High Notes, Vol 9 No 13, May 09 2008
From the Principal
All My Own Work
UNSW/SBHS/SGHS Mathematics Extension Club
Participation in Co-curricular activities in the Senior School and scholarships
Law at UNSW
University of Sydney, Faculty of Economics and Business, Scholarships dinner
National Assessment Program
Literacy and Numeracy Assessment
In NSW the National Assessment Program replaces the Basic Skills Tests, English Language and Literacy Assessment (ELLA) and Secondary Numeracy Assessment Program (SNAP). The national assessment is designed to provide information on student performance across a number of levels of achievement.
The results of these tests will provide useful information for teachers and parents. In particular, they will help to inform teachers in their ongoing efforts to address the literacy needs of their students across all subjects.
There will be three sections in the Years 7 and 9 Literacy Testing. Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Writing will occur on Tuesday 13th May. Reading will occur on Wednesday 14th May. Numeracy Testing will occur on Thursday 15th May and all Years 7 and 9 students are required to bring a calculator for the calculator section of the test.Return to Index
We have two senior competitions taking place over the next couple of weeks. On Friday May 16 Zid Mancenido will compete in the prestigious Lawrence Campbell Oratory Competition at Trinity Grammar School. All students are invited to come along and support the school. Also, Anosh Sivashanmugarajah and Zid Mancenido are representing High this week in the Local Final of the Plain English Speaking Award.
Students in the Junior school were also successful at the end of last term with Christopher Pinto earning 2nd place in the Regional Finals of the Rostrum Voice of Youth Competition.Return to Index
From the Canteen
Keen to try out the fabulous range of food in our canteen, but pressed for time?
Desperate for pasta or rice boxes, sweet chilli wraps or foccacia but keep missing out?
We have a wide range of hot food on offer and limited oven space. While we try very hard to second guess what all you boys (and teachers) will want to eat on a given day, it is very hard to get it right without your input.
The answer is simple!
Order ahead and reserve what you want!
Simply call at the canteen first thing in the morning, place and pay for your lunch order and it will be ready and waiting for you at lunch time.
How easy is that!Return to Index
The half yearlies are well and truly upon us now, and all over the school our students are knuckling down to some serious study. As we creep ever closer to the pointy end of the school year, it’s good for the boys to take stock of what they have achieved and work out strategies to improve their skills. For Year 12s this might involve attending special study days.
The RIDE THE HSC WAVE lecture programme offers a number of lectures that could help some of our students to clarify their ideas about and approaches to the modules they are studying for the 2008 HSC. At Eastgardens library Thursday 5/06 from 6 – 7:30pm Lyndall Hough will speak about approaches to the PHYSICAL JOURNEYS section of Paper 1. Lyndall will also speak about WRITING UNDER PRESSURE at Eastgardens Library on 12/05 from 6 -7:30pm. (Book on 9366 3888)
At Bowen Library, Monday 16/06 from 6:30 – 8 pm Gillian Lovell presents strategies to deal with Paper 1 Section 3, the compulsory journeys question. (Book on 9314 4888) On Monday 23/06 Waverley Library hosts two useful lectures for our students delivered by Larry Grumley - from 6 – 7:15pm he speaks about BRAVE NEW WORLD/BLADERUNNER and from 7:15 -8:30pm KING LEAR. (Book on 9386 7733) Each lecture is $5 to attend and you pay on the day, but bookings are essential.
Our HSC Extension students could benefit from attending the ETA HSC Extension 1 Day at Abbotsleigh School in Wahroonga on Sunday May 18. The morning session from 10:30am -12pm focuses on the texts and connections to the elective, and the afternoon session from 1pm to 2:30pm is geared to examine independent investigation and composition. The cost of this study day is $40; places will be very limited so contact the ETA on 9572 6900 and book while there’s still room.
All senior students (10-12) are eligible to enter the Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year competition. This is a wonderful opportunity to compete against other gifted writers for this prestigious prize. Finalists will participate in a public reading of their work at the MCA and the winner will be published in the Saturday edition of the Herald. Students interested in entering should go to http://www.heraldeducation.com.au/pagedetail.asp?intpageid=1016&intsectionid=1 and look at the winning story from last year, Daniel Fudge’s AND THE BOND CANNOT BE BROKEN.
Another reminder to Seniors to check out the events at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. If you go back to High Notes for April 11 you will find our suggestions on some appropriate events for our boys. Students should go to www.swf.org.au to check out all the courses and events available, and to book where possible.
Next, a few dramatic announcements. This year SBHS is fielding two Theatresports teams – an intermediate and a senior team. Many thanks to their wonderful coach Mrs Yvette McDonnall, who has been working tirelessly to prepare them for the physical and intellectual challenges that lie ahead. If you would like to support the teams you can simply turn up at the heats and, for $5 payable at the door, watch them compete for glory and a good laugh. The intermediate team is up against teams from Alos, Shore, St Andrew’s, and Strathfield Girls at St Aloysius College in Milson’s Point this Friday May 9 at 7pm.
Our seniors will be playing a mysterious range of schools we’ve not yet been told about at Tara Anglican School for Girls at North Parramatta at 7pm on Tuesday May 13th. Please come along and support your friends as they struggle to out wit their opponents.
We also look forward to Ms Jassy’s Year 10 drama class’s performances at Fast and Fresh, the schools based competition for short plays. Our students will be performing their self-devised plays at the Riverside Theatre in Parramatta. We’ll keep you posted about the details.
Finally congratulations to Leo Lou of Year 9 who, for his essay on stem cell research, was
awarded the runner up in the Whitlam Institute WHAT MATTERS? Writing competition. What a
Reading Torque… Deputy Principal Robert Dowdell shares with us some of his favourite reads.
‘I enjoy reading books written by a large number of authors: Jeffrey Archer, Desmond Bagley, Dale Brown, Dan Brown, Tom Clancy, Harlen Coben, Michael Connelly, Robin Cook, Patricia Cornwell, Michael Crichton, Clive Cussler, Ken Follett, Frederick Forsyth, Dick Francis, John Grisham, James Herriot, Jack Higgins, Alistair MacLean, James Patterson, Richard North Patterson, Kathy Reichs, Matthew Reilly, Wilbur Smith, Craig Thomas, Morris West.
If I read a book by an author and enjoy it I then search out other books that he or she has written. Most of these authors combine a theme with good storytelling: Tom Clancy's novels feature Jack Ryan and involve the CIA, Patricia Cornwell's stories usually relate to Medical Examiners, Clive Cussler's stories revolve around maritime history and discovery of shipwrecks, Dick Francis's stories always have a link to horse racing (he was a former jockey), John Grisham's novels usually involve lawyers, Kathy Reichs's novels revolve around forensics (the TV series Bones is based on her and her novels).
I have recently finished reading a book by Richard North Patterson called The Race. It was based on the American presidential primaries (Republican party) and posed the question: Can an honest man be elected president? I enjoy reading books which relate to the American political system and which combine information about the process with an interesting story. I am currently reading Prisoner of Birth by Jeffrey Archer. It is apparently a reworking of the story of The Count of Monte Cristo.
Reading is a very enjoyable pastime for me. I read each night and usually turn the light out
after dropping my book for the third time.’
School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS)
School Student Code of Conduct Ð Students travelling on buses must:-
Students are reminded to:-
During 2008, authorised officers will be deployed to inspect Code of Conduct compliance on school bus services in the Eastern Region. Students who are found to have breached their obligations may lose their travel entitlement and possibly incur an infringement.Return to Index
Educational Access Scheme (EAS)
Most tertiary institutions that participate in the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) participate in the EAS. Students are eligible to apply if they are an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen, or a permanent resident of Australia. The student must demonstrate that his educational performance during Year 11 and/or Year 12 has been seriously affected by circumstances beyond his control.
Students applying for EAS will need to download their booklets and application forms from the website: www.uac.edu.au. The school counsellors are sent only a small number of booklets for distribution. If you require a Confidential Statement of Support completed by the school counsellor it is important that students begin the process early in the year.
The responsibility for sending the finalised application to UAC rests with the individual
SBHS: Foundation Years
Indeed, in these early years, rifle shooting was the School’s most successful sporting endeavour. Sydney High School boys were often placed in the “All Schools Match” throughout the 1880s.
In the 1886 Inter-Colonial Match against Victorian cadets, the NSW team of 15 consisted of 8 boys from Sydney High. In the return match, held in Victoria in 1888, the entire NSW team consisted of Sydney High boys.
The rifle club, unlike the other sports, was a sub-committee of the School cadet corps, and probably benefited from the corps’ superior organisation and support from the Department of Public Instruction. Such support was not forthcoming for any other school activities.
In the early years, matches were played against Newington College, St Joseph’s College, Sydney Grammar School, St Philip’s Church of England Grammar School, Royston College, Queen’s College, the Electric Telegraph Department and the Staffs of the Mental Hospitals.
Alick Mackenzie is said to have been the mainstay of the original 1884 XI. He was later a member of the State team, playing 48 matches between 1888 and 1907. Having no ground of its own, Sydney High teams played on their opponents’ fields. The School magazine of 1888 reported:
For cricket, we tramp the city and suburbs, and find no spot in all the world to call our own. “Play on your ground” we always say, as we have none.
St Joseph’s College at Hunters Hill was always a preferred venue since the High team was invited to stay on for tea in the College dining hall. The hall was then part of a large weatherboard building, the stone building then being in course of construction.
By the end of the 1880s, cricket was, however, organised on a sporadic basis as one old boy, H S Dettmann (later Headmaster of Sydney Grammar School) who enrolled in 1889 recalled:
... There was no organised sport except, or until, the first Annual Athletic Meeting, but I played in cricket matches on the Mount Rennie mud wicket at Moore Park, either with or against S E Gregory, then an Old Boy (he hit a ball over the tram-line), and in a mixed team of old and present boys at the Association (ie, Sydney) Cricket Ground, when I cut my head on the fence in mis-fielding a boundary hit - few schoolboys then had any experience of an enclosed ground.
There was talk of a similar combined match against Newington, with T W Garrett leading them
and "Joey" Coates leading us, as he had once led New South Wales; but poor old "Joey" was already
having trouble in stumping about with the aid of an umbrella. In my last two years [1891 and
1892] I take credit for fathering (and mothering) a real Eleven, without any staff help at all,
except "Joey's" hearty sympathy and a five pound note that he gave us to buy material - and five
pounds went a long way in those days. After being beaten by most of the Second Elevens of the big
schools, we learned a little psychology, and challenged the first teams, with notable success.
Coates offered bats, once used by P S McDonnell, the great Australian XI hitter, for any school
match score over 50, and they were won by H B Lusk, afterwards the best batsman in New Zealand,
against Shore, and by myself against Grammar - the Sydneian of that day says I gave seven
chances, but that now seems to me unlikely. But, apart from the Headmaster's practical blessing,
we had no help from anybody.
Library Building Fund
2008 Fundraising campaign
If you haven’t found a way to volunteer in the school yet, this great opportunity to assist in a very tangible way toward the building of the new library.
For more details, please contact Steve Saunders
Rowing Reunion Dinner
The Rowing Committee hosted a Rowing Reunion Dinner on the last Friday of Term One, 11th April 2008. This was to celebrate 85 years of GPS competition in the 125th anniversary year of the school.
With 190 people attending from the 1930s up until our present rowing community the camaraderie was palpable. As well as Joseph Waugh, OBU President, attending, we had past Olympic Rower, Ian Luxford (1970), past masters, coaches, parents, supporters, 16 Captains of Boats, interstate and overseas travellers and so many who have pulled on the oar for High.
Jack Singleton (1990) was once again an entertaining MC and it was terrific to hear interviews from the floor conducted by Old Boys, Richard Luxford (1976) and John Croll (1981). Our Principal, Dr Kim Jaggar, welcomed the past rowing community and overviewed the future of rowing while the Captain of Boats, Daniel O’Keefe, gave an inspiring insight into his experience of rowing for High. The sense of occasion was enhanced with the naming of the ‘PJ Day’ single scull by MIC, Mr Barris, and coach, Oliver Wilson (2002).
The Old Boys appreciated having the senior current rowers attending, enjoyed listening to the senior string ensemble and particularly loved the running display of old photographs, film footage, newspaper headlines and memorabilia. It all came together as a very special event with lots of positive feedback form Old Boys.
The success of the night was due to the time, effort and commitment contributed by the reunion organizing committee - Katharine Deacon, Geoff Andrews, Anita Bezjak, Peter Ambrose, Richard Luxford and John Croll with help from Joseph Waugh, Nada Andrews and our archivist, Louise Graul. Thank you to all those who attended and helped on the day and during the evening. We were also able to raise some funds for the rowing program and equipment.
Year 8 Parent Meeting
An invitation to Year 8 Parents
Dr. Jaggar will be joining us on
Wednesday 14th May at 6.30pm in the Staff Common Room
The topic for discussion will be
“Teaching and Supporting Gifted and Talented Students”
If there is any other specific item that you may wish to discuss at this meeting
I look forward to seeing you there!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.
The Principal must approve all leave applications.Return to Index
Gala High Rugby Kick-off day
All parents are asked to attend to support their boys, meet other parents and learn about Rugby arrangements for the season Game times etc will be advised next week
Key Rugby Dates
Usually, the loud outside critics do not understand the complexity of the issues involved in playing Senior Rugby at High and take the easy option of writing us off. However, I am surprised and disappointed that some of the players are receiving flak from within. The students who are beating the drum the loudest are looking for the easy option and are prepared to ride on the success of others, instead of doing the hard work themselves.
Yes, it is obvious that High is trying to rebuild Rugby and again has to rely on a committed group of courageous senior boys. It is these players who are prepared to do all the training and put their bodies on the line for the school. It will be these boys who will be better prepared for the challenges of life. Many Institutions and businesses are beginning to recognise the value of this type of student and what they bring to their organisation. Sydney University is already taking a keen interest in some of these players who not only perform academically but respond strongly to sporting challenges. Now, from the coaches, the following senior players are to be congratulated for their regular training regime.
Trainers of the Month
JUNIOR RUGBY (13s, 14s & 15s)
Serdar has done a great job organising 14 old boy coaches, including many former 1st XV players, to provide expert coaching to all our Junior teams. He has also developed a very useful High Rugby Guide outlining the basics of the game, which will be given to all players.
Training for all Junior Teams is
All players are expected to attend each training session. Parents are requested to ensure their son attends each session. Attendance will be taken into account in team selections each week.
A High Rugby Handbook with the season calendar, ground locations, training times, coaches and
team managers, contacts and other useful information will be distributed to all players/parents
in the near future.
Rugby Committee Meeting
The following is a summary of the meeting held on 26/3/08:
State Junior Rugby Championships
Internal trial for juniors
High Way Rugby manual
Meeting concluded 7.25pm
Next meeting: Wed. 26th May 2008, 6pm in Room 901. All are welcome to attend.
1.6 km run record tumbles
Congratulations also to Prashan Prabaharan (9.3) who equalled the previous Year 9 record
of 5m 24s in the same run.
High Store Price List
Autumn/Winter Price List - 2008
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 10:30am to 1:30pm Telephone 9331 7075
GOODS & SERVICES TAX ( G.S.T. )
G.S.T. is included on all prices listed.