High Notes, Vol 13 No 2, February 10 2012
From the Principal
Summer Sports Assembly February 3, 2012
"Good morning and welcome to our summer sports assembly. We are here today to recognise and pay tribute to our boys selected in GPS teams whose competition commences in term 1- namely Tennis, water polo, swimming and sailing. To our special guest, Liz Deep-Jones, MICs, coaches, parents and staff – thank you for your attendance.
"Sailing is flourishing at Double Bay Sailing Club and has secured a long term arrangement with the club and will enjoy the enlarged and refurbished facilities by Term 4. Thank you to Carrie Waring for all her work in preparing yet another grant application, this time on behalf of the club. Thank you again to coach Adam South for his work in building up the program, particularly to a standard to be competitive in NSW Teams racing. Well done to Mr Moody for his season as a very ‘hands on’ MIC. Sachiyo James as Catering Coordinator, ably assisted by her team of parents and sailing boys as waiters, served up great suppers at the P & C ‘Thank You Evening’ last December and again this week at our’ Welcome Night’ for new parents. Their efforts raise the funds that are keeping our fleet of boats and sails well maintained.
"Thank you to Mr Loizou for his organisation and promotion of High swimming in 2011. I expect that everyone will support the school swimming carnival on Monday, whatever the weather. Let’s hope Mr Loizou is back with us again soon. In the GPS competition, particularly in the junior division, participation is the key to success. We could use more juniors in our racing program to build on our great third place in the 2011 season. I urge more boys to involve themselves in a well organised program.
"Thank you to Ms Davis for taking over Water Polo as MIC and administering the changeover from Ms Evans seamlessly. This is a sport with a definite upside for competitors. We could expand our GPS involvement with more players.
"Thank you to Mr Wright for taking over as Administrative MIC of tennis and taking care of Saturday morning arrangements. Mr David Deep, the new tennis professional for the Sydney High courts, continues to build our tennis capacity as lead coach. He has recruited Catherine Barclay as second grade coach. The Tennis Committee has been active, organising a fundraiser and subsidising an impressive tennis camp in Melbourne, taking in daily visits to the Australian Open. High has the structure and programs now to really start to cement a place in the top half of the GPS competition
"Ron Barassi published a little illustrated book last year with the confident title of Wisdom: Life lessons from an Australian legend. His signature is subscripted with the number 17410 and his lucky number and playing number, 31. As a player or coach Barassi participated in seventeen grand finals for ten wins. The book is a collection of aphorisms and quotes with accompanying commentary by Barassi. For example, he writes: “Success is best measured by how far you have come with the talents you have been given.” He asserts that just as we admire people with disabilities to achieve beyond what we would rationally expect, so too should we be disappointed by those who have natural ability fail to improve on what they could already do without really trying. You boys all know approximately how much natural talent you have for the performance of discrete skills or tasks. We also know when we fall short of doing justice to that talent. Ultimately, we let ourselves down when we have not given of our best. The message is to only take pride in any achievement which exceeded your own expectations based on your natural ability.
"The application of his message to the High situation is clear. In GPS competition we frequently face the challenge of opponents with superior natural talents to ours, we need to rise to the occasion and give the contest everything we have. If we are defeated, so be it, but we will be able to gain satisfaction from knowing that we performed as well as we could have. If you can honestly say that about your individual performances each week, we can ask for nothing more from you.
"I extend my congratulations to all boys who have been selected in GPS teams to represent their
school. Strive for your best this season consistently!"
Student First Aid Requirements
Notice to All Parents It is a parent’s responsibility to notify the Front Office First Aid Staff if your son has a medical condition which requires medication. All medication such as Epipen’s need to be clearly marked with your son’s name and have a current expiry date.
Your cooperation is appreciated.
Peer Mediation at SBHS
Peer mediation is a program run by trained Year 11 students which seeks to help solve conflict between students without getting teachers involved. The program helps the students resolve conflicts while under the guidance of two Year 11 students. The program is confidential and stays between the peer mediators (Year 11 students) and the students who have a dispute.
How it works
Peer mediations are friendly, unthreatening and quick and have a very high success rate. So don’t put up with feeling unhappy or let things get out of control. Take charge and e mail a request with your details.
Senior Drama Production
Auditions The Drama departments of Sydney Boys and Sydney Girls are once again teaming together to create an original Senior Production. Rehearsals will take place on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30pm – 5:00pm in Campbell Hall. The production will be staged in Week 7 of Term 2 and will require students involved to attend several Sunday rehearsals leading up to the show.
Students in Years 10 and 11 are invited to audition on Tuesday 14 February. This will be a workshop audition held in Campbell Hall from 3:30-5:00pm. Students must register their names outside the Drama Studio before the workshop. Successful students will be called back for a second prepared audition the following week. Anyone who can play an instrument, sing and dance is also encouraged to come along.
If you have any further questions please contact Ms Rohr at the school.
Die Deutsche Frage - Und Die Antwort
The first question clearly was just too easy – the answers came in thick and fast. Niyazul Bari (Yr 9), Kabir Agrawal (Yr 8) and R Boros (class unknown) all had their answers: Andrea and Ulli were two storms which hit Europe – and therefore Germany - during January - in before recess. Well done, boys. The next question should be a bit more challenging. Viel Spass beim Raten!
Eine Flasche für alle Jahreszeiten. Wieso? Warum?
From the Canteen
Don’t miss out on food you want! Keen to try out the fabulous range of food in our canteen but keep missing out? Order ahead and reserve what you want! Make sure you are on the right queue!
Thank you to our volunteers for last week and some from December. Our apologies to anyone whose name is omitted from the list by mistake. Your services are invaluable and very much appreciated.
MONDAY: Vicki Moller, Sandra Vuong
More information can be found at www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating and will be
emailed to you on a weekly basis.
Welcome back to an exciting new year for Music. All ensembles are now up and running and we welcome any new members, please see the Music Staff if you are unsure of which ensemble to join. We will have many concerts and performance opportunities for students in the Music Performance Program. Look out for any upcoming events in future Music Notes.
The 2012 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:
The Marching Band will be playing in the Sydney City March on ANZAC Day in 2012.
Students need to remember to schedule lessons at a different time to rehearsals. An attendance rate of 80% is necessary to obtain Awards Scheme points and a Music Pocket for senior boys.
Music Recruitment Evening
If you missed out on our Music Recruitment Evening on Thursday and are interested in your son learning an instrument and/or joining one of our many ensembles, please speak to the Music Staff to arrange for an instrumental tutor and instrument if required. We look forward to a fantastic year of musical performances.
Sydney High School Cadet Unit
WHAT ARE WE ALL ABOUT ?
Cadet training introduces boys to a wide range of activities and skills which, it is hoped, will give them recreational and service options later in life.
It teaches them self-reliance and endurance, especially by participating in camps, bivouacs and expeditions that can be, at times, arduous.
Cadet membership builds confidence and self-esteem, especially when cadets participate and succeed in activities which, to them, are new and perhaps frightening.
It places them under a relatively uncompromising system of control and discipline which, if accepted, will develop their efficiency and dependability, and teach them to accept and appreciate authority, and to carry out legitimate directions efficiently and willingly.
Cadets become involved in individual areas in which to strive for excellence – in their dress, performance and endurance,
Cadet training develops teamwork, especially in rigorous and adverse conditions, developing generosity and care for others, and combating the tendency to complain and give up.
Cadet service provides opportunities for promotion to very real positions of authority and leadership. Promotion is offered on merit and cadet responsibilities develop efficiency, integrity, dependability and sense of service.
Promotion is not offered lightly and the cadet must understand that behaviour outside cadet service is included and, so, his overall lifestyle should improve.
Cadets, especially those in positions where they must teach, instruct, plan, control and lead will develop personal attributes of character often not found in the average adult, and this while they are at school !
Involvement in various ceremonial and public events - the School’s ANZAC Day, Remembrance Day, ANZAC Day city march and support to ex-service organisations and charities helps in their becoming more civic and nationally minded, more patriotic and more appreciative of those men and women who have served the Nation when called upon, and of those in the community who serve voluntarily, and often unknown, in so many organisations that help the needy and afflicted.
High boys who commit themselves to cadet service should, over their period of training (and it is designed on a four to five year cycle), learn much, give much and gain much.
I don’t know just how much of the above was in the minds of school authorities when the Unit was raised back in 1883, but I expect that their aims for the boys then may have been something pretty similar.
Over the years the Army Cadet programme has continued to contribute to the social capital of Australia.
As an ex-cadet and a parent, I know that the system works and that the boys gain so much from the cadet programme that will help them as they progress through life.
There is no doubt that they, and the Nation, are richer through their involvement in the Army Cadet programme.
We are currently enrolling new cadets. Contact Sergeants Vincent Ye or Nicholas Ooi for applications forms. Numbers are limited so don’t delay in submitting your application. Year 7 applicants should note a minimum age of 12½ applies. Underage boys may lodge their enrolment applications now. However, enrolment will be delayed until they reach 12 ½ years.
Congratulations to Mr Anthony Ho on his promotion to Second Lieutenant (2LT). 2LT Ho will now take on the responsibilities of Training Officer for the Unit. Congratulations to Unit Assistant Christopher Budd on his marriage to Bonnie. Our best wishes to you both.
Richard Knowles Major AAC
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
SBHS Big Night Out
Sydney Boys High Big Night Out has been rescheduled – Sunday 1st April
First General P&C Meeting for 2012
Our first P&C meeting for 2012 will be held in the Great Hall, next Wednesday 15th February. Dr Jaggar will be presenting and talking to the HSC results for the Class of 2011. Parents are encouraged to attend.
Setting up Your Individual Parent Portal Login
The Parents Portal on the school website is accessed by via individual parent logins. To create a personal account you will require the following two pieces of information:
If you have multiple children attending the school, any ID Number will suffice. If you have trouble recalling the email address you supplied, your son can tell you by looking up the My Details section of the Student Portal. Alternatively, contact the school Administrative Office.
Once you have these two pieces of information, create a personal Parent Portal Account:
Once you have a personal account, you will be able to see the following details for your son/ward.
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 appropriate supporters’ groups.
Saturday 11 February – Sydney FC v Perth Glory (Cricket)
Upcoming Meetings & Events
P&C General Meeting – 7:30pm, Wednesday 15 February.
Sydney Boys High School Sailing
4 February 2012
Sailing resumed this weekend and Sydney High sailors produced a mixed set of results in the racing on Rose Bay. The first round of the Point Score competition was sailed with a fluky wind from the NW-SW at 2-5 knots, making the competition even more unpredictable.
Ennes Mehmedbasic and Tiger Zhang were the standout skipper and crew this week, with a first and a second podium place in the two races and presently they would be leading the Saturday Point Score. Marcus James had some inconsistent results this Saturday with a DNF and a first place finish.
Other boats and skippers (Bart Daniels, Daniel Fang and David Evans) were able to place in the top ten in the second race and it was very pleasing to see Sydney High both leading the fleet and finishing with five of the first ten placings. Our sailors must try to maintain this consistency throughout the term and with continual improvement and fine tuning, it is possible to achieve. Some sailors were a little rusty from the long break and it is hoped that they come up to speed quickly and make the racing more competitive. It was also pleasing to see two of the new sailors present this week at Sailing as well as the continued support from the Principal, Dr Jaggar who was present when the boats were launched.
Next week’s sailing is to be conducted earlier to accommodate other sailing in 29ers and it is hoped that Sydney High sailors prepare to arrive at DBSC earlier. A 7.30am start is required.
A reminder that the Annual General Meeting of the SHSSA will be at 8.30 am on Saturday 18th February 2012 at DBSC
Round One sailing results are summarised below.
4 February 2012
Sydney Boys High School Tennis
High vs Shore
Shore Regatta Results
This was a full regatta with all 16 crews racing. It was a good start to the year with improved times across all senior/Y10 eights, and congratulations have to go to the following standout Junior quads–
Boat Naming Cocktail Party
The cocktail party last Saturday night was a huge success, with over 150 people attending. The ‘High Rowing Family’ including old boys, parents, supporters, rowers and families turned out in force to celebrate the naming of 5 boats. It was an opportunity to acknowledge the efforts of dedicated parents to the High Rowing Program, who had boats named in their honour – Geoff Andrews, Anitak Bezjak, Peter Ambrose, and Katharine Deacon.
Thank you to the Rowing Committee and parents for the outstanding catering and contribution to the event. A total of approx. $6,000 was raised on the night, and with two old boys generously donating $1000 each, we have almost completed the payment on the new Sykes VIII, the ‘CWP Barris’, named in honour of Deputy Principal, Mr Con Barris.
The School 1st VIII are very excited to be rowing in the ‘CWP Barris’ at State Championships this coming weekend.
Regattas this week, Saturday 11th February
Newington Regatta at Hen & Chicken Bay – This is a Junior regatta with Y8, Y9 and Y10 crews racing.
NSW State Rowing Championships at SIRC – The School 1st and 2nd VIII will be racing in this regatta on the Saturday, and the Year 9 1st quad will be racing on the Sunday.
All regatta entries and results can be found on the Rowing NSW website www.rowingnsw.asn.au
Welcome New Rowers
We welcome 28 Year 7 boys and a few Year 9 boys to High Rowing at Abbotsford. They will be learning the skills of rowing over the next few weeks on Thursday afternoons and Saturday mornings.
Our Junior crews had a social rowing morning with SGHS on January 28, which included some races and a barbecue at our sheds. This will hopefully be an annual event.
Craig Phillis, President Rowing Committee, for organising the ‘painting of the oars’. It was great to see parents turn up to help their son patch, sand and paint their oars ready for racing.
Other Events this Term –
Basketball: Shooting Hoops
High VS Shore
High Shore 2011 Round 1 Term 4
High vs Shore 2011 Term 4 (This time)
1st Grade Table
A win last Saturday meant that High remained at the top of the table with Scots and remain on track to at least claim a co premiership this season. For that to happen we need to remain undefeated throughout the rest of the season which will be tough given the tight nature of the competition but certainly possible if we can create a strong High atmosphere at homes games to capitalise on this advantage.
Home Game vs Newington this Week
The first home game of 2012 is this Saturday against Newington, with whom we have an intense rivalry. This will be a key game with Newington statistically having the best defence in the league, and our team requires your support to help them win. For all our new basketball players, 1st and 2nd grade matches provide a great opportunity to watch high quality basketball which helps you develop your own game.
2nd Grade games begin at 10:00, 1st grade games at 11:15.
The High Basketball Player's Checklist
High has one of the best school basketball programs in Australia, and an important part of that is mentality of our players. Are you doing all of these?
~ Go High Basketball!
Swimming Carnival 2012
RECORDS SET ON Monday, 6 February 2012
EVENT: Backstroke 50-100m
EVENT: Butterfly 50-100m
EVENT: Freestyle 100m
EVENT: Freestyle 200m
EVENT: Freestyle 50m
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.
All students at Sydney Boys High,
SBHS CHESS is looking for new players.
Coaching lectures and practice sessions are on Friday mornings 8:00-9:00 in room 104. The first class is on Friday, February 10. Come along and find out more.
Everyone is welcome to join
In 2011 we won:
School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS)
School Student Code of Conduct – Students travelling on buses must:-
Students are reminded to:-
During 2012, authorised officers will be deployed to inspect Code of Conduct compliance on school bus services in the Eastern Region. Students who are found to have breached their obligations may lose their travel entitlement and possibly incur an infringement.