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Principal's Report Week 5, Term 3 2012

posted Dec 4, 2012, 3:39 PM by Unknown user
Happiness Week SRC are to be congratulated on their very successful campaign to ensure we are a positive learning community. Our wellbeing is the responsibility of all of us. Cloud 9’’s hot chocolate was particularly appreciated these cold mornings. The posters are marvellous. My favourite one is The Meaning of Life is a Life with Meaning. The hugs have raised oxytocin levels around the school; the compliments and thank you letters have been much appreciated.

Ausgrid Proposal Ausgrid’s proposal to build two transition stations on our land has been shared with the whole school community. The President of the Community of James Ruse and the president of our Mother’s Club are sending the parents’ first response to Ausgrid, pointing out their concerns and seeking further information. This letter will be shared with the community. The Department of Education and Communities is also responding to Ausgrid’s proposal, which apparently came out of local council’s approval of a large building
development. Please continue to share your ideas and suggestions.

High Resolves Year 10 High Resolves students are focussing on Domestic Violence Prevention: informing, engaging, changing. Three representatives presented their DOVE campaign to senior executive and our visiting School Education Director, Ms Janet Chan, on Monday. The whole school will be hearing more in coming weeks. All Year 8 will be completing their Justice module on 27 August.

Big Ideas and Questions (BIG IQ) We are launching this Year 8 program next Wednesday, focusing on big cross curricular concepts. It is a collaborative project with students working in groups of four. Results will be formally reported in students’ end of year school reports.

Trial HSC The written assessments are over. Students have been receiving detailed feedback in subject groups. Year 12 students have been encouraged to form collaborative study groups for all their subjects, for the whole year to improve together. This week the English Advanced orals were held in class.

Mothers’ Club On Thursday it was lovely to listen to Anna Zhong (2011 HSC ATAR 99.95) talk to parents about how she was accepted into Harvard, and the requirements and applications for overseas universities. Most of the executive changed over at this Annual General Meeting. Thank you to our COJR president, Mrs Patricia Xu, for running the elections. Thank you to all the mothers who are leaving the executive, or
changing roles. A special thank you to our president, Mrs Agatha Jo, who has continued the collaborative team work of our previous presidents, and who has worked so hard for the good of our school. The names of all the new executive will be in the next newsletter.

Design IT Congratulations to Charmaine Lo who won the People’s Choice Award. The school and Charmaine thank everyone who took the time to sign up and vote for her. See the results:

Biology and Physics NQE and Maths AMOC A large number of students sat for the qualifying exam in Biology and Physics this week. Eight students sat the senior maths Olympiad exam on Tuesday, and seventy years 7 – 11 students sat the AIMOC.

Meet the Music Years 9, 10, 11 and 12 music students enjoyed this evening excursion on Wednesday night. Year 12 students also attended on Thursday night.

French Melbourne trip Seventeen Year 9 and Year 10 students of elective French flew to Melbourne for two days on Thursday and Friday to improve their French and experience French culture in Melbourne.

Regional SRC Belinda An and Michael Paulraj are on the regional SRC (Western Sydney region). They attended a meeting on Thursday afternoon at Parramatta HS.

TV performance Forty Year 7 students auditioned for a Channel 9 television show, Kitchen Whiz, on Thursday. More details later.

Representative chess Best wishes to Andrew Pan, Raymond Han, Frank Zhu and Lalit Prasad for their games
at St Paul’s Grammar School, Cranebrook on Friday.

Resourceful Adolescent Program We are launching our Year 8 RAP on Friday 31 August, to be followed
through at their annual camp.

Justice Week Week 7 is Justice Week at James Ruse. Students have selected a social justice issue that they are passionate about, linked it to a current organisation and planned an event that will help raise awareness of the issue and/or money for the organisation. Details have been sent to staff. Watch the daily organisation sheets for information.

I am on leave at the end of next week until the end of October (Term 4 week 3). Ms Connors will relieve as principal. Mr Shaw will relieve as deputy principal for four weeks until the end of Term 3. Mr Yeo will relieve as deputy principal for the first three weeks of Term 4. Ms Johnston and Ms Novotni will job share the role of Head Teacher Welfare until the end of the year, as Mr Shaw will be on leave, once he finishes as
relieving deputy principal. Mr Stanley is on leave for the last four weeks of term; Ms Russell will relieve as Head Teacher Teaching and Learning during this time.

Next Week: 6A
Monday 20 August: Year 10 and Year 11 Visual Arts to Biennale of Sydney
Tuesday 21 August: Whole school assembly period 3; Year 8/Year 7 debate 1pm; Year 7/Year 8 debate 2pm; String Orchestra Concert 7pm.
Wednesday 22 August: Year 10 Agriculture to Bathurst/Gloucester; Launch of Big IQ with all Year 8 pd 6.
Thursday 23 August: Pizza Day (run by Year 11); Year 10 Agriculture to Bathurst/Gloucester; 8K Period 2 Big IQ Information Literacy in Library; 8A Big IQ Information Literacy in Library.
Friday 24 August; Bandalism; Year 10 Agriculture to Bathurst/Gloucester; Daffodil Day run by prefects - gold coin donation for wearing something yellow; Year 11 History Debate periods 2/3 – Year 9 Elective History to watch; al Year 9 Young Australia workshop – Climate Change – Periods 6/7 in Lecture theatre.
Week 7: Justice Week