High Notes, Vol 11 No 9, March 26 2010

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From the Principal

High Talent
Combined GPS basketball representatives from High this year were: Andrija Dumovic, Emmett Naar (first grade) and Daniel Jones, Joshua Sutton and Stephen Yoon (second grade). Congratulations! Combined GPS Swimming Representatives from High this year were: 17 years – Jack Musgrove, 16 years – Max Chien, 14 years – Darren Chien, Eugene Lee, Dominic Mah, 13 years – Leonard Mah, 12 years – Kazuo Nakamura. Zone Age Champions were: 12 Years – Kazuo Nakamura, 13 years – Leonard Mah, 15 years – Shaun Pak, 16 years – Max Chien. What a great effort from the whole team!

It was inspiring to see the fighting spirit of the tennis GPS teams in first and second grade. The boys fought hard at the tail end of the season to both finish 6th in the competition. Arman Abdollahi (Year 11) was selected in the Combined GPS team at No 8. Patrick Rynsaardt (Year 9) was chosen as a reserve. With a young squad and rigorous training planned, we hope to see a big improvement in 2011 for High tennis. Well done to Hayden Rabone (Year 9) who won a bronze medal for U15 fencing at the Roberta Nutt Shield Competition. Congratulations to Michael Do, recently promoted to Cadet Under Officer. Kushall Vyas (Year 9) won his heat in the Rostrum Voice of Youth Competition and John Aclis (Year 12) was runner up in his division as was Aashray Narula in Year 7. A good effort, boys!

Regional Swimming Team
After a very successful Zone carnival where High was again Champion School, a very large team qualified for the Regional carnival, held on Monday. Some CHS rowers could not go due to rowing commitments at SIRC. Competing for High were: M Ambrose, D Chen, J Jiang, D Luo, J Musgrove, J Suh (Year 12); J Dobrowolski, K Gunaratne, A Ye (Year 11); M Chien, M Chin, E Mehemedbasic (Year 10); D Chien, G Dzero, D Mah (Year 9); H Feng, E Lee, Y Man (Year 8); and L Hoad, M Jun, I Lai, L Mah, K Nakamura (Year 7). CHS Representatives as a result of successes at the Regional Carnival were: K Nakamura, L Hoad, L Mah, M Jun, H Feng, E Lee, D Mah, G Dzero, D Chien, M Chien, J Jiang. These boys have qualified for state level competition in the public system. Congratulations!

Solar Energy Metering
The energy produced from our solar panels amounts to more than 500 kwh/month. It can be viewed on the school network. Go to programs / school/ sites/ school solar. Sites such as ours consume more than 160,000 kwh per annum. Despite the fact that the output of the solar panels is only about 3.5% of our consumption, it is nevertheless significant in a nation-wide context. Renewable energy saves CO2 emissions. In financial terms, the impact of our power generation will be harder to quantify. SBHS is net metered. The way the system is set up is that the school directly uses the electricity being produced and in turn this reduces the school’s consumption and electricity bill. As electricity costs rise, it might be more profitable to multiply our production by the unit cost on our next bill to give the school community an idea of the returns on the investment in solar energy.

Big Night Out – A Big Success
It was a very pleasant evening last Saturday. A well –organised team of servers, numbering over 30 on the night, kept queues short and most people eating. The entertainment was regular and diverse. The families attending had a multicultural experience. Charles Ovadia deserves our congratulations on putting together a large and complex event. My family and I had an enjoyable time. Thank you to everyone concerned.

School General Service Contributions
Thank you to Year 8 parents for your great financial support with general service contributions – 81% of budget has been received already! Year 9 support has been very good too at 77% of budget, followed by Year 11 at 75%. I am asking for a better response from Year 10 at 69% and Year 12 at a disappointing 50%. We need your financial assistance now to provide services and resources this year. Dr
K A Jaggar

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From Careers

UNSW Network Schools Program

Upcoming Events
Saturday, 27 March 2010
Printmaking Workshop (COFA) 9.30am – 1.30pm
Students will create 2 self portraits and will etch a line drawing on a zinc plate for printing. Years 10, 11, 12
Register at www.networkschools.unsw.edu.au 

Wednesday, 28 April 2010
Medicine Information Evening 6.30pm – 8.30pm
The evening will be an opportunity to hear directly from Faculty of Medicine staff and students about the program and application process. Year 12 and Parents
Register at www.networkschools.unsw.edu.au/medrsvp 

Wednesday, 12 May 2010
High School Engineering Information Day
Students can select 3 sessions based on the programs offered by the 10 schools of the Faculty of Engineering. Years 11, 12

A reminder that the entire UNSW Network Schools Program calendar is available on the Sydney Boys High School Careers Education Webpage: http://www.sydneyboyshigh.com/curriculum/cocurricular/careers-education.

For further information please contact the Careers Adviser.

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Year 9 Parent Group

Dear Year 9 Parents,
If you have not been receiving emails from the Year 9 Parent Group, then we either do not have your current email address, or we do not have the correct email address for you.

If you would like to be on our mailing list to receive notification of Year 9 meetings, social activities, and other notices, please supply your email address to: Michelle DuMonet E: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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From the two Libraries

Andrews Library


The modus operandi of the Book Fair is to encourage boys to purchase a book that he is going to read first and then donate this book to the Library Collection. In this way you are supporting your son’s reading endeavours and at the same time assisting his school in a small but vital way. Please encourage your son to be proud of his choice of book and to be proud to make this donation which helps his fellow students. Local book shops which are assisting the Librarians to run the Book Fair are Borders at Bondi Junction and Dymocks at Bondi Junction and Children’s Bookshop at Belrose which specializes in books for gifted and talented boys and MacKays Bookshop at Double Bay.

The librarians are now working on new book lists so that the most suitable and newest books will be put on display for your sons to choose from. On the day of the Book Fair, Friday 28th May, your son will come with his English class to the Andrews Library to choose his book and will bring home a note telling you the title and cost of the book he chose. On the bottom of this communication will be a return slip for you to pay for the book as you do with school excursions - with credit card or cheques or cash at the Front Office. When payment is notified, Library staff will cover and accession the books and contact your son to pick up his book to read.

In advance the 2 librarians would like to thank Mr John Walker for his support, Ms Trompetter and the English staff for their unswerving support for reading, the office staff and library clerical staff who will be doing a lot of work to support this endeavour, to maintain the incredible reading productivity at High - over 11000 loans from the Andrews Library alone last year.


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The Library has always advertised that it purchases special requests from students and it does so. This Book Fair gives everyone a great opportunity to tell us what books to put in our display for you to purchase and read. Why not pay a visit to a book shop online and email us the title of a book you would love to have and read and we will put it on a list for the bookshops to supply for the Book Fair?

There are no more overdue notices. Students are expected to refer to the Portal or their book pocket to see if resources are overdue. Overdue books are now dealt with by a letter to parents asking for payment to replace the resource. Renewals are also done through the portal. You can look up the library catalogue from home on your portal.

STATE LIBRARY DATABASES – Superior to Google - Last Friday I had the privilege of attending a lecture arranged by Ms Gordon for Year 10s on the value of obtaining a State Library Card to access the 50 full text online databases the State Library now subscribes to. Using these databases to acquire information is much better than using Google as the articles on these databases are written by people with academic credibility.

If you want to obtain a card you can find out the steps by looking at Moodle on your Portal or just Google the state library. All this is free. Anyone can subscribe.

Local libraries also have access to many of these databases. Please encourage your son to use his local library card to access them from home.

The short reign of Pippin IV, John Steinbeck

Australian Schools Rugby Union Handbook 2005;
Australian School Rugby Union Handbook 2006;
Drongo’s 100 simple tips, Social Do’s and Don’ts, Seth Macivity.

The Tick Tock Man, Terence Strong;
The Firm, John Grisham;
Knight’s Gambit, William Faulkner;
Absolom, Absolom! William Faulkner;
Modern Short Stories in English, W H New et al; Windmills of the God, Sydney Sheldon;
The Pastures of Heaven, John Steinbeck;
The Winter of Frankie Machine, Don Winslow

Rob Sitch et al Frontline,
Study Notes for Advanced English
, Suzanne Pattinson;
Byron III Social Satire Drama& Epic, Bernard Blackstone;
Howel’s The Rise of Silas Lapham, Randall Keenan

Students and parents are reminded that the Libraries have loads of good reading and DVD watching resources to while away the hours at Easter. Start bringing home one resource a day then bags will not be too heavy.
Mrs Crothers
Andrews Library

Twister-Code Red by Chris Ryan
Reviewed by Nevin Lazarus
Twister by Chris Ryan is an action packed thriller. Twister was written by ex SAS hero who writes for both adults and children. Ryan is also the author of the Alpha Force and the rest of the Code Red series. These series are both about spies and are a compelling read.

The heroes, Ben and Angelo, have to land a plane during a twister and without much flight experience. They have to battle off terrorists with guns. Finally they have to save thousands of innocent civilians from an oil facility exploding in this storm causing vast damage to the city

The novel is mainly set in the Cayman Islands and the United States. The themes in this novel are vengeance and greed.

I think that Twister is a great novel for young adults because it is action packed. I thoroughly engaged with the heroes. I would rate this novel at 9/10 for its drama.

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International Women’s Day

History competition

Well Done to Josh Maloof who won the $25 prize for this Year 7 History Competition by working out what the women on the History Notice Board are famous for.

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Music Notes

Music Tour 2010 to France & Flanders
We are nearing the Music Tour to France and Flanders during the April holidays and the excitement is certainly building up. We will have a concert on Wednesday the 7th of April at 7pm in the Great Hall and would like to invite you to come and hear the ensembles and soloists perform. Please note the rehearsal on the day from 1pm and group instrument pack up on Thursday 8th April from 10am.

There will also be an ALL DAY rehearsal next Tuesday 30th March for all the Tour members. Please ensure you have your instruments and music ready to play at 9am sharp.

Tour Stage Band
The Tour Stage Band performed stunningly at the SBHS Big Night Out function last Saturday 20th March. It was an eventful evening enjoyed by all who attended. Well done to ALL our musicians who performed including the Rock Bands and Jazz Ensemble.

PARKING - Music Tour
We have another Music parking event this Friday 26th March from 4:30-7:30pm. Please come along to help out if you are able to. We really appreciate your efforts; award scheme points apply to students. Please email Steve Comninos (Parking Co-ordinator) This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Music Storeroom
Please be advised that the music storeroom will only be accessible from 8:45-9am and 3:10-3:30pm each day until the start of week 3

Ensemble Rehearsal Times for 2010
Commencing Term 2, Week 3 except for Junior String Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra and Guitar Ensemble which will start in week 1.

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        

Come to the High Store to purchase your SHS scarf $22 & SHS beanie $20. The store will be closed Wed.31st due to Athletics Carnival & always closed Thursday.

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SBHS Debating



Please note, Coaching concludes this week for Term 1. There is no coaching in week 10. Coaching and Debates will commence Week 1, Term 2

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Debaters Support Group Meeting

The first DSG meeting of 2010 will be held at 6:30 on Tuesday 27th April in the Staff Common Room.

We will send out a draft agenda in the next couple of weeks and would be happy to receive any matters for discussion from any of you. We will send out a final agenda during the first week of Term 2.

We are hoping for a good turnout from parents, especially parents of new debaters. The meeting provides an opportunity to discuss the program and any matters of concern that may have arisen in parents’ minds during Term 1.

We will also discuss upcoming events and any other relevant business. Most importantly, the DSG meeting provides an opportunity to meet other parents and ask any questions about the program.

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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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
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Federation Rep: MySchool League Tables


Since the launch of the My School website in February, the worst fears about the production of league tables have been confirmed. Reports of parents changing enrolment of their children, schools being stigmatised as "underperforming" and schools "teaching to the test" have emerged. Despite assurances by Julia Gillard that the government does not advocate the publishing of "simplistic league tables", media organisations have used the data provided by the My School website to name and shame schools and communities.

On 12 April the Australian Education Union executive will meet to discuss a response to the threat of league tables. This may mean that the NSW Teachers Federation and other state education unions will not support the NAPLAN tests in May.

The My School website is misleading and inaccurate. In particular the use of NAPLAN data to measure school performance is very dangerous. NAPLAN was never designed to be used in this way. It was meant to be used as a diagnostic test to identify areas of need and to help students. It was never designed to measure teacher performance or judge schools. The NAPLAN results reflect the influence of many factors that are outside the control of schools. Differences in student background are critical. A school with mediocre teachers can achieve better NAPLAN results than a school with high quality teachers simply because the student intakes are different. Test results can also be manipulated by enrolling high achieving students or excluding other students.

Looking at the presentation of Sydney Boys High on the My School website shows how the website is misleading. SBHS is performing well as "Green" compared to "statistically similar schools". Unsurprising, since the selective schools test has a large component of literacy and numeracy. But who are the "statistically similar schools"? SBHS is compared with Woomera Area School in South Australia. This is a school that has 49 students mostly from families of military personnel. The school has 7 teachers and 6 non-teaching staff, compared to SBHS's 75 teaching staff and 13 non-teaching staff. No one is exactly sure how "statistically similar" is determined so these comparisons are unfair.

The Director General of Education, Michael Coutts-Trotter, has been pressuring schools to ensure that NAPLAN tests are not disrupted. He argues that league tables are here to stay and that nothing can be done except lobby for minor improvements. Conversely, the Teachers Federation believes that the publication of league tables can be pushed back.

The Teachers Federation is publishing a declaration of opposition to league tables that we are asking individuals and organisations to support. There will also be a media campaign and campaign materials provided for community meetings. Measures where teachers do not conduct the NAPLAN test are also possible if the federal government fails to take action to stop the publication of league tables.
Brian Webb
Teachers Federation Representative

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Sydney Boys High Tennis

Match Report for 20 March 2010

1st Grade 2nd Grade
High D1 (1&2) def SGS 2-6 6-4 10-7 High D1 (1&2) def TSC D1 6-1 6-2
High D2 (3&4) def SGS D2 6-2 2-6 10-1 High D2 (3&4) def SGS D2 6-2 6-2
SGS D3 def High D3 (5&6) 7-5 6-4 SGS D3 def High D3 (5&6) 6-2 6-2
SGS S1 def High S1 (Arman Abdollahi) 6-1 6-1 High S1 (Frank Zhang) def SGS S1 6-1 6-3
High S2 (Pat Rynssardt) def SGS S2 6-3 5-3 SGS ret SGS S2 def High S2 (David Ghezelbash 6-1 6-1
SGS S3 def High S3 (Mohit Tugnait 3-6 4-6 High S3 (Anton Brokman) tied SGS S3 4-6 7-6 5-1 unfin
High S4 (Derek Trang) tied SGS S4 3-6 6-4 6-5 unfin High S4 (Edward Qiu) def SGS S4 6-2 6-2
SGS S5 def High S5 (Lachlan Day) 6-4 6-1 SGS S5 def High S5 (Frank Li) 6-4 3-6 6-1
High S6 (George Panas) def SGS S6 6-2 6-2 High S6 (Thomas Nguyen) def SGS S6 6-2 6-1
High tied with Grammar 6-6 High def Grammar 8.5-3.5

1st Grade Report
This week High went up against cross-town rivals Grammar in the last rubber of the season. There was a lot at stake this week, with a win giving High a potential 5th place and a loss a potential last place. The boys had had a good week at training and were really looking forward to putting in a good performance. The day started off positively with High taking the first set in the No 2 doubles in a dominant fashion, but the No 1 and No 3 doubles were up against it, both losing their first sets. The No 1 doubles came back well to win the second set with some excellent tennis and pushed the match to a super-tiebreaker. In what turned out to be a tight affair, High put their STB experience from training and previous weeks into play, and came up trumps, taking the breaker and the match 10-8 in the third. The No 2 doubles lost the second set, losing their concentration and really had to focus to stay in the match. Derek and I, this being our last doubles match for High, were extremely determined to win, and with some solid tennis, took out the breaker and match 10-1 in the third. The No 3 doubles went down in straight sets, but High led 2-1. Patrick played some great tennis to get to 6-3 5-3 up, before the Grammar player retired due to a back injury. George played one of the best matches he had played all season to comfortably take care of his opponent 6-2 6-2. The highlight of the day, however, came from Derek playing his last match for High. Derek had a tight first set and after a shocker of a call by the umpire at 3-2 and a break up, he went on to lose the set. The second saw Derek come from a break behind, playing some rock solid tennis, to take the second and push the match to a third set. At this stage, Grammar and High were tied at 4 matches all and everything was on the line. The whole centre was tense and the Grammar player was starting to show signs of cramp. The third set was a battle of wits, with both players going at each other's backhand. The set swayed back and forth with breaks of serve on both sides. Points were celebrated like it was a Davis Cup Tie. The match came to a climax at 4-5 15-40 on Derek's serve. Down two match points, the Grammar player was in an extraordinary position, one point away from victory...but he couldn't bend his knee. Forced to play on, because cramp doesn't constitute to an injury time-out, he slashed hard at the next two balls and missed. Derek served out his game and the score was 5-5. With the time approaching 5:30, the Grammar player took an injury time out, consequently forfeiting his service game but unfortunately time had run out and the match was called a tie. It was an extraordinary end to an extraordinary day. With the draw, High ended up in 6th place, an agonising 5 points behind Shore in fifth but pleasingly was not last for the first time in three years.
Mohit Tugnait
1st Grade Captain

2nd Grade Report
In an incredibly bittersweet ending to the season, High defeated Sydney Grammar 8.5-3.5 for the first time in a long time. However, as mentioned in the previous report High needed to win by a margin of 6 points to overtake Grammar on the ladder. In the end, High 2nds finished 6th on 31 points, 0.5 points behind Sydney Grammar on 31.5. This is a vast improvement from the 19 points scored last year and the 3 the year before that and marks the first time seconds haven’t come last in 5 years. The day started off well, with doubles one and two recording straight sets wins, whilst the usually strong performing doubles three pair of me and Thomas Nguyen was defeated by a stronger Grammar pairing of 4 and 5. High had a shaky start with singles, with myself going down to an opponent who has performed admirably against strong opponents in the season and the usual rock in the team, David Ghezelbash, downed in straight sets by an eccentric Grammar opponent. However, Frank Zhang and Thomas Nguyen both demolished their opponents in straight sets to set up a tense showdown. With High leading 4-3, number 4 Edward Qiu played the best tennis of his career as he easily dispatched his Grammar opponent 6-2 6-2. We had done it; we had won our rubber against Grammar. But that wasn’t enough, we wanted the six points and we wanted to beat Grammar on the ladder and put them in their rightful place at 6th. With Anton locked in a tense match, many spectators were supporting this crucial match and I dutifully thank each and every one of them for their support. After winning a tense second set tie breaker, Anton won 5 quick games in 10 minutes for a 5-0 lead in the third set. However, the Grammar opponent, sensing defeat, casually albeit conspicuously stalled the match in order to salvage a draw. With almost every spectator screaming at him, the Grammar number three was forced into playing after taking several minutes to change ends. At 5:29pm, a minute before the match was scheduled to a close with the result being a draw, Anton tried to serve out the match and thus earn High a respectable 5th place however, stumbling at 30-0 up, Anton lost the game and in turn Grammar initiated a draw. With the only logical conclusion being a win, Anton rightfully felt he had been robbed and this echoes the attitudes of all the High supporters, and even some Grammar, at the venue. However, Sydney High Second Grade Tennis has enjoyed a very memorable season and the start of many more to come.
Frank Li
2nd Grade Captain

3rd Grade Report
Mohit Tugnait once said "And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once. And we should call every truth false which was not accompanied by at least one laugh."
Despite the high stakes of pride and glory of 3rd grade's last match ever, the importance of enjoyment was not lost on our heroes. The day started off well, with victory in the first doubles and number 3 singles. Ben and Boris used their doubles expertise to rapidly deconstruct their opponents. The speed and accuracy of their shots made it seem like they were only playing one person. Paul managed to complete his game with extreme swiftness. His opponent had a weak presence on the court, and failed to return a sufficient number of Paul's shots. Justin faced an opponent who was arguably tougher. Despite his superior physique and attempts to prolong the match in sweltering heat, the tired legs of the veteran could not stand up to the test. Grammar's consistent ground strokes provided a solid foundation which resulted in a 1-6 High loss. The successful duo of Paul and Justin combined one last time in an attempt to consolidate High's lead. Despite their specialised tactics, and adherence to the motto "flair is better than force", the up and coming Grammar doubles team dismantled their tactics. High lost 3-6. Boris, using an unfamiliar racquet, was again hitting a disproportionate amount of unforced errors. The amount of times the phrase "what was that?" was heard closely mirrored the amount of points Boris could have won. Despite a close start, the heat took its toll as Boris lost 2-6. Ben played a similar opponent, but unfortunately faced the same pitfalls. As the conditions exacerbated the high amounts of unforced errors, and the energy lost, Ben's ability to approach the net were hampered. This unfortunately led to a 1-6 loss. Before the participants of the Wimbledon final walk out on the courts, they observe a quote; "If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two imposters just the same". Although the 2-4 loss was not the fairy tale ending 3rd grade had hoped for, it is important to remember, we played with conviction and a positive attitude throughout the season, and we beat Shore. The ironic absence of Mr Boros on Saturday served as a metaphor, foreshadowing our departure from the ranks of High tennis, but failed to convey the fact that our times of tennis shall remain forever embedded within us. Tugnait also said, "There is always some madness in love, but there is always some reason in madness" and in spite of some mixed results, we must also take this opportunity to thank Mr Boros for his contributions to what has been a smoothly organised, enjoyable, and memorable season.
Justin Chan
3rd Grade Captain

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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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Basketball: Shooting Hoops

High VS Grammar

2009 Term 4 (Last Time)

1st WIN 87-50 E.NAAR 34 PTS, 10 ASSISTS!!!
2nd WIN 50-32 J.GARAY 23!
3rd WIN 49-21 M.WONG MVP
5th WIN 37-19 K.LU 12
7th WIN 28-23 S.ALI 9
16C LOSS 46-29 M.ZHU 12
16D WIN 29-19 J.DO 8
16E WIN 49-12 V.CHEN 18
16F WIN 36-26 A.LAU 13
15A WIN 33-31 K.KUANG, E.KELLY 10
15B WIN 43-10 J.CAO, D.DUONG, J.LAM 10
15C WIN 30-16 J.CLEMENTS-L 10
15D WIN 26-13 J.GAO 13
15E WIN 22-13 L.ZHANG 10
15F WIN 9-8 A.XU 5
14A LOSS 33-46 B.CHEN 14
14B WIN 32-30 B.TRUONG 11, P.GAO 10
14C LOSS 21-28 W.LIU 12
14D LOSS 23-30 M.FUNG 6
14E LOSS 42-18 C.ZENG 8

2010 Term 1 (This time)

1st WIN 79-52 C.MOLLER 24
2nd WIN 72-29 B.MCGLENCHY 17
3rd WIN 42-22 WELL DONE YR 12
5th WIN 46-12 K.LU 16
6th WIN 38-13 D.TRAN 11
7th WIN 31-27 B.WANG 11
16C DRAW 29-29 J.PARK 8
16D LOSS 23-29 E. LI 9
15D WIN 31-23 MVP W.MA
15E LOSS 26-8 S.DU 4
14A LOSS 38-46 B.CHEN 20
14C WIN 57-25 WOW
14D WIN 46-21 S.CHENG 12
14E WIN 35-14 J.HUO 14
14F WIN 34-22 A.SHI 16

2010 Season
Undoubtedly, the 2010 half of the season was impressive, starting off with both 1st Grade and 2nd Grade winning the Raschke Cup, followed by a magnificent game by 1st Grade against Newington, winning 63-59. 1st Grade remained undefeated throughout the rest of the season, an amazing feat at 1st Grade level. As preparation for the final home game, Mr Hayman organised for Old Boy John McGrath (John McGrath owns Australia’s largest real estate business) to come in and speak with our 1sts and 2nds squad on the Friday before the last home game against Scots. John spoke about the pursuit of excellence and how many people, when they achieve some level of success begin to rest on their laurels. He urged our boys to remember that Old Boys all over Australia are supporting their efforts and urged them to continue striving for success. He said that the lessons he learnt in the gymnasium are still the ones which he uses today in business. The Old Boys were also invited to attend the game and cheered them on. First and Second Grade did not disappoint, winning 91-33 and 71-21, respectively. They capped off the last game of the season against Grammar with 79-52 and 72-29 wins. 1st Grade finished the competition in 2nd place and 2nd Grade finished in 3rd place. Congratulations to both teams! Other teams also had a great 2010 season and must be congratulated for their efforts! Go High Basketball!

Hayman Cup Final Results!
With such an amazing season with 10 victories by over 20 points, 1st Grade won the Hayman Cup and will be rewarded with pizzas. 2nd Grade and the 15Bs tied 2nd. Team Previous Points Points this week Total points Team Previous Points Points this week

Team Previous Points Points this week Total points Team Previous Points Points this week Total points
1st 104 10 114 16F 23 4 27
2nd 56 8 64 15A 36 2 38
3rd 24 8 32 15B 56 8 64
4th 46 2 48 15C 42 6 48
5th 18 6 24 15D 32 2 34
6th 39 6 45 15E 29 0 29
7th 32 2 34 15F 24 4 28
8th 7 0 7 14A 2 0 2
16A 4 0 4 14B 8 8 16
16B 22 2 24 14C 4 6 10
16C 40 1 41 14D 14 6 20
16D 16 0 16 14E 15 4 19
16E 31 2 33 14F 14 2 16

 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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SBHS Rowing Committee


Shore Regatta –
Again our Year 8 crews performed well, with the best result of the day going to –

  • Year 8 4th Coxed Quad Scull – Solomon Saleh, Brendan Kong, Harrison Xu, Michael Hughes and (c) Terry Fong coming 2nd to Shore beating Newington and Grammar.
  • School 2nd VIII – Ilya Bonch-Osmolovskiy, Jonah Petrie, Eric Ovadia, Isaac Eveleigh, Tim Gollan, Ben Li, Ryan Caetano, Max Kite, (c) Hayden Schilling beating Joeys in their heat to come 3rd and make the final.

NSW Schoolboy Head of the River
This was a great day of racing for our representatives, and we had the School 1st and 2nd VIII, the Year 10 1st VIII, and a Double Scull crew, James Whiting and Alex Lazarou make finals.

CHS Championship Regatta –
This was a very successful regatta for SHS Rowing, collecting 6 state gold, 7 silver and 7 bronze medals, and a few trophies to display in the trophy cabinet at the sheds. Well done to all rowers, they represented High with ability and pride. Results are listed.

Head of the River – Saturday 27th March 2010

Everyone is welcome

Excitement is building with the 2010 GPS Head of the River upon us.

I do hope you can make the journey to the Sydney International Regatta Centre at Penrith to experience this impressive event. All other GPS schools have their whole school attend so we certainly hope Sydney High School can be well represented.

Our marquee is decorated in the blue and brown, and our school stage band will be playing. Bring a picnic morning tea or there are plenty of food and coffee outlets available.

Clean Up Working Bee - Sunday 28th March

It is very important for all boys and parents to come to the sheds between 9am and 12pm this Sunday to help ‘deep’ clean.

  • The boys need to clean the boatshed, the weights room, storage area, and the dormitory
  • The parents clean the upstairs function room, the kitchen, the dining room, the storerooms and the barbecue area
  • A skip will be there for all rubbish removal

There will be area leaders and all cleaning products, buckets, cloths etc will be supplied. A leg of ham, condiments, bread rolls, tea and coffee will be available for workers.

Many hands make light work, and it is enjoyable cleaning with others, so please come along with your son to help
Julie Blomberg
President Rowing Committee

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2010 NSW CHS Rowing Regatta Results

Gold medals

  Event Rowers
1 23. U15 2x  Steve Comninos, Edwin Li
2 27. U17 2x Koren Fang, Tim Gollan
3 33. U15 4x- Brendan Guan, Rex Yi, Ray Fang, Steve Comninos
4 36. Championship Mens 4+ Walter Santucci, Ben Li, Ryan Caetano, Max Kite, (c) Hayden Schilling
5 37. U17 4x- Tim Gollan, Koren Fang, Sean Martin, Isaac Eveleigh
6 42. Championship Mens 8+ Dale Chen, Andrew Blomberg, Jack Musgrove, Dominic Edggton, Alex Lazarou, James Whiting, Michael Ambrose, Vlad Boulavine, (c) Gareth Deacon

Silver medals

  Event Rowers
1 23. U15 2x Brendan Guan, James Wang
2 25. Championship Mens 4x- Vlad Boulavine, James Whiting, Dominic Edggton, Alex Lazarou
3 30. Championship Mens 2- Dale Chen, Andrew Blomberg
4 33. U15 4x- Ashley Chan, Ronald Tran, James Wang, Edwin Li
5 36. Championship Mens 4+ Pravin Radhakrishran, Allen Liao, Bach Trang, Declan Gorey
6 42. Championship Mens 8+ Ilya Bonch-Osmolovskiy, Jonah Petrie, Eric Ovadia, Isaac Eveleigh, Tim Gollan, Ben Li, Ryan Caetano, Max Kite, (c) Hayden Schilling
7 44. U15 1x Edwin Li

Bronze medals

  Event Rowers
1 27. U17 2x Allen Liao, Isaac Eveleigh
2 30. Championship Mens 2- Michael Ambrose, Vlad Boulavine
3 33. U 15 4x- Anthony Tran, Andrew Rong, Samuel Lin, Chris Wang
4 37. U17 4x- Ben Wilcox, Kah-Yang Wong, Andreas Purcal, Andrew Fong
5 42. Championship Mens 8+ Hiram Yu, Kah-Yang Wong, Andreas Purcal, Tim Montanaro, Max Jones, Ben Wilcox, David Andrews, Andrew Fong, (c) Cassidy Zhang
6 44. U15 1x Steve Comninos
7 48. Championship Mens 2x Alex Lazarou, James Whiting
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Sydney Boys High School Cricket


A reminder that the Dinner is on next Wednesday night commencing at 6.30pm sharp and will conclude at approx 8.30pm. If you have overlooked booking for the Dinner this Friday 26th MARCH is the last chance you have to pay at the school office to ensure your attendance. Money cannot be taken at the door on the night. School uniform must be worn by the boys for this function.

GROUP 1 Teams (Two Day)

1st XI (Day 2) SCOTS 9decl./206 - defeated - HIGH 10/139
Run scorers - Oliver Meroni (29), Brian Kelly (26), Michael Phung (20), Samuel Lane (17), Nakul Bhagwat (16). A very modest result for some 190 overs bowled and some disappointing cricket decisions in the middle from senior players. A full detailed match report appears on the website.

2nd XI (Day 2) SCOTS 10/137 &10/134 - defeated - HIGH 10/101 & 7/118
A disappointing 1st inngs falling 37 runs short from gaining points, followed by an unrealistic match plan from the opposition that charged up High who had them all out for 134. Left 170 runs to get from 17 overs High put together a top level effort and fell just 52 runs short of an outright win. Wicket takers – Dileepan Pious 3/17(4), Shejil Kumar 2/22 (4), Caspar Price 1/10(2), Ryan McDonald 1/15 (3)..Run scorers - (2nd Inngs) Daniel Smith (30), Dileepan Pious (22), Caspar Price (20), Ashwin Ramesh (17)

3rd XI (Day 2) HIGH 10/175 - defeated - SHORE 10/166
Wicket takers were Hashan Subasinghe 2 wkts, Subhodh Weeratunge 2 wkts, Raiyan Khan 2 wkts and Andrew Hunyh and Ishman Bari one wkt each in an exciting finish to a job well done by the 3rd XI for their second season victory.

16A (Day 2) SCOTS 7decl./193 - defeated - HIGH 10/92 & 1/53
Wicket takers – Sachin Dhingra 5/54 (11), Aman Saksema 1/8 (3), Dhruv Guptaa 1/19(7). Run scorers – Lalitha Katiputiya (24n.o), Pasan Pannila (23), Dhruv Guptaa (23)

15A (Day 2) HIGH 10/115 & 10/79 - defeated- SCOTS 10/80 & 5/44
Win on 1st .Inngs Wicket Takers – (1st.inngs) – Anirudh Ramesh 5/16 (11), Visakan Thaylan 2/10 (6) Run scorers (2nd Inngs.)- Owen Duffy (20), Krushal Vyas (15), Kevin Pham (9) Wicket takers – (2ndInngs.), Kritman Dhamoon 2/1 (1), Michael Li, Thilan Subasinghe, and Owen Duffy one wkt each.

14A (Day 2) SCOTS 4/338 - defeated - HIGH 10/130 & 8/157
Loss on 1st.Inngs Wicket takers – Ned Anson 2/42 (7), Sai Vimalanathan 1/38 (11) and Allen Chen 1/39 (5)Run scorers – (2nd Inngs) Jesse Cooper (50n.o), Ned Anson (37), Allen Chen (15). A super effort from a very dedicated cricket team. Well done boys and to Coach David Smith


6th XI SCOTS 9/266(2)) _ defeated - HIGH 4/95 (18)
Wicket Takers – Richard Li 3/43 (3), Vincent Wang, Maaz Rahman, Tahmid Shahriyar and Yassar Chowdhury one wkt each. Run scorers – Yassar Chowdhury (55n.o) and Tahmid Shahriyar (6) 5th XI HIGH - defeated - NEWINGTON Phone result -Awaiting match report

4th XI GRAMMAR 8/206 (32) - defeated - HIGH 9/201
Missed by 6 runs!! Wicket takers - Tony Wang, Angud Chawla and Liam Aylmer took 2 wkts each. Run scorers – Oliver Fio (48), Angud Chawla (35), Liam Aylmer (27) and Rafat Kamal (24).

16B GRAMMAR 5/43 (13) - defeated - HIGH 10/41 (22)
Run scorers – Rahib Azwad (10), Allen Fu (7), 16 C HIGH 6/53 (20) - defeated - GRAMMAR 10/52 (20) Wicket takers – Suman Prusty 3/12 (4), Shubash Quazi 2/22(5), Jonathon Adhika 1/0 (1). Run scorers Nicky Pinidiya (28n.o), Shubash Quazi ( 5)

15C KINGS 1/94 (20) - defeated - HIGH 4/53
Run scorer – Jason Hu (10n.o).Wicket taker – a run-out by Jason Hu

14B GRAMMAR 1/75 (14) - defeated - HIGH 5/71 (30)
Run Scorers – Vishnu Avudainayagam (48n.o), Eric Yu (6), Aaron Wong (5). Wicket takers - Vishnu Avudainayagam 1/10 (3), Michael Yu 0/12 (3) and Howard Gu 0/14 (2)

13A GRAMMAR 6/204 - defeated - HIGH 7/99
Wicket takers – Raunak Sura 1/23 (5), Nyazul Bari 1/18 (3) Thomas Nassif 1/8 (2) – Run scorers Rick Saha (28), James George Tinker (22n.o) and Sudarshan Arivind (6)

13B GRAMMAR 5/216 - defeated - HIGH 10/61
Wicket takers – Alif Khondaker 1/15, Ashray Narula 1/15 and Anthony Taing 1/23. Run scorers Jason Ye Lim (15), Alex (Ki On ) Wong (9) and Felix Wang (8)

13C GRAMMAR 6/255 - defeated - HIGH 9/88
Run scorers –Alif Khondaker (13), Renjith Joseph (13). Wicket Takers – Yilun Zhou and Nguyen Hoang took all wickets. Another good effort with the bat and the second week in succession of exceeding 80 runs. Well done to all of the boys for the great improvements.

All team kits can be delivered on the night of the Dinner should it be more convenient for those that have assisted with the teams during the season. Coaches can also use this opportunity to return their kits plus all match and practice cricket balls, for the training pool and cricket nets for next season.

At the risk of missing those who have assisted us this season, excuse me for not using individual names but acknowledging the areas that you have supported us. On behalf of the all boys in the cricket section I would like to pass on our appreciation for the support of the parents with our 1st and 2nd XIs with lunches and afternoon teas and to the scorers with each of the teams. To parents who assisted other teams with scoring and management duties a big thank you from the boys. To my coaches who worked with teams, umpired every Saturday and covered other teams for umpiring a very big thanks from ALL. To the Age Coordinators my thanks for your efforts in team selections and attendances, your efforts have been rewarded with full teams of a Saturday. Finally to the senior boys who regularly assisted with parking, pitch covers and offers to assist at sport afternoons, my personal thanks.
Laurie Heil
MIC Cricket

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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 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, P&C President, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 0418 470 203

What a Terrific Night
By all accounts from our community, BIG NIGHT OUT was a terrific success. Our boys were brilliant in performances from the Jazz Ensemble, French Tour Stage Band, Year 8 and 10 Rock Bands and Year 12 Rock Band, the Icebergs. Thank you for making yourselves available for our enjoyment. The Lion Dance Drummers and Dancers were spectacular and the Bhangra Dance Troupe, a real treat. Two old boys ran the Bar for us all night – what a fantastic contribution – thank you.

But nothing really compared to the outstanding food prepared and served by parents. It was so delicious and the crowds wanted more. In the end we served about 350 people. What an achievement. Our warmest thanks to everyone who lent a hand in some way in preparations leading up to Saturday, or on the night. Thank you for your generosity in giving your time, effort and indeed the food! It was fantastic to see how many people where involved. Particular thanks must go to the BNO committee who were an outstandingly organised, industrious and generous group, again so ably led by Charles Ovadia.

Thank you to all the families and businesses in our community who so generously donated goods and services – our Silent Auction and Raffles were terrific as a consequence.

The P&C and the BNO organising committee welcome your feedback and comments on the evening. Please email your thoughts and suggestions for next year to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

BNO Committee
Angela Park
Anjana de Fonseka
Anne-Maree Keogh
Anne Wall
Annie Qian
Anita Bezjak
Betty Chan
Beverley Sternhell
Charles Ovadia
Darunee Comminos
Deborah Cox
Deborah Dukes
Fabienne Ovadia
Jaya Prabaharan
Jina Jun
Julie Connolly
Keshani Radhakrishan
Kyumi Ahn
Louisa Chan
Martina Cho
Maya Iyer
Mia Bell
Michelle Kim
Paula Masselos
Praba Prabaharan
Rizvi Fareed
Sanath de Fonseka
Sachiyo James
Sehhang H’ng
Soogie Sim
Steve Saunders
Susan Adams
Suzanna Lim

Generous Donations
Dolly Somaiya from Art of Living
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra
Erciyes Restaurant, Surry Hills
Eastpoint Florist, Edgecliff
Non La Restaurant, Surry Hills – The Fung Family
Randwick Bags & Luggage, Randwick
Sally Li of MF
Fashion Aviva Pinkus of Tribal Soul Jewellery
The SBHS Music Supporters Group
Company B, Belvoir Theatre
Blooms Chemist, Coogee
Edward Ovadia of Your Fitness Your Way
Maya Tandoori Restaurant, Surry Hills
Roy Young Chemist, Chatswood
Curves Gym
Maeve O’Meara
The Paul Family
The Taylor Family
The Waring Family
The Feng Family
The Hauser Family

Upcoming Parent Meetings & Events (details in HN)
Monday 29th March, 6.00pm Rugby Committee Meeting, Staff Common Room
Tuesday 30th March, 5.30pm Football Committee Meeting, Staff Common Room
Wednesday 31st March, 6.00pm Cricket Annual Dinner, Great Hall

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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