High Notes, Vol 10 No 23, July 31 2009
From the Deputy Principal
Train Travel Problem
Immunisation Program 2009
Vaccinations for Years 7 and 10 students will take place on Friday 7 August when a team of specially trained registered nurses will be visiting the school.
In 2009 the following vaccines will be offered to Year 7 students only -
In 2009 the following vaccine will be offered to Year 10 students only -
Boys in Years 7 and 10 have been issued with a parent information kit. If you would like your son to be vaccinated, please complete the Consent Form/s in the kit and return completed forms to the collection boxes in the Main Office. Alternatively, boys can bring the form with them on Friday 7th.
Boys who do not bring the completed consent forms will not be able to take advantage of this free service
Further information about the program including translated material for parents is available at www.health.nsw.gov.au
After the boys have been vaccinated they will be given a Record of Vaccination to take home so that you can keep their immunisation records up to date.
Year 7 students who are absent from the first vaccination clinic are entitled to receive a free course of Hepatitis B vaccine from their GP.
Year 10 students who are absent from the first vaccination clinic will be offered the Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine at the second clinic on 11 December.
If you have any queries, please contact; Mr Beringer or Mr Barris.
Volleyball Knockout Win
High won the CHS Volleyball knockout at the end of last term, defeating Airds HS in the final held at Olympic Park.
It was a good performance from the team which was not at full strength due to illness. In the round of 16 the boys limped home to defeat Nowra in a close game then went on the beat Pennant Hills and Great Lakes in the quarter and semi finals.
The final against Airds was a closer match than the 3-0 score suggests but the team was strengthening as the flu symptoms abated and held on to close the match under some pressure from Airds.
The team consisted of Ritam Mitra (captain), Shorson Zhang, Stephen Dong , Balraj Ougra, Daniel Shan, Merlin Li, Nelson Wang, Chris Morrow, Josh Suh, Jonathon Mok and Nishan Abeysuriya.
GPS Volleyball continues this Saturday against Newington (at Newington).
Ski Trip Report
Our Ski Team returned safely from the Snowy Mountains last Sunday after exhilarating and successful racing and free skiing experiences at Thredbo and Perisher Blue over the holiday period.
Outstanding individual and team accomplishments included:
Detailed results can be found at www.interschools.org.au - Sydney Championships.
General behaviour and conduct of boys during the trip was excellent.
I thank all boys, The Committee, all parent volunteers and other helpers for their involvement in
the success of our venture this year. I also thank Mr Andrew Fuller and Team Captain, Roy Chen,
for their invaluable assistance.
Old Boy Jason Phu, currently in his 2nd year at COFA majoring in printmaking has a group show on at Kudos Gallery Paddington for a short time. He was recently selected to be hung in the Waverley Art Prize . He has been selected to spend this semester in Canada as an exchange art student.
Year 7 Parents Meeting
Wednesday 5 August at 6.30 pm
Any queries, please contact Anne 0423172762
Interested in people from other countries? Have you ever considered becoming a volunteer host family?
Want to expand your knowledge of other countries, cultures, languages or cuisines?
Then consider opening your door to an international exchange student.
World Education Program (WEP) is looking for Volunteer Host Families for International Students arriving in February 2010.
Students from Belgium, Italy, Brazil, France, Japan, and Switzerland are looking for families that are prepared to welcome them into their homes.
If you would like more information on becoming a Host Family, then please contact our National Office. Full support is provided to all host families and their students!
Nikki Medwell Inbound Exchange Administrator
An information pack can be sent on request which includes student photos and profiles. It’s easier than you think & a fantastic experience for all!
Rifle Shooting Trip to Cessnock: Report
Grateful that the trip would only be two hours, Cessnock greeted us with a chilly temperature, foreboding grey sky and a happy array of country folk. Having recuperated from the early wake up call with a healthy dose of sleep on the bus, we walked out from the vehicle refreshed and ready to undergo the first part of our holiday training before the big competition, the GPS. Slapping on our extra jackets and prepping our gear and our mindsets, it was nevertheless with a happy, joyous feeling that we started off our brief stay in the country.
The first two ranges were both at 500 yards and the last range was at 600 yards. Throughout the day some great scores were posted up, with Michael Do sweeping the C grade competition (earning a spot in B Grade) and Brendan Leo and Johan Santoso picking up medals of their own. It was a mixed day but nevertheless an enjoyable one, with special mention going to Michael Do, Brendan Leo, Johan Santoso and Peter Tran for shooting new personal bests and Andy Xie for performing admirably in his first major competition.
The day ending with the presentation of the awards, it was again a joyous group of boys that
re-entered the bus and headed back to school, indulging in a sugar fest. Thanks again must go to
Justin Hill, Kevin Chan and Cathy Meaney for organising this wonderful trip up to the country and
my fellow shooters, both from Sydney High and the multitude of separate clubs competing, who made
the start of the holidays all the more enjoyable and relaxing, a great change from the arduous
horrors of the HSC.
All Schools Rifle Shooting Championship Report
We looked back nostalgically at the scores, burger runs, unfortunate incidents and late nights of the training camp as we woke up for another early morning on the day of the competition. Grateful that the sun had decided to grace us with its presence despite a deluge last Thursday in the camp, the three teams each prepared on the mound at 300m for the first range of the shoot. The All Schools Competition consisted of three matches of 10 counting shots, all out of 50, with the first range being at 300m, the second at 500m and the last at 600m. Our 3 teams of Sydney High Brown, White and Blue performed admirably on this first range, but it was the top team of Sydney High Brown that performed exceptionally at this range, quickly establishing their dominance with a combined score of 242 out of 250 with 17 centres.
With the wind gradually picking up from its warmly welcomed calm of the morning, the 14 competing teams moved back to the 500m mound in the next range of the match. Despite some unforseen distractions we all still managed to post some competitive scores. Sydney High Brown had a combined score of 237 out of 250 with 15 centres, with special mention going to Brendan Leo for scoring a perfect score of 50 out of 50 with 7 centres, a phenomenal effort. And last but not least was the 600m range. Furthest away from the target with the wind starting to do some more swirling and twirling, the three High teams yet again posted very competitive scores. With Sydney High Brown having posted a score of 235 out of 250 with 13 centres, we had taken out the championship, ahead of TAS by 20 points! We went up to accept the Fiona Reynolds Memorial Trophy with pride and joy, but that does not exclude the rest of the team. Sydney High White, the second team, posted a very competitive final aggregate of 674 out of 750 with 31 centres, only losing to Shore’s first team on centres. Sydney High Blue, the third team, achieved a fantastic 602 out of 750 with 14 centres, considering that half of the team had only started shooting this year, beating the other three third teams there. We were definitely ready for the GPS competition, and set out to enjoy our lovingly prepared afternoon barbeque, a rugby match (the most exercise we had had the whole holidays) and a long Sunday rest before the training day and the two final days of the Rifle Shooting Calendar.
Thanks must go to our coaches Justin Hill, Kevin Chan, Joe Banh and Ishan Nadkarni for preparing
us for the upcoming competition, our success is indebted to these committed fellows. Thanks must
also go to our MIC Cathy Meaney, the parents committee, the MDRA and the wonderful competitors of
TAS, NEGS, Sydney Grammar, Scots and Shore for making the competition possible. It’s a
great day out and we’ll be sure to come back next year!
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 ASAP.
Please check the Music Noticeboard 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
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.
Good luck must also go to our Year 7 and 8 Boys as they contest the University of Sydney Debating Union Junior Debating Championship at the University of Sydney today - I know they will have a great day of debating and act as excellent representatives of SBHS.
Nikhil Autar and Samir Kinger are also participating in the University of Sydney Schools’ Model United Nations competition tomorrow. Once again at the University of Sydney, the boys will be negotiating on behalf of the United Kingdom on the UNESCO panel.
Parking 3 August - Volunteers Needed
You will either be accepting money and issuing tickets or showing the drivers where to park. There is plenty of help and support available for those parents and boys who are new to parking.
Save the Date!
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.
P&C: High Society
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C Julie Connolly P&C President
Phillip Day Scholarship Dinner
Joseph McIvor (Class of 2001) will deliver the keynote address entitled Capitalism and the Free Market are Dead. Joseph is currently undertaking PhD studies on why free markets will not work without regulation - a very topical area that should promote terrific discussion.
Gather together a table of fellow parents or we can place you on a table, to honour Alex Belokopytov and the memory of Phillip Day (Class of 1965). Tickets are available using the order form in this issue of High Notes.
Upcoming Parent Meetings & Events (details in High Notes)
Tuesday 4 August 6.30pm: Debating Supporters Group Meeting, Staff Common Room