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Principal's Report Week 6, Term 2 2012

posted Aug 2, 2012, 5:29 PM by Unknown user
Be a part of History - Musical Extravaganza: This is the school’s 50th musical. Do not miss your opportunity to be a part of James Ruse history. Come back for the 100th and boast that you were at the 50th! Some of you will have already seen Hello Dolly this Thursday. The rest of you will be going this Friday and Saturday, especially Year 7 students and parents, so you can encourage your child to participate next year.

Vale John Bishop: Mr John Bishop taught at our school for 15 years and served the school in many areas very successfully. He was Canteen Supervisor with no paid help for seven years. He was Officer in charge of the Cadets as well as being sportsmaster. He passed away this week; the funeral was on Wednesday. I was informed by his son Martin. The school sent school condolences and flowers. It is very fitting that the loft, part of the John Bishop block, is again being used as a classroom.

Shades 4 Aids: Year 9 Interact implemented a wonderful Shades 4 Aids Day on Tuesday with over $1500 being raised. Thank you to everyone who supported the cause, and particularly Mrs Bev Ferguson, Mrs Sophie Kim, Mrs Peggy Lin, Mrs Lisa Zhang and Mrs Kim Song, who were a wonderful help in the canteen.

Radiant Peace Foundation: Congratulations to Charmaine Lo for being the International Winner Grades 9 – 12 in recognition of the artwork she created for the Radiant Education Peace Education Awards, run by the Radiant Peace Foundation International, in Florida. Charmaine also wins $75 for herself, and $150 for the school. Congratulations to Andre Lo who has been awarded an honourable mention in Grades 4 – 8 for his essay, and a cheque for $30.

Australian Informatics Competition: Congratulations to Atul Barman (7) and Yang Song (9) who have achieved a perfect score in the Australian Informatics Competition. Congratulations also to Daaron Chiu (10) who achieved a High Distinction.

Go Green: Well done to Go Green for all their recent activities. The food scraps from the new blue organic waste bins will be used to feed the new school worms. Thank you to all the students taking care of the worm farms/cafes.

History Debating Team: Congratulations to the four Year 11 students who have been chosen to compete in the History debating completion in July: Rhonda Ung, Vyshnavi Anura, Brittany Xu and Mark Lin.

World Vision Global leadership Convention: The following four Year 10 students represented us at this leadership convention this Friday, 1 June: George He, Kajanan Parameshwaran, Pooja Halasagi and Tanya Han.

Youth Enviro Forum: The following four students will be representing us at this forum at Taronga Zoo on 26 June: Ashley Young (12), Fiona Ma (11), Cameron Hinton (8) and Bobby Dey (7).

English Information Night: There is an English Information Night on 19 June (Tuesday) at 6.30pm in the Lecture Theatre, especially for parents, organised by the English / Drama Department, discussing:
 How can you assist your child in English?
 How is English vital to your child's future career?
 How can you help your child maximise their English HSC results?
 Why is Drama important for the development of your child's creativity and happiness?

RSVP: Please state the names of people attending from your family and the year(s) of your son/daughter.

Tri School Tournament: Thank you to the prefects for their initiative. Congratulations to Baulkham Hills HS who beat us and Girraween HS on Tuesday.

Shave for a Cure: The prefects have yet again organised and championed a worthy initiative. Thank you to all who participated on Thursday.
Diabetes awareness May is Jelly Baby Month which aims to raise awareness and funds for Type 1 Diabetes - often called Juvenile Diabetes. To find out more about Type 1 Diabetes and Jelly Bean Month, go to Here you can sign up to receive a monthly newsletter.

Managing Anxiety and Depression: Did you know that one in four children over 12 has significant depressive symptoms? Sometimes it’s hard to know if your child has a real mental problem or is just suffering from teenage ‘moodiness’. Listen to Professor Ian Hickie, from the Brain and Mind Institute at the University of Sydney, talking about depression in school age kids, how to recognise it and what you can do to help. Go to:

Next week

Monday 4 June: HSC Assessment Yrs 12,11,10; Year 11 Agriculture exam; Shakespeare on Trial 2 – 3pm for all of Year 10; ARL sport.

Tuesday 5 June: HSC Assessment Yrs 12, 11, 10; French elective 9/10 to UNSW all day

Wednesday 6 June: HSC Assessment Yrs 12, 11, 10; ICAS science completion pds 3/4; Shakespeare on Trial 2 – 3pm for all of Year 7.

Thursday 7 June: HSC Assessment Yrs 12, 11, 10; SDD HSC exam.

Friday 8 June: Bandalism Yr 8; HSC Assessment Yrs 12,11,10; IPT HSC exam; AFL in sport;Shakespeare on Trial 1.30 – 3pm for all of Year 9.

Saturday 9 June: 50th Musical celebrations

Larissa treskin