High Notes, Vol 6 No 9, April 01 2005

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From the Principal
From the High Store
From the P&C
Athletics Carnival
Antipodeans Adventure
Cross Country Carnival

From the Principal

Invoices for School General Service Contributions
All parents should have received their invoices for the year’s voluntary contributions. Over the last three years nearly 90% of families have paid the ‘school fees’. This terrific response has enabled the school to move ahead with many improvements and additional services directly benefiting students. We rely very heavily on this income from parents. Once again I ask for your cooperation and support to make 2005 the most successful yet in terms of resources available for your boys. Please pay promptly so that we can implement our plans fully in term 2 instead of later in the year.

Tennis Court Development
Update I am expecting ground-breaking draft licence agreements to arrive this week from DET authorising the Sydney High School Foundation to do two things: develop the tennis courts to the approved plans and manage the courts for 5 years with a 5 year option. I hope that this first agreement will be the model for a series of such agreements with the Foundation in respect of its management of the High Store and SBHS agreements with it to use the Fairland Pavilion and the Outterside centre for storage of equipment and sports activities.

Retaining Wall update
We are to the stage of picking a successful tenderer to construct the retaining wall at the end of McDonald Wing to stabilise the bank so that the cricket net slab can then be laid. We hope to get the successful contractor to do the job in the school holidays.

Staff Changes
Regretfully, I announce the departure of our School Senior Assistant, Gayl McLachlan, who has taken up a Development Office appointment at Cranbrook School. On behalf of the staff and students at High, I would like to wish her all the best in her new role. We will remember her for her strong work ethic, sunny disposition, caring and compassionate nature and meticulous financial administration. She moulded together a happy and efficient team of School Assistants. Her leadership skills will be missed. She has acted wonderfully as my ‘Bursar’ for 4 years - at times a highly stressful, overloaded and certainly underpaid role. Sharon Smith has agreed to take on the position of Acting Senior School Assistant. I welcome Sharon to the role. She has demonstrated skills in ICT and financial administration. I trust all members of the school community will support her as she learns the intricacies of our financial administration.

We welcome also Lynne Williams who will take over from Cathy Meaney in the McDonald Wing Office, doing Sue McGuiness’ job. Lynne has a background in ICT and HR and has all the skills required for the role. Cathy will move to the Main Office to do Sharon’s job in finance. Diana Acuna also left us last week. She and her family are taking a two year contract to live and work in Venezuela. Diana was very skilled in ICT and was familiar with a wide range of software. She was a trained librarian. Her combination of skills will be missed. We welcome Julia O’Hare to take Diana’s place. She will be working Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Library and three days in the Main Office. Julia has experience in library and office work so she should fit comfortably with Diana’s duties.

HSC Results Analysis
On Monday evening in the Great Hall, I will present an analysis of the HSC results for 2004 and a review of trends in performance since the new HSC began in 2001. I invite all interested parents to attend the meeting. Data to be presented and reviewed will be available on the school website at www.sydneyboyshigh.com at the About - HSC Results page.

High Talent
Cameron Conway was chosen in the combined GPS second grade team - a just reward for his strong season in a lowly ranked team. Congratulations to Andrew Reis, Kenny La, Jeffrey Jiang, Ellis Louie, Cameron Halls, Ben Chow, Philip Tripp - our CHS swimming representatives. Good luck to all our competitors in the CHS rowing championships this weekend.

Computers in schools upgrade
By the end of this term SBHS should have its entitlement of 38 computer units (taken as servers, PCs or laptops) delivered and installed. We are entitled to another 17 units that will become available some time in second term.

Data points installed in science labs
As part of our ICT strategy for 2005, every science lab has a data point connection to allow teachers to deliver multimedia science lessons. We expect that every science teacher will be able to deliver more flexible lessons in Term 2 as a result of this initiative. More data projectors and laptops will be required to make the delivery of AV and WAN resourced lessons more widespread. I am looking forward to a leap forward in science curriculum delivery over the next couple of years with technology integrated into a majority of lessons.
Dr K Jaggar
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From the High Store

The High Store will be open Saturday 2 April 2005 from 8.00 am to 10.30am.
Please phone Michelle on 9331 7075 to make an appointment.
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From the P&C

An Extraordinary meeting of the P&C will be held
4th April 2005, at 7:30pm The Great Hall
Dr Kim Jaggar will present: ‘Review and Analysis of the 2004 Higher School Certificate Results’

This presentation will inform parents and their sons of the SBHS results and emerging trends from the 2004 HSC.

Mark in your diaries as “Not to be missed”
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The volleyball season is now underway. First and second grade have commenced training for the GPS competition. In the CHS knockout, first grade are through to the third round after wins over Rose Bay and Kingsgrove North. Their next match is against Canterbury Boys.

Junior teams are in the process of being formed in the 14, 15 and 16 age divisions. Their first event will be the Term 2 Metro Schools Tournament.

Junior training times are as follows:
U15 Thursday 3.15 - 5.00 pm
U16 Wednesday 3.15 - 5.00 pm
M Kay
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Athletics Carnival


Thursday, April 7th 2005

8.55am      Roll Call         8.55am  Roll Call
9.00am   1500m Finals      9.00am  17+ yrs Shot Put
        14 yrs & under,           16 yrs Long Jump
        15 yrs, 16 yrs            15 yrs Javelin
        & 17 + yrs            14 yrs Discus
                                  13 yrs-no event
                                  12 yrs High Jump
10.00am  100m Heats       10.00am  17+ yrs Long Jump
        12 yrs. 13 yrs,           16 yrs Javelin
        14 yrs, 15 yrs,           15 yrs Discus
        16 yrs, 17+ yrs           14 yrs-no event
                                  13 yrs High Jump
                                  12 yrs Shot Put
11.30am  200 m Heats      11.00am  17+ yrs Javelin 
        12 yrs. 13 yrs,           16 yrs Discus
        14 yrs, 15 yrs,           15 yrs-no event 
        16 yrs, 17+ yrs           14 yrs High Jump
                                  13 yrs Shot Put
                                  12 yrs Long Jump
1.00pm   800 m Heats      12 noon  17+ yrs Discus
        12 yrs. 13 yrs,           16 yrs -no event
        14 yrs, 15 yrs,           15 yrs High Jump
        16 yrs, 17+ yrs           14 yrs Shot Put
                                  13 yrs Long Jump
                                  12 yrs -no event  
2.00pm  100m Semi-Finals  1.00pm  17+ yrs -no event
        12 yrs. 13 yrs,           16 yrs High Jump
        14 yrs, 15 yrs,           15 yrs Shot Put
        16 yrs, 17+ yrs           14 yrs Long Jump
                                  13 yrs Javelin
                                  12 yrs -no event
2.30pm   400m Heat/Finals  2.00pm  17+ yrs High Jump
        12 yrs. 13 yrs,           16 yrs Shot Put
        14 yrs, 15 yrs,           15 yrs Long Jump
        16 yrs, 17+ yrs           14 yrs Javelin
                                  13 yrs Discus
                                  12 yrs -no event
3.00pm   Roll Call         3.00pm  Roll Call

Friday, April 8th 2005

8.55am      Roll Call           8.55am  Roll Call
9.00am   Hurdles             9.00am  17+ yrs Triple Jump
        12 yrs. 13 yrs, 
        14 yrs, 15 yrs, 
        16 yrs, 17+ yrs 
10.00am  200m Finals        9.45am  16 yrs Triple Jump 
        12 yrs. 13 yrs, 
        14 yrs, 15 yrs, 
        16 yrs, 17+ yrs 
10.30am  Roll Class        10.30am  15 yrs & under Triple Jump
        Shuttle Relays
        (Time Permitting)         
11.00am  100 m Finals
        12 yrs. 13 yrs, 
        14 yrs, 15 yrs, 
        16 yrs, 17+ yrs         
11.30am  House Relay Finals
        12 yrs. 13 yrs, 
        14 yrs, 15 yrs, 
        16 yrs, 17+ yrs         
12 noon Return to school for barbeque and X-Country
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Sri Lanka: Antipodeans Adventure

12 students in Years 9-12 will form the Sydney Boys High Expedition Team 2005-6 to Sri Lanka, the Pearl of the Orient.

Vaadaa machaan!
(Come on brother!)

Adventure: Kayaking. Canoeing. Cycling. Trekking. Community Project: Contributing to a remote village school. Cultural immersion: Food. Language. Festivals.
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Mothers Day falls on Sunday, 8th May.

Lindt LINDOR CHOCOLATES (six chocolates in every box) will be available for boys to purchase as a gift for Mother, Mum, Mummy, Nanna and Grandma.

$4.00 buys one box
$12.00 for three boxes (tied with ribbon)

This project has the support of the Principal, Dr. Jaggar, the P&C and the School Representative Council. Funds raised will be directed towards the New Library Fund and current school projects.

To make this project a major success you can be active in two ways:
- Order a carry pack of 18 boxes of chocolates and sell to your work mates, neighbours and relatives
2 - Have your son purchase a box from one of the SRC sellers at school over the week of 2nd - 6th May.

The school needs to place its order before the end of Term One for the estimated number of carry packs to be sold.

Please indicate below and return to office by Wednesday 6th April the amount of carry packs (each containing 18 individual boxes of chocolates to be sold for $4.00 per box) you wish to sell to your contacts after 2nd May
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Please order for me. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . ...carry packs of Lindt LINDOR chocolates each containing 18 individual boxes.

Name:. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . ..Class:. . .. . .. . .. . ..

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Cross Country Carnival

Sydney Boys High School
Annual Cross Country
Friday 8th April 2005
1.20 - 3.00 pm 
Moore Park, Mount Steele

Student Information

Your son will be dismissed earlier than usual on Friday 8th April 2005

1.40 pm 17+ OPEN 3 km (3 Loops)
1.55 pm 16 years 3 km (3 Loops)
2.10 pm 15 years 3 km (3 Loops)
2.25 pm 14 years 2 km (2 Loops)
2.35 pm 13 years 2 km (2 Loops)
2.45 pm 12 years 2 km (2 Loops)

After the Athletics Carnival, students are to walk back to school.
Get changed at lunch time
Stay in school grounds, then move over to the venue when the bell rings
When your race is called go to the starting area whether you are running or not.
Non runners will stay in the starting area until directed to move by the Marshalls
At the finish you will be given a place ticket
If you are in the first 15 places you go to the first 15 table and have your name recorded
All runners to proceed with finish ticket to your house table
Tell the teacher your name and finishing position
After the race you will be dismissed by a teacher
Non runners will have names marked off at the end of the race
Non runners will be dismissed at the conclusion of their race if they have a note

Everyone attends
You must run in shoes
You must wear house colours to qualify for points
Stay on the course and follow directions from course marshalls
Spectators must stay within 20m of Cleveland St and are not permitted on the course
Winning house determined by the lowest total of the first ten runners from each House to finish
Award Scheme qualifying standard -compete & finish
Top ten runners will comprise the provisional school team to compete at the zone.
Only the first 15 places will be timed

Additional Info:
The School Cross Country is the first qualifying event within the CHS Competition.
The First 10 runners for each age division will make up the school team for the Eastern Suburbs Zone Carnival.
The first 12 runners at the Zone Carnival will compete at the Sydney East Regional Carnival and the first 10 runners from Regional Carnival go on to the NSW All Schools Carnival.

You are also invited to join the Sydney High GPS Cross Country Team.
GPS Cross Country is a Winter Sport and three age divisions ( U14, U16, Opens) compete on Saturday mornings.
The season spans across Terms 2 and 3 and involves 11 Saturday morning carnivals.
All are welcome to join.
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