High Notes, Vol 7 No 37, November 24 2006
From the Principal
Electronic High Notes
A supply of printed copies of High Notes will be kept in the foyer for boys without access to the internet to take home. We expect to print no more than a couple of hundred copies starting in 2007. If you have not registered your email address in order to receive High Notes as a hot link, please do so by the end of the year. You can register by going to the High Notes page on the website and entering your details.
SWAS (School Within A School) 2007
Boys in Years 10-12 will record their attendance electronically, using swipe cards. Boys in Years 7-9 will attend roll call. Parents are expected to contact the school if their son is going to be away. Dialling 93616910 and pressing 4 allows you to leave a voicemail message 24/7. All parents of boys in Years 7-9 will be contacted if their son does not come to school. You have the option to be emailed or to receive a text message rather than contact by telephone. Your details need to be registered with the front office. Years 7-9 will have two teachers looking after them, Years 10-12 only one. The Year Adviser will focus on academic progress and attendance, the other will focus on engagement (co-curricular activities and friendship groups). Parent Teacher evenings will be separated into junior and senior nights to allow greater interaction between parents and teachers about student progress.
After Year 9, boys will re-choose their electives with an eye towards their senior school program. Formal acceleration classes will be offered to Year 10 boys. Additional responsibilities will be offered to Year 9 boys as leaders of the junior school. Generally speaking, assemblies will be conducted one after another for junior and senior boys. Sports afternoons will also be junior and senior. In most sports no one below Year 10 is in a GPS team (first grade/ second grade). Vertically organised sports like fencing, sailing, rifle shooting will be affected by the change. Precocious talents in tennis, basketball or cricket will have to be individually managed.
Once the structure has been established, the welfare team will devise appropriate interventions and programs to suit each school. This innovation is designed to affect school culture so it will take time to grow and will evolve according to experience.
Academic Achievement List – Year 10 2006
Congratulations to the following boys in Year 10 whose excellent academic achievements in Semester 2 are recognised.
Points were awarded as follows - High Distinction: 6, Distinction: 5, Credit: 3, Pass with Merit: 2 Pass: 1, with the qualifying total being 40.
Year 12 Parent Farewell Thank You
Last Friday night the Year 11 parents hosted a Farewell Party for the Year 12 parents, who welcomed us to the school in 2002.
The evening was a great success, good company, great music, an abundance of delicious food served by attentive prefects, plenty of cool drinks, and even fine weather.
I wish to express my gratitude to all the Year 11 parents who generously gave up their time to help out on the night; to the Prefects who did a fantastic job; to the string orchestra and the band for providing lively entertainment under the expert guidance of Ms Suzanna Lim; to Ms Valda Roser for her endless supply of party goods and advice; to the office boys for blowing up the balloons and to Mr Beringer and all the office staff for helping out with the general organisation.
I would not have been able to organise this event without the generous assistance of Gabriele Klocker who took care of the decorations, Judy Fetherston who organised all the food and Melanie & Adrian Vertoudakis together with Judith & Barry Shuttleworth who set up and ran the bar.
Last but not least, a special thank you to all the parents who went to great length to send in delicious food, and to those who made donations instead.
It was a pleasure to organise this event.
Basketball Car Parking
This email below was written by our car parking co-ordinator Shirley Tickner. Shirley has recently put her hand up to support the school in taking on this role. There are over 560 parents with sons in basketball. Please contact Shirley at your earliest convenience via one of the methods printed below.
Leon Sheldon (Y7) and dad Stephen
Would everyone please check their holiday plans and think about helping out on one (or all) of the parking days over the break:
Sunday 10th December “Robbie Williams in Concert” Time TBA
Friday 5th January “Ashes Test Match Australia-England” Time TBA, but will be a.m.
Thursday 25th January “Rotomahana Challenge NSW Waratahs vs Crusaders" Time to be confirmed, around 3 or 4 pm
As you can see some of these dates will be very difficult to find enough willing hands so if you can possibly help please let me know.
Thanks and regards
From The High Store
Senior Tie $25
SPECIAL THANKS to the wonderful and patient mums who helped me on orientation day. Without you all, it would not have been such smooth sailing.
ANN AYLMER and JENNI RAJENDRAM (check out chicks).
JULIE BLOMBERG, CHRISTINA CHOW, ANDY FREIMAN and MARIAN KERNAHAN (amazing sales team).
High Wins NSW Volleyball State Championship
The tournament was played in age divisions from U15 upwards. In the open division teams were divided into 2 grades. The top 4 teams in the state (Westfields, Great Lakes, Baulko and High) would play off in the Honours Division to determine the NSW Volleyball State Champion for 2006. Having won the NSW CHS Knockout earlier in the year High were carrying the pressure of being favourites for the event.
Sydney High fielded a composite team of 1st Graders and 16As. Players and positions were as follows: Oliver Konakoff (passer/ hitter), Victor Nguyen (setter), David Dizon (uni), Weiping Lu (CB), Daniel Shan (CB), Zid Mancenido (CB,Uni), Terry Ly (passer/hitter), Ritam Mitra (CB).
This was Oli’s first outing as captain and he did a fine job leading the team. Victor controlled the play and used the new arrangement of hitters efficiently. He was well supported by energizer man Dizon. Junior players Daniel, Ritam and Zid all held their position strongly playing the full men’s net height. They were impressive in their composure given the increased intensity at this level.
The most valuable player on the day was Terry Ly whose demonstration of both power and finesse drew praise from opposing coaches.
Volleyball Schools Cup Under 15 Reports
We played against schools such as Westfields, Cherrybrook, Navy, Rooty Hill, Sky Blue, Forster,
and Muirfield. Although we got off to a bad start on Saturday, we were still able to secure a
draw with Westfields. On Sunday, we faced some very tough opponents such as Navy who beat us in
the first set and continued their streak, leading 24-12 in the 2nd set. But a quick reinforcing
double timeout by Karl got us straight back into the action and when Karl offered each player
fifty dollars to win the set, we chased them up to 24-23 with Patrick’s consistent serves.
Although we still lost the last point, our spirits were kept up during the game against Rooty
Hill. Despite losing the first set, we were close to winning an equalising set with great blocks
from Chris and Campbell and magnificent spikes from Hugh. After lunch, we were completely filled
with energy and made a thrashing win against Sky Blue and Forster with splendid serves from
Daniel and my well placed tips. The last game against Muirfield was inspirational due to the
great sportsmanship displayed by both teams and the long rallies that kept the game intense. At
the end of the day, the team was drained of energy but we were content and proud of our
Year 7 Team
We played many strong teams, who were older than us. A mighty effort was put in by all but we
only won a few games. Many of our games were lost by only a few points each set. Teamwork and
communication was greatly improved throughout the tournament. Thanks to Karl for coaching
From the Canteen Committee: Christmas Party
The Canteen Committee would like to
By the way, don’t forget to put your name down now on the 2007 roster and be assured of
getting a time to suit.
We are pleased to announce the first edition of the ‘High Flyer’ which is a bi-annual publication highlighting the great achievements and the comings and goings of the school community.
High Flyer is available via a link from our webpage at www.sydneyboyshigh.com
We hope you enjoy reading the first edition. If there are specific ideas you may have for
submissions for our future editions, let us know!
Year 8 Family Picnic
Here is an opportunity for the entire Year 8 family to meet and have some fun in the sunshine! In case of rain, the picnic will be cancelled. BYO food and drink.
WHEN: Sunday, December 10, 2006.
SBHS Spring Music Festival
Music Awards Assembly
Music Committee Meeting
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. #109) or collect a copy of the Itinerary and permission note from the Music staffroom.
Annual Music Awards Dinner
There will be great entertainment by our fantastic tutors as is the tradition, and certificates and trophies given to all the music ensemble members.
The cost of the dinner will be $25.00 per head
Please make payments to the front office by no later than Monday the 27th of November 2006 (Week 7) as we need to finalise numbers for catering. We greatly appreciate your prompt reply and look forward to your company on that evening.
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The High Armada
There wasn’t a cloud in the sky nor a breath of wind as the sun rose on Saturday. However, after a forty minute delay, at about 9.30a.m., the sea breeze came rolling into Rose Bay and racing got under way.
Excellent starts by Anthony were the highlight. Muhamed’s start proved controversial as he was over the line before the start and forced to go back around the line as a penalty, disadvantaging him severely. Jed and Phil were infringed against at the start of the race by a Scots boat, however both managed to regain some composure and placed well.
A record five Pacers went out under the High Flag on Saturday. The changing wind conditions proved a challenge for the High Pacer Fleet and although the results were below what we’ve come to expect from High Sailors this race was a valuable opportunity to get a better grasp of the technicalities of sailing.
A new rule was encountered by several of our Pacer Sailors who were previously unaware that crossing the finish line in the middle of a race was a cause for instant disqualification. This provided a chance for sailors to expand their knowledge and hopefully avoid such incidents in the future!!!
This week’s featured Sailor is the Vice-Captain of Sailing Jed Coppa.
Why did you start Sailing?
What’s your favourite part of Sailing?
What’s the worst thing that has happened?
What’s your favourite Sailing joke?
If you could sail any boat it would be…
Family Regatta 2006
The Sydney High Rowing Committee cordially invites all Sydney High students, parents, teachers
and supporters to the
Come Along and meet ‘The Crew’
Tennis: Advantage High!
The Official Weekly Sydney High Tennis Guide – Issue 1
GPS Trials (Preseason)
1st Grade Match Report
1st Grade Loss 2-7 Doubles: 1. M. King / I. Cerecino 3-6 7-6 5-10 L 2. C. Siu / E. Deng 0-6 0-6 L 3. B. Lee / J. Cohn 3-6 0-6 L Singles: 1. Matt King 7-5 6-2 W 2. Ivan Cerecina 6-0 6-3 W 3. Chapmon Siu 0-6 0-6 L 4. Ben Lee 0-6 2-6 L 5. Edward Deng 2-6 0-6 L 6. Jason Cohn 5-7 4-6 L
The High Newington match on our new home courts was an on fire performance from the number one and two pair, Matt King and Ivan Cerecina. It was a real tussle which High lost on a super tie-break to slightly inferior but really brave and determined opponents. Things did not fare any better for the No. 3 doubles with Ben and Jason losing in two sets.
Later in the day, Chapmon put on a great singles performance but was outclassed by clever play
from the Newington No. 3, while Edward began his match strongly, winning quick games but could
not hold the tempo, eventually dropping the second set in straight games. Ben Lee fought
resiliently after losing the first set to take back two games in the second with consistent
rallies but ultimately losing, while Jason demonstrated exceptional ability and was unlucky to be
defeated in extremely close sets. Things weren’t looking up for High…that is until
Ivan stepped on the court for his singles and played superb tennis to quickly dominate their No.
2 and bring home our first win in a spectacular fashion. Matt battled strongly in the final match
of the day, which everyone gathered around to watch, hoping for another win. A marvellous display
of quality tennis ensured Matt did not disappoint the crowd, pulling out winners in thrilling
rallies and emerging the clear victor to finish the day on a high note.
2nd Grade Match Report
2nd Grade Loss 1-8 Doubles: 1. A. Alaganar/ D. Fu 0-6 4-6 L 2. A. Yeung/ C. Cheung 2-6 1-6 L 3. K. Nguyen/ H. Neo 3-6 6-2 10-8 L Singles: 1. Arjuna Alaganar 0-6 0-6 L 2. Alex Yeung 1-6 3-6 L 3. Carey Cheung 3-6 7-6 5-7 L 4. Hao Neo 6-4 6-4 W 5. Kent Nguyen 6-2 3-6 4-6 L 6. Danny Fu 5-7 0-6 L
High arrived in Newington hoping for better results than last week’s thrashing at the hands
of Ignatius. The 1st and 2nd doubles pair lost without much of a fight but the third doubles pair
put up a fight losing in three sets. The First and Second singles lost in quick fashion, whereas
Carey and Kent’s singles went to three sets. Hao was the star of the day, winning
convincingly in two sets.
Game Set Match, High! – Solid Performances On Saturday!
14s Match Report
In the later session, congratulations to the 14 Cs team of Ian Lu, Lawrence Lu, Gabriel Garayalde and Simon Chen who won 6 rubbers to 0, racking up back-to-back victories. Gabriel should be given added applause as he came back from 4-2 down to win in a tight tiebreaker, showing another great example of High Spirit.
Congratulations to the 14Ds team of Jonathon Mok, Charles Wu, Michael Reid and Weicong Huang, who
all managed to win their matches, cleaning up 6 rubbers to 0 against an inconsistent Newington
A great effort displayed by the teams this week has resulted in outstanding results that all our boys can be proud of. Consistent coaching given to the players will surely help their game and we look forward to seeing even better results next weekend! HIGH Light of the week – 16’s impressive 21-3 victory This Saturday is High vs. Scots!! Good Luck to all players!! Remember to check the tennis notice board outside the library or ask Mrs Crothers about fixtures for your matches this weekend. All players must turn up to matches if they are not notified of cancellation, otherwise their match will be forfeited. =O
1st Grade will need a little more practice to get that sort of speed on their serves!!
Thanks to all coaches and MIC Mrs Crothers for results.
Basketball: Shooting Hoops
High VS Newington
Term 4 2005 ( last year )
Term 4 2006 ( last week )
High improves in results again!
Mr Hayman’s Team of the week: The mighty 3rd grade!
15As Match Report
Twenty minutes later I had another flash. What if he was too confident? If an over abundance of confidence within themselves is taken into court what would happen? Forced shots? Less smart plays? That’d result in a loss still. That left me confused for a second till I watched NBA and arrived with some conclusions.
If they fear the opponent team they might strive harder to play.
So it’s important for each and every one of us to know, what attitude we play best in. No matter what the result so long as you’ve done your best, you should be proud already. High basketball not just survives but improves because we’re all striving to do our best constantly both in games and in training. Oh and to the 16As, hopefully I would get to play you guys someday! I’d be looking forward to it (maybe sometime next term!)
* Reminder to all team captains, please email in your match reports by Monday 12pm to Mr
High Cricket Bulletin
Saturday 18 November Day 2 of the group 1 matches saw High teams finish off with some ordinary results after creating their problems on Day 1. The 1st XI fought back and nearly pulled off their second win but tactical batting errors in the last overs of their innings saw them finish 23 runs short. Hopefully we are approaching the time when all players commit to a 100% effort on the field as we now have had 3 players score centuries but let down by mini batting collapses. If the 1st XI produces its best, look out GPS opponents in the remainder of the season.
Highlights from last Saturday were Gehan Karunaratne (1st.XI) maiden century 126n.o., Rommo Pandit (5th XI) hit 72n.o., Nakul Bhagwat (14As) made 73, Oswin Perera (3rd.XI) made 50 and Tom Castleton (1st.XI) took 5-52
TEAM(S) OF THE WEEK
AROUND THE GROUNDS
2nd.XI (Day2) St IGNATIUS 4 decl. 343 - defeated - HIGH 10 /90 & 10 /119
3rd.XI (Day2) No Match Report received St IGNATIUS - defeated - HIGH
4th.XI HIGH 4 /71 - defeated - NEWINGTON 10 /69
High openers lasted for 8 overs and then lost some quick wickets before recovering to finish at 4 /71. Best batting Dan Campion (30n.o.) and Hari Bhrugubanda (12). Website Match Report filed.
5th.XI HIGH 5 /157 -defeated- BARKER 8 /154
16 A (Day2) St IGNATIUS 2 /279 - defeated - HIGH 10 /51 and 10 /97
16 Bs No Match Report received
15 A (Day2) St IGNATIUS 10 / 246 - defeated - HIGH 10 / 146 & 10 / 51
15 Bs NEWINGTON 3 /194(32 overs) - defeated - HIGH
14 A (Day2) St IGNATIUS 10 /237 - defeated - HIGH 10 /91 & 10 /161
14 Bs NEWINGTON 7 / 76 - defeated - HIGH 10 / 51
14 Cs HIGH 8 /110 - defeated - NEWINGTON 10 / 48
Newington batted first and High tried a spin attack for the first time on turf and completely destroyed the Newington line-up supported by great fielding, catching and throwing. Bowling and Dominic Cheung took 3 /3, Samir Kinger 2/7
Vinod Anandaselvakumar 2 /9 Leo Lu 2 /2 and Henry Sit 2 /2 in an all round bowling blitz. High batted and Botong Cheng (20n.o), Dominic Cheung (20),William Shao (17) and Leon Li (16).. Website Match Report filed
High Rugby Friends
Sunday 3rd December
Open to the whole school family and friends.
Come and support the Rugby program, with a great day on our school’s tennis courts.
How the day shapes up:
To find out more, visit: http://www.highrugbyfriends.com
Be Proud. Get Involved. Join High Rugby Friends!
High Rugby Friends Inc. (HRF) is a non-profit association that has been set up to support the
rugby program at the school.