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Principal's Report Week 4, Term 2 2012

posted Jul 18, 2012, 8:30 PM by Unknown user
Zayed Future Energy Prize: There have been no entries from Australia! Over the past 4 years, through the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the United Arab Emirates has been honouring those who are committed to advancing renewable energy and sustainable technologies globally. One of the greatest unifying challenges in the world today is addressing climate change, promoting sustainable development and encouraging innovation in renewable energy technologies.

In 2012, the Zayed Future Energy Prize announced the creation of the Global High School Prize. It aims to encourage future generations to think outside the box, develop their sense of innovation and in the process – understand the practicalities of living a sustainable life. The Global High School Prize awards USD100, 000 to each of the five high schools selected from different regions (Americas, Africa, Europe, Asia and

High schools from around the world are invited to submit a business case for how they plan to utilise the prize for the purpose of raising awareness of sustainability and reducing the school’s environmental footprint. High schools are asked to submit projects based on one or more of the three objectives of the UN Sustainable Energy for All Initiative: Energy Access, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The
deadline for submissions is 16 July 2012. If you have any questions, please consult the web site at, or contact Dalal Yassin at (+971-2-653-6012). Please consider entering!

UBS Finance Academy Congratulations to Rhonda Ung, who has been invited to attend the UBS Finance Academy 2012 which will be held at Sancta Sophia College from 9–13 July this year. The objective of the Academy is to provide leadership in investment banking education with a particular focus on senior secondary school students. The UBS Finance Academy, established in 2003 offers selected students an
opportunity to explore and learn about a wide range of career opportunities in finance. This year 50 students have been chosen from public schools in ACT, NSW and Victoria. The course is creative mix of theory, industry exposure, field visits, syndicate work and fun. A key learning tool is the finance sector case study.

Thank you I recently received the following email. It was wonderful that the traveller took the trouble to send it.

I frequently travel from Epping to Parramatta by bus, at the same time as a number of your students. I am impressed by their generally lively, friendly attitude towards each other, even at 8.00am, and also by the courtesy they show to the driver, invariably saying 'thank you' as they alight. They are a credit to your school. Kind regards

Year 11 Carwash Thank you to the Year 11 students who participated in the teacher car wash fundraising on Thursday afternoon.

"Make a World of Difference : A Guide to the Global Citizen" If you would like to watch this launch at James Ruse 6th March there is now a 12 minute YouTube clip. The clip can viewed at

Empowering Local Schools The Deputy Director General has informed me that the Federal Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, the Hon Peter Garrett AM MP and the State Minister for Education, the Hon Adrian Piccoli MP have announced the schools that have been successful in joining the Empowering Local Schools National Partnership. Two hundred and twenty nine schools have been nominated for NSW. Our school is one of the successful schools and will receive a grant of between $40,000 and $50,000 that will be deposited in our school account in the next few weeks. We have also been chosen to be in the first stage of the LMBR (Learning Management Business Reform) implementation, an extensive, holistic software package.

Red Shield Appeal Thank you to our 115 students who are collecting for Red Shield Appeal over the weekend. Well done to Helen Moon and Interact for their organisation of this great event.

Shades for Aids Don’t forget gold coin mufti day on 27 May. Year 9 Interact students are also selling Crazy Sunglasses for $3 to wear on this day.

Poultry Squad Sometimes the work of some of our student groups goes unnoticed. I really appreciate the work of this group. So many of our school community look forward to the free range eggs. 

Amnesty The Arms Trade Awareness campaign this week was wonderful and well planned. Thank you to all the students involved the week’s activities, including, Capture the Treaty, the Arms Trade exhibit and the Facts Trail.

Premier’s Reading Challenge has begun. Please encourage your child to participate and read all the books.
Trischools Tournament Please read the daily notices carefully, so as not to miss details of participation in events. This is a wonderful day initiated by our student leaders; give them lots of support.

50 Years of School musicals: celebrating a half century of continuous annual musicals on Saturday 9 June.Please consider volunteering to escort visitors around the school between 3.30 – 4.30pm. Mr Yeo is calling for piano players (AMus or LMus standard) to accompany performers in the evening. Thank you to those of you who have already volunteered. Please use your social networks to spread the word of this event.

NAPLAN took place very calmly this week. Thank you to all the Year 7 and Year 9 students for the way in which you complied with all the instructions and for your patience. Thank you to Mr Low who took on all the management of NAPLAN at short notice.

Next week:

Monday 21 May: Years 7 – 10 examinations; Prefects 3 0n 3 basketball finals

Tuesday 22 May: Years 7 – 10 examinations; Year 11 Biology excursion all day; ICAS computing skills

Wednesday 23 May: Years 7 – 10 examinations; Big Science competition all morning;

Thursday 24 May: Mothers’ Club meeting 9.30am; Years 7 – 10 examinations; UNSW Engineering Day for
5 Yr 12 students;

Friday 25 May: Years 7 – 10 examinations

Saturday/Sunday 26/7 May: Musical rehearsals all day

Monday 28 May: Athletics Carnival (please note date)