High Notes, Vol 16 No 10, April 02 2015

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Max Koslowski (Year 11) who was selected to attend the National Youth Parliament after the NSW competition with Arthur Chao and Thomas Shortridge. Saarangan Arvind (7E) was chosen in the NSW Cricket Academy U13s Blue Squad after the recent selection trials. Great job, Saarangan! Oscar Dumas (9E) was selected to represent NSW in the U16 National Basketball Championship – well done, Oscar! Dibyendu Roy (10E) is representing NSW in the U17 Badminton team – great work, Dibyendu!

GPS Swimming
Thank you to the 106 boys who came to SOPAC to celebrate the end of the swimming season at the GPS Carnival. Our team was weakened somewhat due to injury but the highlight of the night was the great win in the 16 years 4 x 50m freestyle relay. Congratulations to Luke Schofield, Isaac Haddo, Jake Rowlands and Kalem Best. Ian Lai won the 18+ 50m breaststroke (Division) and Jinmin Xu won the U13 50m breaststroke (Division). In the points score our Juniors were 7th, Intermediates 5th and Seniors 6th. In the relays High was ranked 5th overall. The results indicate that High has competitive swimmers and that our depth is more evident than in recent times. Thank you to Mr Loizou for organising the program again this year and to the swimming parents for their support and commitment to the sport.

Boys caught doing the right thing!
Bus commuter Maggie B writes: “Just a quick email to let you know how impressed I was with six of your students this morning on the East Hills 7.41am service to the city. Not sure which station the boys joined the train but by the time I got on at Riverwood seats filled up very quickly and I and one other commuter were left standing.  Your students quickly packed up their things and offered their seats to us. Most people would probably think this is not a big deal but considering what I witness most mornings from students travelling on this line, believe me this was a big deal and made my day!” Thank you to the boys on the East Hills line for making someone feel better and enhancing the reputation of the school.

The Record
Captains of summer sports teams have a responsibility to prepare a short report about the season their team had. A focus on the positives is appreciated and highlighting any good individual performances. Reports should be submitted electronically to Ms Dam. One enduring feature about The Record is the pleasure gained by Old Boys returning after 30 or 50 years who relive moments of their teenage years through the photographs, names and summaries preserved in The Record. Co-curricular activities need to submit reports also. Supporters with good action photographs are asked to email them as attachments to Ms Dam who might be able to use any interesting ones in The Record.

The Annual School Report
A PDF version of the Annual School Report 2014 can be downloaded at www.sydneyboyshigh.com/publications/annual-report.  The report showcases the achievements of our boys in 2014 . It contains a great deal of information about what was learned, what our plans and performance targets are and how our school operates. I commend it to you.

Year 7 Interim Reports
Each Faculty is responsible for producing and distributing the Year 7 Interim Report. Its purpose is to show parents how well boys have made the transition from Year 6 to Year 7. Usually the emphasis is not as much on achievement as on socialisation success and settling into the routines of high school.

End of term 1
Thank you to all staff, students, parents, Old Boys and friends of High who have made this term so memorable for me. The new performance and development agreement was implemented in trial format in term 1, ahead of schedule. Observations of teaching are taking place in a more structured way. The staff handled the new planning processes very well. We are implementing first steps in all three of our major focus areas in the Management Plan 2015-17. Future Staff Development days will focus on different aspects of the Plan. Two premierships were won in basketball, with two third places in tennis. GPS swimming was a solid result just below the middle overall. Our inaugural tournament for table tennis among GPS schools was a success. Above all, I am pleased with the way the school community modelled inclusivity and cooperation and mutual trust when tested. Have a relaxing holiday!
Dr K A Jaggar

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