High Notes, Vol 8 No 37, November 30 2007
From the Principal
School Council Endorsed 125th Celebrations
The Sydney High Development Committee
New School Shirts on sale
SHS Old Boys Union
Did you know?
Academic Achievement List - Year 7 2007
Congratulations to the following boys in Year 7 whose excellent academic achievements in Semester 2 are recognised.Jonathan Adhika
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Academic Achievement List – Year 8 2007
Congratulations to the following boys in Year 8 whose excellent academic achievements in Semester 2 are recognised.
Linguistic Logistics: Languages Faculty
Why Study Classics?
The ancient Romans spoke the language of the district they inhabited. This region was called Latium and was, of course, located in Italy, in the area where the city of Rome is found. Hence, their language was called LATIN, not Roman.
Latin belongs to a group of languages known as the Indo-European group. These languages include the following: Indian (as Sanskrit), Iranian (as Persian), Greek (ancient and modern), Italic, Celtic, Germanic, Slavonic (such as Russian). All these languages have a common link to Latin.
The Romans became a world Super-Power, an Empire that spread all through the Mediterranean, England, and Africa. Wherever they settled, they “Romanised” the people and places they had conquered. This means that the people of these regions had to adopt the ways –and, importantly, the language- of the Romans. Thus, Latin became the basis of many modern languages. From Latin are derived the “Romance languages” of French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Roumanian.
In Britain, particularly in the South, the Romans established an outpost of their Empire, and many Latin words were absorbed into the Anglo-Saxon language then spoken. Over 85% of English vocabulary is derived from Latin!
In order to understand the English language thoroughly it is necessary to have a knowledge of Latin.
In most branches of Literature, we are indebted to Greek and Roman models. Milton’s “Paradise Lost” and Dante’s “Inferno” are all interpretations of Vergil’s “Aeneid”, the extraordinary epic based on Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey”. In addition to Literature, the areas of Art, Law, Medicine, Mathematics, Science and Engineering are all indebted to the Greeks and Romans. Did you know that recently a discovery was made of certain metallic parts that archaeologists believe may be the internal workings of an ancient Computer? Euclid, a Greek, was the Father of Geometry, and Archimedes’
Principle is studied today. The great thinkers, like Socrates, Plato and Aristotle, handed down their “Philosophy”, while the Classical World gave us heroes, like Alexander the Great.
Logic, analytical skills, correct use of language, a facility for acquiring another language, a deep understanding of World Literature, even Debating and Public Speaking skills…all these can be yours when you study Classics. Tolkien was a Professor of Languages in England. He knew the Classics. His epic “The Lord of the Rings” is more popular than ever before. J.K. Rowling has relied on the many interesting tales and characters of Greek and Roman mythology for her Harry Potter books, the world’s best-selling fiction this century! Latin and Classical Greek, far from being “dead” languages, are more “living languages” than ever before. There is a world-wide revival of the Classics: the film industry, fully aware of this revival, is giving us such epics as “Gladiator”, “Troy” and “300”.
A “Classical Education” is respected. In past years, anyone studying Medicine at Sydney University had to know Latin and Greek! Sadly, in the fast-paced, career-driven world of the 21st Century, the Classics are not viewed by some as leading to a vocation. This view is unfounded; the study of Latin or Greek does not prevent you from becoming a Doctor, Lawyer, Scientist or Computer expert. In fact, the study of the Classical languages can help you to achieve your career goal more effectively.
Year 8 2008
An excursion to the Italian Forum (in Leichhardt, not Rome) will have year 8 dining in fine style
on Pizza and Gelato, while contemplating the legacy of ancient Rome to the modern world.
From the Library
New Library news from the Development Committee
The financial situation is that $500,000 is in the kitty. The Development Committee is determined to try to raise the crucial next $500,000 to begin the project by the end of 2010.
Dr Jaggar’s suggestion for raising this money was to try the one off levy method used successfully by Sydney Girls High last year. This would make this an historic levy to mark the 125th Anniversary of Sydney Boys High in a significant and lasting way. If every parent at High were to pay this one off levy the school would raise the $500,000 in one hit. We would appreciate your feedback about this suggestion.
The idea was also to also request this amount from Old Boys as it is very likely that their contribution will be needed to make the new library a possibility in the foreseeable future. It is hoped that the Sydney High OBU will assist in the disseminating of this historic request.
Some of the social and memorial events scheduled to take place in the 125th Year, 2008, will also be fundraising events to promote the New Library Project. So I hope these events will be enthusiastically supported by all of you.
Furthermore Dr Jaggar has commissioned the architect, Simon Chan, to go ahead and prepare a Development Application. He had been greatly heartened by the generosity of parent donations over the last five years and is therefore confident enough of his income stream to contemplate paying off a loan for the building.
Two fabulous book donations- many thanks
Old Boy - Class of 1937 - Eric Aarons. He is the author of all 3 books
It is really fabulous when year 12 boys who are leaving have the thoughtfulness to donate their Study Guides to help out other boys in the school. This has happened again this year and thanks to Kevin Lee, Year 12 2007 the Library now has possession of:
The second donation was from Eric Aaron’s class of 1937 and is a wonderful and historic addition to the Old Boys Collection. This collection is in a very prominent place in the Library and is a continuous inspiration to our students. In fact I have just realised we should publish its contents on the Website – a very small 2008 project. Thanks to Eric for his books, Philosophy for an Exploding World and What’s Left
Library Renewals – Please hit return button on portal email to email us.
Rifle Club officially opens J W Sweet Clubhouse
James Sweet was Secretary of the Sydney High School Rifle Club in 1931. He went on to win the National, South Australian and West Australian Queen's Prizes for Rifle Shooting, as well as representing Australia on numerous occasions. In total, James Sweet won more than 450 first places in open competitions in a shooting career spanning 56 years. In 1982, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to the sport of target rifle shooting.
The ceremony at Malabar also unveiled a plaque for the New England Girls School (NEGS) Target Rifle Club, recognising the close association between Sydney High and NEGS. NEGS are hosted at the clubhouse each year for GPS training, and toured with Sydney High and TAS to the Millennium Meeting and World Championships at Bisley, England in 2000.
The J W Sweet Clubhouse and Educational Centre provides a home for Sydney High target shooters at the ANZAC Range, is also equipped with a kitchen, barbecue facilities and a whiteboard, and can be used for other school functions.
The Sydney Boys High School first competed in target rifle shooting in 1883, and the Rifle Club continues to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for students to participate in Olympic and Commonwealth Games target shooting disciplineReturn to Index
From the High Store
Special thanks to my wonderful High Store helpers who made Orientation Day run smoothly & successfully. Andy Freiman, Julie Blomberg, Christina Chow, Jenni Rajendram, Ann Aylmer & check out chick Esther Palau. Also special thanks to Agnes & Bianca who got the store ready for orientation day.
Student Award Scheme
Closing dates for 2007
Year 11: Tuesday 27 November
Unfortunately, claims made after the closing date cannot be processed.
Annual Music Awards Dinner
The cost of the dinner will be $25.00 for students and children under 16 and $30.00 for adults
Please make payments to the front office by Monday the 3rd of December 2007 (Week 8) as we need to finalise numbers for catering. We greatly appreciate your prompt reply and look forward to your company on that evening.
Please fill in, detach and return the slip below to the Main Office with your payment
Annual Music Dinner Ticket
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SBHS Music Supporters Group
SBHS offers an impressive performance music program that caters to all levels of talent and experience. Currently it offers percussion and string ensembles and concert and stage bands at junior, intermediate and senior levels; a large guitar ensemble, a choral group and a symphony orchestra. The SBHS marching band represents the school at the Sydney Anzac Day March and each year the Great SBHS Piano Competition presents talented competitors at both senior and junior levels. It is one of the most comprehensive music performance programs in any of the selective schools, involving over 220 boys and reflects excellence in performance at all levels.
The SBHS Music Supporters Group (parents) provides the Music Department with both financial and practical support to help enable them to offer this program - if your son is joining one ensemble, or more, at SBHS we would like to invite you to join the SBHS Music Supporters Group.
Last year, through its parking and other fundraising activities, the Group provided over $17,000 worth of instruments and music to the school, funded music workshops, scholarships for instrumental tuition and other activities.
The group also assists in organising the showcase concerts throughout the year, including the Cabaret Night – an evening of Jazz and dancing, and the annual Music Awards Dinner where boys are recognized for their talent and commitment to the music program. We also provide barbeques for the boys at other music events through the year.
Being a SBHS Music Supporter does not require a huge commitment of your time. The group meets once or twice a term, usually on a Monday night, at the school. Discussion is usually focussed on instrumental requirements, fundraising and planning for upcoming performance events, though any music issues can be raised. You may have experience or contacts to help our fundraising for the music program or you may just like to attend to learn more about your son’s performance music experience at SBHS. Members of the music staff always attend the supporters group meetings and we try to keep the meetings short and to the point! As a supporter you may volunteer your time once or twice during the year to assist with our fundraising parking, help on a barbeque or assist at a performance event.
YES, I WOULD LIKE TO JOIN SBHS MUSIC SUPPORTERS GROUP
Email: ____________________________________________ Tel: _________________
Son’s Name: _______________________________________ Roll Class: ___________
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SBHS Rowing Committee
End of Year Rowing Events
The sheds are buzzing with the boys in full training and they performed creditably in the recent Parramatta River rowing event. Their next day of racing will be early on Saturday 15th when they compete in the annual shed race. The crews row down the river in a handicapped event competing against each other. This is a spectacle worth seeing and is prior to the Boat Naming Ceremony.
Hope to see you at the Rowing Sheds
Basketball: Shootin' Hoops
Term 1 2007
Term 4 2007
Congratulations to the 16s on a clean sweep once again against Scots. This time without many of their star players who’re now in firsts and seconds, the 16s have still managed to double the opposition’s score in the As division! Mention must go to the 16Bs who came out of the intense overtime with the 3point lead! The 15s forwards are establishing themselves as an elite squad! With outstanding performances of 8blocks and 15 rebounds they’ll prove to be a powerful force in the GPS within the coming years! Maybe we’ll see some of them in firsts or seconds next year! Keep up the hard work guys!
Mr Hayman's Player of the Week
To team captains
C.Morrow 8blocks 15As
Iznad 15rebounds 15Bs
B.Yang 32points 4ths
A.Ng 23points 7ths
Tactical Game play #2
~Brought to you by Johny Shih
Rowing Family Regatta
The Sydney High Rowing Committee cordially invites all Sydney High students, parents, teachers and supporters to the
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A satisfying start for Group 1 teams although it will take some gutsy cricket in the 1st and 2nd XIs matches to get the points as we continue our ‘blitz” on Scots. The 3rd XI is in a strong position, the16As are back in their match having Scots 4 wkts down and the 15As consider they can achieve a victory if they play patiently and sensibly. The Group 2 teams achieved 2 Wins and one loss in the Under 15s which was a solid performance across their age group. The 16 Bs achieved their maiden victory and if ever a team deserved it, it is this group of cricketers. None of them are champions, but their commitment in turning out every week, sometimes short of players due to promotions and replacements for injuries in teams above them, is commendable. Well done boys you deserved that win.
DOUBLE BONUS POINTS – Junior Cricketer of the Season
HALF SEASON STATISTICS
AUSTRALIAN 5 HIGHS CARNIVAL
AROUND THE GROUNDS- GROUP 1. (Day 1)
1st XI HIGH 10 -98 - V - SCOTS 5 -109
2nd XI HIGH 8 -113 - V - SCOTS
3rd XI HIGH 8 -243 - V - SCOTS
16As HIGH 9 -141 - V - SCOTS 4 -47
15As HIGH 0 -7 - V- SCOTS 10 -243
14As HIGH 0 -9 - V - SCOTS
GROUP 2. (Limited 30 /30 Overs)
4th XI HIGH 5 157 - defeated- SCOTS 10 -128
16Bs HIGH 4 -85 - defeated - BARKER 10 -84
15Bs HIGH 7 -159 defeated - SCOTS 5 -153
15Ds ST.PATRICK’S 3 -73 - defeated - HIGH 10 -69
No reports received from the14Bs and 14Cs
Let’s finish Term 4 off with a big effort to get all of our teams up onSat 1st Dec as our
“V for Victory Day”
The Australian Five Highs Cricket Carnival will be held in Sydney from December 3 to December 7, SBHS are hosts this year.
There will be 52 Boys coming from interstate who will require billeting for 5 nights. The boys will be playing cricket all day and basically need somewhere to sleep along with an evening meal. If you can help we would greatly appreciate your support and generosity.
Year 7 Parent Dinner
You are all invited to an informal get-together on
WEDNESDAY 5 DECEMBER AT 7PM
Just good food and good company to celebrate the end of the year.
If you would like to come along please contact on of the following:
Chinese New Year Celebration
Saturday 23rd February 2008, SBHS School Hall
The School Development Committee and the P & C invite you to celebrate the New School Year and the Chinese New Year (The Year of the Rat) on Saturday 23 Feb 2008
Asian food, Entertainment, Music, Prizes, Lion Dance, etc
We need your help to make this a fantastic evening for the school community. We would love to have donations from Businesses (particularly involved with the School) to give as small prizes on the night, or items that would add to the enjoyment of the night.
We need volunteers to help in all phases of the preparations e.g. give ideas, help in setting up, decorating and clearing etc. We would like you to put the date in your Diary and come to the party.
Cost: $25 per adult & high school student
Payment to reserve your place is to be received at the school by 7 December 2007
From the Office
If you require leave for your son please, apply in writing and address your application to the Principal, Dr Jaggar, stating the reason and length of time of the leave. Your son must then present this application to Dr Jaggar for permission for the leave. Please remember to apply before the leave and not after.
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Year 8 Parent Dinner
You are all invited to an informal get-together on
Wednesday 5th December at 7pm
No agenda; just good food and good company to celebrate the end of the year.
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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