High Notes, Vol 18 No 18, June 16 2017

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From the Principal

The Governors Centre ‘Wall of Gratitude’ Appeal -

I would like to thank each one of our parents who has donated $1000 to our 2017 Annual Appeal. Your generous contribution will be recognised with an inscribed brick in the ‘Wall of Gratitude’ to be erected in the Governors centre precinct. Thank you.

All parents who have not donated to this Appeal will receive a reminder letter asking them to support the Appeal. We encourage you all to donate to this Appeal to enhance your son’s future education and that of future students at our school. Your children are the current beneficiaries of generous donations by parents and Old Boys in the past. Keep this tradition alive. Provide a current benefit or leave a lasting legacy. Give now before the financial year ends.

So far, more than 250 Parents and Old Boys have contributed to this appeal to provide better facilities for excellence in education. Please join them and be a contributing supporter of the High Community.

Interpreting Year 8 Reports

All boys should now have their reports. Parents need to know that a few marks up or down near cut-off scores for Distinctions or High Distinctions can make a big difference in their sons’ points’ totals. When moving from Year 7 into Year 8 students get their first choice process – one language or two? As a consequence, some boys do ten subjects as in Year 7 and others, nine. To calculate the boys’ scores, their best 9 subject outcomes are counted. So, boys doing more subjects may have an advantage. Language choice can affect ranking outcomes. For example, some boys chose to do Classical Greek for the first time in Year 8. Others chose Chinese Advanced. Both of these are demanding subjects. Getting Distinctions in these subjects is harder – fewer students do them, too. Boys not doing two languages have to have their PE results counted. Sometimes boys in Year 8 start to think about what electives they might do in Year 9 and what the compulsory subjects there are. These future choices might affect their motivation to succeed in some of the compulsory subjects that they are doing currently. Quite a few boys who have done well in their Yearly Report take their foot of the accelerator and coast through semester one, with effects on their ranking. Often, they get back on track by the time of the Yearly Report again. In short, there are many reasons for big swings in rank. I think that +/-35 positions means something has altered. Usually, big positive or negative fluctuations are due to learning dispositions: boys listening in class, taking notes, doing homework and revising before assessment periods.

School Uniform

During cold days in winter a few boys begin to wear unapproved items of clothing to school. We see too many random ‘hoodies’ scarves and caps. Parents are reminded that the High Store sells a range of warm clothing that is approved.

Parking on School Grounds

All parents and visitors to the school are asked to park their vehicles in approved spaces only and to respect ‘no parking’ signage on the roadway and the ‘restricted parking’ signs on the walls of the gymnasium. Vehicles blocking emergency exits or access ways may impede emergency exits from buildings or the site. Also, the bus bay needs to be kept clear for the movement of our two school buses. Thank you for your cooperation.

Student Leave Requests

Too many parents are ignoring or pleading ignorance about the school policy on Student Leave of Absence – Extended Leave Travel requests. This applies to leave that is five school days or more in duration. Parents are reminded that as a matter of policy leave will not be processed or approved unless four weeks’ notice has been given. Also, cogent reasons for travelling during school term need to be supplied. The effect of this decision is that all leave requests that involve that last four weeks of term must be lodged with me for approval by the end of week 6, each term. If you are planning to travel during the school term you need to download, complete and submit the form for my approval by the closing date. As it is now week 8, I am going to apply the rule quite strictly.
Dr K A Jaggar
Principal

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