High Notes, Vol 17 No 35, November 11 2016

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From the Principal

High Talent
Our 15 years’ basketball team won the CHS Knockout Competition at Terrigal last week. Carl-Joshua Gunther (9T) was named tournament MVP. Congratulations to Carl-Joshua and to Alexander Bassil (9T), Noah Casaclang (9T), Campbell Green (9S), Steven Li (10T), Julian Markworth-Scott (9E), Varun Narayanana (9F), Carter Opperman (10T), Brendan Purdon (9R) and Kobe Shannon (10T), who all played so well together to bring home the trophy. Congratulations also to Justin Lin (12M) for his 2016 Ministers Award for Excellence in Student Achievement – highly Commended in Chinese.

Year 11 Reports
Too many students have not yet discussed their progress with me. Clearance Forms have been issued to all boys and they should be meeting their commitments. The boys are deciding on their courses for the HSC and it is imperative that I speak to them all before Thursday 24 November. Please ask your son for his report and his plans for courses for 2017. Boys need to start focussing on the important months of HSC learning ahead! As from 24 November, strong negative consequences will have to be applied to force boys to comply with school policy. They will be considered not to have commenced Year 12 if they have not met their commitments for Year 11.

Personal Security
To protect personal valuables, the school has taken the following measures. First, it has provided lockers for all boys who require them at a nominal charge. Second, it made laptop lockers available for a nominal charge. Third, in PE classes and at sporting events a ‘valuables bag’ is held by teachers and students are encouraged to lodge with them any wallets, phones, keys and other important items that students may have in their possession. Finally, the school has some active CCTV cameras recording movements in high risk areas. It is important that parents reinforce with students the need to be responsible with valuables. Any cash brought to school for school purposes should be taken immediately to the main office for processing or safekeeping. Despite the best efforts of the staff and students, too much theft has occurred at High this year. The school response to this troubling outbreak is to reinforce our existing measures and to add supervision in areas where bags are left unattended. Teachers are being asked to be especially vigilant on playground duty and around the Great Hall during examinations when unattended bags are seen. Regrettably, it also means that our renewal and extension plans for CCTV will need to be fast tracked and will be funded as an item in the 2017 budget allocation.

Traffic Movement on School Grounds
Staff members have complained that car spaces in the Cleveland Street car parking area are unavailable in the mornings due to parents occupying the spaces waiting in their cars or parents blocking access to spaces. School policy is that parents are asked to enter Cleveland St. via gate one and drop off boys at the end of the tennis courts and then proceed out through gate two. Cars driving through the car park and doing three-point turns near the bus bay and driving out again cause congestion and can prove hazardous to pedestrian traffic through the area. The safety of our students is paramount. Parents are asked to try to stay out of the car park area around the gym.

Scholarship Applications
There are only two weeks left for students to apply for the Phillip Day Memorial and Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Scholarships. If you have financial needs due to family or special circumstances; if you are a great all-rounder; or if you have a special talent that needs extra resources to help you develop, please consider applying. Application forms can be downloaded from the school website: www.sydneboyshigh.com/scholarships.  Applications close on Friday 25 November.

Student Leave Requests – Reminder
Too many parents are ignoring or pleading ignorance about the school policy on Student Leave of Absence Requests. Parents are reminded that in Term 4, 2016 leave will not be processed or approved unless four weeks’ notice has been given. The effect of this decision is that all leave requests that involve that last four weeks of term must be lodged with me for approval by the end of week 6, Friday 18 November. If you are planning to travel during the school term you need to download, complete and submit the form for my approval by the closing date.
Dr K A Jaggar

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