High Notes, Vol 6 No 24, August 19 2005
From the Principal
Progress in Preliminary Courses
Students should be aware that it is my inclination to assign an 'N' award to any student, with two warning letters issued and a parental interview held, who has not shown dramatic improvement in attendance and progress since the last opportunity to redeem himself.
NB Year 12 students and their parents have been advised by letter about similar procedures in place prior to the award of an HSC course 'satisfactory performance'.
Interviews for Vacancies
High v Scots
Boys in Years 10 and 11 have to face the prospect of continuing large defeats in GPS matches, so long as High does not have a first, second and third grade side in the competition. These boys are our rugby future. We need a decent third grade with boys willing to fill in with the seconds. We need a better second grade with boys willing to step up to first grade on demand. We need High seniors to agree collectively that we should have viable GPS rugby teams (i.e. 1st and 2nd) and to convince each other to make it happen. You have it in your power to start us back on the road to rugby recovery.
Congratulations to Romesh Abeysuriya on being selected to represent Sydney East at the National
Youth Science Forum next January at the University of Canberra.
Results of Science Quiz no. 8
The quiz included scientific questions and moral assessment of the use of "Little Boy" and "Fat Man" sixty years ago in Japan. Sample answers are shown on the window of lab 302.
Quiz number 9 will be posted next week
The results of the Annual UNSW Maths Competition have been released.
Year 11 Parents
Year 12 parents were the first to organise a welcome for new families to the school. They didn't get a welcome themselves, so we thought it would be a nice gesture to give them a farewell and thank you. This will be on Friday evening, 11th November.
We need the following volunteers and equipment: Please help in any way you can.
Antoinette Farrow and Sue Levy
Year 9 Da Vinci Decathlon
On Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th August Sydney Boys High School competed in the Da Vinci Decathlon at Knox Grammar School. It is an academic interschool gala day run in the spirit of an Olympic decathlon. The students were asked to complete a set of challenging tasks in the following disciplines: mathematics, English, science, code breaking, engineering challenge, forensic sleuths, creative producers, art and poetry, games of strategy and General knowledge. The Year 9 and 10 teams were accompanied by Mr Moody and Mr Howey on Tuesday while the Year 7 and 8 teams competed on the Wednesday and were supervised by Mr Dolan and Ms Brewer.
Year 7 Year 8 Campbell Umbers Thomas Nguyen Puneet Baweja Patrick Desmond Alexander Saunders Louis Appleton John Wormell Victor Lim Declan McCrea-Steele Yiming Cao Tadeusz Davenport Nevin Spoljaric Lachlan Chant Hugo Richards Simon Hoang
Year 9 Year 10 Albert Kim Raymond Roca Sean Lee Kelvin Yu Richard Hua David Kumagaya Phil Wu Martin Liu Lucian Tan Eugene Stadnik Simon Liu Steven Song Nicholas Lochner Jason Cohn (9) David Fan Stuart Sugito (9)
It proved to be a very stimulating event for the all the students. The highlight was the silver medal achieved by the Year 9 team. Many thanks must go to Mr Dolan for his efforts in organising the teams and coordinating all the other aspects of our school's participation in the event. The following report by Richard Hua (Year 9 team) describes the various events in the Decathlon and the final announcement of results:
Greetings, fellow scholars! This Tuesday, a group of eight students from Year 9 Sydney High was deployed into the enemy territory of Knox Grammar School. This group, made up of some of the finest in our grade, consisted of Albert Kim, Simon Liu, Sean Lee, David Fan, Phil Wu, Lucian Tan, Nicholas Lochner and I, Richard Hua. We were to compete against an array of thirty-five other schools in the Da Vinci Decathlon, a series of ten academic events designed to test aptitude, cunning and wit.
As the clock struck nine, we were immediately plunged into a world of challenging and demanding tasks. The first of the tasks, a science event, where competitors were to design a space-craft suitable for collecting waste in space, was assigned to the very, very, very capable hands of Albert Kim and David Fan. These two boys set to work at once designing their machine, which was later marked as fourth-best out of the thirty-five presented. Meanwhile, Nick and Phil were working on the Engineering Challenge, a task in which students were to make a basket attached to a support to hold as many marbles as possible using only straws, string and paper. As it turned out, their supports appeared sturdy; however their basket was not able to hold the marbles. On the other side of the table, Simon and Sean were working through the Art and Poetry section where Simon wrote a poem on the given topic, 'perspectives' whilst Sean used his exceptional art skills to draw an accompanying representation. With Sean's breathtaking depiction of the 'Existence Express', an imaginary train of life and its perspective, and Simon's amazingly intellectual poem, it easily made it fifth. Finally, while these people were slaving away, Lucian and I were busy musing over the English Challenge. This section proved to be difficult and we had some problems towards the end. However, in the final result we came a decent fourteenth. With both a Latin component and a vocabulary component, our knowledge of Latin was of great use (does the word 'uxorious' sound familiar?).
After the hurdle of challenges we had leapt over, we had a much needed recess break. But as 10 minutes flew past, it was back to brain-muddling challenges for the team. Lucian, Sean and Simon left for the Creative Producers task, where they were asked to act out a commercial for 'Electric Submarine Windows'. They came out confident and happy, however their results said otherwise. At the same time, there was also the 'Forensic Sleuths' category, a detective style challenge in which almost everyone took part in. The puzzles ranged from solving a crime, to 'Spot the Difference', to geography. Later on we found out that we had come first in this subject, one of only two subjects that we had accomplished this in. Next, in the quiet corner of the table, David and I were presented with the Maths section (of course). This year, the Maths challenge was definitely much harder. Due to the level of difficulty, we were forced to work together, both solving problems the other could not. We even had to calculate 250 by hand! We managed to finish the whole section (Maths Enrichment came in handy). We came first in this area, and as I believe, with full marks. Last but not least, there was also the Games of Strategy section, the metaphorical bane of our team. The chess problems were worked on by the very, very, very capable Albert, Lucian, Lochner, Simon, and Phil. Although it seemed we had 'screwed up' Chess, Connect Four and Mastermind terribly, we came twenty-third in this.
After a lunch of juice and pizza, only two more tasks remained. Of these, one was an amazingly mind-numbingly difficult code-breaking task. The very, very, very capable Albert as well as Phil, David and I were immensely stumped. Out of the eight codes we cracked… well, four. These codes, to put it simply, were extremely difficult. The fact that we came fifteenth in this area proves this fact. Meanwhile, Simon, Lucian, Sean and Nick were working on the General Knowledge section in which they excelled, coming third.
After the session ended we had a much deserved Paddle Pop each, and the results were announced. By this time, we, the Sydney Boys High Team, had assumed that we had no hope of winning (as we had not seen our results yet) and were calmly enjoying a game of cards. Coming third in the competition, at 890 points was Normanhurst High. We applauded in disappointment that we would not be up. Holding our cards in our hands, half trying to win the card game, half listening to the 2nd place announcement (but of course, listening with all due respect), they announced, "Coming second with 910 points- Sydney Boys High School!" Quickly shoving our cards into our pockets, we received our medals in a shocked but overwhelmingly ecstatic state, and got our photos taken. David, who had put his all into the day, just could not wipe the huge grin off his face. Lastly, coming first was Pymble Ladies' College at a huge lead with 1000 points. Coincidentally, the winner of Year 10 was also PLC.
We, the Year 9 Sydney High Team, left Knox very proud and honoured, having triumphed against a great variety of schools, including Sydney Girls, who had proved themselves as contenders even last year, Year 10 Sydney High, Knox, Scots, MLC and the like. This great result was undoubtedly the product of great co-operation and a mastery of a wide variety of subjects with our combined respective talents, especially in Maths (1st), Forensic Sleuths (1st), General Knowledge (3rd), Science (4th) and Art and Poetry (5th). In true High spirit! Omnia victores eramus!
Year 77 1st MLC 2nd PLC Sydney 3rd The Illawarra Grammar School 7th Sydney Boys High School
Year 8 1st Roseville College 2nd Pymble Ladies' College 3rd Sydney Girls' High School 8th Sydney Boys High School
Year 9 1st Pymble Ladies' College 2nd Sydney Boys High School 3rd Normanhurst Boys' High School
Year 10 1st Pymble Ladies' College 2nd Knox Grammar School (Blue Team) 3rd Sydney Girls' High School 6th Sydney Boys High SchoolReturn to Index
Rifle Shooting P&C Committee AGM
NOTICE OF AGM RIFLE SHOOTING COMMITTEE OF SYDNEY BOYS HIGH SCHOOL P & C
New nominees will be required as both the Secretary and President are standing down/moving on.
The AGM will be followed by a brief Meeting to discuss among other things, the proposed Summer programme for Years 7 and 8 boys.
Remember without the Volunteers there can be no Sport, so parents please come along and show your
Sports Council Minutes 10 August 2005
Present: C Barris, M Boukatos, R Farrington, N Morris, B Hayman, M Kay, G Stein, L Heil, K
Jaggar, J Beringer
Allocation of Sports Budgets:
There was further discussion of a proposal to introduce capitation or registration fees or co-payments to address the shortfalls in some budgets resulting from increased operating costs - employment of outside coaches, the mandatory requirements of accessible medical support, increased charges for the use of playing fields, etc.
MICs were urged to promote amongst parents the tax-deductible funding opportunities available through the Australian Sports Foundation.
Dr Jaggar undertook to consult further with the school community on these proposals with a view to not effecting any change until the Winter season of 2006.
Outterside Centre Management Committee: J Beringer reported that recarpeting and painting were currently under way and that there had been substantial progress in setting up to derive income through function bookings and a learn to row program for the public.
Head Teacher [Sport] 2006:
Meeting closed at 7:50 pm
Volleyball Report #10
Second Grade also finished the year undefeated, in a similarly hard fought match: High took a 1 set lead with a close score of 28 - 26. Grammar rebounded and then took the next two sets. This left High 2 - 1 down and having to win the next set to stay in the match.
To their credit, Second Grade never gave up and eventually took the next two sets.
1. Saturday 27th August - 2005 Volleyball Awards Luncheon will be held at Abbotsford on Saturday 27th August from 1 pm to 4 pm. Parents are encouraged to attend. $5 per head payable to Mr Kay. 2. Sunday 4th September - NSW Volleyball Schools Tournament 2 at Olympic Park. Cost $15 per player 3. Saturday 24th September - Referee accreditation for 15A, 16A, 17s and First Grade. 4. Sunday 5th December - Australian School Volleyball Championships in Melbourne until the Friday 10th December.
Second Grade Report
With confidence, High played the 2nd set but was struggling to respond with steady consistent hitting. Errors appeared in our game and Grammar took the set 25-16, it was now 1 set all to both teams. After some advice from our coach we played the 3rd set focused on getting a win. Even though with brilliance with the serve from Ed and great blocking from Henry we lost the 3rd set 25-21. It was now a must win situation. With High spirit within our desires to win we came blazing in the 4th set with a early lead. With Dizon's jump serves scoring points in the Grammar receiving and some down the middle hits from Henry and George we took the 4th set 25-17. We were now on the verge of winning and we were fired up on winning, with great team support and fantastic serving from Stephen we won the final set 15-7.
We're now the undefeated GPS premiers (aka GPS champions). This win was a great achievement to
the team and was big payoff to the training sessions throughout the season, a big thanks goes to
our coach Mr Parker and to the members of 2nd grade who made this season a victorious one and
strengthened the name of SBHS Volleyball.
First Grade Report
Our game could be best described as a rattlesnake. Steady at the beginning and shaky at the end. The 1st set saw High flying, winning it 10-25 with good setting from Fahmy and excellent spikes from Karl. Terry was on fire, literally, setting the balls ablaze with his outside hits. And then it was time for Alex to shine, with solid short serves, scoring the final points of the 2nd set.
To High's surprise, Grammar slowly crept their way up to snatch the 3rd set [25-21] from the sweaty hands of High even after losing the previous set 19-25. Grammar threw every thing at us in the 4th set but that didn't stop Dom from blocking 99.99% of their hits.
Determined to win the 4th set, there was great scrambling in the back courts with Bob showcasing his month's worth of pancake training to bedazzle the crowd. Even with perfect passes from Jamie, Grammar seemed to have infinite luck. Yaegan fired hit after hit only just missing the base line.
Undeterred, High decided Grammar had tasted enough of success - it was time to crush them. The
5th set showed that High still had hits left in our arsenal, and we blew Grammar away with a
victorious set of 6-15. Grammar, unlike most of the other teams, provided us with a good
challenge and spilled some blood on the court, seriously. Better luck next year guys!
Educational Access Schemes
This year students applying for Educational Access Scheme (EAS) for Universities in 2006 will need to download their booklets and applications forms from the website at www.uac.edu.au
The school counsellors have been sent only a small number of booklets for distribution now.
If you require a Statement of Support to be completed by a counsellor, your EAS form will need to be in to them with all required documentation by Monday 12 September.
The responsibility for sending the finalized application to UAC by 30 September 2005 rests with
the individual student.
Father's Day is fast approaching. Don't forget Dad or Grandad on this special day.
The High Store has made a special purchase of Van Heusen business shirts for the low price of $20.
Be quick to grab the best designs!
Words of Wisdom
Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of
An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being
able to differentiate between what you do know and what you don't.
Only the educated are free.
It is not enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required.
Strive for excellence, not perfection.
A smile is the same in all languages.
The true measure of a man is the height of his ideals, the breadth of his sympathy, the depth of his convictions and the length of his patience.
You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.
From the Rugby Master's Desk
The sound of the final whistle on Saturday brought a mixture of feelings including pride, sadness and satisfaction. Pride in the way our boys have conducted themselves both on and off the field throughout the season. There is always a touch of sadness with the departure of our 1st XV players, and parents, who have given so much to High rugby over many years. And finally satisfaction in seeing the 13Cs going through their pre-game warm up routine without the presence of their coaches.
To the players, get into the gym during the off-season and turn out next season stronger and faster than ever…and bring a friend with you. To our rugby parents thank you for your support. The parent committee is becoming more and more influential in the direction of High rugby. It is your opportunity to be an important part of the planning. Finally to our coaches, the progress you have made with our players has again been outstanding. You have developed hesitant first timers into confident rugby players, as well as giving our A teams the self belief that they can compete in this most prestigious GPS rugby competition.
To the people who agreed to support the TAD (Technical Aid to the Disabled) fund raiser of a dollar for each point scored by the 1st XV in the GPS, thank you. The final tally was 71 points. Cheques can be made out to TAD and passed on to me and I will include it with our school's donation to be sent off next week.
I hope everyone involved with High rugby this season has received something positive from their experience. I know I have. Enjoy the off-season and see you next season.
For those who enjoy statistics I have included our results for this year as well as a 2002 - 2005
season analysis having played in Year-based teams now for three years.
SBHS Rugby Pre-Season Results 2005
SBHS Rugby GPS Results 2005
Season Analysis 2002 - 2005
2002 Season's Results (Age - Based Teams) Played Won Drew Lost Won > 30pts Loss > 30pts 106 25 2 79 (74%) 3 26
2002 GPS Results (Age - Based Teams) Played Won Drew Lost Won > 30pts Loss > 30pts 63 6 0 57 (90%) 0 22
2003 Season's Results (Year - Based Teams) Played Won Drew Lost Won > 30pts Loss > 30pts 92 18 0 74 (80%) 4 23
2003 GPS Results (Year - Based Teams) Played Won Drew Lost Won > 30pts Loss > 30pts 63 8 5 50 (79%) 2 19
2004 Season's Results (Year - Based Teams) Played Won Drew Lost Won > 30pts Loss > 30pts 125 47 6 72 (58%) 7 22
2004 GPS Results (Year - Based Teams) Played Won Drew Lost Won > 30pts Loss > 30pts 80 23 3 54 (67%) 4 16
2005 Season's Results (Year - Based Teams) Played Won Drew Lost Won > 30pts Loss > 30pts 142 41 13 88 (61%) 13 32
2005 GPS Results (Year - Based Teams) Played Won Drew Lost Won > 30pts Loss > 30pts 87 18 8 61 (70%) 5 24Return to Index
Combined GPS Music Festival
Concert Saturday 3 September Newington College Centenary Hall 200 Stanmore Road, Stanmore 6.30pm
Newington College will host the Combined GPS Music Festival Concert in its Centenary Hall. The Concert will be the culmination of the two-day Combined GPS Music Festival. Ticket orders must be received by Friday 26 August on a 'first come, first served' basis. Please complete the form below and post with payment and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Music Department Or fax (credit card payment only) to: (02) 9569 0133 Newington College Stanmore NSW 2048
COMBINED GPS MUSIC FESTIVAL CONCERT - SATURDAY 3 SEPTEMBER 2005
Name/s _______________________ Student's Name ______________________
Phone: Home _________________ Work _________________ Fax ____________
Email ________________________________________________________________ Student's School Sydney Boys High TICKETS - Please indicate numbers of tickets required
Adults ($20 per ticket) ________
Concessions ($10 per ticket) ________ Children accompanied by an adult (free of charge)
CARD PAYMENT Please charge $_______________ to my __ Bankcard __ MasterCard __ Visa
Card No. ________ ________ ________ ________ Expiry Date ____/____
Cardholder's Name ____________________________________________________
PAYMENT BY CHEQUE (made payable to: Newington College)
Please find enclosed cheque for $ _________________
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Fundraising - Help Wanted
POSITION VACANT - PERSON POWER FOR BBQ FLYING SQUAD
(Suit those living 10-15 minutes from Mascot Bunnings) This activity has full support of our Principal Dr. Kim Jaggar
Bunnings Warehouse Mascot is offering Sydney Boys High first option on fundraising barbeques cancelled at late notice by other groups. Community groups are usually allocated one Barbeque every 3 months.
This is an excellent way to increase our allocation, raise the school profile and gain funds from outside the school community.
A minimum profit of $1,000 can be expected from each BBQ.
Days BBQ's held: Saturday or Sunday
Profits can be shared between groups - e.g. 6 people from Fencing, 3 from Debating, 3 from Rowing - Profit would be allocated 50%, 25% and 25% respectively to the groups.
The school has a Kit of supplies and good connections with suppliers to be able to do the shopping at short notice.
Register your interest NOW
THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION AND PARTICIPATION
UNSW Co-op Program
Linking Leaders - "Discover the leader in YOU!"
"U Lead" Leadership Program
To graduate, a University of New South Wales Union "U Leader" must
a) Undertake 15 hours of community service
* Thinking about Leadership
"U Lead" is FREE!!!
Prestigious UNSW Co-op Scholarships & "U Lead"
"We recognise that the UNSW Union's 'U Lead' program is an outstanding opportunity for students
to extend their developing leadership skills and involvement in the community. Being part of this
program will most certainly enhance the skills that we are looking for in our applicants."
For more Co-op Program details, see your Careers Adviser or visit:
Who should apply?
We are looking for students who would like to develop confidence in leadership just as much as those who are already confident. Those selected will be a mix of students fitting into both of these categories.
Workshop Times and Application Process
Interested students should lodge an Expression of Interest by stating in 100 words or less "Why do you want to learn about leadership?" Include your full name, school name and roll call class. Expressions of Interest should be brief and simple. Don't spend hours creating the perfect paragraph!
Expressions of Interest must be lodged before 3:20 pm, Friday, 9 September. Good luck!
Linking Leaders "On our year 12 muck-up day at SBHS, we raised thousands for
charity. What we did was great but I look back and think how much more we could have contributed
with skills developed through early leadership training. The vision for high school students to
undertake leadership training has led to Linking Leaders, an initiative of SBHS proudly in
partnership with UNSW Student Recruitment Office, UNSW Co-op Program and UNSW Union."
Postal Address: PO Box 797 Kingsford NSW 2032,
Fathers Day Fundraising: Elbon Coffee
INTRODUCING to SYDNEY BOYS
Specialist Award Winning Coffee Roasters
1ST DELIVERY FOR FATHERS DAY
Elbon Coffee uses 100% Arabica Coffee Beans
Fresh Roasted to your requirements and delivered within 24 hrs. Smell and taste the difference.
All profits assist building our New Library and Performing Arts Space - 125th Anniversary Project, 2008
Return order form with payment before end of Lunch, Tuesday 30 August, 2005
First Delivery no later than Friday 2nd September - brought home by your son.
ABN 68402231296 6/402 New South Head Road, Double Bay 2028 Ph/Fax: (02) 93277058
Elbon special: medium to strong, smooth sweet finish Colombian : strong dark roast with balanced flavour
Please complete the following details:
Students Name: _______________________________________
Contact Number: _______________________________________
Total $: _______________________________________
Please complete the order below:
Size Product Cost Quantity Please tick preferred option Beans Plunger Espresso 250g Elbon $8.50 [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] 500g Elbon $17 [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] 1kg Elbon $34 [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] 250g Colombia $8.75 [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] 500g Colombia $17.50 [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ] 1kg Colombia $35 [ ] [ ] [ ] [ ]
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