High Notes, Vol 8 No 21, July 27 2007
From the Principal
The Building Fund Advisory Group Meeting 28/6
The Old Boys Union – Life Membership Changes
I am confident that a stronger relationship is building between the school and the OBU to their mutual benefit. I thank Joseph Waugh and his committee for their enthusiasm and industry on behalf of Old Boys of the school.
National Testing for Literacy and Numeracy
Julie Bishop visit to GERRIC
Debating Assembly 20/7/07
Good afternoon special guest, Oscar McLaren, staff and students - welcome to our annual debating assembly. It is customary for us to acknowledge our traditional GPS connection by holding our assembly on the eve of our first competition round. I wish the team the best of luck in their defence of the Premiership. The Louatt Shield looked good in the foyer. Our Hume Barbour Debaters have made it to the state final this year after two years in the wilderness Kelvin, Michael, Blaise, Anthony and Dominic as our senior debaters are carrying on in fine style what is an enviable tradition of high school debating. We all wish them well for next week’s debate. With three CHS representatives at High this year, their quality has already been tested at state level. Our boys have always been prepared to give up a lot of time in preparation and to compete over a long season at inconvenient times in order to represent their school at debating. Their commitment is admirable. The Karl Cramp team has passed its first test at the zone level. The atmosphere among debaters is buoyant.
More than anything else success in debating relies on teamwork. The team has to work rapidly, cohesively and effectively in order to present to their audience a convincing argument and persuasive supporting examples. The best teams we have had over the years have been made of individuals who bonded well together and placed team goals ahead of individual virtuosity. In the ‘prep’ room agreement on lines of argument has to be rapidly and cooperatively decided. Individuals have to support and show faith in the abilities of their colleagues.
The influential TV journalist and experienced interviewer, Diane Sawyer, provided a good insight into foundation debating skills when she said: “I think the one lesson that I have learned is that there is no substitute for paying attention”. Good debaters listen intently to what the other speakers are saying and if they think of a useful rebuttal idea, they write it down for their appropriate speaker. Inattentive teams who chat among themselves frequently miss key statements by the opposition, strong or weak, and may put themselves at a disadvantage as the momentum of persuasion of the contended issue flows back and forth with each speaker. Acute listening skills really assist debaters to succeed.
Debating as a co-curricular activity has attracted a very large number of participants and is now a year round program. This year we experimented with a different junior school debating model. We had junior boys attending lectures by teachers on general issues that would be addressed in topics selected for competition debates. Junior school coaches have worked with many boys to prepare them for competitive debating. More boys have had opportunities to represent their school at debating than ever before. To be a good debater requires dedication over a reasonably long period of time. Thomas Edison, the great American trial and error inventor asserted,” The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are, first, hard work, second, stick-to-itiveness, third, common sense.” I exhort our junior debaters to heed Edison’s advice and stay involved with the activity and to work with persistence to build their skills. Their patience will be rewarded with greater self confidence, better communication skills and a great deal of material of personal development value.
As usual, the Debating Supporters Group, a sub-committee of the SBHS P & C has done a fine job. Craig Phillis and Angela Pal in particular must be congratulated for their efforts on behalf of our debaters. I would like to thank Jocelyn Brewer for her energy and professionalism in developing debating at High over the last couple of years. It has grown in participation, organisation and discipline. There will be a change to our debating model in 2008 with the splitting of the junior and senior programs. We will be looking to have a junior school development model under a Debating MIC and a senior school competitive model under a Coaching Coordinator.
This year Public Speaking has had a more distinct identity as an activity in its own right. Ms Howland has organised individual entrants to competition and appropriate coaching. Our boys do well and we have had successes in the past but Kelvin Yu can attest to the fact that public speaking is a highly competitive and demanding discipline. I encourage more of you to take on this very individual but rewarding activity.
Our guest speaker today, Oscar McLaren, was an influential member of the strongest team High has produced in at least a decade. They achieved the rare double – Louat Shield GPS and Hume Barbour CHS. He was a member of the CHS team which beat both the GPS and CAS teams. Oscar was also a great listener. He could analyse and succinctly state the spine of the opposition’s case. At third speaker he would argue cogently, authoritatively and convincingly that the opposition’s case was flawed and that his team’s line was impregnable, even if he had to defend a proposition that the earth was flat. He was at the University of Sydney where he completed an Arts degree with a history major and is now studying law part time along with his work in the media. He has worked as a journalist on Stateline, reported on the ABC 7 pm News and the 7:30 Report. He spent 18 months reading the news on Triple J radio. Would you please welcome an up and coming face and voice about town, Oscar McLaren.
[Oscar spoke with a mixture of licentious levity and seriousness about his time as a debater at High and what life skills that experience developed in him. He outlined the value of debating skills in the tertiary and vocational contexts. He gave examples of school and university debaters who have achieved success.]
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Sydney High School Cadet Unit
Annual Camp 2007
A feature of the camp was the new style of freeze dried ration pack with each cadet preparing and cooking their own meals.
Compliments and very positive feedback have been received from camp staff regarding Sydney High cadets’ performance and attitude throughout the camp.
Student of Merit
An unfortunate consequence of the camp’s move to the second week of holidays was the absence of some of our senior cadets who were required as members of the school’s shooting team to attend the shooting training camp and All Schools shoot at Malabar. Hopefully, next year the camp dates will change and avoid the clash.
Promotions to Sergeant
Target Shooting - GPS Shoot at HornsbyLast week saw the conclusion to yet another season of shooting for the Rifle Club at High.
Prior to that, during the second week of the July holidays, the club ran its annual training camp from Monday 9 to Friday 13 at Malabar. Each day, members of the 1st grade team (plus other eager members of the club) would spend up to 9 hours (8:00 am to 5:00 pm) in preparation for the All Schools Rifle Competition on Saturday 14 and the GPS shoot during the following week.
I am extremely proud to say that dedication of our first grade team during this time, in spite of often atrocious weather conditions, most certainly paid off, with all members displaying a marked improvement in performance during the week. This was reflected in the performance of Sydney High A team ( the top 5 shooters of 1st grade; myself, I Nadkarni, M Tong, M Vu and C Lam) during the All School’s competition, coming overall 4th (out of 13 teams) and walking away with the Prorak Trophy, a prize competed for between High, The Armidale School and New England Girls.
The following Monday at Hornsby Rifle Range saw the beginning of the GPS competition, with the first day being one final practice day before open competition. The high standard of shooting seen during the previous week followed through to the performance of High 1st grade during the day, and showed much promise for the rest of the competition. The first of three matches - the Rawson Cup - was held on Tuesday, and perhaps due to the pressures of competition, our newest additions to first grade were not up to their best and the match closed with Shore taking a convincing lead, and with only a very small margin separating Grammar, TAS and High. Disappointingly, this trend repeated itself for the remaining matches - the NRA shield on Tuesday afternoon and the Buchannan shield on Wednesday, resulting in an overall placement of 5th for High 1st Grade.
Despite this, I am confident of the strength within the club, the school and its alumni and the
continued support that has been integral to the survival of shooting at High. Thanks must be
given to the Tong family for their continued heavy involvement in the program. Special thanks
also to Old Boys Joe Banh, Chris Budd, Justin Hill, David Jacques and John Fraser (who competed
alongside Sir Roden Cutler in the High Rifle team in 1932) for their support throughout the All
Schools and GPS; and very special thanks to Tom Vogelgesang, Kevin Chan and Daniel Comben who
have proven to be instrumental as coaches of the Rifle Club. I look forward to giving my
continued support to the Rifle Club, which celebrates its 125th anniversary along with our school
SHS Old Boys Union
Did you know?
Education Access Scheme - HSC Students
Most institutions that participate in the University Admissions Centre (UAC) have an Educational Access Scheme (EAS) for applicants who have experienced long term educational disadvantage. To qualify applicants must demonstrate that their educational performance during Years 11 and 12 or equivalent have been seriously affected by circumstances beyond their control.
Students applying for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) for Universities in 2008 can download their booklets and application forms from the website: www.uac.edu.au. Booklets are also available from the School Counsellor.
Students who require a Statement of Support from the school counsellor should make the counsellor
aware of their situation as soon as possible. The completed EAS form, along with all required
information and documentation, needs to be with the counsellor by the end of week 7, term 3. The
responsibility for sending the finalised application to UAC by 30 September 2007 rests with the
Superb weather and snow conditions greeted our ski team at Thredbo during the last week of the July vacation.
Team members included; Tom Connolly, Michael Ambrose, Alex Koerber, James Whiting, Andrew Blomberg, Josh Bell, Roy Chen, Josh Freiman, Michael Prior and Team Captain Harry Walker.
Our young men raced with bravery, skill and good humour in a variety of events brilliantly organised and supervised by the Interschools Snowsports group.
Team members proved excellent ambassadors for our school during a marvellous week of fun, enjoyment, thrills and spills.
I thank boys, their parents, the Committee and many other helpers for their enthusiastic
commitment to this excursion and I am grateful to teaching colleagues Mr Kesting and Mr Fuller
for their crucial support in ensuring the success of the venture this year.
From the High Store
Rug up for Winter whilst supporting your son's sporting event with a High Polar Fleece jumper. Available in sizes XS, S, M, L, XL. These are unisex jumpers. $69.00 each.Return to Index
Donations to the New Library
High has needed a new library for well over 30 years. We are determined to make that long held dream come true. Our target is to reach a million dollars towards this project by the end of our 125th year in 2008. You can help by donating directly by cheque marked ‘Sydney Boys High School Building Fund’, posted to Sydney Boys High, Moore Park, Surry Hills, NSW 2010.
Donations to our new Library are welcomed in various forms but a popular method is by credit card. The appropriate form can be posted to you by calling 93616290, extension 114. Alternatively, you can go to our website www.sydneyboyshigh.com and click on fundraising/library project contributions, to download the New Library Project Contribution Form.
At High we have a modern, direct debiting method of facilitating donations. Our Monthly Giving Program allows donors to have donations debited automatically to their credit cards on the fifteenth of each month. An annual statement to donors for taxation purposes is provided. The appropriate form can be posted to you by calling 93616290, extension 114. Alternatively, you can go to our website www.sydneyboyshigh.com click on fundraising/library project contributions, to download the New Library Monthly Giving Form.
The Sir Roden Cutler Memorial Gates project is aimed at providing a fitting memorial to our revered Old Boy and to present an impressive entrance to our high school. The first stage of our project was dedicated by the Governor-General on May 24. Donations to this project are welcomed but are not tax deductible. You can help by donating directly by cheque marked ‘Sydney Boys High School’, posted to Sydney Boys High, Moore Park, Surry Hills, NSW 2010. The appropriate form can be posted to you by calling 93616290, extension 114. Alternatively, you can go to our website www.sydneyboyshigh.com click on fundraising/Cutler Drive Contributions, to download the Sir Roden Cutler Memorial Project Contribution Form.
GPS sports competition is very demanding on people and resources. At High we have ongoing needs for facilities development, equipment and development through expert coaching. If you would like to help through a tax deductible donation for a particular sport, the appropriate form can be posted to you by calling 93616290, extension 114. Alternatively, you can go to our website www.sydneyboyshigh.com click on Sport/Sports Donations to download either Development Donation Form or Equipment and Facility Donation Form.Return to Index
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
Congratulations to Ashwin Rudder in Year 8 who won the Best Speaker Prize at the UTS Junior Tournament! Good Luck to our Year 12 team who have made the finals of the prestigious Hume Barbour Cup on August 3
1.Check your email- get in the loop!
2. Debating co-payment- final reminder
3. Debating supporters group- meeting
4. GPS Results- Round 1
5.GPS Debating Dates- please put in your diary
Round 2 July 27 VS The Scots College Away Round 3 August 3 VS The Kings School Home Round 4 August 10 VS Sydney Grammar School Home Round 5 August 17 VS Newington College Away Round 6 August 24 VS Shore Home Round 7 August 31 VS St Ignatius College Away
Ms Jocelyn Brewer
Traditionally the Debating Dinner is held on the Saturday after the final GPS debate and celebrates the strength of debating talent at High - 2007 will be no exception. This year the dinner will feature a comedy/fun debate starring our coaches and Year 12 debaters, with parents providing their expert adjudication skills to decide the winner.
This year’s Debating Dinner is being held on Saturday September 1 in the Great Hall at 6pm. The cost of the dinner will be $30 per adult/student. A special price for siblings under 10 years of age has been negotiated at $20.
BOOKINGS MUST BE MADE BY FRIDAY AUGUST 24.
Payment for the dinner can be made at the main office. NO bookings can be accepted after this date as catering numbers must be finalised.
WHAT SHOULD I DO? Detach the form below, pay your money at the main office, give to Miss Brewer on Friday night debating (NOT HER STAFFROOM)
2007 DEBATING DINNER Student Name _________________________________ Year/ Roll class __________ Number of adults attending ______ @ $30 = _________ Number of U/10 attending ______ @ $20 = _________ TOTAL Number of people ______ TOTAL $ ________ Do you have any special dietary requirements? Vegetarian? ______ YES! I can you help on the day with setting up the hall, table decorations etc. ______
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Welcome back to another busy and exciting term, hopefully you and your family have had a well rested and enjoyable holiday break. Our Year 12 elective students will be busy preparing for their HSC with their performance exams and compositions this term, we wish all our boys well in their studies and hope they achieve their best. Term 3 begins with the piano competition commencing in week two and we encourage all our budding pianists to participate in this fantastic opportunity. In week 3 (Thursday 2 August), we will be showcasing our ensembles and senior soloists at the Winter Music Festival to be held in the Great Hall at 7pm (Tickets can be purchased through the main office and collected from the music staff once paid for). On the 14 August, our Jazz group will be performing at the Sydney Opera House as part of the Sydney Region Music Festival, please come and support the boys and hear a wonderful array of music played by different schools participating in this great event – tickets are on sale at the Box office.
Tutor of the Week – Julia Sharratt
Student of the Week – Ilya Bonch-Osmolovsky
Music Tuition Scholarships
Winter Music Festival
Sydney Boys High Music Department presents the Winter Music Festival, featuring our outstanding musical ensembles. Our talented students have worked very hard over the year to bring you this wonderful performance.
This year's concert will be held on Thursday 2 August 2007 in the school Great Hall at 7.00 pm, and will showcase our various ensembles with special solo performances by our HSC students.
Tickets can be paid at the main office: Single - $10 Family - $25
Please fill in and detach the form below and return to the school office. Once paid, please bring receipt to the music staff for ticket collection.
We look forward to your company on this entertaining evening and thank you for supporting the great efforts and hard work of our ensemble members.
Winter Music Festival
Student's Name:________________________________ Roll Class:_______________ Method of payment: Cash___ Cheque___ Card___ (Please tick one) Credit card no.___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
Expiry date:_________________ Name on card:______________________________
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Sydney High Football: The Onion Bag
GPS round 5: Saturday 28 July GPS round 5 is against Scots this weekend with games at McKay, Moore Park West and Centennial Park. Check draw for details on school website. www.sydneyboyshigh.com
Details of MPW/McKay and CP fields can be found at: www.cp.nsw.gov.au/map
I have yet to receive nominations of goalkeepers for the Golden Glove comp. from the following teams:
Please register your name with me if you wish to be considered for the Golden Glove competition.
Football referee course
Graeme Bancroft, referee instructor FFA and Branch coach SSSRI, will once again run an introductory football referee course.
Quote of the Week
Results and match reports from fixtures played last Saturday V Joeys et al.
I’m pleased to report that, with the exception of a few players, High managed to fulfil all match commitments.
Match reports GPS Rd.4 v Joeys: Saturday July 21
1st grade secured a deserved first victory of the GPS season, courtesy of an Aaron Shuttleworth penalty. The match was a tough, physical affair with several heavy clashes resulting in several players from both teams spending some time on the sidelines. High had the better of the exchanges, with Josh Weight again the standout player on the field, in both his normal defensive role and whenever he made a push into the attacking third. Others to have strong games were Ritchie Xu in defence and Lachlan Street in goals. Our aim should be to finish the season strongly with wins in the remaining three matches.
Reports from other matches
High 16Bs v. Joeys 16Bs Result – High Win, 3-1
High 15As Won 3-0
This year, SBHS Football will celebrate the efforts and achievements of our boys as well as acknowledge staff, coaches and supporters by holding the first SBHS Football dinner:
The coach of each team will be invited to attend the dinner as a guest. Players are asked to take responsibility on a team-by-team basis for any end-of-season gifts to their team’s coach.
The dinner will be held on:
The cost of the dinner will be $30 per adult and student. For children under 11 yrs old there is a special rate of $20.
Payment for the dinner can be made at the Main Office from now until Friday 3 August. Tickets are limited. Please detach the form below and hand it in with your payment at the Main Office
(Boys to wear school uniform)
2007 FOOTBALL DINNER Student Name Year/Roll class: _____________________________________________ Football Team: ____________________________________________________________ TOTAL Number of adults ________ at $30 per adult = $________ TOTAL Number of students ______ at $30 per SBHS student = $________ (Special rate of $20 for family members under 11yrs = $20 per child) TOTAL $ _________ Do you have any special dietary requirements? Vegetarian Other- Please state: _____________________________________________________ YES! I can help on the day with setting up the hall, table decorations etc. Helper’s name and contact details : _________________________________________ Email address: ______________________________________________________________ Phone Numbers: ______________________________________________________________
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Canteen Price List
All canteen profits are returned to the school for the benefit of the boys’ education and development.