High Notes, Vol 8 No 25, August 24 2007

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From the Principal

Boggabilla Cultural Exchange
It was a privilege to be able to visit Boggabilla Central School and to share some of the experiences of the boys from High who made the trip. Aunty Dawn, a Kamillaroi tribal elder, made an eloquent welcome to country speech, thanking us for our interest in their community and hoping that multiculturalism would be promoted by the visit. I was gratified to witness the progress that has been made on the fitting out of the original school building as a community centre for aboriginal elders and leaders to gather to promote their traditional language and culture. I was very pleased to be able to offer Ms Denise Burke, Principal of Boggabilla central School, a cheque for $2700, being the proceeds of this year’s fund raising. Year 9 has the refurbishment of the ‘Pink Room’ as they call it as the primary goal of its charitable fund raising. The project is moving ahead well and I urge Year 8 boys going into Year 9 in 2008 to recognise how much good their future fundraising can do.

We shared an art lesson where our boys tried their hands as artists in the traditional style, representing people, animals and country with symbols. Several members of the local community cooked us ‘johnny cakes’ on an open fire. They were a hit with butter and Bundaberg Golden Syrup. The countryside was too wet to travel over so the camping site for Tuesday night had to be changed to a local spot on a bend in the Macintyre River known as ‘Bondi’ because of its 50 metres of sandy beach. The visit was most enjoyable and High is helping to make a difference in a community with every possible disadvantage to educational and personal growth.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Year 10 PDHPE Crossroads Seminars 2007

On Tuesday 28 August 2007 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 28.

The cost of the presentations is $12, payable at the office on or before the day.
G Stein

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The Phil Day Trust

The Phil Day Trust will be receiving donations until Friday 31 August. The trust will be closed off at this point with proceeds being used to fund an annual prize and 2 plaques to be positioned in the school. People wishing to make a donation are asked to do so at the school office by Friday August 31.
The Trust Committee

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Fencing General Meeting

Wednesday 4 September 2007
7pm, Staff Common Room

All fencing parents are invited to attend this meeting to discuss upcoming competitions, coaching and UTS training; and to raise issues and present views on how High’s current programs could be further enhanced.

Fencing, like all sports at SBHS, needs the support of ALL parents. If you son fences, please try to come along.

Please put this date in your diary and come along to assist your son’s sport.

We need your support!
Andrew Byrnes
Convener, Parents’ Fencing Support Group

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Learn to Row

A successful Learn to Row program has been running out of “The Sheds” on Sunday mornings since the beginning of 2007. Now supported by several community colleges, participant numbers have jumped. Volunteer coaches are desperately needed to accommodate this rise in participants. The coaching session goes from 7:00 till 9:00 Sunday mornings for a period of six weeks with the most recent course having started on Sunday, August 12. Volunteer coaches will row/cox as part of the crew they are coaching. So if you think you could get back into a boat and row three to four slow kilometres as well as putting something back into the school please contact Ross Bowey on 0428 519 705 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it as soon as possible.

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Field Work in the Hunter Valley

Part of the work of HSC Geography is the need to carry out a range of fieldwork activities to reinforce and extend the work in the classroom. Last week students had the opportunity of examining the work of the Hunter Resort in Pokolbin as part of the “People and Economic Activity” unit. The aim is to study a local enterprise with global connections and the wine industry is an obvious choice. We’ve established a good rapport with Hunter Resort and a as result get to go behind the scenes. Starting with a study of the vineyard, we went through the wine making process and finished with a lecture on the global wine industry. This last part was filmed and it will form part of the developing online education resources for the course. Overall, a great day with excellent weather and valuable learning material.
P S Ganderton

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Basketball Committee AGM

Thursday 30 August, 2007
Upstairs from the basketball gymnasium
Room 901
All Welcome

All Office Bearer positions are open for nomination. These positions are as follows:

Chairperson, Treasurer, Senior Events Co-ordinator, Junior Events Co-ordinator, Parking Co-ordinator, Secretary, End of Season Function Co-coordinator, Canteen Co-ordinator and Post Game Function Co-ordinator.

In addition we are looking for parents who can help with the score table on Saturdays for firsts and seconds
B. Hayman

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SBHS Rowing AGM 2007

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

President Julie Blomberg
Vice-President Peter Ambrose
Treasurer Geoff Andrews
Secretary Grace Reid
OCMC REP Craig Phillis
Roster Co-ordinator TBA
Catering Co-ordinator Bernie Desmond
Parking Co-ordinator Katharine Deacon
BBQ Co-ordinator Anita Bezjak

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

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SHS Old Boys Union

Did you know?
Did you know that four old boys of Sydney High have been parliamentary leaders of political parties? Earle Page (1895) was leader of the Australian Country Party (now the National Party) in the Commonwealth Parliament, 1920-1939; John Willcock (1890) was leader of the Australian Labor Party in Western Australia, 1936-1945; Jonathan Issacs (1967) was leader of the Australian Labor Party in the Northern Territory, 1977-1981; and John Mason (1945) was leader of the Liberal Party in NSW, 1978-1981. Only two of them became heads of government. Earle Page became Prime Minister of Australia for 19 days in April 1939; and John Willcock was Premier of Western Australia for the whole period of his leadership.

SHS Old Boys Union

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Another Winning Season
Volleyball at High has reached another record with both Firsts and Seconds recorded as having won their GPS divisions – Firsts and Champions and Seconds as Premiers. The Firsts are considered one of the best teams we have had (they didn’t drop a set all season) but the seconds have often lived in their shadow. This win for the Seconds is especially pleasing as it gives confidence to the players many of whom are showing great promise for the future. They succeeded against some very good competition (only losing one match). As each year passes the competition is that little bit better which means we will need to continue to develop our squads. The full results are (for both rounds):

First V

Scots 25-11 25-10 25-18
Newington 25-17 25-12 25-13
Riverview 25-12 25-10 25-7
Grammar 25-10 25-10 25-10
Scots 25-15 25-10 25-23
Newington 25-12 25-23 25-12
Grammar 25-12 25-11 25-23
Riverview 25-15 25-12 25-23

Second V

Scots 25-11 25-10 25-18
Newington 25-17 25-12 25-13
Riverview 25-12 25-10 25-7
Grammar 25-10 25-10 25-10
Scots 25-15 25-10 25-23
Newington 25-12 25-23 25-12
Grammar 25-12 25-11 25-23
Riverview 25-15 25-12 25-23

Volleyball also aims to develop the junior squads. To this end we hosted a Junior Tournament last Saturday in which teams from Baulkham Hills High School, Great Lakes and Nowra came to join us. In a packed often noisy gym we ran two divisions – Year 9 and Years 7/8. Competition was strong in many areas and it wasn’t until the final result of the final game that it was possible to declare a winner. In the Year 9 division the results were:

  1. Baulkham Hills High School
  2. High A
  3. High B

The Year 7/8 division was very close – teams were tied until the very last game. After an exciting day’s play the final winners were:

  1. Great Lakes
  2. Baulkham Hills
  3. Nowra

Well done to all our players who were excellent sports as well as great ambassadors for the school.
P S Ganderton

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From the High Store

Fathers' Day Sale
Available from Monday 27 August till Wednesday 29 August:

Foldable black polyester chair with arms & SHS logo which folds down into a compact over the shoulder carry bag. Ideal for watching your Saturday sports games.

Normally $50.00 NOW $42.50

SYDNEY BOYS HIGH number plate cover, available in two sizes to fit your plate.

Normally $39.95 NOW $36.00

There are many more gift ideas for dad, so visit your High Store & Michelle will help you select the best gift for your DAD.

The High Store will be closed on Friday 31 August!

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Athletics Report

18 August 07
The first carnival of the season proved to be quite a good sign for the future of High athletics. With many athletes out due to the senior rugby brunch or HSC trials, the responsibility of representing the school was left to the juniors. Excellent depth was shown in the 13s and 14s age groups. In the 100m, the 13s ran an extra race composed of purely High runners (the first time I’ve ever seen us outnumber St Ignatius), and the 14s matched Iggies in numbers. The 15s age group let us down in regards to numbers, with only four 100m runners and a sole 200m runner. The 16s also struggled with numbers, however, I am sure this will improve in weeks to come. Good results in the 100m came from Tian Ling (12.89), Slava Reiyder (12.80), Michael Phung (12.32, 3rd in Championship, 25.97 in 200m), Leon Li (12.82), Michael Wong (12.76), Shadman Ali (12.06 3rd in Championship but still got smoked), Josh Tassell (11.53, 2nd in Championship, 23.73 in 200m, 3rd in Championship) and Joel Livingston (12.03). Harrison Lane also performed well in 1500m and 3000m, running 4:40 and winning the 15s 1500m, while coming second in the Opens 3km in a time of 10:03. All athletes are reminded that they need to go to Mr. Devlin after their events so they can get their times/distances (and if possible, positions) marked down so we know you’ve attended. Also Mr Devlin needs parents to help out at the Convenors Carnival on 1 September. Please ring him on 0403829344 if you can help. Thanks to staff, parents and Year 11s for their help with the running of the SBHS/Grammar carnival. Keep training boys, and anything is possible.
Josh Tassell

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Year 10 2008 Parent Information Evening

A Parent Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 4 September in the Great Hall at 6.00 pm to discuss the subjects studied by boys in Year 10 2008. Subject Acceleration (in subjects such as Modern History, Geography, Music etc) has been offered to Year 10 boys in past years. It is anticipated that in 2008 Year 10 boys will study 2 electives (possibly including an Acceleration subject). The options available to boys for 2008 will be discussed at the meeting
R Dowdell

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Music Notices

Farewell to two of our wonderful saxophone tutors, Ben Carey and Nathan Henshaw. Ben is off to study Contemporary saxophone in Bordeaux and Nathan will be studying at the Royal College of Music in London. We wish them the best in their careers and thank them for their hard work and dedication.

…and Welcome
Welcome to Jay Byrnes who will replace Ben and Nathan and also welcome to Josef Hanic (Oboe), Tim Clarkson (Clarinet), Toni Dimitriovski (Trumpet).

GPS Music Festival
All successful students in the GPS Music Festival are to collect a permission note from outside the music staffroom and return signed forms to the music staff as soon as possible. Rehearsal and performance is at The King’s School, Parramatta on Friday 31st of August and Saturday 1st of September 2007. We would like to invite you to attend this wonderful evening of music held at Kings from 7pm in their Futter Hall. Please come along and support our boys who have worked very hard over the whole year.

John Morrison Jazz and Stage Bands Festival
We would like to invite you to hear the Junior Stage Band and Jazz Group; Diminished 5ifths perform at the John Morrison Jazz and Stage competition to be held on Sunday the 9th of September 2007 at the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith. The boys will be competing against other high schools from the Sydney region with performance beginning at 9am.

Guitar Recital
Congratulations to all the students who performed on Tuesday afternoon in 201. They showed their musicianship, dedication and sense of enthusiasm in all they played. Thank you to Sean Windsor (Guitar tutor) for all his time and efforts. The performers include: Shreyas Iyer, Tejas Iyer, Kent Nguyen, Tom Lindeback, Rafat Kamal, Joseph Braverman, Pasan Pannila, Derek Wei, Leon Li, Chris Wong, Caillin McKay, “The Williams”

Percussion Ensemble
Percussion ensembles are well on their way with rehearsals on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Practice is held from 7:30-8:30am (Juniors – Monday Rm101, Seniors – Tuesday Rm201) and is conducted by our Marching band director; Matthew Capper. Thank you the music committee who have supported us in the recent purchase a wonderful marimba. Please see the music staff if you are interested in joining.

Piano Competition
Well done to all the participants of the piano competition in its second year running. The standard of the competition has risen this year with great enthusiasm to be commended, particularly in the junior section. The winners will be announced in the High Notes within the next few weeks and awards will be presented at the Music assembly in Term 4. The winners will also perform at the Small Ensembles Concert at the end of the year. A wonderful effort from all who competed. Many thanks to those who came along and supported the performers. And to our special guest adjudicator, Paul Pang (2006).

GPS Concert
Congratulations to the following boys who have been chosen to perform in the GPS Concert at Kings on September 1.

Tables are of the format 'Surname, Given Name, Year, Instrument'

Symphony Orchestra
Li Tian Yu 9 Bassoon
Cheung Brendan 9 Cello
Lin Kevin 8 Cello
Li Benjamin 9 Clarinet
Wong Matthew 10 Clarinet
Wilson Thomas 10 Flute
Wong Michael 8 Flute
Wong Wilson 12 Fr Horn
Mehmedbasic Ennes 7 Oboe
Brown Lachlan 10 Percussion
Siu Chapman 12 Trombone
Wong Dominic 11 Timpani
Brokman Andre 9 Violin
Funston Toby 7 Violin
Lieu Nathan 11 Violin
Luo Steven 11 Violin
Mickovski Kiril 11 Violin
Sun Tom 11 Violin
Truong Gary 11 Violin
Tsai Jamison 7 Violin
Yeung Alex 11 Violin
Zhang Leon 7 Violin
Zhang Schuman 11 Violin
Kok Nathan 8 Violin

Concert Band

Ji Remy 11 Alto Sax
Sun Marco 11 Alto Sax
Goh Vincent 9 Bass Clar.
Chan David 8 Clarinet
Han James 9 Clarinet
Kim Albert 11 Clarinet
Mai Tam 11 Clarinet
Nguyen William 11 Clarinet
Rosengarten Toby 11 Clarinet
Tong Matthew 10 Clarinet
Foo Derrick 7 Flute
Luo Daniel 9 Flute
Phillis Maxwell 9 Flute
Beston Samuel 8 Percussion
Niu Guangzhi 9 Percussion
Ho Anthony 11 Tenor Sax
Nadkarni Ishan 11 Tenor Sax
Zu Zhi (George) 11 Trombone
Chan Abraham 10 Trumpet
Kim Sean 9 Trumpet
Siu Timothy 10 Trumpet
Wong Yale 8 Trumpet
Shi David 11 Clarinet
Santoso Johan 10 Tuba


Burston Timothy 10 Tenor
Chan Timothy 8 Treble
Hayes Nicholas 11 Bass
Kwok Nathan 11 Tenor
Tran William 12 Bass
Vuong Jamian 7 Alto
Wang David Li 8 Tenor
Wong Erick 9 Tenor

Stage Band

Sutton Josh 9 Tenor Sax
Mehmedbasic Muhamed 11 Bass Guitar
Thomas Ashwin 11 Percussion
Cerecina Ivan 11 Guitar
Deacon Lachlan 12 Trombone
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SBHS Cricket

Last season our 14C and 14D teams achieved a “winning attitude and culture” and the teams became the ones that everyone wanted to be part of for obvious reasons. It was great to see the team spirit and the pride openly displayed by the High cricketers. At the same time we had our new Year 7 teams (13A, 13B and 13C) who did not win a match but what impressed me was the commitment and the great effort all of the boys put in and achieving huge improvements by the end of the season. These boys are the future of High Cricket and need the support and encouragement that they have earned and I am hopeful that we achieve this not only through coaching, but having parents see just how much their sons have improved. As testament to this group on each Saturday where some were not allocated teams and were in a “rotation group” the boys were turning up at venues “in case” someone did not attend. Now that’s commitment!!! Well done to all of these lads and we look forward to helping them go further this season. Now some dates for your diaries:

Wednesday 29th AUGUST

At the conclusion of the AGM on Wednesday next the 29th August all existing and interested team coaches for the coming season will meet at 7-00pm in the Common Room for the allocation to teams and to review the season programme. Administration that is required will be completed on the night and all concerned are asked to make a special effort to be in attendance.

Wednesday 29th AUGUST

Will be conducted next Wednesday in the Common Room in the main administration building, commencing at 6-00 pm.. The Election of Office Bearers for the coming season will be held for the positions of President, Vice President, Treasurer, Parking and Dinner Coordinators and 5 committee members. Your support would be most welcome as we approach what looks like an exciting new era in High Cricket. A coaches meeting will follow immediately at 7-0pm and any prospective coaches are invited to attend that meeting

Expression of Interest and Nominations for those who wish to obtain their Level 1 ACB Coaching Accreditation can be lodged by emailing The MIC Cricket at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Course will be held over 3 dates with two 3 hour sessions and one full day session and at present the dates submitted to NSW Cricket for approval are Thur 20th Sept. (3hrs), Thur 27th Sept. (3 hrs) and Sunday 30th September (8 hrs). Participants are advised that this is an interesting and very much a practical “hands on” course and will give you credentials that will allow coaches to accept coaching roles post High School

TRIAL DATES Year 7, 8 and 9
Saturday 22nd SEPTEMBER

On Saturday 22nd from 9-00 am – 1-00 pm Net Trials and field sessions will be held for all Year 7, 8 and 9 students at the School Cricket nets and adjacent grounds. Players will be graded and allocated teams for the oncoming season. Players will be required to have their own cricket kits with them plus drinks to support them during the trials. For those who do not have a full kit, batting pads will be provided.

Laurie Heil
MIC Cricket

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