High Notes, Vol 18 No 19, June 23 2017

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From the Principal

High Talent

Our open basketball team became CHS Champions after defeating Hunter Sports High in the state school final 83-78. Luke Schroeder was named Tournament MVP. Well done also to Alex Bassil, Noah Casaclang, Sebastian Diaz, Oscar Dumas, Campbell Green, Tim Jeffery, Julian Markworth-Scott, Carter Opperman Kobe Shannon, Ben Udler and Norton Wu. The boys gelled into a great team in the play-off tournament. Congratulations to Old Boys Craig Moller and Emmett Naar who were selected in the Emerging Boomers team to play for Australia at the World University Games, to be held in Taiwan in August.

A first was posted for High volleyball this week. At the All Schools Tournament, High had a clean sweep in the competition winning – U15s, U16s, U17s and Opens. This result is a tribute to Mick Kay and his dedicated Old Boy coaching staff who forgo better paid positions in other schools to support High boys in their sporting endeavours. Great High spirit at work here! Our CHS Table Tennis team won the Eastern Zone and have progressed to the CHS finals. Well done, boys! At the Fencing National School Team Championships in Brisbane, our Epée and Sabre teams won gold again. Our foil team was beaten into silver by SGS. Congratulations to Dat Huynh and his strongly performing group of fencers.

High Achievers Evening – A SHSOBU Event

If you have a son in Years 10-12, urge him to attend the Old boys Union ‘High Achievers’ evening on Wednesday, 28 June. You also might find the evening engaging. Twenty successful High alumni will be gathering to talk about their professions and mingle with the boys to discuss their pathways and aspirations after they leave secondary school. It promises to be a very rewarding night.

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 Building Fund. Our priority project this year again is The Governors Centre. This year our focus is on the Wall of Gratitude Campaign. Buy a brick to commemorate your son’s time at High. You may have a daughter at Sydney Girls whose name you might want to place beside your son to honour her time at the school, too, as I did for my daughter. Maybe you have a near relative who attended SBHS or SGHS whose name you would like to see inscribed in the wall, as I did for my mother. Let your friends who have students at our schools know about this opportunity to be acknowledged.

To make a donation and secure your brick(s) go to: https://shsfoundation.org.au

If you would prefer to donate directly into sports, go to http://www.sydneyboyshigh.com/sport/sports-donations  click on ‘Sports Donations’, then scroll through the projects until you find the one you want. Simply click on ‘Donate to…’in blue for the sport of your choice. To fast track a donation go to www.asf.org.au/make-donation/sydney-boys-sailing/  but substitute ‘sailing’ with your preferred sport or to help boys afford to participate on sporting trips, give to the ASF Team Travel Fund. Giving to public causes makes you feel good at tax time, too.

Refugee Week June 18-24

The Refugee Council of Australia has chosen “With courage let us all combine” as the theme for Refugee Week in Australia for 2017. Taken from the second verse of the national anthem, the theme celebrates the courage of refugees and of people who speak out against persecution and injustice. It serves as a call for unity and for positive action, encouraging Australians to improve our nation’s welcome for refugees and to acknowledge the skills and energy refugees bring to their new home.

Given the Government’s recognition of its failures in its duty of care to refugees on Manus Island, reflected in its recent out of court settlement, we should all reflect on how well we as individuals treat refugees when we encounter them. Many live amongst us. More than 800,000 Australians were once refugees. As Australians and as international citizens, we ought to be concerned about the plight of refugees everywhere. There are more than 40,000,000 of them looking for refuge. Let’s think of them and ask ourselves what gesture we could make to alleviate their plight.

Gymnasium Safety

Having been alerted to the issue of cars parking outside the gym doors and obstructing exit flows from the building, our GA Jim Crampton has painted ‘No Parking’ on the roadway to deter drivers. In addition, he sourced and fixed to the doors signs clearly stating ‘Fire Doors Do Not Obstruct’. There are offences relating to fire exits and parking a car in front of them is one of them. Please respect the area and refrain from parking there. Likewise, parking spots marked with wheel chairs are reserved for disabled drivers and / or passengers. Only drivers with disabled parking permits are allowed to use them. Otherwise, they need to be kept clear. Thank you for your cooperation.
Dr K A Jaggar

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