High Notes, Vol 19 No 15, May 25 2018

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From the Principal

High Talent

Congratulations to ‘Dog day Afternoon’ (Bill Wong of 10M) for his first place in NSW and the nation and in the recent ASX Schools Share Market Game 1. He wins $1000. Second place in NSW and in Australia, went to ‘Sultans of Swing’ (Tim Wan of 11T). He wins $500. Great results, boys! Well done to Old boy Craig Moller who was selected as an Australian Team member for the upcoming China tour. Congratulations to Ricky Pachon (SHS-2016) who will represent Australia in the Brazilian Jiu-jitsu World championship in California.

Interpreting Year 9 Reports – Semester 1

All Year 9 boys should now have their reports. Parents should be aware that students have fewer compulsory subjects in Year 9: English, mathematics, science, history, geography and PDHPE. They have added two electives to the core group. The cut-off points’ standard for Year 9 is 24 (or 8 subjects at credit). Parents are cautioned that large fluctuations in points earned and rankings in the cohort can be caused by a few marks more or less at the cut-off scores for HDs, Ds or credits. Sometimes boys underperformed last year in subjects they knew they did not have to continue. This would cause a recovery in their rank this year if they tried harder in the subjects they chose. Conversely, the additional challenge of stage 5 work or a mistaken elective choice, could impact on a student’s ranking negatively, particularly if he were good at the practical subjects in Year 8. In Year 9 students are expected to be developing some autonomy. They should be responsible for managing their personal workload and thinking ahead about what commitments they have in the near future. Ask to look at their personal organiser – electronic or paper, to see how well they are managing their time.

Governors Centre Ltd

The Governors Centre Ltd is a company limited by guarantee that acts as the joint legal entity in the negotiations between DoE and SBHS & SGHS. The Board met this week to draft its agreed response to the DoE’s proposal regarding the funding, construction and operation of the Governors Centre. In the agreed Term Sheet, the Company sets out responses to the DoE proposal in relation to: the parties, the funding, the use of the building, the exclusive access by the schools, the scope of School Requirements, a proposed Joint Use Agreement between the schools for the operation of the building and an agreement with GCL for use of spare capacity, such as during school holidays. There will be a further period of negotiation before a final agreement is reached with DoE, but this agreement allows us to turn our focus towards operational matters. A working group, comprising the Deputy Principals from both schools, will work out the details of the Joint Use Agreement, including matters such as: each school’s requirements, centred around calendars produced by each school; external use by public schools; external hire; parking and traffic control; administration of income and expenditure; equipment and technology needs and maintenance; cleaning arrangements, booking system; security; compensatory use by SGHS of SBHS tennis courts; and a dispute resolution process. There is much to do to work out how to share this great new asset when it is built.

Major Bequest

John Fraser (SHS-1933) lived 100 years. He was a rifle shooter at school with Sir Roden Cutler. He re-engaged with the school about 12 years ago. He came to school functions and to the GPS Rifle Shooting at Hornsby. He was a guest at our rifle committee lunches. He was a spiritual person. He believed that ethics, morality and upright behaviour ought to be more important to us as a society. He thought the study of religions would help us to be more tolerant of each other. He sponsored prizes in perpetuity for Studies of Religion I and II. He had frequent contact with the school and with Cathy Meaney (MIC Rifle Shooting). As he declined in health, she visited him in his nursing home and kept him up to date with our great successes in his sport in recent years. He was a donor to the Governors Centre appeal. He believed the building would do a great deal to boost the arts and Humanities at High and would act as a catalyst for closer relationships with SGHS. We honoured John a few years ago at a school Presentation Night with a special trophy as he joined our very select group of Living Legends. His picture hangs next to the reception window at the main office. Each year he sent a cheque for at least $200 to assist with the rifle program.

In his will, John bequeathed to the school the residual of his estate. We recently banked >$350,000 as proceeds of the sale of shares and other securities. John’s legacy has given our fundraising for the Governors Centre a big boost. I will always remember his immaculate hand writing and precise instructions about how to disburse donations he made. He really wanted the project to go ahead. He exhorted other Old Boys to support it. He showed the strength of his conviction in the size of his bequest. We will always honour his grand gesture.

We still need funds for the fit-out of the Centre, once it is constructed. Delays have meant cost escalations, so we need to keep on directing donations towards the project. I think John’s example is uplifting. He believed in doing something very significant for his old school just because it would be able to keep giving to generations of other boys what he gained – challenge, camaraderie and boundless opportunity. Valé John.
Dr K A Jaggar

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