High Notes, Vol 9 No 23, August 01 2008

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From the Library

The Library’s Contribution to Reading/Self Directed Learning in Holidays
Last week our staff was quite impressed by the large number of return on the first day of term and congratulated the boys on their efforts. However this made us question whether these returns indicated loans. So we ran a few other reports to look at how much the library contributed to boys reading over this period.

Our loans by due date report indicated that over this period boys had 1027 resources on loan from the library.

In the two month period from 22nd May to 22nd July boys had borrowed 2506 resources. Currently the librarian is analysing the date due report to acquire a snapshot of which faculty resources are borrowed from the library and what percentage of the total is due to fiction borrowing. This will be reported on here in due course.

Loads of HSC Study Guides
Thanks to some very thoughtful Year 12 boys for the last couple of years the library has acquired a lot of study guides for HSC subjects.

Our staff has just scoured our processing shelves for books which might be useful to our HSC candidates this year and have come up with 48 new study guides and alternative texts. These are being rushed through and will be ready in a week’s time. Of course there are many study guides on our shelves. The most comprehensive list to sift through is to only put in the key term “study” which you can do from home through the portal.

I am listing the new study guides and alternative texts here:

HSC Questions & Answers English paper one – Journeys
Macquarie Revision guides – Inner Journeys
English Advanced Paper 2 Modules Student Answers
English Paper 1 HSC Student Answers

Success One Maths Extension 1 Past HSC Papers and Answers
3 Unit Mathematics Book 2 Jones and Couchman
Success One HSC Mathematics Past HSC Papers and Answers

Creelman HSC Exam Questions - Physics
Excel HSC Physics
Physics – Quanta to Quarks
Physics 2 HSC Course
Success One HSC Physics. Past HSC Papers and Answers
Macquarie Revision Guides HSC Physics

Creelman HSC Exam Questions - Chemistry
Conquering Chemistry – HSC Course
Excel HSC Chemistry
Chemistry 2000 and beyond Volume 1
Chemistry 2000 and beyond volume 11
Roland Smith Conquering Chemistry Preliminary Course
Dot Point HSC Chemistry
Success One HSC Chemistry Past HSC Papers and Answers
Macquarie Revision Guides HSC Chemistry

Creelman HSC Exam Questions – Biology
Biology 2 HSC Course
Excel HSC Biology

Business Studies
Beginning Business
Australian and Global Businesses
Business Studies Topics Volume 2 Student Answers
Cambridge HSC Business Studies
Cambridge Preliminary Business Studies

Cambridge Economics Preliminary
Cambridge HSC Economics

Legal Studies
Cambridge Legal Studies HSC
Cambridge Legal Studies Preliminary
Legal Studies Topics - HSC Student Answers

Modern History Topics – HSC Student Answers
HSC Study Guide – Ancient History
Ancient History Topics – HSC Student Answers

Geography Topics – HSC Student Answers
Geo Broadsheets

Visual Arts
Visual Arts – HSC Student Answers

V. Crothers

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SHS Old Boys Union

Did you know?
Did you know that the Apollo Belvedere, also known as the Pythian Apollo, is widely considered to be the best of the statues of Apollo that have survived from antiquity? Named the Apollo Belvedere because it stands in the Belvedere Gallery in the Vatican, it was discovered in the ruins of Antium in Italy at the end of the 15th century and purchased by Pope Julius II. The Apollo Belvedere is a Roman copy in marble of a Greek bronze thought to have been made by the sculptor Leochares in the 4th century BC. The replica that graces the southern end of the Sydney High main quadrangle originally stood in Sydney's Royal Botanic Gardens. It was presented to the School by the State Government in 1945, the Hon R J Heffron (the Minister for Education) unveiling it in a small ceremony that preceded the 1945 speech night. Apollo was a Greek God, the son of Zeus and Leto. His chief functions included care for young citizens, for poetry and for music. The statue depicts Apollo having slain, with an arrow, the great Python which guarded Delphi for its patron goddess, Gaia (Earth). The oracular shrine at Delphi was well-known as one of the main centres of Apollo's cult in the ancient world.

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Sydney High School Cadet Unit

Junior Leaders Course
Three of our members attended the Brigade Junior Leaders Course at Singleton Army Training Area during the holidays. Qualification at this course is a mandatory requirement for promotion to corporal.

Attending were :

Cadet Benjamin Lee
Cadet Brendan Leo
Cadet Allan Low.

All three High cadets qualified.

Welcome Back 2LT Clegg
On Tuesday’s parade we welcomed back 2LT Clegg from his arduous walk of the Kokoda Track. No doubt we will hear further of 2LT Clegg’s adventure in the weeks ahead.

The following promotions are announced with effect from 1 Aug 08:

To staff sergeant (SSGT)
CPL Johan Santoso

To sergeant (SGT)
CPL Sam Binns
CPL Aditya Hatle
CPL Geoffrey Zhang

To corporal (CPL) and lance corporal (LCPL)

Unit promotion for CPL and LCPL will be announced on Tue 5 Aug 05.

Rifle Shooting
Congratulations to our cadets who were members of the High team at the GPS shoot last week. Full details of the results shown elsewhere.

Annual Camp
The unit will attend the NSW AAC Bde Annual Field Exercise (AFX) at Singleton over 27 Sep – 4 Oct 08. All Unit members are eligible to attend.

The unit will be a component of C (Charlie) Coy 23 AAC Bn. The camp programme is a full one with a F88 live and WTSS shoot, abseiling, patrolling and field engineering activities.

Unit Dinner 14 Nov 08
The Old Boy response to the advance notice of our 125 anniversary formal dinner has been remarkable and a “full house” is expected.

Unit members and their families should mark up their diaries now and be prepared to book their attendance early. Tickets will be available within the next two weeks.

Mid Year Enrolments
Mid year enrolments are being accepted now and will close on 31 Aug.

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Year 9 Parent Meeting

Our next Year 9 Parents Meeting will take place on Wednesday 6th August at 6:30 in the Common Room.

Our guest speaker is Mr John Walker, Head Teacher of Student Welfare. He will talk to us about the numerous programs and initiatives in place at our school to support our sons and promote their wellbeing. After his address, the meeting will continue and discuss any issue that affects our Year 9 boys. Everybody is welcome to attend! If you have any questions, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone Fabienne on 9386 1221

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From the Canteen Team

$10 Thank You Voucher
Our June $10 Thank You Voucher has been won by Song Yeung Mickovska.

Thanks so much to Song Yeung for being one of our happy band of volunteers.

We know her son will make good use of his voucher. Watch this space for our next winner!

Parents- we know there’s a lot of pressure on the household budget at the moment. Here’s how your school canteen is continuing to look after you and your son:

For $1.50 or less
Hot Chocolate or Raisin toast
Cheese toast or Cheese & Tomato toast

Cheese & Tomato sandwich or Garlic Bread
Banana bread
Chicken Fingers or Chicken & Corn Roll
Small plain milk or frozen yoghurt or water.

For $2.00 or less
Cereal with milk
Cheese & Bacon Bun

Pizza Pocket or Pizza Rounda
Sausage Roll or Hot Dog or Hot Spinach & Ricotta Roll
Salad sandwich or Cheese & Tomato Roll
Chelsea Bun or Finger Bun
Up & Go, small flavoured milk or 300ml juice

For $2.50 or less
Ham & Cheese Croissant

Cheese & Spinach Puff Pizza Slab or Noodles
Home-made Chicken & Corn soup
Fruit salad
Egg & Lettuce Sandwich/Roll or Salad Roll
Large flavoured milk

Something for everyone - and just a small taste of what’s on offer!

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Rifle Shooting

The GPS Shoot was held 21st, 22nd & 23rd of July 2008 at Hornsby Rifle Range. The 1st Grade Team were placed 3rd overall behind Shore in 2nd place and TAS in 1st place. 2nd Grade were placed 2nd in their division. Well done!

1st Grade Team

Ishan NADKARNI - co-Captain
Anthony HO - co- Captain
Chris LAM
Phil WU
Matthew TONG
Brendan LEO

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2nd Grade Team

Peter TRAN
Abraham CHAN
Ryan WOO
Yujin WU
Adam CEH
Michael DO

Ishan shot (8-0) in the Snap Shoot – that means he shot 8 bullseyes out of 8 shots from 300m. A fantastic effort!

Congratulation Ishan Nadkarni and Matthew Tong were selected in the combined GPS Team. Thank you to the coaches Justin Hill and Kevin Chan for their time and effort as well as Joe Banh for his assistance. Also thanks to the many parents who helped out over the three days.
Catherine Meaney
MIC Rifle Shooting (Admin)

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SHS Football: The Onion Bag

End of Season Football Dinner and Awards night
Will be held on Thursday September 4th in the Great Hall, from 6.30 pm. Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like to help with this.

Dolan Cup and golden boot/glove awards
With over half our teams unable to play last weekend, several concerned team captains have approached me to determine the effect that this will have on their hopes of securing these major awards. It is obvious that valuable Dolan cup points were unable to be procured and the teams that did play and win, have received an unfair advantage.

I am open to suggestions for a solution that satisfies both those that played and those that missed out, as it is far to complex for me to work out. Perhaps there is some mathematical function that could be applied to adjust the points tally for the teams that didn’t play. I look forward to all suggestions.

GPS round 3: Saturday 2nd August
GPS round 3 is against Kings this weekend with games at McKay, Moore Park West and Kings fields. Check draw for details on school website (upcoming events). www.sydneyboyshigh.com

Rubbish left at grounds
A reminder to all that Sydney High Football has a responsibility to ensure that all grounds are left free of rubbish at the end of the scheduled matches. I urge all teams to take pride in the way they conduct themselves, before, during and after matches and ensure that areas occupied by our teams are free of bottles, tape etc at completion. With as many as 6 games to be played at each field on a Saturday, it doesn’t take much from each team to add up to a considerable amount at the end of the day. Bins may not always be available, so just take it with you.

Venue information for this weekend Wet Weather
McKay 3 & 4 Sydney High home grounds located in Centennial park 9339 6670
MPW 16, 17 Sydney High home grounds adjacent to school. 9339 6670
Wanderers, Old boys, Massie and Doyle Kings home grounds located in school grounds www.kings.edu.au/sport/wetweather.html

Details of MPW/ McKay and CP fields can be found at: www.cp.nsw.gov.au/map

Details of Kings fields can be found at www.kings.edu.au/about/schoolMapBig.html

Bill Turner Cup Round 3 v Redlands
Last Thursday our Bill Turner cup team travelled to play Redlands in a round three cup match. Played in cold wet conditions the team performed superbly to register a 1 nil victory and progress to the next round. I was particularly impressed with the standard that the boys produced in such difficult conditions. William Shao was the goal scorer. Congratulations to all and good luck in the next round v Marist Brothers Penshurst. t.

Match Reports from matches v Riverview
Unfortunately more than half of our matches had to be cancelled last Saturday due to the state of the fields. Hopefully the fields dry out for this weekend’s matches v Kings.

1st Grade v Riverview Lost 0-5
High were aware that this was going to be one of the toughest matches of the GPS season and were primed for the contest. In a tight first half Riverview scored the only goal to head into the break 1 up. The first half effort from High was outstanding, with all players challenging fearlessly and pushing their physical fitness limits.

Early in the second half a simple defensive error led to a break away and a second goal to Riverview. This seemed to stun the High players and Riverview knocked in three more quick goals before High knew what had hit them. Despite the score line all boys should be very proud of their efforts, against a top class side.

5th Grade v Riverview Lost 2-5
After such a long winning streak, it’s hard not to be disappointed with this loss to the boys from Iggies. We are still unsure what exactly a ‘17A’ team is, but one thing we can be sure of is that they were a worthy side with a few class players.

The match began in a relatively solid way, with High opening the scoring through an absolutely outrageously awesome shot by fast-man Danny Fu. Coming in near parallel to the goal line, Danny took a shot from the 18-yard and it managed a precise position right in the top of the goals. By half time, the score was two all – with the second High goal courtesy of top-notch tap-in by Simon Hoang. The second half was a bit this-and-that, with Iggies slotting in three while we were unable to manage a goal. The Riverview striking pair made some lightning fast runs down the side and flooded the box with players, ultimately they out-gunned us and achieved the winning result. One thing the mighty High Fifth Grade is still lacking is a dedicated keeper, so I’m putting out the call now, if you are in Year 11 or 12 and can keep the ball out of the net – Come on Down!

Ultimately, it was a fair effort boys and the key thing we need is full pressure till full time, keep up the good work – we’ll get them next time.

On a freezing day, High faced an Iggies team which has proven itself to be spectacular on field. Their record has shown them to be undefeated, with just one narrow loss to Newington. Despite that, High were able to pull out positives with a spectacular 20 yard goal by Avindu, followed by a close range shot by Ben Li.

The recent results have reflected the impact of losing Antony Paul at central defence, as well as several members of the squad who are undergoing a recovery period due to varied injury issues. However, we are optimistic that with the full team due to be back in a week or two, High will be able to stand up to the bigger GPS teams which stand in our path.
Enoch Hui.

Quote of the Week
'Argentina won't be at Euro 2000 because they're from South America.' - Kevin Keegan

Mr R.Gifford
MIC Football SBHS
Wk: 9361 6910 Ext:119
Voice mail: 291

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SHS Rugby: The Garlic Sack

This isn’t a copy of the Onion bag, it’s an improvement

Rough Rugby at Riverview
Muddy fields was on the agenda for Saturday. The juniors enjoyed great games in the 16s through to 13s. The newly combined senior squad played against the Riverview 4th XV ready to prove a point that they were willing to work, to earn their stripes, and become a 1st XV once again.

The 15Cs and 14Bs both achieved immense wins against their respective opposition. 14As went down in a fairly close game, and the 16Bs down in a game separated only by one kick, and played great in the muddy conditions. The seniors went down narrowly in their first game as a mixed squad. The 16As undoubtedly faced the toughest side of the day showing immense pride against the competition leaders, often punishing them with great hits.

Team of the Week: 16Bs - Played great Rugby on the muddy fields, so unfortunate to not get a win.
Player of the Week: Alex Koerber 16As - Gave an arm and unfortunately a leg on Saturday.
Coach of the Week: Sydney University coaches - Offered invaluable help on Saturday to the Senior XV
Supporter of the Week: Michael Ambrose and James Whiting 16As - Supported the Senior XV in tough times with great passion, trying to get into the game themselves.

Senior XV Report
High fielded a composite opens side against the Ignatius 4th XV outfit. The game was played in fine conditions, aside from the muddy state of the turf. The game commenced with the High forwards dominating the ruck area making valuable metres. Mention must go to Daniel O’Keefe for his efficient rucking and work ethic. Through some crucial pilfers from Alex Belokopytov and Grigori Astafiev, and the magic of James Ip, High reached deep into View territory. High scored the first try of the game via a rolling maul across the line. Despite High’s efforts in the forwards, Ignatius was able to score on a blunder in the last minute to win the game 13-5.

Rugby News

Experience the Passion of GPS Rugby
All players and parents are asked to support the other teams in your age group and then stay to cheer on our senior teams in the games against Kings at McKay Oval this Saturday. This is the 3rd round of the GPS season and our first home game. Game times & fields are in Upcoming Events on the School website www.sydneyboyshigh.com

Parents We Need Your Help
Please help at the Canteen or BBQ at McKay Oval for an hour or so at our home games on one of the next two Saturdays. Just fill out your name in the roster which is being emailed to all parents this week. This is a vital fundraiser for the Rugby program which needs your support.

Rugby End-of-Season Dinner
Tickets for the 2008 Rugby Dinner for all rugby players and parents, on Saturday 6 September in the Great Hall, will go on sale at the School Office next week. Make a note in your diary and get your team tables together for this very important night.

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 Ignatius College 26 July

Team Result Score Man of the Match
Senior XV Loss 5-13 James Ip
16As Loss 0-50  
16Bs Loss 12-14 Gareth Deacon, Daniel Morgan
15As Loss 0-59  
15Bs Loss 7-37 Andrew Gong
15Cs Win 42-7 Kishan Perera
14As Loss 0-20  
14Bs Win 49-7 Prashan Prabaharan
13As Loss 0-20  
13Bs Loss 0-37  
13Cs Loss 0-51  
13Ds Loss 5-54 Michael Chang, Danny Vo

Age Group Reports

16s: The 16Bs went down 14-12 in a tight game. Strong play through the forwards and leadership through captain Gareth Deacon and outside centre Daniel Morgan lifted the team through the 2nd half.

15s: The highlight of the 15Cs game was consistent rucking and great support play. We scored 4 quick tries with solo efforts by Kishan Perera and Shejil Kumar. A great pass by Ryan McDonald to Andrew Gou increased the tally to 5. We increased our lead with a freakish 70-metre try by Dale Chen, a hatrick for Shejil, and an assist by Hareshan Karunakaran for Nafiz Chowdury. In the 15Bs the boys went in confident, after achieving a huge victory in the 15Cs. Poor concentration let in a couple of quick tries. A lift by the boys gave us a try of our own. We entered the second half confident, but View overpowered us despite our efforts. Special mentions go to all the forwards who played back to back games.

14s: In the 14As the game started off with a segment of play where High pinned Ignatius on their own line for the first 15 minutes. A long range try from View took the score to 5-0 at the break. High started off the second half with enthusiasm but when Riverview ran in a try in the corner we let our fatigue take over. Riverview ran in two more tries late in the half and the finishing score was 20-0. This was our best performance yet and we were unlucky not to score in the closing minutes. The 14 Bs took off with a thrilling match against St. Ignatius. The intense match was underway, tackles here and there. Unfortunately a missed tackle let View score 1 minute into the game. Within another minute Prashan Prabaharan put us back to 7-7. Not long after, Prashan achieved his second, then third. With a tremendous effort coming from all the players the final score was 49-7.

13s: No Match reports submitted

Quote of the Week
"To play rugby league, you need three things: a good pass, a good tackle and a good excuse."- Unknown

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Adults Learn to Row Program

Sunday, 10 August – 21 September 2008
7.00am – 9.00am 6 Sessions of 2 hours
Cost $275.00 incl. GST

The Outterside Centre
5 Teviot Avenue, Abbotsford

Come down to Abbotsford this Sunday and bring your friends with you. Fantastic opportunity to learn Rowing in Sydney in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. Whether you are a complete novice or have some previous experience, everyone is welcome. Rowing is the ideal aerobic sport for the entire body as it is low impact and low injury. You’ll enjoy the ultimate team activity as well as the magic moments of early mornings on the water. All our coaches are ‘old boys’ who volunteer their time to make a contribution and they even organise a BBQ breakfast afterwards for everyone to enjoy in this stunning location!

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

Safety Note: Participants must be able to swim 50 metres and tread water as a safety requirement. All participants must sign The Sydney High Foundation’s Indemnity Form, stating swimming ability, before they are allowed on the water.

Under 18’s must be accompanied by a participating adult.

To make a booking or for more information: Please contact Judith Shuttleworth, Foundation Venues Manager, 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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School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS)

School Student Code of Conduct Ð Students travelling on buses must:-

  • Dip school bus pass or pay the fare when joining the bus. This is particularly important as the data collected from the on bus fare collection system may be used for service planning purposes
  • Use school specials when provided
  • Vacate seats for adults when requested
  • Follow the driver's instructions about safety on the bus
  • Respect the needs and comfort of other passengers
  • Behave appropriately at all times (e.g. no offensive language, no throwing things)
  • Protect bus property (e.g. no vandalism)

Students are reminded to:-

  • Only use the school bus pass for its intended purpose i.e. for travel between home and school (does not include travel to and from sporting activities)
  • Maintain possession of the school bus pass at all times.

During 2008, authorised officers will be deployed to inspect Code of Conduct compliance on school bus services in the Eastern Region. Students who are found to have breached their obligations may lose their travel entitlement and possibly incur an infringement.

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