High Notes, Vol 5 No 19, June 18 2004

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From the Principal
Immunisation program 2004
Meditation for kids
From The Charities Committee
Need a Tax Deduction??
How to pick up your Krispy Kremes
P and C Joint Meeting
Parent Teacher Interviews
Annual Old Boys v School Sports Day
Year 7 Family Picnic Day
OBU Annual General Meeting
Years 7 8 and 9 Dance
The Onion Bag
State of the Arts
Performance Enhancement Psychology (Advertisement)
shapeup4success (Advertisement)

From the Principal

Life membership of the Old Boys Union
At the last Finance Committee Meeting a question was raised about the manner in which Old Boys become Life Members of the Old Boys Union. As far as I am aware the process described below is customary and long standing. Each year students' families pay $33 on election as part of their annual payment to the school. Periodically, the school sends the OBU a list of names and addresses of students whose OBU fees have been paid. At the end of their six years at school students who have had six payments made on their behalf are automatically Life Members of the OBU. Once boys leave school a process is triggered. Their membership is recognised within two months of the year following their departure from school by the posting of a Life Membership Certificate to their last known address. Students who have paid at least one year but less than six years of OBU fees are contacted within the first 6 months of their leaving school and asked if they would like to become Life Members on payment of their membership arrears. There is a period of time allowed to take up the offer which amounts to $198 less what was paid at that time. Once the offer lapses, Old Boys considering application for Life Membership are required to pay the usual fee of $605 (less what they may have contributed so far) or become annual members at $38.50 per annum. There are considerable advantages for students who pay their OBU fees while at school or immediately after leaving.

However, there can be difficulties communicating with Old Boys for several reasons. In the past five years not all addresses were sent to the OBU as a result of a privacy disagreement between the OBU and SBHS which has since been resolved. Recently departed Old Boys frequently change their addresses soon after leaving school and fail to notify the Old Boys Union of their latest address. Students only paying in Year 7 may well have changed addresses by Year 12, let alone once they have left school. Life Members who fail to notify the OBU of their changed address, do not receive High Bulletin nor are they registered members under the Incorporated Associations legislation which requires a 'valid' address. Only registered members may vote at general meetings called by incorporated associations.

Another complication is that the OBU mailing list is not the same as its register of members. The OBU has had a practice of mailing copies of the High Bulletin to non-financial Old Boys in the hope of motivating them to become members again. This has led to the false assumption by Old Boys who have not changed their addresses since their school days that they must be Life Members. I have recommended to the President of the OBU that his organisation might consider: providing a written explanation of the procedures for Life Membership to all Year 12 boys as an insert in their presentation folder that they receive once they have completed sign-out processes; ceasing the practice of mailing out the High Bulletin to non-financial Old Boys to avoid confusion; producing a brochure on the benefits and obligations of membership in the OBU; and clarifying the procedures surrounding active membership in the OBU as an incorporated body.

High Talent
Tom Miller recently competed at the Australian Schools' Swimming Championships in Brisbane. He won a Bronze medal in the 17-18 years 50m freestyle and a silver medal as a member of the NSW medley relay team. Congratulations Tom - a mighty season of elite competitive swimming! Well done to Mr Russell Darnley, a former teacher at High, who was awarded an OAM for translating and community services in Bali in the week following the bombing. To all the members of 13As rugby - congratulations on another great team effort! Your win against Scots showed determination and character.

OECD Programme for International Assessment 2003
SBHS took part in this international assessment of 250,000 15 years old students in 42 countries. In Australia, 12500 students from 320 randomly selected schools. In mathematical literacy (the capacity to identify, understand and engage in mathematics, and to make well-founded judgements about the role that mathematics plays in an individual's current and future private life, occupational life, social life with peers and relatives, and life as a constructive, concerned and reflective citizen) SBHS scored a mean in the top 11% of results with 3 maximum scores [n=48]. In Scientific literacy (the capacity to use scientific knowledge, to identify questions and to draw evidence-based conclusions in order to understand and help make decisions about the natural world and the changes made to it through human activity) SBHS scored a mean in the top 15% of results [n=27]. In reading literacy (the ability to understand, use and reflect on written texts in order to achieve one's goals, to develop one's knowledge and potential, and to participate effectively in society) SBHS scored a mean in the top 13% of results with 2 perfect scores [n=25]. In problem solving (each individual being faced with real life scenarios and using processes including reasoning, understanding, reflecting and communicating skills to solve problems) SBHS scored a mean in the top 20% of results with 2 perfect scores [n=25]. One could conclude that High students are functioning at a well above average level when assessed against international standards for 15 year olds in basic skills.

ELLA Test Results
Over 53,000 students in Year 7 recently sat for the ELLA test of basic skills. We measure our results in standard deviation units, calculated by dividing the difference between the school mean and the state mean by the state standard deviation. Our benchmark is between one and one and a half standard deviations above the mean. Against 25,899 girls our results were: writing 1.188, reading 1.36, language 1.38. Against 27,174 boys our results were: writing 1.367, reading 1.475, language1.67. Our boys performed up to standard but we still have some work to do in writing particularly.

Scarred by Scots
Despite the low priority given to the first grade soccer game by the Scots administration, the 0910 kick off did go ahead on Scots main oval. At least this was a first step away from home games at ES Marks. The small crowd was entertained by a fast game of football with lots of early high balls. Scots dominated in the air and were generally first to the ball, starving High of possession. Our forwards found playing across a diagonal cricket pitch a bit frustrating, due to the variable bounce and slippery surface. We lacked combination and Scots created more chances than High. In the second half the ball spent more time going to feet and High got on top for the first 15 minutes. Tom Lung should have had one but for a very classy exhibition of goal keeping by Scots. A mistake at the back resulted in Matt Shiner having to face Scots best player one on one. The shot squeezed past his despairing dive to go in off the upright. High was stirred into greater efforts by the goal against the run of play. Sen Mitsuji's shot was deflected into the cross bar and a couple of other chances might have gone in. Scots closed up in a defensive pattern for the last 10 minutes and held on for a good win. It was the first time I had seen High lose to Scots in first grade.

The first XV ran on against a fired up Scots side, smarting from their loss to St Joseph's the week before. The High boys started strongly off the back of a good performance against King's. The first twenty minutes were entertaining, with good ball movement and forward phases. Our defence tired towards the end of the half, letting in a couple of converted tries. High went to the break down 3-21. The second half was a repeat of the first. High started strongly, held them in the forwards and tried to put some phases together when in possession. Some enterprising chip kicking and good kick returns featured. Scots dominated out wide, running in some more converted tries. As against King's High finished on with great heart and deserved a consolation try in the last 5 minutes but it was not their day. Despite the 45-3 score line, High was complimented by the Scots management on their fitness and courage throughout the game. If we can reduce our error rate and take higher percentage options more often, the bounce of the ball will favour us in a game shortly and we will score some points. The St Joseph's juggernaut will be a big test for us this weekend. High spirit and pride will be on the line. Supporters and Old Boys need to put the scores in perspective. Even at international level, high scoring games are commonplace in rugby these days. What we have to do is focus on scoring more ourselves.

Monitoring student absences
High has a new attendance monitoring policy. We are asking all parents to let us know if their son is away by telephoning the school between 0830 and 0930 each day. Callers may be asked personal details just to confirm their identities. If the telephone line is busy, parents can email reasons for absence. Later in the day support staff will contact the parents of all absent boys in Years 7 and 8 for whom the school has no explanation for their absence. Depending on the cooperation of parents and carers, we hope to extend the intervention to Years 9 and 10 in the near future. The purpose of the exercise is to eradicate unexplained absences from the junior school. We want all our boys to be where they should be all the time. If this trial is successful, we plan to extend the call up service to all unexplained absences, every day. (Parents are still required to supply a written explanation for the absence.)

Update your contact details
In order to avoid embarrassment, we would appreciate all boys updating their contact information. The school needs accurate details about current addresses, parent contact numbers, emergency contacts and necessary medical condition information. Mrs McGuinness has reported frequent difficulties when contacting families because the students' details were inaccurate. Please write, email or telephone any amendments to your details.
Dr K Jaggar
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Immunisation program 2004

Following the success of the Meningoccal C vaccination program in schools last year, this year our school is participating in the NSW Adolescent Vaccination Program

This program will offer free Hepatitis B vaccination to all Year 7 students and diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis[whooping cough] vaccination to Year 8 and 9 students initially and to all other years later in 2004.

Meningoccal C vaccination will also be offered to year 7 students and to any students who missed last year's clinic.

Eligible students will receive a separate Consent Form for each vaccine and must return a signed consent form if they wish to be vaccinated

The first round of vaccinations will begin on Friday June 25 when a team of specially trained registered nurses will be visiting our school to administer

  • Hepatitis B vaccine to Year 7 students, and
  • diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis[whooping cough] vaccine to Years 8 and 9

After the boys have been vaccinated they will be given a Record of Vaccination to take home so that you can keep their immunisation records up to date.

During the next week parent information kits will be distributed to all boys in Years 7, 8 and 9. If you would like your son to be vaccinated, please complete the Consent Form in this kit and return it to the collection boxes in the Main Office as soon as possible.

Some translated material for parents about the program is available at www.health.nsw.gov.au

If you have any queries, please contact Mr Beringer.
J Beringer
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Meditation for kids

The physiological benefits of meditation have long been recognised, but several research studies worldwide have recently confirmed the powerful effects of this ancient practice. These studies show that regular meditation helps to reduce stress and boost the body's immune system along with a variety of other positive effects.

However the benefits of meditation are not exclusive to adults. With so much emphasis placed on academic learning, the pressures during childhood and teenage years can be tough. Regular exams, peer-group pressures, family conflicts and high expectations for success can all result in levels of stress and anxiety that can have a significant impact on a young person's life.
The authors of Teaching Meditation to Children, David Fontana and Ingrid Slack, two UK-based psychologists who specialise in working with children, believe that meditation is a natural and effective means of overcoming a wide variety of psychological and behavioural problems, such as anxiety, hyperactivity and aggression. "Meditation gives children a tool to control their own minds and their emotions and to better understand themselves," they say.

Other advocates of meditation for young people also believe that regular practice helps them to improve their concentration and memory, increase their awareness and alertness of mind, be more self confident and also be more relaxed.

One-day meditation course for children and teenagers aged 8 to 16 years are held at the Ashfield Primary School in Ashfield. The next course will be held on Sunday 27th June. There is no charge for these courses. For more details, visit www.bhumi.dhamma.org or see Mr Kesting in the Industrial Arts staffroom.
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From The Charities Committee

A package has arrived at the school for students to participate in the MS Readathon. This event raises funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society whilst actively encouraging literacy development and an enthusiasm for reading in students. Parents can play a key role in supporting students to succeed in literacy in partnership with teachers and school. Information and application forms are available outside the school library. For further information may be accessed via their website at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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Need a Tax Deduction??

Contributions to the Sydney Boys High School Building Fund are Tax Deductible!!

A New Library and an area for the Performing Arts is proposed as THE major project for the schools 125th Anniversary..

Take advantage of the tax break and donate before 30th June.

Please make cheques payable to Sydney Boys High School Building Fund or use credit card details below.

Thank you for investing in the future of our young gentlemen.

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How to pick up your Krispy Kremes

Tuesday 22nd June - Car Pick-up from 1 pm in Hall. Students who have to collect doughnuts will be excused early from Period 6 to collect them from the Great Hall.

Boys are requested to enter via the cloisters and go to their Year tables.

From The P&C
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P and C Joint 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.

Come and hear Dr Boland's presentation

at the

Annual Joint Meeting of P & C Associations
Sydney Boys High School and Sydney Girls High School

WEDNESDAY 23 JUNE 2004 7.30 PM

Dr Boland's presentation will be followed by question time & refreshments will be served thereafter.
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Parent Teacher Interviews

Years 7-12
will take place on
Thursday, 1st July 2004
3.00pm - 7.30pm

Please note the following arrangements -
  • Boys will be dismissed from class at the conclusion of Period 5 (2:15 pm) on this day. School Special buses will run to normal schedules and there will be supervision in the Junior Quad of boys waiting for these buses.
  • All boys have been issued with details of arrangements for interviews. They should complete the Record of Appointments section in consultation with teachers. It is the responsibility of boys to negotiate interview appointment times with their teachers.
  • Because of the Year 9 Camp in week 10, ALL boys should endeavour to finalise appointments next week.
  • Details of interview times with teachers should be recorded in the Record of Appointments section of this booklet. Teachers will sign to confirm the appointment.
  • If a teacher is unavailable this fact should be recorded in the Record of Appointments section and signed by the teacher as confirmation.
  • All interviews will take place in classrooms on the upper floor of the Main Building and the Killip Wing. A map and details of locations of teachers have been provided.
  • Interviews should not exceed five minutes' duration. If there is insufficient time, a further appointment may be made for a later date, or contact by telephone arranged.
  • Timing of appointments should allow for movement from one location to another between interviews.
  • Tea and coffee will be available for parents throughout the evening in the Staff Common Room.

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Annual Old Boys v School Sports Day

It's on again





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.

All welcome.
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As part of the Year 7 "Lifelong physical activity" theory unit, we are trialling the use of personal pedometers to gauge the incidental activity of our students. The pedometers will be set for individual stride length and weight and will record the number of steps taken converting that number into kilometres walked, the time the person is in motion during the day and the energy expended.

The initial trial with staff members was very encouraging. The benchmark generally accepted for good health is 10,000 steps per day. A Maths staff member averaged 13,000 steps, an English teacher averaged 19,000 while the PE staff averaged 18-27,000 steps.

The loan period will operate from Friday to Thursday morning (Recess). We do not want the pedometers worn during sport. The procedure for borrowing a pedometer is as follows:

  1. A deposit of $43 (Replacement cost) is to be made at the Front Office. Correct money, cheque or cash only, is to be provided in an envelope with student's name and roll class on the front of the envelope. Student will be given a receipt.
  2. Receipt is shown to the class teacher. A numbered pedometer will be issued and set for the individual student. The teacher will record the student's name, the receipt number, pedometer number, date of issue and date of return.
  3. On return of the pedometer in working order, the receipt will be signed by the teacher. If the pedometer is lost or damaged the deposit will be forfeited.
  4. The signed receipt is taken to the Front Office for a refund of the deposit.

Hopefully this will give us a better insight into the incidental activity of our students and reinforce their active lifestyle or provide a stimulus to make a subtle change in their lifestyle to increase their physical activity.

Over the long weekend I saw the film "Supersize me." I found it very entertaining and gauging the laughter from the audience, so did others. After the movie my wife and I went to one of the cafes in Fox Studios for some dessert. I ordered two coffees and a slice of fruit flan to share. The waitress enquired if we would like cream or ice cream with it? My wife and I looked at each other, simultaneously laughed saying "supersize me". The waitress didn't get it and neither did we.
G Stein

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Year 7 Family Picnic Day

Sunday 27th June, 2004

12.00 - 3.00 pm at

McKay Oval, Centennial Park.

It will be a great way for Year 7parents to meet on a social level and a fun day for
the boys as well.

Bring your own picnic lunch, rugs, chairs, ballgames and anything else you can think of.
Vera Dimitropoulos
On behalf of the Year 7 Parent Group

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OBU Annual General Meeting

Mark Livingston
OBU President

The 98th Annual General Meeting of the Sydney High Old Boys Union was held on Wednesday 26th May in the School Common Room.

Two distinguished Old Boys were honoured on the night. Lee Ruth and Major General Jim Norrie were each appointed as an Honorary Life member for services to the School and OBU.

This year there were over 30 candidates nominated to fill 23 positions on the OBU executive. There was also much more interest in the elections than previous years with over 200 Old Boys either attending or sending proxies to the meeting. Unfortunately many Old Boys sent in proxies that were disallowed for various reasons.

This year several young Old Boys were nominated for positions and I am pleased to report that all but one of those were elected by a ratio of more than 2 votes to one.

I am also pleased to report that, although half the votes counted were from younger (under 30) Old Boy members, the highest number of votes was given to Gen. Jim Norrie. I think that says something for the respect our young men still hold for our older statesmen.

This year we are intent on reviving the system of committees so that more Old Boys can contribute/get involved with activities which interest them. Forms asking for participants were distributed at the AGM. Old Boys can still register their interest via email.


  • To re-energise the OBU with increased participation
  • To offer more social and sports opportunities for Old Boys
  • To increase the support for the School;
  • To encourage more interaction between the OBU and the School
  • To support the Headmaster in his plans to upgrade School facilities

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Years 7 8 and 9 Dance

SGHS Monday 21st June

All boys in Years 7, 8 and 9 at SBHS have been invited to the SGHS Disco to be held in the Sydney Girls High School Hall on Monday 21st June from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm.

Full details have been circulated in a separate letter to students in these years.

Tickets are on sale at Lunchtimes in the SBHS Foyer.
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From the Rugby Master's desk:
Last weekend against Scots College we were given another opportunity to gauge the development of our rugby. In 2003 we played nine games for one win, three draws and five losses. In 2004 we played 11 games for five wins, one draw and five losses, which is pleasing from a simple numbers point of view. However, the interesting aspect of last weekend, for me, was the difference in the 2nd XV post-game atmospheres of the Scots match and that of the King's match, a week earlier. At the end of the King's match there was a sense of purpose, achievement and satisfaction in the way the team had played, despite going down 0-7. In contrast, at the end of the Scots match there appeared to be a sombre feeling rather than one of euphoria, despite winning the game 15-7, scoring three tries to one and being clearly the better side. I took this to be a positive sign. Once players realise they can play at a certain level, coupled with a personal expectation to do so on a consistent basis, they begin to value their performance rather than the result. Individual performances improve as the "close enough is good enough" attitude disappears, and team results begin to take care of themselves.

We face another searching examination this weekend with Joeys at Joeys. There will, however, be opportunities for High players to show their skills. I hope all players will have the confidence in their team mates and themselves to seize those opportunities with both hands. Good luck to all teams.

For the record our results v. Scots were:

  • 1sts XV lost 3-45
  • 2nd XV won 15-7
  • 3rd XV lost 0-5
  • 15As drew 7-7
  • 15Bs won 17-10
  • 14As lost 12-15
  • 14Bs lost 5-20
  • 14Cs lost 10-60
  • 13As won 7-6
  • 13Bs won 17-10
  • 13Cs won 41-27

G Stein
MIC Rugby

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The last two weeks have seen SHS with either a bye or a break from the GPS Volleyball season. Not that things have been quiet on the volleyball front!

First grade have been busily practising for the next round of the CHS Knockout Finals coming up soon.

Karl Kruszelnicki, a member of the CHS U17s, was touring New Zealand.

The long week end was the first of the Metro Schools Cup tournaments held out at Olympic Park. The only divisions offered were Opens and U16s.

First and Second Grade combined to fill out a team and then High's famous U16s played in their first tournament together for the year. U14s were entered in order to give them match and tournament practice.

The U14s acquitted themselves quite well, making it through to the semi final where they were knocked out by the U16s. Leaving the U16s to play the final and take home the GOLD medal!

Round 2 starts this Saturday with a visit to Newington's home turf.

CHS Volleyball Trip
Recently, Keith Wong and myself were selected for the CHS Volleyball team, which would tour New Zealand and play in the Trans-Tasman Challenge. Although Keith pulled out, last Saturday, I left Australia for the sunny shores of New Zealand.

We arrived in a cold and wintry Christchurch, had a training session and played a practice match against South Island. After a few days sightseeing, we set out for Invercargill, one of the most southern points of New Zealand. On arrival, we found that the average daily temperature was just 4ºC. In the tournament, we played against Queensland, South Island and North Island in a round robin competition. Although we didn't win a game in the tournament, we had some very close and entertaining encounters. Particularly memorable was the match against South Island, which went to five sets and took over two hours to finish. It was a valuable learning experience.

Finally, thanks go to those who have supported me in this endeavour, both by buying raffle tickets and chocolates.
Karl A Kruszelnicki

U16s Match Report
The day began, freezing cold. After everyone was inside the sports centre, the under 16s team was still shivering. We attempted everything to keep warm, court sprints, laps and jumping but we still remained cold.

The tournament began with a match against La Salle. We took this match easily in straight sets, 25-12 and 25-10. Terry Ly's consistent jump serves were too fast for the eyes of the La Salle team. Alex Le's ultra topspin serves led him to a few aces. Also some excellent setting from Victor Nguyen led to massive hits from Terry, Alex Lee, Sam Chorr and myself, Jamie Tao.

As Alex Le went sent to play for the under 15s team, we had a duty before our next match against Central Coast Advent. We also took this match in straight sets 25-7 and 25-13. David Dizon and Jordan Luong's consistent serving gave us easy points due to the inability of the opponent to pass effectively. Weiping Lu was very successful with his blocking. Although we won, we had to do 6 court sprints because the opponents had scored 6 more points in the 2nd set than the 1st.

This was the opponent that actually took up a challenge. Baulko (Baulkham Hills HS) White had players who could pass effectively. However, we still took the game in straight sets, 25-17 and 25-19. Terry decided to play outside (instead of centre blocker) and worked very well. Excellent passes from everyone and wonderful setting from Victor and Alex Le led us to victory.

Finally, MACCA's. Everyone stuffed themselves.

Our next game was against our under 15s team (who came 2nd in the other pool). We did win though in straight sets.

The finals were against Baulko White again. They beat the team that came 1st in the other pool, Baulko Black. We took the game in straight sets, 25-21 and 25-20.

Congratulations to everyone for this wonderful effort of not losing a set and winning this Metro tournament.
Jamie Tao

Opens Report
Sydney High Opens Volleyball team entered the Metro Schools Cup with a mixture of players from 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade. Players came and went during the day due to other commitments. Players who played on the day included Yaegan Doran, Keith Wong, Fahmy Balgahom, Robert Lu, Alex Chan, Sheng Zhang, Hughoce Feng, Anisul Islam, Gleb Zinger and last but note least, Bill Zhang.

First up we played Fairvale. High took the opening set even though the plays were sloppy. High again struggled in the second set but managed to record a win. After a long break, High faced a mediocre hitting Forster and even though High lost in straight sets, the standard of the play did increase. High eased through the match against De La Salle 2 with some exceptional serving by Hughoce, Sheng and Alex. The last round of the pool stage was against Blue Mountains Grammar. High won the first set by quite a margin, but the standard of play dropped once more in the second set. In the end High and BMG had to be content with a draw due to all the matches being restricted to 45 minutes each.

High proceeded to the semi-finals facing the hard hitting De La Salle 1. High's standard of play rose dramatically and after a tight contest, La Salle took the set 25-22. La Salle's hard hitting finally broke though High's defence and spirit in the second set and High lost the match and exited the competition.

Many thanks should go to the 2nd and 3rd graders stepping up to the challenge and playing a high standard of volleyball. Thanks also to Yaegan Doran and Keith Wong's inspirational talks to the team.
Bill Zhang
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The Onion Bag

High v Scots
2nd Grade Lost 4-0
A result that you look at and cannot believe! The talking point to this fixture would have to be how did HIGH concede four penalties in the space of fifteen minutes?

Things started well against a fired up Scots side who proved the saying there are no easy fixtures in this competition with everyone able to beat everyone else on their day. 2XI weathered the storm in the first ten minutes, thanks to a great Neville save tipping a dipping long range effort over the bar, and then started to create chances of their own the best falling to Jongha Lee who broke and finished only to be pulled back for offside.

The second half started the same as Scots pushed forwards using their height and strength to win the 50/50 ball in the air. A reshuffled back line due to an injury to Jack Gough held until too much space was allowed down the right and an unmarked player nipped in to finish a low cross. Then the madness started. HIGH conceded a penalty when Simon Cradock was left exposed by ball watching defenders and Scots scored from the spot. HIGH put some pressure back on Scots but then three more penalties were awarded against them with Tim saving one. A strange result and one which will make the rest of the season an up hill battle.

1st Grade Lost 1-0
Scots went into this match proud to be on their main Oval for the first time despite the early 9 o'clock kick off. Their game plan was plain to see right from the Kick off: play to their strengths with the ball in the air, by-passing the midfield and freeing their quick forwards with balls over the top. They began well and had the better of the early exchanges with the plan working, creating a number of good chances. However, when HIGH got the ball on the ground and played it through the midfield they created chances of their own and Scots looked ragged.

After the break it was the same story until Scots finally finished one of the counter attacking quick through balls. HIGH created a number of chances towards the end and came close to equalising when Sen Mitsuji crashed a twenty two yard drive against the bar with the keeper beaten. Scots could have caught HIGH on the break a few more times but it was in the end going to stay at 1-0.

5th Grade Match Report
Despite last week's blowout scoreline, Fifths headed into this week's game determined to improve upon their previously lacklustre performance with keeper Jason Kok praying for a shot to save. To this end player-manager Rob Zhou amassed a full squad, welcoming back controversial midfielder Tony Lei.

High attacked down both flanks and the impact was instant. The Scots keeper had plenty to do, denying Captain Leung twice in the first minutes. Ho then had a cheeky backheel scrambled clear - much to the displeasure of a handful of diehard High supporters.

It didn't take long, however, before goal-machine Willie Zhu took his goal tally into double figures with a trademark volley after a period of good possession football. High eased the pressure and the teams went into the dressing rooms with Scots trailing by a goal to nil.

The second half was almost a replica of the first. Just as the match was about to turn into a feisty encounter, our player-manager settled the nerves with a clinical finish after some Arabian magic by Shakir. Video evidence showed that Robert, who outpaced the entire Scots backline, should have competed in the athletics carnival. Another incident of note was defender Pat Chen's flamboyant 'kneeling headers'. A more orthodox approach would be welcome against Joeys- if he turns up at all. And last but not least, keeper Kok had his prayers unanswered as he stakes his claim for the golden glove with another all-action performance, touching the ball twice.
Tony Lei

GPS Results Round two

1st Grade
Kings 0-5 Shore
Grammar 3 - 1 Newington
Riverview 7-1 Joeys
Scots 1-0 HIGH

2nd Grade
Kings 0-2 Shore
Grammar 3-0 Newington
Riverview 4-1 Joeys
Scots 4-0 HIGH

This weeks Fixtures
Riverview v Scots
Kings v Grammar
Shore v Newington
Joeys v High

Quote of the Week
"I'd love to be a fly on the Panathinaikos dressing room wall ....... if I could speak Greece"
Alan Smith Leeds

Match Reports
With many players away, and despite the generous support of the B team, it was a tough first half, with High conceding 5 goals to a strong Scots team.

The second half was a different game. With an inspirational half-time talk, Jeremy's move to defence and the help of Michael from the 14Bs, Scots were
kept scoreless. Kent had some great runs in attack and David was a great goal keeper. A win to Scots 5-0.

It was an exciting, fast, hard fought and high quality game against a strong Scots team. In the first half, High had difficulty getting their game together but the defence did well to keep Scots out. At half time it was nil all.

During the team talk Matt Fsadni arrived and the team's confidence boosted.

In the second half High began to dominate the game. Alistair Taylor and Daniel Chiu each kicked a great goal and Daniel Campion had a couple of close attempts. Steady defence supported the goalie and Lachlan Street again kept a clean sheet. High won 2-0.

Our 14Cs team demolished the Scots 14Cs team by 10 goals to nil. The boys played very well and showed very good teamwork and excellent individual skills. The Scots boys were shocked to find themselves down by 4 goals at halftime. Our boys piled on the pressure and added another six "class" goals in the second half.

Scorers were George (2), Vijay (2), Charles, Ben, Ryan, Toby, Carry and Josh. Well done boys!

With an early goal by Thomas Wong and the bulk of the possession, it was looking like a good day for the 16Cs. However, a lapse in concentration late in the first half meant that Scots were able to get back into the game completely against the run of play. During the second half, High continued to dominate, forcing some good saves from the Scots keeper and hitting both the crossbar and posts on a number of occasions. However, we just weren't able to get that winner. Man of the match was Andrew Reis.

Dolan Cup
The 14Cs certainly let it be known of their intentions this week with a 10-0 thrashing of Scots! 5ths, 6ths and 7ths all maintained their challenge as did the 14As with strong wins.

Golden Boot and Golden Glove
Each player needs to record goals and clean sheets on the notice board outside the VA Staffroom in order to take part in this competition. Especially goalkeepers who need to record name and team.

Junior Soccer Clinic
Players in both the As and Bs of the 13s, 14s, and 15s, need to book their places as soon as possible to avoid being disappointed. Remember the aim of this clinic is for all As and Bs to take part especially as it will form part of their preparation for the difficult second half of the season commencing with Riverview away.
Forms for all players are available from Mr Morris in VA staffroom.

Joeys v HIGH
This could prove to be a very tough fixture played in the cauldron at Joeys where the crowd is always very intimidating and vocal.

All players: remember you are required to be at venues AT LEAST 30 minutes before kick off.

This week we have a split round as Joeys do not have as many teams as us. Most of the lower Grades will be playing at Centennial Park.

Last Year
Last year Joeys were a late fixture and had nothing really to play except pride and they exuded that in abundance giving both 1XI and 2XI a tough time until they finally capitulated. This year it is a different story with Joeys competitive in both tables and they will be looking to kill off both of High's Grades challenge for this season. Another loss effectively makes it impossible to win the premiership so both teams will need to be at their very best.

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State of the Arts

You are invited to attend the Winter Soirees 2004

Friday June 25th

4.00pm Clarinet & Saxophone

6.00pm Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba, Tenor Horn, Baritone

Great Hall Admission Free

Here are the dates for next semester.
Put these in your calendar now.
August 3rd Trial HSC music
August 6th Jazz Band Workshop
August 7th Cabaret night- all ensembles and parents
August 8th GPS band, orchestra and choir rehearsal Newington
August 15th - 18th Music Camp all bands and SWE
September 3/4th GPS concert
Term 4 Italy music tour commences rehearsals
October 28th Years 9/10 music performance evening
November 6th Showcase Concert- all ensembles
November 27th Music awards dinner - all students and parents
December Weeks 8/9 Studio soirees, auditions for 2005
December 7th Art show/ cocktail party -string quartets, jazz band

Students are expected to stay for the whole soiree
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