High Notes, Vol 16 No 6, March 06 2015
Congratulations to Jack Hutchison, Bailey Musulin and Nathan
Sutton who have been selected in the combined GPS first team. Well done to Luke Schroeder who
made the GPS seconds. There were some strong results at the GPS Swimming carnival 2 –
Leonard Mah took out the open 50m freestyle in 25.41; Khalil Youssef won the 13s 50m backstroke;
Adam Feng won the 15s 50m backstroke and the 16s 4x50 freestyle relay was won by –
Jake Rowlands, Kalem Best, Luke Schofield and Isaac Haddo. Great job, boys!
Instructions for accessing Tell Them From Me Survey
We are again
asking as many boys as possible to access and complete the anonymous research instrument Tell
Them From Me. We hope that students will take advantage of an opportunity to express their
views about different aspects of school life. Please take the questions seriously. An Award
Scheme point will be awarded to participants. The staff has analysed the 2014 data and found many
useful insights into what students think and how they feel about many aspects of school life. The
more you share your views and feelings with us, the better we can try to meet the needs of more
boys at High.
The school is likely to respond with to the accumulated data that it receives from this
instrument, so long as it represents a significant sample of student voice.
The site will be open from Monday 9 March until Friday 12
Log into the Student Portal:
- Click the “Student Survey 2015: Tell them from me” link in the Portal Services
- View your survey username and password
- Click the link to access survey website at http://nsw.tellthemfromme.com
- Log in to the survey site using your survey username and password
- Click the Go button to start the survey
Speed limit on school grounds is 10 km/hour
Students move around inside the
school grounds very frequently, presuming they are safe. They frequently do not attend well to
their surroundings, being distracted by their friends or technology. They may run out from behind
a parked car or across a driveway. In the area in front of the UTS gymnasium there is a
great deal of pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Several cars driven by parents have been observed
travelling towards the school building at speeds well in excess of 10km/hr. There have been
several tragedies involving SUVs and small children in recent years. In the interests of
providing the maximum possible safety for our students, staff and visitors, please be careful and
drive slowly in school grounds.
New agreement for awarding grades
In order to reflect more accurately the
improved overall standard of the school’s outcomes in the last decade, the protocols for
awarding grades to students for their reports has been modified by the Executive.
The school standard of 90 ATAR is maintained but the expected rate of achievement has been
adjusted upward from 75% to 80%. Consequently, the grade breakdown now becomes: HD 20%, D
30%, CR 30%, PM 15-20%, P 0-5%.
I have asked again that all faculties investigate the prospective P awards to ascertain whether
they are only assigned to: those who failed to meet deadlines and then didn’t complete the
class tasks or homework set, or those who exhibited very few if any of the understandings
or skills expected. I would expect that some communication with parents had taken place during
the reporting period expressing the teacher’s concerns about lack of student progress,
prior to a P award being determined.
Our School Plan 2015-17. 2 – Sophistication and skill in reading and
At the HSC level our boys lose valuable examination marks due to imprecise
reading, poor inferences and simplistic or overwritten answers. Our boys need to develop more
confident and sophisticated ‘voices’ as writers. They need to appreciate the
opportunities that the NAPLAN testing presents to them to measure their growth in Years 5-7 and
7-9. In stage 4, boys need to master the core subjects so they can learn to think broadly and
deeply about the valued areas of knowledge and skill.
Teachers need the skills to set stimulating and challenging writing tasks. Parents can work with
staff to help their boys build grit in tackling their reading and writing growth. School culture
will show how literacy is valued and growth is measured and reported. Teachers will engage in
more collaborative tasks across KLAs to build expertise and confidence in creating literacy
tasks. The DEC ‘Literacy continuum’ will form the basis of our assessment and
reporting of the components of literacy growth.
We intend to improve NAPLAN results for reading and writing in the highest bands. We will
use the literacy continuum to audit our progress in the Junior School. We will compare HSC means
across courses with major literacy tasks being assessed to monitor our progress in reaching our
targets for performance in bands 5 and 6. Our focus will be on professional collaboration to
raise the standard of targeted aspects of literacy.
Dr K A Jaggar