High Notes, Vol 11 No 11, April 23 2010

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From the Principal

Term 2
Welcome back to Term 2. I hope that all staff and students had a relaxing break. There are some staff changes, particularly while the French Tour is still on. Mr Heath will cover the music classes until the 28th. Ms Chen is relieving for Ms Ward (who is on extended jury duty).

High Talent
The NSW CHS Swimming Championships were held in the last week of Term 1. High won a gold medal in the 4x50m 14 years relay. The team was Eugene Lee, Yu Peng Man, George Dzero, Dominic Mah. In the 6x50m all age relay, High won a silver medal. The team was Jack Musgrove, Ben Wilcox, Shaun Pak, Eugene Lee, Leonard Mah and Kazuo Nakamura. Darren Chien won an individual silver medal in the 100m breaststroke. These boys will go on to represent CHS at All Schools. A wonderful effort by all of our representative swimmers! Early next month 2009 Old Boys, Yiming Cao and Thomas Wilson will be receiving their University of Sydney Outstanding Achievement Awards and Harrison Lane a University of Sydney Entry Award.

A report from a Parisian resident, Old Boy Azri Deen (1995), that the marching band played under the Arc de Triomphe on 15/4 “to the highest standard and were an equal match to the professional French military band that they played alongside.” Old Boy Spencer Llewellyn (2009) was awarded a full scholarship to Pacific College California, a division 1 basketball college. A wonderful organisational effort by Yale Wong and Andrew Gaffney resulted in 59 High boys donating blood to the Red Cross. This joint initiative with SGHS was very worthwhile and yet another example of the laudable values and leadership capacity of our students. Thank you to Mr Walker for his assistance with the event.

Ground improvements
The COLA has had security fencing installed. Concrete slabs were laid to extend the cricket run ups and to provide a base for another water tank and a storage shed for fencing. Drainage was added to the amphitheatre area, a pit dug and a pipe installed to divert water to the stormwater drain. Turf was laid in the area between the amphitheatre and the basketball courts to promote growth. A sandstone retaining wall to secure the Macdonald Wing side of the cricket nets for 25m was constructed using locally sourced sandstone. Students are asked to keep away from the areas being developed and to respect the taped off areas.

The MySchool Controversy
In the latest ACE publication, Emeritus Professor Alan Reid debunks six myths about the MySchool website.

  1. MySchool captures the quality of a school. Even though MySchool admittedly takes a narrow snapshot of school achievement through NAPLAN results, parents really don’t have time to pursue other sources of information and will continue to be influenced by MySchool content.
  2. Publishing school results on MySchool will help to increase quality in education. Teachers are motivated to improve by other means than parental pressure. International experience shows that when testing becomes high stakes (particularly in Years 7 & 9) it has deleterious effects on the quality of education.
  3. MySchool information will not be used to establish simplistic league tables. The side step attempt to compare each school to 60 like schools has been confounded by the difficulty of establishing ‘like’ schools and by the response of the media to publish league tables anyway.
  4. That MySchool will help the government to target resources to schools. The NAPLAN data has been available to governments for years. School improvement is not just about money. Social and cultural factors are as important as facilities, resources and pedagogy.
  5. MySchool will help parents to select schools. Promoting the notion of education as a commodity rather than a public good is unhelpful as it undermines the culture of school as a community. It also assumes that all people are able to choose. Zoning, Transport costs, fees and restricted enrolments, mitigate against a large percentage of the population really having choice.
  6. If you oppose MySchool you are opposed to transparency and accountability. All responsible teachers know that good education requires plentiful relevant information.

It is hard to disagree with the clarity and cogency of Professor Reid’s argument. However, if NAPLAN was acknowledged as a useful professional tool before MySchool is it not just as meaningful after MySchool? NAPLAN is clearly a pawn in the game. It seems to me that the state has the determination and capacity to have the tests administered and the teaching profession has the determination and capacity not to be involved in their administration. The struggle is costing both sides. I fear the MySchool distraction and the adversarial politics of NAPLAN will result in fewer dollars and fewer hours of effort being applied to the education of students in Australia this year.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Drama Ensemble Auditions

Participants will undertake a variety of activities including, vocal training, movement, acting, script interpretation, stagecraft, performance skills, improvisation, group work and much more.

The ensemble will rehearse every Monday from 3:30pm – 5:00pm in the Drama Studio (Room 204) under the supervision of Jennie Rohr. Additional rehearsals will be required to prepare for the school Drama Festival held on July 27 and 28, 2010.

Students will develop skills that will be used for devising original theatrical performances for the school and wider community.

Any boy who misses a workshop/rehearsal without a reasonable excuse will forfeit their position in the highly competitive ensemble.

Auditions will be held on Thursday 29 April from 3:20 – 5:00 in the Drama Studio (204).

The audition will be workshop based and students will also be required to do a cold read.

Any interested student MUST register their interest with Ms Rohr by Wednesday 28 April 2010.

The school circus troupe is one of many new exciting Performing Arts co-curricular activities being offered by the school’s Drama Department.

The circus will train every Tuesday from 3:30pm – 4:30pm in the Drama Studio (Room 204) under the supervision of Jennie Rohr. Additional rehearsals will be required to prepare for the school Drama Festival held on July 27 and 28, 2010.

Students will undertake a variety of activities including, acrobatics, adagio, balancing, choreography, clowning, fitness and flexibility training, performance skills, stage combat and much more.

Any boy who misses a session without a reasonable excuse will forfeit their position.
Auditions will be held on Tuesday 27 April from 3:30 – 5:00 in the Drama Studio (204)

The audition will be workshop based and students will be required to undertake various strength, flexibility and balance tasks.

Any interested student MUST register their interest with Ms Rohr byTuesday 27 April 2010.
Thank you
Jennie Rohr
Drama Department

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From the two Libraries

The opportunity is there for boys to directly influence and update our 2 library Fiction Collection. We hope every boy will choose and then read one book. Work proceeds apace from both librarians and student volunteers in support of this big 2 Libraries event. The May 28 Book Fair is a great chance to support your son as lifelong a reader and for a modest sum to support your school library Fiction Collection. When your son picks a great book to donate to the 2 Libraries he will be the first one to borrow and read the book. Both Libraries aspire to have a really exciting and up to date fiction collection as a result of the hard work they are putting into this Book Fair, to encourage High’s wonderful students to continue to love their reading.

BOOK FAIR WEBSITE UP - see link from sydneyboyshigh.com
Resources which will be displayed at the May (read and donate the book) Book Fair are going up on a website as we write and will continue to do so until we have enough resources for every boy to purchase a book.

You can look these up on the linked website and click around and find book reviews and popularity ratings. Mrs Crothers spent the 2nd week of the holidays and after school this week, selecting books from Borders at Bondi Junction and putting them on her “Library Thing” website. Mrs Gordon is selecting books and has put in a day’s research at the Children’s Bookshop in-service to select resources for the new Senior Book Collection. At present there are approx 400 books up on the Website and more to go. Students can investigate the books and pick the best one to read themselves and later donate.

– Starts this coming week in time for Mothers’ Day
As a special offer to Sydney Boys High mothers Mrs Crothers has selected 200 of Border’s latest women’s books for boys to give Mum for Mothers’ Day. These are now on the Book Fair website – follow the link from sydneyboyshigh.com. This is a 20% off purchase and is NOT a donation. Boys can attach their own “read and donate” book choice to the Mothers’ Day offer if they wish – by selecting from the Website right now and filling in the downloadable form and taking it to the Library staff. Library staff will order the books for free and they will be delivered to the school for boys to pick up. For notification of arrival see the Library’s noticeboards.

Ink Death, Cornelia Funke,
Ink Spell, Cornelia Funke,
Syren, (Septimus Heap Book Five), Angie Sage

Mrs Crothers
Andrews Library

UNSW Network Schools Programme

UNSW Year 10 Subject Selection and Information Evenings
This year UNSW is offering six Year 10 Subject Selection and Information Evenings - three of these dates are exclusively for Network Schools’ students. The evenings exclusively for Network Schools’ students have been designed to be smaller so that students and parents will have more of an opportunity to interact one-on-one with current UNSW students and Faculty Representatives. We encourage Year 10 students and their parents to attend these information packed evenings – even if they are unsure of what uni they want to attend. We pride ourselves on ensuring that the information provided is broad enough to not be solely applicable to UNSW but best practice for subject selection.

Presentations from UNSW’s UAC Admissions, the Board of Studies, UNSW Co-op and Scholarships and a UNSW Student Ambassador are followed by the opportunity for students and parents to meet directly with current UNSW students and Faculty Representatives to ask any questions they may have on UNSW’s programs, the study experience, etc. etc.

The dates for all six events, along with the specific registration details for each, are listed below. These evenings often fill to capacity – please encourage students or parents to register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Monday, 3 May 2010 – Network Schools Year 10
Subject Selection & Information Evening
6:30pm – 8:30pm; UNSW Kensington Campus;
Registration: www.networkschools.unsw.edu.au/year10 

Monday, 10 May 2010 – All Schools
6:30pm – 9:00pm; UNSW Kensington Campus;
Registration: www.year10.unsw.edu.au 

Wednesday, 12 May 2010 – All Schools
6:30pm – 9:00pm; UNSW Kensington Campus;
Registration: www.year10.unsw.edu.au 

Tuesday, 17 May 2010 – All Schools
6:30pm – 9:00pm; Parramatta Riverside Theatre;
Registration: www.year10.unsw.edu.au 

Tuesday, 18 May 2010 - Network Schools
Year 10 Subject Selection & Information Evening
6:30pm – 8:30pm; Wahroonga (to be held at Abbotsleigh School);
Registration: www.networkschools.unsw.edu.au/year10 

Wednesday, 26 May 2010 - Network Schools
Year 10 Subject Selection & Information Evening
6:30pm – 8:30pm; North Sydney (to be held at Wenona School);
Registration: www.networkschools.unsw.edu.au/year10 

Medicine Information Evening for Year 12 Students
Wednesday, 28 April 2010;
UNSW Kensington Campus; 6:30pm – 8:30pm;
Registration: www.networkschools.unsw.edu.au/medicine 

Due to incredible demand, we had to open a second venue for this event. The evening will include presentations from the Medicine Faculty’s Associate Dean (Education); the Medicine Faculty’s Manager of Academic Programs and the Medicine Student Centre Manager. Following the formal presentation, a panel of five (including two current UNSW Medicine students) will answer questions from the audience. There will also be time following the official program for students to ask questions of other current UNSW medicine students.

There are still a limited number of seats available in the additional venue (connected via two way audio and video). If you have any current Year 12 students interested in attending, please have them register no later than Friday, 23 April.

Registration can be completed at: www.networkschools.unsw.edu.au/medicine 

Lots, Lots More!
In the month of June we have more than 10 activities on offer. Please let the careers adviser know as soon as possible if you would like to attend the A Day @ UNSW program on 17 June (Years 10, 11 or 12). Also please keep in mind these other opportunities

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Thank You from the Art Staff

Thank you from Visual Arts to everyone who kindly offered TVs and DVD/video player.

We have had our needs well satisfied thanks to the Rudd family and another anonymous donor.
Art Department

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From the Office

Lost Property

All students please be advised that all lost property will be cleared by the end of school day on Friday. Please contact the lost property office in the McDonald Wing if you have any lost items. Thank You

Letters Re Absence/Lateness/Early Leave

When your son returns to school from being absent he is required to provide a letter of explanation signed by a parent or guardian. If your son is going to be late for school a note is also required. Alternatively you may contact the school by phone on 9361 6910 and dial “4” for the absentee line.

If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Barris, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name, date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.


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

The Principal must approve all leave applications.

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SBHS Debating

Coaching starts again for all boys this Friday and continues until the end of Term 2

After a stellar Term 1 performance Debating is starting again for Term 2.

This term sees our two social competitions: Eastside and Friday Evening Debating wrapping up with semi finals starting for Eastside NEXT WEEK!

Eastside Semi Finals Draw

Year 12
SBHS vs Grammar

Year 11
Grammar vs SBHS

Year 10

Year 9, Year 8 & Year 7 – unfortunately did not make semis

Teams will be announced via email and confirmed at coaching. Best of luck to all teams! All Eastside debates will be held at Reddam Woollahra Campus. The Eastside Grand Final will be Friday May 7

FED Debating also resumes next Friday on the Topic Area - Sport

DSG Meeting
Tuesday April 27th 6.30pm
Staff Common Room

Join us to meet other parents involved in debating, discuss the events of Term 1 and prepare for Term 2. New parents especially encouraged to join in – ask questions and find out more. See you there!

More information can be found at www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating and will be emailed to you on a weekly basis.
Please CHECK YOUR EMAIL regularly and ensure we have current contact details for both students and parents.
PARENTS: If you are not receiving weekly emails about debating please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and ask to be added to the parent group for your child’s year.

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School Athletics Carnival 2010

Over two great days late last term the School Athletics Carnival was held at nearby ES Marks field. The Carnival is designed to cater for all standards and boys are encouraged to participate in at least three events on the day. The Carnival went very smoothly thanks to the efforts of staff, student volunteers and willing competitors. Particular thanks once again to our Data Team consisting of James Rudd, David Chan, Nicholas Costa, Brendan Leo and Wen Jia Liu who donated their skill and computer expertise over two days. Our Carnival is now one of only a few large school Carnivals held at the track and it continues to be a great spectacle when it is in full swing. Senior boys in particular seem to appreciate what, for most of them, will be the last such event they participate in. Our new Deputy Principal, Mr Barris, started a new initiative this year with the first Tug O War contest. This helped to create a fun atmosphere at the carnival and we will develop the concept further next year.

Congratulations also to the Age Champions – James Tinker (12 Years), Joshua Lee (13 Years), Anton Brokman (14 Years), Patrick Krakovsky (15 Years) and Scott Renzenbrink (16 Years)

Special Awards from the Carnival include ….
The AM Eedy Cup for 100m Champion : Brian Kelly
The McArthur Memorial Cup for 1500m : Francis Torok
The Frank Albert Cup for Senior Athletics Champion : Maximillian Kite

Full results of the Carnival are published herein. Ruby was the winning House this year

GRAND TOTAL for the SBHS Athletics Carnival
1 Ruby 1157
2 Eedy 1042
3 Fairland 1042
4 Mckay 1035
5 Torrington 1004
6 Saxby 956

Annual Athletics Carnival Results

12 YEARS        
100 M Johnson Tran Calvin Zhou Kevin Robinson 14.42 s
200 M Calvin Zhou James Tinker Kazuo Nakamura 31.45 s
400 M James Tinker Chris Lee Andrew Nam 1'18.90 m
800 M James Tinker Kelvin Liang William Chang 2'54.80 m
90 Hurdles Chris Lee James Tinker Kevin Robinson 18.46 s
High Jump Chris Lee Kevin Robinson   1.18 m
Long Jump Kazuo Nakamura Johnson Tran Bill Zhuang 4.08 m
Shot Put Tyson Zhang Bennett Jiang Aashray Narula 6.81 m
House Relay Saxby Eedy Ruby 61.02 s
Champion James Tinker      
 13 YEARS        
100 M Anthony Chen Joshua Lee Philip Lam 13.17 s
200 M Joshua Lee Leonard Mah Anthony Chen 27.71 s
400 M Joshua Lee Philip Lam Leonard Mah 1'05.20 m
800 M Joshua Lee Henry Feng Luke Hoad 2'37.00 m
90 Hurdles Joshua Lee Leonard Mah Carl Yang 16.30 s
High Jump Henry Feng James Lian   1.31m
Discuss Andrew Liu Tyson Zhang Rex Yi 19.10 m
Javelin Martin Lam Andrew Liu Wei Li Zhuang 17.70 m
Long Jump Joshua Lee Henry Feng William Wu 4.44 m
Shot Put Rex Yi Anthony Chen Leonard Mah 9.58 m
House Relay Ruby McKay Torrington 57.26 s
Champion Joshua Lee      
14 YEARS        
100 M Terence Pham Maurice Lam Anton Brokman 12.27 s
200 M Anton Brokman Maurice Lam Vasu Bhakri 25.27 s
400 M Anton Brokman Eugene Lee Dominic Mah 1'02.30m
800 M Anton Brokman Eugene Lee Ned Anson 2'19.00m
1500 M Anton Brokman Ned Anson Steve Comninos 5'02.99m
100 Hurdles Dominic Mah Eugene Lee Kenny Liu 14.51 s
High Jump Terence Pham Dominic Mah   1.50 m
Discuss Brendan Guan Terence Pham Steve Comninos 29.26 m
Javelin Brendan Guan Chris Mao Allen Chen 24.73 m
Long Jump Maurice Lam Anton Brokman Byron Chen 4.95 m
Shot Put Steve Comninos Howjer Gu Ray Fang 9.57 m
House Relay Saxby Eedy Ruby 53.80 s
Champion Anton Brokman      
15 YEARS        
100 M Edward Zhang Ollie Meroni Ming Chin 11.99 s
200 M Ming Chin Ollie Meroni Edward Zhang 24.61 s
400 M Lloyd Perris Lahiru Katupitiya Ming Chin 59.04 s
800 M Lloyd Perris Ollie Meroni Siddharth Sethi 2'17.20 m
1500 M Lloyd Perris Ollie Meroni Oliver Kirk 4'40.06 m
100 Hurdles Ivor Metcalf Patrick Krakovsky Jonathan Clements-Lendrum 14.42 s
High Jump Ivor Metcalf Harry Heo Patrick Krakovsky 1.70m
Discuss Eamon Kelly Tony Li Jaspar Garay 25.11 m
Javelin Jaspar Garay Allen Fu Dennis Duong 27.30 m
Long Jump Patrick Krakovsky Ivor Metcalf Harry Heo 5.44 m
Triple Jump Patrick Krakovsky Ivor Metcalf Anton Brokman 11.38 m
Shot Put Eamon Kelly Dennis Duong Jaspar Garay 11.33 m
House Relay McKay Saxby Ruby 50.23 s
Champion Patrick Krakovsky      
16 YEARS        
100 M Scott Renzenbrink Michael Phung Andrew Fong 11.71 s
200 M Scott Renzenbrink Michael Phung Andrew Fong 23.42 s
400 M Michael Phung Andrew Fong Prashan Prabaharan 57.70 s
800 M Adam Booth Pasan Pannila Jeremy Dobrowolski 2'11.70 m
1500 M Adam Booth Pasan Pannila Jeremy Dobrowolski 4'39.50 m
110 Hurdles Kumudika Gunaratne Jesse Moffat Andrew Fong 15.24 s
High Jump Scott Renzenbrink Jesse Moffat   1.60 m
Discuss Scott Renzenbrink Ben Wilcox Sangeeth Subramaniam 24.00 m
Javelin Jeremy Dobrowolski Scott Renzenbrink Benjamin Laird 28.80 m
Long Jump Scott Renzenbrink Tian Ling Michael Phung 5.63 m
Triple Jump Scott Renzenbrink Tian Ling Kumudika Gunaratne 10.51 m
Shot Put Danny Chandra Leo Lu Jesse Moffat 11.24 m
House Relay Fairland Saxby Eedy 50.24 s
Champion Scott Renzenbrink      
100 M Brian Kelly Jeremy Rajendram Anosh Kanagaratnam 11.58 s
200 M Jeremy Rajendram Brian Kelly Anosh Kanagaratnam 23.55 s
400 M Anosh Kanagaratnam Jeremy Rajendram Francis Torok 56.10 s
800 M Francis Torok Samuel Lane Laurence Liu 2'12.10 m
1500 M Francis Torok Samual Lane Lachlan Perris 4'25.80 m
110 Hurdles Christopher Morrow Stephen Yoon Austyn Guo 15.92 s
High Jump Christopher Morrow Andrew Huynh Maximillian Kite 1.85 m
Discuss Maximillian Kite Alex Feng Mohit Tugnait 35.94 m
Javelin Maximillian Kite Raghib Siddiquee James Han 30.02 m
Long Jump Tony Xiao Jeremy Rajendram Anosh Kanagaratnam 5.85 m
Triple Jump Christopher Morrow Maximillian Kite Anosh Kanagaratnam 12.33 m
Shot Put Maximillian Kite Jack Musgrove Iftiar Khan 13.80 m
House Relay Ruby Torrington Fairland 48.8 s
Champion Maximillian Kite      

The Zone Carnival team will be published next week.
MIC Athletics

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Sports Donations

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

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SBHS/SGHS Junior Dance

Dear Year 7/8/9 Parents,

There will be a school dance for Year 7/8/9 students held in the School Hall, Sydney Girls High School on Monday, 3rd May from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm. This function is only for CURRENT students at Sydney Boys and Sydney Girls. No other people will be permitted.

Staff and security guards will provide supervision and students will only be allowed to leave before 10:00 pm if we can contact parents for permission. Drinks and chips will be on sale in the Cleveland Quadrangle. Students will be allowed to go into the Cleveland Quad from the School Hall and all this area will be secure.

We do request that parents are prompt to collect their daughter/son at 10:00 pm. Boys are to be collected in the Boys School Car Park and girls in the Girls School so as to reduce congestion. Please do not allow them to make their own way home at this time of night.

Students need to be fully aware of the expectations we have for them regarding acceptable behaviour. Should any incident occur parents will be contacted to collect their child. The NSW Department of Education Guidelines are the framework for conduct of this, and all other social events.

Please contact Mr Thomsen (Sydney Girls High School) or Mr Barris (Sydney Boys High School) if you need clarification. We look forward to a successful evening.

Best wishes,
Ms Andrea Connell
Sydney Girls High School

Dr Kim Jaggar
Sydney Boys High School

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