High Notes, Vol 16 No 32, October 16 2015

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Ikko Arimoto (7S) who was a member of the U12 Metro Far South Football Team. They travelled to Griffith  to compete in the State Titles.  They played 8 games in 5 days against the best U12 boys in NSW and came away undefeated to claim the State Football Champions title for 2015. Well done also to all our water polo teams. They had clean sweeps in all five matches last Saturday – a first for High!

Parent and Teacher Survey Deadline
The survey window for the parent and teacher surveys for Tell Them From Me has been extended, the surveys will now close on Friday 23 October 2015. Please contribute to our feedback data so that we can analyse our context more accurately and learn better how to meet the needs of students, teachers and parents.

Scholarships Offered at High
SBHS offers only two scholarships/bursaries – the Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship and the Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation Scholarship. All enrolled or enrolling students are eligible to apply for the Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship. It is a one-year credit on the school account for $1,500. The Selection Criteria covers talented boys in an academic area or a co-curricular endeavour. Good all-rounders qualify as do students with special needs – financial or otherwise. There are many boys in the school who would make good candidates for this award. I urge them to take the trouble to download and complete the application form. The Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation Inc Scholarship is a two-year award with a credit at the school account for $1,500 for each Year – 11 and 12. Only boys currently enrolled in Year 10 or enrolling in the school in Year 11 are eligible to apply. The criteria for this scholarship are different. It has an emphasis on a prior record of service to others, to the school and / or the community. Boys with initiative, compassion and leadership skills are invited to apply.

Look for the details on the website www.sydneyboyshigh.com/scholarships. Do not assume that you are not worthy or eligible. Applications close on Friday, November 27.

Year 9, 2015 Mentors
In 2016, there will be 31 new enrolments into Year 9. It is always difficult to transition to a new school, so we need people to help us make the orientation to High as smooth as possible. In past years, current Year 8 boys have volunteered to act as Peer Mentors for the incoming students. Some High boys already know students enrolling in Year 9 as they have played with them in a sports team or went to the same primary school, or live in the same suburb or know them socially. Some new boys have had visits to the school or have had holiday training sessions with our boys. The role of Peer Mentor is not very onerous. We need boys familiar with the routines and policies of High to share these with new boys and to act as a contact when information is needed. Usually boys swap phone numbers and the Mentor makes contact before school starts and then is available in the first few weeks of term to act as a support person for the new enrolment. School Service Award Scheme points are issued in recognition of the efforts made by effective Mentors. If you would like to help, please contact your Year 8 Adviser – Ms Rigby, Mr Higgins or Ms Reemst.  Alternatively, you may wish to let Ms Chan know that you would like to help.

Altrac Light Rail Meeting
At SGHS on Wednesday the two schools were briefed on developments in the light rail project.  The site compound on Moore Park West has been reconfigured to allow the retention of five usable playing fields – a big improvement on previous planning. In early November the site compound works will commence. The area is expected to be fully enclosed by mid-December. The cut and cover tunnel across Anzac Parade will require a ‘slew’ or diversionary road to be established which will affect Anzac Parade access at gates 9 and 10. It is expected to commence in May, 2016. A bridge will be built over the eastern distributor, with work to commence over the long school holidays. The Community Engagement Team were very responsive to the needs of the schools and both the Precinct Manager and the Project Manager were well briefed and thoughtful about possible future issues for the schools. We are confident at this stage that the impact from construction on the normal operation of SBHS will be minimal this term and manageable in term 1, 2016. Thereafter, there will be some challenges but we have considerable time to have input into the process to minimise disruptions.
Dr K A Jaggar

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