High Notes, Vol 14 No 7, March 15 2013
From the Principal
"Special guest, James Gerofi (SHS 2004), crews representing High, coaches, parents, teachers, students; welcome to our 2013 rowing assembly. We are here this morning to introduce and honour those crews who will compete for us and themselves at the Head of the River tomorrow. The Head of the River is a very important event for our school because of its long tradition in Sydney sport and its high profile in the wider community. When people ask you in later life what you did at school, if you can say that you rowed at the Head of the River, most people in the business and professional community will know what that says about you as a person, and about how much time and effort you were prepared to expend with your crew in search of a dream. It is more of a character reference than a statement about sports participation. Deservedly, we make a special effort to acknowledge our representatives, particularly because their six months of effort comes down to six and a half minutes of performance.
"I want to thank Julie Blomberg again for her work as MIC rowing. It was another testing and disjointed year for her with coaching and program management challenges. Beryl Crockford has done a lot for the junior rowing program in her time as Head Coach, particularly in getting single sculling back as a focus in the program. I thank Beryl and her coaches for their work this season. George Barris (SHS 2001) helped the school considerably when Lucas McBeath took a full time job in Newcastle, leaving us without a coach for the VIII. George took on the role with enthusiasm and has made a difference to the fitness of the crew and their understanding of racing, as opposed to rowing. Thank you to Beryl and George for their work with the VIIIs. Thank you to Pravin Radhakrishnan who helped with our 1st IV, allnew to the sport and on a steep learning curve.
"Ollie Wilson and Gareth Deacon have brought along our Year 10 VIIIs well Juliette Baloh has coordinated the Year 9 quads this Everleigh, Bob Henderson and Mitch Estens, thank you for your work. The Year 8 Quads have been coordinated impressively by Hayden Schilling. Thank you to him and to Koren Fang, Walter Santucci, Alan Low, Max Jones, Andreas Purcal and Tim Montanaro. Alan Low has been the Lead Coach for Year 7 crews. Thank you to Alan, along with Ben Wilcox and David Andrews. It is heartening to see so many Old Boys putting something back into the rowing program.
"Parents do a fantastic job supporting their sons in rowing. As cooks, drivers, dormitory supervisors, financiers and fund raisers, they really give a lot for their sons. Thank you to the Rowing Committee, particularly: George and Noi Comninos, Jenny Nixon, Sylvia Peng, Anne-Marie Keogh, Tam Tran, Raymond Qiu, Lancy Feng, Lesley Pereira, Kim Jones and Tevita Katafano. Without your great efforts and those of other parents who helped out we could never deliver the high quality rowing program that we do.
"Rowers, tomorrow you have to face your toughest test yet. Your strength, stamina and will power will be stretched to their limits. At some point in a rowing race each crew member has a voice inside them saying: ‘stop, this is too hard, it’s not worth the pain’ or “”I can’t do this anymore”. This phenomenon is an adjunct of severe exertion as the mind tries to help the body in crisis. Athletes at all levels hear these voices. Mike McKay, twice an Olympic Gold Medallist with the ‘Oarsome Foursome’ in 1992 &1996, says ”it’s just down to the way you deal with it…You’ve got to learn not to listen to any negativity surrounding you. It’s about not accepting that – but recognising what your own goals are and coming through with them.” Peter Antonie, won a gold medal in Barcelona too, in the double sculls. He and partner, Stephen Hawkins conceded 15kgs. to other crews but the ‘Pocket Rockets’ won. He said: “I think the striving is a really, really good thing, because it’s good living…It’s great to be out there having a go. If you’re doing that and you realise that’s good value, good fun, then you’re not going to hear that little voice”. High crews have an added difficulty, they race against their own history more than against other crews. It is very hard to keep that little voice at bay when you are coming last. The only way to cope is to pick on the next slowest crew right from the start and try to race them. Stay in front of them, or with them or as close to them as possible throughout each 500. Hang on to the margin until the finish. Be determined to row as close to them as possible. Retain your goals to give you strength, your determination to push through pain, and your focus on the next stroke. Follow Antonie’s advice … and just strive.
"Congratulations to all boys who have done the work and been selected to represent the school at
this prestigious sporting test."
Sydney Boys High School Sailing
|Skipper/ crew||Race 1 (25 boats)||Race 2 (25 boats)|
|David Evans/Benjamin Long||4th|
|Tim Pilien/Andrew Trajcevski||7th|
|Daniel Fang/Nicholas Nguyen||9th||8th|
|Tiger Zhang/Edwin Zhu||13th||9th|
|Angelo Yan/Daniel Liang||12th||11th|
|Kai Matsumoto/Patrick Han||7th||12th|
|Vincent Xu/Long Do||13th|
|Arthur Chao/ Dexter Gordon||15th||16th|
|Hayden Rabone/Ilya Klauzner||17th|
|Edward Jia Lin/Louis Ye||24th||25th|
With the start of Teams racing, Sydney High teams sailed consistently and showed some very pleasing signs of better results to come. Twenty flights were sailed in 5-10 knot breezes with the following results.
|3 wins from 5 flights||Sydney High 1||
Marcus James/Thomas Shortridge
David Evans/Edward Jia Lin/ Vincent Xu
Bec Loder/Alexander De Araujo
|2 wins from 4 flights||Sydney High 2||
Tim Pilien/George Billingsley
Kai Matsumoto/Jayden Schofield
Tiger Zhang/Like Schofield
MIC Sailing 2013
All junior rowers attended the traditional Rowing Assembly and experienced the rite of passage of the AAGPS Head of the River. It was a moving occasion with parents and senior students present to hear guest speaker, James Gerofi (2004), address the assembly. His message was ‘you need to fight for what you want’ and ‘there should be no “what ifs”’. Captain of Boats, Alex Pereira, introduced the 2013 GPS Head of the River crews as well as outlining the season preparation for the prestigious regatta, and rallying the rowers with a heartfelt war cry.
Head of the River
A supportive and enthusiastic crowd of High students, parents, old boys and supporters turned up to cheer on the crews at the AAGPS Regatta on Saturday. Congratulations to every boy who rowed for High, and I’m sure the experience will be a positive memory. It was wonderful to see so many parents contribute to a delicious spread of food that was enjoyed by all in the High marquee.
- Year 10 2nd VIII finished 7th beating Newington with a 2sec personal best time
- Y10 1st VIII performed well with great oarsmanship to do a 10sec PB under pressure at the HOR
- School 1st IV – rowing in a race of this standard is a great achievement for a crew of 5 novice rowers who have been rowing for 6 months only
- School 2nd VIII were the great improvers on the day with a massive 35sec PB. The potential is there!
- School 1st VIII was the crew under the most pressure on HOR day. Congratulations on the effort they put in with their preparation, and they will always have the honour of being selected and racing in the School 1st VIII 2013.
|School 1st VIII||8th||6.44.00|
|School 2nd VIII||8th||7.05.85|
|School 1st IV||8th||7.45.21|
|Year 10 1st VIII||8th||6.55.16|
|Year 10 2nd VIII||7th||7.08.81|
It was fantastic to have 275 people fill the Great Hall for the Rowing Dinner on HOR night. There was a very happy and vibrant atmosphere as we celebrated and acknowledged our rowers efforts and achievements. I think everyone in the hall would have been impressed with our rowers. The speeches and presentation of crews were outstanding by Chris Chang, Year 8 Quads, Jacob Katafono, Year 9 Quads, Jesse Nixon, Year 10 VIIIs, and Captain of Boats, Alex Pereira, School VIIIs.
Certificates for ‘Outstanding Contribution to teamwork, training and performance’ were awarded to –
- Year 8 Quads – Chris Chang, Jason Huo, Nigel Sun, Cameron Ma, Daniel Fu, Thomas McGrath, William Lin, Brian Wu, Phillippe Tung
- Year 9 Quads – Jacob Katafono, Stuart Benjamin, William Chen, Robert Yuan, Victor Oh, Andrew Nguyen
- Year 10 Eights – James Tinker, Stephen Ngo
- Seniors – Kin Pan, Brandon Vu, Jason Zhang
- Ken Robinson Trophy for top oarsman of 2013 – Steve Comninos
- Alan Grover Trophy for best performing coxswain of the season – Kenneth Liu
- Merv Wood Cup awarded to the rower with the most potential to row at an elite level – Nelson Tang
- High Senior Crew Shield - awarded to the most impressive performance by a Senior crew
Y10 2nd VIII - Chi Mao, Brian Mo, Jake Davis, Bennette Jiang, Neil Song, Phillip Mai, Stephen Ngo, Matthew Chan, (c) Keith Chambers
- High Junior Crew Cup - awarded to the most impressive performance by a Junior crew
Y9 1st Quad – Kevin Fan, Ed Belokopytov, Jacob Katafono, Oliver Lethbridge, (c) Daniel Xu
- CWP Barris Shield awarded to the ultimate clubman of the season – Ray Fang
NSW Combined High Schools Championship Regatta
A team of High Rowers have been selected to travel to Grafton to compete in the NSW Combined High School Championship Regatta on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April.
Captain of Boats Address to the Rowing Assembly
Good morning Dr Jaggar, Mr Gerofi, parents, teachers and boys. It’s a strange feeling standing here before you, with the knowledge that tomorrow will be my last GPS race for the school. Tonight, I will leave for my last camp, and tomorrow will be my last early wake up. I have raced with the Year 12s seated behind me for four years, and now I only have 6 minutes of racing left.
As you grow up, you realise how the choices you make in your school life define you. Those who do not step up to the challenge of continuing a sport through the HSC become lost in among the average. By the time you reach your senior level of high school, you realise that the ones with the most character and integrity are the ones who are willing to work, and push themselves for their teammates. Every man seated in front of you today has done exactly that
There are thousands of famous quotes applicable to sport, any one of which can skew your perception and fire you up. However, there’s a simple, reflective one that I’ve always had in the back of my head, one that my former coach in Year 10 eights instilled upon me. It’s short and sweet. This quote: “Nobody ever regretted working hard.” Now, there have been numerous times when I’ve been woken at 4:30 in the morning, outside it’s pitch black, rain belting the rooftop of the dorms. I walk out to the pontoon covered in layers of skins and the air is still freezing, and the water is choppy and littered with whitecaps. Next thing I know I’m told I have to go out in a single scull and keep up with a four. So I have a decision to make. In all honesty I could walk back inside into my warm bed and no one could stop me. Every time I’ve encountered that decision I’ve wished I was somewhere else, because even for a rower that’s way out of my comfort zone.
And yet, every time I come off that water two hours later, I never regret powering through my session. It doesn’t matter if it was horrible, or if my legs are so sore I can’t move them properly. It’s that feeling of self-reward, that knowledge that I stood up and took a harder road and came out stronger. It’s a feeling so applicable to everyday life. Every one of you will have had assessments where you decided to work and where you decided to wing it, and there would have been times you’ve received unsatisfactory marks even with both extremes of preparation. If you haven’t done the work then that ominous question of ‘what if?’ starts circling. What if you’d been more disciplined? Studied harder? Did more practice papers? You’ll never know how far you can go, and how much you can achieve, until you push yourself.
For most, we’ve been training for 9 months. Our season started back in August with optional sculling sessions, which quickly built into 2 overnight camps, 3 weights, 7 water and 1 cycling session a week. For the fourth year running the seniors travelled up north for our annual Taree summer camp, amidst the strongest heat wave in Australian history. This is something that everyone who participates in this sport should look forward to; the fantastic opportunity to train in pristine, uninterrupted water for five days straight. The sessions in Taree are mentally the hardest you can do in this sport. They are the ultimate test of what you are willing to give, how much pain you are willing to put yourself through, for up to an hour without any rest. It’s here, in this fatigued state where the most mental gains are achieved, when after an hour of racing in 42 degree heat you find that strength to keep on pushing for your crew.
This year throughout the sheds we’ve had crews achieving outstanding results. Our 1st IV, compiled of brand new rowers from Year 11, have consistently beaten experienced Grammar crews. Our Juniors have dominated, with our Year 9 1st quad smashing crews throughout their season, and winning their race at the High regatta. Our Year 10 2nd VIII have held off Newington in every race so far, making them a crew to watch on the weekend.
Trying to describe the largest schoolboy sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere in a mere paragraph cannot do it justice. However, for the sake of those of you who have never attended the Head of the River, I will try and do just that.
Eight crews fall dead silent on the start line. 2 kilometres of still, glassy water stretch out to the distant echo of 14000 supporters screaming at the finish. 9 months of training, camping, early starts and rivalry culminate in the next 6 minutes of racing. There is no school event like it.
When we enter that last 500m of our race, and our legs are burning and our lungs are groaning, and the roar of the crowd overpowers the voice of our cox, there is nothing that spurs us on more than knowing that there are High supporters there cheering us on.
To the rowers, tomorrow, when you cross that finish line, exhausted, and the boom of the crowd comes into focus, be able to tell yourself that you gave everything and did all you could to put High in front. To the Year 10s, I have no doubt you must be nervous, as I was in Year 10, but don’t forget to embrace this experience, and realize that you only have the privilege of competing for another two years
These are the crews racing in the Head of the River for 2013:
- Year 10 2nd VIII – Chi Mao, Brian Mo, Jake Davis, Bennette Jiang, Neil Song, Phillip Mai, Stephen Ngo, Matthew Chan, (c) Keith Chambers
- Year 10 1st VIII – Jing Li, Jesse Nixon, Louis Huyen, Josh Maloof, Sam Musgrove, Jackson Tan, James Tinker, Tom Luo, (c) George Han-McEvoy
- 1st IV – Jason Zhang, Shawn Noronha, Eugene Lee, Joshua Leo, (c) Kenneth Liu
- 2nd VIII – Terry Fong, Dinesh Chandradas, Chris Ketkeo, Alan Qi, Solomon Saleh, Damien Duong, Dan Tran, Brandon Vu, (c)
The 1st VIII has been rowing together for nearly 8 months now, being chosen from many sculling and ergo trials. Despite a slow pre-season, we knew from the start that with the right attitude and focus we can make the boat move fast. In the last few weeks the boat has become a different place, and despite our lightweight stature we’re pulling times faster than previous first VIIIs. The first VIII has been coached by Lucas McBeath and George Barris. Lucas took us on for the first half of our season, but was offered a full time job teaching at Merewether High. Mr Barris filled in his position, every session managing to get the best out of us; there has not been a time where the boat hasn’t picked up speed after his words of advice from the bow of his speedy. A special thank you to Beryl Crockford as Head Coach.
The first VIII 2013 reads as follows:
- Bow – Kin Pan. The first confirmed seat in the boat, his relaxed attitude and wit bring balance to the boat. That, along with his unparalleled passion and heart made the bow his seat early on in the season, firing up the boys from the front.
- 2 – Ray Fang. The youngest of our crew, Ray’s precise blade work is unmatched in the eight. The perfectionist of the boat, his lightning fast catches and clean finishes are a testament to his unique skill acquisition and drive to improve every stroke.
- 3- Ronald Tran. The silent worker. Ronald is the most dedicated and hardworking rower I’ve ever met. Quiet and powerful, his relentless work off the water produced impressive erg scores that rivalled the top three in the eight.
- 4 - Ashley Chan. Boasting one of the largest squats, Ashley’s technique and consistency under pressure bring essential rhythm to the boat. The joker of the crew, his love of the sport and attitude make him and irreplaceable member.
- 5 – Daniel Keogh. The Vice Captain of Boats, and our tallest member, Keogh’s length and power directly transfer to the water, sending the boat away and producing efficient boatspeed.
- 6 – Steve Comninos. The big man. His second year in the VIII, Steve’s dominant ergs and weights all season place him comfortably in the power seat. Weighing a solid 90kgs of muscle, he is an essential asset and a rival of many GPS crews.
- Stroke – Nelson Tang. Nelson’s animal instinct and control up the front has earned him the stroke seat. His die-hard attitude and composure in the race are unmatched, with his consistent rhythm and smooth technique setting the pace for the crew
- Coxswain – Daniel Tam. This is Dano’s third year in the first VIII. The heart of the crew, Dano is the most focused crewmember on the water. His confidence and deep knowledge of the rowing stroke makes him an invaluable asset, one the High sheds will sorely miss after he leaves.
Boys, this is it. Know that those who stand beside you are there because they have always been the ones willing to go that extra step for you, have pushed away the pain countless times, have welcomed exhaustion and given everything they can for the speed of the boat. Although we are nine athletes, we race as one crew, and tomorrow we respond as one crew.
With myself as 7 seat, I present the First VIII for 2013.
Captain of Boats 2013
Sydney High Annual Cricket Dinner 2013
Help celebrate another great year of Cricket at HIGH by attending the annual dinner. Each team will receive trophies for the Best Batsman, Best Bowler and Player’s Player.
Students are to attend in full school uniform.
When: Thursday, 21st March 2013. 5:30pm for 6:00pm start.
Where: Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School.
Cost: $30 per person, please pay at the school front office by Thursday the 14th of March
(We need to know final numbers by this date)
Soft drinks will be on sale at $1.00 a can or students/parents may wish to bring their own.
Vegetarian food will be included on the menu.
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
Sydney High Annual Basketball Dinner 2013
Celebrate another fantastic year of basketball at High by organising your team to attend the 9th Annual Basketball Dinner and finish the year in winning style!!
Every team will receive trophies for the Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player. 1 minute speeches will be made by staff members about their age groups and players will be able to show their thanks to them as well! (Buy your coach a present) There will be a big screen projection of the Annual Highlight video presentation! Be there to win things like an IPOD Portable Speaker System and a giant Jellybean jar!
When: Friday, 22/3/12, 6:00pm. End of Night 9:15pm.
Where: Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School
Who: Players, parents, friends, supporters and coaches of all teams!
1) Because the friendships made through SBHS basketball last a lifetime
2) Because the program has improved significantly again this season and requires your support for this to continue.
STUDENTS TO ATTEND IN SCHOOL UNIFORM
All drinks will be provided on the night. Advise when booking if a vegetarian meal is
210 seats only = Limited seats - PAY AT THE OFFICE TODAY!
Especially if you won an award; make sure you pay ASAP.
NB: Proceeds from ticket sales etc go into the basketball program to help improve future basketball experiences for our students.
Please return the slip [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] with $35/per person to the front office by Friday 15th of MARCH 2013.
The Annual Basketball Dinner 2013 RSVP form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes
SBHS Annual Athletics Carnival
8am - 4.00 pm
Monday 18th March 2013
Warm Up Track Homebush
Mr Kurt Rich
|Time||Track Event #1||Track Event #2||Time||Field Event|
Hurdles (outside 6 lanes)
15s High Jump
16s Long Jump
17s Triple Jump
(using both straights:
12s, 13s, 14s one area,
15s, 16s & 17s in the other)
Panel A & B
16s High Jump
17+ Long Jump
17+ High Jump
15s Triple Jump
16s Triple Jump
4x100m House Relay
- All students will be participating in the school athletics carnival on Monday 18th of March.
- It will be held at Homebush on the Warm Up Track
- Students are to arrive by 8:30am (please note if your son wishes to participate in the 1500m or hurdles than he must be there by 8am
- Students are to listen to announcers for when they are to marshal for their event.
- If your son wishes to compete in a field event that is held on at the same time a track event, they must first compete in the track event then move ASAP to their field event.
- Students are encouraged to bring their own food and drink as canteen facilities are limited.
- The venue is accessible by public transport
- Students are to bring sunscreen and hats as there is limited shade at the arena.
- All boys are expected to participate, and to perform their best; knowing selection to represent the school in athletics is based on results of this carnival.
- The Athletic and School staff are looking forward to putting on a great Athletics Carnival for your son and hope he enjoys himself and may even find out he is a track/field superstar!
From the Junior Library
Quite a large proportion of our library resources which we process each year are donations. The Junior Library is extremely grateful to Josh Lane’s Mother, Francis Salmon, for her thoughtfulness in bringing in a recent book cleanout. As you can see from her donations below these books are extremely appropriate choices for our Library. It would have cost us at least $240 to purchase these books. Our library is also grateful to our lovely school bus driver, Kevin Eadie, who drops in with the occasional gem. In this case we are very grateful for a biography of Michael Kirby and Spike Milligan’s Goodbye Soldier.
If you are clearing your bookshelves please do think of us. The boys also love Crime Fiction and most popular adult fiction. The good readers read above their age level.
Just Processed and out to Loan
(always check Library Enquiry when teaching/learning new topics)
Subject related DVDs were purchased by the Junior Library and are now out for boys and teachers
to borrow. These library resources cannot go onto the W drive for copyright reasons.
They are displayed on the newspaper table for the next week. Subject related resources are
emailed to appropriate faculty staff at the end of processing to alert teachers to the
Library’s resource collection. Recent DVD covers are displayed on the windows of the
bridge to the Killip Wing.
Mrs V Crothers
Andrews Junior Library
From the Canteen
The new Prefects are doing a fantastic job helping out in the canteen. We are often short of volunteers and they fill in the gaps beautifully. Keep up the good work. We really appreciate your help.
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. If you want your favourite items, it is best to put in an order, especially on the late recess days.
Order ahead and reserve what you want!
Simply call at the canteen first thing in the morning, place and pay for your order and it will be ready and waiting for you.
Thank you to our volunteers last week.
MON: Annie Long, Xiao Li Wang , Yoshie K-Leong, Usha Arvind
TUES: Annette Ng, Pauline Chan, Todd May, Melissa Wang,
WED: Jenny Chiu, Faidha Razmi, Cindy Tseu,
THURS: Annie Jiang, Xing Ping Zhang , Lin Jin
FRI: Frances Salmon, Soogie Sim,
The Canteen Team
SENIOR STRING ENSEMBLE
Thank you to all the boys in the Senior String Ensemble who performed beautifully at Government House for the Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation Function last Wednesday 6th of March. You’ve made us proud! Well done!
The 20 boys involved “WotOpera” have been doing a sensational job! Not only have they created their own characters, written the words and music, they have finished painting the set! Dress rehearsals are about to commence before their final performance which will be held at the Seymour Centre on the 26th of March 2013. To book tickets: http://www.seymourcentre.com/events/event/wotopera-2013/
BravO BravA Boys!!!! =D
BIG NIGHT OUT
The Big Night Out will be held in the Great Hall on Saturday 23rd of March. Stage Bands, Senior Strings and Choir will be performing at this event.
We only have 5 weeks to refine the music and have you marching for Anzac Day. There will be two rehearsals during the holidays (TBC) before Anzac Day (ATTENDANCE IS COMPULSORY). All boys marching on Anzac Day must be in FULL SCHOOL UNIFORM (white shirts/blazer).
ENSEMBLES TERM 1
Remember that ensemble attendance go towards your AWARDS SYSTEM. Rolls are taken and you are only allowed to miss on 2 rehearsals per term!!!
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