High Notes, Vol 5 No 33, October 22 2004
From The Principal
From the Library
State of the Arts
From the Principal
GPS season opener
First grade played the hot Newington team with a couple of representative players, plenty of playmakers and lots of height. Our boys really hustled and frustrated the flow of the Newington attack. Our attack lacked a little variety and Newington double teamed our shooters. Our boys showed great fitness and spirit to stick with Newington right to the end. A few late baskets blew out the score. To be competitive both teams have to land the easy shots and to raise their free throw shooting percentages above 50. I watched two enjoyable games.
The Sydney High Sailing Team commenced its racing season on Saturday. The boys rigged and launched 9 boats to take on the sailors from Cranbrook, Scots, Riverview, Grammar, St Catherine’s and SCEGGS. At the pre-race briefing, Rory Pearson and Rahul Rajar were presented with prizes for their placing in the Woollahra Sailing Club Championship for 2003-4 for Pacers. Oliver Pickles was placed in the full rig Laser Division. The racing commenced in beautiful sunny conditions with a drifter of a breeze. Patient, watchful sailing was required to pick wind shifts. There were a few rusty efforts but getting points on the board for places is the first objective.
Library Project update
The Raffle – good progress so far
It is interesting to read the educational philosophy of The Actors Centre http://www.actorscentre.com.au : “Our paradigm for learning is high challenge matched with high support produces high performance.” Why is this interesting? See http://neilwhitfield.tripod.com/scaffolding.html and read about the 2001-2003 UTS Research Project on scaffolding Language Background Other Than English learners: exactly that philosophy emerges from that project.
Unfortunately support for LBOTE students at Sydney Boys High School will not be quite so strong next year (have we been too successful?) as we will have only one day a week available for ESL support. This means that support will even more be the task of mainstream teachers, with data about students and advice on support being available from the ESL teacher, who will also from time to time be able to interact with groups of students or individuals. However, such interaction will clearly be limited.
This in turn makes the web site at http://neilwhitfield.tripod.com even more vital. On that site you will find help and explanations, models for writing, and much more. Much that is there is suitable for any student, whatever the background. Do explore it.
I am pleased that usage of the site in September was almost as high as in August – that is
between five and six hundred visits in each of those two months, twice as many as the previous
From the Library
Attention all those Chinese language students – we now have in the Library copies of Tintin
and Harry Potter written in Chinese. They will be a wonderful opportunity to brush up on your
language skills. They are located in the separate LOTE section down near the Dictionaries. Normal
two week borrowing.
There will be an important Rugby Committee meeting held on November 24th at 6pm in Room 901. The main topic for discussion and resolution will be the fundraising ability of the Committee and the distribution of those funds in 2005 and beyond. The funds raised by the Committee are through the efforts of parents at the BBQ/canteen, parking and other activities, therefore it is important that the parents or their representatives have input into such decisions.
I look forward to seeing you on the 24th of November at 6pm in Room 901.
BasketballThe prestigious Sydney High Basketball Newsletter – Issue #2
High entered the first week of the 2004/2005 AAGPS basketball season confident and relaxed after
a very encouraging pre-season. During the week leading up to the game, High’s big man, Tom
Mainprize showed great signs of improvement, but shooting guard Victor Domni failed a medical and
was ruled out for 6 weeks with a broken nose.
On the first GPS Saturday of sport, High 2nd grade came out looking for their first win against a
physically stronger and larger team of Newington boys.
A correction is made to the Second Grade teams list. Phillip Tripp is not on the squad. He was mistakenly placed in the list whilst Michael Levy was left out. Apologies to Michael and Phillip.
First Grade Second Grade
GPS Season kicks off for Age Groups this Saturday, with Grammar being the first team to take on. Grammar have always been tough opponents for High, winning 2nd Grade last season, but the game looks promising for High 1st Grade, with a strong team and vigorous preparation from Mr Hayman. This game is extremely important, as we are quite evenly matched on paper.
First Grade are playing at Grammar at 11:15am; and Second grade are playing at 10:00am (As per usual).
Support Your School!
FIXTURES TERM 4 2004
Sat Oct 23 Grammar
Shootin’ Hoops brought to you by Bennett Wong (10M) & Francis Wong (10S). Thanks to Mr Hayman.Return to Index
WANT TO SEE OUR LIBRARY-
Help needed to man ticket sales stall
Who: Everyone – especially locals of Revesby, Padstow, Panania, Milperra etc.
Where: Revesby Woolworths
When: 30th October
Time: Set up 9.30 a.m.
Duration: 4-5 Hrs Come for a couple of hours
Boys need to be in the company of an adult.
Contact: Valda Roser 9773 7167
State of the Arts
Congratulations to the following musician for his outstanding exam
Music committee and tour meeting
Performances coming up:
Spring Spectacular 2004
Italy Music Tour Performances.
End of year musical instrument services
Instrument __________________________ (serial number)_________
School Spectacular 2004
The following boys have been selected to perform: Chapman Siu, James Mackay, Brynley Pfull,
Victor Wei, Patrick Chen, Wilson Wong, Louis Yang, Joshua Freiman, William Chan, Robert Chen,
Reuben George, Lachlan Deacon, Yiming Deng, Francis Wong, Johan Santoso, Peter Lieu, Samuel
Rehearsals. All boys should have a rehearsal schedule:
Tuesday November 23rd 9.00am
A CD recording and practice copies of the music are available from the music staffroomReturn to Index
Sydney Boys High School Parents’ & Citizens’ Association
Present: Paul Girdler, Marilyn Mittelheuser, Jeffrey Tripp, Katherine Deacon, Gabriele Klocker, Suzanne Harkins, Colin Sherwood, Vikki Angell, Kim Jaggar
Apologies: Barbara Taylor, John Harkins, Sue Levy, Valda Roser
Minutes of Previous Meeting and Actions Arising: The minutes from the P&C General Meeting of 18th August 2004 were distributed and accepted with minor corrections. Motion: Gabriele Klocker, Second: Paul Girdler. Action: Jeffrey Tripp to amend and post on the website.
Treasurer’s Report: As per the Executive Meeting of 6th August 2004, our account balance stands at $53,820. Of this, $10,000 is committed for the Library Fund and is due for payment in October. It was agreed that a further $10,000 be paid immediately to the School for Grounds Refurbishment, as per our approved 2004 Budget. This amount is specifically a contribution toward a $16,000 invoice presented for Amphitheatre ground works. Action: Sue Polis to raise a cheque.
Principal’s Report: Dr Jaggar brought us up to date with several School projects and activities.
Library Fund – Suggested a concerted approach from all School groups to petition Clover Moore for funding support.
Student Selection – The process for student selection utilising the new scoring tool worked well. A high calibre of students were chosen. There were four appeals who have not yet been interviewed.
Music Survey – Results have finally been received. There were only 75 respondents in total, including few Seniors.
Athletics Facilities – Development Application approval is expected before the end of term for a long jump pit and shot put ring to be installed next to the cricket nets and Girls’ tennis courts.
Raffle – Year Groups are encouraged to get behind and support the sale of tickets outside the School family. Valda has invested in equipment (folding table, chairs, locked box) which can be set up at shopping centres, clubs and community functions to promote the raffle. Tickets will be on sale at Orientation/Induction Day. We need to sell half the tickets printed to clear $10,000.
Canteen – Penny resigned today on medical grounds. Christine is going to work four days per week.
Prefects – Kim gave out badges today to acting Prefects. They will be officially announced on Founders Day and names published in High Notes.
Registration of Support Groups and Sub-Committees: All groups must register their annual reports and audited accounts with the P&C Coordinator – Suzanne Harkins. Failure to register will result in financial sanctions, ie- loss of parking days. Action: Paul Girdler to e-mail registration forms to Kim Jaggar for distribution to Masters-In-Charge.
Groups should also advise their Contact Lists for inclusion in P&C/School Supporter Cocktail Party invitations.
In 2005, Groups will be scheduled to present to P&C General Meetings, perhaps 3 or 4 per session.
School Signage: Coordination of this project is being handled by Sue Levy on behalf of the P&C and Gayl McLachlan on behalf of the School.
OBU Sports Day: Colin Sherwood gave us a run-down on the event, which saw the OBU winning 4 of the 7 events contested. The dinner was attended by about 150 guests who were entertained by the String Quartet, Stage Band, broadcaster Norman May and Peter Crittle of the Australian Rugby Union. The auction/raffle raised $1000. Next year’s function has been scheduled for 20 September 2005.
Strategic Plan 2004 – 2006: John Harkins is organising a professional facilitator to assist School Council develop the Strategic Plan.
Foundation: Next week’s meeting will consider the Tennis Court Project Business Plan.
Parking: A spreadsheet summarising historical parking receipts by event will be provided to Parking Coordinators and Sean Creer to assist efficient scheduling of volunteers in future. Action: Paul Girdler.
Next P&C General Meeting: 20th October 2004 at 7:30 pm in the Common Room.
Next P&C Executive Meeting: Monday 1st November 2004 at 6:00 pm in the Board Room.
P&C Annual General Meeting: Wednesday 17th November 2004 at 7:30 pm in the Great Hall.
Meeting Closed: 9:40 pmReturn to Index