High Notes, Vol 15 No 7, March 14 2014
From the Principal
Government House Function
"Special guests, Karl Kruszelnicki and Joshua Scharfegger (SHS2005), crews representing High, coaches, parents, teachers, students; welcome to our 2014 rowing assembly. It is great to welcome back two members of the 2005 VIII which rowed 6.06 for a fourth place at the Head of the River – our best result for more than 15 years. Unusually, we gather this year on a Wednesday morning because the CHS Championships are being held at SIRC tomorrow and Friday, followed by the GPS Head of the River on Saturday. High and SGHS are co-hosting the CHS event. We expect to win again the Peter Bond Cup for Champion Boys School in the points score. We will have a close contest with SGHS to retain our Rowing Association Trophy for Highest Points Score School Overall. We dedicate this assembly to introduce and honour those crews who will compete for High and themselves at the CHS and Head of the River.
"The Head of the River is a very important event for our school because of its long tradition, its profile in the Sydney sports calendar and its high exposure in the wider community. We have been in the GPS competition since 1906 and rowing is still our most successful sport with 8 wins. The boys in our crews have done a great deal of training to reach this day. Many of them have a hectic schedule ahead with three races and finals ahead of the Head of the River.
"I want to thank Julie Blomberg again for her work as MIC rowing. It was another very testing year with equipment and management challenges. Thank you to Beryl Crockford for her oversight of the rowing program as Head Coach. It was back to the future as Simon Hoadley returned to mentor the first VIII. Thank you to Pravin Radhakrishnan who helped with our 2nd VIII, Isaac Eveleigh with the 1st IV and Gareth Deacon and Alan Low with the second IV. I’m pleased to see that we are boating in more races at the Head of the River this year. In the Junior Shed, Hayden Schilling and Koren Fang have guided the quads well.
"As always, the rowing program relied heavily on its parental input this year to make a hectic schedule doable. Whether as cooks, stall holders, drivers, dormitory supervisors, financiers or fund raisers, they really give a lot for their sons. Thank you to the Rowing Committee, particularly: George and Noi Comninos, Jenny Nixon, Sylvia Peng, Diana Sutherland, Carol Davis, Hong Zhou, Zixiu Guo, Kate Sands, Tracy Whittaker, Ron Trent and Tevita Katafano. Without your great efforts and those of other parents who helped out we could never deliver the high quality rowing program that we do.
"In the last decade in particular there has been an accelerating trend towards more professionalism in sport. Parents expect higher standard coaching for their children at all levels. Schools have more specialist coaches employed now than ever before. The equipment is better and the understanding of training and nutrition is highly refined. In most sports the difference between amateurs and professionals is mainly to be found in superior consistency. Professionals work towards the complete eradication of error during their performances. They train very hard on the simple things and always strive to perform them to perfection. Let’s hope as our new sports policy is embedded we can achieve higher quality training sessions in preparation for competition.
"During the last 15 years, crews at High have averaged 6m24sec for the 2000m journey at the Head of the River. When they are goal setting. I know every boy in every crew at the Head of the River will strain to his utmost to help his crew achieve their goals. Just being on the course is its own reward. Soak up the atmosphere of this great occasion. Stay calm and focussed. Push yourself through the pain.
"Congratulations to all boys who have done the work and been selected to represent the school
From the Canteen
Thank you to our volunteers last week:-
MON: Yoshi Kita Leong, Pam Jepson, Carrie Ng,
From the High Store
Pre Rugby Season SALE
The High Store is offering a discount for purchasing your training mesh, cap & water bottle in the month of March.
Training Mesh $55 NOW $50
Athletics Carnival Program
17 March 2014
Free workshop for supervisors of learner drivers
Ensure your learner driver has the best possible introduction to driving; their life could depend on it!
The City of Sydney aims to improve road safety with a workshop for supervisors of learner drivers.
Wednesday 9 April 2014
The two hour workshop will provide pertinent practical advice regarding:
MUSIC COMMITTEE MEETING
GOVERNMENT HOUSE @ the SIR RODEN & LADY CUTLER FOUNDATION
BIG NIGHT OUT
MEET THE MUSIC (Years 9-12)
ANNUAL MUSIC CAMP 2014
The 2014 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:
From the Junior Library
CYBER WEEK SURVEY – An Award Scheme Point for completing! It is in Moodle.
Complete online now?
The more boys who complete this survey the more accurate our information will be. The deadline for completion will be the end of Cyber Week.
We will publish a summary of the results in High Notes. Nothing you say will be attributed to you personally. Only the Librarian will see individual results. Our aim is overall statistics not individual information.
YEAR 7 REVIEWING The
Firebird Mystery FOR SPINEOUT MAGAZINE
Kim will get to keep this book. We look forward to his review.
TELLING THE LIBRARIAN WHAT BOOKS TO BUY
Debating MIC Report
Last week I was at FED and watched our Year 10s speak up as Year 11s and do an excellent job at beating the Trinity Year 11 in a definitional debate. Our Year 10s showed themselves to be confident and highly competent debaters and the debate was one of the most interesting I have ever seen. Our three Senor teams won and our three junior teams lost. Well done to all of you. Ms Rigby was at Rose Bay where we had Years 9, 10 and 11 wins on the topic of gender issues.
On Monday Riley Irwin debated in a Public School team at Parliament House for Commonwealth Day. Congratulations on being chosen for the team and more congratulations for being chosen as Best Speaker. This is the third year in succession that we have been invited to send one of our students to this debate and the third year they have been chosen as Best Speaker.
Just a reminder that NSW trials are on this weekend 15-16 March. Antony and Chris very strongly encourage the seniors to trial, including Year 10s, and especially the boys who have received a callback. You need to register online by 5pm Wednesday - so just rego now! Go to www.nswdu.com
The premier’s debating challenge starts its 2014 run this week with our Year 12 team
debating Endeavour High School. Good luck to the boys.
Debating Prefect Report
In last week’s competitions, we had three wins apiece in both Eastside (Years 9, 10 and 11 prevailed against Rose Bay) and FED (Years 10, 11 and 12 prevailed against Trinity). In both competitions we learnt valuable lessons for the season. The senior topic in Eastside was “Hollywood has been damaging for feminism”. This debate descended into an example war with both sides naming female-centric Hollywood films and what feminism is about. In cases like this it is important to know what you are talking about especially the definition of feminism. In the FED competition, the senior topic was “That medical records should be kept online” and this week Arthur Chao (Year 10 Debating Coordinator) has kindly written about his teams’ experience –
Last Friday, some Year 10 debaters (Thomas Shortridge, Max Koslowski and myself) went to Trinity and debated against their Year 11s. The topic we received was somewhat vague and hence open to interpretation. Unfortunately, it turned into a definition debate, with us being the NEG. Generally, it is the duty of the AFF to set up the definition and the bounds of the debate in a reasonable manner. If the AFF does so appropriately, then the NEG should agree and debate in those lines, ensuring a normal debate occurs. However Trinity (the AFF team) set up the debate to be that currently we use paper for medical records and proposed this should be changed to keep records on computers and online. In actual fact as we learnt after the debate, the status quo is currently that records are kept online for immediate access by individual clinics and hospitals in a regional or local manner. Evidently, they were not aware of this and so they essentially defined us to arguing for paper. This is a position which is neither fair nor defendable so in these cases the NEG must contest the definition and propose a more compromising definition to set the parameters of the debate. We set it up as that health records will be kept on the internet and thus allowing general public access. According to the adjudicator this was also too extreme and he would've preferred a more central position where there is consent involved. In the rest of the debate neither side agreed on a definition and so what we did was to argue both cases, their case and our case, thereby winning the debate.
Tips of the Week
World’s Greatest Shave
On Tuesday 11th of March, our CSC (Community Service Community) held the World's Greatest Shave
to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation, Australia's peak body for blood cancer, who
fund research and provide free services to support people with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and
related blood disorders, and their families. The day began at 8:15, with $2 hair colouring
at the flat and junior quad. This continued until the bell. Then at lunch, the main event
began at the amphitheatre. Over 30 heads were shaved, while speakers blasted music and
encouraged enthusiasm from the crowd. Our donation collectors amassed an amazing $432.50 by
the end of the day. This year WGS was organised by Shreyas Pulapaka and Alexander Hossain,
assisted by Adilmorad Nadir, Soloman Saleh and Ethan Ou. We also had Andrew Nam, Angus
Wu, Bosco Tran, Alif Khondaker, Josh Sangueza, Tahmeed Hossain, Niyaz Mostafa and Joshua
Tran helping with colouring and money collection. Our outstanding shavers were Shayan
Vatandoust, Michael Dadson, Boris Amromin, Nick Phillis, Niyazul Bari and Tarun Sethi.
Gautham Shankar, Michael Dadson, Shayan Vatandoust and Denny Fu lent us clippers to use for
the shave. Thanks to all who participated and/or donated to help make this such a
successful fun day for a necessary charity.
High Rugby = High Spirit
Training program for Rugby 2014
Weeks 8-11 Term 1
April Holidays Week 2
Weeks 1-2 Term 2
Week 3 Term 2 until Term 3 Week 8 (End of season)
Annual Cross Country Carnival
Friday 21nd March 2014
Parents: Your son will be dismissed earlier than usual on Friday 22nd March, 2013
Basketball: Shootin' Hoops
High vs Newington
HIGH vs. NEWINGTON: Term 1, 2013
HIGH vs. NEWINGTON: Term 1, 2014
The end of another season, and to the 13s, the end to their first! First grade did not only come in first place, but were UNDEFEATED with 520 points for and a spectacular 352 against, this was an amazing season for first grade (THE BEST EVER!). Another big congratulations to all teams for encouraging the spirit of Sydney High and putting their heart and soul into every game and good luck for next season! The b’ball dinner is at max capacity with 290 approx. in attendance!!!
Glanden Zheng is giving up his position as Shootin’ Hoops editor and I will be stepping up to his spot. Kudos to him for editing many Shootin’ Hoop editions.
AAGPS 1st Grade Table
AAGPS 2nd Grade Table
*wins indicated by forfeit
~ Go HIGH!
GPS Head of the River
Saturday 15 March 2014
Hope you can make the journey to the Sydney International Regatta Centre to experience this impressive event.
This is the big day on the GPS school calendar and it is quite a spectacle with all GPS schools attending. We have our own decorated marquee for schoolboys and spectators so put on the blue and brown and come and cheer!
All rowing parents are invited to the Rowing Dinner/Presentation Night that evening in the Great Hall, where thanks are extended to everyone involved in the season – coaches, staff, committee, parents and the boys.
The crews representing Sydney Boys High School at the 2014 AAGPS Head of the River
Sydney Rowing Club Regatta Results –
Congratulations to Steve Comninos, Sam Musgrove, Ray Fang, Shawn Noronha and (c) Kenny Liu finishing 2nd in the final of the SHS U19 Quad Scull in the fast time of 6.56.47.
NSW Schoolboy Head of the River Results –
There were many great results - well done to the following crews winning medals –
GPS Swimming Report
SOPAC Carnival 2
Carnival 2 proved rather competitive with all GPS schools fighting for CIS spots. There were many credible performers on the night. Congratulations to the following 1st place finishes:
GPS Swimming Report: Riverview - Carnival 3
A rather experimental night where all swimmers were given opportunities to try out other strokes. Despite this there were some notable performers. Congratulations to the following 1st place finishes:
GPS Swimming Report: SOPAC - Carnival 4
As the competition intensifies the big guns of swimming begin to perform. At this stage of the competition everyone is fighting for a GPS spot. Congratulations to the following 1st place finishes:
Well done Team
Sydney High Tennis
“It is not the size of the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog.”
High vs Newington
|1st Grade||Result||2nd Grade||Result|
|D1||1 + 6||L 6-4 6-2||1 + 3||L 6-2 6-2|
|D2||2 + 5||L 6-4 6-1||2 + 4||W 6-4 6-2|
|D3||3 + 4||L 7-6 1-6 10-8||5 + 6||W 6-0 6-1|
|S1||Josh Sangueza||L 6-0 6-3||Richard Hao||W 4-6 6-2 6-2|
|S2||Adam Smagarinsky||L 6-2 6-3||Carl Yang||DNF 6-2 5-7 3-4|
|S3||Stevie Young||L 6-3 6-0||Danny Yu||L 6-4 6-2|
|S4||Eddy Wang||L 4-6 6-3 5-7||Aaron Tang||L 6-1 6-1|
|S5||Jack Karnaghan||L 6-1 3-6 6-3||James Lian||W 6-1 4-6 6-3|
|S6||Matthew O’Sullivan||L 6-1 6-2||Bohan Deng||L 1-6 6-3 3-6|
After a disappointing washout last week where First Grade tennis had a chance to accumulate much needed points First Grade faced Newington at High for the last round of this season’s GPS tournament. Newington having already confirmed the victory had proven their ability throughout the season and we were well aware of the opposition we were facing. However, despite this we intended to finish the season on a positive note. 1 and 2 doubles fought hard in the first two sets both having the opportunities to clinch the opening sets however where unable to. Stevie and Eddy in number 3 doubles again showed their dominance in doubles however could not finish off their match before their opponents where able to get back into the match. In the singles results varied. Newington being a very talented side managed to win the 1, 2, 3 and 6 singles matches however Eddy and Jack had close encounters lasting three sets. Both players played great matches showing their consistent improvement but again displayed our team’s major weakness - not being able to finish off matches. Finishing in equal 7th position it is obviously not a position that we were hoping for but one we can improve on.
First Grade Captain
High Seconds were confident going into the last rubber of the season to see all their blood, sweat and tears to be put into action. With an unfortunate wash out against Joeys, High were ready to finish the season strong. Doubles 1, Richard and Bohan, fought against tough and aggressive net players and were overwhelmed, losing 6-2 6-2. Doubles 2, Carl and James, fought against tough baseline players. However, aggressive net play resulted in a 6-4 6-2 win. Doubles 3, Danny and Aaron, played consistently combined with solid net play, overwhelming their inconsistent opponents and comfortably winning 6-0 6-1. With 2 out the the 3 doubles won, High were confident with only 3 more matches needed to bring home the win. Number 1, Richard, played consistently with a tough baseline strategy tiring out his opponent and winning in an intense 4-6 6-2 6-2. Number 2, Carl, played a chip and charge style with the inability to play consistent ground strokes and unfortunately had an unfinished match due to time restraint with a result of 6-2 5-7 3-4. Number 3, Danny, played a strong and fast paced opponent and was overpowered resulting in a 4-6 2-6 loss. Number 4, Aaron, played a tough baseline style player and was outplayed in consistency and power, losing 1-6 1-6. Number 5, James, played with solid ground strokes and aggressive net play comfortably winning the first set 6-1. However loss of focus after a 3-0 lead in the second led to a 4-6 loss. But regain of concentration allowed for him to finish his opponent with a 6-1 4-6 6-3 win. Number 5, Bohan, played a consistency type player but consistent play from Bohan too led to a tight but unfortunate 1-6 6-3 3-6 loss. The rubber finished with 4 wins per team and 1 draw resulting in an overall 6-6 draw. This was a great way to finish off the GPS season against one of the strongest schools, and High are confident for the coming season.
Second Grade Captain
It was the last match of the season, and High Fifth Grade was looking to end the season on a high note, playing Newington College. Doubles 1, William Du and Gordon Qian had a tough match pulling through at the end with a 6-5 (7-5) win in the tiebreaker, coming back from being 5-2 down. Doubles 2, Michael Hauser and Jason Garrett played a stronger game than their opponents winning 6-4. Despite the great doubles match results, W Du and M Hauser unfortunately lost their singles match 4-6 and 3-6, respectively. However J Garrett won his singles match swimmingly, outplaying his opponent with a 6-0 win, as well as G Qian also winning 6-4. Overall, High has had a great tennis season greatly enjoying the GPS tournament. Hopefully coming back next year with a new and stronger team.
It is the last match of the GPS tennis season and everyone arrived early to prepare for the devastation of Newington College. Although the Cs and Ds matches took longer than expected and took up our warm up period, that did not deter us. The matches started off with doubles as usual with the A1 pair winning 6-2 but the A3 pair losing 6-2. In the singles area the A1 lost 6-3, the A2 pulling off a 6-1 win. The A3 performed well and managed a 6-2 win but the A4 lost 6-1. Today was an overall win for the As good effort this season.
Congratulations on the outstanding results on our last match against Newington. SBHS 14A tennis played at Newington courts on the 8th of March. A1 and A2 doubles we won 6-0. A1 singles we won 6-1 and A2 singles we also won 6-1. A3 and A4 doubles we won 6-3. A3 singles we won 6-5 and A4 singles we lost 3-6. Overall we had an amazing game and we won 5 sets to 1. Congratulations and see you next season!
For more info visit the Sydney High tennis website at: http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/tennis/
Thank you to everybody who supported Sydney High Tennis this year!!!
Come Down This Saturday afternoon for the Tennis BBQ
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C.
P&C General Meeting - 2013 HSC Analysis
The P&C thanks Dr Jaggar for his presentation at our General meeting last Monday where he provided an analysis of the 2013 HSC and ATAR results. We had a large number of interested parents in attendance and the information provided was invaluable in gaining an understanding of these complex processes. This was the last P&C meeting for Term 1. The next General Meeting will be held in Term 2 at 6:30pm on Monday 12th May in the Staff Common Room. We look forward to seeing you there.
SBHS Big Night Out- Tickets Available Now
Tickets are on sale NOW for the Big Night Out from the cashier in the general office.
Ticket Prices: $20 for adults ($25 at the door) and $15 for students ($20 at the door)
NSW Government Announces Light Rail Bridge for Students of SBHS and SGHS
Many of you would have seen the item in the Telegraph this week announcing changes to the Light Rail in the Moore Park area, including provision for a separate bridge across Anzac Parade between the schools and the Light Rail station to provide safe crossing for students. The P&C was represented on the Light Rail working group and would like to thank those involved for their work in bringing this issue to the attention of the Departments involved. The co-operative and collaborative approach adopted by the two schools was a key element in this positive outcome.
Big Night Out 2014
ROLL UP, ROLL UP …..
Date for your Diaries
- BIG NIGHT OUT 2014 –
Saturday 29th March
Great Hall and Courtyard
FANTASTIC HOME-COOKED FOOD
Chinese Wok & BBQ,
Dessert and more
SENSATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP
Raffle with great prizes
Heads & Tails (great prizes)
BYO or drinks, available for purchase on the night