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Principal's Report Week 3, Term 3 2013

posted Oct 16, 2013, 1:33 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Oct 16, 2013, 1:34 PM ]
The maths Olympiad in Colombia was a great success for our two talented Maths students. Rachel and Jonathan were chosen to represent Australia in Colombia. Jonathan received a silver medal and Rachel a bronze medal. The team placed 15th overall – a big jump from last year where they were 27th. Congratulations to both these students who have done the school and the country proud.  

Jumaana Abdu from year 9 won the What Matters Writing Competition and was presented with her award at the Whitlam Institute on Monday evening. It was announced that she won the year 9 /10 division and then she was awarded the overall winner. Her story is printed later in the newsletter. It is titled “Stolen childhoods overlooked amid toll of war and famine”. Jumaana was interviewed by the Sydney Morning Herald and also interviewed for radio 702 program and the local newspaper.  

The farm has some new additions to our animal population. Two sets of twin lambs were born during this week.  

The Duke of Edinburgh Gold Presentation Ceremony was held at Government House this week. Ms Katrina Jenns has done a wonderful job of organising every Duke of Edinburgh hike – taking time to plan new walks and make sure that everyone is fully prepared. I would like to thank her for all her organisation and dedication and also thank her and Ms McKenzie for attending this wonderful ceremony.  

Erny Tsao has competed in the 2013 NSW Table Tennis Junior Open Championships on Sunday, 28th July. The Championships is a NSW State Junior qualifying and ranking tournament. Erny has won a Gold Medal in U18 Men's Singles tournament. Congratulations to Erny on another great success.  

Band Tour
Early on Sunday morning the Intermediate Concert band packed the bus with musical instruments, music stands and their luggage to head off to the southern highlands for a 3 day band tour. Ms Brooks, Mrs Pringle and Mr Tomkins and I accompanied the students. Over the 3 days the band entertained the residents of Bowral Nursing Home, and Buradoo Harbison Retirement Village. It is wonderful; to see the residents bop along to the music of Grease and Queen. Mrs Pringle and Mr Tomkins also conducted workshops with students form Colo Vale Primary School and Mittagong Public School. The band then played for about 45 minutes at each venue and I must say that the music improved so much over the 3 days. The students were a delight to take away and one of the highlights of the tour was seeing our year 7 and 8 students in rapture when they were holding a young alpaca. We always try to see something of the local area when on tour and we were lucky to visit an alpaca farm. On arrival back at school about 5 pm on Tuesday the students still had to unload the instruments and return them to the music rooms. What a great tour!  

Year 12 has been on Stu Vac for a few days to get ready for the UMAT (Wednesday) and also for the trial HSC exams at school which started on Thursday 1st August. We wish them all the best and hope that they are sleeping and eating well.  

HSC music recital will be Monday 26th August in the lecture theatre. The music is always of such a high quality. We want many parents and relatives and other music students to attend this wonderful night.

Central Australia Trip
It is with great sadness that we have to officially postpone our Central Australia Indigenous Immersion Experience for 2013. We aim to have the trip up and running for 2014 though! The decision was made based on financial viability. We had 8 beautiful students interested, and although, they asked other students, we are still sitting at about 12, which at this late stage, is too expensive to run. Air fares are quite expensive at the moment and with general inflation our trip price is sitting at over $3500. We are feeling sad that the trip cannot go ahead this year, but we look forward to next year.  

The activities at Ruse never slow down and in the last week we have had students compete in the English Competition and the Maths competition. Students also attended Meet the Music on Wednesday night.

Privacy issues
It is important that students realise that it is not appropriate to record a teacher’s lesson nor it is appropriate to take photos or film an activity at school without the permission of the teacher and other students. It is also not appropriate for a parent to record an interview with a teacher. This is an invasion of the teacher’s privacy.