High Notes, Vol 15 No 38, November 28 2014

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Pinyan Gao (SHS 2014) who has been awarded a NSWCHSSA Blue for outstanding achievement in the sport of basketball. Well done to Joshua Hua (Year 9) who was selected in the Basketball NSW U16s East Coast Challenge team. Thank you to the Year 11 boy who returned a phone and wallet to a Year 8 boy who had inadvertently placed it in an incorrect school bag and to Ms Meaney for helping the distraught boy with the means to travel home on the day. Honesty, compassion and thoughtful behaviour should always be celebrated. A really great result for a sweltering day – Year 11 boys collected $9202.45 for the Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation. Individual collecting champions were: Jesse Nixon $359.20; Ian Zhou $297.85 and Jonathan Chew $252.30. Thank you to all those boys who participated in this worthy cause. Thank you to Good Samaritan, Ms Kilmore, who responded to a plea for help from a SGHS student who was the victim of passer-by abuse. Her swift actions led to the police having a means of identifying the offenders.

Weights Room for 2015
High’s weights room offers exceptional value for money. The room has appropriate equipment for preparing the bodies of teenage boys but crucially, it is constantly supervised. When handling weights, technique is vitally important and boys need to learn the correct way to lift. Kurt Rich, our Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, is a well-credentialed and experienced trainer. His presence ensures that the boys are training safely and sensibly. So as well as getting gym facilities, clients have a supervisor and adviser to help them during their unlimited visits. Costs for this service are held down to a minimum and reduced by boys taking out a full year’s membership. For 2015, a full year Weights Room membership costs just $218. Boys wishing to have full year membership must register and pay by February 28, 2015. Thereafter, boys using the Weights Room will be invoice at $92 per term.

Examinations and qualifications for Year 11 courses
Examinations are complete for Year 10 and underway for Year 11. It is important for boys to prepare and perform well. Year 10 mathematics students are vying for the c.180 places on offer in the mathematics extension 1course in Year 11, 2015. Entry is competitive. Students should be aware that entry into Year 11 mathematics extension 1 is no guarantee that they will be able to enrol in the HSC course. The numbers will be culled to 168 for Year 12. There will be two 2-unit HSC classes in 2016.

Science students have to qualify to study two or three science courses in Year 11, 2015.  Mr Kay makes the final decision in the light of a student’s record in Year 10 science. There will be restrictions on boys being allowed to enrol in both physics and chemistry. Students wishing to do both physics and chemistry will require more proof of their overall academic capability, as evidence by their position on the academic rank order. Students who are allowed to enrol in physics and / or chemistry in Year 11, 2015, know that they need to reach band 4 standard (70%) in order to qualify to continue in physics or chemistry beyond the Preliminary Stage.

Boys in Years 7 & 8 should have brought home their reports. Parents need to remind their sons to show them their reports. Soft copies of the reports are put online once the report discussion period with the Principal concludes. The reports of boys with uncollected reports are not put up on line until after they have discussed them with the Principal.
Dr K A Jaggar

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From the Junior Library

OLIVER looks very user (and Librarian) friendly – in-service last week. 
Our 2 libraries thought we would migrate to our new e–book capability library system – OLIVER - in October this year but it was not to be and now we are looking at changing over in March 2015.  The Junior Library bought its 2015 paper books at the end of 2014 and will be concentrating on a speedy build-up of an e-book Collection in 2015.  Emailing or otherwise communicating with you all about new library resources will become increasingly on online preoccupation for our librarians.  So we will be talking to you a lot – please also talk to us about our purchases for you.  We will be looking at the best forums for this – Maybe Blogs?? Maybe Facebook??  What would you like best?  Email me on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to tell me what you want us to use.

There are now 2 bays displaying new fiction and 2 bays right beside them displaying new non-fiction/Popular books.

Our shelves got tight last week and precipitated crisis management. This re-spacing meant moving half of our whole 5000 book library.  That we can take on a huge job like this is thanks to our very selfless library monitors – Darren Huang, James Jiang, Rickey Wu, Hugh Bartley, Alvis Leung, Jaspar McCahon Boersma, Ruilin Zhang, Marco Yu, Sabesh Muraganathan, Thomas Smallbone and Andrew Nam.  We are so privileged to work with you boys.

Congratulations to Dinan Pimage (Year 7) – Gold Certificate and to Andrew Liu (Year 7) – Gold Certificate

26,000 NSW students earned Gold Certificates for completing the Premier’s Reading Challenge - to read 20 age appropriate books per year.

Congratulations to Daniel Hu (Year 8) – Platinum Certificate and to Dennis Chan (Year7) – Platinum Certificate. 4,400 students earned Platinum Certificates for successfully completing the Premier’s Reading Challenge over 7 years - 20 books a year for 7 years.

Special congratulations to Nicholas Katsilis – Year 9 who won a medal for being among 250 Year 9 students who have completed the Challenge every year since Year 3 – again 20 books a year!!

What a wonderfully inspiring literacy program the Premier’s Reading Challenge is - 260,000 students from 2100 schools completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge in 2014!

Just a hint to parents – some parents encourage their sons to read by purchasing 20 Premier’s Reading Challenge books - perhaps for Christmas??  This can ensure a result. I only heard of this this year. 

Premier’s Reading Challenge books held by each school library are identified in the Library Catalogue in a special report on the Home page – thanks to DEC IT magic. This will continue when we migrate to Oliver.

Only 60 of our 560 Junior students are able to meet this challenge of reading 20 books a year. So we should really respect the efforts of our 27 Year 7 boys, our 24 Year 8 boys and our 9 Year 9 boys who did borrow over 20 books from our Libraries this year.  Year 7 top scored with 2 boys borrowing in excess of 90 books and 8 boys borrowing over 50 books.  In Year 8 6 boys borrowed over 40 books.  Year 9 had one who borrowed over 40 books.

All of these Junior boys who borrowed 20 books this year and the boys who entered the Premier’s Reading Challenge this year have received 3 Award Scheme Points for their efforts

Mrs Schlederer our invaluable library assistant gave us a huge collection of Harry Potter DVDs.  It was great to see them walking out the door with borrowers immediately they were displayed. Thanks to Nicholas Katsilis’ mother who gave us a spare copy of Heroes of Olympus.  Thanks to the shy Old Boy who refused to be named who gave us beautiful histories and biographies:  Nelson Mandela, Ghandi, Rendezvous with Destiny and Churchill the Journalist.  I very much enjoyed Rendezvous with Destiny - about the special envoys Roosevelt used prior to America’s engagement in WW2 – Very Kevin Rudd!!

HOLIDAY READING / NEW RESOURCES– borrow up to 10 resources
Our libraries understand that you are busy studying and playing sport during Term time.  However we also know that we have great books and authors for you to get to know.  The holidays are the best time to catch up on current trends in children’s literature and there are some fabulous new trends there.  Please have a look at this list of brand new books and take home some really new experiences.  There are lots of new books and DVDs out on display in our Library for your holiday pleasure.
Mrs Crothers

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‘Bring Your Own Device’ Program: Advice for 2015

Application of this Advice

The Sydney Boys High School Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program has now been finalised for 2015. All documentation has been updated and is available for you to view on the BYOD website at:


All students heading into Years 7 – 10 2015 are expected to bring a device of their own choosing and ownership to school each day. In addition, any student with a Digital Education Revolution laptop (students in Years 11 – 12, 2015) may also bring their own device to school under this BYOD program.

Recommended Devices

You may elect to bring any device which meets the Device Specification. However, selecting a technology device is not simple, and the Specification is particular. Our recommended devices are designed to simplify your choices and purchasing processes.

Sydney Boys High School has again partnered with ASI Solutions to make our recommended devices available:

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

  • 12" Touch Screen
  • 4rd Generation Intel Core Processor – Core i3 and Core i5 options available
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB/128GB Solid State Disk
  • Surface Pro 3 Type Cover
  • 3 Year Warranty

The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is the best convertible multi-touch device available. The device has an excellent quality screen and is supplied with the Surface Pro 3 type cover. The Surface is an exceptionally versatile device for use with our BYOD program.

Lenovo ThinkPad X240

  • 12.5" Screen – HD and FHD options available
  • 4th Generation Intel Core Processor – Core i3 and Core i5 options available
  • 4GB RAM, 128GB Solid State Disk
  • 3 Year On-site Warranty

The ThinkPad X240 is a thin and very light device that fits well in a school bag. Battery life is excellent. Looked after, the X240 should readily complete four years of high school service.

Lenovo ThinkPad 11e (Windows)

  • 11.6" HD Screen
  • 4th Generation Intel Processor
  • 4GB RAM, 128GB Solid State Disk
  • 3 Year On-site Warranty

The ThinkPad 11e is Lenovo’s speciality education product. It features rubber bumpers and a thicker screen surround to help it withstand the bumps inherent with bringing a device to school. It’s heavier and a slower device than the other options, but is well positioned for our BYOD program.

Why Purchase a Recommended Device?

All our recommended devices are configured to meet the device specification comfortably. All feature solid state disks and so have no moving parts. Warranties are a minimum of 3 years. Lenovo devices feature an on-site warranty which means the device can be fixed by a technician at school, ensuring its maximum availability. A four year warranty option is also available.

Additionally, Accidental Damage Protection insurance is available as an option for your peace of mind.

Recommended devices are available at a discount from their retail pricing through our device purchasing portal.

How to Purchase a Recommended Device

You may purchase a recommended device from our purchasing portal. Visit the BYOD website for instructions to access the portal and place an order. The purchasing portal is available to all families of Sydney Boys High School students.

You need the following code to register for the Purchasing Portal:


Note the code is case-sensitive. Devices ordered through the Purchasing Portal will take three to four weeks to become available. You can opt to pick up your order from the ASI Solutions office in Botany (open through the January holidays) or from the school’s BYOD Technical Support office (Room 703) during school term.

Other Device Options

There are dozens of suitable devices in the market for you to choose from apart from those which we recommend and which you can buy through our purchasing portal. For example, the following transformer devices all meet the BYOD program's Device Specification:

  • Acer Aspire Switch
  • Apple iPad Air with Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover
  • Asus Transformer Book T100
  • Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga

Additionally, no recommended device is an Apple Macintosh laptop, but both the 11" and 13" MacBook Air meet all the Device Specification requirements.

Take care to ensure your chosen device meets the Device Specification. Ensuring it meets the requirements for Wireless Network connectivity can be difficult when buying in store.

An important note about software

No recommended device ships with Microsoft Office, but a word processor and a spreadsheet product are a requirement of the Software section of the Device Specification. Microsoft Office for Windows and Macintosh is available to students for free. Students can log into the Student Portal to find instructions for obtaining this software.

Getting Started with a Device

The BYOD program website has information for students on what to do before bringing a device to school for the first time. Following the procedure described will ensure the device can be connected quickly and used smoothly at school.

Find Out More

All information is now available on the Bring Your Own Device website – http://www.sydneyboyshigh.com/byod.

If you have questions which have not been addressed in any documentation, or you wish to make comment, please email the project team at:

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Music Notes

Jazz in the Courtyard
Despite the scorching 40 degree heat on Sunday (23rd of November) the Jazz in the Courtyard and small ensembles was a success. Thank you to all the parents, friends and families who came to support our boys performance and also giving a hand packing up after the performance. A special thank you to Minhua and the Music Committee for their on-going support and providing afternoon tea.  Congratulations to all the boys for performing fantastically and getting through the scorching heat!

Marching Band
Final Marching Band rehearsal on Tuesday 2nd of December. All students must attend this rehearsal including all USA Music Tour members.

AGM & USA Music Tour Meeting
Tuesday 2nd December: AGM 6.30pm followed by the USA Music Tour meeting (all parents required): 7pm-8pm

2015 USA Music Tour Rehearsals
String Ensemble: Thursdays 7.45am, Room 101
Stage Band: 21st November & 5th December (Fridays) 7.45am, Room 101
Concert Band: Fridays 8am, Room 201

There will also be USA Music Tour holiday rehearsals for all ensembles during the break (1-2 weeks before Term 1, 2015). Dates and times will be advised soon. A concert date for the tour will also be announced.

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SHS Rowing

Results – GPS Regatta 2, hosted by Grammar at SIRC

Race Distance Position Time
School 1st Eight (in final) 2000 7th 6.46.96
School 1st Four (in B final) 2000 4th 7.58.33
Y10 1st Eight (in final) 2000 9th 7.13.34
Y10 2nd Eight (in final) 2000 7th 7.14.19
Y9 1st Coxed Quad (in final) 1000 7th 3.35.34
Y9 2nd Coxed Quad (in final) 1000 6th 3.46.27
Y9 3rd Coxed Quad (in final) 1000 8th 3.57.66
Y9 4th Coxed Quad (in final) 1000 5th 3.51.18
Y9 5th Coxed Quad (in final) 1000 8th 4.16.16
Y9 6th Coxed Quad (in final) 1000 5th 4.33.60

Upcoming Events –

  • Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 Nov – Melbourne Excursion and Head of the Yarra - Year 10 Eights will row with Melbourne Boys High and race in the annual Australian classic event, Head of the Yarra, on the Saturday.
  • Saturday 29 Nov - GPS Regatta 3, hosted by Shore at Hen & Chicken Bay - Senior and Y9 crews will row from the school sheds to the regatta course.

Contact Details – If you would like to receive more information about what is happening at Sydney High Rowing please email your details to – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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High Tide

Sydney Boys High School Sailing

22nd November 2014

For the second week in a row, the predicted strong S breezes did not eventuate for High sailors at Rose Bay on Saturday. Instead, the usual light winds from the SW were blowing and shifting to the east. The view from the shore as the Sydney High fleet rounded the point was somewhat reminiscent of the Spanish Armada, with the Scots College and Ascham boats coming out to do battle in the eight knot wind. Without the Cranbrook sailors this week, the racing fleet numbered thirty boats and with Australia’s richest man watching on from his very large yacht in the harbour, the Pacer burgee was hoisted, the Blue Peter raised and the racing was in sequence for a start.

The first of the three short triangle races began with Darren Taing and Edwin Zhu continuing High’s recent successful sailing with a second place over the finish line. The second race was similar with Darren Taing and crew repeating their podium positions with another second. The third race was better with a striking, pin end start on port by Angelo Yan and Kai Huang blitzing the fleet and leading around all marks. In second place were Thomas Shortridge and Ethan Tay, sailing well in the shifting winds and Darren Taing and Edwin Zhu rounding off a first, second and third, full podium finish.

Good skippering by Stratton Varkirtzis, in his first race as a skipper was impressive, gaining a mid-fleet placing and pleasing crewing efforts by the newer sailors, Hugh Zhou, Thomas Smallbone and Jack Vorgias were also worth a mention.

Series leader, Kai Matsumoto and Darren Lim, had a couple of forgettable results with an over the line restart in the first race, a mid-fleet finish in the second and a collision in the third. This will condense the series leaders’ board and make next week (the last racing week) an important series determining regatta.
G Moody
for A Chao
Sailing Media Officer

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Sydney High Tennis

“It is not about the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog.”

High vs Scots College
(1st Round of GPS Season)

1st Grade Result (WIN) 2nd Grade (WIN) Result
D1 1 + 2 W 6-2 6-4 1 + 2 L 6-4 5-7 6-10
D2 3 + 4 W 6-1 6-2 3 + 6 W 6-4 3-6 10-6
D3 5 + 6 W 6-3 7-6 4 + 5 W 6-3 6-2
S1 Eddy Wang L 6-3 6-2 Richard Hao W 6-1 6-4
S2 Carl Yang W 6-1 6-3 James Lian L 4-6 7-5 1-4 (ret.)
S3 Stevie Young W 6-3 6-1 Danny Yu D 5-7 6-3
S4 Josh Sangueza W 6-1 6-2 Aaron Tang W 6-4 6-3
S5 Adam Smagarinsky W 6-3 6-0 Branko Stajic L 6-3 6-7 3-6
S6 Matthew O’Sullivan W 6-1 7-5 Wanyu Tang W 6-1 6-0

1st Grade
Our hard work and dedication through the pre-season was useless if we were not able to bring our best ability to the first round clash against Scots College. We huddled prior to the rubber commencing and outlined the goal for the day, which was to let the process of every shot be the deciding factor in the outcome between winning and losing. The doubles kicked up and we were able to assert our dominance over Scots quickly by sealing the first three matches, alleviating the pressure on us and instead placing it on Scots as they then knew they had to win five of the next six singles match to get themselves the win for round 1. Unfortunately for them this was not going to happen as our singles also were a step above theirs. Although Eddy struggled against a high level opponent we were victorious in all other matches. This comfortable win of 11-1 placed us at the top of the GPS ladder and with one round left this year against SHORE at home we will do our best to sustain this position.
Adam Smagarinsky
First Grade Captain  

2nd Grade
Second Grade travelled to Scots College on a warm day for the start of the 2014-2015 AAGPS Tennis Competition, knowing that a win was essential to begin our campaign for the premiership. The boys were excited about the match and well-prepared from all the training sessions and trial matches this term. The number one doubles pair started positively and held two match points at 6-4 5-4 which were well saved by the opponents. From here, silly errors resulted in a poor match tiebreak and a loss of 6-4 5-7 6-10. The number two pair played against very good opponents and took a tight first set. After losing the second set, they were calm under pressure and played the important points with confidence, winning the match 6-4 3-6 10-6 The 2-1 lead in the doubles gave the team a small boost going into the singles rubbers. At number one, Richard dispatched his opponent 6-1 6-4, although he should have finished the second set much quicker. At number five, Branko played a solid opponent and had match points in the second set tiebreaker which were not converted. Loss of concentration led to a 6-3 6-7(9) 3-6 loss. Wanyu’s great form continued as he crushed his opponent 6-1 6-0. Overall, the team enjoyed an important victory of 5.5-3.5 and earn 3 bonus points. However, rivals Kings and Riverview both won 9-0, so a victory of a similar score is necessary against Shore in the 2nd Round if the team is to have any chance of winning the premiership.
Richard Hao
Second Grade Captain  


On the 23rd of November, Sydney Boys 15As  team played against Scots on Moore Park. We fought hard but they were more skilled and we were unlucky. Our team overall lost. Bad luck boys better luck next time.
Kinzey Rahardja

On Saturday we played against The Scots College at Moore Park Courts; our performance was commendable but our results did not reflect this. Our tenacity was not enough to overcome our opponent who played very well. Our score for D1 and D2 doubles was 2-6 to Scots, D4 and D5 doubles score was 4-6 to Scots; while singles scores were D1 lost 6-1, D2 lost 6-0, D3 lost 6-1 and D4 lost 6-1
Ashwin Muthayya

On Saturday, the 14Cs played Scots College. They were formidable opponents who overpowered us with their final score 5–1. Although this was a loss, it was an improvement from the past few weeks. It was great to see our second doubles team of Daniel and Thomas win their match 6–0.. Another notable mention was Thomas who made an impressive comeback. Unfortunately, his efforts were in vain as he lost in the tie breaker. Everyone has shown an improvement over the last few weeks and it is hoped that we will keep working on our consistency.
Arian Ahmed

For more info visit the Sydney High tennis website at: http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/tennis/
Please spare some of your time on Saturday to come down and support High Tennis.

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Basketball: Shootin' Hoops

High vs Scots

HIGH vs. Scots: Term 1, 2014

1st HUGE WIN 67-59 M.FLYNN 20
2nd HUGE WIN 51-38 C.SHI 13
3rd LOSS 26-36 A.SO 6
4th LOSS 39-54 T.ZHANG 10
6th WIN 27-16 PINYAN GAO 8
16A WIN 37-29 B.LIN 9
16B WIN 43-20 R.SEONG 13
16C WIN 49-15 M.LI 12
16E WIN 31-26 B.WU 17
15A LOSS 36-49 H.BARTLEY 6
15B LOSS 38-11 S.CHEN 4
15E WIN 24-20 J.YIP 12
15F LOSS 21-18 J.LOH 6
14B WIN 41-26 J.SIU 21
14C WIN 31-26 S.NAWA 10
14D WIN 25-21 T.LAM 7
14E LOSS 29-25 J.YIP 10

HIGH vs. Scots: Term 4, 2014

1st Raschke Cup 4th/5th B.MUSULIN, L.ELTON
2nd P.Yeend Shield 4th J.YING, B.UDLER
3rd WIN 26-27 Y.KITA-LEONG 6
4th LOSS 24-30 J.SONG 5
5th LOSS 23-26 C.WANG 13
6th WIN 42-32 M.NG 16
7th LOSS 40-33 A.CHEN 10
16A WIN 50-35 A.LI 15
16C LOSS 22-24 K.ZHANG 9
15A LOSS 49-30 A.FOX 9
15B WIN 45-22 J.SIU 12, K.WILSON 8
15D WIN 47-29 D.WONG 11
15E WIN 31-11 R.LI 8
15F WIN 35-14 T.WANG 12
14B LOSS L 8-36 N. ALAM 4
14C LOSS 18-22 J.XIE 6
14D WIN 28-26 F.NGUYEN 14

The last week of trial matches for High. Just scraping a 50% win rate, we are still staying on top.  Another big week from the 15s and a convincing win from the 16 As is good to see.

The Rashcke Cup and Yeend Shield were both highly contested by both the Firsts and Seconds. The games are 15 minutes running clock (even for FTs etc). These games are in a different format to the AAGPS Saturday match but indicate results which are based mostly on athletic personnel within each squad.  The tables from the Raschke and Yeend for were:


Pool A P W L Pts
St. Ignatius' 3 3 0 6
Scots 3 1 2 4
High 3 1 2 4
St. Joseph's 3 1 2 4
Pool B P W L Pts
Kings 3 3 0 6
Newington 3 2 1 5
Grammar 3 1 2 4
Shore 3 0 3 3


Pool A P W L Pts
Kings 3 3 0 6
Scots 3 2 1 5
High 3 1 2 4
Newingotn 3 0 3 3
Pool B P W L Pts
St. Ignatius' 3 3 0 6
St. Joseph's 3 1 2 4
Shore 3 1 2 4
Grammar 3 1 2 4

The first AAGPS competition match this season will be against Shore.  Last game against Shore, our win rate was right up at 76%.  This is a big number to achieve and we should be aiming to maintain this to make up for last week. ALL OPENS AND 16s ARE AT HOME THIS WEEK. BRING YOUR SUPPORT!!!!!!!!!!

~ 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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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 Glen Schofield P&C President at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 P&C Thank You Party

SBHS Great Hall
Monday 8th December
6.30pm to 9:00pm

The P&C take the opportunity in December to thank members of the school family for their invaluable contributions throughout the year.

Parents and carers, teachers, administrative and support staff, volunteers, MICs and coaches are invited to share a pleasant evening with music, light supper and refreshments provided. Partners are most welcome.

As well as saying thank you to all those involved in maintaining and supporting the complex demands of this unique school, we will also say be saying farewell to our 2014 Year 12 parents who gave so generously of their time throughout their years at the school.

Mark the date in your diary and we look forward to seeing you on night.

For catering purposes, please RSVP Ellen Huttly in the school office at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Glen Schofield
P&C President

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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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