High Notes, Vol 16 No 19, June 19 2015

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to James Siu (9M) on his selection in the Australian Junior and Cadet Fencing team to compete in the Commonwealth Championships in South Africa later this month. Our  SBHS Epee A team (John Tian, Lut Ming Chan, David Huang, Arthur Chao) earned the silver medal at the National Schools Fencing Championships last weekend in Brisbane. The SBHS Sabre team (Garry Huang, Chi Mao, Chen Yu Wang, Simon Nguyen) went one better to win gold convincingly over Brisbane Grammar School to make it back-to-back national sabre titles for High. Congratulations to all the boys for their skill and team spirit and to MIC Dat Huynh for his organisation and team management. Well done to the 14A and 15A rugby teams who had narrow but convincing wins against TAS A teams last Saturday. A great result from the Trinity Invitational – a GPS Carnival - our U16s cross country team of Luke & Jayden Schofield, Nicholas Katsilis and Eric Holstrom broke the record by over one minute in their team run. Terrific effort boys! At the Regional Cross Country championships High was very successful: Ehode Ikko Arimimoto placed 2nd in the U12, Eric Holmstrom 2nd Nicholas Katsillis 3rd and  in the U15, Luke Schofield placed 1st and Jayden Schofield placed 2nd in the U16. Great achievements, boys!

High Spirit
You know you have moved someone when they write to your Principal as a visitor to our country, praising your impressive charitable actions. So it was with Mr Walter King, a US citizen, who took time out at the airport en route to Chicago to write to me about the kindness to strangers shown by a boy unknown to him but known to us  - Adam Gordon (7T). He praised Adam for “kindly talking to a homeless man while parting with the remains of his lunch box….or sharing a piece of cake he had purchased…helping people with suitcases…The main thing I can’t quantify was not pity but equality and I wish I could capture this moment. It was truly his demeanour and humanity with incredible kindness…” Congratulations to Adam for his selfless and caring attitude. He brings credit to his school.

Etiquette on trains
Students and parents are reminded that while standing on trains so that adults may sit is appropriate behaviour, it is not acceptable for students’ bags and equipment to block passenger access to or egress from train carriages or compartments. Please be aware when fellow commuters are being negatively affected by your actions and respond accordingly. It is gratifying to note how few complaints we receive in comparison to the number of journeys made each day by High boys.

End of Financial Year Opportunity
All the High Family will have received communication from Chris Brown, our Development Director, explaining our Governors Centre joint project with Sydney Girls High. This multipurpose building will represent the sort of generational advance in High’s facilities that happened in the 1930s at McKay, the 1950s with the Fairland Pavilion, the 1980s with the Outterside Centre and the 1990s with the UTS Gym development and the McDonald Wing additional floor. Since 2000 we have developed a second library and greatly expanded on site facilities with the COLA for cricket and the Great Hall Kitchen for functions and the refurbished tennis courts.

The development of all these highly utilised properties was made possible solely by the willingness of generations of parents, Old Boys, staff and friends of High to commit to the vision of High’s pursuit of excellence in a wide range of endeavours.

I urge readers of High Notes to support our campaign and give generously before June 30 to our tax deductible programs: the Sydney High School Building Fund, the sport of your choice through Australian Sports Foundation online giving or to our Phil Day Memorial Scholarship Fund to help one of our students each year. It’s as easy as two clicks on our website.

Upcoming Events

  • Rugby Committee Meeting, Staff common Room, Monday 22/6 from 6pm.
  • Parent – Teacher Night for Years 8 and 10, Tuesday  23/6 from 3pm to 7pm.
  • Exchange visit to Melbourne High – Wednesday 24-Friday 26/6
  • Prefect Induction Assembly 1100 Thursday, September 25.

Dr K A Jaggar

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