High Notes, Vol 5 No 15, May 21 200421 May 2004
From the Principal
From the Counsellors
Krispie Kreme Donuts
P and C Minutes
State of the Arts
Discovery Youth Leadership Program (Advertisement)
The Onion Bag
From the Principal
Windy midweek rugby at Hurlstone Ag
Travelling to Hurlstone Agricultural High School to play rugby is always a challenge. Last week was no exception. Rock hard grounds, a 30 knot chilly south-westerly and some strong, well-drilled teams to play, combined to test all our teams. Our second XV played Hurlstone's 16As. In the first half our boys had the disadvantages of a late arrival and limited warm up time, but were outpaced in the backs, where a few tries were run in. The High boys regrouped and put in a much better second half to run off losers 10-24. In the wind, handling was affected badly, particularly in back line movements and line outs. On the second field, the 14As had a win. The 15As put on a very businesslike display to run in enough tries in the first half against the wind to have the game in control. 5 or 6 players were rested in the second half run with the wind. The cohesion was maintained and the boys looked like they really wanted to play. The trial was a good hit out for our boys. The first XV ran with the wind in the first half but squandered several opportunities to kick to the corners and maintain pressure. William Kwok scored a neat try which was converted but a defensive lapse in the backs let in a soft Hurlstone try. The boys were pressed on a few occasions by a speedy Hurlstone fullback - centre combination, forcing several try-saving tackles. The team was looking in trouble with the score 7-5 at half time. The wind was colder and stronger as the second half commenced. What followed was the most consistent and disciplined second half of football that I have seen from one of our teams in a long time. The forwards kept up the pressure with pick and drives and strong rucking. Most penalties were taken as taps, retaining possession and wearing down the opposition. The team effort was rewarded with three good tries in very difficult conditions against a bigger pack and speedier backline. The game ended in a 22-10 victory and was a very useful trial for TAS this weekend.
Saturday Soccer v SCEGGS
Tennis Court Development
Staff computers and groupwise email
From the Counsellors
EAS SCHEME - Educational Access Scheme for HSC Students
Most institutions that participate in the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) have an EAS for applicants who have experienced long term educational disadvantage. To qualify applicants must demonstrate that their educational performance during Years 11 and/or 12 or equivalent has been seriously affected by circumstances beyond their control.
If you think your son may be eligible, it is necessary for him to contact the School Counsellor
to gain more information and discuss the individual situation confidentially. Ms. Plummer and Mrs
Harman, the School Counsellors, are available on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday each week.
They are located in the McDonald Wing.
Courses and Careers Expo
Wednesday June 16 2004
3.30pm - 5.00pm
at the UNSW Scientia Building.
All NSW and ACT Universities, some interstate universities and overseas represented
Organised by your Eastern Suburbs Careers Advisers Association.
Krispie Kreme Donuts
is on its way
June 22 2004 Delivery
Funds For Library/
Watch this space
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P and C Minutes
SBHS P & C GENERAL MEETING
SCHOOL STAFF ROOM
WEDNESDAY 23RD MARCH 2004 7.30PM
1. Welcome, Apologies, Attendance
Apologies : J. Tripp, K. Deacon, S. Harkins
Attendance: K. Jaggar, T. Meakin, P.Girdler, W. Bull, S. Polis, K. Tong, K. Frils,. L. Evans, S. Leung, J. Harkins
2. Minutes of 18th February 04 meeting & business arising
4. Principal's Report
There was a balance of $13,923 at the ANZ.
Expected revenue over the next 12 months included $25,000 from the canteen, $4,000 contributions & $20,000 from parking.
School funding requests included a contribution to the $300,000 library fund, new
cricket nets at $15,000, basketball courts at $50,000, refurbishment of a schoolroom & $25,000 repayment to the Foundation for the canteen.
The government only provides funds for the library to bring it up to an acceptable standard &
for maintenance. It was planned to complete the new library by 2008.
6. General Business
Next Meeting: 19/5/04 7.30pm.
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GPS VOLLEYBALL REPORT 15TH MAY 2004
Third Grade vs. Newington, Second Grade vs. Sydney Tech, First Grade vs. Scots
Only the first grade match was the official GPS match on the day.
The first set was played well, with the 16s on court and Vincent Ng and Anisul Islam on the opposing team. Some well played points early in the match, gave Newington a boost in confidence. However, excellent serving from Weiping Lu brought us a convincing win at 25-6.
The second set however saw a lapse of concentration on our part. Still well played and the set was extremely close, as the Newington boys picked up their game with Jamie Tao and Sam Chhor now on their side. Some long rallies led the 3rds to a compromising position where we were even 'threatened' with laps by Mr Parker. But luckily, a not so good serve gave us the win at 25-23.
The final set was played better by the 3rds, due to our close last set. Good sets and hits along with increased calling gave us a flying head start. However, Newington gained some points mid set, but could not delay the inevitable, even with some good saves by Sam and Jordan Luong on the opposing team. The final score came at 25-10.
Newington played much better last week, but then again, so did we.
Coach's Note: High played Newington for the second time because Scots only has a First
grade team, so fortunately to get match practice Newington volunteered to play again.
The first set was played well by High due to the consistency in serving (especially from Cong Tu
and Ed Leong ), and also some great passes from the backcourt. Without one of our key players in
our team, Kapil Khanna, High was still able to execute some brilliant spikes in the game. There
were also a few crucial blocks and spikes from our captain Phillip Yang.
Coach's Note: Good to see that Alex can write so modestly!
Rowing Report for High Notes No 14 2004: 14th May
A happy prelude to the last Rowing Committee meeting for the '04 season involved the swapping of photos taken at the Head of the River and CHS Championships by the parents in attendance. It was great to see the photographic evidence of another happy and successful season. Many of the photos were of our crews standing on the winner's platform of the Olympic podium at SIRC after the CHS regatta.
Dr Jaggar's report in last week's High Notes recognised the performances of our winning crews and the 19 crews or individuals who stood on the podium over the two-day regatta. We won the Men's VIII, IV, Double Scull, Quad Scull, the Under 17 Single Scull (Dominic Grimm) and the Under 16 Quad Scull. Of the many 2nd places, perhaps the most noteworthy was that of Joshua Scharfegger in the Mens Single Scull, losing by a short half canvas to a competitor who most likely had only trained as a sculler all season. Josh, of course, was a member of the 1st VIII and spent most of the summer working with one oar. Robbie Girdler and James Gerofi came very close to a win in the Mens Pair while our 2nd IV and 2nd VIII 'kept out' the opposition by finishing close to our 1st crews in their races. High was the dominant school at the regatta as well as the co-hosts with Sydney Girls.
At the CHS Rowing dinner, held in our Great Hall, life membership of the CHS was conferred on three Sydney High teachers. The citations were all equally impressive. Mr Con Barris for 20 years service as Rowing Master at High, Mr Mark Gainford for some 30 years as a coach and Ms Bronwyn Opferkuch for her performances in the sport as a competitor, coaching and stewardship of CHS rowing during her time as Convenor. All three were typically modest about their immense contributions to the CHS, rowing and Sydney High. Each received a thunderous round of High applause, much to the amazement of guests from other schools.
While Rowing is officially in recess, planning and activities continue throughout the winter. The
very successful Learn to Row program continues on Sunday mornings raising money for the
Foundation, promoting the sport and ensuring the year-round operation of the sheds. Recently, a
Parent's VIII have begun to train for the upcoming Parents' Regatta, also making a financial
contribution. On the subject of money, the Rowing Committee Appeal for contributions to the
Building Fund has been spectacularly successful in its first year of operation. Entirely
voluntary, the Appeal was announced late in the season calling for a donation of $200 per rower
per season. To date $11,200 has been donated representing over 50% of rowing families. This
donation is fully tax deductible and the Committee Treasurer, Mr Steve Mitchell, will be only too
happy to process more donations in advance of the end of financial year.
There have been a number of major changes to the athletics schedule this year. Usually our carnival is over a day and a half but this year it is a day and therefore the program is revised to reflect this change. Everyone participating in athletics will need to familiarise themselves with the carnival program and the athletics calendar. The CHS athletics season will start ten days after the carnival, so the team must be selected from the carnival. In the past there have been training sessions prior to the carnival (through PE & Mr Tiedgen). Unfortunately this cannot happen this year because we are in the middle of the Rugby and Soccer season.
Another change to the calendar is that there is an exclusive athletics season. The season commences at the start of week five of Term 3 and ends with the GPS finals at Homebush at the end of week nine, Term 3. During this period all students will undertake athletics training. Athletics training will commence for the GPS team at the start of term three.
We welcome Mr W Baldock back to High. He was Deputy Principal and MIC of Athletics during the 1990s. Mr Baldock will run a comprehensive athletics program helping our students gain the skills they need to be competent athletes. Also he will identify any athlete who should be in the GPS squad. Mr Baldock comes to this position with a wealth of experience and expertise. We are very fortunate to have Mr Baldock and I hope that all members of the school community will welcome him back.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Mr Stein, Mr Farrington and Mr Ryan for the help they have given me over the last couple of months and to the enormous contribution Mr Tiedgen has made over the last five years.
I look forward to the upcoming season and working with staff, parents and most importantly the
athletes. I hope that the whole school community will embrace the above changes and the student
body will find athletics a rewarding and fun sporting pursuit. Athletics would be grateful for
any feedback or thoughts on future directions.
REMINDER TO PARENTS
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
LETTERS RE ABSENCE/LATENESS/EARLY LEAVE.
If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Prorellis, Mr Beringer or Mr Dowdell before 8:55am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by parent or guardian with the name date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up the white laminated leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.
Remember at all times the Principal must verify all leave applications.
State of the Arts
Congratulations to the following students who all passed their fifth grade music exams last week. Thank-you to their teacher Mr Justin Screen for preparing them so well.
Clarinet: Brynley Pfull
Saxophone: Marco Sun, Richard Xu, William Wu, Michael Shen, Martin Liu
A note about ensembles. If you are learning from a school tutors then you must play in one of the major school ensembles. There are fifteen different ensembles at school and every student is expected to attend at least once per week.
There are a few vacancies for music tuition in Clarinet, Viola, French Horn and Trombone. If you would like to learn any of these instruments, please see music dept.
Tours: Instalment money for both the Port Macquarie and Italy Music Tour is due in to the Music Department this week.
Coming Up On the Music Calendar
The Stage Bands will have a separate Cabaret Night on August 7th after their Jazz Workshop.
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The Onion Bag
HIGH V SCEGGS
Both 1XI and 2XI produced very strong performances to see off the challenge of the rebuilding SCEGGS Redlands sides. 1XI dominated the first half without taking advantage of the possession they had, but made the chances count in the second half where SCEGGS dropped of the pace and failed to threaten an assured HIGH defence.
2XI worked hard and put in a strong performance that had SCEGGS struggling from the offset with Popescu hitting the bar and another string of chances going close. SCEGGS did create the best chance of the half but Neville produced a brilliant triple save to keep the clean sheet. Wong opened his 2XI account with a back post header which proved to be the difference in the end. Changes to the line up due to call ups to 1XI dampened High's momentum but they never looked like losing their first win of the trial season.
The Opens completed a rout of both SCEGGS and Cranbrook and Cranbrook will be glad they do not have to play HIGH again this season.
The 15As fought a tough battle with their counterparts and despite the quality of their football went behind. They exhibited a fighting spirit to redeem the situation with nearly the last kick of the game.
15Bs proved far too strong for their opposition crushing them with a very dominant performance
winning comfortably 2-0.
The only team to have filed a match report are the 14Cs. The 14Cs scored their second win today thumping SCEGGS by 6-0. They led 3-0 at halftime. the scorers were George (2), Charles (2), Josh (1) and Vijay (1). Man of the Match was George who nearly got his hat trick if not for the post. Thanks to their dedicated parent and coach Mr. Peter Lee.
The 13As struggled going down 3-1 but the 13Bs and Cs did well in overcoming their opposition 2-0
and an excellent 7-0.
Quote of the Week
Saturday 22 May
This means the annual Old Boys game will be taking place on McKay 4 at 11am on Saturday. Many of the Old Boys are coaching at the school this season and so it is an ideal time for any of the players who have not seen their coaches play to see if they know what they are talking about in training! They would love to see you there cheering the 1XI on against them and a good turnout would help in charging the atmosphere for what is normally a strongly fought game that ever since anyone can remember has finished so tightly that penalties have been required to separate the teams.
Our new Director of Coaching is also sure to be there exhibiting the killer instinct in front of goal a Keeper learns from being at the back all of the time.
The money raised is aimed at improving the level of Coaching the Boys receive as well as providing the best in training equipment.
This year it is already helping to provide a Director of Coaching, Coach training, Coaches for all teams and Balls, Bibs, Cones, Hurdles, Fast Foot Ladders, Slalom Poles, indoor balls for all teams and is ear-marked for Indoor goals for the Gym. Please support the development of Soccer at HIGH in any way you can so we can continue to improve.
HIGH V St Pius/ St Andrews
It does however cause a number of logistical problems for some of our coaches as they may have two teams in different places at the same time. We would be grateful if Parents could contact the coaches and let them know they are willing to assist with team management at the grounds if the coaches are unable to be in two places at once. This will mainly affect the Bs, Ds and Es.