High Notes, Vol 18 No 1, February 03 2017

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From the Principal

Welcome to Term 1

We commence the new school year with a fresh perspective on making a difference in learning using visible thinking routines and dispositional teaching strategies to engage our students. We hope to produce a renewed enthusiasm for maximising student potential. This is the last year of our Strategic Plan (2015-17).

Killip Wing and the northern side of the main building are being painted. We expect this major facelift to our site to be completed next week. Along with the painting, the renewal of downpipes with externally mounted ones, repairs and drainage reclamation, Killip Wing is looking much better indeed. Our thanks go to the DoE who have funded this much-needed work. The foyer and stairwell of the main building have also been freshly painted and the honour boards rearranged. The area is lighter and brighter than previously. The P & C project to renew the sound and projection system in the Great Hall was completed in the holidays at a cost of $87k. The sound and projection quality is much improved as a result. Thank you to the P & C for funding the renewal. A parent of an Old Boy has funded a new honour board to be displayed in the Great Hall. This board commemorates the CHS Blues recipients since 1961 when records began. I want to thank Mrs Elizabeth Phipps for her generosity in making this donation to recognise elite sportsmen. The cloisters have been smartened up with the camellias pruned, the statues cleaned and the lawn treated. It looks really green and healthy in that area.

High Talent

Andrew Wu (SBHS-2016) received an Encore! nomination for his performances in HSC music extension. Jason Loh (12E) was honoured with an Encore! Nomination for composition in HSC Music 2. Great work, Andrew and Jason! Daniel Cai (12M) won the prize in the ‘Student Life ‘Challenge for photography. Once again, congratulations to Daniel – an outstanding photographer!

Staff Changes

Joining our staff this year as permanent appointments are Cassandra Pride (English) and Dane Drivas (LOTE -Classics). Temporary teachers employed this term are: Dennis Yiu (Mathematics - for Ron Boros), Fiona Richards (Social Sciences – for Donna McBride), Eliana Apostilides (Visual Arts - for Bonnie Collignon), Ellie Harcourt (History – for Rosie Tracey), Kurt Rich (PE-  for Mark Pavone), and Chris Noble & Lucas Matto (Science – maternity leave for Ingrid Pepe and Natalie Mackenzie). I welcome you all into our High community and hope you find working with us and with the boys, enjoyable and rewarding.

Early Bird Discounts

In order to help all areas of the school we offer a substantial discount to parents who pay all their invoices in full before Tuesday, 28 February. It is not only a great demonstration by them of their commitment to the ethos of the school but also it’s an encouragement for others to follow their lead and it helps to create a critical mass of financial support for our programs. The annual cash contribution by the DoE finances less than one quarter of our programs at High. The rest comes from the support of parents and the efforts made by School family volunteers, helping in fund raising. Having substantial funds early in the year allows us to make sure that capital works are completed in the holidays, orders are made promptly and that the boys get the maximum benefit out of equipment and services deployed for them this year. Quality services, extra staff and high standards come at a price. A very large number of parents see the package as value for money and contribute in full. The early bird discount is available for students who were invoiced in December 2016 or later and does not apply to students who were invoiced in October 2016 and subsequently came to Orientation Day in November and had the opportunity to pay everything on the day and obtain the discount. Year 7, 9 or 11 boys who were not made offers before Orientation Day are eligible for the discount. Students in Years 8-12 have the chance to make a saving by paying in full by Tuesday 28 February.

Last year, 671 families (55.64 %), saw the benefit of supporting the school fully, in all of its activities early in the year and thereby earned the discount. I thank them heartily for their support and reset our target to attract 56.5% of parents this year. We offer all the benefits of activities available at independent schools…but at 10% of the cost. Let’s carry on High’s self-help culture to make sure we achieve our goals for your sons in 2017 and beyond!

Weights Room for 2017

High’s weights room offers exceptional value for money. The room has appropriate equipment for preparing the bodies of teenage boys and crucially, it is constantly supervised. When handling weights, technique is vitally important and boys need to learn the correct way to lift. Kurt Rich, our Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, is a well-credentialed and experienced trainer. His presence ensures that the boys are training safely and sensibly. So as well as getting gym facilities, clients have a supervisor and adviser to help them during their unlimited visits. The Weights Room operates much more effectively if all boys get their training in how to use the various pieces of equipment and in proper lifting technique, as soon as possible. Kurt Rich provides this service at the beginning of each year and can tailor individual programs for members after the introductory sessions. Having a fixed clientele makes his job more productive and leads to a better training experience for members and better strength outcomes for participants. Hence, we decided to close off memberships by the end of February each year. Boys who have not paid by that time can no longer attend the weights room.

Costs for this service are held down to a minimum and reduced by boys taking out a full year’s membership. For 2017, a full year Weights Room membership costs just $240. Boys wishing to have full year membership must register and pay by Tuesday 28 February 2017. There will be no extensions of time nor another window of opportunity later in the year if you forget to pay on time.

High Rowing Rally – 25 February at the Outterside Centre

Please support this Old Boys Union event, which is sure to be entertaining and rewarding for the rowing program. Book now! Old Boys, parents & the wider High community have a chance over dinner to meet this year’s First VIII, its new coach Elliott Shackloth-Bertinetti & some outstanding former High rowers. Our MC is Sam McCool (1993), global event MC and corporate comedian, with very special guests including Champions & luminaries: David Anderson (1948), bronze medalist at the 1952 Olympic Games, Drew Bowey (1976), John Croll and Luke Simpkins (1981), Jack Singleton (1990) and Dom Grimm (2005). We are raising funds to buy new ‘Wavecutters’ to help develop our young rowers. $100 dinner & drinks. $75 for 2015 & 2016 Old Boys: http://www.shsobu.org.au/event/high-rowing-social/

If you are having trouble using the link, go to www.shsobu.org.au and you will find the event link on the right-hand side.
Dr K A Jaggar

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