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September 2009 - from the President

posted Apr 10, 2012, 5:11 PM by Eddie Woo
Hello again everyone. Having started a new job last week in the education sector for the first time in my career, at the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, it is enlightening and encouraging to see the hard work and dedication of these very special educators of children who face more than just the usual learning challenges. But what is really uplifting is the absolute and unbounded enthusiasm of these children not only to learn but to demonstrate to visitors and new staff members like myself, how far they have come in their learning journey and their undeniable “thirst” to continue to learn. 

It certainly makes me feel privileged to have been part of James Ruse and more appreciative of the education experiences I gained whilst at JRAHS over 30 years ago. It certainly puts my time at the school starkly into perspective when I see the caring and compassionate teaching provided and equally, the drive to learn by the children here at RIDBC. And so whilst reflecting on my time at Ruse, there is less than 2 weeks to the Year of’ 79 reunion. Now not as potentially daunting as was prior to our 25th reunion back five years ago with my memories of the faces of 17-18 year olds relegated to the depths of my memory replaced by newer more “mature” images, I look forward to again catching up with the guys & gals (and hopefully some teachers) of 1979. 

I am sure the same stories of that time will be well and truly relived on the night. Scheduled for the evening of 3rd October at The Ranch (El Rancho) at North Ryde, for “late entries”, please contact Kathy Poole, on 

“If we do meet again, why, we shall smile; If not, why then, this parting was well made” (Julius Caesar, Act V) 

Till next time. 
Paul Harris (1979)