High Notes, Vol 11 No 32, October 15 2010

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From the Principal

Welcome Back to Term 4
I hope everyone has returned refreshed after a break and ready to go. The HSC started this week and Year 11 reports are due soon, so the term starts off quickly. I want to welcome two new staff members to High: Brenda Kilmore in Mathematics (replacing Ross Elliott who has been filling Eric Choy’s position in 2010) and George Barris in Social Science (replacing Valerie Kalonikos who has been filling Steve Storey’s position in Terms 2 and 3). I know everyone will make them feel at home and assist their transition into High.

High Talent
Congratulations to our first and second grade basketball teams for their successes during the holidays in the Sydney Kings All Schools Shootout. The first grade team will be playing Newington in the final as a curtain raiser to the Kings game on Saturday night at the Entertainment Centre. Second grade won their final. At the NSW All Schools athletics carnival held during the holidays, High had 4 representatives. Ivor Metcalf won the 100m hurdles in 13.98 and was 3rd in the High Jump with 1.90m. Chris Morrow came 2nd in the 17 High Jump with a 2.05m. Anton Brokman ran 2.04.37 for second place in the 14 Years 800m. Adam Booth competed in three distance events with his best result a 4th in the 16 Years 2000m Steeplechase. Well done, boys!

Foundation Day Assembly
Mark Wieland spoke strongly about the need to find a goal and to be passionate and to commit to achieving that goal. He commended High boys on the spirit that they show that comes from within and compared us favourably with the school spirit of other GPS schools that he observed relied to some extent on being manufactured by the administration. He urged the boys to take on leadership responsibility because if you do not take a chance to extend yourself you will never know what you can do. My address is reprinted below:

"Special guests, Old Boy Order of Australia Medallists, Members, Officers or Companions, former school Captains and Prefects, Prefect Internees, School Family representatives, parents, staff and students – welcome to our 127th Foundation Day Assembly. This occasion celebrates the foundation of public secondary schools in 1883 as institutions preparing students for tertiary study. Our school was established for that purpose. That ideal has remained as the key focus of the school. On this day we also celebrate leadership and its renewal as our latest group of Prefect Internees are sworn in. The Prefects change but the office and the importance of being High Prefects remain. Today I want to offer a particular welcome to Mark Wieland (School Captain, 1980). I know he will feel at home. After all, back in 1980 he would have encountered many people who are still at High today. He may have witnessed Mr Boros coaching the 15 years tennis, or Mr Michael Smith, Mr Gainford or Mr Moody coaching the 13A, 13B rugby or 16 B rugby. Mr Kourtesis was teaching mathematics and coaching the 3rd and 4th cricket teams and Mr Farrington was coaching first grade basketball. In 1980 there were three platoons of cadets, commanded by Captain Gainford. In the Office there was a staff of eleven and a School Bursar! It would be terrific if that office had been maintained! As always, the strength of High has been in its people – in their devotion to the aims of the school over long periods of time.

"Mark represented High in the first VIII for three years and was awarded a Rowing Blue in 1979. He was Open Swimming Champion in 1980, winning seven events. He represented in athletics and rugby in the first XV where he was coached by Rugby Master Tony Hannon and played alongside current PE teacher David Smith, John Croll, Rob Fetherston and John McGrath who wrote up the season report for The Record. In the 1980 season the first XV had one point wins on their way to victory as CHS Zone Premiers. In the GPS season, after narrow losses to Kings, Grammar and Joeys, the team won their last four games. In 1980 there were 6 Open Rugby teams and 2 football teams playing in CHS competition. In 2010 there were 2 Open Rugby teams and 8 football teams, reflecting a changed clientele in sport. Nevertheless, the school’s ethos has remained unchanged. High is as committed as it ever was to competing in the GPS competition. It is unique in being the only school that participates in all of the sports organised by GPS schools. High has always been about upholding tradition and embracing change. In 1980, as today, High has been underpinned by its academic selectivity, its GPS membership and “its distinctive brand of community involvement”. High has always had to struggle to maintain its access to facilities for GPS competition. It has always relied on its parents and Old Boys to acquire assets. In 1980, the Headmaster Bob Outterside, was campaigning to get the school a new library. He was also lobbying the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Tourism for funds to refurbish the Fairland Pavilion. These are familiar themes for me as in the generation since 1980 government funding for this school’s renewal has not been forthcoming despite many attempts by three successive Heads to secure it. High has always believed in self-help too. In 1980 serious fundraising was underway for the Centenary Project, the refurbishment of the Abbotsford Rowing Facility. Then, as now, fund raising was difficult in a context where competitive entry limited intergenerational enrolment. The first and second stages of that building were completed by the mid-1990s, due to the untiring efforts of staff, parents and school community organisations. We are engaged in a similar long term struggle to raise funds for a Multi Purpose Centre for Performing Arts. I remain optimistic that the High community has the resilience, the sense of civic duty and the resolve to persevere until it can create new facilities for generations of gifted students to enjoy.

"Our School Prefect Internees are inducted today to represent the high ideals of the school. They were the first to be presented and elected online. Our expectations of them are onerous. They need to showcase the best that the school has to offer in dress, manners, commitment to school life, discipline in academics and service to the school and community. They have different backgrounds, interests and talents, reflecting the wonderful diversity that co-exists so harmoniously in this school. Prefects are allies of the staff in that they help to make things happen – assemblies, school events, sporting occasions, public ceremonies, representational duties or celebrations. We count on them to assist us. They are the role models we endorse for junior boys to aspire to emulate. They have to earn the badges that they will be presented with in 2011, once they successfully complete their internship.

"After today’s assembly we are also honouring the leadership and service of Old Boys in the Order of Australia honours system. This year we are celebrating Old Boy Officers of the Order of Australia with an honour board. The award of Officer of the Order of Australia is reserved for “distinguished service of a high degree to Australia or humanity at large”. There are forty-three names on the new board we are unveiling today. This is the third in our series of honour boards for the Order of Australia. There are now ninety names on the Member honour boards to accompany the sixty-two names on the Medallist honour board. These boards connect our present emphasis on school and community service to High Old Boys whose careers after school served the wider community in a celebrated manner. I want to congratulate all the Prefects who were elected. I urge them to reflect on the oath that they are about to swear and exhort them to maintain and enhance the moral values of the school that were so apparent in 1980 and are in evidence to a high degree today. "

Sports Equipment Vouchers
If you have shopped at Coles during the holidays please bring in your vouchers to the boxes supplied at various places around the school. The competition closes at the end of the month and we need heaps of vouchers to exchange for sporting equipment. Get yours in now to help out!
Dr K A Jaggar

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From the Two Libraries

Andrews Library

READING TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING – just read lots of anything, just saturate yourself!
While reading the classics does expose children to the finest and most elegant users of the written language, just reading lots is really the way to go. If children begin to have fun reading, their use of language and their vocabulary improve all by themselves and reading books aimed at their current interests and their age group will not turn them off “reading”. It will not seem like a chore. For those who want the classics, the Andrews Library is currently improving its subject added entries to include more books tagged as classic literature.

Boys who enjoy reading the paper daily certainly benefit by way of a good knowledge of current affairs and improved writing skills, conceptualising skills and vocabulary. If boys want to read their own personal Sydney Morning Herald they can pick up one delivered daily to the Andrews Library. Ordering for next year begins right now! 12 months of daily Heralds cost $35 not including weekends and $45 including Monday delivered weekend papers. Boys/parents can order online using credit card payments. Please go to www.heraldeducation.com.au/hsc. Our school has a verbal agreement with the Herald that our students can all purchase as HSC students.


Plain Truth, Jodi Picoult;
Morgan’s Run, Colleen Mc Cullough;
The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, JK Rowling;
Strange Objects, Gary Crew;

Uncovered, the autobiography of Pat Cash, Pat Cash;

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From the Canteen

New interactive whiteboards for classrooms
As you would all know, volunteer help in our canteen is vital to ensure healthy food for our boys and an ongoing income stream to the P&C for allocation to worthy school projects that are nominated specifically by the Principal, Dr Jaggar.

Money raised through the canteen in 2010 has been used to:

  • Finish paying off the tennis courts
  • Supplying a number of classrooms with interactive whiteboards and associated technology.

Well done to all the volunteers throughout 2010 who have made these improvements to Sydney Boys High possible!! Many thanks also to the following people for their assistance in the last week of Term3…
Dani Hillier, Nina Liu, Sally Pierce, Anne Aylmer, Jenny Dong, Cia Koukouras, Angela Pak, Jeffi Wu, Faye Huang, Jenni Rajendram, Charles Ovadia, Gina Jun, Shilpar Punekar, David Mah, Li Yang,

We like to say thank you to our volunteers by rewarding them 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. And the lucky winner for September is….. Nina Liu. Congratulations! Thank you The Canteen Team

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.

Next P&C Meeting
Our next P&C meeting will be the Annual General Meeting – 7.30 pm, Wednesday 17th November. Please put this date in your diaries. All P&C executive positions will be declared vacant and elections for these positions held that evening. ng.

Coles Sports for Schools Campaign
The School has registered to be part of the current Coles Supermarket Sport for Schools campaign, which is running until Sunday 31 October 2010.

Parents and boys can collect vouchers from the cashier when shopping at any Coles Supermarket. Bring these vouchers to School and put them in the box at the Front Office or outside the PE staff room. Even remind your neighbours and relatives to collect vouchers on your behalf. Every $10 spent at Coles Supermarkets will earn a Coles Sports for Schools voucher. The vouchers are redeemable for sports equipment at the end of the promotion.

Many more parents are now posting comments on the P&C BLOG – thank you for your input and we look forward to implementing some of your suggestions – a reminder that parents need their Username and Password to access the BLOG. Just email the P&C This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we will send you details if you do not have a Username and password.

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Volunteer Parents Needed for Orientation Day

Tuesday 16th November

Can you spare a couple of hours between 2pm and 4pm; or between 4pm and 6pm?

Please join our team of volunteer parents serving refreshments in the courtyard outside the Great Hall. Our aim is to make incoming families feel welcome and to encourage them to be involved in the school.

If you speak a language other than English, this will be especially helpful.
Please contact Soogie Sim This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 0411 641 735 if you are able to help out on Thursday 16th November. Thank you!

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SHS Rowing

Term 4 rowing training and preparation for the GPS regattas starts this week. If we want to prepare the boys well, and get improved results, every boy needs to participate fully in the program.

All boys need to attend every session. They are committed to their crew. They need to perfect their technique and they need to develop their strength and endurance.

We have a coaching coordinator for every Year group -
Year 8 Quads - Toby Ledgerwood
Year 9 Quads - Thomas Parker
Year 10 Eights - Mitchell Estens
Senior Eights and Fours - Ollie Wilson

.... and an enthusiastic team of High Old Boys ready to coach crews.


  • Back to the Sheds Rowing Regatta, October 23 – we welcome Old Boys and rowing families to the sheds (to watch and/or compete).
  • Melbourne High, November 17 – 20 - Melbourne High are visiting Sydney High to experience rowing on the Parramatta River.
  • Family Regatta Day, November 20 - Bring your family to the sheds and try rowing ... followed by a delicious lunch.

Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to have your details added to our parents contact list. Information and the season calendar will be sent to you.

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Rowing: Back to the Sheds Day 

All old boys, rowing community, and their families are invited to

Back to the Sheds Day
Saturday 23 October 2010

from 8.00am at the Outterside Centre, 5 Teviot Avenue, Abbotsford

We welcome the
High 1977-78 GPS Gold Challenge crew
as guest entrants in this year's
High Rowing Challenge Regatta

  • where the best of the old boys take on the school VIII
  • and other old boys join the rowing community and friends in VIIIs for a mini regatta challenge.

Enjoy the traditional Shed Barbecue - bacon and egg rolls, juice and barista coffee served throughout the morning.

RSVP and more information - contact Julie Blomberg at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 0416 061759

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Basketball: Shooting Hoops

High Basketball Season Is Back!

Prepare yourself for another exciting season of basketball as High enters this season with some good results in other competitions already. Sydney High’s 2nd Grade team also recently defeated Newington College 47-41 in the final of the development division with High’s Blake McGlenchy taking home the MVP award. High’s Firsts, Seconds, As and Bs teams will take on St. Ignatius College this week at Iggy’s to open the season. On 16/10/10 High and Newington will be part of the curtain raiser of Sydney Kings v NZ Breakers in R1 of the 2010/11 iiNet NBL Championship, and will be the first to play on the Kingdome’s brand new $1 million high-tech court in the premier division final of the 2010 Sydney Kings Schools Shootout.

Quotes of the Week
(from the Shootout win)
“Nikhil is ni-killing it" - A. Hayman
"Yeeeah that's McGlenchy Magic" - B. Hayman

High vs. The Old Boys

Basketball vs The Old Boys games are always scheduled so as not cause conflict with the Athletics season. On the Sunday following the GPS Athletics, the school played the Old Boys for the 7th time in as many years. Mr Hayman started these games as a celebration of High Basketball and to help the students at the school understand the history of the school and share in the culture/tradition of High sport/basketball. It really is a day of celebration for the Old Boys too, allowing them to catch up with the recent success of High basketball. His father started this at Cranbrook school during his time as the coach and MIC and it worked for him in creating a positive culture.

This year the Old Boys narrowly defeated the Seconds team by a point and then the First Grade managed to demolish the Old Boys 80-44 to win one back. The results over the years on the 1st Grade vs. Old Boys Trophy show that the Old Boys have won it 3 times and the school has now won it four times.

Following both of the games, Old Boy Samson Lou kindly offered to put on a BBQ on behalf of the Old Boys for the students. George Krastev (Chairperson of the Basketball Committee and Old Boys Coordinator) said some very kind words on behalf of the Old Boys about what has been happening in the SBHS Basketball program. This was very positive and it really inspired everyone to keep going and kept the boys working hard. The Captain of Basketball for the season ahead (Christian Jurlina) replied on behalf of the school and thanked the Old Boys and Mr Hayman.

This event, whilst a simple informal occasion is a very powerful and important part in supporting the school’s basketball program and it will be looked forward to in the years to come.

Basketball Training Camp

In the holidays training began for both juniors and seniors, which was awesome pre-season preparation. Mr A Hayman held a camp with 20+ junior players looking to dramatically improve their game each day of the holidays and it was incredibly successful. Mr B Hayman took High to a new level of results (including a game with 8 dunks from us) and professionalism, being undefeated in the Sydney Schools Shootout. Sydney High is also in the main article on the Sydney Kings Website this week with a photo of our Second Grade side who impressively won the development division.

See for details: http://www.nbl.com.au/kings-shortcut/news/article/2010/october/-adfb852a3c/ 

~ Go High Basketball!
~Play Hard, Play Smart and Play Together!
~ Don’t forget to visit the Sydney High Basketball Website!
~ Brought to you by the editors, David Li Wang and Chris Chiam
~Thank you to Mr Hayman for all his contributions to basketball and information

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Basketball Holiday Tournament

NSW Independent School’s Shootout

The Sydney Schools Shootout, hosted at Newington College, brought a vast number of schools from New South Wales to compete for the chance to play as the curtain raiser for the Sydney Kings basketball team. The tournament consisted of a Round Robin structure whereby the top 2 teams in each pool would play the top 2 teams in the other pool. The High First Grade team decided that this would be a prime opportunity to showcase our skills as a team and assert our dominance.

The first game was played at 8 o’clock in the morning against SCEGGS. The game started at a slow pace but drastically picked up due to Jasper Garay’s and Lloyd Perris’ intensity, talk and hustle. We eventually won the game by a convincing margin.

The second game was played against St Pius and our main goal was to improve every game we played. Craig Moller went ballistic with his 6 dunks while Chris Morrow’s insane coast to coast slam dunk on an opposing player brought us to the 100th point... We emerged victorious with a score of 104-14.

Soreness set in from the previous games although it didn’t affect our performance against the persistent Barker College. We stuck to our game plan and scored the majority of our points through our fast paced offensive transition. Once again we won by a comfortable margin of roughly thirty points.

The 4th and final game of the day put us up against Blue Mountains High School. A few words from Mr Hayman before the game pumped up the team, ready to continue the professionalism we maintained throughout the tournament; which reflected in the 40 point victory against Blue Mountains.

Our exceptional performance on the first day put us in 1st place which meant we played St Luke’s who came 2nd in Pool B in the crossover round. Unfortunately we didn’t play the best basketball we could’ve in that game but still won by 30 points. We knew we had to pick up our performance from that game if we were to defeat The Scots College in the next game.

Another pre-game talk from Mr Ben Hayman and rigorous stretching routine by Mr Alex Hayman prepared the team for the biggest challenge of the tournament so far. It was by far the most physical game with bodies falling to the ground at every play. Scots’ physicality meant we had to push ourselves harder to maintain the lead we had at halftime. Despite The Scots College boasting at least 5 new players in their first grade side our transition and vision of the court enabled us to secure a promising 23 point win. With the semi-final over, the only thing left to do is to compete against old rivals Newington College at the Entertainment Centre this Saturday night for the chance to be Sydney Schools Shootout premiers.

One last special mention must go to the 2nds basketball team who won the tournament in an intense 6-point grand final against Newington. Congratulations to Blake McGlenchy for receiving the Most Valuable Player award in the grand final and an amazing team defensive effort made this very exciting win possible.
Christian Jurlina
Basketball Captain

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PDHPE – Fitness Assessment

September 2010

The final fitness assessment of our Years 7 – 10 students was carried out during September. In 2010 personal goal times were set to encourage each student to improve and maintain a higher level of aerobic fitness. It was pleasing to see 120 students (15%) achieve their personal goals. Following is a table of the names of these students.

A Year 8 record was set by Eugene Lee of 5m 12s and the Year 7 record of 5m 43s was equalled by Luke Hoad. Other outstanding performances included Jonathan Clements-Lendrum (Year 9) 5m 10s and Year 10 students Adam Booth and Lloyd Perris who ran 5m 01s.

For an assessment of 90% or better, required a student to run the 1.6km in a time of 6 mins 30 secs, approximately, depending on the age of the student. An assessment of 50% or better, required a time of between 7 and 8 minutes, depending on age. A result of 10% or less means the 1.6km run was completed in a time greater than 9 mins 30 seconds.

1.6km results for 2010

Percentile band No. of students in each percentile band
Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
  Feb Sept Feb Sept Feb Sept Feb Sept
90 – 99 1 20 8 22 10 22 35 39
80 – 89 1 15 8 9 14 26 14 19
70 – 79 2 5 2 12 8 15 13 18
60 – 69 9 10 14 13 16 19 18 14
50 – 59 11 17 17 13 11 11 16 10
40 – 49 16 19 10 15 15 14 10 5
30 – 39 11 11 15 19 30 11 26 11
20 – 29 13 21 26 13 27 24 19 18
10 – 19 39 27 29 17 29 19 16 21
0 – 9 68 20 38 25 30 18 26 25
Non-starters 7 13 12 21 7 21 11 15

Mean results for each year group 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010

  Feb 07 Sep 07 Feb 08 Sep 08 Feb 09 Sep 09 Feb 10 Sep 10
 Year 10  59%  55%  59%  65%  54%  61%   54%   59%
 Year 9  56%  63%  47%  54%   47%   55%  47%  57%
 Year 8  49%  50%   38%   49%  43%  56%  43%  52%
 Year 7   38%   44%  34%  49%  32%  50%  32%  50%

1.6Km run – Best performances and record holders

Date Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10
2003 Danny Fu 6m6m 55s Quan Nguyen 6m 04s Andrew Reis 5m 44s Paul Watzlaff 5m 00s
2004 Alasdair Brown 6m 13s Alastair Taylor 5m 39s Richard Xu 5m 53s Attilla Szabo 5m 11s
2005 Keiran Taylor 5m 55sspan> Cameron Reeves 5m 35s Alastair Taylor 5m 45s Harry Walker 5m 28s
2006 Andrew Ye 6m 15s Stephen Yoon5m 56s Jeremy Ireland 5m5m 38s Matthew Fsadni 5m 33s
2007 Andreas Purcal 6m 07s Sam Lane 5m 28s Michael Ambrose5m 24s Jeremy Ireland 5m 03s
2008 Arjun Punekar5m 47s Anton Brokman5m 41sspan> Sam Lane 4m 53s Michael Ambrose5m 24s
2009 Eugene Lee 5m 43s Oliver Kirk5m 37s Lloyd Perris5m 00s Sam Lane 4m 54s
2010 Luke Hoad 5m 43s Eugene Lee 5m 12s Jonathan Clements – Lendrum 5m 10s Adam BoothLloyd Perris5m 01s

Congratulations to these students who achieved their personal 1.6k run goal time.

Year 7 (32 students)
David Bang, William Beare, Li Fang Chen, Victor Gao, Nadar Haidar, Daniel Haslam, Gary He, Luke Hoad, Alexander Hossain, Gordon Huang, Keller Huang, Anthony Huynh, Alex Jiang, Phillip King, Andy Lam, Jason Lin, Kelvin Lin, Michael Liu, Tom Lu, Varunan Muruganthan, Timothy Tin Nguyen, Jun Park, Rick Saha, Gaultham Shankar, James Tinker, Jason Tjahjokusumo, Daniel Wang, Carl Yang, Jonathon Yip, Calvin Zhou, Ian Tong Zhou and Hofmann Zhu

Year 8 (18 students)
Ned Anson, Sunny Cheng, Steve Comninos, William Du, David Feng, Anes Karahasan, Brendan Kong, Brendan Kwong, Eugene Lee, Joshua Leo, Darren Li, Perry Sim, Anthony Tran, Brian Troung, Sida Wang, Yiu Tao Wong, Michael Xin and Jeffrey Zhao

Year 9 (27 students)
Kavan Chen, Darren Chien, Jisoo Chung, Jonathon Clements –Lendrum, Allen Feng, Dennis Ghezelbash, Michael Gong, Tushar Joshi, Eamon Kelly, Oliver Kirk, Kenny Kuang, Daniel Kim, Wilber Koslowski, Jerry Li, Oliver Meroni, Jaan Pallandi, Terrence Pham, Arjun Punekar, Connor Robinson, Marco Stojanovic, William Tam, Nelson Tang, Aidan Thom, Dominic Tran, Tin Wu, Eric Xu and Jacky Zhu

Year 10 (43 students)
David Andrews, Jonathan Adnika, Adam Booth, Anton Brokman, Adrian Chan, Vincent Chen, Timothy Chin, Lachlan Day, Lucas Fang, Andrew Fong, Derrick Foo, David Ghezelbash, Harry Heo, Raymond Hua, Alex Hughes, Mark Iskander, Brenevan Jeyarasa, Lahiru Katupitiya, Jim Koukouras, Patrick Krakovsky, Oscar Lee, Frank Li, Gary Liang, Ethan Lieu, Carl Luiker, Matthew McDonald, Ennis Mehedbasic, Craig Moller, Tim Montenaro, Nicholas Ooi, Lloyd Perris, Chris Pinto, Andreas Purcal, Sooraj Prakash, Nayan Rahman, Aman Saksena, Siddharth Sethi, Mat Song, Chris Ye, Vincent Ye, Lyman Zhao, Jerry Zhou and Patrick Zhou

A breakdown of the goal achievements indicated that the majority rose to the challenge of the higher levels set.

Year 8 minute goal 7m – 7m 59s 6.01 – 6m 59s 6 mins or PB
10 3 2 2 5
9 2 6 9 8
8 2 5 3 10
7 4 12 11 36
Total 11 25 25 59

The same personal goal challenge will operate in 2011with the new personal times posted in Room 901 during Term 4. I look forward to more students taking up the 1.6k challenge and achieving their personal best next year.
G Stein

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