Dear PLC Sydney Community

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The Parents and Friends Association of PLC Sydney does a remarkable job.

Over the past few years they have raised over $500 000 to help fit-out the new Junior School and over $100 000 annually to support programs ranging from supplying Native Speakers in Languages classrooms to purchasing adaptive sculls in order that our Transition girls can row. The impact they have had upon our learning has been fantastic.

With the Open Day and Fair approaching, I urge all parents to support the wonderful work of Mr Tony Nejasmic and his team. Find out more about how you can help by clicking here. The Open Day and Fair is compulsory for all students and staff.

This is also an opportune time to mention the regular work of the P & F. On the first Monday of all school term months the P & F meet on level 3 of the Macindoe Research Centre to discuss their work. I present a report, as does our Head of Junior School, Mrs Smyth. It is an effective place to have your questions answered.

Here are some questions I answered at the most recent meeting:

Why does PLC Sydney charge some items separately on the fees schedule? Local boys’ schools have only one bill.
The answer has to do with scholarships. Students on scholarships pay the incidentals (camp costs, technology fees, text books etc.). These are thus listed separately on the fees statement. The fees are all transparent and known in advance. This method allows us to have a simple and cost-effective means of describing fees.

Would the school benefit from a Junior School Canteen?
We currently have two ‘canteens’ operational: Junior School girls can order lunch or purchase food at other times through the Boarding House kitchen. They can also access the cafeteria of a morning or afternoon. To create a third food service would be adding cost for little benefit. Having said this, Mrs Smyth welcomes any suggestions to develop the menus on offer.

Why doesn’t PLC Sydney offer the IB?
The IB is a well-regarded program. The philosophy of PLC Sydney as a school of 1280 girls is to provide a broad and rich program – broader than other girls’ schools of a similar size. We do this in order to build a highly effective understanding in a range of areas (e.g., Science, Technology, History) as well as a diverse creative and co-curricular program. We offer NESA (BOSTES courses leading to the HSC), Cambridge courses in the middle years, a University of Sydney course, a UNSW course and various others.  We spend our resources on breadth. For example, we offer five languages at a range of levels. A thorough report on the IB was completed a few years ago. It clearly showed that for a school our size the costs to our student body of the IB would outweigh the benefits. The IB is expensive to operate. Schools supporting it must pay per student and must professionally develop staff according to their program. If we offered it we would need to narrow our program significantly. Boys’ schools with over 2000 students are unaffected by these issues. If PLC Sydney ever grew in size to 1500 or more we could consider offering Cambridge ‘A’ levels and the IB. There is no need to offer the IB in regard to overseas university entry. More students enter overseas universities with the HSC than enter with the IB. We had three of our Year 12 cohort from 2016 study after school in UK or USA.

Please come along to the PLC Sydney P & F meetings. It is your body. Join the conversation.

And all the best to students and staff travelling overseas to China and Vietnam these holidays.

Congratulations to the six Badminton teams that won their finals this term. Well done!  

Dr Paul Burgis
Principal