High Notes, Vol 11 No 5, February 26 2010

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to our newly elected Student Representative Council. These boys have shown the courage and civic mindedness to get involved in school governance. The SRC has a growing reputation as a genuine leadership body with ideas and action to support them. I like to meet with SRC representatives and listen to their suggestions or complaints. Quite often I am able to help them make a difference to something around the school that affects the quality of the learning environment for all boys. President – Yr 11 Samir Kinger ,Vice President - Yr 11 Isnad Zaman; Secretary - Yr 11 Michael Wong ; Yr 8 Joshua Leo; Henry Feng; Charlie Shi; Joseph Lui; William Wu; Yr 9- Khushaal Vyas; Shuming Wang; Hayden Lam, Alexander Nguyen, Allan Feng; Yr 10 -Kah- Yang Wong, Harry Heo, Jerry Zhou, Simon Do, Blake McGlenchy, Oscar Lee, Yr 11 Dennis Kim, Austin Lu, Samuel Beston, Yr 12 -Matthew Fong, Mohan Vithushan, Phillip Nguyen, Arun Surendran, Andrew Wu, Enoch Hui. Year 7 representatives will be elected after the Year 7 camp.

Big Night Out
Tickets are now on sale for $15 each for what must be a great value family night out on March 20 at 6 pm. Come and meet other families, enjoy the great variety of food and be pleasantly surprised by the entertainment. Previous events organised by the Sydney High Development Committee (Chinese New Year 2007- 08) have been well attended and positive feedback received. Have a good night and support the school as it brings people together.

COLA capers
Recent extreme weather events have caused damage to the cricket net surfaces caused by sand and dirt washed down from the surrounding ground as a result of overflows from the massive surface area of the COLA roof catchment. Thanks to Neil Patterson and Brett Harrison for cleaning up the mess so promptly. Plumbers have installed two collectors and two extra downpipes to cope with the volume of water collecting on the COLA roof. Quite soon extra fencing will be installed to secure the area. Two slabs will be laid on the SGHS side of the COLA in preparation for the installation of a 10,000 litre water tank and the erection of a new storage shed for fencing.

Great Hall Kitchen
The kitchen is ready for use and training in appliances is taking place on Monday, March 1 at 0830. All interested School Family committee members are invited to find out how our great new facility will operate.

Student Awards Scheme changes
As flagged in High Notes, Vol 10, No 3, February 13, 2009 the Student Awards Scheme has been amended. The major change is the qualification for Regional Director’s Award, increased to 68 categories. Trophy is 56. Plaque is set at 46 and Platinum at 36. The Senior School Awards scheme will be launched shortly but will only affect Year 10 boys in 2010. The system will revert to a points system with multiple opportunities to earn points but the ‘areas’ will be capped at 30 points each. In the senior school breadth of participation and outstanding contributions will both be rewarded.
Dr K A Jaggar

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From the Two Libraries

Andrews Library

Lost Knots & 1 Found Ribbon, Denes Bolza;
Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, David Lubar;
The Sound And The Fury, William Faulkner;
Dark Mirror, Barry Maitland;
Bombs Away, John Steinbeck;
The Ignorance Of Blood, Robert Wilson and
Motor Mouth, Janet Evanovich.

Brave New World And Brave New World Revisited, Warren Paul;
Government, Politics, Power And Policy in Australia, Andrew Parkin;
The Insects An Outline Of Entomology, P.J. Gullan;
Daughters Of Arabia, Jean Sasson;
Forbidden Love, Norma Khouri;
Questions And Prompts For Mathematical Thinking, Anne Watson;
Ten Masters Of Modern Essay, Forster Lawrence;
Byron, Bernard Blackstone and
Senior Text Types, Elli Housden.

Across The Nightingale Floor, Lian Hearn;
Exit Wounds, Rutu Modan and
The Island, Armin Greder.

The Essential Jesus, Tony Payne;
Voices Of The Code Breakers, Michael Paterson;
The Fantasy Illustrator’s Technique Book, Gary A. Lippincott;
History’s Travellers And Explorers, Philip Ardagh;
A Taste Of History, Bryan Bruce;
How To Publish A Book For Pleasure Profit Or Publicity, The Publishing Queen;
Statistical Questions From The Classroom, J.Michael Shaughnessy and
Writing Best Ever Narratives, Rosemary Allen.

McDonald Library

The library has been very busy this week with many students taking advantage of the comfort and “cool” to study and just to relax and read.

Just a reminder about duties and responsibilities of students when using this area: No food or eating in the Library or anywhere in the building, students should be seated and working quietly especially during class time, only two people may be using a computer maximum and library kept clean and tidy with chairs placed under the desk where it belongs. If these rules are followed the library remains a pleasant and productive space for learning.

Year 10 transitions program
From next Thursday 4th March and for the following three weeks students in Year 10 will be attending a presentation by State Librarians in the McDonald Library during their transitions lesson. They will be encouraged to join the library so that they can take advantage of the great resources that having a State Library card will give them access to. The presentation will show students how to get into and use databases useful in many subject areas either from home or school.

This is an excellent resource so all students (especially Seniors) will find it useful when doing research for assignments and essays. To find the link to join the library students should go into their student portal and log in to Moodle. Click on Study Assist in courses and scroll down to the State Library section. There is a link to the form students can complete and submit online. They will be registered and as soon as they receive their card will be able to start using the State library.

Links to in-school databases can also be found via Moodle, in courses – Study Assist as well as through the Library Enquiry link after you logon.
Ms Gordon
Teacher Librarian – McDonald Library)

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ACER: Gambling Research Survey

Gambling Research Survey
The ACER are conducting research on exposure to Gambling amongst young people and has asked Sydney Boys High School to be involved. The survey will take about 20 minutes and is done online at school. No student will be individually identified but information about age and gender etc will be collected.

This is important research as it will help to determine how the government will respond to gambling in young people in the future.

If you and your son are happy for him to take part please read the information and fill out the consent forms at the back of the High Notes and return BOTH consent forms to the box outside the Social Science Staffroom.

Any questions see the ACER website (URL in information) or contact me in Social Science on 9361 6910 ext 122.
Dr Finnie

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From the Canteen

It has been brought to our attention that some older students are joining the wrong canteen lines. When this happens, these people cause a longer wait for everyone else in the queue and then for themselves when they are sent back to join their correct queue or referred to the teacher on duty if needed.

It really does make life easier for our canteen managers and other students if you are on your proper line. Thank you for your assistance.

Dr Jaggar has also reminded us that multiple purchases (buying for other people) are not allowed. Our canteen managers actually find it is more efficient and far quicker to serve 3 students with 1 or 2 items each, than it is to serve 1 person with a few different orders from other people.

Our canteen managers – Karen and Tracey – make a wide range of fresh foods in canteen that are not only healthy but are also popular with the boys. To keep up with the demand they do need help preparing these foods in the canteen.

If you could spare some time – once a month would be great – then helping us out in canteen would be really appreciated. It is the best way of seeing something of your son’s school – boys ALWAYS love to see their parent on canteen - and it also gives you the opportunity of meeting other parents PLUS learning how to prepare some of the tasty nutritious food the boys enjoy!!

If you are still learning English, we can help AND show you how to do things.

A win win situation for everybody – the school profits from your help, the boys get great food and you enjoy friendly company and free cooking lessons!!

  • Please phone Tracey and Karen on 9360 4027 to organise a day that suits. They really would appreciate your help!

NB: All volunteers names go into a monthly draw to win canteen vouchers for their sons
Thank you
The Canteen Team

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Fencing Supporters Meeting

Sydney Boys High

Rescheduled to Thursday 11 March 5.30pm in Common Room

Please come along to discuss the coming season

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SBHS Ski Trip

Don’t miss the SBHS Ski Trip which is on again in the second week of the July school holidays. If you are a keen skier or snowboarder this could be the trip for you. It is an exciting opportunity to represent the school at the Sydney Regional Interschools Snowsports Championships held this year at Perisher. A meeting for all who are interested will be held Lunch 1, Monday 1 March, in room 106. Be there!
A Fuller

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From the Office

Letters Re Absence/Lateness/ Early Leave
When your son returns to school from being absent he is required to provide a letter of explanation signed by a parent or guardian. If your son is going to be late for school a note is also required. Alternatively you may contact the school by phone on 9361 6910 and dial “4” for the absentee line.

If your son has an early leave note he is required to have his note signed by either Mr Barris, Mr Dowdell or Mr Prorellis before 8:55 am and handed in to the Main Office immediately after. Each letter should be signed by a parent or guardian with the name, date and roll class of your son printed clearly. Your son needs to pick up a leave pass from the Main Office before he leaves the school.

If you require leave for your son please, apply in writing and address your application to the Principal, Dr Jaggar, stating the reason and length of time of the leave. Your son must then present this application to Dr Jaggar for permission for the leave. Please remember to apply before the leave and not after.

The Principal must approve all leave applications.

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Music Notes

Music Tour Meeting
There will be a FINAL Tour meeting scheduled on Tuesday the 16th of March which is COMPULSORY for ALL parents and students. Please make ensure you have this date booked in as Jackie Male will be present to answer any questions, discuss final arrangements for the tour and distribute tour name tags to students.

Music Tour 2010 to France and Flanders
Rehearsal schedule for touring ensembles this term are as follows:

Concert Band (Rm201)
String Ensemble (Rm202)

Stage Band (Rm201)
String Ensemble (Rm202)

Concert band (Rm201)

Marching Band (MPW)

ALL members are expected to be at EVERY rehearsal, you must notify the Music Staff if you are unable to attend any rehearsal.

Tour Band Camp
The Music Tour band camp was held on Monday to Wednesday this week with the tour concert band and string ensemble rehearsing intensely in preparation for the France tour in April. Thanks to Lachlan Deacon (Drum Major for the Tour, OB 2007), Rebecca Irwin and Christian Katsikaros (OB 2009) for their assistance and professionalism in rehearsing the ensembles over these three days. A special thanks to Samson Lou and James Mackay (OB 2007) for organising BBQ lunches during the camp and also to Maeve O’Meara for providing delectable and delicious biscuits for the boys’ morning teas.

Tour Stage Band
The Tour Stage Band will be performing at the SBHS Big Night Out function on Saturday the 20th March at 7pm in the Great Hall. This will be a fabulous performance as they play the repertoire they have prepared for the France Tour.

Ensemble Rehearsal Times for 2010

Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
7.45am Intermediate Concert Band Room 201 Chamber Choir Room 202 Chamber Choir Room 202 Senior Concert Band Room 201 Symphony Orchestra Room 201
  Junior String Ensemble Room 205 Junior Jazz Ensemble Room 201 Senior  Stage Band Room 201    Guitar Ensemble Room 101
  Junior Percussion Ensemble Room 101   Junior Stage Band Room 101   Tour /Senior String Ensemble (7:30-8:30am)
  Training Concert Band Rm 102 Term 2, 3, 4   Philharmonic Orchestra Room 205   Tour Marching Band - Term 1 MPW 8.00 - 9:00am
Afternoon rehearsals (3.30-4.30pm)   Marching Band Term 4 Basketball Courts        

Ensemble rehearsals have commenced with Intermediate Concert Band on Mondays 7:45am in room 101 for students not attending the Music Tour. All other ensembles will run as timetabled above.

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SBHS Debating

Debating Emails
For parents of Year 7 debaters - or any new parent for debating - you will need to email me to ensure that you receive the weekly debating email detailing the teams and arrangements for upcoming debates.

Please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and use the subject line:

"Parent <your son's graduating year>" For example 'Parent 2015' for Year 7 parents.

For Year 7 Boys please email me with the subject line: "Student 2015"

For all other parents and debaters: please ensure your email addresses are up to date via the same process!

EMAIL UPDATES are the main method of communication about coaching, competitions and the whole debating program. It is essential that all debaters and parents ensure their details are current!!


SBHS v Scots (Eastside)
Topic Area: Education

SBHS v Reddam (Eastside)
Topic Area: Social Policy

SBHS v Knox (FED)
Topic Area: Environment

With the start to both competitions upon us it is essential that everyone stays up to date with current affairs. Good luck to all boys for tonight's debates!

If your son is debating on these nights please ensure you organise a plate of food to share as supper for our boys and our guests.

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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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.

Sydney Boys High BIG NIGHT OUT
Tickets are now available for sale for BIG NIGHT OUT through the General Office. $15.00 per person for entree, main course and dessert AND a night filled with entertainment. Why not bring the whole family.

A tremendous thank you to those people in our community, who have already so generously donated prizes for the night. But we still need more. We are seeking donations of unique, interesting and of course popular items for the Silent Auction and raffles to be held on the night. Imaginations welcome ! But may be think about:

  • approaching your local eatery for donation of a dining voucher
  • donations from your wine cellar
  • approaching your hairdresser for a voucher
  • clothing or jewellery store vouchers
  • concert tickets
  • food and wine hamper
  • weekends away in holiday homes
  • cooking classes
  • electrical goods
  • surfing, tennis or maths lessons
  • gym memberships or classes
  • If you have services that could help people say an opinion on architect's drawing's, a building inspection, some driving lessons, the drawing up of a simple will. etc
  • an entertainer or artist could donate a copy of their book or DVD or some tickets to a show.
  • work experience placements are invaluable – even for just a day

Please contact Julie Connolly with donations for the Silent Auction and raffle. 0418 470 203 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

P&C Meeting with Elevate Education – one of Australia’s leading providers of study skills programs
The next P&C general meeting will be 7.30pm, Wednesday 17th March in the Great Hall. One of Australia's leading providers of study skills programs - Elevate Education - will address the meeting on how parents can support their sons in developing effective study techniques:

  • How to motivate your son
  • How to help your son manage his time
  • What are reasonable expectations in terms of amount of time spent studying.

This will be a very worthwhile and informative evening that we urge parents to attend.

Upcoming Parent Meetings & Events (details in High Notes)

Monday 1st March, 6pm – Rugby Committee Meeting, Staff Common Room
Tuesday 2nd March, 7.00pm – Rowing Committee Meeting, Staff Common Room
Wednesday 3rd March, 6.00pm – Fencing Supporters Meeting, Staff Common Room
Wednesday 10th March, 6.30pm – Boatshed Dinner, Great Hall
Wednesday 17th March, 7.30pm – P&C Meeting with Elevate Education Seminar, Great Hall
Saturday 20th March, from 6pm – Sydney Boys High BIG NIGHT OUT, Great Hall and Courtyard

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Sydney Boys High Tennis

Match Report for 20 February 2010

1st Grade 2nd Grade
TKS D1 def  High D1 2-6 6-4 10-8 (STB) TKS D1 def High D1 6-1 6-3
TKS D2 def High D2 6-1 6-2 TKS D2 def High D2 6-1 6-2
TKS D3 def High D3 7-5 6-4 TKS D3 def High D3 6-1 6-4
TKS S1 def High S1 (Arman Abdollahi) 5-7 6-3 6-3 TKS S1 def High S1 (Lachlan Day) 6-7 6-2 6-1
TKS S2 def High S2 (Pat Rynssardt)  6-1 5-7 6-2 TKS S2 def High S2 (Anton Brokman) 6-0 6-0
TKS S3  def High S3 (Mohit Tugnait) 6-1 6-2 TKS S3 def High S3 (David Ghezelbash) 6-2 6-0
TKS S4 (Frank Zhang)  def High S4  6-0 6-1 TKS S4 def High S4 (Edward Qiu) 6-1 6-2
TKS S5 def High S5 (Derek Trang) 6-2 6-2 TKS S5 def High S5 (Thomas Nguyen) 6-2 6-1
TKS S6 def High S6 (George Panas) 3-6 7-5 6-7 TKS S6 def High S6 (Frank Li) 6-1 6-0
TKS def High 12-0 TKS def High 12-0

1st Grade Report
This week High faced an extremely formidable opponent in the form of the defending 1st and 2nd Grade premiers, King’s. Things started off positively with High dominating in the No 1 doubles in a flawless display. However King’s came back strongly and set up an exciting third set super-tiebreaker. High went down 10-8 in a closely fought final set and were unlucky not to get the win. The No 3 doubles also played a close doubles and were unlucky to lose, going down 6-4 7-5. The competitive nature of the doubles definitely provided confidence to the whole team going into the singles. High No 1 Arman Abdollohi played unrelenting tennis against an extremely solid Kings No 1 player and managed to take the match to three sets, where he went down 6-3. High No 2 Patrick Rynsaardt also played a tough singles and pushed the match to the third set. The third set was up and down, and Patrick who, although unfortunate to lose, should take great confidence from his performance. No 6 George Panas played some gritty tennis to get himself from a set and 5-2 down to take the match to the third set. In the third set, George took control early with a break of serve, but ended up losing the match in a tiebreaker 7-4. Overall, although the results didn't show it, High made significant improvements from their performance last week and will definitely look to take this week's disappointments as a motivation to win in the upcoming rubbers.
Mohit Tugnait

2nd Grade Report
High were apprehensive but eager going into this week’s tough rubber against The King’s School, who were reigning GPS premiers. After an early start, and sporting new swanky shirts, High went into the doubles well prepared. However, King’s domination at the net showed as all doubles went down in straight sets. During the singles, despite an obvious improvement from last week, High were outmatched in terms of fitness, ground strokes and volleying. High No 4 Edward Qiu played a strong match against his opponent, who ran him around the court. Edward dug in and fought hard, often matching his opponent in terms of power, however could not capitalise on sitters and floaters and ultimately went down 6-1 6-2. The only bright moment of the day was High No 1, Lachlan Day. Lachlan took the first set from his opponent in a tie breaker, and his match progressed far past everyone else’s despite starting first. Lachlan’s opponent was visibly distressed with Lachlan’s ability to return almost every shot. After a prolonged 3rd set due to an injury break by the King’s player, Lachlan eventually went down in an excellent showing 6-7 6-2 6-1. Lachlan deserves much praise for his efforts and he, as well as the entire team, should be proud of their efforts and look forward to the upcoming rubbers of the GPS.
Frank Li

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Basketball: Shooting Hoops

High vs Kings

Term 4 (Last time)

1st LOSS IN 2 OT 58-57 E NAAR 20!! C MOLLER 18!!
3rd WIN 35-22 A KUGENDRAM 6
5th WIN 27-14 L SHELDON 8
6th WIN 29-11 J NGUYEN 9
7th LOSS 30-21 I LU 7
8th DRAW! NO OT! 23-23 M LIU-LI 9
16B WIN 30-28 M SONG 8
16C WIN 31-15 T CHIN 8
16D LOSS 2525-15 M NGAI 6
16E LOSS IN OT 32-35 M YIM 7
16F WIN 40-17 M LAM 17
15A WIN 25-24 E KELLY 8
15B WIN 42-23 K KUANG 15
15C WIN 25-21 B HE 6
15E WIN 26-18 L ZHANG 10
15F LOSS 18-24 A SINGH 6
14A LOSS 14-29 B CHEN 6
14B LOSS 24-43 P GAO 9
14Cspan> LOSS 12-47 D SUN 4
14D LOSS 28-44 J FREIBERG 14

Term 1 (This time)

1st HUGE WIN 88-56 A DUMOVIC 28, E NAAR 18
2nd LOSS 51-43 J GARAY 17
5th LOSS 22-18 L SHELDON 6
6th WIN 35-23 J HAJJ 10
7th WIN 49-10 H HUANG 12
8th WIN 26-17 D CHEN 6
16B WIN 43-20 M SONG 19
16C WIN 37-26 T CHIN 8
16D LOSS 29-26 V CHEN 10
15A WIN 38-28 N FRANCE 16
15B LOSS 22-25 M CHANG 6
15C WIN 28-19 J CLEMENTS-L 9
15D WIN 30-29 W MA 18
15E LOSS 19-36 L ZHANG 4
15F WIN 29-7 A XU
14A LOSS 53-43 B CHEN 24
14C LOSS 26-33 B HUYNH 8
14D WIN 42-32 J FRIEBURG 10
14E LOSS 50-16 J HUO 8
13A LOSS 88-16 T NGUYEN 4

1st Grade Table

First Grade Played Won Lost For Against Points
Newington 10 9 1 748 413 19
High 10 8 2 775 577 18
St. Joseph's 10 6 4 723 642 16
Kings 10 6 4 625 591 16
St. Ignatius' 10 5 5 576 628 15
Grammar 10 4 6 557 650 14
Scots 10 2 8 541 722 12
Shore 10 0 10 457 779 1010

Hayman Cup
In case you were wondering about the Hayman Cup and haven’t been checking the website recently, here is the current table:

Team Previous Points Points this week Total points Team Previous Points Points this week Total points
1st 64 10 74 15A 24 2 26
2nd 46 0 46 15B 52 0 52
3rd 22 0 22 15C 26 2 28
4th 32 6 38 15D 26 2 28
5th 16 0 16 15E 21 0 21
6th 27 2 29 15F 15 4 19
7th 16 4 20 14A 2 0 2
8th 5 2 7 14B 4 8 4
16A 4 0 4 14C 4 0 4
16B 10 8 18 14D 8 2 10
16C 28 2 30 14E 9 0 9
16D 16 0 16 14F 9 1 10
16F 20 0 20        

Evidently 1st Grade is in the lead, having won several games by over 20 points this season. The 15Bs have performed well this season too, with some pretty big wins and are now sitting on 52 points, 6 points ahead of 2nd Grade.

Match Reports
Captains of all teams, please take the time to write and send in a match report under 100 words. It’s not that difficult and I’m sure there are a lot parents and students that are interested in knowing how your team fared in their win. Even if you didn’t win but had a close game, send in a report! So get writing after this Saturday!
By David Li Wang

~ 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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Sydney High Annual Basketball Dinner

Help celebrate another fantastic year of basketball at High by organising your son’s team to attend the 6th Annual Basketball Dinner ever for all years!!! Every team will receive trophies for the Most Valuable Player and Most Improved player. 1 minute speeches will be made by coaches about their season! The team with the best highlight footage of their season will show off their talent on the big screen. There will be a raffle for huge prizes and a chance to thank your coach for their efforts. Prizes include Surfboards, DVS entertainment packages, $50 gift vouchers, spa vouchers and much, much more!!

When? Friday, 26/ 3/ 10, 6:30pm. Dinner served at 7pm

Where? Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School

Who? Players, parents, friends, supporters and coaches of all teams!

1) Because the friendships made through SBHS basketball last a lifetime
2) Because the program has improved significantly this season and requires your support for this to continue.


*This is a BYO function for adults. Cordial will be served for students. Advise when booking if vegetarian meal is required. 180 seats only. If you won an award make sure you pay ASAP

Please return the slip  [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] with $35/per person to the front office by 18 MARCH 2010.

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SBHS Rowing Committee

High Regatta
SHS Rowing hosted a very successful regatta last Saturday, 20th February thanks to enthusiastic and helpful parent and old boy volunteers, and of course, excellent conditions with good weather and water.

The day started very early for some of the willing parents who loaded cars at the sheds and then assembled our BBQ/catering area at Bayview Park all before sun up. The catering crew, all junior boys’ parents, was fantastic delivering high quality barbequed food, drinks and homemade cakes throughout the morning with spirit and enthusiasm. It was wonderful to see so many happy parents helping and we appreciate Helen Montanaro’s efforts for rallying the troops and formulating a roster. Thank you to all those parents, and particularly to Geoff Andrews for coordinating the logistics, including moving gear to the park, setup, food/drinks quantities, ice, float, and packup.

Our MIC, Simon Hoadley, our coaches, and the NSW Rowing officials enjoyed a busy schedule managing to deliver exciting races on time. The committee would like to thank old boys Chris Watson (99), Dave Luscombe (71), John Croll (81) and Alec Belokopytov (09) and parent, Barry Schilling, for giving their time to help with the racing. It was also great to have new Sports Master, Mark Pavone, and Dr Jaggar attend and help with the regatta.

Junior Race Results - With the Year 8s enthusiastic and rowing well, Shahar Merom, was able to start six Year 8 crews, Mark Gainford was able to start four Year 9 crews and David Vien, two Year 10 Eights. The standout performances –

  • Year 8 1st Coxed Quad Scull – Brendan Guan, Rex Yi, Ray Fang, Steve Comninos, (c) Joshua Lane placed 3rd in their race beating in the Grammar crew.
  • Year 8 2nd Coxed Quad Scull – Andy Wang, Andrew Rong, Kaiwei Liu, Anthony Tran, (c) Alfred Xing also placed 3rd beating Grammar.
  • Year 10 1st Eight – Ben Wilcox, Max Jones, David Andrews, Andreas Purcal, Andrew Fong, Tejas Iyer, Kah-Yang Wong, Julian Edggton, (c) Raymond Hua were very strong, finishing close to all other crews and just being beaten by Grammar.

Senior Regatta Results
The seniors travelled to SIRC to compete in the Sydney Rowing Club Regatta where the conditions were fantastic and the crews performed well. Noteworthy performances –

  • School 2nd Eight – Ilya Bonch-Osmolovskiy, Isaac Eveleigh, Leo Lu, Ben Li, Tim Gollan, Jonah Petrie, Ryan Caetano, Max Kite, (c) Hayden Schilling strongly challenged all crews and were only just beaten by Joeys by 3 sec to come eighth. They also posted a time slightly better than the School 1st Eight.
  • School 2nd Four – Bach Trang, Hayden Schilling, Declan Gorey, Pravin Radhakrishnan, (c) Brian Jian showed great courage to row the course in a zig-zag fashion across lanes having lost their keel at the start and being unable to steer. They received an ovation from the crowd for their effort.

Julie Blomberg
President Rowing Committee

A Special Invitation

Tuesday 2 March 2010 7.00pm
School Common Room

A special invitation for all parents to come and join the committee for the last meeting of the season.

We need new parents every year and this is a good way to experience what goes on.

Boatshed Dinner


Boatshed Dinner
Wednesday March 10 2010
The Great Hall 6.30pm

The Rowing Committee invites you to attend the traditional Boatshed Dinner for all rowers. It is a very special opportunity to celebrate the efforts and achievements of our boys as well as acknowledge staff, coaches and supporters.

All crews will be introduced on the stage and there will be speeches by -

  • Captain of Year 10 crews – Max Jones
  • Stroke of Year 8 1st Quad – Steve Comninos
  • Stroke of Year 9 1st Quad – Edwin Li
  • Captain of Boats – Andrew Blomberg

We ask all rowers to wear full school uniform please.

The evening is a formal introduction of our representative crews for this season, but is also a great opportunity to socialise and show support for the boys in the lead up to the Head of the River.

The cost of the dinner is $30 for adults and $30 for students.
Flavoured and plain mineral water provided. Parents may BYO wine/beer

Please complete the slip below and return it to the school office with payment.

We look forward to all boys and their parents attending
Kind regards
Julie Blomberg, President
Simon Hoadley, MIC

LAST DAY FOR PAYMENT [slip available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] AND RSVP AT THE MAIN OFFICE  IS FRIDAY 5 MARCH.

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Sydney Boys High Cricket


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT- Saturday 20th February 2010:
was an important day for High Cricket and a day to note in your diaries for future reference. Our Year 7 performances in 13A, 13B and 13C teams have given notice that a new breed of young cricketers have arrived that are talented, uncompromisingly competitive and without fear of the reputations of other GPS Schools. It has announced the commencement of a new era for High Cricket. The only missing element is exposure of the 3 teams to the GPS competitions and I’m sure that they will learn very quickly.

In addition on this day there are sixteen, yes (16) Year 7 boys playing in Club teams (equivalent to a 4th Team) completing their club obligations who are available for Term 4 selections, and now will have to compete with their peer group for vacancies in school teams due to the talent being displayed by the boys in our current teams.

These are exciting times in cricket with changes proposed for the format of GPS competition in the future which will see premierships decided by a mixture of Two Day, Limited Over (50/50), and 20/20 fixtures and this mix of talented youngsters will show a lot of senior cricketers what commitment and determination at sport can achieve..

Hearty congratulations to Brian Kelly (Captain) and Avindu Vithanage (Vice –captain) from our 1st XI who gained selection in the Combined GPS XI selected on Sunday last 21st Feb for the Lord Taverners Week. From all in the High Cricket section we wish you every success throughout the Carnival as well

Ist XI (Day 2) ST.JOSEPH’S 4 decl. /174(38) & 2/145(35) - defeated - HIGH 10/123(50) & 10/196(66) LOSS OUTRIGHT
2nd Inngs Avindu Vithanage (58), Brian Kelly (44) , Andy Liu (44). Wicket taker Avindu Vithanage 2/33

2nd XI (Day 2) ST. JOSEPH’S 2/107 - defeated - HIGH 10/104 LOSS on 1st.INNINGS
Run scorers Krishan Sivayogarayan (20), Sangeeth Subramanian (15), Siva SooriaKumar (15). Wicket taker Siva Sooriakumar 2/15(6)

3rd XI (Day 2) ST.JOSEPH’S decl./257 - defeated - HIGH 10/165 & 3/43 LOSS on 1st INNINGS
Run scorers Hashan Subsinghe (50), Iftiar Khan (17) Nathan KOK (13), Ryan McDonald (11). See Website report

16A (day 2) ST.JOSEPH’S 7 decl./127 - defeated - HIGH 9/46 & 10/30
15A (Day 2) ST.JOSEPH’S 10/270 - defeated - HIGH 10/54 & 10/113
See Website report
14A (Day 2) ST.JOSEPH’S 9 decl./343 - defeated - HIGH 10/10 & 10/87 See Website report

Wicket takers- Lasith De Fonseka 2/36 (7), Sagar Nagaraj 2/92 (16) and Yiu Tao Wong 1/17 (3). 2nd Inngs. Run scorers- Lasith De Fonseka (25), Sagar Nagaraj (22) and Ned Anson (12)

15B KINGS SCHOOL 10/316 (30) - defeated - HIGH 10/45 (20)
Run scorers -Subash Vyas (18), Jacky Jian (12). Wicket takers-Victor Ho 3/42, Sameer Nene 2/23 and Nevin Lazarus 1/50. See Website report

14C KINGS SCHOOL 0/29 (3) - defeated - HIGH 10/28 (14)

13A KINGS SCHOOL 8/144 (31) - defeated - HIGH 10/109
I was fortunate to be present for this absolute thriller and our lack of match experience was all that beat us. The game had everything: great batting from sides, some fantastic bowling and plenty of superb fielding, run outs and catching efforts. Run scorers were Rick Saha (31), Sudarshan Arvind (28) Niyazul Bari (7).Wicket takers were Jonathon Chew 2/20 (5), Tahmeed Hossain 1/6 (5) James George Tinker 1/7(2). Other team members Anthony Allingham, Thomas Nassif, Raunak Sura, Mark Betbeder-Matibet, Vishnu Avudainayagam and Kevin Ke all contributed

13B KINGS SCHOOL 5/193 (30) - defeated - HIGH 10/96
Run scorers Alif Khondaker (25), Eddy Wang (16), Ashray Narula (16), Felix Wang (11). Wicket takers Bryan Lee 1/11 and Felix Wang 1/11.

13C KINGS SCHOOL 5/223 - defeated - HIGH 10/70
Run scorers Niyaz Mostafa (30), Jason Lin (22) Wicket takers were shared by the team and Felix Wang who played with the 13B team earlier filled in and took wickets. (1 sick /2 short)

Dr Jaggar visited the High Coaches on Day 2 of the Course during the practical assessments last Thursday evening and expressed his thanks for their support to High Cricket. The previous evening Dick Ayre (Level 3), Aired Rao (Level 2) and Laurie Heil (Level 2) provided the instructional components of behalf of Cricket NSW. We are pleased to announce that the following attained their Level 1 ACB Coaching Certificate. Varna Perananthan, Kogulan Sriranjan, Kevin Lam, Rommo Pandit, Matthew Coutts, Timothy LI, Bigram Thana, Balraj Ougra, Rita MITRE, Neeraj Bangalore and Hugo Richards. Congratulations to all from High.

All coaches, managers and scorers would be aware of the need for statistics at the end of the season, especially for the team awards.

Statistical return forms have been issued to all coaches to enable all responsible within the teams to contribute to the correct compilation of batting, bowling, catching and attendances at sport and matches for end-of-season-awards.

CRICKET DINNER – Wed 31st MARCH at 6.30pm
The reminder above is important to all on this night as there is nothing better than being acknowledged in front of parents and peer group.

So in your interest some one or several in your teams need to know who has your scorebook, that it is with you after every game and contains the right number of runs, wickets, catches and run outs. So at the end of every innings players should make sure to check the scorebook to see his catches are recorded as they are worth 10 points each in the Junior Cricketer of the Season (Year 7 – Year 9 )
Laurie Heil
MIC Cricket

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The 2010 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 Wednesday 31 March 2010.

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
Wednesday 31st March
in the Great Hall
6pm for 6.30 pm

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


Boys are to wear school uniform at the dinner. Soft drinks provided. Parents may BYO wine/beer, if they wish.

Please detach the form [available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes] and hand it in with payment at the Main Office before 19th March

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High Tide

Sydney Boys High School Sailing

Saturday the 13th February
marked the first leg of the 2010 Tri – Series Tournament, a sailing regatta where sailors from a number of Sydney secondary high schools including High, Scots, Cranbrook, Riverview and Marist Sisters College compete in a number of races over three Saturdays in Rose Bay Harbour.

Unfortunately the weather conditions made the first lot of races tough. The wind was extremely light and shifting, causing a lot of frustration for the 40 or so Pacers and Lasers who were taking part in the regatta.

There were some very good results for Sydney Boys High in the first race of the Pacer division. Marcus James (Yr 9) and Riley Irwin (Yr 8) finished in 6th place, Bart Daniels (Yr 10) and Toby Funston (Yr 10) finished in 8th place and Ennes Mehmedbasic (Yr 10) and Connor Robinson (Yr 9) came 11th.

Whilst the sailing squad was disappointed with the conditions for the day, which caused the second race to be abandoned, we all felt we had gained valuable experience sailing in light winds.

On Saturday 20th February, SBHS sailing team continued their good performances in the Tri-Series tournament with some great results. The weather finally cooperated, with a fresh nor’easter allowing for three races in the morning, in contrast to only one race the week before.

Ennes Mehmedbasic (Yr 10) and Marcus James (Yr 9) got equal points: Ennes coming 8th, 11th and 6th; Marcus 11th 6th and 8th. Mathew Delaney (Yr 10) and Bart Daniels (Yr 10) also performed well, consistently sailing mid-fleet. This season has reinvigorated the team, with a new home, new uniforms, a number of new Yr 7, 9 and 12 students joining the squad, and all 6 Pacers being sailed on Saturdays with good results and most importantly, consistency.

We would like to encourage and welcome any SBHS students with interest in the sailing program to see Mrs Collignon (MIC) in the Visual Arts Department.
Marcus James (Yr 9)
Junior Sailing Captain

Tri-Series/Try Sailing Day

BBQ 27 February This Saturday, 27 February is the final day of the Tri-series and to celebrate there will be a BBQ after racing (around 11.30am) at Double Bay Sailing Club. (Bay St, Double Bay)

All sailors, parents, SBHS old boys, and those thinking about joining Sailing are invited.
Sailing MIC
Ms Collignon
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National Gambling Research Study

Australian Council for Educational Research commissioned to undertake a national Gambling and Youth research study.

Gambling Research Australia (GRA) has recently commissioned the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to undertake an Australia wide study into young people’s perceptions of and participation in various gambling and wagering activities. Your support is being sought for this major study, the first of its kind in Australia. This is the first national study to be undertaken that will investigate the gambling attitudes and behaviours of young people (aged 10 – 24 years) and will provide governments with valuable data and research-based evidence to direct future policy considerations for this group of people.

GRA is responsible for managing and implementing a national research program on behalf of the Ministerial Council on Gambling. GRA is comprised of Departmental Officers of member jurisdictions of the Ministerial Council on Gambling, including a representative from the Community and Disability Services Ministers' Advisory Council Gambling Working Party. The website address for GRA is: www.gamblingresearch.org.au 

This study is being funded by GRA from its Trust Fund, to which each of the States and Territories and Australian Government make agreed contributions. The management of the project will be undertaken by the GRA Secretariat located in the Victorian Department of Justice, Office of Gaming and Racing.

As part of this project, GRA seeks the cooperation of educational institutions (i.e. primary, secondary and tertiary, mainstream and alternative) for this important study. ACER, who is undertaking the research study, has extensive experience in survey work in schools and is highly experienced in the work required to obtain permissions from school authorities to conduct research. In addition to obtaining the necessary ethics approvals to undertake studies within the educational system, ACER also has its own code of ethics under which all survey work involving students is conducted. All participants will be afforded complete confidentiality in their responses.

Your support for this project is critical to its success in helping to identify current levels of participation in gambling in our youth population and their attitudes towards their own and others’ gambling behaviours. The study will provide governments with research-based evidence with which to inform future policy directions.

Information Sheet for Parents

Dear Parent/Carer/Legal Guardian,

Gambling Research Australia (GRA) has recently commissioned the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to undertake an Australia wide study into young people’s perceptions of and participation in various gambling and wagering activities. The Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) is a non-governmental educational research organisation established in 1930.

Your support is being sought for this major study, the first of its kind in Australia. This is the first national study to be undertaken that will investigate the gambling attitudes and behaviours of young people (aged 10 – 24 years) and will provide governments with valuable data and research-based evidence to direct future policy considerations for this group of people.

The principal of your child’s school has provided consent for the school students to participate in the study. The research will involve, with your consent, your child participating in an online survey. Some of the participating children will also be invited to be part of follow-up group discussions with ACER researchers. What students say in these groups will be confidential.

The content of the survey will be designed to obtain relevant personal information (e.g., age, gender, cultural background); details of gambling participation and frequency; money spent and time devoted to gambling; engagement in out of school leisure activities and information about students attitudes towards gambling. A report will be written about the perceptions and participation of young people and gambling. We anticipate that this report will be publicly available through Gambling Research Australia.

Follow-up group discussions will allow for more in-depth discussion with young people about their attitudes towards gambling and the reasons why young people gamble or don’t gamble. Students who are willing to participate in the follow up activities will be asked to provide their contact details at the end of the survey. This information will be used only to arrange the follow up activities.

All data collected will be kept strictly confidential. Students will be able to withdraw from the project at any time without penalty, and no individual student or school, will be identified in any data sets or reports. Details of ACER’s privacy policy can be found on our website at http://www.acer.edu.au.

This research has been approved by the ACER Ethics Committee and the educational jurisdictional authority in your state/territory. If you are prepared for your child to participate in the project, a Parent Consent Form and Student Consent Form are attached for you and your child to complete and return to your child’s home room teacher.

Please contact Dr Nola Purdie, Project Director on (03) 9277 5481 or by email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you have any questions regarding the project.

Parents/Carer/Legal Guardian Consent Form

[Available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes]

Student Information Sheet

[Available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes]

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P&C Parent Information Evening


Dear Parent,

If you have a child entering the final years of high school, you are about to discover that the HSC’s challenges and stresses are not exclusive to the students. As a parent, you can and will play an important role in your child’s HSC success. Over the next 12 – 24 months you will need to be a motivator, coach, supporter, tutor and you will have to do all of this without crossing the line and becoming the enemy! Are you ready for the challenge?

On Wednesday 17 March at 7.30 pm the P&C will be hosting a presentation to our parent body to make sure that you are ready for the year ahead. (Venue - Staff Common Room)

The presentation is to be hosted by Elevate Education. Elevate is Australia’s largest provider of study skills programs in Australia, working annually with 350 schools and 35,000 students around Australia. The company’s study guide to Year 11 & 12, “The Science of Student Success”, has sold over 15,000 copies and is used by countless schools around the country as a standard text for their students. Elevate has conducted ground breaking research into the habits of the State’s top students to identify exactly what these students do to ace the HSC.

In their 60-minute presentation, Elevate will address the following issues:

  • How do I help to motivate my child?
  • What type of work should they be doing?
  • How do I help my child to manage their time?
  • Is technology a distraction or can MySpace and Facebook help my child?
  • What are reasonable expectations I should have of my child?
  • And much, much more.

This night is not to be missed and could help turn the next 12 months into a rewarding time for you and your family.

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Big Night Out

Sydney Boys High School present
Saturday 20th March 2010 6pm

Come join in this fun school community event. Stalls will be serving a variety of multicultural food while you enjoy multicultural entertainment in and around the main hall and courtyard. Activities and entertainment to delight all the family!

Tickets: presale $15 or $20 at the door
Delicious multicultural food - entree, main and dessert
Wonderful multicultural entertainment
BYO plus soft drinks will be available for purchase on the night

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