High Notes, Vol 7 No 25, August 18 2006

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From the Principal

Mouse Trap Power
Last Friday I was privileged to witness the creative designs thought out by 10Sc1 as they grappled with the problem of powering a vehicle by harnessing the energy of a mouse trap spring. A variety of light weight contraptions rolled across the floor of the Great Hall within the boundaries of a track bordered by white tape. Various gearing devices were employed to propel the vehicles. The winner employed a counterweight on an axle with oversize wheels to conserve energy. It travelled over 10.6m to the great joy of its creators. Six Advanced Engineering students from the University of Sydney mentored the teams of young engineers on the project. There were some impressive designs on display. Mr Kay and the Science Department are to be congratulated on the success of the innovation.

Debating v Newington
Last week my family and I enjoyed a Year 8 debate against Newington. High negated the proposition that Australia should close down immigration centres. Newington’s model argued that detention centres imposed gaol-like conditions on largely innocent families, especially children, and that within 10 years 50% of them should be closed down and replaced incrementally with villages of immigrants, housed and offered work in neighbouring factories. Asserting frequently that “we have boundless plains to share” the affirmative championed the cause of refugees to live with dignity and purpose until their fates were decided. Max Phillis, for the negative, argued that closing down centres would not stop refugees from coming; that the exorbitant cost and impracticality of the affirmative’s ‘controlled communities’ model doomed it to failure; that jobs and skills could not just be created; that the purpose of detention centres was to sort out the genuine refugees and that they acted as a deterrent to illegal immigration. He assured us that we needed to stick to the status quo for the efficient ‘one place processing’ of detainees and that the system was equitable and more likely to detect terrorists. The affirmative went on to claim that the existing system has not stopped refugees coming; is costly to run; and is immoral in its impact on the innocent. Immigrants awaiting processing who are allowed to live in communities could boost our economy by working and paying taxes. Antony Paul asked the negative how their model decided which detention centres would close; and by what criteria it would choose which families to be sent to the communities or to the centres. He questioned by what standard is the existing system judged to be immoral? People who are legitimate and who have done no wrong he declared should hold no fears about detention centres. Puneet Baweja completed the contrary argument with a distinction between refugees and asylum seekers and between refugees and immigrants. He ramped up the attack on the inequity of choosing some to go to detention centres and some to closed communities. He demonstrated this unpalatable consequence would fatally flaw the affirmative’s 50% closure compromise. Ultimately, the adjudicator agreed that the affirmative had not persuaded him of the case for partial closures. It was an enjoyable experience.

GPS Winter Finale
Newington has been a traditional hard round for High, particularly in football. We seem to come unstuck against the Newington style of play. History repeated as the first and second grade were out muscled and outpaced by two strong sides. Our season could have been more productive and I hope all Year 10 and 11 players learn that a higher standard of fitness will enable them to acquire and employ consistently the higher level of skills needed for GPS competition. I saw some hard fought and spirited rugby games in the 13s. The highlight for me was the celebrations of the 2nd XV and their long suffering supporters, after a courageous 7-5 win on the bell. It was an evenly matched, engaging contest. I would like to congratulate all the 1st XV squad who stuck together in trying circumstances and played right to the whistle each week, irrespective of the score. Your dedication to team goals will provide a strong foundation for your future lives, particularly when faced with adversity. You showed great strength of character and abundant High spirit.

Athletics Season
Students are reminded that we expect greater participation and higher levels of commitment to training this season. I have set goals for Mr Devlin – we have to beat TAS in 2006 and TAS and Scots or Newington in 2007. Participation, fitness and technique will help you to reach these goals.
Dr K Jaggar
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From the Library

The “Battle of the Libraries”
Our lovely pro-active boys have come up with their own 3D Design for the new library.

Anirban Ghose and Tadeusz Davenport of Year 8 got busy with Dad’s architectural software over the last holiday and since and have produced a PowerPoint presentation of their draft of the proposed new library.

Colour slides of their efforts will be on display in the library. The PowerPoint will be on the Student R Drive.

It is good that Simon Chan our Architect who is to have his 3D model of the new library ready next week has a sense of humour.

Simon Chan has been engaged by the Development Committee to produce a 3D model to use as a promotional tool for our newest fundraising effort for the new library - Simon’s model - the real thing - will also be up for everyone to see next week.

If this Capital Works Drive is successful the new library looks like a distinct start up for the 125th Anniversary of Sydney Boys High in 2008. Thanks to the efforts of our Development Committee under the inspired leadership of Professor Tailoi Chan.

Our Library Benefits From The Duke Of Edinburgh Award
Andrew Pham from Year 11 enquired this week about doing 60 hours work in the library as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award. We are very grateful to him for thinking of us and for making this offer.

20 New Laptops. – The Wireless Library Is Born
The new laptops have been an outstanding success thanks to the excellent behaviour of our senior boys and the lovely nature of our newest staff member Mrs Graul. Seniors have been able to make good use of these computers as the library computer area is under increasing use from teachers. Students have been very courteous in putting the computers back on the trolley after they are “returned” on the OASIS system. Only students who have a Senior Study Card (deposit $11) are allowed to borrow a laptop for library use.

Student Librarians and the Library Office Boy
Our student librarians have not had a mention for years and the offer of 60 hours work from Andrew Pham is a reminder of the extent to which our staff is grateful for the huge amount of work done by volunteers in our school. A huge thanks to every boy who has ever been a student librarian or an office boy assigned to the library. We would be so far behind without your very consistent efforts.

Malika Tin-Loi
This year and for the whole year our library has been very fortunate to have the voluntary assistance of a very professional librarian Malika Tin-Loi, mother of Chris in Year 9. Malika has used her retirement to assist Sydney Boys High enormously. We are very lucky indeed to have had her assistance as she was able to catalogue books unsupervised. We have learnt a great deal from her as well. We are very grateful to you, Malika.
Mrs Crothers
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Student Photo Archive

Reminding students and parents that photos from Assemblies and other events that school photographers attend are available from the Student (R:) Drive in studentphotoarchive folder. The latest instalment is from the junior assembly on 9 August and the Biennale Excursion with Yr 9/10/11 art students. Speakers and Musicians feature. If you have photos from school events that you’d like to make available to the school family please see Ms May.
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Year 8 History Excursion

Recount of the Year 8, Semester 2 History Excursion to La Perouse
The day started off miserable and cold as we arrived at school and did not look like it was going to improve in the near future. All of the Semester 2 History classes assembled in the Great Hall for a Roll Call and an overview of the revised schedule for the day (the official one being called off due to the weather.)

After learning that we would not be going on a bushwalk to Henry Head and that there would be no sandcastle competition we were treated to a fantastic recount from Mr. Hannon of the events that happened to La Perouse and his men in Samoa. After this we watched a video called Benny and the Dreamers which was about the discovery of a remote Aboriginal community in North Western Australia and how they were sent to a mission where their standard of living fell drastically and they eventually returned to their home land.

The video ended and everyone went outside to board the buses. We eventually arrived at La Perouse where the rain was falling intermittently. We climbed a muddy hill to see a grave in which lies the Ship’s Doctor of La Perouse’s ship who was severely wounded in a battle with natives in Samoa. We then proceeded to a monument to La Perouse that we attempted to sketch but the rain thwarted our artistic attempts. Conceding defeat to the encroaching storm we retreated to the warmth of the Cafes in which we had lunch. Due to the abysmal weather lunch was extended in the hope that it would blow away but, needless to say, it didn’t. We regretfully left the warmth of the cafes for the freezing wind and rain outside. To protect ourselves we formed huddles of umbrellas that kept out the worst of the weather until it was time to visit Bare Island.

By this time the wind had intensified and the rain was driving into you at the horizontal. Resolutely we pointed our umbrellas into the wind (which was too much for some that gave way) and pressed on across the bridge linking the island to the peninsula. By the time we reached Bare Island we were soaked through (it would have been hard to get more wet swimming) but this wasn’t the worst of it. The Gates were locked and we had to make our way back across the bridge (which thoroughly soaked the other side of us) to the road where we waited for the buses to arrive. By the time the buses had arrived the weather would have passed for monsoonal and there was not a single square inch of any of us that had remained dry.

On the way back to school there was about three centimetres of water on the floor (having drained off us) and every single person was visibly steaming. There was some singing from the back of the bus and there were some vain attempts to keep the windows from fogging so that we could see where we were going.

We arrived back at school at around two thirty where everyone was dismissed except for those who had to stay at school who went to the hall and tried to dry off.

After turning on all of the heaters we took off all of our wettest garments wrung them out and hung them in front of the heaters to dry. Mrs Valda Roser was kind enough to offer everyone a brownie as she passed through the hall going about her business and we were treated to some fantastic Piano by Paul Pang.

I returned home at about eight thirty after debating to watch the news which showed footage of a tornado ripping across the bridge to Bare Island and taking the roof off one of the houses directly behind the café that we had been in only a half hour before hand.

I was just thankful that we weren’t sucked up!

Despite all of the wind and rain it was a fantastically fun excursion and I wish that more of them would turn out like it did.

Still soaked.
Max Phillis
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From PD/H/PE

Year 10 PDHPE Crossroads Seminars 2006
On Tuesday 29 August 2006 a series of presentations will be held for Year 10 as part of the mandatory PDHPE program. The community organisations involved are WAYS (Waverley Action for Youth Services), Positive Speakers Bureau and the Motor Accident Authority. These organisations create an awareness of issues relevant to young people today and the community support available.

The presentations will be held during periods 1 – 4 in the Senior Study, gymnasium and rooms 102, 103 and 202. The organisation of the day will be provided to each student prior to August 29.

The cost of the presentations is $10, payable at the office on or before the day.
G. Stein
HT PD/H/PE

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SBHS Basketball Team Selections 06/07

All age groups will have try-outs this year at the first training session week 9 of this term. Any boy who selects basketball as their sport choice will get a fair go! If you make one of the 5 teams you will be able to play GPS basketball (14 Saturdays). If you don’t make the team or you can’t attend on Saturday you need to attend another sport. Start practising boys!

SBHS Basketball 1st Grade Trials will be held on Friday 25 August and 1 September from 3.30-4.30 pm. 2nd Grade Trials will be announced on Monday the following week. All boys of any age group are welcome to attend.

Compulsory Holiday Camp Dates for the 1sts and 2nds are the 10, 11 and 12 of October 10.00 am-1.00 pm.
B.Hayman
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SBHS Rowing AGM 2006

The following office bearers were elected unopposed at the recent AGM:

President: Craig Phillis
Vice-President: Julie Blomberg
Treasurer: Liz Hurrell
Secretary: Grace Reid
OCMC Representative: To be advised
Roster Co-ordinator: Josie Hui
Catering Co-ordinator: Andy Freiman
Parking Co-ordinator: Katherine Deacon with Peter Ambrose
BBQ Co-ordinator: Steve Whiting

Full minutes of the AGM will be posted shortly on the rowing page of the school website.
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Fencing Update

On the second Saturday of the Schools’ League the SBHS-A team defeated NSBHS-B 9:0 - taking only 8 hits, and giving 45 (Amadeus 15:2, Yu Lin 15:2 and Patrick 15:4).

The next day of the competition will be a big day for the A team, as we are up against Hills Grammar, the clear favourite.

SBHS-B went down 0:9 against Oxley-B and were then narrowly defeated by NSBH-A 4:5 with Khalil Amilbangsa giving his best performance yet, winning all of his bouts.

In the Senior Division B, SBHS-D was defeated 1:8 by St Ignatius-B with Samuel Sathiakumar having the only win. The team then convincingly won 7:2 against Oxley-C with Samuel and Shek-Him Yuen winning all their bouts, and Patrick winning one of his.

SBHS-G was up against a strong Trinity-B team, losing 1:8, with Andrew Wu winning one bout.

The Mini team - Ian Ho, Albert Nguyen, Anthony Xu and Pasan Pannila - had their first taste of fencing for High. Their first match was against a more experienced SACS team which SBHS could not win. Disappointingly, Newington-D misread the timetable and the match was forfeited, resulting in a 9:0 win being recorded for SBHS.

To make the Minis’ entry into competitive fencing less daunting each Mini was paired with a senior fencer - thank you to Yu Lin, Kevin Lee and Boris Zolotarev for staying behind and helping me with this.

All SBHS-Mini fencers are very young novice fencers who will be eligible to fence again in the Mini category next year. Enjoy the team spirit, have fun and even if you do not win, this competition helps you to gain valuable fencing experience. By this time next year you will be a much more experienced team.

The presence of so many parents and Ms May on the day was much appreciated, and I look forward to seeing you supporting our teams in the future.

REMEMBER: Keep on checking the fencing noticeboard and the NSWFA website: http://www.nswfencing.org.au/juniors/comps_league.htm for any late changes.
Amadeus Klocker
Captain

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1st Grade Volleyball Report

Saturday 12 August 2006
The last round of GPS Volleyball saw Sydney High 1st Grade face their arch nemesis, Sydney Grammar, in an attempt to repeat as GPS Premiers. Both teams were equally matched paving the way for a tough gruelling battle.

High executed their game plan to perfection, not that we had one. The first set saw centre blockers; Weiping Lu and Warren Trac control the net with multiple quick plays and HUGE blocks. Jamie Tao also joined in on the fun with his first ever block in his career, hats off. Brilliant setting by part time BMX cyclist Alex Le allowed outside hitters Sam Lee and Oli Chow to bombard the timber with powerful spikes. Both players as well as utility David Dizon targeted gaps in the flimsy defence. Before long High clinched the first two sets behind an onslaught of consistent attacks. However in the third set Grammar rallied as luck turned their way. High regrouped with the injection of Ping Du late into the game. His presence on court was enough to guide us across the line in a ‘hard fought’ straight sets victory.
Sam Lee
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From the Office

Letters re absence/lateness/early leave
When your son returns to school from being absent he is required to provide a letter of explanation signed by a parent or guardian. If your son is going to be late for school a note is also required.

If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Beringer, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.

Extended Leave
If you require leave for your son please, apply in writing and address your application to the Principal, Dr Jaggar, stating the reason and length of time of the leave. Your son must then present this application to Dr Jaggar for permission for the leave. Please remember to apply before the leave and not after.
The Principal must approve all leave applications.
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Email Notification Services

High Notes
Another email service for parents Parents who supply the school with an email address can now have two useful information streams. A reminder about High Notes with a link to the current edition can be emailed to you each week. An updated report on your son’s attendance record can now be sent to you on a daily or weekly basis. To get your electronic High Notes, enter your email on the High Notes page of http://ww.sydneyboyshigh.com.

Attendance Record
If you would like to have your son’s attendance record sent to you send your email address to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please include your son’s name and date of birth in the email.
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Sydney Boys High School Parent/Carer Survey

A Sydney Boys High School Parent/Carer Survey
National Framework for Values Education in Australian Schools
Engaging the School Community – a School Audit

The purpose of this survey is to discover the opinions of parent/carers, teachers and students. Results will be published in the High Notes, distributed to P & C, will guide Values Education curriculum planning and assist with future directions for student welfare and other school/community initiatives.

Responses can be left at the Main Office or emailed to me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Please respond before 1 September to allow time for results to be compiled for the High Community Convocation at Abbotsford on Saturday 9 September.

Thank you for your valued insight.


1 What values are important to you?
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2 What values do you think your child should be taught at school? _____________________________________________________________________
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3 Does the school support the values that you try to encourage in your child at home? Please explain how/how not.
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4 Look at the list of the nine Values for Australian Schooling below. Comment on the extent to which you feel that the school promotes these values.
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The Nine Values for Australian Schooling are:

  • Care and Compassion - Care for self and others
  • Doing Your Best - Seek to accomplish something worthy and admirable, try hard, pursue excellence
  • Fair Go - Pursue and protect the common good where all people are treated fairly for a just society
  • Freedom - Enjoy all the rights and privileges of Australian citizenship free from unnecessary interference or control, and stand up for the rights of others
  • Honesty and Trustworthiness - Be honest, sincere and seek the truth
  • Integrity - Act in accordance with principles of moral and ethical conduct, ensure consistency between words and deeds
  • Respect - Treat others with consideration and regard, respect another person’s point of view
  • Responsibility - Be accountable for one’s own actions, resolve differences in constructive, non-violent and peaceful ways, contribute to society and to civic life, take care of the environment
  • Understanding, Tolerance and Inclusion - Be aware of others and their cultures, accept diversity within a democratic society, being included and including others
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From the Rugby Master’s Desk

The 2006 Rugby season has come to a close with some heartening results from our final matches against Newington. For myself the positives from the season were:

  • that despite wash outs against The Shore School and Grammar our overall win/loss ratio for the GPS season remained the same;
  • the number of first time rugby players throughout the Year groups and that we would have fielded extras teams in the 13s and the 15s, had we had the opportunity to do so;
  • the quality of rugby played by all players and the smiles on their faces as they made their first tackle, scored their first try or won their first game.

An analysis of the season follows.

 SBHS Rugby Results 2006

  6/5 10/5 13/5 20/5 27/5 3/6 17/6 22/7 29/7 5/8 12/8
Red/SGC HAg Chev/Ox TAS TSC SJC TKS Shor SIC SGS NC
1st XV L
0-36
L
7-12
W
10-7
L
12-44
L
0-54
L
3-102
L
0-74
L
5-67
L
5-76
L
0-55
L
5-45
2nd XV NG  NG L
0-60
Ox 1st
L
5-41
2nds
L
0-10
6ths
L
0-5
6ths
L
0-22
6ths
NG L
5-40
6ths
NG W
25-5
5ths
16A L
0-51
W
12-7
L
0-12
L
0-48
16A’s
L
7-12
16C’s
L
0-19
W
7-5
D
NG L
5-7
D
NG W
7-5
B
16B L
0-50
 
NG
 
L
0-50
Ox16B
L
0-64
3rds
L
5-35
16D’s
L
0-48
D
L
0-95
E
NG L
0-27
E
NG L
5-34
C
15A W
34-0
 
NG
 
W
51-0
W
34-0
16B’s
L
12-27
16B’s
L
0-47
L
0-26
NG L
0-17
NG L
5-15
15B L
5-10
Red 16B
W
12-7
L
10-54
Ox 15A
L
7-50
15A’s
L
5-17
L
0-45
D
L
12-44
D
NG L
0-39
D
NG W
14-7
D
14A W
70-0
NG W
60-0
W
29-7
15B’s
L
0-32
15A’s
L
5-31
L
0-43
NG L
5-38
NG L
5-27
14B L
0-112
StA 4A
 
NG
 
L
15-17
Ox 14A
L
15-29
14A’s
L
14-44
D
L
0-15
D
W
12-5
D
NG L
5-27
D
NG W
17-14
D
13A W
49-0
W
44-0
14’s
W
80-0
W
70-0
14B
L
0-29
14A
W
29-17
W
12-6
NG
 
W
19-5
NG
 
L
8-13
13B W
57-7
Red 13A
 
NG
 
W
21-10
Ox 13A
W
51-10
13A’s
L
12-45
C
W
45-0
E
W
48-0
E
NG W
54-0
F
NG W
22-7
C
13C NG NG L
17-19
Chev 13B
L
0-48
StAg 13C
L
10-25
F
L
22-35
F
W
48-0
F
NG W
20-17
G
NG W
22-0
D

2006 Season Results

Played Won Drew Lost Won > 30pts Loss > 30pts
92 31 0 60 (66%) 15 33

2006 GPS Results

Played Won Drew Lost Won > 30pts Loss > 30pts
57 16 0 41(72%) 4 20

The challenge for our players is to get into our Strength training room with Jason and become stronger and fitter in the off-season to make next season bigger and better. I’d like to wish our Year 12 players good luck in the HSC and hope you stick with High rugby. I look forward to seeing all other players next year and bring a mate with you.

The Rugby Committee meeting will be held in Room 901 at 6pm on Wednesday 30 August.
G. Stein
MIC Rugby

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From the Canteen

Food for Thought...

Hot breakfasts now available from 8:30AM

Hot Chocolate - $1.00
Ham & Cheese Croissants - $2.20
Cheese & Bacon Buns - $2.20
Toasted Cheese - $2.00
Toasted Cheese & Tomato - $2.20

Start the day with a hearty breakfast and order lunch at the same time!

Canteen Supervisor Required for SBHS

Christine is off on long service leave for the whole of Term 4.
We are seeking a relief supervisor to work 35 hours over 4 days at above Award rates

Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Or Fax 9349 8408
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Music Notes

SBHS Winter Music Festival
The Winter Music Festival held last Thursday was a wonderful success with the ensembles performing outstandingly. Congratulations to the boys whose hard work and dedication made the evening one of enjoyment and entertainment. Highlights of the Festival were some solo performances by our HSC elective music students which gave balance and contrast to the strong forces of the concert bands and the sensitive playing of the string and guitar ensembles. The wit and humour of our MCs; Alex Vertoudakis and Richie Xu , made light of this wonderful night.

Piano Competition
The first annual Sydney Boys High Piano Competition has now concluded with many great talents discovered within the school. We have been very impressed with the standard of performances over the past few weeks and will be announcing the winners of each category next week. Congratulations to all the participants who competed. We look forward to next year’s piano competition with even more performers entering.

HSC Trials
The HSC music performance Trials were held last week over two days with the seniors preparing rigorously for their exams coming up in a month’s time. This was a great opportunity for the boys to gain more performance experience and conquer their nerves. The students performed at a high standard and are continuing to work diligently.

Jazz group
Congratulations to our Jazz Group (Yr 11: Alex Vertoudakis and Richie Xu, and Yr 10: Muhamed Mehmedbasic, Ashwin Thomas and Ivan Cerecina) who got through the auditions for the Sydney Region Music Festival. They will be performing at the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday the 5th of September in the Concert Hall (7pm). Tickets are available to the public through the box office or online from the Opera House from the 19th of July (Adults $26 and Concession $16). Please come along and support our Jazz Group and listen to other outstanding ensembles from schools around Sydney.

Sydney University
It was recently announced that students who wish to study medicine have a new pathway into the course at Sydney University. If they successfully complete a Bachelor of Music they can proceed into medicine. It is a recognition of the important skills of memory and fine motor coordination along with self discipline.

Request to parents/children when paying for instrumental lessons
Would parents ensure that payments for instrumental lessons are accompanied by the tutor’s invoice and we would appreciate it if payment amount is the same as per the invoice. Thank you, Music Staff

GPS Music Ensemble Members

CONGRATULATIONS
The following boys have been selected to perform in the 2006 GPS concert to be held on the Saturday the2nd of September at The Kings School, Parramatta. There will be rehearsals all day on Friday 1st September and on morning Saturday 2nd prior to the concert. We will keep students and parents updated on times closer to the date.

Choir Concert Band Symphony Orchestra
Burston Timothy 9 Chan Abraham 9 Aylmer Liam 8
Chan Timothy 7 Deacon Lachlan 11 Brown Alasdair 9
Duffy Patrick 11 Farrow-Palmer Adam 12 Byrnes Julian 9
Hayes Nicholas 10 Freiman Joshua 11 Chen Patrick 11
Hibbert Edward 12 Han James 8 Cheung Brendan 8
Heo Phillip 11 Ho Chung 12 Chow Justin 9
Katsikaros Christian 9 Ho Anthony 10 Dai Jun 10
Kwok Nathan 10 Ji Remi 10 Ireland Jeremy 9
Png Lawrence 9 Kim Albert 10 Jiang Brian 9
Rosza Marcell 7 Wong Matthew 9 Lee John 8
Shao Chong 12 Nguyen William 10 Leung Jeffrey 11
Wang Wayne 11 Pfull Brynley 10 Lieu Nathan 10
Wang Vincent 7 Rosengartenn Toby 10 Lin Kevin 7
Wang David 7 Santoso Johan 9 McKay Caillan 8
Wong Eric 8 Shapilsky Alex 10 Mickovski Kiril 10
      Shen Michael 11 Park Anthony 11
Stage Band Shi David 10 Sun Tom 10
Cerecina Ivan 10 Siu Tim 9 Truong Gary 10
Mehmedbasic Muhamed 10 Sun Marco 10 Yeung Alex 10
Thomas Ashwin 10 Tong Matthew 9 Zhang Schuman 10
  Wilson Thomas 9  
Wong Alan 12
Wong Francis 12
Yang Louis 11
Zu George 10

China Music Tour 2007 Expression of Interest

The Music Department in collaboration with the Australian Chinese Culture & Arts Group will be organising a 16-day music tour to China in the 2007 July holidays. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to perform in the Beijing International Youth Carnival 2007 with other youth bands from 21 countries worldwide.

As well as participating in the Grand Parade in Wang Fu Jing and the music show of Olympic Opening Music, students will visit renowned tourists sites around Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nan Jing. The anticipated cost of this tour will be approximately $2000 which includes all meals, accommodation, and entries.

Students and parents interested in coming on the tour need to complete the form below and return to the music staff no later than Friday 1st of September 2006 (Week 7). We will be holding a meeting on Monday 25th of September at 6:30pm in the Great Hall to provide you with more information.


2007 MUSIC TOUR TO CHINA - EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST
Student’s Name:  ___________________________   Roll Class: ______________
Parent/Guardian Name: ___________________________________________________
Phone No. _________________________  Mobile No. _________________________
Email: __________________________________________________________________

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SBHS Debating 2006

ALL GPS RESULTS are NOW ONLINE at http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating/results.shtml 

Congratulations to all three senior teams who beat Newington last week. A special mention goes to Dominic Bowes in Year Ten who spoke as first negative in First Grade! The GPS season is really shaping up with Iggies being defeated by Shore and Scots going down to Grammar.

COACHES GIFT CONTRIBUTION
A contribution towards the gifts for
coaches of at least $10 is required from ALL BOYS who are debating this year. This includes those who are not debating in teams but have attended training sessions on a regular basis and is regardless of whether you are attending the dinner. This year approx. 20 weeks of coaching have been offered to debaters - a donation of $10 towards a coach’s gift makes the training sessions 50 cents per week. Please take your contribution to the office by August 25th marked as a "Debating Coaches Contribution".

DEBATING SUPPORTERS GROUP- MEETINGS
The next meeting is Tuesday September 12th at 6.30pm in the Staff Common Room.
We encourage all debating parents (especially those with sons in Years 7, 8 and 9) to attend and to become involved in supporting your son’s debating “career”!

HOME SUPPERS
This term there will be four home debates and we're looking for volunteers to help with these suppers.
6pm is the early shift (parents of Years 7-10), followed by the late shift (parents of Years 11 and 12). The schedule is:
- 25 August 2006 SBSH v St Josephs Year 7 (and Year 11 late shift).

Please email Alice Paul, the supper coordinator at sbhsdsg{at}gmail{dot}com

http://www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating
Ms Jocelyn Brewer
MIC Debating

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The 2006 Debating Dinner

Traditionally the Debating Dinner is held on the Saturday after the final GPS debate and celebrates the strength of debating talent at High - 2006 will be no exception. This year the dinner will feature a comedy/fun debate starring our coaches and Year 12 debaters, with parents providing their expert adjudication skills to decide the winner.

This year’s Debating Dinner is being held on
Saturday September 2nd in the Great Hall at 6pm.
The cost of the dinner will be $30 per adult/student. A special price for siblings under 10 years of age has been negotiated at $20.

TIME IS RUNNING OUT! BOOKINGS MUST BE MADE BY FRIDAY AUGUST 25TH.

Payment for the dinner can be made at the main office. NO bookings can be accepted after this date as catering numbers must be finalised.

Detach the form below -- pay your money at the main office -- take the slip to Miss Brewer


2006 DEBATING DINNER
Student  Name   _________________________________
Year/Roll class __________

Number of adults attending  ______ @ $30 = _________

Number of U/10 attending    ______ @ $20 = _________
TOTAL Number of people      ______ TOTAL $ _________
___  Do you have any special dietary requirements? Vegetarian?

___  YES! I can you help on the day with setting up the hall, table decorations etc. 

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Football: The Onion Bag

I would like to acknowledge the many people that have helped me and High football this year. First of all the staff who have generously given up their Saturdays to coach and supervise up to five games on any one day. Long term supporters of GPS sport at Sydney High, Mr Pearson, Mr Watson, Ms Eggleton, Ms Dam, Mr Farrington along with a new member to the football family, Ms Evans. GPS football as we know it would not exist at High without your help. Also a big thanks to Mr Dowdell who set and packed up the Moore Park West fields every Saturday.

Thanks to Mr Hayman, Mr Broadhead and Mr McQuillan for assisting at training sessions on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

I would like to acknowledge the parents who helped to coach teams. Greg Robertson and Steven Sheldon, Peter Reid, Vince Vlatco, Patrica Stefanidis and Frank Caetano for their work with the 13s teams. Also Peter Lee who has been a long term coach. It is great to see parents so actively involved in sport at High.

I would also like to thank the old boy coaches who so kindly gave up their time to come back and help out High football. Max Kletski, Michael Allies, Pat Chen and Jason Vongratsavai with the 16s. Andrew Bennie Przmek Zajic, Steven Lau and Kon Moltchanski with the 15s. Tim Wu, Pu Shen Xu, Nathan Raheja and Simon Lai with the 14s. I hope you all enjoyed the season and will continue your association with the boys next year.

A special mention must go to Nic Apoifis who coached Second grade and assisted with First grade. Nic has been involved with football at High for close to 13 years as both a player and coach. His passion and dedication to the game is an invaluable asset.

A big thank you to the boys who refereed games this year. On any given Saturday High may need to supply referees for up to 20 games. The majority of boys who did referee often did two or more games as well as play their own games! For me it is one of the most pleasing aspects of being involved with football at High, seeing boys take on this significant responsibility.

Finally thanks to High’s first grade captain and resident football tragic, Eddy Blaxell. Eddy’s passion for the game is unsurpassed and he has been a great help organising the grade teams as well as referees.

The last round of the GPS season against Newington College was played out under bright, sunny skies. Both High’s first and second grade teams had the chance to upset Newington’s dual premiership hopes.

First grade found itself under early pressure from skilled opponents and were down 3-0 after 20 minutes, although each goal had an element of luck or controversy. The second half saw a stronger display by High but despite the improved share of possession High was unable to breach the Newington defence. The final 4-0 score line was not a true indication of the closeness of the two teams. Well done to all the boys who played first grade this year. You displayed the colours of Sydney High with pride and honour.

The Second grade fixture was hard fought affair ending in a 0-0 draw. As has been the case all season High was able to create several promising attacking raids only to falter when a composed finish was required. After ending up only just one win from the premiership, the boys may well look back at the year as one of missed opportunity. Once again Daniel Campion was outstanding in defence along with Kevin Kim.

Dolan Cup
The prestigious Dolan Cup has been taken out by the 14Cs closely followed by the 15As and Mr Pearson’s third grade equal second. Congratulations to old boy coach Nathan Raheja and all the players. Word has it that it is the only cup that Guus Hiddink is interested in.

Referees course
The referees course will be held over two Wednesday afternoons (30/8 and 6/9, 1.00 till 4.30) at school in room 505. Boys who have enrolled need to pick a ‘Laws of the game’ booklet to prepare for the course.

Quote of the Week

“Football is not a matter of life or death, it’s more important than that.”
(Uttered by a prominent High first grade player)
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High Cricket Bulletin

The 2006 / 2007 Season is rapidly approaching and an exciting programme has been established to cater for all of our cricketers as we embark on a course to establish High’s credentials as a force in the AAGPS Competitions.

We have had an encouraging response for coaches and we welcome back some ex students who met recently and are aware of our goal to see High teams perform at their potential best in competition.

TEAM NOMINATIONS
This season we anticipate fielding the following teams for competition depending on the final numbers electing cricket as their summer sport 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th XIs 16A and B 15A and B 14A, B and C 13A and B The players in the four senior XIs will be all be eligible for selection in the 1st and 2nd XIs with consideration to their personal performances during competitions. The “XTreme XI” concept has now gone to that great resting place in the sky!!

PLAYER INCENTIVES – In past seasons due to the lack of a full compliment of team coaches many of our cricketers have remained static in teams when they deservedly could have been promoted to a higher grade in their age group. This season with coaching support, players will have that opportunity to be rewarded for consistent performances. In teams where we have junior cricketers (Years 7 – 9) who are experiencing GPS cricket for the first time, or who have had limited opportunities through lack of previous regular coaching, will see teams nominated in age groups of a comparative standard. The result of this move will enable our less experienced players to enjoy their cricket as well as learning from their experiences in competition with other boys of similar abilities.

NEW CRICKET NETS – The great news is that our new nets are on the way with a proposed commencement in the first week in September (subject to weather conditions) and in full service for Term 4. There will be 4 synthetic practice wickets with 7 metre run-ups, an overhead net cover and safety nets to contain the balls when players are driving during sessions. We now have access to an additional bowling machine and will make use of both machines to improve techniques under the guidance of batting coaches.

SPORT AFTERNOONS – This season teams will practise as a group on sports days and coaches will attend on Saturdays to conduct the team’s match plans and assess strategies for future practices. There will also be post school practice sessions on a rotation basis for Years 7, 8 and 9 teams which will be advised in advance.

CRICKET COMMITTEE AGM The Cricket Committee AGM will be held on WEDNESDAY 30th August at 6.00 pm in Room 901 in the Gymnasium. The Agenda will be as follows Election of Office Bearers
(a) President
(b) Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer
(c) Parking Coordinator
(d) Dinner Coordinator
(e) 4 Age Group Coordinators
(f) Committee Members
General Business:
(1) 2006 / 2004 Cricket Programme
(2) Open Squad Training Camp – Support group
(3) 5 Highs Sub Committee.
All Parents and Players are welcome and we look forward to seeing some new faces from our Year 7 and 8 parents. Tea, Coffee and biscuits will be available during the meeting.

CENTRE WICKET SELECTION TRIALS – This season we will be conducting Centre Wicket cricket trials for Year 7, 8 and 9 team selections on SATURDAY 23rd. September 2006 at McKay Ovals and designated locations close by. The day will be from 9-30am – 3-0pm and a parent and players barbecue will be held midway through the trials. Teams for the first competition day in Term 4 will be announced the following Wednesday and Thursday at Sport afternoons. Please put this in your diaries and be available on the day. More details on this day will appear in these notes.

CRICKET WEBSITE – For this season’s information check our Cricket Website at www.sydneyboyscricket.info 

Laurie Heil
MIC Cricket

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Basketball: Shooting Hoops

THE COMING SEASON
All basketballers know that the end of winter sports and the start of athletics season means another exciting new season of basketball is coming. For those desperate to futher improve the results of their age group or grade, weights and sessions with Hank and TJ are the way to go.

The results of High Basketball have been on the rise and it has shown that even the slightest improvements make a difference on court. If every team managed to score an extra 8 points last year, an extra 27 games would’ve been won in last year term 4 alone! That only requires 2 extra points from 4 people within the team! So shape up a little and let’s get those close games going High’s way.

INSIDE A MATCH
For those deciding to join basketball in the coming season, basketball is a highly active sport that requires both a team spirit and self confidence. It is the trust on your teammates and responsibility each player takes that forms our game. Taking up my last year’s team as an example, we relied heavily upon each other. Our guards driving or shooting whenever a good opportunity turns up, believing that our forwards will beat their giant opponents in rebounding. Our forwards racing up for the fast break, believing that a guard will pass the ball right into his hands. Even if the score seems beyond our reach (Newington 14-0 in first 10minutes), a time-out and persistance drove us to finishing that game with 25-27, a mere 2 point loss. In that team, I knew that even if someone didn’t score that match, they were still important. We were all chosen in the trials to be in the team and we each “specialised” in one area or another. Even if they sat on the bench most of the times, I know that they’re there because they’ve been sprinting around for defense, rebound whenever they’ve been on and giving it the 100% of what each of us are capable of doing.

Quote of the week:
"..It is great to see more wins among junior A and B sides too. It proves that a good program with good coaches and positive team attitude can carry boys a long way towards overcoming height and reach disadvantage."
-
Dr K. Jaggar Principal SBHS (Previous High notes)

~Brought to you by Francis Wong, Johny Shih and Justin Liang.
~Thank you to Mr Hayman for all his contributions to basketball and information

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Simply Hoopin: Professional B-Ball Instruction

Hank Foster, current coaching mentor here at SBHS is conducting sessions for all aspiring B’Ballers!

  • Private Intuition $60/hr
  • Group Sessions $10/player

Focus on improving your skill base to give you the confidence to become a better player.

For session times and further info contact Hank Foster on 0433414175.

Coming soon- “The Sky High Challenge” A shootout competition for the whole school to be involved in with prizes.

Rules of the comp!
It is like a normal game of ‘around the world’(ATW) except for the following:-

  1. If you miss the first shot you must make 2 consecutive shots to advance to the next spot.
  2. If you miss after going back to the initial spot you must make two consecutive to advance.
  3. You go back one spot every time you miss
  4. There is a 5 minute or 30 shot limit which ever comes first
  5. There are 13 spots for year 10 and 11. 12 spots for years 7,8,9. The 3 point shot is for years 10 and 11.
  6. The times for the shootout are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 8:40-8:50am. Monday and Tuesday Lunch 2(1:14pm)
  7. Scores to be posted weekly on the basketball notice board!
  8. There will be monthly winners. There will be prizes for each winner of your year group. You can only win one month between August and March.
  9. Monthly winners will qualify for the ‘Challenge play-offs’ in March.
  10. Rules of the play-offs will be available in March ‘07.

Basketball at SBHS - Be a winner!
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Just for The Record!

“The Record” is the Schools official annual publication archiving the feats and achievements of the whole school family.

It is a glossy, approx 200 paged publication measuring 185mm x240mm with coloured and black and white photos, circulated to current families and others with connections to the school.

The RECORD 2006 is being produced by Mr. Con Barris with a distribution date projected for Term 4.

The estimated cost of production for 2006 is greater than 20K.

To offset publication costs, members of the business community (both local and business families within the school) are invited to take advertising space in this year’s magazine. (See PDF edition for scale of rates.)

Art work needs to be submitted by 1 September to give time for set up and final approval.

Individual school families are invited to contribute towards production costs, at a rate of $50 per page, a special and last opportunity for Year 12 families.

The family and son’s name will be printed as a header at the top of a page.

e.g. Sponsored by :- The Jones Family – Thomas Year 12

Please indicate your participation level by filling in and returning the tear off section below.


YES! I/We would like to sponsor a page/s (......) of “The Record” printed as a header as indicated below.
                                      Number Required
Sponsored by:-    _________________________________________________________
                   (Please print family name, son’s name & academic year)  
Type of payment:  __ Cheque*    __ Cash        __ Credit Card 
Card Type:        __ Bankcard   __ MasterCard  __ Visa
Card Number:      _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _
Total amnt paid: $__________
Cardholder’s Name:  _____________________________          
                            [please print]

Cardholder’s Signature: __________________________  Bus. Phone: _________________
Expiry Date:  ____  /  ____
*Cheques should be made payable to Sydney Boys High School

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The Record Advertising Rates & Specifications

available in the PDF version of this edition only
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SBHS International Family Night

Join us on Saturday 9 September at 6pm in the SBHS Great Hall for a fabulous night of food and entertainment for your whole family.

The Price:
$22
per head for adults
$12 per head for children 12 years and under.

This price covers the cost of your meal - no fundraising margin is included in the ticket cost. To keep costs down the event is BYO.

The evening will feature:

  • a fabulous three course meal including foods from different countries
  • dance exhibitions from different countries
  • games
  • insights from former students on the importance of family involvement to their time at High and beyond
  • a raffle with a generously donated artwork as first prize

Tickets are available from the front office


Student name: _________________________   Roll call : ________                 
Telephone contact (daytime) : ________________________________

Number of adult tickets:  _____

Number of child tickets:  _____ (12 years and under)
Type of payment:  __ Cheque*    __ Cash        __ Credit Card 
Card Type:        __ Bankcard   __ MasterCard  __ Visa
Card Number:      _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _
Total amnt paid: $__________
Cardholder’s Name:  _____________________________          
                            [please print]

Cardholder’s Signature: __________________________  Bus. Phone: _________________
Expiry Date:  ____  /  ____
*Cheques should be made payable to Sydney Boys High School

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From the High Store

Spoil Your Father on FATHER’S DAY & Support Your School

Sunday 3 September 2006

  • Supporters Polo Fleece
  • Fold up Chair with Carry Case & SBHS Logo
  • Van Heusen Business Shirts - (assorted colours & sizes, neck size required)
  • SBHS Cuff Links
  • SBHS Golf Umbrella

For more information call Michelle on 9331 7075 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Open Monday to Wednesday & Friday between 10.30am and 1.30pm
Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Diners cards accepted
Please make cheques payable to: High Store

The Sydney High School Foundation Inc.
“working together for our school”

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