High Notes, Vol 18 No 26, August 25 2017

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From the Principal

High Talent

Our boys won the Stan Jones Cup for CHS schools tennis. Samuel Yu (10T), Andre Putilin (10S), Matthew O’Sullivan (11S) and Hikaru Ikegami (9S) did not drop a set in the finals tournament to come away with a big win. Well done to coach David Deep for training and managing the team throughout the knockout competition. Congratulations to Kent Gu (9F) and Yishan Shen (9R) who are competing for CHS U16s volleyball at the National Championships in Perth this week. Well done to Allen Fang (7F) for his selection in the New South Wales team to compete at the 2017 Val Nesbit Trophy and Australian U15 Badminton Championships to be held in Perth, Western Australia 24-29 September 2017. Well done, Allen! Great job by our successful High competitors at the first GPS Invitational athletics carnival. David Chen (12T) open 200m 23.20;  Eric Holstrom (10T) U17 1500m -4m17s; Julian Markworth-Scott (10E) –U16 long jump – 5.83m; Sudaraka Pieris (10M) U15 200m – 24.08; and Rowan Tan (8M) – U13 400m -58.72 and U13 high jump – 1.65m. At the Schools Teams Championships for fencing gold medals were won by: our Senior Sabre Team (James Siu (11M), Kinzey Rahardja (11E), Jonah Beer (10F), Arshad Mohamed (10F)); our U15 Sabre Team A (Adrian Leong (9F), Ethan Kwan (9M), Van-Andrew Nguyen (9F), Henry Guo (8E)); and our U15 Epee A team (Matthew Pellen (9R), Kevin Fernando (8T), Lachlan Ho (9T)). Great results, boys!

Illuminate Starts on Monday

We would like to invite you to attend the official ILLUMINATE opening night on Monday 28 August, 6.30pm in the Great Hall (Exhibition Viewing from 5.30pm). ILLUMINATE is a showcase of HSC Major projects and Performances from students in: Design & Technology, Drama, English, Software Design, Music and Visual Arts. Our guest speaker for the evening will be Mr Ramesh Nithiyendran (Class of 2006), a celebrated Contemporary Artist (http://www.ramesh-nithiyendran.com/Home). Refreshments will be provided in the Staff Common Room (thank you to the P&C and Sailing Committee). The event is FREE, however, for catering purposes, we ask you to book via trybookings.com (type “Illuminate” into the search box) or type in either one of the following links:
https://www.trybooking.com/QWDG        OR 
https://www.trybooking.com/296172

Enrolment Application Process Completed.

After processing and assessing >200 applications and arranging and conducting >65 interviews, the enrolment process for Years 8, 9 and 11 has been completed. Thank you to Maria Glenn for her efficiency and dedication to making the process run smoothly. Thank you to Brooke Ashton for arranging the interviews and staying back to meet the prospective applicants. The job done by our 17 School Assessors to produce three scores for so many applications in one week, was impressive. Thank you to Glynis Bartley for perusing the spreadsheets as our community representative. I believe we were able to treat each application on its merits and to apply a fair ranking methodology to produce our lists of offers and reserves. Everybody’s help was much appreciated.

Tell Them From Me Survey

The School and The Learning Bar support team are now ready to work with our school community, to maximise the opportunity to collect feedback from our stakeholders using the TTFM surveys. The survey window is open now and will remain accessible until 13 October. You can complete a survey at any time during this window. Over recent years we have built up a data base of staff and parent opinions about various aspects of school life. We appreciate the feedback – both positive and negative – as it helps us with our forward planning in our search for continual improvement. Information given is confidential and will not be used in any way that identifies a person or the school. Additional information for parents, including parent FAQs, can also be found on the CESE website at: 

http://surveys.cese.nsw.gov.au/information-for-parents

I urge as many parents to participate as possible. Parent voice is very important to us at High.

To have your say about our school go to https://sbhs.co/pil17

Trial HSC Examinations

The Trial HSC examination period concluded on Friday, 28th August. I want to thank Mr Prorellis for his organisation of the schedules, our invigilators for their effective supervision of examinations and management of the scripts, and the students for their cooperation. In this last month of preparation for the HSC, our culture becomes collaborative. Year 12 students need to focus on the end game. The ranks have been finalised with the last assessment task – now it’s about maximising the number of examination marks that the school gets. It is in everyone’s interest if students help each other. The more examination marks earned, the more assessment marks there are to be allocated. Seek out your teachers for advice and feedback. Don’t slacken off. Support each other in study routines. Share notes, model answers, essays and solutions with each other. Help build mastery and with it, collective self-confidence. Use this time also to sort out your post-school destination possibilities. Get your scholarship application paperwork completed. Gather your reference and valeté material together. Be aware of the timelines in the letter emailed to you. Gear yourselves up for a few months of really committed effort.
Dr K A Jaggar
Principal

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