High Notes, Vol 5 No 17, June 04 2004
From the Principal
Athletics Arrangements 2004
As the GPS athletics season has been moved to the end of the football season, new arrangements for the administration of athletics need to be made. After discussion, it was decided that athletics would be offered to all students at High for the 5-week season. The educational aims are to improve the general fitness level of our students, to provide experiences in field events, to inculcate some skills in athletics among junior students, and to offer flexible alternatives for senior students. On Wednesdays, students in the school's athletics squad (Years 9-11) will train at ES Marks or McKay. Students in Years 9 & 10 will remain at school. They will be organised into 10 groups of approximately 30 students each. Teachers will supervise activities at 10 stations in the grounds or in the gym. Performances at each station will be recorded. At a given signal, students will move with their group to the next station. We are planning to offer sprints, middle distance events, high jump, long jump, shot put, hurdles and some team ball games at the various stations. Venues will be dependent on us gaining DA approvals and completing appropriate ground improvements. On Thursdays a similar routine will apply for Years 7 & 8. The coordinator of the school-based program will be Mr Wayne Baldock. Year 11 students will go to McKay Sports Grounds for their Wednesday sport for five weeks. At present we plan to run a series of sprints on McKay with 400m and 800m time trials around its perimeter. In addition, it is proposed that six groups of boys will play each other at AFL. During the games, small groups will be called to run their time trials on McKay 1. We would really appreciate any input or assistance from senior boys, old boys or parents in setting up our athletics season in this experimental first year.
High v two saints
In the soccer, our opponents were St Andrews and St Pius X. Our third grade drew 1-1 with St Pius X second grade in what was a strong performance. Both sides had opportunities but the bane of soccer coaches, fitness and finishing, costs either side a victory. Not so the second grade who played St Andrews first grade and recorded a victory. Our first grade side played twenty minutes of strong football, dominated possession and field position, but converted only one opportunity of many. Our weakness in the centre when defending against a break out after attacking the opposition goal allowed the Pius No 14 to chase down several through balls, out sprint the defence and take on our goalie one on one. A frustrated side at half time had trouble realising why they were down 1-3. In the second half High controlled the ball a lot of the time but were denied scores by a solid back three who blocked attacking raids, forcing shots to be taken hastily or from too far out. The St Pius team had the advantage of height all over the park. They defended their lead and forced another error from our side. We have to rethink our midfield and get fitter if we are to be a force in the GPS season.
At Oxford Falls, the St Pius X home grounds were in ideal condition for fast football. As I arrived our third grade was getting a footballing lesson from a powerful St Pius outfit. They kept trying but were soundly beaten. The second XV played strong football in a close contest with another bigger faster side. Historically, High boys combat size and speed with superior discipline and technical rugby in the forwards. After applying great pressure the High boys scored. They then defended resolutely against a persistent St. Pius counter attack aided by a string of penalties for breaches by High. Several times our line was crossed but the defenders managed to hold up the attackers. This first half effort took its toll. After twenty minutes of stout resistance, High started to weaken. Our boys stuck gamely to the task but were beaten two tries to one in an enjoyable contest. The first XV were fired up but let themselves down again by a knock on from the kick off. The sustained pressure that resulted led to a St Pius early score (a familiar pattern in our first 10 minutes this year so far). From the kick off the ball did not go 10 metres, resulting in a scrum to St Pius on half way. That was all the head start our side gave them. The boys focussed on their game and worked together well in the forwards to engineer a try. Our reshuffled back line (two out injured ) coped well in defence and High started to get on top. The team went to half time looking like they could go on with the job. Pressure early in the second half gave Ben Friis-O'Toole kicking opportunities. High clung to its lead in the second half with two more good forwards tries and a perfect goal kicking effort from Ben. St Pius came back strongly in the last quarter of the game scoring a couple of tries. Our team defended really well and kept their heads. Danny Thomas had a big game, scoring tries and making heavy 'hits'. A late try by St Pius was converted but our boys played out the last few minutes to earn a deserved victory 27-24. We will need to reduce our unforced error rate to avoid demoralising poor starts in the GPS games ahead.
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Mrs Roser appointed as Fundraising Coordinator
Monitoring student absences
Australian Sports Foundation -Tax deduction opportunity!
Substance Abuse Research
A note to Parents Years 7 - 10
Substance Abuse Research Project
Sydney Boys High School is encouraging all students from Year 7 to 10 to participate in this important research project during their weekly student welfare lesson. Consent forms and further information will be coming home over the coming week.
Please allow your son to participate by signing the consent form he should be bringing home this
week. The consent form mentions "investigators". This refers to the researchers at UNSW and you
do not need to have this signed.
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.
Year 10 have been issued with their UAC Year 10 Guide (University Admission Centre - Guide) Entry Requirements 2007.
This booklet is invaluable for students and parents in guiding students for subject selection towards HSC and University.
The contents include:-
Year 7 Parent Meeting
Ms Vicki Ross, Year 7 Advisor
will be in attendance at the
Year 7 parent group meeting
to be held on
Tuesday June 15 2004
Staff Common Room
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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 thereafter.Return to Index
From the Rugby Master's desk:
Our pre-season wound up last Saturday with a very competitive fixture against St Pius X College, Chatswood, against whom we had not played since 1968. During the after match function both the St Pius Headmaster and rugby MIC indicated they would be very happy for this fixture to become an annual event. Hopefully this will be the case.
For the record our results v. St Pius X were:
Season 2004 saw a reorganisation of the trial match schedule for the GPS, CAS and ISA schools. From a High perspective, the architects of the revised draw should be congratulated. We played 45 matches against Trinity, Cranbrook, Hurlstone, TAS and St Pius for 24 wins, 3 draws and 18 losses. With the exception of a couple of lop-sided results, the games have been very close contests allowing our players to develop their skills in an appropriate competitive environment. Congratulations go to the 14Bs and 13As who have remained undefeated during the pre-season.
We begin the GPS season this Saturday with a tough first up assignment against Kings. The challenge facing our teams in the GPS, especially our A teams, should never be underestimated. However, we should concentrate on achievable goals. If teams remember their results from last year, the goal for this year should be to reduce a losing margin or increase a winning margin by 10%. If we achieve this, then we can confidently say we have improved. If individuals try to improve their personal play by making every "first up" tackle, by passing to a player in a better position or by holding on to the ball in a contact situation, we will be able to exert pressure on the opposition. This pressure, in turn, will cause our opponents to make mistakes, on which we can capitalise and create scoring opportunities making the above 10% margins very achievable.
Good luck to all teams this weekend. Good luck also to our soccer teams, hopefully the 1st grade soccer will start the official competitions off on a winning note.
Rugby Committee meeting summary
MIC Rugby, SBHS
For all the latest information regarding High Rugby, check the website www.sydneyhigh.org.au/rugby/
Sydney High Volleyball Report
This is a bumper edition with news on
CHS Knockout Volleyball Report
After an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Sydney Technical High School (STHS) during 1st term, High faced being knocked out at the regional level of the CHS Knockout for the first time in many years.
Luckily for High, STHS and Belmore High School (BHS) had complained that the tournament had all the strongest teams on one side of the draw. These schools requested that the playoff for the second team to represent Sydney East, at the regional level, be chosen through a round robin of the schools that had been knocked out, rather than the usual, that being the loser of the final.
Not complaining, High hosted the playoff, which saw some very poor volleyball from all teams. High went into both matches against Tempe High School and STHS with very little intensity, and almost paid for it, with passing, serving, setting and spiking, bearing the full brunt of laziness.
Despite this High won both matches in straight sets, but it did not come without some pressure. In the first set against STHS, High trailed at one stage 20-13, but with some fantastic serving by Keith Wong and nail biting spikes by Terry Ly, High managed to claw their way back in, winning 25-23. High then went on to win the round robin and can rightfully say the second best team won.
High now has three weeks to prepare for the final round of the State Knockout, at the Sydney
Indoor Sports Centre in Olympic Park. If we can manage to push our unforced error rate down, we
believe High has a good chance of becoming CHS champions.
GPS Volleyball Report 29th May 2004
As normal, High began the first set strongly. The majority of points were won through strong serving, and reliable, well-honed returns. Kenny Huang unleashed his hidden fury from the beginning, with devastating serves to open the game, and powerful and accurate spikes later in the frontcourt. Solid passing in the backcourt by our ever-reliable Libero Sam Cchor meant that High lost points only from stray serves and failed (forgivable) spiking opportunities.
The second set sparked the beginning of Hughoce and Cong Tu's unofficial serving competition, with Hughoce opening the set with ten straight winning jump-serves, followed shortly by Cong's attempt to break the record. David Dou and Clement Lau provided imposing blocking attempts leading to rash returns from the Grammar frontcourt, whilst Ed Leong's accurate setting allowed Sheng Zhang to instil fear into the opponents through unexpectedly powerful spikes (as opposed to his usual high pitched warcry).
Captain Phil Yang's second appearance as Libero came in the third set, allowing Sam to play in the front court. At the request of the coach, High attempted to run difficult combos, with little success. Despite this, High still won convincingly 25-12.
Overall, 2nd grade played well, despite the absence of past MVPs. The team has matured and gained
in skill and experience over the past few weeks, and will be ready to tackle upcoming challenges,
and the real season, in the weeks to come
With the somewhat anti-climatic performance by Grammar, we know we haven't seen the end of Grammar yet. Grammar has a habit on the last match of producing a hitherto sight unseen team. So the last match of the competition is usually the best!
It was a good finish to High's GPS round 1, as consistency was the issue and we managed to keep the opponents at bay and seal off a convincing straight set win.
Both Karl Kruszelnicki and Terry Ly remained in rock solid form, gaining valuable points through heavy hitting. Yaegan Doran and Bill Zhang gave High the surge of points with their penetrating serves. Victor Nguyen and Fahmy Balgahom also aided in the win with a wondrous display of setting, providing us with the base for our attack.
Although Sydney High finished the first round in dominant fashion, there is still a lot to be
achieved and the team has yet to reach its full potential. I would like to congratulate the 2nd
and 3rd grade team also on their minor-premiership as they have evidently grown into an improved
side and have worked well together this season.
Volleyball Australia - The Road to Athens and beyond
Of more interest was High's favourite volleyball player Nigel Panagopka
Australia's mens volleyball team has NOW qualified for the Athens Olympics and not like in 2000, where Australia was in the Olympics because they were the Host Nation.
Australia only needed 1 set in the match against Iran to clinch the spot, but lost 3-0. However
their superior points ratio to China got them through. Even winning against China was evidence of
Australia's emergence as a volleyball nation.
Annual Old Boys v School Sports Day
It's on again
-v- THE SCHOOL
SPORTS DAY & DINNER
SATURDAY OCTOBER 16,
Sporting events will be run throughout the day followed by the Annual OBU Dinner commencing at 6:00 pm in the Great Hall.
Program and costings are still being finalised.
Please watch this space for updates as they become available.
Last year was a huge success. Keep this date free.
The Onion Bag
HIGH V St.Pius
A disappointing result for HIGH 1XI aginst a fit and well drilled St.Pius side. HIGH dominated the first 15 minutes and led by a superb 24 yard effort from Sen Mitsuji. They however got caught by three quick break away goals from St.Pius and despite having the bulk of possession HIGH seemed to lack the creativity in the middle to pull the game back. St.Pius struck again to leave first grade on the end of a poor 4-1 thrashing.
2nd Grade took on a strong St Andrew's First Grade and matched their counterparts in all areas of the field creating far more chances and never looking like they were going to concede. Jongha Lee capped a bright first 15 minutes with a sublime finish and could have added another shortly afterwards but his shot swerved across the goal towards the corner flag. Matt Dwyer had a chance towards the end of the half but his chip went too high and wide. In the second half HIGH fought for everything and won a number of corners but just couldn't find the second to kill St Andrew's off. With the defence strong St Andrew's were left to attempt to shoot from outside the box and never looked like troubling Tim Neville in goal. A strong morale boosting 1-0 win.
14E v St Pius C
5th Grade Match Report
With the game deadlocked at nil-all, High needed a moment of inspiration. Captain Ho Leung duly obliged. 'Van Der Leung' won a tackle just inside the opposing half and set out on a glorious run down the left flank. Beating one man with sheer pace, our Captain sidestepped two more challenges before nut-megging a fourth defender to be through on goal. A desperate lunge from the St Pius sweeper failed to break Ho's stride as he completed his solo effort with a clinical finish inside the far post. One-nil High and what a goal it was.
High was subjected to intense pressure in the final minutes as St Pius chased an equaliser but it
was too little too late. High stood firm to taste a sweet victory over very strong opponents.
Five wins in five - the perfect way to prepare for what will no doubt be a memorable GPS
High 16Cs v St Pius 16Bs
SBHS 3rds Vs St Pius 2nds (SCORE 1-1)
At no time did the boys give up and were robbed of a goal by the crossbar and several quality attempts and persistent attacking meant that they were a chance right till the end. Every player played above themselves and earned the respect of their coach and supporters from both sides. WELL DONE!
HIGH V Kings
The first round of the GPS begins this week with First Grade playing on McKay 1 for the first time, while we have five other grounds in use so we can host all of the King's School. Due to the lack of commitment from the 15Fs who have failed to turn up to fixtures this season we have had to collapse and cull the team into the 15Es.
It is a great shame we have had to collapse teams but it is important that all players realise it reflects badly on the School if opposition are there ready to go and we only have four players. ALL players MUST be at grounds for at least half an hour before Kick Off.
This week there are five sets of nets to be put up plus posts to be moved and nets to be organised on McKay 1. It will be an interesting day and thanks to all Parents, OBs, Coaches and Players who make it possible to happen in the most smooth way it can.
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