High Notes, Vol 11 No 1, January 29 2010
From the Principal
From the two Libraries
Libraries play significant role in Gagne updated Model of Giftedness
In our school for talented children our 600 Seniors borrowed 2907 resources and our 600 Juniors borrowed 9107 in 2009. In all 12,014 resources were loaned. In 2009 an average week in the Andrews Junior Library saw 3066 self directed learning visits or 122,628 per year from our 600 Juniors. From our “what the heck happens in the library in a week” survey we are well aware that SBHS students see the library as the kick off point for assignments, study for exams, reading and homework, use of laptops as well as many other activities. This indicates quite direct support for SBHS student use of their libraries as per the Developmental Process defined in the Gagne Model of Giftedness.
Given the experimentation with bookless libraries for Seniors last year (which accounted for the lower loan figures quoted above for the Senior School) it was particularly heartening to hear Dr Jaggar tell our whole staff that he saw the SBHS Libraries as playing an important role in the investment area of the developmental process for gifted students according to the Gagne model for giftedness. Of course libraries and online information sources also play important roles in content and perhaps even access in the Gagne model – if OASIS loan figures for 2009 are telling us anything.
PERSONAL HERALDS THROUGH THE LIBRARY
STUDENT LIBRARIANS / MONITORS – award scheme points apply – names taken now! Staff from both libraries are happy to have the assistance of student helpers. Please come to the Circulation Desk and put your name in a space that you nominate to work regularly. (Only in one space please!)
DONATIONS OF BOOK RESOURCES DESPERATELY NEEDED FOR THIS YEAR.
MINI BOOK FAIR?? An encouragement for your son to read!
BOOKS MOVING INTO THE SENIOR LIBRARY – book security now operational
JUNIORS IN MACDONALD WING LIBRARY AND SENIORS IN ANDREWS LIBRARY – vertical
streaming in action. The two libraries will be operating as one library with a common catalogue.
Library staff see the two libraries as one entity in terms of purchasing and working together. It
will now be quite normal to see junior boys accessing books or other resources from the senior
shelves. It has always been normal for senior boys to be encouraged to use their resources housed
in the Andrews Library. This encouragement will continue. Juniors will borrow from the
Circulation desk in the Senior Library. Juniors will continue to have priority to use Andrews
Library Computers and Seniors to use Mac Donald Wing Library Computers.
GPS sports competition is very demanding on people and resources. At High we have ongoing needs for facilities development, equipment and development through expert coaching. If you would like to help through a tax deductible donation for a particular sport, the appropriate form can be posted to you by calling 9361 6910. Alternatively, you can go to our website www.sydneyboyshigh.com click on Sport/Sports Donations to download either Development Donation Form or Equipment and Facility Donation Form.
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
SHS Rowing Committee
January Holidays Senior Rowing Selection Camp 2010
Some exceptional quality rowing was done at camp, including the 1st IV doing an impressive lap of Oxley Island (28-30km) voluntarily. A feat only ever matched in a four by an Australian Senior National Team a decade ago, and they didn’t carry a coxswain. .
This camp was very well supported by many parents and friends of High Rowing, with some even
travelling down from Queensland to help out. My personal thanks to everyone who supported this
camp. Your help has given the club great momentum going into the first GPS regatta this
On January 10th 26 senior High rowers boarded the bus for the 4 hour trip north to Oxley Island, at the mouth of the Manning River, near Taree. The first of its kind, this week long January camp was introduced by our MIC, Simon Hoadley, and we camped on the river at Croker’s Farm. Being an inaugural experience there were many challenges presented, such as the sleeping in tents for 6 nights, the intensity of the heat, and the prevalence of insects and spiders. However, as a shed, we pulled through very well and were able to focus mainly on our rowing which led to huge benefits throughout all of the crews.
While the first day was mainly taken up by travel and setting up, we launched straight into high intensity selections for days two and three. These 2 days were sets of 950m seat races between randomly selected fours, which were mixed up and remixed, racing to gauge the margins between individual rowers. By the third day those trying out for the first eight had completed 19 of these, and those in contention for the 2nd eight and the fours had completed even more. These numbers are huge compared to the usual 4-8 used for selections, and I know at least from a personal perspective that it was the hardest sustained physical and mental challenge I have ever done. However because of highly contested positions in the eight we ended up having to do some timed 1000m pieces in eights to narrow down the final two positions, and even at this stage no place in the crew is finalised. Regardless of individual results, the benefits gained from such intensive racing were not lost on any of the competitors and even those who have not made their desired crew will have gained extremely valuable racing experience. .
Days 3-5 were used for training up the crews in a more focused fashion utilising the incredible water of the Manning as well as rowing coach guru Chick Graham. Chick came down from Tweed Heads to support us, and through his very personal direct style ingrained massive improvements throughout the senior program. With Steve and Jonathon Adams joining regulars Ollie and Simon we had enough coaches to ensure all rowers were receiving plenty of skills development. Some of the highlights of this training included the first four choosing to row the complete circumference of the island we stayed on, a gruelling 30km row only ever matched in a four by a national crew.
Other notable events were the dolphins who headed upstream with our boats while we were completing our final session, a tour of the Croker’s oar factory where they make most of the world’s oars, cattle herding on their farm, and a session at the beach with fish and chips for lunch.
The Croker’s were very hospitable welcoming 40 of us in total to camp in their paddocks, and of course a big thank you to all the parents who camped with us for the week and were able to cook such delicious nutritious meals and aid our recovery.
This was a completely new experience for High rowing, and a very successful one which will
hopefully be continued strongly into the future.