High Notes, Vol 13 No 31, October 12 2012

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From the Principal

Welcome Back to Term 4
I hope all students and staff had a relaxing break. This term we welcome David Knox who is relieving for Mark Pavone who is on leave in term 4. Mr George Barris is acting as Head Teacher Sport while Mr Pavone is on leave. We wish all HSC students the best of luck in their upcoming examinations. Year 11 students have completed their Preliminary Course requirements and need to consider carefully what suite of courses that they intend to take to the HSC. It is important for students to consider their post-secondary intentions before finalising their courses. Students qualifying for Extension courses should take extra care to protect themselves against worst case scenarios.

High Talent
In the recent EBE (Economics and Business  Educators) Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition a group of Year 10 High students (William Zhao, Randy Li, Weber Liu, James R Lin and Andrew Bui) finished 2nd in NSW in the senior competition. Their business related to the creation of a tea house titled “Q Tea”. Great effort, boys!

Foundation Day
The Hon Harold Sperling QC was the special guest this year along with several other 1952 Old Boys who had a successful 60 year reunion on the previous day. His Honour gave some succinct advice about leadership to the Prefect Internees. He cited the Lord Mountbatten dictum on leadership qualities “Be prepared for bad news”. Leadership is tested most when things go wrong. He suggested a talk sense to yourself strategy. Think or say ‘stay’...pause…then decide and act. He also recommended that the status associated with holding office ought to be enjoyed. That enjoyment was natural and definitely a partial reward for the time and effort and responsibility of holding office. My address to the assembly is reprinted below:

"Special guest Harold Sperling QC, Old Boy Order of Australia awardees, former School Captains and Prefects, Prefect Internees, School Family representatives, parents, staff and students – welcome to our 129th Foundation Day Assembly. When we celebrate Foundation Day, or more correctly, commencement day, October 1, 1883, we are reminded that the original objective of establishing public secondary schools was to provide a pathway to university for people from a wider range of backgrounds than the privileged elite of the day.

"In our history, such people have come from many socio-economic strata, faiths, races and cultures. In the case of High our foundation objective has been spectacularly fulfilled. What we do is to prepare students of all backgrounds for tertiary study. Consequently, as a community we have a clear focus. Nonetheless, an equally strong foundation of our heritage has been the belief in personal development in its various aspects – physical, social, emotional, ethical. We see the pursuit of competitive team sports as very educative in these four aspects. Moreover, we see team sports as vocational training in such prized attributes as goal setting, cooperation, time management, persistence, focus and selflessness.

"Yesterday, I was privileged to meet several of the 1952 Old Boys who enjoyed a reunion luncheon in the Great Hall yesterday. On these occasions I try to reflect upon what makes High such a successful learning community. In many ways we have preserved a strong culture of cooperation and resilience in the face of challenging tasks. The level of motivation to persevere in demanding environments – academic, sporting, performance or practical – has always been a function of the power of our student leadership. It is fitting then, that on this day, and in this place, we think about the connection between our culture and our leaders. Our School Prefects set the tone for their graduating year. Their energy, their examples to others, their ability to bring groups of their peers with them in pursuing school goals, have defined the quality of past cohorts at High and will frame the standard of achievements for the class of 2013. Over the next three terms the Internees will have to earn their badges and deliver on their pledges.

"If culture can be seen as custom tested by time, then much of our culture has endured. There is much that can be gained by perusing The Record. In 1982 there was controversy surrounding the proposed re-introduction of a four-term school year which had been abolished in 1928. Disagreements between the Government and the NSWTF on the length of the July vacation and the number of school days in the year delayed the four term re-introduction until 1985. This year’s controversy is over the Gonski Review, school funding and the NSW Government’s restructuring of staffing. After much lobbying in 1981-2, the Government announced that the 5-class intake for SBHS and SGHS would be restored in 1983. Sadly, it seems the number of selective classes or even the existence of selective schools themselves, is a perennial political issue. NSW society appears afflicted with the tall poppy disease.

"In 1982 the school started work on replacing the old pontoon after the previous one sank. That pontoon survived until 2010 after which it, in turn, sank and was replaced in 2011 after considerable fundraising by the school community. By 1982 the school community had raised $475,000 towards the stage 2 development of the boat sheds at Abbotsford. This was the centenary project that the school was working hard to achieve. This self-help tradition continues as our community has undertaken an even more ambitious project, having raised $1.6m to date towards the joint Governors Centre Project with SGHS which will cost $8m to complete. As ever, we will need Old Boys and the broader community to get behind this project to make it a reality.

"In 1981, High won the Teasdale Cup in Year 10 debating for the first time. The same team went on to get the trifecta, winning the Karl Cramp in 1982 and the Hume Barbour in 1983. The team of Swivel, Klein, Malek and Wilson was formidable. Mark Swivel was named captain of the NSW Schools Debating team. However, the comparison with our 2012 team ends there. The team fell short in the GPS competition in both 1982 and 1983. Our boys won in the same trifecta and in 2011 the second grade premiership in the GPS and were very competitive runners up in GPS first grade this year.

"In 1982 the first XI cricket team won the GPS Premiership. They completed the season undefeated thanks to a last ball of the day wicket against St Joseph’s which salvaged a draw. With 4 wins and three draws the boys edged out Shore – our last taste of GPS victory in cricket in 30 years! It is not just in cricket that we have to be resilient, perseverant and patient.

"In rowing The Record states that the 1st VIII was talented “but we lacked the drive to hurt ourselves, right from the start”. On the water, they trained as much as any crew, but this was not matched by their “out of boat training, getting fit”.  Under the legendary Fred Fullerton, the second VIII was doing golf course runs at Moore Park, and 24 x100m sprints. Regrettably, a bad start cost them all chance at the Head of the River. At High we are used to a great deal of striving.

"We might ponder the famous saying attributed to French novelist, Jean-Baptiste Karr (1808-1890), “plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”. Our school’s challenges, its values, its preoccupations, its strength and its weaknesses, seem to remain, despite the change of time, people and external environment. The traditions of our School are endearing constants and the thirty-six elected Prefect Interns are pledging an oath to uphold them. We, and they, take the pledge as a serious commitment and hold dear the goal of continuity with and despite change. I congratulate the School Prefects on their qualification for the ballot and successful election. I wish them all well in their roles."
Dr K A Jaggar

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From the Office

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 Epipens need to be clearly marked with your son’s name and have a current expiry date.

Your cooperation is appreciated.

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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

P&C Annual General Meeting- Election of P&C Executive

The P&C’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 23 November in the Staff Common Room.  This year, there are a number of our parents on the committee who have given generously to the school through their work on the P&C and who are coming to the end of their time at the school. Consequently, we are looking to parents (particularly within the junior school) to step up and take on roles on the P&C executive.  As a committee, we understand that the commitment required often imposes a time burden on parents already leading extremely busy lives, and we are committed to re-organising the structure and functions of the P&C executive to reflect this.

Furthermore, the nature of the school and the student demographic often means long travel times for parents attending meetings at the school. To this end, it is the committee’s intention to reduce the demand for, and length of, “at school” meetings and increase our use of electronic communications to carry out the P&C executive’s work.  These changes should encourage parents who may have been reluctant to commit to a position on the committee.

We would ask interested parents to contact the P&C at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or myself  at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Fencing Committee AGM: Staff Common Room – Tuesday 16 October 5:30pm.
P&C General Meeting: Staff Common Room – Wednesday 17 October 7:30pm.

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From the Canteen

Welcome back for the final term of the year which sees a return of the delicious fruit salad.

Our Year 12 parent helpers are officially coming to the end of their time at High. We would like to thank you all VERY much for the assistance you have given to the boys and their education at High by helping out in the canteen.

A number have said they are happy to do their last 1 or 2 rostered days in Term 4 to finish the school year. The canteen is most appreciative of this and we look forward to seeing all our Year 12 and other volunteers at the school’s end of year Cocktail Party to say thank you early in December.

Thanks to the volunteers for the final week of Term 3.

MON:     Lynn Chen, Shi Gu (Cole)
TUES:    Jenny Dong, Cia Koukouras,
WED:     Doris Fong
THUR:   Alana Liang, Xing Ping Zhang, Ming Ming Lee
FRI:        Linda Perris, Louise Warren, Shilpa Punekar

(thanks ladies for helping Katie and Gai with the end of Term Headmaster’s morning tea and last day things)

The winner of the $10 canteen voucher for August is Faidha  Razmi's son Akeedh and September is Yan Yang Wu’s son Harvey.

The Canteen Team

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Music Notes

Term 4

Welcome back!!! Students in the Music Performance Program: ALL Music Ensembles are now up and running, please ensure that you are attending the appropriate Ensembles as 80% attendance to rehearsals is required for award scheme points.

Marching Band

The Marching Band will resume as of WEEK 6, on TUESDAY and FRIDAY AFTERNOONS, after school.

Practicing Daily

Please remember PRACTICE DAILY, if only for 20 minutes, is required for you to develop your awesome musical skills and make your music tutor happy. Practice makes PERFECT!!!!!

Ensemble Rehearsals

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. (unless stated otherwise). 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. THANK YOU boys for your co-operation!

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
Senior Concert Band
Room 201
Junior Stage Band
Room 201
Symphony Orchestra
Room 201
Senior String Ensemble
Room 101
  Senior Stage Band
Room 101
Intermediate Stage Band
Room 101
  Saxophone Ensemble
Room 201 8:45am
Training Concert Band
Room 202
Terms 2, 3, 4
Philharmonic Orchestra
Room 208
Chamber Choir
Room 201 8am
Junior String Ensemble
Room 208
Woodwind Ensemble
Room 202

Marching Band
TERM 1 & 4 (MPW)
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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Year 11 Drama Production

18 October 2012

On Thursday 18 October at 7pm, Year 11 Drama students will be performing in their Major Production, ‘Cosi’ by Louis Nowra. First produced in 1992, ‘Cosi’ is an engaging play about madness, illusion, sanity…and theatre. 

Set in a mental institution in 1971, Lewis, a young director, takes on the task of mounting a production of Mozart’s ‘Cosi Fan Tutte’ in the burnt-out theatre while protests against the Vietnam War are being staged outside. ‘Cosi’ explores a life lesson for Lewis, a young director who takes on the task of producing a play with the patients who live there. As his life is touched by these extraordinary people and his operatic production (Cosi Fan Tutte) lurches forward, we learn, along with Lewis, that when chasing your dreams it helps to be a little ‘crazy’.

This production is a hilarious look at the madness of putting on a performance in which Year 11 have demonstrated their passion for, and ability to, take creative risks in what seems like a ‘crazy’ time in their own lives. Please come along to the Drama Studio on Thursday night to share in the theatrical madness!
Jennie Rohr

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SHS Rowing Committee


Saturday 13th October 2012 at High Rowing Sheds, Abbotsford

All parents … this is a very important meeting to attend so you know what is happening during the rowing season.

We need all parents to attend!


8.00am - Junior Rowing Parents Information/Orientation session
10.30am – Year 10 and Senior Parents Information session



  • The season calendar with important dates identified
  • Outline of what’s expected of the boys and how parents can contribute
  • Study/tuition sessions at camps
  • Outline of camp duties for senior parents
  • Outline of Saturday BBQ duties for junior parents
  • Who’s who? Meet the MIC, Coaches, Old Boys and Committee
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Basketball: Shooting Hoops

The AAGPS Summer Sports Season Starts Now

Last term we had the annual Year 7 House Basketball competition, and the turnout for the games was fantastic, with not only the Year 7s turning up but boys from many other years turning up as well. Another integral part of the competition also came when many older boys nicely volunteered to become coaches to support these house teams, and every Tuesday lunch time last term a spectacular show was put on showcasing the talent of the class of 2017 this year.

Also, during the holidays was the Sydney Schools Shootout competition that was held in our school gymnasium. Our 1st and 2nd Grade teams entered the competition fully prepared after training during the holidays for more than 25 hours. Our 1st Grade defeated Trinity Grammar, St Joseph's and Cranbrook by narrow margins before being defeated by The King’s School. Surprisingly, King’s boasted an entirely new line up of players never before seen in the competition, a new twist added to the 1st Grade AAGPS competition that is just around the corner. Our 2nd Grade side also defeated Trinity, St Joseph's and Cranbrook school. They managed to get through to Day 2 of the competition, when they overcame The Knox College on their morning game prior to playing St Augustine's later in the day, where they also pulled away with a narrow victory. Because of their excellent efforts, the SBHS 2nd Grade Basketball team has now earned the opportunity to play the development division grand final prior to a Sydney Kings game at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. Well done to our 2nd Grade Boys!

For the boys who want to improve their game, this may help you:

Do you want to play firsts and seconds for Sydney Boys and be an outstanding player? Our coaches on every team at every age group and level are great but playing outside of school in a rep team will significantly improve your skills quickly too. Here are some rep Basketball trials- At an association near you!

WHERE: Liverpool, Whitlam Leisure Centre, Memorial Avenue 
WHEN: Tuesday 16 October, 23 October 
TIME/AGE: U12 & U14 Junior Boys & Girls 5.00pm - 6.00pm, U16 & U18 Junior Boys & Girls 6.00pm – 7.00pm 
WHAT TO BRING: Proof of ID (passport, birth certificate), plenty of water to drink, basketball etc.

WHERE: St George Saints: 2013 Representative Trials  Blakehurst High School Stadium (Enter via Forster St)
WHEN: Monday 22nd, 29th October + 5th November 
TIME/AGE: U16 Men (Born 1998 & 1999) 6:00pm – 7:30pm

WHERE: Alexandria Basketball Stadium - 53 Maddox Street Alexandria
WHEN/TIME/AGE:  Under 12 (born 2002, 2003, 2004) Monday Oct 29nd 4.30-6pm, Nov 5th 4.30-6pm, Nov 12th 4.30-6pm, Under 14 (born 2000, 2001) Sunday Oct 28th 2pm - 4pm, Nov 4th 2pm -4pm, Under 16 (born 1998,1999) Sunday Nov 11th 2pm- 4pm, Nov 25th 2pm-4pm

WHERE: Bankstown Basketball Stadium 
WHEN/TIME/AGE: Under 12 Tuesday Oct 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th 4:30-5:30. Under 14 Thursday Oct 11th, 18th, 25th, Nov 1. Under 16 Thursday Oct 11th, 18th, 25th, Nov 1

WHERE: Northern Suburbs Basketball – North Sydney Indoor Sports Centre, Crows Nest 
WHEN/TIME/AGE: Under 12 Tuesday, October 9 - 5pm – 6.30pm Sunday, October 14 – 8am – 10am  Sunday, October 21 – 8am – 10am - Under 14 Thursday, October 11 – 5pm – 6.30pm  Sunday, October 14 – 12noon – 2pm Sunday, October 21 – 12noon – 2pm North Sydney Indoor Sports Centre- Under 16 Wednesday, October 10 – 5pm – 6.30pm Wednesday, October 17 – 5.30pm – 7pm Wednesday, October 24 – 5.30pm – 7pm

  • Players MUST pre-register for the trials by visiting the NSBA on-line store – www.nsba.com.au
  • Please bring a basketball and water bottle to trials
  • Players are asked to wear a reversible training singlet if they have one

Once again, a reminder to all players that we have games against Joeys this Saturday. Make sure you had made the most out of your training sessions this week and prepare yourself thoroughly for the upcoming first game of the 2012 – 13 AAGPS Basketball season this Saturday. Good luck to all the teams!

~ Go HIGH!
~ Play Hard, Play Smart and Play Together!
~ Brought to you by the Editor Glanden Zheng
~Thank you to Mr B Hayman for all his contributions to HIGH Basketball

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