High Notes, Vol 15 No 27, August 29 2014
Cyber Bullying – Tell Someone!
Student Voice and SROs
A detailed proposal to establish school-recognised Student Run Organisations (SROs) was put by students to the Executive for discussion. The proposal was considered and returned to the proposers, principally the draft author, Arthur Chau, for amendment and editing. The amended version will be taken to Executive for ratification. I have no objection in principle to Student Run Organisations, providing they act within the agreed Constitution.
Induction Program for New Coaches
September 6 – High v SGS
HIGH STORE WILL BE CLOSED from
Stam Farrugia & Cindy Tseu have kindly volunteered to open the store
FATHER’S DAY 50% OFF
Foldable Chair with SHS crest. Great for dad to watch your match
Limited Time Sale Ends 5th Sept
Congratulations to our Junior A team who won their quarter final against Trinity Grammar and will now play the semi final of the Metropolitan East schools competition against Sydney Grammar on Friday 29th. August.
These players are Raymond Li, Peter Boylan, Lenard Jia, Gorden Zhuang, Christopher Yuan.
Harris Hannon Cup 2014
On Friday 22 August, 225 boys, 12 staff and 5 coaches travelled up to Armidale for our annual sporting exchange with The Armidale School. Originally conceptualised as a rugby exchange, the trip now involves tennis, basketball, debating, and football as part of the program. The aim is for the SBHS boys to be involved in more than one activity over the weekend where possible. Last year we introduced the Harris-Hannon Cup, which the sporting exchange is now named after. We were unsuccessful in winning it last year so all eyes were on it this trip! The Cup acknowledges the dedication over an extended period of time to both schools of Mr Hannon from SBHS and Mr Harris from TAS.
The weekend’s sporting fixture kicked off on Friday night with our junior tennis team taking to the court in winning fashion. The team consisted of Matthew O’Sullivan (W 7-5), Danny Yu (W 6-2), Branco (L 2-6) and Jack Karnaghan (W 6-1) and the double matches Matthew and Jack (W 6-1), Danny and Branco (L 1-6). The senior team continued the winning ways with all players taking out their singles matches - Adam Smagarinsky (W 6-1), Joshua Sanqueza (W 6-0), Eddy Wang (W 6-0) and Steven Young (W 6-0). Then, the doubles pairing of Adam and Josh (L 4-6) and Eddy and Steve (W 6-0) assisted the Friday night results in favour of Sydney High.
Following the tennis, the junior basketball team then followed suit. With players ranging from Years 7-10, the team displayed the depth in the basketball program as most of these players had rarely played together. This proved no barrier for the boys as they defeated TAS 60-28. The senior basketball team (Years 10-12) then took to the court and continued the winning ways for High. This match was a highlight of the weekend with a great atmosphere created in the TAS gymnasium from both schools due to the loud and continuous chants. With High’s team made up predominantly of 1st grade players, the result was well in our favour, the boys taking out a comprehensive 59-17 victory. Thank you to Old Boy coaches Bill Wang and Shuming Wang for their professional manner in coaching the side.
Saturday sport kicked off early with the rifle shooters setting off at 8.00am. With a balance of the more experienced and new younger rifle shooters, High eventually won the shoot with a score of 1254 to TAS 1202 and also had New England Girls School (NEGS) to compete with. Thank you to Mr Daniel Comben and Mr Sam Kremer for coordinating the shooting for the weekend.
Due to AAGPS commitments, High has not taken football teams to TAS since 2012. However, with a gap in the fixtures for the matches against Scots College over the weekend in Sydney, the school put together a 15B football team under the guidance of Mr Jamie Kay to play the TAS 15A football team. Despite a number of chances and missed opportunities, the team eventually went down 2-0.
The focus of Saturday was for our rugby teams to show how much they have improved since 2013. With the majority of players making the trip up to Armidale, confidence was high heading into the matches. Despite the overall results, the matches were competitive and the score lines were closer than in previous years. A great effort and improvement from our boys.
The official rugby results were:
13Cs – Friendly,
Before the 1st XV match, the crowd was treated to the 4 x 100m athletics relays running end to end of the main rugby oval with a gauntlet of boys from both schools cheering the boys on. High ended up winning the 14s and 15s years relays, with the 13s and 16s relay teams just missing out on first place.
In 2013, the exchange expanded out to offer debating to the schools. In between games on Saturday morning our boys prepared for their debates and they were quietly confident High would prevail! However, the results went in favour of TAS. Our Year 7 and 8 teams went down while Year 9 and 10 won their debates before 1st grade lost despite their convincing arguments.
I would personally like to thank the following staff for their contribution to the weekend:
Mr Paul Wright (Tennis), Mr George Barris (rugby coordination and 16s coach), Mr Bill Wang (basketball and rugby coach), Mr Graham Moody (rugby coach), Mr Mick Aldous (rugby coach), Mr Paul Scrivener (rugby coach), Mr Anthony Cipolla (rugby coach), Mr Jamie Kay (football coach), Ms Rachel Powell (debating coordinator), Mr Daniel Comben (rifle shooting), Mr Tony Hannon (rugby coach), Mr Bruce Gordon (first aid), Mr Sam Kremer (rifle shooting), Mr Andrew Walters (rugby coach), Mr Shuming Wang (rugby and basketball coach), Mr Eamon Kelly (rugby coach), Mr Oliver Kirk (rugby coach), Mr Ishan Nadkarni (rifle shooting) .
Lastly, a big thank you to all the Armidale staff, coaches and parents for their hospitality and smooth operation of events over the weekend.
OLIVER TRIAL – E books!
E BOOK/DATABASE TRIALS – SCIENCE AND HISTORY
TEACHER FEEDBACK AND LIBRARY SURVEYS IN THE FUTURE
YEAR 9/10 AUTHOR VISIT – WILL KOSTAKIS – THE FIRST
Oliver library system to be implemented at SBH
2014 is proving to be an exciting year in the school library world with the Education Department’s acceptance of Softlink’s tender for the new Library Management system, Oliver. This will mean advanced web-based functionality to the benefit of students and staff using the system and for library staff managing it.
Student learning will be significantly enhanced with digital capability for use of E-Books and online resources and more flexibility for the addition of school based and curated materials to the system.
We are thrilled at SBH especially in the two libraries that we will be in the first group of schools implementing the new system. Oasis has served us well but is long overdue to be replaced with 21st century technology. We look forward to giving our students and school community improved access and more efficient services once this new system is up and running, hopefully sometime in the first half of 2015.
Author visit coming up next week in both libraries
Will Kostakis a talented, new author and shortlisted on CBC Book Awards for the Older Reader’s category for his latest novel The First Third, is coming to speak to our Year 9 and 10 students next week. On Monday he will be presenting to the Year 9s in the Andrews Junior Library and on Tuesday the Year 10 students will be attending his presentation in the McDonald Senior Library. Will began his writing career at the tender age of 19 years, winning the Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year Award in 2005 for a collection of short stories. His first novel Loathing Lola published in 2008 was shortlisted for the Sakura Medal awards in Japan. In 2010 Will was selected for the Australian government’s Get Reading! Program.
Will is an inspiring and entertaining speaker and I’m sure the boys will gain much from hearing him speak.
Year 12 end of year Library procedures
As our wonderful Year 12 students approach the end of their school lives we need to finalise a few library matters before they go off on study leave prior to their HSC exams. We are asking the boys to return all their library loans by 5th September and then re borrow any urgently required resources needed for their studies up to the HSC. To borrow books after this date please see the teacher librarian and you will be asked to sign an agreement that you will return all outstanding items after completing the HSC. It’s always hard to believe that we have reached this time again as it seems only a short time ago that they were starting their Year 12 HSC studies and spending many hours in the Senior Library, studying, reading, discussing, collaborating! We wish them all well and hope they enjoy their final weeks at SBH.
New resources on Library Enquiry - E-Resources at SBHS
The teacher librarians have been busy updating links to some useful and interesting digital resources accessible through our Library Enquiry. They include:
Open Day in the SBH Libraries
Both Andrews Junior Library and McDonald Senior Library would like to invite all parents and interested visitors to come and see what’s happening in the libraries on Open Day, Thursday 28th August, next week. The teacher librarians and library staff would be pleased to answer any questions you might have regarding library services and resources.
Daffodil Day is a fundraising event run by the Cancer Council of NSW, a charity which aims to increase awareness of and funds for cancer research in Australia. This year, a group of 80 of our students participated in the Daffodil Day external collection at Central Station on Friday, 22nd August. Each collection duo managed to raise more than $150, an outstanding effort! Rick Saha and Luke Hoad, working cooperatively with Daffodil Day representatives and Mr Phillipson, were able to organise the event very efficiently. In conjunction, Shreyas Pulapaka and Ganesh Chandrasekaran supervised the event on the day, proving to be effective in management. The event was extremely successful, with the Daffodil Day representatives very impressed with our contribution. Thank you to all the boys who woke up very early to arrive at Central at 6:15am.
Cash Register Window
Please ensure that all students have the correct money when making cash payments at the register. Remember payments can be made before school, recess and lunchtime.
Cash Register Opening Hours
Monday & Tuesday:
Wednesday & Thurs:
Thank you for your cooperation.
Student Medical Conditions
Notice to All Parents
It is a parent responsibility to notify the Front Office First Aid Staff if your son has a medical condition which requires medication. All medication such as Epipen’s need to be clearly marked with your son’s name and have a current expiry date.
Your cooperation is appreciated.
On Saturday, 2nd August, Athletics NSW held the State Short Course cross country championships where Sydney High student, Luke Schofield, won gold for the U16 age group and is now the NSW state age champ.
The pace was fierce at an average of 3:12/km (first km was 2:56). Most of the competitors are top ranked Cross Country racers from all schools. Luke came in 2nd in the race to National Champ Joshua Thorley from the ACT, but both Josh & Luke were given GOLD as they were from different states.
This is Luke's first individual state medal.
This last weekend, Luke then travelled to Albany, Western Australia to compete on the Australian Championships. He came 6th, upstaging all ten NSW boys who were ahead at state at the CHS level. Luke was just 10 seconds off a podium position. The time was fast. According to his GPS watch the flat course pace was fierce, and averaging 3:16 /km. Luke earned a bronze medal from Athletics Australia for the NSW state team (top 4 NSW runners) behind QLD and VIC.
Australian Cross Country Championships
Last weekend, the High Shooting Team took 16 shooters to the Armidale School for our annual smallbore competition. On Saturday morning, we headed down to the Armidale smallbore range at 8am as the earliest event of the day, and after witnessing the basketball team’s dominant victory the night before, our team wanted to achieve the same results. Our shooters consisted of Jeremy Chan (12), Minghao Wu (12),Terry Fong (12,) Kaiwei Liu (12), Justin Ng (12), Rex Yi (12), Desmond Chiang (11), Timothy Tran (11), Angelo Yan (11), Ciaran Farrell (10), John Huang (10), Udayveer Singh (10), James Jiang (9), Wentao Ruan (9), Kenfond Xuan (9), Nathan Pan (7). For quite a few of our shooters, this was their first competition shoot, but despite their inexperience, the shooters performed very well, with Kenfond scoring 152/180 and Angelo scoring 150. It was extremely nice to see the smallbore program at SISC paying off as 12 out of our 16 shooters scored higher than 150 and the consistency between all our shooters shows the newfound depth in our shooting team as a result from the new shooting programme. We ended the day with a score of 1254/1440, defeating TAS by 52 points, to take out the Tankshell Trophy. Timothy Tran was our top shooter, scoring 162/180.
I’d like to thank Mr Comben for taking care of the shooting team, since Mrs Meaney
wasn’t available this year, Old Boy Sam Kremer for handling all the gear allocation, as
well as Ryan Woo and Brendan Leo for coming up to support the team.
High Rugby = High Spirit
High vs Armidale
It was a tough trip up to Armidale with all teams facing fierce competition at the end of an 8 hour bus journey. Well done to the 13As and 15Bs who fought out tough victories. In the first XV game the size and speed of the Armidale team was just too much for our boys, going down in a competitive encounter.
Players to wear school uniform. Adults wear smart casual.
Soft drinks and mineral water provided.
Game schedule for the remainder of the season
Mr G Barris
Football Results – 2014 Term 3 Week 6
MIC of Football Report
After a very dry and warm winter the rain has decided to unload on us causing all grounds to be flooded and washed out. Fortunately the GPS rules allow us to re-schedule 1st and 2nd XI fixtures to be played during the week. So the match was held at Hensley Park on Tuesday. Due to the recent wet weather this has prevented us from training. This was shown with our 2nd XI who lacked fitness, pace and structure. They were outclassed by Scots who won 5-0. Our 1st XI was boosted by the fact Jesse Cooper made himself available for the first time since the horrific clash in the first round breaking his collarbone. The boys applied a lot of pressure and continually opened up their defence. We went in at half time 0-0 with us feeling as though we had control of the game. The second half was similar, but this time Scots had a chance that was saved by our goalie, John Seroukas, but a little fumble and deflection of our own player gave Scots the lead. From the past weeks our boys have a lot of experience about fighting back and having the attitude of “never say die”. They came back firing and Adil scored a great individual goal to square it up. Scots came back and crossed a ball in for the goalie to clear that gave a Scots player a shot on target, but Nathan Sutton decided to use his basketball skills saving the shot with his hands. He was rightfully red carded and Scots were awarded a penalty shot which they converted. We had opportunities to come away with a draw, but we fell just short. We felt the game was ours to win, but just a couple of simple mistakes gave the 3 points to the opposition. We still have two matches remaining. This Saturday is against Shore and with wet weather forecast the game may be moved to Shore to give ourselves the best chance for these boys to get on. Although we beat Shore in the trials they have improved a lot and we are expecting a very even contest. We have also confirmed a date for our end of season Football prize giving night. This will be held on Saturday 13th September starting at 5pm in the Great Hall. I will be attaching the flyer and emailing it out to all families. Seats are limited to 220 so please get in fast to guarantee a spot. I will give preference to families whose boys will be receiving a prize. 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
Keep up the good effort and I am sure SBHS Football will continue to have a successful
Congratulations to our senior boys sabre and epee teams. In last week’s competitions, the boys A and B sabre teams placed 1st and 2rd, while the A and B epee teams placed 1st and 3rd.
Well done to all involved.
GPS Volleyball Results
The GPS season ended on a high note with the unveiling and inaugural presentation of the Michael Kay Shield for the Premiers of AAGPS Volleyball. First Grade finished the season competitively as Co-Premiers with Sydney Grammar. 2nd Grade completed the season strongly and are GPS 2nd Grade Champions. The Old Boys game was a huge success and as such is likely to become an annual event. In a vigorous and entertaining match Grammar won the Old Boys game 21-17, 16-21, 21-19.
Results for the last round of GPS Volleyball for the 2014 season were:
All Stars (14B): 22 - 20; 15 - 21; 21 - 19; 2:1 Win.
Student Collection Permission Note
Sydney Legacy is seeking help from Sydney Boys High School students to fundraise on Friday 5 September, from 6.30am to 9.00am at Sydney Central Station. Your son is to be commended for his interest in supporting this important charity. Sydney Legacy assists families of Australian Defence Force personnel who have become severely injured or passed away during or subsequent to their military service. Legacy Day provides counselling, special housing, medical and social advice. The support of SBHS volunteers has been an integral part of Legacy Badge Day operations for many years, promoting awareness of Legacy’s purpose, as well as fundraising.
It is expected that students involved will:
The Legacy Badge Day collection permission note is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes.
Please come along to celebrate a great year for High Rifle Shooting
The End of Season Rifle Luncheon 2014 RSVP form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes
Sydney Boys High School
Date: Saturday 6th September, 2014
Where: The Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School
Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start
Price: $35 per person
Tickets: Available from the Front Office
Ticket sales close Monday 1st September, 2014
*Come and watch our coaches as we test out their debating skills in ‘The Great Debate’!*
The 2014 Debating Dinner RSVP form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes
Sydney Boys High School Open Day
Sydney Boys High School