High Notes, Vol 8 No 14, May 25 2007

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From the Principal

Library Campaign
I have had some recent very generous donations to the SBHS Building Fund in support of the new Library project. Some twenty people have signed up for the monthly giving program, too. I hope more parents avail themselves of this giving option. Thank you to those parents who have shown they believe in creating an even better learning environment for their boys.

Submission of Articles to High Notes
Requirements for submission of articles to High Notes are published periodically. Unfortunately, people composing for publication think only of what they are creating and not about how what they are doing impacts on the work load of others. When contributors broke the rules Lynne could fix the consequences due to her advanced skills in IT. Lynne is now PA to the Principal. She will not be producing High Notes.

If contributors continue to assume they can customise contributions in contravention of these guidelines, they may have their contribution omitted from the publication, particularly if their idiosyncratic format, border or layout delays printing. Here again are the publication requirements.

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SWAS - Engaging Year 9
Associate Professor Andrew Martin, well known for his school workshops, sees motivation and engagement as a student’s energy and drive to learn, work effectively and achieve to their potential. Research indicates that students entering adolescence can experience declining motivation and engagement, bottoming out at age 14 or 15. Connecting thoughts and behaviours include: self-belief, valuing school, having a learning focus, planning, study management and persistence. Disconnectors are feelings of anxiety, failure avoidance, self-sabotage. Outdoor education, non-traditional classroom settings, and flexibly delivered and assessed curriculum were features of the MLC program that Associate Professor Martin evaluated. He found Year 9 girls involved in the program did not self report feelings of disengagement.

In our SWAS setting, Departments need to think about the programs and modes of delivery and assessment that we are using. Nurturing increases in self concept, self efficacy and self esteem is seen as an important part of what the junior school focus requires. Students connect with us through academic and / or co-curricular involvement. Having both makes the bond stronger but either can make a difference to an individual. Engaging students with the school, its purposes and ethos, is vital in Year 9. Students need more choice in tasks and assessment modes, more opportunities for self expression, more negotiated curriculum. Fostering self-realisation is the goal.

Sporting Visits
I have had the recent privilege of journeying to Grafton for CHS Rowing and Armidale for High’s traditional sporting visit. These are occasions that, by their nature, lend themselves to opportunities for misbehaviour. The High students I have interacted with and observed have been polite, orderly, cooperative and enthusiastic. They bond well in rowing crews and football teams. They support each other and stand up for each other. In the context of competitive sport that is a very desirable quality. I have heard that some boys in Year 9 are taking this team response too far when in the inappropriate contexts of the classroom, corridor or playground. The school takes a dim view of collusive action to cover up a problem or sexist attitudes towards members of staff. Boys in Year 9 are the leaders of the Junior School and role models for Years 7 and 8. I expect them to respect people and conform to the school code of conduct.
Dr K Jaggar

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Academic Achievement List

Year 9 Semester 1 2007
Congratulations to the following boys in Year 9 whose excellent academic achievements in Semester 1 are recognised.

Points were awarded as follows:

High Distinction   6
Distinction        5
Credit             3
Pass with Merit    2 
Pass               1

with the qualifying total being 40.

Richard BI
Gareth CHAN
Justin CHAN
Brendan CHEUNG
Jason DING
Michael DO
Matthew FONG
James HAN
Patrick HSIAO
Clinton JIANG
Shejil KUMAR
Ivan LI
Andy LIU
Yixin LIU
Daniel LUO
Robert MA
Antony PAUL
Christopher TIN-LOI
Michael WANG
Nelson WANG
Andrew WU
Stephen YOON

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Joint P & C Meeting

The Joint SBHS/SGHS P & C Meeting will be held on

Wednesday, 20 June

in the Campbell Hall at Sydney Girls High School at 7.30pm

The Speaker will be Dr John Bennett, General Manager of the Board of Studies who will be talking on
"The HSC Examination and Assessment Procedures and Future Curriculum Developments."

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Chess News

Week 3 Scores from the Eastern Division

Senior     4 v 0    Sydney Grammar C 
Inter A    4 v 0    Ascham B 
Inter B    4 v 0    Ascham A 
Inter C    0 v 4    Sydney Grammar 
Junior A   4 v 0    Waverley 
Junior B   3 v 1    Sydney Tech. A 
Junior C   1 v 3    Sydney Grammar C 
Junior D   3 v 1    Rose Bay B
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Rowing Trivia Night

Last Friday night the Rowing Committee hosted a fundraising Trivia Night in the Great Hall which proved to be not just an enjoyable evening but a wonderful fundraising success. The hall was packed with 24 tables of adults (well over 200 people), and whilst having a great time, we managed to raise in excess of $20,000.

There were many ingredients that made the night work. The bringing together of young and old ‘Old Boys’, past rowing parents and committee members, teachers and current parents made it a very social night. Many said it was like a reunion, with quite a few of the Old Boys not having been in the school for 35 years! Joseph Waugh was there representing the Old Boys Union, and Simon Chan, our P&C President organised a table of ten. The English and History teachers put a table together to challenge the parents and did a good job of it! The chatter and movement amongst tables between rounds of trivia created a great atmosphere.

It appeared everyone who attended had a great time with thanks to our MC, Old Boy, Jack Singleton, who kept us entertained during the evening. The Trivia Masters, Alan McCrea-Steele and Liz O’Hare, challenged the packed audience with their clever and imaginative questions. The participants were also kept focused on task sheets until the music questions created that element of fun with singing and dancing. The Bingo Call was a learning curve for everyone – we couldn’t believe so many at High didn’t know how to play!

Helpful and enthusiastic parents, and extended school community, are the elements that make such a difference to a school fundraising event, so very special thanks go to all who entered into the spirit of the night. Whether you donated a prize, helped during the set up, bid for auction items, helped pack up or just played trivia, it was this participation and generosity that made the Trivia Night such a successful fundraiser. Without this input we could not have raised this fantastic amount to put towards a new VIII (boat).

Particular thanks for that help goes to Steve Whiting, Cheryl Bow, Deborah Schilling, Katharine and Grahame Deacon, Tania Gorey, Grace Reid, Andy Freiman, Judith and Barry Shuttleworth, Bernie and Paul Desmond, Liz and Graeme Hurrell, Margaret Smith, Stephen Denny, Ros Horton, Diana Musgrove, Susy and Alan McCrea-Steele and Liz O’Hare. A special acknowledgement goes to David Daish, who lovingly restored sweep and sculling oars for the auction and made a ‘Cocktail table for the Rowing Tragic’ from the bow seat of a beautiful old timber boat. Thanks also to Mitch Kelly’s grandfather, who painted the 1st VIII at the Head of the River, acrylic on canvas.

We would like to thank Bob Tate and the Clovelly Hotel who very kindly sponsored the bar for the night, but it was the Live and Silent Auctions that raised most of the funds. The generosity of parents, Old Boys and businesses with their donations of items surprised us and then the bidding exceeded our expectations.

We would also like to thank our Rowing Master, Mr Barris, who supported and guided us through the process of preparing for the night, and the office staff, who did everything we asked with a smile, thank you!

It was all this spirit and generosity from everyone involved that made the evening so successful.

Thank you.
Peter Ambrose and Julie Blomberg
On behalf of the Rowing Committee

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SHS Old Boys Union

Did you know?
Did you know that five old boys of Sydney High have held the position of chancellor of a university? The first was Wallace Wurth (enrolled 1910) who was foundation Chancellor of the University of NSW, 1949-1960; he was followed by Earle Page (1895) who was foundation Chancellor of the University of New England, 1955-1961; Charles McDonald (1910) was Chancellor of Sydney University, 1964-1969; John Grenfell Crawford (1927) was Chancellor of the University of Papua New Guinea, 1972-1975; and most recently, Peter Johnson (1940) was Chancellor of the University of Technology, Sydney 1988-1998.

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On Saturday 19 May, we had three teams competing in the finals of the Schools State Championships.

Our Under 15s team fought bravely against St. Andrews but was unfortunately defeated. Andrew Wu did well to score 6 points in the third bout and Max Phillis scored 5 in the seventh bout, but this was not enough to compensate for the sprained wrist Anirban Ghose had to contend with. Brian Jian was substituted on to relieve Anirban for the final bout. We finished 6th overall in the Under 15s division.

Our second team competed against St. Aloysius. Julian Byrnes, Mitchell Hammer, and Boris Zolotarev, started poorly and were behind by 9 points for several bouts. They did well to catch up in the end, but this effort was not enough and we were defeated 41:45. This team finished 10th overall.

Our first team competed against Sydney Grammar. Our opponents were looking for revenge following our win over them the previous week. The day started relatively well; I posted a 3:4 (their way) against their best fencer. Amadeus Klocker fenced second and had a tough time against their left-hander; his bout finished with the score 5:8. Patrick Duffy fenced next and lost quite badly against their captain. For the next few bouts, we played catch up and concentrated on getting Patrick’s form back. Amadeus used his stable blade-work to gain 2 points against Grammar’s captain, and I gained 4 against their left-hander. By the end of the seventh bout and after 21 minutes of fencing, Patrick fenced their left hander and was able to level the score 26:27 (still their way). We weren’t able to take the match in the last two bouts and were defeated 32:40. We finished 5th overall
Yu Lin

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From the Rugby Master’s Desk

The annual rugby trip to play The Armidale School took place last weekend. It was again a very successful and enjoyable three days. The weather was beautiful and the rugby was tough. I must commend the players’ behaviour on and off the field, as it was exemplary.

There were some encouraging results leading into the GPS competition especially by our A teams – 16As won 27 – 17, 15As lost 5 – 10, 14As won 56 – 7 and the 13As went down 17 – 34 to a very experienced TAS 13A team. The match of the day was the 1st XV. The TAS 1st XV was touted as the biggest and fastest team they had fielded in recent years. Given the players who were unavailable for the trip and the injuries sustained during the match, our 1st XV’s performance was full of the typical High “never give up” attitude. Despite finishing the stronger side, High went down 10 – 24. Playing in the 1st XV jerseys, they “earned their stripes” and should go into the GPS opener against Newington with plenty of confidence.

At the other end of the spectrum were the 13Bs who hopefully have learned an important “Sydney High” lesson. We took the lead late in the second half, celebrating prematurely and temporarily losing concentration allowing TAS to score in the final minutes and win the game 12 – 7. I have seen this happen too many times. Hopefully a lesson learned by not only the 13Bs but all High teams.

On behalf of the players and myself I would like to congratulate and thank Mr Ayre on his planning and organisation which was the major reason for the visit being the success it was. I would also like to thank Mr Beringer, Mr Bolen, Mr Hannon, Mr Hoggett, Mr Moody, Mr Scrivener and Mr Storey who gave up their weekend to keep the Armidale visit going. It is an important rugby tradition for both schools and greatly appreciated.

In another step to bring High rugby up to the levels it has been in the past, we will be returning to age teams and a full rugby program on McKay 1 and 2 for our home games this year.

See you at McKay this Saturday for our matches against Newington. Please note the new starting times for this year.
G Stein
MIC Rugby

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Year 8 Parents' Dinner

Come and enjoy a night out with other Year 8 parents

Wednesday 13 June at 7 pm at

Non La Vietnamese Restaurant
59 Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills

$33 per person for food (includes vegetarian dishes)
BYO drinks

RSVP Charles or Fabienne on 9386 1221 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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SBHS Debating

1.Are you getting the debating emails?
If not, please send a message to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with “ADD TO Year X group” in subject line and indicate your name/your son’s name, year group and home suburb.

2. GPS Selections/Trials
GPS Selections for Years 7-9 will run over the forthcoming weeks. Specific details for how this will run for each Year group will be emailed to students and parents (and posted on the noticeboard). It is your responsibility to read the information and respond accordingly if you wish to try out for a GPS Team. SEE POINT 1!

3. Eastside Debating Finals
Congratulations to the Year 9 team who won their final of the Eastside Debating Competition last Friday, beating the team from Sydney Girls. The Team was made up of Max Phillis, Puneet Baweja, Chris Wong and Antony Paul. They debated “That private schools should not receive public funding” and proposed a very good model to phase out funding to private schools! Unfortunately our Years 11 and 12 teams surrender our trophies from last year to Sydney Grammar, losing their debates on the topic “That human rights should be abandoned during times of war”.

4. Social debates
We have social debates scheduled for Friday June 1st against Joeys and Friday June 15th against Barker (Note the date change)); both are home debates. Please schedule in and look out for the email announcing teams closer to the time.

5. Debating Supporters Group
The next Debating Supporters Group (DSG) meeting of the year will be held on Tuesday June 5th at 6.30pm in the Staff Common Room. This is an opportunity for parents to become involved in fundraising and events that assist us in further strengthening the Debating teams at High. Please come along!

6. Parking - Vital fundraising
Please volunteer your help!

Sat June 2nd
Swans v Essendon at the SCG
Game starts at 7pm

Please email Harleen Kaur if you are able to help out- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Ms Jocelyn Brewer
MIC Debating

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Sydney High Football: The Onion Bag

GPS round 1: Saturday 26th May
This weekend marks the start of the GPS season proper with matches against Newington, traditionally a powerhouse of GPS football. High’s 1st and 2nd grade will face the defending premiers, so it will be an ideal opportunity to gauge how we are going.

A special mention to all the 13s teams who will be playing their first GPS match this weekend. I have no doubt you will thoroughly enjoy the experience and make many great friends during your football careers at High.

Good luck to all teams and let’s see if we can bang a few into the onion bag this weekend

1st and 2nd grade at McKay 4
All High footballers, past and present, are encouraged to come down to lend your support to the 1st and 2nd grade teams. Old Boys would know of the lift provided by a vocal and supportive home crowd when playing at McKay 4.

Rubbish left at grounds after matches
Unfortunately I have received correspondence from several schools, as well as Centennial Park Trust, in relation to High football teams leaving rubbish behind after their games. I urge all teams to take pride in the way they conduct themselves, before, during and after matches and ensure that areas occupied by our teams are free of bottles, tape etc at completion. With as many as 6 games to be played at each field on a Saturday, it doesn’t take much from each team to add up to a considerable amount at the end of the day. Bins may not always be available, so just take it with you.

Dolan Cup, Golden Boot and Golden Gloves
The start of the GPS season means the start of the highly coveted Dolan Cup. An internal competition in which all of High’s football teams are pitted against each other. In order to compete, each team needs to pass on the results, including the names of goal scorers, to me, on the Monday morning after the match.

CIS knockout
In other news, the first grade team played an CIS Football Cup match v Cranbrook on Tuesday. High dominated most of the match but they were unable to put Cranbrook away. A late runaway goal against the run of play ended High’s CIS Cup hopes for 2007. Whilst the result was a disappointment, the performances of Weight all over the park and Street in goals were outstanding. Not to be overshadowed, the resurgent Blaxell continued his good form with a spirited display in the midfield.

Match reports
Trials: Saturday May 19th
High’s 1st and 2nd grade played each other, with 1st grade victorious, 2-0. The in form striking pair of Luscombe and ‘Goal a game’ Gehan Karunaratne claiming the goals.

In other matches, 5th grade produced a dominant performance to beat Shore 7-0. Josh Lee and Paul Phuah scoring two each. Adrian Ng, Nathan Lieu and Alex one each. The 13Es travelled to Rushcutters Bay and whilst losing 2-0, continued to display improved play from the previous two games. Man off the match, Michael Nguyen, playing only his third competitive game was tireless all over the park.

Another great game. The 14Cs are starting to bond into a really good, enthusiastic football-playing unit. The final score was 1-1, but that did not reflect the flow of the game. A tight first half saw High trailing 0-1, but it could have been worse if not for some fine saves by keeper, Leon Sheldon. After the break High put intense pressure on the St Aloysius goal, only to be denied by the bar (three times) and terrific goalkeeping. Down the other end of the field, our stand-in keeper, Kevin Lu had time to go off and make a cup of tea.

6th Grade
High 6th Grade defeated Scots, 3 -1
After a washed out match a draw and a loss, Sydney High's 6th grade had hopes of winning its final preliminary match. It did just that by scoring early in the first half and repeating twice in the second. A powerful shot by Jiawen Ma, a skilful cross into centre by Jonathan Diolaso and two clean strikes by Hari Bhrugubanda secured our first win of the season.

Quote of the Week
"It's a case of putting all our eggs into the next ninety minutes." - Phil Neal

Details of Newington’s grounds can be found at www.newingtoncollege.nsw.edu.au/sport/default.htm

GPS Week 1 vs. Newington
Sat. 26th May

Team Opponent Venue Time
Opens 1 Newington McKay 4 1.15
Opens 2 Newington McKay 4 12.00
Opens 3 Newington McKay 4 11.00
Opens 4 Newington McKay 4 10.00
Opens 5 Newington McKay 4 9.00
Opens 6 Newington McKay 4 8.00
16A Newington MPW 16 9.00
16B Newington MPW 16 10.00
16C Newington MPW 16 11.00
16D Newington MPW 16 12.00
15A Newington Buchanan 1 8.00
15B Newington Buchanan 1 11.00
15C Newington Buchanan 1 10.00
15D Newington Buchanan 1 9.00
14A Newington MPW 17 12.00
14B Newington MPW 17  
14C Newington MPW 17 10.00
14D Newington MPW 17 9.00
13A Newington McKay 3 12.00
13B Newington McKay 3 11.00
13C Newington McKay 3 10.00
13D Newington McKay 3 9.00
13E Newington McKay 3 8.00


Venues this weekend Wet weather info
McKay 3 & 4 Sydney High home grounds located in Centennial park 9339 6670
Buchanan 1 Newington home grounds, located in college grounds, Stanmore 9432 6460

R. Gifford
MIC Football

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Music Notices

Annual Music Camp
Our Annual Music Camp will be held this Monday to Wednesday; 28 to 30 of May 2007. Students are to be at school by 7:30am on Monday morning. On return from camp there will be a BBQ dinner for the boys and concert in the Great Hall around 6:30pm. Year 7, including training band, training strings and guitars are all expected to attend.

Education Week (13-19 May 07)
Thank you to all the students who performed for Education week at Eastgardens last Friday. Thank you also to the parents who came along to support the wonderful talent of our boys. Their performances were all excellent and greatly appreciated by an enthusiastic audience. It’s a wonderful experience to perform in public, representing their public school in Education Week.

Sir Roden Cutler Gates Official Opening
Thank you to the Senior string ensemble and the Jazz group for their wonderful performance at the Official opening of the Sir Roden Cutler gates.

Piano Competition
The Sydney Boys High School Piano Competition will be held again this year in Term 3. Please stay tuned for more details on the Junior and Senior divisions. This is a wonderful performance opportunity for our piano players to shine and there will be a featured guest adjudicator for the competition.

Ensemble Rehearsal Times for 2007

7:30am Intermediate Concert Band (Room 201)
7:30am Training Concert Band (Room 101)
7:30am Training Strings Ensemble (Room 204)

7:45am Intermediate Stage Band (Room 201)

7:15am Senior Stage Band (Room 201)
8:00am Senior Concert Band
7:45am Senior String Ensemble (Room 204)
8:00am Chamber Choir (Room 101)

8:00am Chamber Choir (Room 101)

8:00am Symphony Orchestra (Room 201)
8:00am Junior Stage Band (Room 101)

Music Tuition Scholarships
The music department is offering scholarships to students who would like to play; Oboe, Bassoon, Double bass and French horn. Please see the music staff if you are interested.

MusicFest is the Australian edition of Fête de la Musique, a unique international event that takes place on 21 June each year to celebrate the summer/winter solstice. Initiated in France 25 years ago, its name and concept have spread throughout the world. At present Fête de la Musique brings together more than 120 countries and 250 cities in an exciting live music celebration. Participating cities include London, New York, Berlin, Rome, Bamako, Tel-Aviv, Havana, Tokyo and Cairo. 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).

Sydney Boys High Cabaret Night
Our Cabaret Night will be held on Saturday 16th June 7.00pm. This enjoyable evening showcases our jazz bands performing a wonderful range of music. Please join us on the fantastic night to listen or dance to the swing of the music. There will be a couple of professional dancers who will help those with Two Left Feet. This will be a great opportunity to meet and chat with other parents of music ensemble members, especially our new Year 7 parents. Please also remember to bring a plate of nibbles and drinks to share with friends and family.

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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Rowing Fundraising

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



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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