High Notes, Vol 17 No 33, October 28 2016

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From the Principal

High Talent
Rudraksh Ahi (10R) has been short-listed for his poetry entry in the Lionel Bowen Young Writers competition. He will be representing Sydney Boys High at the award ceremony on 23 November at UNSW. Good luck with your entry, Rudi! Congratulations to our senior tennis teams for their effort last Saturday against St Ignatius. All grades from 1-6 won against a traditionally strong tennis school.  Our first basketball team played well together with five or six players making big contributions to a tough win.

Solar Power Generation
Thanks to the expertise and commitment of our Network Administrator, James Rudd, we now have our monitoring of power generation and consumption up and running for our two arrays of solar panels and two inverters. We have a daily generation capacity of up to 29kW in the most advantageous conditions on a clear hot day. If you are interested in renewables you can see the data on https://sbhs.co/solarweek. For any eco warriors out there we can still accept any donations towards funding our renewable footprint through our donations page on our website www.sydneyboyshigh.com/donations

Year 11 Reports
All students in Year 11 should have brought home their reports to discuss with you. It is an important decision point for boys to set up their best ten units to maximise their ATARs. Many boys do not have tertiary course plans and should complete ‘Career Voyage’, our free online career guidance survey, on the student portal and research the ‘Careers Website’. Uncertain students and those lacking focus or motivation are advised to seek an appointment with Mr Cipolla, our Careers Adviser, to discuss some big decisions about their future.

Summer Sport Co-payments: Term 4
The rolls for summer sports and activities have now been finalised. In many activities co-payments are levied for the season - in this case Term 4 2016 and Term 1, 2017. Other sports have a policy of fixing co-payments on a term-by-term basis. In either case, invoices have now been posted. For Years 7-10 this means that the summer invoice will be included on individual Clearance Forms. These will need to be cleared prior to boys receiving their reports. The base co-payment for sport for a season is $152 Term 4 2016, as adjusted for 18% on costs charged by DoE. Higher charges are levied in some expensive sports such as sailing ($305 per term), rowing ($535 juniors / $555 seniors), rifle shooting ($400 small bore / $500 full bore), archery ($184), tennis ($180), water polo ($200 juniors / $250 seniors) and cricket ($200). It would help the MICs for these sports greatly if families could pay for their sports in the next ten days.

Resource Allocation Model Funding 2017
In 2012, the NSW Government announced its Local Schools, Local Decisions (LSLD) reform for NSW public schools. This reform places students at the centre of school decision making. It gives principals and school communities a greater say over how they use the available resources to best meet the needs of their students. To enable the shift of resources to the school level, a Resource Allocation Model (RAM) has been developed. The RAM provides a simpler, fairer and more transparent distribution of government school funding and changes the way resources are managed in our school system.  Our RAM funding allocation for 2017 is: a base allocation for staffing (93.72 FTE) at $9,336,176; school operational funding $815,380; staff professional learning $81,724; beginning teacher support $16,323; minor maintenance $25,959; and equity loadings for socio-economic background, Aboriginal background, English language proficiency and low level adjustment for disability - $117,217. Total school RAM funding for next year is $10,422,779.

Cars Travelling On School Grounds
Parents and visitors to the school must travel at a safe speed (10km/h) whilst in the school grounds. When entering from Cleveland Street by Gate 2 they should park rear to the buildings or tennis courts.  Parents and visitors should not use the Anzac Parade entrances. Three-point turns in the bus bay area have posed serious risks to students walking beside the Great Hall and the buses or walking along the path next to the tennis courts and coming down the stairs. The bus bay area is not a drop-off point for students. Parents should drive in gate 1, drop off their sons and drive out gate 2, as per school policy. Please be vigilant in the interests of the safety of our boys!
Dr K A Jaggar

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