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June 2010 - from the Principal

posted Apr 10, 2012, 5:25 PM by Eddie Woo
We began Term 2 with a moving Anzac Day ceremony led by the cadets. Anzac Day March Our concert band marched on Anzac Day with the HMAS Waterhen. They started from Castlereagh St about 9am and finished at Cleopatra’s Needle. It was good to see so many parents watching them march to commemorate all those who have died in the service of our country. This was a great moment for our school. I hope from now on we will always have our concert band marching on Anzac Day. If you missed the concert band marching on Anzac Day you can see them 50 minutes into the ABC broadcast at http://www.abc.net.au/iview/#/view/553506 On the first Friday we hosted Penrith, Girraween and Baulkham Hills High for our combined School Development Day with Professor Martin Westwell from Flinders University. He ran the sessions for the staff from our four selective schools in the region on the learning brain and the changing brain. We also looked at how, if at all, schools help young people to develop their executive functions. I received a thank you letter from Professor Tyrone Carlin, congratulating Michelle Poon and Daisy Chan on their participation in the Aspiring Business Leaders Program on 8 April at the University of Sydney Faculty of Economics and Business. Our students exhibited a high standard in presenting a business plan addressing the re-branding and segmentation for a hypothetical radio station that was aiming to re-enter the Sydney market. Mrs Pooviah and I were honoured to attend the Olympiad presentation ceremony in Canberra this term when all the team members were presented with their official blazers. The ceremony was held in the theatre in Parliament House. We had eight members in the five teams. There were some very proud parents in the audience. Congratulations again to Stacey Law, Sampson Wong, Kenneth Wong, Olivia Kim, Allan Chow, Kelvin Cheung, Joey Chen and Evgeny Martynov. 

Congratulations to Olivia Kim who has achieved a scholarship to Princeton, covering her academic and living expenses. This is an outstanding achievement, and a wonderful outcome of the very hard effort Olivia has been putting into her studies and community work. 

Congratulations to Kenneth Wong (yr 12), Evgeny Martynov (yr 11) and Joshua Lau (yr 9) who won the open round of the UNSW Programming Competition. We wish them well as they move into the grand final round in September. We have had a range of wonderful sporting successes this term. 

Congratulations to Erny Tsao! After 18 days’ tournaments (Oceania Cadet Challenge, WJC and Oceania Championships) in Auckland, New Zealand, Erny has been officially ranked number 3 in the U15 boys of Oceania table Tennis Federation (OTTF) of website http://www.ottf.org/Ratings/OCRL15M.HTM after the tournaments. In total Erny has won 2 Silver and 3 Bronze Medals in U15 Boys events over the 3 table tennis tournaments, aged 13 as an U15 player at his first international debut, as follows: 1. Oceania Cadet (U15) Challenge – Silver in Boys Singles 2. New Zealand World Junior Circuit (WJC) – Bronze in U15 Boys Teams Event 3. Oceania Championships – Silver in U15 Boys Teams Event, Bronze in U15 Boys Singles and Bronze in U15 Boys Doubles. One of the State's biggest Junior Table Tennis tournament this year, the NSW Junior Table Tennis Closed Championships, was held 6 June. These Championships are a NSW State Junior qualifying tournament. Erny achieved the following results: • 3 Gold Medals in U15 Boys Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles; • 2 Silver Medals in U18 Boys Doubles and Mixed Doubles; and • Bronze Medal in U18 Boys Singles. I am looking forward to Erny representing NSW to play in the Australian Junior Open Championships in September this year. I am delighted to acknowledge the winning performances of the following students at the Zone Athletics carnival this week: Tim Wareham - 1st in Boys 110m hurdles, long jump and high jump Shefali Chaukra – 1st in Girls triple jump and high jump Kerry Xue – 1st in 14s Boys 400m and Age Champion Mudith Jayasekara – 1st in 14s Boys 100m and 14 Boys 200m Chi -Wai Kou – 1st in Boys 1500m Lian Park – 1st in 15s Boys javelin William Wu- 1st in 12 Boys 100m Andi Fan – 1st in 12s Boys 200m Team performances were excellent with first place in the 12 Boys, 14 Boys, 16 Boys and Girls 17 years relays. Our school was placed a commendable 4th overall. This makes our final score: First in the Swimming Carnival; First in the Cross Country Carnival; 4th in the Athletics Carnival! At the NSW Junior Table Tennis Closed Championship, held 6 June, Sarah Tan (7K) won gold medals in the U13 and U15 Girls Doubles, a silver medal in the U13 Mixed Doubles and a bronze medal in the U13 Girls Singles. These championships are a NSW State Junior Qualifying tournament. We congratulate Sarah and wish her well with future competitions. 

Congratulations to Sonia Cheung. Sonya has been chosen to represent NSW from 2-11 July in Launceston in the CP Madden Badminton Trophy and the Australian Junior Badminton International. 

Congratulations to Shi-Ling Kou for being awarded the Pierre de Courbertin Award at the Australian Olympic Park . During the day she met Australian Olympians. The day focused on the recent 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, the upcoming 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore, and looked ahead to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The award ceremony took place at the end of the day in the Hall of Legends. 

Congratulations to the Year 10 High Resolves Team who have effectively fulfilled their first mission of raising awareness of the Shades4Aids campaign both internally and across a number of other schools. Significant funds raised through the mufti day and other fund raising activities will assist the operation of the Hope For Cambodian Children Foundation. 

J L Williams Competition: Mathsearch 2009 - Congratulations go to Stacey Law, Kevin Lam and Raveen De Silva, all of Year 12, who gained a Medal in last Years’ MANSW Mathsearch (2009). The presentation of the Medals was made at the “Inaugural MANSW Awards Ceremony’ Day on Tuesday 30th March at Government House. Her Excellency Mrs Marie Bashir presented the medals to the students. 2010 Australian Maths Olympiad Competition (AMO) results The results of the recent AMO, for James Ruse, were: 3 GOLD Awards: Stacey Law (12), Raveen De Silva (12) & Sampson Wong (12). 2 SILVER Awards: Victor Khou (10) & Kevin Lam (12). 6 BRONZE Awards: Brian Gao (10), Chris Gu (9), Kevin Guo (11), Richard Kim (10), Steven Phan (10) & Allan Zhang (11). 6 Honourable Mention Awards: Ean Chan (11), Elizabeth Huynh (11), Jason Ko (11), Jinghang Luo (11), George Shen (12) & Rachel Wong (9) and 4 Invited Participants. 

Congratulations to Sampson Wong, Stacey Law and Raveen De Silva for receiving Bronze Awards for Australia in the XXII Asian Pacific Mathematics Olympiad. Congratulations to the following students who received APMO certificates for sitting the contest in March this year: Brian Gao(10), Victor Khou (10), Steven Phan (10), Richard Kim (10) and Kevin Lam (12). This is an invitation only contest, with only 30 students from the whole of Australia being invited. 

Congratulations to Mona Lui who is a finalist in the write4fun 2010 Short Story and Poetry competition. Mona is one of fifteen finalists across Australia for her short story whose work will be published in the front of “something with Bite”, published in October. 

Congratulations to Elizabeth Hsu (year 7) who has been placed second in the City of Parramatta Piano Eisteddfod (in the restricted group of previous winners)! You may remember Elizabeth winning the Premier’s Spelling Bee last year. Hundreds of students, many staff and many members of our school community were involved in the school musical, Crazy for You. On the Saturday night, we had the food fair to be enjoyed as well. Our Musical over three nights and the Food Fair on Saturday night have been enormous successes. The performances – the singing, the dancing, the acting, the music – were all of an exemplary standard. Such an event is only possible because of students, parents and teachers working together .The November food fair and concert promise to be amazing. It was Mr Best’s 36th musical and the school’s 48th. 

This term we hosted a Positive Psychology conference for year advisers and Head Teachers, Welfare from other selective schools. Our speaker was Megan Booth. This is part of our plan to enhance our student and staff well-being. Research shows this is directly related to improved student academic results. The Economics lectures which have been organised for Year 12 are continuing on Wednesday afternoons. If any ex-student has particular expertise in areas of the Economics syllabus, or who has contacts in this area who would give up their time, please contact Ms Connors or Ms Burgess. We are trying to give our students that extra “edge” . We welcomed Dick Smith and his helicopter this week. He came to run a focus group of students across several years about the impact of population pressure on our earth. Dick Smith is making a documentary on this topic and used the focus group to inform his upcoming competition – the Wilberforce Award of one million dollars to a young person who, over a 12 month period, can make the case against growth for the good of the planet! The documentary screens on the ABC on 19 August. Please feel free to visit the school at any time. We have a three year plan for our gymnasium. Our target is three million dollars. Donations gratefully accepted. 

Larissa Treskin
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