High Notes, Vol 11 No 5, February 26 2010
From the Principal
Big Night Out
Great Hall Kitchen
Student Awards Scheme changes
From the Two Libraries
NEW BOOKS- STUDENT REVIEWS
SENIOR NON FICTION:
JUNIOR NON FICTION:
The library has been very busy this week with many students taking advantage of the comfort and “cool” to study and just to relax and read.
Just a reminder about duties and responsibilities of students when using this area: No food or eating in the Library or anywhere in the building, students should be seated and working quietly especially during class time, only two people may be using a computer maximum and library kept clean and tidy with chairs placed under the desk where it belongs. If these rules are followed the library remains a pleasant and productive space for learning.
Year 10 transitions program
This is an excellent resource so all students (especially Seniors) will find it useful when doing research for assignments and essays. To find the link to join the library students should go into their student portal and log in to Moodle. Click on Study Assist in courses and scroll down to the State Library section. There is a link to the form students can complete and submit online. They will be registered and as soon as they receive their card will be able to start using the State library.
Links to in-school databases can also be found via Moodle, in courses – Study Assist as
well as through the Library Enquiry link after you logon.
ACER: Gambling Research Survey
Gambling Research Survey
This is important research as it will help to determine how the government will respond to gambling in young people in the future.
If you and your son are happy for him to take part please read the information and fill out the consent forms at the back of the High Notes and return BOTH consent forms to the box outside the Social Science Staffroom.
Any questions see the ACER website (URL in information) or contact me in Social Science on 9361
6910 ext 122.
From the Canteen
It really does make life easier for our canteen managers and other students if you are on your proper line. Thank you for your assistance.
Dr Jaggar has also reminded us that multiple purchases (buying for other people) are not allowed. Our canteen managers actually find it is more efficient and far quicker to serve 3 students with 1 or 2 items each, than it is to serve 1 person with a few different orders from other people.
If you could spare some time – once a month would be great – then helping us out in canteen would be really appreciated. It is the best way of seeing something of your son’s school – boys ALWAYS love to see their parent on canteen - and it also gives you the opportunity of meeting other parents PLUS learning how to prepare some of the tasty nutritious food the boys enjoy!!
If you are still learning English, we can help AND show you how to do things.
A win win situation for everybody – the school profits from your help, the boys get great food and you enjoy friendly company and free cooking lessons!!
NB: All volunteers names go into a monthly draw to win canteen vouchers for their
Fencing Supporters Meeting
Sydney Boys High
Rescheduled to Thursday 11 March 5.30pm in Common Room
Please come along to discuss the coming season
SBHS Ski Trip
Don’t miss the SBHS Ski Trip which is on again in the second week of the July school
holidays. If you are a keen skier or snowboarder this could be the trip for you. It is an
exciting opportunity to represent the school at the Sydney Regional Interschools Snowsports
Championships held this year at Perisher. A meeting for all who are interested will be held Lunch
1, Monday 1 March, in room 106. Be there!
From the Office
Letters Re Absence/Lateness/ Early Leave
If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Barris, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name, date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.
The Principal must approve all leave applications.
Music Tour Meeting
Music Tour 2010 to France and Flanders
ALL members are expected to be at EVERY rehearsal, you must notify the Music Staff if you are unable to attend any rehearsal.
Tour Band Camp
Tour Stage Band
Ensemble Rehearsal Times for 2010
Ensemble rehearsals have commenced with Intermediate Concert Band on Mondays 7:45am in room 101 for students not attending the Music Tour. All other ensembles will run as timetabled above.
"Parent <your son's graduating year>" For example 'Parent 2015' for Year 7 parents.
For Year 7 Boys please email me with the subject line: "Student 2015"
For all other parents and debaters: please ensure your email addresses are up to date via the same process!
EMAIL UPDATES are the main method of communication about coaching, competitions and the whole debating program. It is essential that all debaters and parents ensure their details are current!!
SBHS v Knox (FED)
With the start to both competitions upon us it is essential that everyone stays up to date with current affairs. Good luck to all boys for tonight's debates!
If your son is debating on these nights please ensure you organise a plate of food to share as supper for our boys and our guests.
More information can be found at www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating and will be emailed to you on a weekly basis. Please CHECK YOUR EMAIL regularly and ensure we have current contact details for both students and parents.
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
Sydney Boys High BIG NIGHT OUT
A tremendous thank you to those people in our community, who have already so generously donated prizes for the night. But we still need more. We are seeking donations of unique, interesting and of course popular items for the Silent Auction and raffles to be held on the night. Imaginations welcome ! But may be think about:
P&C Meeting with Elevate Education – one of Australia’s leading
providers of study skills programs
This will be a very worthwhile and informative evening that we urge parents to attend.
Upcoming Parent Meetings & Events (details in High Notes)
Monday 1st March, 6pm – Rugby Committee Meeting, Staff Common Room
Sydney Boys High Tennis
Match Report for 20 February 2010
1st Grade Report
2nd Grade Report
Basketball: Shooting Hoops
High vs Kings
Term 4 (Last time)
Term 1 (This time)
1st Grade Table
Evidently 1st Grade is in the lead, having won several games by over 20 points this season. The 15Bs have performed well this season too, with some pretty big wins and are now sitting on 52 points, 6 points ahead of 2nd Grade.
~ Go High Basketball!
Sydney High Annual Basketball Dinner
Help celebrate another fantastic year of basketball at High by organising your son’s team to attend the 6th Annual Basketball Dinner ever for all years!!! Every team will receive trophies for the Most Valuable Player and Most Improved player. 1 minute speeches will be made by coaches about their season! The team with the best highlight footage of their season will show off their talent on the big screen. There will be a raffle for huge prizes and a chance to thank your coach for their efforts. Prizes include Surfboards, DVS entertainment packages, $50 gift vouchers, spa vouchers and much, much more!!
When? Friday, 26/ 3/ 10, 6:30pm. Dinner served at 7pm
Where? Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School
Who? Players, parents, friends, supporters and coaches of all teams!
STUDENTS TO ATTEND IN SCHOOL UNIFORM
*This is a BYO function for adults. Cordial will be served for students. Advise when booking if vegetarian meal is required. 180 seats only. If you won an award make sure you pay ASAP
Please return the slip [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] with $35/per person to the front office by 18 MARCH 2010.
SBHS Rowing Committee
The day started very early for some of the willing parents who loaded cars at the sheds and then assembled our BBQ/catering area at Bayview Park all before sun up. The catering crew, all junior boys’ parents, was fantastic delivering high quality barbequed food, drinks and homemade cakes throughout the morning with spirit and enthusiasm. It was wonderful to see so many happy parents helping and we appreciate Helen Montanaro’s efforts for rallying the troops and formulating a roster. Thank you to all those parents, and particularly to Geoff Andrews for coordinating the logistics, including moving gear to the park, setup, food/drinks quantities, ice, float, and packup.
Our MIC, Simon Hoadley, our coaches, and the NSW Rowing officials enjoyed a busy schedule managing to deliver exciting races on time. The committee would like to thank old boys Chris Watson (99), Dave Luscombe (71), John Croll (81) and Alec Belokopytov (09) and parent, Barry Schilling, for giving their time to help with the racing. It was also great to have new Sports Master, Mark Pavone, and Dr Jaggar attend and help with the regatta.
Junior Race Results - With the Year 8s enthusiastic and rowing well, Shahar Merom, was able to start six Year 8 crews, Mark Gainford was able to start four Year 9 crews and David Vien, two Year 10 Eights. The standout performances –
Senior Regatta Results
A Special Invitation
ROWING COMMITTEE MEETING
A special invitation for all parents to come and join the committee for the last meeting of the season.
We need new parents every year and this is a good way to experience what goes on.
SYDNEY BOYS HIGH SCHOOL ROWING COMMITTEE
The Rowing Committee invites you to attend the traditional Boatshed Dinner for all rowers. It is a very special opportunity to celebrate the efforts and achievements of our boys as well as acknowledge staff, coaches and supporters.
All crews will be introduced on the stage and there will be speeches by -
We ask all rowers to wear full school uniform please.
The evening is a formal introduction of our representative crews for this season, but is also a great opportunity to socialise and show support for the boys in the lead up to the Head of the River.
The cost of the dinner is $30 for adults and $30 for students.
Please complete the slip below and return it to the school office with payment.
We look forward to all boys and their parents attending
LAST DAY FOR PAYMENT [slip available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] AND RSVP AT THE MAIN OFFICE IS FRIDAY 5 MARCH.
Sydney Boys High Cricket
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT- Saturday 20th February 2010:
In addition on this day there are sixteen, yes (16) Year 7 boys playing in Club teams (equivalent to a 4th Team) completing their club obligations who are available for Term 4 selections, and now will have to compete with their peer group for vacancies in school teams due to the talent being displayed by the boys in our current teams.
These are exciting times in cricket with changes proposed for the format of GPS competition in the future which will see premierships decided by a mixture of Two Day, Limited Over (50/50), and 20/20 fixtures and this mix of talented youngsters will show a lot of senior cricketers what commitment and determination at sport can achieve..
CONGRATULATIONS – GPS COMBINED XI –SELECTIONS
Ist XI (Day 2) ST.JOSEPH’S 4 decl. /174(38) & 2/145(35) - defeated - HIGH 10/123(50)
& 10/196(66) LOSS OUTRIGHT
2nd XI (Day 2) ST. JOSEPH’S 2/107 - defeated - HIGH 10/104 LOSS on 1st.INNINGS
3rd XI (Day 2) ST.JOSEPH’S decl./257 - defeated - HIGH 10/165 & 3/43 LOSS on 1st
16A (day 2) ST.JOSEPH’S 7 decl./127 - defeated - HIGH 9/46 & 10/30
Wicket takers- Lasith De Fonseka 2/36 (7), Sagar Nagaraj 2/92 (16) and Yiu Tao Wong 1/17 (3). 2nd Inngs. Run scorers- Lasith De Fonseka (25), Sagar Nagaraj (22) and Ned Anson (12)
15B KINGS SCHOOL 10/316 (30) - defeated - HIGH 10/45 (20)
14C KINGS SCHOOL 0/29 (3) - defeated - HIGH 10/28 (14)
13A KINGS SCHOOL 8/144 (31) - defeated - HIGH 10/109
13B KINGS SCHOOL 5/193 (30) - defeated - HIGH 10/96
13C KINGS SCHOOL 5/223 - defeated - HIGH 10/70
HIGH COACHES ATTAIN LEVEL 1 ACB Cricket ACCREDITATION
TEAM STATISTICS and AWARDS
Statistical return forms have been issued to all coaches to enable all responsible within the teams to contribute to the correct compilation of batting, bowling, catching and attendances at sport and matches for end-of-season-awards.
CRICKET DINNER – Wed 31st MARCH at 6.30pm
So in your interest some one or several in your teams need to know who has your scorebook, that
it is with you after every game and contains the right number of runs, wickets, catches and run
outs. So at the end of every innings players should make sure to check the scorebook to see his
catches are recorded as they are worth 10 points each in the Junior Cricketer of the Season (Year
7 – Year 9 )
The 2010 SBHS Cricket Dinner
SBHS Cricket will celebrate the efforts and achievements of our boys as well as acknowledge staff, coaches and supporters at the SBHS Cricket dinner on Wednesday 31 March 2010.
Players are asked to take responsibility on a team-by-team basis for any end-of-season gifts to their team’s coach.
The dinner will be held on
The cost of the dinner will be $25 per adult and $20 per student.
LAST DAY FOR PAYMENT AT THE MAIN OFFICE IS FRIDAY 19th MARCH. Tickets are limited.
Boys are to wear school uniform at the dinner. Soft drinks provided. Parents may BYO wine/beer, if they wish.
Please detach the form [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] and hand it in with payment at the Main Office before 19th March
Sydney Boys High School Sailing
TRI SERIES TOURNAMENT 2010 SEASON
Unfortunately the weather conditions made the first lot of races tough. The wind was extremely light and shifting, causing a lot of frustration for the 40 or so Pacers and Lasers who were taking part in the regatta.
There were some very good results for Sydney Boys High in the first race of the Pacer division. Marcus James (Yr 9) and Riley Irwin (Yr 8) finished in 6th place, Bart Daniels (Yr 10) and Toby Funston (Yr 10) finished in 8th place and Ennes Mehmedbasic (Yr 10) and Connor Robinson (Yr 9) came 11th.
Whilst the sailing squad was disappointed with the conditions for the day, which caused the second race to be abandoned, we all felt we had gained valuable experience sailing in light winds.
On Saturday 20th February, SBHS sailing team continued their good performances in the Tri-Series tournament with some great results. The weather finally cooperated, with a fresh nor’easter allowing for three races in the morning, in contrast to only one race the week before.
Ennes Mehmedbasic (Yr 10) and Marcus James (Yr 9) got equal points: Ennes coming 8th, 11th and 6th; Marcus 11th 6th and 8th. Mathew Delaney (Yr 10) and Bart Daniels (Yr 10) also performed well, consistently sailing mid-fleet. This season has reinvigorated the team, with a new home, new uniforms, a number of new Yr 7, 9 and 12 students joining the squad, and all 6 Pacers being sailed on Saturdays with good results and most importantly, consistency.
We would like to encourage and welcome any SBHS students with interest in the sailing program to
see Mrs Collignon (MIC) in the Visual Arts Department.
Tri-Series/Try Sailing Day
BBQ 27 February This Saturday, 27 February is the final day of the Tri-series and to celebrate there will be a BBQ after racing (around 11.30am) at Double Bay Sailing Club. (Bay St, Double Bay)
All sailors, parents, SBHS old boys, and those thinking about joining Sailing are
National Gambling Research Study
GAMBLING AND YOUTH
Gambling Research Australia (GRA) has recently commissioned the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to undertake an Australia wide study into young people’s perceptions of and participation in various gambling and wagering activities. Your support is being sought for this major study, the first of its kind in Australia. This is the first national study to be undertaken that will investigate the gambling attitudes and behaviours of young people (aged 10 – 24 years) and will provide governments with valuable data and research-based evidence to direct future policy considerations for this group of people.
GRA is responsible for managing and implementing a national research program on behalf of the Ministerial Council on Gambling. GRA is comprised of Departmental Officers of member jurisdictions of the Ministerial Council on Gambling, including a representative from the Community and Disability Services Ministers' Advisory Council Gambling Working Party. The website address for GRA is: www.gamblingresearch.org.au
This study is being funded by GRA from its Trust Fund, to which each of the States and Territories and Australian Government make agreed contributions. The management of the project will be undertaken by the GRA Secretariat located in the Victorian Department of Justice, Office of Gaming and Racing.
As part of this project, GRA seeks the cooperation of educational institutions (i.e. primary, secondary and tertiary, mainstream and alternative) for this important study. ACER, who is undertaking the research study, has extensive experience in survey work in schools and is highly experienced in the work required to obtain permissions from school authorities to conduct research. In addition to obtaining the necessary ethics approvals to undertake studies within the educational system, ACER also has its own code of ethics under which all survey work involving students is conducted. All participants will be afforded complete confidentiality in their responses.
Your support for this project is critical to its success in helping to identify current levels of participation in gambling in our youth population and their attitudes towards their own and others’ gambling behaviours. The study will provide governments with research-based evidence with which to inform future policy directions.
Information Sheet for Parents
Dear Parent/Carer/Legal Guardian,
Gambling Research Australia (GRA) has recently commissioned the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to undertake an Australia wide study into young people’s perceptions of and participation in various gambling and wagering activities. The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is a non-governmental educational research organisation established in 1930.
Your support is being sought for this major study, the first of its kind in Australia. This is the first national study to be undertaken that will investigate the gambling attitudes and behaviours of young people (aged 10 – 24 years) and will provide governments with valuable data and research-based evidence to direct future policy considerations for this group of people.
The principal of your child’s school has provided consent for the school students to participate in the study. The research will involve, with your consent, your child participating in an online survey. Some of the participating children will also be invited to be part of follow-up group discussions with ACER researchers. What students say in these groups will be confidential.
The content of the survey will be designed to obtain relevant personal information (e.g., age, gender, cultural background); details of gambling participation and frequency; money spent and time devoted to gambling; engagement in out of school leisure activities and information about students attitudes towards gambling. A report will be written about the perceptions and participation of young people and gambling. We anticipate that this report will be publicly available through Gambling Research Australia.
Follow-up group discussions will allow for more in-depth discussion with young people about their attitudes towards gambling and the reasons why young people gamble or don’t gamble. Students who are willing to participate in the follow up activities will be asked to provide their contact details at the end of the survey. This information will be used only to arrange the follow up activities.
This research has been approved by the ACER Ethics Committee and the educational jurisdictional authority in your state/territory. If you are prepared for your child to participate in the project, a Parent Consent Form and Student Consent Form are attached for you and your child to complete and return to your child’s home room teacher.
Parents/Carer/Legal Guardian Consent Form
[Available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes]
Student Information Sheet
[Available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes]
P&C Parent Information Evening
STUDY SKILLS & HOW TO HELP YOUR CHILD
If you have a child entering the final years of high school, you are about to discover that the HSC’s challenges and stresses are not exclusive to the students. As a parent, you can and will play an important role in your child’s HSC success. Over the next 12 – 24 months you will need to be a motivator, coach, supporter, tutor and you will have to do all of this without crossing the line and becoming the enemy! Are you ready for the challenge?
On Wednesday 17 March at 7.30 pm the P&C will be hosting a presentation to our parent body to make sure that you are ready for the year ahead. (Venue - Staff Common Room)
The presentation is to be hosted by Elevate Education. Elevate is Australia’s largest provider of study skills programs in Australia, working annually with 350 schools and 35,000 students around Australia. The company’s study guide to Year 11 & 12, “The Science of Student Success”, has sold over 15,000 copies and is used by countless schools around the country as a standard text for their students. Elevate has conducted ground breaking research into the habits of the State’s top students to identify exactly what these students do to ace the HSC.
In their 60-minute presentation, Elevate will address the following issues:
This night is not to be missed and could help turn the next 12 months into a rewarding time for you and your family.
Big Night Out
Sydney Boys High School present
Come join in this fun school community event. Stalls will be serving a variety of multicultural food while you enjoy multicultural entertainment in and around the main hall and courtyard. Activities and entertainment to delight all the family!
Tickets: presale $15 or $20 at the door