High Notes, Vol 5 No 19, June 18 2004
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.
OECD Programme for International Assessment 2003
ELLA Test Results
Scarred by Scots
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
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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
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.
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.
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
From The Charities Committee
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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.
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.
THANKS TO ALL FOR THE FABULOUS SUPPORT!!
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.
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
Parent Teacher Interviews
will take place on
Thursday, 1st July 2004
3.00pm - 7.30pm
Please note the following arrangements -
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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.
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:
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
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
Bring your own picnic lunch, rugs, chairs, ballgames and anything else you can think of.
OBU Annual General Meeting
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 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.
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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.
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:
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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
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.
U16s Match Report
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
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
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.
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
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.
GPS Results Round two
This weeks Fixtures
Quote of the Week
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
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.
Scorers were George (2), Vijay (2), Charles, Ben, Ryan, Toby, Carry and Josh. Well done boys!
Golden Boot and Golden Glove
Junior Soccer Clinic
Joeys v HIGH
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.
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.
Students are expected to stay for the whole soiree
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