High Notes, Vol 7 No 7, March 17 2006
From the Principal
Sir Roden Cutler Charities
Jumped on at Joeys 4/3
Riverview Rampage 11/3
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.
From the Office
LETTERS RE ABSENCE/LATENESS/ EARLY LEAVE
If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Beringer, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.
The Principal must approve all leave applications.
Another email service for parents
If you would like to have your son’s attendance record sent to you send your email address
Please include your son’s name and date of birth in the email.
Words of Wisdom
“Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right.”
The human mind is like a TV set. When it goes blank, it's a good idea to turn off the
We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.
There are still some vacancies for fencing. But you will need to be quick!
Registrations are now Due - Don’t miss out.
Make sure you complete a registration form available from Ms May (Welfare Room 305). Congratulations to Yu Lin who gained first place in the NSWFA Novice #1 Men's Foil in Lidcombe and also won a bronze medal in the Gilt Series 2006, Cadet Men's Epee.
High Regatta – 11 March 2006
Last Saturday was a warm, slightly overcast day with little wind – perfect conditions for rowing and also for running a barbeque and food stall for spectators. While Mr Barris and the team of coaches ran a seamless regatta on the water, High rowing parents (past and present) were busily engaged in running the movable feast which accompanies any GPS regatta. There is quite a lot of work involved in moving everything to Bayview Park and back as well as the actual purchasing, cooking and selling, but all the effort yielded a significant boost to Rowing finances.
A small army of helpers deserve thanks for keeping up High’s reputation for running the best regatta. Thanks from the Rowing Committee to anyone who came along and helped out. Special thanks to ‘retired’ rowing parents Selim Stamati and Paul Girdler who must think they have jobs for life at this regatta. Liz Hurrell was on the scene early and late to manage finances for the day. Core catering was organised by Antoinette Farrow, Vicki Angell and Craig Phillis. Drinks were expertly managed and rapidly transported by Andrea Freiman, while Steve Whiting and Paul Eriksson also assisted with transport and the barbeque. Maree Phillis and Sandra Stojanovic worked tirelessly behind the counter all morning and then some. Celebrity chef this year was former Captain of Boats and School Captain from the seventies, David Blomberg. It is to be hoped that some of our current rowers will one day return to work on the parent barbeque at this regatta! !
A final reminder to all parents and supporters of Sydney High Rowing about the huge Boatshed
Dinner in the Great Hall on Wednesday 22 March. Please pay through the school office.
High Cricket Bulletin
As we near the end of the season there are some encouraging signs coming from our junior teams who are growing in skills and strengths each week. The three (Year 7) teams in the Under 13 Competition as well as the Year 8 teams are gradually closing the gaps between High and our opponents. The boys have been working hard at sport afternoons and their efforts have translated into better batting, fielding and team skills. We still have plenty to do, but they have put pressure on spots in our top team for term 4, which will add to the competition to be provided from the 10 club cricketers who will become available also.
PARKING ROSTER – 10th.MARCH 2006- SAVED BY THE FEW
Our next Parking Duty is Friday 31st MARCH report time between 4-45 and 5-0pm at the Gymnasium. Please email me of your availability to attend.
THE BUSKER AWARD
AROUND THE GROUNDS
1st XI St.Joseph’s 4/238 -defeated- High 10/58 and 10/113 . Outright Run Scorers Gehan Karunaratne (40) and Mark Samarasinghe 17 No report submitted.
2nd XI St. Joseph’s 7/189 -defeated- High 10/103 and 10/82 . Outright.
3rd XI St.Joseph’s 6/260 -defeated- High 10/120 and 10/92. Outright
16A St.Joseph’s 10/244 -defeated- High 10/67
15B Riverview 5/347 - defeated- High 10/107 (32 overs)
14B Riverview 5/104 -defeated- High 10/97
13A Riverview 3/130 -defeated- High 5/104
13B Riverview 2/72 -defeated- High 7/63
“Volleyball is played at Sydney Boys High School as a winter sport for all Years from 7 to 12 and involves competition with CHS, GPS and some Independent schools. We compete in age divisions U14, U15, U16, U17, and Open. Sydney High also competes in the Metropolitan Schools Tournaments, the CHS Knockout and the National Schools Championships held in Melbourne during the last school week of term 4. Sydney High has one of the best volleyball facilities in NSW, with a 3-court gym with high ceilings, a sprung floor and first class lighting.” – School Website
High Volleyball is run by Mr Kay from the science department. Quinton Yang is the newly appointed Prefect of Volleyball and is responsible for improving the image of volleyball at High.
House Volleyball Games for Year 7 will be held in the following weeks on Mondays or Fridays. Everyone is encourage to participate, to discover a new style of team game that is both enjoyable to play, and suspenseful to watch.
Volleyball is played at both a national and international level. It is one of the most intense sports in the Olympic Games. At High, you can experience playing volleyball at a state and interstate level. Every year, boys from 1st and 2nd grade volleyball travel to Melbourne for a 7 day tournament, from which High always come home with great success and memories.
Here is just a basic rundown of the rules of volleyball, to familiarise you with the game before the House Games start:
To make these rules simpler, here’s an amended edition:
Have a go at volleyball at HIGH! Just like any other sport, if the response is good, then the
school would devote more energy into it to make it more accessible for other years, and the
future years of High. Hope to see you participate next week!
In the doubles, Hai and Mitch played a well controlled match, however, their opposition were able to win the more important points and pull off a win. Matt and Ivan showed signs of brilliance; however, they too, were outplayed by their more drilled opponents. Daniel and David played fantastic tennis at times; however, they were unable to keep up at the high level, which handed the win over to their more consistent opponents.
In the singles, Mitch struggled to keep focus and find form in a lack lustre performance – his worst of the season, to go down to an opponent who he would have beaten easily on a good day. Matt had the closest score line in the singles, and was unfortunate to lose, with only a few points here and there proving the difference. Daniel was overwhelmed by his opponent, scrambling from side to side; however, he was able to hit a few spectacular forehands. Ivan played well, but was outlasted by his more consistent opponent. Hai started off extremely well, however, he could not keep up the high intensity throughout the match. David also displayed good form, and the score line was not indicative of the quality of the match.
Though we were dealt a crushing defeat, we can only look forward and forget about this loss, as
we try to perform better against a consistent Newington team this weekend.
Thomas and Nelson played a strenuous match that went for over one hour. The quality of play was not reflected in the score line (an injustice suffered by most of our players), and the tough pair fought the last game to 8 deuces before relenting. Jordan’s lateness by over half an hour resulted in the forfeit of the Chapman-Jordan pair, which was regrettable. As with the first doubles, Henry and Kevin had numerous close games with them coming off second best.
In the singles, Thomas played an impressive match, at one point forcing a dive and a frustrated “What a fluke!” Chapman played some of his best tennis and dramatically reduced the number of double faults, but it was not enough to overcome his opponent. Henry kept pace with his opponent in the early parts of both sets, but lacked the oomph to really dominate the games. Nelson underwent a complete reversal of his game: he started smashing winners, missed his first serves, and forgot to approach the net. Pity it didn’t work. Without the warm-up of the doubles, Jordan went into his singles unprepared and he was sorely punished. Kevin had a great start in the first game, but choked, and gave points away to his opponent.
Despite the one-sided result, our performance was no worse than most of the other schools.
Without a win and with only two weeks left in the season to get one, 2nd Grade matches are about
to become a whole new ballgame!
UP & COMING – GOOD RESULTS !!!!
16s MATCH REPORT
Despite losing all the As matches, it was pleasantly surprising to find that the Bs were more than capable of providing resistance and ensure SIC would not have a walkover. It was especially satisfying to see Daniel Chim winning so comfortably in his match. James Ip also backed up from the Cs to play as B4 and did not disappoint winning 6-4.
The Cs and Ds experienced one way traffic as usual in favour of High. Congratulations to Matthew Rusli for winning in style 6-0. The Ds bounced back from last week's massive losses to have a clean sweep winning all 6 matches.
Thanks to coaches for results.
Basketball - Shooting Hoops
High VS Joeys Term 4 2005 (last time)
TEAM RESULT SCORE TOP SCORER 1st LOSS 102-49 H.WALKER 15 2nd LOSS 41-45 E.WONG 18 3rd LOSS 56-15 TEAM RESULT 4th LOSS 36-40 S.CHOOR 15 5th WIN 26-20 A.WANG 9 6th LOSS 18-28 M.KELDOULIS 10 7th LOSS 19-31 R.BI 7 8th WIN 38-11 J.PHU 14 16A LOSS 30-25 W.TRAC 4 16B LOSS 26-21 J.SHIH 7 16C WIN 23-20 A.NGUYEN 6 16D WIN 22-19 R.JI 8 16E WIN 24-17 B.LUNG 10 15A LOSS 55-39 L.TENG 10 15B LOSS 22-12 C.REEVES 6 15C LOSS 47-22 T.TRAN 5 15D WIN 28-13 N.WONG 12 14A WIN 26-20 A.PAUL 13 14B LOSS 14-16 Y.LIU 4 14C DRAW 30-30 T.XIAO 12 14D WIN 36-2 L.LI 12 14E WIN 42-38 H.VI 12
Term 1 2006 (This week)
TEAM RESULT SCORE TOP SCORER 1st LOSS 86-36 D.SUN 9 2nd LOSS 57-32 R.HUYNH 18 4th LOSS 12-29 S.WANG 7 5th WIN 24-10 L.WONG 7 6th LOSS 20-23 R.ALCHIN 5 8th WIN 22-16 J.LU 7 16A LOSS 22-31 DANNY NG 11 16B WIN 22-18 D.CHIU 6, A.LEUNG 6 16C WIN 19-18 C.YANG 4 15A LOSS 21-49 MVP STEPHEN DONG 15B WIN 9-5 S.ZHANG 4 15C WIN 22-11 K.LIM 4 15D WIN 29-21 T.ZHONG 6 14A WIN 32-25 J.LIANG 15 14B DRAW 20-20 M.LI 8 14C WIN 32-21 T.XIAO 8 14D WIN 27-25 J.CASTILLO 6 13A LOSS 67-13 A.YE 8 13B LOSS 17-10 D.NGUYEN 6 13C LOSS 42-6 2 POINTS PER PLAYER 13D LOSS 32-2 SCORER NOT NOTED
If your coach has not returned his result remind him after the game!
EVERY TERM THE RESULTS ARE BETTER THAN THE PREVIOUS- KEEP UP THE AWESOME ENTHUSIASM IN BASKETBALL EVERYONE!
1st Grade Match Report
High started the game well, denying the ball to Joeys’ star point guard and rep. player Lachlan Kirwan, and also making most of their shots, thereby gaining an early lead 13-12. However, High’s shooting percentage dropped dramatically for the rest of the match, allowing Joeys to slowly pull away through fast passing to their big men under the ring for easy baskets, for a big lead of 48-26 at the main break.
The third and fourth quarters were much the same story. High took too many shots under pressure, while Joeys slowly accumulated their points through solid play by their forwards. The game coming to a lacklustre end with Joeys comfortable winners 86-36.
It was an extremely disappointing performance from High who could not seem to rebound from the
easier playing conditions posed in the CHS competition, and regain the consistency required in
the GPS. However, some positives from the match were the performances from forwards Moussa Farhat
and Wei Zhuang. Each pulled down a respectable 12 rebounds, with Moussa taking a charge as well.
Rising star Justin Chow also made the most of his time on the court, running the floor well and
starting some well constructed baskets.
2nd Grade Match Report
High started the game on the defensive end with a full court press once again, however the strategy was no surprise for Joeys and they calmly passed the ball and scored easy buckets. On the offensive side High were struggling from a tough man to man defence that limited our options and forced us to rush shots and decisions. The end of the first quarter however ended with a few solid shots to close the quarter 11-15 in Joey’s favour. The game proceeded with tight defence and evenly matched play from both sides. In the third quarter however the exhausted High side from great defensive pressure from their opponents opened the door for Joeys to engage in a run of easy fast break lay-ups.
This pushed the margin to as much as 15 points in the quarter. The game was still played with
passion from the High boys and this was reflected in a mini run which showed glimpses of a great
press and running game involving High guards, Alex Vertoudakis and Stuart Sugito. Full credit
goes to forwards Eugene Wong, David Hu and Kenny Huang for containing one of the Joey centers who
weighed about twice the combined mass of the High guards. Overall the game was played with High
intensity but on the day Joeys came out winners.
From the coaches:
High vs Riverview 1st grade wins again!
After a disappointing performance against St Joseph’s last week, the High boys were eager to prove themselves against traditional basketball powerhouse St Ignatius.
Unfortunately, St Ignatius started the better of the two teams, running a disciplined transition game and rebounding well to build a solid lead 30-15.
However, the second quarter saw a dramatic change as High took control of the game. An effective press was employed, which led to many defensive stops and transitions baskets for High. Meanwhile, High’s half court offense was led by the accurate shooting from ever-reliable guard Harry Walker (17 pts.) and strong drives to the basket by small forward Dale Sun (17 pts.), who was able to wrong foot the defence numerous times with his superior speed. This enabled High to go on a 19-2 scoring run to enter the main break 34-32.
Despite High’s seemingly unstoppable momentum, Ignatius fought back well, scoring the first basket of the 3rd quarter, quickly levelling the scores. However, High’s forwards put out one of their best performances of the season. Moussa Farhat (10 pts., 7 rebounds) and Wei Zhuang (13 pts., 8 rbds.) dominated the area under the ring with help from the experienced Victor Wei. Meanwhile, an explosive 5 minutes from super-sub Lewis D’Avigdor saw him score 4 points and gather 3 steals, 3 rebounds and an assist to help High maintain the two point lead over St Ignatius entering the final break, 49-47.
Ignatius once again started the better of the teams in the 4th quarter, and similar to the 3rd quarter, they quickly levelled the scores. However, urged on by a large crowd of High supporters, the High boys lifted, and with several drives by Captain Francis Wong, were able to establish a 5 point lead. However, just as High looked comfortable to take out the match, with 10 seconds left, an Iggies player was fouled shooting a 3, resulting in 3 free throws. He made two, but with the remaining 10 seconds, High inbounded the ball, and when Captain Francis Wong was fouled, he was able to calmly put away the two free throws, and lead High to a very memorable victory 74-69.
Finally and very importantly, the High boys would like to give a HUGE thank you to Dr Jaggar, the statisticians, David and Hugo, the rowers and everyone who attended the 1st grade match after their respective games at Riverview. The support from the sidelines was phenomenal and definitely contributed to the win, thank you.
~Brought to you by Francis Wong, Johny Shih and Justin Liang.
SBHS Debating 2006
THE EASTSIDE DEBATING COMPETITION.
REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. Over 140 people are registered for debating this year. If you did not register please see Ms Brewer ASAP.
COACHING is now up and running details are as follows. ALL BOYS should be attending training sessions EACH week.
DEBATING SUPPORTERS GROUP
For more information contact Ms Jocelyn Brewer, MIC Debating by emailing
or visit www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating
Model United Nations Assembly
Year 10 and 11 Student Opportunity
There are two MUNA events being held in our region in 2006.
Sydney Rotary MUNA
Randwick Girls High School MUNA
Preparation and research is the key to success in MUNA events. SBHS provides coaching by university students with experience in MUNA. No experience in debating is necessary.
If you are interested in participating in either of these events please see Ms Brewer in
Social Sciences or email
Tennis Awards Dinner Invitation
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
Head of the River 2006 - Parents & Supporters Bus
Saturday April 1 2006
The bus will leave from the rowing sheds at 8am and return there after the last event, in time to meet the rowers and for the post-Regatta function.
Ticket price is $20 return per adult, children free. Book now to reserve your place. Pay on the bus.
To book your seat(s) phone Grace Reid on 9389 2664 or Email