High Notes, Vol 9 No 16, May 30 2008
From the Principal
Non-intellective outcomes help students into university courses
ADF Long Tan Leadership & Teamwork Awards
Year 9 Reports
Rugby season opener
SBHS: Foundation Years
The cadet movement in NSW was established in 1872 and was carried on under the control of the NSW Volunteer authorities. Lieutenant H W Strong was the Commanding Officer.
Within a short time of the opening of the School, in 1883, a request was made to the acting Headmaster, John Waterhouse, for permission to establish a cadet corps. The permission was given and the corps was formed within a few weeks. The first officers were appointed by Lieutenant Strong. The corporals were “more or less elected” by the boys. Unlike other activities, the cadets were carried on with the official sanction of the Department of Public Instruction from 1884 as part of its own batallion formed from among the leading public schools. However, unlike the other Companies in the Department’s battallion, the Sydney High cadets were granted special privileges. Instead of carrying wooden replicas, the Sydney High cadets were armed with rifles that fired bullets.
The original uniform would be a startling affair to modern eyes according to the following description:
The jackets were scarlet with white braid trimmings; badges of rank were silver stars and chevrons; the long trousers were navy blue with a two-inch red stripe; and the head-gear was a peaked cap with a silver bugle worked on the front, and with a white pugaree for hot weather.
By the end of 1884, the corps had five non commissioned officers, 43 cadets and 48 Enfield Carbine Rifles. At the end of 1891, the corps boasted 2 captains, 3 lieutenants, 2 colour sergeants, 9 sergeants, 4 corporals, 1 bugler and 74 privates, making a total of 95. Equipment included 60 rifles, 55 carbines (short light muskets), 63 bayonets and 95 belts, pouches, peaked caps and shoulder straps.
In 1888, it was noted that in most, if not all, other schools, there was at least one master who also acted as an officers in the corps. There was none of this at Sydney High, where the school magazine could report that “a real lieutenant has been manufactured from the boys, and is, we are glad to learn, a success”.
Shooting was one of the main activities. In 1888, it was recorded that the “taller and more intellectual cadets are taught an efficient use of the Martini-Henry rifle, both in drill and shooting”. The Martini-Henry rifle was a breech-loading lever-actuated rifle adopted by the British military. The smaller cadets, who were unable to use the rifles, were taught an efficient use of the Martini-Henry carbine (a shorter, less powerful, version of the rifle). The principal justification for such activities being that “you get a good knowledge of the drill, which would be very useful to the country if attacked suddenly by an enemy”.
The cadets also went on two or three country trips a year. These trips, held during the school vacations, included a trip to Junee in 1887, to Orange in the Easter break of 1888; to Tamworth and Melbourne later in 1888; and to Glen Innes in April 1889. The boys were billeted with local families and participated in rifle and other sporting matches as well as social events in the evening.
The unit was reorganised in the late 1880s when the Sydney High corps was divided into two companies, A Company and B Company and, for the first time, a master, Captain T B Trebeck, led A Company. Also, at this time, unlike the other school units, the Sydney High cadets were permitted to attend the Easter training camp with the Permanent Land Volunteer Forces. Captain T B Trebeck, recalled:
In 1891 I took 54 riflemen to Campbelltown Camp (NSW Military) as a unit and we took part in movements for the whole period, having the bands playing at Mess as in the regulars; turning out the Guard at 4 am; and visiting pickets at certain hours. A grand sham fight took place, with the explosion of a mine and artillery attack. A great many "shells" (oysters) burst as we marched to positions at the rear of the Commissariat. The Officers' tents were floored with oilcloth and wood and had proper beds and internal fittings.
The unit maintained a separate and continuous identity until 1913 when all school cadet
activities were subsumed into the Commonwealth government’s compulsory military training
program. All eligible members were a part of the Citizens’ Forces until compulsory military
training was abolished in 1929.
On Monday Zid Mancenido and Anosh Sivashanmugarajah proudly represented High in the Regional Final of the Plain English Award. Both boys delivered fantastic speeches which were both entertaining and thought provoking. Well done, boys!
The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award is the next competition on the calendar. This is a State wide competition in which students compete in three rounds and if successful have the opportunity to represent the state. This is a highly competitive Award which requires students to deliver a prepared and impromptu speech. Students in Years 7-9 are invited to try out for the Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award in week 7. See Ms Howland for details.Return to Index
Sydney Boys High and Sydney Girls High Joint P&C function
The topic will be 'Environmental Sustainability for our schools'. Professor White has considerable interest in sustainability and conservation and is also the Chairperson of Nature Conservation Council of NSW, Coordinator of Green Shareholders and active in the Zero Waste Network.
All parents, staff, friends and families are welcome to attend.
Winter is fast approaching so why not pop in to the ‘High Store’ and purchase
yourself an SBHS Scarf at $22 each and/or a Beanie at $20 each.
In addition to offering opportunities to students to develop their skills and understanding in class with their own teachers, the English faculty is seeking to foster a culture of student oriented study, to facilitate lively independent interaction between our students. We want to help students to help each other, and we are currently developing a new way to make this happen. Today we announce a fantastic new initiative which is coming soon.
In the past the English Faculty has set up small study groups for our HSC students, with a view to the boys supporting each other in refining their skills and tackling weekly practice questions for all sections of the HSC papers. This year we intend to both streamline and consolidate this process. With the help of our amazing school techie, James Rudd, this year we hope to create spaces on Moodle where each study group can share ideas and upload responses. Each week students will receive a new revision question. Study groups can meet at school or online to discuss ways of tackling the question and, after they have scaffolded or answered it, to give each other meaningful feedback based on a published marking rubric. Students who take advantage of this opportunity and participate in the programme of revision will be rewarded after the Trial exams with access to not just their own group’s work, but to a huge bank of student contributions.
We are very excited about the possibilities generated from this initiative. Students who take advantage of this student centred revision programme will develop communication skills, teaching skills, and critical thinking skills. Moreover if every student’s HSC English result goes up by even one mark, the flow-on effect to the boys’ UAIs will be dramatic.
More good news- the senior team of the deeply talented Alvin Leung, Beau Greenslade, Johnny Lieu and Nathan McDonnell are in the semi-finals of the Theatresports Schools Comp. Their heat has been drawn, and this Monday night, June 2, they take to the stage at St Ursula’s College (69 Caroline St Kingsgrove) at 7pm.Tickets are just $5 at the door. We hope many of you will come along to support our lads in this epic night of theatrical gymnastics and see them through to the Grand Final to be held at the Enmore theatre.
We look forward as well to the Year 10 drama students performances on stage at Fast and Fresh, the schools version of the biggest short play festival in the world- Short and Sweet. Three groups from High have been selected to compete on Friday June 6th at Parramatta Riverside Theatre. We wish them well in the heats. If you’d like to support the boys you can book tickets through the Riverside Theatre.
Finally, Thanks to Mr Bruce Gordon, Leo’s dad, who came along with Year 10 to the STC production of Romeo and Juliet. It is so gratifying to have parents involved in an excursion- we appreciate the support very much.
Today I want to finish by encouraging our boys to remember that becoming a great writer is no
different to becoming an excellent footballer or a fabulous long distance runner, or a brilliant
violinist – you need to practise. Sci-Fi writing legend Ray Bradbury tells it like it is:
‘Quantity produces quality. If you only write a few things, you're doomed.’ Avoid
doom- keep practising!
The mention of philosophy may pique the interest of many of us readers, but that is about as far as we will get. Our excitement in reading about the deeper issues of being, religion, happiness and reality are lost somewhere in the dry, bland and migraine-inducing passages that such philosophers have penned. Jostein Gaardner’s Sophie’s World however proves otherwise. Blurring the genre constraints, Sophie’s World perhaps could best be described as philosophical fiction.’ Gaardner introduces us to a fourteen year old girl called Sophie who receives mysterious letters presenting her with the history of Western philosophy. Throughout its 513 pages these letters guide her through the timeless thoughts and beliefs held by some of the deepest philosophers from Socrates to Sartre. Indeed, Sophie’s World gives only a mere taste of what’s in that melting pot called ‘philosophy,’ flavoured by the likes of Aristotle, Plato, Socrates, Locke, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Kierkegaard, Heidegger and Rousseau to name a few.
The book moves at the right speed for those who, like Sophie, are beginners in this field.
Entertaining yet thought provoking, the Big Questions are not exactly ‘answered,’ but
explained through illustration in the humble context of a fourteen year old girl’s life. I
have found this book to be one of those reads which does not leave us satisfied at having
finished the last page, but opens up whole new insight of understanding the world. As one of
Gaardner’s characters muses mildly, ‘It’s a strange thought that we live on a
tiny little planet in the universe’
Visual Art: ARTeFACTS
The Visual Arts Department this year has offered for the first time at Sydney Boys High School, a Film Making and Digital Media elective course open to Stage 5 (Years 9 and 10) students. The course has been enthusiastically welcomed with many students electing to do the course.
First term saw the two Year 9 classes complete their first project in which they were given a script and were required to work in a group to produce a three-minute short film. Each student then used the Windows basic editing program Movie Maker to produce a finished film for assessment.
For the Term two project, students have been given the topic ‘Places and Spaces at SBHS’ and a specific role in the ‘film Crew’. They need to brainstorm a concept, develop a script, perform, film and edit the footage to complete a 3-5 minute film.
The development of this course has been made possible by the Gifted and Talented Committee flagging such a widespread interest and need and Dr Jaggar supporting the purchase of Digital Video cameras and the building of a Digital Media and Editing lab complete with Digital projector and 20 new computers. It is hoped that with 40 Year 9 film students the expertise will benefit all subjects setting video tasks.
Year 8 have also been making use of the new Digital Lab this year as they complete a Self Portrait with Digital photographs taken by their peers and manipulated using Adobe Photoshop to express an aspect of their personality.
There are many competitions being advertised for interested Visual Arts, Film and Visual Design students. Check out the noticeboards around the Art department and enter.
Information about the Student Film Festival can be found in the PDF version of the High Notes,
or at www.harmonyfilmfestival.com
Results from 23 May 08 Round three
Senior 4 v 0 Marcellin Inter A 4 v 0 Ascham C Inter B Bye Inter C 2 v 0 Waverley Junior A 4 v 0 Trinity D Junior B 0 v 4 Grammar A Junior C 2 v 2 Homebush BoysReturn to Index
Regional Cross Country
Cross Country Team runners will be going to the Sydney East Secondary School Sport Cross Country Championships on Friday 13th June 2008 being held at Canterbury South Public School, High Street Canterbury starting at 11am.
Runners who came in the top 12 at the Zone Cross Country Carnival need to see Mr Prorellis to collect a permission note.Return to Index
The lost property office in the McDonald Wing office is once again overflowing with items including the following:
L MolloyReturn to Index
SBHS Football: The Onion Bag
Trial match 3 31st May
End of Season Football Dinner and Awards night
Match reports - Trial 2 24th May
2nd grade opened the scoring to the pre season against Redlands with an unstoppable header by Sam Higgins, who also on the day scored his first hat trick for high football. The match was tough at times with Redlands penetrating our defence multiple times but nothing too hard for keeper Josh Sutton. Special mentions to Matt Jones for 2 assists and Jarrod Chan, for scoring one of our 4 goals, reminding footballers to make use of every part of the body.
Other match reports
14As v Redlands Won 1-0
U 15 U 13 School Championship Teams at Newington on Saturday 24 May 2008
The hero of the day was Ankur Paul who saved one feverish fencer competing by fencing up in an older age division. Thanks to Brendan and his father who arrived at the tournament despite illness prepared to fence and prevent the team from forfeiting.
U13 Fencing Report
They are ranked 5th and compete in the finals on Saturday 31. Good luck
Promising Start For High Teams
The Seniors also did well: the 1st XV played strongly and just need a bit more combination; the 2nds kept their structure and ‘gutsed it out’ against a huge Hurlstone team; the 16As achieved a creditable draw; and the 16Bs weren’t daunted by Hurlstone’s combined 1st grade reserves and 16s.
Coaches and parents were unanimous in their praise of our boys.
Team of the Week: 14As
Three Teams for Enthusiastic 16s
Record Numbers for Armidale Rugby Trip
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