High Notes, Vol 11 No 16, May 28 2010
From the Principal
OH & S – Moore Park West
Year 12 Reports
Protect your son’s Notebook
From the Two Libraries
From the Andrews Library
BOOK FAIR THANK YOU
This has been a difficult task for everyone and we hope for full support for “boys reading” from every parent in the school to purchase one book their son would love to read. It is a pleasant little reward for the boys who have completed a semester’s work to get the opportunity to read a really popular book and then donate it to his school library for others to enjoy.
The Borders Online 20% off offer will apply with the inclusion of the Book Fair voucher code: BAE 3312 for only this week following the Book Fair so ordering will have to cease after next week. Please remember to put Delivery Address Sydney Boys High, Cleveland Street, Surry Hills so that staff can cover the books before your son reads them.
The McDonald Library will be hosting seniors during the Book Fair and will be displaying many of the latest fiction and non-fiction titles. There will be a 15% discount on titles and we are hoping to add many of these books to our growing collection to benefit all senior students. If each student donates just one book this will ensure most of these fantastic books will be available for borrowing. We are also hopeful that students will make suggestions when they come to view the books of titles they think would be good to be in the library. There is a limited budget to purchase books so hopefully with combined resources we will be able to keep all books on display for the McDonald Library collection.
As in the Andrews library your orders will be received up until the end of next week. Order forms need to be filled out with credit card details or cheque attached. Please remember to ask your son to record book title/s even if not donating. Return the form to Ms Gordon in the McDonald library as soon as possible. Seniors can also choose books from the online catalogue for the Andrews (Junior) Library which has many titles suitable for older readers listed.
We thank everyone in the Sydney High community for helping to make this inaugural Book Fair a
NEW SENIOR FICTION
From the MacDonald (Senior) Library
AT LAST BOOKS HAVE ARRIVED!
Keep an eye out for new magazines added recently including Cosmos, describing itself as being about “The Science of everything” and includes articles this month about “The Truth about Vitamins”, “Secrets of the Sphinx”, “Science and Certainty” and the climate science debate, and “Is Anyone Listening?...why the galaxy is likely to be buzzing with civilisations”.
For those who enjoy reading and books, a new magazine appropriately titled “Good
Reading: the magazine for book lovers” is also being added to our magazine collection.
It contains interesting articles on authors, reviews of latest fiction and non-fiction books,
competitions, book club, author profiles, new book guide plus articles of interest about
literature, and literary places and subjects. Great for readers of all ages, persuasions and
On Tuesday the 25th of May, Samir, Isnad and I attended the 2nd regional SRC meeting held at JJ Cahill Memorial High school. After attending an inspiring first meeting at Randwick Girls High School, we were all looking forward to this meeting and unsurprisingly it didn’t disappoint. A fine spread of food, and fellow SRC members from various schools greeted us as we entered the meeting room and after a bit of socialising, the meeting began. The emphasis of this meeting was to elect the 3 members that would represent the Sydney North East region at the State SRC conference. The conference consists of a 4 day camp with members from other SRC zones and is a highly regarded event. Carrying the traditions of our school, Samir Kinger was elected as one of the three members to attend this prestigious event.
I would like to wish Samir a big congratulations on behalf of the student body. It has been 3 years in a row that we have had a member of the Sydney High SRC elected at the regional meetings to attend this camp and we hope to continue this in the years to come.
Big thanks must go to JJ Cahill Memorial High School for hosting this event, Lisa Keating, the
SRC regional facilitator and Mrs Collignon for her support and for taking the time to accompany
us to the event.
Student Lost Property
Please ensure all items of clothing and accessories are marked with your son’s full name. If an item is accidently lost this will allow students to identify their property. Thank you for your cooperation
The Lawrence Campbell Oratory
As The Scots College put it – “What do retired Chief Justice Hon Murray Gleeson, MP Malcolm Turnbull, former Premier Nick Greiner and his son Justin, journalist Mungo MacCallum, Mr Justice Waddy, broadcaster Adam Spencer and Chaser Charles Firth all have in Common?” The answer that mightn’t spring to mind is they “won the Lawrence Campbell” and though The Scots College hosted the event this year, they aren’t the only school to be proud of the competition and the high honour each school has to be a part of it.
Each year only one representative from each of the eight GPS and Five CHS schools come to battle it out against some of the most eloquent and certainly the most fast thinking students. The group of thirteen are locked away, waiting for their turn to speak. But there’s a twist. Up until you are called you have no speech to give. Given a mere fifteen minutes each speaker must choose one of the three topics given and present an eight minute speech accordingly.
The topic pool was particularly difficult. They were “That distance is temporal, only time is linear”, “Right as the world goes is only in question as between equals in power while the strong do as they will and the weak must suffer” (deep breath) and “The superfluous – a necessary thing”. Think it’s easy? Well few do. Grammar took the win at the end of the night but there’s always next year to talk our way into a win.
This year was special however as it was the 75th anniversary of the competition. One need only have observed the highly esteemed adjudicators including the Hon Murray Gleeson, Malcolm Turnbull and law partner Max Bonnell.
If one isn’t so fond of celebrities, there were certainly enough gripping and mentally stimulating speeches to leave the overflowing hall thoroughly engaged. The hungry guests then proceeded to cakes and refreshments where the adults were treated to champagne and wine.
On a personal note, having been privileged to compete twice myself, the speeches were of the
finest quality as always, but the function as a whole was something special. Cohesive
organisation, very special guest speakers, very friendly competitors and yes, food, all made the
Lawrence Campbell Oratory of 2010 truly an experience to remember.
Brilliant Work Boys!
This week sees Year 10 contesting their semi final debate at Trinity on the topic area of Social Policy. With luck and a whole lot of talent, hopefully our teams will have a clean sweep of the semis and a maximum showing at the FED Grand Final – Friday 4th June at Knox.
Coaching continues this week with no competition debate (except Year 10 obviously).
The GPS competition is a prestigious debating competition that runs in 3rd term. In order to select our teams we hold trial debates during term 2 in order to give any interested boys an opportunity to showcase their debating abilities.
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 t www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating and will be emailed to
you on a weekly basis.
DER Laptop Damage – Processes
All students in Years 9 and 10 are assigned a laptop under the Digital Education Revolution (DER) NSW program. Sometimes these laptops stop working properly.
In some cases the problem is a software fault or a defect with the computer. In these circumstances a loan laptop is issued and the laptop is repaired free of charge.
In other circumstances, when a student damages, has damaged, loses or has stolen his DER laptop and he goes to see a Technical Support Officer (TSO), he will be issued with a number of forms. These need to be completed before he can be supplied with a loan laptop.
At this time, loan laptops are being issued for damage and loss as well as for theft. The forms may include:
For damaged laptops, during this time a quote is sought for the repair of the laptop. Once the quote is received, arrangements are made to fix the laptop. Where the cost to repair exceeds $350, the laptop is written off and instead a new laptop is obtained.
The Principal will send home, via mail, a letter advising parents/carers of what cost will be payable for the repair of the laptop. If you have any queries or concerns arising from this letter, you should contact the Principal.
Once the laptop has been repaired and payment has been received, the student’s allocated laptop can be returned to him.
Please remember that DER laptops are school property and their allocation to students is pursuant to the signed Laptop User Charter. Students can obtain a copy of the User Charter from the My Laptop section of the Student Intranet Portal.
Protecting the Laptop
For parents of students in Year 10, the school sells a TANC laptop case for $56. (Note that this case does not fit the Year 9 laptop; a new model is expected from the manufacturer soon). This case can sustain up to 120kg force without damaging the laptop inside.
Students can see an image of the case in the My Laptop section of the Student Intranet Portal or they can see one in the flesh at the TSO desks in room 605 and the Junior Library.
To purchase a TANC case, students should first see a TSO to obtain a purchase form. Payment can be cash or credit card.
From the Canteen
As I’m sure you all know, volunteer help in our canteen is vital to ensure healthy food for our boys and an ongoing income stream to the P&C for allocation to worthy school projects.
We like to say thank you to our volunteers by rewarding them with the chance to win a $10 Canteen voucher for their sons.
All volunteers have to do is turn up for duty as usual and sign the duty roster book. A draw will be held each month for the lucky voucher winner. Remember, if you find you can’t make your shift, just call a fellow parent on the roster and arrange a swap.
And the lucky winner for the month of April is Sally Allingham. Congratulations!!
The following people who volunteered last week will go into this month’s draw.
Many thanks for your help to Dani Hillier, Anita Bezjak, Angela Pak, Jenny Dong. Huiya Jade Ni, Nina Liu, Doris Fong Stephen Saunders, Sally Allingham, Karen Schmidt, Alana Liang, Anna Goh, Linda Perris, David Mah, Stamatina Farrugia
If you have ever wondered what people do as part of the canteen committee, then here’s your answer…….
The canteen committee is a friendly easy going team to be part of with a mix of mums and dads. It is a good opportunity for you to be actively involved in a part of your son’s school that makes a sizeable financial contribution each year towards his education.
The committee meets on the 2nd Friday of each month from 2.45 - 4pm approx.
If you feel you could help the school out by being on the canteen committee, we would love to see
you...especially parents from the junior school. Just ring canteen and let Karen or Tracey
UNSW Network Schools Program
Mock Trial Workshop - Faculty of Law
Date: Tuesday 29 June
Infectious Diseases and DNA Workshop - Faculty of Science
Date: Wednesday 7 July
UTS Information Technology Evening
When: Thursday 3 June 6:00pm – 7:30pm
UTS:IT are holding an Undergraduate Courses and Scholarships Information Evening to provide IT course and scholarship information to students and parents. The current format for application to the Bachelor of Information Technology Co-operative Scholarship (BIT) will continue with a two-round process.
Round 1 applications are due on 25 June 2010. Students are encouraged to apply for round 1 and attend the Information Evening. Applications are available inside the UTS:IT Undergraduate Course Guide and can also be downloaded at the BIT How To Apply page.
For further information, contact the Careers Adviser.
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.
Surviving the Road Toll
Many parents this year will be looking forward to the opportunity to help their son complete 120 hours of supervised driving prior to them receiving a driver’s licence. Some of you may have already successfully completed or begun this task with your son. This task does provide an excellent opportunity for parents to share their years of driving experience and to discuss many of the potentially dangerous scenarios that present on the road.
“Surviving The Road Toll” is an excellent resource created by a past Sydney Boys High School student, Mr Christopher Lawrance. It can be used by all family members to help enjoy a safer time on our roads. There is a strong focus on developing a responsible driver attitude towards road safety as well as many important driving tips.
School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS)
School Student Code of Conduct – Students travelling on buses must:-
Students are reminded to:-
During 2010, authorised officers will be deployed to inspect Code of Conduct compliance on school bus services in the Eastern Region. Students who are found to have breached their obligations may lose their travel entitlement and possibly incur an infringement.
First Grade Report
Both Hugh Huang and team captain Merlin Li showed great consistency as they racked up several aces close to double digits each to secure the first set easily. The second set consisted of the same consistent serving this time by David Nguyen and strong defence plays from the baseline by Pat Li. This combination showed to be the key to securing the second set as High cruised through relatively unchallenged. The third set showed no deviation from the previous sets as High continued to dominate at the net and in the backfield, Chris Morrow took full advantage of playing condition at Scots’ home ground and as a reward shattered the Scots’ persistent block attempts with his overpowering spike.
Testimony to Sydney High’s dominance in Volleyball, High managed to keep their point losses
to a minimum against Scots and finished the game 3-0.
Second Grade Report
NSW All Schools Tournament
Winter Sports Assembly
Parents and friends are invited to attend the Annual Winter Sports Assembly on Friday 4th June in the School’s Great Hall at 11:30am. The GPS teams for Rugby, Soccer, Volleyball, Cross Country, Fencing and Rifle Shooting will be presented to the school.
Our guest speaker Mr Ewen McKenzie, a former Australian Wallaby Rugby player and current
Queensland Reds rugby union coach will be attending the event and presenting awards to the
students. After the formalities, parents are asked to join us for morning tea to celebrate this
Football Jerseys Sought
Attention all Football players - past and present!
Do you have a spare SBHS football jersey at home or know someone who does?
SBHS is currently switching to a new football uniform. Year 7 players are now wearing the smart new strip which features vertical stripes in the school colours. However all other Years must wear the old strip for school matches (the plain blue jersey). As these can no longer be supplied new, the Football Committee would like to collect as many as possible for players who need them.
Please bring in any old jerseys to the MIC Football Mr Gifford or contact Anne Wall on 0423172762.
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
ONLINE P&C Forum
The Online P&C forum is now open and many parents have requested and received their usernames and passwords. It seems that access to an Online P&C is a welcome initiative for parents that we can progressively improve and build upon. But we have not heard from many parents!
Could parents let us know through the P&C discussion page or the P&C Gmail, if you are having problems accessing the P&C Forum and if there are any technical hitches – or maybe we are asking the wrong questions! Some parents have offered suggestions on how to improve the P&C discussion pages – which we will work on – but we are relying on parent feedback so that we can get it right.
Joint P&C SBHS and SGHS – 7.00pm, Wednesday 30th June, Great Hall
Please note the earlier start time of 7.00pm for our joint meeting with Sydney Girls High parents. This evening is not like a regular P&C meeting, but an opportunity for us 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 2nd June, 5.30pm – Cricket 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 29 SGS 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