High Notes, Vol 13 No 28, September 07 2012
From the Principal
Pinyan Gao (Year 10) was selected as setter for the Australian All
schools U16 Volleyball team – a great achievement! Well done to the 15s basketball team in
the Sydney East final of the CHS Knockout competition. Jack Hutchison was MVP in all games he
played. Congratulations to him and Joshua Leo, Michael Hamilton, Brian Tran, Alex So, Brendan
Fattore, Anthony Wu, Nathan Sutton, Bailey Musulin and Noah Fowler. Our Junior A Chess team
finished runners-up in the NSW Junior Chess League Schools Competition. Well done to: Manil
Abeysekera, Johnson Lin, Andrew Wu and Andrew Xu (Year 8) and Wesley Yu (Year 7). Congratulations
to all collectors for Jeans for Genes – $25,412 for one day!
Cyber Safety Presentation
Cyber expert Robyn Rishani presented to Years 8 and 10 and
to parents from SBHS and SGHS on Thursday last. The evening was organised by the Cyber
Management Committee led by Rachel Powell. Ms Rishani’s presentation ranged across a
spectrum of concerns about use of the internet. She discussed safety and security when accessing
social networking sites, how to control teenage internet use and what to do about excessive
gaming. She employed the extended metaphor of the cyber world as a playground with
attractions and dangers. Like a playground, rules for use and limitations for actions on the
equipment are necessary. Teenagers need limits, particularly in respect to time and site access,
and they need to be enforced. Ms Rishani addressed specific concerns raised by parents after her
presentation. For more of what she offers see www.YourKidsOnline.com.au
Saturday Sport Attendance Monitoring
It is always important for MICs and coaches to
know whether everybody will be attending Saturday sport. Teams and our opponents need to know,
too. David Isaacs has designed a procedure to allow student self-reporting in advance for
absences from Saturday sport. The process will be trialled on the final winter sport fixture
against Sydney Grammar on Saturday. Students can access the system from the Student Portal by
going to My Absences -> “I’m going to be absent from sport” – https://student.sbhs.net.au/absences/sport. The
student then picks their sport and clicks a button. The acceptability of the reason for absence
will be determined once a note explaining the absence from sport is submitted on Monday. In
addition, coaches will be taking attendance checks and recording them electronically for Monday
morning data collection. Once summer sport commences, attendance at Saturday sport will be
checked each week. Our plan is to extend attendance checking to all training sessions as soon as
Acceleration Information evening
Our annual information evening for Year 9 parents
on High’s acceleration program was held this week. A soft copy of the presentation is
available through the Parents’ Portal.Year 9 boys who are interested in subject
acceleration should discuss it with their teacher in the first instance. Generally, acceleration
is available in modern history, geography, music 2 and business studies. Occasionally, in special
cases, boys are permitted to accelerate in visual arts, PDHPE, design and technology and some
languages. Generally speaking, attempts at acceleration in English, chemistry, physics,
biology, software design and engineering studies are not allowed. Mathematics has its own program
of accelerative enrichment in Years 9 and 10 followed by a formal acceleration of 80 of the best
2-unit students in Year 11. Each Faculty has its own policy adapted from the school’s
policy. Students are reminded that applications for admittance to acceleration courses for 2013
are due in by the end of term. To get the latest version of the form you need go to R:\School
Admin\Acceleration\Independent Learning Plan\Individual Learning Plan Form.
Parent Information Evenings
Year 9 2013 Parent Information Evening
A Parent Information Evening will be held on Monday 10 September in the Great Hall at 6:00
pm to discuss the subjects studied by boys in Year 9 2013.
Year 11 2013 Parent Information Evening
A Parent Information Evening will be held on Monday 10 September in the Great Hall at 7:00
pm to discuss the subjects studied by boys in Year 11 2013.
Anti-Discrimination Contact Officer
As a NSW public school, Sydney Boys has an emphasis on inclusive education. This includes an
emphasis on cultural diversity and multiculturalism. The NSW Department of Education and
Communities has a range of policies which emphasise this, including an Anti-Racism policy which
requires every school to have an Anti-Racism Contact Officer (ARCO).
As part of our participation in the Proud Schools program, High has decided to expand the role of
ARCO to incorporate all forms of discrimination including homophobia and other forms of
discrimination based on gender and sexual identity. The new expanded Anti-Discrimination Contact
Officer (ADCO) role will be working with the Proud Schools initiative, as well as the Values
Education program to educate students about all forms of discrimination and to build an even more
inclusive and diverse school community.
The primary role of the ADCO will always be as a point of contact for all members of the school
community: staff, students and parents and/or guardians. If you have any questions or concerns,
or you have experienced or witnessed any form of discrimination please do not hesitate to contact
me by email or phone. You are also welcome to make a time to meet in person.
Rhiannon Davis – ADCO
History and Studies of Religion
Ph: 9361 6910 ext. 126
Die Deutsche Frage
Remember my scooter – which by now has been returned to its stable as my leg has been
declared almost fit for its original purpose – and the fact that I wanted a German nickname
for it? “Turbo Rolli” was Karsten Michael’s
(Yr 8) suggestion – it does hint at speeding, doesn’t it? Perhaps this is the place
where I should apologise to all creatures great and small for almost running them over! (My own
term of endearment was “Teppich Porsche” – carpet Porsche.)
Die neue Frage: eine Stadt in Deutschland, in welcher englisch sprechende Menschen bestimmt nicht
Frau St Leon
From the Canteen
We are very fortunate to be one of the few schools with a canteen that is not privately owned. It
is run by a canteen committee, a sub-committee of the P&C, with all profits being returned to
the school. Our canteen makes substantial profits thanks to the excellent operation by our
Managers Karen and Tracey, which are used to benefit all of our sons. If you wish to become
involved with this committee, we meet on the 2nd Friday of each month at 2.45pm in the schoo's
boardroom. Please come along.
Come and try our tasty chicken and vegetable stir fry, which is made with fresh noodles.
Thanks to the volunteers last week.
MON: Carolyn Pope, Sam Guo, Shannon Hickey, Rachel Fowler,
TUES: Agnes Leo, Yan Mei (Rena) Yin, Angela Feng,
WEDS: Anna Goh, Vikki Angell,
THURS: Li Ling Chen (Mary)
FRI: Iris Lau
Extra special thanks to Iris and Mary who worked alone Thursday and Friday. We
couldn’t have managed without them and also to Samson.
The Canteen Team
Here we are at an exhausted end of the debating season, but hopefully our debaters have got a
little bit more energy than me and are ready to meet the Grammar challenge tonight.
Last week I inadvertently missed the High Notes deadline which was such a shame as we had the
most amazing set of results on Friday 24th to report. We won every single debate against Joeys
which really is an achievement and the Year 12s told me they could not remember this happening
since they have been at High. This success was continued at Scots where we won over 50% of our
This was our last Home Debate of the season and I would like to take the opportunity to thank all
the parents that have been so generous with their time both bringing and preparing food for our
marvellous suppers. In particular Nina and Reeta have done a sterling job as supper coordinators
and I know that we all thank you for this important role. Also a big thank you to my team
of helpers who have worked so hard to set up rooms and put them back again, have run around with
markers and keys and generally be a really great help to me: Calum, Nathan and Oliver - thank you
I was so pleased to see the big crowd that turned up to watch the Firsts debate at Scots. I
counted nearly 30 people representing High in the audience (and 5 representing Scots!). It is
really pleasing to see Junior debaters staying behind with their parents to watch the older
debaters. Thank you to everyone who facilitated this - especially the parents who stayed to
enable their sons to watch and to Mr J Kay who came along to support the Firsts.
I hope we get an even bigger crowd to watch our two tie breaker debates for Firsts and Seconds.
This is the last chance to watch our most successful debating team ever. I really encourage you
to come along and support debating on Friday. I just received an email from the Grammar MIC who
said he was welcoming "Our old rivals". Sounds like a challenge to me.
Many congratulations to our Year 10 team who have won two PDC debates in the past week and will
continue to the PDC Regional Final against the girls on Thursday. Good luck to them.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the Debating Dinner on Saturday.
After a great performance against Joeys where we won every single debate, we moved on to the
penultimate round of the GPS season against Scots. Once again we continued our success and won 7
of the 12 debates, including 1st and 2nd grade. This means the final round of the competition
today against Grammar will have the final two undefeated teams from both divisions fighting it
out for the premierships! I hope to see a packed hall of High supporters for this crucial debate,
but what will also be for the 1st grade side our last debate for High.
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
PARENTS: If you are not receiving weekly emails about debating please email us at
and ask to be added to the parent
group for your child's year.
AMEB Violin Exam Results
Congratulations to all the boys who completed violin exams over the weekend. Fantastic results!
Samuel Zheng (Year 7) 4th Grade: B+
Keller Huang (Year 9) Grade 7: B
Kevin Lane (Year 9) Grade 1: A
Vishakulan Prapakaran (Year 11): Grade 2: B
Also, thanks to Denis Kasza (violin teacher at SBHS) who prepared the boys for the exam. Thankyou
and WELL DONE BOYS!!!!!
HSC Music Performance Exam
Music 2 & Extension: Monday 10th September 1:05pm-5:45pm
All the best of the luck boys!!! =D
A soiree will be held on Wednesday 19th of September in the Great Hall from 6pm-7:30pm. All
students, staff and parents are welcome!!! The following ensembles/bands that will perform on the
night are: Jazz Ensemble, Saxophone Ensemble, Philharmonic Orchestra, Senior String Ensemble,
Symphony Orchestra and also a special performance by one of our own Year 12 HSC Music boys =D
Instrumental tutors have been talking to the music staff and are concerned with some of the boys
as they're not prepared for their lesson .Please remember to PRACTICE DAILY, if only for 20
minutes is required for you to develop your awesome musical skills and make your tutor happy.
Practice makes perfect!!!!!!
The 2012 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:
7.45am unless stated otherwise
Intermediate Concert Band
Junior Stage Band
Senior String Ensemble
Senior Stage Band
Intermediate Stage Band
Senior Concert Band
Room 201 8:45am
Training Concert Band
Terms 2, 3, 4
TERM 1 & 4 (MPW)
Junior String Ensemble
Start @ 3.30pm
Marching Band (MPW)
TERM 1 & 4
3.30 - 4.30pm
High Rugby = High Spirit
Rugby Website: http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/rugby/.
High vs. Scots
The sixth GPS game was very competitive for most teams, with half the teams scoring victories.
Most teams matched up well against Scots, while the effort of the round was the 16Bs who overcame
Shore 16Es after previously losing to their Fs. With one game remaining it would be great to see
as many people as possible to support the 1st XV against Grammar at Weigall at 3.15.
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/.
Last Saturday the 13Cs played The Scots College 13Hs. It was their best performance this season,
and pleasingly witnessed by a large number of High parents.
In the first half we fielded fourteen of our 12 year old players, who should be the nucleus of
the 13As in 2013. They were very competitive against an older and more experienced team. Lucas
Wong showed his talent and versatility playing a great game at five eighth. Louis Saunders,
Connor Fisher and Cameron Ma played strongly in the forwards. The honours were shared at half
time 10 all.
In the second half the regular team took the field and Stephen Nguyen took control. The
improvement in every player was evident for all to see. A testament to their improvement was the
fact that all the wingers were given time and space for solo runs in open play during the game,
eight in total, and that the team scored tries from set plays, team work and individual
determination. Raymond Huang benefited from a well-worked scrum based play with Daniel Wang.
Connor Fisher scored in the corner after several recycles at the breakdown and Tushaya Mehdiratta
scored a 70m solo try because he refused to be tackled.
The biggest improvement can be seen in the line-out. Hamza Mulla soars above the opposition
taking two handed grabs, supported by the strength of Daniel Wang, Matthew Whitaker and Cameron
Ma and the accurate throwing of Louis Saunders.
The challenge for the team is to put a solid performance in against Grammar in the last game of
8/9/12 vs. Grammar at Weigall.
SBHS Rugby Dinner 2012
Help celebrate another great year of High Rugby
WHEN? Friday 21 September 2012. 6.00 pm for 6.30 pm start.
WHERE? Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School.
WHO? Players, parents, coaches, friends and supporters. Players to wear school uniform.
Adults wear smart casual.
WHY? To acknowledge the commitment and achievements of all our players and because
friendships made through High Rugby last a lifetime.
COST? $30 per person. Payable to the school office by Monday 17 September.
Maximum seating 220.
Soft drinks and mineral water provided.
The SBHS Rugby Dinner 2012 response form is available
in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes
SBHS Football Dinner 2012
SBHS Football will celebrate the efforts and achievements of our boys as well as acknowledge
coaches and supporters at the SBHS Football dinner on Thursday 20th September. .
Players are asked to take responsibility on a team-by-team basis for end-of-season gifts to their
team's coach. Please take the time to do this as the coaching staff put in a fantastic effort
The dinner will be held on Thursday 20th September, in the Great Hall at 5.30pm Vegetarian
food will be available.
The cost of the dinner will be $30 per adult and student. Children under 11 yrs old - $15.
Payment for the dinner must be made at the Main Office by Friday 14 September.
The SBHS Football Dinner 2012 response form is available
in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes
Can you help with setting up the hall or cleaning up at the end? Please email your details to