High Notes, Vol 19 No 26, August 24 2018

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From the Principal

High Talent

Congratulations to first grade volleyball for their 3-1 victory over Sydney Grammar to regain their GPS title. Watched by an enthusiastic crowd, our boys overcame a fast start by the host school, rallied, settled into their rhythm and went on to win comfortably. Congratulations to Harjas Ahuja, Chi- Chun (Jerry) Chang, Kevin Court, Yirong Shen, Alec Liu, Nathan Trinh, Eli Montuno and Jonathan Zeng (Year 12) and Samuel Yu , Ryan Chan Si-Yu Han (Year 11). Well done also to Billy Nguyen, Joshua Reid and Blair Zhong (Year 9) and Oliver Yang (Year 10) on their selection in the NSW U16 volleyball team to ply at the National Schools Tournament. Our first grade tennis team braved the bushfires in the south coast to record a comfortable defence of their NSW CHS Stan Jones Cup tennis title. Antonio Li and Hikaru Ikegami (Year 10), Andre Putilin and Sammy Yu (Year 11), played consistent tennis to outclass their opponents over the week. Great work, boys! Last Saturday our U16s cross-country team were declared champions of the intermediate division of the GPS cross-country competition. A big contribution to the team’s overall success was made by: Kane Shields, Matthew Moloney, Rhys Shariff, Vitaly Kovalevsky, Jonathan Tran, Kelvin Meng and Steven Meng. Great season, boys!

Prefect Elections

I would like to apologise to staff, students and parents for not updating the 'Prefects – Policy and Practice' section of the school website. It is quite out of date and does not reflect the significant changes that have occurred in our Prefect system since 2008. As happens in every election process, many qualified and worthy people are not elected. My commiserations go out to them. It is hard to accept such an outcome after contributing a lot to your school.

The Executive introduced a ‘Prefect Internship’ system in 2008 and the system has evolved and been modified since then. The Internship was designed to make Prefects earn their final badge. The office was no longer a reward for services past but a sign of ongoing commitment to maintain involvement and academic standard in the final year of school. The weighting of votes in electoral colleges has also been modified. The current weightings are Year 10, 1, Year 11 and current School Prefects, 2, and staff, 4.   In 2016-17 and 2017-18 there were 35 School Prefects confirmed in their appointments. This year, in consultation with Ms Rigby I appointed only 30 Prefect Interns. This is how Ms Rigby and I understood the policy in its current form.

The Prefects at High are expected to set the highest example in dress, attendance, conduct and involvement in school affairs.  Their duties include assistance in the canteen, representation at school functions of all kinds and participation in the conduct of assemblies. They are also assigned responsibilities connected with particular activities, including sports, music, debating and community service.

Prefects are appointed by the Principal. Nominations are invited from interested Year 11 boys early in Term 3 each year.  Nominees are required to demonstrate their involvement in school life by having attained (or being on track to receive) Platinum Award status in the School’s Award scheme. (Students who have not had the opportunity to receive a Platinum Award, such as later enrolling students, will be considered if they will have achieved the appropriate level by the end of Year 11).  Candidates are also expected to have an exemplary record of behaviour over the previous 12 months and to be making satisfactory academic progress. ‘Satisfactory progress’ is benchmarked at 90 ATAR on 12 units for students commencing at High in Year 7 and 86 ATAR for later enrolling students. The School Executive meets to vet the list before the plebiscite takes place. Students may be vetoed by members of the Executive if they have evidence of wrongdoing by a nominee. Vetoed nominees can appeal to the Principal in writing. The Principal may allow Probationary Interns – students who are close to the academic benchmark and have supplied improvement references from three teachers. If elected Probationary Interns have until the Preliminary Examination to reach the academic standard or be removed from their Internship.

The Principal has the discretion to appoint up to 36 Prefect Interns. The Principal may decide that in a particular year a minimum number of votes should be gained by a candidate to qualify as an elected representative of the school community. Such a number may be used to inform the Principal’s decision as to how many Prefect Interns to appoint.

The voting patterns each year are not made public to protect the privacy of the candidates. The electoral college comprises: current Prefects, Year 11 and Year 10. Voters cast up to twenty-five votes each online.  The results are collated, calculated and furnished to the Principal after analysis by the MIC Prefects. The Principal then appoints up to 36 candidates as Prefect Interns.

The Captain and Vice Captain are elected from amongst the Prefect Interns, by the Prefects alone, using a preferential voting system. The timing of the vote for Prefects and their leaders needs to be taken prior to the final rugby and soccer games of the season, usually against Sydney Grammar. Prefect Interns have their first official duties at that fixture. The MIC Prefects announces the names of the captain and vice-captain. The results of the ballot should be kept secret to protect the privacy of candidates. The Captain and Vice-Captain, with the assistance of the Prefects MIC, then select a suitable Prefect to be appointed as Senior Prefect. The induction ceremony for Interns is held at the beginning of term four, in conjunction with the celebration of the founding of the school. The official ceremony, involving presenting of badges and signing the Prefects Book, is held in term 2, after winter sports selections.

Prefect are entitled to wear a badge and a navy blue plain tie and should have the Prefect Pocket added to their blazers.

Tell Them From Me Survey

The School and The Learning Bar support team are looking forward to working with our school community this semester, to maximise the opportunity to collect feedback from our stakeholders using the TTFM surveys. The upcoming survey window is open from 27 August and will remain accessible until 26 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/pil18

Dr K A Jaggar
Principal

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