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Principal's Report Week 5, Term 1 2013

posted Mar 13, 2013, 7:07 PM by Unknown user

Another busy busy week at Ruse. Last Thursday and Friday I attended the Western Sydney Region Principal‟s conference in Leura. The title of the conference was “Continuing the Leadership Conference”. 260 principals from primary and high schools attended. Topics such as teaching in Finland, school self-awareness and efficacy, analysis of current practices, and strategic initiatives for 2013 were covered. Other topics included Australian Standards for Executive Positions. Michelle Bruniges, the director general of education and Greg Prior the assistant director also addressed the principals about the coming changes with schools. It is called LMBR – Learning Management and Business Reform.

Under this umbrella the school will have changes made to its budgeting and planning, human resources and student management. These changes will progress slowly over this year and next year.

On Monday year 7 attended the history excursion to the Australian Museum to see the Alexander the Great exhibition. Thank you to Mrs Kowalski, Mr Flood, Mr Stanley and Ms McMillan. Also on Monday High Resolves began in the afternoon with Ms Murphy and year 10 students who will be the facilitators.

Tuesday was the Zone swimming carnival. Thanks to Mr Low, Mrs McKenzie, Mr McNulty and Mr Pronger for taking our talented swimmers.

Year 9 and year 11 Visual art students attended Art Express to view the best of 2012 HSC art works. Thank you to Ms McMillan and Mr Goggin.

Rural Youth have learnt to cook honey biscuits, care for the cattle and chickens and sold produce from the charity garden. This is the last week to join.

William Liang has been selected to represent New South Wales in the 2013 June Bevan Trophy (Badminton) and the under 17 nationals in March in Altona Victoria.

Year 12 Information night
Thank you to the parents and students who attended the Information Night for year 12. Gabriel Wong and Danielle Sandilac presented some wonderful practical solutions for what can be a stressful year.

Tuesday 5th March Welcome barbecue.
The staff at James Ruse would like to invite Year 7 and parents to a barbecue at 5 pm. New students and new parents are welcome as well. You will meet many teachers and make contact with other parents. At 6pm we will move to the hall for our year 7 Information Night where you will have a glimpse into every subject your son/daughter studies.

Extra Curricular activities.
Year 7 are reminded that there are many extracurricular activities at James Ruse. A list is published with this newsletter. Year 7 will be able to talk to some of the students who are in the clubs next week. Students who are keen to join one of these clubs could see their year advisor or one of the deputies.

Duke of Edinburgh
Ms Jenns has worked tirelessly on getting all the students ready for the Duke of Edinburgh Program. All paperwork is due to her next week. Year 10 are reminded that they are on work experience so must meet the deadline too. It has been a pleasure acting as principal for the last 5 weeks. Ms Connors will be acting principal for the next 5 weeks. Thank you to Mrs Pooviah of all her work as relieving deputy during this time.

Annetta St Louis
Acting Principal

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