High Notes, Vol 11 No 35, November 05 2010
From the Principal
Year 11 Reports
Year 7 Adviser 2011
School General Service Contributions
Year 9 Parents
The Fred Pham 500
Australian Mathematics Competition 2010
UNSW Mathematics Competition
2010 Australian Maths Olympiad (AMO)
2010 Asian-Pacific Maths Olympiad (APMO)
Australian Mathematics Olympiad Committee
From the Two Libraries
REMINDER ABOUT LOCAL LIBRARIES AND ASSIGNMENTS/DATABASES/FREE TUTORING
An in-service yesterday and great presentation by the Randwick Head Librarian once again reminded me to tell parents and students that membership of local libraries brings lots of benefits. Firstly you have to have a Library card to get on-line access to the many really wonderful full text databases children can use for assignments and classwork. (These are superior tools to the Internet for students.)
Any boy can actually be a member of the Randwick Libraries (if these are better than your local Library) but he does need to present 2 bills and one other form of ID to obtain a card. I believe for children being schooled in this area they will waive where you live.
Of particular note is YOUR TUTOR. Randwick and other suburban libraries pay $9000 per annum to offer free tutoring in all subjects (after 4pm and before 9pm) to card only Library members. You are matched with a 2 year experienced tutor who specialises in your subject and your Year level. This is a K-12 arrangement. Your discussions and your tutoring are online and one on one. You will not be guaranteed the same tutor every time you go on-line.
IN-SERVICING FOR 2 LIBRARIANS THIS TERM
LOTS OF NEW RESOURCES - ANDREWS LIBRARY THIS WEEK
NEW DVDs AND VIDEOS
What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?
As you entered the Senior library this week you may have noticed the new display from Avant Cards of interesting and arty postcards. Useful as well as decorative, card designs range from The Periodic Table to artworks submitted by various artists and other great designs from various organisations with useful information regarding the curriculum, the HSC and courses available after school is completed. These cards are free and also make fantastic book marks so help yourself next time you visit us.
The Carbon Diaries 2015 and The Carbon Diaries 2017 by Saci Lloyd – set in a dystopian future with carbon dioxide rationing the reader views the events of the story through the prism of the disaffected and comic musings of the young narrator.
Exit Wound by Andy McNab – the newest Nick Stone thriller.
Anathem by Neal Stephenson – shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award for science fiction and Locus Award for the best science fiction novel. Stephenson’s novels explore such themes as the history of science, mathematics and philosophy and this is the follow-up to his historical Baroque Cycle trilogy, which fictionalized the early-18th century scientific revolution. Fascinating!
I Blame Duchamp: My Life’s Adventures in Art by Edmund Capon – Edmund Capon describes his lifelong fascination with art and the artists who have inspired and enlightened us from all over the world and in a multitude of cultures and societies.
Looking forward to seeing you up in the Senior Library and discussing the books we have on
Mozart, Paris & Love
This was the theme of the last concert of the ABO’s subscription series. And what a fitting end to a year of celebration it was. There was a lot of Mozart (and one Joseph Schuster) with Paris in the background (if you want to read what Mozart thought of Paris and the French, you may borrow my program – he was not very complimentary!) and there was Love – as well as some other strong emotions – in the arias. The German tenor Markus Brutscher sang for the first time in Australia and he and the orchestra complemented each other beautifully – as though they had been making music together for years!
The nine items on the program would exceed my space limit – it all began with the Overture from “La clemenca di Tito” which made everybody sit up and take notice and ended with a Melologue (check the dictionary!) where the soloist stormed onto the stage as the orchestra was already playing (!) and Aria “Der stolze Löw’ lässt sich zwar zähmen”– a dramatic finale full of emotion. Needless to say we got an encore – Marcus Brutscher was very obliging and if the conductor had not finally marched the musicians off the stage we might still be applauding.
As I am likely to suffer withdrawal symptoms in the months before the new season starts I am
going to attend their “Noël! Noël!” Christmas concerts in a variety of
churches around the place as well as the Recital Hall. (For more information check the website:
BRANDENBURG.COM.AU). A final
thank-you to the generosity of the ABO and the organisers of the Big Night Out – it has
been a most enjoyable season of enchanting music.
Essential Secondary Science Assessment
Letter to parents about the ESSA written test
Dear Parent or Carer,
The Essential Secondary Science Assessment (ESSA) test for Year 8 students will be held on Tuesday 23 November 2010. The test takes approximately 80 minutes. It contains multiple choice, short response and extended response tasks.
The ESSA test is a diagnostic test that will provide information about what students know and can do in science. Tasks in the test are framed on Stage 4 outcomes and essential content in the NSW Science Years 7-10 Syllabus. Students can bring home the test stimulus magazine to discuss with you after the test.
Students will be tested on their:
Students also complete a survey about their opinions, attitudes and values.
For the test, students are asked to provide their name, gender and age. They are requested to provide information as to whether they are from a language background other than English and whether or not they are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. The information is treated confidentially and held securely to ensure that the right to privacy of all students is maintained.
If your child has a disability that needs special consideration or has been educated in English for less than one year, please contact your child’s school to discuss special provisions or possible exemption from the test.
Results of the test will be available during Term 1 2011. A personal report prepared for each student will describe the science knowledge and skills demonstrated by the student in the test. There will also be information about how the student’s results compare with overall performance of all students in the test. You will be invited to complete a parent survey about the test and science learning.
A Midsummer Night's Dream
A recommendation from the English department.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is playing at the Belvedere Amphitheatre in the fittingly whimsical Centennial Park every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout November for four consecutive weekends.
Dates: November 5 – 29
Directed by Anthony Harkin, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s
most beloved comedies. The story follows the knotty love triangle between four young Athenian
lovers on the eve of the enchanted Midsummer. The lovers take flight to the nearby forest in an
attempt to solve their romantic woes but their relationships and love become even more muddled
when the roguish forest sprites and a troupe of amateur actors become involved.
Year 12 Parents
Ultimate School Dinner
WHEN: Thursday, November 18, 2010.
Ultimate School Dinner Tables are filling fast, please book ASAP to secure your seat for the Year 12 dinner while our boys dance the night away at the Year 12 Formal.
TIME: 7.30 pm to 10pm. (From 10 to 11pm, we will have the floor to ourselves to dance and exchange notes).
COST: Cost of the banquet is $55 per person including the tip. It will be good if you can pay in cash on the night.
Drinks: On each table, there will be a `hat’ to collect the drinks money. Place the coins in the `hat’ as you order your drinks. This is NOT a BYO restaurant.
PARKING: The flat parking rate of $12 applies for entry after 4pm and exit before 2am at the Harbourside Lot, managed by Wilson Parking on Murray Street, Pyrmont.
THE BANQUET MENU
CHICKEN TIKKA GRILLED WITH GINGER, GARAM MASALA AND RED CHILLIES; MINT CHUTNEY; BEETROOT RAITA: MURGH KE TIIKKAY
BIRYANI: RICE AND CHICKEN WITH ‘GARAM MASALA’, MINT & SAFFRON; SERVED WITH RAITA: ZAAFFRAN KHOORUS BIIRYANII
DICED LAMB AND CUT UP SHANKS BRAISED IN A CARAMELIZED ONION SAUCE WITH GINGER, GARLIC, RED CHILLI AND ‘GARAM MASALA’: GOSHT JOSHIILA
BEEF IN A RED CHILLI, RICE VINEGAR, CORIANDER, PEPPER, CINNAMON & ONION SAUCE: VIINDALOO SELECTION OF SEASONAL VEGETABLES, CHICKPEAS & POTATOES IN A FENUGREEK-FLAVOURED, GARLICY SPINACH SAUCE: SUBZ MIILONII
From the Canteen
We’d like to say Thank you to the following people who have helped out in the canteen over the last 2 weeks:
Usha Avrind, Jenny Hu, Anita Bezjak, Jenny Nixon, Angela Pak, Jenny Dong, Cia Koukouras, Kiroko Kitajima, Sally Allingham, Doris Fong, Steven Saunders, Anna Goh, Karen Schmidt, Liz O'Hare, Barbara Taylor, Ming Lee, Li Yang, Irene Ben, Sharon Zou, Nina Liu and her mum, Vila Bai Bing, Yan mei Yin (Rena), Agnes Leo, Yen Mai Ip, Gina Jun, Susan Adams, Fabienne Ovadia, Josie Tayeh., David Mah, Shihong Yang, Alice paul.
A big thank you to Susan and Josie for filling in when it was needed and also special mention must be made of Nina’s lovely singing mum. You have a beautiful voice and you brought more fun and lots of High spirit into the day – please come in whenever you want!
To all the leaving Year 12 parents – we really appreciate how you are still helping out , even though your boys are no longer at school. Yet another show of High spirit! Thank you The Canteen Team
From the High Store
Year 9 students come to the High Store NOW to purchase your senior uniform for 2011.
Don’t leave your purchases until back to school when you will wait for hours with all new Year 7 students who take 30mins per student to fit.
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 6:30pm 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 cost $10.00 (SINGLE) / $25.00 (FAMILY) and are available at the Front Office Please make payments at the office and collect your tickets there.
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.
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 (to staff and students) on the W Drive, Photo Archive, 2010, Music Tour 2010 (France & Flanders).
Sydney High Water Polo
Opens v St Aloysius College Won 7 - 6
This result produced an inspired start as all team members proved a solid match for the aggressive Aloysius offence. A number of players quickly racked up fouls as our defence was pushed, yet held out the goals. Up 5-3 at half-time, the fouling out of captain Brendan Hancock meant two tough quarters ahead.
Valiant team cohesion and inspired leadership from Jeremy and Oliver maintained the intensity
into the third quarter despite the loss of Brendan. Pushing out to our biggest lead in the match,
this effort proved vital as the 4th quarter saw goals dry out with fatigue, and High facing a
tenacious Aloysius comeback. Our lead proved one too many as the clock ran out with the score
reading 7-6. Goal scorers this week were Brendan (2), Oliver (2), Jeremy (1), Max Kobras (1),
Samuel (1). Keeper Ashwin had yet another blinder to consolidate the team's high level defensive
game. Our victory is the school's first in Opens competition for many years.
16Bs v Scots College Lost 13 – 7
Coach, James Menzies, was impressed with some ‘freakish’ patches of play and could not be prouder of his team. Keep up the great work boys.
14Bs v Scots College Lost 10 – 1
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.
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.
Basketball: Shooting Hoops
High VS Shore
High vs Shore 2010 Term 1 (Last time)
High vs Shore 2010 Term 4 (This time)
Look at your result from last time…Did your team improve? E.g 13As in term 1 is now 14As term 4-BIG IMPROVEMENT!!!!!!!!
Mr Hayman’s Quote of the Week
“Intelligence and skill beats size!”- Mr B Hayman while watching 8th Grade out play their opponents and speed off to an 18-2 lead after 10 minutes.
Emmett Naar had 7 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in his debut game for Australia against Fiji this week.
Old Boy Spencer Llewellyn’s team Pacific College defeated Sonoma State on the weekend. His photo is now displayed in the main foyer too.
First Grade Table
With First Grade winning 80-55 against Shore, High rose to the top of the table with Newington dropping into 3rd place after losing 60-44 to Scots, who are now in 2nd place. The competition looks to be very exciting with both our games against Scots (November 13th) and Newington (November 20th) coming up! Second Grade remains in 4th place and still has a good chance of catching up! Even if you don’t play basketball, please come and cheer the boys on and show your school spirit!
Also keep an eye out for some of our First and Second Grade players as well as Mr B Hayman who
will be growing a moustache for Movember! They will be raising awareness for men’s health
~ Go High Basketball!
Sydney Boys High Cricket
1st XI -St Joseph’s 8 dec 280 and 5-195 (Saif Haque 3-31, Tom Connolly 1-12), Lahiru Katupitiya (1-20) defeated SBHS 10-190 (88 overs) (Oliver Meroni 48, Tom Connolly 32, Sam Lane 29, Siva Sooriakumar 19, Sudam Dias 14 no)
Sydney Boys High can be pleased with their effort – despite the loss to last year’s premiers. Chasing down 280 was never going to be an easy task – especially after we were confronted by an under prepared wicket that still had moisture in it at the start of play. Oliver Meroni, displayed a batting maturity well advanced for his age in batting for 54 overs to score a technically pure 48 runs. Sam Lane also showed commendable discipline in sharing a 53 run partnership with Oliver. Lahiru Katupitiya looked solid when supporting Oliver after we lost two quick wickets and was unlucky to be run out just as he looked set for a long stay at the wicket. Tom Connolly completed a fine double on debut by scoring 32 runs and Sudam Dias and Siva Sooriakumar shared an exciting last wicket partnership of 27 which ensured we avoided the follow on. Coach Davo was proud of his players who stood up to the talented Joey’s combinations under difficult circumstances and their fighting spirit and positive attitude augurs well for a more successful season in 2010/11.
Team of the week: 4th XI Sydney High 4/219 (25) def. Shore 6/152 (25)
16 Bs XI
16 Cs XI
Lasith looked good in the first over of the day but unfortunately lost his wicket in the next, and Andrew soon followed because of a good in-close catch.
The wickets started to fall fast, and their bowling was of a high standard, with many fielders very short to build up the pressure. Yiu Tao managed to show some resistance with Ned and stayed in for 6 overs before there was a mix up in calling that resulted in a run out. Allen was next in, and he too showed some resistance against some very tight bowling and fielding. After he fell, George showed great patience and he stayed in for another 8 overs.
With 119 on the board, and about 40 overs to go, our goal in the second innings was to bat out the day. Philip and Jason opened the batting well again before Jason was unlucky and chopped the ball back onto his stumps. Philip and Ned started to build another partnership, which lasted for 11 overs, but after Philip was caught, we started to choke. We then lost 6/18, but we were still in with a chance. Allen batted well again, but some very good spin bowling got the better of him. With an outright defeat looking imminent, our hopes started to subside, but George and Ned built up a very nice little partnership. In the last over before the final drinks, George was very well caught at slip, but made a great effort, scoring 16, and staying in with Ned for 11 overs and a partnership of 36.
15 Bs XI-
High won the toss and elected to bat first against a very switched on Shore bowling line-up. Some very accurate swing bowling paid early dividends with High slumping to 7/20, with Howard top scoring with 5. The tail batted valiantly to lift the final score to 36, with Michael remaining unbeaten on 3. The bowlers began their innings with a mindset of attacking the stumps, with great effect, as newcomer Sid picked up two wickets in his first over before Shore could manage a run. Alan came on and continued the impressive bowling performance, also picking up two wickets in his first over. Shore passed the total losing 5 wickets in the team's best bowling performance of the season. Both teams agreed to play on for a few more overs, with Shore finishing at 7/61 when the game was finally called off.
Bowling to Shore earlier saw them at 8 / 43 (13 overs), however they reached 129. Still a good effort, and with 9 of the 10 wickets resulting from batsmen being bowled, it's good to see High attack the stumps. 29 sundries is something to be improved upon but with High's batting result at drinks an improvement for the second week in a row it's good to see players continue to develop.