High Notes, Vol 12 No 6, March 11 2011

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to our swimmers on retaining the Zone Championship. Age champions were: Kazuo Nakamara (13 years), Leonard Mah (14 years) Eugene Lee (15 years) and Max Chien (17+ years). Records at the meet were set by: Leonard Mah (14 yrs 100m freestyle), Darren Chien (15 yrs 100m breaststroke), 13 years 4 x 50 relay , and the All Age 6 x 50 relay. Well done to all!

Review of Funding for Schooling
In April, 2010, Julia Gillard (then Minister for Education) announced the first review of cross sectoral funding and regulation since 1973. The aim of the review is “to identify arrangements that will achieve a funding system which is transparent, fair, financially sustainable and effective in promoting excellent educational outcomes for all Australian students” (8). In December, 2010, the Review of Funding for Schooling panel, chaired by David Gonski, published its Emerging Issues Paper, the result of a ‘listening’ tour which heard from over 70 education groups. The major theme of discussions was ‘equity of educational outcomes for all students’. The panel believes that “equity should ensure that differences in educational outcomes are not the result of differences in wealth, income, power or possessions” (5). Some groups expressed the need for clarity around what a common level of funding for every student should be based on. Concerns were raised about the SES (socioeconomic status) funding model and the AGSRC (Average Government School Recurrent Costs) measure. Current capital funding amounts were considered to be limited. “There was broad support for funding arrangements that encourage and enable school governance and leadership to drive improved educational outcomes” (7). Also, funding arrangements for improving teacher quality were strongly supported. [In the next High Notes I will outline how schools are funded.]

COLA upgrade
Commencing this week, the COLA complex will have power run to the sheds; lights installed for night usage of the nets; artificial grass turf replaced around the bowling creases and new turf laid on the extended run-up; paving stones added to the rear of the run-ups; an additional retaining wall constructed; additional nets installed; run-off pipes, a water storage tank and pump installed; and some landscaping of the adjacent area. The funds ($26k) have come from a successful state government grant application prepared and submitted by a High parent, Carrie Waring. I thank her on your behalf, and Laurie Heil, who has obtained all the quotations and will project manage the work. The major part of the work should be completed by March 17. There will be some disruptions to activities in the area while the work is being carried out.

The development and management of our libraries
The Senior Library was established in 2008 as an online research and resource centre for senior students and as an overflow examination space. It was expanded considerably in 2009 with additional furniture, fittings and a data projector. In 2010, a circulation desk, mobile bookstands and an interactive whiteboard were added. Resources were moved from the Junior Library to the Senior Library and a two-day SASS person employed to help with scanning and library loans. This year there will be a focus on consolidation. The school needs to accommodate the needs of 600 senior students and 566 junior students. We need to adjust access arrangements between the two libraries at peak times and to establish more effective management of high demand times such as Friday, period 0. Some issues surrounding security, boys scanning on in the senior library and managing overflow students between the libraries, need to be addressed. We need also to respond to changing student needs, now that Years 10 and 11 have DET laptops. High parents subsidised the running of the two libraries to the tune of $106,000 in 2010. I want to reassure parents that not only are we delivering what we promised in 2008 when we used some SBHS Building Fund money to fund the project. The senior library will retain its dual role as an online library and overflow examination space for years to come. We will always endeavour to maximise accommodation for boys in both libraries to the betterment of the school as a whole. We are working towards having support staff in both libraries five days a week. The dream was always to have two fully functioning libraries. By 2012 that dream will be closer to becoming a reality with your continued support.

School contributions
Although the period of time to attract a discount for full payment has expired, I urge all parents to help the school deliver its programs by supporting our general service contribution, levies, tax deductible funds and co-payments for activities. The quality of your son’s education is dependent on everyone’s support.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Parent Information Evening


Dear Parent,
If you have a child entering the final years of high school, you are about to discover that the HSC’s challenges and stresses are not exclusive to the students. As a parent, you can and will play an important role in your child’s HSC success. Over the next 12 – 24 months you will need to be a motivator, coach, supporter, tutor and you will have to do all of this without crossing the line and becoming the enemy! Are you ready for the challenge?

On Thursday 31st March 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm in The Great Hall, the P&C will be hosting a presentation to our parent body to make sure that you are ready for the year ahead. The presentation is to be hosted by Elevate Education. Elevate is Australia’s largest provider of study skills programs in Australia, working annually with 350 schools and 35,000 students around Australia. The company’s study guide to Years 11 and 12, “The Science of Student Success”, has sold over 15,000 copies and is used by countless schools around the country as a standard text for their students. Elevate has conducted ground breaking research into the habits of the State’s top students to identify exactly what these students do to ace the HSC.

In their 60-minute presentation, Elevate will address the following issues:

  • How do I help to motivate my child?
  • What type of work should they be doing?
  • How do I help my child to manage their time?
  • Is technology a distraction or can MySpace and Facebook help my child?
  • What are reasonable expectations I should have of my child?
  • And much, much more.

This night is not to be missed and could help turn the next 12-24 months into a rewarding time for you and your family.
Karen Chiam
Year 11 Parent Representative

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From the Canteen

Canteen closes at Warning bell

Due to the number of boys going to class while still eating, canteen has been instructed by Mr Dowdell to close the shutters when the warning bell rings before class. PLEASE do not try to plea bargain with Karen and Tracey about last minute purchases – this only makes their job more difficult and will necessitate staff attendance.

We appreciate your understanding and patience. We try to serve as many boys as we can but this is not always possible depending on what help we have in canteen, so make sure you are aware of the time when you join a queue.

Foreign coins

A friendly reminder that Australian money is the only currency acceptable at canteen. Any other coins offered cause the whole queue to have to wait while you find the correct money.

Special lunch orders

If someone wants something specially made in a sandwich or a rolll, and it is not on the menu, just ask Karen or Tracey if they could possibly make it for you. They may well be able to do so and you can then get it in a lunch order.

Many thanks to the following people who have helped in canteen over the last fortnight.....
Pam Jepson, Lynn Chen, Anita Bezjak, Jenny Nixon an Hannah, May Ip, Yan Mei Yin (Rena), Huiya Jade Ni, Agnes Leo, Jeffi Wu, Sally Hunt,Jenny Hu, Helen Kon, Li Jian ping, Fabienne Ovadia, Maria Farrell, Rita Shackell, David Mah, Li Yang, Susan Zhang, Tran Nguyen, Bibiama song, Claire Billaud, Irene Ben, Carolyn Pope, Jenny Dong, Sharon Hughes, Angela Feng, Vicki Moller, Cindy Tseu, Min Chen, Vikki Angell, Heaweon Jeong, Sachiyo James, Annette Ng, Joanna Yu, Hellen Lin, Yanning Fan, Katrina Morrow.

.......our volunteers are certainly much appreciated by our canteen managers, Tracey and Karen.

Thank you
The Canteen Team

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SBHS Debating

Next week debaters will start to receive invoices for their co-payment. Please ensure these are paid promptly to enable us to continue to provide the coaching this year.


Round 1 2
Y7 L W
Y8 L L
Y9 L W
Y10 W W
Y11 W L
Y12 W W

The second round of Eastside was held at Reddam House. Years 7-9 debated the proposition that magistrates should be tougher on young offenders, with all three affirmative teams taking out the win, marking our new Year 7s first win! In the senior division, we argued that political parties should commit to binding pre-election promises. In a reversal of the junior results, all three negative teams came out on top, although both Years 10 and 12 made their jobs harder with substandard performances.
Ashwin Rudder
Debating Prefect.


Thank you to all the debaters who made their way up to Knox and in particular to those who were able to step in at the last minute to replace boys who withdrew either in the week or at the last minute.

It was very embarrassing to forfeit the Year 12 Debate because we have only enough Year 12 Debaters for one team.

It is disappointing that there are not enough Year 12 Debaters this year, but this is an opportunity for Year 11 Debaters ( of whom there are many) to get more debating experience and get into my good books for future selections!

It is crucial that I am informed with sufficient notice if you cannot debate. This is why we have the debating email and it is alarming how few parents have actually signed up for this. Congratulations to Year 7 and Year 11 who won their debates against Knox.


Tonight for Eastside we are debating Grammar for FED and for Eastside we are debating St Joseph’s here at school. This is a good opportunity for parents to support their son’s debate. Please come along and support the debating program.

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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High Tide

Sydney Boys High School Sailing

The third and final leg of the Tri Series was sailed on Saturday 5th. It was an early start for the boys due to the JJ Giltinan Championships, an Australian 18ft Skiff championship, being held at Double Bay. The wind blew strongly from the southeast for the whole day ranging from 12 knots to gusts of 20 knots.

A combination of brisk wind and all the sailors being pumped for the last few races in the series made for exciting and very aggressive sailing, especially at the starts and mark roundings. Several protests were made and a few in the Pacer fleets were disqualified. It was noticeable that we were not as proficient and determined as the other schools at the starts, which we will definitely have to work on to be competitive at the NSW Schools Teams Racing Championships.

There were some good signs from the High sailors in the Pacer division, especially from David Evans and Bart Daniels who both finished with consistent top ten places. Both boats picked up many places on the mark roundings with good use of the rules which will be crucial at the Teams Racing. In the Lasers, Ennes Mehmedbasic sailed really well with good finishes. Although he was taken out at the starts by the other schools and was slammed on (covered by another boat repeatedly), he recovered very well.

Cranbrook won the overall Pacer point score while in the Lasers, Riverview came first. To their credit, Cranbrook especially showed a high level of consistency as well as good results. In the Lasers, both Ennes and Marcus missed out on one weekend each due to other commitments and injury, which was unfortunate as both sailors would have won a podium finish otherwise. Both sailors finished equal 5th overall, which was still a good result especially as they had three last places recorded each due to absence. In the Pacers standouts were: Bart Daniels overall 6th, Connor Robinson overall 7th and David Evans overall 9th. Special mention this series goes to Darren Taing who has skippered well after only one term of sailing ever. Great effort!

Racing Rule of the Week:
ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-12
Part 1: Rule 2
A boat and her owner shall compete in compliance with recognised principles of sportsmanship and fair play.

Tri-Series Sailing 2011

Pacers (27 Boats)
* Adjusted Results (due to changing Skippers)

  Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Final Points Final Place
Skipper/Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9   /27 boats
Connor Robinson Tim PilienThomas Shortridge 10 15 9   6 2 6 12 11 12 83 6th
Bart DanielsDexter GordonMax Birch 5 5 6 9 11 22 7 10 10 85 7th
David EvansDarren TaingHayden Rabone 6 12 2 17 14 15 8 9 7 90 8th
Daniel FangToby FunstonVincent Xu 30 8 12 3 9 17 15 13 20 127 12th
Darren Taing/Adam CehWill RandlesTiger Zhang 17A 10 A 13 A 23D 18D 21D 30D 18D 25D 175 20th
Ben HillierMax Birch/Julian Edgtton 18 19 21 25 23 18 30 23 24 201 22nd

Lasers (13 boats)

  Round 1 Round 2 Round 3 Final Points Final Place
Ennes Mehmedbasic 7 5 5 DNS DNS DNS 4 5 3 119 5th
Marcus James 4 3 7 5 6 4 DNS DNS DNS 119 5th
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Tennis Report

Scots vs. High

High tennis suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday against The Scots College. Though we are still in second place for the season, High’s position is under threat. We must defeat King’s this Saturday to confirm our spot and to have a chance at the premiership, a feat involving great difficulty but we are confident this can be achieved. Saturday began like any other, introduction then doubles, and like others we would gain a winning ratio in doubles. Frank and George completed their match first prevailing comfortably. Patrick and I were second to finish unfortunately defeated in a low quality match. At 1-1 it was up to Lachlan and Robert to attain the winning ratio start that, in our perception predetermines a win. A gruelling doubles match up resulted in a long and intense competition that Lachlan and Robert were fortunate to overcome, especially after a match point slipped through their hands when Lachlan failed to put away a mid-court smash. They prevailed in a tight super tiebreaker. Unfortunately we fell off the mark in singles matches with a 2-4 losing ratio leading to a loss at the end of the day. Frank and I were the only players to win our matches. Frank had an impressive match against a player that he has lost to before but never the less redemption came in the form a 7-5 7-5 victory. Our team was especially disappointed in Patrick’s loss to a player that he should have and has beaten. He will be putting in a lot of hard work this week to achieve redemption. Training this week will concentrate on a winning attitude and intimidation as we seek a win against King’s. No excuses.
Arman Abdollahi

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Sydney Boys High Cricket

Sydney High School Vs. The Scots College

1st XI
Sydney Boys High 5-130 (45overs) (Michael Phung 36, Jesse Moffat 35 no, Oliver Meroni 25, Owen Duffy 10no, N Bhagwat 8) vs. Scots 10-168 (54 overs) (Saif Haque 5-47 (16 overs), Jesse Moffat 3-27 (14 overs) Siva Sooriakumar 1-20 (10 overs) Oliver Meroni 2 excellent catches and Sam Lane 1 spectacular catch)
We are well placed and some sensible, disciplined batting should bring about our first GPS win of the season!

2nd XI-
Sydney Boys High 1/9(9) ( L.Katiputiya 3 no, S Dhingra 3no) vs. Scots 8/214declared. (S.Sivayogarayan - 3/53(11), C Price 3/53(15), S Dhingra 1/34(11) K. Gunuratne 1/25(11))
A big effort is needed from the top order, with at least one going on to make a big score to see High achieve the biggest winning run chase on McKay in over six years.

3rd XI-
Sydney Boys High 6/145(33) ( Pasan Pannila (38*), Dhruv Guptaa (36*), Allen Fu (21)) vs. Scots 9/112 (Pasan Panilla 4/12 (5), Shumit Hoque 3/19 (5), Dhruv Guptaa 2/32 (5))
High won the toss and elected to bowl. We had a great start with a wicket off our third ball 1/0. After a solid partnership by Scots they were 2/52 after the 7th over, We then bowled and batted superbly to dismiss them all for 112 after the19th over. Pasan and Dhruv formed a formidable partnership of over 50 runs in a span of 14 overs. High was 6/145 at the end of day one and are looking for an outright victory against Scots next week !

4th XI – No report received

5th XI – No game BYE

HIGH High 79 (Shivangar 22, Anup Kalunve 18, Thilan Subasinghe 10) vs Scotts 3/106 (Viskan Thayalan 1/7 (4), Thilan Subasinghe 1/19 (5), Safat Sufian 1/29(4)
After winning the toss, High elected to bat and started stably with 0/20. However, for the second game in a row, the boys have let themselves down with their approach to playing spin bowling. Shivangar was strong in his batting till the last ball, similar to Safat in the previous week. In the field, good field placements by Thilan were not enough to stem the flow of runs. However, batsman such as Shivangar and Anup have started to demonstrate progress and so have bowlers such as Thilan and Visakan. Hopefully, other players can have similar breakthroughs soon and we can piece it all together for a strong performance in the next 3 weeks of cricket.

Scots 7/98 defeated High 6/97
A heartbreaking loss that could have been prevented. Batting first, we made a competitive 97 in 28 overs with Jacky Jiang (34*) carrying his bat in his first outing as opener. Able support was provided by Simon Luong (9), Chris Mao (16) and Vasu Bhakri (8). In defending the total, Chris provided easily the best spell of fast bowling coach Ritam has seen in many years at High, supported by the McGrath-esque Ricky Chen. Scots were 2/0, 5/8 and 6/17!! Chris took the terrifying figures of 5/5 off 5, and Ricky backed up with 2/17. However, a strong partnership then saw the match slip away and Ricky was able to take the 7th wicket.

16CXI – No game BYE

15 A – No game BYE

High 4/184 (Lasith De Fonseka 79, Aditya Koneru 49, Sam Gallagher 17) defeated Scots 145 (Aditya Koneru 5/15, Haotian Zhang 2/6, Jackson Huang 1/17)
High won the toss and elected to bat, both openers were dismissed in quick succession bringing Aditya and Lasith to the crease, who proceeded to amass a 144 run partnership in the next 20 overs. High was able to set a very imposing total of 184. Needing around a run a ball, the Scots batsmen came in with an attacking mindset but Aditya and Jackson put them on the back foot immediately through good opening spells. Scots fought back to be 3/95 with their star batsman reaching 50, before Lasith knocked him over and turned the match back in High's favour. High then efficiently cleaned up their tail, taking the last 6 wickets for 4 runs. A great win !

15C – No game BYE

14A XI-
Scots – 10/277 (56.3)( Kevin Ke 3-42 (8), Varunan Murugananthan 3-59(9), Kevin Robinson 1-12 (5), Raunak Sura 1-21 (6), Niyazul Bari 1-29 (8), Anthony Allingham 1-21 (2)) Sydney High – 1/16 (5) (Marc Betbeder - 8 (not out), Kevin Ke - 0 (not out))

Sydney Boys High - 9/117 (31.1 overs)( Raycole DAI – 24, Vishnu A – 23, Renjith, JOSEPH – 14, Bryan L – 14, Anthony H – 11) DEFEATED The Scots College - 10/116 (28 overs)( Felix W- 3/14 (3) Bryan L- 2/10 (4) Jason L - 2/10 (3))
With wickets falling consistently, it was clear that the week's fielding training looks to have paid off with a total of 7 catches and 2 run outs before Scots were all out for 116 in the 28th over. With the bat, High got off to a rocky start losing a wicket in the first over. However a patient 40 run partnership from Avudainayagam and Dai saw the team rebuild, allowing for an increased run rate. Two quick wickets, however meant more pressure on the batting side, as runs and wickets came steadily. The end was a truly nail-biting finish, with High losing 2 wickets in the 31st over to be need 1 run from 1 over with only 1 wicket in hand. Khondaker was the hero in the end, scoring the winning runs in the final over with a solid leg glance to the boundary for 4 !!

SPC 6/130(23)( Yilun Zhou - 3/16 (4), Niroshan Selvakkumar - 1/25 (5), Sharek Khan - 1/27 (5) ,Mike Liu - 1/21 (3)) DEFEATED High 9/125 (30)( Niroshan Selvakkumar – 28, Eric Yu – 25, Anthony Taing – 17. Sharek Khan – 16)
After winning the toss and electing to bat, High began poorly, being reduced to 3/22. A hard hitting partnership between Eric and Niroshan saw the run rate climb. However, after Eric was dismissed, wickets in hand became the priority. Sharek and Anthony were later involved in a very mature 10 over partnership which guided High to an extremely competitive total of 125. A disastrous first 15 overs by High in the field saw SPC comfortably reach 1/78. In the 16th over the game was turned on its head. Yilun Zhao bowled a magnificent spell to see him take a hat-trick and join the growing list of High bowlers to achieve a hat-trick this season. Although High lost the match, the game was thoroughly enjoyed by the team and a win is surely around the corner with some improvement in ground fielding and line and length bowling.

13A XI
Scots 8/188)(Thomas N. 2/15 (5) Karthik S. 2/15 (2)) def High 8/132(Harishan P. (31), Karthik S. (26), James P. (25))
We won the toss and elected to field. Our catches were exceptional, accounting for the first 5 wickets. However, generally sloppy fielding allowed them to reach 2/100 at drinks. Although their runs flowed steadily, so did the wickets, reaching their total 8 down. This was our first match away from home so we were not used to the larger boundaries. The bottom order performed extremely well under pressure, scoring 35 runs off the last 5 overs. Also a special mention to Kevin Lam’s great coaching while filling in for Mr Smith at the game as our coach. Well done, boys!

13B XI
Scots 13Bs 5/82 (Amit Deep Singh (3/2 off 4 overs) Saransh Saini (2/15 off 3 overs)) Defeated High 13Bs 9/81 (Nafis Rahman 26, Louis Shtein 11, Amit Deep Singh 8)
For the first time this season, High won the toss and elected to bat. Nafis again batted strongly, scoring a magnificent 26 which was supported by Louis' 11 and Amit's 8. After 32 overs, we finished at 9/81 which is our highest total this season. Our bowling started well, with Amit taking 2 wickets in consecutive balls in the very first over. Howeverm, after having them 5/40 odd we were unable to take the crucial wicket 5th wicket partnership with Scots surpassing our total five wickets down. Special mention must go to Amit for his exceptional bowling figures of 3/2 off four overs. Again, the 13Bs have shown tremendous improvement this week and hopefully we can put a win on the board in the following weeks.

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SBHS Cricket Dinner 2011

SBHS Cricket will celebrate the 2011 cricket season at the SBHS Cricket dinner on

Wednesday 30th March 2011
at 6.00 for 6.30pm pm in the Great hall

The cost of the dinner will be $30 per adult and $25 per student.

Players are asked to take responsibility for coaches’ thank you gifts on a team by team basis - captains, please organize.


Boys are to wear school uniform at the dinner. Some soft drinks will be provided and students may bring additional soft drinks. Parents may BYO wine/beer, if they wish.

Please detach the form [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] and hand it in with payment at the Main Office before 19th March 2011

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The Bookworm

Library Services

The Chess Competition will be held on Friday March 18
The popular Library Chess Competition will be held on Friday March 25 in the morning before school and also at lunchtime.

It’s great fun and open to all chess players, beginner or intermediate level.

Entries Close Tuesday March 15 (coming Tuesday).

ENTER NOW! Follow the links immediately after logging into the Student Portal.

Everyone Belongs – Literacy promotes Harmony
Harmony Day is on March 21. Harmony Day is about knowing more about each other’s culture. Dive into a world of cultures by borrowing a book or DVD.

Free Harmony Day stickers & transfers whenever you borrow more than one book or DVD in the Junior & Senior libraries until Harmony Day.

James Patterson is a critically acclaimed author. He has sold over 220 million thrillers worldwide. He is one of the most popular authors in our library.

TRIVIA “James Patterson was an advertising executive before he became a bestseller author”

The school libraries hold 31 James Patterson titles. Look for James Patterson on the shelf:-


CHECK THE CATALOGUE http://www.sydneyboyshigh.com/intranet/portal/librarysearch
You’ll need to login with your Student number and password.

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Basketball: Shooting Hoops

High VS Scots

High vs Shore 2010 Term 4 (Last time)

1st WIN 77-61 E.NAAR 26
2nd WIN 52-39 N.FRANCE 27
3rd WIN 28-27 A.JAIN 8
4th WIN 35-27 G.LI 14
16A WIN 38-26 O.KIRK MVP
16C WIN 49-19 A.WEI 14
16E WIN 58-8 S.DU 20
15A WIN 40-28 B.CHEN 18
15B WIN 44-21 P.GAO 13
15C WIN 26-22 S. NORONA 13
15D WIN 39-10 D.SUN 16
15E LOSS 20-22 V.YANG 8
14A LOSS 19-36 A.NADIR 6
14B WIN 26-25 L.HOAD 6
14C WIN 38-18 C.WANG 11
14D LOSS 12-18 K.SZET 4

High vs Shore 2011 Term 1 (This time)

1st LOSS 54-65 E.NAAR 18
2nd LOSS(OT) 47-45 B.MCGLENCHY 12
3rd LOSS 29-43 B.OU 14
4th WIN 46-27 J. ZHANG 17
8th WIN 31-22 K.LI 8
16C WIN 27-14 A.WEI, W.CHOI 6
16D WIN 32-16 A.PUNEKAR 10
16F WIN 26-20 C.YORK 8
15A WIN 58-11 B.CHEN 20
15B WIN 59-6 P.GAO 12
15C WIN 85-4 B.TRUNONG 23
15D LOSS 29-32 H.FENG 8
15E WIN 35-7 R.CHIN 11
14A LOSS 24-10 K.LIANG,  J.YANG 4
14B WIN 29-20 B.CHEN 12
14C WIN 38-25 J.TRAN 8
14D WIN 27-26 K.SZET 9
14E WIN 22-1 N.HOANG 11
14F WIN 19-12 J.TRAN 5
13A LOSS 59-18 J.SONG 10
13B LOSS 60-0 OUCH
13E WIN 27-11 DANIEL WANG 12
13F LOSS 18-19 BEN MVP

1st Grade Table

  Played Won Lost For Against Points
High 11 10 1 909 566 21
Newington 11 9 2 760 468 20
Scots 11 9 2 815 594 20
St. Ignatius' 11 6 5 765 799 17
St. Joseph's 11 4 7 614 739 15
Shore 11 4 7 620 749 15
Grammar 11 1 10 557 770 12
Kings 11 1 10 390 745 12

Unfortunately High suffered its first loss of the season but still retains a one win lead over Scots and Newington. This makes the coming games against Kings, Grammar and in particular Newington crucial in determining whether High wins the premiership. Please come along and support our first and second grade teams for the rest of their matches, in particular our final home match of the season against Grammar!

Have you bought your ticket for the basketball dinner? Details in last week’s High notes!!! Please pay at the office to book your seat to celebrate our successes in this recent season!!!

Thank You to all our Supporters
Thanks to all the High supporters who turned up at Scots last week. It is always great to have a strong High support at away games, especially in crucial matches like this and although we weren’t able to win your attendance was greatly appreciated and helped to lift High Spirit. Remember though, the season isn’t over and there are still a few games so you can come and support your school if you haven’t already.

Old Boys, Parents and Friends Day
SBHS Basketball invites all Old Boys, parents and friends of Sydney High Basketball to the “Old Boys, Parents and Friends Day” to be held on 19th of March at the SBHS gym for the High - Grammar Game. Please come along and enjoy this game as it is the last home game for the season!

~ Go High Basketball!
~ Play Hard, Play Smart and Play Together!
~ Don’t forget to visit the Sydney High Basketball Website!
~ Brought to you by the editors, David Li Wang and Chris Chiam
~ Thank you to Mr Hayman for all his contributions to basketball and information

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Sydney High Annual Basketball Dinner

Celebrate another fantastic year of basketball at High by organising your team to attend the 7th Annual Basketball Dinner and finish the year in winning style!!!

Every team will receive trophies for the Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player. 1 minute speeches will be made by staff members about their age groups and players will be able to show their thanks to them as well! The team with the best highlight footage of their season will show off their talent on the big screen. There will be a raffle and auction for huge prizes. Be there to win any of the following: Gourmet Food Safari Wine, Courtside Corporate Box tickets to the Sydney Kings last home game and more…..

When: Friday, 1/4/ 11, 6:00pm. End of Night 9:30pm.

Where: Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School

Who: Players, parents, friends, supporters and coaches of all teams!

1) Because the friendships made through SBHS basketball last a lifetime
2) Because the program has improved significantly this season and requires your support for this to continue.


*All drinks will be provided on the night. Alcohol is BYO. Advise when booking if a vegetarian meal is required. 210 seats only. If you won an award make sure you pay ASAP.
NB: Proceeds from ticket sales etc go into the basketball program to help improve future basketball for our juniors.

Please return the slip [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] with $35/per person to the front office by 18 MARCH 2011.

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Rowing Dinner

Wednesday March 23 2011
The Great Hall

The Rowing Committee invites you to the traditional Boatshed Dinner for all rowers.

It is a very special opportunity to celebrate the efforts and achievements of our boys as well as acknowledge staff, coaches and supporters.

All crews will be introduced on the stage and there will be speeches by -

  • Captain of Year 10 crews – Alex Pereira
  • Stroke of Year 8 1st Quad – Jackson Tan
  • Stroke of Year 9 1st Quad – Steve Comninos
  • Captain of Boats – Jonah Petrie

We ask all rowers to wear full school uniform please.

The evening is both a formal introduction of our representative crews for this season and a great opportunity to socialise and show support for the boys in the lead up to the GPS Head of the River and the CHS Championships.

The cost of the dinner is $30 for adults and $30 for students. Flavoured and plain mineral water will be provided. Parents may BYO wine/beer

We look forward to a full house with all boys and their parents attending.

Kind regards.
Anita Bezjak President and Julie Blomberg MIC

LAST DAY FOR PAYMENT AND RSVP [using the form available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] AT THE MAIN OFFICE IS FRIDAY 18 MARCH. You can pay by credit card over the phone. School Office – 9361 6910 Ext 108

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SBHS Rowing Committee

Joeys Regatta Results

Highlights –

  • School 1st Eight performing a very competitive time of 4.42.27 and up there in the mix with the other GPS crews – Andreas Purcal, Ryan Caetano, David Andrews, Tim Montanaro, Max Jones, Isaac Eveleigh, Ben Wilcox, Jonah Petrie, (c) Daniel Tam
  • School 2nd Eight having a very good row in the time of 4.50.48, and making the final on the day – Sean Martin, Declan Gorey, Ilya Bonch-Osmolovskiy, Gianmarco De Nigris, Tim Gollan, Allen Liao, Eric Ovadia, Koren Fang, (c) Peter Tran
  • Year 9 1st quad finishing 2nd to Newington (even after catching a crab!) in a time of 3.56.93 – Brendan Guan, Rex Yi, Andrew Zhang, Steve Comninos, (c) Josh Lane
  • Year 9 3rd quad finishing 3rd to Shore and Newington in 4.21.13 – Brendan Kong, Kohen Lau, Byron Zhou, Chris Wang, (c) Joseph Tang

Congratulations to all those rowers!

GPS 2011 Point Score -

  • The Year 9 1st Quad is in third position
  • The Year 9 3rd Quad is sitting in 4th position

This week

Saturday 12 March - Scots Regatta at Hen & Chicken Bay

Melbourne Tour

The Year 10 Rowers travelled to Melbourne last week as part of an annual exchange program with Melbourne High. Sydney High Rowing would like to thank Mr Con Barris, for organising the trip each year, and driving the boys on the school bus to and from Melbourne. Thanks are also extended to Old Boys, Mr Neville Morgan (1965) and Dr David Blomberg (1971) for assisting with the bus driving, and Mr Tim Wilson, Ollie Wilson’s dad for driving the boats. The boys enjoyed hospitality with Melbourne High families and appreciated their coaches, Mitch Estens and Joe Banh, travelling to Melbourne to support them with their rowing.

Upcoming Events

Riverview Gold Cup Regatta - Saturday 19 March - Lane Cove
Rowing Dinner - Wednesday 23 March - Great Hall 6.30pm for all rowers and parents
High Regatta - Saturday 26 March - Hen & Chicken Bay – parents needed to help
Rowing Assembly - Friday 1 April - Great Hall 11am for all HOR competitors & families
AAGPS Head of the River - Saturday 2 April - Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith
NSW CHS Championships - Mon 3/Tues 4 April - Grafton - for selected rowers

Melbourne High Exchange

The Year 10 Melbourne High and Sydney Boys High rowing exchange is a major event on the rowing calendar. In its 9th year, this tradition allows the similar schools to race each other in each school’s home city. With the Melbourne boys having already travelled up to Sydney in November, it was time for High to voyage down south to get a taste of the Yarra River. The Year 10 1st VIII and half the Year 10 2nd VIII departed for Melbourne at lunch on Tuesday the 1st, being driven by Mr Barris and 1965 School Captain, and Captain of Boats, Mr Neville Morgan. Tim Wilson, father of Head Coach Ollie Wilson, kindly volunteered to drive down our boat trailer. We drove until nightfall, spending the night at a cosy motel in Holbrook, to leave at 7am the next day.

We arrived at the Melbourne High boatshed at lunchtime on Wednesday, well rested and eager to row. Catching up with our old billets from last November as we rigged and assembled our boats, we were able to gain an insight into the lives of these Melbourne rowers.

We were quite surprised to find warning signs around the Yarra informing people that if they fall in they should get medical attention. Apparently the Yarra wasn’t much cleaner than the Parramatta River in Sydney. With our boats built and our rowers ready, we pushed off the pontoon to get our first feel of the Yarra River. Although not the most pristine of rivers, the Yarra was a wonder to row on. We explored the flat, winding waters all the way through the heart of the city, marvelling at the trees and buildings towering over each side. Getting over the excitement of exploring a city, we settled down and started to focus. It was time to train.

The much anticipated race between us and Melbourne was held the next day, and was a bit of a let down. Although we had beaten Melbourne convincingly in November, they were able to beat us in Melbourne.

We were then free to wander the city, experiencing Melbourne as the Melbourne High School kids did in Sydney. The city in Melbourne is much more planned and easy to get around than the city in Sydney, however, some of us had to stop occasionally and ask for directions.

Overall, the trip to Melbourne was a great chance for us to row on perfectly flat toxic water, find other rowers that were at our level, and make friends in Melbourne that we may just keep forever.
Daniel Keogh

AAGPS Head of the River 2011

Attendance at the GPS Head of the River is strongly encouraged for all students to support our rowing crews. Attendance by students (in full school uniform) is recognised by 5 points in the School Award scheme. This is a big day on the AAGPS school calendar and is quite a spectacle with all GPS schools attending. It is the day everyone works towards, a day filled with history and tradition, where all schools congregate with school pride. We are there too, with our Stage Band, High chants, colours and banners. If there is one day you should experience while at High it is the Head of the River!

Where: Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith
When: Saturday 2 April 2011 How: Supporters will depart from the school bus stop on Anzac Parade and return to the school at approximately 2.00pm.
Cost: $15 for a subsidised ticket (incl. transport and entry), paid to the school office by Wednesday 30 March

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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.

SBHS Big Night Out – 5.00pm, Sunday 27th March

The BNO team has put together a terrific menu for us all to enjoy at Big Night Out – 5.00pm Sunday 27th March – two and a half weeks away! Tickets for our only whole school family event are now on sale at the General Office. $20.00 each now or $25.00 at the door. Send your boy to school with your ticket order.

We would like to pre-sell as many tickets as possible so we know how many people we are catering for. Your whole family is welcome – terrific value with 3 courses and a full schedule of entertainment including music, dance, theatre and games for just $20.00 a head - BYO drinks or available for purchase on the night.

The success of Big Night Out relies on the whole school family pitching in to share the many cuisines on offer. In the menu below, are the contact details for the parents who are coordinating each of the food stations. We really need your help now to make sure we have enough food to share.

Have a look at the menu and make contact with one of the parents below to tell them what you can contribute or cook and when you can bring it. Something as simple as flat breads for the Greek BBQ, vegetables prepared for the BBQ or your specialty cake. Keshani, a Year 12 parent from last year, is coming back again to help us by coordinating the curries but she needs her team of cooks! 10 people making a curry for 10 will get us there.

You may even like to add something the BNO team hasn’t included. Donations of food are more than welcome and we can also reimburse for the cost of preparing meat curries, lamb, etc – just keep your receipts and give to your coordinator on the night. Each of the food stations also needs a team of parents to help serve and check tickets on the night. Please contact the parents below to nominate a time that you could help out during the night. The more the merrier.

We really look forward to seeing as many families as possible on the night – and we need your cooking skills!



MAIN COURSE      Choice of one of three stations:


Curry House Greek BBQ Chinese BBQ & Wok
Sachiyo James
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0403 482 530
curry puffs
sushi rolls
rice paper rolls
pork buns
spinach & ricotta filo pastries
gravalax on rye
Keshani Radhakrishnan
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Chicken curry
Beef curry
Vegetable curry
Fried potato & onion
Geoff Waring
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Lamb kebabs
Lamb & fetta patties
Chickpea patties
BBQ vegetables
Greek salad
Vegetarian Quesadillas (Mexican we know!)
Flat breads
Min Wang
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0403 631 894
Fried rice
BBQ chicken

Susan Adams
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0411 412 332
Selection of cakes including chocolate
Eton mess (meringue)
all with raspberry coulis and cream


P&C General Meeting 7.30pm Wednesday 16 March

Our P&C meeting next week will consider the P&C budget and spending priorities for this year. Come and have your say about what projects your P&C should focus on for this year. Dr Jaggar will address the meeting on the School’s project priorities for 2011. A P&C Levy is included in your annual fee contribution, which entitles you to come to vote at meetings on these spending priorities and have your say.

Upcoming Parent Meetings & Events

P & C General Meeting 7.30pm, Wednesday 16th March, Staff Common Room
Rowing Dinner 6.30pm, Wednesday 23rd March, Great Hall
SBHS Big Night Out for families 5.00pm, Sunday 27th March, Great Hall and Courtyard
Annual Cricket Dinner – 6.00pm, Wednesday 30th March, Great Hall
Annual Basketball Dinner – 6.00pm, Friday 1st April, Great Hall

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Big Night Out 2011

Sydney Boys High School Presents:

Sunday 27th March 2011, 5pm

Come join in this fun school community event. Stalls will be serving a variety of multicultural food while you enjoy multicultural; entertainment in and around the main hall and courtyard...Activities and entertainment to delight all the family!

Tickets: presale $20 / $25 at the door
Delicious multicultural food entree, main and dessert
Wonderful multicultural entertainment
BYO and drinks will be available to purchase on the night


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