High Notes, Vol 9 No 39, December 05 2008

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From the Principal

High Talent
Oliver Kirk has been invited to participate in the AMOC NSW Extension Program, conducted at the University of Sydney for talented Year 7 students in mathematics. Well done, Oliver! To the students who waited to catch a bus on Cleveland St and who stepped back to allow a member of the public to get on a crowded bus, while they had to wait longer, well done! The gentleman was very impressed and rang the school specifically to praise all the boys at the stop for their demeanour and generosity. To the Music Staff, music students and Mr Hannon and his multimedia team, thank you for coordinating such a complex and interesting music in films multimedia concert on Saturday last. The spectacular finale had four conductors (including Thomas Wilson) synchronising their ensembles with the action on the three screens. Congratulations to the first grade basketball team for its historic win against Sydney Grammar last weekend. The first quarter defence was awesome and the outside shooting all game was really first class! Brian Lau (Year 11) has been nominated for Encore for composition. Well done Brian. Congratulations also to Zhi Zu (Year 12) for his selection to play in Encore, a concert of outstanding performances and compositions from Higher School Certificate Music students.

Explaining Absences
As I read through student reports I find a disturbing number of unexplained absences. Students do not seem to appreciate clearly that when they are away from school for any reason, that absence must be explained. There are various ways that this explanation can be communicated: handwritten note, email, phone call, text message or fax. Doing nothing is not an option. I am writing negatively on reports where I see half a dozen unexplained absences or more. Please comply with school policy and either call the school before the absence or explain it ex post facto by email, letter or otherwise.

Electrical Substation Progress
Since 2004 we have been trying to secure an upgrade of our power supply. There was a productive visit this week in respect of the proposed electrical substation to be built on our Cleveland Street frontage. The Project Manager and Electrical Engineer were here to source a suitable site for the projected substation. It will bring high voltage power directly onsite from the other side of Cleveland Street. There are steps to be taken before design drawings are finalised and budgets are decided. Energy Australia and the Department of Commerce will establish a timeline for the project. I am assured it will be done in calendar year 2009. If so, the customary 6 year wait for such projects will have run its course. Much delayed projects like air conditioning the Junior Library will become possible once adequate power supply is assured.

Collection of Reports
Students in Years 7 and 10 should be completing their Clearance Forms and putting their names down on the appointment sheets outside the Principal’s Office to discuss their academic progress for the year. It is each boy’s responsibility to manage the signing off of the Form. There are still a few parents out there wondering why no Year 11 report has come home. Ask your sons!
Dr K A Jaggar

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Year 7 Immunisation Program 2008

The second Vaccination Clinic for Year 7 students will take place on

Tuesday 16 December

when a team of specially trained registered nurses will be visiting the school.

On this day the following vaccines will be offered to Year 7 students only -

  • Hepatitis B – the second of two doses for those students who received the first dose on 11 June this year.
  • Varicella [chickenpox] for any Year 7 student who was absent during the first vaccination clinic on 11 June this year.

If you would like your son to be vaccinated, please complete the Consent Forms which will be distributed to the boys in Week 9 and return completed forms to the collection box in the Main Office. Alternatively, boys can bring the forms with them on Tuesday 16th. Boys who do not bring the completed consent forms will not be able to take advantage of this free service.

What to do if your son missed the first dose of Hepatitis vaccine at school: Any Year 7 student who missed the first dose of Hepatitis vaccine at school can attend his GP to receive a free three-dose course of paediatric Hepatitis B vaccine over a six-month period.

What to do if your son misses the second dose of Hepatitis vaccine at school: Any Year 7 student who misses their second dose at school should attend his GP to complete the course with a further two doses of free paediatric Hepatitis B Vaccine [each dose given five months apart].

Further information about the program including translated material for parents is available at www.health.nsw.gov.au 

After the boys have been vaccinated they will be given a Record of Vaccination to take home so that you can keep their immunisation records up to date.

If you have any queries, please contact Mr Beringer.

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Music Notes

HSC Encore Nomination
Congratulations to Matthew Tong, Brian Lau and Plini Roessler-Holgate who received an HSC Music Encore nomination for outstanding composition in Music 2 and Music 1 respectively. A wonderful achievement from both boys. Well done!

Tapas and Jazz Concert
Our Annual Jazz in the Courtyard concert held on Sunday 16 November featured two eminent Jazz musicians; Judy Bailey and Dave Panichi who workshopped and directed the Stage Bands. The Jazz ensemble members were involved in an all day workshop on the Friday before the concert which showcased our Junior Stage Band, Senior Stage Band, Junior Jazz Ensemble and Senior Jazz Ensemble with guest James Mackay (OB 2007) and Mike Gubb.

Music Awards Assembly
Our Third Annual Music Assembly was held on Monday 17 November acknowledging the wonderful accomplishments of our talented music students, from ANZAC Day Marching Band and Performance Program musicians to Encore nominees. Congratulations especially to our Music Prefects for 2009: Alexander Belokopytov, Christian Katsikaros, Brian Lau, Daniel Lo, Johan Santoso, Matthew Tong and Thomas Wilson and our musician of the year; Thomas Wilson. Well done to all our musicians for their outstanding achievements throughout the year.

125th Anniversary Cabaret
The Senior String Ensemble rehearsed and performed in collaboration with SGHS Orchestra at the 125th Anniversary Cabaret on Friday 21 November at the Randwick Racecourse. This delightful evening showcased our talented musicians, thank you and well done on all your efforts!

Spring Music Festival - A Night at the Movies
A Night at the Movies was a huge success with over 300 people in attendance and drinks and popcorn sold on the night to highlight the theme of the concert.

Many thanks to all those who helped out especially to Tony Hannon, Wen Jia Liu and Brendan Leo for all the visuals, Anirban Ghose for the lighting and stage set up, the wonderfully fabulous MCs for the evening; Jason Nguyen and Arun Krishnan, the Music Support Group, all the families who came along to support the boys and of course the musicians who played with such energy and style.

The evening kicked off with a grand rendition of the 20th Century Fox opening followed by the Senior Concert Band performing music to Fantasia and Mission Impossible.

An impressive boxing dual by Max Jones and Harry Heo introduced the Guitar Ensemble playing the theme to Rocky followed by The Simpsons.

The Junior Percussion Ensemble added a lovely touch with their matching T-shirts of the ‘Evolution of the Drummer’ and performed to The Lion King followed by the Training Strings and Concert Band playing the theme to Star Wars and well known hit 'I’m a Believer' from Shrek.

The Senior Strings dazzled the audience with their sweet and lyrical performance followed by the Symphony Orchestra concluding the first half of the evening with Bugs Bunny’s Barber of Seville and The Ant Bully.

Intermediate Concert Band opened the second half with their exciting performance of Pirates of the Caribbean followed by the groovy Senior Percussion Ensemble and Philharmonic Orchestra playing to Superfly and Lord of the Rings respectively.

The Chamber Choir sung 'In Dreams' from Lord of the Rings before bringing down the house with Queen’s medley where the sopranos high Bb in 'Bohemian Rhapsody' wowed the audience.

Senior Stage band stunningly performed the theme to Shaft followed by the Senior Concert Band making another appearance performing Raiders of the Lost Ark. The magnificent finale was a culmination of all the ensembles featuring the year 7 cohort performing 'All Star' from Shrek which concluded the fun-filled evening.

Congratulations to the following families on winning the movie prizes at the concert: Fletcher, Costa and Chiam family.

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High Tide

Sydney Boys High School Sailing

Sydney Boys High Sailing squad have, for the second year running, been invited to assist the Woollahra Sailing club in hosing the International Sailing Regatta. A number of our students will get the chance to meet and assist Olympic sailors from all over the world. The International Regatta will run from the 6-9th December 2008.

Sailing Rule of the Week: Rule 14
A boat shall avoid contact with another boat if reasonably possible. However, a right-of -way boat or one entitled to room
(a) need not act to avoid contact until it is clear that the other boat is not keeping clear or giving room.
(b) shall not be penalized under this rule unless there is contact that causes damage or injury.

SBHS Squad member Profile:

Name: Adam Richards
Year: 11
Preferred school sailing boat: Pacer (due to the speed that teamwork can create.)

When did you start sailing: At the end of Year 7, from an interest in boating and a disinterest in rowing

What are some of your goals in sailing? To build our school team up to state-level sailing.

What has been your best sailing experience? The amazing improvement of our junior sailors over the last few weeks has been great to watch and be part of.
Mrs Collignon
MIC Sailing 

(Last edition apologises - Marcus James is a Year 7 student not a Year 8 student.)

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2009 Art Exhibition

Featuring HSC works, films, design, art, music

Great Hall
Tuesday, 9 December 2008
From 6pm

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The annual Art Exhibition is run in conjunction with the P&C. Food and drinks are provided. All Art, Music, Design and Film students are especially invited. Without their fantastic work there would be no show.

Art students are invited to offer their work for sale as an opportunity to experience the artist and agent world. They will need to organise this with their art teacher.

The Art teachers really hope to see our students and families on the night be it for a brief or longer visit.

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The Student Awards Scheme

Award Claims – 2008

  • You must complete a Claim Form as usual.
  • Most categories have been recorded electronically and can be verified by Mr Beringer (from 7:15 am daily) or Mr Dowdell (from 6:30 am daily).
  • Completed claim forms must be lodged by the following dates:
    • Year 7: CLOSED
    • Year 8: Friday 12 December
    • Year 9: Friday 12 December
    • Year 10: Friday 5 December
    • Year 11: CLOSED
  • Remember, if you do not qualify for an award this year but have at least FIVE categories you should register these and accumulate for next year. Back-tracking is no longer permitted.
  • Unfortunately, late claims cannot be accepted

J Beringer
Deputy Principal 

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Sydney Boys High Cricket


It has been a busy 2 weeks with the completion of the GPS competitions and the lead up to the Brisbane Tour, the Barberis Cup Challenge, and the departure of our 1st XI for the 5 Highs Carnival, and now we plan for the matches against Mount Albert (NZ) and the Cheltenham College (UK) Tours next week.

Full Match Reports will be posted on the Cricket Website this weekend (6 and 7 Dec) the delay due to the many changes in teams and acting captains. Please take the time to check the reports as they give you the players’ perspective of their matches.

Some items we need your assistance with:

The kits from the 2nd, 3rd and 4th XIs are OVERDUE for return Plus Team Kits from the 16A, 16B, 15A, 15C, 14A and 14C Teams. Please ensure that these kits are delivered to school during school hours or left in the Gymnasium foyer for pick-up the next morning. Remember to include the used match balls, boundary markers and all batting gloves.

This is a great cricketing day when everyone gets to participate in the match where teams of eight (8) players all bowl one over, as the other tries to frantically score runs and then the positions are reversed. Each Match lasts approx 1 hour and 15 minutes

And you proceed to the next ground and opponent. A barbecue supported by drinks will operate on the day as a section fund-raiser. or team nominations and full details check the Cricket Website after 7-0pm Sat 6th Dec.

Two representative teams will be selected to compete against the visitors and posted on the Cricket Website on Friday evening 5 Dec after 8-30 pm. Confirmation of your availability will be required by email returns. Players selected will be entitled to purchase 2008 Representative Shirts. All additional Information will be via the Website and Daily News Sheet.

A combined Senior XI will be selected to play in this fixture against a regular visiting College team who always like to have Sydney Boys High on their itinerary. The senior coaches will make these final selections for this match and the teams will be announced on Monday 15 Dec and appear on the Cricket Website.

Officially at sport on Wednesday 3 DEC the 3rd XI put a challenge in front of the 2nd XI captain for a “winner takes all” (including their spots in the 2nd XI!!!). The challenge has not yet been taken up by the 2nds. Watch the Website for developments.

Around The Grounds

1st XI GAINED SOME GROUND BACK KINGS 4/345 (decl.) -defeated- HIGH 10/87 and 10/167
2nd XI POOR SHOT SELECTIONS HIGH 10/76 Kings 3 /226 decl -defeated - HIGH 10/76 and 10/115
3rd XI No match report submitted
4th XI PITCH The VICTOR Match abandoned due to pitch condition and rain.
5th XI EASY DAY AT THE OFFICE HIGH -defeated - KINGS (forfeited)

16A HAVE HAD BETTER DAYS KINGS 5/132 (15) -defeated- HIGH 3/130 (20)
Due to rain during the week the match was played on a synthetic wicket in place of the previous week’s turf wicket with King’s making the decision to play a 20/20 match. High batted first due to the non arrival of the coach and several players and with the help of two Year 8 cricketers, finally fielded 10 players. We got off to a poor start due to the assistance of the officiating umpire with a pair of LBWs and from there the score gradually improved by a series of partnerships with Henry SIT 78n.o.(60 balls), Shuman HOQUE 23 (16) and Shimon DANZIGER 14 (8) the main run scorers.

16B SHORE 8/103 (17) -defeated- HIGH 8/54 (19)
Short of players Shore offered 2 substitutes to give us 8 in the field and then proceeded to take advantage of our shortage of fielders. However we regularly got wickets and they finished with 103 from 17 overs. We then batted with Vivian LE batting twice for (6) and (12), Lee MING also batted twice for (4) and (4n.o.) as we scratched together a total of 54 runs off our 25 overs

15A, 15B and 15C
No Match Reports submitted

14A 1st INNINGS LOSS on DAY 1. KINGS 3-120 (16) -defeated- HIGH 5-111 (25)
After a loss on Day 1 of this fixture, a shortened Day 1 match was played on Day 2 due to wet weather and pitch condition. High got off to a good start against the opening bowlers but with the introduction of spin saw the run rate slow due to consistent bowling by King’s. Run scorers were Owen DUFFY (50 ret.), Alexander HUGHES (32) and Lahiru KATUPITIYA (8). Our wkt takers were Lahiru KATUPITIYA !/15. Ahdil ANSAREEN 1/6 and Dhruv GUPTAA 1/22.

14B ANOTHER VICTORY HIGH 6/154 -defeated- GRAMMAR 10/102
Grammar won the toss and batted first and with High bowling tightly backed up by great fielding including 2 great run-outs saw them struggle to be all out for 102. Wicket takers were Agnish NAYAK 3/19 (5), Thilan SUBASINGHE 2/15(5) and Anirudh RAMESH 1/20(5). High then batted and produced our highest team score for the Term with Anirudh RAMESH (42), Michael LIU (28) and Thilan SUBASINGHE (19) the main run scorers.

14C CLOSE AGAIN, BUT? GRAMMAR 10-115 -defeated HIGH 10-103
Grammar batted first and our bowling was great with everyone trying to minimize their score. The fielding was good with great stops and throws in the field and a spectacular run-out by Vincent CHEN and stumping by keeper Shuman QUAZI. High batted and all tried hard but we failed by 12 runs in the end when we lost our last wicket. Run scorers were Abhi DUTTA ( 21), Jeremy YAO (14) and Vincent CHEN (12). Our wicket takers were Victor HO 2/10 (5), Jeremy YAO 2/16 (5) and Vincent CHEN 1/20 (5).
Laurie Heil
MIC Cricket

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Basketball: Shooting Hoops

High VS Grammar

High vs Grammar 2008 Term 1 (Last time)

1st WIN 98-78 S.LLEWELLYN 41
2nd WIN 87-49 P DU, K IYER 19
3rd WIN 47-28 A YANG 16
4th WIN 29-15 M YIU 10
5th LOSS 15-41 S KE 8
6th WIN 23-19 A TSIAILIS 8
7th WIN 24-19 H GU 8
8th WIN 56-18 B LUNG 10
16B DRAW 25-25 V VO 8
16C WIN    
16D WIN    
16E LOSS 26-23 H LU, R MA 6
14E LOSS 16-55 A CHAN 8

High vs Grammar 2008 Term 4 (This time)

2nd WIN 63-36 E NAAR 20
3rd WIN 56-30 C NGUYEN 12
4th WIN 59-14 B YANG (MVP)
6th WIN 26-8 I LU 14
7th WIN 51-13 S KE 10
16B WIN 25-21 A LI 7
16E WIN 30-15 D NGUYEN 13
15D LOSS 18-44 T CHIM 12
15E WIN 41-21 L FANG 17
15F WIN 40-16 J LO, A CHAN 8
14B WIN 27-18 K HO 6
14C WIN 19-12 B HE 6

1st Grade had the biggest win in the school’s basketball history!!!
Congratulations to 1st grade and all those who supported them!!!

1st Grade Stats!

S. Higgins 12/24 8/14 0/2 32 3 10
S. Llewellyn 18/37 10/23 0/0 46 3 1
J. Chow 2/3 2/3 0/2 6 2 1
S. Yoon 0/2 0/0 0/2 0 2 7
L. Gordon 1/3 0/1 0/0 2 2 0
  0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0
C. Jurlina 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0
J. Sutton 3/8 2/4 1/2 9 1 3
M. Jones 4/9 0/1 1/2 9 6 6
J. Meaney 2/8 0/0 1/1 5 3 3

By Chris Chiam

2nd Grade Success!

While 1st Grade had a massive win on Saturday, we must not forget that this season 2nd Grade has been extremely consistent and also had a huge win! They are now 2nd place on GPS 2nd Grade table! It is an outstanding feat which would never have been possible without Mr Hayman as well as the support of parents and students. The following is the GPS 2nd Grade Table:

GPS 2ND GRADE Played Won Lost For Against Diff Points
St. Ignatius’ 7 7 0 401 266 +135 14
HIGH! 7 5 2 362 305 +57 12
Kings 7 5 2 332 305 +27 12
Shore 7 4 3 315 295 +20 11
St. Joseph’s 7 3 4 336 342 -6 10
Newington 7 2 5 270 272 -2 9
Scots 7 2 5 241 328 -87 9
Grammar 7 0 7 237 381 -144 7

Hayman Cup
The winner of the Hayman Cup will be announced along with the mystery prize next week so stay tuned. Remember to either check out the website next Thursday night or High Notes on Friday. Good Luck!
By David Li Wang

~ Go High Basketball!
~Play Hard, Play Smart and Play Together!
~ Brought to you by the editors, David Li Wang and Chris Chiam
~Thank you to Mr Hayman for all his contributions to basketball and information 

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The Family Regatta 2008

The Sydney High Rowing Committee cordially invites all Sydney High students, parents teachers and supporters to the

Family Regatta
Saturday 6 December
10.00am at the Outterside Centre
Teviot Ave, Abbotsford

Free Harbour Cruises (self propelled)

Come Along and meet ‘The Crew’