High Notes, Vol 13 No 15, May 25 2012
From the Principal
Singaporean Delegation Visit
Advisory Board – School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications UNSW
Die Deutsche Frage
It was last Friday morning, the High Notes had not yet left the print room. In the Junior Library Kabir Agrawal (Yr 8) approached me and asked: “Miss, is it the periodic table of elements which was discovered by Julius Lothar Meyer in 1864?” My jaw dropped. “But you haven’t seen the second clue yet.” “I have read it – it is already on the net.” So it was and he was right, of course. Meyer, a Chemist and the Russian Dmitrij Mendelejew, a researcher, were working at the same time at ordering the elements – 63 in their day. Now we have 118 – the second clue. Gut gemacht!
Die neue Frage: ein Ahornsamen war sein Vorbild.
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). All students in the Music Performance Program attend the 3-day camp with Music Staff and instrumental tutors rehearsing new repertoire that will be performed at the Camp Concert at 6pm upon return to school Wednesday afternoon.
Buses will depart from Driver Ave, Fox Studios at 8am on Monday 28th May, please ensure you are there with your instrument and luggage by 7:45am.
Music Camp BBQ
We thank you in advance for your help and look forward to seeing you there.
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:
With GPS trials about to start it is stressful for both debaters and coaches and I thought it was
an appropriate time to remind students and parents of some important matters regarding code of
conduct. I have not had to ask any debater to leave the program yet, but there are some boys who
are on final warnings. Parents need to be aware that there will be no refund of co-payments if
your son is asked to leave.
Debating Prefect Report
Unfortunately our Years 9 and 12 teams lost their FED semi finals, however Years 8, 10 and 11
still have their debate today. Best of luck to them. With GPS drawing closer trials are starting
to be held, and I strongly encourage everyone to trial: even if you don't get in the experience
from the debate is still worthwhile. Good luck to everyone trialling and our teams in the FED
semis and social debates.
More information can be found at www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating and will be emailed to
you on a weekly basis.
On 26th May 1997 the Report of the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families was tabled in Federal Parliament. The Bringing Them Home Report, revealed the extent of forced removal policies, which went on for 150 years into the early 1980s. The Report revealed the devastating effects of these policies in terms of spiritual, emotional and physical trauma, as a direct result from the broken connection to traditional land, culture and language, the separation of families and the effect of these on parenting skills. It also revealed the trans-generational impact and damaging effects that these forced child removals continue to have on the Indigenous families and communities today.
One of the recommendations of the report was that a National Sorry Day be held each year on 26 May “to commemorate the history of forcible removals and its effects.” The first Sorry Day was held in Sydney in 1998, it is now commemorated nationally with thousands of Australians from all walks of life participating in memorial services, commemorative meetings, survival celebrations and community gatherings to honour the Stolen Generations.
At Sydney Boys High we are holding our first Sorry Day Assembly today and we will be listening to Fay Carroll who is an Aboriginal Community Liaison Officer for the Sydney Region talk to us about the Stolen Generations. Kongwei Ying will be reading a poem and Khushaal Vyas a speech which I am including for you. For more information and to show your support for the campaign please go to: http://www.nsdc.org.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=frontpage&Itemid=7
"Good Morning Dr Jaggar, distinguished guests, teachers and students and welcome to our first ever Sorry Day assembly.
"Most of us will have heard the words at the beginning of each school assembly where we pay our respects to the “traditional custodians of this land”. It is in this small paragraph in which we attempt to remember the truth about Australian history. Yet many of us question why do we speak these words? What is its significance and what does it tell us?
"Now before going any further, I want you to imagine something. Think about your family. Think about the 13 or so years they have looked after and cared for you. Think about how each of your ideas, your actions and most importantly your culture stems from them. Now imagine a complete stranger snatching you from your own home. His reason? The belief that his culture is superior to yours. Imagine being taken far away from your home and brought up and surrounded by people who you’ve never met and speak a completely different language. How would that have made you feel? Scared. Alone. Alienated.
"Sadly, this was the story of thousands of Aboriginal children who were forcibly removed from their homes, known as the Stolen Generations. It’s impossible for us to even comprehend all these years later what that must have felt like.
"Sorry Day is primarily a day to express regret over the historical mistreatment and discrimination towards our Aboriginal people. However, since the 90s, Australia has slowly, but surely, taken steps towards reconciliation with events such as the Mabo Decision and former PM Kevin Rudd’s Sorry Speech. Although these steps are positive steps in the right direction, there is still a long way to go before we are even close to complete reconciliation.
"As a result of the mistreatment of our Indigenous people, there are many indigenous areas which have extremely poor health and education. Going to a school as privileged as Sydney Boys, it’s easy to forget how hard others have it. Most of you in the hall today will end up finishing your HSC, going to university, achieving a degree all because you have had the opportunity to. Yet sadly, in some Aboriginal communities, the children don’t have the same chances as we do.
"Yvonne Butler, an Aboriginal artist had said “Education is the single greatest weapon to overcome disadvantage. It is the impact of the denial of education that affects so many Indigenous people to this day”.
"This unequal education means that kids who are just like you and me, will have less of chance to have their dreams and ambitions fulfilled. They’ll have a lesser chance of achieving even the most basic things in life that we take for granted such as a basic education, a job or possessing their very own home.
"Ladies and gentlemen, the reasons for continually acknowledging “the traditional custodians of this land” is to remind ourselves and express regret over the heartache, pain and suffering Indigenous people went through all those years ago and parts of it which are still evident today. It should be this knowledge that should inspire you, as the future generations of Australia, to do whatever you can now and in the future to extinguish this inequality and bring Australia one more step closer to reconciliation. "
What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?
For the past two weeks the Senior Library has been promoting a new digital magazine.
A link has been added to the Student Portal on the school network so that the boys can access and read this fantastic new publication. SpineOut provides a avenue for young adult writers, artists, musicians to express their ideas and thoughts and express them creatively in words, art, film or music!
I would like to thank Chris Chen for his work on the production of his very professional and well-designed poster which is now displayed around the school to advertise SpineOut! Chris has devoted several hours to this so on behalf of the Senior Library I would like to express our thanks for his efforts.
We will be adding this magazine to our library collection on a permanent basis once the trial has completed.
More thanks go to Joe Goozes, Old Boy of Sydney High, for his generous donations of literary magazines The New York Review of Books and The London Review of Books over several years perhaps longer! These are now housed in the McDonald Senior Library where they are read by Senior students.
State Library visits will commence for the Year 10 Senior Transition classes next week. Students will receive their State Library membership cards in this class and will be able to utilize the fantastic databases online at school and at home or of course in the State Library which we are fortunate to have not far from the school.
We are almost finished processing many new fiction titles which will be added to the NEW BOOKS
display in the library and on the school website under Libraries at Sydney High. So have a look
at these great titles as they are posted!
This year marks the birth of the Sydney Boys High School Theatre Society. Membership is now open for any student in Year 10-12, and limited to 30 students! As a member of this group, you will be invited to attend a number of performances within the year at various theatre companies, including:
Why become a member?
To become a member, there is an annual registration fee of $10, along with the cost of each theatre ticket (usually at a specially reduced rate). Students will also be eligible for Award Scheme points.
The first two plays are:
To secure your place, bring in a minimum of $52 by next Monday 28 May (covering admin cost and the price of the first booking). The remaining $65 for the second play will need to be paid no later than Monday 4 June.
For more information, please see either Ms Rohr or Mr Higgins in the English staffroom.
From the Andrews Junior Library
AMATEUR CHESS COMPETITION – BEGINS NEXT FRIDAY - REGISTER CIRCULATION DESK – 15 minute games on the clock.
The Junior Library’s annual fun chess competition will take place next Friday, Monday and Tuesday so make room in your busy life to show the rest of the school that Year 7s can beat Year 12s any time. Only students who do NOT PLAY COMPETION CHESS FOR HIGH can compete. So if you think you are a gifted amateur sign up from this Monday at the Circulation Desk. The grand prize will be a bag of lollies! And the glory! First to sign in and confirm at 9am on the day will get to compete.
Would competition Chess players like to sign up as judges? All organisers will be given a sandwich lunch and a juice at the venue as there is no time to eat while the competition is on. Award scheme points will apply for organisers.
LIBRARIANS ACTION RESEARCH PROJECTS
Both librarians were very happy to attend the Syba-Signs In-service “School Libraries Making a Difference” conducted by New Jersey Professor in Librarianship, Ross Todd, who lectures on correct educational practice as Guided Inquiry and Lecturer in Teacher- Librarianship, Lyn Hayes, from Charles Sturt University. This in-service required participants to register Action Research projects on Facebook and Facebook will work as a tracking device for the measurement of the many examples of evidence based practice in Librarian teaching in schools and MAKING A DIFFERENCE to the attainment of higher order thinking and writing skills.
Our Library will be re-structuring its Literacy Circles Program to specifically teach higher order thinking as part of Book Recommendations or “new book” Blogs. (We can see loads of higher order thinking already show-cased in the Blogs our students produced last year which are filling up the windows in the Library corridor) and which will now be going onto the School Website – Curriculum/Library. Both Librarians will attend local region/Selective School Librarian in-services next week as well. These in-services inspire us to aim our library programs at up to date library practice.
NEW TO THE LIBRARY THIS WEEK
The Junior Library has been putting its new books for the year out on the new books shelves over the last 4 weeks and these are the books leaving our workroom and coming into the Library. These books are the ones on this page. For all new resources to the Library this year, students can browse through the “new resources” sections which can be found under Curriculum/Library on the School Website.
ON THE SHELF
The last two weeks on the shelf library displays located on our newspaper table we have featured the incredible variety of intellectual (and just plain entertaining) resources our libraries hold on their shelves. This week’s display - Dewey numbers 133-158 included witchcraft, the occult, astrology, and showing how learning developed from religion to scientific fact, Freud and psychology. It included supposed differences in innate ability between men and women, postmodernism. The Art of Persuasion and Inspirational Writing from the World’s Greatest Thinkers. Last week’s display showcased wild and wacky facts from the Guinness Book of Records, the Darwin Awards, How to lose friends and alienate people and How to write java script and program Pascal – what a crazy conglomeration!
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
P&C General Meeting
Thank you to those parents who attended the P&C General Meeting on Wednesday of last week. The meeting discussed a number of issues including the re-organisation of the school’s building funds; a proposal to create an SGHS-SBHS joint committee; the Coaster replacement plans as well as presentation of library, BNO and grounds reports.
We encourage all parents to attend at least one of these meetings per year to ensure that the decisions being made are representative of the views of the parents, on whose behalf they are being made.
Please note in your diaries the next P&C General meeting. This is the joint SGHS-SBHS P&C meeting and will be held Wednesday 20 June in the Great Hall. The P&C will provide a speaker and supper for this evening. Further details will appear in coming weeks’ High Notes.
Year 7 Parent Information Evening
The parent information evening for Year 7 parents is scheduled for Thursday May 31, 6:00pm till 7:30pm in the Great Hall. All three Year 7 Advisers (Mr Kay, Ms Hybler and Ms Genias) will be presenting on a range of subjects including student diaries; time management; assessment criteria; homework; co-curricular involvement; subject choices and the use of Moodle. A Q&A session will follow the presentations and parents are asked to provide a small plate for supper.
Upcoming Parking Events
Monday 28 May 7:00pm – Roosters v Bulldogs (Soccer Supporters Group)
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Year 7 Parent Information Evening with Year Advisers: Great Hall– 6:00pm, Thursday 31 May.
From the Canteen
Once again thank you for being a canteen volunteer. ALL canteen profits are returned back to the school to help fund projects and facilities which benefit all our sons.
Thank you to the volunteers for the last two weeks.
The Canteen Team
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Sydney Boys High School Tennis
Stan Jones Cup On Monday and Tuesday, five members of 1st grade tennis headed to Rockdale for the
annual Stan Jones Cup Knockout. The team of Brian Tran, Patrick Rynsaardt, Frank Zhang, Lachlan
Day and Adam Smagarinsky went into the tournament as 2nd seeds and were looking to go one better
than last years’ performance. A round robin format was played to decide the 8 teams that
would go through to the quarters on Tuesday. The other two schools in our pool were Port Hacking
and Heathcote. Each rubber was decided with 8 matches played, 2 doubles followed by 4 singles and
then 2 reverse doubles. With Patrick out sick on Monday, Adam came into the team and played
superbly earning a double bagel win 6-0s in his singles against both schools. The boys easily
overcame Port Hacking winning 8 sets to 0, only dropping 5 games in the process. It was a similar
situation against Heathcote despite them putting in more of a fight; however the result was still
a convincing 8-0 victory with High outscoring them 49-14 in total games won. The two white-washes
saw High convincingly progress to the quarters after Day 1. Tuesday began with us arriving to the
good news that Caringbah had withdrawn, giving us a free passageway into the semis. Tuesday also
saw a shorter format played with 6 matches, eliminating the 2 reverse doubles. The semis saw us
matched up against Menai. With Patrick back, the boys were able to take extra confidence into the
rubber and as a result, the boys also easily despatched Menai 8-0 only dropping 9 games
throughout the rubber. It was a dominating performance by the boys. This was followed by the much
anticipated finals, a repeat of last years’ final where we fell short to Endeavour. The
rubber could not have started any better for us with the number 1 doubles, Brian and Pat easily
winning 6-0 and the number 2 doubles, Frank and Lachlan winning 6-1. With this solid lead in hand
the boys were able to play freely and Lachlan and Frank were able to quickly dispatch their
opponents 6-0 and Brian played a flamboyant match to win 6-4. The final result, High defeating
Endeavour 5 matches to 1, to capture the Stan Jones Cup and to break the 6 year stranglehold
Endeavour had on this tournament. The team’s outstanding performance saw us outscore our
opponents 157-39 in games throughout the course of the knockout. The boys now look forward to the
State Knockout later on in the year. |
High Rugby = High Spirit
St Stanislaus vs High
Team of the week
Plays of the week
Team reports –
Despite fielding a team consisting of half Bs and half Cs players, the limited team cohesion
and preparation prior to this match was not going to stop the team from playing some of the best
pre-season rugby ever seen. Knowing that Stannies were going to play some aggressive rugby, High
needed to keep its composure and stick with a simple game plan. This was done so fantastically
and resulted in High taking a three try lead into half time. The message at half time was simple
- continue playing simple rugby but react at the breakdown and support each other quicker. Sure
enough, through playing smart rugby and starving the opposition of the ball a further five tries
were scored. Congratulations to our front rower Michael Jun who was forced to play on the wing
AND managed to score a hat-trick. Alex So was our best and fairest, phenomenal at directing the
team, he was instrumental in the lead up to all tries.
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.
Senior Production: The 7 Ages of Man
SGHS and SBHS Present
The 7 Ages of Man
Directors E. Surbey & J Rohr
Senior Production 2012
Opening night - Wednesday 6 June
(Special matinee by invitation 7 June, 1:30pm)