High Notes, Vol 20 No 33, October 25 2019

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From the Principal

High Talent

Congratulations to our Sydney East Sporting Association Blues winners for 2019. Athletics (Raghav Ramanathan), Cricket (Hunar Verma), Cross-country (Eric Holmstrom), Rowing (James Appleton), Volleyball (Samuel Yu & Oliver Yang). Hunar was selected in the U19 NSW team to play in the national championships in Perth in December. He is the recipient of a combined High Schools Sporting Association Blue for cricket. Well done, Hunar!

Governors Centre Update

Construction has commenced on our exciting building project in partnership with SGHS. The compound has been established. Power is being run to the site via trenches alongside the tennis courts and the UTS gym. Sewerage diversion works have been approved. Demolition works have been completed. The bulk earthworks are due for completion by the end of December. In order to complete the internal fit-out of the building, we still have to raise significant funds. If you want to get yourself a commemorative named brick for $1000 or a theatre seat with your name on it for $3,000, now is the time to contribute. The opportunity will not be available this time next year, as the building will be nearing completion. Go to our website, www.sydneyboyshigh.com, click on ‘The Governors Centre Project’ and ‘make a donation now’, to be directed to the giving page. Thank you for your help!

Tell Them from Me Survey

The online survey of parental opinions about aspects of school life is about to close. This is your last chance to have your say before the survey closes on October 25.  Information given is confidential and will not be used in any way that identifies a person or the school. Additional information for parents, including parent FAQs, can also be found on the CESE website at: http://surveys.cese.nsw.gov.au/information-for-parents. I urge all  parents to participate. Parent voice is very important to us at High. We need feedback to inform our planning.

To have your say about our school go to https://sbhs.co/p19

United Nations Day

United Nations Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the United Nations Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being. 24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. "United Nations Day highlights the enduring ideals of the Charter, which entered into force on this date 74 years ago. Amid stormy global seas, the Charter remains our shared moral anchor." — UN Secretary-General António Guterres.

In our very diverse student population, the counterpoint to parochial viewpoints is the United Nations, with its Charter and various declarations, ratified by member nations. Increasingly, our perspective is internationalist, as we accept the threats to our planet that we pose ourselves. The United Nations structure is becoming more activist as international awareness of the problem of climate change grows. The United Nations engages in multifaceted humanitarian projects and peace-keeping operations. It is a sounding board for problems of migration and world trade issues. The United Nations is an institution that deserves its own international day of recognition for its role in focussing our collective attention on what unites us.

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 enrolled or enrolling 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, a record of school or community service 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 November 29.
Dr K A Jaggar
Principal

 

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