High Notes, Vol 15 No 25, August 15 2014

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Lokesh Sharma, Jon Freiberg, Riley Irwin and Peter Stephens for their hard fought win in the Hume Barbour PDC debating competition final. They convinced the adjudicators that we should introduce a $7 Medicare Co-payment for visits to the doctor! They won the coveted trophy for the 26th time since it was first contested in 1930 and made it three in a row for High – a feat last achieved in the great run of High successes 1950-1954. Well done to Alan Loi who achieved the top score in Year 12 for NSW and ACT in the ICAS Science test. Max Koslowski and Thomas Shortridge ranked second at the annual Model United Nations Conference Final. They qualify to represent NSW at the National Conference in December. Great job, boys!

Fairland Pavilion Refurbishment Opening
In order to celebrate our traditional end of season clash with arch rivals SGS on September 6, the refurbished Fairland Pavilion with its new electronic scoreboard, will be officially opened by The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, Member for Wentworth, Minister for Communications and Broadband. At this occasion we will reaffirm our commitment to investing our time and money into Centennial Parklands and its assets – the McKay Playing Fields and the Fairland Pavilion.

Sydney High boys have played on McKay for 82 years. We really value our relationship with the Parklands. I trust that a large crowd of students, parents, Old Boys and well-wishers will join us on Saturday the 6th for the official opening of the building, refurbished by the Sydney High School Foundation at a cost of > $100k. The ceremony is due to commence at 1430, followed by afternoon tea and the 1st XV rugby match at 1515.

For us to demonstrate the strength of our relationship with the Park we need your support. It is not about whether you play rugby, cricket or football but about your connection with High, its programs and long association with Centennial Parklands. I look forward to seeing the High Community out in force to make this landmark day a success.

New Home for Table Tennis
Relieving MIC of table tennis, Mr Cipolla, has negotiated a long term arrangement for High to conduct its table tennis program in a local church hall in Darlinghurst. The venue can accommodate five tables and is just seven minutes’ walk from the school. Our tables will be stored on site. This arrangement will be more convenient than the one we have had for some time with PCYC at Daceyville. Our small bus will be freed up to assist other students to get to their sports. The new arrangement will thereby save on transport costs for the boys and the school. I thank Mr Cipolla for his initiative.

Prefect Elections
Staff and students are voting online this week to select 36 Prefect Interns to serve the school as trainee leaders for the next two terms. The boys on the ballot have met the high standards for eligibility for nomination on the ballot. The school engagement qualification is to achieve the appropriate Award level (for example a boy who enrolled in Year 7 should achieve at least a Platinum Award) and at least 100 points in Year 11 in the Award Scheme. The academic requirement is to be on track to 90 ATAR on twelve units. Behaviour, school uniform and punctuality standards are also applied. Every student on the ballot has authentic claims to represent the student body. I wish all the candidates well.
Dr K A Jaggar

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From Junior Library

Stepping into a virtual future (new dimension for school libraries)
Our 2 Librarians are very excited - the DEC has just accepted the tender from Softlink to put a new library system – Oliver - into all State Schools.  We are now going to be able to purchase E Books to loan out to our students.  Students will key straight from a Google search to an Oliver search. There are also features of this system which will be very useful to library staff such as downloading cataloguing from systems other than SCIS. PDFs and possible W drive titles can be indexed.  The add-ons such as LibraryThing are being used now so the integration of these with Oliver is great for our Librarians.  If you are interested you can Google Oliver and have a quick look. The roll out will take 2 years - we are hoping we get in early.

Oliver V5, the leading cloud knowledge, content and library management system for schools

Oliver has the ability to integrate with leading school content and database providers as well as eBooks and other third party applications. Softlink enables users to connect to your library services through multiple devices including smart phones, iPads, laptops, and more with the Library Link Mobile Application.

– missed some lessons? 
Want to teach yourself/revise for exams?

Our students are referred to this site by Dr Jaggar

A search for Khan Academy yields the following links.

Khan Academy - https://www.khanacademy.org/

... biology, medicine, finance, history, and more. Khan Academy is a non-profit organisation with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.

Learn for free about math, art, computer programming ...

Algebra II - Introduction to algebra - Linear equations - Functions

Algebra I - Early math - 3rd grade (US) - 8th grade (US) - Geometry

Organic chemistry - Chemical reactions - Orbitals and electrons

Computer Programming: New Program - Browse Programs - What is Programming? - ...

Are school libraries just about books?  SBHS Libraries have published statistics for the last 12 years usually in the School Record or the Annual Report.  The discerning analyst will soon realise that our students use our Libraries very well.  In the last month 3278 boys voluntarily used the Junior Library in break times. 1092 of them used laptops.  Over that period of time the boys borrowed 596 books.  While the loans were good, the really good stats are the boys using the Library to underpin their learning by studying co-operatively, inspired by boys happily engaging with learning who are around them.  Our annual stats are even more impressive and tell the real story of boys using libraries in schools.

Thanks to Hideoyoshi Cheong for thinking of our students before throwing out his Science Study Guides

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SBHS Debtating

MIC Debating Report

Congratulations to our Year 12 PDC team Lokesh Sharma, Jonathan Freiberg, Riley Irwin for winning the Hume Barbour trophy against NSGHS last Friday. Those of us who went to see the debate were given a wonderful opportunity to watch "That we should introduce a medicare co-payment on doctors visits" in the palatial surroundings of the Great Hall at Sydney University.  It's great to think we have the beautiful Raynor Hof trophy for one more year.

On Friday we did well against Newington at Junior level with only one loss, but unfortunately neither our Firsts or Seconds won this week. Our 7A and 9A and 10 A teams remain undefeated in GPS.

I am now starting to look at Debating Award Points. There will be one point per debate in Eastside and FED either as a debater or as a Chair Person. Boys who have competed in any of the other competitions this year will also receive award points. GPS debaters will be given a point for each debate as will PDC debaters.

In addition students who have attended coaching throughout the year will receive award points. We award 10 points for Juniors and 15 points for Seniors. I will be making my judgment about who receives these points when I review the rolls at the end of the season.

This week is our last home debate of the season. I look forward to seeing lots of parents there.

Please remember to buy your dinner tickets.
Rachel Powell
MIC Debating

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Jeans for Genes Day Report

The day began really early, with the usual hectic chaos, as we prepared for the peak hour, with bleary eyes, led by Ganesh and Shreyas. Sydney Boys High School had volunteered to raise money for Jeans for Genes day on the 1st of August, following a strong tradition developed by the school's Community Service Committee. "Jeans for Genes Day is a national day when people wear their jeans to raise much-needed funds for research into birth defects and diseases such as cancer, epilepsy, and a range of genetic disorders." (Please show your support and visit the Jeans for Genes day website for more information on the valuable cause the money raised by our school funded - http://www.jeansforgenes.org.au/-About-Us).

On the day we set up our stand at Central with volunteers partnering up and covering every exit from Central. Chances are if you were at Central before 9:00 am you would have seen our students actively supporting the cause. It was an exciting day with competition high between our volunteers, each trying to raise more money than the others. Congratulations to Justin and Anthony who according to our estimations raised the most money.

I hope you will join me in congratulating our smooth and talented volunteers on giving up time from their own morning to support our community. We had over 60 senior students all of whom worked tirelessly, representing our school and youth commitment. However, the morning was also quite an enjoyable day in the fresh air of the early morning, greeting kind travellers who donated generously. To any senior students considering early morning collections, I highly recommend you do so, because not only is it a fun morning but you would be making an active change in your community. A feat that our volunteers for Jeans for Genes day achieved remarkably, and I would like to personally thank them for their help.
Ganeshmoorthy Chandrasekaran

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P&C Awards - Writing Competition

Writing Competition

Entries Close: Wednesday 17th September (9am)       

Entries to:
Junior Library
Senior Library
(N.B. late entries not accepted)

Write an opinion piece in response to the following topic:

‘In an increasingly complex social and political world, freedom of speech is a fundamental cornerstone of our humanity’.


  • Entries must be presented in a typed format (12 point) and must be no longer than 1,000 words.
  • The entrant’s name and year level must be clearly displayed on the front page of the published text.


  • Senior Prize (10 – 12)
  • Junior Prize (7 - 9)

Judging will take place at the end of Term 3 and winners announced early in Term 4. Prizes will be awarded at Presentation Night in February.

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An SRC Initiative

Trivia Night

Trivia Night is going to be held on the 28th of August, Week 7 from 6pm-9pm in the Great Hall. It is a question night like trivial pursuit but you get to be in tables with participants from Sydney Girls High and Sydney Boys High answering questions. Tickets cost $15 and will cover dinner, drinks and snacks for the night. Tables consist of 10 people with participants from both the girls and boys schools. There will be prizes. Get your tables ready because there is limited seating. Get your money in by Monday the 25th August.

School Council Meeting Report

SRC members attended the School Council meeting.  Currently, the SRC are concerned about the following areas which were discussed at the meeting; clocks in the school, in which the SRC intend on resolving by either replacing, obtaining or fixing clocks, the proposed Clubs Proposal which is still under negotiation with Dr Jaggar, Fairland Pavilion Reopening and the Grammar vs High Rugby Game and finally the issue of laying bitumen at the bus lines, hopefully in 2015.

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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  21 July
MON: Thajeewa Pingamage, Cole Gu, Jeannie Vye,
TUES: Eddy Pham, Agnes Leo,
WEDS: George Haddo, Dora Shapiro,
THURS: Bernadette Snow, Kim Ngan Do, Helen Kon, Maria Farrell,
FRI: Ruzeng Rong, Angela Feng,

Week of 28 July
MON: Stam Farrugia, Lien Tran, Lin Jin, Julie Fox,
TUES: Mary Chan, Malin Wongthaveevatana,
WEDS: George Haddo, Ana Goh, Minhua Zhang, Diana Sutherland
THURS:  Annie Jiang, Annie Long,
FRI: Connie Tai, Okhyun Kim, Sandora Chia, Sabrina
Sharon Hughes

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High Store



Foldable Chair with SHS crest. Great for dad to watch your match 
Normally $50  NOW $25

Limited Time Sale Ends 5th Sept

9th Sept through till the 19th Sept.

Stam Farrugia & Cindy Tseu have kindly volunteered to open the store
On Friday 12th Sept 10.30am – 1.30pm for your convenience.
No exchanges will be processed on this day.
The store will re-open first day back Term 4
Michelle Gentele.

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Volleyball Notes

Come and support our final match for the season….

On the 23rd August Sydney High will host Grammar in our last match for the season.   If Sydney High wins we will be the 2014 GPS Volleyball Champions.  Your support at this match could help give our boys that winning edge so come along and be prepared for a great end to the volleyball season.  The 1st grade match starts at 11.30 am.

In addition we are also hosting an Old Boys match -  High v Grammar to celebrate 20 years of Volleyball at High.  The Old Boys from both schools are preparing themselves for a competitive meeting that will undoubtedly provide great entertainment for those watching.  The Old Boys game starts at 10.00am.  BBQ food will be available on the day.

GPS Volleyball  Results

Date: 26/07/14
Opposition: Saint Ignatius

1st Grade 3-0
2nd Grade 3-0 
3rd Grade 3-0 
16A 3-0 
Skill First Grade Second Grade
% of Serves in play 1st 100% Kevin R. (6) Byron (5) Sunny (5) 1st 100% Sunchit (13)
2nd 92% Kevin L. (12) 2nd 91% Anes (11)
3rd 90% Gordon (10) 3rd 89% Ryan (18)
% of Serves that were Kills 1st 23% Aidin (13) 1st 85% Sunchit (13)
2nd 20% Sunny (5) 2nd 73% Anes (11)
3rd 17% Kevin R. (6) Yu Peng (6) 3rd 56% Ryan (18)
% of spikes kept in play 1st 93% Byron (14) 1st 100% Nick (7)
2nd 86% Kevin L. (7) 2nd 91% Harry (11)
3rd 83% Aidin (18) 3rd 82% Ryan (17)
% of spikes that were kills 1st 45% Gordon (11) 1st 64% Harry (11)
2nd 43% Pinyan (21), Kevin L. (7) 2nd 53% Ryan (17)
3rd 33% Aidin (18) 3rd 43% Nick (7)
% of blocks kept in play 1st 100% Kevin L. (3) 1st - -
2nd 88% Gordon (8) 2nd - -
3rd 75% Yu Peng (4) 3rd - -
% of blocks that were kills 1st 100% Kevin L. (3) 1st - -
2nd 67% Aidin (3) 2nd - -
3rd 38% Gordon (8) 3rd - -
Serve Reception Passing accuracy 1st 100% Kevin R. (6) 1st 82% Anes (8)
2nd 92% Sean (18) 2nd 75% Jaiden (4)
3rd 83% Pinyan (9) 3rd - -
Freeball Reception Passing accuracy 1st 100% Pinyan (11) Kevin R. (5) Gordon (4) 1st 93% Supan (7)
2nd 93% Kevin R. (7) 2nd 88% Niyaz (4)
3rd 88% Sean (17) 3rd 83% Ryan (3)

Date: 02/08/14
Opposition: Newington

1st Grade 25-14    25-15    25-16
2nd Grade 25-15    25-17    25-12
3rd Grade 21-12    21-8   21-14
Skill First Grade Second Grade
% of Serves in play 1st 100% Aidin (14) 1st 100% Sunchit (3)
2nd 92% Gordon (12) 2nd 89% Niyaz (9)
3rd 85% Yu Peng (13) 3rd 83% Anes (12)
% of Serves that were Kills 1st 56% Pinyan (9) 1st 60% Nick (5)
2nd 50% Byron (6) Gordon (12) 2nd 56% Niyaz (9)
3rd 46% Yu Peng (13) 3rd 50% Supan (6)
% of spikes kept in play 1st 100% Gordon (6) Byron (8) Kevin L (4) 1st 100% Ryan (6) Sunchit (3)
2nd 86% Pinyan (14) 2nd 89% Anes (9)
3rd 75% Kevin R. (8) 3rd 82% Supan (17)
% of spikes that were kills 1st 100% Gordon (6) 1st 67% Harry (9) Sunchit (3)
2nd 50% Kevin L. (4) Byron (8) 2nd 56% Anes (9)
3rd 43% Pinyan (14) 3rd 42% Supan (17)
% of blocks kept in play 1st 100% Aidin (2) 1st - -
2nd - - 2nd - -
3rd - - 3rd - -
% of blocks that were kills 1st 100% Aidin (2) 1st - -
2nd - - 2nd - -
3rd - - 3rd - -
Serve Reception Passing accuracy 1st 89% Sean (18) 1st 92% Ryan (6)
2nd 88% Kevin R. (8) 2nd 67% Anes (6)  Supan (14)
3rd 79% Pinyan (7) 3rd 64% Jaiden (7)
Freeball Reception Passing accuracy 1st 88% Aidin (4) 1st 100% Harry (3) Sunchit (4)
2nd 79% Sean (12) 2nd 94% Jaiden (8)
3rd 75% Yu Peng (4) 3rd 93% Supan (7)

Junior Volleyball Results

15 As
This week's game was an away game, and it was an 8:45 start against Grammar. Since our team only had 5 Year 8s, we had David Goh, a Year 7 student, in our team as the sixth player and our Outside Hitter. We were slightly demoralized at the beginning of our own game because we weren't communicating and playing well, and unfortunately lost the set 21-18.

Coach Calum then gave us a few wise words of encouragement, such as 'be as loud as possible' and to not fuss over our mistakes. The loud noise of encouragement we made started to demoralize the opposition, and led to a win for us 21-17. Even though David wasn't used to playing with us, he tried his best, and even saved us a few points.

In the third set, John Mok was a key contributor to getting the team points, smashing 7 serves in a row. This raised our confidence even more, and in the end, we smashed the opposition 21-10 with one last, strong spike from Oscar Wu. We weren't upset about our first set, and this tells us there is more room for improvement. Keep up the good work and train hard, boys! Go HIGH!
John Mok

M. Kay
MIC Volleyball

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SBHS Football

Football Results – 2014 Term 3 Week 4

Team Against Result Scorers
GPS Round 3
1st XI Newington College 1st XI Lost 0 – 3
2nd XI Newington College 2nd XI Lost 2 – 0
3rd XI Newington College 3rd XI Lost 1 – 2 Eddy Wang
4th XI Newington College 4th XI Drew 2 – 2 Jun Park (2)
5th XI Newington College 5th XI Lost 0 – 2
6th XI Newington College 6th XI Won 2 – 0 Anthony Wu, Andrew Nam
7th XI Newington College 7th XI Drew 0 – 0
8th XI Bye
9th XI Bye
10th XI Newington College 8th XI Won 5 – 1 Michael Hughes (3) , Jonathon Freidberg (2)
16A XI Newington College 16A Lost 0 – 7
16B XI Newington College 16B Lost 1 – 6 Luke Tao
16C XI Newington College 16C Lost 1 – 5 Marvin Yu
16D XI Newington College 16D Lost 1 – 0
16E XI Newington College 16E Won 1 – 0 Kevin Du
15A XI Newington College 15A Lost 0 – 5
15B XI Newington College 15B Lost 0 – 2
15C XI Newington College 15C Lost 0 – 1
15D XI Newington College 15D Lost 0 – 2
15E XI Newington College 15E Lost 0 – 2
14A XI Newington College 14A Lost 0 – 4
14B XI Newington College 14B Lost 0 – 2
14C XI Newington College 14C Lost 0 – 4
14D XI Newington College 14D Lost 0 – 2
14E XI Newington College 14E Lost 3 – 4 Anderson Chan (2), Jason Wang
13A XI Newington College 13A Lost 1 – 3 Soneeshun Selvarajah
13B XI Newington College 13B Lost 0 – 3
13C XI Newington College 13C Lost 1 – 4 Tim Lee
13D XI Newington College 13D Lost 0 – 7
13E XI Newington College 13E Lost 0 – 4
Note: W/O = Washed Out

MIC of Football Report

Newington is regarded as the leading soccer school in the GPS competition. So we knew we had a tough task ahead of us. When running a sporting program the most important thing you want to gain out of the season is making sure the boys have improved and developed their skills. Although we may have lost the majority of the matches, if we look back at our results against Newington during the trial period we had a deficit average of around 7 goals to last weekend whereby we averaged a deficit of around 3 goals. This is a remarkable improvement that has been the result of the boys training hard and enjoying their time.

Although going down 0-3 the 1st XI came away with a lot of encouragement. In the first minute of the match we had a chance to score, missing a golden opportunity to take an early lead. This sent a message to our top of the table opponents that we were here to seriously challenge them. The boys continued to fight hard, but a couple of lapses in defence gave them a 2-0 lead at half time. Our boys have continued the attitude to never give up and came into the second half still believing we could do this. We applied a lot of pressure causing a stir within the Newington camp. They were getting very frustrated resulting in them getting a few yellow cards. We knew we were on top, but what is now becoming more evident is the loss of our striker, Jesse Cooper, who regularly found the back of the net.  We just couldn’t convert our chances and then towards the end of the match we conceded another goal securing the win for Newington. The 2nd XI also had their chances, but when you concede an early goal you are always chasing your tail. With the final minute of the game looming all players went on the attack allowing Newington to counter attack and win the game 2-0. Eddy Wang scored a spectacular goal for the 3rd XI from 20 yards out, while Jun Park showed true commitment and enthusiasm running on for the 4th XI, 3rd XI and also getting a good stint for the 2nd XI. This is credit to his hard work and determination on and off the field.

Many of our top age group teams were victims of tough defeats, but it is good to see we have depth with the majority of matches being very close. It is important we continue to develop all teams to keep challenging our top tier players. Our team of the week goes to the 10th XI with their strong win with Michael Hughes scoring a hat-trick.

On Saturday we play our fourth round match away against Riverview who are also equal top of the ladder with Newington. A win this weekend will place us right back into contention for the premiership. So our boys are primed and ready to go.

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 track 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 Football

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SHS Rowing Committee AGM


Date: Wednesday 20 August 2014
Venue: School Staff Common Room
Time: 7.00pm

Come and find out about new developments for the upcoming season.

Rowing is a great sport that High provides for your boys. It also relies on parents to help facilitate the program. Every year we need new parents to become involved.

All Office Bearer positions will be declared vacant and available for nomination and election.

All parents of rowing students are invited to attend the meeting.

George Comninos
Committee President

Julie Blomberg
Rowing MIC

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SBHS Rugby

High Rugby = High Spirit


High vs Kings

Well done to all teams last weekend. We were again too strong in the 13s, well matched in the 14s, very competitive in the 15s and 16s and impressive in the Opens. After trailling by 8 in the first half, SHS 1st XV showed their fighting spirit to come back and win 19-8 against Kings 3rd XV.

Try of the week – Alan Qi 1st XV
Team of the week – 13As

CHS Tour

Congratulations to Sama Malolo, Sam Musgrove and James Tinker who have all been selected in a 25 man CHS squad to tour South Africa in 2015. Congratulations also go to Bennette Jiang who made the CHS development squad for 2015.

Armidale Trip

A reminder to all Rugby players to pay for the Armidale trip ASAP. We leave on August 22 and return August 24. It is a fun trip and a big part of the Rugby experience at Sydney Boys High School.

Game schedule for the remainder of the season

Date Game
August 16 Shore vs High
August 23 Armidale vs High
September 6 High vs Grammar

Mr G Barris
MIC Rugby

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Debating Dinner 2014

Sydney Boys High School
2014 Debating Dinner

Date: Saturday 6th September, 2014

Where: The Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School

Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start

Price: $35 per person

Tickets: Available from the Front Office

Ticket sales close Monday 1st September, 2014

*Come and watch our coaches as we test out their debating skills in ‘The Great Debate’!*

The 2014 Debating Dinner RSVP form is available in 
the PDF version of this edition of High Notes

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Showcase Concert and Art Exhibition

The Sydney Boys High School 2014 HSC Showcase Concert and Art Exhibition will be held in the Great Hall over two evenings:

Monday 25 August 2014
Tuesday 26 August 2014

5:00pm to 7:00pm

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High Family

The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C.

If you would like to have any parent community news or upcoming events included in High Society, please contact Ian Sweeting P&C President This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Back to McKay Day

Please diarise and make plans to attend the School’s annual Back-to-McKay Day on Saturday 6th September when High will play Grammar in the last round of GPS Rugby and Football. The official opening of the refurbished Fairland Pavilion and new electronic scoreboard at 2.30pm will precede the 1st XV game at 3pm. All parents and carers are invited to attend and join the official guests, including the member for Wentworth Malcolm Turnbull for afternoon tea at the Pavilion.

Parent Volunteers Needed

Sydney Boys High Open Day

Thursday 4th September
9.30am to 12.00pm

Please come and help the P & C to welcome prospective parents to the School.

We need volunteer parents to help serve morning tea and chat to visiting parents, answering their questions, such as:
“How did your son settle in?”
“What sport does your son play?”
“Is your son involved in music?”

It’s a very enjoyable morning and all you need bring is your friendly smile.

Please contact Francisca Sjahry on
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 0481 381 431
if you are able to help out.

Thank you

Next P&C Meeting

Our next general P&C meeting will be held in the Staff Common Room on Monday 8 September at 6:30pm.  We look forward to seeing you there.
Ian Sweeting

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Open Day 2014

Sydney Boys High School Open Day
Thursday 4 September 2014
9:30am - 12:00pm

Sydney Boys High School
Empowering Gifted Boys
Moore Park
Surry Hills NSW 2010

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