Over the last few years, the JRAHS Union has made progress in re-invigorating links between ex-students and the rest of the school community. The Union has assisted in the planning and organising of year reunions, Gesta non Verba provides news regularly, a new website is up and running and has seen contributions to the forum and photos.
For the Union to remain relevant to both current and former students of the school, much more could still be done. Events for all members of the Union would provide opportunities for ex-students of different years to get to know each other better. Events such as the Back to School day earlier this year would provide opportunities for ex-students and current students to meet.
With so much left to be done, I regret having to step down from the presidency because I need to be overseas for an extended period of time. I hope, however, that all ex-students of Ruse continue to cherish their friendships, and contribute to the successful running of the Union.
In fact, moving away from Sydney does not make my links with the school redundant. By my fourth day out of the country, I had already had dinner with a school friend. I know other school friends have stayed at the home of this friend when they have passed by the area, and I was told another school friend is expected to arrive in the next few weeks. I am also in touch with many school friends in many different cities of the world.
To me, this shows that the friendships forged at school last not just through time, but also over long distances.
I would like to thank all the people who have already contributed greatly to the running of the Union in recent times, especially school principal Michael Quinlan for his continued support, and Robin Legge for her tireless work in the secretariat. I wish the Union every success, and hope that all students of Ruse continue to…
Carmen Kong (1997)
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