High Notes, Vol 8 No 39, December 14 2007
From the Principal
End of Year
School Certificate Tests
Music Awards Dinner
Visual Arts Exhibition
From the Library
Thanks to Clay Kesting and Kerry Eaton who have donated Monkey Undercover, Atticus of Rome and Love me Tender after a professional (in their own time) visit to Scholastic Press.
Big thanks also to Nikita Slinko Year 9 for his donation of the newest Patricia Cornwell novel.
Library Heralds – Boys Reading (please attend to this now)
Would parents please assist their sons to keep up that reading by attending to the online order now?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
Saturday Dec 15TH from 5 – 8 PM
You will either be accepting money and issuing tickets or showing the drivers where to park. There is plenty of help and support available and for those parents and boys who are new to parking, it is good fun (much better than a cake stall).
Debating Supporters Group- AGM 2007 Minutes
Meeting Commenced 6.30pm
Office positions for 2008
Meeting closed at 7.55pm
Information for new parents 6.30pm
General meeting 7.30pm
Ms Jocelyn Brewer
SBHS Rowing Committee
The past week has seen a lot of activity at the rowing sheds with Melbourne High visiting, Years 7 and 8 rowers camping and Year 9 seat racing for positions in the Year 10 VIIIs.
It was interesting and enjoyable hosting a Year 10 VIII crew and three staff members from Melbourne High last week. Arriving on the Thursday they camped with our boys at the sheds and were up and out on the water early Friday morning. The Melbourne boys were billeted to High boys for the Friday and Saturday nights with thanks to the Deacon, Denny-Smith, Whiting, Schilling, Chant, Chen and Blomberg families.
The two schools raced on Saturday and Sunday mornings as VIIIs and quads with High racing very well in the first & second Year 10 VIIIs. This is reported in more detail below by Andrew Blomberg and George Denny-Smith. A highlight was one of the Melbourne High staff, Sonny Chua, playing magnificently at the High Music Awards Dinner on Saturday night.
Gareth Deacon, our Junior Captain of Boats, gave the farewell speech and expressed how High were looking forward to experiencing the Yarra in February next year. A big thank you is extended to our Rowing Master, Mr Barris, for organizing the annual exchange program.
Years 7 and 8 crews had successful camps on Sunday and Monday nights with eager parents helping with the cooking and staying for the night with the boys. Thank you to those parents. Year 9 boys arrived at the sheds early Tuesday morning to seat race for positions in the Year 10 VIIIs. Crews were decided and now we need to see commitment from all rowers during the January holidays.
There are camps for all senior rowers in January with As camping 15th – 22nd, 25th and 28th, and B & Cs camping 23rd, 24th and 31st.
The High Regatta starts the GPS racing season on Saturday 2nd February 2008.
Finally, as we finish the first half of the season, I would like to thank the enthusiastic hard working committee, and all the parents, for their commitment to running camps, BBQs, cooking, fund raising and getting their boys to and from the sheds at difficult hours of the day. It’s a mammoth effort on many people’s part.
Melbourne High Rowing Visit
Last week we had the annual visit from Melbourne High. The Melbourne boys arrived on the Thursday afternoon and rowed 2 sessions with us. As they were not used to the rougher water than that experienced on the Yarra and the Rivercats which produce more wash, they struggled to keep up. An exciting night followed in which all boys interacted and learnt about each others lifestyles on the river. In the morning it was back to solid rowing with a 5 o’clock start and yet another row at about 9. We then spent the day walking the exotic Sydney coastline until ending up at Coogee for a barbeque and a swim. As a storm approached, we went our separate ways taking our billets back to our own houses.
With no surprises, we were back at the sheds at quarter to seven to begin the first instalment of races. These were contested in eights. All 3 races were won by Sydney High 1sts with ease while the 2nds fiercely competed as Melbourne struggled in different conditions. The Melbourne boys were then taken to the city to see a movie and experience the tradition of ‘all-you-can-eat’ pizza hut. Records were broken as we munched through many a pizza. After some more wandering, exploring Sydney, we went back to our homes to rest up for the quad races the next day, which was Sunday.
Despite the thoughts that Melbourne would be better at quads, the more difficult conditions meant
that both the 1st and 2nd quad beat both Melbourne quads in all 3 races. This meant that as far
as racing goes, it was a clean sweep. As this was the last day there were many photographs taken
and goodbyes said. We look forward to our visit to the Yarra in February.
On Thursday 6th December, Melbourne High came up for their annual rowing exchange with the school. We were looking forward to this as it would be our test against another school and we wanted to see if our training paid off. We camped on the Thursday and kept the Melbourne boys entertained with our tales. Watching them row on the day made us think they wouldn’t be as big a challenge as we thought.
On Friday we rowed again but didn’t stay with each other and later on the non-billeters left for school while the billeters and their billets stayed to practise rowing in the quads. The Melbourne boys looked a lot better in a quad than an eight so thought we’d have a tougher time doing our quad races. We left the sheds to take the Melbourne people on the Sydney Coastal walk from Tamarama to Coogee where we had lunch. It had been sunny all day and after walking in the sun everyone was keen to get in the water but as soon as lunch was finished the weather turned cloudy and a thunderstorm was on its way.
Some of us still stayed for a while before splitting up and taking our billets home. Saturday saw the eights races take place, where the Sydney High 1st Yr 10 VIII dominated followed by some close and not so close races between 2nds and Melbourne. A trip to the movies and all you can eat pizza hut in the city was made after rowing to show the Melbourne boys a good time.
Most people ended up at Andrew Blomberg’s house before heading home. On Sunday we had the
quad races where both Sydney High quads comprehensively beat the Melbourne quads in a clean sweep
of the three races. After breakfast we had a group photo with everyone as a memento and then it
was time for the Melbourne boys to get to the airport. We developed new friendships during this
exchange and we look forward to travelling down to Melbourne next February. Thanks must go to Mr
Barris and the Melbourne coaches for organizing the trip.
Learn to Row
Successful Learn to Row program has been running out of “The Sheds” Sunday mornings since the beginning of 2007. Now supported by several community colleges participant numbers have jumped. Volunteer coaches are desperately needed to accommodate this rise in participants.
From the MIC-Various basketball associations in your area
There are no excuses boys. I expect that all players in the ‘A’ grade will attend the trials at an organisation and some ‘B’ grade. If you want to succeed in school basketball, get in the big league and it will be easy!!
Under 14s are born in 1994/95
Under 16s are born in 1992/93
Under 18s are born in 1990/91
Norths - www.nsba.com.au
Manly - www.manlybasketball.com.au/reps/
Hills - www.hills.basketball.net.au/_uploads/res/67_3179.pdf
Bankstown - www.bankstown.basketball.net.au/FS_extra.asp?id=1187orgID=62
Sutherland - www.sutherland.basketball.com.au/_uploads/res/155_31225.doc
Glebe - www.gbaonline.com.au/main.html
Parramatta - www.parramatta.basketball.net.au
Hornsby - www.hornsbyspiders.com.au/
Their trials have already started ... so I think this one is too late..... Boys can still make enquiries with the association if they are interested.
Sydney Comets - www.sydneybasketball.com.au/fs_home.asp
This information has kindly been provided by the Basketball committee for your benefit! Please
support your son in attending the sessions. When we have a minimum of five boys participating at
a representative level in each age group we will have success at school level.
Surviving HSC Presentation
Year 12 Parents 2008
a presentation for parents by Jane Sleeman on understanding and helping our sons through their HSC year
Tuesday 11 March 2008
6:15pm drinks and finger food
Jane is a school counsellor and a psychologist in private practice specialising in anxiety and depression in young people and adults. She gives presentations to a wide variety of audiences and is a facilitator with the Black Dog Institute. Most importantly to Jane she is the mother of three adolescents including one currently doing the HSC.
We are grateful to SBHS for funding the speaker.
RSVP: 4 March 2008
Phone: 0410 268 444Return to Index
From the High Store
Boys going into Year 10 2008 are required to wear white shirts with logo, senior tie and mid-grey trousers.
STOCK IS NOW AVAILABLE come in early to avoid long waiting times when back to school in Jan 2008.
Holiday Opening Times
These dates are very busy with new students, so avoid the rush and get next years uniform needs before the end of term!Return to Index
Taiwan International Youth Culture Conference
Between the 1st and 8th of December 2007, three Year 11 students travelled to Changhua Senior High School in Taiwan to attend the 2nd annual Youth Culture Conference. This conference was also attended by delegates from six other nations; USA, Russia, Taiwan, Ireland, Finland and Japan. The first 4 days saw us billeted with local students, followed by the remaining 3 days in a hotel on the outskirts of Taipei.
The first two days of the trip were dedicated to the economic discussion of brands and presentations of each nations’ cultural, social and commercial aspects. Kiril Mickovski (11), presented a paper on Fosters Group, whilst Nic Lochner (11) discussed Qantas and Ishan Nadkarni completed the trio with an in depth look into Billabong Clothing. Mr Storey, being the dedicated economics teacher that he is, made it his duty to instigate a lengthy discussion on globalisation and Taiwan’s political marketing. While Nic and Ishan were afforded the opportunity to mingle with the other nations, Kiril spent most of his time eating and attempting to converse with the local girls.
Following the formal nature of the conference, each night, everyone took part in festivities. A party on the first evening featured performances from local and international students. A Taiwanese Avril Lavigne, a tour of Buffalo, NY, Aussie stand-up, Russian folk dancing, a lesson on how to speak Finnish, Japanese martial arts and traditional Irish singing were amongst the acts.
The second night starred a bizarre Taiwanese banquet, as the food was endless and different, but highly enjoyable as it expressed an opportunity to further our understanding of the Taiwanese culture, as well as allowing us to chat with the other internationals. It was here that Mr Storey presented the CSHS principal with the school plaque and the history of Sydney High.
The rest of the trip was then packed with sight seeing and touring Taiwan: Visits to the Giant Buddha, various corporations and factories, Hospital and famous orchids. We also enjoyed spending time at the night markets where anything and everything was on sale. As we left Changhua for Taipei, we encountered several other Taiwanese landmarks. The world’s tallest building, longest intra-mountain tunnel, President’s office, the National Palace Museum and rocky beaches were amongst the itinerary. Since everything was over a half hour drive from one another, the time enabled us to communicate and create friendships with the other international students.
Not only was the trip highly enjoyable but also highly educational. The relationships that we
forged during the tour are ones that will remain forever with us. As the other teams departed
early in the morning, goodbyes were marred with tears and mutual sadness. All three students were
especially thankful for this opportunity, that very few students ever get to undertake, and would
like to sincerely thank Mr Storey, Mr Beringer and Dr Jaggar for support and assistance in making
the trip possible, and our billets; Annie, Tony and Winston and their families who were kind
enough to house us during our stay.
From the Canteen Team
$10 Thank You Voucher
Our December $10 Thank You Voucher has been won by Betty Lim. Thanks so much to Betty for being one of our happy band of volunteers. We know Andrew (11) will make good use of his voucher. Watch this space for next month’s winner!
More from the Canteen Team- Holidays fast approaching
It’s that time of year again and we hope you will all understand that not all your usual favourites will be available in canteen right through to the end, as we are running down stock in preparation for the long summer break.
Happy Holidays!Return to Index
Chinese New Year
23 February 2008
Tickets are selling fast. Please make sure you book your tickets as soon as possible, using the detachable portion of the invitation you received earlier.
Payment to be made at the school office.