High Notes, Vol 16 No 37, November 20 2015
There is only one week left for students to apply
for the Phillip Day Memorial and Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Scholarships. If you have financial
needs due to family or special circumstances; if you are a great all-rounder; or if you have a
special talent that needs extra resources to help you develop, please consider applying.
Application forms can be downloaded from the school website – www.sydneboyshigh.com/scholarships.
Applications close on Friday, 27 November.
Student Award Scheme
Last points for the Student Award Scheme can be earned
up to next Friday, 27 November. If you check your participation file and detect that something is
missing, it is up to you to notify the MIC in charge of the activity to have the text file of
successful participants compiled and sent to Mr Dowdell. If you earn any next week, get them
processed rapidly! Awards have to be determined and medallions/plaques ordered before the end of
the school year so that they will be ready in time for our awards assemblies early next year.
Don’t miss out on getting all the points you should!
Summer Sports Co-payments
Now that the cashier is closed until after
rollover, which may not be completed until 7 December, boys wishing to finalise Clearance Forms
need to submit their payments sealed in a clearly marked envelope. Office staff will not issue
them with an official receipt, but will sign off the submitted payments against the Clearance
Form so that the students can finalise their processes. Queries about Clearance Forms and
processes during this busy period should be directed to the Principal’s Office. Speak to Ms
Williams, Executive Assistant, in the first instance.
End of Year Reports
All boys in Years 11, 9 & 7 should have discussed
their reports with me. Boys in Year 7 requiring Clearance Forms who have not collected their
reports will have time slots available to book in for interviews next week. Thereafter, they will
join the other Years in having appointments only out of school time or in breaks. Occasionally,
an in-school period of half an hour might be scheduled. Please make sure that your son meets his
obligations to the school and then books in for an appointment.
Examinations and Qualifications for Year 11 Courses
complete for Year 10 and underway for Year 11. It is important for boys to prepare and perform
well. Year 10 mathematics students are vying for the c.180 places on offer in the mathematics
extension 1 course in Year 11, 2016. Entry is competitive. Students should be aware that entry
into Year 11 mathematics extension 1 is no guarantee that they will be able to enrol in the HSC
course. The numbers will be culled to 168 for Year 12. There will be two 2-unit HSC classes in
Science students have to qualify to study two or three science courses in Year 11, 2016. Mr
Kay makes the final decision in the light of a student’s record in Year 10 science. There
will be restrictions on boys being allowed to enrol in all three sciences and in both physics and
chemistry. Students wishing to do both physics and chemistry will require more proof of their
overall academic capability, as evidenced by their position on the academic rank order. Students
on the Academic Support Group List should expect to justify to Mr Kay why they are enrolling in
more than one science course in Year 11. Students who are allowed to enrol in physics and / or
chemistry in Year 11, 2016, know that they may need to reach band 4 standard
(70%) in order to qualify to continue in physics or chemistry beyond the Preliminary
Stage in 2017.
Sydney High School Foundation and the Centennial and Moore Park Trust
some months of negotiation by members of the Management Committee with officers from the CMPT,
agreement has been reached, clarifying the meaning of the Deed of Licence held by the Foundation
over the Sports Complex at McKay Playing Fields.
The result gives more certainty around SBHS access on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons to McKay
fields before and after 1500. Also, the circumstances in which the twelve Saturdays that SBHS can
access McKay without paying a licence fee were clearly defined and agreed to by both parties. The
time-consuming efforts of Old Boys Geoff Andrews and Andrew Hii in particular, brought about this
beneficial change to our relationship with the Parklands. The new agreement will be reflected in
an alteration to the Deed of Licence held by the Foundation with the Trust on behalf of the
school. The saving to the sports program will be in the order of tens of thousands of dollars per
year. On behalf of the school I would like to thank the SHS Foundation Inc. for its help with the
vital access to playing fields that we need for our 1200 boys.
Dr K A Jaggar