High Notes, Vol 11 No 28, September 03 2010
From the Principal
Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship – will you apply?
End of Season Dinners
Behaviour on trains
An enterprising commuter, upset by their behaviour, took a photograph of them on his mobile phone
and emailed me his complaint when he got to work. Before the complainant had lunch that day the
boys he complained about had been identified by Mr Barris and had their responsibilities as
travellers on public transport forcefully explained to them.
Parent Information Evenings
Year 9 2011 Parent Information Evening
Year 10 2011 Parent Information Evening
Year 11 2011 Parent Information Evening
Year 12 Parent Meeting
Please ensure all documents are returned to Mrs Northey in the Ante Room by Friday 10 September
From the Two Libraries
DISPLAY OF OLD BOY DONATION OF HAKLUYT COLLECTION
This year for Open Day the Andrews Library acted like the State Library in putting together a rather cutsie antique display of a very unique collection we were donated by one of our Old Boys. This display will remain on the Newspaper Table and on the Andrews Library Noticeboard for a couple of weeks. The Hakluyt Society was formed to put together materials related to World Exploration and the Age of Discovery. This is a great collection for students studying Historiography for their HSC or for Juniors studying the theme of DISCOVERY/EXPLORATION..
We are not usually cutsie or antique with regard to resources in the Andrews Library (only the staff are allowed these privileges) but this collection gave the former History teacher in this Librarian the chance to have lots of fun fishing through the books to find a way to interest our current students who are internet obsessed and our teachers who find the Internet so quick and convenient.
What we found without trying very hard was truly amazing. A great assignment on this would be to challenge boys to find out how amazing these explorers really were by looking through some of this collection.
NEW RESOURCES ANDREWS LIBRARY THIS WEEK
SENIOR NON FICTION
JUNIOR NON FICTION
Tournament of the Minds Report
Last Sunday, Sydney Boys High participated in the Tournament of Minds Regional Finals competition at Sydney Girls High School.
The competition consisted of two parts: a long term challenge and a spontaneous challenge. For our LTC we were given 6 weeks to prepare a dramatic solution relating to a particular concept of uniting people of different background (which we presented at SGHS); while in the spontaneous challenge our team was shown a video of a light bulb with facial expressions and we were given 4 minutes to create solutions to a series of questions about the light bulb.
Although we unfortunately were not able to progress to the next level of the competition, we were satisfied with the high level of effort and work that we put in. Special thanks must go to our facilitator, Ms Eggleton, for being able to organise and give us the opportunity to participate in this competition. Experience is key in a competition like this, and we encourage all students to participate in TOM in the future, as a co-curricular achievement.
The language literature team representing Sydney Boys High included: Ming Chin, Andrew Zhang,
Thomas Nassif, Edric Wang, Riley Irwin, Robert Tan, Krishnendu Dutta, Vivek Shah and Gananatha
Tournament of the Minds Report
All up it was a great day and we are very proud of our achievements. We would also like to thank
Ms Eggleton for all her hard work in coordinating and organising TOM at our school!
POSTSCRIPT from Ms Eggleton
Year 10 High Resolves
Since the start of this year, twenty-eight Year 10s participating in the High Resolves program have been working very hard in our community to raise awareness about gender equality. This all started when the High Resolves group was set a challenge of raising awareness about this issue by UN Women, the UN agency in charge of gender equality.
Our challenge was to present an awareness raising program to one all-girls school and one all-boys school, as well as to provide recommendations to UN Women about how to communicate with 14-17 yr olds. This was a very interesting challenge. We thought that boys advocating women’s’ rights could be very effective in raising awareness.
Over terms 2 and 3 we prepared a presentation and video to use at the schools and on Friday 13th August representatives from the group went next-door to SGHS to present the program to Years 7-9.
Jonathan Adhika presented very well and everything went smoothly. Later, on Friday 27th August, a different group took a bus to Sydney Technical High School to present the same program. After the first hostilities from the boys at Tech, they all settled down and we had a great presentation from Patrick Krakovsky and Ming-En Chin.
We also started a youtube channel and facebook page to help interact with the students. Please go
on to these sights and support what we are trying to do.
We would like to thank Lee Martin (representative from High Resolves), the advisors from
Deloitte, Mr Walker, Mr Coan and Mr Cipolla for their help and support.
This is the last week of debating for 2010! We have had a wonderfully successful year with special congratulations again to our Year 12 PDC team bringing home the Hume Barbour Trophy with our Year 11s still contesting the Karl Cramp.
We have had a great season across both the Eastside and FED competitions. With Year 12 winning and Year 10 runners up in the Eastside comp. Not to be outdone Year 11 then took out the FED competition and Year 8 with a strong showing to be runners up!
Again, however, GPS championship has eluded us with Grammar and Iggies proving tough competitors. Invariably these rounds are the highest standard debates of the year and should be a wake-up call for all boys who have not been taking coaching or debating seriously across the year.
A sincere thanks to all the boys who have acted as Chair and Timekeeper throughout the year - without these student volunteers our debates simply would not run!!
See you all at the Debating Dinner – Saturday 11th September
GPS – Round 7 v Kings
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.
Year 7B failed to pack up their rooms in Round 6 and will be responsible for setting up ALL DEBATES
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.
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
Thank you to Open Day Parent Volunteers
Thank you to all our volunteers who helped out on the P&C refreshment stall for Open Day this week. Your contribution is very much appreciated. Your knowledge of the School and the parent community was very welcome conversation for all our visitors.
Capital Campaign 2010
A reminder for parents to expect telephone calls from fellow parents over the next few weeks to discuss any questions you may have about Capital Campaign 2010.
We are in the season of Annual Dinners. If you would like to contribute some feed back on any of these events, go to the P&C BLOG with your username and password to post a comment.
Sydney Boys High Big Night Out - 2011
Our esteemed leader and organiser of this now longstanding start of year event (Chinese New Year, Multicultural Night) is stepping aside – but we hope Charles will still be available for consultation !
Upcoming Parent Meetings and Events
6.00pm, Tuesday 7th September - Parent Information Evening on Subject Acceleration for
Year 10, 2011 - Great Hall
From the Canteen
We appreciated the help of the following people last week.....Linda Yang, Jenny Hu, Agnes Leo,
Mai Ip, Yan Mei Yin, Jian Ping, Jenni Rajendram, Jeffi Wu, Faye Huang, Carrie Waring, Alana
Liang, Liz O'Hare, Ying Fang, Ming Lee, Helen Torok, David Mah. Thank you all very much.
From the High Store
The High Store is offering Sydney High Lacoste polo for well below cost at $20. Only 8 in stock to clear, 4 Med & 4 Large.
Gifted and Talented Film Making Excursion to Fox Studios
Copyright or Copywrong
On Friday the 27th August fifteen selected Yr 9 Film Making students attended an excursion to Fox Studios funded by the schools Gifted and Talented program.
The school was invited to send a small group of students along to what was called a Civics and Citizenship Youth Challenge. The name given to the one day program was Nothing Beats the Real Thing! The Youth Challenge brought together students from different schools and film industry representatives, to explore the issues involved and the impact that film piracy has upon our society.
The day challenged students about their views on intellectual property and creativity. It asked them to come up with civics and citizenship strategies that will help society address the ethical dilemma of film piracy. It raised questions that students face almost daily in today’s digital age. However, the answers they receive are not always accurate. Some of these questions were:
‘Is it OK to copy this movie for a friend?’
The excursion gave the students the opportunity to investigate how copyright, creativity and citizenship shape our society, and to do so in a unique setting. The main part of the day was held in Sound Stage 7 – where scenes from films such as ‘The Matrix’, ‘Australia’ and ‘Superman’ were all filmed.
Teachers who attended were asked to act as workshop facilitators as the students put together some fantastic and highly imaginative role plays. We also received resources and learning strategies that will help implement similar Civics and Citizenship programs across the curriculum back at our own schools.
A highlight of the day was getting to meet industry professionals who are currently working at Fox Studios on both films and television programs. We got to have a sneak peak at scenes from the film Tomorrow When the War Began’ and saw how the sound is added through various stages in post production. The students also had a chance to talk with an editor working on the current television program X Factor about the programs he uses and the way he works.
The students who attended from our school are to be commended for their excellent behaviour, for their provocative and engaging ideas and for their contribution to the day. Students from our school won prizes for best role play and best male actor.
I would like to thank the school for supporting this inspiring and informative gifted and
Saturday 18 September 2010 - Homebush
Not long now until the 2010 AAGPS Athletics Championships and we are looking forward to it. It is a day the whole school looks forward to, a day filled with history, pride and tradition. This is a big day on the AAGPS school calendar and quite a spectacle for both competitors and spectators. So put on your blue and brown and come and cheer.
The school will be providing transport to Homebush with limited seats. The bus leaves the school at 9.00am from Cleveland St and will be returning to Anzac Parade at approximately 4.00pm. Cost is $10 per student for SBHS students only. Permission letters are available at the school office.
Sydney Boys and GPS Athletics
History of GPS Athletics
The GPS Athletics Finals
ALL SCHOOLS KNOCKOUT
Cold, windy night... Joeys and Shore on the prowl. The Sydney High athletics team showed up to the NSW Schools Knockout Competition on the 26/08 in their brand new school bus with their game faces on – it was time to take care of some business. We were determined to put on a show and refused to leave without a medal. We had some wins early in the night with Josh Tassell coming first in the 100m with a time of 11.12, Chris Morrow in the High Jump at a height of 2.00m, Frank Torok in the 1500m with a time of 4.08.05, and Max Kite with an immense throw of 14.94m. With 3 events remaining, the Senior Team and Mr Devlin could feel the pressure with a chance at nationals slipping away.
A great performance by Anosh Kanagaratne in the 400m and an exceptional effort in the Medley Relay, secured our runners up position, only 10 points behind Westfields and well in front of Shore and Joeys. There was great effort from the Juniors and Intermediate teams coming 8th and 5th respectively. The great performance and soaring confidence of the team makes us a real threat for the upcoming GPS season.
Men - Senior - Team Rankings - Events Scored 1) Westfields Sports High Sch 213 2) Sydney Boys High School 203 3) Barker College 195.50 4) St. Joseph's College 193 5) The Hills Sports High School 190 6) Cherrybrook Technology HS 188.50 7) Shore 188 8) St. Aloysius' College 172 9) Marist College, Eastwood 161
The first invitational carnival was held at ES Marks on the 28/08 hosted by Sydney High and Sydney Grammar. The conditions were favourable and there was a lot of support from the parents and coaches assisting with the operation of the events. There was a lot of participation in the juniors with Dominic Mah and Ivor Metcalf both coming first in hurdles and in the seniors with Chris Morrow coming first in the High Jump and Scott Renzenbrink in the 200m. It was disappointing to see such a poor turnout from the Sydney High boys especially due to all the effort from the coaches and parents. There are only two carnivals remaining so come out and have a go.
A big thank you to:The parent/teacher officials:
The committed prefects:
With the Year 12 Trial Examinations on, Sydney High’s First Grade Volleyball team was up against a strong looking Scots side. The Scots College won some pivotal points, which resulted in a tight first set which Sydney High narrowly won. However, as High found its rhythm, we quickly closed out the game in a 3-setter.
The following week saw us come against the full strength Grammar side, who proved to be dangerous opponents in our previous meeting (as they had many match points over us). However, with the largest Sydney High crowd I’ve seen at a volleyball match behind us, we felt much more confident this time around. We started the match off strongly which led to a reasonable difference between our scores, however, as the match developed, Grammar slowly caught up. At the end of the first set, it was point for point, however, with dominant hitting and blocking from Chris Morrow, High took the first set 26-24. After this slightly shaky first set, everyone started to play better.
The second set was much easier than the first one as the Grammar side had their morale crushed
from the previous set. The third set proved much the same despite a late surge from our opponents
which was combated with our newly implemented 7-man play. Thanks again to Mr. Kay for his
strategic coaching which allowed the Year 12s to end their last GPS game with a win. This win
solidifies Sydney High as GPS Champions for another year and sets us up for the Honours challenge
at the end of the year in Melbourne.
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.
School Students 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.
The High Rowing Challenge
It’s back on ….The High Rowing Challenge starts Saturday 11 September 2010
Old boys, school community, parents and friends If you would like to relive your rowing experience or you'd like to try rowing for the first time ... get involved in the Annual High Rowing Challenge. All ages and abilities welcome.
Enjoy early morning rowing for 6 Saturdays with experienced coaches and coxswains. Enter your own crew of 8 or join others in a crew. It all culminates with a fun mini-regatta on the Back to the Sheds Day.
More information and registration –
End of Season Rifle Dinner
Help celebrate a great year of High Rifle Shooting by attending the 2010 End of Season Rifle Dinner
When? Sunday 19th September 2010, 12:00pm
Where? The Outterside Centre, Teviot Ave, Abbotsford
Who? Students, parents, coaches, friends and supporters. Dress - Full school uniform for students, smart casual for visitors
Why? To acknowledge the commitment and achievements of all our shooters and because friendships made through sport last a lifetime
Cost? $30/person. Payable to the school office by Friday 10th September.
Please note this is a BYO alcohol function for adults.
The 2010 Rifle Shooting Dinner RSVP and payment form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes.
Athletics Dinner 2010
The Great Hall
Athletes, Parents, Guardians, Teachers and Coaches,
Athletics invites you to attend the Athletics dinner for the athletes who competed in the 2010 GPS season.
The evening is an opportunity for the boys to revisit the triumphs and shared experiences of their season. The GPS Team will be announced on the night and there will be prizes for the most improved athlete in each age group. It is also a great opportunity for parents to socialise and show support. I would appreciate your support on this occasion – so please come along.
The 2010 Athletics Dinner RSVP form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes.
Year 8 Family Dinner
Sydney Boys High Parents, students and siblings are invited to our
Year 8 Family Dinner
6.00pm at the Great Hall, Friday 17 September 2010
Cost $25.00 per person (excludes drinks)
The dinner will be attended by our year adviser Robert Devlin who will speak briefly and is happy to answer questions.
Please return the form [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] with your payment to the office by 8 September 2010.
If you have any queries, please contact Anne Wall on 99690813
The 2010 Year 8 Family Dinner RSVP form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes.
Driving Lessons at SBHS
Learn to drive safely, correctly and competently with confidence!
Driving lessons are now available to students of Sydney Boys High School who are L plate or P plate drivers.
Peter Hatch, the school’s bus driver, is also a fully qualified professional driving instructor. We are pleased to announce that in association with Bamster Driving School, a dual control manual transmission vehicle is now available to SBHS students for lessons.
Price: $50.00 per hour (minimum one hour)
Where: Lessons will start and finish at the school
When: Lessons are available before and after school. During school hours, lessons are also available, subject to Peter’s school bus driving commitments
For further information and bookings, please contact:
Peter Hatch – 0418 169 095