High Notes, Vol 14 No 28, September 06 2013
From the Principal
Parent Information Evening – Subject Acceleration
Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship Dinner
Phil’s life was defined by his faith, his friends and the fellowship he created. He loved teaching, swimming at Clovelly and socialising, preferably over coffee. He was a true believer in the GPS sports program and was an enthusiastic and effective MIC for Swimming for many years. He believed in helping people in need and he wholeheartedly supported the excellent all-rounder ethos.
After his passing in February, 2007, Phil’s friends took up a collection in order to do something in his memory. The Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship Trust Deed was executed on July 4, 2008. The initial capital to establish the fund was $16,000. The Trustee, the Sydney High School Foundation Inc, is empowered to sponsor or organise fund raising activities for the benefit of the Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund. Previous fundraising dinners in 2009 and 2011 lifted the total of funds in Trust considerably. Last year the terms of the Trust Deed were altered to allow 50% of the interest earned on capital to be applied to scholarships. Over the five years, the trust funds have grown with the help of the school underwriting the scholarship each year. The first Phil Day scholarship went to Alex Belokopytov in 2009. Since then, Terence Pham, Jesse Nixon, Adam Booth and Thomas McGrath have been awarded scholarships to the value of $1200.
The Trust Fund stands at $58,236. In order for the scholarship fund to be self-sustaining another
7 or 8k is needed. If you were unable to attend the dinner but would like to help in this worthy
cause, go to our website at www.sydneyboyshigh.com/donations/scholarship-fund
where you will find out more about the trust and the scholarship. I urge you to download the form
and make a tax deductible contribution.
From the Office
Applying for Leave
French Student Exchange Program
Dorian, France - July 2013 - 10 months
Dorian, a French 17 year-old from Bordeaux, is really enjoying Australia and Sydney Boys High School.
Dorian arrived in Australia in mid-July, and has experienced Sydney during a 3 day intensive cultural immersion course put on by Southern Cross Cultural Exchange. He is living in Redfern, but his host family were only able to commit to hosting for 3 months. We are therefore looking for a family to take over in late September or early October.
If you have considered hosting, now is the time. Dorian is a friendly, outgoing boy. He enjoys jogging and martial arts. He’d like to become an engineer in robotics in the future.
Southern Cross Cultural Exchange, a not-for-profit student exchange company operating nation-wide, is responsible for all of Dorian’s travel expenses, insurance and school placement. We also provide 24 hour support for host families. Dorian himself provides his own spending money, and is responsible for any school costs.
From the Canteen
Once again thank you for being a canteen volunteer. ALL canteen profits are returned back to the school to help fund projects and facilities which benefit all our sons.
Thank you to our volunteers last week.
MON: Tina Chang, Amy Yan, Sam Guo, Rachel Fowler, Christiana Haddo
What’s up in the McDonald Senior Library?
Friday 6th September, 2013
Last week SBHS Libraries hosted a visit by award winning author Scot Gardner. Years 9 and 10 attended his presentation on Tuesday 27th and Wednesday the 28th of August. The visit was a great success with the audience riveted to his interesting, amusing and inspirational talk.
Scot related stories from his own life and of his family which related to his view of the world as expressed with passion and humour as a successful author. He was able to relate to the boys and they in turn identified with his ideas and sense of humour. In describing his own experiences and feelings he revealed some of the themes that emerge in his books. His latest title The Dead I Know won the Children’s Book Council’s Book of the Year Award for Older Readers in 2012. As the title suggests one of the main themes of the book is death and how it can affect people, especially a traumatic death as in this story.
Scot also told the darkly amusing story of his family and the death of Tiny the cow, who drowned in the local creek. A wake was held for the unfortunate animal and after amusing the audience with this tale of woe went on to tell us that not long afterwards both maternal and paternal Grandmothers died. In describing how the family dealt with death he subtly reminded students that good writing comes not from exotic or spectacular events but from the ordinary stuff of life and the emotions emanating from it.
We were privileged to have such a fantastic writer speak to our students and hopefully they will have been inspired by him or in the least have picked up some small kernel of truth to make a difference in their writing and/or life!
Final days for Year 12 students
We wish them all a happy and successful future in whatever paths they choose to take.
From the Junior Library
WINNER OF THE AMATEUR BLITZ CHESS COMPETITION – Jacky Yu, Year
Thank you to the Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh Library Monitors who supervised the Chess Competition this year. These boys sacrificed their lunch and recess breaks for 2 days straight to do this work.
Boys learn to play chess against one another in the Junior Library which can afford to be a little more light hearted than the more studious Senior Library. Chess has taken on an impetus this term which is assisted by this competition which is only for non -Chess Club players.
THE $40 LIBRARY VIP BOOK -VOUCHER WINNER – Daniel Cai, Year
AUTHOR VISIT – SCOT GARDNER
Both of our Librarians agree that Scot Gardner writes good quality and edgy children’s literature. Scot Gardner books available from out Library are Australian Children’s Book of the Year Winner – The dead I know, Burning Eddy, Gravity, Happy as Larry, Bookmark Days, The Detachable Boy, Kevin the Plumber.
PREMIER’S READING CHALLENGE APOLOGIES
LIBRARY VIP AWARDS
Parents please congratulate these lifelong readers. All of these boys will be receiving VIP Certificates.
NEW RESOURCES JUST OUT (and record number of resources accessioned)
Save Some Lives – Donate Blood on Monday 9 September
The Red Cross mobile unit will be accepting blood donations in our Gymnasium on Monday 9 September from 8.30-3.30.
Family members, staff and students over 16 are can donate by making an appointment on the bulletin board outside Room 506. Students are encouraged to book a time which coincides with a free period or at the beginning of lunch/ recess. Students/parents/staff are invited to book any remaining times on Friday 6 September. Walk-ins will be accepted if time permits.
The duration of the screening process will be drastically reduced for previous donors who include their donor number when reserving an appointment time. All donors are required to complete a comprehensive questionnaire before eligibility to donate is determined. Red Cross medical staff will follow stringent screening procedures used in medical facilities. Permission notes are not required.
Special thanks for coordinating this blood drive go to our Red Cross Youth Ambassadors: Adilmorad Nadir (Y10), Azam Malik (Y11), Bosco Tran (Y10), Glanden Zheng (Y11) and Jeramy Ma (Y11).
From Australian Red Cross - www.donateblood.com.au
The most common factors that will determine if you can or cannot give blood follow.*
Before giving blood:
Most people are able to give blood if they:
You may be temporarily unable to give blood if you:
You will not be able to give blood if you have:
* Further eligibility criteria apply.
For further information, or if you are unsure about your eligibility to give blood, contact Australian Red Cross and ask to speak with a medical professionals. Phone 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au.
High Runners Club
For all abilities
Fridays 8-9am from October 11
Coached by Adam Booth (class of 2012)
See Mr Pavone to join
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. Grammar
All teams showed their improvement over the course of the season with a much more competitive encounter than earlier in the season. The big improvers were the 16Bs and 3rd XV who turned around 60 point losses earlier in the year to win this time.
Team of the week – 3rd XV – Turned around a 60 point loss earlier in the season to beat Grammar 3rd XV, the first time an opens team has beaten an equivalent Grammar opponent in 12 years.
3rd XV report
In the dying seconds of the initial half, fly-half Mitch Flynn discovered he had legs. Breaking the line with Bolt-like pace, Flynn had secured an additional 7 points next to the might Sydney High. Under the wise guidance of Hall of Fame coach, Guoxi Bill Wang, the High Boys were energetic out of the half-time break, ready to gain another victory in their many seasons. Respectfully, High allowed Grammar to re-enter the contest with several points of their own. The almost-perfect play of the High 3rd XV backline, however, ensured that the margin never dipped below 10, thanks to the play of Hayden "Baby" Lam and Ethan "Calves" Ou. The victory was assuredly in the bag when Flynn and Tony "Heart Attack" Li put up 3rd XVs highest scoring output in its short history of 28 points.
Famed for their brilliant back line and their gargantuan forward pack, the Sydney High Boys
triumphantly cheered at the final whistle. Beneath the Spring sun and the rowdy support, the High
Spirit proudly triumphed with the year 12s Ryan Xi, Brian He, Will Chang, Tony Li, Hayden Lam and
Ryan Dewan, finishing the closing chapters of their High Rugby careers.
7th of September – Scots (A)
Mr G. Barris
First Grade GPS Volleyball Report
Looking to avenge our loss against Grammar last time we played, we knew we would have to play well and consistently to beat this will prepared team. Coming in with a host of new skills, particularly running faster balls around the net thus strengthening our isolation plays (and thus reducing necessity for riskier combination plays), we felt that we had the extra edge that would get us over the line. This is all in thanks to the work of our coaches, Mr Kay and Yaegan Doran. Additionally, the larger serving space of our home gym allows for jump serves – one of the cornerstones of our play that had been unable to be used at our away game against Grammar last time.
We opened strongly in the first set, with our aggression matching our excellent consistency. Amazing serving gave us needed runs and was a mental edge over the grammar team. Despite being the best passing team we’ve come against all year, the faster balls allowed us to get between blocks and hit hard line balls, resulting in well-earned points. As such, we won the first set convincingly, in a testament to the new style of play.
The second set followed in similar suit, as we pulled away to an early lead, again with serving giving us those extra points which allowed some breathing space. Our faster plays continued to consolidate, and we were winning the psychological battle – despite the fact that Grammar had brought more supporters to our gym who were very vocal in their support for the Grammar side.
The third set was far closer, winning in extra points 26-24. It was our own poor passing that inhibited the quality of sets, and thus reduced our attacking power. For a game built heavily on attack, we needed excellent passes – and their absence saw us with a significant mid set point deficit. However, a strong finish saw us win in straight sets against an excellent team.
With this win, High are officially Co-Premiers of 2013 GPS Volleyball. Unfortunately, set and
point count back are not used in calculating first – which would have put us as the only
premiers. Despite this, it is an honour to share the title with the Grammar team (due to our loss
earlier in the season) who are undoubtedly one of the best sides the GPS competition has seen.
The continued trend of the other schools putting more resources into Volleyball has seen a shift
to a new era of Volleyball, an era where High is unable to expect to win the GPS competition. As
such, I am incredibly proud of the team as we remain the side to beat in the GPS
Mr M Kay
SHS Rowing Committee
INFORMATION and ORIENTATION
7.00am Saturday 14 September 2013
at High Rowing Sheds, Abbotsford
Senior parents … this is a very important meeting to attend so you know what is happening during the rowing season.
MORNING TEA AND COFFEE PROVIDED
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
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
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, BYO for parents and supporters.
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