High Notes, Vol 22 No 37, November 26 2021

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From the Principal

High Talent

Congratulations to our students who were awarded NSW Combined High School Sports Association Blues for rowing – Thomas Brcic (SHS-2021) and Jack Smiles (11R). Well done to Oscar Shi (9S) on his fencing successes – gold in the NSW U15 Reboot Competition and silver in the NSW U17 Reboot Competition for Cadet U17 sabre. Oscar has been selected to represent NSW A team to compete in the Australian Championships.

End of the Basketball Backboards Funding Project

In 2019 our four indoor courts in the UTS gymnasium were refurbished with state-of-the-art glass backboards and shot clocks. The project cost >$73k. UTS contributed $30k +GST.  The Basketball Committee contributed a $20k deposit from accumulated funds and undertook to repay the school an additional $23,195, being the balance of the invoice on completion, in annual instalments of not less than $2,500. Donations to the Sydney Boys High School Building Fund were solicited. I am very pleased to announce that the final payment was made to the Building Fund this week as a result of an appeal this year. The project delivered a competition-class facility, demonstrating what can be achieved when the three interested parties collaborated effectively to drive the project to completion. My thanks again go to Bruce Gordon who managed the project on behalf of the school and UTS.

Staff Changes

After an expression of interest selection process, Kurt Rich will be HT PDHPE (relieving) for 2022, replacing Geoff Stein who is on long service leave. Rebecca Mellor has accepted the position of MIC for Table Tennis. For term 1, 2022 – Cassandra Pride will be HT English (relieving for Michael Cinquetti); Kerryn Ibbott will be HT Science (relieving for Michael Kay on LSL); David Smith will be HT Sport for two blocks of time (relieving for Steven Marcos who will be on LSL). On temporary contracts in 2022 will be Cindy Rojas (back-filling for Cassandra Pride) and Marina Trompetter (relieving for Penny Schlam); Vivian Paul in history (relieving for Rhiannon Davis); Jenny Bui in Mathematics (relieving for Jacqui Chen); Casey Writer in Social Science (relieving for Susanna Millett); and in LOTE Dale Burrow (relieving for Argyris Giantsis).

Scholarship Applications

There is only a few days left for students to apply for the Phillip Day Memorial and Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation Scholarships. If you have financial needs due to family or special circumstances; if you are a great all-rounder; or if you have a special talent that needs extra resources to help you develop, please consider applying. Scholarships are valued at $1500 in school credit. Application forms can be downloaded from the school website www.sydneboyshigh.com/scholarships.  Applications close on Tuesday 30 November.

Properties Projects

Football has a new home for all its gear! A shed near the COLA has been constructed and fitted with light, power and a roller shutter door. Jim Crampton will complete the bespoke fit-out of shelving to allow MIC Sam Higgins to rationalise storage for all the equipment and have a dedicated place to pump up footballs. At the same time, our electrician Jim Gibson, has run power and lighting to the barbecue shack to enable evening end of season celebrations. Security lighting was also installed to illuminate the area between the shed and the shack at night. Thanks to Jim Crampton, our Wall of Gratitude project is now complete, with up lighting and re-turfing of the bank in front of the wall.

eSafety Information for Parents

The eSafety Commissioner's Greg Gebhart speaks to parents and carers about online sexual harassment and image-based abuse, and where to go for help. If you are interested in this topic, go to this site – Webinar - eSafety’s parent guide to online sexual harassment (nsw.gov.au)

Interpreting Year 10 Reports – Semester 2

As for the semester 1 report, ranks in Year 10 are varied by several factors. Students who have not performed well in PE will have a slightly reduced ATAR prediction because the calculation is made on 12.3 units (using a pro rata for PE based on time spent). Students who do the online elective receive the average of the other units so as to neither advantage nor disadvantage them, whereas they may have taken another elective and earned an above average score or a below average score. Students accelerating have a harder task than non-accelerants as they are assessed at stage 6 standard and are scaled to HSC standards. Consequently, their scaled marks may be lower. Students may also lose interest in electives they are not continuing and record weaker results. Electives done for enjoyment are in contrast to the serious efforts that will need to be made in their stage 6 courses. I do not make a judgement on these outcomes. What matters is what happens next, in stage 6. Therefore, students should choose their suite of courses for Year 11 carefully, with insight after research and acting in their own self-interest. Parents should also disaggregate the results to ascertain how their son is going in core and continuing subjects.
Dr K A Jaggar

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