Presentation Night 2016
Special guest, Magistrate Michael Barko, Mr. Alex Greenwich (Member for Sydney), Mr Rod Megahey (Director Public Schools NSW – Port Jackson), Mr Brad Hall, Development Manager, School of Computer Science and Engineering, UNSW , Mr Vince Del Zio (CEO Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation), Mr Geoff Andrews (chairman, SHSF Inc.), Mr Paul Almond (President SHSOBU), staff, parents, Old Boys, and prize winners – thank you all for joining us to share in the many achievements of High boys.
In 2015 we returned to ‘nurturing scholar-sportsmen since 1883’ as our focal statement. We published our Strategic Plan 2015-17 focussing on: maximising student potential by challenging the accomplished and energising the disengaged; improving literacy by building more sophistication and skill in student writing capacity; and enhancing teaching by polishing teacher practice by means of an observation and reflection cycle. In order to manage the challenges of the School Excellence Framework, the Student Wellbeing framework, the Literacy Continuum and the 5-P Planning process, we created a temporary HT position to oversee the integrated planning process and to manage co-curricular activities. We gathered data from staff, students and parents. All staff produced a personal performance and development plan and participated in at least two lesson observations. We commenced negotiating Individual Learning and Support Plans for a large number of students, coordinated by the HT Wellbeing and involving multiple Year Advisers, the Student Learning and Support Officer and parents.
At the HSC examination challenges were set for each course. Nineteen courses exceeded them and 14 did not. In percentages of band 6/E4s for each course, 17 courses achieved them and 16 did not. Our top three z scores were: design and technology 1.64, business studies 1.46 and software design and development 1.44. The average ATAR was 94.29 with an unprecedented 83.57% of boys earning ATARs of 90 or higher. Just 5.77% of boys scored <80 ATAR. Boys who enrolled after Year 7 by means of local selection averaged 91.58 ATAR, just 2.9% below those selected by SSET results. Considering the size of the cohort (209) the quality of the results reflects the great collaboration and conscientiousness exhibited by staff and students.
Outstanding HSC individual results this year included Leonard Mah, William Chang and Peter Ryan scoring maximum ATARS. In our HSC course top ten results, Aidan Karahashan came first in 2-unit mathematics with Luke Hoad and Preetham Kaddapu tied for ninth. David Kim topped business studies with Ben Wu 8th. Aashray Narula was third in German Continuers. Kevin Ni was 4th in software design as was Sudarshan Arvind in economics. Vishal Karnamadakala had his body of work hung at ARTEXPRESS.
William Chen was the national winner of the UNSW Australia and NZ Economics Competition. Nicholas Lee was the national winner of the Business Studies Competition. In the International Competition and Assessment for Schools competitions, James Ye was awarded the top score for NSW and ACT in Science, while Fayed Morshedi achieved the highest score in NSW and ACT for the English Test. Kevin Ke represented Australia at the Asian Physics Olympiad. Roger Wu came first in NSW in the ASX Share Game. Tom Liu placed 3rd in Australia in the National Geographic Australian Geography Competition.
In debating, our GPS team were champions, claiming the Louat Shield. Our Year 10 team were GPS champions and also won the Year 10 Teasdale Cup for NSW state schools. Max Koslowski and Thomas Shortridge won the national final of Dr Evatt MUNA Competition. Our GPS Chess team regained the GPS trophy from SGS.
In sport, our open basketball teams had another successful year. They won the first and second grade GPS Competitions. They won the CHS Knockout Champions trophy. They placed second in the NSW Schools Championship and 4th at the National Schools Basketball Competition. High volleyball also made history this year winning the inaugural official GPS competition undefeated. Second grade were also champions. The 16s team won a silver medal at the national schools volleyball competition. High won the All-Schools target Rifle shooting Championships. The Second Grade team won the GPS title again. Our sabre and epée teams won gold at the Schools Teams National fencing competition. Our table tennis team won the CHS Schools Knockout. Our team won the GPS U16 cross-country competition. At the GPS athletics Carnival, Ben Nguyen won the 13 years long jump and 90m hurdles. Lucas Wong won the U15 100/200m double. At the CHS athletics carnival, High medalled in three relays and six individual events. Our team retained the Kippax Cup as the highest scoring boys’ school. In rowing, at the CHS regatta, High retained the Peter Bond Cup for boys’ schools. High crews earned: 8 gold, 8 silver and 7 bronze medals. Tim Trent was Champion Junior Rower with 3 golds.Individual NSW representatives this year were: Brendan Kong (ice-hockey), Dibyendu Roy, Terence Mui & Ryan Chan (Badminton), Oscar Dumas (basketball), Keving Guan (short track ice skating), Edward Belokopytov & Alex Yeung (table tennis) and James Siu (fencing). CIS representatives were: Kazi Hasan & Ben Nguyen (athletics); Nathan Sutton and Bailey Musulin (basketball); James Luo, Allen Guo, Kevin Guo, Andrew McNaughton, Leonard Mah and Sam Musgrove (swimming). CHS representatives were: Sam Musgrove (rugby), Sunny Xu & Kevin Robinson (volleyball) and Thomas Shortridge (debating).
By any measure, the all-round achievements of our students in 2015 were impressive. We are producing fine scholar-sportsmen. To those of you who are leaving High after tonight, I congratulate you on your contributions. In closing I offer some speculations as to the shape of your working world ahead. In 2012, Dr John Barrett delivered a TED Talk on the internet of things – where the web and the physical world meet. Connectable things will have a unique identity, will be able to communicate, will possess senses and will be controllable from anywhere. Embedded low-consumption electronic circuits such as those now being made by Nordic Semiconductor will allow ‘things’ such as wearables for fitness and health, biometric technology and aged health status monitoring, to have ultra-low power chips embedded. Blue tooth low energy batteries and cloud-based analysis will allow management of home appliances, cooking and cleaning, shopping and the regulation of public utilities – street lights, traffic management, or grid-controlled power supply. Public–private partnerships will be set up to create ‘smart cities’. Cutting edge companies like Sierra Wireless, Invensense, Splunk or Logmein are focussing on the internet of things. An Australian company, Altium, has joined with the world’s leading engineering software company, Dassault Systèmes, to produce SOLIDWORKS an electronic computer-aided design product which will connect design data between electronic CAD and mechanical CAD software environments. Printed circuit board technology will be used to increase productivity in the design of intelligent products. McKinsey Consulting estimates a global commerce in the internet of things to be worth 2.7 trillion dollars within a generation.
Barrett postulates that much of time in the future will be spent interacting with things using six functions. We will connect with things to: learn about them; monitor with them; search for things we cannot locate; manage our vehicles, services and roads; control our appliances via grid decisions on power use in peak times; and to play with a numbing array of interactive games. The next step will be implants in humans to interact with the world of things. The rights to privacy and intellectual property might be challenged severely in a 3D interactive internet world connected to things. By middle age you will be navigating through an internet-controlled world.
Congratulations to all prize winners tonight. I hope that the Class of 2015 enjoys good fortune, personal reward and an exciting life in the years ahead. It was an honour to serve as your Principal.