High Notes, Vol 21 No 22, July 24 2020

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From the Principal

Welcome Back To Term 3

I trust everyone managed some relaxation and family time during the vacation period. We are still quite a time away from resuming a nearly normal school routine. Precautions will continue. More PPE will be made available to staff. Procedures will be modified to avoid non-staff contact with our students. We welcome John James into the Mathematics Faculty, replacing Taryn Evans who was appointed to Caringbah High from the beginning of this term. Taryn made a significant contribution to curriculum, co-curricular activities and school administration in her decade and a half at High teaching mathematics.

High Talent

Well done to our target rifle shooting teams who completed competition this week. Jackie Wu, Emmett Kim-Narushima, Tom Liu and Cameron Young won the All Schools competition held during the holidays. This week, Shore school broke all-time records on their way to the GPS Premiership. High was runner-up in the Rawson Cup and third in the second-grade competition. Congratulations to Jackie, Emmett and Cameron who were selected in the Combined GPS Rifle Shooting Team. Thank you to MIC Daniel Comben and his team of coaches. With six shooters returning next year, we are in a re-building phase in the program. As always, High is indebted to Sam Kremer for his many days of volunteer service to our rifle shooters.

Capital Works During the Holidays

The Sydney High School Foundation Building Fund has supplied the funds for the next stage in the ongoing classroom technology upgrade, completed in the vacation at a cost exceeding $95k. Rooms 202-205, 207-209 and 801 have had the full upgrade – projection and writing whiteboards and smart projectors with control panel. In addition, ten rooms had their blinds replaced at a cost of $18k.The great support we get from parents in contributing to the tax-deductible fund enables us to undertake these major projects to improve the learning and teaching environment. The more time on task, the more outcomes that can be achieved.

Movement on School Grounds

The COVID-19 public health situation is still uncertain. Restriction of various kinds may be imposed and/or eased at various stages during term three. We are restricting our planning to the end of August at this stage. We appreciate that many parents, following the Minister for Transport’s advice, will want to drive their sons to school. During term two, we tried to help students and their parents by employing parking attendants from school funds to manage traffic movements on site. Deputy Principal Jamie Kay and Head Teacher Teaching and Learning, George Barris, were on site frequently to assist with the traffic flow. We sent SASS staff home early to ease congestion. We negotiated access to Moore Park to allow drop-offs near the light rail station. We painted traffic flow lines and limits on the driveways. Gradually, parents understood and followed directions.  The site was cleared within 25 minutes each afternoon. Mornings were a little slower as students arrived at varying times.

Such a high level of financial resourcing to assist traffic flow at two critical times each day is not sustainable indefinitely. For the beginning of term three, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, we will have two parking attendants on duty in the morning and afternoon to assist with traffic flow. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, we will have the attendants for mornings only. This service will be reviewed after two weeks.

On Tuesday afternoon, there will be no right turn from Cleveland Street into school grounds from 3:10 until 3:30. Congestion is worsened by cars trying to turn off Cleveland Street while cars are trying to turn right into it. Please enter via gate one with a left turn. From 3:10 cars entering Gate 1 will be directed to the Junior Quad until the bus lines clear at 3:25 and then exit will be available via Cutler Drive Gate 10. The cars gathered on The Flat will have priority exit from Gate 2 from 3:10 until 3:30.

GPS Sport Resumption

Fixtures for football and rugby have been organised for this Saturday. Mr Prorellis has made up 12 COVID cleaning packs for Mr Marcos to use at our venues. Each pack consists of a portable flexible bucket, hand sanitiser, methylated spirits, spray bottle, wipes and a non-touch thermometer. We want to be able to manage hygiene safety at our grounds. It is important that equipment to be used in fixtures is wiped clean before the games begin. There is a ‘drop and go’ policy in place to avoid spectators at the games. We aim to minimise non-student interactions. Your cooperation in adhering to the policy is requested. MICs have to follow the published AAGPS policy for the safety of everyone.
Dr K A Jaggar

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