High Notes, Vol 13 No 23, August 03 2012
From the Principal
Winter Sports Assembly 2012
"Special guest Mr Mark Hughes, players, coaches, staff, parents, students – welcome to our Winter sports assembly for 2012. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land where we gather, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and pay our respects to them and their elders past and present, and to any Aboriginal people here today.
"I am pleased to come to a winter sports assembly with a feeling that as a school we are slowly coming to terms with the changed environment of GPS competition. The whole organisation of sport in our member schools has shifted up a gear. The Corinthian days are over. The culture change has permeated from as down as far as Es and Fs in some GPS schools. We can no longer just attend Wednesday or Thursday sport and turn up on Saturday for our games. Such an attitude just won’t do. Our chances of being competitive in any match, in any sport, at any level will be diminished by the amount of the training gap between us and our competitors. The Sports Council, as a committee of the School Council, has developed a draft SBHS Sports Policy for discussion by school governance groups, staff, students and parents. It is my hope that the directions of the policy are embraced by the wider school community and that its details are discussed in a public forum over the next few weeks so that its philosophy and purpose are understood by our community.
"Cross country running has become quite a high participation sport I am pleased to see. A selection policy applies and only 100 students can be accepted. It is a welcome boost to the demanding activity. Thank you to Rebecca Dam for her organisation of the sport and to Messrs Kesting, Bigelow and Elliott for their involvement in its operation. Fencing is becoming stronger and more diversified with the benefit of its own base in the COLA, the availability of intensive training at UNSW and due to the influence of elite coach Antonio Signorello. More of our boys seem to be medalling now with the added disciplines of epee and sabre. Thank you to Jenni May for her ongoing management of fencing and to Ben Wilcock and Cheryl Chan for their assistance with coaching.
"Volleyball is continues to be very strong, as showcased by its recent CHS Knockout win and unbroken string of GPS victories. Thank you Michael Kay, his coaching staff and Marina Trompetter, for making the program such an icon of High winter sport for the last decade.
"Thank you to Cathy Meaney, Daniel Comben, Sam Kremer, the SBHS Rifle Committee and the Sydney High Rifle Club Inc for the continued success of the High target rifle shooting program. Given the disruption to our program occasioned by the closure of the range at Malabar, our recent co-premiership is a tribute to the resilience of our boys and the strength of the organisation of the sport.
"Our rugby program has been strengthened this year with the appointment of Simon Kacimaiwai as Head Coach and George Barris as MIC.
"I want to thank staff managers of teams: Messrs Cipolla, Pavone, Hannon, Barris, Scrivener and Stein. The coaching support for our boys is impressive. Mick Aldous and David Knox bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the program, backed up by the efforts of a dozen Old Boys coaches. Spare a thought today for Marco Stojanovik who suffered a serious injury late in the 2nd XV trial game last Saturday and is still in a High Dependency unit in hospital. His experience reinforces how much we have to stick to routines of looking after each other in team sports – before, during and after the game. Let’s hope his recovery is rapid and complete.
"Association Football has seen some changes this year. Under new MIC Matt Mulroney, the GPS competition program has moved to UNSW’s David Phillips complex with the advantage of an all- weather synthetic pitch. Mehdi Hazrati has returned to coach the first XI with Ian Robinson taking major responsibility for second grade. It is a shame that football and rugby cannot all be at McKay but we have had no luck in our ongoing attempts to have McKay 4 refurbished to an appropriate standard. Thank you to our football staff, including Victor Jauregui-Fernandez as Junior Football coordinator / Assistant Coach, Julie Eggleton, Evan Higgins, Jamie Kay, Mine Genias and Ingrid Hybler for their commitment to Football.
"Today I want you to consider how teams are built and tested. In the 2006 World Cup, Australia
played very well against tournament favourites Italy in their round of 16 game and were gearing
up for extra time when Grosso penetrated the box and Lucas Neill tried to block his cross but
left his feet in doing so, allowing Grosso to fall over and gain what was a very controversial
penalty. Australia’s loss was hard for the team to bear, particularly because it had built
up so much momentum. Lucas Neill recounts: “We put in unbelievably passionate performances
and other supporters were saying they wished their team had that much pride and enthusiasm for
the game, and no fear, and enjoyed being there”. The lesson here is that even obvious
underdogs can overachieve if the team develops self-belief, passion and a fearless desire to
compete. I know the building blocks for such spirit are hard work and mutual support. Play hard,
play in the spirit of the game, but above all, be there for your team. Congratulations to all
boys selected in GPS teams this season. "
Classical Greek Reading Competition
7.45am unless stated otherwise
Intermediate Concert Band
Junior Stage Band
Senior String Ensemble
Senior Stage Band
Intermediate Stage Band
Senior Concert Band
Room 201 8:45am
Training Concert Band
Terms 2, 3, 4
TERM 1 & 4 (MPW)
Junior String Ensemble
Start @ 3.30pm
Marching Band (MPW)
TERM 1 & 4
3.30 - 4.30pm
High Rugby = High Spirit
Rugby Website - http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/rugby/
First GPS game – High vs. Newington
The first GPS game proved successful for all teams who played Newington College. The 1st XV started their GPS season very well with a 19-7 victory over Newington 3rd XV. The success of all Senior grades gave confidence to the Rugby program and the crowd support for the 1st XV saw them lift to see two unanswered second half tries, courtesy of Jasper Garay.
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/.
Last Saturday the 13Cs had a comfortable win against TSC 13Is. There were many highlights including the devastating running and try scoring ability of the experienced players Corey Won, Lucas Wong and Daniel Wang. These boys showed the team the way forward.
Other pleasing aspects for me were:
- the solid lineout wins by Hamza Mulla, Matthew Whitaker and Daniel Wang;
- the quick and accurate passing of halfback Raymond Huang which kept Scots on the back foot;
- and the hard running and strong tackling of the newcomers, Eric Shen and Harry Yio.
Congratulations to all players for a great start to the GPS season. Now the challenge for us is
to play the same way against 13H and 13G teams.
Mr G Stein
Upcoming games –
4/8/12 vs. Riverview at Riverview,
11/8/12 vs. Shore at McKay,
18/8/12 vs. Kings at Kings,
25/8/12 vs. Joeys at Joeys
GPS Volleyball Results
|Results:||1sts: WON (25-10, 25-8, 25-16)||2nds: WON (25-14, 25-11, 25-13)|
|Skill||First Grade (%)||Second Grade (%)|
|% of Serves in play||
|% of Serves that were kills||
|% of spikes and blocks kept in play||
% of spikes and blocks that were kills
Yu Peng (88)
Serve Reception Passing accuracy
|Freeball Passing accuracy||Jun (92)||
GPS Volleyball Results - Junior competition
14As SBHS v 14Bs SBHS
26 - 24
25 - 9
16As SBHS v 16Bs SBHS
25 - 8
Grammar A v 15A SBHS
18 - 25
9 - 25
Grammar B v 15B/C
11 - 25
2 - 25
Grammar A v 16B
25 - 16
25 - 23
Grammar C v 16A
6 - 25
18 - 25
On Saturday 26th July the 14A and 14B volleyball teams played against each other. The first game
was extremely close, but in the end it was the 14As who won marginally with a score of 26-24, an
unfortunate loss for the 14Bs. In the next game, the 14As won yet again and were the winners of
the day. Both teams put in a huge amount of effort but there could only be one winner.
Congratulations to the 14As.
Peter Hua and Ray Zhang
From the Canteen
The Canteen Committee meets on the 2nd Friday of each month at 2.45pm in the boardroom. We are always looking for more parents to become involved. The next meeting will be held on 10 August. Please feel free to come along and become part of the team.
Thank you to our volunteers last week.
MON: Rebecca Tsai, Rachel Fowler, Sam Guo, Shannon Hickey,
TUES: Agnes Leo, Jade Ni and Dean, Jade’s nephew
WED: Helen Kon, Vikki Angell,
THURS: Ming Lee, Lin Jin, Xing Ping Zhang, Jian Ping Li,
FRI: Emily Yang, Sharon Wang, Maria Nguyen, Li Yang
And our Samson for his help as always.
The Canteen Team
From the High Store
The High Store will be closed the last two weeks of Term 3 from Monday 10th Sept through to last day of term.
The shop will open for one day only on Friday 14th Sept. 10.30-1.30.
No blazer orders, braiding & lines will be done on this day.
Rowing Committee Annual General Meeting
Date: Tuesday 21 August 2012
Venue: Staff Common Room
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.
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
Parent Volunteers Needed
Sydney Boys High Open Day
Thursday 6th September
9.30am to 12.00pm
Can you come and help the P & C to welcome prospective parents to the School?
We need volunteer parents to help serve morning tea and chat to visiting parents, answering their questions, such as:
“How did your son settle in?”
“What sport does your son play?”
“Is your son involved in music?”
It’s a very enjoyable morning and all you need bring is your friendly smile.
Rachel Powell, Head of History at Sydney Boys is organising a seminar for parents presented by Cyber expert Robyn Rishani on Thursday August 30. The presentation will be held in the Great Hall starting at 6:30pm.
Robyn’s presentation is aimed at helping parents understand the cyber world that our sons inhabit and will address issues such as, alternate online identities; cyber bullying; gaming addiction and its prevention; online security and parental monitoring. These are live issues for many school families and we strongly recommend it to all parents.
Term 3 P & C General Meeting
The next general meeting of the SBHS P&C will be held on Wednesday 15 August in the Staff Common Room. Please mark the date in your diaries. .
Upcoming Parking Events
Friday 3 August – Roosters v Dragons (Debating Supporters Group)
Saturday 11 August – Tigers v Dragons (Sailing Supporters Group)
Upcoming Meetings & Events
P&C Executive Meeting: Board Room – Monday 6 August 6:00pm.
P&C General Meeting: Location to be confirmed – Wednesday 15 August 7:30pm.
Parent Seminar - The Cyber Playground
Sydney Boys High School – Great Hall
Thursday night - August 30th 2012
Tea / coffee @ 6.30pm
Start 6.45pm – Finish 8.15pm
Presenter: Robyn Rishani - Your Kids Online
What is it you’re thinking when your children’s noses are in their iPhones, iPad’s, Facebook, chat rooms, forums, online games and Xbox? Do you know what they’re up to and who with? Do you get frustrated at the amount of time they spend on their computers? What are the dangers they face and how can you protect them?
Come along to this free 90 minute presentation where Robyn Rishani - Cyber expert will guide you through the online world that your children play in. We’ll touch on issues such as alternate online identities and how criminals and paedophiles use them, cyber bullying, gaming addiction and how to prevent it, Facebook, online security and parental monitoring. By the end of the evening you’ll walk away with fresh ideas and an insight into your child’s Cyber Playground!
“Thank you for a well worth while opportunity to attend the "Your Kids Online" Information Evening. I found the evening very informative and I was certainly able to take away some useful reminders about Internet safety. Personally, I found the presentation well delivered, hovering over many chapters of potential dangers outlining what to look out for. I would like to congratulate Robyn on a fantastic presentation!” - Daniela Folini - parent