High Notes, Vol 12 No 27, September 02 2011
From the Principal
A Good News Train Story
"I just want to let you know that it's just a delight and wonderful to see that they are being raised with such good values and mannerism and god knows our society needs more of that. Good on you to you and your teachers and of course the parents of these children”. [I would love to be able to report that I only receive emails like this one, however I have also two complaints about rowdy behaviour on the Cronulla line and boys embarking at Parramatta and Strathfield. You are constantly under the gaze of the public. Please behave appropriately and promptly surrender your seat to a fare-paying passenger.]
Sick Students Policy
Students who are visibly sick in the morning ought not to be sent to school. There are several likely negative outcomes that may result. The student may become too ill to continue classes and may have to report to sick bay. The boy might infect his peers or his teachers, thereby spreading the health issue wider. Parents are advised to consider the OH&S implications of knowingly sending sick boys to school.
Canteen Volunteers Needed
What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?
Library VIP Award
The lucky winner of our Library VIP award and book voucher in the Senior Library is David Zeng in Year 11. David has read 10 books and submitted his rewards card to win our first draw for the $50 book voucher redeemable at any bookshop in Australia. Congratulations, David. WELL READ!!
State Librarians at Sydney Boys High
State Librarians will be working with Year 10 transition classes from this week to demonstrate how students can get the most academic and optimum use of their new State Library membership cards. All Year 10 students have now joined and each class will attend a session on Thursday afternoons till the end of this term and into Term 4.
They will be focusing on the use of online databases available from outside the State Library. These fantastic resources will be invaluable when students are required to do research in their various subjects. They provide quality, authoritative information not available through general Google searches and extend the resources of our school libraries.
As the State Library is very close and accessible to students of SBHS they can also utilize the physical resources and attend the library in person. This program will be continued with future Year 10 classes as well to provide them with research tools to assist them in their studies into Year 11 and Year 12.
Author visit in Literacy Week to Senior Library
This Friday 2nd September, the Senior Library will be hosting a visit by the young adult author and journalist for the Australian newspaper, Mr Scott Monk.
Scott will be talking to Year 10 students about his career as a writer, telling stories about his own experiences and hopefully providing some words of wisdom to all the budding writers who are lucky enough to attend his presentation.
New Books in the Senior Library
Take a look at the list of new titles just added to the McDonald Senior Library collection this
week. Go to the school website and look in Curriculum/Libraries at Sydney High/New in the
Premier's Reading Challenge
One of several SBHS Library initiatives to recognise the significance of developing a reading culture at High.
Plenty of evidence is still coming that students who read “books” are those whose good performance in exams win acclamation. (Last issue SCIS Connections)
In 2011 the Junior Library had its second attempt to succeed in making a significant entrance to the Premier’s Reading Challenge.
Congratulations to the 30 or so boys from Years 7, 8 and 9 who have read over 20 books so far this year according to our Library’s records. Thanks to the parents who emailed confirmation of claims to have read books from other Libraries. All junior boys who have achieved this quite laudable reading record have received a Library VIP Certificate saying exactly the number of books they borrowed from our Library. Please congratulate them and put the Certificates somewhere that the family notices. All boys who received a 20 book certificate from us were especially invited to enter the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Nearly all boys were kind enough to submit these entries for our school.
Congratulations to extraordinary reader, Roy Shen from Year 7, who has already borrowed 156 books from the Junior Library.
Thanks to Dr Jaggar and Mr Walker for “donating” a $50 Book Voucher which was
drawn this week. James Chee, redoubtable Library Monitor, won this. (And he certainly deserves a
prize for all the help he has given our Library staff this year)
Parent Information Evenings
Year 9 2012 Parent Information Evening
A Parent Information Evening will be held on Monday 12 September in the Great Hall at 6:00 pm to discuss the subjects studied by boys in Year 9 2012.
Year 10 2012 Parent Information Evening
A Parent Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 6 September in the Great Hall at 6:00 pm to discuss the subjects studied by boys in Year 10 2012. Subject Acceleration (in subjects such as Modern History, Geography, Music etc) has been offered to Year 10 boys in past years. In 2012 Year 10 boys will study 3 electives (possibly including an Acceleration subject). The options available to boys for 2012 will be discussed at the meeting. The main focus of the meeting will be relevant for boys interested in subject acceleration.
Year 11 2012 Parent Information Evening
A Parent Information Evening will be held on Monday 12 September in the Great Hall at 7:00
pm to discuss the subjects studied by boys in Year 11 2012.
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:
From the Canteen
Our thanks go to the following people for the help last week – your names will go into the draw for our $10 Thank You canteen voucher. The extra thank yous we have put in highlight why we consider ourselves fortunate to have the volunteers we do and also how much we appreciate what you all do......
MONDAY: Rebecca Tsai, David Qian – thank you David for ringing in and then helping out.
TUESDAY: Yan Mei Yin (Rena), Agnes Leo, Huiyu Ni (Jade), Jenny Dong - Thank you to Agnes for donating the bread to canteen that day as our delivery never came.
WEDNESDAY: Sally Hunt, Jenny Hu , Mei Gibbs, Sally Allingham . Welcome back to the 3rd Wednesday Sally, it is much appreciated as you do the 5th one as well.
THURSDAY: Fabienne and Charles Ovadia (our tag team) Jian Ping Li, Maria Farrell, Nada Andrews. Thanks Nada for coming in early and making the sandwiches and rolls.
FRIDAY: David Mah, Robyn Gordon, Shilpa Punekar, Louise Warren, Li Yang... Thanks David for your early start...
Our next canteen committee meeting is Friday 9th Sept in the Boardroom (Admin building). Please come along if you would like to see how the committee works - we would love to see you.
Please phone Canteen on 9360 4027 if you are able to help in any way.
The taste of victory was so sweet last week that three students wanted to write reports, so I am
leaving this week’s High Notes to them. I just wanted to apologise for making an error in
the St Ignatius report. It was 10A that won not 10B. In addition I want to wish our Year 11 PDC
team all the best of luck (although of course it is their fantastic debating skills that will get
them a positive outcome, not luck!) on Monday in the State Final for the Karl Cramp PDC
GPS Round 6 – 26/8/2011
Grammar was always going to present the greatest challenge on the GPS calendar. Firsts entered the debate on the back of a loss to old foes Iggies, and well aware that only a win against the undefeated Grammar would keep the premiership alive. Ironically proposing the abolition of selective schools, we turned in what was undoubtedly our best team performance of the year, and in front of a large and animated audience, were unanimously victorious – Grammar First’s first loss in more than three years.
Our undefeated Seconds entered their debate against Grammar’s also-undefeated side with their premiership on the line. In the winner-takes-all debate, our Year 11s convincingly outspoke Grammar, in doing so unanimously convincing the adjudicators that selective schools were valuable. They have taken out the GPS Debating Cup for High for the first time since 2003. Well done!
Thirds also won their debate, and in doing so have confirmed their status as premiers of the third grade comp. As such, last Friday was our most successful night of debating in many years, and Grammar’s worst.
This Friday is the last round of debating for this year, and we face up to Newington in what promises to be a high quality end to the season. It is at home, and I would urge all boys – debaters and non-debaters – to be in the audience of one of the three senior debates. With premierships already sewn up in seconds and thirds, firsts find ourselves needing to win, and have King’s beat Grammar – the latter not likely, but stranger things have happened!
Last Friday, 2nd grade managed to defeat Grammar in a close debate that meant we are undefeated
so far. If we win against Newington this week, we will be crowned undefeated champions and win
the GPS Debating Cup for 2nd grade, the first time we have won it since 2003. Please come and
support us in our final debate for the season as we aim to make it a clean sweep and win the
elusive 2nd grade premiership. We can't do it without your support.
Today was the big day; the clash of the Titans. High vs Grammar. The day where everything is on
the line to win. Everyone was revved up to debate and the atmosphere was electric. The
intermediate teams (Years 9 and 10) got the topic “Regular use of Laptops in the classroom
is an impediment to education.” The A teams were on the affirmative sides while the B teams
were on the negative. The High teams fought bravely but unfortunately only the Year 9 Bs were
able to pull off a win in an extremely close debate. The debate was very high-class and every
speaker in the debate crossed the time limit. High won as they were able to prove that laptops
actually do encourage interactive learning and are great educational tools narrowly edging out
Grammar’s points of laptops being a distraction and textbooks being superior. In the end a
great result for the Year 9Bs, a team that has only lost one debate this whole season.
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
HSC Music Showcase Concert & Visual Arts Viewing
The combined HSC Showcase Concert & Visual Arts evening on Tuesday was a huge success. Congratulations to all the students involved and we would like to wish them good luck in their examinations coming up next week. Thank you to all who attended and showed support to our musicians and artists.
Manly Jazz Festival
The Senior Stage Band has been selected to perform at the Manly Jazz Festival this year on the October Long weekend. They will perform on Saturday 1st October at 1pm in front of the MANLY COUNCIL CHAMBERS which will be the YOUTH and COMMUNITY JAZZ stage. Over a hundred audition recordings were sent in to the selection panel and we are very proud to have our boys performing in one of top Jazz Festivals in Australia.
Jesterfest High School Band Competition is on again for the third consecutive year running. The events will be held at Winmalee High and will give bands the opportunity to showcase their place in the NSW Music Industry. Jesterfest is the campaign for the Erik Hausoul Sarcoma Foundation raising awareness on Sarcoma in general and Osteo-Sarcoma in particularly. For further enquiries, please go to: www.jesterfest.webs.com
ALL New Instrumentalists 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!
Scots/Newington Invitational at SOPAC 27th August 2011
It was a cool, cloudy day, there was an expectation of rain which failed to show and thus the atmosphere was tingling with tension, filled with anticipation of the competition to come. The Sydney High athletics team showed up to the first invitational carnival for the athletics season at Homebush on the 27th of August ready to prove themselves. Such an event allowed the Sydney High team an ample opportunity to show that it is a force to be reckoned with. Some of our top athletes shone including Bovan Lin taking First in not only 100m (12.3) but also the 200m (25.5), as well as Ivor Metcalf who continues to claim numerous wins for High including; 16yrs High Jump (1.80) and 16yrs Hurdles (14.94). These athletes help show Sydney High’s true potential.
Sydney High achieved more wins including Scott Morrow winning the Opens High Jump (1.90m) and Scott Renzenbrink who won the 17yrs 200m with an amazing time (22.45)! With the competition coming to a close Sydney High still had more to give including the 13yrs relay team (51.7) which gave way to a more enjoyable 15yrs “Fatman” Relay (53.0). A special mention to the 14yrs Relay team who were robbed of first place due to an unlucky baton change in the last phase. As well as Ned Anson who ran a great time in the 1500m (4.39m) and Scott with a great, improved 100m time (11.2).
At the end of the day, Sydney High was able to come through as a major contender in this
athletics season, and with such encouraging results there are some definite hopes for GPS. With
the next carnival being held at ES Marks (hosted by Sydney High) there are hopes for major
support by students at Sydney High.
From the Basketball Master
It’s that time of year when your son can join a representative basketball team in your local area. If you live in/near the CBD the two major clubs to consider are The City of Sydney and The Northern Suburbs Basketball Association. Prior to the rep try-outs both clubs are running camps where coaches can see players developing their skills. Many other clubs, which are perhaps closer to your place of residence, are doing the same. It’s as simple as ‘googling’ your local basketball club and turning up.
I would encourage any student who wants to represent the school to the best of their ability to get involved in representative basketball in Sydney. The representative programs have excellent coaches and we are lucky, being a public school to be able to train and play games at hours which allow students to be involved in club sport outside of school.
City of Sydney Basketball Association is running a two day representative trial day camp. Few spots remain. This camp is to prepare players for the upcoming representative trials. The dates for the camp will be September 27th and 28th from 9.30-3pm. Camp cost is $120 for two days. The camp will have an emphasis on individual skill development along with some team offensive and defensive concepts. Details and payment methods are on the City of Sydney Basketball website.
Norths is running a program called ‘Leaps and Bounds’. This program runs twice a week with online challenging fun activities as well as in person sessions with coaches who will be working at Norths this year in their reps program. The ratio of player to coaches is advertised as better than 1 coach to 10 players. Details and payment methods are on the Northern Suburbs website. Spots very limited - 180 plus already booked! Northern Suburbs Basketball Association is on the train line and easy to get to.
High Rugby = High Spirit
Qantas Walla Rugby Week
End of Season Reports
Moment of the week:
Open Boys U17 Report
The tournament started with an easy game against Great Lakes College. The early start mixed with
a new team resulted in many of the plays being scrappy, but with a few inspirational words from
our coach this was fixed and we were back on track. Aman’s strong jump serves and
Ivor’s hit provided an easy win. The next game was against Holroyd where results were
similar to the previous match. The big team in our pool and one of our biggest volleyball rivals,
Kelso was next. The team needed to even a previous loss in the CHS knockout finals and they did
with great determination. Tight play and consistency from all players destroyed the opposition
and their only hitter did not stand a chance against the scrambling and blocking. The finals were
played against Westfields, another of SBHS’s volleyball rivals. A full day of playing
volleyball and the heat must have been the reasons for the disappointing loss. The opposition had
confident blocks, a number of dynamic hitters as well as a cheer squad. The open squad tried
their best to the very end with attempts by Aman with his back court spikes to turn the game
around. In the end Westfields took the game with 2 sets. It was an unlucky encounter but the
effort and determination of the team will not be forgotten. I would like to thank Ms Trompetter
and Mr Kay for organising the event and congratulate the entire team for the amazing
The 15As loss against Kelso in the semi-finals meant that we played them again, this time in the finals. We started off well through strong serving and great passing from the team. We took a dominant stand against the barrage of spikes and serves, coming on top in the first set. In the second both teams fought hard and it resulted in an even battle. Switching leads every second, pressure building up, one team was bound to break out of the arm-lock. Luck swung Kelso’s way and they finally broke our stand, snatching away the second set. Determined not to let Kelso take 1st place again at this tournament, we played extremely well, taking the game point by point. Even through incredible communication and great passes, the game still remained locked. We kept our self-esteem and morale high and through amazing spikes and spike reception, we were able to defeat Kelso High, 25-12, 23-25, 19-17.
A huge thank you must go to Mr Kay MIC of Volleyball who supervised all our teams successfully,
Ms Trompetter who organized the event and cheered on everyone and finally our coach Victor, whose
efforts in coaching our team led us to this great achievement. I would like to give special
appreciation to the Under 15s team which stayed and supported us through the match. Without these
people the day wouldn’t have been as fun or exciting. And finally congratulations to Kevin
Robinson, Jaiden Chin, Harry Park, Supan Arudselvan, Harry Seong, Greg Kim, Aiden Karihasan.
Without your dedication and persistency during training, we would never have made it this
After a break and a duty, we were up against a strong Kelso outfit. From experience, we knew we
shouldn’t take the Kelso team lightly. Kelso’s consistent serving and powerful spikes
damaged our team’s focus. Once again, Terry gave us a boost in confidence stating that we
still had two sets to go. With our minds back in place, we were able to take 12 points from our
opponents but with several foot faults and unforced errors, we once again lost in straight sets.
The first set against Blayney was very tight and we only lost by a couple of points. Midway
through the second set, Ryan Sun injured his thumb and had to be replaced. We served at least
seven aces in the second set. Now the score was one set each. Our spirits were high as we were on
our way to winning our first match. With several spikes and excellent setting from the whole
team, we were able to reach 8 points before our opponents in the third set. After switching
sides, we lost several points due to silly mistakes. Terry was quick to resolve this problem and
told us that we still had a chance of winning. When we had won our serve back, it was up to
William Ha to take away their lead. He successfully served four serves in but his last serve went
out. This made the score 13-13. With teamwork, we were able to win back the serve and it was up
to me to serve the winning point. The serve went in, and the Blayney side failed to bring the
ball over the net. This meant we beat Blayney 2-1. Although we didn’t progress to the semi
finals, the team felt that it was a memorable competition. I would like to give a huge thanks to
Terry for his inspirational coaching, Mr Kay who supervised the teams and Ms Trompetter for
organising the event and supporting all of the teams. Without these people, we wouldn’t be
able to participate in this tournament and we wouldn’t have had that much fun. And finally,
thank you to Ryan Sun, William Ha, Kevin Cai, Shuyi Zhang and Ben Wu for their commitment and
perseverance. With these results, who knows what we can achieve next time.
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)
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
Thanks so much to Nina Liu and Sachiyo James and their fantastic team of parents who were terrific in sharing their experiences of High with visiting parents and students. The P&C morning tea table was once again a very welcome meeting point for prospective High parents during Open Day.
Report: P&C Meeting – Wednesday 17th August 2011
The P&C meeting held last month to discuss the Governors’ Centre joint project and ways to raise substantial amounts of capital for the SBHS Building Fund, voted unanimously in support of the introduction of a major works voluntary contribution.
Parents from each Year group across the school attended the P&C meeting and formally endorsed that:
Parents attending the P&C meeting supported the new contribution to SBHS Building Fund for a variety of reasons including:
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Parent Information Evening on Subject Acceleration (Year 10 2012) – Tuesday, 6th