High Notes, Vol 5 No 4, February 20 2004
From the Principal
What do parents want from secondary schools?
Is Mr Nelson right when as Federal Education Minister he suggests that parents are seeking: identity, discipline and values when choosing a secondary school for their sons? Is quality teaching the real issue? Quality teaching (according to some recent research in Victoria), is enhanced by schools having systems and policies for teacher learning, opportunities for professional discussion, alignment of teaching practice as both outcome and influence, and support and celebration for teacher and student learning. High certainly has identity as a high profile school. We continue to state explicitly our values and support their growth through the application of resources and personnel. Are we considered a school with good discipline? We have well thought out procedures backed up by electronic recording and monitoring systems. However, discipline begins in individual classrooms where policies need to be applied and assistance sought if problems arise. I urge more teachers to intervene early, even at low level disruption to the learning of others. Refer individuals with interaction problems to peer mediation. Involve your Head Teacher when boys do not respond to your efforts to engage themselves in the lessons you teach. To make sure we produce quality teaching do not miss opportunities to enhance your own learning as teachers. The school supports professional development at all levels. Let us focus on quality teaching and model lifelong learning at High in 2004.
Saturday Sport 14/2
Choosing a language in the senior school
As someone who studied two languages in the senior school, I have always defended the study of languages as great mental training for life as well as a social / commercial / diplomatic skill. It is sad to observe talented linguists deserting senior language courses in favour of supposedly better UAI or tertiary prerequisite courses for which they may be less well suited.
The Sydney Boys High School Sports Development Project
Debating 2004 Dates for your diary:
Social debate vs SCEGGS at SCEGGS 7pm : 20th February.
Social debate vs Scots at SBHS 7pm: 27th February.
*** SATURDAY : 28th February DSG Parking: 4pm-7pm at school.* * *
DSG - Debating Supporters Group Meets first Tuesday each month
SCEGGS debate Friday 20th February at SCEGGS
DSG PARKING DAY
HEAT ON STUDENTS AS MORE UNI PLACES FACE CHOP
By Aban Contractor,
Sydney Morning Herald, January26, 2004
At least 10,000 more university places will be axed over the next-three years, pushing up entry scores and forcing students to take up full-fee-paying places, Howard Government figures re veal.
The brunt of the cuts will be borne by NSW universities, which will lose at least 4501 places, according to figures obtained by the Herald.
Publicly funded universities have already begun to rein in undergraduate numbers in a bid to avoid hefty government penalties for over-enrolling which begin next year.
When main-round offers were announced last week, NSW and the ACT offered 1500 fewer places than in 2003, despite the number of applications increasing by nearly 2300.
Many prospective students will also be disappointed when second-round offers are announced next week, with only a very small number of offers in a limited number of courses expected.
Responding to a Labor question in the Senate, the Department of Education, Science and Training said 10,096 places would be "phased out" between 2005 and 2007, including 2024 in Queens land, 1707 in Victoria and 788 in Western Australia.
Yesterday, Labor's education spokeswoman, Jenny Mackli, said 25,000 university applicants had missed out on a place in NSW this year and entry scores had risen for nearly two out of three courses.
"This is a shocking waste of talent and it's set to get even worse," she said. "Howard Government policies to cut places and allow 25 per cent fee hikes are making it harder and harder for Australians to get the education they need. Labor will create 20,000 new places every year and reverse the fee hikes."
The acting Education Minister, Peter McGauran, accused Labor of scaremongering, saying there would be a significant net increase in tertiary places between 2005 and 2007.
"While excess over-enrolments are phased out, more than 33,000 places will be created," he said.
Of the 33,000, 25,000 already exist as over-enrolled places but Government has promised to fully fund them. Most of the remainder do not come into effect until 2007.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Sydney, Janice Reid, said it was in a particularly precarious position with demand rising in the past three years.
"We turned away more than 2500 eligible students in both 2002 and 2003 and with an increase in qualified first preferences of more than 30 per cent this year that number will be much higher," Professor Reid said. "At the same time our core Government grant is set to decline in real terms until 2008."
A spokeswoman for the University of NSW said that next week it would "make a very small number of second-round offers in a limited number of courses - arts, science and engineering".
The president of the NSW branch of the National Union of Students, Tim Chapman, said the Federal Government had deliberately cut the number of places to make way for more full- fee paying students in the future.
"Parents and students should be worried about getting a place at university because John Howard
is going to force them to pay up to $10,000 for a degree," Mr Chapman said
From the MIC Swimming
I do not often feel compelled to put pen to paper (or finger to keyboard) but in my new role as MIC Swimming at Sydney Boys High School I find myself so inclined.
In my first two GPS carnivals I have witnessed such touching and inspiring events that I feel compelled to share them with the wider High community. I do so because at times I feel we forget how privileged we are to be associated with such wonderful boys and tend to take them somewhat for granted.
We have a GPS swimming team that is seriously short of personnel, yet week after week the same small group swim themselves to the point of exhaustion. I am forever required to swim boys 'up' into higher age groups (at the GPS level no less) yet the boys always acquiesce in a spirit of cheerful commitment and wonderful camaraderie.
The wonderful High spirit starts at the very top with the captain, Tom - I have noticed that it doesn't matter whether he is talking to a Year 11 boy or a Year 7 boy he treats them all with great respect and attention and continuously reinforces and validates their value to this great team. This is quite apart from the inspiration that we all gain from his unbeaten personal performances in the water to date.
Where Tom's the flame Barry (the Vice Captain) is the fuel. A talented swimmer who (unfortunately for him) is proficient in all strokes and is therefore required to swim in all events.
Last Friday (the Joey's Carnival) the team was particularly up against it! The rowers were at a camp and this left me with an Open squad of two simmers (a bit difficult therefore to field a six-man GPS relay team). But by some stroke of great fortune I had my first encounter with the twins - Tom and Drew. However, things are never simple at swimming meets - one of the twins was ill and they only had one pair of trunks between them. But we are forgetting that this is a High team - I still don't know how they did it but both boys swam all evening and even managed to compete in adjacent events!
The younger swimmers have also left me with me with a warm inner glow. Dean, the 13s swimmer who
has had to become a 15s specialist (we have only two swimmers in that age group) and Alik a Year
7 boy, who although has only been at the school for a matter of weeks already knows what the High
spirit is all about.
In the last two weeks your sons have been issued their travel passes and literature regarding rules of travel and behaviour. Below is a copy of the reverse side of your son's passes. Please read carefully.
BUS PASS: (ON REVERSE SIDE OF PASS)
CONDITIONS OF USE
RAIL PASS: (ON REVERSE SIDE OF PASS)
This pass always remains the property of City Rall. Any breach of conditions may result In its
confiscation and or cancellation.
Rowing Report : High Notes Feb 20th
The competition last week was split between two venues as the 1st and 2nd VIIIs contested the State Rowing Championships at Penrith and Year 10 and Junior crews took part in the Scots Regatta at Hen and Chicken Bay.
Our senior VIIIs performed well in oppressively hot conditions but again just failed to qualify for finals. We contested the State Under 21 Championships for VIIIs but were forced to withdraw from the Schoolboy Championship as a result of injury to one of our rowers.
Out on Hen and Chicken Bay the Year 10 1st VIII had their best result of the season coming second to Grammar and convincingly beating Joeys and Scots. Both the Year 8 3rd Quad and Year 9 3rd Quad secured places in their heats.
All crews will race at Hen and Chicken Bay this Saturday, marking the half-way point in the season. High spirit is in evidence throughout the shed, but the boys need all the encouragement they can get to push (pull) on and improve for the Gold Cup and Head of the River regattas. Parents and supporters are encouraged to get along to the racing. Bayview Park on a Saturday morning is a very pleasant place to be. Tonight the Year 10 Boatshed Dinner will be held at the Outterside Centre, followed by the Junior Dinner on 17thMarch. Another important date to note is the High regatta scheduled for 6th March. The Rowing Committee will need all available hands on this date as we will host a Junior regatta at Hen and Chicken while our seniors will be out at Penrith.
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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.
Consider sleeping over at friends attending the evening if distances to travel make your attendance difficult.
Sydney Boys High Cricket
What a difference a week can make plus some genuine effort at training and individual application on the field as the results show a remarkable turn around for the 14Bs, 13As, 13Bs and 13Cs.
Add to those solid performances on Day 1 of the First and Second XIs fixtures, as well as a team that got on the bus to go home with five overs to go before the "Competitive Gentlemen's XI" overtook their score, denying Cameron Conway a century when he was then 86 not out -including 15 boundaries.
Scots felt the new intensity that players are showing as we strive to achieve that winning feeling on a consistent basis and all teams certainly showed that High when it all comes together will be a force in GPS competition. We are starting to develop a "hungry attitude" to win cricket matches and assert High's position in the GPS comp.
AROUND THE GROUNDS Saturday 14th February 2004
Second XI - were sent into the field by Scots who made hard work of it in the first 25 overs
through some tight bowling and 225 from 71 overs. A tribute to the High bowlers in Krishan and
Sahaj who took 7 wickets between them and a mammoth effort by Nirushan taking 3 wickets from 22
overs at less than 3 runs per over. Mark Samarasinghe returning from injury and using the wicket
keeping clinic to sharpen his skills took 5 catches behind the stumps and added to the Seconds
record book for the number of dismissals in one innings. Well done to all for a great effort. The
only thing left to do now, is to knock over the 199 runs to win from 510 balls (85 overs) on
Day2. Patience, good shot selection and smart running between wickets will see the Seconds
The "Competitive Gentlemen's Fourth XI" the CGFX continued on their swashbuckling way with their
third successive win this term making it 4 wins from the last 6 matches. Made up of Water Polo,
Basketball, Rugby and Soccer players who put in for High twice each Saturday (or keep fit for the
winter sports) display an "interesting" style of cricket? One thing is obvious with this team is
the fact that they are competitive, have no respect for bowlers and consistently annihilate them
at the crease. Still our best performed team.
15 Bs -Winners. But alas no report filed.
14 Bs Winners. After a cricket lesson in the batting arena last week by Shore, (although High
nearly pulled off an outright after losing on the first innings) this week saw a determined
batting bowling and fielding performance from a team who went out "to let Scots know that we're
no easy beats at High". Scots batted first and put together 8 for 100 (off 32 overs) facing a
determined High attack with Arunan Kandasamy taking 3 wickets for 20 (6 overs), Dominic Bowes 2
wickets and marvellous fielding efforts from Ben Tseng and Shreyas Iyer (who cut off many fours),
plus three team catches and a run out showed Scots that High meant business. With a run rate of
3.125 required High stormed home at 4.12 runs per over in just 25 overs to claim victory. Arunan
Kandasamy completed a great double scoring 29, runs also from Varan Peranathan with Nicholas
Lochner 25.n.o. and Dominic Bowes 5 n.o. hitting the winning runs.
Our new Year 7 teams the 13As, Bs and Cs showed some real grit in their second official match, after many absent players left teams short on Day 1 which is unacceptable for those boys who made the effort and battled on with six to eight players in each of the three teams. However teams were in better shape for Day 2 and the improvements in results is a credit to a great bunch of "tryers".
13As - no scores available.
13Bs - At McKay oval hit back and gave Scot's a fright.
13Cs - who made a Total of 15 runs on Day.1. with only 6 players
Wicket Keepers Clinic - Day 2 will be conducted next Thursday 25th February from 3- 30pm -
The Cricket Dinner and Presentation will be held on Saturday 3rd April from 6-30pm in the Great Hall. Bookings will open on the 1st March at the School Office and further information will be provided in High Notes. This is a great Night and we always have special cricket guest speakers. Put this in your diaries as you read these notes.
Cricket Committee Parking. We have been allocated the following dates to assist our funds in
providing those extras for our teams which adds to the enjoyment in playing with High
Good luck to all teams on Saturday 21st February versus Scots (Group 1) and St Ignatius (Riverview)
State of the Arts
We would like to thank the following students and parents for giving up their time on Valentines Day to help with the music parking on Saturday.
Lachlan and Katherine Deacon, Louis Yang and Feng Liu, Victor Sirinopakul, Daniel O'Keefe and Edna Koritschoner, Max and James Keldoulis, Steven Chen, Chung and Philip Ho, Christopher Jahja, Dominic Brynes
Performing Arts Ensemble Members.
'Do everything you can do to enable the ensemble to play good music well at all times' (Pearson 84)
1st Grade Match Report February 14 2004 Vs Scots
Following our overly lacklustre victory over Shore in round one, High was keen to atone for this with a strong performance against another first-up winner in Scots. It was important for us to lay with the ferocity which has made us a powerhouse of the GPS in recent years. We did not let anyone down.
It may have been St Valentine's Day, but there was no love lost between the two sides. With the move to toughen up on the first two doubles matches paying dividends, we had the chance to seal victory with three singles victories. We ended up two better than this with a seven matches to two rout of the opposition. Michael Hayes was swash-buckling in his demolition of a player who was not second-rate. Ivan Cerecina showed signs of hitting his straps during his match. Dejan Bodrizic seemingly toyed with Scots' number two offering, whilst Brian Ly showed some of the talent for which he has become reputable in his victory. Tim Neville and Peter Pereira recorded victories to polish off the already-secured victory.
Whilst we can reflect on a generally sound performance, there is no doubt that if we are to
successfully overcome Riverview next week, we are going to have to raise the bar a few notches.
The signs certainly are there that this team has the ability to defeat Riverview. However, we
have not defeated Riverview at Lane Cove for what seems an eternity. In rowing terms, this is our
Head of the River. One way other people can help out is by coming to support us. As we can all
testify, the rent-a-crowds simply are not the same. It would be a massive help to neutralise the
parochial Riverview supporters, and would go a long way to keeping the High 1st Grade juggernaut