High Notes, Vol 15 No 33, October 24 2014

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Kevin Ke (Year 11) on his selection in the 2015 Australian Science Olympiad Summer School, organised by Australian Science Innovations. He will be one of the 80 students selected from the competitions in biology, chemistry, physics and earth and environmental sciences that attracted 4000 elite science students in Australia. The Summer School is held at ANU in January. The Olympiad team of 17 is then chosen. Good luck, Kevin. The program is sponsored by BHP, ANU and the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).

Valé Gough Whitlam
Gough Whitlam, who passed away on Tuesday, was an extraordinary figure in Australian politics. He has generated great respect in recent years on both sides of politics for his prescience, vision, sense of purpose and drive. He had a plan to move Australian society forward. His great legacy is the game-changing suite of initiatives in education, health, social welfare, industrial relations and foreign affairs that he made in just three years as Prime Minister (1972-75).  His crash through or crash approach to getting things done really shook up the Canberra establishment. His vision was confronting and stirred intense conservative opposition. A political crisis was engineered which led to action by the Governor-General to dismiss the Prime Minister. The irony is that Whitlam’s political life has come to be defined by his dismissal by the Governor-General rather than by the great work he did as our country’s leader. He will be missed by all Australians who admire people who see things clearly through a lens of principle and act courageously to do what they see as right for society.

House Captains
House captains play an important role in the school. They help to build engagement with school life. Having a sense of belonging and a sense of contributing to something greater than ourselves are important human needs. When boys are growing up they are particularly sensitive to these needs. House rivalry brings a sense of tribalism to the school community. To belong to a House makes you have a bond with all those other wearing the same colours. You are united in a cause. The House Captains’ role is to provide a rallying point for members of his House. He needs to lead the support for all competitors in his House at swimming and athletics carnivals and at House competitions at school, such as basketball. Collectively, House Captains rally support for whole school events such as GPS carnivals, Head of the River and home games against SGS. Congratulations to Rick Saha (Eedy), Bennette Jiang (Fairland), Anthony Allingham (McKay), Leonard Mah (Rubie), Daniel Ahn (Saxby) and Tom Luo (Torrington). I expect that all students will support their House captains and the other members of their Houses.

Educational Research and Resourcing at High
Recently conducted student usage surveys have found that our students make very heavy usage of research and resourcing facilities at High. Whether they are accessing school-supplied PCs for private research, or using electronic or hard copy reference material, or privately studying, reading books, newspapers or magazines, or working collaboratively with friends, or asking research or study advice, students enjoy the dedicated spaces for these purposes. High is fortunate to have two places, catering for 220 students simultaneously. Each space is headed up by a Teacher-Librarian. Both spaces have extended opening hours to cater for students arriving early for various commitments or because travelling is easier early. Both spaces have Support Staff to administer the resources and help student who borrow books or want to access resources.

One of these spaces (Killip Library) is resourced entirely by DEC – staff and support staff. The other (McDonald Library) is financed entirely by the school. The standard DEC cost for a teacher is $104,000 per annum. Each learning space has around $50,000 in support services and a materials / fiction / subscriptions budget of $15,000. The school invests $205k of its DEC delivered resources in order to provide services to every student. Similarly, the school spends $205k of school and community raised funds to provide this range of educational opportunities. The bulk of tis money comes from tax deductible donations to the Library Fund. In order to describe the purposes of the Fund more accurately and explain the educational reasons for enlisting parental financial support more sharply, the Library Fund will be renamed the Student Research and Resources Fund as from December 1. The change will be for internal marketing purposes and will not alter the status of the Fund or change its ABN.

Just to reinforce why support for the Libraries is needed, in the Killip Junior Library during the last calendar year to October, nearly 100,000 people passed through the gate counter, going in or out of the library. Individual students used the library 24,000 times during breaks in the school day. Individual laptop use totalled >5,000. Nearly 8,000 resources were borrowed from the Junior Library during the year. There is no doubt that our boys make great use of our libraries.

Year 9, 2015 Mentors
In 2015, there will be 30 new enrolments into Year 9. It is always difficult to transition to a new school, so we need people to help us make the orientation to High as smooth as possible. In past years, current Year 8 boys have volunteered to act as Peer Mentors for the incoming students. Some High boys already know students enrolling in Year 9 as they have played with them in a sports team or went to the same primary school, or live in the same suburb or know them socially. Some new boys have had visits to the school or have had holiday training sessions with our boys. The role of Peer Mentor is not very onerous. We need boys familiar with the routines and policies of high to share these with new boys and to act as a contact when information is needed. Usually boys swap phone numbers and the Mentor makes contact before school starts and then is available in the first few weeks of term to act as a support person for the new enrolment. School Service Award Scheme points are issued in recognition of the efforts made by effective Mentors. If you would like to help, please contact your Year 8 Adviser – Ms Eggleton, Mr Fuller or Ms Mack.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Help Needed - Orientation Day

Tuesday 11th November

Can you spare a couple of hours between 2:00pm and 4:30pm; or between 4pm and 6:00pm?
Please join our team of volunteer parents serving refreshments in the courtyard outside the Great Hall.  Our aim is to make incoming families feel welcome and to encourage their involvement in the school.

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

Thank You

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SBHS P&C AGM

SYDNEY BOYS HIGH SCHOOL 2014
P&C ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Please be advised the SBHS P&C Annual General Meeting will be held Monday 10 November at 6:30pm in the staff common room.

If you are interested in contributing in any way, please contact Ian Sweeting and the P&C at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

The November P&C general meeting will be held at the conclusion of the Annual General Meeting. This will be the last P&C meeting for 2014.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Boggabilla Billets needed

In Week 5, the students from Boggabilla Central School will be coming to Sydney for their annual exchange and we need a number of billets for these students. If you are able to host these students could you please have your son pick up a permission note from Mr J Kay this week?

Boys who are billeting these students will also be involved in some of the activities held with them during school hours over the course of their exchange. If you have any questions about the exchange please contact
Mr J Kay

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From the Canteen

Thanks to the volunteers last week

MON: Maria Simic, Tina Chang, Olivia Yinzhu,
TUES: Penny Chan,
WED: George Haddo, Minhua Zhang, Fumiko Cheong,Hiroko Kitajima
THUR: Ming Lee, Changzi Wang, 
FRI: Jenny Beer, Lien Tran,

We appreciate very much all our canteen volunteers giving their time to help out at High.
Sharon Hughes

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SHS Rowing

The Sydney High Rowing Committee invites parents, Old Boys, friends and supporters to a special occasion with the naming of 5 boats.

BOAT NAMING COCKTAIL PARTY
Saturday 8 November 2014 5pm to 9pm

At the Outterside Centre, 5 Teviot Ave, Abbotsford Smart Casual

$50 per person includes all beverages and canapés ($35 for Uni students)

Boat Naming Ceremony will begin at 6:30pm

  • Anne-Maree Keogh –  IV
  • Comninos Family – VIII
  • Julie Blomberg – VIII
  • Musgrove – Single
  • Norm Lamerton – Single

RSVP with payment ($50 pp / $35 per student) by Monday 3rd November 2014 by:

Electronic Payment:
RSVP and pay online using the following link:
http://www.trybooking.com/105935

Cash Payment:
On Saturday mornings at the sheds 8am – 10am.

Enquiries:
Tracy Whittaker 0410 557050 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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SBHS Cricket

Cricket Results – 2014 Term 4 Week 2

Team Score Result Highlights
T20 Trials
1st XI
1st XI
2nd XI SBHS 10 – 71 v Newington 5 – 109 Lost
2nd XI SBHS 5 – 103 v SJC 10 – 84 Won Rick Saha 38, Raphin Hossain 3-9
3rd XI SBHS 9 – 66 v Newington 9 – 169 Lost
4th XI SBHS 10 – 62 v Newington 5 – 63 Lost
5th XI SBHS 3 – 86 v Newington 5 – 85 Won Marc Betbeder-Matibet 47, Marc Betbeder-Matibet 3-7
16A XI SBHS 8 – 55 v Newington 7 – 80 Lost
16B XI SBHS 4 – 145 v Newington 9 – 136 Won Sam Hughes 60*, Hamzah Mulla 31, Aroon Parthasarathy 4-14, Harin Soni 3-21
15A XI SBHS 6 – 79 v Newington 3 – 80 Lost Abhijot Singh 41*
14A XI SBHS 5 – 63 v Newington 4 – 103 Lost
14B XI
14C XI
Note: W/O = Washed Out

MIC of Cricket Report

This term we see many of our teams go on fantastic cricket tours. Our top year 9 cricketers will be participating in the annual Barberis Cup that is played against Melbourne High School. This year our boys will be travelling to Melbourne from 16th – 19th November. The U15s and U14s cricketers participate in the annual East Coast Cup against Brisbane High School and they will be travelling up to Brisbane from 23rd – 26th November. Then our main tour that the 1st XI compete in is the highly competitive 5 Highs Tour. This year Brisbane is hosting the carnival and our boys will be travelling from the 30th November – 5th December.

In the July holidays 2015 we are aiming to participate in a once in a life time opportunity to play in a cricket tournament hosted in Sri Lanka. We will be representing our school and Australia in the “World Premier Schools Cricket Challenge” Tournament. This is open to anyone in the current U15s-Opens cricket team. If you are interested in attending please notify me by email.

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/SydHighCricket

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, tops and long white pants.
  • They are not to wear thongs to and from their fixtures.
  • Apply plenty of sunscreen throughout the day.
  • 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 of Cricket

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Basketball: Shootin' Hoops

High vs Newington

HIGH vs. Newington: Term 1, 2014

TEAM RESULT SCORE TOP SCORER
 1st WIN 70-56 G.GERLACH 22
2nd LOSS 49-42 C.SHI 12
3rd WIN 35-31 B.TRUONG 9
4th WIN 30-14 T.ZHANG 8
5th WIN 35-14 C.WANG 14
6th WIN 21-9 A.KUANG 6
7th WIN 37-8 G.CHEN 18
8th WIN 36-22 TEAM EFFORT
16A LOSS 30-38 Y.KITA-LEONG
16B WIN 24-22 L.SHTEIN 6
16C WIN 28-22 A.RUSLI 6
16D WIN 52-28 H.PARK 12
16E WIN 25-15 P.JOHNSTONE 8
16F WIN 26-18 D.CAI 8
15A LOSS 27-34 K.WANG 12
15B WIN 45-10 C.WON 16
15C WIN 18-26 J.YE 9
15D WIN 25-15 C.MCGRATH 10
15E WIN 65-8 D.SHARMA 13
15F WIN 65-5 J.ZHENG 16
14A LOSS 21-46 TEAM EFFORT
14B WIN 36-35 J.SOY 14
14C LOSS 23-20 S.NAWA 10
14D WIN 47-18 J.LAI 12
14E WIN 22-20 Y.YIP 12
14F WIN 21-18 TEAM EFFORT
13A LOSS 16-46 W.MENG 6
13B LOSS 18-20 R.CAL 10
13C LOSS 14-42 D.GOH 8
13D LOSS 4-51 A.NGUYEN 2
13E WIN 25-23 TEAM EFFORT
13F DRAW 12-12 TEAM EFFORT

HIGH vs. Newington: Term 4, 2014

TEAM RESULT SCORE TOP SCORER
 1st WIN 70-56 G.GERLACH 22
2nd LOSS 49-42 C.SHI 12
3rd WIN 35-31 B.TRUONG 9
4th WIN 30-14 T.ZHANG 8
5th WIN 35-14 C.WANG 14
6th WIN 21-9 A.KUANG 6
7th WIN 37-8 G.CHEN 18
8th WIN 36-22 TEAM EFFORT
16A LOSS 30-38 Y.KITA-LEONG
16B WIN 24-22 L.SHTEIN 6
16C WIN 28-22 A.RUSLI 6
16D WIN 52-28 H.PARK 12
16E WIN 25-15 P.JOHNSTONE 8
16F WIN 26-18 D.CAI 8
15A LOSS 27-34 K.WANG 12
15B WIN 45-10 C.WON 16
15C WIN 18-26 J.YE 9
15D WIN 25-15 C.MCGRATH 10
15E WIN 65-8 D.SHARMA 13
15F WIN 65-5 J.ZHENG 16
14A LOSS 21-46 TEAM EFFORT
14B WIN 36-35 J.SOY 14
14C LOSS 23-20 S.NAWA 10
14D WIN 47-18 J.LAI 12
14E WIN 22-20 Y.YIP 12
14F WIN 21-18 TEAM EFFORT
13A LOSS 16-46 W.MENG 6
13B LOSS 18-20 R.CAL 10
13C LOSS 14-42 D.GOH 8
13D LOSS 4-51 A.NGUYEN 2
13E WIN 25-23 TEAM EFFORT
13F DRAW 12-12 TEAM EFFORT

This was an exciting week for Sydney High Basketball.  Sydney Kings players Kendrick Perry and Tom Garlepp came on Thursday to help coach the 14’s and 15’s.  Kendrick is a recent import from Florida.

For team results this week; 1sts and 2nd both won their games with an unlucky loss in the 16 C’s. It’s good to see that we are maintaining a high win percentage with a slight drop this week to 65% vs Newington.  We should not see this as a bad thing however as it means we can improve. 

A reminder that on the 23rd is a meeting for the USA Basketball tour at 7PM upstairs in the gym (901).  All are welcome to attend.  Good luck to all teams next week against The Kings School and go HIGH!

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

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 From PDHPE

 FITNESS ASSESSMENT September 2014

The final fitness assessment of our Year 7 – 10 students was carried out during September. In 2014 personal goal times were again set to encourage each student to improve and maintain a higher level of aerobic fitness. It was very pleasing to see 229 students (29%) achieve their personal goals. Congratulations to the students who achieved their personal1.6k run goal time. Their names appear below.

Year 7 (40 students)
Arian Ahmed, Marcus Borscz, Chen Cai, Ryan Chan, James Chia, Rongxuan Chong, Hamish Covell, Ronan Gao, David Goh, Tyler Harapin, Henry Ho, Eric Holstrom, Andy Hua, Willaim Kuang, Albert Le, Matthew Lee, Henry Lei, Shengkang Li, Zewei Liao, Ramanan Linghanathan, Abdur Mohammed,Aaditya Mone, Maadhavan Nadeswaran, Angus Ng, Dylan Ngui, Alexander Nguyen, Francis Nguyen, Dinan Pingamage, Joshua Poornanakaran, Anthony Qiu, Raghav Ramanathan, Dean Rong, Adam Simic, Justin Su, David Tsai, Daniel Wang, Jimmy Wang, Tony Wu, Oliver Xu and Leo Ye

Year 8 (53 students)
Muraslin Bahar, Nikhilesh Belulkah, Daniel Bounitch, Damian Chan, Alec Chen, Oscar Chen, Calvin Do,

Tim Fan, Archie Fox, Lachlan Goff, Andrew Guang, Allen Guo, Ryan Ho-Shon, Khondoker Hoque, Joseph Huangzhou, Ryan Huynh, Eugene Kang, Jaden Kim, Dev Lalwani, Nicholas Lambros, Jonathan Lee, Jonathan Li, Kevin Li, Leo Li, Ricky Li, Ryan Li, James Liang, Anthony Liao, Daniel Ma, Zhikai Mai, Max McGregor, Brandon Nguyen, Nicholas Nguyen, Simon Pham, Rakin Rahman, Jack Ralph, Dimas Sanjoyo, Nathan Sheng, Adam Steele, Jiaming Sun, Ben Wang, Jason Wang, Leonardo Wang, Jason Wei, Max Wharton-Jones, Roy Wu, Hanqing Yi, Zhao Tong Zhang, Alan Zhao, Roy Zheng, Richard Zhong, Edwin Zhu and Kaiwen Zhu

Year 9 (98 students)
Sadin Afsar, Ahmedh AhamedRamzi, Faysal Ayub, Lucas Bell, James Chen, Shane Chen, Aiden Chow, Jordan Chung, Peter Dadson, Daniel Fan, Justin Fang, Jason Feng, Terrence Feng, Conor Fisher, Jonathan Gao,Nicholas Giannoulis, Ben Graham, Ray Gu, Kevin Guo, Shadman Habib, Isaac Haddo, Daniel Hamilton, Patrick Han, Desmond Ho, Daniel Hu, Shi Hua, Jason Huo, Ramachandran Kaniyur,  Jack Karnaghan, Nicholas Katsilis, Da Hen Kwak, Dominic Leal Smith, Kevin Lee, Andrew Lei, Jeron Lek, Alvis Leung, Harrison Li, Tony Li, Andrew Li (M), Andrew Li (R), Shang Lin, Ricky Liu, Elliot Love, Ethan May, Conor McGrath, Henrick Michael, Hamzah Mulla, Danny Nguyen, Stephen Nguyen, Tom Nguyen, Aroon Partharasathy, Rahul Prabhu, Akhil Prasad, Nathan Quan, Angus Rankin, Jake Rowlands, Louis Saunders, Brian Senthilrajan, Dharmesh Sharma, Eric Shen, Lane Shen, Kieran Shivakumaarun, James Snow, Harin Soni, Nigel Sun, Jerry Sung, Wanyu Tang, Aryan Vatandoust, Kurt Wang, William Weber, Shane Wei, Charlie Weng, Jia Hao Weng, Corey Won, Lucas Wong, Nathan Wong, Brian Wu, David Wu, Darren Xian, Anthony Xiao, Andrew Xu, Kenford Xuan, Dallas Yan, Jeffery Yang, Michael Yang, Feng Jun Yio, Marco Yu, Ahad-Anhiang Zafar,  Lawrence Zhai, David Zhang, Kevin Zhang, Ruilin Zhang, Sean Zhang, Tim Zhang, Jeffery Zheng, Jonathan Zheng, Cuthbert Zhong and Ellison Zhou.

Year 10 (38 students)
Manil Abeysekera, Kabir Agrawal, Kevin Andrew, Edward Belokopytov, Kevin Cai, Anthony Chen, William Chen (T), Lashan De Silva, Richard Ding, Christian Haddo, Elias Hall, Raymond Hua, Advait Joshi, Preetham Kadappu, Aidan Karahasan, Vishal Karnamadakala, David Kim, Youki Kita-Leong, Max Li, Kevin Jia Liang, Remington Lim, Jiachen Lu, Tim Luo, Alex Mao, Adam McCaffery, Andrew McNaughton, Hayden Ou, Symeon Papadopoulos, Marcus Plataniotis, Nafis Rahman, Jayden Schofield, Luke Schofield, Thomas Shortridge, Joseph Song, Karthik Subbanna, Julian Tu, Calvin Xiao and Daniel Xu.

Personal goals have been set since 2011. The boys highlighted in bold have achieved their personal goals on two occasions. The following boys have achieved their personal goal in three consecutive years. Year 9: Sadin Afsar, Jason Feng, Terrence Feng, Conor Fisher, Shadman Habib, Harrisan Li, Tony Li, Nathan Quan, Jerry Sung, and Ruilin Zhang. Year 10: Manil Abeysekera, William Chen (T), David Kim, Remington Lim, and Tim Luo.

Special mention: Adam McCaffery and Nafis Rahman in Year 10 have achieved their personal goals in four consecutive years, a great effort from Year 7 to 10.

The goal challenge will continue in 2015. Goal times for 2015 will be posted in Room 901 during Term 4. I look forward to more students taking up the 1.6k challenge and achieving their personal best times next year. The complete 1.6k run results for 2014 follows.
G. Stein
HT PDHPE

An assessment of 90% or better required a student to run the 1.6km in a time of 6 mins 30 secs. 50% or better, required a time of between 7 and 8 minutes. 10% or less means the 1.6km run was completed in a time greater than 9 mins 30 seconds.

1.6km results for 2014

Percentile band No. of students in each percentile band
Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
Feb Sept Feb Sept Feb Sept Feb Sept
90 – 99 10 21 6 23 21 61 26 37
80 – 89 5 17 8 21 9 21 14 12
70 – 79 6 9 15 16 20 12 20 13
60 – 69 7 18 15 20 11 22 11 13
50 – 59 11 10 19 21 15 16 13 9
40 – 49 13 15 20 16 21 15 22 9
30 – 39 13 13 24 11 26 17 17 5
20 – 29 21 18 21 14 35 18 16 16
10 – 19 30 30 28 18 24 13 27 36
0 – 9 60 15 15 7 15 7 30 40
Non-starters 5 13 8 11 11 10 9 18

Mean results for each year group 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

Feb 11 Sep 11 Feb 12 Sep 12 Feb 13 Sep 13 Feb 14 Sep 14
Year 10 42% 62% 49% 55% 46% 53% 51% 50%
Year 9 44% 60% 51% 66% 49% 69% 50% 68%
Year 8 37% 52% 42% 60% 38% 60% 47% 61%
Year 7 31% 55% 31% 56% 32% 62% 34% 53%

1.6km run - Best performances and record holders (2003 - 2014)

Date Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
2003 Danny Fu 6m 55s Quan Nguyen 6m 04s Andrew Reis 5m 44s Paul Watzlaff 5m 00s
2004 Alasdair Brown 6m 13s Alastair Taylor 5m 39s Richard Xu 5m 53s Attilla Szabo 5m 11s
2005 Keiran Taylor 5m 55s Cameron Reeves 5m 35s Alastair Taylor 5m 45s Harry Walker 5m 28s
2006 Andrew Ye 6m 15s Stephen Yoon 5m 56s Jeremy Ireland 5m 38s Matthew Fsadni 5m 33s
2007 Andreas Purcal 6m 07s Sam Lane 5m 28s Michael Ambrose 5m 24s Jeremy Ireland 5m 03s
2008 Arjun Punekar 5m 47s Anton Brokman 5m 41s Sam Lane 4m 53s Michael Ambrose 5m 24s
2009 Eugene Lee 5m 43s Oliver Kirk 5m 37s Lloyd Perris 5m 00s Sam Lane 4m 54s
2010 Luke Hoad 5m 43s Eugene Lee 5m 12s Jonathan Clements-Lendrum 5m 10s Adam Booth and Lloyd Perris 5m 01s
2011 Steven Xue 5m 50s Wesley Beare 5m 32s Ned Anson 5m 08s Jonathan Clements-Lendrum 5m 04s
2012 Kevin Guo 5m 54s Nafis Rahman 5m 47s Bailey Musulin 5m 29s Ned Anson 5m 00s
2013 Daniel Bounitch 5m 46s Elliot Love 5m 33s Luke Schofield 5m 04s Jonathan Chew 5m 36s
2014 Eric Holstrom 5m 12s Ryan Ho-Shon 5m 34s Stephen Young 5m 07s Luke Schofield 4m 49s

New records were established in Year 7 by Eric Holstrom (5m 12s) and in Year 10 by Luke Schofield (4m 49s) 

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The Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship

Sydney Boys High School
Empowering Gifted Boys

The Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship

For existing or enrolling students in years 7 -9 who meet the scholarship selection criteria.

To apply for a scholarship visit: www.sydneyboyshigh.com/scholarship for full details

Sydney Boys High School
Moore Park, Surry Hills, NSW, 2010
Ph: 9662 9300

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