High Notes, Vol 10 No 6, March 06 2009
From the Principal
Feedback from Speech Night
“Dear Dr. Jaggar,
You can be very proud of Sydney High. I was grateful for the chance to attend the 125th speech night. So many achievements. …Please express my thanks and admiration to the staff for their sterling work for public education.
Sincerely Michael Kirby”
Acceleration and Subject Change Policy
Canteen Awning – Sydney Boys High School Building Fund
Building the Education Revolution
Indicative funding for a school of our size is $200,000. We have had three projects listed since December 2007. An electricity upgrade has been approved by DOC for installation by June 30. The Cutler Drive needs to be widened and resurfaced. The cracking in the main building needs to be stabilised. I am waiting on confirmation that our community does not have to resubmit our project priorities.
The SHS Foundation wants to proceed with the extension and refurbishment of the Great Hall
kitchen. I believe this is a very worthwhile project that will help students but more
particularly their parents, who have to work so hard to prepare and clean up at school functions
held in the Great Hall. I need to consult with the school community before I can amend our
school’s priorities. If you have an opinion on our projects, please inform your Year Group
Coordinator, the P & C President, or me.
Year 9 Gallipoli Project 2008
I believe the reasons may have been three fold. Firstly, he would have gone for the adventure. Many of the men who enlisted did so because they wanted to travel overseas and see new lands, as well as to escape from routine life. Additionally, William Bates came from Ayr, a small community south of Townsville, north Queensland. He may not have ever seen a large city, let alone travelled overseas. The second possible reason that convinced William Bates to enlist was the money that the soldiers were being offered. The basic wage was only introduced in 1907, at the rate of 42 shillings per week. The government announced that the soldiers would also be paid 6 shillings a day (i.e. 42 shillings a week). However, the soldiers would also be given food, clothes and accommodation. As a labourer, Bates may have received the minimum wage, but would have had to pay for his own food, clothes, and possibly accommodation using this money. The final influence may have been the timeframe set by the government. They claimed that the war would be over by Christmas 1915. This meant that the war would only last eight months from the time Australians set foot on enemy soil. Along with the other two reasons, and the fact that he was single, this would have convinced William Holdsworth Bates to enlist for the Light Horse.
Having ascertained why William Bates enlisted for the army, I can now briefly, using all available sources, look at what happened to him afterwards. He enlisted in Townsville, on 27 December 1914 and was eventually allocated to the 4th Reinforcements of the 5th Light Horse Regiment, a regiment of Queenslanders. The original 5th Light Horse Regiment had already left Australia on 21st December 1914. He had to wait until 8 April 1915 to finally board the SS Star of England, and set sail for Egypt, where his training was due to take place. Initially, the Light Horse Regiments were not intended to fight at Gallipoli, where the horses were unsuited to the conditions. However, as reinforcements became needed, it was decided that the Light Horse soldiers would fight after all, but dismounted, without their horses. Usually, the trip from Australia to Egypt would have taken 5-6 weeks. However, 5-6 weeks after 8 April was around 19 May. This means that the 4th Reinforcements most likely had no training in Egypt, instead travelling straight to Gallipoli. For, on 22 May, William Bates was “Taken on Strength”. In other words, he joined the forces of the regiment at Gallipoli.
Having finally come to the front at Gallipoli, Bates fought for over a month in difficult conditions until 28 June. On this day, a fairly major battle took place at the Balkan Gun Pits, near Gaba Tepe. The 5th Light Horse was to assist in the attempted taking of this site (the Balkan Gun Pits). They were fighting outside their normal lines when the allied ships that were watching from near the coast, thinking that the soldiers were Turks, fired upon them. Until this point, the Anzacs had had the Turks under control, and were even pushing them back. However, the firing by the allied ships resulted in the direct wounding of the Anzacs, and indirectly led to the Anzacs having to retreat. During the course of the fighting, Bates’ arm was fractured. Four days later, Bates was admitted to the hospital ship Minnewaska at Lemnos. Travelling from Lemnos, an offshore island near Gallipoli Peninsula, he was taken to Cairo, in northern Egypt, where he was admitted to the Australian No 2 General Hospital (Gezireh), on the 5th July. At the end of the month, he was admitted to the Convalescent Hospital in Cairo, called “Mena House”. At the convalescent hospital, his arm continued to heal.
26 which states that he was transferred from Helouan back to the General Hospital on 30 July, before he had even arrived at Helouan. The other sources do not state this. Finally, William Bates was able to rejoin his unit at Anzac Cove. He came over from Cairo on 28 August on the ship Huntsend, and was soon fighting again. But on 2 September, Bates was shot, and died that evening. His friend, the author Ion Idriess, also of the 5th Light Horse, kept diaries for the whole war and in these he recounted Bates’ death:
'Poor Bates is shot. Poor old Bates. He came over with me only a few days ago in the Huntsend. He had been wounded during the big stunt on the 28th June. He was water-carrying this afternoon. The bullet smashed through the water-tins and pierced his stomach. I hope he will not die...
Evening - Poor Bates has died; only this morning I was joking with him.'
The next day, William Bates was buried at Shell Green Cemetery, where he still lies today. Only
16 weeks later, the Anzacs evacuated from Gallipoli, having achieved none of their goals, but
instead the loss of approximately 8159 Australian and New Zealand troops.
Anti Racist Contact Officer
A message From the Anti Racist Contact Officer
If any member of the school family, in particular students, believes they have been discriminated against on the basis of their race or have been racially abused at school they should contact Steve Codey, the school’s Anti Racism Contact Officer in the Social Science staffroom on extension 122.
All correspondence is treated confidentially and immediate action will be taken to resolve the problem or concern.
This school takes pride in the fact that as a multicultural school we have had very few racial
problems over the years between members of the school community. We encourage all students and
parents, and particularly Year 7, to take advantage of the many extra curricular activities
within the school to develop long lasting friendships with their peers.
Speech Night Photos
Eastside Competition Round 2 Friday 5 March
The topic area for this Eastside round is Social Policy. Good luck to all debaters!
Debating Supporters Group
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.
“It is easy to teach anyone to play the maracas. Just grip the neck and shake him in rhythm.”
Music Tour 2010 to France
This will be a magnificent opportunity for all our musicians to perform in some of the most important ceremonies and venues for Anzac day in Europe.
If you haven’t submitted your Expression of Interest Form and wish to participate in the tour, please speak to the Music Staff ASAP. A meeting for all students and parents who expressed interest will be held next MONDAY in the Great Hall at 7pm. A parent and student representative must attend.
Cabaret Night – Change of Date
Meet the Music – Sydney Symphony Orchestra
Music Supporters Group (MSG) Meeting
The SBHS Music Supporters Group assists the Music Department with financial and practical support to help enable them to offer this program. The group also assists in organising the showcase concerts throughout the year, including the Cabaret Night – an evening of Jazz and dancing and the Annual Music Camp. We also provide barbeques for the boys at some music events through the year.
Being a SBHS Music Supporter does not require a huge commitment of your time. The group meets prior to musical events, usually on a Monday evening in the Staff Common Room. Discussion is usually focused on instrumental requirements, fundraising and planning for upcoming performance events. You may have experience or contacts to help our fundraising for the music program or you may just like to attend to learn more about your son’s performance music experience at SBHS. As a supporter you may volunteer your time once or twice during the year to assist with our fundraising parking, help on a barbeques or assist at a performance event.
Marching Band rehearsal is held on Tuesday afternoons from 3.30 – 4.30pm (Basketball Courts) and Friday mornings from 8.00 – 9.00am (Moore Park West) for all concert band members in Term 1 and Term 4. Extra rehearsals are held in the holidays leading up to ANZAC Day. All students in the Intermediate and Senior Concert bands are expected to participate in Marching Band and attend the ANZAC Day March.
Parents - if you haven’t yet provided your details, could you please give your contact details by filling in the below slip and returning it to the music staffroom as soon as possible so that we are able to contact you about any upcoming events involving your son. This will enable the parent committee to communicate with you more effectively and efficiently. Thank you very much. (Please print the information.)
Kind regards, Music Staff.
A printable form to provide your contact details to the Music Department is available in the PDF version of the High Notes
Senior Rugby players which include the 16s have been involved in working together to improve the standard of Rugby played at High. The key strategic areas we can improve upon are
Many senior rugby players have been attending off-season strength and sprint training sessions and will obviously enjoy the benefits of this training in their rugby this year. Term 4 plus vacation training sessions have been logged and the results are displayed in table form below. Those players involved in high levels of rowing and basketball have also been logged with their coaches. The status comments are based on the number of sessions logged. There are still a number of players who need to increase the number of sessions per week. Try to aim for 2 weight and 1 sprint session a week. These players need to remember how the Rugby Logbook impacted on the players last year. It was not until the last round of the competition that we were able to field a team of 18 players who provided sufficient evidence of their history of strength /fitness and rugby training. This will most certainly happen to the 16As and 16Bs unless more players commit to the training regime.
The Tuesday lunchtime skill sessions are proving popular with many players beginning to comprehend how we can improve our rugby this year. These skill sessions will culminate in a Touch Footy competition where the coaches are keen to see how well the players use vision to perform some of the standard plays and attacking patterns outlined in the skill sessions. Details of the competition will soon be published, so stay tuned.
A small number of players have indicated they want to play rugby but cannot follow the strict training schedule for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, the school cannot provide sporting references to these senior students who may require them. Many institutions (eg Sydney University) are now seeking students who not only perform academically but respond strongly to sporting challenges. What better sporting challenge is there than playing senior rugby for SBHS? There are some things you can’t learn in a classroom which are highly valued in life. Learn some skills that will stick with you for the rest of your life. Being involved in the school’s Rugby program will most definitely develop the skills of leadership, teamwork, patience, belief and determination.
Senior Rugby including 16s will train on these afternoons
Committed players should begin to organise their after school activities (tutoring etc) so that these afternoons are free for Rugby training.
Congratulations to the Rugby Prefects for 2009 - Arun Krishnan and Alden Kwok
SHS Basketball: Shootin' Hoops
High VS Newington High vs Newington 2008 Term 4 (Last time)
High vs Newington 2009 Term 1 (This time)
Performance against Newington
AAGPS 2nd Grade Table
Day 1 of the Group 1 GPS competition saw High continue the return to form by members of the 1st and 2nd XIs with Avindu VITHANAGE scoring a Century and First’s Captain Brian KELLY finishing the day with 82n.o. The 1st XI bowlers ripped through Newington beforehand having them all out for 81. In the 2nd XI Nakul PEDNEKAR and Samuel LANE built a partnership which wiped away last week’s horror result and put High in a striking position against Newington’s 2nd XI. The 3rd XI is in a fight but if the remaining batsman can show some patience and a lot more of the old fashioned “grunt”, and the 16As get a couple of early wickets High could see a top four result from our senior XIs.
GROUND LOCATION MAPS: I get too many unnecessary phone calls of a Saturday asking how to find grounds when we are away and for our home grounds. All locations are on our Website for all GPS Schools. The High Map page will be updated, but the number of calls by players looking for Parkes Drive (CP5) when there is a complete Parklands map on the site was inexcusable. Print a COPY of the location from your computer and take it with you for directions. I am not the mobile UBD for High cricketers!!
SCHOOL EQUIPMENT: It is unfortunate but there is general laziness and lack of responsibility in many of our cricketers when it comes to working as a team at practice and on completion of games. The school provides good equipment for team kits and practices however the users do not assist in repacking kits at games, leave equipment, dodge collecting boundary markers to assist the coach. The worse feature is that some are leaving matches before completion and the same boys get caught to help each week. Last week a complete set of red boundary markers clearly marked “ SBHS – McK 2” issued to the McKay No 2 ground “disappeared”. The worst feature is that the markers were from a bulk purchase the week before and are now MISSING. In less than a week. If you are aware of the location please advise me. Be warned however that if this approach to handling our equipment overall continues we will have to apply a sport levy each season.
ATTENDANCE AT SPORT and FIXTURES: There are grumblings this week from boys who have been marked absent or taken from the Cricket Attendance rolls which are marked each week at sport. Too many are making excuses as to why they are marked absent. The main reason is that the MANGO SHEET (as it is fondly known) is either not read out in class or has not been referred to by students. This is student responsibility to be at the correct activity area. All players are aware that UNLESS ADVISED OTHERWISE roll call is at the cricket nets at 1-0pm sharp and dressed in the correct sports gear. It is a requirement to be in the cricket section that when you undertake the sport you commit to being available for participation in GPS cricket teams of a Saturday. Those who have been removed from the rolls have not met their obligation to sport, to cricket or their school.
AROUND THE GROUNDS: GROUP 1 TEAMS (Two Day Fixture)
1st XI HIGH 1 - 210 -V- NEWINGTON 10 - 81 (Day 1)
2nd XI HIGH 10 - 150 -V- NEWINGTON 1 - 16 (Day 1)
3rd XI HIGH 7 - 57 -V- NEWINGTON 10 - 97 (Day 1)
16A HIGH 9 decl. 197 -V- NEWINGTON 3 - 60 (Day 1) Run scorers were Kumudika GUNARATNE (51), Prashan PRABAHARAN (37) and Oliver PIERCE (26). Wicket takers were Hashan SUBASINGHE 2 /17(6), Shimon DANZIGER 1 /8 (5) and Oliver PIERCE 0 /13 (5). Full Match Report on website.
16B HIGH 4 - 138 -defeated- NEWINGTON 10 - 134 Playing 2 short High bowled first and took the 10 wkts required to dispose of the opposition. Wicket takers were Andrew HUYNH 2 / 22 (5), Caspar PRICE 2 / 14 (4) and Laurence CAI 2 / 14 (5). After losing an early wicket Veeral PATEL (64n.o) held the innings together with Ishman BARI (40) and Sheikh SIDDIQUE 15. Full Match Report on website
15A HIGH 2 - 33 -V- NEWINGTON 6 decl. - 232 (Day 1)
14A HIGH 10 - 55 -V- NEWINGTON 3 - 260 (Day 1)
GROUP 2 TEAMS (One Day Fixture)
No reports received from the4th XI, 16C, 15C and 14B teams for this issue.
5th XI NEWINGTON -defeated-
16B HIGH 4 - 138 -defeated- NEWINGTON 10 - 134
15C HIGH -V- NEWINGTON
14C NEWINGTON 10 / 167 -defeated- HIGH 10 - 87
13A NEWINGTON 0 - 20 -defeated- HIGH 10 - 19
SHS Football: The Onion Bag
Year 7 Football
Sydney High Football Sub-committee
Coaches and managers
Pre season training and log books for A grade players
Please note, boys participating in GPS summer sports, such as rowing and basketball, as well as those in the GPS athletics program, will usually be able to satisfy these pre season training requirements with their normal summer sport training sessions. Check with the football MIC if you are unsure.
Grading and team selection
The Inaugural ‘Jaggar Gift’
The Race for Champions
Brief history of ‘Gift Races’
How does the race work on the day?
When: Lunch Time - Tuesday, 7 April, 2009
Instructions to competitors
SHS Rowing Committee
The day started very early for some of the willing parents who loaded cars at the sheds and then assembled our BBQ/catering area at Bayview Park all before sun up. Thank you to Geoff Andrews, Peter Ambrose, Steve and Cheryl Whiting, John and Anita Petrie.
Conditions were excellent on the day and our Regatta officials enjoyed a busy schedule managing to deliver exciting races on time. Old boy, John Croll (81), handled the microphone giving informative commentary throughout the morning and Mark Ridges, current parent, once again donated his speedboat which was needed to follow all the races. It is also always uplifting to see old boy John Pilger (57), Head of the River First VIII champion, attend our High Regattas each year to support our crews.
All 17 High crews performed creditably with a few standout performances. Our 1st Four (James Eriksson, Max Kite, Tom Peters, Alex Lazarou, and cox, Hayden Schilling) beat Newington and Grammar to make the final and our 2nd four (James Lee, Alan Low, Walter Santucci, Ben Li and cox, Peter Tran) also answered the challenge to beat Newington and row through to the final. The senior Eights both rowed well, with the 2nd VIII, after a perfect start and initial lead, challenging Grammar and Newington right to the finish line.
The catering crew was fantastic delivering high quality barbequed food, drinks and homemade cakes throughout the morning with spirit and enthusiasm. It was wonderful to see so many happy parents helping as it makes the committee’s job a lot easier when we have such enthusiastic volunteers. We appreciate Anita Bezjak’s efforts for rallying the troops and formulating a roster for parents. Thank you to Regan Pallandi, Stephen Collier, Brian Street, David Deng, Phillip Yu, Denis Gorey, Max Montanaro, Eumi and Brian Cho, Paul Eriksson, Cec Eveleigh, Rick Wilcox, Alla Belokopytova, Loretta Street, Anne Maree Keogh, Judy Collier, Annette Ng, Shiran Kaur, Lucy Guo, Fabienne Ovadia, Tanya Arsenova, Angela Pak, Helen Montanaro, Nancy Zhou, Helen Vertoudakis, Minh Tran, Leonie Cox, Maya Iyer and Sankaran Iyer, Bernie and Paul Desmond, Katharine Deacon, Lynda Newnam, Mary Myerscough, Annette Ng, Megan Eriksson, Donna Moss, Dafna Merom and Nada Andrews who all helped on the barbeque, in the tent, packing up, and/or making cakes.
The day was a great success and a tribute to Con Barris (MIC) and the Rowing Committee, who brought it all together – the program, races, catering and organisation. It is pleasing to know we managed to raise approximately $2800.
Boat Naming Ceremonies
We have a single scull (2nd hand donated by Ausrowtec) to be named the ‘Ross Bowey’ and a racing double scull/pair to be named the ‘Oliver Wilson’. We welcome Ollie and Ross, with their family and friends, to the sheds for the ceremonies followed by lunch upstairs. All the rowing community is invited, and if you haven’t been to a boat naming before, it is an opportunity to be part of a special occasion. An invitation is included in the High Notes.
Scots College Regatta
Boat Naming Ceremony
Boat Naming Ceremony
‘OLIVER WILSON’ (double scull/pair)
Saturday 7 March 2009 12.00pm
at the Outterside Centre
Thanks to the wonderful support of parents and old boys we were able to purchase these boats
SHS Tennis Report
In terms of the other singles matches, it was definitely not the best day we have had. Most players had a strong chance against their opponents however failed to close out the points and win the important rallies. Hau Neo succumbed to his opponent’s fast serve and flat ground strokes. Frank and Kent were out-rallied by their opponents who scored winners consistently from the baseline. Both George Panas and Victor Lim played below their usual capabilities and their opponents capitalised on this. Hopefully things will improve in the following weeks, for we all know we could have played better. Victor Lim
This week’s fixtures – SHS v TSC
Other tennis notices
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
We ran out of space last week to thank our Year 8 Parent Group for the fantastic Welcome Party they organised for all our new parents. The evening was extremely well attended and an enjoyable and social time was had by all.
Thank you also to the Year 8 students who assisted with catering.
Sub-Committees and Supporter Groups
On the agenda:
Upcoming Parent Meetings (details in High Notes)
The P&C at SBHS would like to thank:
Non La Vietnamese Restaurant
Penrith Whitewater Rafting
Coogee Sands Hotel + Apartments
Roy Young Chemist
Bali Stick Restaurant
Marrickville Leather Goods
Coogee Bay Hotel
The Thai Tree Restaurant
Cinema Paris Entertainment Quarter
The Four Points Sheraton
The Roosters Rugby League Club
Mr & Mrs Lim of
From the Canteen Team
We realise our canteen volunteers are priceless and we could not possibly afford to pay them all.
However to show our appreciation for their help, we offer a $10 canteen voucher to a volunteer
once a month. When you attend on your rostered day, sign the duty book and you will be included
in the draw for the voucher (don't worry if you didn't sign the book in February - we still added
your name to the draw). The January/February winner is Robyn Gordon. We know her son Max (Year
10) will make good use of the voucher. Thank you Robyn for being a part of our happy band of
Bushfire Appeal Parking
Volunteers Needed - Parking
Your services will be required from 3.00 pm for approximately 3 hours. The event is the Bushfire Appeal Concert.
Proceeds of the parking on Saturday, 14 March will be donated to the bushfire appeal.
High Store Sale
$10 All pre- loved Rugby & Soccer BOOTS Get in early for the season!
Message to all parents
Thank you in advance.
Answers to the CNY Trivia Questions
1. Which language is taught at school, and is used in all official situations?
2. Which of the following statements is true: The history of Chinese writing spans over
3. The palace of the Chinese emperors in Beijing was known by what name?
4. China is the third largest country in terms of population.
5. I am home to the Giant Panda and one of China’s most popular cuisines.
6. I am home to the ancient Chinese capital of Changan, and its marvellous army of Terracotta
7. Moon cakes are associated with what Chinese festival?
8. The Chinese are very proud of their food, and Cantonese food is very popular. One thing
Cantonese food is famous for is its:
9. What Chinese city is famous for the Bund, a stretch of European neo-classical buildings built
early in the 20th century?
10. Where in China would you find Beijing?
11. Which of these is a true statement about China's flag?
12. When is the Dragon dance traditionally performed?
13. Chinese New Year's celebrations traditionally start at the beginning of the month and end on
14. Which of these animals is not one of the twelve in the Chinese calendar?
15. What fruit, representing luck and prosperity, is traditionally the most popular to hand out
for the Chinese New Year?
16. What is the name of the evil spirit thought to visit the village people at Chinese new
17. Who unified China?
18. Which date of the New Year is the lantern festival?
19. What is the purpose of the Dragon dance in Chinese folklore?
20. Fire crackers are symbolic and lit up during new year celebration. What is it originally used