High Notes, Vol 22 No 38, December 03 2021

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From the Principal

High Talent

Congratulations to Visual Arts students, Eric Wu (SHS-2021) and Matthew Awad (SHS-2021) whose films have been shortlisted for this year's V-Fest 2021. Great news for water polo. Brian Ahn (9M) was selected in the NSW State team to compete in the National Championship in January. Well done Brian!

Staff changes

For 2022 Mr Ormsby will be taking over the role of Community Services Committee Coordinator. Ms Ibbott will consult with him as a Community Services Committee Adviser. The Transition of New Students coordinator for 2022 will be Ms Chan (HT Student Wellbeing). Mr Wiramihardja will take on the new role of Eastside Debating Coordinator.

Student Awards Scheme- Closed for 2021

Last points for the Student Awards Scheme for 2021 could be earned up to Tuesday 30 November. If you check your participation file and detect that something is missing, it is up to you notify the MIC in charge of the activity to have the text file of successful participants compiled and sent to Mr Dowdell. Awards have to be determined and medallions/ plaques ordered before the end of the school year so that they will be ready in time for our awards assemblies early next year. We are on a tight schedule. Medallions must be tallied, ordered and names engraved on them. Workplaces start to wind down for the holidays from now on, so we need to be efficient with our process. The outcome is that all medallions and awards are ready in time for our Student Awards Assembly in week 4 next year. Don’t miss out on getting all the points you should! It is very important that individual students go to the R drive to check up on their activities and points. If there are discrepancies, Mr Dowdell needs to know about them so he can contact MICs or program organisers, so everyone gets what they deserve. Remember, for this COVID year only, qualifying points have been reduced by 25% to compensate for the time out of school caused by the lockdown.

Mandatory Life Ready Course

The Department of Education has a mandatory course that must be completed by all students in stage 6. All Year 10 students must attend in order to save the 25-hours of instruction from interrupting our Year 11 programs, we have been running it in the last week of Year 10 for several years. Ms Chan, HT Wellbeing, designed a 3-day experience for our students.  This year the program commences on 14 December with students attending a 2-hour ‘Breaking the Man Code’ workshop & a ‘Resilience and Support Network – Smash the Stigma’ workshop. The day will conclude with a Surry Hills Youth Officer talk on online behaviour. 15 December opens with ‘Life choices By Young Men’ with Brent Sanders, followed by ‘Building motivation and resilience skills’ from the Kidman Centre; and concluding with a ‘Smiling Mind’ Workshop. 16 December starts with ‘Looking After Your Mates’, a session by Tom Reynolds, followed by ‘You choose – Youth Road Safety’ hosted by Melissa McGuinness.

The school incurs expenses in hiring professionals to deliver modules of the course, necessitating a charge of $79 per student as a co-payment.  We see the course as a valuable opportunity for teenagers to be exposed to the issues, privileges, and responsibilities of adulthood. Outside presenters deliver these learning experiences. They cannot be repeated for absent students next year. Any student who misses this course will have to work through 25 hours of DOE materials in his own time. I am asking for the support of all Year 10 parents as we deliver this compulsory part of the curriculum.
Dr K A Jaggar

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