High Notes, Vol 9 No 19, June 20 2008
From the Principal
Payment of General Service Contributions
Relationship with Centennial Parklands
Congratulations to boys travelling on buses
Da Vinci Decathlon
Students who qualify for the academic achievement list are invited to apply for this competition.
Teams need to have members with expertise in the various disciplines involved. Given the success
of Years 9-10 this year, I urge boys in Years 7 and 8 to investigate the areas covered by the
decathlon and to prepare themselves for future competitions.
From the Library
FULL TEXT DATABASES – check your local library website!
To access online full text databases from all local libraries go into http://nswnet.net. YOU CAN ONLY DO THIS IF YOU HAVE A LOCAL LIBRARY CARD!
Mrs Crothers experimented with King Lear and there are five pages of references to full text articles online to be obtained from Randwick Library’s databases.
*(Internet search hint – You need to narrow your search NOT get the broadest search
– use advanced search techniques and narrow by publication date, country and anything else
you can think of)
Earn $1000* during the school holidays!
Two winning scripts – one from the Senior (11 & 12) and Junior (7-10) divisions – will be read in a staged reading following an intensive two day workshop. The workshop will be conducted by a team of Australia’s leading theatre directors, dramaturges and writers.
Turn your writing talents to the theatre and get yourself in the running for this unique competition. If you have ever even considered writing a script for the stage, this is your chance to give it a go and have your work read by professionals – and hopefully rewarded! Don’t miss this amazing once-in-a-youthtime opportunity.
Deadline for applications in Friday August 8th. For entry form and writing advice, see Ms Jassy in the English staffroom.
*Financial reward subject to your ability to win the young Playwright’s Award.
Classics at Sydney High
2008 is proving to be a busy year for students of Classical Languages at Sydney High. A number of interesting activities have already taken place and many more are planned for the year.
GREEK AND LATIN READING COMPETITION
SBHS was well represented in the Latin as well, with Christian, Thomas and Julian being awarded Certificates of Commendation for their rendition of the Latin text. Julian deserves special mention here. Latin is no longer one of his subjects, but he put in the work and practice to achieve this fine result.
The task was as follows: Competitors had to read aloud, with clarity, accuracy and expression,
some lines of a Greek or Latin poem which they had prepared well in advance of the competition.
The poetry was in the original, unsimplified form (i.e. about two and a half thousand years
old!), written by two of the greatest poets of the Graeco-Roman era – this year, Ovid, and
the slightly adapted prose passage was by the great historian, Herodotus, where he tells of
Croesus, the richest man in the world.
THE YEAR 9 READING COMPETITION will take place on August 21st, at St Aloysius College, North Sydney. There will be a choral piece and Solo piece (a choice of prose, from Cicero’s IN VERREM, and a poetry piece taken from Vergil’s AENEID X). Year 9 Latin have started preparing for this.
THE YEAR 8 LATIN CAMP will take place in September, at Elanora Heights Conference Centre. Three days filled with exciting activities are planned. Registration forms have arrived and students will be receiving information packages before the end of term.
THE EXCURSION TO THE ITALIAN FORUM is being organized, and Year 8 students can look forward to a day of pizza, gelato and, of course, Roman History.
YEAR 7 LATIN examination results were pleasing, indicating a positive and diligent attitude from our new students of Classics. Congratulations, Year 7, on your efforts. At the moment, Year 7 students are exploring the fascinating topic area of Roman Beliefs and Mythology, which of course included the many gods and goddesses, the Underworld, and even the Werewolf! Students have been making good use of the time allocated to Classics in the Computer Lab., not only for research of culture topics, but in their use of the excellent programme, Cambridge Latin Course On-line. Learning has been enhanced by the blended delivery of Classics at Sydney High, as indicated by the excellent results this semester.
YEAR 12 LATIN STUDY DAY was held at Santa Sabina College, Strathfield, on Friday, 30th
May, and was a day of lectures dedicated to HSC texts. Excellent and entertaining talks were
presented by Terry Ryan, from Newcastle University, Roger Pitcher, Head Teacher Classics at
Sydney Grammar, and Dexter Hoyos, University of Sydney. There was a valuable Question Session at
the end of the day presented by a panel of HSC markers. The day was a great success, and a
valuable experience for our students.
Year 8 Parents' Dinner
Come and enjoy a night out with other Year 8 parents While the boys dance and party, the parents of Year 8 will be relaxing, laughing and enjoying a relaxed meal.
To coincide with the Year 7, 8 and 9 Sydney Boys and Sydney Girls dance night
Date: Monday June 23rd, 2008
Time: 7.30 pm to approx 10.00 pm
Venue: Lebanon And Beyond (BYO)
Phone: 9326 5347
High Store News
HIGH STORE WILL BE CLOSED ON Monday 30TH June FOR STOCKTAKE
Did You Know
The cruise liner QE2 moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns;
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
Women blink nearly twice as often as men.
There are more chickens than people in the world.
There are only four words in the English language which end in ‘dous’ - Tremendous,
horrendous, stupendous and hazardous.
We are still tinkering with the details of our Year 12 student centred revision programme but hope that by early next week we will have announced the study groups. Each group is made up of students from a number of classes, and therefore the students will be able to draw on their different class experiences in response to each week’s revision question. Our vision is that within these groups the boys will share ideas, ask each other questions, benefit from group discussion, peer edit and mark each others’ scaffolds and responses, and offer each other encouragement and support. What we are yet to finalise is exactly where in cyberspace these students should get together to do this, but in the meantime, with the groups formed, students can negotiate ways of doing this independently. This is an opportunity for them to take some initiative that can make a huge difference to their development and confidence in English. We look forward to seeing the students embrace the programme and meet with ever greater successes in the tasks and HSC exams ahead.
Write Now is a creative writing competition set up jointly by the Sydney Morning Herald
and the Sydney Writers Festival. Entrants are asked to pick from three ‘story
starters’ provided by award-winning children’s authors then continue the narrative,
completing a short story of up to 1000 words. Over 3800 entries were submitted from students from
all over NSW and the ACT. Huge congratulations to Daniel Keogh of Year 8 who was awarded
highly commended in this extremely competitive competition. We thought you should have the
opportunity to read his excellent work too, so we’ve published it in High Notes this week.
Enjoy it before dark – it’s a bit creepy!
This week in Reading Torque Social Science teacher Hugh Howey explains how one of his favourite Australian books helped shape his perspective on life.
AB Facey’s autobiography A Fortunate Life is a remarkable story about a man whose hardships through early 20th century Australia make for an ironic title.
Facey’s childhood was one of struggle, growing up in rural Western Australia. After being raised by his mother, he became a farmhand at 8 years of age with little or no education. After surviving the rigours of Australian bush life, Facey then goes on to describe his experiences through WWI, the Depression, his unexpected longevity and how he found happiness in his marriage to his wife, Evelyn.
This is a truly encouraging story about a man in a generation that pioneered Australian life.
As a member of generation X-Y, the book helped me to put my own fortunate life in perspective,
and take very little for granted.
Daniel Keogh’s Highly Commended Write Now Competition Entry
I want to. I think.
If I don’t, then I’ll explode wondering and that outcome’s worse. Well, almost.
The thing I know is I’ll come back different. That’s okay, if it’s good different. But what if it’s not? Just say I came back bad different. That’s what bothers me the most. What if I never recover?
If the others knew I felt like this, they’d tease me for the rest of my life. That’s a certainty.
I could try and explain to them, but I don’t think they’d get it. Actually, I know they wouldn’t. They’d think I was strange and I’ve spent my life trying to ‘unstrange’ myself in front of them.
My hands are still in my pockets. I realize my left fist hasn’t let go of the twenty bucks that’s sitting there. The paper is stuck to my palm and whoever’s face is on that note hasn’t had a whiff of air for at least ten minutes. But it’s like if I keep it there, hidden away in the dark lining of my jeans, then nothing can happen. I can pretend I’m not standing here, trying to convince my other hand to drag itself out and bang on the door of number Thirty One Patterson Parade.
You see, if someone answers the door then I’ll have to – do it. And that means, well I don’t know what that means and… suddenly the door handle is turning. I check my hands. They’re still in my pockets.
Someone on the other side of the door is about to come out and it’s too late to run.
I’m petrified from the possible terror lurking behind the door. My heart is pounding. I gaze, cowering, at the slowly opening door and, I finally catch sight of an old woman with rancid skin that smells more horrible than a peanut butter sandwich left out in the sun for three days.
Her eyes are bloodshot and she looks so starved that I can see the shape of her bones when she beckons me inside.
‘Aaaaaaaaaah,’ she sighs, ‘it’s you. We’ve been expecting you. Come in, come in’. Something about her voice confirms my doubts about coming here. And who does she mean by “we”? Everyone knows that this elderly lady lives alone.
I venture inside and up a set of old, creaking stairs surrounded by wallpaper that is a yucky dirt brown colour. It’s so aged that it is peeling off the wall and covered with moths. The moths were probably laying their eggs in the cracks between the wall and the wallpaper.
By far the most sickening thing is the smell, which makes my eyes water and my brain scream to run out of the house and down the street and to not stop running. But still, I move on. I won’t back down from the dare.
I reach the top of the stairs and I move along a hall until I reach a door that is so ancient that the wood has decayed and mould has grown over it.
I open the door and stumble into a room. The walls are supposed to be white in colour. I think. They are so aged that there are gigantic cracks running sometimes from wall to wall and most of the colour has faded so that the walls look a dirty grey colour.
The floor is made of wood that has rotted and feels soft. There is almost no furniture. There’s a saggy couch with rips all over it and a chair in much the same condition.
An old fashioned fire-place sits on one side of the room, and I think I see small creatures flickering about in the shadows.
The old woman follows close behind me and, in a gruff voice invites me to sit on one of her derelict couches.
I then inform the lady of how yesterday I had overheard someone talking of weird stuff happening in this house and waited to see her response. I intentionally left out telling her that I was only here because of a dare that had earned me twenty bucks. She thought I had just come for a visit.
‘I know what you’re here for,’ she says, ‘it’s it’s a dare isn’t it… hmmm?’ I start to feel guilty. ‘We hear everything that goes on in this street’ she whispered, her voice gradually getting lower.
I try to change the subject. ‘Um well,’ I stumble, ‘but who did you mean by “we”?’ ‘Oh,’ the lady mutters, ‘I mean them’. She points to the fire-place and moths start pouring out of it.
I leap off the couch, throw open the door, and run straight into another cloud of moths.
I blame the others for this. If they hadn’t given me this stupid dare I wouldn’t be here.
I’m fighting through the moths and I try to remember where the stairs and furniture are.
I can’t get through the moths. I don’t think I’ll make it. They’re pressing harder against me. I’m suffocating. My head is spinning. I hear my friend’s voice echoing inside my head. ‘Weird stuff happens in that house’.
I am getting dizzier by the moment. I see pictures of my mum and dad and the rest of my family in my mind. I also remember the others.
‘No,’ I think to myself, ‘I have to keep going’.
I can feel myself getting constantly weaker, my breathing is getting shallower.
My knees give way beneath me and I feel like giving up. But once again I am spurred on by images of my family and friends.
Finally, as if through some miracle, I make it outside.
I let out a cry of triumph. People turn their heads to look at me. Kids laugh at me as mothers attempt to shepherd their children away. I eventually look at myself and I notice why I am being regarded as a freak.
The moths had eaten my clothes!
Sydney Boys High School: The Foundation Years
A great deal was to be expected of the old boys of Sydney High, as the following reflection in the December 1888 issue of the School magazine suggests:
"There will be some, we know, who are going, and whom we shall miss very much, either as old friends, brilliant scholars, energetic committee-men, and who will always buy the – no, we mean who will always keep the memory of the school warm in their hearts, and not forget the fellows they worked with, or the masters who loved them best to instruct them, however much in books, certainly in the more important things of life, good habits, liberal ideas, and what, we hope, succeeded most, how to think; and gave them into their hands, if not always a casket of knowledge for their own use, at any rate a master key to unlock the books of ages and storehouses of time; enough of the principles underlying natural philosophy to go further, if it must be, without a living guide. "
Unusually for the times, the Headmaster showed a concern for the boys’ future employment. It is reported that, one morning, the Headmaster remarked to his senior class that while the School was intended to act as a stepping-stone to university, “it was hardly possible that all the High boys would go on to the University”. The 1933 history of the School continues the tale:
"He then went on to say that there were other careers open to people than those requiring a University education, and his friend, Mr R Teece, had told him of excellent openings for Sydney High School boys in the Australian Mutual Provident Society. Many acted on this advice, and thus the fact that so many AMP Society’s senior officers are Old Boys is explained. "
Many of the old boys of the Castlereagh St school went on not only to positions with the AMP, but also to great positions in Australia and the world in academia, politics, public service, sport, business and commerce, the armed forces and the law.
However, given the stated aims of the School, the old boys from Castlereagh Street who followed academic pursuits were perhaps the most outstanding of their fellows, as the following selection suggests:
Sir Grafton Elliot Smith (1883-1888), who was among the first enrolments in 1883, was the most “famous” old boy of his generation. A world-renowned authority on the brain, an Egyptologist and anthropologist, he became Professor of Anatomy at Victoria University of Manchester, 1909-1919 and Professor of Anatomy at University College, London, 1919-1936. He was President of the Anatomical Society of Great Britain and Ireland in 1924-1927 and Vice President of the Royal Society, 1913-1914.
Sir Samuel Henry Egerton Barraclough (1884-1889), after completing post-graduate work at Cornell University, returned to teach at Sydney High in the 1890s. He went on to lecture at Sydney University and became Professor of Mechanical Engineering, 1915-1941 and President of the Australian Institute of Engineers, 1935-1936. He was knighted in 1920 for service in World War I.
George Campbell Saxby (1884-1887) returned to the School as a mathematics teacher in 1893, became Deputy Headmaster for one year in 1912 and then returned as Headmaster of Sydney High School, 1925-1933.
Richard Arthur Wearne (1885-1886) became the first Principal of the Ipswich Technical College in Queensland, 1901-1918 and then became Principal of the Central Technical College, Brisbane, 1919-1932.
Stephen Jason Johnston (1887-1890) became an Economic Zoologist at the Technological Museum in Sydney, 1898-1906 and lecturer in Zoology at Sydney University, 1918-1922. His work is commemorated in the naming of a frog parasite, the Parapolystoma Johnstoni.
Walter George Woolnough (1888-1890) became Professor of Geology at the University of Western Australia, 1913-1919 and Geological Adviser to the Australian Government, 1927-1941.
Herbert Stanley Dettmann (1889-1892) became Professor of Classics at Auckland University, 1908-1922 before returning to NSW as Headmaster of Sydney Grammar School, 1923-1940.
Combined Selective School Music Festival
There are two categories this year; Junior (Years 7-9) and Senior (Years 10-12). The performance time limit for the Junior section is 3 minutes and Senior 5 minutes. The entry fee is $5.00 which is to be paid with the entry form.
Please enrol by this term so that times and performance pieces can be arranged before the start
of the competition.
Name: _______________________________________ Year: __________
Title of Piece and Composer: ___________________________________
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Applications for enrolment in 2009: Years 8 - 12
If you have siblings or friends who are interested in enrolling at Sydney Boys High in 2009 for years 8 - 12 we would appreciate you passing on this information. Limited places available. Applications available from Monday 23rd June 2008.
Limited places available. Application forms are available from the school or visit www.sydneyboyshigh.com and click on the link to Enrolments.
Applications close on 31 July 2008
for Years 10, 11, 12 will take place on Thursday, 26 June 2008 3:00pm – 7.30pm
Please note the following arrangements –
Interviews for parents of boys in Years 7, 8 and 9 will be held on Wednesday, 2 July, from 3:00 pm
More about Chinese Eisteddfod
I was asked to relate what I felt when I was competing in the 2008 Chinese Eisteddfod, and the Steven Bradbury analogy seems somewhat suitable. Indeed, I too happened to win by a bizarre fluke. Out of the eight initial contestants in my heat, only six turned up on the day. “That’s a fifty-fifty chance of getting a medal” you say, “I can do that standing on my head” you say. You probably would think that the odds of winning were stacked in my favour. Well, you would be wrong. You weren’t there to see the other six contestants. Whilst I was trying to force my half-memorised poem into my frontal lobes in the last dying minutes, the other six were aloof, eyes wandering confidently around the room, already visualising the emotional impact their orations would have on the judges, the parents and the rivals. I knew they were out of my league, because to them, the term FOB had only one meaning: Fabulous Oriental Being. Then the competition began, with the tinkling of a brass bell.
Ok. What really happened was that five of the remaining six contestants forgot half their texts mid-recital. This left me and last year’s champion. She chose to deliver the ambitious, emotionally charged five-minute prose piece. In fact, she focused so much on the emotional aspect that she managed to pause midway, allowing tears to swell in her eyes for additional effect. Unfortunately, the judges saw through those crocodile tears, and instead awarded me first prize. It was also unfortunate that our other senior competitors Caly Yang and Tom Sun did not receive any awards, as they had landed themselves in the midst of formidable veterans, whose astounding performances simply couldn’t be topped.
On behalf of all the High participants of the 2008 Chinese Eisteddfod, I would like to thank Ms
Zhang for her essential guidance and experience and for making this experience possible year by
year. I would also like to wish all future contestants good luck. I guess the important thing is
to have fun and not take it too seriously. However, if you don’t get an award, you
don’t have to take it on the chin like a mature adult; you can just attribute your loss to
the fact that the winners wasted money on Chinese poetry recital tuition courses and
tear-inducing eye drops.
On Saturday, 31st of May, people gathered at Strathfield girl’s high for the national Chinese Eisteddfod. This year was the largest turnout in the history of the eisteddfod, and the extra number of people made me nervous. …More competition? Having entered last year, I was very worried about retaining my 2nd prize. However, when I thought about all the hard work I put into my practice, I felt confident that I would win a prize.
Last year, I found a very simple way to win in this competition. The key was practice. I
practised again and again, and took in every piece of advice that Ms Zhang could give me and this
helped me on my way to success. I’m sure that many people have the ability to do things,
the only thing that they need to do is try. This year, I tried even harder; I had a reputation to
live up to. Thanks to Ms Zhang for helping me improve my prose and I managed to come 2nd again.
The Eisteddfod is a great experience and I believe that you should try it at least once in your
school live; it can be very rewarding.
P & C General Meeting - May 21st
7.30 PM SBHS STAFF COMMON ROOM
1. Talk by Dr. Ganderton on ‘Moodle and use of computer technology for
2. Present and Apologies
3. Minutes of previous meeting
4. Matters arising from previous minutes
5. Treasurer’s Report - Geoff Andrews
6. Principal’s Report - Dr. Kim Jaggar
School has noticed an increasing number of Yr 7 intake is sourced from non-OC (now >50%). Reasons are unclear. Advertising is underway for next year’s intake of Yr 8 and above.
Philip Day Scholarship will be awarded for 1st time in 2009.
Good participation rates for winter sport.
System of electronic roll marking in class may be ready for next year. Discussion of use of swipe cards.
NAPLAN has taken place.
Discussion of effect of computer game addiction on students. Staff development day jointly with SGHS will look at this. Speaker required for next month’s joint P&C meeting with SGHS.
Staff interviews: if system goes towards open ads more parents will need to be trained to sit on interview panels. This is an emerging issue. Universities are showing increasing interest in students who demonstrate all-round competence not just good test results. Consistent with SBHS aim of “Leading the way in all-round education”.
7. Foundation Report – Simon Chan in lieu of Shane Brown
8 Development Committee Report – Simon Chan
9. Library Fundraising Telephone Campaign – Steve Saunders
10. Electronic Sign at Cleveland Street entrance - Simon Chan
11. 125th Anniversary Cabaret - Simon Chan
12. Other Business
Meeting closed at 9.35pm.
Sydney Boys High and Sydney Girls High Joint P&C function
Professor Don White, Adjunct Associate Professor in Faculty of Engineering at Sydney University,
will be our guest speaker at the Sydney Boys High and Sydney Girls High Joint P&C function to
be held on Wed 25th June at 7.30pm in the Great Hall of Sydney Boys High. 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.
Prof Don White, Chair – Nature Conservation Council NSW
He will look at the impact of the industrial revolution on climate change and explore some of the
issues with which Australia needs to grapple, particularly concerning water and the transition to
a clean energy future. He will extend this to the role of education, particularly in schools, and
the influence our children can make to our future.
Library Building Fund
2008 fundraising campaign. Starting soon!
If you receive a phone call, please consider donating to the fund, as this is the only way our new library will get built, just as the other benefits our boys now enjoy have been built by the efforts of current and previous parents. The basketball and tennis courts come to mind here, just as there are many other facilities provided by parents.
Currently there is $700,000 on deposit and we aim to have $1,000,000 by early 2009. There are currently 82 monthly donors and we would like to boost this by another 200 this year. The monthly donations are the best way for us to leverage more funds from outside the school, and of course, one-off donations are always welcome.
If you don’t receive a phone call, (as it is quite difficult to call the whole parent body) please use the forms available on the school website to make a donation.
We can always do with a few more volunteers to assist with the Library Building Fund fundraising efforts. All materials and instruction supplied, for the week as above. Please join us for this very worthwhile cause!
For more details, please contact Steve Saunders, Email:
Rugby: The Garlic Sack
High Battles at Gusty Grammar Grounds
The 16As played solid rugby, scoring two tries against a bigger Grammar pack. The Bs also played very well, going down by a try. The 15s also gutsed it out, going down narrowly in the As and with brave performances in the Bs and Cs. Expectations where fulfilled from the 14s and 13s and they hit the field displaying a very high standard of rugby, no doubt a result of their new training regime under Junior Coaching Coordinator Serdar Bolen and our old boy coaches.
Team of the Week: 2nd XV- Massive team effort and great defence to improve on last week,
forcing a 0-0 draw.
1st XV (Opens) Report:
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Match Results - Trials Vs Sydney Grammar School 14 June
Team Result Score Men of the Match 1st XV Loss 52-3 Nelson Ridges, Danny Ng, Ben Palau 2nd XV Draw 0-0 Calum Martin, Joel Livingston, Koeun Na 16As Loss 20-12 Sam Darcy, Michael Gao 16Bs Loss 5-0 Gareth Deacon, Johnny Lieu 15As Loss 22-5 Leon Li, Jonah Petrie, Yixin Lu 15Bs Loss 62-0 Ryan McDonald, Eric Ovadia, Raymond Zhai 15Cs Loss 38-5 Michael Wang, Kevin Li, Shejil kumar 14As Loss 34-5 Kae-Yang Wong, Tim Gollan, Kumi Gunartne 14Bs Loss 24-5 Matthew Petrenas, Prashan Prabaharan 13As Loss 55-0 Campbell Kwan, Kenny Kuang, Tom Connolly 13Bs Loss 51-0 Steven Guo, Lyman Zhao, Robin Ko 13Cs&Ds Loss 55-5 13Ds No Game
Age Group Reports
16s: The 16As went into the trial match against Grammar looking to build on their narrow 15-12 loss last year. After about 10 minutes of good forward play the 16s went over the line through outside centre Michael Gao to level the scores 12-12. The Grammar boys managed to score in the last 15 minutes however to finish the game 12-20. The 16Bs went down 5-0 after a thriller of a game. Tight play in the forwards and efficient tackling technique saw some big hits and runs being delivered from the boys. Gareth Deacon and Johnny Lieu played an excellent game.
15s: Shimon Danziger played a full game in the 15Bs after playing a half for the 15Cs, and came on in the 15As for an injury in the last 5 minutes. Great effort! A committed bullocking run by Leon Li got a try for the As, the team showed Great Spirit in defence throughout the match. A few lapses can cost matches. The Bs had a more competitive 2nd half, Ryan McDonald & Eric Ovadia defended strongly. In the Cs Hareshan Karunakaran & Michael Wang made some strong tackles. Attendance to training needs to improve. Let’s do the work, have fun on the pitch and go into contact hard.
14s: 14As were rewarded with a try in their match. Grammar running away with a couple of back to back tries late in the 2nd half to secure their win, a good effort. Try scorer was Kae-Yang Wong . Matthew Petrenas and Prashan had strong matches for the 14 Bs. Attention to detail at the breakdown is our aim this week!
13s: Our 13s are learning the importance of first up tackles and communication. Playing more experienced teams will improve our own game. In the As, Campbell Kwan, Kenny Kuang and Tom Connolly, showed their class in defence and attack with leadership qualities. Steven Guo, Lyman Zhao led well from the pack whilst Robin Ko showed his dash on the wing. Great effort by all our players, keep having fun!
ALL RESULTS ARE TO BE EMAILED INTO
EVERY SUNDAY EVENING, BY TEAM
SBHS & SGHS 125th Anniversary Cabaret Night
Sydney Girls High School & Sydney Boys High School have great delight in inviting you to the Anniversary Cabaret to celebrate 125 years of education for both schools.
Friday 21st November 2008, 7:00pm - 12:00am. The Shannon Room, AJC Function Centre at Randwick Racecourse
Come and dance to the Shy Guys band, MCs Jessica Rowe and Jack Singleton. Featuring Little Pattie and other performs.
Tickets: $150 per person. This includes dinner, pre-dinner drinks in the Panorama Room, drinks from 7pm until 12am, parking and entertainment.
Dress: cocktail/lounge suit
RSVP: RSVP and pay by 26th September 2008. Guests are welcome to organise their own table of 10. Please advise if a if a vegetarian meal is required.
SBHS Contact: Ms Louise Graul, Ph 9361 6910, email
Sydney Boys High School: Class of ____
Weights Room Annual Strongman Competition
Congratulations to all who participated. Some exceptional results with the overall winners consistent over all 4 disciplines
Money raised through the sale of Hot Dogs and Drinks will go towards purchasing a strongman
Honour board for the weights room, trophies for winners as well as plaques for yearly strength
test record holders. To those who didn’t have a go at the challenges for one reason or
another but think they may have what it takes I leave you with this quote. It’s not about
physical stature but about how you approach a seemingly unattainable challenge.
2ND GRADE VOLLEYBALL REPORT 14/6/08
Shorson’s positive talking helped boost our team’s morale in the first set against Rooty Hill. Great serving by Shane got us some much needed points early on in the set. Despite our best efforts we lost the first set by a mere three points and went on to lose the second.
In our match against Westfields, consistency helped our team grab the first set with Daniel Shan’s great blocking which shut off their main hitter. Sam Wan provided good setting support which allowed us to get a few more full plays. Time limitations towards the end of the second set secured the match in our favour.
Our performance faded against Muirfield. Overall the tournament was a great experience and our
team did very well placing fifth in the Open boys.
From the Rugby Master’s Desk
We finished the pre-season last Saturday with our trial against Sydney Grammar School. As with the entire pre-season there were some very positive signs as we look forward to St Josephs at Hunter’s Hill.
Our 2nd XV had a great tussle with the Grammar 3rds to finish with a draw. The 16A, 15A and 14As were all competitive in their matches against Grammar, as they have been throughout the pre-season. Each player must take some heart from those results to know that the gap between us and the other GPS schools is not that great. Sydney Grammar has put a great deal of resources into their rugby program over the last few years and would not be considered an easy opponent, particularly in the juniors.
In the fixtures ahead our B and C teams should find some parity as they have hopefully been matched at a level commensurate with their ability and experience. Our 13s should always remember that we cannot match our opponents in playing experience at this stage. We are on a steep learning curve gaining our experience in ‘bucket loads” each week. We should concentrate on the long term picture. Our goals are to play better next Saturday than we did last Saturday, be better footballers at the end of the season than we were at the start, and better still in four years time than we are now. But it will only happen if all players attend all training sessions, from now until the end of the year.
Unfortunately there were some disappointing occurrences last Saturday as well. We had an embarrassing end to one junior match with the majority of the High team abusing the referee and refusing to shake the opposition hands; a 13 years player sent off for retaliation; a parent approaching a referee at the conclusion of a match and High spectators verbally abusing a referee. My strong advice to those involved is that should a similar incident occur either during or at the end of a match, I will recommend that the team be disbanded rather than have the school suffer any future public embarrassment; that referees are not to be approached by either players or spectators prior, during or after a match and if there are any grievances concerning a match that they should be taken up with myself as the Rugby MIC for High; junior players sent off can expect a minimum of a one week suspension subject to the referee’s report; and that most of the spectator abuse of the referee that I witnessed came from the adult male spectators who should be mindful of the examples they set for their sons and others.
As a colleague of mine says “Don’t get mad, get even”, the best way to improve the quality of refereeing is to pick up a whistle yourself and referee the High home matches. To become qualified is a relatively easy task. The Level 1 Referees course can be done through NSW Rugby www.nswrugby.com.au and involves eight hours of course work, completed over two nights, passing the Law exam (90%) which can be done online with the law book by your side and one competency field test which I am able to oversee. The cost of the course is $60 which the High rugby committee is willing to cover. Once qualified you can then referee at McKay and give the High teams the perceived advantages other schools are getting from “their” referees.
I look forward to seeing you all at Hunter’s Hill next Saturday to watch our juniors and
the 1st XV play one of the memorable experiences a schoolboy rugby player can have, playing Joeys
Sydney High Ski Team
Eighteen boys will represent our school in ski races at Perisher Valley in the July holidays. A
fund raising effort is currently underway to help with expenses involved in fielding our team.
Raffle tickets are currently on sale – see Mr Jones or Team Members (list outside History 2
staffroom) for your supply of tickets…. Prizes for holders of winning tickets include
amazing sporting memorabilia and include one or two surprises!!! Please support this unique
representative team by buying lots of tickets & thereby increase your chances of winning one
of those great prizes !!! For further details/tickets … contact Mr Jones … History
High Rugby Friends Big Night Out
August 2nd 2008
2:00pm - 5:00pm: High 1st XV v Kings
After the success of last year's dinner (a great night with sensational food and words from Ewen McKenzie, which paid for the donation of a scrum machine to the school), HRF has combined with the Sydney High Rugby Committee to present the Rugby Big Night Out - an awesome event featuring something for every High Rugby Friend. Make sure you clear your diaries and get in early to secure the best seats in the house for what is sure to once again be the main event of the Sydney High social calendar!
$60 ($40 concession) for entry, dinner and all entertainment. A bar will be running on the night