High Notes, Vol 9 No 1, February 01 2008

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From the Principal

Welcome back
The new school year got off to a smooth start this week. I trust staff, students and parents had a restful vacation. I am looking forward to another very productive year from our school community.

Staff Changes
Ms Mimma Vosso has been appointed as our new HT LOTE – we all wish her well. Ms Isobel St Leon replaces Robbie Flemming as our German specialist. Janette Cook is back to teach French and Jenny Yang returns three days per week to teach Chinese. We welcome back Ed Pearson to English after his extended overseas trip. Vicky Dunk returns from maternity leave for two days per week and Anna Barry is here 4 days. Miri Jassy and Paul Wright are filling in for Amanda Kaye and Colleen Walles. In history, Ms Susy Perini has replaced Lisa Gowran. In science, Angela Karagiannis continues for three days per week. In social science, Megan Hamilton joins us for three days per week for Jocelyn Brewer. Claire R----- is back again in visual arts and Jocelyne Isaacs has returned for three days per week. Mick Aldous is taking the extra periods in Industrial Arts for three days per week.

High Talent
Congratulations to Tim Burston, Julian Byrnes, Stephen Garofano and Anton Jerusevic who have been accepted into the Macquarie University School Partners Gifted and Talented Program. At the Junior Leaders course held at Holsworthy Barracks in January, Cadets Tony Silveira, Alex Saunders, Kevin Lu and Andrew Gong qualified for promotion to the rank of Corporal. Congratulations, boys!

Given the additional rooms required to accommodate the extra class in Year 9, 2008 as it progresses into Year 10, 2009, the decision was taken to move forward the building works to the long vacation 07-08 rather than delay work until the long break in 08-09. Considerable unbudgeted expenditure was necessary. Over the holidays the work commenced in December was continued, adding two new classrooms and a large storage space. We will have three teaching spaces on the top of McDonald Wing instead of two. The McDonald Wing room numbers will be: Labs 701, 702; LOTE- 703; computer room 704; classroom 705; ‘senior study section’; art rooms 706, 707. The new video editing/senior classroom will be 611. At this stage the construction work has been completed and the hardware purchased. We are currently having the cabling done. Students will need to bear with us for a few weeks until the rooms are fitted out for use. We expect the learning environment to be enhanced considerably when these rooms are operational.

Weights Room
Students are invited to sign up for use of the weights room. The terms and conditions are the same as for last year except that a yearly subscription costs $150 but the cost per term is now $50. We want to encourage regular, committed trainers to use the facility. Top grade teams in several sports have weight training as a compulsory component for selection. Do yourselves a favour and join the weights room for a sport specific workout regime. It is exceptional value for money as Jason Tassell is a highly qualified and respected strength and fitness coach who provides professional advice and supervision for all participants.

Playground Safety
Boys should be aware that work vehicles and delivery trucks may be on site during recess and lunch times, particularly at the beginning of the year and each term. Your cooperation is expected. Stay out of the path of traffic on the roadway to Macdonald Wing. Allow the tradesmen and drivers to do their jobs. Be especially careful of reversing vehicles because the drivers cannot see you behind them.

Uncollected Reports
Make an effort to collect you report next week if you have not received it yet. Negative consequences await persistently uncooperative boys.
Dr K A Jaggar
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OBU - Did you know?

Did you know that since the Order of Australia was established in 1975, over 188 old boys of Sydney High have received awards recognising achievement or meritorious service? In the most recent Australia Day honours list three old boys were honoured: Paul Hammond (1939) OAM for service to the development and promotion of dance, particularly ballet, as a performer, choreographer and teacher; Alfons Rosenstrauss (1942) OAM for service to medical research though the establishment and management of the Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation; and Grahame Leonard (1955) AM for service to the community as an executive member of a range of peak Jewish organisations.
SHS Old Boys Union

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School Drop Offs

Reminder to Parents
When dropping off and picking up students before and after school do not drop off in Cleveland Street or Anzac Parade, please ensure you drive onto the school grounds.

Please refer to your child’s school diary for further information.
OH&S Committee
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Academic Achievement List – Year 9 2007

Congratulations to the following boys in Year 9 whose excellent academic achievements in Semester 2 are recognised.

Kevin Sheng
Justin Chan
Stephen Yoon
Andrew Wu
Michael Wang
Nikita Slinko
Antony Paul
Gareth Chan
Hugh Huang
Rafat Kamal
Patrick Hsiao
Dale Chen
Joseph Braverman
Jeremy Rajendram
Yixin Liu
Adrian Zhang
Tony Silveirfa
Robert Ma
Shejil Kumar
Adarsh George
Christopher Tin-Loi
Mario Moreno
Bemjamin Li
Paul Simos
Sameep Sandhu
Ivan Li
Nelson Wang
Nohit Tugnait
Joshua Sutton
John Lee
Kieran Taylor
Andy Liu
Frank Li
Clinton Jiang
James Han
Brendan Cheung
Puneet Baweja
Ankush Thyagaraju
Jeffrey Lam
Michael Do
Oliver Fio
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At the PDHPE faculty day 2007 held on the 7th of December a number of decisions were made affecting the way PDHPE will be assessed and reported in 2008.

PDHPE assessment policies 2008
The assessment weightings for Years 7 – 9 will be 67% for the practical assessment + 33% for the theory assessment. This will make our assessment consistent across the junior school.

1.6Km assessment, benchmarks and reporting
There will be four 1.6Km run assessments for all Years 7 – 10 which will bring Year 7 in line with the other year groups. The assessment dates will be Term 1 Week 2, Term 2 Week 1, Term 3 Week 1 and Term 3 Week 9. These dates will be posted on the PDHPE office window and in Room 901.

The 1.6Km run benchmark times for Years 7 and 10 in 2008 will be reduced. Year 7 from 10 minutes  9m 45s. Year 10 from 7m 15s  7 minutes. Years 8 and 9 will remain the same as 2007. Year 8 = 8m 45s. Year 9 = 7m 45s. Students who do not satisfy the benchmark times may be allocated Mandatory Fitness as their Wednesday/Thursday afternoon sport choice. These students will still be eligible for Winter GPS Saturday sport, by attending the scheduled after school training sessions for rugby, soccer or volleyball.

The increased emphasis on cardiovascular fitness will be reflected in the PDHPE reports. There will be a specific 1.6Km outcome, comment and mark out of 10 in 2008 reports.

GPS 10% extra credit change
The GPS sports participation 10% extra credit will be replaced by a strength/speed/endurance/athletic training 10% extra credit. To be eligible for the extra credit towards the Yearly assessment a student must have satisfactorily completed the appropriate training program, have the 10% extra credit form signed by Jason Tassell (strength/speed/endurance) or Mr. Devlin (Athletics) and presented to his class teacher before the due date. The due date for Year 7 is 4/11/08, for Year 8 is 25/11/08, for Year 9 is 18/11/08 and for Year 10 is 11/11/08. For the 2008 Yearly assessment, courses completed in Term 4 2007 to Term 3 2008 inclusive will be accepted.
G. Stein

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From the Canteen

Calling all new Sydney High parents….(and the old hands too!)

Thanks to all you wonderful canteen volunteers for helping us out by putting your hands up early for rostered spots. This means we already have a pretty good roster situation.

However, there are some specific days on which we are particularly short (listed below). Karen and Tracey need volunteers help every day to enable them to run the Canteen most efficiently and profitably. We also need a reserve of volunteers to help out in times of illness or incapacity. Remember – the profits are used entirely for the benefit of the boys!

First Wednesday of the month (Dates: 6/2, 5/3, 2/4, 7/5, 4/6, 2/7, 6/8, 3/9, 5/11, 3/12)

First Thursday of the month ( Dates: 7/2, 6/3, 3/4 , 1/5, 5/6, 3/7, 7/8, 4/9, 6/11, 4/12)

Third Thursday of the month (Dates: 21/2, 20/3, 15/5, 19/6, 21/8, 18/9, 16/10, 20/11,18/12)

Fourth Monday of the month (Dates: 25/2, 26/5, 23/6, 28/7, 25/8, 22/9, 27/10, 24/11)

Fifth Monday of the month (Dates: 31/3, 30/6)

Fifth Tuesday of the month (Dates: 29/4, 29/7)

Fifth Wednesday of the month (Dates: 30/1, 30/4, 30/7, 29/10)

Fifth Thursday of the month (Dates: 31/1, 29/5, 31/7, 30/10)

If the day of the month that suits you best doesn’t appear on the above list don’t be put off!! We can always fit you in somewhere. Please ring Karen or Tracey in the Canteen on 9360 4027 and introduce yourself. Or come along to the Canteen and find out how it all works. We’ll be very glad to see you!
From the Canteen Team
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From the Office

Letters Re Absence/Lateness/ Early Leave
When your son returns to school from being absent he is required to provide a letter of explanation signed by a parent or guardian. If your son is going to be late for school a note is also required.

If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Beringer, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name, date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.

If you require leave for your son please, apply in writing and address your application to the Principal, Dr Jaggar, stating the reason and length of time of the leave. Your son must then present this application to Dr Jaggar for permission for the leave. Please remember to apply before the leave and not after.

The Principal must approve all leave applications.

Another email service for parents
Parents who supply the school with an email address can now have an updated report on their son’s attendance record can sent to them on a daily or weekly basis.

If you would like to have your son’s attendance record sent to you send your email address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please include your son’s name and date of birth in the email.
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SBHS Chinese New Year Dinner

When: 6.30 pm Saturday 23 February 2008

Where: Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School

$25 per adult & high school student
$20 per primary school student
Free for children 5 & under
$100 for family of 5 or 6 people

Food: Delicious Chinese & Asian food by special Asian gourmet caterers

Drinks: BYO

Entertainment: Traditional Chinese Lion dance and Chinese music performance, Special Chinese decorations, Chinese New Year artwork display by Sydney High students Games, Lucky door prize, Raffle and Auction prizes

Families and friends, past parents, teachers and Old Boys are all welcome

Organised by SBHS Development Committee and P&C
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Old Boys Union Life membership by instalments scheme

The Sydney High School Old Boys’ Union (the OBU) was founded in 1892. Over the past 115 years, it has fostered and continued the friendships formed by students while at school and through this fellowship contributed something of value to the School’s corporate spirit and well being.

Membership of the OBU will provide a lifetime of professional, social, sporting and academic connections with Sydney High, its network of old boys, and the alumni of other GPS schools.

Life membership can be secured by the payment of six small annual contributions throughout the passage from Year 7 to Year 12. Instalments are currently set at $44.

If, for some reason, all six payments have not been made by the time of leaving, the OBU will contact you and allow a further 12 months to pay any outstanding instalments.

We trust that you will see fit to pay this year's instalment towards securing your son’s life membership. Those of you who are already part of the scheme will know that the OBU posts copies of its quarterly magazine to all students who take part.

Please fill out and return the form below.

PAYMENT ADVICE (tax invoice)
Sydney High School Old Boys’ Union Inc 
ABN 22 652 291 509
Student’s name: _______________________________________ Final year: ______________
Postal address: __________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________ Postcode: _______________
E-mail Address: __________________________________________________________________
Payment of $44.00 by :-
_____ Cheque
_____ Visa/MasterCard/Amex
Complete if paying by credit card:  ______ / ______ / ______ / ______   Expiry Date: __/__
Name on card:  _______________________________________________________
Signature:  __________________________________________________________     
Please return to SHSOBU, PO Box 1546, DARLINGHURST NSW 1300

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