High Notes, Vol 9 No 15, May 23 2008
From the Principal
Australian College of Physical Education – Practicum Students
Jeans for Genes – Year 8 Community Service Project
Schools Peace Initiative
Rugby coaching arcs up
Sir Roden Cutler Day
The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award will be held in July and try outs will be conducted in Week 6. Two students will be selected to represent High in the competition. Interested junior students must attend coaching sessions on Tuesday mornings at 8am. These coaching sessions are designed to develop confidence and expertise in the art of public speaking. Besides learning how to successfully compete in competitions, the skills developed in coaching enable students to speak with greater confidence and clarity in the classroom.
The Regional Final of the Plain English Speaking Award will take place on Monday, with Anosh Sivashanmugarajah and Zid Mancenido representing High. We wish them the best of luck.Return to Index
Library Building Fund
2008 Fundraising campaign
If you haven’t found a way to volunteer in the school yet, this is a great opportunity to assist in a very tangible way toward the building of the new library.
For more details, please contact Steve Saunders
In Term Two it’s very much nose-to-the-grindstone at High, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have any fun. Some of the enrichment activities the English and Drama faculties have been delivering to the boys have been both incredibly helpful and enormously entertaining.
On Tuesday a select group of Year 11 and Year 12 Extension 1 students participated in a schools workshop in the Sydney Writers Festival held at Parramatta Riverside Theatre. Run by Ursula Dubosarsky, NSW premier’s Prize-winning author of The Red Shoe and The Word Spy, this workshop reinforced the importance of research as part of the writing process- something that students all too often neglect.
Recently all High’s drama students were fortunate enough to attend a fantastic playbuilding workshop at NIDA, in which the talented third year students performed and coached our boys in the skill of collaboratively devising dramatic performances.
To help Year 10 in their study of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet we have arranged an excursion to see the Sydney Theatre Company’s performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Wharf Theatre in the afternoon on Monday May 26th. Directed by Wayne Blair, this new production will place Shakespeare’s tragedy into a modern Australian context, as a fabulous mixed cast of Indigenous and non-Indigenous actors explore the interrelated opposites of love and hate in an accessible and beautiful production.
We trust that the students will welcome these opportunities to enrich their understanding in so many ways, and thank the dedicated teachers who have gone to so much trouble to make these excursions possible, particularly at this time Ms Barr, Ms Jassy and Ms Eggleton.
Don’t forget about the Sydney Morning Herald Young Writer of the Year contest. Entries close Friday June 27. I’ll leave you with this final thought from the amazing American writer, Susan Sontag.
Reading usually precedes writing and the impulse to write is almost always fired by reading.
Reading, the love of reading, is what makes you dream of becoming a writer.
I recently was given The Three Trillion Dollar War, by Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz and Harvard academic Linda Bilmes. It is about the true cost of the invasion of Iraq, and while its message is one that is widely suspected - that lots of money was spent by the Bush administration on an unpopular war - it provides such brilliant detail that you don't just feel cynical about the Iraq invasion, but positively outraged at the human and social cost that will last for generations.
What I really like about this book is that it challenges short term views of economic costs. Stiglitz and Bilmes painstakingly measure the future costs of the Iraq war. They look at how much it will cost to look after those soldiers injured in the conflict and how little the US government has planned to provide for them. Of the 751,000 servicemen that have been discharged by December last year, 224,000 had applied for disability benefits. The Authors predict that disability benefits alone will require $372 billion alone.
Returning servicemen suffering brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, amputations and spinal cord injuries are facing long waiting lists, bureaucratic delays to treatment and compensation.
Other costs are also measured, such as lower productivity in the US economy due to lost labour, extra health care costs, the effects of increased oil prices on the world economy, and the costs to the Iraqi people and other countries.
You soon realize that $3,000,000,000,000 is a best case scenario. Stiglitz and Bilmes identify
how this money could have been spent on many other things such as public health and education,
anti-poverty programs and measure that increase the long-term wealth of our societies. For my
money, The Three Trillion Dollar War is a great contribution to changing our society's
School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS)
School Student Code of Conduct
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
SHS: Foundation Years
This week, the history of the School’s years at Castlereagh Street covers the sports of tennis and harriers.
The club’s initial high expectations were dashed in what was possibly the school’s first inter-school tennis match against Sydney Grammar School on 7 December 1888. Sydney Grammar’s second grade team trounced the High hopefuls by 30 games.
This was possibly the last inter-school tennis match for many a year as the deteriorating state of the playground at Castlereagh Street led to the development of skills that were of no use when transferred to the courts of other schools. In 1889, one boy wrote in the school magazine:
There is a huge hole in the tennis-court, an ornamental one, and some of our tennis-players, I know, have been practising quite a long time lobbing their strokes into this hole so that the other man can’t get ‘em. That’s about the only stroke some of them know. If this hole were filled up, they would perhaps be able to start playing tennis, and I hope it will, considering how vastly successful we have been in our tennis matches up to now.
Nothing is heard of tennis again in the annals of the School until the re-establishment of the tennis club in 1899.
The following is an account from an 1889 edition of the school magazine:
The school harriers held a splendid run on July 24th. The hares were Watt (our champion) and
Freeman (our sticker) and who received seven minutes grace from the slow pack and ten from the
fast pack. The run being over about eight miles of La Perouse and Botany country, the scent was
all that could have been wished, but the pack was fooled oftener than once by the strategy of the
wily hares. About two miles from home, on the Bunnerong Road, the scent ran out, and at this
point the pack was all of a heap; so from here there was a good run home.
First of all, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to the new fencers who’ve joined us this year and their parents. It’s always nice to see new faces in the fencing community and we hope you enjoy fencing. To everyone else, welcome back and enjoy the start of a new fencing season!
Senior Schools State Championships Individual (10/05/08)
The As and Bs both go through to the finals, ranked 7th (As) and 8th (Bs) which will be held on 31/05/08 at Newington College. The Bs fenced exceptionally well, not only winning two matches, stealing two bouts from the dreaded Riverview team before being defeated 2-5.
The Cs had a bit of bad luck being placed in the same pool as Riverview and our B team. They went down to their more experienced opponents, but they put up a good fight. Good work, everyone, and good luck for the rest of the season!Return to Index
The chess teams have had an excellent start to the year; all six teams have shown great skill and are yet to be defeated. This is a marvellous achievement against tough competition. Well done boys!
Please see below the results for the last two weeks
Results from 9 May 08, Round 1 Senior 4 v 0 Grammar C Inter A 3 v 0 Cranbrook B Inter B 3 v 0 Newington B Inter C 4 v 0 Ascham B Junior A Bye Junior B 4 v 0 St Andrew’s Cathedral B Junior C 2 v 2 Newington B
Results from 16 May 08, Round 2 Senior 4 v 0 Ascham C Inter A 4 v 0 Grammar C Inter B 4 v 0 Meriden Inter C 4 v 0 Marcellin Junior A 4 v 0 Trinity B Junior B 3 v 1 Cranbrook B Junior C 4 v 0 MeridenReturn to Index
SHS Football: The Onion Bag
Details of Sydney High football 2008
Pre-season games will be played on: 24 May, 31 May, 14 June. (NB: No games on 7 June)
GPS Competition Starts on 21 June and finishes 30 August
21 June vs St Josephs (No games on 28 June, 5 July, 12 July, 19 July) 26 July vs St Ignatius (Riverview) 2 August vs Kings School 9 August vs Shore 16 August vs Newington 23 August vs Scots 30 August vs Grammar
Kick-off Times & Venues
How to get to away games
End of Season Football Dinner and Awards night
Coaches, manages and referees
Trial 1 17th May
1st grade conceded a late goal to draw 2-2 with Joeys. The most pleasing aspect of the game was High’s passing game, which controlled possession, enabling good attacking options to develop further up field. Notable performances came from Jeremy Ireland, who was solid in defence and creative in attack. ‘Mr Set Piece’ Ronan Casey bagged a double and Daniel Campion for the short time he was on the field, sent the attending GPS selectors into raptures with his elusiveness and composure on the ball.
2nd grade suffered a 2-0 defeat and need to further develop their team play, rather than rely on individual efforts, if they are to figure in the premiership race this year. Anton Paul (Year 10) made his debut and duly took out the players’ player award by an unprecedented margin: a very mature performance. Anthony Tsiailis was another standout performer, continuously involving himself in the play. Josh Sutton, another Year 10 debutant, had a strong game in goals, making several smart saves in a very positive display.
13A defeated Joeys 5-1
Other match reports
16A defeated Joeys 2-0
Quote of the Week
Learn to Row Program
Adults Learn to Row Program
Sunday, 18 May – 22 June 2008
6 Sessions of 2 hours
Come down to Abbotsford this Sunday and bring your friends with you. Fantastic opportunity to learn Rowing in Sydney in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Whether you are a complete novice or have some previous experience, everyone is welcome. Rowing is the ideal aerobic sport for the entire body as it is low impact and low injury. You’ll enjoy the ultimate team activity as well as the magic moments of early mornings on the water. All our coaches are ‘old boys’ who volunteer their time to make a contribution and they even organise a BBQ breakfast afterwards for everyone to enjoy in this stunning location!
Safety Note: Participants must be able to swim 50 metres and tread water as a safety requirement. All participants must sign The Sydney High Foundation’s Indemnity Form, stating swimming ability, before they are allowed on the water.
Under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult.
To make a booking or for more information:
From the Canteen
To all our current wonderful volunteers...THANK YOU!
As the school year progresses, we often find work situations of our volunteers can change.
It is a huge help to the Canteen staff if you can use the Roster to find someone to swap with and advise staff of the change.
Some volunteers however are forced to drop out entirely, due to pressures of work, so we are in constant need of new Volunteers.
If you have never tried Canteen duty before, it is never too late to put up your hand. Even if you can only manage the odd day here and there, every bit of help counts. Just ring the Canteen and offer your services!
The direct number for Canteen is 9360 4027. Speak with Karen or Tracey.
Remember…all Canteen profits are returned to the school for the benefit of our boys’ education and development. Thank youReturn to Index
Rugby Trial Games This Saturday
Parent Age Group Coordinators for the Juniors are
TAS Trip Next Weekend
The cost of the excursion is $90, the same as in 2007. Information sheets, consent and payment forms have been given to the boys and payment must be made to the School Office by Recess, Thursday 29 May.
Rugby Kick-Off Day Last Saturday
Special thanks to our BBQ and Canteen coordinators Julie Blomberg and Christina Chow and to Julie Connolly, Peter Daniels, Steve Gollan and Charles Ovadia for collecting contact details for all the boys in the junior age groups.
Finally, a very big thank you to Rugby MIC, Mr Stein, and Juniors Coordinator, Mr Bolen, who put
the Day together and to Dr Jaggar for his strong support.