High Notes, Vol 8 No 16, June 08 2007
From the Principal
Insurance of Students
Collection of High Notes
125th Anniversary Celebrations
The Lak Saviya Foundation - our Year 10 Charity
The school donated its Tsunami Parking (Boxing Day, 2004) money to this Foundation to help a
devastated high school in Sri Lanka – Kahawa Rathnasara Maha Vidyalaya (KRMV). The school
was supplied with furniture, sports equipment, books and an internet facility in 2006. Staff and
students at the school now require a training program to assist them to use the facility created
for them. The Lak Saviya Foundation is preparing a proposal to develop and deliver such a program
so that regular communications with KRMV can be established. Year 10 boys will be raising money
this year to help this Foundation deliver these services to the disadvantaged people of Sri
Academic Achievement List
Year 7 Semester 1 2007
Points were awarded as follows:
High Distinction 6 Distinction 5 Credit 3 Pass with Merit 2 Pass 1
with the qualifying total being 45.
Outstanding Academic Achievement List
Year 12 Semester 1 2007
Any student placed in the top 50% in eight or more units of study in the half-yearly or trial HSC examinations may make a direct claim for the Academic Achievement category in the Student Awards Scheme. See Mr Beringer.Return to Index
The 2007 National Chinese Eisteddfod took place last Saturday at Strathfield Girls’ High School. More than 3000 candidates participated in this year’s Eisteddfod. This annual event was a poetry and prose-recital competition that provided students with the opportunity to use their acquired Chinese language skills and also to appreciate Chinese literature. Our school participated in both individual and group competitions with 65 students attending this event.
This year’s Eisteddfod was highly competitive as usual. The standard of performance had been lifted to a professional level as it’s not only a simple poetry recital competition, but also an act with body movement, facial expression and vocal skills. Our boys were put in the Native Speakers’ groups, although most of them were born in Australia. It was very tough for our boys competing with a lot of students who have only just arrived from China, but they showed great enthusiasm, strength and manners.
Congratulations to the 14 boys from Year 9 Chinese (community class), Gareth Chan, Austyn Guo, Hugh Huang, Merlin Li, Tian Yu Li, Justin Liang, Richard Lin, Andy Liu, Daniel Luo, Guangzhi Niu, Adrian Zhang, Leon Wang, Michael Wang and Harry Zhuang, who won 3rd prize in the 13-15 year old group competition. Well done, boys!
In the 13-15 age groups, Henry Lu received 2nd place and Tian-Yu Li came 3rd. Congratulations to both of them.
Jeffrey Xie achieved 3rd prize in the 16-18 age group with his impressive work. Fantastic! He has won 4 prizes over the last 5 years.
Congratulations to the nine students from my Year 12 class who competed in the 16-18 age group. Most of these boys have participated in the Eisteddfod for five consecutive years. I couldn’t have expected more from you, boys. This was certainly the best performance I have seen in the past 5 years from Sydney Boys High. Although you did not win, every one of you is a winner in my heart. Your performance definitely touched the judges too, because one of them came to apologize to me at the end for not giving you the award.
Congratulations to all boys who took part in this event for your dedication and achievement. Although it was a bit disappointing that some of our candidates missed out on awards after our three months’ hard work, I am sure you impressed a lot of the audience including me and the experience that you gained through these eisteddfods will definitely benefit you in future learning.
Huge thanks to parents who gave immense encouragement and support to our boys. It was great to
see families being so involved. I am so proud of our boys, not only because of their language
abilities, intelligence, effort and awards, but also the honour they have brought to Sydney Boys
Year 8 Parents' Dinner
Come and enjoy a night out with other Year 8 parents
There has been a change of date and venue for our parents dinner
The new details are:
GPS Volleyball Results – Round 1
Our volleyball competition is divided into two rounds. Since we have just finished the first round we can let you know how well we have been doing so far this year. The Firsts remain undefeated with a clean sweep of 4 wins all without losing a set! The Seconds are also undefeated but have only played 3 matches because not every school can field two teams. On the way to this result they’ve only lost 3 sets. The full results are:
This puts us in a very strong position to get excellent results for Round 2Return to Index
Stan Jones Cup Report
The event format was laid out over four pools with three schools in each one, where the top two would go through. Coming first in your pool is a big advantage as you play a school in the quarter-finals that came second within their respective pool. From semi finals onwards, it became knockout. With each school, you would play six sets; four singles and two doubles.
All sets were a normal tiebreak set being first to six games and a tiebreaker at six all. We were top seed in our pool, wiping the floor with Sylvania and Gymea by not even dropping a match the whole day. Day 2 was predicted to be a tough day at the office for all of us as we approached the knock out phase. The injured Mitch Kelly was replaced by the committed Ivan Cerecina with thanks to Mr.Ayre who brought him especially down from band camp in the hope of keeping us in contention for the finals. We played Kingsgrove in the semi-final on our path to the finals with long time rivals Endeavour.
After all matches had concluded, we calculated that we were even on sets and games resulting in a
one off doubles tie breaker to determine who would take the title. After a nail biting,
hair-raising close doubles match, John and myself narrowly closed it out by just two points
giving us the win and title we had been hoping to reclaim. Mr.Ayre’s hair went four shades
greyer during that breaker, making him most relieved alongside Mr.Moody and the team who had
smiles all around. This sets us up to compete now in the state titles later this year in Albury.
Credit to the boys, well done!
SHS Old Boys Union
Did you know?
P&C Executive Meeting
Monday 4 June
Library Fundraising Campaign
Open Day and Marketing Strategy for SBHS
Ms Gowran is working on an overall marketing strategy for the school in terms of brochures, advertising and school image.
Articles have recently been submitted to local papers about SBHS successes in National Geography competition and Debating. To date these have not been published.
P & C Exec expressed strong support for Ms Gowran’s suggestion of installing a changeable message board on Cleveland St to inform the general public of the school’s many successes.
SBHS Logo on School Shirts
Combined P & C Meeting with Sydney Girls High
Year 9 Parent Group
An Invitation to Year 9 Parents
Tuesday, 12th of June at 7:30 pm
in the Staff Common Room (near the School Office).
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Ms Marina Trompetter, Head Teacher English at SBHS, has kindly agreed to speak to the meeting about the English program. Parent Group meetings are an ideal opportunity to meet other parents in your son’s Year, raise questions, make suggestions and air any concerns you may have.
SBHS/SGHS 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."
All parents are warmly invited to attend Tea and coffee will be servedReturn to Index
Rugby Committee Meeting Summary
The fourth meeting of the SBHS Rugby Committee for 2007 was held on 30 May 2007.
The following is a summary of the meeting:
Proposed protocols for wet weather and the closure of McKay
High Rugby Friends
Spectators on McKay 1
McKay clean up assistance
Letters Re Absence/Lateness/ Early Leave
When your son returns to school from being absent he is required to provide a letter of explanation signed by a parent or guardian. If your son is going to be late for school a note is also required.
If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Beringer, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name, date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.
Another email service for parents
Parents who supply the school with an email address can now have an updated report on their son’s attendance record can sent to them on a daily or weekly basis.
Venue Hire at SBHS
Why not consider the Great Hall as a great venue for your next big event.
University Information Evening
Sydney Boys High School/Sydney Girls High School
Great Hall SBHS
Wednesday 13 June
7.00 pm – 9.00 pm
Parents and students Years 10-12 are invited to meet representatives from
Information available includes:
Parent Saves Annual Music Camp
A Report on the Music Camp
Needless to say, the camp was enjoyed by all our boys, who benefited enormously from the guidance of tutors who also attended our camp and our music teachers, Ms Gilmore, Ms Miller and Ms Lim. The opportunity to engage in solid rehearsal time and intensive practice with fellow students, as well as leisure time, was fully exploited. We hope students will take away experiences and lessons from this camp to help them to become better musicians.
A big thanks to parents who helped organised the BBQ dinner at school on the Wednesday afternoon
and bravely tackled the task of feeding 182 starving boys. Having been kept away from real food
for three days (come on! camp food isn’t real food), your hard efforts were reflected in
the standard of the performances in the Final Concert.
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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Sydney High Football: The Onion Bag
GPS round 3: Saturday 16th June
A number of teams have failed to convey their goal scorer’s names. Please do so on the Monday morning after the game to be eligible for the competition.
GPS Rd.2 v Shore: Saturday June 2nd
1st grade were determine to get their season back on track after a first round loss to Newington. In a dominant first half High created several excellent chances with Jeremy Luscombe and Gehan Karunaratne converting. However, Shore hit back to level the scores at half time, largely through a questionable penalty decision. A raft of missed opportunities in the first half would come back to haunt High. The second half was end to end excitement, with Shore having the bulk of the chances on goal. Excellent defending from Daniel Campion and the odd stroke of luck, in the shape of the posts, saved High from an undeserved loss. The eventual 2-2 result was a huge disappointment after such a superb first half.
In other matches, 5th grade put up another good performance beating Shore 3-0 at Northbridge away from home. Ben Lee scored two stunning goals. Paul Phuah got the third goal. Goalkeeper Matt Lee and the defence led by Adrian was again outstanding in keeping yet another clean sheet.
3rd XI 0 v Shore 2
16Bs 3 drew 3 with Shore
A good game but most outstandingly played by left-mid Leonard Teng, double goal-scorer and current leader in the MVP tally. The other goal was taken by Mark Lucchitti and with him there was tremendous support from the other striker Kang Lim who came close but missed out on his usual several goals-per-game. That said, the three-two-ones went as following, three to Leonard, two to Mark and one to Kang. Welcome back to Mishu Osinski, returning from his trip to Germany, and Razeen Ahmed, back from injury, both great assets to the team. All in all, a top game with a pleasing result that already puts us higher then where we finished last year, from here on things can surely only get better. THE ONION BAG
15A 0 lost Shore 1
14As 2 def. Shore 0
With the score 0-0 at half time confidence grew and the midfield upped the tempo. William Shao was unlucky not to score a couple of times before William Stefanidis put High ahead late in the second half. From then on it was all High's game and Sam scored soon after. High attacked to the end and thoroughly deserved their win.
13 Ds 7 def. Shore 0
Quote of the Week
There will be a Disco for Year 7/8/9 students held in the School Hall, Sydney Girls High School on Monday. 1 8 June from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm This function is only current students at Sydney Boys and Sydney Girls. No other people will be permitted.
Staff and security guards will provide supervision and students will only be allowed to leave before 10:00 pm if we can contact parents for permission.
We do request that parents are prompt to collect their daughter/son at 10:00 pm. Boys are to be collected in the Boys School Car Park and girls an the Girls School so as to reduce congestion. Please do not allow them to make their own way home at this time of night.
Drinks and chips will be on sale in the Cleveland Quadrangle. Students will be allowed to go into the Cleveland Quad from the School Hall and all this area will be secure.
Please contact Mr Thomsen (Sydney Girls High School) or Mr Beringer (Sydney Boys High School) if you have any concerns
Dr Margaret Varady AO
Dr Kim Jaggar
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: ____________________________