High Notes, Vol 12 No 30, September 23 2011
From the Principal
We look forward to an earlier season in March next year and to building on the strengths that the athletics program has shown in recent years.
Year 12 Farewell Assembly
"Good afternoon and welcome to all the parents, family, staff and students who have come to share our Farewell Assembly for Year 12, 2011. This year’s Year 12 boys have been characterised by their social justice orientation. Whether it was in supporting each other at school, helping staff or organising the school’s community service projects, the class of 2011 really made a big contribution to the tradition of service at High. During the last five years High has developed an enviable reputation for community service. Driven by class of 2011 boys, the Community Services Committee has led the way in many fund raising projects. Total collections for the year will exceed $100,000 – a tribute to the energy and civic consciousness of this cohort. Thank you to Andrew Gaffney, Yale Wong and David Chan for their leadership over the last three years in particular.
"The achievements of High boys in basketball this calendar year are unsurpassed in High’s history. A Rashke Cup, a Co-Premiership, a CHS Knock-Out Title and recently – NSW All-Schools Champions – establish the depth of talent and self-belief that the team has built up over the last two seasons. We expect them to go on to take out back-to-back Australian Schools titles. Our volleyball team is facing a tougher standard of GPS competition but nevertheless prevailed again. After a successful All-Schools Tournament campaign, High fell just short of a clean sweep this year at the CHS Knockout. The record of volleyball at High over the last five years is certainly impressive. This year’s athletics result for the senior championship was within a few points of second – a position we still held at 2:15 on carnival day. Despite fading to 5th after the 400s and relays, it was a great day for High athletics.
"For some years on this occasion I have recognised the boys in Year 12 who have made a significant contribution to our sports program by representing the school in two seasons in their final year. I really appreciate their commitment. This year there were 106 boys in Year 12 who played a GPS sport in two seasons. Those who represented High in GPS competition, first or second grade, deserve a special mention. The “Triple Firsts” for 2011 were: Chris Morrow, Michael Phung, David Nguyen, Frank Torok, Jeremy Dobrowolski, Kumudika Gunaratne and Brendan Hancock. Well done to our ‘Double Firsts’: Andrija Dumovic, Sangeeth Subramaniam, Nakul Bhagwat, Sivasaran Sooriakumar, Ryan Caetano, Jonah Petrie, Nishant Paul, Giancarlo Romeo, Ashwin Rudder, Oliver Sabau, William Shao, Gabriel Garayalde and Pasan Pannila. In the “One-Two Club” were: Peter Tran, Isaac Eveleigh, Andrew Ye, Ryan McDonald, Michael Wong and Nathan Kok. ‘Double-Two’ participants for 2011 were Tim Gollan and Casper Price.
"In the last four years High has not attracted more than 29 boys in any year to represent their school in two sports in GPS first and second grade in their final year at school. This statistic is one reason for High’s lack of competitiveness in the traditional GPS sports. We need to build a stronger culture of participation amongst Year 12 boys beyond the social level. A healthy balance of work and play is good for academic achievement. It does not detract from it.
"As you leave formal schooling behind and take responsibility for your own education through study and examination performance, you might think about the skills you will need in a rapidly changing world. The global environment you are entering has many challenges but the openness revolution is one of the most powerful. The internet has brought immediacy to everyone’s world. There is a shift in how we view personal details brought about by the proliferation of social networking. We are sharing more of ourselves with the world than we used to share with our closest friends. The internet has become a virtual, portable homeland in which you can communicate with like-minded people. The new powerful tool for the twenty-first century is collective intelligence. People are appreciating the value of communication and collaboration to solve problems. There is a decline in the reliance on experts and a rise in the power of social networks and social proof. The result has been a ‘democratisation of information’. This movement will have powerful effects on international and domestic political structures in the next quarter century.
"The ‘Arab Spring’ in Tunisia and revolutionary movements that have followed, are good example of the political expression of changed expectations and attitudes as a result of rapid and widespread information flows in the Arab World, uncontrollable by governments. The globalisation of information will be an ongoing challenge to governments everywhere. Convergence will bring multimedia data into fewer appliances or even just one. You will be involved with this phenomenon in your working lives after university. We hope that an education at High has given you a global perspective. We are confident that your training and experiences at High have exposed you to these modern communication trends and that you have acquired the skills of cooperation and collegial action to manage them in your future lives. You have added significantly to the High tradition. It has been my privilege to be your Principal. Goodbye and good luck."
Good News Bus Story
Coles Sports Equipment Vouchers
From the Library
PERSONAL DAILY HERALDS PICKED UP FROM THE LIBRARY – DISCONTINUED FOR NOW
The following boys were successful in the recent Prefect elections:
Ben Wilcox – Captain
They will be sworn in as Prefect Interns at the Foundation Day Assembly early in Term 4.
From the Canteen
The AGM of the canteen will be held on Friday the 14th October at 2.45pm in the Boardroom of the admin building (week 1,Term 4). Monthly meetings are the 2nd Friday of the Month and are usually finished around 4pm.
Extra parents are needed to sit on the committee to continue in the management of the canteen. Being on the canteen committee is a very easy way for parents to help generate significant funds for the school as well as making sure our boys continue to have good choice of healthy, fresh and affordable food.
Please call the canteen to speak with Karen or Tracey or just come along to be on the committee. Please help us to help your sons.
Term 4 and 2012 volunteers
With our Year 12 parents starting to leave, we are actively seeking new volunteers. We cannot provide the service and range of food we do to your boys unless we have volunteers to help our canteen managers. If you have never tried helping in canteen, why not give it a go? Helping in the canteen is a great way to network with other parents and to feel part of the school – you can also guarantee you will get to see your son when he shows up to buy food!! It’s a great way to also help make a really substantial financial contribution to our school. No need to wait until next year….introduce yourself now!
Please give Karen or Tracey a call on 9360 4027 to see what days they need help the most – any time that you can give us is most appreciated!!
Our volunteers can change from week to week – 4 per day is a good number to have – to allow for sickness etc. If you see a day where there are only 2-3 volunteers, the staff – and the other volunteers – would really appreciate the help of some extra people. Extra people on that day means less work, more social time and shorter queues for the boys. Please ring if you can help any day.
Thank you to the following people for last week…
MONDAY: Jie (Jane) Lin, Rebecca Tsai, Mei Gibbs Leung
TUESDAY: Jenny Romeo, Elsa Li
WEDNESDAY: Sally Allingham, JIm O' Sullivan, Sladjana Petrovic,
THURSDAY: Stam Farrugia, Alana Liang, Ming Ming Lee,
FRIDAY: Shilpa Punekar, Linda Perris, Louise Warren, Susan Zhang,
We also send Get Well wishes to Samson, an ‘old boy’, unrostered but regular helper,
after an unexpected stay in hospital for him. On Samson’s suggestion, canteen had a fun
World Cup Wallaby Rugby day with Green and Gold featuring on the menu and also in a photo, which
will be sent into the ARU, with some of our Year 7s showing our great High spirit!! Well done
boys and staff!!
From the Office
Letters Re Absence/Lateness/ Early Leave
When your son returns to school from being absent he is required to provide a letter of explanation signed by a parent or guardian. If your son is going to be late for school a note is also required. Alternatively you may contact the school by phone on 9361 6910 and dial “4” for the absentee line.
If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Barris, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name, date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.
If you require leave for your son please, apply in writing and address your application to the Principal, Dr Jaggar, stating the reason and length of time of the leave. Your son must then present this application to Dr Jaggar for permission for the leave. Please remember to apply before the leave and not after.
The Principal must approve all leave applications.
From the MIC Basketball
Interesting quotes from The School Record 1939
“Early 1939, a new sport was introduced to our school- men’s basketball. A school team was selected and trained by Captain Wilthew….Rumours of happy and strenuous basketball games circulate. Apparently this game is going to be popular”
Mr B. Hayman
SBHS Rowing Committee
INFORMATION and ORIENTATION for all ROWING PARENTS
All parents … if there is one morning you should attend it is this one. Come along and be informed!
PROGRAM for PARENTS – Saturday 15 October
MORNING TEA PROVIDED
SEE YOU THERE!