High Notes, Vol 6 No 17, June 17 2005
From the Principal
University Information Evening. SBHS-SGHS
Seminar on Islam
Commitment to GPS Sport
Rifle Shooting MIC
Year 7 French Cheese Tasting
Ahhhh…cheesy! “C’est formidable”! That tasty Tuesday is one to remember.
This wasn’t ordinary cheese, like Bega from Australia. No, this was cheese that came from
France, via a specialty cheese shop.
There are hundreds of different types of cheese and there is usually one type that suits each
person. It just requires tasting them all. But we have done some work for you!
“Salut!” Man, the cheese from France sure tastes nice! Penicillium, made from special mushrooms, is added to give blue-vein its rather strong flavour.
The chèvre, made of goats’ milk, is my favourite. It tastes a little sour,
like yoghurt. The brie is a soft cheese with a rather bitter coating, but inside the
cheese is heart-meltingly creamy! It was by far the most popular with Year 7 this year. The
ash cheese is a semi-soft cheese. It is salty and tastes funky. The Swiss Emmental
is a hard cheese with holes in it. It tastes very good.
I really, really didn’t like any sort of cheese, before I tasted blue vein. I like its
strong, bitter flavour - like a ghost drop!
“Mmmmm…fromage!” The French love cheese just as they love wine. I like cheese
a lot. We tried it with crackers and French baguettes. My favourites were the soft brie, which
you can scoop out and spread, and the blue-vein, which is very, very strong. I apparently have
expensive taste <groan>.
Although I did not enjoy the strong taste and smell of blue-vein cheese, I enjoyed the different
experience. The “chèvre” (goat cheese) is one of the best, but ash cheese
(with ash in the middle) is my favourite!
I think we should have an annual French cheese-tasting for each Year 7 class. That period was a
After the cheese and bread, we played fun games, including a French ball game called
“boules” or “pétanque”. We took photos too. I had a wonderful
time! It was a great experience. Thanks to Madame Fleming.
National Chinese Eisteddfod
The 2005 National Chinese Eisteddfod took place last Saturday at Burwood Girls High School. More than 3000 candidates aged from 4 to 18 participated in this year’s Event. The Eisteddfod is a poetry and prose-recital competition that provides students with the opportunity to display their acquired Chinese language skills and appreciation of Chinese literature. Our school participated in both individual and group competitions with 28 individual and 3 group entries a total of 40 High students. Although the Eisteddfod was extremely tough, many competitors having recently arrived from China, our boys showed great enthusiasm, strength and excellent achievement.
A huge congratulations to 11 boys from Year 9 Chinese Community class: Harry Chen, Richard Hua , Chris Lam, Tom Sun, Kevin Wang, Phillip Wang, Phil Wu , Caly Yang , Simin Yang, George Zu and Schuman Zhang. They competed against 12 other schools and won 1st prize in the 13-15 age group. Well done boys!
Congratulations also to Chamberlain Zhang and Shorson Zhang, who came 2nd and 3rd in the individual entries with their outstanding performances.
Congratulations to all boys who took part in this event for your dedication and achievement.
Although it was a bit disappointing that some of our candidates missed out on awards after their
great work, I am sure you impressed the audience and gained a lot from this experience. Many
thanks to the parents and grandparents, who gave immense encouragement and support to our boys.
It was great to see families so involved. I hope you enjoyed the eisteddfod as much as I
On 4th April, the pride of Sydney High was carried on the capable shoulders of our Chinese cohorts. Chinese students of all years competed at Burwood Girls High for the prestigious awards granted by the highly qualified judges.
In the morning we won our first award in the group competitions. Since we had the expert tutoring of Ms Zhang combined with our perseverance, the year 9 SBHS team managed to win 1st prize. We were extremely honoured to receive the prize, for we only scraped a 3rd place award last year. This award gave us all a huge morale boost for the individual competitions that took place later in the day. Although our success in the individual competitions was not as significant, we were all smiles as we went home, knowing that we gave it our all.
Congratulations to everyone who participated in the competitions and special thanks to Ms Zhang
for her coaching and Burwood Girls High for hosting the event.
Are you the parent of a 5-16 year old?
Macquarie University is looking for 5-16 year old children and their mothers to be part of an exciting research project. We are investigating a range of factors that might be linked to childhood and adolescent anxiety disorders. Anxious as well as non-anxious children are welcome.
The research project involves completing a few questionnaires, speech tasks, and an interview. Mother and child will receive a total of $20.00 for their time and to assist in any travel expenses.
If you are interested in learning more about the project and your child has never received any
treatment please contact Natalie Gar on 0404-618-685.
Last time I mentioned the addition of Google Search to the ESL and Communities website. It is working very well and makes finding what you need so much easier.
You should check the Blog regularly as there is almost always something new there. See http://neilwhitfield.tripod.com/blog/ Last Friday, for example, dealt with the issue of plagiarism, which had been raised in the Sydney Morning Herald that morning. The Blog is often topical!
The previous entry had news of Ouyang Yu, the Chinese poet who spoke to Year 11 a few weeks back. He is now Professor of Australian Literature at Wuhan University in China, and is anxious to secure books for the new Australian Studies Department there. Perhaps you or someone you know can help. Go to http://neilwhitfield.tripod.com/blog/index.blog? entry_id=1127876 for more information.
Finally, the big question for senior students is “How can I improve my essay grades,
especially in exams, without learning "model essays" off by heart? “ Find the answer at
Sydney High School Foundation AGM
The Annual General Meeting of The Sydney High School Foundation Inc will be held on Tuesday 21 June 2005 commencing at 8.00 pm in the School Boardroom
For any enquiries please contact the Secretary at
Results of Science Quiz no. 5
This fortnight’s quiz (number 6) is again open to everyone.
Scientists believe that in the next century sailing ships would be “plying the trade routes” between Earth and Mars.
SGHS Junior Dance
There will be a Disco for Years 7, 8 and 9 students in the School Hall, Sydney Girls High School on Monday, 20 June from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm. This function is for current students at Sydney Boys and Sydney Girls. No others will be permitted.
Staff from both schools and security will provide supervision.
At the conclusion of the dance boys are to be collected promptly at 10:00 pm from the SBHS Car Park (Cleveland Street).
Tickets will be on sale during the week prior to the dance. Details will be announced in the Daily Notices.
Please contact Mr Beringer for further information.
From the PDHPE Department
There was plenty of rugby talent on display during the two week competition from all the Year 7 classes. My thanks go to Mr Hayman, Mr Ryan and Mr Farrington who again supported the competition with their coaching of the teams. Thank you also to all the Year 7 players who took part. Your enthusiasm made my job very easy and very rewarding.
Lifelong Physical Activity
This weekend, like many of the people who did our survey, get out and get active and take a
friend with you.
Volleyball Report # 5
Whereas most sports had the long weekend off, High Volleyball had the Metro Schools Cup on Sunday 12th June.
High sent their U15s and U16s teams along to play. The U15s had to play against older and taller boys in the U16s division. The U15s A team was called the Blue team, The U15s B team was called the Brown team and the eventual winners, the U16s team was called the Black team.
The As and Bs finished 6th and 7th respectively in this division. A very respectable result given their age and experience.
The As would have finished higher if not for Steven Ke’s unfortunate accident in the first set of the first game. Our Crouching Tiger was unfortunately put out of the tournament.
Sydney High Brown Match Report
Soon after, Browns found themselves against Westfields, a team comprised of only Years 10 and 11. Again, the opposition dominated, winning in 2 sets. Great Lakes 1 was the next match. They won comprehensively- 2-0. But the team gained in confidence through this match - perfect sets by Stanley He were smashed with some spikes by Nishan Abeysuriya. Michael Chan did some great serves, flat and deadly, while Matt Wong did great passes.
The last match, a playoff to come in at 7th place was the final match-this time - we annihilated
them. The team worked very well together. Sam Wan made extremely accurate serves, while Great
Lakes 2 crumbled, losing 2-0. Stanley He had “interesting” attempts at jump-serving -
but they went over and the Browns finished 7th out of the 8 teams in their division- a great
effort against older and stronger boys.
Sydney High Blues Match Report
Our first match was against the NSW U15s. We were in a stunning 6-point lead when disaster struck. Unfortunately, one of our best servers Steven Ke was injured and unable to play. Matthew Chan came on but even with his help, we lost the match 1-0 despite leading 23 to 22 in the second set. Our match against Great Lakes (Forster) 2 was a success. We won 2 sets to 0. Danny Lam from the Browns came to help and proved to be a great asset. Both Matthew Chan and Danny won us many points just through serving. We had excellent sets from both Daniel Shan and Shorson Zhang leading to fabulous spikes from Stephen Dong and Thomas Ngyuen. Later, we played Christian Brothers who were all massive. Both ways. We played well and nearly took a set off them but despite our efforts we lost in straight sets. There was consistent serving from our team and some great blocks from Thomas, Daniel and myself, James.
After a very long break, we had a match against Great Lakes 1. It was our last match of the day.
We took the first set with ease, 25-15 because of our excellent play. Sadly, we lost the second
set by only 3 or 4 points. By now, all of us were feeling anxious. Would we lose? It was a
15-point set. We started off badly and they were in the lead by 4 points. We played our best but
couldn’t take the lead off them and lost 15-11.
From the High Store
The High Store is having a clearance of assorted rugby training jerseys. Normally $35 - for one week only – a special offer of only $25.
Be quick so you don’t miss out on this special offer.
Parent-Teacher interviews for Years 7-12 will take place on:
Please note the following arrangements –
SBHS & SGHS P&C Associations
The SBHS & SGHS P&C Associations invite you to the 2005 Joint Meeting
The topic for the evening is Raising a Gifted Adolescent - Creating a Resilient Family
Guest Speaker: Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist
Andrew Fuller is the author of HELP YOUR CHILD SUCCEED AT SCHOOL, (Inyahead Press) RAISING REAL PEOPLE (ACER), FROM SURVIVING TO THRIVING (ACER), WORK SMARTER NOT HARDER and BEATING BULLIES. Andrew has also co-authored a series of programs for the promotion of resilience and emotional intelligence used in over 2000 schools in Britain and Australia called THE HEART MASTERS. He is a Fellow of the Department of Psychiatry and the Department of Learning and Educational Development at the University of Melbourne.
Wednesday 22 June at 7.30 pm
Come and hear Andrew Fuller's presentation which will be followed by question time and
VisionCRC - Your Child Can Help to Prevent Myopia
What is myopia?
The myopic eye is longer than the normal eye. This means that light from distant objects focuses in front of the retina rather than on it, causing blurred vision.
What influences whether an eye becomes myopic?
Genetics also has a strong influence.
Myopia is a rapidly increasing epidemic. By 2020, it is estimated that the number of people with myopia will grow to one third of the population (2.5 billion).
For example in Singapore a series of studies has shown an increase in myopia in males aged 15-25, from 26% of this group in the late 1970s, to 83% in the late 1990s.
What affect can myopia have?
High myopia creates a significant risk of other eye disorders such as glaucoma, retinal trauma, malfunction and detachment. These may lead to significant loss of vision or blindness.
What are we doing in our myopia study?
The Vision Cooperative Research Centre is investigating the use of these lenses. Children aged 8-14 will be fitted with either standard contact lenses or multifocal contact lenses. They will then be monitored over 2 years to determine the rate of progression of myopia.
The study will help us to develop new ways to slow or even stop the development of myopia.
Being involved You can be part of this important work.
We are looking for 100 children to take part in the study. Children will receive free vision testing and eyecare throughout the study. You will need to attend the Vision CRC clinic at the University of New South Wales in Kensington.
What is the Vision Cooperative Research Centre?
Music Winter Festival 2005
When June 23rd 2005 - concert begins at 6.30pm
There will be a BBQ selling sausages and drinks on sale from 5.00pm for the boys and parents. The cost is sausage in a roll $3.00, can of drink $2.00
I would like to purchase the following number tickets (number)
___ $12 Adult ___ $9 Concession ___ $25 Family Total cost $________
Student name _____________________________ Roll ___________
Ensemble ______________________________ Instrument ___________
Type of Payment: Cheque___ Cash ___ B/Card___ M/Card ___ Visa___ (Payable to music committee)
Name on Card________________________________ Expiry date___ ___/___ ___
Contact Number ________________________________________
Card No. ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
Amount $______________ Signature____________________________
Italy Update: 15 days to go! Time to buy the bubble wrap and luggage straps for your
instruments and black pants for the concerts.
State of the Arts
Instrument security The Music Storeroom
A number of students’ private instruments are being used by other boys during ensemble rehearsals. Whilst the music staff cannot always monitor this, boys can be careful with their instruments by taking note of the following points:
Trumpet for Sale
4 year old Jupiter 606ML Standard Trumpet in SUPERB condition Lacquered brass body, Hand lapped monel nickel plated silver pistons for accurate intonation and easy playability! =D 1st valve thumb hook, adjustable 3rd valve slide, .460" bore, 4.8" bell and a sturdy case included. RRP $899!!!
SELLING FOR: $299
Inspection of trumpet can be organised.