High Notes, Vol 21 No 30, September 18 2020

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From the Principal

High Talent

Congratulations to winners in the Australian National Geography Competition: equal first in NSW for Year 7 went to Andrew Pye (7R) and Leo Zhuang (7M), and for Year 8, Eric Scholten (8R) and Daniel Nguyen (8M). Great job boys! Isaia Park (9F) has been awarded ‘Highly Commended’ by Shawn Seet (Film and Television Director and Editor), for his short film (500) Days of Isolation. This was a first film attempt in Year 9 film making. Well done! High teams won the NSWFA School Age Program Team Competition in the Intermediate Boys Sabre and Senior Boys Sabre division. Our Sabre program has held on to the gold for 7 years running with the amazing effort and support of Old Boy Coach Garry Huang (2005) and Coach Yoongi Shim.  SBHS Intermediate Sabre Team comprised Sungmin Choi (9S), Eric Hong (9F) and Samuel Hui (8T). Members of the SBHS Senior Sabre Team were Yu Ming Lee (10E), Henry Guo (11R), Oscar Shi (8S) and Jayden Ho (8M). Congratulations to the teams, coaches and MIC Dat Huynh. Congratulations to William Winter (12E) who was the winner of a 2020 Leadership Award from the University of Sydney.

Caught Doing the Right Thing

We received this email late last week from a commuter...“I just wanted to pass on something I saw from one of your students at the train station (Penshurst) this morning. Another passenger had dropped a coin down the station stairs, and a young student (wearing SBHS uniform) sitting on the ground nearby noticed, quickly took his ear phones out, and politely said- “excuse me, but I think you’ve dropped your money”. I thanked him but said it wasn’t mine. It was actually someone else’s who came over and collected it.  But I was impressed by his efforts. He easily could have ignored it, or possibly even helped himself to it. I’m actually a teacher at another school, and just wanted to acknowledge this good character.” This High boy exhibited the values of honesty and compassion. Thank you.

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. The survey window will remain accessible until Friday 23 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, but particularly this year as we are completing our situational analysis ahead of the working up of our 4-year School Improvement Plan.

To have your say about our school go to https://sbhs.co/p20

Parent Information Evening

This week Mr Dowdell explained the process of selection elective subjects for Year 9, 2021 at an evening zoom meeting. He also outlined how students in Year 10 could access the courses of their choice in Year 11, 2021 to a similar number in the second session. He pointed out the constraints that exist for qualifying in certain courses such as mathematics extension, physics and chemistry. For those who missed his presentation, the PDFs can be found at www.sydneyboyshigh.com/curriculum/subject-choices. Also, at that location are PDFs of Handbooks of Subject Choices for Years 9, 10 & 11. I urge parents to help their sons become fully informed about all the subjects and courses on offer at High. Additionally, students should look at the content of these courses on the NESA website, particularly in the sciences, so that they know what they are going to be studying in Years 11 and 12.
Dr K A Jaggar

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