High Notes, Vol 22 No 31, October 15 2021

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From the Principal

High Talent

Ryan Ong (12M) and Andrey Avramenko (12F) have placed second in the UNSW ProgComp grand final: http://cgi.cse.unsw.edu.au/~cupcake/progcomp/flask.cgi/2021/final.

Congratulations, boys, a wonderful effort in such a demanding competition.

Preparing for Return to School

Parents are reminded that students aged 12 years and over are eligible to receive either the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccination. NSW Health and the department are urging all students 12 and over to get vaccinated with either of these vaccines as soon as possible before returning to school. There is currently sufficient supply of the Moderna vaccine to community pharmacies and the Pfizer vaccine to General Practitioners. Bookings can be made via the Vaccine Clinic Finder. Depending on location, bookings are available within the next few days. COVID-19 vaccination is the best protection against severe illness and also reduces the risk of spreading COVID-19 to others. Getting vaccinated against COVID-19 now will help to protect both you, your family and your school community.

Traffic Management for the Return to School

When students return to school, I appreciate that quite a few parents will want to drop off their sons in the mornings and pick them up again in the afternoons. In order for this process to run smoothly, parents need to do three things: follow the directions of our traffic marshals; stay in their cars at all times; and ensure that they are in contact by phone with their sons on arrival to expedite the pick-up process. In this edition of High Notes, we have published traffic flow maps, one for the morning and one for the afternoon. If you are intending to transport your son to and from school, I urge you to read them carefully.

In the mornings, entry by Gate 1 will mean continuing up Cutler Drive and dropping off near the main building and continuing out gate 10. Entry via Gate 2 will mean dropping off behind the gym and continuing around the gym and up the hill beside the Governors Centre to Gate 3 where you must turn left on exit. There will be no access via Gate 9.

In the afternoons, if parents enter via Gate 1 they will proceed up Cutler Drive to wait in the Junior Quad. Once their son is on board, they will proceed out Gate 10. If parents enter via Gate 2 they will be directed through the car park down to the parking area beside the High Store. Once their son is on board, they will turn left and proceed past the basketball courts and between the Governors Centre and the gym to exit via Gate 3, turning left.

For traffic jams and frustrating delays to be avoided, please comply strictly with the arrangements we have planned. Remember, several hundred cars arriving and leaving in a 15-minute window are difficult to manage.

Year 12 References

A large batch of 196 Year 12 references was processed during the holidays and c.50 uploaded into Co-op Scholarship applications. I want to thank the team who produced the references – Yasmin Ilic, Bob Dowdell and Jamie Kay, Lynda Pinnington-Wilson on the data entry, collation and curation of the references. This year the process was smoother and the cooperation level from the students and staff was very high. Importantly, c.600 individual reference sheets were completed by c.70 + – 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.

Year 12 Reports

Most Year 12 students have had a 5-minute Zoom meeting with the principal after which their reports have been moved onto the student portal so they can access them. I hope the remainder will book in next week or arrange a meeting to discuss their progress towards the HSC. I was pleasantly surprised by the positive mindset and resilience shown by the boys. I hope very many of them will come to school next week to try their hands at examination conditions to do mock papers of their choice. I wish them all the best in their final preparations in the run up to the HSC.
Dr K A Jaggar

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