High Notes, Vol 18 No 27, September 01 2017

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From the Principal

High Talent

Our GPS firsts debating team ensured that High will retain the Louat Shield for another year with a victory over Scots last Friday. Alex De Araujo (11R), David Wu (12S), Hugh Bartley (12R) and Louis Saunders (12R) will at least be co-premiers. A win this Friday would clinch championship status. Great job, boys! Guy Suttner (11T), Symeon Ziegler (11M) and Alex De Araujo (11R), won the Sydney University United States Study Centre Debating Final, winning three i-pads.  Well done indeed! Congratulations to Andrew Guang (11S) who was declared a National Winner ($400) in the Australian Business Studies Competition. Aland Goran (11F) won $100 in the competition. There were seven boys who won $50 prizes. In the Australian Economics Competition Ashwin Muthayya (11E) won $100. There were three $50 prize winners.  Well done to Benjamin Kernohan (9S) for his second place in the NSW State Robocup Championship for Open rescue.


Our students’ works were highlighted this week in our Illuminate festival. My speech to open the event is reprinted below:

"Welcome to our second Illuminate Festival. The aim of Illuminate is to shine a collective light on the creativity of our boys.  Our school’s overarching pedagogical framework (IPEC) has two special components that help us direct our efforts in the domain of creativity and innovation – emotional intelligence (EQ) and cultural intelligence (CQ).  We try to build capacity in our students to innovate by giving them resources and by training them in necessary skills.  We try to nurture their creative instincts by offering opportunities for them to express themselves in drama, visual arts, photography, film-making, visual design, design and technology, public speaking, English extension projects, robotics, music performance and composition.

"Our emotional intelligence is developed by the frequency and quality of our relationships with others.  At school, many of these are vicarious, virtual or intellectual, as we engage with the philosophers, writers, artists, composers, leaders, change makers, writings or artefacts of our international heritage.  Often, we recognise our own and other’s emotions more clearly through the medium of music or art.  Plays and speeches move us and inspire us too.

"As we move from characters to contexts, we expand our cultural intelligence by appreciating the diversity and richness of human experience around the world.  As mythology is exposed, empathy can be substituted in our collective knowledge and attitudes towards those of other cultures. The promotion of Intercultural understanding is one of our goals.

"This evening we want to demonstrate how our students have responded to the challenge to know themselves and to express their ideas and emotions through art, music, speech or products.  We are celebrating those who can articulate, create and innovate. It is important, particularly in this school so heavily weighted towards mathematics and science, that there is a forum for oracy, an audience for recital and performance and appreciative appraisers of student products. We are proud to showcase the achievements of our students during the week of celebration of creativity.

"Illuminate is a very collaborative festival. It was made possible only due to the hard work and dedication of many staff members from the Visual Arts, music, industrial arts, drama and English staff at High. Thank you to Rebecca Dam, Paul Scrivener, Daniel Comben, Dat Huynh; Jenni May, Lynnea Stewart, Claire Reemst, Elianna Apostolides; Rita Miller; Michael Cinquetti, Joanne Curry, Xannon Shirley, Courtney Powell, and Teresa Tate-Britten. In particular, I want to thank Sarah Kim for her co-ordination and planning of the event.

Our thanks go also to Jim Crampton for his set-up assistance, Hieu Bui and the Sailing Committee for the catering, Matthew Cotton, Louise Graul, David Isaacs and James Rudd.  Thank you to Dimas Sanjoyo, Year 11, for his service as MC this evening.  I welcome you all here this evening and hope that you enjoy the displays and performances our boys have prepared."

Parent Information Evening – Year 10 Acceleration and MOOCs

Next Tuesday in the Great Hall (1800-1900) there will be a presentation on the availability of Subject Acceleration for qualifying students going into Year 10. We will also present our MOOCs Elective option for self-selected, self-managed online learning modules (aggregated indicative time of 120 hours) as a potential third elective option for Year 10 students in 2017. The proposed Elective will be restricted to a maximum of 20 places in 2018, supervised by Careers Adviser, Mr Cipolla. Access to special Electives is dependent upon the completion of an Independent Learning Plan and selection interview. There are also academic pre-qualifications for acceleration but for MOOCs technological proficiency, a strong interest in an area to investigate and research capability will be important.

Year 12 References Assembly

Year 12 boys attended the Great Hall at on Friday, 1 September to be briefed on the system of personal reference preparation. The type of information that is required and the sequencing of it in the document needed every boy to be there. References for many boys need to be finalised during the holidays and uploaded onto the UNSW Co-op Scholarship site, so it is important that the process has all relevant data available by the end of term. Any student who missed the meeting is responsible for liaising with the Principal to obtain a reference form and instructions.

Student Leave Requests – Reminder

Too many parents are ignoring or pleading ignorance about the school policy on Student Leave of Absence – Extended Leave Travel requests. This applies to leave that is five school days or more in duration. Parents are reminded that as a matter of policy leave will not be processed or approved unless four weeks’ notice has been given. Also, cogent reasons for travelling during school term need to be supplied. The effect of this decision is that all leave requests that involve the last four weeks of term must be lodged with me for approval by the end of week 6, each term. If you are planning to travel during the school term you need to download, complete and submit the form for my approval by the closing date. As it is now week 7, I am inclined to apply the rule quite strictly.

Support Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation - our Year 11 Project

I would like to offer you an amazing opportunity of winning one of five prizes to the exclusive Pre-Opening event of the newest 5 Star hotel in Sydney on Tuesday the 3rd October 2017. The Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour. The Foundation has been selected as one of 28 Charities to feature in this “First in a Millennium Event”.  We have 5 Rooms to give away to this exclusive event which includes: Overnight Accommodation in either a Luxury or Superior Room; early check in at 12 Noon; Complimentary Breakfast; and Exclusive Invitation to the Ballroom Event on the Night.

You will be the first to stay at Sydney’s Newest and most glamorous hotel. This pre-opening night event will be one of the most high profile events the City has seen. Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour is the first 5 star hotel to be built since the Sydney Olympics in 2000.

Raffle Tickets are on sale now! Just follow the link https://www.raffletix.com.au/?ref=kef5z for more information & to buy your Tickets on-line. Please note there are only 250 Tickets available so be in quick to have a chance of winning a room at this fantastic new Hotel and for this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Dr K A Jaggar

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