High Notes, Vol 20 No 20, June 28 2019

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From the Principal

High Talent

Congratulations to Kent Gu, Si Yu Han and Samuel Yu who were selected to play in the combined GPS Volleyball team to play CAS.

Olympic Day Celebration

Anthony Vlatko (12F) was a member of the Australian Athletics Team at the Youth Olympic Games held last October in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He made the final of the 800m. At a special ceremony held in the Junior Library last Thursday, on behalf of the school, he was presented with an Olympic flag by an Olympian from the AOC, Rohan Chapman-Davies, a competitor in mogul skiing at the winter Olympic Games held at PyeongChang, South Korea last year. The ceremony was one of many held in schools to promote Olympic Day that was celebrated on Sunday 23 June. The first such day was held in 1948, at the instigation of the IOC President at the time. Its purpose is to promote the spirit of the Olympics in young people. The day celebrates getting active and living the Olympic values. For more information and a promotional video go to www.olympic.org/olympic-day. Thank you to Daniel Kowalski AOM, Olympian Services Manager, for organising the flag and liaising with Rohan to present it. My thanks go to Thomas Brcic (10F) who was MC for the event, James Walker (9M) for his photography and Ms Luu for her organisation.

Interpreting Year 11 Reports - Semester One

Year 11 parents should be aware that the information, upon which the first semester report marks are based, might be a measure of just one or two skill sets or a limited number of completed topics. Individual marks for courses supplied by teachers are recorded and run against an ATAR predictor program. All the raw marks are converted into scaled marks per unit. In the iterative scaling process, students’ marks in one course are compared against all the other students who completed the same course and against their performances in their other courses. The data we use are last year’s HSC results for High. We shape current data, in terms of means and standard deviations, against the previous year’s actual HSC data. The essential comparative assumption is that students will perform at around the same standard as a cohort this year, as they did last year. A scaled score out of 50 is calculated for each course on a one-unit basis. Any student missing a task or studying a course outside the school is given the average per unit of their other courses, instead of missing the values altogether. We use all 12 Preliminary Units to calculate our High ATAR estimate, for two reasons. First, we would like students to receive a realistic appraisal of their progress in state terms as well as relative to their peers at High. Second, we want them to know their relative performance in each of their courses. Students can use this data later in the year to make decisions about which courses to continue or terminate. Their choices are restricted, given that 12 Preliminary units can only be reduced to ten for the HSC or eight if an accelerant performed well.

Parent-Teacher Night Years 7 & 8

This week our parent-teacher evening for stage four students was very well attended. All appointments are scheduled between 1500 and 1900 – the period of time our teachers are available. Our program that allocates appointments was designed by professionals and has been tested in many school settings. It does its best to schedule as many interviews for parents as it can, within the constraints of the time that parents have indicated that they are available. Certain teachers, particularly in music, visual arts and design and technology, have multiple classes in Years 7 & 8 and so making time for all parents is very difficult. If parents have not been able to see all their sons’ teachers in person, but would like to make contact with them, telephone interviews or personal interviews may be arranged, depending on the availability of the teachers concerned. Call 96629300 and ask to leave a voice message for a teacher with whom you would like to make contact.

June 30 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 resources for them and services to them, they would really benefit from your financial support. There are only a couple of days left to make a difference in this financial year. I ask for your help to make High an even better place in which our students can learn and grow.
Dr K A Jaggar

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