High Notes, Vol 7 No 9, March 31 2006
From the Principal
Student Awards Scheme Cohort Assemblies
Major purchase for the Library
Ken Baret and the High Club Honoured
Sir Roden Cutler Charities and Sydney University Regiment
At the function we also discussed with Chris Williams, Deputy Chairman of the charity, how Year 11 can assist the charity’s work. He outlined a plan to make the 29th of May a big charity fund raising day. As well as providing an honour guard of cadets for the Governor-General’s unveiling of a statue of Sir Roden at Manly Village Public School, High has been asked to provide people to raise money for the charity by collecting along the route of a proposed celebrity wheel chair event from Manly to Moore Park. I am giving Year 11 advanced warning that the school expects all of you to get involved on that day.
Sydney Boys High Building Fund reaches first target!
Chess Thrives at Sydney High
A comprehensive program for all age groups has been introduced at Sydney High in 2006 to provide opportunities for boys to play chess both recreationally and to compete, following from concerns of Year 7 parents in 2005 that such opportunities were very limited for junior boys. The school has appointed coach and organiser Alex Feldman to expand the chess program, and particularly to provide tuition and help for the junior boys. This program will build on the work of Mr Harvey who has organised competition chess for many years at High.
Structure of the program
Currently in our competition
Call for chess set containers – chance to clean out some cupboards
Chess is urgently in need of new containers for the chess sets. Please supply any 1 to 2 litre plastic containers such as ice cream containers or similar to the chess group.
Further calls for parent participation will be called for closer to the Term 2 competition.
On the 18 March Athletics ran a BBQ at Bunnings, Mascot. We raised $1230 from some much needed
coaching. Thanks to Mr Codey, Mr Burrell, Mr & Mrs Masalehdani, Roger Burrell, Richard Xu,
Matthew Wong, Aaron Chong and Danny Ng for their hard work on the day. A very special thank you
to Valda Roser for all her hard work fundraising at the school and the help she gave athletics in
the lead up to the BBQ.
On the 21st of March, we versed Kingsgrove High in Round 2 of the CHS Volleyball State Knockout. After having the match postponed by 2 weeks due to various reasons, the High boys were ready for a win. From the go, good hitting and receiving led High to easy points, helping us take the first set 25-15.
The second set started out the same way. Good reception from Wei Ping, Dizon and Jamie helped set up numerous plays. Good hitting from Terry and Victor also contributed to the lead in the second set. The big boys, Ping Du and Warren put up good blocks, putting pressure on the Kingsgrove attack. We won the second set 25-18.
As we had a 2 set lead, we decided to try out some new things in the third set. With Alex taking
control of the setting predominantly and letting Victor hit more, we cruised to an easy 3 set
Words of Wisdom
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me is
more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than
circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is
more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company ...a church
...a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice everyday regarding the attitude we will
embrace for that day. We cannot change our past ...we cannot change the fact that people will act
in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one
string we have, and that is our attitude ...I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me
and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you ... we are in charge of our
Nihil est in intellectu, quod non fuerit in historia, et omne, quod fuit in historia, deberet
esse in intellectu.
"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong."
Year 7 Parents Meeting
with Year 7 Advisor Ms Veronica Crothers and Ms Jenni May, Head Teacher, Welfare
At the conclusion there will also be a general discussion session. This is your opportunity to put forward any issues or concerns you may have concerning the transition into Year 7.
We look forward to seeing you at the Parents information evening.
The big events approach with the Head of the River on Saturday and the CHS championships directly following on the Monday and Tuesday. This Friday the Rowing Assembly will be held in the Great Hall where the Captain of Boats, Blake Angell, will introduce the senior crews to the school. Matt Ling, stroke of the 1st Year 9 quad will speak on behalf of the junior shed. Parents are welcome and are requested to sit in the front of the assembly.
Last Saturday was the Gold Cup Regatta where we were one of the few schools to have every crew that was entered make the start and complete the race. There were strong performances from several crews but the year 8 2nd quad of James Whiting, Max Philis, Andrew Blomberg, Nam Nguyen, Haden Schilling and coached by Mr Coan managed a very competitive performance in the A final. The 1st year 10 VIII also performed well as recounted below.Overall our year 8 quads performed very well with 6th year 8 quad also making the A final.
Junior photos were taken this Wednesday and all that remains for the majority of rowers is the
working bee commencing at 10.00 am on April 2 at the sheds. It will involve boatloading for CHS
and a general clean up of the boatshed. Your attendance would be appreciated.
There was sporadic weather on the day of the Gold Cup regatta at Riverview. Bursts of rain were followed by sun and then wind and rain once more, yet High rowers were not deterred. Despite these odd conditions there were some promising finishes from the junior crews on the last race of their season, which in a way turned out to be the start of the 1st Year 10 VIII season. After underperforming for most of the season, in which we beat Scots once and they beat us twice, we were looking to start afresh with the introduction of Joshua Hui, who brought with him a lack of size, Pacific Islander flair and some decent writing skills into the crew.
The 2nd Year 10 VIII however were coming off the back of a steady season in which they managed to take down Scots a few times, and coming very close to Iggies, were looking forward to taking that season a few steps further to strong Gold Cup race. However courtesy of the race marshal, they were disadvantaged at the start. Despite this the 2nd Year 10 VIII managed to pick up and get up there with the other crews. Still it seemed that the unfortunate start took its toll, as they could only manage to beat a “badly coxed” King crew.
However the 1st Year 10 VIII managed to pull a finals berth after beating Scots by a few good boat lengths, and coming very close to King’s. All the losses of the year were now meaningless, as we were now racing in the final, and we had settled the score with Scots.
After rowing back to the Riverview pontoon, we were greeted by our satisified coaches. There was Big Barris who managed a smile at our results, and Mr. G. “Smiley” Barris who always smiles. We were informed of a large 3 1/2 hour or so gap between our arrival and our final at 2:15. We caught our breaths had drinks, food, looked at not only the races that were on, but also our fellow female competitors to kill some time, and then went back to our meeting place an hour before our race for some meaningless conversation and great advice from Mr G. Barris to do with tape and band aids.
After psyching up, taking out of our heads Mr Barris’s advice on tape we got on the water. We were ready to have our shot at the seemingly untouchable Shore, Newington and Kings who were slightly better than us on the day. When the hooter went, High came off the start with speed, strength and aggression, taking an early lead. Shore were strong though and after a few hundred contested metres managed to take the lead but Kings and Newington were still behind and still reachable goals. High did not give up, leading Kings and Newington for a long way, but when we reached the bend the two other crews, with the advantage of the inside lanes, made a push and overtook to beat us by a short time, yet the day was a promising event, being the fourth fastest 1st Year 10 VIII on the day.
With the Head of the River in a week, what a time during the season to peak. From a
spectator’s point of view, it is definitely a day worth going to on the school calendar, so
I urge all to go and support the 1st Year 10 VIII, and all the other Sydney Boys High crews
Old Boy, New Author Visits School
On Tuesday (if you were part of the Z’OURS community), you would have met author, Old Boy and businessman, Bill Widerberg who has recently written his first novel about crime involved with the big boys in the Australian Economy : “The Big End of Town.”
We really enjoyed meeting the multi-talented Bill who told us about the difficulty of publishing in Australia, and a little about his life. Bill was the Sales Manager who brought Toohey’s share of the beer market up to 50% with the success of the slogan, “we feel like a Tooheys or two”. Bill’s career as a marketer was spectacular until 1989 when he was fired from Bond Corp for asking embarrassing financial questions. Although this ended Bill’s working life it kick-started his writing career. The book is fiction, but has been influenced by Bills experience in Australia’s most prestigious boardrooms.
Bill has donated two copies of his book to our growing Old Boys Collection. The Z’ours
Committee can’t wait to read “The Big End of Town”, and write a review of crime
fiction incorporating a controversial era in Australia’s corporate history. Congratulations
Bill and we hope to receive a copy of your next novel due this June.
Annual Joint Meeting of P & C Associations Sydney Boys High School and Sydney Girls High
Please make a note of the new date and plan to be there.
Our speaker will be Louise Remond, Clinical Psychologist, Health Psychology Unit,
University of Technology, St Leonards Campus, Royal North Shore Hospital co-author with Dr Sarah
Watch this space for more information about this presentation at High.
Year 7 Immunisation Program 2006
Vaccinations for Year 7 students will take place on Wednesday 5 April when a team of specially trained registered nurses will be visiting the school.
It is very important for any child who receives the first dose of Hepatitis B vaccine to receive the second dose (on 8 August 2006) in order to complete the course.
Parent information kits have been distributed this week. If you would like your son to be vaccinated, please complete the Consent Forms in these kits and return completed forms to the collection box in the Main Office by Monday. Alternatively, boys can bring the forms with them on Wednesday.
Boys who do not bring the completed consent forms will not be able to take advantage of this free service.
Year 7 students who are absent for the first vaccination clinic will be able to receive the Varicella (Chickenpox) vaccine during the second visit (on 8th August 2006) if they have a signed consent form. These boys are entitled to receive a free course of Hepatitis B vaccine through their GP.
Further information about the program including translated material for parents is available at www.health.nsw.gov.au
After the boys have been vaccinated they will be given a Record of Vaccination to take home so that you can keep their immunisation records up to date.
If you have any queries, please contact Mr Beringer.
Expressions of Interest - Hindu Scripture Classes
There are a small but significant number of Hindu students at High and currently no scripture classes on Friday mornings to cater for them.
We are seeking to gain expressions of interest from parents of students who would be interested in attending Hindu scripture classes if they were to be made available starting in term 2.
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) has suitably qualified members available to instruct the boys in the Bhagavad-Gita, Srimad Bhagavatam and the teachings of Gaudiya Vaishnavism.
We will contact you with more information shortly.
Yes! I would like my son ____________________________
of class __________ to participate in Hindu scripture classes.
My email address is _____________________________
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SBHS Debating 2006
DEBATING TEAM EMAILS BOUNCING
THE EASTSIDE COMPETITION
CONDUCT IN DEBATING COACHING
ADDITIONAL SOCIAL DEBATES
June 2nd- Social Debate vs St Joseph’s College @ HOME 6pm.
DEBATING SUPPORTERS GROUP
The DSG has a new email address-
Information relating to all DSG matters such as meetings agendas and minutes, the home debate
supper roster and parking will be emailed to you from this address.
For more information contact Ms Jocelyn Brewer, MIC Debating by emailing
or visit www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating
Annual Music Camp
Music Tour to China
Parents of all music ensemble members, could you please provide the music staff with your contact details by filling in the below slip and returning it to the music staffroom as soon as possible so that we are able to contact you about any upcoming events involving your son’s participation. This will enable us to communicate with you more effectively and efficiently. Thank you very much. (Please print the information.)
Son’s Name: _____________________________________ Roll class: _________________
Parent(s) Name: __________________________ Contact No. : ___________________________
Email: ______________________________________ Music Ensemble(s): ________________
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Cross Country Carnival 2006
Annual Cross Country Carnival
Parents: Your son will be dismissed earlier than usual on Thursday 13th April 2006
1.40 pm 17+ OPEN 3 km 3 Loops 1.55 pm 16 years 3 km 3 Loops 2.10 pm 15 years 3 km 3 Loops 2.25 pm 14 years 2 km 2 Loops 2.35 pm 13 years 2 km 2 Loops 2.45 pm 12 years 2 km 2 Loops
You are also invited to join the Sydney High GPS Cross Country Team. GPS Cross Country is a
Winter Sport and three age divisions ( U14, U16, Opens) compete on Saturday mornings. The season
spans across terms 2 and 3 and involves 11 Saturday morning carnivals. All are welcome to
Basketball: Shooting Hoops
High VS Shore
Term 4 2005 (last time)
TEAM RESULT SCORE TOP SCORER 1st LOSS 94-53 H.WALKER 20 2nd LOSS 68-31 S.SUGITO 11 3rd LOSS 15-56 A.LE 6 4th LOSS 54-15 J.TAO 6 5th LOSS 24-41 J.XIE 8 6th LOSS 23-44 M.LIU 10 7th LOSS 19-49 J.LU 11 8th LOSS 20-21 J.PHU 6 16A LOSS 19-31 D.NG 4 16B LOSS 29-30 J.SHIH 13 16C WIN 27-18 C.YANG 9 16D LOSS 22-20 B.WANG 6 16E LOSS 21-17 B.LUNG 6 15A WIN 19-18 M.LAU 6 15B LOSS 45-7 D.SHAN 4 15C LOSS 42-17 T.TRAN 6 15D LOSS 16-35 N.WONG 7 15E LOSS 16-44 V.UNG 4 14A WIN 23-15 J.SUTTON 7 14B LOSS 26-29 M.LI 10 14C LOSS 19-27 V.VO 11 14D LOSS 28-32 L.LI 10 14E LOSS 23-34 H.VI 12
Term 1 2006 (last week)
TEAM RESULT SCORE TOP SCORER 1st LOSS 81-55 D.SUN 17 2nd LOSS 56-39 R.HUYNH 21 3rd LOSS 41-24 A.LE 6 4th LOSS 34-63 J.TAO 11 5th LOSS 26-29 R.TRAN 9 6th LOSS 23-33 A.WANG 12 7th WIN 31-25 J.LU 13 8th WIN 40-13 A. CHONG 10 16A LOSS 26-25 M.BOCK 8 16B LOSS 21-25 E.ANG 5 16C WIN 31-28 H.GU 13 16D LOSS 15-20 M.LEE 6 16E LOSS 17-23 B.LUNG 9 15A LOSS 45-38 S.DONG 11 15C LOSS 46-14 A.TRAN 5 15D LOSS 22-54 T.ZHONG 10 15E LOSS 14-49 A.LI 6 14A WIN 30-27 J.RAJENDRAN 10 14B WIN 21-17 A.KOERBER 7 14C WIN 32-8 A.KUGENDRAN 9 14D WIN 26-21 J.CASTILL0 10 14E LOSS 17-27 D.PAPERNY 4 13A LOSS 54-20 A.YE 13 13C LOSS 58-4 J.TANG 4 13D LOSS 63-2 M.TICKNER 2 13E LOSS 54-4 J.KIM 2
The 14s age group is on FIRE!
We have improved on our amount of wins from last season by 5%. The ‘A’ grade teams
from all ages have improved from 28% wins to 53% wins. This is a massive effort from all
involved. The next step for us as a school is to be able to compete at the opens level. We have
new uniforms, new coaches, new attitude and a new culture. Keep a ball in your hand during the
off-season gentlemen! I can’t wait for term 4!
1st Grade Match Report
16Bs Match Report
~Brought to you by Francis Wong, Johny Shih and Justin Liang.
Mitch struggled to play his game and lacked consistency in his singles, while Daniel could not keep up with his opponent’s high level of hitting. Ivan put on a great display of hitting but could not sustain it throughout the match while Hai was unable to find the lines. David played a high quality game, and was involved in long rallies throughout the match. Matt saved his best for the last match of the season, and grabbed the first set, however, was unlucky with the line calls and lost his composure in the next two sets.
I’d like to thank Dr Jaggar, Coach Carl and Russell, and all the wonderful, enthusiastic parents who have supported, helped and cheered us throughout the season. Thank you to Mrs. Kelly for providing her trademark, delicious professional labeled rolls, Mrs. King for preparing scrumptious party pies and muffins and Mrs. Cerecina for providing tasty fruit every home game. A big thank you also goes to our MIC Ms Tuthill, who will always be remembered as the best MIC ever; for her effort, dedication, hard work and humour.
I urge all the junior players to train hard, and strengthen their mentality, and I hope that they will be able to take High tennis to even greater heights than before.Finally, I’d like to thank Mitch, Matt, Daniel, Hai, and Ivan for making my last season so memorable and fun. I’ll always remember the good times we had this season. You guys are awesome and I’d like to wish you all the best in the future. Further congratulations to Mitch and Matt on their selection onto the combined GPS team.
With that, I’d like to wrap up my last tennis report by reminding everyone to ‘enjoy
the game, have fun, and dominate’.
16’S MATCH REPORT
The Bs were bolstered by the late inclusion of Nick Hayes and James Ip, whom both provided sterling performances. Nick was finally challenged competitively for once, and James made amends for his singles loss in the Cs. Daniel Chim has had a very up and down season but came through with a good win for the final match of the season.
In the Cs, Alex and Edwin came back from injury and it was as if they never left. Ds were devastating once again. Congratulations for Jonathan, Tam & Alex for being unbeaten the entire season
UP & COMING – GOOD RESULTS !!!!
MATCH POINT for SBHS TENNIS!
On a crisp autumn Saturday evening, tennis enthusiasts with family and friends attended the annual Tennis Awards and Dinner night. As the 130 boys and families made their way to the hall, decked up with balloons and candles, resounding to the sounds of the school jazz band and Disc Jockey, there was much to celebrate.
It was a night where achievements were recognised and players were inspired to excel. There were insightful speeches, peppered with humour, by guest speakers, tennis greats Russell Barlow and Dennis Colette, Dr Jaggar and the SBHS Tennis captain David Cao and the coaches Carl and Russell. There was much enthusiasm among the boys as finally the school would have its own tennis courts.
Master of Ceremonies Mrs Rouna Daley kept the momentum going with her quick wit all through the night. Amidst a sumptuous meal catered by Spit Roast,brains were tested with a rather difficult Quiz. The table of Year 8s won the tie-breaker and the huge box of chocolates, much to the envy of others!
However, there were some very exciting raffle prizes to be won too,sponsored by NSW Tennis, The
Australian Tennis Museum, SCG/Aussie Stadium,Flight Centre (Northbridge), Bunnings Warehouse,
Indian Tourist board, Rebel Sport at Broadway, Amalgamated Textiles, Morffew Photos, Maya Sweets
and others. It was a grand finale to a good season thanks to the incredible hardwork put in by
Mrs Helen Tuthill, the sub-committee and the many boys and their families who contributed their
time to make this event such a success.
Thanks to coaches for results.
High Cricket Bulletin
A disappointing finish to the season with weather being the cause for several matches to be abandoned due to unprepared turf pitches. Well done to the 1st.XI that finished on a positive note and my commiserations to our teams who were sitting in good positions to record wins. Also a special mention for our Year 7 and 8 teams who have shown that High is establishing a broad base of talented young cricketers who have improved weekly during Term 1. To the boys in the Under 14 A and B teams and the 13A, 13B and 13C teams plus the rotation players well done and congratulations on your commitment and performances.
CRICKET DINNER and PRESENTATION of AWARDS – Saturday 8th April 6-30pm for
CRICKET KIT RETURNS
AROUND THE GROUNDS
1st.XI HIGH 10 /190 -DEFEATED- NEWINGTON 10 /130 and 10 /190
2nd.XI HIGH 10 /135 - DREW with- NEWINGTON 4 /38
3rd.XI HIGH 5 /86 -DREW with- NEWINGTON 10 /206
16A - HIGH -DREW with- NEWINGTON
15A - HIGH In a great winning position on Day 1 .
14A - HIGH - DREW with- NEWINGTON
VOTE OF THANKS
Also to the teachers who have assisted on Wednesdays and Thursdays at sport my personal thanks
for your assistance and support you gave to the players during these sessions. In particular to
the extra effort you gave on Thursdays in taking assistant coaching roles with the Year 7 and 8
Fundraising: Elbon Coffee Orders
Easter is fast approaching! Giving Elbon Coffee as an Easter gift makes a great substitute for Easter Eggs
Last orders with payment to cashier at Main Office by the end of Lunch Tuesday April 4 with delivery on Friday April 7 Orders will be sent home with the boys.
Students Name ___________________________________ Year ____________
Type of payment: Cheque ____ Cash ____ Credit Card ____
Card Type: Bankcard ____ Mastercard ____ Visa __
Card Number: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Expiry Date: ___ / ___
Cardholder’s Name: ___________________________________________________ [please print]
Cardholder’s Signature: ________________________ Bus. Phone: ______________
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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