High Notes, Vol 14 No 26, August 23 2013
From the Principal
Enrolment 2014 progress
Year 12 Students
‘Tell Them From Me’
From the Office
Letters Re Absence/Lateness/ Early Leave
When your son returns to school from being absent he is required to provide a letter of explanation signed by a parent or guardian. If your son is going to be late for school a note is also required. Alternatively you may contact the school by phone on 9662 9300 and dial “1” for the absentee line.
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.
If you require leave for your son please, apply in writing and address your application to the Principal, Dr Jaggar, stating the reason and length of time of the leave. Your son must then present this application to Dr Jaggar for permission for the leave. Please remember to apply before the leave and not after.
The Principal must approve all leave applications.
At Riverview on Friday we were troubled with ill health which meant that Andrew Liu stepped from Thirds into Firsts. I really thank him for doing this and by all accounts he did a great job, but unfortunately we narrowly lost on a split decision.
I was lucky enough to watch two of the 8/12 winning debates on Friday. The Year 9s were a formidable team showing a great knowledge of current affairs when debating the negative on the topic 'That the police should break up peaceful protests on private land.' I was very impressed with the standard shown, boys - keep up the great work and it just shows how useful regularly watching The Project is! All humour aside, it is crucial that debaters keep up to date with current affairs and the news by reading, listening to and watching quality news programmes.
In the Seniors I was happy to see Jonathon, Lokesh and Riley working so well together as a team. Their debating styles are very different, but highly complementary and they have a well deserved unbeaten streak in GPS so far. The topic "That the Police should carry Tasers instead of Guns" was well negated by our team and I thought it was an extremely high quality debate.
Thank you also to Nick Phillis who took Andrew's place in the Thirds team and debated alongside his brother, Sam and Daniel Fang and scored a win. Very well done, boys. I know it is pretty stressful having to debate up - especially at the last minutes, but it is excellent practice for debating and in life!
We have three more debates to go and this week is our last Home Debate and it is always the most exciting of the season because we will be debating Grammar. The following week we are at Newington and boys will be expected to make their own way there and in the final week against St Joseph’s I have ordered a bus again.
Remember to get your tickets for the Debating Dinner as they are selling fast. Also we
desperately need help for Parking on Saturday at 12.15. Please contact me at
if you can help.
From the Junior Library
AMATEUR BLITZ CHESS COMPETITION - BEGINS MONDAY RECESS
YEAR 9 VISIT BY AUTHOR – SCOT GARDNER – WEDNESDAY 28TH
English classes will be withdrawn in the following order on this day:
Time beginning 10.10
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
GPS Volleyball Results
Opposition: Newington College
GPS 2nds Report
The Newington team on Saturday nonetheless was quite different to the guys we had played in the
first round of the GPS, managing to maintain their morale and ability well into the 4th set.
While this was the case, we managed to pull ahead early on and take the set with a decent four
point lead, 25-21, and in the process securing the match 3-1. Still undefeated, our next match
remains as our toughest challenge against Grammar in the final round of the season.
Mr M Kay
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 Joeys
Going to St.Joseph’s is always a difficult day for an opposition school. It was no different for Sydney High last weekend with all teams facing tough games. The standout performance of the weekend was the 15As who came from behind to defeat the St.Joseph’s 15Cs. The 13As and 14As did very well against tougher opponents, playing Bs instead of Cs.
Team of the week – 15As – Came back from 15-14, to win 19-14
The whistle blew, and our battle cries were heard by many far and wide, following the beats of our triumphant footsteps towards our opponent, leaving our opponents with such dread that their once strong legs were quivering. The housekeeping was done, and we got down to brass tacks, as we held our almighty formation awaiting the high ball soaring through the skies, eventually landing within our grasps.
The match was rough and unforgiving from the start, and we found ourselves mercilessly defending in our territory, a very unfavourable tactical position. Eventually, a tireless campaign by Joeys towards our try line paid off, and they found themselves leading on the scoreboard after a failed conversion attempt, leaving the scores at 0-5. This struck the team hard, and redemption was sought by all of our players, as we had tasted defeated too many times, and we were not looking forward to it again.
The kick off saw a new team playing on the field, with speed, agility and aggression. Our subsequent phases and dominant rucking saw us quickly advance in the field, playing the better game of rugby. We were rewarded with a try by Ethan Merrick, our standing fly half, using the wide ball off the ruck to weave through the defence, which was hastily converted with superb execution by Oliver Lethbridge. The momentum kept up, as another try was scored through our team efforts, again converted, leaving the scores at 14-5, a decent advantage heading into halftime.
The break was necessary but brief, as rehydration under the heating sun was the main concern for a team only halfway through the battle. We kicked off into the wind, a factor that would be extremely relevant in the finishing moments of the game. Our spirits were challenged, as try attempts were held off as long as possible with several heroic attempts, a special mention going to Kevin Fan with his spectacular fly kick, ejecting the ball from the hands of an attacker. However, St. Joseph’s managed to score two tries against us, luckily both un-converted, putting them in the lead by a nail biting single point.
The scrums were uncontested after half time, and several scrums within 20 metres of our try line saw several try attempts by Joeys being blocked by our remarkable defenders. The ball was ours once again however, and we were picking up momentum. Several forward runs got the ball rolling, and gaps opened up on the outside which were remarkably found by our fullback Anthony Zhang, who combined again with our inside centre Oliver to score the try that put us ahead.
The conversion being missed left the scores at a tight 19-15, putting them within winning range
of a try, not exactly the safest position to be in. The last play was announced, and a scrum won
by our opposition left us in a dangerous situation. The defensive line rushed in with haste,
forcing the opposing fly half to kick the ball. But the strong wind carried the ball, luckily,
past the dead ball line, and as the referee blew his whistle, we knew that victory had been
secured, and we let our tired bodies rest as we congratulated our worthy opposition, and could
walk away from the field with a triumphant and satisfying victory against St Joseph’s
24th of August – Shore (H)
Mr G Barris
SBHS 2013 Rugby Dinner
Help celebrate another great year of High Rugby
WHEN? Friday 13 September 2013. 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm start.
Maximum seating 220.
Soft drinks and mineral water provided.
SBHS 2013 RUGBY DINNER
The 2013 Rugby Dinner RSVP form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes
Football: The World Game
End of Season Dinner
High Football would like to cordially invite all players, parents and supporters of SBHS Football to the
End of Season Dinner
It is a fantastic chance to celebrate the 2013 season with teammates and coaching staff.
There will prizes awarded for Player of the Season, Golden Boot, Golden Glove as well as the coveted Dolan Cup for best High Football Team.
Tickets are $30 per person, payable to the Main Office. Seats are strictly limited so make sure you and your teammates get in early to secure a spot. Payments close on Wednesday 10th September or when sold out.
Vegetarian and halal meal options available. Soft drinks will be provided for players.
There will be a committee meeting held in room 901 (upstairs in the gymnasium) on Monday, 26th August at 6:00pm. All parents and supporters are welcome.
The final committee meeting of the season will be held on Monday, 16th September at 6:00pm. This will serve as High Football’s 2013 season review, looking at topics including:
Coaching - Grounds - Co-Payments - Staffing - Fundraising - Committee Structure
End of Season Rifle Luncheon 2013
Please come along to celebrate a great year for High Rifle Shooting
WHEN? Sunday, 15th September 2013, 12:30pm
SYDNEY HIGH END OF SEASON RIFLE LUNCHEON - 2013
The End of Season Rifle Luncheon RSVP form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes
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
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C.
Open Day Parent Volunteers
Phillip Day Memorial Dinner
The dinner is being held in the Great Hall on Wednesday 4 September at 7:00pm. The cost of the dinner is $65 per head and the guest speaker will be Karl Kruszcelnicki, Class of 2005, University Medallist (2012). Please support this most worthy cause.
OBU High Achievers Evening
On Thursday 5th September, from 5.30-8.30pm in the Great Hall at the School, the SHS Old Boys Union is running a special evening of presentations and discussions for current senior students and parents to mix with, and seek advice from, successful old boys in Business, Law, Medicine & Health, Engineering & Science, Public Service, Sport and other fields. Speakers include
For more information regarding this evening, please go to the event website at www.bighighobuevent.org.au
August P&C General Meeting
Thank you to the parents who attended the August P&C General Meeting. Topics of discussion included detailed updates on the Governors Centre and Transport for NSW’s light rail project. Both of these projects will have a significant impact on our school over the coming years and parents are encouraged to attend General meetings to keep informed on these and other issues.
The next P&C general meeting will be held on Monday 9 September at 7:30pm in the staff common room.
Upcoming Parking Events
Saturday 24 August 3:05pm – Saints v West Tigers (Debating Supporters Group)
Upcoming Meetings & Events
General P&C Meeting: Staff Common Room – 7:30pm, Monday 9 September.
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. We especially need volunteers on a Monday.
Thanks to the volunteers last week as we are busier without the help of the Prefects due to their exams.
MON: Carolyn Pope, Tina Chang,
From the Office Cashier
Cash Register Opening Times
Due to the change of bell times the cash register will be closed at 2.00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays. Before school and first break register times (be it recess or lunch) remain the same on these days.
There are now 2 cash registers open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday. The second register is located opposite the Deputy’s Office (Mr Barris).
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