High Notes, Vol 12 No 16, June 03 2011
From the Principal
Cold weather and uniform
The Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship Dinner
My speech to the guests is reprinted below:
"Thank you all for coming tonight to gather to celebrate Phillip Day’s life and to support the Scholarship established in his name. Thank you in particular to Con Barris for his organisation of the evening and to Mary-Ann Cradock who has helped the fundraising effort in many ways.
"Phil Day was a well-organised person. He was also not shy in giving his opinion about a range of issues. He even managed to organise and advance his considered opinion about how he would be remembered by his colleagues, his students and the school he loved so much. Several memorial options were discussed with him in his last days. He gave his approval for a memorial plaque and the establishment of a scholarship in his name. I am glad that together we have been able to fulfil his wish.
"Soon after Phil’s funeral in February 2007, monies were collected and a memorial plaque was fixed to the wall on the stairs leading from the foyer of the main building. The Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship Trust Deed was executed on 4 July, 2008. The remaining funds of $16,000 held in a school account were transferred to the SHSF Inc. to establish the Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund. In general terms, the Trust Fund is to apply its income in perpetuity, for the promotion and encouragement of education at SBHS, in the manner outlined in the Deed. Twenty-five per cent per annum of the balance of the income of the Fund, is applied annually in funding a scholarship for a student of SBHS, who is a talented all round student with special needs or commitments, financial or otherwise, arising out of his participation in activities organised or promoted by SBHS, in various areas of academic, sporting, cultural, performance, service, leadership or associated endeavour.
"Applications for the Scholarship are invited from current students and from those joining High through our Placement Committee process for Years 8 to 12. To retain its DGR status for tax deductibility, the Scholarship Fund must be a public fund and its associated scholarship must potentially be accessible by a segment of the public. The Scholarship is advertised annually in metropolitan newspapers. A committee comprising close colleagues of Phil’s, considers scholarship applications and recommends a successful applicant to the Principal.
"The inaugural Phillip Day Scholar, selected in 2008 for 2009 was Alexander Belokopytov, who graduated in 2009 with a great academic and co-curricular record. He was later awarded a Maikin Scholarship at UNSW and subsequently took up a prestigious scholarship to study in the USA. In 2010, Terence Pham joined the school in Year 9 and was awarded the Scholarship for his academic ability, talent in three sports and necessitous circumstances. This year’s Phillip Day Scholar is a Year 8 student, Jesse Nixon. Jesse is a talented all-rounder, who was on the Academic Achievement List in Year 7 and participated in rowing, rugby, three school carnivals, two music ensembles, school service projects, parking, academic competitions and the da Vinci decathlon. Jesse is here tonight and he will share his feelings about the scholarship with you later this evening.
"In order to preserve the balance of the Fund, yet at the same time to commence a scholarship, the School decided in 2009 to finance the actual Scholarships of $1200 each and it then receives a quarter of the Fund income as an annual disbursement from the Foundation each September. The income at this time does not cover the full cost of the Scholarship.
"Since its establishment, the Fund has benefited considerably from the proceeds of the inaugural Phil Day Scholarship Fundraising Dinner in 2009 and from subsequent donations from Old Boys and well-wishers. It also has retained interest earnings each year. The current balance of the Fund is $42,700. It is our intention to raise the profile of the Scholarship by awarding it for a number of years to one person or to multiple people. To do so, we have to grow the Fund until it is self-sustaining. The purpose of my rather protracted recount of the context of the Trust and Fund is to assure you that funds raised through our dinner or other activities will be directed to the Fund securely and used for the purpose intended. It is my intention to underwrite and subsidise the Scholarship award until the capital reaches a self-sustaining amount. Ideally, we want to achieve a target of $80,000 so that @ 6% interest, one quarter of the income would finance a $1200 scholarship.
"So here’s the thing. We need your support to get to our target. The cause is worthy.
Please give generously and spread the word about the Scholarship and Fund to students, Old Boys
Gifted and Talented Study Day
Suitable for Year 10 and Year 11 students.
This study day is on Monday 15th August at Ascham. The promotional material says:
“This study day is designed to explore the key philosophical issues at stake in the God debate. Why is it that there is no single religious leader in the world, past or present who preaches ‘happiness’? Is it because being fully human is far more than being happy? Being a fulfilled and complete individual means taking time to consider the big questions about life, its meaning and purpose. Inevitably, this raises engagement with the question of God. This study day is suitable for students of any religious persuasion or none and will open up the rational and philosophical issues confronted by those who believe, as did Socrates, that ‘An unexamined life is not worth living’ “
There are 14 places available for students who are interested and who are prepared to pay $20 to
attend. If this sounds like you, please see Ms Eggleton in the English staffroom, before
Wednesday 8th June, to register.
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:
School Student Transport (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 Canteen
Canteen parents at Sydney High often find that though it may be busy helping in canteen, it can also be a social time as well as being beneficial to the boys and the school.
Our thanks go to the following people for their help in canteen last week:
Volunteers voucher draw
And the winner for March/April was ......June (Wu) Long!! The winner for May will be in next week’s High Notes.
Sometimes we also get vouchers etc as a ‘Thank You’ from our various suppliers. These we like to pass on to our volunteers as we simply couldn’t manage without you all!!
So - Louise Warren – congratulations!! You have won a $30 petrol voucher. Give Karen and Tracey a call for the details.
Please phone Tracey and Karen on 9360 4027 if you would like to help out in canteen on any
From the High Store
Mid Year SALE - One Week ONLY
From 3 June -10 June
Black Double Zip Pencil Case
Supporter Polar Fleece Jumper
National Chinese Eisteddfod 2011
The 22nd National Chinese Eisteddfod was held on Saturday, 21 May 2011 for Cantonese and non-native Mandarin speakers, and on Saturday, 28 May 2011 for native Chinese speakers at Strathfield Girls High. Selected students across all Years participated in the competition, a nationwide event for Chinese language students in Australia, organised by the Chinese Language Education Council NSW with Chinese newspaper Sing Tao Daily.
Chinese poetry is the most highly regarded literary genre in China. Learning poetry and prose builds language ability and allows greater understanding of China’s rich history and diverse culture. It provides insight into the minds of classical and modern China’s great poets, many of whom were also great philosophers. Competitors are no longer subliminally taking up syllabus learning outcomes; they are setting themselves up for a challenge and receiving recognition for their achievements.
Contrary to popular perception, the competition is not merely about poetry recital; it is a performance requiring adept pronunciation and the conveyance of meaning and emotion through changing facial expressions, body language, pitch, rhythm, tempo and dynamics. However, tones may not be altered so much such that the four tones inherent in Mandarin become unrecognisable. As a result, the task is an extremely difficult balance - credit goes to Ms Zhang, Ms Fong and Ms Wang for their relentless efforts in shaping us up to these challenges. Students clearly understood concepts taught and put them into practice with confidence.
Sydney Boys High participants have rehearsed enthusiastically for more than three months, steadfastly congregating each week both in class and at lunch to practice. As a result, we have secured some admirable achievements for the school in both group and individual performances. Prose/poetry performed included Shan Quan Yuan, a spring’s wish; Yi Ke Kai Hua De Shu, a blossoming tree; Shi Shei Chui Xiang Le Lu Di, who blew up the reed; Hua Shuo Chang Jiang, glorifying the Yangtze River; Huang He Lou, the yellow crane tower; Xiang Chou, homesickness; and Yu Mei Ren, recalling the lost land.
Individual participants and achievements included:
Naturally, individual and group performances are challenging in their own unique ways. Our collective success is testament not only to strong individual performance, but also to our ability to work cohesively, including the sacrifice of personal glory for the greater gain of the team. This is exemplified by our self-discipline and united delivery, in stark contrast with some of our competitors. All Year groups must be congratulated on potent performances, especially Years 9-10, who won a well-deserved 2nd place.
Thank you to all competitors for their energy, dedication and resolve, especially to the Year 12s
who despite heavy commitments have continued their motivation, many of whom have done so for many
years. Thank you to the Chinese teachers for their continual support and determination in
fostering interest and talent in the eisteddfod. To all students: continue to devote yourselves
to the pursuit of excellence in Chinese to the highest of levels!
Well Done to Year 11 for getting so far in the FED competition against the Newington Firsts. I must admit my head was in a bit of a spin with all the Ozzie sporting references!
I wish the Year 8, Year 10 and Year 11 all the best in the finals this week. Please come along to support the SBHS boys.
In PDC we are doing well with the Year 12s into the inter-zone rounds now and Year 10s won their first debate against Bankstown Girls.
In addition Year 10 took part in the Les Gordon History Comp, but were beaten by SCEGGs who have been winners two years running.
All the GPS squads have been chosen and therefore next week debating coaching will return to
normal for all boys. In fact we will be holding some social debates with Rose Bay which will give
all Junior boys the chance to watch a debate and listen to the adjudication.
GPS and PDC Teams: Year 7
Friday 3rd June
FED Finals at Newington
More information can be found at www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating and will be emailed to
you on a weekly basis.
Thank you to the Senior String Ensemble who played at the Phil Day Memorial Dinner last Tuesday evening, and a special thank you to Ms Rebecca Irwin who has worked solidly with the ensemble and will be partaking in the Performing Arts Challenge on Thursday 9th of June.
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.
Congratulations to Year 11 HSC accelerated Music student, Ennes Mehmedbasic who performed Vivaldi’s Concerto for two Oboes in D minor last Sunday with Orchestra 143 at Macquarie University. A wonderful performance; well done.
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
Don’t MISS OUT on LibraryVIP!
Library VIP is Rewarding. Literally.
Pick up a Library VIP card with your next loan in either the Junior or Senior libraries. Every loan = 1 stamp 10 stamps = 1 entry into the draw for a $50 Book Voucher
The date stamp is the DUE DATE for the books borrowed. Please return or renew before your books are overdue.
Library VIP operates across the two libraries. You can earn stamps from both libraries whenever
BE REWARDED for your reading.
PICK UP your Library VIP card with your next loan. The BOOKWORM Is an initiative of the Junior & Senior Libraries.
Tips from Booko!
Term 2 half way through! Why not borrow a DVD as a related text for your next assessment task and receive 1 Library VIP stamp for it? Yes!
Can you search for book availability online? Yes! Simply go to http://www.sydneyboyshigh.com/intranet/portal/librarysearch
Can I win $50 book vouchers through the library? Yes! Pick up a Library VIP card, and place in box once you borrow 10 items to win!
Can I renew books online and check my borrowing record? Yes! Simply go to the portal and click on “My Library”
This week’s AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT is on…TERRY PRATCHET
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Matches against our old rivals, Grammar are always going to be action-packed. These are the two strongest teams in the GPS. However, last Saturday must go down in the records as one of the most dramatic for a number of reasons. Unusually, the Firsts started with what looked like a confident few points. Gradually, Grammar pulled back the set and ran out close winners. The second set went our way with a similar margin. Back again to Grammar but that is where it got interesting. One of our stalwarts, Chris Morrow, landed very badly on his ankle and had to be taken off court. There is the risk that such a move can disturb the team just at a crucial point in the match. However, far from falling apart, the team, which up to that point had not showed the best of which it is capable, fought back and eventually dominated the final set. A massive game with supporters from both sides making it a memorable occasion.
Almost any match after such drama would seem an anti-climax but our Seconds managed a very clean 3-set win over another very good Grammar side. The statistics tell their own tale, most notably that the Seconds have a very wide spread of good, reliable volleyballers. At a time when the competition this year is marked with senior teams losing valuable players this is a good sign for us.
The stats have been drawing a lot of interest, not least from the players. It is having a noticeable effect both on their training and on their match duties. We continue this week with some slight modifications. Next week we aim to add another column to show those whose great saves help win points.
One of the advantages we have at High (that few other GPS schools can currently muster) is that we have not only talent but depth of development. Grammar is in a similar position and so it was that on Saturday our development teams managed to get some vital match experience. In a reduced best-of-3 match our 14As narrowly lost 2-1 but our 14Bs took at a convincing win at 2-0. Well done, boys. It’s worth noting that most of our students are in Years 7 and 8 whilst Grammar’s are in Years 8 and 9!
It’s been a great week for volleyball. Not only do we have this vital win over Grammar but
our teams also played the day before in a series of matches lasting all day! The Firsts won their
All Schools tourney and 16A ran out winners in the U16 division. More reports from this in 16th
June’s High Notes!
Sydney Boys High School Fencing
Sydney High Fencers in new competition and obtaining medals
We were the highest ranked fencers in our age group, and we were put in the first team, against 3 other teams. We were ranked 7th, while Grammar B was ranked 6th, while Newington 5, and Arden, were ranked 21st and 22nd, respectively. Our matches against Newington and Arden, were an easy win. We had a 4th member in our team, who was new to fencing in teams, and it was good to see he was doing well. The match against Grammar was pretty intense, we were close to losing, but thanks to Daniel, he scored the last point, and we won against Grammar. The game was hectic!
SBHS U15 2
Firstly, we fenced Newington 1. As the 2nd best team, Newington beat us, but there was a very impressive win by Chi, making the score 5 – 1. Against Barker, we won 5 – 1, and against Penrith we won 5 – 3. Impressive fleching (crazy attack, running forward, screaming not necessary) by Chi meant that he won all his matches against Barker and Penrith. Great job!
SBHS U15 3
The matches were not easy, a combination of blood, sweat, tears (well mostly sweat) and sheer effort, the end result was a very close and very painful loss for SBHS U15 Cs. Our first match was against NSBHS, a seasoned team of fighters from the North. We played hard, and we played well, coming close with great victory in the end. After a triumphant victory our next opponent was SGS. However, due to arm length issues we were utterly road-rollered by their power, with many close losses. Our last match was against Newington, and after suffering many injuries to the lower groin area our opponents recovered and returned with a 5:3 match victory. It was a very close match yet they respectably won. Overall, our team played better than usual and to the fullest of our abilities. Well done, men!
SBHS U15 4
We were looking forward to the day against 2 of the 3 teams who were ranked 4th as well. Our first match was against St Aloysius A. We had an advantage of height when we were face to face with our opponent. Being told they were ranked 3rd in the comp, we had underestimated them. Eventually we lost 5-0. Our next opponent was Grammar D, a much fairer bout. We had a very good start, winning our first 2 bouts. With great support from Adam and James’s dad, we won the game 5-1. Because of the limited amount of ref’s and strips available, we had to wait an hour for our next match. We did not have a great start losing 3-0, but due to great determination by the whole team, we managed to win our next 3 bouts. Each team needed 2 more wins to secure victory; we were the unlucky team in the decider.
SBHS U15 5
SBHS U15 6
It first started off as a very hard match. We won on bout midway, but just as the tables were turning we lost the other bouts against Barker A. The next match was against Newington D and of course we stood no chance and we lost 0v5. Finally there was our last match against Grammar A and as well we lost 5v0. Although we lost it was a great experience and we will win our future matches.
U13 School Championships
It was a tough battle as we fenced against Sydney Grammar’s B team and our own school, but unfortunately we lost both. Against Sydney Grammar’s highly trained team, we only managed to sneak in one point but that is a very good achievement for us. We also just missed out on another point however we all put in our effort and that what matters the most. Against Sydney Boys (Team 6) it was mostly up to luck and some skill but we managed to gain one point. The overall games were a really enjoyable and learning experience and we all try again (individually) next month. This report is brought to you by Stratton Vakirtzis.
This was the first time against other schools and we put in a great effort for 2-5 against Sydney Grammar As, a team that Josh thought was “unbeatable”, and a 3-5 with St Ignatius, who pushed out on top. Both Grammar and St Ignatius displayed excellent skill and taught us new things about fencing. Our losses today were disappointing but have made us promise to try harder next time.
The first time we competed against fencers not our own, we had Hills 1 and St Ignatius as our opponents. Unfortunately Hills 1 and St Ignatius beat us by a long shot. We lost to Hills 1 with a score of 5-0 though we scored a few hits. We lost to St Ignatius with a score of 5-0 as well even though we scored over double the points and almost won once.
We started off with okay results against Grammar D. We lost 5-1 which is a good start considering this was our first ever competition.
Next, we were up against Aloys and lost 5-0. We tried the best we could as beginners. Soon came our battle with St Andrews. They were a worthy opponent. We won the first two bouts but then started losing a few. After an exhausting few battles, we ended up losing 5-3 but the bouts during this round were very close.
First game of the year. against Grammer C, Hills B and Newington. The results weren’t as good as we thought they would be. However, we did win against Grammar C with a score of 5-3. But lost against Hills with a score of 3-5 (we should have won) and the day finished with us losing to Newington (score of 1-5) who were really good. David and Anthony improved a lot.
Our team went against Grammar Team B and also against our own school with SBHS 1. With the results against Grammar, we did okay with our first try losing 3-5. When we fought against our teammates, we fought till victory with a 5-1 win. It was an overall good result for our first time.
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
Joint SGHS & SBHS P&C Meeting, 7.30pm Wednesday 22nd June
SGHS Multi-purpose Hall.
Each year SGHS and SBHS hold a joint P&C meeting. This year’s meeting is hosted by SGHS with two guest speakers who will address the important issue of improving mental health for young people:
Co-curricular Program Co-payments
SBHS provides an outstanding program of sport and other co-curricular activities such as music and debating. As a GPS School, High offers our boys opportunities to participate in programs that are unmatched in any other public school in Australia and even in most private schools, where the fees are many times those at SBHS. Moreover, the School’s programs are structured to fit with the academic focus of our students. As a result, High produces outstanding scholar-sportsmen equipped not only for academic success, but with the broader skills and attributes to succeed in their careers and their lives. For example, team sport boosts the physical and personal development of our boys and facilitates entry to business, professional and social networks.
The School makes a substantial contribution to the cost of providing its 15 co-curricular programs but is unable to cover the full cost from the relatively low annual contributions it invoices to parents at the beginning of each year. To help provide adequate coaching and facilities for each co-curricular program, the School Council, supported by the P&C Association, has requested that the School invoice a co-payment of at least $100 per boy, per season for each co-curricular activity.
For all co-curricular programs, the School pays GPS membership fees, venue access fees, major equipment costs, student insurance and charges for the Head Teacher Sport and the Master-In-Charge from the Sports Levy included in the annual contributions. Co-payments will be directed towards coaching and additional equipment within each co-curricular program.
The School Council and the P&C believes we must provide good coaching, facilities and support for every team. We believe the co-payment is very reasonable compared to the actual cost of the 15 co-curricular programs (on average around $500 per boy) and the cost of playing club sport ($100-$250). Moreover, like most things at High, we believe it is a bargain considering the many benefits our boys get from co-curricular participation. Co-payment invoices for Winter sports will be despatched shortly. When you can, make your payment to the School Office as soon as possible.