High Notes, Vol 19 No 5, March 02 2018

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From the Principal

High Talent

Congratulations to Tim Hanna (8R) who won two prizes at the University of Wollongong presentation evening. He placed first in Year 7 (2017) in the Science category and also first in STEM (Year 7). Well done to Nikhilesh Belulkar (12M) whose video ‘Waterwheels’ was shown on The Feed on SBS. He designed a 40-litre container on wheels to ease the burden of water carriers in India who are overwhelmingly women and children. His social entrepreneurship is highly commendable. High competed this year at the NSW CHS rowing championships. Gold medals: Championship Men’s VIII (Trent, Ta, Ralph, Li, So, Merrick, Fox, Appleton, Su),  Championship Men’s coxed four (Merrick, fox, Le, Trent, Su), Championship Men’s pair (Fox, Merrick), U17 quad scull coxed (Ye, Wu, Je, Ta, Lim), U17 double scull (Henningham, Yoon), U16 quad scull coxed (Dimitriades, Nonis, Dar, Wong,  U15 double scull (Wong, Nonis), U15 quad scull coxed (Tsoutsman, Barrett, Smiles, Cheng, Lim), U15 single scull (Adrian Wong). Adrian Wong was also the Junior Men’s Champion of the regatta with three gold medals. Congratulations to all our competitors.

Sydney High School Foundation Inc:  Announcement: 28 February 2018

Sydney High School Foundation and the Sydney Boys High School Fundraising Committee announced today that Gavin Thomson, Director of Development for the Foundation, will not be continuing his role with the Foundation. The Foundation and the Committee wish to thank Gavin for his valuable contribution and dedication to the School. The Foundation will announce new personnel arrangements for the Foundation’s Development Office as soon as possible.

Weights Room

Memberships for the Weights Room have now closed. Thank you to the >200 boys who value this facility and have joined for 2018. Kurt Rich can now focus on the personal preparation, training and development of all members. Training session times to suit all members can now be allocated. Visits when space is available is unlimited throughout the year and extends to school holidays when the weights room is open but with varied hours of operation.

Early Bird Discounts Have Closed

Parents of students in Years 8-12 have had an opportunity to earn a substantial discount in return for paying all of the items listed in their letters. The scheme concluded at close of business on Wednesday 28 February. Discounts no longer apply. Thank you to so many parents who have supported the school fully in its efforts to provide high quality teaching, facilities, equipment and resources for everyone.

Tell Them From Me Survey

The Learning Bar works with the Department of Education in NSW to provide the TTFM survey, platform, training and helpdesk support to members in government schools across NSW who are taking part in the survey. Sydney Boys High School has signed up again for the upcoming first snapshot of the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) student survey, Monday 12 March – Friday 6 April. We are surveying Year 7 – 11 students.  Year 12 students have their own exit survey later in the year. This year we have added some extra questions about matters of interest to our school in particular.

We ask for your participation in the TTFM survey. Parents and students are reminded that this a voluntary survey and that logging on by students implies parental consent to engage in the survey. Information given is confidential and will not be used in any way that identifies a person or the school. The data from the TTFM reports have been useful for the school executive as sources of student and community voice on matters affecting experiences at or with SBHS. It helped us considerably during our external validation in 2016. Additional information for parents, including translated consent forms and parent FAQs, can also be found on the CESE website at: http://surveys.cese.nsw.gov.au/information-for-parents

The permission note for parents is on the parent’s portal. If you DO NOT want your son to be involved, please download and complete the form and send it to school with your son.

Students who participate will be rewarded with Student Award Scheme points. For students, the process is the same as for previous surveys

  1. Log into the Student Portal
  2. Click the “Student Survey 2018: Tell Them From Me” link in the Portal Services menu
  3. Click the “Access the Survey” button to start the survey

PEWCC Reporting Information

Students in Years 7 to 9 this year will have progress on selected dispositions assessed on a rubric. As parents, you will be able to compare where your son was rated in Year 7 with where he is rated in Year 9 on this range of skills. To help you interpret the school report more easily, we have published the rubrics in full on our website. Go to: www.sydneyboyshigh.com/curriculum/PEWCC reporting, for a full list of skill descriptors. Our challenge now is to develop useful assessment tasks in order to describe more accurately where your son stands in his development of these important life skills.
Dr K A Jaggar

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