High Notes, Vol 10 No 14, May 15 2009
From the Principal
Connected Classroom Installed
Athlete Support Program Returns
GPS Athletics Carnival
Anzac Day Assemblies
Australian Sports Foundation Donations
To play or not to play…that is the question
UAI RANGES FOR ELITE SPORTSMEN
Does playing first or second grade for High in your final year at school adversely affect your
HSC results? This is a critical question for students and parents. Our research on Year 12
students in the sports represented in the table indicate that students perform at or near their
ability level even if they participate in one or more GPS sports at the most demanding level.
Several elite sportsmen were awarded entry bonuses of 5 UAI points when qualifying for their
university courses. Parents are exhorted to allow their sons to have a balanced life, even in
Year 12. Success is about personal management, volition and self-discipline, not about whether or
not you are playing sport.
From the Andrews Junior Library
What is special about our Library situation at High? The answer to that is money – specifically – the parent donations of $425,222. Thanks to the recognition of the work done by libraries in our school for our very special clientele; High parents have donated around $53,000 annually to the Library Fund.
It is because of this fund that our school now has both a Senior Library and a Junior Library. Unlike most schools where the Library’s budget was unable to purchase adequate resources High has a quality library. With all the quite justified excitement of creating a Senior Library boys should be encouraged to use the Library database to find the huge number of resources these funds have quite recently purchased. (Library staff is going to a lot of trouble to put subject added entries in so that searching can be fruitful)
It is because of parent donations to the Library Fund that the Andrews Library has been enabled to purchase such a boy-oriented fiction and a Head Teacher personally-selected nonfiction collection.
It is because of the Library Fund that we have state of the art photocopiers, lots of extra computers and printers and that we had a laptop trolley and wireless computers. We have also purchased G Proxy to ensure that parents, boys and teachers can find our catalogue on home or staffroom computers. We now have the software to run a printing and photocopying account for all students, so that boys are free to print up work and assignments.
It is because of the Library Fund that the Librarian of the Andrews Library has been able to run a Literacy Circles Course for the past four years which has introduced both Year 7 and Year 8 readers to brand new books by the latest smashingly successful children’s authors.
It is because of this fund that we have run an Archive with an Archivist since 2001. This is High’s way of reaching out to Old Boys.
It is because of this fund that the Andrews Library was able to open early and provide such a fabulous service that its OASIS transactions tripled from 10,000 in 2001 to 30,000 in 2005.
Despite not being able to raise quite enough money to build a new library outright, the story of libraries at High has been quite a remarkable success story. Its’ fabulous loan record, quality resources and high student usage reflects our enthusiastic students.
In fact our little 1960’s library was so overcrowded and popular that our Principal decided to employ a librarian and re-fit the Senior Study as a Cyber Library -as there is no room for books in the Senior Library space. The Andrews Library had an average of 830 students daily walking through our gate counters - we kept records.
The Andrews Library still averages 700 daily walk throughs even with 2 libraries in operation. The Senior Library, also, is really well used. Even as a Junior Library, we still have in excess of 90 boys in the Library before school. Libraries are popular places at Sydney Boys High.
For the last two years the Andrews Library loaned, on average, 13,500 loans. From our surveys it appears that half of these were nonfiction. The combined Senior and Junior Andrews Book Library has a hugely re-vamped book collection specially selected by each subject’s Head Teacher and houses books no older than 15 years old. Our fiction, magazine and daily paper table is oriented at boys reading and is very popular and refreshed annually by $8000 worth of purchases and includes resources requested by students. In recent years there has been an effort to create a Visual Literacy Collection which is very popular with the Junior Boys.
The DVD and Video collection which has been developed for boys to borrow has also proved very
popular and has added to the variety of resources. Enough money makes our library world go
Student Health Precautions
ATTENTION PARENTS AND GUARDIANS
Although this is a major concern for everyone, we have some students at our school whose health could be more seriously affected than others by contact with any of these diseases.
We are keen to provide a safe, healthy environment for our boys
Managing HSC Stress
A Free Managing HSC Stress Program This is a four week program for students who are currently
completing Year 11 and Year 12. The program aims to assist students to better manage the stress
of the HSC and teaches a broad range of skills that can be helpful in any stressful situation. It
can also be useful for students who are struggling with anxiety, low self-esteem or low mood. The
next program will be run in Term 2, 2009 starting on Tuesday 26 May at the Royal North Shore
Hospital, St. Leonards. Sessions will run from 4pm-5.30pm. For bookings in this program please
call 9514 4077. All services are confidential.
SBHS Building Fund
2009 Fundraising campaign. Multi-Purpose Centre
The Centre will serve musicians, public speakers, debaters, drama students or any boy sitting for examinations. Help us to raise the facilities and profile of the Arts at High.
All materials and instruction supplied. Easy work in your own time, for one or two weeks in May!
If you haven’t found a way to volunteer in the school yet, this is a great opportunity to assist in a very tangible way toward the building of High's new performance facilities.
For more details, please contact Steve Saunders,
All members of the Marching Band are required to be at school for a rehearsal (MPW) from 11am to 1pm prior to the performance. Students need to bring their own lunch that day and will depart from school to the SCG at 1:30pm. The performance will be at approximately 2:15pm to 3pm and students will return to school to collect their cases and belongings after the performance.
ANZAC Day - Photos
20th/21st Century Concert
All students in the Performance Music Program are expected to attend (including Year 7 students who began learning an instrument this year). If you are unable to attend, please see the Music Staff. Please collect notes from outside the Music Staffroom and make payments to the front office by Friday the 15th of May 2009.
Music Supporters Group (MSG) Meeting
Cabaret Night – Please Note Change of Date
Piano For Sale
Senior A (defeated Sydney Girls): Max Phillis, Justin Chan and Stephen Garofano
Senior B (defeated SCEGGS): Chris Wong, Angud Chawla, Puneet Baweja
FED Round 5, SBHS v Trinity, Friday 15th May
A big thanks to the DSG for a fantastic info session last week which hopefully cleared up some of the conventions of adjudications and selections. It was great to see meet some new parents and I hope they continue to be involved with the DSG which is essential for the continued functioning of the debating program.
GPS Team Selections
Students who have not made their co-payment cannot be part of the GPS squad.
Above all, selections are made based on the experience of our coaches and the need to form the
best and most compatible teams as possible. As any parent can imagine, even if a boy is the most
brilliant speaker in the Year, if they cannot work as part of a team or are disruptive to the
learning of others then it is to the detriment of the greater squad to have them as part of the
More information can be found at www.sydneyhigh.org/debating and will be emailed to you on a weekly basis.
Please CHECK YOUR EMAIL regularly and ensure we have current contact details for both students and parents.
Senior Rugby players which include Year 10 have been involved in working together to improve the standard of Rugby played at High. The key strategic areas we can improve upon are
The number of senior rugby players consistently logging their Strength, Fitness and Rugby sessions has certainly intensified. Many thanks must go to Mr Devlin for co-ordinating the Athletics logbook which has made tracking the Rugby Athletes a lot easier.
Many thanks must also go to Mr Tassell for co-ordinating weight sessions at the Waratahs Gym. A highlight and reward for the players who have consistently logged their training throughout the pre-season. TJ has also organised an elite squad of 30 senior players who will be provided with a Body Science training shirt and receive 30 supplement packages at a 50% reduction in price.
The school weights room is open early Monday and Wednesday mornings for Snr rugby players to log their strength sessions. The Rugby committee along with TJ have also been able to feed the boys straight after a weights session on these mornings. Hot baked spuds on a bread roll have been on offer and may even lead to a hot bowl of spaghetti in the future. Too many boys neglect the basic dietary requirements for playing rugby. The intake of Carbohydrates such as potatoes, pasta and bread will help the boys recover and provide much needed muscle bulk. The player’s diet should also include as much fresh fruit and vegetables as possible.
A player should also never be thirsty and should drink plenty of water before, during and after training. It is expected that players bring their own water bottles to training and hydrate as much as possible.
Many Year 10 Rugby players are Log booking for the first time and this will be an expectation for boys wishing to continue to play Snr rugby. Overall, the coaches are very impressed with the Year 10 rugby players who have taken up the challenge to consistently log and improve their Rugby. The following boys deserve a mention and should be congratulated for their efforts.
Vin Anandaselvakumar, Shimon Danziger,Timothy Gollan, Lee Ming, Eric Ovadia, Jonah Petrie, Michael Phung, Shanaz Razeen, Sheikh Siddiqui, Sangeeth Subramaniam, Michael Wong and Isnad Zaman.
There are still a number of players who need to increase the number of sessions per week. Try to aim for at least 3 rugby, 1 weight and 1 sprint sessions a week.
At training it is delightful to see the opens appreciate the Year 10s involvement in their warm-up and into the fiery cauldron of team contact sessions. As always it ends with a handshake no matter who is the victor. I was surprised to see Jonah Petrie, Matthew Petrenas, Leon Li and a few other Year 10s not take a backward step against a superior opens pack. The team contact sessions will continue and are of great benefit as teams learn how to perform their patterns of defence and attack under pressure.
There are some things you can’t learn in a classroom which are highly valued in life. Being involved in the school’s Rugby program will most definitely develop your skills of leadership, teamwork, patience, belief and determination. The next Rugby article will include the results of Year 11 and 12 log booking and our progress with Skills and Vision at Rugby training. Snr Rugby including Year 10 will train on these afternoons
Tuesday & Thursday afternoons 3:30 to 5:00 at MacKay Wednesday sport 1:00 to 3:20 at Mackay Committed players should organise their after school activities (tutoring etc) so that these afternoons are free for Rugby training. Senior Coaches -Mr Hannon, Mr Aldous, Mr Scrivener, Mr Storey, Mr Tassell
Shore Invitational Carnival
On Saturday 9th May, the final Invitational Athletics carnival saw High undergo its final race preparations before the 114th AAGPS Athletics Carnival is held on 16th May. Following on excellent past week results, High was able to continue this form into the carnival, with many excellent placings on both the track and on the field.
The U13s had some amazing results, with Maurice Lam taking out the 100m, and placing 2nd in the 200m, while Hayden Lam placed 3rd in the 100m. Anton Brokman followed up on his successful previous week with a 3rd place in the 90m hurdles. Eric Lee performed well in the long jump, placing 2nd. Ivor Metcalf was the stand-out of the U14s, taking out the high jump, and placing in the hurdles and long jump. Ming Chin also performed well, coming 3rd in the 200m.
In the 15s age group, places were gained by Pasan Pannila in the 1500m, in addition to Kevin Tian in the hurdles and T Ling in the long jump. Brian Kelly continued his excellent results throughout the season, gaining 2nd in the 100 and 200 double, while fellow U16 Chris Morrow jumped a massive 1.95m to win the high jump. In the U17s, Max Kite came 2nd in the shot put with another great result, while the stand out of the 17s was Tim Siu, winning the 400m with a PB of 53.6s.
The highlight of the Opens division was Kerrod McPherson, running 3rd in the 200m. The great results in the individual sprints transferred into the relays. The 100m relay events was a clear strong point of the day, where High posted placings in the 13s, 14s, 16s, 17s, and Opens age groups. It must also be noted that many competitors ran personal best times, however there are too many to name. Much appreciation must go to all helpers throughout the day, in addition to all the parents who supported their child in the stands.
As High Athletics makes the final leap before GPS Athletics on Saturday, the results at this and
previous invitational carnivals speak for themselves. Great prospects are set to ensue this
Sydney High School Rifle Club coaching seminar
The Sydney High School Rifle Club was honoured to host two legends of Australian rifle shooting who delivered a coaching seminar for 14 club students at the ANZAC Rifle Range over the weekend of 9-10 May 2009. The two presenters were Brigadier Bruce Scott CSC who won the Individual Fullbore Rifle Match gold medal and also a silver medal in the Fullbore Pairs Rifle Match at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in 2006; and Don Brooks, a three time Australian Olympian (1972, 1976 and 1988), a three times Australian Commonwealth Games representative (1974, 1978 and 1986), smallbore world champion and world record holder. Each was eminently qualified to deliver their series of excellent presentations including building a perfect shooting position, goal setting, concentration skills and the elements of sports psychology used by elite level shooters.
The seminar was planned to comprise both classroom lectures and range shooting however, poor weather on the Sunday precluded shooting and the students were instead introduced to an advanced laser based coaching computer simulator. The lessons learned by all who attended will serve them well for the remainder of their shooting careers.
Old boys Kevin Chan, Justin Hill, Sam Kremer and Ishan Nadkarni assisted with the conduct of the
presentation. Thanks are also due to Administrative MIC, Cathy Meaney, who provided excellent
catering on both days to the horde of hungry club members.
Four High boys in State Volleyball Team
The Trans Tasman will be played in Brisbane between 4 teams: NSW, Queensland, New Zealand North Island, New Zealand South Island.
Congratulations to the boys and good luck at the tournament
2009 Cross Country Team for Zone carnival on 21st May at Centennial Park
P&C: High Society
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C – Julie Connolly P&C President
Our next P & C meeting is Wednesday 20th May, commencing at 7.30pm in the new Senior Library (please note location). The Senior Library is located top floor of the McDonald wing, next to the art rooms. At the start of the meeting, Dr Jaggar will present an analysis of the HSC results for the Class of 2008. Your attendance is encouraged to hear this important and interesting information.
On the agenda, following Dr Jaggar’s address:
Library Fund Contribution
Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea – Thursday, 28th May
Upcoming Parent Meetings & Events (details in High Notes)
Price ListsPrice lists for the High Store and the Canteen have been updated. The latest price lists are viewable at: