High Notes, Vol 10 No 18, June 12 2009
From the Principal
Train Travel Compliments
The UAI has been Replaced by ATAR
Australian Sports Foundation Donations
Electrical Substation Contractor Appointed
From the Andrews Library
Junior and Integrated Book and Cyber Library
Seniors are reminded that they are allowed to work in the Andrews Library, even when the Senior Library is open. This is because the Andrews Junior Library is their only access to senior book resources
New books on the "new book" shelves this week- mostly Seniors' resources
Non Fiction resources:
Year 10 Parents
Year 10 Parents subject selection for the HSC
You have to pay $3 and book by ringing 9314 4888. This talk will be delivered on Tuesday 16 June
2009 at the Bowen Library and Community Centre, 669-673 Anzac Parade, Maroubra.
Year 11 Parents Meeting
The Year 11 Parents Year Group will be holding a meeting on:
Date: Tuesday 30th June, 7.30pm
Mr Steve Codey, the Year Adviser for our boys, has offered to come along and discuss with us the HSC subject choices for Year 12. Mr Codey has just recently attended an in-service with the Board of Studies on the HSC, assessments, special provisions etc .
He will also have information on subject selection and the number of units boys should do for the HSC. I'm sure we will all find this very useful.
For further details or to add agenda items, please contact Steve Saunders
ASX Sharemarket Game 2009
Game 1 of the Australian Schools Share market Game was highly successful and enjoyable for High students this year. Sydney High had 134 syndicates, of between one and four students competing in this national competition. 90% of our syndicates finished the Game with their portfolios in profit. Over the eight week period in which the game was conducted, there had been a lot of volatility and uncertainty in the market. Over 40,000 students participate nationally in this year's game. The ASX Share Market Game has become an integral part of out Commerce Program and it is keenly contested by Senior Economics and Business Studies students, although once again Yr 9 and Yr 10 Commerce students outperformed their senior colleagues. The national winner finished with $99,841 and the leading NSW syndicate, $87,106. Congratulations to Andy Ho Yr 10 who came 7th nationally and 3rd in NSW with a total of $86,398, for which he receives a cheque for $250 and a trophy. This prize will be presented to Andy at an upcoming school Assembly.
Andy Ho. (Deathalicious)
Adrian Zhang (Dizzy Spells)
Albert Nguyen and Eric Du (Prehistoric Raptors)
2009 National Chinese Eisteddfod
After the group competition, there was also the individual competition. Even though there were a few Year 8s who signed up for individual, but because of the Armidale trip, I happened to be the only one from Year 8 who actually attended the individual. I was in the 13 to 15 year old Group B, which was upstairs in room 4 and was from 11:30 to 12:10. The group consisted of 15 people, many of whom were girls and I was third last on the list.
There were three adjudicators sitting at the back of the classroom, and when our number was called, we could then recite our poem. There were a few girls from Strathfield Girls High that did outstandingly in my opinion, so I thought I had no chance of winning. Finally, my number was called, and I recited my poem with a lot of emotion, and I really tried hard to do well. When the results were given out by the adjudicators, I was so relieved and pleased when I heard that I came 2nd. The person who came 1st was a girl from Strathfield Girls High. In the end, after the group was gathered for a photo shoot, I went and collected my prize money and my silver medal.
Congratulations to all the of the team members who participated in the competition, and thank you
for all the hard training they have been through in the past months. We enjoyed the experience,
and next year, our goal will be to achieve the best.
Hi, it's me again! Let's start with the Year 8 and 9 combined group.
To tell you the truth, the reason that we had an AWESOME combined group was due, ironically, to the slackness of Year 9. Originally only seven people registered to be in the group. This was a far cry to the response from Year 8 and a far shout from the flood of responses from Year 10. However, even after Ms Zhang combined the Year 8 and 9 groups together we still had people who wouldn't be able to make it on the day! Who knew that a rugby game in Armidale (an 8 hour drive) could affect attendance to the Chinese Eisteddfod (a 10 minute drive). Maybe it was the threat of swine flu that mixed things up and made people think that it was easier being at Armidale than at Strathfield Girls High School.
Practice for the big occasion wasn't that smooth either. Some Year 9s slacked off, some Year 8s slacked off and were kicked out, and some had addled minds as described in the previous paragraph. However, the Year 8s added spice to our group, one that would prove invaluable on the day (when Jeff uttered two Chinese words (bow) on that Saturday, some parents couldn't stop laughing). No, the real advantage of having a mixed group was the large variety of sounds and expressions.
In the end, our performance was flawless, due to the amount of hard work put in by Ms Zhang. After a nervous wait, our group was awarded second, one better than last year. Being in a different group, the others in Year 10 managed to attain second place as well. We were both beaten by groups who had a huge advantage over us. This fact demonstrates the dedication and amount of hard work that Ms Zhang puts into both groups.
I also had an individual recitation this year. Unfortunately, I was the only one game enough in my Year to tackle this challenge again. Unlike the group preparation, preparation for my individual recitation went smoothly, alternating from sessions with Ms Zhang and sessions with my mother. Their combined efforts would eventually lead to something.
As I sat waiting to say my poem (The Grass Song), I realised that I was sitting next to the girl who had beaten me last year! Actually I'd already known and I'd acquainted myself with her. For all her maturity, Mia was still only a Year 8 student at Cherrybrook, but she was the sweetest person you'd ever meet. Anyway, as we wished each other luck, I was attacked by a fit of coughing. All my plans had fallen apart now, and my primary goal was to finish reciting my poem without coughing.
To make matters worse, I was in the best group of speakers (many were born overseas and spoke
Chinese fluently). After finishing my poem, I achieved a solid third place. I felt good after
that, beating the 15 speakers in my group. Mia came first again. I'd really like to thank Ms
Zhang for making this all possible for me and for helping me every step of the way.
Congratulations to the following winners An outstanding achievement from our groups- We came back with 4 trophies 10-12 Age Group
Year 7 students: 3rd place winner
Andrew Cheung, Kevin Chong, Sunny Cheng, William Du, Andrew Zhang, James Huo, Christopher Wang Peter Stephen, Abdul Ali, Kenny Liu (Yr 8)
Year 8 and 9 Combined group – 2nd place winner, division A
Ian Li, Kenneth Yu, Marshall Li, Jeff Peng, Hardy Zhu, Ming-En Chin, Daniel Lin, Edward Koo, Peter Wu, Yu Jin Wu, Nathan Tang, William Zhou
Year 10 Group – 2nd place winner, division B
David Chen, Simon Chen, Lawrence Lu, Warren Dang, Yale Wong, Vincent Wang, Charles Wu, Henry Sit, Henry Lu, Anthony Xu
Years 11 and 12 Combined Group – 3rd place winner
Daniel Luo, Huang Huang, Merlin Li, Tian Yu Li, Richard Lin, Edward Sun, Bailey Yan, Michael Wang, Nathan Huang, Steven Ke, Daniel Lo, Tim Zhong
Da Vinci Decathlon Results
Last Tuesday 2nd June Ms Barr had the pleasure of accompanying Year 9 and Year 10 teams to Knox Grammar at Wahroonga to compete in the all-day event against approximately 50 schools in each division. Patrick Krakovsky, Suman Prusty, Jonathon Adhika, Ming Chin, Edward Naoumov, Abeer Khan, Jamian Vuong and Christopher Chiam achieved bronze – a wonderful result given the difficulty of the tournament and the skill of the other competitors. The Year 10 team was disappointed to be denied their 3rd place which was awarded to Knox after a tied result required a countback. These students- Samuel Beston, Dawen Shi, Nikhil Autur, Samir Kinger, Max Wei, Austin Ly, Ashwin Rudder and Dominic Nguyen were outstanding across all disciplines on the day. They were most gracious about the result.
On Thursday 4th June, Ms Eggleton was proud to accompany Years 7 and 8 teams to the same event.
Once again, the boys performed well, particularly as only 4 of the 16 students had participated
previously. The Year 7 group managed to come 1st in the mathematics section and 11th in the
overall tournament. Congratulations to Tom Du, Henry Feng., Michael Hauser, Anes Karahasan,
Joseph Lui, Ryan Rawnak, Robert Tan, Sida Wang. Year 8 managed 13th overall, with great results
in Engineering, Art and Poetry, Maths and Forensics. Jason Lam, Alexander Nguyen, Safat Sufian,
Calum York, Daniel Cordas, Bob Jin, Kin Pan, Jacky Zhu, Well done!
Last Thursday as rain threatened, eight Year 7 and eight Year 8 travelled by train with Ms Eggleton to Knox Grammar to attend the Da Vinci Decathlon. We competed against 43 other teams each in 10 domains ranging from Creative Producers to Maths and General Knowledge to Art and Poetry.
The Year 7 team were proud to come 1st in Maths and 11th overall. Our overall score was not helped by confusing crocheting with croquet in the Creative Producers section. We wonder what the examiners were thinking!
It was a very enjoyable day helped by the pizza for lunch. We truly thank Ms Eggleton not only
for her help and support on the day but also during the preparations over the last 2 terms and Dr
Jaggar for supporting this event.
School Staff Selection Panel Training
If there are sufficient expressions of interest, the training could take place at the school at a mutually agreeable time. Courses are also conducted at the Arncliffe office of the Sydney Region.
16s break through to win GOLD
In the Open division Ist Grade made it through the day undefeated to earn another gold medal and post one of Sydney High's best tournament finishes. It was a good effort from the boys with four players away representing NSW.
The 15A and B teams played well and were competitive all day. The 15As finished highest on the table in 3rd place.
GPS competition starts on Saturday 13th against Scots.
Seconds start at 9 am with Firsts straight after.
Lak Saviya Mufti and BBQ
This coming Tuesday the 16th of June; the Sydney High Community Service Committee will be holding a Mufti Day and BBQ for Lak Saviya. The Lak Saviya Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life of the needy in Sri Lanka, in particular during the aftermath of the Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004, in which whole communities in Sri Lanka were wiped out and are still in the process of rebuilding. Sydney High have had an ongoing relationship with a school affected by the Tsunami; Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya had most of its equipment and furniture destroyed or severely damaged due to the water levels which had risen above the second storey of the school, but fortunately many of the buildings still remain. Since then Sydney High students have donated more than $4000 which has gone straight into the school's rebuilding programme.
The community Service team hopes that fellow Sydney High students get behind this cause and
become more aware global citizens. All you need to do is wear mufti next Tuesday and donate $2,
and/or buy a Sausage and Drink at the BBQ.
SBHS Years 8-12 Entry Applications
Applications for Years 8-12 2010 are now being accepted. Application forms are available from the school, or from www.sydneyboyshigh.com via the link to 'enrolments'.
Applications close 30th July 2009. Phone contact: 9361 6910.
We would like to thank the music staff and parent group for their efforts and look forward to
future music events.
Please bring a plate of food to share with your table and BYO drinks.
HSC Music Workshop
Marching Band - Photos
FED Final Series
SEMI FINAL 2 - FED comp @ KNOX
YEAR 8 (v tbc)
YEAR 9 (v Trinity)
YEAR 10 (v Knox)
SENIOR B (v Barker)
Year 10, 11 and 12 Are you interested?
The event will run on Saturday 1 August 2009 and there is no competition costs to students.
This is a fantastic even for developing matter knowledge as well as reinforcing presentation, argumentative and problem-solving skills. I strongly encourage all boys to consider their participation in this competition.
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.
Phillip J. Day Scholarship Dinner
You are invited to the Phillip J. Day Scholarship Dinner, 7pm on September 8 in the Great Hall.
Alcohol will be available, BYOG.
Welcome: Neville Morgan (class of '65)
(A corporate, tax deductible professional learning opportunity)
A printable form to purchase tickets for the Phillip J. Day Scholarship Dinner is available in the PDF version of the High Notes.
P&C: High Society
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
Invitation to all Parents and Staff, to attend the Annual Joint Meeting of P & C Associations Sydney Boys High School and Sydney Girls High School
7.30pm, Wednesday 24 June 2009
The Campbell Hall Sydney Girls High School
Topic: "Motivating and Engaging Students"
Dr Andrew Martin is an Educational Psychologist specialising in student motivation and achievement. His research has won international awards and in 2003 he was listed in The Bulletin magazine's 'SMART 100 Australians' (and in the Top 10 in the field of Education). His first book, How to Motivate Your Child for School and Beyond (2003, Random House Australia), provides practical strategies for parents and teachers to motivate and engage children. His new title, How To Help Your Child Fly Through Life: The 20 Big Issues (2005, Random House Australia), answers the most important educational questions facing parents and their children today.
Upcoming Parent Meetings & Events (details in High Notes)