High Notes, Vol 5 No 37, November 19 2004
From the Principal
State of the Arts
Year 11 Reports
Founders Day Committee
Year 10 Expectations
Volunteers and High
Islamic Society Forum
Immunisation Program 2004
The next round of vaccinations for these students will take place on Friday, 26 November
when a team of specially trained registered nurses will be visiting the school.
Boys in Year 7 who:
Some translated material for parents about the program is available at www.health.nsw.gov.au
This is the final vaccination clinic for 2004
At this clinic
Additional information kits and consent forms are available from Mr Beringer
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You may learn many other things from the blog. Were the moon landings a hoax? What connection is
there between "algebra" and "
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How can the State University of New York help you to write better essays at Sydney Boys High?
Where can you find lots of ideas on English, Maths and Science from a top HSC student of 2003?
What did Mark Twain say about the Melbourne Cup? How can you improve your spelling? What issues
confront Korean students in Australia?
There will be an important Rugby Committee meeting held on November 24 [th] 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 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 24 [th] of November at 6pm in Room 901.
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November 11 [th] saw Sydney High Volleyball venture out to Olympic Park for the final Metro Schools Cup for the year. The last chance for our players to practise under tournament conditions for the upcoming National Schools Volleyball Championships in Melbourne.
High had three teams: U14`s, U16`s and the First Graders.
After a while, we had our first match against Moss Vale. A few good sets by Samuel Wan allowed Shorsan Zhang to deliver some solid spikes which earned us some quick and easy points. We won that set and so we played on to the next set. We didn`t end up finishing the match because of the lack of time so we tied the match. Our next opponent (Central Coast) didn` t come so we had an automatic win. We all felt quite happy.
After a few more duties for the team, we had a match against the NSW under 14`s team. We played very well in the first set. A funny incident happened during match point for us. We received the ball and Shorsan hit the ball which bounced off Daniel Shan`s very valuable head and into the opponent`s court. The other team was caught off guard by the unexpected return and lost control of the ball and we won the first set. In the following set, the other team started to lift their game and by doing was gaining an upper hand. The match ended up in a tie because of insufficient time.
In the next match we played Foster. Stanley He and Steven Ke`s great setting allowed me and Danny to attack the opponents effectively with downballs. Stephen Dong was a valuable player who astounded the other team by smashing some fabulous jump serves to the opponents. The match again was a tie because of insufficient time.
We all felt good at the end of the day because we came 3 [rd]. We had all improved a lot since the start of the year and we even got some compliments from other coaches at how much we had improved. Matthew Chan
Our first match was against Foster. Their team was relatively short allowing our blockers, Weiping Lu and Danny Ng to dominate the game. We easily took the game in 2 straight sets.
The second match was up against an unknown team, Burwood Christian Brothers. Their star players were a pair of Korean twins that frustrated us with their spiking. What started out as a friendly match, turned into an ugly battle with both teams exchanging words and abuse across the net. The game was tight all the way and ended up in a draw as the match passed the time limit. Alex Le stood out with brilliant setting and serving and David Dizon proved valuable with his spiking and his cheering.
Our final pool match was against La Salle. We annihilated them in straight sets with explosive hitting from Warren and consistent sets by Johnny Shih.
With a quick Macca`s stop we moved into the semi finals placing 1 [st] in our pool. The match was played against Moss Vale. They proved little resistance. Jamie Tao stood out with heavy spiking and clean winners from all over the court. Zid Mancenido kept many points alive with great scrambling in the backcourt.
We moved through into the final with who else but Burwood Brothers standing between us and the trophy. With players returning from open matches we had a full strength team. We were out to teach them a lesson. However we lost the first set miserably due to some poor passing. We came out pumped in the 2 [nd] set hoping to force it to a decider. Sam Chhor played well with some nice spiking down the line and Alex Lee served and passed well throughout the set. We took out the 2 [nd] set and it was game on. In the last set (first to 15, win by 2) we were trailing 10 - 14 but some nice serving from Jamie brought it to 15-14 our way. We had one hand on the trophy. Unfortunately we got overexcited and they came back and eventually took the game 18-16 in the last set.
We settled for Runners up but were satisfied at the successful tournament. Hopefully we can take
the good form into the upcoming Nationals.
MEETING: A reminder that the last Cricket Sub-Committee Meeting for 2004 will be held in Room 901 in the gymnasium on Wednesday Next 24 [th].November at the earlier starting time of 5-30pm All members are asked to make an effort to attend. Agenda items will include the Five High`s Tour, Barberis Cup Melbourne trip and the visit by Brisbane Grammar School.
LEVEL.1.COACHING ACCREDITATION COURSE: The Principal Dr.K.Jaggar has approved the conduct of a Level.1. Coaching Accreditation Course to be conducted on Wednesday 15 [th]. and Thursday 16 [th].December under the Cricket NSW coaching programme. The course runs for 6 hrs each day, with Day 1 taken covering hands-on teaching drills, batting, bowling, throwing and wicket keeping skills. Day 2. continues with fault correction, spin bowling and each student presents a 10-15 practical presentation to the students on the course. The cost is $70-00 per person, which includes Coaching Manual and notes. Successful accreditation by those attending will see the Cricket Committee offer some remuneration rewards for those wishing to coach a junior team. Those attending must be 16 yrs of age and over, and the course is open to teachers, coaches of other sports, and parents. The course panel is a min of 16 to a maximum of 20 students. Nomination Forms will be available on the Cricket Website and further details will appear in High Notes.
FIRST XI - High batted first and were all out for 118 with Kings in reply scoring with 3 for 228 and M. Stubbs on 100n.o.in a fine century for King`s. Day 2 saw High` s 2nd.Innings build to a solid 7 for 174 avoiding the problems from our first innings, with Nick Bull scoring his maiden 50 in First Grade and carrying on to make a sound 72 and Matt Fetherston 23 provided the other major contribution. High finished with a lead of 64 when stumps were drawn on Day2.of the match with King`s recording a first innings victory.
SECOND.XI - All our for 124 in the First Innings, T. Razeen 26, D.Gunaratne 21 and N.Frazi 19 the major scorers and with Kings at 5 for 29 at stumps on Day.1. there was keen anticipation of a result in High`s favor at the commencement of play on Day 2. However wayward bowling and not sticking to the game plan resulted in a match winning 6 [th] wicket partnership of 105 saw Kings pass our score.. One pleasing aspect was the team stuck to the task and cleaned up the last 5 wickets for 19 runs.... ..a concerted attack all too late!! King`s all out for 151. High`s 2 [nd]. Innings started disastrously with the top order failing but some entertaining hitting from the tail saw us post a near impossible task of 76 runs from the remaining 6 overs of the day. High all-out for 102 and virtually avoiding an outright loss. This time Kings faced a more committed High attack and were 3 wickets for 42 at stumps, with King`s taking first innings points.
THIRD XI- High resumed on day 2 against King`s chasing a mammoth 342 for victory. The openers got off to a solid start with Jiong Zhao making a well compiled 27. He received good support from Dinuka Gunasekera who made 23. A further good partnership between Anisul Islam and Ben Nham lifted the score well over the 100. Anisul with a few lusty blows included in a deserved 58. At the end of the third hour High was still in with a chance with 2 wickets in hand to draw the match, but were finally all-out for 159 with 12 overs remaining. It was another good effort from the 3rds who should take much confidence into the next match.
16A`s (From our erstwhile reporter) Kings batting first were held to 22 runs off the first 10 overs by Matthew Coutts and Rommo Pandit but unfortunately after the next 22 overs piled on 177 runs to be 5 for 199 after 32 overs. Oswin Perera picking up 2 wickets. High then took the crease and were disappointing in their commitment to the job and finished at 8 for 113 after their 32 overs. The match was marred by sledging by the Kings slips fieldsmen, which detracted from a competitive match. Matthew Fsadni scored a solid 29n.o and Louis Yang made 21. A pattern has developed weekly where the opening bowling spells have been sold and then deteriorates as the innings progresses. Impatience and frustration with one another didn` t help the team plan or effort
14A`s. High made 9 for 80 from 23 overs with Matthew Wong scoring 25 and Kerrod McPherson 17 being the main contributors. King`s used their full quota of 32 overs and finished with 4 for 206. Best Bowling was Victor UNG 1 wicket for 10 (off 2 overs) and. Kerrod McPherson and Shane Brown took one catch each in the 4 wickets lost by King` s. A loss on the first innings by High.
14B`s Last Saturday faced the strong St. Joseph`s Under 14 team at St. Joseph`s and batting first were all out for 40 runs. Joey` s then took the crease and amassed 6 for 299 with a big hitting display on the small ground.
Best for High were Razeen AHMED in our Batting, Lachlan BROWN took the Bowling honours and Razeen
also set the example in the field. We were outclassed but it was a great learning curve with
Razeen lifting our sprits and showing the gritty High approach
SHOOTI N` HOOPS
High went into the game against St. Joseph`s with limited training due to the Yr. 10 camp and slightly apprehensive as Joeys had an extremely strong line-up. After coming last the previous season, Joeys had found a number of new players and their squad had drastically improved as was shown as they beat Scots, last season`s champions, by 65 points in the first round.
High started the game poorly as Joeys` J. Jones and L. Kirwan controlled the game and scored at will. J. Jones, Joeys 6`9" Captain was simply too tall under the ring, he set solid screens and dominated under the ring by camping in the key and waiting for the ball. L. Kirwan, Joeys` most recent import, a former representative player from the ISA has been said to be the most talented point guard so far seen in the competition. He did the damage early as fakes and lightning speed brought him many easy lay-ups. This lethal combination worked together extremely well and by half time High was looking at an unrecoverable deficit of over 30 points.
However, as High has shown this season, thanks to Hayman/High spirit they did not give in and once again High rallied to bring the margin back. Another great defensive effort by Tom Mainprize saw Jones score only 6 points in the 3rd quarter, excellent composure by point guard Dustin Palana saw him sink several threes and fantastic post moves by forward Victor Wei saw the margin brought to within 20 points.
Despite the minor fight back by High, Joeys regained control of the game in the 4th quarter when Jones scored easy points from offensive rebounds and Kirwan hit several late three pointers, the two finishing on 28 and 21 points respectively.
The final burst of points saw Joeys embarrass High 106-49, a point score that did not reflect the effort that the High boys put in.
The result, though an extremely disappointing one for High, had several encouraging
signs as High played extremely well in phases and next week the return of guard Victor Domni will
certainly boost High`s offensive capabilities.
With High second grade having their first four games ending in very narrow losses, the boys were hungry for victory and came ready for a good match against Joeys.
The opening quarter showed just how hungry the boys were as they piled on a plethora of points and dominated the Joey boys with a half court trap. The boys putting in every bit of High spirit to end the first quarter in their favour 20-7.
The second quarter started off slowly as the Joey boys scored 7 unanswered points and closed the gap. Excellent plays from the High Boys saw dominant forwards Eugene Wong and Chris Tran get good solid baskets. The High boys held a constant lead of five points into the fourth quarter. Gradually Joey`s were able to beat High`s half court trap and consequently they were able to keep a three point lead, leading into the dying minutes of the game.
An inspirational three pointer from Harry Walker tied the game at 52 all, but a quick change in tactics from the Joey defence saw panic run through the High boys. Joeys were able to force High into consecutive turnovers to beat High by 6 points.
Another near victory was once again snatched away from the hands of the High boys, but from these
close games we are learning much more and will be a dominant side by next term.
These results are a massive improvement on previous results against Kings and the previous two
rounds. Keep up the good work boys! Thankyou to the biggest crowd I have ever seen at
first grade basketball on the weekend vs Kings. There were at least 100 students plus drums and
instruments which created a fantastic atmosphere. The basketball canteen was run exceptionally
well by a large group of parents who gave up their Saturday to support the school and all
funds will go back into the program. It is pleasing to see so much enthusiasm for school sport.
3rds vs St Josephs
However, this was not to be, as Joey's came home hard - scoring 12 points to our 6 in the second
half. But we grit our teeth and held on to a tight lead in the final minutes with some good work
in the forwards against a taller opposition by Philip Tripp and Will Xu. The work of James Chen
and Keith Wong in both defence and offence added the impotence needed to get us over the line.
All in all, it was a great game with a good High win, of 24-18, which was hard to come by in the
basketball on the day. Now with two wins on the trot, hopefully we can take it to Shore this
15 A`s vs St Josephs
By half time, we were down by at least fifteen points and were yet to score. In an attempt to get
back in the game, we switched to an effective zone defence, which Joeys had a lot trouble
penetrating. Thomas Lindenback, a new addition to the team, brought us up to six points early in
the second half with three magnificent drives. Our morale lifted, and then Keerth scored four
points with two marvellous shots. Despite losing by more than twenty points, we were pleased with
our effort and are determined to do better next time.
MR HAYMAN`S PLAYERS WHO CAN TURN THE GAME AROUND
Players of the week:
NB: The absence of last week`s issue was due Mr Hayman being on camp.
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Sat 13TH Nov - Joeys vs High (R4)
With two doubles falling our way, we set out to knock off the three remaining matches required for victory quickly. Dejan and Brian were clinical at 1 and 2, Peter scored a straight-sets win at 3, and Hung steadied himself to win in three sets at 4. Ivan put up a good fight in the first set at 5, and David, having just returned from camp, lacked the rhythm necessary to win in the conditions.
The 9-3 victory mirrors our score against St. Josephs at the start of the year, and is a commendable result. There remain areas where we need some work, especially the return of serve and second serves. With Dejan and Brian in Bendigo next week, the team will have a different complexion for the fixture against Shore. However if we apply ourselves to the task and do the simple things right, we will produce a strong performance, which is more important than the result on the scorecard. Peter Pereira.
3RDS- 6THS Is it too much praise too early? The performance against Joeys was poor on several counts. Students who have pledged to turn up must take responsibility to find out details of the Saturday`s. Congratulations to Daniel Thieviasingham and Kevin Mak who are moving up to the 2nds for the next 2 weeks.
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Music Awards Dinner Update
A few reminders. This is a semi formal event the dress code for the boys is a collared shirt, trousers and good shoes. (ie no t-shirts, no jeans and no runners)
Remember. Students and parents need to be present at the dinner to be eligible for an award.
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Music Awards Dinner and Tutors Concert
This is the night for the boys and their parents.
Sunday December 5 [th] Great Hall 6.00pm
BYO Alcohol, Dress semi-formal. Boys must wear a collar (no jeans or runners)
I would like to purchase the following number of Music award Dinner tickets at a cost
of $30.00 each. (students need to pay)
____________(amount tickets) $___________total cost.
Student name______________________________ Roll___________
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Thank You Bouquet
Thankyou to Tracy Tassell (Josh Yr7) who initiated and liaised with center management and trusty offsider Megan Morgan (James Yr 10) who gave their time to sell raffle tickets at the Eastlakes Shopping Centre last Saturday. These women have shown High Spirit and a belief in working towards a common goal, namely the new library and performing arts centre. Well done ladies.
Tomorrow 20 [th] November at 8.30 am Revesby Woolworths to sell raffle tickets, no experience
necessary - all equipment supplied - just a couple hours of your
Important News For all
Please continue to seek support of those around you with the sale of your allocated tickets. All tickets sold are now pure profit and will determine the degree of success of the project. There are two weeks left to return your tickets and butts. If you have no intention of selling the tickets please return them immediately so as to assist with accounting as required by the Government.
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