High Notes, Vol 8 No 29, September 21 2007
From the Principal
GPS Athletics Carnival
I really appreciated the individual performance of Michael Phung in U13 – 2nd in long jump, 3rd in 100m, 4th in 200m. and 4th in 4x100m relay. In U14 I liked Shadman Ali’s 2nd in the 200m, 3rd in 100m and 4th in the 4x100m. In U16 Michael Denny-Smith showed great stamina - 400m 2nd , hurdles 9th, 8th in high jump, 7th in 4x400 relay. Dinghua Xiao came up against a hot field in U16 shot to nearly break the old GPS record with another PB of 14.59 for 4th. Focussed competitors can earn many points.
SHS - GPS Athletics Carnival Results
I have set some benchmarks for the coaches and competitors to consider in 2008. If we reached these benchmarks we could realistically attain our next target of 6th in Juniors and 7th in Seniors.
School Prefects and Executive Team
Team Managers For the Cricket Season
Road Safety Around Schools
The City of Sydney will be increasing enforcement operations around school zones as part of a campaign to improve safety around schools. There are concerns for safety due to inappropriate and dangerous stopping and parking behaviour by parents dropping off and picking up their children.
We have been advised that City of Sydney Rangers will soon be actively monitoring and visiting schools to educate drivers to ensure that they comply with the road rules. They will also be issuing penalty notices where applicable.
The Rangers may be in plain clothes and can book drivers without approaching the driver; that is fines will be sent to offenders by mail. It is worth noting that the Roads and Traffic Authority increased penalties for traffic and parking offences in school zones from 21 May 2007. The new fines and demerit point increases include:
Parents are encouraged to drop their children off within the School grounds for the safety of all concerned.Return to Index
In the Annual Strongman competition we had 15 Seniors (over 15 yrs) and 10 Juniors (under 15 yrs) pushing, pulling, flipping and carrying their way through 4 gruelling events to find the ultimate champion. All boys acquitted themselves extremely well and should be proud of their efforts. It takes a certain mental attitude to throw yourself into a contest of strength and power against fellow competitors and I’m very happy with the tenacity shown by all. However there can be only one champion and the top 5 from each division is shown below as well as some highlights. They will have their name engraved on a strongman plaque in the weights room along with last year’s winners.
Strongman Highlights and Lowlights
A very big thank you must be given to the following teachers and students who helped make the contest run smoothly. Mr Stein (Farmers Carry), Mr Ryan (Truck Pull), Mr Barris (Viking Pull), Mr Hayman and Josh Tassell (Tyre Flip), David Vien for his organisational skills and his team of seniors who ran the bar-b-cue smoothly and efficiently., Mr Hannon who filmed the event, the Band and all those students who helped set up and pack away. Without all of your help we would not have been able to get through it all so smoothly and raise some money for gym equipment. Thank you all.
Skins Special Offer Continues
'If all else fails, get a bigger hammer'
Invitation to all Tennis parents and interested parties
P & C Subcommittee Tennis AGM
Mr Richard Ayre has kindly agreed to take over as MIC Tennis. At this meeting you will have the
opportunity to inform yourself about the 2008 tennis program, discuss issues and present ideas on
how tennis at High can be further enhanced. Please note that all positions will be declared
vacant. Like all sports at SBHS, tennis needs the active support of ALL parents and your
attendance at this meeting will be highly valued. I am looking forward to see you there.
SHS Old Boys Union
Did you know?
Year 8 Soccer Picnic
Date : Saturday 29 September
Bring your own picnic, join in the parents versus boys game or barrack (for the parents) from the
sidelines. Everyone welcome - hope to see you and your family there
Annual Combined GPS Church Service
The President, Ian Clarke, and members of the GPS OBU Council invite you and all friends in the GPS Community to attend this annual service.
Venue: Shore Chapel, North Sydney (Parking is available off Union Street)
Morning tea will be served following the service.
The ecumenical nature of our service enjoys the warm support of Headmasters and Clergy.
Reverend Nick Foord, an Old Boy, (80) has kindly arranged the service and the inclusion of the Shore Boys’ Choir.
Dr Timothy Wright, Headmaster of Shore will give an address.
Students, Old Boys and Parents are warmly invited to join us in this joint worship.
Sydney Boys High Exoday 2007
Sydney High's 2007 Exoday was very different from the previous year. There was a much greater emphasis on social justice. Pre-Exoday, Sydney High's ISCF (Inter-School Christian Fellowship) had decided to give the option to students, to sign up for Samaritan Purse's Operation Christmas Child, and to serve soup at St Vincent De Paul's Matthew Talbot Hostel in Woolloomoolloo. Both charitable causes were well received by the students, with around 15 having signed up to serve soup in the holidays at the Hostel, and 16 boxes and counting for the Operation Christmas Child Project. I must congratulate the boys who have signed up/donated boxes, I commend you for your efforts. It is great to see the boys actively seeking to change these people's lives.
On to the Exoday itself. The weather fined up for us which was excellent; and the student's were working hard to get things ready in time. A big hand must go to Nathan McDonnell for organising most, if not all of the event; and Varan Peranathan for his great work running the BBQ. The guests started arriving, the band, the representatives from World Vision and Matthew Talbot, Nick Khiroya, the speaker, and of course the students.
The band opened with a few songs, and then it was on to the speakers. Both World Vision and Matthew Talbot had some great practical solutions to helping out and seeking to end poverty and social injustice. They spoke with a passion, and really showed the students how much these people needed our help. Edwin Montoya Zorrilla spoke about Amnesty International's fight for human rights, and urged all the students to get behind this worthy cause. It would be great to see more and more boys join the charities committee, as a result of these excellent speeches. Nick Khiroya, had a funny story to tell, and re-worked the Christian message in a fresh and innovative way. David Kim then got up and spoke of how he can turn to Christ in times of trouble.
All in all, it was a great day. The BBQ raised $328 and only 300 of the 500 sausages could be cooked as a BBQ broke down. You will be pleased to know that these leftover sausages were donated to the St Vincent De Paul Matthew Talbot Hostel. Once again, I must thank the volunteers, the students, the speakers, the representatives, and the staff, in particular Messrs Beringer and Dowdell, and Dr Jaggar.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
AAGPS Athletics Championships
15 September 2007 marked the commencement of the 112th annual AAGPS Athletic Championships as Sydney High athletes tackled the notoriously blustery conditions of the Homebush Athletic arena. Although a small crowd of high supporters contributed little in terms of numbers to the overall crowd of near 8000, their spirit and enthusiasm was anything but lacking as they cheered on all participating High athletes with a new found vigour. In the 13 years division, Michael Phung proved his consistency as he participated successfully in a number of events, taking 3rd in the 100m (12.52), 4th in the 200m (25.92) and second in the long jump (5.07). Surprise package Kah-Yang Wong ran brilliantly to take 3rd in the 400m and the 4 x 100m relay (K Gunaratne, T Ling, S Reiyder and M Phung) perfected their changes running for a well deserved 4th (51.87).
In the 14 years division, last year’s standout performer Shadman Ali continued his success at the GPS level running scorching times of 11.90 in the 100m and 24.03 in the 200m to place 3rd and 2nd respectively. A notable mention must also go to Christopher Morrow who represented the school gallantly in a number of events performing just outside the medals in each. The importance and value of the relay training undertaken by all participating athletes also began to show as the 14s 4 x 100m relay on the back of a strong final leg by Ali ran a respectable 4th (48.81).
The 15 years Sydney High athletics team was unfortunately weakened greatly with the loss of key runner and junior athletics co-captain Joshua Tassell with a hamstring strain only a couple of days out from the championships. However, a number of other individuals stepped up to the plate performing outstandingly to regain some of the potential points lost. Jeremy Ireland ran beautifully to match his 2nd place in last year’s carnival in the 1500m (4.26.38). A consistent performer for Sydney High athletics, Jeremy is seen at all training sessions putting in 110% and his well deserved 2nd placing is a reflection of this hard work. He stands as an example for all other athletes to follow and forge their own paths to success. In other performances, Justin Chow utilised his basketball background as he jumped his way to 3rd (1.70) in the high jump and a solid 5th placing by the 4 x 100m relay team completed a carnival of mixed success for the age group.
The 16 years Sydney High athletics team performed admirably with exceptional performances by Michael Denny Smith setting the foundation for other notable achievements by the remaining individuals of the team. Denny Smith ran incredibly to place 4th in the 200m (23.40), a close 2nd in the 400m (52.32) and 4th in the division hurdles (15.23). A wonderful all-round performance. Dinghua Xiao threw a personal best (14.59) to unluckily place 4th with the three athletes ahead of him all breaking the record and Xiao himself being only 3cm off it. Danny Fu jumped well (5.70) for 4th in the long jump, Matthew Rusli threw powerfully for 4th in the division shot put (10.52) and Lachlan Street ran well for 5th in the division 100m (12.07). Once again many of these athletes backed up for the 4 x 100m relay which ran a respectable 5th (45.78). A strong performance by this age group greatly aided the effort of the junior team as they eclipsed last year’s overall performance.
Although there were few placings in the senior age divisions, all athletes competed well amongst the fierce competition. In the 17s, Kogulan Sriranjan confirmed his title as the fastest man at Sydney High running an amazing 11.47 to finish 6th in a hotly contested 100m championship. He backed this performance with an equally fast 23.31 in the 200m to finish one place better. Joseph Lai ran brilliantly to place 4th in the 110m hurdles championships in a personal best time of 16.16 and George Lo matched this with an 11.69 in the division 100m. The opens saw a little more success with myself placing 3rd in the 110m championship hurdles (15.37) and the opens 4 x 100m relay team (F Jin, G Lo, D Gunaratne & K Sriranjan) surprising everyone including themselves to run a sizzling time of 44.96 to finish 4th. Finally, Frank Jin portrayed the raw talent possessed by all High athletes as he jumped a personal best of 6.55m to take 3rd in the long jump – with a mere one week’s training. Frank has been one of Sydney High’s most successful athletes in recent years placing four times in the event which included one of the school’s few wins (2005).
Although the team was unable to seize that valuable win, the junior team even with the loss of sprinter Joshua Tassell met all expectations as they surpassed both the Armidale School and The Scots College to finish a respectable 7th, our best performance in many years. Although the senior team were once again surpassed by The Armidale School, it was a brave effort put in by those athletes partaking at the championships.
During my time participating in High athletics, I’ve witnessed true feats of courage, as
individuals overcame all odds to perform remarkable feats. Although there were no wins to take
home, there was definitely no shortage of courage. I draw on in particular the effort of Aaron
Shuttleworth in the senior 4 x 400m relay. A week of hearing him boast of burning his nearest
competitor in his leg of the race became ever tiresome, but burn he did, as I watched him draw
level and surpass the Newington runner with 200m to go setting a solid platform for the final
runner of the team. A valiant effort embracing all that Sydney High Athletics represents.
Results from the 112th GPS Athletics Finals
125th Anniversary Ball and Cabaret
Friday 21 November 2008
In conjunction with Sydney Girls High School, we are holding an Anniversary Ball and Cabaret evening on Friday 21 November 2008.
If you are interested in volunteering to be on the organising committee for this important event in the School’s calendar, please contact Lynne Williams on 9361 6910, ext 114Return to Index
Rowing Season Launch 2007-08
If you’re like me you won’t know everything about rowing so come along and acquaint yourself with what goes on at the High rowing sheds.
All senior parents are needed to help with the boys camping at the sheds at least once during the season and all the junior parents need to help at the Saturday BBQs.
Program for Parents
Together we can make it a great rowing season
We are looking for new parent mentors
A Parent Mentor is an informal contact person who will welcome New Parents into the School Community and is available to them to help them through the difficulties encountered in their first year at the School.
The aim is to have every parent of a new boy starting at the School matched up with a mentoring parent already at the School. The role of the Mentoring Parent is
The scheme is informal, without a lot of structure and depends for its success on the enthusiasm of the Mentors.
The scheme has worked extremely well in its first year and has not been at all onerous.
All the Mentor Parents this year have enjoyed it tremendously and the New Parents have been extremely receptive and grateful for the contact.
As there is an attrition rate every year we need new Mentor Parents.
Please join us as the more parents we have the easier is the task.
Or fill in the form below and return to the Principal’s Assistant
Name: ______________________________________ Email Address: _____________________________ Contact Phone Home: ____________________________ Mobile Phone: ____________________
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Summer Sports got under way this week and on this Saturday 22nd September we have trials and skills Assessments for Years 7, 8 and 9 cricketers at the School nets and adjacent fields from 9-30am – 1-00pm.
This will be an exciting season at High, where all teams will benefit from team coaches and the addition of sport specialists currently training at the School who will contribute to a broader base for smaller groups to learn and practise basic skills leading into regular team positions on Saturdays. All cricketers will be allocated to team squads of 12 players so that we achieve maximum participation for all and still have the opportunity to be selected in a higher team through their individual performances throughout the season.
To be a member of the cricket community at High those selecting cricket must be available to play on AAGPS Saturdays for the School during the season. Club cricketers who completed their commitment to their Club’s at the conclusion of Term 1 are expected to be available for selection in High teams. If players cannot commit to being available for all or the greater majority of matches, they should select another sport.
Cricket relies on committed team players who want to achieve recognition in their sport and strive to be the best in their particular skills, whether it is batting, bowling, fielding or wicket keeping.
Our direction in the 2007-08 season is to lose the tag of just being “nice blokes and enthusiastic on the field to play against” whilst they pile on heaps of runs, and to become “tough, consistent, competitive and play like winners every time we walk onto the field”
Open Squad Camp
Alcohol, Drugs and Teenagers
As parents we all wonder how best to discuss the complex issues of drugs and alcohol with our teenage children, and how to guide and assist them to make healthy life choices. Many of us are uncertain of the latest scientific data on drugs; and we often don’t know how much information or misinformation our boys have gathered themselves.
To clarify these issues and to provide a forum for our questions the P&C has invited an expert in the field to address the parents at the October P&C Meeting.
Who : Mr Paul Garufi, Drug and Alcohol Consultant for the Department of Education
When : Wednesday 17 October 2007 at 7:30 pm, in the first week of Term 4
Where: Staff Common Room, Sydney Boys High
Mr Garufi has a wealth of experience in talking to students, teachers and parents about these issues.
As part of Mr Garufi’s presentation there will be ample time allocated to answer any questions you may have. Parents are invited to join us in great numbers for this fascinating meeting.
After Mr Garufi’s presentation the P&C Meeting will proceed as per agenda.Return to Index
Canteen Price List
All canteen profits are returned to the school for the benefit of the boys’ education and development.Return to Index
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
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