High Notes, Vol 18 No 33, October 27 2017

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From the Principal

High Talent

At the NSWFA Sydney Olympic Cup U13 fencing competition over the weekend. Yu Ming Lee (7T) won Gold in the U13 Sabre category! Congratulations, Yu Ming!

PAWS (People and Animal Welfare)

Twenty students gave up their Sunday to volunteer with a variety of charities at the Cruelty Free Festival last weekend. PAWS had a stall there to teach young people about animal issues. The boys spoke passionately and eloquently about animal cruelty issues, gave out the flyers they'd made (which were incredibly well written and looked very professional) and inspired people from primary school age to uni to students. Their efforts received praise and endorsement from Lee Rhiannon. Over 6000 people attended this event. All of the boys involved deserve congratulating but in particular: Indigo Urbina (10S), Dinan Pingamage (10T), Dylan Chen (10R), Aryan Jani (10F) and Arshad Mohammed (10F). Congratulations, boys! Thank you to Ms Hazel Stephens for giving up her Sunday to support this group of caring boys.

United Nations Day

United Nations Day is observed in Australia on 24 October each year to commemorate the coming into force of the United Nations Charter in 1945. The Charter was signed on the 26 June 1945 at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on IUnited Nations Daynternational Organization and came into force on 24 October, 1945. The statute of the International court of Justice (now centred at The Hague) was an integral component of the Charter. The gathered nations determined: to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war…; to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights…; to establish conditions under which justice and respect for obligations…can be maintained; and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.

As we celebrate the vision of those who wanted to eradicate World War, establish international justice and help humanity to live a better life, we need to recognise that for all its flaws, this regulatory body has maintained world peace for 72 years and avoided a catastrophic nuclear imbroglio. Wars between nations have occurred of course, but the United Nations has played a significant role in keeping democracy safe in the world.

Summer Sport Co-payments: Term 4

The rolls for summer sports and activities have now been finalised. In many activities co-payments are levied for the season – in this case Term 4 2017 and term 1, 2018. Other sports have a policy of fixing co-payments on a term-by-term basis. In either case, invoices have now been posted. For years 7-10 this means that the summer invoice will be included on individual Clearance Forms. These will need to be cleared prior to boys receiving their reports. The base co-payment for sport for a season is $156 for 2017-18, as adjusted for on costs. Higher charges are levied by individual sports as a result of resolutions passed by the Associations or P & C Sub-Committees responsible for supporting particular sports. Year 11 boys have been invoiced very recently for term 4 or their full summer sport, too. It would help the MICs for these sports greatly if families could pay for their sports in the next 21 days.


From early next week, Year 11 boys will be discussing their progress with me. They will have to have their Clearance Forms signed off if they require one. They will also be finalising their course selections for the for HSC year. Some decisions are dependent upon qualification for a particular course, for example – mathematics extension 2, English extension 1 & 2 or physics and chemistry. Others, like for subject accelerants, might depend on the strength of their HSC results. As a consequence, not everyone will be ready for HSC study in all courses. Students are advised not to discontinue their attendance, nor to stop completing set work in courses until they are certain that their planned suite of courses has actually been approved. Students acting on assumptions may well be disappointed and then have to catch up on missed work.
Dr K A Jaggar

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