High Notes, Vol 9 No 35, November 07 2008
From the Principal
The Provision of Library Services at High
For the High Senior School the concept was to develop the discourse of academic achievement through the total curriculum of the school for boys in their ‘certificate years’ 10-12. More than 120 students in Years 10 and 11 are accessing subject acceleration, not including 2-unit mathematics accelerants. The objectives for the school were to: maximise individual academic success at the HSC, support students towards autonomy as learners, to build self-efficacy through continued co-curricular participation, to provide opportunities to lead and serve and to help students explore and prepare for tertiary and vocational options. Students can benefit from broad access to a supervised reading, study, homework, online research facility. Connected learners need individual access to the web.
After consultation with various school management and governance groups I have decided to bring forward the provision of upgraded library services to the students at High by establishing two libraries managed by two Librarians. The L-shaped space now occupied by the Senior Study Centre and Rooms 703-5 is the designated area for the new High Senior Library. In the first stage, 2009-2010, the Senior Study Centre will be refurbished and fitted out as a Senior Library. Cabling, hardware and furniture orders have been placed. The area will have wireless hubs installed. Any necessary building repairs will be undertaken. Advertising for a Teacher Librarian will be placed shortly. Fifty additional computers will be made available. The space will be set up to take advantage of any personal laptop roll out by the Federal Government in 2009-2010. Senior school students with ‘non-classroom periods’ will be expected to be in the senior library. The overwhelming use of Library space by seniors is for independent reading, homework completion, study or online research. The Senior Librarian will provide a structured orderly environment for those activities to be undertaken. Examinations will be accommodated in the combined area of the Senior School Library space. Meetings will be possible in the Senior Library Space. The furniture in the centre space will be long flat tables and there will be adequate seating around the perimeter of the room.
At the beginning of 2009 we will seek advice on how the Junior School Library can be enhanced to fulfil its purposes better. A new colour copier has been purchased and installed. New software has been installed to allow students to buy copy credits to access photocopying and printing services. Orders have been placed to expand the computer area to 30 machines. The twenty laptops on the charge trolley will go to the Senior Library and be replaced with 20 new laptops designed for longer wireless operation.
In addition, we will negotiate access to each library for seniors and juniors and the arrangements for borrowing books, printing and access to periodicals. By the end of 2009 we will have a better idea about how the relationship between the two libraries will work and in what way the resources and services of both sites need to be managed.
The school is about to commit itself to $125,000 in expenditure for 2009, with an ongoing commitment for up to $60k. DET will not be funding any of these changes. Building Fund and Library Fund resources will be used. In addition, the ‘grounds levy’ which is directed currently to the SBHS Building Fund, will be increased and used to partially fund the second Librarian position. In the first instance I want to delay no longer in accommodating our need for greatly expanded library services for our boys. We have not been able to attract government funding to augment our quite significant fund raising efforts. Put bluntly, it is more efficient and effective to employ a person rather than build a building. We will achieve a great deal of our stage one fundraising objective – a new library – next year. We will then focus our fundraising on stage two – a Multipurpose Centre. The new building I envisage will need a self-contained 200 seat lecture theatre with visitor amenities and ground level performance space; a 125 seat examination room; several small rehearsal rooms and some storage space. Such a building will provide: a large area for performances, Year meetings, debates and lectures, the substitute space we need to replace the Senior Study Centre, small spaces for debating preparation, interviews, special provision exams and music practice and a public reception space. It will also be a rentable asset.
After nine years of trying, it is time something practical is done to address our library
services deficiencies. I welcome your feedback and ask for your support during our transition to
the two schools, two library model.
Term four charges along at a cracking pace and we can hardly believe it’s November already.
Creative writing is such a great way to learn how to think about how writers use language to communicate to readers, and to discover things about yourself as you tell the stories that mean something to you. We are really excited about Camilla Nelson’s Writing Workshops which are going swimmingly. They are learning different ways to get started, developing redrafting and editing skills, and collecting a whole toolbox of writers’ skills. What’s so wonderful about this project is that students attending the workshops are developing knowledge and skills that they will bring back to their English classes and pass on to the other students. We look forward to the pieces of writing that emerge as the effects of Camilla’s workshops continue to influence all our Year 9 students.
By the time this has gone to press Extension 2 English students will have had their first meeting and received their first task, which asks them to engage in some independent research into previous HSC Major Works in the form and medium in which they are interested. We look forward to some excellent submissions working towards exciting and realistic proposals for the Major Works for the class of 2009.
And now a lesson in dramatic tension. Year 7s have been submitting their reviews of JUST
MACBETH! and it’s so tough to choose a winner from a pool of talented reviewers that we
are still deciding which victorious student shall be Thane of Reviews hereafter and claim the
Wizz Fizz. He shall be crowned at Scone next week without fail so stay tuned.
The Eastern Suburbs Public Speaking Competition is taking place tonight at The Scots College. The
six boys entered into the comp will be required to present a prepared and an impromptu speech. We
wish the following boys the best of luck in this prestigious competition: Christopher Chiam,
Christopher Pinto (Yr8), John Aclis, Hayden Schilling (Yr 10), Alain Nguyen and Stephen Garofano
All Year 10 history students should check the marking guidelines for the Year 10 Trial School
Certificate which have been placed on Moodle under the heading Year 10 history.
SHS Old Boys' Union
Headmasters of Sydney Boys' High School: Robert John Hinder (1856-1918)
He was appointed Headmaster of Maitland Boys High School in succession to John Waterhouse in 1889. At Maitland, Mr Hinder taught no fewer than five subjects - English, Latin, French, Greek and mathematics. For 25 years he presided as “Boss” of Maitland until 1914 when he was appointed the first Headmaster of North Sydney Boys High School. He was appointed to Sydney Boys High in July 1915, following John Waterhouse’s retirement. Mr Hinder had applied for the Headmastership of Sydney High unsuccessfully in 1896 when John Waterhouse was appointed.
In 1915, Mr Hinder inherited a School struggling with the new system of education brought about by the introduction of new High Schools and the new Intermediate and Leaving Certificate examinations. A network of High Schools meant that, for the first time, teachers had promotional opportunities within the State system. This resulted in a high staff turn-over. The new system also meant that departmental regulations were imposed in an attempt to achieve uniformity among the new high schools. At this time, Sydney Boys High began the struggle to maintain its independence and individuality in the face of the Education Department’s need to administer a system that now applied to all high schools in the State. .
The new Combined High Schools (CHS) sporting competition was also causing problems. The popularity among the boys of CHS soccer was compromising the School’s participation in the GPS Rugby competition (for example, the 1917 1st XV match against The King’s School was forfeited). The controversy was eventually resolved by the School withdrawing from soccer. However, Mr Hinder’s time also witnessed the School’s first GPS success when the junior athletics team became joint-premiers at the 1917 GPS athletics carnival.
World War I also had its impact on the School community, in particular as it diverted the priorities of the Old Boys who enrolled to serve in great numbers.
Mr Hinder’s time at Sydney High was short. He died on 6 November 1918 from heart failure, just five days short of the Armistice that was to end World War I. He is commemorated in the R J Hinder Library at Maitland.
His obituary notice in The Record stated:
"Mr Hinder had been at the School only three years, but his manly personality, his just dealings, and his unfailing sympathy had endeared him to all present boys."Return to Index
We are looking for new Parent Mentors
The role of the Mentoring Parent is:
The scheme is informal, without a lot of structure and depends for its success on the enthusiasm of the Mentors.
The scheme has worked extremely well for three years and has not been at all onerous.
All the Mentor Parents this year have enjoyed it tremendously and the New Parents have been extremely receptive and grateful for the contact.
As there is an attrition rate every year we need new Mentor Parents.
Please join us as the more parents we have the easier is the task.
Or fill in the form below and return to the Principal's Assistant
Name: ____________________________ Home Ph: _________________________ Mobile: __________________________ Email address: ___________________
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Annual Unit Dinner
Ex cadets, old boys, parents and ex unit staff are invited to
ANNUAL UNIT DINNER
FRIDAY 14th NOVEMBER
Payment may be made at the School Office
From the Library
Thanks to thoughtful Year 12 donors
Old Boy Authors
Last week I mentioned another Old Boy publication, Graeme Mann’s. The Vietnam War on a Tourist Visa, which I had promised to review in High Notes. So here goes! The author, Graham Mann, was a naïve 20 year old and obviously a computer engineer fresh out of university, when he found himself in the middle of the Vietnam War on a tourist visa. How did this happen you may well ask. Graham began working for a rather cheap fisted and dodgy computer company who had managed among other enterprises to be “awarded” a military contract to maintain the American military’s mainframe computers. Unfortunately the ones young Graham was supposed to maintain were supposed to be in Thailand, right next to the war zone in Vietnam.
Of course the inevitable happened and Graham had to go into Vietnam to fix mainframes which were housed right in the line of fire in non air-conditioned Nissan huts.
As with any recollections of wartime experiences Graham’s autobiography is a fabulous history lesson. In many other respects Graham’s experiences with the American military captains, who used the war for advancement to Major, echoed the experiences in much of the fiction about the Vietnam War. Inept recruits were protected by a conspiracy of silence to maintain the myth that every captain ran a slick operation. The Vietnam War always seemed to me to have been lost due to a lack of morale in the lower ranks of the military.
I will never forget going to listen to speakers in the Domain when I was at University and hearing from an American soldier who got up on the rostrum to tell his Australian allies the home truth that American soldiers had begun to shoot their officers. However the real history lesson underlying Graham’s autobiography for me was that the Vietnam War was probably lost by a military enmeshed in and demoralised by a capitalist system looking for the cheapest bottom line for military and computer hardware and prepared to pass on all the most dangerous military operations to their black recruits. The result was that the Americans got totally disappointed with themselves and just wanted to get out. Every raw recruit to every company ought to read Graham’s novel. I am sure his job frustration is felt by every young man who goes into the workforce keen to do a good job and totally unaware that most of the rules for a successful career are social rather than technical.
Some of the best reading in the novel was the patience with which Graham’s military
acquaintances assisted this bright young man to gradually appreciate his social restrictions.
Graham’s whining about actually being in Vietnam and his lack of understanding of who most
deserved to lead the men in their defence of his barracks were in many respects the best part of
his memoirs. Graham’s honesty here makes this addition to our Old Boys Collection a lesson
for all young, keen men. The Vietnam War on a Tourist Visa is a valuable and timely (Afghanistan
and Iraq) and overall a very enjoyable read.
Tapas and Jazz in the Courtyard Concert
The cost of the concert is FREE and we ask that you please bring along a picnic basket to enjoy with your family and friends. We look forward to your company for a wonderful afternoon of fantastic music by our Jazz ensembles.
Performance uniform: School uniform (with WHITE shirts for juniors also) and COLOURFUL tie.
Music Awards Assembly
We would like to extend a warm invitation to all parents to come and join us at the assembly.
'Night at the Movies' Spring Music Festival
There will be popcorn and drinks on sale and a surprise finale.
Tickets will be sold on the night, but we encourage you to buy them prior to the performance to ensure a smooth running of the evening. Please make payments at the main office and collect tickets from the music staff. We look forward to this magical evening of quality performances by our talented musicians and hope you are able to attend to support their efforts and hard work.
Price: $10.00 single / $25.00 family
Performance uniform: long sleeved white shirts, tie, black shoes, grey school trousers.
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Parent volunteers needed for Orientation Afternoon
From 3:00 pm until 3:50 pm, refreshments will be served in the Courtyard for our new students and their families. Refreshments will also be available after the Assembly from 4.45pm until approximately 5.30pm.
It’s a great opportunity to welcome new parents to the school, and to encourage them to be involved in the school community.
Oktoberfest in September?!
We had the whole of the rear section of the Keller to ourselves and once the boys had found a spot at a table they were sent in groups to the buffet. Kartoffelsuppe (potato soup), Hühnerschnitzel (chicken schnitzel), Spätzle (hand made noodles), Pilzsauce (mushroom gravy) and a whole lot of other foods tempted all of us and the waiters and waitresses spoke German to the boys! The accordion player encouraged us to sing along to his playing and we had to promise that next time we would know more songs. Dessert was also traditional: Apfelstrudel, Schokoladentorte mit Sahne und Eiskrem ensured that nobody left the table feeling the slightest bit hungry (on the contrary – and we advised the boys who complained about a tummy ache to skip dinner that evening).
To help digestion we walked to the Opera House, took a picture of the three classes on the steps (as all tourists do!) and then caught the bus back to school. All involved considered it a very successful exercise and we are encouraging the students to save their pocket money as there might be a trip to Germany when they reach Year 10!Return to Index
Spring has sprung and a young man’s thoughts drift to facial hair. Yes, it’s MOVEMBER when chaps all over town stop shaving to raise money raises funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyond blue: the national depression initiative so they may better achieve their goals and improve the state of men's health. A general reluctance to access health services or to attend regular medical check ups is an attitude common to men of all ages which only exacerbates this issue. Men access health services 30 to 40% less than women. This resistance makes the prevention and early detection of many common diseases far less effective than it could be. Movember is a really important initiative which is changing the way men think about, discuss and treat their own health issues. In a school full of men it’s crucial that we think about these issues and work to support men’s health. At High where some of the lads are not yet equipped for this project the Community Service Committee has found a solution. On Friday the 14th (YES THAT”S NEXT FRIDAY!!!!) our crack team of Movemberists will host an extremely manly event which we like to call MACHO DAY. Real men will come to the barbie to get a kebab which comes with a lustrous moustache. If your finances stretch to it you might grab a ginger beer to go with that. Or maybe SOLO, ‘cause it’s a man’s drink. Don’t be the only clean shaven guy in period five – come on down to the BBQ next Friday watch man make fire, eat meat-on-stick, and pick up a Mo to go.Return to Index
White Ribbon Day
This month SBHS Amnesty International group gets cosy with the Community Service Committee to raise awareness and some funds for the White Ribbon Campaign. It’s the first international campaign to end violence against women in the world that specifically involves men, by encouraging them to take a stand and say that violence in any form is never acceptable. Violence against women can involve domestic or family violence, sexual assault or rape, sexual harassment, discrimination and vilification, and hate crimes and work place violence. Violence against women is never ok.
Start looking around the school for the posters which tell the stories of women who are the victims of violence here and around the world. Be informed. Be the guy who stands up against violence. At High we’re always ahead of the game – this time because of a looming HSC assessment block – so Amnesty leader James Lee is running White Ribbon Day with Amnesty’s regular faithful and the help of the Community Service Committee in a campaign that culminates on Monday November 17th.
What can you do to help stop violence against women? On Monday the 17th, you can sign the pledge and bring $2 to buy a wristband or a white ribbon to support the organisation. Stay tuned for further information in next week’s High Notes.Return to Index
P&C Annual General Meeting
Pam Halusi, School Liaison Officer from NSW Police Department, will be presenting a talk on Cyber
Bullying at our P&C Annual General Meeting to be held on Wed 19 November, 2008 at 7.30pm in
the SBHS Staff Common Room. All parents are welcome to attend to learn more about the use and
abuse of internet and ways to deal with this relatively new problem for our children. Election of
new P&C office bearers and year representatives will also be held after the talk. Nominations
for all positions can be emailed to
prior to meeting or during the
meeting on the night.
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
SHS Basketball: Shootin' Hoops
High VS Riverview 2008 Term 1 (Last time)
High vs Shore 2008 Term 4 (This time)
16Es Match Report Against Riverview
Like last week, we were up against a team that had bigger players than us with a 13 man team, while we only had 8. With only ten minutes into the game, we were trailing 8-2 already, but we managed to drop a few baskets to narrow the gap and drawing a lot of fouls in the process. Riverview were in foul trouble at the end of the first half which allowed us to take shots at the free-throw line. Following an uneventful first half, the score was 12-11 against us. At half time, we received some words of wisdom from Mr Hayman. We were encouraged to be more aggressive and try for the offensive rebounds and aim for steals. Within the first 2 minutes, we scored 2 more baskets and we continued to play solidly for the remainder of the 2nd half, making plenty of steals, and pressuring our opponents.
I top scored during the game, making 1 field goal and 6 out of 8 free throws and I would also like to commend the efforts of Daniel Chen and Jeffrey Tang, both scoring 6 points each as well. Ending the game, we won 28-22 following a narrow loss last week.
I am looking forward to next week's game against Scots, hoping that, after our first win, the
16Es will we prepared to take them head on and hopefully secure another win. Thank you must also
go to our coach Ms Reemst for her on-going efforts.
High First Grade basketball play Scots at home this week! Please make sure we have a home crowd advantage by coming to barrack loudly for the firsts! As you can see from the table below it should be a great standard of play
With the completion of Round 1 for the Group 1 teams and Round 2 for the Group 2 teams there are is an air of expectation of some very good cricket emerging in our teams in both areas of the GPS competitions. I have had the opportunity to see a variety of age teams in action and there is enthusiasm and performances that are really encouraging. Particularly in some of the senior teams where players are identifying how and why they are dismissed or how they have bowled with a realization that improvements in those areas will see more personal satisfaction and better team results. Much of our preparation has been hampered by poor weather which has robbed teams of practice on sports days which has had a dramatic effect on us being able to establish continuity in team match planning in areas of balance and batting orders. Hopefully this week the weather will be kinder and we will see a vast improvement.
However, changes will occur, promotions to higher teams and relegation for some in the Group 1 teams will be imminent at the completion of Round 2 based on performances as it is important in the early part of the GPS season to have wins under our belts. Players are aware of this policy and therefore the responsibility rest with them.
TEAM CRICKET KITS
GROUP 1 (Two Day fixtures)
1st XI (Day 2) SHORE 1-208 -defeated - HIGH 10-124 and 4-94
2nd XI (Day 2) SHORE 3-301(57) -defeated- HIGH 9–106 (62) and 9-32 (20)
The 2nd XI are a young team and we learnt valuable lessons in this game which we will take into Round 2 and put them to work. See full match report on Website
3rd XI (Day 2) SHORE 9-218 (decl) - defeated - HIGH 10-118 and 4-103(35)
See Website- full match report
16A (Day 2) SHORE 9-178 -defeated- HIGH 8-165
15A (Day 2) SHORE 10-239 (63) -defeated- HIGH 10-96(40) and 8-84 (24)
GROUP 2 (One day fixtures)
4th XI RIVERVIEW (St IGNATIUS) 5-182 -defeated- HIGH 8-71
15B RIVERVIEW 5-90 -defeated- HIGH 8-75
The recent trip by Melbourne Boys High was full of adventure and surprises. Unfortunately, the weather was unkind, and one of the Rowing sessions had to be cancelled. One of the other sessions should have been cancelled as it turned out.
On the Thursday afternoon, the Southerly became overpowering. Melbourne High row on the Yarra, which is a river with very high banks, and as a result is always very calm. The Melbourne crew flipped their boat, or should I say our boat, the KJ Andrews, and went into the emergency drill of lying on top of the boat. They then took several minutes swimming the boat to the nearest shore at Breakfast Point.
As they reached the shore, the Rivercat went past and the ensuing wash on the low tide bank caused the boat to break in half. The 18 year old boat is no longer serviceable. The big plus of the afternoon was the hospitality of the locals, who provided the boys with hot drinks as we struggled to get the boat back to our sheds. The racing took place the next day, and we won 5 of the 6 races. The return challenge occurs on the Yarra in February. Melbourne High left wondering about all the seasons they experienced in only 3 days.
On November 15 the 1st & 2nd VIII & the 1st IV will compete in the Head of the Parramatta from Homebush Bay to Sydney Rowing Club. The following week the Year 10 VIIIs & Year 9 quads will do the same.
Important events in the coming weeks are outlined below.
Canteen Price List
Open from 8:30am to 1:40pm.
8:30 to 9:00 a.m. * a time to place lunch orders * breakfast is available