High Notes, Vol 9 No 11, April 11 2008
From the Principal
9 Silver medals: Daniel O’Keefe (Championship Men's Single Scull), Timothy Gollan (U15 single scull), Lin, Pak, Wong, Jones (U15 quad scull), Musgrave, Whiting (U17 double scull), Street, Musgrave, Binns, Nguyen (U17 quad scull), Tian and Liao (U15 double scull), Santoso, Erikson, Horton, Street, c Desmond, (Championship Four coxed).
4 Bronze Medals: Koren Fang (U15 single scull), Stefanidis, Lee (U-16 double scull), Blomberg, Street (U17 double scull), Kelly, O’Keefe (Championship double scull). Congratulations to the competitors, Con Barris, his rowing staff, volunteers and the Rowing Committee.
The joint SBHS-SGHS Talent Quest was a great success. The boys and girls had some organised lunch time fun and raised >$2000 to be used for community service projects by the two schools. I would like to thank Varan Perananthan (Year 12), his committee, volunteer teacher supervisors and the audience for a very well organised and managed event.
Thank you to Dr Ganderton and his wife for their very significant donation of works of fiction, ecology and geography to our Library. Your gesture was greatly appreciated.
Congratulations to the Year 9 SRC group who raised a considerable sum to present David Chan with a framed, signed shirt from the Speed Blitz Blues. David was presented with the gift in a moving ceremony at the Cricket Dinner last Friday evening.
Winter Sport and Athletics
It may be possible in Football for a whole Year 10 team to train as 15s on Wednesdays. Our priority now is to raise fitness and skill levels. I must stress to coaches, staff and parents that we are not yet having selection trials in winter sports. Athletics is the focus until May 10. We are taking the opportunity to train boys in skills in rugby and football particularly, before the trial games start next term. The objective is to organise mass participation first and select teams later.
General Service Contributions
Cricket Season Wraps Up
On top of these attributes a successful program needs discipline. All teams have to focus on bowling to instructions with patient line and length bowling to thoughtfully set fields. Teams have to learn to bat to their instructions, building their innings together, according to the game plan. More mature shot selection by most players is an urgent need. Once we have all these elements in place we can confidently set ourselves goals – a GPS Premiership in first and second grade!
First Term 2008
On Wednesday 2nd April I competed in the Rostrum Voice of Youth Competition at the International
Grammar School. I felt extremely honoured to represent the school at public speaking in the
junior division, especially at a major competition like this. My topic was ‘Deeds not
words’, and I spoke about how people shouldn’t break promises, and that they should
act out what they say. There were seven other speakers, and by the time I had to speak I felt
like a huge expectation was placed on me. Although I did not win, it was a great experience with
a lot of feedback given to help me in future public speaking competitions. I can’t wait to
do it all again.
Congratulations to Zid Mancenido who has made it through to the Regional Final of the Rostrum
Voice of Youth Competition. We would also like to congratulate the following boys who represented
High in the first round of the competition: Anosh Sivashanmugarajah, Edwin Montoya, Hayden
Schilling, John Aclis, Zafar Ahmed, Christopher Chiam and Christopher Pinto.
SBHS: Foundation Years
Scholarships were made available at the entrance examination to boys under the age of 14 years and most candidates were very near to that maximum age. The ordinary fee-paying students who did not win scholarships at the entrance exams often enrolled at the age of 14 or 15 years. Some, who enrolled from Superior Public Schools or country schools, spent only one “finishing” year at Sydney High.
Slightly over 1,000 boys enrolled at Castlereagh Street. They were the sons of clerks and small tradespeople and came from all the settled parts of Sydney at the time. Of the 46 who enrolled in 1883, 7 came from what is now the CBD, 5 from Petersham and 4 from Paddington. The remainder were mostly scattered around the inner city and inner western suburbs. However, some came from the “country regions” of Riverstone and Penrith and even further afield from Menangle and Lithgow. The 1884 enrolment showed similar characteristics with 16 of the 122 coming from Balmain, 11 from Paddington, 9 from the CBD and 8 from Redfern, with some coming from as far afield as Bellebrook, Jerry’s Plains (near Singleton) and Kingston.
The “country boys” were accommodated closer to the school and either went home on weekends or, if from further afield, only on vacations. Some boarded with the headmaster and his wife in their home on Moore Park Road.
Unlike today, facilities for the pupils were few and any extra-curricular activities had to be organised by the boys themselves. Although some masters did show an interest in extra-curricular and sporting activities, it was not then generally the custom for masters to get involved. Indeed, there is evidence that the Department of Public Instruction actively discouraged such interests on the part of the masters, viewing them as a distraction from the main purpose of the School - to prepare boys for University. The Department took a similar view regarding the provision of other facilities for the boys.
Proper playground space or a gymnasium were also seen as inconsistent with the aims of a high school.
Other facilities were also poor or non-existent. There was no canteen at Castlereagh Street. An old boy from 1884 recalled:
Our “tuck shop” in those days was Holmes, the baker, in King St, where the best of pies, etc, were retailed at very low prices, and to see the procession to and fro at about 12.20 pm was indicative of the quality of the edibles.
Another old boy from 1884 recalled:
Those were the days, and how we used to appreciate three-pennorth of mixed boiled lollies from Prince's in Market Street, when we were rich enough to have them!
The boys’ toilets were also very far from up to scratch, as a letter in an 1888 issue of the School magazine records:
I noticed with much surprise that there was a piece of soap in the lavatory (!) the other day. Such a thing has not been seen there for an age, neither has there been a visible means of satisfying one’s thirst in a manner at all Christian-like.
The library facilities were also extremely limited. In early 1889, the school received a few dictionaries to form a “reference library”. The student-run Literary and Debating Society, which had been founded in June 1888, augmented this collection which was kept in a cupboard during the years at Castlereagh Street.
There was no official uniform, but the boys wore the school colours with pride. One old boy from the era recalled:
The boys' usual dress was either Eton jacket or sailor suits, all the boys wearing straw hats with the colours of the school as a band.
As already mentioned, the boys’ and the girls’ High Schools were strictly segregated
despite occupying different floors in the same building. It is recorded that the Headmaster
occasionally addressed the whole School on “the necessity for, and the wisdom of, totally
ignoring the proximity of the girls on the upper floor” and gave the boys the solemn advice
to give them a “wide berth”. On an unofficial level, there was a nearby dancing
school that pupils from each school attended and the girls occasionally put on a dance to which
they could invite any relatives they had amongst the boys. The word “relative” was
very loosely construed as a large proportion of the boys were present on these occasions,
although it should be noted that the dances were conducted “under the supervision of many
Robyn Meakin's Retirement Function
These musicians generously gave up their time on Sunday and played fabulous music for us to
enjoy. Well done. You created a wonderful atmosphere which was appreciated by each and every
From the Canteen
First up...our lucky volunteer $10 voucher winner for the month of March is Dani Hillier with Ben Hillier, in Year 8. We are sure Ben will enjoy choosing from our tasty menu!
Next we want to thank our wonderful staff and volunteers for so efficiently taking on the extra work presented by the Volleyball Tournament held at SHS in late March. We have had fantastic feedback from the very well satisfied organisers of the tournament.
Special thanks go to all the volunteers who turned out for extra duty to cope with the increased demand.
Holidays are fast approaching...we hope you will understand that towards the end of the
week our menu will be a more limited one, as we run down food stocks for the holidays.
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.
Please check your email regularly
A reminder to boys that they have all signed a Code of Conduct agreeing to behave in a suitable manner at all Debating activities. Breaching this code may result in boys being removed from Debating for a few weeks or altogether. We have over 100 boys debating this year and I don’t have the time, energy or patience to deal with people who don’t want to take Debating seriously.
Results- Eastside and FED Comp
Parking- Helpers sought
Kuringai Concerto Competition
Baroque Consorts and Banquet
Cost of tickets including dinner: $25.00 per head.
Please make payment to the front office by Friday 2nd of May, week 1
Marching Band rehearsals
ANZAC Day March
Annual Music Camp
Combined Selective School Music Festival
Music Calender for Term 2, 2008
This week was Highs invitational out at Homebush. There were a good number of High boys out there to push for selection in the second week of the athletics season and to see how far they had come in the last week of training. There were a number of mixed results, with the junior team performing really well and a lack of numbers hurting the senior team. Standout performers were Josh Tassel winning his 100m and 200m in 11.46 and 23.05 seconds respectively. Shadman Ali burned up the track with his quick running giving his competitors nothing in the 100m running 11.62 but was only just pipped at the line in the 200m. D Mah ran well, coming 3rd in his 13s hurdles race and P Prashan placed 2nd in his 14s 400m (59.71), and Sam Lane won his 15s 1500m (4:30.55). In the field David Ngyuen blasted his competitors away (11.25), Scott Renzenbrink leaped over all others in the 14s high jump (1.60). In the seniors Matthew Rusli performed strongly coming third in Opens shot put, while Lachlan Street and Kogs Srirajam showed us what they could do, both coming third in their 200m. Thanks must go to all the staff, parental and student helpers, without whom the carnival would not have run as smoothly as it did.
There will be athletic training during the holidays
Dates to put in your calendar:
Thursday May 8th 2008
Friday May 9TH 2008
Saturday May 10th 2008
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The Great Hall
Athletes, Parents, Guardians, Teachers and Coaches,
Athletics invites you to attend the Athletics dinner for the athletes who competed in the 2008 GPS season. The evening is an opportunity for the boys to revisit the triumphs and shared experiences of their season.
The GPS Team will be announced on the night. It is also a great opportunity for parents to socialise and show support. I would appreciate your support on this occasion – so please come along.
The cost of the dinner is $30 for adults and $25 for students. The athletic captain and junior captain will collect a $5 contribution for the coaches’ gifts.
Your payment must be made to the front office by Friday May 2nd
All school children can access public oral health services directly through the Priority Oral health Program on a needs basis. Parents seeking treatment for their children through the public health system can contact our Call Centre on 1300 369 651 (Illawarra) 1300 134 226 (South East Sydney).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
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