High Notes, Vol 14 No 17, June 07 2013
From the Principal
Tax Time and the Governors Centre Project
Reports and Parent Teacher Nights
Grease is the word!
Painting and carpeting
Years 9 and 12
will take place on
Years 7 and 11
will take place on
Years 8 and 10
will take place on
Booking interviews with your son’s teachers
This year we will again use a web based electronic scheduling system for arranging interviews. This produces better results for all participants, especially more compact time schedules for both parents and teachers. The system works as follows –
Mr R Dowdell
It was a wonderful end to the Eastside season with a lot of support for our boys. Thank you so much to everyone who helped out to make the evening a success.
Many congratulations to the Year 8s who narrowly missed out on gaining the title, but have debated marvellously throughout the season.
Many congratulations to the Year 12s ( Wilber, Khushaal, Connor and Albert) who gained a well-deserved win and kept the Year 12 Eastside title for the fifth year running.
In FED the Year 9s were able to win the title. Very well done to Max, Arthur, Thomas S and Thomas N.
Unfortunately the Year 11s and Year 8s were unlucky this time. However, with teams that have rotated throughout the season we have done REALLY well. You should be very proud, boys. Any boy that debated in the FED competition in these Years has done well.
This week we can breathe a temporary sigh of relief as the after school competitions have stopped
for a while.
Da Vinci Decathlon 2013
On Tuesday 28th May Year 7 students and Year 8 students represented High at the annual Da Vinci decathlon held at Knox Grammar. This event consists of tasks across a number of disciplines performed under pressure and completed to a time limit. Success requires a great deal of teamwork (something our lads have in bucket loads!) The results were received with great excitement as we heard that Year 7 had overcome lack of experience to achieve a 1st place in English, 2nd in General Knowledge and 2nd in Geography. Congratulations to Justin Lai, Tony Xu, Raymond Li, Arunan Srirengan, Telly Tselonis, Oliver Avdi-Ohlsson, Dev Lalwani and Alexander De Araujo. Special thanks must go to Ahad Zafar who mentored the boys during training sessions. His experience and advice greatly assisted their preparation.
The Year 8 team of Ahad Zafar, Lucas Wong, Corey Won, Kurt Wang, Wanyu Tang, Akeedh Razmi, Wesley Yu and Hugh Bartley showed how important team work is. They were really well organised and worked efficiently throughout the day. Their best result was a 1st in Mathematics. Outstanding! Although they were disappointed not to gain a medal, the boys should be pleased with their effort. I want to thank all of the students involved in da Vinci for being really impressive ambassadors for the school.
On Wednesday 29th, it was the turn of Years 9 and 10. Unfortunately, we have had to rebuild teams from last year due to a clash with Music camp and the Boggabilla visit. Subsequently, we suffered from lack of experience. We were represented by an enthusiastic but disappointed Year 10 team consisting of Jun Park, Adilmorad Nadir, Leonard Mah, Kevin Liang, Luke Hoad, Nader Haider, Thomas George and William Chang. On the ‘plus-side’, it was nice to be able to give other students a chance to represent the school and the boys had an enjoyable day.
It was left to the Year 9 team to bring home the trophy and they didn’t disappoint. The announcement ‘1st place to Sydney Boys’ was music to our ears and the boys were rewarded for a sustained effort in every task throughout the day. Congratulations to Stratton Vakirtzis, Anthony Rusli, Fayad Morshedi, Vishal Karnamadala, Aiden Karahasan, Preetham Kadappu, Manning Blackall, and Taj Ali Khan. Fantastic result.
I want to thank all of the students involved in Da Vinci for being really impressive ambassadors
for the school. It’s a privilege to be associated with them and I’m very grateful to
their families for the fine job they’ve done raising their sons.
2013 National Chinese Eisteddfod
Starting in Year 7, I began competing in the Chinese Eisteddfod which is an annual poetry competition. The National Chinese Eisteddfod is one of the largest Chinese poetry competitions outside of China and has been running for over twenty years. It is a competition that allows people of all ages to enjoy and learn about the Chinese culture and language. This competition not only teaches you the language but many other important virtues such as hard work, persistence and confidence.
Hard work is necessary and important for anything you do. There is a saying that says there are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure. Working hard is not easy and it doesn’t mean that if you work hard, you will succeed, but if you are not dedicated, the chance of your winning is even smaller. This year, I tried my very hardest and as a result I obtained 3rd Prize for my individual performance. This has taught me a very important lesson that people who just sit making no effort achieve nothing.
Even though I do not speak Mandarin at home, this has not disadvantaged me. It really doesn’t matter what you start off with but what really matter is what you end up with. Through persistence and determination, anything is possible. By participating in this competition, I developed a certain degree of confidence. Confidence is very important as it can aid you in both schoolwork and in life. The National Chinese Eisteddfod is a great program for those students who want to develop their confidence.
The Chinese Eisteddfod also gives you a great amount of satisfaction and enjoyment. Ms Zhang, an extraordinary Chinese teacher, has helped me to enjoy and develop my Chinese skills. Her dedication to this program is invaluable and has helped me to get the most out of it.
Finally, even if you do not win, it really doesn’t matter. What really is important is to
enjoy the whole process and learn from failure. In Year 7, I was unsuccessful and I told myself
this year to take pleasure in this competition and try harder. Therefore, the results changed. I
believe that the Chinese Eisteddfod Competition is an excellent program for anyone to take part
in. It teaches you many important values and the enjoyment it provides is immeasurable. With the
experience of Ms Zhang, you are bound to succeed!
Congratulations to Royce Xiao (Year 7), Daniel Hu (Year 8) and Glanden Zheng (Year 11) who
each received 3rd place in their age division. Well done! Congratulations to all boys who took
part in this event for your dedication and achievement. I am so proud of you for your language
abilities, courage, team spirit and manners.
From the Andrews Library
NOVEL TO FILM FESTIVAL – BEGINS FRI LUNCH, CON’T TUES
Our Library bought 4 brand new book versions - they all went out immediately. However the novels can be reserved. The Senior Library also has 2 new copies of the novel.
THE GREAT GATSBY – There are 3 copies of this classic American novel between the 2 libraries. Baz Luhrmann did a fine job of the movie. It is the rich society that is over the top, not Luhrmann’s sets and costumes.
OTHER RECENT FILMS FROM NOVELS IN OUR LIBRARY ARE THESE: (DVD donations welcome though!)
However after our Library’s decision to toss out of all Videos we are looking a little light on for DVDs. If families are throwing out DVDs suitable for our students would they like to donate them?
It is our library’s practice to annually purchase good quality films for the boys. We do tend to support the novel to film philosophy and also try to purchase film classics.
TIGERS (AND OTHER PRIZE WINNERS) THE TIGER’S
WIFE – Tea Obreht
Our Library has made a point of purchasing prize winning books. These can be found by those who like to read really worthwhile literature by putting in the search term, “prize winning books”.
IT CAN BE USEFUL TO CHECK LIBRARY ENQUIRY WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING FOR RESOURCES
TRY GOOGLING ON LIBRARY ENQUIRY FOR TERMS LIKE “BELONGING”. There are 11 pages
of resources on Belonging which is a HSC English “theme”.
Football: The World Game
Week 3 of the trial season saw a full weekend of home fixtures against The Scots College. With midweek training hampered by wet conditions and the threat of more rain hanging over Saturday like a cloud, it was with great relief that we were able to get all matches played, with McKay 3 making its illustrious debut as a football pitch. The postage-stamp-sized field saw some cracking matches, with the 16s playing out some tight fixtures.
The match of the round came from the 15As, defeating Scots 2-0. However, with some slightly more composed finishing, it could have been a tennis score. The boys played some fantastic football against Scots with goalkeeper Kalem Best reduced to a spectator for the majority of the match. The defence of Christian Haddo, Nafis Rahman and James Pope was fantastic as a unit while Thomas Nimac was awesome controlling the midfield. Not only did they display their skills, but also their spirit, with spectators from both sides commenting on a fine example of the Sydney High spirit. It shows that a quality passing game and wing play produces results and this team is clicking so well that a lot of these boys will be knocking on the door of the Opens squads next season.
The 15s age group were the standouts, going the weekend undefeated and recording an aggregate 19-1 scoreline against teams from Scots, Shore and Barker – Kabir Agrawal the major contributor with 6 goals for the Cs. With more performances like this, we can expect him to be knocking on the door of the Bs and As soon.
Down at David Phillips, a man-of-the-match performance from debutant Jason Lim in goals kept Scots at bay and earned the 2nd XI a hard-fought 0-0 draw. What Jason lacks in height, he certainly makes up for in his technical ability and courage, time and again coming off his line to deny each forward thrust from the Scots strikers. The 1st XI were narrowly denied a result, going down by the barest of margins against a Scots team full of talent. Both teams will feel they should have scored more, with Agnish Nayak pulling off some fine saves in both halves. The best chance of the game for High fell to Jaan Pallandi, after some magnificent build up play from Daniel Arzani and Adilmorad Nadir, but unfortunately the ball fizzed just over the crossbar.
With the upcoming long weekend, there are no games this Saturday. In lieu of the list of fixtures, The World Game has trawled back through the records and The Record to find some gem Winter Sports Photos from current 1st and 2nd XI players. The photos [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] are a little fuzzy, but if you can name all 4 players, you’ll go into the major prize draw at the End Of Season Dinner.
A MESSAGE TO ALL PLAYERS AND PARENTS
All players must arrive and be ready at least half an hour before the match’s scheduled kick off time. A 9am kick off means you are at the ground and dressed no later than 8:30. Arriving 5 or 10 minutes prior to kick off is not fair to your teammates or your coach. Your coaches need to be able to prepare you physically and strategically for your game.
In the event of bad weather, please make sure you check the school’s website prior to leaving home.
Competition – week 3
The first 5 students who correctly answer all 3 questions [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] will go into the draw for the major prize to be drawn at the End of Season Dinner. Entries to Mr Mulroney in the PDHPE Staffroom.
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 Grammar
The trial against Grammar was very competitive for most teams, with a win, a draw and many other close games. The highlight of the day was the 13As who left the Grammar team in their wake as they piled on four tries to one in a performance that displayed their excellent handling skills and great cover defence. The Opens teams performed well in some very tight encounters.
Team of the week – 15As – Overcoming a thirty point deficit of last year to draw with the Grammar 15As
Play of the week – Tom Hughes standing up the Grammar team to score an excellent try.
Congratulations to Joshua Leo (Year 11) and Sam Musgrove (Year 10) who both made the CHS Under 16 team. A great effort after two exhaustive rounds of trials.
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.
15th of June – St. Ignatius (A) – GPS
See you all at training,
GPS Volleyball Results
First Grade Report
As such, we felt a little nervous – we knew we would be in for a difficult game. Luckily
for us, we overcame a shaky start in the first set to win the set with ease. Feeling good, we
started the second set strongly and took a strong lead which we defended to win the second set
convincingly. Coming into the third set, we knew that an early lead would be necessary so as to
not turn the set into a competition as had happened in the second grade game. Unfortunately we
weren’t able to do so early on, but through the middle we managed to create a small buffer.
This allowed us to run some combination plays, giving useful experience for the upcoming CHS
tournament. We managed to maintain the lead and then win the set. In all, it was a pleasing game,
winning in straight sets.
Second Grade Report
On Saturday last week, the Under 15s Foil fencers went to compete in the School Championships at Marrickville for their individual competition. This event contained many of the finest fencers in Australia including students from strong fencing schools such as Sydney Grammar and St Aloysius and members from the National Squad. Despite this, High was able to do quite well in both the Poules and Direct Elimination.
The highlight fencers of the day were David Zhou (10R), Marshall Wang (10R), Julian Tu (9E) and Jonathan Tran (8M) who all ranked in the top 30 of the Poules. Specific credit should go to Jonathan who ranked highest in our school at 18th despite being younger than most competitors. All of these guys made it past their first round but lost in the second with the exception of Marshall who will now proceed to the finals this Saturday.
Overall, it was a pleasing performance despite the odds and an impressive start to the first
School Championships of the year.
Regional Cross Country
Congratulations go to the following students have successfully competed in the Zone Cross Country carnival and are now selected to represent SHS at the Regional Cross Country Carnival on Friday 14th of June, 2013. A school bus will take competing students to the Cross Country venue, The Boulevard, Miranda.
Students are to collect a permission note and information sheet from Ms Dam or Mr Kesting in the Industrial Arts staffroom and return it by Tuesday 11th of June.
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C.
Year 7 Information Evening
Joint SGHS-SBHS P&C Meeting
A reminder also that 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.
Note that there will be no P&C general meeting on the Monday prior as a result.
Upcoming Parking Events
Please make sure you check with the co-curricular parking co-ordinator to confirm the exact start and finish times for particular events.
Saturday 15 June 7:30pm–Waratahs v British Lions (Basketball Supporters
Upcoming Meetings & Events
SBHS-SGHS Senior Drama Production: SGHS Campbell Hall – Tuesday 11 June to
Saturday 15 June.
From the Canteen
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 our sons.
Thank you to our volunteers last week.
MON: Peter Jia, Rebecca Tsai, Sam Guo,
The Canteen Team
From the High Store
2nd Week 11th – 14th June
50% OFF Sydney Boys High Number Plate Cover Suitable for yellow
50% OFF Rugby Cap
Supporter Polar Fleece Top
Save A Life – Donate Blood 14 June at SBHS Great Hall
The Red Cross mobile unit will be visiting us again on Friday 14 June (the same day as Y10 Science excursion). This term they will be set up in the Great Hall.
Family members, staff and students over 16 are encouraged to donate by making an appointment on the bulletin board outside Room 506.
The duration of your pre-donation screening process will be drastically reduced if you include your previous donor number when reserving your appointment time. All donors must complete a comprehensive questionnaire before eligibility to donate is determined. Red Cross medical staff will follow stringent screening procedures used in medical facilities. Permission notes are not required.
Special thanks to Azam Malik, Jeramy Ma and Glanden Zheng (Y11) for coordinating this blood drive.
From Australian Red Cross
The most common factors that will determine if you can or cannot give blood follow.*
Before giving blood:
Most people are able to give blood if they:
You may be temporarily unable to give blood if you:
You will not be able to give blood if you have:
* Further eligibility criteria apply.
For further information, or if you are unsure about your eligibility to give blood, call Australian Red Cross (131495) to speak to a medical professional, or visit www.donateblood.com.au.
Applications for Enrolment: Years 8, 9, 11
Sydney Boys High School
Applications for Years 8, 9 and 11
Application forms available from the school at: www.sydneyboyshigh.com/enrolment
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