High Notes, Vol 16 No 26, August 21 2015

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Leonard Mah who was recognised for his service to the community in the John Lincoln Youth Community Service Awards. Commiserations to Ganeshmoorthy, Max Thomas and Masrur-ul who were runners up in the Hume Barbour PDC Debating Competition.  Max Koslowski and Thomas Shortridge won the NSW Dr Evatt Competition – a great effort!  At the 2015 Business Studies Competition the national winner was Nicholas Lee (Year 11) where he won $400. Prizes were earned by: Anthony Rusli, Garry Huang, Daniel Xue, Sung-Chan Kim ($200), Victor Lin, Ibrahim Hussain ($100), James Liang, Jeffrey Zheng, Alex Wong, Shayan Vatandoust, Jack Zhou, William Chen, Dennis Huynh, Wesley Yu, Kieran Shivakumaarun, Yilun Zhou ($75), Kevin Zhang and Danny Yu ($50). Congratulations to all our high level business studies competitors! Not to be outdone, William Chen won the national  2015 Economics Competition and $400. Prizes were won by: Roy Shen, Yichen Han ($100), Pajman Johnstone, Yi-Dong Luo ($75), Jeremy Yang, Karthik Subbanna and Dennis Huynh ($50). Well done to our highly accomplished economics competitors!

SBHS Canteen Committee
Sydney Boys High is proud to be one of the dwindling number of school communities that run their own Canteen. The advantages include quality prepared food, caring service and a policy of returning all the profits to the school. However, to keep this highly desirable model going, we need parental support, particularly on the Canteen Committee. We need people with experience in meetings or in financial management. We need volunteers also to serve a day a month in the Canteen. If you can help either just as a Committee member or as a volunteer, please call  96629350 and speak to Tracey or Karen.

Old Boys Afternoon Tea
Sydney High Development Director, Chris Brown, welcomed Old Boys, Philip Lambert (1955) Ross Tzannes (1956), Dennis Schultz (1959), Alan Powell (1960) and Ian Heads (1960) to an afternoon tea this week. The Old Boys were impressed by the demeanour of the boys and the enhanced facilities the school now enjoys. Thank you to our musicians Nathan Trinh, John You, Archie Woodhouse and Tiger Zhang for their fine playing and to Niyaz Mostafa, our Vice Captain and Thomas George, our two host Prefects. These boys brought great credit to the school.

High Achievers Evening
On 27 August at 5.45 pm in the Great Hall, the SHSOBU is holding another High Achievers evening. This is a free event designed to showcase the life and careers of High Old Boys as well as to gain publicity for the OBU and demonstrate its relevance to current students. The inaugural evening, held last year, was very informative and entertaining. The feedback from the boys who attended was very positive. This year’s organisation promises to be even better, with a wide variety of professions and experiences represented.  I urge all boys who are starting to think about life after school and possible vocation options to come along and hear from some great role models who attended High. Register at: http://www.shsobu.org.au/high-achievers-2015-speakers/

Tell Them From Me – Survey for Students, Staff and Parents
We have been collaborating with the researchers at The Learning Bar for a couple of years to gather data about the school from the perspectives of students, parents and staff. We have learned about our school climate, how students feel about having an advocate for them at school and about how high the incidence of engagement with school life is. The surveys have certain shortcomings in the wording of some questions and in the inferences drawn from answers to single questions, but nevertheless the instrument s are valuable for the senior management team to inform our planning. This year there is an opportunity for us to ask some of our own questions and add them to the survey. By this means we hope to make the responses we receive more pertinent to the context of High and consequently, more meaningful for school planners.

I commend the surveys to the High school community. An Award Scheme point is on offer as usual for boys who complete the survey. The Partners in Learning Survey can be accessed from Monday, August 17 at  http://sbhs.co/pil15  They will be live until Friday, October 16. The survey window applies to all three surveys: parents, teachers and students.
Dr K A Jaggar

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