High Notes, Vol 6 No 3, February 18 2005
From the Principal
High Notes Change of Address
Australian Business Week
Year 7 Welcome Party
The China Experience Program
From the Principal
Foundation Day Committee
Cricketers snare competition points
Tennis and basketball at Kings
In tennis, second grade had a welcome 11-1 victory, but first grade had a harder time of it at the terrific new tennis court complex at Kings. Dejan and Mitchell proved a powerful doubles combination as did Brian and Peter. Our top three singles players were not really troubled but the second trio of Kings players were tenacious. High came away with a 9-3 result putting us behind Riverview on the points table and needing a big win soon.
Planning for the future
Coca-Cola phase out
High Notes Change of Address
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL PARENTS/STUDENTS/STAFF
I will no longer be Editor of the High Notes as I will be on long service leave until October and
will be retiring after that It has been a pleasure to have been a part of this magazine and a
part of Sydney Boys High School for the last 26 years. I wish everyone the best and hope to see
you from time to time when I visit the school
The Annual General Meeting of the Debating Support Group will be held on: Monday 21st February at 6:30pm in the Staff Common Room.
All parents of boys in debating from Years 7 - 12 are urged to attend.
Australian Business Week
Towards the end of last year Sydney High gave me the opportunity to participate in the annual Australian Business Week camp. Hosted on campus at the University of Sydney, the camp is a big event on the University calendar, with the support of countless Australian corporations. Thousands of schools sent in one applicant hoping to take part, and after a lengthy selection process eighty were chosen. I was fortunate enough to be selected as one of the eighty.
The camp consisted of a five-day stay at the University, with a combination of activities all geared towards giving business students "hands on" experience in operating a real business. We were split into eight separate teams, and the students competed against each other throughout the week, measured by the success of the hypothetical multi-million dollar manufacturing company we ran over the five days. The businesses worked against each other in a simulated market, and running the business required spending decisions to be made three times a day over a wide variety of areas. Well-planned decisions were rewarded by a higher share price, poor choices caused share price dives and embarrassment for the team.
As the elected CEO of my group, much of each day was spent taking notes at lectures on different areas of business operation, and spending break periods figuring out how we were meant to apply it to the simulated share price game. This was on top of preparing an oral presentation, a written report that explained our spending decisions over the period of the camp, and a trade display, all of which needed to be finished by the last day of camp.
The last day was spent being marked on all of our work, and then waiting for the evening where the winning teams were announced and prizes were handed out. My team did well, raising our share price by over 800% (as I proudly stated during the oral presentation), but were beaten by two other teams who had dramatic share price hikes at the end of the game.
But in truth, I won't remember the camp by the work we had to do, but by the friendships made,
and in general the amazing experience that was ABW week. The hours spent in the conference rooms
laughing at our mistakes, outside playing sport with the other groups, and the night time
activities (including trivia and a particularly strange karaoke night). I'd recommend anyone to
participate in future ABW events, or any kind of extra curricular activities for that matter.
You'll make friends with people you wouldn't have otherwise gotten to know, possibly ones you'll
know for the rest of your life. I know I did.
Year 7 Welcome Party
HAVE YOU SENT YOUR RSVP FOR THE YEAR 7 WELCOME PARTY?
Thank you to all those parents and staff who have already responded to our invitation to the Welcome Party to be held on Thursday, 24 February, 6pm - 8pm in the Great Hall.
If you have misplaced your invitation, simply send an envelope to the school office as soon as possible marked Welcome Party, with a note indicating the number of people wishing to attend.
The Welcome Night is a unique opportunity to meet your son's school family in a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere. It is well worth coming and meeting some of the people who help make High such a great school for our boys to attend.
Please return your RSVP as soon as possible to enable us to estimate attendance numbers.
We look forward to seeing you at the function.
The China Experience Program
The China Experience program is offered to students studying Chinese at high school. It is funded by the Australia China Council to promote interest in China among Australian students and focuses on language skills and cultural awareness in China.
I was fortunate enough to receive one of these scholarships and spent a month in China during the summer holidays with nine other students.
Firstly we had short stays in Shanghai, the most modern Chinese city and in Beijing where we had the opportunity to see the Great Wall, Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. But our main stay was in Guilin, one of the most scenic cities in China.
We attended the Number One Guilin Middle School for three weeks and each stayed with one student from that school. My homestay buddy was a year 10 student Jiang Chen. We attended the Chinese students' music and English classes as well as having some Chinese lessons of our own. The music classes were completely different to those in our school. They hardly had any instruments so most of their activities involved singing. The English classes were extremely technical. They studied some very difficult and philosophical documents and grammar was strongly emphasized. However, to my surprise, many Chinese students attained a very high standard of English. My buddy's English was extremely good and we spoke 70% in English and 30% in Chinese.
The Chinese classes were fairly easy and did not offer a lot of challenges. However, we were able to practice our speaking and listening skills in a Chinese environment during our homestay and various activities.
In China, I realised how lucky we were in Australia. Though Jiang's parents were both doctors, he lived in one of the simplest apartments I had ever seen. There was no decorations at all and no signs of technology other than a computer and a television. Jiang did not have many possessions, just the things he needed for school. The shower was just above the squat toilet which was outside the main building.
Everyone's homestays had homes similar to Jiang's and it was noted that our buddies were the better off students in China. This was a huge shock for all of us as our buddy's homes were even below the standards of the lower classes of Australia. We all realised how truly fortunate we were. Furthermore, there were frequent power blackouts, air pollution was severe and it was crowded everywhere.
We enjoyed our trip immensely, making great friends and learning many things about Chinese
culture. We were strangers before this program and have become great friends and sadly we all
went our separate ways. However, each of us took with us the knowledge that we were extremely
lucky to be living in Australia and an increased first hand experience of a living China where
everything is progressing at an extremely fast pace. And most of all we had made some new great
A great day was had by High Sailors on Saturday February 5 2005
The first of a group of three racing days (Tri Series) was held at Woollahra with clear sunny skies and a brisk breeze. The next day of racing in the Tri Series will be held on Saturday February 19 and the last on Saturday March 5.
Jack Gough blitzed the opposition and won the Full Laser Division. Simon Cradock sailed against a larger fleet to gain an impressive 3rd place in the Radial Lasers. Brilliant effort! Phil Kurts and Anton Jurisevic did the school proud and placed 5th in the Pacers. Sailors to watch in future events.
All the boys who participated from High on Saturday showed enthusiasm and determination. A
fabulous result for the first Saturday of Racing. Congratulations.
Saturday last we witnessed an event which has not occurred at High for several years with the performances of our senior teams. The 1st XI, 2nd XI, 3rd XI and 4th XI all recorded great victories over Scots and Kings. In addition our 15 As were tragically beaten in the last over of the day when Scots with 9 wickets down passed their total of 212. The 14 As buckled down and worked hard in their second innings chasing a 197 deficit and lost their final wicket in the last few minutes of the game and our young Year 7 teams in the 13 As and13 Bs made their debuts for High. All in all a great day for High Cricket which is beginning to show a new resolve and commitment within the section.
First XI - Scot's 1st innings 10/ 74 and 8 decl 213, High 10/ 94 and 7 for 140. High finished the match 53 runs short with 3 wickets in hand, in a great effort to convert our 1st.innings win into an outright. With 2 wins from 5 rounds High have moved to 5th on the Premiership table ahead of Shore, Grammar and Scots. See website for full report.
Second XI - High 1st innings 6 declared 228, Scots 10 / 121 and 5 for 133. First innings points were assured after an impressive 1st innings total by High. Scots were never in this match as High applied pressure from Day 1. The architects of our victory were S.Wickramsighe 48 n.o. M. Samaraweera 39, S.Kumar 35 and G. Manamperi 26 and D'Arcy Blaxell 27 runs apiece. See website for full report. High currently sit at 6th on Premiership table. just 4 points behind the 4th and 5th teams (who are equal on points), and ahead of Shore and Scots
Third XI - Scot's 1st. innings 10 / 131. High passed Scots at 5 for 133 and were all out for 171.Another sound team effort from the Thirds who now have 3 wins from 4 rounds (the 5th.Rd against Newington was declined by them) and are sitting equal first on the premiership table. A full report appears on the cricket website.
Fourth XI - High 5 / 161 defeated Kings 11 / 159 (batted 12 players) - King's won the toss and batted and inexplicably decided to reverse their batting order and paid the price with High's “Bookie” Gupta taking 5 wickets in his first few overs. A mini recovery and Kings went to 10 /100 and a final flourish saw them lose 11 wickets and be all out for 159. High replied with an assault by Eddy Blaxell and Stephen Burke who put on 80 for the first wicket despite offering some easy chances to Kings. This set the foundation for an easy victory. See full report on the cricket website.
16 A - Scots 10 /227 defeated High 10 / 110 and 0 / 107. One that got off the hook. This is a talented side that has the ability to win more matches than they have achieved, however, until they as a group start to listen to advice, commit and put it into practice on sports days, they will continue to take those habits onto the field on Saturdays. Several of the boys are potential open squad prospects next season, should they want to take the next step. The second innings in this match is more indicative of the talent. In the 1st innings Rommo Pandit 29, Amjad Jawahir 20 and Blaise Davidson 15 were the only contributors. The 2nd innings saw Louis Yang 53n.o. and Raymond Yang 29n.o.and a very sporting act by Scots who bowled an extra over to give Louis an opportunity to reach his 50. Report on the website.
15 A - High 10 / 212 defeated by Scots 9 / 215 In preparation for their day in the field the High boys worked hard on their bowling with Geoff Stein in the Wednesday practice preceding the match and were fired to take Scots, Unfortunately they were one bowler short on the day, where one expensive spell helped Scots to achieve their victory. I can only encourage this team to keep at it; they are capable of winning, having lost 3 of their core group to other sports.
14 As Day 2 saw Scot's bat on and finally declare at 4 for 288. High then were faced with a deficit of 197 to avert an outright defeat and commenced the chase in a very determined mood. With half an hour to play there was tension in the air on both sides as Scots pushed for our last wickets and the High bats grimly fought to avoid defeat. Kerrod McPherson provided the backbone of our score with a solid 57 runs, supported well by Razeen Ahmed 43 runs, Alisdair Brown 20 runs; Maxim Mikha added 16 to the score and High were all out for 155 just 43 runs short of their target. Best of our bowlers was Maxim Mikha who took 2 for 44 of the Scot's total. A much improved and all round performance from all of the team.
13 A and Bs were a feature of last Saturday where we saw a great effort made by our team members who attended at the allocated grounds at Kings for their debut matches. What makes it all special is that both teams as selected turned up to play despite the distance and being new to the GPS arena. Of the 13 A team 10 players and the 13 B team saw 9 of the selected players attend Congratulations to 13 As Ben Encel, Tim Molloy, Jimari Bastable, Andy Liu, Samap Sandhu, Harry Zhuang, Matthew Phung, Rafat Kamal and Justin Hajj and 13 Bs -Bill Wang (A/Capt), Hugh Huang, Daniel Luo, Nelson Wang, David Ma, William Lee, Adarsh George, Yixin Liu and Eric Fang
CRICKET WEBSITE - several lads have indicated that when they had tried to access the cricket website that they couldn't get in to the site. You do not have to use the School site and the link to our site. When looking for team selections, results, reports, location maps, current affairs etc go straight to SYDNEYBOYSCRICKET.INFO
TRANS HARBOUR COMPETITION - We have been advised by the convener that due to the smaller number of teams this season First will play Second in all Divisions as a Semi Final / Final. These matches will be held on Tuesday 22nd.MARCH and the Following week on Tuesday 29th. MARCH the 1st. in each City Conference Division will play the 1st. in the North Conference Divisions. Please diarize these dates.
CRICKET DINNER - The Annual Cricket Dinner and Presentation of Awards is to be held on Saturday 2nd.April 2005 at 6:30pm for 7:00pm. The venue will be the Great Hall at School. Further details will be released in next week's High Notes.
CRICKET COMMITTEE & GENERAL MEETING - is to be held on Wednesday 2nd MARCH at 5:30pm in Room 901 in the Gymnasium. Agenda will be parking, fund raising and the Annual Dinner with other general items.
THANKS and GOOD LUCK. To Sue McGuiness who is retiring at the end of this month. Sue is
our lady at High Notes who has accommodated us when our team reports have been late and has given
our section every opportunity to have our message published each week. We thank you Sue and from
our Committee and all members of the cricket section, we wish you a happy retirement
FIRST GRADE Round 10 Saturday 12 February 2005
High were confident of a positive result at Kings after an intense week of training, which
involved expert tips from Razorbacks forward Matt Conacher and College player Hank Foster. As
High does every week, they were looking for nothing but a win.
SECOND GRADE Round 10 Saturday 12 February 2005
After a disappointing one point loss in the previous game, High second grade were looking to hit
back hard against Kings who beat High second grade on the last occasion in the final
TEAM RESULT SCORE TOP SCORER 1st LOSS 81-68 D. PALANA 20 2nd LOSS 52-40 R. HUYNH 14 3rd WIN 25-23 Y. HE 9 4th LOSS 39-19 (Score not provided) 7th WIN 47-15 M. TAYLOR 20 16A WIN 33-25 M. FARHAT 15 16B WIN 18-10 C. WONG 4 16C WIN 34-15 M. KELDOULIS 12 16D WIN 47-11 J.LAI 12 15A LOSS 46-29 T. LINDEBACK 11 15B WIN 31-10 D. CHIU 8 15C WIN 47-15 D HUANG 14A LOSS 46-22 M.LAU 6 14B LOSS 56-4 M YIU, S PONRAJ 2 14C WIN 21-19 A.ANG 4 14D WIN 20-18 T. TRAN 8 13A LOSS 37-16 S. NGUYEN 8 13B LOSS 46-14 JAMES 4 13C LOSS 12-8 TRAN 6 13D DNP (Kings had no team)
3rds stage a late comeback!
16s WIN ALL THEIR GAMES!!!!!!
15 As GIVE ANOTHER GOOD PERFORMANCE
Up and Coming - Good Results!
16s As LOSS 1 - 5 Best, Ds 2 C.Siu & E.Deng 6–0 Bs WIN 4 - 2 A.Klocker, last wk and this; 6 – 0 Cs LOSS 2 - 4 Robin Chen C3 6 – 0 Ds LOSS 1 - 5 Vassily Issaev D4 6 - 2 15s As WIN 4 - 2 Best A3 Alex 6 – 4 Bs No Res 2 - 2 B3 Adrian 6 – 2 Cs WIN 4 - 2 C2 Will, C3 James, C4 Dan 6-1 Ds WIN 4 - 2 D4 Alex Dovan 6 - 2 14s As LOSS 0 - 6 Best Hau Neo 4 – 6 Bs LOSS 0 - 6 Ben Diep & Simon Hoang 4 – 6 Cs LOSS 0 - 6 Timothy Siu 4 – 6 Ds WIN 0 - 6 Harry Hua 3 - 6 3/6ths As LOSS 1 - 5 Best Daniel Thieviasingham 6-3 Bs WIN 4 - 2 Thomas Wong 6 – 0 Cs DRAW 3 - 3 Matthew Wong 6 – 2 Ds LOSS 0 - 6 Nicholas Ng 3 - 6 13s As WIN Best Bs DRAW Cs LOSS 0 - 6 C3 great effort 4 - 6 Ds LOSS 2 - 4 D2 WON 6 - 3
The 13s were at a disadvantage commencing the Season with the travel to Kings. They were all present, in uniform and playing sound tennis. They look good on the court and with coaching from Carl Neilsen and match practice there is sure to be 100% improvement in results. Full results and report will follow in next week's High Notes.
CHS SECONDARY SCHOOL COMPETITION