High Notes, Vol 13 No 10, April 05 2012
From the Principal
End of term 1
Big Night Out
Thank you to the music staff Rita, Suzanna and Michael for their preparation of the ensembles and attendance on the occasion. Well done to Lorraine Dwyer for ticket sales and Brett Harrison for transport. Special thanks go to Samson Lou who not only supervised parking for the league game but also acted as venue manager for the evening; and also to Ian Sweeting, P & C President, who worked tirelessly to make the evening a success.
What schools need to do to attract parents
boy’s week with as many different activities as he can handle. A desirable school develops leadership skills, explores individual talents and places an emphasis on forming successful relationships with others. The way to build social skills is to become a member of a group or team. We emphasise team sports and group activities for this important educational training for each boy.
One finding from the research was that successful schools had a high level of parental engagement in their activities. We are firm believers that the more parents who become actively engaged in the affairs of the school, the more satisfying the educational experience for their sons and themselves
Parents want the school to produce a decent, well rounded person with similar friends.
Regrettably, too much oxygen is given in the media to the discriminatory and not so subtly racist
idea that “a good school is one where minorities are in a minority”. As a society
more closely linked than ever to Asia, we had better start getting used to the idea that in our
Region, citizens of European background are very definitely in the minority.
On Sunday 25 March, six year 7 boys attended the Sydney FC home game against Newcastle to help
raise funds and awareness of Football United – an organisation that provides football
coaching and events for disadvantaged youths in Sydney. Together, the boys helped raise over
$1500 at the Harmony Day event, and had a lot of fun in the process. Well done to the boys from
7R, Ben Graham, James Snow, Kurt Wang, Christopher Nguyen, Elliot Love and Jaspar McCahon Boersma
for helping out with this worthy cause.
From the Libraries
What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?
First term is nearly at an end with the Senior Library being used more and more. Students are using the library for group work, discussing issues and problems with their class mates and many for individual quiet study. This has resulted in creating a noise problem with those wanting to work individually and silently finding it difficult with the numbers overall crowding into such a small space.
We are still hoping that classrooms adjoining the Senior Library will eventually be freed up to allow us to expand to create more space for quiet working areas and resources, however, until then we have divided the space we have into a quiet individual working area with a combination of separate corral desks, adjacent computers and magazine/reading area and the other end of the library where quiet discussion groups can gather to work on collaborative projects and complete other work requiring some talking.
With new signs to indicate these two areas after comments from students through the SRC that the library was still too noisy we have strictly enforced silence and quiet work in areas designated and students are asked to move to discussion areas or out of the library if they are unable to comply.
This so far has worked well but it will take constant efforts by staff and students to maintain this productive and quiet study atmosphere.
Other news in the Senior Library is that many seniors have decided to join the State Library and take advantage of the great resources (access to databases) from outside the Library. The Teacher Librarian can show students how to join and what is available to them once they do so. Please ask next time you visit the library.
We are also starting to add many new resources as well and images of covers and information is
available from the school website. Just click on the link to Curriculum/Libraries at Sydney
From the Junior Library
NEW BOOKS IN THE ANDREWS JUNIOR LIBRARY
Boys can borrow up to 10 resources at a time and the borrowing period is for one month. Renewals can be made online from the Portal for another month.
Students are encouraged to read by being entered into a $50 book voucher draw which is current for the next term. Students have to have borrowed 10 books to be eligible for the draw.
$10 FOR PRINTING/PHOTOCOPYING
Die Deutsche Frage
Michail Schwarz (Yr 12) came close to the correct answer – and because we now have a
break, he will get his chocolate bar. He said “Rapunzel” – but I wanted to hear
“Haar” since we don’t get to see her! (For the uninitiated – the calendar
picture has a tower on it.)You will have to wait till next term for the new question.:)
EXTRA EXTRA EXTRA
High Invitational Carnival - 2012
The GPS Athletics season for Sydney High has opened with great promise. There were many remarkable performances in the recent carnival hosted by our school. One of the standout performances on the day was by Scott Renzenbrink in the opens 100m with a time of 10.8, 1st place and a personal best! We have much young talent coming through the junior years. In the U13’s we have Dylan Goh, who ran a 28.03 in the 200m, attaining a 4th position. In the 100m Dylan Goh and Lucas Wong in Year 7 ran times of 13.22 and 13.38 respectively. The U14’s continue to improve on last year’s accomplishments. William Chen (the non-nugget one) ran a 4 second P.B. of 2:17. Congratulations William! I Rick Saha attained a P.B. in the 200m time by .4 seconds, now standing at 26.3.
With an injured Leonard Mah in the U15’s 200m, Joshua Leo took charge, running a 24.5 to claim 3rd position. Not only this, he went on to run the 400m, narrowly missing out on 1st with a 55.22. Boris Amromin, in his debuting year of GPS Athletics, has high-jumped 1.55m, taking 1st place. The U16’s was the standout year by far with performances from Dominic Mah in the hurdles (15.4), 100m (11.15) and 200m (23.18), all in medal contention. Anton Brokman, continuing his solid form, put in a 1.58 in the 800m for 2nd place.
Ned Anson competed in the opens 3000m alongside Adam Booth, getting a 10.07, a promising prospect
for the near future. In the U17’s hurdles Ivor put in a 14.54 to completely destroy all
opposition, winning the race by more than 100m. Not only this, he ran a 11.33 in the 100m, claim
a podium finish. Scott dominated opens not only in the 100m but also the 200m, 1st with a time of
21.94. Through proper training and preparation in the form of the holiday sessions, I hope we can
continue this form into the 21st April, the 3rd Invitational carnival, and eventually, the GPS
Final, on 5th May. Good luck to all the boys competing!
Athletics Holiday Training
Music Performance Program
Students in the Music Performance Program, ALL Music Ensembles are now up and running, please ensure that you are attending the appropriate Ensembles as 80% attendance to rehearsals is required for award scheme points.
The 2012 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:
The Marching Band will be playing in the Sydney City March on ANZAC Day in 2012.
Anzac Day Marching Band Holiday Rehearsals
Marching Band holiday rehearsals will held in the 2nd week of the holidays on Thursday 19th April from 10am-1pm with a break in between and Monday 23rd April from 2-3:30pm. ALL students in the Intermediate and Senior Concert Band are required to attend, please let the Music Staff know if there are any concerns.
Annual Music Camp
The Annual Music Camp will be held at The Tops Conference Centre, Stanwell Tops this year from Monday-Wednesday (28th - 30th May 2012). We invite ALL students in the Music Performance Program to attend the 3-day camp. Music Staff and instrumental tutors will rehearse new repertoire that will be performed at the Camp Concert upon return to school Wednesday afternoon. Please collect a note from the Music Staff if you have not yet received one and make payments to the Main Office.
This week we have the Eastside results. Congratulations to the following teams who are through to the Semi Finals which will be held at Scots College on 5th May. With one more week of FED debating we will be able to soon see which teams were successful in that competition as well.
This term has been a busy one for debaters, but it has been an excellent one. I have been especially impressed with the enthusiasm shown by our new Year 7 debating families. I have more debating email contacts for Year 7 than any other year now and this is a great sign of support. Of course I am also thankful for the support of our DSG and was relieved on Friday to not be hosting a debate for the first time this year as this gave me the opportunity to watch Year 9 and Year 12 debate at SCEGGS – two marvellous debates, but also an chance to catch up with some of the parents who are so supportive of the debating program ( in a more relaxed atmosphere than is usually the case at SBHS!). A special thanks to Nina who has continued to organise the suppers each week for us and for Reeta who has volunteered her time to help.
Any debating parents who would like to get more involved please feel free to contact me via the
gmail account. I hope you enjoy the break – I know I will!
Debating Prefect Report
This week we performed much better in Eastside against SCEGGS, with wins to the year 7, 9, 11 and
12 teams on the complex topic area of International Relations. That wraps up debating for term 1,
with semis and finals for Eastside and FED starting next term. For Eastside, our year 11 and 12
teams have gone undefeated going into the knockout stages and year 7 and 9 have also qualified
(year 10 qualification depends on a mixture of other results and the rules for tie breaking
falling in our favour). Semis are week 2 next term at Scots, good luck to all teams!
More information can be found at www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating and will be emailed to
you on a weekly basis.
Athletics Convenor’s Meet Warm up Arena
|Time||Event Name||Lane Draw|
|9:00am||U/13 HJ||E K N A H S J I G|
|U/14 HJ||I J N E K H G A S|
|U/15 SP||J K S G N I H E A|
|U/16 SP||K N A H S J I G E|
|U/17 LJ||N S E I A K J H G|
|Open LJ||S A G J E N K I H|
|9:00am||U/13 800||S I E J H K N A G|
|U/14 800||G E K H N J S A I|
|U/15 800||I H S J A N E G K|
|U/16 800||K J E N G A H I S|
|U/17 800||N K G S H E I J A|
|Open 800||A E H K G S N J I|
|10:00am||U/13 LJ||I E H K G S N J A|
|U/14 LJ||S J N E K H G A I|
|U/15HJ||A K S G N I H E J|
|U/16 HJ||E N A H S J I G K|
|U/17 SP||G S E I A K J H N|
|Open SP||H A G J E N K I S|
|10:00am||U/13 90m Hurdles||G H J S I E A N K|
|U/14 100m Hurdles||A K S G N I H E J|
|U/15 100m Hurdles||G S E I A K J H N|
|U/16 110m Hurdles||I E H K G S N J A|
|U/17 110m Hurdles||G N I S K A E H J|
|Open 110m Hurdles||N I K A J G E S H|
|11:00am||U/13 SP||I A E H K G S N J|
|U/14 SP||J E G I N H A S K|
|U/15 LJ||K G H J S I E A N|
|U/16 LJ||N H I K A J G E S|
|U/17 HJ||S I J N E K H G A|
|Open HJ||A J K S G N I H E|
|11:00am||U/13 200m||I E H G K S N J A|
|U/14 200m||J G I N H A S K E|
|U/15 200m||K H J S I E A N G|
|U/16 200m||N I K A J G E S H|
|U/17 200m||S J N E K H G A I|
|Open 200m||A K S G N I H E J|
|11:45am||Open 3000m||J E G I N H A S K|
|12:00pm||U/13 1500m||K G H J S I E A N|
|U/14 1500m||N H I K A J G E S|
|U/15 1500m||S I J N E K H G A|
|12:40pm||U/13 100m||E K N A H S J I G|
|U/14 100m||K H J S I E A N G|
|U/15 100m||S J N E K H G A I|
|U/16 100m||E N A H S J I G K|
|U/17 100m||G N S E I A K J H|
|Open 100m||A J G K I N S E H|
|1:40pm||U/13 400m||E N A H S J I G K|
|U/14 400m||G S E I A K J H N|
|U/15 400m||H A G J E N K I S|
|U/16 400m||I E H K G S N J A|
|U/17 400m||J G I N H A S K E|
|Open 400m||K H J S I E A N G|
|2:30pm||U/16 1500m||K G S H E I J N A|
|U/17 1500m||S I E J H K N A G|
|Open 1500m||I A E H K G S N J|
|3:10pm||U/13 4x100 Relay||G N I S K A E H J|
|U/14 4x100 Relay||H S J A N E G I K|
|U/15 4x100 Relay||I A K E S G H J N|
|U/16 4x100 Relay||K E H I G S N J A|
|U/17 4x100 Relay||N I K A J G E S H|
|Open 4x100 Relay||S J N E K H G A I|
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
Big Night Out - THANK YOU
Last Sunday evening, some 260 parents, teachers and students braved the traffic and the inclement weather to come together and enjoy this marvelous cultural and social event.
Many, many people need to be thanked for the incredible generosity displayed which ensured the success of the evening. Unlike many of the events held during the year which have a fund-raising focus, the Big Night Out’s primary objective is to bring together the High Family to celebrate our shared interest and commitment to the school. The necessity to involve so many parents, teachers, staff, students, old boys and friends of the school on a voluntary basis, drives the creation of long-lasting bonds between those involved and the school community in a very positive way. Although fund-raising is not the primary focus, nonetheless, in excess of $6000 was collected in ticket sales, raffles and games. The generous donation of goods, services and food by parents and others means that the vast majority of this money will go to providing benefits to the school and students.
So thank you to all the parents, teachers, staff, students, old boys, friends of the school and students’ relatives for your efforts, donations, time and interest in this event. Space constraints prevent the inclusion of the large number of people that were involved; however, the P&C would like to particularly thank the following people, without whom the evening would not have eventuated:
Min Xia Wang, Geoff Waring, Sharon Wang, Sam Guo, Susan Adams, Anne-Marie Keogh, Bill Cotis, Sachiyo James, Soogie Sim, Nina Liu and their fantastic and dedicated teams of helpers for providing such a delightful and diverse range of food.
Ms Miller, Ms Lim, Mr Crouch and the members of the Senior Jazz Ensemble, Intermediate Stage Band, Senior and Junior choir, for bringing us their musical wares. Old Boys Muhamed and James with Ennes Mehmedbasic (Year 12) for the provision of cool Jazz in the Kasbah.
A big thank you to the parents who generously donated food to the various stalls, volunteered to help set-up, manned the ticketing stalls, and were there at the end cleaning and packing up. Particularly notable and heartening was the number of Year 7 parents who volunteered their help.
From the school, for their support with ticketing, logistics, transport and drinks: Mr Barris, Ms Dwyer, Ms Northey, Mr Harrison and Old Boys Samson Lou and Chris Andrews. The prefects, lead by Christopher Chiam, gave their unqualified support to tasks as presented.
From the P&C, thank you to Nan Chen, a new Year 7 parent who took on the daunting role of BNO co-ordinator, and turned out to be a giant of the genre, ably supported by Julie “been there, done that” Connolly. Thanks to Richard James and Jason Chen on treasury, Anne Wall on gifts and prizes. The Rowing committee for their donation of a beautiful silver service prize.
And finally, a huge thanks to the parents, students and their families who came along and
supported the evening with their presence and positive response to the challenges of Cleveland
Street and the weather. I look forward to seeing you all at the Big Night Out next year. Have an
enjoyable break and see you all next term.
From the Canteen
As Term 1 comes to an end we would like to thank all of our volunteers who have helped out in the canteen this term. Thanks to the following helpers over the last two weeks.
WED: Fumiko Hirose-Cheong, Doris Fong, Hiroko Kitajima, Khoa Bui, Shuangyu (Sharon) Wang.
THURS: Kyung-gi An (Jenny), Lin Jin, Jian Ping Li, Sachiyo James,
FRI: Shuangyu (Sharon) Wang, Emily Yang, Maria Ngyuen,
MON: Annie Long, Sam Guo,
TUES: Jade Ni, Angela Feng, Agnes Leo,
WED: Vikki Angell, Rebecca Tsai, Sally Allingham,
THURS: Mary (Li Ling Chen), Debbie Dukes, Mehrnoosh Johnstone,
Fri: Anna Goh, Shihong Yang, Faidha Razmi, Katrina Morrow (lovely last year’s mum)
Hope everyone has a safe and relaxing break and we’ll see you all back next term with a
couple of new items for the cooler weather!