High Notes, Vol 7 No 32, October 20 2006
From the Principal
Welcome back to Term 4.
Pricewaterhouse Coopers Presentation Evening - 28 September
Foundation Day Assembly
My speech to the assembly is reprinted below:
"Distinguished guests, School Family representatives, parents of School Prefects Elect, staff, students – welcome to our 123rd Founder’s Day Assembly. We welcome back a previous School Captain and distinguished architect, Mr Alec Tzannes, to deliver our Occasional Address today. It is important to remember the origins of the school on October 1, 1883. It was a ground breaking experiment in secondary education at the time, when the first 46 boys helped to forge our traditions. Given the importance of leadership to any institution, it is also very appropriate for us to celebrate our past leaders and welcome our new ones. The investiture of School Prefects is an important ritual in the life of a school. It serves as a link with the past, but more importantly, honours the contemporary school context.
"Thirty years ago, the Headmaster, Mr Bradford, was bemoaning the lack of financial support from the government and apologising for the necessity to cut back on budgets for materials and resources. He reported that the appraisal panel that had visited the school in October, 1975 commented that “there was no other school in the State which offers the number and range of opportunities and extra-curricular activities to its students.” It is to be hoped that today High can still claim to be unsurpassed by any school in the provision of opportunities for its students. We have certainly preserved and extended these activities in the generation since 1976. The school faced the problem then (as now) of trying to meet its GPS commitments in all sports with largely volunteer teachers, parents and Old Boys.
"Mr Bradford was able to announce the first appointment of Mr Stone as Special Master (Physical Education) and some reduced face to face teaching for teachers taking GPS sports. He wrote: “I see no way in which these teachers can be fairly compensated for their extra commitment, however I am delighted that this commitment is now officially recognised and that a substantial gesture of appreciation is possible.” Even this concession (withdrawn 20 years later by the Minister for Education, John Aquilina) was insufficient to run the sports programs optimally.
"High is much less recognised now by government as a unique and important state school than it was then. We have to compete even harder for resources than Mr Bradford did. We face the same challenges and obstacles. Assuredly, together, the High community will continue to thrive, not merely survive, in the intensely competitive context in which we operate. We have to seek innovative means of financing our co-curricular activities and attracting our teachers to give up a large amount of time for very little compensation. That they continue to do so is a credit to them and a symbol of the power of this institution to survive and sustain itself against the odds.
"We face very tight financial constraints today as we strive to raise the standard of our academic delivery and of our sporting facilities. Coaching in all facets of school life has developed very significantly in the last thirty years but even more needs to be done to ensure every student has an unfettered opportunity to maximise his potential. We need money or time from our Old Boys and parents to keep pace with the rapid escalation of the costs of educational provision at the elite level.
"Stephen Marquet was School captain in 1976. He wrote in The Record about the distinguished tradition of High. He stressed the importance of school spirit developed through participation in multiple activities. He reiterated the sentiments of a previous captain who highlighted the importance of student attitudes in making a good school a great one. Ultimately, it is not the buildings or facilities but the drive of the students and the dedication of the teachers that combine to make high quality learning and hence performance in any endeavour.
"I am struck by the frequency of sentiments expressed by outgoing School Captains who unprompted focus on involvement in school life. Even those most committed have a sense of something left undone, of an opportunity forgone. They often feel they could have done more for the school and for themselves as leaders. Student members of the audience might well ask of themselves: Am I getting as much out of school life as I could? Are my personal abilities being developed to their potential?
"The School Prefects chosen to represent the school in 2007 are worthy of the honour. They have made a commitment to the school and what it stands for. On our new Sir Roden Cutler Gates is his coat of arms with its motto: “service in all places”. Sir Roden’s career symbolised the pre-eminence of service as his ideal - service to his country, his state and his community. Our society is governed by the notion of standards and outcomes meeting them. Our school may well be judged by the standard of its leaders. Our School Prefects are elected to preserve and enhance the culture of the school. Their example is to serve in all places where school activities happen – at ceremonies, school functions, sporting fixtures, carnivals, assemblies, public functions, charity events, fund raising, joint activities with SGHS, debates, trivia nights or afternoon teas. They want to see the school achieve its principal goal of providing myriad opportunities for each individual to pursue personal excellence in many fields of endeavour. They are upright young men. They have proven themselves by completing a demanding qualification process before facing the three electoral colleges of Year 10, Year 11, and staff and Prefects 2006. I am proud of them all. I congratulate them and commend them to you. "
Parent Mentoring Scheme
If you have not yet registered your interest yet please email me. If you know someone who would
be good at mentoring, please ask them to get involved.
Year 12 References
We are currently experiencing some difficulties with some Year 12 boys’ references. Could the following boys please contact the school to assist in clarification of some issues:
P & C Parking
Helpers needed for parking on Friday November 10 from 5.00 pm till 8.00 pm Sydney FC's vs NZ
Knights Please advise your availability to 0411 430 394 or email
High Store - New Line
The High Store has now in stock a car number plate cover with HIGH SPIRIT at SYDNEY BOYS HIGH available to purchase for $44. Two different sizes to accommodate square or premium plates. A great idea for Year 11 and 12 boys with wheels!
Representative Basketball Trials
Dates for Various Basketball Associations in Your Area for the 2006/07 Year
Under 14's are born in 1994/95
Norths - www.nsba.com.au
Manly - www.manlybasketball.com.au/reps/
Penrith - www.penrith.basketball.net.au/fs_home.asp
Hills - www.hills.basketball.net.au/_uploads/res/67_3179.pdf
Bankstown - www.bankstown.basketball.net.au/FS_extra.asp?id=1187orgID=62
Sutherland - www.sutherland.basketball.com.au/_uploads/res/155_31225.doc
Glebe - www.gbaonline.com.au/main.html
Parramatta - www.parramatta.basketball.net.au
Ryde - www.ryde.basketball.net.au/FS_extra.asp?id=30322&OrgID=408
Hornsby - www.hornsbyspiders.com.au/
Sydney Comets - www.sydneybasketball.com.au/fs_home.asp
This information has kindly been provided by the Basketball committee for your benefit! Please
support your son in attending the sessions. When we have a minimum of five boys participating at
a representative level in each age group we will have success at school level.
From the Office
LETTERS RE ABSENCE/LATENESS/ EARLY LEAVE
If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Beringer, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name, date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.
The Principal must approve all leave applications.
Another email service for parents
If you would like to have your son’s attendance record sent to you send your email address
Please include your son’s name and date of birth in the email.
Basketball: Shooting Hoops
First Game Countdown!
~Brought to you by Francis Wong, Johny Shih and Justin Liang.