High Notes, Vol 21 No 32, October 16 2020

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From the Principal

Welcome Back to Term 4

We will all have our fingers crossed for our HSC students until November 12. Let’s hope the pandemic doesn’t disrupt their learning any more this year. We all wish them the best of luck for next Tuesday and beyond. Year 9 are also sitting for examinations all next week. It will be the first big block of tests for them this year. I trust they are all revising well and practising problems and engaging closely with content and concepts. Due to demand for furniture for HSC examinations, Year 9 will be allowed study days on Tuesday and Wednesday next week, during their examination block.

High Talent

Our HSC students nominated for possible inclusion in ENCORE were: He-Shyan Balnave (11T), Andrew Gu (11F), Kent Gu (12F), Yung Kim (12T), Yeongmeng Li (11S), Kalaish Stanley (11T), Julian Waring (11R), Toby Wu (12R) and Alex Zhou (12F). Congratulations on your great practical results, boys! Exemplary bodies of work in Visual Arts for the HSC were nominated by teachers of the HSC this year. Prathik Subbanna (12S) has progressed to the nomination stage for ARTEXPRESS. Well done!  In the NSW Senior Business Studies 2020 ‘Plan Your Own Enterprise’ Competition (PYOE), Martin Lee (10E) achieved 3rd place in NSW Division 1. In the group entry, Saarthak Aggarwarl (10F), Jo Kawahashi (10E), Terence Lim (10F) and James Walker (10M), won third prize in Division 2. Great work lads! Well done to the media team and James Walker (10M) for his leadership. In the closing weeks of Term 3 they delivered the Virtual Tour, the Open Day live stream and the Year 12 Farewell Assembly live stream. Both have had > 2,000 views.  My thanks go to them and their teacher mentors, Ms Kim, Ms Stewart and Ms Chan.

Staff Changes

After an open merit selection process, Dr. Lynda Pinnington-Wilson was appointed as the new Deputy Principal, Senior School, replacing Mr Dowdell (SHS 1996-2021) who has unselfishly relinquished his position and separated from the Department of Education in order for us to be able to fill his position this term and be ready to start next year with the new Deputy in Place. His last day of service will be on May 5, 2021.  Dr Pinnington-Wilson holds a B.Ed. (Edith Cowan), B.A Hons. (University of Wollongong), B.A. (Oxford), Master of Educational Leadership (U.W.S.) and Ed.D. (USyd). A former English Head Teacher (Ambarvale & Hurlstone) and Curriculum Consultant, Lynda served as Deputy Principal at Hurlstone (2009-12) and Tempe (2013-16, 2019). She was an Early Career Teacher Consultant, CEO Leadership Professional Practice and is currently PEO Rural and Remote Education Program. Lynda brings a high level of experience as a successful teacher, school leader, teacher-educator and state-wide program co-ordinator. She will commence duty on January 27, 2021. I look forward to welcoming her to the Senior Executive team.

Year 12 References

The largest ever first batch of Year 12 references was processed during the holidays and around 50 uploaded into Co-op Scholarship applications. I want to thank the team who produced the references – Yasmin Ilic, Bob Dowdell and Jamie Kay on the data entry, collation and curation of over 200 references. This year the process was smoother than ever and the cooperation level from the students was very high. Importantly, over 600 individual reference sheets were completed by 70 + staff – a great effort and a really quick turn-around. Thank you to everyone who contributed and especially to those who made personal comments about the character of the students they were assessing. It added depth, uniqueness and personality to the content of the references. It made my job a lot easier as the writer. Thank you to Brooke Ashton for the proof reading and printing of the references one at a time – due to the variety of font sizes.

Capital Works During The Holidays

Thanks to James Rudd, David Isaacs and John Prorellis, the telephone system for the school was renewed and integrated with the Governors Centre and SGHS. This project was financed by DoE. Rooms 102-108 and 901 were fitted out with smart short-throw projectors and whiteboards and Vivi systems. David and James were at the centre of the management of those works. I would like to acknowledge the additional funds supplied by the SHSFBF to finance the work. Your contributions to our Building Fund have made this very significant upgrade in services for students possible.
Dr K A Jaggar

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