High Notes, Vol 15 No 15, May 23 2014
From the Principal
Appreciation of courteous travel behaviour
“I write to congratulate you on the excellent manners of two of your students. This morning on a Victoria Road service the two boys promptly stood up on the public bus when they realised adults were standing. As a public transport user, this is not often the case and I notice a distinct difference between behaviour of the different schools. I did ask the boys where they went to school and they seemed proud to say “Sydney Boys”. Teachers and parents alike should be acknowledged in educating students on good behaviour and general manners.”
Keep up the model behaviour boys. The commuters really do appreciate it when you do the right thing.
Tennis Court Refurbishment
Consultation on strengthening public secondary education in the inner Sydney
Consultation is open to parents, teachers, students and the wider community. Comments can be made online, by attending a workshop or by hosting a Kitchen Table Discussion - please go to the website for more information. The consultation period is from 16 May – 27 June 2014.
From the Canteen
Our delicious homemade chicken and corn soup is now available, come on in and give it a try.
Thank you to our volunteers last week.
Mon: Tina Chang,Olivia Yinzhu,
From the Office
Applying for Leave:
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.
Red Shield Appeal 2014
Red Shield Doorknock Appeal – Saturday & Sunday, May 24 & 25
Please donate a couple hours of your time next week to help raise funds in your neighbourhood for the Salvation Army on Sat/Sun May 24/25. To participate, sign up on the noticeboard outside 207 or visit
For Award Scheme points, please put a copy of your certificate (including number of volunteer
hours) in the box outside Mr Phillipson's door by June 1st.
Red Shield Youth Project 2014
On the 13th of May, a group of Sydney Boys High School students participated in the annual Red Shield Youth project, run by the Salvation Army. We were joined by over 80 other students from various other schools at the Salvation Army’s ‘Streetlevel’ venue in Surry Hills. We spent the day learning about key problems facing modern society. The project’s aim is to promote leadership skills to combat these issues in the future. It also showed the Salvation Army’s commitment to resolving important issues such as homelessness and depression. The presentation, led by John Harris and Bianca Orsini, involved various games, interviews, videos and talks. A big thank you to the Salvation Army, all their volunteers involved in the program and those from High who attended;
A special thanks to James Lin (12R) and the SBHS Community Service Committee for organising
our school’s participation. Events such as these are valuable learning experiences
and are imperative to the development of well-rounded future leaders.
Debating MIC report
This week we are competing in both the Eastside Semi finals and we have a team in the Year 10 and Year 11 FED finals. Well done to all the boys who have debated in these competitions as it really is a whole group effort.
Unfortunately this year many of our Year 11 debaters dropped out of debating and many said they wanted to come to coaching, but not compete. This has left us in a very difficult position when trying to field teams in two competitions.
We have compensated for this by putting our Year 10s to debate in FED ( which is considered a B grade competition) and the Year 10 As have done a marvellous job of getting us through to the final. However, this Friday we will be in the awkward position of having to field 3 Year 10 teams at such a high level and this will put a strain on us. However, the Year 10s are a great Year group and I must take this opportunity to thank Arthur Chao who has worked tirelessly to get teams sorted each week.
Congratulations to both the Year 11 and Year 12 teams who last week both won their PDC zones. In PDC the team that wins the zone then debates other zone winners in a knock out until a regional final is held. Good Luck with the rest of the competition boys. The same Good Luck message for Years 9 and 10 who are just ready to start their PDC competition.
Next week I am hoping to be ready to announce all the GPS teams.
A huge congratulations to Andrew McNaughton, Thomas Shortridge and Andrew Nguyen who won the regional Model United Nations competition at Wollongong and are now through to the National competition. The team represented Pakistan at the event and as you can see they dressed in national costume as well.
We are still waiting for the results of our entry to the Mooting competition. However, Arthur
Chao has written a short report to inform students about mooting which I would like to include
here. Mooting is a form of court proceedings where both sides present their cases to a judge,
however a key difference between mooting and debating is the judge/adjudicator asks you questions
throughout your time like a conversation. Gautham Shankar, Ciaran Farrell and I were selected to
participate this year, preparing for nearly a whole term for this single court case. There is a
lot of preparation involved in a moot, researching case laws, writing up submissions, all for 10
minutes in an actual court with a judge! You don't get through everything you want to say and the
judge usually tosses you around argument to argument, making sure that you know your case back to
front. On top of knowing your case exactly, you need to juggle court speak, May it please the
Court… Nonetheless mooting is an extremely enjoyable activity which feels completely real,
like we felt last Tuesday when we went to the Administrative Tribunals Court to moot. It was very
exciting and I definitely recommend it to everyone. Thanks to Christopher Wong our old boy coach
who really helped us understand about mooting and was very supportive throughout.
Debating Prefect report
Last Friday, despite only winning 2 out of the 6 debates in Eastside (against SCEGGS), all years except Year 7 qualified for the Eastside semi-finals to be held at Grammar on the 23rd. On Friday the topic area was “Religion and Society” and all teams ended up debating the typical religion topics with the junior topics being – “We should ban religious items in schools” and “We should ban religious schools” – while the Seniors debated that “We should remove the tax exempt status of religious organisation”. Most of these topics were contested on the practical effects they would have on people. It was particularly crucial for all teams to describe what religion meant to people and say why it was more important than other things.
Tip of the Week: If you are stuck for ideas in prep, then think about the stakeholders (i.e. the people that the topic will affect) in the debate. For example, in the junior topic from Friday “We should ban religious items in schools” consider what happens to students wearing religious items, students not wearing religious items, parents as well as the school/government’s role in controlling clothing.
A huge congratulations needs to be given to Tushaar Garg who, earlier this month, won the prestigious Lawrence Campbell Oratory Competition. This competition between the GPS and CAS has been running since 1935, the last winner from High prior to Tushaar being GD Tilley in 1997.
Tushaar impressed the judges with his humble and thoughtful speech on the qualities that define
who we are as individuals. Notable past winners have included the likes of The Honourable Malcolm
Turnbull, the radio presenter, Adam Spencer and the former premier of NSW, Nick Greiner. A
magnificent trophy is on display in the school’s main foyer for the next 12 months.
High Rugby = High Spirit
First Trial Game
The first game proved a very positive start for our senior teams with both 1st and 2nd XV gaining victories over St.Pius X 2nd and 3rd XV respectively. All junior teams had their first hit out against strong opposition and showed some promising signs for the season ahead.
2nd XV Game Report
Last Saturday, the newly formed 2nd XV played St Pius X College at their home ground for the
first game of the trial season. After a summer off, last year’s 16As returned, joined some
new players and some members of last year’s 16Bs to form a confident and highly skilled
team. Aggressive rucking, and rocket runs from the forward pack allowed for some great plays
through the back line which ultimately resulted in scoring the 7 tries that won the game for us.
A confident and equally aggressive defence was what allowed us to hold St Pius to a score of 0.
Stephen Ngo was voted player’s player for his outstanding determination in taking on
players much larger than himself and beating them back consistently. All in all, the game was a
positive experience for the team and a final score of 41 – 0 is something we can hopefully
achieve again this season.
MIC of Football Report
Last weekend was our first trial match for all teams against Shore and we are extremely pleased with the weekend results. Out of 21 matches played against Shore we won 12, Lost 7 and had 2 draw. This is credited to all the boys and coaches who have put in a lot of hard work and already it is paying dividends. The 1st XI once again showed a lot of promise for the first 60 minutes leading 3-2, but unfortunately our fitness let us down again and we conceded three late goals. The 2nd XI kept a clean sheet and won their first match for the season and with the 3rd XI going down by one goal and the 4th XI winning their match this shows we have a lot of depth to work with. The 16As were 1-0 down for the majority of the match, but a great long shot from Ricky Pachon equalised it with about 10 minutes remaining. The match came down to the last kick and Shore shot far from the corner of the penalty box over the top of all the defenders and keeper to win the match. The 16Bs played hard and scored in the second half to win their match, while the 16Cs came from 1-0 down to score two second half goals to win their match. The U15s won all their games being more skilful and showing more speed than their opposition. The U14s and U13s had a tougher day playing away at Northbridge. Our boys were intimidated at first coming up against bigger boys, but the boys fought hard and showed that they were actually more skilful winning the majority of the second halves. The team of the week though must go to our 6th XI who won 10-0 with Anthony Wu scoring a hat-trick.
To add to our successful start to the season our 1st XI had their 2nd round match of the CHS knockout against James Cook. We got off to a flying start scoring the first goal of the match within the 1st minute. James Cook were a very physical team and credit to our boys for standing strong and playing to their strengths and came away with a convincing 3-1 win.
This weekend we have our second of five trial games up against our old arch rival Sydney Grammar School. This will be another tough round for us and hopefully we can continue the great start we have had.
Keep up the good effort and I am sure SBHS Football will continue to have a successful
Football Results – 2014 Term 2 Week 3
NSW Secondary Schoolboys Table Tennis Challenge Cup, Olympic Park Homebush
19th May, 2014
There were some fresh faces and eager new players at this year’s Challenge Cup. We entered 8 teams, 3 of which made it through to the Knockout Tournament held in the afternoon. These teams were: Richard Hu and Hunter Zhu (Junior SBHS 1); Jagath Narayan and Joshua Qiu (Junior SBHS 2) and Gideon Kwok and Kevin Zhang (Senior SBHS 1). All other teams enjoyed competing in the Repechage with Zhao Tong Zhang in Year 8 winning first place in the finals against Murray High School. An exciting finals game between SBHS 1 and SBHS 2 in the junior division resulted in Richard Hu and Hunter Zhu winning the gold medal and Jagath Narayan and Joshua Qiu winning the silver.
Junior Volleyball Results
14As vs SGS: 19-21 (L); 21-11 (W); 21-15 (W); Won 2-1.