High Notes, Vol 17 No 24, August 12 2016

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Kieran Shivakumaarun (11E) on his award of a medal in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) - Science. Students with the top score in each subject in each year level are awarded a medal and a medal winner’s certificate. Well done indeed. A great CHS tournament from our open tennis team. The boys competed for two days and only dropped one set to Endeavour Sports High, winning 4-1 in the semi-final. The team of Stephen Young (11R), Matthew O’Sullivan (10S) André Putilin (9S) and Samuel Yu (9T) qualified for the state final for NSW government schools competing for the Stan Jones Cup.  Unfortunately, the boys went down 1-5 against Chatswood High to claim the silver medal at CHS - an impressive display from our young team. The CHS Convener invited the team to play at All-Schools. Last week at the CHS Cross Country Carnival Jayden and Luke Schofield claimed 1-2 placing in the 17 years Division to qualify for the national cross country competition. Eric Holstrom finished second in the 16 years’ age group. An outstanding set of results for our Cross Country program!

Great news for the fencing program! After a ten-year drought, the 13As finally won gold last Saturday against arch rivals SGS in the U13 Foil competition. Great work by Lachlan Ho (8T), Ben Bao (8F) and Matthew Bui (8E) saw them breakthrough for a win. Our sabre teams continue to sweep all before them in local competitions. Well done boys!

Enrolments for Years 8-12 2017
Enrolment applications have been assessed by a team of teachers and a check score added to the top ranking candidates. A ‘best fit’ addition of three of the closest four scores is calculated and the group re-ranked. An interview list is generated comprising the top rated applicants. The number of interviews depends upon how many places are vacant and on how many should be on the Reserve List. We normally operate with a Reserve List of five places. Interviews are being held each afternoon for short-listed applicants. A round of offers will be made next week. No offers are made for students entering Years 10 and 12. Thank you to Maria Glenn, Lynne Williams and the SASS staff for their rapid and accurate processing of applications, recording of data, arranging of interviews and responding to enquiries. Thank you to the High team of Teacher Assessors who read, assessed and scored the 214 applications so efficiently.

UNSW Research Project – Parent Participants Needed
High has a partnership with UNSW for professional learning. We have access to research resources at the University. One such resource is Dr Jennifer Jolly who is working closely with us in professional development, practicums and mentoring for early career teachers. Dr Jolly is interested in researching what influence parental beliefs have on the learning motivation and academic self-concept of gifted students. We need parent participants to find out more, using an anonymous survey. Their sons will complete a parallel questionnaire as comparison participants. We think we might find out more about how students are socialised and how they feel about their learning. Please be a part of this research. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information about the research or to register as a participant.

Winter Sport Co-payments
All winter sports depend on prompt payment of invoiced co-payments to pay coaches. Parents are reminded that all programs have to meet their budgetary obligations and cannot do so without maximum support from everyone. Our sports are delivered at a fraction of their actual cost, being subsidised by parking revenues and ASF donations, along with the structural support and supervision provided by the school with assistance from the co-curricular support levy.

We are about to move from winter sport to our athletics season lasting four weeks. For most boys, summer sports training will commence with the athletes training separately Please settle up your son’s winter sports co-payment now. 

Year 12 Letter to Parents
All Year 12 parents should have received a copy of a letter from me, posted last week. The letter sets out the important events and dates marking the end of secondary schooling for Year 12 students. Information about reports, references, scholarships and the farewell assembly is included. Our zero tolerance policy on disruptive or offensive behaviour during the final weeks of school is also explained.  There is also information about scholarships. If you are a Year 12 parent and you haven’t received this letter, please contact the School Office.
Dr K A Jaggar

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