High Notes, Vol 12 No 21, July 22 2011
From the Principal
Welcome back to term 3
Welcome back to term three to all staff, students and
parents. I would like to welcome our new member of staff Adrian Henning, our Head Coach –
Rowing. I acknowledge the passing during the holidays of Don Roach, a stalwart of Double Bay
Sailing Club who helped our boys significantly during our first year with the club. He will be
sorely missed by all members. This term my focus is on the accountability process for staff. Each
teacher will spend a period with me discussing their roles, pedagogy and their progress towards
achievement of the Targets 2011. It is also the last term of formal study for Year 12 and the
final term for Year 11 Preliminary students to complete their courses. It is the season for
debating, chess, completing winter sports and engaging in a short season of athletics for all
Junior High School students. Preseason training for summer sports must fit around winter and
athletics commitments. Also, no boy will be disadvantaged in summer selections because of his
participation in athletics.
In the last week of last term our Open Volleyball team competed in the
CHS Knockout round at Homebush. After a tough semi-final success our boys played another tight
5-setter against Kelso High in the final. Due to the heroic efforts of their national team
player, Kelso outlasted High to take the title. Congratulations to our boys for their skill and
dedication and to Mr Kay for his coaching and team management. Kushaal Vyas (Year 10) finished
runner-up in the NSW final of the Senior Rostrum Voice of Youth competition at Parliament House.
Congratulations…again! In the UNSW Economics Competition our students were awarded 14
prizes and Jamieson Tsai (Year 11) won a national prize. In the UNSW Business Studies
Competition High boys won 27 prizes with Jonathan Adhika and Kenny Lau
receiving state prizes. A great set of results from social science students!
Parent-Teacher Interview statistics
Our computerised booking system for the three
Parent Teacher nights held towards the end of last term threw up some interesting statistics.
Registered parents requesting interviews: Year 7, 69%; Years 8-9, 58%; Years 10-12, 51%. Number
of interviews allocated: Year 7, 683; Years 8-9, 1137; Years 10-12, 1463. Interviews unable to be
scheduled: Year 7, 131, Years 8-9, 158; Years 10-12, 2. Average interviews per student: Year 7,
5.5; Years 8-9, 5.1; Years 10-12, 4.6. [Year 7 boys can have 10-12 teachers, whereas as Year 12
boys may have as few as 4]. Average parent congestion (average number of parents waiting on
site): Year 7, 6.6; Years 8-9, 18.5; Years 10-12, 13.4. Average parent time waste between
interviews: Year 7, 0:11; Years 8-9, 0:17; Years 10-12, 0:11. Teacher average time waste across
all teachers and all time slots available: Year 7, O:19; Years 8-9, 0:20; Years 10-12, 0:44. We
are constantly trying to make the process more effective and efficient. I urge parents to try to
make the time available to talk to teachers about their son’s progress next year. We have
unused capacity and only 60% of parents involved.
Tax Deductions for uniforms from July 1, 2011
Education Tax Refund update. As from
July 1 this year, eligible people can claim their son’s school-approved uniform items as
tax deductions. Our school has a compulsory uniform policy. Approved items are listed in the
school diary and on the website. The High Store supplies the trade marked goods that signify High
uniform. Please support the school and purchase items of school apparel from the High Store and
keep your receipts for tax time, 2012. Check out www.educationtaxrefund.gov.au. By agreement, a
proportion of the profits from the High Store are spent each directly on a school facility or
Ausgrid Surry Hills to Rose Bay cable project
Ausgrid is installing 132,000 volt
underground electricity cables between Surry Hills and Rose Bay. The project has commenced and
will take a year to complete. The route passing near High and its areas of access takes in Albion
Street, Anzac Parade, Driver Avenue, Lang Road, Grand Drive, Birrell Street, Denison Street and
Ebley Street.. Work will take place between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 8 am to 1pm
Saturday. There will be road closures and disruptions to traffic flow in these areas during the
next 6 months at least. For more information, go to
Upgrades to facilities
A new Ergo Room has been constructed by partitioning
Room 901. It will allow 8 ergos to be used simultaneously so that coaches can gauge rhythm and
cohesion of crews. Also, it will allow more room in the foyer area and the Weights Room. Thank
you to Brett Harrison for his work over the holidays and to Steve Whiting for his expertise. The
cricket nets were extended and refurbished at a cost of >$6k. Thanks to Laurie Heil for
organising the work. The DEC completed the school’s lighting upgrade with all lights
changed to ore energy-efficient tubes and starters. Twenty old toilets were replaced with new
ones – hopefully our water consumption will be reduced further as a result of more
Dr K A Jaggar
Art Competition Winner
Congratulations to Gideon Kwok Year 9 for his recent win in an Australia wide Art Competition.
His winning work in which the animals spell out “animals in art” is pictured [in the
PDF version of this edition of High Notes].
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. Year 10 Accelerated Students and parents are also
welcome to attend.
Year 11 Parent Representative
School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS)
School Student Code of Conduct – Students travelling on buses must: -
- Dip school bus pass or pay the fare when joining the bus. This is particularly important as
the data collected from the on bus fare collection system may be used for service planning
- Use school specials when provided
- Vacate seats for adults when requested
- Follow the driver’s instructions about safety on the bus
- Respect the needs and comfort of other passengers
- Behave appropriately at all times (e.g. no offensive language, no throwing things)
- Protect bus property (e.g. no vandalism)
Students are reminded to:-
- Only use the school bus pass for its intended purpose i.e. for travel between home and school
(does not include travel to and from sporting activities)
- Maintain possession of the school bus pass at all times.
During 2011, authorised officers will be deployed to inspect Code of Conduct compliance on
school bus services in the Eastern Region. Students who are found to have breached their
obligations may lose their travel entitlement and possibly incur an infringement.
Academic Merit Lists
Congratulations to the following boys whose excellent academic achievements in Semester 1 are
Year 12 Academic Merit
Kit Man CHENG
Kevin Z LIN
Wen Jia LIU
Year 11 Academic Merit
Zafar MOHAMED RIZVI
Year 10 Academic Merit
Year 9 Academic Merit
Yu Peng MAN
Jason ZHANG [E]
Year 8 Academic Merit
Carl Yi WANG
Ki On Alex WONG
Year 7 Academic Merit
Mohammad Tajwar ALI KHAN
William CHEN [F]
Kevin Jia LIANG
Justis Ngo NGUYEN
Hoang Khiem PHAM
SHS Cadet Unit
July Promotion Courses
Over the holidays four of our cadets spent a week at Singleton Army Camp, attending the NSW Cadet
Brigade Promotion Courses.
Junior Leader's Course (promotion to Corporal) -
• Cadet Tom Du
• Cadet Damien Duong
Senior Leader's Course Module 1 (Promotion to Sergeant) -
• Cadet Sergeant Nicholas Ooi
Senior Leader's Course Module 2 (Promotion to Warrant Officer/Cadet Under Officer) -
• Cadet Sergeant Vincent Ye
All achieved very good results and qualified for promotion.
Effective immediately –
• SGT Andrew Gong to Cadet Under Officer
Congratulations on your promotion!
FIRST PARADE FOR SEMESTER 2
Our first full training parade for Semester 2 will be held on Tuesday 26 July.
Observers may have noticed a number of recent changes in cadet uniforms at High.
Other than for ceremonial purposes the polished black boots are no longer worn; being replaced
with the suede style khaki field boot.
The blue beret is no longer worn by High cadets. Following an exhaustive study by the Army Safe
Project the Chief of Army has deleted the beret as a form of dress within the Australian Army due
to its lack of protection against the sun and the risk of skin cancer. The khaki fur felt hat
(slouch hat) will now be worn in all forms of army dress.
ENROLMENT NOW OPEN
Applications for enrolment in the Australian Army Cadets are invited from High students who meet
the specified requirements. Basic requirements include
- Minimum age 12.5 years
- Australian citizen or permanent citizen
- Undergo required medical examination
- Have parent or guardian’s consent
Those High boys who believe they are good enough to be an Army Cadet and wish to participate in
Australia’s best youth development programme are invited to apply for enrolment.
The necessary forms are available from the cadet unit orderly room or ask any unit member. .
We understand that not everyone has the necessaries for cadet service, but why not challenge
You, and your family, will be pleased with the positive changes and rewards cadet service will
bring to your life.
Sydney High School Cadet Unit
From the High Store
Month of July SPECIAL 50% OFF School Beanie NOW Only $10
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,
; M: 0418 470 203.
URGENT REQUEST FOR HELPERS FOR PARKING THIS SATURDAY (TOMORROW – 23rd July)
The P&C has been allocated its single parking event for the year on Saturday 23 July. In
contrast to the co-curricular parking days, the P&C seeks volunteers from across the school
year groups to help out on this day. As the time will clash with a number of Saturday
co-curricular events, we would like to make a special request to those parents who are free, to
consider volunteering (no experience required). .
With the Swans in the top 8 on the ladder and a home game, we expect it to be a busy day. If you
can help, please contact the P&C parking co-ordinator Ian Sweeting at
or just turn up tomorrow.
Thanks to everyone in advance.
Date: Saturday 23 July
Time: 11:30am till approximately 2:00pm
Game: Swans v Western Bulldogs at the SCG
Calling all Year Group Representatives – Launch of Capital Campaign 2011
The P&C and the school are in the planning stages to commence in earnest our capital campaign
for 2011. Could we ask as many Year Group Representatives as possible, to attend the first
planning meeting on Monday 25 July at 6pm in the Staff Common Room. Latecomers and early
leavers are always welcome.
Our Year Group Reps are important links with parents in their respective years. The P&C
relies on their time and effort to make this important fund-raising activity successful. SBHS
Building Fund currently stands at $1.067million. We have a target of $2 million to commence our
major building project – the multi-purpose education centre. Our target is to double the
number of donors this year.
Please contact Ian Sweeting if you require more info
or phone 0417 685 955. See you on Monday
Upcoming Meetings & Events
Rugby Committee Meeting - Wednesday 27th July, 6.00pm – Staff Common Room
Rowing Committee AGM - Tuesday 2nd August, 7.00pm – Staff Common Room
Cricket Committee AGM – Wednesday 3rd August, 6.00pm – Staff Common Room
From the Basketball Masters Desk
Sydney High wins the CHS State Knockout. Undefeated in 2011!
The CHS knockout is a great competition where students involved in Basketball travel all over the
state participating to the best of their ability against all the public schools of New South
Wales. After another excursion where boys enjoyed outdoor swimming pool with hot spa, free Cable
TV, wireless connections, BBQ’s, table tennis and snooker as well as swims at Terrigal
beach our side were rewarded with another State title as well as Cold Rock Ice Cream!
Our Opens side are trying to enter the Nationals again in Championship Division and win another
National All Schools Championship. As the number one ranked side in the Combined High Schools of
New South Wales we will now be required to defeat the Independent Schools and Catholic Schools in
September. If we do this we will be travelling to Bendigo, Victoria to take on the best in the
nation again. Tuesday morning all this term our boys will practice against the Old boys and a
range of returning College players from both our school and other’s organised to create a
competitive playing environment, and to expose our boys to boys who have reached higher education
I would encourage juniors to take up the challenge of joining the under 15’s knockout
team and senior Opens CHS and GPS teams in future. Under 15’s boys and boys who wish to
make firsts and seconds in future should come along and informally start getting themselves ready
to continue the proud tradition that the current senior boys have created.
Tuesday morning will be an open gym supervised by myself for student benefit.
1st Grade Basketball Coach
Master in Charge of Basketball
Sydney High Junior Challenge
U15 Captain Reports
On the 25th of June the 13s, 14s and 15 competed in the first Sydney High Junior Tournament. Our
team walked into the gym with high hopes of winning as we had won previous qualifying matches
fairly easily. However we knew we were battling against the two other strong teams captained by
Sean McKenna and Sunny Xu.
An early transfer of one of our important players, Ryan Sun, left us confused as we had to borrow
another player from Sunny’s team. We started out strongly during the first set with great
serves and passing from the whole team but lost our adrenaline halfway through the set, which
resulted in a close lost. Lack of communication during the second set also resulted in a
disappointing loss which meant a win for Sean’s team in straight sets.
Next up was Sunny’s team. Initially we had to again choose another player, from
Sean’s team. New teammate, Thomas George, showed promising skill, providing good passes,
but we failed to adapt to his sets. Sunny’s team ploughed through our team with strong
serves and great passing. With tempers rising, our team could not communicate clearly during the
first set and this resulted in a lost. However, Sean, eager to play wanted to substitute Thomas
at the start of the second set. Sean saw our weakness and tried to cheer us up with his constant
motivational rants. We had a shaky start, as we had an unfamiliar player on. However, midway
through the set, great serves by our team and excellent passes by Niyaz Mostafa allowed our two
main hitters Supan Arudselvan and Alif Khondaker to make great hits. Even though Sunny’s
team tried to retaliate launching ferocious attacks, Thomas Nguyen, managed to defend and
returned them with his deep passes which proved impossible for Sunny’s team to return.
Miraculously, we managed to gain at least seven points which took us into a very close set which
we won. However, the fatigue of the previous match started to settle in as we moved into the
third set. We started out equally matched but Sunny’s team took the lead midway and surged
on, taking advantage of our lethargy. We did not give up as we still fought on, with the points
going both ways. But, the opposing team’s lead was too great for us to catch up which
resulted in a defeat.
Although we did not win any of our games, we learned many important skills throughout our
matches. Special thanks must go to Mr M Kay for organising the tournament as well as the trophy
of treats which was shared amongst each other. Finally, many congratulations to Niyaz Mostafa
(Vice-Captain), Supan Arudselvan, Alif Khondaker and Thomas Nguyen for trying your hardest as
well as giving all of us a great, exhilarating day. Hopefully we can work together again to
defeat them all next time.
On the 25th of June, we played The Sydney High Junior Challenge with new, evenly shuffled teams.
Our team was eager to succeed but success was obstructed with two great teams, led by Sean
McKenna and Jaiden Chin.
As we did duty for the first match, we watched as Sean’s team defeat Jaiden’s team in
a close two set match. We played our first match against Jaiden’s team prepared with our
team fully warmed up. With consistent serving and good hits, we were able to take the first set.
The second set started bad with our first few serves and passing unlike how we trained. The
opposition were able to maintain their strong spiking and serving, ultimately better than us in
the second set. We played vigilantly in the third set, taking the early lead. It became somewhat
like a stalemate during the halfway point but through powerful serving and a great sense of
movement allowed us to win in this tight, three setter.
Next we were up against Sean’s team already with one win under their belt. We played great
in the first set by, maintaining a steady lead and putting pressure against Sean’s team,
forcing more and more errors. We won the first set, our focus now on closing the match early.
However early errors and poor communication dragged us back to our form during the first set. We
played cautiously, making the most of their few arguments and held their ferocious attacks. We
were able to hold a lead nearing the end of the set which we held firmly, allowing us to acquire
victory in the hard fought match.
The matches on this day were very tough and arduous but thanks to the strength of the
Jaiden’s and Sean’s teams, we were able to harness and perfect our skills. Many
thanks must be given to Mr Kay who organised this brilliant event, as well as the trophy full of
treats, shared amongst everyone. Finally, a big congratulation to all players in the team, Harry
Park, Aidan, Ryan Sun, Ryan Seong, Greg Kim. Without your contribution we wouldn’t have
made it this far.
On Saturday the 25th of June the three best teams from year 8 and year 7 went head to head in the
first High Junior Challenge. Our first game was against Jaiden’s team. Thanks to good team
spirit we overcame our opponents in straight sets. In this game we did very well at keeping the
ball alive thanks to good digging and setting. After a rest we faced up against Sunny’s
team. This was the final. In a very heated match, our good spiking and blocking kept us in the
match. However we went down in three sets to a very strong opponent.
Congratulations to Sunny's team on their victory. Also thank you to Mr. Kay who organised the
event. Hopefully this is the beginning of the Annual Sydney High Junior Challenge.
The Junior Challenge organized by Mr Kay and our coaches was a great experience
for the 16As. It was a fun and friendly tournament which also tested us against the formidable
17As and Bs. We played a terrific game against the 17Bs under the guidance of our new coach
Balraj Ougra, communicating effectively and adjusting to our new rotations and positions. Our
next game against the 17As was very tough and ended up being decided in an extremely close
3rdset. Unfortunately the skill and experience of the 17As proved too great for us and we went
down in a blaze of glory 25-23.
The 17B team had a hard time, as we only had 5 players present of the original 8 in the team. It
was made up on the day of Pete and Sunchit (year 9), Calum and Jeffrey (year 10) and Deron (year
11). Much appreciated were the two people who offered to step in and play as setters for us
during our two matches, and although we lost 2-1 in the first game and 2-0 in the second, it
would have been much harder without a full team.
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.
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