The following is an article from High Notes written by Nigel Zhang, Weights Room Prefect
Five years ago, I was a chubby 12-year-old entering an academia of scholar sportsman filled with anxiousness and uncertainty.
I didn’t know who I was or what I would become and definitely uncertain of my place in this new environment. Now let’s fast forward five years to the present: I am still a chubby boy now of Year 12, who is about to enter the world and still unsure of who I yet will be or how and where to find my own place in the world.
But there is a certainty in my mind. I know I am proud to have been a High boy.
The High weights room is a place encouraging the growth of young men into developing themselves to become better physically and mentally as possible. It has taught me the importance of hard work and perseverance and working over extended periods of time through tiredness and soreness to achieve well-earned results.
And proudly, it is the only school with a weightlifting club which currently has four national level athletes competing in with myself included.
Ultimately, however, the weights room encompasses the aspects the school really must offer. Sydney High has been the foundation for young men for over a century to nurture and develop greatness so that they can make a real difference in the world.
This mainly has to do with the idea of High Spirit, our own formula for success in which the importance of perseverance and hard work is forever ingrained in the minds of these young men to become the best they can be through humbler beginnings.
The idea of High Spirit gives credit to those who work hard and show passion in what they do, we don’t need to be the best, just the best version we can be.
We take pride in knowing that we are building the characteristics of upright young men that will make a change in the future, in which these are invaluable life skills that ultimately make us better people.
Looking back, Sydney High has taught me many valuable lessons that I will carry through for the rest of my life. From learning the importance of balance through relieving stress and pressure from academic standards that a highly competitive selective school environment will bring, it shows the importance of diversity in our own abilities that really improve our overall selves.
Like many from this school, I have been taught to strive for greatness, inspired by the many Year 12 boys that have come and gone before me who’s names echo years after their departure of their merits.
One day I hope to leave my own legacy as either a member of Sydney Highs 1st XV or achievements in the gym in a desire to inspire the next generation like the past generations of High boys that have inspired me.
As a message to the boys around me, as my time at High ends, I encourage you to really invest your emotion and heart into the school. It is a rare occurrence you will ever feel this sense of comradery again. I implore you to bring passion with what you do, because that sense of representing High can never be diminished knowing that High Spirit will be there to support you.
Nigel Zhang Weights Room Prefect
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