High Notes, Vol 14 No 29, September 13 2013
From the Principal
Year 12 update
Light Rail Planning – Community Consultation
‘How the CBD and South East Light Rail (CSELR) crosses South Dowling Street, the Eastern Distributor, Moore Park West and Anzac Parade is a complex part of this project. The proposed alignment includes a cut and cover option, however a viaduct is also under consideration. The base case is for a tunnel underneath Moore Park and Anzac Parade, which would bring light rail back to the surface at Moore Park near to the Sydney Cricket Ground. Also under consideration is a viaduct option that would travel above ground along the same alignment as the tunnel. Both options are presented here for public consultation. We would like to hear your feedback on these options before the designs are finalised for the Environmental Impact Statement.’
A viaduct would be ugly. It would attract homeless people because of the shelter it provides. A viaduct would ruin the vista that exists as one approaches Moore Park from the city, particularly including the impressive view to SBHS. A viaduct over Anzac Parade would ruin the memorial drive concept – it is incongruent with the Obelisk monument, the sandstone memorial gates at SBHS and SGHS and the line of Moreton Bay figs planted in memory of the fallen in World War 1.
Students and Parents are urged to support the cut and cover option for Moore Park west and to oppose the viaduct option. Give your feedback on line at - http://engage.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/cselr
From the Office
Applying for Leave
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).
From the Canteen
We apologise if some of your favourites are not available this week as we run down supplies before the end of term.
Thank you to our volunteers last week.
MON: Pam Jepson, Usha Arvind, Dongmin Zhao,
It has been a very busy two weeks and last week’s High Notes report did not get saved in the correct place – apologies. On Friday we had a highly successful night at Newington with only one very narrow defeat out of the twelve competitive debates we were in. A hearty congratulations to everyone involved! Last Friday we had a mixed night at Joey’s with 7A and 9A winning which puts them as joint Premiers of GPS and with Seconds outright runners up and 8A co runners up.
Our inclusive policy of allowing everyone the chance to debate for most of the year is fair and we certainly have no intention of changing that, but it means that we are late to form teams. This gives other schools (who certainly do not have as big a debating program as us) an advantage and explains why we do better in the competitions with older students who are likely to have been together in similar teams for a couple of years. For these reasons I am pleased to announce a trial debating program for GPS A and selected B students in Term 4. It means that coaching will continue until Week 9 of both Term 3 and Term 4.
Thank you to Arthur Chau, Thomas Shortridge, Andrew McNaugton and Max Koslowski, Akeedh Ahmad, Hugh Bartley, Symeon Ziegler and Tim Trent for their help with the organisation of Open day.
Our Year 7 PDC team won the PDC Zone and have got a place in the regional Semi finals. They are in a Year 7 and Year 8 Zone so this is a fantastic achievement. Well done boys and good luck in the rest of the competition.
I am pleased to announce that Antony Paul has been successful in his application to be Firsts Coach next year and Christopher Chiam will be Seconds Coach. Congratulations to both of them.
On Sunday we held the debating dinner which really was a lovely evening. Thank you to Glynis Bartley and her team of parent helpers who made the hall look wonderful and the evening run so well. I know a lot of hard work went into the event beforehand. It was great to see almost everyone who was awarded a prize there to receive it.
The Golden Pide on Cleveland Street made us a hugely generous contribution of delicious breads
and dips which I would like to thank them for. They will certainly have a lull in their takings
now that the debating season is over – even my son looks forward to his Golden Pide trip
with the debaters each Friday after coaching!Rachel Powell
What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?
We would like to express our appreciation to Gregory Babic an Old Boy of this school whose bequest of 42 boxes of his amazing collection of books to the libraries at SBHS has meant that both libraries Senior and Junior have been able to add many fantastic books to their collections. This is a great boost to our growing collection in the Senior Library especially.
The Senior Library will also be adding new shelving next Term to house our Non Fiction collection. We hope to create extra space for many of the titles added this year and at the same time maintain plenty of space for students to come and study in the Library as well as ensuring they have the best, most appropriate and useful resources for their research and curriculum needs.
We are now into our fourth year of operation and the library has developed from a space to come and study or relax with virtually no resources, to a fully functioning resource area and library available for all Senior students who wish to study individually or work, problem solve and collaborate with fellow students. This has meant that each year the number of students using the library has increased. One of our senior students, Michael Cui has examined the statistics collected in the first two terms of 2013 and has produced a report detailing how the Senior Library is used and numbers of students using it for study and collaboration. Please see this report below.
First Semester Library Statistics
Separate Daily Averages
From the Junior Library
NEW LIBRARY SYSTEM – WEB BASED
SYSTEM DESIGN - LIBRARY CATALOGUE TO BE A ONE STOP ONLINE RESOURCE SHOP
ALL FACULTIES AND PARENTS NEEDED ON BOARD FOR THE RIDE
ANALYSING OUR LIBRARIES 2013 – USEFUL SPACES?
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 Scots
All teams showed their improvement over the course of the season with some excellent results in the juniors.
Teams of the week –
Mr G Barris
CHS Athletics Report
Last week on the 6th-8th September, High athletes competed at the annual Combined High School (CHS) Athletics carnival. Following impressive results at GPS, expectations were no doubt high, but the athletes were keen to showcase their talents against the best in the CHS. Over the three days, High was able to win 9 medals (3 gold, 3 silver, 3 bronze), and all 4x100m relays from 13s to Opens qualified for the finals in what was a highly successful carnival.
In the 13s, Lucas Wong ran a blistering 11.96 in the 100m heats, and finished 3rd in a close final. He backed this up with another impressive 3rd place in the 200m, running 24.62. After setting a massive PB in the heats, the 13s relay were just edged out by 0.1 seconds to come 2nd in the final with 48.90. The 14s and 15s relays finished 7th and 5th respectively in their finals, both running massive PBs. The 15s 200m hurdles was closely contested by both Rick Saha and Wanyu Tang, finishing 5th and 6th respectively. These impressive results in the juniors provide great hopes for High in the future.
In the 16s, Leonard Mah placed 2nd in the 200m final with a quick 22.75. He also finished 5th in an extremely tight 100m final with 11.34, where the entire race was separated by 0.2 seconds. The 16s relay came a respectable 5th in the final. A special mention goes to Ivor Metcalf, who once again demonstrated his exceptional athletic talents by easily winning the Opens Long Jump (6.84m) and High Jump (2.00m), placing 3rd in Triple Jump (13.18m), and winning the 110m hurdles (14.02) by almost 1.5 seconds. Pete Upatising jumped 6.37m in the Long Jump for 6th place. The Opens relay ran a huge PB (43.47) to finish 2nd in the final: a race only lost in the final few metres.
These remarkable results, both in individual events and relays, resulted in High winning the
Kippax Cup (awarded to the Champion Boys school): a strong reflection of the depth prevalent
within our Athletics team. It is also worth noting that many of the boys’ performances
would have won at this year’s GPS carnival: a testament to the athletes’ and
coaches’ efforts between the GPS and CHS season. Congratulations to all the boys who
competed at the carnival, as it is a feat to compete at such a high level. I would also like to
thank the parents for supporting the athletes, Joshua Tassell for coaching the boys in
preparation for the carnival, and finally MIC Kurt Rich for making it all possible.
Basketball: Shootin' Hoops
The 11th Annual Old Boys Game
At 10 sharp the 2nd Grade game started. The game couldn’t have a more intense start with lightning quick passes and quick hands from both sides, with the first 3 possessions all intercepted before High 2nd broke away to steal the momentum with a tough shot made by rookie forward Jerry Gek. 2nd Grade came out on top from this and kept their momentum to lead the first quarter at 15-8, before a viciously fought second quarter put the Old Boys up 25-24 at half time. Third quarter was neck and neck, with neither side wanting to give the edge over to the other, however in the fourth quarter 2nd Grade managed to break away to a 9 point lead with 1:30 left to play. The Old Boys pulled back at 51-48 with 26 seconds left, and with final possession in 2nd Grade hands, the Old Boys resorted to fouling in order to gain possession. Brendan Fattore managed to score 2 more points off free throws, before a fast break three point attempt by the Old Boys as time wound down missed, sealing the game for High 2nd Grade at 53-48.
In the 1st grade game a matchup between Geoff Gerlach and Shiraz Biscevic was much anticipated. These guys are two of the biggest players we’ve had in the school in the 21st Century. The 1st grade game got off to a much slower start, with both teams calculating and precise in executing their plays, not wanting to lose possession unnecessarily. An effective timeout called by Mr B Hayman as 1st Grade trailed 10-8 saw High coming back on a 7-0 run to lead the game 15-10 with 1 minute left.
The second quarter saw both teams pick up their pace to match that of the 2nd Grade game, with Blake McGlenchy from the Old Boys firing off and nailing two 3 pointers straight away in two consecutive possessions. However, as the shot clock wound down Nathan Sutton managed to fire off a three pointer to put High up again at 20-18. Momentum was on the Old Boys’ side, however, as they continued their scoring to a 7-0 run to lead 25-20 with 3 minutes left. Old Boys then kept the edge and led at half time 31-26.
The third quarter saw the 5 point difference continue until the 4 minute mark, where a smart three point play by James Baraceros saw an 8 point lead by High 1st Grade which they held onto to lead 50-42 at the break. The fourth quarter saw another 3 pointer by star player Blake McGlenchy, which would be his 6th three pointer of the game. Noah Fowler of High 1sts immediately kicked back however, putting the score at 52-45. At 4:42, the Old Boys came back to put the score at 54-52, with 2 alley-oops conversions from Blake in the process putting them back in the game. With 3:05 left to play, the scores were matched at 56-56. The stalemate continued, with many missed opportunities from both sides. This was broken with 36.9 seconds left, when Blake managed 1 free throw after a foul to put the Old Boys 1 point up. With 0.9 seconds left, Mitchell Flynn was controversially fouled in a shot attempt, to which many Old Boys objected, and was given the chance to put the game into overtime or put the win in High’s hands with 2 free throws; however both were missed and the Old Boys ended up pulling off a narrow 1 point win against High.
Overall, a surprisingly outstanding level of play was exhibited on Sunday, with the 2nd Grade game an outstanding highlight of fast-paced action and constantly immense pressure in the 1st Grade game. The first grade side rotated 15 players into the game ensuring it was a practice match for the State Finals the following day, however they lost to Holy Spirit and had to settle for 3rd in the state out of all schools this year. However, judging by the Old Boys game, a very exciting season is coming up for 1st Grade this year. I hope the trials go well for the rest of the basketball players in the school, and look forward to a great season ahead!
The Old Boys now retain the trophy and lead the contest 6 wins to 5.
~ Go HIGH!
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
** PLEASE NOTE – THERE HAS BEEN A CHANGE OF DATE **
Sunday 15th of September
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 Thursday 12th September or when sold out.
Vegetarian and halal meal options available. Soft drinks will be provided.
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
All parents and supporters are welcome and all feedback will be helpful to give direction to the SBHS Football Program in 2014 and beyond.
High Runners Club
For all abilities
Fridays 8-9am from October 11
Coached by Adam Booth (class of 2012)
See Mr Pavone to join
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
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C.
P&C General Meetings- New Start Time of 6:30pm
At the last two P&C General meetings, we have canvassed the option of moving the P&C General meeting forward to 6:30pm to provide an earlier finish for attendees.
At both these meetings there was unanimous support for the suggestion and we are proposing to institute the change from the next general meeting on Monday October 14 at 6:30pm in the Staff Common Room.
OBU High Achievers Evening
The OBU High Achievers presentation was held Thursday 5th September, and was by all accounts an extremely well attended and successful event. Thank you to the Old Boys and the OBU for investing significant time and resources into what is hoped will be an annual event. Particular thanks must go to the many high achieving Old Boys who gave their time to present and network with the parents and boys on the night.
Phillip Day Memorial Dinner
SBHS parents were pleased to be able to attend the Phillip Day Memorial Dinner which proved to be an enjoyable evening for all involved. Thanks to Dr. Jaggar, Mr Barris and other staff, students and Old Boys who helped make the evening a success.
Upcoming Parking Events
Saturday 14 September, 1:00pm to 7:00pm – NRL Finals Double Header (P&C)
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Rugby Dinner: Great Hall – 6:30pm, Friday 13 September.