High Notes, Vol 5 No 38, November 26 2004
From the Principal
Extension 2 English
Open Day Thank you
Music Awards Dinner
From the PrincipalOpen Day / Orientation Day
Despite the fact that choices for selective schools had already been submitted on November 17, there was still a great crowd in attendance for our second Open / Orientation Day. There were quite a few displays, activities and food stalls. The tours were well organised and popular. Both the introductory meeting at 1230 and the assembly at 1550 drew hundreds of people to hear about what High has to offer. Thank you to Ms May and her team who were responsible for organising the day. Mrs Roser, Ms Walles, the LOTE staff, the cadets, the performance music ensembles, the School Assistants, the Prefects, the P & C volunteers, boys on roster at stands and the sports / activities volunteers – a large number of people made the day a success for both purposes. Thank you to everyone who helped. The days will have to be split next year to accommodate the new timing for Selective Schools entries. It is important that we get better at presenting an upbeat public face to potential students and their families. If we want to attract the right applicants, we have to display, demonstrate and promote what we stand for.
The Raffle - last weeks!
All families with raffle tickets still in their possession are urged to return them to the school as soon as possible. The draw will be held in the Great Hall on December 7 at 1915 when some lucky person will win a full home entertainment system, valued at $9,000. Help support our library appeal by trying your luck.
Attendance Data- Semester 1
Year 11 Examinations
Year 11 examinations will occupy students next week. Again, all boys are reminded that they must complete their Clearance Forms and discuss their reports with the Principal prior to participating in these Year 12 assessment tasks. Persistent disobedience will result in non-compliant boys being refused entry to assessment tasks for Year 12, having failed to complete Year 11.
Please see my article on competition results at the end of the High Notes.
Dr K Jaggar
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The Blog (http://neilwhitfield.tripod.com/blog/) now has a facility for sorting/searching
entries by topic: all topics; student help; HSC; teacher reference; teachers and parents;
general/cultural. I hope you find this adds to its usefulness.
The following is a copy of the Remembrance Day program and speech by Tom Kaldor
Thursday Service held on the Flat at 10.45am
Introduction - Damitha Fonseka
The Soldier – Jacob Stretton
In Flanders Fields - Daniel Thomas
Beach Burial – Philip Tripp
Address - Tom Kaldor
The Ode - Jeremy James
Last Post -
Remembrance Day Speech by Tom Kaldor
The eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marks the signing of the Armistice, in1918, which signalled the end of the Great War. At this time, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare.
War is the great divider of the world’s people, but also the great uniter – in that no-one on this planet has not been affected by war in some way or another. Whether it is through our grandfathers who fought in the Second World War, for any side, or through people living in the middle of any one of the dozens of smouldering or exploding conflicts in the developing world today: war concerns us all.
That is what makes this day so important. It is this great common link between us that compels us to remember and reflect on war.
Today is in no way a day to glorify war. It is a day to think about the meaning of war and its realities, and to realise that there is no prestige and there are no victories in war. It is a day to commemorate those who have been lost as we yet again fail to learn the lesson that has been taught countless times throughout history.
Between 1899 and 1973, over 100 000 Australians have died in conflicts starting with the Boer war, in which 606 Australians died, through to the Vietnam conflict, which claimed 520 Australian lives. The first and second world wars took 61 000 and 39 000 Australian lives respectively, huge numbers in our small population, especially when you think that they were mostly young men. But our losses are a drop in a vast ocean when looked at on a global scale.
The destruction that war has left over the years is dramatic and widespread. War has damaged all nations. Among all the countries of the world, deaths during the period of the first World War amounted to roughly 15 million, while those during the second World War reached an astonishing 55 million.
Australia has in fact been relatively fortunate in that conflict has rarely been brought to our own territory, and therefore our loss of life has been comparatively small. During World War II, for example, Germany lost well over 5 million people. More surprising and shocking still, 10 million Chinese died during this same period, of which a large majority were civilians.
More recently our experience with war has been with peace-keeping efforts, such as in East Timor, and more notably our contribution to the US-led WAR ON TERROR and the consequent invasion of Iraq. This experience of war has been very much an impersonal one for most Australians. Despite the fact that, since the Vietnam war, we have been able to watch world conflicts on TV, most of us are very ignorant of the realities of the Iraqi conflict. Few Australians have had a direct experience of the nation which was left after the USA declared the second Gulf War officially over last year. None of us deal with the sporadic acts of aggression that kids in Iraq do. And none of us live in a country with a shattered political order, a devastated economy and a society whose way of life has been uprooted.
If we are not directly involved in war, it is hard to realise its impact and its human costs. It is easy enough to go along with the decisions of our leaders and accept that they are right when we are not confronted each day with the ramifications of war as you would be if you lived in the Middle East, for example. But what we all need to do on this day of remembrance is attempt to reflect on war, and consider its costs, its losses and, ultimately, its futility. If we are unable to understand this basic lesson, history will continue to repeat itself and wars will rage on into the future.
Finally, in remembrance, we must reflect on those who have been forced to personally experience war’s costs and futility before us. It is these 100 000 Australians who have died, and many more who have served, and those billions who have been involved in war globally whose memory obliges us to consider the consequences of war. If we forget about these people we will never learn war’s lesson. Most of all, we do not do them honour and justice if we do not consider the harsh realities of war for ourselves, and use this reflection to prevent war.
Don’t let these millions of global deaths go in vain. They may have died in wars for one reason or another, as fighters or as civilians, but what unites them all is their common experience of the horror of conflict. This common experience ensures that every last one of these people would hope that no-one dies in the same way ever again, and that war is prevented.
We will remember them.
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Extension 2 EnglishPlease note
Year 12 Extension 2 English students please note that The ASSESSMENT SCHEDULE published in the Assessment Booklet has been replaced by the schedule distributed in class.
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RugbyRugby Committee meeting summary
The fifth meeting of the SBHS Rugby Committee for 2004 was held on 25/8/04.
The following is a summary of the meeting:
Rugby Committee meeting summary
An extraordinary meeting was held on 24/11/04 in Room 901 to discuss the financial situation of the Rugby Committee and rugby at SBHS in 2005 and beyond.
The following is a summary of the meeting:
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Open Day Thank youTuesday’s Open day and Orientation day ran smoothly thanks to the concerted efforts of many staff and students and parents. With approximately 200 families visiting throughout the day, Prefects, SRC and Year 7 Ambassadors were very busy conducting tours. Thankfully the rain cleared.
Thank you, Ms Walles, for organising the Orientation component of the day and to Mrs Roser who coordinated the P&C team. Thank you also to the P&C whose financial assistance ensured the fete stalls were available for the food fair.
Stay tuned: Next week there will be a photo spread.
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RowingThe Sydney High Rowing Committee cordially invites all Sydney High students ,parents, teachers and supporters to the
Friday 3rd December 5.30pm
at the Outterside Centre
Teviot Avenue Abbotsford
Mediterranean and Indian Foods
Free Harbour Cruises (self propelled)
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Last Saturday we experienced a mixed day for performances but have left ourselves with opportunities to knuckle down, concentrate and put into practice the work done at training to turn the existing states-of-play into victories.
Once again it is disappointing that Match reports were not submitted by teams to allow all who are interested in our teams’ progress to keep pace with results and individual performances and I look forward to a better response in Term 1 2005. For those who took the time, your reports appear herein.
FIRST XI - Shore batted first on the McKay wicket & put together a final total of 193. Damitha Fonseka taking 4 wickets for 52 runs. High commenced the chase for first innings points and disappointedly lost 2 early wickets to be 2 for 37 at stumps, needing 147 runs to win on the first innings with 8 wickets in hand. It promises to be an interesting Day 2 at McKay.
SECOND XI - Shore took the crease first and was reasonably well placed at lunch with 5 wickets down for 96 runs. In a team talk prior to the resumption of play its was decided that we would go all out and work towards getting the last 5 wickets for 30 runs…..and that was achieved. After a solid start High’s innings saw 2 quick wickets fall. They then steadied the ship and at 4 wickets for 78 were looking sound and within striking distance of reaching Shore’s score. A last over wicket was disappointing not only to the batsman but the team as it was the one wicket that we didn’t want to lose. We finished at 5 wickets for 82, leaving us 54 runs behind with 5 wickets in hand as we look forward to Day 2 at Shore
THIRD XI (Coach’s report) produced an effective day in the field with disciplined bowling and fielding efforts. The third hour saw many of Shore’s wickets falling with Vishan De Silva taking 3 wickets to put a dent in Shore's top order. Anik Sarkar also bowled well with good rhythm and took 4 wickets for 18. The fielding ably supported the bowling with good catching as Shore was bundled out for 156. At stumps, in reply, after an early collapse, High were 3 for 40 with our Captain Ravi Vadalic unbeaten on 29 runs having played aggressively against the Shore attack after our early losses. The game is in the balance but High should have the confidence after their solid batting display against King's last week
FOURTH XI - (Long Chen reporting) The 4th XI, as the most impressive team High has this season, had a resounding 6 wicket win over grade favourites Shore. High was on the back foot to start with the loss of the toss on a good wicket. However, with some excellent bowling and ground fielding, High took care of the beastie opposition batsmen. Faraz Amin taking 3 wickets for 24, Tanvir Uddin 2 wickets for 14 and Sriram Srikumar 1 wicket for 8, provided impressive returns in the bowling and Shore were all out for 113 in their 32 overs. High then took the crease and we had a great start with the bat and we knew we were dominating when 4 fielders were seen chasing the same ball. Stephen Burke and Naziful Islam put on a solid 50 run opening partnership while Faraz Amin and Martin Lunney guided High to victory with an unbeaten 35 run stand of which Faraz scored 28 and Martin 1 n.o.
14As - High won the toss and elected to bat and scoring was difficult against good class bowling. Darren Nguyen top scored with 21 in our 1st innings out of total of all out for 54. We took the field and couldn’t secure a breakthrough in the early part of their inning with the score moving to 78 before we got the first wicket. Shore went on to score 2 wickets declared for 179, leaving us 125 runs behind on the 1st innings. With one hour left before stumps High were sent in for their 2nd innings with survival being the order of the day, but Nakul Pednakur had other ideas as he bludgeoned 47 runs in 36 minutes with Shore frequently fetched the ball back from deep in the forest. At stumps, High were 2 wickets for 65, still 60 runs behind with Kerrod McPherson 11 n.o and Victor Ung still to score. Good luck to the team for Day 2 as we will need to dig deep to force Shore to bat again.
14Bs (our reporter Lachlan Brown) High made 43 which is our second best score this season, and our best without our favourite batsman Razeen Ahmed playing. No fours were scored in this match by either Shore or High batsmen. Shore was all out for 45 runs in their innings. In general I think that this was our best match this season and it seems that we are getting stronger as a team
PROPOSED CRICKET CAMP – for players in our Under 14, 15 and 16 teams, is being investigated at the moment for the last week of January prior to the resumption of Term 1 Cricket. A survey form will appear on our cricket website by Friday 26th Nov. for EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST.
LEVEL 1 COACHING ACCREDITATION. The Principal Dr K Jaggar has approved the conduct of a Level 1 Course to be held on Wed 14th and Thurs 15th December 2004. The course runs for 6 hours on each day. The cost is $70-00 including handbooks. Those attending must be 16 yrs of age and older. The COURSE NOMINATION FORM will be on the cricket Website by Friday (26th Nov) and can be downloaded. CLOSING DATE for nominations is THURS 8th DECEMBER. We require 16 nominations for Cricket NSW to sponsor the course. Students, teachers and parents may also nominate for the course. Details of payment appear on the nomination forms, which will also be distributed on Sat 27th November at our last day of GPS Competition for this Term
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BasketballSHOOTI N’ HOOPS
The prestigious Sydney High Basketball Newsletter – Issue #7
Saturday 20th November – High VS Shore (Round 6).
As the competition ventured toward the end of the first half of the season, High were anxious to post their second win. Although Shore had upstaged Newington, the title favourites, in a previous round, High were set for an upset after a strong performance against Reddam during the week.
High came out of the blocks firing against a ‘rattled’ Shore side. The foundation of High’s good opening performance was excellent defence, especially on Shore’s captain, a GPS representative for 3 years, who hardly touched the ball. The fantastic defence, coupled with superb baskets from Captain Cameron Conway saw High lead at the end of the first quarter 16-12.
However, the second quarter was a complete reversal of the first as Shore introduced a number of tall players and were able to grasp many offensive rebounds for easy points. This caused High to lose composure and with Shore scoring many points, and limiting High to 6, Shore led 37-22 at the main break.
High started the third quarter with the same spirit as they had started the game, after listening to the coach, once again relying on outstanding defence to draw back the margin. Then, remarkable shooting from point guard Dustin saw him sink three huge 3 pointers to close the margin to just 6 points at 45-39.
Despite this comeback, Shore were able to use their bench effectively once again in the fourth
quarter and pulled away to a 13 point lead. Seeing the widening margin, High put on their bench
players for valuable first grade minutes and the score blew out to a large 77-45.
Music Awards Dinner and Tutors ConcertSunday December 5th.
This is the night for the boys and their parents. Celebrate the achievements of our musicians, hear your music tutors perform in concert.
Best Musician 2004, Training Concert Band most improved, guitar ensemble commitment award, senior band best musician stage band commitment, intermediate band best musician. These are some of the awards that will be received at the annual music awards dinner. There are awards for every ensemble.
Students must be in attendance at the dinner to be eligible for an award. All students involved in the music ensemble, and vocal program and their parents are expected to attend.
Sunday December 5th Great Hall 6.00pm
BYO dress is neat. (Boys must wear a shirt with collar; no jeans or sneakers)
Please return this slip with your payment to the Music Staff before November 23rd 2004.
I would like to purchase the following number of Music award Dinner tickets at a cost of $35.00 each. (Students need to pay)
____________(amount tickets) $___________total cost.
Student name______________________________ Roll___________
Type of Payment: Cheque___ Cash ___ B/Card___ M/Card ___ Visa___
Payable to music committee
Name on Card________________________________ Expiry date___ ___/___ ___
Card No. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
Amount $______________ Signature____________________________
Please indicate the people you would like on your table (max 10)
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LAST REMINDER !!!
This is the LAST WEEKEND for you to sell your raffle tickets.
It is true that every dollar counts.
Every ticket sold now builds to the grand total.
Government regulations require ALL tickets be accounted for.
Please return all sold tickets with money and any unsold tickets by Thursday, 2nd December to give time for processing.
If you have sold tickets it is your responsibility to make sure they go into the draw.
PLEASE make a last push effort to make all the hard work worthwhile.
Thank you to all who have returned their tickets so far.
The prizes will be drawn in the Schools Great Hall at the Art Show and Cocktail Party on Tuesday, 7th December commencing 5.30pm
Draw time will be 7.15pm.
You could be the winner so come along and see for yourself.
Any enquiries to Valda Roser 9773 7167 Fund Raising Co-ordinator
THANK YOU P&C and VOLUNTEERS
Competition ResultsAustralian Mathematics Competition for the Westpac Awards
The computer studies results indicate a growing participation rate. The awards percentage has
remained high despite no formal computer studies classes in the school.
The science results over the last nine years are very strong with award percentages in the high
The English competition is a recent addition to the list. The award rate is very respectable,
particularly given the historical bias towards mathematics and science at High.
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