School Counsellors: Ms E Harman and Ms S Plummer
Sydney Boys High School provides Counselling to students and their families on three days per week. The Counselling service provides assistance to students on academic, personal and social matters. Students may self-refer or be referred by teachers or parents who have some concerns regarding the student's adjustment within the school setting. The Counsellors work closely with the Year Adviser from Years 7
- 12 and are involved in a number of activities which assist students with the transition to Year 7. The Counsellors are also able to provide students with skills in the areas of Study, Stress Management, Conflict Resolution, Mediation, Motivation and Relaxation.
Senior Library - Ms S Gordon
Junior Library - Ms V Crothers
As Sydney Boys High is now quite distinctive Senior and Junior Schools each school now has its own Library. The Senior Boys Study in the Charles MacDonald Wing has morphed into the Senior Library and the KJ Andrews Library In the Killip Wing is now the Junior Library. Each Library caters specifically and specially for either Senior or Junior Boys.
Each Library maintains a distinctive collection of popular literature, popular magazines and DVDs. The Libraries loan out approximately 9000 items annually. Both Libraries are popular places for boys to meet up and do homework, to study for examinations and to work on assignments. Both Libraries provide workspace for laptops and access to a class set of PCs as well as colour photocopying and printing services.
Both libraries open early. Boys can work in the mornings for up to 11/2 hours to complete work or study before school. At least 90 boys can be found in each Library before school begins. The Libraries are also really popular at lunchtime and recess.
The School Archive, which contains many interesting records and memorabilia about the history of Sydney Boys High since 1883, is also attached to the Junior Library. Year 7 boys will visit the Archives and be introduced to the impressive history of Sydney Boys High School. Year 7 is also tutored in information and study skills as part of the Transition course in Year 7.
OUTDOOR EDUCATION PROGRAM
Coordinator: Mr C Kesting
The school has a sequential and comprehensive Outdoor Education Program involving a camp each year for Years 7 to 10. The camps have been chosen to allow for the development of a number of different skills with particular emphasis on rock-climbing, abseiling, high ropes, navigation and water sports. Each student's progress in these skills is monitored and a Certificate of Attainment is issued on completion of the program. Additionally the program is designed to facilitate participation in the Duke of Edinburgh Award and to complement the activities of the Cadet Corps. Outdoor education is an important part of the school's co-curricular activity for several reasons. Recent research has supported the conventional concept that learning through adventure improves the students' self-concept. However the research also found that it contributed to participants' intrinsic motivation and capacity for self-determination. Experience also suggests that a comprehensive outdoor education program will enhance the individual student's self-esteem, self-reliance and self-confidence and aid in the development of skills in goal development, problem solving, leadership, team building and cooperation. The whole cohort can be expected to become more cohesive and supportive as a result of a regular camp program which has been designed with reference to the objectives of the PDHPE Stage 4 syllabus and which will also enhance experiences in several other subjects including Mathematics and Geography.
Mr J Walker
Transition Program is designed to ease the students' transition into the Year 7 environment by providing a friend and example in a Year 10
Transition Leader. Selected Year 10 boys are trained to lead a small group of Year 7 students in activities designed to promote a positive self-image, good peer interactions and a smooth entry into the school community.