High Notes, Vol 9 No 5, February 29 2008
From The Principal
Internal research a couple of years ago revealed a high correlation between academic prize winners and library book borrowing behaviour. Perhaps the electronic renewals process had something to do with the decline. I would appreciate any feedback from staff, students or parents as to why borrowing behaviour has changed so suddenly. We would like to take immediate steps to restore high level book borrowing.
The financial support of parents over the past eight years in particular has enabled us to build both a robust and widespread network backbone as well as having an adequate number of peripherals.
Our future plans include conducting a thorough wireless survey in order to place the minimum
number of terminals for the widest possible coverage.
The Griffin Theatre, formed by a group of NIDA graduates in 1978, is the resident theatre company at the Stables, Nimrod Street, King’s Cross. It is the only theatre company in Sydney entirely dedicated to the professional development and production of Australian plays. The company offers an exciting opportunity for school students to participate in the Griffin Ambassadors program at no cost to the students. There are 100 places available. The students become part of Griffin’s work through a structured, one year program of workshops, writing and performance activities. Last year, Ishan Nadkarni, David Vien and Chamberlain Zhang represented our school and Johnny Lieu of Year 11 has been accepted into the 2008 programme. He is an enthusiastic drama student who will enjoy meeting other students who share his interest in the theatre. The English department congratulates Johnny and we wish him well in his theatrical endeavours.
Did you know that the 6.30 Monday night performances at the Griffin are ‘pay what you
can’? They are very popular with students (and those who know about this) so you need to be
there no later than 6p.m. The advantage of this time slot is that it isn’t a late night.
It’s a wonderful venue. The original stables have been converted into a small theatre space
(the front row seating is very close to the performers so, you’ll feel really involved in
the drama if you sit here!) The quality of the plays is consistently good. Why not organise to
meet up after work with friends and family and take advantage of top Aussie theatre at a bargain
Plans are well under way for Year 7 to undertake an excursion on Tuesday 11th March to the Art Gallery and the State Library of NSW. Students will have the opportunity to complete a variety of creative activities which have been designed to extend and enrich their knowledge and understanding of their current learning module: Biographies and Autobiographies. On this note we would like to ask you to encourage your son to read biographies and autobiographies as part of their wider reading through the duration of this current Module of work.
Year 12 reading suggestions
‘The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World’ is the title of the memoir of former Chairman of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan. Two books in one, the first half of this work is an autobiographical chronology of the author's life. This portion of the text permits readers a view of the people and circumstances that helped shape and guide Greenspan. The second half of the book retells several major economic events (primarily within the US) that have occurred over the past half century. His economic endeavors and personal observations while serving under various US Presidents are detailed, and often inter-mingled with these events. The latter half of the book also includes an analysis and brief history of major global economic constructs (of yesterday and today), along with a somewhat subjective measure of their success (or lack thereof). The economic systems discussed include Marxist Communism, Populism, and various mutations of Market Capitalism.
‘The God of Small Things’ by Arundhati Roy is a story about the childhood experiences of a pair of fraternal twins who become victims of circumstance. The book is a description of how the small things in life build up, translate into people's behavior and affect their lives. The book won the Booker Prize in 1997.
‘Kafka On The Shore’ by acclaimed Japanese writer Haruki Murakami focuses on two characters whose lives are linked: a 15 year old runaway on an oedipal quest and an elderly WWII veteran who can speak with cats.
‘The Road’ is a 2006 novel by American writer Cormac McCarthy. It is a post-apocalyptic tale describing a journey taken by a father and his young son over a period of several months across a landscape blasted years before by an unnamed cataclysm which destroyed civilization and most life on earth. The novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
‘The Little Red Writing Book’ by Mark Tredinnick is an inspiring book for all writers. It explores the art and craft of good writing. This is one to buy rather than borrow because of its long term use.
A reminder to students in Years 7-9
Letters Re Absence/Lateness/ Early Leave
When your son returns to school from being absent he is required to provide a letter of explanation signed by a parent or guardian. If your son is going to be late for school a note is also required.
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.
SBHS Foundation Years
The girls occupied the top floor and entered via the Elizabeth Street yard which was their playground. The boys occupied the ground floor and entered via the Castlereagh Street yard which was their playground.
There was strict segregation between the two schools. An imposing wall separated the two playgrounds. The ground floor windows facing the Elizabeth Street yard were frosted over so that the boys could not gaze out on the girls in their playground. One old boy who enrolled in 1884 recalled:
a great game was to scratch sufficient of [the frosting] off to form a peep hole, or else to raise the window about an inch, but woe betide if "Joey" [the Headmaster, Joseph Coates] caught you de flagrante delecto. I have vivid recollections of one of the senior boys being caned before the whole school - this was reckoned a treat for us - for transgressing in this direction.
Two small classrooms stood at the edge of the main room, and these served the senior forms. “Big drop baize blinds” divided the remaining open space among three other classes. When school assemblies were held, the blinds were simply raised to provide the necessary space. At least one of the senior classrooms was made unbearably hot in summer when the Girls School removed sheets of corrugated iron from its verandah awning and replaced them with glass.
The classrooms were originally fitted with fixed desks of the sort used in the public schools, but adapted for larger boys by placing them on wooden blocks. In 1888, a significant sum of money was spent on single-seated desks that were imported from America. However, the Minister's report for 1888 observed that “the crowded state of the various class rooms has rendered it necessary to place the desks so close together that much of the benefit of their special construction is lost”.
The old building had become so overcrowded that a galvanised iron shed at the Market Street end of the playground was pressed into service for use by the lowest classes. It was known as “The Tin Shed”. A former master recalled:
The shed was as stifling in summer as it was bitter in winter, the rumble of lorries and medley of street noises incessantly contended with the human voice to its utter discomfiture. Personally I suffered serious and permanent injury, the constant shouting in a dusty draughty atmosphere, gave me a chronic inflamed throat with such damage to the ear tubes that I lost the use of one ear, and damaged the other, and all this for ten pounds a month. That I bear the place something of a grudge is natural. Against this loss I have to place a year's hard but useful experience and a few rich friendships.
The playground was considered by many to be the worst feature of the school because of its small space and the large number of boys using it. A set of stone steps went up the verandah through the middle of the asphalt playground. In the middle of one half grew a big Moreton Bay fig tree. One old boy recalled that the cramped quarters led to “wrestling bouts and other forms of ‘sport’” with resulting damage to their “clothes and hides”. Another recalled that “some irregular walls at the Pawnshop end made possible a sort of handball”.
A tennis court had been painted on one corner of the asphalt in the course of 1888. However, the deteriorating state of the playground rendered this all but useless, as one boy, writing in 1889, observed:
The asphalt covering our promenades has for some time been worn through in several places, the holes thus formed making a series of "man-traps" throughout the play-ground - pitfalls for the unwary - and for those unfortunate creatures who attempt to play anything stronger than walking races or marbles. There is a huge hole in the tennis-court, an ornamental one, and some of our tennis-players, I know, have been practising quite a long time lobbing their strokes into this hole so that the other man can’t get ‘em. That’s about the only stroke some of them know. If this hole were filled up, they would perhaps be able to start playing tennis, and I hope it will, considering how vastly successful we have been in our tennis matches up to now.
Needless to say, the building and its playground became less satisfactory as the years went by. The Minister's report for 1889 observed:
Nothing beyond securing a site has yet been done towards providing proper school buildings, and the schools, particularly in Sydney, have suffered in consequence. The makeshift classes have prejudicially affected not only the attendance but the attainments of the pupils.
The School, which had started with an enrolment of only 46 in 1883, had an enrolment of 354 by 1891, the final year the boys occupied the old building. The telling statistic for that year is the average daily attendance which was a mere 263 pupils.
Fortunately the building was one of the few wholly unfavourable circumstances that faced the new
High School in Sydney. The masters and boys managed to rise above it and go on to achieve great
Sailing collared tops, 25% off original price
New design microfibre tracksuit now in stock
Calculators are now back in stock for year 7 boys who missed out, $30
High has needed a new library for well over 30 years. We are determined to make that long held dream come true. Our target is to reach a million dollars towards this project by the end of our 125th year in 2008. You can help by donating directly by cheque marked ‘Sydney Boys High School Building Fund’, posted to Sydney boys High, Moore Park, Surry Hills, NSW 2010.
Donations to our new Library are welcomed in various forms but a popular method is by credit card. The appropriate form can be posted to you by calling 93616290, extension 114. Alternatively, you can go to our website www.sydneyboyshigh.com click on fundraising/library project contributions, to download the New Library Project Contribution Form.
At High we have a modern, direct debiting method of facilitating donations. Our Monthly Giving Program allows donors to have donations debited automatically to their credit cards on the fifteenth of each month. An annual statement to donors for taxation purposes is provided. The appropriate form can be posted to you by calling 93616290, extension 114. Alternatively, you can go to our website www.sydneyboyshigh.com click on fundraising/library project contributions, to download the New Library Monthly Giving Form.Return to Index
It’s been a great start to the music program this term with all our ensembles up and running already. Please check the rehearsal times and ensembles below for attendance. If you are a new student and are interested in learning an instrument or joining an ensemble, please feel free to speak to one of the music staff for advice. Again, we welcome you back for an exciting new year of many musical opportunities.
We would like to invite all parents of music ensemble members to attend our music supporters meeting on Tuesday the 11th of March 2008 at 6:30pm in the staff common room. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet with other parents of the ensemble program, particularly the new Year 7 parents who we encourage to become involved in the music supporters group. We look forward to seeing you there.
Ensemble Rehearsal Times for 2008
Please 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
Cabaret Night Ticket Order Name of Student: ______________________________ Roll Class: ________________ Number of tickets required: ___________ Total cost: ____________ Type of payment (Please tick one):
Cheque____ Cash ____ B/Card____ M/Card____ Visa____
Name on Card: _________________________ Expiry Date: __ __ / __ __
Card No. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __
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Want to join debating in 2008?
Check your email- Get in the loop!
Structure and Staffing in 2008
Coaching has commenced
Fed and Eastside start this week
The Debating Supporters Group
The Head of the River is less than three weeks away and all crews are improving. On the weekend there were strong performances from both senior VIIIs but the second VIII (Chen, Belokopytov, Nguyen, Wachsmann, Harvey, Ling, Chen, Chen, Radhakrishnan) probably had their best race of the season and made the final. The junior rowing program culminates with the Gold Cup but some boys will be invited to compete at CHS at Penrith based on age classifications. The Boatshed dinner is on March 12 and most boys should have indicated their intention to attend by now. All parents are encouraged to attend and hear speeches by the strokes of each division of crews as indicated on the invitation.Return to Index
Basketball: Shootin' Hoops
Term 4 2007 (Last time)
Term 1 2008 (This week)
Unfortunately this week did not go as well as it has been with the previous few weeks However I’m certain that High will regain its grip in the weeks to come and focus more intensely and positively from this week’s results. St Ignatius certainly has the most depth of talent in the competition and start training in Year 4 which is a big advantage over our junior boys.
Thank you to the huge crowd who supported the firsts on Saturday. It is the best atmosphere we
have ever had in the GPS. I am impressed with our boys singing the school song and chanting when
they can feel our side needs their support. This shows a lot more character than only chanting
when you think we’ll win. Well done to all. See you this week at shore!
Mr Hayman's Player of the Week: Emmett Naar (15As)
Donation to Raffle Prizes
1st Grade Match Report
Basketball Dinner approaching
Brought to you by Johny Shih
Head of the River 2008
For the first time in over 100 years the AAGPS Head of the River will be held on a weekday. This has come about due to the unusual circumstances of a very early Easter and 2008 being an Olympic Year. Olympic trials dominate the weekend calendar and GPS requirements dictate the HOR to be held before Easter. SBHS has decided to support this one off event by altering the attendance requirements for Wednesday 19 March 2008.
School Attendance Arrangements for Wednesday 19 March 2008.
Students in Years 7 and 8 are required to attend the HOR as their regular attendance.
Students in Year 9 are required to attend normal classes.
Students in Years 10 through 12 have the option of a Study Day or attendance at the HOR.
The school is providing 10 buses to transport Years 7 and 8 to the HOR to give the junior members of the school the opportunity to experience one of the GPS’s major events. The buses are being heavily subsidised by the school. The fare of $10 is required to be paid at the front office by Friday 7 March 2008.
Year 9 Rowers will be able to purchase seats on Monday 10 March 2008.
Year 12 priority purchase day will be Tuesday 11 March 2008
Years 10-11 will be able to purchase remaining seats available on a first in basis from Wednesday 12 March 2008.
Boys attending will be required to wear full school uniform and bring their own lunch.
Head of the River 2008 Student Name: _____________________ Roll Class: ______ Type of payment: Cheque ___ Cash ___ Credit Card ___ Card Type: Bankcard ___ Mastercard ___ Visa ___ Card Number: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Expiry Date: ___ / ___ Total amount paid: $________ Cardholder’s Name: [please print] _____________________________________________ Cardholder’s Signature: ______________________ Bus. Phone: ___________________ __ __ __ __ __ (Office Use Only)
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Surviving the HSC- A parent’s guide
All Year 12 parents are invited to a seminar and social evening on Tuesday 11 March in the Great Hall.
”Surviving the HSC ¬- a parent’s guide” will be presented by Jane Sleeman, a psychologist and school counsellor specialising in stress management.
The evening is also a great opportunity to socialise with Year 12 parents and some staff and there will be plenty of drinks and great food to enjoy.
The drinks and food will be served from 6:15pm and the presentation will run from 7 to 8:15pm.
The cost of the evening is $10 which is payable at the door.
Please RSVP by 4 March to Barbara Taylor
Barbara Taylor & Toni Lindeback
Opens Rugby Preseason Update
Congratulations to James IP and Alden Kwok who have only missed one preseason training session. You can check your participation rates on the notice board outside IA and the Prefects room.
Twenty six senior players have registered their intentions to play rugby next year. I know most students are involved with their summer sport and fitness programs; however there are a number of students who will be disappointed when they will be unable to formulate a team due to lack of numbers . Most will not be considered due to not regularly attending the preseason training session or participating regularly in the schools fitness/weights training program.
It is not too late to register and attend training sessions for the rugby season ahead.
You can obtain registration from Mr Scrivener and attend training sessions held on the Bat and Ball.
Tuesday afternoons 3.20pm to 5.00 pm and Friday mornings 8.00am to 9.30 am.
Last Saturday our Senior XIs welcomed back players from the injured list which has restored some balance to the 1st and 2nd XIs. The task is now in front of the senior teams to work their way back to the momentum they established earlier this season and to challenge themselves and their opponents on the field of play and regain some of the pride in representing High in the AAGPS. The 2nd XI has been affected considerably in having to provide replacements for the 1st XI during the injury period and whilst it has suffered two heavy losses the spirit and desire of the team is still present. Both senior XIs finished Day 1 in positions that they can achieve results with the continued commitment and grit that is on display so often and I wish them every success.
On the other side of the coin I am bitterly disappointed with many of the senior cricketers who find regular excuses not to represent High but want to avail themselves of the facilities provided by the school and cricket section during sport periods. These are the players who requested a 5th XI to be formed to enable them to participate in their sport on a non-competitive basis. This we did for them and last Saturday I witnessed the lack of respect displayed to their peer group and also the boys from St Ignatius, when only 5 players turned up. To prevent an embarrassment we brokered a 20/20 match with them and went into overdrive with a series of phone calls and achieved an additional 3 players from the 4th XI and 3 parents. Our opponents were also short by 3 players and their parents matched our efforts.
The result of that was with 1 ball to complete the match, the teams were tied on 118 and the match was ultimately won by the visitors who ran a bye on the last ball. The parents of the visitors (some came from the country to see their sons who are boarders) took the time after the match to commend us on sticking with it and providing a day’s cricket that turned out to be an enjoyable and exciting day of cricket with lots of fun had by all.
Cricket Dinner and presentation of awards, Friday 4th April 6-30 for 7-0pm, Great Hall,
End of season statistics
Around the Grounds - Saturday 23rd Feb
Group 1 (Two Day fixtures)
1st XI HIGH 0/58 -V- St. IGNATIUS (RIVERVIEW) 10/282
2nd XI HIGH 10/84 -V- ST.IGNATIUS (RIVERVIEW) 6/153
Match Reports were not received from the 3rdXI, 16As, 15As and 14As
Group 2 (One day fixtures)
5th XI St.IGNATIUS 119 (20 overs) defeated HIGH 118 (20 overs)
15Bs HIGH 6/144 defeated ST.IGNATIUS (RIVERVIEW) 10/73
15Cs HIGH 5/102 defeated St. IGNATIUS (RIVERVIEW) 10/52
14Bs St.IGNATIUS (RIVERVIEW) 8/136 - defeated - HIGH 10/63
14Cs St.IGNATIUS (RIVERVIEW) 8/238 (30 overs) defeated HIGH 10/46
13Bs St.IGNATIUS (RIVERVIEW) 2/31 -defeated - HIGH 7/20
13Cs St.IGNATIUS (RIVERVIEW) 4/173 (30 overs) defeated HIGH 10/20 and 3/22
Chinese New Year Dinner
The SBHS Chinese New Year Dinner held last Saturday evening in the school’s Great Hall was a great success thanks to the many parents, teachers and students involved in the preparation leading up to the night. The dinner began with some musical performances including the Symphony Orchestra playing a violin concerto arrangement of the famous Butterfly Lovers opera (featuring Andre Brokman as soloist) and Chinese poetry reading. The evening also included raffles, trivia and silent auctions as part of a fundraiser and culminated to a brilliant Lion Dance by the Jin Wu Koon Martial Arts Academy. Thank you to all those who attended and made possible this festive evening to celebrate and welcome in the new year of the rat.
Sydney Boys High School Development Committee and P&C Committee would also like to thank
the following companies for their generous donations towards the Chinese New Year
Thank you also to the following:
Decorations & Entertainment:
As we ran out of time on the night to read out the answers to the Chinese Quiz, we reproduce below the questions and correct answers:
1. When is the Beijing Olympics starting? 8th August 8pm
1. Do Beijing and Hong Kong share the same written characters? No
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Hospital attendances for asthma have tripled!
Although asthma affects everyone differently, the very changeable weather could be a factor. People with asthma are very vulnerable to changes in temperature. Stress, the change of environment as children start or move schools, the cocktail of germs, cold and flu viruses that children can pick up once they come together can all trigger an asthma attack.
Good asthma management every day, along with people knowing what to do in an emergency could significantly reduce the number of children needing to go to hospital with their asthma. Seeing the family GP on a regular basis and getting an up to date written asthma action plan could avoid a deterioration occurring, and at the very least may help recognise the warning signs. It’s also vital to take medication as directed, and have a reliever inhaler available at all times, just in case.
If you have any questions, or for further information contact Asthma Foundation NSW.
Phone: 1800 645 130
P&C Welcome Party
The 2008 Welcome Party for the new parents at Sydney Boys High School was a great success and was attended by about 200 people.
It is fantastic to see so many enthusiastic new members of the school community; once again, welcome.
Everyone agreed that the evening was a great way to learn more about the school and to meet and get to know each other.
Thank You to all the parents, the Deputy Principal, the P & C, the speakers, the staff, the Prefects and all other helpers on the night.
Everyone's effort was greatly appreciated and made this evening a great success.
A special thank you to the Sailing Committee for the catering, to Mr. Hannon for the video presentation and to members of the SBSH Senior and Junior Band Ensembles for their musical contribution.
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Help celebrate another fantastic year of basketball at High by organising your son’s team to attend the 4th Annual Basketball Dinner ever for all years!!! Every team will receive trophies for the Most Valuable Player and Most Improved player. 1 minute speeches will be made by coaches about their season! The team with the best highlight footage of their season will show off their talent on the big screen. There will be a raffle for huge prizes and a chance to thank your coach for their efforts. Prizes include NBA MVP Dirk Nowitski signed shirt, iPod vouchers, Cairns Taipans (Nathan Jawai) sporting apparel, Troy Baylis signed poster and DVD, $50 gift Vouchers and much more.
When? Friday, 28/ 3/ 08, 6:30pm. Dinner served at 7pm
Where? Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School
Who? Players, parents, friends, supporters and coaches of all teams!
Students to attend in school uniform
*This is a BYO function for adults* Cordial will be served for students.
Advise when booking if vegetarian meal is required. 180 seats only. If you won an award make sure you pay ASAP
Please return the below slip with $30/per person to the front office by 18 MARCH 2008.
Sydney High Basketball Dinner STUDENT NAME: ______________________ TEAM: __________ PAYMENT FOR: ______ Adults and students @ $30.00 pp as payment for tickets under the name of ___________________________ Basketball Team ____________ (please submit your team details for tables) Total amount paid: $________ Type of payment: Cheque ___ Cash ___ Credit Card ___ Card Type: Bankcard ___ Mastercard ___ Visa ___ Card Number: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Expiry Date: ___ / ___ Total amount paid: $________ Cardholder’s Name: [please print] _____________________________________________ Cardholder’s Signature: ______________________ Bus. Phone: ___________________ __ __ __ __ __ (Office Use Only)
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Learn to Row
When: Sunday, 17 February – 30 March 2008 (No Rowing Easter Sunday 23 March 2008)
Time: 7.00am – 9.00am Duration6: 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
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: