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September 2009 - from the Principal

posted Apr 10, 2012, 5:14 PM by Eddie Woo
Vale Mr Salim Hanna (Sam), 1935 – 2009. Mr Hanna was a cleaner at our school for the last five years. He was working on the Friday. He suffered a stroke on Saturday and passed away on Sunday, Father’s Day. Mr Hanna came to Australia 25 years ago and spent those years providing a cleaning service to students. His funeral at the St George Maronite Catholic Church, Thornleigh, was attended by hundreds of mourners. Joanne Kim and Trevor Diaz, both of Year 10, represented the school at the funeral service. We welcomed a new member of staff this term. Mr Bryce Auyeung has been appointed as our Technical Support Officer (TSO) to support the laptop program. When the school has been wirelessed, the laptops will arrive for Year 9. Mr Auyeung will be responsible for their issuing, dealing with their maintenance and supporting teachers and students in their classroom use. 

Congratulations to our UNSW Programming winners! We entered four teams. 120 teams participated. The best seven teams competed . We came first and second! The winning team members were Stephen Fan, David Tian and Shiva Subramanyan. The runners up were Evgeny Martynov, Kenneth Wong and Joseph Wang. We have won the Australian Computer Programming Competition (ACPC) run by the University of Southern Queensland. Laptops for the following students have arrived: Evgeny Martynov, Kenneth Wong and Joshua Lau. Congratulations. 

Congratulations to Peter Chen. Peter has won the Price Waterhouse Coopers national Economic competition again! Peter won in Year 11, and now he has won it in Year 12.- the only student to have done so two years in a row. We have won three medals in the Australian Maths competition. 

Congratulations to Rachel Wong (Year 8 – junior division), Tahsin Ali (Year 9 – Intermediate division) and Stacey Law (Year 11- Senior Division). An amazing result! 

Congratulations to Sampson Wong, Stacey Law and Kelvin Cheung, all of Year 11, for their respective Olympiad successes. In the Mathematics Olympiad, Sampson won a Gold Medal, adding to his Bronze Medal of last year with a score of 34. Stacey Law won a Bronze Medal with a score of 22, only 2 points short of Silver. Kelvin Cheung competed in the Chemistry Olympiad and achieved a Bronze Medal. 

Congratulations to the three members of our Informatics Olympiad team: Evgeny Martynov, Kenneth Wong and David Tian. Evgeny and Kenneth achieved a bronze medal. It was a wonderful team effort with impressive scores. John Nguyen has been awarded a medal for scoring the highest mark in his year level in the 2009 ICAS in WRITING. John will receive his medal at a special Awards Ceremony. Three of our students have received merit certificates in the RSL “Australia My Country” writing competition. Congratulations to Dev Kuhasri and Edmond Lu for being acknowledged in the Written Essay, Year 7 – 8 section. Congratulations to Michael Sun for his certificate for the Poetry Years 7 - 8 section. We had 49 students receiving prizes in the UNSW 48th Annual School maths competition! The prize-giving ceremony took placeat UNSW on 18 September at 2pm. With 30 prize-winners in the Junior division a special congratulations to Allan Zhang (equal 2nd) and Sydney Yu, Chris Gu and Sanji Fernando, who all received a High Distinction. In the Senior Division, with 19 recipients, Sampson Wong received First Prize, Raveen de Silva and Stacey Law equal Second Prize, and Samantha Wong equal 3rd Prize. Wallace Chow and Shiva Subramanyam received High Distinctions. 

Our Year 11 debating team has won the Regional competition. Congratulations to the following state semi-finalists: Carol Yu, Abishana Gnaneswaran, Stephen Ke and Yi Zang! Our Jazz vocal ensemble, coached by Ms Jenns, performed beautifully at the Kakadu concert program at the Hills Centre – part of the Primary Proms series, at which secondary schools also perform! They sang All 4 Love and Crazy Little Thing Called Love. It was a joy to listen to them. We had outstanding results in the MATHSEARCH 2009 J. L. Williams competition. Medals go to Stacey Law, Raveen de Silva and Kevin Lam. Distinction Certificates go to Kevin Phan, Wallace Chow, and a Merit Certificate goes to Jodic Chan. Carlingford West enjoyed their farm visit this term. We are part of a longitudinal study with UWS on selective education. Part of this involves a parent survey. The parents of year 8 and Year 10 students who are taking part in the research are being asked to fill in a survey. Students have set up a mental health awareness group, RADAR, which meets at lunchtimes in the library. The Cadet Passing Out Parade at the end of term was a beautiful ceremony. The parade, accompanied by drummers, was spectacular. Many Year 12 parents who attended. Thank you to Mr Shaw, Mr McFadyen and Mr Best who continue to lead and serve our cadet unit so well. The Student Leadership Program presentations a few weeks ago were magnificent. Thank you to Mrs Pooviah for her leadership of this program. The students truly displayed an understanding ofcommunity issues and of the need to build strong communities as well as their willingness to be of service to become global citizens. Our Year 10 High Resolves team were well represented at the Australian Youth for Climate Change conference on the 11th to 13th July. The powershifters lobbied hard to gain the attention of leaders such as the Premier, Mr Nathan Rees, and to ensure climate change initiatives stay on the national agenda. Approximately forty James Ruse students attended the event and it was great to see their smiling faces on Channel 10’s news coverage. Joanne Kim and Neil Nguyen, of Year 10, were selected to attend the National Leadership Camp between July 23rd and 26th. Both had a wonderful experience finding the camp both motivating and inspiring. 

Congratulations to Shi Ling Kou of year 11 who has been selected to attend the National Youth Science Forum in January 2010 

8 August saw the induction of the 2009-2010 Prefect Body. Once again we offer our congratulations to Alan Ng, our School Captain, Tanya Sinha, our Vice Captain and Bravin Ragavan, the Senior Prefect. It was wonderful to welcome back our honoured guest, Matthew Hung (2005 HSC) to celebrate this event. This term we hosted a team of Queensland Principals from the three newly created Selective Academies. The day provided a wonderful opportunity to share and exchange ideas and to grow our gifted network. Our minister, Verity Firth, launched Shades 4 Aids on 25 September at our school. This fundraising and awareness raising is run by Hope for Cambodian Children (HFCC) to roll out a Mother / Baby HIV prevention outreach service to rural and remote area’s in Cambodia This is a charity doing amazing work in Cambodia, a country where AIDS is spreading at an alarming rate. HfCC focuses on preventing the transmission of HIV from mums to babies, and run an orphanage for kids who are HIV positive, or whose lives have been affected by AIDS. 

With a simple dose of medication costing only AUS$4.50, an HIV positive mother can give birth to a healthy, HIV negative baby. Most people don’t realise this is even possible, let alone for such a small cost. Donations to HfCC help cover the cost of administering this medication, as well as the pathology needed for HIV diagnosis, baby formula , bottles and education to help HIV-positive mothers raise healthy babies. We are looking at the possibility of partnering with CSIRO to develop agriculture plans which the orphanage in Cambodia could implement, with the assistance of our students. It is possible that we could also use our Student Leadership Program and High Resolves to work with HfCC. We have been given permission to use our $200000 from the Federal government to build a structure. Commerce will build us a building the size of three classrooms next to the south side of the music rooms, right up to the path next to the science lab. It will be a flexible learning space, to be able to house year meetings, be a musical rehearsal space, a band rehearsal space, house percussion instruments, be a music classroom on two days a week, and anything else we want it to. We can then return the use of the lab to science. It will have a toilet, a kitchenette, and a tutorial room. It will be built to match the two surrounding buildings. 

Larissa Treskin
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