High Notes, Vol 13 No 40, December 14 2012
From the Principal
Final High Notes for 2012
In our last edition of High Notes for 2012 I
would like to thank the people who bring it to you. In the first instance there are a lot of
regular contributors – MICs of sport, the Music Staff, our Librarians, the P & C
President, the Community Services Committee, sports captains, Ms St Leon for her quizzes and all
the individuals who feed me information about student achievement for publication in From the
Principal each week. In particular, the High Notes editors Cathy Northey and
Valerie McKinnon, have produced the publication each week in a reliable and readable format. High
Notes adds a lot to the culture of the school. We want to share with each other, recognise each
other’s achievements and celebrate the pursuit of excellence by our boys.
Edward Naoumov, Ennes Mehmedbasic, Dominic Mah and Darryl Chan
won the Scots Invitational Chess Tournament this week. Congratulations, boys! The best Junior
Team in the competition was: Manil Abeysekera, Johnson Lin, Anthony Yu. Well done!
Congratulations to our Open Basketball team who finished fourth in the Australian Schools
Basketball Competition in Melbourne. Well done also to the 15s team who finished fourth also. The
Open team finished 4th after losing to the eventual winners in overtime in an earlier match. In
the tournament in Melbourne, Geoff Gerlach (Year 11) scored the most field goals at the highest
percentage of all the competitors – a great effort! Christian Jurlina (SHS 2012) was
selected in the NSW U-20 basketball team. At the CHS Blues Presentation Night last Friday, Ivor
Metcalf and Amandeep Dhaliwal were honoured along with 52 other athletes across NSW Public
schools. In addition, Ivor was awarded the Sydney Markets Sporting Scholarship (a first
for a High student), for the best performance by a Year 11 athlete. Congratulations to both boys!
Well done to recent Old Boy, David Chan (SHS 2011), who was named as Waverley Young Local Hero of
the Year for 2013 for his exceptional leadership and ability to inspire others, as well as for
his substantial contribution across a wide range of charitable and community causes, including
work with major charities. Nominations for Encore this year were: Ennes Mehmedbasic and
Tin Wu (performance) and Jaan Pallandi (composition). Congratulations, boys!
In the early matches from the Australian Schools Volleyball Championships in Melbourne: 1st grade
– Division 1: defeated Wesley College 2-1, Melbourne High School 2-0, Haylebury 3-0 Hallet
Cove 2-0 and Keysborough 2-0; U17s – Division 2: defeated Melbourne High School 3-0,
St Joseph’s College 2-1, Heathdale 3-0, Renmark 3-0, Wesley College 2-0,and lost to
Adelaide 1-2; U15s – Division 1:defeated Brighton 2-1,Monbullk 3-0,Heathfield 2-0,
Maribyrnong 2-0, and lost to Girton 0-3. Best of luck for the rest of the tournament!
Lak Saviya Foundation
During 2012, the contributions made by Year 10
students through their fundraising for KRMV were used to help students directly. Benefits to the
school this year included: establishing a school band; continuing the provision of special
classes in English and for IT capacity building; and providing four computers and monitors. Five
students from KRMV have been nominated as contact people for our ongoing e-exchange with Sri
Lankan students. This year the exchange of emails went quite well with our Year 10 boys. I trust
that the next Year 10 group will build on this exchange to enhance English skills at KRMV and to
raise our cultural understanding of a troubled, developing country
Timetable Changes for 2013
With the introduction of 5 x 1 hour periods in a
school day next year, certain routines by students and teachers will need to be modified. The key
to the success of this change is punctuality. Students and teachers will be expected to be
learning precisely at 0905 in the morning and immediately after
transition periods. Five minutes is enough time to get anywhere around the school. (Boys will be
regarded as being late to school if they have not scanned on by 0900 Monday-Thursday and 0925 on
Fridays.) We want to preserve one hour of teaching time for each period. Teachers will be
expected to mark the rolls each lesson right at the beginning to time stamp the start of
instruction. Longer periods will require more teacher preparation time and more flexible use of
class time and resources. Many boys have morning classes and get hungry. The Executive decided to
flip the recess and lunch breaks to do two things: fist, to recognise that there are many boys
who have commitments at 0730 at school and are hungry by 1100; and second, to ease the pressure
on volunteers having to stay back later at lunch in the Canteen due to the very late finishing
times of lunch times (c. 1400) under a 2-2-1 period structure.
All changes create stress and anxiety but we need to keep our eyes on the big picture –
student personal growth and learning outcomes. There are many teachers who are now reflecting
about how they can use the additional 7 minutes per period, profitably.
Dr K A Jaggar
New Bell Times for 2013
Academic Merit List - Semester 2 2012
Congratulations to the following boys whose excellent academic achievements in Semester 2 2012
Year 7 Academic Merit
Da Hen KWAK
Tony Xingkai LI
Rex Xue LIN
Anh Viet Duc NGUYEN
Year 8 Academic Merit
Mohammad Tajwar ALI KHAN
William CHEN [F]
Kevin Jia LIANG
James Thuy NGUYEN
Hoang Khiem PHAM
Year 9 Academic Merit
Keith Li CHAMBERS
Yao Jie (Jacky) DONG
Timothy Tin NGUYEN
Chen Yu WANG
Ki On Alex WONG
Year 10 Academic Merit
Yu Peng MAN
Victor ZHANG [S]
Wei Li ZHUANG
Year 11 Academic Merit
Han Lin MAI
Year 12 Academic Merit
Sydney Boys High Swimming Carnival 2013
The School Swimming Carnival will be held at the Des Renford Aquatic Centre (Heffron Park
Pool) Robey Street Maroubra on Monday 4th February 2013.
The carnival will commence at 8:45 am and finish by 2:45 pm (approximately).
- Students will make their own way to and from the Swimming Pool.
- Public transport is available from Central Station to Maroubra Junction and
- Buses will be provided for Year 7 at a cost of $5 (includes pool entry) and will leave from
Cleveland Street at 8.15am
The pool is located between Bunnerong Road and Anzac Parade, with the entry located on Robey
School uniform is NOT required. Students should wear their House colours (PE
uniform), a hat and sunblock should be used as shady areas are limited. Food will be on
sale from the canteen at the pool. The Carnival will be held "rain, hail or
From the Canteen
The canteen Managers and committee would like to extend a huge thank you to all the Year 12
parents who have now left the school. The canteen and the boys at SBHS have appreciated
your help, we will miss you .
Katie has been a fantastic Assistant Manager in the canteen but is moving on to new experiences
next year. We thank her for all her hard work over the past few years. She will be
We wish everyone a Merry Christmas, happy holiday and best wishes for the New Year. We look
forward to seeing all our volunteers and welcoming new ones in 2013.
Thank you to the volunteers last week.
Mon: Pam Jepson,Annie Long, Lynn Chen, Yoshie Leong
Tues: Melissa Wang, Annette Ng,Todd May, Pauline Chan,
Wed: Faidha Razmi, Cindy Tseu,
Thurs: Mary (Li Ling) Chen, Annie Jiang,
Fri: Nada Andrews
The Canteen Team
High Store Holiday Opening Time
This day is allocated to students within the school entering Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11,
Year 12 In 2013 ONLY
NEW Students entering Year 7 or Year 9 in 2013
will not be served on this day.
Monday 21st January 2013
Hours: 10am – 2pm.