High Notes, Vol 7 No 17, June 09 2006

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Vinh Pham for his selection in the Australian Team for the International Mathematical Olympiad to be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia July 10-18. As one of the finest half dozen young competition mathematicians in the country, Vinh is in elite company. Senior High Fencing earned a bronze in the AJRae Invitational Shield. Well done to Amadeus Klocker, Patrick Duffy, Yu Lin and Jeffrey Chan. In the recent Chinese Eisteddfod, High was second in the group award for 13-15 years. In individual competition prize winners were: Tom Sun (1st), Jacob Cao (2nd), Shorson Zhang (3rd). In the 16-18 years group, Jeffrey Xie and Leo Cheng were awarded equal second prize. The Eisteddfod is an important cultural event and our school has improved its standing in the contest over recent years, thanks to Willa Zhang and our committed Chinese students. Well done to you all. A special thanks to Will Clegg (2005) for his tremendous leadership and involvement on Sir Roden Cutler Day for the charity. Without him the day could not have been the success that it was. Thank you to the music staff and their tutors for organising and running a successful music camp and Cabaret Night. Your efforts are appreciated by students, parents and the school administration.

Jumped on at Joeys
It was chilly and a stiff breeze swept across the fields at St Joseph’s last Saturday as High tackled the Joeys physical and psychological machine. In third grade football there was a lot of ball movement but indifferent finishing as both teams struggled for ascendancy. A nil all draw was a fair result. In second grade the pattern of High’s play was disrupted by a goal against the run of play and the loss of a player. The side never gave up and played the game hard to match Joeys ‘rugball’ style. They snatched one back to draw the game at the death – a strong effort. In first grade High started brightly and often had the Joeys defence in confusion with some well constructed raids. However, after twenty minutes the momentum of the game gradually swung back to Joeys and they scored from a neat header over the late advancing keeper. The second half was all Joeys as High’s sharpness and communication fell away. Only brilliant goalkeeping from Lachlan Street saved us from embarrassment.

In rugby, I saw some spirited attempts by our boys, who never gave up against bigger, stronger and faster opponents. A lack of technique when tackling and a loss of shape in defence, allowed Joeys to break our line by running wide or switching to an inside ball to forwards running at opposing angles to the drifting defence. When in rolling mauls or ‘pick and drive’ plays, our boys worked well together and were effective when using their numbers intelligently. However, at Joeys, you need to be patient and to control the ball for as long as you can. We were unable to do that except in the 2nds v 6th match where the play was more even and the score line very respectable. In first grade our boys gave a courageous display and never gave up trying, even when the game was unnecessarily extended by five minutes. Honour in defeat against Joeys is a rite of passage for High boys – we have been enduring it for all but a handful of the last 100 years. I was proud of the character they all displayed.

A New School Library – How much do we really want one?
Do we want our school to have the best and most modern research and pleasure reading facilities, break out spaces and conference rooms? Do we want a showcase building on a par with our private school competitors? Do we want the latest in information and communication technology for our boys? Do we want to enhance the appeal of our school as a destination for gifted all rounders? If the widely agreed answer to these questions is ‘yes’ then how far are we willing to go to make our vision a reality? Can we make a communal commitment to speed up the process of raising funds to implement our desired outcome? We have $325, 000 but we need $2,000,000. At the rate of $150,000 per annum we will get there in a decade. How can we speed up this rate of fund raising? The answer is to broaden the base and increase the financial commitment of our donor list.

We have it within our power as a school community to fund this project. We will need to change our culture to do so. If we wait for the ‘government’ to fund a new library we will be repeating the history of the six generations of High communities who have wanted a new library before and who expected the ‘government’ would build them one. Some of our GPS competitors raise twice our total target in one year. We have the numbers and community resources to get what we want.

We have a Sydney High School Development Committee operating. It is chaired by Year 9 parent, Assoc.Prof. Tailoi Chan-Ling. Its purpose is primarily to raise funds for school purposes – principally a new school library. The committee is comprised of the Principal, the president of the OBU, the President and Vice-President of the P & C, School Council representatives and our Fundraising Officer, Valda Roser. The committee has as one of its goals to encourage our majority Asian background school community to engage with the ethos of the school and to broaden their support for school objectives. To be effective, this committee will need parents who can communicate to our majority community to raise awareness of our purposes and projects. We will also need fresh ideas about how we can reach out effectively to sell our self-help message to them. The next step will be to find ways of brining them together to generate communal commitment to the cause. We have called upon each Year Group Committee to provide the communication mechanism to achieve that objective. We need people who believe in the self-help principle to assist us to make a difference. If you are such a person, please email me or contact your Year Group representative. Let this be the last 6-year generation of High parents and students that just dreams of a new library!
Dr K Jaggar
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Academic Merit List - Year 12, Semester 1

Thomas Wong
Steven Guo
Aaron Chan
Angelo Lu
Labib Rahman
Romesh Abeysuriya
Richard Liu
Tanvir Uddin
Mi Zhou
Long Chen
Vinh Pham
Miruthulan Thayaparan
Kaivan Vaidya
Eugene Wong
Anthony Huynh
Chung Ho
Faraz Amin
Kevin Mak
Kieran Leong
Pradeepan Uthayachandran
Kenny Huang
Henry Liu
Kevin Kim
Joon Kwon
Edward Pham
David Cao
Nicholas Ng
Michael Zhou
Adrian Jeyendra
Roger Burrell
Senthil Thillainadesan
Sahir Syed
Quinton Yang
Rishubh Verma
Yuk-Lun Yeung
Jeffrey Chan
Chong Shao
Sadaat Cheema
Alan Wong
Jongha Lee
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Parent-Teacher Night

Year 7 - 12
Thursday 29 June
3:00PM - 7.00 PM
Killip Wing

All students will receive further information about Parent/Teacher evening next week. Students will finish classes at the conclusion of period 5 (2.15 pm) on Thursday, 29 June.
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2006 Chinese Eisteddfod

It was a day to remember. On Saturday 3rd June, Sydney Boys High entered the prestigious National Chinese Eisteddfod. As I walked through the gates of Burwood Girls High, I could see the contestants from ages 4 to over 18 rehearsing their poems. When I walked to the Registration Area, I could see an enthusiastic group of Sydney Boys High students eager to begin their recital. We strolled into the hall and prepared to go on stage.

The 13-15 year old age group started at 9am. High entered two teams, a Year 8 and a Year 9 group. The Year 8 group had to go first. We walked up the stage, willing to show off your hard work. In front of a panel of three judges and the huge crowd we bowed. Oops! It was our first time entering this Eisteddfod and weren’t familiar with the rules. We bowed before the bell rung. The ringing sound signalled the start of our recital.

We had to deliver a poem named “The wishes of a boat”. We performed as if we understood the poem extremely well. As we finished the recital, I could see the joyful faces. We were impressed with our efforts. We all knew that we had done a wonderful job and had tried our best. We sat down as we listened to other people present their poems. They were excellent. Everyone paid attention to them carefully, learning the ways in which they recited their poems.

Result time! We were convinced that we had won because we had high self-esteem and did very well. OH NO! We came second. We sighed as we walked upstairs to take our award for the hard work which was put in by everyone. We rehearsed every lesson and also at lunchtimes on a weekly basis. We knew deep down that we were the best. Even though second was a fabulous result, it was first that we wanted. However, there is always next year to improve.

Next were the individuals. That was a great experience. Even though few High entrants had won prizes, I could tell from their faces that they had tried their best. Hopefully next year, with experience, we can improve on our results.

I congratulate everyone who entered this eisteddfod along with Ms Zhang. It was, no doubt, an enjoyable and valuable experience for everybody.
Daniel Luo
8 Chinese Advanced

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From Chess

Round 5 of the inter-school championship saw the Senior team go down 1-3 to a Fort Street A team featuring the no. 1rated student in New South Wales. In Intermediate grade our A’s continued their good form 4-0 to St. Andrews and the B ’s defeated Fort Street B 2.5-1.5. Junior A’s are still unbeaten after a 4-0 defeat of Trinity Grammar C, the B team had a 3.5-0.5 win against Marcellin B, C’s enjoyed a bye and the D team were victors over St. George Girls High 3-1.
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P & C Parking Day

The second parking day for 2006 is on Saturday 10 June. If you have never helped with parking this is your chance!!

We need volunteers from 4.30 pm until 7.20 pm The Swans game kicks off at 7.10pm. If you would like to help raise funds which will assist all of our boys at High please contact me ASAP so that I can include your name on the roster.

Thank you.
Lyndell Evans
P & C Parking co-ordinator
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Words of Wisdom

“In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that long longer exists.”
(Eric c Hoffer 1902 – 1983)

“The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.”
(Charles Dubois)
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Save the Children Book Sale
Save the Children aims to ensure that all children, regardless of gender, race, country of origin or religious belief, have the means for survival, receive protection and have access to nutrition, primary health care and basic education. Save the Children fights for children’s rights. The book sale will be held at the following venues:

Paddington United Church,
395 Oxford Street,
Friday 9 and Saturday 10 June 2006

Crows Nest Community Centre,
2 Ernest Place
Crows Nest
Thursday 15 and Sunday 18 June.

The State Library of NSW has donated books for the event.
S Plummer
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Year 12 Parents Dinner Invitation

Let’s all get together for dinner during our boys’ final year at school.

Date: Friday 23rd June
Time: 7 pm
Place: Maya Da Dhaba Indian Restaurant 431 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills
Cost: Around $28 per person for a mixed banquet (including vegetarian dishes).

Please indicate your interest so we know how many to book for.

Sue Levy and Antoinette Farrow
Year 12 Parent Reps.
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The Record

Report writing for the school magazine, THE RECORD, has been made easier with the provision of the following by Ms Trompetter. Please use this to complete your sport report:

Information Report Scaffold
Information reports usually have three main parts. These are shown in the scaffold below:

  1. A general opening statement in the first paragraph
    • This statement tells the audience what the text is going to be about
    • This can include a short description of the subject
    • This can include a short definition of the subject
  2. A series of paragraphs about the subject
    • Each paragraph usually begins with a topic sentence
    • The topic sentence at the beginning of each paragraph previews the information contained in the rest of the paragraph
    • The sentences after this preview give more details
    • Each paragraph should give information about one feature of the subject
    • These paragraphs build a description of the subject of the report
    • These paragraphs may include technical language that is related to the subject
  3. A concluding paragraph
    • The concluding paragraph signals the end of the text
    • This paragraph can provide a brief summary of the report
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From the Rugby Master’s Desk

Veritate et Virtute – truth and honour. It was on display in last Saturday’s 1st XV match at Hunter’s Hill for all to see.

The truth was St Joseph’s were a very good side and they brought their “A” game to play, as expected. The honour was in the High performance, sticking to their game plan, supporting their team mates and playing with courage and commitment, as expected.

Both teams were warmly applauded at the end of the match, generating a feeling of pride amongst all the High supporters – students, parents, staff, friends and old boys alike. Congratulations to the young men of the 1st XV who stood tall in the sky blue and brown last Saturday.

Congratulations also to the 1st XV 2010 (aka 13A’s) for their gutsy 29 –17 win. See you on Saturday 19 June at McKay for the King’s School matches.
G. Stein
MIC Rugby

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Rugby Committee Meeting Summary

The third meeting of the SBHS Rugby Committee for 2006 season was held on 31/5/06. The following is a summary of the meeting:

Attended: Rob Fetherston, Serdar Bolen, Kel O’Keefe, Susan Udall, Adrian Vertoudakis, Christina Chow, Andrea Freiman, Geoff Stein.

Apologies: None

Rugby Website 2006 – Website is up and running. Advertising fliers will be posted at the next rugby parking day as well as at Randwick Rugby Club. Rob Lack (Class of 1978) is donating the first 100 membership key rings

OPRO Mouth Guards – Four boys took advantage of the offer. Hopefully the feedback is positive and we can nurture this association.

Chris Whitaker’s Last Home Game – 28 boys represented Sydney High at Chris Whitaker’s last Waratah home game of the regular competition. A colour of some of our boys photo appeared in the Daily Telegraph.

Treasurer’s Report – Account transactions for April and May were tabled. Current account prior to meeting was $8507.99

Victor Sports has donated $2000 worth of medical and training equipment. Future dealings will be done at very competitive prices. 2007 headgear and shoulder pad deal may be arranged. Possible fundraiser for the committee.

High Notes in future should make reference to major school assemblies and include a parent invitation. Students are not passing the invitation on to their parents.

Cake and Coffee Fliers to go out to junior teams prior to home games. Donations to support canteen fundraising.

BBQ Voucher/Encouragement Awards to continue this season. Awards to be supplied to junior coaches for distribution.

1st XV Afternoon Tea to be coordinated by S. Udall. The Committee thanked to Sue for taking on this job. Sue will be seeking assistance from other 1st XV parents. Year 12 XV, in school uniform, are welcome at the afternoon tea and will be expected to contribute to the afternoon tea similar to the 1st XV.

Physiotherapist has been hired, at late notice, for two McKay days at a cost of $45/hour.

Next meeting Wed. 28th June 2006, 6pm in Room 901. All welcome.
G. Stein
MIC Rugby

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From PD/H/PE:

“This is what science says is the most effective strength training for kids” – Raphael Brandon

Is it bad for children?

Puberty provides a great window of opportunity for boys to develop strength through training because of high testosterone levels. If regular training is maintained, the large possible gains at this time last into adulthood.

Many coaches and parents believe that strength training is bad for children and even potentially dangerous. For instance, a myth exists that heavy weight lifting too young will stunt growth. There is little research to suggest that weight training for pubescent boys is unsafe – in fact, most of it confirms that weight training is one of the safest exercises they can do. A child is more likely to be injured on the football pitch, tennis court or running track than in the gym.

Peak performance – Coaching young athletes p55 – 60

We have a great strength training facility on site, at very reasonable rates, under the coordination of Jason Tassell, a highly experienced and qualified strength and conditioning coach. I would recommend that every student at some time during their school life get undertake a strength development program, the sooner the better. You will be amazed at the benefits you will gain.
G. Stein

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Fencing News

On Saturday the SBHS-A team consisting of Amadeus Klocker, Jeffrey Chan, Yu Lin and Patrick Duffy won the Bronze Medal in the invitational AJ Rae Shield.

We arrived as the outsiders (ranked 15th), but leading for the entire match we quickly and convincingly defeated Barker-A (ranked 7th). The fencer of this match was clearly Jeffrey with his fantastic footwork.

Our next opponent was Grammar-A (ranked 3rd). The bout was fairly evenly matched, even though we led most of the time, by time out Grammar had drawn even. The coin was flipped, and I managed to keep my nerve and deliver the finishing blow - 39:38. This was a very satisfying victory after our crushing defeat by them in the Schools Championships three weeks ago.

In the semi finals we were up against Hills Grammar (ranked 2nd). Solid fencing on both sides, but they were clearly the better team, defeating us 30:45.

After a short break we went into a playoff for 3rd place and convincingly defeated the Newington-A team (ranked 4th). The bronze medal was ours!

Rankings in bracket indicate results in the Schools Championships in May).

Congratulations - great teamwork won us this medal. Keep training at UTS.

In the preliminary round of the U/17 State Championships on Sunday, Patrick, Yu, and I fenced in three different poules, each achieving two wins and suffering three losses. Since we were on equal points Patrick who had the most favourable hits given/hits taken ratio was placed 11th, followed by Yu 12th and myself 14th.

The format then changed to direct elimination, fenced first to 15 instead of first to 5. Patrick was up against the 6th ranked fencer. Whilst Patrick fenced very well and managed to recover some lost ground, it was not enough and he was eliminated 6:15.

Yu Lin was up against the 5th ranked fencer, who I had narrowly defeated in the preliminary round, giving us hope Yu might win too, but it was not to be. He fought hard but his opponent’s fencing style did not suit Yu at all, resulting in a defeat of 2:15.

In my bout against the 3rd ranked fencer I led for eight and a half of the nine minutes, before losing it, allowing my opponent to score two quick hits, resulting in a draw at time out. The coin was flipped and he delivered the coup de grace. I was defeated 12:13. He went on to win the bronze medal and I remained in 14th position.

We were all defeated in direct elimination, and thus our rankings from the preliminary round became our final rankings - Patrick 11th, Yu 12th and myself 14th.

Congratulations to all involved. What a weekend it was!
Amadeus Klocker

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Saturday saw High beat Sydney Grammar on their home ground in straight sets. After a controversy-filled game, it seems that High will yet again steamroll through another season of GPS volleyball.

Setter Alex Le and blocker Ping D. had trouble finding the venue in the morning, resulting in the jumping of many fences. The game was a pleasant change to the previous GPS games, with decent passing and balls coming over after the first hit and this allowed High to put set plays into practice just in time before Metro Schools Cup this Sunday.

Incredible hitting by Oliver C and Terry L left the opposition dumbfounded, including a well placed hit by Oliver smack-bang in the face! Quick middle balls were being smashed back at Grammar by centre-blockers Warren T. Also, Ping L saw Sam C and David D, plus the various Grammar boys go wild, resulting in Grammar screaming back High’s rugby scores on the weekend… The second set saw banter fly back and forth from each side of the net. Unphased, solid passing and hitting from Victor N and Jamie T led High to victory in the second and eventually third set.

In summation, Sydney High is going to win the GPS.

High arrived at Grammar at 9 am ready to win against the biggest obstacle to winning the GPS title. Immediately, High knew this match wouldn’t mimic the relaxed pace of last week’s game; Grammar was clearly supported by an unorthodox playbook and some lottery ticket winner’s luck, often involving a referee not seeing blatant net touches, but his challenge wasn’t taken lying down.

High began with a shaky start but after getting into the rhythm, fought back valiantly until the very end.

The first set ended in an almost shameful way, mainly attributed to the missed warm-up and the lack of acclimatisation to the unanimously agreed larger court size.

Not the ones to be pushed over, second grade fought back and with solid passes from Daniel C., Yo-Ha K. and Paul T. that fuelled spectacular hits to outside hitters Stephen D and Captain Jordan L. Impressive blocks by Henry D. and Daniel S. reinforced High’s exceptional game play.

Unfortunately it was a close loss 25-8 21-25 27-25 26-24 but High came out of it as a better team, with now a much improved team dynamic. Next time, without the questionable court size, High will definitely come out as the victor.
Zid Mancenido
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School Event Photographs

Students will be able to find photographs from events covered by school photography team on Student drive R:\StudentPhotoArchive. So far photos from Winter Sports Assembly and Sir Roden Cutler Charity Drive are available there
J May
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Mission Australia Survey

Have your say!
Mission Australia is currently collecting information that provides all service organisations with crucial data to assist them deliver the best services to young Australians.

It is an important resource for those involved with youth policy and research and anyone concerned with the well being of young people.

Make sure your opinion counts by visiting their website www.misionaustralia.com.au/youthsurvey before Friday 16 June.

A full report of the findings will be released later this year.
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A note to All New Students in Year 10, 11 and 12

Years 7-10 students at SBHS have had opportunities to explore study skills, formulating study timetables and developing strategies to assist them preparing for exams in their Values Education lessons.

You may not have had the same opportunities in your last school. If you would like a copy of the material given to students in this area or some help with planning suitable strategies I am very happy to assist.

You can find me in the Welfare Room [305], art room 610 or Art Staff Room.

Please don’t wait until the next exam period to plan, do something about it now.
J May
HT Welfare

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Help Wanted!

Do you drop off your son in the morning or pick him up in the afternoon?
Could you spend half and hour or more helping achieve some very necessary, yet simple tasks? Eg making phone calls, addressing envelopes, helping in the Library.

Come and get to know the School parent and teaching community, while gaining a sense of achieving and making a difference.

Have a chat and a cuppa.

Please contact Valda Roser at School 9361 6910 (Tuesday/Wednesdays) or leave a message on the voicemail with contact details. Or you can email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
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The Boggabilla Exchange

During the State of Origin week our school again played host to the students from Boggabilla Central School, from the far north west on the Queensland border.

Many thanks to all the billeting families who opened their homes to these students. When interviewed by the Telegraph the thing that most impressed the Bogga students was the generosity of their hosts.

The families of those who billeted were Keiran and Alastair Taylor, Lachlan and Neil Street, Aaron Shuttleworth, Nick and Tom Lindeback, D’arcy and Eddy Blaxell, Gareth and Lachlan Deacon, Jimari Bastable and Ms Plenkovich.

The following was their itinerary for the week:

Monday 22 May
6.30 Students arrive at school.
7am Leave Boggabilla Lunch en-route
6.30 Arrive in Sydney Dinner at Abbotsford, SBHS to provide.

Tuesday 23 May
7am Rise and Shine Breakfast while others pack up, etc
9am Arrive at SBHS Introduce billets, Attend Boori Pryor with year 7 SBHS
11.00 Sausage sizzle lunch with Boori
11.20 Leave for Powerhouse Museum for music workshop. Billets welcome.
3.20 Return to SBHS to make way home with billets

Wednesday 24 May
9am Students arrive at SBHS with billets
9.30am Depart for Aquarium visit. No billets
12pm Lunch at Darling Harbour with Salim Aiken Lawyers.
1pm Depart for Randwick Girls to watch rehearsals for Rock Eisteddford
3pm Return to SBHS, Relax in gym. Interview with Telegraph. Students and billets back at school for dinner
5pm Have Pizza for dinner in Hall, SBHS to provide. Take train to State of Origin Football game, then students make own way home with billets.

Thursday 25 May
9 am Students arrive at SBHS and pack bus
10.00 Bus to drop students at Maroubra beach for surfing lesson with Suanne Plenkovich
11 am Morning tea, touch and departing formalities on Maroubra beach
11.30 Lunch at South Maroubra. City Country touch game Depart for Boggabilla Dinner en-route Arrive back at Boggabilla very late.
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Music Notes

SBHS annual Music Camp
The SBHS Annual Music Camp began with an early morning departure on Monday 29th of June to the Merroo Christian Conference Centre in Kurrajong. Arriving at the school at 7:25am, the first item loaded onto the bus was the music staff’s coffee machine before anything else. Typically, freshly made cappuccino is far more important than anything to do with music at a music camp. Four buses filled with 160 ensemble band members, 9 music tutors and 5 staff members arrived at the centre at 10am to begin an intensive 3-day workshop. We started with morning tea then proceeded to our rehearsals right away. The Chamber ensembles practiced in their small groups until lunchtime and then came together to rehearse in the larger ensembles. Come afternoon, the juniors had a session of sports with Mr Ayre in the crisp, refreshing country milieu. The students played late into the evening with great energy and enthusiasm before lights out at 10pm. With the authoritative members of staff patrolling the cabin blocks, the students finally dozed off at around 11pm. Tuesday morning began with an early rise and breakfast at 7:30am with rehearsals beginning promptly at 9am. The second day saw even more intensive rehearsals in preparation for the camp concert the following day. Wednesday lunchtime we packed the instruments and baggage up and loaded them onto the bus ready for departure. On arrival back at school, the students enjoyed a fantastic sausage sizzle organised by the parents, ready for a wonderful concert. The evening concert opened with the brilliant brass fanfare followed by the groovy guitar ensemble playing two of their numbers. The intermediate concert band played with great delight and energy under the leadership of Ms Miller. The performance proceeded to the smaller ensembles with the senior and junior strings dazzling us with music from Mozart to folksong arrangements. Our Chamber choir sang beautiful traditional spirituals followed by our lovely woodwind ensemble and jazzy saxophone group lead by our talented music tutors. The symphony orchestra played with great energy and vivacity followed by the spectacular senior concert band who were joined by the choir for our finale camp concert item; a familiar medley by Richard Rodgers which was highly enjoyed by everyone. With the conclusion of this fantastic camp, the students, tutors and teachers left exhausted though musically enlightened. A most successful music camp enjoyed by all who came.

Jazz Cabaret Night
The Cabaret night held on Saturday was a wonderful evening with the Great Hall wonderfully decorated with plenty of balloons and candle lights. The night was filled with great music performed with flair by our stage bands, jazz group and senior concert band with the professional dancers dazzling and entertaining us with their stylish moves.

Senior Stage Band
The Senior Stage Band will be performing at the Annual Maritime Museum Music Festival on Wednesday the 21st of June at 11am in Darling Harbour. All welcome to attend and listen to the lively music of our fantastic stage band.

The Great Sydney Boys High Piano Competition
The first ever piano competition at SBHS will be held at the end on this term and continue into early term 3. Please see overleaf for further details. Students interested in entering need to complete the form to the music staff by Wednesday 14th of June 06. There will be great prizes for the winners of the competition.

The Great Sydney Boys High Piano Competition

The Music Department will be holding its first Piano Competition for each year level starting in week 8 this term. We encourage all pianists to enter as this is a great performance opportunity and a wonderful learning experience. Solo performance pieces can range from any genre (Baroque to Contemporary) with time limits for each year group listed below.

Competition to be held on the following dates at lunchtime

Year 7 – Monday 19th, Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st June 2006 (Week 8)
Year 8 – Monday 26th, Tuesday 27th, Wednesday 28th June 2006 (Week 9)
Year 9 –Thursday 22nd, Friday 23rd June 2006 (Week 8)
Year 10 – Thursday 29th June 2006 (Week 9)
Year 11 and 12 – Tuesday 18th July and Thursday 20th of July 2006 (Week 1 Term 3)

Time Limits for performance pieces:
Yr 7 and 8 – 3 mins maximum
Yr 9 and 10 – 4 mins maximum
Yr 11 and 12 – 5 mins maximum

Entry Fee of -
$2.00 for Yr 7 and 8 
$3.00 for Yr 9 and 10 
$4.00 for Yr 11 and 12

Check Music Noticeboard for timetable in the week previous to the competition.

Please complete the entry form attached below and return to the Music staff by Wednesday the 14th of June 2006 (Week 7).

Name: __________________________________   Roll Class: ________
Title of Piece and Composer: 
Fee: __________

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Annual Joint SBHS/SGHS P&C Meeting

Invitation to all Parents and Staff to The Annual Joint Meeting of P & C Associations Sydney Boys High School and Sydney Girls High School

WEDNESDAY 14 JUNE* 2006 AT 7.30 PM

Our speaker will be Louise Remond, Clinical Psychologist, Health Psychology Unit, University of Technology, St Leonards Campus, Royal North Shore Hospital co-author with Dr Sarah Edelman of Taking Charge: A guide for teenagers - Practical ways to overcome stress, hassles and upsetting emotions

Louise will give an overview of issues teens have commonly identified as stressful and aspects of adolescent development which can make adolescence a stressful period. She will describe the Taking Charge Model which aims to help individuals take 'greater charge' of their behaviours and emotions by taking positive actions and identifying and challenging unhelpful patterns of thinking. Topics will include: problem solving; acceptance of situations beyond one's control; identifying particular patterns of unhelpful thinking; skills for challenging irrational beliefs and applications of particular strategies to managing stress, the 'blues' and anxiety. The talk will provide useful resources for helping teenagers when they are feeling distressed.

The presentation will be followed by question time and refreshments.

*NOTE change of date from originally advertised 21 June 2006
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Year 8 Parent's Group Dinner and Social Meeting

WHEN: Monday, June 19, 2006.
WHERE: NIRVANA / HUKUM, 427 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills,
TIME: 7pm to 10pm (While our boys are dancing the night away at SGHS)
PARKING: Limited on-street parking on Bourke and Crown Streets. Easier to park at the School or Coles, Surry Hills, corner of Cleveland & Baptist Streets.
BYO: Drinks
COST: Vegetarian banquet including corkage/soft drink is $19; Non-vegetarian banquet including corkage/soft drink is $24.

RSVP with your choice of Vegetarian or Non-Vegetarian:
Neena Bhandari on
9331 2767
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by COB on Thursday, June 15, 2006.

Entrees: 1 Tandoori Pizza * (highly recommended)
Samosa Mixed Pakora
Any 3 Veg Curries
Any Dal
Any Flavoured Rice
Butter Naan/ Roti/ Garlic Naan
Pickle, Pappadums, Raita
Dessert : Gulab Jamun

Entrees: 1 Veg Tandoori Pizza * (highly recommended)
1 Chicken Tikka
1 Boti Kebab
Any 1 Veg Curry, 1 Chicken Curry, 1 Lamb Curry
Any Dal
Any Flavoured Rice
Butter Naan/ Roti/ Garlic Naan
Pickle, Pappadums, Raita
Dessert : Gulab Jamun
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Football: The Onion Bag

Round two of the GPS season was played out in difficult conditions. Low temperatures, strong winds and at times rain, tested the character and skill of all those who braved the conditions. I congratulate all the boys, coaches and parents who made the effort to get to venues with no guarantee that their game was going to be played. For future reference in the event of wet weather each school has a wet weather line, as does Centennial park.

First grade suffered a 1-nil loss to a physical Joeys outfit. High’s failure to man mark saw Joeys continually have free men available in attack. Accurate passes to these players resulted in numerous shots on goal. If not for the presence of Lachlan Street in goal, the score would have been substantially more. Yet again High was unable to construct and complete any serious attacking raids, with the movements breaking down. On a more pleasing note, Long Chen’s performance was outstanding, displaying the urgency in both attack and defence that is expected from a first grade player.

Second grade continued their unbeaten run, drawing 1 all. After failing to finish several early chances, High found themselves one behind. However, just like the week before they managed to fight their way back into the game with an equaliser from Alistair Taylor. There are no games due to the long weekend. Our next fixtures are against Kings of the 17th of June, as shown right. This will be our first full home round of the season, so lets support all High teams.

A reminder to all boys to clean up their rubbish at the end training and the end of games. Empty water bottles and tape are commonly left behind reflecting poorly on us all. Even if there aren’t bins available take the rubbish with you.

Wet weather numbers:
SBHS - 9361 0027
Centennial Park - 9339 6670

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I encourage all teams to submit a short match summary each week, to be included in The Onion Bag. It is a great way to recognise the efforts of teams and individuals alike. Reports need to be submitted by Monday afternoon. They can be forwarded on to me at the following address. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 14 A Won 5 – 0 After a dominant performance against Scots, High were confident that they were going to smash Joeys. It was an 8 am game, and it was dead cold for our team. The game kicked off in good shape, with Jeremy Rajendram scoring his first goal for High, thanks to a keeping error. The game continued, with the forwards missing a few simple shots, but was compensated with two goals to Enoch Hui. Kieran Taylor then scored coming in from the wing right after the break. Joeys still haven't had a shot yet thanks to some brilliant defending by our centre backs, Captain Antony Paul and Tony Xiao. The game finished off with a last minute goal by Enoch, to complete his hat-trick. The whistle blew, and we concluded by shaking our dirty hands with our opponents. Well played 14As!

Quote of the Week
'It's a case of putting all our eggs into the next ninety minutes.' - PHIL NEAL


GPS Results and Tables (Rd 2)
Joeys 1 0 HIGH
Kings 3 0 Scots
Grammar 1 0 Shore
Newington 3 1 Riverview
Joeys 1 1 HIGH
Kings 3 0 Scots
Grammar 3 2 Shore
Newington 3 1 Riverview

1XI Pld W D L F A Pts
Newington 2 2 0 0 8 1 6
Kings 2 2 0 0 6 0 6
Grammar 2 1 1 0 2 1 4
Scots 2 1 0 1 3 4 3
Joeys 2 1 0 1 1 5 3
Riverview 2 0 1 1 2 4 1
HIGH 2 0 0 2 1 4 0
Shore 2 0 0 2 0 4 0
2XI Pld W D L F A Pts
Newington 2 2 0 0 5 1 6
Kings 2 1 1 0 4 1 4
HIGH 2 1 1 0 3 2 4
Grammar 2 1 0 1 3 3 3
Riverview 2 1 0 1 2 3 3
Shore 2 0 1 1 3 4 1
Joeys 2 0 1 1 1 3 1
Scots 2 0 0 2 1 5 0

Dolan Cup
16D 2 2 0 2 8
13B 2 1 0 4 7
Opens 3 2 1 1 3 7
14A 2 1 0 3 6
14D 2 1 0 2 5
15A 2 1 0 2 5
16B 2 1 0 2 5
13C 2 1 0 1 4
16A 2 1 0 0 3
14C 2 0 1 0 1
14B 1 0 1 0 1
15C 1 0 1 0 1
13D 2 0 0 0 0
13A 2 0 0 0 0
14E 1 0 0 0 0
15D 1 0 0 0 0
15B 2 0 0 0 0
16C 2 0 0 0 0
Opens 6 1 0 0 0 0
Opens 5 2 0 0 0 0
Opens 4 2 0 0 0 0

This Week

GPS Round 3  KINGS 17/6
Team Opponent Venue Time
Opens 1 Kings McKay1 10.30
Opens 2 Kings McKay1 9.15
Opens 3 Kings McKay 4 8.00
Opens 4 Kings McKay 4 11.00
Opens 5 Kings McKay 4 10.00
Opens 6 Kings McKay 4 9.00
16 A Kings MPW 16 8.00
16B Kings MPW 16 9.00
16C Kings MPW 16 10.00
16D Kings MPW 16 11.00
15A Kings CP 5 8.00
15B Kings CP 5 9.00
15C Kings CP 5 10.00
15D Kings CP 5 11.00
14A Kings MPW 16 1.00
14B Kings MPW 16 12.00
14C Kings CP 5 12.00
14D Grammar? TBA  
14E Knox F TBA  
13A Kings CP 6 11.00
13B Kings CP 6 10.00
13C Kings CP 6 9.00
13D Kings CP 6 8.00
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Tennis School

Located at Sydney Boys High School
4 Brand New Hard Courts Available for:

  • Private Coaching ($50 / Hr, $30 / ½ Hr)
  • Group / Squad Coaching $15 / player (Max 5 / Group)

Enrol now
NOTE: These prices are for Sydney Boys High students only

Enrolments and enquiries: 0406 335 038
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Project Supernova Film Festival

Student Opportunity!! 
Are you interested in filmmaking?
Want to act or be a director?
Have you got good story ideas?
Looking to launch your cinematography career?

Kambala Girls School has invited us to take part in a film festival they are running in support of the Oaktree Foundation (www.oaktree.org), whose work aims to minimise poverty.

Much like Tropfest, the films for submission are to be up to 7 mins long, be of M rating and have a signature theme of “FREE”.

The films will screen at Kambala on Sunday August 13th.

No experience is necessary, just an interest in filmmaking and the dedication to see the project through to completion. We need people to fill a variety of roles and we will provide you will some instruction, guidance and the resources to get the film (or animation) done!

If it sounds like something you would like to be a part of email Miss Brewer at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by Monday June 19th and tell me what role(s) you would like to fill, what skills you have and what your favourite film is.

Read the daily notices for information on meeting times.
Ms Jocelyn Brewer
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Visual Arts News

Prints from Old Europe, 1500-1800 opened last week. Over one hundred works tell the unfolding story of the graphic arts in Europe. Many of these prints have rarely been seen by the public. A very helpful exhibition to see to assist the year 8 printing assignment.

Exciting Art exhibitions not to miss this month are the Biennale, shown at over 10 venues across Sydney. The AGNSW and the MCA are the principal venues. This exhibition is held every 2 years and showcases 85 artists from 44 countries and is an International Festival of Contemporary Art. 8 June-27August. Don’t miss.

Currently in his 3rd year at UNSW College of Fine Arts, Old boy from 2003 Edgar Schilter has one of his first exhibitions opening this week at the Kudos Gallery at 6 Napier Street, Paddington. 11am – 6pm. This exhibition is to be held in the back of a specially-designed truck parked outside high profile art locations, and showcasing new works all measuring 9x5inches.

Opens this week.
: June 7 - 10, 2006. This is held in collaboration with the noise project.
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Want to Dance?

In Year 10/11/12 or Staff at Sydney Girls or Sydney Boys High School?

Then come to

  • Friday 23rd June and Thursday 29th June
  • Sydney Girls High School Multi Purpose Hall
  • 3:30  5:30 pm
  • Cost - $5 each week payable at door on the day
  • Qualified experienced instructors
  • Learn Waltz; Jive; Cha Cha; Foxtrot and Street Samba
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From Fundraising


As tax time approaches consider making a donation to the

Australian Sports Foundation - download form from the web site: Sports | Sports Donations


Each family was sent, in the latter half of 2005, information regarding the desire and need for a New Library and Performing Arts Space to be built as a fitting project for 2008 – our 125th Anniversary.

Please use the donation card and reply paid envelope to send your tax deductible gift. Donations can be made by credit over the phone. Ring the School and ask to speak to the Cashier.

Thank you for your continued support of our boys – helping make a difference.

Any inquiries, please contact Valda Roser 9361 6910 email. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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From the Canteen

Food for thought….

did you know that -
our sandwiches, bread rolls, wraps, fruit salads (and much more) are freshly made on the premises every day by the canteen staff plus a host of volunteer parents, grandparents and friends?

did you also know that -
our wonderful band of volunteers enables your canteen to provide healthy, nutritious, fresh food and competitive prices?

and were you aware that -
all profits from the canteen are returned to the high school via the P&C, for your benefit?

now you know
....from the Canteen Team
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