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Principal's Report Week 6, Term 3 2013

posted Oct 23, 2013, 5:15 PM by Ms. Connors
At the end of this term we will celebrate the retirement of Mrs Beverly Ferguson, our Canteen Manager. Mrs Ferguson has given the school 26 years of superb service and every day greets staff, students and parents with a smile. Her knowledge of James Ruse traditions and achievements is amazing. Please read the wonderful interview attached written by Elizabeth Hsu of Year 10. Mrs Ferguson will be farewelled at a special afternoon tea on Wednesday 18th September in the J.C.Hoskins Hall.

Next Tuesday 27th August at 6.30pm in the Lecture Theatre we have the pleasure of meeting a wonderful ex-student - Liz New. It will be a great presentation - about 45 mins. Students and parents are very welcome to come and learn more about following your passion into your career and what it is like to work in the cutting edge field of scientific research.

Liz’s Biography: Liz completed a BSc (Advanced) with Honours in Chemistry in 2005 at the University of Sydney, followed by an MSc in 2006 also from Sydney. She was then awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to study at Durham University (UK), where she was awarded her PhD in 2009. In 2010-2011, Liz worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, before she returned to the University of Sydney in 2012 as a lecturer in Chemistry and Australian Research Council Early Career Researcher. Liz's research is focussed on developing new chemical methods to study disease.

Last Friday we again witnessed a Food Fair Extravaganza with over 60 parents helping to create wonderful Chinese meals and snacks for our hungry students. It was a great day of hard work, fun and friendship. Thank you to the many parents that helped on the day.

Congratulations to Stephanie Wu (10), Brendan Ma (10), Eklavya Wangoo (10) and Michael Sun (11) who will represent JRAHS at the 2013 NSW Semi Finals for the Evatt Model Security Council Competition. We are the only school with two teams represented in the finals.
Joshua Lau (12), Ray Li (11) and Ishraq Huda (10) will compete once again in the UNSW Progcomp finals on Saturday 7th September between 10.30 and 12.30pm. James Ruse has won this competition for the last six years. If you are visiting UNSW Open Day please drop in and offer support: Location - Tyree Energy Technologies Building, Lower Ground. The competition is in the basement of that building.

Almost 100 Year 10 students have indicated that they wish to study Agriculture to the HSC next year and are presently enjoying their excursions to Bathurst and Gloucester. Thank you to Mr Grant, Ms Hameed, Mr Pronger and Ms Annetts for taking our students on this valuable learning experience.

Table Tennis: Sarah Tan (10) recently competed in the 2013 NSW Table Tennis Junior Open Championships; winning a gold medal in the U18s Women’s Singles Tournament. Sarah has been selected to represent Australia at the 2013 Oceania Junior Championships in Noumea, New Caledonia from 10th to 23rd August.

Cybersafety – It is so important that both students and parents are always thinking of keeping safe in the online world. Students who are so familiar with social networking technologies often forget how vulnerable they can be. Please ensure that you as a parent discuss internet usage and safety with your child. Many parents establish rules and even contracts of use with their children.

A very helpful website: http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/Parents.aspx has resources for both parents and students including: Resources for use with teens from 13 to 18 years - Tips to manage online issues. This website provides links to PDFs that give practical tips to help parents manage online risks with teens. At school we are facing most of these issues on a daily basis.

Recently our school has been targeted by a young man who refers to himself as Timstar. When an adult invades the privacy of a school and its students it is a very serious matter that has been handed over to the police. Our concern is that this person is trying to arrange meetings with students outside school via Facebook. Students and parents must understand that a person one sees on Facebook or YouTube is still a stranger and therefore unknown and perhaps dangerous. Students must be cautious and aware of their own safety at all times.

The safety of our students is paramount. We must evaluate the appropriateness of people invited onto the premises. All visitors are required to sign in at the front office. We will be developing a system of visitor badges for all visitors including canteen and other parent helpers. Students are requested to discuss people they wish to invite onto school property with the school senior executive before the planned event.

At present I am once again Acting Principal, Mr Shaw and Mrs Pooviah are relieving as Deputy Principals and Ms Jenns is relieving as Head Teacher Science and Ms Russell as Head Teacher Welfare.
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