High Notes, Vol 14 No 23, August 02 2013

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From the Principal

High Talent
Kevin Robinson (Year 10) has been selected in the New South Wales Volleyball team.

Winter Sports Assembly 2013
"Special guest Mr Paul Reid, players, coaches, staff, parents, students – welcome to our Winter Sports assembly for 2013. We celebrate today the achievements of those boys selected for GPS teams in winter sports.

"The new SBHS Sports Policy is being fully implemented for winter, 2013, including multiple training as well as Saturday attendance. We expect that it will bring greater certainty, consistency and accountability to our competitive sports programs. There are some teething problems with roll marking and follow up at some training sessions but by summer the system should be bedded down. We feel this policy is a big step in the direction of building competitive capacity at High.

"Cross country running has a growing profile at High. Additional training sessions and some emerging talent have combined to raise our school standard, with some impressive achievements. Luke and Jayden Schofield, Elliot Love and Kevin Guo ran very well at the All Schools Championship for 14 years teams. High was also represented by Steven Chung, Kenneth Liu and Lokesh Sharma in the 17 years teams. Individual competitors at All Schools were: Thomas Nimac, Brendan Hancox, Jonathan Clements-Lendrum and Nelson Tang. Thank you to Rebecca Dam for her organisation of the sport and to Messrs Kesting Bigelow and Elliott for their involvement in its operation. Thank you to our Old Boy coaches Ming Chen, Vincent Ye and Anton Brokman.

"Fencing is developing well in several disciplines. At the National Championships in Brisbane, James Siu won gold in the U15 sabre and John Tian in the U15 épée. Thank you to Paris Munro for taking over as MIC this year and organising the sport so well. Thank you also to Evan Higgins for his assistance.  We rely a great deal on Head Coach Antonio Signorello who has shown commitment to helping High’s program. Thank you to coaches Leo Yang, David Lu, and Shaun Pak.

"Our rugby program has taken a new direction this year with more emphasis on running rugby. Our junior sides are building their competitiveness. People are positive about the program. Sam Musgrove and Joshua Leo were selected in the CHS U16 team.  George Barris has been tireless again as MIC. I want to thank our dedicated coaches: 13s - Geoff Stein, Mick Aldous, Paul Scrivener with Max Jones; 14s - Tony Hannon with Andrew Walters, Jesse Moffat and Jasper Garay; 15s –George Barris and Anthony Cipolla, with Kumidika Gunaratne and Sangeeth Sabramaniam; 16s – Con Barris and Graham Moody with Rob Lyon and Michael Wong; 3rds Bill Wang; 2nds – Pat McDonnell and Sam Gribble and the first XV-  David Knox, Tony Hannon and Mark Giachera. The depth of coaching support for our rugby boys is impressive. As always the Rugby Committee provides terrific support for our boys.

"Association Football has seen some changes this year. With the introduction of Mr Soccer training sessions, we hope to deepen and broaden the development base for football skills. Teams have been pruned in numbers to increase participation levels in training and in competition. Arjun Punekar, Michael Cui and Daniel Arzani were selected in the GPS Combined squad.  Mehdi Hazrati has returned to coach the first XI with Ian Robinson guiding second grade. Thank you to our football staff for their commitment to Football. The team, led by MIC Matthew Mulroney, includes: Alex and Mark Robertson, Julie Eggleton, Evan Higgins, Jamie Kay, Mina Genias, Ingrid Hybler, Natalie Stanisich, Madeleine Rigby, Jessica Millar and Victor Jauregui. The Football Committee has contributed to the program. Thank you to Anne Wall, Ian Robinson and Tony Nimac.

"In sport we can’t all be champions, but we can dream like them and in our limited ways, act like them. Think of C2D2. Confidence and commitment, desire and discipline. You need a passion for what you are doing, a vision for where you are going and a persistent set of actions that you need to take to get there. You can behave like a champion and if you do so as a team, you are very likely to achieve the goals you set yourself. Congratulations to all boys selected in GPS teams this season. "
Dr K A Jaggar

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From the Office

Late Arrival & Absence Notes –

All Students and Parents

Please ensure you include your son’s Full Name/ID Number/Year and Roll Class when submitting absences, late arrivals or leave applications.  Thank you for your cooperation

Applying for Leave of Absence

To apply for a leave of absence for your son:

  • Log in to the Parent Portal
  • Access the School Reference Documents section
  • Download the Student Leave of Absence Application Form in the Applying for Leave folder

Please return this completed application form to the Principal giving at least four weeks’ notice of intended absences.

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SBHS Debating

The Debating Assembly went well and we were lucky to have Paul Barry of Media Watch fame speak to us about some successes and triumphs in the debating and public speaking sphere. Tushaar and Andrew from Year 11 did well as MC and when announcing the guest speaker. Khushaal gave a rousing speech in recognition of the debating program and to introduce Firsts and Seconds.

On Thursday ten Year 11 students attended the SUSMUN competition where they debated as country representatives in the various spheres of the United Nations. SBHS was very well represented in awards with 8 honourable mentions and Lokesh and Tushaar received a nomination as best delegation.

On Friday I was very proud to watch our Year 12s debate against Karaba High as the negative on the topic 'that we should introduce off shore processing in PNG' and win very convincingly.

This means that for the second consecutive year our Year 12 PDC team have reached the final to compete for the prestigious Hume Barbour trophy which currently stands in our main entrance. I have 40 tickets to this event and I am prioritising debating students for them. This is a wonderful opportunity to see two very good teams debate each other in the Great Hall of Sydney University on Monday 5th August.

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make our first GPS hosting of 2013 such a success. Thanks to the parents and thanks to my helpers: Oliver and Jens who worked really hard. Again a special thanks to Nina and to Eden Freiberg who assisted her.

We had a fairly even split between Scots competition wins and our wins. There were some disappointed groups of students who narrowly missed out on wins and some happy students who were victorious. We must keep a positive focus through the competition. Learn from the comments of the adjudicators and from our excellent coaches.

If you are a debater or debating parent you should sign up for the debating email. I am regularly surprised at the number of families not receiving the weekly email. There have been 19 of these this year. Please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your name and son’s year group.

Future Debates

2nd August SBHS v Kings
5th August Hume Barbour Final
9th August SBHS v Shore

Ms Powell
MIC Debating

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From the Junior Library

Over the last few years Kevin who drives our school bus in his retirement has taken an interest in our Library and donated books he has just finished reading.  Kevin takes the trouble to think about what our student might be interested in and donates intelligently.  Once again our Libraries are grateful for his thoughtfulness in donating The end of the Chinese Dream by Gerard Lemos.


  • An author visit by Scott Gardiner to Year 9&10
  • The Junior Library Amateur Chess Competition

It is 15 year old book disposal time in the Junior Library.  Many of these books are still really good reads and some are classically good.  It is just that their time has come. Students are invited to take a small hoard home for holiday reading if they wish.  See blue grey shelves beside the bag racks.
Mrs Crothers

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What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?

2nd August, 2013
2013 in the Senior Library has been busy with many more students making use of our facilities for study, assignments and accessing resources than ever before! The addition of new resources has meant that our borrowing has increased markedly since the Senior Library was established, when borrowing was primarily done by Seniors from the Junior Library. These days Senior students are finding required reading, research and high interest materials in the Senior library.

The development of our collection has focused on the addition of prize winning and literary fiction for English studies, wide reading materials for Years 10 & 11, HSC related texts, Asian literature in English, Indigenous literature, curriculum related and high interest non-fiction, biographies, poetry and short story collections and study guides.

Several of our senior students have been helping out with specific projects in the Senior Library. Senior Library prefect, Albert Chau has been engaged in a project to collect and make available previous exam papers for loan to other Senior students in the library. These will add to our useful and popular collection of study guides to assist students to revise for upcoming examinations including the HSC.

Many other students have assisted us in various library tasks including shelving, shelf tidying, processing of books, and many other jobs. Michael Cui has been analysing our library statistics and has produced a report on how the Senior Library is utilised. Anes Karahasan has been responsible for adding new books to our new library resources section on the school website. Others who have been regular, keen and reliable volunteers include Justin Ng, Daniel Zhang (11F), Alan Qi and Samuel Lin. We are extremely grateful for the work of all our volunteers who have made it possible to provide extra services in the Senior Library and assist us to add new resources so that they are available for loan much faster. 

This activity has the dual benefit of giving the boys valuable experience (and award points!) and providing extra much needed help to the library staff.

The Year 10 State Library program is once again in progress with most students joining and learning how to access this outstanding collection of resources.

Finally, both libraries are extremely grateful for the generous donation of books by an old boy of the school Gregory Babic, who has passed away but left his entire collection of books to Sydney Boys High! Many are suitable and in almost new condition and these will be added to both library collections with gratitude. They will supplement the addition of many new resources selected specifically and bought this year.
Ms Gordon

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Students Assist Cutler Foundation

Students Assist Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation

During the first week of the July holidays, ten boys volunteered to help the drivers who volunteer throughout the year for the Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation.  Two students per day helped the drivers assist their elderly and/or disadvantaged clients with errands, conversation and getting in and out of the vehicle.  I had the opportunity to be a part of this experience and meet new people travelling from their homes to medical practitioners and centres.  The experience was interesting and reflects the responsibility and commitment of my fellow students to make significant and valuable contributions to society on behalf of their school.

Following is one of the many interesting stories shared by the clients with the vehicle’s occupants:  Winston Churchill was quite a heavy drinker and smoker.  Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery confronted him, saying “I neither drink nor smoke and I am 100% fit”.  Churchill responded, “I drink and smoke and I am 200% fit.”  This reminded me so profoundly of the fact that these people live and exist as human beings, with rights, stories and a history.  By participating in this volunteering service, I was honoured to have heard part of their story and to have respected, acknowledged and helped them.  This stresses the importance of supporting them in their already difficult lives, which are compounded by medical limitations.

I encourage current and future Year 11 students to volunteer one day of their school holidays to undertake this small worthwhile experience.  Thank you to those who have already participated; strengthening the ties between SBHS and Sir Roden Cutler & Lady Cutler Foundation with their involvement in this important student volunteering project.
Howard Gu
SBHS Community Service Committee, 2013-2014

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Music Notes

Reminder to all HSC music boys to start refining both compositions and performances.

Performance Trial: Monday 5th & Tuesday 6th of August (Great Hall)
Composition Recording: Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th of August (compositions are to be completed and a final copy is to be handed in to Ms Miller (very latest) Friday 9th of August as performers and ensembles need time to practise).
HSC Music/Art Showcase: Monday 26th of August

To all boys who store their instruments in the music storage room: please place your instruments under the correct labels and make sure you close the door for security purposes.

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).

Please remember 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!!!!!

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/

High vs King’s

The second GPS game showed the results of many weeks of hard training and the advantage of having one last trial against Kinross Wolaroi last weekend. Only one junior team lost and the seniors were very competitive.

Team of the week – 15As – Came back from 14-7, to win 19-12
Play of the week – Jeffrey Ye’s barge over try in the 14As game

Rugby players and supporters please come down to the Rugby canteen, located next to McKay 1 at the Fairland pavilion, and enjoy some great food while watching the home games.

16Bs team report
After the large loss against the Orange boys of Kinross the previous week, Sydney High 16B players were eager to employ the same running rugby tactics against the King’s side. Through good control and “pick and drive” forward moves, the platform was laid for the backs to complete a convincing victory of seven tries to one.

The first half saw Sydney High blow the opposition out of the game, with enthusiastic running from Michael Jun, Maddison Wu and all of the forwards combined with excellent ball control. This allowed the halves, Julian Vo and Nathan Wang-Ly to exploit openings and run the outside backs onto good attacking ball. 

It was the forwards who scored first, with No 8, Jack Hutchison driving his way over the line from about ten metres out after a series of attacking runs by both forwards and backs. Score: 5-0

Not to be outdone, the backs played the ball to the wing and set Andrew Nam off down the sideline and although many King’s defenders tried to tackle him, he scored a great try in the corner.

Score: 10-0.

After another attacking foray deep into King’s territory, Jack Hutchison charged over again for a try.

Score: 15-0.  The game was being really well controlled by the High team and the Kings players could not seem to match the same level of intensity of the brown and blue 16Bs. Probably the most popular try scored in the first half went to a fine individual effort from five–eighth Nathan Wang–Ly . Nathan is playing very good rugby at the moment and enjoying the freedom of playing at first five.

Half Time Score 20-0.

The second half was similar to the first half  or for at least the first fifteen minutes, with High attacking, controlling the ball, pick and drive by the forwards and straight hard running from the backs. This resulted in tries for Maddison Wu and two great tries for Daniel Haslam, who was a second half substitute and he was well rewarded for running hard at the opposition and using the palm off with great aplomb. Although High players tired a little in the last fifteen minutes allowing King’s to launch a number of good comeback attacks, they only managed to score one try which was unconverted. Julian Vo converted two of the Sydney High tries in the second half leaving the final Score 39-5.
G Moody
16Bs coach

Upcoming fixtures

3rd of August – Newington (H)
10th of August – Shore (A)
17th of August – Joeys (A)
24th of August – Shore (H)

Mr G Barris
MIC Rugby

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Football: The World Game

Weekend Results

The AAGPS season kicked off in fine style with High being hosted by Scots at our home of football, Dave Phillips Sports Complex. After a long pre-season, everyone was looking to get down to business and had it not been for a top shelf performance from the Scots keeper, the 1st XI might have earned their first win of the GPS season. Time and time again, High was denied – firstly with Daniel Arzani seeing his shot bound for the top corner parried away, then Jaan Pallandi being denied twice in short succession. As it was, Scots took the ascendency immediately after the half time break, scoring two quick goals on the back of errors and a slice of misfortune. It would have been easy for the High boys to drop their heads and fold, but football is a funny game and showing courage and determination, High were able to fight their way back to parity courtesy of two Pallandi strikes. In the end it finished 2-2, with both teams feeling they’d left two points on the park.

Coach Mehdi Hazrati said he was overjoyed with the fight displayed by the squad to produce the comeback. “Every player out there gave maximum effort and they should all be proud of this result”.

The 15As continue to prove why many people are whispering about High’s premiership chances in upcoming years, dismantling Scots 4-0 despite being wasteful in front of goal. High not only played winning football, but displayed the true characteristics of the beautiful game, according to coach Paul Fasullo. “It was so pleasing to see tremendous school spirit which is getting stronger each week which should be held in strong regard by the whole school. The boys are showing great determination to bring success to the school which was a joy to watch and all the parents were so proud.”

Winter Sports Assembly

On Friday July 26th, the Winter Sports Assembly was addressed by Mr Paul Reid, Community Development Officer for Sydney FC. Mr Reid is a professional footballer, with stints at Sydney FC and Adelaide United in the A-League as well as Bradford City and Brighton & Hove Albion in the English Championship. He stressed the importance of time management, citing his ability to play professional football at the same time as completing a university degree, a message of great importance – especially to those Year 12 boys about to enter the exam period. We would like to thank Paul for his motivational message and wish Sydney FC all the best in the upcoming A-League season and we look forward to building a relationship between Sydney FC and Sydney Boys High.

Fixtures vs King’s – 3rd August 2013

Round 2 of competition sees High taking on The King’s School and it will be another major test for the 1st XI, with King’s coming off the back of a 4-0 victory over Grammar. Having also defeated Grammar by a similar margin in the pre-season, this should be a close match up and all boys are encouraged to support other teams throughout the day. The support at David Phillips on Saturday was immense and it gave the boys a massive boost and in no small part contributed to the stunning comeback. Captain Arjun Punekar spoke about the importance of a crowd at the Winter Sports Assembly and we would like to thank all the boys who came down – especially those from 1st & 2nd XV rugby whose chants and encouragement gave the game a real atmosphere.

Team Opponent Venue Time
1st XI Kings David Phillips 12.15
2nd XI Kings David Phillips 11.00
3rd XI Kings David Phillips 10.00
4th XI Kings David Phillips 9.00
5th XI Kings McKay 4 2.00
6th XI Kings McKay 4 1.00
7th XI Kings McKay 4 12.00
8th XI Kings McKay 4 11.00
9th XI Kings McKay 4 10.00
10th XI Kings McKay 4 9.00
16A Kings Massie 2 9.00
16B Kings Massie 2 8.00
16C Kings Massie 3 9.00
16D Kings Massie 3 10.00
16E Knox 16E Curagal 2 10.00
Team Opponent Venue Time
15A Kings Mission Field 6 9.00
15B Kings Mission Field 6 10.00
15C Kings Mission Field 6 11.00
15D Kings Mission Field 6 12.00
15E Kings Mission Field 6 1.00
14A Kings Massie 2 10.00
14B Kings TKS Old Boys’ 2 9.00
14C Kings Massie 1 10.00
14D Kings Massie 1 9.00
14E Kings Massie 1 8.00
13A Kings Mission Field 5 1.00
13B Kings Mission Field 5 12.00
13C Kings Mission Field 5 11.00
13D Kings Mission Field 5 10.00
13E Kings Mission Field 5 9.00


All players must arrive and be ready at least half an hour before the match’s scheduled kick off time. A 9am kick off means you are at the ground and dressed no later than 8:30. Arriving 5 or 10 minutes prior to kick off is not fair to your teammates or your coach. Your coaches need to be able to prepare you physically and strategically for your game.

It is also your responsibility to get your name marked off by the supervising teacher. Please find them prior to your game to avoid you forgetting to do it afterwards.

In the event of bad weather, please make sure you check the school’s website prior to leaving home.

If you would like to be involved in the football community, please email the Football Committee President Mr Ian Robinson This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

If you or your parents have taken any photos that you want to see in The World Game, please send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Mr Mulroney
MIC Football

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Volleyball Notes

GPS Volleyball Results

Opposition: St Ignatius College
Date: 27/07/2013

(#) = number of contacts


1st Grade 25-13  25-17  25-16
2nd Grade 25-16  25-19  31-29
Under 16's 21-18,21-14,21-12
Skill First Grade Second Grade
% of Serves in play 1st 93% George (14) 1st 91% Byron (11)
2nd 86% Gordon (14) 2nd 89% George (9)
3rd 85% Pinyan (13) 3rd 80% Nick (5)
% of Serves that were Kills 1st 62% Pinyan (13) 1st 56% George (9)
2nd 57% Gordon (14) 2nd 33% Sunchit (9), Raycole (9)
3rd 33% Jason L. (6) 3rd 25% Calum (8)
% of spikes kept in play 1st 100% Pinyan (5), Jonathan (11) 1st 100% Jason G. (6)
2nd 91% Yu Peng (11) 2nd 95% Byron (21)
3rd 83% Gordon (6) 3rd 90% George (20)
% of spikes that were kills 1st 80% Pinyan (5) 1st 50% George (20)
2nd 64% Yu Peng (11) 2nd 48% Byron (21)
3rd 55% Ivor (22), Jonathan (11) 3rd 40% Calum (10)
% of blocks kept in play 1st 100% George (7), Gordon (4), Ivor (3), Yu Peng (2) 1st 100% Jason G. (2)
2nd 80% Jonathan (5) 2nd - -
3rd - - 3rd - -
% of blocks that were kills 1st 47% George (7) 1st 100% Jason G. (2)
2nd 40% Jonathan (5) 2nd - -
3rd 33% Ivor (3) 3rd - -
Serve Reception Passing accuracy 1st 100% Yu Peng (7) 1st 100% Sean (4)
2nd 88% Sean 2nd 75% Anies (6)
3rd 83% Ivor 3rd 69% Calum (8)

First Grade Report
Following our loss to Grammar last week, there was some residual disappointment. Our training through the week had increased our team cohesion, particularly an extremely gruelling training session that brought the team together through shared hardship more than anything else. As such, we felt well prepared both mentally and physically going into our game against Riverview.

Unfortunately, many players were unable to make the game on Saturday resulting in several second grade players playing up. These players played extremely well and promise good things for future seasons and the Nationals tournament later this year. As such, we were able to convincingly defeat Riverview in straight sets – hopefully we can continue the level of mental control that allowed us to play aggressively and controlled through all the stages of the sets.
Jonathan Clements-Lendrum

Second Grade Report
Last Saturday 2nd Grade played St Ignatius. Having dropped a set to their team in our previous confrontation, we were eager to win in straight sets this time around. As a result we started out strong, winning the first set very convincingly at 25-16. The adjustment from having one setter to two near the end of the first set went without a hitch, and we continued play comfortably. The second set went well too, with High 2nds winning it convincingly as well, 25-19. However despite having a comfortable lead, we realised that almost every one of our spikes were heading out, only to be saved by someone from the opposing side. It was this realisation that made us relax our attack slightly in the 3rd set, tipping the ball over more than previously. Iggies took advantage of this, and their loud demeanour meant they could confidently remain in the game. As the scores each drew closer to 25 we were reminded of our last match against Ignatius, when we dropped the 3rd set due to lack of communication and poor attack. It was neck and neck well past 25, but in the end we managed to pull ahead to secure the final set 31-29. With a set score of 3-0, we won the match and retained our undefeated status.
Calum York

Michael Kay
MIC Volleyball

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SHS Rowing Committee AGM


Date: Wednesday 21 August 2013
Venue: School Staff Common Room
Time: 7.00pm

Come and find out about new developments for the upcoming season.

Rowing is a great sport that High provides for your boys.  It also relies on parents to help facilitate the program. Every year we need new parents to become involved. 

All Office Bearer positions will be declared vacant and available for nomination and election.

All parents of rowing students are encouraged to attend the annual general meeting.

George Comninos
Committee President

Julie Blomberg
Rowing MIC

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High Tennis Meeting

Monday, 12 August, 2013

Any parents who would like to attend the High Pre-season Tennis meeting would be more than welcome.

This is a great opportunity to find out about your son’s tennis program and be involved in making plans for the year ahead.

The meeting will take place at 6.30 pm in the Staff Common Room.

Mr P Wright
MIC Tennis

Mr D Deep

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Basketball Committee AGM

Thursday 8 August at 6:30pm in Room 901
(Upstairs of the Basketball gym)

I am writing to urge all parents who have a son participating for Sydney Boys High Basketball to attend the AGM for the SBHS Basketball Committee. I declare all Office Bearer positions vacant and will accept nominations via email to my school address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We will not be able to function without an abundance of parental support. I look forward to meeting you at the meeting!

Enthusiastically yours in Basketball,
B Hayman
MIC Basketball

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From the Canteen

A big thank you to our Prefects this week, as we were short on volunteers and especially to the boys who came in more often than just their rostered days.

The canteen would not be able to run as well as it does without the invaluable help of our wonderful mums and dads.

Thanks to the volunteers for Week 1
TUES: Peter Jai, Sachiyo James, 
WED: Hiroko Kitajima, Francisca Sjahry, Athena Tselonis, Fumiko Cheong.
THURS: Ming Ming Lee, Min Strauss, Jian Ping Li.
FRI: Stam Farrugia, Holly Jiang, Theothe Tsiribas, Shilpa Punekar.

And thank you to the volunteers for Week 2

MON: Rebecca Tsai, Shannon Hickey,
TUES: Rena Yin, Penny Chan,
WED: Helen Kon, Sabrina Xu, Vikki Angell, Lorna Wong
THURS: Kim Ngan Do, Maria Farrell, Lin Jin,
FRI: Emily Yang, Li Yang

The Canteen Team

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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

Phillip Day Memorial Dinner

The P&C is looking to arrange a table or tables (ten people per table) for the Phillip Day Memorial Dinner to be held in the Great Hall on Wednesday 4 September at 7:00pm.  The funds raised at the dinner go to the Phillip Day Memorial Fund which finances the Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship awarded to boys in Years 7-9.  The cost of the dinner is $65 per head and the guest speaker will be Karl Kruszcelnicki, Class of 2005, University Medallist (2012).  Parents interested in supporting the fund by attending the dinner can contact Mr Barris at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or the P&C at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  RSVPs are required by 21 August.  Please support this most worthy cause.

For more information on the fund and scholarship, go to http://www.sydneyboyshigh.com/scholarships/pj-day-scholarship

Upcoming P&C General Meetings

The next P&C general meeting will be held 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.

The remaining 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)

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 9 August 7:30pm – Roosters v Raiders (Football Supporters Group)

Upcoming Meetings & Events

General P&C Meeting: Staff Common Room – 7:30pm, Monday 12 August.

Ian Sweeting

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Youth Perspectives of China

The Engaging China Project and City of Sydney present:
Youth Perspectives of China

The Engaging China Project (ECP) aims to inspire and cultivate Australia’s youth knowledge and understanding of China through Youth Perspectives of China. The photography competition provides a platform for young students to directly engage with China related stimulus in a fun and creative way. Through the medium of photography, students are encouraged to actively capture an aspect of Chinese culture that speaks directly to them. The exercise will prompt students to reflect on their own experiences of China and Chinese culture and will improve Asia-literacy in Australian high schools.

China as the next generation sees it. What does China mean to you? How do you see the interconnection of Chinese and Australian culture in the world around you?

Eligibility and Submission

Entrants must:

  • attend a high school within the City of Sydney
  • include with their submission their name, year, school, and contact details
  • include with their photograph a title and be accompanied with a 100-200 word ‘story’ behind the image. This blurb will summarise the significance of the image to the photographer, what inspired them to capture this image, and how it embodies their perception of China
  • submit photographs in jpeg format with a minimum 1mb quality to their school by email with the subject line - ‘Name’ ECP photo ‘name of category’ ‘year’ eg. Andrea Norman ECP photo Open category year 9
  • submit images by Friday September 6 9:00am

The school will:


There will be two groups of competition: years 7, 8, 9 and years 10, 11, 12.

There are five categories in the main competition:

  • Open - A broad category without restrictions
  • People - A photograph that depicts Chinese people or a Chinese person
  • Places - A photograph that depicts a Chinese place
  • Food - A photograph that depicts Chinese food
  • In Country - A photograph that was taken in China (including the regions of Tibet, Taiwan and Hong Kong).

A social media component of the competition will have two further categories where photographs will be submitted onto the Photography competition Facebook page (titled ECP Sydney Photography Competition).

The social media categories are:

  • Mobile Snaps - a photograph taken on a mobile, ipod, ipad or on instagram
  • Language - a photograph that depicts an aspect of Chinese language

Teachers are also encouraged to enter in a separate Open category.

Individuals can submit as many photos as they like, however only one image per category. Images can also only be submitted to a single category (for example if the photo is of friends eating a meal, the entrant must decide between the ‘people’ or ‘food’ categories, and cannot enter the image in both).

Exhibition Day
After the competition has closed and images judged, ECP will put on an exhibition to display all of the entrants and hand out awards. This will be a daytime event, running from 10AM – 1pm and held at a Chinese affiliated venue, Hong Kong House. This will be held on Wednesday 18 September, during the week of Chinese mid-autumn festival and the last week of term 3.

Awards and Prizes
ECP will enlist judges involved in Aus-China relations to select outstanding images from each of the five main categories and the teacher category. These students and teachers will receive awards on the exhibition day. There will also be people’s choice awards for the social media categories (determined by the number of likes on Facebook). These winners will also be awarded on exhibition day. The schools that the winning students are from will also receive prizes.

The photography competition component of this project will be open for 3 weeks.

Monday August 19 9.00am - Competition opens for submissions
Friday September 6 9:00am - Competition closes
Friday September 6 by 5:00pm - All schools submit their students’ and teachers’ photographs

Before and at the beginning of the competition period ECP ambassadors will be involved in marketing and promotional activities at schools throughout the city, where posters and flyers will be distributed. After the competition closes one and a half weeks will be taken to sort, review and judge images before the exhibition on Wednesday 18 September. Winning and highly commended photographs will be printed for the exhibition. ECP ambassadors are also available to conduct Asia-literacy presentations or workshops during the period they are visiting schools. More information on Engaging China Project packages are below. ECP ambassadors can also be involved in helping schools conduct excursions to China town where students could take photographs for the competition.

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