High Notes, Vol 21 No 5, February 28 2020

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From the Principal

High Talent

At the Combined High Schools Rowing Championships held at SIRC last Friday, High won the Peter Bond Trophy for the overall point score. High crews won eight gold, eight silver and six bronze medals at the championships. Congratulations to the team, MIC & coaching coordinator George Barris and his coaches. The Destination Spatial Queensland (DSQ) and the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), held the 2019 Geospatial Information Competition. Year 9 entered with the brief of “using spatial technology to solve a local geographic issue”. Stan Tse (10E) and Joshua Chan’s (10T) project ‘Unemployment in Cabramatta’ has been declared the joint second place winner and will receive $200 ($100 each) and a certificate for their efforts. Ming Lee (10T) and Jarif Asad (10E) have also been recognised by the judges and been awarded Highly Commended for their work on ‘Conservation of Mangroves in Sydney’. Great work, boys!

Early bird discounts have closed

Parents of students in Years 8-12 have had an opportunity to earn a substantial discount in return for paying all of the items listed in their letters. The scheme concluded at close of business on Friday 28 February. Discounts no longer apply. Thank you to so many parents who have supported the school fully in its efforts to provide high quality facilities and resources for everyone.

Funds Held in Trust for the benefit of High boys

The Sydney High School Foundation holds funds in trust for the benefit of the school. The SHS Advancement Fund enables tax-deductible donations to be made for the purposes of school buildings, scholarships and student support by way of bursaries.

Audited accounts for the Foundation show that as of 31 January 2020 there were the following balances within the Advancement Fund: $115,927 for the Ethel Killip Memorial Fund; $126,114 for Prizes; $106,578 for the Phil Day Memorial Scholarship Fund; $63,637 for the Student Support Fund and $8,380 for the Mitchell Seow Memorial Prize. In total, SHSF manages $421,158 in funds for the school.

Usually, half of the interest earned on these funds is donated to the School for uses as determined by the Fund Deeds. However, due to a sustained period of very low interest rates, interest has been retained 2014-19, in the interests of maintaining the real capital value of the funds.

The Seow Fund is a specific prize commemorating the sudden death from unknown causes of a much-loved student who had just completed his HSC. The Student Support Fund supplements the DoE Student Equity Funds with direct financial help to students in necessitous circumstances. The Phil Day Memorial Fund finances an annual scholarship, worth $1,500, in memory of an Old Boy and long serving teacher, Head Teacher and Swimming MIC. The Prizes Fund helps to pay for some of the >$30,000 worth of prizes awarded each year to students. The Ethel Killip Memorial Fund pays for the replacement and upkeep of honour boards, memorabilia of Old Boys, photographs on walls and the school artworks collection. The Ethel Killip Memorial Fund purchased >$35k (2014-19) of indigenous artworks for our Na Ngara collection in McDonald Wing.

We are always seeking donations for any of these fund purposes. If you would like to help, contact High’s Development Office on 96629330 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Weights Room

Memberships for the Weights Room have now closed. Thank you to the many boys who value this facility and have joined for 2020. Quite a few Year 7 students took advantage of our great introductory offer to join the weights room for their first year for just $150. Kurt Rich can now focus on the personal preparation, training and development of all members. From now on, training session times to suit all members can be allocated.Visits when space is available are unlimited throughout the year and extend to school holidays when the weights room is open but with reduced hours. The development and maintenance of core strength are enhanced through regular weights room programs.
Dr K A Jaggar

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