High Notes, Vol 6 No 36, November 25 2005
From the Principal
Head Teacher Sport
Old Boys Union Response
Chess at High
Sculpture by the Sea
On the 15th November year 8acc made their way to Bondi Beach. Our mission was to view ‘The Beach’ and its impact on Australian Literature. We brought with us cameras, sun block and texts responding to the beach.
Once everyone arrived, our class set off towards Tamarama enjoying the sculptures on the way. I really enjoyed the mini bus, pyramid of nails and the huge fried egg. I thought the giant weighing scales were an ironic exhibit considering the body building exercise equipment on the walk!
After the walk, our class visited the Life Savers Museum in the Bondi Icebergs. The class was given a talk by an ‘ex’ lifesaver. She told us stories of shark attacks and rescues.
Lunch was cut short due to the sudden change of weather, the day turned icy cold, wet and windy.
Back at Bondi Pavilion we read through, and discussed the texts we had brought with us that linked the beach to Australian Culture. The texts ranged from songs, to picture books, to poetry and short stories.
A display of some of the work we have completed for this unit and during the year is in the
corridor outside the English staffroom. ENJOY!
The German Film Competition
The class is to be commended for its insight, perseverance, humour and creativity.
Adam Richards’ and Anthony Hopkins’ concept for the time machine they built was also praised by the panel of judges, who viewed our film with 15 others chosen from the 61 school entries, on a Fox Studio cinema screen!
We gratefully acknowledge the support of Mr Osinski, who provided the camera equipment, expertise in the field and joined us many early mornings on locations around our school campus.
Here is Science quiz 14, – the last one this year. Why not have a
go? (There will be special spot prizes!) The closing date is Tuesday week 8.
Words Of Wisdom
Your potential is unlimited.
Image and perceive that which you wish to be.
Feel the reality of ‘new’ self, live in the expectancy of greater things and your
subconscious will actualise them.
Unity in Diversity, SCEGGS
On Wednesday, 16th of November, a handful of very fortunate students from year 10 were given the opportunity to participate in a student Symposium, Unity in Diversity 2005. It was the very first of its kind; a large scaled open discussion that aimed to effectively open the eyes of our generation to the underlying issues of our world that threaten to break our society. Such issues include terrorism, responsible world leaders, poverty, the United Nations and the relentless reign of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa. Held at SCEGGS Darlinghurst, the school were host to various private schools including St Spyridon, Brigidine College, St Mary’s Cathedral College and of course Sydney Boys, because we’re special.
The symposium was conducted through various small group discussions, poster board making and at the end a large scale group discussion whereby everyone had the opportunity to voice their opinions and thoughts that would be drafted into a letter to be sent to various organizations, newspapers and the Prime Minister.
The main issue of the day explored the divisions and gap between groups in our society, with the focus question being ‘In light of major world events, has there been a greater move towards unity or is the gap between groups in society and the world becoming larger?’
It was a great day and I’d like to thank Ms Luithle for allowing us to participate in such
an enlightening experience, which turned out to be more than just a free meal but an eye opener
to the world in which we live in and the world that we should thus care for.
Amnesty International Australia @ High
When everyone is born they are given inalienable rights: the rights to justice, equality and freedom. We are lucky to live in a country like Australia, where most of its citizens can afford to take these rights for granted. Unfortunately however, there are countries in which human rights are treated like a luxury.
Day in, day out, all over the globe, people become prisoners of conscience – declared as criminals solely for their beliefs, gender, sexuality or ethnicity. All they do is peacefully express their rights: nonetheless they are imprisoned, tortured or ‘disappeared.’
Amnesty International Australia (AIA) is an international organisation dedicated to taking action on behalf of these people suffering from human rights violation. Since 1961 AIA has influenced many governments to restore the freedom of countless prisoners of conscience – all because of the enthusiasm and effort of its members.
School groups are an important foundation to AIA. As a student, you have the opportunity to act as a human rights defender and effect positive change to our often bleak state of international affairs. With your help, and the help of many others, AIA will be more successful in defending our essential civil and political rights in the future.
Over the last few weeks we have devoted a lot of time and energy to the high profile case of Van Tuong Nguyen, the Australian citizen convicted of drug trafficking in Singapore who is scheduled to be hanged on December 2nd. Help us to do everything possible to stop the execution, and take action today. Text ‘SAVE VAN, your name, suburb, state and optional message of support’ to 1977 4539. Amnesty will deliver your message to the Singapore High Commission.
Friday November 25th begins a campaign of 16 Days of Action to stop violence against women. It is also White Ribbon Day, when NSW Amnesty International members sell white ribbons to people in the community to raise awareness of human rights and their abuses, and to raise much needed funds to keep this important organisation going. Our members will be selling ribbons in the community today, and within the school in the sixteen days of action. If you see an Amnesty member selling ribbons, please buy one in support of stopping violence against women.
SBHS group meets on Tuesdays at lunch in Room 204. Please come and join us in the fight for human
rights around the world.
St Johns Park Public School
Mrs Nan Catmur, a long serving member of the teaching staff of St Johns Park Public School, is retiring at the end of the 2005 school year. Mrs Catmur has been a dedicated teacher for the past 25 years. St Johns Park Public School are organising a special assembly to allow present and past students to farewell her in the manner in which she deserves.
Many past students of St Johns Park Public School are now attending SBHS and are invited to say
their farewells. The special assembly will be held on Monday, 19th December and will
commence at 2pm. If more details are required please contact the school on 96101311.
Volleyball Report #15
U17s Match Report from the Metro schools Tournament on 13th November.
The team consisted of Alex Le, Alex Le, Victor Nguyen, Jamie Tao, Ping Lu, Sam Chhor, Jordan Luong, David Dizon, Terry Ly (as acting coach due to him rolling his ankle) and myself.
We played many schools and all the games were pretty relaxed until we met Cumberland High and Christian Brothers.
The Cumberland Boys were big, much taller and powerful than our short team. There were great spikes from Jamie, Ping and Victor as well as magnificent plays decided by our setter Alex (Le). Sam and Dizon’s loud jeering attitude led to our opponents fall in spirit (and resulting enmity). Through wonderful communication and teamwork, we beat the Cumberland boys 2-0. However, this was not the last we saw of them, for they were refereeing our finals against Christian Brothers.
Although the team played well, we were let down by the fact that we were not being given points even though we had scored them. This made us even angrier and led to even more wonderful spikes by Jamie, Victor and Ping. Also the loudness (and atmosphere) created by Sam, Dizon, Alex and Jordan helped to keep the spirit of High alive – making us fight even harder for the points.
Next time, we will definitely beat Christian Brothers. Good work boys
Another busy week of High Rowing has been and gone. Last Saturday, 19 November, the annual Head of the Parramatta took place. The junior eights as well as selected junior quads took part in this prestigious event. The High crews fought hard down the gruelling four and a half kilometre time trial, held between the Ryde Bridge and Sydney Rowing Club. Special mention must go to both the Year nine first (Alex, Belokopytov, Nelson Ridges, Nick Dimitropoulos, Matt Ling and Pat Desmond) and second quads (Anthony Tsiailis, Dennis Stojanovic, Tom Harvey, Roy Chen and Nick Lindeback), both of which managed to gain fourth place in their respective events, despite tough competition from other crews of the GPS schools.
While the junior crews were fighting it out down the river, the senior A squad, consisting of the
first and second eights, took the opportunity to improve their racing technique, speed and
performance out at the Sydney International Regatta Centre in Penrith. Following the motivational
and encouraging words of two High old boys the night before, the boys put it in down the Head of
the River course and learnt some valuable lessons about their maximum speeds and ratings and how
to take full advantage of the crew’s power and strength under racing conditions as they
prepare for the upcoming racing season.
Attention All SBHS Fencers
The NSW Fencing Association is conducting a Summer Training and Development Camp in January 2006.
If you are interested in this intensive training program please go and check the Fencing notice board near the Maths Staff Room at school.
Alternatively, you can email me on
before 1 December 2005 and I will
forward you the details including the application form.
There’s an old saying that goes:“THE HARDER YOU WORK IN PEACE THE LESS YOU BLEED IN WAR”
In other words prepare thoroughly now to allow you a chance to handle what is to come………
Physical Preparation for Winter Sports
GPS sport is a tough arena and you compete against schools who take pride in preparing early,
preparing thoroughly and preparing to win. So be smart and give yourself a physical fighting
Fundraising: Thank you Coffee Drinkers
THANK YOU to ALL who bought the lovely coffee from Elbon of Double Bay.
All profit will be added to the total towards the New Library and Performing Arts Space.
Accumulated orders of 3Kgs or more can be placed at any time. Please place orders at school office with payment and allow approx. 1 week for delivery.
LOOK OUT for Christmas Special coming soon.
2006 will see Coffee Drives run approx. Week 3 and Week 7. We are looking for a coordinator
to oversee this venture. Please contact Valda Roser via the School Office if you require
any further information regarding any aspects of the Coffee Drive.
Rowing: The Family Regatta
The Sydney High Rowing Committee cordially invites all Sydney High students ,parents, teachers and supporters to the Twilight Regatta Saturday 3rd December 11.00am at the Outterside Centre, Teviot Ave. Abbotsford
Naming of Boats
Basketball: Shooting Hoops
HIGH VS SHORE-TERM 4
Whilst a huge number of CLOSE LOSSES this week is disappointing, these results show an
improvement on this time last year VS shore.
It is awesome to see the 15As and 14As continue their fantastic seasons!!!
Good luck to all teams VS Newington. B. Hayman (Basketball Master)
Team captains please send in match reports via email to Mr Hayman by Monday 12:00pm!
1ST GRADE VS SHORE MATCH REPORT
2ND GRADE VS SHORE MATCH REPORT
http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/basketball for updated information about basketball and
FIRST GRADE Sat 12th Nov - Shore vs High (R6)
In the singles, Mitch started off well, however, frustration crept into his game, and he was
never able to regain momentum afterwards. Ivan put in a great effort, but his opponent was too
strong on the day and simply hit him off the court. Hai started off slowly; however, he played a
great second set which could have gone either way. David
played well, and hit some great
Overall, High gained some great match play from the day, and I’m sure that we will improve
on these results this weekend against Newington.
SECOND GRADE: Sat 12th Nov - Shore vs High (R6)
In the singles, Chapman stepped up as No 1. Chapman played some good tennis but once again
inconsistency caused him to lose the match in straight sets. Thomas started off strongly in
the No 2 singles, leading 4-1 due to some strong winners and volleying. However Thomas, who had
just recovered from a fever, was affected by the heat and began to hit some dismal shots, causing
him to lose his lead and eventually the set 7-5. As the match went on, the sweltering heat proved
too much to handle and he eventually had to forfeit the match as he was starting to get
sick. Nikita tried gallantly but was defeated by a more consistent player.
Jourdan and AJ at No 5 and 6 put in great efforts but lost out to stronger opponents. However,
the spotlight should be placed on Nelson, who came back from an extremely unlucky
loss last week to win his first singles match for the 2nds as No 4! Nelson played very consistent
tennis to beat his hot-tempered opponent in two straight sets.
UP & COMING – GOOD RESULTS !!!!
NATIONAL 1 TENNIS CHALLENGE – ALBURY 2005
This years team will be:
This is a highly competitive team event with 6 days of matches. There are team matches of 3 sets
in the morning and Individual matches in the afternoon. We wish them good luck, & good
High Cricket Bulletin
One more week of competition and all parents will breathe a sigh of relief in not having to dispatch our young cricketers on Saturday mornings until Term 1 2006. We have two visiting teams in December, firstly the Year 9 Barberis Cup, 7th – 9th December, and Cheltenham (UK) College visit on Saturday 17th December to play an invitation senior team from High. If you can assist on one or any of these days please contact me via email and details will be provided for the areas to be covered. We will also need some assistance with scoring and post-match barbeque and lunch during the Cheltenham visit.MIC AROUND THE GROUNDS
The 1st XI worked manfully during Day 1 against Shore who were at home for this third round encounter. On a relatively hot day on the North Shore, High dismissed Shore for 211 and at stumps were 1/35 in reply, which should make Day 2 a very interesting contest. The match can be won from this position and High’s line-up will need to bite the bullet and produce a determined and consistent batting performance to achieve the result. A full report appears herein.
The 2nd XI were at home on McKay 1 to Shore who batted first and were finally out for 151, assisted by 34 sundries (12 n.b., 12 wides, 10 LB/Byes) from an undisciplined High bowling and fielding display (12 dropped catches) High then went to the crease and at stumps were 5/34 and in a great deal of trouble. Day 2 will be an uphill fight for the team to secure first innings points.
The 4th ‘Xtreme’ XI which contains several competent cricketers who could be playing in higher senior teams, ‘cruised’ to victory according to the bush wireless. Hopefully I will receive a match report by carrier pigeon in the next day or so and we can all share and enjoy the result. The team’s winning record is now 3 from 5 matches.
The 15As struck a very good and sustained bowling attach in batting first and could only muster a total of 48 against Shore. At stumps Shore were 2/171 with Alisdair Brown and Timmy Lin the wicket-takers. A focused effort in High’s 2nd innings this week will be required to avert an innings defeat but the boys in this team have the potential to achieve their goals if they put their minds to it and show a ‘bit of grit’.
The 15Bs are to be congratulated on a gutsy effort against Shore in being all
out for 72, their best team total this season. Mark Lucchitti (13), Lachlan Brown (13), Raghav Saggar (10*), Anthony Hopkins (9) and Julian Byrnes (9) all contributing to a good team performance. Tasneem Choudhury took 2 for 30 off 5 overs as Shore went into a big-hitting mode and finished the day at 3/132. This result should give these boys a lift and indicates just how much they are improving. Well done lads. The 14Bs were again given a team incentive, and continued on their upward path and produced their best team score this term, all out for 80. Best batting from Nelson Wang, Adargh George, David Ma, William Lee and Duncan Latto. Shore was 5/200 at the close of play which included a total of 26 sundries given up by High. William Lee, Bill Wang and Daniel Latto shared the bowling honours.
PARKING – My thanks to those who turned out at short notice last Saturday Night and in particular to our ladies Rebecca Coutts and Judy Robinson, as well as Kieran Lewis and the 2nd XI boys. Well done and we are now $2158 better off which will go towards the support of our young cricketers.
BILLETS – We are requesting all volunteers who will be providing billets for the Melbourne High School Year 9 visitors for 2 nights to confirm their number(s) by Thursday 1st December. Players will have Parent Consent forms and Billet Returns on Thursday 24th November to take home for parents to fill out and return. Please ask your son to produce the handout from the bottom of his schoolbag, which seems to be the permanent filing cabinet for High Notes and all handouts!!! Laurie Heil, MIC
High are in a promising position at Northbridge in the 1st XI match against Shore. On a
typically good batting deck and with plenty of space on a large outfield, Shore gradually
accumulated a total of 211. Debutant Eddy Blaxell bowled tidily without luck (much to the
disappointment of his 2nd XI supporters), while Malik Razeen again bowled well to claim another 4
scalps. When High batted the team simply wanted to make it to stumps with all wickets
intact, and they so nearly made it. High lost their only wicket on the last ball of the
day. It is still, however, High’s best start to an innings this season and they aim
to build on it tomorrow. The firsts are a good chance in this match, and hopefully someone
can get a big score and bring the team home.
Good luck to all sides playing this Saturday against Shore and Newington.
Answer 8: Brian Lara scored 501 n.o. for Warwickshire against Durham in 1994. Hanif
Mohammed came close, scoring 499 for Karachi against Bahawalpur in 1958.
Sydney Boys High
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