High Notes, Vol 13 No 5, March 02 2012

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Brian Tran (Year 9) who won the Australian 14 years tennis championship.

PISA - What our best international 15 year olds can do
At High we aim to have all of our boys reach the top two PISA proficiency levels, achieved by 13% of Australian students in reading, 16% in mathematics and 14% in science. I will be asking staff to think about their teaching in the frame of these skills and attributes, and to make sure that their programs encompass the strong emphasis on applied understanding that is central to these performance standards. The proficiency levels are described below.

Level 6 reading literacy:
Students at this level can: make multiple inferences, comparisons and contrasts; demonstrate a full and detailed understanding of one or more texts; integrate information from one or more texts; deal with unfamiliar ideas in the presence of prominent competing information.

Level 5 reading literacy:
Students at this level can: locate and organise several pieces of deeply embedded information, inferring which information in the text is relevant; critically evaluate or hypothesise, drawing on specialised knowledge.

Level 6 mathematical literacy:
Students at this level: can conceptualise, generalise and utilise information; are capable of advanced mathematical thinking and reasoning; have a mastery of symbolic and formal mathematical operations and relationships; can formulate and precisely communicate their findings, interpretations and arguments.

Level 5 mathematical literacy:
Students at this level can develop and work with models for complex situations; select, compare and evaluate appropriate problem-solving strategies for dealing with complex problems; work strategically using broad well-developed thinking and reasoning skills; reflect on their actions and formulate and communicate their interpretations and reasoning.

Level 6 scientific literacy:
Students at this level can: identify, explain and apply scientific knowledge in a variety of complex life situations; link information sources and explanations and use evidence from those sources to justify decisions; clearly and consistently demonstrate advanced scientific thinking and reasoning; use their scientific understanding in support of solutions to unfamiliar scientific and technological situations.

Level 5 scientific literacy:
Students at this level can: identify the scientific components of many complex life situations; apply both scientific concepts and knowledge about science to these situations; use well-developed inquiry abilities; link knowledge appropriately and bring critical insights to situations; construct explanations based on evidence and arguments.

Student Award Scheme – Presentation Assemblies
It was a great pleasure to be able to present so many awards to boys at the two assemblies held last Thursday. At the High Junior School assembly, Year 7 2011 earned 35 bronze awards. Year 8 2011 earned 93 bronze and 36 silver awards. Year 9 2011 earned 136 awards. These statistics show that boys need to be aware of and get involved in school activities from Term 1 Year 7 so that they can qualify for an award each year. It is great that 72% of boys got involved in Year 8 last year.

At the High Senior school assembly, there were 79 awards made to Year 10 students from 2011 and 62 awards to Year 11, 2011. We hope that more boys stay involved longer during their High school career. It is a good sign to employers of your character and commitment that you can stick with activities and responsibilities for six years. Overall, participation levels were higher in 2011 than in 2010, despite the fact that electronic recording and verification procedures made compliance tighter and accountability more rigorous.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Year 7 Camp

In week 4 this year, all 180 Year 7 boys eagerly awaited their first camp at Sydney Boys High School. The boys were filled with mixed feelings. Was camp going to be tiring? Was it going it to be the time of their life? Were they going to miss their family? But the answer to these questions was all going to be revealed in the next three days.

As the bus left Driver Ave, the boys waved their final goodbyes and then were happily talking to each other and playing games for the bus journey. After around ninety minutes on the bus, having reached Morisset, the boys enthusiastically hopped off and camp officially began.

On the three days of camp, the boys took part in many activities, some of the most enjoyable being sailing at Lake Macquarie, the giant swing and most of all, the commando challenge at night. Many of the activities were very challenging, including the high ropes course and leap of faith. In the end though, most boys successfully completed these activities, in many cases conquering their fears!

By the end of camp, everyone had enjoyed a variety of activities together and got to know their classmates well. And overall, the feedback was that their first camp at SBHS was a great experience.
Rahul Prabhu (7R) & Mr J Kay

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From the Office

Letters Re Absence/Lateness/ Early Leave

When your son returns to school from being absent he is required to provide a letter of explanation signed by a parent or guardian. If your son is going to be late for school a note is also required. Alternatively you may contact the school by phone on 9361 6910 and dial “4” for the absentee line.

If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Barris, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name, date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.


If you require leave for your son please, apply in writing and address your application to the Principal, Dr Jaggar, stating the reason and length of time of the leave. Your son must then present this application to Dr Jaggar for permission for the leave. Please remember to apply before the leave and not after.

The Principal must approve all leave applications.

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Die Deutsche Frage - Und Die Antwort!

It was a race between two boys – who would get the answer first? One had the right description of the “Flasche” – a thermos flask – and the other a name Reinhold Burger. He was born in 1866 in Germany and invented the above container as well as the advertising jingle: Hält kalt, halt heiss / ohne Feuer, ohne Eis.

Congratulations to Ken Li and Wilber Koslowski (both in Yr 10)- they did get a chocolate bar each. Die neue Frage: Woher kommt dieses Foto?

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2012 NSW School-Based Vaccination Program

The NSW Ministry of Health has been informed that a small number of Parent Information Kits which contain forms for parents to read and sign for school vaccination may be missing important information.

Please check that all information is included in the Parent Information Kits:

  • parents of Year 7 male students should receive a blue Year 7 Boys shrink-wrapped pack that includes 3 envelopes, each containing a Consent Form and Information for you and your child sheet:
    1. a blue Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (dTpa) envelope
    2. a green Hepatitis B envelope
    3. a yellow Varicella (chicken pox) envelope
  • parents of Year 10 male students should receive a blue Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis (dTpa) envelope that contains a Consent Form and Information for you and your child sheet.

If all the information is included and you would like your child to be vaccinated, please read the Information for you and your child sheet, sign the Consent Form and return the signed Consent Form to your child’s school. If you do NOT wish your child to be vaccinated, do NOT complete or return the Consent Form.

If any information is missing from your Parent Information Kit, please contact your child’s school immediately and a replacement Kit will be provided.

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From the Canteen

Don’t miss out on food you want!
Keen to try out the fabulous range of food in our canteen but keep missing out? Order ahead and reserve what you want! Make sure you are on the right queue!

  • The lines at the front of the canteen are for Years 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12. Please make sure you are in the correct line to avoid overcrowding and causing delays in service.
  • A quick service window for drinks, ice blocks etc is around the corner – no lunch items can be bought at this window.

Thank you to our volunteers for last week
MONDAY: Faidha Razmi, Yalin Hua, Lynn Chen, Rebecca Tsai,
TUESDAY: Jenny Dong, Sharon Hughes, Gowri Murugananthan, Cia Koukouras
WEDNESDAY: Vikki Angell, Helen Kon, Jim O’Sullivan,
THURSDAY: Jian Ping Li, Maria Farrell, Lin Jin, Kyung-gi An (Jenny)
FRIDAY: Li Yang, Emily Yang, Salani Balasooriya
The Canteen Team

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SBHS Debating

MIC’s Comment

It has been very busy with the organisation for our first debates on Friday. We are hosting both competitions and so it looks set to be a very busy night. There has been a change to the start times for Eastside so it is important to note that Juniors will prep at 5.30 and debate at 6.30 and Seniors will prep at 6.30 and debate at 7.30pm. The times for FED will remain the same: prep at 6pm, debate at 7pm for Juniors and for Seniors to prep at 7pm and debate at 8pm.

The Junior Coordinators are going to rotate the teams from each class so that as many students as possible can have the opportunity to debate. Juniors are encouraged to take this opportunity to develop their skills before GPS try outs take place later in the year.

This will be the last week of coaching before Co-Payment invoices are sent out. I have spent time each week walking around and the behaviour of the boys is excellent. This suggests that they are all enthusiastic. However, it is early days and you must ensure your son is committed to seeing the debating program through because if he is being disruptive or not concentrating in coaching I will ask him to leave – and there will be no refunds for co-payments.
Rachel Powell
MIC Debating

Debating Prefect’s Comment

At the conclusion of coaching at around 4:45 anyone debating that night is free to go and have dinner, whether it be bought (the traditional High venue is the Golden Pide on Cleveland Street) or brought in from home. Debaters are expected to be back at least 10 minutes before the distribution of topics, which for Eastside is 5:30 for juniors and 6:30 seniors, with FED juniors being at 6 and FED seniors at 7. Chairpeople need to report to Ms Powell 10-15 minutes before the debate so she can provide them with a bell and timer (keep an eye on the mango sheet during the week to see when there are opportunities to chair, award scheme points apply!). Each team has a responsibility to set up their room for the debate and fix it at the end. At the end of each debate a light supper is provided for debaters. Everyone who debates (including chairpeople) for that week must provide something for the supper. Any food that requires refrigeration can be left in the Staff Common Room fridge on Friday morning, but it must be clearly marked with "DEBATING" so that it is not eaten by mistake.

For junior debaters, your debates finish before the senior debates start. It is a great idea to watch the senior debates as they are of a very high quality and watching them will help you improve. If you have any questions about the debate then you can ask the senior boys afterwards, as they will be happy to help.
Christopher Chiam


This Week
Eastside: SBHS v Scots
FED: SBHS v Knox

Next Week
Eastside: SBHS v Reddam
FED: Joey’s v SBHS

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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SBHS Rugby

High Rugby = High Spirit

Year 7 House Oz Tag competition

The 2012 Year 7 House Oz Tag competition will be running on the 13th and 15th of March at lunch time. The teams will be made up of 9 representatives from each class, with 6 taking the field at any one time. The schedule of events will be as follows:

Wednesday 14/03/2012 Friday 16/03/2012
Round 1   Round 3  
Field 1 Eedy vs. Fairland Field 1 Eedy vs. McKay
Field 2 McKay vs. Rubie Field 2 Rubie vs. Torrington
Field 3 Saxby Vs. Torrington Field 3 Saxby Vs. Fairland
Round 2   Final  
Field 1 Eedy vs. Torrington 1st vs. 2nd  
Field 2 McKay vs. Fairland    
Field 3 Saxby Vs. Rubie    

6 on the field, 3 reserves, no kicking, tag must be on to attack or defend, all players must be in house uniform, games start 5 minutes after lunch starts, all games are 10 minutes

Senior and Junior Oz Tag competitions

The junior competition will run from March 21-23 and all students in Year 8 and Year 9 may compete. It is up to you to organise your team which may consist of up to 4 As players per team. You can register your teams online at http://tinyurl.com/sbhsoztagjunior

The senior competition will run from March 26-30 and all students in Years 10-12 may compete. It is up to you to organise your team which may consist of up to 4 As/1sts players per team. You can register your teams online at http://tinyurl.com/SBHSoztagsenior

Waratahs vs Reds Game

On February 25th Year 8 and Year 9 Rugby players went to the NSW Waratahs vs. Qld Reds game and walked onto the stadium as part of the March Past program NSW were running. The boys enjoyed the feeling of being on the field and were able to experience what it was like to be in the centre of such a large stadium.

Pre-Season Rugby Training 2012

Training has already begun and with the season approaching all rugby players are encouraged to turn up to the Wednesday morning sessions between 7.30-8.30 at MPW. Seniors are also encouraged to turn up for the Thursday afternoon sessions at MPW. Training program for Rugby 2012

Training program from 19/3/12 – 7/5/12

  Mondays Wednesday Thursdays Saturdays
Seniors (10-12) Sprints:3.30-4.15pm
Skills: 4.15-5.00pm
Sprints/Athletics training
Rugby Training
3.20 – 5.00pm
Athletics carnival
(If applicable)
Juniors (7-9) Sprints:3.30-4.15pm
Skills: 4.15-5.00pm
Rugby Training
3.20 – 5.00pm
Sprints/Athletics training
Athletics carnival
(If applicable)

Training program from 7/5/12 – 8/9/12

  Mondays Wednesday Thursdays Saturdays
Seniors (10-12) Rugby Training
3.30 – 5.00pm
Rugby Training
1.00 – 3.00pm
Rugby Training
3.20 – 5.00pm
Juniors (7-9) Rugby Training
3.30 – 5.00pm
Rugby Training
3.20 – 5.00pm
Rugby Training
1.00 – 3.00pm

*In addition to this students are expected to complete two weights sessions per week.

Game schedule for 2012

7th April Investec 7s at Scots College
12th May High vs. St Pius X
19th M May St. Stanislaus vs. High
26th May Interschool Trial
2nd June The Armidale School vs. High
16th June Grammar vs. High
21st June High vs. Melbourne High (u15s)
22nd/23rd June High vs. Cranbrook (1sts and 2nds only)
21st July High vs. Waverley
28th July High vs. Newington
4th August St. Ignatius vs. High
11th August High vs. Shore
18th August Kings vs. High
25th August St. Josephs vs. High
1st September High vs. Scots
8th September High vs. Grammar

I hope to see you all at training!
Mr G Barris
MIC Rugby

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Sydney Boys High School Cricket


1st XI
Grammar 137 (44) (A. Ramesh 3/21 [9], J. Moffat 3/23 [9], O. Duffy 2/19 [8]) & 3/12 (9) (J. Moffat 2/6 [4], A. Ramesh 1/2 [4]) vs High 88 (31) (A. Nayak 17, J. Moffat 15, J. Chen 12 n.o)

High arrived early to the ground excited to make it two wins in a row after their success last week. On a pitch that had a bit for both teams, High was sent into the field and started brilliantly. Anirudh took 3 wickets in the opening spell and High was on top throughout. However a large 9th and 10th wicket partnership allowed Grammar back into the game and they were bowled out for 134. However this is as positive as the game got for the High boys. Sydney High suffered a succession of batting collapses in chasing the smallish total, being bowled out for 88. If it wasn’t for a stubborn batting display by Agnish the total could have been much smaller. High bowled to Grammar once more for the last 9 overs and great bowling from the boys resulted in 3 wickets to end the day. Hopefully, we can earn an outright win next Saturday.

2nd XI
Grammar 74 (T. Subasinghe 2/7 [4], D. Guptaa 2/10 [5], T. Garg 2/12 [5]) vs High 3/84 (T. Subasinghe 33, T. Garg 13, S. Thushyanthan 12 n.o, D. Smith 10 n.o)

On arrival at the ground and with a pitch inspection producing a “bat-first” decision if we won the toss soon disappeared when Grammar won and chose to bat. Our first wicket was a run-out in the 4th over through a superb return from the outfield by the captain Sai and Grammar were 1 / 4. Some untidy bowling produced sundries over several overs, giving Jesse plenty of work behind the stumps and he saved many through his work both sides of the wicket, until Tushaar captured a plumb LBW in the 13th over. Dhruv clean bowled Grammar’s No 4 and 3 overs later Anup had Sachin take a great catch off his bowling. Thilan then checked in capturing the valuable LBW 5th wicket just before lunch, and have Grammar 5 /56 (29) which included 11 extras. The coach changed the team plan at lunch to provide changes of pace in attack and add pressure and doubt at the crease for Grammar’s remaining batsmen, and in an amazing 10 over spell High took 5 /18 with wickets from Thilan, Sai, Tushaar and Dhruv including another run-out. High started their innings carefully but in the 4th over Lalitha (3) was the first to go through a smart catch and we were 1 /11. Tushaar who had been moved to the No.3 batting position, joined Thilan then on 24, and established a solid foundation with great shot selections, sparkling drives and glances until in the 21st over when we lost Tushaar, LBW for 13 within striking distance for a first innings win, with the score at 2 /48. Still needing 27, Shivaangar joined Thilan and in a steady partnership with great control and consistent ones and twos, High passed Grammar's score in the 34th over. Thilan (33) who opened for us and batted through, becoming the architect of the innings, and had added to his 2 wickets in a sustained effort throughout, was our man-of-the-hour. At stumps Shiva 12n.o and Daniel 10 n.o were at the crease and High was 10 runs in front and 6 premiership points to start next week.

3rd XI
Grammar 151 (V. Thayalan 4/24, V. Puvanendran 2/15, M. Liu 2/30) vs High 0/10 (V. Thayalan 8 n.o)

4th XI –
High 7/115 (20) (K.Giang 33, N.Lazarus 19) defeated by Grammar 4/116 (13) (E.Ly 2/20) After last week’s dismal outcome, High returned to the pitch with newfound grit and determination. Our aggressive spirit was epitomised in our decision to bat first, though the Grammar side maintained a close field. However, a furious flurry of fours and doubles sent Grammar flying in a mass of disarray, thanks to Nevin (19). The steady ruin of the other team was further embellished by Kevin (33), which brought our final score to 7/115. When it came to fielding, we unified as the unwavering embodiment of teamwork, helping each other prevent large errors. Despite a neck to neck struggle with Grammar, the opposition broke through in the 11th over with their new batsman, and ended the game early, with 7 overs remaining. Player of the match was Elbert with 2/20.

Grammar 121 (44.4) (L. De Fonseka 6/18 [11.4], C. Mao 2/20 [9], A. Koneru 2/26 [10] vs High 5/19 (12) (L. De Fonseka 6 n.o)

16Bs –
Grammar 5/266 (30) (H. Gu 2/41 [3], J. Zhang 1/23 [4]) defeated High 7/128 (30) (S. Vimalanathan 56, H. Gu 17 n.o, E. Yu 11)

Looking forward to a good match High marched onto the field. Fielding first was not the preferred option but it looked as if it turned out to be the better option. Despite some early chances for wickets lost, a good pressure was mounting up on grammar with Sai opening up the attack with a maiden and only 3 runs given away off the first over by Haotian. The field soon fired up and we were able to take some catches. We lost our momentum when our bowlers started pitching balls shorter letting a lot of boundaries fly. Jason scraped up a wicket to break a painful silence and soon we were batting. A sluggish start was outdone by a half century from Sai, batting superbly and inspiring others to do better. Batting improved greatly with better timing of shots from batsmen all round despite racking up low scores. Playing to the end High ended their innings with a four and despite the loss, we had a good match. Good effort boys.

16Cs -
High 68 (22) (P. Stephens 22, S. Baranwal 12) defeated by Grammar 0/69

15As –
High 93 vs Grammar 3/91

15Bs –
Grammar 7/185 (S.Baranwal 2/17 [5], A.Allingham 2/13 [5]) defeated High 114 (T.George 25, Y.Kulusinghe 22)

The week leading up to the game was shaky, with many of our star players getting the call to move up to the A team, but we were still determined to achieve our third win in a row. We lost the toss and were sent in to bowl, getting an early wicket in the 7th over through Yoshika. However, the celebration was short lived, as the two batsmen at the crease took control of the field, taking their score to 102 before we took a wicket. From there, wickets fell in quick succession, but the damage was done, and our total was set to a massive 185 runs. Outstanding run scorers in a valiant chase were Thomas, who showed his usual persistence at the crease knocking a solid 25 runs, and Yoshika who once again dazzled us with a quick fire 22 runs near the end of the game. Our total added to 114 all out, a disappointing loss, but still a great performance by the team.

15Cs –
Grammar 225 (31.5) (L.Huynh 3/36, A.Taing 2/24, T.Nassif 2/32) defeated High 100 (21) (R.Joseph 34)

14As –
High 176 (59) (K.Subbanna 37, R.Hossain 28*, T.Nimac 27, F.Morshedi 16, S.Nampalli 14) vs. Grammar 0/7 (4)

After winning the toss and electing to bat, High got off to a shaky start, losing their first wicket in only the 3rd over. Unfortunately, Shashank was also dismissed just before drinks after he and Thomas were beginning to steady the innings. A great partnership between Thomas and Karthik which nearly lasted the whole 2nd hour placed High in a strong position. Their 65 run partnership lasted 17 overs. A mini collapse of 5/16 however saw High in major trouble and sink to 7/119 after 42. A great fight back by Raphin and the tail made sure High did not capitulate but survive another 17 overs and add a vital 57 more runs to the total. High on Day 2 will need to bowl consistent attacking lines and pounce on any opportunities if they are to record a win.

14Bs –
Grammar 157 (S.Saini 4/4 [5]) defeated High 92 (29.2) (A.Deep 28*, K.Agrawal 11, H.Ou 10)

13As –
Grammar 6/205 (S. Pham 2/16, A. Razmi 2/20) defeated High 99 (L. Saunders 50 n.o, E. Zhou 14)

Grammar won the toss and asked High to bowl. We started off well until Grammar decided to go for hits. The first wicket went in the 9th over. Then Akeedh Razmi came into the attack quickly taking 2 wickets. They continued to smash but Sidney was brought into bowl where he got 2 awesome wickets. The overs were all gone before we could get the wickets. High came into bat with one thought in mind. Unfortunately one of the openers and first drop got out very quickly. Louis, who was our other opener, batted through the game achieving a total of 50 runs not out. Unfortunately our other batsman got out and at the end we were not able to reach the total.

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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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Basketball: Shooting Hoops

High VS Grammar

High v Ignatius 2011 Round 1

1st WIN 68-45 C.MOLLER 24
2nd WIN 52-46 N.SUTTON 20
3rd WIN 31-26 R.KO 8
4th WIN 34-33 J.LAM 9
5th WIN 31-15 J.PALLANDI 8
6th WIN 28-13 D.WANG 9
7th WIN 23-18 W.CHOI 10
8th WIN 32-12 R.MALAYAN 11
16A WIN 32-19 A.HE 10
16B WIN 38-18 B.TRUONG 21
16C WIN 32-30 P.GAO 10
16D WIN 44-8 J.MA 12
16E WIN 42-12 J.HAO 12
16F BYE    
15B WIN 31-20 M.WANG 9
15C WIN 34-22 C.WANG 8
15E WIN 31-16 A.HAN,G.HE 10
15F WIN 50-24 S.ZHANG 14
14A WIN 35-29 A.KARAHASAN 10
14C LOSS 36-11 T.LUO 5
14D LOSS 20-50 M.YU 12

High vs Ignatius 2012 Term 1 (This time)

1st WIN 92-45 B.MCGELNCHY 24
3rd LOSS 3131-27 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 3636-12 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

1st Grade Table

  Played Won Lost For Against Points
Scots 12 11 1 953 614 23
High 12 11 1 924 651 23
Newington 12 6 6 754 581 18
St. Ignatius' 12 6 6 879 813 18
Shore 12 6 6 715 669 18
St. Joseph's 12 6 6 833 797 18
Grammar 12 2 10 609 847 14
Kings 12 0 12 398 1093 12

Another strong win kept High at the top of the table, and leaves us well placed to claim a premiership for this season. However, there are still two more games to go and they are “must wins” for us to remain at the top of the ladder. Come and support our first grade side and join them on the ride to becoming back to back GPS Basketball premiers! (A feat which has never happened before at our school.)

Final Home Game of the Season

The final home game of the season is this week against King’s, and for our senior players the final game they get to play at High in the GPS. So please come and watch the 1st and 2nd grade games and give our senior players the farewell that they deserve!

Annual Basketball Dinner

The date for this year's basketball dinner is 30th March, which is week 10 of this term. Tickets will be on sale soon and can be purchased from the payments office in the foyer. Keep an eye out in the High notes over the coming weeks for more information and an order form, and make sure you buy your tickets early!

Editor for Shootin’ Hoops Shootin’

Hoops is looking for a new editor to maintain the column each week. Anyone is suitable, including Year 7s and people not involved with the basketball program but looking to become a part of it. If you are interested see Mr Hayman in the PDHPE staffroom for more details.

~ 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 Tennis

High vs Grammar

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

1st Grade

1st Grade headed out to Weigall on Saturday to face rivals Grammar in a much anticipated match-up late in the season. The day started off extremely well with Patrick and Frank, dominating the number 1 doubles with a strong display of serving and volleying leading to a comfortable straight sets win, 6-3 6-2. However, the other two doubles were much closer with number 2 doubles pairing, Lachlan and Rob unlucky to not have won their match, going down in three tight sets, 6-7 6-4 7-10. In the number 3 doubles, Adam and Josh fought back after losing the first set to take out the tight match in sensational form in the super tiebreak, 4-6 6-4 10-6. After gaining a 2-1 lead over Grammar after the doubles, the boys went into their singles with extra confidence knowing that we had our opponents under the pump. In the singles, Patrick had the task of having to step up to play the number one singles for the second time this season. He put in a solid effort; however his opponent proved to be too strong in the end, going down 3-6 1-6. Frank raced out of the blocks quickly in his match leaving his opponent constantly on the back foot, winning 6-2 6-2. Lachlan looked great in the early stages of his match, however allowed the match to slide out of his grasp, going down in three sets 6-1 1-6 3-6. Number 4, Rob made an impressive return from injury after being forced out for two weeks due to a quad injury, winning 7-6 6-3. Young Adam played a highly consistent match to overcome his emotionally unstable opponent, comfortably winning 6-2 6-2. Finally, number 6 Josh produced some excellent shot making in his match to win 6-2 7-5. The final result, High capping off a sublime day against Grammar comfortably winning 9 points to 3. The huge win over Grammar catapults High, 3 places up the table to 5th, with Kings and Joeys remaining on our schedule.
Frank Zhang

2nd Grade

On Saturday our team faced Grammar, confident that we would come out on top if we played to our strengths. The day started off well for us, with our No 1 doubles combination of Anton and James Chan beating their opponents in dominant fashion 6-2 6-1. In the No 2 doubles our team fought hard to get themselves into a tiebreak in the first set, but this was not enough to earn them the win. After a great performance against Iggies we knew also that our No 3 doubles were a solid pairing. Although they were able to win a close first set, their opponents fought back, winning in a super tie breaker. After losing in 3 sets the previous week, Anton and James were looking to go one better against Grammar. Anton’s attacking game and consistency from the baseline proved to be too much for his opponent, the final score being 6-3 6-2 to Anton. As the day drew to a close we were down 4 matches to 2, with James Chan, Ian and James Chee all finding themselves in close three set matches. From here on Grammar stepped up their game and finished all matches in quick succession, with the third set scores reading 2-6, 0-6 and 0-6 respectively. The day ended 7 matches to 2, with Grammar picking up the extra 3 bonus points. Congratulations to Anton Brokman for winning both of his matches. It should be noted that if our team had won all 4 of our three set encounters, we would have found ourselves up 5 matches to 4 and also gaining the bonus points. We hope to improve on this when we face the confident outfit of King’s next week.
James Chan

16s Tennis

There were more positive results from the 16s this week against Grammar. The highlights of the weekend were wins from the four As/Ds doubles teams, all won in close tie-breaks. It was great to see that High could battle it out and take control in tie-break situations, something that requires a lot of mental strength and courage. The overall game tallies were as follows: As drew 2-2 with 2 games unable to be played because of time constraints, Bs lost 1-3 (with 2 games halted midway), Cs drew 3-3 (with 2 games won due to forfeit) and Ds won 4-1 with Darren Li’s game unfortunately halted at 5-4.
Brendan Hancox.

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Water Polo 2011-2012

Congratulations to the Opens and 14 Years Water Polo teams on their great results over the past few weeks. The 14 Years team has won 3 out of their past 4 matches, while the 1st Grade team have had convincing wins in the CHS Eastern Suburbs knockout tournament, beating Sydney Tech and Caringbah before losing to the impressive Kirrawee High team, who are widely tipped to win the state championship.

Water Polo runs as a combined GPS-CAS competition, and in the 2011-2012 season High entered a team in each of the three age divisions. We have had a number of new students join water polo this season, especially a large number of Year 12s eager to try something new for their last summer season! All three teams have shown a lot of commitment throughout the season, with all players improving throughout the year.

We are always on the lookout for new players, particularly as we are about to lose a number of our valuable Year 12 players, which will open up a number of places in the 1st grade team. Trials for the 2012-2013 season will be held in mid-term 3 this year, so see Ms Davis for a winter training schedule, and start swimming!

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AAGPS Head of the River 2012

Attendance at the GPS Head of the River is strongly encouraged for all students to support our rowing crews. Attendance by students (in full school uniform) is recognised by 5 points in the School Award scheme. This is a big day on the AAGPS school calendar and is quite a spectacle with all GPS schools attending. It is the day everyone works towards, a day filled with history and tradition, where all schools congregate with school pride. We are there too, with our High chants, colours and banners. If there is one day you should experience while at High it is the Head of the River!

Where: Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith

When: Saturday 10 March 2012

How: Supporters will depart from the school bus stop on Anzac Parade at 7.45am and return to the school at approximately 1.30pm.

Cost: $15 for a subsidised ticket (incl. transport and entry), paid to the school office by Wednesday 7 March.

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SHS Rowing

Sydney High Regatta Results

What a great finale to the AAGPS Regatta season. High hosted the last regatta of the season and we achieved 5 2nds and 3 3rds on the day. Not only that, the Boat Race Officials claimed it was the best run regatta in the 2011–12 GPS season … so well done to all who contributed.

Our new intake Year 9 boys competed in the 5th Quad division and after only rowing for three weeks put in a great row in a respectable time. Well done to Andrew Lu, Neil Song, Jake Davis, Zac Hung, and the ‘speedboat driver’, George Han-McEvoy.

Outstanding performances at the High Regatta -

Race/Crew Place Rowers Time
Year 8 5th Quad 2nd Darren Lim, Kyne Kim, Ben Ling, Andrew Zhu, (c) Clint Han 4.47.96
Year 8 4th Quad 3rd Jiachen Lu, Josh King, Tony Dong, Jun Lin, (c) Anthony Zhang 4.50.28
Year 8 2nd Quad 2nd Jason Qiu, Ed Belokopytov, Wesley Zhang, Kevin Fan, (c) Dan Xu 4.17.62
Year 8 1st Quad 2nd Oliver Lethbridge, William Chen, Jacob Katafono, Stuart Benjamin, (c) Remington Lim 4.13.53
Year 9 3rd Quad 2nd
Chi Mao, Josh Maloof, Brian Mo, William Chang, (c) Stratton Vakirtzis 4.06.45
Year 9 2nd Quad 3rd
Jackson Tan, Jing Li, Bennette Jiang, James Tinker, (c) Stephen Ngo 4.04.28
Year 9 1st Quad 2nd Nick Phillis, Louis Huyen, Yi Luo, Jesse Nixon, (c) Keith Chambers 3.55.68
Year 10 2nd VIII 3rd Kohen Lau, Brandon Vu, Perry Sim, Andrew Rong, Tom Du, Byron Zhou, James Pham, Damien Duong, (c) Terry Fong 5.40.44

Sydney Rowing Club Regatta

Our School 1st and 2nd VIII competed at SIRC and both crews showed improvement. The 1st VIII raced in a time of 6.29.79 and the 2nd VIII, who have been shaving seconds off each week, did a personal best time of 6.40.28.

Upcoming Rowing Events

Rowing Assembly Friday 9 March Great Hall 11am
This is a very special school occasion for all Head of the River competitors and families. Morning tea is served for parents after the assembly.
AAGPS Head of the River Saturday 10 March Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith
This is the big event, with all present and past rowers, and supporters, making the trek to cheer on High crews. We hope you can join us in the High marquee.
NSW CHS Championships Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 March Nepean River
Information will be distributed to selected rowers.

Rowing Dinner

We had over 200 people, including rowers, parents, coaches and staff, fill the Great Hall for the Rowing Dinner on Wednesday night. It was a very special night for the GPS rowers as they now approach the Head of the River. I think everyone in the hall would have been impressed with our rowers. The speeches and presentations of crews were outstanding by Stuart Benjamin, Year 8 Quads, Jesse Nixon, Year 9 Quads, Ray Fang, Year 10 VIIIs, and Captain of Boats, Andreas Purcal, School VIIIs.

Certificates for ‘Outstanding Contribution to teamwork, training and performance’ were awarded to –

  • Year 8 Quads – Stuart Benjamin, Edward Belokopytov, Richard Ding, Tony Dong, Ben Ling, Daniel Yam, Vyaas Rajan
  • Year 9 Quads – Keith Chamber, Jackson Tan, William Chang, Phillip Mai, Neil Song
  • Year 10 Eights – Brendan Kong, Damien Duong, Dan Tran • Senior Eights – Tim Montanaro, Kin Pan

Andreas Purcal introduced the 2012 School 1st VIII – Dan Tam (c), Ben Wilcox (stroke), Max Jones, Tim Montanaro, David Andrews, Gianmarco De Nigris, Andreas Purcal, Steve Comninos, Nelson Tang

GPS Head of the River

Saturday 10 March 2012

Hope you can make the journey to the Sydney International Regatta Centre at Penrith to experience this impressive event.

  • Races start at 10.00am with the Year 10 Eights.
  • The School Eights race at 11.35 and 11.50am.

This is the big day on the GPS school calendar and it is quite a spectacle with all GPS schools attending. We have our own decorated marquee so put on the blue and brown and come and cheer! All rowing parents are invited back to the sheds for a social afternoon, with a presentation at approximately 3.00pm to thank everyone involved in the season – coaches, staff, committee, parents and the boys.

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The PDHPE Department has again assessed the physical fitness levels of our students, Years 7 – 10. The most important health-related test is the 1.6km run for cardiovascular endurance. Our standard Moore Park West course was used for the assessment.

An assessment of 90% or better required a student to run the 1.6km in a time of 6 mins 30 secs, approximately, depending on the age of the student. An assessment of 50% or better, required a time of between 7 and 8 minutes, depending on age. A result of 10% or less means the 1.6km run was completed in a time greater than 9 mins 30 seconds. Each student in Years 7 – 9 should have a copy of their assessment schedule and results for February 2012 in their PDHPE theory books. Parents are encouraged to review their son’s results with them.

There were some outstanding performances again this semester including, Ruilin Zhang (7T) 6m 38s, Adam Smagarinski (8.5) 6m 11s, Luke Hoad (9.2) 5m 40s and Eugene Lee (10.4) 5m 19s.

* Fastest times are held by Year 10 Sam Lane (2009) 4m 54s, Year 9 Sam Lane (2008) 4m 53s, Year 8 Eugene Lee (2010) 5m 12s and Year 7 Eugene Lee (2009) and Luke Hoad (2010) 5m 43s.

Percentile band No. of students in each percentile band
Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
90 – 99 0 5 17 22
80 – 89 2 12 15 15
70 – 79 8 8 14 7
60 – 69 6 12 18 21
50 – 59 9 11 22 13
40 – 49 13 18 27 15
30 – 39 23 21 22 15
20 – 29 29 29 25 18
10 – 19 48 33 15 23
0 – 9 40 18 25 34
Non-starters 2 13 7 23

Mean results for each year group 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012

  Feb. ‘09 Sept ‘09 Feb ‘10 Sept ‘10 Feb ‘11 Sept ‘11 Feb ‘12
Year 10
Year 9
Year 8
Year 7

Year 9 is our fittest cohort at this time of the year and has the highest February fitness mean for Year 9 since 2007. Congratulations. Year 7 (2012) is starting at the same level as Year 7 (2011).

Again this year there is an incentive for boys to achieve and maintain a higher level of aerobic fitness. If a student can reach his personal goal time on the fourth 1.6k run or run under 6 minutes, he will receive an extra 10% towards his final PDHPE grade which equates to one assessment grade. Each student should be aware of his goal as they are posted in Room 901. Hopefully every student will take advantage of this opportunity.
G Stein

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High Family

The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C

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Big Night Out 2012

Date for your Diaries

5.00pm Sunday 1st April
Great Hall and Courtyard

Bring your whole family for our annual School Family Event

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

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SBHS Cricket Dinner 2012

6.00pm, Wednesday 21st March
SBHS Great Hall

All coaches, players and parents are invited to the annual SBHS Cricket Dinner to celebrate the 2011-2012 cricket season - a particular welcome to incoming Year 7 players and parents.

Boys are to wear school uniform to the dinner. Soft drinks will be provided. Please detach the form [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] and hand it in with payment at the Main Office before 16th March 2012. Tickets are limited. Cost is $30.00 per head.

Players please take responsibility for coaches’ thank you gifts on a team-by-team basis - Captains, please organize !

Cricket Dinner 21 March 2012 [RSVP form is available 
in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes]

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Sydney High Annual Basketball Dinner 2012

Celebrate another fantastic year of basketball at High by organising your team to attend the 8th Annual Basketball Dinner and finish the year in winning style!!!

Every team will receive trophies for the Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player. 1 minute speeches will be made by staff members about their age groups and players will be able to show their thanks to them as well! (Buy your coach a present) There will be a big screen projection of the Annual Highlight video presentation! Be there to win things like: A signed basketball by NBL Rookie of the Year Anatoly Bose, IPOD Portable Speaker System and a giant Jellybean jar!

When: Friday, 30/3/12, 6:00pm. End of Night 9:30pm.

Where: Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School

Who: Players, parents, friends, supporters and coaches of all teams!

1) Because the friendships made through SBHS basketball last a lifetime
2) Because the program has improved significantly again this season and requires your support for this to continue.


All drinks will be provided on the night. Alcohol is BYO. Advise when booking if a vegetarian meal is required.
210 seats only = Limited seats- PAY AT THE OFFICE TODAY! Especially if you won an award make sure you pay ASAP.
NB: Proceeds from ticket sales etc go into the basketball program to help improve future basketball experiences for our students.

Please return the slip [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] with $35/per person to the front office by Thurs 22nd MARCH 2011.

Sydney High Basketball Dinner [RSVP form is available 
in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes]

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