High Notes, Vol 8 No 12, May 11 2007
From the Principal
General Service Contributions
Dedication of the Sir Roden Cutler Memorial Gates
Sir Roden Cutler Charities – Collection Day and Wheelchair Roll
After the dedication of the gates by the Governor General, the wheelchair roll will be launched. Year 11 students will be involved as wheelchair attendants or as an honour guard. The roll will cross Anzac Parade and move to the SCG, where Year 11 will form a guard of honour as the wheelchairs roll out onto the ground. Year 11 will then have lunch provided by Sir Roden Cutler Charities. The Roll will proceed to Victoria Barracks and then down Oxford St. Year 11 boys will be asked to either accompany the roll as roving collectors or to return to their morning locations for a lunch time collection 1200-1400. Once collectors have returned their collection tubs they are free to go home.
Regulation of Drugs in Sport
Recent publicity surrounding attempts by ASADA to test rowers at two GPS carnivals necessitated a meeting of GPS Heads. The Heads were of the view that no testing should be allowed on school sites or at school fixtures without a set of protocols, training opportunities for coaches and athletes and information made available to parents. A set of draft protocols has been circulated. Further meetings of the Heads will be required to safeguard the rights, privacy and well-being of our state level athletes.
GPS Heads Meeting 24 April
P & C General Meeting
Climate Change and What We Can Do as Individuals and as a School Community
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.
Inter-School Chess has started with Senior (11-12), Intermediate (9-10) and Junior (7-8) teams all recording strong wins whilst some of our new Juniors gained invaluable experience against strong opponents.
Senior 4 v 0 Waverley Inter. A 4 v 0 Marcellin Junior A 4 v 0 Rose Bay A Inter. B 4 v 0 Rose Bay Inter. C 3 v 1 St. Andrews Junior B 3 v 1 Fort. St. B Junior C 5 v 3.5 Newington A Junior D 1 v 3 Scots AReturn to Index
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.
Further enquiries, contact either:
Rugby Committee Meeting Summary
The second meeting of the SBHS Rugby Committee for 2007 was held on 2 May 2007. The following is a summary of the meeting:
Present: Rob Fetherston, Serdar Bolen, Kel O’Keefe, Katherine Deacon, Geoff Stein, Christina Chow, Julie Blomberg, Judy Fetherston, Shirley Tickner, Geoff Andrews.
Apologies: Julie Connolly
BBQ Coordinator: Position is still vacant. Parents of Year 7 or 8 players are encouraged to apply for the position. We need to establish a system whereby parents will undertake these tasks for two of three years and then pass them on to the next generation. For 2007 J Blomberg to act as coordinator, R Fetherston to look after the gas bottle, D Blomberg and Mr Ambrose to set up, Mr Bolen to close. S Tickner to observe this year with a view to coordinate in 2008. G Andrews volunteered to purchase new BBQ utensils.
President’s Strength Training Award: Gareth Deacon and Daniel O’Keefe both appreciative of the award. Both are requested to see Jason to finalise award.
Correspondence: Email received from Laurie Heil indicating that the hot water system at the Fairland pavilion has broken and that a plumber had been called for Friday to fix it. Electric jugs and an urn had been supplied as a temporary measure.
Treasurer’s Report: Outstanding debts from 2006 have now been paid. The washed out fixture against Cranbrook did not help our early season finances. Current balance was $1800. Most of which would be accounted for by outstanding bills. Recent parking money ($1240.00 from 21 April 2007) requested to be transferred to committee.
Cancellation of Games at McKay: The committee is concerned at the decision making process made about closing the McKay fields. Rugby concerns are to be expressed at the next P & C meeting. High Teams for 2007 There will be an opportunity to increase the number of teams we field this year if coaches feel it is appropriate.
Next Meeting: Wednesday 30 May 2007, 6.00 pm in Room 901. All welcome.
SHS Old Boys Union
Did you know?
Sydney High School Foundation AGM
Notice of Annual General Meeting of The Sydney High School Foundation AGM
Tuesday 15 May 2007
For any enquiries please contact the Secretary at PO Box 888 Strawberry Hills 2012
Schools State Championships
Julian managed to beat the top seed in his poule and ended up winning five out of six bouts before being seeded 11th for the direct elimination (DE) round. Patrick ranked 16th and I ranked 25th. at this stage; both of us were out of form and fenced inconsistently. Julian and Patrick got a bye for the first round of the DE, whereas I had to battle to stay in the competition. I regained my form and won my first DE bout 15-0 in a little over four minutes. Unfortunately, due to my low ranking, I had to face a strong opponent in the second round and was knocked out 8-15 to retain my rank of 25th.
Julian fought hard for the entire nine minutes of his first DE bout to snatch an exhilarating 14-13 victory, but was defeated in the third round and ranked 12th overall.
Patrick had to face the 17th seed and was unfortunate to lose the closely contested bout. He ended up ranking 19th overall.
Saturday was an enjoyable day, and was a good opportunity to gauge the quality of our opponents
for this season. A big surprise is in store for them next time, as we’ll be getting back to
some serious training without any distractions.
From the Rugby Master’s Desk
Another season of High rugby kicked off last week with some very encouraging results. I congratulate all the players who made their rugby debut for High. I know you will find the experience of playing rugby in one of the toughest schoolboy competitions very rewarding. The 1st XV against SCEGGS Redlands turned around a 0 – 36 loss in 2006, to run out winners 14 – 10 on Saturday. The 13As, 15As and 16As also performed well against their age counterparts from SCEGGS. This year we are playing in age teams for the first time since 2002 which I believe is a positive step in the future development of rugby at High.
We have adopted a different training approach this year for the juniors. The two afternoon training sessions will be devoted to individual position and unit skill development as well as improving physical fitness. The sports afternoons are aimed at developing teamwork and patterns of play. The High Rugby Committee has employed extra coaching assistance to help reduce the player to coach ratio and hopefully increase the quality of learning in the precious amount of training time we have each week.
Finally I would like to pass on my best wishes to James Ip. James was injured during our first game against Hurlstone Agricultural College last Wednesday. James is a dedicated rugby player, well respected by his team mates who had worked hard during the off-season. He will be sadly missed. I look forward to his speedy recovery and return to the team.
See you at McKay this Saturday.
High Hosts NSW Girls Inter Regional Tournament
Regional teams are composed of the best volleyballers from any school in that region. The net result is 10 very good teams and a close competition. The Inter regional is also used to select the NSW team to play New Zealand later in the term.
The tournament was won by Sydney North in a hard fought final against Western region.
High boys officiated throughout the tournament and received huge praise for their work ethic and polite manner. Thomas Nguyen was one of the two First Referees and was commended by all coaches and the state convenor for his professional demeanour.
A big thank you to the Ambrose, Connolly, Ng , Taylor, Du and the Denny-Smith families for taking billets.
The boys Inter regional is being held this week at Penrith. 5 High boys were selected to play in the Sydney East team. They were Victor Nguyen, Terry Ly, Ping Du, Alex Le and Oliver Konakoff.
The first round of GPS Volleyball kicks off this weekend with High playing Scots at Scots.
All boys should be well into their physical preparation for summer sport 2007. If you haven’t already started then get a move on. Time waits for nobody and the time is NOW! Opening/closing times remain the same with some minor adjustments for sprint training to be confirmed this week.
It is important that you all begin to take some ownership and pride in the weights room and with that comes the enforcement of standards and discipline from within the student strength training community. By teaching others you will in turn obtain a greater understanding yourself.
If you are interested in obtaining a fitness trainer certification and have completed your junior
school certificate then see me in the gym
SBHS Sailing End of Season Dinner
A dinner has been organised to celebrate the end of the 2006-2007 sailing season.
When: Tuesday 22 May at 6 pm
To book, please pay at the school office by 17 May 2007. We look forward to seeing you
Lawrence Campbell Oratory Award
Are you getting the Debating emails?
Joining Debating in 2007
Year 7 603/606/607 Tanvir Ahmed, Romesh Abeysuriya, Alice Dixon Year 8 506/507/608 William Clegg, Rose Grey and Dr Finnie. Year 9 401 Liz Ames Year 10 402 Gabriel McManus Seniors 403/404 Hamish Nairn, Sriram Srikumar and Tom Kaldor
Eastside Debating Finals
Debating Supporters Group
Parking - Vital fundraising
Saturday, June 2- Swans v Essendon at the SCG. Game starts at 7pm
Ms Jocelyn Brewer
Sydney High Football: The Onion Bag
Bill Turner Cup
Bill Turner Cup
Wednesday arvo was a good day not just because we all got sixth period off but we also had the chance to send Grammar packing in the Bill Turner Cup. The opposition had trained for a reasonable amount of time in term one, while our 15As had not trained a single session. The game started with High playing half-field football, with Grammar sent huddling in a disorganized bunch inside their own half. The scoring opened with a break down the left wing with Enoch cutting the ball in, Andy dummying and Jeremy comfortably slotting it past the keeper, who glared as the ball wisped past him into the net. Goal number two pretty much sent Grammar home with Andy sliding it past the keeper. Our orchestra was finalised with Anton heading the ball past the keeper, thanks to a nice corner by sub Mike Carr.
Trials Saturday May 5
The 2nd XI played an internal trial and produced a style of play that pleased and encouraged co-coaches Dickson and D’Souza. Dimitropoulos opened the scoring with a sweet header. Flamboyant midfielder Blaxell showed his class scoring twice. A new look backline took their time to adjust but managed to keep 3XI scoreless with committed defence from Jeremy Ireland and captain Harry Walker.
In other fixtures both the 15A and 16A travelled to the GPS football powerhouse of Newington and registered respectable odd goal losses. The mighty 14Cs had a comprehensive 2-0 victory over our Eastern suburbs neighbours and the 13D had a great start to their football careers at High with a 5-0 thumping of Barker.
Planning Your Day
Trials this Saturday May 12
Details of Oakhill’s grounds can be found at www.oakhill.nsw.edu.au/collegeinfo/collegemap.html
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.
Quote of the Week
The second Australian edition of the Fête will take place Thursday June 21. Sydney Boys High musicians have registered to perform again in this event.
You can view photos of the senior stage band performing at the Maritime Museum in 2006 on the following site: www.musicfest.org.au click on media > photo gallery > Sydney Boys High album (RHS).
Education Week (13-19 May 07)
Our Annual music camp will be held this term from the 28 to 30 of May 2007 (Week 6). Students are asked to collect a note from the music staffroom which includes all required information. All music ensemble members are expected to attend and there will be a camp dinner and concert on the Wednesday evening in the Great Hall. Year 7, including training band, training strings and guitars are all expected to attend.
Ensemble Rehearsal Times for 2007
Music Committee Meeting
Music Tuition Scholarships
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.