High Notes, Vol 14 No 12, May 03 2013

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From the Principal

Welcome back
After great weather during the break we welcome back staff and students to term 2. This is the examination and reporting term and gets busy very quickly. Year 12 exams are followed by assessment weeks for all other years. We celebrate athletics at the GPS carnival on May 11. After that, winter season sports are in full swing. I hope everyone has a very busy, productive and enjoyable term.

High Talent
Congratulations to Connor Robinson who won best speaker at the Commonwealth Day Debate. Well done to our CIS swimming representatives: Darren Chien (12), Leonard Mah & Kazuo Nakamura (10), Christian Haddo (9), Kevin Guo (8) and Allen Guo & Brandon Yoon (7). Congratulations to Thomas Hughes (12) who was selected in the CIS rugby league team.  Ivor Metcalf was successful in winning a bronze medal in the 110m hurdles at the Australian Junior Championships held in Perth.  Well done Ivor.

Staff Changes
Owen The (SBHS 2001) has been appointed as Science Teacher, replacing Brian Webb. We welcome Owen back to High. Mr Crouch’s position in Music was abolished. Ms Lim, Ms Miller and Ms Kim are our music teachers for the remainder of 2013. Ms Jacqui Chen has been appointed as a Mathematics Teacher, replacing Chris Kourtesis. She will take up the position full time in January, 2014. Ms Jessica Millar is replacing John Dunne in mathematics.

The NAPLAN 2013 Information for Parents brochure is now available (http://www.nap.edu.au/verve/_resources/NAPLAN_2013_Parents_Brochure.pdf).

"The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an annual event for schools since 2008. On Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May, students will take the 2013 NAPLAN tests.

"NAPLAN assesses skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time, through the school curriculum. NAPLAN is not a pass or fail type test, but rather shows how students are progressing in numeracy and literacy skills against national standards for all Australia children.

"NAPLAN tests fundamental skills rather than specific content, and as such is not a test for which students can study or drill. The best way you can help your child prepare for NAPLAN is to let them know that NAPLAN is just one part of their school program, and to urge them to simply do the best they can on the day. The use of services by coaching providers is not recommended.

"An individual student NAPLAN report will be issued by the school later this year. Parents can use this information to monitor how their child is progressing and to identify any areas of concern. Parents may also wish to use their child’s results to discuss progress with teachers. More information is available at www.nap.edu.au."

Staff Development Days
The first two days of term were dedicated to staff development. Douglas Barton, founder of Elevate Education ran through the programs that his staff deliver to our students in Year 11 and to nominated academic support students in other years. There were sessions on ; underachievement, Bring Your Own Device planning; MySchool and NAPLAN comparisons; the Emergency Management Plan; asthma Awareness / Epipens; and a report from our ADCO - the antidiscrimination staff representative. Day two was devoted to preparing for the implementation of the National Curriculum.

Light Rail Proposal Forum
There was a very well attended public meeting in the Great Hall during the holidays on the NSW Government’s Light Rail proposal. For SBHS and SGHS, there will be a stop on Anzac Parade, with a ten minute trip to Central. The capacity of the network is estimated at 9,000 passengers per hour. The route was the most controversial component of what would obviously be a great boost for public transport. For us, it appears to cut Moore Park West in half, turning sharply to the left just past gate 10, continuing across the park and joining with Devonshire Street. Community input will be sought during the planning phase. Completion estimates are 5-6 years commencing in 2014. If you have opinions on the project that you would like to express, call 1800684490 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Locally Selected Class Proposal
High relies heavily on the participation of students and parents. Most active parents at our school live locally. Many suitable students for High live locally but for various reasons are not selected or choose not to accept offers. The proposal to select one Year 7 class using our established local selection process (used to fill vacancies in Years 8-12) was sent to the School Education Director, the Director of Business Services and the Minister of Education. Essentially, the idea is that 150 year 7 students would be selected and enrol in High in the usual way and 30 additional students would be chosen by our Selection Committee. Preference would be given to students residing within a 5 kilometre radius of the school. For comparison purposes applicants would be required to produce a standardised test result – SSET or ACER scholarship test – before final offers were made. Alternatively, an entrance test for applicants could be administered at High after the SSET for applicants who had not sat for the test. The Selection Committee would be guided by a comparative cut-off score for standardised tests to preserve the ethos of the school as a provider of cutting edge gifted education. The proposal can be read on the School Administrative Documents section of the Parent Portal. I welcome your feedback.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Welcome back to the busiest term on the debating calendar. This is the term where we reach the finals in Eastside and FED, but more importantly it is team selection for GPS squads and (in Years 7-10) Premier’s Debating Challenge teams. Unlike in the other competitions where we have no set teams and there are opportunities for everyone to debate, in GPS and PDC the teams are set.

In order to choose our teams we suspend coaching for a  number of weeks ( time and length will vary depending on the year group) and students will be given a time to come and prepare for a debate which they will then take part in in front of a panel of coaches who will be ranking students on debating abilities.

You may be a student  who enjoys coming to the coaching sessions in order to develop your debating skills because you understand how that helps you achieve better results in all areas of school and life in the future. You may not want to try out for GPS and that is perfectly ok. You will not attend coaching whilst the trials are on.

It is very important that students read the Daily Notices, the debating board, the debating email and listen carefully to their coach over the next few weeks so that they know when try outs are and to ensure they have a spot – if they want one.

Once try outs are finished and teams are selected there will be changes in coaching groups as GPS and PDC debaters will be with: Dom, Nina, Anthony, Nakul, Angud, Justin.

This week we have two debates at Home: Eastside is against SGHS (who are having a very successful run in the competition). These would be great debates to watch and I encourage students to be part of the audiences. FED is against Barker. Please can I remind debaters and chair people to bring food for supper and for parents to help out with supper preparation, and even more importantly, the clean up afterwards.

Finally can I remind students that award scheme points for debating are awarded AT THE END OF TERM 3 and are only given to students who attended coaching on a regular basis and have exhibited good behaviour throughout the three terms.  If I have to talk to boys about poor behaviour on more than one occasion they will be asked to leave the debating program and there will be NO REFUND of co-payments.

Each week I send out an email to debating families.  In order to receive this email please send me an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please tell me your name and year group or your son’s name and year group and I will add you to the contact list. 
Rachel Powell
MIC Debating

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Zambia/Botswana Expedition Meeting

 Thursday 9 May 3.30

All interested Y9 and Y10 students are encouraged to attend a follow-up meeting in the Staff Common Room 3.30-5.30 on Thursday, 9 May.  Students that weren’t present at the initial meeting in Term 1 should be sure not to miss this one.  There are only a few spots available for this expedition, which departs after Christmas 2014 and returns late January 2015.   Parents are invited to the informal question/information session at 5.15.      
J Phillipson

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SBHS Rugby

High Rugby = High Spirit           

A new era at SBHS Rugby
Please check out the updated Rugby website where all information on Rugby is located.  http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/rugby/

Fixtures list for Rugby 2013

18 May ST.PIUS vs HIGH (A) 3 Aug HIGH vs NEWINGTON (H)
25 May ARMIDALE vs HIGH (A) 27 Jul HIGH vs KINGS (H)
1 Jun GRAMMAR vs HIGH (A) 10 Aug SHORE vs HIGH (A)
15 Jun RIVERVIEW vs HIGH (A) 24 Aug BYE
19-21 June MELBOURNE vs HIGH (A) 16s Only 31 Aug HIGH vs GRAMMAR (H)

Expectations of all Rugby players:

  •  Attend a minimum of 3 Rugby training sessions a week as per the age group training schedule. An additional Strength and Conditioning training is also recommended. Strength and Conditioning training occurs Monday - Thursday morning 7.00 – 8.45am or Tuesday afternoon 3.30 – 5.00pm.
  • Rugby players come to training prepared to train (i.e. have correct gear - Mouthguards, boots, socks, shorts, jumpers).
  •  Represent the school displaying a willingness to perform well and with sportsmanship.
  •  As per the ‘Sports Policy’, students who enrol in Rugby are expected to attend all training sessions and Saturday games. Students are to report their Saturday absence through ‘Student Portal’ and follow this up with a signed parental note explaining the absence by 9am sharp on Monday morning. If students miss a training session they must bring a note to the box outside Mr Pavone’s office. Failure to do so will incur detention consequences.

I hope to see you all at training
Mr G Barris
MIC Rugby

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From the PDHPE department

During Term 1 the following boys had perfect skill assessment. They completed the task error-free in the time indicated. At the same time a number of boys improved on their previous assessment by a significant score. Congratulations to all these students.
G Stein

PDHPE Sport Skill Assessment Perfect Scores 2013

Year Basketball Cricket Rugby Soccer
    10   18 sec: Bailey Musilin
20 sec:
Daniel Haslam
21 sec:
Daniel Ahn, Noah Fowler
22 sec:
Boris Amronin, Garry Chen, Chen Hua Jiang, Mathew Ng, Carl Yang, Carl Yi Wang, Shuxiang Wang, Jonathon Wu
23 sec:
Li Fang Chen
24 sec:
Kevin Liang, Beisi Zhao
25 sec:
Ian Chang, Keith Li Chambers, Leonard Mah, Andrew Nam, Tyson Zhang
    20 sec: Adilmorad Nadir, James Tinker
22 Sec:
Anthony Wu
23 sec:
Shaleen Baranwal
25 sec:
Vishnu Avudainayagam
26 Sec:
Richard Li, Jeremy Yang    
    9   23 sec: Anthony Chen, Marvin Yu
24 sec:
Aidan Karahasan, Adam Smararinsky, Gordon Yuan
25 sec:
James Lin, Adam McCaffrey, Albert Yang
21 sec: Christian Haddo
22 sec:
Liam Jepson
23 sec:
Thomas Nimac, Luke Schofield
24 sec:
Arunen Paraparan  
  8 25 sec: Corey Won
26 sec:
Sadin Afsar, Raymond Huang
27 sec:
Adam He, Jonathan Zheng
24 sec: Sandeep Senthilrajan    
  7 26 sec: Archie Fox
27 sec:
Rakin Rahman
25 sec: Ang Li
26 sec:
Michael Qiao,

PDHPE Sport Skill Assessment Improved Performers 2013

Year Basketball Cricket Rugby Soccer
  10 Garry Bai, James Chee, Nicholas Phillis, Carl Yang     Sudarshan Arvind, Hideyoshi Cheong, Aashray Narula, Ben Nguyen
      9 Stuart Benjamin, Raphin Hossain, Kai Matsumoto, Harry Park, Ryan Sun, Joshua Tiong, Daniel Wang, Luke Ze Tao   Manning Blackall, Joshua Chin, Liam Jepson, Akash Kiran, Nicholas Lee, Yousheng Li, Benny Liang, Raymond Mo, Andy Pan, Arunen Paraparan, Julian Tu, Anthony Zhang      
    8   Sadin Afsar, Kevin Chung, Hyo-yoong Jeon, Adam He, James Li, Chenhao Lu, Tom McGrath, Udayveer Singh, Harin Soni, Jonathan Tran, Anthony Xiao, Jimmy Yip, Jeffrey Sung Sanishka Balasppriya, Daniel Fan, Jason Feng, Terrence Feng, Darren Fung, Anthony He, Jason Huo, Jun  Kurosawa, Andrew Li, Shang Lin, William Lin, John Pham, Michael Qiao, Nathan Wong, Darren Xian    


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