High Notes, Vol 22 No 4, February 26 2021

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From the Principal

High Talent

At the AAGPS Carnival 2, competition was again very intense. Congratulations to Matthew (Jiazi) Chen (7T) who won the U13 50m freestyle in 27.35, the butterfly in 30.83 and the backstroke in 35.21 - an impressive treble. Well done, too, to Brian Ahn (9M) who took out the 15 years breaststroke in 35.11. Our boys filled minor placings in several events in a high standard competition. Thank you to Mr Loizou, Ms Millet and the team. Congratulations to Isaac Ayoubi (11F) who has been selected as the starting PG for the U18 Basketball NSW state team. Well done to Oscar Shi (9S) who won a gold medal in the U15 NSW Cadet Circuit Competition in the sabre fencing weapon.

Collection of Reports

All boys should have collected their reports. Regrettably, there are still many boys who have not fulfilled their commitments and completed their Clearance Forms and booked an appointment time to see me to discuss their progress at school. This is an important step in our feedback loop, and I insist on speaking to boys personally. Boys can come and get their reports before or after school and at lunch or recess on most days, unless I have appointments or have already set aside a time to chat with boys about their reports. There are also sheets provided for ‘Stragglers’ Reports’ for an hour or so on selected days. Boys just need to make an effort to comply with policy and come and see me.

The Sydney High School Foundation Building Fund 

The Sydney High School Foundation Building Fund is a capital fund managed by the Sydney High School Foundation Ltd on behalf of the school. The object of the Fund is to provide facilities for the use of students at High. Some of these asserts are located off-site. The Foundation owns, maintains and operates the Outterside Centre and manages the Fairland Pavilion. It also negotiates and manages Deeds of Licence with third parties for medium and long-term arrangements. It has just delivered finance for one half of the c$14,000,000 major project the Governors Centre, a joint endeavour with SGHS. Contributions by High parents for 2020 were $491,331. Monthly Giving from parents added another $8,108. This culture of ongoing generous giving is the principal reason why High has acquired the assets it enjoys now and over 138 years. Students have access to facilities at Abbotsford, Malabar, Sydney International Shooting Centre, Rose Bay, Darlinghurst and Centennial Park. Our next projects are: to acquire a demountable science lab, c$340,000, to refurbish the Outterside Centre C$250,000 and to complete our classroom technology upgrade $200,000. Please do as I do and keep making your annual tax-deductible contributions to the Sydney High School Foundation Building Fund.

Recurrent Software Licence Costs

Modern schools are embedded with computer hardware and they require software to maintain and operate them. In order to run a school like ours with complex technology needs, we require annual software licences that are not paid for by DoE. The following list illustrates both the complexity and the cost - Sentral $30,000, CANVAS $21,000, Edval $15,000, Vivi $8,500, Clickview $6,000, MDM $5,000, Unicheck $3,700, Foldr cloud storage $3,000, Internet presence $3,000, Grok Learning $2,500, server back up $2,000c, ICT Help desk $2000. Hence, we require around $100k on a yearly basis, just to keep our services to students and staff at the current level.

Sick Students at School Policy

Many students present to ‘sick bay’ with a variety of ailments. A School First Aid Officer makes an assessment of their condition. Many injuries are treated on the spot and the cases are managed between the school and parents. If the presented symptoms are serious, an ambulance is called, and parents are notified of the School’s action and where the student has been taken. If the student just needs time to rest, lounges in ‘sick bay’ are provided. In the case of sprains and minor injuries, parents are notified and arrangements are made for students to wait to be picked up or wait until the end of the day or make their way home straight away, if the parents and the School agree and there is someone at home to care for them. There are cases where the student is clearly ill but is not serious enough to be hospitalised, and parents are contacted and asked to come and pick up their son. Usually, parents find a way to pick up their sons within an hour of being notified. Parents are reminded that the School has no resources to devote to caring for sick students at school if they need constant supervision. The School reserves the right to call an ambulance and have a sick student taken away if parents do not agree to attempt to pick up the sick student within an hour after notification.
Dr K A Jaggar

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