brendan Ma (10) was invited to speak at West Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook Rotary earlier this week. I have included an excerpt from the club bulletin:  

“Our first speaker was Brendan Ma, a Y10 student from James Ruse High who spoke about the YMCA NSWYouth Parliament of which he is one of 160 members. The program aims to promote youth-led advocacy, active community leadership and legal and parliamentary education. Brendan obviously thrives in that environment. As well as being a YMCA youth MP he is also the Parliamentary Treasurer who has to cost the Bills that go before the Youth Parliament. Brendan said when he finishes school he would like to do law first then perhaps think about getting into the political arena. I think it is fair to say everyone in the room was blown away by his articulation (no notes) and his highly developed social conscience. If I were a punter I’d put my money on him.” (13/5/2013)

Next weekend our Interact students will participate in the Red Shield Appeal for the Salvation Army. With the wonderful assistance of Ryde Rotary, our students will door knock in the Ryde area. There will be two shifts on Saturday and Sunday morning. Students will be picked up by Rotary club members at 9.30am at school and will always be in groups of 2 or 3.

The UNSW GERRIC Scientia Challenge Program is designed for gifted and talented high school students in Years 7-10. The program features a range of workshops from a number of academic disciplines taught over three days. The courses are developed and presented by academics of the University of New South Wales, who are considered the leaders in their fields. The courses are not vocational in nature; rather, they are designed to stimulate the interests of gifted students. The level of difficulty in the courses is aimed at Years 11 and 12, thus providing a rigorous and challenging program for gifted students. The program also provides the opportunity for gifted students to socialize with like-minded children of similar interests.

Scientia Challenge Workshops 1st-3rd July 2013
Applications Close Friday 31st May
More information can be found at

Congratulations to our Prefects for once again organising the successful Quad School Cup. It is great to see the increased communication and cooperation by the four selective high schools of our region. This year the prefects welcomed Penrith to the event.

Year 11 have had a wonderful and challenging experience at their Crossroads Camp. This year we trialled a 3 day camp program and will evaluate this in the upcoming weeks. An enormous thank you must go to the teachers that gave up their time to ensure such a successful camp – Ms Karen Johnston, Ms Annetta St Louis, Mr Trent Wilson, Mr Ian Goggin, Ms Megan Russell, Ms Joy Tsai and Mr Greg McNulty.

Thank you to the many families that have paid their outstanding fees and contributions. To ensure we keep funding the many extension and enrichment programs that we run and the resources we need for teaching and learning, we need all contributions and fees paid as soon as possible.  

Thank you to Mrs Weber for her presentation to the Community of James Ruse on Tuesday night. Mrs Weber presented on the Maths program at JRAHS and gave wonderful tips on how best to study mathematics. Mrs Weber’s presentation is available on the school intranet.  

“A Waltz Dream”, our 2013 musical is in full rehearsal. Year 11 leads and the chorus are working so hard. Please buy your tickets as soon as possible.