High Notes, Vol 12 No 40, December 16 2011
From the Principal
End of Term 4
Joint Project Update
Fairland Pavilion Upgrade
Sydney High School Sailing Association
The Tennis Court Agreement
Die Deutsche Frage - Due Letzte Antwort!
Remember the clues? Eine Maus, eine Orgel, zwei Männer und eine Gitarre. Stratton Vakirtzis (Yr 7) put his grey cells to good use and came up with the answer – the most famous Christmas Carol. Once upon a time it was a very, very cold winter and there was no food to be found anymore by the little church mouse (die Maus!). In desperation she started to gnaw away at the leather bellows of the church organ (die Orgel!). The organist came in the afternoon to practise for the Christmas Eve service. But the organ remained silent! He went to consult the minister who lived next door. A Christmas service without music was unthinkable in the land of Mozart. Between them (zwei Männer!) they composed the melody and wrote the text of the carol, and played it on the guitar (die Gitarre) for the service. It is, of course, a legend (eine Legende!). (Check Wikipedia.)
Frohe Weihnachten, einen guten Rutsch ins Neue Jahr und viel Spass in den Ferien!
High Store Holiday Opening Times
Monday 23rd January 10am – 3pm
Wishing all a Merry Xmas & Happy New Year
From the Office
Letters Re Absence/Lateness/ Early Leave
When your son returns to school from being absent he is required to provide a letter of explanation signed by a parent or guardian. If your son is going to be late for school a note is also required. Alternatively you may contact the school by phone on 9361 6910 and dial “4” for the absentee line.
If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Barris, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name, date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.
If you require leave for your son please, apply in writing and address your application to the Principal, Dr Jaggar, stating the reason and length of time of the leave. Your son must then present this application to Dr Jaggar for permission for the leave. Please remember to apply before the leave and not after.
The Principal must approve all leave applications.
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 Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
Last Monday evening, some one hundred parents, staff and other members of the school family attended the P&C’s annual Thank You Party in the Great Hall. The P&C would like to express its gratitude to the following people for their efforts in ensuring a successful event: Sachiyo James, the Sailing parents and Sailing boys, who provided a gorgeous array of canapés for our enjoyment; Mss Lim, Miller and the SBHS Jazz band who, along with old boys Muhamed and James were doing some cookin’ of their own; the indefatigable Mr Moody who ran the drinks table, arriving early and last to leave; Anne Wall for organising gifts for the evening; John Wall, Jason Chen and the other parents who helped put the hall back in order; Mr Barris for his patience in helping set up despite many other demands on his time and finally, the teachers and staff who put aside their valuable time to support the evening. Thank you.
Upcoming P&C Parking Events
Please find listed below upcoming P&C parking events. Each co-curricular supporters group has a nominated parking coordinator whose role is to ensure that sufficient numbers of parents and boys are available to meet the expected demand.
If you are unsure of the contact details of your co-curricular parking coordinator, you should email the parent sub-committee president of the various supporters’ groups. The P&C maintains a current list of names and email addresses in the P&C section of the Parents’ Portal (access via the intranet login on the SBHS website home page http://www.sydneyboyshigh.com/ )
Friday 16 December – T20 Cricket (Basketball)
The Governors’ Centre (GCEE)
In last week’s High Notes, we advised that the P&C would be speaking to parents in Year 8 about the GCEE project, the building fund, and the monthly giving program on the coming Sunday. Unfortunately, circumstances prevented this from happening and we apologise to any parents who may have been inconvenienced. Much work is being undertaken within the school family to ensure this exciting project is realised and we look forward to updating the situation in the New Year.
Big Night Out
That’s All Folks
Season’s greetings to all and we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday. We look forward to seeing you in Term 1, 2012
Upcoming Meetings & Events
2012 New Parents Welcome and Information Evening – Tuesday 31 January 2012 – Great Hall
Basketball: Shooting Hoops
High VS Scots
High vs Scots 2011 Round 1 (Last Time)
High vs Scots 2011 Term 4 (This time)
1st Grade Table
After a thrilling game in which we defeated Scots, we are now at the top of the table with them. Next term will be vitally important, with every game a must win to ensure at least a co-premiership. Given the tight nature of the competition this season every game will be pivotal, and your support is required if we are to win back to back premierships.
National School Champions
After the trip down to Bendigo last week, High secured the crown as Australian All Schools Champions for the second year in a row! This is a massive achievement given the competition includes the best basketball schools across Australia, but also featured the Chinese Under 17s National Side who we beat twice (including in the finals). Match reports, statistics and photos can be found at the site below. Be sure to check it out and congratulate all the players involved! http://www.basketball.net.au/index.php?id=1424
The Raschke Cup
The Raschke Cup is the tournament held prior to the regular season recommencing in term 1. We will be looking to win our third consecutive title at the tournament, held this year at King’s in late January. The 8 GPS schools are split into pools of four where they play a round robin before moving on to the finals. This year our pool consists of High, Ignatius, Shore and King’s. Good luck to our competing teams. All first and second grade players to train in Jan...
~ Go High Basketball!
Shed Race Results
It was a very exciting finish to the Shed Race this year with excellent handicapping by Mr Gainford. All 15 crews from the Year 8 quads to the Senior Eights raced the 3200m down the river to the finish line in front of the sheds. Thank you to the starter, Chris Watson (Old Boy 99), and all the coaches for their expertise in making it happen.
Results (handicap) -
Fastest times -
Thank you to the Rowing Committee parents for organising a delicious breakfast menu, enjoyed by all under the marquee by the river and thank you to the parents who contributed to the hamper raffle. We welcomed some of our new intake students and it was great to see them have a try at rowing, along with many parents interested in having a go!
NSW Sprint Regatta Results
Our senior rowers competed at SIRC last Sunday and had some good results. Congratulations to Nelson Tang and Daniel Keogh making the final of the double scull and special congratulations to Gianmarco De Nigris, Max Jones, Tim Montanaro, Andreas Purcal and (c) Dan Tam for winning silver medals in the final of the U/19 Four in a time of 1.39.18.
These camps were very well attended, allowing the boys to be able to row with their crew at the best time of day on the river – very early morning, and it was a good introduction to the routine and structure of the rowing camps. It was also a good introduction to the parents’ roles including the cooking and staying overnight duties, which I think the parents found pleasant and rewarding. Thank you to those parents.
Have a wonderful holiday break and all the best for 2012.
SHS Rowing NYE Party
The Sydney High Rowing Committee cordially invites you to the New Year's Eve Sheds party.
7:30 to Midnight