High Notes, Vol 22 No 17, June 11 2021

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From the Principal

High Talent

Results from the NSWFL Epee Teams Premiership were very encouraging. U19- SBHS won gold; U16 SBHS earned silver; and U14- SBHS won gold. A great effort from our Epee teams!

Caught Doing the Right Thing

I was pleased to receive this email from a commuter last Friday complimenting our boys on their behaviour while travelling on public transport. ‘I am a regular commuter on Sydney trains (particularly Macarthur-City line).  I have noticed recently six boys from your school on my morning train, whose behaviour is worth commending to you.  I am impressed that these teenage boys can sit quietly & respectfully, not disturbing the peak time commuters.  They do not swear or carry on.  They are credit to themselves, their parents & their school. ‘ Keep up the great standard of behaviour, boys!

Results from the Tell Them from Me Survey

From a healthy sample of our students (n=766), there were some heartening positives in student perceptions of their educational experience at High. Positive behaviours and a sense of belonging were both up 2% to 98% and 86%, respectively. Having high expectations for success was marginally higher at 8.4 (up from 7.9). Self-reporting a growth orientation improved by 6% to 76%. Perseverance rated at 92% with school pride at 82%. In classrooms well organised instruction improved to 7.2 (from 6.4) as did a positive learning climate 7.0 (up from 5.6). In the wellbeing area, 91% of students affirmed that they knew where to get help if they were being bullied. We are still messaging students to be upstanders and not bystanders when they encounter any incidents of bullying or attempted intimidation. Students feeling that they had someone to be an advocate for them improved from 6.0 to 7. We are working on getting students to feel confident about approaching teaching or non-teaching staff for help when they are not ok. Our advice is to reach out to peers, teachers,  or our school counsellors if you are not feeling OK. Everyone learns better and operates more effectively when they feel safe. It our collective responsibility to make this a feeling for everyone.

Annual Tax Time Appeal

More and more Australians are thinking about philanthropy, about giving something back to society to help others. Universities and schools are benefitting more than ever before from this growing social conscience. High is a state school trying to provide all the opportunities of an independent school. We succeed because of the goodwill and financial support of our staff, our parents and our alumni. This year at tax time, please make a donation to a SBHS project – preferably to the Sydney High School Foundation Building Fund. Our priority project this year is The Governors Centre – Finishing Touches. There are still seats left in the Grab A Seat Campaign. Buy a theatre seat in the new theatre to commemorate your son’s time at High. To make a donation and secure your seat go to: https://shsfoundation.org.au

If you would prefer to give to the next project, the Demountable Science Laboratory, which is in progress after a grant of $200k matched by the school, we need $50k to complete the project and integrate the building with Killip Wing. Make your donation to Sydney Boys High School Building Fund.

If you would like to support your son’s sport directly, you can do so through the Australian Sports Foundation. To fast track a sports donation, go to http://asf.org.au/projects/. You will be prompted to select the type of organisation you want. Pick ‘clubs and organisations’. You will then be prompted ‘type to find a project’. Type in Sydney Boys High School. Scroll down to select from any one of the 18 projects High has on the site.’ You will have options to pay by credit card or electronic funds transfer. The account name is Australian Sports Foundation Donations. BSB: 032-776 Ac No 1310159. Your Reference will be in the form of DON+ a unique number.

Giving to public causes makes you feel good at tax time, too. Giving has a bi-directional benefit. Please do as I do and support a sport at tax time.

P & C Meeting Presentation by Consent Labs

Several parents in the Great Hall and 100 parents on zoom, witnessed the Consent Lab presentation this week. The presenters ran through the various stages of the workshops that are going to be delivered to our boys in Years 8-12 later in the year. The four modules will be staged, with all students receiving the’ foundation module’ to begin with and later years engaging with the other age-appropriate modules. It is our intention to share with parents when these presentations occur so that, particularly for parents who saw the presentation, they can start a conversation with their sons about how they felt about the experience.
Dr K A Jaggar
Principal

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