High Notes, Vol 23 No 11, April 29 2022

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From the Principal

Welcome back to everyone in our school community. Hopefully you were all able to enjoy the two weeks break and are fresh and ready to get into the swing of Term 2!

High Talent

During the holidays, Nelsen Cheng (12T) and Luc Tran (10M) both competed in the NSW Weightlifting Championship. Nelson received Gold, as well as qualification for the Australian  Weightlifting Federation Youth Squad, while Luc attained Bronze in his division. Congratulations to both these students on such fantastic achievements.

Congratulations to New Staff Appointees

At the end of Term 1 we had two permanent staff appointments with these teachers commencing their roles this week. Kerryn Ibbott has been appointed our new Head Teacher Science and Robin Wang as one of our Mathematics teachers. They join Jeremy Ohlback in English and Catherine Loh in Social Science who commenced their new permanent positions towards the end of Term 1. We also welcome Rodney Love relieving in the Junior Library, Eric Choy and Dean Taylor in Mathematics, Christina Eckmann in English and Rosa Owen as part of our office staff. Congratulations to all of you and we look forward to working with you all in your various roles!

With the Term 2 assessment periods underway, academic reports will start being released in the near future, commencing with Year 12 in Week 3. These reports communicate various matters to parents, with each of these outlined in our newsletter in the coming weeks. A reminder to all students and parents that these reports indicate student absences, including both explained and unexplained whole-day and partial absences. Now would be a good time to double check that all absences, both whole-day and partials, have been explained before reports are finalised.

We recommend parents and students regularly check the school portal to view student absences and ensure boys’ attendance records are up to date. Any absences (both whole day and partial) that are not currently explained need a parent to email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with reasons for the absence so that the student’s attendance is updated on time for distribution of reports.

Change to Close Contact Rule

Regarding absences, this week the new close contact rules have also changed. Students who are close contacts of positive cases may return to school, as long as they have no symptoms and follow the close contact guidelines, including daily rapid antigen testing (RAT) for 7 days and wearing a mask indoors. Additional supplies of RAT kits will be distributed to all schools for distribution to students in coming weeks. Students and staff returning to school after testing positive are also recommended to wear a mask for an additional 3 days after the 7-day isolation period.

School Uniform

Recently, the school has received several enquiries about the uniform as the weather cools. It’s important for students to remember that when in their sports uniform they must wear the school sports jacket or Year 12 jersey. When wearing the school uniform, they must wear the school pullover, Year 12 jersey or the school blazer. A white t-shirt may also be worn underneath the school shirt for colder weather but must not be visible. Any other items including school memorabilia such as the Sydney High hoodie or Armidale jumper may not be worn to or from school or at school events.

We’ve also had several queries regarding the school blazer. Sky blue braid around the edges of the blazer may be worn by students who are entitled to wear a Line (i.e. for school representation at the highest levels for Sports, Chess, Debating, Music etc.), by those who have achieved House Colours, and by those who achieve the platinum School Award. The school badges regulations can be found in the portals:

  • Student Portal under: R Drive \ School Admin \ School Policies \ Co-Curricular & Leadership \ Badges Regulations
  • Parent Portal under: School Reference Documents \ School Policies \ Co-Curricular & Leadership \ Badges Regulations

Students Reported Doing Well

On a final note, I recently received an email from a member of the public praising the good behaviour of two unnamed Junior School students. These boys respectfully addressed a fellow passenger at Central Station to check whether they could sit in close proximity to him on the platform. This gentleman stated that his interactions with them showed their impeccable manners, which are especially important in these situations today given varying levels of comfort when in close proximity to others.

While seemingly minor actions, it’s important to note that even the simplest of respectful acts are often noted by those around us. Well done to these two students on upholding the school values!
Jamie Kay
Relieving Principal

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