High Notes, Vol 6 No 14, May 27 2005
From the Principal
Year 12 Careers Interviews and Reports
Education Week performances
At McKay, the 15As rugby faced a particularly tall Cranbrook outfit with a bit of pace out wide.
I was most impressed with the discipline of our boys. They worked hard for territory, got
themselves into position and scored tries through the forwards when in the zone to do so.
Cranbrook used their speed to score a couple and the game was poised at 12-10 to High at half
time. The team came out playing with great determination and the boys were rewarded with a try.
They stretched their lead to 22-10 before a late charge from Cranbrook brought the margin to 5
points. Our boys had not beaten Cranbrook in two previous attempts and were rightly thrilled with
their victory. Back at the Horden Field at Cranbrook, the home side were led out by a very large
No.8 to the cheers of a large contingent of supporters. Though outweighed in the scrum, our boys
held their ground most of the game. Cranbrook wheeled the scrum at every opportunity, allowing
their speedy half to harass Pat McDonnell and spoil a lot of our ball. Huge line kicking by
Cameron Conway and fierce rucking by Tom Mainprize were features of the game. Mark Carroll had
another great game, scoring a good try and setting up Suren Wickramasinghe to score out wide. I
thought our backline was gaining some combination and our forwards showed plenty of 'ticker' and
rucked well throughout. One long rolling maul in the first half was also really good team work.
With a couple of minutes to go the scores were locked and High received a penalty 15 metres away
from Cranbrook's line adjacent to the posts. Inexplicably, Ian Kwok opted for a scrum. This
sensational decision was probably prompted by a feeling that High were the better side, having a
controversial charge down try scored against them, and deserved to win with a try not a kick.
After a brave attempt, the game was drawn at 17-17. It was a good game to watch but terribly
frustrating for the players and a nightmare for coaches.
Results of Science Quiz no. 4
Careers Intranet Site
A copy of each boy's attendance information is placed in his home directory on the computer
network on a daily basis. If boys wish to avoid detentions, they should check this file
(absences.txt), note unexplained absences and explain them. If there are any problems, see Mr
Parents can receive a copy of their son's attendance information on a regular basis, by emailing Mr Dowdell, stating their son's name and Roll Class. Please indicate whether you would like the information emailed on a daily or weekly basis. The information supplied is most readable in a font such as Courier New.
Please send your requests to:
Return to Index
Sydney High School Foundation AGM
THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of The Sydney High School Foundation Inc
For any enquiries please contact the Secretary at
This year over 130 students have registered for debating, (with over 50 in year 7!) and we have already had 8 weeks of social debates in preparation for the 2005 GPS Debating Season (which runs from week 1-7 of term 3). This year the debating program has been expanded significantly to accommodate the large number of students and provide practical opportunities for students to gain experience in debating.
Coaching for all years started in week 5 of term 1 and we are very excited to welcome our first female coach, Julia Bowes, who has a wealth of debating experience, including being CHS and National Schools Debating representative. We also welcome old boys Tanvir Ahmed and Daniel Wodak as coaches; they both represented SBHS in the Firsts last year.
A huge congratulations to the Year 8 and year 9 teams who won their final of the Inaugural Eastside Competition held at The Scots College on 20/05/05. The Year 8 team of Chris Evans, Beau Greenslade, Christian Katsikaros and Stephen Garofano were undefeated throughout the 6 week competition. Simon Lui, Dominic Bowes, Zid Mancenido and Lucian Tan in Year 9 were victorious over a tough Sydney Girls team.
The Eastside Competition was created this year in response to the large number of junior debaters that are coming through the ranks. At present Scots, SCEGGS, SGHS and SBHS are in the competition with at least 3 other schools keen to join the competition in 2006.
Selections are currently underway across all years for the GPS and PDC (Premiers Debating Challenge). They are an integral part of selecting the best teams possible from a large number of talented and enthusiastic students. Please see your coach for details on selections.
Supporters Group (DSG) meets on the second Tuesday of each month during the school term to discuss issues relating to debating. Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday June 10th at 6.30pm in the Staff Common room. All parents of debaters are invited to attend.
A 2005 Debating Season Calendar has been distributed to all students as well as emailed out. Please note these dates in your diary.
For more information about debating at SBHS please email
Macquarie University Parent Liaison Program 2005
The Parent Liaison Program aims to give parents and families of Year 12 students information regarding study at Macquarie University.
Information evenings led by the Vice-Chancellor will be held at Macquarie University on Tuesday 28 June and Wednesday 27 July 2005 from 6.00pm - 7.30pm. These sessions will provide information on admissions, the UAI, transition to university from high school and HECS-HELP and FEE-HELP university loan schemes.
Amendment to the Strategic Plan
Please find following amendments to the Strategic Plan. This process is for school community discussion.
As requested at the last School Council meeting, the following amendment has been prepared for the Strategic Plan.
THE STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS
In future years, the plan will include:
These plans and processes will include:
Return to Index
German 'Selingua Columns' Competition Final 2005
Congratulations to the following students for their excellent performance in the Selingua Columns competition.
A mix of German knowledge, strategy and speed were required to win in this Computer "Tetris" style game. Speed and Strategy may have resulted in a score up to 7500.
To get 8000 plus, you needed to know your German vocabulary well.
Those with an 8000 plus scores have demonstrated their excellence in matching German words with their English Translation.
The top 3 received first pick at the prizes, (Food from the Fatherland) 4th to 7th get prizes as
PS: I was intrigued at the 11k score for Year 11s, 10k score for Year 10 and 9k score for Year
SBHS & SGHS Universities Evening
For Parents and Students in Years 10, 11 and 12
University and Faculty Representatives from the following tertiary institutions will be present:
Return to Index
From the Office: Reminder to Parents
Change of Address
There have been a number of occasions when Administration have had difficulty contacting parents because of change of workplace. This is extremely important in a case of emergency. If parents are going to be out of the country for any length of time the Principal needs to know this information as well.
Please ask your son to obtain a change of details form from the Main Office and also change forms for travel when changing your address
Letters Re Absence/Lateness/Early Leave
If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Beringer, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8.55am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by parent or guardian with the name date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up the red leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.
Remember at all times the Principal must approve all leave applications.
Children's Camps - NSW Sport & Recreation Berry Centre
Do you have any younger brothers and/or sisters? Perhaps they may be interested in the following:
Kids Winter Week-Long Blitz
Kids Winter Escape
Age: For primary school students aged 7 to 13
Phone 1800 811 387 or 131 302 for a booking
NSW Sport & Recreation are running day programs for kids and Christmas in July Camps for the
whole family. Don't let the kids have all the fun. Phone for dates and prices.
Volleyball Report #2
High Vs Newington Second Grade The High second grade team entered the match against Newington College determined to win in straight sets. The pre-game talk by captain Sam Chhor rallied the team and boosted much needed confidence, as for many second graders, it was only their second match ever.
Upon stepping onto the court, High immediately took a streak of quick points with exceptional passing and hitting from Ping Lu and Stephen Duong.
This momentum, only to be slightly interrupted by several mistakes on the High side, was continued with an 8 point win streak due to Ed's blinding serves and Sam's strong spikes. This streak not only won critical points but also shattered the Newington side's confidence.
The end of the first set saw the High team comfortably taking it 25 - 9. The team talk once again addressed the mistakes that the High team were encountering in an attempt to minimize the points conceded.
Strong passing and hitting by both David's and the uncanny knack of High's centre blockers, Henry Dang and Balraj, to place the ball where it was least expected carried High through to win the match 3 sets to none; 25-9, 25-14, 25-15.
Overall, the match against Newington was a very important match to High in terms of developing
teamwork and gaining match experience, two very valuable skills which will bear results in the