High Notes, Vol 18 No 40, December 15 2017

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From the Principal

End Term 4

As the academic year draws to a close I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all the great people who make High the strong learning community that it is. Our staff (teaching and non-teaching) work tirelessly to support our students. Our coaches and Old Boys give back selflessly to the culture that nurtured them. Our parents who serve on committees, who help out at the canteen or High Store, or who help with catering or car parking add noticeable value to the overall learning experience at High. Much of the load of our governance bodies is carried by hard working Old boys and parents, very often behind the scenes. Thank you to all who dedicate themselves to the cause of nurturing scholar sportsmen. This is our final edition of High Notes for 2017. I would like to thank all our contributors, editors Meredith Thomas and Dave Te Rata and proof reader Brooke Ashton for their work in getting this publication out on time each week

High Talent

Congratulations to our three first in course in the HSC students! Danny Yu (chemistry), Dibyendu Roy (engineering studies) and Kieren Shivakumaarun (physics).Great work, boys! Rowan Tan (8M) won a gold medal in the U14 Triple Jump (12.46m) at the Australian All Schools Track and field championship in Adelaide. Great job, Rowan! In the National Schools Volleyball Competition, every High team entered won a medal – an unprecedented result for High volleyball. The results pay tribute to the focussed junior development policy in the sport. Our results were: U15 Honours division – top two teams from each state and NZ – bronze medal; Year 11 – Division 1 – teams ranked 1-4 in each state – gold medal; U16 division 1 – silver medal; Year 12 Division 1 – bronze medal; and Year 7 – Division 2 – teams ranked 1-8 in each state - gold medal. Congratulations to Michael Kay and his team of coaches who trained and mentored the teams in this prestigious competition. Our annual pilgrimage to the National Schools basketball Competition resulted in a silver medal for our team in the U15 division. Well done, boys! Kieren Guan (9R) scooped the pool at the Australian Open Short Track Ice Racing Championship. He won gold at all distances in his age group (333m, 500m. 777m & 1,000m) as well as two relays – one in the age division above his own. Congratulations on a fine effort, Kieren! Well done to our first XI cricket team who finished 3rd in the Five Highs competition and have qualified for the final eight schools in state in the Davidson Shield Knockout competition.

Caught Doing The Right Thing

I was pleased to receive this email from a member of the public on Tuesday. “Today, while walking home from an appointment, I was approached by three very polite young men, who I later found out attend your school. They were collecting signatures and advocating for human rights with various cases of injustice being explained. Your students spoke with passion and conviction, as I asked many questions before agreeing to sign the petition. I was pleased to find out that these young men belong to a human rights activist group at your school and are so globally aware. Although I did not catch their names, they should be commended for their initiative and pleasing behaviour in the public eye. Also, to the staff who support them, well done.”  You know who you are boys. Keep doing the right thing when in public.

The Record

Our annual publication, The Record, was distributed to all staff and students this week. It is an impressive work, representing all the activities that our boys engage in during their time at school. There are many articles, speeches, group, landscape and individual photographs and student achievements contained in its pages. Ms Jenni May, our long serving editor , has again produced a remarkable document, from conception to distribution. I would like to extend the thanks of the wider school community to Jenni and her major contributors for such a professional standard demonstration of what a strong learning community can do. Mark Gainford and Taryn Evans worked hard on the captions. Daniel Cai took some compelling photographs. Other important people were: Bob Dowdell, Owen The, James Rudd, Ronald Luo, Oliver Gao and Raghav Ramanathan. A great team effort! Thank you to all concerned!

Collection of Reports

All boys should have collected their reports. Regrettably, there are still many boys who have not fulfilled their commitments and completed their Clearance Forms and booked an appointment time to see me to discuss their progress at school. This is an important step in our feedback loop and I insist on speaking to boys personally. Boys can come and get their reports before or after school and at lunch or recess on most days. There are also sheets provided for ‘Stragglers’ Reports’ for an hour or so on selected days. Boys just need to make an effort to comply with policy and come and see me. Once I have had a short feedback session with each boy, his report is loaded online against his personal file on Find a Student. Appointments can be made in the new school year before school, recess and at lunch (except Tuesdays). The benefits of my interactions with boys lessen if the discussion is too far removed from the assessment events being discussed.
Dr K A Jaggar

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