High Notes, Vol 13 No 4, February 24 2012

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From the Principal

High Talent
Well done to the first XI cricket team for their win on the first innings against Newington in the two-day GPS game. Any score over 230 on McKay was going to be hard to chase and the boys pressed home their advantage after lunch to grab the points.

Early Bird Discounts
Last chance to qualify for the early bird discount for parents who pay the contributions package in full! Significant savings can be made if you pay by February, 29. Help us to start off the year with the funds to implement all our programs!

School Council AGM
The School Council Annual General Meeting will now be held on Wednesday, March 21 at 6pm in the Board room.

Financial seminars for MICs and P & C Sub-Committee Treasurers
Due to a delay in the receipt of professional advice from our consultant accountants, the planned seminar on financial management has had to be postponed to a date to be advised in March. In the meantime program managers are asked to continue to operate summer sport and term 1 co-curricular activities according to the protocols established last year.

Presentation Night
Our special guest, Major-General Michael Smith AO (SBHS 1963) in his occasional addressed stressed the values that have driven him throughout his personal and professional life. He indicated to his audience that he had acquired this value set primarily as a result of his experiences at High. My address is reprinted below:

"Class of 2011, special guest Major-General Smith AO (retired), distinguished guests, prize winners, parents staff and families, welcome to High’s 128th Presentation Night.

"The achievements of High boys in 2011 were approximately… sensational. At the 2011 HSC High was ranked 4th on the league table on the back of an outstanding 118 band 6 results in Advanced English, some highest ever mathematics means and great strengths in chemistry. Dennis Kim, Austin Ly, Jeffrey Tang and Max Wei all earned maximum ATARS of 99.95. It appears that 57 boys were ranked at 99 or higher and 89% of the cohort scored 90 ATAR or better. The ATAR average for 207 students was 94.57, a great result, particularly in the year that the first Year 9 class of 2008 graduated. They key to our all-round success was collaboration – by teachers, by students, by parents.

"Individual HSC results inside the top ten in the state were: Austin Ly first in physics, Dennis Kim 7th and also Dennis was 5th in chemistry. Derek Wei, 4th in Engineering Studies, Samuel Beston and Jeffrey Tang, top ten in Latin Continuers and also Latin extension for Samuel. There were 7 ENCORE nominations for music and one for ARTEXPRESS.

"Declan Gorey was equal first in the UNSW Mathematics Competition and went on to win a silver medal at the Mathematics Olympiad in Amsterdam. Jamieson Thai won a national prize in the UNSW Economics Competition. In the UNSW business studies competition, Jonathan Adhika and Kenny Lau received state prizes. High was ranked first in Australia in the National Geographic Competition for the third time in four years. Ashwin Rudder and Dawen Shi were placed equal first in Australia. Chris Chiam won the Classical Greek reading competition. Nakhul Baghwat won the Trinity Grammar Annual Speaking Competition.

"In debating the Karl Cramp PDC competition was won by High for the 14th time but the boys were also GPS second grade champions – a great and rare double. Our chess teams won the Senior and Intermediate divisions of the NSW Interschool competition. Our team won the GPS Championship. The open team finished 4th in the Australian Schools Championship.

"The year was important for our social justice programs. Besides the $117k. in money raised, our boys involved themselves personally in many worthwhile charitable organisations and awareness raising projects. Their achievements have raised the profile of the school in the wider community

"The standout sporting team for 2011 was Open basketball. They won a GPS Premiership, the CHS Knockout again, the NSW All Schools, the Raschke Cup again and backed up to defend successfully the Australian Schools Championship. Our U15 basketball team won the CHS Knockout. Our Open Volleyball team took out the NSW All Schools Tournament but lost a close 5-setter to Kelso at the CHS Knockout Final. The U16 team won at All Schools and won Division 2 at the national championships in Melbourne.

"High boys earned wonderful individual honours in 2011. Chris Morrow won a CHS Blue for Volleyball, toured Thailand with the Australian U19 Volleyball team and won a place in the AIS. Andrija Dumovic toured to Croatia in the U19 Australian basketball team and along with Emmett Naar was selected as an AIS athlete. Lloyd Perris was selected to the AIS for AFL. Amandeep Dhaliwal was selected in the Australian All Stars Volleyball team. Christian Jurlina and Daniel Jones were selected in the CIS basketball team. Combined GPS representatives for football were: Nakul Baghwat, Samuel Lane and Arjun Punekar. Arman Abdollahi and Patrick Rynsaardt made the combined GPS tennis team. Oliver Meroni and Michael Phung were chosen in the CHS cricket team. Congratulations to all our high achievers!

"I would like to express my thanks to all our parents who are leaving us tonight and who helped the school in its activities. Without your contributions High could not do what it does. In particular, I would like to thank Fabienne and Charles Ovadia who have served the school so energetically for twelve years – contributing to the P & C, the Canteen Committee, School Council, Big Night Out, rowing, rugby, Parent Mentors and the School Selection Committee. David and Katrina Morrow contributed consistently to athletics, basketball and the School Canteen. Anita Betjak helped in rowing significantly. Deborah Cassells was a stalwart in the debating program and the P & C.

"In honour of the Class of 2011’s unprecedented academic, co-curricular and community service achievements, I would like to conclude by posing a few of the big questions that will concern many of you, particularly those who rise to become influential in business, law or public policy. The French poet, Paul Valéry, wrote: “the trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be”. Once there was a societal comfort that the next generation would be guided by the same values, governed by the same institutions and operate in the same economic and social environment, as did the present generation. In the 21st century, the problem is not just unpredictability, it is more like a paradigm shift to uncertainty. Changes everywhere are making the future very much unlike what it was. You will have to help to redefine the context of that future.

"What contribution will you make towards living on a fragile, crowded and warming planet? How will you grapple with the problems of global sustainability – ecologically, economically or socio-politically? How will you balance the need for energy, against the problems created by its extraction, such as the coal seam gas mining and north-west shelf gas development controversies. As biomedicine advances you all can expect to live very long lives. What will your attitude be towards bioethical issues surrounding IVF experimentation and designer babies, genetic engineering, organ transplanting or human cloning? Will you work in a modified legal system where universality of application gives way to in a circumscribed pluralism? Will there evolve different legal responses for people of varying cultural, religious and legal traditions?

"Geopolitically, you will live through the shift of power from West back to East as the sheer size and energy of China’s economy starts to dominate world trade, overtaking the USA as it struggles with obsolescence and social fracturing caused by the decline of traditional manufacturing in a new world economy. With globalisation of communication via personal devices, will the world move closer to implementing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? Will democracy be the only form of government on the planet by the end of this century? At home, how will you all cope with the marginalisation of Parliament by Executive government and the substitution of spin for debate about policies, legislation and administrative decisions?

"As you go forward from High to tertiary institutions and the world of work we are confident that the intended and unintended curriculum here has equipped you to thrive in a problematic future. We know you will have the insights and training to cope with the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. Thank you and your families for your contributions to our great school and its traditions. Like a coral reef they grow as a result of the numerous accretions by individuals. Congratulations to all prize winners."
Dr K A Jaggar

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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 Big Night Out

Don’t be “fooled”- mark your diary for the Big Night at 5:00pm on Sunday 1st April
Our BNO parents are busy planning their culinary surprises for the Big Night Out. Tickets will go on sale in the main office in March.

ROLL UP, ROLL UP - Date for your Diaries

- BIG NIGHT OUT 2012 –
Sunday 1st April
Great Hall and Courtyard

Chinese Wok & BBQ,
Curry House
Greek BBQ
Dessert and more

Raffle with great prizes
Heads & Tails (great prizes)

BYO or soft drinks,
beer & wine available for purchase on the night

Thank You

A belated thank you to Dr Jaggar for presenting an analysis of the 2011 HSC at the first P&C meeting of 2012 held Wednesday 15th February. Some fifty parents immersed themselves in standard deviations, Z numbers and the intricacies of ATAR v HSC weighting. For first-timers it was undoubtedly a first step into the “temple of wisdom”. The P&C appreciate the time and effort involved.

Upcoming P&C Parking Events

Saturday 25 February 5:30pm– Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix (Debating)
Sunday 26 February 2:00pm– ODI: Australia v India (Rowing)

Upcoming Meetings & Events

SBHS Big Night Out  – 5:00pm, Sunday 1 April.

Ian Sweeting

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SBHS Debating

Hello Debating Families

I met with all the Junior Debaters on Friday and spent some considerable time telling them about the importance of communication. This week I will begin writing the Teams’ Email which gets sent to everyone on my mailing list. It is absolutely vital that all debating families receive this email as it passes on essential information about the Competitions that we are involved with. Please ensure that either you or your son (or both of you) have sent your email address to me so that I can include you on the email.

I also discussed behaviour in coaching sessions which I expect to be of a high standard. The first afternoon of coaching went well and I visited each class. Each week we have a coaching meeting after the students have gone home where our Head Coach discusses, with the Coaches, the progress being made in coaching groups and I will get reports on behaviour. Students who are misbehaving or not taking coaching seriously will be asked to leave.

On Thursday 1st March we have a DSG meeting from 5.30-6.30 so please come along if you would like to become an active member of the Debating Supporters group. At 6.30pm the DSG will be hosting an Information Session for parents. This will be a great opportunity for us to tell you about the Sydney Boys High Debating Program and for you to have your questions about debating answered.

Our Debating competitions begin on 1st March. The coaches discuss the competitions with students and then on Friday evening I find out who is debating the following week. I will release that information via the teams email over the weekend. IT IS CRUCIAL that students only agree to debate if they know they are free and anyone who cannot debate (due to an emergency or illness) must give me notice so that I can find someone to replace them.

Our first competitions are run simultaneously: Friday Evening Debating and Eastside. Sometimes we host the debates and sometimes we are away. I placed the calendar in High Notes two weeks ago and I will be sending it out via email. Most of our debates this year are actually Home Debates, but there are some times where students will have to travel away to different schools. I have booked the minibus to take students to St Joseph’s on 9th March but apart from that I rely on the students either getting public transport to the schools or parents offering to take a team in their car.

Boys who are debating at home MUST BRING A PLATE OF FOOD TO SHARE FOR SUPPER.

We encourage parents to attend debates and the boys and girls who debate in the competitions really appreciate having an audience. We also encourage the Junior debaters to stay and watch the Seniors debates as they can learn a lot from doing so.

Please understand that the success of the Debating Program at High depends on having the support of the parents. If there is some way you think you can help please do so.
Rachel Powell
MIC Debating

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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Want to be part of our successful Chess teams?

Selection Tournament on Friday, 16 March

If you wish to be considered for one of the Chess teams that will represent Sydney High in the Friday interschool competition you must compete in the selection tournament.

Where & When: Great Hall, Friday, 16 March 8.00am – 3pm Please note an early start. You need to be in the hall before 8.00am.

Who can enter: only the students who are committed to represent Sydney High in the interschool competition.

The number of players will be limited to 60.
Please enter before the deadline to avoid disappointments.
(“First comes – First served”).

Entry deadline: Friday, 9 March. No entries will be accepted on the day.

How to enter: please collect the entry form from Ms Barr at the English Department Staff Room.

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Sydney Boys High School Tennis

High vs St Ignatius

  1st Grade Result 2nd Grade Result
D1 1 + 2 W 6-1 6-4 1 + 2 L 5-7 6-3 4-10
D2 3 + 4 L 1-6 1-6 3 + 4 L 3-6 2-6
D3 5 + 6 L 5-7 0-6 5 + 6 L 0-6 4-6
S1 Brian Tran W 6-2 6-0 Anton Brockman L 1-6 7-5 4-6
S2 Patrick Rynsaardt W 6-4 6-2 James Chan L 1-6 6-4 3-6
S3 Frank Zhang W 6-4 7-6 Yuan Shi L 2-6 2-6
S4 Lachlan Day L 0-6 3-6 Ian Li L 1-6 0-6
S5 Josh Sangueza L 1-6 2-6 Denny Dien L 4-6 1-6
S6 Adam Smagarinsky L 1-6 1-6 James Chee L 3-6 1-6

1st Grade
After a drubbing at the hands of Newington, 1st grade headed to Riverview to take on St Ignatius in search of much needed points and a win. The boys headed into the rubber with new doubles combinations hoping to solve our doubles woes. However, this was not the case as we only won one of the three doubles. Number 1 doubles, Brian and Patrick easily dispatched their opponents with power and skill, winning 6-1 6-4. Number 2 doubles, Frank and Lachlan struggled to find consistency and momentum, going down 1-6 1-6. Number 3 doubles, Josh and Adam played a quality first set, however they were unable to come back in the second, going down 5-7 0-6. In the singles, the top 3 players in High showed dominance over their opponents. Number 1, Brian played a superb match, not allowing his opponent to get a hold of the match, winning 6-2 6-0. Patrick played an aggressive style of tennis that led him to a comfortable 6-4 6-2 victory. Frank had a more enduring match having to grind his emotional opponent down, to win in straight sets 6-4 7-6. Lachlan had a tough match going down to a high quality opponent, 0-6 3-6. At that point of the day, we were up 4 matches to 3 with 2 matches remaining with Josh and Adam on court. However, after Adam went down to a consistent opponent, 1-6 1-6, the rubber was locked at 4 matches all with Josh’s match being the decider. After losing the first set, Josh’s opponent called a controversial injury time out that saw the door open for Josh to change the momentum of the game. However, his opponent proved too consistent and Josh went down in what was a dramatic end to the day, going down 1-6 2-6. The final result was another agonising close loss for the boys with one match being the ultimate difference, 5-4 in favour of St Ignatius who also picked up 3 bonus points for the win. However, despite the loss the boys put in a much improved performance that will hopefully lead to High getting over the line against arch rivals Grammar.
Frank Zhang

2nd Grade
In round 4 of the GPS competition we faced the confident outfit of St Ignatius College at home in what promised to be a tough encounter. After several disappointing performances in the previous few weeks our team was hungry to get our first win of the season. At the beginning of the No 1 Doubles both teams served well with neither team being able to break. The Iggies combo were able to take the first set 7-5, but Anton and James bounced back 6-3 in the second. In the tiebreaker that followed we found ourselves on the back foot, and were never able to recover, losing 4-10. In the No 3 doubles a late fightback in the second set was not enough to turn the match around, with the final score being 0-6 4-6. In the singles our No.1 Anton played a big hitting opponent in a long and entertaining encounter. Tied at 1 set a piece, Anton could not continue the momentum he gained after winning the second set and went down 4-6 in the third. In the No 2 singles James Chan played his third 3 setter of the season, however could not finish the job going down 3-6 in the third set. In the No 5 singles Denny played consistently and was unlucky to lose the first set 6-4. In the second set the Iggies No 5 stepped up his game and took the match in convincing fashion 6-4 6-1. At the end of the day the scoreboard read 12-0 to St Ignatius, not the greatest indication of the rubber considering there were several close matches which were winnable for High. We hope to improve on this week’s performance next round where we face our GPS rivals Grammar at home.
James Chan

16s Tennis
It was yet again another disappointing week for the 16s against St Ignatius. The aggressiveness from the opposing team reflected on this week’s results. The As, Bs and Cs concluded with a total of 2 wins in 18 games. Junjie Kuang won his singles in the Cs along with Chris Chan and William Wu successful in A3-A4 doubles. Excellent effort from Darren Li in the Ds where he was 0-4 down however managed to play it out in an epic tie-breaker. He eventually prevailed in a marathon match winning 7-6, with 19 points to 17 in the tiebreaker.
James Lin

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GPS Swimming 2012

Our first GPS Meet of the season showed that our Swimmers could take the fight to the other GPS Schools. Out of 55 events we had 10 First places, six second placements and 5 thirds. In our relays we came 1st place in 3 out of out of 12 events. However, this was a qualifying Carnival.

This week’s Carnival will be a better indication of our real strength but we are in desperate need of 17 Year old contenders as we cannot swim a complete 17s squad – we have only 2 swimmers. We need four with one reserve.

As the GPS report with times is a bit late for this report boys will have to tell Mrs Crothers their times at the end of each swim.
Mrs Crothers

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Peer Mediation at SBHS

Peer mediation is a program run by trained Year 11 students which seeks to help solve conflict between students without getting teachers involved. The program helps the students resolve conflicts while under the guidance of two Year 11 students. The program is confidential and stays between the peer mediators (Year 11 students) and the students who have a dispute.

How it works

If you are feeling unhappy with the way another student is treating you, in class, in the playground or on the way to and from school or if you think another student is undermining you behind your back or in cyber space you can do something to stop the problem. By e mailing the following address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it you can request a peer mediation which will result in a resolution and an agreement so that you can get on with the rest of school life in peace.

Peer mediations are friendly, unthreatening and quick and have a very high success rate. So don’t put up with feeling unhappy or let things get out of control. Take charge and e mail a request with your details.

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From the Canteen

Thank you to all the new Year 7 parents who have given up their time to help in the canteen. Your help is greatly appreciated. We do ask that boys be patient with new parents who are learning the routine and most importantly that boys wait in the correct line for their Year group.

Thanks to our volunteers last week.
Mon 13/2 – Carol Davis, Angela Pak, Qian Wang.
Tues 14/2 – Amy Cao, Ying Ying Xiao, Yan Yang Wu, Elsa Li.
Wed 15/2 - Khoa Bui, Doris Fong, Fumiko Hirose-Cheong, Hiroko Kaitajima,
Thurs 16/2 – Ming Lee, Alana Liang, Stam Farrugia.
Fri 17/2 – Usha Arvind, Linda Perris, Louise Warren.

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SHS Rowing


Scots Junior Regatta
The crews with the best results were -

Race/Crew Place Names Time
Year 8 2nd Quad 1st Kevin Fan, Jason Qiu, Wesley Zhang, Ed Belokopytov, (c) Dan Xu 4.22.00
Year 8 1st Quad 3rd Stuart Benjamin, Jacob Katafono, William Chen, Oliver Lethbridge, (c) Remington Lim 4.44.14

Kings Senior Regatta
Our School 2nd VIII raced at SIRC in two events, and performed well in the Men’s U/19 8+ Final in a time of 6.44.98. Well done to Alex Pereira (filled in for injured Sam Phillis), Michael Hughes, Daniel Keogh, Nelson Tang, Ashley Chan, Ronald Tran, Kin Pan, Ken Li, Cox: Alfred Xing. Unfortunately our School 1st VIII couldn’t compete due to injury and sickness.

Sydney High Regatta

Saturday 25 February

High Rowing will be hosting the GPS Regatta at Hen & Chicken Bay this Saturday 25 February starting at 8am

All Junior and Y10 crews will be competing

Please come along and support High Rowing
Cheer on the crews
Enjoy the barbecue and coffee
Bring the family

Other upcoming events

29 February
Rowing Dinner – All rowers attend the School Rowing Dinner, and parents are encouraged to attend. More information on the flyer in High Notes. Great Hall
At SBHS Moore Park
10 March
AAGPS Head of the River – All Junior rowers travel by bus to Penrith to watch our School 11st and 2nd VIII and Y10 1st, 2nd and 3rd VIII compete in the AAGPS Head of the River. All parents are invited to attend this prestigious event. Sydney International Regatta Centre
17 March

18 March
NSW CHS Championshipss – A team of rowers will be selected to represent SBHS in this state championship regatta. More information following. Nepean River

Year 10 Rowers Melbourne Trip 2012

Last Tuesday, twenty-nine Year 10 rowers left for Melbourne by bus at lunchtime, ready for the second instalment of the Sydney-Melbourne High rowing program. The ten hour drive was split in two, staying overnight at a motel in Holbrook. Arriving at noon the next day at their boatshed, the boys rowed on the Yarra River, welcomed by the spectacular sight of skyscrapers, stadiums and street art as we passed by the CBD. Weary from a day of travelling and sightseeing, we retired to the homes of our billets.

On the second day in Melbourne we had three sessions, one of which included a 4km time trial. Eight crews competed, including the three Sydney Year 10 eights (the third of which was split into two quads), the three Melbourne Year 10 eights and a quad. All of the Sydney crews raced well, taking first, second, fourth and sixth place. In the afternoon, the Melbourne boys took us to Crazy Wings, a restaurant where many of our toughest boys were reduced to distressed messes by ridiculously spicy chicken wings.

On the final and toughest day the boys raced four times, a 2km, 1km, 800m and 500m. Once again, all of the Sydney High crews raced extremely well. Notably, our 1st Year 10 eight came out on top every time, settling the score with a clean sweep. Finishing off at noon, we spent the day wandering the city, visiting many spectacular tourist sites, playing pool with the Melbourne boys and also visiting an arcade. Rounding off our trip was a barbeque night provided by the Melbourne High fraternity. We were sad to say goodbye to our billets on Saturday morning as we set off for Sydney at seven o’clock.

A big thank you to coaches Shahar Merom and Gareth Deacon, rowing MIC Julie Blomberg and definitely to the drivers Mr Con Barris and Neville Morgan (Captain of SBHS 1965) for spending so much time and effort to ensure everything ran smoothly. Without them this trip would definitely not have been as enjoyable and memorable.
Ray Fang

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Basketball: Shooting Hoops

High VS Ignatius

High v Ignatius 2011 Round 1 Term 4

1st WIN 83-66 C.MOLLER 29
2nd LOSST) 63-58 N.FRANCE 24
3rd LOSS 24-34 R.KO 14
4th LOSS 26-37 I.METCALF 9
16C WIN 30-25 P.GAO 12
16D WIN 31-13 W.LU 11
16E WIN 30-20 E.WANG 10
16F LOSS 16-30 D.SHAO 6
15D WIN 48-8 H.ZHU 10
15E WIN 33-17 N.HAIDAR 10
15F WIN 32-6 T.CHANG 10
14A LOSS 54-27 J.GEK 10
14B LOSS 27-21 G.YUAN 11
14D LOSS 28-19 M.YU 15

High vs Ignatius 2011 Term 4 (This time)

1st WIN 93-62 C.JURLINA 28
2nd LOSS 48-41 N.SUTTON 15
3rd LOSS 21-17 S.WANG 8
4th LOSS 14-26 T.CHEN 4
5th LOSS 39-33 J.PALLANDI 9
6th LOSS 25-20 D.WANG 9
7th LOSS 36-22 L.ZHU 7
8th LOSS 45-8 R.MAHAJAN 8
16A LOSS 25-44 B.CHEN 23
16B WIN 24-18 B.TRUONG 10
16C WIN 36-22 J GILL-LEE 9
16D WIN 22-21 W.LU 9
16E WIN 24-20 H.XU 8
16F WIN 26-18 D.SHAO 10
15A WIN 51-32 B.MUSULIN 12
15B LOSS 16-22 C.LEE, J.YANG 4
15C WIN 27-13 K.LU 10
15D WIN 2727-22 F.WANG 8
15E WIN 47-14 R.LI 14
15F WIN 61-19 N.HOANG 14
14B LOSS 22-17 R.SEONG 7
14C WIN 23-17 L.TAO 7
14D LOSS 27-11 D.GOH 4
14E LOSS 14-38 S.NGUYEN 4
14F WIN 4545-10 W.LIN 12
13A LOSS 55-23 K.WANG,A.LI 10
13B LOSS 2-69 T.TRAN 2
13E LOSS 8-15 A.ZHU 4
13F LOSS 2-52 S.CHEN 2

1st Grade Table

  Played Won Lost For Against Points
Scots 11 10 1 884 549 21
High 11 10 1 832 606 21
Newington 11 6 5 689 512 17
Shore 11 6 5 640 591 17
St. Ignatius' 11 5 6 801 738 16
St. Joseph's 11 5 6 753 753 16
Grammar 11 2 9 564 755 13
Kings 11 0 11 354 1013 11

After a solid win over Ignatius, High stayed equal first at the top of the table with Scots. This week Scots play third placed Newington, meaning that it is possible for us to become outright leaders. With the season drawing to the close, every game becomes more crucial so we need YOUR support at all 1st grade games, particularly our home fixture against Kings.

Match Reports

Want to see your name in the High notes? Had a particularly memorable game on the weekend? If the answer to these questions is yes then please write a match report for what happened in your game! Send all submissions to Mr Hayman, with the best being published in Shootin’ Hoops each week!

Annual Basketball Dinner

With the end of the season coming up, the annual Sydney Boys High Basketball dinner is also approaching. Held at the end of this season, the dinner celebrates the achievements of all teams throughout the year, with awards given to the most improved and most valuable members of each team. As well as this, the highlight is the basketball video for 1st grade featuring some of the coolest moments (lots of dunks and 3 pointers!!!) in this season's games. Keep an eye out in the High Notes for more information regarding dates and times, and most importantly make sure that you're there!

~ Go High Basketball!
~ Play Hard, Play Smart and Play Together!
~ Don’t forget to visit the NEW Sydney High Basketball Website!
~ Brought to you by the editor Chris Chiam
~Thank you to Mr Hayman for all his contributions to basketball and information

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Sydney Boys High School Cricket


It was a mixed day on the field with several teams scoring fantastic wins, while others squandered promising positions. Congratulations to the 1st XI and their coach Tim Roslin for a very well-deserved win. It’s a great example for all teams that hard work at training pays off in games and with Grammar coming up this week the team finds itself in a great position to storm up the table. Congratulations also to the 15Bs for picking up their second consecutive win and in the process becoming the first junior team to defeat Riverview since 2009.

Attention all leg spinners –
Former Australian leg spinner Bob Holland will be coming to the school in future weeks to work with the school’s leg spinners. This is a fantastic opportunity so make the most of it and don’t be afraid to ask any questions.

1st XI – High 234 (103) (O. Duffy 71, S. Dias 50, A. Nayak 22) defeated Newington 193 (71) (A. Ramesh 3/17 [8], O. Duffy 3/72 [24], J. Chen 1/19 [6])
Under the guidance of new coach Mr Roslin, the High first XI were able to amass a season best 231 on the typically low scoring field of McKay. Day 2 started with us still batting at 6/199. After adding 35 more runs to the score in the morning the High 1st XI entered the field confident in winning the game, a terrific opening spell by Ramesh and an equally as strong but luckless effort from Jesse grabbed a crucial wicket but saw two clear chances missed. However, after drinks the boys were thrust back into action again by a stirring speech from the captain and a series of wickets were taken. The game never left the High boys grasp from that stage with brilliant and electric energy in the field ensuring that the batsmen received no easy runs. Special mention to Ned, whose spell of off spin late in the day rendered a decisive wicket, removing a stubborn tailender. A rendition of the school song capped off a strong day from the High 1st XI, this win against a strong opponent hoping to be proven as a turning point in the 11/12 season.

Davidson Shield Round 1 – South Sydney 79 (V. Thayalan 4/14, L. De Fonseka 2/5) defeated by High 2/80 (N. Anson 50 ret., T. Garg 12 n.o)

High defeated South Sydney comfortably on Tuesday with the team proceeding to the next round of the Alan Davidson Shield. Some excellent swing bowling from Lasith (2/5 from 6 overs) and Visakan (4/14 from 5 overs) reduced South Sydney to 79 from their 30 overs. Ned opened the batting, started fluently and getting his fifty soon after (50 Ret). Some finishing by Thilan (7 not out) and Tushaar (12 not out) capped off an excellent day for High cricket.

2nd XI – High 80 (35) (D. Smith 29) & 19 (17) defeated by Newington 5/88 decl. (29) (D. Smith 1/2 [1], S. Dhingra 1/24 [6]) & 1/13 (4) (S. Sivayogarayan 1/0 [1]) –
Report on site

3rd XI – High 100 (A. Fu 38, K. Pham 24, V. Thayalan 15) & 5/96 (V.Thayalan 36, A.Joseph 18, C.Oei 15) defeated by Newington 191 (M.Liu 4/35 [15], C.Oei 4/35 [10]) –
Report on site

4th XI – St Ignatius College 3/183 (20) (Nicholas Lin – 1 wkt) defeated High 3

5th XI – High 9/49 (20) (N. Pindiya 17) defeated by St Ignatius College 3/141 (20)

16As – High 114 (52) (A. Koneru 17, J. Seroukas 15, A. Chen 14) & 8/50 (20) (J. Seroukas 26, A. Kaluve 12) defeated by Newington 9/186 (45) (C.Mao 3/26 [8], A. Koneru 2/17 [8], A. Kaluve 2/51 [9]) – Report on site

16Bs – High 146 (29) (S. Vimalanathan 40, E. Yu 33*, S. Sethi 30) defeated by St Ignatius College 1/150 (26) (L. Sharma 1/31 [5])
Arriving at the thin pitch and slightly damp grass of McKay 2, High looked forward to a good game under the sun. It was. The toss was done and High sent out their openers into the fray. Our judgement was misaligned and that cost us the loss of our openers. Sai and Sunchit set up a good giant partnership of 60 or so runs giving our total a big push ahead. Sunchit and Eric pushed on after Sai got out and hit some very big sixes and fours. Spurred by Sai and Sunchit’s partnership, many of our batsmen were looking for a good hit. A lot of swings saw balls go in the air and mis-timings saw the rest of our order fall. A defendable total of 146 charged us up in the first 16 overs with balls flying at our fieldsman. Some opportunities for catches were lost and Riverview’s batsmen mantained a firm foundation; smacking our bowlers. Lokesh managed to break through this with a wicket that nearly unsettled them but the run-rate did not dimish a bit. A great improvement boys and good effort in the field.

16Cs - High 8/63 (16) (P. Stephens 18) defeated by Barker 7/108 (14) (R. Cheng 2/6 [2], H. Zhang 2/19 [4], G. Qian 1/9 [2])

15As – Newington 85 (27) (G. Shankar 3/14 [6], K. Ke 2/11 [5], V. Murugananthan 2/11 [4]) & 6/78 (25) defeated by High 163 (58) (S. Arvind 72, J. Chew 25*, M. Betbeder-Matibet 12)

15Bs – St Ignatius College 74 (18) (A. Huynh 4/3 [4], Y. Kulasinghe 2/8 [3], N. Selvakkumar 1/1 [1]) defeated by High 3/75 (14) (Y. Kulasinghe 24*, S. Arudselvan 16, A. Huynh 13*)
Sydney High arrived at St Ignatius College confident and looking for the second win of the year. We lost the toss and were sent in to bowl, early wickets falling by the hands of Anthony Huynh, Yoshika, Shaleen and Anthony Allingham. By the drinks break, we had them 5/65, with high hopes of keeping their score low. Coming back from the drinks, Anthony Huynh blitzed through their tail, taking 3 wickets in two overs, with Niroshan taking the final wicket. Their final score was set to a very achievable 74. Our batting was solid as always, but an honourable mention to Yoshika, who played a great innings, racking up 24 runs in his batting debut for High to bring our total over Ignatius’. A great win for the 15Bs taking us to two wins in a row!
Congratulations to this week’s Player of the Week – Anthony Huynh

15Cs - Barker College 8/227 (32) (T.Nassif 2/25 [5], A.Wong 2/29 [5], A.Taing 2/47 [5]) defeated High 7/180 (32) (A.Narula 47, T.Nassif 44, A.Wong 21) – Report on site

14As – High 7/171dec. (57) (K.Subbanna 52, E.Hall 51, J.Pope 40) drew with Newington 4/162 (24) (P.Yu 3/23 [7]) – Report on site

14Bs – High 17 defeated by St Ignatius College 4/100 (16) (K.Agrawal 1/5 [2], A.Deep 1/9 [2])

14Cs - High 31 (B.Nguyen 7, A.Mao 6) defeated by Riverview 2/44 (B.Nguyen 2/22 [3])

13As – St Ignatius College 9/148 (32) (F. Ayub 2/10, A. Ahmed 2/28) defeated High 31 (28) (S. Murugananthan 10)
Riverview won the toss and sent High to bowl. Due to excellent teamwork, High was able to get five wickets before the break. After the break, High had a sudden collapse in their fielding and bowling allowing Riverview to reach a massive total (148). High’s batting began poorly after losing our first wicket in the first over and our second in the fifth over. Wickets began to fall and then finally Riverview got us all out sparing four overs and also preventing High from reaching the large total.

13Bs – Riverview 7/218 (Adam He 2/30 [5.2], Hamzah Mulla 2/48 [6]) defeated High 26

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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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Athletics 2012

Information for Athletes and their Parents


I would like to warmly welcome all athletes, new and old, and their families to the 2012 season.

Sydney Boys High School offers boys the opportunity to compete in the prestigious GPS Athletics competition. The GPS Athletic season is run in the last three weeks of Term 1 and the first two weeks of Term 2. The season culminates in the AAGPS Athletics carnival held at Homebush. Here the nine GPS schools compete against each other in three different age divisions (senior, intermediate and junior). Boys from each Year group represent Sydney Boys High in these divisions. They compete in front of nearly 10,000 spectators. The nature of the GPS Athletics competition is team oriented with a points system designed to reward a good all round performance from a team rather than one strong individual performance. The coaching staff stresses the importance of this aspect of the competition.

Athletics at High welcomes all athletes regardless of ability and it is our aim to develop you as an athlete in your discipline. The strength of our team lies in the enthusiasm of all athletes challenging each other for a place to represent the school at the AAGPS Athletics Finals.

At the end of last year the winter sport MICs had a meeting to discuss how the athletics season could help to get athletes ready for their winter commitments. It was decided that all athletes in A and B teams are expected to train for athletics on Mondays and during sports afternoons. This is pre-season training for your winter sport commitments. These boys should attend the invitational carnivals on Saturdays and they will gain valuable Award Scheme point for their efforts.

There are tremendous benefits to be gained from athletics training; these include physical, mental, social and educational rewards. I hope that you become involved in High Athletics and that it is a rewarding experience in all these ways.

Good luck in the up coming season. Please check out Athletics on our Moodle website.

GPS Athletics

The Athletics season is short, but intense, and the boys involved always enjoy the experience. Boys (and parents) considering Athletics in 2012 should be aware of the following points….

  • Athletics does not compete with winter sport. Boys are encouraged to do Athletics and another Winter GPS sport during the season
  • Sprint and longer distance training for Athletics are held after school on Mondays on Moore Park West
  • Athletics does not continue as a regular sport after the GPS Championships – 5th May
  • High will host an Invitational carnival this year at ES Marks on Saturday 31st March
  • If your son is competing in the 2012 season please make yourself available to help at this carnival

The Student Award Scheme and Athletics

Athletes need to satisfy the following 5 criteria if they wish to get the student award scheme for athletics.

  1. Athletes must complete two of the three holiday training sessions at ES Marks
  2. Athletes need to compete in at least 3 invitational carnivals (2 for Year 12 students)
  3. Athletes must complete all athletics training session per week for the 5 week season
  4. They must also complete another sport’s training session and a weights session

This may seem a lot of training but in relation to winter or summer sports it is relatively light. Be committed to the training so we can challenge our rivals.

Carnival Program & Rules – 2012

The School Carnival: E.S. Marks Field – Kensington (19 & 20/3/2012)

8.15am 1500m Finals
13 yrs, 14 yrs,
15 yrs, 16 yrs & 17 + yrs
8.55am Roll Call 8.55am Roll Call
9.00am 100m Heats
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs,
15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
9.00 am 17+ yrs Shot Put
16 yrs Long Jump
15 yrs Javelin
14 yrs Discus
13 yrs-no event
12 yrs High Jump
11.00am 200 m Heats
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs,
15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
10.00am 17+ yrs Long Jump
16 yrs Javelin
15 yrs Discus
14 yrs-no event
13 yrs High Jump
12 yrs Shot Put
1.00pm 800 m Heats
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs,
15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
11.00am 17+ yrs Javelin
16 yrs Discus
15 yrs-no event
14 yrs High Jump
13 yrs Shot Put
12 yrs Long Jump
2.00pm 100m Semi-Finals
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs,
15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
12.00noon 17+ yrs Discus
16 yrs –no event
15 yrs High Jump
14 yrs Shot Put
13 yrs Long Jump
12 yrs –no event
2.30pm 400m Heat/Finals
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs,
15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
1.00pm 17+ yrs –no event
16 yrs High Jump
15 yrs Shot Put
14 yrs Long Jump
11, 12 & 13 yrs Javelin
    2.00pm 17+ yrs High Jump
16 yrs Shot Put
15 yrs Long Jump
14 yrs Javelin
11, 12 & 13 yrs Discus

PROGRAM OF EVENTS: Tuesday 20th March

8.55am Roll Call 8.55am Roll Call
9.00am Hurdles : Heat/Finals
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs,
15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
9.00 am 17+ yrs Triple Jump
10.00am 200m Finals
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs,
15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
9.45am 16 yrs Triple Jump
10.30am Roll Class Shuttle Relays
(Time Permitting)
10.30am 15 yrs & under Triple Jump 
11.00am 100 m Finals
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs,
15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
11.30am House Relay Finals
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs,
15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
11.55am Presentation of House Shield to winning House Captain
12.00 noon: Return to school for barbeque and X-Country

Aims of the Carnival

  • Promote maximum student participation
  • Promote fair competition between athletes and houses
  • Promote a sense of pride in the achievements of fellow athletes and the school community.

Banned Items & Activities

  • Normal school rules apply
  • No footballs or Frisbees on the days of the carnival
  • Do not take valuables to this event to avoid theft
  • Athletes are not allowed to run in bare feet

House Rules & Events

  • Athletes must run in a least two track events and participate in one field event to get a Student Award Scheme point.
  • Athletes must come to the carnival in house colours or athletic singlets. All athletes must run in house colours. No house colours, no house point. One point will be allocated for each student in house SHIRTS OR ATHLETIC SINGLETS.
  • House captains and vice-captains will be asked to organise their respective houses for formal events during the day.


  • Points will be awarded for the following places: 1st – 10pts, 2nd - 8pts, 3rd - 6 pts, 4th - 4 pts, 5th - 2 pts, 6th and all finishers – 1 pts.
  • Double points for relays

Age Champions: The athlete with the most points in any Age Group will be declared the Age Champion.

Champion House: The house with the most points will be declared the Champion House.

Age Groups: An athlete ceases to be under 14 on the 31st December of the year in which he reaches the age of 14 years. School Team: The school athletics team to compete at the GPS and CHS competition will be selected on the basis of performances at the school carnival, training sessions and the GPS invitational carnivals.

Lane Draws: Will be determined by Marshals for all Heats and Heat Finals. Lane draws for Semi-Finals and Finals will be based on times and announced by the Recorders.

100m Heats/Semi/Finals: The fastest 16 competitors will contest the Semi-Finals. The Fastest 8 will progress to the finals. No points will be awarded for places in Heats or Semis – entry points only.

200m Heats/Finals: The fastest 8 will progress to the Finals. No points will be awarded for placing in the Heats.

1500m, 800m, 400m Heat/Finals: These will be conducted as Heat Finals. Where there is more than one heat, placing will be determined on times. Athletes are advised to run these races to the clock as Heat speed may vary.

Relays: House relays will be conducted as 4×100m. House captains and vice-captains are asked to organise the house relays well in advance of the scheduled start.

Check out Moodle for the most up to date information on Athletics
Robert Devlin:
MIC Athletics

From the 2012 Athletics Captain

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all boys and parents to the Sydney Boys High AAGPS Athletics Season and athletics handbook. Athletics at High has enjoyed a rich history and holds a prominent position within the school, being one of the most prestigious sports in the GPS sporting competition. In recent years under MIC Mr Robert Devlin and strength and conditioning coaches Jason and Josh Tassell athletics at High has been undergoing somewhat of a revival, with the profile of athletics in the school on the rise and our results at the annual AAGPS Championships in the previous years the best that the school has enjoyed for quite some time. At High athletics is a very team orientated sport, with team performance across the board crucial to earning points at the Championships.

The goal of our athletics program is not only to compete and win races at the GPS level, but to encourage involvement in the program and for boys to strive for self-improvement above all else. It must thus be emphasised that athletics at High is not a sport only for the elite or talented, but anyone willing to give it a try and put in their best effort. In fact I myself have personal experience with this particular aspect of the program. Although I had enjoyed some success at athletics, and sprinting in particular, in my junior years, at the beginning of high school I began to lose interest in athletics due to poor performances in the school carnivals. I had lost the fitness and discipline I once had and to my dismay honestly thought that my athletics career was over. However at the end of my third year of high school I decided to give athletics another try and became involved in the program offered by Mr Devlin and the Tassells. Participating in the athletics training, along with entering in the school’s basketball competition, I regained the fitness I once had and at the 2010 School Athletics Carnival stunned everyone when I took out 1st place in six out of the eight events that I competed in. With further training in the weeks during the athletics season I then went on to win the 100m event at the AAGPS Championships for my age-group and was runner up for the 200m for the age group above.

All of this happened not because I was the best athlete in the Year since Year 7, but because I decided to give the athletics program at High a go and see where it would take me. This is the best advice that I can give to any boy within the school: just give athletics a chance and realise your potential. Athletics has much to offer as a sport and can bring tremendous rewards to all participants including not only physical rewards, but mental, social and educational benefits as well. I believe that only with sustained and widespread participation coupled with strong teamwork from the student body can High once again return to her place as one of the most successful athletic schools within the GPS. The coaches and training programs needed for this to happen are already in place; all that is needed is for you to join up.
Scott Renzenbrink

Athletics Training Calendar: March 2012

The 2012 Athletics Training Calendar is available 
in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes

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Boatshed Dinner

Wednesday 29th February 2012
The Great Hall

The Rowing Committee invites you to the traditional Boatshed Dinner for all rowers.

It is a very special opportunity to celebrate the efforts and achievements of our boys as well as acknowledge staff, coaches and supporters.

All crews will be introduced on the stage and there will be speeches by -

  • Captain of Year 10 crews – Ray Fang
  • Stroke of Year 8 1st Quad – Stuart Benjamin
  • Stroke of Year 9 1st Quad – Jesse Nixon
  • Captain of Boats – Andreas Purcal

All rowers are required to attend and should wear full school uniform.

The evening is both a formal introduction of our representative crews for this season and a great opportunity to socialise and show support for the boys in the lead up to the GPS Head of the River and the CHS Championships.

The cost of the dinner is $30 for adults and $30 for students.
Flavoured and plain mineral water will be provided. Parents may BYO wine/beer.

We look forward to a full house with all boys and their parents attending.

Kind regards
Craig Phillis

Julie Blomberg


2012 Rowing Boatshed Dinner [RSVP form is available in the 
PDF version of this edition of High Notes]

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