High Notes, Vol 14 No 25, August 16 2013
From the Principal
Tell Them From Me Survey
I urge all students to complete the online survey during the next week.
Enrolments Years 8, 9, 11 for 2014
Sport Obligations During Examination Periods
From the Office
If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Barris, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name, date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.
Last Friday we hosted Shore and won 10/14 competitive debates including all of the Senior Debates – well done, boys. It was certainly a busy evening and I thank all the parents who helped out - especially Craig Phillis (our DSG President), Glynnis Bartley, Eden Freiberg and Nina Ilina. We had some interesting educational topics which meant some boys had to argue that we should bring back the cane and some that the wealthy should be able to buy their way into University.
This week we have a week off hosting which is welcome news. We will be debating at Riverview. I have organised a bus to take students at 4.45. Please do not be late because we do not want to forfeit any debates and traffic will be busy at this time. I would request a $5 contribution to the cost of the bus hire. Christopher Chiam will travel on the bus with the students. The bus will return after the Junior Debates finish which will be at about 8pm. We will ensure it does a drop off at Central on the way back to school. I will assume everyone is coming on the bus unless anyone tells me they are making their own way there. Next week: 23rd August will be the last Home debate and because it will be against Grammar we will be expecting big audiences for the debates.
It is unfortunate that the Year 11s have been knocked out of the Premiers Debating Competition. Bad luck, boys. Still with 3/3 wins in GPS so far you can set your eyes on another prize!
We have rescheduled the Debating Dinner for the following day - so that's Sunday 8th September. Some people have already ordered their tickets which is good news. Last year we were full to capacity, but many people left ticket purchases to the very last minute. This makes our planning very difficult so please, if you intend to come, ensure you purchase your ticket in good time.
Please remember if you have not signed up for the debating email yet you can do so by sending me
an email with your son’s name and Year group to
This week saw an extremely successful round against Shore with High winning 10 out of 14 debates. Well done, boys!
This week saw our debaters arguing on the topic area of ‘education’. Whilst it sounded like a generic topic area, the actual set topics were anything but that! Some of the interesting ones we saw this week were our Year 7 teams debating on “We should allow teachers to use the cane on students”. I’m sure it would have been quite an interesting discussion!
Our seniors debated on the extremely difficult topic “That we should allow students to join university courses when they achieve below the ATAR cut-off if they can pay more than the full fee of the course” (Something along those lines, it was a long topic). On what seemed to be a negatively weighted topic, our 1sts, 2nds and 3rds (A coin toss decides the sides and we were affirmative on two and negative on one) all won their respective debates highlighting the versatility of our senior debaters. An excellent effort!
It was very encouraging to see junior debaters coming along to support the 1st grade. It provides a lovely atmosphere but is also one of the best learning experiences for all our up and coming debaters!
This week we are away against Riverview and I wish all the teams best of luck!
Tip of the week: There will always be some debates where you struggle to come up with arguments,
especially for topics that are outside the box. Never panic in these situations. Try and go back
to basics and identify every stakeholder (i.e. groups of people affected by the topic in
question) and look at the way the topic could have either positive/negative impacts on these
groups. By doing so, you will often be able to develop some meaningful and persuasive
HSC RECORDING & COMPOSITIONS
MUSIC STORAGE ROOM
The 2013 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:
Cyber Safety Survey 2013
Results of the Parent Survey on Cyber Safety 2013
Surveys were distributed at 2013 Parent Teacher night and the following range of questionnaires were completed and handed in:
Year 7 = 11; Year 8 = 11; Year 9 = 18; Year 10 = 3 and Year 11 = 5 and Year 12 = 7. This is a disappointingly low response, but I have proceeded with the calculations. I urge parents, in future, when you get an opportunity to give feedback via school surveys please do so. It provides us with important feedback about your son and the school and allows us to plan more effectively.
I feel the small sample in Year 10 means it is not worth including in the survey and that it is sensible to join the Year 11 and Year 12 responses together for a senior sample.
Not every question was answered on every questionnaire, but all responses were included in the calculations.
Location of Computer
For the key reason that it allows monitoring to take place, the advice to parents is that computers should be in a shared or designated space rather than a child’s bedroom. The only Year group where this advice seems to be being heeded is in Year 8.
Computer Usage – time
Based on this I am particularly concerned about Year 7 whose relatively high usage places them on an equal footing with the Seniors during the week (whose results are also concerning) and over and above the other Junior Years at the weekend.
Computer Usage – limits
A very clear message from experts is that parents should agree set times to use computers with their children. It is thus concerning that this message does not seem to be getting through.
Computer Usage – Late at night
In all Years there is a fairly even distribution between activities being used on the computers. The range of activities increases throughout the Years. So in Year 7 computers are being used for on-line games, downloading and educational activities. By Year 8 computers are just as much used for social networking and emailing. By Year 9 educational usage and on line gaming are the most popular use for the computers, but they are still being used for these other uses and by Senior level there is the addition of on-line banking and internet shopping.
Parent and Son Communication
Measures and rules implemented to undertake the risks when using the
Awareness of cyber safety Information
In Year 7 50% of parents control what games their son’s purchase; 21% monitor their son’s computer usage, and another 29% let their sons play what they want. In Year 8 only 9% control what games are purchased 55% monitor the computer usage and 36% are allowed to play what they want. In Year 9 74% control the games that are purchased and 21% monitor computer usage and only 5% are allowed to play what they want. At senior level 27% control what games are purchased, 18% monitor computer usage and 55% are allowed to play what they want.
Therefore Year 9 stands out as the anomaly in a pattern of decreasing parental control over gaming which is what we would expect as boys get older. However, with 29% and 36% of Years 7 and 8 students having no parental restrictions on the types of games they play, there is a sizeable minority of students in the Junior School with potential access to overly violent, sexually explicit and possibly addictive games.
Buying computer games
These figures fit with an expected pattern of increasing financial independence in adolescents
and when cross referenced with the results above helps explain decreasing parental control over
From the High Store
AUGUST SALE - Ends 30th Aug
Zoot Suit original design – great for training NOW $40 limited sizes
FATHER’s DAY GIFTS :
From the Canteen
Unfortunately Canteen has lost a few volunteers this term due to changes in work commitments. If you have any time that you could volunteer at the canteen, please contact Karen or Tracey on Ph: 9360 4027.
Thanks to the volunteers last week.
MON: Yoshi K-Leong, Pam Jepson, Dongmin Zhao, Usha Arvind
From the Junior Library
2 Library events will be happening in the next 2 weeks:
1 – Author visit
Our annual author’s visits are a Literacy initiative.
2 - 2013 Library Amateur Chess Competition
This winner will receive a A BAG OF LOLLIES
Thanks to Meredith Thomas, our Library Assistant, who donated The Count of Monte Cristo in both DVD and book format to our Junior Library. Meredith also donated The Australian Presents Australia’s First Century.
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:
SHS OBU High Achievers Event
Senior students, this is your opportunity to gain valuable insights from some of our School’s leading old boy ‘High Achievers’ at a special event at the School on Thursday, 5 September 2013.
This special evening of presentations and discussions, conducted by the Sydney High School Old Boys’ Union, will enable current students and your parents to mix with and seek advice from successful old boys in business, medicine, law, public service, sport and other fields.
Hear these High Achievers talk about their lives, particularly their experiences at university, in their careers and in the community. They will discuss their motivations and how they overcame adversities to become successful.
You can’t afford to miss this informative and valuable evening:
This is a rare chance to network with a large gathering of successful old boys, together at your School, eager to talk to you, their future High alumni. Take the time to consider your future and how to become a High Achiever.
Places are limited. Register now to avoid missing out:
When: Thursday, 5 September 2013 from 5:30 to 8.30pm
Register or seek more information at www.bighighobuevent.org.au
Message from the Sportsmaster
Summary of Sports Policy and Follow up Procedures
Summer sport selections are coming up very soon. Ensure you fully understand what is expected of you if you sign up to a Saturday AAGPS sport. The full sports policy is on the schools website under the ‘Sports’ dropdown menu. http://www.sydneyboyshigh.com/sport/sport-policy
Mr M Pavone
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 Shore
The games against Shore in the middle of the GPS season showed the strength of our junior teams. The senior teams did very well to be competitive in all three matches but unfortunately the depth of Shore proved too much.
Team of the week – 13As – A wonderful victory
14As team report
The second half would prove to be entirely different however, as the As retained possession of
the ball for the majority of the game from winning the scrums and line-outs as well as
maintaining solid defence. The rucks were also won consistently, and from this support, the
backline was able to manoeuvre the ball and score multiple tries. Complemented by this were a few
spectacular line breaks by Ervin Zhou, Anthony Xiao and David Kim. High was able to proudly walk
off the field with a 55-12 win over the Shore side.
Rugby players and supporters please come down to the Rugby canteen, located next to McKay 1 at the Fairland Pavilion, and enjoy some great food while watching the home games.
17th of August – Joeys (A)
Mr G Barris
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.
Sydney Boys High School 2013 Debating Dinner
Date: Sunday 8th September, 2013
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
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
Sydney Boys High School
Ph: 9662 9300