High Notes, Vol 15 No 21, July 18 2014

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Lokesh Sharma on his selection as a the John Lincoln Youth Community Service Award winner. Lokesh thoroughly deserves this accolade in recognition of his sustained dedication to community service projects at school and in his local community. At the end of last term our Open Volleyball team contested the NSW CHS Knockout Volleyball Competition. After defeating arch rival Kelso High in the semi-final the boys faced a strong Rooty Hill High team in the final, going down 15-11 in the fifth set. Congratulations to the boys on another great performance and to Mr Kay and his staff for their coaching and team management.  At the recent All-Schools Target Rifle Shooting Championships, High teams finished first and second in a very consistent team performance. In the GPs Shooting Competition held this week High’s first grade team placed second in the Rawson Cup to SGS with the first three teams eclipsing the existing record for overall aggregate shots. Our boys came third in the NRA Shield behind SGS and TSC. In the Buchanan Shield the finishing order was replicated, with SGS declared Champions.  Jeremy CHAN and Terry FONG (Yr12) were selected for GPS Combined and will compete this Sunday at Hornsby Rifle Range. Well done boys! Our Second Grade Team backed up from last year’s historic win to take out the premiership. Congratulations for a very convincing win go to Captain Minghao WU (Yr 12), Timothy TRAN (Yr11), Sam PHILLIS (Yr12), Julian TU (Yr10), Kaiwei LIU (Yr12), Ciaran FARRELL and  John HUANG (Yr10) and Jack ZHOU (Yr11). Thank you to our most dedicated coach Sam Kremer, numbers man Ishan Nadkarni, our tireless MIC Cathy Meaney, and Daniel Comben,  for the success and depth of the rifle shooting program.

Staff Changes for Term 3
Mr Prorellis is relieving Deputy Principal for Mr Dowdell (LSL) for four weeks. Mr George Barris is relieving HT Administration for Mr Prorellis. Mr Dunne is taking classes for Mr Dowdell. Mr Fuller is acting Head Teacher Mathematics for Mr Bigelow who is on leave. Mr Hume is relieving for Mr Boros (LSL) for two weeks. Ms Evans is returning part time to mathematics from maternity leave. Ms Miri Jassy has been appointed as English teacher, replacing Mrs Richmond (Dunk). Ms Jollie is relieving in drama for Ms Rohr. Ms Tan is relieving for Ms Barry who is on maternity leave. Mr Drummond (SBHS2003) is relieving for Ms Berger (LSL).

Tibby Cotter Bridge and Light Rail Project - update
Official approval has been granted for construction of the $1.6 billion CBD and South East Light Rail  from Circular Quay through the CBD to Central and to Kingsford and Randwick via Surry Hills, Moore Park and Kensington. In the design phase, consultation with reference groups will be undertaken for specific pieces of infrastructure, such as the maintenance facilities, the Anzac Parade pedestrian bridge and two parks – Wimbo Park in Surry Hills and High Cross Park in Randwick. 

The construction compound for the Tibby Cotter Bridge across Anzac Parade has been completed and work is commencing on the footings. Cranes have been brought onto the site and the pace of works is due to increase very soon.

Community Garden Project – Planning
A group of visual design boys presented a plan to our Executive Meeting in the last week of term 2. The area around the COLA alongside McDonald Wing now has a blueprint for action. Staff members have volunteered to work with the boys on the project, the first stage of which is to clean up the area between the demountable and the GA office, with a mural on the wall and some sleeper walls with garden beds. I look forward to working with the whole school community on this collaborative endeavour to beautify our learning environment.
Dr K A Jaggar

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From the Junior Library

NSW Premier's Reading Challenge 2014
Everyone is reminded that the Challenge to read 20 books a year will end in September.  I will validate all students who have borrowed 20 books from our libraries this year – according to OASIS data.  Please email me NOW if you know you are able to meet the challenge.

STAFF READING OVER THE HOLIDAYS – Great to hear about this from them.  Love to hear from any other members of staff who enjoyed a holiday read.

Three members of staff told me that they enjoyed their holiday reading.  Mr Kay read The Hunger Games, Mrs Eggleton read Riders to the Midnight Sun which was about cycling through Russia and Mrs O Driscoll read and loved Carl Ruiz Zaffron’s Shadow of the Wind.  I read David Wingrove’s Daylight on Iron Mountain, Mal Peet’s Exposure, Mark Mulholland’s A Mad and  Wonderful  Thing and Noel Beddoe’s On Cringila Hill and pushed myself to read Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam the final book in the Oryx and Crake Trilogy.  As the final book in the Margaret Atwood trilogy won the Booker Prize and as I finally came to terms with Margaret Atwood’s strange Sci Fi Dystopia I thought I might review it for High Notes.

The new resources purchased this year are now coming out onto the new resource display shelves and can be borrowed from there.  These resources below are just going out now.  New books purchased this year only are displayed on the Library corridor windows.

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An SRC Initiative

The water filter is finally here and is located behind the great hall kitchen next to the bubblers. This means that there is no reason to sneak into the teacher’s common room to steal their cold water as we have our own water cooler filter. The SRC have fully funded this project from money raised and in future will continue to do so.

Talent Quest

The Talent Quest is this Monday at lunch time. The tickets are $3 if bought beforehand and $3.50 at the door and can be bought from SRC members during the week. Auditions have been conducted for the week and the final audition is Friday lunchtime. Every type of act is encouraged.

Trivia Night

The annual Sydney Boys High School and Sydney Girls High School Trivia Night will be held within a few weeks’ time. The night is consists of dinner, snacks and drinks whilst answering some fun questions. Tickets are $15 and there will be great prizes! Tables will consist of 10 people and need to be confirmed before purchasing tickets.

New Ideas

The SRC is constantly looking for new ideas to help improve and fix your school. There has currently been a lot of discussion of a new event in the SRC. Current ideas being discussed have been a magic show, ramen day, multicultural day etc. Your ideas can be implemented so please leave your suggestions on the SRC Facebook page and SRC forum.

Thanks for your support

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From the Canteen

Welcome back for Term 3, I hope everyone had a relaxing break.

Thank you to the volunteers the last week of Term 2.
23/6 - Stam Farrugia, Lin Jin    
24/6 - Eddy Pham, Usha Arvind, Agnus Leo
25/6- George Haddo, Penny Chan, Dora Shapiro, Jian Ping Li              
26/6- Kim Ngan Do, Jian Ping Li, Maria Farrell
27/6- Ru Zeng Rong, Angela Feng, Emily Yang
Sharon Hughes

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SBHS Debating

Debating MIC Report

Welcome back to everyone for the GPS season and continued PDC seasons. In preparation for the GPS season all GPS debaters should be keeping up to date with current affairs and specifically thinking about and researching the topic areas below.

Week 1. Sport
Week 2. Health and Lifestyle
Week 3. Education
Week 4. Justice, Law and order
Week 5. Media
Week 6. Domestic current affairs
Week 7. International current affairs

Here are the fixtures for the GPS Debating season 2014. Please note that we have a very early start this year to accommodate the debating competition which is now part of the Armidale visit.

18 July TSC  v  SBHS
25 July SJC v TSC Shore v SIC SGS v NC SBHS v TKS
1 August SJC  v  SBHS SIC  v NC TKS  v  SGS TSC  v  Shore
8 August Shore  v  SJC TKS  v  SIC NC v  SBHS SGS  v  TSC
15August SJC v SGS SBHS  v  SIC NC v  Shore TSC  v  TKS
22 August SJC  v SIC TKS  v NC SGS  v  Shore
29 August TKS  v SJC SIC  v  SGS TSC  v NC Shore v  SBHS
5 Sept NC v  SJC SIC  v  TSC TKS v  Shore SGS  v  SBHS

Rachel Powell
MIC Debating

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Music Notes

The NSW Year 12 Music Festival will showcase talented musicians who perform for the HSC and IB music subjects. Richard Hao (Music 2, Violin, Year 11) and William Du (Music Extension, Piano, Year 12) performed last Sunday at Sydney Grammar.

Students from all over the state have competed for 74 performance places by video selection. Brendan Hancox (Music Extension, Drums, Year 12) & Riley Irwin (Music Extension, Piano, Year 12) will be performing this Sunday at Sydney Grammar (1:30pm & 3:30pm session). Adjudication for live performances will be provided by Mrs Karen Carey, Dr Nicholas Vines and Mr Barry Walmsley.

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
 7.45am unless
stated otherwise
Concert Band
 Room 201
Senior Concert
Room 201
Senior Stage Band
Room 201
Room 201
Senior Strings
Room 101
  Junior String
Room 208
Chamber Choir
Room 101
Intermediate Stage
Room 201
Room 102

  Junior Stage Band
Room 101
USA Music Tour
Room 201

Room 208
Marching Band
TERM 1 & 4

Afternoon rehearsals
Start @ 3.30pm
Marching Band
TERM  1 & 4
3.30 - 4.30pm
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Community Service: Jeans for Genes Permission Note

15 July 2014

Dear Parent/Caregiver,

The Children’s Medical Research Institute is seeking help from Sydney Boys High School senior students to fundraise at Central Station on Jeans for Genes Day, Friday 1 August, from 6.25am-9.00am.  SBHS students will be paired to raise money for the CMRI, under the direction of their adult Location Leader.
Participants must read the ‘Jeans for Genes Day Permission Note Page 2’ (see R-drive/Community Service) in advance and bring it to their check-in location.  Students should arrive on time and be well presented in (clean and pressed) school uniform.  However, instead of grey uniform pants they should wear their favourite blue denim jeans.  PLEASE NOTE that volunteering students will be permitted to wear blue jeans to class on 1 August.
Attached is a permission note, which needs to be signed and returned by 3pm Tuesday 22 July - either via email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or to the box outside Mr Phillipson’s door.  Volunteer numbers are limited, so those returning completed notes earliest will have priority to participate.
We congratulate your son on his interest in fundraising for research to prevent diseases relating to embryology, gene therapy, neuroscience and cancer.  Thank you for supporting this worthy cause.
Mr Phillipson
Community Service Coordinator

The Jeans for Genes Day participation permission note 
isis available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes

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SBHS Rugby


Holiday training

The holiday training was very successful with good numbers turning out for every age group. 1st XV had a special Coogee stairs session where the backs showed the forwards how to run up stairs.

Training for the remainder of the season

Monday after school – All training on MPW
Wednesday during sport – Years 10-12 – McKay
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 for the remainder of the season

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

Mr G. Barris
MIC Rugby

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Basketball Committee AGM

Thursday 24th of July at 6:30pm in Room 901 (Upstairs of the Basketball gym)

I am writing to urge all parents who have a son participating for Sydney Boys High Basketball to attend the AGM for the SBHS Basketball Committee. I declare all Office Bearer positions vacant and will accept nominations via email to my school address This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We will not be able to function without an abundance of parental support. I look forward to meeting you at the meeting!

Enthusiastically yours in Basketball,
B Hayman
MIC Basketball

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High Tennis Meeting

Tuesday, 22 July, 2014

Any parents who would like to attend the High Pre-season Tennis meeting would be more than welcome. This is a great opportunity to find out about your son’s tennis program and be involved in making plans for the year ahead. Topics will include revision of tennis fees for 2014/15, pre-season training, fundraising activities for the year ahead.

The meeting will take place at 6.30 pm in the Staff Common Room .
Mr P Wright (MIC Tennis)
Mr D Deep (Coach)

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SBHS Football

Football Results – 2014 Term 2 Week 9 and Holidays

Team Against Result Scorers
CHS Knockout Final 16
1st XI Callaghan College Lost 2 – 3 Adilmorad Nadir, Jesse Cooper
Trial - Friendly
1st XI St Andrews Drew 3 – 3 Adilmorad Nadir (2), Gill Jet Lee
Note: W/O = Washed Out

MIC of Football Report

In our final week of Term 2 our 1st XI had two matches. The first match was a friendly against St Andrews. St Andrews got off to a strong start scoring two early goals. One of the things we have been working on over the trial period is to keep our heads up and play for the full duration of the match. With this improved attitude we came back and scored two goals just before half time to square it up. In the second half both teams created many chances and were able to convert only on one occasion. Full time, 3-3, which was a fair indication of the match and a great hit-out leading into our CHS knock-out fixture.

On Friday our 1st XI squad caught the early bus and drove up to Newcastle to play in the final 16 of the CHS knock-out Tournament against Callaghan College. The boys were excited and eager to get on the field and play the match. We arrived early to allow the boys to settle in and thanks to our Italian chef, Vince, who cooked up a pasta feast for all the boys, helped us load up on carbs for the day. Our boys controlled the match early, but Callaghan’s 110kg striker was an imposing force on our players and allowed him some open space to score through the middle to take the lead at half time 1-0. Our boys got off to a sluggish start conceding an early goal. Our boys then decided to lift their tempo and replied back with a well-deserved goal. Unfortunately we had a lapse in concentration and turned over the ball to allow Callaghan College to score again and extend their lead, 3-1. With about 10min remaining we managed to score and give ourselves a chance to equalise and extend the match. We pushed forward and with seconds remaining we were awarded a free kick just metres outside the penalty box. Goal Keeper, John Seroukas, came off his line and entered the penalty box. Adil crossed the ball in and to no avail we were unable to convert losing the match 3-2. Although we were very upset with the loss, we still came away extremely happy with our overall performance. It is the furthest SBHS has advanced in the CHS knockout and we are all very proud of the boys and coaching staff.

Over the Holiday break we held a very successful football camp to all players. Thank you to all our boys for turning up and the coaches for making it fun, enjoyable and beneficial for our football program. Next year we hope to build on this to help continue the development of all our players.

The best part of the Football World Cup was the fact the final two weeks of the tournament were held during our school holidays. I am sure the boys have had many disrupted sleeps getting up in the early hours of the morning, but it was an excited tournament and congratulations to Germany on winning the World Cup.

This Saturday is our final trial match against Scots College before the commencement of the GPS Season. Our boys have had a well-deserved break and we are now primed for have a strong term and get some positive results. Good luck to all teams and I will see you around the grounds.

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 sufficed enough.

Keep up the good effort and I am sure SBHS Football will continue to have a successful season.
Geoff Tesoriero
MIC Football

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Applications for Enrolment: Years 8, 9, 11

Applications for Years 8, 9 and 11 close 29 July 2014

Application forms available from the school or at: www.sydneyboyshigh.com/enrolment

Sydney Boys High School
Empowering Gifted Boys

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