High Notes, Vol 11 No 26, August 20 2010
From the Principal
Stronger marketing of our school for 8-12 enrolments for the last three years may have affected our city-wide profile. For the last two years High has been the most popular single sex fully selective school for Year 7 applicants, as reflected in their first choices. Overall, only Baulkham Hills has more first choices. More people appear to be aware of our wonderful co-curricular programs, leadership opportunities, community service commitments and strong support structures for learning and personal development. I congratulate all staff and students and the many hard working parents and Old Boys who support us. Keep up your great work!
Big Bus Replacement
a couple of hours on a Friday afternoon each month to attend a Sub-Committee meeting and perhaps contribute by helping in the Sub-Committee’s work. Please ring the Canteen, 93616910 ext. 136, if you can help in any way.
Behaviour in canteen lines
From the Two Libraries
FROM THE ANDREWS LIBRARY
NEW SENIOR FICTION THIS WEEK – ANDREWS LIBRARY
SENIOR NON FICITON
JUNIOR NON FICITON
From the High Store
The High Store will be CLOSED from the 9th Sept till the end of Term.
Students requiring braiding to their blazers MUST have them to the High Store no later than Fri 3rd Sept or otherwise wait till Term IV.
Athletic boys need to purchase their uniform soon. Singlet $44, Short $44,
From the Canteen
Thank you Prefects!
We wish you well for the HSC and the future.
Thank you also to the following parents for their help last week…. Ming Lee, Sally Pierce,
Anne Aylmer, Angela Quin, Hua Feng, Yuko Sakata, Pui Li, Jenny Wong-Romeo, Anne Wall, Jim
O'Sullivan, Sally Allingham, Helen Chong, June Long, Lancy Feng, Frances Salmon, Soogie Sim, Sue
Rynsaardt, Katrina Morrow
Sydney High School Cadet Unit
ANNUAL FIELD EXERCISE
The eight day exercise will see our cadets participating in service rifle training, watermanship, field training including day and night patrolling and abseiling.
New to most of our cadets will be training with NINOX night vision equipment.
For our new, mid-year entry cadets AFX will their first opportunity to live in the field enjoying cooking and eating ration pack meals.
Our unit has been selected to provide a detachment of senior cadets to operate independently in support of the battalion exercise. Their role will be to provide the “opposing force” for the camp period – living remotely in a “secret” location somewhere near the exercise area.
Our selection for this coveted role is another indication of the high regard for our cadets within the battalion.
More than 2000 army cadets will be involved in the AFX with units from all over the state coming together in this annual event. In addition to the cadets, there will be army cadet staff, supporting army personnel and contractors making Exercise Sharpened Sword the largest Defence Organisation activity conducted in NSW for some time.
Moving all participants from around the state to and from Singleton, together with providing food and water in the field is a major logistic operation planned and coordinated by our small Brigade Headquarters staff at Steele Barracks, Moorebank.
Exercise Sharpened Sword 25 Sep - 2 Oct 2010
So we all understand
It is important that all understand that these knives are for use at cadet training only and are not to be carried outside of cadet activities..
KFS sets, clasp knives, machetes and entrenching tools are for use at field activities only. Other than KFS sets which may be kept at home, all other knives are issued for specific periods only.
It is contrary to school and Education Dept policy for students to carry knives at school and NSW laws are very strict on the carrying of knives; carriage of a knife without lawful purpose may be a criminal offence.
High cadets do not need to carry knives of any type while at School outside of cadet training times. Whenever knives are required at Home Training they will be issued at the time and returned to store on completion of the training.
The above will remove any misunderstanding and avoid conflict with school rules and state laws.
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.
Supporting our debaters
Halfway through the season and I am surprised that debaters are not making the most of each week’s opportunity to enhance their skills. Watching senior debates is a great chance to observe and learn from the best of the best – and pick up a cheeky bit of matter or two!
This week’s round against Grammar is sure to be one of the finest for 2010 and it is important that we show our support for our senior debaters. Don’t forget seconds and thirds as they need your support too!
GPS – Round 5 v Grammar
Boys are reminded to be READY AND WAITING for topics BY 5.45pm. This failure to do so will
result in topics being released without you and you will miss valuable prep time.
Rounds 6 and 7 are both HOME DEBATES to conclude the season
Year 7 failed to pack up their prep rooms last week and will be responsible for packing up ALL JUNIOR DEBATES Certain members of the Seconds squad will be responsible for setting up ALL DEBATES due to their behaviour last week
More information can be found at www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating and will be emailed to
you on a weekly basis.
Debating Dinner 2010
Saturday 11 September
The annual dinner to celebrate debating at High will conclude the debating season. It will be the week after the final debate of the GPS competition. We will also be thanking our staff and coaches for their great work on all of the competitions that High enters.
This year’s Debating Dinner is being held on
BOOKINGS MUST BE MADE BY FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 3.
Payment for the dinner can be made at the main office. NO bookings can be accepted after this date as catering numbers must be finalised.
WHAT SHOULD I DO? Detach the form [included in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes].
Next, pay your money at the main office
2010 DEBATING DINNER
The 2010 Debating Dinner RSVP form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes.
WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW PARENT MENTORS
A Parent Mentor is an informal contact person who will welcome New Parents into the School Community and is available to them to help them through the difficulties encountered in their first year at the School.
The aim is to have every parent of a new boy starting at the School matched up with a mentoring parent already at the School.
The role of the Mentoring Parent is
The scheme is informal, without a lot of structure and depends for its success on the enthusiasm of the Mentors.
The scheme has worked extremely well for four years and has not been at all onerous. All the Mentor Parents this year have enjoyed it tremendously and the New Parents have been extremely receptive and grateful for the contact.
As there is an attrition rate every year we need new Mentor Parents. Please join us as the more parents we have the easier is the task.
Or fill in the form [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] and return to the Principal’s Assistant
The Parent Mentors application form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes.
Sydney East Zone Athletics Carnival
On Tuesday the 29th of July, Sydney High contested the Sydney East Zone Athletics carnival. Traditionally dominant at this stage of the CHS competition, the team fared excellently on the day, dominant throughout the age groups. The 12s fared well, with James Tinker progressing in multiple events and Kazuo Nakamura taking out the long jump. In the 13s, Anthony Chen produced an extremely promising 12.9 seconds in the 100m to win. Joshua Leo and Leonard Mah progressed for several events as Josh won the 800m. The 14s were extremely strong in the sprints, as Terrence, Maurice and Anton all produced 12 second runs to advance in the 100m, and Vasu also qualified for the 200m. Eugene and Anton were typically strong in the middle distance events, and Ned won the 1500m.
Dominic easily won the hurdles, as did Terrence in the high jump. Byron Chen produced a giant 5.25m in the long jump to win – a promising result in lieu of the upcoming GPS season. Edward Zhang dominated the 15s 100m in 11.6 seconds, having a jog in the 200 to miss a place. Lloyd, Ollie and Siddarth were strong in the distance events as Ivor and Patrick cleaned up the hurdles in very tidy runs. Ivor also destroyed the competition with 1.75m in the high jump, despite not knowing what height he was jumping, followed by Harry Heo with 1.70m. Despite a shoulder injury, Eamon progressed in the discus and shotput, and Patrick won the long jump with 5.50m. Scott Renzenbrink’s brilliant form continued with 11.3 in the 100 and 22.9 in the 200m – a meet record for his age. Scott also progressed in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump. Andrew Fong ran admirably to win the 400m in 58.2. Pasan and Boothy ran a relatively quick 800m (~2:15 with little competition), also advancing in the 1500m. Once again we dominated hurdles as Kumi ran a handy 15.47 to win. Leo and Sangeeth progressed in shotput without much trouble, clearing 10 metres apiece. The Opens age group read as the Sydney High team, having all four competitors for the hurdles (Chris, Ben, Stephen and Austyn). Max Kite dominated the throws, winning the shotput, javelin and discus, whereas Chris Morrow cleared a lazy 1.85m in the high jump to easily win as well as taking out the triple jump.
Tony and Jeremy came 1st and 2nd in the long jump, and the distance events were a clean sweep
– congratulations to Frank (who probably ran there in the morning so he didn’t
disrupt his training schedule) and Sam. BK won the 100 and 200 after an injury to myself
(surprise, surprise), and Anosh Kanagaratnam also powered through in all the sprints. The relays
were a similar story, as we easily progressed in each one, including a 40m win in Opens despite
not having 3 of our best runners. The entire day was a testament to the hard work and training
the boys have put in over the last few months, from Monday sessions at Moore Park West to
Wednesday track sessions at ES Marks, to throws at lunchtimes with Mr Codey. The increased
application, and willingness of the boys to logbook their sessions has really resulted in some
stunning results. I would like to thank Bob Morrow for his contribution to the athletics program,
as his donation has allowed us to finance ten sets of blocks and ten collapsible hurdles, the
first time we have had such equipment. I would also like to congratulate the boys who came to ES
Marks a few Tuesdays ago, as they buffeted terrible conditions to run a tough session. They make
me extremely proud and very confident going into the GPS season.
Fencing: Report for Schools League
Senior Division A – SBHS A
Senior Division A – SBHS B
The Onion Bag
A dark day for Sydney High Football
For the record, this year Sydney High fielded 10 opens teams. Of these 1st to 4th grade are selected on merit, the remaining 6 teams are submitted by the players themselves who get together as a group of mates to participate in and experience the benefits that team sports provide. It is now clear that this policy of accommodating as many senior boys as possible in the football program needs to be reassessed.
Anyone who has been on the receiving end of a forfeit would know of the disappointment. It is something that cannot ever happen again.
On a brighter note I would like to congratulate the 43 Year 12 boys who did honour their football commitments last weekend and trust that you have an enjoyable and rewarding game in your final match for Sydney High this Saturday.
Match Reports v Riverview
1st Grade Lost 0 – 3
Dolan cup, Golden Boot and Golden Gloves
Quote of the Week
Football is having a barbecue to coincide with matches being played at Moore Park West this Saturday 21 August. Players and their families are asked to support High Football by purchasing a sausage or bacon and egg sandwich. Cakes and drinks will also be available. Profits will go to the High Football 2011 programme. Look out for the Footy barbecue near the tennis courts from 8.30 am.
Football Raffle Prize
Football signed by Tim Cahill
Thank you to the Paul family who generously donated this prize.
Tickets will be on sale at the end of season Football Dinner on
Thursday 26th August
Tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5
The raffle will be drawn at the dinner
Football Dinner 2010
SBHS Football will celebrate the efforts and achievements of our boys as well as acknowledge staff, coaches and supporters at the SBHS Football dinner on Thursday 26th August.
The coach of each team has been invited to attend the dinner as a guest.
Players are asked to take responsibility on a team-by-team basis for any end-of-season gifts to their team's coach.
The dinner will be held on
The cost of the dinner will be $30 per adult and student. For children under 11 yrs old there is a special rate of $20.
Payment for the dinner must be made at the Main Office by Friday 13th August.
Boys to wear school uniform at the dinner. Limited soft drink included. BYO allowed.
Please detach the form [included in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] and hand it in with your payment at the Main Office. Tickets are limited.
The 2010 Football Dinner RSVP form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes.
End of Season Rugby Dinner
Help celebrate another great year of High Rugby by attending the 2010 End of Season Rugby Dinner.
WHEN? Friday, 27th August 2010, 6.00pm. for 6.30 pm
WHERE? Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School
WHO? Players, parents, coaches, friends and supporters Players wear School Uniform. Adults wear smart casual
WHY? To acknowledge the commitment and achievements of all our players and because friendships made through High Rugby last a lifetime
COST? $30/person. Payable to the school office by Monday 23 August. Maximum seating 220.
Please note this is a BYO alcohol function for adults. …..Soft drinks and mineral water provided
A response form is included in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes
P&C Literacy Week Awards
Entries Close: Monday 30th August (10am) (late entries not accepted)
Topic: “A Controlling Passion”
Judging will take place during Week 7 and winners announced Friday 3rd September.
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
Thank You to our School Admin and Support Staff
Our school community is made up of a wide range of people who are all important contributors in the provision of quality education to High students and in the successful management of the School. As a school community we really do appreciate the vital role that School Administrative Staff and Support Staff play in just about every aspect of Sydney Boys High – the General Office, the Libraries, school grounds and in the classroom setting. Thank you for your enormous contribution.
P&C Literacy Week Awards
Literacy Week is taking place in Week 7, from 30th August to 3rd September. To celebrate Literacy Week, the School is encouraging our boys to participate in a literary competition. As in past years, the P&C will offer prizes in Junior and Senior divisions.
We would like to have one or two parents participate as members of the panel that will judge the finalists in the competition. It will involve meeting on Thursday 2nd or Friday 3rd September to read the creative entries selected by the teachers to be in the final round.
School Wellbeing Committee
The school’s Wellbeing Committee is involved in promoting and coordinating many initiatives that contribute to our sons’ wellbeing at school. The P&C has a representative on this Committee – Fabienne Ovadia.
Sydney Boys High is seeking to formulate a plan to help those boys who are experiencing a difficult time through adolescence. The school is keen to put a structure in place that would identify and help students at risk of depression or suicide. To that effect a one day forum will take place in Term IV where the Principal, the School Counsellors and the Year Advisers will discuss these issues. The school is extending an invitation to the parent community for one or two parents to attend this important forum.
Upcoming Parent Meetings and Events
Saturday, 21st August, from 9.00am – Rugby Back-to-MacKay Family Day, MacKay
Open Day 2010
An invitation to prospective parents and students. Please take this opportunity to see our school in action. If you have siblings or friends in Years four and five who are interest in attending Sydney Boys High School could you please forward this information.
Sydney Boys High School