High Notes, Vol 22 No 22, July 30 2021

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From the Principal

High Talent

Congratulations to Auguste McNally (12T) and Harry Wu (12R) on their selection in the CHS first grade debating Team, and to Thomas Zheng (12T), who made it into second grade.

Online Learning Week Three

My sympathies go out to all students and staff who are trying to manage the teaching-learning process in an online mode. We have the versatility on CANVAS of using the Big Blue Button for conferencing or making the transition to zoom if needed or even Microsoft teams. The feedback I’m getting is that students and teachers are finding ways to get the job done. Concepts and content are being taught right across classes and Year groups. Even chemistry experiments are being delivered! I am very proud of the manner in which the staff and students are managing this second major lockdown.

I hope every student is taking time to care for himself as well as making sure he meets his learning and assessment obligations. Psychological wellbeing is important as a precursor to learning. When we are stressed, we secrete chemicals which narrow our focus and make us ineffective in our thinking and analysing. Make sure you get exercise every morning before starting your online day and try to get some more each afternoon. A change of scene usually refreshes us.

I need to warn you that we are following up on students who miss online lessons or who are fractional truants for part of lessons. Ms Ilic is ringing and emailing parents when multiple lessons have been missed or when partial attendance is frequent. This information is fed back to Year Advisers. Some teachers are putting secret questions or online quizzes into their lessons to ensure student attendance.

HSC Trial Examinations

Since the Premier’s announcement of an extended lockdown, Years 7-11 will stay in online mode until the end of August. The HSC Trial Examinations will be held in the Great Hall and other venues on site, depending on the distancing protocols that may be in place at that time. Year 12 students should be prepared to have different venues assigned according to their name or enrolment number. We had assumed a lockdown extension and planned to commence HSC Trials on 16 August, so the examination timetable as distributed by Ms Kim is still the latest and most current one.

We will run a References Assembly for Year 12 by zoom on the afternoon of the last scheduled Trial Examination on Friday 3 September at 1430. We will send Year 12 the references package as an email with an attachment. As Year 12 will not have physical contact with their teachers, at this stage, we will send all teachers electronic versions of the Teacher’s Reference Form. Year 12 students then only have to email to Dr Pinnington-Wilson the names of the three teachers who they wish to complete reference sheets for them. (An electronic register of names might be used.) They also have to complete and lodge their personal paragraphs. As usual, the Valete form will have to be completed and emailed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Year 12 Reports will not be available on the usual date this year. Due to the delayed commencement of the Trial Examinations, examination marks will not be due until 17 September, which is the last day of term. Soft copies of the reports will be available from September 22. Hard copies will be included in the farewell Portfolio, available from the day of the last HSC examination in November.

I will follow up this commencement communication with a letter to Year 12 students and parents next week.
Dr K A Jaggar

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