High Notes, Vol 15 No 6, March 07 2014
From the Principal
Instructions for accessing Tell Them From Me Survey.
HSC Results Presentation
Financial Forum Reminder
Community Selective Class Proposal
High is not able to work within the selective selection process on a modified basis to select a proportion of its intake, nor is it able to opt out of the central selection process for that proportion of the cohort and select enrolments by means of its locally-derived selection criteria. For the last eight years, these criteria have had demonstrable success in selecting appropriate students for the ethos, outcomes and expectations of the school. Ironically, the anecdotal evidence suggests that many students who do not get accepted into High and live in the local area, do not enrol in comprehensive schools but rather go to independent ones and are lost to the public education system anyway. Also, up to 30 places could have become available to other selective schools for non-local applicants to High with high test scores.
The fate of the pilot proposal has highlighted the fact that local schools are tightly
constrained in their local decision-making powers by the perceived needs of the system to which
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.
Pre Rugby Season Sale
The High Store is offering a discount for purchasing your training mesh, cap & water bottle in the month of March.
From the Canteen
Congratulations to our $10 voucher winner for February, Hiroko Kitajima. Your son has $10.00 to spend in the canteen.
Thank you to our volunteers last week:-
MON: Stam Farrugia, Carolyn Pope, Rachel Fowler, Shannon Hickey
Chess Coaching 2014
This year the weekly coaching sessions will be changing from Friday mornings to Monday mornings. Our coach, Vladimir Feldman will be offering coaching to committed chess players and those keen to learn and compete in inter school chess competitions and championships.
Coaching will be in room 104 at 8am every Monday. Year 7s who have played chess before are encouraged to attend along with our regular players and new interested boys from all other Years.
In 2013 Sydney Boys High School won the senior, intermediate and junior divisions of the
interschool chess competition as well as The Scots College Invitational. Sydney Boys was placed
4th in the Australian Schools teams Championship.
Last week we said goodbye to one of our longest standing coaches: Laurin Lau who has, unfortunately, now got lectures on during Friday afternoons. It is sad to say goodbye to such an enthusiastic, friendly and organised coach. We will really miss you, Laurin. Good luck in the future.
This week we begin with our Senior Trials. All other trials will take place in descending order when the more Senior Year group has been selected. My aim is to get all the teams selected by the end of this term.
This week we have two away debates. The FED debate will be at Trinity Grammar with me. Students will need to get public transport there. The Eastside debates are at Rose Bay with Ms Rigby. There is a bus leaving school at 4.30 which will take you there and it will return to school at 8pm - after the Junior debate.
Here are the recently announced topic areas for FED and Eastside. If you are debating you MUST spend some time researching the topic area for that week
FED: Round 3: Education; Round 5: Law and Criminal Justice; Round 7: The Media; Round 9: International Relations.
Eastside: Week 1: Gender Issues; Week 2 Education; Week 3 Social Issues; Week 4 Popular culture; Week 5 Science and Technology; Week 6 International Issues; Week 7 Religion and Society; Semi and Final week are Current Affairs.
Each week in debating the boys have a current affairs and general knowledge quiz. The coaches keep these scores and they form part of the decision making process when selecting our GPS and PDC teams. It is important, as a debater, to keep up to date with the news and have a wide general knowledge.
Next week the debates are at Cranbrook and Knox. If your son wants to debate then he must speak
to his coach about this. We are rotating teams through these early competitions. Those boys who
show enthusiasm will be the boys who are selected to represent us in the early rounds.
From the Junior Library
HOW ABOUT READING A BIT OF “SPACE OPERA”?
Writing style - Peter F Hamilton generally uses a clean, prosaic style. His space opera is characterised by the way it switches between several characters—often there are three or more main characters, whose paths begin separated but eventually cross. Common themes in his books are sexually precocious teenagers, politics, religion, and armed conflict.
Critically, Hamilton is often grouped with Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter, Ken MacLeod, and other writers of new space opera in the United Kingdom. However, a fundamental difference is that while Reynolds and Baxter try hard to keep their books essentially grounded in solid science, Hamilton uses an abundance of fantasy-themed analogues (gaiafield, skylords, unisphere, etc), which are extrapolated with solid astronomy and physics background, including many elements from classic horror writing
EMAILING IS FOR YOU TOO!
TELLING THE JUNIOR LIBRARIAN WHAT TO BUY - Years 8&9– my email is
YEAR 9 - YOU ARE NOW LIVE ONLINE! YOUR OWN DEVICES ASSURE YOU ARE
Cyber Awareness Week
At SBHS we believe that technology benefits our learning in many ways and we are keen to harness the positives that ICT brings.
We have become aware, however, that for some students there are problems associated with overuse of computers: social media and gaming in particular.
We want to work with experts in all fields, parents, teachers and of course our students to promote safe use of technology. We have been working in this area for a couple of years now with a team that meet to discuss ideas and plan events. Last year we had Dr Kimberly Young from the USA come to our school to see our good practice in this area and she remarked that we were unique (in her experience) in tackling these issues in such a proactive and positive way.
This year in the week beginning the 31st March we will be holding a Cyber Awareness week where students will be involved in a range of activities that will allow them to discuss the positives and negatives that they experience with technology and consider some key ideas to help them understand about the safe use of technology (time management, internet security, digital footprint, plagiarism, bullying).
Parent Information Evening on 31st March 6.30 – 8.30pm @ Great Hall Sydney Boys High School.
There will be presentation from Psychologist Jocelyn Brewer and Senior Constable Craig Parkinson, Crime Prevention Officer Surry Hills Local Area Command
Jocelyn Brewer will speak to: How much is too much? Screen time and digital
Senior Constable Craig Parkinson will discuss legal ramifications of the internet and mobile phone technology for young people.
SBHS School Counsellor, Estelle Harman will be in attendance to talk to parents about individual concerns.
During week 10 many subject areas will focus on Cyber Awareness. Here are the planned activities from participating Faculties.
Which technological development had the most impact on society in the 19th century?
In Cyber Awareness Week we will ask the students to be historians in the future that have to answer the question of today
Which technological development had the most impact on society in the early 21st century?
In threes student must present their answers to the class with a clear justification of their answer.
Impact can be positive or negative.
Year 10 will undertake a medicine based unit on technology
How has technology affected progress in medicine?
As well developments over time they must specifically refer to cyber related changes in more recent years.
One more group may want to investigate ethical issues these changes have raised.
French is the example, but similar work will be completed in all Language areas.
Year 7 - Course-linked activities - vocab building, grammar, listening and
speaking, including interactive games
Year 8 - What a French Computer screen looks like and associated vocab & terminology; terms and expressions used in emails
Year 10 - Our changing world – technological advances; future predictions – in 1955 French teachers asked a group of French students to imagine life in the Year 2000. Which predictions were true/false? What aspects of our lives were not predicted? Were students then more optimistic/pessimistic than they are now? What will cars be like in the year 2050? Computers in industry. Futuristic architecture.
Similar to Tobacco Free Day, 40 hour famine, Earth Hour and “Sleep out on the streets” can you go without something for a period of time? Can you go technology-free for 24 hours? Students will be taking part in this activity and discussing the positives and negatives associated with it.
During Cyber Week Year 9 students will brainstorm and produce a mind map on the psychology, physiology and sociology of gaming addiction The lessons will also investigate the difference between psychological dependence and addiction.
SBHS Poster Competition
SBHS needs your help to create material to help raise cyber safety awareness. Enter our poster design contest to win $250 worth of great prizes! Each topic winner will be awarded a $50 iTunes voucher and every serious entry will be awarded 2 award scheme points.
Steps to submit
Problem: potential problems with cyberbullying, “Facebook depression,” sexting, and exposure to inappropriate content.
Statistic: Teens are sharing more information about themselves on social media sites than they did in the past. For the five different types of personal information that we measured in both 2006 and 2012, each is significantly more likely to be shared by teen social media users 91% post a photo of themselves, up from 79% in 2006. 71% post their school name, up from 49%. 71% post the city or town where they live, up from 61%. 53% post their email address, up from 29%. 20% post their cell phone number, up from 2%. (PEW Research Center)
Strategies and possible tag lines:
Problem: the potential anonymity of the internet makes bullying easier to do and the audience much bigger.
Statistic: 88% of on line teens report seeing someone being mean or cruel to another person on a social media site. (US association of paediatrics)
Strategies and possible tag lines:
Problem: Good time management is essential to success at school. Planning your time allows you to spread your work over a Semester, avoid a 'traffic jam' of work, and cope with study stress. Many deadlines for school work occur at the same time, and unless you plan ahead, you'll find it impossible to manage. To meet the demands of study you need to spread your workload over a Semester. Work out what needs to be done and when. Work out how to use your available time as efficiently as possible.
Statistic: In a sample of over 7000 computer game players, 11.9% meet the researchers' diagnostic criteria for gaming addiction. Additionally, there is only weak evidence that excessive gaming is associated with aggressive behaviour. Grusser et al. (2007). Excessive computer game playing: Evidence for addiction and aggression? Cyberpsychology & Behavior, 10, 290 - 292.
Strategies and possible tag lines:
Active digital footprints include:
Passive digital footprints include:
Statistic: Internet users are becoming more aware of their digital footprint; 47% have searched for information about themselves online, up from just 22% five years ago. However, few monitor their online presence with great regularity. Just 3% of self-searchers report that they make a regular habit of it and 74% have checked up on their digital footprints only once or twice. (http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2007/Digital-Footprints/1-Summary-of-Findings.aspx)
Strategies and possible tag lines:
Possible tag lines:
Problem: With the rise of Wikipedia and Internet-based companies specialising in essay-writing, it has never been easier for students to plagiarise assignments and other work. Plagiarism is both a global and local issue with criminal and academic consequences.
Statistics: In Australia, in 2012, “[u]p to 30 students at Victoria's Deakin University have been found guilty of plagiarism and nine have been expelled.” (The Australian, 6 October 2012). In the UK, “in 2009-10, more than 17,000 incidents of cheating were recorded, up 50% in four years.” (The Guardian, 7 February 2013)
Strategies & Possible Tag Lines
Upcoming Regattas -
Upcoming Events –
SHS Rowing: Boatshed Dinner
Saturday 15 March 2014
The Rowing Committee invites you to the traditional Boatshed Dinner for all rowers
It is a very special opportunity to celebrate the efforts and achievements of our boys as well as acknowledge staff, coaches and supporters.
All crews will be introduced on the stage and there will be speeches by -
All rowers are required to attend and should wear full school uniform.
The evening is both a formal introduction of our representative crews for this season and a great opportunity to socialise and show support for the boys in the lead up to the GPS Head of the River and the NSW CHS Championships.
The cost of the dinner is $30 for adults and $30 for students.
Soft drink and mineral water will be provided. Parents may BYO wine/beer.
We look forward to a full house with all boys and their parents attending.
Annual Basketball Dinner 2014
Celebrate another fantastic year of basketball at High by organising your team to attend the 10th 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 and a Sydney Kings singlet signed by the current playing roster will be auctioned.
When: Friday, 21/3/14, 6:00pm. End of Night 9:15pm.
STUDENTS TO ATTEND IN SCHOOL UNIFORM
All drinks will be provided on the night.
Basketball: Shootin' Hoops
High vs Joeys
HIGH vs. JOEYS: Term 4, 2013
HIGH vs. JOEYS: Term 1, 2014
*All other games rained out due to weather
#dominating #success #sbhsbball #ourculture
Second grade can win a premiership and first grade a championship (undefeated) with wins this week vs Newington. Both games are at SBHS Gym at 10 and 11am, Saturday! Will you be here to make a huge tunnel for firsts, Mitchell Flynn, Geoff Gerlach, Eugene Lee and Stefan Bell’s last games?????????????
Basketball dinner- payment closes today at noon (Friday 7th). A few seats still exist.
This week High went up against Joeys and once again showed commendable results, losing only 2 games. Unfortunately, due to weather, all outside games were cancelled. High 2nd Grade suffered a defeat to Joeys as well this week, however they are still definitely in the running for the premiership if they beat Newington this week and St. Ignatius forfeits to Scots College which may happen. 1st Grade, however, has been absolutely outstanding throughout the whole season; they have the most points for and the least points against, making them the best scoring AND defensive team of the AAGPS season. If they manage to beat Newington this weekend they will be the CHAMPIONSHIP (undefeated) winners of the AAGPS 2013-2014 season. Mr B Hayman has been named an AAGPS representative coach for the fourth time in ten years.
AAGPS 1st Grade Table
AAGPS 2nd Grade Table
*wins indicated by forfeit.
As you would have already figured, we are up against Newington this week. Good luck to all teams!
~ Go HIGH!
Cricket Results – 2014 Term 1 Week 5
Note: W/O = Washed Out
MIC of Cricket Report
The U16As, U15As, and U14As were all in strong positions and were eager to get their first win for the term. But unfortunately the rain came down again and was the cause for all games to be washed out except for the 1st XI and 14Bs. The 1st XI still managed to play 77 overs with a slight delay to the start of the day. See Tushaar Garg’s match report below. Unfortunately the 14Bs had to bat through the worst of the conditions making it very difficult to chase the runs down. Credit to the boys for still turning up and playing in the right spirit.
This Saturday will be the final round for the cricket season against Newington College. Our 1st XI will be playing for the inaugural John Coates Trophy. The name of Joseph Coates, a former Headmaster of Newington and Sydney Boys High School and cricketer of considerable reputation, is to be honoured with a commemorative trophy awarded annually to the winner of the 1st XI match.
Good luck to everyone and continue with the great behaviour, uniform and attitude out on the field. I wish all our cricketers the best for the up and coming winter season, especially the Year 12 students who will be playing in their final cricket match for the school.
End of Season Cricket Dinner:
To all parents and players, don’t forget to go through the points below:
1st XI Report
After a slight rain delay, and a loss of only 13 overs, the High boys continued from 2/41, not
losing another wicket in the first hour of play. Shashank and Jesse started to open up following
drinks, making the most of the short square boundaries. Jesse played the best he has all season,
with a flurry of calculated drives and sturdy flicks on show after he got himself in. Shashank
batted similarly, opening up and showing his prowess, dominating an attack almost entirely three
years older than him. However, both fell just before lunch and High lost more quick wickets,
being reduced to 6/90 at lunch, after being 2/75. Little resistance from the lower order, despite
Barry Dao’s best attempts, ended the innings on 119. Grammar were set the total of 118 to
win, and Tushaar once again produced an edge first up, which was cleanly taken. Raunak had the
bails flying from the other end after being promoted to open the bowling, and High looked in good
stead to put up a fight. Barry soon made it 3/41, however, some uncontrolled bowling then
followed. This allowed Grammar to reach the total four down, and effect another loss. The boys
play their final game of the season next Saturday at McKay 1, in a one-dayer against Newington,
starting at 10.10am. We invite all players, parents, coaches and old boys to support the boys,
and the Year 12s in their final ever game for High.
Sydney High Annual Cricket Dinner 2014
Help celebrate another great year of Cricket at HIGH by attending the annual dinner. Unlike Football and Rugby, Cricket on Saturdays is spread across many fields at different times. Events such as these are therefore a great opportunity for students and parents to meet all the other friendly faces in the HIGH Cricket Community. Each team will receive trophies for the Best Batsman, Best Bowler and Best Fielder.
Each age group captain will also give a short presentation on the highlights of their season. Students are to attend in full school uniform.
When: Thursday, 20th March 2014. 6:00pm for 6:30pm start.
Where: Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School.
Cost: $30 per person, please pay at the school front office by Monday the 17th
(Vegetarian and halal diets catered for)
Annual Cross Country Carnival
Friday 21nd March 2014
Parents: Your son will be dismissed earlier than usual on Friday 22nd March, 2013
Winter Sport Arrangements
Week 6 Winter Sport Trials
Senior Winter trials for Rugby, Football, Cross Country, Fencing, Rifle Shooting and Volleyball will occur on Wednesday 12 March during Sport timetabled time for all Years 10, 11 and 12 students (except for CHS Rowers) from 1.00 – 3.00. Junior Winter trials for will occur on Thursday 13 March during sport timetabled time for all Years 7, 8 and 9 students (except for CHS rowers) from 1.00 – 3.00. Students must bring the appropriate gear/equipment for these trials.
Summary of Sports Policy and follow up procedures
NSW School Immunisation Program
NSW Ministry of Health offers all school students free vaccinations recommended by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). These vaccines are important and protect students through to adulthood.
At your school all Year 7 Students and Year 9 males will be offered the following vaccines on the following dates:
All Year 7 Students will be offered:
Year 9 male students only will be offered:
A Record of Vaccination will be provided to each student vaccinated at the clinic. Keep this vaccination records in a safe place, as they may be required for future work or travel.
If you have questions about the program please contact Mr C Barris or Immunisation Unit, Public Health on 9382 8333.
(For translated material on the School Vaccination Program Consent Forms for parents/guardians, please go to the following website: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/immunisation/Pages/school_vaccination_language.aspx)
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C.
P&C General Meeting- 2013 HSC Analysis
Parents and caregivers are invited to our next P&C General Meeting at 6:30pm on Monday 10th March in the Great Hall. At this meeting Dr Jaggar will be presenting an analysis of the 2013 HSC results. The presentation helps provide an understanding of the intricacies of HSC marking and ATAR calculations and is recommended for all parents. We look forward to seeing you there. This will be the last P&C meeting for Term 1. The next General Meeting will be held at 6:30pm on Monday 12th May.
SBHS Big Night Out
Mark your diary for the Big Night at 5:00pm on Saturday 29th March
Our BNO parents are busy planning their culinary surprises for the Big Night Out. Tickets will go on sale in the main office within the next week.
ROLL UP, ROLL UP …..
- BIG NIGHT OUT 2014 –
FANTASTIC HOME-COOKED FOOD
SENSATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP
BYO or soft drinks, beer & wine available for purchase on the night
Upcoming Parking Events
Saturday 8 March – A League: Sydney FC v Western Sydney Wanderers
Upcoming Meetings & Events
P&C General Meeting – 6:30pm, Monday 10th March, Great Hall.