High Notes, Vol 9 No 26, August 22 2008
From the Principal
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
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
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?
SBHS 2008 AGM
Sydney Boys' High School 2008 Annual General Meeting
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
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
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
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.
SHS Old Boys Union
Did you know?
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.
Classical Greek Reading Competition
Year 10 French Study Day
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!
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.
1. CHECK YOUR EMAIL- VOLUNTEER TO CHAIR DEBATES!
2. GPS RESULTS and WEBSITE
3. DEBATING DINNER – September 13
4. OPPORTUNITY - UNITED NATIONS YOUTH ASSOCIATION FORUM: September 6
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
Remember to apply for the Selective Schools Test by October 2008 for placement in Year 7 2010
Sydney Boys' High School
School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS)
School Student Code of Conduct: Students travelling on buses must:-
Students are reminded to:-
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.Return to Index
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
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
Picture Books - Not For Babies
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
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.
NEW CRICKET COMMITTEE ELECTED
CHANGES TO THE AAGPS COMPETITION
THE VALUE OUR YEAR 7, 8 and 9 CRICKETERS
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.
A note from MIC Fencing
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.Return to Index
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.
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SHS Football: The Onion Bag
GPS round 5: Saturday 16th August
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
2nd Grade v Newington Won 2-1
5th grade v Newington Won 1-0
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
15D v Newington Won 3-2
Dolan Cup, Golden Boot and Golden Glove awards
Quote of the Week
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
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?
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
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
Player of the Week
Coach of the Week
Supporter of the Week
Senior XV Report
Support Your Son’s Rugby Team
Last Game of the Season is Family Day at McKay Oval
Thankyou to Parents
Rugby End-of-Season Dinner
Rugby Email News List
Match Results - Vs Newington College 16th August
Age Group Reports
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.Return to Index
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
Can you help with dinner set up? Email
2008 DEBATING DINNER
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
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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
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 SeptemberReturn to Index
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Don't forget the High Store now sells phone cards. We have introduced Click, Hello China and Hello India.
Our cards have no connection fees and have 24/7 call access.
They are available in $10 or $20 cards.
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