High Notes, Vol 19 No 35, November 09 2018

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From the Principal

High Talent

Timothy Hanna (8R) earned three awards at the STANSW Young Scientist Awards Presentation Night; 1st Place in Chemistry 7-8, 3rd Place in Biology 7-8 and the Broadcom Masters International Honourable Mention. He qualified as reserve on the team to attend the Broadcom Masters International Program in Phoenix Arizona next year. Great work, Tim! Kieran Guan (10R) competed in the 2018 Australian Open Short Track Speed Skating competition. Kieran took the challenge to skate up in the open age group, where he took 5th place in overall ranking. After his results in both training and competitions in this year, Kieran  has been selected for the national team to attend the 2019, junior world championship in Montreal, Canada in January 2019. A terrific effort Kieran! Aryan Jani (11F) was one of 30 out of 175 students from across NSW schools who were selected for the next round of the Constitutional Convention. The 30 selected students will head to Parliament House, Canberra, in March 2019. Well don, Aryan! Archie Fox (SHS-2018) has been awarded a NSW Schools blue for Rowing – quite an honour! Congratulations, Archie.

Year 11 – Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation Collection

Congratulations to the Year 11 students and Ms Luu, their Year Adviser, for collecting $9800 last Friday in extreme heat and blustery wind. Half as many students raised 44% more money than last year, indicating that including only students who want to participate is easier and more efficient all round. I know CEO Vince Del Zio was very pleased with the effort.

Scholarships Offered at High

SBHS offers only two scholarships/bursaries – the Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship and the Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation Scholarship. All enrolled or enrolling students are eligible to apply for the Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship. It is a one-year credit on the school account for $1,500. The Selection Criteria covers talented boys in an academic area or a co-curricular endeavour. Good all-rounders qualify as do students with special needs – financial or otherwise. There are many boys in the school, who would make good candidates for this award. I urge them to take the trouble to download and complete the application form. The Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation Inc Scholarship is a two-year award with a credit at the school account for $1,500 for each Year – 11 and 12. Only boys enrolled or enrolling in Year 11 are eligible to apply. The criteria for this scholarship are different. It has an emphasis on a prior record of service to others, to the school and / or the community. Boys with initiative, compassion, a record of school or community service and leadership skills are invited to apply.

Look for the details on the website www.sydneyboyshigh.com/scholarships. Do not assume that you are not worthy or eligible. Applications close on November 30.

Student Awards Scheme

The Student Award Scheme for points to be earned for this calendar year will close on Friday, November 30.  All students will have their points calculated as of this date. Check your points’ status on the Student Portal to see how close to an award you are so that you can make up the difference. If you see something missing, contact the MIC for the activity to make sure a text file is created and sent to Mr Dowdell. Year 11 Prefect Interns will have their final points calculated and must have qualified to continue as Interns by earning an award this year. Even if they have carry over points, they must earn 100 this year to stay as a Prefect Intern. The 2019 Scheme commences on December 1, 2018. Boys who are close to getting an award should fire up now. Look for service areas in parking, school working bees or volunteering to reach the threshold required.

Year 11 Reports

Too many students have not yet discussed their progress with me. Clearance Forms have been issued to all boys and they should be meeting their commitments. The students are deciding on their courses for the HSC and it is imperative that I speak to them all before Tuesday, November 27, the day of the first Year 12 HSC Assessment examinations. Please ask your son for his report and his plans for courses for 2019. Students need to start focussing on the important months of HSC learning ahead! As from the morning of November 27, strong negative consequences will have to be applied to force boys to comply with school policy. They will be considered not to have commenced Year 12 if they have not met their commitments for Year 11.
Dr K A Jaggar

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