High Notes, Vol 12 No 1, February 04 2011
From the Principal
Valé Terry Ryan (1955-2011)
Terry was a dedicated PE teacher. He was very involved in expanding the 1.6km run program at High where boys benchmark their performance and are tested several times in the year to measure improvement. Terry was the mainstay of High’s ‘Learn to swim’ program for many years. He managed Junior GPS Tennis teams. He gave a lot of his time as co-driver and mentor on several trips in the school bus to Boggabilla. He became quite adept at changing bus tyres! Terry loved swimming, fishing and rugby league. He regularly worked out at the school weights room with TJ.
Terry was passionate about sport. I enjoyed annual conversations with him about the strengths and weaknesses of various sports at the national, local and school level. He had survived a serious accident when knocked off his bike by a vehicle and more recently, a spinal operation to repair disc problems. He was looking forward to resuming work full time. Terry will be sadly missed by his many friends at High but most intensely by Sue McGuinness, his partner, who retired a few years ago from the SASS staff at High.
Welcome to Term 1, 2011
School caps at PE
Student Support Service
Welcome back to all our students and parents and a particular welcome to parents of Year 7. In your diaries it states that Mr Codey is the Anti-Racist Contact Officer but I will be replacing him this year. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr Codey for his diligent and dedicated work in this important area of school life.
At High we pride ourselves on our multi-racial community and we maintain racial harmony because we are tolerant and thoughtful people. It is important that everyone plays their part in this and is respectful towards each other and considerate of our many differences.
If you are in the unfortunate position of feeling that you have been the victim of racism then
you should report it to me. I will deal with your concerns confidentially. Please note that we do
not tolerate racism at High.
Anzac Day - Joint War Theme Study
History and English
It has been amazing how much of our fiction is about war. We have found 125 books so far.
The Andrews Library has been working with the students in finding and “tagging” (putting in subject added entries to the Library Catalogue) for a joint History/ English Anzac Day unit of work on war.
Thanks to the boys and teachers who worked co-operatively with the Librarian on this.
Welcome back to debaters and parents. I would like to introduce myself as the new MIC of Debating and would like to take this opportunity to thank Dana Quick for her passion and hard work over the last few years as MIC. Ms Quick will now be the Coach Coordinator. Between us we think we can deliver a fantastic program for Debaters – particularly for the younger years. I would like to encourage Year 7s to consider taking part in Debating at High.
For more information about the many benefits of being a debater please see our website http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating/.
There is a very thorough Powerpoint for parents which gives a full explanation of Debating at
High. Coaching starts on 18 February. Anyone wanting to take part in Debating this year needs to
come and sign up by 11 February. There is a sheet outside the History Staff room for you to add
your names. Please come and speak to me if you have any questions about Debating.
Year 12 Parent Group
Do you have any questions about the HSC? A Parent Information evening will take place at 6:30 pm on Tuesday 8th February in the Staff Common Room
For current Year 12 parents please join us to find out about special provisions, assessment schedule, applications for scholarships, UMAT and any other questions you may have.
From the Canteen
A very warm – literally speaking - welcome to all new boys and parents to Sydney High – and welcome back to everyone else.
IMPORTANT: Boys please stay hydrated.
It is thanks to the efforts of our canteen managers – Karen and Tracey – with the help of our volunteer parents that we can offer such a wide range of fresh food options to the boys. To keep doing this, we do need your help.
We appreciate how busy life can be for today’s parents, which is why we’d especially like to thank our loyal volunteers for their contribution to the smooth running of the canteen. The canteen at High is the main income income source of the P&C for allocation to school projects as decided by Dr Jaggar.
‘And the winner is…. !! ’
We were not able to publish last year the lucky winner for November who is.... Usha
The following people from December last year will go into the next draw to be published next
Please phone Tracey and Karen on 9360 4027 to organize a day that you may be able to help in
canteen. We need help at the moment on some Fridays and Mondays in particular.
From the High Store
A warm welcome to all new students and their families. Thank you to those families who took the opportunity to make appointments to avoid standing in long queues.
Special thanks go to Stam Farrugia, Kate Price, Jenni Rajendram, Marisa Hoad, Agnes Leo and Cindy Tseu who gave their time through the school holidays to help in the High Store. Their continued support and dedication is much appreciated.
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.
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
Thank you to all our new parents who attended the New Parent Welcome and Information night last Tuesday. The evening was very informative and enjoyed by all from many accounts. Information covered on the evening will be posted on the P&C web pages for those who could not attend.
Thank you to the staff members who were able to come. Your extra time was obviously very appreciated by our new parents.
Thank you to the Sailing Committee and students from the Sailing program, whose obvious catering and serving skills were greatly appreciated by us all. This is a huge contribution to our community - thank you for your ongoing help.
Set up Your Individual Parent Portal Login
The Parents Portal on the school website is now accessed by individual parent logins. 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:
Once you have a personal account, you will be able to see:
for your son/ward in the same fashion he can on the Student Portal.
Your P&C Committee for 2011
Contact any of these representatives with your comments or questions regarding P&C issues:
SBHS Rowing Committee
Happy New Year to all High Rowing Families!
During Term 4, 2010 and the January holidays boys have spent time training and preparing for the exciting GPS Regatta season. The boys compete in a series of regattas scheduled for each Saturday during Term One 2011, outlined in the table below -
Other Events this Term –
Good News – Most of you would know by now the new state-of-the-art pontoon is installed and operational. This will make a big difference with getting 16 crews on and off the water efficiently.
Thank you –
I hope you enjoy the upcoming GPS regattas and good luck to all crews.
The 2011 Taree Rowing Camp
After the success of last year’s trip to Taree, the Sydney Boys High Senior Rowers travelled up north in expectation of a tough 6 days of rowing. The Croker family has been nice enough to let us use their facilities for two years running, and upon arrival the boys spread out across the farm to set up their tents. From here we headed straight into training on the Manning River, its flat water giving us the opportunity to make large improvements in our rowing. The last spot of the 1st VIII was finally chosen on the 2nd day of camp, enabling members of the 1st and 2nd VIIIs to commence training in their respective crews. Training together as a crew is vital, and over the course of the camp both crews were able to make significant improvements to their technique whilst also improving in strength and fitness. The long endurance rows took place before breakfast, followed by a technical session, a large break throughout the day which was topped off with a speed session in the late afternoon. The longest row was a row into the town of Taree, 15 kilometres of perfect water for technical work, followed by a time trial on the return leg. All up a gruelling 30 kilometres, which improved both our mental and physical endurance. Downtime during the camp was spent playing cards, eating, sleeping and at the beach, proving to be a fun experience with the boys as well as beneficial to our rowing.
Many thanks must go to the Croker family for letting us use their facilities, the parents for
cooking the meals that kept the boys going, the rowing committee for organising such an important
camp, and the coaches Oliver Wilson and Shahar Merom; without these people’s help the camp
would not be possible.
Swimming Carnival 2011
Memo to Parents
The 2011 School Swimming Carnival will be held at the
The carnival will commence at 8:50 am and finish by 2:45 pm (approximately).
Buses will be provided for Year 7 at a cost of $5 payable on the day and covers bus travel ($3) and pool entry ($2) and will leave from Cleveland Street at 8:30 am and return to school at 3:00pm. Students in Year 7 can make their own way to the venue if they wish to do so.
Students in Years 8-12 will make their own way to and from the Swimming Pool ($2 entry fee applies on entry to venue).
Public transport is available from Central Station to Maroubra Junction and Eastgardens.
The pool is located between Bunnerong Road and Anzac Parade, with the entry located on Robey Street.
School uniform is NOT required. (House colours) and sun protective clothing should be worn by students as shady areas are limited. Food will be on sale from the canteen at the pool. The Carnival will be held "rain, hail or shine!".
Roll call will take place at the venue. Students will be required to scan on entry.
Mr P Loizou
School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS)
School Student Code of Conduct – Students travelling on buses must:-
Students are reminded to:-
During 2011, authorised officers will be deployed to inspect Code of Conduct compliance on school bus services in the Eastern Region. Students who are found to have breached their obligations may lose their travel entitlement and possibly incur an infringement.
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 8:55am 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.