High Notes, Vol 8 No 13, May 18 2007
From the Principal
UNSW / Sydney Boys High and Sydney Girls High Mathematics Extension Club
SWAS – Third Millennium Learning Styles
Spender asserts that 25% of Australians now work from home for at least some of the time. While one might contest the quantum of the statistic it is indicative of a trend towards individuality in working relationships. There is a catch to being an individual – you have to come up with new ideas and information without direct supervision. In short, everyone has to “use their brains” in the “information economy”. The emerging Australian workforce will need creativity and ingenuity to produce the ideas, solution and systems for this economy to thrive. Spender suggests that 70% of Australians now need the skills to make information through observation, analysis, experimentation and evaluation. Students are quick with digital activity and inventiveness but need adult support and guidance in evaluation and critical judgement of information.
What would we have to do in the junior school to satisfy the imperatives of the ‘new education’? Units of work prepared for students in Years 7-9 would have an emphasis on heuristic (discovery) learning. Assessment tasks would allow flexibility for individual approaches. Knowledge of content would become secondary to the processing of data into information and information into knowledge. Critiquing and evaluating WAN and school sources would be a feature of student reporting on topics of study, rather than a simplistic regurgitation of the received view of content. A thorough grasp of the concepts and assumptions of topics is always a pedagogical priority but the content these concepts seek to explain is not confined to what is in the textbook. We need to adjust our thinking a little so that the ratio of our students’ time spent on ‘new education’ skill building as opposed to content mastery is altered.
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High Store Mid Season Sale
SHS Old Boys Union
Did you know?
The annual exchange with Boggabilla Central School takes place next month and our return visit is in week 5 of term 3. The school needs billets and if you are interested please see Mr Barris ASAP. Priority for the return visit will be given to those who are taking billets. Below is a proposed itinerary. Our exchange with this school located on the Queensland border began five years ago. Their students are not eligible for the exchange unless they attain 80% attendance. Two students this year will be involved in work experience with the Fire Brigade.
Tuesday 11 June 6.30 am Students arrive at school. 7.00 am Leave Boggabilla Lunch en-route 6.30 pm Arrive in Sydney Dinner at Abbotsford, SBHS to provide.
Wednesday 12 June 7.00 am Rise and Shine Breakfast while others pack up, etc 9.00 am Arrive at SBHS Introduce billets, 11.00 am Sausage sizzle lunch 11.20 am Leave for Powerhouse Museum for music workshop. Girls to Hairdressing? Billets welcome. * City Country touch game if this possible for a quick game at school Basket ball game also 5.00 pm Have Pizza for dinner in Hall, SBHS to provide. Take train to State of Origin Football game, then students make own way home with billets.
Thursday 13 June 9.00 am Students arrive at SBHS with billets 9.30 am Depart for Aquarium visit. No billets 3.00 pm Return to SBHS, Relax in gym and go to billets home
Friday 14 June 9.00 am Students arrive at SBHS and pack bus 10.00 am Bus to drop students at Maroubra beach for a surf 11.00 am Morning tea, touch and departing formalities on Maroubra beach 11.30 am Lunch at South Maroubra Depart for Boggabilla Dinner en-route Arrive back at Boggabilla very late.Return to Index
The Sydney High School Foundation Inc. Report to Members
I am happy to report this last year has been one of heartening achievement and I thank all of my fellow committee members for their active and constructive assistance.
Later, our Treasurer, Ken Clemens, will expand on our financial results which resulted in a net profit of $146,689 (previous year $24,535). This included a $130,000 bequest from a very generous Old Boy. It should also be noted that our net assets now stand at $5,303,190.00 (previous year $5,156,501)
This financial year has been particularly rewarding and much has been achieved. Our continued progress reflects the dedication of committee members and the co-operation of many members of the School family.
During the year in review we:
The two pontoons continue to concern us. We spent more funds in repairing them and it is clear that substantial funds will be needed in the foreseeable future to upgrade them.
We were affected by an adverse decision of the Canada Bay Council and much effort was devoted during the year to overcoming this problem.
The management of the Outterside Centre is in the hands of a committee consisting of members representing the whole school family. We are especially indebted to Bob Outterside and John Mittelheuser both of whom devote considerable time and energy to this important committee.
During this financial year the Venue Officer, Judith Shuttleworth, has been hampered by our imposed inability to generate income from the Outterside Centre. Foundation therefore commenced exploring the feasibility of generating income from other venues within the school.
The High Store, under the very able leadership of Michelle Gentele, continues to prosper and makes a very considerable contribution to our finances. We are committed to installing on-line purchasing through our web site www.shsfoundation.org.au. We are also actively extending the range of products on offer including offering phone cards and allied products. None of this would be possible without the willing co-operation of Michelle and her band of helpers. Suze Greenslade and Derry O’Rourke offered many positive suggestions and Suze continues to act for the Foundation in assisting the Store.
We are now well into the second 5 years, of our 20 year lease, of the McKay Oval and Fairland Pavilion from the Centennial Park and Moore Park Trust. There are emerging problems in this arrangement and Foundation is taking steps to solve them.
Our Treasurer, Ken Clemens has set the bench mark by which future financial planning will be measured. His masterful control of budgeting and finances made a significant impact on the way we handle administration and our financial affairs. He is most ably assisted by our loyal and dedicated accountant, James Hseih who has rendered many years of service to the Foundation. Terry Pullinger, the Foundation Secretary, continues to offer advice and carry out the secretarial duties of the Foundation. His continuing assistance is gratefully acknowledged.
As this is my last report as Chairman I would like to place on record my personal appreciation of the co-operative and effective backing offered to me over the last 3 years by all of the executive and delegates to the Foundation.
The next 10 years presents the Foundation with very significant known and anticipated challenges
and I can only hope my successor has more success than I did in motivating Foundation of the need
to address these problems now so we can look forward to a relatively trouble free future.
On Saturday 5 May 2007, Albert Nguyen and Ian Ho competed in the Under 13s Schools State Championships (Individuals). Caillin McKay and Anirban Ghose competed in the Under 15s division.
Caillin and Anirban both had a rough day. Caillin lost two bouts 4:5 which pulled his rank down by about ten. Anirban similarly faced 4:5 defeats and encountered the same problems as Caillin.
Albert did well in the poule round, but was unlucky to lose 9:10 in the direct elimination stage and only placed 24th. Ian Ho had a tremendous day; he was seeded top ten after the poule round and fought strongly to finish 5th overall. In comparison, Grammar sent seven competitors and their highest ranked was 10th.
On Saturday 12 May 2007 we sent five teams to fence at Newington in the Schools State Championships (Teams).
Our Under 15s team (Anirban Ghose, Maxwell Phillis, Andrew Wu and Brian Jian) did very well to achieve personal bests on the day. The team defeated St Andrews 5:3 and was only narrowly beaten by a strong St Aloysius 3:5.
Our fourth team was unfortunately seeded low and had to fight hard against the “A” teams of Newington and St Ignatius. Jourdan Hsiao, Andrew Liu and Shek-Him Yuen did well and managed to win several bouts.
Our third team was also seeded low; nevertheless they were able to win one third of their matches. Samuel Sathiakumar, Alfred Sin, Patrick Tang and Godwin Wang were able to steal a bout from Hills Grammar, one of the favourites to win this competition. They also defeated the Newington “D” team 5:0.
Our seconds started roughly, and only managed to beat the Newington “C” team by one bout. Julian Byrnes, Mitchell Hammer and Boris Zolotarev only took a bout from Oxley College, the other favourite to win this competition. In their final match, our seconds taught Barker a lesson, defeating their “C” team 5:0. The first match in the finals for our second team is against St Aloysius.
Our firsts (Patrick Duffy, Amadeus Klocker and I) started the day with a fierce match against
Grammar. Each team fielded a left hander and it was a difficult match for all fencers. The score
was level at four each after the eighth bout. Amadeus Klocker claimed a nail-biting victory and
did our school proud; we won 5:4. Grammar will not be sleeping the next time we meet – in
the first match of the finals. We rounded the rest of the day off comfortably, defeating Barker
“B” and St. Andrews 5:0 each.
Have you tried our great breakfast menu yet?
And what about our tasty and satisfying Gourmet Focaccias at $4.00?
Check the day’s flavour and order early
Oli and Victor to lead NSW
1st Grade Victorious once again
Last term, Sydney Boys Amnesty International, in concert with the Sydney Girls Amnesty International ran a Human Rights Day during an extended lunch. The aim of this day was to raise awareness about human rights and human rights abuses around the world. Director and National President of Amnesty International Australia, Georgina Perry came as a guest speaker, encouraging students to get involved in defending human rights through Amnesty International. After some short speeches describing some of our current campaigns, people were invited to write or sign letters, providing support for Amnesty and showing students that they can help make a difference.
We wrote defending human rights in Darfur, Indonesia and Mexico, and continued the pressure on the US Government regarding detention of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay.
Amnesty International is involved in many global campaigns to save the lives of the victims of human rights abuses. If you are interested in contributing to this worthwhile cause, and preventing injustices around the world, Sydney Boys Amnesty International group meets at lunchtime on Thursdays in room 204.Return to Index
Year 10 Visual Arts have completed a unit of work exploring movement and sculpture. A diverse range of work is now on display around the school [main building corridors and Macdonald wing]. The work ranges from whimsical busts to conceptual pieces.
Year 9 Visual Design have completed their CD design brief with some very professional pieces emerging from the boys’ first task. Notable designs from Aaron Tran, Kai Wen Su, Jimari Bastable, Christopher Tin-Loi, Harry Zhuang and James Whiting all displayed a professional level of technical expertise and understanding of the client demands and the market.
Desperately seeking web designers
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thesource Design Competition is now open! Put your creative talents on display by entering thesource Design Competition. You can enter on your own or with a group of friends.
Awesome prizes and a chance for national recognition!
The winning entry will receive $2,000 and a chance to have their design and/or elements of their design selected for National Youth Week (NYW) 2008. The design may be applied to the NYW print and promotional products such as the NYW website, postcards, posters, t-shirts, flyers and temporary tattoos.
The runner up will receive $1,000.
What is this competition about? National Youth Week (NYW) 2008 will be held from 5-13 April. thesource is running this design competition for all young people, aged 12-25 years, to discover a suitable fresh design look for NYW 2008. The winning design and/or elements of the winning design may be applied as the imagery for NYW 2008 and may appear on the NYW print and promotional products.
NYW is the largest celebration of young people in Australia. Thousands of young people aged 12-25 years get involved in NYW each year through organising, running and attending NYW events and participating in a variety of NYW competitions, online polls and discussion forums. High schools, universities and TAFEs also take part in the celebrations. NYW 2007 was a great success with hundreds of live events held across Australia.
The aim of NYW is to encourage young Australians aged 12-25 to celebrate their youth, recognise the contributions they make to their communities and provide an opportunity for young Australians to voice concerns or issues relevant to them. For more information about NYW, check out the website www.youthweek.com
Ready to start pushing those pixels? Create an amazing digital flat image design and you could
score recognition of your talents and great cash prizes. Make sure you get your entry to us by
5.00pm AEST 18 June 2007.
1. Are you getting the Debating emails?
2. Joining Debating in 2007
3. GPS Selections/Trials
4. Eastside Debating Finals- This Friday
5. Social Debates
6. Debating Supporters Group
7. 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
Managers for teams on Saturday
Simon Do Yr 7
A special thanks goes to Serdar Bolen for running the parking event and to Barbara Taylor for organising the helpers.
Trials Saturday May 12th
1st grade played a cracking trial v St Andrews, running out winners, 4-3, after being up 3-0 at half time. Kurunaratne continued his rich vein of goal scoring form with a double and Luscombe, not to be outdone, curled in a beauty from outside the box. In an up-tempo second half, a resurgent St Andrews stormed back into the game and levelled the scores at 3-3. It took a piece of brilliance from substitute Blaxell to win the match. His angled drive from outside the box, into the top right corner, was as good a strike as you could wish to see.
2nd grade played Oxley College 1st grade. The match was a hard fought affair with Oxley winning 1-0.
In other matches, the 13Cs star shone brightest with a 7-0 win. Captain, John Kim scored a hat trick in the first 15 minutes. The 13As won 4-1 and the 15As and 16As both won 1-0. A new look 4th grade accounted for St Andrews 3-0 as did the 16Bs who won 5-1. Below is a match summery of the 16Bs match provided by Pat Desmond.
It was the first game of the season, and as an eager new team stepped onto the field, we showed St Andrews just how much we’d changed since last season. With a previous result of 2-1, a win to us, we were looking to improve upon this, and that we surely did. The first half saw a multitude of goals, scored by the great strikers Kang Lim and Mark Lucchitti, along with left-mid Leonard Teng. St Andrews also managed a goal, but by half time, the scoresheet saw us ahead, 3-1.
The second half was just as intense, and as St Andrews stepped up their game, so did we, and we delivered some great play throughout the 25 minutes. We slotted in a goal 10 minutes into the half, this one again by Kang Lim and as his personal tally was now 2, the scoresheet read 4-1. We were adamant to increase this lead, and as the St. Andrews players began to tire, we worked only harder, with the long training sessions dedicated to fitness paying off. Yet again, Kang Lim scored another goal, giving him a hat trick and leaving the scoresheet at 5-1, which is how it stayed to the games end.
With this win in hand, mention must be made of the defence, backs Josh Bell (first game since his ankle injury), Nick Wong and Victor Lim, myself as sweeper, who worked together to fend of any attacks by the opponents. The new layout of 3-4-1-2 was fresh to us but we moulded well and everyone played a great game, especially the mid-field. Consisting of Leonard Teng, Avish Sharma, Razeen Ahmed, Stanley Chin and Nick Lindeback, they dominated the ball whenever it was within 20 metres of the halfway line. A very special note is also to be made about the recently promoted keeper Tim Zhong, who played an excellent game with a magnificent save in the second half. New coach Matt is also a great asset and his immense skill in the game [3 years 1st Grade, 1st GPS, 1st CIS] is very welcome and he’s putting a good spin on things. Again boys, a great effort, and as we continue to work hard throughout the season, I’m sure we’ll keep up the results and have a good time doing it.
Planning your day
Trials this Saturday 19th May
Week 4 Trials vs. Various (19/5)
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)
Annual Music Camp
Ensemble Rehearsal Times for 2007
Music Tuition Scholarships
Sydney Boys High Cabaret Night
Please complete and return the form overleaf by Wednesday 6th of June 2007 for this fun-filled evening.
Tickets can be purchased through the school’s main office and once payment is received, please bring the receipt to the music staff for ticket collection.
Price: $10.00 per head or $25.00 per family.
Please complete and detach the form below and return to the music staff by Wednesday 6th of June 2007
Cabaret Night Ticket Order Name of Student: _____________________ Roll Class: ________ Number of tickets required: ___________ Total cost: ____________
Type of payment: Cheque____ Cash ____ B/Card____ M/Card____ Visa____ Name on Card: _________________________ Expiry Date: __ __ / __ __ Card No. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Signature: ____________________
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The new 2007/2008 Entertainment Book has arrived!
.. and is still great value at $60!
This is the best and biggest book yet with even more offers than previous editions. This year’s edition includes offers from restaurants such as Forty One, Nick’s Seafood, Bayswater Brasserie, Café Sydney and Bathers Pavilion and attractions like Taronga Zoo, Luna Park, Hoyts, Greater Union Cinemas, Dendy, Sydney Theatre Co, Sydney Jet and many more....
To order your copy now, complete the order form below and return to Con Barris
Entertainment Book Order Form Name:___________________________________________ Address:________________________________________ No. of Books: _____ x Sydney and/or ____ x Sydney North @ $60 each = $_________ Make cheques payable to SBHS Rowing and give to Mr Barris Child’s Name:(please print)_________________________________ Roll Class_________
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Winter GPS sports is here with athletics just around the corner and training is in full swing. Don’t forget, boys, that as well as skills and team training you need to also work on sport specific strength, fitness, agility, speed and quickness. To get maximum results for all these qualities you may need an extra session or two. Extra work on weaknesses without ignoring your strengths will make this a more successful year of GPS sport for you all. I’m in the gym every morning and will help with programs/advice if you need it. Take the initiative to prepare early, and prepare thoroughly.