High Notes, Vol 12 No 13, May 13 2011

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From the Principal

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High Talent
Congratulations to Andrija Dumovic (Year 12) who was selected in the Australian U19 Basketball Squad to travel to Croatia in June. Well done again to Kazuo Nakamura (Year 8) who will be competing at All-Schools state swimming. Best of luck, Kazuo! Gold Medals and ‘summa cum laude’ certificates in the National Latin Examinations were also earned by: Year 11 –William Ho & Timothy Chin; Year 9 – Anes Karahasan, William Wu & Christopher Chen. Great results, boys! Congratulations to Christian Jurlina and Daniel Jones who were selected in the NSW CIS basketball team. Well done to Shobhan Baranwal and Henry Feng (Year 9) and Shaleen Baranwal (Year 8) who competed in the National Band Championships in Adelaide where they placed second as members of the Northern Youth Symphonic Wind ensemble. High has been ranked No1 in Australia again in the National Geographic Channel Australian Geography Competition! Ashwin Rudder and Dawen Shi were equal first in Australia in the senior level. Max Wei was equal third in NSW. In the intermediate level Daniel Tam was equal 5th in NSW. Great results from all competitors!

Train travel praise
It is gratifying to have eye witness accounts of boys doing the right thing on public transport. A commuter emailed me this week on Tuesday congratulating boys who travel on the Summer Hill line. On one carriage every single boy immediately vacated his seat for a paying passenger. Well done indeed!

Old Boys Union Mentorship Scheme
Year 12 students should think about the benefits of Old Boys Union membership as a means of accessing professional mentoring during and after their secondary education. The Sydney High School Old Boys Union website offers this service. “Are you looking to begin your professional career? Talk to an Old Boy who is willing to act as a mentor to offer you advice and insights. Full details: http://www.shsobu.org.au/mentorship/mentees/” I commend the program to you.

University Workshops for Secondary Students
The Industry Advisory Board of the UNSW School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications has recommended repeating and expanding last year’s successful workshops for school students. The workshops included practical work in the School’s laboratories, as well an industry visit to Cochlear. The School plans to offer two workshops this year, in November after SC for Year 10 students and the October holidays for Year 11 students. More than one industry visit may be incorporated into the 2011 workshops. If you plan to undertake tertiary studies in Engineering or you are interested in electricity and telecommunications, these workshops might be for you. Check with Mr Cipolla later in the year for details.

The National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022
Why do we need a National Plan?
The main types of violence targeted are domestic and family violence and sexual assault. These are gendered crimes. One in three Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15 and one in five have experienced sexual violence (ABS 2006). People who experience this kind of violence are women – in a home, at the hands of men they know. Domestic violence affects not only the victims themselves but also children who are exposed to it, their extended families, their friends, their work colleagues and the broader community.

Violence against women means “any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.” (p3).

Domestic violence refers to acts of violence that occur between people who have or have had an intimate relationship. A central element is an ongoing pattern of behaviour aimed at controlling a partner through fear. Domestic violence includes: physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse. Psychological and emotional abuse can include: control of finances, isolation from family and friends, continual humiliation, threats against children or being threatened with injury or death. Family violence refers to violence between family members, including marital and kinship relationships.

From my perspective boys schools in particular need to start raising awareness of this significant social problem. It is a social and health issue as damaging as smoking and drink driving. Our young men need to be trained in skills to establish respectful relationships with girls and women so that the intergenerational cycle of gendered crimes of violence is broken. Our High Resolves boys showed the way last year with their PowerPoint presentation on the international plight of women. Now we should focus on our own society and confront the problem. Only long term educational interventions, supported by government-financed professional support coupled with more resolute legal responses, can lead to a significant reduction in violence against women.

Year 12 Reports
Year 12 boys will be issued with their reports next week. However, Clearance Forms may be needed by more students this year as many have yet to finalise their accounts for term one, particularly in respect of co-payments for participation in summer sports. In addition, captains of teams in summer sports competitions need to submit written season report summaries to Ms May for inclusion in The Record. Until those responsibilities are met, Clearance Forms will not be signed.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Die deutsche Frage

Die deutsche Frage im April ist noch nicht beantwortet worden – es gibt also eventuell zwei Schokoriegel in dieser Woche. Die Frage für den Mai ist: Warum ist “der Riesling” ein Oxymoron? Answers to me in the Language Staff Room.
Frau St Leon.

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Careers News

It is important that parents and students have access to the latest careers news and information. The Careers News section of the Student Portal and of the Parents Portal is updated daily with this latest information.

Visit the Careers News section to read the latest information about:

  • Guest speakers
  • Bonus point schemes
  • Overseas education opportunities
  • UMAT
  • University admission
  • University information days
  • University-school enrichment programs
  • Work Placement information

And much more.

Log into the Student or Parents Portal by clicking the Intranet Login link on the Sydney Boys High School website.

Please see the Careers Adviser if you have any further questions.

Year 12 Interviews
All Year 12 are required to have an interview with the Careers Adviser during Term 2 or Term 3 to discuss all aspects of post-school education including ATAR, UAC, scholarships, preferences etc.

Interviews are booked online through the Student Portal. Students should access the Careers Interviews section of the Student Portal and select a time for interview. There are two slots per period that the Careers Adviser is available.

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Wet Weather Information – Saturday Sport

For regular updates on Saturday sport during times of inclement weather, parents and students are asked to check the school’s website throughout the day. The information can be found by going to the school’s website at www.sydneyboyshigh.com then by clicking on the fixture details under the heading of ‘Upcoming events’ eg Saturday, May 1 SHS v NC. Cancellations can then be found by scrolling down the page to the specific sport and team. If there is no information specific to sport cancellations then assume by default that sport will go ahead. Please note that the current ‘Sports Wet Weather line’ is inoperable.

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News From Latin

On Monday, 9th March, students of Latin from Years 9-12 sat the National Latin Exam, an international examination organised annually by the University of Mary Washington, Virginia, USA.

The results this year were pleasing, with eleven boys each achieving a Gold Medal and ‘summa cum laude’ certificate, and thirteen boys achieving Silver medals, and a ‘maxima cum laude’ certificate each.

The recipients of medals are as follows:

Year 9 Latin:
Gold medal: Christopher Chen, Anes Karahasan, William Wu

Silver medal: Richard Cao, Ray Cheng, Peter Choi, George Farrugia, Henry Feng, Michael Hauser, Riley Irwin, Mesbaah Lalee, Robert Tan, Jens Waring

Year 10 Latin:
Silver medal: James Chen

Year 11 Latin:
Gold medal: Timothy Chin, William Ho

Year 12 Latin:
Gold medal: Rahib Azwad, Declan Gorey, Ryan Gu, Samuel Beston, Lawrence Cai, Jeffrey Tang

Silver medal: Bryan Do, Matthew So

The six gold medallists from Year 12 have also been offered the opportunity to apply for a University Scholarship valued at US$1,000.

Indeed, students of Classics at Sydney High are offered a number of opportunities to excel in a field beyond the school. Another annual competition is the annual Latin and Greek reading competition. This is available to Years 9-12 and will appeal to the orators among you. Students are required to recite a passage of verse or prose in Latin or Greek. Judges are usually academics. Last year, the reading competition for seniors was held at the University of Sydney. Details of this year’s reading competitions will be provided soon.
Ms D Matsos

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From the Canteen

Thank you students and staff for your support of High canteen!!
It is only with your support through making purchases at canteen that we are able to supply much needed funds to the school to keep upgrading resources. We make most of our profits with the large quantity of healthy food items we make fresh in canteen to sell at recess and lunch.

Our manager, Karen and Tracey are always looking to keep the menu interesting with a wide range of healthy, cheap food options and are always open to new suggestions. So if you know of a food item that you think would be good for our menu that is healthy and affordable, let canteen know.

Winter specials on the menu
Here are some menu items this term that are great for those colder days.....homemade chicken and corn soup, tandoori rolls, steak and onion rolls plus more to come...check at canteen. Order and you don’t miss out!

Thanks Katie
Next time you see Katie at canteen give her a big smile to say Thank You!! She did a wonderful job keeping the canteen running smoothly while Karen and Tracey were away for a few weeks recently. Many thanks (and a smile too) to Samson and Chris for your help as well. It’s great to know we have such capable young people on board with a very professional approach. Thank You all!!

The following parents have given the canteen much needed help the last week of term 1 and this term to date. Pam Jepson, Dani Hillier, Helen Kon, Yoshie K-Leong, Annette Ng, Huiyu Ni, Pauline Chan, Cindy Tseu, Jim O'Sullivan, Fabienne and Charles Ovadia, Rita shackel, Jenny Mou, Maria Farrell, Debbie Dukes, Helen Torak, Shihong Yang, Pam Jepson, Usha Arvind, Angela Feng, Vicki Moller, Jenny Mou, Min Chen, Sachiyo James, Kate Sands, Katrina Morrow, Hellen Lin, who did so well when we were short staffed on a busy day. Thank you all very much and your names will be going into the $10 lunch voucher draw.

It is always lovely as well when we receive unexpected help from people outside the school community. Just recently, we had Sky Suen in – a student dietitian who not only volunteered for the day to have experience in canteen, but is also happy to help out again!! Thanks for your help that day, Sky. We certainly do have a diverse range of people helping – Dads, mums, grandparents, siblings, friends, tertiary and senior students... You are all very much needed and appreciated.
Thank you
The Canteen Team

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The Bookworm

Library VIP has arrived!

Library VIP is Rewarding. Literally.

Library VIP is now here to reward YOU for your Library Loyalty. Read for your chance to win a $50 book voucher. The more books you borrow and read, the greater the chance you have of winning! Pick up a Library VIP card with your next loan in either the Junior or Senior libraries.
Every loan = 1 stamp
10 stamps = 1 entry into the draw for a $50 Book Voucher

Some FAQ…
1. How will the system work?
Present your Library VIP card/bookmark every time you borrow. It will be validated with a date stamp and a library stamp. Once you have filled in the 10 stamps, drop your card into the box in the Junior Library (7-9) or Senior Library (10-12).
The date stamp is the DUE DATE for the books borrowed. Please return or renew before your books are overdue.

2. Can I borrow books from the Junior Library and have them validated if I am a Y10-12 student?
Definitely! Y10-12 students can have their items validated when they borrow in the Junior Library as well as the Senior Library. Just present your Library VIP card/bookmark.

3. What if I have more questions?
Please see the library staff at the Junior or Senior Libraries.

BE REWARDED for your reading. PICK UP your Library VIP card with your next loan.
The BOOKWORM Is an initiative of the Junior & Senior Libraries.

Good news for Good Readers!
Good Readers are informed learners, active listeners and insightful writers.
That’s why we are rewarding students who have read greater and beyond our expectations. We will be awarding certificates, and sending home STAR letters to congratulate you on your achievement.

There are three categories, and you will receive your award based on borrowing figures:-

Library VIP Booko’s Award (over 20 books this year)
Good to see you reading.

Library VIP Blue & Brown Award (over 30 books this year)
Well done! That’s some awesome reading you’ve done!

Library VIP Triple A Award (over 40 books this year)
You’re one of our Best Readers. Congratulations! Keep on reading! Happy Reading!

This week’s AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT is on….

Stephen Booth is a best selling crime fiction author. Look for Stephen BOOTH on the shelf:- F BOO


What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?

Now that the exams are finished there will be a very brief reprieve for Year 12 students prior to final assessments and then Trial HSC exams and they as well as Year 10 and 11 will have opportunities to borrow lots of brand new resources. These can supplement the required texts and provide related texts for those boys still searching for something relevant or provide terrific reads for pure pleasure!

Books requested and next in series have arrived and will be processed and put out for borrowing as soon as we can, so if you are waiting for the next Assassin title or the second title to follow Patrick Rothfuss’s “In the Name of the Wind” ask the librarians when they’ll be ready.

These materials will be displayed in the Senior Library and will be available for loan. So watch the display stand near the circulation (borrowing) desk!

Speaking of new things…keep your eyes peeled for an exciting new lunchtime mystery event to be held in the Senior Library this term! Posters will be around the school to advertise this next week some time so look out for them.
Ms Gordon
Teacher Librarian – McDonald Senior Library

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High Family

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 – 7.30pm Wednesday 18th May, Staff Common Room

All parents are welcome to attend the next P&C meeting – starting at 7.30pm and usually finishing around 9.00pm – on Wednesday 18th May in the Staff Common Room. Dr Jaggar presents a Principal’s report at each meeting and is available for questions, which is a great way to find out about current and future directions for the school.

Please email any suggested agenda items to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Phillip J Day Scholarship Dinner

All parents are invited to attend the Phillip J Day Scholarship Dinner - 7.00 pm, Tuesday 31 May 2011 in the Great Hall. Held every two years, this event is the major fund-raiser for The Phillip J Day Memorial Scholarship Trust - established in 2007 in memory of Mr Phillip Day - to provide outstanding Sydney Boys High School students with financial assistance to maximise their opportunities whilst a student at the school.

The scholarship is awarded each year to a student from any year within the school with selection criteria including outstanding talent in a particular area of academic or co-curricular endeavour, particularly good all round achiever or a student with special needs, financial or otherwise. Phillip John Day (1965) was a much esteemed Old Boy, Head Teacher of Social Sciences(1984-2006) and mentor to a generation of High boys. The Scholarship is intended to perpetuate the ideals of mentorship.

This year's dinner is hosted by Daniel McPherson (Class of 1997), host of Dancing with the Stars, City Homicide and The Bill – with guest speaker Tom Cusbert (Class of 2002), University Medalist (2008). Cost is $60.00 per person and is tax deductible as a professional learning opportunity. You can put a table of 8 to 10 together or join an existing table. It is a terrific opportunity for parents to mix socially with a wide cross-section of the High community including many Old Boys, staff and parents from other schools who had an association with Phil Day, while supporting this very worthwhile initiative for talented students.

Please RSVP by 26 May 2011 on the invitation in High Notes. All enquiries should be directed to Mr Barris: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Further details about the Phillip J Day Scholarship, including a form for donations, may be found on the School's website.

Upcoming Parent Meetings & Events

P&C Meeting – 7.30pm, Wednesday 18th May, Staff Common Room

Rugby Committee Meeting – 6.00pm, Wednesday 25th May, Staff Common Room

University Information Night for Parents and Students – 7.00pm-9.00pm, Thursday 26th May, Great Hall

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Peer Mediation at SBHS

Hey got a problem? Get peer mediated! Peer mediation is a program run by a select group of Year 11 students which seeks to solve conflict between students without getting teachers involved.

The program seeks to help the students resolve their issues while under the guidance of the Year 11 students. The program is confidential and stays between the peer mediators (Year 11 students) and the students who have a problem with each other.

How it works
When two students have a disagreement they are to email the following address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it requesting a Peer Mediation session. From this point Ms Barr will receive the request and will appoint two Peer Mediators to accompany the disputers in a closed off room, whereby the two students will eventually resolve their problem and sign an agreement to not create more problems with each other.

Remember. The email address is: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Adam Booth & Thomas Zhang

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SBHS Debating

Debating Co Payments
Please can parents make sure they have paid their debating co- payments this week? I am going to be doing a check of payments against rolls over the next two weeks and it will be much easier if everyone who attends debating has paid in advance.

Some students have asked if the co-payment is for a term or for the year. The co –payment is for the whole year. Doesn’t that reflect excellent value for money? The high quality coaching goes on for three full terms and for the FED and Eastside teams we are the only school which rotates our team members. Although this means we are not as successful as we could be with one consistent team, it does mean that the majority of our debaters get an opportunity to debate in a real competition each year.
Rachel Powell
MIC Debating

Eastside Report
SCEGGS Darlinghurst played host to the Eastside semi-finals last Friday. With our junior teams unlucky to miss the semis, it left our senior teams to carry the High flag. Debating whether to have a national DNA database or not, our Year 10s on the tougher negative, were unlucky to be beaten, while the Years 11s and 12s, both on the Affirmative, were successful. The Year 12s stretched their unbeaten run to six, but our worst performance of the year means we have a lot to improve upon if we are to take out the final this Friday. It would be great to see support, both from debaters, and the general school community, for both teams in their Eastside Finals this Friday.
Ashwin Rudder
Debating Prefect

FED Report
After a long holiday break the FED competition finally resumed with High hosting Barker College. This round proved to be one of the toughest yet with Barker topping the table in three divisions and many teams needing to win to make the semis. The Year 7s had the topic “that mobile phones should be banned in schools,” which they unfortunately lost, whilst Years 8 and 9 managed to win with the quite interesting topic that “organ donations should be compulsory.” In the much anticipated senior rounds, the topic “that Wikileaks has made the world a better place” caused a few groans but the Year 12 side won their debates (and they were made up of Year 11s) on the affirmative whilst the Years 10 and 11 teams were unable to defeat strong Barker sides. But well done to the two Year 9s who stepped in to replace missing Year 10s. Now with the end of the competition approaching I encourage all debaters to come and support our teams.
Christopher Chiam

Competitions this Week

Eastside FINALs
8pm at SCEGGs
Please come along and show your support for Year 11s and 12s.

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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Music Notes

Year 7 New Instrumentalists

ALL New Year 7 students who began lessons on an instrument last term are encouraged to join the Training Concert Band (Woodwind/Brass/Percussion) and Junior String Ensemble (Strings) this term. Please see below the rehearsal timetable and rooms and turn up with your instruments. Award scheme points apply!

Music Performance Co-Payments

Please arrange to make Music Co-payments ASAP as they are needed to fund the ensembles. Letters have been sent out to students in the Music Performance Program, we appreciate your co-operation in this matter.

Music Performance

Year 11 HSC accelerated Music student, Ennes Mehmedbasic will be performing Vivaldi’s Concerto for two Oboes in D minor as a featuring soloist, with Orchestra 143 on Sunday 22nd May 2011 at 2:30pm St James’ Anglican Church, King St, Turramurra and on Sunday 29th May 2011 at 2:30pm Macquarie Theatre, Macquarie University. Please come along and support one of our fine young musicians and hear him perform. See Music Staff for further information on ticketing.

Rehearsal Schedule 2011

Music ensemble rehearsals are now up and running, please check the schedule below and attend your appropriate ensemble. ALL new students welcome, please see the Music Staff for ensemble information. We look forward to your son’s involvement in the Music Performance Program.


Morning rehearsals 7.45am
(Unless stated otherwise)
Intermediate Concert Band
Room 201
Chamber Choir
Room 201
Also Lunchtime rehearsal
Junior Stage Band
Room 201
Senior Concert Band
Room 201    
Symphony Orchestra
Room 201
  Senior Stage Band
Room 101
Jazz Ensemble
Room 101
Intermediate Stage Band
Room 101
Senior String Ensemble
Great Hall  
Guitar Ensemble/ Saxophone Ensemble
Room 101/102
  Training Concert Bandd
Room 202
Terms 2, 3, 4
  Philharmonic Orchestra
Room 208  
  Junior String Ensemble
Room 208
      Marching Band TERMS 1 & 4
Moore Park West  
Afternoon rehearsals
Start @ 3.30pm
  Marching Band
TERMS  1 & 4

BB Courts

3.30 - 4.30pm
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