High Notes, Vol 7 No 38, December 01 2006
From the Principal
Reports and Clearance Forms
Monthly Giving Program
Music at High in 2007
In-school Performances will be arranged for: Instrumental Recruitment Night, SBHS Speech Night, Cabaret Night, SBHS Winter Festival, Concert in the Courtyard, Year 12 Parent farewell, Spring Music festival, Senior and Junior Assemblies, Tutor Instrument Soirees, International Night, Music Awards Dinner, Principal /. P & C Art Show / Cocktail Party. HSC students will also have a Showcase Concert and a workshop with SGHS. Cost of tutor attendance say 6 Tutors for 2 hours on 3 occasions @ $60 / hour =$2,160. The SBHS Piano Competition will return in 2007. Say 4 staff allowance periods @$1314/ period =$5,256. [ $7,416 ]. External planned and opportunistic performances will be arranged by staff. The Annual Combined GPS Concert [ c.$3,000]. SGHS Speech Day. Anzac Day Marching Band [$3500]. Opportunities from 2006 included: Bunnings Warehouse, Eastgardens, Sydney Maritime Museum, Surry Hills Festival. Uncosted staff time is expended in arranging and delivering these performances. There are tentative plans to replicate the successful GPS concert model with a Combined Selective Schools concert. Cost-recovery workshops and camps will be organised by staff: The Training Band camp, Annual Music camp and concert, Rock for Schools concert and workshops, two Concert Band workshops. Band competitions will be entered in 2007. The Senior stage Band director will prepare for entry into one or two competitions such as the Manly Jazz Festival or the Stage band Championships. [c $2,500]. Tours take a great deal of planning, such as the recent Italy tour and the proposed China tour. Uncosted staff time is devoted to these projects.
The 7 non-academic components of the music program at High have direct costs of $45,716. These are recurrent and subject to annual increases. Sheet music and instrument depreciation costs are not factored in, nor is the cost of clerical support for the program included. Under the principle of reasonable proportion explained in the global plus context, music students could reasonably expect an equal distribution of school funds to that allocated for two sports, given that the activity runs all year. Thus, at the previously stated season per capita rate of $110 per head, the two season, 175 - participant program could expect an annual budget of $38,500. The Music Committee needs to assess how expenditures are to be met in excess of $40,000. Parking proceeds and co-payments could cover shortfalls. I trust that High's good music program will grow even stronger in 2007, with the support of parents of music students.
Eminent Old Boy Visitor
Academic Achievement List - Year 7 2006
Congratulations to the following boys in Year 7 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 49.
From the Library
Huge thanks to Alan McLeod, an Old Boy who has been in constant contact with us via many donations over the last 6 years, of Library books from his valuable American classic collection.
Alan is an academic at Rider University in New Jersey. This time he sent us a huge pile of American literature which we did not possess. This has enriched our collection greatly and I recommend students to the American classics such as Faulkner, Steinbeck, Henry James etc.
For boys who may like to explore this great and lyrical branch of literature please look at our catalogue under American classics and the Alan McLeod Collection. I think this would be a fitting marker of this valuable addition to our collection.
Many thanks also to Simon Zhang who has just finished year 12. Simon has joined the ranks of the lovely Year 12's of previous years who have donated books to assist the next year's HSC candidates. Simon's donation of Science and Maths books and Revision Guides would be worth at least $280 and probably over $300. This is a fabulous thought and a very useful thing to do.
Thanks also to Tadeusz Davenport - Year 8, Michael Lee - Year 7, Anibahn Ghose - Year 8 and
Eric Feng - Year 8 - Library Z'ours Committee who made up the library brochure and
advertised the new library project on Orientation Day.
From the Canteen
To All Our Loyal Customers
ART e FACTS
Correction to closing date
Start clicking NOW in order to enter by 29 December 2006 for judging on 13 March 2007.
Theme for Secondary Schools Section
Interpret Contemporary Life in Australia with an emphasis on images of Australians going about their day-to-day lives within their environment. Images that reveal a deep connection between the photographer and their subject/s will be well received by the judges.
Division 1 - Years 11-12 -total $34,000
Division 2 - years 9-10 - total $4000
Division 3 - Years 7-8 - total $2 000
See Art Department for specific criteria [but your photo can be digital]
At the recent PDHPE faculty review of 2006 and planning for 2007 day a number of observations and decisions were made including:
Melbourne Rowing Exchange, Junior Camps, Shed Race and Boat Naming.
This Saturday is the Family Regatta where all families in the school community are invited to come down and have a BBQ and row with their sons. The family rowing starts at 11.00am. On December 16 is the Annual Shed Race where all or most crews from our school race against each other from Homebush Bay to our pontoon. It is a handicap race and the handicapper is Mark Prater who aims to have all crews finishing at the same time. The 1st yr 9 quad won the race in 2004 while last year was stormed out. All boys will be trying to win this year's free hamburger. This year the shed race will also have the crews from Melbourne High year 10.
The race starts at 7.30am so crews have to boat by 6.30am. We start at this time to avoid river traffic and the ferry that crosses the river. After the race the boys will clean their boats thoroughly for the break and at 11.00am we will name our new quad/ four. All rowers are expected to stay for the naming but it should wind up by midday.
The Melbourne exchange happens on December 13,14,15 and 16 and several families have volunteered to billet. The return exchange, where we go to Melbourne, to row on the Yarra happens in early February.
The junior camp happens on December 10 for year 7 and December 11 for year 8. For year 8 it will be followed by seat racing on the Tuesday. All year 10 VIIIs will be selected on that day as well.
To further improve technique a sculling one day camp is being planned in the last week of school
for year 8 scullers. CHS selection will be assessed on this day.
From the High Store
Avoid the back to school rush and purchase your school uniform needs now!
Holiday opening times
Be an extra in a Bollywood Film!
Shah Rukh Khan coming to Sydney!
Crowds are invited to be part of the feature film Chak De! India (Go India!), shooting in Sydney. The film revolves around the Indian women's hockey team coming to the World Cup Games in Australia, and stars India's biggest star Shah Rukh Khan.
We are inviting people to come down and be part of the crowd at the hockey matches. Come in national dress, wear your colours, bring your country's flag, paint your face and be ready to make some noise - the more you stand out, the more likely you will be featured! People of all ages welcome! Win prizes, bring a picnic, and bring your friends and family!
WHERE: Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre, Sarah Durrack Ave, Sydney Olympic Park
GAME STAGED FOR FILMING
Chak De! India is directed by Shimit Amin and produced by Yash Raj Films (the company behind Salaam Namaste) with Australian Line Producers Swish Black Cat Films. The film is supported by Hockey Victoria, Tourism Victoria and the Melbourne Film Office.
LET US KNOW THE DATE YOU ARE COMING, HOW MANY PEOPLE AND WHICH TEAM YOU WILL BE SUPPORTING BY
New Library & Performing Arts Centre Donations
Tax Deductible 125th Anniversary Project
We have a bold vision for a two stage Library & Performing Arts Centre. With advances in information technology, there is a pressing need to create a facility which is able to adapt and keep pace with meeting the increasing needs of our students. The estimated cost of the combined project is $4m. Stage one requires $1.8m; we have $400k. A new tax deductible monthly giving program has been introduced to help fund our development goal.
We have implemented an arrangement with ANZ Bank for automatic monthly deductions from a nominated credit card. You can elect to give $50, $40, $30 or $20 each month for a period of twelve months. Your nominated amount, along with your name and credit card details will be sent to the bank electronically. At the end of the financial year, the school will issue an annual statement as evidence of tax deductible donations. You can opt in or out of the scheme provided you notify the school in writing five working days before the fifteenth day of each month.
Thank you for helping to make a difference for our boys.
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To Year 8 Parents
At the P&C AGM held on Wednesday, November 22, office-bearers for 2007 were elected. Our year representatives for 2007 are: Steve Saunders (father of Alex) and Anne Aylmer (mother of Liam). We would like to thank them for taking on this responsibility and bringing new perspective and energy to our very active year group.
As your outgoing representatives, we would like to thank each one of you for your efforts and contribution throughout the year in many different ways, be it events, parking or fundraising.
Hope to see you at our year group picnic on Sunday, December 10.
YEAR 8 FAMILY PICNIC
WHEN: Sunday, December 10, 2006.
Music Awards Assembly
The following was the address given by Old boy Kee-Shaun Sae-Lieo (2002) at the assembly:
"Firstly, I must thank Debra Gilmore for those very kind words and Rita Miller for inviting me to speak at the inaugural High Music Assembly. It is a great honour - I'm not sure whether I deserve it, but I am grateful for the opportunity. The music department did not force me to study music at any stage in my life, but they did encourage it. If it weren't for that encouragement, then I may not be where I am now.
"It was great to be back within the walls of High. I must admit, when I was first asked to speak to the school, my first thought was "Oh No! I only left high 4 years ago." I am probably the most unqualified speaker to address the school. However, in the 4 short years since I left high, I've experienced and learnt so much, that I might be able to pass something on. I'll try not to bore you too much.
"The reason why we're here is the Music Program, and 'when I was at High,' the Music Program was one of the smallest programs in the school. Looking at the list of achievements for this year, it's nothing short of amazing what the music department has achieved - the music department and the music committee should be applauded for their efforts. There are so many events on the music calendar that you can be involved in now - so many opportunities - and it's up to you guys to take advantage of that.
"I was astounded at the number of students taking on music at the HSC level - 16. When I was doing the HSC there were 2, and I was the only one doing extension. Compounding my amazement was the fact the there is now a GPS music festival and Sydney Boys' High Piano Competition. These are great initiatives that are obviously thriving - this is evident with the number of boys involved. There is a stigma about the music industry, and to some extent it is true. Either you are one of the few that make it big and make millions, or you don't make it at all and become an "arty type" forever working in hospitality. However, there is a middle ground that many don't know about. Music can be a career that flourishes alongside and in conjunction with other professional aspirations. It may not be a career choice that makes you famous worldwide, but it can be a choice.
"I was reluctant to choose music as an elective in high school for many reasons. I had been playing piano for 10 years already, I wasn't sure how I'd go with it and I wasn't sure about it's stability as a career - I wasn't sure about a lot of things. I kept asking myself: 'was I going to be the only dork that chose music? Was I going to be the loner?' Too late for that, I was already a loner, but I did elect music and I decided to take on composition as part of my music studies. As it turns out - I did OK.
"As I left high school (and you'll all experience this), I began to make a lot more decisions, decisions that had consequences on my life. It's not uncommon to not know what you want to do, but you can try new things - find out what you like and what you don't. These decisions affect your life - so it's always nice to have a lot of options to choose from.
"When it came time to choosing preferences for tertiary education, I was lost - I wasn't sure
what I wanted to be, or what I wanted to study. I knew I wanted to travel, I wanted to work, I
wanted to party - I wanted to do a lot of things, but I couldn't pin myself down doing one thing
exclusively - so I didn't. I applied for three very different degrees - three areas that I had an
interest in and three degrees that I would be happy to take on. I applied for:
"Ever the realist, I said: 'I'm not going to get all three, so I'll take on whichever degree I am offered.' (Secretly) I knew I could take the easy way out and let someone else make the decision for me - (not to sound arrogant), but I was offered all three. I managed to narrow it down to music and medical radiation and I really couldn't decide on which one not to do, and so I decided to do both - this seemed impossible, but it wasn't. The question now was which one first?
"I spoke to the Conservatorium about my choices and they were very helpful. I was encouraged to ask questions, to make sure I had the knowledge to make an informed decision. Asking questions that may seem dumb is not dumb. Chances are that if you have a question, someone else in the room wants to ask the same question, they just don't have the guts to ask it.
"The Conservatorium offered me a scholarship, which made my decision easier. I decided to study medical radiation after I'd completed the Bachelor of Music. Now it's easier for school leavers to study both music and medicine, with Sydney University offering school leavers scholarship for entry into the music-medicine program. And with the growth of alternate therapies like music therapy - the interest is growing exponentially.
"Over the last four years at the Conservatorium, I've been exposed to a whole new world of music I never knew existed. I've been able to create my own music from composing for orchestra to small ensembles and electronic media. I've worked on stage musicals and short films. I've had the thrill of conducting performances of my own pieces, reading reviews of works in the paper and even the horror of having a flop performance. I've had the opportunity to study and work with some of Australia's leaders in their fields from Nigel Butterley, Mary Finsterer and even Kylie. I've been able to work, and keep a social life. But perhaps the most liberating experience I've had is travelling.
"I've been lucky enough to be able to fund my own travels through my work, and when you're travelling by yourself - you're forced out of your comfort zone to experience new things. I've been lost on Route 66 in New Mexico (and have had to find my way back to my hotel in Nevada), I've explored unknown nooks and crannies of Manhattan island and followed the Colorado river through the Grand Canyon, I've helicoptered over volcanoes in Hawaii and I've bartered in the markets of Asia. I've made many new friends from all over the world and I've kept in contact with so many old friends.
"Now, I've completed a Bachelor of Music in composition, with first class honours. I'm evaluating music projects for next year, whilst also applying for entry into the post-graduate medical radiation program at Sydney University with lots of travel planned for next year.
"I've been lucky enough to have the opportunities to do everything that I've wanted - and enjoy it. I've come to the realisation that my passion motivates me to do well in whatever I do.
"I'm getting better at the decision making - I still have lots of options to choose from, but rather than dreading those decisions, I'm looking forward to them.
"I hope that all of you look at your fellow students who are involved in the music program, and realize that what they do - they do because they want to. Music is not something that can only be accomplished in school time alone. Nothing can, but whatever you do, do it well and it will be most rewarding.
"I urge you to be involved in the Music Program as it has done so much for me. "
The High Armada
This weekend saw some good sailing from High at Woollahra. In his first outing in a full rig Laser Sailing Captain, Mohamed Mehmedbasic, took out first place. The victory was one that will make Riverview, who have dominated the full rig fleet, take note. The victory augers well for Mohamed's campaign in the tri-series competition next year. New coach, Adam South made the call to move Mohamed from the lesser powered radial rig, demonstrating that we have the necessary talent at High to be competitive with top fleets from other schools. We just need to look at what we are sailing to get the best from the SBHS team. A number of our more senior sailors have now made the move to join the Laser fleet freeing up Pacers for our junior sailors who have gained sufficient experience to move onto the challenge of skippering our Pacers.
Our Pacer crews are gaining in experience and Adam is working with Woollahra Sailing Club on how we may be able to get some of our newer sailors racing in our Optimists to provide them with a solid initiation into fleet racing.
Phil Kurts has been missing from most of the school sailing competition this term as he continues his campaign in Sabots. Phil took second place in the 2006 NSW Sabot championships this month, in the process gaining selection to compete in the national championships in Melbourne at the end of the year.
CYC Scholarships close Monday 4 December 2006. Please ensure your application is submitted if you are interested.
This week's featured sailor is Phil Kurts.
Why did you start Sailing?
What's your favourite part of sailing?
What's the worst thing that happened?
If I 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’
Basketball: Shooting Hoops
High v Scots
Term IV 2005 (last year)
Term IV 2006 (this week)
The 15s swept their games convincingly in every level!
Mr Hayman's team of the Week vs scots '06!
15As Grade Match Report
15Bs Grade Match Report
Scots began the second half with sluggish defence and with some powerful drives from Barry Chen
and some great rebounds by Vinh Vo. We dominated the rest of the game scoring 44 points, even
though both Barry and Vinh were fouled out half way through the second half. All the players
contributed to the score, special mention goes to Joseph Braverman for scoring his first points
in 6 matches and Lawerence Li and Barry Chen for getting their free throws in for the first
It Is Time To Practice
*Reminder to all team captains, please email your match reports by Monday 12pm to Mr
High Cricket Bulletin
TEAM(S) of the WEEK:
ALL NATIONS CUP
BILLETS - YEAR 9 Under 16 Team
AROUND THE GROUNDS
2nd.XI (Day1) HIGH 10 /137 -versus- St.JOSEPH'S 3 /197
3rd.XI (Day1), 4th.XI and 5th XIs
16As (Day1) HIGH 9 /197 (65 overs) - versus - St.JOSEPHS'S (Yet to bat)
16Bs GRAMMAR 10 / 110 - defeated - HIGH 10 / 52
15Bs SCOTS COLLEGE 3 /89 - defeated - HIGH 10 /88 .
14Bs SCOTS 1 /52 -defeated- HIGH 9 /51
14Cs HIGH 6 /86 - defeated - SCOTS COLLEGE 10 /85
14Ds St. MARY'S 4 /210 - defeated - HIGH 5 /190
From the MIC Basketball
The most common injury for basketball players is a sprained ankle. Even with the high top style basketball shoe many boys have injured themselves this term. This is a painful experience that can be avoided. Ankle braces are much less expensive than taping every time to play a game. In our local school area of Surry Hills a store called Barrere exists who personally fit ankle braces to your foot for a fee of $70 per brace. I recommend that all students get ankle braces.
Barrere is located at Hercules St, Surry Hills, 92810511
SBHS 1ST Grade Basketball |
All game times and venues will be posted on the notice board in the gymnasium
High Rugby Friends Inc
Sunday 3rd December
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: WWW.HIGHRUGBYFRIENDS.COM
High Rugby Friends Inc. (HRF) is a non-profit association that has been set up to support the
rugby program at the school.