High Notes, Vol 13 No 7, March 16 2012
From the Principal
"Special guest, Alan Skinner (SHS 1959), Head of the River crews, coaches, parents, teachers, students; welcome to our 2012 rowing assembly to introduce and honour those crews who will compete for us at the Head of the River on Saturday.
"There is such a lot of work by so many people to bring the boys in the rowing program to their peak levels of performance. Our Rowing MIC, Julie Blomberg, has again demonstrated great administrative skills and considerable soft skills when managing relationships in the rowing community at High. I thank her for her dedication to the role and her wonderful commitment to the boys and their sport.
"I want to thank Adrian Henning for his work in preparing the fleet, oars and chase boats, straightening out the maintenance routines at the sheds and coaching the first VIII this year. I extend special thanks to Michael Morgan, the legendary GPS coach who has been an inspirational coaching advisor this term. Thank you to Mitch Estens who has brought along the second VIII very impressively. Thank you to Shahar Merom for his coordination of the Year 10 VIIIs and to Gareth Deacon and Adrian Webster who worked well with him. Well done to Thomas Parker for his guidance of the first and second Year 9 quads and to Terence Alfred and Lucas McBeath for their assistance. Our Junior Coordinator, Alexandra Wallace, has brought professionalism and communication skills to the junior program. She has been assisted by a great team of recent Old Boys: Ryan Caetano, Tim Gollan, Pravin Radakrishnan, Alan Low, Hayden Schilling, Isaac Eveleigh, Bach Trang and Koren Fang.
"It is great that the Taree Camp in January has become a fixture on our training calendar. As usual, the Rowing program owes a great deal to the efforts of the Rowing Committee, in particular Craig Phillis as President. Kim Jones, Nada Andrews, Rick Wilcox, Helen Montanaro and Sachi Purcal, have given much of their time to help the rowing program – thank you all. Geoff Andrews, as both Rowing Committee member and Foundation Chairman, has devoted many hours of his time again this season.
"This year we have tried to up the level of professionalism and discipline in the rowing program. There are more rowers joining the sport and our challenge is to hold them all through their final years at school. To sustain our more structured and professional model for coaching, management and maintenance we will need ongoing support from parents and Old Boys. Most importantly, we will need to build our intensity on and off the water so that we can start emulating the numbers coming from other rowing programs that we want to compete with.
"The first goal for the first VIII at the Head of the River this Saturday is to better High’s 13-year average of 6:23.4. The second goal is to beat 6:20. If you followed Ron Barassi’s AFL dictum of the 6000 second game plan, you would make 220 strokes at 35 per minute or 5 sets of 11 strokes repeated 4 times. Each iteration of the plan breaks the task down into moments for focussed action – the next stroke. The third tier goal is to go for the margin of excellence, set at 5% longer than the winner’s time. On average this would be 6:14.5. High crews achieved this goal in 1999 and 2005. For the 2nd VIII, it would be a fine effort to row faster than the winner’s time + 7.8%. The first Year 10 VIII needs to beat + 8.2% and the second Year 10 VIII, 10.7%.The school has only boated a third Year 10 VIII twice before, so + 7.8% is the target. What we need from you all is to focus and suffer pain beyond your accustomed threshold.
"The great Olympian, Edwin Flack, won gold medals in the 800 and 1500 metres at Athens in 1896. He had nothing to prove and had not run more than ten miles before, but he entered the marathon – from Marathon to Athens. He recalled that “it was very disappointing to give in after twenty three miles and with just three miles to go. However, I was awfully done up and could not have run another 100 yards to save my life. As it was I should have fallen from exhaustion if some of the bystanders had not caught me...” On Saturday we want you all to see yourselves as Edwin Flack’s neophytes and give everything you have for your place in our rowing history. Row together right to the end and do so with the greatest intensity that you can muster, oblivious to your suffering. If you do it as a crew, you will assuredly reach one or more of your goals.
"Congratulations to all crews selected to represent High. Good luck tomorrow! "
Head of the River
Die Deutsche Frage – Teil 2
Teil 1 war : Blut wo??
Frau St Leon
Year 10 Community Service Project
Using funds raised by Year 10 students from Sydney Boys High School a school band was set up at Kahawa Rathanasara Maha Vidyalaya [a tsunami damaged school in Sri Lanka], with the approval of the Principals of both schools. Funds were provided for musical instruments, uniforms and an ongoing salary for a Performing Arts Teacher
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Academic Merit Lists - Semester 2 2011
Congratulations to the following boys whose excellent academic achievements in Semester 2 2011 are recognised.
Year 12 Academic Merit
Year 11 Academic Merit
Year 10 Academic Merit
Year 9 Academic Merit
Year 8 Academic Merit
Year 7 Academic Merit
From the Canteen
Forks are provided free of charge with meal purchases from the canteen. If you require a fork only, there is a cost of 5c.
$10 canteen voucher winners…
This month we have two winners, The Winners are…..
Thanks to our volunteers last week.
We are already into Week four of the Debating Year and everything is moving at a fast pace and everyone is well into the swing of things. You should be now receiving invoices for your co-payments. Please make sure you pay them as quickly as possible please. This money is used to fund the coaching programme and this year we have made coaching classes as small as possible with about 10 students in each group – much lower than last year. We have managed to do this whilst having an increase in students of 70 from last year and so we obviously need the co-payments to help fund this. In addition the co-payments are used to pay our entry fees to competitions and to help pay for one-off opportunities for students over and above the usual competitions.
Coaching is going really well and we have the added benefit of Head Coach, Sriram, who has helped coordinate a debating program with forward planning for the year and across Year groups. I am very grateful to the 18 coaches we have at High who are extremely experienced debaters and who are working really hard to get the best results we can this year.
I am pleased with the number of students and parents who have signed up for debating, but am
regularly surprised by how many debating families still don’t know about the email system
we have to keep in touch about weekly events. Please make sure one person in your family sends me
an email with the name and Year group of the student who debates so I can add you to the contact
list. This way you will be kept up to date with key information and be able to take part in any
events that occur throughout the year.
Debating Prefect’s Report
Our promising start to the season continued with more great results in round 2 of the Eastside
and FED competitions, against Reddam and Joeys respectively. With the topic area of social
policy, our Years 7 and 8 teams both continued their strong start to the season by beating
Reddam, though unfortunately our Years 9 and 10 teams lost in close decisions. Our Years 11 and
12 teams both managed to win on the topic that "Australia should introduce compulsory 12 month
paid parental leave" and so both remain undefeated thus far. However the standout of the week
would have to be our FED teams. Given the strangest list of topics I've ever seen for "current
affairs" (evidently set by someone who reads only half the newspaper, starting from the back),
all our teams manage to win against Joeys debating a range of sport based topics. Great results
Debating Club meets every Friday lunchtime. The Debating Cub has had a good many members who join
but only 2 or 3 students attend regularly at the moment. This is a real shame since this is
really vital to you if you are serious about doing Debating. The Debating Prefect, Christopher
Chiam, Ms Powell and I all highly encourage you to join to improve your skills. The club is only
open to Years 7 and 8 so it is for you if you wish to be better than your peers in Debating.
Christopher personally coaches those who turn up and he has more Senior volunteers who are
willing to help out by giving us the benefit of their knowledge and experience. There are many
benefits if you join so please talk to Ms Powell, Christopher or me if you are interested and
want to join or to get more details. Hope to see you in the Club!
More information can be found at www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating and will be emailed to
you on a weekly basis.
Thank you to all the parents and students who came along and parked cars last Saturday after the Head of the River. Your enormous effort and time helped raise much needed funds for the Music Performance Program.
Music Performance Program
Students in the Music Performance Program: ALL Music Ensembles are now up and running, please ensure that you are attending the appropriate Ensembles as 80% attendance to rehearsals is required for Award Scheme points.
The 2012 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:
The Marching Band will be playing in the Sydney City March on ANZAC Day in 2012.
Anzac Day Marching Band Holiday Rehearsals
Marching Band holiday rehearsal will held in the 2nd week of the holidays on Thursday 19th April 2012 from 10am-1pm with a break in between. ALL students in the Intermediate and Senior Concert Band are required to attend, please let the Music Staff know if there are any concerns.
Annual Music Camp
The Annual Music Camp will be held at The Tops Conference Centre, Stanwell Tops this year from Monday-Wednesday (28th - 30th May 2012). We invite ALL students in the Music Performance Program to attend the 3-day camp. Music Staff and instrumental tutors will rehearse new repertoire that will be performed at the Camp Concert upon return to school Wednesday afternoon. Please collect a note from the Music Staff if you have not yet received one and make payments to the Main Office.
This was a formal school occasion where the Captain of Boats, Andreas Purcal introduced the 2012 AAGPS Head of the River crews to the assembly. Andreas also outlined the season preparation for the prestigious regatta, and rallied the rowers with a heartfelt warcry. The assembly welcomed guest speaker, Alan Skinner (1959) who spoke of the similar dedication and extreme effort needed to gain outstanding results in the HSC and the Head of the River.
Head of the River
Once again, a large crowd of High students, parents, Old Boys and supporters turned up to cheer on the crews at the AAGPS Regatta on Saturday. Our First VIII were closer to the pack than in previous years, and showed some improvement, but we still have a way to go before becoming competitive. Congratulations to every boy who rowed for High, and I hope the experience becomes a positive memory.
Head of the River Post Party/Presentation
Back at the sheds after HOR, the rowers, coaches, parents and supporters enjoyed the camaraderie at the sheds with the traditional after party, presentation, and the cutting of the cake. Trophies were awarded to –
NSW Combined High Schools Championship Regatta
Unfortunately this regatta has been cancelled due to the Nepean River conditions caused by the recent flooding. A team of 60 rowers was to represent Sydney High in this regatta on the weekend.
Clean Up Working Bee
Saturday 17th March 2012
As CHS has been cancelled, we are having our ‘clean up the sheds’ a week early.
On Saturday, all Year 8 and Year 9 rowers will be rowing with SGHS at Hen & Chicken Bay, and need to be at the sheds by 8am.
All Year 10 and senior rowers may have a row, followed by a clean out of the boatshed, the weights room and the dormitory. The committee is asking parents to help clean throughout all areas of the sheds from 8am – the upstairs rooms, the kitchen, the dining room, the storerooms and the barbecue area. There will be area leaders and all cleaning products, buckets, cloths etc will be supplied. Many hands make light work, and it is enjoyable cleaning with others, so please come along with your son to help.
Annual Cross Country Carnival
1.15 - 3.00 pm
Parents: Your son will be dismissed earlier than usual on Tuesday 20th March, 2012
1.25 pm 17+ & OPENS 3 km 3 Loops 1.40 pm 16 years 3 km 3 Loops 1.55 pm 15 years 3 km 3 Loops 2.10 pm 14 years 2 km 2 Loops 2.20 pm 13 years 2 km 2 Loops 2.30 pm 12 years 2 km 2 Loops
In the Swim
This is based on best times and the best 2/3 performances are selected at a GPS Meeting. So if you are placing 1/2/3rd you could/should be selected. GPS PERFORMANCE NOT GREAT BUT INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE IS FANTASTIC
As High is not really in contention for a good GPS Team result, swimmers need to concentrate on individual performances where High’s swimmers are succeeding. (See highlighted GPS placings on R Drive/sport/swimming/GPS results) The GPS Pointscore has just come in. Juniors - High is in 6th place. Intermediate – High is in 4th place (Wow!!) within 3 points of Newington! Seniors - High is in 8th place
Best of the Best
Kevin Guo – 13 – Breaststroke all distances
ALL HIGHLIGHTED SWIMMERS (GPS RESULTS - R DRIVE) HAVE PLACED AND ARE IN CONTENTION
R DRIVE – PARENTS & SWIMMERS NOTE
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WHOLE SQUAD ON GREAT SWIMS NOT MENTIONED HERE –
Massaging your results to tell you how the squad is performing is very time consuming and Mrs Crothers is very grateful to Darren Huang – Year 7, Daniel Hu - Year 7 and Hubert Suen - Year 12 who are making up lists and assisting. She is looking forward to James Chee putting Carnival results into High Notes.
Swimmers will find an individual Excel result sheet for each swimmer to fill in on the R Drive.
After each Carnival put in your events then add a row if you swim this event again. Use”
highlight” to indicate 1/2/3 placings please.
GPS sports competition is very demanding on people and resources. At High we have ongoing needs for facilities development, equipment and development through expert coaching. If you would like to help through a tax deductible donation for a particular sport, the appropriate form can be posted to you by calling 9361 6910. Alternatively, you can go to our website www.sydneyboyshigh.com click on Sport /Sports Donations to download either Development Donation Form or Equipment and Facility Donation Form.
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
Big Night Out 2012
5.00pm Sunday 1st April
Don’t delay- organise to pick up your tickets NOW from the General Office
$20 per head or $25 at the door
Choice of three courses from the following:
SENSATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP
BYO or we will have soft drinks, beer & wine available for purchase on the night
Upcoming Parking Events
Saturday 17 March 7:40pm – Waratahs v Western Force (Rugby)
Upcoming Meetings & Events
P & C General Meeting: Staff Common Room – 7:00pm, Wednesday 21
Big Night Out 2012
Sydney Boys High School P&C presents
Big Night Out