High Notes, Vol 14 No 15, May 24 2013
From the Principal
ICT Support Costs
Our response will be to maintain existing notebooks while implementing support for a BYOD policy, commencing with Year 9 in 2014. Basic specifications for a platform agnostic ICT regime are being canvassed with staff. Using the DEC wireless infrastructure, the school will allow access to a broad range of BYOD to be used in classrooms. Years 7 and 8 students will be invited to bring their own devices but it will be policy only for Year 9 because ICT is already integrated into the curriculum in Year 9. DEC has yet to inform us of their 2014 policies. We will keep you informed of our progress.
To maintain and upgrade our existing ICT services, our budget is $285,000 for 2013. DEC contributes $41,000. Our technology levy is set at $150 (Years 7-9) and $175 (Years 10-12). We are spending $241 per head to support learning. After allowing for the DEC grant, the figure is $206. A conservative estimate of our budget for 2014 is $372,000. The DEC contribution is predicted to be the same for 2014 as for this year. After deducting the DEC grant, we will spend $279 per head. This does not include the cost of allowances in time that are allocated to the Manager of ICT, Mr Prorellis (c$17,500). The programs have to be subsidised from the general service contributions.
In order for us to remain a cutting edge school in technology support for learning, we will have to boost our income stream. The School Council has approved a staged increase in the ‘technology levy’ 2014-2016 to provide the funds necessary. The figures are: 2014 - $225 (Junior School) and $250 (Senior School); 2015 - $250 (Junior School) and $275 (Senior School); 2016 - $275 (Junior School) and $300 (Senior School). I know you will understand the situation and support the plan to keep our school technology up to the standard worthy for our gifted boys.
Half Yearly Reports
The SBHS-SGHS University Information Evening 2013
On Tuesday 28 May, Sydney Boys High School will be once again hosting the SBHS-SGHS University Information Evening. Students will be able to talk to representatives from:
Doors will open at the Great Hall at 6.00pm sharp. The evening runs until 8.00pm.
All Year 12 students are expected to attend.
From the Canteen
Karen’s lovely homemade chicken and corn soup is available again for winter at $3.20 as well as the new Perri Perri wraps at $4.20. Come in and give them a try.
Once again thank you for being a canteen volunteer. ALL canteen profits are returned back to the school to help fund projects and facilities which benefit all of our sons.
Thank you to our volunteers last week.
Educational Access Scheme
Most institutions that participate in the University Admissions Centre (UAC) have an Educational Access Scheme (EAS) for applicants who have experienced long term educational disadvantage. To qualify applicants must demonstrate that their educational performance during Years 11 and 12 or equivalent has been seriously affected by circumstances beyond their choice or control.
Students applying for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) for Universities in 2014 will need to download their booklets and applications forms from the website www.uac.edu.au
If you require a Statement of Support from the school counsellors, your EAS form will need to be
in to them with all required documentation by the beginning of week 8, Term 3. However, a prior
interview is recommended with the counsellors as soon as possible during Term 2. The
responsibility for sending the finalised application to UAC by closing date at end of September
2013 rests with the individual student.
From the Office
Late Arrival & Absence Notes –
All Students and Parents
Please ensure you include your son’s Full Name/ID number/Year & Roll Class when submitting absences, late arrivals or leave applications. Thank you for your cooperation.
Applying for leave of absence
To apply for a leave of absence for your son:
Please return this completed application form to the Principal giving at least four weeks' notice of intended absence.
Debating MIC's Report
It was a nail biting Friday with Year 12 in the Eastside Competition needing to win their debate and hoping for everything else to fall into place so that they got a well-deserved place in the Semis. Thankfully the Year 12 team beat SCEGGS and are through to the Semis against Grammar this week. I advise students to watch this very exciting debate which could see our Year 12s through to the Finals next week.
In addition on Friday our Year 9s were victorious in both competitions. In the FED Semis there was a clear win for High and so we are through to the Finals in two weeks’ time. Well done, boys.
Well done also to the Year 9 Eastside team who were the first team to defeat the Year 9 SCEGGS team on a gender topic: That we should give tax breaks to male dominated industries that employ women. It was a very interesting and, at times, humorous debate
In the PDC the Year 11 team debated against the Year 12 team in the Hume Barbour competition and Year 12 won. This means that the Year 12 team have won this zone of the competition and move forward to compete in a knock-out with other schools in other zones. Years 9 and 10 begin their PDC competitions this week.
This week trials continue. Many Year 8s failed to turn up for their trials. This is disappointing and may lose you an opportunity to trial. You must look at the debating notice board regularly for information.
The Year 10 GPS squad is already sorted. Well done to Antony, Ashwin and Mitchell for their organisation on this. Here is the GPS squad for Year 10, 2013. These eight boys will later form a GPS A and a GPS B team and also form the PDC squad. In alphabetical order:
This week we have Years 7, 8 and 11 going to Semis at FED and Years 8 and 12 in the Eastside
Finals. It is pleasing to see so many teams reaching the Semi Final stage in these early
competitions. Remember we are the only school in these competitions that rotate our students so
we have done really well to have got so far.
Debating Prefect's Report
This week saw some of the most tense debates of the season so far with the Senior A Eastside team needing to win this final round robin debate against a strong SCEGGS outfit to have any hope of having a shot of semis (after some very unlucky decisions going against them).With the odd topic “That all fashion outlets should be forced to sell plus sized clothing”, the team consisting of Wilber Koslowski, Khushaal Vyas, Connor Robinson and Albert Chau found themselves on the negative side of the topic. What proceeded was at times a very humorous yet insightful debate. Strong and convincing speeches from all three speakers saw High emerge as the clear winners of the debate and by 11pm saw Ms Powell send around an excited email informing us we had qualified for the semi-finals! This Friday we debate Sydney Grammar in the semi-final and I encourage particularly the junior debaters to take the time this week and watch these experienced boys speak. There is a lot to be gained and it will be enjoyable!
The Year 11 team for Eastside did a fantastic job in their debate on the same topic but just fell short of a win. Bad luck boys and look towards the next debates!
Earlier in the day the Year 11 and Year 12 teams debated each other in the Hume Barbour competition with the winner progressing to the regional final. On the topic of “There should be a minimum quota for Indigenous Australians for seats in the Senate”. In what was a close and challenging debate, the Year 12 team managed to emerge victorious convincing the audience that a quota was not necessary. A big congratulations to the Year 11 team of Andew Liu, Lokesh Sharma and Tushaar Garg for putting up what was a very high quality debate.
In the FED competition, the Year 9s won their semi-final with a strong performance and now have the chance to win the FED final next Friday. Well done boys and best of luck!
Tip of the Week: Obviously, the prep time you have before a debate is one of the
most significant parts of the debate. It is handy to go in with your team and have a silent
brainstorm for around five minutes and then come together to share your ideas. Often you’ll
be able to gain some of your most insightful and nuanced material in this way.
High Rugby = High Spirit
Please check out the updated Rugby website where all information on Rugby is located. http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/rugby/
High vs St Pius X
The first trial game was very competitive for most teams, with the 13s and 14s getting one win each. The 1st grade team found it difficult to match the game preparation of the Pius boys. The 2nd and 3rd grade teams did very well and were both in the match until the very last play. A huge improvement on the results of last year.
Team of the week – 13Bs – A win in their very first game,
illustrated below by a great try.
Press release from the GPS
For the upcoming 2013 GPS Rugby season, a pilot scheme in which players in the Under 14 age group who weigh 50kg or less, may be allowed to play down an age group.
Players will have to register and weigh in on (June 14) and again on (July 20).
This is an initiative to allow smaller boys to play and enjoy Rugby, an essential principle of GPS sport.
25th of May – Armidale (A)
See you all at training,
Football: The World Game
With the major leagues around Europe wrapping up for the season, it’s time to turn our attention to the games that matter…
NSW CHS Futsal
Congratulations to our under 16s representatives for their silver medal performance at the recent NSW CHS Futsal Regional Championship. It was a tremendous effort from the squad who went through the pool games undefeated to only narrowly lose the final to Emmanuel College. However, the top 2 finish allows them to qualify for the State Championships coming up later this year.
The school was represented by Daniel Arzani, Nader Haidar, Oliver Lethbridge, Jason Lim, Bovan Lin, Adilmorad Nadir, Normorad Nadir, Thomas Nimac, Marcus Plataniotis and Adam Smagarinsky.
Congratulations goes to Arjun Punekar who was selected in the squad to represent the GPS at the upcoming CIS carnival. It is a well-deserved honour for Arjun who not only represents his school every Saturday, but also has club commitments and responsibilities to the Central Coast Mariners Academy.
The opening trial games produced some mixed results across the board. The new Year 7 cohort proved that High Football continues to grow stronger with the As and Bs both producing good wins. The year got off to a flying start, with Gavin Chung (14Cs) scoring the first goal of the season at just 9:04am, but he wasn’t done yet – going on to bag himself a hat trick. Victor Ho (6th XI) also made a habit of finding the net, getting himself 3 goals as well.
The 1st XI were narrowly beaten by last year’s Premiers, but showed enough encouraging signs to hint they might just be a dark horse of the competition this season. With only 4 starting XI players returning from 2012, it is a credit to the team and the coaching staff – led by Mehdi Hazrati – that they are so well prepared this early in the season.
Fixtures – 25th May, 2013
All players must arrive and be ready at least half an hour before the match’s scheduled
kick off time.
The first 5 students who correctly answer all 3 questions [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] goes into the draw for the major prize to be drawn at the End of Season Dinner. Entries to Mr Mulroney in the PDHPE Staffroom.
The volleyball season started strongly at the first NSW All Schools Tournament held on Friday 17th at Olympic Park Sydney with High winning gold medals in every division. First Grade defeated Kelso in the Open Division Final. The 16As defeated Rooty Hills in the Under 16 Final and the 15As defeated Kelso in the Under 15 Final.
At the first GPS Round held the following day at Newington High won all 3 matches. First Grade continued their good form to win in convincing style. Second Grade played well to get over the top of their noisy Newington opponents. The 16As won their match in straight sets.
This Saturday 25 May High is at home to Scots College and our junior teams commence the first round of the junior series against Grammar.
GPS Volleyball Results
First Grade Report
As we arrived at Olympic park, we were astounded by the number of players attending the tournament. With sixteen teams in the open division, we knew that the day would be a long and hard one. Our first game against Rooty Hill went well, beating them in straight sets. After this we played Kelso 2, where our back court combinations worked excellently bouncing many balls in the court, allowing us to win in straight sets. Moving into the quarter finals, we played Pennant Hills who had many representatives at the regional level. Despite this, we were able to reduce unforced errors and maintain good blocking form resulting in a win in straight sets. The semi-final was against Carlingford, who had just barely managed to beat second grade in a nail biting match. Our valiant second grade team had managed to severely tire the Carlingford team, who were unable to perform well under the pressure of two successive matches. In light of this, we were able to win in straight sets. Our final against Kelso was tight. We managed to hold off three successive set points, allowing us to get back on top mentally resulting in our winning of the set. Due to the physical domination at the tail end of the first set, the second set went quicker than expected, resulting in a win in straight sets. Well done to all the boys involved – an excellent way to start the season.
Second Grade Report
The competition at Olympic Park last Friday was met with mixed success by Sydney High’s Open B team. While leading up to the event it was looking as if we would have duties to start, when the draw was released we were actually in the more favourable position of playing a game first and then doing duty. As this was our first time playing properly together as a team, and it being the start of the season, everyone was a bit rough around the edges to start. A few of us, myself included, were also adapting to new positions and the rotations and movement around the court that came with them. While this cost us a few points, our first game against the CSSA composite team resulted in victory, but only by one point. Having won the set 25-20, the buzzer went in the second set signalling the end of the game (with a 45 minute time limit) when we were down 18-22. CSSA therefore won that set, but we won overall on points. It was a close call, but we were happy. Our second game against Dungog High School went more successfully, winning 2-0 before the buzzer with scores of 25-23 and 25-20 for the first and second sets respectively. Although we had won our first two matches, our plays could still use a serious amount of work. This really came through in our third and fourth matches, against Homebush and Carlingford. Homebush was a seasoned team; at every Friday tournament before this it’s been the same group of boys playing. Amazingly after a tight first set we pulled ahead and won 25-23, but in both subsequent sets Homebush achieved a significant lead early on, securing them the victory at two sets to our one. That placed us second in our heat, to play Carlingford in the playoffs to the semi-finals. We weren’t prepared at all for the game that Carlingford brought, being a very well-rounded team. They scrambled well, they made use of the entire net for their attacks and we found it hard to compose ourselves for either a successful defence or offense. Predictably but unfortunately we lost 0-2, placing our team at somewhere between 5th and 8th on the ladder out of 16 teams overall, which was still a satisfying result. I’m sure next time with extra training and team unity as a result of having played together for longer, we’ll achieve a better result. Well done regardless, guys!
Senior Theatresports Report
Jon Freiberg, Wenbo Gong, Derek Sun, Noah Fowler. These boys were ready for their big debut at round one of the 2013 Senior Theatresports Schools Cup. The competition? Macquarie Grammar, International Grammar, Sydney Girls High and The Scots College. Five teams, three go through. For Jon and Wenbo, this was old territory, being seasoned veterans of Theatresports, having joined in 2012. Their teammate Jacky Yu, another experienced player, had been out sick for weeks. MIA. Get well soon. The four teammates would have to go it alone but with each other against the heavyweight champions SGHS and TSC. There would be no mercy. There would be no second chances should they lose. Except actually if they did lose there would be a second chance in the second chance round. A second chance would be exactly what there would be. There would be no third chances. Which means the stakes were high but probably not as high as what they would be if there hadn’t been a second chance on offer. I digress. Round one, begin. One-minute games.
“Commercial” says Jon, echoed by Bridie in confirmation.
In one minute, the boys sell to the audience acid face wash, and score a 9 for their efforts. Definitely a strong start, although unfortunately equalising with IGS and three points short of SGHS and TSC, who both scored 12. Everyone is shocked at the incredible scores after the first round. Round two, and the SBHS team have lost their spot as equal third despite an incredible emotional replay performance of serving food on a plane. They score 11, one point behind IGS after the second round. SGHS and TSC remain neck and neck on 23 each after both scoring 11. IGS on 21, SBHS on 20. It’s still anyone’s game, and the big four of SBHS know this. They vow to do better in the next round, the hardest of them all. Parents tell children of the third round in order to scare them into improvising. The Open Scene. You’re given a two-minute time limit and a title, and a shove into the spotlight. No remorse from the host and/or coach Bridie.
“Vacuum cleaner’s revenge” she says.
And Vacuum cleaner’s revenge they act, starting off slowly and building to the incredibly realistic rendition of Noah actually swallowing Derek whole. The audience laughs, they cry, the time goes by. And when the two-minutes expires, a 12 stands proudly from the judges’ scorecards. The boys had regained their position as equal third with IGS on 32 points, behind SGHS on 34 and Scots on 36.
One round to go, one chance to claim their spot in the undisputed top three in order to make it to round two on the first shot. That’s a lot of ones, twos and threes to keep track of but I’m sure you’ll manage. The four choose an old favourite, Genre rollercoaster. A rollercoaster of genres. Acting out the process of sitting your driver’s license test, hilarity ensues. The scene begins neutral.
“Western!” yells Bridie
The boys quickly respond.
“I’m so glad we’ve arrived at this abandoned shack in the middle of the woods,” says Jon, “Let’s get out of the safety of our cars and empty the gas tanks because we won’t be needing them.”
The boys are unstoppable, unfazeable. They finish the scene. Clapping. A pause. One by one the
judges put up their scorecards. A three, a five, a five. Incredible. Thirteen points with
two 5s to boot, SBHS are blasted into second place on 45 points behind TSC on 49, and ahead of
SGHS on 44, after they scored only 10 in the final round. Victory for the big four, and they are
well deserving of it, being the first team from SBHS to ever make it to the second round of the
Senior Theatresports Schools Cup. Tune in next time, or watch it live at 7pm on Tuesday 18 June
– Saint Ignatius College, Riverview, Lane Cove.
School Championships - Foil
The morning awoke with a slow start as the freshly stirred cars lumbered their way to
Marrickville PCYC from all around Sydney. The earliest students to arrive had time to warm up,
stretch and clear their mind before the battle - after the necessary registration and
bureaucratic processes of course. As it got closer to the start, we rushed our stretches to
ensure no strained leg muscles during the long lunges. The poules were almost ready. A booming
voice came over the resonant space of the PCYC hall to tell us that our battles were decided.
Some of us were lucky to have more balanced poules, whilst others were placed in what are
colloquially termed "death poules". After the bouts, the tree of first direct eliminations was
decided. The best-ranking fencers got through with a bye. The rest fought vigorously to stay in,
against opponents of sizeable power and skill. Those who ranked closer to the middle were
fortunate to be able to fight opponents of similar ability: others were under great pressure to
fight considerably more advanced fencers than them; some came out victorious nonetheless. The 15
point relays of the elimination rounds allowed much more time for consideration and tactical
passivity than the 3-minute bouts in the poules. This resulted in much longer, more interesting
and more dynamic fencing than would be allowed in a clipped 3-minute timespace, bringing out some
great fencing in our boys. This would determine who would get into the second direct elimination,
which decided who would get through to the finals this week. Hayden Raybone was victorious at the
end of the day and will be competing in the finals on Saturday.
ANNUAL MUSIC CAMP 2013
Music camp will be held at Collaroy Centre (Homestead Avenue Collaroy Beach) from Monday-Wednesday (27th - 29th May 2013). Camp Concert at 6pm upon return to school on Wednesday afternoon. Buses will depart from Drivers Ave at 8am on Monday 27thth May, please ensure you are there with your instrument and luggage by 7:45am.
Congratulations to the Senior String Ensemble for their hard work under the directorship of Ms Rebecca Irwin. They performed at the McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod Secondary School String Ensemble section on Monday, the 20th of May and were awarded with a ‘highly commended.’ Well done boys!
AMEB VIOLIN RESULTS
Congratulations to the following boys who completed their AMEB Violin exams.
Anh Nguyen (Yr 8) Preliminary: A
Thanks to Denis Kasza (violin teacher at SBHS) who prepared the boys for the exam. WELL DONE BOYS!!!!!
ENSEMBLES TERM 1
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 left to one or two boys. THANKYOU boys for your co-operation
Remember that ensemble attendance go towards your AWARDS SYSTEM. Rolls are taken and you are only allowed to miss on 2 rehearsals per term!!!
The 2013 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:
From the Andrews Junior Library
NEW RESOURCES OUT LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS
These are the latest new book resources:
(8 additional DVD are also displayed on the newspaper table)
NOT JUST BOOK TITLES ON OASIS
If you get in the habit of looking in your Library Enquiry when you start a new topic you can find related DVD documentaries and DVD lessons (some with references to the W drive), websites and Links for Learning and directions to State Library Databases. Websites are click in, W drive references can be word/title searched by going to the W drive. Library searching is just like googling and OASIS can be searched by subject as well as title and author. Type in a search term and see what you can find. It will be a mixture of websites and DVD’s as well as books.
LIBRARIES THESE DAYS ARE NOT JUST ABOUT BOOKS.
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C.
Joint SGHS-SBHS P&C Meeting
The next P&C General meeting is the joint SGHS-SBHS P&C meeting which will be held Wednesday 19 June at 7:30pm in the Multi-Purpose Hall at Sydney Girls High School. The guest speaker at this year’s joint meeting is Dr Ramesh Manocha who is a practising medico and researcher at the University of New South Wales. Dr Manocha’s main area of research is meditation and its potential application for mental health and wellbeing in schools. Dr Manocha will be speaking on the topic Dealing with Teenage Stress and Enhancing Academic Performance which will deal with the rising tide of mental, social and emotional challenges affecting young people in our increasingly complex world. It will provide accurate information and reliable advice on how to deal with these unprecedented challenges. We look forward to seeing you there.
Please note that this meeting will replace our usual Monday P&C meeting.
Year 7 Information Evening
The Year 7 information evening will be held within the next month prior to the Year 7 Parent Teacher night. This will be an excellent opportunity for our new parents to hear from and engage with the three Year 7 Advisers as well as meeting other parents from their Year group.
Details of the evening will be circulated to parents in the next fortnight. We recommend you make the time to attend if at all possible.
Upcoming Parking Events
We apologise for an error in last week’s High Notes which listed the Music supporters’ group parking for Saturday 25 June. This should have read Saturday 25 May (this coming Saturday).
Parents are reminded of the importance of supporting their sons’ co-curricular activities through these valuable fund-raising activities. New parents are particularly welcome and no experience is necessary. Parking is a great opportunity to meet with other parents and keep up to date with school life.
Please make sure you check with the co-curricular parking co-ordinator to confirm the exact start and finish times for particular events.
Saturday 25 May 7:30pm – Roosters v Storm (Music Supporters Group)
Upcoming Meetings & Events
University Information Evening for Parents and Students: Great Hall – 7:00pm, Tuesday 28 May.
Student Production: Grease
Sydney Boys & Sydney Girls High Schools present
Book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey
Thursday 13 / Friday 14 / Saturday 15
Book Now - Seating is Limited - Don't Miss Out
Venue - Sydney Girls High School - Multipurpose Hall
Cash payments and ticket collections via Sydney Girls High School office before school, recess or
The SBHS and SGHS production of Grease booking form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes