High Notes, Vol 9 No 9, March 28 2008
From the Principal
Given that the school appears to believe in its full uniform school policy, two changes need to happen. First, students need to take responsibility for wearing their uniform properly and with pride. Second, staff members need to enforce compliance with the dress code and employ appropriate sanctions when individuals repeatedly fail to comply. We will only get the standard of school dress that we are prepared to enforce.
Sir Roden Cutler Charities
In 2006 and 2007 High has been involved in the Wheel chair Roll, first from Manly PS to SBHS and last year from SBHS to Manly PS. Last year the Wheel chair Roll spent months travelling in country NSW. This year its theme is 'care for a carer'. People are being asked to nominate the one thing that would make a difference to a particular carer's life. Sir Roden Cutler Charities plans to expand its campaign to capital cities from March to May to promote its cause. A Carer of the Year Award will be announced by patron Ros Packer.
For 2008 the Wheel Chair Roll will commence at the SCG on Friday, May 23. Year 11 collectors will do two sessions: 07:30-09:00 and 12:00-14:00. They collect in groups at Circular Quay, Town Hall and St James Station, subject to permits being obtained.
Armed Services personnel from Victoria Barracks will again handle the money. Our collectors will be fed at the SCG BBQ area from 10:00 onwards. Activities are planned at the SCG before launching the Roll. Old Boy Ritchie Irvine will be our liaison person again this year. I urge Year 11 students to help raise money for Sir Roden Cutler Charities.
Other fundraising ideas are welcome. This is a worthwhile community service project. Support it.
The Sydney High School Old Boys Union
Uniquely, SHSOBU is also part of our school governance structure. It has representation on the SBHS School Council and the SHSF Inc. Old Boys Union members are important contributors to School Life. It distributes e-bulletins, puts members in touch with one another via a database and publishes the High Bulletin. It has a membership base of 3000.
Life membership of the SHSOBU can be secured for 6 payments of $44. More about the SHSOBU can be read at www.sydneyboyshigh.com \ schoolfamily \ relationships or by clicking on the link to its website on that page. I commend the organisation to you.
Standing Committee of GPS Heads
This year's GPS music concert will not go ahead due to a lack of host school. Planning is under way to revive the concert for 2009.
Rugby mismatches again dominated discussion, particularly duty of care issues. The GPS/CAS amalgamation model version 3 was discussed. The brand image of the GPS was raised as was the historically varying strengths in rugby of various schools. The amalgamation model did not fully deal with mismatches beyond first and second grade level. Logistical difficulties of finding games where schools were mismatched in team numbers in Rugby and/or football were acknowledged.
The problem of the impact of importing one or two star players in basketball and tennis was
raised. The names of such players need to be notified to the Convener of that sport. The Heads
agreed that with the increasing use of outside coaches, guidelines about fair play and the GPS
Code of Conduct need to be communicated widely to sports staff.
Year 11 Information Evening
National Literacy Assessment Program
The results of these tests will provide useful information for teachers and parents. In particular, they will help to inform teachers in their ongoing efforts to address the literacy needs of their students across all subjects.
There will be three sections in the Years 7 and 9 literacy tests. Language Conventions (Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation) and Writing will occur on Tuesday 13th May. Reading will occur on Wednesday 14th May.
Entitled Ludmila's Broken English it is the dual, yet convergent narratives of Ludmila Derev, a
Russian web bride and the Heath twins, two English oddities, who are separated after thirty three
years of being conjoined at the abdomen. What follows is an outrageously improbable picaresque
tale that poignantly explores the gulf between East and West. So funny that it will have you
laughing out loud, but with characters so compassionately drawn that it will have you marvelling
at Pierre's ability to make the impossible completely believable. A novel that defies
categorisation and that you will find very hard to put down.
SBHS: Foundation Years
The masters, continued
James Whiteside Frazer MacManamey
The school's first Rugby matches were played under his guidance and old boys recall that he was "able to get the best out of the scholars and the footballers under his control".
He left the School in 1885 for the private sector and later became a barrister and an interstate referee and President of the NSW Rugby Union. He was killed at Gallipoli in September 1915. The GPS Rugby premier shield is inscribed in his memory.
Albert Bathurst Piddington
His "graciousness on special occasions" was recalled by those old boys who were "fortunate enough to spend an evening with him in his rooms at St Paul's College, or to be his guests sailing around the Harbour in the "Old Index," a twenty-two foot open sailing boat well known in those days".
Indeed, he was probably the best-connected of the early masters. It is recorded that, at the public dinner to honour Professor Badham's 70th birthday, in 1883, he and three others, including the future Prime Minister of Australia, Edmund Barton (who, like Piddington, was a Sydney Grammar Old Boy), were the last to leave.
After a year's leave of absence overseas in 1887, he resigned at the end of 1888. He was called to the Bar in 1890, became Member for Tamworth in the NSW Parliament in 1895, and was a Royal Commissioner on several occasions. In 1913 he was appointed to the High Court of Australia but, before he sat on a case, he resigned amidst controversial circumstances. It was revealed that his appointment had followed swiftly upon a reply to a question from his brother-in-law about States' rights. The reply, which was cabled while he was returning to Australia from overseas, stated that he was "In sympathy with supremacy of Commonwealth powers". From 1913-1920 he was the Chief Commissioner of the Inter-State Commission, a now defunct body established under the Commonwealth Constitution. He became President of the Industrial Commission of NSW in 1927 and resigned in 1932 in protest at the sacking of Premier Jack Lang by the NSW Governor, Sir Philip Game.
Piddington maintained an interest in Sydney High for the whole of his life. His last appearance at the School was at the 1941 speech day when he shared the stage with the newly awarded VC, Roden Cutler. Piddington presented the literary prizes on that occasion and "revealed his ripe scholarship in an arresting speech packed with relevant quotations".
James Gordon Legge
It was Legge who introduced the systematic teaching of physics at Sydney High. His methods were so successful that more than half the passes awarded in physics in the 1889 Junior Examination were awarded to Sydney High.
One old boy recalled of him:
Another old boy remembered him as a "tall, stately master".
He resigned in 1890 to pursue a career at the Bar, but continued teaching physics part-time until 1894.
His career in the law was short-lived, as he moved from part-time to full-time soldiering. He served in the Boer War, 1899-1902 and, later, as a Major General in World War I, he commanded Australian Divisions in Egypt, Gallipoli and France. He was Chief of the General Staff, 1914-1920 and then Commandant of the Royal Military College, Duntroon until his retirement in 1922.
Legge's resignation in 1890 left the way open for William Crompton to take the position of first
assistant. Mr Crompton will be the subject of next week's article.
Year 8 Parent Meeting
Dr Jaggar will be joining us on Wednesday 14th May at 6:30pm in the Staff Common Room. The topic for discussion will be
"Teaching and Supporting Gifted and Talented Students"
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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.
Annual Cabaret Night - Earth Hour
Marching Band holiday rehearsals
ANZAC Day March
SSO Meet the Music
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
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Southern Cross Cultural Exchange
Southern Cross Cultural Exchange is an Australian non profit organisation specialising in International Student exchange programs. We are URGENTLY seeking volunteer host families for high school students scheduled to arrive in Australia in July 2008 from Germany, Austria, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Holland.
Host families can choose from students staying for a period of 3 to 10 mths, whilst in Australia they will attend the local high school. The main purpose of cultural exchange is to challenge youth towards International understanding and tolerance, encourage further learning, self knowledge and awareness–invaluable characteristics in today's world.
After speaking at a Year 8 parent meeting, Ms Gilmore has asked me to give some tips on getting our Year 8 students a little fitter.
Like any "seemingly" difficult task such as losing weight, saving money or getting fitter the motivation to succeed must come from within. The opportunities and obstacles to becoming fitter can be articulated and strategies offered to enhance the effort but ultimately it comes down to the individual to do it for themselves and not because someone else thinks it's important.
One of the best ways to improve fitness is to be involved with the school's sports program. Rugby, soccer and cross country in the winter, basketball and rowing in summer are excellent aerobic fitness activities. In addition they provide extra skill development opportunities as well as important social connections for students.
Another avenue to improve personal fitness is to undertake a strength training program with Jason Tassell at the school's Strength Training Room. As a person's Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) can account for up to 70% of a person's daily energy expenditure, the benefits of improving body composition (muscle: fat ratio) are enormous.
If a person wishes to attempt a fitness program there are a few principles that should be considered. The FITT principles:
Frequency–Exercise should occur on a day on/day off basis to allow for recovery.
Intensity–Target heart rate zones are often used but the simple "talk test" would be appropriate. That is, if you can maintain a conversation whilst exercising then the intensity is seen as being satisfactory.
Time–The amount of time spent exercising. It may be as little as 10 minutes initially, trying to get to between 30 and 60 minutes in a session, using five minute increments.
Type–Type of exercise. Large muscle group activities such as walking (initially) â†’ walk/jog â†’ jogging â†’ jog/run â†’ running. Cycling and swimming also fit into this category.
Several strategies can be employed to help motivation.
The gains made will be jealously protected as the sense of well being you receive will be the source of future motivation.
Your son's PDHPE teacher is able to give your son further advice about starting a fitness
Athletics Carnival 2008
Over two glorious days last week the School Athletics Carnival was held at nearby ES Marks field. The Carnival is designed to cater for all standards and boys are encouraged to participate in at least three events on the day. The Carnival went very smoothly thanks to the efforts of staff, student volunteers and willing competitors. Particular thanks once again to our Data Team consisting of James Rudd and student helpers who donated their skill and computer expertise over two days. Our Carnival is now one of only a few large school Carnivals held at the track and it continues to be a great spectacle when it is in full swing.
School records are rarely set at this early stage of the season, but Chris Morrow's 15.20s in the 15 Years 100m Hurdles is a new record in this very technical event and Kogulan Sriranjan equalled the 200m record of T McDonald from 1974 in 17 Years. Congratulations also to the Age Champions–Dominic Mah (12 Years), Patrick Krakovsky (13 Years), Prashan Prabaharan (14 Years), Christopher Morrow (15 Years) and Maximillian Kite (16 Years).
Special Awards from the Carnival include:
The AM Eedy Cup for 100m Champion: Kogulan Sriranjan
The McArthur Memorial Cup for 1500m: Ronan Casey
The Frank Albert Cup for Senior Athletics Champion: Michael Denny-Smith
Full results of the Carnival are available on the school's website.
Eedy was the winning House this year.
Please check the athletics results and the school athletics records for errors.
Zone Selection Criteria–Please read carefully
SHS Athletics Records 2008
LAST REMINDER–CRICKET DINNER–STARTING TIME CHANGE
VOTE of THANKS
To Mrs Pauline McPherson who purchased, collected and then made sandwiches with Mrs Barbara Taylor who over the 5 day period made up 180 rounds of sandwiches (2 rounds per player) each morning and then, believe it or not, speared off to their work when they had finished. Add to that the great assistance we got from Karen and Tracey in the School Canteen, not forgetting Mrs. Christina Chow's support, saw unbelievable effort by so few catering for an army of hungry young men and my sincere appreciation is extended to each of the ladies.
To our team coaches ,scoring parents, and de-facto team managers who put their hands up each week in carrying kits in their vehicles and at the grounds, scoring and umpiring for our teams regularly, I can only say on behalf of all of our cricketers who had your support, a very big thanks and well done to all.
WHAT'S IN STORE FOR NEXT SEASON
THE CRICKET COMMITTEE
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2008-09 SEASON
SBHS Cricket will celebrate the efforts and achievements of our boys as well as acknowledge staff, coaches and supporters at the SBHS Cricket dinner on Friday April 4th 2008.
Players are asked to take responsibility on a team-by-team basis for any end-of-season gifts to their team's coach.
The dinner will be held on Friday 4th April in the Great Hall at 6.30 pm
The cost of the dinner will be $25 per adult and $20 per student..
Please make your payment at the Main Office before 12noon 31st march 2008
Tickets are limited.
Boys are to wear school uniform at the dinner
Please detach the form below and hand it in with your payment at the Main Office
2008 CRICKET DINNER Student Name __________________________________________________________ Year/Roll Class ____________________________________ Cricket Team _______________________________
TOTAL Number of adults _______ @ $25 per adult = ________
TOTAL Number of students _______ @ $20 per adult = ________ TOTAL $__________________ Do you have any special dietary requirements? __ Vegetarian __ Other- Please state ___________________________________________ __ YES! I can help on the day with setting up the hall, table decorations etc. Helper's name and contact details : _________________________________ Email address: ______________________________________________________ Phone numbers: ______________________________________________________
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The Following is the speech by the Captain of Boats at the Rowing Assembly.
Dr Jaggar, Mr Barris, Fin Murray, students, parents and supporters. I would like to welcome you to the Rowing Assembly. To many of us Rowing is more than just the sport we participate in. It is also a place to hang out with your mates, A place where all the pressures of life seem to be further away and you can just relax and enjoy the experience.
I would like to take a moment to thank all those who help run the rowing program, all those who allow us to enjoy this wonderful sport. Firstly to all the coaches, old boys and teachers alike, who willingly go out in all conditions and at all times to help us master the art of rowing, to all the parents who help, with parking, the barbeque, running camps, transporting us and just generally supporting our passion. I would like to especially thank our Boatman Mr Daish, without whom there is no way the sheds would function, Mr Wilson who drives out the boat trailer, Chris Watson and Serdar Bolen who drive our bus, Mr Littlewood and Mr Creer who are essential in maintaining the boatshed, the parents of the rowing committee, Mrs Blomberg, Mr Andrews and Mrs Desmond who organises food for our camps and Mrs Deacon who is our parking coordinator, Grace Reid our secretary. Last of all I would like to thank the MIC for rowing Mr Barris, whose hard work and dedication seem to know no bounds, a man who sacrifices his own time for our happiness.
Many a Rower has been asked these questions: "why do you do it, why do you put yourself through all those early mornings, pain and training". The answer is always this "because it is the sport I love." To quote Sir Theodore Cook "The rattle of the riggers of the finish, the music of the tide beneath her body as she shot between the strokes, the grim yet heartening sound of splendid and unbroken strength when all eight blades crashed in together - these are the things that no one who has heard and felt them will ever forget. Some delirium. Some tremens. Some kaleidoscope." Being in a boat is a truly special feeling and one that is hard to convey to people who haven't experienced it, when everything is going right there is no place I would rather be in the world than in a boat, flying down the river.
The senior boatshed has been eagerly awaiting HOTR since the start of the season, it is the chance for us to show what we have accomplished this year, to test ourselves against both strong competition and ourselves, in a truly amazing atmosphere. I remember the goose bumps I got before my first HOTR and that electric feeling that comes as you pass through the 1500m mark as a 15000 strong crowd roars at you, driving you to the line. It is at this point I would like to thank all those who make this moment possible, you the school body who give up your time to come out and support us. It is something I and the other rowers appreciate immensely, and I would like to personally thank all those coming out tomorrow, your support means a lot to us and really helps through those last painful metres of the race.
For the Year 10 eight rowers this year is their first HOTR and the start of an experience they won't forget
The 2nd Yr 10 8 has been under the tutelage of old boy coaches Robbie Girdler and Liam Bennet
The first Year 10 eight has been guided by Mr Barris
The B or fours group are approaching HOTR with vigour and enthusiasm. For me it is the fours who epitomise what is great about rowing. The fours have worked incredibly hard this season, they hurt themselves just as much as anyone else down the 2000m course, doing it all the while without the benefit of being in an the extra crew of an eight who share the load with you.
The 3rd Four coached by Tim Glass
The 2nd Four coached by James Mckay and Tom Hurrell
The 1st Four coached by James Gerofi
The senior A groups has been working towards HOTR for 10 months, 10 months for one day, 10 months for 6 minutes. Sculling sessions started way back in term 2 last year and since then the rowers have put in a gruelling training regime, vigorous selections have ensured the crews we put out will be the very best we have to offer. "Let's plunge ourselves into the roar of time, the whirl of accident, may pain and pleasure, success and failure, shift as they will, its only action that can make a man."
The 2nd eight coached by George Barris, George always brings a great deal of enthusiasm to his sessions. George is always smiling, but this belays a tough man who always gets the most out of his crews. He has moulded together a very tough 2nd 8 crew.
One person I would like to single out from the 2nd 8 is Robert Chen, the sole Yr 12 in the crew Rob has dealt admirably with a harsh selection process and has become a real leader amongst the 2nd 8 and the whole boatshed. A guy I am truly proud to have rowed with.
The first eight this year has been coached by Oliver Wilson. Olly is more than just a coach, he also a great mate to all the rowers and a true friend. "All the outstanding coaches were building winning individuals for the great competition of life." This aptly sums up Oliver Wilson he has been a mentor to many of us and a man who has earned our greatest respect. I would like to introduce the first 8 for 2007/08
B Shahar Merom: A tireless worker within the crew, Shahar's work ethic and dedication have been something to behold, whether its in the gym or on the water, Shahar always pushes himself to the brink, often with disastrous consequences to himself but allowing him to make great improvements to his rowing, becoming one of the most technically adept rowers in the boat.
2 Chris Andrews: Chris has worked incredibly hard to make the eight this year, making a big jump from rowing in the 2nd 4 last year. Chris efforts show just what can be accomplished with lots of hard work, and his efforts are respected greatly in the sheds.
3 David Vien: David Vien, our school captain, is a great leader within the crew, on top of this David is in a tough sport, the toughest guy in the crew, rowing on a injured shoulder all year, requiring painkilling injections for HOTR has not stopped Dave. His drive and determination is inspiring to those around him.
4 Brynley Pfull: As well as being a great rower, Brynley is also a great individual and a real down to earth guy, if I were to go to a junior boy and point out someone who would be a great role model for them to follow, it would be Brynley.
5 Harry Reid: Harry has worked hard this year and has become an exceptional rower. Harry is also a great guy off the water, and another person I would not hesitate to offer as a role model to younger boys.
7 Nelson Ridges: Nelson came back from a back injury that sidelined him for most of the pre season, to make the crew with style. An aggressive oarsman, Nelson will be a vital part of the crew helping drive it down the 2000m course.
S Mitchell Kelly: The biggest and strongest guy in the sheds. Mitch is the guy who will be hammering it out of the blocks, Mitch is the guy who will be lifting the crew with 500m to go. An amazing athlete Mitch is a vital cog to this boat
Cox Patrick Desmond: Back for his 2nd year in the eight and with one more to still to go, Patty is a great coxswain and inspiring figure to hear as we drive through the pain.
And with myself in the 6 seat I give you the first 8 for 2007/08
From the Rowing Committee President
Following the regatta it was back to the sheds for the informal presentation of thank yous to
staff, coaches, volunteers, Old Boys and parents who enthusiastically dedicate time and effort to
a sport and school they feel passionate about. Mr Barris gave a warm and meaningful address to
the boys, particularly Year 12, based on what they have got out of rowing and what rowing has
done for them. By the time the traditional cake was cut everyone felt a winner! I'm sure
everybody left those sheds feeling good about the season, if not relieved it was all over for
Congratulations to all associated with High Rowing during 07/08 and making it a successful
Rugby is a safe, free flowing game for players of all sizes, shapes and ability
Give rugby a try for your winter sport- Opportunities in all age groups, especially Years
7 to 9
Years 7-9: 5pm Monday, Moore Park West
Years 10-12: 1.30 - 3pm Wednesday, McKay Oval
Be part of the High Rugby revival
If you would like to join us in wishing Robyn Meakin a happy and healthy retirement please come along to
Sydney Boys High School on
Please make your payment at the main office or call the school to make a payment by credit card
Please RSVP and pay by Tuesday April 1 2008
Phone: 9361 6910
If you are unable to attend but would like to make a contribution to the gift for Robyn please contact the officeReturn to Index
High Store Price List
Autumn/Winter Price List - 2008
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 10:30am to 1:30pm Telephone 9331 7075
GOODS & SERVICES TAX ( G.S.T. )
G.S.T. is included on all prices listed.Return to Index
Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
Primary and secondary students across Australia are being urged to go outdoors to find inspiration for the 2008 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards.
"Forests, Feathers, Fins and Fur" is this year's theme for country's largest poetry writing competition for students, which celebrates the work of well-known Australian poet Dorothea Mackellar.
Supported by the Australian Government, the poetry awards, now in their 28th year, are an activity associated with National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW).
"The Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards is a valued National Literacy and Numeracy Week event. It helps students discover a passion for poetry, while ensuring our children develop effective literacy skills," said Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard.
"These important awards provide a unique voice for our youth. I encourage all schools to participate and write about our precious environment." Last year, more than 15,000 poems were written by students from nearly 1000 schools nationally.
Students and schools can share in more than $5000 worth of prizes including cash, trophies, books and a trip to Gunnedah in north-west NSW–home of the awards and where Dorothea Mackellar's family owned several properties.
This year, the poetry awards take on an environmental theme with the Namoi Catchment Management Authority (CMA) also throwing its support behind the event.
"It's hoped the environmental theme will encourage students to research biodiversity by studying their local environments and help them to learn about the diversity of native plants and animals," said General Manager Namoi CMA Bruce Brown.
"This event gives students the chance to express their thoughts and concerns about the environment in a creative manner."
Entries in the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards close 2 June 2008. Authors Sue Gough and Prue Mason are the judges, and winners will be notified during NLNW (1-7 September).
A National Presentation Ceremony will be held in Gunnedah on 5 September 2008.
Award entry forms and information on poetry writing, resource notes for teachers and judges' reports are available at www.dorothea.com.au
The major supporter of the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards is the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training. Other supporters include Gunnedah Shire Council, Namoi Catchment Management Authority, BHP Billiton Caroona Coal Project and QantasLink.
New Library & Performing Arts Centre
Tax Deductible 125th Anniversary Project
Sydney Boys High School depends upon its community of parents, Old Boys and supporters to further the School's ethos of the pursuit of all-round excellence.
We have a bold vision for a two stage Library & Performing Arts Centre. With advances in information technology, there is a pressing need to create a facility which is able to adapt and keep pace with meeting the increasing needs of our students. The estimated cost of the combined project is $4m. Stage one requires $1.8m; we have $400k. A new tax deductible monthly giving program has been introduced to help fund our development goal.
We have implemented an arrangement with ANZ Bank for automatic monthly deductions from a nominated credit card. You can elect to give $50, $40, $30 or $20 each month for a period of twelve months. Your nominated amount, along with your name and credit card details will be sent to the bank electronically. At the end of the financial year, the school will issue an annual statement as evidence of tax deductible donations. You can opt in or out of the scheme provided you notify the school in writing five working days before the fifteenth day of each month.
Thank you for helping to make a difference for our boys
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