High Notes, Vol 18 No 23, August 04 2017

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From the Principal

High Talent

Congratulations to Kieran Guan (9R) for his success competing for NSW in the Duke Trophy national short track speed skating event. He was ranked first in the Junior B Division. Well done to the Year 11 PDC team who won the Regional competition. This team also won the UNSW Debating tournament, defeating SGHS in the final. Great job Alex de Araujo (11R), Guy Suttner (11T) Symeon Ziegler (11M) and Justin Lai (11S).

LMBR – Implementation Update

Outstanding leadership by David Isaacs, assisted by James Rudd and John Prorellis, supported our SAS staff as they worked so collegially for eight days to learn a completely new accounting system and phase out OASIS. The amount of effort required to effect this transition seamlessly should not be underestimated. Thank you to Sharon, Caroline, Cathy M, Annettte, Lorraine, Louise and all the SAS staff for their professional approach to our mutual steep learning curve these first two weeks of term. We no longer have a bank account and all financial matters are governed by three central platforms. The good news is that the team has been successful and we are now open again to receive money and pay bills. Our online payment system is working again, too

Tell Them From Me Survey

The School and The Learning Bar support team are looking forward to working with our school community this semester, to maximise the opportunity to collect feedback from our stakeholders using the TTFM surveys. Important information and updates for preparation and implementation of the surveys will be communicated during the next two weeks. The upcoming survey window is open between 21 August and 13 October. You can complete a survey at any time during this window. Over recent years we have built up a data base of staff and parent opinions about various aspects of school life. We appreciate the feedback – both positive and negative – as it helps us with our forward planning in our search for continual improvement.

Prefect Intern Elections

The Executive has considered the list of potential candidates for the Prefect Internship. Students who have been nominated may be vetoed for a number of reasons. An important prerequisite for School Prefect is acceptable academic progress. That means estimated ATAR 90 for students who started in Year 7 (calculated on 12 units) and 86 for those who joined the school later. Strong, ongoing participation in the Student Award Scheme is the next benchmark to be met. We expect School Prefects to be role models for participation. By the time the ballot nominations close all students nominated should have earned 70 points this year towards an award. Boys who already have Platinum Awards, have until the closing date of the Award Scheme for the year to complete their 100 points requirement. Nominees can be vetoed for recent acts of misbehaviour at the discretion of the executive or because of attendance and punctuality or school uniform issues. Boys who have not maintained the academic standard, but have been close to it (ie 5 ATAR points below 90 or 86, depending on year of enrolment) have a right of appeal in writing to the Principal, with testimonials from at least three teachers, supporting their claims to have improved their academic standing since their first report and assuring that the benchmark will be reached by April of their HSC year. Nominees successful in their appeals are automatically on probation until their first Year 12 reports. Ms Rigby is the Manager in Charge of School Prefects and is in charge of the nomination and voting process.
Dr K A Jaggar

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