High Notes, Vol 15 No 9, March 28 2014

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to our GPS swimming team on their results this season. In the overall point score, our senior squad finished 6th, our juniors third and our intermediate squad, second. The High team came third in the GPS overall – a very respectable result. At the final GPS Carnival, great individual results came from Christian Haddo (100 points) and James Luo (96 points). Kazuo Nakamura and Max Menzel won individual events and two of our relay teams were successful. Thank you to Mr Loizou for his organisation of the season and management of the team. Congratulations to Lucas Wong on his 100/200 sprint double at the invitational athletics carnival last Saturday. Marcel Chew ran well to win the U13 200m. Luke Schofield ran an impressive 3000m time

High Spirit
This week the sportsmanship shown by our first VIII in congratulating other crews after the race at the Head of the River was the subject of a very positive letter from an Australian representative rower and Joeys Old Boy. He writes: “Your young men should be congratulated from the highest level…Your young men are winners on the day. No, they didn’t win the race but they won the respect of every Joeys parent that saw them walk through as we all knew why they had come over. They had their heads held very high. Congratulations to you and those fine young men. You have developed some real champions of sport. It didn’t go unnoticed as you can see”.

Weighing Down in Rugby
Lighter weight students who love rugby but are a bit on the small side should be heartened by the GPS decision to allow boys who are 16 to play down in the 15s if they meet the weight restriction and for 17 year olds to play in 16s. The dispensation is designed to keep more boys playing rugby as they get older.

Annual School Report
The hard copy of the Annual School Report has been distributed. The document has many contributors. I would like to thank you all for your efforts. Ms Lynne Williams was again the editor and did the bulk of the layout and composition of the ASR. On your behalf I thank her for her professionalism, persistence and patience. The ASR is not a document to publish and forget. It is an expression of what we have done, are doing and want to do this year. I will use it as a blueprint supporting the Management Plan for 2014. The Executive will be analysing data from various sections of the report and refining our practice or responding to suggestions as appropriate. I commend the report to you. A soft copy can be found at www.sydneyboyshigh.com/publications/annual-report.

National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN)
In May, NAPLAN tests will be held nationally for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. The results of these tests provide information to schools about what each student can do and will be used to support teaching and learning programs. Parents will receive a report indicating their child’s level of achievement, reported against the national standard. On Tuesday, May 13, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) will be held, along with Writing. This year’s writing will be a single common task requiring a response to either a persuasive or narrative writing prompt. Additional information about NAPLAN can be found at www.nap.edu.au/NAPLAN/Parent_Carer_support/index.html.

Communicate to Prevent Cyber Bullying
Last Friday, March 21 was the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. Cyber bullying causes distress and can lead to loneliness, depression and suicide. For parents, communication is as important as setting boundaries. To prevent cyber bullying parents are encouraged to: learn about what is happening in their children’s lives and discuss issues that arise; talk to their children about what they are doing online and actively monitor their internet use; reinforce family values and encourage their children to match their offline values with their online behaviour; and keep up to date with programs and apps and use them with their children.

Next week High is having a Cyber Awareness Week with activities across the school designed to raise awareness about how students interact with technology at all levels. I encourage parents to attend the Cyber Awareness Parents Meeting in the Great Hall from 6:30pm.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Lak Saviya/Harmony Day BBQ

On the 25th of March 2014, Sydney Boys High School embraced multiculturalism and diversity through a BBQ-Mufti day by raising $2257.20 for the Lak Saviya Foundation.  All the proceeds go to KRMV, our sister school in Sri Lanka, which was devastated in the 2004 tsunami. The event also celebrated Harmony Day, raising awareness for multiculturalism in Australia.  Naturally, the mufti was themed, with students urged to wear either cultural or orange clothing in support of these two causes. The annual basketball match between SBHS 1st XI vs SBHS 1st VIII also took place during lunch, which also celebrated diversity within our school. The Rowers were victors of the controversial match, taking the title for yet another year.  A big thank you goes to all involved, as none of this would have been possible without their help:  Mr Phillipson, the CSC and all the helpers of the Mufti collection and BBQ for their hard work during the day.
Joshua Tran (Y11) & Vivek Kashyap (Y10)

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From the High Store

Pre Rugby Season SALE
Last WEEK!

The High Store is offering a discount for purchasing your training mesh, cap & water bottle in the month of March.

Training Mesh $55 NOW $50
Rugby Cap $20 NOW $16.50
Rugby Water Bottle $9.90 NOW $8.50

New School Beanie for winter

Available to view & purchase from the High Store    $22.50

Football Sale

One Week only ends 4th April
$5 $5 $5
XL sizes only XL size only
Football Short  8 pairs only $5 ( G8 4 training )
Football Socks  8 pairs only $5 ( G8 4 training )

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From the Canteen

Thank you to our volunteers last week:-

MON: Athletics Carnival
TUES: Grace Chung, Fran Sjahry, Lynn Chen,
WED: Kitty Chan, Hiroko Kitajima, Fumiko Cheong, Jackey Cheng,
THURS: Ming Ming Lee, Bernadette Snow, Charlie Wang,   
FRI: Jenny Beer, Lien Tran.
Sharon Hughes

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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.

Wednesday 9 April 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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‘English In Year 11’ – Information Evening

The English staff at Sydney High would like to invite parents of Year 11 students to an English information evening on Tuesday 1st April at 6.30 pm in the Drama Studio (Rm 204).  The focus for the evening will be on providing an overview of Preliminary English Courses and assessment to assist students in making a successful transition into Year 12. 
Marina Trompetter
Head Teacher English

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From the Junior Library

Our Library would like to thank Mrs Kwan Sin Wong - mother of Lingyu in Year 8 - for her thoughtfulness in donating 10 fabulous books to our Library.  If you are wondering if we accept donations – we love them.  Popular paperbacks get ruined easily.  We just ask that the books are less than 10 years old. All of the books in our workroom at the moment are donations as we had a large and quite new books bequest last year. Young adult literature is particularly welcome. Apologies are due to Mrs Christine Rahardja – mother of Kinzey in Year 8 - who donated a box full of books over a month ago and who was not acknowledged at the time.

Our Library would love you to tell us what needs to change. Please log on to this URL http://tinyurl.com/sbhs2014libsurvey and it will take you straight to Moodle. You need to log in to the course to complete the survey. It will take you 5 minutes and will earn you an Award Scheme Point.
Mrs Crothers

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The Ethics Teamwork Project

The following students have been successful in their applications to participate in an exciting series of three half days workshops to develop their skills and understanding of collaborative learning and ethical motivation.

Year 8: Dev Lalwani, Abhijot Singh, Marcus Cameron, Lachlan Fong, Brian Nguyenm, Symeon Zeigler.

Year 9:Hugh Barley, Connor Fisher, Hin Huang, Jason Huo, Jack Karnaghan, Andrew  R Li, Dennis Pan, Louis Saunders, Dharmesh Sharma, and Jason Yang Zhang.

The workshops will be facilitated by Dr Andrew Crosbie, who has previously assisted us with preparation for Philosothon. The first meeting is Wednesday 2nd April to be followed by 2 more sessions over the coming weeks.

On July 30, 8 of these students will be putting the skills gained during this experience to use by working with 8 students from each of the following schools: St George Girls High, Sydney Girls High and Sydney Technical High in a day of creative collaboration on an ethical theme. 32 students will be working in small groups, to solve hypothetical problems and in the afternoon they’ll have a chance to present their perspectives and insights. The day is non-competitive and the aim is the sharing of ideas in a relaxed atmosphere, and a chance for the students to enjoy each other’s company.

We are all very grateful for Dr Jaggar’s support of this initiative and for our Deputy Mr Con Barris’ enthusiasm and commitment to making it happen.
J Eggleton 
English Dept

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‘Bring Your Own Device’ Year 9 Review Survey

Sydney Boys High School introduced a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ program in 2014. Year 9 students are expected to bring a device of their own to school each day; Years 10 – 12 have the option of bringing a device of their own instead of their laptop issued under the former Digital Education Revolution scheme.

We are now evaluating the effectiveness of the scheme so far, particularly the way communication was handled as to:

  1. why BYOD is necessary and important
  2. how you could obtain an appropriate device.

and how you responded to this. Additional space is provided at the end for other comments you may have.

Parent Survey All Year 9 parents are invited to complete the survey:


Student Survey All Year 9 students are invited to complete the survey:


Your feedback is important to ensure continued refinement and the ongoing smooth operation of the BYOD program.

The parent survey is anonymous.

You can respond to the survey between now and 11 April.

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Music Notes

Thanking all parents who attended the music committee meeting on Tuesday evening (18th of March). A list of agendas that were discussed in the meeting included the Music Camp BBQ and fundraising especially for the upcoming 2015 USA music tour.

Music Camp will be on Wednesday 28th May - Friday 30th May @ Naamaroo Uniting Venues. Camp forms have been handed out this week. Forms will be placed outside the music staffroom. Please remember to also complete the online form (Online form instructions on last page). Payments and forms must be completed by Wednesday 2nd of April (Term 1 Week 10).

Students who are borrowing music instruments from the school are to see Ms Kim ASAP with their instrument(s)!

The SBHS Big Night Out event will be on Saturday 29th of March commencing at 5pm. Intermediate and Senior Stage bands including the Saxophone Ensemble will be performing at this event. All parents, friends and family are welcome to come along to this eventful evening!

All students in Junior & Intermediate Concert/Stage Bands, Senior Concert/Stage Bands and the Saxophone Ensemble must attend Marching Band rehearsals as there are only 3 weeks left till the end of Term 1.

A reminder that there will be 2 holiday rehearsals at school:

  • Wednesday 16th April 9:30-11:30am
  • Thursday 24th April 9:30-11:30am.
  • Anzac Day - Friday 25th April (Watch the boys on live broadcast)

The 2014 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Morning rehearsals
unless stated otherwise
Intermediate Concert Band
Room 201
Senior Concert Band
Room 201
Senior  Stage Band
Room 101
Senior String Ensemble
Room 101
Symphony Orchestra
Room 201
  Training Concert Band
Room 202

Terms 2, 3, 4
Junior Stage Band
Room 101
  Saxophone Ensemble
Room 102

Junior String Ensemble
Room 208
Intermediate  Stage Band
Room 101
Marching Band
TERM 1 & 4

Chamber Choir
Room 101
Philharmonic Orchestra
Room 208
Afternoon rehearsals
Start @ 3.30pm
Marching Band
TERM  1 & 4

3.30 - 4.30pm
  Jazz Ensemble
Room 201
  Percussion Ensemble
Room 201
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SBHS Rugby

High Rugby = High Spirit

Committee Meeting – Monday 31st of March in the Staff Common Room at 6pm.

Training program for Rugby 2014

Weeks 10-11 Term 1,

  • Monday morning (8am) – scrum training (Juniors) MPW
  • Monday Lunchtime – Scrum training (Opens) the flat, Halfback passing MPW
  • Wednesday during sport – Seniors minus athletes McKay
  • Thursday during sport – Juniors minus athletes McKay
  • Friday morning – 7.30-8.45 – Whole squad training 13s/14/15s/16s/Opens minus the band members.

April Holidays Week 2

  • Tuesday 22nd of April – 12-2 MPW
  • Thursday 24th of April – 9-11 MPW

Weeks 1-2 Term 2

  • Monday morning (8am) – scrum training (Juniors) MPW
  • Monday Lunchtime – Scrum training (Opens) the flat, Halfback passing MPW
  • Wednesday during sport – Seniors minus athletes McKay
  • Thursday during sport – Juniors minus athletes McKay

Week 3 Term 2 until Term 3 Week 8 (End of season)

  • Monday morning (8am) – scrum training (Juniors) MPW
  • Monday Lunchtime – Scrum training (Opens) the flat, Halfback passing MPW
  • Monday after school – All training on MPW
  • Wednesday during sport – Years 10-12 – McKay, 15s at MPW with brief session all together after school (This will vary)
  • Wednesday after school – 13s/14s – MPW
  • Thursday during sport – Years 7-9 – McKay
  • Thursday after school – 16s/Opens – MPW
  • Friday morning – 15s - MPW

Game schedule:

Date Game
April 5 Grammar 10s tournament – minus athletes
May 17 H vs. St.Pius X
May 24 Grammar vs. High
June 14 Scots vs. High
July 19 High vs. Newington
July 26 Riverview vs. High
Aug 2 High vs. Joeys
Aug 9 High vs. Kings
Aug 16 Shore vs. High
Aug 23 Armidale vs. High
Sep 6 High vs. Grammar
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AAGPS Athletics Invitational Meet

St. Ignatuis College, Riverview

SATURDAY 29th March- ES Marks (AM)
Schools Competing- I, G, E, H

Time Event Age Group
8:10am  3000 m ALL AGE
8:30am    Hurdles U/13 – Open
9:10am    800m U/13 – Open
9:50am    200m U/13 – Open
10:30am    1500m U/13 – Open
11.00am    100m U/13 - Opens 
11:40am    400m U/13 – Open
12.10pm    4 x 100m U/13 – Open 
8.30 am SP  Open
SP  U13
LJ U/17
LJ Open
HJ  U/13
HJ U/14
9.30 am SP U/16
SP U/17
9.45 am LJ U/13
LJ  U/14
10.15 am HJ U/15
HJ U/16
10.30 am SP U/14
SP U/15
11.15 am LJ U/15
LJ U/16
HJ Open
HJ U/17

Please note: Timings are only a guide and numbers of competitors and events will determine the exact timings for the Carnival. Events WILL be moved FORWARD if possible so please ensure you arrive well in advance of the scheduled program

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SHS Cross Country

Congratulations to the Students who have qualified for the Zone Cross Country Carnival on Thursday 29th May. Students highlighted are the SHS Cross Country Age Champions for 2014! 

Students are to collect an information sheet & permission slip from the Industrial Arts Department ASAP.

Name 18 Years Grade Name 14 Years Grade
Steven Chung 12R Eric Holmstrom 7T
Ned Anson 12F Ryan Ho-Shon 8M
Kenneth Liu 12M Harrison Li 9E
Ethan Ou 12S Nathan Quan 9M
Steve Comninos 12R Matthew O'Sullivan 8S
Sida Wang 12M Marco Yu 9T
Jason Garrett 12F Ray Gu 9F
        Jonathan Lee 8S
Name 17 Years Grade Brian Wu 9M
Brendan Hancox 12F Daniel Bounitch 8E
Wesley Beare 11R      
Tushar Garg 12S Name 13 Years Grade
Ian Zhou 11F Allen Guo 8F
Jens Waring 12F Vasco Santos-Dwyer 7S
Anthiny Tan 11M Anderson Chan 8S
Yi Dong Luo 11T Francis Nguyen 7F
        David Goh 7R
Name 16 Years Grade Marcel Chew 7E
William Chen 10T Weir Meng 7S
Youki Kita-Leong 10M Benjamin Wang 8M
Marcus Plataniotis 10F Branko Stajic 7T
Ethan Merrick 10F Jason Yu 7R
Thomas Nimac 10E      
Simeon Papadopoulos 10E Name 12 Years Grade
James Tinker 11E Jimmy Xu 7S
Kabir Agrawal 10T Joshua Xie 7T
Manil Abyesekera 10S Adrian Panas 7R
Jayden Forday 10S Jie Zhou 7E
        Raghar Ramanathan 7T
Name 15 Years Grade Lieo Ye 7E
Luke Schofield 10M Kevin Liao 7R
Jayden Schofield 10R Hamish Covell 7R
Connor McGrath 9S Dennis Chan 7M
Nicholas Katsilis 9T Nicholas Leong 7M
Steven Young 9R      
Elliot Love 9R
Angus Rankin 9M
Ruilin Zhang 9T
Tony Li 9R
Kevin Luo 9E
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Basketball: Shootin' Hoops


This season of basketball for Sydney Boys has been an absolute thriller. First grade smashing the championship (undefeated) with an incredible 520 points. What is more impressive however is that the whole program is doing well. The Old Boy coaches on the junior and lower grade sides are the reason that we are successful.

But while being the being the champions takes hard work, determination, and faith, it really takes heart and soul to stay in the game when you haven’t won a game all season.  The 14As (our Year 8 side) will need the school’s support going forward. Michael Jordan didn’t get picked for his college basketball team when selection time came. He went home, and practised.  Be like Michael and never give up.

To all the coaches and people behind the scenes that made this season possible, from all the players and parents, thank you.  Without you we couldn’t experience the feeling you get from playing in a High basketball team.

Have fun over the holidays and try getting some one-on-one going with your mates.

Brought to you by the new Editor Archie Fox


Team Percentage of wins
Opens 77.825%
16s 58.183%
15s 72.1%
14s 66.98%
13s 13.883%
Season Percentage of wins
13/14 57.59%
12/13 61.4%
11/12 50.5%
10/11 52.57%
09/10 50.34%
08/9 46.8%
07/8 39.4%
06/7 27.7%
05/6 27%
04/5 23.4%
A GRADE WINS (14s, 15s, 16s)
Season Percentage of wins
13/14 40.46%
12/13 43.2%
11/12 41%
10/11 54%
09/10 23.6%
08/9 33%
07/8 34.6%
06/7 49%
05/6 36%
04/5 28%
Season Number of losses +15 points
13/14 34
12/13 41
11/12 47
10/11 53
09/10 63
08/9 69
07/8 64
06/7 73
05/6 82
04/5 97
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SBHS/SGHS Junior Dance 2014

March 8 2014

Dear Parents and Guardians

The annual Junior Dance for students who are currently enrolled in Years 7, 8 and 9 at both Sydney Girls High School and Sydney Boys High School will be held at SGHS in the Multi Purpose Hall on Monday April 7th, commencing at 6pm and finishing promptly at 9pm.

The dance is fully supervised by staff from both schools. Music will be supplied by Mobydisc, which also will provide atmospheric lighting and strobe effects.

The SGHS Prefects will award prizes for Best Dressed and Most Creative and will also judge a Dance-off, awarding prizes for best performances.

The SRC at SGHS are responsible for selling tickets. Cost is $10 per ticket.

Soft drinks are available for sale on the night. Water is available from bubblers outside the MPH.

Proceeds from the dance, after costs have been taken out, will go to the SGHS's Stewart House charity.

Parents are asked to be sure to arrive to collect their daughters/sons promptly at 9pm.
It is not anticipated that any staff would be required to wait around after the dance for any student to be collected.

Students whose families expect they will be driven home by a friend's parent MUST have the relevant section on this Permission Note properly filled in.

Best regards

Ms Andrea Connel
Sydney Girls High School

Dr Kim Jaggar
Sydney Boys High School

The Junior Dance permission note can be found in 
the PDF version of this edition of High Notes

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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

SBHS Big Night Out- Tickets Available at the Door

If you haven’t organised your tickets for the Big Night Out yet, don’t worry as tickets will be available at the door.

Ticket Price: $25

Parent Information Evening- Cyber Awareness- Monday Night

A reminder that an information evening for parents and carers on Cyber Awareness is to be held this coming Monday 31st March at 6.30 – 7.30pm in the Great Hall.

The evening includes a presentation from Psychologist Jocelyn Brewer and Senior Constable Craig Parkinson, Crime Prevention Officer Surry Hills Local Area Command. Jocelyn Brewer will speak to: How much is too much? Screen time and digital nutrition.  Senior Constable Craig Parkinson will discuss legal ramifications of the internet and mobile phone technology for young people.  SBHS School Counsellor, Estelle Harman will be in attendance to talk to parents about individual concerns.

Big Night Out 2014


Date for your Diaries

- BIG NIGHT OUT 2014 –
This Saturday Night
Great Hall and Courtyard

Chinese Wok & BBQ,
Curry House
Greek BBQ
Dessert and more

Raffle with great prizes
Heads & Tails (great prizes) 

Upcoming Meetings & Events

SBHS Big Night Out – 5:00pm, Saturday 29th March.
Rugby Committee Meeting – 6:00pm, Monday 31st March.
Parent Information Evening: Cyber Awareness – 6:30pm, Monday 31st March.
SBHS/SGHS Year 7,8,9 Dance – 6:00pm, Monday 7th April.
Last Day of Term 1 – Friday, 11th April.

Ian Sweeting

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