High Notes, Vol 8 No 11, May 04 2007
From the Principal
Library Fundraising Campaign
Tutoring in Music After Hours
Anzac Day Assembly
Welcome to our 2007 Anzac Day assembly. We are fortunate this year to be able to celebrate Anzac Day so close to the day itself. I hope this proximity inspires you all to reflect on our one undisputed national day and its significance. This is the first year I believe when no First World War veterans are alive to give us tangible connections to the day we are commemorating. It is the end of an era. We can no longer see the human face of our coming of age as a nation. There is a call by some commentators to start shifting the emphasis of Anzac Day to narratives of the exploits of the 2nd AIF where a thinning number of veterans connects us to World War 2. Honouring of veterans is an important feature of Anzac Day and more widespread knowledge and recognition of what Australians did for their country in battles of World War 2 is overdue. Nevertheless, in my view the celebration of Anzac Day needs to keep its focus on the origins of our national mythology. There was a long period of glorious national innocence enacted on that peninsula in 1915. We should always treasure the values and characteristics it left us.
This morning I want to share with you a small episode in that messy conflict. Hill 60 is really a 200 metre slope around 5 kilometres north of Anzac Cove. Strategically, it covered the left flank of the Anzac Cove beach head and more remotely, the right flank of the Suvla Bay offensive from B beach. It could have been used to safeguard communications between Anzac Cove and Suvla Bay. It is August 21, 1915. The last big Allied offensive at Gallipoli has failed already. Nevertheless, General Birdwood is ordered to use his surviving troops to attack Hill 60. The Australians have to cross open ground exposed to Turkish machine gun fire from Hill 100, 700 metres to the south east. All the military mistakes are about to be repeated – poor high command knowledge of the battle ground, no reconnoitring in force, ineffective artillery support, massed frontal assault without cover, no plan to silence machine guns, inadequate concentration of forces and a lack of appropriate offensive weaponry.
Despite months of repeating the fatal formula for failure, the charge of the first wave of the 13th battalion follows orders and sweeps up the slope. 110 of 150 Australians are killed or wounded in the first charge. During the ensuing battle the scrub cover on the slope catches fire, burning the wounded alive or causing lethal explosions of their ammunition pouches. By nightfall nothing much in the way of territory has been gained. Reinforcements are brought up in the morning, with the newly landed 18th battalion of the 2nd Australian Division among them, with three days experience of Gallipoli. From less than 200 metres they charge the Turkish trenches with rifles and bayonets only. Of 750 men, 383 are casualties within minutes, half dead. This was the lunacy of military campaigns in World War One.
From the distance of safe and comfortable Australia, and after 92 year, it is still hard to fathom how little respect among army leaders there was for soldiers’ lives in the First World War. Being close to the front and knowing what was going on was not a military imperative back then. It is also difficult to appreciate the tremendous courage and stoic, even carefree, acceptance of fate shown by young Australian volunteers, some younger than our senior boys here in the Great Hall. They died selflessly, for their mates, for their officers and for their country. They exhibited patriotism in its purest form.
We should remember the sacrifices that began at Gallipoli before, as a nation, we commit young people to military engagements that put them in harm’s way. As our current political debate on Iraq involvement shows, clear war aims are very important to people these days if governments want their support for foreign wars. We have been betrayed by ‘last man, last shilling’ promises before. Our allies have sacrificed our men wantonly in the past. We need reasons and information about what we are getting into and why. Sadly, we still seem deferential in our dealings with the USA, as though they were doing us a favour in allowing us to send our service personnel to die in faraway places for conflicts precipitated by them. Quite obviously, we cannot stay much longer in Iraq and we will have to let the seemingly inevitable civil war shape the future of the country, without foreigners paternalistically imposing solutions.
It would be great if weapons of mass destruction had been found in Iraq, if the Taliban really had been defeated in Afghanistan and if the world really had become safer from the threat of terrorism. Most of what we have seen in the last four years is international illusion manufactured by spin doctors.
Australia tries to play its part in the world. We need the American alliance, but not as obsequious sidekicks. I hope we move on from the naivety of slogans like ‘Australia will be there’ and ‘all the way with LBJ’. I believe we need to insist that the USA values our contributions more and to be more demanding about how they are used.
I want to thank the eighty or more boys who have shown their commitment to music and parading in term 1. I believe you will be our biggest marching band yet at the march tomorrow in the city. I know you will make us proud. Our broader school community really appreciates your service.
I trust that all High boys on Anzac Day will bear witness to the marchers or attend a memorial
service or at least experience the day vicariously on television. Please do not treat tomorrow as
just another holiday. To do so would be to disrespect the hundreds of thousands who died,
believing they were serving Australia, to keep it free.
Term 2 has started on a busy note with Year 12 assessments for both the Advanced and Extension 1 Courses together with half yearly exams in progress for all other years.
A number of opportunities are available for Year 12 students to consolidate their understanding of key aspects of the Advanced English Course. On Saturday 19 May an HSC English Study Day is being held at Sydney University. A variety of specialist speakers will present sessions on prescribed HSC modules. Year 12 students who are interested in attending can find out further details from Ms Trompetter. In addition local libraries (Botany Bay, Randwick, Waverley and Woollahra) are hosting the ‘Ride the HSC Wave’ lecture program. This program begins on Monday 4 June 6-8 pm and consists of a variety of lectures on HSC English modules. Further information is available from the English Faculty.
Students in Years 10-12 are encouraged to enter The Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year competition. The competition closes on Friday June 29 and entry details are available from the English Faculty.
Another competition currently offering a number of writing categories and prizes for young writers Yrs 7-12 is the ‘Slippery When Wet Short Story Competition’. This competition closes on Friday May 12. Entry forms can be collected from English.
Two groups of Year 10 drama students have been accepted into Fast and Fresh @ Parramatta Riverside, a theatre festival for young people who have written their own original 10 minute plays. Currently these groups are rehearsing their plays and looking forward to performing at the first heats on May 24. We hope to be able to take the Year 9 drama students to support the boys on the big night. Parents and other students are welcome to come too: we’d love to see you there. To book tickets phone Parramatta Riverside box office on (02) 8839 3399.
Helping Your Child With Writing
It is important your child knows about who they are writing for and why they are writing, as this determines the tone and form that a piece of writing takes. For example, a note from a parent to a child reminding him or her to do a job on arriving home will have quite a different form and tone from a letter to an aunt inviting her to join a family celebration.
How Can I Encourage My Child To Write?
How can I help with writing at home?
How can I support my child with writing tasks given for homework?
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Geography Excursions to Long Reef and Collaroy
Might a tsunami strike Australia’s Eastern coast? This depends on your timescale but at least we can ask the question and see what might happen if it did occur.
It was this and other key coastal management issues that occupied the attention of Year 10 as they spent the day carrying out a range of fieldwork activities in preparation for the School Certificate examination. Fieldwork is a vital component of Geography but also of education in general. We were able to devise a program far more complex than usually encountered to get students to think about how they might carry out tests and how they might interpret the results. This emphasis on advanced work suits our students and gives them the skills to think beyond their level. It is also part of a broader program to bring systematic fieldwork studies into the Years 9-12 Geography. That’s the program but it should also be seen as a great opportunity to observe the coast, to see classroom ideas work in practice and to work in groups and situations not normally encountered.
As always, our students gained skills whilst taking advantage of the good weather that seemed to
accompany each trip.
High Club CBD Get Together and Business Network
The High Club is having another social event in the CBD. All old boys, parents, friends and family of the school are invited to what promises to be another happy, enjoyable and informal event. If you’re in business, work in a business and will be in Sydney, be there!!
Where: The Main Bar, Level 2, The CTA Business Club, cnr Martin Place and Castlereagh Street, Sydney.
When: Wednesday 16 May 2007, 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
The High Club will ‘sponsor the Bar’ between 6:00 and 8:00 pm (wine & beer only)
The evening will provide an opportunity for members and guests to participate actively in a business network affiliated with the High Club, meet some of the current directors and find out what the High Club does for the School.
Climate Change and What We Can Do as Individuals and as a School Community
Topic for our next P & C General Meeting on Wednesday 16 May at 7.30 pm in the Staff Common Room will be 'Climate Change and what we can do as individuals and as a school community'. Guest speakers are Stephen Dickey from WWF Australia and Danielle Ecuyer, President of WFCA.
WWF-Australia is part of the WWF International Network (http://panda.org) , the world's largest and most experienced independent conservation organisation. It has close to five million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. Their mission is to stop the degradation of the planet's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity; ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable; and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.
Back in 1961 when it was founded, WWF stood for the "World Wildlife Fund". However, as the organisation grew over the 70s and into the 80s, WWF began to expand its work to conserve the environment as a whole. .
WFCA is a non profit organisation designed and run by women who have come together to educate local communities on climate change and sustainability. Danielle is an ex Investment Banker who had a very successful career in investment banking from 1985-2000 in Sydney and overseas. She worked in London from 1990 until 2000 as a director of ING Barings, Societe Generale and UBS, specialising in institutional sales of global emerging markets. Her passion for the environment led her to start WFCA. Her aim is to make WFCA an organisation that succeeds in creating real awareness and behavioural difference on Climate Change and sustainability.
All parents, staff, friends and anyone else interested in climate change and sustainability are
highly encouraged to attend. There will be free drinks and snacks and the usual socialising and
networking after the meeting.
SHS Old Boys Union
Did you know?
SBHS Development Committee
Dear Parents and Friends,
We have met as a group over the past year to brainstorm, cost and develop a proposal. Dr Jaggar has worked hard to put in place an automatic deduction system to permit families and supporters to make regular tax deductible donations to the Library Building Fund.
It is always awkward to have to reach out and ask for financial support, but I do this willingly because I believe in what we are doing. I believe that many families have benefited from the resources that have been developed by parents and supporters who have gone before us. It is time for us to put back into the school and make a difference. I hope you will join me in making a pledge to the Building Fund.
Over the next few months, you will be approached by volunteers who have agreed to assist with a telephone campaign. Please give them the courtesy and time to hear their message. It is not easy for these volunteers to give up their time and to "ask" for financial support.
Our boys are receiving a GPS quality education for a public school fee structure. However, the
reality of being a public school is that the government will not build us the facility we need to
provide the boys with the state of the art library facility. Please, I urge you to be generous
and make a donation.
Notice of Annual General Meeting of The Sydney High School Foundation Inc
Tuesday 15 May 2007
For any enquiries Please contact the Secretary at PO Box 888 Strawberry Hills 2012 Phone
enquiries: 0427 070 569
2007 School Cross Country Results
CHS Cross Country Zone Team
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Friday May 18 2007
MC for the night is the entertaining Jack Singleton.
$15 each- includes coffee / tea, and plates of petit fours for each table.
Wine, beer and soft drink will be available for purchase. BYO food, plates, cutlery, napkins and glasses, or, for those coming straight from work, pizzas can be ordered and delivered from Domino’s (Redfern) on the night.
Bookings are now open, so get your friends together and organise a table of 10, or we can join you with others on a table. RSVP: 1st May 2007
This is an important fundraiser for Sydney High Rowing, so secure your table early. There will be great prizes, auction items and games so please bring lots of gold coins.
Rowing Committee, Sydney Boys High School, Moore Park, Surry Hills NSW 2010
If you are unable to make the night, a donation would be gratefully received.
Sydney Boys High Rowing Trivia Night RSVP: 1st May 2007
Name ________________________________ Phone ______________
I am able to attend and require ________ tickets at $15 each.
Total $ _________ enclosed.
Type of payment
Cheque Cash Mastercard Bankcard Visa
Credit Card No. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Expiry _ _ / _ _
Cheques should be made payable to Sydney Boys High School
I am unable to attend but would like to donate $___________ (cheque/credit card as above).
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Music Tuition All parents of students having instrumental lessons at the school should be aware that invoices have been sent out. Your prompt payment for music tuition for the term is appreciated. If you have any enquiries about the invoice, please contact the music department on Monday or Tuesday and speak to Julia O’Hare.
Year 7 Music Camp
Annual Music Camp
Ensemble Rehearsal Times for 2007
Education Week (13th-19th May 07)
Music Committee Meeting
Music Tuition Scholarships
Sydney High Football: The Onion Bag
Unfortunately all matches had to be cancelled last weekend due to wet weather. This weekend’s matches are against a variety of schools at several locations.
Final team selections were made at training this week and some changes in personnel between grades have occurred. Players need to ensure that they know what team they are in, their fixture time and venue.
Remember to organise your travel arrangements and plan to be at the venue at least 45 minutes prior to kick off. This allows time to gear up and be fully warmed up and prepared for the match. As a courtesy to the team, if you are running late, a call to either the coach or a fellow team member can greatly reduce the disruption to the team.
Venues this weekend
McKay Sydney High home grounds located in Centennial park MPW - Moore Park West Sydney High home grounds located adjacent to school. Buchanan Newington home grounds, located in college grounds, Stanmore Steel Park Newington home grounds, located on Illawarra Road, Marrickville South. CP 5 Scots home ground located adjacent to McKay 4 ground.
The wet weather numbers are for this week are:
Details of MPW/ McKay and CP fields can be found at http://www.cp.nsw.gov.au/map
Week 2 Trials vs. Various 5/5
Good luck to all teams this Saturday.
Can captains from each team pass on the result of their game, including goal scorers’ names, to me on Monday.
Autumn/Winter Price List - 2007
Please ensure that when sending items for sale, you include your name and address.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday from 10:30am to 1:30pm
Goods and Services Tax
GST is included on all prices listed
Learn to Row Programs 2007
Course information for Sydney High Parents and Partners
Beginner Level (Term 2)
Co-ordinator & Head Coach
Real Rowing for Rigour Racing Shells on the Parramatta River
If you want to learn Rowing in Sydney, then this course of 6 classes is for you. Whether you are a raw land lubber or have some previous experience, come and learn the skills of rowing. If your son is a rower then here is another experience that you can share. If your son does not row then you are still most welcome to join these classes. Rowing is the ideal aerobic sport for the entire body as it is low impact and has a low incidence of injury. You will also enjoy messing about in boats as well as the magic moments of early mornings on the water. Further courses will be planned for Terms 3-4. Under 18 Learners must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Complete crews are desirable but not essential. Other adult participants from a number of Community Colleges will also be in attendance. Make-up crews can be arranged in the IVs and VIIIs used.
Safety Notes: Participants must be able to swim 50 metres and tread water as a safety requirement. All participants must sign The Sydney High School Foundation Indemnity Form, stating swimming ability, before they are allowed on the water. Qualified coaches will be appointed to take charge of each crew.
Participants should bring: a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, snack, water, well-fitting shorts and top (loose clothing may become caught in rigging), football socks as well as a change of clothes to wear home. All participants must wear suitable footwear (no thongs or sandals) for carrying boats in wet areas.
Absences: In case of illness, heavy rain or bad weather, please contact Ross Bowey on 0428 519 705 to make arrangements or reschedule dates.
Expression of interest: Please contact Judith Shuttleworth, Foundation Venues Manager and
a rowing parent, on 0427 070 569 or at
New Library & Performing Arts Centre
Tax Deductible 125th Anniversary Project
Sydney Boys High School depends upon its community of parents, Old Boys and supporters to further the School’s ethos of the pursuit of all-round excellence.
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
SYDNEY BOYS HIGH SCHOOL - MONTHLY PAYMENT ADVICE
Name: _________________ Daytime Phone Number: _______________
Postcode: _ _ _ _
Email Address: _________________________
I authorise SBHS to make the following deductions from the credit card nominated below:
Card Type: Bankcard Mastercard Visa
Monthly deduction for 12 months:
$50 $40 $30 $20
Card Number: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
Expiry Date: ___/___
Cardholder’s Name: _________________________________ [please print]
Cardholder’s Signature: ____________________________
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