High Notes, Vol 12 No 32, October 21 2011
From the Principal
Governors’ Centre for Education Excellence Appeal
New gate installed
Personal growth and service programs
What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?
This term the Senior Library is experiencing a slight hiatus due to the fact that Year 12s are occupied with the HSC and have been on study leave up to this week. We have still had some occasional keen Year 12 students coming in to study closer to the beginning of those all-important exams and who find the familiarity and quietness of the space conducive to those final moments of study. Some have expressed feelings of incredulity at their impending separation from and nostalgia about their last few weeks of school! After seeing them in here all year working hard those of us who work in the Senior Library wish them all the best in their exams and for the future.
Many of the Year 11 students are beginning their studies for the 2012 HSC course and consequently have already been hard at work in the library. There is also quite a number of boys who have accelerated and will be completing various subjects of the HSC exams before their formal Year 12 studies begin. So we still have reasonable numbers of students in the library during their free periods or if their teacher is absent without a substitute teacher.
Despite this we still have some time which gives us an opportunity to work on library tasks as well as provide support for students using the library. Tasks such as final report writing, stock take, ordering, planning for 2012 and many other jobs saved till this quieter time of year will be completed hopefully.
We have managed to maintain study seating for over a hundred students at a time although when this number of students utilise the space quiet study is almost impossible. Despite the numbers our students are usually on task with the noise emanating from many groups using study time to discuss their work and problem solve with fellow students. This space will hopefully expand in the future to occupy the adjoining classroom area which can provide a quiet area and more space for resources. Our survey competed this year revealed that overwhelmingly the boys want more resources, more space and quiet study areas in the Senior Library.
The process of resourcing the library continues and for books we now have two large double-sided mobile fiction shelves, two double-sided non-fiction shelves to house the current collection and at least a year’s back and current issues of 17 magazines. Currently our magazine titles include: Art Forum, Australian Financial Review (plus BRW), Australian Personal Computer (APC), BBC Top Gear Australia, Computer Arts Projects, Cosmos, The Economist, Good Reading, Inside Cricket, Inside Sport, Motor, National Geographic, New Internationalist, New Scientist, Time (Australia), Quarterly Essay. Next year we will be cancelling a couple of the least read magazines and adding some new titles suggested by students.
Year 10 students have been attending sessions in the Senior Library given by State Librarians. They have all joined the State Library now and received their library cards so that they can access and utilize the fantastic online resources available from outside the State Library either at school or from home or elsewhere using their laptops. Our close proximity to the State Library also enables boys to access their superb Reference collection and work in the newly refurbished State Reference Library. We are encouraging students to use quality resources in their assignments rather than relying solely on looking up Wikipedia.
The final list of new books for the year has now been posted on the school website.
Just go in to Portal and click on My Library then New Resources.
From the Canteen
The canteen needs 2 parents to act as committee secretary and also co-president going into
The committee meets on the 2nd Friday of each month for 1 hr. One of our ongoing committee is happy to share the role of president but due to work commitments cannot necessarily get to every meeting. Both positions are simple and not time consuming as we are fortunate to have 2 excellent canteen managers and an experienced Treasurer. Responsibilities would include:
President: Sharing chairing meetings, High Notes, liaising by email with the school administration as needed etc
Secretary: Taking/distributing minutes of meetings, liaising with managers to update volunteer and menu lists as needed etc
Both mums and dads in the past have being on the committee combining it with both full time or part time work as they are not strenuous roles.
We would also like to invite any other parents who would like to help out on the committee to join us – more hands make light work!! Our ongoing members are enthusiastic and active in canteen and other areas of the school and would love to welcome new parents to the canteen committee.
Parents are needed to help manage canteen and it is your sons who reap the benefits
Thank you to our parent canteen volunteer helpers
Most of canteen profits come from the sheer quantity of fresh home made food that our volunteers help prepare each day and that the boys obviously enjoy!! Many thanks to the following people for the week of 19/9/11:
MONDAY: Lynn Chen, Maria Nguyen, Anita Bezjak,
Our August winners of our Thank You vouchers were Alana Liang for the $30.00 petrol voucher and Jim O'Sullivan wins a $10.00 canteen voucher for his son to spend at canteen.
Our winners for September were Lynn Chen for the $30.00 voucher and Cia Koukouras wins the $10.00 canteen lunch voucher.
Our volunteers for the week of 10/10/11 were.:
MONDAY: Rebecca Tsai, Jie(Jane) Lin,
Please let Tracey and Karen know if you are able to help out in canteen next year occasionally or on a regular basis. We need 3-4 people every day and as you can see there are days where we need that extra help. Thank you all very much
Die Deutsche Frage 2
Last week’s question has stumped the Language Detectives. Here is another clue: Bilder
– lustige Bilder!
Those of you who walk around and notice their environment have an advantage!
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
A tremendous thank you to Mr Michael Kay who presented at the P&C general meeting this week, a very entertaining and informative session on the science curriculum and how it is taught from Year 7 to Year 12 at High. Unfortunately we had low parent attendance numbers. We hope we may be able to repeat the session next year so that more parents can gain an understanding and ask questions about the science curriculum and the expectations of their sons.
Go Directly to the School Also at this week’s P&C meeting, the Canteen Committee presented a cheque for $30,000. All Canteen profits go directly into funding school programs and initiatives. All parent volunteers are therefore directly benefitting the resources available for their sons’ education. The outstanding and tireless work of Karen and Tracey, the Canteen Committee and all our parent volunteers to ensure the Canteen continues to be a healthy and inexpensive option for students continues to be very much appreciated and invaluable.
P&C Parking Event
A very large thank you to the parents, students and their siblings who gave generously of their time last Saturday evening to the P&C’s second parking event this year. Over $3000 was raised from the event, which directly benefits our sons’ education
Parking provides a substantial proportion of non-government funding to the school, and parents
and students are encouraged to be part of this important fund raising activity. As well as the
stalwarts (to whom we owe much), it was particularly pleasing to welcome several newcomers to
parking, whose admirable efforts disproved the adage “previous experience
P & C Annual General Meeting
The final P&C meeting for the year will be the Annual General Meeting 7.30pm, Wednesday
16th November in the Staff Common Room
Positions open for nomination are:
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Rowing Committee Meeting – Tuesday 1st November, 7.00pm – Staff Common
Volunteers for Orientation Afternoon
Volunteer Parents needed for SBHS Orientation Afternoon on Tuesday 15th November
Can you spare a couple of hours between 2pm and 4pm or between 4pm and 6pm?
Please join our team of volunteer parents serving refreshments in the courtyard outside the Great Hall. Our aim is to make incoming families feel welcome and to encourage them to be involved in the school.
If you speak a language other than English, this will be especially helpful.
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:
Fitness Assessment - September 2011
The final fitness assessment of our Years 7 – 10 students was carried out during September and the first week of Term 4. In 2011 personal goal times were again set to encourage each student to improve and maintain a higher level of aerobic fitness. It was pleasing to see 145 students (19%) achieve their personal goals. This was an increase of 4% on 2010. Following is a table of the names of these students.
The best times in20 11 were run by William Chen (7T) and Nafis Rahman (Year 7) 5m 56s, Wesley Beare (Year 8) 5m 32s, Ned Anson (Year 9) 5m 08s and Jonathan Clements-Lendrum (Year 10) 5m 04s.
For an assessment of 90% or better, a student was required to run the 1.6km in a time of 6 mins 30 secs, approximately, depending on the age of the student. An assessment of 50% or better, required a time of between 7 and 8 minutes, depending on age. A result of 10% or less means the 1.6km run was completed in a time greater than 9 mins 30 seconds.
1.6km results for 2011
Mean results for each Year group 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011
1.6Km run – Best performances and record holders
Congratulations to these students who achieved their personal 1.6k run goal time.
A breakdown of the goals achieved indicates that all goal times set are well within the capabilities of our students. Each student should be able to achieve their goal at least once in four years.
The personal goal challenge will operate again in 2012. The personal goal times for 2012 will be
posted in Room 901 during Term 4. I look forward to more students taking up the 1.6k challenge
and achieving their personal best next year.
Basketball: Shooting Hoops
High VS Scots
High vs Scots 2011
High vs Scots 2011
16Bs Basketball Report
Our season started off with our new coach, Troy Van Spanje, who has taught our team an offensive
zone play that we would be using in our first game. Having known our team a little we started off
the game with 2 centres, 2 power forwards and a point guard as the starting 5. We easily scored
in the first few seconds in the game which led Scots to call a time out in the first minute. Troy
taught our team some defence that would confuse the other team which will lead to many turnovers.
This led to the other team's downfall; the overall score was 43-10. We could have easily scored
20 more points but we stuck to our offensive zone that we could practise to use against
competitive teams. It was a good team effort with 4 players scoring an average of 10-11 points
Under 15s Basketball Knockout
Last Friday the under 15s team won a close match against Warner's Bay High School where we prevailed 59-52. Congratulations to the team of: Braden Angell, Jack Hutchison, Mitchell Flynn, Nate Sutton, Charlie Shi, Stefan Bell, Eugene Lee, Kavan Chen, Byron Chen, Michael Chang and Aidan Thom.
The player of the match was Aidan Thom.
Reminder to new basketballers:
Fixtures can be found on the noticeboard near the front entrance to the gym/or school web site. Please arrive at your games punctually and slightly before time to warm up/listen to the coach's instructions.
Open games (i.e. 2nd and 1st grade) start at 10:00 and 11:15 respectively. I urge everyone to come along to these games and support High, not only to help your school to victory but also to respect the huge effort they put into training each week. So come along to the games (even if you don't play basketball) and make some noise, particularly at our home games!
~ Go High Basketball!
Sydney Boys High School Cricket
Unfortunately the season had a wet start, meaning only a handful of teams had the pleasure of playing traditional rivals Scots College. Despite this, every game was very competitive, with the 14Bs recording an impressive victory. Both the 1st and 2nd XIs began a T20 tournament, with the 1st XI recording a brilliant 10 wicket victory over Grammar. Congratulations to the following boys for scoring a half century or recording four or more wickets in an innings – Dhruv Guptaa 6/4 (2nd XI), Hayden Ou 4/6 (14Bs) and the inaugural Player of the Week Oliver Meroni (1st XI), who remained unbeaten on 50 against Grammar to go along with 32 and 3/51 against Joeys.
1st XI – T20 Tournament
Match Two versus Kings - Kings 3-76 (15 overs) (Anirudh Ramesh 1-9 (4), Tom Connolly 1-10 (2), great catches Lahiru Katupitiya and Alex Hughes) defeated SBHS 10-75 (19) (Ned Anson 21, Alex Hughes 11, Owen Duffy 11)
Match Three versus Grammar - SBHS 0-118 (13 overs) (Oliver Meroni 50 not out, Owen Duffy 45 not out) defeated Grammar 8-117 (20 overs) (Sudam Dias 2-17 (4), Anirudh Ramesh 1-9 (4), Tom Connolly 2-18 (4), Josh Chen 2-27 (4), 2 great catches by Ned Anson, and other spectacular ones from Alex Hughes, Oliver Meroni (2), Tom Connolly, and Daniel Smith.
2nd XI – T20 Tournament
Match Two versus Newington NEWINGTON: 7 – 157 (20) Dhruv Guptaa 1-9 (2), Anup Kaluve 1-22(3),Tushaar Garg 1-22 (3) defeated SYDNEY HIGH 5 – 89(20) Jesse Cooper 32n.o, Aditya Koneru 12, Agnish Nayak 10
Match Three versus Kings KINGS: 4 – 137 (20) Jonathan Chew 1-6 (2), Aditya Koneru 1 – 9 (2) Anup Kaluve 1–19 (4) defeated SYDNEY HIGH 6 – 70 (20) Shivaangar Thushyanthan 20, Tushaar Garg 12n.o, Aditya Koneru 6
3rd XI – High 6/72 (20 overs) Safat Sufian 28, Jay Norman 6 n.o, Lalitha Katupitiya 6 defeated by Scots 9/73 (18 overs) Michael Liu 2/23 (4), Lalitha Katupitiya 1/12 (3) Safat Sufian 1/16 (3)
16A - High 7/89 off 20 overs (A. Dao 21, L. DeFonseka 20, J.Seroukas 16) defeated by Scots 3/91 off 17 overs (C.Mao 2/13 off 4 overs, L. DeFonseka 1/24 off 4 overs)
14B – Scots 66 (H. Ou 4/6, K. Agrawal 1/5, F. Alam 1/11) defeated by High 3/67 (M. Abeysekera 22n.o, F. Alam 22n.o)
14C – Scots 3/110 (Y.Zhou 2/12, A. Wong 1/22) defeated High 4/64 (B. Nguyen 16, A. Mao 10)
Staff & Students Tennis Cup
This year, the third annual running of the Staff & Students Tennis Cup was held at the end of Term 3. Starting off with 16 doubles team of senior students paired up with a staff member of the school, the knockout had a large level of crowd support with as much cheering, oohs and aghs as a Wimbledon final.
Over 3 weeks, gradually the teams were eliminated until only 2 were left standing, both of which contained Industrial Arts teachers. However, due to rain delays and other scheduling difficulties at the end of last term, the final was played this week with Mr Richard Gifford and Patrick Rynsaardt (Year 10) defeating Mr Paul Scrivener and Sooraj Prakash (Year 11). Having almost been knocked out in the first round facing match points while trailing by 2 games, the victory by this team shows the importance of never giving up as you can win no matter what position you’re in!
So the cup lies in the hands of the victors, with names etched into history to be displayed in the school trophy cabinet and vouchers for the school canteen to help savour their victory.
A very special thanks to all the staff and students who got involved this year. I’m sure
that everyone had a good time getting out on the courts and are raring to go for next year.
Rowing: Back to the Sheds Day
All old boys and rowing community are invited to
We welcome 1971,1981,1991 and 2001 rowers as guest entrants in this year’s
Highlight Race (approx 9am) The best of the Old Boys take on the School VIII
Enjoy the traditional Shed Barbecue … bacon and eggs rolls, juice and barista coffee served throughout the morning.