High Notes, Vol 17 No 3, February 19 2016

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From the Principal

High Talent
School Swimming Carnival
Congratulations to William Lee (9R) who set a GPS record in the 14 years 50m breaststroke (33.30) last Friday evening. Other winners at the carnival were:  Adam Feng (10S)  16 years 50m backstroke (32.15); Allen Guo (10F)  15 years 50m breaststroke (34.27); 14 years 4x50m freestyle relay – Sae-Jong, Luo, Lee, Xu- (1.58.50); and 17 years 4 x 50m freestyle relay – Best, I.Haddo, Rowlands, L. Schofield –(1.45.90). Great job, boys!   Old Boys Will Randles and Chris Chiam (SHS 2012) went head to head in the Jessup International Moot Court Competition at the High Court held recently. Will’s team represented ANU and edged out the UNSW team Chris was in. Both teams will go to Washington DC for the international round of the competition in March.

Green Travel
We encourage all boys who can do so to ride bicycles to school. The SRC has donated a bike rack so that bikes can be parked securely during the school day. If we had more regular cyclists we would supply more racks to meet the need. Do something that is good for you and good for the environment.

Early Bird Discounts on Financial Contributions
There is less than a week left for parents to take advantage of the early bird discounts on our contributions package. February 26 is the last day to receive the substantial benefit. With the maximum contribution you get the value of one year of equivalent private school education for your son for about one-twelfth of the price. Please support the school in its goal to provide opportunity for your sons to pursue excellence in a wide range of endeavours.

Weights Room
Yearly memberships for the weights room close on 26 February. If you want to have unlimited access to a supervised weights program, act now. No further memberships will be allowed until next term. At just $231 for a full year of supervised sessions, this is great value for money.

Holiday Refurbishment Works
During the holidays the Cutler Drive was asphalted. The six-year project is now complete and the surfaces on the Cleveland St frontage, Cutler Drive, the Anzac Parade frontage and the Junior Quad have all been resurfaced. This was a jointly funded project that has cost $200k with nearly half of the money coming from school sources – P & C donations and the grounds maintenance budget. I think you’ll agree that the grounds look much better as a result. They are certainly better to drive on! The cloisters outside the cadet store, High Store and 801 as well as the archways, façade, balcony and railings were stripped and repainted. Thank you to the P & C parent volunteers who worked hard to try and get most of the paint off before the contractors started. Our next project is to paint the Great Hall for the first time in a generation. The GA’s room was divided and refurbished and a toilet and shower installed in the new space to service staff and hirers of the COLA. The shower / toilet facility will add another amenity to the COLA to make it more commercially attractive.

Light Rail Impacts
Security fencing has been installed on Moore Park West, restricting High to the use of just one field until 2019. We are going to have to learn to adjust to this new reality on our Monday Wednesday and Thursday afternoon training sessions. The full compound will be constructed over the next few months, after which the Anzac Parade diversion will be put in, affecting our access to gates 9 and 10 for the best part of a year. There are going to be a number of temporary arrangements put in place for school and parking events. I will keep you informed as to the restrictions as the project progresses.

Free Physiotherapist
Monday Morning Assessments
Each Monday during term time we are offering free physiotherapy assessments for boys who have suffered injuries of some kind during sports over the weekend. This service is designed to help families intervene quickly to ascertain the extent of minor injuries. I read the reports on six boys who used the service this week. I think they were very informative and helpful for ongoing injury management and prevention. I urge boys to access this service to manage their physical fitness better.

Tell Them From Me Surveys
We have found that the ‘Tell Them from Me’ Surveys are very useful for gaining information about listening to community voices. We have signed up for the program again this year. Respondents have to log on to access the surveys. Participation is voluntary and anonymous. Students will be surveyed in Term 1 (14 March–8 April). In Terms 3 and 4 the staff and parents will be surveyed. I urge you to take part in this important survey and to facilitate your son doing his. We are using the data obtained from these surveys to inform our school planning by helping us to evaluate our progress against the School Excellence Framework.
Dr K A Jaggar

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