High Notes, Vol 10 No 22, July 10 2009
From the Principal
Last week of Term 2
Issuing of Reports
Parent Teacher Evenings were a success
They expect a balance of autonomy and support from employers. Shaw and Fairhurst (2008) found that when looking for employment money was rated after: training, management style, work flexibility and staff activities. They can multi task and manipulate multiple technical gadgets. Fontana (2008) suggests that the employment process has been turned on its head with potential Gen Y employees scrutinising the organisation, not the other way around. Gen Y workers seek connectivity with ideas rather than organisations.
They desire to be challenged and understand how teamwork and networking can be used to solve problems.
Parents, you have one of these different individuals living with you and some teaching your sons.
Let us hope that together we can meet their personal and educational needs. If we do not, they
might find web 2 substitutes.
From the Andrews Library
Junior and Integrated Book and Cyber Library
Senior boys are reminded that the holidays are fast approaching and that can mean time to catch up on some reading. The Andrews library has been accessioning loads of new senior fiction lately.
GENRE DOTTING AND SEARCH TERMS
Black Rabbit Summer – Kevin Brooks
The Cellist of Sarajevo – Steven Galloway
Daniel Fang, Krishna Visvaa, Christopher Pinto, Amarbir Singh, Andrew Tayeh and Raghib Siddiquee recently competed in the highly competitive Sydney Eisteddfod Performing Arts Challenge. All students delivered impressive speeches which were both entertaining and insightful. Special congratulations go to Daniel Fang and Amarbir Singh who won Highly Commended Awards and Krishna Visvaa who won 3rd place. We congratulate all students on their achievements and encourage them in future competitions.
Khushaal Vyas in Year 8 competed in the NSW State Final of the Rostrum Voice of Youth_public speaking competition on Saturday 27th June. The event took place at the NSW State Parliament. Khushaal was one of 6 students who won a place in the Junior Division of the State Final. This is an impressive achievement considering the competition was open to all secondary schools in NSW, with 600 students entered into the first round. We congratulate Khushaal on this amazing achievement. Early next term we have the local final of the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award.
This competition is run by the Department of Education and involves schools from across NSW.
Sydney Boys will be sending two representatives, with students being required to deliver a
prepared and impromptu speech.
My Experience at the State Final of the Rostrum Public Speaking Competition
It was enough to make me forget why I was there in the first place! Anyway, we had that day just to look at our rooms and unpack. We then went to the NSW State Parliament House, where we would be competing. We had a run through of the program for the next day and went out to eat.
The next day, we went out for a very filling breakfast. A chocolate 3 stack pancake! We then walked to Darling Harbour for a Tour of the Harbour by ‘Water Taxi’. Along the way, we got to know each other and all of us competitors ended up becoming the best of friends. After that, we went to the ‘M9 Laser Skirmish’ at Darling Harbour. After 2 thrilling games, we headed back to our hotel to get ready for the competition.
Nerves started running high. But for the first time in my public speaking career, I did not feel very nervous. I was very happy just to have met a great bunch of kids and to have gotten this far in the competition. (I know it sounds corny, but I’m being honest).
Once we arrived at the NSW Parliament House, we took our seats and began. The quality of each speech was fantastic!
Then we had the impromptu section. (Given 15 minutes to prepare a 3 minute speech). I was happy the way I performed. Unfortunately, I did not win the competition. Naturally, I was disappointed, but I looked at the great weekend I had and the fantastic people I met and I did not regret one bit of it. Hopefully next year, with even more experience I can perform even better and make Sydney Boys High School proud.
I’d like to just give a special ‘thank you’ to Ms Howland who organised these
competitions. Without her dedication, none of this would have been possible for me.
Letters Re Absence/Lateness/ Early Leave
When your son returns to school from being absent he is required to provide a letter of explanation signed by a parent or guardian. If your son is going to be late for school a note is also required. Alternatively you may contact the school by phone on 9361 6910 and dial “4” for the absentee line.
If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Beringer, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name, date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.
Bardia Myth, Reality and the Heirs of Anzac
UNSW Press is proud to announce the publication of: Bardia Myth, Reality and the Heirs of Anzac. On 3 January 1941 Australian soldiers led an assault against the Italian colonial fortress town of Bardia. Two days later, after 55 hours of heavy fighting, the position fell to the Australians in a resounding victory. At a cost of 130 killed and 326 wounded, the Australians captured around 40,000 Italian prisoners and large quantities of arms and equipment. The success at Bardia was considered to be one of the greatest military feats in Australian history. But despite both the scale and significance of this monumental success, the Battle of Bardia has been largely neglected by historians and is not well known to Australians. In Bardia: Myth, Reality and the Heirs of Anzac Craig Stockings, a leading military historian, has written the first in depth account of this important but previously neglected battle. Providing a rare balanced account of the war in North Africa from British, Italian and Australian perspectives, he deals not only with what happened at Bardia but why the Australians were so successful, and reveals the real factors behind the Australian victory and Italian defeat.
Challenging in its perspective and controversial in its conclusions, this is a riveting account of the first battle planned and fought by an Australian formation in World War II. 9781921410253, July 2009, UNSW Press, 288pp, 235 x 155mm, HB, AU$59.95
About the Author
The Lak Saviya Foundation
The Lak Saviya Foundation is a non-profit and non-government organisation established in Australia in 2002 and is also registered in Sri Lanka. The foundation aims to improve basic needs such as health, education, energy and housing requirements for less privileged people in Sri Lanka, also seeking to improve existing or build new infrastructure in rural areas of Sri Lanka. After contacting Lak Saviya Foundation late 2005, SBHS provided financial assistance for the tsunami-affected Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya School. SBHS has since maintained an ongoing relationship with Lak Saviya and the Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya School. SBHS is currently one of four sponsors for the foundation. Mufti days and barbeques have thus far been a great success, commonly raising 4 figure sums ($1000-$1800 on average).
“Almost everyone-regardless of income, available time, age and skills- can do something useful for others, and in the process, strengthen the fabric of our shared humanity……” - President Bill Clinton
High’s warming display of enthusiasm for helping the Lak Saviya Foundation and all charity
commitments gives the Charities Committee confidence to continually set higher goals for
providing the greatest possible assistance to those who need it. All your donations make a
difference and will affect somebody’s life. SBHS will proudly continue to support the Lak
Saviya Foundation and help bridge the privilege gap in Sri Lanka.
To volunteer for the High Store please call Michelle on 9331 7075
To volunteer for the School Canteen please call Tracey or Karen on 9360 4027
USyd Junior Debating Day – Friday 31st July 2009
UNSW Coaching Workshop – Sunday 16th August 2009
GPS Program 2009
Here is the upcoming GPS schedule. Please note that in the GPS competition Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 arrive at 5.45pm for prep from 6pm and debate commencing at 7pm.
Senior Debates (firsts, seconds and thirds) must arrive at 6.45pm for prep at 7pm and debate at 8pm.
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.
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
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
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.
$60 per head, 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.
The holiday opening times and training schedule for the weights room is available as an image in the PDF version of the High Notes
This is relevant to all weights room users, and includes reserved training times for Senior Rugby (1sts, 2nds, 16a)