High Notes, Vol 11 No 7, March 12 2010

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to the first and second grade tennis teams who both had wins against Shore on Saturday. The boys in first grade did very well as a team to take two doubles matches, then Arman Abdollahi (Year 11) inspired them with a tough win against an experienced opponent. Patrick Rynsaardt and Frank Zhang (Year 9) went on to seal the first GPS win in three seasons.

Big Night Out
A delicious multicultural menu is being prepared for this gathering of the School Family. The entertainment is ready. Many people are working very hard to make this event a success. All we need now is your support!

The Great Hall Kitchen
We have taken possession of a major new asset for our school in the form of the Great Hall Kitchen. It has the very latest in commercial appliances. It is capable of cooking and serving meals for 200. As well as National Schools Pride funding of $200,000, the Sydney High School Foundation released $30,000 of the Raymond Casey Bequest to top up the grant. The total cost of the project ex-GST was $232,000. The commercial kitchen will require considerable management to preserve it. Training in the 22 appliances was provided by the kitchen consultant. Certain major pieces of equipment are reserved for the use of qualified catering staff. Laminated directions for using the equipment will be posted in the facility shortly. Members of the School Family booking in and using the kitchen are requested to follow all instructions and respect the restrictions imposed. Above all else the asset needs to be kept clean and devoid of goods, equipment or food left over after events in the Great Hall.

Preliminary discussions with interested parties have revealed that the possibility of leasing the facility to a professional caterer is quite viable. That would mean that all school functions to be held in the Great Hall would use the school caterer. Given the budget constraints of celebration dinners for students, a prospective caterer would have to be prepared to supply decent meals for 200 at around $25 per head. If you have any feedback about the proposal please email or call. .

Early morning bus behaviour
It was encouraging to receive another positive comment about bus behaviour on the early morning service from Central. It seems the popularity of the service has meant there is a spill over into normal bus schedules on some occasions. A commuter from UNSW was very impressed with the demeanour of our students, especially in them thanking the driver when alighting at their destination.

High Junior School - Literacy Enhancement Program
Last year we ran a program to develop the literacy skills of a group of Year 7 students. This was the first stage of a three year plan to make a difference in literacy by the time of the NAPLAN tests in Year 9. After evaluation, it was found that a number of targeted students no longer needed assistance with their literacy development while others not in the targeted group did. A reselected Year 8 group will continue to be supported by the Literacy Team. I know that parents of students chosen to have the school’s assistance in this program will encourage and support their sons to grasp this improvement opportunity.
Dr K A Jaggar

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World’s Greatest Shave

On Monday 15th March, many students and staff will be shaving their heads for the Leukaemia Foundation and lymphoma research. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause you can do so at www.worldsgreatestshave.com and looking up the team “Sydney High”. .

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SRC Events: Developing skills in leadership

A new SRC for 2010
Each year the student body of Sydney Boys High School are given the opportunity to apply for an important leadership position on the school Student Representative Council. Applications involve students vowing that they will commit to the position and work hard throughout the year to represent their peers. Names of applicants from each year are submitted to an online voting site on the SBHS SRC website. Voting is preferential and not compulsory. As a result, six students are elected from each year to represent their peer/year group. These students are required to join committees on the council and attend regular Friday lunchtime meetings. If students fulfil their role satisfactorily with the committees they are part of throughout the year, they are honoured with a badge and may purchase an SRC tie.

In Term 4 2009, the SRC elected an executive (President, Vice President and Secretary) to run the meetings and give direction in 2010. The students elected online in Term 1 as committee members from Years 7-12 have recently been announced at the Junior and Senior Assemblies and printed by Dr Jaggar in the High Notes.

For a second year, the SRC together with the leaders of the Community Service committee will be part of a training day at the Outterside centre March 19th lead by a group named Rising Generations. A thank-you to Mr Walker (Head of Welfare), Mr Coan (Leadership Co-ordinator), Mr Cipolla (Careers Advisor) and Ms Kaye (Community Service facilitator) for helping me make this day possible for the boys.

The SRC gives students the opportunity to learn about group work, running meetings, working on committees, responsibility, commitment and leadership. SRC members get the opportunity to go to regional and state SRC meetings as well as a range of leadership development and motivational seminars. It is a council voted in by the students, run by the students for the students of Sydney Boys High. Mrs Collignon, Teacher facilitator, works alongside the SRC to help with elections, excursions, meetings and getting ideas off the ground.

Watch this space for more on the SRC’s activities throughout the year. Best of luck, boys!!
Mrs Collignon.

The first regional SRC meeting of 2010 was hosted by Randwick Girls High on the 4th of March. It was the perfect start to the year with a variety of discussions, quality food and a great workshop kindly set up by Family Planning NSW. The main issue raised was discrimination of any kind in schools and how to raise awareness and tackle any such issues.

We were privileged enough to hear from two brave, same-sex attracted individuals who had suffered much discrimination and injustice during their high school years. Their stories were truly touching and gave students a new insight into tackling homophobia. They very much wished that their message be spread.
Isnad Zaman (11)
Vice President 2010

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Lingua Latina

Salvete omnes! On Tuesday, 9th March, 42 students of Latin sat the NATIONAL LATIN EXAM, an annual international exam organised by Mary Washington College, Virginia State University, U.S.A. Last year, 110 countries participated in this prestigious examination. Last year was also the first time Sydney Boys High participated, and the results - several gold and silver medals and two scholarship offers - were outstanding.

Best wishes for good results to all who took part this year!

Each year, a special prize, the Barton Scholarship, is awarded to students who have achieved excellent results in Classics (Latin and/or Classical Greek) in the Higher School Certificate, and then continue with the study of Latin or Greek at University.

Two of our students, who gained 4th and 5th places in the State in the Higher School Certificate for Classical Greek last year, are currently studying Latin and Greek at Sydney University.

This is the type of student the award is aimed at.

Any student who is currently studying Latin or Greek at Senior level, and is considering continuing with the Classical Languages at University, may see Ms Matsos if they wish to learn more about this award.
Ms Matsos

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From the Two Libraries

Andrews Library

Eagle Day Book Review
Robert Muchamore, well known for his series, Cherub, is now into his 3rd novel of a new series called Henderson’s Boys. Eagle Day is the second novel of this series. Secret Army is scheduled to come out in 2010. Muchamore used children as spies as he thinks this is the best disguise. Eagle Day, is set in France where Hitler is planning to invade Britain.

There are some thrilling aspects to the novel which will you keep reading. Muchamore unfortunately, includes excessive detail of daily life on a farm which slows down the pace of the book in the middle but as we get to the end including the climax, the last 100 pages include tense, exhilarating scenes of the children’s’ preparation of bombs and explosives to direct the British air raiders (RAF) where to bomb.

Importantly there are some very interesting themes in the book which raise it above the average fun, action packed novels. First of all, survival and belonging are key themes as they are trying to fit in with the countryside society and their lives are at stake as well as the British population. Furthermore, trust is an important sub text as they don’t know each other and must develop trust for them to carry out their plan.

Muchamore makes his use of child heroes realistic by making the children foolish and immature in the beginning but mature at the end of the book through facing hazards and death. The children experience difficulties such as Marc having to work as a translator at the age of 13, Paul coming in contact with Germans, Rosie killing someone and PT being sentenced to death and punished along with Marc.

At the climax the children have to try to protect themselves when they’ve never held a gun or killed anyone. This climax and suspense is the really positive aspect of the book and it’s such a shame that the middle of the book takes a long time to develop or else it would be an excellent fast paced book which would surely get many readers to read this book.

I really liked the beginning and ending of the book as it was filled with a lot of exhilarating scenes as well as including interesting themes. The middle didn’t fit in with the other Robert Muchamore books where the whole novel was filled with thrilling scenes. Nevertheless, I would rate Eagle Day 9 out of 10. There are some deaths in this book and I would probably recommend it to children over 12. However, Muchamore’s writing lures us in with emotions and thrill as he creates atmosphere such as fear and tension. This really gets pages turning.
Safat Sufian
Year 9

In the last couple of weeks all Year 7 classes have had a couple of library orientation lessons. Boys were all asked to show their parents their Portal. If your son forgot or assumed you would not be interested it might be very useful to you to have a look at his Portal. Information parents can find useful are:

The dates of your son’s absences, contact details (check that the school has your email address not his and keep your home address and your phone numbers up to date), your son’s daily subject timetable, up to date Saturday sport information, your son’s library loans, an up to date Library catalogue to assist him to find resources to help with homework, your son’s print account and, finally, online past Science and Maths papers to help him study for semester exams.

The Eagle has Flown, Jack Higgins;
The Chamber, John Grisham;
The Giant’s Shadow, Thomas Bontly;
Wolves Eat Dogs, Martin Cruz Smith

Much appreciated visit from Old Boy/Author Greg Babic
Thanks to Old Boy/author Greg Babic who came in person to present two recently published novels to our Library. They are: The Profile a novel aimed at mid school readers and The Last Loose End, an adult “thriller”. We look forward to reviewing them in a future High Notes.

Thanks to Mrs Cathy Meaney mother of Jackson (2009) for her thoughtfulness in donating three lovely books to the library – No place like home, Mary Higgins Clark; Matthew Flinders Cat, Bryce Courtenay, Heritage, Judy Nunn. House cleanup donations are very welcome as many adult books suit our Senior Students. (We have tightened up our publication date limit to 10 years). Please keep those donations coming!
Veronica Crothers

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Red Cross Ambasadors

Youngbloods Red Cross Ambassadors
On Thursday, 25 February 2010, SBHS Community Service Committee Shadow Executives Andrew Gaffney and Yale Wong attended the Youth Ambassador Training Day at the Red Cross headquarters at Clarence Street. The exciting day of lectures, seminars, free food and tours allowed us to take up invaluable information regarding the importance of blood donations in the Australian community.

Did you know that one single donation of 470mL (which takes only 24 hours for the human body to replenish) will help to save three lives? Or that one in three Australians will require blood transfusions during the course of their lifetime; yet only 1 in 30 Australians actually give blood.

That's why the Red Cross is calling for your help to be an unsung hero. Each donor will also be given a free health assessment and told their blood type.

The SBHS Community Service Committee is working swiftly to organise a blood drive with Sydney Girls High to be held on Monday 29 March 2010 (Term 1 Week 10). Participants must be over 16 years of age and over 50kg. Keep an ear out for more information closer to the date!
Yale Wong

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Theatresports Evening

This term in Drama students have been learning many skills in the art of Improvisation, Characterisation, Playbuilding and Physical Theatre. They have learnt the fundamentals of THEATRESPORTS, a form of improvised games, performed in teams, which uses the format of a competition for dramatic effect.

Participation in Theatresports develops confidence, lateral thinking, storytelling, self expression, teamwork and communication skills. To complete this unit we will be hosting our Second Annual Theatresports Evening.

When: Thursday 25 March 2010 5:30pm - 7:30pm
Where: Drama Studio (Room 204)

This promises to be an exciting theatrical experience with scenes presented from the Year 9 and 10 Drama classes.

The two top performing teams on the night (one from each Year group) will represent SBHS at the sixth annual Theatresports® Schools Challenge (TSC) and take part in heats with other schools from across NSW. The TSC takes place in term two of 2010 (19th April – 2nd July).

Winning schools will progress to take part in the qualifying finals in June and the top teams in each division will go into a Grand Final at the Enmore Theatre in late June.

Your support and attendance at the Theatresports Evening is greatly appreciated.

If you have any further questions please contact me at the school on 93616910. Thank you, Jennie Rohr (Drama Department)

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Old/Obsolete TV/video and DVDs

Upgrading to a plasma home cinema? The Art Department are on the lookout for two TVs and video and DVD players to keep playing our existing video/DVD collection. If you are about to throw away this equipment we may be able to assist with the disposal.
Thank You
Art Dept

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Music Notes

Music Tour Meeting
There will be a FINAL Tour meeting scheduled on Tuesday the 16th of March. This is COMPULSORY for ALL parents and students. Please make ensure you have this date booked in as Jackie Male will be present to answer any questions, discuss final arrangements for the tour and distribute tour name tags to students.

Music Tour 2010 to France and Flanders
Rehearsal schedule for touring ensembles this term are as follows:

Concert Band (Rm201)
String Ensemble (Rm202)

Stage Band (Rm201)
String Ensemble (Rm202)

Concert band (Rm201)

Marching Band (MPW)

ALL members are expected to be at EVERY rehearsal, you must notify the Music Staff if you are unable to attend any rehearsal.

Tour Stage Band
The Tour Stage Band will perform at the SBHS Big Night Out function on Saturday the 20th March at 7pm in the Great Hall. This will be a fabulous performance as they play the repertoire they have prepared for the France Tour. Tickets are on sale now at the Main office for $15 (or $20 on the night), get in early to ensure a ticket!

PARKING - Music Tour
There is a parking on this SATURDAY 13th March 2010 starting at 5pm. Please contact our music parking coordinator George Comninos ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) if you are able to assist with parking. Funds raised will go towards supporting our students going on the tour to France next month. Award scheme points apply.

Ensemble Rehearsal Times for 2010

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7.45am Intermediate Concert Band
Room 201
Chamber Choir
Room 201
Chamber Choir
Room 202
From Term 2, Wk 3
Senior Concert Band
Room 201

From Term 2, Wk 3
Symphony Orchestra
Room 201

From Term 2, Wk 3
  Junior String Ensemble Room 207 Junior Jazz Ensemble
Room 101
Senior  Stage Band
Room 201
From Term 2, Wk 3
  Guitar Ensemble
Room 101
  Junior Percussion Ensemble Room 101   Junior Stage Band Room 101   Tour String Ensemble
  Training Concert Band
Rm 102 Term 2, 3, 4
  Philharmonic Orchestra Room 207   Tour Marching Band - Term 1 MPW 8.00 - 9:00am
Afternoon rehearsals (3.30-4.30pm)   Marching Band Term 4 Basketball Courts        

Ensemble rehearsals have commenced with Intermediate Concert Band on Mondays 7:45am in room 101 for students not attending the Music Tour. All other ensembles will run as timetabled above.

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SBHS Debating

Debating Emails
For parents of Year 7 debaters - or any new parent for debating - you will need to email me to ensure that you receive the weekly debating email detailing the teams and arrangements for upcoming debates.

For all other parents and debaters: please ensure your email addresses are up to date via the same process!

EMAIL UPDATES are the main method of communication about coaching, competitions and the whole debating program. It is essential that all debaters and parents ensure their details are current!!

Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and use the subject line:

"Parent <your son's graduating year>" For example 'Parent 2015' for Year 7 parents.

For Year 7 Boys please email me with the subject line: "Student 2015"


THIS WEEK (12/3):
SBHS v Grammar (Eastside) HOME

NEXT WEEK (19/3):
SGHS v SBHS (Eastside) @ Syd. Girls HS
Trinity v SBHS (FED) @ Trinity

If your son is debating on these nights please ensure you organise a plate of food to share as supper for our boys and our guests.

Premier’s Debating Challenge (PDC)
The Premier’s Debating Challenge is the NSW-wide debating competition organised through The Arts Unit with the Department of Education. This gives the opportunity for 1 team per Year level to participate. Our seniors will shortly be commencing their season for 2010 (after a glorious victory in 2009) and I wish both teams the best of luck in their upcoming debates!

Year 12
Antony Paul
Max Phillis
Anton Jurisevic
Justin Chan

Year 11
Nakul Bhagwat
Ashwin Rudder
Samir Kinger
Krishan Sivayogarayan

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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Cross Country Carnival

Sydney Boys High School
Annual Cross Country Carnival
Thursday1st April 2010
1.15 - 3.00 pm
Bat & Ball, Mount Steele
Mr Prorellis, Mr Kesting

Student Information

Parents: Your son will be dismissed earlier than usual on Thursday 1st April 2010


1.25 pm    17+ & OPENS 3 km    3 Loops
1.40 pm 16 years        3 km    3 Loops
1.55 pm 15 years        3 km    3 Loops
2.10 pm 14 years        2 km    2 Loops
2.20 pm 13 years        2 km    2 Loops
2.30 pm 12 years        2 km    2 Loops

After the Athletics Carnival, students are to walk back to school.
Students are to cross the road at lights only
A BBQ lunch will be available for students to purchase prior to commencement of the Cross Country Carnival. It will be held outside the Gym.
Stay in school grounds, then move over to the venue when the bell rings
When your race is called go to the starting area whether you are running or not.
Non runners will stay in the starting area until directed to move by the Marshals
At the finish you will be given a place ticket If you are in the first 15 places you go to the first 15 table to have your position recorded, then proceed to your House Roll Table
All runners to proceed with finish ticket to your House Roll Table
Tell the teacher your name, roll class and finishing position
After the race you will be dismissed by a teacher
NON RUNNERS will have their attendance recorded at a separate table

Everyone attends
You must run in shoes
Stay on the course and follow directions from course marshals
Spectators must stay within 20m of Cleveland St and are not permitted on the course
Winning house determined by the lowest total of the first ten runners to finish
To qualify for the Award scheme you must compete & finish
Top ten runners will comprise the provisional school team to compete at the zone.
Only the first 15 places will be timed Cross Country Champions will be selected from this event
Any MIC ruling is final

Additional Info:
The School Cross Country is the first qualifying event within the CHS Competition.
The first 10 runners for each age division will make up the school team for the Eastern Suburbs Zone Carnival.
The first 10 runners at the Zone Carnival will compete at the Sydney East Regional Carnival and the first 10 runners from Regional Carnival go on to the NSW All Schools Carnival.

You are also invited to join the Sydney High GPS Cross Country Team. GPS Cross Country is a Winter Sport and three age divisions ( U14, U16, Opens) compete on Saturday mornings. The season spans across terms 2 and 3 and involves 11 Saturday morning carnivals. All are welcome to join.

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High Tide

Sydney Boys High School Sailing

Saturday March 6th:
Pumped after the Tri-series, the High squad was back to normal Saturday schools racing with Scots and Cranbrook. With no wind early in the morning we found ourselves paddling across to Rose Bay - an unexpected warm-up before racing.

The first race was sailed in patchy wind and with a crammed start line, there was a lot of dirty air and it took a while for the fleet to get going. High boats were placed very well with Daniel Fang (Year 8) reaching the first mark in 2nd place – outstanding, especially considering Daniel was skippering for just the second time.

Ennes Mehmedbasic (Year 10) sailed cleverly and finished way ahead of the main fleet coming 4th. Marcus James (Year 9) finished the first race 7th and Alex Saunders (Year 12) finished 8th.

For the start of the second race we used Sydney Boys’ renowned intelligence to good advantage. Combining some handy teams racing skills and through good communication, High dominated the favoured boat end of the start line. With a minute to go before the start, we had four High boats in a row parked on the line next to the starter boat. Ennes Mehmedbasic yet again sailed brilliantly finishing 4th, Marcus James finished 7th, Daniel Fang coming in 8th and Bart Daniels (Year 10) finishing in 9th place in a field of over 20.

The High sailing team yet again showed great consistency in its sailing and also teamwork. These are promising signs with two major events on the sailing calendar fast approaching- the NSW School Teams Racing Championships and CHS.
Marcus James (Yr 9)
Junior Sailing Captain

Sydney High School Sailing Association had its 3rd Annual General Meeting on Saturday 6th March. “The objectives of the Association are the promotion of yachting and sailing for students of and people associated with Sydney Boys High School and others who support the ideas of SBHS, and organising and conducting, sailing, yachting and associated activities.”

We would like to encourage anyone interested to contact the SHSSA Secretary Richard James - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Interested in the school sailing program? See Mrs Collignon (MIC) in the Visual Arts Department.

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Sydney High Annual Basketball Dinner

Help celebrate another fantastic year of basketball at High by organising your son’s team to attend the 6th Annual Basketball Dinner ever for all years!!! Every team will receive trophies for the Most Valuable Player and Most Improved player. 1 minute speeches will be made by coaches about their season! The team with the best highlight footage of their season will show off their talent on the big screen. There will be a raffle for huge prizes and a chance to thank your coach for their efforts. Prizes include Surfboards, DVS entertainment packages, $50 gift vouchers, spa vouchers and much, much more!!

When? Friday, 26/ 3/ 10, 6:30pm. Dinner served at 7pm

Where? Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School

Who? Players, parents, friends, supporters and coaches of all teams!

1) Because the friendships made through SBHS basketball last a lifetime
2) Because the program has improved significantly this season and requires your support for this to continue.


*This is a BYO function for adults. Cordial will be served for students. Advise when booking if vegetarian meal is required. 180 seats only.

If you won an award make sure you pay ASAP

Please return the slip  [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] with $35/per person to the front office by 18 MARCH 2010.

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Basketball: Shooting Hoops

High VS Shore

2009 Term 4 (Last 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

2010 Term 1 (This time)

1st WIN 84-59 E NAAR 21, A DUMOVIC 21
2nd LOSS 46-45 J GARAY 18!
5th LOSS 28-29 K LU 8
7th WIN 40-13 H HUANG 12
8th LOSS 31-29 D CHEN 8
16B WIN 28-27 N OOI 6
16C WIN 37-22 M ZHU 14
16D LOSS 34-12 M NGAI 6
16E WIN 46-12 M LAM 16
15A WIN 46-17 N FRANCE 13, E KELLY 12
15B WIN 23-30 D DUONG 8
15C WIN 64-17 JC LENDRUM 22
15D WIN 32-30 W MA 12
15E WIN 31-17 S DU 11
15F WIN 21-13 H-L MAI 7
14A LOSS 19-31 B CHEN 9, WEI LI 9
14C LOSS 27-29 N WANGLY 13
14E WIN 25-24 J HUO 13
14F LOSS 25-18 W YANG 10
13A LOSS 80-6 K LIANG 2
13B LOSS 9-41 K CHAN 4
13C LOSS 51-4 S ZHANG 4
13D LOSS 29-14 S ZHANG 4
13E LOSS 36-24 A NAM 12
13F LOSS 27-12 A JIANG 6

Mr Hayman’s Team of the Week: 16Bs
This side had a thrilling 1 point victory over a team that dominated them 53-9 in term 4 last year.
By Mr Hayman

100th Edition of Shootin’ Hoops: Performance Against Shore
First Grade were able to come through with a massive 84-59 win against Shore and they are now clearly the form team of the competition. 4ths, 6ths, 7ths, 16Bs, 16Cs, 16Es, ALL OF THE 15s and the 14Es managed to pick up some great wins. Without a doubt, several teams were unlucky not to win their matches despite playing exceptionally well, with 2nds losing narrowly, 45-46, 5ths losing by a point and 8ths losing by 2 (the final shot High scored that could have sent the game into OT, was less than half second late).

Support 1sts and 2nds!
With a home game this week, we hope to have a massive home crowd there to support 1sts and 2nds. Be there to watch 2nds play Scots at 10:00 and then 1sts will take on Scots at 11:15. Don’t miss out!

First Grade Played Won Lost For Against Points
Newington 12 11 1 892 496 23
High 12 10 2 956 702 22
St. Joseph's 12 8 4 853 747 20
Kings 12 7 5 750 728 19
St. Ignatius' 12 5 7 692 784 17
Grammar 12 5 7 701 807 17
Scots 12 2 10 636 862 14
Shore 12 0 12 591 945 12

Special Positions
Interested in joining the 1st Grade and 2nd Grade game DVD recording team? Or maybe you want to help out with 1st Grade and 2nd Grade stats next season? Interested? If you are in Years 7-10 and interested in training to take up one of these privileged positions, please see Mr Hayman or me ASAP, to get involved with the High Basketball program.
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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Sydney Boys High Tennis

Match Report for 6 March 2010

1st Grade 2nd Grade
Shore D1 def  High D1 (1&2) 0-6 6-4 10-6 Shore D1 def High D1 (1&2) 6-4 6-4
High D2 (3&4) def Shore D2 6-4 7-5 Shore D2 def High D2 (3&4)
High D3 (5&6) def Shore D3 6-4 6-4 High D3 (5&6) def Shore D3 6-2 6-3
High S1 (Arman Abdollahi) def Shore S1 6-2 4-6 7-6 High S1 (Lachlan Day) def Shore S1 6-4 6-2
High S2 (Pat Rynssardt) def Shore S2 7-5 6-3 High S2 (David Ghezelbash) def Shore S2 6-3 6-7 6-3
Shore S3 def High S3 (Mohit Tugnait) 7-6 6-0 Shore S3 def High S3 (Anton Brokman)
Shore S4 def High S4 (Derek Trang) 6-3 6-4 Shore S4 def High S4 (Edward Qiu)
Shore S5 def High S5 (George Panas) 6-1 6-4 High S5 (Frank Li) def Shore S5 6-1 4-6 6-4
High S6 (Frank Zhang) def Shore S6 6-1 7-5 High S6 (Thomas Nguyen) def Shore S6 6-1 6-0
High def Shore 8-4 High def Shore 8-4

1st Grade Report
High went to Tennis World brimming with confidence after a solid showing at Ignatius last week and were looking to do some serious damage against traditional powerhouse Shore. The mood was set within the opening 15 mins with High taking commanding leads in all three doubles matches. The No 1 doubles took the first set 6-1 in a defiant display, while No 2 and No 3 doubles also gained one set advantages. High rounded out the doubles winning the No 2 and No 3 doubles in straight sets in a convincing manner while No 1 doubles were mightily unlucky to go down in the super tiebreaker. The score line read High 2 Shore 1. High kept the pressure up in the singles with Arman Abdollohi and Patrick Rynsaardt playing some exquisite tennis against solid opponents to take first set leads in their respective matches. Patrick won in straight sets to put High in a commanding position at 3 matches to 1, however the highlight of the day came in the form of a gripping match between the No 1's. After winning the first set, Arman lost a tight second set and was forced into a third. Down a break for the majority of the last set, Arman showed immense character to stick with his opponent finally getting the break back at 5-4 down. Arman went on to play a superb tie-breaker and win the match. By playing consistent tennis and wearing his opponent down, Frank took the match out in straight sets and rounded out a great day for High tennis. This was the first time in 4 years that High has won a regular season rubber and we will definitely make sure that it isn't the last this year. High will take this win, and look to do even better next week against Scots College.
Mohit Tugnait
1st Grade Captain

2nd Grade Report
After a disappointingly close 5-4 loss, High headed into the bottom of the table clash against Shore brimming with confidence. Initial reports of rain dampened High spirits on the Friday before the clash as we were hoping to extend our 5 point lead over Shore in the 2nds points score. After rising bright and early and getting to the courts a good hour before I was required, I was met with dazzling sunshine and the opportunity to play some great tennis. Keen to make our last home game this season, and for the Year 12s their whole school lives, a memorable one, High started off the day on a shaky note with the normally formidable Doubles One pairing of Lachlan Day and David Ghezelbash going down in straight sets. However, a 6-2 6-3 doubles win by myself and Thomas Nguyen meant High would go into the singles down 2 matches to 1. A monumental task awaited us as we required 4 singles wins to take out the rubber, something we had never done before this season. However, myself and Thomas Nguyen got High onto a great start, with Thomas blitzing his opponent 6-0 6-1 in record time and myself winning in three sets, 6-1 4-6 6-4. Up 6-1 4-1, I found myself down 2-0 in the third set after losing eight consecutives games. However, I managed to secure a vital win for High and eagerly awaited the conclusion of the other singles matches. Lachlan Day showed again his infallible form, winning his singles match 6-4 6-2, taking his singles winning percentage to 75%, the best record of any player by far. After Edward Qiu lost in a dramatic third set, it was up to David Ghezelbash and Anton Brokman to secure the tie for High. Serving for the match, David was broken and eventually lost the second set in a tie breaker. However, his gritty determination showed as he outlasted his opponent in the third set, eventually taking the match and the rubber with a 6-3 third set win. Whilst Anton Brokman suffered a straight sets lost to a very strong Shore opponent, High had clinched the day by 5 matches to 4, giving High 8 valuable points and boosting them 9 points ahead of Shore in the GPS standings, only 4 off Grammar. High eagerly await the remaining rubbers against Scots and the final showdown against Grammar to hopefully retain a higher ranking than previously expected.
Frank Li
2nd Grade Captain

3rd Grade Report
Many philosophers maintain the key to survival is the ability to adapt. With the resurgence of High tennis throughout this season, it was essential for depth to survive to provide a thriving, competitive environment. The reinvigoration of 3rd grade against traditional powerhouses Shore demonstrates the revival of High tennis. In the first doubles pair, Kit Man and Vivin demonstrated intelligent communication and perfect point construction to take out the win. Paul and Justin played aggressively but lost 2-6, possibly due to overconfidence. In his singles match, Justin took advantage of humid conditions, using his superior physique, service game, and control to exhaust his opponent to the point where he could hardly serve, in the process of winning 6-3. Kit Man battled relentlessly with heightened top spin shots to clear the net. The long rallies proved to be his downfall however, as he lost in a closely fought tie breaker. Paul responded to his opponents’ passive game by playing an aggressive and unorthodox style, taking to the net and killing points early, to win 6-4. Vivin demonstrated his 'Federer-esque' form, continuing his winning streak at the number 1 position through playing within himself, yet easily pulling off a calculated and comfortable win, 6-3.

This 3rd grade win is indicative of the quality of depth tennis has, and is a great reward for the commitment of perennial commander in chief Mr Boros.
Justin Chan
3rd Grade Captain

The Ladder after 5 Rounds
After the monumental win in both firsts and seconds, the ladders for each division are looking strikingly different. The win has meant that firsts are now tied with Shore, and look to record positive results against Scots and Grammar to try to close the 2 point and 4.5 point gap between Grammar and Iggies respectively. The win in seconds has boosted them to 9 points clear of Shore and well within striking distance of Grammar and Joeys. The boys are eager and look forward to these coming rubbers. I urge anyone playing at the same locations to stop by for a few minutes and offer a few words of support, as this can make all the difference.
Brought to you by Frank Li and High Tennis

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Head of the River

Saturday 27 March 2010
Only two weeks until the Head of the River and we are looking forward to it. It is the day everyone works towards, a day filled with history and tradition, where all schools congregate with school pride. We are there too, with our Stage Band, High chants, colours and banners. If there is one day you should experience while at High it is the Head of the River!

Students need to collect their permission form and return it to the main office by Wednesday 24 March. Cost is $15 including travel by bus to Penrith – Sydney International Regatta Centre. The buses leave the school at 8:00am and return to the school at 1:30pm. See you there…
Mark Pavone SBHS

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SBHS Rowing Committee

Rowing Dinner
We had nearly every rower, and many parents, pack the Great Hall for the School Rowing Dinner on Wednesday night. It was a very special night for the boys as they now approach the big races at the end of their season. I think everyone in the Hall would have been impressed with our rowers. The speeches and presentation of crews were outstanding by Max Jones, Year 10 VIIIs, Stephen Comninos, Year 8 Quads, Edwin Li, Year 9 Quads, and Andrew Blomberg, School IVs and VIIIs and Captain of Boats. There was something very special about seeing our boys formally introduced onto the stage ....in their crews, in full school uniform and standing proud! It was a very enjoyable evening.

Results – Newington Regatta
Congratulations to our School 2nd VIII – Max Kite, Ryan Caetano, Ben Li, Tim Gollan, Koren Fang, Eric Ovadia, Jonah Petrie, Ilya Bonch-Osmolovskiy (c) Hayden Schilling. They had one of their best rows of the season in their heat finishing 2nd to Kings in a time of 4.57.73 over 1500m. They came 4th in the final to Riverview 1st Shore 2nd, and Kings 3rd in a time of 5.11.00.

Upcoming Events
The rowing season is now building to a climax with the final exciting GPS regattas fast approaching.

  • Riverview Gold Cup Regatta on this Saturday 13th March. All crews will compete in this big event regatta, and all parents are invited to the Riverview School to watch the races from the bank of the Lane Cove River. Full catering is provided with barbecues and coffee stalls.
  • Shore Regatta – for all crews on Saturday 20th March at Hen & Chicken Bay.
  • NSW CHS Championship Regatta – Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd March for all Year 10 and senior crews at SIRC.
  • Rowing Assembly – Friday 26th March, 11.30am. The GPS Head of the River crews will be formally introduced to the School assembly. Parents of these boys are invited to attend the assembly followed by a light lunch.
  • GPS Head of the River - Saturday 27th March. Races start at 10.00am with the Year 10 Eights, our School Fours race from 10.40am until 11.20am, and the School Eights race at 11.35 and 11.50 am. It is all over by 12 noon. This is the big day on the GPS school calendar and is quite a spectacle with all GPS schools attending. We have our own decorated marquee with the School Stage Band playing, so put on the blue and brown and come and cheer! All parents are invited back to the sheds for a presentation at approximately 3.00pm to thank everyone involved in the season – coaches, staff, committee, parents and the boys.
  • Sheds Clean Up - Sunday 28th March 9am - 12pm. Rowing parents and the boys are responsible for leaving the Outterside Centre clean at the end of the rowing season ready for group hiring during the off season. Simon Hoadley is asking all boys to turn up on Sunday morning to clean the boatshed and the weights room, and the committee is asking for parents to come and help clean the kitchen, the dormitory, the dining room and upstairs. We would appreciate everyone making the effort to help please.

Good luck to all the crews at the Riverview Gold Cup this week
Julie Blomberg
President Rowing Committee

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Sydney Boys High Cricket


Although we did not achieve the successes we thought were possible as a result of the Day 1 finishes for our Group 1 teams, there was some pretty good cricket played by a number of our teams from the seniors to our most junior teams,

In particular, from the sporting declaration of the 15A team which drew plaudits from the opposition coach, players and particularly the Riverview parents in what turned out to be a cliff hanger. The 3rd XI suffered a defeat due mainly through dropped catches but were more competitive in other areas and had Riverview worried until they passed our score. The 14A team went down fighting getting to within 53 runs in their first bat and achieving a restricted loss by leaving Riverview unable to secure more than 1st innings points.

The 5ths and 4ths had convincing wins and the 15 B team completely routed the Riverview batsmen and had them all back in the pavilion for a total of 46 and then passing their score no wkts down. So as players turn their attention towards winter sports, we are displaying encouraging signs for pre-season training and the lead up to next season.

The closing date for bookings is fast approaching and if you have not yet organised your group, you can find a booking form for the Dinner completion on our Cricket Website (sydneyboyscricket.info);. A reminder that parents may BYOG and players will be provided with soft drinks throughout the evening. During the evening the trivia and raffle will be conducted and we will also be saying farewell to our Year 12 Senior GPS XIs players.. By the way don’t forget to bring your money with you (and your camera) for the 10 prize raffle as there are some great prizes. The boys are required to wear school uniform for the evening


1st XI (day 2) RIVERVIEW 10/268 (84) - defeated - HIGH 10/79 (60) and 8/128 (62)
Loss on 1st Innings Run scorers – (1st Inngs) Nakul Bhagwat (32), Andy Liu (18). (2nd Inngs) Michael Phung (54n.o), Avindu Vithanage (23) 2nd XI (day 2) RIVERVIEW 8/201 - defeated - HIGH 10/51 & 10/45 Loss OUTRIGHT

3rd XI (day 2) RIVERVIEW 7/130 - defeated - HIGH 10/ 129
Loss on 1st.Innings With a chance to win High threw away any opportunity with 8 dropped catches during Riverviews innings as reported. The bowling effort from Caspar Price 4/30 (11) and Iftiar Khan gave the team every chance with 3 quick wkts early, but the poor catching techniques sealed the teams ultimate loss 16A RIVERVIEW 9decl./139 & 0/7 - defeated - HIGH 10/101 & 10/41 (17) Run scorers (1st Inngs) Christopher Oei (17), Alexander Hughes (13), Dhruv Guptaa (13). Wicket Takers – Kumudika Ganaratne 6-36 (14), Pasan Pannila 2/14 (7), Lalitha Katiputitya 1/10 (6)

15A (day 2) RIVERVIEW 10/111 & 3/82 - defeated - HIGH 10/62 & 8 decl./130.
Loss OUTRIGHT Run Scorers – Safin Sufian (63n.o), Agnish Nayak (18), Thilan Subasinghe,

14A (day 2) RIVERVIEW 10/154 - defeated - HIGH 10/101 and 10/91
Loss on 1st Innings Run scorers – (1st Inngs) Lasith De Fonseka (53), Ned Anson (17) Sai Vimalanathan(2nd Inngs)Jesse Cooper (28), Andrew Dao (10), George Farrugia (10)

GROUP 2. TEAMS (One Day fixtures)

6th XI BARKER 9/163 (20) - defeated - HIGH 5/36 (20)
Loss by 4 wkts Wicket takers -Matthew So 2/21 (4), Richard Li 2/11 (2), Vincent Wang 2/14 (2) Run scorer- Richard Li (10)

5th XI HIGH 6/65 - defeated - NEWINGTON 10/64
Won by 4 wkts. Run scorers - Shimon Danziger (24)and 2/12,, Michael Carr (17n.o). Wicket takers - Alex Koerber 3/7, Laclan Peiris, John Wiormell, and Joshua Tassell one wkt each.

4th XI HIGH 8/132 - defeated - SHORE 10/131
Won by 2 wkts. Run scorers- David Ma (30), Rafat Kamal (17), Anirban Ghose (10). Wicket takers – Angud Chawla took 4 wkts, Julian Ubaldi also 2 wkts , david Ma, Robert Ma and Tony Wang one wkt each. Victory achieved with 2 balls to spare.

16B SHORE 2/111(21) - defeated - HIGH 8/110 (32)
Loss by 6 wkts Run scorers – Andrew Huynh (15), Lee Ming (19n.o), Shanaz razeen (15) Wicket takers– Andrew Hunyh 1/6 (4), Shumit Hoque 1/17 (5), Allen Fu 1/22 (3).

16C SHORE 0/53 (5) - defeated - HIGH 7/51 (18)
Run Scorers – Zafir Mohamed Rizvi (13), Nicky PinidIya (10n.o),Suman Prusty (6). Wicket takers Loss by 7 wkts

15B HIGH 5/84 - defeated - SHORE 10/47
Won by 10 wkts Run scorers- Owen Duffy (40), Atjun Punekar (18), Sameer Nene (6). Wicket takers – Owen Duffy 4/9 (5), Victor Ho 3/4 (4), Vasu Bhakri 1/2 (1)

13A SHORE 7/69 - defeated - HIGH 9/68
Loss by 2wkts Run scorers- Rick Saha (19), Raunak Sura (15), James G.Tinker (6). Wicket takers – Raunak Sura 2/7(4), Jonathon Chew 1/14 (4), Niyazul Bari 1/11 (2) 13B SHORE 1/134 - defeated - HIGH 10/28 Loss by 9 wkts Run scorer – Bryan Lee (4). Wicket taker – Alif Khondaker 1/6


At this end of the season time is the essence of ensuring that ALL TEAM STATISTICS are prepared and submitted to allow allocation of Awards and final engraving. Would team officials commence final extension of statistics, so that there is only the final day of competition to be added. All coaches will be following through to collect completed stats and will then meet to allocate team awards. There is no provision for the late submitting of Statistics beyond 10.00am Monday 21st MARCH.as there are only 8 working days for the engraver to fulfil our engraving.
Laurie Heil
MIC Cricket

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The 2010 SBHS Cricket Dinner

SBHS Cricket will celebrate the efforts and achievements of our boys as well as acknowledge staff, coaches and supporters at the SBHS Cricket dinner on Wednesday 31 March 2010.

Players are asked to take responsibility on a team-by-team basis for any end-of-season gifts to their team’s coach.

The dinner will be held on
Wednesday 31st March
in the Great Hall
6pm for 6.30 pm

The cost of the dinner will be $25 per adult and $20 per student.


Boys are to wear school uniform at the dinner. Soft drinks provided. Parents may BYO wine/beer, if they wish.

Please detach the form [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] and hand it in with payment at the Main Office before 19th March

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Athletics Carnival

Carnival Program & Rules – 2010

The School Carnival: E.S. Marks Field – Kensington
Wednesday 31st March & Thursday 1st April

PROGRAM OF EVENTS: Wednesday 31st March

8.15am 1500m Finals
13 yrs, 14 yrs, 15 yrs, 16 yrs & 17 + yrs
8.55am Roll Call 8.55am Roll Call
9.00am 100m Heats
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs, 15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
9.00 am 17+ yrs Shot Put
16 yrs Long Jump
15 yrs Javelin
14 yrs Discus
13 yrs-no event
12 yrs High Jump
11.00am 200 m Heats
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs, 15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
10.00am 17+ yrs Long Jump
16 yrs Javelin
15 yrs Discus
14 yrs-no event
13 yrs High Jump
12 yrs Shot Put
1.00pm 800 m Heats
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs, 15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
11.00am 17+ yrs Javelin
16 yrs Discus
15 yrs-no event
14 yrs High Jump
13 yrs Shot Put
12 yrs Long Jump
2.00pm 100m Semi-Finals
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs, 15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
12.00noon 17+ yrs Discus
16 yrs –no event
15 yrs High Jump
14 yrs Shot Put
13 yrs Long Jump
12 yrs –no event
2.30pm 400m Heat/Finals
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs, 15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
1.00pm 17+ yrs –no event
16 yrs High Jump
15 yrs Shot Put
14 yrs Long Jump
11, 12 & 13 yrs Javelin
    2.00pm 17+ yrs High Jump
16 yrs Shot Put
15 yrs Long Jump
14 yrs Javelin
11, 12 & 13 yrs Discus

PROGRAM OF EVENTS: Thursday 1st April

8.55am Roll Call 8.55am Roll Call
9.00am Hurdles : Heat/Finals
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs, 15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
9.00 am 17+ yrs Triple Jump  
10.00am 200m Finals
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs, 15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
9.45am 16 yrs Triple Jump
10.30am Roll Class Shuttle Relays (Time Permitting) 10.30am 15 yrs & under Triple Jump   
11.00am 100 m Finals
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs, 15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
11.30am House Relay Finals
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs, 15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
11.55am Presentation of House Shield to winning House Captain
12.00 noon: Return to school for barbeque and X-Country

ATHLETICS 2010 - Information for Athletes and their Parents


I would like to warmly welcome all athletes, new and old, and their families to the 2010 season.

Sydney Boys High School offers boys the opportunity to compete in the prestigious GPS Athletics competition. The GPS Athletic season is run in the last four weeks of Term 3. The season culminates in the AAGPS Athletics carnival held at Homebush. Here the nine GPS schools compete against each other in two different age divisions (senior and junior). Boys from each year group represent Sydney Boys in these divisions. They compete in front of nearly 10,000 spectators. The nature of GPS Athletic competition is team oriented with a points system designed to reward a good all round performance from a team rather than one strong individual performance. The coaching staff stresses the importance of this aspect of the competition.

Athletics at High welcomes all athletes regardless of ability and it is our aim to develop you as an athlete in your discipline. The strength of our team lies in the enthusiasm of all athletes challenging each other for a place to represent the school at the AAGPS Athletics Finals.

There are tremendous benefits to be gained from athletics training; these include physical, mental, social and educational rewards. I hope that you become involved in High Athletics and that it is a rewarding experience in all these ways.
Good luck in the up coming season.

GPS. Athletics
The Athletics season is short, but intense, and the boys involved always enjoy the experience. Boys (and parents) considering Athletics in 2010 should be aware of the following points….

  • Athletics does not compete with Soccer and Rugby. Boys are encouraged to do Athletics and another Winter G.P.S. sport during the season
  • Sprint training for Athletics is held after school on Mondays on Moore Park West and Tuesdays for longer distance training at the same location
  • Athletics does not continue as a regular sport after the GPS Championships – 18th September
  • Boys are expected to take responsibility for their own training outside these times
  • High will host an Invitational carnival this year at ESMark on Saturday 8th August.
  • If your son is competing in the 2010 season please make yourself available to help at this carnival

The Student Award Scheme and Athletics
Athletes need to satisfy the following 5 criteria if they wish to get the student award scheme for athletics.

  1. Athletes must complete five of the six holiday training sessions at ESMarks
  2. Athletes need to compete in the 3 invitational carnivals
  3. Athletes must complete three athletics training session per week for the 4 week season
  4. Athletes must train every Monday or Tuesday in the five weeks up to the start of the GPS Athletics season
  5. They must also complete another sport’s training session or a weights session

This may seem a lot of training but in relation to winter or summer sports it is relatively light. Be commitment to the training so we can challenge our rivals

Aims of the Carnival

  • Promote maximum student participation
  • Promote fair competition between athletes and houses
  • Promote a sense of pride in the achievements of fellow athletes and the school community.

Banned Items & Activities

  • Normal school rules apply
  • No footballs or Frisbees on the days of the carnival
  • Do not take valuables to this event, as theft at the carnival is a common occurrence
  • Athletes are not allowed to run in bare feet

House Rules & Events

  • Athletes must run in a least two track events and participate in one field event to get a Student Award Scheme point.
  • Athletes will go to their designated area on the days of the carnival for roll call (see attached map).
  • Athletes will be seated in their designated area before and during roll call. Roll call teachers will not start roll call until everyone is seated.
  • Roll call classes will sit in lines – year 7 closest to the track, moving in ascending order up to year 12 at the back of the stands.
  • Athletes must come to the carnival in house colours or athletic singlets. All athletes must run in house colours. No house colours, no house point. One point will be allocated for each student in house SHIRTS OR ATHLETIC SINGLETS.
  • House captains and vice-captains will be asked to organise their respective houses for formal events during the day.

Pointscore: Points will be awarded for the following places………
1st – 10pts, 2nd - 8pts, 3rd - 6 pts, 4th - 4 pts, 5th - 2 pts, 6th and all finishers – 1 pts. Double points for relays

Age Champions: The athlete with the most points in any Age Group will be declared the Age Champion.

Champion House: The house with the most points will be declared the Champion House.

Age Groups: An athlete ceases to be under 14 on the 31st December of the year in which he reaches the age of 14 years.

School Team: The school athletics team to compete at the GPS and CHS competition will be selected on the basis of performances at the school carnival, training sessions and the GPS invitational carnivals.

Lane Draws: Will be determined by Marshals for all Heats and Heat Finals. Lane draws for Semi-Finals and Finals will be based on times and announced by the Recorders.

100m Heats/Semi/Finals: The fastest 16 competitors will contest the Semi-Finals. The Fastest 8 will progress to the finals. No points will be awarded for places in Heats or Semis – entry points only.

200m Heats/Finals: The fastest 8 will progress to the Finals. No points will be awarded for placing in the Heats.

1500m, 800m, 400m Heat/Finals: These will be conducted as Heat Finals. Where there is more than one heat, placing will be determined on times. Athletes are advised to run these races to the clock as Heat speed may vary.

Relays: House relays will be conducted as 4×100m. House captains and vice-captains are asked to organise the house relays well in advance of the scheduled start. Robert Devlin
MIC Athletics

High Society

The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C

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

P&C Meeting with Elevate Education – One of Australia’s Leading Providers of Study Skills Programs
The next P&C general meeting will be 7.30pm, Wednesday 17th March in the Great Hall. One of Australia's leading providers of study skills programs - Elevate Education - will address the meeting on how parents can support their sons in developing effective study techniques.

Last week’s High Notes implied the seminar was targeted towards senior students. This is not the case. The seminar is relevant to parents of all High School students – and we urge you to attend. This will be a very worthwhile and informative evening.

Saturday 20th March 2010 at 6.00 p.m.

Tickets are selling fast for BIG NIGHT OUT
Don’t miss out on your discounted price for prepaid tickets, through the General Office.
$15.00 per person for entree, main course and dessert AND a night filled with entertainment.
Bring a picnic rug to enjoy the last of our evening twilights, or pull up a chair and table in the Great Hall or on the grass.
Food and entertainment will be spread throughout the evening – a night of colour, taste and movement.

to the Bhangara Indian Dance Group - think Bollywood with style and flair Chinese Lion Dance

the repertoire of the Sydney Boys High French Tour Band, just before they depart for the Some Jazz and Rock groups

Food from India, Sri Lanka, China, Japan, Korea, Greece, Egypt, Italy, Thailand Halal and vegetarian options Licensed Bar and soft drinks for sale

Silent Auction and Games with Gold Coin donation Henna Tattoo Artist

Upcoming Parent Meetings & Events (details in High Notes)
Wednesday 17th March 7.30pm – P&C Meeting with Elevate Education Seminar, Great Hall
Saturday 20th March from 6.00pm – Sydney Boys High BIG NIGHT OUT, Great Hall and Courtyard
Wednesday 24th March 5.30pm – Cricket Committee Meeting
Friday 26th March 6.30pm – Basketball Dinner, Great Hall
Saturday 27th March – GPS Head of the River, Penrith
Monday 29th March - 6.00pm – Rugby Committee Meeting, Staff Common Room
Wednesday 31st March 6.00pm - Cricket Annual Dinner, Great Hall

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P&C Parent Information Evening


Dear Parent,

If you have a child entering the final years of high school, you are about to discover that the HSC’s challenges and stresses are not exclusive to the students. As a parent, you can and will play an important role in your child’s HSC success. Over the next 12 – 24 months you will need to be a motivator, coach, supporter, tutor and you will have to do all of this without crossing the line and becoming the enemy! Are you ready for the challenge?

On Wednesday 17 March at 7.30 pm the P&C will be hosting a presentation to our parent body to make sure that you are ready for the year ahead. (Venue - Staff Common Room)

The presentation is to be hosted by Elevate Education. Elevate is Australia’s largest provider of study skills programs in Australia, working annually with 350 schools and 35,000 students around Australia. The company’s study guide to Year 11 & 12, “The Science of Student Success”, has sold over 15,000 copies and is used by countless schools around the country as a standard text for their students. Elevate has conducted ground breaking research into the habits of the State’s top students to identify exactly what these students do to ace the HSC.

In their 60-minute presentation, Elevate will address the following issues:

  • How do I help to motivate my child?
  • What type of work should they be doing?
  • How do I help my child to manage their time?
  • Is technology a distraction or can MySpace and Facebook help my child?
  • What are reasonable expectations I should have of my child?
  • And much, much more.

This night is not to be missed and could help turn the next 12 months into a rewarding time for you and your family.

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