High Notes, Vol 5 No 3, February 13 2004

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From the Principal
From the English Department
From the School Counsellors
Rowing Report
How did we go in the HSC?
Update on prizewinners for Speech Night
Sydney Boys High Cricket
State of the Arts

From the Principal

Studying a language
I urge boys and their parents to consider choosing elective languages other than English for serious study. We have talented linguists in this school who discontinue their studies in favour of other courses. I believe that they are limiting their chances of reaching their potential by declining to develop their linguistic talents. In French Continuers at the HSC for example, candidates as far down as the 75th percentile score UAI values of 80%. For German the figure is 78%, for Latin 90% and for Chinese Continuers, 78%. Students in the top 25% of the candidature are highly rewarded in UAI terms for their efforts.

I asked Mr Davies to survey Year 8 students last year to ascertain their perceptions about studying a language at High. Between 124 and 130 responses were recorded. The students agreed that learning a language was an important life skill (72%). A majority even thought learning a language was important for their future careers (65%). Only 38% agreed that learning a language was enjoyable. Some felt studying a language was too challenging (27%), but only 6% felt the study was not challenging enough. Just 18% of respondents agreed that they spent more time on language study than they did other subjects. For 35% of respondents, the teacher was an important factor in making a decision to continue or discontinue the study of languages. 60% of respondents would like to see more technology being used in language study. 67 of 90 respondents were choosing to study a language in Year 9 2004. This figure is 37% of the cohort. The 'no opinion' option averaged 30% for the 8 major questions of the survey. Seventy-three students are enrolled in elective languages classes in Year 9 in 2004.

Mr Davies and his staff will consider the student perceptions and attitudes revealed by this survey and will continue to work on their programs, resources and strategies to meet better the needs of their learners. If at least half of those who opted for a language for study in Year 9 continued with it until the HSC, our languages program would be healthy.

Weekend Sport
The Sydney Grammar Carnival at the Sydney Aquatic Centre was held in steamy conditions on Friday night. I was pleased to see how many events our swim team competed in. Tom Miller was outstanding in the 50 free. Andrew Reis showed his class in breaststroke. The GPS relay team again acquitted themselves very well. I really appreciated Phil Tripp's swim in the 400, given his recent serious injury. In short, spirit was high. I urge all potential racers to see Mr Ockert and swim for the school. If you make a commitment to swim, please keep it. Sometimes our swimmer came last and still earned 2 points for the team because another school did not have a competitor. Commitment and perseverance are rewarded.

The first of the Tri-series was sailed on Saturday. High put a fleet of boats in the water - 3 Lasers and 7 Pacers. The boys hauled out and rigged their boats and were ready to go by 0900. A light south -easterly was blowing as a large crowd of sailors listened to the pre-race briefing. It was hot and sticky at Shore gym when our first grade basketball took to the court. The team had its best first half this year. They frustrated their taller stronger opponents with clever defensive tactics and physical blocking under the hoop. Unfortunately, our shooting percentages were also down and Shore
held a narrow 4-point lead going into the break. Despite a lopsided foul count against High, it was an inspirational performance. The tactics changed in the second half. Shore rotated two players to mark Nima Sedaghat who was our play maker. They retreated into a zone defence, making our boys shoot over the tall timber or risk being dispossessed as they worked inside the key. The pressure took its toll with some short shots, turnovers, free throws for fouls. We were still very much in the game at three-quarter time. The final quarter was keenly contested until the last five minutes when Shore skipped away with some 3-pointers and several fast break baskets. The final scoreline gave no indication of the game, which hung in the balance until near the end. I was very pleased with the effort and teamwork..
At North Ryde Tennis World the hard courts were radiating heat and players were looking for their water bottles at every change of ends. Ivan and Dejan battled out a three set victory against a Shore side comprising some strong new young talent. Michael Hayes was reliable as ever in his singles victory. Tim Neville came up against a tournament hardened prodigy. Peter Pereira went down after playing a tiebreaker in the first set. Newcomer Brian Ly showed his class with a solid victory. High fought hard for a 5-4 win.

The senior rowing dinner was held at the Outterside Centre on Saturday evening. The morale of the crews was high and the camaraderie encouraging. Mr Glass reported on the activities of the Rowing Committee and introduced a proposed contribution scheme for High rowers. Troy Polis (Captain of Boats) delivered a passionate address on behalf of the senior squad and introduced the senior crew members. Mr Barris concluded formalities by briefly recounting the events of 2003 and thanking a large number of people who made the progam possible.

Summer Sports Assembly
Last week we presented our teams to a school assembly. This traditional ceremony recognises the first grade teams in all summer sports. My address to the assembly is reprinted below.

GPS team members, coaches, managers, supporters, fundraisers, special guests, parents and summer sports participants. Welcome to our summer sports assembly.

Today we acknowledge and honour the teams in all summer sports. Historically, the GPS teams take pride of place as our first priority in meeting our obligations to the AAGPS. GPS summer sports are: rowing, cricket, tennis, basketball, water polo and swimming. Sailing is now an established summer sport with competition against GPS and CAS schools. Rowing has its own assembly before the Head of the River. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate, Laurie Heil, for the initiatives he has taken this year and in Term 4 last year, to build our skill base in cricket. I ask all coaches to support Laurie as he carries out his role as both Cricket Co-ordinator and MIC cricket. He will work closely with coaches in selection committees to identify and nurture all our talented cricketers. Thank you to Mr Ben Hayman for taking on the Basketball Coordinator's role as well as coaching first grade. His Coaching Manual and 'train the trainer' courses will make a difference.

What we are seeking through our Sports Coordinators is to inculcate a style in our teams - the High way to play. As a student progresses through the years in his the teams, the coaching message should be standardised so that learned behaviours do not have to be unlearned and new ones substituted. Skills, drills and plays can be rehearsed each year and be familiar to everyone.

Well done again to Mrs Helen Tuthill and our tennis committee for preparing the tennis team over summer and raising funds to assist our premiership team. Let us hope we can repeat that performance in 2004. Thank you to Ms Amanda Kaye for taking up the position of MIC sailing. Our program will strengthen with her enthusiasm and persistence. Congratulations to Mr Ockert for taking on the role as MIC swimming. The school carnival went well and there is a better vibe all round about our swim team after its great result in the GPS relay.

At previous Summer Sports Assemblies I have discussed the psychosocial value of having competitive sport as a lifelong goal; the purposes of competitive sport; the personal development and educational values such engagement instils in people; and a brief look at the psychology of team sports. Today, I would like to emphasise the value of training yourself to have a sports mind and a sports heart.

The body, the mind and the emotions are interconnected. Imagined experience affects the body in a physiologically measurable way. (Boys waiting to sit for examinations know this phenomenon well). To make your body perform you need physical and mental training. Top performers have: tough mindedness, intense concentration, self-confidence, intrinsic motivation, positive attitude and a capacity for anxiety management. Athletes have to train themselves relentlessly to acquire these traits. Adversity must be dealt with quickly. Come to terms with it and move on. High performers have highly tuned sports minds. Unless you take charge of your brain, you run the big risk that it will run itself and detract from your performance.

Top performers conquer emotional and mental distractions and obstacles that impede the performances of others. They have strategies to combat poor concentration, ill temper, self-doubt, lack of motivation, nervousness, self-recrimination, or lack of enthusiasm. They have highly trained sports hearts. Unless you take control of your heart, it might control you.

When mind and heart are in tune, very satisfying and expert performances are achievable by non-elite sportspeople. In sailing we call it "in the groove". This describes an intense state of concentration in which a sense of oneness with the yacht, the wind's oscillating angle and velocity, the motion of the waves and swell, the course, the trim of the sails and the speed made good, consumes the helmsman. Sustained periods of maximum boat speed result. Runners reach a trance like state where time and physical pain have no affect on them as they concentrate on the mechanics of maintaining their form.

Sports success is as much about attitude as aptitude. Sportspeople get nervous. "I've got butterflies in my stomach" is a common expression describing the physical manifestation of this nervousness. Accept that the butterflies will always be there. Train them to fly in the same direction. They will distract you less.

Athletes use imaging, deep breathing, meditation techniques, visualisations and stress management techniques to make all the butterflies fly to fly in formation. Set yourself performance goals for this weekend. Visualise sinking that three-pointer on the baseline. See yourself playing the bowling for five overs in the V between mid-on and mid-off. Imagine yourself returning second serves accurately into particular areas of the court. Project into your swim. Decide when you will go flat out for the finish and be spent as you hit the wall.

Be steadfastly optimistic and positive. Do not contemplate defeat. Be mentally tough until the job is done, the time is up, stumps are pulled, the finishing line crossed or the last point is won. Win with grace or accept defeat with dignity. Above all, enjoy what you do.

I wish all our teams well for the summer season. The GPS teams are being honoured. They are the symbols of a journey that the rest of you share too. All of you boys who compete on Friday nights or Saturdays deserve our praise. Without you , the school cannot produce high standard GPS teams. Keep it up! One day many of you will stand where these who come before you will stand today. Train your minds and hearts to be ready.

The Record
Producing The Record is a mammoth task for the Record Committee and particularly Mr Gainford. Despite their best efforts, we are falling behind in our schedule. We would love to be up to date by 2008. It would save a great deal of Mr Gainford's time if we could find a volunteer proof reader. Ideally, a patient, careful person with time on their hands who is interested in the history of our school, would be of great assistance. The main task is to check that enrolment records, team lists and sports facts are accurate in the copy about to go to the printer. Contact the school if you are prepared to help out for a few hours or a day in this important historical project.
Dr K Jaggar
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From the English Department


1] Cartoon and Caricature Competition.

Entries close 1st March.
Entry forms available from www.biglaughriverside.com.au/cartoon.html

2] Olympic torchbearers relay school essay contest for 15yr old students.

"How does the Olympic Torch Relay help to unite the world?"
No more than 300 words. Closing date:7th March .
Visit www.samsung.com.au/olympictorchrelay/schoolessay

3] Write for fun Poetry Competition.

First prize $1000 and a Xbox.
Enter online at : www.write4fun.net.
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I think I hate computers. Well, sometimes. Circumstances beyond our control have prevented me from publishing in High Notes until this week, but the website has had an up-to-date weekly column (including more links, pictures and information) at http://neilwhitfield.tripod.com/week.html and will continue to do so - if you can see it! Tripod now says: "Some users due to DNS propagation issues are experiencing difficulty viewing their accounts at http://membername.tripod.com." That is not our fault, but is affecting access from school right now. I still get the site at home and at the local Internet Cafes.

This is what you've missed:
Unimaginable ages in the past I sat where Year 7 sat on Day One: way back in 1955! The school then was 100% Australian, and it still is. However, we do have perhaps more students who can speak several languages. If you have been speaking English for less than seven years there is a chance you may sometimes find working in quite a number of subjects a little more challenging, but remember too that there were ten students in last year's Year 12 who had been speaking English for five years or less when they were in Year 7, but ended up with Band 6 in Advanced English in the HSC!

In the first few weeks I will be testing all Year 7 and some new students (whatever their backgrounds) to see just how good their English is. It isn't a hard test, but it does tell us a lot. All new students in Years 8-12 are being interviewed to see what needs there might be. If we find any problems, your teachers and I will set to work to do something about them. It is unlikely you will miss out on any classes, and you may not even realise sometimes you are being helped -- but you will be! That's a promise. Mind you, you have to work hard, and be honest too: if you have a problem, ask me or your teacher for help. And use the web site!

Senior students: there is a lot on the site for you. See for example http://neilwhitfield.tripod.com/faq2.html
Neil Whitfield
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From the School Counsellors

A useful contact for any parent/guardian planing a party for their adolescent children is PISSED - 'Partying in Style Safely Eliminates Danger'
You can now register a party to help eliminate dangers.

For further information contact Point Zero Youth Services on phone 93652500 or www.pointzero.org.au
Estelle Harman
Susy Plummer

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Rowing Report

Over January our rowers trained very hard in a series of 'holiday' camps in preparation for the racing season. In addition to training camps at Abbotsford, the Senior A group (the 1st and 2nd VIII) stayed in motel accommodation at Penrith and trained daily on the beautiful Nepean River during the final hot and stormy week of the holidays. All of these camps are made possible by the small army of staff, parents, coaches and supporters who give up their time in the 'holiday' month of January. Thanks to all the cooks, parent supervisors, drivers, boatman and coaches who helped out. The boys also deserve congratulations and our thanks for their exemplary behaviour on these camps and the dedication that they show to do their very best in the sport.

The first regatta for the season was held on the last day of January and was hosted by Grammar. In warm and still conditions all our crews performed well and proved themselves worthy competitors. Most were 'on the standard', there were no equipment failures and all who started rowed it out to the finish line. Shore dominated the regatta in nearly every division. We drew Shore in every race, making places hard to come by. In the Year 8 Quads the 6th and 3rd crews earned points in diminished fields and the 1st crew managed to keep contact in a very fast race. The Year 9 1st Quad was well placed in the early stages of their race but just faded out of the final places. The 1st VIII finished well in a very tough heat to just miss 3rd place to Newington. The best performed crew on the day was the Year 10 1st VIII who beat Joeys and challenged Newington for 2nd place in a flying finish (unofficial margin - small bow ball). Coached by Mr Barris the Year10 1st VIII consists of, Bow - James Tiedgen, 2 - Quinton Yang, 3 - Adam Farrow-Palmer, 4 - Michael Levy, 5 - Roger Burrell, 6 - Douglas Chang, 7 - Sam Gribble, Stroke - Attila Szabo, Cox - Romesh Abeysuriya.

Last weekend Joey's played host at Hen & Chicken Bay on an overcast day. A persistent headwind and chop made it hard going. In race 2 the Year 8 6th Quad managed to keep it all together to finish 2nd to Shore. Other crews did not either find the start line or manage to stay on course. Doing all the little things right earned them a result. Coached by Mr Hespe the crew consists of, Bow - Winston Lee, 2 - Varan Perananthan, 3 - Shahar Merom, Stroke - Harrison Reid, Cox - Alistair Taylor. In the Senior ranks the Year 10 1st VIII performed well again for a 3rd place - gaining on Shore in the final stages. The 1st VIII were again 'in the frame' at the finish but just out of the places. There are no 'easy beats' at this level and that includes us! The 1st Four and the 2nd VIII finished 3rd in their heats to qualify for finals.

The Senior Boatshed Dinner was held at the Outterside Centre last Saturday. Captain of Boats, Troy Polis introduced the crews for the season and Dr Jaggar presented them with their jerseys. Troy's keynote speech emphasised the strong bond of friendship that surrounds the current band of senior rowers - a brotherhood. Mr Barris and Mr Glass also spoke of the special atmosphere at the sheds and it was noted that with a 4th Four and a 3rd Yr 10 VIII entered in the Head of the River in 2004 - the shed has never been bigger!
Most of the boys stayed over and rowed at 7 on Sunday morning.

Steve Tiedgen for the Rowing Committee
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How did we go in the HSC?

Dr Kim Jaggar will review High's performance in the 2003 Higher School Certificate and School Certificate examinations at our first P & C General Meeting of the year.

Please come and join us on Wednesday, 18 February 2004 at 7:30 in the Common Room.

All will be revealed!
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Update on prizewinners for Speech Night

The following students have been added to the list of prizes printed in last week's High Notes. CONGRATULATIONS

Prizewinners should acknowledge awareness of the prize with their Year Adviser ASAP.

Advise Ms May if there are any corrections to be made ASAP.

Advise Parents that they will need to be at school by 7.00pm on Tuesday 24 February in best school attire.

Invite their family and friends to the evening.

Keep their ears and eyes open for further instructions.

Attend the rehearsal on Tuesday 24/2/03 during the school day.

Be aware that the monetary component of prizes is available only to students attending the evening unless exceptional circumstances prevent his attendance.

The Class of 1991 Prize MAX KLETSKI
to a year 12 student who, over six consecutive years, has contributed consistently in a number of fields to the character and spirit of the school
The Michael Goodwin Memorial Prize PHILIP TRIPP
given in acknowledgment of courage shown in the face of adversity
The Class of 2001 Prize for Outdoor Education SIMON CRADOCK
to any student displaying dedication and commitment to the school's outdoor education programs
John Francis Bush Memorial Prize DREW HOARE
to a Year 11 boy for popularity, general character and general proficiency in School and sport
The Lodge Sydney High School Prize DAT HUYNH
to a Year 11 boy for moral character, personality, participation in School activities and due attention to and proficiency in academic studies
J M and W G Forsythe Memorial Prize DAMITHA FONSEKA
to a Year 10 boy who is deemed to be outstanding throughout his course and particularly in the year of the Award, in respect of scholarship, sport and School example
The Ross Miller Memorial Award PAUL WATZAFF
to a Year 10 boy judged to be the best all-rounder. This Award is given in memory of an Old Boy and teacher in the School
The 1977 Year 12 Prize for Excellence JEREMY YUEN
For ongoing high level participation in State Gymnastics - to a student who has excelled in an area/s outside school activities

J H Killip Prize for DUX AARON CHAN 10
P & C Prize for Second KAIVAN VAIDYA 10
Phillip Seymour Prize for Third SAM GRIBBLE 10
F A Elgar Prize for DUX RAYMOND ROCA 8
Geography (aeq) RAYMOND ROCA 8
P & C Prize for Second EUGENE STADNIK 8
Doris M Gray Prize for Third ANTHONY MORRIS 8
Mathematics correction PETER LUU 8
Gordon Barr Memorial Prize for DUX SIMON LIU 7
P & C Prize for Second NATHAN KWOK 7
Doris M Gray Prize for Third PETER LUU 7

The Brian Allsop Memorial Prize DANIEL THOMAS
to an outstanding Junior School sportsman who displays the attributes of sportsmanship, courage and modesty

Junior Prize for Public Speaking DAWEI QI
The S & P Tzannes Prize LUCIAN TAN

to a Year 7 student of sound character, proficient in academic studies, sport and cultural activities and displays a willingness to subordinate his own interests to those of the School and his fellow students

Awarded to sons, grandsons, brothers of Old Boys in Years 8-12 for academic achievements and services to the School


Most efficient Cadet Cdt ANTHONY HO
Most efficient Junior NCO Cpl SRIRAM SRIKUMAR
Most efficient Senior NCO Sgt WILLIAM CLEGG

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Sydney Boys High Cricket

In a weekend of mixed results High teams have started to spread the word that we are an up-and- coming force in the GPS Competition and although it won't occur overnight, the signs are coming through in various grades. As Coaching Director I make commentary at times on our results, (not always complimentary) which are passed onto those teams involved for them to address the issues at the team practices. Some teams take heed and work at the problems. Others fall back to their practice habits such as head-up hitting, the big shots off every ball faced and then on Saturdays, repeat the performance and get out for low scores, and in many cases no scores. In cricket terms what you do in the practice nets, you take onto the field in a game. This is the individual mind-set that we have to challenge.
However, I will also be the first one to defend our cricket teams when outsiders comment on our performances because we are at a disadvantage in that we can only practice on hard surface, synthetic wickets which have an even predictable bounce at all times, where back foot shots become the norm.
Other GPS schools have turf wickets available to all of their teams and as a consequence they have the advantage of learning the turf technique which is to play forward as much as possible, as the ball can do "anything" off these wickets.
During sports days coaching sessions we are now addressing these issues in a program for all teams from Third XI to Under 13s . The result of learning then becomes an individual's choice as to when and where to apply what he has learnt ... and application becomes the key element.

First XI SHORE 203 (Matthew Shiner 5/46 ) and 7/87 (Matthew Shiner 3/26) defeated HIGH 142 (Matthew Shiner 41, Ben Friis-O'Toole 28) and 7/176 (Peshala Kariawasam 48, Sam Samarasinghe 39). Points Shore 6 and High 1.
A meritorious performance where a first innings loss narrowly missed being an outright win for the First XI and SHORE got one almighty fright from the determination, bowling and fielding as they chased for that victory. High's 2nd. Innings seemed like a carry over from the tailenders performances of the 1st.Innings and in an entertaining assault on the Shore bowlers, we saw some great hitting, running between wickets and purposeful cricket. Well done all.
Second XI SHORE 2/181 and 1/48 defeated HIGH 113 and 115 . OUTRIGHT. The Coach's comment summed it up when he said "no comment". However the 2nd.XI field and bowl extremely well, but lack application and patience in their batting line-up. Once again we are working on this aspect, but players must take into the centre that which is achieved at practices.

"Gentlemen's Competitive" Fourth XI HIGH 6/104 ( Drew Hoare 43, Tom Hoare 15, Dominic Byrne 14 N.O., Mitchell Bowey 6 N.O.) defeated SHORE 9/ 102(Dominic Byrne 2/17 and Daniel Thomas 2 wickets including s ct. and bowled)
Our best performed team who have now won 3 of their last 5 matches and who play entertaining, even swashbuckling cricket at times, which demoralizes their opponents. The team has insisted that the word " competitive" be added to their title.
Perhaps this team believes they can win and play cricket with a winning attitude??

15.As SHORE 171 defeated HIGH 143 (Rommo Pandit 41, Louis Yang 19, Aditya Naik 16, Michael Coutts 15, Matthew Coutts 10 and Matthew Fsadni 11 from 6 balls faced.)
A match that unfortunately was lost through the lack of a batting match plan in this young side. The team is talented, competitive and has good bowling and fielding talents. With a regular Saturday coach to advise and guide them, this team is capable of being a top line performer.
14.Bs SHORE 3/76 (declared) and 41 defeated HIGH 36 and 25, In what can only be described as a bizarre game of cricket which took just three hours, High went within an ace of pulling off an outright win, after being beaten on the first innings. High were sent in to bat and in a poor display of discipline in the batting line-up, were all out in just 21 overs. Shore established a lead of 40 runs and put High in again to see us self destruct and be all out for just 25 runs. In the chase for outright points by Shore, High displayed some fighting spirit in our bowling and fielding and had Shore on their knees with 9 wickets down, but ran out of luck in the last over when the winning runs were scored and the last wicket fell. Best with the bat Dominic Bowes 10, and with the ball Daniel Vijaykumar 1 / 1 off 4 overs.

The Selection Policy applicable to all teams is being downloaded onto our cricket Website on Friday 13th. (for no particular reason!!) but an ominous date in many people's minds. Please ensure you log on and read the document.

Many thanks to Sean Creer, David Coutts and Mrs Sharon Prentice-Davidson who, in company with me, were the only ones to assist with our parking roster on Wednesday 11th Feb. for the Waratahs V Auckland trial at the Sports Ground. A disappointing response to our notification of the event and lack of response considering we have 205 boys registered in our cricket section.

Good luck to all teams for this weekend .
Laurie Heil
Coaching Director

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State of the Arts

Free Jazz Concert
Emanuel Schmidt, the director of our Senior stage Band would like to invite you to the:


toni randle (vocals) emanuel schmidt (guitar)
ashley turner (bass) craig simon (drums)


SUNDAY 15 February 2004
Free admission
3 performances 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
1:15 - 2:00PM & 2:30 - 3:15PM

Chamber Choir
All members of the Chamber Choir need to contact Ms Willis to arrange their tutorial time for 2004.

Training Music Camp all year 7 students who have just started learning an instrument need to attend the Training Music Camp. Camp forms are available from the music staff. Forms are due in next Wednesday.

Attention all pianists aged between 15 & 20.
The 2004 Werner Baer Memorial Piano Competition. First Prize is $1500 cash!
Entries close April 2nd. Phone (02) 4632 7179 for details.

Coming soon
ICB, SCB, SWE does Bonny Hills
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