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Headmaster’s Report

                                                                    It is important that we think
                                                                    positively about men, speak
                                                                    positively and have high expectations
                                                                    for them, just as we have for women.
                                                Dr Timothy Wright

It was with a lot of fresh ideas and renewed thinking that I        by others in terms of shallow stereotypes. In other words there
returned from Sabbatical at the beginning of June. I think it       is a healthy masculinity, and that is what we hope to aim at
is one of the great opportunities for learning which I have.        here at Shore.
Sabbatical gives me an opportunity to think and to view Shore       It is important that we think positively about men, speak
from a more global perspective. It is absolutely essential for      positively and have high expectations for them, just as we have
us at Shore to never rest on our laurels but always to explore      for women. Some hard line articles I have read have really
ways in which we can improve what we do and how we do it.           set agendas which would push men aside, and that will not
I visited four Schools, attended two conferences, hosted two        be useful, helpful or successful. Strong societies need high
functions, met with Harvard academic colleagues from the            functioning men and women and children need to be raised
Harvard Graduate School of education and did a lot of reading.      in homes where they are nurtured by their parents, irrespective
Part of the reflection time was spent in thinking about             of gender.
masculinity and talking with young men, Headmasters and             Some of the historic ritualised interactions between men and
other staff whilst I was away. Many of the young men, and           women, sometimes seen as outdated courtesies, were in
young men at Shore as well, found it difficult to answer the        fact ways of regulating the most instantly apparent difference
question What is good about being a man? Tim Winton,                between men and women: on average men are more physically
Australian author, published an article here which I read           powerful than women. This is a biological feature which
whilst on leave. The phrase “Toxic Masculinity” was used in         appears in many mammals. Standing for women, stepping
the article, addressing male attitudes towards women and            back for women and the like were means of reminding oneself
girls revealed in conversations he overheard in the surf and        and signalling to others that the male should exhibit what the
elsewhere. The men used language that demeaned, objectified         King James Bible called “meekness”. Four hundred years ago
and ridiculed women. Winton linked this to some of the other        this word meant controlled and regulated power, not weakness
appalling behaviours we have seen from SOME men and widely          and timidity. Jim Hawkins, Headmaster of Harrow, commented
discussed: sexual harassment/assault, domestic violence and         that this was the essential feature of Christ’s manliness and
a crass vulgarity often directed at women. Toxic masculinity        probably needs rediscovery. Christ in his meekness focused
has become a phrase much used.                                      on “the other”; he set aside his interests for those entrusted
You will notice the capitalised word in the previous paragraph.     to him, the weak, the marginalised and the despised.
It is always a fallacy, if not dangerous, to blanket any group of   We need to able to restate these ideals. Real men are not
people with a broad description that quickly stereotypes every      violent, drunken, aggressive and sexist; they are people who
member of that group. I do think there have been cultural           can live, love, work, nurture and be responsible for the benefit
shifts that have lifted some behavioural taboos and I think that    of others.
is linked to some of the perceived increase in problems, and
there is no doubt that the epidemic of substance abuse, male
unemployment/under-employment and lower and later rates of
relationship commitments (either in marriage or long-term de
facto relationships) have links to these issues. But there are
many men who engage in absolutely respectful, constructive
nurturing and loving relationships as well. Men who contribute
to the greater good and live with the best interests of others in   Dr Timothy Wright
mind. Men who do not define themselves and are not defined          Headmaster

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                                                                     From the Headmaster         2   Pastoral Care                 21
                                                                     Masculinity                     ‘Step Up’ Camp Report

                                                                     Archibald                   3   Sport @ Shore                 22
JAMIE PREISZ (2008) WINS                                             Packing Room Prize              Wingham Results

Archibald Packing
                                                                                                     Shore boys awarded ARU
                                                                     Polished Pennies            4   Refereeing Scholarship
                                                                                                     2018 Shore GPS Rugby

Room Prize
                                                                     Sub-Prefects 2018           5   Representatives
                                                                     Third Batch
                                                                     Sub-Prefect Induction           Staff @ Shore                 24
The coveted Archibald Packing Room Prize was won this year                                           Charity Football Game
by Jamie Preisz (2008), for his portrait of Jimmy Barnes.            Shabbots 2018               5   Pre-Service Teachers
However, it has been a journey of hard work and the discovery                                        Shadow a Student
of his talents that has led him to this point.                       Play Matters                5
                                                                                                     Archives @ Shore              25
Michelle Arnott, who taught Jamie at Shore recalls: “Jamie was       Happenings @ Shore          6   Shore Old Boys War Service
a devoted art student and brought sustained application and          Gold Duke of Edinburgh
innovation to his art making. He was sensitive to art traditions     Science and Engineering         Preparatory
while engaging thoroughly with the contemporary art world. He        challenge                       School @ Shore                26
was a gentle and good humoured student who worked well in            Da Vinci Decathlon              Early Learning Centre
the shared senior studio space.”                                     STEM success                    Kindergarten to Year 2
After completing his HSC at Shore in 2008, Jamie was unsure          Year 7 PBL Poetry Evening       Years 3 to 6
what path to take in life. His brother suggested he go to UNSW       Year 8 Poetry Immersion Week
College of Fine Art (now known as UNSW Art & Design), and                                            Shore Parents’
                                                                     Year 9 Writers-in-Residence
he graduated securing a Scholarship to the Billy Blue College                                        Association                   28
of Design where he went on to develop his skills as a Graphic        Year 10 Japanese excursion      The Shore Foundation          29
Designer creating story boards for movies.                           Year 11 Japanese excursion      Shore Physical Education
Outside of work, Jamie continued his love of painting                Year 12 PDHPE students          Centre (SPEC) – UPDATE
and started to get a name for himself, selling his work                                              Fundraiser in Hong Kong
through galleries.                                                   Music @ Shore              12   All Sports Lunch
                                                                     Instrumental and Choral         Grandparents’ Morning Tea
During a 2014 residency in Paris at Espace Quinze Quinze,            Concert 2018
Jamie, age 23, started to believe he could make a living                                             Thank you lunch
                                                                     Music Awards
from oil painting and delved further into the genre of                                               Year group cocktail parties
                                                                     Scholars’ Recital 2018          at Graythwaite
Contemporary Realism.                                                Concert Band Camp
                                                                                                     New Foundation Director
After relocating back to Sydney and establishing a studio in         Sydney Eisteddfod
                                                                                                     EOFY Thank You
Annandale, Jamie was inspired to paint Jimmy Barnes. He                                              Annual Giving
commented: “He’s not just a rock musician, he’s part of the          Drama @ Shore              16
                                                                     Intermediate Theatresports      Donated crests
cultural fabric of Australia. He’s iconic.”
                                                                     Senior Theatresports
“I got the initial inspiration for the painting from Jimmy’s book,   The Lion, the Witch             Shore Old Boys’ Union         33
as his dad was a prize-fighting boxer in Glasgow. Reading            and the Wardrobe                The Old Boys’ Union Report
Jimmy’s book I realised he’s fought for everything that he’s         Oliver Twist                    Reunions and Events
ever had.” Jamie said. The painting took 9 weeks to complete.        Year 11 Student Directed Play   In the News
                                                                                                     Careers Expo
The opening night of the Archies was a memorable night
for Jamie; the realisation of a life-long dream. He was              Shore Chess                20   GPS Gold Challenge
accompanied by his Grandma, Dorothy Cutler, who was the
original source of his inspiration, having taken him every year
to the exhibition since he can remember.
Jamie plans to return to Shore in the near future to share his
experience and wisdom with the School’s current Visual Arts
students. Head of Visual Arts, Tim Pigott commented: “It’s
fantastic when Old Boys return to the School to inspire the
current students. We’re looking forward to welcoming Jamie
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back in the near future to congratulate him and have him
share his inspiration for the Jimmy Barnes painting”.                                                Instrumental
Background                                                                                           and Choral
The Packing Room Prize represents the “layperson’s” point                                            Concert
of view and has been awarded annually since 1991 by the
gallery’s head packer.                                                                               7 June 2018
The Art Gallery of NSW, Archibald Exhibition currently displays                                      See feature article for
the Jimmy Barnes portrait and is open until 9 September.                                             further details page 12.

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“Greater love hath
                    no man, than this,
                    that he lay down his
                    life for his friend.”
                    Polished Pennies
                    Few things move and capture the heart of the Shore
                    community as does the Polished Pennies Service held in the
                    first week of Term 2. A long standing member of the Staff, the
                    late James Lee Pulling, lost a son during the First World War
                    and in 1932 he instituted a practice of polishing a penny to
                    commemorate at or near ANZAC Day those who laid down their
                    lives and made the supreme sacrifice. The funds raised would
                    go to maintaining the brass plaques in the Chapel whose lives
                    are to be perpetually remembered.
                    This year, The Reverend Darren E Hindle Chaplain, RAN was
                    invited to speak at the service which marked the 103rd
                    anniversary of ANZAC landings at Gallipoli. He retold the
                    moving story of the young Jim Martin who served at Gallipoli in
                    the 21st Battalion. Disaster struck even before he arrived at
                    Gallipoli, with Jim having to jump ship and spend four hours in
                    choppy seas after his ship was torpedoed. Despite being sick
                    from the dunking, he arrived six days later at a stony beach
                    known as Anzac Cove just before midnight of 8 September
                    1915. The sickness, poor food and stress of Gallipoli took its
                    toll, and Jim died 25 October 1915.
                    Jim Martin was only 14 years of age when he died. He was our
                    youngest Anzac.
                    Darren said “on Anzac day we do not celebrate or glorify war.
                    Instead Anzac day is about remembering those Australians
                    who served, many of whom lost their lives and made the
                    ultimate sacrifice so that we might know the freedom that we
                    enjoy today.”
                    This sentiment was well captured by a phrase sent to
                    Jim’s mum, “he made the greatest and noblest of sacrifices
                    for his country.”
                    The significance of this was not lost on Jesus. In John 15:13,
                    part of the Polished Pennies reading, Jesus said these words,
                    “Greater love hath no man, than this, that he lay down his
                    life for his friend.” Darren concluded by reminding us that
                    it was while we were God’s enemies, that Jesus made the
                    greatest and noblest of sacrifices by laying down his life for
                    us to “make us his friends and give an abundant and eternal
                    freedom, which is beyond describing”.
                    LEST WE FORGET.
                                                               Reverend Paul Dudley

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Sub-Prefects 2018

Third Batch Sub-Prefect Induction
On Wednesday 16 May, the Third Batch of Sub-Prefects was inducted in the School Chapel.

L to R: Mr RA Morrison (Acting Headmaster), Max Gordon, Jeremy Denniss, Ryan Seeto, Max Macdonald, Sam Broadley, Nick Hill, Tom Bloore,
Jack Cowan, Harry Zheng, Rev PC Dudley (Chaplain)

                                                                                                                “The desire to play
                                                                                                                is fundamentally
                                                                                                                the desire to be”
                                                                                                                JEAN-PAUL SATRE
                                                                       Think back to when you were a child at school. I wonder if
                                                                       some of your favourite memories were the times during the day
                                                                       when you were free to express yourself through play. Academic
                                                                       research points clearly towards the many cognitive benefits
                                                                       of play and the positive impact it has on how we learn. The
                                                                       research suggests that by providing regular opportunities for

                                                                       free play we allow children to build on their problem solving
                                                                       techniques alongside their language and memory skills. Best
                                                 WHO AM I ?            of all – it is innately enjoyable and engaging.

2018                                                                   Shore staff across all three campuses have been thinking
                                                                       about the importance of allowing our girls and boys the freedom
On the June Long Weekend, 75 students from Shore and                   to immerse themselves in ‘play clubs’ during lunchtimes (we
Abottsleigh travelled to Galston Gorge to ponder the question,         call them clubs but anyone can join!). We understand that not
“Who Am I?” The senior students from both schools organised            everyone always wants to engage in a playground context and
a great platform for Dave Hanbury’s talks, picking up ideas            sometimes you aren’t in the mood for quiet reading in the
from Psalm 139 to understand that (i) God Knows Your Heart,            library. As a result, we now run lunchtime activity groups on
(ii) God Knows Your False Identity, (iii) God Knows Your Real          each of our campuses because regardless of how old you are,
Identity and (iv) God Knows Your Purpose.                              everyone enjoys play – how that play looks differs according to
                                                                       our age and need, but the desire to play remains.
This was a great chance for Christian kids and those exploring
the faith to dig deep and find some satisfying answers.                In K-2 at Northbridge, this involves a nominated space with
For many who were strangers on the Friday night, by Sunday             a variety of game-based activities in our outdoor play space,
after the bonds of friendship had grown strong and there               which proves very popular. In North Sydney our Year 3 to 6
have already been some post-Shabbots gatherings to continue            Prep boys have the opportunity to build, draw, create, play
that fellowship.                                                       games or simply relax during their lunch time. A new initiative
                                                                       this term is at our Year 7 to 12 campus. Here boys are invited
The theme song of Murder on the Dancefloor ran thought the             to come to a lunch time ‘Tinker’ space, where visitors can join
Saturday night murder-mystery game, which was awesome.                 in with board games, tinker with electronic gear, read graphic
Ben Warburton’s final reflection was poignant: “When I was in          novels or just chat with friends. All three ‘play’ options have
the junior years, I didn’t go to Shabbot’s because I thought it        proven to be highly popular and provide another alternative to
was probably pretty lame. That is one of my biggest regrets at         the busy playground context.
school because these last two Shabbots camps have been two                                                                     Cate Fryda
of the best weekends of my life.”                                                                                     Director of Inclusion

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Happenings @ Shore

Gold Duke of Edinburgh
On Tuesday 29 May, students from last year, Matthew Hall
from Eldershaw House and Angelino Fiori from Mathers House,
were awarded their Gold Duke of Edinburgh
at St Stephen’s Uniting Church Sydney.
Governor Hurley spoke to the awardees          congratulate each other and to share      is a personal challenge and not a
about the significance of self-service,        their wide range of experiences which     competition against others; it pushes
working with different communities and         they had achieved for the Gold Duke       young people to their personal limits
leadership. He stressed the importance         of Edinburgh.                             and recognises their achievements.
of leading by example and taking the           The Duke of Edinburgh’s International     The Award is comprised of three levels,
initiative to lead when times are difficult.   Award is available to all 14 to 24 year   Bronze, Silver and Gold, and four
Afterwards, Governor Hurley invited            olds and is the world’s leading youth     sections. Participants complete all
the awardees, family members and               achievement award. It equips young        four sections at each level in order to
representatives to attend a reception          people for life regardless of their       achieve their Award.
at Government House. This was an               background, culture, physical ability,
important gathering for everyone to            skills and interests. Doing the Award                                 Sharan King

Science and Engineering challenge
Each year 32 of our top Year 10 Science
students compete in the Science and
Engineering Challenge. The competition
involves a day of engineering problems
with students from eight schools vying
to produce the best outcomes.
The challenges range from designing
electricity networks to supply regional
towns and cities to building bionic
hands to carry out simple tasks and
communicate sign language.
After many years of near success with
Shore finishing second five years in
a row, the 2017 group finally broke
through to win their day and progress to
the State final. The 2018 Year 10 have
successfully defended their honour by
winning their day by a handsome margin
and also progressing to the State
final. They will compete at Newcastle
University in August with the possibility
of being selected to represent NSW in
the National Final in November.
                                                                  Year 10 students,
                                                                    James McArdle,
                                                              Tom Gordon, Eric Nam
                                                                   and Ben Sinclair
After many years of                                                    ready to test
                                                                  their bionic hand.
near success with Shore
finishing second five
                                                           The Year 10 Science and
                                                             Engineering Challenge
years in a row, the 2017                                     team with their award.

group finally broke
through to win.

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L to R: Mr Liddell, David Xie, Ryan Wang, Nathan Zhou, Oscar Setchell, Julian Teh, Oscar Deane, Alex Murray, Ollie Withington, Mr Whitehouse

Success at Da Vinci Decathlon
Each year, Knox Grammar hosts a Da Vinci Decathlon where                  It is pleasing to report that our Year 8 team placed 1st in
talented students in Years 7, 8 and 9 across the state meet               the Engineering challenge and 2nd in the General Knowledge
to undertake challenging tasks across ten areas: Engineering,             challenge. Each team member received a certificate.
Mathematics and Chess, Code Breaking, Art and Poetry,
Science, English, Ideation, Creative Producers, Cartography                YEAR      OVERALL RANK          SECTIONS                 POSITION
and General Knowledge. Many students attending are from
selective schools.                                                            7           Equal 5th        Cartography              2nd
                                                                                                           English                  3rd
Our Head of Mathematics, Mr Mark Liddell, accompanied                                                      Mathematics              5th
a team of eight Year 7 boys and a team of eight Year 8 boys                                                General Knowledge        8th
on Tuesday 22 May. Gilmour Housemaster, Mr Robert Gulson,
                                                                                                           Ideation                 9th
accompanied a team of eight Year 9 boys on Wednesday
23 May.                                                                       8              5th           Engineering              1st
                                                                                                           General Knowledge        2nd
Teams                                                                                                      Science                  5th
Year 7 George Chen, Steven Ilin, Ben Powell, Aaron Rucinski,                                               Mathematics              equal 6th
Ethan Tan, Thomas Wait, Sam Wensley and Patrick Zhang.
Year 8 Oscar Deane, Alex Murray, Oscar Setchell, Julian Teh,                  9              10th          General Knowledge        4th
                                                                                                           Code Breaking            5th
Ryan Wang, Ollie Withington, David Xie and Nathan Zhou.
                                                                                                           Cartography              6th
Year 9 Thomas Burge, Bryson Constable, Jordan Huang,
Matthew Leijer, Daniel Ryan, Kevin Shen, Nathan Spencer                                                    Mathematics              7th
and Evan Xu.
Each team worked well with the challenges presented to them                                                                 David Whitehouse
and I commend them on their efforts.                                                                                        Director of Studies

   Matthew Hall (17) is the recipient of a
     University of Sydney Scholar’s Award
    for his combined Bachelor of Science
      (Health)/ Master of Nursing degree.
     This is particularly noteworthy in two
 regards: a nationwide shortage of males
entering nursing and of students entering
    Science, Technology, Engineering and
Mathematics (STEM) tertiary courses. We
wish Matthew success in his studies and
                              future career.
                         David Whitehouse
                         Director of Studies

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Year 7 PBL Poetry Evening
This semester, Year 7 students studied an introductory unit on poetry.
In this unit, student learning was driven by the following question:
‘How can poetry become meaningful for the Shore School community?’
The English Department have been developing a valuable               via the established school culture of thinking and
tradition whereby we cultivate and contribute to a culture of        creative expression.
appreciating creativity through public exhibition. To this effect,   As teachers who are nurturing young poets and authors, we
we invited all Year 7 boys and their families to campus to view      were not looking for the perfect piece of work at the Poetry
their son’s poetry compositions.                                     Evening. We were reflecting on the imperfect work that shows
Rather than solely analysing poetry and have them graded by a        the worth of what we value as a school: experimentation,
teacher in isolation, our Year 7 students were required to have      developing empathy, growing as a writer and sharing these
their poetry on display for hundreds of people in the Shore          experiences as a community.
community to view, appreciate and value the ideas presented.         We certainly hope students and their families enjoyed the
Engaging our students in rich experiences of collaboration,          first step in their journey of creative and critical expression
conversation, debate, appreciation and passion, will offer           at Shore.
them opportunities to reflect and thereby grow confidence
through poetic expression. This develops a complex capacity                                                    Mr Carmelo Aragone
to become creative thinkers who are also critical of their work                                              Master Assisting English


Year 8 Poetry Immersion Week
As part of the USYD-Shore English partnership initiative, Year 8 English students were involved in
the inaugural Poetry Immersion Week from 12 to 19 June.
Shore’s guest resident poet, internationally acclaimed
Slam Poetry superstar, Miles Merrill, took the students for          Awards
workshops involving demonstrations and insider tips on               Best group performances
composition and performance.
                                                                     n Rishad Cook-Sabatino, Nick Kelly, Tom Lucas,
Having studied a unit on ‘The Outsider’ this term in English,          Dougal Payne and Harry Scambler.
they went with the same theme and developed collaborative
performance poetry pieces about homelessness, refugees,              n Toby Brandon-Cooper, James de Kock and
bullying, cultural clash and a range of other ‘Outsider’ topics.       Mesake Taulawakeiaho.
The Immersion experience culminated in a Poetry Slam
Competition on 19 June, where each group performed live              Best films
on stage or played a filmed version of their poem. Miles was         n John Kenny, Kwan Berner, George Chapman and
there to MC and judge on the day and was impressed with                Jeremy Warburton.
the quality and creativity of the students and their ability to      n William Wulff, Hamish Moynihan, Luke Harrison and
perform polished pieces in front of a large audience.                  Will Conick.

                                                                     Stand-out solo performances
                                                                     came from Mesake Taulawakeiaho and Bijaan Utteridge.

                                                                     Honourable mentions
                                                                     went to Arthur Lockyer, Alec Carter, Lachie Malcolm and
                                                                     Sam Brasher.
                                                                     Overall, this experience has engaged the empathy of Year 8
                                                                     students, developed their collaborative skills, and given them
                                                                     more confidence as performers on stage.
                                                                     We look forward to another great Shore Poetry Slam in 2019!

                                                                                                                Ms Penny Horsley
                                                                                                           Master Assisting English
                                                                                                USYD Partnership and Competitions

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Year 9 Writers-in-Residence Programme
As part of the English Department’s partnership with the University of Sydney Year 9 English
students have been involved in immersion workshops and presentations with Belinda Murrell
and Tim Harris.
These internationally acclaimed authors have been working
with students to develop high quality narratives with living
characters, atmospheric settings, and moments of revelation
and catharsis.
The students have responded with enthusiasm to Belinda and
Tim, and are integrating the authors’ professional advice into
their current creative writing projects as part of the ‘Stories
Worth Telling’ unit of study. The boys are required to tell the
story of a significant experience that occurred in the life of
someone they know. Their narratives will focus on representing
the ways in which this person was affected by this experience.
We look forward to seeing the final products!
                                                Ms Penny Horsley
                                          Master Assisting English
                             USYD Partnership and Competitions


Year 10 Japanese excursion
11 boys of the Year 10 Japanese class joined Wenona at the Tanken Centre in Kirrawee.
The language centre was decorated to traditional Japanese            interviews after meeting our quirky hosts. We played a number
theme and gave us an insight into Japanese culture. Common           of Japanese themed games that involved all of our Japanese
Japanese practices stood out as foreign to students as they          speaking skills from Year 8 to Year 10. We were asked familiar
learnt how to follow them. Upon entering, we took off our            yet challenging questions that had to be answered in time
school shoes and put on slippers which we wore for the rest          and fluently to win points for our team. Finally, we played a
of the excursion. We sat on traditional ‘tatami mats’ where we       Japanese take on Pictionary in which we were tested on the
ate and played games at our tables. We ate Obento lunches            Katakana alphabet. Overall it was a really great excursion.
in the garden which restricted walking on culturally significant     It provided a really accurate look into Japanese culture
parts. We were involved in a number of group and individual          and enhanced our interactive language skills. It was also
games from interviews to game shows such as Pictionary.              interesting to practise Japanese with another Japanese class.
Students introduced one another in one on one Japanese                                                                      L I Meakes

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Year 11 Japanese excursion
うてきなにわなどがありました。   たんけん
                                             It was a most
                                             enjoyable and
うてきなにわなどがありました。 たんけん
うてきなにわなどがありました。   たんけん
うてきなにわなどがありました。   たんけん
                                             valuable day.
うてきなにわなどがありました。   たんけん
した。                     We went on an excursion last Thursday. The Tanken Centre
ロースヴィルカレージとシドニー女子高校の    was a traditional Japanese building with tatami floors, an
学生もきました。かれらはとてもやさしくて    entrance foyer and a traditional garden. Before entering we
まじめでした。みんな日本語がとくいでした。 removed our shoes.
まじめでした。みんな日本語がとくいでした。 Students from Roseville College and Sydney’s Girls’ High
まじめでした。みんな日本語がとくいでした。 School were also there. They were very nice but worked hard.
ひるごはんにおべんとうを食べました。ごは    Their Japanese was great.
んやチキンからあげやたまごなどを食べまし    We had a bento for lunch with chicken karaage, rice and egg.
んやチキンからあげやたまごなどを食べまし    It was delicious.
た。すごくおいしかったです。          We did lots of HSC speaking practice. We were a bit nervous
     HSC のスピーキングのれんしゅうを but learnt lots. It was a most enjoyable and valuable day.
それから HSC のスピーキングのれんしゅうを
それから HSC
それから HSC のスピーキングのれんしゅうを
しました。私たちはちょっとどきどきしまし                                                       Cooper Mills
それから     のスピーキングのれんしゅうを
                                                                                 Year 11


Year 12 PDHPE students
Year 12 PDHPE students travelled to the
Sydney Academy of Sport at Narrabeen.
The focus of the day was to refine students’ understanding
of content undertaken in the PDHPE Core 2 Strand Factors
Affecting Performance. The boys gained valuable insights into
many facets of exercise science, physiology, training principles
as well as experiencing the life of an elite professional athlete.
A highlight of the day was Rory Stanton and Josh Farr-
Jones who both volunteered to undertake VO2max testing
and lactate analysis. Surrounded by a team of exercise
physiologists, the boys undertook a 30 minute incremental
test on a treadmill, pausing briefly every two minutes for
lactate analysis via a blood sample taken from the ear and
an RPE (rating of perceived exertion) score. Both boys ran
to exhaustion and provided the rest of the group with some
excellent data for discussion later in the afternoon. Over
lunch, the boys were also able to observe a contact session
undertaken by the Many Sea Eagles Rugby League first grade
squad under the direction of Head Coach Trent Barrett.
Special thanks to the exercise scientists at the Sydney
Academy of Sport who gave up their time and expertise to
provide lectures and conduct a range of tests on Shore’s
students, as well as Mr Lees, Mr Wallace and Mr Shrosbree for
organising the excursion.
                                               Mr GC Shrosbree
                                                 Head of PDHPE

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Music @ Shore

  Instrumental and Choral Concert 2018

                     The Instrumental and Choral Concert was held in the Smith
                     Auditorium on Thursday evening, 7 June at 7.00pm. The Senior
                     String Ensemble opened the concert playing the famous
                     Brandenburg Concerto No. 4, First movement by J S Bach.
                     The soloists included M C Lau (violin), M Huang and
                     K Y S Ng (flute). Mr Anthony Pasquill accompanied on
                     harpsichord and Miss Alex Wentzel had worked hard with this
                     ensemble during the semester. B C E Warburton, Captain
                     of Music 2018 compered the concert and introduced the
                     Guitar Ensemble which was directed by Miss Biljana Mitrovic.
                     The Intermediate String Ensemble then gave an impressive
                     performance of ‘Molto Mambo’ by Loreta Finn which was
                     exciting to witness so many Year 7 students being involved.
                     Both the ForeShore ensemble and the Senior Quartet gave
                     very accomplished performances of works by Cohen arr.
                     J W Griffiths and Borodin. Three Year 12 Music Extension
                     students performed solo, M E Owen (violin), M S C Macdonald
                     (voice) and J Kim (viola). All three students were accompanied
                     by Ms Belinda McGlynn and they presented repertoire
                     especially chosen to highlight their skills. To conclude the
                     concert the Symphony Orchestra played the famous Smetana
                     piece, ‘The Moldau No 2 of My Fatherland’ conducted by
                     Miss Alex Wentzel. It was a very well received concert and the
                     standard of playing was exceptional. Thanks to all the Music
                     staff and Music Tutors for their ongoing support of the boys
                     for this concert.
                                                                  Miss Alex A Wentzel

Music Awards

                                                The annual Music Awards were again part of the Shore Music
                                                calendar. All students from Years 7 to 12 were encouraged
                                                to either sign up to play a solo piece or as an ensemble for
                                                the adjudicator, Mr Devendran Gopalasamy. The auditions
                                                occurred during the final weeks of Term 1 and numerous boys
                                                hovered around the Performing Arts office to diligently sign
                                                up for a specific time to perform. The driving aim was to gain
                                                experience in performing, to learn from the points that are
                                                raised in the adjudication report, to earn a point or two for
                                                your House and hopefully be chosen to perform in front of your
                                                peers at a combined House concert in the Smith Auditorium.
                                                There were different stages of House points to be achieved
                                                either by gaining Bronze, Diamond or Gold awards where
                                                certificates and trophies were presented to the students.
                                                Six concerts were held, both Junior (Years 7 to 9) and Senior
                                                (Years 10 to 12) during House Tutor time in the Smith
                                                Auditorium. All concerts had a variety of music genres and
                                                instruments played such as acoustic guitar, electric guitar,
                                                voice, alto saxophone, French horn, trumpet, piano, violin and
                                                drums. We very much appreciated the efforts of Ms Belinda
                                                McGlynn and Mrs Margaret Orchard who accompanied many
                                                of the students and Mr Warwick Payne who sang and played
                                                guitar to support a student.
                                                                                            Miss Alex A Wentzel

Scholars’ Recital 2018
       The Music Scholars’ Recital was held on              Polonaise de concert respectively. For our Year
       Wednesday 16 May in the School Chapel and            12 scholars, organist Andrew Young and Violist
       the Orchestra Recital Room. It was wonderful to      Joshua Kim, this was their last recital. The
       have a representative from the Merewether family     scholar’s performance skills and understanding
       present who continue their support of the Music      of Music support both our curriculum and our
       programme by providing a Music scholarship           co-curricular programmes and we thank our
       in memory of Mr Richard Merewether. Also in          Year 12’s for their contribution. All the scholars
       attendance was Mr David Mason-Jones who is           performed extremely well and the Music
       the Executive Director of the Shore Foundation.      Department is very grateful for all the support
       The Shore Foundation provides two music              given to the Scholarship programme.
       scholarships, the RAI Grant Scholarship and the      If you would like to support Music through the
       Shore Foundation Organ Scholarship.                  Scholarship Programme, please contact
       We welcomed two new scholars in 2018, oboist         Mr David Mason-Jones either by email
       Eric Yoo and cellist Tim Wong who performed or phone him
       Schumann’s Romance No. 1 and Dopper’s                directly on (02) 9956 1179.
                                                                                                  Ms Kim I Barber

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Concert Band Camp
The 2018 Concert Band Camp was held on the 26 and
27 February at the Naamaroo Conference Centre in the
Lane Cove National Park, a peaceful setting, surrounded by
nature, where the boys could focus on their learning. The
camp provided a very productive environment for both Concert
Bands, preparing a selection of new repertoire and laying
the foundations for the Band Concert at the end of Term 2.
It was also an opportunity to take some time to re-establish
some good playing habits, and practice the basics of balance,
intonation and musical phrasing.
Our guest Conductor for the camp was Mr Stephen Williams.
Mr Williams is considered to be one of Australia’s most
versatile conductors, distinguishing himself with an impressive
record of achievement in a variety of musical settings. In
addition to conducting most of the orchestras for Symphony
Services International, he has conducted, recorded and
                                                                    Concert Band II
                                                                    Concert Band II worked on a selection of five pieces from
toured with many of Australia’s finest symphonic bands and
                                                                    Marches to Movie themes. James Swearingen’s Dedication,
jazz ensembles. In 2014 Mr Williams was the recipient of the
                                                                    March and Celebration explores changes in mood and features
Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association’s highest
                                                                    lush harmonies and some interesting changes of meter. Also
honour, the Citation of Excellence.
                                                                    by James Swearingen, Hymn for a Child was dedicated to the
We had some excellent instrumental tutors at the camp this          composer’s daughter Hannah, and is based on the Hymn tune
year to help the boys improve their technique and also to           of Jesus Loves Me. Bellefonte Overture by Robert Sheldon aims
learn the Band repertoire. These included Mr James Greening         to capture the spirit and grandeur of the Pennsylvanian Village
(lower Brass), Mr. Nathan Milliner (Trumpets), Ms Sally Lucas       after which it was named. The theme from The Great Escape
(Clarinets), Ms. Jane Bishop (Flutes and Oboes) Mr. Richard         is a lively and memorable march that will leave audiences
Percival (Saxophones), and Mr. Toby Hall (Percussion). In           whistling the main tunes as they leave the auditorium. Finally,
addition to these tutors were Mrs Mandy King who assisted           a favourite of the boys in the Band is a medley of themes from
with Concert Band II and provided some additional Brass             the ever-popular Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
tutoring, and Dr Naomi Riddle who directed a percussion
ensemble as an extension group for the large percussion             Auditions
section of Concert Band II.                                         During the camp there were a large number of boys who
                                                                    auditioned to join Concert Band I. Making the transition this
Concert Band I                                                      year were Evan Xu (clarinet), Luke Herron, Cameron Nott,
Concert Band I focused their efforts on two very exciting and       Andrew O’Shea, (trumpet), Sam Hodgson, Nathan Spencer,
challenging works that they began working on this year. The         Chapman Tanner (trombone), Harry Townley (euphonium), Ben
first piece was Mekong! by Robert W Smith. This atmospheric         Cody-Osborne (tuba), Thomas Bessell, Lachlan Buchanan-
piece is based on the American involvement in the Vietnam           Reeks, Sam Brasher, Oliver Petty, and Finn Kennedy
War in Southeast Asia. The piece commences with the sounds          (percussion). Congratulations go to these boys who have
of the river and we imagine a young Vietnamese child playing        worked very hard and proven themselves as leaders in Concert
their flute (played by Kieren Ng on piccolo). This serene setting   Band II. The players who stepped up into new leadership roles
is interrupted by the sounds of F-4 fighter jets as they fly over   to fill the positions that were opened up due to the changes in
the river and deliver their payload. The percussion section         Concert Band II have been impressive.
consisting of Ben Warburton, Will McMartin, Kurt Lam, Nick
                                                                    In the afternoon of the first day the boys from both Concert
Dunlop, Charlie Barrett-Lennard, Lachie Buchanan-Reeks, Tom
                                                                    Bands enjoyed a percussion workshop where they could try
Bessell, Ollie Petty, Sam Brasher and Finn Kennedy enable
                                                                    some new experiences in a more relaxed atmosphere and
the drama and fury of war to unfold by replicating sounds of
                                                                    take a break from the rigour of the working day. Mr Toby Hall
explosions as AC-130 gunships appear on the horizon and the
                                                                    and Mrs Simone Waters assisted with these rewarding and
sounds of heavy artillery and M-16 gunfire ring throughout. The
                                                                    fun sessions. After a very long first day of rehearsal some of
haunting traditional Vietnamese folk-song has been shared by
                                                                    the boys set up a study centre in one of the tutorial rooms
Harry Zheng and Xavier Margarian.
                                                                    and studied while the rest of the group enjoyed some down
The second piece explored during the camp was Ghost Dances          time in front of a movie in the Main Hall. We were grateful for
by Roland Barrett. It was inspired by the tragic story of the       the assistance of Sergeant Major Mr Graham Clarke and Mrs
massacre of some 300 members of the Lakota Sioux tribe at           Simone Waters who helped out with the evening activities and
Wounded Knee, South Dakota in 1890.                                 the overnight supervision.
To create contrast and lighten the mood, Groove Music               The boys were very productive throughout the camp and the
by Brian Balmages, focuses on various combinations of               Bands made excellent progress on their repertoire for the year
rhythms that are layered on top of the groove established           ahead. I would like to thank all the Staff and tutors who helped
by the marimba (Kurt Lam). The piece grows throughout with          to make the camp such a productive time, and the Year 12
various instrumental combinations and tone colours to a             boys who gave up their time to be at camp on Monday.
rousing finale.
                                                                                             Mr Peter Dorich Coordinator of Bands
                                                                                                      – Director of Concert Band II
                                                                                                             Ms Sandy Robertson
                                                                                                        Director of Concert Band I

Sydney Eisteddfod

                                                                                          to Concert
                                                                                          Band I who
                                                                                          achieved highly
                                                                                          for their
During Term 2 Concert Band I, Stage Band and Foreshore Choir
competed in the Sydney Eisteddfod. All the ensembles were
highly successful which was a reflection of their hard work.
Concert Band I                                                      Shroff was the feature of the piece on his trombone and
                                                                    should be recognised for the amount of hard work and effort
Concert Band I competed in the Secondary School Premium
                                                                    that was put into making the part sound so polished. Finally,
Concert Band section and played two pieces: ‘Mekong’ by
                                                                    ‘It Had Better Be Tonight’ is another upbeat, vocal chart,
Robert W. Smith and ‘Ghost Dances’ by Roland Barrett.
                                                                    sung by Max Macdonald. The Stage Band achieved a highly
‘Mekong’ is an emotional tribute to veterans of the Vietnam
                                                                    commended award for their performance, which was awarded
War, with the music telling the story of the Mekong River
                                                                    93 out of 100.
and Mekong Delta that played such an important role in
the historic development of the country and conflict. In
his comments, the adjudicator was overall very impressed
                                                                    ForeShore were also extremely successful in the Sydney
by originality and stylistic features of the piece and gave
                                                                    Eisteddfod. They performed two pieces for their competition:
particular mention to Kieran Ng (Piccolo) and Tom Bessell
                                                                    ‘An Aboriginal Song’ and ‘How Can I Catch the Wind?’ Estonian
(Keyboard) for their performance of the solos in the piece.
                                                                    Veljo Tormis is recognised as one of the most outstanding
‘Ghost Dances’ is a contemporary piece that features striking
                                                                    composers of choral music in the 20th century composed ‘
electric sections that use melodic fragments from an actual
                                                                    An Aboriginal Song’. Composed in 1981 the piece contains
Sioux ghost dance. In this piece, the adjudicator was very
                                                                    a little bit of Estonian irony aimed at the Soviet regime,
impressed by the clarinet solo, played by Finn McCredie, as
                                                                    the motifs in the tune have been reworked from Estonian
well as the energy and quality of performance that the band
                                                                    Martinmas mumming songs. Dan Walker’s ‘How Can I Catch
provided. Congratulations to Concert Band I who achieved
                                                                    The Wind?’ was written as part of a composer-in-residence
highly commended for their performance.
                                                                    programme at All Saint’s Anglican College, Perth. The
Stage Band                                                          composition was originally written for treble voices and piano
                                                                    but ForeShore performed an arrangement for Male Voices.
Stage Band performed the night after Concert Band I in the
                                                                    ForeShore were awarded 1st in the Youth Choir for male
Secondary School Premium Stage Band competition. They
                                                                    voices (Under 19) and were awarded $500, which meant that
performed three pieces including ‘Sing Sing Sing’ by Louis
                                                                    they progressed to compete in the John Lamble Foundation
Prima, ‘Borboleta’ by Richard Percival, and ‘It Had Better Be
                                                                    Australasian Championship for Youth Choirs. This is a huge
Tonight’ by Henri Mancini. ‘Sing Sing Sing’ is an upbeat and
                                                                    achievement and all the students in ForeShore should be
lively swing piece, made popular by the Benny Goodman
                                                                    extremely proud of their efforts. The standard in the final was
Orchestra, and the students received high praise from the
                                                                    outstanding and ForeShore were awarded $250.
adjudicator for their performance. ‘Borboleta’ is a Latin infused
jazz chart written by Shore’s very own Richard Percival. Jehan                                                         B C Warburton

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Intermediate Theatresports
For many, the idea of spontaneous performance in front of a
large audience is just about as much pressure as you could
have on stage, yet the Shore Intermediate Theatre Sports
Team relish the opportunity to take on the challenge of the
games, always supporting one another when a theatrical
opportunity arises. The team continues to go from strength
to strength. Having completed their second season in the
Theatre Sports Schools Challenge this semester, Fin Hancock,
Max Byrne, Thomas Merriman, Olivier Daish-Gorge and Tom
Warburton are great examples of how to enter the spirit of
improvised performance: always at the ready to support one
another on stage.
The Intermediate players trained during Wednesday and
Thursday lunchtimes throughout the semester, honing their
skills and techniques in improvisation and in mastering the        knowing when to deploy himself and when to advance the
range of competition games. In May, they played their first heat   scene with a game-changing offer; Tom Merriman never
in the Schools Challenge at Barker College. Expansive energy,      ceased to amaze with his sharp wit and crowd pleasing bold
unsuppressed imagination and technique saw them qualify            ideas; Olivier Daish-Gorge consistently brought dynamic and
for the Finals to be held at Monte Saint Angelo. There the         eccentric characters to the games and Max Byrne brought his
boys impressed again, playing to the strengths of each team        strong sense of narrative and structure to shape the team’s
member. They could not have been more thrilled when the            performances. Though they didn’t come out winners on Grand
announcement came that, along with seven other teams out of        Final night, they nevertheless brought moments of genius and
the original sixty-four in the Greater Sydney Area, they were to   thoroughly entertained the supportive crowd.
go through to the Grand Final at the Enmore Theatre.               Congratulations to all five players on their outstanding
Fin Hancock always delivered in energy, imagination and            commitment to the form and on such a successful season.
generosity; Tom Warburton matched the energy on stage                                                        Ms Amanda Crompton

Senior Theatresports
The Shore Senior Theatresports players enjoyed a very
successful season, most notably their efforts in the
Theatresports Schools Challenge. The team of Archie
Hancock, Ben Henchman, Charlie Cross, Max King and Wyatt
Bellotti worked tirelessly and extensively during Wednesday
and Thursday lunchtimes under the excellent guidance of
coach, Daniel Cordeaux. They worked hard to improve their
improvisation skills and techniques fully confident to head into
their first heat of the competition.
Archie Hancock, being the only Year 12 on the team, brought
unrivalled experience and maturity to the senior players. His      especially on the notes given to them after their heat. The
ability to comfortably compliment the action on stage was a        main focus for the team was on entrances and exits and
real asset to the team. Ben Henchman provided flair and great      deployment, making sure there were not too many actors on
characterisation. His work advancing scenes and avoiding           stage at any given moment.
tricky improvisational situations on stage was especially          Along with improved stagecraft and high morale, the team
valued by his peers. Charlie Cross’ work with creating             headed into the Semi-Final with high hopes of reaching the
engaging physical characterisations was admired by all and         Grand Final at the Enmore Theatre. Unfortunately, even against
helped drive the Senior team’s success. Max King’s ability         others the team had played before, it just wasn’t their night,
to yield to somewhat ambiguous offers on stage and create          and a 5th place finish was not enough to earn a place in the
flowing narratives that captivated the audience was priceless      Grand Final.
and helped the Seniors achieve some of their best moments.         Although the team’s season ended in disappointing fashion,
Finally, Wyatt Bellotti’s skill in creating truly outrageous       the players maintained the high standards with which they had
comedic moments in performance and believable characters           started the season, and even in defeat all came away very
assisted the team in forming scenes that left the audience         happy with their performances. The Senior players should be
in stitches.                                                       commended for their efforts this season, and it was especially
In a tough heat against the likes of Schools Challenge             great to see how each week they continued to grow as a team
stalwarts St. Aloysius College, Loreto Kiribilli and Monte Saint   always striving to work their hardest for each other on stage.
Angelo, the team impressed the judges and finished the heat        Congratulations to all on such an exemplary season, and
in 1st place. This result guaranteed the team a place in the       hopefully the Year 11 members of the team can continue to
Semi-Final a few weeks later back at Monte.                        work hard and replicate this great success next year.
The team worked hard in preparation for the Semi-Final,                                                               Charlie Cross


   The Lion, the Witch
   and the Wardrobe

It was pure joy to bring CS Lewis’ wonderful world of Narnia         leopards, a terrifying witch, magical Narnians and,
to the Shore stage in the Year 8 Production of The Lion, The         most memorably, a life-sized Aslan who lived, died and
Witch and The Wardrobe. This universally adored story has            resurrected with great power and pathos. We could not be
been in continuous publication since 1956 and has sold               more grateful to Rev. Paul Dudley for the puppet he created.
over 100 million copies in 47 languages. Stumbling through           Lewis’ story prompts us to consider the nature of mercy and
an ordinary door into a mystical world is a dream that would         the cost of sacrifice and Year 8 truly honoured the spirit of
characterise so many childhoods and as such was the perfect          this compelling and important story with gravitas and
story to tell with this group of actors – many of whom were          celebration in equal measure.
“treading the boards” for the first time.                            Working with the 35-strong cast (including two gifted and
“In a sense a child does not long for fairy land as a boy longs to   endlessly patient girls from Loreto Kirribilli) was a delight. Their
be the hero of the first eleven. Does anyone suppose that they       enthusiasm, commitment and passion was outstanding. There
really and prosaically long for all the dangers and discomforts      were many, many laughs, wonderful new friendships formed
of a fairy tale? [That they] really want dragon in contemporary      and the energy in the rehearsal room was one of real joy. I was
England? It is not so. It would be much truer to say that            humbled and touched by their sense of community and their
fairyland provokes a longing for we know not what. It stirs in us    sincere and generous support of one another. Watching these
(to our life-long enrichment) the dim sense of something beyond      young actors discover the wonder and power of theatre, as well
our reach.”                                                          as experience the exhilaration of so many hours work come to
We wanted to explore this idea of imagination and possibility        fruition on the stage is one of the great gifts of this job, and is
in our production, so we chose to construct the set and props        such a privilege.
in the world of Narnia as cardboard cut-outs, as if to suggest       I congratulate each and every production member of The Lion,
that perhaps this world had been crafted by some children with       The Witch and The Wardrobe. It was a beautiful moment and,
scissors and tape, or that in fact it was the pages of a story       despite theatre’s ephemeral nature, will remain with those
come to life. Lewis’ language is so rich and the cast handled        involved for many years to come.
the dialogue with such sophistication and skill that the story       “When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have
itself was anything but two dimensional. The actors’ own             been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty,
childlike wonder and belief brought this world to life in ways of    I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish
which I could not have dreamed and their performances were           things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be
deep and nuanced far beyond their years. Anyone who came             very grown up.” (Lewis)
along for the 90 minutes encountered mystical storytellers,
wolves and beavers, a nervous faun, wide-eyed children, stoic                                                      Rachel Manchester

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                                                         Oliver Twist
                        In Term 1, Shore staged Lionel Bart’s timeless classic Oliver!
                         For many younger students this meant the opportunity to be
                           involved in the Shore Musical at an early age. Three of the
                     junior members of the cast share their thoughts on the process
                                      of staging one of the world’s best known shows.

Henry Hone (Year 8)                                               Q Had you done anything like this before?
played the title role of Oliver Twist.                              Josh I do singing lessons but I hadn’t done anything
Q Playing Oliver is an enormous job. The character is on stage      like this.
  in almost every scene. How did you feel when you first          Q What was the biggest challenge?
  realised you were going to play this role?
                                                                    Josh Definitely the dancing. I haven’t had any experience so
  Henry At first I was a little nervous and wondered “How am        it was totally new to me.
  I going to remember everything? What if I make a mistake?”
  But as the show progressed I found it was a lot easier than     Q And did you enjoy it?
  I thought it was going to be. We did so much rehearsal so         Josh I loved it. I loved learning a new skill and art.
  I felt very confident that by opening night I could remember
  all my lines and all the dance moves.                           Q What was it like being a part of Fagin’s Gang?
                                                                    Josh That was really, really fun. We had to rehearse a lot
Q What was the most enjoyable part of the process?                  but I made so many good friends and I loved learning all the
  Henry Probably the performing. After so many months it            blocking and do all the rehearsing.
  was really fun to show everyone what we’d been rehearsing
  for ages. I really enjoyed putting it in front of an audience   Q What would you say to someone who was thinking of
  that hadn’t yet seen it.                                          auditioning for a musical in the future?
                                                                    Josh It’s a lot of effort but it is totally worth it. It’s really fun
Q Normally Shore Musicals use students from Year 9 to Year          and it’s very interactive and even if you don’t think you can’t
  12. How did you find the experience as a younger member of        do it, it gives you great confidence.
  the cast?
  Henry Everyone was really nice. They could see who was          Ben Cody-Osborne (Year 8)
  new and they would introduce themselves. You wouldn’t           played the iconic Jack Dawkins,
  know if people had been there for three years or one year.
                                                                  better known as The Artful Dodger
  After a few weeks you knew everyone and as you were
  walking around you’d say hi to everyone.                        Q Tell us about your experience of playing the Artful Dodger
                                                                    in Oliver!
Q Has that continued now that the Musical is over?
                                                                    Ben I thought the performances were really fun but I really
  Henry Yes. Every time I walk to the next class I see Isaac
                                                                    loved just getting to meet the people in the show. The older
  (Year 12) or Ben (Year 8) or anyone and they’ll say hello.
                                                                    students as well as the Year 7s. I did like getting to know
Q What was it like performing in front of 500 people                all the teachers as well.
  every night?
                                                                  Q What was it like to perform in front of so many people
  Henry You couldn’t really tell it was that many people            every night?
  because the lights on stage were so bright. At first it was
                                                                    Ben On the first performance I was a bit nervous but after
  scary but then as the night went on it was really cool.
                                                                    the third performance it became routine. I was still nervous
  As the characters of Oliver I felt I had the responsibility
                                                                    but I knew what to expect and so was really looking forward
  to tell the story and each night I wanted to give the best
                                                                    to doing our show.
  performance that I’ve ever done. By the end of the run it
  just felt like I was performing in front of all my friends.     Q What do you think you gained from the experience?
Q The most important question of all. You often wore                Ben I definitely gained a lot more confidence about my skills
  an Arsenal jersey to rehearsal. Have you seen the error           as a singer and dancing.
  of your ways and are you ready to start supporting              Q Had you done any acting before you auditioned?
  Manchester United?
                                                                    Ben I’d done a couple of Drama days at my old school and
  Henry Yes I am definitely ready to start supporting the best      last year I did Year 7 Drama Club but I’d never done a whole
  team, Manchester United. (Disclaimer: Henry may or may            show before. But now after being in Oliver! I’ve started
  not have said this).                                              doing singing lessons at the School.

Josh Evans (Year 7)                                               Q The choreography in the show was very difficult but you
was one of the members of Fagin’s Gang                              made it look easy. Had you done any dancing before?
                                                                    Ben: I’d done a couple of dance lessons at my primary
Q What was it like to be in a Shore Musical?                        school. But hadn’t done it for a couple of years. I found the
  Josh It was definitely really fun. I learned a lot doing it.      dancing was very hard, physically challenging. But it was
                                                                    rewarding to get there in the end.
Q What did you learn?
  Josh Mostly about how much you need to do to put on a           Q What was the best part of doing the Musical?
  show; how long it takes and how much effort you need to           Ben Definitely meeting people. I made a lot of friends not
  put in during rehearsals.                                         just from my year but from the older years as well.
Q As a Year 7 student who was new to the School, how did you      Q Who’s the funniest Year 12 student?
  find the experience of walking straight into a Shore Musical?     Ben I reckon Tom Burrow or Max McDonald.
  Josh Everyone was really nice. I got along with everyone.
  Everyone was very welcoming. Being in Year 7 you don’t          Q What would be your advice for anyone thinking of auditioning
  know many people and it was great to start conversations          for the Shore Musical in the future?
  and to meet people who like the same things as you do.            Ben Make sure you get the audition packs early and
                                                                    practise. I would definitely recommend doing a musical
                                                                    at Shore.

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Year 11 Student Directed Play
Directing Black Comedy was a journey and a challenge                theatre, there often seems to be a last week of panic, where
however it was one of the most rewarding things I have ever         everything that could possibly go wrong; goes wrong. Naturally,
done. Through the whole process I learnt so many new things,        I had the same experience and for a short time thought that
not only theatre skills but life skills that I will keep forever.   we were done for. However, as it always seems to do, the play
The biggest challenge that I faced was having to direct my          began to truly take form the night before opening. The actors,
own peers. Telling your friends what to do is not easy but I am     after endless notes from Tom and I, put on a wonderful show
thankful for the lessons that I have learnt from the experience.    and deserve all the congratulations they received. I could not
Although at times stress was splitting me at the seams, I           be happier with the way that everything turned out.
could not be prouder of the cast and how they performed. In                                                         Ben Henchman

Shore Chess
Friday 18 May saw 27 Shore boys venture up the road to              Watson won six of his seven games and placed in 2nd, with
Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College to participate in the              his only loss a close game against our top performer. However,
local heat of the Interschool Chess Challenge. This was the         these were not the only remarkable placings. Nicholas Chang
second year Shore entered the event and a great chance              gained 4th place and Jerome Pong came in at an admirable
for even more of our aspiring players to compete. With our          5th, playing against the strongest players at the heat. James
players ranging from our up-and-coming Year 7’s to our more         Spencer, Patrick Zhang, James Janusic, Ethan Tan, James
experienced Year 12’s, the one-day competition proved to be         Leatherbarrow and William Townsend-Medlock took the next
an exciting avenue to test Shore’s chess prowess and enjoy          six places, meaning Shore held 10 of the top 11 spots. These
many fun games. The Challenge consisted of seven Swiss-             were only some of the wonderful personal bests; no doubt
pairing styled rounds where games are played against similarly      well-deserved and an indicator of the improvement of each
scored players until everyone had played seven matches.             boy’s playing skill.
Among the attendees included St Aloysius College,                   The School’s score for the heat was calculated from the sum
Cammeraygal High School and, of course, the hosts Monte             of the top four student’s scores for each school. Overall,
Sant Angelo. They provided some fierce competition in our           Shore placed 1st in the heat with 24 points, outperforming the
matches between them, though we also had several rounds             runner-up at 18 points.
played against other Shore boys. While it was a strange             This qualifies Shore for the next semi-final heat of the
consequence of our outstanding turnout, it did make a great         Interschool Chess Challenge in September when Nicholas
opportunity for the boys to test the accuracy of the current        Chang, Jerome Pong, Kevin Shen, James Spencer, and Luke
intra-school rankings.                                              Watson will be representing Shore. We look forward to the next
By the end of the day, Shore had achieved some outstanding          round and have high hopes for Shore Chess in the rest of the
individual results. Kevin Shen received a perfect score, winning    Interschool Chess Challenge.
all seven rounds, taking 1st place in the Senior division. Luke                                       Nicholas Chang Chess Captain

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