High Notes, Vol 7 No 16, June 02 2006
From the Principal
Half Yearly Reports
Year Group Meeting –Year 7
Sir Roden Cutler Charities Day
Winter Sports Assembly
"Welcome to our Winter sports Assembly for 2006. I extend a warm welcome to our special guest this morning, SFC footballer, Dave Carney, players, parents, coaches, staff and students. On this occasion, so close to the visit by Boggabilla students and Sorry Day, we would like to acknowledge the original occupants of this land, the Gadigal clan of the Eora nation, and their elders past and present, on whose traditional land our school is situated. We respect their caring custodianship of our continent over millennia. We are gathered at our Winter Sports Assembly to honour our students who have been selected to represent our school in GPS teams.
"We are celebrating our 100th year in the GPS by focussing on improving facilities in tennis, cricket and basketball. In winter sports our prospects are in the hands of people – good coaches and committed team members. We need a broader spectrum of support from parents and Old Boys to extend participation and deepen the skills base of our players. I commend to you the Friends of High Rugby Inc. a recently established support group, aimed at building support. It could be a good model for other sports to follow. Wednesday and Thursday coaches are needed to mentor and nurture forty teams of students. Our teaching staff alone cannot meet their needs. GPS competition is tougher than ever as more talent is congregating in GPS and CAS schools. In CHS knockouts we contest against enclaves of excellence at Sports High Schools and pockets of traditionally sports loving comprehensives. We must involve more parents and increase the participation of students who are talented but not playing for us in competition.
"Our school attempts to reach high standards in a wide array of activities. We must therefore manage our time impeccably. We must eradicate time wasting and balance work and play appropriately. We must focus and get more out of our training time. We must value personal strength and fitness and take personal responsibility for achieving high standards in our own time. We value teamwork and try to inculcate its virtues in our students. Ceremonial occasions such as this reinforce the educational purpose of team sports.
"Team psychology is all important. Teams develop a kind of collective personality that leads them to succeed or self-destruct, to perform to their ability or under perform, squabble and blame shift. Steve Waugh in his autobiography, sub titled ‘Out of my comfort zone’ explained how this team personality works even at the professional and national level. In describing the preparation for the first test against the West Indies in 1988, he wrote. “As a team, I don’t think we ever expected to beat the Windies. Our meetings were often based around the word ‘competing’. To me, this said, ’Let’s have a go and you never know what might happen’, rather than believing we could actually control parts of the match and be in charge of our own destiny. But maybe it was realistic.” The West Indies dominated the Gabba test and the series.
"You can do something in your team to be in charge of your own destiny. You can minimise penalties by observing the rules. You can stick to the defensive patterns set up in training. You can do the fundamentals well. Irrespective of the strength of the competition, you can concentrate on playing your part and doing the next thing properly. Satisfaction is derived from repeatedly executing basic manoeuvres properly. Always look for positives.
"In conclusion, I congratulate warmly all students who have been selected to represent the school
in rifle shooting, debating, fencing, volleyball, cross country running, football and rugby, for
winter 2006. To all other team members I offer this advice: stay committed to enjoying team sport
participation, put pressure on the first and second grade team members and focus on what you have
trained to do. Avoid ‘paralysis from analysis’. Do the simple things well. Strive for
your team… and above all have fun."
SBHS Competes in TheatreSports
Ever watched “Whose Line is it Anyway”? Well, Theatresports is the Australian version. It is improvised comedy. It’s when a team of up to 4 people are given a topic and must make up a scene on the spot. It’s funny! It’s crazy! It has the audience sitting on the edge of their seat sometimes in laughter and other times in suspense.
Currently 45 schools are competing in the Theatresports High Schools Competition to see who will take out the championship. On May 19th, Sydney High competed in Heat 4. Our representatives were Lawrence Boikov, Lewis Burger, Beau Greenslade, Johnny Lieu and Nathan McDonnell.
The other teams in our heat were Trinity Grammar, Newtown Performing Arts, Canterbury Girls High, Christian Brothers Lewisham, St Ursula’s Kingsgrove and Lucas Heights Community School (the winners of the heat). .
Congratulations go to our boys as they performed some outstanding scenes. Although they have just recently commenced learning the games and were the newcomers to the competition, they showed amazing creativity and outstanding improvisational skills. The amount of talent among the boys is impressive.
Workshops will continue to run once a week at lunchtime. Everyone is welcome. Watch out for future notices. Also, anyone wanting to join us at the Enmore Theatre on June 25 at 4.00 pm to watch the grand final please call me on 0413 233 319.
Yours in comedy
University of Adelaide – Media Competition
The University of Adelaide has invited students to participate in a web-media competition. The
Bachelor of Media students have made 12 web-ready testimonials of life impact on campus, the top
three entries will be made into television commercials as part of the University of
Adelaide’s Life Impact campaign. Sydney Boys High School students can to go to the website
and vote before the 16th June 2006. Everyone who votes for the most popular of the 12 films will
be eligible to enter the draw for an Apple computer package including a Dual-Core 2.0GHz
processor, 30” Cinema High Definition monitor and Final Cut digital film editing software,
a package worth in the vicinity of $7,000.
Congratulations to Kelvin Yu and Chris Lopes who have made it through to the state semi-final of
the Plain English Speaking Award. Both boys were well prepared and presented insightful and
entertaining speeches. The semi-final will take place on 23rd June in Lewisham. If the boys make
it through they will compete in the State Final at The Powerhouse. Best of luck!
P & C Parking Day
So far I have only one response from a Yr 7 family! We need about 8 more!
Helpers required from 3.45 pm. The Swans game kicks off at 7.10 pm. If you would like to help raise funds which will assist all of our boys at High please contact me ASAP so that I can include your name on the roster.
Words of Wisdom
“It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education.”
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those
who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”
Charities - Save the Children Book Sale
Save the Children aims to ensure that all children, regardless of gender, race, country of origin or religious belief, have the means for survival, receive protection and have access to nutrition, primary health care and basic education. Save the Children fights for children’s rights. The book sale will be held at the following venues:
Paddington United Church,
Crows Nest Community Centre,
The State Library of NSW has donated books for the event.
From the High Store
The High Store will now be open on Wednesdays from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm. Michelle has kindly offered to open the store to accommodate parents who would not normally have the opportunity to get to the store. Please take advantage of this and pop into the store on Wednesday when you drop your children off.
Please also ask Michelle about the fabulous new "supporters" polar fleece that she has designed for winter.
Any inquiries please call Michelle on 9331 7075.
Year 9 Academic Merit List Semester 1
Congratulations to the following boys in Year Nine whose excellent academic achievements in Semester 1 are recognised.
Points were awarded as follows - High Distinction: 6, Distinction: 5, Credit: 3, Pass with Merit: 2 Pass: 1, with the qualifying total being 39.
In Round 4 of the inter-schools chess competition our Senior team defeated All Saints Grammar 2.5 to 1.5. The Intermediate As drew 2-2 with Sydney Grammar C and the B team lost 0-4 to Trinity A.
In Junior division the As had a 4-0 win due to a Holy Spirit B forfeit , the B team 4-0 over
Sydney Technical D and our D team went down 0-4 to last years champions Newington A.
Year 12 Parents Dinner Invitation
Let’s all get together for dinner during our boys’ final year at school.
Date: Friday 23rd June
Please mark this date in your diaries now and let us know whether you intend coming so we know how many to book for. More details next week.
Sue Levy and Antoinette Farrow Year 12 Parent Reps.
High produced high percentage servers (excuse the pun) that left Riverview in its wake. We succeeded. New High boy Oliver K. set out to destroy Riverview receivers by setting the net ablaze with his ridiculously high velocity hits that conserved momentum.
Outside hitters: Capt. Sam, Weiping and Jamie made use of perfect sets conceived by Victor and Alex. He did this by hitting powerful and consistent spikes that were not contested at the net throughout the game.
High put on a show in the 3rd set using newly formed plays to confuse and amuse Riverview. Desperate to run these plays, High relaxed on the serves in a hope to get an easy return. Our centre blockers dominated, particularly Ping Du and Warren Trac in the front court, abusing the perfect sets at their will to scare Riverview.
The setters couldn’t have set so well if it wasn’t for David Dizon in the backcourt and his invaluable loudness.
At this rate, Sydney High is looking in shape to win the GPS.
New players who were absent from last week’s game include Zid Mancenido, Daniel Chim and Stephen Dong, all of whom displayed exceptional passing and serving abilities.
With the help and support from new coach Ms Howland and Captain Jordan Luong, High took the game in three straight sets 25-9, 25-13, 25-8. Volleyball rookies Paul Tran and Yo-ha Kim pulled their weight admirably, providing second grade with huge hits at the net from spot on sets delivered by Zid and Shorson Zhang. Consistent serving led to an easy victory, which was provided by Daniel Shan and Henry Dang, who closed out the third set and game with another 10 point serving streak.
Second grade will be looking forward to the upcoming Saturday’s game against Grammar, who
pose as the biggest obstacle to the GPS champion’s title.
From the Gym
Welcome back to all boys who are diligently continuing their strength program and to those boys who have started new this term. There have been a few small equipment additions to the weights room with only small improvements needed now to ensure the school has a top class facility for you all to utilise. I would again like to take the opportunity to invite all of the newer boys to the school (Years 7 & 8) to sign up for a strength program. I assure you the gym is not just for the Big Boys to use and weight training will definitely not stunt your growth (read more about this on the schools web site). Again I encourage all parents to come along to the weights room and discuss their boy’s progress or just tap me on the shoulder at the rugby or basketball (this is where I am the most as my son also goes to the school and these are the sports he has chosen to do) and ask me anything regarding the training that I have the boys do. A couple of mum’s did ask me the other week a few questions regarding weight training and they were very honest in their worries. I did assure them that
Who will you follow?
The summer reports for the 2006 school magazine, The Record, are now overdue. It is essential
that all reports are received so that all groups are represented in the Record. If people have
items of interest, photos or articles, sports reports, interesting events that have occurred in
2006 then they should forward them to me. Below is a sample of a Sports Report for this year
which is suitable for publication.
SGS TSC TKS SIC SJC SHORE NC TOTAL Term 4 12-22 30-10 9-11 Rain 22-19 20-22 16-16 Wins: 2 Term 1 39-22 21-21 20-14 27-19 18-25 15-20 31-18 Wins: 4
Our best defender would probably be Matt Lee. Either dropping to zone or running a press, he would probably be the first to get there. It was unfortunate that he had an accident during Term 1, taking him out a couple of games, but he managed a comeback and his consistent defence really helped us quite a bit in the last few games.
Our Best offensive player would be Jun Dai. His size allows him to plough through opposition, be it zone or man, and he manages to get a lay-up in or a crucial pass. His Free-throw percentage is surprisingly good, and his steady points build to a comfortable lead most of the time. Due to this he would probably be our most valuable player.
Our Best Rebounder would be Simon Liu, with his impressive height and box-out skill. Simon has saved us numerous times with saving a wild shot and putting it in, or stopping the opposition touching the ball again after the shot. This is a great improvement from even Term 4, where after much learning he finally learnt how to box-out, making him our most improved player. However, his sometimes “over enthusiastic” attitude leaves much to be admired.
Our season was one filled with memories and fun, and the determination to train hard. Looking at
our results, we improved greatly, with much thanks to the personal work from all of the members
and a special thank you to Hughoce for training us outside school hours.
Football: The Onion Bag
Quote of the Week
A mixed start to the GPS season. In open competition, 2nd Grade came back from 1 nil down to post an important 2-1 win. Played in slippery conditions, the team displayed the type of determination required to win GPS games. Goals to Alex Lee and a thunderbolt from Daniel Song.
First grade suffered a disappointing 3-1 loss to a sharp Scots outfit. Luck was against High, with a speculative Scots shot, looping over keeper Street to open their account and the woodwork denying captain Blaxell an equaliser. A scrappy second goal saw Scots cruising at half time, 2-0 up. In the second half, simple errors again made it difficult for High to build any promising attacking raids. A third Scots goal effectively ended the contest. However, pleasingly, High refused to throw in the towel and fought it out till the end, eventually being rewarded with a penalty late in the game. The spot kick was neatly converted by Ed Curran.
I had the pleasure to watch the 14A and B in action at Centennial Park. The quality of play was extremely encouraging, with Kieran Taylor, Enoch Hui and keeper Josh Sutton all having outstanding games.
In other games, the 15As scored an impressive 2-0 victory, as did Mr Pearson’s 3rd grade. Congratulations also go to the 14Ds, who, on the back of their 3-0 win, have taken an early lead in the Dolan cup.
A reminder to all players that you need to be at your training venue, ready to start at 1.00, to obtain maximum benefit from the session.
This Weekend sees the majority of fixtures against Joeys. Good luck to all teams and lets see if we can improve our winning percentage this week. Check times and venues right.
GPS Round 2: vs Joeys
16D V SCOTS
High Cricket Bulletin
Planning for the 2006/2007 season has now been completed in draft form and will incorporate a variety of activities leading to a determined push to exhibit that High talent can be a leader in the GPS Cricket arena. To achieve this however, we need to have support elements such as coaches, team managers, scorers and parental involvement to ensure that the cricketers can have every confidence that their efforts are appreciated and acknowledged. For the coming season our two main goals are to strengthen our base (Year 7, 8 and 9) and to aim for the No 1 position with all of our Senior XIs. Pre-season training will start in August and the proposed programme will be published on the cricket website in mid-June. All training will be programmed in a manner that it will not overlap winter sports
Our next parking is scheduled for ROUND 19 of the NRL when the Sydney Roosters play the Cronulla Sharks on the weekend of the 14th – 16th JULY 2006.
SUMMER SPORT NOMINATIONS – TERM 4
EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST – COACHES and TEAM CAPTAINS
SBHS-SGHS Parents/Students Universities Information Evening
Years 10, 11 12 Parent/Student Universities Information Evening
Wednesday, 7 June 2006 7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
University faculties present from:
(The UNSW Medical Faculty will be in Room 107 next to the Hall.)
This is an opportunity for parents and students to speak with faculty representatives and gather
information from the individual faculty stalls that will be situated around the SBHS Hall.
A Thank You Regarding The Record
THANK YOU TO VOLUNTEERS FOR SETTING “THE RECORD” STRAIGHT !!!
We are a little behind at the moment.
A dedicated group, including, Julie, Cheryl, Susie, Alan and Vikki, have been assisting in contacting ex students to confirm their address and send them their copy of “The Record”.
This is rewarding work and builds friendships. Come and join us on Tuesdays. Please contact Valda
Roser on 9361 6910. Half an hour or more is very worthwhile.
SBHS Debating 2006
CONGRATULATIONS TO SRIRAM SRIKUMAR WHO HAS MADE THE AUSTRALIAN SCHOOLS DEBATING TEAM.
This is an incredible achievement - Sriram is the 5th High boy to make the NSW team and the first ever High boy in the Australian team. Sriram heads to Wales in July to participate in the World Schools Debating Championships. Australia has won the last three tournaments and we wish Sriram all the best. Check out details of the competition at www.schoolsdebate.com
GPS TEAM SELECTIONS
DON’T FORGET TO CHECK YOUR EMAIL!
DEBATING SUPPORTERS GROUP
For more information email
Want to Dance?
In Year 10/11/12 or Staff at Sydney Girls or Sydney Boys High School?
Then come to
NEED A TAX DEDUCTION?
As tax time approaches consider making a donation to the
Australian Sports Foundation - download form from the web site: Sports | Sports Donations
DO NOT FORGET THE 125TH ANNIVERSARY APPEAL
Each family was sent, in the latter half of 2005, information regarding the desire and need for a New Library and Performing Arts Space to be built as a fitting project for 2008 – our 125th Anniversary.
Please use the donation card and reply paid envelope to send your tax deductible gift. Donations can be made by credit over the phone. Ring the School and ask to speak to the Cashier.
Thank you for your continued support of our boys – helping make a difference.
Any inquiries, please contact Valda Roser 9361 6910 email.
Year 8 Parent Group
An Invitation to Year 8 Parents
The Term 2 meeting of the Year 8 Parent Group will be held on
Wednesday, 7th of June at 7:30 pm in the Staff Common Room (near the School Office).
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Parent Group meetings are an ideal opportunity to meet other parents in your son’s Year, raise questions, make suggestions and air any concerns you may have.
Any specific agenda items may be emailed to
before 5 pm Monday 5 June.
Annual Joint SBHS/SGHS P&C Meeting
Invitation to all Parents and Staff to The Annual Joint Meeting of P & C Associations Sydney Boys High School and Sydney Girls High School
WEDNESDAY 14 JUNE* 2006 AT 7.30 PM
Our speaker will be Louise Remond, Clinical Psychologist, Health Psychology Unit, University of Technology, St Leonards Campus, Royal North Shore Hospital co-author with Dr Sarah Edelman of Taking Charge: A guide for teenagers - Practical ways to overcome stress, hassles and upsetting emotions
Louise will give an overview of issues teens have commonly identified as stressful and aspects of adolescent development which can make adolescence a stressful period. She will describe the Taking Charge Model which aims to help individuals take 'greater charge' of their behaviours and emotions by taking positive actions and identifying and challenging unhelpful patterns of thinking. Topics will include: problem solving; acceptance of situations beyond one's control; identifying particular patterns of unhelpful thinking; skills for challenging irrational beliefs and applications of particular strategies to managing stress, the 'blues' and anxiety. The talk will provide useful resources for helping teenagers when they are feeling distressed.
The presentation will be followed by question time and refreshments.
*NOTE change of date from originally advertised 21 June 2006
Canteen Price List
The Sydney Boys High School Canteen is open between 8:30am - 1:40pm on school days. Any variation to this is advertised to students in the school's daily news bulletin.
Lunch Orders can be placed from 8:30 to 9:00am
Prices effective 30.01.2006 Minor price changes will occur as a direct result of increases by suppliers .
All canteen profits are returned to the school for the benefits of the boys' education and