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Principal's Report: Week 9, Term 3 2011

posted Oct 13, 2011, 1:44 PM by Unknown user
This is the last newsletter for Term 3. Term 4 starts for all students and staff on Monday 10 October. There will be a full school assembly in period 3. The HSC begins on Wednesday 12 October and ends on Friday 18 November.

Are You OK? Day. Thank you to Isabella Kwai for taking the initiative and introducing Are You OK? Day to James Ruse. On Thursday morning in an extended roll call, students led paired conversations in each class, to encourage students to listen to each other’s concerns and to seek help if needed. Friends are usually the first to notice if their friend is anxious or upset and can support them to seek assistance and to be a sounding board. Mental health and well being is likely to be a challenge for seven in thirty Australians. We need to collaborate to make our school a calm, emotionally safe place to learn for all of our students.

R/HT Welfare. Ms Jenns will be relieving HT Welfare for Term 4 while Mr Shaw is on leave.

The Big Expo Day. This is on at Parramatta Park on Saturday 17 September. We have tickets for the following Year 10 students, who will be attending: Kelly Wu, Thanya Sritharan, Cher Shui, Fiona Ma, Victoria Deng, Celeste Mar, Dorothy Wong, Terence Luo. It is presented by Youth Alive NSW. Students will have lots of opportunities to explore their creativity.

Chinese Cultural Knowledge Competition. We have more students qualifying for this competition from 20th October - 31 October. Congratulations to Kwynne Yuan (9); Jason Ye (10); Vanessa Huang (10).

NSW CHS Sports Carnival. Congratulations to Mudith Jayasekara, who won a Gold medal for 200m and Bronze medal for 100m at the carnival last Saturday. He also came fifth in the Triple Jump.

Awards Day. Congratulations again to all our awardees – we are very proud of you.

3 on 3 Soccer. Thank you to the prefects for continuing with this activity while numerous other events are taking place in school. You are obviously good at multi-skilling.

Cabaret Night. Thank you to all the parents who watched their sons and daughter perform at Cabaret Night. Your children really appreciate you being there, though they may not tell you. The performances were outstanding – thank you to all the performers, as well as to Mr Wong, Mr Best, Mr Armitage, Ms Kojevnikov and Ms McManus.

Year 11 Information Night. Scaling can be a complex issue to understand. Hopefully, the many parents who attended are a bit wiser in this area now. Thank you to all the parents who helped cater for this evening. Thank you to Mrs Chen and her band of helpers for the Year 12 luncheon next week which is in final planning stages.

Orientation Day for new students years 8 – 11. We welcomed our new students on Friday morning. Thank you to all the students who made them feel part of James Ruse already.

UNSW Mathematics Competition presentation. Mr Perrins and I represented the school at this award ceremony at UNSW on Friday afternoon. We were very proud of what our students had achieved.

Best wishes to: students competing in the National Chemical Analysis competition at UNSW on Saturday; students doing their D of E bronze test hike on the weekend; students on the senior concert band tour and on the string orchestra/woodwind tour next week.

Have a calm, restful and enjoyable holiday.
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