High Notes, Vol 12 No 20, July 01 2011

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From the Principal

End of Term 2
Thank you to all staff, students, parents, Old Boys and volunteers who have worked so cooperatively and effectively to make this term so productive and rewarding.

High Talent
Congratulations to our Opens basketball team: Jasper Garay, Blake McGlenchy, Eamon Kelly, David Nguyen, Scott Renzenbrink, Lloyd Perris, Daniel Jones, Emmett Naar and Christian Jurlina (c). Our boys were undefeated in the CHS state knockout, going through the final 8 round robin without a loss and becoming champions with an emphatic 87-56 win in the final. Hard luck to our Hume Barbour PDC debating team, who were defeated by Smiths Hill High in a split decision in the inter-Regional final. Well done to our Open Chess team who missed out on the Terry Shaw Shield by 0.5 of a point, coming second to Knox in the Secondary Schools One Day Tournament last Sunday. Congratulations to Dawen Shi, Jonathan Ren and Eric Xu. Henry Feng (Year 9) won the Junior Clarinet Section (U15) of the NSW State Solo championships for the second time – well done indeed!

Using the Student and Parent Portal
Parents and students can keep themselves informed about subject selection policies and processes well in advance of the scheduled parent meetings in September. Parents can log into their portal via the website. On the navigation bar they can choose ‘Shared R: drive’/ subject selection. At that location are four files: ‘subject selection process’, Year 10 2012 Subject Info, Year 11 2012-13 Subject Info and Year 9 Curriculum Handbook 2012-13. At your leisure you can read about the subject or course offerings for the coming year and discuss them with your son. You may have questions that you can clarify during term 3, ahead of the selection process and Information evenings.

There are many terrific features on the student / parent portal. There is a fully populated ‘my diary’ that you can use to organise your time. You can keep up to date with ‘Career News’ or book an appointment with the Careers Adviser (‘Careers Interviews’). You can check out ‘Exam timetables’ to make sure of your commitments or check the ‘Daily Routine Variation’ to see what’s happening. If you are researching something, you can choose ‘Library Search’ or ‘Online Databases’ to access powerful and expensive data sources like JSTOR and Britannica Online. You may need ‘Herald in the Classroom’, EBSCOhost or TALE.or ProQuest. Perhaps you might want to check out what your local library has available. All these functions are available through ‘Online databases’.

Parents can log on to all these services by supplying an e-mail address to the school as well as ascertaining their son’s ID number. Keep yourself fully informed about what is going on, when tests are scheduled, variations to routine and other administrative matters. Help us to personalise learning for your son!

Reports and Parent-Teacher Interviews
Thank you to staff and parents for making this assessment and reporting season work so smoothly. Nearly all reports have been issued and our final Parent-Teacher Night held. There are many things that we can do together to encourage boys to lift their work rate and build commitment to pursue excellence. Many parents have been contacted with specific areas of concern. The School Wellbeing Staff will help to remedy those deficiencies in partnership with parents who support their efforts.

Electricity substation Commissioned
After seven years in the making the electricity substation, cabling and new switchboard project was completed on June 18. We now have much increased capacity and reliability of electricity to our school.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Year 11 Parent/Student Information Evening

An information evening hosted by Ms Berger for Year 11 parents and students explaining ATAR Bonus points, scholarships, special exam provisions etc, will be held on Tuesday 26th July at 6pm in the Staff Common Room. Everyone welcome.
Karen Chiam
Year 11 Parent Representative

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Careers News

It is important that parents and students have access to the latest careers news and information. The Careers News section of the Student Portal and of the Parents Portal is updated daily with this latest information.

Visit the Careers News section to read the latest information about:

  • Guest speakers
  • Bonus point schemes
  • Overseas education opportunities
  • UMAT
  • University admission
  • University information days
  • University-school enrichment programs
  • Work Placement information

And much more.

Log into the Student or Parents Portal by clicking the Intranet Login link on the Sydney Boys High School website.

Please see the Careers Adviser if you have any further questions.

Year 12 Interviews

All Year 12 are required to have an interview with the Careers Adviser during Term 2 or Term 3 to discuss all aspects of post-school education including ATAR, UAC, scholarships, preferences etc.

Interviews are booked online through the Student Portal. Students should access the Careers Interviews section of the Student Portal and select a time for interview. There are two slots per period that the Careers Adviser is available.

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Peer Mediation at SBHS

Hey got a problem? Get peer mediated! Peer mediation is a program run by a select group of Year 11 students which seeks to solve conflict between students without getting teachers involved. The program seeks to help the students resolve their issues while under the guidance of the Year 11 students. The program is confidential and stays between the peer mediators (Year 11 students) and the students who have a problem with each other.

How it works
When two students have a disagreement they are to email the following address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it requesting a Peer Mediation session. From this point Ms Barr will receive the request and will appoint two Peer Mediators to accompany the disputers in a closed off room, whereby the two students will eventually resolve their problem and sign an agreement to not create more problems with each other.

Remember, the email address is: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Adam Booth & Thomas Zhang

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Classical Greek Reading Competition

Results of the Preliminary Round: SBHS had TWO of the six Finalists. Congratulations to Chris Chiam and Jim Koukouras of Year 11. They will compete in the Finals next term, at the University of Sydney. James Chan and Tim Collier of Year 10 were both commended for their fine reading of the Classical Greek text. Well done! NB Years 10 and 11 had the same text to read!
Ms C Werner

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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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News From Latin

On Thursday, 16th June, Year 12 Latin attended the annual Latin Seminars Day held at Shore School, North Sydney.

This day is an annual event organised by CLTA (The Classical Languages Teachers’ Association) and aims to assist students sitting the Higher School Certificate in Latin through a series of lectures and powerpoint presentations focussing on important aspects of the literary texts set for study.

Students this year are studying Vergil’s Aeneid X as their poetry text and Cicero’s important indictment of Verres, the governor of Sicily tried for extortion, In Verrem, (Against Verres).This court case established Cicero as the outstanding orator of his day in Rome. These are the Continuers texts.

The Extension course looks at Roman Satire as presented by Horace, Satire 1.9, and Juvenal, Satire III. There were a number of schools in attendance, including North Sydney Boys High, North Sydney Girls, Sydney Girls and St George Girls High.

Students were fortunate to have as guest speakers, experts in their field, such as Paul Roche, Classics Department, Sydney University.

Such days are important as students gain a deeper understanding of the prescribed texts from a different perspective.
D Matsos

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Die Deutsche Frage - Mit Einer Antwort

Der Dinosaurier ist gefunden worden (passive perfect!) – he was residing in the planter box in the upper foyer and the eagle eyes of Daniel Chen of Year 8 spotted the green monster amongst the foliage – and he doesn’t even study German (Daniel that is, not the Dino). He was prepared to share his chocolate bar with his friend, Darren Taing, as both of them had been hunting together. Now Bertha still needs to be accounted for – again, good eyesight as well as reading skills (!) are required.
Frau St Leon

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From the Junior Library

The 2 Librarians were privileged to attend a special in-service at the State Library on “Creating a reading environment at your school” several weeks ago. As this is a message dear to the heart of Librarians and Head Teachers of English at every school interested in improving Literacy, we met lots of really interesting and committed colleagues.

The messages we can relay to parents and teachers who really like to encourage their boys to read come from Eric Richards who is especially focusing on Reading for Gifted and Talented Children:

He says with regard to book reviews - “encourage children to write from the heart (not to a formula)”

He reminds us that magazines, Non- Fiction, reading on line and reading manuals are all reading and to be affirmed.

He reminds us that freedom of choice involves the choice not to keep reading.

He reminds us to never make a book a punishment. Readers need the opportunity to have regular and enthusiastic talks about what they are reading.

Opportunities are needed for peer recommendations. Readers need to be really encouraged to be brave enough to choose for themselves.

The really interesting focus of this in-service was on personal recommendations of the most currently published children’s literature. All of these recommendations focused on the books and lessons available to teachers.

A full report on this material will be sent to relevant Head Teachers and will be available on the P Drive for staff to access.
Mrs Crothers
Teacher Librarian, Junior Library

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SBHS Debating

Premier’s Debating Challenge.

This term, as well as the Friday evening debating competitions, we compete in the Premier’s Debating Challenge which is a NSW Public School debating competition.

Our Year 12 have done really well this year and won the regional final of the Hume Barbour competition. Unfortunately there was a clash of commitments for our third speaker on the day of the interregional debate and, despite Christopher Chiam doing a wonderful job of taking his place; we lost to Smiths Hill after 40 minutes split decision adjudication. Our Year 11s beat Woolooware in the first round, James Cook Boys forfeited the second round and they beat Gymea Tech High school to become Zone winners. Thank you very much to Brian Webb who is the teacher responsible for Years 11 and 12 PDC and for Michael Coutts and Kelvin Yu who are their coaches.

Our Year 10 team: Khushaal Vyas, Connor Robinson, Wilber Koslowski and Ian Li have beaten Burwood Girls Year 9 and Burwood Girls Year 10 and are yet to debate our Year 9s. This debate is incidental as the Year 9s actually had a very disappointing debate at Burwood Girls when only two boys of the four turned up to debate. Well done to Andrew Bui and Rakulan Arulmurugan who debated alone against the Burwood Girls team. Thank you very much to Duncan Stedman who stood in for Celia Finnie this term and has managed the Years 9 and 10 PDC debating and to Blaise Prentice-Davidson and Lucian Tan who are their coaches.

Last week our Year 7 and Year 8 teams debated against Rose Bay Secondary College. On Wednesday we were away and Year 7 were victorious against the Year 7 opponents, but Year 8, unfortunately, were beaten by the Year 8 team. When Rose Bay came to us to debate on Friday our Year 7 team did an excellent job of debating against the Year 8s and won, as did the Year 8s who debated Rose Bay’s Year 7. Both home teams must debate each other next term and the winner of these first three rounds will go head to head with other winners in a knock-out competition until a regional final is reached. I would like to thank the Year 7 and Year 8 coaches but especially Justin Chan and Anthony Paul who attended all these debates to give very helpful feedback to both teams.

In the first week back we will have the Debating Assembly on Friday and that afternoon the GPS season begins with our first debate against Kings.

This has been an exhausting first Semester for all the debaters and especially for me as the newcomer. I have enjoyed working with the students and coaches and getting to know the parents who regularly give up their time to support Sydney Boys High debating. I wish everyone a thoroughly enjoyable and restful holiday. We deserve it!
Rachel Powell
MIC Debating


22nd July 2011
GPS debates at Kings

School will provide transport to the venue but parents MUST arrange to collect their sons. Coaching will be shorter than usual because of the distance we have to travel.

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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Music Notes

Annual Music Camp

The Annual Music Camp will be held from 16th-18th August (Term 3, Week 5) at Vision Valley (7 Vision Valley Rd, Arcadia, 2159 – Phone: 9655-2600). ALL students in the Music Performance Program can collect a Camp Note outside the Music Staffroom. Please fill in the forms and return with payment to the Main Office by Wednesday the 10th August 2011.

Senior Production - Sharp Love

The collaboration between Sydney Boys and Sydney Girls High for the Drama and Music Production; Sharp Love last Friday and Saturday evening was a huge success. It was a highly enjoyable and most entertaining performance showcasing the wonderful talents in the senior Years from both schools. Congratulations to all the students and staff involved, it was a spectacular production!

Music Performance Co-Payments

Please arrange to make Music Co-payments ASAP as they are needed to fund the ensembles. Letters have been sent out to students in the Music Performance Program; we appreciate your co-operation in this matter.

Year 7 New Instrumentalists

ALL New Year 7 students who began lessons on an instrument last term are encouraged to join the Training Concert Band (Woodwind/Brass/Percussion) and Junior String Ensemble (Strings) this term. Please see below the rehearsal timetable and rooms and turn up with your instruments. Award scheme points apply!

Rehearsal Schedule 2011

Music ensemble rehearsals are now up and running, please check the schedule below and attend your appropriate ensemble. ALL new students welcome, please see the Music Staff for ensemble information. We look forward to your son’s involvement in the Music Performance Program.


Morning rehearsals 7.45am
(Unless stated otherwise)
Intermediate Concert Band
Room 201
Chamber Choir
Room 201
Also Lunchtime rehearsal
Junior Stage Band
Room 201
Senior Concert Band
Room 201    
Symphony Orchestra
Room 201
  Senior Stage Band
Room 101
Jazz Ensemble
Room 101
Intermediate Stage Band
Room 101
Senior String Ensemble
Great Hall  
Guitar Ensemble/ Saxophone Ensemble
Room 101/102
  Training Concert Band
Room 202
Terms 2, 3, 4
  Philharmonic Orchestra
Room 208  
  Junior String Ensemble
Room 208
      Marching Band TERMS 1 & 4
Moore Park West  
Afternoon rehearsals
Start @ 3.30pm
  Marching Band
TERMS  1 & 4

BB Courts

3.30 - 4.30pm
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Interview with Ian Heads

Prolific Author/Sports Journalist and Old Boy

By Brendan Hancox - Year 9

Ian Heads (class of 1960) returned by special invitation to Sydney Boys High Senior Assembly to share his stories of great sportsmen and women he has interviewed in the course of his career as a sports journalist. Ian’s more prominent works include: A Glorious Obsession: 200 Years of Australian Sport (1988), A Centenary of Rugby League, 1908-2008, Saints: The Legend Lives On As he has talked with and written about some of Australia’s greatest sporting stars I was asked to take the opportunity to interview him for High Notes.

After graduating from SBH in 1960, Ian was first introduced to journalism when he became a copy boy working for the Daily Telegraph. His wage was four pounds a week and his job description included running weather reports around, passing on messages and getting meals and drinks for the journalists. Ian described the job as ‘menial’. However his position as copy boy was a stepping stone in his career and in 1962, Ian applied for a cadetship at the Daily Telegraph. Ian described how at the time education and training to become a journalist was conducted ‘in-house’ rather than in universities or TAFE.

Ian was required to write in all areas of news and current affairs and what he would be reporting changed on a daily basis. Ian wrote about sport, politics, social affairs and general news in his early days. As a student of Sydney Boys High, Ian was keen about sport. A full-time position was offered to Ian after a young sports’ journalist resigned. He said that he he’d ‘been in sport ever since’. In a sense his future had chosen him.

Ian covered the 1980 Olympics in Moscow for the Daily Telegraph and it marked the end of his nineteen year full-time service to the paper. One of the most memorable moments Ian had during his time there was getting his first by-line, which he describes as ‘something you had to really earn’ in those days. He was only two years into his cadetship and chance saw him writing an article on speed-skating, a sport of which Ian had no experience at all.

In 1981, Ian was offered a job as Editor of the Australian Consolidated Press (ACP) sports magazine ‘Rugby League Week’. At the time, it attracted an audience of around 80-90 thousand readers per week. Ian was in the job for six years while also being a columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and the Daily Telegraph. In 1987, Ian left the magazine to become a freelance writer. A book had been commissioned and the publication date was to coincide with the Bicentenary celebrations. The book was to be about the history of Australian sport. To write such a book was a daunting task, especially since it was Ian’s first book and the research had to be done entirely using pre-existing books and newspapers (a certain nightmare for today’s Internet spoilt students). Ian, of course, did all the research by himself and he recalled spending many, many long hours in libraries.

I asked Ian about what he had learned from the sportspeople he had worked with and followed through his lifetime, especially about their particular qualities. Work ethic, talent, toughness and commitment were all mentioned as ‘star qualities’. Des Renford, a famous Australian long distance swimmer was one example chosen by Ian as having a rock-solid work ethic. Des Renford would never miss a training session. Even in horrendous weather conditions, when everyone else was inside in front of the fire, he would be out swimming across Coogee beach rain, hail or shine. His commitment to improving himself showed in his performance of making 19 crossings of the English Channel and being named; ‘King of the Channel’ in 1980.

Herb Elliot, was one of Australia’s greatest middle-distance runners and took gold in the 1500m at the 1960 Rome Olympics in a world record time. Herb became particularly good at overcoming the “little voice” which was constantly saying he was too tired to continue. At the Rome Olympics 1500 final, he was feeling exhausted, after just two laps. But he ignored the voice and powered to the finish line, with a margin of 15-20 metres.

Finally, I asked Ian what some of his current projects were. He listed two books including a biography of former professional rugby league player and now coach, Brad Fittler, which will be about a look into the game of rugby league from a different perspective. The other is a history of the Balmoral Beach Club, in which Ian also describes the Aboriginal history of the area.

Overall, Ian’s insights into sport and the players were intriguing and wise. However, what I admire most about Ian’s character is not just his knowledge or experience, but his humility. He keeps his focus on his next task and it is surely the reason that the Andrews Library at school has 27 books written by Ian in the Old Boys Collection.

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From the Canteen

Have you tried out some of these winter warmers?
Our range of hot wraps and toasted focaccias with now a new roast chicken and vegetables focaccia. We are also trialling lamb souvlaki wraps while the peri peri chicken wraps are hot in taste and certainly hit the mark on a chilly winter’s day!! Many of our lunches can be made to order particularly if you have a specific dietary need and you place a lunch order. All you have to do is ask and the ladies might well be able to do an avocado/cheese or cheese/roast vegetable focaccia if you would enjoy a vegetarian option.

Remember ordering your lunch means you get what you want!!

Many thanks to the following people for their help last week.... Maria Nguyen, Lynn Chen, Anita Bezjak, May Ip, Jenny Dong, Sharon Hughes, Sally Hunt, Helen Kon, Jenny Hu, Mei Lina Leung (Gibbs), the Ovadia tag team - Charles and Fabienne, David Mah, Li Yang, Trang Mai, Susan Zhang. Thank you to Samson who called in and lent a last minute and much appreciated helping hand.

In the winter months, there are more coughs and colds around and we appreciate that our volunteers sometimes can’t get to canteen for their rostered day.

So we aren’t left short staffed in canteen on any particular day, the managers would appreciate it if volunteers could please let them know in advance or the night before, if you aren’t able to do your canteen duty.

Phone numbers of both the managers are on the roster sheet – Karen is happy for you to ring or just send a message late the night before if you need to. Ideally please try to swap or organise for someone to come in your place. Check the roster and let us know. Many thanks for all your help in canteen and your assistance with this – your efforts are much appreciated.

Please phone Canteen on 9360 4027 if you are able to help out on any particular day.
Thank you
The Canteen Team

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Convo @ Clevo

Enjoy talking to people about yourself and about your own experiences? Want to help international students, from many different countries, who have been in Australia for less than 12 months? Then, how about joining Convo @ Clevo?

Last year our school developed a close relationship with Cleveland Street Intensive English High School through Convo @ Clevo, a volunteering program where SBHS students visit Cleveland Street High School every Friday morning from 8:05am to 8:45am to talk to international students about our high school experiences and Australian lives.

Although the Clevo students do not speak English perfectly, they are extremely friendly and open-minded; making each of one our participants feel welcome. Personally, I have experienced the same difficulties when I first came to Australia in 2006 and I know how hard and challenging it is to learn English and adapt into the new environment, society and culture. CSIEHS students know little of the high school which they will be attending after finishing their year at Cleveland Street HS and need someone like us to guide them and assist them in settling into Australian life, including mainstream high school.

We should help these students to head into the right direction by providing them with the information about Australian high school and the Australian lifestyle. Even if you cannot speak any other language besides English, that is totally fine!

“Instead of paying back to those who helped us in many ways, let’s pay these forward to those who need our help! We can influence Cleveland High School students’ future simply by talking with them!

Next semester we are looking for new members of Convo @ Clevo. Students from Years 9 to 12 are all welcome! If you are interested in joining Convo @ Clevo, please contact Mr J Phillipson in room 207.5, or myself personally. Permission notes are available at the front office. Once again, I encourage every one of you to get involved in this worthwhile volunteering program! Don’t forget, Awards Scheme points apply, as do NSW Premier’s Student Volunteer Awards!
Thank you
Oscar Lee
Convo @ Clevo Captain

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SBHS Drama Festival

7pm July 20 2011
The Great Hall

Tickets available at the door $5/$10

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Rifle Shooting

Rifle Shooting is about to enter its busiest time in preparation for the GPS Shoot which is held at Hornsby Rifle Range on the 18th, 19th and 20th July 2011, (the first 3 days of Term 3). The GPS Squad has worked extremely hard to prepare for this event and their hard work and dedication are showing through their improving scores.

They still have a huge amount of time and effort to put in over the July School Holiday break. They will train Saturday 2nd July at Malabar. Two shooters, Ryan WOO Year 12 and Yujin WU Year 11, will compete on Sunday 3rd July at Malabar in the Under 25s City v Country Teams Match. Congratulations for being selected in this representative team and good luck to both boys.

The next event on the calendar will be a trip to Cessnock for an Open Competition on Sunday 10th July. The very next day the entire Squad will go into a week of Training Camp at Malabar. The All Schools Match will be held at Malabar on Saturday the 16th July and Sydney High will be hosts to a luncheon for The Armidale School and New England Girls School. This luncheon is supplied by the parents of Sydney High and all parents are asked to provide a platter of finger food and drinks. Parent help is also required so please come along and join us.

On Sunday the 17th July, the GPS Squad will have their only day off in seven days! On Monday the 18th, they will train at Hornsby and on Tuesday and Wednesday they will be in competition. Parent help is required for all three days at Hornsby and we hold a dinner on the Wednesday night when we again host TAS and NEGS. Please remember, a platter of food is required again from each parent.

Good luck, boys, for the upcoming competitions, especially for the GPS Shoot, which is our major competition for the year. Continue to work hard as a Team!
Cathy Meaney
MIC Rifle Shooting

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Enrolment: Years 8 - 12, 2012

Applications for years 8 - 12, 2012 close on 28 July 2011

Application forms are available from the school or visit: www.sydneyboyshigh.com and click on the link to enrolments.

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Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship

For existing or enrolling students in years 7 - 12 who meet the scholarship selection criteria.

To apply, visit www.sydneyboyshigh.com/scholarship for full details.


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