High Notes, Vol 13 No 35, November 09 2012

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Mendel Liang (Year 11) who was selected for the Kizuna Exchange Program. He was successful among 600 applicants vying for a two-week exchange in Japan in December. Year 11 boys collected $6644.10 for the Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation last Friday. In the circumstances, given the rescheduling and lack of publicity, the day was successful. The Community Services Committee reports that the total funds raised by our students so far this year is $118,811. With a couple of events to go, this could be the record year for raising money for good causes. I am very proud of the character of the students of this school as evidenced by their expanded willingness to give of their time to help others. Well done to the boys who were engaged in the Language Perfect  competition. They answered over 1.2 million questions and spent nearly 5,000 hours in the contest. Over 75% of language students answered 500 questions or more.  Well done, boys! A great recovery by the first XI cricket team last Wednesday led to a nail biting victory over Heathcote High in the Davidson Shield Knockout. The boys showed character to hold on and chase down 192 runs for a well-earned victory. Good job, boys!

Big Brother Visits
Year 9 boys are currently in a program of visits to their former primary schools. Sixty students are scheduled to visit 18 schools. William Chow, Eric Le, Andrew Lu, Thomas Nassif, Anthony Taing, Bosco Tran, Madison Wu and Bill Zhuang visited Georges Hall PS to bring back their experiences of High to the next generation of potential High boys. Timothy Tran and Chen Yu Weng went back to Belmore South for their visit. Boris Amromin, Bennette Jiang and Shayan Vatandoust headed off to Neutral bay PS and Stephen Ngo and Stanley Si to Bankstown PS. These visits are good for the community profile of our school. Thank you to the boys involved in the program for giving up their time. Feedback in the past demonstrates that the primary schools really enjoy the visits and both the primary school students and our ambassadors learn something in the process.

Year 11 Reports
Negative consequences are now being applied to all boys who have not discussed their reports with the Principal. Parents are again requested to insist that their sons comply with school policy and make appointments to discuss their progress with the Principal.

Year 12 Portfolios
Year 12 students have completed their HSC examinations and are now presenting their Clearance Forms for signing so that they can pick up their Student Portfolios. Some students have supplementary documentation for submission to universities. It would be helpful to them to collect their portfolios before heading off on holiday celebrations.

Behaviour on buses and trains
Parents are requested to remind their sons that their dress, demeanour and language are all monitored by members of the public travelling on buses and trains. They find it very easy to use their phones to let me know if boys are not behaving as well as they consider High boys should. I receive a handful of emails from commuters each year, not many of them complimentary. Boys need to maintain standards of behaviour while travelling on public transport at the taxpayers’ expense. Seats must be given up for adults and stairs must be kept free of boys blocking entrance and exit by paying commuters. Let’s not forget that there are high expectations associated with attendance at High.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Music Notes

Sunday Concert

A concert will be held on Sunday 18th of November for all ensembles from 3pm-6:30pm. Jazz bands will perform on the Courtyard followed by Stage bands and string ensembles in the Great Hall. All staff, students and parents are welcome. Bring a plate, blanket and drinks to this casual concert and listen to their final concert for the year!!!

Music Assembly

The music assembly will be held next Monday, 12th November in the Great Hall.

Sydney Youth Orchestra

The Sydney Youth Orchestra (SYO) is now looking for young string players. If you are interested, please come to the music department and find more about it.

Marching Band

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

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. THANKYOU boys for your co-operation! Please remember to 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!!!!!

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
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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Theatre Society 2013

Come and join the Sydney Boys High School Theatre Society and see a bunch of shows at Sydney Theatre Company next year.

Membership is now open for any student in Year 10-12, and limited to 30 students!

As a member of this group, you will be attending six plays at the Sydney Theatre Company

Why become a member?

All students need to study plays as part of their English HSC coursework, and this is a great way to come to understand theatre forms and conventions, as well as how directors interpret, adapt and bring to life a playwright’s text into that of a realised production. As a member of the Theatre Society, you will see a collection of plays in a variety of theatres, in a range of genres and performance styles – a perfect supplement to your English and Drama studies.

To become a member, there is an annual registration fee of $15, along with the theatre subscription price of $190.00 (great value for six plays!)

The plays for next year are:

Play Theatre Month
Fury Wharf 1 Theatre April
The Maids Sydney Theatre June
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Sydney Theatre August
Romeo and Juliet Drama Theatre, Opera House September
Waiting for Godot Sydney Theatre November
The Wharf Revue Wharf 1 Theatre December

To secure your place, payment will need to be made by Friday November 30th, 2012 at the Front Office.

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From the Office

Cash Register Window

Please ensure that all students have the correct money when making cash payments at the register. Remember payments can be made before school, recess and lunchtime.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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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From the Andrews Junior Library

Last year’s Library Prefect, Tim Chan, has always been his own man in the fantastic assistance he gave to Library publicity over the 6 years he volunteered to work in our Junior Library.  Tim invented the Library VIP system which we still use.  Tim came up with the idea of disseminating information about changes via specially produced Book Marks and so on.   Tim was also a keen reader. Tim left school last year and has since been in touch with the Library about a Website he decided to produce called Love2Read which supports the Year of Reading.  We have asked Tim if he would like to use his website this year to publish our Year 7&8 Literacy Circles Book Recommendations.  The link for Tim’s Website is http://love2readtv.com.au/about/  Tim will publish our boys work in his blog: www.theopinionchair.com

Our Library would like to recognise Darren Huang, Year 7, who is one of the most efficient and hard- working Library Monitors we have ever seen.  Darren has already volunteered for 60 hours work in our Library this year and is on his way to 66 hours.  James Chee, Year 9, has also been amazingly helpful with 24 hours of voluntary work for our Library. When James was in Year 7 he also assisted us to an extraordinary degree.

Library staff have now updated all due points.  Students who would like to complete 6 hours are reminded to act soon.  We will continue to update points.  Unfinished points will be taken over to next year.

Thanks to Meredith Thomas and one of our students who donated the Maths resources – Library Staff for their  donation of the following:

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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

A reminder that The P&C’s Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 23 November in the Staff Common Room.

Thank you to those parents who responded to the call for new P&C committee members to replace our Year 11 and Year 12 parents.  At this point in time, we are still in need of a treasurer and assistant treasurer to take a place on the committee, so if you have a background in accountancy, finance or book-keeping, we would love to hear from you.

Interested parents should 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

Orientation Day - Help Needed 4:30pm-6:00pm

Sachiyo James is arranging the refreshments for Orientation Day being held on Tuesday 13 November.  Sachiyo is looking for volunteers to serve refreshments between 4pm and 6:30pm.  This is one of the first opportunities for new parents to be introduced to the school family, and as such, a strong turn-out of volunteers should result in a positive experience and encourage future participation in school life.

Please contact Sachiyo on  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  if you are able to help.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Music Awards Assembly: Great Hall – Monday 12 November 10:00am
P&C General Meeting and AGM: Staff Common Room – Wednesday 23 November 7:30pm.

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From the Canteen

As we begin running down our stock for the end of the year, in order to avoid disappointment, we advise that you put in a lunch order to get what you want, otherwise you may miss out.

The winner of the November $10.00 canteen voucher is Vikki Angell for her son Braden.

Thank you to our volunteers last week.

Mon:       Iris Lau, Carolyn Pope, Nina Ilina Liu, and Vicki Moller (y12 Mum) last day ever thanks Vicki for all your help
Tues:      Nancy Andrew, Mary Chan, Marlin Wongthaveevatana,
Wed:      Vikki Angell, Anna Goh,
Thurs:    Sachiyo James, Annie Jiang, Bernadette Snow,
Fri:          Nada Andrews, Connie Tai , Min Ying Li,
The Canteen Team

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Basketball: Shootin' Hoops

High v Grammar

High vs. Grammar: Term 1 2012 Results

1st WIN 92-45 B.MCGELNCHY 24
3rd LOSS 31-27 O.KIRK 5/5- 3PTRS
4th WIN 32-25 L.FANG 12
5th WIN 42-22 J.PALLANDI 14
6th WIN 35-7 W.CEN 10, VCHEN 10
7th WIN 29-19 A.XU 10
8th WIN 43-19 J.PARK 14
16A WIN 50-31 B.CHEN 27
16B WIN 36-12 B.TRUONG 13
16C WIN 35-17 P.GAO 9
16D WIN 28-14 J.HUO 12
16E WIN 32-6 G.CHOI 15
16F BYE    
15A LOSS 30-34 A.WU 13
15B WIN 27-25 J.YANG 11
15C WIN 28-14 T.NGUYEN 6
15F WIN 34-12 H.ZHU 10
14B WIN 26-21 R.SEONG 7
14C LOSS 25-33 L.TAO 9
14D LOSS 8-33 B.WU 4
14E LOSS 11-18 R.HO 4
14F WIN 36-18 D.LIANG 8
13A LOSS 14-44 K.WANG 12
13C LOSS 38-8 J.YE 4
13D LOSS 16-23 R.GU 16
13E LOSS 26-4 C.NGUYEN 4
13F LOSS 36-6 S.CHEN 6

High vs. Grammar: Term 4 2012 Results

1st WIN 95-38 M.FLYNN 24
2nd WIN 52-47 B.MUSULIN 20
3rd WIN 41-35 T.LI, A.MALIK 8
4th WIN 45-38 B.TRUONG 16
5th WIN 33-24 L.JEE 11
6th WIN 30-16 L.ZHANG 12
16C WIN 38-18 G.CHEN 10
16D WIN 40-13 C.WANG 16
16F WIN 28-6 Z.HUNG 10
15B WIN 28-20 J.SONG 10
15C LOSS 14-32 A.CHEN 6
15D LOSS 23-21 V.BUI 6
15E LOSS 18-20 J.WANG 12
15F WIN 48-5 M.YU 16
14C LOSS 18-42 A.LEE 9
14E WIN 19-5 P.YU 10
14F WIN 24-10 J.LOH 12

AAGPS First Grade Table

Played Won Lost For Against Points
Scots 4 4 0 412 184 8
Newington 4 3 1 273 192 7
Shore 4 3 1 250 226 7
High 4 2 2 290 250 6
St. Joseph's 4 2 2 308 309 6
Kings 4 1 3 203 261 5
St. Ignatius' 4 1 3 225 294 5
Grammar 4 0 4 164 409 4

This week against Grammar was one of the biggest wins for High this season. Although a few games had been rained out, out of all the games played - High won 16 out of 20. High 1st and 2nd Grade teams protected our home court advantage, and with a great turnout from High boys and their parents our 1st Grade demolished Grammar 95 – 38, a nearly 60 point advantage. Since the jump ball 1st Grade came out strong and never looked back, with the power forwards Kenny Kuang and Michael Chang dominating the rebounds, while centre Jack Hutchinson hustled inside to convert many scoring opportunities. MVP of the game Mitchell managed to knock down 24 points  of 3’s and drives through skilful uses of screens, open spaces and great ball rotation by the team. Guards James and Nate also contributed greatly to the scoring tally. This win against Grammar is a huge win for 1st Grade and as a result raised the team to 4th position on the AAGPS 1st Grade table, the position that our school wish to maintain, if not get even higher, during the season. Our 2nd Grade side still remain undefeated, and is once again led in scoring by Bailey Musulin as per previous weeks at 20 points. Although the 2nd Grade team had not so good a start as they would have liked, High still managed to maintain the lead since the beginning of the game and managed to hold on in the dying seconds of the 4th. The rest of the Opens team also managed to pull off with a win, and it was also especially encouraging to see the lower age groups winning most of the games that they have been given the opportunity to play. 

A new addition to Shootin’ Hoops suggested by Mr B Hayman starting next week is to potentially include a player profile of one 1st Grade members each week. Starting next week we will be interviewing Nathan Sutton, the starting ball-handler of the team, so stay tuned!

This Saturday will be an AWAY game at Riverview. As we do not have a home-court advantage anymore, we need more than ever the support of the players and parents this week to pull 1st Grade over the line. St. Ignatius School defeated Joeys and we lost to Joeys- should be a good game. Good luck to all players playing this weekend, and do not forget to support our 1st and 2nd Grade team this week at Riverview!

~ 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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From Tennis

High vs Grammar

  1st Grade Result 2nd Grade Result
D1 1 + 4 W 7-6 6-4 1 + 2 L 1-6 3-6
D2 2 + 3 W 6-4 6-1 3 + 6 L 6-4 1-6 7-10
D3 5 + 6 L 1-6 2-6 4 + 5 L 1-6 1-6
S1 Patrick Rynsaardt W 6-2 6-0 Ian Li L 3-6 1-6
S2 Josh Sangueza L 6-7 1-6 Calvin Zhou L 3-6 0-6
S3 Adam Smagarinsky W 6-4 6-3 Ryo Kawahashi L 5-6 2-6
S4 Eddy Wang W 6-4 6-3 Bohan Deng L 1-6 0-6
S5 Richard Hao L 3-6 4-6 James Chee L 4-6 1-6
S6 Carl Yang W 6-1 6-2 James Lian L 5-7 3-6

1st Grade
The boys were well prepared for our match against grammar, although we would certainly miss our captain Frank, and one of our strongest team members Brian. The new pairing of Eddy and Pat combined well to overcome the number 1 grammar team in a close 2 sets 6-4 7-6. Adam and Josh kept up their solid form to win in straight sets 6-4 6-1. Richard and Carl, filling in from second grade, fought hard but were unable to come up with the win losing in straight sets 1-6 2-6. With a 2-1 lead from the doubles the day was looking promising. Patrick played an outstanding match, making few errors, giving his opponent only 2 games 6-2 6-0. Josh fought hard in a tough first set, losing in a tiebreak, and was unable to regain form for the second set 6-7 1-6. Adam played a solid, consistent match, showing his great foot speed and agility 6-4 6-3. Eddy was too powerful for his opponent in the end prevailing in straight sets 6-4 6-3. Richard had a tough battle, keeping close with his opponent in both sets, but was unable to get on top 3-6 4-6. Carl played a strong, aggressive match, breaking his opponent down, and finishing the match in style 6-1 6-2. The boys were thrilled to have beaten their long-time rivals, and are eager for their next trial game against St Ignatius. Good luck boys.
Patrick Rynsaardt

2nd Grade
This week, High played at home against a strong Grammar team. The number one doubles of Ian and Calvin had a disappointing start, playing inconsistently and unable to put pressure on their opponents, losing 1-6 3-6. The number two doubles of Ryo and James Lian won a tough first set but let go of the second. In the tie-breaker they were narrowly edged out 7-10. The third doubles pairing of Bohan and James Chee were unable to gain momentum and lost 1-6 1-6. In the singles, Ian lost a tough first set but had an error-prone second, going down 3-6 1-6. Calvin put pressure on his opponent in the first but unforced errors handed the opponent the second, 3-6 1-6. After a tight first set, Ryo became more inconsistent in the second and let the match slip 5-7 2-6. Bohan had a tough match against his opponent who proved too good, going down 1-6 0-6. James Chee came out strong against his opponent who in return stepped up his game, the match going 4-6 0-6. James Lian debuted for 2nds and performed very well, his 5-7 3-6 loss providing valuable experience. On the whole, the day was disappointing as we were unable to be consistent throughout our matches. The team will be training very hard for our next rubber against Ignatius.
Ian Li

For more info check out the tennis website at: http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/tennis/

3rd-6th Grade Tennis Match Report
Last Saturday, our team faced Sydney Grammar. We managed to win in all four grades for a second time. 3rd Grade started off strong with wins in both doubles matches very quickly with the opposition fielding only a single doubles pair. Singles was very close with the exception of a stunning victory by Edward Zhang winning 6-0. 4th Grade’s doubles performance was mixed with a win for only the 1st doubles pair in spectacular fashion by 6-1. Singles however were all wins with only one narrow loss. 5th grade was a mixed bag with a very close score but it was Grammar, who only fielded one doubles pair again, that lost. 6th grade put on a spectacular performance with the boys winning 6 matches to nil. Both doubles were forfeited by Grammar and the singles were won 6-0 by William Du 6-1 by Aaron Hasan and Gordon Qian and 6-2 by Jason Garrett. Fabulous work boys! I would like to see a repeat of this kind of performance in the future.
Edward Zhang

6th Grade Tennis Report
On the weekend Sydney High’s 6th grade tennis team played off against Sydney Grammar in a crushing string of games. Due to the absence of a few players, Sydney Grammar had to forfeit doubles, giving both wins to High by default. However in singles Grammar was swept away with devastating wins from all four of High’s 6th grade tennis players. 6th1 Jason Garrett swiftly defeated his opponent 6-2 while 6th2 Aaron Hassan overcame his opponent with ease 6-1. 6th3 William Du even managed to dominate his set in straight games and 6th4 Gordon Qi also crushed his opponent 6-1, giving all six sets of the day to High.
Jason Garrett

16 A’s and B’s Tennis report
The 16 A’s and B’s had a very tough game last week against our strong opponents from the Grammar school. Our 3rd week of the trial season looked very promising with all members of our team arriving half an hour early, warming up and getting ready for the game. However, due to Grammar’s superior strategic knowledge, they managed to take home the victory. Despite the losses, there were a few wins including Misha Libman who reinforced our team with a tiebreak of 8-6 and Leonard Mah who stole the spotlight that day with an outstanding result of 6-2. Although we struggled to find our pace throughout the games, we will use this valuable experience to outsmart Grammar next term as we work on our strategy and game play.
Jason Jung

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Table Tennis Success

Glanden Zheng (Year 10) and Edward Belakopytov (Year 8) recently participated in the 2012 Australian National Table Tennis Championships held in Perth. All the states and territories of Australia were represented as well as Korea. It was Glanden’s third competition (U/18's NSW Boys B team) and Eddie’s first (U/15's NSW Boys B team). The first four days were team events, with the doubles events interwoven between them. The singles events started on the last two days of the competition, where we got to witness some spectacular Australia vs. Korea clashes. All in all, it was a very satisfying experience and we were proud to represent the state at the most important Table Tennis event for juniors on the calendar each year.
Glanden Zheng

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Tennis Season Barbecue

When: 1st December 5.30- 8.30pm
Where: SBHS
Who’s Invited: All SBHS Tennis Players
Cost: $25 + bring some gold coins

Promises to be a great evening:

  • Take a shot at the pro
  • Enjoy Pro celebrity match
  • How fast can you serve
  • Plenty competition games
  • Get some tips from the Pro
  • TieBreak Shootout

Support SBHS tennis - See you there!

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