High Notes, Vol 15 No 12, May 02 2014

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From the Principal

Term 2
Welcome back to students, staff and parents. We are into our assessment and reporting season so there will be a great deal of work ahead for students and teachers. Thank you to Mr Dowdell for steering the ship whilst I was on leave. Steve Codey in Social Science has been replaced by Ms Donna McBride. Darren McQuillan has accepted a transfer to SGHS. Eric Choy has returned to take his classes in mathematics. Jacqui Chen is job sharing with Ross Elliott. Jennie Rohr is on extended leave and Jennifer Chaplin is relieving in her drama teaching position. Annette Patterson has transferred to Elizabeth Macarthur High. Debbie Milne will relieve in her position.

High Talent
At the AAGPS Convenors Athletics Carnival at ES Marks last Saturday, our team achieved some significant results. Pete Upatising jumped 6.38 to win the open long jump. Eugene Lee ran into second place in the open 400m. Ned Anson was competitive in his 3rd place in the open 800m. High was 3rd in the open relay. In the U17s Leonard Mah picked up a 3rd place double in the 100m and 200m. James Cai was third in the high jump and High placed 2nd in the 4 x 100 relay. In the U15s Peter Dang ran 3rd in the 100m in 11.87. Conor McGrath was also 3rd in the 800m.  Wanyu Tang was 3rd in the 100m hurdles. Ellison Zhou placed 3rd in long jump. High was second to King’s in the relay. In the U14 division Ryan Ho-Shun ran strongly to place second in the 400m and third in the 100m. Lucas Wong ran well for second place in the 200m. Again, High placed second in the relay. Marcel Chew  came second in the U13 100m and 3rd in the 200. Jason Yip placed 3rd in the 90m hurdles. Brandon Nguyen was second in the long jump. High ran 3rd in the relay. Congratulations to the team and to MIC Kurt Rich and Head Coach Joshua Tassell who have motivated the boys in their athletic pursuits this year. The season has started off very well indeed!

Year 10 Project: Letter from Lak Saviya Foundation
“On behalf of Lak Saviya Foundation Australia, I sincerely thank you, and the Year 10 students and staff of Sydney Boys High School, for the continuing financial assistance provided for improving the teaching facilities of Kahawa Ratanasara Maha Vidyalaya, Sri Lanka. The assistance provided by Sydney Boys High School has gone a long way in providing numerous improvements over the years, some of the recent ones being the formation of the School Band, the provision of a Data Projector, and the engagement of an Instructor to teach Tamil language. The staff and students of Kahawa Ratanasara Maha Vidyalaya have expressed their gratitude to Sydney Boys High School several times in our communications with them. Please find enclosed a receipt for $2,257.20, for the funds donated recently.”
Roy Abeygoonawardana
President -Lak Saviya Foundation

I know that the Foundation really values the ongoing efforts by the boys at High to assist fellow students in necessitous circumstances. Keep up the great work!

Retaining wall and seating
During the holidays, Brett Harrison and BWM constructions, erected a retaining wall on the Flat. A second stage this term will see garden beds laid. The wall serves two purposes. First, it will provide a significant amount of shade seating for boys. Second, once planted with native shrubs, it will stabilise the bank below the roadway which has suffered significant erosion in the last decade. We will than address some of the drainage issues around the stairways down to the Flat.

Cyber Awareness Week
At the Executive meeting a detailed report was presented on the activities in Cyber Awareness Week held in week 10 last term. The interest of parents and the boys in the subject area was clearly apparent. Also, staff found a depth of innocence and ignorance surrounding the operation of the internet. There were diverse approaches taken in various faculties but they were related to dealing with the cyber world. Many tips were shared concerning safe practices while using the internet. We intend to hold another event next year as a result of the positive response from this year. Thank you to all staff who devised activities for the students and to Rachel Powell in particular who conceived the idea and organised the structure for the week.
Dr K A Jaggar

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From the Office

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.

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 the following day.

Student Late Arrival

If your son arrives late to school he is required to scan his ID card outside the Main Office, collect his late arrival slip and have it signed by the teacher of the first class that they attend and see Mr Dowdell at the end of period 2. 

Enrolment Details Information Form

A number of students have still not returned their Enrolment Details Form.  Failing to do so will result in detention.

Half Yearly Reports

Half Yearly reports are usually given to boys at an interview with Dr Jaggar about three weeks after their examination period. Some boys may need a Clearance Form if they have overdue library books, if they were captains of summer sporting teams and have not submitted a report of the season for The Record, if they have not made their co-payment for summer sport or other activities, etc.

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From the Junior Library


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This is what Junior boys do when in the Junior Library (according to our 213 respondents) and the following box shows how the Library resources are used.

  • I use the library for:(You can tick more than one answer)
    • -  Homework/Studying:  218 (89.34 %)
    • -  Finding information for homework/school work:  163 (66.80 %)
    • -  Finding information for hobbies/interests:  74 (30.33 %)
    • -  Using the Internet:  144 (59.02 %)
    • -  Using Online Databases:  46 (18.85 %)
    • -  Working with friends:  154 (63.11 %)
    • -  Reading newspapers/magazines:  67 (27.46 %)
    • -  Reading for pleasure (Books/E-Books):  125 (51.23 %)
    • -  Playing Chess:  61 (25.00 %)
    • -  learning to use my laptop more effectively:  24 (9.84 %)
    • -  Playing computer games:  18 (7.38 %)
  • The library resources I use regularly are:(You can tick more than one response)
    • -  Online Databases:  75 (30.74 %)
    • -  Fiction Books:  171 (70.08 %)
    • -  Non-fiction Books:  118 (48.36 %)
    • -  Reference Books:  47 (19.26 %)
    • -  Newspapers:  56 (22.95 %)
    • -  Magazines:  64 (26.23 %)
    • -  Study Guides:  23 (9.43 %)
    • -  DVDs/CDs:  19 (7.79 %)
    • -  Chess Sets:  56 (22.95 %)
    • -  Printers:  94 (38.52 %)
    • -  Library PC's: 135

Two carefully chosen donations have come in this week and we would like to thank Professor Elaine Sadler, mother of Thomas Shortridge in Year 10, and Library Committee Representative in the P&F, and our casual Library assistant Meredith Thomas for donating the following very welcome books to the boys.

The library is putting out lots of new resources on the new resource display areas. 

Thanks very much to Roy Wu Year 8 one of our most generous library monitors who used his Library Monitor time to assist with writing and displays in this article.
Mrs Crothers

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Music Notes


Welcome back to another exciting and busy term!!! All ensembles and music lessons have commenced. There is an 80% compulsory attendance check for all Years. During examination period, only Year 11 and 12s are exempt from rehearsals, Years 7-9 must attend all rehearsals.

Please be sure to arrive on time for all ensembles and music lessons.


During the holidays, the SBHS Marching Band came in twice to rehearse for the Anzac Day Marching Parade on Friday 25th of April. Despite the pouring rain, the boys performed magnificently and represented the school wonderfully!

For those interested, we were on live broadcast and you can watch it on either the ABC iView app or website (Broadcasted twice, approx. time 2:06 & 3:11)

ThThanking all parents who came along to support the boys =)


A reminder that music camp is on this term in Week 5, Wednesday 28th- Friday 30th of May (Naamaroo-Uniting Venues, Lady Game Drive, Chatswood 2067 NSW Ph (02) 9413 2088 http://unitingvenues.org/).

Students who live close to the venue are allowed to make their own way to the camp site (all students will be coming back to school by bus on Friday for the music camp concert held at school), however, a written permission note from a parent/guardian must be brought in by NEXT FRIDAY (9th of May).

Please remember to bring a MUSIC STAND (school music stands will not be taken to the camp).

The 2014 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning rehearsals
unless stated otherwise
Intermediate Concert Band
Room 201
Senior Concert Band
Room 201
Senior  Stage Band
Room 101
Senior String Ensemble
Room 101
Symphony Orchestra
Room 201
  Training Concert Band
Room 202

Terms 2, 3, 4
Junior Stage Band
Room 101
  Saxophone Ensemble
Room 102

Junior String Ensemble
Room 208
Intermediate  Stage Band
Room 101
Marching Band
TERM 1 & 4

Chamber Choir
Room 101
Philharmonic Orchestra
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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High Rugby = High Spirit


Holiday training

It was wonderful to see such a great turnout during the holidays. 13s-Opens all had a number of players turning up to improve their skills. Thanks go to the ARU for sending their training development officer to the Thursday training session and showing our 15s the latest rucking techniques employed by Super Rugby teams.

Training program for Rugby 2014

Weeks 1-2 Term 2
Monday morning (8am) – scrum training (Juniors) MPW
Monday Lunchtime – Scrum training (Opens) the flat, Halfback passing MPW
Wednesday during sport – Seniors minus athletes McKay
Thursday during sport – Juniors minus athletes McKay

Week 3 Term 2 until Term 3 Week 8 (End of season)
Monday morning (8am) – scrum training (Juniors) MPW                          
Monday Lunchtime – Scrum training (Opens) the flat, Halfback passing MPW
Monday after school – All training on MPW
Wednesday during sport – Years 10-12 – McKay, 15s at MPW with brief session all together after school (This will vary)
Wednesday after school – 13s/14s – MPW
Thursday during sport – Years 7-9 – McKay
Thursday after school – 16s/Opens – MPW
Friday morning – 15s - MPW

Game schedule:

Date Game
May 17 St Pius X vs High
May 24 Grammar vs High
June 14 Scots vs High
July 19 High vs Newington
July 26 Riverview vs High
Aug 2 High vs Joeys
Aug 9 High vs King’s
Aug 16 Shore vs High
Aug 23 Armidale vs High
Sep 6 High vs Grammar
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Football Results – 2014

Autumn Holiday - St Andrews Cup

Team Against Result Scorers
1st XI Shore Lost 3 – 4
1st XI St Patrick’s College Lost 1 – 2
1st XI Cranbrook Drew 1 - 1
1st XI St Pius Lost 1 - 2
1st XI Barker Lost 0 - 5

MIC of Football Report

Over the break we had our 1st XI play in the annual St Andrews Cup played at Oakhill College. This has become a popular events for many schools such as Riverview, Shore, Cranbrook, St Patrick’s and Trinity, providing our 1st XI squad a fantastic hit out leading into the 2014 season.

In our pool we had Shore, St Pat’s (one of the tournament favourites) and Cranbrook. The boys played very well and went close to winning all three matches. The follow day we were up against St Pius and were up 1-0 early in the match, but as in previous matches and due to a very young squad our boys ran out of steam and were unable to maintain their lead and resulted in them losing easily in their final match. The boys gained a lot out of this tournament and have provided them with a lot of hope for a successful season.

Also over the break our 3rd XI coach Vince provided all our football players an opportunity to do some fitness and basic skills to maintain the hard work they have already put in.

This week the boys will be back at training and will continue to grow as a team from what they have developed from term 1. Keep up the good effort and I am sure SBHS Football will have a successful season.
Geoff Tesoriero
MIC of Football

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AAGPS Athletics Invitation Meet

St. Ignatuis College, Riverview

Schools Competing- I, K, S, H

Time Event Age Group
12.50pm  3000 m
1.10pm    Hurdles U/13 – Open
2:00pm    800m U/13 – Open
2.40pm    200m U/13 – Open
3:20pm    1500m U/13 – Open
3.50pm    100m U/13 – Open
4.30pm    400m U/13 – Open
5.00pm    4 x 100m U/13 – Open 
1:00pm SP Open
LJ U/17
1:15pm LJ  Open
HJ  U/13
HJ U/14
2:20pm SP U/16
SP U/17
2.35pm LJ U/13
LJ  U/14
2.55pm HJ U/15
HJ U/16
3.10pm SP U/14
SP U/15
4.05pm LJ U/15
LJ U/16
HJ Open
HJ U/17
4.20pm SP U/13

Please note: Timings are only a guide and numbers of competitors and events will determine the exact timings for the Carnival. Events WILL be moved FORWARD if possible so please ensure you arrive well in advance of the scheduled program

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SHS Rowing 90 Year Anniversary Appeal Dinner


After 90 summers of rowing, 8 Head of the River First VIII wins and 12 First IV wins, we invite the past and present High Community to come together and help us raise funds to replace damaged boats and trailer after a recent M4 accident on way to a regatta at SIRC.

The outpouring of support from the other GPS and Independent schools has been amazing.

Saturday 24th May 2014

The Great Hall
Sydney Boys High School
Moore Park

Master of Ceremonies:
Jack Singleton
Stroke 1st VIII 1990

With a panel of high profile sport interviewees, auctions, raffles and music, it promises to be an entertaining evening.
Canapés and drinks will be served in the courtyard, followed by a three course dinner.

Ticket: $70
Drinks: Bar prices
Adult Function only

Dress: Dressed Up
RSVP: Friday 16th May

Bookings can be made online at http://www.trybooking.com/82443

Facebook Sydney High School Rowing Appeal Dinner

Dear High Community

In the aftermath of a High boat trailer accident on the M4 recently, SHS Rowing is hosting an APPEAL DINNER to raise money to replace the damaged boats and trailer. 

  • $90,000 worth of damage
  • $28,500 paid to us by insurance
  • $20,000 donated by an individual
  • $2,300 donated by rowing parents (so far)

$39,200 is the target!

Many high profile sportsmen are supporting the event and will be involved in the entertainment and interview panel at the dinner.

So far, we welcome to the dinner –

  • Master of Ceremonies, Jack Singleton (1990) - stroked the 1990 High First VIII and
  • Guest Speaker, John Coates - Vice President International Olympic Committee and President Australian Olympic Committee

The Panel Debate - 'Rowing or Rugby' -
features Interviewer, Greg O'Mahoney (Rhodes Scholar, Sky Presenter and former World Champion debater) with interviewees –

  • James Chapman - Olympic Rowing Silver Medalist 2012
  • Dominic Grimm (old boy 2005) - World Rowing Gold Medalist 
  • Mark Prater (old boy 2000) - Australian Rowing Coach, and coach of the NSW crew to win the King’s Cup 2014
  • Izzy Folau - Waratahs and Australian rugby player
  • Kurtley Beale - Waratahs and Australian rugby player
  • Greg Harris (past teacher at High) - CEO Australian Rugby Union Players Association

The dinner is on Saturday 24 May and we hope the school community can join us!

Bookings can be made online at http://www.trybooking.com/82443

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From the Prefects

As part of our mission to increase High Spirit within our school, we felt that we needed to match our GPS compatriots in their voice and encouragement at each AAGPS event. Usually constricted to the evergreen school song, or monotonous “Hiiiiiiiiiigh school!!”, we went on a mission to come up with new chants which will revitalise our supporters (and hopefully encourage more to come along!). Below, and on the next page, are a series of chants and war-crys which we hope you will learn at our CHANT RALLY – this Friday lunchtime, at the amphitheatre (2/5/14).

If you manage to get a hold of the High Notes before the rally, bring it down AND MAKE SURE YOU HOLD ONTO IT FOR THE GPS ATHLETICS CARNIVAL NEXT SATURDAY (10/5/14).

Prefect Cohort 2014

Easy Chants

  1. School Song
  2. Loud noises (hold long and loud screams)
  3. Hiiiighh Schoool (repeat, gradually getting faster)
  4. Three Cheers for _____. Hip hip, Hooray! (x3)
  5. Currently undergoing revision; will be handed out at rally (this Friday!)
  6. Give me an H! (finish with High School clap, clap)
  7. Currently undergoing revision; will be handed out at rally (this Friday!)
  8. We love you High School, we do (x3)
    Ohhh High School we love you.
    (can also be used as a finishing chant to finish bigger chants)
  9. You’re so good it’s unbelievable *clap*
  10. Boom Chicka Boom.
  11. New: Alwaaays look on the briiight side of life
  12. New: Let’s. Go. Sydney High, Let’s go Sydney High. (repeat with clapping and gradually get faster)
  13. New: Heeyyyy, we love you High School (leader chants first line, crowd repeats and chants together, gradually get faster)

Harder Chants

  1. Let’s Pretend (NEW) – Start off very slow, gradually get faster and go wild at the end
    Leeeettt'ss pre-tend we won the race,
    Leeet's pretend, Leeet's pretend,
    Let's pretend we won the race!
  2. Currently undergoing revision; will be handed out at rally (this Friday!)
  3. Currently undergoing revision; will be handed out at rally (this Friday!)
  4. Currently undergoing revision; will be handed out at rally (this Friday!)
  5. Lion Sleeps Tonight (NEW)
    In the High School, the mighty High School, the li-on sleeps toniigghhtt
    In the High School, the mighty High School, the li-on sleeps toniigghhtt.
    Ah wimbawey,
    Ah wimbawey
    Ah wimbawey
    Ah wimbawey
    Crowd fall silent, start shushing, turn towards yodeller for high pitched solo:
    Crowd cheer and clap for yodeller then repeat chant
  6. High School ‘Till I Die (NEW)
    High Schooool, High Schoooool,
    Oh High School said I;  *clap, clap*
    *start drums and clapping*
    I will stand in Moore Park, ‘til the day I die,
    Take me to the harbooouurr, way down by the sea,
    I will follow the High School, on to victory.
    (Repeat once and then finish with “We love you High School, we do”)
  7. We Are the High Men (NEW) tune of “You Are My Sunshine”
    We are High Men, the Sydney High Men,
    Oh we are men-taaall, and we are mad,
    We are the loyal-est, school supporters,
    (repeat again but faster and with clapping & drums, then go into High School: Clap, clap, clap to finish)
  8. Follow the High School (NEW)
    We will follow the High Schoooool,
    Over land and seeaaa (AND BANKSTOWN)
    We will follow the High Schoool
    On to victorryyy.
    ALL TOGETHER NOW! (repeat once, then go into “High School: clap, clap, clap” chant to finish)
  9. Currently undergoing revision; will be handed out at rally (this Friday!)
  10. Currently undergoing revision; will be handed out at rally (this Friday!)
  11. Do You Sing for High School (NEW) (need fast rhythmic drumming/clapping)
    Do you sing for High Schooool,
    Lose your voice for High Schoool,
    If you sing for High Schoool,
    Make some noise,
    (Repeat once and finish with High School: clap, clap, clap)
  12. Come on you Boys in Brown (NEW)
    Hiiighh School! (Crowd repeats)
    Hiiighh School! (Crowd repeats)
    Come on you, Boys in Blue! (Crowd repeats)
    Come on you, Boys in Blue! (Crowd repeats)
    Syyddneeys, Blue and Brown! (Crowd repeats)
    Syyddneeys, Blue and Brown! (Crowd repeats)
    Dooo, do, do... (DRUMS, crowd jumps and claps,)
    (Repeat x3)
  13. Currently undergoing revision; will be handed out at rally (this Friday!)
  14. No no! (NEW)
    No no, no no no no, no no:
    Lets go High School!
    Ya ya, ya ya ya ya, ya ya
    Lets go High School!
    (keep repeating)
  15. Hey Baby Song
    Heyyy, heyy, baby (ohh, ahh) I wanna knooww (oh ohh)
    If you’ll be my girl
    (repeat) Possibly switch baby..
  16. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – JFF
    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
    Had a very shiny nose
    And if you ever saw it
    You would even say it glows
    And all of the other reindeer
    Used to laugh and call him names
    They never let poor Rudolph
    Join in any reindeer games
    Then one foggy Christmas Eve,
    Santa came to say, (ho ho ho)
    Rudolph with your nose so bright,
    Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?
    Then all the reindeer loved him,
    And they shouted out with glee,
    Rudolph the red-nose Reindeer
    You'll go down in history
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PDHPE Sport Skill Assessment Perfect Scores 2014

Year Basketball Cricket Rugby Soccer
10 21 sec: Ryan Seong 22 sec: Jaeco Agawin, William Chen(F), Adam McCaffrey, Ethan Merrick, Gerry Wang, Marvin Yu, Gordon Yuan 23 sec: Jerry Gek, Jacob Katafono, Kelvin Luu, Justin Song, Esmond Ye 24 sec: Dylan Goh, Normorad Nadir, Ryan Sun,Daniel Wang, 25 sec: Jayden Forday, Daniel Jiang, Nicholas Lee, Raymond Mo, Marcus Plantaniotis, Ellery Smith, Jackie Wang, Benjamin Wu, Albert Yang 22 sec: Adam Smagarinsky 23 sec : Peter Yu 24 sec : James Pope, Kathick Subbana 25 sec: Ryan Seong 26sec : Manning Blackall, Jason Hong, Max Koslowski, Oliver Lethbridge
9 22 sec: Gerard Dawson, Jeffrey Zheng 23 sec: Ray Gu, Josh Hua, Elliot Love 24 sec: Jack Karnaghan, Jasper McCahon-Boersma, Alex Zhu 25 sec: Nicolas Katsilis, Chris Nguyen, Michael Qiao, Andrew Xu, 26 sec: Sadin Afsar, Jon Luo, Rahul Prabhu, Stevie Young 24 sec: Shadman Habib 25 sec : Michael Zheng
8 21 sec: James Siu 23 sec: Sinha Nawa 24 sec: Yirong Shen, Brandon Yoon, 25 sec: Jonathon Lee, Timothy Lam, Theodore Pericleous, Leonardo Wang, 26 sec: Chih-Chun Chang 27 sec: Jason Yip 25 sec: Daniel Thich
7 25 sec: Matthew Ng 26 sec: Ben Nguyen, Anthony Qiu 27 sec: Joshua Xie, Jadon Yang   22 sec: Terence Mui

PDHPE Sport Skill Assessment Improved Performers 2014

Year Basketball Cricket Rugby Soccer
10 Jaeco Agawin, Faiyazbin Alam, William Chen(F), Steven Dai, Jayden Forday, Jerry Gek, Raymond Hua, Daniel Jiang, Preetham Kadappu, Yousheng Li, Remington Lim, Darren Lim, Kelvin Luu, Adam McCaffrey, Karsten Michael, Normorad Nadir, Andrew Nguyen, Ellery Smith, Ryan Sun, Daniel Wang, Esmond Ye, Marvin Yu Jason Hong, James Pope, Ryan Seong
9 Sadin Afsar, Jack Karnaghan, Nicolas Katsilis, Jon Luo, Jasper McCahon-Boersma, Chris Nguyen, Rahul Prabhu, Michael Qiao, Andrew Xu, Alex Zhu Ahad-Anhiang Zafar, Berney Chen, Jordan Chung, Andrew Li, Tony Li, Nathan Wong, Rickey Wu, Michael Zheng  
8 Timothy Lam, Jonathon Lee, Jonathan Li, Daniel Liang, Alec Liu, Eldon Liu, Sinha Nawa, Keanne Nguyen, Yirong Shen, James Siu, Leonardo Wang, Isaiah Wibowo, Oscar Wu, Royce Xiao Anderson Chan, Adam Feng, Andrew Guang, Dev Lalwani, Max Wharton-Jones, Widhiwipati Widyatamaka

Congratulations to all the students who achieved perfect scores and personal bests in the first term skill assessments. Keep up the good work.
G. Stein


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