High Notes, Vol 12 No 23, August 05 2011

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to the twelve boys who won through Region to qualify for Combined High Schools in athletics. High won the teams event in the 15s and 16s age group, were second in 13s and finished third in 14s and 17+ group. The school should be proud of the overall team performance. The successful athletes were :Bovan Lin (100m & 200m), Calvin Zhou (Long Jump); Leonard Mah (100m); Anton Brokman (800m), Dominic Mah (100 hurdles), Byron Chen (Long Jump), Allen Fu (shot put), Scott Renzenbrink (200m), Chris Morrow (high jump) and Lloyd Perris ( 800m & 1500m). Big efforts on the day were put in by multiple event qualifiers: Adam Booth (800m, 1500m & 3000m steeplechase) and Ivor Metcalfe (110m hurdles, long jump, triple jump, high jump). Congratulations to all involved.

High Golf Invitational
The Tennis Committee of the P & C is promoting a fundraising golf day on September 15 at the Lakes Golf Club. This would be an ideal occasion for some corporate bonding at the Australian Open venue. We would appreciate school community support for this event by assisting with corporate sponsors or forming a team of four to play this iconic layout. A great deal of organisation has been done by Graham Chee to set up this ground-breaking event for High. Please help us to make this day a success. Raise the idea with corporate contacts you might know.

COLA Upgrade
The COLA has had a makeover to accommodate community use of the facility at night as well as to improve the safety and utility of the asset for cricket. The grant has been expended and the school has spent additional funds to finish off the netting upgrade.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Year 11 Study Day

It is the school’s policy to allow Year 11 accelerants a study day in the lead up to the Trial HSC examinations. As there are 138 Year 11 students involved in some form of acceleration it has been decided to make Tuesday 9 August a study day for ALL Year 11 students. Boys are not required to attend school on that day.
R Dowdell

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Annual Classical Languages Reading Competition

The Annual Classical Languages Reading Competition was held at the University of Sydney on 28 July, 2011. Seven schools had candidates in the Finals. Christopher Chiam (Year 11) came first in the competition. We have been entering students in the competition for the past ten years and they have often reached the Finals. However, this is the first time that SBHS has obtained first place in the competition.
M Vozzo

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Educational Access Schemes

Most institutions that participate in the University Admissions Centre (UAC) have an Educational Access Scheme (EAS) for applicants who have experienced long term educational disadvantage. To qualify applicants must demonstrate that their educational performance during Years 11 and 12 or equivalent have been seriously affected by circumstances beyond their choice or control.

Students applying for Educational Access Scheme (EAS) for Universities in 2012 will need to download their booklets and applications forms from the website: www.uac.edu.au

If you require a Statement of Support from the school counsellors, your EAS form will need to be in to them with all required documentation by the beginning of week 8, term 3. The responsibility for sending the finalised application to UAC by closing date at end of September 2011 rests with the individual student.
E. Harman and A. Hirst (relieving)
School Counsellors

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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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SRC News Update

The SRC has been extremely busy for the past few weeks with a number of projects for the school. These include:

  • Talent Quest 2011
  • Trivia Night
  • Ventilation in the PE change rooms
  • Recycling

The Talent Quest on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 was a huge success organised in conjunction with the Sydney Girls SRC representatives. A number of acts auditioned for a spot in the Talent Quest and the competition was extremely fierce this year with a hula-hooping Hannah Blount, from Sydney Girls taking out the Talent Quest followed by a close 2nd with Gary Liang from Sydney Boys High’s magic act which was quite literally spellbinding! With very few hitches during the show and the initiative to pre-order tickets proving to be a very efficient way of running the talent show it is safe to say that this year’s talent quest was one that will be talked about for a while and a huge success! However this was all possible only by the dedication and commitment from the SRC representatives from all Year groups who sometimes missed out on their own lunchtimes and time after school to make sure the Talent Quest went ahead like it did.

Now that the Talent Quest is over, there is still no rest! With Trivia Night fast approaching, SRC Year reps will now have to work even harder to ensure that Trivia Night, a night full of fun, food and entertainment, goes ahead smoothly and successfully. Members will now have to think up Trivia Questions, sell tickets, promote, organise and set up what promises to be a night of enjoyment!

Moving on from school events organised by the SRC, a spot of very good news has sprung up regarding the state of the PE change rooms. With the change rooms being notorious for its stuffy and smelly odour leading to people changing outside in the cold, the SRC has taken it upon itself to improve these change rooms. After weeks of collaborating and working on the issue, we talked to Mr Barris about it and the change rooms will have a better and efficient ventilation system installed by the end of the year! At this stage the school is now receiving quotes for the work.

Some of you may have noticed new signs on the recycling bins regarding what students can and cannot throw in the bin. We strongly encourage and ask all students to adhere to these signs. When students do not throw the correct rubbish in these bins, it requires students and teachers to actually sort out this rubbish and makes the entire system all that less efficient so we implore you to do the correct thing and think responsibly as to where you throw your rubbish.

As you can see, the SRC has a lot on their plate at the moment and is working very hard to make sure students can be happy with their school environment. As always, we are open to suggestions from all students and if you have a query or an issue that you think should be addressed by the SRC, please do not hesitate to ask an SRC member to bring it up in their next meeting which is on every Friday Lunchtime.

Stay tuned for more news! There are definitely going to be a few changes around this year!
Khushaal Vyas

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From the Old Boys Union

The OBU has sent out letters inviting Year 12 leavers to pay their final instalments for life membership so that they can receive their life membership certificates at the Year 12 Farewell Assembly on 20 September. If you are in Year 12 and have previously paid instalments but have not received a letter, please contact the OBU with your change of address details. If you have not previously paid instalments and would like to take advantage of the life membership offer, please contact the OBU and they will send the necessary forms. The OBU is now offering more to members with the recent establishment of a mentorship network with over 70 Old Boys in the professions prepared to share their wisdom and experience with younger Old Boys.

Contact details -
telephone: (02) 9907 2856;
e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ;
website: www.shsobu.org.au

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Die Deutsche Frage

Wilber Koslowski aus der zehnten Klasse hat richtige geraten: das Goethe Institut offers courses in German and also has lots of functions promoting German culture such as the Film Festival, exhibitions and talks by visiting German notables.

Bertha is still waiting to be discovered. Here is another clue: she was technically quite knowledgeable for her age and especially as a woman! That chocolate bar is waiting!
Frau St Leon

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From the Canteen

Our thanks go to the people below for their help in canteen over the 1st 2 weeks of Term 3. Some of our days can get very busy and if we don’t have enough help, we have less chance of having enough food prepared and longer waiting time for the boys with the chance that we may not be able to serve them all.

Our managers and Monday volunteers would definitely appreciate more volunteers for the 4th and 1st Monday of each month. Tracey and Karen are most grateful for how well all our volunteers work to get done everything that needs to be done. If you are unable to do your rostered day please organise to swap with another parent by checking names and phone numbers on the roster.

Thank you again to...... Yan Mei Yin, Hui YuNi (Jade), Sally Allingham, Anna Goh, Anne Wall, Lilian Lui (Irene’s neighbour – thank you) Nada Andrews, Li Ling Chen, Su-Hung Chang. Joanna Yu, Helen Lin, Mei Leung Gibbs, Yan Mei (Rena) Yin, Huiya Ni (Jade), Yen May Ip, Jenny Hu, Helen Kon, Lina Leung, Anna Goh, Maria Farrell, Helen Torak, Debbie Dukes, Shi Hong, Usha Arvina (emergency help) and Francis Salmon.

Thank you vouchers
The canteen voucher winner for June is Trang Mai Nguyen. Congratulations, Trang – please remind your son to come to canteen so he can use the $10 voucher on food he wants.

We also have 2 $30 petrol vouchers given to us by one of our suppliers. We would like to share these with our volunteers in appreciation for your help. The lucky winners drawn out are Robyn Gordon and Elsa Li. Please contact canteen for the vouchers

Great new menu items

We now have halal beef and chicken noodles available for lunch orders, as well as the normal noodles. If you would like noodles, don’t wait in a lunch line till the last minute – you could easily miss out. Place a lunch order.

We also have a new chicken and veg wrap, in addition to the peri peri chicken and the souvlaki hot lamb wraps. Remember all food is subject to availability depending on how many helpers and how much time we have. Check at canteen as a lunch order may well get you what you want

Please phone Canteen on 9360 4027 if you are able to help us out – the boys and canteen staff would very much appreciate it.
Thank you
The Canteen Team

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Basketball AGM

Monday 22nd August
in Room 901
(Upstairs of the Basketball gym)

I am writing to urge all parents who have a son participating for Sydney Boys High Basketball to attend the AGM for the SBHS Basketball Committee. I declare all Office Bearer positions vacant and will accept nominations via email to my school address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

We will not be able to function without an abundance of parental support. I look forward to meeting you at the meeting!

Enthusiastically yours in Basketball,
B. Hayman

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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 need to attend. Please see the Music Staff if there are any concerns. Forms and payments to the Main Office need to be returned by next Wednesday as numbers have to be finalised. There will be a camp concert at school in the Great Hall on Thursday evening at 6:30pm, all welcome.

Music Parent Meeting

There will be a short meeting in the Staff Common Room next Thursday 11th August from 6:30-7pm to organise the Music Camp BBQ on the 18th August. We would appreciate all parent volunteer to cook the BBQ for the Music boys upon their return from Camp.

Manly Jazz Festival

The Senior Stage Band has been selected to perform at the Manly Jazz Festival this year on the October Long weekend. They will perform on Saturday 1st October at 1pm in front of the MANLY COUNCIL CHAMBERS which will be the YOUTH and COMMUNITY JAZZ stage. Over a hundred audition recordings were sent in to the selection panel and we are very proud to have our boys performing in one of the top Jazz Festivals in Australia.


Please remember that ALL ensembles are up and running and members need to attend rehearsals regularly.


Jesterfest High School Band Competition is on again for the third consecutive year running. The events will be held at Winmalee High and will give bands the opportunity to showcase their place in the NSW Music Industry. Jesterfest is the campaign for the Erik Hausoul Sarcoma Foundation raising awareness on Sarcoma in general and Osteo-Sarcoma in particularly. For further enquiries, please go to: www.jesterfest.webs.com 

New Instrumentalists

ALL New Instrumentalists 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. Award scheme points apply!

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SBHS Debating

It was nearly a clean sweep on Friday against Shore. Well done to everyone who debated for doing so well -we only had one team out of twelve who lost. Thank you to all the boys who chaired and particularly those three boys: Calum, Eamon and Shuming who helped me out throughout the night. This was my first night of GPS hosting and it was quite hectic (to put it mildly). So I was grateful for their support right up until 10 pm when we finally locked the gates.

All the parents I spoke to enjoyed watching their sons speak. I would urge all parents to come and see the debates – our next home debate is against Scots on 12th August.

It’s up to Joeys this week and I will be travelling up with the coach and then coming back at 8pm with any Juniors who need a lift back to school.

On Tuesday we have a Debating Supporters Group meeting at 5.30pm. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Please remember – it is a Home Debate next week. All debaters, chairs and helpers must bring a plate of food to share for supper. Anyone who does not bring food will be charged $5.

We are now in Week 3 so the end of the season – Week 7 is in sight. Our Debating Dinner is on Saturday 10th September. We have many experienced coaches leaving this year and it will be important to give them our thanks and best wishes at this event – as well, of course, as having the opportunity to celebrate our debating triumphs this year.
Rachel Powell
MIC Debating

GPS Round 2

After a strong start by our senior teams against Kings last week, we were looking to put in another strong showing against Shore, in our first home debate of the season. The topic “That there should be quotas for female judges” provided a test of the debaters’ knowledge, and all three teams stepped up the challenge, to come out with a victorious white-wash for the second straight week.

The Year Elevens in 3rds, who debate on a rotational basis were particularly impressive, an indication of the depth of debating that High has to offer. It was also good to see some debaters hanging around to watch and support the seniors.

This week we come up against Joeys; a school we historically do well against. After winning all but one debate across all Years against Shore, the challenge has been set; can we get a complete sweep against Joeys? Watch this space; or even better, come and watch the debates!
Ashwin Rudder
Debating Prefect


This week Joey’s v SBHS

Next week SBHS v Scots

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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P&C Literacy Week Awards

Writing Competition

Entries Close:
Monday 29th August (10am)
(late entries not accepted)

Entries to:
Junior Library
Senior Library

Topic: “A Good Measure of Respect”


  • Entries must be presented in a typed format (12 point) and must be no longer than 1,000 words.
  • The entrant’s name and Year level must be clearly displayed on the title page of the published text.


  • Senior Short Story (10 – 12)
  • Junior Short Story (7 - 9)
  • Senior Poetry (10 – 12)
  • Junior Poetry (7 – 9)

Judging will take place during Literacy Week (Week 7) and winners announced Friday 2nd September. Prizes awarded on Speech Night.
Judging panel will include teachers, parents and students.

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High Family

The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C

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

Merit Selection Training

Parents and community members are sometimes called upon to join a Merit Selection Panel to interview and appoint new members of staff at the school. It is mandatory for parents on merit selection panels to have undertaken a Department of Education and Community merit selection training course.

We have a number of parents who have qualified through this course and have assisted the school on numerous panels. For parents who would like to train to assist with merit selection, the next available training course is:

TIME: 3:30- 5:30pm.   (Please note: it is expected that participants will attend the full session. No late entry.)

If you would like to enrol in this course, please contact Julie Connolly This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Request for Helpers – Open Day Thursday 1st September

The P&C provides morning tea and conversation with prospective High parents during Open Day. Open Day is Thursday 1st September, 9:30 am to 12:00pm. We need about 6 or 7 volunteer parents to help out on this day.

Please join our team serving refreshments in the courtyard outside the Great Hall. Our aim is to make incoming families feel welcome and to encourage them to be involved in the school.

Please contact Nina Liu on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 0401 687 742 if you are able to help out on Thursday 1st September between 9.30am and 12.30pm (or any time in between !)

Request for Fundraising Help

There is a wealth of opportunity for school communities to apply for government and community grants across many areas of interest including the arts, sport and the environment.

The P&C would like to welcome on to the P&C committee, a parent to work closely with Dr Jaggar to formulate and submit our applications for funding. No experience required! Please contact Julie Connolly for more information or to offer assistance This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 0418 470 203.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Debating Committee Meeting – Tuesday, 9th August, 5.30pm – Staff Common Room
P&C General Meeting – Wednesday, 17th August, 7.30pm – Staff Common Room
Basketball Committee AGM – Monday, 22nd August, 7:00pm - Room 901
Rugby Committee Meeting – Wednesday, 24th August, 6.00pm – Staff Common Room
Football Annual Dinner – Thursday, 25th August, 6.30pm – Great Hall
Rugby Annual Dinner – Saturday, 27th August, 6.30pm – Great Hall

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1.6k run extra 10%

The 3rd 1.6k fitness run was completed during the first weeks of Term 3. The PDHPE faculty is very impressed with the results. Already a number of boys have achieved their goal times and many more are within 60 seconds.

Year No. of students who have
achieved their goal time
No. of students who are within
60 seconds of their goal
10 14 42
9 7 88
8 8 70
7 7 66

The boys who have achieved their goal time should be thinking in terms of personal bests to maintain their high achievement.

The boys who are within 60 seconds of their goal have a great opportunity to gain the extra 10% credit towards their final PDHPE grade. The 4th and final 1.6k run will be held during the latter stages of this term. There is a 4 – 6 week training window to put in the necessary effort to make your goal a reality. By running 2 – 3 times per week, for 15 – 20 minutes, at the appropriate intensity, over 4 – 6 weeks substantial aerobic fitness gains can be made. Your PDHPE teacher can give you an idea of the appropriate intensity for you.

Last year we had 120 students receive the extra 10% credit, hopefully we will have a few more this year. Good luck to all those motivated runners
G. Stein

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Rifle Shooting

The SHSRC GPS season for 2011 opened with the annual trip to West Wallsend, which was conducted on the 10th of July 2011, for the purpose of competing in the West Wallsend Rifle Club Open Prize Meeting. A squad of SHSRC members comprised of Brendan Leo (12, c), David Chan (12), Ryan Woo (12), Eric Ng (11), Jacky Yang (11), Bill Deng (10), Dominic Tran (10), Wilbert Wu (10), Jeremy Chan (9), Minghao Wu (9) and Timothy Tran (8) competed against some extremely strong competition in both B and C grade. By the end of the match, Ryan Woo had placed first in B grade, making him eligible for promotion to A grade, however all competitors gained valuable experience shooting in trying conditions.

The prize meet consisted of 3 ranges, 2 at 500m and 1 at 600m. Thankfully, the rain held off for the day, making for a glorious (albeit cold) country morning. Notable performances include Ryan Woo shooting a 50.4 at the first 500m, and a 50.3 at 600m. In C grade, Bill Deng’s 47.1 was a strong performance, earning him a gold medal at that range, and placing him in the top 5 overall. Wilbert Wu also performed admirably, coming in 2 points behind Bill. West Wallsend was Eric Ng’s first open prize meet and he is to be commended for both his continual improvement, and dedication to the sport.

After a day’s rest, our annual training week began, and the conditions could not have been more different to those at West Wallsend. For the 5 days, the team of 16 shooters was subjected to alternating days of glorious sunshine, and 5-degree temperatures, thanks to the coastal wind from the neighbouring Malabar beach. The New England Girls School once again travelled down from Armidale to train alongside the Sydney High team, ensuring some particularly memorable anecdotes for many years to come. Over the course of the training regime, scores gradually improved across the board. Some particularly impressive scores include 3 perfect 40/40s by Ryan, Wilbert, and Brendan in one afternoon at the snap practice, a rapid fire event with 5 seconds allowed per shot.

The Fiona Reynolds All Schools Memorial Match took place on the Saturday following the end of the training week, once again, held at the ANZAC Rifle Range at Malabar. This match consisted of 3 ranges, moving from 300m to 500m, and then to 600m. At 300m, Jeremy Chan posted a very respectable 48/50, outscoring many more experienced shooters. Moving back to 500m, after having trained for the past 5 days in some extremely wet, windy and cold conditions, our 3 teams were once again put to the test, this time by overgrown grass, blocking our line of sight to the target. As always, common sense prevailed, and shooting resumed once again, through the grass. Fortunately, our scores were not adversely affected, with Ryan shooting a possible of 50/50, and Brendan and Yujin both shooting 48/50, Brendan with 5 centres, Yujin with 3. At 600, the wind began to pick up slightly, and scores began to decline as a result, however, David Chan’s 44.2/50 was an exceptional result for his first competition at Malabar, and indeed, his first season of shooting. By the end of the competition, Sydney High had placed teams fourth, seventh, and tenth, out of 12 teams, being narrowly beaten by 2 teams from The Armidale School. For our team members, this was a moment of realisation about events to follow at GPS the next week.

The GPS shoot for 2011 was held over 3 days, from the 18th to the 20th of July. As always, the Monday is a designated practice day, first grade competition is held on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, and second grade competes on the Wednesday morning. By the end of the training day, the team was becoming quite adept at understanding the conditions on the range with Brendan and Yujin once again shooting perfect 40/40s at the snap practice; however, the real test lay ahead, in real competition. On the first day of competition, the team performed quite well, with Yujin and Ryan both shooting possibles at 500m, however, we were placed fourth on the competition ladder by the end of the first day, being narrowly edged out by Shore, TAS, and Kings.

Second grade competition provided a welcome break to the pace, with the team ready to prove themselves against those of the other schools. Unfortunately, the rain the night before had flooded the range, and partially submerged the firing point at the 500m mound. As a direct result of the heavy rain, the decision was made to not raise the wind flags, making for difficult coaching conditions. Minghao Wu took the lead early, being the opening shooter, and maintained it through to the end of the seconds’ competition, with a grand aggregate of 64.3/70, an exceptional score for second grade. Also finishing with an overall score of 64.3/70 was Dominic Tran, the captain of the team. Seconds placed 3rd overall; a respectable result, behind Shore and TAS.

While the second grade competition was underway, the first grade team was busy preparing themselves for the Buchanan shield, consisting of a deliberate practice of 2 sighters followed by 8 shots, then a snap practice, which the entire team was looking forward to. By the end of the deliberate stage, High’s aggregate was 294/320, with an individual average of 37/40. Given the difficult coaching conditions with fishtailing winds and no flags to show it, this was an impressive effort by all. Guided by an improvised array of assorted suspended objects in the place of flags, and the usual challenging light conditions, High’s shooters posted extremely competitive scores in the snap practice, with an average of 5 centres, and 3 inners, equating to an average of 37 points out of 40. With a grand aggregate of 578 with 19 centres out of 640 points, we were only narrowly edged out by our friends TAS, placing us in second for the Buchanan shield, and third overall in the GPS competition for 2011. Congratulations to TAS for being GPS Champions and also for taking out the All Schools Match. High had 3 Shooters selected in the Combined GPS Team – Ryan Woo, Yujin Wu and Wilbert Wu. Well done to these boys!

Thanks to Dr Jaggar for visiting and supporting us through the afternoon of the final day of the shoot at Hornsby. As always, many thanks must be expressed to all of the Old Boy coaches, in particular Ishan Nadkarni, Mr Comben and Kevin Chan, but also Justin Hill, Joe Banh, Abraham Chan, Denis Stojanovic, Jack Wachsmann, Nevin Spoljaric, Johan Santoso, Matthew Tong and Michael Do, for providing coaching experience to the team throughout the season, and the administration staff and club executives, Sam Kremer, Nathan Scudder, Geoffrey Blinkhorne, and MIC Cathy Meaney, for bearing the organisational load; without their contributions to the day to day running of the club, the 2011 season would not have been as successful as it was.
Brendan Leo
Captain of Rifles

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Volleyball - Round 7

Round 7 was, for us, the start of the second round. We play until the last game of the season without break. This has given us a rest and allowed some of our players a chance to play with other teams but at the same time it has the downside of a break where other teams have been playing. The point was never more hammered home when we met Newington on Saturday. This is a team which started slowly in GPS but which has had some explosive results this year. Far from being a team to relax against it was clear that they had every intention of demanding we put in our best performance.

Their Seconds team was the largest we had encountered this year with 11 players all ready to play. The idea that they hadn’t played much was soon dispelled as every point we won was countered. The score line remained extremely close for the first set with an eventual 25 to 20 win. Where our squad of 7 turned to start the second set, Newington could field a largely fresh side. The competition was every bit as strong and we were lucky to run out winners. A final set went our way but only after a few dramas. This was a very good match against a team that had beaten all opposition including Grammar our traditional rivals. Currently, only 1 point separates us from Newington – a loss here would threaten our move towards the champion’s position. The Newington Firsts were slightly fewer in number but every bit as dedicated to adding us to their tally of wins. This was not the side we had expected and that, coupled with a lack of team training meant that we were very soon trailling. Slowly we were able to pull back a lead and just get over the line for the first set. Just as we were getting into our stride, Newington was able to put together sets of very powerful moves with some of the fiercest blocks and returns seen this year. There were many times we were behind in the second set but eventually we were able to run out winners and then, the match.

The power of the Newington attack and its skill at working in defence are testimony to the need for careful analysis of our work. The GPS is not a training ground but an increasingly contested series where the winner has definitely earned the right! Continuing our series of statistics for the players and the school community we see a slight change with some players moving in and out of the tables. This shouldn’t be seen as a comment on the effectiveness of the players but a range of circumstances including court time. To repeat from last time: “Scores are measures of relative success. So, if a player scores more than 50 it means that the overall contribution was positive (i.e. the player “won” more points with that shot than “lost”). A 100% reading would indicate that every serve was an ace, every spike hit was a kill (i.e. unreturned) or that every pass was accurately sent to the setter. So, 70% is not, as some might imagine, a low score but a hugely successful one.” This week’s scores are:

Player Passing Accuracy %
(number of contacts)
Serving Efficiency %
(number of contacts)
Spiking and Blocking Efficiency
(number of contacts)
(Spike or Block)
Massive Ups Total %
Firsts: final result -
Arman Dhaliwal 90 (20) 60 (5) 77 (13)   1 76
Jonathan Mok 93 (7) 65 (10) 50 (1)   1 69
Chris Morrow 79 (12) 63 (8) 62 (21)     68
Sid Sethi (Libero) 64 (22)         64
Seconds: final result – 25-20; 25-16; 25-18
Sid Sethi (Libero) 85 (13)         85
Ivor Metcalf 58 (6) 88 (12) 71 (19)     72
Max Song 75 (7) 67 (15) 54 (14)     65
Patrick Krakovsky 83 (8) 58 (6) 50 (3)     64

PS Ganderton

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Football: The Onion Bag

Observations from the side line

Finally some dry weather enabled all teams to get onto the field and play some football.

On Thursday afternoon the 1st and 2nd grade teams had a catch up match with Kings. After dominating the early stages and leading 1 nil, 1st grade suffered a disappointing 4-1 loss. Will Shao was the goal scorer. 2nd grade were unlucky to lose 1 nil after dominating the majority of the match, but failing to convert the advantage into goals.

In round 4 of the GPS comp, with the majority of matches hosted by Shore at Northbridge, 1st grade went down 4 nil and seemed to suffer from the mid-week match. 2nd grade secured their first points of the season with a 1 all draw. Jon Ren was the scorer.

Overall the other results were encouraging. The 16As narrowly lost 1 nil after making most of the running. The 15As drew 1 all. The 16Ds, 15Cs and Ds all had good wins, as did the 13Cs and Ds. In other matches the 14s football teams had some great results. The 14As started the morning off well with a tight match that could have gone either way. The first half was hard-fought with opportunities for both sides and an evenly poised 0-0 score line at the interval. The second half continued as the first half did, with opportunities but no luck including Nader Haidar needing to be stretchered off with a knee injury early in the half. Adilmorad Nadir managed to break the deadlock with a brilliant goal back over his head but a lucky goal to SHORE with the ball going in off both the crossbar and a player’s back evened it up with only 10 minutes remaining. Unfortunately, a goal in the last minute denied the As a result but with the improvements they are making with coach and Old Boy Antony Paul, victory is just around the corner.

Next up the 14Bs showed their hard work has been paying off from their early morning and holiday training sessions, with an all-round team performance. After beautiful passing and movement from the first minutes of the match and players working together to maintain possession, numerous opportunities were being created in the penalty area. Only great goalkeeping by the opposition and the crossbar were denying the goal the boys craved. The players spread out in attack, using the pitch and were defending confidently, keeping the pressure purely on the shoulders of SHORE and you could sense that a goal was only moments away. Justin Tran managed to finally hit the back of the net and put the team in front by putting the finishing touches on another great run of passes. The second half continued in the same vein with great ball control and movement while absorbing the pressure SHORE were throwing at them. Eventually, David Bang managed to get the ball out of reach of the SHORE goalie to put High up 2-0 and notch their first ever victory showing that their development in spatial awareness and passing has led to the best reward, the taste of victory!

The 14Cs picked up where the Bs left off, gaining the early advantage by sneaking one past the goalie. They were also moving the ball around well with some great strings of passes and after a second half goal by SHORE, the teams were deadlocked as the clock wound down. In the closing minute of play, the boys made a run on the goal for one last shot at victory and with a foul in the penalty box and one chance for victory, Coach and Old Boy Austyn Guo asked Tony Jiang to step up to the mark for the penalty. With a beautiful strike of the ball he put High ahead with a 2-1 score line just as the ref blew the whistle for full-time with the boys running around elated with their last minute victory.

By the time the 14Ds hit the field, the High teams were on a roll from the last 2 games. From the opening minutes they dominated possession and they never looked back. The boys managed to pass the ball around the park into space and were spreading the ball out wide for some great crosses into the goal box and many of the parents and spectators were commenting on how well these boys were maintaining control and using all the players on the pitch. Great vision, movement into space and passing like the games before them led to goal after goal with Andrew Nam the main benefactor of his team’s great distribution, as he notched up an amazing 7 goals for the match. Adding in a goal each for Alex Wong, Bill Zhuang and Shane Li and great defence left a very dominant score line of 10-0 to High and their coach, yet another old boy in Sam Burnham delighted in his team’s progress.

All around a great day for the 14s, showing how working as a team and passing the ball to players in space creates opportunities. It was good to see the boys learning more about the game and with the football camp this weekend, hopefully the boys can leave their matches against Joeys and St Pats next week with the same smiles they were bearing when leaving Northbridge last weekend.

Year 12 players

A reminder that Year 12 players are expected to attend matches during the Trial HSC period. We have matches arranged with the other schools and an obligation to fulfil.

Football Dinner

The football dinner will be held on Thursday 25th of August. Payment forms will be handed out next week.

Fixtures this weekend

We have matches this Saturday v Joeys as well as a variety of other schools. Check the school website for details.

Quotes of the Week

'I would not be bothered if we lost every game as long as we won the league'.
Mark Viduka

'Allegations are all very well but I would like to know who these alligators are.'
Ron Saunders, Aston Villa and Birmingham

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SBHS Cross Country

Congratulations to Francis Torok of SBH who raced in the NSW Cross Country Championships to win 1st place in the Opens age group. The weather and conditions were horrid on this wet & windy Friday but Francis was able to stay focussed and hold off his competition over the 8KM race.

Francis will now compete in the National Championships in Canberra on the 20th of August.

We wish him every succuss!

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SHS Rowing: Rowing Revival


Juniors (Years 7,8,9) – 12.40pm Wednesday August 10

Seniors (Years 10,11,12) – 12.40pm Thursday August 11

Come and hear what’s happening in rowing this coming season

Presented by

Adrian Henning new 1st VIII/Lead Coach

Kathryn Lewis new Junior Coaching Coordinator

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End of Season Rugby Dinner 2011

Help celebrate another great year of High Rugby by attending the 2011 End of Season Rugby Dinner.

When? Saturday, 27 August 2011, 6.00pm for 6.30pm

Where? Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School

Who? Players, parents, coaches, friends and supporters. Players wear school uniform. Adults wear smart casual.

Why? To acknowledge the commitment and achievements of all our players and because friendships made through High Rugby last a lifetime.

Cost? $30/person. Payable to the school office by Monday 22 August. Maximum seating 220.

Please note this a a BYO alcohol function for adults. Soft drinks and mineral water provided.

The End of Season Rugby Dinner RSVP form is available 
in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes

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Sydney Boys High School Golf Invitational

Play the venue of the 2011 Australia Open Golf

Date: Thursday 15 September 2011
Venue: The Lakes Golf Club - corner King St & Vernon Ave, Eastlakes 2018

Team Price: $1,100 per team of four (4) players
Individual Price: $275


7:00am - Registration
7:30am - Golf clinic & warm up on driving range
8:15am - Announcements and move to tees
8:30am - Shotgun start
1:30pm - Drinks in lounge
2:30pm - Lunch, prize presentation & entertainment
4:00pm - Approximate close


Graham Chee - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Friday 19th August 2011


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