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Principal's Report Week 8, Term 1 2012

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French-Australian Regional Informatics Olympiad (FARIO): Congratulations to Ray Li and Joshua Lau who came first and third in the ninth annual FARIO with scores of 297 and 251 – an amazing result! More details are on the FARIO website. They beat members of last year‟s Olympiad team. Very well done!

Stellar Astronomy Scholarships for Girls: Congratulations to Michelle Wang (11) for receiving this prestigious scholarship. The Minister for education, Adrian Piccoli will be presenting Michelle with her Award on Monday 2 April at noon at parliament House. The Chief Scientist for  NSW, Mary O'Kane will be giving a keynote address. The scholarship is funded by the Public Education Foundation.

Multicultural Night and Dance Festival Monday 2 April 7pm: Please put this date in your diaries for an evening of performances of a very high standard.

Wollemi Pines: In 2011 the 9A High Resolves group focused on conservation issues and bought, with fund raising, four Wollemi pines. This Friday, weather permitting, they will be planted near the heritage tractor, between Powe and Cameron block. With Mr Pronger‟s guidance and Mr Tardelli‟s efforts, this area could be turned into a mini rainforest. Thank you to Ms Fernandez for championing this initiative with our students.

Good manners: A 76 year old lady phoned last Friday to congratulate us on six junior boys who gave up their seats on the train to a group of older ladies at Rosehill on Thursday 8 March at about 2.50. She was most complimentary about their good manners and behaviour. It is wonderful to receive such reports from the public – thank you.

Castle Hill Show: this Friday, Saturday, Sunday. The following students are involved in a display in the schools‟ section on The Bee: Karina Shum, Katherine Wu, Patricia Wu, Christina Lee, Crystal Mak, Tanya Han,Justin Li, Ravi Marwah, Krithika Rajashekar, Angela Tan, Dev Kuhasri, Juhi Krishnaswamy, Alicia Lee, Stephanie Cheung, Stella Ye, Ray Li and Rhea Gu. Thank you to Mrs Johnston for her leadership of this participation. Please support these students by your attendance at the show.

Year 7 Information Night: Year 7 parents have received their curriculum and assessment booklets. On Tuesday night a lot of information was shared with parents. Please discuss what was shared with your son/daughter so that expectations for the year and for the school are very clear. It was a delight to listen to our Year 8 students deliver information and expectations and to promote their love of different subjects so passionately. Well done to: Michael Paulraj and Pooja Halasagi (who chaired the evening); Kerry Xue (SRC Vice president); and our presenters - Bridget Hwang, Eva Sinha, Simon Yang, Justin Wu, Stephanie Moon, Joanne Liu, Jin Yoo, Sarah Bak, Supuli Ranasinghe, Lily Chen, Jeffrey Khoo, Joel Huang, Joshua Selvadurai and Joel Jenson. Thank you to the Mrs Chen for her organisation of the parents to provide the amazing supper, to Mrs Jo for the Mothers‟ Club support, and to Mrs Xu and Mr Allison for COJR support. Once again we see how strong our school is because of parent involvement.

Duke of Edinburgh Training: Tuesday saw a valuable training day for over 100 students to ensure they are safe to proceed with the program. Thank you to Ms Jenns. This is a program with enormous status in the community and in business. Our students are fortunate to have such opportunities.

Blood bank donations: Thank you to the following students who gave blood on Monday: Caleb Wu, Jane Ma, Beatrice Zhang, Alex Tu, Marco Lee, Suraj Ashok Murthy, Victor Yang, Naushin Khan, Ralph Bulanadi, Jack She, Melissa Lee, Sophie Wu, Vanessa Shim and Tristan Ku. It is such a wonderful thing to do.

OZCLO: Best wishes to the 36 students who participated in the Australian Computational Linguistics Olympiad on Tuesday.

Chess Club: This club now meets every Friday at lunchtimes.

Laptop survey – correct links: I was given the incorrect links to share with you for this survey. The correct ones are:

Year 9 Students:

School Zone Flashing Lights Initiative: I have been advised by the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) that the school zone on Baker Street and the school, has been included as one of the next 82 school zone sites to receive school zone flashing lights to alert motorists of the speed restriction around schools to improve safety. It is expected that the work will start in mid March 2012 and all school zones in this roll out should
be fitted with the flashing lights by June 2012.

Become a foster carer: This year around 24,000 young people aged from babies to teens will be living in out-of-home care due to a range of domestic issues. As a result, foster carers are urgently needed and Fostering NSW is calling on caring and stable people to help care for a young person in their home. Foster carers play a vital role and by giving these children safe and caring homes, either short or long-term, help to
change their lives for the better. If you would like to know more about becoming a foster carer, call 1800 236 783 or visit

National Sea Week 2012: Did you know Australia is one of the most urbanised nations in the world and most people live within an hour or two of the coast? The annual National Sea Week (which this year starts on 4 March) helps draw attention to issues related to the marine environment. This year‟s focus is on marine debris (litter) and what we can do to help keep the ocean clean. Go to for activities and information on how you can be involved.

Aboriginal Immersion and Exchange Trip: Please return all EOIs to Ms Murphy as soon as possible. This is going to be an amazing excursion in the September/October holidays, as part of our Social Justice program.

Term 1 goes on The Selective Schools Test was held in our hall on Thursday. Year 10 High Resolves have begun work on their community projects. The Shakespeare Festival rehearsals and rehearsals for Hello Dolly are in full swing. The UN delegates are preparing for their conference. Teams are entering the 5 on 5 Dodgeball in Week 10. Meetings of ISCF, FOCUS, RuseID, Ruse Publications and Sound and Lighting are being held. Davidson Shield Cricket against model Farms HS was played on Thursday. The HSC Assessment period starts this Friday – we wish our students every success.

Next week: Week 9A

Monday 19 March: HSC Assessment; area swimming carnival

Tuesday 20 March: HSC Assessment: Year 7 Peer Support Camp (and Wed) Vision Valley; Year 9 and 10 –
Love Never Dies; Community of James Ruse meeting 8pm – cottage.

Wednesday 21 March: HSC Assessment: Year 7 Peer Support Camp Vision Valley: sports bye

Thursday 22 March: HSC Assessment

Friday 23 March: Year 8 Bandalism pd 1/2; HSC Assessment: Year 10 Ag excursion

Saturday - Sunday 24/25 March: Duke of Ed – Bronze walk (30 students): Model United Nations (MUNA)
– 6 students.

Larissa Treskin