High Notes, Vol 12 No 26, August 26 2011

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From the Relieving Principal

Doctor Jaggar is currently on leave. He is due to return on Tuesday 30 August.

High Talent
At the recent Australian Junior Volleyball Championships, Amandeep Dhaliwal (Y11) was selected in the Australian All Stars 7 Volleyball team. This team represents the 7 best junior volleyballers in Australia. Well done, Amandeep. The results of the UNSW School Mathematics Competition have been announced recently. In the Senior Division, Declan Gorey (Y12) was equal first ($250), Kenny Lau (Y11) and Gary Liang (Y11) received High Distinctions ($100), Dawen Shi (Y12) received a Distinction ($50) and Ennes Mehmedbasic, Ankur Paul, Stephen Trang, Peter Wu and Jack Zou (Y11) received Credit Certificates. In the Junior Division, James Chen (Y10) was second ($200) and Eric Xu (Y10) received a High Distinction ($100). Well done to all.

Prefect Interns 2012
Elections for Prefects for 2012 were finalised on Tuesday. 36 boys were elected to fill the roles of Prefects for 2012. The boys elected met on Thursday 25 August to determine the School’s Captain and Vice-Captain for 2012. The Captain and Vice-Captain will appoint a Senior Prefect. Congratulations to all boys elected. The boys elected will serve an internship during Term 4 2011 and will be formally appointed (and sign the Prefects’ Register) in Term 2 2012. When considering applicants for the role of Prefect, consideration is given to the boys’ involvement in the school (as reflected in the Awards Scheme), academic progress and attendance. The boys elected will be expected to continue to set an appropriate standard in these areas.

Sports Council Meeting
Mr Pavone (HT Sport) arranged for Deborah Moffat (mother of Jesse (Y11)) from Loulaki Blue to make a presentation to the Sports Council to assist with Strategic Planning. The presentation covered techniques that can be used to identify issues and work through the implementation of solutions. The presentation was well received by the meeting.

Winter Sport season
Saturday saw the end of the GPS Winter Sport season. Our Volleyball teams (1sts and 2nds) won their respective competitions. Congratulations to Mr Kay and the boys involved. Unfortunately, Saturday was again affected by adverse weather conditions earlier in the week. It was the fourth Saturday during the season on which it was necessary to cancel some fixtures. I would like to thank Mr Pavone for his early morning efforts on wet Saturdays to ensure that any cancellations are communicated via the school’s website promptly so that boys do not travel unnecessarily to venues. It is our aim to update the website by 7:15am (if not earlier) if there are cancellations.

Athletics Season
The weeks between the end of the GPS Winter season and the GPS Summer season are devoted to a short, sharp season of Athletics. In these weeks, Athletics is the sport which receives priority. Mr Devlin (MIC Athletics) has organised a program, using quality coaches, designed to maximise the performance of the boys involved. Wednesday and Thursday sport afternoons at this time of the year have a number of options: GPS Athletics, some pre-season activities for summer sports, some post-season activities for Volleyball and Fencing and inter-house athletics. The priority sport at this time is GPS Athletics. If a boy should be a member of the GPS Athletics team, he should not attend pre-season activities for a summer sport on Wednesday and Thursday sport afternoons. If you are interested in Athletics and have not yet approached Mr Devlin about being involved, please do so as a matter of urgency. There are a significant number of Award Scheme points available to members of the Athletics Team.

Applications for Enrolment 2012
The process to handle applications for enrolment for 2012 is nearing completion. Thanks are due to the teams of teachers who assessed the applications for different Year groups. Their assessments were used by Dr Jaggar (Years 9 and 12) and myself (Years 8, 10 and 11) to determine the list of applicants to be interviewed. Most interviews have now been held.

The Parent Portal
Have you registered for the Parent Portal? The Parent Portal allows you to view almost all of the information that your son is able to view on the Student Portal. You are able to check your son’s attendance record, including late arrivals and whole day absences. You are able to check that the contact information (address, phone numbers, emergency contacts etc) is accurate. You are able to access PDF copies of your son’s reports (if he has picked up the original copy from Dr Jaggar), your son’s timetable, examination timetables etc. To register, you will need the email address on the school’s records and your son’s School ID number. This can be found on his timetable or on his ID card. If you are unsure of the required email address or ID number, call the School’s Office. When they have established your identity, they will advise you of the required information. Click on the Intranet Login link at the bottom of the Home screen on the school’s website. If you have not yet received your username or password, click on the Parent Registration link. Supply your email address and your son’s ID number and enter a password of your choice. Make a note of the user name assigned as you will need it and your password for future access to the site.
R Dowdell

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Die Deutsche Frage

Ein deutscher Staatsmann und ein Gericht mit seinem Namen – a German statesman and a dish that has his name – was the challenge last week.

On Monday Vyaas Rajan (Yr 7), Wilber Koslowski (Yr 10) and James Goh (Yr7) had figured out that the Statesman had to be Otto von Bismarck and the dish “Bismarckheringe” – marinated herrings and definitely an acquired taste (you can get them in major supermarkets in the Eastern suburbs).

Die neue Frage: Uhren, Uhren, Uhren – aber was ist bei einigen Uhren nicht richtig? (cryptic? Aber ja!)
Frau St Leon

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HSC – Study/Revision Courses/Lectures

POSTED ON MOODLE - STUDY ASSIST

If parents and students are needing revision courses to keep learning fresh as you revise for your HSC you can find offers of courses/lecturers which have been recently mailed or emailed to the Year Adviser in the Moodle Study Assist Folder.
Mrs Crothers
Year 12 Adviser

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P&C Literacy Week Awards Writing Competition

Entries Close: Monday 29th August (10am)
Entries to: Junior Library or Senior Library
(late entries not accepted)

Topic: “A Good Measure of Respect”

Format:

  • 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.

Categories:

  • 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 and winners announced on Friday 2 September. Prizes awarded on Speech Night. The judging panel will include teachers, parents and students.

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HSC Student Workshops

Discounted Final Exam Workshops for HSC Students at Sydney Boys

If any Year 12 boys or their parents are interested in this could you please go to Moodle/Study Assist and I will put the whole email from this group in there.
Mrs V Crothers
Year 12 Adviser

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What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?

NEW BOOKS IN THE SENIOR LIBRARY

The Senior Library has new books displayed on the school website via the Student Portal/My Library/New Resources. Have a look and come and borrow great new fiction and non-fiction titles.

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From the Canteen

Did you know that …..

  • all profits from the canteen are used to purchase resources plus improve playground, classroom and IT facilities at High.
  • a parent committee meets once a month on the 2nd Friday 2.45-4pm to oversee the running of the canteen.

Both our President and secretary are finishing at the school this year, so it is important we have new people come onto the committee so the canteen operation continues to run smoothly.

We are very fortunate to have excellent canteen managers and the committee essentially are there to help keep the canteen running in the best and most efficient way possible for the benefit of the boys and the school.

The general committee help with stocktakes, assisting with volunteers, Open days etc. The positions of President and secretary are quite straight forward and involve doing High Notes, minutes of meetings etc. These are positions that do not take a lot of time as everything is in place to keep things rolling along so to speak.

Being on the canteen committee is an indirect and easy way of helping make a significant contribution to your son’s education at high school.

Please phone Canteen on 9360 4027 if you are able to help.

Our next meeting is Friday 9th Sept in the Boardroom (Admin building) so please come along - we would love to see you.

Many thanks to the following people for their help last week…
MONDAY: Anita Bezjak, Yalin Hua, Lynn Chen, Maria Nguyen
TUESDAY: Cia Koukouras, Jenny Dong, Angela Pak, Sharon Hughes,
WEDNESDAY: Mary Chan, Hiroko Kitajima, Doris Fong, Mei Gibbs,
THURSDAY: Stam Farrugia, Ming Lee, Vanisri RaviRay, Nina Ilina Liu - thankyou Nina for coming the extra day this month, the managers really appreciated it.
FRIDAY: Linda Perris, Susan ZHang, Trang Nguyen.

Thank you
The Canteen Team

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From the Office

Letters Re Absence/Lateness/Early Leave

When your son returns to school from being absent he is required to provide a letter of explanation signed by a parent or guardian. If your son is going to be late for school a note is also required. Alternatively you may contact the school by phone on 9361 6910 and dial “4” for the absentee line.

If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Barris, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name, date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.

Leave

If you require leave for your son please, apply in writing and address your application to the Principal, Dr Jaggar, stating the reason and length of time of the leave. Your son must then present this application to Dr Jaggar for permission for the leave. Please remember to apply before the leave and not after. The Principal must approve all leave applications.

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The Governors' Centre for Excellence in Education

An SBHS and SGHS Joint Project

Dear Parents, Staff and Students

At last week’s School Council meeting followed by the P&C general meeting, parents and other members of the school community were presented with details of The Governors’ Centre for Excellence in Education, a joint project with Sydney Girls High School. The project is a major undertaking with an estimated cost of $8 million.

The Governors’ Centre for Excellence in Education is a once in a generation opportunity to build a landmark facility to enhance the educational opportunities for current and future generations of students of both schools.

To strengthen the joint application for government funding, both school communities need to demonstrate substantial financial commitment to the project. Each school has set a target of accumulating $2 million in its building fund. The Girls School is ahead of us in saving to reach their $2 million target. We need to catch up. The SBHS Building Fund currently has $1.1 million.

The School Council and P&C considered many options to accelerate the accumulation of capital for this joint project. They have agreed that the school should introduce a voluntary contribution of $500 per annum for major capital works to be invoiced now for this year and at the start of Term III in each of the next two years, with the option for each family to pay $500 each year in a lump sum or join the monthly giving program at $50 per month. All contributions will be fully tax deductible.

You will shortly receive an information package for the project and an invoice for the voluntary contribution. The High family and I seek your support. Together we can achieve our target and build this landmark education facility.
Dr K A Jaggar

The Governors’ Centre for Excellence in Education is a once in a generation opportunity to build a landmark facility to enhance the educational opportunities for current and future generations of students of SBHS and SGHS.

  • Estimated project cost $8 million
  • Target funding by the two schools $4 million
  • Target for SBHS Building Fund $2 million
  • Current balance is $1.1 million
  • Major capital works voluntary contribution - $500 per year or join monthly giving program at $50 per month
  • All contributions fully tax deductible
  • An information package for the project and an invoice for the voluntary contribution will be distributed shortly
  • With widespread High family support we can achieve our fundraising target
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SBHS Debating

This week debating at St Ignatius was disappointing for many of our debaters. In particular it is a shame that Firsts and Thirds lost. However seconds continue with their unbroken record of success in GPS – which combined with their very successful run in both the FED, Eastside and PDC competitions means they are definitely going to be a force to be reckoned with next year. In addition there were wins from 7A, 8A, 9A, 9B and 10B – so well done boys.

We only have two more weeks of debating left. Both of these are home debates: firstly against Grammar this Friday and Newington next Friday. Both events are keenly anticipated and I urge all Junior debaters (especially those with ambitions to be in the key teams in the future) to make a special effort to come as spectators for the Senior debates. One of the Year 10 parents was telling me that after his son had watched his first Senior debate his debating skills really improved and he says this is definitely due to seeing and listening to the older boys.

I am in the process of allocating award points for debating. Students need to check on the Debating notice board to see that they have the correct number of points and see me if there are any mistakes. Twenty points are available for attending coaching regularly all year and then there are additional points for taking part in FED, Eastside, PDC, Les Gordon, UNYA and GPS comps and chairing debates – one per debate (either as a debaters or as chair). Those students who have helped me organise the home debates nights get 5-6 award points per night for community service. In total 30 points can be awarded for debating.

This is the last week of coaching for non GPS debaters and I will be using it as an opportunity to check roles for award points. I must say that some Junior debaters have not even taken part in one debate (outside of coaching) this year. There is absolutely no excuse for this as, in addition to the huge number of competitive opportunities we provide, I have provided 3 opportunities for social debating against Reddam House, Rose Bay and SGHS. This suggests that some students are attending coaching just for the award points and I have a strong suspicion that these are the boys that don’t take the coaching sessions as seriously as they should. Next year I will be looking carefully at Year 8s and Year 9s to see which boys are not taking debating seriously and will ask them to leave the program (whether they have made or co –payment or not).

Many of our coaches: Kevin Yu, Michael Coutts, Lucian Tan, Ellie Bath, Shaun Crowe, Nina Ubaldi, Blaise Prentice – Davis and Alice Dixon will be leaving this year. This is very sad for me and for the students as they are an extremely experienced and talented group of debaters and coaches. They promise me it was nothing I said! It is important that your son thanks his coach and says goodbye properly (whether they are leaving or not) and a good opportunity to do this is at the Debating Dinner.

Finally it is the school Open Day next Thursday and I would like some help for our promotional stand from some debaters. Also if there is anyone with good computing/creative skills could they please help me improve on the leaflet that we have. Thanks.
Rachel Powell
MIC Debating

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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End of Season Debating Dinner 2011

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

When? Saturday, 10th September 2011, 6.00pm for 6.30pm start
Where? Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School
Who? Debaters, parents, coaches, friends and supporters, Debaters wear school uniform
Why? To acknowledge the commitment and achievements of all our debaters
Cost? $30 adult/student, Children under 10/$20.

Payable to the school office by Wednesday 7th September, 2011
Please note this is a BYO alcohol function for adults.


The end of season debating dinner RSVP form is available in
the Pthe PDF version of this edition of High Notes

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Music Notes

HSC Music Showcase Concert & Visual Arts Viewing

The HSC Showcase Concert will be held next Tuesday (30th August 2011) in the Great Hall combined with Visual Arts Viewing from 5pm. We would like to invite you to attend this wonderful evening celebrating the talents of our Music & Art students. Art viewing will commence at 5pm followed by HSC Elective Music Students performing from 5:30pm and light refreshments served at the conclusion.

Annual Music Camp

The Annual Music Camp held last Tuesday to Thursday was a great success with over 150 students involved on the 3-day camp. All students rehearsed intensively with the music tutors and learned new challenging repertoire culminating in an exciting Camp Concert upon return. The evening began with the Training Concert Band making their debut and concluded with a combined finale of all musicians performing Orff’s Carmina Burana – O Fortuna which called for an encore. Thank you to all the parents (for organising the BBQ and feeding the boys), and music tutors and staff who helped in making the camp run smoothly and a huge success.

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 top Jazz Festivals in Australia.

Jesterfest

Jesterfest High School Band Competition is on again for the third consecutive year. 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 Rugby

High Rugby = High Spirit

Weekend Results
Round 7 of the GPS competition saw High play Riverview last Saturday. The weather forecast wasn’t looking kind for our last games of the season. Luckily, most of the heavy overnight rain missed Centennial Park leaving McKay 2 open for matches to be played. 15As kicked off at 9am against a Riverview side that has remained undefeated since U12s. Whilst playing far from their best, the match demonstrated how much the team has developed this year. Following the Gold Coast trip, different combinations were found and in this match, key players looked very comfortable in their roles ensuring periods of brilliance were shown. It shows once again, playing with the right attitude, we can match up against any team at any grade. This was the story for much of the day, and it should act as extra motivation next year to train better and play smarter. Finally, a big shout out to all the boys who watched 1st grade. The Year 12 players greatly appreciate the support in their last games for High. Congratulations to all players on a fantastic season!

End of Season Reports
All captains must submit their end of season reports for The Record in digital form to Ms May by the 16th of September. Report guidelines are available for download on Moodle and a further template is available from Mr Stein if required. Results of the season can be found in this edition of High Notes as well. Without a report in the record of your team, it will be like the team never existed! So make sure one is submitted as soon as possible.

SBHS Rugby Dinner
The Rugby dinner will be held in the Great Hall on Saturday the 27th of August 2011. As this is the same day as the Bledisloe, the dinner will now start at 5pm to conclude at approximately 8pm. That way, we can facilitate the live broadcast of the match on the big screen in the Great Hall! We encourage all players and parents to stay back to watch this year’s Tri-Nations decider.

Moment of the week:
15As – Despite a score line not so favourable, the team played with spirit, skill and discipline. Riverview supporters were so impressed, one parent has written to Dr Jaggar about the performance.

SBHS Rugby results 2011

  NC St Aug St And TAS St Stan SGS NC TKS Shore SJC TSC SIC
 
1sts
 
L
3-65
 
L
3-93
L
13-49
L
0-77
L
0-50
W
12-0
2nds
L
3-48
2nds
L
0-50
2nds
L
3-41
2nds
L
7-34
2nds
L
0-50
2nds
L
0-36
2nds
 
2nds
 
L
0-90
 
L
0-25
3rds
L
14-36
L
0-44
L
0-40
4ths
W
31-12
5ths
D
0-0
5ths
 
Rain
 
L
5-40
6ths
L
0-41
5ths
L
0-56
6ths
L
7-12
6ths
 
16A
 
 
Rain
 
L
0-42
W
20-17
L
14-69
L
5-42
W
12-10
L
0-37
 
Rain
 
L
0-62
L
5-44
L
0-44
L
0-52
 
16B
 
 
Rain
 
L
0-46
W
10-5
L
7-22
4ths
W
36-29
C’s
D
20-20
 
NG
 
 
Rain
 
W
26-24
D
L
14-17
D
L
0-38
C
 
Rain
 
 
15A
 
 
Rain
 
L
0-49
W
31-12
L
26-32
L
0-43
L
0-14
L
7-47
 
Rain
 
L
0-71
 
L
0-62
L
7-29
L
0-65
 
15B
 
 
Rain
 
L
10-51
W
47-0
OC D
L
10-22
16B’s
L
0-10
W
54-0
L
5-27
C
 
Rain
 
L
5-45
C
L
5-43
C
W
38-5
TAS B
L
0-27
 
15C
 
 
NG
L
10-30
C’s
W
22-19
SPCC
L
5-29
B’s
W
37-10
 
Rain
 
Rain
 
 
Rain
 
L
12-17
F
L
10-20
F
W
41-29
B
 
Rain
 
 
15D
 
 
NG
 
NG
 
L
15-22
SPC D
 
NG
L
0-10
SPC D
 
Rain
 
Rain
 
 
Rain
 
L
26-34
H
L
15-32
H
L
15-19
W15E
 
Rain
 
 
14A
 
 
Rain
 
L
5-35
W
36-0
D
17-17
L
0-46
L
14-29
L
0-63
 
Rain
 
L
0-50
L
0-60
L
7-69
L
7-57
 
14B
 
 
Rain
 
L
5-22
W
27-22
SPC D
L
15-29
W
77-0
C’s
L
5-25
 
Rain
 
 
Rain
 
W
10-7
D
L
0-48
C
L
10-24
C
 
Rain
 
 
14C
 
 
NG
W
17-12
 
NG
 
NG
W
40-10
D’s
L
10-14
 
NG
 
Rain
 
W
25-10
G
W
51-0
G
W
29-19
F
L
15-54
F
 
13A
 
 
Rain
 
L
0-60
W
32-5
L
0-40
L
0-55
L
0-43
L
0-49
 
Rain
 
L
0-71
W
10-7
B
L
0-51
 
Rain
 
 
13B
 
 
Rain
 
L
10-50
L
7-36
SPC E
L
0-66
L
5-35
C’s
L
5-65
 
Rain
 
 
Rain
 
L
0-60
D
L
0-60
D
L
0-70
D
 
Rain
 
 
13C
 
 
Rain
 
L
10-58
L
10-50
SPC F
L
21-45
12A’s
L
0-69
D’s
L
0-60
 
Rain
 
 
Rain
 
L
0-74
H
L
0-110
H
L
10-59
G
 
Rain
 

Other matches:

  • 1stXV v Randwick BHS (Waratah Shield Rd 1) L 5-55
  • 1st XV v Melbourne HS W 24-10. 1st XV v Xavier HS (Vic) W 34-10.
  • 15A’s v Randwick BHS (Waratah Shield Rd 1) D 36-36* (Won on count back)
  • 15A’s v Endeavour Sports High (Waratah Shield Rd 2) L 24-39
  • 15’s Gold Coast Tournament results:
    • drew 0-0 v Cranbrook,
    • won 11-5 v Thornlie (WA),
    • won 17-6 v Armidale,
    • lost 6-33 vSt Josephs (Gregory Terrace),
    • lost 11-24 v St Joseph’s Gregory Terrace,
    • lost 0-51 v NSW Country 14s,
    • lost 19-5 v Thornlie (WA),
    • lost 5-6 v Armidale.

Student Awards scheme points – Rugby attendance 2011

The students listed below have received the following Student Award Scheme points for their attendance at our 1st XV matches this year. Home matches were worth 2 points, away matches were 3 points.

2 points 3 points 4 points 5 points 6 points
E. Abergas 7M
B. Chan 8S
G. Chen 8T
J. Vo 8T
R. Yi 9T
T. Subasinghe 10S
L. Zhang 10F
A. Purcal 11T
T. Connolly 11T
S. Danzinger 12T
C. Morrow 12F
C. Price 12S
V. Singh 12F
H. Subasinghe 12F
C. Wilson 7R
M. Jun 8F
J. Li 8F
R. Saha 8E
S. Sethi 8T
M. James 10F
D. Keogh 10T
M. Liu 10R
S. Rezenbrink 11T
G. Garayalde 12F
T. Gollan 12F
A. Liao 12E
T. Luo 12F
R. McDonald 12F
D. Oh 12F
B. Ou 12F
H. Sit 12F
K. Sivayogarayan 12R
W. Shao 12S
T. Xu 12M
A. Ye 12F
N. Anson 9F
M. Hamilton 9T
D. Zhang [F] 9F
A. Booth 11E
D. Smith 11E
A. Qi 9S
C. Shi 9E
O. Kirk 10F
A. Wu 10F
A. Gaffney 12R
A. Hyunh 12R
S. Lane 12E
S. Subramaniam 12S
M. Wong 12T
B. Jiang 8F
D. Duong 9S
H. Gu 9S
7 points 8 points 9 points 11 points 12 points
D. Ahn 8S
I. Everleigh 12M
E. Ovadia 12T
C. Chhoeu 11S
J. Moffat 11S
J. Edgtton 11M
R. Manajan 11F
J. Tan 8S
J. Tinker 8E
J. Leo 9R
S. Wang 10R
R. Fang 9M
14 points 15 points 18 points
S. Comninos 9R D. Tam 10E L. Ming 12M

Congratulations to all these students, I’m sure the 1st XV appreciated your support.
G Stein
MIC Rugby

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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, 5.00pm for 5.30pm
Please note earlier time and stay on to watch the Wallabies play the All Blacks on the big screen in the Great Hall at 8pm

Where? Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School

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Volleyball - Round 10

This was the final round for the GPS Competition 2011. It’s become a tradition that our final match is played against Grammar, at home. It’s an old rivalry that brings out some excellent matches and great atmosphere. Saturday’s games were no different, with the added benefit of the junior competitions adding to the excitement. Grammar always puts its very best players against us and the match is far from a foregone conclusion.

Grammar brought a very large Seconds squad to meet us. From the whistle it was clear that this team had some excellent players and were out to upset our winning streak. Points were hard fought for and it was only slowly that our Seconds managed to pull ahead, finally sealing the first set 25-15. A second, even closer set followed. It was clear that with their rotations they had a set of fresh players to call upon but we just managed to hold on to the set. A final set went our way relatively easily to see the Seconds again at the top of the ladder with 24 points whilst an increasingly strong Riverview claimed second place with 20. .

If the Seconds game was going to be tough it was very clear from the outset that our Firsts had one of the biggest challenges they’d faced this year. Grammar stormed out to take the early points. High gradually pulled level and then ahead. This was soon reversed and from there on, the lead changed several times. Only a massive spike finished the first set in our favour when it could have easily gone the other way. The second set started as a repeat of the first with a strong Grammar lead slowly eroded to allow us to run out a more comfortable result. Set three, again a tough one was closed out quite effectively. For those who just look at the numbers it can seem like another easy High win but when you are playing on the court it is entirely different. Grammar, given a few errors on our part would have easily taken it out in 5 sets. The GPS competition is getting stronger and there are now few teams against whom we can feel relaxed. Talk of improving the coaching standards amongst other squads means only more pressure next year, not less.

Amongst the excitement we mustn’t forget the juniors. They bring a huge amount of noise and excitement to a gym that can be eerily silent for some matches. It gives the teams great match practice as well as getting the sport into the junior levels – it’s an unmatched development opportunity for all schools joining in. This time, Grammar brought 2 squads with their ‘A’ team taking their match 3-2 whilst our ‘B’ team won 3-1.

The statistical analysis of matches also finishes this round. It’s been a trial this year but a very successful one. It has identified key areas of strength and, more importantly, weakness so we can put our limited practice time to maximum use. Students can see how they are progressing and what they need to focus on. Off-season refinements will continue but this has proven to be of great benefit to us. Our final statistics are:

Player Passing Accuracy %
(number of  contacts)
Serving Efficiency %
(number of contacts)   
Spiking and Blocking Efficiency
(number of contacts)
Kills
(Spike or Block)
Massive Ups Total %
FiFirsts: final result – 26-24;26-16;25-11
Arman Dhaliwal 84(16) 80(15) 81(24)     82
Jun Park 100(4) 75(4) 71(7)     82
Nathan Leong 100(1) 65(3) 50(4)     72
Henry Sit 100(10) 69(13) 45(11)     71
Seconds: final result – 25-15;25-22;25-14
Pinyan Gao 88(12) 61(18) 100(4)     83
Harry Heo 86(11) 56(17) 69(21)     70
Ivor Metcalf 77(13)span> 60(10) 63(19)     67
Max Song 79(14) 61(9) 53(20)     64

PS Ganderton

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The High Rowing Challenge

It's back on - The Sydney High Rowing Challenge starts Saturday 10 September 2011 at the High Rowing Sheds

Parents, friends, old boys and school community
Learn to row in 6 weeks ... or relieve your rowing experience
Get involved in the annual High Rowing Challenge.
All ages and abilities welcome

Enjoy early morning rowing for 6 Saturdays with experienced coaches and coxswains.
Enter your own crew of 8 or join others in a crew. If you can't make a week we can provide a sub for you.
It all culminates with a fun mini-regatta on Saturday 22 October.

Donation: $300 per seat (tax deductible)
Includes:

  • 6 Saturday dawn training/tuition sessions - 10/17/24 September and 8/15/22 October
  • Boat, coach and coxswain per crew
  • Post training barbecue breakfasts
  • Mini Regatta Day includes races, brunch and presentation - Saturday 22 October.

More information and registration - contact Julie Blomberg at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 0416 061759

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SBHS Rowing

HOUSE ROWING COMPETITION RESULTS

Individual Challenge – Distance rowed in 30s

  1. 181m - Max Jones (McKay) and Steve Comninos (Rubie)
  2. 180m - Jessie Moffatt (Saxby)
  3. 179m - Gianmarco De Nigris (Rubie)

House Relay – 4 rowers representing each House rowing 4 x 250m

  1. Rubie
  2. McKay
  3. Eedy

Congratulations to those Rowers and Houses

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SBHS HSC Showcase

Please join our HSC Visual Arts and Music students and celebrate their creative achievements

Hosted by Visual Arts and Music Preliminary students

Art viewing from 5.00pm
Concert commences 5.30pm

Great Hall
Tuesday 30 August
5.00pm

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Open Day 2011

An invitation to prospective parents and students. Please take this opportunity to see our school in action. If you have siblings or friends in years four and five who are interested in attending Sydney Boys High School could you please forward this information.

Sydney Boys High School
Moore Park, Surry Hills 2010
www.sydneyboyshigh.com

See our school in action
Thursday 1 September 2011

9:30 - 12:00

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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

Agenda

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

Contact

Graham Chee - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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