High Notes, Vol 14 No 19, June 21 2013

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Brendan Kong (Year 11) on his selection in the NSW U-18 Ice Hockey team to compete in the national tournament. Well done to Shang Lin (Year 8) for his ICAS Competition Computer Skills Test medal for the highest score in NSW and ACT. Congratulations to Wenbo Gong, Jonathan Freiberg and Chris Ketkeo who have been accepted into the 2013 State Drama Camp. Thank you to Jerry Phillipson and the 63 blood donors for helping out the Red Cross. Well done to our Football representatives who made the Combined GPS squad – Arjun Punekar (Year 12), Michael Cui (Year 11) and Daniel Arzani (Year 9). Last week our boys reached the final six in the mixed-ages division of the Kevin Lee Latin Quiz held at North Sydney Boys High. The team comprised: Liam Jepson and Thomas Shortridge (Year 9), and Roy Yi, Hugh Bartley, Kieran Shivakumaruun, Sanishka Balasooriya, George Ge, and Ramachandran Kaniyur (Year 8). This was a very good effort in refined company and in an unfamiliar competition format more like a quiz show. In the Theatre Sports competition, 36 teams competed for a place in the Grand Final to be held in July. The Intermediate Team, (Noah Fowler, Jun Park, Thomas Nassif and Peter Ryan) lost on a tiebreak to PLC, but the Senior Team (Jonathan Freiberg, Wenbo Gong, Noah Fowler and Derek Sun) won their way through to the final in convincing fashion. Congratulations, boys!

‘Grease’ definitely was the word!
Congratulations to Jennie Rohr and Elizabeth Surbey for their direction and production of Grease. The music directors Emily Irvine and Rose Saunders did a great job, along with the choreographers, Anika Glennie and Jodie Kannar. It was a very vibrant and entertaining show. Our boys who had major roles were: Jonathan Freiberg (Danny), Noah Fowler (Kenickie), Kai Matsumoto (Doody), William Chang (Roger), Wenbo Gong (Sonny), Daniel Ahn (Eugene), Derek Sun (Vince Fontaine), Michael Chang (Johnny Casino) and Hayden Rabone (Teen Angel). Boys in the chorus were: Varunan Murugananthan, Stephen Ngo, Peter Ryan, Jens Waring and Angus Wu. SBHS band members were: Riley Irwin, Brendan Hancox, Darren Taing and Steve Comninos. There were other boys in the stage crew and support personnel. Thank you to everyone involved.

The joint production was a great demonstration of the energy released when our two schools collaborate to work towards a shared outcome. People don’t always appreciate just how many people give a great deal of their time to make these productions possible. I hope that our growing tradition of joint productions can help build a broader and deeper relationship of shared understanding and mutual trust.

June 30 and the Governors Centre
With the Governors Centre joint project moving into serious planning stage in which we start to spend substantial sums of money on site investigations and design, it is even more important for the SBHS community and Old Boy well-wishers to think about making their tax deductible donations to the Sydney High School Building Fund. This is a once in a generation project that will require a high percentage of our community to support if it is to be completed. Make your contribution before June 30 for the taxation benefits. Alternatively, sign up for the monthly giving scheme alongside 150 other monthly donors as a relatively painless way of helping the fundraising effort.

Community Services Committee Leadership
In the transition phase between new leaders taking over from Year 12 boys who will cease formal attendance in term 4, the leader mentors will provide induction, coaching and support to their successors. The new leadership group for this important and busy committee is: Howard Gu, Chairperson (Shuming Wang), Lokesh Sharma, Secretary (James Chan) and William Wu/Glanden Zheng, Treasurer (Frank Zhang). I know the boys taking over the roles will do a great job in 2014.

Parent Teacher Nights
The first Parent Teacher night for Years 9 and 12 was held this week. It was well attended and ran smoothly in the Great Hall. Parents who did not get an opportunity to speak to one of their son’s teachers are invited to email or call the school with a request for an interview or communication by email. Parent Teacher Night for Years 7 and 11 is on Monday, June 24, commencing at 15:00.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Proud Schools Pilot Parent Survey

Opportunity to share your views on the Proud Schools Pilot

Dear Parent,

As you may be aware, Sydney Boys High School is one of 12 schools participating in the NSW Proud Schools Pilot. The Proud Schools Pilot is an initiative of the NSW Department of Education and Communities, which aims to support schools in providing a safe environment for all students, including those who are same sex attracted and gender diverse.

The pilot was initiated following a decade of research by La Trobe University, which indicated that same sex attracted and gender questioning young people experience better education, health and wellbeing outcomes when they feel safe and supported at school*. The pilot is supported by current Education Minister Adrian Piccoli.

We would like to provide all parents with the opportunity to comment on this pilot, and on our schools approach to providing a safe and supportive learning environment for same sex attracted and gender diverse students. If you would like to provide feedback, you can do so by visiting this web-portal:  http://tinyurl.com/proud-schools

*Writing Themselves in 3 - The third national study on the sexual health and wellbeing of same sex attracted and gender questioning young people (Hillier, L., et al. 2010).

For any further information call Mr John Walker, Head Teacher Student Welfare.

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Kevin Lee Latin Quiz

Last week on Wednesday the 12th of June, Sydney Boys High entered a team in the mixed-age division of the Kevin Lee Quiz held at North Sydney Boys High. Our team finished in the top six. The quiz is held annually to commemorate the life and work of Professor Kevin Lee, a former Professor of Classics at the University of Sydney.

Students had to answer questions on Latin vocabulary, grammar, derivations, mythology, culture and …. Harry Potter! When asked to give the name of an ancient Roman poet, our students answered, ‘Pliny the Younger’, to which the quiz master replied, ‘That’s class!’ The whole event was both fun and intellectually stimulating. Other participating schools included Kinross Wolaroi, Frensham, Shore and Sydney Girls High.
Ms Cook

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From the Canteen

It is with great pleasure that the canteen committee has been able to give the P&C $40,000.00, the first instalment of our 2013 donation.  This money is raised from our sons’ canteen purchases and made possible because of the fantastic management of the canteen by Karen and Tracey. We are one of the few remaining school canteens which is not privately owned and where all profits are returned to the school. All the boys benefit when the money is spent on improvements to their learning environment and facilities. This would not be possible without the invaluable help of our volunteer parents.

Apologies if some items are not available this week as we run down supplies before the holidays.

Thank you to our volunteers last week.

Mon: Dongmin Zhao, Yoshe Leong, Usha Arvind, Jeannie Vye.
Tues: Pauline Chan, Annette Ng, Todd May, Melissa Wang.
Wed: Faidha Razmi, Jenny Chiu, Cindy Tseu.
Thurs: Pit Trent, Xing Ping Zhang, Annie Jiang.
Fri: Kati Westlake, Connie Tai, Theothe Tsirbas.
The Canteen Team

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Academic Merit List - Semester 1 2013

Congratulations to the following boys whose excellent academic achievements in Semester 1 2013 are recognised.

Year 7 Academic Merit

Harjas AHUJA
Anderson CHAN
Louie CHEN
Lachlan FONG
Andrew GUANG
Allen GUO
Richard HU
Lincoln HUI
Justin LAI
Kevin LI
Raymond LI
Anthony LIAO
Yu Jie LIN
Vincent LIU
Daniel MA
Brandon NGUYEN
Joshua PHAM
Joshua QIU
Nathan SHENG
Chwen SIM
Abhijot SINGH
Matthew TANG
Lingyu WONG
Roy WU
Brandon YOON
Richard ZHONG

Year 8 Academic Merit

Ahmedh Akeedh AHAMED RAZMI
Faysal AYUB
George GE
Kevin GUO
Patrick HAN
Daniel HU
Raymond HUANG
Anthony LEE
Harrison LI
Tony Xingkai LI
Jason LOH
Sidney PHAM
Wanyu TANG
Daniel TIAN
Brian TRAN
Leighton VUONG
Flidon WANG
Corey WON
Lucas WONG
Brian WU
Kalvin XU
Dallas YAN
Wesley YU
Ruilin ZHANG
Jeffrey ZHENG
Jonathan ZHENG
Ellison ZHOU

Year 9 Academic Merit

Mohammad Tajwar ALI KHAN
William CHEN [F]
Peter DANG
James GOH
William HA
Elias HALL
Dennis HUYNH
Daniel JIANG
Advait JOSHI
Preetham KADAPPU
Sung-Chan KIM
Kevin Jia LIANG
Darren LIM
Yu Bin Benjamin LONG
Alexander MAO
James Thuy NGUYEN
Thomas NIMAC
Hoang Khiem PHAM
Star QIU
Anthony RUSLI
Ryan SUN
Julian Peng Hanh TU
Gordon YUAN
Anthony ZHANG
Ervin ZHOU

Year 10 Academic Merit

Sudarshan ARVIND
William BANH
Brian CHAN
William CHANG
Hideyoshi CHEONG
Desmond CHIANG
Benjamin DANG
Alexander HOSSAIN
Lachlan HUYNH
Kevin KE
Chris LEE
Shane Shangxuan LI
Jason LIN
Leonard MAH
Philip MAI
Adilmorad NADIR
Aashray NARULA
Benjamin NGUYEN
Kevin Zihong NI
Peter RYAN
Johnson TRAN
Ki On Alex WONG
Edward WU
Jonathan WU
Paul YU

Year 11 Academic Merit

Andy BAO
Christopher CHEN
Tom DU
William DU
Michael HAUSER
Gideon KWOK
Kohen LAU
Darren LI
Geoffrey LIU
Kenneth LIU
Weber LIU
Allan LOI
Yu Peng MAN
Timothy NGUYEN
James PHAM
Samuel PHAM
Michael SAWANG
Daniel SHAO
Andrew SHI
Robert TAN
Joseph TANG
Nathan WANG-LY
Edric WANG
Aaron WONG
William WU
Harrison XU
Michael YU
Charlie ZENG
Andrew ZHANG
William ZHOU

Year 12 Academic Merit

James CHAN
Michael CHANG
George CHEN
James CHEN
Victor CHEW
Timothy CHUNG
Denny DIEN
Michael GONG
Howjer GU
Kenneth HO
Yang HU
Marcus JAMES
Jackson LAM
Jason LAM
Maurice LAM
Edwin LI
Ian LI
Jerry LI
Michael LI
Dominic MAH
Chris MAO
Agnish NAYAK
Alexander NGUYEN
Anirudh RAMESH
Daniel TAM
Shuming WANG
Andrew WEI
Eric XU
Kongwei YING
Scott ZHOU

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Parent-Teacher Interviews

Years 7 and 11

will take place on
Monday 24 June 2013
3.00pm – 7.00pm

Years 8 and 10

will take place on
Wednesday 26 June 2013
3.00pm – 7.00pm

Booking interviews with your son’s teachers

This year we will again use a web based electronic scheduling system for arranging interviews.  This produces better results for all participants, especially more compact time schedules for both parents and teachers.  The system works as follows –

  • On Monday 17 June all parents of boys in Year 7 and 11 were sent by email details of the scheduling system and a unique code to be entered at www.edval.com.au/book .
  • On Wednesday 19 June all parents of boys in Years 8 and 10 were sent by email details of the scheduling system and a unique code to be entered at www.edval.com.au/book .


  • This email will be sent to the address currently held by the school.  If you have not received this email by the following day (18 or 20 June) or, if your email address has changed from what had been previously advised to the school, you should notify the school at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it advising of this. Please indicate your son's name and roll class or date of birth so that the information can be forwarded to you.
  • On the Edval website you will see your son’s teachers listed and you will be able to select those with whom you require an interview. (If you hover over a teacher’s name, the subject involved will be shown.)  At the same time you can indicate your availability between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
  • Once the majority of parents have requested interviews, the overall schedule will be generated by the school and your individual schedule should be available for you to download and print from two days before the interviews.
  • Periods will be shortened on the day. Period 5 will finish at 2:35pm on each day. School Special buses will run to normal schedules and there will be supervision in the Junior Quad of boys waiting for these buses.
  • Interviews should not exceed five minutes’ duration.  If there is insufficient time, a further appointment may be made for a later date, or contact by telephone arranged.

Mr R Dowdell
Deputy Principal

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SBHS Debating

I am pleased to announce the GPS and PDC debating teams for 2013. Congratulations to the successful students and commiserations to those of you who were unsuccessful this time around. In many Year groups we had unprecedented numbers of students trialling and for some Year groups the quality of the debating was so high that it took an extra-long period of time to decide on teams. I would like to thank the coaches who have been involved in the trials. You will notice that each Year group has organised things a little differently – some with teams already selected and some with squads. These decisions have been made by the coaching coordinators who have done an outstanding, professional job within a very short time frame and I am confident that they have made the best arrangements to give us optimum opportunities for success in the GPS competition.

Year 7s
Abhijot Singh
Alex De Araujo 
Brandon Yoon
Brian Nguyen
Daniel Bounitch
Dimas Sanjoyo
Guy Suttner
Justin Lai
Lachlan Fong
Lachlan Goff
Lincoln Hui
Symeon Ziggler
Timothy Trent

Year 8As
Hugh Bartley
Louis Saunders
Akeedh Razmi
Ymer Bushati

Year 8 PDC
George Ge
Jeffrey Sung
Dibyendu Roy
Sanishka Balasooriya

Year 8B squad
David Wu
Desmond Ho
Kieran Shivakumaarun
Ramachandran Kaniyur
Patrick Han
Ethan May
Jaspar McCahon-Baresma
Lucas Wong

Year 8 Reserves
Akhil Prasad
Matthew Whittaker

Year 9As
Thomas Shortridge
Arthur Chao
Liam Jepson
Max Koslowski

Year 9Bs (squad)
Thomas Nguyen
Eli Hall
Kai Matsumoto
David Fayed Morshedi
James Goh
Roy Shen
Salil Shringarpure
Andrew McNaughton

Year 10s
Adilmorad Nadir
Bosco Tran
Ganeshmoorthy Chandrasekarn
Gautham Shankar
Kevin Liang
Nick Phillis
Niyazul Bari
Thomas George 

3rds, and where applicable 4ths, squad (in no particular order)
Daniel Fang
Andrew Liu
Peter Stephens
Sam Phillis
Edric Wang
Tushaar Garg
Kritman Dahmoon
Albert Chau

2nd III 
Lokesh Sharma
John Freiburg
Riley Irwin

1st III
Wilbur Koslowski
Khushaal Vyas
Connor Robinson

Rachel Powell
MIC Debating

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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/

High vs Riverview

The first of the GPS games showed the results of many weeks of hard training, with a few wins, a few draws and many other close games. The highlight of the day was the 1st XV who came back from 7-0 down to draw the game at 7-7.

Team of the week – 14As – A strong attacking effort meant they could always stay in front of their opposition.
Play of the week – Owen Duffy’s pressure conversion to level the game in 1st grade.

 Rugby Holiday training

13s – Week 2 only - Wednesday July 10 9.30-11.30, Friday July 12 9.30-11.30
14s – Week 2 only - Wednesday July 10 9.30-11.30, Friday July 12 9.30-11.30
15s – Week 2 only - Wednesday July 10 9.30-11.30, Friday July 12 9.30-11.30
16s – Week 2 only - Wednesday July 10 9.30-11.30, Friday July 12 9.30-11.30

3rds/4ths - Week 2 only - Wednesday July 10 9.30-11.30, Friday July 12 9.30-11.30

1sts/2nds – Week 1 - Monday July 1 – 9.30-11.30, Wednesday July 3 - 3-5, Friday July 5 - 9.30 – 11.30
1sts/2nds – Week 2 - Monday July 8 – 3-5, Wednesday July 10 – 2pm @ Cranbrook, Friday July 12 – 9.30-11.30.

Upcoming fixtures

20th of July – Kinross Wolaroi (H) – Trial
27th of July – Kings (H)

See you all at training
Mr G Barris
MIC Rugby

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2013 CHSSA State Cross Country

Congratulations go to the 12 students listed below, who competed in the Regional Cross Country carnival last Friday and have succeeded in going through to the State Finals in a few weeks!

This is the best result for Sydney Boys High, with two age groups competing and representing the in a School Team at State level. Keep up the training and good luck at the State Championships on the 19th of July!
Ms Dam and Mr Kesting.

Luke Schofield - 14 Years
Jayden Schofield - 14 Years
Elliot Love - 14 Years
Kevin Guo - 14 Years
SCHOOL TEAM - 14 Years

Thomas Nimac - 15 Years
Brendan Hancox - 16 Years

Ned Anson - 17 Years
Steven Chung - 17 Years
Kenneth Liu - 17 Years
Lokesh Sharma - 17 Years
SCHOOL TEAM - 17 Years

Jonathon Clements-Lendrum - 18 Years
Nelson Tang - 18 Years

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Junior Fencing

National School Championships, Brisbane

On Saturday the 15th of June James Siu (Yr 7) and John Tian (Yr 8) went to represent NSW in the Brisbane Under 15s in sabre and épée respectively.

In sabre, James had an easy time defeating the four people in his poule, the best sabrer only managing to score 3 points out of 5. He then received a bye for his first round of direct eliminations. Then, he skilfully dispatched his next opponent in the semi finals with a score of 15-7, an 8 point lead. His next unlucky opponent did not have much of a chance either, losing 15-5 to James in the finals. His gold medal is very well deserved; the result of his effort during the competition.

In épée, John had a harder time. The first blow was that the intermediates (Under 15s) were placed with the seniors (Under 17s) in the poules. However, he managed to win 3 out of 4 in the poules giving him 3rd place at the conclusion of the poules. John went on to fence an easy opponent in the first round, winning 15-6. In the semi finals, John was against one of his best friends during fencing and won 15-8. The finals lasted a full 9 minutes, 11 counting breaks. The result at the end was 10-10. This led to the final session of 1 minute in which a fencer had to score a point. This is commonly known has a priority bout, for if no fencer had scored at the end of the minute, the fencer with priority would win. Luckily, John received priority and wore out his opponent, giving a 10-10 win to John and taking gold for NSW.

Overall, an excellent effort and result from the boys of High, with two gold medals in the Under 15 national competition held in Brisbane.
John Tian

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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

P&C General Meetings

With the joint P&C meeting held on Wednesday night now behind us, we return to our usual meeting days on the second Monday of the month (in term).  Consequently, the next P&C general meeting will be held in Term 3 on Monday 12 August at 7:30pm in the Staff Common Room. Please take the opportunity to come along to at least one meeting a year to ensure the decisions of the P&C properly reflect the views of the parent body.

P&C general meeting dates and times up to the end of the year are as follows:
Monday 9 September
Monday 14 October
Monday 11 November (AGM)

P&C Sub-Committee Annual Reports

The P&C Treasurer is looking for a number of annual reports from sub-committees of the P&C.  If you are still to complete your reports, or have any questions as to timing or content, please address an email to Lawrence Ho at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Upcoming Parking Events

Please make sure you check with the co-curricular parking co-ordinator to confirm the exact start and finish times for particular events.

Friday 28 June 7:50pm – Swans v Carlton (Rowing Supporters Group)
Monday 1 July 7:00pm – Roosters v Sea Eagles (Cricket Supporters Group)

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Rugby Committee Meeting: Staff Common Room – 6:00pm, Monday 24 June.
Years 7 and 11 Parent-Teacher Interviews: Great Hall – 3:00pm to 7:00pm, Monday 24 June.
Years 8 and 10 Parent-Teacher Interviews: Great Hall – 3:00pm to 7:00pm, Wednesday 26 June.
Last Day of Term – Friday 28 June.

Ian Sweeting

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From the High Store

21st – 28th JUNE only

50% OFF Orchestra Badges NOW $2.20

50 % OFF SHS Letter Openers NOW $3.30

50% Off Pencil Cases (no logo) NOW $4.40

50 % Off SHS Bridge book NOW $5.00

$10 Track Pants ONLY size 10

$15 Satchel Bag Norm $38.50 Great for laptops
Ms M Gentele

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Applications for Enrolment: Years 8, 9, 11

Sydney Boys High School
Building personal capacity in gifted boys

Applications for Years 8, 9 and 11
Close 30 July 2013

Application forms available from the school at: www.sydneyboyshigh.com/enrolment

Moore Park
Surry Hills NSW 2010
9361 6910

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