From the Principal
Kushaal Vyas (Year 11) won both the local and regional rounds of the
Lions Club Youth of the Year Quest. We congratulate him and wish him all the best at the next
stage of the competition.
Alan Skinner was an inspirational guest speaker at the 2012 rowing
assembly. As a Head of the River winner from the last successful High crew, he had the respect of
and engagement from the boys from the moment he began to speak. He compared racing in a crew to
the ‘race of life’ experience. He stressed the need for three attributes for success.
Application – successful crews and people have to do the preparatory work over months or
years before they are ready to compete. Discipline – to become a winner you must control
yourself first, in rowing or in life, and stick to your routines over a long time period. Extreme
effort – to accomplish a seemingly impossible physical feat you need to have the capacity
to block out pain and focus on the next stroke. Alan exhorted the boys to race the boat next to
them and to do whatever was necessary to beat them. My addressed to the assembly is reprinted
"Special guest, Alan Skinner (SHS 1959), Head of the River crews, coaches, parents, teachers,
students; welcome to our 2012 rowing assembly to introduce and honour those crews who will
compete for us at the Head of the River on Saturday.
"There is such a lot of work by so many people to bring the boys in the rowing program to their
peak levels of performance. Our Rowing MIC, Julie Blomberg, has again demonstrated great
administrative skills and considerable soft skills when managing relationships in the rowing
community at High. I thank her for her dedication to the role and her wonderful commitment to the
boys and their sport.
"I want to thank Adrian Henning for his work in preparing the fleet, oars and chase boats,
straightening out the maintenance routines at the sheds and coaching the first VIII this year. I
extend special thanks to Michael Morgan, the legendary GPS coach who has been an inspirational
coaching advisor this term. Thank you to Mitch Estens who has brought along the second VIII very
impressively. Thank you to Shahar Merom for his coordination of the Year 10 VIIIs and to Gareth
Deacon and Adrian Webster who worked well with him. Well done to Thomas Parker for his guidance
of the first and second Year 9 quads and to Terence Alfred and Lucas McBeath for their
assistance. Our Junior Coordinator, Alexandra Wallace, has brought professionalism and
communication skills to the junior program. She has been assisted by a great team of recent Old
Boys: Ryan Caetano, Tim Gollan, Pravin Radakrishnan, Alan Low, Hayden Schilling, Isaac Eveleigh,
Bach Trang and Koren Fang.
"It is great that the Taree Camp in January has become a fixture on our training calendar. As
usual, the Rowing program owes a great deal to the efforts of the Rowing Committee, in particular
Craig Phillis as President. Kim Jones, Nada Andrews, Rick Wilcox, Helen Montanaro and Sachi
Purcal, have given much of their time to help the rowing program – thank you all. Geoff
Andrews, as both Rowing Committee member and Foundation Chairman, has devoted many hours of his
time again this season.
"This year we have tried to up the level of professionalism and discipline in the rowing program.
There are more rowers joining the sport and our challenge is to hold them all through their final
years at school. To sustain our more structured and professional model for coaching, management
and maintenance we will need ongoing support from parents and Old Boys. Most importantly, we will
need to build our intensity on and off the water so that we can start emulating the numbers
coming from other rowing programs that we want to compete with.
"The first goal for the first VIII at the Head of the River this Saturday is to better
High’s 13-year average of 6:23.4. The second goal is to beat 6:20. If you followed Ron
Barassi’s AFL dictum of the 6000 second game plan, you would make 220 strokes at 35 per
minute or 5 sets of 11 strokes repeated 4 times. Each iteration of the plan breaks the task down
into moments for focussed action – the next stroke. The third tier goal is to go for the
margin of excellence, set at 5% longer than the winner’s time. On average this would be
6:14.5. High crews achieved this goal in 1999 and 2005. For the 2nd VIII, it would be a fine
effort to row faster than the winner’s time + 7.8%. The first Year 10 VIII needs to beat +
8.2% and the second Year 10 VIII, 10.7%.The school has only boated a third Year 10 VIII twice
before, so + 7.8% is the target. What we need from you all is to focus and suffer pain beyond
your accustomed threshold.
"The great Olympian, Edwin Flack, won gold medals in the 800 and 1500 metres at Athens in 1896.
He had nothing to prove and had not run more than ten miles before, but he entered the marathon
– from Marathon to Athens. He recalled that “it was very disappointing to give in
after twenty three miles and with just three miles to go. However, I was awfully done up and
could not have run another 100 yards to save my life. As it was I should have fallen from
exhaustion if some of the bystanders had not caught me...” On Saturday we want you all to
see yourselves as Edwin Flack’s neophytes and give everything you have for your place in
our rowing history. Row together right to the end and do so with the greatest intensity that you
can muster, oblivious to your suffering. If you do it as a crew, you will assuredly reach one or
more of your goals.
"Congratulations to all crews selected to represent High. Good luck tomorrow! "
Head of the River
Despite the flooded venue and restricted facilities for
spectators, the weather was perfect for the Head of the River regatta last Saturday. The times
were fast and the crews in later races enjoyed a gentle following breeze over their port side. It
was a pleasure to see us boat a third Year 10 VIII this year. I hope all the Year 10 crews stay
on to help us participate in IVs again. Every crew tried hard but the standard was high. The
Shore crew rowed the fastest time since 2004 to win the 1st VIII. Our boys rowed their fastest
time of the season at 6.16.04. At 7.9% from the winner’s time it was an improvement on
2011. The second Year 10 VIII was next best at +11.5%. The first Year 10 VIII and the 2nd VIII
both rowed to winner’s time +11.6%. The 3rd Year 10 VIII was +13.4%. It is an impressive
sight to witness High boys competing at such a high quality regatta. I hope we can compete in IVs
as well in 2013.
Dr K A Jaggar
Die Deutsche Frage – Teil 2
Teil 1 war : Blut wo??
Teil 2: Ein Mädchen, zwei Stiefschwestern, ein paar
Frau St Leon
Year 10 Community Service Project
Using funds raised by Year 10 students from Sydney Boys High School a school band was set up at
Kahawa Rathanasara Maha Vidyalaya [a tsunami damaged school in Sri Lanka], with the approval of
the Principals of both schools. Funds were provided for musical instruments, uniforms and an
ongoing salary for a Performing Arts Teacher
It is important that parents and students have access to the latest careers news and information.
The Careers News section of the Student Portal and of the Parents Portal is updated daily with
this latest information.
Visit the Careers News section to read the latest information about:
- Guest speakers
- Bonus point schemes
- Overseas education opportunities
- University admission
- University information days
- University-school enrichment programs
- Work Placement information
And much more.
Log into the Student or Parent Portal by clicking the Intranet Login link on the Sydney Boys High
School website. Please see the Careers Adviser if you have any further questions.
Academic Merit Lists - Semester 2 2011
Congratulations to the following boys whose excellent academic achievements in Semester 2 2011
Year 12 Academic Merit
Kit Man CHENG
Kevin Z LIN
Wen Jia LIU
Year 11 Academic Merit
Zafar MOHAMED RIZVI
Year 10 Academic Merit
Year 9 Academic Merit
Wei Li ZHUANG
Year 8 Academic Merit
Chen Yu WANG
Ki On Alex WONG
Year 7 Academic Merit
Kevin Jia LIANG
James Thuy NGUYEN
Hoang Khiem PHAM
Julian Peng Hanh TU
From the Canteen
Forks are provided free of charge with meal purchases from the canteen. If you require a fork
only, there is a cost of 5c.
$10 canteen voucher winners…
We know how busy life can be for today’s
parents, which is why we’d especially like to thank our volunteers for their contribution
to the smooth running of the canteen. Volunteer help is vital to ensure healthy food for our boys
and an ongoing income stream to the P&C for allocation to worthy school projects. We’d
like to say thank you by rewarding a volunteer with a $10.00 Thank You Voucher once a
month for their son to spend in the canteen. When you attend on your rostered day, don’t
forget to sign the duty book and you will be included in the draw for the voucher.
This month we have two winners, The Winners are…..
Lin Jin for her son Tiger
and Jenny Dong for her son Frank.
Thanks to our volunteers last week.
MONDAY: Rebecca Tsai, Pam Jepson, Joana Malolo, Annie Long, Yoshie Kita-Leong, Shilpa
TUESDAY: Annette Ng, Pauline Chan, Todd May
WEDNESDAY: Cindy Tseu, Jude Love, Sandra Vuong, Jean Li
THURSDAY: Rita Wu, Ming Lee, Ha Tran, Kamala Selvakkumar
FRIDAY: Frances Salmon, Soogie Sim, Nina Lui, Susan Rynsaardt
We are already into Week four of the Debating Year and everything is moving at a fast pace and
everyone is well into the swing of things. You should be now receiving invoices for your
co-payments. Please make sure you pay them as quickly as possible please. This money is used to
fund the coaching programme and this year we have made coaching classes as small as possible with
about 10 students in each group – much lower than last year. We have managed to do this
whilst having an increase in students of 70 from last year and so we obviously need the
co-payments to help fund this. In addition the co-payments are used to pay our entry fees to
competitions and to help pay for one-off opportunities for students over and above the usual
Coaching is going really well and we have the added benefit of Head Coach, Sriram, who has helped
coordinate a debating program with forward planning for the year and across Year groups. I am
very grateful to the 18 coaches we have at High who are extremely experienced debaters and who
are working really hard to get the best results we can this year.
I am pleased with the number of students and parents who have signed up for debating, but am
regularly surprised by how many debating families still don’t know about the email system
we have to keep in touch about weekly events. Please make sure one person in your family sends me
an email with the name and Year group of the student who debates so I can add you to the contact
list. This way you will be kept up to date with key information and be able to take part in any
events that occur throughout the year.
Debating Prefect’s Report
Our promising start to the season continued with more great results in round 2 of the Eastside
and FED competitions, against Reddam and Joeys respectively. With the topic area of social
policy, our Years 7 and 8 teams both continued their strong start to the season by beating
Reddam, though unfortunately our Years 9 and 10 teams lost in close decisions. Our Years 11 and
12 teams both managed to win on the topic that "Australia should introduce compulsory 12 month
paid parental leave" and so both remain undefeated thus far. However the standout of the week
would have to be our FED teams. Given the strangest list of topics I've ever seen for "current
affairs" (evidently set by someone who reads only half the newspaper, starting from the back),
all our teams manage to win against Joeys debating a range of sport based topics. Great results
Debating Club meets every Friday lunchtime. The Debating Cub has had a good many members who join
but only 2 or 3 students attend regularly at the moment. This is a real shame since this is
really vital to you if you are serious about doing Debating. The Debating Prefect, Christopher
Chiam, Ms Powell and I all highly encourage you to join to improve your skills. The club is only
open to Years 7 and 8 so it is for you if you wish to be better than your peers in Debating.
Christopher personally coaches those who turn up and he has more Senior volunteers who are
willing to help out by giving us the benefit of their knowledge and experience. There are many
benefits if you join so please talk to Ms Powell, Christopher or me if you are interested and
want to join or to get more details. Hope to see you in the Club!
Arthur Chao 8R
More information can be found at www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating and will be emailed to
you on a weekly basis.
Please CHECK YOUR EMAIL regularly and ensure we have current contact details for both students
PARENTS: If you are not receiving weekly emails about debating please email us at
and ask to be added to the parent
group for your child’s year.
Thank you to all the parents and students who came along and parked cars last Saturday after the
Head of the River. Your enormous effort and time helped raise much needed funds for the Music
Music Performance Program
Students in the Music Performance Program: ALL Music Ensembles are now up and running,
please ensure that you are attending the appropriate Ensembles as 80% attendance to
rehearsals is required for Award Scheme points.
The 2012 ensemble rehearsal timetable is provided below:
7.45am unless stated otherwise
Junior Stage Band
Senior String Ensemble
Senior Stage Band
Intermediate Stage Band
Senior Concert Band
Room 201 8:45am
Training Concert Band
Terms 2, 3, 4
TERM 1 & 4
Start @ 3.30pm
TERM 1 & 4
3.30 - 4.30pm
The Marching Band will be playing in the Sydney City March on ANZAC Day in 2012.
Anzac Day Marching Band Holiday Rehearsals
Marching Band holiday rehearsal will held in the 2nd week of the holidays on Thursday 19th April
2012 from 10am-1pm with a break in between. ALL students in the Intermediate and Senior
Concert Band are required to attend, please let the Music Staff know if there are any
Annual Music Camp
The Annual Music Camp will be held at The Tops Conference Centre, Stanwell Tops this year from
Monday-Wednesday (28th - 30th May 2012). We invite ALL students in the Music Performance Program
to attend the 3-day camp. Music Staff and instrumental tutors will rehearse new repertoire that
will be performed at the Camp Concert upon return to school Wednesday afternoon. Please collect a
note from the Music Staff if you have not yet received one and make payments to the Main Office.
This was a formal school occasion where the Captain of Boats, Andreas Purcal introduced the 2012
AAGPS Head of the River crews to the assembly. Andreas also outlined the season preparation for
the prestigious regatta, and rallied the rowers with a heartfelt warcry. The assembly welcomed
guest speaker, Alan Skinner (1959) who spoke of the similar dedication and extreme effort needed
to gain outstanding results in the HSC and the Head of the River.
Head of the River
Once again, a large crowd of High students, parents, Old Boys and supporters turned up to cheer
on the crews at the AAGPS Regatta on Saturday. Our First VIII were closer to the pack than in
previous years, and showed some improvement, but we still have a way to go before becoming
competitive. Congratulations to every boy who rowed for High, and I hope the experience becomes a
School 1st VIII
School 2nd VIII
Year 10 1st VIII
Year 10 2nd VIII
Year 10 3rd VIII
Head of the River Post Party/Presentation
Back at the sheds after HOR, the rowers, coaches, parents and supporters enjoyed the camaraderie
at the sheds with the traditional after party, presentation, and the cutting of the cake.
Trophies were awarded to –
- Ken Robinson Trophy for top oarsman of 2011 – still to be decided
- Alan Grover Trophy for best performing coxswain of the season – Daniel Tam
- Merv Wood Cup awarded to the rower with the most potential to row at an elite level –
Gianmarco De Nigris
- High Senior Crew Shield - awarded to the most impressive performance by a senior crew during
the season – School 1st VIII - Nelson Tang, Steve Comninos, Andreas Purcal,
Gianmarco De Nigris, David Andrews, Tim Montanaro, Max Jones, Ben Wilcox (stroke), Daniel Tam
- High Junior Crew Cup - awarded to the most impressive performance by a Junior crew - Y8
2nd quad - Jason Qiu, Ed Belokopytov, Wesley Chen, Kevin Fan, and Dan Xu (c).
- CWP Barris Shield awarded to the ultimate clubman of the season – Tim Montanaro
NSW Combined High Schools Championship Regatta
Unfortunately this regatta has been cancelled due to the Nepean River conditions caused by the
recent flooding. A team of 60 rowers was to represent Sydney High in this regatta on the weekend.
Clean Up Working Bee
Saturday 17th March 2012
As CHS has been cancelled, we are having our ‘clean up the sheds’ a week early.
On Saturday, all Year 8 and Year 9 rowers will be rowing with SGHS at Hen & Chicken Bay, and
need to be at the sheds by 8am.
All Year 10 and senior rowers may have a row, followed by a clean out of the boatshed, the
weights room and the dormitory. The committee is asking parents to help clean throughout all
areas of the sheds from 8am – the upstairs rooms, the kitchen, the dining room, the
storerooms and the barbecue area. There will be area leaders and all cleaning products, buckets,
cloths etc will be supplied. Many hands make light work, and it is enjoyable cleaning with
others, so please come along with your son to help.
Annual Cross Country Carnival
1.15 - 3.00 pm
Tuesday 20th March, 2012
Bat & Ball, Mount Steele
Ms Dam, Mr Kesting
Parents: Your son will be dismissed earlier than usual on Tuesday 20th March, 2012
1.25 pm 17+ & OPENS 3 km 3 Loops
1.40 pm 16 years 3 km 3 Loops
1.55 pm 15 years 3 km 3 Loops
2.10 pm 14 years 2 km 2 Loops
2.20 pm 13 years 2 km 2 Loops
2.30 pm 12 years 2 km 2 Loops
After the Athletics Carnival, students are to walk back to school. Students are to cross the road
at lights only.
A BBQ lunch will be available for students to purchase prior to commencement of the Cross Country
Carnival. It will be held outside the Gym.
Stay in school grounds, and then move over to the venue when the bell rings.
When your race is called go to the starting area whether you are running or not.
Non runners will stay in the starting area until directed to move by the Marshals At the finish
you will be given a place ticket.
If you are in the first 15 places you go to the first 15 table to have your position recorded,
and then proceed to your House Roll Table.
All runners to proceed with finish ticket to your House Roll Table.
Tell the teacher your name, roll class and finishing position
After the race you will be dismissed by a teacher.
NON RUNNERS will have their attendance recorded at a separate table.
You must run in shoes.
Stay on the course and follow directions from course marshals.
Spectators must stay within 20m of Cleveland St and are not permitted on the course.
Winning house determined by the lowest total of the first ten runners to finish.
To qualify for the Award scheme you must compete & finish.
Top ten runners will comprise the provisional school team to compete at the zone.
Only the first 15 places will be timed. Cross Country Champions will be selected from this
Any MIC ruling is final.
The School Cross Country is the first qualifying event within the CHS Competition.
The first 10 runners for each age division will make up the school team for the Eastern Suburbs
The first 10 runners at the Zone Carnival will compete at the Sydney East Regional Carnival and
the first 10 runners from Regional Carnival go on to the NSW All Schools Carnival.
You are also invited to trial for the Sydney High GPS Cross Country Team. GPS Cross Country is a
Winter Sport with three age divisions (U14, U16, Opens) who compete on Saturday mornings. The
season spans across terms 2 and 3 and involves 13 Saturday morning carnivals. All are welcome to
In the Swim
This is based on best times and the best 2/3 performances are selected at a GPS Meeting. So if
you are placing 1/2/3rd you could/should be selected. GPS PERFORMANCE NOT GREAT BUT INDIVIDUAL
PERFORMANCE IS FANTASTIC
As High is not really in contention for a good GPS Team result, swimmers need to concentrate on
individual performances where High’s swimmers are succeeding. (See highlighted GPS placings
on R Drive/sport/swimming/GPS results) The GPS Pointscore has just come in. Juniors - High is in
6th place. Intermediate – High is in 4th place (Wow!!) within 3 points of Newington!
Seniors - High is in 8th place
Best of the Best
Kevin Guo – 13 – Breaststroke all distances
Kazuo Nakamura – 14 – 50 Fly, 50 Free
Kyne Kim – 14 – 50 Breast
Leonard Ma – 15 – 50 Free, 50 Breast
Michael Sawang – 15 – 50 Back
ALL HIGHLIGHTED SWIMMERS (GPS RESULTS - R DRIVE) HAVE PLACED AND ARE IN CONTENTION
R DRIVE – PARENTS & SWIMMERS NOTE
- New item in the R Drive – 2 new files with CIS chances highlighted. Please look and see
what strokes you have a chance to qualify for a Combined Independent Schools Swim
- Swimmers and Parents – have a look at who your closest opponents are in each swim. Keep
your eye on your closest opponents when you compete. Use the GPS result sheets to tell you this.
They are in the R drive. Doing this homework will pay off.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WHOLE SQUAD ON GREAT SWIMS NOT MENTIONED HERE –
FOCUS ON WHAT YOU NEED TO QUALIFY IN FOR CIS (for your final Carnival)
TIMES CUT AND PASTE TO YOUR INDIVIDUAL RESULT SHEET - R DRIVE - U DO
(Swimmers have been enabled by network managers) ALL SWIMMERS DO THIS!!! Too time consuming for
Massaging your results to tell you how the squad is performing is very time consuming and Mrs
Crothers is very grateful to Darren Huang – Year 7, Daniel Hu - Year 7 and Hubert Suen -
Year 12 who are making up lists and assisting. She is looking forward to James Chee putting
Carnival results into High Notes.
Swimmers will find an individual Excel result sheet for each swimmer to fill in on the R Drive.
After each Carnival put in your events then add a row if you swim this event again. Use”
highlight” to indicate 1/2/3 placings please.
GPS sports competition is very demanding on people and resources. At High we have ongoing needs
for facilities development, equipment and development through expert coaching. If you would like
to help through a tax deductible donation for a particular sport, the appropriate form can be
posted to you by calling 9361 6910. Alternatively, you can go to our website www.sydneyboyshigh.com click on Sport /Sports Donations to
download either Development Donation Form or Equipment and Facility Donation Form.
The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
If you would like to have any parent community news or upcoming events included in High Society,
please contact Ian Sweeting P&C President
Big Night Out 2012
5.00pm Sunday 1st April
Great Hall and Courtyard
Don’t delay- organise to pick up your tickets NOW from the General Office
$20 per head or $25 at the door
Choice of three courses from the following:
Chinese BBQ and Wok
SENSATIONAL ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP
Raffle with great prizes
Heads & Tails (great prizes)
BYO or we will have soft drinks, beer & wine available for purchase on the night
Upcoming Parking Events
Saturday 17 March 7:40pm – Waratahs v Western Force (Rugby)
Sunday 18 March 2:00pm – Roosters v NZ Warriors (School)
Saturday 24 March 3:35pm – Waratahs v Sharks (Debating)
Sunday 25 March 4:00pm – Sydney FC v Newcastle Jets (Rowing)
Upcoming Meetings & Events
P & C General Meeting: Staff Common Room – 7:00pm, Wednesday 21
Cricket Presentation: Great Hall – 6:30pm, Wednesday 21 March.
SBHS Big Night Out: Great Hall and Courtyard – 5:00pm, Sunday 1 April.
Big Night Out 2012
Sydney Boys High School P&C presents
Big Night Out
Sunday 1 April 2012
Com join in this annual school family event. Stalls will be serving a variety of multicultural
food while you enjoy entertainment in and around the Great Hall and Courtyard... bring your whole
family for a relaxed night of food and fun.
Tickets: presale at General Office $20 or $25 on the night
Includes: 3 courses and entertainment
BYO, or purchase at the soft drink stall or Bar
SBHS Cricket Dinner 2012
6.00pm, Wednesday 21st March
SBHS Great Hall
All coaches, players and parents are invited to the annual SBHS Cricket Dinner to celebrate the
2011-2012 cricket season - a particular welcome to incoming Year 7 players and parents.
Boys are to wear school uniform to the dinner. Soft drinks will be provided. Please detach the
form [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] and hand it in with payment at
the Main Office before 16th March 2012. Tickets are limited. Cost is $30.00 per head.
Players please take responsibility for coaches’ thank you gifts on a team-by-team basis
- Captains, please organize !
Cricket Dinner 21 March 2012 [RSVP form is available
in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes]
Sydney High Annual Basketball Dinner 2012
Celebrate another fantastic year of basketball at High by organising your team to attend the 8th
Annual Basketball Dinner and finish the year in winning style!!!
Every team will receive trophies for the Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player. 1 minute
speeches will be made by staff members about their age groups and players will be able to show
their thanks to them as well! (Buy your coach a present) There will be a big screen projection
of the Annual Highlight video presentation! Be there to win things like: A signed basketball
by NBL Rookie of the Year Anatoly Bose, IPOD Portable Speaker System and a giant Jellybean jar!
When: Friday, 30/3/12, 6:00pm. End of Night 9:30pm.
Where: Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School
Who: Players, parents, friends, supporters and coaches of all teams!
1) Because the friendships made through SBHS basketball last a lifetime
2) Because the program has improved significantly again this season and requires your support for
this to continue.
STUDENTS TO ATTEND IN SCHOOL UNIFORM
All drinks will be provided on the night. Alcohol is BYO. Advise when booking if a vegetarian
meal is required.
210 seats only = Limited seats- PAY AT THE OFFICE TODAY! Especially if you won an award make sure
you pay ASAP.
NB: Proceeds from ticket sales etc go into the basketball program to help improve future
basketball experiences for our students.
Please return the slip [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] with $35/per
person to the front office by Thurs 22nd MARCH 2011.
Sydney High Basketball Dinner [RSVP form is available
in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes]