High Notes, Vol 13 No 25, August 17 2012

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to our high achievers in the Australian Business competition: Daniel Tam (Year 11) national prize winner in the Junior Division and Aaron Wong (Year 10), NSW prize winner in the same division.

Year 12 Students
Year 12 boys are currently in the midst of their Trial HSC examinations. Early next week HSC practical exams for drama are scheduled. Year 12 parents should have received a letter from the Principal containing information about arrangements after the Trial HSC, the procedure for N awards, scholarship deadlines, reference process and final portfolios and warnings about the consequences of unacceptable behaviour in the last weeks of school. If you haven’t received such a letter, please contact me and I will have one faxed or emailed to you.

Facilities Upgrade
A new fence and pathway have been constructed at the amphitheatre to provide access to the basketball courts and to try to improve the drainage in the area. We are about to sow some grass seed there in the hope of rebuilding the ground cover to stop erosion and silt getting onto the basketball courts. The walkway next to the COLA has had its seating and drainage completed with a decomposed granite and concrete surface to allow for water run-off and pedestrian traffic. I am asking the High community to respect the new areas to allow the grass to grow and the paths to bed in.

Australian Curriculum Implementation
Next month we expect to see the publication of the four new syllabuses in the Australian curriculum: English, mathematics, science and history. Support materials should be available by December. For 2013 here will be a phase of familiarisation and planning. The new syllabuses will be implemented from 2014 for Years 7 and 9 and in 2015 for Years 8 and 10. Boys in Year 7 this year will be affected in 2014.

Weights Room Arrangements 2013
In the last couple of years there have been many cancelled invoices and re-invoices and accompanying paperwork surrounding access to the weights room. Boys pay for a term and change their minds and want the whole year. Some pay the whole year then want to opt out later. These transactions are time consuming and costly. Students who wish to use the supervised weights room in 2013 for the whole year should indicate their interest by commencing attendance in February. All regular users of the weights room at the end of February will be invoiced $185 for unlimited use of the facility for the rest of the year. There will be no further opportunity to access the yearly discount rate after that time. Existing users who have not paid $185 within 14 days and any new users of the facility will be invoiced on a term basis of $75.

Sports Policy Forum
Approximately 90 people attended our Sports Policy Forum in the Great Hall on Wednesday evening. There were many points of view shared in a 2.75 hour discussion. No decisions were taken at the forum and the consultation process is continuing. From my perspective there was consensus growing around the need to administer Saturday sport more effectively and efficiently. There was no disagreement on the idea that if a boy signed on for a GPS sport then he was committing to a program. Full participation in a sport was desired. The school was challenged to provide supervision for every GPS team and to then make students accountable for their attendance. There was support for a staged approach to the implementation of any policy that might be ratified by the School Council.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Social Science Faculty

Australian Economic and Business Studies Competitions 2012

High students achieved great success in this prestigious competition. Daniel Tam (Yr 11) was the National Winner in the Junior Division ($400). Aaron Wong (Yr 10) was a State Winner also in the Junior Division ($200). High Distinctions were awarded to the following students as well as the following prize money;

$ $
Jerry Zhou 100 Gary Liang 75
Jack Zou 100 Kevin Krahe 75
Yang Hu 100 Jamison Tsai 75
Nathan Wang-Ly 100 Julian Edgtton 75
Albert Chau 100 Peter Wu 75
Vitthuran Puvanendran 50 Samuel Gallagher 75
Kenny Lau 50 Andrew Liu 100

Flushed with success, students now have the opportunity to reap more rewards in the Semester 2 game of the ASX Share market Competition. Congratulations go to Aaron Hassan (Yr 10) who finished 3rd in NSW in the Semester 1 Game and received a plaque and a cheque for $400. Over 500 students are registered for the Semester 2 ASX Game. Good luck to all.
TP Dolan

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Gifted and Talented Co-curricular Activities

Tournament of Minds

The regional final is on 26th August at Sydney Girls. This year we will be entering teams in three disciplines.

Christopher Chiam is facilitating the Applied Technology team of Marc Betbeder-Matibet, James Goh, Dominic He, Daniel Hu, Peter Lin, Stratton Vakirtzis and Madison Wu.

Sooraj Prakash is facilitating the Social Science team: Hugh Bartley, Riley Irwin, Kieryn Mascarenhas, Andrew Nguyen, Justis Nguyen, Thomas Nguyen and Lokesh Sharma.

Allan Feng is facilitator for team Language/Literature: Ganeshmoor Chandrasekaran, Sunny Cheng, Advait Joshi, Azam Malik, Karstan Michael, Eddy Xiong and Jeffrey Yang.

These students are immersed in creating innovative solutions to the challenges which have been posed and they are learning what it means to work as a team, independent of outside assistance. Tournament of Minds is a wonderful opportunity for boys to work collaboratively with students from a range of year groups. (Each team must include 2 Year 7 students.) Wish them luck in their endeavour to complete their respective challenges within the 6 week time-frame which is rapidly expiring!

Philosophy Group

The Philosophy core group consists of 3 students (Khushaal Vyas Yr 11, Riley Irwin Yr 10 and Thomas Nassif Yr 9), who are being supported by the group in their preparation for the Philosophon being hosted by Ascham on the 8th September. The regular participants in our circles of inquiry on Tuesdays are: Michael Alexandratos, Marc Betbeder-Metibec, Christopher Chen, Christopher Ketkeo, Philip Mai and Nelson Tamg. (Other students have dropped in casually for a session.) This year we have been very grateful for Dr Jaggar’s support in allowing us to engage a PhD student from UNSW as tutor. Mr Hamish Dunlop was recommended by Dr Karyn Lai (mum of Toby Funston in Yr 12) who very generously gave her time to prepare students for this event last year. The topics this year are not for the faint hearted! 1. How can I be happy? 2. Do Animals have minds? 3. Is it morally worse to kill someone than to let someone die? If you want to know more, visit http://philosophon.org/2012Resources.html.
Julie Eggleton
Co-ordinator, English Dept

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Educational Access Scheme (2013)

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

Students applying for Educational Access Scheme (EAS) for Universities in 2013 will need to download their booklets and application forms from the website: www.uac.edu.au

If you require a Statement of Support from the school counsellors, your EAS form will need to be in to them with all required documentation by beginning of week 8, term 3 (or before if possible). The responsibility for sending the finalised application to UAC by closing date at end of September 2012 rests with the individual student.
E Harman and J Noakes
School Counsellors

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PAWS Update

The new People and Animal Welfare Society have got off to a flying start this term! They have made posters to educate the school community about some of the issues they have been learning about, had a guest speaker attend one of their meetings and are now organising a raffle to raise money for Peanuts Funny Farm, an animal sanctuary that also helps children from dysfunctional backgrounds. Look out for raffle tickets on sale next week – there are some great prizes to be won!
Hazel Stephens

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From the Canteen

Our new menu item of homemade pesto pasta does not contain any nuts, only mushrooms, basil, garlic, parmesan cheese and chicken.

Thank you to our volunteers last week:

Mon: Annie Long, Yoshie Kita-Leong, Usha Arvind
Tues: Pauline Chan, Annette Ng, Melissa Wang, Todd May,
Wed: Anne Xiao, Hiroko Kitajima
Thurs: Annie Jiang, Penny Chan , Ha Tran, Alana Liang,
Fri: Sue Rynsaardt, Soogie Sim, Frances Salmon, Nina Ilina,

Once again a special thanks to Samson for his invaluable help during the absence of our Year 12 Prefects.
The Canteen Team

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From the High Store

Father's Day Sale

30% OFF Foldable Chair with SHS crest

Great for dad to watch your match
Normally $50 NOW $35

Limited Time
Sale Ends 31st AUG

The High Store will be closed the last two weeks of Term 3 from Monday 10th Sept through to last day of term. The shop will open for one day only on Friday 14th Sept. 10.30-1.30. No blazer orders, braiding & lines will be done on this day.

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School Student Transport Scheme

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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SBHS Debating

This week I am very excited to have received the completed First Grade ties. Unfortunately it was a little late for the Debating Assembly and the Hume Barbour final, but in time for the final four GPS debates. The boys will look very smart in matching ties and it makes me pleased that for the first time debaters will receive something to show they represent our school at a co-curricular activity. It’s something for you younger boys to aspire to as these will only be awarded to First Grade debaters.

Well done to the Year 11 PDC team who made it through to the regional Final on Friday, but were very closely beaten by SGHS. Agnish, Connor, Wilber and Khushaal have done well debating this term and I have enjoyed watching them in their PDC debates. They have won (as members of the Seconds or Thirds) all of their GPS debates so far and I hope they enjoy continued success. As well Khushaal, Connor, Wilber will be at the MUNA national final this weekend. We wish them all the best with their representation of Iran at the conference.

Meanwhile Year 8 lost against Randwick Girls and so are out of the PDC comp, but Year 10 are through to the regional quarter finals.

On Friday we had a 75% winning score against Shore. Well done to you all boys. It was an awful night and I was very pleased to see so many parents turn up. I was EXTREMELY impressed with the quality of the debate by our Year 7 debaters. You boys are going to be a force to be reckoned with in later years. Keep up the excellent work.

Tonight we have a home debate against Kings and so I hope to see many of you here. Please remember all the new rules regarding GPS and the Code of Conduct.

Antony Paul is leaving us this week to go on a foreign exchange. Don’t worry Antony will be back next year and Felix is taking over from him to see out the GPS season. Thanks and Good luck to both of them.

I am selling tickets for the Debating Dinner or you can pay at the office. I am amazed at how many seats have already gone. If you want to attend you need to get your tickets in good time. This year we have the coaches’ debate and each coach will be awarding a prize – so it’s EVEN more of an incentive to come along. In addition it’s a lovely evening to celebrate your successes which will be fresh in our mind, as it is the day after our last debates against Grammar.
Rachel Powell
MIC Debating

This week against Kings (at home, don't forget a plate of supper!) marks the midpoint of the GPS season, and so far our 1st and 2nd grade teams couldn't have asked for a better start, winning all three of their debates so far. Particularly impressive are some of the results in the junior years, so it looks like High debating is in good hands for the future. Also very encouraging was the number of debaters coming to watch the 1st grade last week at Shore, hopefully we can better that for the last 2 home debates of the season!
Christopher Chiam
Debating Captain and Prefect

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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Music Notes

HSC Showcase Concert and Visual Arts Display

The HSC showcase will be held on Tuesday 28th of August in the GREAT HALL 5pm-8pm. This is an opportunity for you to come, hear and view the students work!!! PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT YOUR PEERS!!! Staff are also welcome to see an extraordinary showcase of amazing talent!

HSC Music

The HSC exam will be held in the first week of SEPTEMBER, so start gearing up, keep practising, and prepare for the HSC performances. Keep working on your compositions!!! Please remember that composition RECORDINGS will be on the 24TH OF AUGUST!!! GOOD LUCK!!!

Term 3 Ensemble Rehearsal Timetables

There have been a couple of adjustments for ensemble rehearsal times in Term 3. Please check the timetable and arrive ON TIME! There are NO EXCUSES for not attending or arriving late to ensemble rehearsals. ALL ENSEMBLES START AT 7:45AM. Remember a ROLL is TAKEN, and 80% of ATTENDANCE is required.

PLEASE REMEMBER to pack up after rehearsals (tidy up the room/and stands back on rack). EVERYONE needs to help and not left to one or two boys. THANKYOU boys for your co-operation! PLEASE REMEMBER FOR BOYS IN THE CHAMBER CHOIR, REHEARSALS ARE ON TUESDAY LUNCH TIME!!!

The 2012 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning rehearsals
7.45am unless stated otherwise
Intermediate Concert Band
Room 201
Junior Stage Band
Room 201
Senior String Ensemble
Room 101
Symphony Orchestra
Room 201
Senior Stage Band
Room 101
Intermediate Stage Band
Room 101
Senior Concert Band
Room 201
Saxophone Ensemble
Room 201 8:45am
Training Concert Band
Room 202
Terms 2, 3, 4
Philharmonic Orchestra
Room 208
Marching Band
TERM 1 & 4 (MPW)
Junior String Ensemble
Room 208
Woodwind Ensemble
Room 202

Lunch Chamber Choir
Room 201
Afternoon rehearsals
Start @ 3.30pm
Marching Band (MPW)
TERM 1 & 4
3.30 - 4.30pm
Jazz Ensemble
Room 201
Percussion Ensemble
Room 201
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Volleyball Notes

NSW School’s Cup Tournament Results

2nd Grade
On Friday the 3rd of August Sydney High competed at the NSW School’s Cup tournament. Unfortunately, due to the imminent Trials the Year twelve players were unable to attend; which had a filter through effect on all the senior teams. Thus, our second grade team was short on a few players, with many players being called up to play in first grade. Regardless, players from the combined third and 17B side were able to work together towards a very pleasing result for a cobbled second grade team, especially considering a number of players were not playing their regular positions, often swapping between two or three different roles. In addition to that, the timing of the games was not to our advantage, with only 40 minutes being allocated per game; allowing us to play only one-and-a-bit sets against each team. The first set against Carlingford was lost incredibly closely, but due to time restraints we were unable to get a sufficient enough lead in the second set for it to count as a draw. Those results were duplicated for our second match against Cabramatta, and again for our match against Great Lakes, where we were finally becoming accustomed to our new positions. By the time our fourth match rolled around against Rooty Hill we were now comfortable in our spots, winning both the first set and leading well into the second set when the buzzer went, ending the match. While on paper the scores might not appear too favourable, in practice the 2nd grade team played very strongly throughout the day and against a number of disadvantages.
Calum York

1st Grade
Friday the third saw a crisp August morning dawn on Olympic Park. Many schools had assembled from far and wide to be victorious in the School’s Cup competition, Sydney Boys High included. Unfortunately, due to the mental preparation and strain caused by the then imminent HSC Trials, the veterans of our team were absent from duty. As such, the weight of responsibility was laid squarely on the untried but determined shoulders of the younger teammates and newcomers from the valiant second grade team. This somewhat tribal rite of passage came off with a scintillatingly surprisingly superb start, sealing success against the under 16 NSW volleyball team. This excellent form continued throughout the rest of the pool draw, winning every confrontation. Into the quarter-finals, the High team was able to go over the top and advance as a strong unit into the semi-finals. Unfortunately we lost to Westfields Sports High.
Jonathan Clements-Lendrum

GPS Volleyball Results

Date: 11/8/12

Results: 1sts: 3-2
2nds: 3-2
Best Performances
Skill First Grade
Second Grade
% of Serves in play Gordon Qin (94)
Ivor Metcalf (90)
Shawn Noronha (92)
Sunchit Sethi (100)
Jason Le (100)
YuPeng Man (100)
% of Serves that were kills Pinyan Gao (24)
Jonathon C-L (21)
Ivor Metcalf (20)
Jason Garrett (50)
Byron Chen (47)
Kevin Lu (43)
% of spikes and blocks kept in play Shawn Noronha (100)
Pinyan Gao (91)
Ivor Metcalf (88)
Kevin Lu (100)
Jason Le (100)
Byron Chen (95)
%of spikes and blocks that were kills Pinyan Gao (64)
YuPeng Man (50)
Jonathon C-L (46)
Jason Le (100)
George Dzero (90)
Kevin Lu (57)
Serve Reception Passing accuracy Jonathon C-L (81)
Ivor Metcalf (79)
Jason Le (68)
YuPeng Man (88)
Byron Chen (72)
Kevin Lu (70)
Freeball Passing accuracy Ivor Metcalf (100)
Jonathon C-L (100)
Jason Le (100)
Kevin Lu (100)
Byron Chen (92)
YuPeng Man (83)

This week, High played Newington in a very close match. The new look High team exceeded expectations in keeping their nerve under extended pressure. Closely losing the first set, the team rallied in the second to make the set score 1-1. High closely lost the third set, however the exuberance and energy provided by the new younger members of the team allowed for a close win in the fourth set. Going into the decider, we knew the Newington side would give us a dogfight. However, the spirit of the team was able to triumph, getting off to a fiery start, gaining a solid lead of seven points which saw us to the win. Notable mentions go to Shawn Norohna who had a blinder in the fifth and to Jason Lee for backing up after playing a previous five setter for second grade. Thank you also to those who stayed behind to act as linesmen and scorers.
Jonathan Clements-Lendrum

Junior competition

Round 1 SBHS 16B v SBHS 15B
23 - 25
20 - 25
18 - 25
25 - 18
10 - 15
Round 2 Grammar B v SBHS 15B
13 - 25
16 - 25
SBHS 14B v Grammar C
23 - 25
25 - 21
15 - 6
Round 3 Grammar A v SBHS 15A
19 - 25
6 - 25
SBHS 14A v Grammar C
25 - 19
25 - 19

Michael Kay
MIC Volleyball

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Football: The Onion Bag

Week 3 against Shore saw High open its win column for 2012, recording a gutsy 2-1 victory. Back at home on the smaller, faster Dave Phillips synthetic, it was going to be tricky overturning the 2-1 defeat suffered in pre-season against a Shore outfit with a lot of skill. Compounding this was the news that starting striker Oliver Meroni had damaged his ACL in the game against St Ignatius and was out for the rest of the season. We wish Oli all the best and hope for a speedy recovery. On the back of that re-shuffle, Mark Iskandar got promoted from 2nds and Andreas Purcal was left to fill Oli’s boots up front.

The message prior to the game was that it will not be the most skilful team who wins today, but the team that is willing to work harder, push for every ball and play the full 80 minutes at the highest intensity. High was first to open the scoring and it came from an unlikely source. With a strong wind at High’s backs for the 1st half, some good build up play saw High receive a free kick in an attacking position. Up stepped Daniel Jones and, whilst the strike was not the cleanest, it was perfectly placed into the far corner and out of reach of the Shore ‘keeper – 1-0. Shore had a free kick in a similar position and if not for the strong hands of Anton Brokman in goal, it could have been all square.

Half time came and went with the knowledge that the wind was now in our faces, making our task all the more difficult. However, it was to be High that would be next to score. On the back of a perfectly weighted cross, Arjun Punekar rose above the pack like a salmon leaping upstream to head the ball home.

Unfortunately, as is often the case in football, High relaxed and a well-weighted through ball left the Shore striker one on one with Brokman and he made no mistake, halving the deficit. Some stoic defending from High saw them hold this lead all the way to the final whistle, taking the 3 points. Another superb team performance and one that leaves the 1st XI in an excellent position on the table as the only undefeated team remaining.

High face another strong test against King’s on the weekend and with the majority of football fixtures taking place at King’s, we strongly urge all boys to come and support the 1st and 2nd XIs after their games.

Points Table

School Win Draw Loss For Against Total
SJC 2 - 1 7 4 6
TSC 2 - 1 4 4 6
SBHS 1 2 - 3 3 5
TKS 1 1 1 6 5 4
SIC 1 1 1 4 4 4
SGS 1 1 1 3 3 4
Shore 1 - 2 5 3 3
NC - 1 2 3 8 1

SBHS Rugby

High Rugby = High Spirit

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

High vs Shore The third GPS game was very competitive for most teams, with 7 out of 15 teams winning and the 15s getting a clean sweep. After a narrow loss in round 2 the 1st XV showed fighting spirit to hold off a rampaging Shore 3rd XV. With only 13 men left in the last ten minutes to defend the line the boys held on to come up with a 19-17 victory.

Team reports –

Each week one team/age group report will feature in the High Notes with the rest going on http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/rugby/.

Today, we have to win this…” I told the team. We were supposedly facing a team much faster and stronger than us. We had a strategy to play smart and to work with our advantages; lineouts, running and our rucking. High lost the flip, and the other team kicked to us with the wind at our backs. We were all uneasy but when the whistle sounded, we were off and running. Our forward pack was rucking extremely well, and our backs were not dropping the ball despite the high wind. Shore scored the first try with an overlap on the wing. We then scored two successive tries by Elliot and Chris and ran off with high spirits. The score was firmly at 14-5 our way. We ran on and held our game until Shore did a quick pick and drive and scored a try. The score was 14-12 and we were feeling a little bit shaky. Shore drove us back and got a penalty at 5 metres away from the try line. The ref called last play, and we did a successful tackle and we were holding them back. We then got too many in the ruck and they pick and drove down the blind side to score a try and a conversion to leave the score at 19-14 Shore’s way. We played an excellent game and we were pleased with our effort.
Connor Fisher – 13As

Upcoming games –

18/8/12 vs King’s at King’s,
25/8/12 vs Joeys at Joeys,
1/9/12 vs Scots at McKay and
8/9/12 vs Grammar at Weigall.

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Rowing Committee Annual General Meeting

Date: Tuesday 21 August 2012
Venue: Staff Common Room
Time: 7.00pm

Come and find out about new developments for the upcoming season.

Rowing is a great sport that High provides for your boys. It also relies on parents to help facilitate the program. Every year we need new parents to become involved.

All Office Bearer positions will be declared vacant and available for nomination and election.

All parents of rowing students are encouraged to attend the annual general meeting.
Julie Blomberg
Rowing MIC

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Debating Dinner 2012

Date: Saturday 8th September, 2012
Where: Sydney Boys High, Great Hall
Time: 6pm for 6:30pm Start.
Price: Adults - $30, Students - $20, Children (11 and under) - $15

Tickets available from Front Office

Ticket sales close Wednesday 5th September 2012

Come and watch our coaches as they test out their debating skills in “The Great Debate’!

The Sydney Boys High School Debating Dinner response form
is available in the PDF version of edition of High Notes

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Parent Seminar - The Cyber Playground

Sydney Boys High School – Great Hall
Thursday night - August 30th 2012

Tea / coffee @ 6.30pm
Start 6.45pm – Finish 8.15pm

Presenter: Robyn Rishani - Your Kids Online

What is it you’re thinking when your children’s noses are in their iPhones, iPad’s, Facebook, chat rooms, forums, online games and Xbox? Do you know what they’re up to and who with? Do you get frustrated at the amount of time they spend on their computers? What are the dangers they face and how can you protect them?

Come along to this free 90 minute presentation where Robyn Rishani - Cyber expert will guide you through the online world that your children play in. We’ll touch on issues such as alternate online identities and how criminals and paedophiles use them, cyber bullying, gaming addiction and how to prevent it, Facebook, online security and parental monitoring. By the end of the evening you’ll walk away with fresh ideas and an insight into your child’s Cyber Playground!

“Thank you for a well worth while opportunity to attend the "Your Kids Online" Information Evening. I found the evening very informative and I was certainly able to take away some useful reminders about Internet safety. Personally, I found the presentation well delivered, hovering over many chapters of potential dangers outlining what to look out for. I would like to congratulate Robyn on a fantastic presentation!” - Daniela Folini - parent

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Open Day 2012

Thursday 6 September
9:30am - 12:00noon

Moore Park
Surry Hills NSW 2010

Ph: 9361 6910

Sydney Boys High School
Personalising Gifted Attainment

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