High Notes, Vol 16 No 37, November 20 2015

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From the Principal

Scholarship Applications
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
Examinations are 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 2016.

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
After 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

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