High Notes, Vol 7 No 11, April 13 2006

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From the Principal

High Talent
Thank you to the students who volunteered to be in the honour guard for the funeral service of Mr Ken Baret: Stephen Burke, Doug Chang, Augustine Ha, Edward Hibbert, Raymond Huynh, Gajaba Manamperi, Phillip Roser, Mark Samarasinghe and Francis Wong. Your gesture was well received by the family and the congregation. Thank you to Michael Maselehdani and Yuk-Lun Yeung (Year 12) and Varan Perananthan and Alex Shapilsky (Year 10) for their great efforts to organise the Trivia Night and SRC barbecue. Thank you also to MCs James Morgan and Phillip Roser (Year 12). Well done to David Vien (Year 10) who helped run the Strongman Competition with Jason Tassell.

Joint Fundraising Group has its Inaugural Meeting
Stakeholders got together last week for the first fundraising meeting to develop policy and strategies to speed up the pace of fundraising towards school development goals. The School Council, The P&C, the Old Boys Union and the SHS Foundation were represented. To be known as The Sydney High School Development Committee, the group is preparing to position itself as the peak fundraising body in the school community. Its minutes will be published and its recommendations discussed in various forums. Any staff member who has an interest in fundraising is invited to join the group.

General Service Contributions Half Way to Target
We are half way to our target in general service contributions for the year. It helps our budgeting a great deal if families pay in the first half of the year so that we can spend the money on your sons’ education promptly. The school can give maximum benefit to the most number of students if our budget is known as early in the year as possible. Students in Years 11 and 12 have the most to gain from prompt payments of contributions.

Cricketers Finish the Year in Style
There was an encouraging attendance at the cricket dinner last Saturday evening. The gathering enjoyed speeches by coaches and team captains. Captains tended as usual towards ‘the roast’ in the style of their addresses. The Extreme XI took time out from training during the season to produce an entertaining 12 minute video that seemed to last for half an hour. The cricket committee donated some great trophies and memorial tankards for each departing Year 12 player in the first or second eleven. Mr Laurie Heil was rightly congratulated for his terrific work throughout the season as MIC. Retiring coaches Mark Retter and Kieran Lewis were given appropriate send offs. Both the first and second grade cricket teams finished 5th in their competitions, making cricket the most successful GPS summer sport. Messrs Heil and Ayre have great plans for next season, centred around a tougher mental approach to the game and more involvement by senior players in the administration of the sport for juniors. The season ended on a high note. We need more players in the program next season!

SRC Organisers Show Their Skill
Two significant events were held last week demonstrating the initiative, organisational skills and drive of our SRC representatives. The Inaugural Trivia Night for Years 10-12 from SBHS and SGHS was a great success with the participation and socialisation objectives of the exercise met very well indeed. Good food, questions and prizes made for an enjoyable evening in a packed Great Hall. The SRC boys organised a sausage sizzle last Friday and, mentored by Mr Coan, purchased sausages, rolls and drinks to prepare and sell during the extended lunch. Their fundraising efforts were highly successful.

Stewart House Mufti Day
As part of our new Charities Policy, each Year gets its own mufti day for its charity. The Year 7 charity is Stewart House. Proceeds from the mufti day last Friday will go to that worthy cause. I urge Year 7 boys to find out more about Stewart House and to involve themselves in more activities to aid that charity.

The Strongman Competition
Thanks to Jason Tassell and his teacher volunteers, the inaugural Strongman Competition was held during Friday’s extended lunch. Some daring contestants carried dumbbells, pulled a cart loaded with weights and Mr Barris or donned a shoulder harness to pull a station wagon ten metres along the roadway outside the TAS staffroom. Not only was the competition fun for spectators but it had a serious message for all our boys – you too can do something about your personal strength and fitness. Quite a few of our boys have had great gains in strength and self confidence since completing ten weeks at the gym doing strength training under Jason’s expertly designed program.
Dr K Jaggar
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From the English Faculty

Term 1 is rapidly drawing to a close. Year 11 students are in the process of undertaking their Oral Assessment tasks as part of their Preliminary Advanced Course together with the completion of their first Preliminary Extension task at the end of week 10. Assessment of Term 1 modules is also occurring in Years 7-10. All students have received details about these tasks from their class teachers.

As part of our English enrichment program all Year 7 participated in a very successful excursion to the NSW Art Gallery and the State Library. As an extension to their Term 1 work on ‘Biography and Autobiography’ students were asked to critically and creatively respond to the ‘Self Portrait’ exhibition at the Art Gallery and the Doug Moran Portraiture Prize exhibition at the State Library. During the course of the day students completed a variety of stimulating and challenging tasks which we hope have added to their understanding and enjoyment of biographical writing. It was clear from the reaction of members of the public at both these venues that the boys were a credit to our school. A very special thanks must be extended to Ms Boukatos who organised the excursion.

Year 10 students have completed a module of work on Satire. We would particularly like to congratulate the following boys – Sean Lee, Simon Liu, Simin Yang, Richard Hua and Jun Dai – who produced a short satirical film which demonstrated both an exceptional understanding of all aspects of film production and a maturity beyond their years. Congratulations also to Phillip Wu for his work in coordinating class films.

Year 12 will undertake Assessment Tasks for both the Advanced and Extension Courses at the beginning of Term 2. We urge students to use the Easter break to consolidate their understanding of content already covered and to revise this content through writing. Any student who needs assistance in organising their revision program for their English Assessment tasks should see Ms Trompetter.

On Monday 8th May Marrickville Library is presenting an HSC lecture on ‘Physical, Inner and Imaginative Journeys’ – Year 12 students are encouraged to attend. See Ms Trompetter for further details.

The 2006 ‘Writenow’ writing competition is currently open to students in Years 7-9. Entry forms and other details regarding this competition are available from the English Faculty.
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UNSW Library Membership

UNSW Library Membership Possible For Year 11 & 12 Students and All Teachers
Forms are available at our Library.
Cost for students is $30.
Cost for teachers is $60.

University Libraries are a great place to do your homework or assignments on weekends or weeknights if your house/computer is busy. Local libraries can also be very useful in that respect. Maroubra Library has bays and bays of HSC Study Guides.
Mrs Crothers
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Year 10 Parents Social Evening

Friday 26 May
Please mark your diaries now!
Restaurant details are being finalised.

For more info:
email Barbara Taylor: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
or phone: Toni Lindeback 9314 0304
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A gold cross on a chain has been found and handed into the Office. If you think this might be yours, please see the Main Office.
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Words of Wisdom

“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.”
(Les Brown 1945 - )

“Not armies, not nations, have advanced the race; but here and there, in the course of ages, an individual has stood up and cast his shadow over the world.”
(Edwin Hubbell Chapin 1814 – 1880)

“Listen or thy tongue will keep thee deaf.”
(American Indian Proverb)
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P & C Parking

The first P & C Parking Day for 2006 is in the Easter Holiday. Many families will be away, but for those remaining in Sydney this is an opportunity for boys to earn points for the student awards scheme when there are no assignments due or exams looming!

Please consider helping raise funds for your school.

Sunday April 23rd 10.00 am until 1.30 pm
4 people from 10.00 am
4 more at 11.00 am
4 more from 11.00 - 1.30 pm

Funds raised by P&C benefit all boys at SBHS.

If you can help, please call or e-mail:
Lyndell Evans
P & C Parking Co-ordinator
0411 430 394 
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Thank you.
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Sydney High School Foundation Inc AGM


Will be held on Tuesday 16 May 2006 Commencing 8 PM at the Randwick Rugby Club Brook St, Coogee

For any enquiries Please contact the Secretary at
PO Box 888
Strawberry Hills 2012
Phone enquiries 0427070569
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From the Weights Room

Strongman Competition
What a great effort by those 14 boys who took part in the first ever SBHS Strongman Competition. Competition was fierce as the testosterone-fuelled competitors took to the four tasks with steely determination. The Senior champion was Alex Vertoudakis with the Junior championship going to Matt Ling (it was first thought that both Chop and Matt had tied but with a re-check Matt came out on top). This goes to show that both strength and power are not related to size and the little guys really took it to their bigger opponents. Let’s hope this can be made into a regular event and that more boys choose to become interested in getting bigger, stronger, and faster.

Holiday timetable
As per previous holiday periods the gym will be open for those boys who would like to or need to continue their training. The opening/closing times are as listed below. Remember there is no cost but contact details/medical forms have to be filled in before training during this period. No exceptions.

Holiday Times
Week 1
Tuesday 12.00-2.00 pm
Wednesday 12.00-2.00 pm
Friday- 12.00-2.00 pm

Week 2
Monday 12-2 pm
Wednesday 12-2 pm
Friday 12-2 pm

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From Volleyball

CHS Knockout
1st grade moved into Round 4 with their win over South Sydney last week. The Round 4 match will be played against Menai (at Menai) on the Wednesday of week 1 next term.

GPS Volleyball
High has a bye in the first round of GPS volleyball. Their first match will be against Scots on Saturday 14 May. Second grade will commence at 9:30 with 1st grade to follow immediately after in our Gym.

Training times
After school trainings will be as follows:
1st Grade - Tuesday 3:30 to 5 pm - Monday/Thursday 3:20 to 4:15 (small group, specific skill training) - Monday and Friday lunchtime
2nd Grade - Monday and Friday lunchtimes 16s - Tuesday 3:30 to 5 pm
15s - Tuesday/Thursday (TBA)
14s - TBA

First grade will be training in the holiday on both Thursdays from 10 am to 1 pm.

M. Kay
MIC Volleyball

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Basketball: Shooting Hoops

Offseason Basketball
The upcoming holidays signify the start of our winter sports, which our Year 7s will have their first taste of this year. However, basketball will still continue with Friday after-school competitions for those trying out for 1sts, 2nds or 3rds. House basketball and other competitions will continue and so will the enthusiasm of the students during lunchtimes. Let us keep a basketball in our hands during the off-season and improve continuously. We’ll prove to the private schools that as a public selective school, we will make up for our physical disadvantage with our skills, school spirit and smarter plays. Don’t forget to check the gym noticeboard frequently for news or upcoming events!

Comparison of statistics, 1st grade VS Riverview

  Term 4, 2005. Term 1, 2006.
Total Field Goals % 27.8% 40.3%
Total Freethrow % 46.7% 73.9%
% of rebounds by High 44.3% 45.3%
Number of steals by High 17 20
Number of assists by High 18 23
Amount scored 55 74
Win by (points) 2 5

As shown from above, 1st grade improved massively during the season. This is due to the efforts put in by all the players both during school days and holidays. This is a good example of hard work in training paying off!

Thank you to everyone who helped!
A great thanks to: all the coaches that coached us during Wednesdays or Thursdays and attended our games on Saturdays, staff members who supervised us both inside school hours and outside school hours, parents for taking us to our games, cheering us on and helping out with the basketball committee! Special mention must go to Hugo Richards and David Fan for sacrificing their time in attending games and obtaining the statistics. Ms Ward for organising the house basketball events. Mr Hayman (MIC) for all his hard work in managing High basketball. His dedication to basketball has allowed all the changes and improvements in these recent years.
~Brought to you by Francis Wong, Johny Shih and Justin Liang.
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Music Notes

Annual Music Camp
The Annual Music Camp will be held for all music ensemble members from the 29th-31st of May except for the training concert band. It is compulsory for all students in the music ensemble program to attend as there will be a performance in the Great Hall at 6pm on the Wednesday (31/5/06) back from camp. Notes for the music camp have gone out to students, please pay at the main office and return the attached slip to the music staff before the end of term. If there are any concerns or difficulties, please advise the music staff as soon as possible.

Year 7 Music Camp
Notes have gone out to students in Year 7 learning a musical instrument for the weekend camp to be held on the 6th and 7th of May 2006. If there are any students who have not yet received one, please see the music staff as soon as possible as arrangements need to be made by the end of the term.

Parents of all music ensemble members, could you please provide the music staff with your contact details by filling in the below slip and returning it to the music staffroom as soon as possible so that we are able to contact you about any upcoming events involving your son’s participation. This will enable us to communicate with you more effectively and efficiently. Thank you very much. (Please print the information.)

Kind regards
Music staff. (Debra Gilmore, Rita Miller and Suzanna Lim)

Son’s Name: _______________________________  Roll class: _________________

Parent(s) Name: ___________________________  Contact No. : ___________________________

Email: ____________________________________  Music Ensemble(s): ______________________

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Sir Roden Cutler Memorial Gates

The School community’s focus for our Annual Giving Programme 2006 is to honour our most notable Old Boy, Sir Roden Cutler VC, with the construction and installation along the Anzac Parade boundary of memorial wrought iron gates to be hung between carved sandstone pillars, plinth course and fencing.

Sir Roden attended the High School from 1932-34. He was captain of the rifle shooting team and was awarded a Blue. He also later became a patron of the Old Boys Union.

He was the only Australian artilleryman to be awarded the Victoria Cross for outstanding and sustained gallantry over 18 days fighting in Syria. After the loss of his leg, he was forced to retire from the AIF returning home in 1941. In 1942 Sir Roden was elected the State Secretary of what is today known as the RSL. A year later he was appointed Assistant Deputy Director of the Security Service in NSW and later appointed to the position of Assistant Commissioner for the Commonwealth in the Department of Repatriation, a position he held until 1946 when he was appointed Australian High Commissioner in New Zealand.

His posts as an Australian diplomat over a twenty year period included: High Commissioner in Ceylon, Her Majesty’s Australian Minister to Egypt, Secretary-Chief of Protocol of the Department of External Affairs, High Commissioner in Pakistan, Consul General in New York, Delegate to the UN General Assembly, Her Majesty’s Australian Ambassador to the Netherlands and as Governor of New South Wales.

It is plain to see why the School Family wishes to commemorate the life of Sir Roden.

The date for completion of this stage is 29 May, 2006.

Last week your son was given a brochure depicting plans of the project and a donation form, for your convenience, to contribute financially to the project by completing credit card details or writing a cheque made payable to Sydney Boys High School. l.

This incorporated the ‘Take It Home’ Competition where boys were asked to have a parent answer three simple questions and sign the attached form to confirm they had read the brochure and High Notes. All correct entries placed in the box at the Main Office by Friday, 5 May will go into a draw for three $50 Coles/Myer gift cards on offer.

ALL donations are greatly appreciated.

By participating and giving our best gifts to this appeal we will all benefit. The clear landmark of pillars and gates will raise our physical profile within the community and above all remind us to strive to give of our best, as did Sir Roden.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.
Valda Roser
Parent, Liaison Officer/Assistant in Development

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Entertainment Books

The NEW 2006/2007 Entertainment Book has arrived!

.... and still great value at $60!

This is the best and biggest book yet with even more offers than previous editions. This year’s edition includes offers from restaurants such as Forty One, Nick’s Seafood, Bayswater Brasserie, Café Sydney and Bathers Pavilion and attractions like Taronga Zoo, Luna Park, Hoyts, Greater Union Cinemas, Dendy, Sydney Theatre Co, Sydney Jet and many more....

To order your copy now, complete the order form below and return to Con Barris

Entertainment Book™ Order Form
Name:    ___________________________________________________
Address: ___________________________________________________
No. of Books: _____ x Sydney and/or ____ x Sydney North @ $60 each  =  $_________
              _____ x Parramatta/Hills & Surrounds @ $50 each       =  $_________

                                                                Total  $_________
Make cheques payable to SBHS Rowing and give to Mr Barris

Child’s Name: (please print)_________________________________  Roll Class_________

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Fundraising: Mothers Day Raffle

Don’t know what to get for Mother’s Day?
The Year 12 Students are holding a Mother’s Day raffle to raise funds for Father O’Reilly’s “Youth off The Streets” Charity


  • A Mother’s Day cake from Unique Cakes, 341 Gardeners Rd Rosebery (8338 0647)
  • Chocolate Hamper from Elbons Coffee, 6/402 New South Head Rd Double Bay
  • Two-for-one movie vouchers from Hoyts Hurstville

Tickets Prices:

  • 1 for $2
  • 3 for $5
  • 7 for $10

You can buy your tickets at the amphitheatre every lunch. The raffle will be drawn on 11/05/06, the Thursday before Mother’s Day. Come on, do it for your mother!

Bridal Showcase

Come and see how we can make your wedding a truly magnificent affair. Enjoy breathtaking water views at Sydney’s newest waterfront venue and indulge yourself with complimentary champagne and mouth watering canapés.

Please join us for a Boutique Bridal Showcase at Sydney's Newest Waterfront Venue – The Outterside Centre

Designer Cakes
Themed Table Settings
Stunning Waterfront Marquee
Hair & Make Up
Civil Celebrant
Award Winning Decorators
Renowned Caterer

The Outterside Centre
5 Teviot Avenue
Abbotsford Point

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April 2006
11am - 6pm
Free Entry

Gift bags – Complimentary discount vouchers – Competition for designer bridal flowers worth $250

For further information please phone 02 - 9702 5049

An exclusive Bridal Showcase brought to you by The Outterside Centre, Elegant Weddings Dècor & Lishas Catering
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Paddington Public School 150th Anniversary

150th Anniversary Celebrations (Sesquicentenary)
Friday 5 May 2006 & Sunday 7 May 2006

The Paddington Model School opened for enrolments on Monday 5 May 1856, by order of The Board of National Education, with Mr Thomas Harris as its first Headmaster. On Friday 5 May 2006, the school will commemorate 150 years of continuous public education on the same site, with Mrs Sue Mootz as its current Principal.

Paddington Public School cordially invites all its ex-students, ex-teachers and staff, and their families, to celebrate with us this most significant and historical occasion over two days, Friday 5 May and Sunday 7 May 2006. Past school members are most welcome to attend both event days.

Anniversary Information
To learn more about the 150th Anniversary Celebrations, we suggest that you should:

► Visit the schools’ website at www.paddington-p.schools.nsw.edu.au and follow the links to the Anniversary information page and then the Online Response Form.
Complete the Online Response Form as soon as possible (enter your contact details as well as other information for planning of the events, incl. the ‘Path of History’). You need to register for the celebrations by completing the Online Response Form. Even if you are unable to attend the Anniversary Celebrations, the school would still like to document your (past school) details to preserve for its historical records.
► At any time you can keep in touch with the school and the Sesqui Planning Group by using the email address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
► If you do not have internet access, please contact Maria Hoareau, Sesqui Planning Coordinator, at the school on phone 9361-6730 or by fax 9360-9319.
► Mark the dates in your 2006 diary and tell other former Paddington Public School colleagues about the upcoming celebrations.

Come and celebrate with us in May 2006
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