High Notes, Vol 10 No 7, March 13 2009

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From the Principal

High Talent
A fantastic team effort from our first XI last Saturday to roll Newington outright. Unbeaten maiden GPS centuries from Avindu Vithanage and captain Brian Kelly allowed High to declare at 1-260 in answer to Newington’s 10-81. Kerrod McPherson 3-16 and leg spinner Michael Phung (Year 10) 3-17, broke the Newington second innings and they were all out for 75. Great results in basketball in all senior grades with High defeating Scots everywhere demonstrate how much improved High teams are in this sport. Well done to second grade tennis boys who had a win.

Bonza Bus Behaviour -#2
A member of the public was travelling on the 438 bus from Abbotsford to the City on 6 March 2009 at 9.05 a.m. along with students from Sydney Boys High School. Some travellers were complaining that the students were carrying excessive bags. The students apologised and said that unfortunately they were not able to board a school bus. The member of the public said that she felt the need to call the school to commend the students on their behaviour and that they were a credit to the school. Well done rowers!

Basketball Committee Working Bee
Thank you to the basketball committee members for their efforts last weekend in installing the eight new towers for the training rings on the sidelines off The Flat courts. The project has been managed ably by Bruce Gordon. Invaluable building expertise and ‘grunt’ was provided by Scott Higgins and Vel Glavan. Marin Jurlina, Patrick Llewellyn, George Chow, Vince Salomon, Ben Hayman, David Morrow, Tony Naar, John Renzenbrink and Jason Tassell provided the ‘muscles’ to make the morning’s work go smoothly. Our thanks also go to Christina Chow and Christie Salomon who provided refreshments to the team. There are two major benefits that will flow from these eight extra rings. Game simulated training cana be organised on four half courts instead of two full courts. Also, there will be 10 rings to practise free throws – shooting free throws is a general weakness in schoolboy basketball. If teams could increase their free throw percentages by 5, it could be the difference between winning and losing tight games.

Wearing of school caps and sport
After witnessing at first hand the long term dangers of exposure to the sun and having been reminded by Ms Kaye that hats and sun screen use are highly recommended in the Sunsafe Policy, the matter has come before the OH&S Committee. It is always impressive to see all Shore crew members rowing in caps. In primary school boys are compelled to wear hats. Sunscreen is supplied by the school but head protection is critical on hot days. For reasons unknown to me, many boys have approved school caps purchased for them in Year 7, then stop wearing them. I would like the P & C, the SRC and the Co-curricular Team to revisit the issue of appropriate protection from the sun. Perhaps we need to take stronger steps to modify our culture.

Building the Education Revolution
Various communications about this Commonwealth initiative have been published. In essence, under the ‘National Schools Pride’ program we are expecting $200k for infrastructure or minor refurbishment works.

However, DET has released its position (6/3/09): “The Department would like to see the following works undertaken from this program: roof upgrades, toilet upgrades, storm water and sewerage upgrades, carpet replacement and other maintenance works. The Department will determine the program based on the condition assessments undertaken in 2008 and nominations received from school Principals as part of the Principals Priority Building Program”. Some cynics have expressed the view that DET is ‘cost shifting’ its maintenance and minor works program onto the Commonwealth. I would like to have these properties issues discussed by both the P & C and the SBHS Council to give me your feedback.

I have taken the liberty of registering our agreed project, the Great Hall Kitchen prior to the March 16 deadline. Kim Jones, of Jones Sonter Architects, prepared drawings last year for the refurbishment project. I have commissioned him to prepare more detailed material so that we will be ready to go to the next step – scoping and sequencing the works – when the Commonwealth program enters its next phase in April-May.
Dr K A Jaggar

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From History

2008 Gallipoli Project
Preface to Gallipoli

This is an historical account of an Australian soldier who fought and died in the Gallipoli campaign. All details cannot be deemed to be accurate but are based on records and sources that have been archived in the National Archives. This historical account seeks to answer “What were the main experiences of the soldiers who fought at Gallipoli and what influenced these experiences?” In doing so the historical account will detail the life and death of Albert Johnson, his own experiences during his service in the Australian Imperial Force and his part in the war. The Gallipoli Campaign was a disaster or a total failure. It was poorly planned and the execution was even worse. This single campaign led to the death of numerous young Australian soldiers and left their loved ones in tears. Because of this we cannot forget the thousands of fallen Australians and this account will relive one that has fallen for our country.

Historical Account of Private Albert Johnson No. 1558 (1893-1915)
Albert Johnson was a Victorian and also a proud Australian. He voluntarily enlisted for the Australian Imperial Force on the 29th of January 1915 and was put into the 22nd Battalion, the first reinforcement. Like many other young men the main reason for his enlistment was most likely because the wage offered for joining and serving in the army was much more than what he earned as a labourer. Also being part of the AIF incurred great pride and was a sign of courage and patriotism towards the country.

On the 28th of August 1915 full of adventure and excitement Albert Johnson and the first reinforcement of the 22nd Battalion departed from Melbourne aboard the HMAT Berrima (A 35) heading for Cairo, Egypt. However the celebrations at the port along with the positive emotions were dampened as he waved goodbye to his mother who was also his next of kin.

During that time the Indian Ocean was safe and secured by allies hence the journey to Egypt, Cairo was relaxing and hassle free. It was the first leg of the long and unpredictable journey ahead and there was no doubt the soldiers on board were developing close friendships or mateships. However on board this troopship it was Albert Johnson’s first time in tasting what the authorities were like. Albert Johnson was a little mischievous and disobeyed many rules and also gambled. Unfortunately for him he went too far and was caught and reported by Sergeant Taylor to the commander whereupon he was charged. Albert Johnson got dismissed and fined. Albert Johnson together with the battalion arrived at Egypt sometime in early July and joined fellow Battalions (21st, 23rd, 24th, and 25th) that made up the 6th Infantry Brigade. The 6th Brigade was under the control of Colonel Linton. However fun and adventure was short lived as training was the main reason the soldiers were sent to Cairo. The training camps taught many things to the soldiers. Supervised by their officers and the staff of Major General Spens the soldiers including Albert Johnson participated in vigorous training that taught them shooting and physical combat skills and marching. These experiences at the training camps would prove to be vital later on.

Being in such a new environment the attitudes of the soldiers were a chance to enjoy themselves and a time to explore. The contact with the unfamiliar culture of Egypt was an exciting stimulus to all the soldiers and was also an exciting experience. At age 22 Albert Johnson, like many of his fellow mates in the brigade and or battalion, was naive. The pyramids of Egypt and the Sphinx were just some places where the young men could explore. Many of the soldiers visited the city’s brothel quarters and also mucked around doing various activities such as gambling, mingling with the locals or playing games such as Aussie Rules.

After being in Egypt for well over a month the soldiers were getting more eager to go to war. The Gallipoli campaign had already lasted for nearly a year now. Soldiers already stationed at Gallipoli were beginning to tire and news quickly came to Egypt that it was time to send the brigade over to relieve the soldiers already stationed. Rush of adrenalin and excitement filled many soldiers’ minds and there was no doubt that Albert Johnson was prepared and eager to go to war. From Cairo the battalion travelled to Alexandria. On August 30th 1915 they boarded the HMAT Aeneas (A 60) and were transported across the Mediterranean and the Aegean Sea.

On September 4th 1915 Albert Johnson along with the 6th Infantry Brigade arrived on the shores of Anzac Cove. The sight that confronted them was a massive trench system, tents and military items and huge cliffs that loomed overhead. The 22nd Battalion was given the job of guarding the front line at a place called Johnston’s Jolly. Before getting to Johnston Jolly the battalion went to several key places. The battalion trekked through the maze of trenches getting to know what it was like to be here in Gallipoli. The horrors of war were made clear to Albert Johnson and his fellow mates as the casualties and deaths from battles flowed through.

The September month during the Gallipoli campaign had no major offensives from both armies as both knew that they were spilling precious blood with every attack which was gaining little or no territory. However there were still small battles between the armies such as shelling etc. I won’t go through this month’s events in detail as there will be too much to write, but I will detail the experiences.

Life in the trenches was harsh because of the conditions and also the constant threat of being killed by the opposing Turks, either being sniped or shelled. During this time sniping between the enemies were increasing. Telescope rifles or periscope rifles were now introduced. Other sniping items included magnifying sights, silencers for fitting to rifle-muzzles and also a device that clamped a rifle in place so that it didn’t move. Also, every daily activity including cooking, defecating etc were done in the trenches. Food wasn’t very appetising and was normally canned food. The trenches were dirty and also cramped. Many soldiers got trench foot as a result from the cold, wet and insanitary conditions in the trenches. Boredom also conquered many soldiers’ minds. Albert Johnson was stationed at Johnston Jolly for a month living in the conditions described above and not knowing when a possible attack would occur.

Although no major attacks occurred in the September month one incident in October would end Albert Johnson’s life. On the 1st of October 1915 Albert Johnson was killed from a Turkish shell. On that day in the morning at about 0130 a dense autumn fog settled at Johnston Jolly. Visibility was less than 15 yards. A sudden shelling by the Turkish surprised the men in the Australian trenches. It left 10 men dead one of which was Private Albert Johnson. That day those ten men were dragged to Shrapnel Valley or Shrapnel Gulley and buried. Private Albert Johnson was buried by TP Bennett.

Albert Johnson fought for our country and died. His death left many loved ones in tears especially his mother. It was not until 1920 and 1921 when Albert Johnson was remembered and honoured for serving for the Australian Imperial Force or the ANZACS at Gallipoli. After many letters exchanged between family and relatives finally photographs of his grave were given to the family. Albert Johnson also received a memorial scroll, a Victory medal, a British War medal, and a star. In 1976 the Gallipoli medallion was given to Albert Johnson. His one month of service was somewhat successful as he helped the ANZACS defend the frontline at Johnson Jolly. Like many of the soldiers in Gallipoli, Albert Johnson went through a rollercoaster of events. Experiences in Egypt heavily contrasted those at Gallipoli. Because of the different culture many soldiers had positive and happy experiences at Egypt. However, when it came to Gallipoli, the emotions heavily contrasted. The horrible and harsh conditions meant that life in the trenches was terrible. The thought of being killed played in the minds of many soldiers and there was no doubt that seeing mates or other soldiers getting killed traumatised many soldiers. It is important for us to remember the ANZACS that died. We will never know how it would feel to have gone through what each soldier had been through. That is why we should all remember them,
By Kit Man Cheng



  • Bean, C.E.W., Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918 Volume II: The Story of Anzac: from 4 May, 1915 to the evacuation, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, NSW, 1924, pp 420-422, 810-811.
  • Pedersen, P.A., Images of Gallipoli Photographs from the Collection of Ross J Bastiaan, Oxford Printing Press, Melbourne, 1988


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Year 7 Parent Group Meeting

Wednesday 18 March 2009 6.30 pm sharp
Staff Common Room (to left of main entrance)

All Year 7 parents are warmly invited to attend our first Parent Group Meeting for 2009. We are lucky that Mr Devlin, the Year 7 Advisor, will be joining us.

The meeting will run for one hour before the P&C meeting at 7.30. To make the most of our limited time, it would be helpful if you could inform me by the end of the week of any questions or issues you would like Mr. Devlin to address. I can be contacted at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

I hope as many parents as possible will take this opportunity to meet Mr Devlin and other Year 7 parents and I look forward to welcoming you on Wednesday.
Anne Wall
Year 7 Parent Group Representative

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Year 9 Parent Group Meeting

Monday 23 March 7.00 pm
Staff Common Room

An invitation to all Year 9 parents to attend our first Parent Group Meeting for the year.

Ms Debra Gilmore (Year 9 Advisor) & Ms Marina Trompetter (Head of English) will be joining us to discuss issues relating to Year 9, eg grading of classes, homework/revision requirements, Literacy Program for SBHS as well as any other questions and concerns that you may have. If you have any questions or would like to raise any concerns beforehand, do not hesitate to contact me on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Also a great opportunity to come along and meet our new Year 9 Parents.

Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting!
Karen Chiam
Year 9 Parent Group Representative

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SBHS Debating

Last week we had mums and dads trembling as Years 7, 8 and 9 debated whether or not parents should be held responsible for the crimes of their children. Our senior boys then had a clean sweep against Reddam in their debates on creating indigenous seats in parliament. Once again all teams put in fantastic effort and great successes were realized at all year levels!

Eastside Competition Round 3 Friday 13 March
We are hosting Grammar at home this week for Round 3 of the Eastside competition. We are in need of students to chair the debates so if you are interested in volunteering please talk to your coaches or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it The topic area for this Eastside round is Environment. Good luck to all debaters!

For home debates I strongly encourage junior students to stick around and watch the seniors to pick up some easy tips and maybe learn some new matter!

FED Competition Round 1 Friday 13 March
This is the first round of our Friday Evening Debate competition which is another wonderful opportunity for our boys to refine their debating skills. For the first round we are debating away against Newington on topics drawn from Domestic Politics. Best of Luck to all debaters!

Home Debates and Supper
During home debates we ask for parents of debaters to supply a generous plate of food to share as part of our supper provisions during the night. Remember we have no facilities to heat or cook food on premises so please bring food that is ready to eat! I look forward to meeting many of you this Friday!
Dana Quick
Debating Coordinator

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.

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Music Notices

Music Tour 2010 to France
We have had a wonderful response to the Music Tour to France next April. Our first meeting was held last Monday evening in the Great Hall with a large turnout by both students and parents. The tour is open to students in the Music Performance Program (Concert Band – Marching Band, Stage Band and Orchestra) and also VISUAL ARTS Elective students (please see Ms May in the Art Staffroom if you are interested).

This is a magnificent opportunity for all our musicians who will have the opportunity 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. The tour deposit is due next Monday 16th of March 2009 but if you would like to attend, please see the Music Staff to make arrangements. Please make payments to Sydney Boys High School at the Main office and attach with a note ‘Music Tour to France 2010’.

Cabaret Night- Another change of Date
Cabaret Night will be held in the Great Hall in Term 2 on Saturday the 27th of June 2009 as we realised that the previous date change was a long weekend. The Jazz workshop will be on Friday the 26th of June for all members of the Stage Band. Please make a note of this change in your diary. All members of Stage Band, Senior Concert Band and Symphony Orchestra will be involved on Cabaret Night.

Workshop with Ronald Prussing
Principal Trombonist of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra Ronald Prussing will be giving a free workshop on Sunday the 22nd of March. Please contact Jon Mayne at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 9558-4591 for further information. This is a highly valuable experience and an exceptional opportunity for young brass players to see a notable and well regarded musician ‘closeup’. We encourage all brass players to attend this workshop as it will be very exciting and informative.

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, followed by the Music Tour to France 2010 meeting in the Great Hall.

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

State Music Camp
State Music Camp forms are now available from the Performing Arts Unit website at: http://svc063.wic017v.server-web.com Click the Music link to download an application form. Entries close on Friday 3rd April 2009. The camp will be held between the 4th and 9th of July 2009.

Jazz Workshops
Jazz workshops Australia will be holding workshops in the April school holidays this year. Please see the Music Staff for more information (notes available outside the music staffroom) or alternatively visit: www.jazzworkshop.com.au

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SHS Basketball: Shootin' Hoops

High vs Scots 2008 Term 4 (Last time)

1st LOSS 70-57 S.HIGGINS 19
2nd WIN 47-31 M.FENG 15
3rd WIN 63-22 W.SZAT 18
4th WIN 38-25 A.ANG 8
5th RAIN Winning At time of rain…..
7th WIN 27-11 A.LI 9
8th WIN 52-9 S.BURNHAM 26…
16A WIN 45-37 N.AUTAR 16!!
16B LOSS 39-25 M.TICKNER 7
15A LOSS 20-38 A.MOON 10
15C WIN 31-21 JIM 14
15D WIN 33-18 M.ZHU 12
15E WIN 59-14 L.FANG 25…
15F WIN 61-18 B.CHAU 16
14B WIN 38-15 J.LAM 10
14C WIN 28-12 J.YEUNG 8
14D LOSS 8-22 H.ZHANG 4
14E LOSS 4-49 T.OW 4

High vs Scots 2009 Term 1 (This time)

1st WIN* 71-67 S.LLEWELLYN 30
2nd WIN* 75-31 D.PENG 17
4th WIN 55-26 J.WONG, D.LO 13
5th WIN 58-26 J.NGUYEN 14
6th WIN 65-14 H.HUANG 13
16A LOSS 18-40 B.OU 5
16B WIN 39-28 A.YE 29!
16C LOSS 17-42 M.YOON 5 + HUSSLE
16D WIN 30-14 V.ZHENG 12
16E LOSS 13-24 S.AMINE 4, J.TANG 4
15A WIN 57-38 M.CULLEN 20
15E WIN 28-21 H.HEO 16
15F WIN 35-5 B.CHAU 7
14B WIN 30-8 D.DOUNG 10
14C WIN 47-5 M.LAM 10
14D WIN 17-50 J.YEUNG 33
14F LOSS 17-28 E.HO 4
13A LOSS 55-8 C.SHI 6
13D LOSS 28-16 W-L.ZHUANG  8 PTS
13E WIN 30-12 D.SHAO 18

Performance against Scots!
Another magnificent week with 20 wins and 10 losses, this week against Scots.
Note: First time we have beaten Scots in Firsts and Seconds on the same day since the 2004 season. First time we have beaten Scots at Scots in both grades for over a decade!

1st Grade Stats

S. Higgins 7/16 5/8 2/4 21 2 10
S. Llewellyn 13/33 1/9 3/4 30 2 5
C. Jurlina 1/3 0/0 0/2 2 0 5
D. Jones 1/8 0/0 1/4 3 5 1
M. Jones 2/8 0/0 0/0 4 2 3
J. Meaney 3/10 0/1 3/7 4 2 3
E. Naar 1/4 0/1 0/0 2 1 2

By Chris Chiam

AAGPS 2nd Grade Table

Can Mr Hayman’s seconds win a premiership? (What a huge effort so far!) It is a tough road ahead but possible! High will be looking to defeat Grammar and Kings and hopefully take out the long-awaited premiership! Can it be done? GET BEHIND THEM THIS WEEK AT OUR SCHOOL GYM!

  Played Won Lost For Against Points
1. St. Ignatius' 12 10 2 683 474 22
2. High 12 9 3 613 498 21
3. Shore 12 8 4 531 459 20
4. Newington 12 6 6 495 438 18
5. Kings 12 6 6 550 544 18
6. St. Joseph's 12 5 7 546 586 17
7. Scots 12 4 8 414 584 16
8. Grammar 12 0 12 394 643 12

Will superstar Australian basketball player Jason Smith be speaking at the Basketball Dinner? Who are the MVP and MIP of your team? Who will win the Farrington Trophy for the best player in the school? We will find out the answers to these questions in the following weeks, so stay tuned!

Basketball Dinner
The Sydney High Annual Basketball dinner is on the 27th March. This year’s dinner will be awesome! Remember the team with best footage will be displayed on the big screen!!!
By David Li Wang

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Sydney High Basketball Dinner

Celebrate another fantastic year of basketball at High by organising your son’s team to attend the 5th Annual Basketball Dinner and Finish the year in a winning style!

Every team will receive trophies for the Most Valuable Player and Most Improved Player. 1 minute speeches will be made by coaches about their season and players will be able to show their thanks to them as well! The team with the best highlight footage of their season will show off their talent on the big screen. There will be a raffle and auction for huge prizes. Be there to win any of the following: Wii console, DVD Entertainment Packs including 2 complete series of Dexter, $50+ gift Vouchers, spa vouchers and much, much more!

The dinner can sell out very quickly, so organise your tables and tickets ASAP!!

Friday 27 March 2009 6:00pm Dinner served at 6:30pm

Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School

 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 again this season and requires your support for this to continue.


All drinks will be provided on the night. Alcohol will be available for adults only. Advise when booking if vegetarian meal is required. 180 seats only. If you won an award make sure you pay ASAP.

A printable form to purchase tickets for the Basketball Dinner is available in the PDF version of the High Notes

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Cross Country Carnival

Annual Cross Country Carnival
Bat & Ball, Mount Steele

Student Information

Your son will be dismissed earlier than usual on Tuesday 31 March 2009


1.30 pm 17+ & OPENS 3 km 3 Loops
1.45 pm 16 years 3 km 3 Loops
2 pm 15 years 3 km 3 Loops
2.15 pm 14 years 2 km 2 Loops
2.25 pm 13 years 2 km 2 Loops
2.35 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
  • Stay in school grounds, 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, 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


  • Everyone attends
  • 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 event
  • Any MIC ruling is final

Additional Info
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 Zone Carnival. 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 join the Sydney High GPS Cross Country Team. GPS Cross Country is a Winter Sport and three age divisions (U14, U16, Opens) compete on Saturday mornings. The season spans across terms 2 and 3 and involves 11 Saturday morning carnivals. All are welcome to join.

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The 2009 SBHS Cricket Dinner

SBHS Cricket will celebrate the efforts and achievements of our boys as well as acknowledge staff, coaches and supporters at the SBHS Cricket dinner on Friday 3 April 2009.

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

The dinner will be held on
Friday 3 April 2009
In the Great Hall at 6.30 pm

The cost of the dinner will be $25 per adult and $20 per student.

Please pay at the Main Office by Friday 27th March 2009. Tickets are limited.

Boys are to wear school uniform at the dinner.

Please detach the form below and hand it in with your payment at the Main Office

A printable form to purchase tickets for the Cricket Dinner is available in the PDF version of the High Notes

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SHS Cricket


CRICKET DINNER and PRESENTATION of AWARDS – Friday 3rd APRIL at 6-30pm –for 7-00pm
The above Dinner will be held in the Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School as indicated above. The cost is $25-00 per adult and $20-00 for students. A Two Course Meal and drinks will be supplied for all and Adults to BYO. Payment to be made to the School office and final numbers are required by NO LATER than Monday 30th March when Catering will be finalized. School uniform must be worn.

In response to questions re Sign off by cricket (summer sport) for the School Award Scheme is: Group 1 Teams minimum 4 of 7 Two Day rounds and Group 2 Teams a minimum of 10 matches of 14 One Day rounds. Allowances are made for pre-advised leave, injuries or sickness, and students who have commenced in Term 1.

Team scorers, managers and coaches are advised to prepare final statistics prior to these final 2 Saturdays to ensure they are available to meet a WEDNESDAY 25th March deadline, the FINAL day for acceptance for the engraver. It is a team responsibility to see statistics completed in time. No correspondence accepted for omissions or errors in the final Award Lists.


1st XI HIGH 1 decl-260 -defeated- NEWINGTON 10 – 81 and 10 - 85 ( WIN –OUTRIGHT)
(Day 2) Consecutive victories have given the “Firsts” valuable momentum as they prepare for the final round after a resounding victory against Newington. Batting - .Avindu VITHANAGE (114n.o), Brian KELLY (107n.o) Bowling 1st Inngs- Razeen AHMED 4 /19, Kerrod McPHERSON 4 /25. 2nd Inngs Kerrod McPHERSON 3 /16 and Michael PHUNG 3 /17.. Full Match report on Website

2nd XI NEWINGTON 10 - 190 defeated- HIGH 10 - 150 (LOSS on 1st INNINGS)
(Day 2) resuming with Newington at 1/16 High then had the opposition 4-60 but undisciplined fielding and bowling leaked runs to the visitors. A last minute effort from Sam Lane could have produced a victory. A match that was lost more than won by Newington.

3rd .XI NEWINGTON 10 - 97 & 5 decl-152 - defeated- HIGH 10 - 111 & 10 - 24 ( WIN 1st INNGS/LOSS OUTRIGHT)

16 A (day 2) HIGH 9 decl - 197 -defeated- NEWINGTON 10 - 96 & 9 - 180 (WIN 1st INNINGS)
(Day 2) Run scorers – day 1 Kumudika GUNARATNE (51), Prashan PRABAHARAN (37), Oliver PIERCE (26). Wkt takers (1st Inngs) Hashan SUBASINGHE 5 /39 (12), Shimon DANZIGER 3 /14 (10); (2nd Inngs) were Abdullah SARKER 6 /60 (12), and Shimon DANZIGER. Match report on Website

15 A (day 2) NEWINGTON 6 - 232 -defeated- HIGH 8 - 40 & (LOSS on 1st INNINGS)
(day 2) Run scorers were David SMITH (55), Owen DUFFY (24) and Dhruv GUPTAA (22). Wicket takers included Sudan DIAS 2/13 (10), Dhruv GUPTAA 1/16 (6) and Krishnendu DUTTA 1/19 (3). Full Match report on Website

14 A NEWINGTON 3 - 260 _defeated- HIGH 10 - 55 & 9 – 202 (LOSS on 1st INNINGS)
(day 2) Starting the day needing 205 runs to force Newington to bat again saw High produce a rear guard action to minimize the result and batted until stumps and ended up with a 1st inngs loss, in lieu of an outright defeat. The first junior player to score a century in the past 7 years at High is Thilan SUBASINGHE (104n.o) And supported by Agnish NAYAK (31) and Kevin PHAM (17)

4th XI KNOX 2 - 59 -defeated- HIGH 10 - 58 (LOSS )
Run scorers were Oliver FIO (18), Anthony HOPKINS (11) and Julian UBALDI (10). The only wickets taken were by Tony WANG who took 2 /21. Match report on Website

16 C NEWINGTON 6 - 136 -defeated- HIGH 10 - 106 (LOSS)
Wicket takers were Vivian LE 2 /25 (4), Tahmid SHAHRIYAR 1 /13(4) The main Run scorers were Saqib BHUIYAN (26) Kevin (15). Full Match report on Website

15 B HIGH 4 - 152 -defeated- SHORE 9 decl. - 150 (WIN)
Wicket takers were Amen SAKSENA 5 /10 and Lahiru KATUPITIYA 2 /47. Run scorers were Aman SAKSENA (44), Shumit HOQUE (27), Ahdil ANSAREEN and Lahiru KATUPIIYA made 27 runs each. Match report on Website.

14 C SCOTS 5 - 140 -defeated- HIGH 10 - 73 (LOSS)
Run scorers were Suman PRUSTY, Jacky ZHU and Simon LUONG. The main wicket takers were Jacky ZHU, Simon LUONG and Jason ZHENG... No figures supplied on the Captain’s report. Full Match report on Website

13 A SCOTS 6 - 205 -defeated- HIGH 10 – 102 (LOSS)
What a huge improvement from these lads who really put in and showed that the potential is there for greater successes. An effort of merit considering last week the team was dismissed for only a total of 19 runs. Well done boys. Wicket takers were a. Chen 2 /15(4), J. ZHANG 2 /46(5) and Ned ANSON 1 /25 (4). Run scorers were Ned ANSON (52), Jesse COOPER (17) Jason.ZHANG and Sagar NAGARAJ (6) each. Full Match report on Website
Laurie Heil
MIC Cricket

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World’s Greatest Shave

This Friday 13 March, the Sydney High WGS team, consisting of 30-plus students, will travel to Crown St, Surry Hills. Here, each student will be either shaving or spraying their hair to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation. The Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave is one of Australia’s biggest fundraising events. The funds raised will help the Leukaemia Foundation to continue providing practical care and support, such as free accommodation, transport and education programs, to patients and families living with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood disorders. It will also fund research into better treatments and hopefully cures. Just to put some things in perspective:

  • Every two hours, someone loses their life to blood cancer
  • Every hour of every day someone in Australia is diagnosed with leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma
  • Currently more than 30,000 Australians are living with one of these cancers and only four out of ten adults survive a leukaemia diagnosis

If you are interested in sponsoring our boys, please go to http://www.worldsgreatestshave.com/index.php 

Required details are as follows:
Team name: Sydney High
Team leader: James Lee

Leonard Teng & James Lee

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SHS Rowing Committee

Scots College Regatta Results
High had very pleasing results at last week’s regatta at Hen and Chicken Bay. With beautiful conditions we had many crews finish ahead of other schools and three crews made finals.

The crews are

  • Year 8 1st Coxed Quad Scull – Edwin Li, Jaan Pallandi, Jonathan Clements-Lendrum, (c) Daniel Tam beat St Augustines.
  • School 4th Four – Alex Feng, Ben Li, Sean Kim, Hong Lu, (c) Brian Jian beat St Augustines.
  • Year 9 4th Coxed Quad Scull – Schwarz, Andre Fong, Daryl Fong, Serag Saleh, (c) Jamian Vuong beat Redlands.

Crews to make finals

  • School 2nd Four – James Lee, Alan Low, Walter Santucci, Tian Li, (c) Peter Tran beat Grammar to finish 3rd in their heat and make the final
  • School 1st Four – James Eriksson, Max Kite, Tom Peters, Alex Lazarou, (c) Hayden Schilling also beat Grammar to come 2nd to Joeys
  • School 2nd Eight – Dale Chen, Michael Ambrose, Neil Street, Sam Binns, Jack Musgrove, Jason Nguyen, Alex Belokopytov, Andrew Blomberg (c) Gareth Deacon won their heat beating Joeys and making the final.

Kings/PLC Senior Regatta
This Saturday, 14 March, Kings and PLC are hosting a senior regatta at SIRC, Penrith. Our Year 10 Eights, School Fours and School Eights will be competing.

Old boy Dominic Grimm (05) wins at Nationals
It was fantastic to hear a past rower and coach of High, Dominic Grimm, was a crew member of the NSW Eight that won the Kings Cup at the Open National Championships held in Tasmania last weekend. Congratulations to Dominic from all at High Rowing.

Boatshed Dinner
The annual 'Boatshed Dinner' is an important date for all rowers and their parents to attend. It is on Wednesday 18th March, starting at 6.00pm in the Great Hall.

It is an opportunity for all High rowers to come together, and for each crew to be announced onto the stage and recognised for their commitment and achievements. The boys sit with their crews and the parents sit at tables with their Year group. I do hope you all make the effort to join us for this special night.

Boat Naming Ceremonies
It was terrific to see such a big crowd at the sheds last Saturday witnessing the naming of a single scull ‘Ross Bowey’ and a double scull ‘Ollie Wilson’.

Photos of the boat naming ceremony are available in the PDF version of the High Notes

These two old boys have made outstanding contributions to High Rowing and it was lovely to see their families attending who have also been significant contributors to High Rowing over the years.

These boats were able to be purchased due to funds raised from old boys and current parents at the 85 Year Reunion Dinner last year. We appreciate their support, and thank you to the committee and current parent group who helped last Saturday, particularly Bernie Desmond and Tanya Arsenova who organized the delicious lunch.

Celebration of 25 Years as Rowing MIC
At the end of March 2009, Con Barris will retire as Master in Charge of Rowing at Sydney Boys High School.

Con’s contribution to the 86 years of High rowing is immeasurable and it is important that we acknowledge his dedicated service and steadfast support for the many rowers who have passed through the ‘Sheds’ at Abbotsford.

With this in mind, the Rowing Committee will hold a function at the Outterside Centre to mark this important milestone. Everyone, crews, coaches and parents, who were involved with High rowing during the seasons 1984/85 to 2008/2009 are invited to attend.

The function will be held on the evening of the Head of the River, Saturday 28 March 2009, 6.00 pm to 9.00pm. Cost will be $25 per person and will include all beverages and canapés.

For an invitation and RSVP details, or if you have photos and/or memories and stories to tell about High rowing, please contact Julie Blomberg on 0416 061759 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Julie Blomberg
President Rowing Committee

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SHS Tennis Report

1st Grade
Week 5 of the GPS competition saw High matchup against Scots. It was a fine day for tennis where there were many close and entertaining matches. Number 1 doubles, Hau and Kent were outplayed by their opponents’ smart shot selection, despite our fight back in the second set. Number 2 doubles, Frank and Victor gelled well but were unable to capitalise at the important stages of the match. Number 3 doubles, Simon and George played a match with many reflex exchanges and counter-attacks; however they came up short in the end.

In the singles matches, number 1 Hau Neo was out-rallied by his opponent’s strong forehand and placement. Number 2, Frank Zhang once again played a fighting match but was unable to take his crucial chances. Number 3, Kent Nguyen fell short to his opponent’s strong ground strokes. Number 4, Simon Hoang used his strong forehand to his ability; however it was not enough to overcome his opponent. Number 5, George Panas, was once again involved in a long match which went for three hours, however he was unable to close out the match as fatigue set in. Number 6, Victor Lim played his best match of the season and is surely close to his first win in the top grade. The final score was unfortunately 12-0 to Scots, despite the close matches on the day.
Frank Zhang

2nd Grade
Yes, Scots are definitely our bunnies. Having beaten them narrowly last year, High was confident of beating Scots again. There was a sense of anxiety over a Year 7 “prodigy” of Scots tennis. However, our day started off well...with the discovery that he was injured.

Our first doubles pair was defeated in just over an hour, despite a close second set which could have gone either way at 4-4. However, a wonderful display from doubles pairs 2 and 3 saw victories in both matches. It was a joy to hear the clattering of racquets onto the court every time an unforced error was made by the opponent. Our singles saw further victories to High, with four out of six matches won. Special mention goes to Mohit Tugnait, who dismantled his opponent in style. Congratulations also to Phillip Nguyen, who this week won his first singles match in 2nd grade tennis. High will face rivals Grammar this week. We hope to replicate this week's performance with a resounding defeat of Grammar.
Enoch Hui

13 As
It was a great day for playing tennis at Scots College. The weather was perfect and we were pumped. 13As tried our hardest to defeat our opponents but they had the home (and height!) advantage. We lost 6-0 but the Jet Gill Lee /Julian Tang doubles match was closely contested and settled by a tiebreaker. “Shot of the match” was in the doubles with Joseph Lui and Andrew Tayeh when Andrew hit a ball that struck the umpire’s chair and rebounded back into the court. Sadly, but rightly, this was disallowed! As Andrew said- “it would have been cool!” Let’s hope the scores reflect the effort more accurately next time.
Julian Tang

13 Bs
Everything started off well with the B1 Shawn Noronha and B2 Andrew Cheung completing a 6-2 win against the Scots Boys in their doubles game. Unfortunately everything took a turn for the worse from there. The Scots Boys turned their game on and unfortunately no-one was able to conquer a doubles or singles from then on. It was however a gallant effort from each of the boys, and great to see the excellent sportsmanship on the courts. Shawn Noronha

13 Cs
Last Saturday, Sydney High played Scots College. All players in the C team had great matches. In singles there were three wins. The scores were 6-4, 6-4, and 6-3. In one doubles match, we were down 3-0 but came back and were serving for the match at 5-4 when we failed to serve the match out and went to a tiebreaker. The match was narrowly lost in the tiebreaker with a match score of 5-6 (3-7). The other doubles match was won in a tiebreaker. The match score was 6-5 (7-3). Overall, we had a good day and hopefully we’ll be able to keep up the performance.
Aaron Hassan

13 Ds
Last Saturday, the Ds again showed that they cannot be underestimated with a solid 5-1 overall victory. The highlight of the day was William Wu's and Kevin Zhang's consecutive wins cementing a good all-court performance. William outclassed his opposition with a 6-1 match while Kevin drove his player out through the middle of the game to win 6-3. In the other singles matches, Joshua Leo also cruised past his opponent with a comfortable 6-1 beating however Leon Chen fell 1 agonizing step short with a narrow 6-5 loss.

In the doubles matches, William and Kevin started off shakily though later evened up with some steady ground strokes and won 6-3. The other match with Joshua and Leon was a nail-biter. In the end, High failed to capitalize in the important rallies and resulted in their tiebreaker loss. A funny moment was when Joshua served out Leon's head though it was all good. Looking through the day, it was quite successful though some more serving and volley practice could be worked on.
William Wu

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 at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

This Week’s Fixtures – SHS v SGS:
1st Grade: SHS at 12:15pm
2nd Grade: Weigall at 12:15pm
3rd – 6th Grade: Parklands from 12:15pm
16s: Weigall from 8:30am
15s: Moore Park from 8:30am
14s: Parklands from 8:30am
13s: SHS from 8:30am

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P&C: High Society

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

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 18 March at 7.30pm in the Staff Common Room. . Any member of the parent community is more than welcome to attend – PLEASE JOIN US. The focus for this meeting will be the discussion and development of P&C priorities for 2009.

P & C Priorities for 2009

  1. Sub-Committee Activities
    • Identify role of Sub-Committees
    • Identify common issues and successful approaches
  2. Finances
    • Increase percentage of families making Library and Building Fund contributions
    • Strengthen and support telephone campaign for Monthly Giving Program
  3. School Environment
    • Build upon recycling initiatives and increase awareness of need to reduce rubbish around the School grounds
    • Identify priority list for building maintenance, facility and grounds improvements
  4. P&C Operations
    • Establish central P&C records
    • Establish P&C templates for various events and systems for future reference
  5. Public Affairs

If you cannot attend but would like a particular issue raised or included in the P&C priorities for 2009, please contact Julie Connolly, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; 0418 470 203.

Upcoming Parent Meetings & Events (details in High Notes)

  • P&C general meeting 7.30pm Wednesday 18 March , Staff Common Room
  • Boatshed Dinner 6.30pm Wednesday 18 March Great Hall
  • Year 9 Parent Group Meeting 7.00pm Monday 23 March Staff Common Room
  • Information Evening re: English Extension 1 and 2, for Year 12, 2010 7.00pm Tuesday 24 March Great Hall
  • Basketball Annual Dinner 6.30pm Friday 27 March Great Hall
  • Cricket Annual Dinner Friday 3 April Great Hall

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.

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