High Notes, Vol 6 No 25, August 26 2005
From the Principal
High v Grammar Debate
Rugby End of Year Celebrations
At the senior lunch on Saturday, 60 people celebrated the end of another tough season for High senior rugby. Our horror stretch of injuries meant that many 16A players ran on in first grade games - a big step up in expectations. I expressed my feelings that there is something heroic about the way High boys play rugby week after week in the face of injury and defeat with an indomitable spirit and enthusiasm. Their courage and team spirit are admirable.
The Euraba Paper Mill offers an opportunity for Boggabilla to create indigenous employment and to express community creativity through art works. I think we could assist here through our Creative Arts Department to market some of their products through Surry Hills and Paddington galleries.
Toomelah PS welcomed us with a kangaroo hunting dance and a honey gathering dance, performed by pupils in good style. The school library has a wall feature depicting the history of the area and the resistance against white invasion. The community appears forward looking and optimistic. They are focused on bringing back language to their people and reinforcing pride in their heritage.
The trip was very informative for me. The obstacles faced by indigenous communities are severe, but patience and an ability to see through another's eyes need to be employed by Anglo-Australians with good intentions.
Year 10 2006 - Subject Acceleration
A meeting will be held in the Great Hall at 6:00pm on Tuesday 30 August to provide information
about subject acceleration for boys in Year 10 2006. In recent years, a number of boys have
studied for Preliminary (Year 11) Modern History, Geography and Music when in Year 10. There are
a number of advantages for boys involved in this process. Subject acceleration is being
considered for additional subjects in 2006.
Both First and Second Grade GPS debating teams remain undefeated in the GPS competition after five of seven rounds. St Ignatius College is the only other team undefeated in First and Second Grade and we have to wait until round 7 to meet them. This week we face Shore at home. The topic area is business. All students are invited to attend these debates which commence at 8pm.
Round 3 Vs Newington
The seniors were victorious in First and Second grade- debating "That David Hicks Should Be Tried By a Military Tribunal". Firsts proposed a model that was a modification of the current Military Commission that exists and argued that military crimes could only be effectively and appropriately dealt with by the military. Newington College as the negative curiously proposed a model in which David Hicks would be tried by The International Criminal Court (ICC). This model fell over after some solid rebuttal and the decision went to High on our first spilt decision of the season.
A big thank you to the contingent of Year 7 parents and students who stayed to watch the seniors. It is very much appreciated by the debaters, as having an audience is very important for engagement and delivering the argument to real people is much more satisfying than talking to a wall or empty auditorium!
Round 4 Vs SCOTS
Firsts negated the topic and their win was by a small margin relative to some of their previous victories. The debate centred around freedom of choice, market imperatives and the free-rider concept. The boys presented clear rational and logical rebuttals.
Congratulations to the boys - all teams, bar two, won this week- with the 10Bs experiencing their first defeat of the whole season. The intermediate topic was "That Out-of-School Tutoring is Good for School Students"- another very interesting and apt topic for our students.
A very good effort from the Year 7 teams who made a clean sweep- they are proving that time spent effectively prepping with their team is paying off handsomely.
Round 5 Vs Sydney Grammar
Sriram Srikumar stepped up into first grade this week to replace a very ill Tom Kaldor. Congratulations to him on a great effort and seamless entry into first grade. Given that it was also the middle of the HSC Trials, the boys pulled together well to keep Grammar at bay. Meanwhile Tom Morgan stepped up into seconds and they pulled off affirming the topic.
Most of the intermediate teams performed strongly "That Government Control of the Senate is Good for Australia" with only the 9Bs being defeated.
Special mention here should go to the 8Bs who remain undefeated this season - well done.
Unfortunately all three Year 7 teams lost to a more well prepared Grammar contingent.
REMINDER - Payment for the debating Dinner is now overdue. Contributions for your coach's gift is also now due. Please make sure payments are made to THE OFFICE.
More information about debating can be found at http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating/index.shtml.
The GPS Table currently stands at
Year Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Round 4 Round 5 VS Joeys VS Kings VS NC VS Scots VS Grammar Firsts Won Won Won Won Won Seconds Won Won (split) Won Won Won Thirds Lost Won Lost Won Won 10A Won Lost Lost Won Won 10B Won Won Won Lost Won 9A Lost Won Lost Won Lost 9B Lost Lost Lost Lost Won 8A Lost Won Lost Won Won 8B Won Won Won Won Lost 7A Lost Lost Won Won Lost 7B Lost Won Lost Won Lost
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English - Children's Book Week
On Friday 19 August, 15 Year 8 students travelled to Darling Harbour to participate in the Children's Book Week Awards. What a day it was!
Our first stop was the Kinokuniya Bookshop. The Children's Book section was of enormous interest as was the range of Picture Books and Young Adult Fiction. Of course, some of the boys were super-glued to the anime section.
After a brief morning tea (kebabs, hot chips etc) we raced across to the (BW awards). The guest speaker was Lisa Forrest. She entertained us with anecdotes regarding the adventures and activities of her sone Dexter and his dexterity in reading.
Of even more interest were some of the prize-winning authors and their speeches. They talked about what motivated them to write and how important drafting and editing were in producing their texts. 'The Running Man' by Michael Bauer was the winning Older Reader's book. He spoke of how vital to his success it was to be surrounded by people who believed in him. In particular, the guidance and help of his family. He also felt that the editorial team who supported him were also crucial to his success.
Of course, the excursion would not have been the success that it was had it not been for the Teppanyaki restaurant, machine gun eggs propelled at unsuspecting students and rice catching by our more than Gung-ho personal chef!
While there were many elements that contributed to the day being as remarkable as it was, none
was more integral to our enjoyment than our conscientious English teacher, Mrs Boukatos. Our
class is greatly indebted to you Mrs Boukatos.
Booker Review of the Winning Book - 'The Running Man'
The book uses techniques such as flashbacks to pull the reader into all the events occurring in the story. Bauer uses silkworms who are trapped inside a box for all their lives, as a metaphor to allude to Tom's current situation.
One of the biggest reasons the book deserved to win is the relevance it holds to our society. It
deals with issues such as society's fear of individuals, and its attitudes towards those who it
believes are potential threats towards children. The book is written in descriptive yet simple
language, so anybody who wants to can access it. It features multi-layered characters and an
involving storyline. For these reasons, it is my pick for the book prize.
Here is Science Quiz 9 - open to all students and parents. Why not have a go? The closing date is Tuesday week 7.
A report by the NanoTech Institute of the University of Texas was published in last week's Science journal detailing future applications of nanotubes.
Results of the Maths Challenge have been published. This competition is organised by the Australian Mathematical Olympiad Committee which is a subcommittee of the Australian Mathematics Trust (AMT). There were 5173 entrants in the Junior Division and 3531 in the Intermediate Division of this national competition.
From the Rugby Master's Desk
Thank you to Mr Kwok for his donation to our charity cause for this year, TAD - Technical Aid to the Disabled. His donation follows the rugby donation of $100 as a result of High winning our annual charity fixture against Hurlstone Agricultural College 1st XV.
High thanks also go to Mr Flower, Managing Director and CEO of the ARU, for the donation of a
signed Wallaby jersey towards our fundraising efforts next year.
From the PDHPE Department
Year 10 PDHPE Crossroads Seminars 2005
The presentations will be held during periods 1 - 4 in the Senior Study, gymnasium and rooms 102, 103 and 202. The organisation of the day will be provided to each student prior to August 30.
The cost of the presentations is $10, payable at the office on or before the day.
Notice of AGM Rifle Shooting Committee of Sydney Boys High School P & C
The date of the 2005 Annual General Meeting is 7pm Thursday 1st September in the Staff Common Room. The major business of the AGM is the tabling of an Annual Report and the election of Office Bearers to continue supporting the rifle shooters. 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
Sydney Boys High Table Tennis Competition Report
In the ping pong tournament we had the opportunity to see some ferocious plays and shot-making.
Though my team lost both our preliminary round robins by very narrow and not-so-narrow margins, a
lot can be taken from our games and we can work to improve our shots. We hope to achieve better
success in our next tournaments.
27th July 2005 was a big day. It was the Table Tennis Competition. All teams arrived early for the event to get some warm up beforehand. I had a bit of nerves as it's my first Comp.
Alan Chow, my partner, and I were full of hopes of making the second round. A minor stuff-up caused a lengthy delay as we were put under the name of Strathfield Boys!?? No offence to the school but I still prefer High.
As the Comp progressed, I lost nearly all my matches through playing too aggressively while Alan
won most of his through defensive tactics. Seeing all opponents were playing a similar strategy,
I adapted and started serving some tricky spinners. Consequently I won the last singles against
the best player. It was a small victory but a victory nonetheless. It was a very enjoyable
On the cold and chilly morning 5 teams from Sydney Boys High attended the annual NSW Table Tennis
competition at Homebush Sports Hall. The best of the best from schools throughout NSW attended
this event. We had tough matches and in the end lost miserably. However, this did not stop the
day from turning out great, and we sure had lots of fun.
Sydney Boys High Table Tennis players participated in the New South Wales secondary schools
challenge, supported by Mr Fonti. Chapman and I played together as a team in doubles and singles,
similar to the rules of Davis Cup. In the first round, it was a round robin between three teams,
the top going through. We managed to overpower our opponents, winning all doubles and single
matches. A bye in the next round allowed us to progress to the quarter-finals. Our next opponents
were to be from Baulkham Hills. We took two rubbers each, and the final rubber to be played would
be a singles match between Chapman Siu and a Baulkham Hills student. A disturbance from the crowd
allowed the opponent to lead in the deciding set, and eventually cost us the match. With the
loss, we were knocked out of the fierce competition.
Basketball - Shooting Hoops
The Coming of a New Season
With our boys' continuous off season training and Friday after school competitions, in which our school has entered two teams, one of which winning 7/11 games, these promising results will certainly show up in this year's GPS matches.
On Wednesday our school had its best players assembled for try-outs for our 1st and 2nds preliminary squad. Congratulations to the following students who made the cut-off list (names can also be found on the gym notice board). For those unlucky not to make it, thank you for your participation and good luck for the rest of the season.
1st/2nd GPS Basketball Squads:
From The Library
ONLINE DATABASES - FREE OFFER till September 23 - STUDENTS CAN USE TOO AT HOME.
Would anyone - staff member or students - who uses these, please let me know if they are
With the Waverley Invitational this Saturday it is timely to remind parents and Athletes about the importance of such events.
The Athletics season is one that is very short and intense and it is events like Invitationals, which are invaluable in recording an Athletes progress into the Track and Field Team to compete in the GPS Championships. If Athletes do not compete they are losing a chance to compete in the GPS's most prestigious sport. With all the hard work the Athletes put into training up to three times a week it is pointless unless these efforts are reproduced in events taking place on Saturday.
Last Saturday saw our athletes compete in the Grammar Invitational where High received some promising results. The star athlete of the day was Lachlan Street coming 2nd in the Long Jump, 100m, 200m and 400m Championships respectively. Well done, Lachlan! In the senior years, Victor Wei blitzed the Shot Put Championships coming first with a flattering distance of 11.11m. Roger Burrell once again was excellent in the shot coming back from injury and coming second with 13.28m. Also promising were Dakshika and Gehan claiming 1st and 3rd in their events respectively. Joel Livingstone preformed well in his100m division race coming first with a time of 12.7. Michael Masalehdani also came third in the 800m Championships. Thanks to Mr Devlin, Mr Codey and Mr Gainford along with the parents who supported us on Saturday.
The participation in the junior years was commendable with High being represented in all the races. However, in the senior years (Year 12 are completing their Trial HSC) this was not the case, and it was disappointing not to see many competitors present. With over 80 athletes in the GPS team, we expect to see many competitors turn up to the carnivals on Saturdays.
On Saturday 3rd August High are co-hosts with Scots at ES Marks in Kensington. We are the officials for the Field events. Thanks in advance to those parents and supporters who have volunteered to help. Come along and cheer our boys - competition begins at 9.15am.
This Saturday, Waverley and Cranbrook are the hosts at Homebush Athletics Warm-up Track. The Warm-up Track is right beside the Homebush Athletics Centre.
Good luck and do High proud!
Results for SGE Invitational Carnival - ES Marks
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
People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character
Nerds don't just happen to dress informally. They do it too consistently. Consciously or not,
they dress informally as a prophylactic measure against stupidity.
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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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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Sydney Boys High Music Department Presents
Spring Concert 2005
Featuring Guest Artists
Thursday September 1st 6.30 pm Great Hall
Year 8 Showcase Concert Thursday September 8th 6.00pm
Community Service Announcement
Some Kids Can't Live at Home with their Mum and Dad
Children need carers who can provide stability & can help them through the different & sometimes challenging stages of their lives.
You can be single, married, with or without children of your own, & from any cultural background. It is important that you have experience with children. DoCS staff will work closely with you & support you with ongoing training & allowances. There are many children in our area who are in need of a safe & secure home environment because they are unable to experience this in their own homes. This may be due to abuse, neglect or family breakdown.
The NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS) is looking for people who can provide crisis, short term, respite or long term care for these kids.
We are especially looking for foster carers for children five years & older. We also need carers for siblings, so brothers & sisters can stay together.
Become a Foster Carer.