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Principal's Report Week 6, Term 2 2013

posted Oct 16, 2013, 1:17 PM by Unknown user
On Tuesday we had our year 7 parent/teacher afternoon. This was the first year we have used an online booking system. What a joy to meet so many interested parents! As this was a new system I asked many parents their feelings about the online booking system. I did receive some very positive comments. Positive feedback included – the system was easy to use, seeing teachers very quickly was a bonus and appointments occurred on time (mostly). Of course there were some hiccups. Some parents did not get an appointment with a few teachers. I did take names and phone numbers and those parents will be called in the next few days. Please, if you have any feedback on the afternoon we would be glad to hear your opinions. For our next parent teacher evening we will ask parents not to make an appointment with the year advisor.

On Monday 4th  June the SRC created Gold Day to raise money for the Westmead Children‟s Hospital. A gold coin donation was made by all students and popcorn, garlic bread, mee goreng and profiteroles were on sale at recess and lunch.

On Monday year 12 were able to hear a talk from an expert on accountancy from the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He outlined the type of work he did and also talked about the study needed to enter this career.

Also on Monday, 30 of our year 10 students trained to be High Resolves Leaders. Their training began in period 3 and continued till the end of the day. Their commitment and dedication was admirable and I am sure they will be strong leaders.

Year 9 drama students saw a wonderful Commedia del Arte performance on Tuesday and then participated in an exciting workshop where they learnt the movement skills necessary when using masks. The students were quick learners and mastered the art of crazy walks.

Also on Tuesday year 11 went to the Field of Mars for their Biology excursion.

The ICAS science competition occurred on Wednesday in period 3 and 4.

Ms Brooks took 8 of our year 7 students to Fox Studios to record a TV show called Kitchen Whiz on Wednesday. We will keep you informed so that you can watch the program.

Ms McMillan and the language teachers have created a survey to look at language choice at James Ruse. We have also used this opportunity to look at students‟ ideal choice of subjects. We hope to complete an analysis of this data by the end of term.

On Wednesday year 12 began their assessment week. Remind year 12 to study hard, eat well, take many small breaks and get plenty of sleep during this period.

On Friday 4 year 10 students attended a global leadership conference at Luna Park. This conference was based around World Vision and the work they do with children who need our help and support with food, education and clothing. Leo Tan, Becky Chen, Sarah Cui and Patrick Song were our representatives.

Year 12 parents
Just a reminder that if your son or daughter is not well during the assessment week, you must contact the school and speak to Mr Yeo or Ms Connors or myself. A medical certificate is needed if a student misses an exam and that must be given to Ms Connors the day the student comes back to school.

Space Academy and Field Studies - Teacher and Student program
Saturday 21st September – Tuesday 8th October
LAZSTA9 Metropolitan South West Science Teachers Association) will again embark on an enrichment program that will see 56 teachers and students participate in Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama in September 2013. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in space. For more information –  

Table Tennis
Sarah Tan (year 10) competed in the NSW Table Tennis Open Championships on 2nd medal in the U21 Women‟s Singles and a silver medal in the Open Mixed Doubles. She has been selected to represent NSW at the Australian National Closed Table Tennis Championships to be held at Olympic Park from 6-13 July. Congratulations Sarah!

Anti Bullying
The school is asking parents to discuss bullying, harassment and name calling with your son or daughter. We do not tolerate any form of harassment and expect all students to show respect to others. No student is to take another‟s belongings and treat it as a joke.  

Contact with the school
Parents are reminded to contact the school if they have any concerns about homework, behaviour or assignments. The first person to speak to is the classroom teacher or the Head Teacher of that department. We do have many parents drop into the school and we understand that urgent issues do arise. It is advisable to ring and make an appointment if possible. That way the school is able to find the best person to help you with your concern.