High Notes, Vol 10 No 9, March 27 2009

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From the Principal

High Talent
High had an historic basketball season in 2008-09 finishing equal 3rd in first grade and second in second grade. The preparation, commitment and self belief of both teams were evident all season. Thank you to Alex Hayman for his efforts with first grade. A young High first XI finished the season strongly in equal 3rd place. Thank you to Barry Davison for his efforts with the team. Congratulations to the 20 High boys who made the Sydney Zone East Swimming Team. Dedicated swimmers can do well at this level. Well done to Alexander Belokopytov and Jack Wachsmann of Year 12 for their last representative year in swimming. As usual in volleyball, Sydney High players dominated Sydney East Region team selection with 9 of 10 selected! Thank you to all 19 Try Rugby day helpers who facilitated a great experience for Year 7 boys last Friday. Thanks also to Geoff Andrews and Catherine Deacon for their invaluable help. Well done indeed to Frank Zhang (Year 8) who was selected in the Combined GPS Tennis team as reserve – a great effort! A special mention goes to the 13A cricket team who have improved with every match and fell just 5 runs short of defeating the unbeaten King’s side on the weekend. Well done indeed!

Behaviour at GPS games
After last week’s incidents in our home games against Grammar, I want to remind players, coaches and parents that at High we pride ourselves on holding the high moral ground when it comes to crowd behaviour at GPS fixtures. We do not resort to sledging and racist taunts. We respect officials and abide by their rulings. I ask that when High plays at our gym no spectators remain on the floor area but go upstairs to the viewing gallery and not congregate next to court 2 or along the court 1 side lines. For reasons of safety and removal of courtside distractions, it is preferable for all spectators to be in the gallery. Healthy barracking for the positives in the games is always welcome. High believes in and abides by the GPS Code of Conduct.

Finances to March
Since December 1 last year when our financial year started, income from all sources (including carried forward funds) was $1,313,383. A large proportion of these funds came from general service contributions ($443,235). A very pleasing 85% of budget has been contributed already by Year 8 parents. Year 10 parents are close behind on 77%. Senior school payments are disappointing. It would be terrific if parents in Years 9, 11 and 12 could pay their fees soon.

I am pleased that 605 families have already supported the sports program through their ‘Sports Levy’. Also, 575 families recognised the need for increased technology support in the school and paid the ‘technology levy’ I trust that these families will not be expected to carry the financial burden of supplying high quality services to everybody’s sons. We are entering a new era in technology in teaching and learning and we need all your support.

High’s expenditures to March 10 were $817,783, including $92,706 on capital equipment items. The best part of this spending is that all your sons get the benefit of what we have done already for the rest of the year.

On the down side, we have only $453,548 left until Term 3 when our second DET payment comes. Please support us by contributing now!

The money will be spent on: Social Science textbooks ($10k), the digital projector installation program ($15k), the 4th Tennis Court Loan instalment ($10k) and the Solar Grant installation top up ($10k.) Support the School Canteen that finances so many good school projects!

Annual School Report published
All High families should have received their Annual School Reports this week. A PDF version of the report is on the school’s website. I want to thank Lynne Williams and Jenni May for their input into the project. If your son did not bring home a copy, please email or telephone the school. We have a strictly limited print run of 1300 copies, so there are few replacement copies available.

National Schools Pride Nominations
Refurbishing the Great Hall kitchen was one of 12,752 projects nominated by 2,186 schools by March 16. DET is ‘assessing’ these nominations prior to “forwarding funding applications to the Commonwealth”. The Commonwealth will decide and advise which projects have been approved. DET will contact schools and publish the full list on the internet.

Summer Sports Reports
Summer sports reports are now due. If you were the captain of a team or stroked a crew, it is your job to write up a season report of no more than 100 words, capturing the highlights of the season from your perspective, mentioning positives and being optimistic. Your Clearance Form for the first semester reports will have this responsibility written on it if you have not supplied your report to Ms Trompetter or her Record Committee colleagues. Leaders in co-curricular activities should be making notes of Term 1 events to be prepared for their reports due at the conclusion of their activity. Coaches and teachers – please submit the names of captains and leaders to the Record Committee so that the collection of season reports can be managed.
Dr K A Jaggar

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From History

The battle of Anzac needed reliable cover-fire and brave machine-gunners. Trooper Thomas Andrew was assigned to such a unit. This would have been essential. These weapons were a major threat to any opposition. There was also hand-to-hand combat occurring during this assault. Using the primary and secondary sources, can I find out; HOW Trooper Thomas Andrew died?

Here is the story of a young man from SA who enlisted during the Great War and who never came home. Here is a story which was duplicated many hundreds of times over, for many men and their families during this time in Australia’s history. He was a son to Mary Andrew and a brother to Robert Andrew. He was more than just number 76. After his death, his brother wrote to the defence department making enquiries about the information concerning his death. He was a decorated soldier. Here is a story about a time in history which was - as one man put it “the absurd sacrifice of young men by old men sitting in stuffed chairs in London”. This was allegedly a comment made by a soldier at Gallipoli.

In the spring of 1914, October 12, a young Thomas Andrew of Goodwood South Australia enlisted for the Australian Imperial Forces. He was at the time, as it appears on his enlistment form No D 19533, only 21 7/12 years of age and was employed as a farm hand. The 7th Light Horse Regiment was put together at Holsworthy in Liverpool NSW. The men were volunteers and over October and November they were assembled and appointed to units for despatch, as part of the 2nd Australian Light Horse Brigade. Thomas was to join the Machine Gun Section; a post handed down by his commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel J.M. Arnott, on December 1st 1914. Our soldier; Private Trooper Thomas Andrew embarked the Ayreshire - transport A33 on December 20, 1914 bound for Gallipoli with his unit. A list of the 27 unit members accompanies this account. On the Unit’s arrival on 1st February of 1915, they were a dismounted force (on foot) and did not disembark to feel the solid ground beneath their feet, until the 19th February. .

From this time forward, they were fully engaged in the fighting and on examination of the unit diary notes obtained via the Australian War Memorial website, not only was the safety of the men a paramount concern to their immediate officers, so too were the daily behaviours of the unit. At all times, proper conduct, hygiene and safety seemed to be the ultimate priorities. I don’t think there is anything that one can do to boost the human-spirit at a time of conflict like war. The diary notes place our Trooper Thomas in the conflict having been transferred by means of a “Routine Order NO. 28” to the “M.G. Sec.” on 23rd June 1915 along with 3 other men. This document is attached for examination.

The evidence and history places our subject Andrew at Gaba Tepe and Anzac Cove from May 21 1915, as reported by unit diaries of the day. 24 June 1915 a routine order entry, cites Tom as a transfer from B-Squadron to Machine Gun Section. We know by his death notice that he is killed in action at Anzac on the 6th August 1915. Our Trooper Thomas Andrew had been transferred to Machine Gun Section, in the earlier order dated 24th June. On the 6th of August 1915, a “secret” operations order was issued by Lieut-Col Arnott at Shell Green. The order set out that the 7th LHR would provide cover fire, to Pine Ridge, from the trench positions they occupied during this attack; in fact, they are specifically expected to watch for any movement in the communications of the enemy. By doing this, they would cripple their enemy’s ability to respond to any attack. The Machine Gun Section, with whom our soldier was serving, would have been an important and a likely, “front-line” component during the attack from the trenches.

Page 19, Copy Number 2, of Operation Order Number 6 states, “An attack assisted by naval artillery fire is to be made on the enemy works, known as Green Knoll and Balkan Gun Pits, on Harris Ridge on the night of 6-7th August”.

The secondary sources suggest a great loss of men due to gruesome hand-to-hand combat that occurred during this diversionary conflict. Once the Turks had realised the Anzac’s objectives, they began to pick off their communications runners. It is highly likely that our soldier fell at some time during this fight. Otherwise, he may have been killed or fatally wounded in hand-to-hand combat, while defending his post. It is sad that the research and examinations of the Unit Diaries, don’t mention the cause or location of the death of Trooper Thomas. However, we do know how his unit coped with this struggle, during the conflict, and after his death. The Unit Diaries on the 8th of August tells us of the status and condition of the unit, in the aftermath of the fighting. The unit’s morale has dropped as the days persist, and dysentery is affecting the soldiers. This combined with extremely hot temperatures and malnutrition, is compounding their predicament.

In 1893, Goodwood SA, Thomas Andrew was born. He attended a state school, trained in Commercial Farming and Engineering and enlisted for the Australian Imperial Forces on the 12th of October 1914. He was 5 ft 8, with dark skin, blue eyes, and brown hair. He fought for us since his landing, until the defensive action at Anzac Cove, where he fell in action. He sacrificed his future, for ours.
“Lest We Forget”
By Gianni Romeo


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From the Andrews/Junior Library

Year 8 Book Review Competition- Fabulous prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd this week!
This next week all of Year 8 will write an in class book review of a book they have read in Literacy/Wide Reading this term. The competition will be graded (anonymity assured) by Year 10 & 11 volunteers.

Year 10 & 11 volunteers needed! Award scheme points apply
Mrs Crothers

Year 7 Family Picnic

All Year 7 boys and their families are invited to get together on Saturday 4 April from 3 pm to 6 pm approximately at Centennial Park.

Please bring your own food, drink, and sporting equipment, umbrellas, chairs or tables as desired. This is a chance to get together socially and make some contacts across the year. Teachers are welcome.

Ash Paddock, near the children’s cycle path – first set of toilets and tables on left after entering via the Randwick Gates (near Darley Rd roundabout) and across the road from the cricket pitches preceding Mackay Oval – shown as Equestrian Centre on UBD maps.

Look for the blue and white balloons. Any queries, please contact Anne Wall (Year 7 Parent Coordinator) on 0423 172 762

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SBHS Debating

Eastside Competition Round 5, Friday 27th March
Last week our boys suffered terribly at the hands of SGHS where we lost all debates with the exception of Year 11. Well done boys! We can take pride in that all debates were close and the round should prove an excellent learning experience for our boys moving into the final rounds of the Eastside comp.

This week we are debating against SCEGGS for our last home debates for the Eastside competition. The Eastside topic for this week is Current Affairs.

Chair people are required for the Senior debates which start at 8pm. If you are interested in taking this role please email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . As always watching senior and more experienced debaters is a great way to see the structure and matter knowledge of our top representative debaters and an enjoyable learning experience

FED Competition Round 3, Friday 27th March
This week our FED teams are away again – this time at Knox. The topic area for this round is Health. Last week our Juniors and Seniors led the way with Years 7, 8, 11 and 12 winning their respective debates against Newington – champion effort boys and I look forward to excellent results again for this week.

Debating Squirrel says – The Semis and Finals are coming!
Remember to keep an eye on newspapers and other news sources to stay up to date with the current issues they arise. Not only will this provide you with additional matter for any topic area but could even provide you with a specific debate topic for a current round and into the final series for your competition. Challenge yourself by playing ‘Devil’s Advocate’, put yourself in different shoes – what would the Federal Government think? What would the State Government think? What is the best way to solve the problem? Keeping your mind open and creating your own solution to problems is an excellent skill of top debaters.

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

ANZAC Day Marching Band
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 4. It is compulsory for ALL Members of the Intermediate and Senior Concert Bands to participate in Marching Band rehearsals and attend the ANZAC Day March.

Holiday Rehearsals:
1st Week – 14th April 9am-12pm (with break)
2nd Week – 23rd April 9am-12pm (with break)

Please bring your hat, sunscreen and a bottle of water to the holiday rehearsals as practice will be held outside on Moore Park West. Please note that the rehearsal in the 2nd week is a FULL Dress Rehearsal; students need to wear their school uniform (with BLAZER). If you do not own a blazer, please organise to borrow one for the 2nd holiday rehearsal and ANZAC Day.

Students need to attend both rehearsals in the holidays and have music MEMORISED by the beginning of the holidays. Please notify Music Staff if you are unable to make any of these sessions.

Music Parking
There will be a Music Parking on Friday the 10th of April from 4:30pm-7:30pm. Please let the Music Staff know if you are able to attend. Award Scheme Points apply. The Music Tour Committee is also fundraising by selling soft drinks at the parking and we encourage boys or parents attending the tour to come along and help out.

Music Tour 2010 to France
We have had a wonderful response to the Music Tour to France next April. Our next meeting will follow the Music Supporters Group meeting on Monday 6th of April in the Great Hall. The tour is open to students in the Music Performance Program 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 already due 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’.

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 sausage sizzle BBQs 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

Cabaret Night – Please Note Change of Date
Cabaret Night has been changed to Saturday the 27th of June 2009 (TERM 2) with the Jazz workshop held 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.

20th/21st Century Concert
Following our huge success with the Night at the Movies Spring concert last year, our theme for the first concert of this year is 20th/21st Century and will be held on Saturday the 9th of May (Term 2, Week 2) in the Great Hall at 6:30pm. All ensembles will be performing and tickets are available through the Main Office. There will be refreshments on sale during the interval of the concert. Single: $12.00 / Family: $28.00

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

Piano For Sale
2003 Boston (Steinway 178 model) for sale in very good condition, $22,000 (ono). RRP for second hand is $25,000. Please see the Music Staff if you are interested or contact 0416 740 813.

Ensemble Rehearsal Schedule for 2009.

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 102 (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 101 (8.30 – 9.30am)
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SHS Rowing Committee

Rowing Dinner
We had nearly 200 people attend the School Rowing Dinner last Wednesday evening in the Great Hall and I would think that everyone there would have been impressed with our rowers. The speeches were outstanding by Daniel Keogh (Y8), Max Jones (Y9), Tim Gollan (Y10) and Matt Ling (Y12 and Captain of Boats) and there was something very special about seeing our boys formally introduced onto the stage- in their crews, in full school uniform and standing proud! It was a very enjoyable night.

Riverview Gold Cup Results
Our star crew last Saturday was the Year 9 3rd Coxed Quad Scull coming 2nd in the B final to Grammar. Well done rowers – Sam Marques, Hiram Yu, David Andrews, Tony Chen and (c) Shaun Fletcher.

Rowing Assembly Friday 27th March 11.30am
The GPS Head of the River crews will be formally introduced to the School assembly. Parents of those boys are invited to attend the assembly followed by morning tea.

GPS Head of the River Saturday 28th March
Races start at 10.00am with the Year 10 Eights, our School Fours race from 10.40am until 11.20am, and the School Eights race at 11.35 and 11.50 am. It is all over by 12 noon. This is the big day on the GPS school calendar and is quite a spectacle with all GPS schools attending. We have our own decorated marquee with the School Stage Band playing, so put on the blue and brown and come and cheer!

All parents are invited back to the sheds for a presentation at approximately 3.00pm to thank everyone involved in the season – coaches, staff, committee, parents and the boys.

Con’s 25 years as MIC of Rowing celebration
The committee is hosting a cocktail party on Saturday 28th March, 6.00pm – 9.00pm for all involved with High Rowing from 1985 to 2009 to celebrate the achievement of Mr Con Barris as Master in Charge for 25 years. It is $25 pp and you can pay at the door.

Sheds Clean Up Sunday 29th March 10am – 12pm
The parents and the boys are responsible for leaving the Outterside Centre clean at the end of the rowing season ready for group hiring during the off season.

Mr Barris is asking all boys to turn up on Sunday morning to clean the boatshed and the weights room and the committee are asking for parents to come and help clean the kitchen, the dormitory, the Jim Budge room and upstairs. We would appreciate everyone making the effort to help please.

Thanks and good luck to all our rowers at the HOR
Julie Blomberg
President Rowing Committee

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SHS Basketball: Shootin' Hoops

High vs Kings 2009 Term (Last time)

1st See the Table Raschke Cup
2nd See the Table Raschke Cup
4th WIN 44-26 J WONG 13
6th WIN 33-19 B WONG 8
7th WIN 38-17 B LOU 9
8th WIN 58-4 S BURNHAM 20
16C LOSS 14-33 Y WONG 6
16E WIN 32-8 D CHEN 18!
15A WIN 75-24 M CULLEN 20!
15D WIN 67-13 T CHIN 26!
15E WIN 43-13 L FANG 30!
15F WIN 39-9 J LO 8
14A LOSS 33-35 O KIRK 7pts
14B LOSS 15-28 D DOUNG  4
14C LOSS 9-18 H ZHANG 4
14D LOSS 18-35 J MA 10
14E LOSS 14-46 K LIU 4
14F LOSS 15-36 E HO 8

High vs Kings 2009 Term 1 (Rematch time)

1st WIN 94-51 S LLEWELLYN 41! S.HIGGINS 31.....
3rd WIN 40-29 A YANG 16
4th WIN 45-26 B YANG 13
5th WIN 46-26 D TRAN 10
6th WIN 32-23 I LU 11
7th WIN 30-15 J LI 14
8th WIN 64-10 S BURNHAM 23
16A WIN 37-30 D NGUYEN 7
16C LOSS 17-29 K PHAN 6
16D WIN 36-15 V ZHENG 16!
16E WIN 17-16 K TIAN 5
15B WIN 28-26 JERRY 9
15C WIN 35-15 ANGUS, MAX 10
15E WIN 38-8 H HEO 12
15F WIN 29-6 B CHAU 8
14A WIN 35-29 O KIRK 12 2/2 3PT
14B WIN 32-28 D DUONG 14
14D LOSS 30-33 S DU 9
14E LOSS 14-32 L ZHANG 5
14F LOSS 26-18 Y WU 11
13B LOSS 25-15 A CHEN 11
13C LOSS 5-30 A BAO 3
13D LOSS 36-22 N WANG-LY 8

Performance against Kings
It was the first time high had ever won at Kings stadium in 1st or 2nd grade! Thanks to all the supporters who were present at the game, as we had a massive turnout which boosted our confidence both in the 16s and Opens. It is evident from the previous page, the performance was magnificent and also a massive improvement from last time. This term, High Basketball has become incredibly stronger and is continuing to do so and hopefully we can maintain this for the next season. The Hayman Cup Results will be announced next week, in the final edition of Shootin’ Hoops for this term and season, so stay tuned!
By David Li Wang

1st Grade Stats

S. Higgins 12/24 6/13 1/1 31 1 4
S. Llewellyn 16/31 6/13 3/3 41 0 5
J. Chow 0/4 0/0 0/0 0 1 2
S. Yoon 1/4 0/0 0/0 2 3 5
L. Gordon 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 2 1
E. Naar 2/5 0/1 0/0 4 2 3
C. Jurlina 1/3 0/0 0/0 2 3 6
D. Jones 2/3 0/0 1/1 5 2 1
M. Jones 2/6 0/0 0/0 4 3 4
J. Meaney 2/9 0/2 1/2 5 1 7

By Chris Chiam

AAGPS 2nd Grade Table
2nd Grade narrowly missed out on taking out the long-awaited premiership and becoming co-premiers with St. Ignatius. Under the guidance of Mr Hayman, they won 11 games and lost only 3, gave their 100% effort and should definitely be congratulated for such an outstanding season. 1st Grade finished equal 3rd with Scots, behind 1st place Newington and 2nd place St Ignatius.

  Played Won Lost For Against Points
1. St. Ignatius 14 12 2 807 553 26
2. High 14 11 3 710 575 25
3. Shore 14 8 6 606 552 22
4. Newington 14 7 7 568 530 21
5. St. Joseph's 14 7 7 661 642 21
6. King's 14 6 8 633 648 20
7. Scots 14 5 9 505 696 19
8. Grammar 14 0 14 452 746 14

By David Li Wang

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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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SHS Cricket


What a finish to the season, the 1st XI in equal third spot in the Senior Premiership, three senior players in Avindu VITHANAGE, Brian KELLY and Ishman BARI recorded centuries, from our junior ranks Thilan SUBASINGHE (14As) also put 104 on the scoresheet and finally batsmen across the teams scoring 50s in some very close games. Statistics do not really tell the full story on the performances of teams and on synthetic wickets High have been involved in 27 matches where there have been less than 20 runs in the result. However the statistics tell a different story when our teams are exposed to turf wickets at GPS schools who have the advantages of regular training and playing on turf wickets. However from the statistics we have also seen the emergence of potential senior XI cricketers from our New Year 7 boys through the intermediate teams in Years 9 and 10. An exciting two seasons to look forward to.

The boys as well as interested parties have certainly utilized our Website and I’m pleased to say that I have answered a minimum of enquiries re ground locations, match times and how to get there questions this season. We can but hope that we achieve 100% of the information you need for next season. Parents are also encouraged to read the match reports submitted by the team captains.

Friday 3rd April 6-30pm for 7-00pm The Cricket Dinner will be held in the Great Hall and players are urged to purchase their tickets no later than Monday 30th March when we have to have final catering numbers to the pavilion. Payment is made at the school office. Boys are reminded that School Uniform is required.

All kits must be returned to the school prior to the cricket dinner. Used Match balls are to be placed in the kits and each should have a minimum of 10 cricket balls. New Match balls are to be retuned to me by the team captains. Some equipment can be accepted PRIOR to the Dinner but before 6-00pm.

GROUP 1 (TWO DAY fixtures)

1st.XI (Day 2) HIGH 9 – 94 & 5 - 129 - defeated - GRAMMAR 10 – 89 & 8 – 164 ( WIN )
Three consecutive wins saw High finish the season in equal Third spot in the GPS Premiership. Congratulations to the team members and coach. Wicket takers were Razeen AHMED 2 /31 (6), Kerrod McPHERSON 2 /40 and Michael GAO 2 /21. Run scorers – Avindu VITHANGE continued his good form with (63n.o). See Website – Match Report.

2nd.XI (Day 2) GRAMMAR 10 – 162 & 2 - 119 - defeated - HIGH 10 – 111 and 8 – 168 ( LOSS )
The scores and statistics don’t do this match justice. An exciting finish where High could have gained a 2nd Innings result but for some fielding lapses. Run scorers were Nakul BHAGWAT (76n.o) and in his last High appearance Nakul PEDNEKER (23). In the bowling area Saif HAQUE recorded a Hat-Trick and finished with 4 wickets supported by Sam LANE who bowled consistently in Grammar’s 1st innings.

3rd.XI (Day 2) HIGH 9 - 116 - drew with - GRAMMAR 10 - 139 ( DRAW )
Run scorers were Hugo RICHARDS (49), Shantiban SHANMUGAN (27) and Daniel MORGAN (15). Wicket takers – Anthony HOPKINS 4 /5 (4), Timmy LIM 2 /30 (9) and David CHAU 1 /16 (4). See Website – Match Report

16 A.(Day 2) GRAMMAR 10 - 146 (53) - defeated - HIGH 10 – 123 (51) ( LOSS)
Run Scorers were Shimon DANZIGER (32), Hashan SUBASINGHE (27) and Kumudika GUNARATNE (18). See Website – Match report

15 A.(Day 2) GRAMMAR 10 - 114 - defeated - HIGH 10 – 57 & 6 – 136 ( 1st Ings. LOSS )
A return to form by our batsmen showed the real potential in this team going forward into Term 4 and the Barberis Cup. Run scorers were Daniel SMITH ( 2 & 65), Ahdil ANSAREEN (0 & 29) and Sudam DIAS (24 & 4). Wicket takers were Shumit HOQUE 3 /16 (5), Sudam DIAS 3 /27 (9) and Tom Connolly 2 /20 (9). See Website – Match Report.

14 A. (Day 2 ) HIGH - versus - GRAMMAR
(Report not lodged)

GROUP 2 (ONE DAY Fixtures)

No reports received from 16C, 15B, 15C, 14C teams this week.

4th.XI. GRAMMAR 8 – 232 - defeated - HIGH 10 - 47
Run scorers were Oliver FIO (15), Arun SURENDRAN (9n.o) and Anirban GHOSE (6). Wicket takers – Robert MA (4 /31 (5), Liam AYLMER 1 /19 (5) and Angud CHAWLA 1 /20 (5). No Match report received.

16 B. HIGH 6 - 170 - defeated - KINGS 10 – 62 ( WIN )
Run scorers were Ishman BARI ( 101) with a maiden century, Casapr PRICE (12) and Vino Ananadaselvakumar (12). Wicket takers were Caspar PRICE 3 /9 (4), Pasan PANNILA 2 /5 (3) and Vino Anandaselvakumar 1 /0 (1). A sound victory and well deserved. See Website – Match report -

14 B. KINGS 3 – 167 - defeated - HIGH 7 – 47 ( LOSS )
Wicket takers – Kevin GIANG 1 /24, Anup KALUVE 1 /17 and Nicholas LIN also took a wicket. Run Scorers were Sumaen KUMARRESWARAN (13) Nevin LAZARUS (9n.o) and Kevin GIANG (5). See Website – for Match Report

13 A. KINGS 10 – 122 (32) – defeated - HIGH 9 -118 (34) ( LOSS )
What a performance against the unbeaten King’s Team !!! Look out GPS opponents in season 2009/10 as High have signaled we are going to be a force to be reckoned with. Run scorers Sagar NAGARAJ (44), Lasith De FONSEKA (24) and Philip LAM (21). Wicket takers were Sai VIMALANATHAM 2 /12 (5), Ned ANSON 2 /23 (%) and Andrew DAO 1 /13 (5). See Website – Match Report.

13 B. KINGS 1 – 35 (12) – defeated - HIGH 10 – 34 (17) ( LOSS)
Another improved performance from the boys and it’s great to see the application at sport days and training. Well done to all. Run scorers were Michael YU (120, Andrew CAO (4) and Howard GU (3). The bowlers also did well with Michael YU 1 /4 (3), Yiu Tao WONG 0 /6 (3) and Alan CHEN 0 /9 (3 )producing economical figures. See Website – Match Report.
Laurie Heil
MIC Cricket

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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 Tennis Report

21 March 2009

First Grade had its last match for the season against the top-ranked King’s team. For all but two of our players, this was the last time they would wear the first grade tennis shirt. Thus there was a lot to play for. This was clear from the manner in which the first doubles was contested, with High losing each set by a mere break of serve. The second and third doubles were more decisive in favour of Kings, whose strength was the quality of their lower-order players.

The singles matches were lopsided for the large part even though King’s were missing their number one player. The only match of note was the second singles, in which High was represented by Frank Zhang. After a slow start, Frank came back in the second to win it 7-5 before opening up a 5-2 lead in the third, including a double break of serve, by attacking his opponent’s backhand. Unfortunately, he was not able to put the match away but showed tremendous sportsmanship in the circumstances. It should be noted that often the best players are not defined by how they win, but how they lose.

The 12-0 result was an indication of the distance between the first and last teams in the GPS. For High to return to its former glory days, students need to be more committed to training and learning the craft. This is the only way we will develop the team of six necessary to compete at the highest level. One player whose commitment cannot be questioned is Frank Zhang, who has been rewarded for a fine season with selection in the Combined GPS team

On Saturday the 21st of March the 13s A team stormed into the matches against The King's School. We all played magnificently and there has been obvious improvement seen in all the players in the A team. The Julian Tang/Joseph Lui doubles game was played with lots of power coming from both players despite the unfortunate loss. The Andrew Tayeh/Jet Lee doubles was also played with lots of effort and skill but they were unfortunately unable to gain a victory over their tough opponents.

In the singles Joseph Lui lost to his extremely skilled opponent. The games were extremely close with a few deuces in the game but he unfortunately lost because he was not at the top of his game this week. Andrew Tayeh played magnificently against his opponent but was not able to overcome his opponent. Julian's ferocity and power in the match made it quite exciting but the player from King's defeated Julian in a very tight match. Jet's match was amazing because he dominated the court, hit great shots, kept on leading in the match and with his strength and will, he won the match with flying colours.
Joseph Lui

On Saturday 21st March 2009, Sydney Boys High played an away game against The King’s School in thrilling tennis matches. First up were the ‘doubles’ for both B teams and both were won ‘on a life-line’. Although some shots were quite lucky, the strokes were excellent from both King’s and Sydney Boys and ended up being a close tie-break for both teams. Both teams managed to pull off some spectacular shots in the ‘dying’ minutes of the games to turn the tables and win the game.

As for the ‘singles’ though, things were quite different. Shots were only of slightly lesser quality and the same with the serves. Despite this, not one of the four matches played by Sydney Boys was won possibly because the sun was at its highest when the singles matches were played. Overall, the B team played excellent matches this week against one of the best schools that play tennis.
Rahulan Arulmurugan

On Saturday when I got to the King’s school it was raining, so all the boys in the Ds team and I went up to the shelter near the top half of the tennis courts and started playing handball. After 1 1/2 hours I decided to call John (our coach) because we thought he wasn't here yet. Unfortunately, we found out that John was here the whole time but he was near the bottom courts. Sadly it wasn't our day my partner (David) and I lost both our doubles and singles and we also had extra pressure because two of our teammates failed to show up
Daniel Zhang

A B and C teams watch out! In what must have been a highlight on the final tennis day of the season, the D team of William, Brian and Michaelx2 were “DoggeDly DetemineD”. From the relatively easy win of 6-2 (I think this was the best score) to the nerve-wrecking, never-say-die win of 12-10 in the tiebreaker where both players could barely walk off the court, everyone gave of their best. To take nothing away from the King’s team who also displayed great sport and sportsmanship, we truly embodied "you can't buy spirit"
Michael Hauser

Other tennis notices

  • Last week mention was made of the CHS Championships to be held this week at Penrith. The school was in fact represented by Simon Hoang, Frank Zhang and George Panas
  • On a number of occasions there have been photos in the High Notes of the 1st Grade team. These are all the work of Allan Hoang, brother of Simon, and we thank him for adding a photographic element to the report each week
  • We still require parental help in particular for the parking event allocated to tennis - the NRL match between the Roosters and Eels on Friday 3 April. Please email Peter Pereira if you are available at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • There have been a number of enquiries as to the status of Tennis during winter. At present we are working on possible models and any developments will be passed on to students
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High Society

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

Sun-Safe Policy
Last week’s P & C meeting addressed several critical school issues, including the endorsement of the School’s sun-safe policies which include the wearing of hats and sunscreen during outdoor sport, PE and excursions. The P & C voted to support the School in the enforcing of this policy.

School Library Fund Contributions
At its May General Meeting, the P & C will vote on recommending to the School that the Library Fund contribution invoiced to parents at the start of the year, be increased to $125.00 from 2010. With the establishment of the Senior Library in 2009, in addition to the existing Junior Library, the cost of delivery of School library services has doubled to over $100 000 per year. A formal motion to increase the Library Fund contribution will be notified to the School community at the start of Term II.

Both Senior and Junior Libraries are in full operation and our students are using both Libraries to great effect - optimising their use of supervised study spaces with professional teaching support, available before school and throughout the school day. It is like having an in-house tutoring service. Individual hours of study have already been boosted across the majority of senior students.

The Library Fund finances most of the costs to operate and stock both Libraries, including subscriptions to the latest in data bases and search engines. The School is relying on parents to pay their 2009 Library Fund contribution promptly. In past years, only 65% of families have met their Library fund commitments. As a School community we need to increase this percentage. We are aiming for 100%. We urge school families to pay the $75.00 School Library Fund contribution for 2009 to the School office, if they have not already done so.

Upcoming Parent Meetings & Events (details in High Notes)

  • Basketball Annual Dinner – 6.30pm Friday 27th March Great Hall
  • Head of the River – Saturday 28th March Penrith
  • School Athletics Carnival – Monday 30th and Tuesday 31st March ES Marks Field Kensington
  • Rugby Committee – 6.00pm, Wednesday 1st April Room 901
  • Tennis Annual Dinner – Thursday 2nd April Great Hall
  • Cricket Annual Dinner – 6.30pm Friday 3rd April Great Hall
  • Music Supporters’ Group, followed by Music Tour to France – 6.30pm Monday 6th April Staff Common Room
  • Debating Supporters’ Group – 6.30pm Tuesday 7th April Staff Common Room
  • Rugby Committee – 6.00pm Wednesday 29th April Room 901
  • Try Rugby Day – 9.00am – 12.00noon Saturday 2nd May McKay Oval

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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SRC Events

SRC Training Day
On Monday the 2nd March, the newly elected SRC for 2009 took part in an SRC training day and were the first group who had a whole day devoted specifically to SRC leadership training. The event was held at the SBHS Outterside Centre.

The day was organised by Mrs Collignon, Mr Coan and Mr Walker and hosted by two members of a group named Rising Generations. The main goals for the day were to get to know everyone else in the SRC, create a vision for the SRC for 2009, gain a sense of group unity and cohesion and to learn effective ways of putting all our ideas into practice.

The day started with the group meeting at 8am at Circular Quay and travelling by ferry down the Parramatta River to Abbotsford to the centre. It was a beautiful morning and a great way to start the day together.

The SRC was also joined by the leaders of the Community Service Committee (organised by Ms Kaye) David Nam, Panduka Manamperi, Johnny Lieu and Kerrod MacPherson to be inspired and to bring some of the leadership ideas back to their group of student leaders at Sydney High.

At 9am, at the Outterside Centre the group was introduced to our hosts for the day, two fun and lively members of the Rising Generations team. Throughout the day, the hosts worked on developing a vision for the SRC through interactive activities. Every member contributed ideas on how they could improve the school and how these improvements could be achieved.

One of the activities involved a simple objective of placing tennis balls and one blue ping pong ball in a bucket; a team of seven people, six blindfolded and one leader, tried to coordinate them to complete the activity. There were three scenarios, the first where all members were blindfolded and were not allowed to communicate, the second was where the leader was the only person not blindfolded however was still unable to communicate, the third was where the leader and his team were not blindfolded and allowed to communicate. The activity showed us the importance of communication, vision and cooperation as a leader.

The day concluded at 3pm and we all agreed it was great fun however most importantly the SRC became a closer and stronger unit and were able to develop an understanding on how to become better leaders.

We would like to thank Mrs Collignon, Mr Coan and Mr Walker for the wonderful day.
SRC Executive 2009 Dale Chen, Nelson Wang and Anirban Ghose.

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