High Notes, Vol 5 No 7, March 12 2004
From the Principal
Driving students to school
Parents are asked not to drop off boys in the grounds of Sydney Girls High School at any time. We have Gate 1 and Gate 2 to enter our grounds. If these are blocked I suggest that parents drive up to Anzac Parade and enter the school via Gate 9 or Gate 10. Great congestion is being caused by inappropriate use by parents of driveways at both schools. I ask for your cooperation in matters of entering school grounds. Staff cars have been prevented from entering our grounds at times due to the blockages at the gates caused by parents' cars. Please drive well into the car park, near the rear of the gymnasium, before allowing your son to alight from your vehicle. Please proceed around the back of the gymnasium and exit through gate three. We really need everyone to cooperate on both sites so that the boys, girls and staff can get to work on time.
Weekend Sport v King's
Can our students see properly?
Professional Learning Policy
Staff and Parents please note: Help needed!
On Saturday 15th May and Sunday 16th May Sydney Boys High will be participating in a Schools Expo at Rosehill Gardens - Rosehill Racecourse.
The purpose of participating in the Expo is to provide any prospective parents and students an opportunity to compare Sydney Boys High School with other private and state schools and especially other selective schools. It is also a convenient venue for parents and students in the western and northern suburbs interested in seeing what Sydney Boys High has to offer.
There will be over 100 schools occupying booths in this Expo. All schools will be represented including Sydney Girls' High, Anglican, Adventist, Baptist, Boarding, Catholic, Christian, Grammar, High Schools, International Schools, Jewish, Montessori, Pre-schools, Public Schools, Primary Schools, Selective High Schools, Senior Colleges, Steiner, Uniting and more.
Mrs Crothers, who has taken on the position of "Marketing and Tours" for prospective parents and students, will need the assistance of two other interested members of staff to assist her to organise student displays and a 'show-bag' of handouts and to man the booth. Please give Mrs Crothers a ring if you like the idea of supporting and making suggestions in this SBHS promotion exercise.
Six students who are not involved in GPS Sport may wish to do some school service -three on Saturday and three on Sunday - telling prospective students and parents about their school. This would count towards School Service in the Student Awards Scheme. Interested students please give your names to Mrs Crothers in the Library.
Four parents who either were involved in Open Day or would like to contribute to this smaller
school marketing exercise (two parents each day) are also really needed at the Expo. Could
interested parents also please ring Mrs Crothers on 9361 6910?Your help will be much
From the Charities Committee
In March the students voted to elect their nominated charities for the year 2004. The three successful charities are:
Here for Life, a youth suicide prevention organisation, The Children's Hospital and The Spastic Centre.
Major fundraising activities for Sydney Boys High School community will focus on these three charities in 2004.
On Friday April 2nd, the students and staff will support the Here for Life organisation by holding a mufti day under their theme National Board Shorts Day. Students are encouraged to pay a gold coin at roll call to wear board shorts/mufti on that day. It is expected that all students will support this nominated charity.
In addition other worthwhile charity events that students and Sydney Boys High School community
may wish to support will be advertised in the High Notes and in the Daily Notes. OXFAM Community
Aid Abroad will hold it's annual Walk Against Want on Sunday 21st March 2004. The Walk will
commence at 10am at Victoria Park and participants can chose to walk either 5 or 15km. For
further information please call OXFAM coordinator on 8204 3906 or email
By the time this appears in High Notes, Year 7 should have their Language Power Test Grammar scores back. As you saw last time, most students achieved 90+%. It is quite a comprehensive test too. The writing samples collected with the tests are still being processed, not to get a 'mark' but to establish accurate ESL Scales readings where appropriate, and as samples of where the Year 7 students of 2004 were in their written English at the beginning of their time at Sydney Boys High.
I have just revised one of the more popular pages on the website: Writing, at http://neilwhitfield.tripod.com/write.html You may also reach it from the front page by clicking either the WRITE or STUDY button on the left of the page. You can find help with basic language issues on this page, but also quite advanced sites on creative writing, factual or essay writing, and, of course, tips on how to study.
A more extended version of this column may be found at http://neilwhitfield.tripod.com/week.html Year 9
students will find help there for their current Shakespeare study.
1] The Sydney Morning Herald and Sydney Writer's Festival 2004 'write now' competition. Students in Years 7-9 are eligible to enter. Entry forms available from English department. Deadline April 30th 2004.
Head of the River Buses
Saturday 27 March 2004
COME AND SUPPORT THE HIGH CREWS
Buses from School.
Buses from Rowing Sheds
Gardening/Grounds Working Bee
On SUNDAY MARCH 21 there will be a WORKING BEE in the CANTEEN AREA. There are two main jobs: Dig all the old plants out of the tired old bits of garden left there. Help the Year 11 boys to complete the placement of the logs in the amphitheatre.
Boys and/or their families are welcome to participate for whatever time they can spare between 9a.m. and 1.30p.m.
Please bring your own gloves, spades, saws, secateurs and other tools. If a couple of people can fit a wheelbarrow into their car, these would be very useful.
If we can get all this work done on the Sunday, then we will be ready to fix the surfaces, place the artwork and buy plants to complete these areas fairly quickly after that.
Participating students can put their hours towards the School Service Awards.
I shall look forward to seeing you there - families of new boys to the school are welcome to join
SBHS V KING'S SCHOOL
SATURDAY MARCH 6 2004
1st Grade SBHS 7 Kings 5
3rds, 4ths, 5ths - Kings won 2 SBHS 1
1st Grade Match Report March 6 2004 V Kings
Michael Hayes and Brian Ly won comfortably, Peter Pereira and Ivan Cerecina won by default, Dejan Bodrozic and Tim Neville led 6-0, 5-1 when the umpire abandoned play, in a decision which sparked fireworks between the two teams. We wanted just one more game for the day, but Kings would not have a bar of it. Our manager Mr Boros told the opposition we were prepared to wait all day for the rain to pass. All six of us wanted to go home.
As it was our last home game this year, a curtain was drawn on an era. The organisational prowess
of Mrs Neville and Mrs Hayes would disappear for good. This means no more of Mrs Neville's
sandwiches, and no more of Mrs Hayes's muffins. However our disappointments, aside, we have to
confront Grammar at Weigall this week in what promises to be a spirited clash. A massive win
could almost clinch the premiership for us with one week to spare. This would be an excellent
result. There are other possibilities too, but the good thing is that our future is in our hands.
And that provides food for thought.
Well it finally happened!!! Many of you may have heard of the "Miracle on 34th Street"; well dear friends last Friday evening I witnessed the 'Miracle on Stanmore Road'
Let me set the scene for you - many of you may remember the Sydney Boys High School Swimming Carnival and the GPS Invitational Relay and how we achieved the best result ever - second, to the Scots College. For many that may have been more than enough but not for Sydney High Boys! who once again have reinforced for me the one true constant in this crazy universe "there ain't nothin' a Sydney High Boy can't do if he puts his mind to it"
But I digress - back to the story!
Was this the end of the dream???
And last Friday at the final rerun of the GPS Opens Medley Relay the dream was realised! They won
it by a whisker and didn't the fans go wild ! Ladies and gentlemen I give you the GPS Open Medley
Relay Team - Tom ("Miller the Killer"), Ellis ("Elvis the King") Andrew ("Reis Lightening") and
Barry ("He Without a Nickname") and on your behalf say to the boys "Thank you all for giving so
much to our school"
The last couple of weeks have been extremely busy for all associated with Sydney High rowing. The boys have reached a peak of hard training as we enter the final countdown to the Riverview Gold Cup and the Head of the River. Year 10 crews have travelled to Melbourne as guests of Melbourne High Rowing and have competed with great distinction in the Melbourne schools competition. We have hosted the Sydney High Junior Regatta on Hen and Chicken Bay and the Year 10 and Senior crews have contested the Sydney Rowing Club Regatta at Penrith.
The hours and effort involved in these activities are hard to calculate. The boys have become very experienced at rigging, de-rigging and transporting their boats in all conditions. The transport of boats to Melbourne was a particularly big undertaking and we are indebted to Mr David Daish and Mr Tim Wilson for giving up four days of their own time (and the use of Mr Wilson's vehicle) to not only deliver the boats to Melbourne, but then on to the National Aquatic Centre at Carrum on the outskirts of the city.
The Year 10 crews in Melbourne showed that they can match it with all but the very best in the southern city. Our 3rd VIII managed to win a heat and the Seconds and Firsts were well placed in all races. The boys seemed to have a great time and made some good friends among the Melbourne High boys. Thanks to all who travelled with the boys and made the trip a success - Mr Barris, Ms Opferkuch, Mr and Mrs Burrell and Kathy Jackson. Back in Sydney, the King's Regatta held over the same weekend revealed again that our senior crews are right on the standard this year. Our senior 1st VIII came 4th in their heat but were only 2.6s off the winning time. Our 1st and 2nd IVs again made finals with impressive performances.
Last weekend the competition was split again between the Regatta Centre at Penrith and Hen and Chicken Bay. It was our turn to host the Junior Regatta and even though it was a restricted program there was still the same amount of work involved in staging the races and keeping the spectators refreshed. Thanks to all parents and supporters who helped out - particularly those who started early and finished late. The regatta was a great success, not least because the rain held off until the program was completed. Once again our junior crews did all the right things in competition and with continued efforts the results will come. All junior crews started and rowed their races with skill and vigour.
The rain did not stay away from the Sydney Rowing Club regatta out at Penrith. This event is the last chance for all GPS crews to race alongside each other prior to the Head of the River. The 1st VIII came 7th in another close race (beating Newington) while the 2nd VIII had their best result to date with 6th place (beating Newington and Scots). The 2nd VIII are coached by Mark Prater and Dave Luscombe and consist of Bow - William Clegg, 2 - Ben Stamati, 3 - Ben Glass, 4 - Robbie Girdler, 5 - James Gerofi, 6 - Alan Dam, 7 - Olivier Delaruelle, Stroke - Andrew Jacques, Cox - Tom Hurrell.
This Saturday will be the last regatta of the season at Hen and Chicken as Newington host in
advance of the magnificent Riverview Gold Cup the following Saturday.
Sydney Boys High Cricket
A frustrating end to a round that saw High in the First and Second XIs in winning positions before the rains came and put paid to our efforts. A disappointing turn of luck.
3rd XI Newington- 193 all out High- 101 all out
The "Competitive Gentlemen's Fourth XI" were most peeved also as they were determined to maintain their winning run at the expense of Kings, as well as having a score to settle from Term 4.
In other matches the 16Bs, 15Bs and 13Bs never got to bowl a ball in anger - as the rain settled in for the remainder of the day.
Full match reports for matches completed will appear in next week's High Notes.
PARKING: Sunday 14th March needs further support from parents. The First and Second XIs are responsible to provide five players from each team however we must have some adults to handle some aspects. Volunteers will be required between 4.30pm to 6.00pm. Please contact Mrs Sharon Prentice on 96605841 and register your availability
The Annual Cricket Dinner and Presentation will be held On Saturday 3rd April 2004 - 6.30pm for
7.00pm in the Great Hall. Cost is $20.00 for players/students and $25.00 for adults. Booking
confirmation using the form below is required by 29th March. Form and Payment to be handed into
the School Office.
SYDNEY HIGH CRICKET DINNER BOOKING FORM
Player/Student Name: _________________________________________________
Roll Class: __________________
No. of Adults @ $25.00 per head ________________
No. of Students/Players @ $20.00 per head ________________
Payment enclosed: Cheque payable to Sydney Boys High School
Form and Payment to be returned to School Office by no later than 29th March 2004.
State of the Arts
Marching Band Practice
As we are getting closer to the big day (April 25th), boys need to ensure they have their music memorised. The music needs to be put onto A5 size card and the boys need a music lyre. The next practice will be Tuesday morning at 9.00am. Instruments, music, lyre and a hat are needed for this. Special thanks to Drum Major Simon Chadwick for his help.
Head of the River
Training Music Camp2004
Parents please note. The boys need your help to purchase and prepare their food. (All costs incurred will be reimbursed) please indicate on the camp form how you can assist at or before the camp.
Music Tour 2004
Music Committee and Year 7 Parents
It is important all players register as soon as possible so we can organise teams and coaches for next season including the fixture this term against Trinity on April 3rd. Please complete form below and place in envelope outside Visual Arts Staffroom. Parents are especially requested for their assistance.
Please complete this application and place it in the appropriate envelope outside the Visual Arts Staffroom
School Team played for___________________ Other teams played for_________________________________
Please circle Position: Keeper Defence Midfield Striker Preferred foot: Right Left
We would really like Parents to be involved in the management of teams as well as assisting in other areas please circle roles you would be willing to help with:
Coaching Parking Committee Saturday organisation ie:Nets, Team management transport.
Email contacts - Parents _______________________ Player ______________________
Parent / Guardian