High Notes, Vol 20 No 19, June 21 2019

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From the Principal

High Talent

Well done to Auguste McNally, Andrew Smallbone, Harry Wu and Anson Chan who defeated SGHS to win the Year 10 FED debating final last Friday. Thank you to their coach, Hugh Bartley.

Student Leadership Assembly

At the end of last month, we held our student leadership assembly. This used to be an assembly just for the investiture of School Prefects who had successfully completed their Prefect Internship. The ceremony includes Prefects receiving their Prefects badges from the Principal and signing the official Prefect’s Register that has been held in the Headmaster’s Office since 1955 and contains the names, signatures and group photographs of every Prefect body since. In recent years we have expanded the recognition of student leadership to include the Student Representative Council, the Community Services Committee, the Equality Committee and the Environment Committee. There are many students who are showing initiative, drive and commitment in their chosen areas of endeavour. On your behalf, I would like to recognise and acknowledge all of them for their contributions. This year, the students have been ably led by Varun Narayanan as School Captain, Marcus Borscz as Vice Captain and Ryan Jepson as Senior Prefect. I applaud the student Executive on their work. My speech to the assembly is reprinted below:

"Good morning to our student leaders, staff and to those students interested in leading in the future. Welcome to our student leadership assembly. At High, we have many opportunities for students to show leadership. The modern idea of leadership does not focus upon positions with defined roles, but on influence and effectiveness. Leaders are judged on whether or not they have implemented or changed things. Did their leadership make a difference?

"Most leaders are attracted to leadership roles because they feel they can make a difference.  Franklin Delano Roosevelt is considered a great American President because he acted to alleviate the worst effects of the Great Depression. He mobilised the resources of the state for social good. Other leaders, like Stalin, modernised Russia by making great gains in the steel industry. He made a difference but caused an immense amount of suffering at the same time. So, leadership is more than having a position of influence and getting things done; it’s also about the way leaders accomplish what they do. Do they bring people with them by building a shared vision or by ruthlessly exploiting available power?

"Churchill was considered a great wartime leader due to his great oratory skills and unswerving self-confidence. Stalin was an effective leader because he was a good listener but quite a boring speaker. His determination and willingness to do whatever it takes were legendary. Roosevelt was a great leader because he was able to build consensus around his vision for the New Deal to drag the USA out of a crippling depression. Leaders use force or flattery and all strategies in between to accomplish their ends. The personality of leaders is often a key to their success or failure.

"As student leaders, we expect you to understand your duties clearly and to carry them out ethically and faithfully.  You are in a learning phase about leadership. Schools can be good places to train and build up your knowledge about what works and doesn’t work. Nearly always, leadership involves compromise. Learn how to compromise within a framework of action governed by moral principles. If you ask yourself whether a course of action is the right thing to do, your honest answer will be your best guide.

"Thank you to all the students who have served our school in various capacities this year. We really appreciate that it takes courage to put your name forward for a role and even more courage to carry it out well. Congratulations to you all."

Cars Travelling On School Grounds

Parents and visitors to the school are reminded that they must travel at a safe speed (10KMphr) whilst in the school grounds. When entering from Cleveland Street by Gate 2 they should park rear to the buildings or tennis courts. Parents are asked NOT to travel up Cutler Drive in the mornings. Staff use that driveway from the east. The designated area for drop off is between gates 1 and 2. Parents and visitors should avoid using the Anzac Parade entrances to drop off their sons. If they have to come that way they should come into the carpark before dropping off as halting in or near the gates blocks other traffic. They should then proceed to exit by gate 10. 

Three-point turns in the bus bay area at the end of the gymnasium have posed serious risks to students coming up from The Flat, walking beside the Great Hall and the buses or walking along the path next to the tennis courts and coming down the stairs. The bus bay area is not a drop-off point for students. Parents should drive in gate 1, drop off their sons and drive out gate 2, as per school policy. Please be vigilant in the interests of the safety of our boys!

June is EOFY Time

If you have intended to make a tax-deductible donation to our SHSF Building Fund or to the SBHS Library Fund or to the SHSF Advancement Fund, or to one of our ASF Projects but haven’t yet done so, I invite you to make that donation, as I have done, before the end of the financial year. There are so many great achievements coming from the boys in a diverse range of endeavours. In order to consolidate, maintain or improve our services to them, they would really benefit from your financial support. There is only one week left to make a difference in this financial year. I ask for your help to make High an even better place in which to learn and grow.
Dr K A Jaggar

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