High Notes, Vol 13 No 27, August 31 2012
From the Principal
National Tree Day
We have a team of people working to enhance our environment. I urge the school community in general to respect plants, trees and garden areas. Please stay out of areas with barriers erected to protect plants, trees or grass to help stabilise growth. It is up to us all to keep our environment clean and attractive.
Year Advisers Appointed
Double Bay Sailing Club Refurbishment
Visual Arts and Music Showcase
Parent Information Evenings
Year 9 2013 Parent Information Evening
A Parent Information Evening will be held on Monday 10 September in the Great Hall at 6:00 pm to discuss the subjects studied by boys in Year 9 2013.
Year 10 2013 Parent Information Evening
A Parent Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 4 September in the Great Hall at 6:00 pm to discuss the subjects studied by boys in Year 10 2013. Subject Acceleration (in subjects such as Modern History, Geography, Music etc) has been offered to Year 10 boys in past years. In 2013 Year 10 boys will study 3 electives (possibly including an Acceleration subject). The options available to boys for 2013 will be discussed at the meeting. The main focus of the meeting will be relevant for boys interested in subject acceleration.
Year 11 2013 Parent Information Evening
A Parent Information Evening will be held on Monday 10 September in the Great Hall at 7:00
pm to discuss the subjects studied by boys in Year 11 2013.
Junior Library Chess Blitz
THINK YOU’RE A CHESS GOD? That you’re the best in your grade, or even in the entire school? Prove it in the “Professionals” Junior Library Blitz Chess Competitions that will be held throughout the year!
OPEN TO CHESS CLUB! Starting next week (week 8) the Year 12 Competition will be held at recess and lunch during Monday, Tuesday and Friday. Competition may continue into Week 9 depending on the number of players. If you would like to participate, sign up at the circulation desk in the Junior Library ASAP.
In term 4, the competition for other Year groups will be held in the week following the yearly
exam period for that particular Year group. Winners will have boasting privileges and can
participate in a final competition between the Year group champions at the end of the year to
determine who the best in the school is! Keep an eye on the daily notices to stay informed!
Creative Writers Ahoy!
Do you enjoy writing and want to win a prize on speech night? It’s time for the annual Literacy Week Writing Competition and anyone in Years 7-12 can submit their work! Entries for short stories and poetry close on Monday 17th Sept in the Junior and Senior Libraries.
There is a Topic and strict Format expectations. For more information see your
Die Deutsche Frage
UND ENDLICH DIE ANTWORT!
Still no German nickname for my scooter!
Year 12 Parents Dinner
Year 12 Parents, you are invited to attend a dinner at:
DATE: THURSDAY 13th SEPTEMBER,
$40 PER HEAD
For payment details please contact Karen Chiam :
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.
Sydney Boys High School is one of the 12 schools chosen to be part of the Proud Schools pilot project. To find out more about the project please read the attached media release which will appear in the next issue of Side By Side Magazine.
Schools proud to be part of pilot
Six high schools from the Hunter Central Coast region and six high schools from the Sydney region are part of the Proud Schools pilot. The pilot is led by the department's student welfare directorate.
The pilot aims to support high school communities to reduce homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism and it is envisaged the pilot will inform a final Proud Schools approach that all high schools can use.
The pilot is being implemented with the assistance of a steering committee with representatives from government and non-government agencies. This provides ongoing consultation with a wide range of agencies.
The high schools engaged in the pilot represent a range of schools, including co-educational, single-sex, metropolitan and rural, comprehensive and specialist.
Developing a framework
Pilot schools have undertaken initial planning to identify their core Proud Schools team. This includes identifying other school community members they will consult with along the way as well as local support agencies. When school communities work together real improvements in promoting understanding and reducing discrimination can be made. Schools have also completed a Proud Schools online staff checklist and visits with each of the pilot schools took place in Term 2. These meetings provided informal forums to share planning related to the pilot at the local school level.
As the pilot progresses it will provide support across a range of areas including:
Branding concepts for Proud Schools have been developed and consultation on these has occurred with the steering committee, the 12 pilot schools and with the Young People Advisory Group from the Commission for Children and Young People.
Work has now begun on the development of material for the department's website about Proud Schools and to support access to information for all school communities in this area.
Wear it Purple Day
The student-run, not-for-profit group's annual Wear It Purple Day, where people are asked to wear purple in support of sexually and gender diverse young people, will be held on 7th September. Wear it Purple Day is an initiative that is open to all schools.
Schools are encouraged to work with their school community when deciding to participate in Wear it Purple Day and when planning Wear it Purple Day activities. Schools can inform parents about Wear it Purple Day and about the details of any activities that will be available for students.
More information is also available at:
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
The school is currently finalising the purchase of a 28 seat Higer Bus to replace our aging 21 seat Coaster which has served the School well for some 16 years. The additional seating provided in the new bus adds capacity to the schools’ ability to support boys’ co-curricular activities. The funds for this purchase are being provided by the P&C which has, with the support of the school, been setting aside proceeds from the canteen every year for this purpose. The P&C would like to note the hard work of the canteen staff; the generosity of the canteen volunteers and sub-committee; the ongoing support of the canteen by parents and boys; and the foresight of previous P&C committees, which when taken together, make these significant asset purchases possible. Thank you to all.
Proposed Changes to Implementation of Sports Policy
P&C Annual General Meeting
There is no doubt that in an increasingly busy world parents are sometimes reluctant to take on these additional burdens. Nonetheless, the school has always relied on the hard work and generosity of the school family to provide the unique educational opportunities available to our sons. Consequently we, as parents of the current generation of Sydney High Boys, have a responsibility to provide the support necessary to allow the school to continue offering these opportunities.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Year 10-2013 Information Evening: Great Hall – Tuesday 4 September 6:00pm.
From the Canteen
The popular Pides are now for sale every MONDAY, WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY. We are trialling a new product line of gluten free Piranha brand Potato Crinkles in different flavours. They should be available next week. Try them out and let us know what you think!
Thanks to our volunteers last week:
The Canteen Team
From the Libraries
From the Andrews Library
ANDREWS LIBRARY THANKS
LITERACY WEEK - AUTHOR VISIT
What's Up in the McDonald Senior Library?
SF Steampunk author visiting SBHS this week!
The libraries at Sydney Boys are pleased to organise author events especially relevant during Literacy Week. It has been our experience that authors speaking about writing and promoting reading are quite inspirational for students generally. Richard Harland has developed a website containing many pages of writing tips for all writers of Fantasy and genre fiction. This is a free resource for students and new writers and can be found at: www.writingtips.com.au
Currently we are adding many new titles to the Senior Library collection. They have been promoted
on the school website under curriculum link for libraries. However, we discovered that often
students do not find this link to our latest new titles if they have no particular reason to go
into this part of the website. So, the libraries have located a “New
Resources” link on the Library Enquiry screen which opens up when students login
to their portal. Particularly useful for senior students is also a direct link to the
“State Library E-Resources” also located on the Library Enquiry screen.
HSC Showcase Concert and Visual Arts Display
The HSC showcase on Monday 27th of August was a great success. The artworks were stunning and the performances were a sensational. Such amazing talent! Thank you to all boys and staff who helped out on the night. The sandwiches that were made by Ms May and the boys were delicious. We also had special guests arrive on the night, Miss Lim and Miss Gilmore. Well done, boys! All the best for the HSC!!! =)
The HSC exam will be held in the first week of SEPTEMBER, so start gearing up, keep practising, and prepare for the HSC performances. All the best of luck for the performances, boys!!!
Music 1: Tuesday 4th of September 1:15pm-3:40pm
Well done on your composition recordings last Friday!
There will be small ensemble performances held on Wednesday 19th of September in the Great Hall from 6pm-7:30pm. All students, staff and parents are welcome!!!
Instrumental tutors have been talking to the music staff and are concerned with some of the boys as they’re not prepared for their lesson .Please remember PRACTICE DAILY, if only for 20 minutes, is required for you to develop your awesome musical skills and make your tutor happy. Practice makes perfect!!!!!!
The 2012 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:
GPS Volleyball Results
*NB: I set the qualification at 4 data points
1st Grade defeated Riverview on Saturday to remain undefeated and defend their “GPS
This Saturday Newington College are hosting a Round Robin “ friendly” to finish off the volleyball season.
High Rugby = High Spirit
Rugby Website: http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/rugby/
High vs Joeys
The fifth GPS game was very competitive for most teams, with the 14s getting a clean sweep. The Opens team found it difficult to match the depth of a strong Joeys program. With two games to go it would be great to see as many people as possible to support the 1st XV in their remaining games.
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/.
1/9/12 vs Scots at McKay and
SBHS Rugby Dinner 2012
Help celebrate another great year of High Rugby
WHEN? Friday 21 September 2012. 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm start.
WHERE? Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School.
WHO? Players, parents, coaches, friends and supporters. Players to wear school uniform. Adults wear smart casual.
WHY? To acknowledge the commitment and achievements of all our players and because friendships made through High Rugby last a lifetime.
COST? $30 per person. Payable to the school office by Monday 17 September.
Maximum seating 220.
The SBHS Rugby Dinner 2012 response form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes
Football: The Onion Bag
Match of the Round
High 13As vs St. Josephs 13As
This week saw High’s future 1st graders attain their first win in the sky blue and brown with a hard-fought win over St Josephs. .
After losing to them convincingly (they might have put seven past us) in the practice match earlier in the season, the 13As put in an inspired performance to record their first win of the season on Saturday with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Joey's. The goal came in the second half from a well-taken penalty from Chris Nguyen, after his earlier goal-bound shot was handled in the box by a Joey's defender.
The game was an even affair. Joey's had chances but Jonathan Zheng, High's custodian, would not be bested, displaying equal measures of courage and skill, protecting the goal like his life depended on it.
It was good to see his hard work pay off: Jonathan has been arriving at matches an hour before kick-off to do goal-keeping training before the rest of the team warms up. Otherwise, it was hard to single out any players in the tremendous team effort: each performing their role for the team. Not only did the boys play some great football, they did themselves and their School proud by displaying great sportsmanship when tested by the increasing frustration that crept into a Joey's team that had been expecting an easy victory.
The result was a great milestone, but in truth it was the culmination of a lot of hard work and
perseverance, and the belief within the team -- founded on improvement week by week -- in the
processes we follow and goals we set for ourselves. On Saturday, August 25th, playing at home on
Mission Field 6, the 13As stood up to be counted.
SBHS Football Dinner 2012
SBHS Football will celebrate the efforts and achievements of our boys as well as acknowledge coaches and supporters at the SBHS Football dinner on Thursday 20th September. .
Players are asked to take responsibility on a team-by-team basis for end-of-season gifts to their team’s coach. Please take the time to do this as the coaching staff put in a fantastic effort each season.
The dinner will be held on Thursday 20th September, in the Great Hall at 5.30pm Vegetarian food will be available.
The cost of the dinner will be $30 per adult and student. Children under 11 yrs old - $15.
Payment for the dinner must be made at the Main Office by Friday 14 September.
The SBHS Football Dinner 2012 response form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes
Debating Dinner 2012
Date: Saturday 8th September, 2012
Tickets available from Front Office
Ticket sales close Wednesday 5th September 2012
Come and watch our coaches as they test out their debating skills in “The Great Debate’!
The Sydney Boys High School Debating Dinner response form is available in the PDF version of edition of High Notes
Open Day 2012
Thursday 6 September