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Principal's Report Week 8, Term 2 2012

posted Aug 6, 2012, 5:44 PM by Unknown user
Last Saturday afternoon we celebrated 50 Years of School Musicals at James Ruse. This wonderful event began with a performance by our Senior Wind Ensemble of a tribute to various Musicals performed in the past. The celebration provided a wonderful reunion for students of former years. Colin Anderson, the driving force behind the development of our Musicals, was able to attend and spoke fondly of the early years and the wonderful times shared with Mrs Leslie Lino and Mrs Patricia Joliffe. Mr Anderson was once described by Mr Hoskins (our first Principal) of “putting the culture into Agriculture”.

Highlights of the Celebration were the reflections of former students and their appreciation of the gift that Musicals were to them. Performances by Toni Powell (formerly a member of the Australian Opera), Paul Eastment, Emma Goodsir and Greg Anderson were inspiring. Our current Musical cast revived Hello Dolly one more time and the 2010 cast were wonderful performing three songs from Crazy for You. Mr Alan Best
received a well-deserved standing ovation for his service and contribution to 38 years of JRAHS Musicals. 

Last week, Ms Annetta St Louis and I attended the Selective Deputy Principal’s Conference. This valuable professional learning opportunity allows us to develop relationships with the other Selective High Schools and to share strategies and ideas to enhance the learning of our students. Earlier this week, Ms Larissa Treskin attended the Secondary Principals Conference in Manly.

Congratulations to all students who participated in the Zone Athletics and Zone Cross Country Carnivals. A Huge Applause to our Knockout Girls Tennis team who won Regionals to become Regional Champions. Rachel Yang (10), Renee Zeng (11), Sarah Tan (9) and Susanna Li (8) now move onto the State Finals in Cronulla later in the year. Thank you to Ms Jenny Burgess and Mrs Natalie Novotni for their management and
encouragement of the team.

Year 9 completed the first Working Session of their High Resolves School Action Project. This leadership program allows students to choose an issue that concerns them at the school level and design an action plan to inform, engage and change the behaviour of others.

On Tuesday night, the Year 9 and 10 Music Elective classes showcased their fabulous talents… well done to all.

Year 12 Chemistry visited Macquarie University to conduct experiments using the sophisticated equipment that they have offered our students access to.

Year 11 met on Wednesday to nominate each other for the positions of Prefect. Elections will occur next week.

Year 10 Geography completed their mandatory fieldwork at Pyrmont.

Last night we held the Year 8 Subject Selection evening. Students and Parents heard presentations from students and teachers of each elective subject. This year we see the introduction of Year 9 PASS (Physical Activity and Sport Studies) which will lead directly into Year 10 Accelerated Preliminary PDHPE. This subject will be limited to only one class. The Curriculum Committee strives to ensure that we can maintain diversity of subjects and curriculum choice at JRAHS.

On Monday, our Korean parents will hold our first Food Fair of 2012. Thank you to all the parents who are contributing on Monday.

Next week we celebrate NAIDOC and Reconciliation Week at James Ruse. On Monday our Social Justice Committee will host an Assembly in Period 4. Ms Amy Murphy and the Social Justice team have put an enormous effort into making the week special. We welcome our special guests: 

Ms Lowanna Moran whose family is from the Brewarrina and Walgett areas. She is a Kamilaroi woman from the Kamilaroi Nation and currently studying Art Education at UNSW.

Mr Jonathon Cattain-Webb whose family is from the Kempsey and Bowra areas. He is a Dungutti man from the Dungutti Nation and currently studying Law at UNSW.

Following the assembly we will enjoy the Indigenous Hall of Fame (Year 12 Social Justice), Indigenous Achievements in Time –Timeline (Year 8A) and Music @ lunch: Gurrumul Yunupingu (Year 8 SJC Leaders). On Tuesday 8A will help us Learn some Aboriginal English, view the HOPE WALL (Students use their ‘hands’ from yesterday’s assembly to write a message of hope for Indigenous Australia) and listen to Music @ lunch:Selection of Indigenous Artists. Wednesday we learn about symbols in Art Chalk drawing by Year 8 SJC Leaders and on Thursday we will enjoy a fundraising BBQ. On Friday Years 7-10 Social Justice Leaders will conduct a Culture Lesson.

On Tuesday night, the English Faculty will host an Information Evening for parents in the Lecture Theatre at 6.30pm. The ICAS English competition will occur on Tuesday. 

On Thursday 21st, we will hold an Assembly to celebrate our Olympiad Team members. Professor David Hunt of UNSW will present Victor Khou of Year 12 and Ray Li of Year 10 with their Olympiad Team Blazers.

Thursday (4pm-7pm) is the Year 8 and Year 11 parent teacher evening.

On Friday, our Year 10 Agricultural students will go on their Dairy Excursion and on Saturday and Sunday the Cadet Bivouac will occur.

Assessment and Reporting 2012: With exams concluding our teachers are in the process of writing reports. Year 11 will receive their reports next week. Years 7-10 will receive their reports on Monday 23 rd July (Week 2, Term 3).

Financial Year and Tax Time: As the Financial Year comes to an end, I would just like to remind families that two of our major contributions: Our Building Fund (for the Gymnasium) and our COJR contribution (recently being used for our wonderful air conditioners and library resources) are tax deductable. Our Gymnasium Fund is presently $1.8m … we are so close … please contribute what you can.

Another fabulous week in our fabulous school.

Megan Connors
Deputy Principal