High Notes, Vol 14 No 22, July 26 2013
From the Principal
Old Boy Bequest
Debating, Rifle Shooting, Volleyball Assembly
"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. "
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.
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:
Please return this completed application form to the Principal giving at least four weeks’ notice of intended absence.
From the Junior Library
VALUABLE AND STIMULATING BOOK BEQUEST FROM GREGORY BABICH, OLD BOY
LIBRARIAN - VALUABLE INSERVICING
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
NEW RESOURCES THIS WEEK
From the High Store
End of July SALE
Mon 29th – Wed 31st
Polar Fleece Jumper
School scarves are available with S.H.S crest $22
From the Canteen
Thank you to our volunteers last week.
Tuesday: Peter Jia, Sachiyo James
HSC MUSIC TRIAL & DATES
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
MEET THE MUSIC
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:
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
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.
27th of July – Kings (H)
Mr G Barris
GPS Volleyball Results
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!
SHS Rowing Committee
Annual General Meeting
Date: Wednesday 21 August 2013
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.
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C.
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
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)
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Year 9 Parent Information Night: Great Hall – 6:00pm, Tuesday 30
Rainbow St Public School 90th Anniversary
90th Anniversary Open Morning