High Notes, Vol 9 No 21, July 04 2008

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From the Principal

High Talent
Well done to Alvin Leung and the SRC bus committee for securing the agreement of Sydney Buses to run a 0730, 610 service from Central on school day mornings. I trust this bus will be packed with High boys each day. Congratulations to Zid Mancenido who was runner up in the Trinity Oratory Competition. Congratulations to Leo Lou (Year 9) for his second place in the What Matters? writing competition. Muhamed Mehmedbasic (Year 12) performed ‘stunningly’ in the finals of the Kuringai Philharmonic Orchestra Competition last Saturday.

End of Term
I would like to thank all staff, parents, students and friends of High for their support during the busiest term of the year. There were many notable accomplishments during the term and a very long list of school sponsored or organised activities. None of these worthwhile events could happen without a lot of hard work. It is always inspiring to me as your Principal to experience the enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by those people who so untiringly support our boys in their endeavours.

The Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship 2009
Applications are invited from students in all Years 7-11 for the inaugural Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship. The Scholarship has published criteria and an application form. Prospective applicants should read the criteria and decide if they wish to download the application form and apply. Applications must close on July 31. The value of the Scholarship for 2009 will be $1200. The panel making the decision is expected to need a considerable lead time. The Scholarship winner may not be announced until February 2009 when all prospective enrolments have been finalised and students have officially enrolled in the school. All current students who feel they meet the criteria are invited to apply. Visit the school website www.sydneyboyshigh.com/scholarship.

125th Anniversary Cabaret
This is the major celebration event of 2008. Working with a Joint Committee, SBHS and SGHS have organised an Anniversary Cabaret for November, 21, 2008. We invite you to come along to share in the festivities at Randwick Racecourse, the Shannon Room of the AJC Function Centre. As advertised in High Notes and the High Flyer, we see this event as a great opportunity for the two schools to recognise the wonderful heritage of public education established by SBHS and SGHS. Be wined, dined and entertained, 7-12 pm. High supporters from all walks of life will be there. Why not make up a table with your P & C Committee or Year Group? Let us celebrate a very significant milestone in public secondary education in style. Our in school contact is Ms Louise Graul, 93616910.

Assembly Policy
The Executive has endorsed a change of policy in respect to assemblies. The default position will be that the MICs of sports and co-curricular activities will introduce teams at school assemblies. If the captains of teams have submitted their speeches 48 hours before the assembly; and had them read and approved by the Principal; and have filled in the assembly speakers liability form; and have guaranteed to read only the speech as edited and approved by the Principal, then the MIC of the activity may relinquish their place at assembly in favour of the qualifying captain.

School Prefect Internships
The Executive has decided to amend the policy in respect of the Prefect System at High. The Electoral College will be retained but the Year 10 component will have a calculated vote with a weighting of less than one per student. At the conclusion of the nominating and voting process, students elected as School Prefects will serve an internship. The internship will commence officially when the Prefects Elect are issued with their temporary badges in October. In June of 2009, there will be a confirmation assembly to reward those internees who have served the school according to the precepts of the Prefects Oath. The successful Prefects will sign the Prefects Register, have their picture taken and be issued with a commemorative Prefects badge which is theirs to keep. Henceforth, the office of School Prefect at High will not be considered as a sinecure for those with previous service to the School but as an accountable office with roles and responsibilities and benchmarks to be met. Prefects Elect who do not measure up to the standards set will simply not be formally inducted in June at the assembly.

Workplace Giving
In response to a request by a parent, I have set up a ‘workplace giving’ facility on the school’s website. The path is www.sydneyboyshigh.com / donations / workplace giving. In essence, the concept is that by mutual agreement in the workplace, workers may make specific, periodic donations by the salary sacrifice method, to a designated gift recipient. They use pre-tax dollars to make the gift and do not require a receipt, nor do they make a claim for a tax deduction. Sydney Boys High has four funds with that status as well as the Australian Sports Foundation donation scheme. Employers have responsibilities under the scheme to deduct fortnightly or monthly amounts from employees’ salaries and to adjust Group certificates accordingly at the end of the financial year to reflect the quantum of the annual gift.
Dr K A Jaggar
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Sydney High School Cadet Unit

New Senior Under Officer
Congratulations to Anthony Ho on his promotion to Cadet Under Officer and appointment as Senior Under Officer-Sydney High School Cadet Unit.

Anthony received his new badges of rank from Major Jeff Page, Officer Commanding, 23rd Army Cadet Battalion in front of a mass parade of all cadets of the Battalion at Holsworthy. Best wishes to Anthony in his new role as the senior member of the Unit.

Taking up CUO Ho’s old position as Company Sergeant Major is SGT Denis Stojanovic.

New Staff Member
The Unit welcomes back old boy William Clegg. Following the lengthy selection and training process Mr Clegg has been posted to SHSCU with the rank of Second Lieutenant and appointed Unit Training Officer.

Mr Clegg has a distinguished record as a cadet with SHSCU having reached the rank of CUO and being awarded the Colonel Duffy Sword in his final year at school.

We look forward to 2LT Clegg taking up his new position as Training Officer (although we have to wait a week or two while he completes a walk of the Kokoda Track).

Unit Promotions
A range of promotions from corporal to warrant officer class two are due for announcement within the next two weeks. We have a good number of candidates who have all qualified at recent Brigade courses.

125th Anniversary
A unit committee is hard at work planning a host of celebrations to mark the 125th anniversary of the raising of Sydney High School Cadet Unit.

Activities in the planning stages include: a ceremonial parade at the School with a high ranking reviewing officer, a guard mounting at the Cenotaph in Martin Plaza, a formal dinner in the Great Hall and a commemorative rifle shoot with the Sydney High School Rifle Club - students of School history will recall the Rifle Club was first formed by Cadet Unit members in 1883.

The Formal Dinner will be held in the Great Hall on Friday 14th November 08 and all ex unit members are invited. The Mess Committee will be issuing invitations shortly and tickets will be available from the School.

Further 125th Anniversary news to follow is the weeks ahead.
Richard Knowles

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From English

Congratulations to the 40 Year 12 students who participated in the excursion to Harlos Productions ‘King Lear’ at the New Theatre on Saturday. These students proved that it is possible to be sufficiently organised during assessment weeks to be able to include time for an afternoon’s close study of a core text which will enhance their understanding of course requirements and improve their results in this part of the Advanced course. It was an engaging and entertaining performance. After the play, the director, David Ritchie made himself available for an extended question time. Ms Ayre, Ms Barry and Ms Eggleton were gratified by the enthusiasm of our students and by the quality of questions which reflected insight and understanding. They certainly provoked the director into detailed analysis of his production which is exactly what we wanted. Great work, boys! It was a worthwhile experience for all of us.
J Eggleton
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Some reasons the English language is hard to understand

The bandage was wound around the wound

The farm was used to produce produce

The dump was so full it had to refuse more refuse

We must polish the Polish furniture

He could lead if he got the lead out

The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert

There is no time like the present to present the present

A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum

When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes

I did not object to the object

The insurance was invalid for the invalid

There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row

They were too close to the door to close it

The buck does funny things when the does are present

To help with the planting the farmer taught his sow to sow

I shed a tear to see the tear in the painting

I had to subject the subject to a series of paintings

I could not wind the fishing line because of the wind

Donated by Judge A Hughes
Alex Hughes 8M

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From Robyn Meakin

My sincere thanks to all who attended my farewell gathering held in the beautiful courtyard at High. It was one of the most memorable days I have experienced and one I will always treasure.

As the afternoon unfolded I could see just how much time and effort had gone into its planning. The flowers and gifts so carefully chosen, students with music for my pleasure (a treat I will always remember) and a circle of beautiful people with whom I shared my afternoon. It was special just as you too, dear friends, will always be – a beautiful memory.

Many thanks to everyone involved in organising my wonderful afternoon.
Love always
Robyn Meakin

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Sydney Boys High School: The Foundation Years

AFTER SCHOOL (continued)
At the opening of the School in 1883, Professor Badham suggested that some of the pupils of the School “may indeed rise to callings which, in the estimation of the world, command more respect than others...” A number of boys who attended the school at Castlereagh Street went on to hold important public positions in politics, the Public Service and the armed forces.

Alfredo Bolestas Fortunado Zlotkowski (1883-1886) became Mayor of Moree.

Griffith Parry Evans (1885-1887) became a Country Party MLA for the electorate of Lachlan, 1938-1943.

Eric Kendall Bowden (1888-1892) became a Free Trade and then a National Party MHR for the electorates of Nepean, 1906-1910, 1919-1922 and Parramatta, 1922-1929. He became Minister for Defence in the Bruce-Page Coalition, 1923-1925.

John Ross Wallace (1888-1888) became Mayor of Mosman.

Reginald Thornton (enrolled 1889) became Mayor of Balmain.

James Barnet Telfer (1884-1885) became an Assistant Under Secretary of the NSW Department of Education and a Member of the Public Service Board.

Percival Sydney Hunt (1884) became the manager of NSW’s Railway Refreshment Rooms in 1916.

Sir John Gilbert McLaren (1885-1887) became the Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Department and Department of External Affairs, 1929-1933 and Official Secretary at the London High Commission, 1933-1936.

Robert Ewing (enrolled c 1885) became Federal Commissioner of Taxation, 1917-1939.

George Lowe Sutton (1886-1888) became Director of Agriculture in Western Australia, 1921-1937 and President of the Royal Society of WA, 1919-1920.

Walter James Doak (enrolled 1887) became State Engineer for Bridges in Queensland in 1918.

Robert Derwent Dixon (1887-1890) became General Superintendant of the Victorian Electricity Commission's Works at Yallourn, 1934-1938.

Thomas Waites (1888-1889) became Government Statistician of NSW, 1925-1938.

George Henry Monahan (1888) became Clerk of the Australian Senate, 1920-1938.

John Spence (enrolled 1891) became Auditor-General of NSW, 1928-1942.

Robert Henry Beardsmore (1886-1888) became a Colonel having served with distinction in New Guinea and France during World War I. He was commandant of the Australian Rifle Team at Bisley in 1919.

James Heane (1890-1891) became a Brigadier General having served with distinction in Gallipoli and in Europe during World War I, receiving a VD, DSO, CMG and CB for his service.

William Walker Russell Watson (enrolled c 1890) became a Colonel, having served in both the Boer War and World War I. He received a CB, CMG and the French Legion of Honour for his service in World War I.
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OBU: Did You Know?

Did you know that Nye Perram (1986), whose appointment to the Federal Court of Australia was announced last week, is the youngest person to be appointed to the Federal Court?

122 judges have been appointed to the Federal Court in the 30 years since its foundation in 1977. Seven percent of them attended Sydney High. The first old boy to be appointed was John Gallop (1947) who served 1978-2000.

In August, Nye will join fellow Old Boy Peter Jacobson (1961) on the bench.
SHS Old Boys Union
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Applications for enrolment in 2009: Years 8 - 12

If you have siblings or friends who are interested in enrolling at Sydney Boys High in 2009 for years 8 - 12 we would appreciate you passing on this information. Limited places available. Applications available from Monday 23rd June 2008.

Limited places available. Application forms are available from the school or visit www.sydneyboyshigh.com and click on the link to Enrolments.

Applications close on 31 July 2008
Sydney Boys High
School Moore Park,
Surry Hills 2010
Phone: 93616910
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Music Notes

Showcase Concerts
This year’s Winter Music Showcase Concert will be held on Thursday the 31st of July (Week 2, Term 3) in the Great Hall at 6:30pm. All students in musical ensembles are involved and will be performing a variety of pieces. We look forward to your company on this wonderful evening of music.

On Friday the 1st of August, our HSC elective music students will be performing their HSC repertoire. The performance will be held in the Great Hall at 7pm. We would like to invite you to join us to hear them perform their works and support them in their preparation for their practical exams in term 3. Entry is free.

Please complete the form below and pay to the main office, please bring the receipt to the music staff for ticket collection.

Performance Uniform: White collared shirt with tie and grey school pants. Jumper / Blazer

Price: Single $10.00 / Family $25.00

Please complete and detach the form below and return to the music staff by Friday 25th of July 2008.

Winter Music Showcase Concert - Ticket Order
Price:        Single $10.00  /  Family $25.00
Name of Student:  _____________________________________  Roll Class: _____
No. of tickets:   Single _____  Family _____             Total Cost: _____
Type of payment:  Cheque ____   Cash   _____  M/Card ____  Visa ____
Name on Card: ___________________________ Expiry Date: __ __ / __ __
Card No.      __ __ __ __     __ __ __ __     __ __ __ __     __ __ __ __
Signature: _________________________________________________________

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The Garlic Sack

This isn't a copy of the the Onion Bag, it's an improvement

Hard Hit outs at the Hill
Travelling up to the hill to play St Joesph’s College is a great experience for any Rugby player. The privileged High teams were greeted with the best opposition a school can offer, and faced some challenging games, yet being gallant in defeat or victory. Solid games were played by the 2nd XV and the 16Bs, with the juniors showing great improvement all the time. Parents of both schools were impresed with the conduct on the day.

The 2nd XV matched it with the Joeys 6th grade in all aspects of the game, and often bettered them in the backs. The 16s and 15s showed great determination against brutal Joeys outfits. The 1sts were simply out matched in every facet, but held their heads high, despite a tough game. The 13As played a respectable loss against a more experienced Joey’s team.

Team of the Week: 16As- Did the school proud playing against a freakishly talented Joeys side
Player of the Week: Calum Martin 2nd/1st XV - ran riot in the 2nd XV, and made crucial tackles in the 1sts
Coach of the Week: Serdar Bolen 15s- Challenging the 15As by playing them against Joeys As for the first time.
Supporter of the Week: Jonah Petrie

1st XV (Opens) Report:
The boys ran into the match undeterred, eager to chance themselves against the best opposition. The boys played with courage and heart and to the final whistle but the Joeys boys out muscled us, outpaced us, out skilled us and were a great side to play, gracious and modest in victory. Our best players were Michael Denny-Smith, Ben Palau in his fearless runs and Matt Ling, a true brother who came just because he could not let his team-mates down despite being faced with the death of a family member only hours prior.

Rugby News
Rugby Reunion Dinner:
The 2008 Rugby Reunion (the High Rugby Big Night Out) is on Saturday 2 August in the Great Hall, after our home game against Kings. For tickets and more information go to www.highrugbyfriends.com or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Robert Chen: Robert Chen has recently resumed work in the Gym despite a shoulder injury sustained against Grammar and a corked thigh against Joeys. Robert is looking forward to increasing his bench press, Squat and deadlift in order to improve his game. He is also sprinting under twelve seconds. Robert trains hard and plays hard. More juniors should aim to be like Robert.

Get on the Rugby Email News List: Parents, if you did not receive an email last week with all the details for last Saturday’s games, please email or call your parent Age Group Coordinator
13s: Julie Connolly This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   0418 470 203
14s: Peter Daniels This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   0400 872 550
15s: Anita Bezjak This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   0408 021 584
16s: Julie Blomberg This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   0416 061 759

Match Results - Vs St Joseph’s College 21 June

Team Result Score Man of the Match
1st XV Loss 112-0 Michael Denny-Smith, Ben Palau, Matt Ling
2nd XV Loss 22-5 Calum Martin, Timothy Li
16As Loss 54-3 No report
16Bs Loss 10-7 Justin Hajj, Daniel Morgan
15As Loss 83-0 Leon Li, Frank Li
15Bs Loss 65-0 No report
15Cs Loss 114-0 No report
14As Loss 17-5 No report
14Bs Win 30-15 No report
13As Loss 35-5 Julian Edgtton
13Bs Loss 60-0 No report
13Cs Loss 50-7 No report
13Ds Loss 60-0 No report

Age Group Reports
2nd XV (Opens):
The 2nd XV started positively against Joeys and it wasn’t long till barnstorming front rower Timothy Li barged over to level the score at 5-5 early in the first half. High looked destined to open the floodgates but things didn’t click, as Joeys scored a couple of lucky tries to secure a hard earned 22-5 win.

16s: The 16Bs played a well structured game placing the Joeys team under constant pressure. Big tackles and innovative play led to a very tight and exciting game. The mighty Bs went down fighting 10-7. Outstanding performances by Daniel Morgan and Justin Hajj were noted.

15As: Within the first five minutes Joeys had scored three tries. We all realised that the match would be a lot harder than we had anticipated. At the half it was 38-0. Through the second half Joeys continued to dominate in all aspects of play. Potential tries were stopped due to fantastic hits by Leon Li, as well as strong runs by Frank Li and a solid first game for our new halfback Shimon Danziger, who was quick to every ruck. With five minutes to go it was 76-0, however, the boys kept their heads up and fought hard right till the final whistle. We will continue to train throughout the next few weeks and hope that the result of our next game is much more promising.

14s: No match reports submitted. Reports to be submitted to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it after each game.

13s: The 13As had a decent game, but were beaten by a much better drilled St Josephs team. Julian was a tackling powerhouse and Max was also great defensively. The highlight of the game was probably Edward scoring an almost full field try.

Quote of the Week
"Remember that rugby is a team game; all 14 of you make sure you pass the ball to Jonah." - Anon fax to New Zealand team (1995)
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NIDA Winter Holiday Courses

July 5 - 18
Dramatically develop your skills this winter holidays with a short course at NIDA. Courses are available for 4 to 18 years from 1 hour to 1 week long. Courses planned this winter include Drama School, Acting on Screen, Film School, TV Presenting, Create a Show! and The School Musical. Weekly drama classes for 2-18 yrs start again in August for Term 3.Students can join our weekly classes at the beginning of any term throughout the year.

For more details contact NIDA Open Program on 02 9697 7626 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or visit our website for online bookings at www.nida.edu.au.
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From English - Holiday Playwriting

Earn $1000* during the school holidays!
The Sydney Theatre Company and Sydney Morning Herald are offering you the chance to win big bucks and kudos for your literary genius. All you need to do is write a one act play and submit it in this year’s STC/SMH Young Playwright’s Award competition.

Two winning scripts – one from the Senior (11 & 12) and Junior (7-10) divisions – will be read in a staged reading following an intensive two day workshop. The workshop will be conducted by a team of Australia’s leading theatre directors, dramaturges and writers.

Turn your writing talents to the theatre and get yourself in the running for this unique competition. If you have ever even considered writing a script for the stage, this is your chance to give it a go and have your work read by professionals – and hopefully rewarded! Don’t miss this amazing once-in-a-youthtime opportunity.

Deadline for applications in Friday August 8th. For entry form and writing advice, see Ms Jassy in the English staffroom.

*Financial reward subject to your ability to win the young Playwright’s Award.
Ms Jassy

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High Rugby Friends Big Night Out

August 2nd 2008

2:00pm - 5:00pm: High 1st XV v Kings
5:30pm - 7:30pm: Wallabies v All Blacks, live in Sydney High Great Hall
7:30pm - late: Join us for dinner and celebration of High Rugby's past present and future

After the success of last year's dinner (a great night with sensational food and words from Ewen McKenzie, which paid for the donation of a scrum machine to the school), HRF has combined with the Sydney High Rugby Committee to present the Rugby Big Night Out - an awesome event featuring something for every High Rugby Friend. Make sure you clear your diaries and get in early to secure the best seats in the house for what is sure to once again be the main event of the Sydney High social calendar!

$60 ($40 concession) for entry, dinner and all entertainment. A bar will be running on the night

Ticket: go to www.highrugbyfriends.com to pay with credit card or emails This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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High Store Price List

The High Store is your store. This uniform and memorabilia shop is located under the Great Hall, next to the Industrial Arts staffroom and facing the Flat. High Store profits are returned to the school. The High Store is open four days a week - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - from 10:30am to 1:30pm. Additional opening times are generally advertised in the High Notes.

Autumn/Winter Price List - 2008


From -




Please arrange for boys to be fitted as
early as possible:  6-8 weeks delivery from order)

  DT Apron






PANTS: Trousers - Junior, Dark Grey w/w
Trousers - Senior, Light Grey w/w







BELTS: Black leather




SHIRTS: Sky Blue and White, Short Sleeve


OTHER: Water Bottle with SHS logo


  Sizes 10-14


  Brita Water Filtration Bottle


  Sizes 16-22


  Brita Filters


  Sizes 24-26








  Sky Blue and White, Long Sleeve




  Sizes 10-14


  Polo (house colours)


  Sizes 16-22


  Black Baggy with SHS Print


  Sizes 24-26


  Sport Socks




TRACKSUITS: (sold as separates)


  Up to size 16


  Taslon Jacket


  Size 18-22


  Taslon Pant


  Size 24-26








SOCKS: Woollen or Cotton Knee High


  Singlet (NEW design)


  Cotton Anklet Sock in SHS colours


  Short (NEW design)
HIGH Training Top


TIES: Junior


  Socks white with SHS. colour








SOCCER: Jersey (sky with brown collar)


  Old Boys


  Shorts Brown Baggy


  GPS. Old Boy














RUGBY: Jersey:




  up to Size 12


BAGS: Backpack


        Size 14-22


  Sports Bag


        Size 24-28


        Shorts (new style rugby)


MATHS Grid Book A4




  Grid Book 96 Page


  Scarves knitted in SHS colours
















  House Badge


MUSIC Music Book


  SHS. (metal)




  Rowing (metal)


ART: Artist Paints


  Orchestra (metal)


  Canvas 18" x 24"


  Rifle (metal)


  Visual Art Diary A4


  SBHS Lapel Pin (metal)


  Visual Art Diary A3




Mug with SHS crest (gift boxed)


SHS Sticker


Bridge Scorers


Address Book


Double Pack Playing Cards


School Centenary Book


Pencil Case (school crest)


Silverware:  sugar or fluted spoon






Letter Opener






SHS Plaque


Car Sticker


Coat hanger


SHS Foldable Chair


SHS Cufflinks


Car Number Plate Covers $39.95


Polo Shirt $49.50
Supporter Jersey High Spirit $75.00
Rugby Jersey (Original) $60.00
Suppoter Polo Fleece Jumper (New Design) $69.00
OBU Tie $27.50

BLAZERS - Additions


GPS Pocket $22.00
Music Pocket $22.00
Prefect Top Pocket $22.00
Prefect Bottom Pocket $38.50
Embroidery Line $17.50
Full Braiding $70.00
Dry Cleaning $11.00
Service Charge $30.00

Clothing Pool

A recycled section operates within the High Store shop.  Items such as blazers, shorts, trousers, jumpers, rugby/soccer tops & boots, tracksuits can be sold on a commission basis - the shop retaining 1/3 of the sale price.
Please ensure that when sending items for sale, you include your name and address.
All items sent should be clean and in good condition.  Shirts are gladly accepted as a donation.


Accepted payment methods include - Cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, EFTPOS (Direct Debit) or cheque made payable to the "HIGH STORE"


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 10:30am to 1:30pm Telephone 9331 7075


G.S.T. is included on all prices listed.
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