High Notes, Vol 11 No 15, May 21 2010
From the Principal
Travelling on trains
Encapsulation Works – Update
Use of School Diaries
Year 12 Reports
From the Two Library
Andrews (Junior) Library
BOOK FAIR – all credit card ordering
Each library will have a specially selected display for either Senior or Junior boys. Seniors will have the opportunity to delight the boys who follow them into the senior years by selecting great new books for their new book library. They have their own special order form and supplier - The Children’s Bookshop at Beecroft who specialise in books for Gifted and Talented boys. Ordering instructions are on www.sydneyboyshigh.com.
Hopefully, on the day of the Fair, Junior boys will be looking at the 1000 plus books on the Library Thing website displayed under Book Fair view full catalogue on www.sydneyboyshigh.com. Borders bookstore at Bondi Junction has co-operated in the construction of the lists and has agreed to provide the book display as a community service. Big thanks to them! All Junior ordering will be through Borders Online who have agreed to a 20% off discount obtained by quoting the Book Fair voucher number BAE-3312 and making the delivery address, Sydney Boys High School, Moore Park, Surry Hills, 2010. Ordering can be done right now to ensure your son gets the book he wants to read.
As classes move through the displays and select books, the books will be removed to ensure that we do not get the same book multiple times. It is a good idea to place an early bird order.
For boys unable to take up the online credit card option a Sydney Books bus will be parked on the school grounds. Boys can make choices by visiting the bus before school, recess and lunchtime.
Every boy will be asked to select a book on the day even if he is not donating and this list will be used to select library books boys actually like. We are asking all boys to bring this information home to you also.
Parents please be on the lookout for the ordering information which will come home in your son’s bag on Friday 28th May. Senior forms need to be returned to Mrs Gordon. Junior ordering is an online transaction by parents with Borders Online. Of course any book on Borders database can be ordered. The specially selected list on Library Thing is a guide but there are other books on Borders Online smorgasbord which the boys know are just as good.
Huge thanks to my great staff and all boys who have already assisted us with constructing the 1000 plus book list. Thanks to the IT guys. Many thanks also to the poster creators. Thanks also to the 32 boys who have volunteered to assist with the Book Fair. It promises to be really hard work on the day.
EXAMS OR ASSIGNMENTS – LOOKING FOR RESOURCES? See online databases!
Your Library Catalogue is also a resource database and can be searched from home via the portal – it tells you if resources are out on loan as well.
From The McDonald (Senior) Library
Both libraries are preparing for a successful Book Fair on Friday the 28th May which is fast approaching! There will be a large choice of many new and exciting fiction and non- fiction books potentially to be added to the library collections. Seniors are encouraged to go into the Book Fair webpage where they can peruse titles in the senior list and hopefully donate. Discounts of 15% apply to all titles, so check the list. To donate you will need to choose a title, fill out the order form available on the webpage http://www.sydneyboyshigh.com/ or included in this High Notes article, and hand in to Ms Gordon in the McDonald Library.
The senior books are supplied from a different bookshop to Borders so you will not be able to order online but your ordered title (you can pre-order if you like) will be put aside on the day of the fair in your name. We are unable to accept cash payment for these books, credit card payment is necessary.
The Sydney Books van will be visiting on the day also with lots of latest fiction and study guides for prelim and HSC courses for you to choose from. All students are welcome to visit the van and select titles. Payment for books from the van will be by cash or credit card. Finally, if you donate a book you will be recognised in our collection forever by having your name on a bookplate inside the book! You will be the first to read your chosen title and, more importantly, you will leave a lasting legacy for other students at SBHS to see and take advantage of.
Aside from hoping for lots of donations via our Book Fair to add to our Senior collection, we are
pleased to announce that finally there are books available to be borrowed in the McDonald
Library! Study guides have made their way back here and some senior fiction with lots more to
come. So have a browse and let us know what you would like to see in our collection.
ALAN McLEOD COLLECTION
NEWLY PROCESSED RESOURCES THIS WEEK– Andrews Library
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.
From the Canteen
The following people who were in canteen last week will go into the lunch voucher draw with our other May helpers.
Thanks for giving canteen your time...
Angela Feng, Sharon Zou, Usha Aurvind, Sally Pierce, Elsa Li, Yuko Sakata, Nada Andrews Jenny Wong-Romeo, Robyn Gordon, Sally Allingham, Jim O'Sullivan, Anne Wall, Lancy Feng Helen Chong, June (Wu) Long, Frances Salmon, Louise Warren, Soogie Sim, Jing Zhang.
As the weather starts to turn wintry, now is a good time to check out what winter specials our canteen managers have started to cook up!!!
Karen and Tracey put a lot of time and effort into creating the best nutritious dishes they can to tempt your taste buds. Any feedback or suggestions re menu items that you might have are welcome.
‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ are important when people are putting in an
effort and can go a long way to make any of our canteen workers - paid and unpaid – feel
that you appreciate what they are doing. Special mention of the chocolates that travelled a long
way from Belgium – an unexpected gesture that makes Karen and Tracey’s hard work seem
all the more worthwhile!!
Metropolitan Friday Tournament
The 16s competed in their first tournament of the season with great enthusiasm. Despite many
players in the team playing together for the first time we soon found our rhythm and started
winning points. We started well with a convincing win over Rooty Hill and then breezed through
our group stages with two more wins, dropping only one set along the way. This set up a final
between SBHS and Blainey. Despite some great spikes and points won by Max Song we unfortunately
suffered a narrow loss, going down in two sets with a score line of 25-23. It was a great day and
we had lots of fun. We look forward to the rest of the season and bettering this result.
Seconds Volleyball GPS
Notice of Football Committee Meeting
Tuesday 25 May 2010 Staff Common Room @ 5.30 p.m.
The topic areas are international politics and social policy respectively. The FED Grand Final will be held in week 7. Good luck, boys!
Coaching continues this week with no competition debate.
PARKING – brilliant effort
I take this opportunity to congratulate the following: James Chan, James Kuang, Sunchit Sethi, Sunil Sethi, Junhee Cho, Brian Cho, Khushaal Vyas, Edric Wang, Ruelle Wang, Shu Min, Eugene Lee, Francis Lee, Ming Lee, Jonathan Frieberg, Eden Frieberg with special mention to Harleen Kaur and Moussa for parking 300 cars!
Further selections information will be available in coaching and will be emailed out to parents for their reference.
In general, however, all years will apply the following criteria in selecting teams:
All parents should be advised that these teams are crafted based on the experience of the coaches with all the boys across the coaching year groups. Year 7 parents should not be concerned that their son has not had many opportunities for competition debating – as we focus on giving each boy (in a large coaching group) at least 1 chance of debating. In turn the Trial performance AND their coaching performances are of special importance.
More information can be found at www.sydneyhigh.org.au/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
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
Julie Connolly P&C President
ONLINE P&C Forum
The Online P&C forum is now open and many parents have their password and are participating. It seems that access to an Online P&C is a welcome initiative for parents that we can progressively improve and build upon.
It has already been raised through the Online P&C, that language is a likely barrier for parents in actively participating in the School community and in just finding out what is going on. The School is very aware of this and has just now had a parent who has offered translation skills – thank you.
In the next few weeks we will investigate having P&C notices and information distributed in Chinese. In the meantime it would be great if parents who are bilingual could assist their friends and fellows parents in spreading the news about how easy and rewarding it is to help out with an activity your son is involved in or volunteering for Canteen. Many parent canteen volunteers do make the comment that their English skills grow enormously from talking to students over the Canteen counter. Details on how to volunteer to help in the School community can be found on the school website www.sydneyboyshigh.com and follow the P&C links.
Joint P&C SBHS and SGHS – 7.00pm, Wednesday 30th June, Great Hall
Note the date has been changed for our joint meeting with SGHS parents from Wednesday 23rd June to Wednesday, 30th June with an earlier start time of 7.00pm. This evening is not like a regular P&C meeting, but an opportunity for High parents to meet and mingle with parents from the girls’ school following a presentation from a speaker specifically arranged for the evening. This year we are hosting and have arranged for Dr Michael Carr-Gregg to address us on The Five Greatest Challenges for Parents in 2010. Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia's highest profile psychologists and is described by the Sunday Age, as one of the country's leading authorities on teenage behaviour. He specialises in the areas of parenting adolescents and adolescent mental health. This is a great opportunity for our parents to hear from an expert. Dr Carr-Gregg is an informed, entertaining and most inspiring speaker on some of the most critical issues for our adolescents today. Supper will be served following the presentation.
Upcoming Parent Meetings and Events
Wednesday 26th May, 6.00pm – Rugby Committee Meeting, Staff Common Room
Hear Dr Michael Carr-Greg, 30 June 2010
Fantastic Opportunity to Hear One of Australia's Leading Voices on Teenagers
7.00pm, Wednesday 30th June, Great Hall
The Five Greatest Challenges for Parents in 2010
The joint Sydney Boys and Sydney Girls P&C meeting for this year – 7.00pm, Wednesday 30th June, in the Great Hall – will feature Dr Michael Carr-Gregg speaking on The Five Greatest Challenges for Parents in 2010, including aspects of online safety, alcohol, sleep and other key issues. This is a fantastic opportunity to hear one of Australia’s leading voices on adolescents and we urge parents to attend this P&C presentation.
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia's highest profile psychologists and is described by the Sunday Age, as one of the country's leading authorities on teenage behaviour. He specialises in the areas of parenting adolescents and adolescent mental health. Michael is the Consultant Psychologist to the Victorian Secondary Schools Principals’ Association and is a founding member of the National Coalition Against Bullying. He is an official ambassador for beyondblue and Mindmatters - one of 16 youth suicide prevention programs run by the Federal Government - and has served on the advisory committee for the Federal Government's Boys' Education Lighthouse School Programme.
Educated in Kenya, the UK, Australia and New Zealand, Michael is married with two sons. For seven years he worked as an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of Melbourne, before going into private practice in the Melbourne suburb of Kew. Michael has worked in private practice as a family therapist, child psychologist and clinical psychologist, as an academic, researcher and spent four years working as a political lobbyist. He wrote his PhD on adolescents with cancer at the University of NSW which resulted in the formation of CanTeen - a support group for teenagers with cancer in 1984. Michael has a high media profile working on national TV on Channel 7's Sunrise and The Morning Show as well as Fairfax Radio 3AW. He is a columnist for Girlfriend and Australian Doctor and has written six books, including the best selling Princess Bitchface Syndrome - how to survive teenage girls for Penguin in 2007 and has just finished another book When to Really Worry which was released in 2010.
Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is an informed, entertaining and inspiring speaker addressing some of the most critical issues for our adolescents today. This is a great opportunity for High parents to hear his insights.
Supper will be served following the presentation.
Wet Weather Information
For regular updates on Saturday sport during times of inclement weather, parents and students are asked to check the school’s website throughout the day. The information can be found by going to the school’s website at www.sydneyboyshigh.com then by clicking on the fixture details under the heading of ‘Upcoming events’ i.e. Saturday, May 22 TAS v SHS. Cancellations can then be found by scrolling down the page to the specific sport and team. If there is no information specific to sport cancellations then assume by default that sport will go ahead. Please note that the current ‘Sports Wet Weather line’ is inoperable.
Changes to Sport Policy
Students and parents should read the changes to the School’s Sport Policy which is detailed on the school’s website and outlined below: :
Sydney Boys High is unique among NSW state secondary schools due to its membership since 1906 of the Athletic Association of Great Public Schools, formed in 1892 to order and regulate sporting fixtures for schools with senior students. The other eight members of this Association (commonly called the 'GPS') are private schools.
The school expects students to engage in at least one GPS sport per year. This commitment includes Saturday competition. We encourage boys to get involved in aerobic fitness activities (the athletics and cross country programs) to help them in their chosen sports. To help their strength in anaerobic activities we offer supervised weights training.
The policy of the school is that sport is compulsory all year for students in Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 and up until the Trial HSC exams in Year 12. Those students who are unable to participate in Saturday sport are to address this in writing with complete details to the Head Teacher-Sport at the beginning of the year.
It is the policy of the school to support GPS sports in the season that they are contested by the members of the Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools.
This means that equipment costs, venue hire, travel to certain venues, particular coaching fees, competition entry fees, charges for referees or umpires, capitation fees and entry fees for knockout competitions, are paid for from school funds. Competition entry fees for representative teams for all sports are paid for from school funds. The school charges parents a global fee and in addition, a sports levy, to cover these costs.
Saturday Sport Absences
Students and parents are asked to communicate known absences to the Master in Charge (MIC) and to their specific team coach in the week leading up the match. If a student is ill, it is expected the illness will be communicated directly to the coach and Master in Charge (MIC) on the day of the match. Students who do not communicate illnesses or absences will be given a warning ‘Yellow Card’. A further breach in terms of an unexplained absence will mean a red card in which the student will be suspended from the sport for 2 weeks. If a third unexplained absence occurs, then the student will be removed from the sport for the remainder of the season. For a student to receive credit towards their Half Yearly and Yearly Reports, 100% attendance or full communication of absences is expected.
Second unexplained absence = Removed from the sport for two weeks, Red Card
Third unexplained absence = removed from the sport for the remainder of the season
100% attendance = credit given for participation on Half Yearly/Yearly Reports
Art & Photo Competitions
Foto Riesel is proud to support the MyPlace_MyFace Photo Competition
MyPlace_MyFace is a joint initiative between Wesley Mission, Australian Centre for Photography, the City of Sydney's Homelessness Unit and Pine Street Creative Arts Centre. With the generous support of Australian Photography Magazine, Crumpler and Foto Riesel.
You are invited to submit a photograph of yourself, friends, family or pet in a place that means something to you, accompanied by a 150 word written submission. Entries open May 3 and close July 12 2010.
Your mum's old lounge. The backyard shed. The best tree in the park. The local cafe. Your cubby house.
MyPlace_MyFace is open to entries from Under 18s and Over 18s in two distinct categories:
A range of great prizes are on offer including classes or private tuition at the Australian Centre for Photography, creative arts course at Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, camera bags from Crumpler and vouchers from Coles.
Winning and highly commended entries will be featured in an exhibition at Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, which will travel to Wesley Mission where the photos will be auctioned to raise money from Wesley Mission Fundraising. Proceeds of sales at the Charity Photo Auction will be split 50/50 between the Photographer and Wesley Mission.