High Notes, Vol 14 No 24, August 09 2013
From the Principal
Hume Barbour debating success
Rugby Rule Change
DEC Student Feedback survey
More information about the survey is available at: http://www.cese.nsw.gov.au/surveys/ttfm-parents
The survey will provide our school with valuable and quick feedback on what our students think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with them. Schools in Australia and around the world have used the Tell Them From Me survey to help improve how they do things at school. An information sheet and consent form about the survey is included in this edition of High Notes. If you do not want your child or children to participate, please return the form to school by Friday 16th August. If you are happy for your son to complete the survey, please do not complete the consent form.
I want to assure you that the survey is anonymous and students cannot be identified by their
responses. The survey is conducted online and will take around 30 minutes to complete. It will be
online between 19 August and 6 September. Two Award Scheme points will be credited to all
boys who successfully complete the survey. I urge students to have their say about
many aspects of school life, using this professional, anonymous survey instrument.
Tell Them From Me Survey
Information for Parents
Dear Parents and Carers
Our school is taking part in a pilot of the Tell Them From Me student feedback survey. The survey will provide us with valuable feedback on what our students think about school life, how engaged they are with school and the different ways that teachers interact with them. Schools in Australia and around the world have used the Tell Them From Me survey to help improve how they do things.
The survey is completed on-line and will be run by an independent research company, The Learning Bar, which specialises in school-based surveys.
The survey is anonymous to protect students’ privacy. Students will be provided with a secure log-in and password. The school will not see the responses from individual students. The survey takes around 30 minutes to complete and will be administered by the school during normal school hours./p>
AAs well as schools getting student feedback, the Department of Education and Communities, through the Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation (CESE), will run a research project to look at state-wide patterns of student wellbeing, engagement and effective teaching practices. The research will look at how these things impact on student outcomes, including academic performance. Individual students or schools will not be identified, and all information will be handled in accordance with the requirements of relevant privacy legislation.
This research will help schools in New South Wales to better understand how to improve student wellbeing and engagement. It will also help teachers and principals discuss what works to improve student outcomes./p>
PParticipating in the survey is entirely voluntary. Your child/children will not take part if either you or your child/children disagree.
If you do not want your child/children to take part in the survey, please complete the attached form by Friday 16th August.
More information about the survey and the research is available at the Frequently Asked Questions page of the CESE website: http://www.cese.nsw.gov.au/surveys/ttfm-parents
Dr K A Jaggar
Dr Jenny Donovan
Student Feedback Survey
The Tell Them From Me student survey opt-out form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes
Congratulations to the Year 12 PDC Team who won the Year 12 PDC Competition today and thus allow us to have the Hume Barbour trophy at SBHS for the 25th year since the competition began in 1930. A massive thank you is in order for Dominic Bowes who has coached this team to success this year. I have produced a display of photos outside the History staff room for anyone who was unable to come and see this prestigious event.
Last Friday was an eventful night with King’s forfeiting Juniors at 5.30, but our boys were able to debate socially and get feedback from GPS adjudicators anyway. In the Seniors our Thirds were unsuccessful, but the Seconds and Firsts won their debates on the topic " That we should re-elect the Federal Government ". It was good to see Juniors watching the Seniors as this is beneficial for Seniors (who get a big audience) and for Juniors (who get to watch Seniors debate).
This week we are at home to Shore and next week we are away at Riverview.
A huge thank you to Eden Freiberg who bought a whole new set of crockery for the DSG. The Jamie Oliver platters will add flair to our debating suppers which are already looking so wonderful this season.
We have an important change of date to announce for the Debating Dinner which will now be at 6pm on Sunday 8th September. I do hope this does not adversely affect anyone.
There are only 5 weeks left in the debating season to go so probably only 6 more emails left to
receive in 2013.
Debating this week saw some extremely phenomenal and encouraging results.
Starting from the Friday debates against King’s, unfortunately our 3rds lost a narrow debate on “That we should re-elect the Federal Government”. However, on the same topic our 1sts and 2nds saw some success. Our 2nds continued their undefeated run with an interesting interpretation of the topic, arguing that we should hold an election now rather than later.
After a disappointing and extremely unlucky debate against Scots last week, our 1st Grade side won a close debate with all 3 speakers producing a nuanced and complex case. A major thank you to all the boys, particular the juniors who stayed back to watch the 1sts. This is extremely encouraging, not only for the 1st grade debaters but also a great experience for junior debaters to hone their skills. Some of the best debaters at High made it a point to watch seniors debate and it has done wonders for them.
On an even more ecstatic note, our Year 12 PDC debating team consisting of Wilber Koslowski, Khushaal Vyas, Connor Robinson and Albert Chau won the Hume Barbour Debating Competition on Monday at the University of Sydney against a strong Penrith High School team. This team has been working extremely hard for this and ultimately saw it pay off meaning the lovely trophy will adorn our school for another consecutive year! A huge thank you to Ms Powell and Ms Rigby is in order for driving the boys to various parts of Sydney for their debates in this competition. A big thank you to the 40 boys from High who turned up to support our Year 12 debaters and I trust it would have been a great experience had by all.
This week we are up against Shore and we wish all Year groups the best for this upcoming fixture!
Tip of the week: SBHS has honed the talents of some of the best speakers in the
GPS. It would be a shame if junior debaters missed the opportunity to watch our seniors speak. It
provides a great learning experience and a tip that will surely transform you into even better
speakers than you already are!
Public Speaking Update
Sydney Boys High students continue to impress the wider community with their intelligent and articulate speeches that they have been giving at various public speaking competitions. Last term both Khushaal Vyas (Year 12) and Andrew McNaughton (Year 9) spoke at State Parliament House in the finals for Rostrum Voice of the Youth. Khushaal won the State final and represented both High and NSW in Canberra where he was named runner-up.
A special mention must also go to Lokesh Sharma (Year 11), who is to be congratulated for his fine efforts in public speaking so far this year. Lokesh was both a regional finalist in the Rostrum Public Speaking competition and runner-up in the Beyond Blue competition, also held last term.
Finally, Vishal Karnamadakala (Year 9) has made it through to the regional finals in the Legacy
Junior competition. We wish him all the best for when he speaks next Monday 12th August.
From the Andrews Junior Library
ENRICHED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT – THE BABIC COLLECTION
With very limited space in the Senior Library for books as well as 120 boys, the Junior Library has taken on the role of book repository to some extent and contains many reference books also suitable for senior students. Our 2 Libraries run on one database and with the physical separation of the Libraries, the use on online search via Library Enquiry from your School Portal at home and in remote classrooms on your laptops, enables students and staff to locate resources. These resources will include web pages vetted by the DET, Links for Learning which are online teaching resources and referrals to the broadcast materials (documentaries) faculty staff are capturing on the W Drive as well as the book collections of both Libraries.
Last week I mentioned the valuable Babic Collection just donated to the 2 Libraries and this week
I thought I would show you a snapshot of these lovely popular non-fiction resources we are adding
to our libraries as a result of this donation. We are very grateful to Greg Babic.
SBHS ‘Bring Your Own Device’ Program
In 2014 students in Year 9 will be requested to bring their own computing device to school every day.
This Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program replaces the Digital Education Revolution scheme that has ended.
What is BYOD?
Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, is a technological trend in education and in the corporate world.
BYOD recognises that technology and choices about technology are very much personal.
BYOD acknowledges technology in education means more than meeting specific curriculum requirements.
BYOD is designed to give you, as students and families, freedom to make technology choices that suit you and all your circumstances.
How will it work?
In 2014 students in Year 9 will be expected to bring their own computing device to school every day.
We will be making recommendations later this year as to the model of device you may choose to bring.
Or you can bring something of your own choosing that meets our Device Specification.
There is also some software that you have must on the device. In most cases there are free options for software.
You will be required to sign a User Charter that sets out how the device can be used at school.
A member of the school staff, the Bring Your Own Device Service Officer, will be available to answer questions and to give assistance.
However, the school does not manage, support, own or warranty the device - it's your device.
Find out more
A letter has been sent to families of Year 8 students to launch the Bring Your Own Device program.
Visit the Sydney Boys High School BYOD Program Portal to learn about device and software requirements, view the policy drafts and see answers to common parental concerns:
You can send questions, comments and feedback to:
HSC PERFORMANCE MUSIC TRIAL
HSC RECORDING & COMPOSITIONS
Composition Recording dates: 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).
MUSIC STORAGE ROOM
The 2013 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:
“Sleeping Rough” for World Vision
On Wednesday 7th August ten boys stayed overnight at school, giving up food, water and a comfortable night’s rest, for their 40 Hour Famine. The boys, who are part of a social justice group at the school, endeavoured to push the parameters of 40 Hour Famine, not only to raise awareness within the school community but to provide a platform that is different from typical campaigns for the famine.
After weeks of planning and campaigning and expressions of interest from media, the boys were finally ready to give up all food, water and usual shelter, for 12 hours. Despite the program not being for the full 40 hours, it gave students, drawn from Years 9 to 11, a new and challenging method of raising funds for impoverished children in developing countries. These boys avoided the temptations to break their fast, finding affinity with students who fast for Ramadan, and an understanding of how difficult it is.
The picturesque city skyline viewed from the school and the beautiful courtyard inside gave some relief to the boys as they prepared for a night on gym mats under the night sky. When the rain kicked in, eyebrows were raised and hope was almost lost, but enough shelter was found under the arches of the walkway and the event kicked on, watched over by Ms Ayre and then Mr Phillipson.
At about 11:30 after all the video-logging and professional photos were taken, the temperature dropped. We consequently cuddled-up, and wrapped ourselves in anticipation of the coming morning. As the sun broke, we awoke to a distinctive American accent (Mr Phillipson). The sunrise gave some relief with promise of food, and we knew that whether we had raised $50 or $500 we had made a difference.
We hope that our overnight event will encourage other students at the school to take part in the
40 Hour Famine at home during the weekend 16th to 18th August.
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 Newington
The third GPS game consolidated the results of the previous weeks. All A teams won and all opens teams had victories. The 13As celebrated their first appearance on McKay 1 with a great display of the High Way of Rugby to record another victory.
Team of the week – 1st XV – A measured performance to get their first win of the year
Play of the week – 13As forward pack who used a first XV lineout move to perfection
10th of August – Shore (A)
Mr G Barris
Yao Ming’s former coach’s visiting Sydney
18 sec: Bailey Musilin
20 sec: Daniel Haslam
21 sec: Daniel Ahn, Noah Fowler
22 sec: Boris Amronin, Garry Chen, Chen Hua Jiang, Mathew Ng, Carl Yang, Carl Yi Wang, Shuxiang Wang, Jonathon Wu
23 sec: Li Fang Chen
24 sec: Kevin Liang, Beisi Zhao
25 sec: Ian Chang, Keith Li Chambers, Leonard Mah, Andrew Nam, Tyson Zhang
20 sec: Adilmorad Nadir, James Tinker
22 Sec: Anthony Wu
23 sec: Shaleen Baranwal
25 sec: Vishnu Avudainayagam
26 Sec: Richard Li, Jeremy Yang
23 sec: Anthony Chen, Marvin Yu
24 sec: Aidan Karahasan, Adam Smararinsky, Gordon Yuan
25 sec: James Lin, Adam McCaffrey, Albert Yang
21 sec: Christian Haddo
22 sec: Liam Jepson
23 sec: Thomas Nimac, Luke Schofield
24 sec: Arunen Paraparan
25 sec: Corey Won
26 sec: Sadin Afsar, Raymond Huang
27 sec: Adam He, Jonathan Zheng
24 sec: Sandeep Senthilrajan
26 sec: Michael Qiao
19 sec: Sadin Afsar, Jeff Ye, Jimmy Yip
21 sec: Cameron Ma
22 sec: Harry Yio
23 sec: Jefferson Chan, Berny Chen, Hayden Hua
24 sec: Raymond Zhu
26 sec: Archie Fox
27 sec: Rakin Rahman
|25 sec: Ang Li||
22 sec: Oliver Avdi-Ohlsson
23 sec: Jaden Kim
24 sec: Louis Chen
PDHPE Sport Skill Assessment Improved Performers 2013
|10||Garry Bai, James Chee, Nicholas Phillis, Carl Yang||Sudarshan Arvind, Hideyoshi Cheong, Aashray Narula, Ben Nguyen|
|9||Stuart Benjamin, Raphin Hossain, Kai Matsumoto, Harry Park, Ryan Sun, Joshua Tiong, Daniel Wang, Luke Ze Tao||Manning Blackall, Joshua Chin, Liam Jepson, Akash Kiran, Nicholas Lee, Yousheng Li, Benny Liang, Raymond Mo, Andy Pan, Arunen Paraparan, Julian Tu, Anthony Zhang|
|8||Sadin Afsar, Kevin Chung, Hyo-yoong Jeon, Adam He, James Li, Chenhao Lu, Tom McGrath, Udayveer Singh, Harin Soni, Jeffrey Sung, Jonathan Tran, Anthony Xiao, Jimmy Yip,||Sanishka Balasooriya, Daniel Fan, Jason Feng, Terrence Feng, Darren Fung, Anthony He, Jason Huo, Jun Kurosawa, Andrew Li, Shang Lin, William Lin, John Pham, Michael Qiao, Nathan Wong, Darren Xian||Sadin Afsar, Kevin Cao, Jefferson Chan, Justin Fang, Daniel Fu, Ray Gu, Edgar He, Desmond Ho, Hayden Hua, Peter Hua, Darren Huang, Jason Huo, Hooyong Jeon, Andrew Li, James Li, Tony Li, Nicholas Liang, Chenhao Liu, Cameron Ma, Thomas Mc Grath, Thomas Nguyen, Michael Qiao, Udayveer Singh, Harin Soni, Jeffrey Sung, Jonathan Tran, Rickey Wu, Kenford Xuan, Jeffery Yang, Jeff Ye, Harry Yio, Jimmy Yip, Ahad Zafar, Cuthbert Zhong, Kevin Zhong, Alex Zhu, Raymond Zhu|
GPS Volleyball Results
Opposition: Scots College
(#) = number of contacts
|1st Grade||25-10 25-8 25-19|
|2nd Grade||25-21 25-20 25-18|
|16's||25-13 21-15 21-8|
|Skill||First Grade||Second Grade|
|% of Serves in play||1st||100%||Ivor (7)||1st||100%||Sunchit (11) Byron (4)|
|2nd||89%||Kevin L. (9)||2nd||90%||Thomas (10)|
|3rd||85%||Gordon (13)||3rd||89%||Sunny (9)|
|% of Serves that were Kills||1st||54%||Gordon (13)||1st||50%||Thomas (10)|
|2nd||45%||Pinyan (11)||2nd||45%||Nick (11)|
|3rd||42%||Yu Peng (19)||3rd||44%||Sunny (9)|
|% of spikes kept in play||1st||100%||Pinyan (3) Kevin L. (5) Jonathan (12) Jason L. (2)||1st||100%||Nick (3) Sunny (3) Kevin R. (5)|
|2nd||94%||Ivor (16)||2nd||92%||Thomas (13)|
|3rd||83%||Gordon (6)||3rd||83%||Sunchit (6)|
|% of spikes that were kills||1st||100%||Jason L. (2)||1st||80%||Kevin R. (5)|
|2nd||83%||Gordon (6)||2nd||50%||Sunchit (6)|
|3rd||80%||Kevin L. (5)||3rd||42%||Raycole (12)|
|% of blocks kept in play||1st||100%||Kevin L. (2) Ivor (2) Jonathan (2)||1st||100%||Thomas (4) Niyaz (2)|
|2nd||75%||Gordon (4)||2nd||67%||Sunchit (3)|
|3rd||67%||Yu Peng (3)||3rd||-||-|
|% of blocks that were kills||1st||50%||Kevin L. (2) Jonathan (2)||1st||50%||Thomas (4)|
|Serve Reception Passing accuracy||1st||100%||Kevin L. (5) Jonathan (2) Ivor (11)||1st||72%||Anes (9)|
|2nd||86%||Sean (7)||2nd||60%||Byron (5)|
|3rd||83%||Yu Peng (3)||3rd||50%||Sunny (2)|
Volleyball First Grade - Last Set Statistics
|Pinyan||Gordon||Kevin L.||Ivor||Jonathan||Yu Peng||Jason L.||Sean|
|% of Serves in play||5\5||100%||1/1||100%||2\3||67%||2\2||100%||3\4||2\3||67%||1\1||-|
|% of Serves that were Kills||2\5||40%||0\1||0%||1\3||33%||0\2||0%||1\4||2\3||67%||0\1||-|
|% of spikes kept in play||2\2||100%||1\1||100%||2\2||100%||7\8||88%||4\4||0\0||0%||2\2||-|
|% of spikes that were kills||2\2||100%||1\1||100%||2\2||100%||4\8||50%||3\4||0\0||0%||2\2||-|
|% of blocks kept in play||-||-||3\4||75%||2\2||100%||1\1||100%||2\2||2\3||67%||-||-||-|
|% of blocks that were kills||-||-||1\4||25%||1\2||50%||0\1||0%||1\2||0\3||0%||-||-||-|
|Serve Reception Passing accuracy||1\1||100%||-||-||0\0||0%||7\7||100%||2\2||1\2||75%||0\1||4\6|
2013 was a year of major improvements for the Bs. With some new players joining volleyball, we had to adapt to the new teams in time for the games against Grammar and the up-coming Volleyball NSW All Schools Tournament. We managed to achieve this, beating Grammar every single time we met; usually in straight sets but Grammar did sometimes put up a great match. However, in the first tournament, we achieved a meagre result, only managing to win once, against our 14Bs. The second tournament was a huge turnaround for us. Even without any substitutions, we had a great result in the Round Matches, only losing to Kelso whilst managing to beat Rooty Hill, Wycliffe and our 14Bs. In the Semi-Finals, we just lost against our 15As, only losing by one point when the match had to come to point difference. In the decider for 3rd and 4th we played against our 14 All-Stars. After winning the first set, the All-Stars managed to fight back and win the second set. The third set was very close, only just scraping the victory 15-12, giving us 3rd place, one of the best results 15Bs as achieved to date. Overall, 2013 has been a great year for us and I hope that in the future years Volleyball will get even better than it has been for us and future volleyball players to come.
Sydney Boys High School 2013 Debating Dinner
Date: Sunday 8th September, 2013
Where: The Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School
Price: Adults $30, Students $20, Children 11 years and under $15
BYO: Adults may bring alcohol
Tickets: Available from the Front Office
Ticket sales close Monday 2nd September, 2013
*Come and watch our coaches as we test out their debating skills in ‘The Great Debate’!*
The SBHS 2013 Debating Dinner RSVP form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes
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SBHS Open Day 2013
An invitation to prospective parents and students. Please take this opportunity to see our school in action. If you have siblings or friends in Years four and five who are interested in attending Sydney Boys High School could you please forward this information.
Thursday 5 September
9:30am - 12:00 noon
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