High Notes, Vol 15 No 1, January 31 2014
From The Principal
Welcome Back to 2014
Valé James Morgan (SHS 2006)
Year 7 First Day Assembly
"Good morning and welcome to High to all Year 7 students and their parents. I want to congratulate you on your decision to accept a place in our school. We believe it is the best school for boys’ education in Sydney. I am confident that you will enjoy your time at High. In our wider school community - teachers, parents, Old Boys and friends of High - we work hard together to provide many opportunities for you to pursue excellent outcomes in a range of endeavours. As the graduating class of 2019, you are embarking together on a long journey of personal development, social enhancement and intellectual growth. Make the most of your strengths but also try out new activities. Step out of your comfort zone. Experiment. Join in. Help others where they need it. Ask for help when you need it. Enjoy each other’s company.
"High is divided into two, self-contained schools. The junior school comprises Years 7 to 9. The emphasis here is on the discourse of personal development. We want to help you to expand and grow as a person and as a learner. High Junior School has a separate sports afternoon, separate assemblies, a different uniform, special student planners and also a dedicated library for Years 7-9. For Year 7 there are three Year Advisers. Each Adviser will be responsible for the wellbeing of 60 students. Get to know and collaborate with your Year Adviser. Our High Junior School program has five major priorities.
"Our first priority is to develop you as a whole person. Through all the curriculum and activities of the school and through values education classes, our literacy plan and a structured outdoor education program, we aim to nurture engaged, resilient and self-confident students with a strong sense of self-efficacy – a feeling they are capable of achieving. We want to help you to try new things to help define your self-image and your unique identity, to develop self-awareness. We promote healthy risk taking in a controlled environment. We offer you lots of opportunities to get involved in activities associated with the school. We want to know you as an individual and to meet your needs as a person.
"Our second important task is to foster your academic growth. You will be introduced to new disciplines, such as science, PDHPE and industrial arts. Fortunately, in the junior school there is scope to experiment with learning. There are more choices available as you grow into independent learners. There is more time to follow up on personal interest areas. There is more discovery learning. Our academic competitions program, along with the Da Vinci Decathlon and Tournament of Minds team activities, offers opportunities for boys to test themselves in a wider context than the school. You are not just here to learn but to excel in your learning. Our expectation is that you will all go on to university.
"Our third goal is to promote in you a sense of belonging to High, of a personal connection with the school and its purposes. We strongly encourage participation in the co-curricular life of the school. We want you to be engaged in school life, to become physically fit and above all to be happy and to socialise successfully. We believe that participation in team sports is a vital component of personal development. We expect boys to try out for two GPS sports teams each year. Many boys also do GPS athletics, particularly boys striving for selection in A and B teams in GPS winter sports competitions. Boys learn a lot about life through participation in team sports. Many boys join debating groups, music ensembles, chess teams or school and community service committees to expand their experiences and networks of friends. Participation helps you to make friends. At High you participate because you want to, not because you have to.
"Our fourth imperative is to support you in everything you get involved in. We provide a network of people to help and nurture you. Year Advisers, School Counsellors, Head Teachers, School Assistants, Coaches, Trainers, Parents, Old Boys – they are all here to help you if you have a problem. Committees made up of staff, parents, old boys and supporters of High work tirelessly to provide for the needs of team members for Saturday sport and participants in co-curricular activities.
Finally, we have a mission to develop future leaders and global citizens. We provide leadership opportunities and recognition of achievement, participation or service to the school and the community. Our Student Representative Council and Student Awards Scheme foster and reward involvement and leadership in a wide variety of activities. Leadership potential can be expressed in many contexts and while participating in a variety of group activities, including social justice programs. In delivering our curriculum in Year 7, the school applies a Purposeful Grouping Policy. Students are initially assigned to classes on the basis of a significant number having common attributes, interests or needs. The objective of the grouping policy is to assist staff to identify emerging talents, enhance demonstrated skills, meet identified needs, or to deliver appropriate revision, enhancement or remediation strategies. Classes may be comprised of high scoring boys in the Selective Schools Entrance Test, of boys with English enhancement needs based on English component results, of boys with high GAT test scores, of boys with the same language study preferences, or of boys with self-reported skills in sport. In later years some classes are formed by placing together boys who have achieved highly in certain courses. Our overriding desire is to maximise individual performances. Our school focus point this year is “empowering gifted boys”. High prides itself on its traditions and on the successes of its alumni. This focus grounds High boys in a continuum of learning and achieving. We have benchmarks in all areas of school life, tested over our 131 years of history. The culture at High tries to honour the past while being mindful of the call of the future. In technology applied to learning, in personal learning styles and plans, in problem solving, in environmental sustainability and responsibility, in civic duty and in relationships, emerging challenges require the latest in theory, techniques, strategies and equipment. We are continuously striving to improve in these areas.
"Transition into secondary school is always a stressful period in life. There are more teachers,
more room changes, more subjects, new subjects, a complicated timetable, a full calendar, more
expectations of your independence and maturity. There is more paperwork to complete. Use your
School Planner, ask questions of people. Ask your Year Adviser when you are unsure of where to go
or what to do or if you are having a personal problem. Ms Harman is our School Counsellor.
Mr Kay is our Head Teacher Welfare. They are here to help you. Communication is important in
forming relationships. Each boy has an information folder. Each boy is given a Student Planner
that has further information on policies. High Notes, our weekly publication, informs
parents and students. Our school website has a great deal of information and an up to date
calendar. Increasingly, emails to and within groups are being used. Our Parent Mentor
Scheme is aimed at supporting new parents through contacts with existing parents. I hope you
all embrace the many opportunities that will be offered to you during your six years at High.
Welcome to you all. Enjoy the unique High experience!"
Sydney Boys High Swimming Carnival 2014
MEMO TO PARENTS
The School Swimming Carnival will be held at the Des Renford Aquatic Centre (Heffron Park Pool) Robey Street, Maroubra on Monday 3th February 2014.
The carnival will commence at 8:45 am and finish by 2:45 pm (approximately).
Students of Year 8-12 will make their own way to and from the Swimming Pool.
Public transport is available from Central Station to Maroubra Junction and Eastgardens.
Buses will be provided for Year 7 at a cost of $5 (cover transport costs) and will leave from the Cleveland St (School Gym) at about 8:30am. The roll will be marked electronically upon entry to the pool.
The pool is located between Bunnerong Road and Anzac Parade, with the entry located on Robey Street.
School uniform is NOT required. Students should wear their House colours (PE uniform), a hat and
sunblock should be used as shady areas are limited. Food will be on sale from the canteen
at the pool. The Carnival will be held "rain, hail or shine!".
ORDER OF EVENTS
Carnival commences at 8.45am
NOTE: The age group you compete in is the age you turn this year
* 800m and 400m swimmers will be timed in the SAME event time permitting
Individual Medley 200-400m
Welcome to Term One 2014 Rowing!
The January holidays were highly productive … with boys training, and parents caring and catering! We had very successful camps with senior rowers attending the Taree Summer Camp at Crokers on the Manning River, and then Y10, Y9 and Y8 quads camping at the Outterside Centre last week.
Thank you to the terrific coaches who gave many hours preparing the rowers for the upcoming regattas.
Thank you to the many parents who helped at all camps.
The first regatta of the 2014 season is our Sydney High GPS Regatta at Hen & Chicken Bay on this Saturday 1st February.
Upcoming regattas -
Other Events this Term –
Sydney High GPS Regatta
Saturday 1 February
High Rowing will be hosting the GPS Regatta at Hen & Chicken Bay
All Y8, Y9, Y10 and Senior crews will be competing
Please come along and support High Rowing