High Notes, Vol 12 No 12, May 06 2011
From the Principal
Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship Dinner
Scholarships worth $1200 each have been awarded to: Alexander Belokopytov (2009), Terence Pham (2010) and Jesse Nixon (2011). The Scholarship Fund needs >$50k. in order to be self-sustaining. Only 25% of the interest from the fund can be used for scholarships each year. Three-quarters of the interest is reinvested to grow the Fund. In the future the goal is to have a number of scholarships to award. If you would like to help future deserving students in public education to access the full range of opportunities available at High please support our scholarship fundraising initiative. Donations are tax deductible and can be made through our website www.sydneyboyshigh.com/donations/scholarship fund.
Building Fund Reaches First Milestone
Our capital raising program is serving its dual purpose well – to enhance the existing
school buildings and to save for future capital building work projects. If you can help us reach
our goal faster, please make a tax deductible donation on the form located on www.sydneyboyshigh.com/donations/multi-purpose
Peer Mediation at SBHS
Hey got a problem? Get peer mediated! Peer mediation is a program run by a select group of Year 11 students which seeks to solve conflict between students without getting teachers involved.
The program seeks to help the students resolve their issues while under the guidance of the Year 11 students. The program is confidential and stays between the peer mediators (Year 11 students) and the students who have a problem with each other.
How it works
Remember. The email address is:
It is important that parents and students have access to the latest careers news and information. The Careers News section of the Student Portal and of the Parents Portal is updated daily with this latest information.
Visit the Careers News section to read the latest information about:
And much more.
Log into the Student or Parents Portal by clicking the Intranet Login link on the Sydney Boys High School website.
Please see the Careers Adviser if you have any further questions.
Year 12 Interviews
All Year 12 are required to have an interview with the Careers Adviser during Term 2 or Term 3 to discuss all aspects of post-school education including ATAR, UAC, scholarships, preferences etc.
Interviews are booked online through the Student Portal. Students should access the Careers Interviews section of the Student Portal and select a time for interview. There are two slots per period that the Careers Adviser is available.
Wet Weather Information – Saturday Sport
For regular updates on Saturday sport during times of inclement weather, parents and students are asked to check the school’s website throughout the day. The information can be found by going to the school’s website at www.sydneyboyshigh.com then by clicking on the fixture details under the heading of ‘Upcoming events’ eg Saturday, May 1 SHS v NC. Cancellations can then be found by scrolling down the page to the specific sport and team. If there is no information specific to sport cancellations then assume by default that sport will go ahead. Please note that the current ‘Sports Wet Weather line’ is inoperable.
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.
From the Libraries
OLD BOYS COLLECTION – THANK YOU
Ian Heads, sports journalist and Old Boy has been very thoughtful and has donated many of his books over the years. This week his wife, Joy, came in with two of Ian’s latest works: And the Crowd Went Wild, and, Tales from Coathanger City (Ten Years of Tom Brock lectures).
Many thanks to Ian and Joy for their thoughtfulness in donating towards this collection.
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
Next P&C Meeting
7.30pm Wednesday 18th May, Staff Common Room
Upcoming Parent Meetings & Events
P&C Meeting - 7.30pm, Wednesday 18th May, Staff Common Room
I still can’t believe that there are some students and parents who have not signed up for the debating emails. This is an essential means of contact between me and you. PLEASE send me an email ASAP.
"Parent <your son's graduating year>" For example 'Parent 2016' for Year 7 parents.
Parents Information Evening
This meeting on the last Thursday of term was very well attended. Thank you to those new parents who made the effort to attend. I would particularly like to thank the parents of older boys who came along to share their experiences and expertise with us all. It was a very successful evening and an opportunity for parents to meet each other and have all their questions answered.
We have an excellent Debating Supporters Group with very enthusiastic parents who give their
valuable time and effort to supporting debating at High in a whole range of ways. If you would
like to find out more please email us at
Try outs for GPS have been completed for Years 10 – 12 and the teams have been selected. For those boys who have not been successful this year we are offering the opportunity to take part in the UNYA competition and are dedicating a coach to work with students on this. Students need to see me to express their interest in this very worthwhile alternative.
Try outs for Years 7 -9 GPS teams will take place over the following weeks. Students who want to try out MUST have either emailed their coach or have signed up on the Debating Noticeboard. When try outs take place coaching is suspended and those students not wishing to get involved in GPS will leave school at 3.20. When all the GPS teams have been chosen those who are in the GPS teams will be coached separately to the other students. For those who are not involved in GPS there will be an alternative coaching program consisting of workshops and social debates – both internal and against other schools.
COMPETITIONS THIS WEEK
SBHS V Barker (FED)
More information can be found at www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating and will be emailed to
you on a weekly basis.
ANZAC Day March
Congratulations to all the students who performed in the ANZAC Day march last Monday as part of the march in the city (through the pouring rain). The Music staff and parents are very proud of our boys for all their hard work and dedication. You represented the school wonderfully.
Thank you to all the parents and students who gave up their time and helped out with the Music parking during the holidays. Your efforts are much appreciated as it raises valuable funds for the Music performance Program.
Year 7 New Instrumentalists
ALL New Year 7 students who began lessons on an instrument last term are encouraged to join the Training Concert Band (Woodwind/Brass/Percussion) and Junior String Ensemble (Strings) this term. Please see below the rehearsal timetable and rooms and turn up with your instruments. Award scheme points apply!
Music Performance Co-Payments
Please arrange to make Music Co-payments ASAP as they are needed to fund the ensembles. Letters have been sent out to students in the Music Performance Program. We appreciate your co-operation in this matter.
Rehearsal Schedule 2011
Music ensemble rehearsals are now up and running, please check the schedule below and attend your appropriate ensemble. ALL new students welcome, please see the Music Staff for ensemble information. We look forward to your son’s involvement in the Music Performance Program.
REHEARSAL SCHEDULE 2011
Football @ High is Online
Information including game times, match reports and results will be put up on High Football’s official Facebook and Twitter pages.
Facebook: Search “Sydney Boys High School Football” and ‘Like’ us!
Twitter: Follow us at @SBHS_Football
You are invited to the
Phillip J Day Scholarship Dinner
You are invited to the
Phillip J Day Scholarship Dinner
Time: 7.00 pm on 31 May 2011
Host: Daniel McPherson, Class of 1997 (Host of Dancing with the Stars, City Homicide and The Bill)
Speaker: Tom Cusbert, Class of 2002, University Medallist (2008)
(a corporate, tax deductible professional learning opportunity) $60 per head
The Phillip J Day Scholarship Dinner RSVP form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes.