High Notes, Vol 21 No 25, August 14 2020

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From the Principal

School Improvement Plan 2021-2024

Our school is conducting a situational analysis as a first stage in the preparation of our School Improvement Plan 2021-2024. Next year, the school will be externally validated. This involves outside practitioners assessing our programs and processes against the School Excellence Framework. We are gathering evidence from many sources. Community consultation is one of our process features. The instrument we have used before is the Tell Them from Me survey. We have commissioned another parent survey for 2020. It would be very beneficial to our evidence gathering if there were a high response rate from our community. In the centrally designed and analysed survey, we are allowed to add some bespoke questions tailored to our setting. The survey is running from Monday 10 August until Friday 23 October. There is plainly no need to rush but we hope the wide window of opportunity will maximise the number of responses. To access the survey, go to https://sbhs.co/p20

Prefect Interns Elections Process

The Executive considered the list of potential candidates for the Prefect Internship. Students who have been nominated may be vetoed for a number of reasons. An important prerequisite for School Prefect is acceptable academic progress. That means estimated ATAR of 92 for students who started in Year 7 (calculated on 12 units) and 88 for those who joined the school later. Strong, ongoing participation in the Student Award Scheme is the next benchmark to be met. We expect School Prefects to be role models for participation. Each year they should earn at least 100 points (even if they are carrying over points). By the time the ballot nominations close all students nominated should have demonstrated to Mr Dowdell how they will earn their 100 points this year towards an award. Boys who already have Platinum Awards, have until the closing date of the Award Scheme for the year to complete their 100 points’ requirement. (For this year only, Student Award Scheme requirements were relaxed to be fair to all nominees. Summer and winter GPS sports participation is still a requirement.)

In addition, nominees can be vetoed for recent acts of misbehaviour at the discretion of the executive or because of attendance and punctuality or school uniform issues. Boys who have not maintained the academic standard but have been close to it (ie one ATAR point below 92 or 88, depending on year of enrolment), have their ATAR estimates re-calculated using best case scenarios for 10 units. If they reach the standard then, their nominations will be accepted. A further investigation of academic standings occurs at the beginning of term 4. Prefect Interns who have slipped in their academic standings, may be placed on probation and given until their first Year 12 report to meet the standard required.  Ms Rigby is the Manager in Charge of School Prefects and is in charge of the nomination and voting process. The voting process has concluded, and the poll declared. The successful candidates were notified and asked to meet to elect their Executive as soon as practicable.

Prefect Interns 2020-2021

Congratulations to our 2020-21 leadership team. Jivan Naganathan – School Captain, Billy Nguyen -Vice Captain and Rhys Shariff – Senior Prefect. Prefect Interns elected: Matthew Awad, Arnav Bansal, Thomas Brcic, Dean Casarotto, Kevin Chen, William Cui,  Marcus Dimitriades, Sean Giang, Androsh Kandiah, Joshua Lau, William Lee, Yeongmeng Li, Jerry Lin, James Liu, Zachary Liu, Mihir Marathe, Auguste McNally, Ike Matsuoka, Justin Lee Nonis,Jack Nguyen, Arion  Sclavenitis, Kushal Sreedhar, Harry Wu,  Adrian Wong, Aaron Xu, Julian Zheng-Lin and Blair Zong. I trust this body of fine young men will maintain High Spirit through participation and lead by example in demonstrating the ethos of the School to all. Ms Rigby MIC School Prefects, will allocate roles to each Intern as part of the internship process. We expect our leaders to lead by doing…by being the role models we expect our aspiring leaders to emulate. I wish them all well on their journey.

The Co-Curricular Supervision Levy

In order for us to run a six-day school with after-hours activities for 15 sports, debating, music ensembles, cadets and chess, we need to provide a teacher/ MIC / manager for organisation of the activity and staff to provide supervision of students to meet our duty of care obligations. The DoE does not fund the extra training sessions and competitions on Friday evenings and Saturdays. Some parents are asking: ‘Why should I pay this co-curricular levy when I’m paying quite a lot in co-payments for a sport or activity for a season? The money raised from the levy is used to pay for the time that supervising teachers/MICs have to spend on the activity. Their duties include, but are not limited to: hiring and managing coaches; organising teams, fixtures and venues; buying and managing equipment; supervising coaches during training sessions; coordinating results recording / publishing; following up on attendance; awarding Student Award Scheme participation points in a text file; getting reports from sports captains; managing assemblies and dinners; as well as travelling and being there for competition fixtures on Friday nights or Saturdays. All these non-teaching duties take time for which personnel must have some compensation, by way of time, money or a combination of both.

In addition, the levy is used to pay for health and safety services and equipment. Physiotherapy services are provided at certain venues and at selected times at school in the winter season to assess injuries to students. Also, an extra allowance is given to the Head Teacher Sport to manage the overall sports program. The levy has to meet the cost of running athletics and swimming programs which are provided free of charge to all students. The levy does not cover the running costs of sports – coaches’ fees, venue hire, equipment, consumables. All these items must be funded through co-payments, parking receipts and school budget allocations.

To clarify why the levy is necessary and should be supported by all parents, I want to share with you the direct costs to the school of management, supervision and duty of care of sport and co-curricular activities. Staff members are remunerated by way of allowances (time free from face-to-face), or the period equivalent in money or a combination of the two. Non-teachers are paid the equivalent of the period allowance that would have been offered to teachers. The employment on costs of >18% are also paid by the school. The cost to the school for these services in 2020 will be $394,389 for sport, $155,155 for co-curricular and wellbeing and $153,140 for academic and administrative support.  This amounts to $581 per student. Please support the school in its attempt to deliver a plethora of co-curricular activities by contributing to the Co-Curricular Supervision levy each year.
Dr K A Jaggar

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