High Notes, Vol 11 No 37, November 19 2010
From the Principal
Valé Joshua Do
Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship
Year 11 Reports
Year 12 Gift
The state of the grounds
From the School Counsellors
Increasingly the school counsellors are receiving referrals from parents and Year Advisers regarding students’ use of the internet and its negative impact on the students’ study skills, family life and socialisation with peers. Below are excerpts from an article written a few years ago by Adolescent Psychologist – Andrew Fuller which may be helpful to both families and students in dealing with this possible problem.
Computer Use or Computer Addiction - Effects Of Computer Games
The downside of computer games is that they can ruin a child’s imagination and can be so compelling they become addictive. There have been some students in therapy for whom the withdrawal of the computer resulted in a grief reaction comparable to the loss of a family member! A few other downsides:
Young people with low self-esteem, social anxiety or psychosocial vulnerabilities may seek solace in computer games. If you are neglected, anxious or depressed, visiting a place where you can build cities, win wars and score points to become the world champion is a pretty compelling thing to do. If you are experiencing powerlessness and get even a hint of power through violent video games you are likely to over-value the usefulness of violence as a way of solving problems. Most teenagers can differentiate between reality and fantasy. Parents need to parent their children and that requires them to involve their children in a number of activities of which computer games may be one but certainly not the main one.
Some social networking sites have strong privacy settings. Facebook has recently tightened
theirs due to user and media pressure to restrict information automatically shared. Show your
child how to use these settings to limit who can view their online profile, and explain to them
why this is important. To see how this can be done visit. www.facebook.com/help/?topic+privacyupdate.
All young people using the net and mobile phones need to be aware not to give out their name or
personal details. Also a parent has the right to review and delete your child’s profile if
your child is younger than 13. Under the terms and conditions of Facebook and Myspace, you MUST
be over 13 to set up an account.
This is a very busy time of year for the musicians in the school and they are called upon for many performances. In the next week, we have THREE major events that the boys will be involved in. We always enjoy seeing students and parents at school performances. The events are:
The Annual Music Awards Assembly will be held on Tuesday 23rd of November 2010 in the Great Hall at 10:00am .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.
The 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).
Tickets cost $10.00 (SINGLE) / $25.00 (FAMILY) and are available at the Front Office
The Jazz in the Courtyard Concert will be on the following evening Wednesday 24th November starting at 5:30pm with the jazz workshop held from 9.00am – 12.00 on the same day at school.
(ALL Stage Bands, Jazz Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble will perform on Wednesday 24th November.)
Music Tour Reunion Night
The evening has been finally scheduled for 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. The evening will be preceded and shared with the P&C Cocktail evening.
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 to order on 2x DVD 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).
What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?
As a work in progress the McDonald Senior Library is constantly changing and evolving. This week I have included e-resources in my list of new resources. We aim to ensure that the collections have a balance of all formats. It isn’t our intention or indeed wise that we throw out the baby with the bath water in this digital age! It is a mistake to think that digital resources will be the only way students can access information or literature. We aim to extend the book not replace it!
SEN F BRA - Bradbury, Jason – Dot Robot – Dot.com billionaire Devlin Lear, founder of the top-secret defence force MeX, has been watching Jackson Farley. He knows he has found a digital genius. Along with three other brilliant gamers from different corners of the world, Lear wants Jackson to join him and stop the criminal heist of the century – using the most highly advanced, state-of-the-art robots ever invented. (review from blurb on book cover)
SEN 940.414 DAV – Davidson, Leon – Zero Hour: the Anzacs on the Western Front – about the war that was only meant to last 6 months. This book makes accessible the story of the Anzacs and horrific experience of the war.
SEN F HILL – Hill, Joe – Horns – described on the book as horror and dark fantasy this is the story of Ig, accused of murdering Merrin the woman he loves, and now endowed with horns and knowledge of some of the “worst secrets and darkest desires of everyone he meets. He means to use his new power to find whoever killed Merrin and destroyed his life.” (book blurb)
SEN 330 LEV - Levitt, Steven & Dubner, Stephen J. – Freakonomics: a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything – explores almost every aspect of our lives and applies economic theory to many diverse and unusual subjects not usually covered in mainstream economic discourse. A fantastic read for Business Studies or Economics students!
SEN 709.05 TIM - Timms, Peter - What’s wrong with contemporary art? – A critique of contemporary art where Peter Timms asks the confronting questions like “Why is contemporary art so in thrall to spruikers and promoters, and why do their extravagant claims so rarely match the reality?”....Timms sets out to describe and examine the serious problems he perceives in the way contemporary art is packaged, promoted and received. (book blurb)
www.obooko.com gives access to free e-books such as This is not the end by Shelby Davis, a fascinating anthology of 10 short stories told from a variety of viewpoints; Little Brother by Cory Doctorow, describes the aftermath of a devastating terrorist attack, [where] San Francisco becomes a surveillance state...[and where] the movement of every citizen is monitored, with the slightest deviation leading to interrogation...”; Raisinheart by Tom Lichtenberg in which twelve year old Jimmy Kruzel is the protagonist and narrator of the three bittersweet short stories in this fabulous e-book. You will need to register and download PDF compatible software such as Calibre or Adobe Digital Editions. www.kobobooks.com/ebook - another free e-book site and made available through Project Gutenberg this site gives access to many e-resources which provide supplementary materials for preliminary and HSC students. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is useful for English Stage 6: Extension 1 students who are undertaking the Elective: Romanticism or the Elective: Science Fiction. This also requires registration but once done has many e-books available to members.
www.goanimate.com/ a digital tool for creating animations easily and entertainingly!
www.vuvox.com This site supplies a selection of digital authoring tools for creating visually interesting and dynamic presentations which incorporate videos, photographs, writing, music and hyperlinks.
www.discoverybox.e2bn.org/ primarily designed for use in History studies but students could use this multimedia tool to describe an event or build a biographical profile across several KLA’s.
The above e-resources represent just a sampling of the many great resources available through our school libraries’ catalogue My Library.
Many thanks to the students who participated in Orientation Day and helped our 2011 students and families feel welcome. It was great to see the large number of both junior and senior students become involved.
I would especially like to thank the senior students who assisted our Administration Staff in and around the Common Room. Your help was invaluable and allowed us to move through the enrolment process as quickly as possible.
Once again, there were many compliments given on the evening by both staff and new families regarding our senior students. Thank you for doing such a fantastic job. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.
Thank you also to Mr Con Barris, Mr George Barris, Mr Steve Codey and the MICs for organising the students and activities.
A special thank you must go to our Administration Staff. Thank you for your hard work during the
long weeks of preparation and your fantastic efforts on what is our busiest day of the year. In
particular, to those who gave up their evening to help make this event a success.
From the High Store
Many thanks go out to my wonderful volunteers Stam Farrugia, Kate Price, Jenni Rajendram, Marisa Hoad, Cindy Tseu, Agnes Leo and Christina Chow (mum from 2009 student Justin Chow) who made Orientation Day run efficiently & smoothly.
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.
Upcoming Auditions for 2011 Theatresports Students will be selected from Years 9, 10 and 11 Drama Classes to compete against SGHS in a fun night of improvised entertainment. Term 1, Week 9.
Successful teams will then go on to compete in Impro Australia’s School Comp in the Intermediate and Senior Competitions in Term 2.
Combined SBHS & SGHS Senior Production
The Production will be held at Sydney Girls in Term 2, Week 8.
Open auditions will begin in Term 1, Week 4.
Circus Troupe and Drama Ensemble 2011
Drama Ensemble Production
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
P&C Annual Report for 2010
Highlights for the P&C throughout 2010 include:
The time and effort put in by the P&C Executive are tremendously appreciated. Thank you to Geoff Andrews (Vice President), Seh Hang H’ng (Vice President), Deborah Cassell (Secretary), Anne Wall (Assistant Secretary), Louisa Chan (Treasurer) and Shilpa Punekar (Treasurer) for their energy throughout the year. Thank you to Fabienne Ovadia (Student Wellbeing Committee Representative), Alice Paul (Car Parking Co-ordinator) and Barbara Taylor (Catering and Event Co-ordinator) for their valuable contributions in these capacities. Both Alice and Barbara leave the School after many years of invaluable contribution in many roles. Warmest thanks to them both.
Year Group (7 to 12) parent representatives have worked hard throughout the year in assisting the P&C to identify specific Year issues and organising both informative and social evenings for their Year groups. Farewell and thank you to our outgoing Year 12 Year Reps - Steve Saunders and Paul Koerber. Steve has also made tremendous contributions in the development of previous Capital Campaigns and the P&C website.
Another key area of activity for the P&C is its representation on the Sydney High School Foundation. Sincerest thanks to Shane Brown (retiring Foundation Chair), Mark Paul, David McDonald (retiring Foundation Secretary), Ish Rajendram and Geoff Andrews for the tremendous contributions made to the business of the Foundation on behalf of the P&C. Mark and Ish also leave the school with their sons’ graduating class of 2010, having made outstanding and lasting contributions to the Foundation’s management of some key assets including the Tennis Courts, the Outterside Centre, High Store and Fairland Pavilion.
Thank you to Charles Ovadia, Geoff Andrews and Anne Wall who represented the P&C at School Council meetings. At Council, the P&C contributed a community perspective on various School policies and continues to work with the SRC on broadening the School’s recycling commitment and cleanliness of the school ground in general.
During the year, the parent community also participated on selection panels for the appointment of teaching and administrative positions within the School.
P&C Funding Contributions to School Programs
Special thanks to the Canteen Sub-Committee, led by Katrina Morrow, who together with the permanent Canteen staff and our large group of parent volunteers, have delivered over $70,000 back to the School. The dedication and energy of the Canteen team continue to produce outstanding dividends from year to year.
The P&C has contributed to School programs including: installation of data projectors and sound systems in classrooms ($55,000); final annual repayment of the loan for the tennis court redevelopment ($10,000); and replacement of the School bus ($110,000).
Co-curricular Sub-Committees raised over $175,000 in car parking revenues to provide coaching, equipment and facilities for each program. Significant progress has been made in the organisation of co-curricular programs to keep parents involved and informed - in particular through the use of G-mail accounts specific to each group. Involvement in co-curricular Sub-Committees continues to provide parents with an opportunity to contribute to their sons’ education, from volunteering for car parking or BBQ rosters through to chairing a Sub-Committee.
The Capital Campaign 2010 mail out to parents was greatly supported by a team of parents committed to contacting fellow parents to outline the details of the current Capital Campaign. Thank you to all those involved for your tremendous contribution.
The P&C community worked hard through the year on several ongoing P&C projects that will carry over into 2011. These include:
There is a tremendous level of cooperation and common purpose between Dr Jaggar, the School Executive and Staff, the School Council, the SHS Foundation, the SHS Old Boys Union and the P&C. Thank you to all of these individuals and organisations for their interest and support of the P&C throughout the year.
Thank you to all in the High community who have assisted in some way throughout the year. Every contribution great or small is vital, significant and valued. Our School community is noticeably and directly benefitted by your involvement.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Spring Music Festival - 6:30pm, Tuesday 23rd November - Great Hall
Sydney Boys High School vs The King’s School and The Scots College
1st XI- The King’s School-10/146 (Sudam Dias 5 /38 (14.2), Siva Sooriakumar 2 /25 (10) and Oliver Meroni 1 /21 (5) defeated High 110 (1st Inngs- Sudam Dias (25), Lahiru Katupitiya (24), Jesse Moffat (17), Sangeeth Subramanian (14) and Sam Lane (13) & 2/50(.Inngs – Michael Phung 32 Nakul Bhagwat (18) and Oliver Meroni (0 n.o.)) M Phung (c)
On the second day of the second round of the GPS competition, defending the total of 110 runs didn't seem out of reach for the boys. At one stage having Kings 4-48, the game looked to be a very tight contest, with particular emphasis on Sudam Dias who took 5 wickets during the match. However, the game looked slightly out of reach, when the rate of runs to wickets became disjointed, resulting in 7 wickets fallen when Kings reached the total. The boys were keen to finish the job, and they did so, with Kings only surpassing our score by a mere 36 runs. When sent back into bat, the opening pair ran down their lead in 10 overs before the disruption of rain ended the game. A great effort from the boys
2nd XI- The King’s School- 10/111 (47 overs) (K.Sivayogarayan 3 /22 (8), A. Ansareen 2 /9 (4),D.Guptaa 1 /5 (3), S.Sivayogarayan 1 / 15 (12), S.Dhingra 1 /17 6), C.Price 1 /20 (7)) DREW WITH SBHS 8 – 79 (39) (R.McDonald (15), A. Hughes (15), D.Smith (12) K Gunuratne 9no)-K Sivayogarayan (c)
In simple terms, the game can be reflected upon by a few words, ‘the game that got away’…
In a match which had been reduced to a 90 over declaration game due to rain the previous week, skipper Krishan won the toss and elected to bowl on an excellent McKay deck. Following a minute’s silence by both the King’s and High sides as well as the umpires in memory of Joshua Do, High took to the field full of energy. The opening bowlers created many chances and King’s were lucky to get away with edges flying through the cordon and French cuts. At 0/26 King’s were progressing nicely before a run out from the boundary by Krishan saw the momentum of the game fall back to High. The boys picked up and bundled King’s out for 111, with debutants A Ansareen 2 /9 (4) and Dhruv Gupta 1 /5 (3) bowling well. Young leg spinner Saieeshan Sivayogarayan 1 / 15 (12) once again bowled beautifully and was unlucky not to have more wickets. The highlight of the bowling display however came just after lunch when Krishan Sivayogarayan 3 /22 (8) found himself in the unenviable position of being on a hattrick. Unfortunately the LBW appeal for his hattrick was turned down by the umpires. Elated with our efforts in the field, the boys went about chasing down the target in our given 38 overs. A beautiful opening stand between Al and Ryan saw us at 0/35 off 21 overs. Unfortunately the foundations erected to see High push on had been a little too slow and consequently saw the rest of the top order lose their wicket attempting to pick up the run rate. At stumps, High finished at 8/79 with K Gunuratne anchoring the innings at the end. Going into Newington next week, we know we are capable of a big result, with the draw against King’s seeing the 2nd XI of 2010/11 being the first High 2nd XI team in over 15 years not to lose to The King’s School. Great effort boys!
4th XI- Sydney High 7/135(20) Shimon 30 Ishmam 28 Henry 22 Denis 19 Lee 17 DEFEATED Scots 10/84(14.3) Downer 3/15 Ishmam 2/16 Shimon 2/14 Lee 1/12 Nick 1/20
16A XI-Kings 2/57(15)(M Liu 1/16(4), J Norman 1/17 (3), T Subasinghe 0/6 (4)) vs SBHS- match abandoned due to rain The match was interrupted at the 15 over mark and as it continued to rain it was abandoned by the officials. In the short innings the wicket takers were Michael Liu 1 /16 (4), Jay Norman 1 /17 (3) and Thilan Subasinghe bowled well for 0 /6 (4)
16B XI SCOTS 7 – 200 - defeated - HIGH 10 – 96 Wicket takers: Ricky Chen 3 /22, Vasu Bhakri 2 /26 and Sameer Nene and Simon Luong one wicket apiece. Run scorers: Chris Mao an explosive 27 runs, Jacky Jiang (21) and Simon Luong supplied the major scores
15A XI- Kings 3/176(32) (Allen Chen 2/37 from 5 overs, Sagar Nagaraj 1/36 from 10 overs, Lasith De Fonseka 0/3 from 2 overs.) defeated High 10/43(23.2) (Allen Chen 9, Sagar Nagaraj 6, Lasith De Fonseka 5) N Anson(c)
15B XI- Scots 3/57 defeated High 56 (Sai Vimalanathan 17, Sunchit Sethi 16, Ray Cheng 2 n.o) High won the toss and elected to bat, with Sai and Aaron compiling a solid partnership at the top of the innings. However, some shaky shot selection from many of the batsmen led to a collapse with the last 9 wickets falling for 20 runs, leaving High all out for 36. Highs bowlers bowled well, however the disciplined Scots batsmen were able to chase down the target.
14A XI-Kings 5/77(25)(V Murugananthan 15, S Arvind 13, J Chew 10) defeated High 10/76(V. Murugananthan2-14 J. Chew 1-12 N. Bari 1-1) V Murugananthan (c)
Losing the toss and being sent in to bat, the openers batted well until the 16th over when we found ourselves at 2/44. With the emergence of Vishnu and Sudarshan at the crease High looked in steady hands until both players lost their wicket. High then witnessed an unfortunate batting collapse and were all out for 76. With Varunan and Jonathan taking up the responsibilities of the new ball, both bowled well. Varunan finished with 2 wickets and Jonathon was very economically. We had a great game.
14B XI SCOTS 9 – 118 - defeated - HIGH 10 – 106 Wicket takers: Kevin Dang with 3 wkts, Raycole DAI took 2 wkts and one wkt each to Anthony Huynh, Thomas George and Kevin Robinson. Run scorers: Jason Tran (22), Raycole Dai (20) and Anthony Huynh who offered valuable support
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.
Basketball: Shooting Hoops
High VS Scots
High vs Kings 2010 Term 1 (Last time)
High vs Kings 2010 Term 4 (This time)
To see if your team has improved, look at the age group below your current one. For example, 15As this time would be 14As last time. WELL DONE 15As!
The best results in the history of SBHS against the Scots College! Well done to all teams!
A 16 point win against Scots puts High outright leaders of the 1st Grade table, however next week’s match against second placed Newington will be a crucial match. 2nd Grade are placed 4th at the moment with the chance to move up next week against first placed Newington.
1st Grade Table
Come and support High in “the SBHS event of the year”...
Students/coaches/Old Boys - please encourage your team to make a tunnel for the first and second grade boys as they leave the changerooms and enter the court for their biggest game of the season to date!! Your support both before and during the game really makes a huge difference to the atmosphere of the stadium and the performance of the team!!!
~ Go High Basketball!
Sydney High Water Polo
Opens v Waverley College
Sydney Boys High School Sailing
Saturday was a great day for sailing with a steady 15-20 knot north-easterly wind during the day, with perfect sunny conditions.
The High sailors placed consistently in both races. However, we have still room to improve and aim to be placing in the top 3 more often. Ennes Mehmedbasic skippered in the Pacer race for the first time this season and sailed well especially in the first race.
Other notable mentions include Tim Pillien who skippered his first competitive race, looking confident and in control on the helm.
Our sailors race very well on the upwind legs where we often pick up a few places, but need to concentrate more on the downwind legs where these places are lost. We are working on this during training sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays as well as training for Teams Racing.
The results for Saturday are as below. The results in the second race may in fact be a lot better for High as recorded in the table as a good number of competitors’ boats are likely to have been penalised for crossing the line early.
Marcus James (Yr 9)
Sydney Boys High School Rowing Committee
Senior Head of the Parramatta Results –
Last Saturday 3 SBHS crews entered this time trial race over 4.5km down the Parramatta River.
Our Year 8 Quads coach, Toby Ledgerwood, and Year 10 Eights coach, Mitch Estens also competed in the Sydney Uni 1 crew which clocked the fastest time on the day – 13.31.00. Well done to all rowers.
Upcoming Events –
Junior Head of the Parramatta - this Saturday, November 20th, 7.45am start. Again, a time trial race over 2.5km down the Parramatta River. SBHS have entered – 4 Year 8 quads, 7 Year 9 quads, and 2 Year 10 Eights. Our visiting school, Melbourne High, have also entered their 2 Year 10 Eights. Parents are invited to watch the race from the Dalbora Marina at Cabarita Point.
Coxswains Information Session - All our coxswains will be going to the Sydney Grammar Boatshed on Saturday 27 November at 11am for the AAGPS Information Session. It is important for all coxswains to attend and the coaches will take them in the tinnies.
GPS Sculling Trials – Saturday 27 November at SIRC
Family Regatta Day/Shed Race – Saturday 11 December
Contact Details –
Sydney High School Cadet Unit
ANNUAL DINNER 2010
The Unit’s Annual Dinner will be held In The Great Hall On Friday 10th December 2010
Our Senior Under Officer, CUO Michael Do invites all parents of cadets and Unit Old Boys to join the Unit at our end of year formal dinner.
An opportunity to participate in a three course dinner and enjoy the essential graciousness of our military formal dinner A dining event unusual in these hectic modern times
Dress Officers & Senior NCOs – Mess Dress White Jacket
Year 12 2010 ‘Gift to the School’
Last week five statues were purchased from the Year 12 ‘Gift to the School Fund’ and they have been placed in the courtyard or outside the canteen.
They have added greatly to the ambience of the School.
The remaining funds will be used to purchase an additional trophy cabinet for the entrance foyer.
On behalf of the school I would like to thank Year 12 for their gift and Mary Ann Cradock for her
assistance in selecting the statues