High Notes, Vol 7 No 26, August 25 2006
From the Principal
International Night September 9
The High negative contended that tasteless programs were ultimately detrimental to ratings and that the community reacts to inappropriate material. They showed that the notorious ‘turkey slapping’ incident was an example of self-censorship by a TV station; that there was a 7 minute delay in live broadcasting to allow for editing or obscuring material; that parents regulate children’s TV watching; that inappropriate shows can be turned off; that we have an independent regulatory body with sufficient powers in existence; that Commonwealth government control would politicise TV and make broadcasting another political tool; that reality TV shows are no different to other shows shown late at night; and that they cross moral lines no more often than other shows like ‘erotic tales’ so why should they be singled out for censorship? The negative challenged the affirmative to demonstrate the social harm caused by the allegedly flawed status quo. The adjudicators agreed unanimously that the affirmative’s case was not strong enough to overturn the argument for the status quo.
Vice-Chancellor Hilmer promotes a co-curricular testamur
At High we face the same challenges. We try to recruit and retain teachers who understand and nurture gifted students; we attempt to attract scholar-sportsmen as students; and we focus hard on trying to raise money for front line services and capital infrastructure. UNSW gets HECS and we get teacher salaries and a lump sum for utilities, professional development, sick leave and basic equipment. UNSW has to rely on fees, on-site businesses, sponsors, partnerships and donors from business and private sectors. At High we have similar sources for funds that can add value to student experiences beyond the direct and indirect costs of instruction. The big difference is that as a community we have not accepted that the government will not fix our school; long ago university communities realised that self-help is the only way forward. Government funding is a declining proportion of their budget and ours.
I urge parents to get involved and support their school. Come to sporting fixtures. Attend social
occasions. Contact your Year Group. Ask your son for High Notes. Visit the web site. Help us
financially to make High the pre-eminent government secondary school it once was.
Secure Internet Browsing and Email
Important message for ALL students.
All students will be issued with a Department username and password. Also students will be issued with a Department email address. The email address will be in the format:
The username and password will be needed by students to access this email address. It will also be needed every time you wish to browse the internet from school.
Web based email accounts such as Yahoo, Hotmail, Gmail etc will not function under this new system, and are completely blocked.
When you wish to log in to the school network, you will log in as usual with the username and login that you do now. However, when you wish to browse on the internet, you will be prompted to enter your Department username and password. Also, if you wanted to check your Department email (ie. @education.nsw.gov.au) you will need to enter your Department username and password.
Although the changeover is 11 September, it is advisable that you log in before this date, as the first time you log in you will be required to change your password and you may experience difficulty with this if you leave it until after the 11th.
All students must also read the DET Acceptable Usage Policy available from SBHS Student
Student Photo Archive
Reminding students and parents that photos from Assemblies and other events that school
photographers attend are available from the Student Drive in R:\StudentPhotoArchive folder. The latest instalment is from the
junior assembly on 9 August and the Biennale Excursion with Yr 9/10/11 art students. Speakers and
Musicians feature. If you have photos from school events that you’d like to make available
to the school family please see Ms May.
Fencing - Annual General Meeting 2006
The parents of all fencers are invited to attend Fencing’s combined AGM and General Meeting
on Tuesday 5 September at 6.00 pm in the Staff Common Room. All positions will be declared vacant
and nominations are urgently sought. The AGM will be followed by the General Meeting, providing
an opportunity to discuss funding, ask questions about High's programs including coaching and UTS
training; and to raise and discuss issues and present your ideas on how fencing at High could be
improved. It is most important that parents of junior fencers get involved to ensure continuity
of programs when the older boys and their parents leave the school. Fencing, like all sports at
SBHS, needs the support of ALL parents and your attendance at this meeting will be greatly
The Record 2006
Most reports are now overdue. Several summer reports have still not been received and are a matter of urgency. If the report is not received then nothing about that team or group will appear in the 2006 Record.
All school groups need to provide information such as reports or photos to me ASAP. I will endeavour to include as much as possible but isolated photos are difficult to include but still give them to Mr Barris or a member of the Record Committee. In addition Ms Trompetter, Head of English, is collecting the literary contributions for the record. Please hand these items directly to her ASAP.
The summer reports which may not appear are as follows: Basketball 2nd, 3rd, 4th grade, 15b, 15c, 14b, 13c Cricket 16b, 15a Rowing Year 9 quad 4 & 5, Year 8 quad 3, 4 & 5 Tennis - all except 1st grade & 15s.
Also, if you think you are in a school group or activity that deserves mention in the Record,
then contact Mr Barris.
Economics & Business Studies Competition
Price Waterhouse Coopers Australian and New Zealand Economics and Business Studies
Economics - 24 HD’s 73 D’s
In addition the top 1.4% of students received monetary prizes. Outstanding results were achieved by the following students:
The above students will receive their awards at a Presentation Evening at the University of New
South Wales on Thursday, 28 September 2006.
Calling All Parents of Students Who Play Basketball!
Basketball has over 280 student participants. At our committee meetings last season we had only a handful of parents who were actively supporting their child/children in their GPS pursuit. These parents work very well together to make everything function effectively each week. It would be pleasing to have more parents involved to share the work load for these dedicated few.
The date of the first committee meeting will be announced shortly. In basketball we
only have a few brief meetings a year. Usually they take place up stairs of our gymnasium in
room 901 after work hours. Please watch this space for details.
From The Weights Room
Again I congratulate those boys who are continuing their strength Programs and building on the good work previously done. These boys are and will continue to show increased physical performance in all they do due to the strength, knowledge, body awareness and confidence that they are gaining through their monitored programs. Again I make the point that strength training with weights does not stunt growth and in actual fact it is quite the reverse. I myself am a High parent with my son currently in year 9. He has by his own choice been completing strength programs since year 7. If I knew that strength training with weights would stunt his growth do you think I would allow him to do them? He has grown consistently in size and strength over the past two years to be slightly taller than myself. The scientific and practical evidence just doesn’t support that old myth. Do some research and stop listening to people who don’t know. I am here every day for any parents who may have concerns and I’m quite happy to discuss them with you or update you on your boy’s progress.
Summer Sport Strength Programs
Attention All Tennis Parents
We are also seeking 6 adult and 6 student volunteers for each of the following parking dates.
Date: Sunday, September 3, 2006
Date: Sunday, September 17, 2006
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2006
Thanks and regards
Representative Basketball 2007
Thinking of Trialling For Representative Basketball Teams In 2007?
Elite Squad is coached by rep coaches and will prepare you for the trials by exposing you to elite skills, increased training tempo and higher expectations then you get at your domestic teams training. Elite Squad is a training program for aspiring representative players & current representative players during the off-season. The training sessions are aimed at improving & maintaining individuals skills/techniques & current fitness levels. The Elite Squad is highly recommended to athletes wishing to gain an edge over competitors before the upcoming Representative Trials.
Elite Squad session run from 4:30 – 5:30pm beginning running for 9 weeks
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Rebecca Reid, Development &
Representative Manager on 9906 7877 or
and mention you are from
From the Rugby Master’s Desk
Jason Tassell has informed me of the new deal in the weights room for the rest of the term. I would encourage all rugby players to take up this offer. The Sports Council is considering part of the selection criteria for our 1st and 2nd grade and “A” age group teams in 2007, be the successful completion of an off season strength training program as well as a speed or endurance training program conducted and monitored by Jason. The feeling is that High needs to place a greater value on the 1st grade jersey by rewarding players with perhaps lesser ability but a greater work ethic than more talented players who believe their talent alone is enough.
The price to join the weights room for the second 1/2 of term three as of 25th August will be $20
(usually $35). This will apply to all sports and all age groups and will cover all boys for the
two week holiday break at the end of term. During the holiday break the weights room will be
approx 3 sessions a week (times to be announced) and only those boys who have begun an authorised
program will be allowed to attend. Strict attendance rules will also apply.
In the Zone
Last Tuesday SBHS Visual Art classes yr 9-11 went on an excursion to the Biennale of Sydney 2006 “Zones of Contact”. The Biennale is a contemporary art festival that happens every two years and features many artists from all over the globe. This year we visited three of the major venues, The Art Gallery of NSW, The Museum of Contemporary Art and Piers 2/3.
We all arrived bright and early on Tuesday morning at the front steps of the AGNSW and were leaping out of our skin to try and interpret the coded meanings and messages of contemporary Art. Some artworks were not as easy to understand. As we went down a few levels in the AGNSW we saw what seemed to be bricks and rubber hoses suspended from the ceiling. But looking again we could make out an upside down church. It was a bit like the Da Vince code gone wrong. [Congratulations to James Menzies yr 10 for being so clued in and noticed the Antonio Gaudi reference. The Study Day speaker seemed to miss this association altogether]
Some works were easy to understand, for example Antony Gormley’s Asian Field – my favourite artwork which employed the services of about 300Chinese people of all ages to make 210 000 small figures [that’s 700 each] to fill an entire hall at piers 2/3. It was eerie seeing all those thousands of black staring eyes on the figures.
All in all it was a fun day and we returned home all arted out
Prizes will be given out on the Music awards assembly early next term. Award scheme points apply for all participants.
HSC Music Performance Night
China Music Tour 2007 Expression of Interest
The Music Department in collaboration with the Australian Chinese Culture & Arts Group will be organising a 16-day music tour to China in the 2007 July holidays. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to perform in the Beijing International Youth Carnival 2007 with other youth bands from 21 countries worldwide.
As well as participating in the Grand Parade in Wang Fu Jing and the music show of Olympic Opening Music, students will visit renowned tourist sites around Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nan Jing. The anticipated cost of this tour will be approximately $2000 which includes all meals, accommodation, and entries.
Students and parents interested in coming on the tour need to complete the form below and return to the music staff no later than Friday 1st of September 2006 (Week 7). We will be holding a meeting on Monday 25th of September at 6:30pm in the Great Hall to provide you with more information.
2007 MUSIC TOUR TO CHINA - EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (Please Print)
Student’s Name: _____________________________________ Roll Class: ________________
Parent/Guardian Name: ___________________________________________________________________
Phone No. ____________________________ Mobile No. ____________________________________ Email: __________________________________________________________________________________
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Sydney Boys High School Parent/Carer Survey
A Sydney Boys High School Parent/Carer Survey
The purpose of this survey is to discover the opinions of parent/carers, teachers and students. Results will be published in the High Notes, distributed to P & C, will guide Values Education curriculum planning and assist with future directions for student welfare and other school/community initiatives.
Thank you for your valued insight.
1 What values are important to you?
2 What values do you think your child should be taught at school?
3 Does the school support the values that you try to encourage in your child at home?
Please explain how/how not.
4 Look at the list of the nine Values for Australian Schooling below. Comment on the
extent to which you feel that the school promotes these values.
The Nine Values for Australian Schooling are:
High Cricket Bulletin
We are just in two weeks away from our pre-season programme that will get High cricket off to a flying start in our quest to be the fittest, best prepared and competitive school in the GPS Competition this season. Your opportunity is to be part of the best performed GPS sport in the school and to apply yourselves to achieve the highest level in both academics and sport to walk tall at all times proud of your achievements.
To keep you informed of current activities please ensure you diarize all information in this week’s High Notes.
1st.XI COACH APPOINTMENT:- Mr. Hugh Howey has been appointed as the Coach for the 1st.XI and he has already produced an exciting and constructive programme for our potential senior team players. Hugh is an accredited Level 1 Coach and will be introducing a range of new drills and concepts to our senior team training. On behalf of all members of our cricket community we wish Hugh and his charges every success for the coming season
AGM REMINDER:- the AGM for the Cricket Committee is to be held next Wednesday 30th August at 6-0pm in the Common Room which is located in the Main Administration building. The Agenda for the meeting appears on the Cricket Website. Parents, Coaches and players are invited to attend.
GOOD NEWS :- The new cricket nets area is being readied for a start on construction by the second week in September. We have been advised that we will have full use of the nets for the start of Term 4. The nets will have 4 wickets with retractable nets with storage boxes and a net roof cover. The surface will be synthetic turf and 7 metre run-ups will also be turfed. As a result of this construction period, where net sessions are programmed net for the Open Squad and age teams, bookings will be made at the SCG Indoor Centre until the nets are available at school.
TRIAL MATCHES:- During the 3rd Term vacation Trial matches are programmed for the Open Squad consisting of potential players for our 1st and 2nd XIs. The 1st.XI will play a N.Z. Grammar School on Wednesday 4th.October at Kensington Oval and Waverley College 1st.XI on Wednesday 11th.October at Snape Oval. On Tuesday 10th October the 2nd.XI squad will play The Armidale School at Kensington Oval. Please diarize these fixtures as it will be the last opportunity for all Open Squad players to put themselves in front of the Selection panel for spots in the two senior XIs.
CRICKET CAMP: - The cricket Camp will be conducted over the last weekend of Term 3 with
players living in the Abbotsford Rowing facility. Players will move into camp at 5-0pm on
Friday 29th.September for a 6-0pm start and be involved in conditioning, fielding, batting
and bowling sessions during the weekend. The Camp will conclude on Sunday afternoon 1st
October. Further details will be supplied during our pre-season training in respect to cost
DRESS STANDARD & EQUIPMENT: - All players are reminded that correct sports attire is required ant Wednesday and Thursday Sport afternoons and those failing to address this will be subjected to other activities than cricket.
Dress standards will be enforced when we are utilizing the SCG Indoor nets during sports days and at additional Open Squad practices until our new nets are available, to ensure that we do not receive adverse comments on the presentation of players at some of our group practices during last season. Players are representatives of High and we are judged by the manner in which we conduct ourselves by our cricketing peers.
This season all players will require individual bats, batting gloves and protectors on sports days and at team practices and ALL items should have players names on such items in case of left items. We are investigating a locker system so bats can be stored at school in lieu of being carried on public transport when not required elsewhere.
CENTRE WICKET SELECTION TRIALS:- there have been many queries on these trials as to what
they are and whether they need to be attended particularly by year 7 and 8 cricketers. These
trials are played in a match format and players are nominated to bat and bowl whilst involved in
a “real cricket game” by our coaches who can then assess a grading for teams. These
trials allow us to observe how players operate when batting, running between wickets, bowling and
fielding under the pressure one can normally expect in our GPS matches. It is in your interest to
attend these to ensure you make the team you believe you should be selected in.
SHS/SGS Invitation Athletics
ES Marks 19 Saturday August, 2006
Overall, the effort was very good with many boys taking podium finishes in their respective events. A special congratulation must go to the Athletics Captain, Roger Burrell, who not only won the Opens Discus, but also broke the school record with a throw of 39.45.
To all the athletes, I urge you to get to the training sessions and compete at all the invitational carnivals. This is one of the best ways to get ready for the GPS Finals. Mr Devlin has gone out of his way to organise specialised training to increase our performance. TJ is also running sprint trainings twice weekly which will enhance our overall proformance.
Thanks goes out to teachers Mr Codey, Mr Gainford, Mr Creer, Mr Baldock, Mr Barris and Mr Hannon who helped out on Saturday, aswell as Mr Burrell, Mrs Taylor, Mr & Mrs Denny-Smith, Mr & Mrs Morrow, Mrs Masalsehdani, Mr Karunaratna, Mrs Street, and Mrs Hui.
Thanks also goes out to students, Ziggy Harrison-Tikisci, Toby Rosengarten, Anthony Morris, Kelvin Yu, Raymond Rocca, Blaise Prentice-Davidson, Harry Song , Jeremy Luscombe, Bill Sun, Sabeeh Hussain, Michael Coutts, Matthew Coutts, Max Keldoulis and Richard Xu.
Congratulations to the following athletes for making it to State and to James Barker for his new record.
Results from the SHS/SGS invitational
Year 8 Parent Group
An Invitation to Year 8 Parents
Ms C Walles, the Year 8 Advisor will be speaking to the meeting giving an update on Year 8.
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 28 August.
Mentoring of New Parents
We wish to start a new project to be sponsored by the P & C and the Year Groups at SBHS and supported by Dr Jaggar. The aim is to have every parent of a new boy starting at the School matched up with a Mentoring Parent already at the School.
We hope to launch this project with the new intake of students in 2007.
The purpose is to provide new parents with an informal contact person who will welcome them into the School Community and is available to them to help them through the difficulties encountered in their first year at the School.
The scheme will hopefully remain informal without a lot of structure and will depend for its success on the enthusiasm of the Mentors.
We will need 60-180 parents every year to be involved.
or fill in the form below and return to the Principal’s Assistant.
Name: ______________________________________________________ Email address: _____________________________________________ Contact phone home: ________________________________________ Contact phone mobile: ______________________________________
I will talk about this at the International Night on September 9 and have more detailed handouts.
We hope to workshop the project by the end of Term 3.
From the Canteen
Food for Thought...
Hot breakfasts now available from 8:30AM
Hot Chocolate - $1.00
Start the day with a hearty breakfast and order lunch at the same time!
Canteen Supervisor Required for SBHS
Christine is off on long service leave for the whole of Term 4.
Attention all artists and writers
Art and Writing Competition
Students are encouraged to write about, or express through art, their experiences in coming out to Australia as refugees, creating a life in Australia as refugees and receiving refugees into their communities. The competition, run in cooperation with Friends of STARTTS (www.startts.org) is open to all students and entries close 29 September.
Selected entries from the competition will be announced during National Refugee Week (22-28 October) celebrations to be held in Sydney's CBD. An all day event will celebrate the lives of refugees in Australia and provides refugees with a unique opportunity to showcase their talents through various mediums of expression including art, music, dance and film. For further competition details and to enter please visit http://www.triumphant.org.au/index.html.
Will any students entering the art component please advise Ms May
SBHS Debating 2006
ALL GPS RESULTS are NOW ONLINE at http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating/results.shtml
THE BUS TO DEBATE at KINGS NEXT WEEK.
COACHES GIFT CONTRIBUTION
DEBATING SUPPORTERS GROUP- MEETINGS
The 2006 Debating Dinner
Traditionally the Debating Dinner is held on the Saturday after the final GPS debate and celebrates the strength of debating talent at High - 2006 will be no exception. This year the dinner will feature a comedy/fun debate starring our coaches and Year 12 debaters, with parents providing their expert adjudication skills to decide the winner.
This year’s Debating Dinner is being held on
TIME IS RUNNING OUT! BOOKINGS MUST BE MADE BY FRIDAY AUGUST 25TH.
Payment for the dinner can be made at the main office. NO bookings can be accepted after this date as catering numbers must be finalised.
Detach the form below -- pay your money at the main office -- take the slip to Miss Brewer
2006 DEBATING DINNER
Student Name _________________________________
Year/Roll class __________ Number of adults attending ______ @ $30 = _________ Number of U/10 attending ______ @ $20 = _________
TOTAL Number of people ______ TOTAL $ _________
___ Do you have any special dietary requirements? Vegetarian? ___ YES! I can you help on the day with setting up the hall, table decorations etc.
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Sydney Girls High School Open Night
Wednesday 6 September 2006
4:00 to 6:30 pm - Exhibitions/Displays/Performances
Anzac Parade, Surry Hills 2010
SBHS International Family Night
Join us on Saturday 9 September at 6pm in the SBHS Great Hall for a fabulous night of food and entertainment for your whole family.
This price covers the cost of your meal - no fundraising margin is included in the ticket cost. To keep costs down the event is BYO.
The evening will feature:
Tickets are available from the front office
Student name: _________________________ Roll call : ________
Telephone contact (daytime) : ________________________________ Number of adult tickets: _____ Number of child tickets: _____ (12 years and under)
Type of payment: __ Cheque* __ Cash __ Credit Card
Card Type: __ Bankcard __ MasterCard __ Visa
Card Number: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Total amnt paid: $__________
Cardholder’s Name: _____________________________ [please print] Cardholder’s Signature: __________________________ Bus. Phone: _________________
Expiry Date: ____ / ____
*Cheques should be made payable to Sydney Boys High School
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From the High Store
Spoil Your Father on FATHER’S DAY & Support Your School
Sunday 3 September 2006
For more information call Michelle on 9331 7075 or email
The Sydney High School Foundation Inc.