High Notes, Vol 5 No 16, May 28 200428 May 2004
From the Principal
From the Library
Year 7 and Year 11 Meetings
Joint P and C Meeting
Krispy Kreme Donuts
State of the Arts
The Onion Bag
From the Principal
Armidale Visit 2004
The Armidale School turned on some great weather and warm hospitality for our contingent of 188 boys, 9 staff and a dozen or so parents, during our annual visit. On Friday night our junior boys lost a definition debate on building a better world. The senior team won their encounter. At the basketball stadium a large crowd of TAS boarders and our boys gave great vocal support to a really exciting basketball game. In a tense, low-scoring first half, the teams swapped turnovers and missed shots, due to a combination of understandable rustiness and spirited, physical, defensive plays. The crowd burst into competing school songs and war cries, firing up the participants. A last minute flurry of points from TAS brought them to within 5 points at half time. After the break, High put TAS under even more pressure, hassling the throw in and running a partial man on man defence, resulting in many turnover opportunities. Despite poor shooting, the energy of the High boys on the floor frustrated a taller, but less adaptable opposition. The game resembled rugby with a round ball at times, with a lot of physical contact. Our boys really blitzed the last 5 or 6 minutes, running away from a TAS outfit in foul trouble. Although only scoring 56 points, the boys played very well in a 'two fifteen minute halves' format, minus a shot clock. It was one of their best defensive games since the first half against Riverview. I thought Cameron Conway had a great game. Raymond Huynh was very busy and effective. Pat McDonnell took it up to them all night. It was great entertainment.
Early morning rugby games were played hard and were nearly all well matched contests. I saw our 14As and 15As play teams of about the GPS standard we will face. They showed a lot of promise and acquitted themselves well. The games turned on the efforts of a few talented TAS backs. Our forwards worked effectively for most of the games. With winning margins of 10-15 points, the contests were entertaining to watch. Third grade got up in a thriller, but the second XV were rattled from the outset by some smart TAS backline play. The boys regained their composure to put in a good second half but once again a speedy back caught High out in defence. Despite the loss, it was an entertaining encounter that was a very close tussle in the forwards. The first XV came ready to play. The TAS boys had size and speed but not the level of organisation and relentless spirit that is growing within the High team. The forwards were stiffened by the return of breakaway Daniel Thomas. The backs seemed more organised with Cameron Conway at 5/8 and Ben Friis-O'Toole at inside centre. Cameron's kicking game was "on". Our boys got to the break down well but did not overcommit players and had people on their feet ready to snuff out the pick and drive of the opposition. High scored some good team tries. The second half started disastrously with an intercept try by the TAS fullback. It really lifted the TAS effort for the next ten minutes. However, the superior rucking and mauling by High took its toll and our pack began to dominate. The score 26-7 flattered TAS. Our finishing let us down on one or two occasions near the line. The game was a good hit out for our boys who have to lift to another level to dominate sides that are at GPS seconds standard. We need a big win this week to round off our preparation before the GPS season opener against King's at McKay.
The visit to Armidale was most enjoyable. I urge all boys who could be in fixtures to make the effort to attend next year. We will move the weekend away from the year 11 exams for 2005. The school will also invest in some supplementary bedding in the form of foam rolls, in order to make the accommodation a little less crowded and competitive. On behalf of the school I would like to thank the staff who gave up their weekend for this visit and the parents who supported the boys. My family and I enjoyed the weekend very much and plan to repeat the experience in the future.
Career Voyage Printouts
Year 12 Report Interviews
The 2004 Year 7 English Language and Literacy Assessment reports arrived recently. On http://www.schools.nsw.edu.au/learning/7-12assessments/ellatest.php you may also access translations of the information about ELLA. 91% (State 32%) achieved Highly Proficient in Writing, 98% (State 34%) in Reading, and 98% (State 38%) in English language knowledge.
Students were asked to:
While recently arrived speakers from Language Backgrounds Other than English may have some influence on the lower figure for Writing - and ALL were at least Proficient by the way - it is instructive to look at the School and State means (scores, not percentages) for Writing:
We must not be complacent, however, as more than 50% of our students were below the top 25% of the State in writing, while still "Highly Proficient."
What is of some interest is the ranking of items missed by students in order of frequency. The
following language features caused problems in more than 50% of the state's students:
A number of our students also had trouble with
Most of those issues are covered in the http://neilwhitfield.tripod.com/eslhelp.html
"12 Steps to Better English" or in the http://neilwhitfield.tripod.com/faq.html
Communities Site FAQ pages.
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.
ANU- The Australian National University
The 2004 National Chinese Eisteddfod will take place from 9:00 am to 2.15 pm on Saturday 5th of June at Burwood Girls' High School. The address is Cheltenham Road, Croydon.
All participants will be required to register at least half an hour prior to this. Students may also wish to support their fellow students by attending their sections of the competition.
I do hope that your family will be able to attend the event, and look forward to meeting you
Results of Science Quiz no.6
Questions about plants that detect land mines were again correctly answered this fortnight by Kiril Mickovski (8T), Andrew Tang (8T), Peter Luu (8S) and Bernard Fang (8T)
(a) What type of plant is being studied?
From the Library
Big thanks to Mr Selway for his donation of Communication and Cultural Literacy. Years 11 & 12 may like to look this up in the Library.
Thanks to Mrs Kaldor, mother of Tom in Year 11 for donating Bush Sense, Steve Waugh - Never Satisfied, The best of Jackie French, Peter Collins - the Bear Pit.
The Library Z'ours Committee has a meeting this coming Monday lunchtime.
Fabulous new books
We have lots of Booker Prize Novels and winners of other awards just arriving - Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, Ishiguro, Kazuo - The Remains of the Day, Ben Okri - The Famished Road, Anita Brookner - Hotel du Lac, Orson Scott Card - Xenocide, A.S. Byatt, Possession, Thomas Keneally - Schindler's Ark, V.S.Naipaul, In a Free State, James Kelman, How late it was, How Late, Iris Murdoch - The Sea, the Sea, Anton Checkov - The Steppe and Other Stories.
We have just got Midsummer Night's Dream and Macbeth on CD ROM.
Fun Books we have re-ordered and which have just arrived are: David Gemmell's Midnight
Falcon, Ravenheart and Stormrider, Orson Scott Card's Speaker for the
Dead and Children of the Mind and Shadow Puppets, Robin Hobb's Ship of
Magic, The Mad Ship, Ship of Destiny and Assassin's Apprentice, Douglas
Adams, So Long and Thanks for all the Fish, Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club,
Choke and Survivor and David Eddings, Guardians of the West and Matthew
Riley's Scarecrow. These are being processed right now and should be on the new book
shelves next week.
Year 7 and Year 11 Meetings
Year 7 parent group meeting
Tuesday June 15 2004
Staff Common Room
Year 11 Parent Meeting
On Tuesday 18th May the Year 11 Parent Group hosted an informal occasion to meet Ms Berger, who took over as Year Advisor for Year 11 early this year.
The meeting started at 6:30 pm and was well attended by more than 30 parents.
Ms Berger was open and enthusiastic about her demanding role and made many suggestions for the general welfare of our boys.
Other items of discussion included study management, selection of prefects, exam schedules and sporting and extra curricular demands.
Ms Berger was very realistic about her and the schools' expectations, and stressed a need for balance between conflicting demands. She encourages the boys to access the careers guidance programme available on the school network, to help them make decisions about their future.
Ms Berger can be contacted at school by phone or email to discuss individual concerns
From the Rugby Master's desk:
Sydney High rugby earned a load of respect in Armidale last weekend, especially our 1st grade. Their victory capped off a great weekend.
The 14Bs started the ball rolling in the first match of the day winning 5-0 against TAS 15Bs. In the afternoon the 3rd XV held on valiantly for a 22-20 win and our 2nd XV showed a promise of things to come with a 7-5 second half against a very good TAS 2nd XV. As 2.50pm approached the sideline support for High swelled. Many parents had made the trip to Armidale and the juniors, who usually go home after their matches, lined the sideline following the seniors lead shouting and chanting their support for the 1st XV. And the firsts responded.
On Saturday the first grade played a very committed physical game, adhering to coach Bolen's game plan, enabling them to run out deserved winners 26-7. High led at the break 12-0. Expectedly TAS tried to make a comeback in the second half, presented with an intercept try in the first minute of the half. This could have had our players drop their heads and capitulate. However, they showed composure and resolve to reassert themselves and finish the match in fine style. The firsts have again raised the bar a little higher following on from their Hurlstone performance. Another committed effort against St Pius X this weekend should set them up well for King's and the start of the GPS a week later.
I must praise and thank the players who went to Armidale for their efforts and cooperation. You made the weekend very enjoyable. Thank you also to the staff Mr Farrington, Mr Storey, Mr Codey, Mr Howey, Mr Hannon, Mr Moody, Mr Scrivener and Ms Gazzola, on behalf of myself and the boys for your efforts, both seen and unseen. The TAS trip is an important date on our calendar and would not occur without your support.
In response to an SRC request the Armidale trip next year will be a week earlier, swapping with the Family Day, to avoid the clash with Year 11 assessments. This change has been confirmed with TAS. For the record our results v. TAS this year were:
The highlight for me was the 70m rumble for a try by Tim "Night Train" Joo. Awarded a free kick deep in their own half the sideline support began chanting "Tim Joo, Tim Joo" and Tim didn't disappoint. Like the Sydney to Melbourne night train, Tim stopped for no-one until he planted the ball over the try lineâ€¦exhausted. Well done Tim.
Again this year the McKay canteen will be running its "Cake and Coffee" service for the GPS home
games. Age teams will asked to provide a cake/slice donation to this fund-raiser. The proposed
I hope everyone will support this Rugby Committee initiative.
Good luck to all teams in our final trial for 2004. I look forward to the continuing development
of the positive rugby we are playing.
The Autumn weather was fabulous and the Rugby sensational!
Thank you to the First XV who played great Rugby and WON 26 - 7 against TAS.
Thank you to the rest of the boys for their entertaining games and strong vocal support.
Thank you to TAS for your wonderful hospitality and thank you to the Wicklow Motel for some great food and local Armidale Reds!
For the Year 12 parents in particular it was a weekend of shared 'High' emotion and spirit.
So don't miss it next year - it is well worth the trip.
Good luck to all our Rugby players in 2004.
GPS VOLLEYBALL REPORT 22nd MAY 2004
Second Grade vs. St Ignatius, First Grade vs. St Ignatius
Boasting a side which has matured over the past few weeks, High started off the first set strongly against an inexperienced St Ignatius team. With immaculate serving by Hughoce Feng and Cong Tu, High was able to win most of the first set on serves. With the few occasions where Riverview were able to play the ball, High closed the points off with ease with some exceptional work at the net by Captain Phil, Kapil Khanna, Kenny Huang and Clement Lau (who played as setter for the first time).
The second set was much like the first, however with Riverview's players getting into the groove of things there were a few rallies which were mostly won by High. Excellent support play by the stand-in Libero Alex Lee and perfect sets by Ed Leong gave Sheng Zhang, Alex Chan and Clement Lau unreturnable spiking opportunities. High's strongest part of their game the serve, continued to leave the Riverview side double left footed throughout the set.
The third set saw High give Riverview a few too many points from complacency, as they believed they had the game well and truly won. Even though this was the case it will be good in future to see High play at their hardest all throughout the game, no matter what the score line is at any moment.
Overall Sydney High 2nd Grade did an outstanding job in showing the new boys on the block that
High is here to stay and dominate the GPS volleyball competition. With this in mind, the team
will be looking forward to this week's game against Grammar who will surely be the greatest
I have been impressed with their solid point-making skills, which will be tested next week against Grammar. With all this hype, I hope it isn't an anti-climax.
The only downside of the match was when an unknown cricket player was found on the court masquerading as our setter, fortunately our modest writer from last week was able to step into the gap when the offending player was sent off.
With serving as our strongest weapon, I am pleased to see that the spiking is improving as their confidence grows. Sheng demonstrated why he was nominated the most improved player for 2003!
High dominated early on in the first set led by Fahmy Balgahom's consistent jump serves. While the Riverview boys did not have the experience of Sydney High, they had plenty of determination, celebrating every single point they had achieved in the set, which were few. The set went High's way 25-9.
The second set started in favour of Riverview, errors by High resulted in Riverview leading 2-5 at one point. The boys regrouped and came back strongly, and finally won the set 25-16; this was as close as Riverview got in this game.
In the third set, High started just like the first, relentless in the service game and also made some powerful plays. The Riverview players were amazed by the power hitting of Robert Lou from the outside and the quicks hit by Karl Kruszelnicki in the middle. The set finished 25-6.
Next week should be an interesting match between High and Grammar.
Even though High did not perform their best, the match was still won in straight sets. Next week,
playing against Grammar it should turn out to be a very interesting contest.
Joint P and C Meeting
Promoting resilience in your gifted adolescent
Psychological research has increasingly begun to focus on the factors that contribute to resilience in children, adolescents and adults. Much of this research suggests that it is our ability to "fail well" that predicts academic, social and emotional adjustment. Perfectionism and the "fear of failure" that often characterise highly able children and adolescents can, in fact, deleteriously influence academic functioning and longer-term social and emotional functioning. Procrastination, "over-doing" or chronic underachievement can be the results of such a fear.
How can parents use this research to help their adolescent make the best choices, handle failure and cope with HSC stress?
Dr Catherine Boland, the Clinical Psychologist for GERRIC (Gifted Education Research, Resource & Information Centre, UNSW) will give an overview of the research and its implications for helping our children generally. She will also focus special attention on how this research can be used to guide gifted students to make better career choices by focussing not only on their HSC performance but also their interests and passions.
Annual Joint Meeting of P & C Associations
WEDNESDAY 23 JUNE 2004 7.30 PM
Dr Boland's presentation will be followed by question time & refreshments will be served
Krispy Kreme Donuts
Krispy Kreme Donut Drive
JUNE 22 2004
at any Krispy Kreme Store
Saves carrying home on bus or train!!
Last Orders with payment MONDAY, 7th June, 2004 (Recess)
So get busy and ask your neighbours, friends, relatives and workmates to buy a dozen or more.
The more they buy - the HIGHer we fly!!
HELPERS REQUIRED KRISPY KREME DISTRIBUTION
To enable the boys to get away quickly and safely parents' help is needed for processing orders and distribution of doughnuts at the end of the school day.
Tuesday, 22nd June, 2004 from 12 Noon till 4pm.
Please contact Valda Roser, 9773 7167
I wish to order . . . . . Doz. Fresh Original Glazed Doughnuts @ $12 per Doz
o order . . . . . Certificates . . . . . . . @ $12.00 per Certificate $...............
Card Number: __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
Cardholder's Name: ____________________________________________________
State of the Arts
Congratulations to Simon Chadwick, year 12 saxophone who participated as part of The NSW Arts Unit Jazz Orchestra at the "Generations in Jazz" festival in Mount Gambia, South Australia. The band came third in their division which comprised 26 bands. There are three divisions in all. Simon was one of five players awarded the accolade as "Future Finalist" which means that he has the opportunity in the next couple of years to compete in the James Morrison Scholarship.
Sydney Boys High School
|8.15||1500 M: 14 yrs & Under, 15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17 + yrs|
|9.00||100 M Heats: 12 yrs, 13 yrs, 14 yrs, 15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17 + yrs|
|10.15||800 M: 12 yrs, 13 yrs, 14 yrs, 15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17 + yrs|
|11.30||200 M: 12 yrs, 13 yrs, 14 yrs, 15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17 + yrs|
|12.45||400 M: 12 yrs, 13 yrs, 14 yrs, 15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17 + yrs|
|2.00||100 M: Finals 12 yrs, 13 yrs, 14 yrs, 15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17 + yrs|
|2.15||House Relays & Roll Call|
|9.00||17 + yrs - High Jump 16 yrs - Discus 15 yrs - Javelin 14 yrs - Long Jump 12 & 13 yrs â€“ Shot Put|
|10.00||17 + yrs â€“ Shot Put 16 yrs - High Jump 15 yrs - Discus 14 yrs - Javelin 12 &13 yrs - Long Jump|
|11.00||17 + yrs - Long Jump 16 yrs â€“ Shot Put 15 yrs - High Jump 14 yrs - Discus 12 &13 yrs - Javelin|
|12.00||17 + yrs - Javelin 16 yrs - Long Jump 15 yrs â€“ Shot Put 14 yrs - High Jump 12 & 13 yrs - Discus|
|1.00||17 + yrs - Discus 16 yrs- Javelin 15 yrs - Long Jump 14 yrs â€“ Shot Put 12 & 13 yrs - High Jump|
|2.00||Field events finish|
3.00 Carnival Finish
Robert Devlin: MIC Athletics
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The Onion Bag
HIGH V OBs
On a beautiful warm day 1XI took on a very powerful OB unit made up from mainly 1st grade players from the last few years with one or two older ones.
The game was played at a furious tempo on the beach at McKay and both teams equipped themselves well playing some fluent passing and both teams attacking at every opportunity. The OBs went ahead early on and maintained the edge despite High's constant ability to keep grabbing one back. Tom Lung scored a cracker beating Mulroney all ends up and Bazin finished in his usual style beating the 16As keeper easily.
At 4-3 with injury time upon them the OBs looked assured of victory until a defensive mix up allowed Matt Shiner to square the ball across Nick Apoifis's six yard box where it struck the referee Evan Solomans squarely on the right boot and rocketed into the net for the equaliser. A result of 4-4 again and another tight match up went to penalties where once again the OBs were victorious and keep their stranglehold on the trophy.
The reporter unfortunately missed a bit of the game chasing a small spectator around and so
cannot remember all of the scorers names but believes Tony Zaf could have scored if he had not
blazed his shot over the bar aiming for the female dog walkers.
A good day out and a very strong workout for 1st Grade who were missing a number of key players through injury.
5th Grade Match Report
King's v. High 22/5/04
Bagging eight goals in two games prior to this week, High's 5th grade was in good spirit coming into this fixture against King's. And it showed. From kickoff, High played King's off the park with fluent passing and dominated possession. The King's defence was under immense pressure, and it was inevitable for them to finally succumb to the High offensive. Within minutes came our first goal. Wing-back George Krastev embarked on an overlap down the line, hitting a pinpoint cross for goal machine Willie Zhu to bury his seventh of the season. Our lead was further consolidated by a brilliant cracker from outside the box by Robert Zhou which curled away from the keeper's reach into the top corner. High was home and dry.
Despite King's believing they were still in with a shout, it was simply wishful thinking. Captain Ho Leung made sure of that - his dazzling ball skills overwhelmed the opposition throughout the game. His linkup play with attackers Bishoy Eskander, Tony Lei and Ilya Zvedeniouk kept the King's defence on their toes. Another searching run by our Captain late in the second half finally paid off when he ghosted past three white shirts before a neat cutback for Peter Loi to drill home our third.
High's defensive quartet of Krastev, Kelly, Chandrala, and Moltchanski was watertight with Alex
Kelly displaying a man-of-the-match performance. There was only one High player who was unhappy
at the final whistle - keeper Jason Kok, who remained isolated, alone and totally bored without a
single touch of the ball all game.
Kon Moltchanski (VC)
SOCCER GALA DAY
The 14Cs beat the 13Cs by 4-1 in a keenly fought match.
Credit to the 13Cs for holding out the score to 1-1 at half time.
Scorers for the 14Cs were George, Josh, Peter and Adrian (c).
Man of the match was their midfield dynamo Alex.
Peter Lee 14Cs Coach
15As v 16As
In the game of the day the 15As out fought and pressured the 16As and very nearly staged an upset. The 15As looked an organised outfit and despite needing Ali Alsamail and Nick Poranek to keep for them still looked tight at the back and went forward with creativity and speed.
The 15As took the lead towards the end of the first 40mins after forcing a string of excellent saves from the 16As keeper. After the break the 16As, with instructions from big Matt ringing in their ears started to create far more and put Poranek under some pressure. The equaliser finally came in the final third and the sides played out an entertaining draw.
The fixture went to penalties where a remarkable save by Poranek handed the victory to the 15As. There were a number of talented players on the field which should mean a rosy future for soccer at HIGH.
Quote of the Week
"He's six years into a five-year plan"
Prospective Liverpool investor Steve Morgan on Reds boss Gerard Houllier who was sacked this week.
Saturday 29th May
HIGH V St Pius/ St Andrews
A very interesting fixture this week involving two schools as opposition. St.Pius and St.Andrews have teamed up to play HIGH in what we hope will be another regular trial fixture.
1st Grade will be hopefully playing on McKay 1 in what we hope will be the first of the new arrangements with the field marked out in front of the Rugby posts playing the same way.
2nd Grade however, will be at St. Andrews Oval at Sydney University playing St. Andrews 1st Grade as will 4ths who take on St.Andrews 2nd Grade.
HIGH 3rd Grade get a test against St Pius 2nd grade and all of our As and C's will take on St Pius As and Bs at home, while Bs meet St Andrews As and Ds play their Bs at St Johns Oval in Sydney Uni. Maps and details should be available on both St Andrews and Sydney Uni websites.