High Notes, Vol 12 No 14, May 20 2011
From the Principal
The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022
‘Australian women and their children live free from violence in safe communities.’ During the next 12 years the Plan has a target to achieve ’a significant and sustained reduction in violence against women and their children.
Indicators of success include:
I think that leading boys schools such as High need to be at the forefront of awareness raising and skill-building to develop respectful relationships. We need to be sure that our culture has changed significantly and is aligned to the 2022 goals of the National Plan before 2014. Mr Walker will ensure that explicit training in respectful relationship building becomes part of our Values Education programs in the future.
Payment of School Contributions, Levies & Co-payments
The Record - 2004
Die Deutsche Frage Im April Un Mai - Die Gewinner!
Karsten Michael (Year 7) und Michail Schwarz (Year 11) haben die Mai und April Fragen richtig beantwortet: Im April war die Frage: Welche drei Länder (countries) in Europa sind “Weltmeister” (world champions) im Recycling? Die Niederlande (Holland) mit 64.4 %,Österreich (Austria) mit 59.3 % und Deutschland mit 57.2 %.
Die Frage für diesen Monat war: warum ist “Riesling” ein Oxymoron? (NOT because it is a “dry” wine) but for a grammatical reason: der Riese – is a giant, adding the ending “-ling” makes it a diminutive – a little giant.
Die nächste Frage: welcher australische Politiker ist mit einer Deutschen verheiratet?
On Monday 16th May, High was represented by Christopher Chiam, Jonathan Clements-Lendrum, Matthew Delaney, Sikander Hussaini, Riley Irwin, Jaan Pallandi, Sooraj Prakash, Suman Prusty, Robert Sternhell, Safat Sufien Alexander Weinstock and Calum York at a Gifted and Talented conference hosted by Ascham.
The aim of the presenters was to provoke thinking and they did. It was very confronting to be asked ‘How do you know that you are not a brain in a vat?’ It was a challenge to accept the lecturers warning that if, at the end of her presentation we thought that we understood Quantum Theory then she had failed. It was thought provoking to consider the nature of Evil. Julie Arliss is an exceptionally talented and experienced academic who works with G&T students internationally. She kept her audience enthralled whenever she was centre stage.
Her allusions to popular culture meant that the material was accessible to the students and there were a number of light moments. Jeremy Hodges presentation on ‘Being the best you can be’ was a reminder of the difference between a gifted learner and a talented one. The debate at the end of the day between the two presenters on Animal Rights was an energetic one.
Congratulations to Riley Irwin for accepting an invitation to take the microphone for an opinion on who had won and why! We like High boys who aren’t afraid to put an opinion out there! A public forum which includes some of the best and brightest students is potentially a scary place but Riley wasn’t daunted.
Thank you to Dr Jaggar for making it possible for the students to attend the conference and
thanks also to Mr Cipolla for being our driver!
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
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.
There will be a football barbecue at the Moore Park West gate closest to the school from 8.00am this Saturday 20th May.
Please come and buy a delicious sausage sandwich or egg and bacon roll. All money raised will go to supporting the football programme at High.
What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?
The McDonald Senior Library is proud to present the inaugural SYDNEY BOYS HIGH FILM FESTIVAL. Several fantastic anime films will be screened in the Senior Library during weeks 6 and 7 this term at lunch time.
Films featured in this event include The Lost Thing an animated short film by the creator of the picture book with the same title by Shaun Tan. This film won an AFI award and an Oscar in the Academy awards this year and is about a small boy who finds a mysterious “thing” on the beach which he tries desperately to find somewhere for it to belong!
We will also be showing two other anime films by Hayao Miyazaki who is considered a National Living Treasure in Japan and who has produced many amazing animated feature films since establishing Studio Ghibli in 1985.
Some of you may find a graphic text to use as related material for your English or Visual Arts
work. So don’t forget to reserve your lunch hours and come along to see and enjoy some
amazing and unique films before you start the very busy preparation period before your next exams
From the Canteen
The following people helped out on some very chilly days last week in canteen – I’m sure we kept you warm and busy in there!! Thank you very much to.....Rebecca Tsai, Kate Price, Helen Chong, Elsa Li, Mehrnoosh Johnstone, Jenny Wong-Romeo, Robyn Gordon Sladjana Petrovic, Jim O'Sullivan, Sally Allingham, Su Jen Yap, Lancy Feng, Nancy Andrew, June Wu, Kamala Selvakkumar, Frances Salmon, Nina ILina Liu, Soogie Sim, Sue Rynsaardt,
Because winter is here, menu items such as fruit salad are not available in winter - we do have apples, mandarins and pears for those people who enjoy a fresh fruit fix though. In winter, we spend a lot more time chopping vegetables etc in order to prepare a greater variety of hot food so don’t have the time to prepare our fresh summer items as well.
Remember if there is something you would like for lunch, then the best – and only - way you
are sure to get it is by ordering!!
Well done to both Year 11 and Year 12 teams who were victorious in the Eastside Finals last week.
The adjudicators made a special comment that the standard of debating from Sydney Boys High was
exceptionally high. Thank you to the coaches: Michael and Kelvin for their continued hard work
and effort with these teams. This week we must set our minds to the FED Semi Finals. All Year
groups are in the Semi Finals apart from Year 7 who are in a play-off to see if they make the
Semi Finals next week. I wish you all good luck and look forward to a great evening of
Eastside Year 12
After successfully winning their semi-final debates last week, our Years 11 and 12 teams returned
to SCEGGS for the final. Debating the topic That Australia should legalise commercial surrogacy,
our Year 11s were victorious on the affirmative against a strong Reddam team. The Year 12s might
as well have been debating at Sydney Girls after they arrived with almost twenty supporters,
filling the debate room. Despite this, we put in a very strong performance on the negative, and
were unanimously declared Eastside victors. Congrats to both teams on continuing High’s
dominance at a senior level.
Eastside Final Year 11 Report
Year 11 was faced with a tough Eastside final debate against Reddam, who so far were undefeated.
With the topic “that Australia should legalise commercial surrogacy,” High argued an
affirmative case centred around the idea that people can choose to become commercial surrogates
and how this would provide alternatives for couples who can’t have children. As the debate
developed some interesting propositions were made, such as Reddam saying that because
High’s all male team couldn’t have babies that invalidated the idea that people can
make an informed choice about this. However at the end of the debate we snuck home as winners on
a split decision and gave High dual wins in the Years 11 and 12 divisions.
More information can be found at www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating and will be emailed to
you on a weekly basis.
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!
There will be a Music Parking this Sunday the 22nd of May from 10:30am-3:30pm for two marches. Kick off for the Swans is 2.10pm and Roosters match kick off is 3.00pm. Please email George Comninos if you are able to help out. We would greatly appreciate it as funds raised go towards the Music Performance Program.
Shift 1 is 10.30 till 1.00pm / Shift 2 is 1.00pm till 3.30pm
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.
Year 11 HSC accelerated Music student, Ennes Mehmedbasic will be performing Vivaldi’s Concerto for two Oboes in D minor as a featuring soloist, with Orchestra 143 on Sunday 22nd May 2011 at 2:30pm St James’ Anglican Church, King St, Turramurra and on Sunday 29th May 2011 at 2:30pm Macquarie Theatre, Macquarie University. Please come along and support one of our fine young musicians and hear him perform. See Music Staff for further information on ticketing.
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.
Last Saturday, 14th May there was the first match of the volleyball season against Newington. In a good match High won by 3-0 in both First and Seconds. Across town, Grammar defeated Scots by 3-1 and 3-0 in Seconds and Firsts respectively. This Saturday, we go to Scots – it looks like being a good season.
We can’t just rely on our scores. It’s important to see how accurate individual players are. To help, we have started a system of data gathering to highlight good performances and also show where more work is needed. Our stats against Newington show:
GPS Cross Country - Waverley Meet
Congratulations go to our Cross Country vice-Captain, Frank Torok, who took out 1st place in the Opens event at the Waverley invitation carnival, Centennial Park last weekend.
SBH Zone Cross Country Carnival
If you finished in the top 10, in your age group, at the school Cross Country carnival, you are representing the school at the coming Zone Carnival. All Students going to the Zone Cross Country Carnival on the 26th of May will need to collect a permission slip and the information sheet with the event details. Please collect from Ms Dam or Mr Kesting ASAP.
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.