High Notes, Vol 13 No 20, June 29 2012

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From the Principal

High Talent
Well done to Michael Chang, Sherman Du and Alexander Pereira (Year 11), who will represent High at the state drama camp, June 25-28. Amandeep Dhaliwal (Year 12) was named best spiker in the Trans-Tasman Volleyball competition and selected in the All Star 6 team. Congratulations, Aman. In the NSW School Championships for fencing Jonathan Tian won gold in the U13 Epee, and James Ye a bronze. Bronze medals were also won by Arthur Chao (U15 sabre), Ashley Chan & Shaun Pak (Senior Epee) and Ian Li (Senior Sabre). Well done, boys! Bailey Musulin (Year 9) has been selected in a NSW baseball team to play in an International Tournament in August – a top effort! At the Eastern suburbs zone athletics championships High had age champions in all but one group! Well done to Ray Gu (12), Thien Dang (13), William Chang (14), Eatrend Wang (15) and Ivor Metcalf (17+). Adam Booth broke the zone 3000m record with a run of 9.58. Ivor Metcalf broke the high jump record with a leap of 1.92m. A great result, boys! Well done to our All Schools representatives in cross country: Ned Anson (U16) and Adam Booth (U18) and to the U17 team – Jonathan Clements-Lendrum, Vincent Ye, Wilber Koslowski and Lloyd Perris. Good luck!

End of Term 2
As we wind down another very busy term at High, I would like to thank all the staff, students, coaches, volunteers and parents who have made the term so productive. It is a privilege to be a part of such a great learning community. Have a well-deserved break!

Monthly Giving Program
Thank you to our 153 parents who are supporting our capital fundraising campaign by contributing up to $50 per month to the SBHS Building Fund. For people like me who prefer not to contribute in a lump sum but to spread out the payments, this alternative is easy and relatively painless. If you are meaning to help us in our Joint Project to build the Governors Centre but haven’t gotten around to it yet, start the new financial year with a monthly commitment to High. If you are already donating, consider raising your donation to at least $50/month. Download the form from www.sydneyboyshigh.com/donations/governors-centre to make your contribution. Each June, after the 15th of the month you will receive a statement containing the total of your payments for taxation purposes. Help us to start building by 2014!

Melbourne High visit
The Melbourne exchange is an increasingly important interschool visit for us, designed for boys to have fun in each city in turn. It is not meant to be intense or emotionally charged, with many teams made up of boys who are available and prepared to billet others in return. The objective is primarily social and developmental. It was a good way to see out the term with boys competing in sports and ‘theatre sports’ and billeting their counterparts from Melbourne and exchanging ideas and experiences. Thank you to Mr Barris for coordinating the exchange and billeting and to Mr Pavone for organising the competitions. Such visits are memorable for participants. They were certainly highlights of my time at school.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Distribution of ‘High Notes’ publication

Printing of High Notes will be severely restricted during Term 3. There will be 100 hardcopies printed. Limited copies will be available from the main office. To access the weekly edition of High Notes on line, please log on to www.sydneyboyshigh.com/publications/high-notes 

Thank you in advance for your co operation

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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.

Notice to All Parents

It is the parent responsibility to notify the Front Office First Aid Staff if your son has a medical condition which requires medication. All medication such as Epipen’s need to be clearly marked with your son’s name and have a current expiry date.

Your cooperation is appreciated.

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Die Deutsche Frage

Der beliebteste Imbiss in Deutschland ist…. nicht die Brezel, - sondern die Currywurst and if you think the Curry is inside the sausage, you are wrong. It is sprinkled over the tomato sauce and the chopped sausage! There is even a Currywurst Museum in Berlin (how old the exhibits are I don’t know!). Once again Kabir Agrawal knocked at the door with the right answer. And for you to ponder during the holidays, hier ist die neue Frage: Der König von Wien?!
Frau St Leon

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School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS)

School Student Code of Conduct – Students travelling on buses must:-

  • Dip school bus pass or pay the fare when joining the bus. This is particularly important as the data collected from the on bus fare collection system may be used for service planning purposes
  • Use school specials when provided
  • Vacate seats for adults when requested
  • Follow the driver’s instructions about safety on the bus
  • Respect the needs and comfort of other passengers
  • Behave appropriately at all times (e.g. no offensive language, no throwing things)
  • Protect bus property (e.g. no vandalism)

Students are reminded to:-

  • Only use the school bus pass for its intended purpose i.e. for travel between home and school (does not include travel to and from sporting activities)
  • Maintain possession of the school bus pass at all times.

During 2012, authorised officers will be deployed to inspect Code of Conduct compliance on school bus services in the Eastern Region. Students who are found to have breached their obligations may lose their travel entitlement and possibly incur an infringement.

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Sydney Boys High School Drama Festival

July 17 - 19 2012

Dear Parent/Caregiver,

This term in Drama students have been learning many skills in Physical Theatre, Playbuilding, Text Interpretation and Characterisation.

As part of their assessment boys are required to devise and present an original piece of theatre to the class. Students will then be selected to perform in the school’s Drama Festival held in Week 1, Term 3. This is our third Drama Festival and it has become an exciting annual event on the school calendar. The festival will include performances by students from Years 7 – 12.

In order to prepare for this large scale production participating students MUST ATTEND both technical and dress rehearsals in The Great Hall. Students will need to bring a packed lunch and water bottle.

Please note students are to organise their own costumes, sound effects and personal props.

The technical rehearsal will be held on Tuesday 17July from periods 3 – 6 and after school up to 5:00pm. There will be a full dress rehearsal during periods 1 - 2 on Wednesday 18 July. Students will perform in the School Matinee for all of Years 7 and 8 on Wednesday 18 July, periods 3 & 4, and then return to normal classes.

A showcase will be held on Wednesday evening at 7:00pm. Performers and crew are to arrive promptly at 5:45pm with a plate for supper (biscuits, cake, sandwiches, etc.)

Tickets can be pre-purchased at the front office at a cost of $5 for students, $10 for adults and $25 for families.

Limited tickets will also be available at the door on the night.

There will be another School Matinee on Thursday 19 July, during periods 3 & 4, for Year 9 and 10. Students will then be required to help with the Bump-Out and return to class. Participants are eligible for Award Scheme Points and will be recognised for their commitment at Assembly.

This promises to be a fun, lively and highly entertaining event. Your support and attendance is greatly appreciated.

If you have any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact me at the school on (02) 9361 6910.

Kind Regards,

Jennie Rohr
Drama Co-ordinator

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From the Andrews Library

Our Libraries have never had the pleasure of being able to offer music to our students. Online Music Databases may change all this for us. We are considering subscribing to the following database which has been offered on trial. If any of you boys have time to get into this database and play your favourite music during the holidays can you let me know how good this database is please – email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

To get straight in and looking at the Music Online: Listening collection, please visit: http://musictrial.alexanderstreet.com when prompted: Login: muspreviewer Password: 9sensible93 (valid till the end of July)

Online: Listening is the most comprehensive and highest quality streaming audio collection to support the teaching and research of music. It currently provides streaming access to over 750,000 tracks. Collections included with this package are:

  • American Song
  • Classical Music Library
  • Contemporary World Music
  • Jazz Music Library
  • Smithsonian Global Sound

as well as additional Popular Music available only to Music Online: Listening package subscribers. For additional information, please visit: http://alexanderstreet.com/products/music-online-listening-package. For general help, including navigation instructions and search tips, visit: http://music.alexanderstreet.com/help

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High Family

The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C

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

SBHS and SGHS Joint P&C Meeting

As noted in last week’s High Notes, we were unable to offer a roundup of the Joint P&C meeting held in the Great Hall on Wednesday of last week.

Our guest speaker, Anna Liu, provided an entertaining and interesting presentation addressing a number of issues relevant to our schools’ parent bodies. Anna spoke particularly to the issue of coaching, offering her own perspective on its efficacy and impact on teenage development. Once again, thank you to all those parents who attended the Meeting on a cold winter’s night. Unfortunately, the turnout was somewhat disappointing and the P&C would be most interested in feedback from parents as to the issues that may be preventing their attendance at the P&C General Meetings. Please feel free to email any comments or suggestions you may have with regard to this issue to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Finally, a very warm thank you to Sachiyo James, Anne Wall, Nina Lui and Nan Chen who organised the event, supper and refreshments, and thank you to those who volunteered on the spot to help with the setting up and cleaning up. These functions would be impossible to stage without the unstinting support of our parent volunteers.

Term Break Parking Events

Please note that event parking fundraising continues at the school throughout the holiday period. Please ensure you check with the parking co-ordinator to confirm the exact start and finish times for particular events.

Friday 6 July – Tigers v Bulldogs (Football Supporters Group)
Saturday 7 July – Swans v Lions (P&C)
Monday 16 July – Roosters v Rabbits (Rugby Supporters Group)

Have an enjoyable break
Ian Sweeting

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From the Canteen

Canteen is in desperate need of at least two volunteers for every 1st Wednesday and every 1st Thursday of the month as we have had a few mums drop out due to different work commitments. If you can help on a regular basis, or only now and then, please call Karen or Tracey on 9360 4027. Your son will love to see you in the canteen!

Apologies if your favourites are not available this week as we run down supplies for the holidays.

Thank you to the volunteers last week.
MON: Yalin Hua, Faidha Razmi, Shi Yen Gu (Ray)
TUES: Jenny Dong, Sharon Hughes, Gowri Munigananthan,
WEDS: Doris Fong, Penny Chan, Fumiko Cheong,
THURS: Stam Farrugia, Alana Liang, Xing Ping Zhang, Ming Ming Lee
FRI: Salani Balasooriya, Sharon Wang, Maria Ngyuen, Jianxin Wang (Jason)

The Canteen Team

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SBHS Rugby

High Rugby = High Spirit

High Website http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/rugby/ 

Holiday Training:

Weight room - both weeks – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 7-9
Rugby – both weeks – Wednesday 9.30-11.30, Friday 9.30-11.30
Kicking with ex-Wallaby D. Knox – both weeks - Friday 11.30-12.30

Term 3 Calendar

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
15 16 17 18 1916s lunch /after school 20 21
Week 1, Term 3   Lunch - Rugby Kicking Rugby - Senior McKay Rugby - Junior Sport   H vs. SIC/Barker
      Rugby - 14s/15s MPW Rugby - Seniors    
22 23 24 25 26
16s lunch /after school
27 28
      Rugby - Senior McKay Rugby - Junior Sport   H vs. N
Week 2, Term 3 Rugby - all teams Lunch - Rugby Kicking Rugby - 14s/15s MPW Rugby - Seniors 1sts/2nds/3rds/15s/13s  
29 30 31            
Week 3, Term 3 Rugby - all teams Lunch - Rugby Kicking        
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
August        1 216s lunch/ after school 3 4
Week 3, Term 3     Rugby - Senior McKay Rugby - Junior Sport   I vs. H
      Rugby - 14s/15s MPW Rugby - Seniors 1sts/2nds/3rds/15s/13s  
5 6 7 8 916s lunch/ after school 10 11
Week 4, Term 3 Rugby - all teams Lunch - Rugby Kicking Rugby - Senior McKay Rugby - Junior Sport   H vs. E
      Rugby - 14s/15s MPW Rugby - Seniors 15s/13s/3rds  
12 13 14 15 1616s lunch /after school 17 18
Week 5, Term 3 Rugby - all teams Lunch - Rugby Kicking Rugby - Senior McKay Rugby - Junior Sport   K vs. H
      Rugby - 14s/15s MPW Rugby - Seniors 15s/13s/3rds  
19 20 21 22 2316s lunch /after school 24 25
Week 6, Term 3 Rugby - all teams Lunch - Rugby Kicking Rugby - Senior McKay Rugby - Junior Sport   J vs. H
      Rugby - 14s/15s MPW Rugby - Seniors 1sts/2nds/3rds/15s/13s  
26 27 28 29 3016s lunch /after school 31   
Week 7, Term 3 Rugby - all teams Lunch - Rugby Kicking Rugby - Senior McKay Rugby - Junior Sport    
      Rugby - 14s/15s MPW Rugby - Seniors 1sts/2nds/3rds/15s/13s  
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
September                 1
Week 7, Term 3            H vs. S 
2 3 4 5 616s lunch /after school 7 8
Week 8, Term 3 Rugby - all teams Lunch - Rugby Kicking Rugby - Senior McKay Rugby - Junior Sport   H vs. G
      Rugby - 14s/15s MPW Rugby - Seniors 1sts/2nds/3rds/15s/13s  
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Regional Cross Country Carnival

This year’s Regional Cross Country Carnival, as in other years, was a challenging event for High being much more difficult than the Zone Carnival, due to a much harder course and High boys being pitted against the top 10 competitors from other Zone Carnivals. The result was an overall more challenging race against stronger and faster competitors, of whom only the top six in each age group would make it to the next stage; the State All Schools Cross Country Carnival.

Following three weeks of continuous rain, we were lucky to be able to have the carnival on a day when the rain had ceased, unlike the Zone Carnival, which had ended up with competitors running in increasingly heavier rain from the 16s onwards. However, the three weeks of downpour had taken its toll on the course, and runners arrived to find the ground underfoot soaked like a sponge, making it slippery and muddy, despite the fact that the sun had come out.

The race course itself was 4km of muddy pits, puddles and grass for the 12yrs races up to the 15yrs. Despite this, the runners ignored the terrible conditions of the course during their race, pushing on through the mud as to make efforts to avoid it would have slowed them down and were ineffective anyway. This resulted in many of our runners returning from their race both completely exhausted and covered with mud from the waist down. Luckily, runners were required to wear a borrowed Zone singlet, which was one part of their racing gear that they wouldn’t have to worry about splashing mud on during the race.

The races themselves were delayed by as much as half an hour as the day wore on. In the 16yrs race, the standard for making it into the State Carnival was increased when we were informed a runner had already been selected based on his time alone, resulting in only the top five from this race moving on to the next level. By the time the race started, the course had already been reduced to almost purely mud and puddles due to all the other runners from previous races running over it. The 16yrs race was an extra 2 km this time, with runners having to run 6 km compared to the 4 km they ran at Zone. Both Ned Anson and I managed to make the top 10. I finished 7th and special mention to Ned who pushed himself in the last lap to oust another runner and manage to steal 5th place at the last second, winning his way to the State Carnival and defeating a regular state competitor who dropped to 6th place.

High did extremely well in the 17s and Opens races, with Vincent Ye placing 7th in the 17yrs race and Jonathon Clements-Lendrum winning it for High. As a result High will field the School Team in the 17yrs race at the State All Schools Carnival. Adam Booth ran a strong race to finish 4th in the 18+yrs race. Congratulations to all other boys from High who turned up that day to compete and pushed their hardest, despite the terrible conditions of the course, and to those runners who qualified for the State Carnival, good luck and run your best.
Steven Chung

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Volleyball Notes

SBHS Junior Tournament

On Saturday 23rd June SBHS Junior Volleyball competed in two closely contested divisions. In the Year 7/8 division the 14A, 14B and 15C teams played off against each other. The Year 7 teams proved enthusiastic competitors in their first tournament and played with convincing spirit. The 14A and 14B teams have been very close in training. The 14Bs finished on top at the Tournament. In the Year 8/9 division the 15A, 16A and 16B teams competed in a round robin competition. The Year 10 Coaches provided excellent guidance for their teams.
Michael Kay
MIC Volleyball

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Sports Donations

GPS sports competition is very demanding on people and resources. At High we have ongoing needs for facilities development, equipment and development through expert coaching. If you would like to help through a tax deductible donation for a particular sport, the appropriate form can be posted to you by calling 9361 6910. Alternatively, you can go to our website www.sydneyboyshigh.com click on Sport /Sports Donations to download either Development Donation Form or Equipment and Facility Donation Form.

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Drama Festival

Watch Out!
Sydney Boys High School
Drama Festival

7pm July 18 2012
The Great Hall

Pre-purchase tickets at the Front Office
$5/$10 Adults

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Enrolment 2013 - Years 8 - 12

Applications available from the school or visit www.sydneyboyshigh.com and click on the link to enrolments.

Applications close 26 July 2012.

Sydney Boys High School
Personalising Gifted Attainment

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Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship

For existing or enrolling students n years 7 - 12 who meet the scholarship selection criteria. To apply for a scholarship visit www.sydneyboyshigh.com/scholarship for full details.

Phone: 9361 6910

Sydney Boys High School
Personalising Gifted Attainment


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