High Notes, Vol 16 No 10, April 02 2015
Congratulations to Max Koslowski (Year 11) who was selected to
attend the National Youth Parliament after the NSW competition with Arthur Chao and Thomas
Shortridge. Saarangan Arvind (7E) was chosen in the NSW Cricket Academy U13s Blue Squad after the
recent selection trials. Great job, Saarangan! Oscar Dumas (9E) was selected to represent NSW in
the U16 National Basketball Championship – well done, Oscar! Dibyendu Roy (10E) is
representing NSW in the U17 Badminton team – great work, Dibyendu!
Thank you to the 106 boys who came to SOPAC to celebrate the
end of the swimming season at the GPS Carnival. Our team was weakened somewhat due to injury but
the highlight of the night was the great win in the 16 years 4 x 50m freestyle relay.
Congratulations to Luke Schofield, Isaac Haddo, Jake Rowlands and Kalem Best. Ian Lai won the 18+
50m breaststroke (Division) and Jinmin Xu won the U13 50m breaststroke (Division). In the points
score our Juniors were 7th, Intermediates 5th and Seniors 6th. In the relays High was ranked 5th
overall. The results indicate that High has competitive swimmers and that our depth is more
evident than in recent times. Thank you to Mr Loizou for organising the program again this year
and to the swimming parents for their support and commitment to the sport.
Boys caught doing the right thing!
Bus commuter Maggie B writes:
“Just a quick email to let you know how impressed I was with six of your students this
morning on the East Hills 7.41am service to the city. Not sure which station the boys joined the
train but by the time I got on at Riverwood seats filled up very quickly and I and one other
commuter were left standing. Your students quickly packed up their things and offered their
seats to us. Most people would probably think this is not a big deal but considering what I
witness most mornings from students travelling on this line, believe me this was a big deal and
made my day!” Thank you to the boys on the East Hills line for making someone feel better
and enhancing the reputation of the school.
Captains of summer sports teams have a responsibility to prepare
a short report about the season their team had. A focus on the positives is appreciated and
highlighting any good individual performances. Reports should be submitted electronically to Ms
Dam. One enduring feature about The Record is the pleasure gained by Old Boys returning after 30
or 50 years who relive moments of their teenage years through the photographs, names and
summaries preserved in The Record. Co-curricular activities need to submit reports also.
Supporters with good action photographs are asked to email them as attachments to Ms Dam who
might be able to use any interesting ones in The Record.
The Annual School Report
A PDF version of the Annual School Report 2014 can
be downloaded at www.sydneyboyshigh.com/publications/annual-report.
The report showcases the achievements of our boys in 2014 . It contains a great deal of
information about what was learned, what our plans and performance targets are and how our school
operates. I commend it to you.
Year 7 Interim Reports
Each Faculty is responsible for producing and
distributing the Year 7 Interim Report. Its purpose is to show parents how well boys have made
the transition from Year 6 to Year 7. Usually the emphasis is not as much on achievement as on
socialisation success and settling into the routines of high school.
End of term 1
Thank you to all staff, students, parents, Old Boys and
friends of High who have made this term so memorable for me. The new performance and development
agreement was implemented in trial format in term 1, ahead of schedule. Observations of teaching
are taking place in a more structured way. The staff handled the new planning processes very
well. We are implementing first steps in all three of our major focus areas in the Management
Plan 2015-17. Future Staff Development days will focus on different aspects of the Plan. Two
premierships were won in basketball, with two third places in tennis. GPS swimming was a solid
result just below the middle overall. Our inaugural tournament for table tennis among GPS schools
was a success. Above all, I am pleased with the way the school community modelled inclusivity and
cooperation and mutual trust when tested. Have a relaxing holiday!
Dr K A Jaggar