High Notes, Vol 14 No 35, November 08 2013

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to our athletics team. At the NSWCHS Athletics Championship, SBHS won the coveted Kippax Cup for Champion Boys School. This was another great team achievement. Kevin Ni (Year 10) has been invited to be a member of this year’s AOIC Informatics School of Excellence, to be held in Canberra in December. Just 27 students in Australia were invited. Well done, Kevin! The U15 CHS Knockout Basketball team has qualified again for the final round of 8 tournaments to be played in Terrigal next week. Good luck, boys! At the young Australian Art Awards, Gordon Yuan (Year 9) won a gold medal as runner up for his entry, entitled A Midnight Read. Great job, Gordon!

UMAT Test Results and coaching
Studies undertaken recently in Australia and New Zealand, indicate there are few if any benefits to be gained from engaging in coaching prior to sitting the UMAT test. The UMAT consists of components: interview, logical reasoning, understanding people and non-verbal reasoning. Under conditions of sustained practice there was found to be a small benefit for selective school students in the non-verbal reasoning component. Coached students appear to fail more often than non-coached students during their undergraduate courses. My advice is that parents would be better off encouraging their sons to spend the planned extra time that they intended to set aside for UMAT coaching on deepening their understanding of their HSC courses.

Sydney Boys High Sailing Committee AGM
This meeting was held last Saturday at Double Bay Sailing Club. President Nick Evans, Treasurer Jojiro Matsumoto, and MIC Graham Moody presented reports. The sailing program is popular, with 45 sailors registered. Racing is being held on both Saturday morning and in the afternoon in a teams racing format to allow two uses of the twelve boats in the High fleet. Sailing Coach, Adam South, requested a continuation of the boat purchasing program as a few boats were becoming expensive to maintain. The High Club made a substantial donation to assist the purchasing program this year. The Sydney High School Sailing Association Financial Statement was tabled and discussed. The Foundation loan repayment is well ahead of schedule. The meeting agreed to partly fund an additional chase boat to be owned by Double Bay Sailing Club. Access to two vessels will add considerably to the safety and flexibility of the sailing program in 2014. The sport is in a healthy state – well organised and managed.

Selective Schools Conference – Part 1
Our first presenter (Julie Ross, Chatswood) analysed the differences in approach to education in China and Australia, particularly around rote learning and absorbing teacher directed concepts and content. There is a questioning of this approach in China where creativity is low in comparison to Western countries, as measured by patents being registered annually.

Dr Turner (Hornsby Girls) gave a detailed discussion on perfectionism in gifted students. Perfectionism has good and bad effects. He recommended that selective schools learn how to channel adaptive perfectionist behaviour and minimise maladaptive behaviour. Imperfection needs to be modelled so that students understand that it is both normal and acceptable to make mistakes.

Laurence Derks (DEC – IT) provided some useful information about BYOD. DEC links and sites include: http://bit.ly/BYODSchools  and http://byodsandpit.weebly.com  He stressed that Wireless access from DEC wouldn’t include 3G and that only 5GHz. enabled devices would be compatible with it. Google Apps will be available to students soon. Microsoft Office 365 will be available for personal machines too. Students will get Adobe CS6 Master Suite by DEC arrangement with Adobe.

Parents are advised to keep themselves informed about BYOD by accessing DEC and school website information and by attending closely to device specification information provided by the school.
Dr K A Jaggar

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  • The Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship
  • The Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation Inc Scholarship

Closing date:  Friday, 29 November 2013

Get your application forms from:

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From the Canteen

Thank you for supporting our canteen.  Remember all profits are returned to the P&C for allocation to worthy projects which benefit our sons.

Thank you to our volunteers last week:-

MON: George Haddo, Tina Chang, Rachel Fowler, Sam Guo
TUES: Mary Chan, Malin Wongthaveevatana
WED: Anna Goh, Diana Sutherland, Minhua Zhang 
THUR: Annie long, Jenny King, Jasmine Huang,
FRI: Connie Tai, Angela Jin, Jo De Araujo
The Canteen Team

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High Tide

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Sydney Boys High School Sailing

2nd November 2013

This Saturday started off with the smoke from the bushfires covering the harbour and with only a little bit of NW wind. With the AGM meeting kicking off in the clubhouse and the sound of fog horns from ships and Bradleys Head, we launched our boats to sail to Rose Bay. Conditions there were very similar with the light NW wind just enough to start a race.

However, as soon as the race started, the wind died down to a whisper. We only had time for one race, although Sydney High sailors managed to get some strong results, with Daniel Fang and Angelo Yan both sailing into top ten positions.

After the wind had died, we headed into the Rose Bay beach and waited for news about the Teams Racing. Due to the smoky conditions and the lack of wind, Teams racing was again called off, with the wind from the NNE appearing just as the twelve boat tow back to Double Bay commenced. Overall it was a difficult Saturday with poor wind and conditions.
Arthur Chao
Sailing Media Officer

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High Cricket

Captain of Cricket report:
Last week High came up against the mighty St Joseph’s College, and in every age group, showed there is much work to be done if this is to be a successful season. The 16As continue to break records, becoming the first group 1 side since 2009 to win three consecutive games. They are also the first age group side to beat Joeys since 2008. However, in other age groups and Opens, Joeys dominated to once again show their prowess in cricket. Once again, it was encouraging to see junior players staying back after their games to watch the 1st XI. In other news, the side that will tour Adelaide in week 9 for the annual Five Highs tournament has also been released on the cricket website, which is: http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/cricket/
Tushaar Garg

1st XI
St Josephs 4/244 DEF High 84 all out.
High started well with the quicks working hard to keep both openers on their toes early on. However, five dropped catches in the first session defined Highs bowling effort with the openers reaching 0/130, before Sagar finally got the break through. Had any of those catches been taken, High would have been in a commanding position as the rest of the Joeys order only managed another 100 runs in about 30 overs; attributable to a spirited effort with the ball by spinners Yiutao and Allen; as well as Raunak and Vishnu also chiming in for a wicket a-piece. Sudarshan also bowled very economically, to the content of Dr Jaggar, who looked on from the stands. In chase of a mammoth total Gautham fell early to a sluggish pull shot, and Vishnu, who looked ever so good on his birthday, fell soon after to some lazy running between the wickets. Although Yiutao and Tushaar managed to get some momentum going with a 45-run stand for the 3rd wicket, as soon as both departed High lost 5/11 to eventually be bundled out for 84. Joeys will be the team to beat in the 1st XI competition this year, having already won the T20 comp. High must go into next week’s two-day clash against Kings with a renewed attitude, and ready to win.

2nds – St Josephs 6/260 DEF High 38 all out.

4ths – High 8/135 (32) (T.Hossain 40, R.Saha 29) DEF BY St Josephs 6/136 (21) (R.Saha 3/31 [4])

5ths –
St Josephs 149 all out. (T. Nassif 3/28 [6] A. Thakur 2/21 [4] M. Liu 2/15 [3]) DEF High 55 all out. (T. Nassif 10) 
Sydney High won the toss and elected to bowl. Beginning extremely strongly with an attacking field set and lots of talk, the wickets began to flow quickly as opening bowler Anant took a double wicket maiden in only his third over. Followed shortly by Mike’s two quick wickets, Sydney High were sitting pretty, having Joeys at 5/75 at drinks, an outstanding improvement on our first two games.

With spin pair Thomas and Anthony resuming the bowling, Joeys lost three wickets and if not for the half century made by one of their batsmen, their innings was all but over. Eventually, the Sydney High 5ths reached a personal milestone, steamrolling the St Joseph's batsmen who were all out in the 29th over. Unfortunately, our batting was not up to par and a game that could well have been ours to win slipped out of reach as our top order crumbled to accurate, full Joeys bowling. Special mentions to bowlers Thomas and Anant on their concise overs; and William Chow for his magnificent fielding which included an extremely difficult take at deep mid-on.

16As -
High 3/199 (32) (V. Kashyap 93 [112], V. Nomula 32 [41], S. Nampalli 22 [28]) DEF St Josephs 8/166 (32) (J. Pope 2/15 [6], V. Kashyap 2/25 [5], P. Yu 2/30 [4])
High won the toss and elected to bat, after a splendid first session with Vivek and Vishal batting the first half of the innings out, High was 0/80 after the first session. Unfortunately, Vishal was bowled for 32. However, Vivek stayed solid. Shashank then came in to score a quick fire 22 Followed by Karthik who scored a strong 19 not out. In the last over after having an amazing innings, Vivek was caught on 93. Some great batting performances left High at a solid total of 199.High's bowling was tight and the fielding was good as well. However, Joey's were able to pick the gaps and get a respectable total of 1/69 after the first session. High's bowling and fielding was great in the second session with some outstanding performances by Peter getting a two wicket maiden and most of the bowlers taking wickets. With some exceptional fielding by High, the game slowly slipped away from Joeys and by the end of the innings Joeys scored a total of 8/166.

16Bs – High 57 all out. (18) (T. Khan 19) DEF BY St Jospehs 4/356 (32)

15As –
St Josephs 167 all out. (E.Hall 3/31, R.Hossain 1/21) DEF High (L.Saunders 42, V.Rajaan 25)
After losing the toss, High bowled first, and were unable to find consistency – bowling too many loose deliveries early on. The free flow of runs continued throughout the Joeys innings, attributable to a lack of players. In reply High got off to a slow but solid start, and although they batted well; were unable to reach the opposition’s total. Special mention must go to Louis and Vyaas who guided the chase.

15Bs – St Josephs 4/219 (B.Graham 2/32) DEF High 6/98 (B.Nguyen 30, A.He 19, H.Sun 17*)

14Bs – St Joseph's 3/268 (M.McGregor 2/54) DEF High 6/54

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Basketball: Shootin' Hoops

High v Joeys

Term 1, 2013

1st WIN 79-57 G.GERLACH 29
2nd WIN 57-55 B.CHEN 15
3rd WIN 30-16 J.PALLANDI 9
5th WIN 33-20 A.KUANG 9
6th WIN 31-29 H.GU 14
16A WIN 27-24 A.SO 10
16C WIN 30-21 I.CHANG 6
16D WIN 60-17 C.WANG 21
16E WIN 37-17 H.LUI 10
16F WIN 55-9 J.CAI 14
15B WIN 23-8 R.SEONG 15
14A LOSS 31-30 A.LI 8
14B LOSS 31-28 R.GU 10
14C WIN 18-14 J.LUO 6
14E WIN 39-22 P.YU 14
14F WIN 42-0 J.TRAN 12

Term 4, 2013

1st WIN 81-65 M.FLYNN 24
2nd WIN 43-32 E.MERRICK 9
3rd WIN 32-22 W.GONG 8
4th WIN 31-34 M.HO 10, K.DANG 10
5th WIN 20-17 C.WANG 7
16A WIN 48-19 W.CHEN 12
16B WIN 36-15 R.SEONG 17
16D WIN 24-20 H.PARK 13
16E WIN 58-12 R.SUN 12
15A WIN 34-33 A.LI 16
15B WIN 36-28 A.LEE 12
14B WIN 26-24 J.SUI 12
14C WIN 26-14 K.WILSON 10
14D WIN 41-8 D.CHAN 14
14E WIN 41-12 J.LEE 11
14F WIN 69-4 J.KIM 22

This week High played to near perfection, losing just two games this week against St Joseph’s College. Congratulations to all teams that have won this round!

Meanwhile, we have another player profile to present to you from the 1st Grade team:

Eugene Lee

So far this season Eugene has been a powerhouse defensively. A superior athlete, Eugene is able to run down even the smoothest of dribblers full court and stop them from scoring. Scoring his first points in first grade last week he contributed statistically in all facets of the game. Eugene ensures everyone is working in the weights room and is an integral member of the side.

Nickname- HUGE-EUGE
Signature Basketball move- Fast break reverse lay-up
Favourite pre game song- Classic MKTO
Favourite moment of High Basketball this season- Win vs TSC at TSC
Favourite SBHS Basketball moment- 15s Knockout State Champ Winner
Favourite team mate- “Geoff cause he is serious when needed and fun, and a good bloke who is supportive of whatever you do on the court”

Why I love playing First Grade Basketball at High- “..it’s cause you get so much opportunity to display what you can as a player. The Saturday atmosphere is electric due to the crowd which is there to help you overcome every hurdle thrown at you by other schools. Everyone is supportive and builds on each other’s skills and attributes and the friendships you build are invaluable throughout school and your sporting life”



Good luck in next week’s games! Remember our High Basketball motto: play hard, play smart and play together!

~ Go HIGH!
~ Play Hard, Play Smart and Play Together!
~ Brought to you by the Editor Glanden Zheng
~ Thanks to Mr B Hayman for all his contributions to HIGH Basketball

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SBHS Tennis

High vs St Joseph’s

Fourth  Round of Trial Season

1st Grade Result 2nd Grade Result
D1 1 + 2 L 6-1 6-2 1 + 3 L 6-2 6-2
D2 3 + 4 L 6-0 6-4 2 + 4 L 6-1 6-0
D3 5 + 6 W 6-3 4-6 11-9 5 + 6 L 6-2 6-1
S1 Josh Sangueza L  6-1 6-2 Richard Hao W 4-6 6-1 7-5
S2 Adam Smagarinsky W 6-4 6-1 Calvin Zhou L 6-3 6-2
S3 Eddy Wang L 7-6 4-6 3-6 Bohan Deng L 6-3 6-2
S4 Carl Yang W 6-2 6-2 Ervin Zhou L 6-3 6-2
S5 Matthew O’Sullivan W 6-2 6-4 James Kuang W 6-3 3-6 7-5
S6 James Lian L 6-0 6-2 Joohno Park L 6-0 6-2

1st Grade
A great step forward and a good sign for the coming weeks. 
High hosted St Joseph’s for the fourth round of the trial season. The conditions were made quite interesting due to the back burning occurring on the day. And as usual the match began with doubles. Josh and Adam looked for their first doubles win however we did not achieve the desired results and were outplayed by our opponent. Eddy and Matthew also troubled their opponents but were unlucky. While Carl and James continued their dominance in doubles carrying the team with a well fought three set doubles win. Adam made his much needed debut singles win. Matthew again played solid singles to win his match as well as Carl who continued to be a driving force in the team. This left the total match scores at four matches a piece with only Eddy’s match left on the court. A must win. Eddy won his first set however was unable to close out the match but was still a promising show by Eddy. Overall this was an excellent performance from the team as a whole and a good sign for the upcoming season.
Adam Smagarinsky
First Grade Captain

2nd Grade
2nd Grade played St. Joseph’s at the opposition’s courts. Although we were playing last season’s victors, we held up as best as we could and seized two singles matches. Our doubles did not turn out well, losing all three but gaining experience for future doubles matches. In the singles, Richard and Junjie were the ones to seize victory. Richard played an extremely good three setter, returning all balls no matter how hard and won 4-6 6-1 7-5 through consistency. Junjie continued his winning streak from last week and also won in a three setter, 6-3 3-6 7-5 through sticking to the game plan of being consistent. 2nd grade had showed vast improvement from last season but overall, needs much improvement.
Calvin Zhou
Second Grade Captain

3rd Grade
Looking forward to play against St Joseph’s for the fourth round of the trial season, Sydney High’s third grade team played the matches of our lives. Even at 3-3, first seed Andrew Cheung managed to fight off his tough opponent to seal the match with a convincing 6-3 win. Playing as second seed, I also managed to conceive a 6-3 win. The day got even better with Daniel Zhang and Andrew Tayeh both winning their singles matches with an impressive score of 6-1. The thirds also won both doubles matches with Andrew C and I prevailing 6-3. Daniel and Andrew T also managed to edge through their doubles match winning in a closely contested tiebreak 7-6 (6). This ultimately sealed the deal for the Sydney High third grade team with a huge 6-0 win over the home team on the weekend. Although it has been a long time coming for a team to win all matches on the weekend, it was both dedication at training and team effort that carried the thirds to an unforgettable victory.
James Lin

4th Grade
Sydney High’s 4th grade team played St Joseph’s College, showing excellent perseverance by coming home with a victory in the scorching conditions. The day started off with the doubles matches, where High set off to a slow start. Our number 1 doubles pair, Misha Libman and Pete Upatising, was just edged out of a close game in a 5-6 loss with 4-7 in the tiebreak. The number 2 doubles pair, Leonard Mah and Angus Wu, suffered an unfortunate 3-6 loss with many unforced errors. Yet, unfazed, the SBHS players fought back and dominated the singles matches, with Misha Libman, Pete Upatising and Leonard Mah winning 6-3, 6-4 and 6-3 respectively. However the highlight of the matches was Angus Wu outclassing his opponent in a stunning 6-1 victory. Overall, our team’s effort reflected our dedication in training to secure our victory but there are still many areas where we could improve.
Leonard Mah

5th Grade
On the weekend Sydney High’s 5th grade tennis team played against St. Joseph’s College in a tight series of games. After finally having all our players back after numerous injuries and inconveniences, 5th grade looked to be prepared for the day’s matches. Despite this William Du and Gordon Qian (5th1 and 5th2) slipped up in their doubles match losing 0-6. While the day’s singles matches proved to be more fruitful, William and Gordon still inevitably lost their matches 2-6 and 4-6 respectively. However all was not lost with Kevin Ni and Sunny Xu (5th3 and 5th 4) managing to scrape a doubles victory 6-4. To add to this both players crushed the opposition in their singles matches, winning 6-1 and 6-3 respectively.
Jason Garrett

16 As
16A's: This week the 16As played Joeys at home. A minor change in the makeup of the team was initially confusing but the team adapted well to eventually win the tie. The A1 doubles with Garry Huang and Preetham Kadappu was a close match-up which unfortunately ended in a loss 5-6 (3-7). A2 doubles featuring Anthony Yu and Thomas Nguyen was also a competitive game but resulted in a 4-6 loss. However, the singles rubbers proved to be much more successful for the team. Garry Huang in A1 played well and won in a tiebreaker 6-5 (7-4.) Anthony Yu was defeated by a strong Joey’s A2, losing 4-6. Alex Liang in A3 convincingly won his rubber 6-2 while Thomas Nguyen playing in A4 won in an extremely close tiebreaker 6-5 (11-9.) With a great improvement in our singles plays this week, the 16As were able to narrowly defeat Joeys 31-30 overall.
Thomas Nguyen

15 As
St Joseph’s College was our opponent this week and we played at their courts at Hunters Hill, which made for an early morning for our A team. There was thick fog earlier in the day which fortunately cleared as the day progressed. The stand out performance for this term was unleashed as our A1, A2 doubles completely dominated our opponents. Defeating them in under thirty minutes, we won 6-0. This opened a positive attitude to the day. The A3, A4 doubles was very close on the other hand. The opposition played defensively and we couldn’t finish attacking without a few unforced errors. We lost in a close tiebreak 6-5, with a tiebreak score of 6-8. Singles matches started shortly after their coach taught them a few tactics for singles. A1 singles started off much disorientated for Wanyu and the opponent pushed to a 3-0 lead. Wanyu managed to bring the score closer until the tiebreak where he won, 7-5. George our A2 pushed his opponent fiercely. However, he made numerous unforced errors on his forehand and lost 6-4. Charlie and Ting faced off with more experienced opponents and both lost with scores of 6-1, 6-1 respectively. This week’s match results give us a better insight as to what to expect in the GPS season. Hopefully, we can learn from this week’s match and next time put a more skilled effort towards our tennis.
Wanyu Tang

For more info visit the Sydney High tennis website at: http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/tennis/

Please spare some of your time on Saturday to come down and support High Tennis.

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