High Notes, Vol 13 No 6, March 09 2012

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From the Principal

High Talent
At the GPS Swimming carnival at SOPAC on Friday night last, the High team performed creditably .Kazuo Nakamura (14 years) won the 50m freestyle and 50m fly, was 2nd in the 100 fly and 3rd in the100m backstroke. Leonard Mah was runner up in three events – 15 years 100m and 50m freestyle and the 50m breast stroke. Darren Chien won the 15-16 100m breast stroke and was runner up in the 50m. Kevin Guo won the 50m breaststroke and was 2nd in the 100m. Harvey Luo placed 2nd in the 12 years 50m breast stroke and backstroke. Michael Sawang was 2nd in the 15 years 50m back stroke and Eugene Lee 2nd in the 16 years 50m fly. Jason Qiu placed 3rd in the 100m freestyle and Kim Kyne was 3rd in the 14 years 50m breast stroke. Members of the successful 16 years 4 x 50m medley relay team were: Eugene Lee, Yu Peng Man, Dominic Mah and Darren Chien. Eugene Lee, Michael Sawang, Yu Pang Man and Leonard Mah placed 3rd in the 15-16 4 x 50 freestyle relay.At the Zone carnival our Age champions were: Harvey Luo (12 years), Michael Sawang 15 years and the 14 years was shared among Kazuo Nakamura, Jacob Katafono and Adam Smagarinsky. Congratulations to all our swimmers! Well done to Shobhan Baranwal (10) on his award of the green (Adventurer) cord from the North Sydney Scouts Association.

From blended delivery to normalised digital pedagogy
Mal Lee, in Australian Teacher Magazine, term 1 2012, takes up the issue of wasted technology. His main point is that if teachers are not routinely using technology, then their students, at least at school, will not use the devices they have been issued with. [ At High we have had a blended delivery model for some years where teachers control the mix of ICT, traditional instruction and laptop use.] He applauds the astute 24/7/365 use of technology by some schools in partnership with parents. He refers to “the evolution of a more networked and collaborative mode of schooling” - a goal of what we are trying to accomplish at High. Does our school really work “within a networked operational paradigm”…and have we “normalised the use of the digital in the everyday teaching of all staff”…and are we “collaborating every day with our homes” to teach our students better? We have been stressing a learning model where our teachers collaborate with each other and encourage the students to do the same. However, in a society in which schooling accounts for only 20% of a young person’s annual teaching and learning time, what are we trying to do to influence our students’ learning in the other 80% of their time? Schools are now integrating their digital and teaching capacity with that of their young people’s homes. Have we a genuine belief in the value of authentic and open collaboration with students and parents in their homes? The smart approach to technological advancement is to introduce a policy of BYOT- bring your own technology. In such a model the school provides the infrastructure and the student’s home provides the “preferred personal mobile technology”. “Personal choice, preference and the market determine the choice and purchase of the home/student persona technology. The notebook is fast disappearing from the market. Our reliance on the ICT expert model ought to disappear too. I am interested in parent reaction to the possibilities of opening up more pathways for teacher-parent collaboration in learning. Parents can access a great deal of information through the Parent Portal about when, where, what and how their sons will be taught and assessed. Perhaps more structures can be devised to make learning more effective and improve student outcomes.

SBHS Library Fund Committee
The SBHS Library Fund Committee (K.Jaggar, J. Walker, E. Sadler) met this week (6/3/2012) to review the progress of the two library program and to assess future library needs for the school. The 2011 financials for the SBHS Library Fund were: balance bf $23,217; receipts $125,260; payments $126,625 – books, magazines, subscriptions, consumables $24181, wages for Librarian, SAO, overtime and archives $100,334; maintenance $249; capital equipment $1861; and balance cf $21,852. In addition, $8271 was spent from the school account. The operations of the two libraries are sustainable but ongoing improvement will not be possible without either a higher overall compliance rate from parent donations to the Fund or a higher amount than $125 per family to be suggested. It was agreed that a five-year plan for the libraries was needed. Given the annual expenditure of resources ($113 per student), it was agreed that an evaluation of the first five years of operation of the two libraries ought to be undertaken. It would be helpful if the Committee had data on: usage by boys, numbers and high demand times, student satisfaction – how well they think the libraries serve them – the adequacy of facilities and resources, borrowing habits and improvements needed. The Committee was interested in exploring possibilities to expand the supervised area of the Senior Library during peak usage time to promote more cooperative work but also to allow more opportunity for areas of quiet study.
Dr K A Jaggar

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What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library

Great new resources are currently arriving in the Senior Library and will soon be available for loan. As previously announced there are some resources that have been allocated as “In Library Use” only and are available from behind the front desk for Period loans. These include popular and recent study guides in the Coroneos Publications series, Cambridge Checkpoints 2011 and 2012 HSC and new Preliminary (Physics, Chemistry and Biology) courses, plus English resources on Belonging and Advanced Modules and Electives by Barbara Stanners also UMAT resources including new ones on order, umat 123.

Cambridge are once again running their Photo Competition where students can win an iPad and have their photos published on Cambridge Checkpoints HSC 2013 covers! Competition details are at: www.cambridge.edu.au/hscphotocomp Have a look at the current copies of Cambridge Checkpoints in various subjects for ideas and get snapping!

Recently I have had enquiries about how to purchase personal copies of the Checkpoints books for $21.00 instead of RRP of $28.00! So if interested, students can purchase the books themselves through Sydney Books Online @ their website. If you would like to make enquiries you can also ring them on 02-95593220.
Ms Gordon
Teacher Librarian

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Careers News

It is important that parents and students have access to the latest careers news and information. The Careers News section of the Student Portal and of the Parents Portal is updated daily with this latest information.

Visit the Careers News section to read the latest information about:

  • Guest speakers
  • Bonus point schemes
  • Overseas education opportunities
  • UMAT
  • University admission
  • University information days
  • University-school enrichment programs
  • Work Placement information

And much more.

Log into the Student or Parents Portal by clicking the Intranet Login link on the Sydney Boys High School website. Please see the Careers Adviser if you have any further questions.
Mr Cipolla

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Die Deutsche Frage Im März

Last week’s photo was taken in a large German department store cum supermarket (Karstadt for those in the know) and I immediately had a mental image of impecunious Aussi backpackers slaving away in a cool room to produce hand-made Australian ice cream. Not so – the product comes from Holland and it was identified by Kabir Agrawal (Yr 8)! The price in Euros as well as the German spelling “Eiscreme” were the clues.

Today’s question once again requires keen eyes and it is a return to more familiar territory: “Blut wo??? "
Frau St Leon

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SBHS Debating

MIC Report

It was great to see so many new faces at the Debating Supporters Group meeting and the Parents Information Evening on Thursday. We welcome the contributions of all parents and, in fact, we cannot function successfully without support from the parent body. If you were unable to attend the meeting but would like to get involved please do not hesitate to contact me.

One key part of the evening I would like to emphasize is about how parents can support debating

  • At the very least please make sure you send food to school if your son is debating at home and that your son always has a safe form of transport home from the debate.
  • Ensure that you have signed up to the Gmail account and regularly check your emails.
  • Read the High Notes and talk to your son about the debating program. • You could volunteer to help out with suppers.
  • You could volunteer to do parking
  • You could consider taking one of the positions in the DSG.
  • Watch your son debate.
  • Please pay your co-payments.

A reminder that this week co-payments are due. I have finalised numbers in coaching now and we have 244 students who are attending coaching each week. This is a huge increase from last year and a wonderful boost for the programme. Our co-payments represent extremely good value as the Program runs for 24 weeks and we have such fantastic coaches to support the boys in developing their debating skills. In addition we enter 4 major competitions more than all other schools. Please, when you receive your invoice, pay promptly.
Rachel Powell

Debating Prefect Report

After a long break from debating the first round is always tough, but High managed to start the year very well last week, taking on Scots in Eastside and Knox in the Friday Evening Debating competition. In the Eastside competition the Year 7s, experiencing their first taste of high school debating, managed to grab their first of hopefully many wins, though unfortunately the Year 8 and 9 teams lost their debates. Similarly in FED we had mixed results in the juniors, with the Year 7 and 9 teams losing but our Year 8s pulling out a win. However the standout performance has to go to our senior teams, who won all their debates in both competitions. A lesson for all our juniors: stick with the debating program and the improvement by the senior years is massive, and watching senior debates is a great way to learn and improve.
Christopher Chiam
Debating Prefect


This Week
FED: St Josephs v SBHS
Eastside: SBHS v Reddam

Next Week
FED: Trinity v SBHS
Eastside: SBHS v Grammar

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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Music Notes

Senior String Ensemble

Thank you to the Senior Boys who performed beautifully under the tutelage of Ms Rebecca Irwin at Government House on Thursday evening for the Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation Function. Well done on being fine representatives for the school.

Music Performance Program

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

The 2012 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning rehearsals
7.45am unless stated otherwise
Concert Band
Room 201
Chamber Choir
Room 201
Junior Stage Band
Room 201
Senior String Ensemble
Room 101
Symphony Orchestra
Room 201
  Senior  Stage Band
Room 101
  Intermediate  Stage Band
Room 101
Senior Concert Band
Room 201
Saxophone Ensemble
Room 201 8:45am
  Training Concert Band
Room 202
Terms 2, 3, 4
  Philharmonic Orchestra
Room 208
  Marching Band
TERM 1 & 4
String Ensemble
Room 208
  Woodwind Ensemble
Room 202
Afternoon rehearsals
Start @ 3.30pm
  Marching Band
TERM  1 & 4
3.30 - 4.30pm
    Jazz Ensemble
Room 201
    Percussion Ensemble
Room 201

The Marching Band will be playing in the Sydney City March on ANZAC Day in 2012.

Students need to remember to schedule lessons at a different time to rehearsals.
An attendance rate of 80% is necessary to obtain Awards Scheme points and a Music Pocket for Senior Students.

Annual Music Camp

The Annual Music Camp will be held at The Tops Conference Centre, Stanwell Tops this year from Monday-Wednesday (28th - 30th). We invite ALL students in the Music Performance Program to attend the 3-day camp. Music Staff and instrumental tutors will rehearse new repertoire that will be performed at the Camp Concert upon return to school Wednesday afternoon. Please collect a note from the Music Staff if you have not yet received one and make payments to the Main Office.

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Sydney Boys High School Tennis

High vs Kings

  1st Grade Result 2nd Grade Result
D1 1 + 2 D 2-6 1-2 1 + 6 L 0-6 1-6
D2 3 + 4 D 6-4 3-0 2 + 3 L 0-6 3-6
D3 5 + 6 L 0-6 0-6 4 + 5 L 1-6 2-6
S1 Brian Tran Remaining Josh Sangueza L 0-6 2-6
S2 Patrick Rynsaardt Matches Anton Brockman L 3-6 2-6
S3 Frank Zhang Abandoned James Chan L 2-6 0-6
S4 Lachlan Day Due Ian Li L 2-6 2-6
S5 Robert Risteski To James Chee L 0-6 0-6
S6 Adam Smagarinsky Rain Denny Dien L 0-6 0-6

1st Grade

After an ecstatic win over Grammar, the boys headed into the final home match with confidence and momentum facing a strong Kings outfit. However, torrential rain all week forced the boys to prepare indoors rather than training out on-court. Saturday didn’t turn out to be much different with the boys turning up to find the courts under water. After having to dry the courts the rubber was able to be commenced at 12:45pm. Number 3 doubles, Robert and Adam unfortunately lost quickly against opponents who were just more experienced and consistent, 0-6 0-6. Frank and Lachlan in the number 2 doubles trailed 3-4 in the first set before a momentum swing of 6 straight games saw us take out the first set and establish a good lead in the second before rain affected play, 6-4 3-0 unfinished. Number 1 doubles, Brian and Patrick were looking to fight back in the second set after losing the first, however their match was also affected by rain, 2-6 1-2 unfinished. After numerous attempts to dry the courts, 3 to be exact, the persistent rain unfortunately forced the rubber to be abandoned. The final result, 6.5 to 5.5 matches in favour of Kings, an unfortunate result for the boys with the number 3 doubles going down just before the rain. However, despite the result High remains in 5th position with an excellent opportunity next week against Joeys to finish a respectable 4th place.
Frank Zhang

2nd Grade

On Saturday our team faced a strong Kings side. We were lucky to get on court, there being rain right up until 11am. In all three doubles matches our team found ourselves on the back foot with Kings serving big and dominating at the net. We were unable to win any of these matches even though all our score lines improved in the second set. In the singles Kings continued their good momentum, and won all their matches easily. We finished the day down 9 matches to 0, a disappointing score line on our behalf. We hope to improve upon this performance when we play St Joseph’s College next week in what will be a battle for seventh place.
James Chan

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AAGPS Head of the River

AAGPS Head of the River this Saturday 10 March 2012 at Sydney International Regatta Centre Penrith

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

This is one of the big events on the GPS school calendar and it is quite a spectacle with all GPS schools attending. Everyone is invited to join us in the High marquee – past and present rowers, old boys, families and supporters. Then, it’s 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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SHS Rowing

The crews representing Sydney Boys High School at the 2012 AAGPS Head of the River are –

Crew Rowers Coach
School 1st VIII NeNelson Tang, Steve Comninos, Andreas Purcal, Gianmarco De Nigris, David Andrews, Tim Montanaro, Max Jones, Ben Wilcox (stroke), Daniel Tam (cox) Adrian Henning
School 2nd VIII Michael Hughes, Sam Phillis, Ronald Tran, Ken Li, Ashley Chan, Daniel Keogh, Kin Pan, Alex Pereira (stroke), Alfred Xing (cox) Mitch
Year 10 1st VIII Brendan Kong, Ethan Ou, Rex Yi, Samuel Lin, Andrew Zhang, Bevan Xie, Chris Wang, Ray Fang (stroke), Kenneth Liu (cox) Shahar Merom
Year 10 2nd VIII Kohen Lau, Chris Chen, Perry Sim, Byron Zhou, Tom Du, Damien Duong, James Pham, Andrew Rong (stroke), Terry Fong (cox) Gareth Deacon
Year 10 3rd VIII Dan Tran, Peter Choi, Brandon Vu, Robert Tan, Kaiwei Liu, Soloman Saleh, Brendan Guan, Anthony Tran (stroke), Steven Cheung (cox) Adrian Webster

Junior Rowing

The Junior crews had outstanding results at the weekly GPS regattas over the season, with many 2nd and 3rd places going to most of the crews. The highlight was a 1st place going to the Y8 2nd quad at the Scots Regatta and that crew coming 2nd in the AAGPS season pointscore. Congratulations to the Y8 2nd quad - Jason Qiu, Ed Belokopytov, Wesley Chen, Kevin Fan, and Dan Xu (c).

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Annual Cross Country Carnival

1.15 - 3.00 pm
Tuesday 20th March, 2012
Bat & Ball, Mount Steele
Ms Dam, Mr Kesting

Student Information

Parents: Your son will be dismissed earlier than usual on Tuesday 20th March, 2012


1.25 pm    17+ & OPENS     3 km    3 Loops
1.40 pm 16 years        3 km    3 Loops
1.55 pm 15 years        3 km    3 Loops
2.10 pm 14 years        2 km    2 Loops
2.20 pm 13 years        2 km    2 Loops
2.30 pm 12 years        2 km    2 Loops

After the Athletics Carnival, students are to walk back to school. Students are to cross the road at lights only.
A BBQ lunch will be available for students to purchase prior to commencement of the Cross Country Carnival. It will be held outside the Gym.
Stay in school grounds, and then move over to the venue when the bell rings.
When your race is called go to the starting area whether you are running or not.
Non runners will stay in the starting area until directed to move by the Marshals At the finish you will be given a place ticket.
If you are in the first 15 places you go to the first 15 table to have your position recorded, and then proceed to your House Roll Table.
All runners to proceed with finish ticket to your House Roll Table.
Tell the teacher your name, roll class and finishing position
After the race you will be dismissed by a teacher.
NON RUNNERS will have their attendance recorded at a separate table.

Everyone attends.
You must run in shoes.
Stay on the course and follow directions from course marshals.
Spectators must stay within 20m of Cleveland St and are not permitted on the course.
Winning house determined by the lowest total of the first ten runners to finish.
To qualify for the Award scheme you must compete & finish.
Top ten runners will comprise the provisional school team to compete at the zone.
Only the first 15 places will be timed. Cross Country Champions will be selected from this event.
Any MIC ruling is final.

Additional Info:
The School Cross Country is the first qualifying event within the CHS Competition.
The first 10 runners for each age division will make up the school team for the Eastern Suburbs Zone Carnival.
The first 10 runners at the Zone Carnival will compete at the Sydney East Regional Carnival and the first 10 runners from Regional Carnival go on to the NSW All Schools Carnival.
You are also invited to trial for the Sydney High GPS Cross Country Team. GPS Cross Country is a Winter Sport with three age divisions (U14, U16, Opens) who compete on Saturday mornings. The season spans across terms 2 and 3 and involves 13 Saturday morning carnivals. All are welcome to trial.

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In the Swim

Swimming Team Meeting
Max Chien, Year 12, was elected to the Captain’s position and George Dzero Year 11 was elected as Vice Captain. A big thank you to Shaun Pak who resigned from his Vice Captain’s position as he is already Captain of Water Polo. Thanks to Ennes Mehemedbasic whose stalwart contribution to the High Swimming Squad will be sorely missed.

Swimmers were asked to assist the MIC by taking on various duties. Swimming will become very self- serve like a supermarket with swimmers asked to put their own swimming times into spreadsheets on the R Drive and a “Latest Notice” board being set up on the R Drive to remind everyone of things needing doing. Thank you to James Chee who is taking on the In the Swim High Notes Article. (He can do with some help) Year 10s could assist by constructing a swimming Website?? Any volunteers see Mrs Crothers.

All swimmers are to check their GPS latest Program which will go into the R drive every Wednesday before a swim. Any swimmer who cannot make it is to find a same age replacement and email this information to Mrs Crothers before school ends on Friday. Only in severe emergencies are they to call Mrs Crothers on her mobile before 6pm at the Pool. This mobile number can be found in the R drive/Swimming/MIC Contact

Combined High Schools Eastern Suburbs Zone Carnival Report – results on Corkboard & R Drive
The depth and strength of the High Squad was demonstrated by the results of the Eastern Suburbs Zone Carnival which was held last week. 58 swimmers came in 1st place. 32 swimmers got 2nd place and 7 got 3rd place. These places would be impossible to achieve unless the boys trained many mornings a week. High is grateful to swimmers and their parents training commitment.

Swimmers, mindful of a full GPS Swimming Program the next night, and for many a Saturday follow up with other GPS Commitments, avoided the 200 metre swims but participated with great success in the other events. The “unreal” trophy goes to Harvey Luo (Year 7) and Jason Qiu who each swam in 9 events with Kazuo Nakamura (Year 8) close behind swimming in 8 events.

The swimmers results are reported in alphabetical order

James Chee (14) 3 1st , 2 2nds (Back Breast , Free R, Free and fFree)R
Darren Chien (17) 3 1st’s (Breast , Free R, Medley R)
Jake Davis( 14) 2nd (200 free)
Andrew Fong (18) 2nd (Relay)
Kevin Guo (13)1st , 3 2nd’s and a 3rd (free Breast Relay)
Michael Jun (15) 1st, 2nd (Free R Fly)
Jacob Kalafono (14) 3 1st’s and 2nd (Free, Free, Free Free R)
Jun Kurasawa (13) 2nd, 4th (Free R, Back)
Kim Kyne (14) 2 1sts (Free R Breast)
Eugene Lee (16) 5 1st’s (Free Free R Free, Free R Medley)
Harvey Luo (12) 7 1st’s and 4th (Fly Back, Breast, Free R, Free R, Free R)
Cameron Ma (12) 1st (Free R1)
Dominic Ma (16) 1st (Free R)
Leonard Ma (15) 7 1st’s 2nd, 3rd
Yu Peng Man (16) 2 1st’s , 2 2nd’s (Back Breast Free R Free)
Ennes Mehmedbasic (18) 2 2nd’s 2, 3rd’s 4th Free Breast, Free R, Free, Back)
Kazuo Nakamura (14) 6 1st’s, 2nd, 3rd, (Free, Free, Free) R, Free R Fly Medley, Free R Free R)
Shaun Pak (17) 2nd, 3rd,4th (Back Free R Free)
Jason Qui (13) 3 1st’s, 4 2nd’s, 2 3rd’s (Fly, Back, Breast, Free, Free R Free R Free, Free R)
Michael Sawang (15) 6 1st’s and a 2nd (Back Free Free R IM Frree Fly Free R)
Adam Smarginsky 1st and 2 2nd’s Back Fly IM
Andrew Trajcevski (14) A 1st and 2 2nd’s (Back Free R, Free)
Charlie Weng (12) 1 1st (Free R)
Tommy Weng (12) 2nd (Fly)
Ben Wilcox (18) 2 1st’s 3 2nd’s and a 3rd.(Free Free R Free R) Breast, Free
Corey Won 2nd [Free R]
Michael Yang (13) 1st and 2nd (Breast, Free)
Jonanthan Zheng (12) 1st, 3 2nd’s and a 4th (Back 200 Breast Free Back Free)

PB Report – Congratulations to Kevin Gu (Year 7) for breaking 2 PB’s in a week for 100 Breast. A little bit to go and he will have a Nationals Time

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Basketball: Shooting Hoops

High VS Kings

High v Kings 2011 Round 1 Term 4

2nd WIN 54-29 M.ECKENGARD 12
3rd LOSS 27-21 R.KO 4
4th WIN 30-15 I.METCALF 8
5th WIN 41-23 J.PALLANDI 12
7th LOSS 23-15 W.CHOI 9
16B LOSS 28-18 B.TRUONG 7
16E WIN 31-6 G.CHOI 12
16F WIN 26-13 J.WARING 6
15B WIN 28-20 S.MCKENNA 6
15C WIN 37-26 M.JUN 8
15D WIN 34-16 H.ZHU 16
15F WIN 21-16 S.ZHANG 12
14A LOSS 39-11 MVP J.GEK
14C LOSS 34-4 D’OH
14D LOSS 36-11 M.YU 4
14F WIN 38-4 V.BUI MVP

High vs Kings 2012 Term 1 (This time)

2nd WIN 58-48 N.SUTTON 14
3rd LOSS 4545-27 C.STACK MVP
4th WIN 41-33 T.CHEN 13
5th RAIN    
6th RAIN    
7th RAIN    
8th WIN 45-23 R.MAHAJAN 15
16A LOSS 42-25 B.CHEN 17
16B LOSS 56-35 B.TRUONG 10
16D WIN 39-13 G.QIN 12
16E WIN 20-17 E.WANG 10
15B WIN 45-19 J.YANG
15C WIN 38-17  
15D WIN 33-7 A.HAN 8
15E WIN 32-15 T.JIANG 15
14B LOSS 2323-21 A.MCAFFREY 8
14C DRAW 25-25 L.TAO 8
13F WIN 12-11 S.CHEN 8

1st Grade Table

  Played Won Lost For Against Points
Scots 13 12 1 1032 668 25
High 13 12 1 1032 677 25
Newington 13 7 6 816 632 20
Shore 13 7 6 792 726 20
St. Ignatius' 13 6 7 930 875 19
St. Joseph's 13 6 7 887 876 19
Grammar 13 2 11 666 926 15
Kings 13 0 13 424 1199 13

Our dominant performance against Kings last week meant that with one game remaining we are equal first on the table with Scots. It is possible for us to be outright premiers if Shore beats Scots this week, which is possible given how close the competition has been this season. For the final game of the season (and for our seniors the last GPS game they will play in the blue and brown) please come and support our first grade side at Joeys!!!


With our final home game for the season completed, now would be a good time to thank all the supporters who turn up for our home games. It is really important that we create a strong "High" atmosphere to exploit the advantage that a home fixture gives us and I'm proud to say that the majority of games have been well attended.

Annual Basketball Dinner

The date for this year's basketball dinner is 30th March, which is week 10 of this term. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased from the payments office in the foyer. This is the second week the dinner has been advertised via the form in the high notes. 350 players, 210 seats… first in will be able to attend!!!!!!!!!!!

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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SBHS Rugby

High Rugby = High Spirit

Term 1 and Term 2 calendar As you will notice the Athletics carnival is on the 19th/20th of March. This means rugby training will not commence until Week 10 when the sessions will be Monday (sprints/rugby), Wednesday (Seniors sprints/ Juniors rugby) and Thursday (Junior sprints/ Seniors rugby). Once the athletics season finishes all sessions will be rugby based.

The calendar for the remainder of Term 1 and Term 2 is [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes].

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High Tide

Sydney Boys High School Sailing

3 March 2012 Sydney High hosted it first official regatta last week as part of the old Tri-Series, in Double Bay. The wind was a fresh 10-15 knots with rain squalls frequently moving across the course. With the additional swell/bump and with the fresher wind Sydney High sailors were given an advantage of using their home turf, in Double Bay, off Point Piper.

The results were not outstanding although the yardstick of three top ten places was met in the first “long course “ race was met in the first race. The results in the second race were less impressive due to bad starts by many High sailors. This aspect of sailing needs to be improved in the future to ensure a better overall result.

Again the better sailors of Cranbrook and Scots were the ones to beat with Ennes Mehmedbasic the only standout High sailor this week. His consistency of results should place him well in the overall point score for Saturdays. Marcus James sailed well to gain a 5th and 13th place and Daniel Fang and David Evans both managed a top ten finish helped by their crews. Sydney High crews still need to learn their rules of sailing to ensure that they are not disadvantaged by other sailors during races. It is essential for skippers and crews to make their courses and rights known to other boats in the race.

Also High crews must try to think more strategically in their races, not just follow the leader. Knowledge of the flags on the start boat would also need further study to ensure their understanding of the course being sailed.

Special thanks to Tim Zhang, Vincent Xu, Dexter Gordon, York Wang and Mr N. Evans who volunteered their time on the start boat as race officials.

Sailing Results

3/3/12 Double Bay Regatta SBHS (34 boats)

Place Boat Skipper/Crew Race 1 Race 2 Points
1 14 Ennes Mehmedbasic/Dallas Yan 3 11 14
2 16 Marcus James/Toby Funston 5 12 17
3 11 Daniel Fang/Jamison Tsai 13 9 22
4 15 David Evans/Angelo Yan/Vincent Xu 10 18 28
5 17 Bart Daniels/Connor Robinson 15 14 29
6 12 Darren Tiang/Dexter Gordon/York Wang 20 15 35
7 18 Kai Matsumoto/Tiger Zhang 28 25 53
8 10 Tim Pilien/Chris Huang 33 21 54
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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  

Big Night Out

A reminder that the Big Night Out, our only whole of school social event, is being held on Sunday 1 April at 5:00pm –just over three weeks away. Tickets for the event will be on sale at the General Office from Monday 12 March. Tickets cost $20.00 (per head) from the office or $25.00 at the door. Please remember to send your boy to school with your ticket order and payment as soon as possible.

We would be grateful if you could buy your tickets at the General Office rather than at the door, as it is of great benefit to our catering volunteers in providing an accurate number for catering. Remember that the whole family is welcome. The BNO is excellent value with 3 courses and a full schedule of entertainment including music, dance, theatre and games at just $20.00 a head. Drinks will be available for purchase on the night or you may BYO if you prefer. We look forward to seeing you there.

P&C General Meeting Wednesday 21 March

The next P&C General Meeting will be held in the staff common room at 7pm on Wednesday 21 March.

Please note the date in your diary. At this meeting, parents need to consider the P&C budget and spending priorities for the coming year. It’s very important that parents take this chance to have their say on projects the P&C should be considering. Dr Jaggar will address the meeting on the School’s project priorities for 2012. The P&C Levy, which you pay as part of your annual fee contribution, entitles you to vote at meetings, including on P&C spending priorities.

Upcoming P&C Parking Events

Saturday 10 March 7:45pm – Sydney FC v Melbourne Victory (Music)
Sunday 11 March 3:00pm
– Roosters v Panthers (Basketball)
Saturday 17 March 7:40pm
– Waratahs v Western Force (Rugby)
Sunday 18 March 2:00pm –Roosters v NZ Warriors (School)

We remind parents that parking provides valuable funds for our sons’ co-curricular activities- so if you haven’t volunteered previously, please consider involving yourself. It requires no experience and provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy a chat with other parents (before it gets busy).

Upcoming Meetings & Events

P & C General Meeting: Staff Common Room– 7:00pm, Wednesday 21 March.
SBHS Big Night Out: Great Hall and Courtyard – 5:00pm, Sunday 1 April.

Ian Sweeting

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From the Canteen

Our canteen managers would simply not be able to do their job as well as they do without the help of volunteers.

Thank you to our volunteers last week.

Monday- Shannon Hickey, Rachel Fowler, Sam Guo.
Tuesday- Agnes Leo, Jade Ni, Yan Mei Yin (Rena) , Angela Feng.
Wednesday- Annette Ng, Sally Allingham, Iris Lau.
Thursday- Mi Young Kim, Mia Park, Maria Farrell.
Friday- Vithya Senthilrajan, Min Ying Li, Connie Tai, Nada Andrews.

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Big Night Out 2012

Sydney Boys High School P&C presents

Big Night Out
Sunday 1 April 2012
5:00pm Start

Com join in this annual school family event. Stalls will be serving a variety of multicultural food while you enjoy entertainment in and around the Great Hall and Courtyard... bring your whole family for a relaxed night of food and fun.

Tickets: presale at General Office $20 or $25 on the night
Includes: 3 courses and entertainment
BYO, or purchase at the soft drink stall or Bar

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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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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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