High Notes, Vol 12 No 30, September 23 2011

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From the Principal

High Talent
At the CHS Carnival last week, Ivor Metcalf won four gold medals: long jump, triple jump, high jump, 110m hurdles. Chris Morrow won silver in Opens high jump and a bronze in long jump. Adam Booth won silver in the 2000m steeplechase. Our 14 boys 4x100 relay team was third in a time of 48.0. In the Schools League Fencing competition, High (Shaun Pak, Ben Hillier, Mathew Chan and Hayden Rabone) finished second behind SGS. Individual medallists were: Hayden Rabone (gold), Ian Li, Mathew Chan, Ben Hillier, Hung-Tin Lin, Chen Yu Wang (silver), and Shaun Pak (bronze). Felix Wang (Y 8), Johnson Lin and Pajman Johnstone (Y7) were the “Best Junior Team” at the TSC Chess Invitational on Wednesday 21 September. Well done, boys!

GPS Athletics
High boys placed 5th in the senior division and 8th in the Junior Division at the carnival. In the Junior Division: Ivor Metcalf won the U16 100m hurdles in 14.52 and was third in the long jump at 5.76m.; Lloyd Perris ran second in the 800m in 2.05.5 and the 1500m in 4.21.5; third places in U15 were earned by Byron Chen in long jump (5.88m) and Steve Comninos in shot put (13.56m.), and William Chen in the U13 800m (Division) in 2.21.3. Eamon Kelly was third in the U16 shot put with 13.55m. In the Senior Division: Christopher Morrow won the Open high jump (1.98m) and ran second in the 110m hurdles in 15.95 and jumped 6.49m for second in the long jump; Scott Renzenbrink was third in the U17 100m in 11.42 and second in the 200m in 21.99; Ivor Metcalf jumped above his age group for a second in the U17 high jump with 1.89m. and long jump at 6.45m.; Denny Chandra was second in the U17 shot put (Division) with 12.19m.; Frank Torok ran second in the Open 1500m in 4.09.6 and in the 3000m in 8.59.5; Ashwin Rudder ran second in the 110m hurdles (Division), and Adam Booth was third in the 3000m (Division) in 9.50.Congratulations to all the placegetters and the team. Every point made a difference – five points away from third place in the senior division!

We look forward to an earlier season in March next year and to building on the strengths that the athletics program has shown in recent years.

Year 12 Farewell Assembly
On Tuesday, we farewelled Year 12 students. I must say they were the most well behaved, respectful and supportive cohort on their final day that I have encountered in the last twelve years at High. I congratulate them on how pleasant they made the occasion for their parents, staff and students. My address is reprinted below:

"Good afternoon and welcome to all the parents, family, staff and students who have come to share our Farewell Assembly for Year 12, 2011. This year’s Year 12 boys have been characterised by their social justice orientation. Whether it was in supporting each other at school, helping staff or organising the school’s community service projects, the class of 2011 really made a big contribution to the tradition of service at High. During the last five years High has developed an enviable reputation for community service. Driven by class of 2011 boys, the Community Services Committee has led the way in many fund raising projects. Total collections for the year will exceed $100,000 – a tribute to the energy and civic consciousness of this cohort. Thank you to Andrew Gaffney, Yale Wong and David Chan for their leadership over the last three years in particular.

"The achievements of High boys in basketball this calendar year are unsurpassed in High’s history. A Rashke Cup, a Co-Premiership, a CHS Knock-Out Title and recently – NSW All-Schools Champions – establish the depth of talent and self-belief that the team has built up over the last two seasons. We expect them to go on to take out back-to-back Australian Schools titles. Our volleyball team is facing a tougher standard of GPS competition but nevertheless prevailed again. After a successful All-Schools Tournament campaign, High fell just short of a clean sweep this year at the CHS Knockout. The record of volleyball at High over the last five years is certainly impressive. This year’s athletics result for the senior championship was within a few points of second – a position we still held at 2:15 on carnival day. Despite fading to 5th after the 400s and relays, it was a great day for High athletics.

"For some years on this occasion I have recognised the boys in Year 12 who have made a significant contribution to our sports program by representing the school in two seasons in their final year. I really appreciate their commitment. This year there were 106 boys in Year 12 who played a GPS sport in two seasons. Those who represented High in GPS competition, first or second grade, deserve a special mention. The “Triple Firsts” for 2011 were: Chris Morrow, Michael Phung, David Nguyen, Frank Torok, Jeremy Dobrowolski, Kumudika Gunaratne and Brendan Hancock. Well done to our ‘Double Firsts’: Andrija Dumovic, Sangeeth Subramaniam, Nakul Bhagwat, Sivasaran Sooriakumar, Ryan Caetano, Jonah Petrie, Nishant Paul, Giancarlo Romeo, Ashwin Rudder, Oliver Sabau, William Shao, Gabriel Garayalde and Pasan Pannila. In the “One-Two Club” were: Peter Tran, Isaac Eveleigh, Andrew Ye, Ryan McDonald, Michael Wong and Nathan Kok. ‘Double-Two’ participants for 2011 were Tim Gollan and Casper Price.

"In the last four years High has not attracted more than 29 boys in any year to represent their school in two sports in GPS first and second grade in their final year at school. This statistic is one reason for High’s lack of competitiveness in the traditional GPS sports. We need to build a stronger culture of participation amongst Year 12 boys beyond the social level. A healthy balance of work and play is good for academic achievement. It does not detract from it.

"As you leave formal schooling behind and take responsibility for your own education through study and examination performance, you might think about the skills you will need in a rapidly changing world. The global environment you are entering has many challenges but the openness revolution is one of the most powerful. The internet has brought immediacy to everyone’s world. There is a shift in how we view personal details brought about by the proliferation of social networking. We are sharing more of ourselves with the world than we used to share with our closest friends. The internet has become a virtual, portable homeland in which you can communicate with like-minded people. The new powerful tool for the twenty-first century is collective intelligence. People are appreciating the value of communication and collaboration to solve problems. There is a decline in the reliance on experts and a rise in the power of social networks and social proof. The result has been a ‘democratisation of information’. This movement will have powerful effects on international and domestic political structures in the next quarter century.

"The ‘Arab Spring’ in Tunisia and revolutionary movements that have followed, are good example of the political expression of changed expectations and attitudes as a result of rapid and widespread information flows in the Arab World, uncontrollable by governments. The globalisation of information will be an ongoing challenge to governments everywhere. Convergence will bring multimedia data into fewer appliances or even just one. You will be involved with this phenomenon in your working lives after university. We hope that an education at High has given you a global perspective. We are confident that your training and experiences at High have exposed you to these modern communication trends and that you have acquired the skills of cooperation and collegial action to manage them in your future lives. You have added significantly to the High tradition. It has been my privilege to be your Principal. Goodbye and good luck."

Good News Bus Story
An email on Monday praised the behaviour of our boys on a morning bus. “They removed themselves from seats when adults were standing, and were generally polite and considerate…” Well done boys and keep it up! Our uniform is high profile and members of the public are more inclined to email about good and bad behaviour on public transport.

Coles Sports Equipment Vouchers
The response so far has been great. Please keep your vouchers over the holidays and bring them in the first week back. The promotion ends in the second week. We got quite a few useful items from the last promotion. Going to a bit of trouble to bring in the coupons is certainly worth it – if several hundred families contributed!
Dr K A Jaggar

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From the Library

This service is being re-considered by heraldeducation.com. Personal Heralds will discontinue until next year. This service may resume next year. Staff can still order Heralds through the Herald in the Classroom staff arrangement.
Mrs Crothers
Junior library

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Prefect Elections

The following boys were successful in the recent Prefect elections:

Ben Wilcox – Captain
Harry Heo – Vice-Captain
Maximus Jones – Senior Prefect
David Andrews
Adam Booth
Christopher Chhoeu
Christopher Chiam
Ming-En Chin
Tom Connolly
Sudam Dias
Julian Edgtton
Lucas Fang
Shaun Fletcher
Andrew Fong
William Ho
Alexander Hughes
Mark Iskander
Lalitha Katupitiya
Jim Koukouras
Patrick Krakovsky
Oscar Lee
Ennes Mehmedbasic
Jesse Moffat
Zafar Rizvi Mohamed
Timothy Montanaro
Thomas Nguyen
Sooraj Prakash
Andreas Purcal
Shubash Quazi
Scott Renzenbrink
Serag Saleh
Siddharth Sethi
Jamian Vuong
Kah-Yang Wong
Vincent Ye
Jerry Zhou

They will be sworn in as Prefect Interns at the Foundation Day Assembly early in Term 4.
CJ Kesting
Prefects’ Master

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From the Canteen

Canteen AGM

The AGM of the canteen will be held on Friday the 14th October at 2.45pm in the Boardroom of the admin building (week 1,Term 4). Monthly meetings are the 2nd Friday of the Month and are usually finished around 4pm.

Extra parents are needed to sit on the committee to continue in the management of the canteen. Being on the canteen committee is a very easy way for parents to help generate significant funds for the school as well as making sure our boys continue to have good choice of healthy, fresh and affordable food.

Please call the canteen to speak with Karen or Tracey or just come along to be on the committee. Please help us to help your sons.

Term 4 and 2012 volunteers

With our Year 12 parents starting to leave, we are actively seeking new volunteers. We cannot provide the service and range of food we do to your boys unless we have volunteers to help our canteen managers. If you have never tried helping in canteen, why not give it a go? Helping in the canteen is a great way to network with other parents and to feel part of the school – you can also guarantee you will get to see your son when he shows up to buy food!! It’s a great way to also help make a really substantial financial contribution to our school. No need to wait until next year….introduce yourself now!

Please give Karen or Tracey a call on 9360 4027 to see what days they need help the most – any time that you can give us is most appreciated!!

Our volunteers can change from week to week – 4 per day is a good number to have – to allow for sickness etc. If you see a day where there are only 2-3 volunteers, the staff – and the other volunteers – would really appreciate the help of some extra people. Extra people on that day means less work, more social time and shorter queues for the boys. Please ring if you can help any day.

Thank you to the following people for last week…

MONDAY: Jie (Jane) Lin, Rebecca Tsai, Mei Gibbs Leung

TUESDAY: Jenny Romeo, Elsa Li

WEDNESDAY: Sally Allingham, JIm O' Sullivan, Sladjana Petrovic,

THURSDAY: Stam Farrugia, Alana Liang, Ming Ming Lee,

FRIDAY: Shilpa Punekar, Linda Perris, Louise Warren, Susan Zhang,

We also send Get Well wishes to Samson, an ‘old boy’, unrostered but regular helper, after an unexpected stay in hospital for him. On Samson’s suggestion, canteen had a fun World Cup Wallaby Rugby day with Green and Gold featuring on the menu and also in a photo, which will be sent into the ARU, with some of our Year 7s showing our great High spirit!! Well done boys and staff!!
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.


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.

From the MIC Basketball

Interesting quotes from The School Record 1939

“Early 1939, a new sport was introduced to our school- men’s basketball. A school team was selected and trained by Captain Wilthew….Rumours of happy and strenuous basketball games circulate. Apparently this game is going to be popular”

Recent events

  • Our Opens Basketball team are the State All Schools Champions! Sydney Boys High defeated The Scots College in the State All Schools Final last week 81-69. The team has now qualified for the National Championships in ‘Championship division’. Our aim is to defend our National title and go ‘back to back’ for our school.
  • Our 15 years team are Sydney East Champions. We will travel NSW in the state knockout competition, hoping to get to the top 8 in state as per previous years’ teams.
  • The Annual School vs The Old Boys game was a success! On Sunday a huge number of Old Boys flocked to our gymnasium to play games against both our first and second grade sides. Our second grade side was defeated by the dominance of Old Boy Legend, Shiraz Biscevic who now towers at 6 foot 9 inches against our young side. Our first grade side held on to record a narrow victory, to regain the trophy and edge the honour board in the gymnasium in the school’s favour. Ben Carter (class of 1996) was a standout for the Old Boys, whilst Craig Moller’s new found ability to put the ball through his legs in the air and ‘windmill dunk’ in spectacular fashion has got the boys talking!
  • The Annual Coaching Co-ordinator meeting occurred on Sunday afternoon. 23 coaches attended. All are focussed on the season ahead with the distribution of a new ‘skills matrix’ for all age groups of athletes to follow.
  • The Sydney Kings recently attended our school for a ‘media session’. Old Boy, David Wolf is the General Manager of the Sydney Kings. We have a great relationship with the Kings and representative basketball in Sydney at all levels.
  • The GPS season starting in less than 3 weeks. 350 plus boys have trialled hoping to be selected to represent our school in one of our 36 teams this season.
  • In the Holidays on the 7th of October we will be hosting the Sydney Kings Schools Shootout. Schools from all of the state will be attending. We won this competition in both Premier and Development division last season. The winner will play before a Sydney Kings game at the Entertainment Centre!
  • Visit Sydney Boys High Basketball Facebook to see all the latest basketball gossip. With over 450 members now, of all ages, it is an exciting resource to talk to generations of basketball players who have represented or currently represent the school.
  • Australia's clean sweep of New Zealand in the Oceania three game series the Opals and Boomers have both secured a spot at the London 2012 Olympics. Check out the highlights from Game 1 - Boomers vs. Tall Blacks http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7i7Ty_VZHVA
  • Playing representative basketball; Not sure what to do with your holidays and want to be a first or second grade basketballer one day? Get into reps!! See the Sydney Comets association details below.

Mr B. Hayman
Master in Charge of Basketball
Coaching Co-ordinator

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SBHS Rowing Committee

Saturday 15 October 2011
at High Rowing Sheds, Abbotsford

All parents … if there is one morning you should attend it is this one. Come along and be informed!

PROGRAM for PARENTS – Saturday 15 October
8.30am - Junior Rowing Parents Information/Orientation session
10.30am – Year 10 and Senior Parents – Information session



  • The season calendar with important dates identified
  • Outline of what’s expected of the boys and how parents can contribute
  • Outline of camp duties for senior parents
  • Discussion of camp menus – suggestions welcome
  • Outline of Saturday BBQ duties for junior parents
  • Who’s who? Meet the MIC, Coaches, Old Boys and Committee

Craig Phillis
SHS Rowing Committee

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