High Notes, Vol 7 No 39, December 08 2006

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Charley Peng, our High Chess champion 2006. Belated congratulations to Phillip Kurts for his second place in the NSW Sabot championships. Dominic Bowes has been awarded the Lily Gunther Trophy for Best Debater in the Junior State Debating Championships. Well done, Dominic! Michael Coutts won this award last year, following Oscar Maclaren (1998), demonstrating the strength of High debating at state level.

Corridor Behaviour
It has come to my attention that instances of pushing and shoving are occurring in corridors affecting junior boys particularly. In some cases it might be just impatient older boys not respecting the rights of younger ones and being bullies. In others there may be congestion and contributing factors caused by junior boys themselves. Corridors need to be kept clear. Boys should not be sitting down in corridors blocking the transit of others. Boys lining up outside rooms ought to remain in line and not form groups, obstructing the corridor. School bags are not to be left in corridors obstructing traffic. The rule about moving through corridors is simple - keep to your left. This is also true of stairs. When we cooperate with one another there is no problem.

Staff members are asked to step to the door of their classrooms between periods to monitor corridor traffic. Staff in staffrooms are asked to respond to noises of students running in corridors or any sounds of pushing or affray. Occupational Health and Safety is everyone's responsibility. Students who have been harassed or pushed in corridors are urged to report the incident to a teacher.

High Chess
Thank you to the 120 boys who stepped up to challenge for the High championship of Chess. The interest in this activity is growing rapidly. Organisers Alex Feldman and Mr Harvey had to limit competitors to 60. The event was well conducted and transparently scored. Other accomplished players apart from Charley were runners up Dawen Shi and Edward Lu. Thank you to assistants Jason Cohn and Steven Zheng who helped out rather than competing. Chess is in good hands as we look forward to 2007 as the holders of the NSW Junior Chess League trophy board for School Junior Chess. This trophy has been awarded since 1979 and High has won it only once before in 1991. Thank you again to Mr Harvey, Alex and the Chess Committee for their effort to inspire a resurgence of Chess at High this year.

School Uniform Policy
Students must wear full school uniform in a full uniform school. The SRC and the P & C recommend policy on school uniform to the Principal. No one has asked me to alter the policy. We need to enforce it. When I ask boys to tuck in shirts and do up ties to the throat or do up collar buttons, they comply most willingly. My sense is that they all know what the correct dress code is but choose to test staff resolve at every opportunity. Boys with this attitude ought not to go unchecked. Insist on correct dress code from boys entering classes. Self-discipline needs to be practised. William James astutely observed: 'The greatest discovery of any generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude'. Let us not complain about declining standards of school dress, let us do something to make conformity commonplace.

Electronic Devices at School
'Discman' or 'I-pod' devices have not been banned at High as they have in many schools. We understand students might want to be entertained while commuting or waiting for or between events / lessons / appointments. Nevertheless, restrictions apply. Junior students are not to bring these devices to school. They are prone to being left lying around, or to being stolen or damaged. Seniors may bring these devices to school entirely at their own risk. Teachers may confiscate devices being listened to, watched or manipulated during class time. Teachers do not accept responsibility for the safety of these items. High does not ban mobiles. We know boys do many things after hours and need to be able to contact their families and friends. Again, the school is being reasonable but has restrictions. Mobile phones have to be switched off during class time. Teachers may confiscate mobiles activated in class. Students in class with headphones on will be assumed to be breaking the rule. These rules are clearly stated in the School Diary 2006. Let us all cooperate to abide by them.
Dr K Jaggar
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Academic Achievement List - Year 8 2006

Congratulations to the following boys in Year 8 whose excellent academic achievements in Semester 2 are recognised.

Points were awarded as follows - High Distinction: 6, Distinction: 5, Credit: 3, Pass with Merit: 2 Pass: 1, with the qualifying total being 46 points from 9 subjects.

Gareth CHAN
Justin CHAN
Michael DO
Matthew FONG
Zaine GUO
Aaron HO
Shejil KUMAR
Jeffrey LAM
Benjamin LI
Ivan LI
Andy LIU
Yixin LIU
Daniel LUO
Benjamin LY
Robert MA
Antony PAUL
Harry VI
Nelson WANG
Andrew WU
Stephen YOON
Adrian ZHANG
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Year 7 and 8 State Debating Championships

The Premiers Debating Challenge (PDC) is conducted each year by the NSW DET's Performing Arts Unit. The Years 7 and 8 competition is called the Teasdale Cup and this year the 8A GPS Debating team, consisting of Antony Paul, Maxwell Phillis, Puneet Baweja and John Aclis, won their regional final and attended the 3 day State Debating Championships held on a camp at Sydney University.

According to the results of the debates:

  • Every student should be given a laptop,
  • MP3 players should be banned at our schools,
  • Cars should not be banned in our cities, and
  • Compulsory voting is not true democracy.

The 8As qualified for the competition by winning the Sydney Region of the Premier's Debating challenge, which had been running for the past month or so.

The ten teams at the State competition were divided into two pools of five, for a round robin. The top two teams from each pool qualified for the semi finals. The 8As won three of their four debates, losing their first debate on an unlucky technicality. This meant that they were tied with two other teams each with three out of four wins - the team from Western Sydney (Baulkham Hills), and the team from Hunter Central Coast (Maitland Grossman). As a countback of who beat whom didn't resolve anything, the adjudicators held a meeting to choose the top two teams. The 8As were not chosen, as the adjudicators felt that although the 8As had by far the most potential, they had not yet proven themselves through what they had presented so far.

The eventual winners were Baulkham Hills High, representing Western Sydney, even though the 8As beat them in the round robin. The final debate was "that military intervention should be used against North Korea". Quite a tricky topic for a bunch of 13/14 year olds!

At the camp, the 8As met new people, some of whom were female, played a lot of giant chess in their recreational time and had quite an intensive debating learning experience, identifying a lot of areas of improvement for next season. One team member even managed to contract some sort of nasty allergy to the food. It was a great experience, and three days off school.

Thanks to Mr Webb and Miss Brewer for "minding" us at camp and the adjudicators Hamish, Julia, Amy and Alison for their great feedback.
Antony Paul
1/4 of the 8A Debating Team

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From the Canteen - to all our loyal customers

The holidays are fast approaching and we are obliged to start running down stock so you may find that your favourite snack or food item is in short supply or no longer available. Remember to order in advance to secure your choice where possible.

Please bear with us and remember that next year we'll be back with our full menu and more besides!!
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The Year in review for Year 7

On December 13, in the Staff Common Room, join the parents of Year 7 boys to review:

  • Final examinations and reports for 2006
  • Plans for 2007 - what have we learned and would we like to change for next year
  • Year 7 welcome cocktail party in 2007
  • Other discussion and comments

If you would like to attend the Parents meetings or receive copies of the minutes from these meetings, please send your contact details to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Where: Staff Common Room, Sydney Boys High
Time: 1800 hrs
Date: 13 December 2006
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From the High Store

Avoid the back to school rush and purchase your school uniform needs now!

Holiday opening times

Monday 22nd 10.00 am - 3.00 pm
Tuesday 23rd 10.00 am - 7.00 pm
Wednesday 24th 10.00 am - 3.00 pm
Monday 29th 10.00 am - 3.00 pm
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From the MIC Basketball

Parking and Holiday Practice
What a great term. Well done to all teams. In particular it was pleasing to see the juniors improving so rapidly. Hang in there guys! :) I know you are losing some games now but it will turn around for you if you keep up the quality practice on your own and with your coaches. Look at our 15 years team-They lost many games when they played 13 years and 14 years. Last week every 15 years team won!!

The 16 As are on the rise with two wins to finish the season. It is easy to win early on. It is much harder to win late in the season after losing games. It shows the strength of character in the team and your coach.

Thank you to all coaching staff for your efforts. It is making a BIG difference. The full court man to man tactics are working. We need to work a bit more at training on full court traps to complement our man to man.

I am really looking forward to term one. Go High Basketball!

Parking is on again .. SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER.
Please support High basketball.

It's a Robbie Williams concert so will fill early and should be a good earner for basketball. We need some to start at 4 pm then others to start at 5 pm, everyone going through to 7 pm approx.

So far I have four volunteers - unfortunately if we cannot fill the numbers the parking will be re-allocated to another group and basketball will have lost this opportunity. ($!)

I know this is a busy time of year but please try to spare a few hours on Sunday ... If you can help please let her know asap.

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B. Hayman
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Music Committee AGM

Monday 11 December 2006 7.00 pm
Staff Common Room
Positions vacant:

  • President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Parking co-ordinator

All Music parents are encouraged and welcome to attend.
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New Library & Performing Arts Centre

Tax Deductible 125th Anniversary Project
Sydney Boys High School depends upon its community of parents, Old Boys and supporters to further the School's ethos of the pursuit of all-round excellence.

We have a bold vision for a two stage Library & Performing Arts Centre. With advances in information technology, there is a pressing need to create a facility which is able to adapt and keep pace with meeting the increasing needs of our students. The estimated cost of the combined project is $4m. Stage one requires $1.8m; we have $400k. A new tax deductible monthly giving program has been introduced to help fund our development goal.

We have implemented an arrangement with ANZ Bank for automatic monthly deductions from a nominated credit card. You can elect to give $50, $40, $30 or $20 each month for a period of twelve months. Your nominated amount, along with your name and credit card details will be sent to the bank electronically. At the end of the financial year, the school will issue an annual statement as evidence of tax deductible donations. You can opt in or out of the scheme provided you notify the school in writing five working days before the fifteenth day of each month.

Thank you for helping to make a difference for our boys.

Name: ___________________________  Daytime Phone Number: ____________________
Address: ____________________________________________________ Postcode ______
Email Address: ______________________________________________________________
I authorise SBHS to make the following deductions from the credit card nominated below:
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Monthly deduction for 12 months      $50 ____   $40 ____   $30 ____   $20 ____
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Cardholder's Name: ________________________________________________________
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Annual Art Exhibition

Dear Art Students and Guests
An invitation to the annual Art Exhibition

Tuesday, 12 December
5.30 to 8.30 Great Hall

Celebrate the wonderful talent of our art and music students. Some work will be for sale
[due to popular demand] Refreshments
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Year 8 Family Picnic

Here is an opportunity for the entire Year 8 family to meet and have some fun in the sunshine! In case of rain, the picnic will be cancelled. BYO food and drink.

WHEN: Sunday, December 10, 2006.
TIME: 4.00 pm to 6.00 pm.
WHERE: Lachlan Reserve, Corner of Dickens Drive and Parkes Drive, Centennial Park.
RSVP: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or SMS 0422 543 727.
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Attention Debating Parents

Debating has 4 parking days at the start of 2007-

Sunday JAN 7th- Soccer @ Aussie Stadium game on at 7pm
Sat FEB 17th- Foundation Cup Roosters v West Tigers @ Aussie start TBC
Friday APRIL 27th- Super 14 HSBC Waratahs v Chiefs @ Aussie start TBC
Sat JUNE 2nd- Swans v Essendon @ the SCG game starts at 7pm

Once again we are seeking your assistance with parking in order to raise funds for coaching. If you haven't helped out with parking before, I especially urge you to get involved and donate your time. Helping is really easy and a vital source of income for the Debating Program, which this year over 120 boys were involved in.

Please put these dates in your diary and let us know if you can attend and help out by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

THANK YOU! To Harleen Kaur (Angud Chawla in Year 8's mum) who has kindly offered to take over the role of Debating's Parking Co-ordinator in 2007.
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Music Notes

Music Awards Dinner
The Annual Music Awards Dinner held last Sunday was a wonderful success with a huge turnout from Music Ensemble members and family, staff at High, instrumental music tutors, and Year 12 (06) boys who stayed on with the program through their HSC year. The evening was filled with quality entertainment from our music tutors who dazzled us with their exquisite repertoire, and a special performance by our Encore selected student, Paul Pang. The Christmas theme saw the hall decorated with hundreds of green, red, and white helium-filled balloons, professionally folded green and red napkins (over 200 of them by our wonderful Wilson Wong), beautiful centrepieces and candles selected and arranged by the Music Staff and lots and lots of candy canes to welcome the festive season.

Thank you to the students and parents that gave their time to the Music Department, especially the Siu family; Chapman, Timothy, Cindy and Clement for giving up their Sunday afternoon to set up the hall.

Special congratulations to our Best Musician for 2006; James Mackay (Music Prefect, Yr 11 accelerated music student and Encore nominee) for his great commitment to the Music Ensemble program and outstanding musicianship. This award will be presented on Speech Night.

Annual General Meeting
The Annual Music General Meeting will be held next Monday evening the 11th of December 2006 in the Common room. We would like to invite all parents whose son is involved in the Music Ensemble Program to attend this highly important meeting.

Marching Band
Rehearsals have begun for Marching band on Wednesday mornings at 7:30am with director Matthew Capper from the Australian Navy. ALL students in Intermediate and Senior Concert Bands are expected to attend. 2006 was a great success but in 2007, we hope to see even more boys in brown blazers representing our school proudly in the Anzac Day March.

Rehearsal for SGHS Speech Day
Awards Members of Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir and Senior Bands are needed to play in the Sydney Girls High Speech Day Awards and as a return favour the girls will perform with us at our Speech Night Awards. Please note the following rehearsal times below and have your instruments on the day and go straight to the allocated venue for the combined practice sessions.
A roll will be marked for attendance and will go towards next year's award scheme.
Please be prompt to all rehearsals.

Combined rehearsal with Girls school for their Speech Day awards on Friday 15th of December 2006 are as follows:

Orchestra and Choir - MU1
7:30-9:40am Friday 8/12/06
9:00-11:00am Monday 11/12/06

Senior Bands - MPH
11:20-12:40pm Tuesday 12/12/06
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Basketball: Shooting Hoops

High v Joeys

Term 4 2005 (last year)

1st LOSS 102-49 H.WALKER 15
2nd LOSS 41-45 E.WONG 18
4th LOSS 36-40 S.CHOOR 15
5th WIN 26-20 A.WANG 9
6th LOSS 18-28 M.KELDOULIS 10
7th LOSS 19-31 R.BI 7
8th WIN 38-11 J.PHU 14
16A LOSS 30-25 W.TRAC 4
16B LOSS 26-21 J.SHIH 7
16C WIN 23-20 A.NGUYEN 6
16D WIN 22-19 R.JI 8
16E WIN 24-17 B.LUNG 10
15A LOSS 55-39 L.TENG 10
15B LOSS 22-12 C.REEVES 6
15C LOSS 47-22 T.TRAN 5
15D WIN 28-13 N.WONG 12
15E BYE    
14A WIN 26-20 A.PAUL 13
14B LOSS 14-16 Y.LIU 4
14C DRAW 30-30 T.XIAO 12
14D WIN 36-2 L.LI 12
14E WIN 42-38 H.VI 12

Term 4 2006 (this week)

2nd LOSS 60-47 A.LE 8
3rd LOSS 24-40 J.TAO 8
4th WIN 34-29 T.LY 8, L.WONG 8
5th RAIN    
6th RAIN    
7th RAIN    
8th RAIN    
16A WIN 37-32 D.PENG 12, A.YANG 6
16B WIN 34-28 B.YANG 18
16C LOSS 32-27 M.YIU 9
16D WIN 41-18 V.ONG 11
16E LOSS 24-30 D.LAM 11
15A RAIN    
15B RAIN    
15C RAIN    
15D RAIN    
15E RAIN    
14A LOSS 22-31 A.YE 8
14B LOSS 37-24 A.CHIN 20

Mr Hayman’s Team of the week vs Joeys ‘06
The 16As and Bs are turning their season around with exciting victories. It will not be long until this talented group are representing the school at the top level. Well done to David Peng, Alan Yang, Josh Tassell and the other leaders of this Year 9 team who have really stepped up in the absence of Leonard Teng , Matt Lau, Stephen Dong and Justin Chow who already play in our top sides.

Parking Help NEEDED!!
Parking is on again - Sunday 10th of December
We need some people to start at 4 pm and others to start at 5 pm, everyone going through to 7 pm approx. It's a Robbie Williams concert so it will fill early and should be a good earner for basketball. Please come and help raise some money for the basketball program. See Mr Hayman if interested.

14Es Match Report
Score: 12-32 (Loss).
Top Scorer: M Wei 4 baskets - 8 points
At the beginning of the game, our team was in the lead but soon the opponent team caught up. Unfortunately, by the half time, it was 8 to 16. In the second half, the opponent team attacked furiously and we hardly scored. Michael scored the last two baskets. The game ended in 12 to 32. We need more improvements especially in defence and passes.
Max Wei (no.11): 4 baskets-8 points
Michael: 2 baskets-4 points
Match Report by Max Wei

16Bs Match Report
Score: 34-28 (Win).
Top Scorer: B Yang - 18 points!
They say history is written by the winners, and this game report only strengthens that statement. The 16 Bs started off less one shooter and one forward, with a whole season of losses put behind them to give their last game of the year, their very best. In the first few minutes of the game it became apparent that there were two enthusiastic shooters on the opposing team, often taking threes and field goals, as opposed to the High side, swinging the ball around on the outside and waiting for an opportunity to drive in and draw a foul. This person was often Bohan Yang, who took seemingly impossible drives and making many. Having such easy points and fouls scored and called against them must have aggravated a few Joey's players, for they started verbally and physically intimidating us. High swallowed their pride and gave an apathetic attitude towards Joey's foul mood. In the end the 16 Bs walked away with a win for the last game of the 2006 season with a score of 34-28 with Bohan top scoring with more points than the rest of the team put together at 18 points!! Well done guys!
Match report by Trung Tran

4th Grade Match Report
Score: 34-29 (Win).
Top Scorer: L Wong - 9 points
High went into the game wanting to finish the term off with a win and we were confident after coming off a tough 2 point victory the previous week. From the opening tip off, our speed and agility caught their defence off-guard, forcing them to foul us on numerous occasions to prevent us from getting easy lay ups. This resulted in a combined 27 free throws taken for the game. Scoring 5 points apiece, Albert Wang and Leslie Wong helped the team race off to a commanding 15-4 lead in the 1st 10min. After a timeout by Joeys, they decided to play more aggressively and managed to chip our lead down 6 at the end of the 1st half. The 2nd half didn't start off well with Albert Wang spraining his wrist after falling down awkwardly. Without our best scorer, Joeys eventually caught up to tie the game. Then Terry Ly, who had a cold start to the game, decided to step up. Terry hit back to back shots while being double teamed and helped the team re-establish an 8 point lead. However, Joeys surged once again and reduced the lead back to 2. But blocks by Jeremy Wilson and Leslie Wong on consecutive possessions, followed by a converted 3 point play by Jeremy, sealed the win. Overall, it was a great team victory with contributions coming from Leslie Wong (9 points), Albert Wang (8 points, 7 rebounds in 25min), Terry Ly (8 points), and Danny Wong (4 assists).
Match report by Leslie Wong

~Brought to you by Samson Lou and Johny Shih
~Thank you to Mr Hayman for all his contributions to basketball and information

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Tennis: Advantage High

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High Cricket Bulletin

Term 4 has now drawn to a close and it has seen the benefits of the introduction of coaches to Wednesday and Thursday Sport afternoons and their team support and directions on Saturdays.

From 36 matches (less 6 wash outs) we achieved 14 victories from the remaining 30 matches which is our best all round performance since 2002/2003 when we achieved 11 victories. The difference is that this time it is the emergence of our junior teams which augurs well for the future of High Senior XIs

Team Rds Won Lost Draw Wash Out
1st. XI 3 1 2 - -
2nd.XI 3 - 3 - -
3rd.XI 3 - 3 - -
4th.XI 6 2 3 - 1
5th.XI 5 3 2 - 1
16A 3 1 2 - -
16B 6 - 5 - 1
15A 3 - 3 -  
15B 6 1 4 - 1
14A 3 - 3 - -
14B 6 - 5 - 1
14C 6 5 - - 1
14D 2 1 1 - -

1st XI (Day 2) - St. JOSEPH'S 6 /364 - defeated - HIGH 10 /189 and 8 /117 (rained off).

2nd.XI (Day 2) - St. JOSEPH'S 3 decl. 197 & 1 /51 - defeated - HIGH 10 /137 & 10 /124(rained off)

3rd.XI (Day 2) - St. JOSEPH'S 5 /198 - defeated - HIGH 10 /68 and 10 /86
An undisciplined batting display and poor shot selection created the problems. A need for more commitment to onfield disciplines. Best batting (1st.Inngs) Ricky RATNAYAKE (24) (2nd.Inngs) Shreyas Iyer (22)
Website Report filed

4th XI and 5th XIs No reports filed.

16A (Day 2) - St.JOSEPH'S 5 decl /290 - defeated - HIGH 9 197 & 4 /100
Batting (1st Inngs) Razeen Ahmed (65),Nicholas Lochner (35) and Hugo Richards(29 n.o.) (2nd Inngs) Razeen Ahmed (35) and Anthony Hopkins (17).
Best bowling Nakul Pedneker 3-87,Timmy Lin, Harrison Lane and Roshan Kashyap one wkt each
Website Match Report filed.

16B -  St.JOSEPH'S - 10 /159 - defeated - HIGH 10 /52
Best batting: Raghav Saggar (16 n.o.), Daniel Masters (8)
Best bowling: Raghav Saggar 5 /43 incl Hattrick, Tasneem Chowdhury 3 /27.
Website Match Report filed.

15A (Day2) - St.JOSEPH'S 8 /303 - defeated - HIGH 10 /86 & 8 /169
Best batting (1st.Inngs) Ben Encel (20) & Kieran Taylor (19) (2nd.Inngs) Andy Liu (64), Brian Kelly (46) and Bill Wang (17 n.o)..
Website Match Report filed

15B - No Match Report filed

14A (Day2) - St. JOSEPH'S 217 decl. - defeated - HIGH 10/153 & 0/22(Rained off)
Best batting Nathan Kok (38) and Pasan Pannila (19).
A good performance in last week's match against Riverview saw Pasan Pannila take 4 /24 off 8 overs which was missed in the report.
Website Match Report filed

14B - St.JOSEPH'S 3 /89 - defeated - HIGH 7 /85
Best batting from Henry Sit (44n.o) which included 10 fours and Derek Wei (10).
Best bowling.Derek Wei, Tristan XU, Shanaz Razeen, Sheikh Siddiqui and Matthew So took one wkt each.
Website Match Report filed

14C - HIGH 3 / 47 - defeated - St.JOSEPH'S 10 /42
Undefeated with 5 wins from 6 starts with one wash-out.
Best Batting Dominic Cheung (26n.o).
Best Bowling came from Samir Kinger (4 wkts), Leo Lu (4 wkts), Vincent Wang and Botong Cheng one wkt each.
An interesting statistic is that High bowled 6 of the St Joseph's batsmen which proves the coaching advice that if you bowl at the stumps you will get wickets in this age group.
Website Match Report filed

14D - HIGH 5 /163 - defeated - GRAMMAR 10 /60
Second match crushing victory over Grammar with all Grammar players being bowled by the High attack which saw a reduction in sundries from 64 last week to 15 this week. Great effort.
Best batting came from Hashan Subasinghe (30 ret.), Krishan Sivayogarayan (23), Howard Tran(18) and Yasser Chowdhury (16).
Best bowling Krishan Sivayogarayan 3/20, Hashan Subasinghe 2/22, Eric Zhu 2/1 and Rahib and Howard taking one wkt each.Rahib Siddiquee did a terrific job as the W- Keeper
Website Match Report filed

Well done to all cricketers for their commitment in attending matches and for the many individual great performances.
Laurie Heil
MIC Cricket

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Learn to Row Programs 2007


Beginner Level: Term 1
Sunday, 18 February – 25 March 2007
7.00am – 9.00am
6 Sessions of 2 hours
$275.00 (Inc. GST)
Co-ordinator & Head Coach:
Ross Bowey, Old Boy 1974
Sydney High Rowing Club  
The Outterside Centre  
5 Teviot Avenue, Abbotsford

Real Rowing for Rigour Racing Shells on the Parramatta River

If you want to learn Rowing in Sydney, then this course of 6 classes is for you. Whether you are a raw land lubber or have some previous experience, come and learn the skills of rowing. If your son is a rower then here is another experience that you can share. If your son does not row then you are still most welcome to join these classes. Rowing is the ideal aerobic sport for the entire body as it is low impact and has a low incidence of injury. You will also enjoy messing about in boats as well as the magic moments of early mornings on the water. Further courses will be planned for Terms 2-4 including Intermediate and Advanced Levels.


Week 1: Weeks 2-6
Orientation to the pontoon area
Racing shell setup
Safety precautions
Fundamental rowing technique
Development of rowing technique
Style correction
Crew rowing

Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the course participants will possess the following skills and knowledge:

  • Basic knowledge of rowing style and boat rigging
  • Basic navigation rules and river etiquette
  • Ability to row with a crew in a racing shell

Other Information

Complete crews are desirable but not essential. Other adult participants from a number of Community Colleges will also be in attendance. Make-up crews can be arranged in the IVs and VIIIs used.
Safety Notes: Participants must be able to swim 50 metres and tread water as a safety requirement. All participants must sign The Sydney High School Foundation Indemnity Form, stating swimming ability, before they are allowed on the water. Qualified coaches will be appointed to take charge of each crew.
Participants should bring: a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, snack, water, well-fitting shorts and top (loose clothing may become caught in rigging), football socks as well as a change of clothes to wear home. All participants must wear suitable footwear (no thongs or sandals) for carrying boats in wet areas.
Absences: In case of illness, heavy rain or bad weather, please contact Ross Bowey on 0428 519705 to make arrangements or reschedule dates.

Expression of interest: Please contact Judith Shuttleworth, Foundation Venues Manager and a rowing parent, on 0427 070 569 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
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Fundraising: Christmas Coffee


Elbon Coffee will make a much appreciated Christmas Gift for your loved ones.

Last orders with payment to cashier at Main Office
Tuesday December 12 (end of lunch)
Delivery Friday - December 15 (Orders sent home with boys)

Buyer’s Name ______________________________________  Class ___________

Coffee Weight Cost Style
(please tick)
Quantity Subtotal ($)
Elbon Special 250g $8  Plunger     
500g $15  Plunger     
1kg $30  Plunger     
Columbian 250g $8  Plunger     
500g $15  Plunger     
1kg $30  Plunger     


Type of Payment: __ Cheque    __ Cash   __ Credit Card 
Card Type: __ Bankcard __ Visa __ MasterCard

Expiry Date: ___ / ___ Card Number __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ __ Cardholder’s Name __________________________________________ (please print) Cardholders Signature ______________________________________ Bus. Phone _________________

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