High Notes, Vol 7 No 27, September 01 2006
From the Principal
International Night September 9
Parent Information Nights – September 5 & 11
Official Opening of the Tennis Courts – September 13
Values Education Convocation September 23
Year 12 HSC Music Recital
Athletes Turning Out for High
Valé Old Boys
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Important message for ALL students.
Year 10 2007 Parent Information Evening
A Parent Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 5 September in the Great Hall at 6pm to
discuss the subjects studied by boys in Year 10 2007. Subject Acceleration (in subjects
such as Modern History, Geography, Music etc) has been offered to Year 10 boys in past years. It
is anticipated that in 2007 Year 10 boys will study 2 electives (possibly including an
Acceleration subject). The options available to boys for 2007 will be discussed at the
Results of UNSW 45th Annual School Mathematics Competition:
In the Senior Division Anthony Morris was awarded Third Prize.
Vinh Pham, Jamie Tao & Rishubh Verma were among the 15 Certificate Prize winners.
Richard Liu and Senthil Thillanadesan were awarded Certificates.
In the Junior Division five Prizes and nineteen Certificate Prizes were awarded.
Yu Sun and John Wormell received a Certificate Prize.
Jacob Cao, David Fan, Edward Lu and Andrew Tang received Certificates.
A great gratias vobis ferimus + (=THANK YOU !) to our Year 10 Latin and Year 11 Greek classes for representing SBH by participating in the FINALS of the Latin & Greek Reading competition at Sydney Grammar School on the evening of 27.07. They read very well (excellent pronunciation!) before an audience of their peers (fellow-competitors), professors, judges and family members and friends. Our group read in the Yr. 10 Latin Solo and Choral and the Yr. 11 Greek Solo. We did not win 1st or 2nd gift prizes this year, but all were awarded Certificates of Commendation.
The competition was really fierce and the judges were out for quite some time. SBHS was the only boys’ State school of the 17 schools which entered. In all 33 entrants had made it past the Semis to the Finals. There were 17 finalists competing the Yr.10 Latin and the Yr. 11 Greek.
Our SBH tradition of studying the language and civilisation of Greece and Rome, on which our present culture is based, goes back to 1883. This tradition was upheld (on that cold and damp Thursday night last month) by the sterling efforts of Eugene Stadnik, Edwin ,Montoya-Zorrilla, Richard Hua, Alvin Leung, Jun Dai, William Chan, Boris Zolotarev, Andrew Leung and Muhamed Mehmet-Basic.
From the Library
Telstra Grant of $1200 to Assist Boys Reading
This year we applied to Telstra to cover the cost of newspapers for the Library’s newspaper table. The library buys 6 Heralds, 3 Australians and 6 Telegraphs for the boys to read daily. We feel that these papers encourage our boys to read and we are very grateful that Telstra also feels that this expensive library initiative is a worthy one.
Two different families of Telstra employees have sponsored out school to bring these grants to fruition. This year Sydney Boys High Library is grateful to Ajith Karunaratne, father of Gehan in year 11, for his successful efforts to secure this grant.
Student’s Design for the New Library
Architect’s Design for The New Library Unveiled at Development Committee Meeting this
Thank you to the Year 8 boys who designed and collated the recent school literacy survey.
Joshua Nair for his astute questions; Puneet Baweja, Joseph Braverman, Justin Chan, Enoch
Hui,Andy Liu , Jeremy Rajendram for their well organised collation of the results and Tadeusz
Davenport for his transformation of the results into fantastic graphs.
Saturday heralded the long awaited end of a week, and a day of athletics at which many High athletes would have an opportunity to display some of the techniques that had been picked up and honed over the previous two weeks. Having seen an excellent turnout the week before, High sought to field an unsurpassed team in both talent and spirit. What had been a team of 64 the previous week, became a formidable 76 man force - with 53 of these in the 13's, 14's and 15's age groups. This pleasing junior turn up was most obvious in the 13's which had 21 athletes compete over the course of the day, with 15 in the 100m and 8 in the long jump.
Some outstanding results included those of Shadman Ali, placing in both the 100 and the 200, Joshua Tassell running times that would have made him competitive in the age above his own, and many others besides. One of the most satisfying parts of each carnival is the have-a-go attitude adopted by many of our runners, and hopefully this attitude will take us to new heights this season.
Well done, High!
Calling All Year 11 Parents
It has become customary for the year 11 parents to reciprocate and host a cocktail party to farewell the year 12 parents.
Looking forward to working with you
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.
From Science: Mouse Trap Car Competition
The competition was convened by 6 advanced engineering students from the University of Sydney. Groups of 3 or 4 students formed and spent 3 weeks in the design and development stage before final testing was conducted in the great hall. There were 9 entries. Final results were as follows:
First Place: Team Paid - Distance = 10. 46 metres
Second Place: Team Chinaman - Distance= 10:36 metres. Most Innovative Design: Team Chinaman.
Another round of the competition will be run on Open Day (Wednesday 18 October). Students wishing
to make an entry need to register with Mr Kay.
Regional Athletics Report
The NSWCHSSA Sydney East Championship came with great anticipation for the competitors, in six age groupings. High competed in 57 events on the day. Recording an amazing 35 top Five placings, 22 podium finishes, 9 first places and a record. To be eligible to compete in the carnival the boys had to be selected in the school team then in the eastern suburbs zone team, an achievement in itself.
In the 12 years Michael Phung led the high charge placing first in his long jump event, with Albert Huynh and Kumadika in hurdles support
The 13 years saw Shadman Ali place first in a breathtaking photo finishing running a smoldering pb of 12.4 in the 100m, he up among our best hopes of a GPS title, he later backed up for a 4th in a strong 200m field. Shadman is displaying amazing development and seems to be the hope of future sprinting at high firming as a GPS favorite the 200m field also contained a fast finishing Andrew Ye. In this age Chris Morrow also jumped for a 2nd place with an inspirational 1.55m.
The 14 years saw Jeremy Ireland, a committed product of the high harriers running club and distance prodigy gain 3rd a very tactical 1500m (only 1 second off first!) and 4th in the 800m. Derek Trong leap for third in the long jump and Josh Tassell put on a strong showing placing 4th in a tough 200m.
The 15 years saw the energizer man Lachlan Street competing in an amazing 6 events, he turned out to be ‘streets ahead’ of his opponents in the 200m and 100m hurdles placing 2nd in both events. Street is the most versatile of the high team competing in events from 400m to triple jump, a testament to high spirit. Daniel Lo backed him up in the hurdles coming 3rd running an equal time of 17.6. Matthew Ling gained a third in the 800m.
The 16 years saw ‘tiger’ Ty dominate with a huge 800m win recording 2:07 to capture his first regional championship, cementing a solid claim for favoritism come GPS championships he also ram an admirable third in the 400m. Ty seems to be a great prospect in coming years looking to snag himself a few championship titles under the watchful eye of High coaches but he was not alone on the track as Kogulan Sriranjan out sprinted opponents to come 4th in an arduous 200m.
In the field Gehan put up a strong effort in the long jump narrowly missing a placing.
In the 17+ years Roger Burrell ‘the enforcer’ out muscled opponents with a truly dominant display in the shot-put by over 3 metres! Roger is truly leading by example overcoming harsh injuries that would have destroyed those weak of mind to come back and recapture his regional title. Burrell also backed up in the Discus dominating again placing first with a strong 38 metre throw. This bodes well for Roger as he looks to end his days at high athletics with a GPS shot-put crown.
Dakshika Gunaratne became the official 110m hurdle king winning his race in supreme tactical style overcoming his opponent by .1 of a second, just missing out on a national qualifier by .1 of a second it was truly a breathtaking display of hurdles mastery.
In his final year James Barker defended his Open 1500m title blitzing his competitors by 10 seconds, James seemed to be in cruise control as he recorded 4:16. It looked like he was reserving himself for the following day. The pressure was on to defend his 3000m open title.
The next day was a momentous occasion as James became the only Sydney High athletics record holder at a regional level shattering Delaney’s (a former national champion) Open 3000m Sydney East record by 8 seconds, this event has been run over decades this makes his achievement truly outstanding. In a performance reminiscent of the great prefontaine he led the way and ‘burned’ his Endeavour opponent into the ground running the first 2km in sub 3 minute pace.
The 4 x 100m relays ended the regional carnival on a high note, with each of the relay teams coming in the top five placings, the 12 years came an admirable 5th. The 13 years came a courageous second to a record capturing Endeavour team; the 14 years obtained another battling fifth. The best relay however went to the 15 years team which was spearheaded by an inexhaustible street, the team ran an astonishing 47.66 seconds to come first. The final event was the 16 years relay ending up with a fast paced 3rd.
Students who did not come in the top two but still want to compete in the State championships should inspect the qualifying standards for non-automatic qualifiers on the website: www.sports.det.nsw.edu.au
The results are a promising early indicator of the highs strong athletics team, which seems to be capable of at least 4 titles this year at the AAGPS meet. The boys should be commended by the strong participation and performances made possible by the boys determination, coaching support and training sessions.
Big thanks also goes to Mr. Devlin who came out on both the days to organise the boys.
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 appreciated.
Last Saturday was a somewhat bleak day for SBHS fencing at Newington.
In Division A, the SBHS-A team suffered an expected, but nevertheless very painful 1:8 defeat at the hands of the strong Hills Grammar team. The match against Hills went off to a great start when Yu Lin went all out and defeated Paul Leone - the first one of our team to score a win against this highly skilled fencer. However the following eight bouts were lost, two of them 4:5.
Next we were up against SGS-B. Yu Lin won both his bouts, and Patrick Duffy and I each lost one. However, since SGS-B showed up with an incomplete team, a win of 9:0 instead of 7:2 was recorded for us. Yu Lin displayed superb fencing skills and is now the only Division-A High fencer eligible for the individual bronze medal – and a well deserved one at that.
SBHS-A has completed the Preliminary Rounds of the Schools League and by winning four of five matches we made it comfortably into the Finals. Placing will not be known until all teams have finished the Preliminary Rounds.
This was the second competition day for the Minis. They fenced well and won 6:3 against Edgecliff, but were then defeated by Gibgate 1:8. Congratulations to Ian Ho (three wins), Pasan Pannila (two wins) and to Albert Nguyen and Anthony Xu who won one each. Keep up the good work.
The SBHS-E team only had two fencers on the day - Michael Sin and Addison Clune - each winning two bouts and losing one. However two fencers are not considered a team and whilst these fencers were allowed to fence to determine individual results, a team of less than three fencers always results in a forfeit.
In the incomplete SBHS-G team only Nishant Paul and Brian Jian fenced against Oxley-C. Congratulations to Nishant for winning a bout.
No results have been reported by SBHS-F. Two other teams, SBHS-B and SBHS-D, had a bi.
Saturday is the final day of the Preliminary Rounds for all SBHS teams except the A team. This is an ongoing competition and High Spirit should be shown - all team members are to come on time for all matches, unless prior arrangements have been made with Ms May to be replaced. Feeling less than one hundred percent on the day is not a good enough reason to let your team down.
High Spirit was shown by Boris Zolotarev who came to Newington as a backup for the A-team in case of further injuries.
On Friday, check the fencing noticeboard and the NSWFA website and make sure you get both the
time and the date right. http://www.nswfencing.org.au/juniors/comps_league.htm
Good luck to all teams in the next round this Saturday.
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
Lunch The 2006 Awards lunch was held at the Outterside Centre on Saturday 26 August.
Dr Jaggar congratulated the teams for their excellent performances this year and wished First Grade and the 16A’s well at the Australian Schools Volleyball Championships to be held in Melbourne next term.
Final placings in the 2006 GPS Volleyball Season.
Best and Fairest awards were given to:
The SBHS Volleyball MVP was awarded to Victor Nguyen.
Years 7-10 Basketball representative opportunities
Want to make a team? It’s not too late. Boys who play Reps dominate at GPS level. Look at our current stars at first grade level. The ones who play reps are the most effective. A few boys have attended this course recently. They are on a steep learning curve of improvement. GPS private schools better look out in a few years! Year 8 and 9 are coming-But only if they continue to practice against and with quality players. See course below.
Pre-Rep Trial Training
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.
This term both the Intermediate and Junior teams had qualified for the NSWJCL Eastern Region Finals (Eastern Region being north of Bexley , east of Lakemba, south of the harbour). The Intermediate team drew their quarter- final against Sydney Grammar, unfortunately they lost the rematch. The High Junior team also drew their quarter- final against Fort St but managed to win the rematch. The semi-final against Newington was again a draw with the juniors managing to then get through 2.5 to 1.5. In the final against Scots College you guessed it, another draw.
Last Friday our team went to Scots needing a win as another draw would put them out of the
competition (on a weighting of the boards rule). Board 2 & 3 drew, 4th board won and the boys
left not knowing the decision for board 1 as it needed to go to adjudication. Monday came the
decision, a draw for board 1 and a victory for High! Congratulations to Dominic Nguyen, Declan
McCrea-Steele (c), Dawen Shi, Ben Encel and Ilya Bonch-Osmolovsky for a hard fought
From the Office
Letters Re Absence/Lateness/Early Leave
If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Beringer, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name, date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.
Another email service for parents
If you would like to have your son’s attendance record sent to you send your email address
Please include your son’s name and date of birth in the email.
High Cricket Bulletin
On Wednesday night the AGM of the cricket sub committee was conducted at school and your new committee members are enthusiastic about our competitive programme for this season. The full committee details are posted on the Cricket Website.
Mr Andrew Bowes as President will lead the group and has expressed a desire to have more parents involved as Age Coordinators. We are looking for a Year 7, 8 and 9 father to be the focus point for teams competing in that age group and to coordinate the results and equipment requirements during the course of the season. We are also seeking either mums or dads to attend a scorer’s information evening to learn a simple approach to scoring which will mean all of our younger cricketers will receive the right points in the Junior Cricketer of the Season and Rookie awards. Unfortunately due to poor scorebook entries last season, several players were penalized because of lack of clear or correct entries in our books. If we achieve this support a roster system can be introduced where you may only be rostered for 3 or 4 matches during the whole season. Please contact me if you are willing to support your son’s team during this season.
NEW CRICKET NETS – will be commenced next week and our existing nets will be dismantled to make way for new basketball courts which will follow in approximately one month’s time depending on weather conditions. Whilst the nets are being constructed all net sessions will be conducted at the SCG Indoor Centre during sport afternoons. Advance notice will be provided when groups are to use this facility.
QUESTIONS and ANSWERS – I have received several phone calls from parents and players on a variety of subjects and herein are answers to the main concerns.
I would encourage parents to contact me if they have any questions regarding the GPOS
organization or any matter that they are not clear on so that you can get the most out of
supporting your sons as members of High’s Cricket teams. All contact details are on the
Cricket Website - http://www.sydneyboyscricket.info
Youth Week in NSW
Tattoo Design Competition
What is Youth Week?
When is Youth Week 2007?
The objectives of Youth Week are to:
Where can you find out more about Youth Week?
For further information and entry forms for the Tattoo Design Competition and/or the Poster
Design Competition, contact Creative Arts Staff.
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.
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
Tournament of the Minds 2006
Seven High boys participated in the 2006 Tournament of Minds held at the Marist College, Kogarah, on Saturday, August 26. Our team comprising Nikhil Autar, Samir Kinger, George Panas (all year 7), Anirban Ghose, Liam Aylmer (both year 8) and Julian Byrnes, Anton Jurisevic ( both year 9), had taken up the Maths and Engineering challenge. Our task was to make an exotic bird that, when released from a perch (of our making), would “fly” freely and unaided (no support or guide wires) performing two different spectacular manoeuvres. We had to write a script focusing on how replacement birds helped the island of Baradice’s economy. The island had lost most of its birdlife, which was the main tourist attraction and source of tourist income, to poachers. The judges were much amused by our play and found our bird design elegant.
In the Impromptu problem, our team bonding helped us solve the word problem creatively and promptly.
The team is grateful to our facilitators, Joe Banh (Year 12) and Jason Wang (Year 10) for their
constant inspiration and encouragement throughout the very stressful six weeks. We look forward
to the challenge next year.
Want to keep The Record straight?
You can DONATE a page or more – There is a lot in store, as We look back – Over our track … “RECORD”
Individual school families are invited to contribute towards production costs, at a rate of $50 per page, a special and last opportunity for Year 12 families.
The family and sons name will be printed as a header at the top of a page.
e.g. Sponsored by:- The Jones Family – Thomas Year 12
Please indicate your participation level by filling in and returning the tear off section below.
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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
High Rugby Friends
High Rugby Friends Inc. would like to invite everyone involved in the rugby program at High, including players, parents, old boys, teachers, and coaches etc., to the:
END OF SEASON TOUCH DAY & BBQ
There will be various giveaways and prizes on the day!
To find out more, visit:
High Rugby Friends Inc. (HRF) is a non-profit association that has been set up to support the
rugby program at the school.
From the High Store
For your school uniform needs, and much more…
Announcement to Parents
Drop your son to school and then pop in to the High Store!
For more information call Michelle on 9331 7075 or email
The Sydney High School Foundation Inc. “working together for our school”