High Notes, Vol 16 No 13, May 08 2015

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Nathan Sutton and Bailey Musulin who were selected in the NSW Combined Independent Schools basketball team and to Jack Hutchison, as a reserve. Well done to Joshua Pooranakaran (Year 8) who was selected to attend a national training camp with the AIS in the sport of Karate.

HSC Results 2014 - Presentation by the Principal
For parents interested in High’s results at the 2014 HSC and more generally, in how the HSC and ATAR work to produce an index which controls likely UAC offers of university places to school leavers, come along to the Great Hall on Monday, May 11 at 6:30 pm. The presentation will be the main item on the agenda for the regular monthly P & C meeting.

Full Uniform Policy
High is proud of the fact that its boys wear their school uniform. We expect boys to be in their appropriate uniforms at all times. In winter there can be extreme weather events but where adjustments need to be made in clothing, the High Store has responded to the requests from the SRC to supply approved supplementary items. The school beanie and school scarf can be worn at all times as part of the official school uniform. Students feeling the cold should not improvise with random items of clothing of various colours and designs. It is permissible to wear white skivvies underneath school shirts when it is really cold. Students in Years 7 & 8 are allowed to wear sports clothing on Thursdays and can add the school tracksuit for warmth. When it is raining, umbrellas are recommended rather than non-uniform anoraks.

Funds in trust to support our students
The Annual Financial Statements for the Sydney High School Foundation Inc. have been prepared by the auditors. They show the following movements:  Ethel Killip Memorial trust (honour boards, artworks, memorabilia displays) 2013-$122,026, 2014-$124,525; The Prizes Trust  (annual funds to pay for prizes at Presentation Night) 2013- $85,816, 2014-$90,137; Mitchell Seow Memorial Trust (prize in honour of an Old Boy) 2013-$7,348, 2014-$7506; Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship Trust (an annual $1,500 scholarship in honour of a former Head Teacher and Old Boy) 2013-$77,717, 2014-$79,240; and the Student Support Trust Fund (formerly the Anzac Trust Fund – to assist necessitous students to access the programs of the school) 2013-$17,104, 2014-$32,005). It is comforting to know that the Sydney High School Foundation has stewardship of these substantial and growing funds, targeted towards acknowledging, honouring or assisting our students.

Centennial Building Fund
Income derived from all sources for the Centennial Building Fund was $492,101 for 2014. This represents around $410 for every student in the school. Despite the contribution from interest earnings, the bulk of the income came directly from donations from parents. I am very grateful and heartened by the strong and growing level of support from parents who appreciate that for the standard of learning and personal development at High to be maintained or improved only non-government funds will achieve that purpose.

Joint Project update
Theatre consultants, Marshall Day, have completed their theatre design brief for the Governors Centre Project, for discussion, amendment and ratification by the Project Control Group. To fit out the theatre to be ready for operation, the budget for theatre infrastructure and equipment would need to be at least $331,000.  The space would then be ready to accommodate: acoustic and amplified music (for concerts and recitals); choral or dance performances; large cast musicals or stage productions; public speaking events and lectures; variety concerts (with performance and presentation elements); and debates, competitions, assemblies, meetings and presentations. The Governors Centre (when constructed) will facilitate enhanced learning of boys and girls in both schools significantly in the creative and performing arts.
Dr K A Jaggar

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