High Notes, Vol 21 No 24, August 07 2020

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From the Principal

High Talent

The highlights of the AAGPS two-day carnival last weekend came in the Intermediate Division on Sunday, where Joshua Suto (10S) set AAGPS records in the 15 years long jump (6.62m) and the high jump (1.95m). He ran second in the 100m. Kane Shields (10R) won the U16 800m and placed second in the 1500m. Max Russell (9T) ran second in the U15 1500m championship. Justin Lee Nonis (11R) ran third in the U16 200m championship, with Caden Ma (10T) 3rd in the 110m hurdles. In the Junior   Division, the U13 4 x 100m relay team placed second and Dylan Dutt ran 3rd in the U13 90m hurdles. In the senior division, despite strong running by Rhys Shariff (11S) and Thomas Brcic (11F), High boys were unplaced in the events. Personal best performance should be our collective goal and that is all that can be asked of anyone. I was proud of the boys I saw competing on Saturday. I want to congratulate competitors in all events for their commitment to the cause and for the spirit they showed in representing themselves and their school in what is always a very high standard competition. Thank you to Mr Rich, Ms Luu and the coaches for the level of organisation, mentorship, enthusiasm and dedication to the athletics program, they delivered over the season. Congratulations to Avi Ahi (10E) on his selection in the A.W. Green Shield Junior cricket team.

Education Week – National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Children’s Day

During Education Week our focus is on how well we are preparing our students for the future. Tuesday 4 August is set aside to recognise and acknowledge ATSI children. The theme of the day this year is: ‘We are the Elders of tomorrow, hear our voice’. The aim of the day is to hold celebratory events and to explore means of upholding the rights of ATSI children and improving the quality of their lives. The issue of how to create a national structure to honour ATSI voice to inform legislation and regulation of aboriginal lives by governments is complicated. Options need to be canvassed in a bipartisan way in Canberra to make any progress towards an authentic voice for ATSI people in their own governance. Educated, aware ATSI children are the hope for the future of reconciliation and racial harmony in Australia.

HSC Trial Examinations

Our Trial HSC examinations take place next week, commencing with music and drama practicals on Monday. Encourage your sons to use the study day on Tuesday profitably, ahead of a hectic series of tests to follow, starting on Wednesday. The Trial examinations are quite high stakes, given that they comprise up to 30% of the final assessment mark in some courses. Students are advised to stick to a study routine involving changes of courses and rest breaks every 45-minutes. Our efficiency level drops off sharply after this length of time. It is important for students to get 8.25 hours of sleep each night to allow developing brains to process all the inputs of the day. It is important that every student meets his GPS sport obligations this week and next, during the Trials. Exercise helps us to process concepts and content, reduces anxiety and stress levels and re-energises us for the next round of study. I wish all Year 12 students the best of health and luck during their preparations and during the testing period to follow.

Full School Uniform Policy 

In surveys, High students were proud of the fact that boys wear their school uniform. The staff expect boys to be in their appropriate uniforms at all times. In winter, there can be extreme weather events but where adjustments need to be made in clothing, the High Store has responded to the requests from the SRC to supply approved supplementary items. Uniform items are approved by the school community through the P & C. The school beanie and school scarf can be worn at all times as part of the official school uniform. Students feeling the cold should not improvise with random items of clothing of various colours and designs. It is permissible to wear white skivvies, underneath school shirts when it is really cold. Students are allowed to wear sports clothing on sports days (Wednesdays for Years 10-12 and Thursdays for Years 7-9) and can add the school tracksuit for warmth.

When it is raining, umbrellas, disposable ponchos or the new school wet weather jacket are authorised. Non-uniform anoraks, jackets, caps, beanies, scarfs and wet weather gear are not permitted under any circumstances. It is important not to wear sports uniform on days when sport is not scheduled. Given that the school has tried hard to be flexible and adaptable in its policy on school uniform, compliance is expected from students. Teachers are reminded to ask students to remove items of clothing that are not school uniform and warn them about the need to comply with the school dress code. Explain the options they have available. Put students on detention if they re-offend. If the student still does not comply with school uniform, report recidivist students to the relevant DP, for persistent disobedience in their failure to wear approved school attire.
Dr K A Jaggar

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