High Notes, Vol 9 No 26, August 22 2008

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From the Principal

High Talent
Some more great results from our boys! Jeremy Ireland placed first in the under 18 Classical Sonata section in the McDonalds Eisteddfod and Andre Brokman came first in the Open Solo section for violin at the Ryde Eisteddfod. Congratulations boys! It was inspiring to watch our 16A rugby team record the first victory for High in As on As in Age groups for at least 6 years. Well done to everyone involved. It shows how dedicated training and good team spirit can be rewarded. Congratulations to Jarrod Chan (11) who won a medal for the highest mark in his year level in the state at the 2008 ICAS Writing test! Well done to our university developed course participants for Mind and Morality – 2 High Distinctions, a distinction and a credit. Congratulations to all the 15A rugby boys last Saturday who, according to an email from the referee, “were respectful to both the opposition and myself during the match, accepted decisions with grace, encouraged each other despite the score line and acted with immense dignity at full time”. You boys enhanced the reputation of High and demonstrated why we play team sports for personal development and educative purposes.

Cohort Assemblies
I found this term’s cohort assemblies the most rewarding of any held since the school was divided into Junior and Senior cohorts. The road safety theme, the posters, the behaviour of the audience and the demeanour of the boys who spoke brought credit to the school. The Lord Mayor and RTA officials attended, highlighting the importance of pedestrian safety.

At the junior assembly I announced some important policies, affecting all boys. As from 2009, no boys will be able to back track on the Student Award Scheme. If boys do not claim levels at the end of each year, they will not be able to return to the Deputy Principal some years later and say that they want to go back and reconstruct their yellow booklets to reflect their participation in school life. There is an amnesty period for all boys until the end of 2008. Thereafter, no backtracking will be permitted. For several years I have been asking boys to attend 3 training sessions for their sports. For 2009, the completion of logbooks will be compulsory for all A and B teams and voluntary for C teams. We must run on fully prepared teams when we play in GPS competition. Time management issues prevent boys from reaching their full potential in sports and in academics. Boys need to work out a 24/7 organisation schedule and stick to a regular routine that includes 8.25 hours sleep and a balanced, nutritious diet.

At the Senior School Assembly, TV personality Jessica Rowe and Roosters Anthony Minnicello and Nate Myles entertained the crowd while raising awareness of the work of Odyssey House in Surry Hills. Edwin Montoya-Zorrilla spoke passionately about Amnesty International. The community service orientation underscored the need for High boys to use their position of privilege to try to give something meaningful back to society. I reiterated the theme of no more under prepared High teams. Log books will be mandatory for 1st and 2nd grade teams and Head of the River crews. I stated publicly the policy on 1st and 2nd XV training which was three sessions per week and one weights session. Speed and agility sessions could be substituted for one of the skills training sessions. A spreadsheet is sent to me each week by Mr Scrivener so I can monitor the regularity and frequency of training by all boys in rugby. For 2009, I will have a mechanism for monitoring training for basketball, cricket and rowing. We need to be disciplined and to manage our time well. No back tracking for the Student Award Scheme from 2009 was explained to the seniors.

First and Second grade Rugby at High
After receiving advice from the team doctor and after a briefing from the first XV coach and the strength and conditioning coach, I held a meeting with the senior rugby group. For reasons of duty of care and discipline, I told them that depending on their training and physical preparation we might have to forfeit the Riverview first XV game and that, thereafter I would decide at what level they would participate for the rest of the season. I stipulated that during the July holidays and in the first week of term 3, 18 adequately signed logbooks representing 3 weeks of appropriate preparation, needed to be produced for the team to face a Riverview 1st XV. Mr Scrivener’s records did not indicate that sufficient boys had done the training required by the first Wednesday of term 3. Consequently, I took the decision to withdraw High from the GPS competition in first and second grade and to seek more competitive fixtures. High played Riverview 4ths. Subsequently, the compliance with the training log regulation improved, but not enough to risk a higher level game. High played competitively against King’s 6ths, Shore 4ths and Newington 3rds. This week they will play Scots 4th.I have indicated to Mr Scrivener that if the training regime is maintained that SHS will play first XV against SGS in the last round.

The structural problem of mismatches at first grade level has not been solved. Dr Vallance (Head of SGS) and I, after a joint meeting with MICs of Rugby and Heads of Sport, have agreed in principle on a solution to our rugby fixtures problem for 2009 only. Association Football will be unaffected by the arrangement. The details of the agreement were approved at a meeting of the AAGPS this week. SGS and SHS will merge and follow the SGS draw for home and away fixtures. All schools except High and Grammar will have a rugby bye round. SHS v SGS will take place as usual in the last round of the competition. In the age groups 13-16, SGS will play at A-C-E level and SHS will play B-D-F teams against the four largest rugby schools (TKS, SIC, Shore, SJC). In the open grades, SGS takes 1st and 2nd grade, High will play 3rds against TKS, SIC, Shore and SJC. By agreement with the Sports Masters at SHS, TSC, NC and SGS, there will be flexibility in some fixtures for rounds 5, 6 and 7 so that, depending on the strength of our first XV, it may play more than one GPS fixture at first grade level next year. This can be achieved by SHS playing at 1st or 2nd XV level against the school that has the bye round in rugby when they are scheduled to play High.

The GPS Heads will have further discussions about the future structure of the GPS Rugby Competition.
Dr K A Jaggar

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From the Library

Some important displays for HSC students and prospective HSC students are now going up in the library.

Firstly new HSC Study Guides are on display (new fiction display stand) and available for 1 week loan. Secondly, Dr Ganderton’s huge donation of books on the Environment and the Economy are presently going on display right beside them (popular NF books display stand).

Access these resources on the Library Catalogue (available from home – via the portal) by entering the terms – HSC or Study Guides.

Also on display is an Olympic memorabilia collection and lots of new resources on China. The Olympics is a great opportunity for the world to find out about China. The new resources were a very timely donation by the Chinese Cultural attaché.

All resources are available for loan.

Open Reserve and Closed Reserve resources will now be housed in the appropriate subject areas and have been made weekly borrowing. (This is a work in progress). Library staff hope that these valuable resources are now more accessible to everybody and not just “those in the know”.

Pamphlet files – HSC students in particular are reminded of the existence of these files which can prove valuable as exams approach. Anything with the location P is a pamphlet and library staff are happy to show students how to search for material.

How the library is used – survey . As an architecture student is now about to give us his concept of the library of the future the library is very hurriedly engaging is a long promised library use survey. Mrs Crothers begs students to indulge in her questions about what were you just doing?
Mrs Crothers

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Sydney Boys' High School 2008 Annual General Meeting

Treasurer's Report
Financial Statements for the year ended 31 December 2007 together with notes to these statements and the auditor’s report thereon are tabled for adoption.

The Income Statement for the year shows a net surplus from ordinary activities of $71,846 compared with a surplus of $146,689 in 2006 although it should be noted that the 2006 surplus includes receipt of a bequest of $130,000 from the estate of a former teacher at the school Mr.R.J.Casey.

No income tax is payable by the Foundation.

Included in the above net surplus figures are trading profits for the High Store of $84,563 for 2007 and $75,635 for 2006.

The Income & Expenditure Statement included with the Financial Statements gives more detail of movements in individual items of which significant amounts are

  • Tennis court operations which began in June 2006, produced a net profit in 2007 of $13,329 after interest of $13,775 and amortisation of $20,000
  • Maintenance of the Abbotsford property and equipment (other than maintenance of the building itself which is paid by the Centenary Building Fund) was $17,359 compared to $25,679 in 2006
  • Total revenue from the Outterside Centre for 2007 increased to $70,867 (including cottage rental of $14,645). Expenditure on managing and marketing the Outterside Centre was $48,326 compared to $35,187 in the previous year.
  • During the year the Great Hall became available to the Foundation for hire. Net profit from this activity was $6,730 which has increased greatly during 2008

The Balance Sheet at 31 December 2007 shows total equity of the Foundation as $5,237,338 compared to $5,303,190 at 31 December 2006. After taking into account the year’s trading surplus of $71,846, equity was reduced by $137,698 to account for transfer of the Casey bequest from the Foundation to a specific trust. Mr. Casey’s bequest was formerly considered to be a non-specific bequest to the Foundation but is now legally interpreted as a bequest which creates a separate trust to be managed by, but not owned by the Foundation.

Depreciation of fixed assets of the Foundation was calculated at the same rates as previous years and charged to revenue in accordance with accepted accounting principles.

Construction cost of the tennis courts of $195,812 is being funded by a five year loan from the Commonwealth Bank. Repayment is by equal instalments of principal and interest over five years which commenced in March 2006. These payments are being met from tennis court revenue over the five year period. Balance of the loan at end 2007 was $139,746.

Including the Casey Bequest amount of $137,698, cash at bank and on deposit was $251,096 at 31 December 2007. There is also an overdraft facility of $100,000 available at the Commonwealth Bank which is currently unutilised.

For 2008 the Foundation Committee has budgeted an operating net profit of $96,742 after deducting tennis court amortisation of $20,000. The Sydney High School Centenary Building Fund of which the Foundation is Trustee, had a net deficit for 2006 (excess of expenditure over donations and interest received) of $3,324 compared with a surplus of $25,118 for 2005. Expenditure by this entity comprises donations to Sydney Boys’ High School building projects and maintenance of Foundation buildings used by the school at McKay Oval and Abbotsford..

At 31 December 2007 the Centenary Building Fund had cash at bank and on deposit of $44,520.

During the year the Foundation managed other trusts with 31 December 2007 net equity balances as shown

  • SBHS Prizes Trust - $18,934
  • Ethel Killip Memorial Trust - $85,983
  • Mitchell Seow Memorial Trust - $6,543

In early 2008 the Foundation became trustee of the trust established to manage the R.J.Casey bequest (opening balance $144,198 including accrued interest) and the SBHS Scholarship Fund for award of scholarships in memory of Phillip Day (opening balance approximately $16,000)

All of these funds have been invested at interest and will be managed by the Foundation on an ongoing basis.
Kenneth Clemens
11 May 2007

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Public Speaking

The first round of the Sydney Boys Junior Oratory Competition is almost complete. Students from years 7 and 8 have delivered impressive and entertaining prepared speeches. The following boys were involved in the first round: Daniel Liang, Eric Li, Hunter Wei, Abhi Dutta, Christopher Chiam, Daniel Tam, Christopher Pinto, Yuan Shi, Daniel Keogh, Jonathan Clements-Lendrum, Max Chao, Nick Vlatko and Danny Vo. Well done boys!

Please enjoy reading the following reflective piece about Christopher Pinto’s experiences in public speaking.

In primary school, I was compelled to take part in a public speaking competition and I felt that I could never be a good speaker. Following some encouragement and support from my teacher and my parents, I took part in the competition and because I was nervous, I worked hard on the speech and was surprised to find that it all ended so quickly. I was informed that my speech was exceptional and found myself part of the debating and public speaking team.

In Year 6 I was chosen to be the Master of Ceremonies for an important school function involving past students of the school and local dignitaries. I will never forget the applause I received.

Public speaking is an essential skill which can engage us in many events such as speaking at a family function, thanking someone for their contribution to community service, a future job, participating in school competitions or representing your school at functions. SBHS students are very fortunate to have this opportunity and staff to support, guide and promote those interested.

Advice for all first time speakers is get involved as this will overcome any nervousness and build confidence. Be positive and enthusiastic. It is fun to participate and listen to other presenters. So, get on your feet and get moving to becoming a public speaker.
Christopher Pinto
Year 8

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SHS Old Boys Union

Did you know?
Did you know that the Killip Wing is named after James Hubert Killip (1889-1976)?

Mr Killip was Headmaster of Sydney High, 1936-1951. His earlier appointments to Sydney High were as an English teacher in 1920-1924, and as English Master for one term in 1928. He then held the position of Deputy Headmaster at Newcastle High for two months before going to Hay War Memorial High School as Headmaster in July 1928.

The Minister for Education, the Hon E Wetherall, officially opened the Killip Wing on 4 October 1963, as part of the School’s 80th birthday celebrations.

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Classical Greek Reading Competition
Two SBHS Year 11 students, Christian Katsikaras and Thomas Wilson were among the finalists to take part in the Classical Greek Reading Competition at Sydney Grammar School on Tuesday 29th July. They had to read two texts in the original Greek, one prepared and the other “unseen”, (unprepared). Our boys read very well and clearly but it was just not their night to win the competition. Certificates of Commendation were given to them, and our thanks for working to represent SBHS at this prestigious competition. Many thanks to Ms Werner for the time taken to prepare these students.

Year 10 French Study Day
On the 25th July, Year 10 French attended a Year 10 French Study Day at Macquarie University. The day consisted of stimulating language and cultural activities conducted in both French and English. Our students were able to interact, in a tertiary environment, with students from other schools in the Sydney Metropolitan region and were treated to a delicious French morning tea including croissants.

They also listened to inspirational talks by students from Macquarie University who were either in the process of studying French or who had previously included the study of French in their degrees. They heard how the study of French was not only enjoyable and interesting but how it allowed them to enrol in International Degrees (which means that they can spend one year studying in a French-speaking country) and how it also broadened not only their minds but the employment opportunities available to them. One student had completed a Bachelor of Arts (including French) and was presently studying Medicine. He stated how his knowledge of French will allow him to realise his ambition of joining the International Organisation Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders), a voluntary organisation in which Doctors donate a few months or a year of their time to work in underprivileged countries and in return their travel expenses and accommodation are paid for. The day concluded with the “Star Académy” Competition (the French equivalent of Australian Idol and Popstars). Each school had to enter a team and the activity was a karaoke-style performance in French. The performance was judged according to originality, presentation, vocal interest and linguistic quality of delivery. Our students performed “A la Volonté du Peuple!” (Do you hear the people sing?), a stirring song from the musical “Les Misérables”.

Our team of students consisted of Robert Ma, Antony Paul, Jeremy Rajendram, Ankush Thyagaraju, Julian Ubaldi and David Zhang. Although they got cold feet at first when they saw that several schools had teams with a cast of thousands (well 30 actually- but it seemed like a cast of thousands to them!) they performed bravely and well in front of an audience of 250 students and their teachers. Although they did not win, having to compete with large groups in glitzy costumes, they are to be commended and congratulated for tackling the most linguistically challenging song of the day. Well done!
M. Vozzo HT
Modern Languages and Classics

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Letters Re Absence/Lateness/ Early Leave

When your son returns to school from being absent he is required to provide a letter of explanation signed by a parent or guardian. If your son is going to be late for school a note is also required. Alternatively you may contact the school by phone on 9361 6910 and dial “4” for the absentee line.

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

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

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SBHS Debating

Every week masses of kids are still not reading the information! Please read the details in the emails carefully and let me know if there are any problems, you can not debate, want to chair a debate, etc… You will miss opportunities to debate, attend events and receive up to date information if you are not on the list and actually reading the information!

The GPS Debating Association has its own website- www.gpsdebating.com – all results (from First Grade, all B teams, right down to year 7) are listed here. NB- 7B’s are not listed because the GPS does not provide an adjudicator for that division. Our results so far are as follows:

Year level Round 1- Iggies Round 2- Kings Round 3- Shore Round 4- Newington
Firsts Lost Won Won Won
Seconds Won Won Lost Lost
Thirds Won (forfeit) Won Won Lost
10A Won Won Won Won
10B Won Won Lost Won
9A Won Won Lost Lost
9B Won Won Won Lost
8A Won Won Lost Won
8B Won Won Lost Lost
7A Won Won Won Lost
7B Won Lost Lost Lost

3. DEBATING DINNER – September 13
Information about the Debating Dinner is on the opposite page. Payment is to be made to the front office by Friday September 5th.

Forum topic: ‘The Art of War, the Struggle for Peace’. The forum is to be held at the Rex Centre in Kings Cross on Saturday, September 6th from 9am – 3.30pm and is open to all students from Yr 9 – 12 and costs $40, which includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. If you are interested email me, or see Max Phillis in year 10. www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating
Ms Jocelyn Brewer
MIC Debating

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Open Day 2008

An invitation to prospective students and parents. Please take this opportunity to see our school in action.

If you have siblings or friends in year 4 and 5 who are interested in attending Sydney Boys High School could you please forward this information

Thursday 18th September 2009
9:30AM - 12:00 Noon

Remember to apply for the Selective Schools Test by October 2008 for placement in Year 7 2010

Sydney Boys' High School
Moore Park, Surry Hills 2010
Phone: 9361 6910

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School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS)

School Student Code of Conduct: 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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Music Notices

Ryde Eisteddfod
Congratulations to Andre Brokman (Yr 10) who came 1st place in the open solo violin division in the Ryde Music Eisteddfod. An outstanding performance, well done!

McDonald's Eisteddfod
Congratulations to Jeremy Ireland (Yr 11) who came 1st in the under 18 Classical Sonata section of the McDonald’s Eisteddfod last weekend, well done on your fine achievement!

Piano Competition
The Sydney Boys High School Piano Competition concluded this week with very high standard of performances heard in both the Junior and Senior sections. The competition gave many piano players the opportunity to display their musical talents. Well done to all the boys who participated this year and thank you for all your efforts. We look forward to next year's round of budding pianists. Congratulations to the following winning participants in each of the divisions!

Senior division
1st place: Zhi Zu
2nd place: Jeremy Ireland
3rd place: Dominic Wong and Muhamed Mehmedbasic

Junior Division
1st place: William Baxter
2nd place: Charles Wu
3rd place: Cosmo Liu

Students who participated in the competition are able to collect a report on their performance from the music staffroom at recess of lunchtime.

Year 12 HSC music students
Good luck to all our Yr 12 HSC music students who will be performing for their practical examinations next month. We wish them all the best in both their performance and written exams, they have all worked very hard and prepared thoroughly this year.

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English Notices

Year 12 Trials are under way ensuring that life in the English Faculty is currently very busy. Year 9 are attending a performance of Macbeth next Tuesday, 26th August. Year 11 will shortly receive information outlining their exam requirements for both the Extension and Advanced courses.

Students interested in taking part in the ‘Be The Children’s Commissioner For A Day! Competition’ can collect an entry form from the English Faculty. The competition provides children and young people with an opportunity to express through words, illustration, music or performance what they would do if they were the NSW Children’s Commissioner for a day.
English Faculty

Picture Books - Not For Babies
This year I have been fortunate enough to look at imaginative journeys with year 12 as part of the Area of Study and Representations of Indigenous Culture with Year 9. Both modules have inspired a close re-examination of the power of Picture Books. If you’re looking for a new literary challenge, take a close look at some of the most creative and enduring stories around.

Begin your journey with the highly acclaimed graphic novel, When the Wind Blows by Raymond Briggs. It is a dark and controversial story which raises important questions about world peace and the effects of nuclear war on ordinary individuals.

Find out what happens to Max when he makes mischief one night in Where The Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. It is an enchanting story in itself because of the captivating illustrations but it is also a psychoanalytical study of anger.

The most extraordinary work comes from the collaboration between the award winning illustrator Shaun Tan and celebrated author John Marsden with The Rabbits. This unusual and unique perspective of the arrival of white settlers in the land of the numbats is truly inspirational. Check out Shaun Tan’s website for further insights into his outstanding collection of what can only be described as artistic and literary genius (http://www.shauntan.net/books.html).

Five things to do with a Picture Book
1. Exercise your imagination
2. Challenge and share with friends and family for alternative readings
3. Begin a collection (the graphic designs are priceless works of art)
4. Read the whole story in one sitting (and re-read to see something new)
5. Write and design your own picture book or collaborate with a mate
Mr Walker

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SHS Cricket

We have been in touch with Brisbane Boys High School in follow-up to the proposed tour to that State in December and it now appears that we may be able to have an Under 14 and Under 15 development teams travel there for two days and a series of two Limited 50 Over matches. This will be a great opportunity for boys to work towards being selected for this tour which will be open to all to try out for the final teams. In addition we will have the value of having played several matches before taking on the ”banana benders” in their home state. These will be inaugural fixtures in a proposed annual trophy challenge between the two states so it will basically become junior cricket’s “State of Origin” which we of course, must claim first up.

In what can only be described as disappointing in the lack of numbers attending the AGM last week we were able to fill positions for the up and coming season. With the retirement of Dr. Andrew Bowes who led the committee enthusiastically for three seasons for which we thank him from all in cricket, we welcome Mr. David McDonald as the new President. In the Vice President’s position we now have Mr. Doug McPherson, Mr. Ani Rao has taken the Treasurer’s role as well as the Open teams liaison role and Mrs. Barbara Taylor again offered her support as our Dinner Coordinator and Mrs. Julie Connelly has indicated her support for this year and I have yet to speak with her on the new position we have instituted. Our thanks to the parents and coaches who attended on the night It has been considered that the 2009/2010 season AGM should be conducted in mid- September 2009 at the completion of winter sports.

A sweeping change has been made to the conditions for the 2ndXIs in competition for this season. The Seconds will still play in Two-Day fixtures but will now commence play at 12-20pm and play in 80 overs per day, which is a reduction of 5 overs. The big change is that there will be NO LUNCH requirement for teams but afternoon tea will be taken as normal with the host team supplying this. One-day fixtures will now become 40 overs per side as a consequence of this change. This will be an advantage to all not only in saving costs, but will provide less interruptions in the day’s play and place less input on parents in respect to lunch preparations and attendances. The 1st XI and 2nd XIs will now be playing two-day trials against St. Joseph’s College on SATURDAY 11th OCTOBER (last day of Term 3 vacation) and SATURDAY 18th OCTOBER in lieu of the one-day trial fixture shown in the calendar.

I am absolutely stoked at the performances of our young teams last season particularly the Years 7 and 8 groups. We had many boys playing cricket for the “first time” not having been exposed to it in the primary schools, which meant that they started from scratch. Some of the performances were beyond expectations but in the main their commitment to the school teams could not be faulted. To emphasize the value of this also we had four from Year 9 in 2006 playing in the 1st XI which amplifies the value of our emphasis on these age groups. These boys are the future of High’s Cricket programme and can represent the School at the highest level, that is the 1st and 2nd XIs the premier teams in the AAGPS Competitions. To assist us in maintaining coaching support for these boys on match days it is important that coaches can be with the team to calm them when necessary, organize batting orders and direct the match plans but they can’t do it alone. WE NEED PARENTS to volunteer to manage their sons’ teams in support of the coaches and to ensure that the boys get the benefit of coaching and enjoy their cricket to the fullest. If you can assist please contact me by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Laurie Heil
MIC Cricket

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The School’s League The Mini C's fenced for the first time and were up against it with the Newington A's and put up a good fight. We were rewarded with great improvements and an outstanding win by Ian. Next, we were up against the SBHS Mini E's and had a more even battle. Ian, Kenneth and I all had wins. We all had great fun and looking forward to new battles

SBHS E won both their matches against St Andrews and SBHS C 6-3. This is a great improvement from last week and is definitely well deserved. Congratulations.

SBHS G were defeated by St Ignatius 4-5.

Sydney Boys High and St Ignatius were tied and as the last bout began it was tense. After a few minutes, which felt like hours, the scores were four all. Whoosh! St Ignatius scored and we lost.

I was judging this match. It was incredibly close, and the match was interrupted several times by Ignatius, who had unfortunately hired some faulty gear. Our boys were very patient and calm while the Ignatius team got rewired and didn’t allow themselves to be rattled. It was unfortunate that the match did not fall our way in the end.
Julian Byrnes
Fencing Captain

A note from MIC Fencing
I would like to congratulate all the fencing teams on their performance so far at the School League and to say how lovely it is to meet parents and families on Saturdays. Our Year 7 fencers are competing for the first time but they have adjusted to the new equipment and protocols brilliantly.

I would also like to extend to Julian, the Fencing Captain, my congratulations on the fine manner he has represented the school as he has taken up volunteer refereeing during the League. SBHS is fielding the most fencing teams ever and the NSW Fencing Association was appreciative and highly complimentary of Julian’s generous gesture.

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Basketball AGM

Thursday 18/9, 6:30 pm

Room 901 (Upstairs of the gymnasium)

Please support your son by attending this meeting and getting to know the parents who work relentless hours to provide your son with a great program.

B. Hayman

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SHS Football: The Onion Bag

GPS round 5: Saturday 16th August
GPS round 6 is against Scots this weekend with games at McKay 3 & 4, Centennial Park 5 & 6 and Christison Park 1 Check draw for details on school website (upcoming events). www.sydneyboyshigh.com

Venue information for this weekend Wet Weather
McKay 3 & 4 Sydney High home grounds located in Centennial park 9339 6670
Centennial Park 5 & 6 Scots  home grounds located in Centennial park, adjacent to McKay 4 9339 6670
Christison Park 1 Scots home ground, Old South Head rd, Vaucluse. 9391 7777

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

Details of Christison Park 1 on SHS website (upcoming events, sporting fixtures). www.sydneyboyshigh.com

Match Reports from matches v Newington

1st Grade v Newington Lost 0-2
High once again produced a courageous display against a strong Newington outfit brimming with confidence after a midweek CIS cup victory over Riverview. High started the match brightly with a smart through ball enabling George Lo to get in behind the defence, his shot saved by the Newington keeper. Newington then gradually took control of possession enabling them to apply relentless pressure to the High defence. Finally, High conceded a soft goal, after defending stoutly for most of the game. Down but not out High continued in search of an equaliser and came agonisingly close through a marvellous first time strike from Jeremy Ireland somehow cleared off the line after appearing to have beat the keeper. For High, goal keeper and captain Lachlan Street had an outstanding game, repelling numerous attacks. In the end it was Highs inability to hold possession for any length of time cost them any chance of victory.

2nd Grade v Newington Won 2-1

5th grade v Newington Won 1-0
We must open today’s report with a heartily chanted “Congratulations! Congratulations! Congratulations!” The cause for such raucous cheering coming from the fact that the mighty High Fifth Grade have now cemented their position at the Top of the GPS Football Fifth Grade ladder. Yes, yes, it is true – on the weekend, the motley bunch of boys from years 11 and 12 (with some aid from a few year 9 buddies) have beaten the previously undefeated Newington fifth grade. The day itself began at 9am, and regardless of the ‘New’ home ground advantage – scores of High players and supporters turned up to watch the highlighting event of the day. First half was an entirely intense affair, with neither side gaining an advantage on the score card. The ball itself was largely situated in High’s half, which is always an anxious issue, however the expert defence of Mishu, Arthur, Zid, and Pat – not to mention the AMAZING keeping endeavour by Harry – meant that New were constantly denied their chances of getting one up in goals. Scarily enough however, there were 20 or so seconds in which New were indeed winning the match, that was until the Referee made an expert decision and deemed the goal ‘offside’, thankyou sir. Nevertheless, half time came and neither side had any real advantage with the scorecard sitting decidedly unmarked.

Second half was really much of the same, with both High and New going hard at it. It truly was a commendable effort by both teams, just for the shear fact that no team was willing to give in right up until final whistle. It was however, High that proved to be the better team, and roughly mid way into second half, a little bit of New-box-shuffle meant that Michael Serben was able to slot a goal right past the tall Newington keeper and rocket High into leaders of the match. With roughly 10 minutes to go, everyone on field stepped up their efforts, however High, eager to hold on to the match, continued in their hard work and were able to deny any goals from the really rather expert New forward pack. At games end, the celebrations were barely bearable, with cheering coming from everywhere. The boys from fifths can now sit happily at the top of the table, and with only two games left in the season, we have come ever so close to being crowned Fifth Grade Premiers of the GPS. A special thanks to Andy, Sam and the other temps that helped out during the game, your efforts are much appreciated. Once again, Harry Reid has kept his clean sheet, and was also lucky enough to make a debut for Second Grade – congratulations! In closing, I would like to thank all those who came out to support the boys, the staff for ensuring yet another quality fixture, and the boys for giving it their all and getting the win. Good stuff, see you next time.

15C v Newington Lost 1-4
This week we were playing at home against Newington. The match started with Newington dominating possession and territory. With our backs to the wall, we tried to defend the surge of Newington shots. After the first goal, a free kick was given to Newington due to one of our players calling out ‘mine’. Making the most out of the opportunity, Newington scored again. Both captains were cautioned by the referee about needless ‘conversation’ between the two teams. The second half started with High making some precious breaks down the right wing but to no avail. Finally we scored through a massive boot from M. Rozsa from our goal box which provided a through ball for Kevin Luo who successfully converted. With the match ending with a score of 4-1, it was a disappointing performance, save for the one highlight of the goal. Goalkeeper Isaac Eveleigh must be commended for playing for us.
Iftiar Khan
Captain 15C

15D v Newington Won 3-2
On Saturday, the 15 Ds defeated Newington College in a tight game of 3-2. During the first half, due to our weak defence, we quickly let in two consecutive goals. However, a quick line-up change solved this problem as Subhodh scored near the end of the half. Good support by the midfielders like Cameron and Yale allowed Andy to get in another goal at the beginning of the second. There was strong support by Benson. However, in the final 10 minutes, Henry scored a shocking goal from halfway. Solid defence for the last half, especially by Ishmam allowed us to break Newington’s winning streak of the season. Good job High.
Henry Lu

Dolan Cup, Golden Boot and Golden Glove awards
With two rounds to go the 14Ds look like scooping all three major awards. Can they handle the pressure down the stretch?

Dolan Cup Golden Glove Golden Boot
29 14D Allen Fu (14D) 0 Jerry Zhou (14D) 16 Leon Sheldon (15C) 3
22 7th Ben Encel (16D) 3 Sudam Dias (14D) 10 Vincent Wang (15C) 3
22 5th Raghib Siddiquee (15A) 5 Ian Lu (16D) 9 Simon Hoang (5th) 3
21 14C Tim Zhong (7th) 5 Mark Luccitti (5th) 5 Michael Zhang (16D) 3
18 16D Josh Sutton (2nd) 5 Hung Neo (7th) 5 Alex Xie (16C) 3
18 16C* Leon Sheldon (15C) 6 Kang Lim (7th) 5 Henry Lu (15D) 3
17 15D Christian Katsikaros (16C) 6 Jann Pallandi (13A) 4 Shumit Hoque (14C) 3
15 14E Harrison Reid (5ths) 6 Hiram Yu (14C) 4  

Quote of the Week
'I was watching the Blackburn game on TV on Sunday when it flashed on the screen that George (Ndah) had scored in the first minute at Birmingham. My first reaction was to ring him up. Then I remembered he was out there playing.' - Ade Akinbiyi (Leicester)
Mr R.Gifford
MIC Football
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Rugby Dinner 2008

Help celebrate another great year of High rugby by attending the 2008 End of Season Rugby Dinner.

When? Saturday, 6th September 2008, 6.00pm. for 6.30 pm
Where? Great Hall, Sydney Boys' High School
Who? Players, parents, friends, coaches and supporters of High rugby.
Why? Because the friendships made through High Rugby last a lifetime
? $30/person. Payable to the school office by Friday 22/8/08.

Please note that this is a BYO alcohol function for adults. Maximum seating 220.

Please find attached the amount of $_________ for ________ x $30/person,
as payment for tickets under the name of ______________________________,

roll class _____ , rugby team* ________
No. of adults ________   No. of students_________ 
*Team details are important for seating arrangements. 

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2008 SBHS Football Dinner

SBHS Football will celebrate the efforts and achievements of our boys as well as acknowledge staff, coaches and supporters at the SBHS Football dinner on Thursday 4th September.

The coach of each team will be invited to attend the dinner as a guest.

Players are asked to take responsibility on a team-by-team basis for any end-of-season gifts to their team's coach.

The dinner will be held on Thursday 4th September Great Hall 6.30pm

The cost of the dinner will be $30 per adult and student. For children under 11 yrs old there is a special rate of $20.

Payment for the dinner must be made at the Main Office by Friday 29th August.

Boys to wear school uniform at the dinner. BYO Drinks.

Please detach the form below and hand it in with your payment at the Main Office. Tickets are limited.

2008 Football Dinner
Student Name: ____________________________________

Year/Roll Class ____________________
Football Team   ____________________
TOTAL Number of adults __________ @ $30 per adult = $ ___________
TOTAL Number of students ________ @ $30 per SBHS student = ______
(Special rate of $20 for family members under 11yrs = $20 per child) 
TOTAL $ _________ 
Do you have any special dietary requirements? 
 Vegetarian 
 Other: Please state __________________________________________
 YES! I can help on the day with setting up the hall, table decorations etc.
Helper's name and contact details : 
Email address: ______________________________________________________________
Phone Numbers : _____________________________________________________________

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SHS Rugby: The Garlic Sack

You can't buy spirits. I can.

High put the Noose to Newington’s Neck
Last Saturday must definitely rate as one of the best days for High Rugby this year. There were some great results including wins from 13Ds going back to back, the 14As getting back on form and of-course the 16As who have recorded High’s first win in a proper As vs. As match for a long time, well done on breaking the drought.

The 15As played with guts despite having numerous injuries, and sustaining another to captain Jonah Petrie in the first half. In the 13s many points were scored. The opens XV went the one step closer to playing 1st XV, playing strongly against a Newington 3rd XV side

Team of the Week
16As- A crucial win, well earnt, proof that hard work pays off.
13Ds- Back to back wins, a great effort, hopefully more to come in the next two weeks

Player of the Week
Michael Gao 16As- Scored the match winning try for the 16As
Jack Musgrove 16As- Was instrumental in the forwards with great defence
Jonah Petrie 15As- Made some spectacular tackles, unfortunate to sustain an injury.

Coach of the Week
Tony Hannon 16As- The driving force behind the 16As. Supercoach.

Supporter of the Week
Tom Connolly- The 13As flyhalf has been showing great support whilst injured.

Senior XV Report
The 1st XV went out at Newington with something to prove this week. Through the course of the game we showed great attacking vision using our forwards to maul right through Newington’s weaker pack. Defence was solid through the middle with a great improvement from the past weeks. We look forward to Grammar with gusto as our combinations come to fruition. Joshua Hui had a great game, debuting at halfback and scoring a great try under the posts.

Rugby News

Support Your Son’s Rugby Team
This week we play Scots at their grounds at Bellevue Hill and elsewhere. This is the penultimate round of the GPS season. Game times and fields are advised to boys at Thursday training and are in Upcoming Events on the School website www.sydneyboyshigh.com

Last Game of the Season is Family Day at McKay Oval
All parents and families are asked to watch the boys play their final game of the season against Sydney Grammar on Saturday 30 August at McKay Oval. Come and support our teams and see how the boys have improved during the season.

Thankyou to Parents
Thankyou to all parents, especially our new 13s parents, who helped at the Canteen or BBQ at McKay Oval or donated some cakes for sale at the Canteen on recent Saturdays. Our final Canteen & BBQ will be at McKay on Saturday 30 August. The money raised will help buy training equipment for our boys.

Rugby End-of-Season Dinner
Tickets for the 2008 Rugby Dinner for all rugby players and parents, at 6pm on Saturday 6 September in the Great Hall, are on sale at the School Office until Friday 29 August. Cost is $30 per person. Book early as there are only 220 places. Every team should have at least one table for this special 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 Newington College 16th August

Team Result Score Man of the Match
Senior XV Loss 17-10 Joshua Hui
16As Win 7-0 Jack Musgrove, Michael Gao
16Bs Loss 21-15  
15As Loss 75-0 Michael Phung, Jonah Petrie
15Bs Loss 48-0  
14As Win 38-14  
14Bs Loss 59-12  
13As Loss 35-12  
13Bs Loss 44-7  
13Cs Loss 58-10  
13Ds Win 44-31  

Age Group Reports
16s: The Sydney high 16As went to their game against Newington feeling confident they could notch up their first win against the Newington 16As and they were not disappointed, grinding out a close 7-0 win in a great display of tough rugby and solid defence. The backs had room to move and did not disappoint, with Michael Gao scoring in the first half off a break from George Denny-Smith. The forwards muscled up and kept Newington on the back foot all day. Mentions go to Jack Musgrove who led the forwards when things got tough and his defence was inspiring, putting his body on the line in numerous occasions.

15s: 15As: Newington played strongly in the first half in contrast to a misfit and switched off team. The injury of captain Jonah Petrie was a wake up call for us, and we played very well in the minutes before and right after half time. Unfortunately, good play by the opposition lead to a try. We were caught on the back foot, suffering from Newington’s counters letting in four quick tries. That being said, we couldn't be prouder for the result with strong contributions from several B's players and Michael Phung, playing up spectacularly for us.

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2008 Debating Dinner

Traditionally the Debating Dinner is held on the Saturday after the final GPS debate and celebrates the strength of debating talent at High- 2008 will be no exception (except it will be held a week later!). The dinner is also our opportunity to thank our staff and coaches. There will be a comedy/fun debate starring our coaches, with parents providing their expert adjudication skills to decide the winner.

This year's Debating Dinner is being held on Saturday September 13 in the Great Hall at 6pm. The cost of the dinner will be $30 per adult/student. A special price for siblings under 10 years of age has been negotiated at $20.

Bookings must be made by Friday 5th September

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

What should I do? Detach the form below, and pay your money at the main office
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Can you help with dinner set up? Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Alice Paul
Dinner Co-ordinator

Student Name ____________________________________________
Year/ Roll class __________ 
Number of adults attending ______ @ $30 = _________ 
Number of U/10 attending ______ @ $20 = _________ 
TOTAL Number of people ______ TOTAL $ ________ 
Do you have any special dietary requirements? Vegetarian? 

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SBHS Year 12 Parents Farewell Dinner

7pm Thursday 18 September 2008

Non La Vietnamese Restaurant 59 Fitzroy St, Surry Hills

8 course banquet $35 per person plus $1.50 corkage

RSVP by 12 September Barbara Taylor This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Toni Lindeback 0403 923359

Please indicate if you would like vegetarian banquet

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SBHS & SGHS 125th Anniversary Cabaret Night

Sydney Girls High School & Sydney Boys High School have great delight in inviting you to the Anniversary Cabaret to celebrate 125 years of education for both schools.

Friday 21st November 2008, 7:00pm - 12:00am. The Shannon Room, AJC Function Centre at Randwick Racecourse

Come and dance to the Shy Guys band, MCs Jessica Rowe and Jack Singleton. Featuring Little Pattie and other performs.

Tickets: $150 per person. This includes dinner, pre-dinner drinks in the Panorama Room, drinks from 7pm until 12am, parking and entertainment.

Dress: cocktail/lounge suit

RSVP: RSVP and pay by 26th September 2008. Guests are welcome to organise their own table of 10. Please advise if a  if a vegetarian meal is required.

SBHS Contact: Ms Louise Graul, Ph 9361 6910, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Pay to office by cash or cheque made payable to: Sydney Boys High School
Visa or Mastercard: card number, expiry date, cardholder's name and telephone number

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Amnesty International

Last Monday, the 11th of August, was a big day for the Sydney Boys Amnesty International Group. We believe it’s important to take action against the Internet Censorship problem taking place in China.

Commonly called the Golden Shield or the Great Firewall of China by the world-wide media, it is an obstacle to human rights in that it restricts the access people in China have to certain websites. This event was part of an an effort to raise awareness of the issue in our school and to try and take some action.

Like many Amnesty Community groups around Australia, the Sydney Boys Amnesty Group constructed a small wall of yellow, cardboard bricks in the canteen area to represent the Firewall.

Taking place at lunchtime, boys from all around the school came to take bricks off the wall to symbolise the destruction of the Great Firewall in accordance with Amnesty’s Uncensor Campaign. Each cardboard ‘brick’ contained a postcard which expressed discontent at the Internet Censorship Program and boys zealously filled these out to take action in support of human rights. The event was a great success and was highlighted by Sophie, a speaker graciously provided by Amnesty International, and we hope we can follow it up with further events in the future. For those who are interested in China or universal human rights in general, everyone is welcome to the Amnesty meetings every Tuesday lunch in room 204. From the High Store FATHER'S DAY Sunday 7th September

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High Store


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