High Notes, Vol 5 No 8, March 19 2004
From the Principal
Values education revisited
The Commonwealth government is spending money on pilot programs in values education. Dr. Nelson acknowledges that many schools are explicitly teaching values. High has had such a program for four years. Other schools embed values through a strong culture and high expectations. This cultural approach is a traditional feature of the way High tries to imbue values. Thus, our values are both 'taught and caught' by employing both the accepted tactics of acculturation. The values we try to inculcate and model occupy a full page of our Strategic Plan 2004-2006. It is up to the staff, student leaders, Old Boys and parents to model them for our junior students and new enrolments in Years 9-12.
High v Grammar
At Weigal, the first rate bowlers of Grammar were pinning our boys down to just over a run an over. It was hard work, requiring patience and concentration against accurate off spin at one end and useful fast medium at the other. I was pleased with the way our boys went about the task against the leading team in the competition. Matthew Shiner and Sam Samarasinghe featured in useful partnerships as the score inched towards 100.
The Grammar team observed that no opposition team had lasted past tea at Weigall this year - a
good sign that our boys had played quite well. Although the final score was modest at 137, a good
fight back with the ball had Grammar 1-15 at close of play. Over the boundary at the tennis
courts, the first two doubles went according to plan. Ivan and Peter put up a good struggle in
the first set against a strong Grammar combination before going down in two sets. In the singles,
Dejan Bodrozic was promoted to number 1 to give him a chance at GPS selection. He started well in
the first set, winning it quite easily. The previously undefeated Grammar No1 staged a good
recovery in the second set to win 6-1 as Dejan's serve / volley game went off the boil. In the
third set Dejan engaged in more long rallies from the baseline and ran the Grammar boy around.
The change of tactic paid off as he finally broke his opponent's serve in the game that mattered
to win a close encounter two sets to one. Michael and Brian were untroubled in their matches,
while Tim and Peter kept up their run of solid wins at five and six. Ivan was shut out at No 4 by
a big server. The team tactics worked a treat, with High winning
Student Awards Scheme
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 May
Rosehill Gardens Racecourse
James Ruse Drive Rosehill
Big thanks to Ivan Jurisevic (father of Michael in year 7) for offering his expertise in the financial Expo business. Ivan has already donated about three hours of his valuable time discussing the interior display boards for the booth.
Mrs V Crothers
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Meditation for Kids
The physiological benefits of meditation have long been recognised, but several research studies worldwide have recently confirmed the powerful effects of this ancient practice. These studies show that regular meditation helps to reduce stress and boost the body's immune system along with a variety of other positive effects.
However the benefits of meditation are not exclusive to adults. With so much emphasis placed on
academic learning, the pressures during childhood and teenage years can be tough. Regular exams,
peer-group pressures, family conflicts and high expectations for success can all result in levels
of stress and anxiety that can have a significant impact on a young person's life.
Other advocates of meditation for young people also believe that regular practice helps them to
improve their concentration and memory, increase their awareness and alertness of mind, be more
self confident and also be more relaxed.
2004 National Chinese Eisteddfod
Students in Years 7-12 are eligible to enter. Entry forms are available from Mrs Zhang at LOTE department
Deadline: Wednesday, March 24th 2004
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I am happy that a number of senior students have been coming forward for help, or to ask questions of one kind or another. I would encourage more to do so. You can look for me in the staff room opposite Room 207 on Tuesdays and Fridays (check the timetable outside or on http://neilwhitfield.tripod.com/tt.html) and
also, for the time being, on Wednesdays and Thursdays 9-12.
Year 11 and 12 make greater demands on a student's English Language; if you feel your English Language is costing you marks, then you should consult the teacher of the subject affected, which might not just be English, and/or see me. Do it soon while there is time to improve.
I have made the front page of the website conform to the school's colours and simplified it a little. I had hoped to reduce the number of navigation buttons on the left, but found they are in fact all needed. There's a lot on the site, and some of the buttons actually give alternative ways of accessing the page you are looking for. See http://neilwhitfield.tripod.com/index.html
Don't forget the "model unit" on Images of Men, especially designed for Year 11, who do study this topic, and Year 12, who have done so. I decided, however, to allow access direct to the model essays themselves, if that is all you want to read. I would recommend going "the long way" though, as you then see the actual texts used in the essays, and also gain a lot more knowledge of the topic and of issues
Tax File Numbers for Senior Students who have applied are expected to arrive in a few
SBHS V GRAMMAR
SATURDAY MARCH 13 2004
The doubles yielded two wins from three. Dejan Bodrozic, debuting at number one, and Brian Ly, settled a score of their own when Dejan hit a flat forehand straight into Brian's head; this woke Brian up and the two went on to win together. Michael Hayes and Tim Neville barely raised a sweat in a comfortable win, and Peter Pereira and Ivan Cerecina went down fighting as the third pair. The singles were interesting contests. Dejan at the helm played in unfamiliar conditions. Having conceded five games this season, he found himself having to retreat from aggression, and did so with aplomb, coming through in three sets. Brian showed subliminal shot-making ability, in a 6-0, 6-2 annihilation of his opponent. Ivan was gracious in defeat. Michael and Peter both recorded 6-0, 6-3 victories, though their respective performances were parallels apart. Tim was cool as a cucumber, coming from behind in the second set before securing a richly-deserved 6-1, 6-4 win.
The 10-2 victory was another good team performance, and with one match to go against St Josephs',
we have sealed the premiership. This does not mean we will take St Joseph's lightly; they may
have a mortgage on the dreaded wooden spoon, but we have no intentions of letting them achieve a
favourable result against the premiers-in-waiting. I would encourage all High supporters to make
the effort to come to Hunters Hill this week to witness what will be a history-making feat. I can
assure you that we will repay the faith. We'll be out to change yet again, the boundaries of GPS
Sydney Boys High Cricket
The last GPS Round is under way for our Group 1 Teams which culminates on Saturday 20th March and we are off to a reasonable start in most competitions. Our Group 2 teams played their second last match for the season and it is interesting to note that we seemed to have saved our best performances to season's end.
Term 4 will see a vast improvement in the composition of teams whereby we will be able to grade all players prior to Term 3 holidays and on our return to school the rush of previous seasons will be eliminated. We will also be restructured in our coaching area where it is planned to introduce team training within our sports afternoons on Wednesdays and Thursdays.
FIRST XI In a workmanlike performance on a slow ground High put together a total of 137
runs against the Competition leaders Grammar off 82 overs. Best batting for High came from Sam
Samarasinghe 36 runs, Matthew Shiner 33 and Matthew Featherstone 20. In reply at stumps Grammar
was 1 for 15 off 13.3 overs which was a confirmation of the slowness of the ground, as well as
some very tight bowling from High. The match is well balanced and High has every right to feel
this one could be ours
COMPETITIVE GENTLEMEN'S FOURTH XI continue on their winning way with a sound victory against Grammar Fourths. Who ended up with 6/122 off 30 overs. Dominic Byrne took 2 for 19 including a spectacular caught and bowled and Cameron Conway taking 2 for 15. High then batted and as usual set about the opposition bowlers and passed Grammar's score off just 21 overs finishing with 4 for 123. Tom Hoare and Cam Conway put together a 77 run partnership with Cam finishing with 49 N.O. and Tom 26 n.o. and Drew Hoare (23). This term the "gentlemen's XI" have won 4 from 5 matches (with one game rained off) and if they defeat Joey's who have not lost a game, they will become "unofficial premiers".
UNDER 14 B's -V- Kings High batting first made 9 for 117 (off 32 overs) with Kogulan Sriranjan 27 runs, Dominic Bowes 19 and Arunan Kandasamy 17. Kings the took the field and in a match that could have gone either way, was presented to Kings through some poor fielding and bowling performances throughout the team coupled with an extraordinary bowling change when we had Kings running out of overs Kings finished with 5 for 121 to take the points. Arunan Kandasamy completed a double by taking 2 for 9 (off 4 overs), Ryan Sutton1 for 13(off4) and Daniel Vijaykumar and Kogulan Sriranjan 1 wicket apiece. One that got away after a good batting performance.
SCOREBOOKS: The scorebooks from all teams are required to be submitted to the PE Office by 1-00pm on Wednesday next 25th March 2004. I would ask all scorers if they could complete the batting and bowling statistics which is found in the back of the scorebook. Please ensure that SURNAMES are provided with given names to ensure that players are awarded the correct points for the Cricketer of the Year Awards. The accuracy of the statistics can affect a potential trophy winner in close points.
SUPPORT PERSONNEL. On behalf of the Cricket Committee I would like to thank all Team Managers, Team Scorers, Team Umpires, the parents who transported cricket kits regularly, the ladies who have regularly provided lunch and afternoon tea for the First and Seconds Home games, to the parents who took billets for the Melbourne High visit, those who doubled up for the Trans Harbour Competition and to our young coaches for their time at sport and on Saturday for and on behalf of all players my sincere thanks.
The CRICKET DINNER and PRESENTATION of AWARDS on Saturday 3rd.April 2004 from 6-30pm for 7-0pm to be held in the Great Hall is now only 14 days away !!! Don't forget that the closing date for bookings is the 29th.March. The cost is $25-00 for Adults and $20-00 for players and students. Parents are advised that they BYO liquid refreshments and the players will be catered for by the Cricket Committee DRESS FOR THE EVENING IS SCHOOL UNIFORM
Winter sports training commences next week on Wednesday and Thursday and I wish all cricketers
success with their selected winter sport.
3rd XI Cricket Report
Head of the River Buses
Saturday 27 March 2004
COME AND SUPPORT THE HIGH CREWS
Buses from Rowing Sheds
Last Saturday's Newington Regatta was held in mild conditions on Hen and Chicken Bay for all crews except the 1st VIII. The national championships were held on the same day at Nagambie in Victoria. As some GPS crews rightly fancied their chances for a national title, racing in the blue ribbon event was cancelled.
Our junior crews continue to present well in races but are finding it hard to press for the first two places in heats. This is not surprising when one considers that Shore appears to have pre-booked first place in all junior races this year. One of the crews giving it a real High School try are the Year 8 1st Quad. Expertly coached by Mr Gary McIvor, they are Bow - Daniel O'Keefe, 2 - Anton Komarov, 3 - Danny Ng, Stroke - David Vien, Cox - Sunny Rahman. Placing 3rd on Saturday, these boys train very hard and race through to the finish each week. They are improving all the time and are due for some luck. Maybe their time will come next week at the Gold Cup. In the seniors our IV's continue to show good form with the 1st VI coming 2nd in their heat.
The Riverview Gold Cup marks the end of the GPS racing season for Year 8 and Year 9 boys. Some of the boys will compete again at the CHS Championships in just over a fortnight. The Gold Cup is one of Sydney's oldest and finest sporting events. Staged on the Lane Cove River adjacent to the school grounds, it is a spectacle to enjoy regardless of any interest in rowing. Of course there is much to enjoy about the rowing. Events are held for all crews. The Gold Cup itself is up for grabs to senior crews from all ranks - clubs, schools, and universities. Winners in other age groups are presented with silver blades. The course itself is a quirky dogleg affair, which tests the skill coxswains. Our junior crews will probably have their best chances of success this season as they are drawn in seeded heats. Riverview are the best of hosts and there is plenty of parking in the school grounds.
Come along to the Gold Cup if you can. Our 1st VIII is drawn against Sydney Rowing Club, Sydney
University and Scots in their
Where does all the money go?
The P&C raises about $70,000 each year, and contributes these funds for School facilities and activities. We will set the P&C budget for 2004 at our next General Meeting on Wednesday, 24th March at 7:30 pm in the Common Room. Come and see where the money comes from and help decide where it goes!
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A Reminder to Parents
Please make sure your son has his name on ALL clothing and any other item he brings to school (especially the school caps) as too many students are losing their property and have no identification. Where possible mark items in large writing so they are easily identified. If your son has a locker please make sure your son makes use of it especially for valuable items.
Mrs McGuinness - Lost Property
Sydney Boys High School
Annual Cross Country Carnival
Moore Park, Mount Steele
1.20 - 3.00 pm
Tuesday 6th April 2004
Mr Prorellis, Mr Kesting I/C
You must wear house colours to qualify for points
You are also invited to join the Sydney High GPS Cross Country Team. GPS Cross Country is a
Winter Sport and three age divisions (U14, U16, Opens) compete on Saturday mornings. The season
spans across terms 2 and 3 and involves 11 Saturday morning carnivals. All are welcome to
Fitness Assessment February 2004
The PDHPE Department has again assessed the physical fitness levels of our junior students. The most important health-related test is the 1.6km run for cardiovascular endurance. Our standard Moore Park West course was used for the assessment.
For an assessment of 90% or better, required a student to run the 1.6km in a time of 6 mins 30 secs, approximately, depending on the age of the student. For an assessment of 50% or better, required a time of between 7 and 8 minutes, depending on age. A result of 10% or less means the 1.6km run was completed in a time greater than 9 mins 30 seconds.
There were some outstanding performances again this semester including Nicholas Dimitropoulos
(7E) 6m.36s., Alasdair Brown (7M) 6m. 44s., Alistair Taylor (8.4)
Each student in Years 7-9 should have a copy of their assessment schedule and results for February 2004 in their PDHPE theory books. Parents are encouraged to review their son's results with them.
The following information was gathered during the February 2004 tests:
1.6km results for February 2004
G Stein, HT PDHPE
P & C Minutes February General Meeting
Sydney Boys High School Parents' & Citizens' Association
Minutes of the February General Meeting
Wednesday 18th February 2004
Meeting Opened: 7:40 pm
Present: 65 participants as per Register
Minutes of Previous Meeting and Business Arising: The minutes from the P&C General Meeting of 19th November 2003 were distributed and accepted. Motion - Katherine Deacon, Second - Charles Ovadia.
As covered in the recent High Notes, Dr Jaggar has withdrawn his support for the proposal to share the Outterside Centre with Ascham.
The Foundation is seeking resolution of the sea wall claim with the State Transit Authority in April. They have requested the final $25,000 canteen repayment be remitted as soon as possible to assist with Foundation cash flow.
Principal's Report: Dr Jaggar presented a detailed analysis of the 2003 Higher School Certificate performance via Excel spreadsheet projection. 27 boys received a UAI of 99+, with 110 students at 90+. The overall UAI average was down a little on the previous year. Maths results were exceptional. English was again the weak link, with a Band 6 index of only 0.28 vs the State average. The decision for all English Extension 1 classes to study "Crime Fiction" contributed to the poor outcome. The UAI weightings for various subjects were compared and this information will be shared with senior classes as input for their subject choices.
Finance: Sue Polis advised that we currently have ~$17,000 in the bank, with a further $1000 in wine sales in hand.
Retrospective approval was granted for the emergency payment of $19,000 to the School at the end of 2003 as a contribution for ground works and storage areas. Motion - Jeffrey Tripp, Second - Antoinette Farrow
The P&C Budget for 2004 will be reviewed at the March General Meeting.
Canteen: Fabienne Ovadia presented a cheque for $15,000 being the profits from the final quarter of 2003. This brings the annual returns to $43,000, up from $32,000 in 2002. There is a need for more canteen volunteers, and this will be stressed at the Year 7 Reception on 18th March.
School Beanie: A design for a knit beanie was presented by the SRC for approval. The P&C authorised its inclusion as a winter uniform accessory (as per Council protocols) and will advise Michelle to source and stock in the High Store.
High Wine: There are only 17 dozen bottles of white wine remaining for sale. Get in quick!
Next P&C General Meeting: Wednesday 24th March 2004 at 7:30 pm in the Common Room.
Meeting Closed: 9:30 pm