High Notes, Vol 13 No 18, June 15 2012
From the Principal
Prefects Recognition Assembly
Cyber Management Committee
Proud Schools update
Years 9 and 12 will take place on
Years 7 and 11 will take place on
Years 8 and 10 will take place on
Booking interviews with your son’s teachers
This year we will again use a web based electronic scheduling system for arranging interviews. This produces better results for all participants, especially more compact time schedules for both parents and teachers. The system works as follows –
Die Deutsche Frage - Die Antwort!
Emma Kauter – my prac student from the UNSW – has found the correct answer. Yes – it is a helicopter – or Hubschrauber in German, but there had to be a German connection. The engineer Henrich Focke demonstrated the first fully fledged helicopter in 1936 in Berlin. A chocolate bar for Emma!
Die neue Frage: “Das Pferd frisst keinen Gurkensalat”.
Many congratulations to Christopher Chiam, Julian Edgtton and Robert Sternhell who won the Sydney South East Barbour Debating competition. We have retained this trophy for the third year running. Our Year 12 team will now go into an inter-region knock out and we are all hoping they reach the Final which will be held at Sydney Uni on 3rd August. There will be limited tickets to watch this debate. In order to obtain one you must see me when I announce it in the Mango Sheet.
This week I am pleased to start announcing the GPS and PDC teams. This week it’s Year 7.
Congratulations to all of those of you who tried out. The coaches were extremely impressed with
the quality of debating this year. For those of you who didn’t make it – two of our
coaches, who made First Grade in Year 12 were not picked for GPS in Year 7. You must not be too
disappointed and use the rest of the coaching season to develop your skills further.
Debating Prefect Report
Last Friday for the regional final of the Hume Barbour Premier's Debating Challenge our Year 12
team took on Fort Street to defend our Sydney Region Champions title for the third year in a row.
Given the affirmative of the topic "that invasion is justifiable in cases of extreme human rights
abuses" we put together one of our most complete performances so far to win at Parliament House.
The team of Robert Sternhell, Julian Edgtton, Nicky Pinidiya and myself now move on to the inter
regional stage where the top ten teams from across the state compete in the finals series. Thanks
to Mr Webb for accompanying us on the day, Dom (our coach) for not only coaching us very well but
also coming to watch on the day and the supporters; it's always very comforting to see a strong
crowd from High even at away debates.
Year 7 GPS and PDC squad
A and B teams will be chosen later. Names are in no particular order.
This year marks the birth of the Sydney Boys High School Theatre Society.
Thank you to those boys who have already joined. There are still a handful of places left for any boy in Years 10 -12 who is interested in participating.
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). The first play to see is the American classic Death of a Salesman at Belvoir Street. The booking is for Tuesday, 31st July at 6.30pm. The cost of this performance is $42 payable to the front office by Monday 18th June, 2012.
For more information, please see either Mr Higgins or Ms Rohr in the English staffroom.
From the High Store
The High Store is clearing well under cost price 5 white Lacoste style polo (1M, 4L) with
SHS crest & sky/choc brown trim on collar for staff only. Suited for a tall male.
Educational Access Scheme 2013
Most institutions that participate in the University Admissions Centre (UAC) have an Educational Access Scheme (EAS) for applicants who have experienced long term educational disadvantage. To qualify applicants must demonstrate that their educational performance during Years 11 and 12 or equivalent has been seriously affected by circumstances beyond their choice or control.
Students applying for Educational Access Scheme (EAS) for Universities in 2013 will need to download their booklets and application forms from the website: www.uac.edu.au
If you require a Statement of Support from the school counsellors, your EAS form will need to be
in to them with all required documentation by beginning of week 8, term 3 (or before if
possible). The responsibility for sending the finalised application to UAC by closing date at end
of September 2012 rests with the individual student.
Sydney Youth Orchestra: Looking at the Stars
LOOKING AT THE STARS was the title of the concert performed by the Sydney Youth Orchestra on
Sunday, June 3. A good friend of mine had invited me to go to the concert with her. On a rain
sodden afternoon this was my first visit to The Concourse in Chatswood. Apart from the fact that
it is a lot closer to home than the Opera House or the Recital Hall it is great venue. We took
our places and the orchestra started the programme with Sibelius’ Symphony No 1. The
applause following this was very well deserved – they had been magnificent. When the
orchestra stood up to bow to the audience I noticed a familiar figure. Excitedly I told my friend
that I had spotted one of my students. The concert was excellent and I hope that Ennes forgave me
the cardinal sin (which usually only parents commit) of giving him a little wave from the
Amateur Blitz Chess Championship
After a marathon blitz chess effort over recess and lunchtime for three days, involving 35 participants, we had the classic standoff between a Senior and a Junior in the Amateur (Chess Competition players not allowed to compete) Blitz Chess Competition. The result was a draw between James Chen in 11S and Ryan Chan in 8M. The boys elected to take a box of chocolates for their mother as a prize. Congratulations to both boys who concentrated under difficult conditions in the Library.
Big thanks to William Chan, our library Prefect who oversaw the whole completion and Hubert Suen - Year 12 - who organised the competition posters. Big thanks also to Alan Shi Year 10, Gordon Qian Year 10 and Pete Upatising Year 10, Chess Competition players, who judged and organised the competition and to Ms Barr who loaned us the clocks, boards and pieces.
AN OPEN (COMPETITION PLAYERS ENCOURAGED TO ENTER) BLITZ CHESS COMPETITION
From the Office
Cash Register Window
Please ensure that all students have the correct money when making cash payments at the register. Remember payments can be made before school, recess and lunchtime.
Thank you for your cooperation.
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.
What’s Up in the Senior Library?
Senior Library opening hours extended!
Seniors, your student voice has been heard! Starting from the beginning of next term the Senior Library will open longer and will now be available on Monday, Tuesday and Friday afternoons in Period 6 for the benefit of those who wish to utilise it for study and or research.
Mrs Crothers has generously offered to provide support and supervision during these times. This will be a trial to see how well the library is used. Any student using the library will be expected to maintain an atmosphere conducive to study.
Much has changed in the Senior Library since it started and this is mainly due to input from students recording their opinions and ideas when responding to our survey last year. This year we will also be running another survey so that once again we can gather feedback regarding the Senior Library, its services and possible future developments. So watch out in Moodle for a chance to once again voice your opinion!
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
SBHS and SGHS Joint P&C Meeting - Wednesday 20 June 7:30pm
A reminder to all parents that next Wednesday night the annual Sydney Girls and Sydney Boys Joint P&C Meeting will be held in the Great Hall at 7:30pm.
It is our school’s turn to host the event this year at which Anna Liu, a social worker, director of PARENTCALM, and mother of two school age children will be giving a presentation on the challenges facing migrant parents and their interaction with the Australian education system. Anna is a social worker who runs the Chinese Family Education Project in Mandarin for Family Services in the St George area and is an expert in bridging the gap between Chinese parenting cultural practices and education in Australian. If you have a Chinese background, grew up in another country, or are just interested in parenting, this should be a fascinating and informative topic.
The presentation should take approximately 30-45 minutes and will be accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation in Mandarin. The presentation will be followed up by a Q&A session and parents are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to have their issues or concerns addressed. Sydney Boys High parent volunteers will be serving a light supper on the night, starting at 7:15pm. We look forward to your attendance.
Upcoming Parking Events
Please find listed below the upcoming parking events. Parents are reminded of the importance of supporting their sons’ co-curricular activities through these valuable fund-raising activities. New parents are particularly welcome and no experience is necessary. Parking is a great opportunity to meet with other parents and keep up to date with school life.
Please make sure you check with the co-curricular parking co-ordinator to confirm the exact start and finish times for particular events.
Friday 22 June – Swans v Geelong (Rowing Supporters Group)
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Parent/Teacher Night Years 9 and 12: Great Hall– 3:00pm to 7:00pm, Monday 18
From the Canteen
Canteen is in desperate need of at least two volunteers for every1st Wednesday and every 1st Thursday of the month… as we have had a few mums drop out due to different work commitments. If you can help on a regular basis or only now and then please call Karen or Tracey on 9360 4027. Your son will love to see you in the canteen!
Parking is available in the school grounds for volunteers at the Cleveland St carpark or the Anzac Parade carpark. If you have any difficulty please call the canteen and they will tell you where to park.
Thank you to the volunteers last week.
MON: Pam Jepson, Annie Long, Usha Arvind and Yoshies lovely neice Olivia,
First Grade Tournament
Report On the 25th of May, the first grade team represented Sydney High in the year’s first
Schools Cup which was held at Sydney Olympic Park. Following our success in the CHS regional
competition, our First Grade side was confident entering the sports centre. As in previous years,
the tournament was expected to be tough and with one goal in mind we were set on winning the
schools cup once again. With the tournament featuring many of the State’s best sides,
winning the gold medal was no easy task and the early start did not help either. With a game at
9.00am followed by a chain of games and duties the team had minimum time to rest up. Despite
this, the performance of many of our players did not falter. Our second game against the
State’s CHS team was one that was definitely celebrated and being the only team to defeat
them, it was a game that undoubtedly presented our potential and dominance in the tournament.
Westfields was another team who presented a challenge in the semi finals. The Westfields line up
had great scrambling, spiking and serves and without the solid blocks of Ivor and the powerful
spikes from Jonathan, Harry, Arash and Aman the game would have been very difficult. However, in
the end the First Grade side came out with the win and eventually made it to finals. Due to the
shortage of time, the final game against Kelso (last year’s CHS knockout champions) was cut
back to two sets with Sydney Boys winning both and taking the gold medal. The Friday tournament
was a great success due to teamwork of the first grade side and the support from Mr Kay and Ms
Third Grade Tournament Report
On Friday the 25th of May SBHS’ 3rd grade team travelled to Olympic Park for the All
Schools Tournament. Made up of players from Years ten, eleven and twelve and having only been
formed in the couple of weeks leading up to the event, we weren’t expecting to beat any
world records, but we were confident that we would do well regardless. We lost our first game
against Westfields Sports High, although we didn’t let it get to us and in our second game
against Baulkham Hills we won the first set 25-23 and the buzzer was called at the second set,
while they were up by three points at 19-22. Interpreting this as a win for us, we went on to
beat Dungog two sets to nil and were looking forward to being placed 2nd in our heat.
Unfortunately for us, though, our second set against Baulkham Hills the previous match was given
to them due to their point lead, leaving the set scores at 1-1 and with them being one point up,
meaning they got 2nd place. We placed 3rd in our heat and went on to play the CHS team in the
next round, where we were unsurprisingly knocked out in straight sets. However for a newly
created team and having just started the volleyball season I can honestly say congratulations to
the guys and well done; other than a few silly errors here and there we played really well.
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.
Having just competed against Armidale the weekend before, the Sydney High School Rifle Team are once again out to compete in the annual Wingham Rifle Club Open Prize Meeting over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. The SHSRC members consisted of Yujin Wu (12, c), Dominic Tran (11, vc), Jacky Yang (12), Bill Deng (11), Timothy Chew (11), Wilbert Wu (11), Jeremy Chan (10), Minghao Wu (10), Evan Han (9), Jack Zhou (9) and Timothy Tran (9), with Desmond Chiang (9) coming along to learn about the workings of a fullbore competition.
Arriving at the range at dusk, we were quick to set up camp, taken aback by the country cold air. Despite warnings of the typical rainstorm, we were surprisingly met with clear bright skies the next day. The team were confronted with some extremely strong competition this year, including members of The Armidale and New England Girls School. There were some excellent results posted for the first day of shooting, especially from those who’ve never shot at an Opens competition before.
Standouts on the day include a 48.1 by Jeremy, 49.6 by Yujin, and 48.2 by Timothy, which placed them 1st in C Grade 300 yards, 2nd in B Grade 600 yards and 3rd in C Grade for 600 yards respectively. As a result, Jeremy won some frying pans, and Yujin picked up 3rd place at day 1 aggregate. Well done also to Dom who scored a 48.2 and 47.2 at 500m and 300m, as well as Minghao who shot 48.1 at 500m. Jack Zhou posted a solid 46.2 despite being his first ever prize meeting. Well done!
After the day’s shooting, it was time to relax and enjoy ourselves, with the Wingham Rifle Club providing boomerang throwing lessons, trivia and karaoke for that night. We boldly yet subtly entertained the clubhouse with our singing, which introduced Sydney High as the stars of the night!
Day two of the prize meet saw an improvement to shooting overall, with six of our shooters scoring better than day 1. In particular, Dominic Tran improved from a 122.3 on day 1 to 133.4 on day 2, and Evan Han improved from 105.2 to 121.4. Congratulations to Jeremy Chan who shot very well on the second and third ranges (500m then 600m), scoring 49.3 and 49.2, and also claiming 2nd place for the 600m range. However having only 44.2 on the first 300m range, Jeremy narrowly missed out on a day aggregate badge.
At the prize presentation, Jeremy Chan collected his 600m range badge, and Yujin Wu collected a grand aggregate 4th place badge. The presentation concluded with another delicious dinner by the caterers at Wingham.
Our yearly campfire with the members of the TAS rifle team concluded the trip. Stories were told over roasted marshmallows, scones on a stick and spuds, and some music was shared. Unfortunately, the time came for us to return to our tents for the last night at Wingham. To mark another memorable trip, the rain finally came.
Thanks to the Wingham Rifle Club for hosting their prize meeting this year. Thanks must also go
to MIC of shooting Ms Meaney, and Coaches Justin Hill and Sam Kremer for giving up their entire
long weekend to support us throughout the trip. Thanks also to Kevin Chan, Brendan Leo and Joe
Banh who also came to support us! Altogether, the team learnt many valuable lessons about
shooting and the tradition at Wingham.
High Rugby = High Spirit
Sydney East 7s
Team reports –
Tennis: High Spirit
A big thanks to High parents, Mr Lin (father of Peter Year 8) and Mr Nguyen (father of Justis
Year 8) for braving the bad weather on Sunday of the recent long week end for parking duty to
help raise funds for Tennis. Many thanks also to Dr Yvette Hauser (mother of Michael Year 10).
It’s such an effort beyond the call of duty that help makes High such a great place!
Enrolment 2013 - Years 8 - 12
Applications available from the school or visit www.sydneyboyshigh.com and click on the link to enrolments.
Applications close 26 July 2012.
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