High Notes, Vol 5 No 21, July 02 2004
From the Principal
End of Term
Thank you to all staff, parents, Old Boys and friends of High who worked hard to further the causes of the school during this term. Thank you to Khairul Chowdhury who has been relieving in English for Amanda Kaye who is returning from leave next term. We say farewell and best wishes to Irene Leard (Science Assistant) and Eileen Ramsden (Library/Office) as they complete their relieving positions at the end of term. Ms Opferkuch is taking maternity leave next term. We all wish her well in her coming confinement.
Former Chairman and long-serving High stalwart, Mr Lee Ruth, was elected unopposed as the new Chairman. Mr Ken Clemens, Old Boy and recently retired company CEO, was elected unopposed to the position of Treasurer. On your behalf I welcome both men to their positions and thank them for taking on very taxing voluntary roles.
SBHS Hosting its own Website.
Academic Achievement Lists
Year 7 Academic Achievement
Semester 1 2004
Year 8 Academic Achievement
Year 9 Academic Achievement
Year 10 Academic Achievement
The School Council and Strategic Planning Process
A call for expressions of interest
The Sydney Boys High School Council is a body comprised of representatives of the various groups that make up the school family - teachers, students, parents and old boys.
Under its constitution, which has been approved by the Department of Education, the Council has various consultative, advisory and decision-making functions. (It must be noted here that the School Council is not responsible for determining the teaching and learning programs taught at the School. These are the responsibility of the Principal and teachers.)
One of the various objectives identified in the Council's constitution is that the Council will:
"Discuss and ratify broad school policy in relation to the aims and educational goals of the School, its educational priorities and needs, the welfare of students, and its relationships with the community, consistent with the continued operation of the school as an academically selective school operating within both the public education system and the Athletic Association of the Great Public Schools."
and one of the Council's roles with respect to the School's polices is to:
"discuss and ratify the school's aims and educational needs and priorities."
The current strategic plan, which may be viewed on the School's website, commenced in 2004 and will conclude in 2006.
In order to make a better informed decision, the School Council, at its June meeting, has agreed on a set of guidelines for the development of the next strategic plan, which will commence in 2007.
As part of the implementation of these guidelines the Council has decided to establish a Strategic Planning Committee, under the management of the Principal to undertake the work required.
The Council is therefore calling for expressions of interest from members of the school family who are interested in providing input into the strategic planning process either as members of the proposed committee, or in other ways. Expressions of interest should be directed to the Principal as the convener of the proposed Strategic Planning Committee.
At its August meeting the Council will make a decision as to the composition of the committee,
which it anticipates will include representatives from all parts of the school family. All
communications relating to the proposed Strategic Planning Committee should be directed to the
Monitoring student absences
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
A reminder to all students that the National Chemistry Quiz will be held on the first Thursday back (22/7/04). Students will need a pencil and calculator.
Presentation from P and C Joint Meeting
Power point presentation of Catherine Boland's talk
Helping adolescents make the best choices, handle failure and cope with HSC stress
Annual Joint Meeting of P & C Associations
Left-click on the link to view the file. Right-click on the link to download the file. The file
is approximately 274 KB in size. (To move between slides in the presentation, click on the
MUSIC EXTRAVAGANZA AT THE GIRLS SCHOOL!!!
On Monday evening (28/6/04) Sydney Girls High hosted a joint performance with Sydney Boys and the renowned New Zealand Band and Orchestra from Westlake Boys and Girls Schools.
From our school, musicians from Symphonic Winds; Senior Concert; Senior Stage and Symphony
Orchestra were performing.
The students from all the schools had not played together before. During the day they workshopped with guest conductors Steve Williams and Tom Woods.
In all, around 300 students were involved in this challenging and creative endeavour.
The concert started at 6:30pm, and for an hour and a half the audience were enthralled by the exciting and varied repertoire performed by both individual and joint schools, culminating in a superb rendition of Borodin's Russian Dances played by possibly 300 students.
It was fantastic to see the Boys' and Girls' schools in a joint performance. Hopefully similar opportunities can be offered in the future.
TO ALL MUSIC PARENTS
The topic for discussion will be the Cabaret Night, which is being held on Saturday 7 August.
Kathy Jackson has some ideas to make it a really great night, but she obviously needs our help with the arrangements.
This should be a really good fundraising opportunity, so please come along and offer your help to
make it a really memorable evening.
Winter Brass SoirÃ©e
Performers were Calum Martin, Kelvin Lo, Daniel Lo, Timothy Siu, Winston Lee, Johan Santoso,
Anton Jurisevic, David Nam, Patrick Desmond, Phil Kurts, Rafi Alam, Lachlan Deacon, Thomas
Mittelheuser, Slava Nossar and Adam Farrow-Palmer.
Thanks also to Chris Jahja, Lewis Burger and Raisa Dobrinsky (again) for their help in accompanying the boys
AndrÃ© Shrimski and Tim Crow, part time music teachers, will be making their debut at the Side-On-Cade, 83 Parramatta Road, Annandale on July 6, 8.30-11pm. Parents and students may be interested in seeing them perform; under 18s will need to be accompanied by an adult.
The following is a little bit of history on the two musicians:
Guests with the band have included Barbara Morrison (USA), Steve Brian and Dale Barlow.
Shrimp & Crow play regularly around Sydney and make their debut at the Side-On CafÃ© on Tuesday 6 July. They will be playing the music of Benny Golson, Cannonball Adderley and Clifford Brown.
The rhythm section for this night will include Bobby Gebert (piano), Phil Stack (double bass) and
Andy Dickeson (drums).
Sydney High Volleyball Report 26th June
CHS Knockout report 1st Grade Volleyball
22nd-23rd June, Olympic Park
A wonderful technicality landed 1st grade into the state finals of the CHS knockout, and Nigel's storm into the Australian Men's volleyball team, gave a feeling that it was Sydney High's year this year.
On a very chilly Tuesday morning 9 warriors stormed into Homebush ready for something big, only to be turned away by a fire alarm. After once again storming back in we faced Glenn Innes, the coldest place in the state the previous day, and the team we overcame for 13th the previous year. Confidently we took the first two sets. But our complacency shone through in the 3rd with a forgettable performance driving Glen Innes to a set victory. A series of unintelligible remarks from myself and others, fired us up again, and we managed to regain composure to take the fourth set. This win put us in the top eight of the state, and shot us into a match with Westfields Sports High School.
Despite the weeks of training for this single match, we found that their two-man team was too strong for us. My commendations to the whole team, for fighting to the last point despite the score line. High played some good volleyball dishing it back to Westfields at times, and at one point had the second set in our grasp at 23-22 up. But unfortunately our characteristic choking of late came in to play, and the eventual finalists took hold of the match, relegating us to, at best, 5th.
The next day everyone came back fresh and quite easily looked after Temora in straight sets. Our next match for 5th place was against the Sydney East regional champions, Belmore High. Both teams were fired up to prove that Belmore either did or did not deserve the regional title. A few friendly threats and wagers were passed through the net, and High quickly took the upper hand. But our dreaded complacency came into play again, and Belmore took a tight 1st set. The second set started the same way, and High remembered to respect our opposition, and respect them we should have. Toward the end of the match none of our spikes managed to hit the ground due to excellent covering by the Belmore boys. Unfortunately for us this meant we had to be happy with 6th in the state. Congratulations to Belmore, though, for an excellent performance.
A team with no Year 12s means that every single person will be back next year, with more
experience, and hopefully a bit more height. We will strive for a CHS championship that has
eluded Sydney High for many years. I clap all the performances of the Firsts, knowing noone
didn't give their all. Now we turn our sights on the Nationals in Melbourne which we feel can
complement our very respectable place in the CHS knockout.
Third Grade from the 19th June
However, it almost ended in tragedy as the bus driver attempted to turn into Newington via the exit. After two attempts High made a grand entrance through the exit of Newington College.
Newington's green fields and aquatic centre did not faze the Thirds who began their game with gusto. The lowered net height was a bonus with outside hitters and centre blockers having a field day with spikes and kill shots.
High came, saw and conquered.
The first set began predictably with constant, good serving all around. Newington's passing had improved dramatically, but High played a smarter, more educated game using all three hits for coordinated attacks. End result High victors 25-14.
The second set began with a change of the guard with Anisul Islam and David Yang moving into the outside hitter positions. High moved right through with more consistent serving and hitting resulting in a 25-8 win for High.
The third set saw High relish its full range of attacking options, bamboozling the already shell-shocked Newington. However our diversity reduced our consistency and High became its own worst enemy. The game and set was closed 25-18 High's way.
High paid for this diversity with 6 court sprints - the penalty for giving away more points in the third set than was given away in the second set.
Throughout the season, High has become a more coordinated attacking unit, with the team becoming
more machine like. It is a shame that the season has ended before the Thirds had a real chance to
prove themselves. Special thanks to Vincent Ng (Captain) who led by example all season.