High Notes, Vol 11 No 25, August 13 2010

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Nishant Paul (Year 11) who won a medal in the UNSW-ICAS Writing Competition.

School Administration and Support Staff –SASS Appreciation Week
Next week is SASS Appreciation Week. SASS in schools are vital members of the organisation, providing important services to students, staff and parents. At High they are more deeply involved than in most state schools, given the six-day a week complexity of our unique context. We are fortunate that our SASS are so committed to the school.

Ros and Louise do the switch, the front desk and the mail. Ros also manages ERN, the complicated enrolment system and backs up first aid. Louise looks after the Archives Room, organises Open Day, supplies filing and cataloguing services to the Music Staff, and looks after marketing and school tours. Lorraine is full time on the cash register, receipting money from many sources. Cathy Meaney backs up at the front desk and looks after First Aid in between finance operations. She is also MIC of Rifle Shooting – a big job in itself. Caroline is full time on finance, including fundraising processing, building and library funds and bank reconciliations. Betty looks after all our printing as well as daily production of the Mango Sheet. Christine has a full time job monitoring school attendance: full day, fractional and sport. She maintains all the electronic rolls, communicates directly with parents by SMS, processes all leave requests and informs Teaching staff of attendance issues. They all do many other things from answering phone calls to dealing with Tradesmen, visitors parents and staff.

Outside of the Front Office, Cathy Northey manages the school database, liaises with all Year Groups and P & C Sub-committees, spends term 3 on enrolments, looks after deliveries and lost property part of the year and edits the weekly High Notes. She is assisted by Valerie, who is shadowing many roles this term. Based in Macdonald Wing, Annette and Debbie look after a multitude of tasks to enable experiments and practical tests to be delivered by Science Teachers. They also assist in lost property and deliveries. In the two Libraries, Sue, Julia and Sharifa, provide many services directly to students, from processing loans to setting out newspapers and magazines, cataloguing, accessioning, helping with printing and assisting research. Jerry supports a number of our students with special needs and is now assisting Amanda Kaye with Community services as well. Lynne, as my Executive Assistant, does a great many things to keep my office running, to produce a large volume of documents and to make sure I know where I am supposed to be and to whom I will be speaking. She has also edited and produced The Record for 2003 and 2005 – big jobs in themselves. Overseeing all SASS is Sharon – school accountant, Office Manager and Business Manager.

Our indoor / outdoor SASS include Neil who handles maintenance and spends a lot of time setting up or packing away chairs and examination tables. Stewart looks after the grass, the trees and the grounds, painting rooms on the side. Non SASS staff are employed to support our assets and programs. They are Brett, who comes over from his main job at McKay to carry out projects and maintenance in the grounds and at the Outterside Centre and Peter, who drives the school buses.

So, during next week, when you see SASS people, smile and show your appreciation for what they do for us all.

Information and Communication Technology at High – where does your money go?
Expenditures directly on network support and development for 2009 are summarised in the table below. The network development and maintenance plan requires $25,000 to be spent annually for the next four years just to replace ageing cable with

optic fibre, crowded switches with upgrades and the oldest of our seven servers. Overall responsibility for the network design, staff supervision and financial management of operations is the responsibility of John Prorellis, Head Teacher Administration. Due to his expert efforts and to the wonderful technical expertise of James Rudd, David Isaacs and their assistants, our school network did not crash at all during the year. Our only glitch came with a failed UPS during an electrical surge.

Network expenditures 2009

Wages for Network and Website managers $110,855.94
Equipment >$500  mainly data projectors $21,900.98
Equipment <$500  peripherals $22,961.97
Software $ 19,623.55
Data cabling $   7,052
Toner $  1,880
Internet $     783
Teacher Allowance to manage the system $  17,820
Total Network Support and development $ 202,877.71
Expenditure per student $175.50

The terrific standard to network services at the heart of our learning operating system, can only be maintained with your ongoing financial support. Help us to keep on giving your son the best possible technical support for his learning.
Dr K A Jaggar

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NSW State SRC Conference 2010

The annual NSW State SRC Conference brings together over 100 student leaders from across the state providing them with the opportunity to build networks, engage in information sharing and shape the overall direction of the NSW SRC for 2011. On the 3-6 August, I represented Sydney High at the State Conference after being nominated and then elected by other schools at the interschool regional meeting to represent the 229 schools that constitute the Sydney Region.

The overarching theme of Accept, Engage, Time for Change shaped many of the inspiring presentations, discussions and workshops at the Conference. Over the four days we took part in a range of motivational activities from developing our interpersonal skills to establishing effective communication channels within the SRC, to tackling issues such as the environment and student participation in schools. Aside from these invaluable sessions, each day of the conference provided delegates with fun activities including Motivational Media, African Drumbeats, Beach Volleyball and a dance organised by the CRUSH Organisation.

However, perhaps the most important feature of the Conference was the student-led Student Forum. The forum provided the opportunity for students from a diverse range of backgrounds to present their concerns and ideas to help shape the focus of the NSW SRC for 2011. As a member of the Sydney Region, our regional team formulated a recommendation for the NSW SRC to investigate the creation of an action plan to deal with concerns of Cyberbullying between students. A total of ten recommendations put forward by the ten NSW regions were debated at the Student Forum, however only two eventuated in passing after a conscious vote. Of which one was the recommendation put forward by the Sydney Region!

All in all, having the opportunity to meet such a diverse range of students from across the state and to share information on “what works, and what doesn’t” in SRCs has been a privilege. There are a number of key messages and ideas that I hope to take back to the SRC at Sydney High such that together we can achieve our vision of creating a positive learning environment for students within the school.
Samir Kinger
Year 11 SRC President 2010

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From the Two Libraries


It is really great when our staff show support for the difficulties our Libraries face in procuring new resources to encourage our boys to read. So, huge thanks to Cathy Meaney, (Rifle shooting and the Front Office and mother of ex-student Jackson Meaney), for her very thoughtful donation, as the result of a yearly book cleanout. She has given the Andrews Library 29 books for our new book shelves. This is very welcome.

Thanks also to Mr Paul Wright from English for thinking our Library might like to distribute the spoils from the winner of the Write Now Competition, Year 7, Oliver Tseu-Tjoa. Great win Oliver and thanks to you also for presenting 18 new books to the Junior Library.

If parents are cleaning books off their home shelves our boys read both children’s and adult books as many of them are quite advance readers. Our Junior Library is quite desperate for new books and appreciates any donations that are less than 5 years old.


The Andrews Library has just commenced analysing use statistics.

All teachers are reminded that they can book class space or computer space in the Andrews Library. The Library is an ideal big space for classes to engage in film scripting or other group work activities. Classes have a 66% chance of being able to book into the class area if not pre-booked.

Junior classes who do not have laptops can be booked in to the Andrews Library computer classroom to use the 30 PCs there. Again teachers have a 63% chance of booking in to use the computer area in the Andrews Library if not pre-booked.

Bookings can be made on Room Booking on teachers computers. This piece of software can be found by going in to the start menu/programs/school/sites/Room Bookings.


Simpsons Confidential, John Ortved;

The Whisperer, Fiona McIntosh;
Captain Mack, James Roy;
Search for the Red Dragon, (The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica), James A Owen;
Maximum Ride, James Patterson;
The Blind Side, Michael Lewis.
Veronica Crothers

What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library

There have been some changes to the way the Senior library is used. We are focusing much more on having a space where students can come to study and use the resources of the library and moving away from a previous expectation for socialising and relaxation. Although it is important for the library to have a warm and welcoming atmosphere for students it is also vital that everyone can study in peace without the distraction of excess noise.

To this end computer games are completely banned in the library and those found playing them on any device including those owned by students will be asked to leave. If people persist detentions may be given so please make sure you are doing the right thing and keep the library a good space for serious study and research. Don’t forget to make use of the Online resources available for your research assignments and if you need any help utilizing these please ask Ms Gordon. She is expert in the use of such databases and will be able to assist you find what you require. You can find these resources through your student portal and clicking on Online databases. Encyclopaedia Britannica is excellent for articles on most topics to get a good overview or definition. JSTOR is a scholarly database excellent for articles from journals on most topics in History, Social Sciences, English etc. You will find that information sourced and quoted from these databases will gain you better marks in your assignments especially if you can use them to support your essay arguments. Your teachers will recognise that you explored further than Wikipedia!

New books added to the McDonald Library collection this week include:
Mr Rosenblum’s List by Natasha Solomons – about Jack Rosenblum who is determined to become the model of a “Very English Gentleman”. This is a “warm and moving tale of post-war love, friendship and the importance of belonging.” (Blurb)

61 Hours by Lee Child – The latest Jack Reacher thriller set in an icy winter snow storm in South Dakota. Jack once again must try to do what he always does and that is be the hero of this story.

Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin – the story of a boy chosen to join Madame Mao’s school of ballet and to become a cultural delegate for the People’s Republic of China. Li Cunxin’s autobiography tells how this opportunity leads to a life outside the desperate poverty of north-east China and eventually to life in Australia. It is also an inspirational story about a family and the courage, love and sacrifices of a mother to ensure her son’s freedom and a new life during a time of revolution, upheaval and chaos in China.

The Dragonbone Chair by Tad Williams – Book one in a series of four fantasy titles about a kitchen boy and sorcerer’s apprentice, Simon who...”dreams of great deeds and heroic wars. He does not know that his dreams are about to become horrifyingly real...” (blurb)

Terminal World by Alastair Reynolds - science fiction at its best and as described on the book it’s “a snarling, drooling, crazy-eyed mongrel of a book, equal parts steampunk, Western, planetary romance and far-future SF.”

Makers by Cory Doctorow – What does the future look like? This is a brilliant, original and entertaining novel...”from the visionary author of Little Brother [and] fizzes with bold ideas about the future and how our lives will look as part of it.” Ms Gordon Teacher Librarian

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Classical Greek Reading Competition

26.07.2010 at 7.30 p.m.
Congratulations to David Wang of Year 11 on obtaining 2nd place in the Classical Greek Reading Competition. Congratulations also to the SBHS Finalists selected to take part in this competition: Toby Funston, Chris. Chiam, Matthew Delaney and Jim Koukouras. Students read aloud, with excellent pronunciation and expression, two passages of ancient Greek literature, one prepared and one at sight.

The school was also represented in LATIN, and certificates were awarded to Samuel Beston (Highly Commended) and Sooraj Prakash (Commended).

The evening was well attended and enjoyed by all, students, staff, parents and friends. Participating schools were: Sydney Girls High, Sydney Boys High, North Sydney Girls High, Sydney Grammar, Cranbrook, Scots, Ravenswood, Pymble LC, Queenwood, Redfield and Redlands.
Mrs Werner & Mrs Matsos

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Careers News

Canberra Tertiary Open Day
Canberra's five tertiary institutions (UC, ACU, CIT, ADFA and ANU) on 28 August from 9am to 4pm. www.tertiaryopenday.com 

University of Wollongong
Year 12 Information Evenings Campbelltown 24th August, Cronulla 25th August, Nowra 26th August, Wollongong 31st August. www.uow.edu.au/future/events/index.html 

Macquarie University Law Information Evening
For prospective law students, parents and careers advisers. August 18, 6:30pm – 8:00pm. Register Online by Monday 16 August 2010. Enquiries should be directed to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Phone (02) 9850 4271. www.futurestudent.mq.edu.au/events/2010/08/18/macquarie_law_school_information_evening.jsp 

UNSW Aviation Open Day at Bankstown Airport Prospective
UNSW flying students and family are invited from 10:00am to 12:00 noon. A briefing will be made at 11:00am and light refreshments will be provided. 18th September, Building 570, Airport Avenue, Bankstown Airport. Phone: (02) 9385 6767 Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it http://www.aviation.unsw.edu.au 

UNSW Open Day
UNSW Open Day is a unique chance to see the university up-close: meet the lecturers and hear from students. It is an opportunity to get questions answered and find the right information to help choose the ideal program at UNSW.

Open Day 2010 Saturday 4 September, 9am – 4pm Open Day is designed to provide a snapshot of life at UNSW and its faculties, including Arts and Social Sciences, Built Environment, Law, Medicine, Science, Business, Engineering, Fine Arts and [email protected] For more information, including lecture program, please visit the website www.openday.unsw.edu.au 

UNSW Scholarships
UNSW offers a larger number of High School Leaver Scholarships each year. Scholarships are offered to high achieving students, those from rural or indigenous backgrounds, for study in particular areas or to students who are in financial need. All applications for UNSW Scholarships are through the online system which can be found at www.scholarships.unsw.edu.au Closing date for all 2011 High School Leaver Scholarships 30 September 2010.

UNSW Scientists' Stories
The UNSW faculty of Science would like to extend an invitation to Year 10, 11 and 12 students and their parents to attend: Scientists’ Stories – a parent and student evening.

This free event is being held on Tuesday 24 August 2010, offers a rare opportunity to hear from four inspirational Fellows.

  • Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte FRS FAA FTSE - The robots are coming!
  • Professor David James FAA - Obesity – a constant struggle between our genes and our environment
  • Professor Elaine Sadler FAA - Black holes and galaxy evolution
  • Professor Stephen Simpson FAA - A tale of paintbrushes, cannibals, obesity and ageing

There will be the opportunity to speak with the guest speakers, Fellows of the Academies, and UNSW Faculty of Science staff.

LOCATION: Leighton Hall, Scientia Building, UNSW Kensington campus

6.00 pm – Registration
6.30 pm – Presentations
8.00 pm – Refreshments

Registration is essential at www.science.unsw.edu.au 

“Environmental Crisis & Human Choice” Workshop
There are still places available for students to attend the: “Environmental Crisis & Human Choice” Workshop This workshop invites students to work with the Environmental Humanities Convenor, Associate Professor Paul Brown, to find Historical and Philosophical solutions to critical issues such as climate change, waste and the need to conserve biodiversity.

Students will gain real insight into how these disciplines are reforming how humans make choices about the environment.

DATE: Tuesday, 17 August, 2010; 10:00am – 11:30am
OPEN TO: Year 10, 11 and 12 Students
CAPACITY: 50 Students (large group sizes available)
REGISTRATION REQUIRED ASAP: Contact (02) 9385 1805 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register or for more information. University of Wollongong Bonus Points Points to UOW Students can score up to 3 extra points for doing well in subjects relevant to their chosen degree. http://www.uow.edu.au/future/pointstouow/index.html 

University of Western Sydney Open Day
29 August 2010 from 10.00am to 3.00pm at the Parramatta Campus. http://www.uws.edu.au/future-student-events/university_open_day 

Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital Vet Fair
for students interested in Veterinary Science, animal lovers, families and their pets. 28 August 2010 from 10am - 4pm. Sydney University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. 65 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown. Phone: (02) 9114 1154, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


UNE Early Entry and Scholarships
Early Entry Gives Year 12 students the opportunity to receive an offer of a place from UNE in early December based on their school’s recommendation. There are a number of scholarships open to students starting their degree. http://www.une.edu.au/for/future-students/brochures/ 

On time applications close September 24th.

Discover Engineering & IT at Sydney Uni Information Night
For Year 12 21st September at 6pm. Registration, phone 02 9351 2131, fax 02 9351 4654 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/index.shtml 

University of Canberra Principal's Recommendation Scheme
Applications will be assessed on supporting info provided by the student's school, college or TAFE. An ATAR result is not required for entry via this initiative. http://www.canberra.edu.au/aus-future-students/about-uc/principals-recommendation-scheme 

UTS Engineering and IT Discovery Day
Following the success of the UTS:Engineering and IT Discovery Day held on Tuesday June 15, the Faculty is running a repeat on Tuesday 23 November. 200 students from 11 schools attended the first event and participated in a variety of hands on activities. Enquiries: contact 02 9514 2666 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Australian Catholic University Early Achievers' Program
Successful applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in time for them to enjoy their summer knowing that they have achieved a place at Australian Catholic University. Applications open on 1st August and close on 30th September. http://www.acu.edu.au/about_acu/why_choose_acu/choosing_the_right_university_to_attend/early_entry/ 

NSW Teaching Scholarships Applications Now Open
Up to 300 scholarships available in secondary maths, science or English, and special education (K-12). At least 80 of these scholarships are available exclusively for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students to train as teachers in primary or any secondary subject. Applications close on 8 October 2010. Call 1300 301 435 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it https://www.det.nsw.edu.au/employment/teachnsw/scholarships.htm 


Students should check the Careers News section of the Student Portal for the latest careers news updated daily. Please see the Careers Adviser if you have any further questions.

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From the Canteen

Order your lunch and DON’T MISS OUT!!
We have noticed that on some days, some lunch items sell very quickly. This means that at recess or lunch, boys who may be looking forward to a pide, foccacia, nachos, sushi etc etc miss out completely!!

The answer is simple – Order your lunch before school and then you will definitely get to eat what you want!!

$10 canteen voucher
Congratulations to….Yuko Sakata. Thank you and we’re sure your son will enjoy redeeming his voucher at the canteen!

We know how busy life can be for today’s parents, which is why we’d especially like to thank our loyal volunteers for their contribution to the smooth running of the canteen. Volunteer help is vital in ensuring healthy food for our boys and an ongoing income stream to the P&C for allocation to worthy school projects. We’d like to say thank you by rewarding our volunteers with the chance to win a $10 Canteen voucher for their sons.

All volunteers have to do is turn up for duty as usual and sign the duty roster book. A draw will be held each month for the lucky voucher winner. Remember, if you find you can’t make your shift, just call a fellow parent on the roster and arrange a swap.

Thank you to the following people for their assistance last week who will now go into this month’s draw…. Usha Arvind, HelenLazzarou, Helen Torak, Annette Ng, Pauline Chan, Cindy Tseu, Kate Price, Anne-Marie Keogh, Diana Sutherland, Sachiyo James, Vikki Angell, Katrina Morrow, Heawon Jeong, Jenny Lian. Extra thanks to Jenny Wong-Romeo and Barbara Taylor for coming in at the last minute!!

Many thanks as always to our tireless canteen managers – Tracey and Karen. They truly do appreciate the time volunteers give up to help them out and we all very much appreciate the time and effort they both put in!! They love meeting new people as well so if you have any time free when you could help please give them a call on 9360 4027. We are especially short of help on every 3rd Friday at the moment.
Thank you
The Canteen Team

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School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS)

School Student Code of Conduct

Students travelling on buses must:-

  • Dip school bus pass or pay the fare when joining the bus. This is particularly important as the data collected from the on bus fare collection system may be used for service planning purposes
  • Use school specials when provided
  • Vacate seats for adults when requested
  • Follow the driver’s instructions about safety on the bus
  • Respect the needs and comfort of other passengers
  • Behave appropriately at all times (e.g. no offensive language, no throwing things)
  • Protect bus property (e.g. no vandalism)

Students are reminded to:-

  • Only use the school bus pass for its intended purpose i.e. for travel between home and school (does not include travel to and from sporting activities)
  • Maintain possession of the school bus pass at all times.

During 2010, authorised officers will be deployed to inspect Code of Conduct compliance on school bus services in the Eastern Region. Students who are found to have breached their obligations may lose their travel entitlement and possibly incur an infringement.

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SBHS Debating

A disappointing note on behaviour

There have been several instances this season where the general standard of behaviour has fallen below what is expected of boys representing High in GPS debating. Each week I am having to chastise coaching groups because they are unable to focus and participate in development. This is unacceptable behaviour and may result in suspension from competition.

Additionally, boys need to ensure they are arriving at away venues BY 5.45pm – no later! They must then ensure they are showing respect for our hosts in leaving rooms neat and tidy.

GPS – Round 4 v Iggies

We are home again this week and I remind all students that they need to ensure their debate room is prepared AT THE END OF COACHING. Unless the room is being used for the debate after it is then the responsibility of each team to pack the room back up.

All boys and parents are reminded that each student is to bring a plate of food to share by way of contributing to the suppers.

Topic Area: Current Affairs

Round 5 – AWAY DEBATE v Grammar (Topic Area: Arts and Entertainment)
Rounds 6 and 7 are both HOME DEBATES to conclude the season

Firsts 0 1 -         1
Seconds 1 1 0         2
Thirds 1 0 0         1
10A 1 1 0         2
10B 1 1 1         3
9A 1 1 1         3
9B 1 1 1         3
8A 0 1 0         1
8B 1 1 1         3
7A 0 1 0         1
7B 1 0 1         2

More information can be found at www.sydneyhigh.org.au/debating and will be emailed to you on a weekly basis.
Please CHECK YOUR EMAIL regularly and ensure we have current contact details for both students 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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Debating Dinner 2010

Saturday 11 September

The annual dinner to celebrate debating at High will conclude the debating season. It will be the week after the final debate of the GPS competition. We will also be thanking our staff and coaches for their great work on all of the competitions that High enters.

This year’s Debating Dinner is being held on
Saturday September 11 in the Great Hall at 6.00 pm.
The cost of the dinner will be $35 per adult/student.
A special price for siblings under 10 years of age has been negotiated at $25. Parents BYO


Payment for the dinner can be made at the main office. NO bookings can be accepted after this date as catering numbers must be finalised.

WHAT SHOULD I DO? Detach the form [included in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes]. Next, pay your money at the main office
ANY QUESTIONS? Email the Debating Support Group This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Can you help with dinner set up? email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   Dinner Co-ordinator


The 2010 Debating Dinner RSVP form is available 
in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes.
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Parent Mentors


A Parent Mentor is an informal contact person who will welcome New Parents into the School Community and is available to them to help them through the difficulties encountered in their first year at the School.

The aim is to have every parent of a new boy starting at the School matched up with a mentoring parent already at the School.

The role of the Mentoring Parent is

  • To actively contact the new parent and make them welcome and be a friendly face in a big organisation.
  • To make themselves available by phone or in person or by email as they see fit.
  • To help the new parent with any simple query about the education system and the way the school works.
  • They will be a point of contact for all the trivial questions that might plague a new high school family.
  • To advise the new parent of the appropriate channels of communication at the school for serious matters eg Year adviser, School counsellor etc
  • To act as a propagandist for the School and the great benefits of being involved in all the facets of their son’s education.

The scheme is informal, without a lot of structure and depends for its success on the enthusiasm of the Mentors.

The scheme has worked extremely well for four years and has not been at all onerous. All the Mentor Parents this year have enjoyed it tremendously and the New Parents have been extremely receptive and grateful for the contact.

As there is an attrition rate every year we need new Mentor Parents. Please join us as the more parents we have the easier is the task.

Could you please contact Charles Ovadia on 9386 1221 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it OR Jason Chen on 0403 038048 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Or send your details to the Principal’s Assistant Ms Williams on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Or fill in the form [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] and return to the Principal’s Assistant

The Parent Mentors application form is available 
in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes.
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From 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. Speed and Agility
  3. Skills (Defence and attacking guides)
  4. Vision.

Each individual senior player can check their Conditioning and Rugby training attendance on spreadsheets posted on the SNR Rugby Notice Board located in the Canteen Area.

GPS results

1st XV
The trial results and the level of commitment to the conditioning & training program have allowed the team to play in the 3rd XV GPS competition.

The 1st round game against Joeys was exciting and promising. The team displayed enough discipline and structure in their attack and defence to indicate this team is capable of winning at this level. The result 12-0 to Joeys was definitely a positive one with many of the players feeling they could have won that game if they had maintained possession long enough in the transition and green zone.

The 2nd round game against Kings was unfortunately cancelled due to wet weather ground closure.

The 3rd round fixture against St Ignatius had to be played midweek and at St Ignatius. The constant rain and loss of home team advantage did not deter the team from successfully recording their first GPS win of the season, 18-7. In muddy and wet conditions High demonstrated an enthusiastic whole team effort to successfully control the game, even with one player in the bin. It was pleasing to see the players celebrate and enjoy their win; spectators noted one tight head prop dancing in the mud and rain.

The 4th round against Newington at Newington was another triumphant encounter 23-10. At half time the team realised there is no such thing as an easy game and had to up the tempo by improving their enthusiasm and communication. This resulted in High scoring 6 tries. 2 tries seemed legitimate but were disallowed. The best try of the season resulted in a flowing backline movement which the backs and Mr Aldous had been working hard on all year. Congratulations, boys.

From a coaching perspective I am extremely happy to once again recognise a player’s excellent conditioning & training log and provide him with an opportunity to play 1st XV this year. Gareth Deacon like James Erickson last year may have slipped under the radar if it was not for their logging efforts. Gareth’s game performance also vindicated his selection. Well done.

If you can keep your head to trust yourself and your mates, and to dream of victory when all seems lost; "If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve you long after they seem gone", then you are indicative of second grade rugby. A season lacking victories to date, but highlighted by consistent courage and two recent narrow losses. The "hard core" needs to be congratulated:-
S Ali, J Cai, S Danziger, A Gong, N Lomov, L Ming, J Nguyen, E Ovadia, G Shargorodsky, D Tran, D Trang, M Wong, T Xu and I Zaman (appreciation to those who have filled the holes on game day and R Kipling)
Mr Smith
2nds Coach

There have been many positives during the 16As 2010 Rugby season. A hard fought victory in the first trial against Newington College, followed by two close losses against St Andrews College and The Armidale School. After suffering a substantial loss to St Josephs College the team was able to regroup and set some positive goals for the rest of the GPS season.

In recent weeks, the 16As defeated Oxley College, Bowral and lost hard fought matches to Newington College and Shore. This season should not be measured on a win loss record, but on the commitment, positive attitude and work ethic shown by a wonderful group of young men.
Mr Cipolla.
16s Coach

The 1st XV player must consistently complete at least 5 sessions of training a week.

  • A minimum of 2 sessions of strength training in the school gym under the guidance of Mr Tassel.
  • 3 sessions of Rugby one of which includes a sprint and agility session.

The 2nd XV and 16A player must consistently log 4 sessions of training a week.

  • A minimum of 1 session of strength training in the school gym under the guidance of Mr Tassel.
  • 3 sessions of Rugby one of which includes a sprint and agility session.

Note: Only under special known circumstances can players opt to include an extra strength session to make up for a missed Rugby training session.
This does not prevent any players from completing an extra strength training session if they wish to do so.
The strength training session must be signed by Mr Tassel in the Snr Rugby logbook and submitted to Mr Scrivener for logging.
The Rugby sessions are logged according to your attendance and participation on the following training days.

Monday 3:30 to 5:30pm at Moore Park West
Wednesday 1:30 to 3:30pm at McKay
Thursday 3:30 to 5:30pm at McKay

Wet weather - Training is always on and snr players are to meet at the gym.

Players must submit a signed note from their parent or guardian if unable to attend a training session preferably before the event.

A small number of players have indicated they want to play rugby but find it difficult to follow the strict training schedule for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, the school cannot provide sporting references or student sporting awards to the senior students who have played limited rugby or do not log consistently. Many institutions (eg Sydney University) are now seeking students who not only perform academically but respond strongly to sporting challenges. Please check your logging before you think you should be rewarded for your participation in GPS Rugby.
Senior Coaches
Mr Aldous, Mr Cipolla, Mr Scrivener, Mr M. Smith, Mr Tassell

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End of Season Rugby Dinner

Help celebrate another great year of High Rugby by attending the 2010 End of Season Rugby Dinner.

WHEN? Friday, 27th August 2010, 6.00pm. for 6.30 pm

WHERE? Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School

WHO? Players, parents, coaches, friends and supporters Players wear School Uniform. Adults wear smart casual

WHY? To acknowledge the commitment and achievements of all our players and because friendships made through High Rugby last a lifetime

COST? $30/person. Payable to the school office by Monday 23 August. Maximum seating 220.

Please note this is a BYO alcohol function for adults. …..Soft drinks and mineral water provided

A response form is included in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes
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SHS Rowing

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting
27th July 2010

1. Attendance: Julie Blomberg, Peter Ambrose, Mark Pavone, George Comninos, Noi Comninos, Tam Tran, Jenny Nixon, Frances Salmon, Anita Bezjac, Katharine Deacon, Geoff Andrews, Ollie Wilson, Tanya Arsenova, Helen Montanaro, Charles Ovadia, Steve Collier, Lian Guo, Sachi Purcal, Anna Caetano

2. Apologies: Rod Fletcher, Michael Lane

3. Acceptance of AGM Minutes 2009. Moved: Katharine Deacon Seconded: Tanya Arsenova

4. Matters arising from AGM 2009. No matters arising from previous minutes

5. President’s Report – Tabled

6. Rowing Master’s Report

7. Treasurer’s Report - Tabled

8. Other Reports - Parking Report, Catering Report - Tabled

9. Election of Office Bearers for 2010/11 season
President Anita Bezjac
Vice-President George Comninos
Secretary Steve Collier
Treasurer Michael Lane
OCMC Rep George Comninos (alternate - OCMC Rep Tam Tran)
Camp Roster Coordinator Helen Montanaro
Catering Coordinator Anna Caetano
Parking Co-ordinator Tam Tran
BBQ Co-ordinator Min Wang / Soogie Sim

10. Date of next meeting – Tuesday 7th September 2010

Thank you to the outgoing Rowing Committee for their enthusiasm, tireless hard work and commitment to the High Rowing Program and congratulations to the parents elected to the 2010 – 2011 Rowing Committee.
Julie Blomberg
Outgoing President

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The Onion Bag

Match Reports v Scots

Our best weekend of the season with many High teams enjoying victories. A summary of:

Team Opponent Result F A Goal Scorers
7th Shore 7th XI Won 4 1 Leon Sheldon, Vincent Wang, Kevin Lim, Ilya Bonch-Osmolovskiy
10th Redlands 3rd XI Won 6 0 ??????
16A Scots Won 1 0 Adam Booth
16C Scots Won 2 1 Sudam Dias and Nicholas Ooi
16D Scots Won 4 1 Blake McGlency, Thomas Nguyen, Hunter Wei
16E St Ignatius 16D Won 3 2 ???
15A Scots Won 2 1 Arjun Puneka, Tushar Joshi
15E SPC 15E Won 3 0 ???
14E Scots Won 2 1 Perry Sim, Richard Li

1st Grade Drew 2 – 2
Playing on McKay 2 for the first time High 1st XI relished the firm surface and played an attractive passing game to consistently pressure Scots. With a strong breeze at their backs in the first half, High took the lead through a goal to tireless striker Jeremy Rajendram. Scots equalised shortly after. However, High’s advantage was restored courtesy of a determined Jim Koukouras effort. The second half saw High’s make-shift defence, minus captain Antony Paul and their other central defender, Nakul Bhagwat, defend grimly. With a high set line, High pressured Scots into playing the long ball which was easily cleaned up by keeper Josh Sutton who had another superb match.

2nd Grade Won 3-1
By far 2nds best performance of the year. They were more organised and creative than their Scots opponents and scored some excellent team goals. The focus on team work and structure is starting to pay off, with High’s attacking players enjoying the extra time provided by the intelligent positional play from all members of the team. Goals scorers Sivasaran Sooraikumar 2 and Joe Braverman

Attendance during Trial HSC
A reminder to all Year 12 footballers that matches are played right through your Trial HSC period and you are expected to fulfil your football responsibilities. Venues, fixtures, opposition and refs have been arranged

Dolan Cup, Golden Boot and Golden Glove Competitions

Dolan Cup        Golden Boot       Golden Gloves
Pos. Team Pts Player Team Goals Player Team Goals Team Keeper A Team Keeper A
1st 10th 20 Andrew He 14A 3 Jerry Zhou 16A 2 10th ????????? 0 13B Felix  Wang 4
2nd 15A 17 Jaan Pallandi 15A 3 Jesse Cooper 14A 2 15A Agnish Nayak 1 16A Anton Brokman 4
3rd 16E 16 Sivasaran Sooraikumar 2nds 3 Richard Li 14E 2 16C Adhil Ansareen 1 14E Joseph Tang 5
4th 7th 14 Vincent Wang 7ths 3 Sheng An Zhang 13D 2 16B Allen Fu 1 14D Jens Waring 5
5th 16A 13 Adam Booth 16A 2 Tony Lou 4ths 2 16E Jeremy Yao 2 14C Eric Yu 5
6th 16B 13 Adilmorad Nadir 13A 2 Wilson Lin 16B 2 16D ?????????? 2 15D Kongwei Ying 5
7th 16C 12 Jeremy Rajendrum 1st 2   15C Kenny Liu 3 4th Samir Kinger 5
8th 16D 12      
9th 15E 11
10th 4th 10
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Volleyball Report

First Grade Report
The Trans-Pacific Schools Cup was not your normal volleyball Schools Cup Tournament. Along with all of the normal school teams competing, there were a number of teams on tour from America, all vying to stake their claim on a surprisingly impressive trophy. The Sydney High First grade team suffered a slow start, taking their time in defeating Rooty Hill, and again in defeating a weakened Prairiewood outfit, who were missing their state representative player. However the team really hit their form in their third pool game, against their arch rival team from Menai. Moving into the finals, the First grade team were brimming with confidence, however had a hiccup against a strong Carlingford team, barely taking the first set 25-23. The second set was a completely different story however, with the game being stopped by time limit when High were up 20-8. The final was set to be an epic rematch of the CHS Knockout, High versus Westfields Sports High. The first two sets were both tight, with both teams being in the twenties at the end. The third set proved to be a nail biter, with High being down 12-13. However, a raucous rendition of the school song led by DSL shifted the momentum back to High to help them take the final set, the game, and the Trans-Pacific Cup, 15-13. It was a fun, tough day, which all the teams from High enjoyed and had reasonable amounts of success in.
Chris Morrow

Second Grade Report
The Second Grade side had an early start to the Trans Pacific Tournament. The first game was against another Sydney High team. Dominant players Leon Wang and Harry Tran on the opposition presented a strong attack against the Second Grade defence, however strong blocking by Shiraz was supported by consistent setting of Ennes, bringing High to a convincing straight set win to start off the morning.

The second game was against another Sydney High team, this team featuring some more experienced players. Jun Park stepped up to the position of outside hitter and managed to create some strong offensive opportunities for the second grade squad. Justin Yang switched to a setting position to shut out the opposition’s offensive attack, filling in the role of missing setter Ennes. High struggled in the first set and dropped the second but picked up in the third with the unpredictable hitting of universal player Nathan, bringing High to another convincing win in the third set, bringing them to their first finals in the metro tournament.

The final was a tough game against the never before seen Kelso. Having already beaten another High team, the Second Grade squad was determined to defeat the newcomers. High stepped into the first set confidently however passing errors and lack of communication led to a demoralizing first set. High fought back hard in the second set, with strong hits from Nathan and Jun leading the team to a ten point streak. However the leading Kelso hitter played tactically, manipulating the gaps in the Second Grade defence and eventually bringing High down in an epic finish. Congratulations Second Grade on becoming the runners-up in the Trans Pacific Tournament 2010.
Brendan Cheung
Captain of Seconds

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Sports Donations

GPS sports competition is very demanding on people and resources. At High we have ongoing needs for facilities development, equipment and development through expert coaching. If you would like to help through a tax deductible donation for a particular sport, the appropriate form can be posted to you by calling 9361 6910. Alternatively, you can go to our website www.sydneyboyshigh.com click on Sport /Sports Donations to download either Development Donation Form or Equipment and Facility Donation Form.

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Football Dinner 2010

SBHS Football will celebrate the efforts and achievements of our boys as well as acknowledge staff, coaches and supporters at the SBHS Football dinner on Thursday 26th August.

The coach of each team has been invited to attend the dinner as a guest.

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
Thursday 26th August
Great Hall

The cost of the dinner will be $30 per adult and student. For children under 11 yrs old there is a special rate of $20.

Payment for the dinner must be made at the Main Office by Friday 13th August.

Boys to wear school uniform at the dinner. Limited soft drink included. BYO allowed.

Please detach the form [included in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] and hand it in with your payment at the Main Office. Tickets are limited.

The 2010 Football Dinner RSVP form is available 
in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes.
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P&C Literacy Week Awards

Writing Competition

Entries Close: Monday 30th August (10am) (late entries not accepted)
Entries To: Junior Library or Senior Library

Topic: “A Controlling Passion”


  • Entries must be presented in a typed format (12 point) and must be no longer than 1,000 words.
  • The entrant’s name and Year level must be clearly displayed on the title page of the published text.


  • Senior Short Story (10 – 12)
  • Junior Short Story (7 - 9)
  • Senior Poetry (10 – 12)
  • Junior Poetry (7 – 9)

Judging will take place during Week 7 and winners announced Friday 3rd September.
Prizes awarded on Speech Night.
Judging panel will include teachers, parents and students.

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High Society

The Bulletin Board for Sydney Boys High P & C

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

General P&C Meeting

7.30pm, Wednesday 18th August, 2010, Staff Common Room
We have a number of important issues to cover at this month’s P&C general meeting including:

  1. Update on School activities and programs by Dr Jaggar
  2. Purchase of School bus
  3. Catering arrangements for School groups using the Great Hall
  4. Capital Campaign 2010
  5. Open Day and Orientation Day
  6. Driver Education at High
  7. Staff Common Room refurbishment

ALL parents are invited to attend. We are really relying on your input to get some of these initiatives up and running. Come to the P&C meeting to become informed and discuss issues brought to the P&C, for the benefit of your son.

Capital Campaign 2010

An email has been sent to all parents for whom we have email addresses, updating them on the Capital Campaign. A group of fellow parents will be telephoning as many parents as possible over the next few weeks to answer any questions you may have regarding SBHS Capital Campaign 2010. Thank you to Ada Leung, Carrie Waring, Debbie Lee, Maeve O’Meara, Mamata Puchakayala, Mary Lin, Raj Srikantashastry, Rakesh Sethi, Shankar Liu, Soogie Sim, Sylvie Shen, Tao Liu and Taylor Lin for taking on this important role on behalf of the School.

We do sincerely apologise in advance if we inadvertently telephone you and you have already donated to the Capital Campaign. We are endeavouring not to do this but there may be some processing time when your donation has not been checked against our parent details. We do thank you for your donation and hope we do not inconvenience with our telephone calls. If you would like to help out by joining the group of Capital Campaign Callers, please email Julie Connolly This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Upcoming Parent Meetings and Events

Monday 16th August, 6.30pm – Music Tour Reunion Night, Great Hall
Wednesday, 18th August, 7.30pm – General P&C Meeting, Staff Common Room
Saturday, 21st August, from 9.00am – Rugby Back-to-MacKay Family Day, MacKay Oval
Wednesday 25th August, 6.00pm – Rugby Committee Meeting, Staff Common Room
Thursday, 26th August, 6.30pm – Annual Football Annual Dinner, Great Hall
Friday, 27th August, 6.00pm – Annual Rugby Dinner, Great Hall
Thursday 2nd September, 9.30am-12.00pm – SBHS Open Day

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Open Day 2010

An invitation to prospective parents and students. Please take this opportunity to see our school in action. If you have siblings or friends in Years four and five who are interest in attending Sydney Boys High School could you please forward this information.

Sydney Boys High School
Open Day 2010

See our school in action
Thursday 2nd September 2010
9:30 - 12:00

Sydney Boys High School
Moore Park, Surry Hills 2010

Phone: 9361 6910

Pursuing all-round excellence for gifted boys.

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