High Notes, Vol 13 No 39, December 07 2012
From the Principal
The Governors Centre Project
Capital Programs 2012
The Sydney Boys High School Public Library Fund
This tax deductible fund is a great way for parents to contribute to the research, study and
computer access time that their sons enjoy. It would be very helpful if a higher percentage of
parents contributed to this very important educational benefit.
Cartoons and Continental Frankfurts
On Friday, November 30, Year 9 and 10 German went on an excursion to the Goethe Institute (which qualified for the intellectual part of the exercise) and then to a restaurant (brains need food - the other one!).
Together with Ms Cook’s French classes we set off – in the wrong direction – and after having circumnavigated MPE, Perry was heard to ask: Isn’t this where we came from? After that it was plain sailing to Ocean St in Woollahra, the location of the GI. Once upstairs in the Reading Room the work-sheets were greeted with: “Do we have to?” “ Ja!”, “Are one-word answers enough?” “Nein!” The boys quickly gravitated to the colourful cartoons, depicting historical, social and cultural events – and there were no more grumblings about the work-sheets.
Then we got a big surprise: Michael, the major domo of the GI appeared with a large box – which contained “Brezeln” (real German ones – note the size on the picture). These were a huge success with the boys – all of whom I had to remind that we were going to have lunch later on.
By train we went from Edgecliff to Bondi Junction (und wir sind schwarz gefahren!) and walked to
“The Heart of Europe” Café. The Frankfurts, Kartoffelsalat, Gulasch und
Spätzle and for dessert the Apfelstrudel were delicious – but challenging! Even Sagar
eventually gave up after having finished off a couple of desserts of boys with limited capacity.
Fortunately nobody suffered any ill effects on the trip back into the city (as above!). The
people at the GI as well as the owners of the Café complimented me on the behaviour of
“my boys” – and I was very proud of their neat appearance and manners. (And now
for the commercial plug – do visit the Café in Bronte Rd – their food and
cakes are worth it – just ask Garwerd, Mischa, Adilmorad, Aashray, Carl, Jonathan, Tom,
Aaron H., Anes, Kenneth, Ivaylo, Sagar, Perry and Aaron W.)
Blood Donors Wanted
From the High Store
Year 9 Students Senior Uniform
Purchase your senior uniform NOW to avoid long queues.
Senior Tie $28.50
SBHS Borrowed/Loaned Instruments
All borrowed/loaned instruments that belong to the school are to be brought back no later than this Friday 7/12/12 for stocktaking.
Tuesday 3:30-4:30pm (Great Hall)
Boys who do not attend Marching Band Rehearsals will not get their Award Scheme points for 2013.
All ensembles next year will commence Term 1 Week 2
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. (unless stated otherwise). 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! Please remember PRACTICE DAILY, if only for 20 minutes is required for you to develop your awesome musical skills and make your music tutor happy. Practice makes PERFECT!!!!!
The 2012 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:
‘Lord of the Flies’ Production
Year 10 Drama Presents12/12/12
|School 1st Eight||1400m||5th||5.15.65|
|School 2nd Eight||1400m||3rd||5.29.13|
|School 1st Four||1400m||5th||7.02.51|
|Year 10 1st Eight||1400m||3rd||5.06.21|
|Year 10 2nd Eight||1400m||2nd||5.09.08|
|Year 9 1st Quad||1400m||4th||5.25.44|
|Year 9 2nd Quad||1400m||3rd||5.16.08|
|Year 9 3rd Quad||1400m||DNF|
|Year 9 4th Quad||1400m||5th||6.34.56|
|Year 9 5th Quad||1400m||DNS|
Y9 Quads Development Camp
The camp last Friday night was well attended with guest coaches and speakers. The boys had a Friday afternoon row and were at the sheds ready for the Riverview Regatta on the Saturday morning. The camp was a good introduction to the routine and structure of rowing camps with senior rowers helping. It was also a good introduction to camp duties for the parents, which they found pleasant and rewarding. Thank you to those parents.
- Friday 14 December – Year 8 Quads camp
- Saturday 15 December – SHS Shed Race. This is our end of year event at the High Sheds. All crews compete in the handicapped ‘Shed Race’ with the finish line in front of our shed. All parents are invited, with a barbecue brunch served for all rowers and families to enjoy under the marquees by the river.
High vs Joeys
|1st Grade||Result||2nd Grade||Result|
|D1||1 + 2||W 6-1 6-2||1 + 3||L 5-7 2-6|
|D2||3 + 4||L 6-7 4-6||2 + 5||L 2-6 1-6|
|D3||5 + 6||W 6-4 6-2||3 + 6||L 2-6 0-6|
|S1||Brian Tran||W 6-0 6-0||Carl Yang||L 0-6 4-6|
|S2||Patrick Rynsaardt||W 6-0 6-2||Richard Hao||L 3-6 2-6|
|S3||Frank Zhang||L 6-4 1-6 3-6||Ian Li||L 3-6 2-6|
|S4||Adam Smagarinsky||W 6-2 6-2||Calvin Zhou||L 4-6 1-6|
|S5||Josh Sangueza||L 4-6 2-6||Ryo Kawahashi||L 4-6 4-6|
|S6||Eddy Wang||L 6-0 2-6 2-6||James Lian||L 1-6 1-6|
After a strong trial season that resulted in a 3rd place finishing, 1st grade headed into the first rubber of the season against Joeys with high hopes looking to replicate our impressive win over them earlier this term. It was definitely a tough day of tennis for both teams in the hot and humid conditions. The day started off well with High winning 2 of the 3 doubles. Number 1 doubles, Brian and Pat comfortably dispatched their opponents 6-1 6-2. In the number 2 doubles, Frank and Adam played a tight first set and almost completed a miraculous comeback from 0-5 down in the second set, only to fall short going down 6-7 4-6. Number 3 doubles, Josh and Eddy continued to play well together completing another win, 6-4 6-2. In the singles, Brian demolished his opponent with a ‘double bagel’ scoreline 6-0 6-0. Patrick continued his excellent form this term with another comfortable win 6-0 6-2. In the number 3 singles, Frank was unable to capitalise on good play in the first set to go down in his second consecutive 3 set match 6-4 1-6 3-6. Adam played extremely well in all aspects of his game to win in straight sets 6-2 6-2. In the number 5 singles, Josh was unable to overcome a quality opponent going down 4-6 2-6. Eddy was making quick work of his opponent leading 6-0 2-0, however a lapse of concentration and momentum in the match ultimately cost him the match in 3 sets, 6-0 2-6 2-6. The final result, High luckily walking away with the 3 bonus point s with the scoreline 8 matches to 4. Despite the win, it was a disappointment for the boys as we were unable to replicate a much better performance shown in the trial rubber against Joeys. The boys will now turn their attention to holiday training sessions and the Australian Open camp in order to prepare for the fixtures starting early in term 1.
Second grade headed to Joeys for the first match of the GPS season. In very hot and humid conditions, High played disappointingly and were unable to improve on our trial season results. The number one doubles of Carl and Ian had a strong start but inconsistent serving and lack of pressure at the net cost the first and second sets. Number two doubles of Richard and Ryo played a strong pair of opponents but handed too many free points, going down 2-6 1-6. Number three doubles of Calvin and James were outclassed by their opponents, losing 2-6 0-6. In the singles, Carl played well against his opponent after a weak start, the second set a tight affair which he narrowly lost 4-6. Richard performed strongly in his match but was unable to finish off points, going down 3-6 2-6. Ian was unable to put pressure on his tired opponent in the first set and played inconsistently in the second, losing 3-6 2-6. Calvin started off well and pushed his opponent in the first, but lost the intensity in the second, going down 4-6 1-6. Ryo performed very well despite his fatigue, playing two very close sets and was unlucky to lose them both 4-6. James struggled against his solid opponent, going down 1-6 1-6. After our disappointing performance, the team will be working hard through the holidays to prepare for our next rubber.
3rd & 4th Grade
After a successful trial season, we headed into the first game of the GPS season against a strong St Joseph’s side with high hopes. However, the erratic weather was not on our side, with the matches starting well after the scheduled time due to the rain. 3rds were overmatched in the doubles, despite consistent hitting and a great display of High Spirit, with the Dominic-James pair going down in a tight 4-6 match. The singles gave us more promising results, with both Andrew Cheung and Edward Zhang playing strong tennis after being behind, despite not sealing victories in 3-6 and 4-6 losses respectively. 4th grade maintained their undefeated streak into the GPS season, with both doubles winning 6-4 in convincing style. They carried their momentum into the singles with numerous closely contested matches. However, it was William Wu who was on top with a dominant 6-3 victory. Well done, boys. Keep up the great work!
5th & 6th Grade
Tennis at St Joseph’s last Saturday was an incredible challenge for all of our players, facing an average of 30-degree heat and very high humidity for the duration of the day. Starting earlier than usual, 5ths and 6ths had the comfort of cloud cover to begin with, albeit still with high humidity, but as the day progressed and it got closer to midday the clouds disappeared and the sun was brutal. As a result, many of the 5ths and 6ths games were lost, but with a few exceptions, including myself and Julian Tang- who replaced Jason Garrett in 6ths for the day due to an injury - and won 6-1. Playing doubles and singles back to back for almost two hours; by the end of my matches I was completely exhausted. My energy in the last few games was at its lowest, with both myself and my opponent only managing to loop it back to the other side. Had we had the energy, a single well-placed shot with enough power would have won the game significantly earlier, but as it was it ended in victory for me at 6-4, and a very long match.
In hot and humid weather, the 16s tennis team hosted Saint Joseph’s College for the first round of the 2013 AAGPS tennis season. We were anticipating a good start to the day with dominating doubles performances. Unfortunately, this proved not to be the case with none of the doubles in the As being won. However, as we progressed into the singles matches, the team found something special to win three of the four matches, all in very impressive styles. A1 showed exceptional skill to come back from 5-2 down and win the set 6-5 (8-6). Overall, the As drew three sets all with Saint Joseph’s. Hopefully, we can take all of our trial experience into term 1 of 2013.
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C.
P&C Thank You Party
This year’s P&C Thank You Party will be held in the Great Hall on Monday 17 December at 6:30pm to 9:00pm.
There are a large number of parents and staff at High who contribute in a multitude of ways to the school throughout the year. The P&C would like to acknowledge these invaluable contributions and the P&C Thank You Party is one way we can do this. We would ask anyone in the school family that has helped out in any way this year (whether at a Parking event, Open Day, Orientation Day, manning the barbecue or the door, helping at the canteen, catering and cleaning up or one of the myriad other ways which keep the ship afloat) to come along and share a light supper, refreshments, some pleasant conversation, and let us say “thank you” to you and your partners. We look forward to seeing you there.
Upcoming Meetings and Events
Rowing – Shed Race, Family Regatta and barbecue – Saturday 15 December – Outterside Centre
Rifle Luncheon 2012
Sydney High End of Season Rifle Luncheon 2012
Please come along to celebrate a great year for High Rifle Shooting
And 1st Grade becoming GPS Co-Premiers
WHEN? Sunday, 16th December 2012, 12:30pm
WHERE? The Great Hall, SBHS
WHO? Rifle Students (compulsory) , parents, coaches and supporters Dress-Full school uniform for students, smart casual for visitors
WHY? To acknowledge the commitment and achievements of all our shooters and support staff.
COST? $38/person. Payable to the school office by Friday 7th December.
The RSVP form for the Sydney High End of Season Rifle Luncheon 2012 is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes