High Notes, Vol 10 No 6, March 06 2009

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From the Principal

High Talent
Great bowling from Razeen Ahmed (4-19) and Kerrod McPherson (4-25) skittled Newington for 81. An unbeaten century from Avindu Vithanage and 82 not out from Brian Kelly, saw High’s first XI finish the day with first innings points at 1-210. A great team effort!

Feedback from Speech Night

“Dear Dr. Jaggar,

You can be very proud of Sydney High. I was grateful for the chance to attend the 125th speech night. So many achievements. …Please express my thanks and admiration to the staff for their sterling work for public education.

Sincerely Michael Kirby”

Rugby Preseason
Training I received a training log summary from Mr Scrivener on February 24, indicating only 13 players in the 16s Division with passable to excellent training records. Of these good trainers, four needed sprint sessions to build up their pace and endurance. In Open Rugby we had five excellent trainers and three that needed more sprint work. Mr Scrivener, Mr Hannon and Mr Aldous have high expectations and the skills to back them up. You need to work on your bodies and your skills. Your confidence will grow as a result. Even when we add in the rowers and basketball players who are hard trainers in their sports, we do not have depth in our preparation. Three sessions per week is what we told you and what we meant. To field rugby teams worthy of the name of High, I am going to need to see a big lift in commitment and intensity over the months of March and April in the squad of rugby players who want to wear the brown and blue.

Acceleration and Subject Change Policy
All Year 10 students who wish to be considered for formal acceleration need to complete and submit an Individual Learning Plan. These proformas are located at R:\acceleration\Individual learning Plans. If you want to change an elective or amend your pattern of studies in Years 8-12, you will need to download a Personal Learning Plan. These proformas are located at R:Subject Change\Personal Learning Plan. Teachers are asked to direct students to the appropriate folders on R drive.

Canteen Awning – Sydney Boys High School Building Fund
Parents’ donations to the Sydney Boys High School Building Fund, through one off payments or monthly giving pledges, have financed the Canteen awning, a robust structure designed to protect boys from the weather when they line up for service at the Canteen. The awning was installed this week. This project, requested by the canteen Committee some time ago, has been made possible through the generosity of parents. I urge all parents to consider making a contribution to our tax deductible building fund to help finance new projects that will benefit cohorts of students to come. Past parents have had a great deal to do with the facilities the school currently enjoys. Make your contribution to the betterment of High. Our major goal is to build a Multi Purpose Centre for dramatic and oral performance, music and debating.

Building the Education Revolution
Sydney Boys High qualifies for funding under the “National Schools Pride” program. Projects funded under this program in round 1 will involve 60% of secondary schools. Projects need to be submitted by March 16, commenced in April-May and completed by December 20. Round 2 applications are due by May 8 for commencement in July and completion by February 1, 2010.

Indicative funding for a school of our size is $200,000. We have had three projects listed since December 2007. An electricity upgrade has been approved by DOC for installation by June 30. The Cutler Drive needs to be widened and resurfaced. The cracking in the main building needs to be stabilised. I am waiting on confirmation that our community does not have to resubmit our project priorities.

The SHS Foundation wants to proceed with the extension and refurbishment of the Great Hall kitchen. I believe this is a very worthwhile project that will help students but more particularly their parents, who have to work so hard to prepare and clean up at school functions held in the Great Hall. I need to consult with the school community before I can amend our school’s priorities. If you have an opinion on our projects, please inform your Year Group Coordinator, the P & C President, or me.
Dr K A Jaggar

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From History

Year 9 Gallipoli Project 2008
Trooper William Holdsworth Bates (No. 854) served in the 5th Light Horse Regiment, part of the 2nd Light Horse Brigade. He landed at Gallipoli Peninsula in May 1915, and died there in September of that year. Unfortunately, the sources on William Bates are minimal compared to many others. The sources that have been used are cited in bold, with a number that corresponds to that source in the Appendices. Using those things we do know, and cross referencing with our knowledge of what happened on certain days, it is possible to paint a picture of William Bates’ life and death. There are some things we know about William Bates before he enlisted for the Australian Imperial Force. He was born in 1888, to Joseph Bates and Jane Bates (née Stack). His mother died when he was six, and his father may have died around the same time, as the sources show that there were a number of Joseph Bates that died in the late 19th Century. His enlistment papers show no next of kin, but both the nominal roll of the ship that took him to Egypt, and his will, name William Kennedy (a neighbour and friend) as the next of kin. He was a man of below average height, with fair skin, grey eyes and brown hair. His age at enlistment was 26 years and 7 months old. He was a labourer when he enlisted, so he would not have been well paid. He was single and the sources suggest he did not have a fixed address. Because he had no family that he wanted to defend or to tell him to go to war, this caused me to ask:

I believe the reasons may have been three fold. Firstly, he would have gone for the adventure. Many of the men who enlisted did so because they wanted to travel overseas and see new lands, as well as to escape from routine life. Additionally, William Bates came from Ayr, a small community south of Townsville, north Queensland. He may not have ever seen a large city, let alone travelled overseas. The second possible reason that convinced William Bates to enlist was the money that the soldiers were being offered. The basic wage was only introduced in 1907, at the rate of 42 shillings per week. The government announced that the soldiers would also be paid 6 shillings a day (i.e. 42 shillings a week). However, the soldiers would also be given food, clothes and accommodation. As a labourer, Bates may have received the minimum wage, but would have had to pay for his own food, clothes, and possibly accommodation using this money. The final influence may have been the timeframe set by the government. They claimed that the war would be over by Christmas 1915. This meant that the war would only last eight months from the time Australians set foot on enemy soil. Along with the other two reasons, and the fact that he was single, this would have convinced William Holdsworth Bates to enlist for the Light Horse.

Having ascertained why William Bates enlisted for the army, I can now briefly, using all available sources, look at what happened to him afterwards. He enlisted in Townsville, on 27 December 1914 and was eventually allocated to the 4th Reinforcements of the 5th Light Horse Regiment, a regiment of Queenslanders. The original 5th Light Horse Regiment had already left Australia on 21st December 1914. He had to wait until 8 April 1915 to finally board the SS Star of England, and set sail for Egypt, where his training was due to take place. Initially, the Light Horse Regiments were not intended to fight at Gallipoli, where the horses were unsuited to the conditions. However, as reinforcements became needed, it was decided that the Light Horse soldiers would fight after all, but dismounted, without their horses. Usually, the trip from Australia to Egypt would have taken 5-6 weeks. However, 5-6 weeks after 8 April was around 19 May. This means that the 4th Reinforcements most likely had no training in Egypt, instead travelling straight to Gallipoli. For, on 22 May, William Bates was “Taken on Strength”. In other words, he joined the forces of the regiment at Gallipoli.

Having finally come to the front at Gallipoli, Bates fought for over a month in difficult conditions until 28 June. On this day, a fairly major battle took place at the Balkan Gun Pits, near Gaba Tepe. The 5th Light Horse was to assist in the attempted taking of this site (the Balkan Gun Pits). They were fighting outside their normal lines when the allied ships that were watching from near the coast, thinking that the soldiers were Turks, fired upon them. Until this point, the Anzacs had had the Turks under control, and were even pushing them back. However, the firing by the allied ships resulted in the direct wounding of the Anzacs, and indirectly led to the Anzacs having to retreat. During the course of the fighting, Bates’ arm was fractured. Four days later, Bates was admitted to the hospital ship Minnewaska at Lemnos. Travelling from Lemnos, an offshore island near Gallipoli Peninsula, he was taken to Cairo, in northern Egypt, where he was admitted to the Australian No 2 General Hospital (Gezireh), on the 5th July. At the end of the month, he was admitted to the Convalescent Hospital in Cairo, called “Mena House”. At the convalescent hospital, his arm continued to heal.

26 which states that he was transferred from Helouan back to the General Hospital on 30 July, before he had even arrived at Helouan. The other sources do not state this. Finally, William Bates was able to rejoin his unit at Anzac Cove. He came over from Cairo on 28 August on the ship Huntsend, and was soon fighting again. But on 2 September, Bates was shot, and died that evening. His friend, the author Ion Idriess, also of the 5th Light Horse, kept diaries for the whole war and in these he recounted Bates’ death:

'Poor Bates is shot. Poor old Bates. He came over with me only a few days ago in the Huntsend. He had been wounded during the big stunt on the 28th June. He was water-carrying this afternoon. The bullet smashed through the water-tins and pierced his stomach. I hope he will not die...

Evening - Poor Bates has died; only this morning I was joking with him.'

The next day, William Bates was buried at Shell Green Cemetery, where he still lies today. Only 16 weeks later, the Anzacs evacuated from Gallipoli, having achieved none of their goals, but instead the loss of approximately 8159 Australian and New Zealand troops.
Ashwin Rudder (9XHs)

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Anti Racist Contact Officer

A message From the Anti Racist Contact Officer
Welcome back to school to all staff and students. I would especially like to welcome all new students in Year 7 and their parents. This is just a reminder to all members of the Sydney High Community that racism has no place at this school and will not be tolerated.

If any member of the school family, in particular students, believes they have been discriminated against on the basis of their race or have been racially abused at school they should contact Steve Codey, the school’s Anti Racism Contact Officer in the Social Science staffroom on extension 122.

All correspondence is treated confidentially and immediate action will be taken to resolve the problem or concern.

This school takes pride in the fact that as a multicultural school we have had very few racial problems over the years between members of the school community. We encourage all students and parents, and particularly Year 7, to take advantage of the many extra curricular activities within the school to develop long lasting friendships with their peers.
Steve Codey ARCO
Social Science

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Speech Night Photos

Speech Night Photos are on the w:\ drive from studentphotoarchive folder. This drive is only accessible from school computers. We would like to track the number of people who make use of this service. Could you send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you download speech night photographs.

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SBHS Debating

Eastside Competition Round 2 Friday 5 March
Congratulations to all debaters last week for a fantastic start to the Eastside Competition! This week we are at Reddam. Teams, times and venue details have been emailed to students and parents. For any and all questions please ask your coaches or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Next week is our first Home debate as well as the start to the Friday Evening Debates (FED).

The topic area for this Eastside round is Social Policy. Good luck to all debaters!

Debating Supporters Group
It was fantastic to meet everyone in the DSG last Tuesday. The SBHS Debating Program relies on the effort and good-will of parents to ensure our school’s debating success. To this end it was brilliant to have such a large turnout for our first meeting and especially to have such support from parents of our junior debaters. Your continued involvement with the debating program is vital for our boys and in turn I encourage all parents to join us for our next meeting and to assist with our parking activities and supper organisation for home debates. Details of upcoming meetings will be emailed to parents

If you are interested in assisting with the parking program at the upcoming Roosters v Rabbitohs game at the SFS (Sunday 15 March, 3pm) please contact Harleen Kaur via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it Your efforts are greatly appreciated.

More information can be found at www.sydneyhigh.org/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 and parents.

PARENTS: If you are not receiving weekly emails about debating please email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and ask to be added to the parent group for your child’s year.

Dana Quick
Debating Coordinator

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Music Notices

“It is easy to teach anyone to play the maracas. Just grip the neck and shake him in rhythm.”

Music Tour 2010 to France
As announced in last week’s High Notes, the Music Performance Department and Music Supporters Group are planning a Music Tour to France in 2010. The Marching Band will be performing at the Villers-Bretonneux ceremony in the Somme and in Ypres. We are also looking to take an orchestra and stage band to give variety to our performances in Flanders and Paris.

This will be a magnificent opportunity for all our musicians to perform in some of the most important ceremonies and venues for Anzac day in Europe.

If you haven’t submitted your Expression of Interest Form and wish to participate in the tour, please speak to the Music Staff ASAP. A meeting for all students and parents who expressed interest will be held next MONDAY in the Great Hall at 7pm. A parent and student representative must attend.

Cabaret Night – Change of Date
Cabaret Night will be held in Term 2 on Saturday the 6th of June 2009 following the Annual Music Camp. All members of Stage Band, Senior Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra will be involved.

Meet the Music – Sydney Symphony Orchestra
A reminder to all elective music students that the 1st concert of the Meet the Music Series will be on next Wednesday 11th of March at the Sydney Opera House at 6:30pm. There is a pre-concert talk starting at 5:30pm in the foyer area which all students are encouraged to attend.

Music Supporters Group (MSG) Meeting
Our next MSG meeting for 2009 will be held on Monday 6th April at 6:30pm in the Staff Common room. We would like to especially invite all parents of boys in the performance program to attend the meeting.

There is a new position available on the committee as catering coordinator. This involves organising coffee & tea at concerts and sausages sizzle BBQ at workshops and post music camp. Please contact Debbie Street or Debbie Dukes is you are interested in this position at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The SBHS Music Supporters Group assists the Music Department with financial and practical support to help enable them to offer this program. The group also assists in organising the showcase concerts throughout the year, including the Cabaret Night – an evening of Jazz and dancing and the Annual Music Camp. We also provide barbeques for the boys at some music events through the year.

Being a SBHS Music Supporter does not require a huge commitment of your time. The group meets prior to musical events, usually on a Monday evening in the Staff Common Room. Discussion is usually focused on instrumental requirements, fundraising and planning for upcoming performance events. You may have experience or contacts to help our fundraising for the music program or you may just like to attend to learn more about your son’s performance music experience at SBHS. As a supporter you may volunteer your time once or twice during the year to assist with our fundraising parking, help on a barbeques or assist at a performance event.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Intermediate Concert Band Room 201 Chamber Choir Room 201 (7:45am) Chamber Choir Room 202 (7:45am) Senior Concert Band Room 201 (7.45am) Symphony Orchestra Room 201 (8.00am)
Junior String Ensemble Room 204   Intermediate Stage Band Room 201  (7.45am) Junior Percussion Ensemble Room 101 (7:15am) Senior Percussion Ensemble Room 202 (8.30am)
Senior  Stage Band Room 101 (7.45am)   Junior Stage Band Room 101 (7.45am) Senior Strings Room 204 (7.45am) Guitar Ensemble Room 204 (7.30am)
Junior Concert Band Rm 101 (7:45am) Term 2, 3, 4   Philharmonic Orchestra Room 204 (7:30am)   Marching Band Term 1&4 MPW (8.00 – 9:00am)
  Marching Band Term 1&4 Basketball Courts (3.30 - 4.30pm)     Junior Jazz Ensemble Room 201 (8.30 – 9.30am)

Marching Band rehearsal is held on Tuesday afternoons from 3.30 – 4.30pm (Basketball Courts) and Friday mornings from 8.00 – 9.00am (Moore Park West) for all concert band members in Term 1 and Term 4. Extra rehearsals are held in the holidays leading up to ANZAC Day. All students in the Intermediate and Senior Concert bands are expected to participate in Marching Band and attend the ANZAC Day March.

Parents - if you haven’t yet provided your details, could you please give your contact details by filling in the below slip and returning it to the music staffroom as soon as possible so that we are able to contact you about any upcoming events involving your son. This will enable the parent committee to communicate with you more effectively and efficiently. Thank you very much. (Please print the information.)

Kind regards, Music Staff.

A printable form to provide your contact details to the Music Department is available in the PDF version of the High Notes

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Senior Rugby

Senior Rugby players which include the 16s have been involved in working together to improve the standard of Rugby played at High. The key strategic areas we can improve upon are

  1. Strength
  2. Fitness
  3. Skills (Defence and attacking guides.)
  4. Vision.

Many senior rugby players have been attending off-season strength and sprint training sessions and will obviously enjoy the benefits of this training in their rugby this year. Term 4 plus vacation training sessions have been logged and the results are displayed in table form below. Those players involved in high levels of rowing and basketball have also been logged with their coaches. The status comments are based on the number of sessions logged. There are still a number of players who need to increase the number of sessions per week. Try to aim for 2 weight and 1 sprint session a week. These players need to remember how the Rugby Logbook impacted on the players last year. It was not until the last round of the competition that we were able to field a team of 18 players who provided sufficient evidence of their history of strength /fitness and rugby training. This will most certainly happen to the 16As and 16Bs unless more players commit to the training regime.

The Tuesday lunchtime skill sessions are proving popular with many players beginning to comprehend how we can improve our rugby this year. These skill sessions will culminate in a Touch Footy competition where the coaches are keen to see how well the players use vision to perform some of the standard plays and attacking patterns outlined in the skill sessions. Details of the competition will soon be published, so stay tuned.

A small number of players have indicated they want to play rugby but cannot follow the strict training schedule for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, the school cannot provide sporting references to these senior students who may require them. Many institutions (eg Sydney University) are now seeking students who not only perform academically but respond strongly to sporting challenges. What better sporting challenge is there than playing senior rugby for SBHS? There are some things you can’t learn in a classroom which are highly valued in life. Learn some skills that will stick with you for the rest of your life. Being involved in the school’s Rugby program will most definitely develop the skills of leadership, teamwork, patience, belief and determination.

Senior Rugby including 16s will train on these afternoons
Tuesday & Thursday afternoons 3:30 to 5:00 at McKay
Wednesday sport 1:00 to 3:20 at McKay

Committed players should begin to organise their after school activities (tutoring etc) so that these afternoons are free for Rugby training.

Congratulations to the Rugby Prefects for 2009 - Arun Krishnan and Alden Kwok
Senior Coaches - Mr Hannon, Mr Aldous, Mr Scrivener, Mr Storey, Mr Tassell

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SHS Basketball: Shootin' Hoops

High VS Newington High vs Newington 2008 Term 4 (Last time)

 1st LOSS 64-54 S.LLEWELLYN 24
2nd WIN 42-32 A.PAUL 12
4th WIN 23-20 A.KUGENDRAM 16
7th WIN 28-17 J.LI  9
8th WIN 51-26 S.BURNHAM 19
16A WIN 38-30 A.YE 14
16B WIN 39-23 D.CHEUNG 10
16E WIN 29-14 J. TANG 7
15B LOSS 21-34 J.KIM 17
15D WIN 37-17 M.ZHU 19
15E WIN 65-14 L.FANG 13
15F LOSS 20-26 J.LO 6
14B LOSS 19-20 K.HO 13
14C WIN 15-13 M.LAM 6
14D WIN 19-12 H.ZHANG 6,S.DU 7
14E WIN 21-14 T.OW 10

High vs Newington 2009 Term 1 (This time)

 1st LOSS 77-50 S.LLEWELLYN 22
2nd WIN 42-30 C.MOLLER 14
4th WIN 25-23 B.YANG 12
6th WIN 41-21 L.LI 13
7th WIN 49-29 S.KE 16
8th WIN 46-30 S.BURNHAM 12
16A LOSS 53-36 N.AUTAR 14
16E LOSS 26-18 S.AMINE 6
15D LOSS 20-23 L.FANG 8
15E WIN 58-4 H.HEO 20
14B WIN 15-34 B.LEUNG 10
14C WIN 23-30 W.KOSLOWSKI 10
14D LOSS 24-26 J.YEUNG 13
14E WIN 11-17 L.ZHANG 6
14F WIN 30-12 Y.LAU 18
13D LOSS 35-15 W.ZHUANG (JNR) 6
13E WIN 14-12 D.SHAO 4

Performance against Newington
We had 17 wins and 13 losses this week against Newington which is reasonably good. Good work guys! 2nd Grade defeated Newington in a spectacular game and should be congratulated. Apparently the 14As, 15As and 16As of Newington have recruited some new players which explains why our A grade teams have experienced losses this week.

AAGPS 2nd Grade Table
2nd Grade could potentially take out the premiership this year, as you can see from the table. We have not been this close for a number of years! So cheer on 2nd Grade and 1st Grade this week, because your support will make a difference!

  Played Won Lost For Against Points
1. St. Ignatius' 11 9 2 613 444 20
2. High 11 8 3 538 467 19
3. Shore 11 7 4 485 419 18
4. Kings 11 6 5 510 498 17
5. Newington 11 5 6 440 406 16
6. St. Joseph's 11 5 6 516 516 16
7. Scots 11 4 7 383 509 15
8. Grammar 11 0 11 362 588 11

Basketball Dinner
The Sydney High Annual Basketball dinner is on 27 March and that’s real soon. This year’s dinner will be awesome! Remember the team with best footage will be displayed on the big screen! Make this dinner your team’s event!
Brought to you by David Li Wang and Chris Chiam

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SHS Cricket

Day 1 of the Group 1 GPS competition saw High continue the return to form by members of the 1st and 2nd XIs with Avindu VITHANAGE scoring a Century and First’s Captain Brian KELLY finishing the day with 82n.o. The 1st XI bowlers ripped through Newington beforehand having them all out for 81. In the 2nd XI Nakul PEDNEKAR and Samuel LANE built a partnership which wiped away last week’s horror result and put High in a striking position against Newington’s 2nd XI. The 3rd XI is in a fight but if the remaining batsman can show some patience and a lot more of the old fashioned “grunt”, and the 16As get a couple of early wickets High could see a top four result from our senior XIs.

GROUND LOCATION MAPS: I get too many unnecessary phone calls of a Saturday asking how to find grounds when we are away and for our home grounds. All locations are on our Website for all GPS Schools. The High Map page will be updated, but the number of calls by players looking for Parkes Drive (CP5) when there is a complete Parklands map on the site was inexcusable. Print a COPY of the location from your computer and take it with you for directions. I am not the mobile UBD for High cricketers!!

SCHOOL EQUIPMENT: It is unfortunate but there is general laziness and lack of responsibility in many of our cricketers when it comes to working as a team at practice and on completion of games. The school provides good equipment for team kits and practices however the users do not assist in repacking kits at games, leave equipment, dodge collecting boundary markers to assist the coach. The worse feature is that some are leaving matches before completion and the same boys get caught to help each week. Last week a complete set of red boundary markers clearly marked “ SBHS – McK 2” issued to the McKay No 2 ground “disappeared”. The worst feature is that the markers were from a bulk purchase the week before and are now MISSING. In less than a week. If you are aware of the location please advise me. Be warned however that if this approach to handling our equipment overall continues we will have to apply a sport levy each season.

ATTENDANCE AT SPORT and FIXTURES: There are grumblings this week from boys who have been marked absent or taken from the Cricket Attendance rolls which are marked each week at sport. Too many are making excuses as to why they are marked absent. The main reason is that the MANGO SHEET (as it is fondly known) is either not read out in class or has not been referred to by students. This is student responsibility to be at the correct activity area. All players are aware that UNLESS ADVISED OTHERWISE roll call is at the cricket nets at 1-0pm sharp and dressed in the correct sports gear. It is a requirement to be in the cricket section that when you undertake the sport you commit to being available for participation in GPS cricket teams of a Saturday. Those who have been removed from the rolls have not met their obligation to sport, to cricket or their school.


1st XI HIGH 1 - 210 -V- NEWINGTON 10 - 81 (Day 1)
With 1st innings points under their belt the team is eager to resume this Saturday and complete the task. A day to remember for Razeen AHMED took 4 / 19, Kerrod McPHERSON 4 / 25, Neeraj VYAS 1 / 14 and Alisdair BROWN took 1 / 5 who dismissed Newington for a total of 81. Then Avindu VITHANAGE (100) and Captain Brian KELLY set about putting icing on the cake. Full Match Report on website.

2nd XI HIGH 10 - 150 -V- NEWINGTON 1 - 16 (Day 1)
Run scorers were Nakul PEDNEKAR (34) and Samuel LANE (33) . Wicket taker was Nakul BHAGWAT who finished the day with 1 / 2 (2). The win is for the taking if we bowl on the stumps and field well. Full Match Report on website.

3rd XI HIGH 7 - 57 -V- NEWINGTON 10 - 97 (Day 1)
Wicket takers – Siva VALLIAPPAN 4 / 16 (6), Avish SHARMA 2 / 9 (4) and Timmy LIM 1 / 3 (6.1). Run scores to date were Daniel MORGAN (19), Hugo RICHARDS (12) and Anthony HOPKINS (8). A cool head, sensible cricket and getting bat on ball could see High’s remaining batsmen drive us to a win. Full Match Report on website.

16A HIGH 9 decl. 197 -V- NEWINGTON 3 - 60 (Day 1) Run scorers were Kumudika GUNARATNE (51), Prashan PRABAHARAN (37) and Oliver PIERCE (26). Wicket takers were Hashan SUBASINGHE 2 /17(6), Shimon DANZIGER 1 /8 (5) and Oliver PIERCE 0 /13 (5). Full Match Report on website.

16B HIGH 4 - 138 -defeated- NEWINGTON 10 - 134 Playing 2 short High bowled first and took the 10 wkts required to dispose of the opposition. Wicket takers were Andrew HUYNH 2 / 22 (5), Caspar PRICE 2 / 14 (4) and Laurence CAI 2 / 14 (5). After losing an early wicket Veeral PATEL (64n.o) held the innings together with Ishman BARI (40) and Sheikh SIDDIQUE 15. Full Match Report on website

15A HIGH 2 - 33 -V- NEWINGTON 6 decl. - 232 (Day 1)
Wicket takers were Suman DIAS 2 / 13 (10), Dhruv GUPTAA 1 / 16 (6) and Krishnendu DUTTA 1 / 19 (3). At stumps High had lost 2 wkts cheaply and the job is now in front of the remainder of the team to show determination and application to turn this around. Full Match Report on website.

14A HIGH 10 - 55 -V- NEWINGTON 3 - 260 (Day 1)
Run scorers were K Vyas (11), A Ramesh (10) and Michael LIU (6). Main wicket takers were Michael LIU 1 / 20 (3), Christpher MAO 1 / 24 (3) and Thilan SUBASINGHE 1 / 46 (5). Full Match Report on website.

GROUP 2 TEAMS (One Day Fixture)

No reports received from the4th XI, 16C, 15C and 14B teams for this issue.

5th XI NEWINGTON -defeated-
Forfeited to Newington and in the spirit of the game the High players who attended joined with Newington and a short game was played. The players who failed to attend not only embarrassed the School but displayed a lack of commitment and loyalty to High and will be deleted from the cricket rolls A vote of thanks to Mark LUCCHITTI who has put an enormous effort into getting this team on the park each week.

16B HIGH 4 - 138 -defeated- NEWINGTON 10 - 134
Run scorers were Veeral PATEL (64n.o), Ishman BARI (40), Sheikh SIDDIQUI (15). Wicket takers were Andrew HUYNH 2 / 22 (5), Caspar PRICE 2 / 14 (4) and Laurence CAI 2 / 14 (5). Full Match Report on website.

The Captain of the team has submitted a summary of the match and it appears on the cricket website

14C NEWINGTON 10 / 167 -defeated- HIGH 10 - 87
Agnish was best of our batsmen scoring 43 and our best bowling figures were with Agnish, Darryl CHAN and Jacky ZHU. Specific scores not provided in the “short report”. Full Match Report on website

13A NEWINGTON 0 - 20 -defeated- HIGH 10 - 19
A pretty good effort for a team having its first match on a Turf Wicket which is a very different technique than when we play and practise on synthetic hard wickets. The best batting performances came from S NAGARAJ (10), Ned ANSON (5) and S VIMALANATHAN (2). In the bowling area Ned ANSON and S NAGARAJ showed potential to become very good young cricketers. Full Match Report on website
Laurie Heil
MIC Cricket


SHS Football: The Onion Bag
Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd of April mark the beginning of the winter sport season. Our first training sessions and trials will be held on these days. All players are reminded to be prepared. Football boots, shin guards and a full water bottle are all mandatory for training sessions and matches.

Year 7 Football
To help in grading teams, all Year 7 students intending to play football this year must ensure they complete and return a 2009 Football registration form. They are available from Mr Gifford (TAS). All players must have football boots, shin pads and a water bottle to participate.

Sydney High Football Sub-committee
I am seeking volunteers from the school family and parent body to assist with the running of the Sydney High football program. I intend to form the Sydney High Football sub committee, if you are able to help can you please contact me via email.

Coaches and managers
As usual, Sydney High Football is seeking the input of parents and old boys to assist with the coaching and/or organisation of teams this year. With High expecting to field around 28 teams this year, our coaching resources are once again going to be severely stretched. Be it a coaching role on a Wednesday, Thursday and/or Saturday, or a managerial role on match days, even refereeing! Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested please contact me either via email or phone the school.

Pre season training and log books for A grade players
All boys interested in playing in A grade teams this year are required to be participating in the preseason fitness program. A variety of activities are available, including speed and agility training with Rebecca Elliott, on Monday afternoon. Endurance training with Edward Ovadia and Jeremy Ireland on Tuesday afternoon and strength and conditioning with Jason Tassell before and after school on a day that suits. Minimum requirements are at least two sessions per week, which need to be recorded in a person log book. Log books are available from the Industrial Arts Staff room.

Please note, boys participating in GPS summer sports, such as rowing and basketball, as well as those in the GPS athletics program, will usually be able to satisfy these pre season training requirements with their normal summer sport training sessions. Check with the football MIC if you are unsure.

Grading and team selection
Boys with 1st and 2nd grade aspirations in future years should be looking at gaining selection in A grade teams this year. A grade trials for 14s, 15s and 16s will take place after school. (Dates to be confirmed). Years 11 and 12 boys can submit a team list (max. 16 names) if you wish to put together your own team.
Mr R.Gifford
MIC Football
9361 6910 Ext:119
Voice mail:
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The Inaugural ‘Jaggar Gift’

The Race for Champions
Sydney High Athletics, Cross Country and the PD/Health/PE Department are holding the inaugural “Jaggar Gift” on Moore Park West. The race will be run as a handicap to give all competitors an equal chance of success. The top fifteen 1.6km athletes from each Year in the junior school (Years 7, 8 and 9) and the senior school (Years 10, 11 and 12) will be given the opportunity to participate in this race. The top 15 athletes from the 1500m race at the school carnival in both Year 11 and in Year 12 will be asked to participate in the Jaggar Gift. Dr Jaggar and Mr Devlin may nominate wildcard entries. The junior race will run first, following a 3 minute interval the senior race will commence. This new event will be incorporated into the school calendar from 2010 onwards. The inaugural ‘Jaggar Gift’ will take place on Tuesday 7th April 2009 on a modified 1.6k course on Moore Park West.

Brief history of ‘Gift Races’
The earliest record of athletics competition in Australia was from 1810 in Hyde Park, Sydney where Dicky Dowling won a sprint race over 50 yards. Professional athletics grew considerably around this time. Stories of huge crowds placing enormous wagers on the success of incredible feats of athletes paint a colourful picture of the sport in these early days. Professional foot racing boomed during the mid 1800s particularly in the gold rush towns of New South Wales and Victoria. Miners raced against each other in handicapped races for the gift of a gold nugget offered by the mine owner. ‘Gift’ races were born.

How does the race work on the day?
We will compute your handicap according to the 1.6k runs you have completed over the last year to determine your starting time. A list of runners will be posted around the school over the coming weeks. The runner with the largest predicted handicap starts first. For the start, the clock is set at this number of seconds and begins counting down. Other runners start when their handicap time (written on their race number - bib) comes up on the clock. When the clock reaches zero, all runners have started.

When: Lunch Time - Tuesday, 7 April, 2009
Where: Moore Park West

Senior Prizes
1st $40
2nd $20
3rd $15

Junior Prizes
1st $40 
2nd $20 
3rd $15

Instructions to competitors

  • Juniors and seniors will pick up their race number (with handicap time), safety pins and be marked off the race list from the History Staff room after the school carnival.
  • You must wear the proper PE/Athletics gear. Runners who turn up in the wrong gear will NOT race.

Race Rules

  1. Race numbers must be affixed on the front with a safety pin on each corner. Do this well beforehand.
  2. BE ON TIME and REMEMBER YOUR HANDICAP. The first race will Start at 1:05pm SHARP with or without you, outside the Main Building on Moore Park West.
  3. No pushing or shoving particularly as the faster runners make their way through the field past younger runners. Any interference with another runner will result in disqualification.
  4. Runners on the tougher handicaps must take particular caution when passing runners in front of them. There are some points on the course that are not ideal for overtaking. A runner in front of another runner must not hinder a runner coming from behind who is trying to overtake.
  5. At the completion of both races you will have approx 15 minutes to recover and change to be ready for period 5. Do not be late to class.
  6. Race times and places will be published in High Notes.

For additional information please contact Mr Devlin on 0403829344 or by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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SHS Rowing Committee

Rowing News

High Regatta
High held its annual regatta splendidly last Saturday 28th February at Hen and Chicken Bay.

The day started very early for some of the willing parents who loaded cars at the sheds and then assembled our BBQ/catering area at Bayview Park all before sun up. Thank you to Geoff Andrews, Peter Ambrose, Steve and Cheryl Whiting, John and Anita Petrie.

Conditions were excellent on the day and our Regatta officials enjoyed a busy schedule managing to deliver exciting races on time. Old boy, John Croll (81), handled the microphone giving informative commentary throughout the morning and Mark Ridges, current parent, once again donated his speedboat which was needed to follow all the races. It is also always uplifting to see old boy John Pilger (57), Head of the River First VIII champion, attend our High Regattas each year to support our crews.

All 17 High crews performed creditably with a few standout performances. Our 1st Four (James Eriksson, Max Kite, Tom Peters, Alex Lazarou, and cox, Hayden Schilling) beat Newington and Grammar to make the final and our 2nd four (James Lee, Alan Low, Walter Santucci, Ben Li and cox, Peter Tran) also answered the challenge to beat Newington and row through to the final. The senior Eights both rowed well, with the 2nd VIII, after a perfect start and initial lead, challenging Grammar and Newington right to the finish line.

The catering crew was fantastic delivering high quality barbequed food, drinks and homemade cakes throughout the morning with spirit and enthusiasm. It was wonderful to see so many happy parents helping as it makes the committee’s job a lot easier when we have such enthusiastic volunteers. We appreciate Anita Bezjak’s efforts for rallying the troops and formulating a roster for parents. Thank you to Regan Pallandi, Stephen Collier, Brian Street, David Deng, Phillip Yu, Denis Gorey, Max Montanaro, Eumi and Brian Cho, Paul Eriksson, Cec Eveleigh, Rick Wilcox, Alla Belokopytova, Loretta Street, Anne Maree Keogh, Judy Collier, Annette Ng, Shiran Kaur, Lucy Guo, Fabienne Ovadia, Tanya Arsenova, Angela Pak, Helen Montanaro, Nancy Zhou, Helen Vertoudakis, Minh Tran, Leonie Cox, Maya Iyer and Sankaran Iyer, Bernie and Paul Desmond, Katharine Deacon, Lynda Newnam, Mary Myerscough, Annette Ng, Megan Eriksson, Donna Moss, Dafna Merom and Nada Andrews who all helped on the barbeque, in the tent, packing up, and/or making cakes.

The day was a great success and a tribute to Con Barris (MIC) and the Rowing Committee, who brought it all together – the program, races, catering and organisation. It is pleasing to know we managed to raise approximately $2800.

Boat Naming Ceremonies
There will be two boat naming ceremonies this Saturday 7th March at the sheds approximately 12.15pm (after the Scots’ Regatta).

We have a single scull (2nd hand donated by Ausrowtec) to be named the ‘Ross Bowey’ and a racing double scull/pair to be named the ‘Oliver Wilson’. We welcome Ollie and Ross, with their family and friends, to the sheds for the ceremonies followed by lunch upstairs. All the rowing community is invited, and if you haven’t been to a boat naming before, it is an opportunity to be part of a special occasion. An invitation is included in the High Notes.

Scots College Regatta
It is the Scots College Regatta this Saturday 7th March at Hen and Chicken Bay. Spectators assemble at Bayview Park for the best view of the races with commentary. Good luck to the crews, and we hope to see many parents cheering them on.
Julie Blomberg
President Rowing Committee

Boat Naming Ceremony
The Sydney High Rowing Committee would like to extend an invitation to the High Rowing community, including past and present rowing families and old boys, to the

Boat Naming Ceremony
of the

‘OLIVER WILSON’ (double scull/pair)
‘ROSS BOWEY’ (single scull)

Saturday 7 March 2009 12.00pm

at the Outterside Centre
Teviot Ave, Abbotsford

Thanks to the wonderful support of parents and old boys we were able to purchase these boats

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SHS Tennis Report

1st Grade
Last Saturday, High played Newington in the 4th GPS round. The highlight of the day would have to be Simon Hoang’s 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, win over Newington’s captain in singles. It was a very entertaining match, in which Simon played to his strengths with solid forehand winners. Simon’s concrete performance over the past few weeks had also earned him the first doubles win for firsts this season against Shore the week before.

In terms of the other singles matches, it was definitely not the best day we have had. Most players had a strong chance against their opponents however failed to close out the points and win the important rallies. Hau Neo succumbed to his opponent’s fast serve and flat ground strokes. Frank and Kent were out-rallied by their opponents who scored winners consistently from the baseline. Both George Panas and Victor Lim played below their usual capabilities and their opponents capitalised on this. Hopefully things will improve in the following weeks, for we all know we could have played better. Victor Lim

This week’s fixtures – SHS v TSC
1st Grade: McIntyre at 12.15pm
2nd Grade: SHS at 12.15pm 3-6: Parklands at 12.30pm
16s: Parklands (AM)
15s: SHS (AM)
14s: Moore Park (AM)
13s: McIntyre (AM)

Other tennis notices

  • Tennis has been allocated parking for the NRL match between the Roosters and Eels on Friday 3 April. We need about 10 students and 8 parents to help coordinate this between 4.40pm and 8pm. Parking contributes to the awards scheme but moreover, it is a vital element of the tennis budget which funds the overall program.
  • Boys who wish to contribute a match report for their age group are invited to do so. Subject to editing, the contribution will then be submitted for the weekly High Notes.
  • Please email Peter Pereira if you are available for, or interested in, either of the above notices at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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High Society

The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C
Julie Connolly P&C President

We ran out of space last week to thank our Year 8 Parent Group for the fantastic Welcome Party they organised for all our new parents. The evening was extremely well attended and an enjoyable and social time was had by all.

Thank you also to the Year 8 students who assisted with catering.

Sub-Committees and Supporter Groups
The P&C has an enormous network of volunteer parent Sub-Committees and Supporter Groups that assist with the running of co-curricular activities throughout the School. The P&C is aiming to gather together a central list of all Sub-Committee and Supporter Group details. It would be greatly appreciated if those people who are heading up a Sub-Committee or Supporter Group, could forward their email and telephone contact details to Julie Connolly 0418 470 203; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

P&C Meeting
Our next P&C general meeting will be held next Wednesday 18th March at 7.30pm in the Staff Common Room. Any member of the parent community is more than welcome to attend. – PLEASE JOIN US.

On the agenda:

  • Information sharing between Sub-Committees / Supporter Groups
  • Recycling
  • Library Fund contribution

If you cannot attend but would like a particular issue raised, please contact: Julie Connolly 0418 470 203 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Upcoming Parent Meetings (details in High Notes)

  • P&C general meeting 7.30pm Wednesday 18th March Staff Common Room
  • Year 10 Parent Group Meeting 6.30pm Wednesday 11th March Staff Common Room

If you would like to have any parent community news or upcoming events included in High Society, please contact Julie Connolly, P&C President, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 0418 470 203.

The P&C at SBHS would like to thank:

For their generous support of the Chinese New Year Dinner With their donation of vouchers to the value of $600

Non La Vietnamese Restaurant
59 Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills 2010 Tel. 9332 1050

Cantori Jewellers
Shop 255, Eastgardens Westfield Tel. 9349 7144

Light Style
Moore Park, Supacenta Tel. 93137344

Penrith Whitewater Rafting
Tel. 4730 4333

BridgeClimb Sydney
Tel. 8274 7777

Coogee Sands Hotel + Apartments
161 Dolphin Street, Coogee Tel. 9665 8588

Roy Young Chemist
Westfield Shopping Tower, Chatswood Tel. 4312 3304

Chemist Warehouse
Bondi Junction + Leichhardt Tel. 9387 3022 + 9569 2645

Angela Wang
Eastpoint Florist
Edgecliff Tel. 9328 1135

Bali Stick Restaurant
84 Anzac Parade, Kensington Tel. 9663 0404

Marrickville Leather Goods
For sports bags and travel goods
Marrickville Metro Tel. 9519 6089

Coogee Bay Hotel
Coogee Bay Road Tel. 9665 0000

The Thai Tree Restaurant
Shop 5, 259 George Street, Sydney Tel. 9252 0881

Cinema Paris Entertainment Quarter
Moore Park 9332 1633

The Four Points Sheraton
161 Sussex Street, Sydney Tel. 9290 4000

The Roosters Rugby League Club
For their donation of Home Game Tickets

Mr & Mrs Lim of
TROPICANA Singapore Café
243 Anzac Pde Kingsford. 9662 8896.
For their wonderful food and catering

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From the Canteen Team

We realise our canteen volunteers are priceless and we could not possibly afford to pay them all. However to show our appreciation for their help, we offer a $10 canteen voucher to a volunteer once a month. When you attend on your rostered day, sign the duty book and you will be included in the draw for the voucher (don't worry if you didn't sign the book in February - we still added your name to the draw). The January/February winner is Robyn Gordon. We know her son Max (Year 10) will make good use of the voucher. Thank you Robyn for being a part of our happy band of volunteers.
Christina on behalf of The Canteen Team

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Bushfire Appeal Parking

Volunteers Needed - Parking
Volunteers are needed – both parents and students. Please contact Mr Barris on: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Your services will be required from 3.00 pm for approximately 3 hours. The event is the Bushfire Appeal Concert.

Proceeds of the parking on Saturday, 14 March will be donated to the bushfire appeal.

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High Store Sale

$10 All pre- loved Rugby & Soccer BOOTS Get in early for the season!

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Lost Property

Message to all parents
Please label all personal items and school clothing with your son’s full name to ensure that lost property is returned promptly.

Thank you in advance.
Lost Property Office

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Trivia Answers

Answers to the CNY Trivia Questions

1. Which language is taught at school, and is used in all official situations?
A Mandarin
B Putonghua
*C All of the above

2. Which of the following statements is true: The history of Chinese writing spans over
*A 5,000-6,000 years
B 4,000-5,000 years
C More than 6000 years

3. The palace of the Chinese emperors in Beijing was known by what name?
*A The Forbidden City
B Heavenly Palace
C The Dragon Palace

4. China is the third largest country in terms of population.
A True
*B False (rank 1, it has almost 20% of world’s population. Jan 2009)

5. I am home to the Giant Panda and one of China’s most popular cuisines.
A Hubei
*B Sichuan
C Xizang (Tibet)

6. I am home to the ancient Chinese capital of Changan, and its marvellous army of Terracotta warriors.
A Sichuan
B Henan
*C Shanxi

7. Moon cakes are associated with what Chinese festival?
A Dragon Boat Festival
B Lantern Festival
*C Mid-Autumn Festival

8. The Chinese are very proud of their food, and Cantonese food is very popular. One thing Cantonese food is famous for is its:
A Spicy dishes
*B Dim sum
C Dumplings

9. What Chinese city is famous for the Bund, a stretch of European neo-classical buildings built early in the 20th century?
A Hong Kong
B Beijing
*C Shanghai

10. Where in China would you find Beijing?
A In southeast China
*B In northeast China
C In northwest China

11. Which of these is a true statement about China's flag?
A China's flag consists of four big stars and one small star on a red background
*B China's flag consists of four small stars and one big star on a red background
C China's flag consists of four small stars and one big star on a white background

12. When is the Dragon dance traditionally performed?
*A Spring festival
B Dragon boat festival
C Harvest festivals

13. Chinese New Year's celebrations traditionally start at the beginning of the month and end on what day?
A 8th
*B 15th
C 18Th

14. Which of these animals is not one of the twelve in the Chinese calendar?
A Snake
*B Cat
C Pig

15. What fruit, representing luck and prosperity, is traditionally the most popular to hand out for the Chinese New Year?
*A Pineapple
B Papaya
C Star fruit

16. What is the name of the evil spirit thought to visit the village people at Chinese new year?

17. Who unified China?
Qin shihuang or emperor Shi

18. Which date of the New Year is the lantern festival?
15th day

19. What is the purpose of the Dragon dance in Chinese folklore?
To bring rain

20. Fire crackers are symbolic and lit up during new year celebration. What is it originally used for?
To ward against evil spirit away

Tie break
21. What colour is the 100 Yuan currency and which figure appears on it?
Red, Chairman Mao

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