Colin R. Anderson Award For Drama is given in recognition of the work of Mr. C. R. Anderson, a former English Teacher at the school, in establishing the Drama Production in James Ruse. The team of Anderson and Lino began with the production of "H.M.A.S. Pinafore" in 1963 and since then a succession of Gilbert and Sullivan and like light operas have been produced each year. Mr. Anderson left the school to take up a position as Lecturer in Drama at the Riverina College of Advanced Education in Wagga. During his time at James Ruse he formed many firm friendships with both staff and students. The award is made for the best male part in the Annual Production.
Barry J. Evans Drama Medal: This is to recognise the good work of Mr. Barry J. Evans, an ex-student of the school, who for many years designed the stage sets for the successive productions. It is interesting to note that Mr. Evans, whilst a student, produced the design that is used on the school tie. This award is given for the best supporting male part.
Patricia Lino Award: The Patricia Lino Award is made to recognise the work by Miss Patricia Lino (now Mrs. Patricia Jolliffe) daughter of Mrs. Leslie Lino, in assisting in the drama production, particularly in choreography. Patricia is greatly admired and respected by the students. This Award is given for the best supporting female role.
G. And K. Johnston Award: For Rugby Union is named for Graeme and Keith Johnston, former students of the school who played Rugby Union for the school. The Award is the oldest of the sporting awards given by the school. The Award was presented to the school by their parents. Keith Johnston was for many years Vice- President of the Old Boys' Union.
A. D. & J. M. Robertson Medals:For Soccer (Best and Fairest Junior and Senior): Mr. and Mrs. Robertson, parents of Andrew Robertson, an ex-student of the school, have provided funds for two annual Awards for Soccer for the best and fairest in both Junior and Senior Soccer.
Brian Kirkby Medal For Art: Brian Kirkby was appointed to the school as an Art Teacher in 1978. As the only Art Teacher on the staff he has worked very hard to establish the subject in the school. He is playing a big part in organising the school's first Art Exhibition. The quality of the students' work is a tribute to Mr. Kirkby's enthusiasm and ability.
R. G. Swanborough Medal For Sheep And Wool: This medal was named for Mr. Robert G. Swanborough, Sheep and Wool Instructor at the school for a period of 3 years. He has brought great enthusiasm to the subject and has done much to extend and develop the studies of the subject, an important one in an Agricultural High School.
A. R. Best Medal For Music was named for Mr. Alan Best, Music Master at the school for the past three years. Under Mr. Best, Music has come to occupy a very significant place in the school curriculum. This year 8 music students are sitting for the H.S.C. and will be the first to pass through James Ruse at this level. The school orchestra has greatly improved and participation in school activities both within and outside the school is significant. The highlight of this year's programme was a visit to the Adelaide Festival by some 40 students from 1st to 6th Form. Mr. Best, in addition, is Form II Year Master and takes an active part in coaching school hockey.
The Bungaree Romney Stud Prize For Practical Agriculture is named for the "Bungaree" Stud which has been developed by an ex-student of this school, David Shaw. David's parents have been most generous to the school in that each year they provide $300.00 of high quality cases for the Annual Medal presentations.
Leslie H. Lino Medal For Drama was named for Mrs. L. H. Lino, a foundation teacher of the school, who over the past 16 years has directed a major light opera production. The award is for the best female part in the Production. The consistently high standard of the performances, and the involvement of a large number of students, teachers, and parents, makes each production a most significant part of the school year,
The Graham S. White Service Award: Mr. Graham S. White was an Assistant in the Commerce Department. In addition to his excellent work in his subject, Geography, Mr. White had outstanding success as Senior Form Master, and as an organiser of major tours, including tours to Central Australia, Tasmania, and New Zealand. He exercised a very good influence on the senior students under his control.
Frances Nichols Service Award was named for Mrs. Frances Nichols, a former Librarian of the school, who did outstanding work in developing the school Library as a resource centre.
Trevor Grogan Service Award is named for Mr. Trevor Grogan, a foundation member of the Agriculture staff. The system of excursions to support agricultural studies at the school, was organised by him Grogan Lane is also named for him.
Jack Luckhurst Award For Citizenship (Boys): This award was established in memory of the late Mr. Jack Luckhurst who, at the time of his death, was a General Assistant at the school. He is remembered for his loyalty to the school, his friendly relationships with the staff and the students, and his willingness to assist in development of the school at all times. Prior to his death, Mr. Luckhurst was made an Honorary Prefect of the School.
Henrietta Sonter Award For Citizenship (Girls): Henrietta Sonter was a school cleaner who served the school faithfully and well right up to the time of her death at the age of 75. Mrs. Sonter was one of two cleaners at the school who worked hard to maintain the school in a good condition in the days when there were no paved areas. She had a great loyalty for the school and was highly thought of by the staff and students.
The R. K. Taylor Prize For Agriculture: Mr. R. K. Taylor was educated at Yanco Agricultural High School. His two sons attended James Ruse, and Mr. Taylor made the first substantial donation to establish a permanent prize for the Dux in Agriculture at the Leaving Certificate, now the Higher School Certificate. Mr. Taylor now lives at Quipolly, near Quirindi.
The Geoffrey Miles Memorial Prize: This memorial prize is given for an essay on a biological subject by a Fifth Form student, by Mr. and Mrs. Miles in memory of their son, Geoffrey, an ex-student of the school, who was accidentally drowned whilst riding in the Barrington Ranges.
The Kelvin Maher Memorial Prize: Kelvin was an ex-student of the school who was killed in a motor accident while returning home after the Old Boys' Dinner. It was given by Mr. and Mrs. S. R. Maher in memory of their son.
The Raymond J. Glyde Service Award: Mr. R. J. Glyde, B.A., Dip. Ed., was the first Commerce Master of the school, and consolidated the earlier work by Mr. Ray Pereau, to establish the place of Economics, Geography and Commerce very significantly as subjects in the school. Mr. Glyde was a sound Administrator whose continuing loyalty to the school is greatly appreciated.
The Brian W. Munro Service Award: Mr. Brian Munro was a member of Mr. R. J. Glyde's Social Science Staff, who gave dedicated service to a number of school activities. He was an officer in the School Cadets, an Advisor to the I.S.C.F.
The John A. Pearman Service Award: This Award was named for Mr. J. A. Pearman, B.Sc. Ag. (Hon.) Dip. Ed. Mr. Pearman had great success as a teacher of Agriculture. His various activities included supervision of the school's debating and organisation of the school's social functions. Mr. Pearman left James Ruse to take up a position as Lecturer at Sydney Teachers' College. His ready wit, and his scholarship were greatly appreciated by his students.
J. G. & E. Wilson Medal For Cricket: The J. G. and E. Wilson Medal is named for Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, parents of three ex-students, Gordon, Eric and Ian. All three students played first grade cricket for James Ruse.
Toft Trophy: This Trophy is named for Mr. W. S. Toft, former Deputy Principal of the school who did much for Rugby Union, as coach of the first grade team and a general advisor to all those associated with Rugby Union in the school. The Trophy was donated by Mr. Toft for Annual Award to the most outstanding Rugby Union Player, not in 1st Grade.
M. Bible Award For Lifesaving is named for Mr. A. M. Bible, Farm Mechanics Master at the school, who has worked hard to develop lifesaving as an important school activity. James Ruse is one of the leading secondary schools in N.S.W. in this area.
Brian Musgrave Award For Hockey (Best and Fairest) is named for Mr. Brian Musgrave, a Science Assistant at the school. Mr. Musgrave has done a great deal to develop Hockey as a major sport in the school and his players have done well at Zone and C.H.S. Level.
The P. C. Robinson Medal For Science: Named for Mr. P. C. Robinson, Dip. Tech. Sci., Science Master at the school. Mr. Robinson, in addition to his work for Science, was responsible for the organisation of the school timetable. He did work of a high standard in the area of Audio Visual Education. He was noted for his dedicated work for James Ruse in many areas of school endeavour. He transferred from James Ruse to Plumpton High School.
The J. A. Reid Medal For History: Mr. J. A. Reid, B.A., Dip. Ed., an Assistant in the English/History Department at the school who, as well as achieving excellent results in his own subjects, achieved outstanding results with the Debating teams. In the one year (1976) the teams were runners-up in both the Hume Barbour and the David Verco Debating competitions at State level. This feat is probably unequalled. They were beaten by North Sydney Boys' High School, and Canberra Grammar, by a 3-2 majority in both cases. Mr. Reid has spent 1978 on exchange in Wales.
The M. A. Rawlin Medal For Farm Mechanics: Mr. M. A. Rawlin A.S.T.C., was Deputy Principal at the school for a period of 2 years. He left James Ruse to become Principal at Plumpton High School.
The J. K. Ducker Medal For Sheep And Wool: Mr. J. K. Ducker was seconded from the Department of Technical Education, as a full-time teacher of Sheep and Wool at James Ruse. He did a great deal for his subject to make it the most popular elective in the junior school and a significant elective in the senior school. Mr. Ducker played a very full part in all aspects of school life. He left James Ruse to be Principal of the Narrabri Technical College.
The J. R. Noller Medal For Art: Mr. J. R. Noller is the father of a James Ruse student, Gregory Noller. He is a well-known Parramatta Architect, and is a member of the school's building committee. He undertook the re-designing of the Hay Loft to give us the Art Room, which is unique in the schools of the State.
The Tepper Prizes For Agriculture: These medals were donated by the late Mr. Tepper, and Mrs. Tepper, in recognition of the part the school played in the education of her nephews, Jeffrey and Douglas Bost. Mrs. Tepper was for some time Librarian at Knox College, Wahroonga.
From the 1978 School Magazine