High Notes, Vol 20 No 1, February 01 2019

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From the Principal

Welcome to Term 1, 2019

On behalf of the wider school community at High, I extend a warm welcome to all new staff members, students and parents commencing with us in 2019. Where we are heading and what we are trying to achieve (2018-2020) are outlined in the updated Principal’s Message on the website http://www.sydneyboyshigh.com Navigate to ‘About’/ Introduction/ Principal’s Message 2018-20. 

Staff Changes

Ms Rachel Powell has been appointed Principal of James Ruse Agricultural High school. On behalf of the wider school community I extend to her our congratulations. Rachel had a transformative impact on our school in her years as HT History and Deputy Principal and MIC Debating. Her principal contributions were in formative assessment, collaborative professional learning, professional development plans, lesson observations, dispositional teaching, student orientation and transition, social justice and gender equality, indigenous education and inclusivity. Learning spaces for students were re-imagined under her leadership. In debating, a state level CHS or GPS trophy was claimed every year she managed the program, which grew to > 200 student participants. I admired her courage and the manner in which she cared enough to confront people about their professional and personal behaviour. She will thrive in the Principal’s role. Mr Peter Loizou is relieving Deputy Principal Junior School for term 1. Mr Tom Dolan is relieving HT Social Science for term 1.Pursuant to a School Council approved resolution, Mr John Prorellis has been appointed as casual Deputy Principal Administration for 2019. Ms Julie Eggleton is relieving HT English for 2019 as Mr Cinquetti is on leave. Our best wishes are extended to our long serving and much-admired teacher, Mr Mark Gainford, who is recovering in hospital after major surgery involving an amputation of his leg. Ms Hyminn Chan is his replacement for term 1. John James is relieving in mathematics for various leave vacancies. Jeremy Ohlback returns to the English faculty, replacing Sherrin Ayre, who is on leave. 

High Talent

News from the end of 2018. Lingyu Wong (SHS-2018) had his HSC Music Extension Composition nominated for ENCORE. Our first XI cricket team won the Sydney East final in the Davidson Shield Knockout Competition.

Our school was awarded the Kippax Cup as champion boys’ school in CHS athletics. Great effort boys! Eoin Fitzgerald and Kwabena Brefo were selected in the U18 NSW metropolitan basketball team. Congratulations boys!

Holidays Properties Changes

Over the Christmas holiday period a tremendous amount of painting work has been completed by contractors for the Department of Education. I am very pleased that the original 1928 building, the Great Hall and the 1963 Killip Wing have been painted internally for the first time since I was appointed Principal at High. I addition, staff offices, classrooms and the administration corridor have been completed. The cloisters and outside of the Great Hall will be finished in the next couple of weeks. This major financial commitment by DoE, along with the 2018 recarpeting project, has given the school a real facelift, making it much like its original appearance. The huge investment in our school is very much appreciated by the wider school community.

Weights Room for 2019

High’s weights room offers exceptional value for money. The room has appropriate equipment for preparing the bodies of teenage boys and crucially, it is constantly supervised. When handling weights, technique is vitally important and boys need to learn the correct way to lift. Kurt Rich, our Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, is a well-credentialed and experienced trainer. His presence ensures that the boys are training safely and sensibly. So as well as getting gym facilities, clients have a supervisor and adviser to help them during their unlimited visits. The Weights Room operates much more effectively if all boys get their training in how to use the various pieces of equipment and in proper lifting technique, as soon as possible. Kurt Rich provides this service at the beginning of each year and can tailor individual programs for members after the introductory sessions. Having a fixed clientele makes his job more productive and leads to a better training experience for members and better strength outcomes for participants. Hence, we decided to close off memberships by the end of February each year. Boys who have not paid by that time can no longer attend the weights room.

Costs for this service are held down to a minimum and reduced by boys taking out a full year’s membership. For 2019, a full year Weights Room membership costs just $252. Boys wishing to have full year membership must register and pay by Thursday, February 28, 2019. There will be no extensions of time nor another window of opportunity later in the year if you forget to pay on time.

Early Bird Discounts

In order to help all areas of the school we offer a substantial discount to parents who pay all their invoices in full before Thursday, February, 28. It is not only a great demonstration by them of their commitment to the ethos of the school but also it’s an encouragement for others to follow their lead and it helps to create a critical mass of financial support for our programs. The annual cash contribution by the DOE finances less than one quarter of our programs at High. The rest comes from the support of parents and the efforts made by School Family volunteers, helping in fund raising. Having substantial funds early in the year allows us to make sure that capital works are completed in the holidays, orders are made promptly and that the boys get the maximum benefit out of equipment and services deployed for them this year.  Quality services, extra staff and high standards come at a high price. A very large number of parents see the package as value for money and contribute in full.

The discounts for 2019 are- Junior school $200 and Senior School $205. The early bird discount is available for students who were invoiced in December, 2018 or later and doesn’t apply to students who were invoiced in October, 2018 and subsequently came to Orientation Day in November and had the opportunity to pay everything on the day and obtain the discount.  Year 7, 9 or 11 boys who were not made offers before Orientation Day are eligible for the discount. Students in Years 8-12 have the chance to make a saving by paying in full by Thursday 28 February.
Dr K A Jaggar

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