High Notes, Vol 14 No 13, May 10 2013

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to the 50 boys from Years 11 & 12 who collected $5,330 for the Starlight Foundation last Friday – a big effort!  Well done to Matthew Chan (Year 10) whose Badminton team (NSW Thunder) won the June Bevan Trophy at the Australasian U17 Championships. Matthew and his partner were runners-up in the Doubles event. Matthew has also been invited to join the NSW badminton Elite Juniors Training Program. Well done indeed! At the recent CIS Swimming Carnival, Kevin Guo (Year 8) and Darren Chien (Year 12) were selected to compete at the All Schools Carnival, having finished 3rd in their events. A great effort, boys!

School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications - UNSW
An exciting new course Masters in Satellite Systems Engineering is being offered by the School of Electrical Engineering & Telecommunications at UNSW. The research areas gaining strong reputation internationally are: energy systems, microelectronics, biomedical apps and quantum systems as precursors to the future development of quantum computers. Boys interested in robotics might care to look at www.first.unsw.edu.au or contact Julien Epps at the School for more information about following up robotics learning in the university context with other students.

School Sports Policy
After a great deal of discussion by Executive, the SBHS Sports Policy was ratified on 7.5.2013. This is the product of more than 12 months of discussions and consultation with stakeholders. The policy requires formal ratification by the School Council at its next meeting. The new policy has been posted on the school’s website at www.sydneyboyshigh/sport/sports-policy. I commend the work of the Sports Council, in particular Julie Connolly and Geoff Andrews who have given enormous amounts of their free time to help us develop a policy for competitive sport at High.

School Attendance Policy (2005) – Leave of Absence
It is our expectation that students will attend each day during term. If students are required by ‘domestic necessity’ to accompany their parents/caregivers on a trip of some kind, application must be made to the Principal. For students of compulsory age (ie <15) leave may be granted by Principals up to 15 days in total per year - 2.2.6. Applications for leave for non-compulsory age students may be granted at the discretion of the Principal. Principals may decline to accept as satisfactory an application for an absence -2.2.7.  Applications for leave of absence in excess of 15 days should be treated as applications for ‘exemption from school attendance’ – 2.2.6. [ Parents wishing to apply for a leave of absence for their son, please go to the Parents Portal and download the application form for leave of absence. Complete it and send it to the Principal.]

In the case of students of compulsory age, applications for student leave in excess of 15 days I a 12 month period may be granted by the Minister for Education (S25, 1990). This power has been delegated to Regional Directors. A special form must be completed and forwarded through the Principal to the Regional Director for approval.

Joint Project
We have taken a large step towards realising the vision of a high quality performance, lecture and performance space for SBHS-SGHS with the Minister’s approval to build the Governors Centre with school funds. This means that we can form a Project Control Group, appoint a Project Manager and commence the myriad of investigations, designs, reports and certifications needed to lodge a Development Application. This should be achievable within one year. However, we cannot enter into contracts to design and/or construct until we have lodged the total necessary funds with DEC.  The catch is that both school communities will have to have their money ready. We are falling behind SGHS in fundraising. In all likelihood they will reach their target by December, 2014. We will be at least another year reaching our target unless significant donors are brought on board from among our Old Boys during 2013-14. It would be a pity (not to mention embarrassing) if the project had to be put on hold until SBHS produced its share. Our school community needs to get fired up to make things happen!
Dr K A Jaggar

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HSC Seminar @ Leichhardt Library

When: 6 Jun 2013
Time: 6.00 pm – 8.00 pm
Leichhardt Library
Norton Street, Leichhardt

Event Details: A free seminar on Belonging with HSC marker and study guide author Larry Grumley

Bookings required: 9367 9266

Food and drink provided

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Chartered Accountants Cadetship Evening

Parents and Students are invited to The Institute of Chartered Accountants – Cadetship Evening on 15 May, 2013 at the Sydney Convention Centre.

A cadetship offers students the chance to work while they study a business or commerce degree at university. The Cadetship Evening offers Year 12 students the chance to meet and network with a wide range of employers. There will be information sessions where students will hear what to expect as a cadet from currents cadets.  The diverse opportunities available as a Chartered Accountant; presentations from Coca Cola Amatil and Vodafone and how to be successful in the recruitment process by two leading HR Managers.

When:   Wednesday, 15 May from 4.30pm

Where:  Sydney Convention Centre, Bayside Foyer, Level 1

Who:     Year 12 students – (year 10 and 11 welcome too – cadet programme applications only available to year 12)

Cost:     Free

Register: www.charteredaccountants.com.au/students

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Football Committee

Meeting 13th May 2013

The Football Committee would like to invite all parents and supporters involved in football at High to share their views and ideas for SBHS football. Committee meetings are conducted by the parents for the sole purpose of increasing your son’s enjoyment of football at High.

A number of new initiatives have been put in places this season, with the introduction of Mr. Soccer coaching and the increase in training sessions in line with the new Sports Policy.

Meetings are held upstairs in the Gymnasium and begins at 5:30pm.

All are welcome.

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Gifted and talented philosophy excursion

 On Monday 6th May year 9 students Mohammad Tajwar ALI KHAN,  Manning  BLACKALL,  Arthur CHAO,   Preetham KADAPPU, Aidin KARAHASAN, Visha KARNAMADAKALA, Andrew McNAUGHTON, Ethan MERRICK, Fayed MORSHEDI, Thomas SHORTRIDGE, joined year 12 students Nelson TANG and Khushaal   VYAS at Cranbrook for a day of BIG IDEAS presented by Julie Arliss and Jeffrey Hodges of Academy Conferences.

The lectures covered topics such as Cogito ergo sum, Future Science (specifically Nanotechnology-its potential and its ethical concerns), self- image and a lateral thinking exercise ‘How many animals did Noah take onto the ark?” Julie’s approach is very ‘user friendly’. She insists on no note-taking, encouraging her audience to think creatively and to be playful with the ideas that she is exploring. This makes for a really exciting and at times exhausting experience as you try to keep up with the pace and depth of her presentations. The enthusiastic participation in the final discussion regarding the outcome of a debate on free will confirmed that, even though it was at the end of the day, the students could not get enough of what was on offer: IDEAS, Big IDEAS.

Vishal Karnamadala is to be congratulated for his outstanding contribution to the discussion on our behalf. He showed intelligence and composure in articulating his ‘take’ on the complexities of free will. (It is amazing that Vishal is a year 9 student engaging in thinking at the level of year 10, 11 and 12 students) All of the students involved in this event carried themselves magnificently as representatives of High. Well done boys and thank you to Dr Jaggar for his support and encouragement of philosophy at Sydney Boys.
Julie Eggleton
English Deptartment

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Intermediate Theatresports Report

It was a cold night on the 6th of May, and the Sydney Boys High School Intermediate Theatresports Team (yes that deserves a capital) were warming up before the big event. In alphabetical order by their first names, Jun Park, Noah Fowler, Peter Ryan and Tom Nassif were about to step up to the theoretical plate and literal stage in order to compete in the first round of this year’s annual Impro Australia Theatresports competition. Competing against Sydney Girls High, International Grammar School, Sydney Secondary College Balmain Campus and Macquarie Grammar School, they were ready. They were cool, calm and collected, which meant that they either were totally prepared and confident of their skills (thanks to their intense dedication and awesome coach Bridie) or they were clueless of the danger zone they were about to enter into. It was obviously the former, and the four men, as they were now men, stomped onto the stage, showing this newfound manliness in preparation for the first round.

“I love you,” they all shouted to Bridie (who was now the host) but referring actually to the game they wanted to play and not their feelings for the Wonder Woman herself. They weren’t ready for that just yet, but they were ready for the title of their chosen game, Escaping from Prison. What resulted was an incredibly moving and heartfelt performance from the team, scoring a whopping 9 in the first round and blasting them into second place, behind IGS by a tiny 1 point. By the end of the second round and after a hilarious Genre Replay scene, the boys had maintained their second place, again by 1 point. The top two teams of the night would go through; the rest would have a second chance in the Wild Card round still to come.

Before that though they faced the Open Round, and while by the end of Round Three the team managed to pull off a realistic rendition of being On School Camp, scoring ten and equalising with IGS, Sydney Girls had used this round to recover their losses with an incredible 14 points. Sydney Girls, our allies and also arch-nemeses were now in the lead by and ahead of both IGS and us in equal second by one point, seemingly a recurring theme throughout the night. This led to the fourth round, the clincher. The boys improvised their hearts out in an Emotional Rollercoaster of a Chess Competition, and while they achieved a personal best for the night with 12 points, it wasn’t enough to put them in the top two. After the dust settled, what remained were IGS and SGHS both on 43 points, with Sydney Boys behind, once more, by 1 point. While we may have come third, we gained the meaning of life, the universe and everything tonight, and with it a chance to compete again in the Wild Card round where we undoubtedly will fight our way to the next round. Well done boys, you did a fantastic job improvising out there.
Calum York
Drama Prefect

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Music Notes


The Annual music camp will be held at Collaroy Centre (Homestead Avenue Collaroy Beach) from Monday-Wednesday (27th - 29th May 2013). 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 27th May, please ensure you are there with your instrument and luggage by 7:45am.


All music ensembles have resumed as of Week 1 this term. Please check the timetable and arrive ON TIME! There are NO EXCUSES for not attending or arriving late to ensemble rehearsals. ALL ENSEMBLES START AT 7:45AM. (unless stated otherwise). Remember a ROLL is TAKEN, and 80% of ATTENDANCE is required. PLEASE REMEMBER to pack up after rehearsals (tidy up the room/and stands back on rack). EVERYONE needs to help and not left to one or two boys. THANKYOU boys for your co-operation! Please remember to PRACTICE DAILY, if only for 20 minutes is required for you to develop your awesome musical skills and make your music tutor happy. Practice makes PERFECT!!!!!

Remember that ensemble attendance go 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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SBHS Rugby

High Rugby = High Spirit

Please check out the updated Rugby website where all information on Rugby is located.  http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/rugby/

Fixtures list for Rugby 2013

18 May ST.PIUS vs HIGH (A) 3 Aug HIGH vs NEWINGTON (H)
25 May ARMIDALE vs HIGH (A) 27 Jul HIGH vs KINGS (H)
1 Jun GRAMMAR vs HIGH (A) 10 Aug SHORE vs HIGH (A)
15 Jun RIVERVIEW vs HIGH (A) 24 Aug BYE
19-21 June MELBOURNE vs HIGH (A) 16s Only 31 Aug HIGH vs GRAMMAR (H)

New Scrum machine

The new Enforcer scrum machine arrived Thursday the 2nd of May and was in use within a matter of hours.

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

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From the Andrews Junior Library

Both libraries are always very happy to work with Departments in the school to deliver their aims and objectives.  Would Head Teachers be mindful of creating opportunities for the Librarians to understand exactly how they can assist you by inviting them to Faculty Meetings where appropriate (discussing implementing the new Australian Curriculum)?  As of a request made on our Staff Development Day this term both Librarians will be approaching Head Teachers to discuss teaching partnerships and resourcing partnerships  after initial meetings with their staff are over. The Librarians will continue to inform Faculties about resources relevant to their Faculties as they are processed into the Library’s Collection.  Could Faculties run an eye over all resources tagged for their subject  EG English (Library Enquiry) at some point this year to see if the Library’s resource database has recently purchased or added DVD’s, Websites, Links 4 Learning, W drive materials which may already suit the Australian Curriculum?  If these are noted the Library staff would love to tag them with an Australian Curriculum tag so everyone can find them easily.  Let us know please.

Both Librarians are attending Library professional development courses this term which are examining how librarians can assist their schools to cope with new syllabuses.  Both librarians will be reporting to Term Staff Meetings and to the P drive on any course they attend.  Some mention will also be made in High Notes of these courses.  New resources which relate to the National Curriculum will be found by entering the search term - Australian Curriculum – Science (English, History etc) into Library Enquiry.


  • Term 1& 2 are totally busy fiction resourcing terms for Library staff.
  • Work on entering W drive titles into the centralised OASIS Library resource database is progressing well thanks to our Library volunteer Darren Huang.  These still have to be tagged for Cross Curricular use and Scissed for depth of information to users.
  • Video material not on W drive but recorded by the Library is gradually making its way to the W drive and is available also on DVD for students to borrow.  Thanks Mrs Schlederer.
  • Recording Library resources from broadcast material onto a Library collection on OASIS centralised resource database and the W drive is also proceeding gradually and slowly.

will be featuring The Life of Pi and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and will follow this exam period.  Daily notices will announce it. So don’t borrow these from the DVD hire – we will be showing them at lunchtimes over a week on Andrews Library big screen.

The Junior Library’s spaces are now being well used as additional class areas and Library facilities are being upgraded as a result.  Thanks Mr Barris for the huge free whiteboard.  Class teacher please note this improvement.

The new book displays are groaning with new resources we have not yet told you about.  Lots went our just before the holidays and just after them.  So please take a look and borrow when your exams are over.
Mrs Crothers

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From the Canteen

As the cooler weather is arriving we have added two new menu items, a tasty homemade chicken and corn soup and new Perri Perri wraps, they will cost $4.20, come and give them a try.

Thanks to our volunteers for the last week of Term 1

MON:     Annie Jiang, Tina Chang, Jeannie Nguyen Vye,
TUES :   Linda Bai, Hiroko Kitajima, Elsa Li,
WEDS : Jim O’Sullivan, Wei Dong, Julie Zhu,
THURS : Ha Tran, Rita Wu, Kamala Selvakkumar, Bernadette Snow,
FRI:        Nina Ilina Liu. Frances Salmon

And the 1st week of Term 2

WED:     Lan Li, Faidha Razmi, Cindy Tseu, Jenny Chiu,
THURS: Xing Ping Zhang, Pit Trent, Annie Jiang,
FRI:        Connie Tai, Angela Jin, Jo De Araujo, Kati Westlake.

Congratulations to Penny Chan who has won the April $10.00 Canteen Voucher for her son to spend in the canteen.
The Canteen Team

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