High Notes, Vol 15 No 31, October 10 2014

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From the Principal

Welcome back to term 4
I hope all staff and students are returning refreshed and ready to go as we head into a busy final term for the year. I wish all our HSC boys the best of luck in their HSC examinations and extend my commiserations to their families in this stressful time. ‘This, too, will pass’. Thank you to all the staff members who submitted reference sheets for Year 12 boys and to Mr Dowdell who painstakingly verified the contents of the student paragraphs.  Thank you to Mr Cipolla and Mr Gifford for their liaison work with our boys in their interactions with universities and UAC.

High Talent
Congratulations to our Encore nominees for HSC Music, 2014: Shaleen Baranwal, Steve Comninos, Brendan Hancox, Riley Irwin, Edric Wang and Madison Wu. Well done to Aashray Narula and Adilmorad Nadir who won the SAGSE (Society for Australian and German Student Exchange) Scholarships to spend three months in Germany. Congratulations to the cross country team for their great season. SBHS ranked 4th in Opens, 4th in U16s and 3rd in U14s to move up to 3rd GPS school overall – a great result! Luke Schofield ran a very strong 6th at the National U16 competition with a massive PB at 13:09 for 4kms. The 15s Basketball Knockout team won the Sydney East Competition again and will represent High at the CHS state Knockout carnival. Congratulations to: Lucas Bell, Peter Dadson, Gerard Dawson, Liam Elton, Josh Hua, Timothy Jeffrey, Elliot Love, Angus Rankin, Ben Udler, Albert Yang and Kurt Wang.

Holiday Working Bee
Thank you to GA Jim Crampton, Peter McGregor and all the parent volunteers who had such a productive working bee at High during the holidays. The inside ceilings of the walkway cloisters were cleaned down with sugar soap. The cracked and peeling wall surrounding 802, the Cadets and High Store was water blasted and scraped to expose the cracks and wet spaces that need to dry out before the area can be repainted. A significant area of the school gardens were also layered with wood chips.

Foundation Day Celebration Assembly
This year we had as our guests nearly 30 Old Boys from 1964 who were celebrating their 50th reunion. Mr Peter Anderson gave the Occasional Address on their behalf. My address to the assembly is reprinted below:

"Special guests Peter Anderson (SHS 1964), Professor Emeritus Geoffrey Kellerman (SHS 1942), Old Boy Prefects, parents, staff and students, welcome to our annual Foundation Day Assembly. Over the last decade a tradition has evolved in which this celebration of the establishment of the School in October, 1883, includes honouring the student leadership traditions that have existed in parallel with the school’s development over its 131 years. The investiture ceremony for Prefect Interns connects us to our past and reaffirms our vision for the future. Student voice through leadership is an integral aspect of our school culture.

"Seventy-five years ago the Prefect and student editor of The Record, Neville Fortescue, commented in November on the causes of the war in Europe that had recently been declared. He blamed much of the current crisis on the harshness of the Treaty of Versailles and on the failure of the League of Nations, pointing to the fact that not all nations were members.

"He had faith that Britain and the Commonwealth could “win this war against the enemies of peace”. He urged a “spirit of moderation …towards the vanquished, for it is only reason, coupled with a sound world democracy, that can save the world from chaos”. In our present troubled geopolitical circumstances seventy-five years on, we are still calling for reason and a viable world democracy.

"The Record also published the obituary of the late Pilot-Officer William Lockley RAF killed while on patrol over the North Sea off the Norwegian coast. Just four years earlier, William had been a popular and respected student playing breakaway for the 1st XV.  The sacrifice of war was in many students thoughts in 1939. The timber and glass display cabinets which are still in the cloister were installed in 1938 as ‘The Forum’, or clearing house for student ideas. The display was changed each week. The most frequent contributions involved commentaries on international and political topics. They were symbols of student voice at High, indicating how long this has been an important aspect of our culture.

"In 1939 high had a very successful year in CHS rugby, winning 11 of 12 CHS matches, losing only by a point to North Sydney. They played Hurlstone, Fort Street, Canterbury, Sydney Technical High and Parramatta. The depth that year was shown by CHS premierships in 1st, 2nd, 3rd,5th and 6th grade rugby.  Bill Cerutti coached first grade and in the GPS competition, the boys had three wins, a draw against SGS and three losses – one memorable one against Joeys by a solitary field goal.

"At Springfield College in Massachusetts in December, 1891, Dr James Naismith nailed two peach baskets to the gallery of the university gymnasium and used them as makeshift goals for an indoor training drill for American football. After a rapid development and rise in popularity, basketball was made an official Olympic sport for the 1936 Berlin Games. Basketball was introduced to High in 1939 and a team was entered in the City of Sydney Junior League, enjoying immediate success.

"In accordance with our policy of having our school seen as a ‘living’ museum honouring our culture, I am pleased to announce that Professor Emeritus Kellerman has sponsored a plaque in memory of old Boy John Cornforth who passed away in December, last year. Sir John won a Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1975. We hope that students seeing his name as they enter the chemistry lab will inspire them to strive for excellence in science as he did. I thank Professor Kellerman for his generous gesture and hope that more rooms in our school can be dedicated to very high achievers in various disciplines.

"Our previous school leaders have always demonstrated lasting pride in their school and have recognised the honour of being elected as a school leader at High. The student leadership team in 1939 comprised nine Prefects with B. Abbott as Vice-Captain and N. Docker as Captain. For 2015, we have Luke Hoad as Intern Captain, Niyaz Mostafa as Vice-Captain and Bosco Tran as Senior Prefect. They head up a team of 35 Prefects who have met the academic, participation and behavioural requirements for the role.

"What qualities are expected from school leaders? Nine core attributes have been suggested. Prefects should maintain an awareness of their position at all times.  They should be decisive and make decisions in the best interests of the school. They should show empathy towards all students in the school. Have a sense of confidence in your role, exude optimism about what can be achieved to the boys around you. Walk the talk that’s in the pledge you take. Be accountable for your actions. Take responsibility and admit mistakes so constructive solutions to problems can be found. Always be honest in your dealings with staff and students.  Be focussed in your academic work, your leadership tasks and in nurturing relationships through effective communication. Above all inspire others by your positive communications and behaviour.

"On our foundation anniversary, let us all reflect on what has always been and what should remain  the cornerstones of our school – the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, sportsmanship, service and fellowship I congratulate the School Prefects on their election."
Dr K A Jaggar

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Free workshop for supervisors of learner drivers.

Ensure your learner driver has the best possible introduction to driving; their life could depend on it!

The City of Sydney aims to improve road safety with a workshop for supervisors of learner drivers.

Tuesday 28 October 2014
6pm -8pm
Customs House
Alfred Street, Circular Quay

The two hour workshop will provide pertinent practical advice regarding:

  • laws for learner and P-plate drivers.
    how to use the Learner Driver Log Book
  • how to plan on-road driving sessions and supervise learner drivers
  • understanding the benefits of supervised on road driving experience

Bookings are essential, please phone The City of Sydney on 9265 9333 or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   to reserve your seat.

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From the Office

Medical Conditions

Notice to All Parents
It is a parent responsibility to notify the Front Office First Aid Staff if your son has a medical condition which requires medication. All medication such as Epipens needs to be clearly marked with your son’s name and have a current expiry date.

Your cooperation is appreciated.

Letters Re Absence/Lateness/ Early Leave

When your son returns to school from being absent he is required to provide a letter of explanation signed by a parent or guardian.  If your son is going to be late for school a note is also required.  Alternatively you may contact the school by phone on 9662 9300 and dial “1” for the absentee line.

If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Ms Powell, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after.  Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name, date and roll class of your son printed clearly.  Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.


If 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.

The Principal must approve all leave applications.

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Sports Donations

GPS sports competition is very demanding on people and resources. At High we have ongoing needs for facilities development, equipment and development through expert coaching. If you would like to help through a tax deductible donation for a particular sport, the appropriate form can be posted to you by calling 9662 9300. Alternatively, you can go to our website www.sydneyboyshigh.com  click on Sport /Sports Donations to download either Development Donation Form or Equipment and Facility Donation Form.

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SBHS Cricket

Cricket Results – 2014 Term 3 Holidays

Team Score Result Highlights
1st XI SBHS 10 – 123 & 10 – 122 v
St Aloysius 10 – 144 & 10 – 93
Won Karthik Subbanna 46*, Vishnu Avudainayagam 4-31, Raunak Sura 3-18
Shashank Nampalli 30, Sudarshan Arvind 4-23
1st XI SBHS 10 – 185 v
Otago High School 1 – 186
Lost Vishnu Avudainayagam 86, Vishal Nomula 31
1st XI SBHS 10 – 155 v
Grammar 4 – 159
Lost Vishnu Avudainayagam 56
2nd XI SBHS 10 – 135 v
Shore 5 – 301
Lost Yoshika Kulasinghe 48, Kevin Robertson 31, Eli Hall 4-70
2nd XI SBHS 10 – 104 v
Grammar 6 – 252

MIC of Cricket Report

Over the holiday break our 1st and 2nd XI squads played a few trial games in preparation for the up and coming GPS season. Our 1st XI kicked off with a two-day game against St Aloysius’ College. We elected to bat first on a damp wicket due to some overnight rain. This proved to be very challenging getting off to a poor start losing three wickets for just one run. Karthik Subbanna batted very well to be undefeated on 46, was well supported by Shashank (19) and at the end put on a crucial 42 run partnership with Tully Moffat (25). By the time it was our turn to bowl the wicket had flattened out and Aloys took advantage of that starting off very well with an opening stand partnership of 58. Unfortunately Tully when diving for the ball landed awkwardly and ended up breaking his arm resulting in a lot of screaming and being taken back to hospital by an ambulance. The team fought back hard to finish day one with 7-115. The next day the boys cleaned up the tail quite quickly and started the innings well. Many batters got off to a start and Shashank Nampalli and Peter Yu put on a 50 run partnership to set Aloys 103 runs to win. Our boys bowled superbly well bowling full and straight placing a lot of pressure on the batters. Many of the bowlers picked up a couple of wickets and ended up bowling them out for 93 and winning by 10 runs.

The next match was against a school touring over from New Zealand, Otago High School. We batted first and set a defendable total of 185 thanks to our little pocket rocket, Vishnu Avudainayagam, scoring a magnificent 86 that was well supported by Gautham Shankar (23). This time our bowling was erratic and the Otago boys smashed us around the park winning the game with nine wickets in hand.

On the same day our 2nd XI had a trial match against Shore 2nd XI. A young and inexperienced team, it was always going to be a difficult task. The boys tried hard, but lacked consistency when needing to bowl full and straight. Eli Hall bowling his leg spinners got rewarded for his good deliveries taking 4-71. The batting did not start well with Saransh Saini being run out for a diamond duck, but our middle order batters Kevin Robertson (31) and Yoshika Kulasinghe (48) put on a very respectable partnership of 86 from 150 balls helping the team post a respectable total.

The final trial match was up against the ever improving Sydney Grammar School. Our 1st XI played at Petersham Park where we batted first on a sticky wicket. We got off to a decent start, but would continually lose wickets as we were about to build good partnerships. This forces the run rate to slow down and applies pressure on our batters to score runs in an unconventional way. Again Vishnu Avudainayagam batted with ease, scoring back to back half-centuries. Our tail order wagged a bit to help us post a competitive total of 155. Grammar have a strong top order batting side and Isaac Crawford who scored many runs for them last season continued his form posting an unbeaten 88 and helping his team to victory.

The 2nd XI had another tough day with Grammar posting a large total of 252. Again Yoshi fought hard with 27, but was given little support from the other end.

This Saturday our 1st and 2nd XI play in a GPS T20 Tournament that consist of three matches to be played on the same day. Although very exhausting for the boys it is a very enjoyable day. The remaining teams also will be playing in a T20 match against Shore at Northbridge. Good luck to all the boys and remember to play positive cricket and run hard between wickets.

To all parents and players, don’t forget to go through the points below:

  • Please make sure that all the boys wear SBHS logo hats and tops.
  • They are not to wear thongs to and from their fixtures.
  • Make sure they drink plenty of water and carry a drink bottle with them to training and fixtures.
  • Please notify their coaches if they are unable to attend training or their fixture.

Geoff Tesoriero
MIC Cricket

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Basketball: Shootin' Hoops


As the basketball community begins to gear up for some AAGPS b’ball, the new season will see the end of some great players of High, although the Nationals are yet to come and we are NSW State Champions.

Although seeing the back of some High legends, we will also be seeing some young blood inducted into the prestigious first and second grade squads, as well as keeping some of the old dogs. “I’m looking forward to seeing the development of our juniors as they grow into the Sydney High opens system” says Mr B Hayman.

Basketball isn’t just about games and training.  It’s also about the spirit.   In the off season, Sydney Boys held a Fathers Day Old Boys game.  The old boys won marginally, 70-62.  We encourage all students and relatives to attend these annual games as they are a great bonding experience for father and son.

To all the new basketball players starting their first season, and to all the players returning, good luck with the upcoming season… GO HIGH!

~ Go HIGH!
~ Play Hard, Play Smart and Play Together!
~ Brought to you by the Editor Archie Fox
~ Thanks to Mr B Hayman for all his contributions to HIGH Basketball

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Working Bee Projects - September 2014

Dear BEES,

Thank you for all your fantastic help.

It was a great day, especially to meet the other inaugural BEES.

We have made a start and I think learnt a lot about;

  • respective skills, (much more to learn here),
  • focusing projects to finite outcomes,
    (though sometimes our projects might be just the first stage in a larger project- like the prepping of the terrace hall wall).
  • what we can achieve, (a lot !!)

On our first attempt we have;

  1. Cleaned out and re-organised the P+C store in the hall- something that has been waiting for sometime.
  2.  Thoroughly prepped the Hall’s Terrace Wall for later painting.
  3. Added some top soil to the new plants and central basket ball garden bed and made some improvements to it’s deteriorated edging.
  4.  Cleaned the central colonnade of the courtyard.

Please be alert for the next B coming soon. Please nominate any places or projects that you feel might benefit from our zeal.

Special Thanks to;

  • Violet S; helped with P & C cupboard and morning tea.
  • Wendy Zeng; who spread topsoil.
  • Tim (we need your surname) who also spread Top soil and helped rebuild those edges.
  • Linda Vorgian; and son Jack (who helped make sandwiches)
  • Zhijun Niu; and son Jaiwei (who spread top soil and took photos).
  • Scott Hamilton, Scaffold and water blaster master.
  • Darwesh Chand, holder of many important tools and another master water blaster.
  • Terence Ho Shun, the quiet achiever and tireless apprentice blaster , cleaned a whole playground
  • Dora who never stopped working everywhere.
  • Gylnis who quietly organised the whole P+C move storage move
  • Ourania Flabouris who helped Glynis;
  • Desmond Cheing year 11 worked solidly with Glynis all day.
  • Gary Fattore: Brendon 1st basketball year 11; who did a great job cleaning up then stayed for the soccer parking.
  • Julie, without this would not have happened. And those scone and cakes!
  • Asif for getting filthy.
  • Peter, who finally figured out the scaffold Jim of course who did everything with everyone

On Monday Julie and her son Archie backed with Mulching the basketball bed with help from Max McGregor + Alex Chang.

Please let us know if we missed anyone.

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