On Monday Mr Perrins and I attended Parliament House in Canberra to view the announcement of the Olympiad teams in Informatics, Biology, Mathematical, Physics and Chemistry. The Minister for Education, Mr Peter Garret MP congratulated the students and Professor Brian Schmidt, a Nobel Prize winner, spoke about the honour of representing the country in each of these disciplines. The ceremony was elegant and very auspicious. Congratulations must go to Ishraq Huda and Ray Li for being selected for the Informatics team and wish them well when they travel to Brisbane. Congratulations also must go to Rachel Wong and Jonathon Zheng for selection in the Mathematics team. They will travel to Colombia to compete in the Maths Olympiad. Rachel was the only girl out of 24 students from all over Australia.
Thursday and Friday will see students participate in the World’s Greatest Shave. It is wonderful to see so many students volunteer to have their head shaved and raise money for charity. Make sure you wear a beanie to school now that it is so cold.
Next Monday and Tuesday we will have school photos. Full school uniform is required.
On Tuesday we held our year 8 Information Night. I must say that the students who spoke about our many electives did so with such confidence and such passion. Many of them could easily take up stand-up comedy as the night was full of funny quips and competitive banter. The school is so proud of the sophistication of the students and their ability to articulate so fluently.
Wednesday Night year 9 and year 11 Music held one of their music recitals in the lecture theatre. Thank you to Mr Wong, Mr Brus and Mr Best.
Year 11 nominations for prefects have occurred and the whole school has voted. On Friday the prefects will be announced and then we will have a meeting to select our new Captain, Vice-Captain and Senior Prefect for 2013 – 2014.
The annual Cadet Camp will be to the south island of New Zealand this year. Expressions of interest will be on the intranet page this Friday. Names will be accepted on a first come first served basis once the deposits have been paid to the accounts office.
On Tuesday year 7 were lucky to have an incursion – Shakespeare on Trial. Professional actors come to entertain the students with stories from several Shakespearean plays and put many characters on trial for their behaviour.
Mr Driscoll has been tireless in organising visitors from various universities so our students have the most up to date information. This week, on Tuesday, UTS was represented.
Our Titration team, led by Ms Fernandez was very successful at the recent competition at Shore High School. We had 8 teams of three students. It was wonderful to hear that one team was made up of Ruse students and a student from another school. Co –operation and team work is alive and well across many schools.
The school was able to send a team to the 2013 autumn / Winter Interschool Badminton Tournament and I am pleased to announce that we won the open grade event. The team was made up of William Liang, Anthony Ooi, Radman Zhang, Joshua Wong and Wilson Cheng.
Erny Tsao has made the Men’s Open State team for table tennis and Sarah Tan made the under 21’s state team and they both will compete at the nationals.
More sporting commendations go to Jessica Guo who was first in the regional cross country and Yoshua Selvadurai who was third. Ravi Marwah came 10th and all three will compete at the state carnival.
This Friday Tharsini Urutherakumar, Sarah Tan, Andy Wang, Patrick Song and Becky Chen will attend the Penrith High Political Summit. This is a youth forum where current issues will be discussed. Penrith will host this event and we hope it is the beginning of a new leadership opportunity for all students.
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