High Notes, Vol 12 No 24, August 12 2011
From the Principal
Changes to the School Certificate
Australian Curriculum Implementation Delayed
The Jaggar Gift
General Service Contributions
Educational Access Schemes
Most institutions that participate in the University Admissions Centre (UAC) have an Educational Access Scheme (EAS) for applicants who have experienced long term educational disadvantage. To qualify applicants must demonstrate that their educational performance during Years 11 and 12 or equivalent have been seriously affected by circumstances beyond their choice or control. Students applying for Educational Access Scheme (EAS) for Universities in 2012 will need to download their booklets and applications forms from the website: www.uac.edu.au
If you require a Statement of Support from the school counsellors, your EAS form will need to be
in to them with all required documentation by the beginning of week 8, term 3. The responsibility
for sending the finalised application to UAC by closing date at end of September 2011 rests with
the individual student.
Die Deutsche Frage Gelöst - Endlich!
This email arrived in my mailbox (school) on Sunday:
Yes – Rakulan, that is the correct answer (only she was the wife of Karl B.), and an article – in English! – about Bertha and her amazing feat had been on the notice board outside the Language staff room for several weeks!! Have a look at it, it makes fascinating reading.
Die neue Frage: Die deutsche Fussballmannschaft gewann 1954 die WM. Eine kleine aber sehr
wichtige Erfindung half ihnen dabei. (an invention helped them) Was war es?
SHS Old Boys Union
The OBU has sent out letters inviting Year 12 leavers to pay their final instalments for life membership so that they can receive their life membership certificates at the Year 12 Farewell Assembly on 20 September. If you are in Year 12 and have previously paid instalments but have not received a letter, please contact the OBU with your change of address details. If you have not previously paid instalments and would like to take advantage of the life membership offer, please contact the OBU and they will send the necessary forms. The OBU is now offering more to members with the recent establishment of a mentorship network with over 70 Old Boys in the professions prepared to share their wisdom and experience with younger Old Boys.
Contact details -
From the Junior Library
New books this week
See the “new fiction” stand.
James Lin – Year 9 has already had his eyes on the main chance and grabbed six new books. You will have to beat him to the rest. All new books are now available for loan.
New books will also eventually be displayed on all the Portals and are now hiding under
Curriculum/Library on the School Website.
What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?
Senior library survey
For the past few weeks students in the senior school have been responding to our library survey, the results of which will be used to develop the library into the future.
Various questions relating to aspects of the library including what students use the library for, what resources are needed, what resources they use to do their research, what positive and negative characteristics exist at present to provide a good study environment and what they would like to see changed.
The survey has 20 questions comprising both multiple choice and comment answers. So far there have been over 174 responses the larger group being Year 10 students (54%), with year 11 (26%) with Yr 12 (20%) students being a bit more reticent to complete the survey. The reason some have given is that they will be gone soon. As Year 10s are the largest group responding, the results will be slightly skewed toward their experience of the Senior Library in that they only use it outside lesson times at recess, lunch and when their class is booked in with their classroom/subject teachers for a lesson. However, there have been many useful comments from both Year 11 and 12 students which reflect the views held also by many of the Year 10s.
Most of the responses were confined to just a few areas of concern for the students. On the questions regarding resources needed and how the library could improve the overwhelming opinion and number of requests was for more book resources. This ranged from Fiction, non-fiction, reference, study guides and additionally students comments were about the need for more books and other materials such as DVDs relevant to current curriculum subjects and topics.
The issue second most commented on, of concern to students, was the lack of space in the Senior Library. There is seating for 110 students currently which means the library is very crowded and often can be noisy if students have group discussions during their study periods. Many thought that a quiet area is needed so that students studying individually can do so without distraction. With the number of students using this space each lesson during the day it is impossible to provide quiet areas.
This could involve extra space being provided in the future by extending into adjoining classroom/s when these have been freed up after other classrooms become available elsewhere in the school. Extra space is also needed to house our developing library collection. As expected the library resources used regularly are: the internet for research (84%) and after that they use Moodle (52%), Fiction Books (20%), non-fiction books (17%), Newspapers and magazines (22%) and finally online databases (14.41%). Students still see books as relevant (43%) and when asked why they read most responded that they read for pleasure/leisure (72%) and then for homework/assignments (43%); classwork (40%) and finally interest/information (35%). When asked though about what other resources they thought should be available their responses were: more non-fiction books (44%), more fiction books (41%), hard copy encyclopaedias (25%), more online databases (25%) and many also wanted e-books (24%).
From these figures it can be seen that the boys have a clear idea of what they want to see in the library and that they still value physical books as important resources in their learning, for general interest and reading for pleasure.
Reading for pleasure is directly related to academic achievement and this is reflected in many studies, so having a good collection of current fiction and interesting non-fiction with plenty related to curriculum is vital in creating library excellence for our gifted students who use it. Richard Watson in his book Future Minds : how the digital age is changing our minds, why this matters and what we can do about it (2010), raises some interesting concerns about the “rise of the screenager” and “why books still matter” (p36). He states that “reading, especially reading for pleasure, has been in decline for decades…[and that]…This is a serious issue because reading has a direct impact on intelligence and attainment. For instance, a Kaiser report in the US called “Generation M” found that ‘leisure reading of any kind correlates more closely with a student’s grades than any other media’.” (p37)
When asked about the library environment most students thought the library was comfortable (64%) and welcoming (49%) despite overcrowding (50%) and noise (41%). Generally students are happy with many aspects of the library commenting that the best thing/s about the Senior library were that it is exclusive to seniors, good for study, is air-conditioned, has sofas and separate reading area, being able to study with friends, the resources, has access to information, is good for research, has the networked printer/copier/scanner and computers.
Implications from this survey are yet to be fully explored but we will be attempting to address student concerns about the lack of resources, space and quiet areas especially to fully develop the Senior Library into an excellent learning space which meets their needs fully.
Literacy Week and the Senior Library
This term, starting in Literacy Week (29th August – 2nd September) the Year 10 transition classes will be attending presentations by State librarians on the use of State Library resources. These sessions will continue until the end of term and will focus on the databases available for the use of library card holders outside the library. All Year 10 students have registered for a library card which will be distributed during these presentations so that they can be shown how to access and make the best use of this fantastic resource in their studies.
The Senior Library is also fortunate to host a visit on Friday 2nd September by the young adult author and journalist (The Australian) Scott Monk. Year 10s will be attending this presentation in the Senior Library. Scott will be discussing his writing and providing techniques and ideas to assist and encourage students to read widely as this will lead to more insightful and skilled writers.
“Scott's talks offer many insights for teenage students, talking about his books, sharing
his experiences, and emphasising the importance of reading and writing, however 'uncool' such
activities may seem to be.” (From author information online at http://www.laterallearning.com/authors/monk.html)
From the Canteen
We have had some rather busy days lately – as the weather gets cooler, it seems the appetites get bigger!! Thank you very much to our volunteers who have worked so well in canteen and also many thanks to those prefects who have come in at break times to help serve. We are very appreciative especially when we are short of help.
If any parents/friends/carers of students at High have a free day on an occasional or regular basis, the canteen staff would really appreciate any help you can offer. We ideally need 3-4 volunteer helpers each day so we can make all the lunch orders plus hot food, wraps etc. for sale at recess and lunch.
Our thanks go to the volunteers below from last week. We thought if we list the day volunteers help than it is easier to see where we need more help the most.
MONDAY: Usha Arvind, Pam Jepson,
Thank you again to all...
Please phone Canteen on 9360 4027 if you are able to help us out – the boys and canteen
staff would very much appreciate it.
Monday 22nd August
Enthusiastically yours in Basketball,
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 Governors' Centre for Excellence in Education
A SBHS and SGHS Joint Project
A special announcement from the Principal
Dear Parents, Staff and Students
As you are aware, our Sydney Boys High School community has been working towards a new multipurpose facility for the past few years. The Sydney Girls High School community has also been working towards the same goal.
I am pleased to announce that in order to achieve our shared objective, the two schools have joined forces to apply for government funding to build a shared multipurpose facility to be known as The Governors' Centre for Excellence in Education in recognition of the schools' alumni, Governor of New South Wales Her Excellency Marie Bashir AC, CVO and Sir Roden Cutler VC, AK, KCMG, KCVO, CBE, and the 32nd Governor of New South Wales.
I look forward to providing you with further details of this exciting project over the coming
About the Centre
The two-storey Governors' Centre for Excellence in Education is planned to front Cleveland Street, located between the two schools on the site of the SGHS tennis court and incorporates:
Debating round up for this week
It was a disappointing Friday as our Firsts lost their debate against Joey’s in a split decision adjudication. The Seconds and Thirds, however, are to be congratulated on winning. The rest of the results were rather mixed which just shows there are never any certainties in life!
Meanwhile the non GPS debaters got the opportunity to watch our coaches debate each other and with only 20 minutes to prep the results were impressive. Many thanks to Justin, Rosie, Ellie, Shaun, Angud and Nina who were able to clearly demonstrate for our younger debaters just what a real debate looks like. Some of the Years 10 and 11 students who are coached by Edwin got an opportunity to Chair the debate and to adjudicate. They are learning these skills with Edwin at the moment so this was an invaluable opportunity for them.
Also this week a group of Year 10 History elective students got the opportunity to watch our Year 11 PDC team debate against St George Girls on the topic of using NAPLAN and HSC results to decide funding to schools. It was interesting for me to watch the reactions of so many non-debaters in the audience who were visibly impressed with the skills and knowledge that the Year 11s exhibited. We won and are now through to the Regional final on Friday. Good luck to Robert Sternhell, Julian Edgtton and Christopher Chiam for that.
Thank you to those parents who came to the Debating Supporters Group on Tuesday evening. The plans for the Debating Dinner are moving forward very well. I hope you have bought your tickets. There are more details on the next page. It looks set to be a wonderful evening and if your son has been involved in debating this year I urge you to attend.
This week we have organised for Non GPS debaters to go to Reddam School to take part in Social Debates. We have two teams from each year group 7-9 attending this.
The GPS teams will be debating Scotts here at School. Please remember if your son is debating or
chairing he is expected to bring a plate of food to share for supper. We are well known for our
wonderful suppers and all parents are welcome to join us all to share them and to discuss the
This week: SBHS v Scots College
More information can be found at www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating and will be emailed to
you on a weekly basis.
End of Season Debating Dinner 2011
Help celebrate another great year of High Debating by attending the 2011 End of GPS Season Debating Dinner.
When? Saturday, 10th September 2011, 6.00pm for 6.30pm start
Payable to the school office by Wednesday 7th September, 2011
The end of season debating dinner RSVP form is available in the Pthe PDF version of this edition of High Notes
Sur la Route – The Theatre LOTE Experience
There were strange sounds emanating from the hall on Friday last week and people who peeked in
could have spotted Astérix (or was it Obélix?) on stage. Pierre Alain (NOT Peter
Allan – as he was at pains to point out) told the students about his bi-lingual upbringing
– his parents are French speaking Belgians – and the joys and occasional embarrassing
moments – of living with two cultures (in his school days Quiche Lorraine was definitely
NOT a dish any self-respecting Aussie male would consume – as he found out at his
school’s International Day).The students quickly got into the spirit of things and the
volunteer “girl” friend, serenaded by Pierre, received a lot of applause. The
performance shone a spotlight on the cuisine, customs and travel in a Francophone country, which
most people associate only with the statue of a small boy.
P&C Literacy Week Awards
Topic: “A Good Measure of Respect”
Judging will take place during Literacy Week (Week 7) and winners announced Friday 2nd
September. Prizes awarded on Speech Night.
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
P&C Meeting – 7.30pm Wednesday 17th August 2011
We have an important P&C meeting coming up next week to talk about the new building project announced by Dr Jaggar and ways in which our school community can assist. The agenda for next week includes:
All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend this important and informative meeting - 7.30pm, Wednesday 17th August (finish by 9.00pm at the latest).
Merit Selection Training
We had a terrific response from parents wanting to enrol in the Merit Selection Training course … and apparently so did other schools. The 16th August course is full, so our parents will be enrolled in the September course:
DATE: TUESDAY 20th SEPTEMBER
Parents and community members are sometimes called upon to join a Merit Selection Panel to interview and appoint new members of staff at the school. It is mandatory for parents on merit selection panels, to have undertaken a Department of Education and Community merit selection training course.
Co-curricular Annual Dinners
Just a reminder for dinner organizers that there are tips and hints available in the P&C pages of the school website.
Request for Helpers – Open Day, Thursday 1st September
Upcoming Meetings & Events
P&C General Meeting – Wednesday, 17th August, 7.30pm – Staff Common
Football: The Onion Bag
Observations from the side line.
1st grade won a tight match 2-1 against a spirited Joeys outfit. Siva Sooriakumar scored both goals and should have had a third, but the thought of a GPS hat trick may have been too much and the chance eluded him. 2nd grade had yet another nil all draw after dominating most of the match.
The 16Es did well against a Scots team. Well, the 8 of the 16Es who turned up did. It would be nice to see the rest of the team at the rematch this weekend. The boys that played put in an outstanding effort and did themselves proud. Congratulations to captain Albert Chau for his tireless display.
The 14Es lost 2 nil to Waverley, but the result does not illustrate the closeness of the game nor the skill and quality of play from our lads. This was the second week in a row that I watched the 14Es and I have been buoyed by the enthusiasm and thirst for knowledge of football that they have displayed. In the second half High created numerous scoring opportunities but failed to beat the Waverley keeper. On another day, against another keeper, High could have scored 5.
Year 12 players
A reminder that Year 12 players are expected to attend matches during the Trial HSC period. We have matches arranged with the other schools and an obligation to fulfil.
14s Football Camp at the rowing sheds
Last Friday our 14s footballers attended an overnight camp at the rowing sheds at Abbotsford. The night was organised by Mr Mulroney and Mr Kay, thanks to both, as well as the following parents who helped out. Truc Tranh, Derek Ng, Suong Tran, Jenny Lian, Usha Arvind, Arvind Rangachari and Bill Beare. It was a great experience for the boys, one I’m sure they will remember for a long time.
Fixtures this weekend
We have matches this Saturday v Scots as well as a variety of other schools. Check the school website for details.
Quotes of the Week
‘If I had an argument with a player we would sit down for twenty minutes, talk about it and then decide I was right!’ - Brian Clough
‘That’s great, tell him he’s Pele, and get him back on’ – John Lambie, Partick Thistle Manager, when told his concussed striker did not know who he was
Volleyball - Round 8
Round 8 was going to be another tough game. Riverview have made considerable strides in their playing this year. Add to the equation that many Firsts Basketballers were now joining and their coach is an SBHS Old Boy and you can see why we might be concerned. Just to add to the mix, Riverview were one point ahead in the table. If we lost this match then we couldn’t win the Premiership.
As it turned out, our concerns were less justified than the preparation in the training seesions preceding might have suggested. Leaving aside a very pleasing win 3-0 to the Firsts and 3-1 to the Seconds, the real issue here is the quality of GPS Volleyball. Five schools compete currently. There is a move to make this an official sport. Our case is strengthened when we see strong teams enter the competition. The Sports Committee see us as a mature sport taken seriously which gives us an advantage.
GPS is not our only competition. On the Friday preceding we entered the All School tournament. The Under 14As won the U15 division. The Under 17s (without the benefit of our Year 12 players) finished 2nd in a tough Final against Westfields. The full report will be published in 2 weeks.
Moving over to our stats section, here are this week’s highlights:
High Rugby = High Spirit
ARU visits Sydney Boys High!
On Thursday the 21st of July 2011, Ben Alexander and James Horwill (both current Wallabies starters) visited SBHS to facilitate a values education forum. All junior rugby players were fortunate enough to be ‘up close and personal’ with these inspirational players… especially during the Q&A session – questions ranged from ‘desired playing positions’ to ‘enjoyment of yum cha’. Most significantly, we learnt that Ben started off much like most of our Year 7 players – touching a rugby ball for the first time at the age of 12 playing for his high school.
SBHS 15s Rugby at the Gold Coast Carnival
During the recent school holidays, SBHS Rugby took a team of 23 U15s players up to the Gold Coast to participate in the Annual Gold Coast Rugby Carnival where teams from all over Australia and New Zealand play a series of matches against one another in a carnival atmosphere. The team was able to produce a couple of wins on the first day of games and were agonisingly close to producing more in the remaining two days of matches. However, the trip was not about winning or losing – it was about the development of players in an environment that facilitates team bonding. This was shown and recognised by tournament organisers awarding SBHS with the U15s sportsmanship award. The trip was deemed an overwhelming success with many thanks to George Comninos and Jim O’Sullivan – parents who accompanied the boys and assisted in countless ways throughout. It has subsequently been decided that SBHS Rugby will participate in the GCRC annually in future. Expressions of interest from 14s players for next year are now open.
Round 5 of the GPS competition saw Joeys visit McKay last Saturday. In a true sign that SBHS Rugby is well and truly on track in terms of rebuilding and development, results compared to 2010 saw margins significantly reduced comparatively against higher graded opposition teams. Not only that, our 13As recorded a 10-7 win against Joeys 13Bs in what could go down as their match of the season. Our 1st XV showed great character in a 34-7 loss, this result confirms we can only get better with dedication to training and through playing with the right attitude. It also ensures our ‘for and against’ will be better than Grammar’s.
Experience the passion of GPS Rugby: All players and parents are reminded to support other teams in your age group. Players are often needed to ‘bench’ for other teams playing at later times so please plan your Saturdays with this in mind. So come cheer on our rugby teams against Scots at various locations this Saturday! A reminder that if the weather is wet or threatening on Saturday morning, you should still go to the ground unless the match has been cancelled on the SBHS website www.sydneyboyshigh.com. If there is any cancellation, the school will try to update the website by 7:15am.
SBHS Rugby Dinner
The Rugby dinner will be held in the great hall on Saturday the 27th of August 2011 from 6pm. Help celebrate another great year of High Rugby by attending this fantastic end of season dinner. We strongly encourage all boys AND parents to attend this great occasion. Payment forms have already been distributed, if you require another form - see Mr Stein in the PE staffroom. Get your payments in ASAP as maximum seating is only 220!
Quote of the week
Andrew Johnston – “Although you may lose this game, you won’t walk off like losers”
End of Season Rugby Dinner 2011
Help celebrate another great year of High Rugby by attending the 2011 End of Season Rugby Dinner.
When? Saturday, 27 August 2011, 6.00pm for 6.30pm
Where? Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School
Who? Players, parents, coaches, friends and supporters. Players wear school uniform. Adults wear smart casual.
Why? To acknowledge the commitment and achievements of all our players and because friendships made through High Rugby last a lifetime.
Cost? $30/person. Payable to the school office by Monday 22 August. Maximum seating 220.
Please note this a a BYO alcohol function for adults. Soft drinks and mineral water provided.
The End of Season Rugby Dinner RSVP form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes
End of Season Rifle Luncheon 2011
Please come along to celebrate a great year for High Rifle Shooting
WHEN? Sunday, 28th August 2011, 2:00pm
WHERE? The Great Hall, SBHS
WHO? Rifle Students (compulsory) , parents, coaches and supporters Dress-Full school uniform for students, smart casual for visitors
WHY? To acknowledge the commitment and achievements of all our shooters and support staff.
COST? $35/person. Payable to the school office by Friday 19th August. Please note this is a BYO alcohol function for adults.
The End of Season Rifle Luncheon RSVP form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes
The 2011 SBHS Football Dinner
SBHS Football will celebrate the efforts and achievements of our boys as well as acknowledge staff, coaches and supporters at the SBHS Football dinner on Thursday 25th August.
The coach of each team has been invited to attend the dinner as a guest.
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 $30 per adult and student. For children under 11 yrs old there is a special rate of $20.
Payment for the dinner must be made at the Main Office by Friday 12th August.
Boys to wear school uniform at the dinner. Limited soft drink included. BYO allowed.
Please detach the form [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] and hand it in with your payment at the Main Office. Tickets are limited.
The 2011 Football Dinner RSVP form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes
The High Rowing Challenge
It's back on - The Sydney High Rowing Challenge starts Saturday 10 September 2011 at the High Rowing Sheds
Parents, friends, old boys and school community
Enjoy early morning rowing for 6 Saturdays with experienced coaches and coxswains.
Donation: $300 per seat (tax deductible)
Sydney Boys High School Golf Invitational
Play the venue of the 2011 Australia Open Golf
Date: Thursday 15 September 2011
7:00am - Registration