High Notes, Vol 6 No 5, March 04 2005
From the Principal
Yr10 VIII Rowing Exchange
Year 7 Parents
From the Highstore
The Dark Side of the Internet
State of the Arts
From the Principal
Remembrance service for Mr Fittler
"This afternoon as we gather to remember the life of John Fittler, I would like to express the deep sadness felt by all those at Sydney Boys High at the passing of a fine staff member and an admired and respected person. Our heartfelt sympathies go to his wife Jeanette and his family. We share your grief. We can feel something of your loss.
"John cared deeply about nurturing the talent of the students at High. He demonstrated his commitment in numerous acts of support and encouragement. I remember the dedication he showed in promoting the major works of his Industrial Technology and Design and Technology students. Some remarkable products resulted from the close partnership of teacher and student. Our stained glass window at the head of the stairs in the main building was an original HSC project backed by John and installed in its intended place by his efforts. There are many other examples. An original aluminium rifle stock, a hard chine sailing dinghy, a land yacht and various furniture designs were created by our students under John's tutelage. He sought out talent in the curriculum areas he managed and argued forcefully to allow his protégés to enter the courses - often despite the objections of senior management. He pioneered whole class subject acceleration at High with the very successful IPT class of 2003. His courage in driving the initiative through to the end was a path finding achievement. Other Head Teachers have learnt from his experience and initiated subject acceleration interventions for their departments too.
"John defended the cause of Engineering Studies as a subject essential for students wishing to follow tertiary studies in Engineering. He argued that in the new HSC with its diminished emphasis on computational physics, Engineering Studies provides the foundation that students in tertiary studies need. John was sensitive to feedback from old boys about the value to them of having studied the subject at High. He took a strategic view of learning. He prepared his students by promoting technical drawing electives in stage 5 studies. He encouraged his staff to challenge students in the discipline and provided them with the tools to do so. High's results over the last five years have been high quality, including a recent first in state.
"John took care of his staff. Once he took possession of a dusty, smelly leaky glorified storeroom in 2001, he turned it into not just a staff room but a retreat, complete with all the home comforts of fridge, stove, microwave, computers, scanners, photocopiers, lounge chairs and TV for Faculty Meetings. The IA staff were envied by others because of all the equipment and extras they had - which always seemed to be the latest and always seemed to work! He formed close attachments to those in his immediate circle, belying the somewhat taciturn demeanour of his public persona. He played his cards close to his chest. He even managed to buffer his staff from many of the accountability requirements that I chased him for, forever engaged on an important mission for the school or its people. He operated on Fittler time, where a year was of a very flexible length. Oddly, he delivered on most things, plus or minus an earth year or three.
"John was a visionary as a Network Manager. He convinced me in 2000 that our deficits in information and communication technology could be remedied if we concentrated principally on building the network backbone. His inspired decision to recruit James Rudd to help him showed his knack for identifying and recruiting talent. His management style was along the lines of the Lone Ranger and Tonto, always on the move, always with a mission to save someone or something in distress, but John and James did the job and brought our infrastructure up to best practice level. John fought the DET for over a year to be allowed to host our own website and to bring School Family web sites onto our server. He scrapped Pegasus in favour of webmail for internal communication. He recently made the decision to protect our network by installing new companion servers. Sometimes staff were frustrated by his single minded dedication to the main game. They complained of computers that did not work, or software that would not function, but John stuck to the core business and saw the job through over the last six years. His achievement will be remembered for a long time at High.
"John was an excellent financial manager. He followed the management principle - trust me, it will be all right by the end of the financial year. In a maddening way for some, it always was. He managed annual budgets for the network, Industrial Arts, cadets and rifle shooting to the value of more than $150k. We never knew what was going on at any given time, but he would sit down with Gayl in November and sort things out to the auditor's satisfaction. He was the consummate car parking organiser. He was the cuckoo who took over any faltering group's nest, mobilising his troops on short notice to do the fourth day of a January test or a sudden expo or international sporting contest. He always managed to get more than his allocated slice of the parking pie because he was motivated, dedicated and available.
"John believed in tradition, history and the GPS. All his staff engaged in GPS sport. He led from the front with dedicated involvement in school affairs. He served on the School Council where he staunchly defended the traditions of the school. He was a vital member of the OH & S committee with his background in cadet and rifle shooting safety management. He single-handedly rescued the archives of the Combined High Schools sporting association from Randwick North and secreted them in all the spare nooks and crannies at High. He had a long association with this organization. His administrative skills revitalised it earlier in his career. He collected cadet memorabilia for the archives and stored shields and trophies he fancied. He felt keenly that an institution's history was bound up in its symbols and records.
"John was an inspirational leader in the sport of rifle shooting. He put a huge amount of time into training the boys. He shot competitively along side them at Malabar. He acted as mentor and guide and father figure and confidant. He was the driving force behind three GPS premierships. He gave some sporting credibility to High in a lean time for premierships. He toured with the boys to country shooting competitions in Lithgow, Canberra or Wingham. He organised biennial tours to Bisley in England for the Queen's Shoot. He arranged for his charges to meet the Duke of Edinburgh on one trip. He was a bundle of nervous energy out at Hornsby on GPS Shoots, peering into his telescope and offering encouragement or advice to sighters or the next shooter to go to the mound. There was always drama, tension and great team discipline surrounding the successes at sport he managed. He was a true believer and he could inspire followers. He was respected both nationally and internationally for his abilities as a rifle shooting coach.
"His work with Cadets saved the activity at High and brought it up to its now robust state. John's paperwork and organisational skills surrounding cadets were first rate. His prime concern was for the safety of the boys. He worked tirelessly to promote their leadership aspirations by nominating targeted boys for training courses. John's latest mission was to unite cadet and rifle shooting efforts. He arranged for a cadet team of rifle shooters to go to Bisley. They were well looked after by the British Army, saving accommodation, transport and ammunition costs for the trip.
"John Fittler was a man of pride and vision. He was a tall, strong man with military bearing. He had a good heart. He was an upright, honest person in every dealing I had with him. I can only speculate that a combination of recent events brought him to the point where he could only see his immediate future as a choice between dying on his feet or living on his knees. He chose the former. I can understand why. We will all miss him. "
"Professor Coroneo, distinguished guests, prize winners, staff and the class of 2004. On this 121st. occasion we celebrate the achievements of our students and reflect on the progress of the school in all its areas of endeavour. For the future of High, the big event of last year was the settling of our long running legal dispute with STA. After four years we can now plan ahead with confidence, free of the burden of protracted, expensive litigation. Key people in our success were: John Kaldor as Chairman of the High Foundation and Andy Chow as its Treasurer; Graham Hurrell our consulting engineer, Mark Livingston, who helped a lot in the last phase and Bob Outterside and Terry Meakin who were there from the beginning. People will look back on our history and see 2004 as a milestone because of their efforts.
"Another important development was the inclusion of an extended writing task in the Selective Schools Entrance Test. Several of my selective school colleagues and I have been pushing for this inclusion for nearly a decade. Our school wrote a detailed response to the Green Paper on selective schools. Unfortunately, its impact was lessened by the tactic of moderating its score against the English composite school score. Nevertheless, at least having it is a start. I will continue to campaign for extended writing to be made one quarter of the test score as a discrete component (instead of 1/9th). Secondary academic success governed by the new HSC is all about literacy.
"The school embarked on an ambitious plan to build a new library as its 125th. anniversary project. Our fundraising has begun in earnest, spearheaded by the irrepressible Valda Roser, whose efforts I acknowledge this evening. I am confident the project will gain momentum as we approach our celebration year. It would be great if Old Boys took up our cause.
"Staff members were asked to extend their electronic reporting again last year. Our booklets in Years 7-10 reported on outcomes for Character Education classes as well as recording student participation in co-curricular activities each semester. Our Student Awards Scheme continues to flourish as annual evaluations refine its protocols. 413 individuals or 37% of students qualified for an award in 2004. This represents an increase of more than 16% since 2001 when the revised scheme commenced. I thank the class of 2004 for its gift to the school, an honour board currently being constructed, that will showcase the names of students who progressed through the six stages to trophy level. Subject acceleration has become an accepted intervention at High with more than 75 boys sitting HSC papers ahead of their cohort. Unmodified Stage 5 curriculum can be a drag for gifted students. We hope to make the approach to senior school a three year plan in the minds of more boys, thus gaining more effective use of the stage 5 -6 interface when many students lose focus after the School Certificate Tests. Plainly, these tests that are primarily of interest to the government, should be pushed back until after the HSC and a School Certificate only issued to the minority of students needing it as an exiting credential. Effective school time would be increased in term 4. State resources would be saved. Our GPS athletics season was changed to fit between summer and winter sport. We decided to make everyone 'do' athletics. Thanks to the efforts of new MIC Robert Devlin, former High deputy and now retired Principal, Mr Wayne Baldock, and Steve Codey, we were able to manage over 1100 boys engaging in athletics on Wednesdays and Thursdays. We will evaluate and adapt the model for 2005.
"For the first time in over a decade, students took up more places at the University of Sydney (66) than at the University of New South Wales (61), with Macquarie (16), newcomer ANU (8) and UWS (5) making up the top 6 destinations. 98% of students accepted university offers. Commercial courses were favoured (56). Various engineering courses were taken up by 33 boys. Combined Law was strong at 25, Arts attracted 23. Health Science and medicine was way up at 21. Most boys were happy with the courses they qualified for.
Old Boy achievements
Competitions In academic competitions the star performer was Ivan Guo. His gold medal award at the Mathematics Olympiad in Athens was very significant, achieved by only 25 Australians. In the UNSW 43rd. Annual Schools Mathematics Competition Ivan Guo won first prize again. His perfect score record stumped the test devisers again. In the senior division Clement Lau and Chen Yang were awarded prizes and certificates. In the junior division Anthony Morris, Vinh Pham and Senthil Thillainadesan were awarded equal third prize. Prize winners in the Australian Business Studies Competition were: Tom Hoare and Pat McDonnell. Prize winners in the 2004 Australian Economics Competition were: Ericson Ho, Krishna Shanthikumar and Senthil Thillaindesan. Vinh Pham and Anthony Morris have been invited to Melbourne for the prestigious summer training school for elite mathematicians.
In the Australian Mathematics Competition, our highest ever participation of 942 also resulted in our highest percentage of awards (credit or higher) at 96%. In the Australian Schools Science Competition 936 boys were tested and 85% received awards. In the English competition a healthy 709 boys entered and 84% gained awards. In computing studies, the figures were 735 at 80% and Geography 341 at 69%.
The Arts Jing Wang won a prize in a Chinese International Writing Competition and went to Beijing to collect it. Francis Wong won the scholarship for a 'China Experience Programme'- a four-week experience for students in years 10 and 11 studying Chinese, to undertake studies at a Chinese school. The Chinese Eisteddford team won individual prizes in the junior division and third place in the group division. Tom Mittelheuser and Jeremy James (Year 11) spent over 2 terms doing the Gaudi style mosaic in the McDonald Wing courtyard. Anthony Chau was selected as 1st. violin for the Sydney Youth Orchestra that toured Italy. Tanvir Uddin and Senthil Thillainadesan were awarded Certificates of Commendation in the Young Writer of the Year competition. Jack Han won 3rd. prize in the short story section of the Write 4 Fun competition among 6.5k. entries.
"Our MICs, coaches, parents and committees provide huge support for our boys to compete in their chosen sports. We attempt to perform at the margin of excellence in a large number of activities. Our resources are spread thinly. Our reliance on your help is fundamental. I salute all your efforts!
"In saying a last farewell to the class of 2004, I would like to share with you a story about the famous Russian author Leo Tolstoy, set on a riverbank in the 1880's where Leo was spending some time with one of his daughters, Tatyana. After gazing into the river, Leo reminded Tatyana that life was like a river: it contained all sorts of things, some good, some evil, some very evil. The big thing in life, he observed, was to know the direction in which that river was flowing and get into that river and flow with it. Later, Tatyana fortuitously followed her habit of diarising "What Papa said". She wrote: "I am always happy when Papa speaks because he always speaks to me about the things that matter in life". This little episode is significant, not because of its rather simplistic riverine simile, but because of what it inspired in the listener. If your time at High has had moments of illumination, when you thought that wisdom and understanding were being facilitated, when discussion resolved complexity, or when you understood concepts that were carefully explained, then you have something that matters to take away with you. A sense of having been involved in something productive might well remain with you for a very long time. It's the context of your learning here that will show where the current flows. Do not hesitate to get into the river with Leo, what you have shared, done, learned and been here, will help you stay afloat. Congratulations to all of our prize winners!"
Some successes against Shore and Joeys
A gutsy selection effort by coaches Carl Nielsen and Ron Boros saw emerging combinations play well in the doubles in our first grade tennis contest at Kingsford. Dejan was ramped up to take on Shore's successful team. He and Peter made easy work of the No. 1 doubles. Brian and Ivan cruised home. Mitchell and Alex had a tough fight after winning the first set and having an opportunity to win the match but went down fighting in three sets against a 3 & 5 doubles combination. Dejan smashed young Duckworth in the first set then 'hacked' his way through the second, losing it in a tie break before storming home to snuff out the youngster's challenge. Brian defeated the number two but made harder work of it than he should have by attempting a power game approach. Mitchell recovered his game to win at three and Peter calmly put away number 4. Ivan came up against another young player. He attempted to hit him off the court and came off second best. Alex did it again, toughing it out to score a point in a three set victory at 6. The boys nearly pulled off a big win, but we settled for 10 - 2, the same margin as Riverview beat Kings! If you want to see high standard tennis, come and see first grade play against Riverview in the battle of the champions at Da Silva's in Kingsford on Saturday afternoon.
Sock it to you fundraiser
Yr10VIII Melbourne High Rowing Exchange
The morning of the 16th for twenty of our young, dedicated rowers had been an eagerly anticipated
one even though the dead looks from their 6am faces didn't show it. After all our goodbyes to our
mummies & daddies, and to school for the rest of the week, we were finally out of gates in
the cramped White Bus when our last remaining rower decided to show up an hour after the
scheduled time. Like any road trip, ours was full of chatter, snacks and accidents. Accidents of
course being incidents, and that incident being the bus broken down in the border town of Albury.
Setting us back another hour, we were eager to reach our billets so they could fill us up with
dinner. One thing that wasn't filled up though was the petrol tank in our bus. 20m before our
destination point, the bus died again. With the school entrance in our sights, we pushed the bus
across the busy road into the driveway where our billets arrived moments later to take us to what
would be our home for the next 3 days. Rowing on the Yarra was definitely a welcome change for
our coxswains and rowers alike. The Yarra River (although brown) was beautiful in the sense it
was dead flat with no current and being more like a creek, couldn't fit anything like our Sydney
River Cats. The scenery was just as welcome. We could all see the whole cityscape within a glance
from the river and the attention from tourists and local rowers just topped of the day's
training/relaxation row. We had the rest of the afternoon off to live a little bit of the
Melbourne lifestyle. Most of the groups spent their time in Crown eating, playing or just doing
some aimless wandering around. Shopping however was the agenda for a couple of the other guys so
they were taken to the infamous shopping district of Chadstone. With only the next day's race on
all our minds, it was decided dinner was at home in order to get a good nights rest. Race day
brought with it a gloomy mood and cold temperature. That was quickly evaporated by our
traditional High spirit in our prep row. We had beaten them 2 out of 3 the last time the
Melbournians came to our river but only by the smallest of margins. Not only did they still
outweigh us 10kg/person, 15kg/person in 1st's, they were on their home turf and in their own
boats. So the scene is set; two 2km races, both our SHS crews were ahead in the exchange winning
2 of the 3 races last time, the Melbourne crews had to win both races to win the exchange and we
only needed one. Both a head wind and a cross wind was beginning to build up. This now also
became a test for the coxswains to steer the best course between bridge pylons and around tight
bends. Our 1sts had a fairly disappointing race getting slow off the mark and trailing bit by bit
and ending up two boat lengths behind at the finish. 2nds were also slow off the start but still
managed to stay in the lead by a metre for the first 30 strokes before HIGH pushed away and never
looked back. The margin in the end was about 3½ boat lengths. The second race began as
soon as we paddled back to the starting line. The start for 2nd crew was almost perfect flying
half a boat length in front after 5 strokes. Our rhythm found it hard to settle into the boat
because the headwind grew stronger and started blowing from all sides. However, the gutsy 2nd
crew came away with a well deserved victory of 5 boat lengths. 1sts had a different story though.
They too had to overcome the strong head wind but were unfortunate to lose to the sheer force,
power and weight of Melbourne. Despite the harsh winds that favoured their opposition, the crew
rowed a good race and they put in a lot of heart for most of the row, a definite bench mark for
future races. Immediately after we were had to quickly load the boats onto the trailer and headed
over to a BBQ lunch on the riverbank. Despite the amounted tension of such a physical morning the
SBHS boys and their billets seemed to get on very well. After lunch our rowers and their billets
basically headed back home to get ready for a night out in the city. Chapel St. and Crown were
the places to be for the Friday night. Melbourne having a young population was buzzing with life,
booming music and hot cars all night long. The night for most was very long indeed, each of the
rowers have their own stories to tell and I'm sure all of them would be happy to tell and say
something along the lines of 4 hours of sleep. Sleep became less of an issue when we were back on
the White Bus heading home where we regained our lost sleep. However, 2 of the most vital people
of the trip weren't asleep. Thanks to Mr Barris and Chris Watson; for keeping the bus moving when
it broke down, they are the first to get out of bed to get the bus moving and are the last to
leave, who keep their eyes open when everyone else's are closed and for driving a tedious 24
hours between them. Also, I send an extended thanks to David Daish and always grateful for
keeping the boats in top notch condition for us to row in; Tim Wilson for giving his time in
towing our boats back and forth, Kathy Jackson for her commitment and picture taking on the trip
and also to 2nd crew coaches Simon and Peter Wilson for their dedication to always improving the
rowing itself and the experience for all of us. Martin Han Liu - 2nd Yr10VIII (stroke) Thomas
Hurrell - 1st Yr10VIII (stroke)
Year 7 Parents
Thank-you to all the Year 7 Parents and their families who came to the Year 7 Welcome Night on Thursday 24 February. This was a fantastic night and the Year 7 parents were very enthusiastic and we hope that they went away feeling a lot more informed about High.
There are quite a few people who need to be thanked for their tireless efforts in making this the huge success that it was.
Toni Lindeback for just being incredible - we couldn't have done it without you, Vera Dimitropoulos for her amazing organisational skills, Debbie Street and Christina Chow for their attention to detail, Ann Kurts for being our brillant food coordinator, Shane Brown for being drink man and making funny speeches and finally Valda Roser for being Valda.
The following parents we would also like to thank for your help on the night - Sandra Stojanovic, Rosalie Valentine, Dimi Katsikoras, Tony Stevens, Karen Le, Lucy Nguygen, Louisa Chan, Vivienne Bath, Ivan and Anton Jurisevic, Bill Wilson, Jenny Brown, Batool Hopkins and John Evans
Teachers and staff - Dr Kim Jaggar, Colleen Walles, Marilyn Mittelheuser, Tony Hanlon (for the great slides and video), Mr Dowdell, Everett Cohan and Kathy Jackson and all her fabulous musicians.
We were all very proud of our boys who were extremely polite and exceptional waiters on the night - Patrick Desmond, Beau Greenslade, Christian Katsikoras, Denis Stojanovic, Alisdair Brown, Nick Lindeback, Juston Chow, Johan Suntoso, Mathew Chan, Cameron Reeves and Thomas Wilson.
Last but not least (in any sense) thank you so much to all the Year 8 parents and grandparents who provided all the beautiful food - too many to name.
This was a great display of High parents and staff coming together to produce a highly enjoyable
evening - thanks again to you all
From the High Store
NEW LINE AVAILABLE: The High Store has made a special purchase of SHS Lanyards (key
holders) for boys to keep their house and locker keys safe. Cost: $6
'SOCK IT TO YOU' HAS ARRIVED
Funds raised from the purchase of items from the catalogue will be distributed between the current school projects and the 125th Anniversary Project of the Library and Performing Arts Centre.
Please study the catalogue, make your selection, take to work, show your relatives, neighbours and friends. (Order form can be photocopied for extra orders)
Please make Cheques payable to Sydney Boys' High School.
Wool and cotton products are Australian made from Australian fibers. Making a purchase will support our Primary Producers.
EVERY order over $50 in value will receive one pair of Frog motive socks complimentary.
PRIZE FOR SELLER of HIGHEST DOLLAR TOTAL ORDER (i.e. from self, neighbours, relatives workmates etc.) of HAMPER valued > $100 to include King Single Bed Underlay and other catalogue items.
NOTE : Page 8-9 THE WINTER RANGE Thermal wear Page19 SLEEPING BAGS for those school camps!
Please support our Term One fundraiser to help us help our Sons - No calories involved!!
16's A's LOSS 0 - 6 Best, A1 Jourdan,3Chapman3-6 B's LOSS 1 - 5 Doubles B's Roger/Amadeus 6-3 C's LOSS 2 - 4 C4 Robin Chen 6 - 2 D's WIN 6 - 0 D3 Owen Han 6 - 0 15's A's LOSS 2 - 4 Best, A1 Ben Lee 6 - 4 B's LOSS 2 - 4 B2 Albert Kim 6 - 2 C's DRAW 3 - 3 C1 James Ip 6 - 5 D's WIN 5 - 1 D2 Edwin Montoya 6-2 14's A's DRAW 3 - 3 Best, A1/3 Danny/Victor 6 - 4 B's LOSS 2 - 6 B2 Sha Huda 6 - 4 C's DRAW 3 - 3 C1 Jeremy Ireland 6 - 3 D's DRAW 3 - 3 D4 Harry Hua 6 - 3 3/6th A's DRAW 3 - 3 Best, A1 Thomas &4 Daniel T.6-3 B's DRAW 3 - 3 B3 Daniel Ong 6 - 3 C's WIN 6 - 0 C1 Andric Leong 6 - 4 D's WIN 6 - 0 D1/D3 Will L./Kin Jing 6 - 0 13's A's LOSS 2 - 4 A3 Trang 6 - 2 B's LOSS 2 - 4 B4 Hui 6 - 3 C's LOSS 2 - 4 C4 Simos 6 - 0 D's LOSS 2 - 4 D4 Chan 6 - 2
TENNIS BBQ DINNER at OUTTERSIDE CENTRE Date :13th MARCH SUNDAY Time: 5 p.m - 9p.m. Cost: $ 7.00 CELEBRATE with your team, coaches and parents the end of an exceptional tennis season. Last years BBQ was a great one!. All awards presented. Prizes to be won. All the food and drinks you can enjoy.
1STS KINGFORDS COURTS : 12.30 -5.30 PM. This Saturday Riverview will be keen to take the
Premiership Shield, which High has held for 2 years. Our team is one of great courage and
endurance, but this Saturday they NEED YOU to help them over the pressure to believe without a
doubt and win against the tough Riverview team. Most tennis teams finish in the afternoon at
4.30pm, the struggle at Kingsford will still be on- BE THERE! Thanks guys!
SOCCER COMMITTEE 2005
The first meeting for the year will take place in Staff Common Room at 5-30pm Wednesday 16th March.
A day to remember for years to come for our First XI boys who defeated St.Joseph's last Saturday to move into 5th position on the premiership table. Great performances in our 1st innings with Damitha Fonseka hitting 70 n.o and Mark Carroll 43. Better to come in the bowling with Damitha Fonseka taking an incredible 6 for 37 and Sam Robson 3 for 13 cleaning up the first innings and Matthew Fetherstone 2 for 0 and Adrian Jeyendra 2 for 13 in their second dig. To add to the great result is the announcement that Damitha Fonseka has been chosen in the Combined GPS 1st.XI. Congratulations to all concerned.
FIRST XI (Day 2) High 9 /214 and 4 / 30 DEFEATED St. Joseph's 10 / 95 and 10 / 194
SECOND XI (Day 2) High 10 /125 and 10 /128 FIRST INNINGS LOSS to St. Joseph's 7 /175 and 3
THIRD XI-(Day 2) - High 10 / 117 and 10 / 80 Lost OUTRIGHT to St. Joseph's 4 Decl 190 and
1 / 10
FOURTH "XEXTREME" XI - Presumably lost their match or we would be experiencing one of Eddy Blaxell's "short" 3 page reports. (The Editor)
16 A -(Day 2) - High 10 /152 LOST to St. Joseph's 7 for 156
UNDER 14A (Day 2)- High 10 / 78 and 10 /76 (42 overs) LOST OUTRIGHT to St. Joseph's 6 decl
UNDER 13 A and 13B - No reports lodged as scorebooks were not available in time for publication
CRICKET COMMITTEE and GENERAL MEETING. A meeting to finalize details for the CRICKET DINNER will be held on WEDNESDAY 30th MARCH 2005 at 5-30 PM in Room 901 at the gymnasium. We would welcome more parents to this meeting so that we have arrange for the preparation of the Great Hall and tables for the forthcoming Dinner We need approx 2 hours of your time on the day.
CRICKET DINNER and PRESENTATION OF AWARDS. Will be held on SATURDAY 2nd April from 6-30pm
for 7-0pm in the Great Hall at School. DRESS for all cricketers attending is SCHOOL UNIFORM on
the night as photographs will be taken. Awards will be presented to each team from 1stXI, through
to all of our junior teams for Batting, Bowling and Team Player / Fielding and award winners are
expected to be present on the night. Payment for the Dinner is made at the school office and the
final date for those attending is THURSDAY 24th.March 2005. The cost of dinner is $30-00 for
Adults and $25-00 for the players (including Soft drinks) Liquid refreshments including bottled
wine will also be available on the night for adults.
FITNESS ASSESSMENT FEBRUARY 2005
The PDHPE Department has again assessed the physical fitness levels of our junior students. The most important health-related test is the 1.6km run for cardiovascular endurance. Our standard Moore Park West course was used for the assessment.
For an assessment of 90% or better, required a student to run the 1.6km in a time of 6 mins 30 secs, approximately, depending on the age of the student. For an assessment of 50% or better, required a time of between 7 and 8 minutes, depending on age. A result of 10% or less means the 1.6km run was completed in a time greater than 9 mins 30 seconds.
Each student in Years 7-9 should have a copy of their assessment schedule and results for February 2005 in their PDHPE theory books. Parents are encouraged to review their son's results with them.
There were some outstanding performances again this semester including Keiran Taylor (7R) 6m 28s, Jeremy Ireland (8.1) 6m 10s, Alistair Taylor (9.5) 5m 45s, Quan Nguyen (10.4) 5m 29s and Harry Walker (10.3) 5m 28s. * Fastest time is held by Paul Watzlaff of 5m 00s set in 2003.
It is our goal to have all Year 10 students at 50%, or better, (1.6km in 7 minutes) from 2007.
1.6km results for February 2005
Percentile band No. of students in each percentile band Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 90 – 99 2 2 11 24 80 – 89 6 7 17 10 70 – 79 0 4 13 18 60 – 69 11 9 16 13 50 – 59 11 13 19 19 40 – 49 13 15 10 19 30 – 39 11 22 28 31 20 – 29 24 37 38 16 10 – 19 61 40 12 14 0 – 9 30 24 15 12 Non-starters 11 7 1 4
Mean results for each year group 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.
2/02 10/02 2/03 10/03 2/04 10/04 2/05 Year 10 53% 60% 65% 72% 58% 63% 56% Year 9 44% 70% 45% 58% 47% 52% 49% Year 8 44% 54% 41% 52% 38% 57% 36% Year 7 32% 43% 31% 43% 26% 44% 32%
SECOND GRADE Round 12 Saturday 26 February 2005
High were ready to play the tough Shore side in round 12 of the GPS competition. Arguably the best GPS side in seconds basketball, High was looking for an upset victory. With a solid warm-up and tips from both Vince Salomon and first grade coach Mr. Hayman High were ready to play the daunting Shore side.
The first quarter showed many great signs of teamwork from High but evidently stronger and more
skilled in fundamentals Shore were able to easily convert left and right hand hook shots. Being a
very fit side Shore played a full court man to man all game and still managed to beat High down
the floor in transition and run back to defence. High however were not intimidated and played
consistent basketball throughout against a very talented side. Down by 15 points at half time was
very disappointing and mainly resulted to many easy baskets in the first quarter as High was
shaken and outplayed. The third quarter however once again saw Lewis D'Avigdor a player who
carries High in the third quarter by playing like a star. He consistently set up team mates and
scored many baskets to close the gap to 10 points. The final quarter showed steady basket from
High and a 'pick and roll' play set up by Michael Levi showed signs of promise for games ahead.
The game ended with a very well drilled Shore side running away with a 24 point victory.
TEAM RESULT SCORE TOP SCORER 1st LOSS 80-47 C.CONWAY 10 2nd LOSS 66-42 H.WALKER 22 3rd WIN 36-32 Y.HE , K.WONG 8 4th LOSS V. NGUYEN 5ths LOSS 37-27 Y.KIM 6 6th LOSS 36-19 J.PHU 5 16A WIN 26-20 A. VERTOUDAKIS 11 16B WIN 35-21 W. ZHUANG 7 16C LOSS 20-30 M.KELDOULIS 7 16D LOSS 22-34 P.MALEK 12 15A WIN 35-34 S.SUGITO 10 15B LOSS 32-28 D.CHIU 16 15C LOSS 17-4 K.WANG 6 15D LOSS 29-14 C.YANG 6 13A LOSS 27-20 STEVEN 12 13B LOSS 63-5 MICHAEL 4 13C LOSS 36-12 J.JIANG 6 13D LOSS 34-8 I.LU 6
WELL DONE ALL TEAMS- IMPROVED RESULTS HIGH VS KINGS
3RDS - Round 12 Saturday 26 February 2005
15 A's Dominate in style!! The 15 As celebrated a close victory against Shore on Saturday
winning by just one point. This was one of the most intense game we've played all year, and
definitely the luckiest. In the early minutes of the first half we were down by thirteen points
and seemed to be already out of the game. We were missing all of our shots and playing poor
defence. Our coach called a time-out, and after a short "pep talk" we picked up our game and
evened out the score. By the end of the half we had a lead of six and for the first time, were
realising that we could actually win the game. In the second half we increased our lead to twelve
points and were certain we would win. With only eight minutes left we became cocky and as a
result, started dropping our game. Shore immediately realised this and used it much to their
advantage. Our lead began to quickly deteriorate and there seemed to be nothing we could do. We
had no more time outs and were falling apart. In the last five seconds we were leading by just
one point and Shore had the ball, as they belted across the court. They ripped through our
defence and with less then a second left, went in for a lay up. The ball bounced off the
backboard, hit the ring at a bad angle and just missed becoming the winning point of the game.
All in all it was an intense and very lucky game for the 15 As!!
16'S - 16B'S REMAIN UNDEFEATED! Last Saturday was somewhat a turn of events compared to
last terms efforts against the mighty shore side. Conventionally it is the Ds and Cs which take
out the wins, but this week the Bs (who have remained undefeated) and the As managed to pull away
with thrilling wins. Two players that stood out as amazing on the Bs side where both Cambridge
Wong who tore up the court with amazing steals and lay-ups; and Danny Wong who sunk a 3-pointer
while having to size up against a player a foot taller than him. The As could all be very proud
of themselves as everyone played excellently except for maybe myself who managed to foul 4 times
within 5 minutes(I was then benched for most of the game). A new PB! Hesitant at first
considering their team had the likes of a 195 cm player, we sprang onto the courts and managed to
keep Shore on their heels as we kept a tight half court trap. With the consistent driving of Alex
Vertudakis and the well kept defence of Alex Vulkanovski we managed to pull away from the shore
side with a 7 point lead at half time. Into the second half we went and unlike our usual show of
fatigue the game just got better. Our mighty point guard Victor Nguyen managed to steal the ball
numerous times and sprint down the court and simply defy gravity by dancing in mid air with the
ball waving about in his hands. Towards the end shore managed to draw many fouls bu thankfully
their shooting wasn't up to scratch and in the last 7 seconds with a 6 point lead and the shore
team with 2 free shots it was evident we were in for a 2nd win of the term. Lets keep our heads
high and play our best for next weeks game.
TALENT DEVELOPMENT 2005
The Gifted Education Research, Resource and Information Centre (GERRIC ) has initiated the following programs which may be of interest to students and parents.
The Australian Secondary Schools Educational Talent Search ( ASSETS )
Young Leaders of Change
The Dark Side of the Internet
There is No Filter Like Supervision:
Internet Stranger Danger:
Child Internet Safety:
The Internet Deserves Respect …
State of the Arts
Annual music camp
Year 7 Instrumental Lessons
Musicianship lessons begin on Monday at 3.30pm in room 102 with Mr Screen This is for all boys who are interested in the AMEB exam. If you have not yet paid please collect a form from music and pay on Monday. The fee of $200 covers all tuition, the text books, exam papers and the cost of sitting for the exam.
Anzac Day Marching Band is going well. They rehearse every Monday morning at 7.45am. The Drum Major is Victor Wei and he has been working hard with Sargent Robert Young. The drum corps under the leadership of Neil Curry are busy learning their beat patterns. Any seniors who have not yet attended need to commence rehearsals this Monday at 7.45am.
Thank-you to the Sydney High Symphony Orchestra for performing at Speech Night last Tuesday. Also to the Year 9 Concert and Jazz Band who performed at the year 7 parent cocktail party last Thursday evening.
Music performances coming up:
March 19th Saturday GPS Head of the River Year 9 Jazz Band
The festival is on Sat Sept 3, with a rehearsal Friday afternoon.
Italy Music Tour Update
There is a music tour camp on the weekend of April 2nd - 3rd all tour members need to attend.
Music Tour Itinerary