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Principal's Report: Week 4, Term 1 2012

posted Mar 4, 2012, 5:55 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Mar 4, 2012, 5:58 PM ]

“Valentines Day” is always an action packed time at James Ruse and 2012 was no exception. Tuesday was spent sharing smiles and laughs as we listened to the prefects serenade us and deliver us roses. The concert was wonderful, showcasing the many talents of James Ruse students – some of which we have never seen before. Another successful dance occurred on Wednesday night allowing all year groups to share a wonderful time together, creating great memories.

Thank you to Mrs Flanagan and her wonderful prefect body who worked tirelessly this week to raise school spirit and continue the traditions of the school.

Our New Families BBQ on Friday afternoon was hosted by the Community of James Ruse. Thank you to all the parents, students and teachers who were able to attend and share the evening together. A special thank you must go to our fabulous peer support leaders who are doing all they can to ensure a smooth transition for Year 7 into high school.

Yesterday we hosted a visit from a small group of Israeli principals. Thank you to everyone who assisted in this visit and in particular Mr Warren Stanley, our new HT Teaching and Learning for his organisation of the event.

Eight students were invited to compete in the prestigious Australian International Informatics Olympiad. This four hour exam combined with the FARIO on March 9 will determine the Australian Informatics Olympiad Team for 2012. Good luck to all of you: Leo Huang (12), Michael Su (12), Joshua Lau (11), Daaron Chiu (10), Ray Li (10), Saimarooban Muralidaran (10), Kevin Shi (10), Mohammad Ishraq Huda (9). Students also competed in the Australian Mathematics Olympiad on Monday and Wednesday and we wish them well as
they compete for their places in the Australian Mathematics Olympiad Team.

During the week we also showcased all our student clubs and extracurricular activities to help students learn more about the opportunities that are on offer. All years voted in rollcall to elect a representative to join the inaugural social justice team.

Congratulations to Ben Nam of Year 11 who was successful in winning the 2011 Australian Legal History Essay competition. This competition is sponsored by the Forbes Society ( Ben has won a $250 cheque and a $250 Abbey‟s book voucher. Ben‟s wonderful effort has also earned the school $500 and a $500 book voucher.

Erny Tsao (11) has been selected to the 2012 Olympic Shadow Team and thus invited to compete in the 2012 Australian Olympic Qualification Tournament (AOQT) held in Sydney Olympic Park from 16 th to 19th of February. We wish Erny every success in his latest competition.

Mudith Jayasekara (10) competed last weekend in the NSW Junior Championships. Although he had to compete in a higher age group, Mudith achieved a Silver Medal in the U/18 Boys Pole Vault and 2 nd Overall in the U/20s. Congratulations Mudith.

As this is my first chance to write for the newsletter this year I wanted to publically congratulate our 2011 HSC cohort.

Nine students received the highest ATAR of 99.95:

 Anna Zhong
 Sherman Siu
 Frank Liu
 Elizabeth Huynh
 Andrew Lee
 Peter Joon Lee
 Babitha Selvananthan
 Carmen Tran
 Timothy Le
In 2011 we achieved wonderful state rankings across a range of subjects:

Biology – Betty Huang 14th, Angela Le 16th, Jeffery Wang 18th and Carmen Tran 19th
Chemistry – Peter Joon Lee 4th, Carmen Tran 6th, Andrew Lee 9th, Frank Liu 10th,
Shefali Chaukra 11th, Edward Lo Cao and Christine Wu 12 th and Jeffery Wang 16th.
Information Processes and Technology – Sumedh Jayanti 3rd (year 11 2012)
Mathematics Extension 2 – Vincent Kong 5th, Jinghang Luo 9th and Dennis Lam 10th
PDHPE – Jason Ko – 2nd
Physics – Peter Joon Lee 8th and Andrew Lee 9th
Software Design and Development – Joshua Lau 9th (year 11 2012)
James Ruse again topped the honours list in the HSC with 786 credit marks of 90 or above. 94 students were considered top all rounders making the Premier‟s List of achieving 10 or more units in subjects with a mark over 90 and the median UAI in 2011 was 99.1. Our senior students had the pleasure of listening to Anna Zhong and Hari Sritharan speak of their journey through the HSC. Flexibility, time management, consistency and balance were the key messages.

Please remember to use the intranet and “Upcoming Events” to see our schedule of future events.

Next Week:

Monday 20 Feb:
Year 10 High Resolves (40 students)

Tuesday 21 Feb: Zone Carnival, COJR meeting

Wednesday 22: Feb Zone Swimming Carnival

Thursday 23: Feb religious Service, Mothers Club Meeting

Friday 24 Feb: Bandalism, School Assembly

On Thursday 23rd we will be holding our religious service. It is compulsory for students in Year 7 and 8 to
arrive at school at normal time (8.50am). Students in Years 9-12 that are attending a service must also meet
in the quad at 8.50am. If your child has returned a permission note indicating that they do not need to
attend a service they are allowed to arrive at school between 10.00 and 10.15am.

Good luck to all our superfish that are competing in the zone swimming carnival in the upcoming week.

Have a wonderful week.

Megan Connors
Deputy Principal