High Notes, Vol 20 No 27, August 30 2019

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From the Principal

High Talent

Eric Holmstrom (12T) and Kane Shields (9R) were selected into the NSW All Schools cross-country team that competed at the Australian Cross Country Championships held last week. Andrew Smallbone (10T), William Winter (11E) and Gabriel Booth (10M) appeared alongside drama teacher Courtney Powell in performances of ‘Three Weeks in Spring’, an Australian musical depicting the legend of Simpson and his donkey helping the wounded in the doomed assault on the Gallipoli Peninsula in World War 1. Well done to all. High fencers enjoyed success at the Senior National School Championships last weekend. Yu Ming Lee (9T) won Bronze in the Individual Senior Sabre Competition and teamed with Aman Arshad Mohamed (12F), Henry Guo (10E) and Adrian Leong (11F), to win gold in the Senior Sabre Teams competition. In the Senior Epée Teams Competition, Kevin Fernando (10T), Matthew Pellen and William Chen (11R) and Lachlan Ho (11T) won a silver medal. Congratulations to all competitors. Alex Yeung (11S) and Adam Masen (11E) won the NSW Schoolboys Shield Table Tennis competition. Great job boys!

Tell Them From Me Survey

The School and The Learning Bar support team are looking forward to working with our school community this semester, to maximise the opportunity to collect feedback from our stakeholders using the TTFM surveys. Important information and updates for preparation and implementation of the surveys will be communicated during the next two weeks. The upcoming survey window is open from 26 August and will remain accessible until 25 October. You can complete a survey at any time during this window. Over recent years we have built up a data base of staff and parent opinions about various aspects of school life. We appreciate the feedback – both positive and negative – as it helps us with our forward planning in our search for continual improvement. Information given is confidential and will not be used in any way that identifies a person or the school. Additional information for parents, including parent FAQs, can also be found on the CESE website at: http://surveys.cese.nsw.gov.au/information-for-parents. I urge as many parents to participate as possible. Parent voice is very important to us at High.

To have your say about our school go to https://sbhs.co/p19

Library Use by Our Junior Students

On average, each time the Junior Library is open at break times (c400 times a year) – recess or lunch – 75 students use the facility. Library staff keep statistics on what students do in the library. About one third of the library visits are for the purposes of using BYOD to complete assigned tasks, or perform research or do online reading. They model diligence and conscientious behaviour. Focussed activities – reading, writing, playing chess – account for more than one sixth of the activities. Around the same percentage of students use their mobile phones. They use them to google, send emails or engage in social media. Staff screen out boys just playing games. If they persist, they are asked to leave the library. The Junior Library has had new blinds installed and has been repainted. The book and article collection is being refreshed constantly to align with student needs and interests. Both of our libraries are maintained well due in no small measure to the great financial support our families continue to provide the school through their contributions to the tax deductible Library Fund.

Illuminate Festival

Our important annual exhibition of student achievement, Illuminate, commences next Monday in the Great Hall. The exhibition opens at 5:30pm ahead of the official opening at 7pm and performances later in the evening. The Festival will run until Thursday, September 5.  I invite our wider school community to support our students on the evening as they show how they articulate, create and innovate. It is the time of year when HSC major projects have to be submitted for marking. The evening consists of displays of projects and performances from our Year 12 students in design and technology, software design, visual arts, drama and music. There will be a food truck on site. It is a worthwhile experience for parents to see what standard of work is expected, if they have a son interested in studying these courses in stage 6. It is beneficial for students in stage 5 to be exposed to the products of our stage 6 students. The Illuminate Festival is the culmination of months of collaborative work from an inter-faculty team headed up by Sarah Kim (Music) who has put in a great deal of effort. I want to thank Sarah and her team, comprising, from Creative Arts (Jenni May, Lynnea Stewart, Rita Miller, Suzanna Lim), from English / Drama (Julie Eggleton, Paul Wright, Courtney Powell) and from Industrial Arts (Rebecca Dam, Paul Scrivener, Daniel Comben and Dat Huynh).
Dr K A Jaggar

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