Farewell to Mr Michael Iverach: Congratulations to Mr Iverach. He takes up his new position as HT Science at Girraween HS from the start of next term. Mr Iverach has been a science teacher at our school for nearly two decades. He has made a difference to the lives of thousands of students, not only as a science teacher but as a year advisor, a Duke of Edinburgh scheme leader and an executive in various relieving positions. He has modelled high standards, professionalism, integrity and leadership in the many roles he has held at this school. He will leave a big hole in our learning and in our hearts, but we certainly wish him every success possible in the next stage of his career.
Farewell to Ms Eloise Burgess: Congratulations to Ms Burgess. She takes up her new position as HT History at St Marys Senior HS from the start of next term. Ms Burgess has been a HSIE teacher at our school for the past seven years. She has shared her passion for her subjects as a classroom teacher and as a relieving Head Teacher, which included the organisation of several trips to Europe. As a year advisor, she has led a myriad of innovations: laptops, global leadership projects in year 8 and with High Resolves as well as student welfare initiatives. Her enthusiasm and concern for her students are infectious. We wish Ms Burgess all the best for her new role at her new school.
Chinese Cultural Knowledge Competition: Congratulations to Kwynne Yuan, who will be absent next term from 18th October – 31st October. She is going to Xian City in China having won this prize in the Chinese Cultural Knowledge Competition 2010. Kwynne has been invited by the Overseas Chinese Affairs Office to a learning and final competition camp program.
Passing Out Parade: This was a magnificent event last Tuesday, with 26 cadets, our largest number to date, participating in their last school parade at James Ruse, with Daniel Xue being afforded the honour of carrying the Duke of Edinburgh’s banner. We are the first individual unit to parade this banner as a celebration of the unit’s 50th birthday. Our guest of honour was the Reverend Andrew Sempell, an ex–student of James Ruse (1975). Rev Sempell has had an extensive career as a chaplain in the army. Currently he is Rector of St James Anglican Church, King St Sydney.
Cadet Dinner: Continuing the celebrations, the Year 12 cadets were farewelled at a semi formal dinner on Wednesday.
UNSW Progcomp: Congratulations to Evgeny Martynov (12), Joshua Lau (10) and Ray Li (9) who won the UNSW Progcomp on Saturday 3rd September. This is the 5th year in a row James Ruse has won this competition.
Staffing issues: Our recently appointed HT English, Ms Julie Turk, has relinquished her position. We have been given permission to go to open advertisement. We have a number of other vacancies due to promotions. I will keep you informed as soon as I am informed as to how and by whom these vacancies will be filled.
Weeks 9 and 10
Monday 12 September: Awards Day practice (yr 12) pds 2/3; 3 on 3 soccer recess and lunch; Yr 8 science Semester 2 Literacy Task in yr 8 science classes.
Tuesday 13 September: Awards Day 10.30 – 12.15 (Yr 7 normal lessons); Yr band members rehearsal pds 3/4; 3 on 3 soccer recess and lunch (not Yr 12); set up for Cabaret Night after school.
Wednesday 14 September: Cabaret Night 7 pm; 3 on 3 soccer recess.
Thursday 15 September: High Resolves Yr 10 Community Action Project lunch – 3pm; 3 on 3 soccer recess and lunch; Year 11 Information Night 7pm.
Friday 16 September: Orientation Day for new students 8 – 11; 3 on 3 soccer recess and lunch
Saturday 17 September: National Chemical Analysis Competition UNSW
Sunday 18 September: Senior Concert Band tour (9, 10, 11) until Tuesday; Duke of Edinburgh Bronze test hike.
Monday 19 September: Senior Concert Band Tour; year 12 Concert pds 4/5; 3 0n 3 soccer
Tuesday 20 September: Senior concert Band Tour; Year 12 luncheon; 3 on 3 soccer
Wednesday 21 September: Year 12 to Balmoral Beach; 3 on 3 soccer
Thursday 22 September: Yr 10 Visual Arts Excursion; 3 on 3 soccer; String Orchestra/Woodwind Tour Blue Mountains.
Friday 23 September; last day of term 3; String Orchestra/Woodwind Tour; 3 on 3 soccer.
Monday 10 October: First day of Term 4; school assembly pd 3.
Wednesday 12 October: HSC begins
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