High Notes, Vol 13 No 21, July 20 2012
From the Principal
Rifle Shooting Co-premiership
CHS Volleyball Knockout Win
The Anzac Fund Trust
From then on, annual donations have been made to the Fund. With some supplementation from school funds the Trust has been established with 50% of the income earned from investing trust funds to provide an annual income stream to the school to top up the Student Assistance Scheme of c.$8,000 pa from DEC.
I am hoping to attract further interest from Old Boys and benefactors of the school by providing a vehicle through which philanthropy can directly affect the experiences of individuals at High.
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.
Distribution of ‘High Notes’ publication
Printing of High Notes will be severely restricted during Term 3. There will be 100 hardcopies printed. Limited copies will be available from the main office. To access the weekly edition of High Notes on line, please log on to www.sydneyboyshigh.com/publications/high-notes
Thank you in advance for your co operation
What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?
Senior Library hours extended
This term, due to requests from students through the SRC, the Senior Library will be introducing extended opening hours. Mrs Crothers will come over from the Junior Library to provide support in Period 6 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. This will provide extra study space and give access to resources for those students who wish to remain at school when they have a free period.
We will be monitoring attendance this term to see if the library is used by students and utilised effectively. So please take this extra opportunity to come up and study and utilise resources available.
We know how hard this time of the year can be for our Year 12 students and we will be doing all we can to support them and help make it a good place to be when needed.
Library VIP readers draw next Friday!
Next Friday, at lunchtime, the libraries will be drawing the names of students who have read and borrowed at least 10 resources this half year. You may count any stamps from either library to go toward your total books read score.
So if you have read books from the Junior or Senior library these are all counted toward qualifying to enter the draw for a $50 book voucher redeemable at any bookshop! You can also use it to purchase any item/s including DVDs etc available at bookshops.
Get reading now if you are almost there and complete your ten remembering that you can also read magazines and view DVDs. Watch your daily notices sheet for reminders. Don’t forget that seniors need to enter in the Senior Library and Juniors in the Junior Library! Place your stamped card in the box on the Senior Library desk and the same in the Junior Library.
See us if you have read books etc. and not had your card stamped. We can look up your record for this year and stamp the card for you showing all books and other items borrowed and not already recorded.
This week we commence our GPS season with the debating assembly which is where we announce our Firsts and Seconds GPS teams. We are very lucky to have Adam Spencer who will be known to many of you as a comedian, radio and TV personality and as a mathematician. However, a lesser known side to Adam is that he captained the Australian Debating team for three years reaching the final round of the World Universities debating three times (1990, 1992, 1996) and winning World’s Best Speaker in 1996. He will be a great inspiration for all of our students, but particularly the debaters as they look forward to the third and final term of the debating season 2012. The Thirds will be MCing the assembly and introducing the speakers.
To mark the end of the debating season we hold the Debating Dinner and I am extremely grateful to Christopher Chiam’s younger brother Matthew (not a High student) who has designed a wonderful flyer and ticket for us this year. Thank you very much, Matthew. All debaters (but particularly those of you in GPS teams) should come to the debating dinner which is a wonderful night – the highlight of which is getting to watch the coaches debate. This year awards will only be awarded to those students who actually present on the evening.
As I write this a few days before Friday I do not know the results of the Hume Barbour Semi-
final which takes place on Thursday. Our Year 12 PDC team will be at Holsworthy High School
versing Elderslie High School. The other semi is Smiths Hill v Manly and the winners of each will
debating each other in the Grand Final at Sydney University on 3rd August. Keep your eye out for
the advert for places to go and watch this as we only have a limited number of tickets available
and if Robert, Julian and Christopher get into the final, those tickets will go very
Debating Club secretary’s report
One semester has gone by and the club has operated the whole time. We yet are to see more people joining. We have a few regulars that I believe made it into GPS teams; take Kai Matsumoto (8E) for an example. A total of 6 Award Scheme Points has been allocated to the course for regulars. The club is always looking for new people to join and it is never too late. The Debating Prefect himself, Christopher Chiam coaches these classes at every Friday lunchtime in 205. It is exactly the same as Friday afternoons when the coaches teach you guys. In fact, the material that Chris teaches is more advanced.
I encourage all debaters and even those who aren't doing debating coaching but want to do it next
year to join too. Once again I state that the club is always open and educational and you can
just come in for one lesson to see what it is like. It's free and you can eat while listening. I
look forward to seeing new people join next time.
More information can be found at www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating and will be emailed to
you on a weekly basis.
Concerto Competition 2012
During the holidays, Ennes Mehmedbasic in Year 12 was a contestant in the finals of the NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition. He was one of four finalists in the senior section and came FIRST!!! What a fantastic effort! CONGRATULATIONS on this AMAZING achievement, Ennes.
Along with receiving a trophy, Ennes received prize money of $5000 and was awarded BEST IN REHEARSAL, voted by the members of the Ku-ring-gui Philharmonic orchestra, and received a further $500 in prize money. WELL DONE!!!
Congratulations to Miss Lim who delivered a healthy baby Boy, James Harrison Junjie Wang!!! :-)
Term 3 Ensemble Rehearsal Timetables
There have been a couple of adjustments for ensemble rehearsal times in Term 3. Please check the timetable and arrive ON TIME! There are NO EXCUSES for not attending or arriving late to ensemble rehearsals. Remember a ROLL is TAKEN, and 80% of ATTENDANCE is required if you are to be acknowledged for your participation.
PLEASE REMEMBER to pack up after rehearsal (tidy up the room/and stands back on rack). EVERYONE needs to help and not leave it to one or two boys. THANKYOU boys for your co-operation!
Boys Please REMEMBER to contact your instrumental tutor 24hrs before the lesson if you are unable to attend, otherwise you will charged for the lesson.
The 2012 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:
High Rugby = High Spirit
High Website: http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/rugby
Many students used the holidays to train hard for the upcoming GPS season. 1st XV had an opposed training session against Cranbrook that provided some much needed opposition in preparation for the competition proper.
The AIS trip
On a chilly Friday morning, the combined 15s rugby team took the school minibus from school for a trip down to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra. The 15 boys mainly from the A team were supervised by Mr S Lou, Mr Hannon and Mr Kacimaiwai.
The first activity was a Sports Science Nutrition lecture where we learnt how to fuel our bodies for maximum performance on and off the field. Tailoring our own diets for rugby was a great start to the day. The meals were buffet style with delicious and healthy food and the boys could make different and creative choices. After lunch we toured the AIS facilities and messed around in the fun Sportex games. To finish the first day, the team put on their rugby training jerseys before taking part in the Brumbies coaching and development manager training session which really improved and tested our skills as well as experiencing team bonding. A Kangaroo court was held to finish off both nights.
The next day we went to a Strength and Conditioning Lecture on getting bigger, faster and stronger for rugby. After that, the group travelled to St Edmunds College for a friendly fixture which was really exciting and competitive resulting in a close loss and many memorable plays and events before walking to the Canberra Stadium to watch an action packed Brumbies vs Blues Super 15 match. Although it was raining, it was good to see the Blues drive a victory out of the ACT. The activities on the third day were a recovery lecture and a recovery practical session freezing in a plunge pool and enjoying the warm spa.
Overall, the 15s trip to the AIS in Canberra was awesome and really enjoyable for the team and
coaches but special thanks go to Samson for driving to and from Canberra and organising and
leading the whole trip and Simon and Mr Hannon for accompanying the group and making the trip a
whole lot easier and more fun.
21/7/12 Trials vs Riverview at McKay,
Australian Sailing Teams Racing Nationals
The Sydney High School Teams Racing Squad has gone from strength to strength this season with excellent performances in both the NSW Schools Teams Racing Championships and qualifying for the Australian Schools Teams Racing National Championships for the first time.
Another first was that the squad was a SBHS & SGHS combined team, which proved to be a successful combination. For a first time team at the Nationals, placing 17th out of 22 schools (and the only NSW School represented) was a highly commendable result.
Squad for NSW Championships:
Skippers- Marcus James, Bec Loder, David Evans
Squad for National Championships:
Skippers- Marcus James, Bec Loder, David Evans
Coming off a strong 5th place at the NSW Championships, the team qualified for the Nationals held at Albert Park Sailing Club, Melbourne from 12-15 July. Another first in Sydney High School sailing, racing at the Nationals was an experience where all sailors learnt and bonded with each other. Conditions differed greatly from our usual harbour sailing and Melbourne’s reputation for fickle weather held true, with conditions ranging from dead still to strong but unpredictable 20 knot-plus gusts.
The event is the pinnacle of Australian school sailing and historically dominated by powerhouse states Victoria and Tasmania. Sydney High sailed well across the four days of the regatta with the highlight being the third day where we won 4 out of our 6 races convincingly and the team held 12th place. Overall, Sydney High finished at 17th place after winning 7 out of 17 races.
Special thanks go to coach Adam South and parents Richard James and Nick Evans for organising the
trip for the squad. Bec Loder was a standout, dominating the field with superb boat handling and
aggressive tactical racing.
Football: The Onion Bag
Sydney Youth Cup: July 2nd – 6th 2012
With the season looming, High Football entered a squad of 16 into the inaugural Sydney Youth Cup. From the outset, both Mr Mulroney and Coach Mehdi Hazrati set in stone our goals for the Cup, looking for match practice and to work on formations and tactics in preparation for the upcoming GPS season. The fact the squad came through to reach the final is indeed a testament of High Spirit and the determination of a squad looking to emerge as GPS Premiers.
Having no previous knowledge of our opposition, High stepped out onto the field of Sydney Olympic Park Athletics Centre for our day 1 match vs Belmore FC. They proved to be a worthy opposition, chaining together several threatening plays but our defensive line held strong and a brilliant early save from keeper Allen Fu boosted the team’s confidence. Scott Renzenbrink, in an impromptu - and somewhat unexpected - attacking position, streaked down the right flank to fire in a low cross to Arjun Punekar, who ensured it found the back of the net to bring High to a 1-0 lead. Belmore quickly equalised just before halftime. The second half was equal in intensity, with both teams looking for the first win of the tournament. Miscommunication over a lofted Belmore freekick took Belmore to a 2-1 lead, and the scoreline would remain unchanged.
High’s day 2 draw of the competition saw an early game against Lindfield United followed by a night clash against Marta Maria College. Preparing for a long day, High came out against Lindfield with a clear head. Our opposition came out strong and an early defensive lapse saw us go down 1-0 early on. This mistake was to prove costly, as despite Arjun Punekar capitalizing on a keeping blunder to equalize, the match ended in a 1-1 draw. To our disappointment, the Belmore organisers promptly informed us that our 7pm match had been forfeited; a positive in light of competition points but an obvious setback to our goal of match practice.
High was now pitted against Roselands at Silverwater, and with it a simple equation - win by at least 3 or miss the finals. Going into the game knowing Roselands had lost by considerable margins to Belmore and Lindfield, we were quietly confident but had to make sure we stuck to our game. After 15 minutes High ran away with a 2-0 lead with quick goals from Mark Iskander and Jaan Pallandi. However, with lapses both defensively and offensively some great individual skill from Roselands’ #10, we went into half time only leading 3-2. Another fast start to the second half, combined with what was becoming an all-too-familiar defensive lapse saw us at 4-4, still requiring the 3 goals to progress. Desperate to make the finals, we threw everything forward and with 2 quick goals followed by a last minute goal from Jaan Pallandi the game finished 7-4, which meant a return to Olympic Park the following day for the final and a rematch against day 1 opposition Belmore FC.
High came into the final against Belmore with nothing to lose. After some inspiring words from MIC Matt Mulroney, we stepped out onto the field looking to become the first team to take out the Sydney Youth Cup. As expected Belmore were no easy opposition, and their ability to hold the ball saw them slot one in early on. High kept their heads up and after a shaky start, a deep free-kick from Jim Koukouras landed at Jaan Pallandi’s feet, who did well to fire the ball into the bottom corner, leveling the score. With renewing confidence, High kept control of the ball and went chasing the win by throwing players forward but two late goals on the counter-attack by Belmore ensured High finished runners-up.
Although the week seemed to fall short of our initial expectations of match practice, it
certainly helped us to develop as a squad. The adjustment to larger pitches than our usual home
ground of Dave Phillips, although difficult at first, helped in our preparation for GPS fixtures.
The Cup was not only a positive development for the squad, but Coach Mehdi Hazrati and MIC Matt
Mulroney were able to take a lot away from the way we played, and need to play, to ensure further
Our intense training at the Sydney International Shooting Centre has seen improvement in scores throughout the year, and the team was ready to transfer their skills from small-bore to full-bore. A taste of full-bore was given at various prize meets such as Wingham and Bathurst, as well as training camps in Canberra. However, our ambition to win the GPS carried to training camp.
Training Week 8-13 July
Everyone was excited to start the week of training in Canberra and we expected windy conditions again. Old Boys Brendan Leo, Peter Tran, Sam Kremer, Abraham Chan, Nevin Spoljaric, Johan Santoso, Ishan Nadkarni, Ryan Woo and Daniel Comben acted as our coaches and mentors.
The conditions in Canberra were much harsher than Hornsby and what we would soon face at GPS. Training in strong wind and rain meant that shooters and wind coaches were challenged, yet exceptional scores were posted. In particular, Terry Fong’s first ever full bore shoot scored 43.3, an excellent effort! The conditions didn’t improve until our mock All Schools competition on Thursday, where the efforts of our training showed with inspirational scores. Congratulations to Jeremy Chan, Robert Sternhell, and Jacky Yang, who all achieved possibles (a full score) on that mock competition (with 50.5, 50.7 and 50.4). The whole fullbore shooting squad worked hard during training week and left with promising results.
The Fiona Reynolds All Schools Match 14th July
Arriving at the Malabar Rifle range at 7:30, the teams were announced with high expectations after exciting results from training camp. The three teams were announced as follows: “Sydney High 1st’s” with Jeremy Chan, Wilbert Wu, Bill Deng, Robert Sternhell and Yujin Wu (Captain); “Sydney High Wu Tran Clan” with Minghao Wu, Tim Tran , Terry Fong, Jack Zhou and Jacky Yang (Captain); “Sydney High Cha Siu Bao” with James Jiang, Wen-Tao Ruan, Tim Chew, Tom Cunningham (TAS) and Evan Han (Captain). The match consists of three matches of 10 shots, at 300m, 500m and 600m.
With the mentality of one shot at a time, Sydney High 1st’s won the first range convincingly with two possibles from Bill Deng (50.2) and Robert Sternhell (50.4). However, luck ran thin during the 2nd range when the terrain on our allocated targets channelled the strong wind in unpredictable directions. Despite this challenge, Sydney High 1st’s came through at 4th place for the range, behind TAS and two Shore teams. Finally, at the last 600m range Sydney High 1st’s recovered to win by a mere 1 point, with 697.31 points against TAS Gold on 696.46. Two of the three Shore teams, represented by 10 shooters, followed 3rd and 4th, posing a looming strong opponent ahead at GPS.
Well done to the 1st’s, who came 1st and also to Sydney High Wu Tran Clan, who came 7th out of the 12 teams scoring 643.20.
GPS Day 1
Eagerly, the squad awaited the announcement of the 1st grade team for 2012 by our MIC, Cathy Meaney, at the Hornsby clubhouse. Second Grade 2012, was: Evan Han, James Jiang, Jack Zhou, Wentao Ruan, Oliver Tseu-Tjoa, Tim Chew, Terry Fong and Jacky Yang (Captain). Finally, First Grade 2012 was announced: Jeremy Chan, Tim Tran, Robert Sternhell, Bill Deng, Wilbert Wu, Minghao Wu, Dominic Tran (Vice Captain) and Yujin Wu (Captain). The team was the best in many years, with each team member fully capable of shooting extremely well.
An excellent start occurred at the first of three matches, the Rawson Cup, where our consistent shooting won us the trophy, putting us at 8 championship points. Congratulations to Jeremy Chan who shot 35.3 / 35, fantastic effort!
Our shooters and wind coach battled the wind at the NRA Shield, the second match. Unfortunately, a result of 3rd place in the NRA Shield meant that High was coming first with (11) points and shore second with (10) points and Armidale (8) in the running for premiership. With the scores withheld from the shooters in order to reduce stress to the shooter, no-one but coaches, parents and supporters had any idea of the implications leading to day 2.
GPS Day 2
The day opened with a performance from second grade, a 7 shot match at 500m, followed by a 7 shot match at 300m for 2nd Grade. Well done to Tim Chew who shot 34.3/35, a fantastic effort! By battling the wind, 2nd grade 2012 finished off at 3rd place, a solid result from many new shooters. The last match of the day was the Buchanan Shield. The championship points available (8, 5 and 3) meant that this range became the decider for premiership between High, Shore and Armidale. The scores of all the schools suffered as a result of unusual lighting, and unfortunately for High, time was running out. With only 4 minutes to go, Yujin managed a 39.3, a spectacular effort, along with Minghao also with 39.3. We were in 4th place, only a few points behind Shore. Leading into the snap round, fantastic shooting by Wilbert with a 6-2 (38), Jeremy Chan and Bill Deng both with 5-3 (37) gave us hope of placing 2nd behind Armidale who were well ahead in this trophy. In the most intense hour of the shooting calendar, a 4 point lead over Shore emerged, placing us second in the Buchanan Shield. A co-premiership between High and The Armidale School was announced for 2012.
Thanks to all the coaches who trained the team to a GPS victory, especially Ishan Nadkarni and Sam Kremer who were there from day 1 of training camp all the way to end of GPS. Thanks to Daniel, Matt Tong, Johan, Brendan, Peter, Nevin, Ryan, Abraham, and Joe Banh for coaching and support at training camp and GPS for making the premiership possible.
We would like to give a big thank you also to parents who made early mornings to support our shooters, as well as for preparing food and hosting the classic Sydney High lunches and dinners. Thanks to our MIC, Cathy Meaney for running the shooting program and continuous support during GPS and All Schools. Congratulations on being awarded life membership of SHSRC Inc. Thanks to Dr Jaggar and Mr Pavone for supporting our sport and to Mr Barris for driving the bus and supporting us at GPS. And to everyone involved, well done on yet another premiership!
From Yujin Wu
Bus Transport from Central
Travelling from Central to SBHS for early morning lessons, training etc
State Transit has applied to Transport for NSW to restrict school students from Sydney Girls and Sydney Boys High Schools from joining routes 372 to Coogee, Route 393 to Maroubra Junction and Little Bay and route 395 to Maroubra Beach during the AM peak period between 7am and 9am. This application has been approved.
In October 2011 State Transit met with Deputy Principals of these schools to advise that students wishing to join bus services during the AM peak period were to join the route M50 in Elizabeth St at Kippax St prior to the commencement of the dedicated route 610 that departs from Chalmers St Central. Flyers where produced by State Transit and provided to students by the school and State Transit officers showing indicative departure times for the route M50 to assist students in meeting these services . Unfortunately not all students have followed this advice and State Transit is still receiving complaints from commuters that they are unable to join the services listed above in Eddy Ave and Elizabeth St to travel beyond the schools’ location due to the number of students joining these services.
These complaints have been investigated using data from our Automatic Fare Collection system that show high numbers of students using the route 372, 393 and 395 and not the M50 as advised. The M50 has more that enough accommodation to satisfy the demand of students wishing to attend extra activities provided by the schools prior to the commencement of the route 610 in the AM peak period.
Please advise students from your schools that they will not be permitted to travel on routes 372, 393 and 395 from either Eddy Ave on Elizabeth St and Kippax St Central from and including Monday 23 July 2012 and that they are to join either the M50 in Elizabeth St at Kippax St or the route 610 in Chalmers St to travel to school between the hours of 7am and 9am.
State Transit officers will be in attendance at Eddy Ave and Elizabeth St from this date to ensure compliance with this direction.
I have included a copy of the flyer produced in November 2011 with the indicative M50 departure times from Elizabeth St at Kippax St to assist the travel planning for students.
It is unfortunate that this situation had to come to this restriction. However, State Transit must provide adequate travel for all public transport users using the resources available to it.
From the Canteen
Hope everyone had a happy and restful break. Canteen is still in desperate need of at least two volunteers for every1st Wednesday and every 1st Thursday of the month. Please consider volunteering. 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! Thank you to the volunteers for the last week of term 2.
MON: Rachel Fowler, Sam Guo, Shannon Hickey,
The Canteen Team
Debating Dinner 2012
Date: Saturday 8 September 2012
Ticket sales close Wednesday 5 September 2012
Come and watch our coaches as we test out their debating skills in 'The Great Debate'!
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
Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship
For existing or enrolling students n years 7 - 12 who meet the scholarship selection criteria. To apply for a scholarship visit www.sydneyboyshigh.com/scholarship for full details.
Phone: 9361 6910
Sydney Boys High School