High Notes, Vol 5 No 27, August 27 2004

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From the Principal
Immunisation Program 2004
Senior School Dance
Would you like to sail?
Debating Dinner
New Library and Performing Arts Space
SHSOBU v The School Sports Day and Dinner

From the Principal

Rugby Recovery
When analysing the statistics for 2003-4 supplied by MIC Mr Stein, I was pleased at the improvement in a number of areas. Total games played in the season increased by 36% to 125. GPS games played rose by 27% to 80. Total wins improved by 62% to 47, while GPS wins lifted by 187%. Overall losses were down by 30% and in GPS games by 15%. By age groups GPS loss margins of 30 or more in 13s were 2, in 14s (4), in 15s (4) and in opens (6). Given that this is the second year of our arrangement to play some boys down, to strengthen our teams, the improvement is nevertheless dramatic. My target for rugby next year is to field 13 teams and to encourage another junior team to form. I congratulate Mr Stein and his Rugby Committee for a job well done. Mr Serdar Bolen coached the first XV with great dedication again this year. Our boys were certainly fit enough to mix it with the opposition. We need more experience now at the senior level and we need to have a consistency in skills base coaching 13s-15s. With a few more teams and some more personnel, rugby can recover even more status at High in 2005.

High Talent
An impressive depth of results in the UNSW 43rd. Annual Schools Mathematics Competition was evident again this year. In the junior division Anthony Morris, Vinh Pham and Senthil Thillainadesan were awarded equal third prize. Aaron Chan, Nicholas Ng and Thomas Wong earned certificates. In the senior division Ivan Guo won first prize again! Clement Lau and Chen Yang were awarded prizes and certificates. Anik Sarkar, Philip Yang and Richard Yao earned certificates. Congratulations to all boys! Well done to Mischa Steen (100m-3rd, 200m-2nd.) and Paul Watzlaff (1500m-1st., 3000m-1st) for their performances in the open division of the SGS Invitational athletics meeting last Saturday. Roger Burrell won the U-16 shot put. Richard Xu was placed in the U-15 200m. Louis Yang was 3rd. in the U-14 800m., Gehan Karungaratne 3rd. in the long jump and Danny Ng won the high jump. In U-13s, Nelson Ridges was 3rd in the 200m. and Lachlan Street won the shot put.

School Council matters
The School Council agreed to a proposition that "theft, vandalism and interference with safety equipment or information, communication systems" ought to be added to the list of behaviours that may attract a suspension from school. Theft is a problem in all schools. The new suspension policy does not specifically include it but refers to "minor criminal behaviour related to the school"(6.2.1). The School Council considers that the behaviours specified above, along with smoking, should be included in the school's Discipline Code as offences liable to warrant a suspension. Your feedback on the proposed inclusion is invited via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The tennis court development
The Tennis Committee and Ms Tuthill have been working on this project for three years. A DA has been approved. Lights have been approved. Tree removal permission has been obtained. DET permission has been granted. The oppressive fee structure of the Department of Commerce process for private investment in state property was considered by the P & C and the Foundation as too much for the school to bear. A minimum of $60k. would have been charged to complete the tender stage of the project. The school really needs the new courts, but not at any price!

Both the P & C and the Sydney High Foundation have agreed that the capital of c.$250k. for the development of this project should be raised through School Family sources. The Foundation has resolved to seek a Business Plan for the development in order to evaluate its viability as a medium term investment. I am seeking parental and Old Boy expertise to assist in negotiating with potential investors /hirers of the refurbished courts. If firm interest for hiring were forthcoming, the Foundation would be more inclined to use its equity to raise the necessary capital. In addition, the Tennis Committee has promised to make an annual payment to assist in financing the development. Tennis parents and supporters can make tax deductible contributions to the tennis court project via the Australian Sports Foundation - tennis - facilities development. Everyone's help will be needed if we are to create an asset that will supply a long term source of income to the school.

Commerce syllabus revised
Four of our top Commerce students were invited to the Sydney Stock Exchange for the launch of the revised Stage 5 Commerce Syllabus. Tanvir Uddin, Yuk-Lun Yeung, Robin Chen and Kieran Leong were introduced to the Premier and the Minister for Education. The boys and four girls from SGHS then stood in the background while a scrum of financial journalists fired questions at the Premier about the Orange Grove affair. As it transpired there was not much information about education, but the boys witnessed an important episode in state politics.

Sports administration
Summer sport will soon be upon us. There have been some changes in sports coordination. Ms Kaye has resigned as MIC sailing and as yet no staff member has expressed interest in the role. Mr. Ben Hayman has accepted the position of MIC basketball, replacing Mr Ross Farrington. Mr John Fittler has resigned as MIC Rifle Shooting. A replacement MIC is also required. I hope that staff members offer their services to fill these important positions to facilitate delivery of quality sports programs. If I have no firm expressions of interest from staff by the end of term, I will feel free to negotiate with others to supply the services needed.

The 125th Anniversary Project
I am proud to announce the first fund raising effort towards the Library and Performing Arts Space that is the focus project to celebrate our 125th. year of delivering high quality public education to gifted boys. The Library Raffle will be launched soon. The first prize is a home entertainment package featuring a plasma screen TV to be drawn in December. Each family will be sent a book of twenty $2 tickets with a covering letter explaining the purposes of the raffle. Every dollar raised will be deposited into our SBHS Building Fund that is exclusively reserved for our 125th anniversary project. Our target for 2004 is to have over $100k. raised to fuel a greater effort in 2005. Our first hurdle is to raise $300k. to attract a DET joint funding grant of similar size. Our target date for that is October 2006. All School Family assistance in selling tickets will be warmly appreciated.
Dr K Jaggar
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This week's addition to the Communities Site is rather different - a "book rap" put up at Ms Crothers' request. It began as a rant on my own personal site, but has been adapted for your viewing. It is about Dan Brown's "The Da Vinci Code" and is, I have to say, rather opinionated... See if you agree or are outraged by visiting http://neilwhitfield.tripod.com/code.html

Much more normal is http://neilwhitfield.tripod.com/faq7.html which updates the "How can I write better short stories?" FAQ.
Neil Whitfield
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Immunisation Program 2004

The next round of vaccinations will take place on Monday, August 30 when a team of specially trained registered nurses will be visiting the school to administer diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis [whooping cough] vaccine to Year 10 students.

After the boys have been vaccinated they will be given a Record of Vaccination to take home so that you can keep their immunisation records up to date.

Last Monday parent information kits were distributed to all boys in Year 10. If you would like your son to be vaccinated, please complete the Consent Form in this kit and return it to the collection boxes in the Main Office as soon as possible. Only boys who have returned parent consent forms will be able to take advantage of this service. [It will not be too late to return the forms on Monday.].

Some translated material for parents about the program is available at www.health.nsw.gov.au. If you have any queries, please contact Mr Beringer.
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Senior School Dance

Dear Parents of Years 10, 11 and 12 Students,

Following the success of the dances of the last three years we have now established another "tradition". There will be a School Dance for Years 10, 11 and 12 students in the Great Hall at Sydney Boys High School on Tuesday 31 August from 7:00pm to 11:00pm. This function is only for current students of Sydney Boys and Sydney Girls High Schools. No other people will be permitted.

Staff and security guards will provide supervision during the hours of the dance. Once students enter the dance they will not be allowed to leave early unless they have parental permission. No Passouts will be issued. School lists will be used to identify students of each school.

We do request that parents ensure adequate transport arrangements for their son/daughter. The entry and exit point for the dance is at the back of the hall and is accessible from the Junior Quadrangle. Parents may collect their son/daughter from either Anzac Parade or Cleveland Street.

The cost of the dance is $10. Please contact Mr Barris (SBHS) or Mr Thomsen (SGHS) if you have any concerns.
Dr KA Jaggar Mrs M Varady
Principal (SBHS) Principal (SGHS)

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Saturday was a superb day with a good turnout from High. Against strong GPS opposition, we had some very encouraging results and performances.

Best performed athletes on the day were:
Lachlan Street (U13) won the shot with 10.58

Nelson Ridges (U13) came third in the 200m with a time of 26.25

Danny Ng (U14) had an outstanding result in the high jump, coming 1st with a jump of 1.66m

Gehan Karunaratne (U14) came 2nd with a great jump of 5.48m

Louis Yang (U14) was in nearly every U14's event and came third in the 800m. Keep up the good work

Richard Xu (U15) performed well in the 200m by coming second, 24.35

Roger Burrell (U16), once again was excellent in the shot coming first with 14.82m

Mischa Steen (U17) had a fine result coming 3rd and 2nd in the 100m and 200m respectively

Paul Watzlaff (17) won the open 1500m and the 3000m keeping up the good form he had last season. These are very promising results for the upcoming GPS Finals.

If any student has out grown and/or would like to donate any athletics gear (singlets, shorts & spikes) to fellow students please see me at the history department. I need parents and student to help at the High carnival on the 4th September, contact me at the history department.

The GPS Championships: Sydney Athletic Centre, Homebush, 18th September
The Championships are a great GPS tradition with all the spectacle and school spirit of events like the Head of the River.

Come along and cheer for Sydney Boys High School. All parents and school supporters are invited to the Championships.
R Devlin
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Would you like to sail?

Sydney Boy's High has a well established and growing sailing program. We sail out of Woollahra Sailing Club at Rose Bay. Boys from years 7 to 12 can be involved. You do not need any experience as you will be trained. We sail Pacers, which have two crew and are used to teach and Lasers which have only one crew and are more challenging.

Sailing is easy to learn but difficult to excel at. Mentally it requires concentration and tactical skill, physically it requires strength, coordination and reflexes.

Sailing commences the first week of term 4, it involves training one afternoon a week and racing Saturday mornings when you become more experienced. If you are interested in giving it a go contact Mr Edd Pearson or the Principal.
B Coppa
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Calling all Coogee Batory Kindergarten Graduates
Coogee Batory Kindergarten is turning 21 this year and we are planning to hold a reunion party on Sunday October 31 2004
4 pm and 7pm.

Bookings essential Adults $12, Children under 16 $8, under 2 years free.

For further information and tickets: party@ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


There are many ways to evaluate performance. Last week I received some feedback from one parent whose son played his first season of rugby this year. She wanted to pass on her thanks to the coaches who had encouraged her son to play this year. She said that he had enjoyed the season enormously, was disappointed the season had ended and was looking forward to next year. The most significant aspect of the season, for her, was the social development that had occurred within the team. One of the important parts of what we do in rugby at High, is to try to develop a sense of belonging to a team and a school.
G Stein
MIC Rugby

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Debating Dinner

WHEN: Saturday 11th September 2004

WHERE: The Outterside Centre, Teviot Avenue, Abbotsford

TIME: 6:00pm for drinks 6:30 pm for dinner

COST: $30 Please pay at the SBHS Office by 31st August

DRESS: School uniform and blazer

All debating boys and families are invited to attend our annual dinner to celebrate SBHS debating achievements for 2004


Payment may be made at SBHS Office by cash, cheque or credit card.

Please complete the following:


Roll Class:

No. of tickets at a cost of $30 each

Method of payment: Cheque_________ Cash__________ B/Card______________ M/Card_________ Visa___________

Name on Card_______________________________ Expiry date_________/_________

Card No. __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __

Amount $_______________________ Signature_________________________________
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New Library and Performing Arts Space




OCTOBER 2008 will mark the 125th Anniversary of SYDNEY BOYS HIGH SCHOOL

A tangible reminder of this significant milestone will be the construction of the NEW LIBRARY AND PERFORMING ARTS SPACE.

This project will directly benefit every student and the wider school community.

To attain this goal, in addition to any funds available from the Education Department, effective supplementary fundraising will be necessary over the next few years, commencing with a MAJOR RAFFLE run as a whole of school project initiated by the Principal, Dr Kim Jaggar.

Watch this space for information regarding distribution and return of tickets and monies.

Valda Roser Fund-Raising Co-ordinator for Sydney Boys High School
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SHSOBU v The School Sports Day and Dinner


Dear Parents and Students,

The sports programme is now available for participants'/spectators' perusal. Guided School Tours and Memorabilia Displays have been organised from 5.00pm and the Dinner will commence at 6.00pm.

Please book NOW for the Dinner in the Great Hall from 6.00pm; a hot two course buffet with tea and coffee - $40.00 pp or $30.00 for full time students. BYO or purchase from the OBU bar. The Dinner Booking Form should be mailed/faxed before 31st August. Organise a table of 10, or come in a smaller group.

The dinner program will feature great raffle prizes (High Store Memorabilia, BridgeClimb Voucher, Botanic Gardens Restaurant Voucher), lucky table prizes and auction items - the main item being a SIGNED 2004 WALLABIES JERSEY

The MC at the dinner will be past Headmaster, Mr Bob Outterside. Special guests will include Dr Kim Jaggar, SBHS Principal, and Mr Peter Crittle, Chairman, Australian Rugby Union. The emphasis of the Evening will be INFORMALITY. We guarantee an entertaining evening for all members of the SHS extended family.

The deadline for payment is 31st August 2004.

SHS & OBU SPORTS DAY & DINNER - Saturday 11th September 2004

Given Name: _____________________________ Surname: ___________________________________________

Mailing Address: ______________________________________________________________________________
Accompanied by:
Given Name: _____________________________ Surname: ___________________________________________

Please seat me/us with: _____ Year Group or on Table Name: __________________

I enclose payment for ______ Adults @ $40.00 pp ______ Students @ $30.00 pp Total: $________________

By: Cheque payable to SHS OBU or by Credit Card - Amex Bankcard Mastercard Visa

Credit Card Number: ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

Cardholder's Name: ________________________________________________Expiry Date: _________________

Signature: ____________________________________ Contact Phone: __________________________________

Mobile: _____________________ email: _______________________________

Post Payment and Booking Form to:
Sydney Boys High School, Moore Park,
Surry Hills, NSW, 2010

OR By Fax to 02-9389-4274
(Booking Form and credit card payment)
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