High Notes, Vol 10 No 36, November 13 2009

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From the Principal

High Talent
Well done to the 15s CHS knockout basketball team. They defeated Dubbo to qualify for the last 8 tournament in Terrigal on November 18 & 19. Let’s hope High can be successful again. Congratulations to Daniel Fang (Year 7) who was selected to perform in the Schools Spectacular on November 27-28. The Making Movies Festival – DET has selected two short films by High boys to be screened on Wednesday, November 18 at the Palace Norton St Cinema. They were Watched ( G Samarasinghe, A Dutta, N Ooi Year 9) and Reel friends ( A Hau, L Sheldon – Year 10). Great work, boys! Dr Finnie and her team of environmentalists made a difference in their recent campaign to save electricity. In the Beyond Earth Hour Challenge 2009, High reduced its consumption of electricity against the base week by 22.1%, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an annualised 7154 kgs and a saving of $1230.82 in the electricity bill. Well done to all concerned!

New Head Teacher Sport
This week our new Head Teacher Sport, Mark Pavone, joined us. Mark comes to High from his position as Director of Sport at Cannon Hill Anglican College, an independent school in Brisbane, competing in The Associated Schools sports competition. Mark has had three years experience managing and developing sport in a comparable environment to the AAGPS. The responsibilities of his position were aligned to those of the role required at High. He holds a degree in Education. He is a professional personal trainer and is a level 2 rugby union coach. He has level 1 qualifications in AFL, football, cricket, basketball, touch football and volleyball. Mark brings vision, vitality and experience to the role. On behalf of all staff, students, parents and Old Boys I welcome him to the High community.

New School Leaving Age
Pursuant to the Education Act 1990, as from January 1, 2010, the Education Regulation 2007 has made it compulsory to attend school from age 6 until the completion of Year 10 or attaining the age of 17, whichever comes first. Children completing Year 10 must continue schooling until 17 unless engaged in full time approved education and training or paid work or a combination of training and paid work (25 hours per week). Parents of children can be prosecuted if their child does not satisfy this requirement. Also, children over 15 are now personally responsible, in place of their parents in certain circumstances. Completing Year 10 has three components: satisfactory attendance; undertaking an approved program of study comprising approved courses; application with diligence and sustained effort and achievement of some of the outcomes of each of these courses. The NSW Government has no plans to phase out the School Certificate. It defends its standards-referenced tests claiming NAPLAN is held early in Year 9 and tests only literacy and numeracy.

Subject Acceleration
Subject acceleration is NOT an elective subject. Acceleration is a competitive entry special intervention on behalf of talented learners in a curriculum area. Subject acceleration policy for each department is published on P drive and on the website. There will only be one class of subject acceleration in each subject area offering it as an intervention, with the exception of mathematics (in Year 11). Academic qualifications are not the only consideration. Autonomous, self-managed students succeed at acceleration. No student has permission to enter an accelerative intervention without approval from the Head Teacher of the Faculty concerned and as from this year, the Principal. Students should make elective selections on the basis that they do not succeed in their application for acceleration. That way, should a student succeed in his application, he can be removed from one of the elective classes to which he was assigned.
Dr K A Jaggar

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One Hundred Years of the Record

This year marks the 100th anniversary of “The Record” – the magazine of the Sydney Boys High School – which was first published in December 1909. To commemorate this milestone, “High Notes” is publishing a selection of editorials from the various editions published over the past century.

This week we are publishing the editorial from the issue of August 1924. It describes the start of a program that has continued to this day of commemorating achievement within the Sydney High community around the walls of the School.

The Editor for this issue was Sydney Charles King (1924) who was School Captain in 1924 and also received an honour cap in that year. After school, he pursued a career as a journalist and also represented Australia in Rugby, 1926-1932.

An excellent suggestion was made by Mr J H Smairl, on the eve of his departure, that we should have the portraits of those masters, students and ex-students who have done something to enhance the reputation of the School, hung on the walls of the Assembly Hall and corridors.

We agree that some steps should be taken to place before the succeeding generations of school boys a reminder of what their predecessors have done. This would no doubt prove an inspiration and instil into them a desire to emulate the lives of those who have helped to establish the School spirit. Our aim is to turn out boys with high ideals, and there is no better way than by setting before them examples of those who have shown nobility of character and have achieved something for the good of mankind. There are many whose portraits would be an inspiration to all.

A beginning has been made in this direction by placing photographs of the winning four at the recent GPS Regatta in the entrance hall of the School.

We should add the portraits of the Headmasters, who have given so unselfishly of their best. The present scholars owe a great deal to their untiring energy and devotion to duty.

Rhodes scholars, Olympic Games representatives, and many other distinguished ex-students, have received their early training at this School. We are proud of them all, and we feel that their photographs should hang in our School.

Great War would certainly grace our walls, and would be a constant reminder to us to do our utmost to maintain those ideals for which they gave their lives.

We feel confident that the whole School will co-operate to give effect to this excellent suggestion.
SHS Old Boys’ Union

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Music Notes

Jazz Workshop
The Jazz Workshop for Tapas & Jazz in the Courtyard will be held on Friday the 20th of November in the Great Hall. ALL students involved in Stage Bands (including the Tour stage band) will be rehearsing from 10am-3pm.

The cost of the workshop is $20 payable on the day

Tapas & Jazz in the Courtyard and Matinee Concert
Our Tapas & Jazz in the Courtyard will be held on Sunday the 22nd of November 2009 at 12pm followed by our Matinee concert at 1pm featuring all the small ensembles. Students in Stage Bands and Junior Jazz Ensemble are required to be at school from 11am for set up and a run through. Other ensemble members please be at school by 12:30pm.

The Matinee concert following will include the String Ensembles, Philharmonic Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Chamber Choir, Training Concert Band, Guitar Ensemble and Rock Bands.

We would like to invite you and your family to come along to both these musical performances and enjoy the wonderful array of music.

Please bring along a blanket and picnic basket to enjoy at the Tapas & Jazz.

Music Tour Wine Fundraise
Following the success of the two wine tastings, we have a selection of wines available for purchase with funds raised going towards supporting the Music Tour to France.

Please collect an order form from the Music Staffroom if you would like to purchase from our selection with a special SHBS Music Tour label, wonderful for a special occasion or a lovely gift.

Ensemble rehearsals
A reminder to ALL students in the performance program an 80% attendance rate is required for award scheme points. If you are unable to attend a rehearsal, you must notify your ensemble director.

Music Tour Band Members – MUST attend every fortnight rehearsal – Week A's (Stage Band – every Wednesday.) We have very high expectations to meet and with the amount of demanding repertoire and limited time, we require your co-operation and support.

Music Tour 2010
Please return the Music Tour forms given out at the last meeting to the Music Staff by Friday the 13th of November (Deadline for ALL Documentation).

Please see the Music Staff if there are any concerns.

Parents wishing to travel with/parallel to the tour need to contact Angas Travel (Jackie Male) as arrangements need to be made immediately.

Josie Tayeh (Yr 7 parent) is trying to determine number of parents travelling. Please contact her on her email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

The 2nd instalment of $2000 is now OVERDUE as of the end of term 3, please make payments DIRECTLY to Angas Travel and they will provide us with receipt of payments.

If you have not been able to arrange this, please see the Music Staff ASAP.
Please Mail to: ANGAS Travel, 303 Angas St, Adelaide, South Australia, 5000
OR Call Toll Free no. 1800 671 331 to make arrangements.

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High Society

The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C

Julie Connolly P&C President

P & C Annual General Meeting 7.30pm, 18th November, 2009

All P&C executive positions will be declared vacant and elections held, at the upcoming P&C annual general meeting – 7.30pm, 18th November in the Staff Common Room. Some parents currently in P&C executive positions will stand for re-election and others are moving to different volunteer roles in the school community. Any and all parents who wish to nominate for an executive role in the P&C are more than welcome to contact Julie Connolly - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 0418 470 203 - to find out more information and express their interest.

The P&C is seeking nominations for the following positions:

P&C Position: Currently held by:
President Julie Connolly
Vice President Geoff Andrews
Vice President Seh Hang H’ng
Treasurer Geoff Andrews
Secretary Shirley Tickner
Secretary Deborah Cassell
Welfare Committee Representative Fabienne Ovadia
Parking Coordinator Alice Paul
P&C Catering and Event Coordinator Barbara Taylor
P & C Representative to SBHS Foundation Shane Brown
P & C Representative to SBHS Foundation Julie Connolly
P & C Representative to SBHS Foundation Mark Paul
P & C Representative to SBHS Foundation David McDonald
Alternative P & C Representative to SBHS Foundation Geoff Andrews
Alternative P & C Representative to SBHS Foundation Tai-loi Chan-Ling
Alternative P & C Representative to SBHS Foundation Ish Rajendram
Alternative P & C Representative to SBHS Foundation vacant
P & C Representative to School Council Julie Connolly
P & C Representative to School Council Charles Ovadia
P & C Representative to School Council Steve Saunders
P & C Representative to School Council Seh Hang H’ng
Alternative P & C Representative to School Council Marianne Leitch
Alternative P & C Representative to School Council Linda Newman
Alternative P & C Representative to School Council Deborah Dukes
Alternative P & C Representative to School Council Shirley Tickner

A Date for Your 2010 Diaries

Please put aside Saturday, 20th March, 2010 for the Sydney Boys High Food & Music Festival – the P&C family event to kick off the new school year. Of course more details will follow, but it would be terrific for as many students, staff, parents and extended family that can, to join in this whole school event, so please mark your diaries now.

We have formed an organising committee, but we would welcome the help of additional parents. If you would like to be involved, please reply asap to Julie Connolly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or Charles Ovadia at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Upcoming Parent Meetings & Events (details in High Notes)

Tuesday 17th November, from 3.30pm
SBHS Orientation Day

Wednesday 18th November, 7.30pm
P&C AGM, Staff Common Room

Sunday 22nd November, 12 noon
Tapas & Jazz

If you would like to have any parent community news or upcoming events included in High Society, please contact Julie Connolly, P&C President, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 0418 470 203.

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Food & Music Festival

A Date for Your 2010 Diaries

Please put aside

Saturday, 20th March, 2010

for the

Sydney Boys High Food & Music Festival

… the P&C family event to kick off the new school year.

Of course more details will follow, but it would be terrific for as many students, staff, parents and extended family that can, to join in this whole school event, so please mark your diaries now.

We have formed an organising committee, but we would welcome the help of additional parents. If you would like to be involved, please reply asap to Julie Connolly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or Charles Ovadia at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Thank you

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The Penultimate Year Parents Group Dinner

Hello to Year 11 parents. The last five years have passed all too quickly and we find ourselves starting the twelve-month countdown until our boys are sitting their HSC. Let’s celebrate the end of this penultimate year with a dinner!

Last year we had an excellent dinner at No’n La Restaurant and so we have booked there again this year. If you would like to come along, please RSVP. as below.

Where: No'n La Vietnamese Restaurant, 59 Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills
When: Thursday 19 November 2009, 7pm
Cost: Approximately $35 per head for a banquet
Contact: Jules Bastable – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Ph: 0439 465 256

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Basketball: Shooting Hoops

High VS Shore

High vs Shore 2009 Term 1 (Last time)

2nd LOSS 36-39 C MOLLER 15
4th LOSS 43-32 J WONG 19
16A LOSS 31-33 N  AUTAR 10
16B LOSS 20-26 A YE 15
16E WIN 20-21 D NGUYEN 8
15D WIN 28-21 L FANG 9
15E WIN 43-24 J PHAM 17
15F LOSS 24-32 W ZHOU 7
13A LOSS 77-13 B CHEN, S BELL 5
13C LOSS 80-0
13E LOSS 18-46 D SHAO 14

High vs Shore 2009 Term 4 (This time)

1st WIN 96-40 !!! E NAAR 19!!   C MOLLER 19!
2nd WIN 60-33! N WANG 11
3rd LOSS! 52-32 A YE 10
5th LOSS 41-26 K LU 14
6th WIN 35-11 B CHEN 8
7th WIN 31-21 B WANG 10
8th LOSS 28-29 P CASTILLO 7
16C WIN 28-25 T CHIN 13
16D WIN 19-14 E LI 5
16E WIN 25-21 W BAXTER 6
16F WIN 44-8 M LAM 14
15A LOSS 20-32 E KELLY 8
15B WIN 35-11 D DUONG 11
15D WIN 26-21 J YEUNG 10
15E WIN 18-15 L ZHANG 8
15F LOSS 41-17 E HO 8
14A LOSS 41-22 A CHEN 6
14E LOSS 23-8 J HUO 8
14F LOSS 8-22 D LI 4

Mr Hayman’s Team of the Week: 16Cs
This side had a huge comeback with T Chin scoring the last 13 points for his team to take the narrow win!
By Mr Hayman

1st Grade Stats

E. Naar 7/13(nice) 1/3 3/7... 0 2 2
J. Rajendram 7/15 1/3 0/0 4 5 9
L. Gordon 1/9 0/3 1/4 3 3 6
S. Yoon 5/8 (nice) 0/1 3/5 5 1 5
D. Jones 1/1 0/0 0/1 0 0 0
C. Jurlina 3/9 0/0 2/2 1 5 6
J. Sutton 4/10 0/2 4/8 2 3 5
C. Moller 8/17 3/6 (nice) 0/0 3 9 12
C. Morrow 3/8 0/0 0/0 2 2 4

By Chris Chiam

Support 1sts and 2nds!
The crowd that turned up for the both the 1st and 2nd grade games, was phenomenal and played a major role in the massive wins by 1sts and 2nds. The tunnel made for 1sts paved a path to their dominance over Shore. This week, there’s another chance to support both teams at the gym. 2nds, who are equal 2nd on the GPS table play St. Ignatius, who are on the top of the table at 10:00. Be there and experience one of the best games of this season. 1sts will then take on Iggy’s at 11:15. Don’t miss out!

2ND GRADE TABLE Played Won Lost For Against Points
St. Ignatius 4 4 0 169 108 8
Newington 4 3 1 183 141 7
High 4 3 1 197 177 7
Kings 4 2 2 202 183 6
Shore 4 2 2 176 187 6
St. Joseph's 4 1 3 161 166 5
Grammar 4 1 3 164 188 5
Scots 4 0 4 99 201 4

By David Li Wang

~ Go High Basketball!
~Play Hard, Play Smart and Play Together!
~ Don’t forget to visit the Sydney High Basketball Website!
~ Brought to you by the editors, David Li Wang and Chris Chiam
~Thank you to Mr Hayman for all his contributions to basketball and information

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High Cricket Bulletin


Last Saturday was appalling in the number of players nominated in school teams who failed to attend and caused our coaches to apologize to the opposition team and parents for our tardiness. Whilst several were due to late injuries the number of excuses on Friday for “family commitments” by the boys was beyond belief that the parents would not have advised their boys in advance of the day before their commitment to school sport. That may appear as harsh words but to think that most advised absences were less than 12 hours prior to their sport commitment, whilst the remainder just failed to turn up without advice. It is totally unfair to the boys who are committed to their sport and reputation of their school and supporting parents present were very critical. I hope we see an improvement this week from the teams who suffered the most.

1st XI (Day 1) HIGH 10 – 56 (33 overs) and 1 – 13 -V- SHORE 7 decl 157 (52 overs)
The 1st XI went to Northbridge determined to take on the defending Premiers and in an inexplicable display with the bat were all out in 33 overs with the only run scoring contributions from Avindu Vithanage (21) and Brian Kelly (14) Wicket takers were Saif Haque 3/21 and Avindu Vithanage 3/59. See the Website report from the team coach describing the sequence of events on the day.

2nd XI (Day 1) HIGH 10 - 86 (48 overs) -V- SHORE 3 – 92 (28 overs)
In a day which was to be the benchmark for 2nd XI selection, only three players stood up and passed the tough-it-out-grit-test in trying to save High from total embarrassment through inept performances from the remaining batsmen. Krishan Sivayogarayan (31), Krishnendu Dutta (20) and H.Sit (11) being the only run scorers.

The day was then left for the bowlers to take wickets and rescue the team with Tom Connolly 1/8 (5), Sudam Dias 1/18 (7) and Shejil Kumar 1/22 (6) giving us some hope of recovery.

3rd XI (Day 1) HIGH 4 – 45 (14 overs) -V- SHORE 8 decl – 243 (48 overs)
Shore batted first as well as supplying players to substitute in the field for High (due to 4 selected players being absent and amassed 243 runs before declaring. Wicket takers for High were Caspar Price 2/25 (10), Prashan Prabaharan 2/14 (4) and Hashan Subasinghe 2/42 (9). High started the run chase with Rayan Khan (30) as a makeshift opener showing the way but 3 quick wickets have put us on the back foot and a long haul on Day 2 to limit Shore to 1st innings points. Our appreciation to the coach and players of the Shore 3rd XI for their sportsmanship in substituting for all of our absentee players during their full innings

16 A (Day 1) HIGH 3 – 14 -V- SHORE 10 – 262
Shore batted first and the quality of their batsmen indicated that the High bowlers were in for a torrid day and any loose balls were put away with ease and assisted by a poor effort in the field by some players. Best of the bowlers were Subhodh Weeratunge 4/15 (6), Pasan Pannila 3/82 (16), Andrew Hyunh 1/41 (9). At stumps Subhodh and Leon Li are the not out batsmen

15 A (Day 1) HIGH 10 – 54 (30 overs) -V- SHORE 5 - 122
High batted first and looked set for a big score at 16 overs being 2/42 and collapsed to be all out for 54 runs. Then the High bowlers took 3 wickets to have Shore at 3/52 and as they passed our score the fielding and bowling fell apart until we recovered late before stumps. Wicket takers were Anirudh Ramesh 1/20 (5), Tushar Joshi 2/30 (5) and Michael Liu 1/14 (3). We will be chasing early wickets next week and see if we can achieve a result our way,, or limit the Shore points. See website report

14 A (Day 1) KINGS 8 decl – 280 defeated HIGH 10 – 143 and 6 – 133
A Round 1 report on one of the more encouraging performances from our youngest cricketers who displayed true grit in holding the King’s XI to a first innings win and points. A result that should be viewed and read by many of our under performing senior players. See the Cricket Website report.


4th XI SHORE 2 – 98 (13 overs) defeated HIGH 10 – 97
Run Scorers Oliver Fio (44) and David Ma (13). The only wicket taker with 2 wkts was Robert Ma. No website report lodged.

16 B HIGH 9 – 145 (32 overs ) Defeated SHORE 10 – 140 (30 overs)
A thrilling finish with one run to win and the last ball of the day Gamitha Samaarasinghe hit a 6 to take High to a 5 run victory. Our only success for the day. Run scorers were Daniel Smith (40), Aman Saklsena (26) and Lalitha Katupitiya (18). No bowling figures were available. See website report

16 C SHORE 3 – 233 (32) Defeated HIGH 10 – 69 (20)
Suman Prusty 1/16 (4), Shumit Hoque 1/26 (5) Allen Fu 1/30 (5) Run Scorers Abhi Dutta (19), Shubash Quazi (13) and Chris Oei (11) . See website report.

16 D SHORE 3 – 53 Defeated HIGH 9 – 49
Shore bowled first and High capitulated for a total of 49 with Richard Li (18), Ryan Gu (7) and Yasar Chowdhury (3) contributing half of the team score. In reply High made Shore work for 14 overs to get the runs with Yasar 2/15(5), Ryan 1/26(5) and Richard 0/1 (1).

14 B SHORE 8 – 193 (30) Defeated HIGH 9 – 60 (30)
Wicket takers were Howard Gu , Michael Yu and Bevan Xie who took 2 wkts each and kept pressure on Shore throughout. With High started their innings needing 6 runs per over with David Feng, Aaron Wong and Bevan Xie holding out determinedly until the last ball was bowled in the 30th over. A tremendous team improvement and well done. See website report

During the next 2 weeks we will be seeking billets for 24 boys from Brisbane who are playing our Under 15 and Under 14 Rep Teams.

M/S Anne Wall will be coordinating the Under 14 billets and Mrs. Julie Connolly will be coordinating the Under 25 billets. Further details will appear on the Cricket Website.
Laurie Heil
MIC Cricket

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End of Season Rifle Dinner 2009

Help celebrate a great year for High Rifle Shooting by attending the 2009 End of Season Rifle Dinner.

WHEN? Saturday, 28th November 2009, 5:00pm

WHERE? The Outterside Centre, Teviot Ave, Abbotsford

WHO? Students, parents, coaches, friends and supporters Dress - smart casual

WHY? To acknowledge the commitment and achievements of all our shooters and because friendships made through sport last a lifetime

COST? $30/person. Payable to the school office by Friday 6th November. Please note this is a BYO alcohol function for adults.

A printable form to purchase tickets for the Rifle Shooting Dinner is available in the PDF version of the High Notes

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