High Notes, Vol 14 No 23, August 02 2013
From the Principal
Winter Sports Assembly 2013
"The new SBHS Sports Policy is being fully implemented for winter, 2013, including multiple training as well as Saturday attendance. We expect that it will bring greater certainty, consistency and accountability to our competitive sports programs. There are some teething problems with roll marking and follow up at some training sessions but by summer the system should be bedded down. We feel this policy is a big step in the direction of building competitive capacity at High.
"Cross country running has a growing profile at High. Additional training sessions and some emerging talent have combined to raise our school standard, with some impressive achievements. Luke and Jayden Schofield, Elliot Love and Kevin Guo ran very well at the All Schools Championship for 14 years teams. High was also represented by Steven Chung, Kenneth Liu and Lokesh Sharma in the 17 years teams. Individual competitors at All Schools were: Thomas Nimac, Brendan Hancox, Jonathan Clements-Lendrum and Nelson Tang. Thank you to Rebecca Dam for her organisation of the sport and to Messrs Kesting Bigelow and Elliott for their involvement in its operation. Thank you to our Old Boy coaches Ming Chen, Vincent Ye and Anton Brokman.
"Fencing is developing well in several disciplines. At the National Championships in Brisbane, James Siu won gold in the U15 sabre and John Tian in the U15 épée. Thank you to Paris Munro for taking over as MIC this year and organising the sport so well. Thank you also to Evan Higgins for his assistance. We rely a great deal on Head Coach Antonio Signorello who has shown commitment to helping High’s program. Thank you to coaches Leo Yang, David Lu, and Shaun Pak.
"Our rugby program has taken a new direction this year with more emphasis on running rugby. Our junior sides are building their competitiveness. People are positive about the program. Sam Musgrove and Joshua Leo were selected in the CHS U16 team. George Barris has been tireless again as MIC. I want to thank our dedicated coaches: 13s - Geoff Stein, Mick Aldous, Paul Scrivener with Max Jones; 14s - Tony Hannon with Andrew Walters, Jesse Moffat and Jasper Garay; 15s –George Barris and Anthony Cipolla, with Kumidika Gunaratne and Sangeeth Sabramaniam; 16s – Con Barris and Graham Moody with Rob Lyon and Michael Wong; 3rds Bill Wang; 2nds – Pat McDonnell and Sam Gribble and the first XV- David Knox, Tony Hannon and Mark Giachera. The depth of coaching support for our rugby boys is impressive. As always the Rugby Committee provides terrific support for our boys.
"Association Football has seen some changes this year. With the introduction of Mr Soccer training sessions, we hope to deepen and broaden the development base for football skills. Teams have been pruned in numbers to increase participation levels in training and in competition. Arjun Punekar, Michael Cui and Daniel Arzani were selected in the GPS Combined squad. Mehdi Hazrati has returned to coach the first XI with Ian Robinson guiding second grade. Thank you to our football staff for their commitment to Football. The team, led by MIC Matthew Mulroney, includes: Alex and Mark Robertson, Julie Eggleton, Evan Higgins, Jamie Kay, Mina Genias, Ingrid Hybler, Natalie Stanisich, Madeleine Rigby, Jessica Millar and Victor Jauregui. The Football Committee has contributed to the program. Thank you to Anne Wall, Ian Robinson and Tony Nimac.
"In sport we can’t all be champions, but we can dream like them and in our limited ways,
act like them. Think of C2D2. Confidence and commitment, desire and discipline. You need a
passion for what you are doing, a vision for where you are going and a persistent set of actions
that you need to take to get there. You can behave like a champion and if you do so as a team,
you are very likely to achieve the goals you set yourself. Congratulations to all boys selected
in GPS teams this season. "
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 absences.
The Debating Assembly went well and we were lucky to have Paul Barry of Media Watch fame speak to us about some successes and triumphs in the debating and public speaking sphere. Tushaar and Andrew from Year 11 did well as MC and when announcing the guest speaker. Khushaal gave a rousing speech in recognition of the debating program and to introduce Firsts and Seconds.
On Thursday ten Year 11 students attended the SUSMUN competition where they debated as country representatives in the various spheres of the United Nations. SBHS was very well represented in awards with 8 honourable mentions and Lokesh and Tushaar received a nomination as best delegation.
On Friday I was very proud to watch our Year 12s debate against Karaba High as the negative on the topic 'that we should introduce off shore processing in PNG' and win very convincingly.
This means that for the second consecutive year our Year 12 PDC team have reached the final to compete for the prestigious Hume Barbour trophy which currently stands in our main entrance. I have 40 tickets to this event and I am prioritising debating students for them. This is a wonderful opportunity to see two very good teams debate each other in the Great Hall of Sydney University on Monday 5th August.
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make our first GPS hosting of 2013 such a success. Thanks to the parents and thanks to my helpers: Oliver and Jens who worked really hard. Again a special thanks to Nina and to Eden Freiberg who assisted her.
We had a fairly even split between Scots competition wins and our wins. There were some disappointed groups of students who narrowly missed out on wins and some happy students who were victorious. We must keep a positive focus through the competition. Learn from the comments of the adjudicators and from our excellent coaches.
2nd August SBHS v Kings
From the Junior Library
THANKS TO KEVIN EADIE
LIBRARY EVENTS COMING UP
What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?
2nd August, 2013
The development of our collection has focused on the addition of prize winning and literary fiction for English studies, wide reading materials for Years 10 & 11, HSC related texts, Asian literature in English, Indigenous literature, curriculum related and high interest non-fiction, biographies, poetry and short story collections and study guides.
Several of our senior students have been helping out with specific projects in the Senior Library. Senior Library prefect, Albert Chau has been engaged in a project to collect and make available previous exam papers for loan to other Senior students in the library. These will add to our useful and popular collection of study guides to assist students to revise for upcoming examinations including the HSC.
Many other students have assisted us in various library tasks including shelving, shelf tidying, processing of books, and many other jobs. Michael Cui has been analysing our library statistics and has produced a report on how the Senior Library is utilised. Anes Karahasan has been responsible for adding new books to our new library resources section on the school website. Others who have been regular, keen and reliable volunteers include Justin Ng, Daniel Zhang (11F), Alan Qi and Samuel Lin. We are extremely grateful for the work of all our volunteers who have made it possible to provide extra services in the Senior Library and assist us to add new resources so that they are available for loan much faster.
This activity has the dual benefit of giving the boys valuable experience (and award points!) and providing extra much needed help to the library staff.
The Year 10 State Library program is once again in progress with most students joining and learning how to access this outstanding collection of resources.
Finally, both libraries are extremely grateful for the generous donation of books by an old boy
of the school Gregory Babic, who has passed away but left his entire collection of books to
Sydney Boys High! Many are suitable and in almost new condition and these will be added to both
library collections with gratitude. They will supplement the addition of many new resources
selected specifically and bought this year.
Students Assist Cutler Foundation
Students Assist Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation
During the first week of the July holidays, ten boys volunteered to help the drivers who volunteer throughout the year for the Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation. Two students per day helped the drivers assist their elderly and/or disadvantaged clients with errands, conversation and getting in and out of the vehicle. I had the opportunity to be a part of this experience and meet new people travelling from their homes to medical practitioners and centres. The experience was interesting and reflects the responsibility and commitment of my fellow students to make significant and valuable contributions to society on behalf of their school.
Following is one of the many interesting stories shared by the clients with the vehicle’s occupants: Winston Churchill was quite a heavy drinker and smoker. Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery confronted him, saying “I neither drink nor smoke and I am 100% fit”. Churchill responded, “I drink and smoke and I am 200% fit.” This reminded me so profoundly of the fact that these people live and exist as human beings, with rights, stories and a history. By participating in this volunteering service, I was honoured to have heard part of their story and to have respected, acknowledged and helped them. This stresses the importance of supporting them in their already difficult lives, which are compounded by medical limitations.
I encourage current and future Year 11 students to volunteer one day of their school holidays to
undertake this small worthwhile experience. Thank you to those who have already
participated; strengthening the ties between SBHS and Sir Roden Cutler & Lady Cutler
Foundation with their involvement in this important student volunteering project.
HSC MUSIC TRIAL & DATES
Performance Trial: Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th of August (Great Hall)
MUSIC STORAGE ROOM
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 King’s
The second GPS game showed the results of many weeks of hard training and the advantage of having one last trial against Kinross Wolaroi last weekend. Only one junior team lost and the seniors were very competitive.
Team of the week – 15As – Came back from 14-7, to win 19-12
16Bs team report
The first half saw Sydney High blow the opposition out of the game, with enthusiastic running from Michael Jun, Maddison Wu and all of the forwards combined with excellent ball control. This allowed the halves, Julian Vo and Nathan Wang-Ly to exploit openings and run the outside backs onto good attacking ball.
It was the forwards who scored first, with No 8, Jack Hutchison driving his way over the line from about ten metres out after a series of attacking runs by both forwards and backs. Score: 5-0
Not to be outdone, the backs played the ball to the wing and set Andrew Nam off down the sideline and although many King’s defenders tried to tackle him, he scored a great try in the corner.
After another attacking foray deep into King’s territory, Jack Hutchison charged over again for a try.
Score: 15-0. The game was being really well controlled by the High team and the Kings players could not seem to match the same level of intensity of the brown and blue 16Bs. Probably the most popular try scored in the first half went to a fine individual effort from five–eighth Nathan Wang–Ly . Nathan is playing very good rugby at the moment and enjoying the freedom of playing at first five.
Half Time Score 20-0.
The second half was similar to the first half or for at least the first fifteen minutes,
with High attacking, controlling the ball, pick and drive by the forwards and straight hard
running from the backs. This resulted in tries for Maddison Wu and two great tries for Daniel
Haslam, who was a second half substitute and he was well rewarded for running hard at the
opposition and using the palm off with great aplomb. Although High players tired a little in the
last fifteen minutes allowing King’s to launch a number of good comeback attacks, they only
managed to score one try which was unconverted. Julian Vo converted two of the Sydney High tries
in the second half leaving the final Score 39-5.
3rd of August – Newington (H)
Mr G Barris
Football: The World Game
The AAGPS season kicked off in fine style with High being hosted by Scots at our home of football, Dave Phillips Sports Complex. After a long pre-season, everyone was looking to get down to business and had it not been for a top shelf performance from the Scots keeper, the 1st XI might have earned their first win of the GPS season. Time and time again, High was denied – firstly with Daniel Arzani seeing his shot bound for the top corner parried away, then Jaan Pallandi being denied twice in short succession. As it was, Scots took the ascendency immediately after the half time break, scoring two quick goals on the back of errors and a slice of misfortune. It would have been easy for the High boys to drop their heads and fold, but football is a funny game and showing courage and determination, High were able to fight their way back to parity courtesy of two Pallandi strikes. In the end it finished 2-2, with both teams feeling they’d left two points on the park.
Coach Mehdi Hazrati said he was overjoyed with the fight displayed by the squad to produce the comeback. “Every player out there gave maximum effort and they should all be proud of this result”.
The 15As continue to prove why many people are whispering about High’s premiership chances in upcoming years, dismantling Scots 4-0 despite being wasteful in front of goal. High not only played winning football, but displayed the true characteristics of the beautiful game, according to coach Paul Fasullo. “It was so pleasing to see tremendous school spirit which is getting stronger each week which should be held in strong regard by the whole school. The boys are showing great determination to bring success to the school which was a joy to watch and all the parents were so proud.”
Winter Sports Assembly
On Friday July 26th, the Winter Sports Assembly was addressed by Mr Paul Reid, Community Development Officer for Sydney FC. Mr Reid is a professional footballer, with stints at Sydney FC and Adelaide United in the A-League as well as Bradford City and Brighton & Hove Albion in the English Championship. He stressed the importance of time management, citing his ability to play professional football at the same time as completing a university degree, a message of great importance – especially to those Year 12 boys about to enter the exam period. We would like to thank Paul for his motivational message and wish Sydney FC all the best in the upcoming A-League season and we look forward to building a relationship between Sydney FC and Sydney Boys High.
Fixtures vs King’s – 3rd August 2013
Round 2 of competition sees High taking on The King’s School and it will be another major test for the 1st XI, with King’s coming off the back of a 4-0 victory over Grammar. Having also defeated Grammar by a similar margin in the pre-season, this should be a close match up and all boys are encouraged to support other teams throughout the day. The support at David Phillips on Saturday was immense and it gave the boys a massive boost and in no small part contributed to the stunning comeback. Captain Arjun Punekar spoke about the importance of a crowd at the Winter Sports Assembly and we would like to thank all the boys who came down – especially those from 1st & 2nd XV rugby whose chants and encouragement gave the game a real atmosphere.
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.
It is also your responsibility to get your name marked off by the supervising teacher. Please find them prior to your game to avoid you forgetting to do it afterwards.
In the event of bad weather, please make sure you check the school’s website prior to leaving home.
GPS Volleyball Results
Opposition: St Ignatius College
(#) = number of contacts
First Grade Report
Unfortunately, many players were unable to make the game on Saturday resulting in several second
grade players playing up. These players played extremely well and promise good things for future
seasons and the Nationals tournament later this year. As such, we were able to convincingly
defeat Riverview in straight sets – hopefully we can continue the level of mental control
that allowed us to play aggressively and controlled through all the stages of the sets.
Second Grade Report
SHS Rowing Committee AGM
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.
High Tennis Meeting
Monday, 12 August, 2013
Any parents who would like to attend the High Pre-season Tennis meeting would be more than welcome.
This is a great opportunity to find out about your son’s tennis program and be involved in making plans for the year ahead.
The meeting will take place at 6.30 pm in the Staff Common Room.
Mr P Wright
Mr D Deep
Basketball Committee AGM
Thursday 8 August at 6:30pm in Room 901
We will not be able to function without an abundance of parental support. I look forward to meeting you at the meeting!
Enthusiastically yours in Basketball,
From the Canteen
A big thank you to our Prefects this week, as we were short on volunteers and especially to the boys who came in more often than just their rostered days.
The canteen would not be able to run as well as it does without the invaluable help of our wonderful mums and dads.
Thanks to the volunteers for Week 1
And thank you to the volunteers for Week 2
MON: Rebecca Tsai, Shannon Hickey,
The Canteen Team
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C.
Phillip Day Memorial Dinner
For more information on the fund and scholarship, go to http://www.sydneyboyshigh.com/scholarships/pj-day-scholarship
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.
Friday 9 August 7:30pm – Roosters v Raiders (Football Supporters Group)
Upcoming Meetings & Events
General P&C Meeting: Staff Common Room – 7:30pm, Monday 12 August.
Youth Perspectives of China
The Engaging China Project and City of Sydney present: