High Notes, Vol 7 No 6, March 10 2006
From the Principal
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General Service Contributions
The purpose of the surveillance is to protect school property and reduce costly repairs and maintenance, caused by students vandalising equipment or experimenting with hardware.
Sports Adventurer and Motivator to speak at High
Year 7 Parent Group - An Invitation
An Invitation to Year 7 Parents -
The Year Group meetings are an ideal opportunity to meet other parents in your year, to raise
questions, make suggestions and air any concerns you may have. The Year 7 Parent Group is open to
all Year 7 parents. In previous years, the group has put together a Year 7 contact list;
organised social functions for Yr 7 families; started up a Yr 7 chess club including coaching;
nominated a Year 7 parent to the P & C Executive.
‘Theatre Sports’ @ High
Ever watched Whose Line is it Anyway?, laughed yourself silly and thought, ‘I
could do that’? Or even, ‘I wish I could do that.’? Now you CAN. On Monday
lunchtimes experienced Theatresports practitioner Yvette Mc Donnell is running Theatresports for
any interested students, especially those who would like to form a team and compete in the
Schools Comp that starts in May. Come along on Monday to Room 204 at lunchtime, and bring your
P&C March Meeting Reminder
The next meeting of SBH P & C Association will take place on
Wednesday 15 March at 7.30 pm in the Great Hall
Dr Jaggar will present his overview of the HSC results of the 2005 SBH students
We encourage you to come along and gain valuable insights into that major exam all our boys will
Words of Wisdom
"I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was yesterday."
"The more things change, the more they are the same. "
In the singles, Mitch almost pulled off a seemingly impossible task. His opponent had not yet dropped a set in the season; however, Mitch came a few points within victory. His strategic play and accuracy saw him play some very measured tennis; however, his opponent picked up the pace in the third and won the tightly contested match. Although, Matt struggled to find the lines with his shots, when they did go in, they were extremely lethal. However, inconsistency cost him the match. Daniel played too defensively in his singles, and lost to a more aggressive opponent. Hai played well, but struggled to put shots away which led to his defeat. David also played some great tennis; however, his serve left much to be desired. Ivan played through injury, but was still able to win his singles. His sheer determination and competitiveness must be commended.
Although High came off second best against their beefier opponents, our players all played with
the High spirit and gave it their best, which is all that could be asked of them. We will take
the same attitude into our next few matches, which look set to be tough, as we come up against
premiership contenders Iggies and Shore.
In Doubles 1, the new top Doubles pair Thomas and Nelson, fought hard and despite some close games, lost the match with an unimpressive score that betrayed the intensity of the match. In Doubles 2, Henry and Kevin breezed through the first game, but the Joeys pair came back with a vengeance and exacted their revenge. In Doubles 3 Jordan’s need for a late note caused High to forfeit the first set, but he and Chapman put up a good show in the second.
In the No.1 Singles, Thomas started up slowly, and only managed to pick up his pace in the second
set, but by then it was too late, and he couldn’t catch up to his Joeys counterpart. In the
No.2 Singles, Henry came up against a serve-and-volleyer, and without any real experience against
this play style, Henry was never comfortably in the match. In Chapman’s No.3 Singles, the
Joeys coach persistently talked to their player – something that is strictly forbidden
– and denied doing so when confronted with the problem. Jordan struggled with the
heavy-topspin shots of his opponent as they often drove him into the back fence. However, he
fought back and came up with a few excellent winners and drop shots! Kevin played an aggressive
game, approaching the net at every opportunity. He looked to be in control of the match, but
alas, it was not to be.
UP & COMING – GOOD RESULTS !!!!
16’S MATCH REPORT
Ben, despite the score, played an excellent match and brought a game with much more intensity and focus than ever before. Ben was able to get on the nerves of his short-fused opponent and matched it up to his opponent early, but in the end, Ben's opponent was too skilled and had some very powerful hitting.
Jason Cohn was able to win yet another tight match in a tie break. Three matches (out of four) so far have gone to tie breaks and he was won the last two in a row.
Cary was simply all class and too good for his opponent, which was fantastic to see, considering how strong the Joeys As were. The small crowd at the end to cheer on his match also must have lifted him.
In the Bs, Danny Fu just keeps getting better and better each week. He has without a doubt the
fastest serve in the entire team and with a little greater consistency is potentially the best in
the entire 16s. Danny cruised through his opponent for the only win of the Bs.
Thanks to coaches for results.
From the Gym
Welcome back to all those boys who have used the weights room previously and to all those who have recently joined. Over the Christmas break there was an average of 25 boys attending each scheduled weights session. This is in itself a great indicator of the gradual change in attitude towards physically preparing yourselves early for the rigorous GPS sporting competition or just the beach. I take my hat off to all those who were here. The extra work that you are doing will pay off somewhere down the track. For those who haven’t started yet, the clock is running down rapidly. Just remember that physical preparation is only one piece of the sports preparation puzzle. Training to improve:
are some of the others. Challenge yourselves to put together as many pieces as possible.
Payment – Most boys have been prompt in paying their gym fees, but some ofyou are a little less organised. If you like using the gym, then fix up your payment ASAP. If you don’t, you may find you turn up one day soon and are refused entry. Get it sorted now!
Change of hours – The weights room hours have been extended to include Wednesday afternoons from 1.30 – 3.00 pm. Use is only for seniors with permission given by your sporting MC in conjunction with the weights room strength coach. Be mindful though that Senior Rowing have right of wayin the gym at this time until their season finishes so the equipment that they are using will be unavailable for use during this time.
Gym Rules - Just a reminder to all the regular weight trainers to re-acquaint themselves with the gym rules as they are written and to all the new boys it would be wise as well. A few bad habits are starting to creep back in and I will be on the warpath to eradicate them. You have been warned.
Monday 7.00 - 8.45 am and 3.30 – 5.00 pm Tuesday 7.00 - 8.45 am and 3.30 – 5.00 pm Wednesday 7.00 – 8.45 am and 1.30 – 3.00 pm Thursday 7.00 – 8.45 am and 12.45– 1.25 pm and 3.30 – 5.00 pm Friday 7.00 - 8.45 am and 3.30 – 5.00 pmReturn to Index
Sydney High Regatta 2006
SATURDAY, 11 MARCH from 8.00 am
Come along to Bayview Park on Hen and Chicken Bay Have a burger by the water, enjoy a good cup of
coffee And help cheer on our rowers!
SBHS Debating 2006
A huge thank you to all the parents and students who helped with parking last Sunday. The day was very successful and busy, so raised a large amount to assist with coaching.
THE EASTSIDE DEBATING COMPETITION
Round 2 will be held against the Scots College on 10/03/06 (topic area - Media) and Round 3 will be on VS Reddam House on the 17/03/06 (topic area - Science and Technology).
Teams rotate throughout this competition and each week information about the teams and venues etc are emailed to you.
PLEASE ENSURE YOU CHECK YOUR EMAIL! Or the notice board outside 603.
For more information contact Ms Jocelyn Brewer, MIC Debating by emailing
or visit www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating
UN Youth Association Annual Conference
EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR YEAR 9-12 STUDENTS
The United Nations Youth Association of Australia is holding their annual conference over the weekend of the 24-26th March 2006.
The UNYA is a community- based organisation run for youth, by youth.
The annual event brings together over 100 high school students from around NSW. Delegates attending the event hear from informative and engaging speakers on a plethora of issues including human rights, youth empowerment and related matters. Delegates also take part in issue based and interactive workshops. On the final day, delegates represent a member state of the UN in a model United Nations General Assembly debate.
This is an excellent opportunity for the boys to implement their general knowledge and debating skills, meet new people and be involved in community matters.
Delegates attending the annual conference may be selected into the state and territory teams and find themselves representing youth around Australia and potentially the world!
It is also a good experience and gives you a taste of what MUNA (Model United Nations Assembly) events are like. There are several MUNA competition which SBHS enters each year.
The conference is held at the Collaroy Conference Centre, Collaroy from 6pm on Friday until 4.30pm on Sunday. Boys with Saturday sport commitments can go to the conference after sport.
The cost is $130, however depending on the number of students interested in attending each place will be subsidised from the school debating and talent development budget.
Unity in Diversity - 100 years of SHS Membership of the AAGPS
DESPAIR AND HOPE
“Then, on the Wednesday afternoon of each week, we enjoy a delightful half-holiday, when we lay all thoughts of study aside, and give free vent to our sporting tendencies. The Tennis Club has been revived, after a lapse of some months; the Swimming Club is being well supported, and all seem to be anxious to improve their physique.
It seems rather strange that we do not rank among the premier Great Public Schools in sporting attainments. It is fair for us to say that the SHS possesses the crack Cadet Corps of the metropolis, and the qualities that go to make a successful soldier are also most important in the formation of a good sportsman. The cricket or football field is like a miniature battlefield. Discipline, courage, and determination are as necessary for victory in sport as they are in warfare. Why, then, is it that our football season last year was barren and fruitless? The answer lies in two simple reasons: Disparity in weight, size, and age has erected an opposing wall too strong to be battered down. Very few of our boys have reached the age of eighteen, and they, forced to compress the work of three years into eighteen months, can find little or no time for indulging in sport. But another, and far more important reason, lies in the fact that our interest is so much absorbed in the nourishment of our minds that we are prone to neglect the necessary exercise of our bodies. It is rather hard, we must admit, to expect a boy to sacrifice even one afternoon in the week, when the ordinary lessons are in progress. Now, however, we have Wednesday afternoon set aside for sport, and sport alone. Let us hope, therefore, that our High School boys will rise to what is expected of them, and prove to other schools that SHS is capable of shining as a star in the realm of sport, with the same brightness that characterises its scholastic achievements.”
Further changes to the management of High Schools in NSW occurred into 1912. The teaching staff were divided into masters and assistant masters. This lead to specialisation of subjects and the departure of many teachers who did not fit the new categories. Added to this was the problem caused by the School’s inadequate site in Ultimo. The editorial of October 1912 tried to put a positive spin on the disruption caused:
“One thing, however, that we should welcome as a school is that after a period of such frequent and sudden departures and equally sudden arrivals, the school staff seems to be firmly settled at last. We have lost, it is true, skilful masters and fine men, but we feel confident that we have gained masters just as skilful and masters as fine. Amongst the masters recently added to the staff are men with long records at Great Public Schools in other lands; men who fully appreciate the value of a school spirit and a school tradition.
What we want are fresh surroundings, where no clanging foundries and steam hammers break in on our meditations and where no unpleasant odours “taint the ambient air” and worry us to distraction. This protest has, perhaps, been too often urged to be dwelt on at length here with propriety, but they say that constant dropping wears away the stone, and maybe this little drop will have its effect.
Prior to and immediately consequent upon the inception of the “novae res” there were many doubts as to its success, so far as we are concerned at any rate. Some thought that the position of the school with regard to the other Great Public Schools, never too advanced, would recede still further. But the last month or two have shown differently. The school’s institutions were never in a more flourishing condition, and our boys have more than held their own in Great Public School life.
Affairs had reached a low ebb in 1912, but there was hope of some improvement by the end of the year, as the editorial of December 1912 stated:
Time and again in this paper we have had reason to remark on the severance of many links with the past, and on our apparent decline from the position of a Great Public School, and each time the two were connected in some way.
But now, though we have to regret the loss of Mr Hedberg, one of our finest teachers, and though what is apparently the last “Senior” in which our school will participate, is a thing of the past, yet our rank amongst the Great Public Schools is higher than ever. It appears to be a fact that between the beginning of 1911 and June, 1912, we reached our lowest point, for without any teams in the GPS competitions and with a like number of representatives at the University Camp, it is little wonder that upstart rivals began to speak of the Ultimo High School. But now all this is changing, and there can be little doubt that the change is due to the public spirit which is being manifested by the junior boys. Thanks to them we came within measurable distance of the junior championship at the GPS sports, and many of them are enthusiastically supporting the cricket, tennis, baseball, and swimming clubs.
In the Hordern cadet matches we showed the other schools that in one branch of sport, at any rate, we were pre-eminent. In tennis two of our boys won the schoolboys’ doubles handicap at the City of Sydney Club’s tournament, and one of these two reached the semi-final in singles.
Above all, however, we have entered a team in the GPS cricket competition, and though we have had no success so far, yet the courtesy and consideration of our opponents has gone far to salve the wounds, which, indeed, we bore with tolerable fortitude.
So, as one of our editors had occasion to say once before, “Sursum Corda!” (Latin
for “lift up your hearts”.)
High Cricket Bulletin
Last Saturday saw Round 6 in the GPS Competition get under way at St.Joseph’s College in pretty good cricket conditions. It was a day that was going to test many of the High teams as we had one of our seasonal introductions to playing on turf wickets which is always a problem due to the technique changes required.
Several of our Day 1 results were disappointing particularly for the players who have put in the hours over the season, but it all comes down to the determination and attitude shown on the field of play, that produces match winning performances. Day 2 allows High to pull back some ground and display our spirit.
CHINA JOINS the ICC
As former NSW State Player and Bill O’Reilly Medalist, Richard Chee Quee who is coaching at High on Wednesdays and Thursdays said to our boys in his coaching addresses, “that he doesn’t want to be the only Chinese representative to figure in NSW Cricket”. Richard was the first ever and has urged our boys to aim to reach for the summit and has been very pleased with the progress of many of our Year 7 and 8 cricketers. A newspaper article appears on the cricket website.
WEBSITE MATCH REPORTS
At present we have a small dedicated group of Dad’s and coaches who supply expanded match reports each week and I thank them for their time and effort. However due to lack of parental support for several of our other teams we miss out in being able to recognize good performances by our, or more specifically, your boys in those teams. Can you give us a little of your time and support the younger team captains to compile a short 8 – 10 line report on the players match performances??
Due to space considerations for High Notes only “short match progress/ results” will appear and individual performances can be seen on the website which will be loaded each Wednesday evening.
AROUND THE GROUNDS
2nd XI - DAY 1 High 10 / 103 -v- St Joseph’s 3 /94
3rd. XI - DAY 1 High 10 /120 -v- St.Joseph’s 5 /130
14A - DAY1 High 10 /55 and 1 /37 -v- St.Joseph’s 3 decl /180
14B - St Joseph’s 2 125 (19 overs) -defeated High 10 /15 (19 overs)
13A - St. Joseph’s 5 /192 -defeated- High 10 /88
13C - St.Joseph’s 8 /62 -defeated- High 7 /57
This weekend our school hosts the Regatta in Hen & Chicken Bay. All schools will be present but there are no 1st VIIIs as some schools have made the journey to Lake Barrington in Tasmania for the National Championships. Racing commences at 8.00am & concludes with the final of the 2nd VIIIs at 11.50am. The regatta is best viewed from Bayview Park at the end of Burwood Rd.
Last weekend was the second of two racing weekends for the seniors at Penrith. There was a much improved performance by the 2nd VIII of Jason Phu, David Kim, Ellis Louie, James Mackay, Aaron Shuttleworth, Ty Linegar, Harry Song & Chong Shao who improved their time by 12 seconds. The 2nd year 10 VIII rowing with replacements from the year below due to dropouts from the squad held 3rd position for almost a 1000 metres of the 2000 metres. Thanks to Nelson Ridges and Matt Ling for rowing with Lawrence Boikov, Harrison Reid Ben Palau, Ishan Nadkarni, Tim Joo, Khalid Ahmed and Tim Molloy in the crew. Joshua Hui and Winston Lee both rowed in the 1st Year 10 VIII on Saturday and this crew improved their time by 5 seconds.
CHS Rowing will be held at Penrith at SIRC Monday & Tuesday after the GPS. The top 3 Year 8
& 9 quads will race, some members of the Year 10 VIIIs and the 1st & 2nd IV & the 1st
& 2nd VIII. In addition to our big boats we will compete in age crew from under 15,16,17
& open in the single scull, double scull & quads. We will also provide boat holders from
our juniors for the start of the races. Sydney Rowing Club generously allows us to use their
doubles and Ausrowtec lends us a racing scull for the regatta.
Paddington Public School 150th Anniversary
150th Anniversary Celebrations (Sesquicentenary)
The Paddington Model School opened for enrolments on Monday 5 May 1856, by order of The Board of National Education, with Mr Thomas Harris as its first Headmaster. On Friday 5 May 2006, the school will commemorate 150 years of continuous public education on the same site, with Mrs Sue Mootz as its current Principal.
Paddington Public School cordially invites all its ex-students, ex-teachers and staff, and their families, to celebrate with us this most significant and historical occasion over two days, Friday 5 May and Sunday 7 May 2006. Past school members are most welcome to attend both event days.
► Visit the schools’ website at www.paddington-p.schools.nsw.edu.au and follow
the links to the Anniversary information page and then the Online Response Form.
Come and celebrate with us in May 2006
Tennis Awards Dinner
An Invitation to tennis students, family and friends are cordially invited to attend the
S.B.H.S. TEAM TENNIS 2006 ANNUAL AWARD PRESENTATION DINNER
To be held in the S.B.H.S. Great Hall At 7.30 pm on Saturday 25 March 2006
The evening will be presented by The Master of Ceremonies and includes:
Please book and pay at SBHS Office from Monday 6 March 2006