High Notes, Vol 15 No 19, June 20 2014

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From the Principal

High Talent
The Sydney High School RifleTeam, Jeremy Chan (12), James Jian (9), John Huang (10) and Sam Phillis (12), won the Mo Burdett Schools Trophy over Sydney Grammar at the Wingham Open Prize Meet. John Huang shot a 50.8 which is one of the highest scores ever shot by our club. Congratulations to all concerned! Well done to our table tennis team of Lenny Han (8), Edward Belokopytov (10), Glanden Zheng (12) and Gideon Kwok (12), for winning the Sydney East Knockout Competition. At the recent Kevin Lee Latin Competition, our mixed age team placed third. Congratulations to: Daniel Yam (10), Sanishka Balasooriya and Kieran Shivakumaarun (9), Justin Lai, Lachlan Fong, Telly  Tselonis, Tianyi  Xu and Gordon Zhuang (8). At the Latin and Greek reading Competition, Thomas Nimac (10) made it through to the final to be held at the University of Sydney. Well done, Thomas! Our Open basketball team regained the CHS Knockout Champion’s Trophy after a come from behind win against perennial finals opponent Westfields Sports High. Despite carrying injuries the self-belief and discipline under pressure carried the team to victory. Congratulations to: Stefan Bell, Mitchell Flynn, Noah Fowler, Geoff Gerlach, Jack Hutchison, Eugene Lee, Max Menzel, Bailey Musulin, Nathan Sutton and Anthony Wu.

Monthly Giving Scheme
Thank you to the 139 parents, staff and Old Boys who contributed to the Monthly Giving Scheme for 2013-14. Final payments have been deducted and donors will soon have letters describing the sum of their donations with the DGR identification included for taxation purposes. This year the Scheme raised $47,345 for the Sydney Boys High School Building Fund – a significant contribution to the annual fund raising effort for the Governors Centre joint project. Monthly giving is a painless process of public philanthropy which I find is easy to manage. I urge the wider High community to contemplate monthly giving in order to help develop the school’s facilities.

PE Uniform Thursday – Trial
Recent polling of Year 7 students revealed a strong desire (155/5) among the boys to be able wear their sports uniform (full PE uniform with school tracksuit) on their sports day – Thursday. They wanted this to be an all-year policy rather than it being restricted to just Term 1. They also expressed the view (150/10) that all of Years 7-9 should be able to wear the official sports uniform on Thursdays. On a side issue, the optional wearing of ties in February in the heat of summer, the results of the poll (55/105) were similar to previous polls we have had on the subject. The boys retain pride in their full school uniform and think it should be worn in summer.

The School Council and Executive discussed this issue and raised reservations about implementing the idea in practice. Importantly, it was felt that boys might wear non-High tracksuits, hoodies or jumpers over their sports uniform and thus ruin the overall appearance of our school. It was a concern that they would start wearing tracksuits on other days or after PE lessons in the hope of escaping detection through teacher confusion or lack of will to enforce uniform policy. Some teachers were concerned that behaviour might deteriorate when boys are not in standard school uniform. School assemblies might also be reduced in tone by having a cohort of boys in PE uniform during the ceremonies. The ‘thin end of the wedge’ argument was raised with fears that the wearing of school uniform might degenerate and become unenforceable.

On the positive side, there was a feeling that the boys do retain pride in their uniform without being policed to wear it. Some people were of the view that being able to wear a tracksuit on a sports day would be liberating, helpful in terms of washing school shirts and more efficient when relieving the burden of carrying PE gear in bags that are already inordinately heavy or in a separate bag that could be forgotten or mislaid. Fewer items in lost property might also be an outcome. Assembly policy is that assemblies are held on Tuesdays or Fridays, so the assembly argument was neutralised.

It was decided that a Trial of wearing the full PE uniform to school on Thursdays would be undertaken in Term 4. I will be seeking feedback at the end of the year to determine whether the Trial should be extended or terminated.

Badges Committee – Edging Braid on blazers
The existing policy about edging braid is that it may be added to a school blazer once a ‘line’ (eg School Prefect, athletics, Premiership etc) or House Colours  (requiring 80 points and not usually earned until the end of term 3 - Year 10), has been earned. After a recent meeting of the Badges Committee (with 16 boys in attendance), Mr Gainford requested a change of policy. It was proposed that a boy qualifying for a Student Award Scheme ‘Platinum Award’ (which takes 4 years to achieve by normal progression at 140 points per year) should also be eligible for edging braid. It was pointed out that a Music Pocket is awarded for blazers after four consecutive years in the performance music program. However, the awardee has to still be participating in Year 11 to receive it. I have considered the initiative by the Badges Committee and have approved the qualification of ‘Platinum Award’ for edging braid on school blazers – effective immediately.

Melbourne High Visit
It was again a pleasure for us to host the annual exchange visit with Melbourne High School. The emphasis is on Year 10 and 11 boys having fun. The 66 boys and seven teachers made their school proud in the way they behaved and competed during the visit. Activities included: basketball, volleyball, rugby and football matches, cross country, debating and theatre sports. The tone of the visit is one of friendly rivalry between schools …and states. This visit is growing in importance on our calendar as the range of activities widens. I want to thank Mr Pavone for his organisation and all our students and staff for their involvement, and particularly to the families who kindly billeted students.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Educational Access Scheme

Most institutions that participate in the University Admissions Centre (UAC) have an Educational Access Scheme (EAS) for applicants who have experienced long term educational disadvantage.  To qualify applicants must demonstrate that their educational performance during Years 11 and 12 or equivalent has been seriously affected by circumstances beyond their choice or control.

Students applying for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) for Universities in 2015 will need to download their booklets and applications forms from the website www.uac.edu.au 

If you require a Statement of Support from the school counsellors, your EAS form will need to be in to them with all required documentation by the beginning of week 8, Term 3. However a prior interview is recommended with the counsellors as soon as possible. The responsibility for sending the finalised application to UAC by closing date (usually by end of September) rests with the individual student.
E Harman and J Noakes 
School Counsellors

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Kevin Lee Latin Quiz

Last week on the 11th of June, Sydney Boys High entered a Junior and a Senior  team in the Kevin Lee Latin Quiz held at North Sydney Boys High. Both teams reached the final. 

Congratulations to our Junior or mixed age team (made up of students from Years 8 to 10 ), which gained third place just behind Sydney Girls High and Frensham.

Students had to answer questions on Latin vocabulary, grammar, derivations, mythology, literature and popular culture. It was a fun and exciting evening for all students involved. Other participating schools included North Sydney Girls High, North Sydney Boys High, Meriden, Shore and St Aloysius.
Ms Cook

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Parent-Teacher Interviews

Years 7 and 11 will take place on
Monday 23 June 2014
3.00pm – 7.00pm

Years 8 and 10 will take place on
Wednesday 25 June 2014
3.00pm – 7.00pm

Booking interviews with your son’s teachers

This year we will again use a web based electronic scheduling system for arranging interviews.  This produces better results for all participants, especially more compact time schedules for both parents and teachers.  The system works as follows –

  • On Monday 16 June all parents of boys in Year 7 and 11 were sent by email details of the scheduling system and a unique code to be entered at www.edval.com.au/book .
  • On Wednesday 18 June all parents of boys in Years 8 and 10 were sent by email details of the scheduling system and a unique code to be entered at www.edval.com.au/book .
  • This email will be sent to the address currently held by the school.  If you have not received this email by the following day (17 or 19 June) or, if your email address has changed from what had been previously advised to the school, you should notify the school at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it advising of this. Please indicate your son's name and roll class or date of birth so that the information can be forwarded to you.
  • On the Edval website you will see your son’s teachers listed and you will be able to select those with whom you require an interview. (If you hover over a teacher’s name, the subject involved will be shown.)  At the same time you can indicate your availability between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
  • Once the majority of parents have requested interviews, the overall schedule will be generated by the school and your individual schedule should be available for you to download and print from two days before the interviews.
  • Boys from all Years will be dismissed from class at the conclusion of Period 4 on each day.  School Special buses will run to normal schedules and there will be supervision in the Junior Quad of boys waiting for these buses.
  • Interviews should not exceed five minutes’ duration.  If there is insufficient time, a further appointment may be made for a later date, or contact by telephone arranged.

Mr R Dowdell
Deputy Principal

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High Store

23rd JUNE – 27th JUNE

HIGH Polar Fleece Jumper  $69 NOW $49
SHS Number Plate Cover  $39.95 NOW $25
Athletic white long sleeve top  $27.50 NOW $15
Rugby Cap $20 NOW $14
Rugby Water Bottle $9.90 NOW $8
Pencil Case double zip $5
Ms M Gentelle

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SBHS Debating

Debating MIC Report

Esmond Ye, Arthur Chao, Thomas Shortridge and Max Koslowski are successfully through to the Semi Finals of the Dr Evatt debating competition. This is an excellent achievement as there were 200 teams competing. The organisers congratulated everyone who took part stating that the quality of the competition was very high this year.

On Friday we held social debates with Newington. These were an excellent opportunity for coaches to see the GPS teams in action - many for the first time and for you all to try out the new prep and speaking times

Thanks to all the parent helpers on Friday. There was a wonderful atmosphere in the common room with everyone pulling together to help Dora Shapiro on her first evening coordinating supper. We send our best wishes to Nina, who has fallen quite badly, and hope for her speedy recovery.

It is disappointing that there are some students who did not contribute and I would like to think that those boys come to find me over this week and give the $5 expected. I understand that some boys didn't realise they were debating until late and that the chair people were chosen late, but there is an expectation that if you want to share the supper then you must contribute.  This needs to improve to 100% of students contributing for GPS.  We are well known for providing the best suppers on the debating circuit – let’s keep up our well deserved reputation.

Well done to the Year 10 team who beat Melbourne High on the topic “That we should legalise performance enhancing drugs.” It was great for the boys to debate to such a large audience. The quality of debate was high and the material delivered highly suitable for the audience. Thomas Shortridge received the best speaker nomination from the adjudicators who were from the UNSW Debating Society.

This week sees us saying a sad good bye to coach Sarah Greenbaum who is going off to bigger and better things with two months at the United Nations Development Program, a Semester of Law at Hong Kong Uni and then a two month internship in Asia (to be finalised).  Sarah has been a fantastic asset to the debating program at High and she will be missed by the Year 7s who she currently coaches and especially by the Year 10s who she has coached regularly over the years and definitely by me.
Rachel Powell

Debating Prefect Report

Last week, we had social debates against Newington which provided all teams with a chance to acclimatise themselves with the new GPS rules – 45 minute prep time, new speaking times and no coin toss. Many teams debated together for the first time. All teams received sporting topics, with the seniors having “That we should boycott the 2022 World Cup, unless Qatar significantly improves its human rights laws”. It proved to be very difficult especially when we did not know anything about the human rights abuses in Qatar regarding the “kafala” system that ties workers to their employers. Junior teams debated the chestnut topic – “That we should legalise performance enhancing drugs in sports”. Being social debates there were no winners or losers but everyone walked away with useful experiences/feedback for the first week of GPS competition.

Tip of the Week:
With not long to go until the start of the GPS season (first week back next term!!), everyone should be reading/watching the news and keeping up to date with current affairs. Examples and general knowledge prove to be crucial for winning debates.
Lokesh Sharma

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From the Andrews Junior Library

Our children today are kept so busy with homework, music, sport, special remedial coaching and so on that leisure time is rare.  However reading skills and participation in the literature and culture of any era take time to acquire.  The deliberate use of holiday time to read is something we all need to encourage our children to do as having the grammar, spelling and vocabulary to write well is essential basic literacy. Reading is an acquired skill.  It is not innate.  Our libraries are aware of the special attributes of our students and loan up to 10 resources at a time.  The Junior Library staff has worked hard to put out a huge display of new books to interest our students in using their holidays to look at the newest books available.  Boys are emailed a list of new books as they come out into both libraries.  Below is a small selection of the books emailed out last week.

Thanks to our State Government School Library services our libraries have downloaded 2000 odd websites teachers report using effectively.  Along with this we have downloaded 700 odd teaching applications - TALE.  Double clicking on these inside your school Portal my Library application will download these for use. BUT WE FORGOT TO TELL YOU THERE ARE SPECIAL APPS THERE FOR KIDS. You might like to explore these over the holidays and see if there is anything to add to your personal computer user arsenal:  (put in search term “apps” on OASIS Enquiry)

  • 50 best apps for kids from 2013 that parents can trust
  • Flipboard
  • Evernote
  • Wikipanion
  • Feeddler RSS reader
  • Educreations
  • Socrative
  • Dictionary.com
  • CloudReaders
  • Stanza
  • TangledRoots
  • FastFinga

If your son is a Library Monitor please congratulate him on the very visible and very useful (to other students) school service/volunteering he is doing. In this half of the year our wonderful library monitors have literally cleaned (as in washed and wiped dry) every fiction book and shelf in our library.  At the same time they put all this Junior Library fiction onto an application called LibraryThing. This is extremely helpful as it will enable me to purchase an application which will examine what boys have enjoyed reading and recommend them to other books in our SBHS Collection to enjoy.  LibraryThing itself will now more effectively direct me to books missing from my series so I can purchase more effectively.  In addition the boys put up new book window displays along the Junior Library corridor. And they meticulously shelve our books. They work hard and effectively. Specialist student monitors are searching SCIS to download W drive broadcast material to our OASIS catalogue. Some particular library heroes are worth a special thanks – Roy Wu (8),  Nathan Wong(9), Daniel Hu(9), Nicholas Nguyen (8), Peter Pan (9)  and Darren Huang (9).
Mrs V Crothers
Teacher Librarian

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What’s up in the McDonald Senior Library?

Year 12 students will begin their HSC assessments this week which started on Wednesday 18th June with a student study day. Some of these students will make use of the library to work without distractions. It’s hard to believe that the HSC Trial examinations are imminent and that they will shortly be preparing to sit their final HSC examinations! Of course the Senior Library will continue to support Year 12s by providing useful and appropriate resources, a place to work uninterrupted and comfortably, and help from the teacher librarian if needed.

Please note that Year 12s using resources from the library ie. Items listed as borrowed in their name, will be reminded to return any overdue items or request renewals if needed during the next few months. Many items borrowed by Year 12 students in their final year have not been returned previously, before students leave, and this means many hundreds of dollars worth of books lost are no longer available to the students in following years to use. Parents, can you please ensure that you remind your sons to return resources prior to their study break and before they sit for the HSC exams.  If they need to keep books they can request special loan from the librarians.

Teacher Librarian at Librarians’ network meeting

The teacher librarian in the Senior Library attended a meeting titled “Connect to Reading” hosted by the Sutherland Shire Teacher Librarians @ the Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft this week. The speakers included the owner of the bookshop and English lecturer at Macquarie University and UTS, Paul MacDonald and young adult author Will Kostakis.  Paul discussed the CBC awards shortlisted books including Will’s nominated title The First Third and also spoke about the importance of reading to ensure excellence in learning. He espoused an expanded view of literacy including reading for pleasure as being essential to ensuring students do well in their studies.

“Reading for pleasure is the most important way to advance literacy attainment in children.” (National Literacy Trust, UK, 2006)

He also made recommendations of books suitable for the Senior Library which will be purchased and added when processed. Please keep your eye on the school website for weekly listings of new books and other resources added to our collection regularly and these will be included.

Paul also spoke about the importance of having adult role models who read regularly and how this will influence how much and enthusiastically they read.

“Children who know adults who read for pleasure take it for granted that reading is a valuable and worthwhile activity.” (National Literacy Trust, UK, 2006)

Both libraries at SBH run a reading reward scheme, the VIP Reading Program where boys who read 10 books at least can win vouchers to purchase books. The program now awards a voucher in each library twice a Year to each year level at school assemblies. Mr Kay the Head Teacher in charge of libraries at SBH along with, of course, the teacher librarians see this as a way of raising the importance of reading in the educational and future lives of students.

The SBH English department also promote reading in their Wide Reading program where they bring their classes to the libraries to read and borrow books.  We will be continuing to display many new titles each week both physically in the libraries and on the school website especially encouraging the boys to borrow books during the holiday break. See this week’s newest titles below.
Ms S Gordon

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Blood Fun Run Report

On the early and downcast morning of 6th of June, a group of young leaders led by Adilmorad and Bosco set out to fulfil the promise of a fun run with the sole aim to raise both money and awareness of the importance of donating blood. Despite cold rainy weather, these boys pushed forward with the event. Tables set up under the tree, and armed with a laptop and whistle, the CSC busily set up the registration spot for the runners. A track was marked with cones and followed the concrete path around Moore Park West to ensure an easy and safe run.

Despite the hard drizzle, there was a large turnout. Around thirty boys came out to support the Blood Drive by dressing in bright red. As they started to huddle at the starting line, the whistle blew at 8:30am and they were off. The runners were allowed to run as much as they wanted and many chose to push themselves in support of this great cause. The morning fun run ended an hour after with Stephen Chung completing the most number of laps. Winners, runner-ups and participants all received prizes as they crossed the finish line. Congratulations and thanks to all the runners and CSC members who braved the wet weather to raise awareness around the importance of donating blood.

A whopping $777.50 for Australian Red Cross was raised by 18 of the runners.
Bosco Tran
Year 11

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Your SRC

Water Cooler Filter

The SRC are fully funding a water filter station for your use. This will be situated behind the Great Hall kitchen next to the school bubblers, which is a central location within the school. The water filter is here and is in the plumbing and technical phase before it can actually be put in for use. The expected date is last week of term 2 or very early term 3. Thank you to all the students for their patience!

Plastic ID Cards

Our old ID cards are going to finally get an upgrade as we move into using proper plastic ID cards. The cards have almost finished being designed. Every student next year will be issued with a plastic card and replacement ID cards this year will also be the new plastic cards.

Award Scheme Braiding

Our system of achieving braiding has an addition thanks to your voice. Originally braiding was only attainable after achieving a line or house colours. From now on braiding can be obtained by achieving the Platinum Award in the school Award Scheme system for students who started in Year 7 and the gold award for the students who started in Year 9. This system will give another option and a different means of getting braiding on your blazer especially for those not as involved in sports and debating.

Talent Quest

The SBHS/SGHS joint talent quest will be held on the Monday, 21st of July in the Sydney Girls Multi-Purpose Hall at lunchtime. Auditions will be in the first week of term 3 and there will be many prizes for the winners. There will be 6 acts and a special surprise act so make sure to buy your tickets. Tickets will be $3 and $3.50 at the door and can be bought from an SRC member.

Keep Your School Beautiful

The SRC have been doing their part to keep our school beautiful. This has been achieved by introducing more bins, repainting the toilets; cleaning the school drains and general clean up around the school. However it is your duty as well, so please do your part and help keep our school beautiful

Sport uniform for Year 7s

The Year 7 cohort was significantly in favour of being able to wear the sports uniform on Thursdays. The SRC supports this proposal. If the Year 7s do not abuse this privilege it may be extended to higher Years.

Sydney High Chants

A chants competition was held to come up with some new ideas for our school chants. There was a very positive response and the winners have received a $50 book voucher and 5 award scheme points. Resulting from this a chants rally was held where these new chants were tried out down on the Flat. There was a huge response from the rest of the school and this fuelled us at the AAGPS athletics carnival. This year the crowd was the biggest it has ever been and the athletes performed very well.

Student Run Organisations

The SRC has proposed the idea of student run organisations including a more formal approach to the student run classes. The idea is still in the thinking stage, but the progress is looking good. The result of this will include a smoother approach to the student run classes which can be expected at the start of Year 12. Similarly clubs can be organised by students with approval from a teacher, like university clubs, where students can focus on anything sensible within their interest. Clubs looking to be introduced right now are the economics club and table tennis club.

If you have any suggestions feel free to talk to any SRC member or leave a message on the discussion section on the SRC website or the Facebook page. The SRC is always looking for new ideas to help improve the school.

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Music Notes

SMC Finalist

Kevin Ke (Year 11) has progressed to the Finals of the 2014 Sutherland Shire and St George Youth Music Award. A concert will be held on Friday June 27th at 7pm in the Sutherland Memorial School of Arts consisting of 13 performing finalists. All are welcome and tickets may be purchased from Pat 9528 8294/Lynn 9521 7071 or are available at the door.

HSC Music 2 Students

Reminder to all HSC Music students to start refining your compositions and performances.

Important Dates for Term 3:
HSC Performance Trials: Term 3 (Week 4) Monday 4th –Tuesday 5th of August in the Great Hall
HSC Compositions Recording: Term 3 (Week 6) Thursday 21st-Friday 22nd of August Room 201.

Term 3 Ensemble Rehearsals

There will be minor changes to the ensemble rehearsal schedule. Please make sure to double check the timetable. All ensembles will run in Week 1, Term 3.

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 201
Symphony Orchestra
Room 201
Senior String
Room 201
  Junior String Ensemble
Room 208
Chamber Choir
Room 101
Intermediate  Stage Band
Room 201
  Saxophone Ensemble
Room 102

  Junior Stage Band
Room 101
  Marching Band
TERM 1 & 4

  Philharmonic Orchestra
Room 208
Afternoon rehearsals
Start @ 3.30pm
Marching Band
TERM  1 & 4

3.30 - 4.30pm
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ASX Share Market Game Semester 1, 2014

Well done to everyone who participated in the Game.  364 students participated in the Semester 1 Game with the final portfolio value above the national average. The market was as volatile as usual with the following being the main characteristics;

The All Ordinaries (XAO) was down 0.46%. The best performing sector was utilities up 6.68% followed closely by telecommunications up 5.16%. The worst performing sector was consumer discretionary, down 5.8% followed by IT and health care both down just under 4%. The top stock was Treasury Wine Estates (TWE) due to the takeover offer up 35.2% followed closely by mining company PanAust Limited (PNA) up 33%, also after a takeover offer. The worst performing stock was biotech stock Acrux (ACR) down over 50%. The average portfolio value was $49,200 and the number of syndicates in profit was only 39%.     

Year Student Syndicate Value  $ SBHS /364 NSW /6,405 National /18,413
12 Junjie Kuang Albirex Nigata 54,179 1 9 31
9 Gavin Chung Lorient 54,175 2 10 32
10 Jaeco Agawin Arsenal de Serandi 54,009 3 13 44
11 Kelvin Lau Busan Transport Corp 53,503 4 31 85
National Winner 58,709 1
NSW Winner 56,821 1
% in Profit 31.25 28.4 28.25

Mr T P Dolan
ASX Share Market Game Coordinator

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Football Results

2014 Term 2 Week 7

Team Against Result Scorers
Trials Round 4
1st XI Newington 1st XI Lost 1 – 6 Jesse Cooper
2nd XI Newington 2nd XI Lost 0 – 3
3rd XI Newington 3rd XI Won 1 – 0 James Pope
4th XI Newington 4th XI Lost 0 – 2
5th XI Newington 5th XI Lost 0 – 3
6th XI Newington 6th XI Won 3 – 1 Anthony Wu (3)
7th XI Newington 7th XI Lost 2 – 5 Bosco Tran (2)
8th XI Newington 8th XI Won 2 – 0 Phillip Lam (2)
9th XI Bye
10 XI Bye
16A XI Newington 16A W/O
16B XI Newington 16B W/O
16C XI Newington 16C W/O
16D XI Newington 16E W/O
16E XI Newington 16D W/O
15A XI Newington 15A W/O
15B XI Newington 15B W/O
15C XI Newington 15C W/O
15D XI Newington 15D W/O
15E XI Newington 15E W/O
14A XI Newington 14A Lost 0 – 9
14B XI Newington 14B Lost 0 – 9
14C XI Newington 14C Lost 0 – 13
14D XI Newington 14D Lost 1 – 4 Telly Tselonis
14E XI Newington 14E Lost 4 – 6 Anderson Chan (2), Jason Yip, Jacky Li
13A XI Newington 13A W/O
13B XI Newington 13B W/O
13C XI Newington 13C W/O
13D XI Newington 13D W/O
13E XI Newington 13E W/O
Note: W/O = Washed Out

MIC of Football Report

Coming into this week we knew we had a tough day ahead of us playing against one of the power houses in GPS Football, Newington College. Unfortunately with the heavy rain accumulated throughout the week and Friday night, most fixtures were cancelled. Only our U14s and Opens players managed to get a game in. The U14s came up against a very well disciplined age group, scoring many goals against our boys. Credit to the boys for all turning up and playing in difficult conditions especially knowing the Socceroos were playing at the same time. Although we ended up losing, the match of the day goes to our 14Es who kept fighting until the end only to concede a couple of late goals. The game was back and forth creating a lot of excitement for everyone on the side lines.

The 1st XI had the old cliché “A game of two halves”. In the first half we were dynamic, passing the ball, running hard and creating several chances, while Newington only created the one chance. We went into half time with the score levelled at

0-0 and the boys feeling positively about the game and how we felt we were the better team in the half. Unfortunately, we had two boys who were unable to come back on in the second half and 15 minutes in, our Lucas Neil of the team, Michael Cui, got red carded causing a lot of disarray among the team. This allowed Newington to open up the game and they ended up scoring 6 goals to our 1 in the final half hour. The boys were deflated, but can see there were many positives to take away from the game.

The rest of the Opens teams played well winning our 3rd XI, 6th XI and 8th XI games. Well done to Anthony Yu for scoring a hat-trick. Again I just want to make special mention of all the boys for turning up on Saturday. I am very proud of them for making the effort to come along despite the wet conditions and muddy fields they had to play on.

Last Saturday night the Combined GPS Football 1st XI and 2nd XI teams were announced. I am proud to say two of our boys were named in the GPS 2nd XI side, Jesse Cooper and Michael Cui who was also named as captain for the team. On Sunday they had a training session and that night was the GPS football dinner where the boys received their jersey.

This Saturday we have no fixtures due to private school holidays. St Ignatius’ College, Riverview have kindly invited our 1st and 2nd XI squad to play in a trial match over at Narrabeen where they are having a football camp.

Over the holidays we will be conducting a Football training camp open to all players. Please see the attached letter for further details.

I have created a Twitter account for regular updates in results, information and wet weather. This does not replace the school wet weather website. The link can be accessed by phone or web browser without signing in or having a twitter account. https://twitter.com/SydHighFootball

Please Note:

  • All boys must turn up at least 45 minutes before the start of their match.
  • They must be turning up in SBHS football uniform and if they wish to wear a track suit this must also be SBHS tack suit.
  • Make sure they drink plenty of water and carry a drink bottle with them to training and fixtures.
  • If you are unavailable to play you MUST notify your coach well in advance. Just doing it online is not sufficient.
  • Keep up the good effort and I am sure SBHS Football will continue to have a successful season.

Geoff Tesoriero
MIC of Football

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SBHS Rugby

High Rugby = High Spirit


High v Scots

The first GPS game started for many teams as a bye as rained forced a washout for teams playing at Centennial Park. The 13s teams were still able to play as were 1st and 2nd XV. It was great to see the 13As start their official GPS season with a win. Unfortunately for the 1st XV, Scots 3rd XV started too strong and they could not run them home in the 2nd half.

Team of the week – 13As
Play of the week – Ned’s beautiful team try in 1st XV

Melbourne High Visit

In the third year of the Melbourne High School Exchange, Sydney Boys High School hosted MHS. The combined under 15s/16s team from SBHS was successful in the Rugby game as well as the Oztag game. Both games were played in great spirit.

Holiday training

Week 1 – Tuesday 10am Coogee (1sts only)
Week 2 - Monday (1sts/2nds only), Wednesday (all teams) and Friday (all teams) 9.30-11.00am @ MPW.

Schedule for the remainder of the year

Date Game
July 19 High v Newington
July 26 Riverview v High
Aug 2 High v Joeys
Aug 9 High v Kings
Aug 16 Shore v High
Aug 23 Armidale v High
Sep 6 High v Grammar

Mr G Barris      

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Volleyball Notes

Junior Bs
This week High’s Junior B team played against Sydney Grammar.  Overall we competed well and performed very effectively as a team and this was especially pleasing since this was the first time this particular line-up played together. We ended up winning two sets despite losing the first set 21-17.  The moment of the match that we will look back on was when Eugene’s spike was blocked.  Overall we played well and while our passing needs ongoing attention we were pleased with the outcome.
Jason Wei

Junior As
It was two weeks since we had played competitively.  In a home game against Sydney Grammar we settled into a win in a tight scoring first set at 21-18.  In the second set we had an easier win with a score of 21-13.  Unfortunately we were unlucky to lose the third set by a very narrow margin 22-20 due to a breakdown in communication and poor cover at certain points during the game.  However, we still managed to win the game.
John Mok 

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From the Canteen

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers over the past two weeks, without your help we could not provide the healthy homemade foods we prepare to feed our hungry boys. 

Week of 2-6 June
MON : Pam Jepson, Yoshi Kita Leong,
TUES: Frank Yu Liu, Long Nguyen
WED: George Haddo, Kunti Ranade, Cindy Tseu, Faidha Razmi, Jenny Chiu,
THUR: Pit Trent, Xing Ping Zhang, Annie Jiang
FRI: Sujatha Koneru, Okhyun Kim

Week of 9-13June
MON: Queens birthday holiday
TUES: Farrah Chew, Marian Elton, Penny Chan,
WED: Yan Yin, Julie Fox,Penny Chan, Shannon Hickey,  George Haddo 
THUR: Kamala Selvakkumar, Tina Chen, Ha Tran,
FRI: Sam Guo 
Sharon Hughes

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Football Holiday Training

Dear Football players and families,

Over the holiday break we will be conducting three football training sessions open to all players in all age groups. We will split the groups up into juniors (U13-U14) and seniors (U15-Opens). There will be no official staff member on duty, but we will have four of our football coaches looking after the boys. Details are:

Senior Coaches:
Vincenzo Crimi (3rd XI Coach)
Ilan Bermeister (4th XI Coach)

Junior Coaches:
Lucas da Silva Pacheco (14As Coach)
Kudzai Donald (15Bs Coach)

Monday 7th July from 10am-1pm
Wednesday 9th July from 10am-1pm
Friday 11th July from 10am-1pm

All sessions will be on Parade Grounds (inside Centennial Park, next to the café)

$65 per student. This will cover the cost of the coaches and hiring of the fields. You will be invoiced in Term 3.

Boys may wear any top and shorts, but must have long socks, boots and shin pads.

Food and Beverages:
Boys are required to bring their own food and drinks.

Please email Mr Geoff Tesoriero This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Friday 4th July to confirm your place.

Geoff Tesoriero
MIC Football
A: Moore Park, Surry Hills NSW 2010
M: 0414 273 307
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