High Notes, Vol 7 No 28, September 08 2006
From the Principal
The School Bus
The Debating Dinner
ASF Donations for Facilities Development
Prefect Elections and Year 10 Aspirants
Payment of school fees
School Values Forum September 23
Year 9 2007 Parent Information Evening
A Parent Information Evening will be held on Monday 11 September in the Great Hall at 6pm to
discuss the subjects studied by boys in Year 9 2007.
Many students from Years 10 and 11 participated in the Sydney Legacy Badge Day on Friday 1 September. It is wonderful to see such large numbers of students committing to community participation and representing the school in such a worthwhile cause.
Year 12 Mufti Day to raise funds for Father Riley’s Youth Off the Streets will be
held later this month. Unfortunately recent fundraising days for Sydney Boys High School
charities have not met the expected target. It is important that each student participates in
these days by donating a $2 gold coin at roll call. Please support our charities and benefit
those in need whilst developing our students’ sense of commitment and community
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 the High Store
As of Term IV, any boys requiring lines for their blazer need to bring their blazer with
authorization by Mr Ayre to the High Store by the 1st week of the month. Any enquires, please see
Michelle in the High Store.
From The Library and the Archives
Firstly Ajith Karunaratne is the father of Roshan in Year 11. His cousin is Gehan. Ajith, a Telstra employee, greatly assisted our library by helping us to obtain the Telstra Grant which supplies part of the cost of our newspaper table.
Secondly the Year 11 boy who is working towards a Duke of Edinburgh award by doing 60 hours of Community Service in the library and Archives is Albert Ng.
125th Anniversary Project
Art Update – Architecture Student Visit
On Monday this week Jeremy James [old boy 2005] visited art classes to show students designs he had produced in his Architecture course at Sydney University. He was invited to speak to students to demonstrate what is involved in tertiary design courses. He brought models of huts for hikers he designed for the bushland between Sydney and Newcastle and discussed the concepts he explored during the design process. Six SBHS students  are in the first year of architecture at Sydney University. Jeremy explained the advantage he believed he [and other students with a Visual Arts background] had over some of his fellow students. He explained that Art gave him practice working on large tasks, keeping motivated over extended times, understanding architectural and design language and concepts such as harmony, balance, space etc. He mentioned that this sensitivity to elements of art and design and the lateral thinking he practiced in Visual Arts was the major advantage for him in the course, resulting in his High Distinctions. He also mentioned that the first phase of the architecture course allowed students to explore the design field that interested them and mentioned many architecture students move into product, car, furniture, landscape and interior design.
Jeremy also mentioned that when he missed out on entry into architecture by two marks he was still able to apply via the flexible entry scheme. He sent photographs of his major Visual Arts BODY of WORK and the collaborative mosaic wall in the Bearpit Courtyard he and fellow Art Student Tom Mittelheuser did as an Art project in Year 11 . The Mosaic Wall clearly demonstrated to uni staff that the coveted place would not be wasted on Jeremy who had shown such determination, conviction, perseverance, vision and technical competency. It was gratifying to hear that despite not getting the UAI he was now blitzing the course with a consistent HD average. I hope Jeremy and Tom’s mosaic compels some other students to embark on the unfinished wall [which is much smaller but also in need of some inspired students imagination]
All Year 7 have now completed wonderfully imaginative ceramic hybrid creatures which will soon be glazed and displayed. The next unit of work will involve explorations into space, perspective and colour. Students will be developing painting techniques and producing a small canvas painting.
Year 8 are beginning a unit of work exploring portraiture and will examine facial proportion, expression and distortion, experiment with drawing techniques and produce a wire portrait sculpture. It would be wonderful if families who might have a shed full of surplus interesting wires and tin donate material to the art department.
Years 9, 10 and 11 are all investigating the human form and have developed a portfolio of drawings. Year 10 have just submitted a major drawing and these will soon be on display in the main foyer and MacDonald Wing. Make sure you see them, they are beautiful and surprisingly professional.
Year 11 are about to display a collaborative artwork in surprise locations around the school. Students have been busily wrapping each other in sticky tape and glad wrap to create a series of transparent body casts.
Nine Year 12 students have just completed their HSC Body of Works and we are very pleased to announce that their teacher is still alive and kicking and so are the students. Phew!
They will be displayed in the end of year art exhibition [if they haven’t been kept aside
for Art Express].
Competition: Be Immortalized
Keep your eyes open for the appearance of the Year 11 plastic wrap figure sculpture.
If you can identify the icon image [photograph or painting] appropriated by Year 11 in the collaborative wrap sculpture you need to see Ms May ASAP
You will need to name the artist and the image.
The first correct, and lucky, respondent to submit their answer to Ms May will have the
opportunity to be transformed into a sculpture by Year 11 art students. It doesn’t hurt a
From the Rugby Master’s Desk
Rugby Committee Meeting Summary
Attended: Rob Fetherston, Judy Fetherston, Kel O’Keefe, Christina Chow, Serdar
Bolen, Matt Bowman, Katherine Deacon, Geoff Stein.
Election of Office Bearers for 2007 -
High Rugby Friends has offered to reimburse all rugby players strength training for Term 4, if players complete 85% of their course with Jason Tassell.
The aim is to field 16 teams with 16 coaches in 2007. Recruiting coaches can be difficult due to the nature of school football. Randwick Rugby club’s assistance would be most welcome. Any parent, teacher or other person interested in coaching next year at High should contact Mr Stein to discuss options. Safe rugby and coaching course expenses can be covered by the school.
In terms of attracting players to the school, the sportsman-scholar ethos of the school is a big selling point and one that has been successful in the past. It is still important today, especially with parents. The committee strongly endorses the proposal to bring in a class in Year 9.
Next meeting Wed. 28th March 2007, 6pm in Room 901. All welcome.
In September 2002, the NSW Government convened the NSW Childhood Obesity Summit in response to the threat of rapidly rising rates of overweight and obesity among children. Two key recommendations were:
In 2003, the NSW Centre for Overweight and Obesity was established at the University of Sydney. Its first task was to conduct a survey of physical activity and nutrition in school students (SPANS). Over 5500 school-aged children in NSW participated in the survey, one of the most comprehensive ever conducted in Australia.
How did they carry out the survey?
Ninety three schools (45 primary and 48 secondary schools), which represented a mix of schools in NSW – urban and rural, primary and secondary, and Government, Catholic and Independent – were surveyed.
Information collected measured:
In addition five sub-studies were conducted on:
Over the next few weeks a summary of the SPANS survey will be published. If you would like to
find out more about the SPANS survey, the full results are available at www.health.nsw.gov.au or www.coo.health.usyd.edu.au
Tuesday 19th September 7:30 pm
I am writing to urge all involved with Sydney Boys High to attend the AGM for the SBHS Basketball Committee. In particular, if your son plays basketball I would greatly appreciate your support.
I declare all positions vacant and will accept nominations via email to my school address
Agenda at this stage is as follows:
We will not be able to function without an abundance of parental support. I look forward to meeting you at the meeting!
Enthusiastically yours in Basketball,
The last matches in the preliminary rounds of the Schools League were fenced last Saturday at Newington with mixed results. In Division A, SBHS-B lost against SGS-A 2:7, with great fencing by Boris Zolotarev who won both his bouts.
In Division B, SBHS-D narrowly defeated SBHS-G 5:4. In the D-team Samuel Sathiakumar and Shek-Him Yuen each won two bouts and Patrick Tang one. In the G-team Harry Zhuang won all his bouts and Andrew Wu won one. SBHS-G then lost 0:9 to the very strong St Ignatius-B team.
SBHS-E was up against the incomplete Newington-E team. Congratulations to Julian Byrnes, Addison Clune, Michael Sin and David Tran for winning all their bouts.
With Trinity forfeiting, a 9:0 win was recorded for SBHS-F.
The Minis had two matches, winning 5:4 against Newington-C, and losing 4:5 against St Aloysius-B. Great fencing by Ian Ho who won five bouts, Pasan Pannila who won all his bouts (three) and Anthony Xu who won one.
The finals of the Schools League are on this Saturday, 9th of September, at Newington.
The lists of the finalists have not yet been published, however I have checked all the results and if there are no further adjustments the following teams should have qualified:
As soon as the list of the finalists in each Division, the timetable for the finals, and the tableau for each Division become available, they will displayed on the fencing noticeboard outside Ms May’s office.
If I don’t get the information up on the noticeboard in time, I will email it to all finalists on Friday night. However, if the timetables are not published in time ALL FINALISTS have to arrive at Newington no later than 8.30am.
You may also check the NSWFA website: http://www.nswfencing.org.au/juniors/comps_league.htm
Good luck this Saturday.
Year 11 & 12: Prize Nomination
THE OLD BOYS PRIZE AND MITCHELL SEOW PRIZE NOMINATIONS
Nominations for these prizes will close this Friday 8 September 2006
The Old Boys' Prize:
"not necessarily first in sport, not necessarily first in scholarship, but certainly first in the hearts of his fellows."
Nominated by: ______________________ Year_______
The Mitchell Seow Prize
"To honour a Year 12 student who is a caring friend to all, never lets his friends and team mates down and has the admiration of his peers and teachers alike, putting 100% effort into a diverse range of endeavours"
Nominated by: ______________________ Year_______
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HSC Music Performance Night
Prizes will be given out on the Music awards assembly early next term. Award scheme points apply for all participants.
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
Student’s Name: _____________________________________ Roll Class: ________________
Parent/Guardian Name: _____________________________________________________________
Phone No. ____________________________ Mobile No. ________________________________
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The HIGH Athletics Team made tremendous progress at the CAS/GPS Conveners Carnival, Homebush on Saturday. It was extremely hot and the athletes very much appreciated the ‘High’ tent, where they were treated with lollies/sweets, powerade/ice water along with a massager. This was enjoyed by all and thanks goes to MIC of Athletics Mr Devlin, Mr Gainford, Mr Codey, Mr and Mrs Tassell for their great organisation and commitment and to all the parents who came and supported us on the weekend.
With over 16 schools and many NSW state runners, the Conveners Carnival has been the biggest event of the Athletics calendar with HIGH producing some brilliant results. The hard work initiated by the rigorous training sessions seems to be paying off, notably with Joshua Tassell, who put up one of his best performances with an outstanding PB of 11.85 in the 100m, claiming 1st in his championship race. Once again Ty ‘Tiger’ Linegar showed further talent, this time in the 1500m Championship coming second with a PB of 4:22. Frank Jin recorded another second with a massive PB of 6.46m in the Long Jump. Shadman Ali also blitzed the 100m claiming second, unfortunately losing to a ‘Freaky Girl’. Special mention must also go to Athletics captain Roger Burrell who won the Discus and came 2nd in shot put.
Morale is increasing after so many promising performances with many athletes recording their personal bests and thanks to Mr Devlin and his team; HIGH athletics has made a lot of progress this year. Nearly 80 High competitors were present on Saturday, and hopefully with the return of Year 12s this number will further increase to new records. These performances and attendance records show much promise for the GPS championships in 2 weeks time.
Due to the competitiveness of athletes this year it has been a difficult task to decide the team that will represent HIGH at the GPS on Saturday 16th. It is not final and may change based on performances this weekend. The Athletics Assembly is on Friday 15th of September. Another reminder is that there is BBQ at Abbotsford after the GPS Championships for athletes and parents of athletes. Also we would like as many HIGH supporters as possible at the championships, hopefully 300 so we can at least get close to matching the numbers of the other GPS schools. There will be a bus going out to the championships on the day and 50 seats are available, so book now - it is free.
GOOD LUCK BOYS AND DO HIGH PROUD
GPS Invitation Athletics 2-9-06
Please join us for our
Wednesday 18 October 2006 at 7.00 pm
Contact Ann Kurts to RSVP 0412 283 692
High Cricket Bulletin
The 2006/2007 Cricket Season gets under way next week with the final weeks of sport afternoons in Term 3 being for team gradings and preparation for Term 4 GPS Competitions. To cater for all players we will be conducting extended net trials (after school) in conjunction with centre wicket assessments which will give all the opportunity demonstrate their skills at batting and bowling
We welcome all of our new boys and hope that you enjoy a successful season which will see full participation by all, as members of High teams.
The Programme for next week will be as follows :
Thursday 21 September
SCG NET TRIALS
CENTRE WICKET TRIALS and CRICKET GET TOGETHER
CRICKET COMMITTEE AGM
GREAT NEWS – NEW CRICKET NETS
Look out Kings, Shore, Newington, Joeys, Riverview and Grammar our High teams are going on the
prowl for many overdue victories in 2006 /2007!Laurie Heil
Basketball: Shooting Hoops
High Basketball is privileged enough to run its very own canteen and sausage sizzle for home games and any help would be appreciated. The following is the staff organisation for 2006/2007, also posted on the gym noticeboard (in full, I’ve cut bits) if you need a reminder on Wednesdays. We have the best coaches again!!
*16s meet outside Gym at 12.35 for their bus. You can change at the venue.
~Brought to you by Francis Wong, Johny Shih and Justin Liang.
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.
Attention all artists and writers
Art and Writing Competition National Refugee Week
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.
Will any students entering the art component please advise Ms May
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.
Year 10 and 11 Student Opportunity
EVERY VOICE COUNTS! STUDENT FORUM 2006
As a part of the feature event for Celebrating Democracy Week 2006, thirty-two Year 10 and 11 students (four from each State and Territory) will participate in Every Voice Counts!, a three-day student forum which will be held in Canberra from 18–20 October.
The forum will consider the topic: 'Living harmoniously in our democracy. How young people can influence the future of our democracy'.
Student participants will be selected on the basis of their application- which is simply a 150-200 words response to “A harmonious democracy- what it means to me”.
Application forms can be collected from Miss Brewer or http://www.civicsandcitizenship.edu.au/cce/default.asp?id=15786
Last year, Tanvir Uddin in Year 12 was successful in his application and enjoyed the all expenses paid trip to Canberra where he rubbed shoulders with politicians and met great people from around Australia. This is a fantastic opportunity!
Applications close Friday, 8 September 2006.
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.
YES! I/We would like to sponsor a page/s(____) of “The Record” printed as a header as indicated below.
Sponsored by:- ___________________________________________ (Please print Family Name, Sons name & Year) Type of payment: ___ Cheque* ___ Cash ___ Credit Card
Card Type: ___ Bankcard ___Mastercard ___ Visa Total paid: $__________
Card Number: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Cardholder’s Name: ___________________________________________ [please print] Cardholder’s Signature: _______________________________________ Bus. Phone: ______________ Expiry Date: ___ / ___ *Cheques should be made payable to Sydney Boys
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Fundraising: Coffee Orders
Order by end of Lunch Tuesday 19th September
Help our Year 12 Boys raise funds for the Gift to the School
Help our Year 12 Boys raise funds for the Gift to the School
Buyer’s Name ______________________________________ Class ___________
Type of Payment: __ Cheque __ Cash __ Credit Card
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Too Busy to Help Out at School?
Do you own or work for a business?
Take out advertising in “The Record” our Annual school magazine. For businesses, the cost of this advertising is tax deductible.
Full Page - $880
Please supply art work in .pdf format if possible.
An invoice will be sent for payment once proof has been accepted.
Further enquiries contact Valda Roser
Thank you for supporting this important aspect of school life.
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”