High Notes, Vol 17 No 34, November 04 2016

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Dibyendu Roy (11E) who has been selected for the 2017 Physics Olympiad Summer School – a fine achievement. It was a great effort by Adam Steele (10T) whose syndicate placed 1st in NSW in the ASX Share Game. He won a trophy and a cheque for $400. In the Alliance Francaise Schools challenge, listening and speaking, Christopher Ta (9R) was awarded first place! Oscar Dumas (10E) was first among Francophone entrants in the writing challenge. Great job boys!

Student Awards Scheme
The Student Award Scheme for points to be earned for this calendar year will close on Friday 25 November.  All students will have their points calculated as of this date. Year 11 Prefect Interns will have their final points calculated and must have qualified to continue as Interns by earning an award this year. Even if they have carry over points, they must earn 100 this year to stay as a Prefect. The 2017 Scheme commences on 1 December 2016. Boys who are close to getting an award should fire up now in parking, school working bees or volunteering to reach the threshold required. Check out your points tally on the student portal.

Scholarships Offered at High
SBHS offers only two scholarships/bursaries – the Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship and the Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation Scholarship. All enrolled or enrolling students are eligible to apply for the Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship. It is a one-year credit on the school account for $1,500. The ‘Selection Criteria’ covers talented boys in an academic area or a co-curricular endeavour. Good all-rounders qualify as do students with special needs – financial or otherwise. There are many boys in the school who would make good candidates for this award. I urge them to take the trouble to download and complete the application form. Applications close on Wednesday 30 November.

The Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation Inc Scholarship is a two-year award with a credit at the school account for $1,500 for each Year 11 and 12. Only boys enrolled or enrolling in Year 11 are eligible to apply. The criteria for this scholarship are different. It has an emphasis on a prior record of service to others, to the school and / or the community. Boys with initiative, compassion and leadership skills are invited to apply. Look for the details on the website: www.sydneyboyshigh.com/scholarships. Do not assume that you are not worthy or eligible. Applications close on Wednesday 30 November.

Weights Room for 2017
High’s weights room offers exceptional value for money. The room has appropriate equipment for preparing the bodies of teenage boys and crucially, it is constantly supervised. When handling weights, technique is vitally important and boys need to learn the correct way to lift to avoid injury and to maximise their benefit from the routine. Kurt Rich, our Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, is a well-credentialed and experienced trainer. His presence ensures that the boys are training safely and sensibly. So, as well as getting gym facilities, clients have a supervisor and adviser to help them during their unlimited visits. The Weights Room operates much more effectively if all boys get their training in how to use the various pieces of equipment and in proper lifting technique, as soon as possible. Kurt Rich provides this service at the beginning of each year and can tailor individual programs for members after the introductory sessions. Having a fixed clientele makes his job more productive and leads to a better training experience for members and better strength outcomes for participants. Hence, we decided to close off memberships by the end of February each year. Boys who have not paid by that time can no longer attend the weights room.

Costs for this service are held down to a minimum and reduced by boys taking out a full year’s membership. For 2017, a full year Weights Room membership costs just $240. Boys wishing to have full year membership must register and pay by Tuesday 28 February 2017. There will be no extensions of time nor another window of opportunity later in the year if you forget to pay on time.

The Co-Curricular Supervision Levy
For us to run a six-day school with after-hours activities for 15 sports, debating, music and chess, we need to provide a teacher/ MIC / manager for organisation of the activity and supervision of staff to meet our duty of care obligations. Some parents are asking: ‘Why should I pay this co-curricular levy when I’m paying quite a lot in co-payments for a sport or activity for a season? The money from the levy is used to pay for the time that supervising teachers/MICs have to spend: hiring and managing coaches, organising teams, fixtures and venues, buying and managing equipment, supervising coaches during training sessions, coordinating results recording / publishing, following up on attendance, awarding participation points in a text file, getting reports from captains, as well as travelling and being there for competition fixtures on Friday nights or Saturdays. All these duties take time for which personnel must have some compensation, by way of time, money or a combination of both.

In addition, the levy is used to pay for physiotherapy services at venues and for the extra allowance given to the Head Teacher Sport to manage the overall sports program. The levy should meet the cost of running athletics and swimming programs which are provided free of charge to all students. The levy does not cover the running costs of sports – coaches’ fees, venue hire, equipment, consumables. All these have to be funded through co-payments.

To clarify why the levy is necessary and should be supported by all parents, I want to share with you the direct costs to the school of management, supervision and duty of care. Staff members are remunerated by way of allowances (time free from face-to-face), or the period equivalent in money or a combination of the two. Non-teachers are paid the equivalent of the period allowance that would be offered to teachers. The cost to the school for these services in 2017 will be > $400,000. At its present level of support, the co-curricular supervision levy is contributing < 33% of these supervision and management costs borne by the school and none of the coaching costs. The shortfall must be made up from general contributions. Please support the school and your sons in their sports by contributing to this levy each year.
Dr K A Jaggar

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