High Notes, Vol 16 No 28, September 04 2015

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Daniel Cai (Year 10) on his success in the Youth Photographic and Short Film competition. His photograph won a prize. Woollahra Council is exhibiting the best of the 200 entries received in the competition. Congratulations to our mock trial boys who have advanced to the last 16 in the competition: Hugh Bartley, Arthur Chao, James Goh, Max Koslowski, Dominic Leal-Smith, Thomas Nguyen, Louis Saunders and Thomas Shortridge. Good luck to our 30 athletes competing at CHS athletics Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Subject Acceleration
More than 110 students and parents attended the Subject Acceleration Information Evening held last Tuesday in the Great Hall. The background to and current context of the subject acceleration program at High was presented and how boys qualify to access the intervention. For any other interested students and parents, the PowerPoint presentation is now up on the school website at: www.sydneyboyshigh.com/curriculum/subjectacceleration

Tell Them From Me Parent Survey
We would really like to get a large data source of parent opinions about various aspects of school operations. The Tell Them From Me survey has been provided by DoE as part of a suite of surveys for staff, parents and students. The data is collated and analysed centrally and can be used by schools for evaluation and planning purposes. The survey is really easy to use and doesn’t take long to complete. I encourage all parents to have their say about things that matter to them concerning our school. It is easy to get involved. Just go to http://sbhs.co/pil15 There is no need to log on. Just commence the survey. The site will be open until mid-October so we hope many hundreds of parents will get involved in the survey.

Open Day
Our annual Open Day was held this week. Louise Graul coordinates all the stalls, activities, volunteers and promotional material packed into a High shoulder bag. Our thanks go to her and all the teachers, coaches, parents and student volunteers who participated in the activities that showcase our school. Our aim for the morning is to show visitors the school in operation. The format includes an assembly to listen to information about High followed by a Q & A with the Principal. Visitors were then invited to attend classes in six different subjects in 13 locations around the school. Other groups were taken on a school tour. There are clubs and group displays, musical performance and morning tea by the P & C in the courtyard. Sports displays were held in the gym.

Oliver Library System
The staff of our two libraries have been working hard since last October to integrate the new platform for DoE school libraries – Oliver. This replaces the antiquated and clunky Oasis system. There are many administrative improvements built into the new software. The students benefit from a more powerful and integrated research capability. Students are able to use their BYOD devices to access library catalogues and resources. The recent acquisition of a number of e-books for loan heralds the beginning of a new way of thinking about and using libraries. Library services are no longer constrained by library spaces. When we ask your support to help modernise the library equipment, furniture, software and services through our Student Research and Resources Fund (which is tax deductible), we are requesting that you re-conceptualise the purpose of our libraries as central places of expertise where individuals can tailor their learning programs to their own needs. Our libraries and our staff can help every single boy to become a more effective learner.

High v Grammar
This weekend is our annual highlight contest against Sydney Grammar School. There is something special about this traditional rivalry. On Friday night our first grade debaters take on SGS to decide the premiership and the coveted Louat Shield. This debate usually draws the biggest audience of any GPS debate. On Saturday we have a full round of rugby and football – our only ‘gala day’ match up during the GPS winter season. Let’s make the most of the opportunity and get down to Weigall to support our boys!
Dr K A Jaggar

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