High Notes, Vol 14 No 14, May 17 2013
From the Principal
For 2014, the school decided against a requirement to bring your own device for all the Junior School 7-9, instead focussing on getting the transition right for Year 9 students. Year 9 teachers have already modified the curriculum for the DER policy implementation. Students in Years 7 and 9 will be learning under the syllabuses and programs developed for the National Curriculum, containing ICT goals and activities. All students will be encouraged to bring their own devices but it will only be mandatory of Year 9 in 2014. The key issue is what will be needed on the devices to be used at school? David explained that we have a process in place to determine what uses teachers require of the devices. At present internet capability for research and file storage and word processing for file creation are all that are obviously needed. By July we should be in a position to give more details to parents. While at school student usage will be controlled by DEC internet access protocols but at home the BYODs will be free to access any sites. The future of the DEC wireless network supplied to schools has not yet been determined. We will keep you informed as we firm up the policy details. Rest assured that our ICT Department will deliver the most workable solution for our boys and their teachers.
Class by Local Selection
These issues were canvassed at the School Council Meeting, also held this week. The School
Council unanimously supported the Proposal. The main benefits to High of having greater than the
existing c10% of its students living ‘locally’ are that more students (and their
parents) may have more time to engage in the activities of the school. High has now
developed an impressive infrastructure of facilities, resources, personnel and programs to
accommodate 1,000 boys doing many activities. We produce all-rounders and we want to attract more
all-rounders, or those who want to develop as all-rounders, to the school. As a consequence of
this level of support I have written to the Director of Business Services requesting
implementation of the proposal for the Year 7 intake of 2015.
GPS trials continue this week for Years 9 and 10 and start for Year 8. Next week Year 7 trials will start. Years 11 and 12 will begin a little bit later this term.
Years 7, 8, 9 and 11 are through to FED Semi Finals. These take place over the next two weeks. It is important to know when and where you have to be if you are in a team for this. This week Year 9 are debating in the FED Semis at St Joseph’s and next week the Year 7,
8 and 11 are debating at Newington.
It is round 7 in Eastside this week. We will be at SCEGGS. I will be accompanying the boys and am looking forward to seeing our Year 12 team debate.
Communication when exams are on is difficult so you must sign up for the teams email. It is disappointing how many families do not receive emails and how many emails get sent back to me because the addresses are incorrect. In addition check the notice board and daily notices.
I would like to thank Eden Freiburg for her generous gift of table cloths and tea towels. We will be using these to make our sumptuous debating supper even more splendid. Thank you.
Next week I am off to Armidale and Boggabilla and I have been very impressed with the number of
boys who have been keen to get involved in debating whilst we are up there. I have even had boys
coming to ask if they can come along just to debate. It’s a long trip for a debate, boys!
Unfortunately TAS do not have a very big debating program so it looks like there may only be one
or two debates. This enthusiasm for debating is wonderful to see.
Football: The World Game
Welcome to the 2013 football season and what a season it is shaping up to be.
Firstly, I would like to welcome the Year 7 boys and their families to football at High and hope that it will be an enjoyable six years of football aimed at skill development and fun.
With the introduction of the new School Sports Policy, we have taken a giant leap forward to ensure that every boy at every level is given the best possible coaching by employing the services of Mr Soccer, the premier football coaching company in Sydney. Led by former Socceroo Mark Robertson and in conjunction with ambassadors Lucas Neill (Sydney FC and Australia) and Kyah Simon (Sydney FC and Australia), their professional and highly qualified football coaches, in conjunction with staff and Old Boys, will design and implement a program specifically catering for your son’s skill level.
Our fixture list has been finalized—make sure you check the school’s website to see if your team is playing at home or away.
It is important that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled kick off time to ensure your coach has enough time to prepare you mentally and physically for your game.
The following table lays out the times and locations for each team’s training sessions this season. It is important to attend every session. Boys must have their boots, shinpads and a water bottle at every session.
Students who are new to football will be required to purchase the playing strip from the High Store. The full kit (jersey, shorts and socks) is available for $105.00.
The first 5 students who correctly answer all 3 questions [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] goes into the draw for the major prize to be drawn at the End of Season Dinner. Entries to Mr Mulroney in the PDHPE Staffroom.
High Rugby = High Spirit
Please check out the updated Rugby website where all information on Rugby is located. http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/rugby/
The full season has commenced
With all players commencing Rugby training, following the Athletics season, there is a good atmosphere at training sessions.
Fixtures list for Rugby 2013
It is important all players arrive to their games at least 45 minutes prior to kick off with boots, jerseys, mouthguards, shorts and socks.
See you all at training
AJ Rae National Qualifier - Sabre and Epee
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C.
May P&C General Meeting
Thank you to those parents who attended the P&C General Meeting on Monday of last week at which two presentations and discussions were held. David Isaacs from the school’s IT department advised the meeting on the school’s plan to institute a “bring your own device” policy for next year’s Year 9 boys, replacing the now defunct Digital Education Revolution laptops. We thank David for giving up his evening to give this informative presentation. For those who weren’t able to attend, David’s presentation is available on the Parent Portal at Reference Documents>P&C Presentation-Proposed BYOD Presentation. As well, Dr Jaggar presented on the school’s plans to introduce a Year 7 “Locally Selected Class”. The drivers and detail of the proposal were discussed at length, with the meeting ultimately supporting the plan. The proposal is available on the Parent Portal at Reference Documents>Locally Selected Class Proposal.
We encourage all parents to attend at least one of these meetings per year to ensure that the decisions of the meeting are representative of the views of the parents, on whose behalf they are being made.
Meeting dates are generally the second Monday of each month in term at 7:30pm. Confirmation of the dates, time and location of the meetings is available on the school calendar at http://www.sydneyboyshigh.com/
Joint SGHS-SBHS P&C Meeting
Please note in your diaries the date of the next P&C meeting. This is the joint SGHS-SBHS P&C meeting and will be held Wednesday 19 June at 7:30pm in the Multi-Purpose Hall at Sydney Girls High School. The guest speaker at this year’s joint meeting is Dr Ramesh Manocha who is a practising medico and researcher at the University of New South Wales. Dr Manocha’s main area of research is meditation and its potential application for mental health and wellbeing in schools. Dr Manocha will be speaking on the topic Dealing with Teenage Stress and Enhancing Academic Performance which will deal with the rising tide of mental, social and emotional challenges affecting young people in our increasingly complex world. It will provide accurate information and reliable advice on how to deal with these unprecedented challenges. We look forward to seeing you there.
Upcoming Parking Events
Saturday 18 June 7:40pm–Swans v Fremantle Dockers (Rugby Supporters Group)
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Music Supporters Group Meeting: Staff Common Room– 6:30pm, Wednesday 22 May.
ANNUAL MUSIC CAMP 2013
Music camp will be held at Collaroy Centre (Homestead Avenue Collaroy Beach) from Monday-Wednesday (27th - 29th May 2012). All students in the Music Performance Program attend the 3-day camp with Music Staff and instrumental tutors rehearsing new repertoire that will be performed at the Camp Concert at 6pm upon return to school Wednesday afternoon. Buses will depart from Drivers Ave at 8am on Monday 27thth May, please ensure you are there with your instrument and luggage by 7:45am.
The Senior String Ensemble will be performing at the Sydney Eisteddfod (“The Concourse”, Chatswood) on Monday, the 20th of May 2013. Good Luck!
ENSEMBLES TERM 2
There are NO EXCUSES for not attending or arriving late to ensemble rehearsals. ALL ENSEMBLES START AT 7:45AM (unless stated otherwise). Remember a ROLL is TAKEN, and 80% ATTENDANCE is required. PLEASE REMEMBER to pack up after rehearsals (tidy up the room/and stands back on rack). EVERYONE needs to help – it shouldnot be left to one or two boys. THANK YOU boys for your co-operation
Remember that ensemble attendance go towards your AWARDS SYSTEM. Rolls are taken and you are only allowed to miss on 2 rehearsals per term!!!
The 2013 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:
Student Production: Grease
Sydney Boys & Sydney Girls High Schools present
Thursday 13 / Friday 14 / Saturday 15
Book Now - Seating is Limited - Don't Miss Out
Venue - Sydney Girls High School - Multipurpose Hall
Cash payments and ticket collections via Sydney Girls High School office before school, recess or
The SBHS and SGHS production of Grease booking form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes
From the Canteen
A special thank you to the Prefects who were still able to help out at the canteen during their exam week. We really appreciate this special effort.
Don’t forget to come and try our tasty homemade chicken and corn soup and Perri Perri wraps, they will cost $4.20.
Thanks to our volunteers last week
MON: Pam Jepson, Usha Arvind, Yoshi Kita Leong
The Canteen Team