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Principal's Report Week 9, Term 4 2012

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Chess success Andrew Pan, Joshua Lau, Raymond Han, Frank Zhu and Lalit Prasad were members of the
James Ruse Open Chess Team who represented NSW in the Australian Schools Team Chess competition,
which was held in Canberra on the 1-2 December, 2012. All the games were difficult and intense battles for
supremacy. The James Ruse students played very well and placed second at end of the tournament. This was
a remarkable achievement from a team that had never been invited to compete at this level of competition
before. The students have done themselves, their parents and the school proud. Congratulations, on such a
wonderful achievement.

Pole vaulting success This weekend Mudith Jayasekara competed in the 2012 Australian All School
Athletics Championships in the U18's Men's Pole Vault and ended up with a Silver medal just behind his
training partner. The competition only had every second age group so he had to compete with one age group
older which the winner was part of. Mudith jumped a personal best of 4.40m. He will now represent
Australia for pole vault in the Australian Youth Festival to be held at Sydney Olympic Park from January
15th to 20th. The competition includes 17 sports/disciplines with over 1750 athletes from 30 nations. He is
also participating in an Athletics Australia junior high performance camp from the 11th to 15th. He is looking
forward to participating in these events. Mudith has also been selected as one of the four finalists for the
Northern Times Junior Sports Star of the Year. Follow the link:

COLA We have finally got approval for a Covered Learning Area between Barrengarry House and the Library
block, behind the English staffroom. It will make life easier for all in rainy weather; provide extra shade as
well as being an extra undercover meeting area which we need. Hopefully, the work will be completed during
the holidays.

Volunteering awards Congratulations to Wiley Ye and Henry Ye, who, along with several other local
volunteers, have been chosen as finalists for the National Volunteers Awards. They work very hard for the
Australian Air League. Our local community benefits so greatly from the tireless efforts of volunteers like
Wiley and Henry. Wiley and Henry were presented with a National Volunteers Awards Finalist Certificate at
John Alexander’s office on Wednesday 6 December.

Public Speaking Yoshua Selvadurai (Yr 8) is a finalist in the OZ Speak public speaking competition to be
held on Australia Day 2013, organised by the Hills Shire Council. Congratulations Yoshua.

Presentation Day On Tuesday we acknowledged 472 awards – academic, sporting, co-curricular, special and
James Ruse Distinctions. Congratulations to all the awardees. Thank you to all our special guests who
attended. It was wonderful to see the hall full of parents, evidence once more of the very strong learning
partnership between the school and our parent body. The musical items by Taylor Zhang (violin), Frank Zhu
(piano) and our Year 10 vocal ensemble were outstanding. A special thank you to Mrs Haslehust-Smith and
Ms St Louis for all the organisation.

Orientation Day We welcomed our new Year 7 2013 on Wednesday. Our Peer Support leaders did a
magnificent job in orientating our new parents and students to the school, including the farm, as well as
completing various enrolment procedures. Thank you to our wonderful student presenters: Pooja Halasagi (on
getting involved in life at JRAHS) and Fayanne Cui (on transition from primary to high school). A highlight
was seeing the Senior Wind Ensemble and the Year 6 band students performing together after just one
rehearsal. Even more amazing was seeing all the parents and students up on their feet dancing to Les Mis!
Ms Brooks and Ms Ng certainly lead a multi-talented group of students next year. Our new parents and
students joined us for our annual Sports BBQ on the oval.

RUOK Day and Social Justice/Rural Youth Macaron Day Thursday recess and lunchtime were packed with
fun run by Cloud 9, the Social Justice committee and Rural Youth supporting a focus on mental health and
wellbeing. Cloud 9 ran relaxation and board game activities.

Prefects’ Mufti Day and Christmas activities On Friday the prefects are raising funds for Transplant

End of year concert This was a most enjoyable performance on Thursday night. The standard of music
talent was extremely high. Thank you to all the music teachers for bringing out the best in our students.

Toni Powell and Friends Please come along to this concert this Sunday at 3 – 5 pm in the hall. It is a
fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis. Bring your friends. Adults $20, children $10.

Big Band Music Concert Don’t forget our combined band concert with Hurlstone AHS next Monday night at
7pm in the school hall. We really need lots of spectators. This is a free event!

Robotics Please see the report elsewhere in this newsletter. Twenty of our students are competing at
Macquarie University in the Robotics competition and would like their friends there as spectators.

Ruse ID (eleven students) had a planning day with Mr Woo on Wednesday. They have set some exciting
directions for the school’s Internet and Intranet.

Year 10 Formal The planning is complete. Students will spend part of Friday decorating the hall, ready for
their Year 10 Formal dinner on Friday night.

Motivating lazy children Why do some children lead a lazybones life, while others tear around the sports
field? Is it a hereditary trait? And what can parents do to encourage those children to get up off the sofa,
or switch off the computer, and get a little physical?
Find out more:

Body image - For girls Body image is the number one personal concern for young people aged between 12
and 24, with research showing they feel under more pressure than ever to look a certain way. In a revealing
podcast, an expert in the area explains what healthy behaviour is and what parents should be concerned
about. Find out more:

Body image - For boys Body image issues don’t only affect girls and young women. Some boys also worry
excessively and unnecessarily about their weight and the way they look. This podcast discusses the signs to
look for when your child has body image issues and what you can do to help. Find out more:

Next week 10
Monday 10 December: Carol service pd 1; Cyberbullying seminar run by the police- years 7/8 pds 2 and 3;
years 9/10 periods 3 and 4; drama production for all Year 10 pds 6 and 7; Combined Bands concert – James
Ruse, Hurlstone and Eastwood Primary – in hall at 7pm.
Tuesday 11 December: Assembly period 5 to farewell retiring staff; 8AK beach safety program; Publishing
Committee meeting lunchtime, lecture theatre
Wednesday 12 December: Cadets leave for camp
Thursday 13 December:
Friday 14 December:
Tuesday 18 December: Students given reports
Wednesday 30 January: Year 7, 11 and 12 return to school
Thursday 31 January: Year 8, 9, and 10 return to school.

Larissa Treskin