At Sydney Boys High, there are always a number of boys in each academic year in necessitous circumstances. Many of these students cannot afford school blazers or jumpers. They are often anxious about engaging in activities which will place an additional financial burden on their families. The costs of attending High are much higher than they were when these Old Boys attended the School in the 1960s. Technology has become more complex and compliance has become more expensive. Some of today’s costs include: increased supervision of students; WHS demands from the Department of Education; and to maintain safety and competitiveness in sport, certified professional coaches and access to physiotherapists to triage injuries suffered during GPS sport participation.
High is a six-day State school which contrasts dramatically with most other State schools which operate on a five-day per week program. Some High families struggle to help support their sons in this modern context.
In May 2018, Old Boys Bruce Corlett AM (1961) and Ron Schwarz (1962) met with Principal Dr Kim Jaggar, who had expressed concern about those students whose families were struggling to meet the costs associated with sending their boys to Sydney High.
Bruce and Ron made the first donations to the High Bursary Program and encouraged other High alumni from their years to donate. One Old Boy wrote to Dr Jaggar that he was motivated to donate to the High Bursary Program because he himself felt privileged to have been able to attend the school more than fifty years ago. There is no doubt that these sentiments resonate strongly with many other Old Boys as over sixty have contributed to the High Bursary Program to date.
Some of their contributions have been named after individuals and others after year groups, with the Class of 1961 being the first year group to donate. These funds will provide support to those students whose parents find themselves in genuine financial hardship and who may struggle to pay even a proportion of the annual fees, let alone the whole amount. Bursary recipients are selected by the Principal in consultation with the Head Teacher Wellbeing and other relevant staff. Although all recipients remain anonymous, the School will provide an annual written report of the difference the Program has made to the life of each High boy. Eleven bursaries of $2500 per annum have been awarded this year.
If you wish to contribute to the High Bursary Program and join the others who have committed to enabling a new generation of deserving boys to experience life at Sydney High, please contact the Foundation Office or Bruce and Ron.
Phone: 0435 355 238
Bruce Corlett on 0411 362 626
Ron Schwarz on 0407 766 253