High Notes, Vol 12 No 17, June 10 2011

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From the Principal

High Talent
Our volleyball teams played well at the NSW All Schools Volleyball Tournament last week. First grade beat Kelso High School in a close final. Our 16As won the U16 event and our 14As finished 3rd in the U15s division. Well done to all players and coaches. Congratulations to our Opens basketball team who defeated Armidale HS in the last 16 round of the CHS Basketball Competition on our home court last Thursday Our team will now compete again in the Final 8 competition to be played on June 27-8 in Terrigal. At the CHS Table Tennis Tournament this week, our team fought through to the semi-finals but were eliminated by Blakehurst High. Well done also to the first XI football team for their gritty 2-1 win against SGS. Grammar is always very hard to beat at home and our boys had to step up their defence to hold on for a victory.

Congratulations to the boys who participated in the Red Shield Appeal recently. According to Salvation Army organisers, their behaviour was excellent. They singled out David Chan (Year 12) for his exceptional effort. Well done David and all the volunteers who collected money.

Rugby Revival
Congratulations to the first XV for their courageous win 12-0 against the Grammar 2nd XV at Weigall last Saturday. It was a hard defensive game for our boys who showed they could hold out the strong Grammar forwards. SGS showed great sportsmanship by keeping their 2nd XV side intact, despite having a bye for their first XV. The High second XV showed better than expected form in their easy win against an outclassed SGS 5th XV. It was heartening to witness the celebrations of the players and the High supporters – not seen by me at Weigall since 2002. The 16As and 16Bs both had wins on what was a successful day against ‘the old enemy’. I hope that wavering rugby players are inspired to train hard and play on after last weekend and that more boys who should be playing rugby, do so.

June Capital Works Campaign
Our current capital campaign total stands at $1.067m. We need to quickly reach our initial target of $2m to take any opportunity for implementing our building plans. Before tax time each year I encourage parents to consider making a tax deductible donation to the SBHS Building Fund which is dedicated to saving for major building works – in our case a multi-purpose centre. Anything you could give at this time really helps the cause. For those who would rather give in a meaningful but painless way, join the 110 of us in the Monthly Giving Scheme. Our target is to double the number of donors this year. On or about the 15th of each month a nominated amount is automatically debited from your account or credit card. In late June each year you receive a statement from the school detailing the total of your donations in the twelve months from July 1 the previous year.

Just go to www.sydneyboyshigh.com/donations/project-donations  where you will find a donation form for each mode of giving to the Capital Works Appeal.

Winter Sports Assembly
At the Winter Sports Assembly, Stuart Maxfield, development Manager for the Sydney Swans, spoke about goals and character in sport. Stuart had a great AFL career (1989-2005) playing 289 first grade games and captaining the Swans in 2003. He explained how responsibility to yourself as a player and to each individual team mate is an important ingredient in successful teams. You have to try to get the best out of yourself but also have to help that to happen in others around you. These are building blocks for champion teams. My address is reprinted below:

"Special guest Mr Maxfield, players, coaches, staff, parents, students – welcome to our Winter sports assembly for 2011. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of this land where we gather, the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, and pay our respects to them and their elders past and present, and to any Aboriginal people here today.

"The culture shift to logging in strength and conditioning and the 'three training sessions’ policy that I spoke about last year, is not yet fully embedded in our Senior School. Preseason preparation by our senior rugby squad was poor, with no more than seven or eight of our players fully prepared, as revealed by an analysis of the logging records. Consequently, we have suffered a high percentage of trial season injuries, but not so among the prepared players. School policy is that three training sessions per week must be completed for selection in A or B GPS teams and are recommended for C teams. We insist that first and second grade players in Football or Rugby take personal responsibility for adequate physical preparation, by logging for strength and endurance and sprint training sessions.

"Our winter sports are popular in 2011 but once again I find myself lamenting the reduced numbers of rugby players in the school. We need more balance in sports participation to fulfil our commitments as an AAGPS member. I exhort parents to let their sons grow and be themselves. If they want to play rugby – let them. Other high achieving schools have 4 or 5 opens teams, we should too. The time they spend training and playing is far from wasted. They might well be learning more valuable life skills than they will in the classroom. I urge boys to value the first or second XV jumper more. Prepare yourselves and show your grit as you face the challenge of full second grade GPS competition. It will be tough but if you concentrate on your basics and play to the strengths and limitations you have, then you can have an enjoyable season. More importantly, you are all making a statement about High rugby – we are playing the game and we are in the competition. Nevertheless, I have a duty of care towards you. If I lose confidence in your preparation as a means of self-protection, then your participation in the competition is in jeopardy. Please do what is asked of you as a whole squad! Thank you as always to Geoff Stein for his commitment to the administration of the sport and to the energetic Rugby Committee for their unflagging optimism and belief in rugby as a sport and character-building endeavour.

"Association Football is our most popular winter sport. Perhaps for the last time, thank you to Richard Gifford for his efficient administration of the sport and for his recruitment and management of coaches. Mehdi Hazrati has brought structure, self-confidence, discipline and passion to the first grade squad. I foresee a competitive season ahead. Thank you also to Matt Mulroney for his input into the program as second XI coach and for his junior development efforts. Football is no longer lagging so much behind in physical preparation, but more needs to be done to make both our major winter sports equally tough options. It’s heartening to see that a Football Committee is functioning again. Partnerships with parents make so much of a difference to the engagement of families with the sport.

"Volleyball is very successful thanks to the discipline of the boys and the management of Michael Kay, Paul Ganderton and Marina Trompetter. Full GPS status for volleyball is just around the corner and other GPS schools, particularly SGS and SIC, are growing stronger. Thank you to Cathy Meaney, the SBHS Rifle Committee and the Sydney High Rifle Club Inc for the continued successful development of the target rifle shooting program. We have high hopes for the team this year. Cross country running has attracted larger numbers this season. Thank you to Ms Dam and her staff for their seamless operation of this sport. Fencing has moved into its new home in the Casey COLA. Thank you to Jenni May for her leadership in developing fencing at High. Well done also to the Fencing Committee for getting together and planning for the future of their sport.

"In sport, as in life, it is necessary to set yourself goals. One longitudinal study of university undergraduates found that only 3% of the sample had any form of written goals. Twenty years later that same 3% were worth more financially that the other 97% put together! The study’s finding reinforce the idea that the act of setting a goal and the commitment shown by writing it down, unlocks our creative resources and commences the process of bringing the goal to fruition. Top sports people are persistent goal setters, with strong personal motivation and a desire for personal achievement and success. Last year’s guest speaker at this assembly, Ewan MacKenzie, had a goal to lift the Queensland Reds out of their slump. Hasn’t he achieved his goal!

"People need a process to set goals well. Without goals we just react to external events and people, rather than act, guided by our own decisions and purposes. Think about what you want most to be like or to do in life. ‘Being goals’ include: building greater self-confidence, concentration, perseverance, patience, intrinsic motivation, tenacity, optimism, commitment and better organisation. In order for things to change for you, you have to change things. That’s when ‘doing goals’ are valuable. These goals can be simple and practical – reducing your 1.6k time by 30 seconds, gaining selection in the 15As or not missing a training session. We all feel better when we set, test ourselves and achieve goals!

"Our winter sport is strong at High. We stand up and take on the competition, no matter what. We relish the struggle. That need to struggle has been our history, is our present and will be our future. Congratulations to all boys selected in GPS teams this season."
Dr K A Jaggar

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Parent-Teacher Interviews

Years 10, 11 and 12 will take place on
Monday 20 June 2011 3.00pm – 7.30pm

Year 7 will take place on
Thursday 23 June 2011 3.00pm – 6.30pm

Years 8 and 9 will take place on
Wednesday 29 June 2011 3.00pm – 6.30pm

Booking interviews with your son’s teachers

This year we will again use a web based electronic scheduling system for arranging interviews. This produces better results for all participants, especially more compact time schedules for both parents and teachers. The system works as follows –

  • On Wednesday 8 June all parents of boys in Years 10, 11 and 12 were sent by email details of the scheduling system and a unique code to be entered at www.edval.com.au/book.
  • On Tuesday 14 June all parents of boys in Year 7 will be sent by email details of the scheduling system and a unique code to be entered at www.edval.com.au/book.
  • On Tuesday 21 June all parents of boys in Years 8 and 9 will be sent by email details of the scheduling system and a unique code to be entered at www.edval.com.au/book.
  • This email will be sent to the address currently held by the school. If you have not received this email by the following day (9, 15 or 22 June) or, if your email address has changed from what had been previously advised to the school, you should notify the school at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it advising of this. Please indicate your son's name and roll class or date of birth so that the information can be forwarded to you.
  • On the Edval website you will see your son’s teachers listed and you will be able to select those with whom you require an interview. (If you hover over a teacher’s name, the subject involved will be shown.) At the same time you can indicate your availability between 3:00 pm and 6:30 pm (7:30pm for Years 10-12).
  • Once the majority of parents have requested interviews, the overall schedule will be generated by the school and your individual schedule should be available for you to download and print from two days before the interviews.
  • Boys from all Years will be dismissed from class at the conclusion of Period 5 on each day. School Special buses will run to normal schedules and there will be supervision in the Junior Quad of boys waiting for these buses.
  • Interviews should not exceed five minutes duration. If there is insufficient time, a further appointment may be made for a later date, or contact by telephone arranged.

What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?

This week the Senior Library has been crowded with film goers enjoying the featured films in our anime festival. We will continue to present Miyazaki’s Porco Rosso, a clever and humorous film set in post WW1 where aviator and hero Porco Rosso, a man with a pig’s head, tries to protect ships cruising the Adriatic from air pirates above. As with many of Miyazaki’s films, subtle moral and environmental ideas pervade the story and references to the period create a beautifully atmospheric film. The festival will continue next week as well, with another of Studio Ghibli’s creations featured.

This week the Senior Library has launched a survey to gain feedback from the senior students who use it regularly. The survey is located in Moodle course “Library Surveys” > “McDonald Senior Library Use Survey”. The library will be encouraging students to complete the online survey and results will be used to improve or add library services.

New Resources on display in the Library
The Story of series…with titles including Ford, Nike, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Disney and Microsoft. These may be useful in Business Studies.

Do Not Open : an encyclopedia of the world’s best-kept secrets an interesting and fun read about some of the weirdest and most fascinating secrets from history, science, mathematics and nature.

Islam: religion and culture by Markus Hattstein is a compact but comprehensive book covering the origins and history plus “The Basis of Faith” and chapters on “Science and Art”, “Islamic Law” and “Family and Society”. It is attractively presented with many photographs and printed illustrations.

Guinness World Records 2011 – purely for those who are interested in finding out about amazing records this year!

Finally, we have been lucky to have a set of Mathematics titles purchased for us by Mr Choy when he was visiting the United States earlier this year! They include:

A first step to mathematical Olympiad problems by Derek Holton
Notes on Introductory Combinatorics by George Polya, Robert E. Tarjan & Donald R. Woods
Lecture notes on Mathematical Olympiad Courses High School Mathematics Contests Parts 1-6 – with problems and solutions from many Mathematics competitions.
Ms Gordon
Teacher Librarian

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SBHS – Boggabilla Central School Linking Excursion 2011

The annual exchange is now in its ninth year. Thank you to the families who have kindly volunteered to take billets. Numbers from Boggabilla are a little lower due to the need to have 85% attendance to participate in the exchange. The proposed itinerary is as follows:

Tuesday 14 June
6.30am - Students arrive at Boggabilla Central School.
7:00am - Leave Boggabilla. Lunch en-route
6:30pm - Arrive in Sydney. Dinner at Outterside Centre, Abbotsford, SBHS to provide.

Wednesday 15 June
8:00am - Rise and Shine. Breakfast while others pack up, etc Make way to Circular Quay for ferry ride
10:00am - Shalom House visit - tour, games, lunch
1:30pm - Sydney Boys -watch “Cheap Thrills” with Year 9 SBHS
5:00pm - Have dinner in room 901, SBHS to provide. Take School Bus to ANZ Stadium for State of Origin Football game, then students make own way home via school with billets.

Thursday 16 June
9:00am - Students arrive at SBHS with billets
9.30am - Depart for Taronga Park Zoo visit. No billets
1:30pm - Powerhouse museum
3:00pm - Return to SBHS, Relax in gym. Make way to billets house with SBHS students

Friday 17 June
9:00am - Students arrive at SBHS and pack bus
10.00am - Bus to drop students at Maroubra beach for a swim and sausage sizzle. Billeters to accompany
11:00am - Morning tea, touch and departing formalities on Maroubra beach Depart for Boggabilla. Dinner en-route Arrive back at Boggabilla very late.

Mr C Barris

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Drama: Sharp Love

Finally, the wait is over! SBHS and SGHS Senior Drama Production, Sharp Love, is slated to hit the stage on 17th and 18th June. Preparations for this family-friendly show began early in Term 1 with the production-unit meeting every Tuesday after school. When I joined High this year, I wanted to get involved with something stimulating and creative. I saw this as an ideal opportunity and put my hand up. Despite being the only junior in the cast, the team made me feel comfortable and welcome. It has been a wholesome experience for me. I learnt a lot about creating new ideas, translating them into script and then finally, performing.

‘Sharp Love’ is a devised performance that aims to look at love and war through the recent era – in 50s, 70s, 90s and today. The love story of the 70s era revolves around a young group of protestors. They are strongly opposed to conscription in the Vietnam War. The main characters meet at the protest and fall in love. The very next day the birth dates of the conscripts are announced. Will our young lovers be torn apart by war? Will their relationship end in tragedy or happiness? To find out more come and watch the performance at Campbell Hall, Sydney Girls High School.

The show starts at 7:30 with admission $10 for adults and $5 for children. Bookings can be made with Ms Jennie Rohr in the Drama Department. All money will be taken at the door.
Lokesh Sharma (9E)

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Die Deutsche Frage Im Juni

Nelson TANG of Year 10 answered the last question correctly and scored the chocolate bar to the envy of his classmates. Peter Garret is the Australian politician married to a German wife.

Die Frage für diese Woche ist: Wo ist der Dinosaurier?
(Remember – wo? does not mean - who?)
Frau St Leon

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From the Canteen

Our May winner of the volunteers $10 lunch voucher draw is Rebecca Tsai. Thank you, Rebecca for your help and make sure you remind your son to go to canteen to redeem his voucher!!

Preparing fresh food for lunches takes longer than popping pre-packaged foods into an oven which is why the canteen staff are grateful for the help they get. Because of the amount of fresh food prepared in the canteen at High, we generally need 3-4 people each day ie up to 20 volunteers a week to help. We do appreciate how people give up their time to come in especially when life can get quite busy.

If for any reason, you can’t get to canteen to help on your rostered day, please ring someone else on the roster to swap with or let canteen know beforehand, so they are not caught shorthanded for that day. Thank you to students for understanding that if we are short of help not all items from the menu may be available or that you may have to be patient when we are serving.

Thank you to these people who helped out last week: Carolyn Pope, Rebecca Tsai, Betty Chan, Fiona Nasif, Malin Wongthaveevatana, Vicki Moller, Cindy Tseu, Jenny Mou, Sachiyo James, Vikki Angell, Joanna Lu, Hellen Lin, Nada Andrews, Katrina Morrow, A big thank you to Nina Ilina Liu who, despite an injured foot, only popped in for a couple of hours and ended up helping all day as we were short at the last minute.

Please phone Tracey and Karen on 9360 4027 if you would like to help out in canteen on any particular day.
Thank you
The Canteen Team

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SBHS Debating

It was a tense evening at Newington for the FED Finals. We had 3 teams represented. First up were the Year 8s with Kevin Liang, Josh Maloof, Niyazal Bari and Thomas George as team adviser. Our boys had the difficult job of arguing against the proposition that “Our main form of punishment should be Community Service” .This was made almost impossible when the Newington team defined the topic as referring only to those convicted only of minor and non-violent crimes. Unfortunately, despite being a close run debate the other side were awarded the win. The Year 10s did better arguing the merits of the Carbon Tax. They did such a good job that they not only won the debate and the final, but they convinced me to go on the Climate Change rally in the City on Sunday! Very well done, boys.
Rachel Powell
MIC Debating

Year 11 FED Final Report

In the FED final in the senior B division, High was given the topic “that we should have a tax on carbon” against a very strong Knox side. Placed on the affirmative of this very topical debate, we based our case around the fact that it was highly likely that Knox would run a counter model of an ETS, which they did, and through some strong rebuttal we were able to point out that not only would the costs associated with a carbon tax be the same under an ETS, they would also be worse because of the fluctuating price in a free market. In the end we managed to win an extremely close debate where both sides managed to argue an extremely complex case.
By Christopher Chiam

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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CSC Feed: Community Services Committee

April Blood Drive

Our first Red Cross blood drive of the year kicked us off with 67 donations from Sydney Boys and 35 from Sydney Girls. Go Team Guys! Each of these 102 donations can go on to help save 3 lives. Remember that 1 in 3 people will need a blood transfusion in their lives so please consider making a donation for our next drive in Term 3 or for our younger students, when you’re over sixteen.

UNICEF Day for Change

A joint venture with Sydney Girls, our regular sausage sizzle was replaced with scrumptious kebab wraps on Moore Park West. A soccer game with the girls and students from Cleveland St made for a bit of fun too. The event was a brilliant success with $4866.05 raised between the schools for the United Nations Children's Fund. UNICEF provides essential supplies such as Oral Rehydration Tablets and Long-Lasting Insecticide-Treated Nets to combat dehydration and malaria in developing countries so thanks for your contributions!

Stewart House Donation Drive

We contributed $137 to Stewart House through their Donation Drive and Raffle. The Year 7 Reps took point on this event and helped make it a success.

Sir Roden Cutler Foundation Mufti & BBQ

Headed up by the Year 11 reps, this event was a killer kickoff to their leadership experience. Mufti and the usual sausage sizzle on the Flat made for a great day and raised $2307 for the Sir Roden Cutler Foundation going towards a mobility scooter. The Foundation was founded by Old Boy Sir Roden Cutler to address the mobility needs of the disabled and elderly.

Salvos Doorknock Appeal

42 Years 11 and 12 boys spent their Sunday helping raise funds for the Red Shield Appeal. Starting from Salvos HQ on Elizabeth St, the morning group did doorknocks in the Bondi area while the afternoon group covered collections at Circular Quay and Pitt St Mall plus a group in Burwood. The money collected went to social and community services including support for the homeless, recovering addicts and victims of domestic violence. Remember to try to support any charity taking collections. Donating some spare change can brighten up your day and help someone in need.

Ramen for Japan

We sold steaming hot ramen near the canteen to help you guys stay warm and raise money for earthquake and tsunami victims through the Japanese Red Cross. A shout out goes to Vyaas (Year 7) for being proactive in getting this fundraiser off the ground and getting Year 7 involved. The figures aren’t in but I bet there are a lot of full donation tins and stomachs by the end of the week!

Upcoming: Mufti & BBQ

We’ve got the Boggabilla Mufti Day and BBQ coming up on Friday the 17th of June! You might feel a little Mufti’d out but who doesn’t love an excuse to help a worthy cause and get out of uniform. For the forgetful, just remember: Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday!

Keep track of Mufti Days, BBQs and fundraisers. Like ‘SBHS Community Services Committee’ on Facebook

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From the Rugby master’s desk

Congratulations to the 1st XV for their gutsy 12 – 0 win last Saturday. Their victory was built on resolute defence and determination, despite some serious concentration lapses and ill-discipline. The first try by Jesse Moffat was a clinical execution of “8, 9,15”, which the Waratahs couldn’t have done any better.

Unfortunately the support for the 1st XV was marred by some inappropriate barracking by a contingent of past students, who chanted “bull****”, “bull****” when a referee’s decision went to Grammar. This kind of support is not welcomed as it does not honour the school, our opponents or the 1st XV. My question to them is where will they be next week when we play Newington, then Kings, then Shore, then Joeys, then Scots and finally Riverview? I know the real High supporters will be there each game. I also know they won’t be because their support is just “bull****”.

Once again, congratulations to Mr Scrivener, Mr Aldous and the 1st XV, you persevered and succeeded. Your efforts last Saturday earned you the right to wear the 1st XV jersey proudly, as all previous 1st XVs have done before you.
G. Stein
MIC Rugby

Give Referee Abuse the Red Card

Referees are an important part of any sport, without them we would have confusion on the field and player’s safety and enjoyment would be severely jeopardised and diminished.

It is important that referees are always treated with respect and never abused.

Everybody involved in the game has a responsibility to help stamp out the abuse of referees, from those on the sideline watching to the head of the Union, it is up to YOU to give referee abuse the Red Card!

What can you and should you do if you see someone abusing a referee or match official?

  • If safe politely ask the person to stop,
  • Report the person to the ground manager,
  • Inform the State Union responsible for the game; and
  • Encourage your friends and family to act responsibly and treat referees with respect. Referee abuse is ugly, it is unnecessary, it reflects poorly on the individual, the team and the game as a whole.

Referee abuse does not help to grow the game from a grassroots level and we all have a responsibility to see that it is given a Red Card!

We want everyone to enjoy their Rugby. Thank you for your support.
Bruce Worboys
Executive Director - NSW Rugby Union

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Football: The Onion Bag

Observations from the side line.
Round one of the GPS football season kicked off last Saturday with matches against Sydney Grammar. Disappointingly, all games scheduled for Moore Park West where cancelled due to the state of the grounds. Fortunately the Weigall fields had handled the recent wet weather far better and the 16s and Opens fixtures ran as per schedule. The early 16As match went to Grammar 2-0 in a keenly contested match. High strung several encouraging passing phases together but were unable to convert. Whist the game was a tight struggle, Grammar were perhaps the more aggressive of the two teams, winning the battle of the midfield and ultimately the match.

The 16Cs took the field intent on reversing the result from the previous week. Early exchanges were encouraging, however, a much more determined Grammar outfit took the honours. Pleasingly, a disappointed High team vowed to turn things around next match against Newington.

5th Grade. Saturday's match was not the best the 5th grade team has seen, mainly due to the possibilities presented in the first half. After losing 4-2 to the same Grammar team the week before, we came to Saturday's match expecting a tough game, though we were confident that we could win if we played well as a team. The first half looked very promising, with an early goal by Ashwin Rudder forcing the Grammar team onto the defensive - featuring some great defending by first-time stopper Cameron Morrison. Due to a penalty goal, the scores were even at 1-1 at half time, and we were sure we could win the game. That was before Grammar scored 3 goals in the space of 5 minutes. From there, morale was crushed. At the end of the day, the match became a disappointing 7-1 loss. Disappointing especially because the game looked so hopeful.

2nd grade struggled to deal with Grammar’s version of ‘Steve Austin’. ‘Steve’ possesses perhaps the longest throw ever seen at the Weigall fields and there have been plenty. High knew it was coming but failed to clear the danger. Defence of such a threat requires clear communication among defenders, precise judgment of the flight of the ball and most importantly a commitment to get to the ball first. Grammar 4, High 1 tells the story of who got it right. High’s goal was scored by Gavin Sutton.

The 1st grade fixture was a cracker. High pace, high skill and high commitment. Supported by a strong crowd of Old Boys, High took an early lead through a spectacular strike from Andreas Purcal. A well drilled High defence held a menacing Grammar attack out and went to half time 1 up. High’s ability to clear dangerous aerial balls was notable. Ryan Caetano, Will Shao, Andrew Huyhn and Nakul Bhagwat continuously turned defence into attack with clearing headers, eagerly picked up by the energetic midfielders, Sam Lane and Adam Booth. Whenever Grammar looked dangerous it was Sam and Adam who consistently ‘got there’ to snuff out their attack.

With Grammar equalising early in the second half, the stage was set for a classic GPS 1st grade finish. With both sides squandering goal scoring opportunities, including Grammar missing a penalty, the game was finally decided by a superb piece of play by Arjun Punekar. Pouncing on a loose ball just inside Grammar’s half, Arjun proceeded to beat three Grammar defenders on a run down the left flank then delivered a bullet like cross which was met by Siva Sooriakumar to drive it home for the winner.

The remaining 10 minutes seemed to take forever. High remained composed under pressure and were unlucky not to wrap up the match with a clever short corner option worked by Sam Lane and Gianni Romeo, with Gianni’s short hitting the crossbar. With time up, the “ref” blew full time to the delight of both players and supporters. High 2- Grammar 1.

Credit to coach Hazrati who has put in place the team structures that enabled High to remain composed and play football when under pressure. Credit also to keeper Brendan Hancock whose reassuring presence in goals gives confidence to the whole team. Brendan was outstanding as was Oliver Meroni up front. Oliver’s tireless debut in the 1st XI proved he is up to the task.

GPS Representatives
Congratulations to Nakul Bhagwat (GPS 2nd XI and captain), Sam Lane (GPS 3rd XI) Brendan Hancock (GPS 3rd XI) and Arjun Punekar (GPS 3rd XI) for their selection in the combined GPS representative teams. They will play matches against CAS and ISA teams in the coming fortnight. It must be noted that Arjun is in Year 10 and to make these teams is a remarkable achievement.

Football BBQ
On the previous Saturday the football committee held a BBQ at Moore Park West. The BBQ raised valuable funds for the football program. I would like to thank all those involved for organising and running this valuable fundraising event.

The football committee is planning to run another BBQ at MPW on Saturday, 18/6 and is asking for helpers. We are hosting Newington that day with the 13s and 15s age groups at the venue. If your son is in the 13s or 15s and are willing to assist for an hour or so, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Fixtures this weekend
There are no matches this weekend due to the long weekend. Our next GPS match is the following Saturday, 18/6.
Mr R Gifford

Quote of the Week

“I can see the carrot at the end of the tunnel.”
Stewart Pearce

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Sports Donations

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

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Sydney Boys High School Fencing

School Championships Finals
Before beginning the report on the School Championship finals I would like to wish Shaun Pak, Jeremy Dobrowolski and James Cao luck as the NSW representatives in National Epee Competition in Brisbane on Sunday 19 June. Thanks also to Angela Pak who will accompany the boys and to Antonio Signorelli who has made this opportunity possible. Good Luck.

Thanks also to Hayden Rabone and Ben Hillier who have been refereeing at the competitions on a volunteer basis. This is such a fine reflection on our school.

SBHS Senior 3: Hung-Ting Lin (c), Jeremy Dobrowolski, Toby Funston, Steven Ngo

The finals of the schools team competition was a daunting one, as we were up against St Aloysius A. Despite the immensely strong opposition, we did not falter for a bit and tried our best to win. The match didn’t start off well, as we were down 5-1; however, we kept a close distance throughout the matches and were never far from them. Halfway through, we managed to make an epic comeback to be ahead 25-24. Our last two bouts were quite difficult and as a result, we lost the match overall 45-31. However, we did very well, considering we were up against the top team in the competition.

SBHS Senior 2: Shaun Fletcher (c), Ian Li, William Yeung, Albert Nguyen

Our first opponent was a team we lost against in the pools, SACS 2. Determined to take revenge for our unprepared loss 2 weeks ago, we were fired up to beat them this time. We started off spectacularly, winning 15-8 after 3 bouts, with myself, William and Ian in great shape, and Albert shouting encouragement. However, we started to let our guard down, and after another 3 bouts, they caught up to 30-24. We started to drop off then, and with a few great attacks by the opponent, we ended up losing 45-37. Although we lost this time around, we know for sure we will beat them next time with our new training regime.

SBHS Senior 1: Shaun Pak (C), Hayden Rabone, Mathew Chan, Ben Hillier.

First match was against Manly High. We had a slow start to the match trying to get hits on our opponents. We used Ben and to rest myself to give him a chance to fence and rest my shoulder for the upcoming match. Although we had a slow start to the match it didn’t stop us winning 45-27. Our next match against St Aloysius was going to be a tough match. Always having seen them in the quarters, and always ending up on top, we knew they were bound to come back. We had a slow start with Hayden losing 0-5. Slowly catching up to 35-34, we could see us fencing in the semis. But the last bout with me, they slowly caught up. Trying to catch up from 38-44, we exchanged points but they had ended up on top and took the match from us, 41-45. It was a tough match but Aloys had ended up on top.

Under 15
SBHS U15 A: Ashley Chan (C), Kritman Dhamoon, Kenneth Yu, Daniel Chen

We were ranked 6th among the teams, and we were the top team. Our first match against Barker A, was intense, we were supposed to go up to 45, but we ended up winning at 39, because the time ran out. At the start of the match we weren’t doing very well, but thanks to Kritman, and Kenneth, we managed to get ahead of them, and win. The second match against Grammar Cs was also very intense. By the end, we were only a few points behind, and we ended up losing 42 – 44. However, we fenced very well in both matches, and if we had more time to rest between matches, we probably would’ve won.

SBHS Under 15 B: Hardy Zhu (C), Michael Hauser, Chi Mao

Our match was against Barker B. We had a great start, with all three of us winning our first matches with authority, meaning the score was 15-5. However, as time went on, Barker gained some ground until the score was almost tied. However, we fought back, with some great strategy meaning the score was 45-37, our way. Unfortunately, Barker really fought back, with the final score 45-44. But do not worry, we will take revenge. Good effort.

Under 13s
SBHS 6 Peter Lin (captain), Aaron Tse, Benjamin Long, Kentaro Takahata

On Saturday we had our first finals. Although we did make it, it was our 2nd time in a comp and we failed 5-0 against Hills 1. Although this is sad, we think we can go back and win next time with more training.

SBHS 5 Chen Yu Wang (captain), David Zhou, Anthony Taing

On Saturday, we fenced in the finals against Grammar but lost 5-1 to them due to faulty equipment – the sword wouldn’t work properly. Congratulations to David who won a match.
Ms J May

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Volleyball Report

Weekend GPS Results - Third Grade

On Saturday the 4th of June the Sydney High 16As played an intense game against our friends in Sydney High 3rd Grade. It was a 5 set match, which would prove challenging as we usually play 3 set matches.

A combination of nerves, confusion with new rotations, injuries and the skills of 3rd Grade meant that we played a terrible first two sets, losing both. However in the third set we were determined not to lose in straight sets. We played as a team and supported each other, and this allowed us to take the third set from 3rd Grade despite the fact they held match point. Winning that set and holding off the end of the game was a crucial moment for us, and from then on we were unstoppable. Working together we took the next set with ease. In the final set, which was the decider, we continued to play strong and smart and after our intense struggle through five sets we finally managed to win the game!

I would like to extend a large amount of thanks to the Sydney High 3rd Grade, who played brilliantly and gave us a great game, Mr Kay the Volleyball MIC who organised the game and the games of many other SBHS teams on the day and Ms Trompetter, who encouraged all the High teams on Saturday and assisted injured players. Your help and support, especially on weekends is a major contributor to the success of High volleyball.
Shawn Noronha – 16As

SBHS U14As v Sydney Grammar Junior B
A win in three sets to Sydney High.

SBHS U15A v Sydney Grammar Junior A
A win to Sydney Grammar in four sets.
Ms M Trompetter


Round 4 saw us halfway through the season and put us against a team with some interesting statistics. Riverview was one of the later schools to join GPS volleyball and their start was tentative. However, strong support and a strong coach have seen them overturn a number of traditionally stronger teams such as Grammar. The fact that their coach is a High Old Boy – Oliver Konakoff – means they know some of our moves!

It was clear from the outset that this was going to be a tough match. The Riverview Seconds came out strongly with some excellent play. This didn’t translate into points for them giving us an easy first set. The second was far more strongly contested and we just lost by 26-24; one of our first set losses in ages. This seemed to galvanise the team who managed to run out the next two sets for an overall 3-1 score. If the Seconds were good, the Firsts were an even tougher crew. We were always going to have problems with two key losses to injury and overseas volleyball duty. Again, a solid, and much improved Riverview side met many of our responses. It was a fairly easy first set but our opponents were changing ideas and tactics to make set two far harder and causing another rare upset by taking set three from us. In what became a heated fourth set we managed to run out 3-1 victors.

From a High perspective this was confirmation of strength and depth in both our senior teams; we are not relying on the performance of a few to get the wins. From a wider GPS perspective it does nothing but good for our sport. Weak sides lead to less enthusiasm from schools and coaches. Strong teams means that the competition is genuine and the interest sustainable.

Keeping to the theme of interest it is clear that our weekly stats round-up is welcomed by players, parents and the wider school community. It is our latest attempt to bring a strong statistical edge to our training: it must not just look good, it must also translate to points on the court. However, it has become clear that not everyone understands the way in which the statistics are calculated. In future weeks we’ll have a more detailed look but here’s an introduction. Scores are measures of relative success. So, if a player scores more than 50 it means that the overall contribution was positive (i.e. the player “won” more points with that shot than “lost”). A 100% reading would indicate that every serve was an ace, every spike hit was a kill (i.e. unreturned) or that every pass was accurately sent to the setter. So, 70% is not, as some might imagine, a low score but a hugely successful one. Given the nature of play any result close to 100% is a huge effort from that player. This week we add “massive ups” to the list of measures bringing this week’s scores as follows:

Player  Passing Accuracy %
(number of contacts)
Serving Efficiency %
(number of contacts)   
Spiking and Blocking Efficiency
(number of contacts)
(Spike or Block)
Massive Ups Total %
Allen Liao 100  ( 2) 64       (4) 66       (16) 6   77
Jun Park 88    (38) 75      (10) 48      (29) 6 3 70
Jonathon Clements-Lendrum 88     (4) 50        (5) 63       (16) 6   67
Jono Mok 75     (4) 63      (12) 61        (9) 3 2 66
Max Song   66   (29)  78       (9)   57     (22) 9   67
Ennes Mehmedbasic   77   (15)              61     (28)   64      (7) 2   67
Ivor Metcalf   63   (30) 60       (10)  68     (28) 12 2 64
Harry Heo   68   (20)  60      (10) 57       (22) 9   62

PS Ganderton

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SBHS Athletics Carnival

Over two great days late last term the School Athletics Carnival was held at nearby ES Marks field. The Carnival is designed to cater for all standards and boys are encouraged to participate in at least three events on the day. The Carnival went very smoothly thanks to the efforts of staff, student volunteers and willing competitors. Particular thanks once again to our Data Team who donated their skill and computer expertise over two days. Also I would like to thank all staff who came to ES Marks to get the carnival started at 8.15am. Our Carnival is now one of only a few large school Carnivals held at the track and it continues to be a great spectacle when it is in full swing. Senior boys in particular seem to appreciate what, for most of them, will be the last such event they participate in.

Congratulations to the Age Champions –
Nafis Rahman (12 Years), Bovan Lin (13 Years), Joshua Leo (14 Years), Eugene Lee (15 Years) and Patrick Krakovsky (16 Years)

Special Awards from the Carnival include….
The AM Eedy Cup for 100m Champion: Scott Renzenbrink
The McArthur Memorial Cup for 1500m: Adam Booth
The Frank Albert Cup for Senior Athletics Champion: Christopher Morrow

Full results of the Carnival are published herein. Fairland was the winning House this year

Moodle and Athletics
Over the summer break I created a Moodle page with all the information that athletes need to stay informed about the CHS and GPS seasons. This will be the main way that I will communicate with the Athletics community in future. Athletes will need to inform themselves about Zone, Area, and the CHS Carnivals, the training program for the GPS Season which starts during the next holidays at ES Marks and all the GPS Carnivals. I also have put great stories about fantastic athletes and some videos from last year’s GPS Finals. Remember if you placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd at the SBHS Carnival you will be going to Zone. So look on Moodle, print your permission note; get the note signed by your parents and get them back to me as soon as possible.

THE JAGGAR GIFT: The Race of Champions
Sydney High Athletics, Cross Country and the PD/Health/PE Department are holding “The Jaggar Gift” on Moore Park West. This is a handicapped race. The top athletes from each Year will be given the opportunity to participate in this race. How does it work? We will compute your handicap according to the 1.6KM runs you have completed over the last year to determine your starting time. The runner with the largest predicted handicap starts first. For the start, the clock is set at this number of seconds and begins counting down. Other runners start when their handicap time (written on their hand at registration) comes up on the clock. When the clock reaches zero, all runners have started. Check out Moodle to see if you are entered into the Race.

When: Lunch Time Friday, 17th June, 2011
Where: Moore Park West
The Races: Junior (Years 7, 8 & 9) starts 1.05pm and Senior (10, 11 & 12) starts 1.20pm

1st Prize: $40
2nd Prize: $20
3rd Prize: $15

Make sure you see Mr Devlin to get your handicap on the day

GRAND TOTAL for the SBHS Athletics Carnival
1 Fairland - 1074
2 Saxby - 1045
3 Torrington - 1028
4 Ruby - 1000
5 Eedy - 949
6 Mckay – 904

EVENT FIRST      SECOND      THIRD                 TIME/DIST
12 YEARS        
100 M Dylan Goh David Hoang Nafis Rahman 12.90
200 M Thien Dang Ervin Zhou Dylan Goh 29.84
400 M Nafis Rahman Dylan Goh Eli Hall 1’17.92
800 M Max Li Nafis Rahman Eli Hall 2’56.96
90 Hurdles Louis Shtein Ervin Zhou Nafis Rahman 18.02
High Jump Louis Shtein Benjamin Wu Nafis Rahman 1.20
Long Jump Fayed Morshedi Nafis Rahman David Hoang 4.09
Shot Put Fayed Morshedi Harishaan Puvanenthiran Tony Dong 8.26
House Relay Saxby McKay Torrington  
Champion Nafis Rahman      
13 YEARS        
100 M Bovan Lin Rick Saha Wesley Zhang 12.40
200 M Bovan Lin Rick Saha Chris Lee 27.36
400 M William Chen William Chang James Tinker 1’08.90
800 M James Tinker William Chen William Chang 2’42.68
1500 M James Tinker Thomas Nimac Bill Zhuang 5’41.71
90 Hurdles Chris Lee Bovan Lin Kazuo Nakamura 16.24
High Jump Bovan Lin Chris Lee Jason Hong 1.47
Discuss Bovan Lin David Kim Jason Hong 19.36
Javelin Jerry Gek Garry Huang   19.8
Long Jump Calvin Zhou Kazuo Nakamura Johnson Tran 4.93
Shot Put William Chen Bovan Lin Jason Hong 9.23
House Relay McKay Eedy Fairland  
Champion Bovan Lin      
14 YEARS        
100 M Leonard Mah Joshua Leo Anthony Chen 12.35
200 M Leonard Mah Joshua Leo Henry Feng 25.70
400 M Joshua Leo Alan Zhang Philip Lam 1’03.33
800 M Joshua Leo Luke Hoad William Du 2’29.02
1500 M  Joshua Leo Luke Hoad William Du 5’07.42
100 Hurdles Joshua Leo Daniel Zhang Leonard Mah 15.14
High Jump Eatrend Wang Henry Wang Aditya Koneru 1.45
Discuss Rex Yi Victor Lin Bevan Xie 21.41
Javelin Eatrend Wang Niroshan Selvakkumar Aditya Koneru 27.20
Long Jump Leonard Mah/ Eatrend Wang Joshua Leo Anthony Chen 4.96
Shot Put Rex Yi Leonard Mah Victor Lin 10.46
House Relay Ruby Saxby McKay  
Champion Joshua Leo                  
15 YEARS        
100 M Maurice Lam Terence Pham Andrew He 11.84
200 M Terence Pham Maurice Lam Byron Chen 25.08
400 M Anton Brokman Eugene Lee John Zhang ’55.74
800 M Anton Brokman Eugene Lee Ned Anson 2’11.40
1500 M Anton Brokman Eugene Lee Ned Anson 4’33.40
100 Hurdles Dominic Mah Sharak Khan Sam Phillis 15.52
Triple Jump Eugene Lee Anton Brokman Byron Chen 11.14
High Jump Terence Pham Mitchell Flynn Jason Zheng 1.45
Discuss James Pham Steve Cominos Louis Zhu 28.80
Javelin Julian Tang Brendan Guan Sam Phillis 25.40
Long Jump Byron Chen Anton Brokman Eugene Lee 5.58
Shot Put Steve Cominos Sam Phillis Terence Pham 11.44
House Relay McKay Eedy Fairland  
Champion Eugene Lee      
16 YEARS        
100 M Kenny Kuang Allen Fu Mark Iskandar 11.60
200 M Eamon Kelly Mark Iskandar Patrick Krakovsky 24.46
400 M Eamon Kelly Lahiru Katupitiyz William Cen ’56.27
800 M  Lloyd Perris Jonathan Clements-Lendrium Vincent Ye 2’11.30
1500 M Lloyd Perris Jonatahn Clements-Lendrum N/A 4’41.37
110 Hurdles Ivor Metcalf Patrick Krakovsky Jonathan Clements-Lendrum 13.30
Triple Jump Ivor Metcalf Patrick Krakovsky Mark Iskandar 12.36
High Jump Ivor Metcalf Harry Heo Patrick Krakovsky 1.85
Discuss Tony Li Patrick Krakovsky Allan Fu 24.81
Javelin Patrick Krakovsky Jasper Garay Allen Fu 29.90
Long Jump Patrick Krakovsky Ivor Metcalf Harry Heo 5.77
Shot Put Eamon Kelly Allen Fu Dennis Duong 11.80
House Relay Ruby Saxby McKay  
Champion Patrick Krakovsky      
100 M Scott Renzenbrink Christopher Morrow Giancarlo Romeo 11.20
200 M Scott Renzenbrink Giancarlo Romeo Christopher Morrow 22.88
400 M Christopher Morrow Gabriel Garayalde Lucas Fang ’56.36
800 M Adam Booth Gianmarco De Nirgris Francis Torok 2’11.20
1500 M Adam Booth Samuel Lane Jeremy Dobrowolski 2’36.42
110 Hurdles Christopher Morrow Jesse Moffat Ashwin Rudder 16.34
Triple Jump Christopher Morrow Scott Renzenbrink Gabriel Garayalde 12.13
High Jump Christopher Morrow Scott Renzenbrink Lucas Fang 1.70
Discuss Scott Renzenbrink George Panas David Nguyen 28.71
Javelin Jeremy Dobrowolski Gianmarco De Nigris Brendan Hancock 32.00
Long Jump Christopher Morrow Scott Renzenbrink Tian Ling 6.08
Shot Put David Nguyen Lftiar Khan Leon Li 12.15
House Relay Torrington Fairland Ruby  
Champion Christopher Morrow      
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Invitation to Annual P&C Joint Meeting

Wednesday 22 June 2011 7:30 pm
Multi Purpose Hall
Sydney Girls High School

Topic: Improving Mental Health for Young People

Professor Ian Hickie AM MD FRANZCP FASS
Executive Director Brain & Mind Research Institure University of Sydney

From 2000 to 2003 Professor Hickie was CEO of beyondblue: the national depression initiative, and from 2003-2006 he served as its Clinical Advisor. In 2003, he was appointed as the Executive Director of the Brain & Mind Research Institute (BMRI). In 2006, Professor Hickie received the Australian Honours Award of Member (AM) in the General Division; for services to medicine in the development of key national mental health initiatives and general practice services in both the public and non-government sectors. In October of that same year, the Australian Financial Review included Professor Hickie in its list of the top 10 cultural influences. The specific comments noted his role as a “long-term campaigner”, “the person who orchestrated the campaign” that led to the COAG announcements ($4 billion dollars over five years). Professor Hickie was appointed to the Prime Minister’s Australian National Council on Drugs from 2007 to 2011, and has led the BMRI as a founding member of the new National Youth Mental Health Foundation (‘headspace’). Also in this year, Professor Hickie was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

From 2008-2013, he is one of the first round of new NHMRC 2008 Australian Fellows. In July 2008 he was appointed to the Federal Health Minister’s new National Advisory Council on Mental Health. In November 2009, Professor Hickie received the Research Australia national advocacy award for his work in mental health. In 2011 he was appointed to the Mental Health Expert Working Group (MHEWG), Department of Health and Ageing

Professor Helen Christensen BA(Hons) (Syd), MPsych, PhD (NSW), FASSA
Professor and Director, Centre for Mental Health Research, College of Medicine, Biology and Environment The Australian National University,
Areas of Research: Depression, Anxiety, e-health, Early Intervention and Prevention; Lifespan Cognitive Change.

Professor Christensen’s research interests include depression and anxiety that are major causes of incapacity and present high risk for self harm. Her major research aims are to improve levels of help seeking to mental health services in Australia and globally; develop and trial prevention and early intervention programs using health technologies for anxiety, depression and self harm; improve the quality of health promotion, prevention and early intervention services through the implementation of evidence-based web and telephone services and to improve knowledge about the way in which individuals use and respond to health technologies.

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