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Principal's Report Week 8, Term 1 2013

posted Oct 16, 2013, 12:53 PM by Ms. Connors
Year 7 had a wonderful time on their peer support camp. All staff complimented their behaviour and enthusiasm. Our Year 11 Peers support leaders were fabulous. A huge thank you to Ms Brooks, our Year 7 Advisor and Ms Ng, our Assistant Year 7 Advisor for their superb organisation of the camp. I would also like to thank Ms St Louis, Mr Stanley, Mr Shaw, Ms Annetts, Mr Wilson, Mr Driscoll and Ms Fernandez for supervising and participating in the camp. Without teacher support these activities could not happen.

Congratulations to Kathy Xu (11) and Michelle Mo (11) who have been selected to attend the 2013 Dobell Drawing School at the National Art School.

Kelly Wu (12) and Upeka Nanayakkara (10) have been selected as finalists in the Sydney Hills Youth Award.

On Monday night Year 9 received their laptops for 2013. The parent meeting focused on explaining the features and use of the laptop but also stressed the need for parents to set boundaries with computer and internet usage. Thank you to Mr Boyaci, our Technical Support Officer, and Mr Wilson, Year 9 Advisor for their presentations.

On Monday our Social Justice Team in collaboration with North Sydney Girls and Girraween, hosted the very first Selective Schools Forum on Social Justice. Ms Murphy and 10 students represented JRAHS and were wonderful ambassadors of our school.

Congratulations to our seven mathematicians - Wilson Liu (10), Yang Song (10), Praveen Wijerathna (11), Rachel Wong (12), Kevin Xian (9), Simon Yang (9) and Jonathan Zheng (12) who have been invited to be members of this year’s AMOC Mathematics Olympiad Selection School. The school will be held at Dunmore Lang College, Macquarie University, Sydney, from Sunday 14 April to Tuesday 23 April 2013. Twenty-five students will be attending the school. This invitation should be viewed as a particular honour as the principal purpose of the Selection School will be to select the six members of the Australian Team to compete at the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO) to be held Santa Marta, Colombia from 18 to 28 July 2013, with a preparation school held during the preceding five days. The six members of the team will be selected from senior students at the school. We all wish them the best in this venture.

It was wonderful to hear that Julia Tran (7) achieved her AMusA diploma for piano earlier this month. Congratulations Julia.

Our HSC assessment period has begun for this term and Year 12 seem happy and healthy at this stage. Some major exams – Mathematics, Mathematics E2, Japanese Extension, History Extension, Advanced English, Biology, English E1 and Economics – are already finished. The exam period hinges on time management. As parents, please ensure students are getting enough sleep and good food. Lots of brain foods e.g. salmon, blueberries, eggs etc. Year 11 will sit HSC Agriculture on Monday and year 10 SDD will also be on Monday.

Our Year 12 parent teacher night is on Thursday 11 April from 3pm until 7pm. This year we are moving to an electronic booking system for all parent teacher night interviews. Parents will be sent an email and text with instructions and students will also be given a paper copy of instructions. Parents will all be given the event code on the same day and then have approximately one week to make bookings. Parents will need to know the names of child’s teachers to make the bookings. This year Year 12 and Year 7 will have separate nights for interviews as we saw it was very difficult last year for Year 7 to make interviews with teachers that were already full with Year 12 students.

Our Accounts staff have recently sent out all our invoices for 2013. We really appreciate your prompt payment of accounts as it makes our planning and budgeting so much easier. We are in the process of applying for a grant to assist us in refurbishing the science laboratories. The COJR are committed to helping us improve the school and your tax deductable donation to the COJR can be used for building projects such as these.

Please remember to contact our office staff if you need to see a teacher. Teachers are often teaching, marking or preparing work during the day and need to schedule appointments that fit their own timetables. The front office will pass on messages to teachers and they will return your call.

At the COJR meeting on Tuesday night, Ms Amy Murphy, presented on the importance on social justice for our gifted students. Sharing her own personal experiences she highlighted the need to develop one’s social and emotional intelligence. Eva Sinha (9) also presented her perspective on the 2012 Indigenous Immersion trip to Central Australia. Thank you to both Ms Murphy and Eva.
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