High Notes, Vol 14 No 22, July 26 2013

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From the Principal

High Talent
Thank you to Eamon Kelly and all the students who helped to raise $2005 for Jeans for Genes – the Year 8 project. Well done to all. 

Old Boy Bequest
Gregory Victor Babic (SHS1981) bequeathed 42 boxes of his personal library to SBHS after his untimely demise. There are many interesting and useful titles among his collection. They will be sorted and accessioned over the next couple of weeks. We thank him for his posthumous support for our students

Prefect Nominations
Over 90 boys have put their names forward to be considered for placement on the ballot for Prefect Interns. Applicants need to demonstrate that they are satisfying our stringent Award Scheme participations standards in order to be considered. Platinum is the expectation – meaning one award each year for 4 years. Also, our Prefect Interns are required to have a good punctuality and attendance record with any lapses explained. In addition, so as to keep their lives in balance, candidates have to have school standard academic performance to be considered. That is, on track for 90 ATAR for Year 7 enrolments and 85 ATAR for others. Any potential candidates for election are subject to staff veto if their attitude or conduct is drawn into question.

Debating, Rifle Shooting, Volleyball Assembly
At our assembly on Tuesday, TV investigative journalist and author, Paul Barry, entertained the audience with stories of public speaking and debating triumphs and failures, but exhorted the boys to be involved in such activities at school for the lifelong benefits that skills developed in those activities produce. My speech to the assembly is reprinted below:

"Special guest, Mr. Paul Barry, coaches, parents, staff, debaters, volleyball players, rifle shooters and students - welcome to our annual debating and public speaking assembly, incorporating two winter sports. The remainder will be introduced at the winter sports assembly. On this occasion we acknowledge those starting out their GPS season in volleyball, or in the case of rifle shooting, completing it. We honour particularly the boys selected in the quite large number of debating teams entered by the school in a range of competitions. The debating preseason was quite successful with an Eastside win for Year 12 and a FED win for Year 9. The GPS competition starts for winter sports this weekend so our official season opener is Friday night. I trust that our home debates will be well attended again this season. Our Year 12 PDC debating team has won through to the semi-final of the Hume Barbour Competition and will debate next week. Connor Robinson, Wilber Koslowski and Riley Irwin were selected in the CHS debating team. Congratulations to those boys.

"I want to again recognise the highly effective work done by debating MIC Rachel Powell this season. She has developed a great team to manage the program and they have brought depth and discipline to the training program. Participation in the junior school is very impressive and the boys are benefitting from the rigorous coaching regime they are being exposed to in their first few years of debating. Thank you to Annalise Mack, Evan Higgins and Madeleine Rigby for mentoring our PDC teams. The success of our program owes much to our coaches. Dominic Bowes (2008) has returned to coach first grade as has Nina Ubaldi (SGHS 2008) with second grade. A team of twenty-one coaches, including Robert, Chris and Julian from last year and Antony Paul (2010) are mentoring our boys in 2013.Thank you to all of the coaches who train our teams so enthusiastically. Thank you also to all the parents involved in the Debating Sub-Committee which supports the competitions so well.

"Thank you to Evan Higgins for taking on the mentoring of our Public Speaking contestants this year. Public Speaking is a very daunting but useful lifelong skill to develop. Congratulations to Kushaal Vyas who won the state final of the Rostrum Voice of Youth Competition and will represent NSW at the Nationals. Andrew McNaughton also competed in the Junior Division Final of the Rostrum Voice of Youth.

"Each year at this assembly we set aside some time to recognise our rifle shooters, who after winning the All Schools title the weekend before, concluded their season last week at the two-day GPS Shoot for 8 member teams. Cheered on by a dozen High Old Boys, the first grade team brought home the Buchanan Shield for the first time since 2001 and second grade, captained by James Jiang, won the shield for the first time in the history of the school. We have been trying since 1918! Despite losing the premiership by one point, the boys were all buoyed by the overall success of the program this year. Wilbert Wu was named captain of Combined GPS. Dominic Tran and Terry Fong were also selected in the team. Thank you to Cathy Meaney, Daniel Comben, Sam Kremer, Ishan Nadkarni and Kevin Chan for their tireless work for the boys this year. Thank you also to the dedicated Rifle Committee for their great support of the team and the program.

"Volleyball has been our most successful sport this decade. I applaud the coaching and managing of Michael Kay who has consistently prepared teams that went on to win GPS, CHS and All Schools titles. He is ably assisted by: Yaegan Doran, Balraj Ougra, Ritam Mitra, Terry Ly and Nishan Abeysuriya. The volleyball group are great trainers and very supportive of each other. Competitive entry into the sport maintains the intensity of participation. This year in the CHS Knockout, High was defeated by Nowra in the semi-finals. High has continued its dominance in GPS Competition but faces a tougher time this year with stronger programs at SGS and SIC. Fine individual performances in Regional Competition led to Pinyan Gao and Yu Peng Man representing NSW CHS at the Trans-Tasman tournament. In the U16 Division Kevin Robinson, Kalvin Xu and Dibyendu Roy were selected in the CHS NSW team.

"In our myriad of activities at High there is an educative purpose – to build character.  Whether you are debating, rifle shooting or playing volleyball, you are contributing to a team. You are learning to surrender self to a higher purpose and to achieve cooperatively.  In the words of American poet Walt Whitman: ‘nothing endures but personal qualities’. Your personal qualities for life are substantially determined by your development through high school. Our message is to get involved…for your own sake.

"I congratulate all the boys who will be introduced to the assembly today and honour them for their achievements so far this year. I wish you all the best of luck in contests ahead. "
Dr K A Jaggar

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Philosophy News

In response to a request from parents, the school has booked places at an upcoming philosophy event at Cranbrook on 20th August. This is a great opportunity for boys who are excited by BIG ideas to immerse themselves in thinking. The presenter, Julie Arliss is internationally known for her work with adolescents. The material is pitched for years7-10. Please encourage your son to register his interest with Ms Eggleton in the English staffroom. The cost is $15 co-payment.

We begin our preparation for the philosophon at Ascham on 5th September on Tuesday 30th July with lunchtime sessions. Andy Crosby, a PhD student at UNSW will be facilitating discussions which will be in the circles of inquiry mode. The places will be filled on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. It would be ideal to have about 10 students (from years 9 through to year 11) to assist our representatives Riley Irwin, Thomas Nassif and Vishal Karnamadakala in their enquiries. Again, please encourage your son to take advantage of this G&T initiative if it sounds like the type of activity that would appeal to him.
Julie Eggleton 
English Department

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From the Office

Late Arrival & Absence Notes –

All Students and Parents, please ensure you include your son’s Full Name, ID Number/Year and 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:

  • Log in to the Parent Portal
  • Access the School Reference Documents section
  • Download the Student Leave of Absence Application Form in the Applying for Leave folder

Please return this completed application form to the Principal giving at least four weeks’ notice of intended absence.

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From the Junior Library

42 boxes of pristine very new books are being opened as I write this article to explore a very valuable bequest from Old Boy, Greg Babich.  At a rough estimate this kind bequest is worth between $10,000 to $25,000 and will be shared out as appropriate between the 2 libraries.  Those boys, staff and the librarians who have seen the books have been really excited at the range and up to date, popular interest level of this collection. As with big donations and bequests the books will be marked out as the Gregory Babich Collection in honour of Greg’s thoughtfulness towards our students. This donation will refresh and swell the collection of the 2 Libraries. Over the next few weeks we will display snippets of this collection in High Notes to encourage the boys to explore their Libraries for stimulating reading material.  We are all very grateful to Greg.

1 – Sue Larkey – Teaching Children with Asperger’s Syndrome

I would like to recommend my experience of finding out more about teaching students with this syndrome to any teacher here who has a boy in his or her class who may have some or a lot of the features common to this syndrome.  I was fortunate enough to listen to a live speaker, Dean Beadle, who is diagnosed with Asperger’s.  You may also listen to Dean if you would like a laugh http://www.brookdalecare.co.uk/news-detail/dean-beadle-inspirational-speaker-with-asperger/aid0475fa31-0761-4297-b536-85a202abbf19.  Asperger’s spectrum as we “know” is meant to exhibit a lack of a sense of humour.  This is demonstrably untrue.

Probably the most valuable of Sue Larkey’s tips for me was regarding the difference between tantrums and sensory overload suffered by some children on the Asperger’s spectrum.   I did put a report on the P drive on these tips and you may like to sample them to see if you feel the need for Asperger’s in-servicing.

2 – Guided Enquiry and the Australian Curriculum – Professor Ross Todd and Lyn Hay (PhD)
As many of you will know Guided Inquiry as a teaching method has been mooted for some time.  Professor Ross Todd spent a little time illustrating the fact that the Australian Curriculum aligns with the Guided Inquiry model.  Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the day for me was the number of whole faculty tables booked in to plan units of work using Guided Inquiry methods – these whole staff tables came from both Private and State Schools.  Dr Lyn Hay shared her enthusiasm for involving and motivating students by using Web based teaching tools and I would like to refer you to her tool list so that you can see if any of them suit your teaching purposes.  You can see the list on http://studentslearn.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/hay-inquiry-learning-web20-final.pdf.  I think most of you would be familiar with some of these web tools.  If any of them are not already in our Library catalogue our 2 Libraries will ensure that we put them into our OASIS system.  Our Libraries have made a point of including educational web pages in our Library catalogue for the use of students and staff.  A normal “Google style” search will turn up web pages and w drive material as well as books.

Our students are probably aware that our Library staff rushed to put out new resources so boys could take them for holiday reading. We are now taking our first opportunity to display them to you. They are on the new book stands and may be borrowed.
Mrs Crothers

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From the High Store

End of July SALE

Mon 29th – Wed 31st

Polar Fleece Jumper
Great for Saturday matches to keep warm
Support your boys in the HIGH colours
Normally $69 NOW $49

School scarves are available with S.H.S crest $22

Michelle Gentele

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From the Canteen

Thank you to our volunteers last week.

Tuesday:  Peter Jia, Sachiyo James
Wednesday:  Hiroko Kitajima, Francisca Sjahry, Athena Tselonis, Fumiko Cheong
Thursday:  Jian Ping Li, Ming Ming Lee, Min Strauss
Friday:  Stam Farrugia, Holly Jiang, Theothe Tsirbas, Shilpa Punekar
The Canteen Team

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Music Notes

Reminder to all HSC music boys to start refining both compositions and performances.

Performance Trial: Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th of August (Great Hall)

Composition Recording: Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th of August (compositions are to be completed and a final copy is to be handed in to Ms Miller (very latest) Friday 9th of August as performers and ensembles need time to practise)

HSC Music/Art Showcase: Monday 26th of August

The next ‘Meet the Music’ concert will be on Wednesday 31st of July 6:30pm. All boys are to be in full school uniform. Please collect your tickets next Tuesday from music staff.

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).

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 2013 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning rehearsals
stated otherwise
Intermediate Concert Band
Room 201
Chamber Choir  
Room 201
Junior Stage Band  
Room 101
Senior String Ensemble
Room 101
Symphony Orchestra  
Room 201
  Senior  Stage Band
Room 101
  Intermediate Stage Band
Room 101
Senior Concert Band
Room 201
Saxophone Ensemble
Room 201 8:45am
  Training Concert Band
Room 202

Terms 2, 3, 4
  Philharmonic Orchestra
Room 208
  Marching Band
TERM 1 & 4
  Junior String Ensemble
Room 208
Afternoon rehearsals
Start @ 3.30pm
  Marching Band
TERM  1 & 4
3.30 - 4.30pm
    Jazz Ensemble
Room 201
    Percussion Ensemble
Room 201
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SBHS Rugby

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 Kinross

The last trial game before the 2nd half of the season proved very tough for all teams. The results were mixed with 3 wins and many close encounters. The highlight of the day was the 14As who came back from 7-0 down to beat Kinross Wolaroi 14As 19-12.

Team of the week – 14s – The only age group to produce a clean sweep against Kinross
Play of the week – Daniel Zhang’s trifecta in 3rd Grade.

Jersey Breakfast

The first home game of the season started with the Jersey Breakfast where parents presented the boys their jerseys. Guest speaker Terry Wolfe (class of 1956) gave his insights into life and rugby.

Upcoming fixtures

27th of July – Kings (H)
3rd of August – Newington (H)

Mr G Barris
MIC Rugby

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Volleyball Notes

GPS Volleyball Results

Date: 20/07/13
Opposition: Sydney Grammar

1st  Grade   2nd  Grade

19-25  25-20  25-23  19-25  11-15


26-24  17-25  16-25  25-15  15-12

Skill First Grade Second Grade
% of Serves in play 1st 91% Yu Peng 1st 100% Jason G.
2nd 89% Gordon 2nd 95% Byron
3rd 88% Jeffrey 3rd 94% Sunny
% of Serves that were Kills 1st 33% Pinyan 1st 56% Calum
2nd 27% Yu Peng 2nd 33% Jason G.
3rd 23% Jonathan 3rd 29% Sunny
% of spikes kept in play 1st 91% Pinyan 1st 100% Calum, Anes
2nd 84% Jonathan 2nd 90% Byron
3rd 81% Yu Peng 3rd 86% Nick
% of spikes that were kills 1st 52% Yu Peng 1st 100% Anes
2nd 48% Ivor 2nd 42% Calum
3rd 40% Kevin L.              3rd 36% Byron
% of blocks kept in play 1st 91% Jeffrey 1st 100% Calum, Nick, Sunny   
2nd 88% Pinyan 2nd 92% George, Sunchit
3rd 85% Gordon 3rd 75%  Byron
% of blocks that were kills 1st 44% Pinyan 1st 33% Calum
2nd 40% Ivor 2nd 25% Byron
3rd 33% Jonathan  3rd  8% George
Serve Reception Passing accuracy 1st 92% Kevin 1st 83% Anes
2nd 88% Jonathan 2nd 79% Byron
3rd 87% Yu Peng 3rd 58% Calum

Second Grade Report

Saturday the 20th of July, 2013. The day of the much anticipated High versus Grammar volleyball match.

The day of reckoning. After at least two weeks had passed since any of us had touched a volleyball, and a week of poor training, second grade were not looking to be in the fit shape required to go against, as past years have proven, our toughest opponents in the GPS competition.

It was an early start on Saturday morning, the earliest we had had on a Saturday in a while. But we were all there on time, ready to go. Under my realistic threat of a thousand push-ups should we play as badly as we had been during the week, we were eager to get started after what felt like an unnecessarily long warm-up. High to serve. The first set played back and forth, neither team able to get a lead over the other. It was neck and neck up until the end, but ultimately we were able to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat at 26-24. Reminiscent of our game against Newington in the first round of the GPS, we were half hoping for that to be the end and for the Grammar team to fall apart.

However it was not to be, and while we had Byron smacking ball after ball with each set from Sunny, Grammar grew wise to our efforts and put in place their double block and we could not keep up the pressure. We were punished because of this as well as our poor block coverage and serve reception in both the second and third sets, losing both 17-25 and 16-25 respectively. A sense of urgency kicked in as we realised that our undefeated status and our chances to earn the well-esteemed title of GPS premiers was on the line.

As a result we picked up our game in the fourth set, and we gained an early lead. Grammar were playing smart, but we were playing smarter and we took the set with the best score yet of 25-15. The set scores were 2-2, and our first tiebreaker of the season was to come.

After the coin-toss, we were to serve once more. Jason’s effective serving gained us a two point head start, but after losing the next point, Grammar took the opportunity to dominate the field. They reached 8 points first while we remained on a lowly 5, leading to the side change, and gained an extra 2 once there. We were down 5-10. It wasn’t looking good, with Grammar only requiring 5 more points to win the match. But we weren’t ready to give in just yet, and we fought our way back to 12 all. It was my turn to serve. No pressure. The first serve was a classic floater, and the unprepared Grammar kid on the receiving end shanked it. 13-12. This was repeated in the next serve, much to our relief. 14-12. Everyone was tense, Grammar probably more so, but we hadn’t won it yet.  We all knew one mistake, one missed opportunity, and they would take advantage of it. The court was silent in anticipation. Third serve, another float, but to a different guy. He wasn’t expecting it either, and the third shank in a row meant that the score was 15-12 and High had won the match. Beating Grammar on their home turf marked High 2nd Grade’s triumphant return to volleyball in term 3.

Congratulations, boys, if we can do it once we can do it again next time around!
Calum York

Michael Kay
MIC Volleyball

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SHS Rowing Committee

Annual General Meeting

Date:  Wednesday 21 August 2013
Venue:  School Staff Common Room
Time:  7.00pm

Come and find out about new developments for the upcoming season.

Rowing is a great sport that High provides for your boys.  It also relies on parents to help facilitate the program. Every year we need new parents to become involved. 

All Office Bearer positions will be declared vacant and available for nomination and election.

All parents of rowing students are encouraged to attend the annual general meeting.

George Comninos
Committee President

Julie Blomberg
Rowing MIC

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High Family

The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C.

If you would like to have any parent community news or upcoming events included in High Society, please contact Ian Sweeting P&C President This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Upcoming P&C General Meetings

The next P&C general meeting will be held on Monday 12 August at 7:30pm in the staff common room. Please take the opportunity to come along to at least one meeting a year to ensure the decisions of the P&C properly reflect the views of the parent body.

The remaining P&C general meeting dates and times up to the end of the year are as follows:

Monday 9 September
Monday 14 October
Monday 11 November (AGM)

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.

Sunday 28 July 4:40pm – Swans v Richmond (Rugby Supporters Group)
Friday 9 August 7:30pm – Roosters v Raiders (Football Supporters Group)

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Year 9 Parent Information Night: Great Hall – 6:00pm, Tuesday 30 July.
Meet the Music Concert: Sydney Opera House – 6:30pm, Wednesday 31 July.
General P&C Meeting: Staff Common Room – 7:30pm, Monday 12 August.

Ian Sweeting

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Rainbow St Public School 90th Anniversary

90th Anniversary Open Morning
1923 - 2013

Past students, teachers, family and friends are invited to attend our 90th Anniversary Open Morning

Thursday 1 August 2013
9:30am to 11:30am

Rainbow Street Public School
90 Rainbow Street, Randwick

Please RSVP to 9398 1986

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Applications for Enrolment: Years 8, 9, 11

Sydney Boys High School
Building personal capacity in gifted boys

Applications for Years 8, 9 and 11
Close 30 July 2013

Application forms available from the school at: www.sydneyboyshigh.com/enrolment

Moore Park
Surry Hills NSW 2010
9361 6910

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