School photos. Don’t forget that Monday 27 June and Tuesday 28 June are the school photo days. Monday will be for class photos.
Prefects. The prefect vote has taken place. Congratulations to all our new prefects. I am confident they will build on school traditions at the same time as introducing innovations, a combination which is the James Ruse spirit. By the time you read this our new school captain and the senior prefect executive will have been announced.
SRC week. Next week is SRC week, and there are events every day. The Moonwalk dance is on next Wednesday 6.30 to 10.30 pm. It will be a joyous way to end a term where the students have worked very hard, have reached high academic standards, yet have had lots of fun.
Our School Development Day on 18 July will focus largely on aspects of technology.
I am on leave attending an international principals’ conference in Toronto from 19 July until 26 August. From 28 August to 30 August all the executive will be at a planning meeting to plan the next three year plan 2012 – 2015 for the school. In my absence Ms Connors will be relieving principal, Mr Yeo will be relieving deputy principal. We have yet to finalise who will relieve as Head Teacher Administration.
Light and Matter. Congratulations to Rachel Lee who has been offered a scholarship to attend the 2011 Professor Harry Messel International Science School, Light and matter, at the University of Sydney in July.
Physics Olympiad. Congratulations to Jinghang Luo who has been selected for the Physics Olympiad team: the Olympiad is to be held in Bangkok, Thailand.
Australian Open Table Tennis Championships. Congratulations to Sarah Tom who was selected to represent NSW in the Youth (U21) team to compete in the Australian Open Table Tennis Championships in Hobart from 12 – 18 June. Sarah competed in the NSW Table Tennis Junior closed championships on 15 May achieving the following: four Gold medals in the U15 Girls singles, U15 and U18 doubles and U15 mixed doubles; and a Silver medal in the U18 girls singles.
On Saturday the 18th of June, Erny Tsao, also representing NSW, finished competing in the same championships. The tournament was Erny’s first ever National Senior tournament. Congratulations to Erny, who was most successful in the Youth (u21) Men’s Teams event, winning Gold for NSW. He has gained valuable experience playing against top senior players from interstate as well as from Korea and New Zealand. Erny's tournament results are summarised as follows: Gold Medal in Youth (U21) Men's Teams; highest winning percentage player in the Youth Men's Teams event (95.24% with 20 wins and 1 loss).
Year 8 Information Night. The Year 8 Information Night on Thursday showcased numerous student presentations on all the electives.
Go Green This new student environmental and sustainability group had its first meeting this week.
25 June/26 June: Cadet Bivouac
27 June: SRC week; Photo Day; Table tennis knockout at Homebush all day; NRL for Year 7; lunchtime presentation by Macquarie Uni.
28 June: Photo Day; Assembly period 4; Yr 10 High Resolves Community Action Project pm; extended recess; Yr 12 Geography to Rosehill pm.
29 June: SRC week; Yr 9 French elective to Melbourne; SRC Moonwalk Dance
30 June: SRC week; Yr 9 French elective to Melbourne; Y8 Skyworks Planetarium al day in hall; Karonga Special School farm visit, assisted by 8AG1; International Food Day 1 – Chinese.
1 July: Last day of Term 2; Netball KO at JR vs Arthur Phillip; Mufti Day; Prefect Assembly p6; Playathon all night all bands 7 – 11.
18 July: First Day of Term 3; School Development Day; student free day
19 July: Students return to school
20 July: Drumbeat Year 7 1.30pm; Meet the Music 6.30pm Yrs 9, 10, 11.
21 July: Science and Engineering Challenge, Macquarie Uni, group 1, 32 students from Yrs 9 and 10; All Year 9 to Harry Potter at Macquarie Centre pds 1 – 6; Year 10 Information Night; Meet the Music 6.30pm Yr 12.
22 July: Period 3 Assembly; Science and Engineering Challenge group 2, 32 Year 10 students; Year 9 Brainstorm production The Hurting Game.
23-24 July: Waverley Band Festival
Thank you to all the staff for all the teaching and all the support that you have given our students. Thank you to all the parents for working with us so collaboratively. Thank you to all our wonderful students for all the learning and all the initiatives. You have introduced some truly remarkable programs and events.
Enjoy the holidays. Have a wonderful rest.
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