High Notes, Vol 11 No 34, October 29 2010
From the Principal
Year 11 Reports
Year 12 Portfolios
Staff Development Survey 2010
Volunteer Parents Needed for Orientation Day
Tuesday 16 November
Can you spare a couple of hours between 2pm and 4pm; or between 4pm and 6pm?
Please join our team of volunteer parents serving refreshments in the courtyard outside the Great Hall. Our aim is to make incoming families feel welcome and to encourage them to be involved in the school.
From the Two Libraries
Andrews Library - More Resources Moving Over to the McDonald Library
THIS WEEK IT IS ECONOMICS, BUSINESS STUDIES AND COMMERCE AND (NEW IN 2008) SENIOR FICTION
Newer resources in the Senior only subject areas have now moved over to the McDonald Library. When Senior Fiction was purchased in 2008 the Librarian marked it for the Senior Library collection. It has finally got to the students it was intended for.
Don’t forget to look at the location area to see which library houses the resource you want. Eg
MCD F FER
means your book is in the McDonald Library and is fiction with an author’s surname beginning with FER.
QUICK READS – LOTS MORE THERE
As the Librarian has been sifting through the fiction for old books to cull she has also moved lots of shorter books over to the Quick Read Spinner. So if you want a short read look on this spinner. Some classic authors are now featuring on this stand.
BEGINS NOW WITH YEAR 12 AND GOES THROUGH ALL YEARS BEFORE REPORTS ARE HANDED OUT.
REMINDER – LIBRARY OVERDUES CAN BE CHECKED FROM HOME ON YOUR PORTAL
NEW RESOURCES THIS WEEK
NEW SENIOR FICTION
NEW JUNIOR FICTION
SENIOR NON FICTION
The Other Olympics
Towards the end of Term 3 the French, German and Latin students in Years 7, 8 and 9 participated in the LanguagePerfect Olympics. LanguagePerfect is a website which offers students the possibility to improve their vocabulary, grammar and sentence structure knowledge in the language of their choice (preferably the language they are also studying at school!). As an introduction to the site the organisers offered again the participation in the Olympics for free and the students got involved with great enthusiasm as they could see their score and that of their classmates on screen and if nothing else they are very competitive. The fact that they had to get a word right three times (randomly) ensured that they knew it by the time it came around the third time – and only then did they score a point.
It was not only the occasional lesson in the computer lab which improved the tally – they could – and did – access the site from home, too, and outdo their nearest rival. The result was quite amazing – the founders of the site – three New Zealand whizz kids – came to our school and presented the participants with five Silver (Sai Vimalanathan, Darryl Chan, Tom Du, Jesse Cooper and Allan Shi) and six Bronze Medallist Certificates (Edric Wang, Sheng An Zhang, Benjamin Nguyen, Samuel Pham, Steve Tran and William Wu) plus a large number of Credit certificates. Overall our school’s ranking was 30 out of 400.
It is now planned to subscribe to LanguagePerfect for one year to build on the enthusiasm and
– as we can submit our own material – encourage the boys to practise their vocabulary
Die deutsche Frage
Why would the Germans have been crying crocodile’s tears on Tuesday, October 26? (And a few other nations as well?) A chocolate bar to the first with the correct answer at the Language Staff Room.
And the answer to the question of a few weeks ago: Both England and Liechtenstein have the same melody for their national anthems. Nobody got it right.
UNSW Campus Tours
When: 3:30pm; Every Friday, rain or shine, except for 24 and 31 December.
Australian National University Sydney Advisory Day
UNSW Info Day 2011
Sydney University Summer School
“Call-Out Box”: UNSW All-Rounder Scholarship
If this sounds like you apply now by going to www.scholarships.unsw.edu.au and put in an application. Tell them why you want to go to UNSW and how you plan to make a difference once you are there. Applications close 30 November 2010.
New Program in 2011
The new Bachelor of Psychological Science is a 3 or 4 year program leading to an accredited degree in Psychology, as well as providing the option of taking a complementary major in a number of related areas. Psychology may be combined with a major in marketing, management or human resource management from the Australian School of Business, providing an excellent background for careers in the business world.
Alternatively, this degree also allows the study of majors in philosophy, criminology, linguistics, or history and philosophy of science from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in preparation for a variety of social science careers. Students with a specific interest in physiological and neuroscientific aspects of psychology can combine Psychology with the study of vision science, neuroscience, anatomy or physiology from the Faculty of Science to prepare them for a career in a healthcare of biomedical research setting.
Students may also choose to focus on Psychology alone, and at the end of their second year, students in this degree have the option to choose courses that will provide them with the pre-requisites to gain entry to the Honours (fourth) year in Psychology.
Three or four year programs in Psychology can also still be studied through the existing B Psychology, B Science (Advanced) and B Science degrees.
For more information: www.psy.unsw.edu.au/psychologicalscience
Volunteering with Youth Challenge Australia
RE-SCHEDULE of Upcoming Music Events
The Annual Music Assembly will be held on Tuesday 23rd of November 2010 in the Great Hall at 11:30am. We would like to invite parents to come along and celebrate the wonderful achievements of our music students. There will be performances by some of this year’s Encore Nominees, Music Pockets presented to Year 11 musicians eligible for the award and Music Tour highlights.
Our Spring Music Festival has been moved to Tuesday the 23rd November (evening of the Music Assembly) starting at 6pm in the Great Hall (ALL Concert Bands, Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra, String Ensembles and Chamber Choir will be involved).
The Symphony Orchestra will be performing the much anticipated Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin with piano solo played by Paul Pang (OB 2006).
Tickets will be on sale in the coming weeks and we look forward to your company on this festive occasion.
The Jazz in the Courtyard Concert will be on the following evening Wednesday 24th November starting at 5:30pm with the workshop during the day at school. (ALL Stage Bands, Jazz Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble will perform.)
The Jazz Ensemble will be performing on Sunday afternoon (2pm-5pm) 14th November 2010 at Le Pain Quotidien as part of the young talent development program ‘Soiree to Showcase our Future’. We would like to invite you to come along to hear them play some of their wonderful repertoire and support them in their hard work this year.
Congratulations to Ennes Mehmedbasic (Year 10 oboist) who received 2nd place in the Australasian Double Reed Competition in the under 18s category held in Melbourne last week.
An outstanding achievement in such a prestigious competition.
Music Tour Reunion Night
We apologise for the rescheduling of the Music Tour Reunion Night due to technical difficulties. The evening has been rescheduled to Monday the 13th of December 2010 at 6:30pm and all tour members and families are invited to attend this evening in the Great Hall. Mr Tony Hannon has spent many, many hours editing the footage so beautifully filmed by Bart Daniels (Yr 10) and Thomas Diep (Yr 11) and will be available on 2x DVDs for all tour members. If you would like to receive your copies on high definition blu-ray discs, please bring in blank discs to Mr Hannon to copy the tour concerts and highlights.
Music Tour Photos and Videos are now accessible (for staff and students) on the W Drive, Photo Archive, 2010, Music Tour 2010 (France & Flanders).
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
Merit Selection Panel Training
The final opportunity this year for parents to attend an afternoon session for Merit Selection Panel training is available on Tuesday 9th November, from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm, at the Arncliffe office of the Department of Education & Training.
Our school needs a large pool of parents who have been trained in this process, so that we can participate in the important role of panel selection for teaching and executive staff. Trained parents have sat on over six panels this year - with one currently in progress.
Next P&C Meeting – the AGM
Our next P&C meeting will be the Annual General Meeting – 7.30 pm, Wednesday 17th November. Please put this date in your diaries. All P&C executive positions will be declared vacant and elections for these positions held that evening.
Positions up for re-election are: President; 2 Vice-Presidents; Treasurer; Assistant Treasurer; Secretary; Assistant Secretary; Student Wellbeing Committee Representative; Parking Coordinator; P&C Catering and Event Coordinator; P&C Website Coordinator; 4 P&C Representatives to SHS Foundation; 4 P&C Alternate Representatives to SHS Foundation; 4 P&C Representatives to School Council; 4 P&C Alternate Representatives to School Council.
Being part of the P&C executive committee is a great way to become involved in the High community and make a contribution to the benefit of all our sons’ education. You come to know people from across many school Years and find out lots of information about how things run at the school.
Coles Sports for Schools Campaign
The School has registered to be part of the current Coles Supermarket Sport for Schools campaign, which is running until Sunday 31 October 2010.
Parents and boys can collect vouchers from the cashier when shopping at any Coles Supermarket. Bring these vouchers to School and put them in the box at the Front Office or outside the PE staff room. Even remind your neighbours and relatives to collect vouchers on your behalf. Every $10 spent at Coles Supermarkets will earn a Coles Sports for Schools voucher.The vouchers are redeemable for sports equipment at the end of the promotion.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Debating Supporters Group AGM – 6.00pm, Tuesday 2nd November,
Basketball: Shooting Hoops
High VS Joeys
2010 Term 1 (*Last time)
Term 4 (This time)
*Rain cancelled several games
Performance Against Joeys
The hard work of High players and our great basketball program, have allowed High to be successful in 16 of their matches! Congratulations to those teams! Most of the losses were narrow losses and hopefully can be turned into victories next year. First Grade had a magnificent match against Joeys, winning 96-43 with Emmett scoring 27 points and Craig with 20. In Second Grade, High was once again dominant, with Scott Renzenbrink netting 21 points and Blake McGlenchy producing 10 of his ‘McGlenchy Magic’ points.
Mr Hayman’s Player of the Week
S.BELL: STANDING AT 6’2 IN YEAR 8, THIS ‘MAN MOUNTAIN’ IS MAKING A HUGE DIFFERENCE AT BOTH ENDS OF THE FLOOR DESPITE IT ONLY BEING HIS SECOND ‘A’ GRADE GAME. THE 15As SIDE ARE LOOKING GOOD FOR FUTURE FIRSTS IF THEY KEEP UP THEIR HARD WORK WITH COACH R.DAY AND ALEX HAYMAN AT ‘FUTURE FIRSTS’….
First and Second Grade Tables
First grade are moving their way up the table steadily. Support them vs Newington and Scots. 11:15am in our gymnasium on the 13th and 20th of November respectively.
Second Grade is now in 4th place and on their way up the table! Cheer them on!
By David Li Wang
~ Go High Basketball!
SHS Rowing Committee
Back to the Sheds Regatta 2010
It was a very successful Back to the Sheds Day last Saturday 23rd October with Old Boys, rowers, parents, supporters and friends attending. The day is gaining more interest each year and it was great to see so many enjoying the morning with a row in the regatta and/or socialising over a coffee and barbecue breakfast.
A highlight of the day was the Regatta. This year we had 8 crews competing - 5 crews of Old Boys, parents, friends and supporters which had participated in the 6 week High Rowing Challenge program, the 1977/78 GPS Gold Challenge Old Boy crew, and a hotshot recent Old Boy crew taking on the School VIII.
The races proved very entertaining for all spectators. In the shining sun, and with barely a wave on the water, the five mixed teams of friends, parents and Old Boys raced over the short course for a chance to take on the finest athletes in the High Rowing program, and it was the ‘Dee-V-8’ and ‘77/78 Gold Challenge’ crews who won their place in the final. Then it got serious with the Old Boy crew taking on the School VIII. The Old Boys lack of training time together was overcome through sheer bicep size, and a shared desire to show the School VIII how things were done. This feature race was a tensely contested challenge between the Old Boys and the School VIII, won by only 0.5 secs by the Old Boy crew - Pat Desmond (c), Mitchell Kelly (stroke), David Vien, Andrew Pham, Shahar Merom, Jack Wachsmann, Matt Ling, Clive Chen and Adam Farrow-Palmer.
On the shore, competitors and spectators enjoyed the mingling. Our Captain of Boats, Jonah Petrie, welcomed everyone to the sheds and thanked the1977/78 Gold Challenge crew and the High Rowing Challenge crews for their very generous donations. Amongst the crowd, and great to see back at the sheds, were the 77/78 old boy crew members, Raoul Lake, Iain Rennie, Adrian Cohen, Ian Crawford, Paul Say, Dave Nehl, Dave Morrow, Jim Dounis, Andrew Bowey and old boys Doug Donoghue (53), Viv Littlewood (52), Bob Holmes (45), Bryce Ross Jones (45), David Bell (46), Robbie Girdler (04) and Keith Jameson (61).
Upcoming Rowing Events -
Sydney Boys High Cricket
Sydney Boys High Cricket vs St Joseph’s College
1st XI- St Joseph’s 8 declared 280 (69 overs) (S Dias 1-34, J Moffat 2-24, T Connolly 4-34, N Bhagwat 1-69,)versus SBHS 2-26 (20 overs) (O Meroni 3 no, M Phung 9, J Moffat 0 no, N Bhagwat 10) M phung (c)
In a game punctuated by lost time due to the lightning rule being invoked – followed by torrential rain – we managed to get 90 overs completed on day one of our game versus last year’s premiers – Joeys. They batted brilliantly to score 8 declared for 280 in 69 overs. Tom Connolly, on debut took 4-34 whilst Jesse Moffat bowled aggressively to snare two wickets for 24 runs. However, the pick of the bowlers was Sudam Dias, who bowled with great pace and control whilst taking 1-34 off 15 very impressive overs. Sam Lane, Siva Sooriakumar, Nakul Bhagwat, Michael Phung and Lahiru Katupitiya were busy in the field – Sam took two excellent catches. Sangeeth Subramaniam kept well. We lost two wickets before stumps when Michael Phung and Nakul Bhagwat narrowly missed out on negotiating the last twenty overs. We resume on 2-26.
2nd XI- St Joseph’s 4/116 (36.4 overs) ( C Price 1/14(7), K Gunaratne 1/28(8), S.Thushyanathan 1/0(0.4 overs)) K Sivayogarayan (C)
A game which didn’t progress past the 36 over mark due to lightning and heavy rain. The Sydney High 2nd XI left Joeys in a strong position going into next Saturday. Being sent in to bowl by Joeys, Caspar Price snared the first victim of the game early on with Dan Smith taking a full body diving catch down the leg side. A strong bowling performance by the Sivayogarayan brothers, bowling in tandem saw Joeys struggle to score at more than two an over and eventually saw Joeys crack under the pressure, with Al Hughes throwing a ball from square leg to have the batsmen run out. Going into a lunch at a strong position Kumi and Shivangar both made important breakthroughs early into the 3rd session thanks to catches by Al Hughes. Going into next week, the boys have put themselves in a strong position and if they are able to take quick wickets and then bat sensibly, a win is definitely on the cards.
4th XI- Sydney High 7/163 (17 overs)- (S Danziger- 56 retired, H Sit 26, D Kim 24, L Ming 20) v SJC 0/0- match abandoned due to wet weather
16C XI- St Joseph’s 2-109 Vs High (Match Abandoned) Rain forced an end to a promising start, with Jason Hu and Sumen Kumareswaran (1 wkt each) demonstrating the benfits of bowling on the stumps. Congratulations to all 11 boys for attending, with special mention to Kevin Giang, who received praise from the MIC of St Joseph's Cricket for his aggressive bowling.
15A XI- St Josephs 4/279 dec (G Farrugia - 2/22 (6 overs), N Anson - 1/26 (4 overs), S Nagaraj 1/74 (9 overs)) vs High 3/51( N Anson 22 no, P Lam 8, L Defonseka 5no)
14A XI- High 7/54(V Murugananthan- 19, Jonathan- 7no, Rick-8no) vs St Joseph’s
14B XI- High 3/36(15) (S. Arudselvan-17no, T George-6 no, J Lin 2) vs St Joseph’s
College- Match abandoned due to rain
Quote of the week: cricket is mad soooo fun "debutant of 4th grade"- Dennis Kim Joke of the week: What do you get if you cross a tin opener, a vampire and a cricket team?- Answer: An opening bat!
Don’t forget group 1 teams are still playing against Joeys and group 2 teams are playing against Shore, check the cricket website for up to date details.