High Notes, Vol 15 No 17, June 06 2014
From the Principal
Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation Golf Day
Appreciation for Good behaviour on Trains
“The group of boys were so wonderfully behaved and well mannered, unlike other students present from other high profile Sydney schools. Your boys represented their school with extreme dignity, pride and patience, manners and public respect. The group of boys (who all exited by Hurstville) patiently waited for others to enter the train. They did not push their way onto the train; they did not yell or sprawl all over the seats. They were not spoken to or yelled at by any other passenger - unlike other students. Instead, they chose to sit down nicely and neatly, on the ground, of the back carriage. Thank you for enforcing such wonderful behaviour in your students. As a member of the public, it was beautiful to see young men acting so courteously. And it was truly appreciated.” Congratulations to all who were involved.
UNSW School of Telecommunications and Electrical Engineering
June is EOFY time
Library Committee Meeting
The Library Committee met this week to examine the future direction of our school libraries. Both libraries have continued to be widely used by students for both the borrowing of resources and a study centre. Our librarians are collaborating with other school libraries to discover new services we can provide for the students. In the near future it is hoped that a viable system can be obtained that will allow students to have access to e-Resources. This would operate alongside our current system to give students easier access to a wider range of resources. All students would be trained on how to use these resources including access to databases and search engines to better prepare them for university. Through the continued support of parents from library contributions we can fund these innovations and maintain the resources needed for our students.
The SBHS-SGHS University Information Evening 2014
Doors will open at the Great Hall at 5.30pm sharp. The evening runs until 7.30pm.
All Year 12 students are expected to attend. Year 11 students are also welcome.
From the Canteen
Due to changes in work commitments, canteen is in need of a volunteer for the 1st and 4th Monday of the month and the 1st Tuesday of the month. If you are able to assist on any of these days, please contact Karen or Tracey in the canteen on Ph: 9662 9350.
Congratulations to the winners of the $10.00 canteen voucher for the past 3 months. The sons of George Haddo, Julie Fox and Shannon Hickey all have $10.00 to spend in the canteen.
Thank you to the volunteers for the past 2 weeks:-
Years 9 and 12 will take place on
Years 7 and 11 will take place on
Years 8 and 10 will take place on
Booking interviews with your son’s teachers
This year we will again use a web based electronic scheduling system for arranging interviews. This produces better results for all participants, especially more compact time schedules for both parents and teachers. The system works as follows –
Mr R Dowdell
Bring Back Our Girls
On the 14-15 of April, 2014 approximately 276 school girls were kidnapped from the school of Chibok, Nigeria. These kidnappings were claimed by Boko Haram, an extremist Islamic terrorist organisation. The outrage that followed this situation resulted in worldwide support from many countries, including interference from the United States military.
Amnesty International has been lobbying many governments to take action as well as creating petitions and raising awareness. Many schools here in Australia have also taken action, raising awareness and sharing the problem over social media through the #BringBackOurGirls campaign.
Sydney Boys has also taken action. On the 23 May Ms Stephens and the Social Justice Society
organised a photograph including nearly 300 boys to raise awareness for the #BringBackOurGirls
campaign. This photo was posted on the SBHS and the Social Justice Society’s Facebook
pages, helping to raise awareness about the issue. Thank you to everyone who was in the photo and
special thanks to Ms Stephens for organising the event.
From the Junior Library
AMATEUR CHESS COMPETITION RIGHT AFTER THE HOLIDAYS
ARE YOU A LIBRARY VIP?
Get your book marks in to be drawn out at your next Year meeting. Mr Kay has lowered the bar and given each Year a much greater chance to win a book club voucher. So the more books you read the better your chances of winning a $50 book voucher.
CHECK YOUR PORTAL/MY LIBRARY
NEW RESOURCES OUT THIS WEEK
MIC Debating Report
This week I am pleased to announce the GPS teams for 2014.
GPS 1ST Grade
GPS 2nd Grade
GPS Third Grade
Debating Prefect Report
Last week, marked the end of the Eastside competition and we finished by coming away with 2 pieces of silverware (Year 12 and Year 10) whilst the Year 9s lost narrowly to the Girls. Year 10 got revenge on the Girls after losing to them in the final last year. Year 12 continued their domination of the Year 12 trophy winning it for the sixth consecutive time in convincing fashion against Scots. Both Years 10 and 12 negated the topic “That Labor and the Greens should block the 2014 Budget in the Senate”. This debate raised questions about the role of the Senate in our democracy and whether broken promises allow us to overwrite the mandate of an elected government. Since both our teams were able to push through on these principles whilst our oppositions simply budget-bashed, we were able to win the debate.
Tip of the Week: The manner with which you speak is important in a debate. When
you vary your vocal tone, it makes your speech more interesting. Underline in red the parts of
your speech you want to get “angry” and highlight the part where you want to sound
reasonable. Having a good manner is a subtle way of making you seem better and convincing the
adjudicator to give you the win!
Dr Evatt Model UN Report
Dr Evatt Model United Nations Security Council is a competition featuring delegations of 2 students representing a nation from the current UN Security Council. In this competition, not only do you need to be knowledgeable about your nation’s stances on a variety of political, social and economic policies but also gain the support of your allies and diplomatically negotiate with your “frenemies”. The competition is a test of wits and your negotiation skills and such a task requires strong teamwork as well as good public speaking skills. Just as in the real UN Security Council, resolutions are proposed, delegations oppose them and amend them and the aim is to try to reach compromise so that the resolution is passed. Esmond Ye and I were representing the United States of America and we had three resolutions that we had to prepare for to debate.
1) The issue of Domestic Military – Proposing that nuclear arsenals and armies be cut down
drastically (of course, being the USA, we opposed this vehemently)
The day of competition proved to be a thoroughly enjoyable experience, where we had to rely on
each other to complete our respective jobs (mainly one person to negotiate with other countries
in the negotiation room and the other person to speak in the chamber). We formed a bloc with
Russia (rather ironically) and UK and together we swung many smaller nations to support us whilst
isolating China and greatly diminishing their authority.
Silvester in Deutschland
Good Evening, Members of SAGSE my fellow GASSies, ladies and gentleman; my name is Sagar Nagaraj and I was sponsored by Volkswagen Financial Services. Today I’ll be talking about my exchange to Germany and in particular the celebrations of Silvester in my town of Schwerin, capital city of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
This exchange has truly been an eye-opener for me in particular. I had never travelled alone before, let alone to Europe, and boarding the plane with my fellow Stipis, I thought to myself: this can either turn out quite well or turn into an emotional catastrophe. Thankfully however the exchange turned out to be one of the best experiences of my life and broadened my perspective on culture and education due to this alternate lifestyle. I was surprised by the various differences of life in Germany but even more so by the similarities. The kids at school whined of homework, Mondays and a word called ‘Prokrastination’, which I understood only too well. The school orchestra were even playing some of the works my school had been, so I found myself settling in quite nicely by the end of the first week.
One of the biggest differences and hardest challenges to overcome was the language barrier. Having not done much homework back in German class, I had realised the huge importance of articles and the delightful tendency for the verb to sneak in around the back of almost every sentence. I also quickly realised how barren my vocabulary was, as I was constantly flooded with torrents of German from my mates. This was simply bemusing, in comparison to the gentle, slow version of the tame listening skills tapes I had come to cherish. Soon it became a matter of gaining a type of ‘sixth sense’ for German; I would feel very proud when successfully laughing at the right time after ‘feeling for’ the punchline of a joke. But then also equally embarrassed when I’d simply laugh and nod, and then be promptly told I was being asked a question. It was a tricky business, the language, but eventually well worth it.
And like this my exchange went on as smoothly as I could hope for. By about a month’s time, I was no longer snatching for my dictionary so often, I could discern certain rapidly spoken words out of the torrents and I would even add a few snide remarks of my own about “FC Schalke” as we brooded on their victory over Hamburg. In no time at all we were hanging up the tinsel and carefully placing the baubles as the scrumptious Christmas dinner was being served, and very soon I found myself fantasising about how I would bring the New Year in.
Ever since I had read of the celebrations of Silvester in my German textbook, I had always envisioned myself one winter night setting those rockets off the icy ground and into the night sky. This became a wonderful reality on my exchange, welcoming the New Year in style with my school mates and my host brother. After celebrating my first Christmas with my host family, the anticipation for Silvester was immense. Searching through the REAL (supermarket) catalogue for sufficient firepower was strangely very enjoyable, and I found myself and Marius to have an uncannily similar taste for explosions. Filling the trolley with the firecrackers, rockets and sparklers, we marvelled at the amount of explosive potential we were wheeling to the checkout. It was truly an empowering feeling; it even felt a bit criminal. Finally the day arrived. After all the phone calls, organising and shopping, we bade a quick goodbye to the anxious parents, and we were on our way to what was a very promising night.
There was tangible anticipation in the night air when we arrived. I felt myself trembling with excitement as we neatly organised the goods out onto the front porch. In no time at all I was standing out in the freezing night air screaming the countdown. I was even awarded the luxury of lighting the rockets into the dark sky. “Drei, Zwei, Eins! Frohes Neues Jahr!” I heard all around me as my rockets whizzed and soared up into a colourful explosion above. The celebrations continued long into the early hours of the New Year. We set off crackers and sparklers and danced and sung on into the night. Igniting the powerful rockets across the lake was a particular highlight. Watching them race across the freezing water, then bursting into fountains of colour which were beautifully mirrored in the glassy surface, is something I vividly remember to this day. It was pure ecstasy as we cheered, clapped and revelled in the magic of firepower. At long last we accumulated all the left-over fireworks and ignited them in a small box for an epic chain-reaction. It was a highly satisfying finale to an unforgettable New Year’s Eve I had the great privilege of being part of.
Zum Abschluss möchte ich mich bei der Organisition SAGSE bedanken für dieses tolle
Austauschprogramm und bei den Sponsoren für ihre Unterstützung. Ich bin immer noch
dankbar für diese Erfahrungen und werde nie diese Zeit vergessen. Drei Monate hab ich
gefunden ist zu wenig Zeit, aber die waren genug um mir eine neue Perspektive zu geben, und so
viele neue Eindrücke zu sammeln. Vielen Dank für eure Zeit heute Abend.
‘SBHS 2’ Volleyball Team – State Tournament Report
The competition at Olympic Park last Friday (30/05/2014) went relatively well for Sydney High’s Open 2 team. The squad arrived at the venue to discover that our team had been placed in Group C, alongside Rooty Hill High School, North Sydney Boys High School and the CSSA composite team. We all recognised that it would be a tough proposition to qualify out of this difficult group and reach the quarter-finals, but every member of the team was ready for the challenge.
Our first game was against a very strong Rooty Hill team, which featured several state players. We knew that we could not match them in terms of ‘big hitting’, and so, we realised that we needed to play some clever volleyball in order to win. By tactically playing to our strengths and shutting down their attacks through some massive blocks, our team managed to prevail in a very close match, winning 2 sets to nil (28-26, 25-23). It was a tough contest, but we were happy, as we now saw an opportunity to top the group and put ourselves into an excellent position to progress further within the tournament. Our second game against North Sydney Boys High School was tense initially, as their consistency and excellent scrambling plays frustrated us. Nevertheless, the SBHS team overcame our rivals, achieving a straight sets victory, with scores of 25-21 and 25-17 for the first and second sets, respectively. These first two matches had sapped much of our energy and we knew that our next game would be difficult as we would have to deal with our opposition, as well as our own tiredness. /p>
Despite this, the contest against the CSSA composite team turned out to be a relatively easy affair. Their squad possessed some talented players, but they had not been together as a team for an extended period, which meant that they were prone to errors stemming from their developing teamwork. And so, we targeted this area of the game which, along with some accurate and powerful serving, allowed us to win in straight sets (25-16, 25-19). This victory ensured that we claimed top spot in Group C and placed us into a quarter-final against the 2nd team in Group A.
After a well-deserved break, we returned to the court to learn that we would be facing off against Baulkham Hills High School – a team which many of our players had not encountered before. Due to a combination of our lack of experience against them and our own fatigue, we played well below our usual level. Regardless, the first set was very tight, with neither team gaining much of a lead until the closing stages, where, at 20-20, we unfortunately lost a crucial point. This enabled one of their best players to start serving and before we knew it, the set was over (with a score of 25-20). We could not hide our disappointment and, despite briefly reverting back to our previous form, the second set slipped out of our grasp quickly, finishing at 25-15.
TThus, our tournament concluded, with the ‘SBHS 2’ team being eliminated at the quarter-final stage. The whole squad played extremely well and should be proud of their efforts. Placing equal 5th in a state tournament is still a significant and satisfying achievement. I’m sure that, as the volleyball season progresses, the extra training and stronger team unity will enable us to gain better results in future fixtures. Well done regardless, guys!
I would like to thank Jonathan Clements-Lendrum (SBHS 2013), for his excellent coaching, as well
as Mr Kay and Ms Trompetter, for their efficient operation of the day.
Tournament Report: 14As
On Friday 30th May the 14As went to the sports hall in Olympic Park. There were four other
schools that we were grouped with, they were Kelso 1, Ryde Secondary, Rooty Hill and Kelso 3. We
played four games and we were on duty for two matches. The first team we played was Rooty Hill
and they beat us two-nil. Then we played Kelso 3 and we won two-nil. After that we played Ryde
Secondary, in the first set we were on par with them until they won the set and then in the next
set they just completely obliterated our chances of winning buy beating us again, end result:
they win two-nil. Finally we played Kelso 1 and they won two-nil. At the end of the day we were
second last in the group of teams we were a part of.
Cricket Results – 2014 Term 2 Week 6
|June 14||Scots v High|
|June 16||High v MHS (15As only)|
2014 Term 2 Week 3
|CHS Knockout Round 4 (South East Regional Semi-Final)|
|1st XI||Gymea High School||Won 3 – 1||Jesse Cooper (2), Adilmorad Nadar|
|Trials Round 3|
|1st XI||King’s 1st XI||Won 4 – 3||Jesse Cooper, Adilmorad Nadar, Jet Gill Lee|
|2nd XI||King’s 2nd XI||Lost 0 – 2|
|3rd XI||King’s 3rd XI||Lost 0 – 1|
|4th XI||King’s 4th XI||Lost 1 – 3||Jun park|
|5th XI||King’s 5th XI||Lost 0 – 1|
|6th XI||King’s 6th XI||Drew 1 – 1||Justin Tran|
|7th XI||King’s 7th XI||Lost 1 – 4||Bosco Tran|
|8th XI||King’s 8th XI||Lost 1 – 3||Perry Sim|
|9th XI||King’s 9th XI||Won 3 – 1||Eatrend Wang|
|10 XI||King’s 10th XI||Won 4 – 1||David Evans (2), Michael Hughes, Jonathan Freiberg|
|16A XI||King’s 16A||Lost 1 – 2||Kabir Agrawal|
|16B XI||King’s 16B||Lost 0 – 3|
|16C XI||King’s 16C||Lost 0 – 1|
|16D XI||King’s 16E||Won 2 – 1||Josh King, Ryan Chan|
|16E XI||King’s 16D||Won 3 – 0||Joseph Song (2), Eddy Xiong|
|15A XI||King’s 15A||Lost 0 – 3|
|15B XI||King’s 15B||Lost 0 – 2|
|15C XI||King’s 15C||Lost 0 – 2|
|15D XI||King’s 15D||Won 3 – 2||Jerry Sung (2), Stephen Nguyen|
|15E XI||King’s 15E||Won 1 – 0||Nigel Sun|
|14A XI||King’s 14A||Lost 2 – 4||Nick Lambros, Shokan Johnpillai|
|14B XI||King’s 14B||Drew 1 – 1||Matt O’Sullivan|
|14C XI||King’s 14C||Lost 0 – 1|
|14D XI||King’s 14D||Lost 0 – 9|
|14E XI||King’s 14E||Won 2 – 1||Jason Yip, Telly Tselonis|
|13A XI||King’s 13A||Lost 0 – 8|
|13B XI||King’s 13B||Drew 0 – 0|
|13C XI||King’s 13C||Lost 0 – 3|
|13D XI||King’s 13D||Lost 0 – 9|
|13E XI||King’s 13E||Lost 0 – 3|
|Note: W/O = Washed Out|
MIC of Football Report
Our boys were primed and had momentum going into their 4th Round match in the CHS knockout against Gymea. This came on the back of a great win against King’s on Saturday. We had an early kick-off and with a bit of rain in the morning the field was a bit slippery for our boys. It took some time to getting used to the bounce on the synthetic pitch and the boys conceded an early goal. To their credit they knew they just had to stick to their game plan and the goals will come. Towards the back end of the first half we had a corner. A set move was made and Jesse headed the ball back into the corner to equalise 1-1. In the second half we had all the momentum, but just couldn’t capitalise on our chances. Our second goal game from a goalie mishap, Adil shooting from 35 metres out, but fortunately for us the ball slipped through his hands giving us a 2-1 lead with about 20 minutes remaining. The clock seemed to tick down in slow motion. We still had control of the match and with about five minutes remaining we had another corner and another set piece. Aiming for the back post and Jesse flies high and heads the ball in the top corner for his second and secures the match to win 3-1. We cannot recall if Sydney Boys High School have ever gone this deep into the tournament and the boys are extremely excited. Our next round is up in the Hunter Valley with a date to be confirmed.
As mentioned earlier, over the weekend our 1st XI also had a strong win against King’s winning 4-3. Another match we had control of, but our finishing touches prevented us from scoring more goals. King’s played a much disciplined defensive back line, but eventually our boys managed to exploit it and deserved the victory. Our 2nd XI got off to a slow start in the first half conceding two easy goals. In the second half we were the dominant team, pushing up and creating chances. Unfortunately again our final touches let us down. The team of the week goes to our 10th XI team scoring four goals with David Evans netting two goals.
Although we had eight wins over the weekend we came up against a very well structured program at King’s school that have been training very hard for the past few years. Credit to our boys who have continually shown improvement throughout the trial period and I believe come GPS Season time we may cause a few upsets.
This weekend is a long weekend, therefore there are no fixtures. We then have one more trial match remaining for term 2 against Scots College.
I would like to wish everyone a safe and enjoyable long weekend and freshen up for another tough week of football ahead of us.
- All boys must turn up at least 45 minutes before the start of their match.
- They must be turning up in SBHS football uniform and if they wish to wear a track suit this must also be SBHS track suit.
- Make sure they drink plenty of water and carry a drink bottle with them to training and fixtures.
- If you are unavailable to play you MUST notify your coach well in advance. Just doing it online is not sufficient.
Keep up the good effort and I am sure SBHS Football will continue to have a successful
MIC of Football
SHS Cross Country
Regional Cross Country
Congratulations go to the following students have successfully competed in the Zone Cross Country carnival and are now selected to represent SHS at the Regional Cross Country Carnival on Wednesday 11th of June, 2014. A school bus will take competing students to the Cross Country venue, The Boulevard, Miranda.
Students are to collect a permission note and information sheet from Ms Dam or Mr Kesting in the Industrial Arts staffroom and return it by Friday 6th of June.
Red Nose Bay Permission Note
Sydney Boys High School
Community Service Permission Note
Red Nose Day
Friday 27 June 2014
29 May 2014
Your son has volunteered to sell Red Nose Day merchandise with other Sydney Boys High School students in the Sydney CBD on Red Nose Day, Friday 27 June, from 6.30-9.05am.
- Arrive by 6:30am at the Red Nose Day marquee at Martin Place, near the fountain between Pitt St and Castlereagh St
- Sign in with the location leader wearing a Red Vest
- Be impeccably presented in his school uniform (clean and ironed)
- Remain with his designated buddy at all times
- Address all members of the public clearly and politely
- Return all donations and property to the Red Nose Day Marquee coordinators
- Depart promptly to be on time for the morning school bell at 9.25am.
We congratulate your son for volunteering his time to raise funds which will help the families who rely on the support of SIDS and Kids NSW at the tragic time of their child’s death. Thank you for your support.
Community Service Coordinator
Sydney Boys High School
The Red Nose Day permission note is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C.
SBHS-SGHS Joint P&C Meeting- Dr Karl Presents!
The SBHS-SGHS Joint P&C Meeting will be held on Wednesday June 18 at 7:30pm. The meeting features the well-known scientist, doctor of medicine and arch communicator, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki who will (in his inimitable style) provide insights into a life in the sciences. Parents, carers and students are invited to join us for Dr Karl’s presentation, which will be followed by a Q&A. Supper will be provided.
Despite the ongoing challenges faced by the science community in Australia, many of the most capable students in our two schools will be seriously considering a future in this most important sector of the economy. Dr Karl will look at a broad range of science related occupations - from computers, engineering, genetics and basic sciences - to the environment and politics. Be prepared to be both challenged and highly amused.
The wearing of outlandish, zany and retina challenging clothing is both permitted and encouraged. We look forward to seeing you on the night.
Thank You For Your Support
This year’s BNO featured a number of donations from the businesses listed below. The P&C would like to thank them for their support and we encourage parents and carers to pass on our appreciation when using these businesses’ services.
Croquembouch Patisserie- 65/71 Belmore Road, Randwick
Mad Mex- Shop 3 Royal Randwick, 73 Belmore Road Randwick
R & R Daily Fresh Fruit Market- 105 Frenchmans Road, Randwick
Dissolution of The NSW Federation of Parents and Citizens Associations
Many of you would have seen the recent news of the decision by the NSW Minister for Education, Adrian Piccolli, to dissolve the NSW Federation of P&C Associations and appoint an interim administrator. The P&C executive would like to inform parents and carers that the relationship between the SBHS P&C and the Federation has long been limited to the payment of Federation affiliation fees which are necessary for our insurances. For many years, no members of the SBHS P&C executive have attended Federation meetings, nor sought election to Federation offices. We are therefore unable to comment on this development, other than to say it is indeed sad to see this important organisation mired in conflict and controversy. We look forward to it returning to its core functions at the earliest opportunity.
Upcoming Meetings & Events
SBHS-SGHS Joint P&C Meeting – 7:30pm, Wednesday 18 June, Great Hall
SBHS-SGHS Joint P&C Meeting
Wednesday 18th June 2014
7:30pm – 9pm
SBHS Great Hall
All Parents and Students Welcome
DR KARL KRUSZELNICKI
THE 2014 SBHS/SGHS JOINT P&C MEETING
“Great Moments in the Future”
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.
Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki AM is the current Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at Sydney University. A doctor of Medicine, scientist, author and well known commentator on Australian radio and television, he appears regularly on Channel 7’s Sunrise and ABC News 24 and presents his weekly show on Triple J. Dr Karl holds degrees in Physics, Maths, Biomedical Engineering, Medicine and Surgery.