High Notes, Vol 15 No 23, August 01 2014
Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation – Year 11 Project
Winter Sports Assembly –
"Special Guest Nikil Autar (SHS 2011), coaches, parents, staff and GPS representatives, welcome to our winter sports assembly for 2014. We gather today to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of those boys selected for GPS teams in Rugby, Football, Cross Country and Fencing. At the outset I want to thank all of High’s dedicated staff who give so much of their time after school and on Saturdays to coach or manage our teams in training or competition.
"Cross country this year has had a big lift in standard with equivalent training sessions to other sports, professional coaching from Dani Andres and a changed attitude from the boys. They have really built up some strong self-belief. Steven, Ned, Kenneth and Jason ran very well last Friday at CHS 18s. Luke, Stevie, Jayden and Nicholas also did a great job in the 15s. We are awaiting confirmation of medals. Congratulations I want to thank Ms Dam for making all this happen, along with Mr Kesting and Old Boys Adam Booth and Ming Chin (SHS 2012). Our teams in various age groups have been successful in Invitational Carnivals and CHS Competition.
"New MIC Evan Higgins has managed fencing well for High this year in what has become a pretty big program. With competition in foil, epée and sabre, there are several disciplines open to our boys. Their efforts have been rewarded by national level representation. Head Coach Antonio Signorello returned to guide the program with help from Liu Yang, David Lu and Shaun Pak (SHS 2012).
"New MIC Geoff Tesoriero has really shaken up Football administration. He has contracted Sab Travato to supply quality coaches for junior A and B teams as well as securing a very competent senior team, made up of: Tony Dunn (first grade), Jason Conroy (2nd grade), Vince Crimi (3rd grade) and Ilan Vermeister (4th grade). My feedback is that the recruiting efforts Geoff has made to broaden and deepen coaching for the boys have been appreciated very much by them and their parents. In the CHS knockout our first grade surprised itself and progressed through to the last 16 on the back of some gritty fight back performances after conceding early goals. The Football Committee has contributed to the program. Thank you to Anne Wall and Tony Nimac for their very significant input into the administration of the program.
"In rugby, our teams are showing increased competitiveness on the back of very impressive attendance at training sessions. George Barris as MIC has organised trial games and coaches to give our sides the best preparation in years. In first grade, David Knox has returned and bedded down a more expansive style of rugby for High which has surprised some of our early opponents. The draws against Grammar and Kings were memorable games. In CHS representative teams it is great to see Eugene, Sam, Steve, James, Sama, Bennette and Jacob, get the recognition they deserve for their standard of play. Thank you to Andrew Walters (SHS 2003) for his assistance with the forwards. Rob Lyon (SHS 2001) has returned to our program along with stalwarts Sam Gribble (SHS 2006) and Pat McDonnell (SHS 2005). I am pleased so many Old Boys are still so committed to High rugby. I am indebted to all the coaches in rugby and to Geoff Andrews and his Rugby Committee and Association for their administrative and financial support to High.
"George F. Will wrote that “sports serve society by providing vivid examples of excellence”. He was alluding to the modelling and inspirational aspects of sport played well. The service sport provides is contextual. We start seeing great moments from U7s in club games because they stand out so much in their environment. We get the same pleasure and inspiration from successful moments in school, university and open club competition. At the state and national level we thrill to the successes and castigate the defeats of our teams. All of us can recall moments in sport as participants, spectators or coaches when we have seen uplifting performances by athletes in games at all levels. We all strive for that moment when things go well – the pass, the penalty kick, the big hit, the parry and scoring thrust, the wearing down of an opponent – and these small, random successes keep us interested in the way that game designers know how to do. They have a cumulative, engaging effect. We strive to do better.
"When appreciating sport we need to move away from a two-level rubric that describes merely
winning or losing. Other standards of success need to be included, such as; sticking to the game
plan, holding the defensive pattern, backing each other up, encouraging each other, playing
ethically and showing sportsmanship. Sport is about the time spent in the zone of excellence
– fleeting or extended. It is beneficial to both protagonist and observer. Sure it’s
great to win, but your development as a team and as a person is of longer-lasting benefit. I
congratulate all the boys who have been selected for GPS competition and wish them well for their
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Date: Wednesday 20 August 2014
Come and find out about new developments for the upcoming season.
Rowing is a great sport that High provides for your boys. It also relies on parents to help facilitate the program. Every year we need new parents to become involved.
All Office Bearer positions will be declared vacant and available for nomination and election.
All parents of rowing students are invited to attend the meeting.
NEW RENOVATION SALE
|Aug 2||High vs. Joeys|
|Aug 9||High vs. Kings|
|Aug 16||Shore vs. High|
|Aug 23||Armidale vs. High|
|Sep 6||High vs. Grammar|
Mr G. Barris
Football Results – 2014 Term 3 Week 2
|GPS Round 1|
|1st XI||King’s 1st XI||Won 4 – 3||Adilmorad Nadir (2), Jesse Cooper, Tushar Garg|
|2nd XI||King’s 2nd XI||Lost 1 – 3||Michael Libman|
|3rd XI||King’s 3rd XI||Drew 2 – 2||Adam Smagarinsky, Eddy Wang|
|4th XI||King’s 4th XI||Lost 0 – 1|
|5th XI||King’s 5th XI||Drew 3 – 3||Jason Lim, Vishnu Avudainayagam, Varunan Murugananthan|
|6th XI||King’s 6th XI||Lost 0 – 1|
|7th XI||King’s 7th XI||Lost 1 – 7||Joonho Park|
|8th XI||King’s 8th XI||Won 3 – 1||Perry Sim, Philip Lam, Ray Cheng|
|9th XI||King’s 9th XI||Won 3 – 1||David Evans, Alex Kuang, Jeffrey Zhao|
|10 XI||King’s 10th XI||Won 8 – 1||David Evans (3), George Farrugia (2), Peter Stephens (2), Michael Hughes|
|16A XI||King’s 16A||W/O|
|16B XI||King’s 16B||W/O|
|16C XI||King’s 16C||W/O|
|16D XI||King’s 16D||W/O|
|16E XI||King’s 16E||W/O|
|15A XI||King’s 15A||Lost 0 – 5|
|15B XI||King’s 15B||Lost 1 – 2||Jason Loh|
|15C XI||King’s 15C||Won 1 – 0||Akhil Prasad|
|15D XI||King’s 15D||Lost 1 – 3||Jerry Sung|
|15E XI||King’s 15E||Lost 0 – 1|
|14A XI||King’s 14A||W/O|
|14B XI||King’s 14B||W/O|
|14C XI||King’s 14C||W/O|
|14D XI||King’s 14D||W/O|
|14E XI||King’s 14E||W/O|
|13A XI||King’s 13A||Lost 0 – 5|
|13B XI||King’s 13B||Lost 0 – 8|
|13C XI||King’s 13C||Lost 0 – 11|
|13D XI||King’s 13D||Lost 0 – 5|
|13E XI||King’s 13E||Lost 0 – 4|
|Note: W/O = Washed Out|
MIC of Football Report
After four months of training and trials the season finally kicked off last Saturday against a well drilled King’s School. The overnight and morning rain caused cancellations for our U16s and U14s age group. Fortunately though, the remaining age groups all managed to have a run on over at The King’s School. Thank you to those boys for turning up early and having to tough it out through the horrible weather.
I believe the use of Twitter was a major success in keeping families and students up-to-date. Our 8th, 9th and 10th XI continued their strong form with impressive wins, with Dave Evans scoring a hat-trick for the 10th XI and scoring for the 9th XI as well. The team of the week though undoubtedly goes to our 1st XI. They came out firing and scored within the first few minutes with Adilmorad Nadir scoring one of the best team goals and then twice again with Tushaar Garg scoring a magnificent individual goal from 25 metres out to go up 3-0 with just 25 minutes into the match. The boys knew there was plenty of time remaining in the game, which played against us. We conceded two late goals in the first half to go at the break 3-2. Credit must be given to our boys when they returned for the second half. They kept their composure and gave themselves scoring opportunities and eventually converting to go 4-2 up with 15 minutes remaining. Our boys defending hard, but for the second week in a row we conceded an own goal to get them back in the match. We managed to hold them out winning a momentous victory to go equal top of the ladder. The win did come at a major cost though. It was a very intense and physical game with players coming away bruised and battered. Our striker and GPS 2nd XI Striker, Jesse Cooper, had an aerial collision with the goal keeper causing him to break his collarbone and is sadly out for the rest of the season. Jesse has been an important part to the team scoring many goals for us. He we will be a major loss to the team and will be extremely missed by the boys. I would like to quickly thank our 4th XI coach, Ilan Bermeister, for helping Jesse out and driving his car home. We very much appreciate your help. Chris Lee looks like he will also be missing the remainder of the season with a torn muscle in the leg. Chris’ speed and composure at the back will be a huge gap to fill. Adding to our defensive line is our captain, Michael Cui, who also sustained a foot injury and could be out for a couple of weeks. This has left the team a bit shaken up and hopefully with the hard training we put in for this week we will be awarded with another victory over St Joseph’s College.
Overall the day was with mixed results. Five wins, 13 losses and two draws is not horrible, but something we can easily improve on.
This Saturday is our second round of the GPS Season against a very physical St Joseph’s College. We have not played Joey’s in any trial fixtures this season, so we will be going into the match playing to our positive and energetic style. To help improve the culture of football at SBHS please try and stick around and watch the 1st XI come up against Joey’s and help support the boys to another victory.
I have created a Twitter account for regular updates in results, information and wet weather. This does not replace the school wet weather website. The link can be accessed by phone or web browser without signing in or having a twitter account. https://twitter.com/SydHighFootball
Please note all boys must:
- turn up at least 45 minutes before the start of their match.
- turn 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.
- MUST notify your coach well in advance If you are unavailable to play you. Just doing it online does not suffice.
Keep up the good effort and I am sure SBHS Football will continue to have a successful
MIC of Football
GPS Volleyball Results
2nd Grade Report (vs Grammar)
On the 19th of June, 2nd Grade braved the freezing weather to battle against old rivals Grammar. A combination of the cold weather and a lack of communication resulted in High dropping the first set 20-25. Ryan’s aggressive serving allowed High to gain momentum and quickly take the second set 25-13. 2nd Grade was able to take this momentum into the third set to win it 25-20. The fourth set saw Grammar rally around their strong outsider hitters, causing High defensive troubles. This combined with a strong block on our outside hitters meant that High fell behind early on. Despite rallying late in the set High was unable to overcome the early deficit, losing the set 22-25. Tensions were high at the beginning of the fifth and final set and Niyaz stepped up with a series of blistering serves to put High in front 10-0. High utilised this platform to comfortably close out the set 15-5.
2nd Grade Report (vs St Ignatius)
2nd Grade played against Saint Ignatius College. Good passing and communication allowed High to set up attacks across the nets allowing High to create an early lead which allowed High to secure the set 25-11. High’s consistent serving troubled Riverview throughout the second set combined with strong positional attacks allowed high to comfortably take the second set 25-11. The third set saw High attempt to play a much faster game. While this was able to overwhelm the Riverview defence early on, poor serve reception allowed Riverview to comeback late in the set. However, High was able to recover through the strength of the block to win the third set, and the game, 25-20.
3rd Grade Volleyball Report (vs Grammar)
On the 19th of July, the Sydney High 3rd grade volleyball played Sydney Grammar away at their gym. In the first set, the team was rusty from the early game, going down to Grammar 21-13. However in the second set, we played a much better game after switching around some of the positions but points were narrowly lost due to minor errors as we lost 23-21. In the third set, there were service errors which attributed to the team’s 3-0 loss. Despite the loss, we feel that with ongoing training, we can improve in the next few weeks.
3rd Grade Volleyball Report (vs St Ignatius)
3rd grade travelled to Riverview on the 26th of July, hoping to bounce back from last week’s loss to Grammar. With consistent hitting and solid defence, our team managed to win the first set 21-14. However in the second set, our team fell into a slump with poor passing and hitting allowing Riverview to come back and win the set 21-16. Despite this minor setback, our team managed to refocus as we comfortably came back in the 3rd set, winning 21-12. Overall, 3rd grade played well as we hope to improve on our successes in training.
Junior Volleyball Results:
14A's: 21-8; 17-21; 20-22. 1:2 Loss.
All Stars: 12-21; 21-15; 14-21. 1:2 Loss.
15's/16's played well.
15A's: 21-13; 21-17; 21-12. 3:0 Win.
FliHighs: 21-12; 21-14; 15-8. 3:0 Win.
16A's: 21-18; 21-14; 16-21. 2:1 Win.
In 2015 students in Years 7 – 10 will be requested to bring their own computing device to school every day.
This expands the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program that currently runs with Year 9 students and which has been enthusiastically adopted – all 210 Year 9 students bring a device each day.
What is BYOD?
Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, is a technological trend in education and in the corporate world.
BYOD recognises that technology and choices about technology are very much personal.
BYOD acknowledges technology in education means more than meeting specific curriculum requirements.
BBYOD is designed to give you, as students and families, freedom to make technology choices that suit you and all your circumstances.
How will it work?
In 2015 students in Years 7–10 will be expected to bring their own computing device to school every day.
We will be making recommendations later this year as to the model of device you may choose to bring.
Or you can bring something of your own choosing that meets our Device Specification.
There is also some software that you have must on the device. In most cases there are free options for software.
You will be required to sign a User Charter that sets out how the device can be used at school.
A member of the school staff, the BYOD Technical Support Officer, will be available to answer questions and to give assistance.
However, the school does not manage, support, own or warranty the device - it's your device.
Find out more
A letter has been sent to families of Years 7 and 8 students to launch the 2015 Bring Your Own Device program.
Visit the Sydney Boys High School BYOD Program Portal to learn about device and software requirements, view the policy and see answers to common parental concerns:
You can send questions, comments and feedback to:
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C.
Parent Volunteers Needed: Open Day
Sydney Boys High Open Day
Thursday 4th September
9.30am to 12.00pm
Please come and help the P & C to welcome prospective parents to the School.
We need volunteer parents to help serve morning tea and chat to visiting parents, answering their questions, such as:
“How did your son settle in?”
“What sport does your son play?”
“Is your son involved in music?”
It’s a very enjoyable morning and all you need bring is your friendly smile.
Please contact Francisca Sjahry on
if you are able to help out.
Volunteer(s) Needed: P&C Governance
Next P&C Meeting
Our next general P&C meeting will be held in the Staff Common Room on Monday 11 August at 6:30pm. We look forward to seeing you there.
Upcoming Parking Events
Friday 1 August – AFL: Swans v Essendon (Rowing)