High Notes, Vol 15 No 16, May 30 2014
From the Principal
Football Committee – Football Co-payment
Rowing Fundraising Dinner
Sorry Day Assembly – May 26
"As we gather again for our third Sorry Day Assembly, it is timely to pause and reflect on the contemporary state of relations between Aboriginal and White Australians. In the Kimberley Region of Western Australia, Aborigines comprise 40% of the population, whereas they make up just 3% of the population of the state as a whole. Children under the age of 15 represent 40% of the Aboriginal population of the Kimberley.
"Juveniles (10-14) are 25 times more likely to be arrested and charged by police than their white counterparts and are 18 times more likely to be held in detention. The suicide rate among Kimberley youth is 12 times the national average. The leading cause of death for young Aboriginal women (15-29) in the Kimberley is homicide. Aboriginal women are 14 times more likely to be arrested than non-Aboriginal women.
"These are statistics highlight the impression that racist stereotypes still prevail among predominantly white male officials in the legal system. Young women are viewed as potential sexual partners and young men as potential criminals, according to Kimberley activist Maria Pedersen. The effects of institutionalised racism flowing from the Aborigines Act (1905) dehumanised Aboriginal people. The traditional social and kinship systems of Aboriginal culture were destroyed. They were non-citizens until 1967.
"More long-lasting have been the psychological effects of racism and oppression. White society was for a very long time in denial about its treatment of Aborigines and covered up the atrocities committed against them. Aboriginal women have borne the brunt of the effects of domestic violence, sexual assault, alcohol and substance abuse and fear of intercultural violence. Too often they have been left as sole parents due to the incarceration, premature death or incapacity of their partners.
"White society, since the Rudd Apology, has been trying to address some of the psychosocial and cultural legacies inhibiting the development of cultural self-determination. Reconciliation needs to be followed by healing but the process will be slow. The main reason for this slowness is that so many contemporary families in Aboriginal Australia are locked into the cycle of poverty, family breakdown, negative exchanges with authority, police persecution, domestic violence and substance abuse. On Sorry Day we need now to say ‘sorry’ for that which we haven’t done. It’s not the past massacres or the Stolen Generation that we should focus on, but rather our inability, even in the last decade of mining-driven prosperity, to address the structural problems in health, education and the justice system that still beset Aboriginal people.
"Our patronising policies of the past have wasted multi-millions of tax-payer funds. Cultural change has been extremely slow. Occasions such as this assembly are held to raise awareness in the next generation of Australians that we have to address our cultural problems of stereotyping and patronising Aboriginal people before we can ever expect them to feel as though they are accepted as equals in their own country.
"In National Reconciliation Week, May 27 marks the day in 1967 when Aborigines were recognised as
citizens in a referendum. June 3 celebrates the day in 1992 that led the Australian
Government to recognise Native Title and acknowledge indigenous Australians as the original
occupants of Australia. At our Sorry Day Assembly we also acknowledge that our society still has
a long way to go towards making racial equality a reality. During National Reconciliation Week,
let’s think about how we can personally change our attitudes towards indigenous people or
influence others to change theirs."
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From the Office
Applying for Leave
If you require leave for your son please, apply in writing and address your application to the Principal, Dr Jaggar, stating the reason and length of time of the leave. Your son must then present this application to Dr Jaggar for permission for the leave. Please remember to apply before the leave and not after.
Letters Re Absence/Lateness/Early Leave
When your son returns to school from being absent he is required to provide a letter of explanation signed by a parent or guardian. If your son is going to be late for school a note is also required. Alternatively you may contact the school by phone on 9662 9300 and dial “1” for the absentee line.
If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Barris, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name, date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.
If your son has early leave due to a medical appointment you are required to produce a note from the provider the following day.
Debating MIC report
On Friday I watched James, Masrul, Kai and Richard debate Barker on the topic of “That we should abolish Australian made TV quotas on free to air TV” and they were very unlucky to lose.
The Year 10 team of Eli, Esmond, Oliver and Fayed won the FED Senior B (Year 11)competition and this was a fitting end to the competition which saw a range of Year 10s debating up for Year 11.
Well done to everyone who debated in either the Year 10 or Year 11 FED competition this year. Getting so far with a rotation of students each week is quite an achievement.
This week we have teams in the finals in Year 9, 10 and 12 divisions. I am urging debaters to come and show their support for our teams at Grammar this evening and High Spirit award points will be available (1 per debate) for all who attend. ALL PREPARATION WILL BEGIN BY 5:30PM INCLUDING SENIORS. This means that all debates will begin no later than 6:30pm as we will have the trophy presentation at the conclusion of the debates in the Palladium Theatre on the bottom level of the Palladium Building.
Congratulations to the Year 9 and 10 PDC teams who won their debates last week.
Debating Prefect Report
Last week we saw two Year 10 teams debate in the FED finals at Trinity (one as Year 10 and the other for Year 11). Congratulations to the Year 10 boys who won the Year 11 FED competition. It was been a great effort from all those boys who have stepped forth and debated up a year. Commiserations to the Year 10 division team who lost in a tense final, debating the topic about quotas on Australian-produced TV for free-to-air channels. Meanwhile, in the Eastside semi-finals we had another positive result with 3 out of our 5 finalist teams making it through (Year 9, 10 and 12). The juniors were again given the tough topic "That we should abolish state governments". It would have helped to know some statistics from the recent budget and how that affects state government. The Senior teams all had a rather long-winded topic - "That charities should engage in simplistic and emotive social media campaigns to pursue their policy goals (such as, but not limited to, the Kony2012 and #bringbackourgirls campaigns)". Unfortunately, in the Year 12 debate both teams misunderstood the topic to be about social media and its benefits whereas the topic was intended to be about the "simple and emotive" campaigns vs. complex/informative ones. Thankfully, we prevailed in a close and messy debate.
Tip of the Week: Debating is about having fun but then, let’s admit it, no
one like to lose! Let’s go out and win some finals and bring back some trophies. Good Luck
to all those competing in the finals tonight!!
From the Junior Library
2014 PREMIER’S READING CHALLENGE – AWARD SCHEME POINTS
IF YOU HAVE NEVER COMPLETED THE CHALLENGE NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!
If you already have a reading record from previous years you will not have to get a new one. You can just log on to complete the Challenge. I am now checking that all Year 7 students have been entered.
Wide Reading lessons are the perfect time to look for your next book to read for the Premier’s Reading Challenge
It is a condition of entry that students entering and successfully completing the Challenge will receive a PRC certificate and may appear on the PRC Gold and Platinum Honour Roll
WANT TO EXPLORE THE CLASSICS? – HAVE A LOOK AT THE GUTENBERG
It is a very worthy project to try to read the classic books in our literature. In many cases the language is beautifully expressed and the subject matter and tone reflects our history and the aspirations of the culture of the time. Unfortunately our Libraries are not an Archive and while we do purchase classics deliberately every year to keep them in front of our students our classic collection is not all that vast. It can be found by searching Library Enquiry for “classic literature”. But we are all saved by Project Gutenberg. It contains our classic treasures and is accessible online.
Anyone can download an enormous number of free e books by going into Project Gutenberg in Google http://www.gutenberg.net.au/plusfifty.html. Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works, to "encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks". It was founded in 1971 by Michael S Hart and is the oldest digital library. Wikipedia . Project Gutenberg offers over 45,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.
I found it easy to download a Jules Verne classic in HTML straight onto my computer. And if
I can do this any student can.
Years 7 & 9 Vaccinations on June 18
They will take place in room 801. This is the second visit.
On visit 2, the following will be offered.
The nurses will arrive at the school at approx 08.00am to set up and draw up the vaccines in order to start vaccinating students at 09.00am.
High Rugby = High Spirit
Grammar Trial Game
For the first time in 13 years the 1st XV did not lose to Grammar, while they were unable to get across the line with a victory it was a very impressive defensive effort to achieve a 14 all draw. Many junior teams were able to achieve victories and competitive games.Congratulations to:
Play of the day:
1st XV Report
On Saturday 24th May, the Sydney High Rifle Team set out from Malabar Rifle Range to compete at the annual Cessnock Rifle Club Open Prize Meeting for the first time since 2011. The SHSRC members consisted of Jeremy Chan (12, c), Minghao Wu (12, vc), Kaiwei Liu (12), Justin Ng (12),Rex Yi(12), Desmond Chiang(11), Evan Han(11),Keller Huang(11),Timothy Tran(11), Jack Zhou (11), Ciaran Farrell (10), John Huang (10), Julian Tu (10), James Jiang (9) and Wentao Ruan (9).
Arriving at the range, we braved the cold country air to set up camp whilst the sun slowly began to sink beneath the horizon. After our tents were up, a fire was lit and the majority of the team huddled around a barrel-shaped campfire for warmth. It wasn’t long before each shooter had to retire to their sleeping quarters. Every member of the team did, after all, have a massive day ahead of them.
The next morning, we were promptly joined by Terry Fong (12), Sam Phillis (12) and Nick Phillis (11), who had all risen early on Sunday to ensure they could participate in the competition. Throughout the day, very impressive scores would be posted all across the board, particularly at the first 500 yard shoot of the day where Jeremy took 1st in B Grade, 50.7/50, James took 1st in C grade, 50.6/50 with John and Jack taking 2nd and 3rd with 49.5 and 49.3 respectively, sweeping all the prizes for the first range. Jeremy also took 1st in the second 500 yards shoot with 49.5 and James in the 600 yards shoot with 49.2 securing not only 1st in the last range, but in C grade overall as well as taking the Tyro award.
At the conclusion of the shooting, the team arrived promptly at the awards presentation ceremony dressed in school uniform. We collected our individual prizes for the ranges, and upon reading out James Jiang’s impressive C-grade Tyro result 147.11/50, the presenter followed it up with, “You could teach the B-graders how to shoot!” a statement which received nods of agreement from both young and old present alike, testament to his prodigious success at this competition taking 1st place, which will be moving him up to the B Grade Competition for the next prize meet. Seeing these results from our youngest shooter, our seniors all realised we needed to step it up in our next prize meet in Wingham in order to keep up with the younger shooters. Kaiwei and Julian should also be commended for their score of 141.7 and 139.7 despite this being their first ever prize meet.
Many thanks go to the Cessnock Rifle Club for hosting this annual prize meet. Thanks must also to
go to the MIC of shooting, Cathy Meaney, as well as Old Boy and coach Sam Kremer (1992) for
giving up his weekend to support us throughout the trip. Thanks also to Ishan Nadkarni, Joe Banh,
Brendan Leo and Ryan Woo, who also came to support us! Altogether, the team learnt many valuable
lessons about shooting, particularly ensuring they make each shot count and not to succumb to
complacency until the very last shot rings out.
SBHS Rowing Community rallies to support fundraiser
More than 270 Old Boys, past and present rowers, parents and friends attended the highly successful and very entertaining Rowing Appeal Dinner on 24 May in the Great Hall.
The Appeal Dinner was held to raise much needed funds to replace High’s damaged fleet of boats and trailer after an unfortunate accident while travelling on the M4 to a regatta at the Sydney International Rowing Centre.
The accident happened just weeks before the Head of the River and, as High’s misfortune reverberated throughout the rowing fraternity, overwhelming support came forth, particularly from other GPS and Independent Schools to help the High crews compete in the regatta.
The Appeal Dinner, together with generous donations from Old Boys, parents and friends of SBHS rowing, raised more than the target of $90,000.
MIC Julie Blomberg said: “The funds will help to get our Sydney High rowers back on the water enjoying the camaraderie and many rewarding challenges offered by the rowing program.”
The extent of support for High rowing was highlighted at the Appeal Dinner by special guests such as John Coates, Vice President of the International Olympic Committee and President of the Australian Olympic Committee; Kurtley Beale, Waratah and Wallaby rugby player; Nick Purnell, Olympic Rower London 2012 and World Rowing Gold Medallist 2010; who gladly contributed to this worthy cause through their attendance at the function.
Highlights of the evening were the perceptive and engaging interviews of the special guests by Sky Presenter, Greg O’Mahoney, a Rhodes Scholar and former World Champion Debater.
Former old boy rowers Dominic Grimm (2005), World Rowing Gold Medallist 2010 and Mark Prater (2000), Australian Rowing Coach 2012, as well as former High teacher, Greg Harris, now CEO Australian Rugby Union Players Association were others who took part in the interviews.
Another acknowledgement during the evening was for old boy rower Doug Donoghue, who was recently awarded life membership of the Australian Olympic Committee for his work with AOC finances for over 20 years.
Special thanks for a wonderful evening to Dr Jaggar and Master of Ceremonies, Jack Singleton (1990) and major donors the Wine Society and Wake up Sydney and a huge thank you to the SBHS Rowing Committee who did an enormous amount of work to organise such an enjoyable and successful event and 24 of our current senior rowers who did an excellent job waiting on tables.
2014 Term 2 Week 4
Note: W/O = Washed Out
MIC of Football Report
The CHS knockout is an extremely competitive tournament and for the past few years SBHS have been unable to get past the 2nd round. On Monday our 1st XI went up against a stronger, more experienced team in Port Hacking High School. Last year when we played them we were heavily defeated 8-1, so the odds were against us. The boys showed true character and defended hard while pushing up to create opportunities. It was a close, hard fought match and the game finished 0-0. Into golden goal and we were awarded a free kick just outside Port Hacking’s penalty box. Marcus Plataniotis played short to Adilmorad Nadir who took a shot hitting the back of the net and causing chaos among the SHS team, especially our 1st XI coach, Mr Tony Dunn. The boys were extremely excited to win the match and it was much deserved from the whole team. Our next match is next week against Endeavour Sports High School. Another challenging match, but I am sure our boys will be up for the task.
Before the big game on Monday our boys had to prepare for their 2nd round of trials against our old arch rival SGS. Coming off the back of a successful week against Shore many of the boys felt confident and were keen to have back to back victories. Unfortunately Grammar was a very well drilled side squad, many of them being bigger and faster than our boys. They have invested a lot of effort into their football program and it has paid dividends. The 1st XI played hard with possession being about 50/50, but Grammar was able to capitalise on their opportunities, while our shots on goal were going just wide of the post. Michael Cui defended hard at the back with Shayan showing a lot of passion out wide giving everything he had. The boys were missing a lot of players and with the CHS match just a couple of days away there were still a lot of positives to take away. The U14s had a good day with their As conceding a late goal to drew 1-1, while the team of the day went to the 14Bs coming away victors with a 2-1 win with Jeff Chen scoring a fantastic individual goal running from half way, going past a few defenders and then chipping it over the top of the goal keeper.
On Saturday we have our third of five trial matches against The King’s School. As always it will be another tough round for us, but another hard week of training will get the boys back on track. This will be a first home game for our top Opens teams. So feel free to stay around and support the boys.
Keep up the good effort and I am sure SBHS Football will continue to have a successful
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Junior Volleyball Results
SBHS 15As won 3-0
1st Grade report for 24.5.14
Initially, it was a close contest, as Newington’s unconventional attacks and loud, energetic calls caused some confusion amongst our team. However, once we had worked our way into the match, our defence improved and we began to easily deal with their style of play. Scrambling proved to be one of our biggest strengths, as we successfully translated numerous free-balls into structured combinations, which the other team could not handle. Long serving streaks also helped us to build up our lead and close out the sets. And so, the proceedings rapidly swung our way and the SBHS squad never looked back, dominantly finishing the match off.
All in all, it was another successful and enjoyable game for Second Grade.
The fencing season has well and truly kicked off to a great start. Chi Mao (Year 11) came equal 3rd in last Saturday’s competition, winning a bronze medal in the senior school boys individual Sabre event. John Tian (Year 9) brought home the gold by coming first in the senior boys individual Epee.
Congratulations to both students. Well done!
SBHS/SGHS Joint P&C Meeting
Wednesday 18th June 2014
All Parents and Students Welcome
DR KARL KRUSZELNICKI
Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki will make you laugh and learn as he discusses how the proper shape for a human being is a cloud of iron vapour, the size of a planet, floating through space and moving along magnetic lines of force – and immortal to boot. He will show how diet alcohol drinks make people more intoxicated and offer insights into future careers in Computers, Engineering, Genetics, Basic Sciences, Environmental Matters and Politics. There will be a Q&A session to finish. Supper is provided.