High Notes, Vol 8 No 31, October 19 2007
From the Principal
Welcome Back to Term 4
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Distinguished guests, School Family representatives, parents of School Prefects Elect, staff, students – welcome to our 124th Foundation Day Assembly. We welcome back a previous School Captain from 1967, Jon Isaacs, as our guest speaker today. Our celebration today serves a dual purpose. We look backwards to our foundation on October 1, 1883. We also look towards the future as our elected leaders take their places in long established roles. Traditions of leadership are very important to the story of our school. As I browse through The Record I am struck by how parallel High activities are in the broader school community, even generations removed in time. There is something grounded in an educational experience which focuses on timeless qualities such as initiative, team work, self help, visionary planning, engagement, generosity and persistence.
Fifty years ago, the Headmaster K.J. Andrews, addressed the school at the Prefects Investiture Assembly, held in February that year. He said in his speech that those who have shown the willingness to serve loyally, invariably become those who in turn are chosen to lead. To accept discipline while at the same time developing powers of leadership fits the pupil of today to become the prefect of tomorrow. Mr Andrew’s sentiments on leadership are still descriptive of leadership training today. ‘Distributive leadership’ and ‘leaders as followers’ are topics of training sessions for modern leadership. The experience of being led seems integral to the development of leadership skills.
Prefects in 1957 also had to demonstrate what was referred to then as “undiminishing interest in many school activities”. Today’s leaders have to demonstrate sustained participation in many areas of school life in order to qualify to be included on the ballot paper for election. We have a more formal, documented system now through our Student Awards Scheme, but the sentiment is the same – demonstrate your involvement over time if you want to represent your peers and your school. It is remarkable how similar the attitudes, efforts and aspirations of past High leaders resemble those same qualities that exemplify our 36 inductees today.
Kerry Rubie was school captain in 1957. He represented as Vice-Captain of the 1st XV which won the CHS rugby title and was selected in the Combined CHS 1st XV. He was Captain of Boats and a member of the 1st VIII which won the Head of the River. He swam for the school every year. He was Cadet Under Officer in the school’s cadet unit. David Vien, captain elect for 2008, has proven himself in rowing and rugby in similar fashion to Kerry Rubie. Traditions connect us to our history and provide the purposeful anchor that we need to inspire us to goal directed effort.
In many ways, according to the old aphorism, the more things change, the more they remain the same. John Lambert was the debating Master in 1957. He went on to become a distinguished educator and retired to establish the Independent Anglican School System in western Sydney. The first grade team completed the season runners-up in CHS and GPS after being ‘narrowly defeated’ in a ‘closely contested’ debate against Riverview. (Our 2007 team would empathise well with those students.) High fielded four teams in the ‘Chess in Schools’ competition. The ISCF was active, along with the camera Club and a choir of 30 voices.
The High Club was established with 400 members after acquiring premises on the 43rd floor of 41 York St. Sydney. The foresight and initiative of past High students benefit today’s cohort. The High Club still donates significant sums of money annually to the school. I commend the High Club and its social activities to you. It is now holding networking functions to add value to its membership.
In 1957 the school was preparing for its 75th anniversary with a history to be compiled by Ken Cable, Arch Ferguson and Vic Barnes. The OBU was to sponsor a 75th Anniversary Ball in conjunction with SGHS and a 75th Anniversary Dinner. We have had similar planning proposals for the 125th anniversary celebrations in 2008.
In 1957 the ‘High Bulletin’ was born as an amalgamation of the separate publications of the OBU and the High Club. The first two 8-page editions were well received. We have had a recent revival of High Bulletin and a school-based publication High Flyer. I trust that current students see the necessity for volunteers to get involved in preparing material or helping to edit and publish school generated attempts to keep the wider High community informed about activities at our school.
Also in 1957, a Trust Fund was planned to raise substantial funds towards the celebration of the centenary year in 1983. The Centenary Building Fund grew out of that idea and has been maintaining and expanding school assets ever since.
We are now embarking on an even grander project for our 125th year using various tax deductible vehicles to attract donors. People associated with High have always had the capacity to take a longer term view of where their current efforts might lead. They have seen a greater good than self interest and have worked to build the iconic institution that High has become today.
At the McKay Fields, a post and rail fence was erected in 1957 using a large donation by an Old Boy of material and mustered volunteer P & C labour to erect it. Grading work, top dressing and re-grassing helped to expand the playing area to three operational fields. The second storey of the Fairland Pavilion was being completed to service the extra demands associated with games being played on three fields. Ironically, we have a Foundation proposal before the Centennial Part Trust to restore the playing fields to higher standards to accommodate GPS fixtures. We have a vision for three turf wickets and five playing fields for winter games.
Recurrent preoccupations at High encompass the pursuit of academic excellence as a given. A High educational experience has always been about more than academics. Co-curricular activities involving partnerships between parents, Old Boys, staff and students are foundations of our culture. The need to maintain and improve facilities to participate in these activities is also fundamental and endless. The acquisition of resources and coaching expertise is likewise ongoing and essential. Our School Prefects are elected to preserve, protect and enhance our school culture. They connect us to our past and assure our future. I know that they will serve as inspirational models to their younger peers and as reassuring figures for staff, parents and alumni. I congratulate all the young men being honoured today.
Summer Sports Assembly – Cricket and Basketball
Good morning to staff, students, parents, coaches and our special guest, Mr Dean Uthoff. This is our third annual preseason summer sports assembly acknowledging the start this weekend of GPS competition for two sports – basketball and cricket. I would like to congratulate the two-dozen people involved in delivering the basketball program to 300 boys. Ben Hayman has put in a lot of effort and refined the coaching and training interface to produce a higher standard again for next season and has attracted some quality players to join our program. Pre-season preparation has been ramped up too. Thank you to Alex Hayman for his input into first grade and to the evergreen Vince Salomon for his tireless support to basketball over many years. Thank you particularly to George and Christina Chow and the basketball committee for their great work in financial management and kiosk operation. I hope to be able to increase provision of practice facilities on The Flat this summer. High levels of participation in sport are fundamental to our school philosophy. Inevitably, our basketball program will expand to meet the demand and match our competitor schools. To do this, increased resources – financial and physical – will need to be assigned to the sport. I expect our basketball teams to have competitive depth this year. In GPS competition I predict that first and second grade will win quite a few games between them.
The cricket program has matured also with our connection with Sydney University Sport and the Green Shield Competition. Under the expert guidance of Richard Ayre, Laurie Heil and Hugh Howey, a squad of committed and talented cricketers has been developed. We have the services of more expert coaches and more boys will be able to face accurate fast bowling in the nets courtesy of our machines. Younger students with talent and drive are staking their claims to represent the school in first or second grade. Our new cricket nets will come into their own this year with the construction of a shed to hold two bowling machines, making manoeuvring the machines in and out much easier. Thank you to Laurie Heil and Ben Ingle for their work over the holidays to help support cricketers. The cricket participation is also expanding as students respond to the professionalism of the program. We are looking for more team managers for junior sides. We are increasing our financial and personnel commitments to broaden, deepen and enhance the enjoyment and satisfaction derived from sport at all levels.
In every competition the standard of GPS sport has changed since I have been Principal. It is not a matter of turning up to play. I think many more teams now expect better preparation from their members. You are doing the training for your team, to maximise its potential as much as to perform well yourself. Much more preparation is required by everybody, just to be competitive. We will be introducing training ligs for 2008 so that each boy will have a record of what regular training he has done prior to the commencement of the season he wishes to compete in.
This morning I want to share with you a story about preparation. Nigel Websdale, a rather unique trainer, once told an athlete that he was ‘soft’ but that he could be fixed with an alternative diet and a belief in his workout regime. The athlete believed that “two things we all need in life but don’t get are direction and discipline.” He took up the challenge from this eccentric conditioner. The diet was buckwheat, steamed vegetables, miso paste and ginseng tablets. The exercise regime revolved around a chin-up bar, doing lateral raises, chin-ups and leg raises not up to the chest but straight up to the bar. On the first day he managed just three leg raises. Three months later he was doing 10 repetitions of 20. He also did ‘roller work’ starting with a hand-held wheel and ending with the bumper bar of a car parked in neutral that he would roll back and forth in a kneeling position.
At the beginning of this period of training, the athlete found the routines very demanding and the results far from encouraging but “the thought of a new body to match a tougher mind was very appealing”. In his self-talk the athlete would do 17 leg raisers and say ‘that’s enough- no one will know I haven’t done 20’. However, his sense of direction prevailed and he mustered the psychological discipline to win those little battles with himself and complete the workouts set for him. The athlete was Steve Waugh, already a test cricketer, recovering from a stress fracture in the back sustained in the 1989 Ashes tour of England. He emerged from the adversity of injury and recovery a fitter, stronger person than he was before he was injured.
This episode impressed me because of the exhibition of will power and focus applied to a physical conditioning program. As he described it: ”the only person I needed to impress was myself”. Your improvement physically is really predetermined by your mental conviction and desire to reach your goals. All of you who wish to represent your school need to develop these habits of mind, even if you cannot reach the same physical goals that a professional athlete like Steve Waugh did. A healthy diet and regular, challenging exercise will build your sense of well being and ‘core strength’ the way it did for Steve Waugh. It only takes a few months for remarkable differences in performance to be achieved.
I welcome this morning Mr Dean Uthoff, NBL Hall of Fame basketball player. Dean played for
Nunawading, Eastside Melbourne and Sydney. He played 260 NBL games and scored 3,755 points, with
3,369 rebounds and 725 assists. He is ranked third all-time in NBL for his 60% career field goal
average. He holds the NBL’s record for 34 rebounds in a game and the highest average at
18.5 rebounds per game for the 1984 season. Nick-named the ‘Man Mountain’
(6’10”) Dean is supporting basketball as the Sydney Kings Community and Development
Manager. He recently ran the successful ‘Kings Cup’ attracting 29 teams. Please make
welcome Mr Dean Uthoff
Sailing Committee Annual General Meeting
Saturday, 20 October 2007 at 8.00 am at Woollahra Sailing Club Board Room
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The Children’s Medical Research Institute and Jeans for Genes, being a nominated
SBHS charity, are organising a new fundraiser program, Gift Wrap for a Cause. This year
gift wrapping will take place at Myer Bondi Junction, Sydney City and Parramatta from 7-24
December and at Rhodes Shopping Centre from 15-24 December. The idea is simple – customers
purchase a Christmas item and Jeans for Genes volunteers wrap it for a small donation. Currently
they are seeking volunteers who would like to assist staff gift wrap at the above locations. This
is a perfect opportunity for students to fulfil their Duke of Edinburgh community service or
receive community service award points for their school award system. Students need to be 16
years or older. Information and clear instructions will be provided to students before they
commence. A certificate and reference letter (when requested) will be forwarded to students for
inclusion in their resume. For further information and to apply go to the website www.jeans4genes.com.au and click on How Can I
Help/School Genie/Special Event Genie.
SHS Old Boys Union
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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.
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Welcome back from the holidays, we hope you had a wonderful break and are all well rested. This term will be a busy one for music with our Jazz in the courtyard concert, Spring Music Festival, Music Awards Assembly and Music Dinner. Please check the calendar or High Notes for these upcoming events and make a note in your diaries. The boys have worked very hard over the year in their ensembles and will be playing a variety of entertaining works at the concerts. Making a debut will be our new percussion ensembles run by our Marching Band director, Matthew Capper. We hope to see you there and thank you in advance for your support over the year.
GPS Music Festival Photos
Surry Hills Festival
Tutor of the Week – Ann Worthington
Teaching and playing the violin has been an ongoing pursuit for as long as I can remember with a number of students now in the music profession. – Ann.
Student of the Week – Yiwei Han
Annual General Meeting of the Debating Supporters Group
Tuesday, November 6 at 6.30 pm in the Staff Common Room.
All parents of the Debating Community at SBHS are invited and encouraged to attend the AGM in order to review the past season and to plan for 2008.
This is your opportunity to contribute to shaping the program and the future of Debating at High. Next year there are due to be some significant changes and additions to the program, so to find out more about these and to elect office bearers for 2008 please come along and participate actively in your school community.
Debating is not a spectator sport!
Ms Jocelyn Brewer
Sydney Boys High Cricket
Welcome to Term 4 and the start of the cricket season. On the first weekend of the holiday period 33 cricketers from Years 8 to Year 11 attended the cricket camp which proved to be a very successful forum for many to show their skills and potential to make our 1st and 2nd XIs. On Saturday 29th September the boys formed and after warm-ups and administration went into the nets and to fielding drills under the control of the 1st XI Coach Hugh Howey, supported by the Head Teacher Sport Richard Ayre, Malik and Tariq Razeen, Dinuka Gunasekera, Cameron Heil and the MIC cricket. In addition to the coaching support the bowling machine was also put into full operation to support the batting skills of the participants and was judged by the group to be an exciting and fulfilling apparatus in their search for improved technique. During the morning session Dick Ayre conducted a “back-to-basics” batting session for the whole group where basic technique faults were identified and ways in which these can be eliminated from players’ techniques. All aspects were then practised with the coaches moving among the squad providing on-the-spot feedback.
After lunch additional sectional drills were conducted in conjunction with the nets and the evening session conducted by Hugh Howey provided off field considerations and some lighter moments with the group’s participation.
On Sunday 30th September, after warm-ups we continued with the nets and senior squad members assisted with planned drills and techniques introduced on the previous day and the camp concluded mid-afternoon after lunch. The squads were announced for the Trial Match against Waverley College for Monday 8th Oct and the inter squad mixed teams trial for Thursday 11th Oct at Kensington Oval. I was impressed by the attitude of some of the Years 8 and 9 boys who were not named in the open squads who were obviously disappointed but they had shown the ability to be considered for promotion in the near future should they keep performing. These lads have automatically been included in considerations for the Barberis Cup squad which will see a selected team travel to Melbourne for a 2 match defence against Melbourne High.
New Cricket Storeroom
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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
High for Homeless
Want to have a first hand encounter with poverty in Sydney? Want some experience in practical community service? Want your eyes to be opened to the inequality and injustice that is basically on our doorstep?
High for Homeless (H4H) is a new program being run that encourages students from Sydney Boys High to volunteer at the soup kitchen at the Matthew Talbot’s Hostel for homeless men, in Woolloomooloo. The goal of this program is to help people – not just to help the homeless in a practical ‘hands-on’ way, but to change how the youth of today see inequity in their society and thus to appreciate the opportunities they have. Whilst anybody can casually volunteer at the Talbot, the advantage of H4H is that it is student-focused, making this opportunity more accessible. What can I expect as a Volunteer? You can expect the work to be VERY simple as it constitutes either helping collect plates and cutlery and cleaning up in the dining hall or helping in the kiosk/canteen. Furthermore, if time permits, volunteers will be given a tour of the large three storey hostel. Volunteers may also have a dinner meal, free of charge, after their shift. What has the response been like in the holidays? Simon Liu, a Yr 11 High boy, after having toured around the Talbot on 27 September, said: “It makes me realise how sheltered we are. It really opened up my eyes. I mean, Sydney is meant to be one of the most livable cities in the world. It almost makes me feel pretty angry.” Isaac Eveleigh, a Yr 8 High boy, after volunteering on a dinner shift on 25 September, said: “It hurt to see people suffering because someone else hasn’t had as much opportunity as me. Made me feel lucky, living in a house [and] having all the luxuries we take for granted. It changes how you see homeless people. Instead of seeing them as drug addicted weirdos, you see them as just not having the advantages that I have and having been ripped off by society.” The following 22 boys helped in their holidays:
An extended applause goes out to all of these boys!
When is H4H?
Friday 19 Oct, Week 1
The time period that we are going to be serving is: Dinner: 1625-1730
How do I get there?
Lockers are provided. Clothing will be school uniform (you will wear aprons over it so as not to get dirty).
Why should I volunteer?
How do I get involved?
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
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Canteen Price List
All canteen profits are returned to the school for the benefit of the boys’ education and development. Prices effective 16/7/07. Minor price changes will occur as a direct result of increases by suppliers.