High Notes, Vol 23 No 34, November 04 2022

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From the Principal

High Talent

Congratulations to Luka Miletic (10R) who was invited to attend the Civics and Citizenship program last week, which included a visit to Parliament House. Well done to Zaydan Hassan (10 M) whose novel ‘Sir Peter Eclas: The Mindral Death’ was published last week – Kindle and paperback. A great example of passion and perseverance! High’s U15 basketball team won the CHSSA basketball Knockout competition last week, defeating Westfields Sports High convincingly in the final after losing to them earlier in the week. A great team effort. Congratulations go to - Andy Zhang (9F), Nelson Lee (9R), Henry Lau (10S ), Victor Chen (9S), Jeffery Qiu (9E), Xavier Perry (9M ), Stephen Li (10S ), Jerry Lau (10T ), Daniel Bian (10E ) and Jonathan Li (10M ). Our 7A volleyball team won the Junior Schools Cup at Olympic Park, defeating Baulkham Hills in the final.  Congratulations go to – Ryan Chai (7S), Adam Flocard (7E), Roger He (7E), Ethan Huynh (7M), Aaron Jin (7R), Axel Lam (7E), Anthony Ly (7E), Pradyum Nuggehali (7S), Ethan Wang (7E), Jamie Yeung (7M) and Daniel Yi (7S).  Well done to our Sydney High Blue Team who won a silver medal this week at the Middle School Ethics Olympiad. Thank you to Ms Eggleton for her mentoring of the team and organising coaching.

Scholarships Offered at High

SBHS offers only two scholarships – 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. 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, a record of school or community service and leadership skills, are invited to apply.

Look for the details on the website www.sydneyboys-h.schools.nsw.gov.au  Hit bottom left Sydney High Community and then Scholarships from the navigation bar. Do not assume that you are not worthy or eligible. Applications close on Wednesday, November 30.

Electives Process for Year 9 boys going into Year 10

Students make an initial free choice with their electives. They are also asked to rank their choices so that if they do not get one, they will be considered for the next ranked choice. Many boys have shown interest in robotics, code-based game development and the online learning elective (OLE). Many others have aspired to accelerate in a particular subject. For those attracted to acceleration, a process is in place to apply and have applications assessed. For robotics and game development, Ms Dam culls applicants based on their demonstrated mathematics proficiency and previous interest in IA subjects. Usually, a D in mathematics is a minimum requirement for entry into robotics or game design. Boys who applied for both will be allowed to do only one of these subjects. For the OLE, students need to have an interest in autonomous learning, a proficiency in using excel spreadsheets and to have a rank of 100 or better to qualify.

Mr Dowdell uses raw scores submitted by HTs to calculate the dux of the Year group, using z scores. I cull the accelerant applicants. The criteria are academic in nature. Students apply to Head Teachers who send the forms of recommended applicants to me for assessment. Students have to be above average across their subjects at the Year 9 yearly examinations. They have to have a HD or D in the subject area in which they wish to accelerate. On rare occasions, highly talented students in just one subject area may be considered if they fall just outside of the cut-off rank. Year 10 electives are designed for students to branch out and test their interests before settling into stage 6 study. Some of these electives are competitive entry subjects. Students need to choose carefully and follow their interests in a low stakes learning environment but may not always get what they want.

Student Awards Scheme

Last points for the Student Awards Scheme for 2022 can be earned up to Wednesday, November 30. If you check your participation file and detect that something is missing, it is up to you notify the MIC in charge of the activity to have the text file of successful participants compiled and sent to the S Records participation file. Awards have to be determined and medallions/ plaques ordered before the end of the school year so that they will be ready in time for our awards assemblies early next year. We are on a tight schedule.  Medallions have to be tallied, ordered and names engraved on them. Workplaces start to wind down for the holidays from now on so we need to be efficient with our process. The outcome is that all medallions and awards are ready in time for our Student Awards Assembly in Week 4 next year.  Don’t miss out on getting all the points you should! It is very important that individual students go to the R drive to check up on their activities and points.  If there are discrepancies, we need to know about them so we can contact MICs or program organisers, so everyone gets what they deserve.
Dr K A Jaggar

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