High Notes, Vol 13 No 22, July 27 2012
From the Principal
Elite Athletes and Performers
Debating and Rifle shooting Assembly
"Special guest, Mr Adam Spencer, coaches, parents, staff, debaters, rifle shooters and students - welcome to our annual debating and public speaking assembly. Each year, honouring our tradition of a preseason celebration of endeavour, we assemble to acknowledge the boys selected in the various debating teams entered by the school in a range of competitions. We try to demonstrate a belief in the value of the struggle more than the outcome of the contest. It’s the preparation and participation that builds character. Debating has a long preseason with Eastside and FED competitions running in term 2 and with the PDC round robin rounds being finalised.
"However, the GPS competition is our official Friday night highlight which I hope will be well attended for home debates this season.
"The GPS Heads have been evaluating the effectiveness of the competition and discussed the length of speeches, the number of adjudicators, adjudicator training, dress and demeanour; the efficacy of running debates concurrently and the method of deliberating and delivering adjudications in multiple adjudicator debates. Recommendations were sought from the Convenor of Debating and some decisions were taken to bring about some changes. Our intent was to avoid 10:30 finishes on Friday nights! We hope that the adjustments to process will make for a more enjoyable experience for participants and audiences this season. I am interested in feedback about how this season is perceived.
"I want to thank and applaud the work of debating MIC Rachel Powell this season. She has brought a heightened level of professionalism to the administration of the activity. Participation in the junior school is impressive and the boys are benefitting from a more structured experience in their first few years of debating. Thank you to Paris Munro, Annalise Mack and Brian Webb for mentoring PDC teams. As always, our program owes a great deal to our coaches. Dominic Bowes (2008) has done a great job with first grade as has Nina Ubaldi (SGHS 2008) with second grade. Thank you to both of them and all of the coaches who mentor our teams so enthusiastically. Thank you to all the parents involved in the Debating Sub-Committee which supports the competitions so well.
"Our results this year so far are encouraging. Christopher Chiam, Julian Edgtton and Robert Sternhell were selected in the CHS debating team. Our Year 12 PDC debating team has won through to the final of the Hume Barbour Competition by defeating Elderslie High School. They meet Manly in the final in two weeks.
"The Year 11 and 10 teams are still in their competitions, so we wish them all the best of luck. In the East Side Competition, High was victorious in both the Year 11 and Year 12 Divisions.
"Thank you to Rowena Barr for her efficient and effective management of public speaking at High. Public Speaking is high on the list of most feared activities for individuals, but with training and experience it certainly doesn’t have to be. More boys should muster the courage to put themselves to the test. The experience is invaluable. Congratulations to Kushaal Vyas who was runner-up in the state final of the Lions Club Youth of the Year Quest. In the Rostrum Voice of Youth Competition, Alexander Hughes, Lokesh Sharma and Gordon Dexter performed well. Again I ask that more boys try to build their self-confidence through public speaking participation. Each year at this assembly we set aside some time to honour our rifle shooters who conclude their long preseason this week at the two-day GPS Shoot. The occasioned is brightened from time to time by the reflection of light on silverware and so it is this year as our team carried off the Rawson Cup and the Premiership Shield in a tie with TAS. For Yujin Wu it was a special day – his second premiership and the captaincy of the combined GPS rifle team. Wilbert Wu and Jeremy Chan (10) were also selected in the team. Well done to Dominic Tran, Robert Sternhell, Bill Deng, Minghao Wu and Timothy Tran who made up our first grade team.Thank you to Cathy Meaney, Daniel Comben, Sam Kremer, Ishan Nadkarni Kevin Chan and the Rifle Committee for their great support of the team.
"Debating and rifle shooting may well be seen as activities that are poles apart but they have
team work in common. In both disciplines goals need to be set, leadership has to be shown and
shared, and problems have to be solved. Importantly, unfailing support to team mates must be
shown to maintain morale. “It is better to debate a question without settling it than to
settle a question without debating it”. Joseph Joubert’s aphorism is appealing.
Let’s hope that the world learns to employ more of the skills of debaters than those of
rifle shooters when settling its questions! I congratulate all the boys who were selected in GPS
teams and wish you best of luck in the GPS season."
Sydney High School Cadet Unit
SISC Live fire Activity
This was my first cadet activity and was, unexpectedly, quite the challenge. We were taught the basics in assembling and the handling of the rifle followed by the maintenance and firing of the firearm. The first thing I did when we went inside was pick up the rifle to find it surprisingly heavy, however we were quickly reprimanded. I was quickly informed that the number one rule was “Never point a firearm at a person and to assume a weapon is always loaded!”. It was then that I realised my rifle was pointing at someone else!
Not too long later everyone was being formally tested and I found myself stumped trying to remember the correct weapon stoppage responses. I was under pressure, but unfortunately failed on the first day and I was devastated.
I was really disappointed that I had failed, but CUO Ye told me I would be able to take a retest the next day. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to come on the second day, but he reminded me that only 14 people were chosen for this and that I had to see it through. The next day I was trying to memorise everything I could, but kept getting confused. CUO Ye told me to relax and started testing me on the bus ride there telling me to think logically and sequentially. I found the Stoppage Action task to be the toughest part, but realised that I only had to remember the order in which the weapon operated and then use common sense as to what would be wrong with the firearm. I was asked to step inside the examination room, whilst everyone was lining up to shoot.
The second time round was easier and I was lining up with the third group to shoot. Each detail
we got 20 rounds each and were meant to fire at a really small bulls-eye target with scores. I
got 0 out of 200 for my first three tries, but by the afternoon I was scoring much better. When
it was time to go I was really sad as we all had a lot of fun and I couldn’t believe I
almost gave up. At the end of the day I had a lot of fun, a lot of fun experiences and really
July Promotions Courses 2012
During the holidays four of our cadets spent a week at Singleton Military Training Area, attending the AAC NSW Brigade Promotions Courses. These candidates are those considered to be exceptional team players that demonstrate initiative and courage. These qualities enable them to be put forward for leadership training. The courses are specifically designed to develop leadership within a safe military environment. As well as leadership, course candidates learnt advanced skills in navigation, first aid, radio telecommunications (RATEL), fieldcraft, and ceremonial drill. Candidates are also taught how to teach lessons themselves, so that they can effectively instruct their cadets. All our candidates successfully passed their respective courses and are now qualified for promotions.
I am pleased to promote the following cadets, effective 24JUL12:
Promoted to CORPORAL:
Promoted to SERGEANT:
Sergeant Nicholas Ooi has been recommended for promotion to Cadet Under Officer (CUO). The rank of CUO is the highest rank a cadet may attain in the AAC and requires approval by the Brigade Commander.
We congratulate Nicholas on his success and look forward to the Brigade Commander’s approval of his promotion.
From the Canteen
To warm you up on these cold winter days why not try our delicious homemade chicken and corn soup, steak sandwiches or delicious pasta.
Thank you to the volunteers for the first week back.
Tues: Gowri Muruganananthan, Cia Koukouras, Sharon Hughes, Jenny Dong,
Drama Festival Report
The 2012 Drama Festival was an enjoyable experience for all involved. The performers worked hard
for nearly a term to write, practise and perfect their performances for the festival in Week 1 of
term 3. Drama classes from Years 7-10 wrote and performed their own plays in their timetabled
drama lessons and out of school. These were performed confidently and successfully. There were
three performances in total: a daytime Matinee for Years 7 and 8, as well as some students from
Bourke Street Primary School. There was a showcase that night for parents and visitors who
thoroughly enjoyed the performances and a final Matinee for Years 9 and 10 on Thursday 19 July.
There were a variety of genres performed; parody, crime fiction, mystery, satire and many others.
The Year 10 physical theatre piece was choreographed by Ms Rohr and featured incredible strength,
balance and timing. This was used in the finale for the show which also brought the performers
from the other Years onstage. All students involved worked hard on their performances and it
showed, with many stunning plays and pieces showcased in the performances. Overall the three
performances were thoroughly enjoyed by the audiences who attended the showcases. Thanks to Alex
Periera, Michael Chang, Hayden Rabone, Andrew Wei, Ashley Chan, Connor Robinson and Khushaal Vyas
for hosting the various shows and introducing all of the group performances. A big thanks to Ms
Rohr for all of her hard work organising lighting, scheduling, training, choreography, the stage
and many other aspects that helped make the drama festival as successful as it was. Thanks also
to all performers who participated and used their own time to work on their plays. We look
forward to seeing these shows again next year!
Sydney Eisteddfod 2012
Riley Irwin in Year 10 was the 1st prize winner of the 2012 Sydney Eisteddfod Piano Polyphony (15s and under). WELL DONE!!!
HSC Music Trial
The HSC music trial performances will be held on the 3rd & 6th of August. Good luck to all the boys and best of luck with your preparation. Make sure you keep focussed over the next four weeks guys!!!! All the best from the music staff!!! :-)
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. ALL ENSEMBLES START AT 7:45AM. Remember a ROLL is TAKEN, and 80% of ATTENDANCE is required.
PLEASE REMEMBER to pack up after rehearsals (tidy up the room and stands back on rack). EVERYONE needs to help and not leave it to one or two boys. THANK YOU, 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:
Melbourne High Exchange
This year marked the first multi-sport exchange for Sydney High with Melbourne High School. Both schools competed against each other with great sportsmanship in 5 sports including rugby, volleyball, soccer, theatre sports and basketball. All students who participated in the exchange also welcomed one or two billets to their home as guests as a requirement for the exchange. It was great to see all students from both schools proudly show their High spirit, barracking for their team.
In the rugby and volleyball, Sydney High won with ease as Melbourne High had no answer for Josh Leo’s adroit footwork dicing up the opposition and Arash Dosanjh just left the Melbourne volleyball players gobsmacked with his emphatic spikes. The Sydney High volleyball team built up a strong lead 2-0 but dropped one set due to some errors and in the 4th set they came out determined to finish off the match. For round two of the volleyball, it was a much closer match with Melbourne coming out with renewed confidence but Mr Kay stayed confident in the team led by Jonathan Clements-Lendrum and as usual, they came out on top. As for the rugby, the players showed no mercy with strong runs from the forwards which led to tries in the backs. The blind winger, Yuan Shi, made a casual crash ball into a try with his decisive running into the gaps. Eugene Lee’s conversion precision continued to extend the already increasing lead. Melbourne’s lack of structure in both offense and defence allowed Sydney High to run them ragged on the field. It was great to see all the Sydney High spectators lined up on the sideline cheering in unison for the 15s team, truly epitomising what High rugby is all about.
In the soccer and basketball matches, High didn’t do as well as we had expected against a strong Melbourne High team. Melbourne High brought many of their senior players along who worked skilfully and cohesively to beat Sydney High. Especially in basketball, many of their first grade players just outclassed our mixed teams in the first match. But in the second match, with some first grade players playing, the score line was much closer, accurately representing the skill level of our team. In soccer, High was once again outclassed by a more senior team from Melbourne High. Similar to basketball, Melbourne High played very well in the first match but Sydney High were able to reduce the margin in the second match with a more offensive mindset. Both schools performed very well in the theatre sports with High losing by less than one point. Melbourne sent three teams up to compete with High’s four teams from all different age groups and the performances were fluid and entertaining from both schools.
The MVPs of the exchange from both teams were:
Overall, this sporting exchange was enjoyable from spending time with your billets and supporting
Sydney High compete against Melbourne. This year was a success and hopefully next year there will
be more sports played and encouraging more Sydney High students to participate.
High Rugby = High Spirit
Rugby Website: http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/rugby/.
The last trial game
Many teams used the last trial game against Barker/Riverview/Scots to test out new plays and structures in time for the upcoming GPS season. 1st XV had a narrow loss to Barker 3rd XV. The game time proved invaluable as the final trial was used to iron out set plays. Three teams proved successful on the day, 13Bs, 14As and 15Cs, with many students starting the new term scoring two tries.
The GPS season
Boys are encouraged to see the 1st XV take on Newington 3rd XV in the first GPS game on Saturday. With a 1pm start it is hoped as many boys as possible are there to create a supportive atmosphere for the 1st XV.
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/.
Going into this match, we knew it would be one of the easier matches we will play this season.
This was true, the end result being 45-5. We started the match well, sticking to our fundamental
cross field play, spreading the ball in an attempt to tire the opposition. We executed this
method very well, and soon our forwards were always first to the breakdown. This ensured that our
backline had much ball to play with. However, after scoring 3-4 tries against them, we became
complacent, passing loose balls to no particular target. This forced many unnecessary turnovers.
James Tinker had an exceptional kicking game for a forward, returning their kick-off, gaining us
30 metres and scoring a half field grubber try. Jing Li scored his first try against GPS
competition off a solid pick and dive. Regardless, it was the team effort that ensured our win
against Scots this week and we will have to continue at this standard at the least to produce
results in the upcoming matches.
Upcoming games –
28/7/12 v Newington at McKay,
SHS Cross Country
The school hosted the GPS Cross Country at Centennial Park on a damp and cold Saturday the 21st of July.
Despite the terrible weather, general opinion was that it was the best carnival ever! Just about every student on the roll turned up, resplendent in full school uniform. They participated with commitment and fervour. They showed great pride and determination with many achieving personal bests. Particular congratulations to Steven Chung, who ran his best ever position in the sixteens then turned straight around and ran in the opens, Kenneth Liu and Manil Abeysekera.
The students were supported by their parents and family in vast numbers. They were of invaluable assistance in all aspects of the running of the event. They were stewards out on the course, marshals at the start and finishing line, recording table and most importantly ran a splendid canteen under the guidance of our own masterchef Mr Farrington. It was a tremendous display of school spirit and no other carnival has shown anywhere near the same level of student and parental support.
The Cross Country staff of Ms Dam, Mr Kesting Mr Prorellis, Mr Bigelow and Mr Elliott were all of the opinion that it was the best carnival ever (rivalling the Olympics?) which was the result of the fantastic support, particularly from the parents. Thank you to all concerned.
Football: The Onion Bag
Both the First and Second XI were hunting for solid games against St Joseph’s this week, a formidable rival and consistent GPS achiever. The Second XI, despite looking promising early on, unfortunately went down 1-0. Captain Nan Ma led his team out on the pitch, his deadly free kicks and through balls shaking up the Joeys defence, however the Joeys defence were just too strong for our strikers to put points on the board. The game tested the team's fitness and ability to keep up the intensity, showcasing a tough battle between two heavyweights of the competition. Despite the younger members of the squad lacking in experience, this did not reflect in their courage and skill, earning several yellows for well fought challenges across the pitch; particularly midfielder Marcus James. The wet and sticky pitch conditions and the constant battle against the strong headwind proved to tire out most of our players; however the will to win kept us fighting until the end. Keeper Allen Fu came back from injury to make some brilliant one on one saves, however Joey's perfect combination of quick passing broke down the defence and saw the ball slotted just past his reach to give them the 1-0 lead; a score line which would hold until the final whistle. Fullback Anirudh Ramesh played exceptionally well, a testimony to his consistent training and determination. Adilmorad Nadir of Year 9 played well beyond the capabilities of a 14 year old and struck fear into men twice his size and several years older; earning a place on the first grade bench. The squad has been continually improving and, together with Coach Ian Robinson, have the ability to finish high on the GPS table this season.
The First XI stepped out onto the pitch knowing that despite the fact Joeys looked good on paper,
with 3 AAGPS representatives and the captain of AAGPS firsts among their squad, if we stuck to
our game and played for each other a win would surely come our way. A win a week out from the
opening game of the GPS season would bring great confidence to the side; an invaluable advantage
to any game. High started well, playing the ball around the rough and muddy ground at Dave
Phillips and adjusting to the conditions. However, the intensity and finesse of our game would
only snowball from there. A pin-point free kick from centre back Daniel Jones saw winger Arjun
Punekar head the ball home to take High out to a 1-0 lead. Midfielders Adam Booth, Jonathan Ren
and Jackson Lam continued to dominate Joeys in the centre of the park, their frustration evident
in the string of yellow cards that followed. High continued to play to their strengths, putting
together a quick combination play and subsequent through ball to Arjun Punkar, who slotted in his
second and extended the lead. Close to the half’s end, another curling free-kick from
Daniel Jones was met by striker Oliver Meroni, who found the net at close range and brought the
lead to 3-0 by the half time break. The change room at half time was buzzing with excitement and
the spirit of a squad that had just played the best half of football all year. Yet, the message
to each other and from the coaches was clear; play as if the scores were level or surely get
stung by a hungry Joeys squad. High made sure of this in the second half. MIC Matt Mulroney
summed up our game as we flooded into the change rooms, exhausted but animated: “The reason
you won today is because each and every one of you did your role for the squad. That’s
it”. It is this determination and solidarity on all counts that, although GPS schools have
often shunned High as an easy competitor, has continued to prove them wrong; ongoing improvement
that can be solely credited to the passion of coach Mehdi Hazrati.
Congratulations to all these students for achieving personal bests in the skill assessments so
far this year. Keep up the good work.
Sport Skill Assessment Perfect Scores 2012
Sport Skill Assessment Improved Performers 2012
GPS Volleyball Results
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C.
Term 3 P & C General Meeting
The next general meeting of the SBHS P & C will be held on Wednesday 25 August in the Staff Common Room. There are a number of important issues being discussed within the various school bodies and feedback from parents through fora such as the general meetings is vital to ensure that the decisions being taken incorporate the views of the wider school family.
Dr Jaggar’s attendance at these meetings offers the opportunity to hear first hand information regarding current directions and issues. We strongly encourage all parents and guardians to attend at least one meeting per year to help remain in touch.
Term 2 Break P & C Parking
A belated thank you to the boys, parents and siblings who attended the P&C parking day during the term 2 break. Due to an oversight, the call for volunteers was put out at the very last minute, so a big thank you to Selma Mehmedbasic, Sharon and Lily Gordon, Jesse Moffat (Y12), William Cen and Daniel Cordas (Y11), Dexter Gordon and Wesley Beare (Y9).
Despite the late notice and the small number of volunteers, $3760.00 was raised which will be spent on projects within the school that will benefit all students.
Upcoming Parking Events
Friday 27 July–Roosters v Titans (School Parking)
Upcoming Meetings & Events
National Tree Day Planting at SBHS and SGHS– Sunday 29 July.
Rowing Committee Annual General Meeting
Date: Tuesday 21 August 2012
Come and find out about new developments for the upcoming season.
Rowing is a great sport that High provides for your boys. It also relies on parents to help facilitate the program. Every year we need new parents to become involved.
All Office Bearer positions will be declared vacant and available for nomination and election.
All parents of rowing students are encouraged to attend the annual general meeting.