High Notes, Vol 15 No 34, October 31 2014

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From the Principal

High Talent
Well done to the 15A Volleyball team who won the NSW Junior Championships, qualifying them for the Australian Schools Volleyball Cup to be played in Melbourne in December. Congratulations to the 15 years basketball team for their victory on the road against Nowra. They have qualified again for the last 8 tournament in Terrigal in November. Well done to Ben Hayman and the boys. Commiserations to our Year 10 PDC debating team for their semi-final loss to Smiths Hill in a re-match. Liam Jepson, Max Kowslowski, Thomas Nguyen and Thomas Shortridge had an off day to go down to the persistent visitors. Steve Comninos (SHS 2014) has been awarded a prestigious NSW Combined High School Sporting Association Blue for outstanding achievement in the sport of rowing. Great honour Steve! Well done to the SBHS Chess A team (Raymond, Johnson & Peter) for their second place in the Macquarie University Schools Chess Challenge last Sunday.

The Co-Curricular Supervision Levy
In order for us to run a six-day school with after-hours activities for debating, music or chess, we need to provide a teacher supervision structure to meet our duty of care obligations. The School has had a ‘Sports Levy’ on invoices sent to parents. It seems that the purpose of this levy has not been explained clearly or fully enough. Some parents are asking: ‘Why should I pay this levy when I’m paying quite a lot in co-payments for a sport for a season?’ Previously, I have tried to explain that this levy was used to pay for the time that supervising teachers/MICs have to spend hiring and managing coaches, organising teams, fixtures and venues, supervising training sessions, travelling and being there for competition on Saturdays. It does not cover the running costs of sports – coaches’ fees, venue hire, equipment, consumables. All these have to be funded through co-payments.

So as to clarify why the levy is necessary and should be supported, I want to share with you the direct costs to the school of management, supervision and duty of care. Staff members are remunerated by way of allowances (time free from face-to-face), or the period equivalent in money or a combination of the two. Non-teachers are paid the equivalent of the period allowance that would be offered to teachers.  Sports organisation and supervision: $182,918. Co-curricular organisation and supervision: $79,581. Last year the Sports Levy raised  $95,000. The community contribution thus is only a fraction of the cost borne by the school. As from December 1, the levy will be renamed: ‘The Co-curricular Supervision Levy’.

The Student Representative Council Executive
The Student Representative Council represents student voice in the governance of the school. The SRC has members elected from each cohort to provide vertical representation of the views of the student group as a whole. The Student Representative Council has a formal place in the governance of our school through its two members on the SBHS Council. The SRC organises two major events each year for students – Trivia Night and the Talent Quest. The Executive works with the SGHS SRC for joint activities. The SRC has been instrumental in effecting changes in the physical environment at High.  Last year they pushed for a water filling station accessible only during school hours. It has been installed at the rear of the Great Hall. The Executive of the SRC for 2015 are: Justin Song (President), William Chen [F] (Vice-President), Richard Ding (Secretary) and Arthur Chao (Treasurer). I congratulate these boys and know they will do a good job and will be supported by students and staff.

Year 11 reports have been available since Tuesday 21 October. There are still too many Year 11 reports that remain uncollected. Students now need to make appointments in their time to collect them as the period for in-school time collection has expired. The Principal is available before and after school to discuss academic progress with students who have met requirements.
Dr K A Jaggar

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School Vaccinations

These will take place on Wednesday 5th November.

On visit 3, we will be offering the following:

Year 7 boys

  1. Dose 3 HPV,
  2. any catch up Yr 7 vaccines missed on visit 1 & 2 (ie HPV dose 1 & 2 and dTpa).

IMPORTANT: Due to a world wide shortage of vaccines Varicella vaccination (Chicken pox) will be withdrawn from the vaccines offered on the third visit 2014. Nurses will prepare a letter and a Chicken pox Fact Sheet to send to parents who have consented for their child to receive varicella vaccine.

Year 8 boys:
Students who didn’t finish their HPV course at School in 2013 - they have received a letter from the PHU at the end of 2013, stating we will catch them up at school in Year 8  (2014)

Year 9 boys:

  1.  Dose 3 HPV
  2.  any catch up HPV from visit 1 & 2 (ie HPV dose 1 & 2)

Ms R Powell

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From the High Store

SALE on Swimmers & Sailing Polo
1st Week November 3 - 7
Boy’s High swimmers (limited stock )

ONLY Size 10 12 14 Boy’s fitting
Normally $35 NOW $20 

SALE on Sailing Polo
1st Week November 3 -7
Suitable for parents

Normally $40 NOW $25

Ms M Gentelle

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‘Bring Your Own Device’ Program Update

In late July, the expansion of the Sydney Boys High School Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Program was announced. A letter was sent to Year 7 and Year 8 parents as well as an advertisement placed in High Notes outlining the program and inviting your feedback.

As a reminder: In 2015 students in Years 7 – 10 will be expected to bring their own computing device to school every day. The BYOD Program is designed to give you, as students and families, freedom to make technology choices that suit you and all your circumstances.

Last Opportunity for Comment

Since the launch of the program, we have been refining the program policies, developing operational protocols and analysing your feedback.

A number of parents took the opportunity to provide feedback to the project team. All comments are taken seriously, and all parents were provided with a detailed response.

Soon the program will be finalised for 2015. All comments and feedback must be received by 7 November 2014.

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HistorTea for Amnesty

Last Friday, the History Department hosted a HistorTea to raise money for Amnesty International. The History teachers were baking overtime to produce enough cakes and brownies for the 35 boys who had bought tickets to the event. It was a great opportunity for different Year groups, and teachers, to socialise. We had great tea and cake and raised over $150 for Amnesty International.

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Please be advised the SBHS P&C Annual General Meeting will be held Monday 10 November at 6:30pm in the Staff Common Room.

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The SAGSE Ball 2014

On Friday, October 24, the annual Black Tie Ball took place in Doltone House on the water’s edge in Pyrmont. The occasion? The awarding of the scholarships to the twelve winners from New South Wales. Excited students, happy parents, representatives of German industries and the Consul General as well as a delegation from Germany were attending. There were of course also former scholarship winners who talked about their experiences in Germany. A short film showed last years “Stippies” in situ – one of them not quite sure which way round a cello is to be played (Sagar Nagaraj!) – which was very entertaining.

After the main course each student was called to the stage and presented with his/her scholarship certificate by the sponsor. As I was taking photos a lady tapped me on the shoulder and asked: “Have you got another student this year?” (She had remembered me from 2013) to which I replied: “Two!”

It was a fabulous evening and I am sure that the Australian students will have a wonderful time in Germany and be excellent ambassadors of their home country.
Frau St Leon

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High Tide

Sydney Boys High School Sailing

25th October 2014

Again gentle breezes (less than ten knots) assisted the lighter Sydney High crews to gain excellent places in the three races held on Saturday morning on Rose Bay. Thomas Shortridge and Ethan Tay as crew were “on fire”, with podium finishes in the first two races held.

Their boat, “Charlotte”, (at right-14) named after a first fleet convict ship, also skippered by a Thomas (Gilbert), twice benefitted from a pin end start and led the fleet for the first three legs of the long race. These two good placings will see Thomas close in on the leaders in the Saturday Sailing Point Score rankings.

His greatest challenger is probably High’s Kai Matsumoto, who sailing with Remington Lim as crew, also added to his pointscore tally with an excellent race three result,  second place across the line. 

Other skippers sailed well in the limited breezes and adapted well to the changed course when the wind turned to the SW.

With more consistent Fleet Race results, High’s sailing is using the races to provide greater experience for our mainly younger crews, who after the Fleet Races, then sailed home to DBSC in the softening breeze. The crews then completed an excellent de-rig in a quick time and this saw the boys finished, washed, smiling and out of the clubhouse just after 1 pm. Another great day in paradise on Sydney Harbour.

The Results will be posted on the Sailing Noticeboard outside room 603, when received.
G Moody
SBHS Sailing 2014

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Chess News

Congratulations to the boys who played last Sunday in the Macquarie University Australian Schools Chess Challenge.

Representing High in our B team were James Snow, Sean Zhang and Louis Shapiro who were awarded 10th place out of the 32 teams in the competition and our A team (Raymond Li, Johnson Lin and Peter Boylan) were awarded second place.
R Barr
MIC Chess

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Basketball: Shootin' Hoops

High vs Kings

HIGH vs. Kings: Term 1, 2014

1st WIN 74-41 M.FLYNN 30
2nd WIN 57-42 C.SHI 13
3rd LOSS 12-36 A.SO 4
4th WIN 33-22 K.DANG 9
5th WIN 33-30 S.SI 12
6th WIN 39-6 A.ALI 10
8th WIN 45-14 J.WARING 10
16A LOSS 30-34 J.GEK 11
16B LOSS 28-25 S.QIU 10
16C LOSS 41-22 L.TAO 6
16D LOSS 15-21 M.YU 4
16E LOSS 23-20 V.BUI 6
16F LOSS 52-18 B.WU 6
15A WIN 36-25 K.WANG 13, A.RANKIN 11
15B WIN 48-10 H.BARTLEY 9
15C DRAW 20-20 A.ZHU 9
15D WIN 24-6 Y.BUSHATI 6
15E WIN 52-5 N.ZHANG 14
14B LOSS 36-18 O.WU 9
14C WIN 47-6 J.WANG 10
14D WIN 42-20 T.WANG 11
14E WIN 46-31 J.YIP 18
14F WIN 20-12 Y.LIN 12
5th WIN 33-30 S.SI 12

HIGH vs. Kings: Term 4, 2014

3rd WIN 32-20 M.HO 5
4th LOSS 15-29 A.TAN 6
5th WIN 35-29 C.WANG 25
6th LOSS 23-25 M.NG 7
7th LOSS 23-12 E.YE 9
16A WIN 33-20 K.WANG MVP
16B WIN 31-22 A.ZAFAR 15
16C WIN 20-17 J.LEK, J.LOH 4
16E WIN 29-19 J.FANG 7
16F WIN 26-7 J.HUO 9
15A WIN 22-20 S.NAWA  9
15B WIN 39-13 J.ZENG 10
15C WIN 31-16 D.THICH 11
15E WIN 32-30 R.WU 14
15F WIN 20-6 A.LIAO 6
14B LOSS 16-17 J.YANG 6
14C WIN 34-14 C.TUNGKA 8
14D WIN 26-14 F.NGUYEN 6
14E LOSS 12-21 N.SHAO 4

The Saturday just gone was intense.  With all 16s and 15s winning their games, and an overall win rate of 73 percent, our percentage is “High”… As Mr Hayman says though; “It’s not about winning, it’s about being your best. Winning is a by-product which happens when you strive to help your team to be their best”.  Let’s hope Firsts continue to gain momentum. The 16 Ds match going into overtime and coming out on top by 5 points, and the 15 As just scraping a win by 2 points, this week was close.

This Saturday is the Grammar match.  This is going to be a big week so get ready and train hard.  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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SBHS Cricket

Cricket Results 2014 Term 4 Week 3

Team Score Result Highlights
1st XI SBHS 10 – 81 v King’s 9 – 82 Lost Sura Raunak 3 – 13
2nd XI SBHS 10 – 68 v King’s 9 – 220 Lost Vyass Rajan 30
3rd XI SBHS 10 – 93 v King’s 2 – 94 Lost
4th XI SBHS 7 – 120 v King’s 5 – 121 Lost Amit Deep 55
5th XI SBHS 7 – 122 v King’s 3 – 125 Lost Renjith Joseph 46
16A XI SBHS 8 – 192 v King’s 10 – 164 Won Sabash Muruganathan 88, Louis Saunders 46
16B XI SBHS 10 – 55 v King’s 3 – 58 Lost
15A XI SBHS 10 – 20 v King’s 5 – 143 Lost
14A XI SBHS 6 – 138 v King’s 3 – 175 Lost Joshua Pooranakaran 54, Hunar Verma 32
Note: W/O = Washed Out

MIC of Cricket Report

During the week we had Cricket NSW come out and host a Milo T20 Blast competition between our U14s and U15s team. The boys thoroughly enjoyed their time and it was a great way to mingle with other players.

U14s and U15s playing in the Milo T20 Blast

Over the weekend we played our final trial match against King’s in a one-day match. It is great to see our 16As finally get their first win for the season thanks to Sabash Muruganathan (88) and Louis Saunders (46). They boys batted superbly and then followed it up with tight bowling and good fielding. The 4th and 5th XI battled hard in their matches showing great improvement. Well done to Amit Deep who scored his first ever half century in all forms of cricket.

The 2nd XI bowled first and kept King’s very quiet with the bat at the start of the innings being only 100 runs after 30 overs. But with a few missed chances allowed King’s to get away with it at the end posting a very difficult score to chase. The boys knew they had a difficult challenge and were unable to contest. The match of the day undoubtedly goes to the 1st XI. Batting first on a spinning deck, King’s worked out the conditions very quickly and threw their spinners on early. Our boys struggle to counterattack and were bowled out for just 81. We knew the conditions were difficult and we felt we were about 30 runs short. When King’s were 2-50 we thought we had an early day on our hands. Our boys then decided to change the field setting and bowlers and this turned things around. King’s collapsed to 8-69 then it became 9-75. We could feel a victory on hand. King’s then managed to hook a short delivery for 4 to win the game. We were very proud of our players and they should feel confident for our first GPS match against Grammar. The biggest blunder of the week must go to Sura Raunuk. Being an

U17s player, Sura is allowed to bowl 8 overs in a spell. He was bowling superbly causing a lot of trouble. Then for some unknown reason he was replaced after 6 overs. At the end of the match we questioned why this happened. He told us because he is U16s therefore could only bowl 6 overs in a spell. We then had to remind him of his age that he was actually in fact 17, not 16, and that he could have bowled an extra two more overs and possibly got us over the line.

Part of increasing participation, improving our skills and enjoying the game we have decided to create an U14s development squad. Here the boys will learn the basic elements of the game that incorporates breaking down the skill and then moving into fun and active modified games. The boys learnt the art of a forward defence and throwing. Next week we will focus more on fielding and some bowling.

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 which 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 which 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 teams. 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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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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