High Notes, Vol 12 No 11, April 29 2011

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From the Principal

Welcome back to Term 2
Welcome all students and staff to the busiest term of the year. Years 12 and 9 have commenced their assessment examinations and they will be followed by Years 11 and 10 next week. From then on teachers are busy assessing students and reporting on their progress. Everyone in the school community needs to focus on good communication with stakeholders during this important term. We are emphasising: listening to student voice keeping more scores more often explicit teaching of literacy across the curriculum

High Talent
Chris Morrow was selected in the Australian U19 Volleyball team to tour Thailand. Chris is the only NSW player to make the squad. The Australian team finished 4th at the Asian Volleyball championships in the U21 division. Congratulations! Rostrum ‘Voice of Youth’ local finals – winners: Nishant Paul & Nakul Bhagwat (Year 12) and Kushaal Vyas (Year 10). Well done boys! In the National Latin Examination six students achieved gold medal awards – Samuel Beston, Lawrence Cai, Declan Gorey, Ryan Gu and Jeffrey Tang. Excellent results, boys! CHS Sailing Regatta results were strong this year – In Laser Radials ( Marcus James was 2nd and Ennes Mehmedbasic 3rd . In Pacers for the Joint Coal Board Trophy, Daniel Fang and Dexter Gordon retained the trophy for High, followed by David Evans and Kai Matsumoto, with Darren Taing and Tiger Zhang, 3rd. Congratulations to all competitors and thank you to Richard James, the Sailing Committee and Graham Moody for giving up their holidays to make a High team participation possible. Well done again to High’s Marching Band for their performance at the Anzac Day March. Given the weather I was particularly proud to see them marching and playing in their uniforms, oblivious to the conditions. They were a credit to themselves and the school.

Staff Changes
Anna Barry has been appointed to replace Mary Boukatos in English and Andrew Carman has been appointed to replace Michael Smith in Science. Eleanor Hanlon is relieving for Claire Reemst who is on long service leave for all of term two.

Rowing Results
Head of the River. Many boys in the squad were struck down with a virus during their last week of preparation, weakening their capacity to get the best out of their boats. The Year 10 second VIII had a scratch crew with a few boys very new to sweep oar rowing. They rowed out the race and courageously finished. The first Year 10 VIII also found the going tough. The second VIII had the shed’s best row at 10.45% off the pace. The 1st VIII could not capitalise on a favoured lane draw and finished in 6.27.84. Unfortunately, we could not break the 10% barrier this year. I encourage more boys to get involved in rowing to support the school and help restore our competitiveness in this important sport.

Congratulations to all competitors in the CHS Championships.
Gold medal performances were achieved in: Championship Mens Coxless Quad scull ( Purcal, Andrews Eveleigh Caetano); U 16 Single scull (Comninos); U15 Double scull ( Zhang, Yi); U15 Coxless Quad scull (Tan, Nixon, Zhang, Yi); U16 Coxless Quad scull (Trang, Guan, Fang, Comninos); Championship Mens Eight (Purcal, caetano, Andrews, Montanaro,Ovadia, Eveleigh, Wilcox, Petrie, c Tam),

Silver Medals - Championship Mens Pair (Liao, De Nigris), U15 Coxless Quad Scull (Tinker, Chan, Huyen, Kong), U17 Coxless Quad scull (Tran, Keogh,Chan, Pereira), U16 Coxless Quad scull (Pan, Lu, Chen, Lin), Championship Mens Eight (Martin, Gorey, Bonch-Osmolovsky, De Nigris, Gollan, Liao, Tang, fang, c. Tran), U16 Double scull Fang, Comninos),

Bronze Medals were won by: U15 Double scull (Nixon, Tan); Championship Mens Coxless Quad scull (Martin, Chan, Bonch-Osmolovsky, Gorey); Championship Mens Pair (Ovadia, Fang), U15 Coxless Quad Scull (Malouf, Huang, Luo, Mao), Championship Mens Eight (Li, Collier, Keogh, Tran, Li, Chan, Pereira, Wang, c. Xing), U16 Double scull (Rong, Tran); U15 Single scull (Nixon).
Dr K A Jaggar

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From the Office

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. Alternatively you may contact the school by phone on 9361 6910 and dial “4” for the absentee line.

If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Barris, 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.

If you require leave for your son please, apply in writing and address your application to the Principal, Dr Jaggar, stating the reason and length of time of the leave. Your son must then present this application to Dr Jaggar for permission for the leave. Please remember to apply before the leave and not after.

The Principal must approve all leave applications.

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Wet Weather Information – Saturday Sport

For regular updates on Saturday sport during times of inclement weather, parents and students are asked to check the school’s website throughout the day. The information can be found by going to the school’s website at www.sydneyboyshigh.com then by clicking on the fixture details under the heading of ‘Upcoming events’ i.e. Saturday, May 1 SHS v NC. Cancellations can then be found by scrolling down the page to the specific sport and team. If there is no information specific to sport cancellations then assume by default that sport will go ahead. Please note that the current ‘Sports Wet Weather line’ is inoperable.

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Sports Donations

GPS sports competition is very demanding on people and resources. At High we have ongoing needs for facilities development, equipment and development through expert coaching. If you would like to help through a tax deductible donation for a particular sport, the appropriate form can be posted to you by calling 9361 6910. Alternatively, you can go to our website www.sydneyboyshigh.com click on Sport /Sports Donations to download either Development Donation Form or Equipment and Facility Donation Form.

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Rifle Shooting

Sydney High School Rifle Club coaching seminar
The Sydney High School Rifle Club was honoured to host a legend of Australian rifle shooting who delivered a coaching seminar for students at the ANZAC Rifle Range on 9 April 2011.

Seminar presenter Don Brooks is a three time Australian Olympian (1972, 1976 and 1988); a three times Australian Commonwealth Games representative (1974, 1978 and 1986); smallbore world champion and world record holder.

He was, therefore, eminently qualified to deliver an excellent presentation on building a perfect shooting position, and the elements of sports psychology used by elite level shooters.

The seminar comprised classroom lectures and a fullbore range shooting session at 300m.

The lessons learned by all who attended will serve them well for the remainder of their shooting careers.

Old boys Ishan Nadkarni, Daniel Comben and Sam Kremer assisted with the conduct of the day. Thanks are also due to our magnificent Shooting Master, Cathy Meaney.

Kind regards,
Sam Kremer
Sydney High School Rifle Club Inc.

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From PD/H/PE

At the end of term 1 the first practical assessments were completed. In recognition of our Term 1 High Performers and Most Improved students a notice board Room 901 will display their names. It is hoped that this will inspire more students to higher efforts. A permanent board similar to the 1.6k Honour Board is also being considered by the faculty.

Sport Skill Assessment High Performers

Year Basketball Cricket Rugby Soccer
10   21 sec, 0 errors: Marshall Li 24 sec, 0 errors:Braden Angell, Michael Chang, Kevin Chen, Jackson Lam,Vithuran Puvanendran, Andrew Wu 25 sec, 0 errors: Max Chao, Brian Huang,Ian Huang ,Brian Leung, Arjun Punekar, Marco Stojanovik, Shuming Wang     Kenneth Ho,Maurice Lam, Tony Li, Terence Pham,Anirudh Ramesh,Thilan Subasinghe,Terrence Zhou   23 sec, 0 errors:Dennis Ghezelbash,Marco Stojanovik 25 sec, 0 errors:Khusheal Vyas, Arjun Punekar 26 sec, 0 errors:Marcus James
9 21 sec, 0 errors: Mitchell Flynn, Eugene Lee, Nathan Sutton      
8 25 sec, 0 errors: Daniel Haslam 26 sec, 0 errors: Tyson Zhang 27 sec, 0 errors:Kevin Liang, Adil Nadir      
7 25 sec, 0 errors: Bevan Lin 27 sec, 0 errors:Max Li, Hoang Khiem Pham      

Sport Skill Assessment Improved Performers

Year Basketball Cricket Rugby Soccer
10   Andrew Cha, Micheal Chang, William Chang, Timothy Chung,Bill Deng, Denny Dien, Sherman Du, Xu Dong Feng, George Dzero, Brian He,Ian Huang, Ken Huang,  Ken Li, Marshall Li, Brian Leung, Simon Luong, Jeffery Ni, Alex Nguyen, Anthony Nguyen, Alan Stoneham, Daniel Tam, Dominic Tran, Andrew Vu, Austin Wang, James Wang, Denis Wong, Wilbert Wu, Jerry Yip, Anthony Zhou     Kenneth Ho, Maurice Lam, Anirudh Ramish,Thilan Subasinghe,Wilbert Wu Daniel Cordas,Danny Vo
9 Jeremy Chan, Allan Loi,Erwin Riley, Andrew Shi,Brian Truong, Eric Yu Andrew Cao,  Burton Chen, Toby Chen, Brandon Thai    
8 Marc Betbeder-Matibet,Brian Chan, Jacky Deng,Richard Hao, Jonathon Wu,Angelo Yan, Carl Yang Jaiden Chin, Evan Han,Alex Hossain,Tahmeed Hossein,Anthony Taing    

Congratulations to all these students.
G. Stein

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Phillip J Day Scholarship Dinner

You are invited to the

Phillip J Day Scholarship Dinner

Time: 7.00 pm on 31 May 2011
Venue: Great Hall
RSVP: 26 May 2011

Host: Daniel McPherson, Class of 1997 (Host of Dancing with the Stars, City Homicide and The Bill)

Speaker: Tom Cusbert, Class of 2002, University Medallist (2008)

(a corporate, tax deductible professional learning opportunity) $60 per head

The Phillip J Day Scholarship Dinner RSVP form is available 
in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes.

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