High Notes, Vol 21 No 29, September 11 2020

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From the Principal

Thank You Very Much

Thank you to Jamie and Ginny, parents of Nelson Lee (7R) for their generous donation of wall-mounted infrared thermometers. Having these at the entrance to the two libraries and at the main office, will enhance the quality of our COVID-19 practices and reduce the anxiety levels of staff having to deal with multiple visitations to their space each day. Thank you also to the 70 parents of the Year 7 Group for their donation of $860 towards PPE and sanitiser for our school community. Much appreciated.

New Bus Timetables – The changes will affect many of our students

‘To improve the efficiency of the network, we will be consolidating some routes to create more frequent services. One of these changes is the removal of the M10 and M50 which travel from Leichhardt to Maroubra Junction (M10) and Drummoyne to Coogee (M50), linking the inner west with the south east via the Sydney CBD…

'Customers currently using route M10 in Maroubra, Kingsford or Kensington can use alternative, frequent bus services on routes 391, 392, 393, 394, L94, 395, 396, 397, 399, X94, X96, X97 or X99 along Anzac Parade, or new L3 light rail services, for travel towards the CBD.  These alternative routes provide frequent service between the south east and the Sydney CBD across the day.

'Customers currently using route M50 in Coogee or Randwick can use alternative, frequent bus services on routes 372, 373, 374, 376 or 377, X73, X74 or X77, or L2 light rail services, for travel towards the CBD or Central Station. These alternative services provide frequent service between the south east and the Sydney CBD during the day. Signs will be installed at bus stops before these changes take place to inform our customers, along with trip planning information on transportnsw.info.’

Parent Information Evening for Subject Acceleration for Year 10, 2021

On Tuesday evening, we held our first zoom version of our annual information evening for parents and students contemplating applying for subject acceleration. There were 105 participants in the zoom meeting. The rationale for and current context of the subject acceleration program at High was presented and how boys qualify to access the intervention. There were many questions entered into the chat function and responses provided in the Q & A which followed the shared screen session.  Authorisation for inclusion in an acceleration program does not occur until after I have analysed Year 9 annual results in early November. Students need to have complied with school and faculty policy and processes.  For any other interested students and parents, the power point presentation is now up on the school website at www.sydneyboyshigh.com/curriculum

Supporting the City of Sydney Emergency Food Relief Appeal 

No one should be worried about having enough to eat in Sydney in the 21st century, but for many, the Covid-19 crisis has made accessing affordable and nutritious food even harder than usual. We need your support to make sure no one in the City of Sydney goes hungry. In March, Council unanimously agreed to donate $1 million to OzHarvest and approximately $1 million to other charity and community groups to help meet the needs of vulnerable groups. Working with OzHarvest and these community organisations, as well as our Meals on Wheels program, the City is now delivering over 20,000 meals and 1,500 bags of food staples a week across the Local Government Area. We have identified and are linking vulnerable individuals and groups with this critical support, including through weekly food collection hubs for international students and temporary visa holders, and the OzHarvest "take what you need; pay what you can" supermarket in Waterloo.

During the pandemic, OzHarvest's volumes of rescued food has fluctuated dramatically, forcing the organisation to purchase food for the first time in 16 years, to help meet the increased demand. And we estimate that the City’s $1 million funding will run out at the end of September – this at the time when Australia is hitting its first recession in nearly thirty years. To help meet ongoing costs, we have launched the City of Sydney/OzHarvest Food Relief Appeal. A $1 donation is enough to fund two meals for someone who might otherwise go hungry. This is understandably a tough financial time for many, but if you have anything spare your donation will be greatly appreciated and put to good use. I urge you to do as I did and donate at: feedsydney.com 
Dr K A Jaggar
Principal

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