High Notes, Vol 10 No 21, July 03 2009
From the Principal
Educational Assessment Practices- a new approach?
Joint SBHS-SGHS P & C evening- Andrew Martin
Winter Sports Assembly
Special guest Andrew Jacques, players, coaches, staff, parents, students - welcome to our Winter sports assembly for 2009. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land where we gather, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation and pay our respects to them and their elders past and present. Our winter sports are very well attended overall in 2009 but we still need boys who used to play rugby to return to the sport. The viability of the rugby program going forward requires at least 3 teams per age group for years 13-16 and three opens teams. If you are playing rugby and having fun, tell your friends about it. I would like to see more boys in cross country running also. Many boys have demonstrated talent at 1.6 kms but neither ran middle distance during the athletics season, nor joined cross country. Get involved boys!
As we enter another winter season of GPS competition, I want to acknowledge the efforts made by many coaches and team members to accept accountability for their personal preparation. School policy is that three training sessions per week must be completed for selection in A or B GPS teams and are recommended for C teams.
Boys involved in outside school training sessions can have one of these credited by arrangement with their coaches, if they are cross training at an advanced level. In the senior school coaches expect further sprint or weights sessions for players in first grade but these additional sessions are not compulsory. They are recommended. Not surprisingly, students who do the extra work will have a selection advantage with their coaches. The log book system is now firmly in place and should apply to all sports. Students need to get their logbooks signed off.
I want to recognise and applaud the hard work of Richard Gifford and Andrew Bennie (Football), Geoff Stein and Paul Scrivener (Rugby), Jenni May (Fencing) Clay Kesting / John Prorellis , Mick Kay (Volleyball) and Cathy Meaney (Rifle Shooting). The Parent Committees work tirelessly to support our sports. Thank you to them
This morning I would like to share with you some experiences from the life of Johhny Warren, a legend in Australian soccer, who was an established Australian football team member in 1968. He played for the St. George club in Sydney. His team finished second last in the first grade competition in 1968. Frank Arok was appointed in 1969 as the first full time professional administrator / manager of an Australian club football team. His brief was to turn the fortunes of the club around. Arok believed that maintaining team discipline was the key to success. He immediately increased the number of training sessions to four nights per week and fined players for being late to training. He provided a training ball for every member of the team - a new experience for Warren. Frank concentrated on game simulated preparation, using interval training instead of 10km runs to build endurance. He introduced the position of ‘sweeper’ for the first time in Australian football. He changed expiring player contracts to include an incentive scheme based on performance. As a result of these changes, St George Club played in the next two first grade competition grand finals. Johnny Warren, in his autobiography, credits Frank Arok with the revival in the club’s success using basically the same players from the previous season. How does this vignette apply to students at High? I think every team member in any sport can learn that success in competition is grounded in physical and mental preparation of individuals and with achievable goals and a plan of action for the team as a whole. Discipline, dedication and persistence are necessary to achieve success in any sporting environment. Together we can achieve greater goals. The catch is …we all have to do the work
All our representatives in winter GPS sports teams should be congratulated for their personal
preparation, their commitment and dedication to team goals. They are the examples of the ethos of
our school - the scholar-sportsman. They are the role models for younger students to follow. At
High we believe in pursuing high quality performances in every area of school life. Our special
guest today is Old Boy Andrew Jacques, from the class of 2004. Andrew represented target rifle
shooting in the Australian Schools Rifle Team in 2000, a year in which he was also presented with
the Australian Sports Medal. Andrew was selected in High’s first grade rifle shooting team
for four years 2001-2004. He was in the GPS Premiership winning teams in 2001 and 2003. Andrew
rowed at the Head of the River in the 2nd IV and subsequently in the 2nd VIII. Since leaving
school, Andrew has completed an honours degree in Exercise and Sports Science, being awarded the
University Medal. Andrew is currently studying medicine. Please make welcome a fine recent
example of a High scholar-sportsman, Andrew Jacques.
From the Andrews Library
Junior and Integrated Book and Cyber Library
Senior boys are reminded that they can use the junior library at any time as they cannot access books properly unless they are among them for a while.
Quiet area for Seniors
Resources accessioned to junior library this week- still accessioning donations for the most part!
NEW MATERIALS ACCESSIONED THIS WEEK:
Senior non -fiction resources: How to make effective presentations – Elizabeth P Tierney, A guide to the flora and fauna of the Rockingham Offshore Islands and Cape Peron – Kwinana, Rockingham and Mandurah Branch of the WA Naturalists’ Club, Transformative Assessment – W. James Popham, Business Communication – Shirley McHugh and Jeannie Pollard
Senior Fiction: Predator – Patricia Cornwell, The mysterious affair at styles – Agatha Christie, Fifty Key Thinkers on History – Marnie Hughes Warrington, Saving the Earth as a Career – Malcolm Hunter Junior et al, The Computer Game Design Course – Jim Thompson, Signpost Mathematics 10 Advanced – Mc Seveney et al, Virgil, a Collection of Critical Essays – ed by Steele Commager, Midsummer Night’s Dream with Related Readings –William Shakespeare, Educating Rita –Willy Russell, Inside Game Design – Iain Simons, The Last Station - Jay Parini, Child 44 - Tom Rob Smith
Senior non-fiction: Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself - Alan Alda, What Great Paintings Say – Rose-Marie & Rainer Hagon, Odysseus UnboundThe Search for Homer’s Ithaca – James Diggle and John Underhill, What Life was Like Amid Splendor and Intrigue.
Teacher Reference: Guided Enquiry, Carol Kuhlthau et al, Getting to Got it – Betty K Garner, The Last Station, a novle of Tolstory’s
Reference: Concise English-Chinese and Chinese-English Dictionary, Collins French Dictionary and Grammar
Junior Fiction: Finders Keepers – Emily Rodda, Kim – Rudyard Kipling, the Sister of the South – Emily Rodda, The Eyre Affair – Jasper Fforde, Goodnight Mister Tom – Michelle Magorian, Naruto Shonen Jump Manga – Masashi Kishimoto, Asterix and the Roman Agent – Rene Goscinny, Asterix and the Falling Sky – Albert Uderzo, Asterix and the Magic Carpet – Albert Uderzo
Junior non-fiction: The Mini Rough Guide to Energy and our planet – Rough
Guides, A Painful History of Crime, Lawmakers and the Police, Prisons and
Prisoners, Punishment and Pain, Crime Through Time – John Townsend, A Weird
History of Science - Outrageous Inventions, Foolish Physics, Bizarre Biology, Crazy
Chemistry – John Townsend, From Ptolemy’s Spheres to Dark Energy –
John Farndon, The Life and World of Queen Victoria – Brian Williams, The Water
Atlas –Robin Clark and Janet King, Bully Blocking – Evelyn M Field,
From Greek Atoms to Quarks – Sally Morgan, Afghanistan - Kim Whitehead,
From Windmills to Hydrogen Fuel Cells – Sally Morgan, Crime through Time
– John Townsend, From Steam engines to Nuclear Fusion – Dr. Carol Ballard,
From Newton’s Rainbow to Frozen Light – John Farndon, Marco Polo’s
Travels on Asia’s Silk Road, Burton and Speke”s Source of the Nile Quest, Islam in
Asia Facts and Figures – Dorothy Kavanaugh, Bangladesh – Doris Valliant,
The Century World History FactFinder – Colin McEVEDY.
From the High Store
HIGH STORE END OF TERM CLEARANCE
The Senior Library has created a 24/7 online resource. It is called "Study Assist" and will appear as a course when you log into Moodle. "Study Assist" contains the following;
"Study Assist" is being added to daily and welcomes feedback.
From the Canteen Team
As we near the end of term please be aware we may start to run out of some product lines. We try to keep minimal stock over the holidays so we can start with fresh stock next term.
Although pides have been such a hit at the canteen, we are no longer able to sell them. Our pide supplier cannot continue to supply us due to illness in his family. Nonetheless the menu at the canteen still offers many delicious alternatives.
As the Year 12 boys sit for another round of assessments we wish them good luck. To our Year 12 parent volunteers, thank you for your continuing help and support at the canteen.
We will need you all the way through to the end of Term 4 and hope that if you are unable to
attend any of your roster days, particularly towards the end of the year, you could arrange a
swap with another volunteer.
H1N1 Flu Information
DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Australia is entering a new phase in its response to human swine flu, known as PROTECT. The change in approach is because the virus strain is currently not as virulent as anticipated.
The aims of the PROTECT phase are to ensure that people at an increased risk of complications from influenza are treated early to try to prevent severe illness from developing, and to help control outbreaks in schools and other institutions.
On the advice of NSW Health, staff or students who have been to an area where there is known community or school transmission of human swine flu are no longer excluded. Any staff member or student who has been excluded from school and who does not have flu symptoms can return to school immediately. The school exclusion policy was inconvenient but it helped to limit the spread of disease in NSW schools.
Instead of excluding people who may have been to an affected area, or who have been in contact with a person with confirmed human swine influenza, we will now be asking any person with flu symptoms to stay at home until they are well.
Any student attending school who identifies that they are unwell, or is displaying flu-like symptoms will be sent to sick bay and their parent or carer will be called to take them home.
Please watch carefully for any signs or symptoms of flu-like illness in your child. These symptoms include fever, cough, tiredness, muscle aches, sore throat, chills or shortness of breath. NSW Health has advised if you or your child develops flu-like symptoms you should seek the advice of your family doctor as you would with any other illness. Parents have an important role to play in helping their children understand and follow the government hygiene advice. Your help to do this is appreciated.
We understand there may be some ongoing concern in school communities, however, we can reassure you that we have taken, and will continue to act on advice we receive from NSW Health to ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of our staff and students.
Additional health information is available from the H1N1 Influenza 09 section of the NSW Health website at: http://www.emergency.health.nsw.gov.au/swineflu/index.asp.
Performance time limit for Junior division is 3 mins and Senior division 5 mins.
Entry Fee is $5.00 made payable to the Music Staff. Please enrol by end of term 2 so that performance times can be arranged by the start of term 3. Please check the Music Noticeboard in Week 1, Term 3 for competition list and timetable
A printable form to enter the Piano Competition is available in the PDF version of the High Notes
Please Mail to: ANGAS Travel, 303 Angas St, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000. Toll Free no. 1800 671 331
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
Thanks to all the boys, coaches and parents who contributed to making Term 2 debating a resounding success with multiple wins in our Eastside and FED Competitions as well as our recent social evening against Newington.
A reminder to all students to act in the manner befitting a representative of SBHS when we are away for debating, including: ensuring you arrive at least 15 minutes PRIOR to the announcement of topics and showing respect for the property and grounds of hosting schools. Schools will be reluctant to host us if we run all over football fields and other roped off areas and it would be a shame to miss out on future debating opportunities because of simple recklessness.
Best of luck also to our Senior squad boys who will be participating in squad selection trials for the Combined High School Team with The Arts Unit and the Department of Education. The trials will be on the first Saturday of the holidays (11 July) and I look forward to hearing about their positive performances.
There is NO COACHING Friday 10 July
GPS Program 2009
Debates shown in bold will be at home.
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.
SHS Football: The Onion Bag
Fixtures this weekend
Dolan Cup, Golden boot and Golden Gloves
1st XI v Shore Won 2-1
2nd XI v Shore Lost 0-1
16Cs v Shore Won 2-1
15Bs vs Shore won 3-2
13As v Shore Lost 0-4
The game started off well, High dominated early possession with short quick passes. Actual scoring chances were limited as the final decision of many of the boys was poor. Runs off the ball were not made, and many times the boys found themselves running alongside each other and making 1 metre passes. Defensively for the first 15 minutes the boys were rock solid. Sida having a man of the match performance, clearing balls and running down fast breaks. Abdul also put in his share of back tracking tackles. However High were again undone by some simple mistakes, a soft first goal so heads dropped. And players began to lose their shape and High began to lose control of the game. The boys had a massive improvement for parts of the game, but the game lasts for an hour. The potential is there. With the break coming, I urge all the boys to attend the trainings planned and work on their on technical aspects at home also.
13Cs v Shore Lost 0-1
This ball could have been blocked or headed out by the centre defence captain but he didn't and the ball ended in the goal. For the rest of the game our attackers tried to penetrate the opposition's defence but they couldn't and the score remained untouched. Some commendable players were Alex Kuang and Victor Yang for sprinting up and down the field and Nathan Kong for doing an excellent job at goalkeeping. Junjie James Kuang, Captain of 13Cs
Quote of the Week
Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship
For existing or enrolling students in year 7-12 who meet the scholarship selection criteria. To apply for a scholarship: www.sydneyboyshigh.com/scholarship
Applications close on 30th July 2009
Developing scholar sportsmen is our tradition
Sydney Boys High School
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
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
Joint Sydney Boys & Sydney Girls P&C Meeting
Enrolments for 2010
Upcoming Parent Meetings & Events (details in High Notes)