High Notes, Vol 9 No 2, February 08 2008
From the Principal
Building Fund Term Deposit – No 2
Building Works Financing
Chinese New Year Celebrations
Student Images in School Publications
Uncollected Student Reports
Year 7 Welcome and Summer Sports Assembly
"Good morning and welcome to our second edition of the summer sports assembly. To our special guest, coaches, parents and staff – thank you for your attendance. For several years now we have combined at this assembly our traditional welcome to Year 7 with our acknowledgement of summer GPS sports teams. We honoured our basketballer's and cricketers last year as their competitions commenced in term 4. Today we recognise our tennis players, sailors, swimmers and for the first time in a while – a water polo team.
"I want to thank all the coaches and players who have given up their time in the summer holidays to prepare themselves for term 1 competition. Our strength and fitness coach, Jason Tassell, has had a good response from dedicated trainers in the weights room during the vacation period. I urge boys again to avail themselves of this great service during the year for minimum cost.
"Our tennis program has been managed by Mr Ayre on top of his other duties and I thank him and his staff on your behalf for his efforts. Thank you also to Old boy Peter Pereira for his work with first grade tennis. I express my appreciation to Carl Nielsen and his coaches at Tennis-Wise for their coaching program. GPS tennis players are reminded that they can use our tennis courts during the reserved hours by signing for a key with my Assistant, Ms Williams.
"I would like to acknowledge the work of Adam South, our Old Boy sailing coach who has quickly built up a successful and sought after program for sailing. His expertise and contacts have added great value. Our fleet of boats is growing and our equipment is being regularly upgraded. As usual, I want to extend a special thank you to Mr Laurie Heil, who with Ben Ingle and a couple of dedicated volunteers, managed the construction of the new shed for the cricket gear and bowling machines. We have everything in place to move the cricket coaching program ahead strongly.
"Thank you again to Mr Ockert for organising swimming again this year. Our carnival is next week but that is just the beginning. Swimmers in training will be encouraged to swim for High in Friday night competition. Thank you to Taryn Evans, our new MIC for Water Polo for her help in reviving this sport at High. We have had great support from our colleagues at Sydney University Sport to access expert training. I am sure our boys will be much more competitive next season.
"Over the years I have made many observations about the nature of sport. After recent sporting circumstances in my own life, I was compelled to think about mental application and team goals above personal feelings. It is an exercise all members of teams must do. I am even more strongly persuaded that personal challenge setting and mental toughness to keep to training routines are vital qualities for successful sportsmen. Stick it out until the final whistle. Don’t let your team down or yourself down.
"Nicole Haislett, Olympic gold medallist in swimming put is this way. “Identify your personal limits and then push past them. Then set new barriers, and repeat the process, again and again and again.” You are used to facing big challenges in all areas of school life. I know that the going gets tough. We all understand the difficulties High boys have trying to balance academics and sport. However, the gains outweigh the negatives considerably. In the words of Greg Waitz, 9 times winner of the New York marathon: “You've got to look for tough competition. You've got to want to beat the best." How much more satisfying is it to do well against the hardest school organised competition there is, than to build up false assessments of quality in a lower standard sports environment?
"Good luck to all teams competing this weekend in the opening of the 2008 season and to those
already half way through. Rejoice in tough competition. Focus on your goals and see what you can
do together to achieve them. "
A Message to Staff, Students and Parents
Most major school assemblies and events are photographed. The photographs are available on the school’s “ R” drive: R:\StudentPhotoArchive.
The latest images are from the Welcome to Year 7 and Summer Sports Assembly. Images can be copied for your personal records.
If you photograph a school event it would be greatly appreciated if you could share your images as well. Students may need to see me in order to download into the ‘studentphotoarchive’ folder.
Photos from the archive are used in the yearly Record publication.
Sydney Boys High School: The Foundation Years
This year marks the 125th anniversary of Sydney Boys’ High School. To commemorate the occasion, the High Notes will publish a series of articles on the foundation years of Sydney Boys’ High School, from its establishment in 1883, to the departure from its first home in Castlereagh Street at the end of 1891.
Background: Secondary education in NSW
The Act itself and the debates surrounding its introduction concentrated upon the questions of providing elementary education through the State-funded “public schools” and of State funding for the denominational (or religious) schools. A dual system of State-run “public schools” and schools run by the various religious denominations (supported by State funding) had been in existence in NSW since 1850. The Act of 1880 established a Department of Public Instruction (now the Department of Education) to be responsible for the State-run “public schools” and abolished State funding for the denominational schools.
Although subject to little attention at the time, the Act also made provision for the establishment of public High Schools. Specifically, the Act stated that the government could establish “High Schools for boys in which the course of instruction shall be of such a character as to complete the Public School curriculum or to prepare students for University”.
In 1880, secondary education was seen to be the preserve of children who were destined for higher things. That is, those who would enter the “learned professions” and become part of the elite class of rulers and statesmen. Secondary education in NSW was provided by a number of sources - the Sydney Grammar School, grammar classes in the public schools, corporate colleges maintained by the churches (for example, The King’s School maintained by the Church of England and the Methodist Church’s Newington College), small grammar schools owned by individuals (mostly clergymen), small private venture schools and private educators such as parents, tutors and governesses.
The two most successful schools at putting forward pupils for entrance to Sydney University at the annual examinations were Sydney Grammar School and Fort Street Public School. Sydney Grammar had been established by Act of Parliament in 1854 and was in receipt of an annual grant from government until 1931. Fort Street Public School, founded in 1850, was the chief public school offering a secondary course (or “grammar class”) to its top form. After 1880, the public schools that offered such courses were termed “Superior Public Schools”.
The public high schools were considered necessary for the burgeoning middle classes as a means of providing a link between the elementary education provided by the public schools and the University of Sydney. At the time, one of the many problems faced by the University was that enrolments were low (for example, only 76 students enrolled in 1880). By 1875, Sydney Grammar School, with 400 students, was already considered to be full.
In 1883, the government therefore established high schools for boys and girls at Sydney, Bathurst and Goulburn, followed by high schools at Maitland in 1884. The country high schools were not a success. Both schools at Goulburn closed in 1886, Bathurst Boys’ closed in 1887 and Bathurst Girls’ in 1895. These schools, with their higher fees and more stringent entry requirements, could not survive in the face of open hostility and competition from the local superior public schools and private colleges.
Some influential voices stated that, unlike the elementary public schools, the high schools were not a suitable area of government activity and it was feared that the high schools would, because of government support, destroy the independent and private schools then in existence.
The High Schools at Maitland and Sydney survived, but it was to be at least another twenty years before any more high schools were established. The first of these was Newcastle High School which commenced in 1906. This was followed, in 1911, by the Fort Street High Schools and the Sydney Technical High School.
Welcome back to an exciting new year with our Music Ensemble Program. Our instrumental recruitment night was held on Monday evening in the Great Hall with a great turnout considering the terrible weather. Our talented tutors performed on their instruments to demonstrate the sound and versatility of each instruments. If you were unable to attend our instrumental recruitment evening and are interested in our music ensemble program, please contact the music staff for information.
Our first concert, the Annual Cabaret night will be coming up at the end of this term on Saturday 29th March 2008. We would like to invite you to come and listen to the wonderful variety of jazz music by our fabulous ensembles. This enjoyable evening showcases our jazz bands performing a wonderful range of music. Please join us on the fantastic night to listen or dance to the swing of the music. There will be a couple of professional dancers who will help those with Two Left Feet. This will be a great opportunity to meet and chat with other parents of music ensemble members, especially our new Year 7 parents. Please also remember to bring a plate of nibbles and drinks to share with friends and family.
Tickets can be purchased through the school’s main office and once payment is received, please bring the receipt to the music staff for ticket collection. Please complete and return the form below by Wednesday 19th of March 2008 for this fun-filled evening. Price: $10.00 per head or $25.00 per family.
Ensemble Rehearsal Times for 2008
Cabaret Night Ticket Order
Name of Student: ______________________________ Roll Class: ______________
Number of tickets required: ___________________ Total cost: ______________
Type of payment: Cheque____ Cash ____ B/Card____ M/Card____ Visa____
Name on Card: _________________________________ Expiry Date: __ __ / __ __
Card No. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
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Rowing Term 1 2008
The boys have been in rowing camps through the January holidays and are now ready to enter the exciting end of the rowing season with the GPS regattas already under way.
The boys compete at a series of regattas during Term 1, the first one last Saturday, with High as host school. This was a junior regatta (Years 8, 9 and 10) and we were lucky with the weather. The boys all rowed well and High parents did a terrific job catering for the spectators from all schools with barbecued egg and bacon rolls, coffee, cakes and refreshments. The best performed crew of the day was probably the year 9 first quad of Petrie, Fang, Stefanidis, Gollan and Chung coached by Mr Gainford.
The rowing committee, Peter Ambrose, Geoff Andrews, Anita Bezjak, Grace Reid, Katharine Deacon and Bernie Desmond worked well together organizing the transportation of equipment, set up at Bayview Park, catering and roster for the regatta …it was a big effort!
The committee would like to thank the parents who helped with barbecuing, serving, and making a spectacular array of cakes – Steve Whiting, Cheryl Bow, John Petrie, Debbie and Barry Schilling, Sally Lin, Frank Caetano, Helen and Max Montenaro, Mohan Balakrishnan, Helen and Steve Gollan, Patricia and Stratos Stefanidis, Helen Vertoudakis, Denis Gorey, Tim Musgrove, Mary Myerscough, Nada Andrews and Tania Arsenova.
The senior boys (Years 11 and 12) celebrated the beginning of the competitive season with a ‘Rowing Formal’. This was initiated by the boys, with Robbie Chen doing most of the organising. It was a dinner/dance attended by the senior boys and invited partners, and they all looked fantastic in their formal attire. The night was enjoyed by all thanks to the catering efforts of Allyson Barris, Edna Koritschoner, Katharine Deacon, Anita Bezjak, Peter Ambrose, Kel O’Keefe and David Blomberg. Can’t forget the very professional waiters of the night …Year 10 rowers, Gareth Deacon, James Whiting, Andrew Blomberg and Dominic Edgtton.
Attached is a report by Robbie Chen: SYDNEY BOYS HIGH ROWING FORMAL 2008.
Love was in the air. The water still. Like glass. Barely a breeze swept the Parramatta River on this relaxing Friday evening. The sun beginning to set, golden rays of light beaming at the horizon. Perfection. At 6.30pm, the Sydney High Rowing Sheds was a scene of clean, fine, young testosterone-pumped gentlemen greeting the growing flocks of unsuspecting beautiful young women. Intelligent conversation was made as all were merry with crushed drinks and delicious finger food, served ever so gracefully by the Year 10 waiters. One by one, the suited-up rowers would guide their dates, hand in hand, upstairs to the function room for the formal. Gentlemen, they were that night.
With all seated there was no time wasted and we got straight to the point. The food was spectacular, delivered professionally, prepared to the highest standards, absolutely sensational. All was well until we decided to introduce a bit of old-school to the formal; the traditional waltz. A crucial life skill all rowers now flaunt. Opening the waltz was Daniel O’Keefe (Captain of Boats) and Shahar Merom (Vice-Captain of Boats) with their brave dates. And they waltzed with much expertise and coordination and skill to the delight of the crowds. And it looked so fun to the point that everyone converged on the dance floor to waltz. It was a tearful sight for the adults as they gazed in deep thought at the spectacle present. The night continued on with much dancing and socialising, couples on the pontoons, enjoying the serene river in the moonlight. Before we all knew it, the end of the night was upon us and like the typical Romeos we are, all of us presented our dates with flowers in a romantic move to seal the night. Farewells were made, kisses were blown, hugs were given and the women were soon booted out of the sheds and on their way home. The first ever rowing formal was deemed to be a huge success and it could not have happened without the following people:
Constantine William Phillip Barris, his lovely wife Allyson Barris, Edna, Peter Ambrose, Julie
Blomberg, Dave Blomberg, Anita Bezjak, Katherine Deacon, Nada Andrews, George Barris, Oliver
Wilson, Paul Martyn. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for giving me a chance and
believing in me.
The Year 10 VIIIs are off to Melbourne this week for the annual racing against Melbourne High on
the Yarra. This will be quite a different experience to the busy Parramatta River and competition
will be tough. The boys are billeted and looked after by Melbourne High and hopefully will be
enjoyed by all. Of course, this is all overseen by our rowing master, Mr Barris, who
quietly goes about the business of efficiently running events in the rowing program.
High Cricket Bulletin
The second half of the cricket season got underway last Saturday, but unfortunately many matches were abandoned due to wet and unprepared turf pitches. High’s 4thXI and 15Bs recorded wins and remaining teams had mixed fortunes.
Saturday also saw 30 of the 48 new Year 7 boys attend the school nets for assessments and we welcome all of the boys to the Cricket section. A pleasing aspect was the enthusiasm shown by the boys and whilst many are new to cricket, they all had a go and displayed areas where our coaches can aim for in preparing them for fixtures. My thanks to the parents who transported the boys and stayed throughout the session.
This week in all age groups new players to the section will be selected in teams for Saturday 9th Feb
GROUP 1 -
1stXI GRAMMAR 4/111 -defeated- HIGH 10/110
2ndXI GRAMMAR 7/97 -defeated- HIGH 10/95
3rdXI , 16A and 15A Matches abandoned due to state of the pitch
14A GRAMMAR 6/110 -defeated- HIGH 10/59
4th XI HIGH 7/140 -defeated- GRAMMAR 7/137
16B GRAMMAR 3/183 -defeated- HIGH 4/63
15B HIGH 8 /149 -defeated- GRAMMAR 9 /148
15C and 15D Teams were scheduled for an Intra Home match
14B Match abandoned due to state of pitch
14C BYE – Grammar does not have a 14C team
CRICKET COMMITTEE & GENERAL MEETING
The Agenda will include a Competition Report, Coaching Support, Fund Raising and Cricket Dinner. Parents of all players (including our new boys) are encouraged to attend.
All team's selections will be posted weekly where applicable, Match Reports (submitted), High
Notes and general information for parents will also be included and all are urged to use this
communication aid regularly.
Basketball: Shooting Hoops
High VS Grammar
Term 1 2007(last time)
Term 4 2007(This week)
So you wake up Saturday morning and it is raining…
Mr Hayman's Player/Team of the Week: Spencer Llewellyn (1st Grade)
1ST GRADE VS GRAMMAR
The 2nd quarter saw High knuckle down and produce some further free flowing offence that was simply unstoppable. Long-range shooting from Sam Higgins frustrated the Grammar side, and Dinghua Xiao’s dominant presence inside was key to some easy baskets, numerous 2nd chance points and some massive blocks. High led by14 at half time. The 3rd quarter was a tight affair with both teams trading baskets quickly, with little defence played on either end. Solid contributions from Jackson Meaney and Stephen Dong and easy transition baskets for High relieved the pressure that was starting to build from a declining lead. Grammar worked hard to get within 9 points at one stage but High held strong and with an exciting buzzer beater from Spencer, High maintained their 14 point lead at the end of the 3rd period. In the 4th quarter, High clamped down on defense restricting easy penetration into the key that Grammar were getting earlier in the game. With numerous Grammar players fouled out and further sharp shooting, the lead was pushed out to 20 by full time.
It was great too see such great support at an away game, especially from the coaches/old boys.
We play Kings at home this week and it’ll be awesome to have a massive crowd behind us
for such an important game for the team.
2nd GRADE VS GRAMMAR
~Brought to you by Johny Shih
Learn to Row Program
When: Sunday, 17 February – 30 March 2008 (No Rowing Easter Sunday 23 March 2008)
Time: 7.00am – 9.00am
Duration: 6 Sessions of 2 hours
Cost: $275.00 incl. GST
Coach: Ross Bowey
Venue: The Outterside Centre, 5 Teviot Avenue, Abbotsford
If you want to learn Rowing in Sydney, then this course of 6 classes is for you. Whether you are a complete novice or have some previous experience, come and learn the skills of rowing. 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.
Agenda - Beginners
Week 2 – 6:
Agenda – Continuing
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 18’s must be accompanied by a participating adult.
To make a booking or for more information: Please contact Judith Shuttleworth, Foundation
Venues Manager, on 0427 070 569 or at
Steve Biddulph @ Sydney Boys High School
On Raising Boys by Steve Biddulph
Playgroup NSW is pleased to announce that Australia's best known family therapist and parenting author Steve Biddulph will present a hilarious and helpful talk based on his best-selling book ‘Raising Boys’ in March at Sydney Boys High School.
Steve's books of Happy Children, Raising Boys, More Secrets and the acclaimed Manhood, are popular the world over and have contributed to changes in attitudes to the needs of children and methods of parenting.
Wednesday, 5 March 2008 at 7.30pm
Cost $16.00 Playgroup members $20.00 non members
Book on line www.playgroupnsw.com.au or phone 1800 171 882.
**We regret babies and children cannot be admitted to the talks.
Year 9 Parents Meeting
Our first meeting of 2008 will be held on
Wednesday 13th February at 6:30 in the Staff Common Room
All parents/carers of Year 9 boys are welcome to attend, especially those new to the
If you have any questions, please ring Fabienne Ovadia on 9386 1221
SBHS Chinese New Year Dinner
When: 6.30 pm Saturday 23 February 2008
Where: Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School
Food: Delicious Chinese & Asian food by special Asian gourmet caterers
Entertainment: Traditional Chinese Lion dance and Chinese music performance, Special Chinese decorations, Chinese New Year artwork display by Sydney High students Games, Lucky door prize, Raffle and Auction prizes
Families and friends, past parents, teachers and Old Boys are all welcome
Organised by SBHS Development Committee and P&C
PLEASE NOTE: PAYMENT MUST BE RECEIVED AT THE SCHOOL OFFICE BY LUNCHTIME ON 15 FEBRUARY 08. UNFORTUNATELY THERE WILL BE NO ADMISSION ON THE NIGHT WITHOUT PREPAYMENT BECAUSE OF CATERING NEEDS
For enquiries please ring Charles Ovadia on 9386 1221