High Notes, Vol 14 No 34, November 01 2013
From the Principal
Governors Centre Update
BYOD and the TSO
From the Canteen
The canteen would like to thank all this year’s Year 12 parents who are still coming to help in the canteen until the end of the year even though their sons are no longer at school. We really appreciate this.
Thank you to our volunteers last week:-
MON: Irene Noronha, Cole Gu,
A Visit from a German Exchange student
Three months of my life passed by in a flash of lightning. Three months of enjoyment, laughter, happiness disappeared so quickly and I was left alone, sad but at the same time overjoyed with my choices.
Entering the exchange program had been the best 3 months of my life. I gained freedom, the will to enjoy and most importantly a friend. A friend whose memories I will cherish for my entire life. My exchange student, Alex, and I enjoyed many good times together. We went to places together and had fun, he was just like an older brother to me.
Such an opportunity comes very rarely, and fortunately, I grasped this one tightly with two hands and so began my trip to places I had never ventured to before. I met new people from various cultures, I visited many tourist attractions that I had long since forgotten about and I also drastically improved my German skills. I have gained a significant amount of language skills compared to a few months ago; my German has rocketed up by just speaking German for an hour a day.
Often, Alex and I would head to a tourist attraction, and he would start taking an enormous
number of photos. I remember one time he had 700 photos in just a few hours. I have gained an
extraordinary amount of wisdom and knowledge from Alex’s trip down under, and I pass this
on to you all, in the hope that one day, you too will host an exchange student, have fun and
apply for a scholarship to go to a fascinating country for a few months, and explore a new
culture, a new way of life and make new friends.
A Black Tie Affair…
… was the banquet and ball for the NSW and the ACT recipients of the SAGSE (Society for Australian German Student Exchange) scholarships. The ten girls were resplendent in their dresses and the two boys – one of them Sagar Nagaraj – most elegant in their dinner suits.
The festivities took place in Doltone House with a magnificent view over the bay. There were pre-dinner drinks on the deck and after those we moved into the dining room. The President of SAGSE, Mr Christian Holle, welcomed Mr Hans-Dieter Steinbach, the Consul-General of Germany, the many representatives of German industry in Australia and – last but not least – the parents and the students - the “Stippies”.
After the main course each student was called to the stage and Mr Holle, Mr Steinbach and the manager of the relevant company handed him or her the framed scholarship certificate to great applause. Sagar received the Volkswagen Sponsorship. Amongst the guests was also André Brokman who is now a “”Gassi” (a chocolate bar to the first person who can tell me what the two abbreviations mean!)
Once the official part was over the band struck up and the dance floor quickly filled up –
some exercise after dinner is always recommended! As I drove Sagar to his railway station he told
me that this evening had been the best practical lesson in German and should be repeated
Junior Division Report
The time had come for our first Theatresports competition, with all of us still mastering the fundamentals. Although we didn’t have lots of experience of such competition, this year’s Year 8 were an eager and confident bunch. This was the very cause of the predicament our coach had in picking the team and after a long and anxious wait, the team was announced. Unfortunately, many talented actors had to be left out. The team was comprised of Akeedh, Hugh, Jaspar, Louis and Sanishka. The Year 8 Theatresports coach, Bridie did well in the weeks before the competition, piling us up with priceless advice using her own Theatresports experiences. Regardless of not having performed in the team we now found ourselves in, we looked like a strong and determined group of actors with plenty of potential.
Having decided on a theme of bowties and shirts we all made our way, through public transport to the venue at Newington and after we got lost for a bit in the school, we finally found the auditorium where the competition took place. After Bridie, quickly commented on how smart we all looked, the workshop began. Bridie and John, two really enthusiastic coaches mentored us in the workshops and informed us on how we were to be judged and also gave us and seven other schools valuable tips, while allowing us to put them to use.
After the workshop ended, we were allowed a thirty minute break before the parents and supporters filled the hall. Nerves and excitement engulfed our minds before our first proper Theatresports competition. John, our host and judge of the category entertainment ,guided the teams to sit at the sides of the stage while he introduced himself, Bridie, the other two judges sitting in the audience what Theatresports was generally about and marking technique and narrative. Each category was marked out of five.
The show commenced with the one minute games and we were still hesitant of what we wanted to play. The first few teams put on solid performances and we realised it was going to be tough to come out on top. After about three or four performances, our school was called up and we all finally settled to play the game, “poem”. Hugh, Jaspar, Louis and Sanishka put on a solid performance for a very tough topic and we managed to gain an excellent 12 points (4, 4 and 4) after the first performance, putting us in tied first place with The Scots College. Our neighbours, Sydney Girls were close behind in third place. The second round consisted of two minute games with Akeedh and Sanishka performing in gibberish and Louis and Hugh translating them, our team gained 13 points (4, 4 and 5) after the second round putting us at first place, closely followed by Scots and Sydney Girls. We stopped for an intermission where Jun, “our assistant coach” gave us helpful advice and feedback on how we were going so far in the competition. The competition started again and the third and final round began. Akeedh, Hugh and Louis put on absolutely amazing performance and the whole audience erupted after we finished and everyone cheered louder when the judges pulled out the first five, then the second and finally the third. A cracking 15 out of 15, giving us a total of an amazing 40 out of 45 for the night, putting us comprehensively in first place with Scots in second and Sydney Girls tied third with the home school team.
Overall, the entire night was an experience that we would all keep forever and definitely take
into the next heat that we qualified for, in two weeks. Many of us learnt many new things that
have really improved our acting and performing skills. This was further re-enforced on Friday
night when we came first place, and hopefully we can take this form into the next round. None of
this would have happened without our wonderful Ms Rohr and Bridie who have really helped us for
almost three terms, bringing us to the standard we are at now. Another thanks to the parents and
supporters (Jun) who really had a laugh and enjoyed their night and also who came to cheer us on
to our victory. A final thank you to my teammates Hugh, Jaspar, Louis and Sanishka who gave me an
enjoyable experience to keep forever.
High vs Newington
(Third Round of Trial Season)
For more info visit the Sydney High tennis website at: http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/tennis/
Please spare some of your time on Saturday to come down and support High Tennis.
Table Tennis National Championships
The Australian Junior Table Tennis Open Championships were held in Croydon, Melbourne from the
28th September - 5th October with Lenny Han (7R), Edward Belokopytov (9E) and Glanden Zheng (11E)
from High attending the tournament. Events played in the tournament included teams events,
singles, doubles and mixed doubles. Lenny won the U/13's Boys Singles once again this year and
was crowned back-to-back Australian U/13's Singles Champion. Edward achieved outstanding results
in the teams events, giving many National team players trouble, as well as Glanden making it to
the Round of 32 for U/18's Singles and achieving an 11 to 9 win-loss ratio in teams events. It
was overall, a very fun and highly successful tournament.
Sydney Boys High School Sailing
26 October 2013
Early on Saturday morning, the Sydney High School Sailing Association held its second, new boat christening. After acknowledging the respect for and the significance of the first peoples of Australia to the area where we stood, the President of the Sailing Committee, Dr Nick Evans spoke about the huge efforts that the parents and supporters had undertaken to provide the team with brand new boats. The Principal, Dr Jaggar, added to those words of thanks.
The boats were named “Tamara” after a member of the Gadigal tribe, being the local custodians of the land and the other boat was named “Southy” after the Sailing Coach and Sydney High Old Boy (Class of 79), Adam South (pictured at right).
After three weekends of light and shifty winds, this Saturday’s racing produced a spirited and gusty fifteen to eighteen knot breeze to test the sailors competing in the three races. David Evans and Daniel Fang were consistent in gaining top ten places in the first two races and there were a number of both improved and pleasing results for other sailors still finding the fresh conditions a little testing. Tiger Zhang and Darren Tiang sailed well and only need to improve their starts, to gain more places and be in the top ten against the strong competition from the other schools. Teams racing have SHS 1 equal fourth with four wins at present.
Fleet Racing Results 26/10/13
(Out of 31 boats)
Back to the Sheds Morning 2013
The Old Boys VIII challenged the School VIII last Saturday 26 October on the Parramatta River in front of the Rowing Sheds at Abbotsford. This race has been a tradition since 2008 and each year it is closely contested. On this occasion the Old Boys finished 5 sec ahead of the enthusiastic and skilful school crew. Physical growth and maturity won the day, and the outcome puts the Old Boys at 4 wins to the School 2 wins on the Challenge Oar Trophy.
On the shore, High rowers, Old Boys and spectators enjoyed coffee and breakfast while watching the close and exciting race. Captain of Boats, Ray Fang, welcomed everyone to the sheds and thanked the Old Boys for their support.
Thank you to Doug Donoghue (1953) for donating a wonderful caricature of Olympic rower, Merv Wood (1934). It is now displayed in the upstairs conference room alongside a framed tribute to the school’s modern day World Champion rower, Dominic Grimm (2005).
High Rowing and Coaching Team
Head Coach – Beryl Crockford
The parent committee meets once a month throughout the rowing season (6 meetings) and we are always looking for new parents to become involved. Our next meeting is Wednesday 6 November at 7pm in the Staff Common Room at school.
Boat Naming Cocktail Party – Saturday 16 November Rowing
(please see invitation and booking form in High Notes)
We are naming 5 boats in recognition of outstanding contributors to the High Rowing Program. Ollie Wilson (2002), Cam Lyon (1963), Bernie Desmond, Charles and Fabienne Ovadia, and The High Club are to have boats named in their honour. Hope you can join us on the evening to enjoy the celebration.
Regattas this week –
More information and regatta results can be found at the Rowing NSW website - www.rowingnsw.asn.au
Captain of Cricket report:
After winning the toss, High sent Newington in on a typically slow McKay wicket, with outfield grass longer than any other ground in the GPS. High’s openers bowled accurately and economically early to have Newington 0/18 after 12 overs. High then drew upon the wildcard of Yiu Tao Wong, who bowled with vigour and vitality to bamboozle the opposition top order. He spun Newington in confusion, having them playing and missing ball after ball; getting three signature LBWs. A special mention must also go to Gautham Shankar who took a superb catch in the outfield off Wongy’s bowling. After 30 overs, High had the opposition reeling at 5/61, and a sharp runout from Tushaar had them 6 down soon after. However, loose bowling and fielding to match let Newington off the leash and allowed them to get to 142 all out. High batted with conviction against the Newington openers before two quick wickets saw the experience of Aditya and Vishnu already back in the pavilion. It was then up to Raunak, who stepped up in his role and batted time; accompanied by Tushaar at the opposite end. Both were tied down after some tight spin bowling, with Tushaar soon losing his wicket to an appalling pull-shot, yet Raunak continued to loft with grace to play the anchor role in the innings. Jesse offered some resistance, running hard and guiding the tail towards the later overs, but to little avail. Not even the lofted cow-corner sweep/drive of talented Allen Chen could save High, who were eventually bundled out for 98. This side continues to defy the odds by pushing sides to the limit; and show glimpses of our devastating best – it won’t be long before the 1st XI are a champion team, as we continue to develop as players and as a team.
After winning the toss and electing to bowl, High got off to a flying start, dismissing Newington’s opening batsman after only 12 runs had been scored in the 8th over. Jackson and Varunan both had brilliant opening spells, keeping Newington to only 2 an over after the first 10. Unfortunately, the 2nd wicket partnership for Newington extended well into the middle of the innings, earning them 116 runs between the two top order batsmen. However, as soon as Jackson Huang came back on to bowl; wickets began to tumble. Dismissing both of their settled batsmen in consecutive overs, as High looked back in the game. Jackson Huang went onto take an incredible 5/20, taking a wicket every over of his second and third spells. In the end, High kept the Newington side down to 218, an achievable total. Heads held high, the 2nd XI opening batsmen went in with nothing to lose. Looking good after the first few overs with a couple of fours and another run here and there, the innings looked as though it was going well. Unfortunately, in the 7th over, High lost two wickets in consecutive balls and by the 18th over, High was 6/47. However, some level-headed batting from Niroshan Selvakkumar and Varunan Murugananthan earned High a 55 run partnership, bringing them right back into the game. When Niroshan Selvakkumar got caught playing a risky shot, the batting collapsed. The innings was brought to a close in the 30th over with High on 106.
3rds – High 9/112 (P.Lam 50*, A.Narula 25) DEF BY Newington 1/113 (S.Vimalanathan 1/26, 0/14)
4ths – Newington 174 (22) (J.Lin 6/5 ) DEF High 149 (S. Arudselvan 42 R.Saha 35)
5ths – High 7/74 (P.Ryan 30, T. Nassif 23) DEF BY St. Ignatius 6/173 ( I. Zhou 3/23  T.Nassif 2/31  )
High won the toss and chose to bat. After getting off to a shaky start after losing an early wicket, Shashank and Vishal put on a great partnership of 93. Half way through the innings, High was on 1/57 and then steadily increased the run-rate through to the end of the game. Some outstanding performances in the batting include Shashank's 55 and Liam's exciting 21 runs off ten balls toward the end of the innings, giving High a respectable total off 161. Although High's bowling was tight, the fielding was loose at times and Newington took this opportunity to pile on the runs without losing a wicket in the first session leaving them in a strong position at 0/71. High fought back with Kabir getting a desperately needed run out. Some big hitting by Newington put them in a commanding position with 10 overs to go. With 7 overs to go, Newington needed only 36 off 42 balls. With a tight second spell, Tully took 2 wickets for 8 runs in 3 overs which left them needing 27 With 3 overs to go. Vivek and Peter bowled out the inning brilliantly with High winning the game by 4 runs.
16Bs – Newington 4/63 (13.1) (H.Ou 2/6 off 3, S. Sooriakumar 1/13 [3.1], T. Khan 1/9 ) DEF High 60
High lost the toss and bowled with some mixed results. Some power hitting and some poor deliveries summed up High’s effort; and resulted in a colossal total of 207 by Newington. This wasn’t helped by the fact that we lost both openers early. However, some calm, albeit slow, batting from Vyaas and Faysal added respectability to High’s total. This side has the potential to dominate the competition this year, and only needs to show more application in matches to reflect such talent.
15Bs – Newington 3/267 (32) (B.Nguyen 2/48 ) DEF High 5/85 (32) (A.He 42)
14Bs – Newington 7/262 (32) (M.McGregor 3/30, R.Yousuf 2/38) DEF High 56 all out.
Basketball: Shootin' Hoops
High vs Newington
Term 1, 2013
Term 4, 2013
1st Grade Player Profile; Anto Wu;
Anto is 5’7, 60kgs and incredibly quick. His incredible speed and agility makes seemingly impossible feats become possible. So far this season he has made several plays which have brought the crowd to their feet! Nicknamed the Rookie he is playing like a veteran and living in the moment. Come watch him turn on the jets vs St Joseph’s this Saturday at 11am!
This week saw massive wins by High against Newington, with High losing a total of only 6 games out of the 25 matches played on Saturday. High 1st Grade once again pulled off a great win against one of the stronger schools in the AAGPS, beating Newington 1st Grade by 17 points, even when Newington had two very talented athletic players in their team. High 2nd Grade also managed to pull off a marginal win, beating Newington by 10 with star player Charlie Shi scoring nearly half of the team’s points. Special mention also goes out to Manson Luk, who has an integral role of keeping stats for High 1st and 2nd Grade.
Following up on last weeks’ notice, I’m still looking for a student to follow up my duties as Editor of Shootin’ Hoops for the next year, and note that award scheme points do apply. Please go to Mr B Hayman in the PDHPE staffroom if interested. Train hard for next week’s games, boys!
~ Go HIGH!
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C.
SYDNEY BOYS HIGH SCHOOL P&C ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Please be advised the SBHS P&C Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 11 November at 6:30pm in the Staff Common Room.
The November P&C general meeting will be held at the conclusion of the AGM. This will be the last meeting for 2013.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Volunteer Parents Needed for Orientation Afternoon on Tuesday 12th November
Can you spare a couple of hours between 2:00pm and 4:30pm; or between 4pm and 6:30pm?
Please join our team of volunteer parents serving refreshments in the courtyard outside the Great Hall. Our aim is to make incoming families feel welcome and to encourage them to be involved in the school
SHS Rowing: Boat Naming Cocktail Party
The Sydney High Rowing Committee invites High rowing friends, supporters, families including former rowers and families, to a very special occasion with the naming of 5 boats.
BOAT NAMING COCKTAIL PARTY
$50 per person includes all beverages and canapés.
Boat Naming Ceremony will begin at 6:30 pm
RSVP with payment ($50 pp) by Monday 11th November 2013
The Boat Naming Cocktail Party RSVP form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes