High Notes, Vol 9 No 38, November 28 2008
From the Principal
Student Awards Scheme
Old Boys’ Union Life Membership by Instalments Scheme
The distribution of life membership certificates for those students who have successfully applied has become an important tradition at the Year 12 farewell assembly. If you have not made all six instalment payments by the time of the farewell assembly, the OBU will advise of any additional instalments it requires to make up the number and will provide ample opportunity to make application before the ceremony. Please take the opportunity to fill out the form in this issue of the High Notes and return it and your instalment payment to the OBU.
Behaviour on public transport
125th Anniversary Cabaret
HSC Geography Fieldwork
Fieldwork is a crucial part of all Geography courses but is especially important in the HSC. Books, internet and other resources can only go so far – it’s experience out in the field that can translate a dry idea to a real concept. This time, the HSC Geography students carried out a series of data gathering exercises starting at Central. The aim of the day was to study changes in land use as you move from the central areas towards the suburbs. Urban land use is a vital element of planning and here the students have an opportunity to study actual changes and then reflect on the implications during lessons. Sydney is undergoing considerable change at the moment and so this work (which also draws on the results of previous years) is of particular significance. Moving between suburbs along the Western line it is easy to see which areas are changing – the aim is also to find out why!
Data gathering is only part of the day. It’s the idea of getting around the city, working
together on ideas of what data to record, looking for changes as you go along and also checking
for traffic (both pedestrian and vehicular) that turns the day from a simple exercise to one that
does far more for the general education of the student. It was very pleasing to see the use of
our e-learning system afterwards as messages went around the group, first pointing out mistakes
and then helping with corrections and other data sharing. Images were uploaded, slides found and
spreadsheets sent around.
Year 9 Parent Dinner
To celebrate the end of a busy year and the achievements of our boys reaching the halfway mark in their High School career, all Year 9 parents are warmly invited to get together for an evening of friendship and good food on
Wednesday 3rd December at 7:15 pm
Wide variety of dishes in banquet menu,
Hoping to see you there!
Languages: Highlights of Academic Performance from Outside Competitions
ALC (Assessment of Language Competence) National Language Certificate Tests
In Chinese Certificate 2 (Intermediate), 95.7% of students achieved a Distinction or High Distinction in Listening and 91.3% in Reading. Particularly impressive was the fact that 8 students achieved a perfect score in Reading and 16 achieved a perfect score in Listening.
In French Certificate 2 (Intermediate), 96.2% of Year 9 students achieved High Distinctions, Distinctions or Credits in Listening and 96.3% in Reading skills with 2 students achieving perfect scores.
In French Certificate 3 (Advanced), 100% of Year 10 students achieved a score of Credit, Distinction and High Distinction in both Listening and Reading.
In German Certificate 2 (Intermediate), 90.9% of Year 9 students achieved a score of Credit, Distinction or High Distinction in Listening and 81.5% in Reading with one student achieving a perfect score in Listening.
In German Certificate 3 (Advanced), 100% of Year 10 students achieved a Credit or above in Listening and 95.2% in Reading. Four students achieved a score of 100% with one student achieving a perfect score in both Listening & Reading.
STUDENTS ACHIEVING 100%:
From the Office
Letters Re Absence/Lateness/ Early Leave
If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Beringer, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name, date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.
The Principal must approve all leave applications.
Results in Maths Competitions - 2008
Australian Mathematics Competition
Year 7: Daniel TAM, Oliver KIRK, Agnish NAYAK, Darryl CHAN.
UNSW School Mathematics Competition
Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad
John WORMELL - Distinction
The Student Awards Scheme
Award Claims – 2008
Unfortunately, late claims cannot be accepted
Student Leadership – February 2009
Early next year, the project will be continuing. The project, entitled “Student Leadership Beyond 2010: Summer Sessions” will bring together students from New South Wales public high schools for a one-day conference on Tuesday 13th February at the University of Sydney, Camperdown. The conference aims to encourage and promote public school student leaders to continue their leadership ambition and involvement into University.
This follows on from a very successful pilot project run in July 2008, which brought together university student leaders with 150 high-school students.
Unlike other leadership programs, the focus of Student Leadership beyond 2010 is on student-led discussion, peer teaching and learning, the challenges and responsibilities of leadership and the stories of current University student leaders.
At the conference, students will have the opportunity to meet university leaders from across NSW in sessions similar to university tutorials. These tutorials will cover a range of topics relating to youth and leadership. The leadership day will also be an excellent networking opportunity for student leaders from your school to meet their peers from other schools in their area and across the state.
WHO CAN BE INVOLVED?
Students must possess a passion for learning, ambition to attend University, and be ready to critically engage in debate and discussion.
If interested in being part of this great opportunity, see Mrs Collignon this term –SRC
Facilitator- Visual Arts Staffroom.
Student Representative Council Regional Forums
On Thursday the 20th of November 2008, Anirban Ghose (Year 10 ) and Patrick Desmond (Year 11) attended a regional SRC conference as representatives from Sydney Boys High School Student Representative Council. The conference, run by the Department of Education, is run annually to assist SRCs to be more active and effective within their schools.
Most schools in the Sydney region were represented at the Oatley Senior Campus, the venue for this event. Patrick Desmond was not only representing Sydney High, but also as a chosen representative for NSW.
The main focus of the conference was on how media portrays young people and how media can be used
to our advantage. There were a number of workshops on the main ideas of the image of youth in the
society, the actions being taken in the community related to youths and problems young people
face. The remainder of the day was spent in specific groups, with specific focus area. I was in
the groups concerning philanthropic work of schools and how to effectively action plan. These
groups were mainly for finding out what other schools were doing and how they were doing it. Many
schools are trying to create empathy for the people the funds are being raised for by linking the
activities organised on the day to the needs faced by the people. One such idea was to have a
bowl of rice day. So instead of a sausage sizzle every person had one bowl of rice. The day was
reasonably effective in encouraging the SRC to become more active, but it was highly effective in
its presentation of how to put great ideas into practice.
From the Canteen Team
With many Year 12 parents leaving, we are actively seeking new volunteers.
If you have never tried helping in canteen, why not give it a go? It’s a great way to make a really substantial contribution to our school. No need to wait until next year…introduce yourself now!
Do you have boys in your family who need to be transported to school for extra curricular classes before school? Do you find yourself killing time in the car park, before heading off to work yourself? Why not spend that half hour or hour in the Canteen chopping veg or serving breakfast with Karen and Tracey!
They start at 6.30am and are always grateful for your help at any time!
For our continuing volunteers,
We know your work and family commitments can change over time, so if you find a different day
would suit better for 2009, be quick and arrange a new time with Karen & Tracey TODAY
before new rosters are arranged incorporating the new Year 7 parents.
Sydney Boys High Cricket
Having been on the cricket scene for a lot longer than I like to remember I can’t remember a day when a school or club with multiple teams lost the toss in 14 of our 16 teams in every match from the seniors to our most junior teams. That is 14 lost tosses in our case and we paid the price on uncovered turf decks and wild weather conditions. Our reports this week clearly reflect this and to all of the players who met their team obligations and attended it is testament to the type of application being engendered in the cricket section. My thanks and well done to all boys for their commitment to High.
The team which should be given a special mention is our 14B team which is a “development” team and made up solely of our new Year 7 players. It has so far been competitive in every match and has been beaten by less than 10 runs on three occasions while producing a well earned victory early. This is a credit to the team as a whole and their dedication is an example for all. Each week they all stand up to be counted for selection. Congratulations to each and every boy on their efforts.
Each week we have introduced our new and less experienced Year 7 players to various teams in the Under 14 Competition for experience and by now most have experienced some game time as well as two clinics. However, High has the largest number of teams in the GPS competitions and several of the schools cannot provide teams to play our boys. The bonus is that now, with training and some experience under their belts all of our Year 7 boys will all move into the Under 14 A, B and C competitions as complete teams and play every week.
TEAM CRICKET KITS – RETURNED ON SAT 29th NOV
CRICKET BALLS – RETURNS NEEDED
REPRESENTATIVE SHIRTS -2008
AROUND THE GROUNDS
GROUP 1 (Two Day fixtures)
2nd XI (Day 1) AMBUSHED HIGH 10 -76 -v- KING’S 1 -136
3rd XI (Day1) ONE TO FORGET !! HIGH 10-54 -v- KING’S 10-167
16A (Day 1) BASICS MISSING? HIGH 10-83 -v- KING’S 4-136
15A (Day 1) BOWLING CHAOS!! HIGH 10-54 -v- KING’S 4-107
14A (Day1) HAVE HAD BETTER DAYS !! HIGH 10-41 & 1-29 -v- KING’S 7
GROUP 2 (One Day fixtures)
15C NOT ONE OF THEIR BEST!! KING’S 1–79 -defeated- HIGH 10-77
14B PIPPED WITH 5 BALLS TO GO !! KING’S 6-113 (29.2) -defeated- HIGH 8-111
As Term 4 cricket concludes this week I would like to thank the parents who have given their time to the 1st and 2nd XIs with lunches and afternoon teas, scoring and other duties. To the dedicated parents, senior boys and coaches who have assisted our junior teams a very big thank you because there are so few of you doing nearly all of the teams’ support. Your help has given many of our boys a tremendous amount of enjoyment in their cricket.
A final well done to “Dad’s Army” (THE 5th XI) Led fearlessly by
“LIB” Colonel Lucchitti and Captain “Ducks” Choudhury who have held this
composite team together against great odds throughout Term 4. My thanks to all boys who have made
Sailing: High Tide
Rule of the week: Rule 2
SBHS Squad member Profile:
Name: Marcus James
When did you start sailing? Why?
What are some of your GOALS in Sailing?
What has been your best Sailing experience?
Sydney Boys High School Rowing Committee
End of Year Rowing Event
If you haven’t been to High’s rowing sheds on the Parramatta River at Abbotsford … this is the day to do it! This is a relaxed social function where you can explore the ‘sheds’, have lunch by the water, have a go at rowing, or just sit and watch the action.
Lunch will be available for purchase which includes BBQ kebabs, delicious homemade salads and bread, followed by cakes and slices with coffee and tea.
Have a look at the fascinating history of High Rowing displayed around the Outterside Centre ….especially upstairs. It is really worth the visit.
We hope to see all the current rowing families, as well as the 2009 new intake of students and the wider school community, enjoying our annual open day.
The rowers have been competing over the past 2 weeks in the ‘Head of the Parramatta’
time trials against other GPS schools. Thank you to Michael Ambrose and Max Jones, Ben Wilcox for
writing the following reports. Hope to see you at the Rowing Sheds.
Head of The Parramatta 2008
Junior Head of the Parramatta
Basketball: Shooting Hoops
High VS Kings
2008 Term 1 (Last time)
2008 Term 4 (This time)
All players who score 20 or more points must move up in their age group if possible! Play for the best team you can!
2nd Grade Stats
By Chris Chiam
Wanna hoop with the President of United States of America?
~ Go High Basketball!
Basketball: SBHS Win CHS 15 years Knockout State Title
After placing second in last year's CHS 15s Knockout, the 2008 Sydney Boys High team was determined from the start of the competition to win the knockout for the first time in the school's history. We started very positively, demolishing our early competition in the Sydney East region and progressing to the regional final against Leichhardt High School.
Played in the unrivalled atmosphere of our school gym, the regional final led only to more success. Although not producing our strongest performance, we opened up a large lead in the first half and let it slip only slightly in an encouraging 17-point victory.
Our victory over Leichhardt led us out of Sydney for the first time. Our next challenge came in the form of Hunter Sports High School, who would prove to be the best team we faced in the whole competition. Hunter, besides having easily the biggest player in the knockout, was quick and athletic, and hit us with tough full court man-to-man and trap defences.
However, our team rose to the occasion, and Hunter's effort brought out great performances from every team member. In particular, David Nguyen stepped up with an 18-point performance that was vital in the 56-47 win.
Now one of the final sixteen teams, the team took a road trip to Bathurst with high hopes of securing a spot in the two-day final eight tournament. We dominated Bathurst High School from the start, and won by a very convincing margin. The game served as a useful confidence-booster for the tournament in Terrigal, and once again we played a terrific all-around team game.
Our pool in the final eight tournament consisted of Blaxland High, North Sydney Boys High, Armidale High and ourselves. Our first game against Blaxland was a great display of teamwork and shooting against quite a skilled team, and we walked away with a 71-50 victory. Our second game, 75 minutes later, provided a slightly weaker opposition, and a similar display of effort and teamwork led us to a 29-point win. Our final game of the day against Armidale was less challenging. Everyone on the team scored and got substantial playing time en route to a 69-10 victory.
The second and final day of the tournament saw us matched up against Lismore High School in the state semi-finals. Lismore had been fairly successful the previous day and looked as though they would prove a challenge. However, yet another outstanding team performance led to a 65-37 win. This led to a matchup in the final with Westfields Sports High School, the same school which had stood between Sydney Boys and a gold medal last year.
It seemed that everyone present was expecting another Westfields title. However, a continuation of our team play, which had been our trademark throughout the tournament, led us to a hard-earned 59-42 victory. Westfield’s had by far the best defenders we had faced in the final eight tournament, but a stellar defensive performance of our own, combined with some smart offensive play, overcame them. Much of this offensive production came from Emmett Naar, who scored 28 points (including seven three-pointers) and was awarded the Most Valuable Player award for the final.
Besides winning Sydney Boys High's first CHS 15s title, the knockout team gelled as the
tournament progressed, and it was a really rewarding experience for everyone involved. Every
player on the team was a team player, and by the end of the tournament it seemed every aspect of
the game was consistently running smoothly. The results were definitely a reflection of this.
Thank you to Mr Hayman for coaching us.
The Family Regatta 2008
The Sydney High Rowing Committee cordially invites all Sydney High students, parents teachers and supporters to the
Come Along and meet ‘The Crew’
SHS OBU - Life membership by instalments scheme
The Sydney High School Old Boys’ Union (the OBU) was founded in 1892. Over the past 115 years, it has fostered and continued the friendships formed by students while at school and through this fellowship contributed something of value to the School’s corporate spirit and well being.
Membership of the OBU will provide a lifetime of professional, social, sporting and academic connections with Sydney High, its network of old boys, and the alumni of other GPS schools.
Life membership can be secured by application and the payment of six small annual contributions throughout the passage from Year 7 to Year 12. Instalments are currently set at $44.
If, for some reason, all six payments have not been made by the time of leaving, the OBU will contact you and allow a further 12 months to pay any outstanding instalments.
We trust that you will see fit to pay this year's instalment towards securing your son’s life membership. Those of you who are already part of the scheme will know that the OBU provides copies of its quarterly magazine to all students who take part.
Please fill out and return the form below.
PAYMENT ADVICE (tax invoice)
Student’s name: .......................................................................................................... Final year: ....................
Postal address: ................................................................................................................................................
E-mail Address: .............................................................................................................................................
Payment of $44.00 by i. Cheque ...... ii. Visa/Mastercard/Amex ......
Complete if paying by credit card: _ _ _ _ | _ _ _ _ | _ _ _ _ | _ _ _ _ Expiry Date: _ _ / _ _
Name on card: .......................................................................................................
Please return to SHSOBU, PO Box 1546, DARLINGHURST NSW 1300
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