High Notes, Vol 19 No 27, August 31 2018

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From the Principal

High Talent

Congratulations to Guy Suttner (12T) for his first place in the National Economics Competition. For the highest score in Australia he receives a $400 prize! Matthew Le (11R) earned the highest score in NSW for the Australian Business Studies Competition and a $100 prize. Henry Thi (12F) was confirmed as the National Senior Winner (Business Studies) with a $400 prize, with Aland Goran (12F) as NSW Senior Winner (Business Studies) with $100 prize.Twelve other entrants from High won $50 prizes in the competitions this year. Great work, boys! In the Australian Geography Competition, High was ranked second in Australia. Equal first in Australia were: Felix Yi (7F), Rayan Haque (8S) and Mitchell Liu (10R). Wonderful results! Eric Holmstrom (11T) and Kane Shields (8R) qualified to run in the National Cross Country Championships – a terrific achievement! Eoin Fitzgerald (10R) represented NSW in the U16s National Basketball Championships. Well done, Eoin!

Caught Doing The Right Thing

A Swans fan who attended the Swans game on Saturday and parked here at SBHS, spoke very highly about the boys attending to the parking – they were happy, polite, helpful and courteous. It is gratifying to know that our boys behave so well even when no one is watching. You are a credit to yourselves and your families, boys!


Our important annual exhibition of student achievement opens next Monday at 6:30pm in the Great Hall. I invite our wider school community to support our students on the evening as they show how they articulate, create and innovate. It’s that time of year when HSC major projects have to be submitted for marking. The evening consists of projects and performances from our Year 12 students in design and technology, software design, visual arts, drama and music. The exhibition opens at 5:30pm ahead of the performances later in the evening. The P & C is providing refreshments. It is a worthwhile experience for parents to see what standard of work is expected if they have a son interested in studying these courses in stage 6. It is beneficial for students in stage 5 to be exposed to the products of our stage 6 students. Express your interest by logging on to https://www.trybooking.com/WSEC. I hope to see many of you there!

Athletics Importance 

At High we believe in athletics because ability there is fundamental to capacity in other sports. For many years we have run speed and agility sessions on Monday afternoons and more recently a Friday morning Runners Club. We provide these services at no cost because we want to encourage improved health and fitness in our students. Our official GPS athletics season is short (4-5 weeks) and free. Once again, our policy is to provide venues, coaching, training and supervision free of charge, to encourage participation. Our seasonal investment for these services exceeds $50k.

It is an honour to represent your school at any sport but particularly athletics, because anyone can run and jump. Hence, the competition in this sport is truly state wide. High competes in both the CHS carnivals midweek and the GPS carnivals on Saturdays. The best thing is that our representatives get to compete as teams, not just as individuals. At CHS boys compete for points as a team for the Kippax Cup and at GPS for the Junior, Intermediate and Senior trophies. I expect all boys who are successful at our school athletics carnival to offer themselves for selection in CHS and GPS representative teams. I call upon all students to develop the athletic gifts they inherited and turn them into talented performances.

I am encouraged to see the great turnout of boys for athletics this year. There were scores of boys at Monday sprints this week. Keep up the great work

Winter Sports Reports

It is that time again when captains of teams write up reports for their season. It is important that this tradition is maintained and that as many reports as possible appear in The Record. Ms May, our editor, works exceptionally hard to produce a high quality compendium of the great things that occur during the year here at High. She cannot do her job unless you do yours. For the sake of your teammates and for your own slice of history, complete and submit your report on winter sport. If you have access to any good action shots of your team send them in also. Parents are asked to remind their sons to submit their reports if they captained a team in winter sport.
Dr K A Jaggar

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