High Notes, Vol 14 No 10, April 05 2013

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From the Principal

High Talent
Well done to our WotOpera boys for the reception they received by the audience at the Seymour Centre last week. Their rollicking tale of two Russian Hairdressers who, after being falsely accused of smuggling animal parts and spending time in prison, are exonerated and decide to relocate to Mexico, was well received. The music, libretto, sets and choreography were all conceived from scratch in 22 hours and the piece performed in public. It was a fine display of collective creativity constrained sharply by time. More importantly, the boys seemed to have a huge amount of fun while performing. Thank you too, to their mentors Sarah Kim, Suzanna Lim and Jennie Rohr.

Shobhan and Shaleen Baranwal competed successfully at the National Band Championships in Perth. They performed with the New South Wales Public Schools Symphonic Wind Orchestra in the Junior B grade section, achieving first place and with the New South Wales Public Schools Symphonic Wind Ensemble in the Open A grade section achieving 2nd place. Congratulations, boys!

Recent capital expenditures from school funds
During the early part of this year, several important expenditures were made to improve facilities at High. The much-used Great Hall Kitchen needed to have a grease trap installed to comply with health and safety regulations. This was completed in January at a cost of $11,918. In the School Canteen, cupboards were modified, the hot water system relocated and a new dishwasher supplied and fitted ($3,611). Security concerns at the COLA led to the installation of a double wire front gate with barbed wire added on top. The holes in the fence were re-wired and the light switch relocated inside ($3,269). Some long-delayed air conditioning work was done: Room 204, the Board Room, SAM’s Office, SAO Office, Executive Assistant Office and the Principal’s Office ($15,380).

The Record
Captains of summer sports teams have a responsibility to prepare a short report about the season their team had. A focus on the positives is appreciated and highlighting any good individual performances. Reports should be submitted electronically to Ms May. One enduring feature about The Record is the pleasure gained by Old Boys returning after 30 or 50 years who relive moments of their teenage years through the photographs, names and summaries preserved in The Record. Co-curricular activities need to submit reports also. Supporters with good action photographs are asked to email them as attachments to Ms May who might be able to use any interesting ones in The Record or High Flyer.

The Annual School Report
A PDF version of the Annual School Report 2012 can be downloaded at www.sydneyboyshigh.com/publications/annual-report. The report showcases the achievements of our boys in 2012. It contains a great deal of information about what was learned, what our plans and performance targets are and how our school operates. I commend it to you.

Values Education
Motivational Media performed their latest production Mad For Life last week to the whole school in three sessions. Such performances are integral to our policy of developing student awareness of life’s complexity and of preparing boys with strategies to deal with life in a world of challenges and temptations.

Invoices for Summer Activities Co-payments
Families have had invoices posted for term 1 activities. Despite these charges, most activities are heavily subsidised from school funds, particularly in direct grants from school funds, provision of MICs, teacher supervision, WHS compliance costs and parking allocation support. Co-payments are used primarily for the provision of coaching. In basketball alone, a team of 58 people delivers the program! We have staff, students, Old Boys, parents and volunteers working to make your sons' school experiences more enjoyable. It would be appreciated if you could make your co-payments before the end of term. Thank you.
Dr K A Jaggar

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SBHS Debating

Just a reminder that this week coaching is just for the Eastside teams, but for next week everyone will be expected to attend debating. In order to qualify for Award Points at the end of the year you need to show that you have attended coaching regularly (which is why the coaches take a roll each week) and that you have shown high standards of behaviour throughout the coaching sessions. I have been asked to speak to four students about their behaviour this year so far which is not too bad considering we have 250 students stay behind until 5pm every Friday. However, it means that each of those students has used up their one chance and any more poor behaviour from them would result in them being asked to leave debating (whether they have made their co-payments or not).

Everyone doing debating has now received their co-payments so please can you arrange for these to be paid. Last year we had 100% payment and I will be looking for that again. We need these finances to continue to provide the fantastic service that we provide.

I am looking for some students to take over the running of the school debating website. There has been a lot of work completed on this during last year and I thank Christopher Chen for organising all of that. This is our website: http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating/. Please have a look and if you are interested in being part of a team which updates the information (Award points will be available). Please come and see me if you are.

Each week I send out an email to debating families.  In order to receive these emails please send me an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please tell me your name and year group or your son’s name and year group and I will add you to the contact list. 
Rachel Powell
MIC Debating

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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 Parent 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 A Cipolla

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SBHS Rugby

 High Rugby = High Spirit

A new era for forwards at SBHS

The old scrum machine was removed in week 9 thanks to the efforts of Neil Patterson and Brett Harrison. The new scrum machine should arrive at the beginning of Term 2 to ensure good set pieces for all teams.

Training program for Rugby

 April 2013 – Pre-season
(All players are expected to turn up to sprints each Monday afternoon & their one respective after school rugby training session during preseason)

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thurday Friday Saturday
7 8
Yr 12 exams
Yr 12 exams
Training AM
14s rugby - PM  - MPW
Yr 12 exams
16s/Opens Rugby training after school
Yr 12 exams
13s/15s training - AM  
Yr 12 exams
15 16
Rugby Training- Opens MPW
17 18
Rugby Training- Opens MPW
19   20  
22 23
Rugby Training all teams - MPW
Rugby Training- Opens 
(non athletes) - MPW
25   26
Rugby Training all teams
(non athletes) - MPW
Redfield game – 1sts only

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

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Music Notes

Congratulations to all the boys who performed at WotOpera last Tuesday 26th of March 2013 at the Seymour Centre. The WotOpera program consisted of students creating their own characters, plot, libretto, music and the set in 4 weeks and performing their opera on stage in front of an audience and three other schools that participated in the WotOpera project (Holroyd High School, Lurnea High School, Manly Selective Campus). The WotOpera project unlocks the creative potential of young people through experiential learning in the performing arts. Well done on a fantastic achievement and performance! BravO BravA! =)

We only have 2 weeks to refine the music and have you marching for Anzac Day. There will be two rehearsals during the holidays before Anzac Day & ATTENDANCE IS COMPULSORY. Information about Anzac Day and holiday rehearsals are outside the music staffroom. Holiday marching band rehearsals will be on:

Tuesday 16th April 9:30am-12:30pm
Tuesday 23rd April 9:30am-12:30pm FULL DRESS REHEARSAL
Please notify the music staff if you are unable to make any of these sessions.

The Annual music camp will be held at Collaroy Centre (Homestead Avenue Collaroy Beach) from Monday-Wednesday (27th - 29th May 2012). All students in the Music Performance Program attend the 3-day camp with Music Staff and instrumental tutors rehearsing new repertoire that will be performed at the Camp Concert at 6pm upon return to school Wednesday afternoon.

Buses will depart from Drivers Ave at 8am on Monday 27thth May, please ensure you are there with your instrument and luggage by 7:45am.


Remember that ensemble attendance goes towards your AWARDS SYSTEM. Rolls are taken and you are only allowed to miss on 2 rehearsals per term!!!

The 2013 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning rehearsals
stated otherwise
Intermediate Concert Band
Room 201
Chamber Choir  
Room 201
Junior Stage Band  
Room 101
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
  Junior String Ensemble
Room 208
Afternoon rehearsals
Start @ 3.30pm
  Marching Band
TERM  1 & 4
3.30 - 4.30pm
    Jazz Ensemble
Room 201
    Percussion Ensemble
Room 201
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From the Canteen

The canteen managers, the school and the boys appreciate all the time given by mums, dads and grandparents.   Remember all canteen profits are returned to the school.

Thank you to our volunteers last week:

Mon:       Sam Guo, Rachel Fowler, Shannon Hickey, Rebecca Tsai.
Tues:      Rena Yan, Agnes Leo, Jade Ni, Amy Yan.
Wed:      Diana Sutherland, Helen Kon, SabrinaXu.
Thurs:    Sachio James, Kim Ngan Do, Jian Ping Li, Maria Farrell.

Thank you also to Ming Lee for last week.
The Canteen Team

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From the High Store


Polar Fleece Supporter Jumper

Support High at your son’s games
Chocolate with sky trim
30% OFF

Normally $69 NOW $48.30

Available one week only

From Mon 8th – Fri 12th April
Buy early to save!!!
Great Gift for Mother’s/ Father’s Day


Long sleeve white tee with S.H.S crest
HIGH printed down one sleeve

Normally $27.50 NOW $15

ONLY sizes XS & S

Great for Year 7 & 8 boys
Available from 8th – 12th April
Ms M Gentele



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