High Notes, Vol 17 No 18, June 17 2016

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From the Principal

High Talent
In the Latin Reading Competition Roy Wu (10S) and Sanishka Balasooriya (11E) have been selected to compete in the Grand Final to be held at the University of Sydney in August. Edward Heaney (10T) received a ‘highly commended’ award from the judges. Congratulations to all boys!

Invest in the Planet – High Solar Project
If you want your philanthropic dollar to work harder at tax time, why not invest in High Solar? We have had two generous donors who have contributed nearly half of the $28k required to install a 24KW solar generation system comprising 93 solar panels of 260 watts generation each. Also a 24KW solar inverter will be installed. Over the next seven years, the combined system will generate c.220 megawatts of electricity and save nearly 200 tonnes of CO2 that would have been generated by a fossil fuel alternative supplier. The financial benefit to High at current prices of 11c/kwh would be a saving of $24,200 over the seven years. A third longer term benefit is the pedagogical one. The plight of the planet will be seen as important enough for the High community to demonstrate to its students that clean energy has to be a high priority investment in the future. We need your help to make this project a reality before the end of the year. Make a donation to the Sydney High School Building Fund and send an accompanying message indicating you would like the money to be spent on the High Solar Project.

The ASF Project – Team Travel Fund
If contributing to sports is more where you would like to direct your annual giving, then the High Project at the Australian Sports Foundation has 16 areas to personalise your donation. The Team Travel Fund is a recent addition. This project is dedicated to helping fund team travel to CHS, AAGPS events and exchanges with other schools. Parents paying for various interschool visits and knockout competitions will have an avenue to make a tax deductible contribution to team travel. We will ask for an additional amount to be added to the actual cost of the team travel ($10 or $20) in order to preserve some funds in the Team Travel Account to pay for future deposits or airfares. I have kick started the fund with $1500 as a personal donation. Our first focus will be the basketball nationals, then the volleyball nationals, the Melbourne High Exchange and TAS. I encourage Old Boys who would like to help out our representative teams or who remember the fun they had doing interschool visits, and would like to give something back to the School, to make a tax deductible contribution.

Extended Library Hours Trial
In response to representations by our SRC School Council Members, we are going to operate a trial period of extended hours for the library on Tuesday afternoons. For many years we have had early morning access to both the Junior and Senior Libraries. The Student Resources and Research Fund provides the money to pay the overtime for the staff needed to extend the library hours. In the past students did not access the after-hours service in the afternoons and it was discontinued. Recent research, organised by SRC Tony Li (11R) has revealed a stronger desire amongst Year 11 and 12 students to have access to after–hours library services. Given that sports training is on Monday & Thursday afternoons and Years 10-12 have sport on Wednesdays, Tuesday afternoon is the only viable time slot. When we have a period of time free of examinations, we will run a trial library afternoon session for four weeks to gauge student demand.

Collection of Reports
All boys should have collected their reports. Regrettably, there are still many boys who have not fulfilled their commitments and completed their Clearance Forms and booked an appointment time to see me to discuss their progress at school. This is an important step in our feedback loop and I insist on speaking to boys personally. Boys can come and get their reports before or after school and at lunch or recess on most days.

There are also sheets provided for ‘Stragglers Reports’ for an hour or so on selected days. Boys just need to make an effort to comply with policy and come and see me. Once I have had a short feedback session with each boy, his report is loaded online against his personal file on Find a Student.
Dr K A Jaggar

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