High Notes, Vol 9 No 40, December 12 2008
From the Principal
Final Edition for 2008
Visual Arts Exhibition / Thank You Reception
Academic Achievement Semester 2
Year 9 (40 points)
Year 8 (44 points)
Year 7 (46 points)
HSC Geography – Sustainable Sydney
Sustainability is one of the current buzzwords. There seems to be a great deal written about it but far less to actually seeing what is there and how it works in practice. Part of the work in HSC Geography is to study urban places. Within this topic students get to look at a range of themes including urban dynamics. Here we look at the forces which shape our city. Sustainability is something we can’t ignore either theoretically or practically since the school is in the Sydney City LGA and is therefore part of their 2030 sustainability initiative. In order to see more and get some current information the HSC Geographers set out for a novel field trip. The first stop was to listen to a presentation by Dr Rob Helstroom talking about energy and sustainability at a personal level. Dr Helstroom was the designer of the database that runs the NSW Dept. of Planning’s BASIX sustainability engine. Filled with ideas, data and formulae, we then went to look at how it translates in a business setting. Luckily we have Lend Leases’ ‘Bond’ building – a 5-star rated design and one of the key sustainable designs in Australia. Mr Alan Webb from the Global Sustainability Unit gave a guided tour of the design principles of the building and how sustainability works in a business setting. Finally we returned to a talk by some of the Sydney City 2030 officials who explained what the city is trying to do to make it a more sustainable and liveable city. In this fieldtrip we got not only 3 experts in their fields but a sense of the questions asked at personal, business and city scales. It was generally agreed to be a great day out with unique information.
Junior Geography Trivia School Challenge
On Friday 7 November, two Year 8 teams from Sydney Boys High travelled to Rooty Hill RSL to compete against almost 40 other schools in the WESSSTA Junior Geography Trivia School Challenge. The teams consisted of Abeer Khan, Patrick Krakovsky, Gavin Sutton, Ming En Chin, Suman Prusty and Jack Zhou on one team and Sid Sethi, Emtiazul Hoque, Peter Wu, Kenny Lau, Adam Ceh and Chris Chiam on the other.
There were ten rounds covering various geographical areas, like weather maps, country shapes, Australian emblems and much more. There were some bonus rounds where everyone was given the chance to win some CDs. But the biggest prize of all was the shield; the winners would have their school’s name engraved on it. The whole competition was point based, with scores for every team. Our team led the competition in the first few rounds. Slowly we got taken over to sit at 2nd place for a while.
By the end of the day the winners were:
Normanhurst Boys – 1st Place
Community Service Report
2008 has certainly been a big year for the Sydney High Community Service Committee. We've raised
thousands of dollars for a whole range of charities this year, including Jeans for Genes, OASIS,
Youth Off The Streets, Daffodil Day, Stewart House and Lak Saviya amongst others. Without your
generous support, the success in the events prevalent throughout the year would have not been
possible. A big thank you goes to the members of the committee who devote their Monday lunchtimes
to attend meetings and Ms Kaye for assisting with everything to do with Community Service this
year. We hope to see you next year for an even bigger year in '09!!
Year 7 Immunisation Program 2008
The second Vaccination Clinic for Year 7 students will take place on
Tuesday 16 December
when a team of specially trained registered nurses will be visiting the school.
On this day the following vaccines will be offered to Year 7 students only -
If you would like your son to be vaccinated, please complete the Consent Forms which will be distributed to the boys in Week 9 and return completed forms to the collection box in the Main Office. Alternatively, boys can bring the forms with them on Tuesday 16th. Boys who do not bring the completed consent forms will not be able to take advantage of this free service.
What to do if your son missed the first dose of Hepatitis vaccine at school: Any Year 7 student who missed the first dose of Hepatitis vaccine at school can attend his GP to receive a free three-dose course of paediatric Hepatitis B vaccine over a six-month period.
What to do if your son misses the second dose of Hepatitis vaccine at school: Any Year 7 student who misses their second dose at school should attend his GP to complete the course with a further two doses of free paediatric Hepatitis B Vaccine [each dose given five months apart].
Further information about the program including translated material for parents is available at www.health.nsw.gov.au
After the boys have been vaccinated they will be given a Record of Vaccination to take home so that you can keep their immunisation records up to date.
If you have any queries, please contact Mr Beringer.
From the Canteen
$10 Thank You Voucher
Our November $10 Thank You Voucher has been won by Nada Andrews.
Thanks so much to Nada for being one of our many wonderful volunteers, many of whom expertly juggle work commitments so they can volunteer at the canteen once a month.
To all our continuing volunteers - a reminder: 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. Call them on 9360 4027.
To all our loyal customers: holidays are fast approaching and we hope you will all understand that not all your usual favourites will be available from the canteen right through to the end, as we are running down stock in preparation for the long summer break.
Year 7 Parent Group Meeting
will be held on Wednesday, 17 December at 7.00 pm in the Staff Common Room.
Agenda for the meeting:
From the High Store
Year 9 Students
PURCHASE YOUR SENIOR UNIFORM NOW!
DON'T SPEND YOUR TIME WAITING IN ‘BACK TO SCHOOL’ QUEUES
Senior Tie: $27.50
White shirt with school crest ( compulsory ):
Senior Trousers $59
High Store Holiday Opening Times:
Monday Jan 19, 2009 - 10 am-3 pm
Sydney Boys High School Sailing
If you are interested in joining Sailing in 2009, see Mrs Collignon for details.
When did you start sailing?
What are some of your GOALS in Sailing?
What has been your best Sailing experience?
The Student Awards Scheme
Award Claims – 2008
SBHS Rowing Committee
Family Regatta Day
I'd like to thank the committee and many other parents for doing all the jobs required to make it a wonderful day. Bernie Desmond, Tanya Arsenova, Anita Bezjak, Maya Iyer, Katharine Deacon, Nada Andrews, Helen Vertoudakis, Steve Whiting, John Petrie, Peter Ambrose, Geoff Andrews and Tailoi Chan all gave their time and 'expertise' to make it a successful day and we managed to raise approx $1,000 whilst enjoying ourselves. The barbeque lunch and salads were delicious, drinks sold well with the hot weather, and the hampers looked terrific with sales up on last year.
Thanks also go to the parents who brought in lovely homemade cakes and slices, and to the many parents who donated items for the hampers that were raffled on the day.
Camping at the Sheds
There are camps for the senior boys in the January holidays and it is essential for all the boys to attend as rowing is only possible with a full crew. This is crucial training time as the GPS regattas start at the beginning of Term One.
December Committee Meeting
Finally, as we finish the first half of the season, I would like to thank the enthusiastic hard
working committee, and all the parents, for their commitment to running camps, BBQs, cooking,
fund raising and getting their boys to and from the sheds at difficult hours of the day.
It’s dedicated time and effort on many people’s part.
Sydney Boys High School Cricket
With the GPS programme completed we now have a very good overview of the cricket talent we have at this school and it augurs well for the future providing boys are prepared to commit to personal application at training and matches. However we still have a mountain to climb with boys accepting second rate performances through the inability to absorb the many hints and advice from the most talented and experienced senior coaching staff in the GPS as a whole.
Testament to the broad statement has been the results achieved in the past week in the interstate and tour matches we have played in against teams in the same age groups as our boys with the undisciplined fielding and bowling we have produced at times, as an embarrassment to the specific teams.
Our Under 15 team put down 5 catches against Brisbane on Day 1 of our tour and handed the match to Brisbane... On Day 2 missed catches at a crucial stage of the match when we had taken 3 early wickets in the space of 2 overs allowed Brisbane to consolidate and then maul some untidy bowling. The Under 14 team was competitive against Brisbane on both days and certainly showed up the lack of concentration and commitment in the performances of our senior team.
In an amazing finish to Day 1 in the Barberis Cup match against Melbourne High we saw the first Tied game in the history of the Cup and we were lucky to survive with only one batsman reaching double figures in our innings at the crease. Day 2 saw us again gift our opposition with dropped catches and very ordinary fielding.
At the Five (5) Highs Carnival we continued to produce sub standard bowling and fielding skills producing 57 wides and no-balls in Adelaide’s total of 230 runs and when you consider we made 180 with wickets in hand and add the runs we gave away to the carnival “favourites”, we should have had a 7 run victory.
So what can we now do about the state of the game at Sydney Boys?
The senior coaching staff and selectors have now been able to assess where we are at in the overview and the time has arrived for many of our cricketers to take stock, as we are not prepared to reward substandard cricket performances from boys who attend High to achieve at the highest academic level. To make our 1st and 2nd XIs we expect the same commitment to personal fitness, commitment and training to achieve the same High level in their chosen sport.
Term 1 in 2009 will see many teams restructured, leadership changes and the introduction of training regimes that will allow the boys to rise to the highest level they are capable of. Our coaching group is committed to achieve the best possible results in your chosen sport that makes you proud to represent high at that top level
Some current results in our hectic end of season programme hereunder.
AUSTRALIAN 5 HIGHS CARNIVAL – in ADELAIDE
Day 2 SYDNEY BHS 9 / 152 - defeated- KENT ST SHS (WA) 10 /150
BRISBANE DEVELOPMENT TOUR
Mon 1st Dec (50 Overs fixtures)
Brisbane SHS (U14) 2 /88 -defeated- SYDNEY HIGH 10 /83
Tue 2nd Dec (20 /20 Fixtures) BRISBANE SHS (U15) 9 /132 -defeated SYDNEY HIGH (U.15) 9
Brisbane SHS (U14) 5 /123 -defeated- SYDNEY HIGH (U.14) 8 /66
BARBERIS CUP – Goes South
Sydney High 10 /104 - Tied with - Melbourne High 10 /104
Melbourne High 4 /122 - defeated- Sydney High 10 /120
MOUNT ALBERT GRAMMAR (NZ) TOUR
CHELTENHAM COLLEGE (UK) TOUR
2nd XI CAMP – JANUARY 2009
Basketball: Shootin' Hoops
Hayman Cup Results
Every team must be commended for an outstanding first half of the season. Next year in term 1, the Hayman Cup will still be running, but modified after this term’s trial. It will become more fair and challenging to win, but the reward at the end will be fulfilling and satisfying. But wait! You still don’t know what the mystery prize for this term’s Hayman Cup was.
I would gladly announce that the prize is 2 DELICIOUS PIZZAS DELIVERED FRESH TO THE WINNING TEAM BY MR HAYMAN and possibly Chris Chiam and I to take a photo, during your training session. The pizzas will be paid for by the Basketball Committee and note there are no catches. By the time you’re reading this, hopefully if no problems occur, the pizzas have already been consumed by the first ever winners of the Hayman Cup 3RD GRADE!
CONGRATULATIONS 3RD GRADE BEATING OUT THE 15Es, 8TH GRADE and the 15Ds (I thought they would win during week 6). 1st Grade was also not far behind sitting on 28 points just 4 points behind. Remember to start training for next year this holiday!
1st place – 3rd Grade on 32 points 2nd place – 15Es on 31 points 3rd place – 8th Grade on 30 points 4th place – 15Ds on 29 points 5th place – 1st Grade on 28 points
~ Go High Basketball!
SBHS Chinese New Year Dinner
Back by popular demand.
With a sell out hall of about 250 people at this year’s CNY Dinner, the P&C Development committee have organised next year’s CNY dinner again with more exciting and spectacular food and entertainment.
We would like to invite you to join us in this celebration and welcome the year of the Ox in 2009.
Tickets are now available for sale through the main office.
When: 6.30 pm Saturday 21 February 2009
Entertainment: Competition Lion Dance Performance Chinese Poem Recitations and Music Performances Chinese New Year artwork display by Sydney High students Trivia, Games, Lucky door prizes, Raffles and Auction prizes.
Chinese New Year Fundraising
We are looking for donations to help fundraise for the school at a Chinese New Year Function to be held on FEBRUARY 21, 2009.
Do you have an interesting job? Where a young person could spend a few hours with you as
Could you provide a service? Eg: Consultation on a Will, Consultation on Immigration Law, Beautician, Hand Made Shoes
Do you have a holiday house or flat that is let commercially? Could you donate a weekend? Or a week?
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