High Notes, Vol 11 No 38, November 26 2010
From the Principal
Big Week for Musical Performances
New Service for cricket
‘N’ Awards at HSC and SC
Sponsor Wanted for 2011
High will be printing home game programs for summer and winter sports. These are distributed free to spectators at High fixtures. We are seeking sponsors to take an A5 size full page advertisement for approved goods and services for 7 or 8 home fixtures during the year. The price for a season’s sponsorship is $300. The proceeds of the sponsorship will be used to cover printing costs and to raise funds to help pay for paramedic services at home venues. If you are in business, do something to help High and perhaps derive some commercial benefit. If you are interested in being a High program sponsor, contact Mark Pavone, Head Teacher Sport.
Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship
Year 10 Fund raising
It is my hope that our Year 9 boys going into Year 10 will energetically promote the
communication link with KRMV and help in raising funds for the Lak Saviya Foundation. This is a
worthy cause and an expression of our belief in global citizenship. I would hope that our Sri
Lankan boys would maintain communication with the school but the idea is to converse with them to
help their growth in language and to increase your understanding of and empathy with students of
other cultures and circumstances.
From the Two Libraries
BOOKS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
THANK YOU To Jaiden Chin 7M for a late book Fair donation of Fang – James Patterson
BOYS BLOKES AND BOOKS – (FOR BOOKS PUT “READING” IF YOU ARE INTO DIGITAL
Nord et al 1997 – Children whose fathers participated in their child’s learning usually achieved higher marks, enjoyed school and never repeated a grade.
Ortiz 2000 – When fathers are involved with their children’s literacy education from a young age, their children demonstrate increased cognitive abilities, higher self esteem, and greater social competence.
Gadsden 2003 – Father’s reading habits influence children’s reading habits, choices and interest. Modelling is one of the most powerful tools when encouraging boys to read.
Stile & Ortiz 1999 – Shared literacy activities strengthen the father-child bond.
Graves Smith 2006 – Children who had parents’ participation in reading activities at home demonstrated improved motivation as a positive outcome stemming from the parents’ belief that literacy education is important
Zambo and Brozo 2009 – Since the 1930s there has been increasing evidence of boys far outnumbering girls in remedial reading classes.
Anderson, Streelasky and Anderson 2007 – The image of a mother reading with her child dominated one hundred randomly selected family literacy websites.
NEW RESOURCES THIS WEEK
ANDREWS LIBRARY SENIOR FICTION
SENIOR NON FICTION
JUNIOR NON FICTION
Open High School News
This year has been busy, with 10 students studying Japanese, Korean and Russian through the Open High School. Two students, Caillin McKay and Tony Tran, sat the Higher School Certificate in Japanese this year and we wish them success.
In addition, three students achieved outstanding success in their language studies, all gaining Equal First Place in New South Wales in their course, out of all students who were studying through the avenue of Open High:
Shaun Fletcher, Year 10 Japanese
These students will receive their awards at a special Prize-giving Ceremony organised by the Open High, in our School Hall. Congratulations!
Through the Languages Faculty at Sydney High, students are offered excellent opportunities for language learning: Chinese, Classical Greek, French, German and Latin are school-based languages. If students decide they wish to expand their linguistic horizons, then from Year 9 they are able to learn an additional language. Units of work are submitted weekly, and there are opportunities for face-to-face lessons at the Open High School, excursions and even telephone lessons practising students’ Speaking skills.
It is good to see that the students at Sydney High recognise the value in learning a language,
and the outstanding achievements of the students are an added reward.
From the Canteen
THANK YOU Cocktail party – put this date in your diary!!! Monday 13th Dec 5.30 p.m. onwards The P and C very much appreciate the efforts of all school volunteers which includes all of our wonderful helpers in the canteen. Invitations will be going out in the next week. The Canteen Committee like to take this opportunity to give special thanks to all our volunteers but particularly our leaving Year 12 helpers.... so please make sure you are there if you can be.
Many thanks to the following people for your help in canteen over the last 2 weeks – especially those who came in twice and those whose Year 12 sons have already left....thank you, thank you, thank you:
Helen Lazarou, Usha Arvind, Elsa Li, Yuko Sakata, Jenny Wong-Romeo, Robyn Gordon, Jim O'Sullivan, Sally Allingham, June Wu, Lancy Feng, Sue Rynsaardt, Frances Salmon, Soogie Sim, Jenny Nixon, Anita Bezjak, Danni Hillier, Nina Liu, Vila Bing Bai (lovely mum of Nina), Cia Koukouras, Jenny Dong, Doris Fong, Steve Saunders, Khoa Bui, Hiroko Kitajima, Sally Allingham, Louise Warren, Shilpar Punekar, Stamatina Farrugia.
Volunteer help in the canteen this year has meant the education of your sons has been improved in the following ways: $20,000 for instance used to purchase short throw projectors for science labs, 11 more rooms to be equipped with data projectors, sound equipment and wireless installation.
Tracey and Karen will be drawing up the rosters for next year soon. Helping in canteen is a great
way for you to help make sure High boys get the best education – and food – that we
can give them.
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
Parent Portal Developments
The Parents Portal on the school website has been further developed by the school’s IT department. Personalised individual logins are now available to access information specific to your son. Individual logins replace the generic Year Group logins we have been using. The generic logins will be phased out shortly, so create your own login NOW.
To create a personal account you will require the following two pieces of information:
If you have trouble recalling the email address you supplied, your son can tell you by looking up the My Details section of the Student Portal. Alternatively, contact the school Administrative Office.
Once you have these two pieces of information, create a personal Parent Portal Account:
Securely store the individual username and password you have created to access the Parents Portal.
Once you have a personal account, you will be able to see:
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Music Parents Support Group AGM 6.30pm, Tuesday 30th November - Staff Common Room
How to View your Cricket Score on the Internet
Boys you can follow the scores and statistics of High Cricketers on the website My Cricket by
following these steps
In the Your Online Cricket Community
Click: SearchIn the drop down menu
Click: Club, association, grade
In the box next to the red text Search text enter Sydney High School and then click Search
When the page refreshes further down a box with Sydney High School appears and on the right side of the box Customise appears click Customise
In the Your Online Cricket Community
In the drop down menu Click: Fixture
A web page appears called Season Fixture
Go to a match that Sydney High School appears and click the red View at the right hand side of the line
The details of the match appear You can go to the drop down menu Statistics to find batting bowling and fielding statistics.
If you click on a line with your name all of your statistics come up at once.
Once you have customised for Sydney High School future views will be more direct if your
browser’s cookies are turned on.
The Jazz Ensemble (Adam Booth, Steve Comninos, Ennes Mehmedbasic, Michael Phung, Jordan Saito-Patch, and special guest in Bass; Muhamed Mehmedbasic) performed stunningly last Sunday afternoon at Le Pain Quotidien in Surry Hills as part of the young talent development program ‘Soiree to Showcase our Future’. It was highly enjoyed by the audience and we have been asked back by the organisers who were so impressed by their level of standard and professionalism. Well done to the boys on their fantastic efforts and wonderful performance.
The Annual Music Assembly held on Tuesday acknowledged all the hard work and achievements of our Music students this year (both in the Music Performance Program and Academic Program). This year was a particularly exceptional one, with the Music Tour to France and Flanders in April culminating to the Anzac Day Dawn Service in Villers-Bretonneux and 11 HSC Encore nominations in Performance. Thank you to our special guest speaker Ben Carey, who gave an inspiring address and amazing performance on the tenor saxophone, the music tutors and conductors for their professionalism, all the parents for their ongoing support throughout the year and especially the boys in the Music Program for their wonderful efforts. A special thank you to Mr Prorellis for his support and hard work on the Music Tour and Mr Hannon for the brilliant filming and presentation of the Tour highlights.
The Spring Music Festival held on Tuesday evening was a huge success with the Senior Concert Band opening the evening with a stunning performance of Fanfare for the Common Man accompanied by Mr Hannon’s wonderful slide show which was then followed by the Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Ms Ann Worthington who played Mozart’s Overture to the Marriage of Figaro with such energy and vigour. The Chamber Choir performed Swing Low Sweet Chariot with David Li Wang singing the solo tenor part followed by Handel’s Ombra Mai Fu accompanied by the Senior Strings. The Senior Strings conducted by Ms Rebecca Irwin performed Karl Jenkins Palladio beautifully followed by the Intermediate Concert Band who played two numbers stunningly; Fire Dance and Spiritual. The Training Concert Band gave their debut performance and wowed the audience with their energetic rendition of Funky Town and Guantanamera, followed by a lovely impromptu Trombone Duet by Cameron Morrison and Marcell Rozsa. The Junior String Ensemble then played two pieces, Step Ladder and Pomp and Circumstance both with such strength and power. The evening culminated to the highly anticipated Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin performed by the Symphony Orchestra with special guest piano soloist, Paul Pang (OB 2006). The mammoth work has been five years in the making and we are so lucky to have Paul return to dazzle us with his amazing talent as well Christian Katsikaros and Allen Irwin (both old boys of SBHS).
Jazz in the Courtyard Concert held on Wednesday (with the workshop during the day at school) was a light and refreshing evening of Jazz numbers with all the Stage Bands, Jazz Ensemble and Guitar Ensemble performing. The evening also showcased some individual talents from Year 7 soloists and a brilliant Gypsy duet played by Ennes Mehmedbasic and Safat Sufian. Thank you to our conductors for the evening; Dave Panichi, Bob Cossain and Sean Windsor, the evening was highly enjoyed by all who attended.
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 (Year 10) and Thomas Diep (Year 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.
Basketball: Shooting Hoops
High VS Newington
High vs Newington 2010 Term 1 (Last time)
High vs Newington 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.
1st Grade Table
High 1st Grade Report
To all supporters who attended the match: thanks for coming and helping High to one of its
best wins, and please continue supporting the basketball program. To those who didn’t: you
missed a brilliant game of basketball, and we need YOUR support in all our future
We Need You!
~ Go High Basketball!
SBHS Rowing Committee
Junior Head of the Parramatta Results
It was very exciting at the sheds on Saturday morning as the Year 9 boys prepared for their first race of the season, and the Year 7 boys for their very first regatta. The two Year 10 Eights, 5 Year 9 Quads and 4 Year 8 Quads raced 2.5km down the Parramatta River against the other GPS schools. Our visiting school, Melbourne High, also enjoyed the racing experience, entering their two Year 10 Eights.
There were mixed results but overall it was worthwhile for all boys to experience racing with their crew members, and the importance of checking equipment in the boat. We had some gear failures and some crabs!
Congratulations to the Year 8 1st quad, coming in 5th and achieving the best result of the day – Louis Huyen, Jessie Nixon, Jackson Tan, Matthew Chan and (c) Keith Chambers.
Committee Meeting – has been brought forward to Tuesday 30 November
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.
GPS Sculling Trials – Saturday 27 November at SIRC Our fastest senior rowers will be competing against the fastest rowers from other GPS Schools to make the top GPS Eight.
Family Regatta Day/Shed Race – Saturday 11 December This is our end of year event at the High Sheds. All crews will compete in the handicapped ‘Shed Race’, followed by families and school community having a try at rowing. A delicious barbecue lunch is served for all rowers and families.
Melbourne High School Rowing Exchange
During every rowing season for the past seven years, Year 9 rowers from Melbourne High have travelled up to Sydney to train and race with our Junior VIII crews, and then billet with them. Last week the rowers arrived at our boatshed around midday on Wednesday (the 17th), where we quickly got acquainted and started working on our boats.
The High rowers billeted the Melbourne rowers for two nights, which was a great experience as it allowed us to bond with them and learn about their life down in Melbourne. On Thursday the rowers and billets went to Coogee Beach, and on Friday we explored the city.
Our only direct race against their crews was a 500m sprint involving High’s 1st Year 9 Quad, High’s 1st Year 10 VIII and Melbourne’s 1st and 2nd Year 10 VIII. The race was a great success with the High’s 1st Year 10 VIII sliding into a close victory.
Melbourne and Sydney High also competed in the Head of the Parramatta race, which is an annual
competition involving all the GPS schools. This was very good training for all crews involved, as
we were exposed to a high level of competition. Despite this, many crews produced very admirable
results. Overall, the exchange was a great experience; we had lots of fun and learned a lot, and
all Junior VIII rowers are looking forward to heading down to Melbourne in March next year.
Sydney Boys High School Sailing
|Race 1||Race 2|
|Bart Daniels||Tim Pilien||2nd||Marcus James||Max Birch||4th|
|Daniel Fang||Will Randles||5th||Connor Robinson||Riley Irwin||6th|
|Marcus James||Max Birch||6th||Bart Daniels||Tim Pilien||7th|
|Connor Robinson||Riley Irwin||6th|
|Bart Daniels||Tim Pilien||10th|
|Daniel Fang||Will Randles||11th|