High Notes, Vol 22 No 33, October 29 2021

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From the Principal

School Resumes for All at Last

It has been very pleasant to be interacting with students and staff once again this week. We are re-establishing our routines, albeit with some COVID-related restrictions. Students are cooperating with the ‘cohorting’ arrangements and transport movements are managing well. We were able to induct our Prefect Interns in a short ceremony. Badges were distributed and the Prefect’s Pledge sworn in unison. It was rewarding to be able to recommence our ceremonies and ‘rites of passage’.

Furniture Donation

In the holidays we received two new pieces of donated furniture. In the foyer we have an additional trophy cabinet. Near my office there is an occasional table glass topped with drawers. They were donated by John Prorellis on behalf of his late mother and father, Evangelia and George. Objects and memories are intertwined, so in a sense they will stay with him. I want to thank John for facilitating this donation.

Transport for NSW

From Monday 25 October, dedicated school services operated by Transport for NSW are running to the normal timetable, unless otherwise advised. Transport for NSW is working with schools directly where timetable changes may affect school services in the event of COVID-related staffing shortages. Face masks remain mandatory for children aged 13 and above. While no student will be left behind due to physical distancing or mask compliance, we encourage that they follow the COVID Safe guidelines where possible. We ask parents to consider all your travel options for the school pick up and drop off, including cycling, walking and driving. For those students that need to catch public transport to school, please plan ahead and check capacity of your usual services. You can sign up to get COVIDSafe travel alerts for your nominated services and routes. To ensure dedicated school services appear as a travel option for students, click refine and select the school bus option when using the Trip Planner. Students are reminded to tap on and off on all trips. For more information including school trip guides, visit transportnsw.info.

Sport Recommences

We have started up sport again as of this week. Where outside venues are used, students must comply with the health orders in place at that venue. For example, many venues are only available to students of 16 and over who are fully vaccinated. Swimming pools will not allow water polo yet. Restrictions generally will ease as from 1 November. That said, interschool competitive sport during school hours is not expected to return during Term 4. We will have more freedoms operating on Saturdays under community sport guidelines. Students are remaining in cohort groups wherever possible. We are focussing on restoring fitness and having trials internally to sort out our teams for the summer season. Our students will be engaged, challenged and ready for external competition as soon as it is allowed.

Interpreting Year 9 Reports – Semester 2

Students in Year 9 should have collected their yearly reports by the end of Week 5. There are often violent fluctuations in rank order as a few marks can determine the difference between a D and an HD.  Many boys have really taken to their electives and have achieved well in semester 2. Parents should be aware that boys who have decided to discontinue an elective after Year 9 for any reason, may have reduced their effort, with a negative impact on their overall result. Also, those who will not continue core subjects (such as history or geography) may lose motivation and not perform to their potential. Such actions can also result in movements in the rank order. Encourage your son to maintain a high standard in the core subjects, English, mathematics, and science, as these are compulsory in Year 10. An honest effort ought to be applied to all subjects while students are enrolled in them. ‘N’ awards may be issued in Year 9 for history and geography students as these are stage 5 compressed curriculum courses. Failure to resolve stage 5 warning letters may result in denial of entry into stage 6 courses. Year 9 students who require one, should have their Clearance Forms. Those that are cleared by lunch Friday and placed in the box outside the main office, will be added to the appointments schedule for next week.

NAPLAN Results

All boys in Years 7 and 9 were issued envelopes with their NAPLAN results this week. Parents are encouraged to discuss these with their sons.
Dr K A Jaggar

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