High Notes, Vol 16 No 23, July 31 2015

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From The Relieving Principal

This has been another busy week at High with all boys taking part in class photos on Monday and most boys sitting for both the ICAS test in English and the Australian Maths competition. Thanks to Mr Gainford for his continued organisation of the school photos. Selected Year 8 and Year 10 students were involved in a very intensive two day High Resolves Justice Program.  Well done to the boys for working so cooperatively together and a thank you to Mr Coan for his continued coordination of High Resolves. Another group of boys took part in a Collaborative Learning Workshop on Wednesday with Year 8 and Year 9 from St George Girls, Sydney Tech and SGHS. Ms Eggleton must be commended for the hard work and enthusiasm she puts into the Gifted and Talented program. Good Luck to our competitors in the Sydney East Area Athletics competition this Thursday and Friday and thanks to Kurt Rich for his hard work with the boys.  As for debating the GPS season started well with only two out of eleven debates going to St Joseph’s last Friday. Our Mock Trial team has made it into the top 64 teams out of more than 280. Well done to Mr Higgins and the boys.

In ten days Ms Munro, Mr Barris and I will be travelling up for our annual Boggabilla exchange visit with twenty lucky students. I am privileged to have been part of this program for three years now and I find that each opportunity I have to work with the indigenous students and elders of the community is an enriching and rewarding one. We are very proud of our excellent relationship with the staff and students of Boggabilla Central School and in the light of that, I would like to take this opportunity to show my support for the Sydney Swans player Adam Goodes. Last year at school we introduced a “Reporting Racism” link on Moodle and we launched it by showing all the students and staff the Adam Goodes Australian of the Year, 2014 acceptance speech.  In it he says “I believe racism is a community issue which we all need to address...it’s not just about taking responsibility for your own actions, it means treating people the way you want to be treated whether that’s your manners, the way you talk to people; whether they are your loved ones or the person serving you dinner.” I wholeheartedly agree and I would like to praise the boys at Sydney High who remember this in their daily interactions with others.
Rachel Powell
Relieving Principal

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