High Notes, Vol 14 No 5, March 01 2013
From the Principal
Caught Behaving Politely
To the boys serving drinks at the High Junior Regatta, your dress and demeanour impressed a Riverview parent.
Friday 22.2.13: “I wish to bring to your attention how impressed I was at the behaviour of two young boys on the Eastern Suburbs train at around 3.30pm this afternoon. The two boys noticed an elderly man standing near the exit door to the train. They got up from their seat, walked up to the exit door and offered the man their seat downstairs. It is not every day you see two young boys show that level of consideration and thoughtfulness.
"You should be very proud of the principles you have instilled into your students.
Financial Management Meeting
I urge all co-curricular activities to be represented at the evening but particularly activities with budget expenditures exceeding $10k per annum from all sources.
Summer Sport Co-payments
Six Day Week Rule
The Debating Season gets well underway this week with a Home Debate for Eastside against Rose Bay and an away debate at Knox for FED. People who have signed up for Debating emails will have teams and further details on this.
Invoices for Debating will be being sent out over the next week so I wanted to take this opportunity to give you an overall perspective on those costs.
Year 7 $100, Year 8 $100, Year 9 $100, Year 10 $110, Year 11 $120, Year 12 $120
Over the last two years we have added significantly to the team of coaches and so student to coach ratios, in all Years, are now smaller than ever before. Couple this with the size of the program (over 250 boys) then I think you will agree Debating represents outstanding value for money at High.
SBHS provides an outstanding program of sport and other co-curricular activities such as music and debating. As a GPS School, High offers our boys opportunities to participate in programs that are unmatched in any other public school in Australia and even in most private schools, where the fees are many times those at SBHS. Moreover, our programs are structured to fit with the academic focus of our students. As a result, High produces outstanding scholar-sportsmen equipped not only for academic success but with the broader skills and attributes to succeed in their careers and their lives. Debating, for example, is an activity which develops the skills of speaking publically, critical thinking and logical argument. These skills are essential for success in most (if not all) future careers your son may aspire to.
We have an extremely successful record in debating at High, but in recent years we have noticed a range of our competitor schools have been able to pour resources into their programs. Resources that, as a Public School, we simply do not have. If we are to remain one of the best debating schools in NSW it is essential that we get financial support from parents.
The School makes a substantial contribution to the cost of providing its fifteen co-curricular programs but is unable to cover the full cost from the relatively low annual contributions it invoices to parents at the beginning of each year. To help provide adequate coaching and facilities, the School Council, supported by the P&C Association, has requested that the School also charge a co-payment per boy for each co-curricular activity.
For Debating, the School pays for 20 high quality coaches who have or are currently debating at Inter-University Level and the cost of the MIC – so that she can be released from timetable commitments to organise the program and for limited release time for other members of staff to escort students to debates. Other costs are membership fees for three private and one public competition, regular opportunities for boys to attend additional coaching or debating tournaments at University, social debates with other schools and additional competitions such as UNYA
Unlike most other co-curricular activities at High debating runs for three terms. In addition, unlike many competitor schools, we have a very inclusive program which means we endeavour to give as many students the opportunity to debate in competitions as we can. Even after GPS selections have been made we continue to provide high quality coaching and debating opportunities for those boys who have been unsuccessful in this selection process or didn’t want to try out for this competition.
Whenever there is a Home Debate we request parental support to help prepare and provide the supper for the debaters and audiences. Thank you to Nina Ilena and Reeta Prasad who are the Supper Coordinators of the Debating Support Group for their excellent efforts with this. They are a key component of the Debating Program at High and need to be supported as much as possible. This is a notice from them.
When there is a Home Debate we will need 3 parents from Year 7 to Year 9 for the early shift and 3 parents from Year 10 to Year 12 for the late shift.
The EARLY shift starts from 6:30pm. We will need two parents to bring 1 bottle of 2L of cordial each, and one parent to bring in 2 litres of milk (1 litre light milk and 1 litre full cream milk).
We'll need the helpers in the late shift to take home and wash the tablecloth and used tea towels and then return them to the staff common room during the following week.
If you are able to help, please respond with your name, your son's name and roll class.
As usual all parents will be asked to bring a generous plate for supper. Some suggestions for
your contributions are Fruit platters, Sandwiches, Breads and dips, Party Pies, etc. If you bring
food in before helpers arrive, you may want to mark the food for "Debating supper" and for
"Junior" or "Senior" group.
Proud Schools Parent Information Evening
When: Monday 11th March, 7.30pm
Twenty 10 is a community based, non-profit, state-wide organisation. They work with and support people of diverse genders, sexes and sexualities, their families and communities. Twenty10 is partnering with Family Planning NSW on the Proud Schools Program Trial in 12 schools across Sydney and the Hunter regions. Twenty10’s role in the Proud Schools Program is to support schools in generating a greater understanding of the importance of the program aims with parents and students.
Sydney High Annual Cricket Dinner 2013
Help celebrate another great year of Cricket at HIGH by attending the annual dinner. Unlike Football and Rugby, Cricket on Saturdays is spread across many fields at different times. Events such as these are therefore a great opportunity for students and parents to meet all the other friendly faces in the HIGH Cricket Community. Each team will receive trophies for the Best Batsman, Best Bowler and Player’s Player. Each age group captain will also give a presentation on the successes and highlights of their season. Students are to attend in full school uniform.
When: Thursday, 21st March 2013. 6:00pm for 6:30pm start.
Cost: $30 per person, please pay at the school front office by Monday the 18th
Sydney High Cricket Dinner 2013
The Sydney High Cricket Dinner 2013 RSVP form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes
High vs Scots – Round 5
For more info about Sydney High tennis visit http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/tennis/
16s Tennis Report
SHS vs Shore
NSW Schoolboy Head of the River Results
We had crews from Y8 to Y12 representing SBHS Rowing in many events at SIRC last Sunday. The standout performance came from the Y8 1st Quad – Flidon Wang, Kevin Guo, Roy Yi, Chris Chang, (c) Alvis Leung – coming 2nd in their heat to Shore in a time of 3.44.56. They again raced competitively in the final finishing in 5th place, setting another personal best time of 3.39.93.
This week at rowing
Saturday 2nd March -
Good luck to all Junior crews!
Boatshed Rowing DinnerSaturday 9 March 2013
The Great Hall
The Rowing Committee invites you to the traditional Boatshed Dinner for all rowers
It is a very special occasion to celebrate the efforts and achievements of our boys as well as acknowledge staff, coaches and supporters.
GPS Head of the RiverSaturday 9 March 2013
Hope you can make the journey to the
This is the big day on the GPS school calendar and it is quite a spectacle with all GPS schools attending. We have our own decorated marquee for schoolboys and spectators so put on the blue and brown and come and cheer!
All rowing parents are invited to the Rowing Dinner/Presentation Night that evening in the great Hall, where thanks is extended to everyone involved in the season – coaches, staff, committee, parents and the boys.
Rowing Boatshed Dinner
Saturday 9 March 2013
AAGPS 2nd Grade
This week we saw a matchup against Scots where Scots were just too HUGE for High 1st Grade. Three players bigger than Geoff Gerlach! However 1sts still remain 4th on the AAGPS table because of their strong offense throughout the season, which puts them ahead of St. Ignatius by 59 points For on the table. This Saturday still landed with a great win by High 2nd Grade against Scots once again, and thus able to maintain their dominance in the AAGPS 2nd Grade tables.
In in-school Basketball news, the House Basketball Competition for 2013 has already started up once again in the school, and is held in the gym during lunch times every Tuesday. Last week was Eedy against Mackay, where Eedy unfortunately lost by single digits to a team with 4 players while Eedy had a full 5-man team plus a sub. The Eedy team consisted of sharpshooter Charlie Shi from 2nd Grade, “Anto” the speed demon and Jack “Bawse” Hutchinson from 1st Grade. During the game, Charlie and Jack seemed to switch roles however; it was Jack who was seen the whole game taking the ball up the court and shooting 3-pointers (unfortunately I don’t think any of them went in). The other team members were Derek Sun from Year 11, Sama from Year 10 and me. The Mackay team consisted of Mathew Ng and Bovan Lin as well as two outstanding players; Geoff Gerlach and Bailey Musulin, with Geoff dominating the inside because of his massive height. He has also managed to humiliate me on a fast break near the end of the game where he managed to dunk on me, which wasn’t exactly a very good feeling. However it wasn’t only Geoff and Bailey: Year 10 giant Matthew Ng in McKay also managed to carry the team and perform very well both offensively and defensively (including blocking one of my shot attempts).
As you can see House Basketball is a lot of fun to watch, and if you’re lucky enough, to play. Make sure you turn up to future House Basketball comps during Tuesday lunch times to join in the fun! Last week we still had a decent turn out, as can be seen on the right, but there could be a lot more people to support their friends! This week will see High’s second last game of the AAGPS Summer season before the AAGPS Athletics Season will start. Remember to Play Hard, Play Smart and Play Together! Good luck to all teams!
~ Go HIGH!
~ Play Hard, Play Smart and Play Together!
~ Brought to you by the Editor Glanden Zheng
~ Thank you to Mr B Hayman for all his contributions to HIGH Basketball
INTERMEDIATE STAGE BAND
The Intermediate Stage Band performed Sunday 24th of February at the Chatswood Club supporting Judy Bailey’s Jazz Connection Big Band. It was their first professional gig outside of the school and the band performed excellently. Thank you to the parents for supporting the concert and hopefully it will be the first of many more gigs to come! Well done boys! =D
Encore was held at the Opera House on the 25th of February. Twenty students were selected across NSW from over 6000 music candidates to perform at this prestigious event. This was a great evening with outstanding musical performances, giving our boys inspiration to excel in their performances.
SENIOR STRING ENSEMBLE
The Senior String Ensemble will be performing at Government House for the Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation Function on Wednesday 6th of March.
ENSEMBLES TERM 1
All ensembles are now up and running. There are still a NUMBER OF BOYS who have NOT turned up to ensembles. Remember that ensemble attendance go towards your AWARDS SYSTEM. Rolls are taken and you are only allowed to miss on 2 rehearsals per term!
Marching Band has commenced this week. Many boys have forgotten that all ensembles have started this week and that includes Marching Band. Marching Band rehearsals are on Tuesday after school from 3:30-4:30pm & Friday morning 7:45-8:45am. We only have 7 weeks to refine the music and have you marching for Anzac Day.
The 2013 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:
Intermediate Concert Band
Junior Stage Band
Senior String Ensemble
Senior Stage Band
Intermediate Stage Band
Senior Concert Band
Room 201 8:45am
Training Concert Band
Terms 2, 3, 4
TERM 1 & 4
Junior String Ensemble
Start @ 3.30pm
TERM 1 & 4
3.30 - 4.30pm
Clean Up Australia Day
Sunday the 3rd of March is the official day for Clean Up Australia Day. Last year, more
than 591,400 volunteers helped to celebrate 22 years of Clean Up Australia by donning gloves and
filling up Clean Up Australia Day rubbish bags. 16,000 tonnes of rubbish was collected at over
7,000 registered sites across Australia. A common misconception is that this is an
initiative you must do with the school. But in truth, you can Clean Up Australia in your local
communities. All the information is in the Clean Up Australia Day website, http://www.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au. If you participate, make sure you get a
certificate from the organiser on the day. You can then provide a copy of the certificate
to Mr Phillipson for awards scheme points.
Eric Xu, Y12
The Visual Arts staff are thrilled to advise that Benjamin Laird’s sculpture “Id” made it into Art Express and is on display at the Hazelhurst Gallery before going to a regional gallery.
So far 2013 has been very busy and productive for students and VA teachers. Elective Visual Arts students visited the Francis Bacon and Art Express exhibitions on Friday 22 February. Years 9 and 10 Visual Design students participated in Silk Screen Printing Master Class Workshop on Monday 25 February with Ian Mallett and printed a T Shirt and calico bag. On Thursday
28 February Years 10 and 11 Visual Arts students will attended a Life Drawing Workshop at the Brett Whiteley Studio.
We are very excited to be planning more Master Class Workshops for later this year. In the
pipeline is a Beginners Etching Master Class [Years 9 and 10 Visual Arts] and an Advanced Etching
Master Class [Year 11 Visual Arts] run by Ben Rak and Jason Phu, a sculpture Master Class for
Years 10 and 11 Visual Arts run by artist Ochre Lawson and possibly a Stop Motion Animation
Workshop for Visual Design and Film Making students.
From the Junior Library
The Life of Pi
One of the highlights of my life recently was to once again experience The Life of Pi. On this occasion it was fantastic to see the job the film director, Ang Lee, had done with this unusual Booker Prize Winner. Yann Martel’s Life of Pi had been on our Literacy Circles program about 7 years ago and has been chased down by our intrepid readers every year. I must purchase some shiny new copies of the book. It would be a great reward for good readers to be sent off to see this magical movie. Our library looks forward to purchasing the DVD when it is released.
The Fault is in our Stars
by John Green.
Mrs Crothers book recommendation
Many thanks to Mrs Gordon, Librarian of the Senior Library, for unearthing this fabulous young person’s read. I have not met up with John Green before and I am now looking forward to purchasing and reading other works by this author. The main characters of this story are cancer victims but the kids irrepressible dialogue is a delight and reminds us of how funny and unique and precious all teenagers are. I would recommend this book to our students and their parents.
From the High Store
Sports Hav-a-sak bags are NOW back in stock $30.
Also, 2-8 Knee High Socks are available for purchase.
From the Canteen
Keen to try out the fabulous range of food in our canteen, but pressed for time?
Desperate for pasta or rice boxes, sweet chilli wraps or foccacia but keep missing out?
We have a wide range of hot food on offer and limited oven space. While we are adjusting to the new timetable this year, we try very hard to second guess what all you boys (and teachers) will want to eat on a given day, it is very hard to get it right without your input.
The answer is simple!
Order ahead and reserve what you want!
Simply call at the canteen first thing in the morning, place and pay for your lunch order and it will be ready and waiting for you at lunch time.
How easy is that!
The Canteen Team
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C.
SBHS Big Night Out
Mark your diary for the Big Night at 5:00pm on Saturday 23rd March
Our BNO parents are busy planning their culinary surprises for the Big Night Out. Tickets will go on sale in the main office in March.
ROLL UP, ROLL UP …..
Date for your Diaries
- BIG NIGHT OUT 2012 –
Saturday 23rd March
Great Hall and Courtyard
FANTASTIC HOME-COOKED FOOD
Chinese Wok & BBQ,
Dessert and more
SENSATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP
Raffle with great prizes
Heads & Tails (great prizes)
BYO or soft drinks, beer & wine available for purchase on the night
P&C General Meeting
Thank you to Dr Jaggar for presenting an analysis of the 2012 HSC at the first P&C General Meeting of 2013 held at our new time on Monday 11th February. A large contingent of parents immersed themselves in the intricacies and complexities of HSC marking and ATAR calculations. The P&C appreciate the time and effort involved. Please note that the next General Meeting will be held at 7:30pm on Monday 11th March. We are hoping to announce a speaker for this upcoming meeting next week.
Upcoming Parking Events
Friday 1 March – Rugby Super 15: Waratahs v Rebels (Sailing)
Thursday 7 March – NRL: Sydney Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs (Rugby)
Upcoming Meetings & Events
SBHS Big Night Out – 5:00pm, Saturday 23rd March.
Buses Available for Hire
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BUSES AVAILABLE FOR HIRE
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