High Notes, Vol 14 No 38, November 29 2013

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Marcus James (SHS2013) whose major work, Syncretism, was selected for exhibition at ARTEXPRESS this year. Congratulations to our Year 8 debating team: Akheed Ahmed Ramzi, Louis Saunders and Hugh Bartley. The boys won the University of Sydney Union Debating Competition. There were 120 competitors in 34 teams, so their win was significant. Well done, boys! Brendan Hancox (Year 11) and Madison Wu (Year 10) played in the Millennium Marching Band at the Schools Spectacular this week. Great job, boys!

Laptop Lockers for Year 9 2014
When students bring their own devices in 2014, there will some boys concerned about the security of their equipment. The school purchased a number of small lockers specifically designed to accommodate laptops/tablets. These lockers are available for hire for $5 per year. The token charge is for administration and to cover possible damage to lockers. Current Year 8 students have first priority. Students supply their own standard padlocks. The lockers can be hired by registering your name with your Year Adviser. As soon as the cash register reopens, the first 48 boys to pay their $5 will get possession of the lockers for 2014. If the demand increases beyond supply, more lockers may be acquired. The lockers have camera monitoring in the area for added protection.

All boys in Year 11 have now officially completed their requirements for Preliminary and collected their reports. There are still too many Year 9 boys who have not completed Clearance Forms. Mr Barris will be issuing Detention Notices to those boys during next week if they persist in their failure to comply. Years 7 and 8 boys should have their reports, please ask your son for his.

Year 7 Mathematics – Problems and Solutions
A concerned parent wrote to me concerned about the font size of materials supplied to their son. Questions and worked solutions were reduced and copied and sent home with boys as two or three to a quarto page. Parents of Year 7 are advised that these materials are supplementary to the actual problems and solutions located on the student R drive. Students are expected to use the online facility to access past papers and solutions. Teachers have been trying to help boys by giving them a hard copy of online materials. Given the difficulties expressed by parents, teachers have been requested not to provide this service.

Record of Student Achievement
The Record of Student Achievement is a credential that replaces the School Certificate for school leavers at the end of Year 10. Even though none of our students will be requiring a Record of Student Achievement, we are still required to submit to the Board of Studies grades A-E representing individual progress made in each subject. Grades for Year 10 were submitted on Friday.

Boggabilla Exchange
We were visited by students from Boggabilla Central School this week. Eight boys and seven girls made the 4-day trip this year. They stayed at the Outterside Centre and with billets during their stay. It was great that the weather stayed fine so that they could enjoy the sights. Mr Kay, Ms Powell and Mr Barris organised and managed the exchange. This program has become a fixture on our calendar and is much anticipated by students from both schools.

Student Award Scheme
The Student Award Scheme has now closed for points to be earned for this calendar year. All students will have their points calculated as of this date. Year 11 Prefect Interns will have their final points calculated and must have qualified to continue as Interns. The 2014 Scheme commences on December 1.
Dr K A Jaggar

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From the Andrews Junior Library

Keep an eye on the several display shelves for new resources. On the advice of our new Library Prefect, William Wu, I have moved the new book display stand to the entrance of the Library so look there for the latest new books to come out from processing.

The Popular Books display stand will be filling up with some very interesting Non-Fiction for the thinkers and considerers. If you want to have a look at this reading material you might like to aim to skim read if immersing yourself in a large non-fiction book would occupy too much time. Remember that there is never any compulsion to read a whole book. So keep an eye out for interesting browsing material on this stand for the next six months or so.

There has been an end of the year round up of students with very overdue materials. I apologise to parents of students whom I contacted and thank them for their intervention in returning over $1000 worth of resources which may never have arrived back.  WOULD ALL STUDENTS BE AWARE THAT IF THEY HAVE LOST A BOOK THEY CAN REPLACE IT WITH A BOOK FROM HOME IN GOOD CONDITION THAT WOULD INTEREST OUR BOYS. If you supply the Portal with your personal email address your overdues can be sent to you more effectively than at present.

With the beginning of “Bring your own device” next year communication between your teachers and you will be much easier if you put your personal email addresses into the Portal – my details. Our Libraries would like to tell you that your reservations have arrived and to ask boys with reserved books to return them quickly when finished. We can also automatically tell you when books are overdue. Our Libraries look forward to being more efficient on your behalf.

Lots of old favourites - new to our Library - will be going on to the new fiction stand, the newspaper display table and the spinner in the next few weeks. Now that exams are over it is time to rev up your reading rate. Being obsessed with books has very useful advantages such as extending your vocabulary, drilling you with expression and grammar painlessly and in so doing improving your writing and structuring skills. Be sure to stock up with 10 books for the holidays. From now on books borrowed are due back when we return from holidays.

It has been a real pleasure to have such studious Senior Students in the Junior Library while the Senior Library has been occupied with exams. Congratulations to the boys and to Mrs Gordon who has trained the boys to behave appropriately during class time in the Library.
Mrs V Crothers
Teacher Librarian

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In Term 4 the PDHPE faculty has again been running a competition to design the student workbook covers for next year. There were many outstanding entries, with honourable mentions going to Robert Hoang (7T) and Abhijot Singh (7M). Congratulations and Rebel gift vouchers go to Michael Yang (8F), Archie Fox (7T) and Nirvan Chand (7M). We encourage more students to express their artistic talents and enter next year’s competition.
G Stein

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From the Canteen

The Annual General Meeting of the Canteen Committee will be held on Friday 13 December in the boardroom at 3.00pm.  All positions will be declared vacant.  We are in need of some new support members for the committee. If you would like to contribute to this committee, please come along and join us. 

Thanks to our volunteers last week.
MON: Julie Fox, Cole Gu, Lynn Chen
TUES: Sachiyo James, Iris Lau
WED: Francisca Sjahry, Fumiko Cheong, Penny Chan
THURS: Alana Liang, Min Strauss
FRI: Emily Yang

Please note we have Halal chicken available in the sweet chilli wraps and please order any vegetarian requests and we can make these for you.  We are sorry if all your favourites are not available as we run down stock for the end of the year.
The Canteen Team

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From the High Store

Year 9 Students Senior Uniform

Purchase your senior uniform NOW to avoid long queues.

Senior Tie - $28.50
Senior Trousers - $69
Short Sleeve White Shirt - 14-22 - $29, 24-28 - $31
Long Sleeve White Shirt - 14-22 - $31, 24-28 - $33.

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High Tide

Sydney Boys High School Sailing

23rd November 2013

After a Friday night of strong winds, electrical storms and torrential rain, Saturday morning broke with beautiful clear skies and light winds. Double Bay was littered with sunken and broken loose yachts.

New skippers York Wang and Louis Ye sailed well in the light NW breeze to record some impressive first up results, in some cases beating much more experienced sailors in the program. Angelo Yan and his crew of Daniel Liang sailed consistently in “Southy” to impress the coach and MIC watching with interest.

Tiger Zhang, helped ably by his crew Long Do, finally showed some of the promise that they are to be future podium contenders as long as good starts are made in races. His fourth around the top mark and his defence of his position around the course was pleasing to see. Kai Matsumoto/Kai Huang and Arthur Chao/Wen Tao Ruan and sailed well again going through the fleet after slow starts.

Probably most pleasing from the MIC’s perspective was the ease with which the Year 7 sailors had sailed home as skippers. Although the wind was rather light, it gave them a good chance to grab the helm and indicate their levels of skill, at what can be sometimes an extremely difficult activity. All Year 7s passed their first “test” successfully and both the Coach and MIC were seen to be smiling by the time they had made it back to Double Bay Sailing Club.

Dexter Gordon “the super –sub” again volunteered to skipper when one of the boys was unable to sail through illness and impressed again with his results in the races and his commitment to the sailing program. He was helped by Max Wharton-Jones as the crew.

Pre-start manoeuvres by the Saturday yacht racers, always need to be watched carefully by sailors coming back to Double Bay. Here Sydney High boats on port tack give way to a (much bigger) yacht on starboard tack. Arthur Chao takes evasive action and gives room for York Wang and Daniel Liang (in 16) who watch intently and Ethan Tay and Vincent Xu (20) maintain their course, whilst seeing how things develop.
G Moody
MIC Sailing 2013

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Basketball: Shootin' Hoops

High vs Kings

Term 1, 2013

1st WIN 53-49 E.KELLY 19
2nd WIN 53-52 B.MUSULIN 19
3rd LOSS 24-37 J.CLEMENTS-L 6
4th WIN 27-25 A.HE 8
5th LOSS 26-21 W,LU 10
8th WIN 38-8 W.CHOI 10
16A LOSS 43-39 J.YANG 17
16C WIN 34-21 M.NG 9
16D WIN 55-4 C.WANG 22
15B WIN 30-25 G.YUAN 8
15C WIN 17-10 A.KIRIN 4
15D LOSS 15-19 J.NGUYEN 4
15E LOSS 34-16 B.WU 8
15F WIN 27-18 K.LUU 7
14B LOSS 41-14 R.GU 5
14C LOSS 24-14 A.PRASAAD 7
14F WIN 28-12 H.HUANG 20
13A LOSS 19-84 J.SIU 8
13B LOSS 18-24 H.VYE 7
13C LOSS 17-32 L.WANG 8
13D WIN 15-14 K.COURT 6

Term 4, 2013

3rd LOSS 18-38 W.GONG 4
4th LOSS 26-40 M.NG 7
8th WIN 24-17 S.CHEN 6
16A LOSS 29-39 W.CHEN 6
16B LOSS 21-23 R.SEONG 8
16C LOSS 15-40 R.CHAN 7
16D LOSS 18-31 H.PARK 6
16E LOSS 20-37 R.SUN 7
16F WIN 46-19 V.BUI 11
15A LOSS 33-43 K.WANG 11
15B WIN 31-29 S.CHEN 9
14A LOSS 52-16 B.YOON 10
14C WIN 41-17 H.VYE 10
14D WIN 46-11 T.LAM 12
14E WIN 35-17 J.YIP 9
14F LOSS 22-29 Y.LIN 6

The school managed to hold out very well against a strong team in the AAGPS, King’s, especially in the lower age groups to record a great improvement from Term 1, particularly in the 15s sector compared to their records in earlier in the year in the 14s division. The 13s also managed to play very well and see drastic improvement in their transition to the 14s this time round. 1st Grade was playing in the Raschke Cup, and 2nd Grade in the Yeend Cup during the weekends so they did not play this round of the GPS Competition.

In other news, Mr Hayman and the Basketball Committee have also installed 4 brand new rings on the courts during the weekend, so have fun when balling during the breaks on the new rings, and hopefully the better equipment would encourage more of you to go back onto the courts during breaks. As a senior, I’ve been seeing significantly less basketball on the courts from the seniors recently. Make the new rings an incentive to get back onto the court and enjoy basketball a lot more casually. I have been unable to provide a High 1st Grade player profile this week due to exams, but they will come back next week.

Good luck to all players for next week’s game!

~ 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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High Cricket

Captain of Cricket report:
Due to rain last Saturday, and the one before that, only 1st and 2nd XI were able to get on against the Scots College. However, during the week a combined 15s side were successful in their first match of the East Coast Cup; largely thanks to Vishal Nomula’s 75, and Tully Moffat’s 5-for. With that being his fifth 50 of the season, Vishal continues to exemplify why he is regarded as one of the best batsmen in the school at the moment; and will soon result in a call up to the opens sides. Next week the 1st XI leave for the annual Five Highs carnival in Adelaide, looking to win the tournament this year, after coming ever so close last year, with a loss to Adelaide on the final day. However, along with the main trophy we will also play for the Cec Rubie Trophy and Volkov-Kourtesis Cup, which are both played for during Five Highs with Melbourne High and Adelaide High, respectively. This year also sees the side strengthened by the return of Agnish Nayak and Oliver Meroni; as High will finally play boys who have just graduated – yet due to the rules of the tournament, are still eligible for selection.
Tushaar Garg

1st XI
TSC 228 all out. (T.Garg 3-45 (16), S.Arvind 2-25 (6)) vs High 8/50
After winning the toss, High elected to bowl on a clear morning. Tushaar struck early, as Jesse took a specky at 2nd slip to have one of the openers on his way in the fourth over. From the other end, High looked to take Scots by surprise, and did so by opening the bowling with the deceptive mediums of Jesse Cooper. Although, the real surprise came when Vishnu showed both ends of the bowling spectrum; varying between long-hop’s and absolute gems, yet had two of the most destructive batsmen in the GPS back in the pavilion in his first spell. The flair and versatility of High’s bowling was on display as efforts from Barry Dao, who also took 2 wickets in his lone spell, and Sudarshan Arvind’s tight off-spin eventually had Scots reeling at 9/129. However, through some smart batting Scots were able to take the last wicket stand to tea. Following, the break and a slight rain delay, the runs piled on as High were unable to take the final wicket; resulting in a last wicket stand of 99 before Allen Chen finally had one caught at mid-wicket. The chase started poorly with two wickets being lost to the first two balls of the innings, the ever-reliable Vishnu also fell in the following over. At 3/6, High did not stand a chance of getting through the afternoon against the pace of TSC (with one of their opening bowlers clocking 135 km/h last year). Some sensible, albeit slow, batting from Tushaar and Yiutao got High through the first hour, but both soon fell to ridiculously poor shots in such a situation and left High in dire straits at 7/35. The recently promoted Shashank Nampalli showed why he can claim a spot in the 1st XI, by seeing through the last half an hour of play unfazed, alongside Barry, to leave a mammoth task for both batsmen next week.

2nd XI
High 85 all out. (Y. Kulasinghe 24, M.Betbeder-Matibet 20) & 0/4 vs TSC 7/175 dec. (J.Huang 3/14)

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From Volleyball

SBHS: 2013 NSW Volleyball School Cup #5 - Junior Champions

Another win! This is a huge encouragement for our junior team, especially only two weeks before heading to Melbourne for Australian Volleyball Schools Cup! To be part of the largest schools sporting event in the southern hemisphere, the boys are excited! Cheer up and keep the High Spirit!

Thanks to our coaches Mr Kay, Ritam, and Yaegan!
Jonathan Zeng

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Sydney High Tennis

-The Gentleman’s Game-
“The difference between impossible and possible lies in a man’s determination.”

High vs King’s

1st Round of GPS Season

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

1st Grade
An eager Sydney Boys side travelled to King’s in the hope of challenging last year’s champions. Just as we began to warm up the heavens opened making the tennis court surface unplayable. We were delayed for a couple of hours, then the weather cleared up and finally we began to play. However King’s proved to be far too strong for our side and outplayed us in all three doubles despite respectable efforts. In the singles matches it was more or less the same situation. King’s were just a bit too good, winning the important point which in tennis makes all the difference at the end of the day. Not the greatest of starts to the season but one that we can certainly build on next week and then next year with what can be expected to be a far stronger High side.
Adam Smagarinsky
First Grade Captain

2nd Grade
Second Grade played their first match against King’s for the first game of the competition season. Unfortunately, it was a poor start for us as we did suffer a bad loss. The matches were postponed due to the wet weather and it was tough to maintain the concentration. In the doubles, Calvin and Ervin along with Junjie and Wangyu held up well against King’s for a few games but lost concentration and lost in straight sets. In the singles, Junjie played well, losing the first set 2-6 but coming back to fight for the second set, only losing by a small margin. Second Grade was off to a slow start due to obstacles such as exams but will catch up in our tennis as they are over.
Calvin Zhou
Second Grade Captain

Junior Results

16 As
After some terrible weather, the 16As were lucky to play on Saturday. The day turned out fine and clear and by then we were pumped to play after missing out on playing in the previous week which was rained out. This week, our opponents King’s looked to start with a win to reinforce their previous win in our last encounter. We got off to a very evenly skilled pair of doubles matches with our A1-A3 as Garry Huang and Preetham Kadappu starting strongly winning a hard fought 6-4 win. However, on the other side, our A2-A4 with Anthony Yu and Alex Liang began with quite a struggle going down 3-0 within a few minutes of play. But through some great teamwork and impressive individual play, we managed to fight back, but it just wasn’t enough, going down to a very close 4-6 loss.

Our fortunes turned in the singles with impressive wins from both Garry (A1) and Preetham (A3), winning 6-2 and 6-4 respectively, giving us an edge over King’s for the final result. Unfortunately, As reserve, Thomas Nguyen lost 6-3 for our 3rd singles match and, now the points were getting tighter. Anthony played a hard-fought match with each not willing to lose service games. But in the end, Anthony just fell short and lost 6-4.

The overall result just a single game in favour of High with a total of 29-28. A well-deserved win this week, boys, and yet another encouraging result. Next week, we face Scots where we hope to build on our success.
Anthony Yu

15 As
The match against King’s was the first one without our captain, Wanyu Tang. He has been promoted to Second Grade. Congratulations, Wanyu! With his success, the remaining players were determined to show their worth. Everything was with us: the weather and the never-ending support of our parents. Everyone tried their best, putting up a formidable fight against King’s. Ting Li (A4) was able to win 6-4. Despite all our efforts, that was our only win of the day. There were some close losses, with myself losing in a tie-breaker 5-7 and the first doubles pair going down 4-6. However, the only thing that truly mattered was the fact that everyone had tried their best. With that in mind, the 15As will be heading into the next week with more confidence.
George Ge

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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Blood Donations

Life-Savers Wanted – Donate Blood on Friday 13 December

also 3 March 2014 and 8 September 2014

The Red Cross mobile unit will be accepting blood donations in our Great Hall on Friday 13 December from 8.30-3.30.

Family members, staff and students over 16 can donate by making an appointment on the bulletin board outside Room 506.  Students are encouraged to book a time which coincides with a free period or at the beginning of lunch/recess. Students/parents/staff are invited to book any remaining times from Friday 6 December. Walk-ins ill be accepted if time permits.

The duration of the screening process will be drastically reduced for previous donors who include their donor number when reserving an appointment time. All donors are required to complete a comprehensive questionnaire before eligibility to donate is determined. Red Cross medical staff will follow stringent screening procedures used in medical facilities. Permission notes are not required. Please note: The Australian Red Cross mobile unit is staffed by fully trained and experienced medical employees and is supervised by a highly qualified registered nurse.

Special thanks for coordinating this blood drive go to our Red Cross Youth Ambassadors:
Adilmorad Nadir (Y10), Azam Malik (Y11), Bosco Tran (Y10), Glanden Zheng (Y11) and Jeramy Ma (Y11).

From Australian Red Cross - www.donateblood.com.au

The most common factors that will determine if you can or cannot give blood follow.*

Before giving blood:

  1. DRINK UP - In the 24 hours before donation, especially in warm weather.  Also, drink at least four good-sized glasses of water/juice in the 3 hours prior to your visit
  2. EAT UP - Make sure you eat something in the 3 hours before donating
  3. BRING ID – Please bring at least one form of photo identification

Most  people are able to give blood if they:

  • bring photo ID
  • feel fit and healthy
  • are aged between 16 and 70
  • weigh over 45kg (50kg if under 18)

You may be temporarily unable to give blood if you:

  • are on certain medications or antibiotics
  • have a cold or feeling unwell in any way
  • have certain medical conditions
  • have recently had surgery

You will not be able to give blood if you have:

  • visited or lived in the UK for a cumulative total of 6 months or more between 1980 and 1996
  • engaged in male to male or other specified at risk sexual activity in the past 12 months
  • recently been pregnant or given birth
  • had a tattoo in the past 6 months
  • ever had a serious heart condition
  • ever had a serious blood disorder or disease
  • ever “used drugs” by injection or been injected with drugs not prescribed by a doctor or dentist

* Further eligibility criteria apply.

For further information, or if you are unsure about your eligibility to give blood, contact Australian Red Cross and ask to speak with a medical professionals.  Phone 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au.

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From the Office

Letters Re Absence/Lateness/ Early Leave

When your son returns to school from being absent he is required to provide a letter of explanation signed by a parent or guardian. If your son is going to be late for school a note is also required. Alternatively you may contact the school by phone on 9662 9300 and dial “1” for the absentee line.

If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Barris, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name, date and roll class of your son printed clearly.  Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.

If your son has early leave due to a medical appointment you are required to produce a note from the provider.


Applying for Leave

  1. You must have a Parent Portal account
  2. Go to https://parent.sbhs.net.au/reference-documents/
  3. Log in to the Parent Portal
  4. Click “Applying for Leave”
  5. Download the “Student Leave of Absence Application Form”

If you require leave for your son please, apply in writing and address your application to the Principal, Dr Jaggar, stating the reason and length of time of the leave. Your son must then present this application to Dr Jaggar for permission for the leave. Please remember to apply before the leave and not after.

The Principal must approve all leave applications.

First Aid

Notice to All Parents
It is a parent responsibility to notify the Front Office First Aid Staff if your son has a medical condition which requires medication. All medication such as Epipen’s need to be clearly marked with your son’s name and have a current expiry date.

Your cooperation is appreciated.

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Honeybees Summer Concert

Join the Honeybees for an evening of inspiring gospel singing. Music to lift you spirits.

Although not a religious choir, we find inspiration in the passionate, joyous quality of the gospel genre. Our live performance of soulful, foot-stomping traditional gospel and related numbers leave you feeling uplifted and inspired.

Saturday 7 December 2013
at 7pm for a 7:30pm start

The Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School
free parking available from the Anzac Pde entrance

Ticket Prices:
Cabaret style tables - BYO food & drink

Pre-purchased via stickytickets.com.au: $32.50 ($17.50 concession)
At the door: $35 ($20 concession)

Proceeds from this concert will be donated to the Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation which provides emergency transport for the young, the elderly and the disabled needing to get to and from vital medical appointments.

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