High Notes, Vol 10 No 19, June 19 2009
From the Principal
Years 9, 11 and 12 Reports
Year 11 and Sir Roden Cutler Charities
“Their involvement, their efficiency and their friendly support to all was just fantastic. Many people have commented on what terrific young men these students were ... from the catering staff at the SCG, to disabled participants in the Roll and from supporters generally. For such an event as this, every bit of help, consideration and support (in various forms) comes together to make a very significant whole and the efforts of the Year 11 SBHS students helped to ensure that this year’s Wheelchair Roll was a really great success. We are very pleased with how the Roll went, with the outcome of our allied fund raising efforts (approx $12000 collected) and especially with the feedback from participants in the Roll. Everyone seemed to have a most enjoyable day. I know many disabled people (and other able-bodied helpers and participants) commented on how special it was to have so much enthusiastic help. These young men did themselves and their school proud.”
Laptop and wireless news
Tax deductible donations before June 30
We also have the Phillip Day Memorial Trust Fund which funds a scholarship annually for talented
all rounders or students with special talents or needs. Since 2004 we have been saving up for a
new building on site – most likely to be a Multi Purpose Centre for Creative and Performing
Arts (building fund). So far we have $860,000 on deposit but we need another million at least! We
have plans to erect a very large covered outdoor learning area (facilities development) to
provide all weather protection and lighting for the cricket nets. All of our major projects since
1928 have been financed by a partnership between parents and Old Boys. Help us to continue to
leave an enhanced educational legacy behind us by contributing this financial year.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Years 10, 11 and 12 will take place on Thursday 2 July 2009 3.00pm – 7.30pm
Booking interviews with your son’s teachers
Similar arrangements will be in place for Years 7, 8 and 9 interviews on Wednesday 8 July
If you have any queries, please contact Mr Beringer at the school
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
From the High Store
Sydney High Hoodies
From the Andrews Library
Reminder- No more overdue notices
Online Movies/Online Rules
New books just accessioned this week are...
Throughout the first half of Term 2 the SRC has been busy working on the projects initiated at the beginning of the year. Our number one priority has been to make the Talent Quest a success. Dale Chen (Year 11) and Isnad Zaman (Year 10) have been working with the Sydney Girls SRC to organise the event. It is being held this Friday, the 19th of June at SGHS Hall. It has been an eagerly awaited event on the SRC calendar, with numerous acts being signed up. The Environment Committee is working on the rubbish problem at the school, as suggested by Dr Jaggar. A week long survey is being conducted and the recommendations will then be put forward in a report to the Principal.
Dale Chen (SRC President 2009) has been elected as the North East Regional representative to attend the State SRC three day camp in August. Dale was voted in by students from a range of schools who attended the regional meeting last Thursday at Rose Bay Secondary College. The SRC would like to congratulate him on his success. This is the second year running that a student from Sydney Boys High School has been elected as the Regional SRC State Representative; previously the position was held by Patrick Desmond (School Captain 2009).
Currently SRC online forums and weekly meetings have been alive with a number of topics that are
being hotly debated. One concern that has risen is that the crowd participation at GPS events is
not satisfactory. Policing these events has been put forward as a possible solution. Committee's
have been created to tackle the awareness of what goes into the recycling bins, the slippery
stairs around the school and sun protection for students. We are working hard on these new
projects and hope to finish certain projects by the end of this term.
P&C: High Society
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C Julie Connolly P&C President
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)
Enrolments for 2010
Application forms are available from the school, or from www.sydneyboyshigh.com via the link to 'enrolments'. If you have siblings or friends who are interested in applying to Sydney Boys High School in 2010 for Years 8-12 we would appreciate you passing on this information. Limited places available.
Applications close 30th July 2009.
Please bring a plate of food to share with your table and BYO drinks.
HSC Music Workshop
Marching Band - Photos
Fundraising for Music Tour 2010 – ENTERTAINMENT Books
A printable form to purchase an Entertainment Book is available in the PDF version of the High Notes
Rifle Shooting Trip to Wingham: Report
Reaching the obscure, peaceful country town at 11pm in the pitch black darkness of a state forest, we rose to a cold and frosty winter morning and unpacked our rifles, gear and optimism, ready to shoot. This was a rifle championship competition, the real thing, with competitors coming from all around Australia to hone their skills and try their hands at coming home with some delectable prizes. These were full-grown adults we were competing against and we learned not to underestimate them when their first scores were posted up, absolutely obliterating our past personal bests.
Nevertheless we put these thoughts at the back of our minds, got down on the lush green grass with rifles and ammo in hand to shoot. The best thing about this range was the complete absence of wind, so some of us did end up posting competitive scores. And despite the fact that we were meant to be competing against them, the other shooters assigned to our targets were keen to help us improve our techniques. We each bonded with a lot of the shooters on our respective targets, making new friends and a consequent testament to the camaraderie and joviality of our cherished sport.
The first day ended with a well deserved food break, harsh scrutinising/marvelling at the other scores posted up and the daily cleaning of our rifles. Many of our shooters produced top notch scores, with Ryan Woo scoring his first possible (a perfect score) and winning a gold medal and Brendan Leo, Michael Do and Denis Stojanovic coming home with medals of their own. But with most of these winners having gone off into town to gorge themselves on instant noodles and confectionery, it was up to us less unfortunate shooters, like myself, to collect their medals and present them to their rightful owners. That behind us, we enjoyed a beautiful country dinner provided by the Wingham Rifle Club and walked back to our tent, setting up a campfire, roasting marshmallows, helping push cars out of bogs and socialising on the reflection of a wonderful day.
The next day did not start so well, with a torrential downpour of rain drenching the rifle range and its inhabitants from head to toe. We ended up migrating to the clubhouse to await the proceedings of the day, which involved possible cancellations of the matches or even shooting in this horrific weather.
But almost as quickly as it appeared, the rain suddenly stopped. Looking past the absurdity of it all, we went out and prepared for another day of shooting. Despite this earlier weather, it eventually became as sunny and warm as yesterday and we enjoyed another beautiful day of shooting, posting up some more competitive scores whilst manoeuvring past (some more successful than others) the fresh puddles of mud the morning generated.
The end of the day heralded the presentation. We were anxious to hear the official results despite our consistent scrutinising of the competing scores throughout the entire competition beforehand. They came and we were pleasantly surprised with our performance. Ryan Woo and Brendan Leo came 3rd and 2nd in C Grade respectively and won the C Grade pairs match (their prize of a 6-pack of beer being quickly traded in for soft drinks) plus some more medals on the day for outstanding scores. I myself came 5th in B Grade and won my first ever medal for a somewhat fluky effort today. And the Sydney High School Rifle Team won the Mo Burdett schools team trophy for the second year in a row.
Thanks must go to the coaches Justin Hill, Kevin Chan and Joe Banh and our MIC Cathy Meaney for
putting up with our inflated pride, anguish and various equipment malfunctions throughout the
trip, our parents for bothering to produce the entry fees and trusting our good behaviour away
from home, the Wingham Rifle Club for their hospitality and great food and my fellow shooters.
Even though some of you returned with more prizes than others, a special mention must go towards
your undying efforts and I’m sure you will all take the experience of this trip with
goodwill. You all made the trip just that more enjoyable and exciting for me at least and I am
proud of being your captain for 2009.
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.