High Notes, Vol 7 No 33, October 27 2006
From the Principal
Summer Sports Assembly
"Welcome to staff, special guest speaker Mr Barry Davison, coaches, parents and students. As this is now our second preseason summer sports assembly, it has almost become a tradition. With the first GPS game this week the teams are preparing for a big season. This morning I would like to thank several people who have worked hard to make a difference in sports delivery at High.
"Basketball is thriving at High thanks to the energy and drive of Mr Hayman, his coaching staff and his basketball committee. Mr Pluis has guided the financial development of High basketball very ably for several years. Thank you for your dedication. The basketball committee has run the kiosk well on Saturdays but could always use more volunteers from among the hundreds of basket ball families. It is your sport. Get in and support its fundraising efforts.
"Competition to secure places in our basketball teams is intense. I urge unsuccessful boys to try their hand at another sport rather than opt out for the summer season. GPS basketball has been flooded with very competent players and our standard must rise to a new level to remain competitive and win our share of games. I had hoped to have our two new outdoor basketball courts ready but weather delays have thrown out our schedule. Laying of formwork should commence next week with a concrete pour by the week after. Twenty-one days of curing time must be allowed so the courts are unlikely to be in action before our last GPS game in December. They will be ready for 2007.
"Turning to cricket, I acknowledge Mr Kourtesis who served first XI cricket with great dedication and skill for many years A great number of High cricketers over the years owe him their thanks, as I do mine. Mr Howey has taken over the reins this year and we all wish him well. Mr Ayre and Mr Heil have formed a formidable partnership that augurs well for the future of cricket at High. With a strong cricket committee behind them, coaching and team management will spread more effectively to more teams. We are trying to build a 5th XI, a great sign of the growing depth of cricket at High. Next week we will have our new cricket nets completed and we will set up bowling machines to enable the intensity of batting practice to be raised. We will install lights before the end of the year to allow extended practice sessions. There is an optimistic mood among High cricketers. Let’s produce quality performances this season.
"I want to talk a little this morning about routines and focus and the roles they play in sport. A very non-sporting English writer, Samuel Johnson once wrote: “The chains of habit are generally too small to be felt until they are too strong to be broken”. Dr Johnson was alluding to bad habits , but good ones can be built the same way. In the context of school life, if you exert the early self discipline to get into a routine of studying and training several times a week, it will be easy to maintain one you are in the habit. If you persist long enough the habit of training and studying will become difficult to break, because your body and your mind set will become used to it.
"A very successful American baseball player defined concentration as “the ability to think about absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary”. If you have ever tried to do a known routine repetitively – a chip and run in golf, a cover drive in cricket, a gybe in sailing, a free throw in basketball – you will know what Mr Knight is talking about. It is fine to visualise before the action starts. However, in operation these actions need to be driven kinaesthetically by our bodies falling into learned physical rhythms. Quite often our performances are reduced in proportion to the amount of time we think about what we are doing as we attempt to do it. This concept of deep focus is about clearing your mind before action. Concentrate on nothing the moment before you go into action. Just do it. Don’t think about. If you get into the zone you will have a higher frequency of successful performances.
"The students we are honouring here today know the value of team sport. They are skilled and experienced individual performers united in a common cause. They represent us. They continue the sporting traditions of our school. They have earned our admiration and we respect the efforts they have made to be selected in the best teams in our school. We know they will try to develop good habits and attempt more deeply focussed attempts at skill reproduction. Good luck to all teams this summer.
"This morning it is my pleasure to introduce our guest speaker, Mr Barry Davison. Mr Davison has been a Sportsmaster, Regional Sports Organiser and PDHPE teacher with the NSW DET for many years.
"As a Foundation Member of the NSW Cricket Association Coaching Panel, Mr Davison was one of the first coaches in Australia to be awarded Level 3 status. His Masters thesis on Participation Rates in Junior Cricket in the Sutherland Shire (1978-79) and his program Cricket Decathlon had the combined impact to act as the catalyst for the Australian Cricket Board to develop the ACB Junior Cricket Policy. Many other sports then followed suit modifying rules to increase participation and enjoyment.
"Mr Davison is recognised as one of the leading coaches in the country. He provides consultancy to NSW Cricket at all levels from state senior squads to coaching the coaches. His numerous cricket coaching credits include National Titles with the NSW U/17 team, Green Shields (Sutherland) and Davidson Shields. Mr Davison’s services to cricket have been recognised at the highest level. In the year 2000 he was awarded the prestigious Australian Sports Medal for services to cricket. In 2003 Barry was awarded the Hurstville City Council’s Australia Day Ambassador Award, and the NSW DET recognised his service to education in 2005 awarding him a NSW Director Generals Education Award for Excellence in Teaching. Please welcome, Mr Barry Davison. "
Mr Davison’s address is reprinted below:
"The Principal, Dr Jaggar, Mr Ayre, teachers and pupils of Sydney Boys High School.
"Firstly I would like to thank Dr Jaggar and Mr Ayre for inviting me here today to be part of your annual GPS Summer Sport Assembly. I have always been a big fan of traditional assemblies and I am very impressed by the manner in which you have presented yourselves today. Pride in your uniform is very obvious and I am sure that this pride will spill over onto the sporting fields during the upcoming summer sporting competitions.
"I first began playing cricket in 1956 as an eight year old and my love of the game has seen me being actively involved in the playing, coaching and administration of this sport for over 50 years. I have played with and against former Test players and have had the privilege of being involved in the development of numerous cricketers who have gone on to play First Class cricket. Working alongside such talented cricketers as Glen McGrath, Brett Lee, Philip Jaques, and especially Adam Gilchrist, when they were younger, was a real buzz.
"To teach young cricketers new skills and to improve their knowledge of the game has been a passion of mine for over 38 years. But I have also taken great satisfaction in being able to impose my own personal philosophies upon a great many players that have sought guidance from me. Cricket is a great character builder and there are many lessons that can be learnt from taking part in this great game.
"To play cricket successfully requires courage, dedication, determination, patience, skill, discipline, enthusiasm, and energy. These particular traits correlate very closely with similar attributes that you must all try to emulate when it comes to achieving academic and social success in your school environment as well as in other aspects of your life.
"In a game of cricket you will experience setbacks (form slumps do occur!) - your expectations may not always materialize ( a brilliant catch can often curtail a promising innings) and sometimes you might have to perform in conditions over which you have no control -(eg bowling with a wet ball or being sent in to bat on a wet, sticky wicket).
"There could be a case made to compare some of these experiences with your progress through any academic year at Sydney Boys High. Let’s consider the possibility of being given a rather difficult assessment task to complete – and the content is of no particularly interest to you. It has been set and you have no other option but to do it by the closing date or else receive no marks. Isn’t this a bit like being sent in on a sticky wicket? Not too many batsmen want to be exposed to this most difficult and uncomfortable task.
"However, it has to be done and so you need to face up to the challenge with a positive attitude and an understanding that your self esteem will be enhanced when the task is successfully completed. Don’t be like the frightened, regular opening batsmen, who constantly asks to be dropped down the order when confronted by a fast bowler or a dampish wicket. Tackle the situation head on. Don’t avoid doing these unpopular assessments until the last minute. Get stuck into them immediately and get them out of the way so that the anguish associated with the completion of the task won’t linger on over a number of weeks and provide you with unnecessary levels of anxiety.
"I often tell all my players that to be successful at cricket requires the unification of two important factors. They are opportunity and preparation. Some players get plenty of opportunities because selectors favour them over others. However, if they fail to prepare themselves adequately by practicing their skills, or if they ignore maintaining satisfactory fitness standards they are still prone to fail. Other cricketers do all the preparation but are denied the chance to be successful because of lack of opportunities offered by selectors or captains. It is only when preparation and opportunity are linked together effectively that we can have some real chance of being a success at whatever we want to achieve in life. All of you students at this school have been given some sort of opportunity to be successful and the support of your families and teachers in providing these opportunities should never be underestimated. Having worked very closely with Mr Ayre in the promotion of cricket and sport over many years I know he will work extremely diligently in ensuring that many opportunities will be provided for you to match your skills against other schools. And I know that the dedicated sports coaches in this school will always be available to nurture your interest and progress. However, it is your responsibility to carefully consider how much time and effort you are going to devote to the preparation phase that is vitally necessary if you want to achieve true success. Remember – If you fail to prepare – then – you must be prepared to fail.
"Very shortly I am going to be given the honour of presenting some cricket caps and basketball singlets to those players who have been selected in the FIRSTS. I would like to pass on a very special message to those students who have achieved this high distinction.
"I hope that they are proud of their efforts in being selected in these prestigious teams. They have earned the accolades that will soon be bestowed upon them. However, I also hope that they realize the responsibility that they will carry with them as they wear this cap or special uniform. They have to appreciate that they are representing more than just the team they have been selected in. They are representing the entire school population - including your Old Boys Union that will have any number of past First Grade players. They are representing their families, and, in particular, they are representing all those other players both young and old who have wanted to, or are still aspiring to become, members of First XI teams at this school. I trust they will play their games hard but fair -that they will be humble winners, or, if the need arises they will be gracious losers - and that at the end of the summer season that they will be able to look back with pride, having known that their efforts both on and off the field have brought great distinction to the school that they have represented.
"I wish all your summer sport teams the best of luck. I will follow your progress in the press with special interest this season. "
Speed and Endurance Training
Australian Mathematics Competition
The school received the results of the Australian Mathematics Competition (AMC) towards the end of Term 3.
Anthony Morris (Yr 11) was awarded a medal in the Senior Division. Congratulations on an outstanding effort.
The prize winners were:
The overall performance is listed in the table below:
Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad (AIMO)
The school entered 40 boys – 21 from Year 10 and 17 from Year 9 and one from each of Years 7 and 8.
Edwin Montoya (Yr 10), Yu Sun (Yr 10) and Remy Ji (Yr 10) were awarded HDs. Edwin was two marks off a prize. Declan Gory (Yr 7) performed exceptionally well, he was one mark off a High Distinction.
Australian Senior Olympiad Contest (AMOC)
Anthony Morris (Yr 11) was one of the five prize winners.
Congratulations on an outstanding effort. Anthony gained full marks in four of the five
Australian Financial Literacy Assessment 2006
Associate Professor Peter Knapp, Director of Educational Assessment Australia, said “The Assessment was designed to engage students with practical real life questions and assess their knowledge of personal finance issues, money management and their personal responsibility in making financial decisions. The results of this assessment will assist schools, teachers, parents and students in improving financial literacy education.”
More than 55,000 Year 9 and 10 students participated nationally in the assessment. Of the 339
Sydney High students 71 were awarded a High Distinction and 155 received a Distinction. Notably 3
High students, Jacob Cao Year 9, Jason Wong and Zhi Zu both Year 10 will receive medals in
recognition of their perfect scores. The boys were recently interviewed by the Commonwealth Bank
Foundation Media Unit and they will be presented with their medals by the Area Manager of the
Commonwealth Bank at an upcoming School Assembly.
Photos from the Prefects Induction, Summer Sports Assembly Cricket and Basketball and Open Day
are now available from the Student Drive in R:\Studentphotoarchive.
This Saturday was the first in a series of weekly races, which culminate in the Tri-Series events held in February and March next year. It was a wet and cold day. Our sailors did well to maintain their positions and stay on the water. Their competition Scots, Cranbrook, Riverview, amongst others, also felt the tough weather.
This year, there have been a number of changes to the Sailing Program. The most significant one has been the appointment of a new coach; Adam South from Southern Aurora Sailing. He will be training boys for competition on Wednesdays (Seniors) and Thursdays (Juniors). Adam is a very experienced sailor who has competed and held World Championships in a number of classes. His expertise is a valuable addition to the Sydney Boys Sailing Program.
Sydney Boys has also purchased a number of boats, which will be used by our boys. The Sailing Committee is looking to raise funds by encouraging members of the High community to purchase naming rights for these boats. Our fleet consists of a number of classes of boats – Lasers, Pacers and Optis and we welcome all sponsors.
I look forward to warmer weather and happy sailing.
Year 12 References
We are currently experiencing some difficulties with some Year 12 boys’ references. Could the following boys please contact the school to assist in clarification of some issues:
There are numerous pairs of glasses, sets of keys, shoes and school jumpers in the Lost Property
Office. If you have lost anything (pencil cases, keys, beanies etc) please check Lost Property in
the McDonald Wing. Any items not claimed by 17 November will be donated to charity.
Release of the NSW School Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (SPANS) 2004
Overweight and obesity
Travel to and from school (Incidental activity)
Fundamental movement skills
Markers of chronic disease (A sub-study of blood samples collected from volunteer Year
10 students in Sydney Metropolitan schools.)
Science: Mousetrap Car Race
During Open-day the Great Hall was the setting for an intense competition. Who would be the outright winner? Competing Year 10 Science 1 teams included:
Team Paid (Phil Wu, David fan, Ishan Bapat, Andrew Tang)
This was Round 2 of the Mousetrap Car Race. Tension was high with teams frantically running around making final pit-stop adjustments, bolting on new wheels, setting their mouse-traps to gain maximum thrust and refining their strategy.
The 2-metre wide track was laid out with tape to a distance of 15 metres. As long as the racing car remained within the barriers, distance would be key to victory.
Many of these cars were veterans from Round 1, sporting just minor modifications. The reigning champions, Team Paid, with their K’nex (lego) built machine were reworking their design at the pit stop in a desperate attempt to outclass Team Korea’s CD-wheeled tricycle.
Just as the competition was about to begin, Mr Kay entered with his own contraption. A fearsome looking car, forged from a conglomerate of science equipment and scrap metal.
Following tests runs, each team sought to adjust their cars to an optimum level. The first few runs of the day, showed exactly how difficult the conditions were, and how age had wearied the veteran racers. Many ran less than half of what they had during Round 1. Some cars presented peculiar repair problems. Team Paid’s car suffered from steering problems right from the out set. The car veered in the fashion of a parabola and left the track within metres. Team Fish lost their axle and spring – their mouse trap exploded !
The race was on. Team Korea stepped up to the plate. Their car bolted along the track setting the standard at 11.88 metres. Everyone watched in anticipation as Mr Kay took his first run. The heavy laden metal contraption managed to eek out 6.60 metres. Team Petrol Sniffers edged past at 7.05 metres. Unfortunately Team Fish was eventually disqualified due to external forces. The winners of the innovative design, the two wheeled scud put together by Team Chinaman managed to travel 7.45 metres.
It was soon clear during the third attempt only Team Paid could threaten the mark set by Team Korea. But Team Paid’s vehicle continually suffered from “a mind of its own” steering itself uncontrollably off the track into the chair barriers shattering its K’nex structural design. Rebuild was quick, several design strategies considered. By the third attempt the redesigned wheel just didn’t make the grade.
Round 2, the victory went to Team Korea, at 11.88 metres.
From the Canteen
The Canteen Committee wishes to warmly WELCOME MAREE, who is managing the canteen while Christine is on long service leave……
Why don’t you try her new and improved……
HAM & SALAD SANDWICH $2.60
Remember….all profits are channelled back into the school for the benefit of the
P & C Parking
For all of those who have not yet helped to park cars for fundraising this year, there is an opportunity to learn the ropes on Friday November 10th from 5.00 pm until 8.00 pm (Sydney FCs v NZ Knights).
Boys who participate will be eligible for award scheme points. Please register your intention to attend to the parking co-ordinator ASAP, thank you.
P&C Tennis Subcommittee AGM
INVITATION TO ALL TENNIS PARENTS AND INTERESTED PARTIES
The AGM will be followed by a General Meeting. During 2006 Tennis at High underwent major changes
- a new MIC, Ms Crothers and four new tennis courts for our boys to enjoy. At the General Meeting
you will have the opportunity to inform yourself about the 2007 program and to discuss issues /
present ideas on how tennis at High could be further enhanced. Please note that at the AGM all
positions will be declared vacant and Tennis, like all sports at SBHS, needs the active support
of ALL parents. Your attendance at this meeting will be highly valued and I am looking forward to
see you there.
From the Library
The Falcon’s Malteser
Sydney Boys High School Vs Kings School
During the holidays the boys were encouraged to enter Tennis Tournaments to give them some
additional match practice. George Panas was brave enough to enter the Hellenic Tennis Tournament
which had as 1st Prize a trip to Greece!! Congratulations to George whose confidence improved as
a result of trying himself out. As you can see he did not disgrace himself.
Hellenic Tennis Tournament by George Panas
From the High Store
Open Day 2006
Over 200 parents and boys came to view Sydney Boys High in action last Wednesday. Members of the P & C generously gave up their time to buy and wrap prizes and to man the P & C information counter, manage the Tennis Tournament and the Tea and Coffee Stall and Canteen. Prefects escorted prospective parents on tours of the school and Dr Jaggar addressed the parents and year 5’s in the Great Hall.
Sports Associations had imported fun machines to interact with the boys. Basketball had a complex ball return machine for shooting practice and Rugby had a passing competition. Tennis ran a one up/one down competition. Sailing had imported part of their now impressive fleet to sail on the grass of the Cloisters and Volleyball and Fencing impressed everyone with a demonstration match.
The Cadets ran activities on the Lowers, Art had a display of students work and ran an Arty Cakes stall, Public Speaking ran a competition and Chess had a Lightening Chess Tournament and a Beat the Feldmans Competition. Music played up a storm in three different venues and Drama and History ran open classroom activities
As always Sydney Boys High found that it was marketing as much to its own students and parents as it was to the prospective parents. All in all the activities appeared to be well attended and very impressive to our visitors.
Many thanks to everyone involved. It is a big effort but it is a very worthwhile public relations
Basketball: Shooting Hoops
Term 4 2005
Term 4 2006
High Swept the games for A-grades
15As Match Report
*Reminder to all team captains, please hand in your match reports by Monday to Mr Hayman
High Cricket Bulletin
This week the HSC commenced and we have a number of our cricketing community sitting in their final year at school. On behalf of all of our coaches and players we wish not only our cricketers, but all students who are sitting, the very best of results for the study they have put in and our best wishes for their futures.
Last Saturday 21st October saw our teams in action in Trial Matches against teams from Scots and Kings on the usual wet start to the season with the conditions marring several matches as the day wore on. However, we achieved some terrific results and although enthusiastic about the standard we presented on the field, we also learnt that we have plenty to work on over the next few weeks.
Across the board there is a need to address our fitness, bowling accuracy and batting fundamentals to maintain the encouraging start we witnessed during the trial matches. However our fielding was enthusiastic, effective and vastly improved on our Term 1 performances this year and deserves acknowledgement.
There will be changes to several of the teams based on the trial match performances as well as some rotation with captains as we progress in these first weeks as the sides settle down. We also will be addressing the cricket section’s overall fitness for all of the School’s “A” Teams and boys striving for selection will be encouraged to participate in the School’s fitness sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays as a condition of selection..
AROUND THE GROUNDS
First XI SCOTS 8 for 217 - defeated - HIGH 7 for 216
First XI A.W.Davidson Shield High 3 for 56 - defeated - Endeavour Sports High 10 for
Second XI SCOTS 6 for 280 - defeated - HIGH 9 for 240
Fourth XI HIGH - V - KINGS
16 Bs KINGS 4 for 71 - defeated – HIGH 8 for 68
15As SCOTS - defeated - HIGH
MATCH OF THE DAY 15 Bs SCOTS 6 for 157(30 overs) - defeated - HIGH 10 for 146(30th
14 As SCOTS 6 for 199 - defeated - HIGH 10 for 134
14 Bs KINGS 5 for 225 - defeated - HIGH 10 for 55
14 Cs KINGS 8 for 112 - defeated - HIGH 10 for 78
JUNIOR CRICKETER OF THE YEAR
Double Bay Brightstars Competition
Do you watch Australian Idol and wish it could be you? Can you sing, dance or play a musical instrument? Yes? You need to enter the Double Bay Brightstars idol competition. This is your chance to be discovered!
Auditions will be held on Saturday 28th October and Saturday 4th of November at Double Bay Public School, 80 William Street, Double Bay – all you have to do is rock up, fill in an entry form, pay your $15 entry fee and audition for our judges.
Registration and Audition Times:
GRAND FINAL and PRIZES!
Asha Kuerten from CD:Live (Fox8 show with Molly Meldrum) will be judging the Grand Final! 20 finalists will be chosen to take part and all finalists will win a professional photographic package (including hair and make-up) from Arthaus Studios valued at over $1100.
A Grand Final Winner will be chosen from each age category (12 and under, 13 and over) with the Grand Prize each of one year of agency representation from Brightstars Talent Agency located in Paddington (part of the prestigious Artist & Entertainment Group).
This is your chance – don’t miss it! For any enquiries ring John Murray on
0417 259 128.
Canteen Committee Needs a Laptop
Is there anyone out there in the school community who could supply our Canteen Committee with a laptop computer?
Perhaps older models are being upgraded in your workplace or You simply have a spare!
Whatever the reason….our current Treasurer will be very grateful, And future Treasurers will find it so much easier to step into the role.
The laptop would need to be Windows & MOYB compatible.
If you can help, please contact the school canteen on 9360 4027
The Breakfast Team of the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia and Pacific Sailing School
The sailors will receive training on International J24 Yachts and opportunities to crew on
members yachts at the conclusion of the course. The courses are run during school holidays from
the Cruising Yacht Club in Rushcutters Bay.
An important change to the billing in the MUSIC PERFORMANCE PROGRAM
It has come to our notice that there are many outstanding fees and all outstanding fees need to be paid by the end of week 3, term 4. Non-payment puts the program’s continuation in jeopardy. If you have any financial difficulties, please discuss this in confidence with the music staff as soon as possible.
China Music Tour 2007
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 $2850 which includes airfare, all meals, accommodation, and entries.
The information evening for the Music tour to China was held on the last Monday of Term 3. If you were unable to attend but are still interested in joining the tour, please contact one of the music staff at school for information (9361-6910 Ext. no. 109) or collect a copy of the Itinerary and permission note from the Music staffroom.
Sydney Boys High Jazz in the Courtyard
SBHS Spring Music Festival
Price: $10.00 per head or $25.00 per family.
Please complete and detach the form below and return to the music staff by Friday 10th of November 2006. (Week 4, Term 4)
Spring Music Festival Ticket Order
Name of Student: _______________________________ Roll Class: _______________
Number of tickets required: Single: _______ Family: _______ Total cost: $ ____________
Type of payment: Cheque______ Cash ______ B/Card______ M/Card______ Visa______
Name on Card: _________________________________________ Expiry Date: __ __ / __ __
Card No. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
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Canteen Price List
Open Hours: 8:30am - 1:40pm
8:30 to 9:00 a.m.
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