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Principal's Report Week 9, Term 1 2012

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Castle Hill Show: How wonderful in this Year of the Farmer, we re-enter the show and win the school’s section. Our entry on The Journey of the Bee won a huge trophy and lots of ribbons on Friday. Congratulations to: Karina Shum, Katherine Wu, Patricia Wu, Christina Lee, Crystal Mak, Tanya Han, Justin Li, Ravi Marwah, Krithika Rajashekar, Angela Tan, Dev Kuhasri, Juhi Krishnaswamy, Alicia Lee, Stephenie
Cheung, Stella Ye, Ray Li and Rhea Gu. Thank you to Mrs Johnston.

OzCLO NSW Winners: Congratulations to our two teams who achieved first and third place! Both teams now compete in the Nationals on 29th March. First place - 91.5 - Team 233 JRAHS: Kerrie Yuan (12) Sydney Tang (11) Emily Hall (12), Jenny Liu (12); Third Place - 90 - Team 232 JRAHS: Bonita Gu (12) Monica Tay (12) Carmen Cheng (12) Benjamin Zhu (12)

Informatics Scholar School: It is a wonderful achievement to get five places to the April school. The following students were successful: Joshua Lau (11); Ray Li (10); Daaron Chiu (10); Kevin Shi (10); Ishraq Huda (9).

Australian Athletics Junior Championships: Congratulations, Mudith did it again. On Friday Mudith Jayasekara won the U/17's Pole Vault at the Australian Athletics Junior Championships and now retains the National Champion title for his age group. He jumped a great personal best (PB) of 4.15m which is 35cm more than his previous PB and won by 2 heights to the Silver Medallist. His season is nearly over after he
competes at the NSW State Opens competition in two weeks.

Sound And Lighting: Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to be part of the Sound and Lighting team. Year 11: Jack Shi, Anqi Teng, Bridget Lee, Andrew Tsui; Year 10: Frank Xia, George Lin, Daiming Zhu, Wilson Cheng, Kathy Xu, Sen Fang; Year 9: Kai Lun, Ann Peng, Edwina Kuang, Joshua Lin, Kevin Zhao, Trevor Kwan, Joe Chen. Thank you to Mr Widmer for the organisation and training.

Handwriting course: Don’t forget to get your permission slips to Ms McMillan if you are signing up for this seven week course next term.

Premier’s Reading Challenge: Please encourage your son/daughter to sign up at:

Knitwits: Don’t forget this starts in Term 2. See Mrs Kunz in the library. Let’s see how many squares you can knit or crochet to make the blankets for Wrapped with Love. If you can’t knit or crochet, this is a good way to learn.

The Chemistry Nyholm Lectures 2012: These were advertised in the newsletter last week. Year 11 and 12 students – please see Ms Fernandez if you are interested in going.

Community of James Ruse meeting, Tuesday 20 March: This was held in the cottage. I was asked to explain our expression of interest for Empowering Local Schools, as part of the Local Schools Local Decision Making rollout, and the introduction of LMBR (Learning Management Business Reform,) the total software package to replace OASIS, and all other packages to do with timetabling, attendance, reporting, student data etc. We had only been given a little over week for the initial consultation process. It was a good opportunity to discuss as many issues as we could. I will share with the executive some Q and A information I was sent recently.

National Youth Week 13 – 22 April: There are lots of competitions and activities for National Youth Week, with its Imagine, Create, Inspire motto. Please encourage your son/daughter to enter some of these and to participate. Check the National Youth Week website.
This is the second last newsletter for the term. Make sure if you have an item for Term 1 that you get your article in on time.

Close the Gap Day: Thursday 22 March was Close the Gap Day. Close the Gap Day addresses the fact that Aboriginal and Torres Strait  slander people can expect to live substantially shorter lives than other Australians – up to 20 years less in some cases. The Social Justice Committee has learnt that babies born to Aboriginal mothers die at more than twice the rate of other Australian babies, and Aboriginal and  Torres Strait Islander people experience higher rates of preventable illness such as heart disease, kidney disease and diabetes. In order to raise awareness and to further educate our students about Indigenous Australia, our 7-10 SJC Leaders taught a lesson to their English class on the Close the Gap Initiative and ran some activities with their peers. Their lessons were exciting - thank you Ms Murphy and to the English staff. If you want some further information on this initiative please check out the following website.

UN Conference: There are 10 James Ruse students heading off to the annual UN Youth Conference at Collaroy this weekend for an intense experience of debating, public speaking and mingling with other like-minded individuals. They will also attend an Arabian-inspired disco!

Next Week: 10B

Monday 26 March: HSC Assessment (last day); Prefects Dodgeball recess and lunch; Yr 10 Science oral assessment pd 5; High Resolves Yr 10 1.30 – 3.30.

Tuesday 27 March: School Cross Country 9 – 12pm;

Wednesday 28 March: Prefects Dodgeball recess and lunch; Yr 8 science literacy tasks during science lessons; Sydney Uni student teacher visits pds 2 and 3.

Thursday 29 March: Prefects Dodgeball recess and lunch; School Assembly pd 5; Geography Challenge pd 6 for years 9, 10,12; Science oral presentations for Yr 10 pds 1 and 8; All Yr 8 in lecture theatre 9.30 for Young Australian workshop.

Friday 30 March: Prefects Dodgeball recess and lunch; Yr 11 Brainstorm production 1.30pm lecture theatre; Bandalism Yr 8 Pds 1/2; Yr 7 Brainstorm production in hall; Yr 10 science oral assessment pds 2,3 and 6.

Larissa Treskin