High Notes, Vol 20 No 16, May 31 2019

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From the Principal

High Talent

Congratulations to our team in the International Mathematical Modelling Challenge, named national finalists in the challenge to model a sustainable population for the earth. Rayne Fangwu, Martin Lee, Duy Ngo Chen Zhang (all from 9E) and team advisor Mr Andrew Wang, comprised the team. Well done to Kazi Hasan (11S) who was selected in the combined GPS U16 Football Team. Congratulations to our Sydney East Stan Jones Knockout tennis team for winning the regional final against Kirrawee High. Hikaru Igekami (11S), Khobi Deep (11R), Stepan Stytnyk (9E), Dean Casarotto (10T) and Antonio Li (11M) did not drop a set in the two-day tournament.

Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation Golf Day

Last week, the SBHS golf team, comprising Mr Kay, Mr Gifford, Teo Reyes (10S) and Peter Boylan (12R) represented the school at the annual Golf day for the Foundation. The event is a major fundraiser for the Foundation. The team members were fine representatives for the school as were the student volunteers, Jivan Naganathan (10R), Rhys Shariff (10S), Yishan Shen (11R) and Alex Zhou (11F). Thank you to everyone concerned. The reputation of the school was enhanced by our participation in these events.

For those new to the school, Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation has an office on site and parks five of their vehicles here. Its motto is ‘helping, when no one else can’. They have volunteer drivers to take incapacitated people to medical and hospital outpatient appointments. Last year nearly 11,000 trips were made in multiple suburbs of Sydney. SBHS has been assisting the Foundation since 2002, when Sir Roden passed away. It is the designated Year 11 project. Year 11 assist in a collection day and serve at various functions, such as the annual golf day. The Foundation funds a two-year $3000 scholarship for a High student going into Year 11 with a strong background in community service.

Schoolzine App

An initiative by the P & C, driven by a Year 7 parent, Daniel Johnsun, has provided a communication app, Schoolzine, to enhance school communication flows. It has features which are claimed to facilitate school-home communication. Many people do not regularly check their email or have diversions in place to see and respond to a select array of messages. The app is more direct and easy to use. The P & C funded the first subscription. In this trial, interested school staff can make use of the app. So far, Mr Huynh has signed on to use the app for communication in fencing. Mr Isaacs has volunteered as a liaison person for the trial but is not managing it, merely providing information and advice as to how it may be used.

National Reconciliation Week

National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision. Reconciliation Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Karen Mundine, as she announced the 2019 theme Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage, said that trust and truth is the basis for all strong, equitable relationships. “Reconciliation is ultimately about relationships and like all effective relationships the one between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians must be grounded in truth,” she said. “There can be no trust without an honest, open conversation about our history.”It is only in quite recent history that the Australian community generally has turned itself towards a serious consideration of the devastating, life-long psychological effects suffered by victims of the Stolen Generation.

This year’s theme is aimed at getting non-indigenous Australians to confront the truth of our past actions towards aboriginal people, and to move past recrimination towards a more integrated future. For several years, we have held a Sorry Day Assembly to mark the occasion. Sorry Day is held on May 26 each year, to recognise the first anniversary of the day the Bringing Them Home report was presented to Parliament in 1998. This year, the school libraries are mounting indigenous displays to mark the occasion. Our Na Ngara aboriginal art collection is our tribute to the oldest continuous culture in the world.

TEDxYouth@SBHS – Redefine

High students organised a Youth TEDx event at High this week. The speakers involved were: Evan Wong –Hero Education CEO, Leila Smith – Aurora Project Deputy CEO, Alex Greenwich – Member for Sydney, Jacinda Barclay AFLW Player and Matthew Johnstone – author on mental health issues. The audience comprised our students and invitees from 15 local schools. Thank you to Senior Prefect, Ryan Jepson (12F) and his team for organising this event. Special thanks go to James Walker (9M) for his time, equipment and expertise as filmmaker for the event.
Dr K A Jaggar
Principal

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