High Notes, Vol 13 No 19, June 22 2012
From the Principal
Joint Project - Building Fund Contributions
Ongoing commitment from parents in the two schools over the last six or seven years has led to a pool of funds exceeding $4 million to be applied to the project. The building has yet to be costed accurately but it is likely to be $6million. Currently, we are lagging behind SGHS in fundraising our half, so we need to ramp up contributions to get to our goal. However, that difference can be narrowed considerably by 500 committed parents contributing $500 towards the project now. SBHS really needs to raise another $500k rapidly. Your contribution would help.
Semester 1 Reports
Requests for Student Leave
Anna Liu’s address to the Join P & C Meeting
She urged parents to let their children get involved in co-curricular activities and to go and
support them while they did them. I think that many parents might benefit from attending one of
her parenting courses. Have a look at www.parentcalm.com.au to see the possibilities.
Years 8 and 10 will take place on
PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE:
GPS A & PDC
Gautham Shankar (Reserve)
|Year 7 was announced in last week’s High Notes.|
More information can be found at www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating and will be emailed to
you on a weekly basis.
Please CHECK YOUR EMAIL regularly and ensure we have current contact details for both students and parents.
SBHS: SYDNEY EISTEDDFOD
Congratulations to the Senior Strings and their conductor Rebecca Irwin, who performed at the Sydney Eisteddfod on the 12th of June. Out of 15 ensembles, the Senior Strings came in 2nd Place. Well Done, boys!
An opportunity for Jazz students…
13th October 2012: Count Basie Orchestra performing at the Opera House - tickets are on sale. It would be a great opportunity for boys in Jazz/Stage Band to watch a great performance.
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.
* PLEASE NOTE THE NEW CHANGES OF ENSEMBLE REHEARSAL TIMES!!!
(No excuses for arriving late or not knowing the new changes!!!)
The 2012 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:
7.45am unless stated otherwise
Senior Concert Band
Junior Stage Band
Senior Stage Band
Intermediate Stage Band
Room 201 8:45am
Terms 2, 3, 4
TERM 1 & 4
Start @ 3.30pm
TERM 1 & 4
3.30 - 4.30pm
Senior Drama Production with Sydney Girls High
‘The Seven Ages of Man’
So we took the challenge and we’ve done it again! The Boys and the Girls have come together every Tuesday after school to devise and envision a senior production. The drama staff started with a brainstorm and a challenge and then the students began to gather material that we could all mould into a performance shape – mastering a pastiche of story and emotional commentary. Once again this was an original; devised co-production. The Seven Ages of Man a trigger and an inspiration as Shakespeare identifies in his play, ‘As You Like it.’ From birth to end of life - what are we? Who are we? How are we not alone?
The students were improvising, sourcing, refining, polishing, choreographing, composing, designing and majorly collaborating. Inspired by each other we made and wrought this production from a simple idea: The Everyman and his/her Journey.
I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the Sydney Girls High Drama Co-ordinator, Ms Elizabeth Surbey, for her energy in developing this co-production. I’m very excited about our collaboration and look forward to working creatively alongside her again next year.
We have been very much appreciative of the support of staff, parents and students of the crew, production contributors, artists as well as the performers from both schools. Congratulations to the following boys for their commitment to making the Senior Drama Production a huge success.
Cast: Sherman Du, Hayden Rabone, Naga Aditya Koneru, Lokesh Sharma, Peter Stephens, Sharek Khan, Jacky Yu, Andrew He, Burton Chen, Andrew Cao and Alfred Xing. Musicians: Michael Chang (violin) and Kai Matsumoto (cello). Production Crew: Sherman Du (digital design), Carl Xu (multimedia), Edward Zhang (sound), Khushaal Vyas (video) and Ashley Chan (photography). Front of House: Alexander Pereira, Connor Robinson and Andrew Wei.
Special thanks to everyone who came along to watch and be involved in this unique production.
Your support and attendance is greatly appreciated.
Senior Production 2012 – Student Review
This year the senior production, a mixed group of boys and girls from Years 10 and 11, produced a stunning performance, depicting the ‘7 Ages of Man’. Inspired by William Shakespeare, the greatest playwright in history, they took the audience through a journey of life, beginning from the innocence of youth, to the end of life itself. Exploring themes such as love, they showed us different interpretations of the word, through the eyes of a ‘whining schoolboy’, to ‘a soldier, full of strange oaths’. The play incorporated many theatrical elements, such as the input of music, both live and recorded, physicality, aspects of mime, and they managed to create some very comical scenes.
We could very much relate to some of the ideas expressed throughout the play, especially the adolescent ages. There was a strong connection with the audience, and it created a very intimate performance atmosphere. Even with the lack of props, and a clear set, they managed to portray scenes with great detail and sophistication. As audience members, the spontaneous changes of scenes kept us very engaged through the hour long performance. It was a very clean and polished performance, and you could tell they had put an incredible amount of time and effort into perfecting the piece. Unfortunately, there was a lack of audience members on the first night, but the second night drew a much better crowd. We hope to see you all next year at senior production 2013!
Finally, a big congratulations to all the actors and actresses on stage, the musical
accompaniment, and a very special thanks to Ms Rohr and Ms Surbey, for creating such a magical
piece for us to enjoy.
Wenbo Gong and Wei Li Zhuang
Drama Festival School Incursion
18-19 July 2012
The Great Hall
At the start of Term 3 Sydney Boys High will be hosting the school’s annual Drama Festival. The festival will include performances from students in Years 7 – 12 Drama classes.
This is an exciting annual event on the school calendar and some participants will go on to represent the school at both the Sydney Region and State Drama Festivals.
To celebrate the achievements of our students we have organised two School Matinees for students in Years 7 – 10. Students in Years 7 and 8 will attend on Wednesday 18 July periods 3 and 4. Year 9 and 10 students will attend on Thursday 19 July periods 3 and 4.
The cost of the incursion is $5. Payment is due on Tuesday 26 June, Week 10.
There will also be an evening showcase performance at 7pm on Wednesday 18 July. Tickets can be purchased at the front office at a cost of $5 for students, $10 for adults and $25 for families. Tickets will also be available at the door on the evening.
This promises to be a fun, lively and highly entertaining event. Your support and attendance is greatly appreciated.
If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at the school.
From the Andrews Junior Library
LITERACY CIRCLES / HIGHER ORDER THINKING AND WRITING SKILLS
This week the Junior Library commences its Literacy Circles Program. This program runs due to the courtesy of the Values Ed program and is timetabled under its umbrella. Literacy Circles is a “boys reading” program during which students read one book from an author of a current and popular series. They then use a Moodle Forum to discuss this book with boys who have read other titles in the series.
144 books have been processed so far this year to support this course. The titles are depicted below. To celebrate this Year of Reading by underlining the necessity of excellent reading habits which support writing excellence, all Years 7 & 8 boys will enter a competition run by the magazine Spine Out with the book recommendation they write for Literacy Circles. By doing this the boys will also be participating in an Action Research Project examining the role of the Library in teaching higher order writing skills.
The writing they submit will be this year’s new books blog. The results of last year’s writing efforts can be seen on the windows leading to the Andrews Library and will now be published in the new books blog on our Website.
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
SBHS and SGHS Joint P&C Meeting
Thank you to all the parents who attended the Joint P&C Meeting on Wednesday evening and in particular, Sachiyo James, Anne Wall, Nina Lui and Nan Chen who together organised the event, supper and refreshments. Thank you also to those parents who volunteered on the night in preparations and cleaning up. Your support is always most welcome. Due to the High Notes deadline, a full account of the evening will appear in next week’s “High Family”.
Upcoming Parking Events
Please ensure you check with the parking co-ordinator to confirm the exact start and finish times for particular events.
Friday 22 June – Swans v Geelong (Rowing Supporters Group)
Saturday 23 June – Wallabies v Wales (Rugby Supporters Group)
Sunday 24 June – Roosters v Sea Eagles (Cricket Supporters Group)
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Rugby Committee Meeting: Staff Common Room– 6:00pm, Monday 25 June.
Parent/Teacher Night Years 8 and 10: Great Hall– 3:00pm to 7:00pm, Tuesday 26 June.
Last Day of Term 2– Friday 29 June.
From the Canteen
Canteen is in desperate need of at least two volunteers for every 1st 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!
Some items may not be available this week as we run down supplies for the holidays. Thank you to
the volunteers last week.
TUES: Elsa Li, Amy Cao, Yan Y Wu
WED: Anne Xiao, Jim O’Sullivan, Penny Chan
THURS: Kamala Selvakkumar, Ha Tran, Rita Wu, Bernadette Snow,
FRI: Linda Perris, Louise Warren
The Canteen Team
Exchange Students - Host Families Required
Two Host Families Required for two Exchange students from France: Felix and Cyriac
7 July – 8 August 2012
“Offer a place in your family for a language immersion student to understand the Australian way of life, attend high school with your children, learn a new culture first-hand and make lifelong friendships. Nacel’s International Student Exchange Organisation was established 55 years ago in Europe and has been in operation in Australia for over 20 years. Nacel offers language-based, full immersion programs all over the world. Enrich your family life and enquire today about hosting a student from another country” “Felix is a 16 year old boy who lives in a large town on the northern border of France with his family. Felix is described as being very sporty as his favourite activities are tennis and cycling. Felix also enjoys watching movies and playing guitar.”
“Cyriac is a 15 year old boy who lives in Paris with his parents and his two younger brothers. Cyriac enjoys travelling, listening to music, climbing mountains and visiting museums with his family.”
GPS Volleyball Results
|Date: 16/6/12||Opposition: NEWINGTON|
25-20, 28-26, 25,10
|Skill||First Grade (%)||Second Grade (%)|
|% of Serves in play||
Ennes (100, from 22 attempts!)
|% of Serves that were kills||
|% of spikes and blocks kept in play||
|%of spikes and blocks that were kills||
|Serve Reception Passing accuracy||
|Freeball Passing accuracy||
*NB: I set the qualification at 4 data points
2nd Grade Tournament Report
On Friday 25 May, High Volleyball went out to Sydney Olympic Park for another NSW All Schools
Tournament. 2nd Grade (Jason Garrett, Sunchit Sethi, Sachin Dhingra, Siddarth Sethi, Max Song,
Aman Saksena and myself) came in low on confidence after losses to 3rd grade and the 17s on
Wednesday left us seeded as SBHS 4. However, our low seeding placed us in the easiest pool,
giving us some hope. We played our opening match against Holroyd. Most of the team had never
played together before and it showed as we struggled to a narrow win in the first set. By the
second set we were beginning to adapt to each other’s playing styles and worked some good
attacks to comfortably win the set and match. We continued to improve as we downed Wycliffe
College in 2 quick sets. We then played Homebush Boys. We played well in the first set but errors
at crucial points allowed Homebush to win the set. The errors continued to flow in the second set
and even timeouts with our high performance manager JC could not save us as we narrowly lost the
set and the match. That one loss meant we finished third on point count back and missed out on
the knockout stage. We then played a dead rubber with Great Lakes College, who thoroughly
outclassed us throughout the two sets. The game was a good opportunity to try out some novel
combos, with none better than our libero Sid’s backcourt hit that sailed out to finish the
match. Everyone in the team played very well and with a little more experience playing together,
the future looks bright for 2nd Grade.
High Rugby = High Spirit
Grammar Trial Game
The Grammar trial proved to be an enjoyable wet weather experience for all students involved. While no teams managed victories, all teams had very competitive games. Congratulations go to the improving 1st XV who were narrowly defeated by their opposition.
Team reports – Each week one team/age group report will feature in the High Notes with the rest going on http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/rugby/.
Despite the weather and state of the ground, we were as keen as ever to play against the Grammar
side that has become our closest rivals since U13s. A strong start had us dominate for most of
the first half, where a slippery ball and surface forced plenty of mistakes by both sides.
Providing good ball along with space to run for the outside backs proved to be a very difficult
task for each team as well, and this resulted in much of the game being played through the
forwards. Field position became very important, and a five metre scrum on our line had Grammar up
5-0 at the break. The second half was tough, and fitness was shown to be a crucial part of the
match. This was an area of weakness on our part, and cost us the game in the end. A few standout
tackles from George Chen and Andrew Dao, and Braden Angell’s solid control around the rucks
had us looking great at times, however a few small slip-ups had them finish at 31-0. We are very
much looking forward to playing them again in the last round.
Weight room - both weeks – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9-11
Rugby – both weeks – Wednesday 9.30-11.30, Friday 9.30-11.30
Kicking with ex-Wallaby D.Knox – both weeks - Friday 11.30-12.30
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.
Sydney Boys High School
7pm July 18 2012
The Great Hall
Pre-purchase tickets at the Front Office
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.
Sydney Boys High School
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