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Principal's Report Week 6, Term 1 2013

posted Jul 16, 2013, 11:35 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jul 16, 2013, 11:35 PM ]
Last Friday our SRC elected their Executive for 2013:
  • President - George He
  • Vice President - Tanya Han
  • Treasurer - Kajanan Parameshwaran
  • Secretary - Belinda An
  • Minutes Secretary - Karen Zheng
Leaders of focus groups:
  • Environment- Pooja Halasagi and Brendan Ma
  • Student Welfare - Leo Tan and ConnyTran
  • Fundraising and charities Mudith Jayasekara and Patrick Song
Congratulations to this wonderful new team. Our outgoing team, ably led by Jessica Zeng, have metaphorically “sailed into a new sunset” on their pirate ship. Our Social Justice Leaders have also been elected.

This week our students received fabulous results for both the Australian Invitational Mathematics Olympiad and the Australian Invitational Informatics Olympiad. Congratulations to:
Australian Invitational Mathematics Olympiad:
Jonathan Zheng (12) who gained full marks and a Gold certificate Praveen Wijerathna (11) Gold certificate Rachel Wong (12) Gold certificate Yang Song (10) Silver certificate Patrick So (11) Silver certificate Simon Yang (9) Bronze certificate Kevin Xian (9) bronze certificate
Australian Invitational Informatics Olympiad
Ishraq Huda (10) who gained full marks and a Gold Certificate
Joshua Lau (12) who gained full marks and a Gold Certificate
Ray Li (11) who gained full marks and a Gold Certificate
Daaron Chiu (11) Silver Certificate
Congratulations to these very talented students. Good luck to the Informatics students who are sitting the French Australian Invitational Informatics Olympiad today.
Thank you to all new families who were able to attend both the welcome BBQ and Year 7 Information Night. This year we trialled combining the two term 1 events and it seems to have been a huge success. Many teachers were present and able to meet parents for the first time and parents were also able to find out what their child would be studying this year in each subject.
Our Year 11 Peer Support leaders, Mr Stanley and Mrs Ferguson were a wonderful help to the smooth
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running of the event. Mrs Ferguson, our canteen manager, once again stayed back at school to help us with the catering. Mr Stanley did a fabulous job entertaining all of Year 7 and their siblings during the night. Our Year 11 Peer Support leaders are exceptional role models to our younger students. On Tuesday evening they were so willing to help and support Year 7. They are a credit to both the school and to their parents. I would like to publically acknowledge and thank them for all their help:
Year 11 Peer Support Leaders 2013
Karen Zheng
Kennith Gu
Helena Qian
Swathi Sridharan
Ravi Marwah
Yue Yue Miao
Sarah Wu
Michelle Xu
Daiming Zhu
David Chen
Angela Chen
Pooja Halasagi
Joyce Du
Edmund Lu
Vincent Liang
Dev Kuhasri
Kevin Shi
Stephanie Cheung
Jessica Huang
George He
Anthony Ooi
Kwynne Yuan
Navin Abeysinghe
Michael Paulraj
Donna Zhuang
Juhi Krishnaswami
Sherrington Li
Kelly Li
Patrick Oh
Evan Cheng
Rosy Wang
Annette Huang

Local Rotary Clubs have indicated to us that an opportunity for students aged over 14 to attend the Rotary Youth Program of Enrichment (RYPEN) Conference on March 17-19 exists. RYPEN aims to provide young people with the opportunity to develop their leadership potential, alongside their peers in a supportive environment. RYPEN encourages awardees to explore their ideas in problem solving, team and group activities, and gain experiences that will assist them in forming their own values and moral standards. As a part of this, RYPEN is about building confidence and developing skills to cope in a range of situations. Details have been emailed to students.
Year 11 student Swathi Sridharan, has applied for and been selected to join the Oaktree Foundation’s “Road Trip to End Poverty” where 1000 young people will be trained as leaders and ambassadors to raise awareness and promote solutions to ending world poverty. For more information please go to . We wish Swathi a wonderful week and look forward to hearing about this wonderful opportunity and experience.
Congratulations to George He who has participated in the 2012 Australian Legal History Essay Competition. If you would like to enter for 2013 please visit http:/
Year 10 have been enjoying work experience this week. This is a valuable opportunity for our students to experience the world of work and to explore career opportunities that are available.
Our Music classes enjoyed the Meet the Music programme on Wednesday night and Year 11 have begun their Crossroads program with a session at RYDA.
If you have some time over the weekend, visit our school display at the Castle Hill Show. Mrs Johnston, even though she is on leave this term, has worked tirelessly with students from Year 8 and 9 to create another wonderful display based around an “Eggstraordinary Eggventure”.
A wonderful, new opportunity in 2014 – Mr Low has put together an overseas sports tour to occur in the April Holidays of 2014 to Hong Kong and China. See more information later in this newsletter.
On Monday March 18th at 5.45pm we will hold a brief parent meeting for Year 9 parents in the Hall to discuss the delivery of laptops to Year 9 students. This will be a short meeting and should finish at 6.30pm. No refreshments will be served at this evening.
Coming Up Next Week:
Monday 11th March Bake Sale for “Save the Children”; Year 8 Science Literary Tasks;
Year 10 Brain Bee Round 1
Tuesday 12th March Training Day for Duke of Edinburgh students
Thursday 14th March Year 9 High Resolves Day 1; Year 11 Crossroads “Wired” lecture
Friday 15th March Year 9 High Resolves Day 2; Year 10 Ag Excursion to Nursery
Saturday 16th and 17th Duke of Ed Bronze Hike
Monday 18th March 5.45pm Year 9 Laptop Information Evening
Monday and Tuesday 18th and 19th March Year 7 Camp
I will be Acting Principal for the rest of the term. Mr Warren Stanley will relieve me in my role as Deputy Principal and Ms Amy Murphy will relieve as Head Teacher Teaching and Learning. Thank you to Ms St Louis, Mrs Pooviah and Dr Maitra, who did a wonderful job in their respective relieving roles for the first five weeks of this year.
Have a wonderful week.
Megan Connors
Acting Principal