High Notes, Vol 21 No 6, March 06 2020

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From the Principal

High Talent

Congratulations to David Goh (SHS-2019) on his UNSW Co-op Scholarship in Commerce Information Systems. At the GPS Swimming Carnival 2, High competitors had some success. Jasun Xu (8E) won the 4 years 50 metres backstroke in 34.78. Jaden Yi (9T) won the 15 years 50 metres breaststroke in 33.93. Jin Shim (7F) won the 13 years 50 metres freestyle (Division) as did Peter Zhao (9T) in the 14 years (Division). Other notable performances included Brian Ahn (8M) who claimed second place in the 50 metres and 200 metres breaststroke 14 years; Ike Matsuoka (11M) placed 2nd in the 17 + 200 metres butterfly; and Benjamin Marcellino (8R) was third in the 12-14 years 50 metres butterfly. Well done, lads!

2019 Budget Summary

The total income from DoE was $11,589,903. Total income from school and community sources was $10,410,844, including grants and contributions ($10,308,179), sale of goods and services ($75,954) and investment income ($26,771). Income from all sources was $22,000,807. Within those totals, donations to the SHS Building Fund and to the P & C were $6,505,722. Total payments were $21,930,212, predominantly salaries and wages for staff ($12,534,319) and operating expenses (9,395,893), which included the Governors Centre payment of $6.2m. Key Learning Area expenditure was $268,330. Utilities costs were $94,695. Other operating expenses were ($833,561). Property Maintenance costs were $371,272. Furniture and equipment ($262,407). Overall, payments as a percentage of funds available was 93.79%. Payments as a percentage of funds received was 99.68%, meaning we do not build up reserves. At High, the very strong reliability of our income flows from parents through donations and contributions has allowed this very high expenditure percentage to be maintained for 20 years.

Tell Them From Me Survey

The Learning Bar works with the Department of Education in NSW to provide the TTFM survey, platform, training and helpdesk support to members in government schools across NSW who are taking part in the survey. Sydney Boys High School has signed up again for the upcoming first snapshot of the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) student survey, Monday 12 March – Friday 6 April. We are surveying Year 7 – 11 students.  Year 12 students have their own exit survey later in the year.

We ask for your participation in the TTFM survey. Parents and students are reminded that this a voluntary survey and that logging on by students implies parental consent to engage in the survey. Information given is confidential and will not be used in any way that identifies a person or the school. The data from the TTFM reports have been useful for the school executive as sources of student and community voice on matters affecting experiences at or with SBHS. It will help us considerably during our next external validation. Additional information for parents, including translated consent forms and parent FAQs, can also be found on the CESE website at:


The permission note for parents is on the parent’s portal. If you DO NOT want your son to be involved, please download and complete the form and send it to school with your son.

Students who participate will be rewarded with Student Award Scheme points. For students, the process is the same as for previous surveys

  1. Log into the Student Portal
  2. Click the “Student Survey 2020: Tell Them From Me” link in the Portal Services menu
  3. Click the “Access the Survey” button to start the survey

Invoices for Summer Activities Co-payments

Families in Year 7, and those later year enrolments, have had statements posted for Term 1 activities. Despite these charges, most activities are also heavily subsidised from school funds, particularly in direct grants from school funds (voluntary contributions), provision of MICs, teacher supervision, WHS compliance costs and first aid costs (co-curricular supervision levy) and parking allocation support. Co-payments are used primarily for the provision of coaching. In basketball alone, a team of over 50 people delivers the program! We have staff, students, Old Boys, parents and volunteers working to make your son’s school experiences more enjoyable. It would be appreciated if you could make your co-payments promptly for your son’s summer sport and co-curricular activities. Thank you.
Dr K A Jaggar

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