High Notes, Vol 18 No 28, September 08 2017

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From the Principal

High Talent

Congratulations to Stephen Young (12R) tennis and Joshua Lam (9F) table tennis, were awarded grants of $500 each for national level sports representation in a Local Sporting Champions Grant. Federal MP for Kingsford Smith, the Honourable Matt Thistlethwaite, made the presentation. Well done to our U15s basketball team who became Sydney East CHS Champions after finishing the tournament undefeated. Our first grade GPS debaters were confirmed as GPS Champions with a win against Shore last Friday night. Congratulations to our second grade team who finished the season as Co-Premiers: Patrick Han (12T) Justin Lai (11S) Guy Suttner (11T) and Symeon Ziegler (11M).Well done to Thomas Schanzer who was a finalist in the Latin reading competition conducted by the Classical Association of NSW. Highly Commended Certificates were earned by Jamie Nguyen and Edward Heaney. Congratulations, boys!

Open Day

Our annual Open Day was held this week. Louise Graul coordinates all the stalls, activities, volunteers and promotional material packed into 350 High shoulder bags. We had so many visitors that we ran out of bags. Our thanks go to Louise and her team; and to all the teachers, coaches, parents, Old Boys and student volunteers who participated in the activities that showcase our school. Thank you to the P & C for the refreshments and to all our performers who entertained our visitors. Our aim for the morning is to show visitors the school in operation. The format included an assembly to listen to information about High from the MC, Dharmesh, and the School Captain, Hugh, followed by a presentation by the Principal and a Q & A with the audience. Visitors were then invited to attend classes in many different subjects in lots of locations around the school. Other groups were taken on a school tour. Clubs and group displays, musical performance and morning tea by the P & C. Sports displays were held in the gym. It was a very well presented and successful event held in uplifting weather. Congratulations to all involved.

Subject Acceleration and Online Learning

More than 160 students and parents attended the Subject Acceleration Information Evening held last Tuesday in the Great Hall. The rationale for and current context of the subject acceleration program at High was presented and how boys qualify to access the intervention. A special Year 10 Elective offering for an Online Learning Option was explained. This involves boys completing 120 hours of online courses which provide a certificate of completion. For any other interested students and parents, the power point presentations are now up on the school website at www.sydneyboyshigh.com/curriculum.

Support Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation

The Foundation needs your help to buy another Vehicle in order to continue to grow and expand and more importantly meet the overwhelming demand we are now experiencing for our unique “Pick Me Up” service. We are hoping to raise $25,000 through a unique Raffle opportunity that has been given to us by Sofitel Sydney and Developer Jerry Swartz. They have given us 5 Rooms for us to Raffle and stay at the grand opening night of this brand new 5 star Hotel on the 3rd October 2017. Included also in the prize is an Invite to the exclusive VIP Ballroom event on the evening. We have limited the number of Tickets to Raffle to only 250 @$100.00 each so your chances to win are high. For more information about the event and how to buy Tickets please go to our website www.sirroden.org.au or alternatively click on the following link: https://www.raffletix.com.au/?ref=kef5z .

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 survey window is now open and will remain accessible until 13 October. You can complete a survey at any time during this window. We appreciate the feedback – both positive and negative – as it helps us with our forward planning in our search for continual improvement. Information given is confidential and will not be used in any way that identifies a person or the school. Additional information for parents, including parent FAQs, can also be found on the CESE website at: http://surveys.cese.nsw.gov.au/information-for-parents. I urge as many parents to participate as possible. Parent voice is very important to us at High.

To have your say about our school go to https://sbhs.co/pil17
Dr K A Jaggar

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