Former James Ruse Agricultural High students say from their operations, laboratories and executive suites some of their fondest memories of when the factory in genius includes their farm
“We had to cultivate our own plots, we fertilized them, we harvested them and took fruit and vegetables home with us,” says 2001 graduate David Fung, who is now an internationally renowned concert pianist
Jason Liu and Junlin Guo, both on 11 in 2020, led the state in HSC farming Photo credit: Anna Kucera
“It was almost like a stress reliever,” says Kavita Enjeti, a Sydney-based dermatologist in class from 1998. I remember digging, harvesting potatoes, and bringing sheep around. Maybe it was the connection with natureâ ????
James Ruse was founded to focus on farming. Behind the aging Weatherboard classrooms and historic homestead that serves as an office on the back streets of Carlingford are cows, chickens, and vegetable patches
It was founded as a boy ???? selective school in 1959, and girls enrolled in the late 1970s. Within 20 years it had become one of the top performing schools in Sydney, and in 1996 it took the mantle of the best school in the state from grammar in Sydney
It’s been an exceptional feat for any school, let alone a public high school with far fewer resources than many of the private schools that dominate the higher school certificate plaques
As a selective school, it has a choice of the brightest students in the state, and its success, many argue, is a self-fulfilling prophecy “There’s more to it,” says principal Rachel Powell, who has run the school for two years / p>
Teachers don’t just have to encourage students ???? cerebral talents, but also their emotional and social development “One of the things we try to do is encourage students to do their personal best.” She says there is a great feel-good program in the school to support the studentsâ ????
Justin Wolfers, a world-renowned University of Michigan economist and graduate of the 1990 class, cherishes his memories of James Ruse and still stays in touch with his economics teacher “It’s been a wonderful experience and I’ll always be just fine about it speak “he said
? Youngsters are brutal to one another, socially brutal. There was less of this brutality. We were cute, nice – not always or everywhere, we did all the stupid things that kids do – but there was less of the social dog, dog eating, and more acceptanceâ ????
It can be stressful at times, admits Jack Yu, a yo-yo champ, bioprocess engineering student, and graduate of the 2018 class.But it wasn’t a hothouse, and there was strong camaraderie alongside the competition
“For me, James Ruse was a place where a lot of people with similar goals – mostly academic, obviously – could be together in a fairly close environment”He said our cohort isn’t that big compared to other schools
â ???? That just made me appreciate that I was able to create some very close connections with a lot of the people in my classâ ????
Dr Enjeti describes it as a team of equals “It’s a pretty humbling experience.” She says, “You’re with people of the same caliber. There’s little difference between the top guy at James Ruse and the bottom guy
“It makes you realize that you are one of many”They generally find that James Ruse kids are pretty down to earth because they could get a mark more and you’re up, or a mark less and you’re down”
Kavita Enjeti, left, with her friend Ju-Lee Ooi, who both received a 100 TER in 1998Credit: Andrew Taylor
Catriona Noble, the former executive director of McDonald’s in Australia and a graduate of the 1986 class, is still in touch with her classmates and teachers – one is a graphic designer, one is a teacher, one is an artist She says it’s a huge rangeâ ????
James Ruse’s alumni include Atlassian co-founder Scott Farquhar, renowned chemist Elizabeth New and ABC election analyst Antony Green Isabella Kwai is a reporter for the New York Times, and Eddie Woo became Australia’s first prominent math teacher
NSW’s Department of Education is just beginning to keep information about where public school students end up after graduation However, anecdotes indicate that James Ruse has occupied many hospitals and specialist suites
“We had a huge cohort going into medicine,” says Dr Enjeti It was almost like transplanting the James Ruse class into the University of NSW Medical Schoolâ ????
Mr. Fung was one of those who went to medical school until winning a piano competition led him into the stratosphere of classical music
“We’ve been with generally very bright kids, and we rubbed each other off and helped each other,” he says that may not have happened in another school that made James Ruse so special
â ???? I joke with my partner when we have kids I wonder if we should bring them back to Australia It was such a warm environment in my memory I loved my friends I learned almost as much from them as I did from facultyâ ?? ??
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