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Principal's Report Week 8, Term 3 2013

posted Oct 23, 2013, 5:19 PM by Ms. Connors
The Australian Mathematics Trust awards a limited number of Medals in each division of the AMC for performances which are outstanding. It is wonderful to reveal that five JRAHS students have received medals this year and will be travelling to Adelaide in November to receive these. In the junior division we congratulate Linus Cooper (7) and Reihana Tsao (7), in the Intermediate Division Yang Song (10) and Simon Yang (9) and Ray Li (11) in the Senior Division.

Congratulations also to our two teams that have made it through to the 2013 state finals for the UN Youth Evatt Model Security Council Competition. The finals will be held on the 13th of September in the Jubilee Room of Parliament House. Michael Sun (11) and Eklavya Wangoo (10) will compete as Australia and Stephanie Wu (10) and Brendan Ma (11) will represent Azerbaijan.

Aileen Lin (10) is presently attending the Ozgreen Youth Leading the World Congress. It will be great to learn of her experiences upon her return.

To recognise the contribution students are making in the wider community we recommended eight students to receive an Order of Australia Commendation Certificate. This highly prestigious reward recognises real commitment to community service and a dedication to serving others. In November 2013 Madeline La, Fiona Ma and Thanya Sritharan, all of year 12, will be presented with this award at Government House. We congratulate these impressive young women on their wonderful achievements.

Thank you to Ms Hameed, Mr Gengiah, Mr Wilson, Ms Annetts, Mr Laletin, Mr Goggin, Mrs Bowen and Ms Fernandez for taking year 8 on their Resourceful Adolescent Program camp. According to the students it was a fabulous experience.

Year 12 are finalising their scholarship and medical applications at the moment. Year 12 parents and students are asked to check carefully the university websites and Mr Driscoll’s careers intranet page. Mr Driscoll also sends many emails to year 12 with relevant information. There are many scholarship opportunities available to our students – each university awards scholarships for academic success, all-round achievements and equity issues.

Year 10 High Resolves presented their process, product and reflections on Monday afternoon. These students represent the very best qualities of JR students. Their High Resolves Program Manager, Katie Pearce, made the following comment: “I was inspired by the talents that were in this group. Every session you brought with you creative ideas, smiles and of course your afternoon snacks! Despite the many COMMUNICATION (buzz word for the year) issues, you have undeniably succeeded. You have succeeded as future leaders and as young people who care about their world and each other. I encourage you to take what you have learnt from High Resolves and be role models to others who can't or won't stand up and make a positive difference. You have the skills you just need to apply them!” A special thank you to Katie and our High Resolves Coordinator, Ms Amy Murphy.

The curriculum committee met again this week to continue to discuss the findings of the curriculum survey. In 2014 we have decided to offer Latin as a language option to Year 8. Year 7 students will choose soon whether they will study French, Japanese or Latin. In 2015 we hope to offer Latin as a Year 9 elective course.

Shortly the Technology committee will meet to formulate school policy on our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) options for 2014. The DEC is also moving into a new technology delivery system – eT4L – which we hope to embrace next year.

The Year 9 Interact team are coordinating our Shades4Aids Mufti day next Thursday. We ask that each student donates $2 to the Hope for Cambodian Children. In Cambodia, it is estimated that 500 children a year are born with HIV or contract HIV within the first 6 months. Without treatment the transmission rate is 40% during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding. With treatment the transmission rate is below 1%. It costs about $250 to prevent the transmission of HIV to a child. Year 9 Interact hope to raise $2000 which will allow 8 babies to be prevented from contracting HIV. For more information please visit the HFCC website http://www.shades4aids.org.
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