High Notes, Vol 12 No 21, July 22 2011

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From the Principal

Welcome back to term 3
Welcome back to term three to all staff, students and parents. I would like to welcome our new member of staff Adrian Henning, our Head Coach – Rowing. I acknowledge the passing during the holidays of Don Roach, a stalwart of Double Bay Sailing Club who helped our boys significantly during our first year with the club. He will be sorely missed by all members. This term my focus is on the accountability process for staff. Each teacher will spend a period with me discussing their roles, pedagogy and their progress towards achievement of the Targets 2011. It is also the last term of formal study for Year 12 and the final term for Year 11 Preliminary students to complete their courses. It is the season for debating, chess, completing winter sports and engaging in a short season of athletics for all Junior High School students. Preseason training for summer sports must fit around winter and athletics commitments. Also, no boy will be disadvantaged in summer selections because of his participation in athletics.

High Talent
In the last week of last term our Open Volleyball team competed in the CHS Knockout round at Homebush. After a tough semi-final success our boys played another tight 5-setter against Kelso High in the final. Due to the heroic efforts of their national team player, Kelso outlasted High to take the title. Congratulations to our boys for their skill and dedication and to Mr Kay for his coaching and team management. Kushaal Vyas (Year 10) finished runner-up in the NSW final of the Senior Rostrum Voice of Youth competition at Parliament House.

Congratulations…again! In the UNSW Economics Competition our students were awarded 14 prizes and Jamieson Tsai (Year 11) won a national prize. In the UNSW Business Studies Competition High boys won 27 prizes with Jonathan Adhika and Kenny Lau receiving state prizes. A great set of results from social science students!

Parent-Teacher Interview statistics
Our computerised booking system for the three Parent Teacher nights held towards the end of last term threw up some interesting statistics. Registered parents requesting interviews: Year 7, 69%; Years 8-9, 58%; Years 10-12, 51%. Number of interviews allocated: Year 7, 683; Years 8-9, 1137; Years 10-12, 1463. Interviews unable to be scheduled: Year 7, 131, Years 8-9, 158; Years 10-12, 2. Average interviews per student: Year 7, 5.5; Years 8-9, 5.1; Years 10-12, 4.6. [Year 7 boys can have 10-12 teachers, whereas as Year 12 boys may have as few as 4]. Average parent congestion (average number of parents waiting on site): Year 7, 6.6; Years 8-9, 18.5; Years 10-12, 13.4. Average parent time waste between interviews: Year 7, 0:11; Years 8-9, 0:17; Years 10-12, 0:11. Teacher average time waste across all teachers and all time slots available: Year 7, O:19; Years 8-9, 0:20; Years 10-12, 0:44. We are constantly trying to make the process more effective and efficient. I urge parents to try to make the time available to talk to teachers about their son’s progress next year. We have unused capacity and only 60% of parents involved.

Tax Deductions for uniforms from July 1, 2011
Education Tax Refund update. As from July 1 this year, eligible people can claim their son’s school-approved uniform items as tax deductions. Our school has a compulsory uniform policy. Approved items are listed in the school diary and on the website. The High Store supplies the trade marked goods that signify High uniform. Please support the school and purchase items of school apparel from the High Store and keep your receipts for tax time, 2012. Check out www.educationtaxrefund.gov.au. By agreement, a proportion of the profits from the High Store are spent each directly on a school facility or development project.

Ausgrid Surry Hills to Rose Bay cable project
Ausgrid is installing 132,000 volt underground electricity cables between Surry Hills and Rose Bay. The project has commenced and will take a year to complete. The route passing near High and its areas of access takes in Albion Street, Anzac Parade, Driver Avenue, Lang Road, Grand Drive, Birrell Street, Denison Street and Ebley Street.. Work will take place between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday and 8 am to 1pm Saturday. There will be road closures and disruptions to traffic flow in these areas during the next 6 months at least. For more information, go to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Upgrades to facilities
A new Ergo Room has been constructed by partitioning Room 901. It will allow 8 ergos to be used simultaneously so that coaches can gauge rhythm and cohesion of crews. Also, it will allow more room in the foyer area and the Weights Room. Thank you to Brett Harrison for his work over the holidays and to Steve Whiting for his expertise. The cricket nets were extended and refurbished at a cost of >$6k. Thanks to Laurie Heil for organising the work. The DEC completed the school’s lighting upgrade with all lights changed to ore energy-efficient tubes and starters. Twenty old toilets were replaced with new ones – hopefully our water consumption will be reduced further as a result of more efficient cisterns.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Art Competition Winner

Congratulations to Gideon Kwok Year 9 for his recent win in an Australia wide Art Competition. His winning work in which the animals spell out “animals in art” is pictured [in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes].
J May

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Year 11 Parent/Student Information Evening

An information evening hosted by Ms Berger for Year 11 parents and students explaining ATAR Bonus points, scholarships, special exam provisions etc., will be held on Tuesday 26th July at 6pm in the Staff Common Room. Everyone welcome. Year 10 Accelerated Students and parents are also welcome to attend.
Karen Chiam
Year 11 Parent Representative

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School Student Transport Scheme (SSTS)

School Student Code of Conduct – Students travelling on buses must: -

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

Students are reminded to:-

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

During 2011, authorised officers will be deployed to inspect Code of Conduct compliance on school bus services in the Eastern Region. Students who are found to have breached their obligations may lose their travel entitlement and possibly incur an infringement.

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Academic Merit Lists

Congratulations to the following boys whose excellent academic achievements in Semester 1 are recognised.

Year 12 Academic Merit

Lawrence CAI
Timothy CHAN
Johnny CHEN
Joshua CHEN
Simon CHEN
Botong CHENG
Terence CHIEM
Aaron CHIN
Anthony CHUNG
Declan GOREY
Dennis KIM
Vivian LE
Nathan LEONG
Richard LI
Allen LIAO
Kevin Z LIN
Wen Jia LIU
Austin LY
Jonathan MOK
Daniel OH
Carl PAN
Abdullah SARKER
William SHAO
Dawen SHI
Jeffrey TANG
Kevin TIAN
Vincent WANG
Jiatong ZHOU

Year 11 Academic Merit

Christopher CHHOEU
Christopher CHIAM
Sudam DIAS
Simon DO
James DONG
Lucas FANG
Nicholas HAN
Harry HEO
William HO
Abeer KHAN
Brian LAM
Kenny LAU
Michael LEE
Raymond LEE
Ronald NGAI
Ming PAN
Jun-Hyuk PARK
Ankur PAUL
Michael PHAM
Shubash QUAZI
Siddharth SETHI
Stephen TRANG
Jamison TSAI
Andrew WU
Peter WU
Yujin WU
David ZENG
Jerry ZHOU

Year 10 Academic Merit

Edward CAO
William CEN
Andrew CHA
Darryl CHAN
James CHAN
Albert CHAU
James CHEN
Victor CHEW
Denny DIEN
Kenneth HO
Yang HU
Marcus JAMES
Oliver KIRK
Maurice LAM
Edwin LI
Ian LI
Cosmo LIU
Elbert LY
Dominic MAH
Agnish NAYAK
Alexander NGUYEN
Daniel TAM
Khushaal VYAS
Andrew WEI
Daniel WEI
Eric XU
Jeffrey YANG
Scott ZHOU
Terence ZHOU

Year 9 Academic Merit

Christopher CHAN
Christopher CHEN
Tom DU
William DU
Henry FENG
Pinyan GAO
Wenbo GONG
Brendan HANCOX
Gideon KWOK
Mesbaah LALEE
Philip LAM
Kohen LAU
Jason LE
Eugene LEE
Lokgei LEE
Darren LI
Yu Peng MAN
Samuel PHAM
Michael SAWANG
Daniel SHAO
Allan SHI
Charlie SHI
Robert TAN
Christopher WANG
Edric WANG
Nathan WANG-LY
Aaron WONG
William WU
Michael YU
Jason ZHANG [E]
Andrew ZHANG

Year 8 Academic Merit

Matthew CHAN
William CHANG
James CHEE
William CHEN
Desmond CHIANG
Richard HAO
Lachlan HUYNH
Kevin KE
Newton LE
Jason LIM
Jason LIN
Kelvin LIN
Mike LIU
Leonard MAH
Adilmorad NADIR
Andrew NAM
Benjamin NGUYEN
Bosco TRAN
Carl Yi WANG
Ki On Alex WONG
Edward WU
Jonathan WU
Madison WU
Paul YU

Year 7 Academic Merit

Mohammad Tajwar ALI KHAN
William CHEN [F]
Peter DANG
Richard DING
Dylan GOH
James GOH
Elias HALL
Preetham KADAPPU
Greg KIM
Sung-chan KIM
Kevin Jia LIANG
Raymond LIN
Jiachen LU
Alexander MAO
Justis Ngo NGUYEN
Thomas NIMAC
Harry PARK
Hoang Khiem PHAM
Star QIU
Anthony RUSLI
James YE
Peter YU
Gordon YUAN

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SHS Cadet Unit

July Promotion Courses

Over the holidays four of our cadets spent a week at Singleton Army Camp, attending the NSW Cadet Brigade Promotion Courses.

Junior Leader's Course (promotion to Corporal) -
• Cadet Tom Du
• Cadet Damien Duong

Senior Leader's Course Module 1 (Promotion to Sergeant) -
• Cadet Sergeant Nicholas Ooi

Senior Leader's Course Module 2 (Promotion to Warrant Officer/Cadet Under Officer) -
• Cadet Sergeant Vincent Ye

All achieved very good results and qualified for promotion.

Effective immediately –
• SGT Andrew Gong to Cadet Under Officer

Congratulations on your promotion!


Our first full training parade for Semester 2 will be held on Tuesday 26 July.


Observers may have noticed a number of recent changes in cadet uniforms at High.

Other than for ceremonial purposes the polished black boots are no longer worn; being replaced with the suede style khaki field boot.

The blue beret is no longer worn by High cadets. Following an exhaustive study by the Army Safe Project the Chief of Army has deleted the beret as a form of dress within the Australian Army due to its lack of protection against the sun and the risk of skin cancer. The khaki fur felt hat (slouch hat) will now be worn in all forms of army dress.


Applications for enrolment in the Australian Army Cadets are invited from High students who meet the specified requirements. Basic requirements include

  • Minimum age 12.5 years
  • Australian citizen or permanent citizen
  • Undergo required medical examination
  • Have parent or guardian’s consent

Those High boys who believe they are good enough to be an Army Cadet and wish to participate in Australia’s best youth development programme are invited to apply for enrolment.

The necessary forms are available from the cadet unit orderly room or ask any unit member. .

We understand that not everyone has the necessaries for cadet service, but why not challenge yourself?

You, and your family, will be pleased with the positive changes and rewards cadet service will bring to your life.
Anthony Ho
Sydney High School Cadet Unit

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From the High Store

Month of July SPECIAL 50% OFF School Beanie NOW Only $10

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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.


The P&C has been allocated its single parking event for the year on Saturday 23 July. In contrast to the co-curricular parking days, the P&C seeks volunteers from across the school year groups to help out on this day. As the time will clash with a number of Saturday co-curricular events, we would like to make a special request to those parents who are free, to consider volunteering (no experience required). .

With the Swans in the top 8 on the ladder and a home game, we expect it to be a busy day. If you can help, please contact the P&C parking co-ordinator Ian Sweeting at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or just turn up tomorrow.

Thanks to everyone in advance.

Date: Saturday 23 July
Time: 11:30am till approximately 2:00pm
Game: Swans v Western Bulldogs at the SCG

Calling all Year Group Representatives – Launch of Capital Campaign 2011

The P&C and the school are in the planning stages to commence in earnest our capital campaign for 2011. Could we ask as many Year Group Representatives as possible, to attend the first planning meeting on Monday 25 July at 6pm in the Staff Common Room. Latecomers and early leavers are always welcome.

Our Year Group Reps are important links with parents in their respective years. The P&C relies on their time and effort to make this important fund-raising activity successful. SBHS Building Fund currently stands at $1.067million. We have a target of $2 million to commence our major building project – the multi-purpose education centre. Our target is to double the number of donors this year.

Please contact Ian Sweeting if you require more info This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or phone 0417 685 955. See you on Monday night.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Rugby Committee Meeting - Wednesday 27th July, 6.00pm – Staff Common Room
Rowing Committee AGM - Tuesday 2nd August, 7.00pm – Staff Common Room
Cricket Committee AGM – Wednesday 3rd August, 6.00pm – Staff Common Room

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From the Basketball Masters Desk

Sydney High wins the CHS State Knockout. Undefeated in 2011!

The CHS knockout is a great competition where students involved in Basketball travel all over the state participating to the best of their ability against all the public schools of New South Wales. After another excursion where boys enjoyed outdoor swimming pool with hot spa, free Cable TV, wireless connections, BBQ’s, table tennis and snooker as well as swims at Terrigal beach our side were rewarded with another State title as well as Cold Rock Ice Cream!

Our Opens side are trying to enter the Nationals again in Championship Division and win another National All Schools Championship. As the number one ranked side in the Combined High Schools of New South Wales we will now be required to defeat the Independent Schools and Catholic Schools in September. If we do this we will be travelling to Bendigo, Victoria to take on the best in the nation again. Tuesday morning all this term our boys will practice against the Old boys and a range of returning College players from both our school and other’s organised to create a competitive playing environment, and to expose our boys to boys who have reached higher education in America.

I would encourage juniors to take up the challenge of joining the under 15’s knockout team and senior Opens CHS and GPS teams in future. Under 15’s boys and boys who wish to make firsts and seconds in future should come along and informally start getting themselves ready to continue the proud tradition that the current senior boys have created.

Tuesday morning will be an open gym supervised by myself for student benefit.

Benjamin Hayman
1st Grade Basketball Coach
Master in Charge of Basketball
Coaching Co-ordinator

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Sydney High Junior Challenge
U15 Captain Reports

On the 25th of June the 13s, 14s and 15 competed in the first Sydney High Junior Tournament. Our team walked into the gym with high hopes of winning as we had won previous qualifying matches fairly easily. However we knew we were battling against the two other strong teams captained by Sean McKenna and Sunny Xu.

An early transfer of one of our important players, Ryan Sun, left us confused as we had to borrow another player from Sunny’s team. We started out strongly during the first set with great serves and passing from the whole team but lost our adrenaline halfway through the set, which resulted in a close lost. Lack of communication during the second set also resulted in a disappointing loss which meant a win for Sean’s team in straight sets.

Next up was Sunny’s team. Initially we had to again choose another player, from Sean’s team. New teammate, Thomas George, showed promising skill, providing good passes, but we failed to adapt to his sets. Sunny’s team ploughed through our team with strong serves and great passing. With tempers rising, our team could not communicate clearly during the first set and this resulted in a lost. However, Sean, eager to play wanted to substitute Thomas at the start of the second set. Sean saw our weakness and tried to cheer us up with his constant motivational rants. We had a shaky start, as we had an unfamiliar player on. However, midway through the set, great serves by our team and excellent passes by Niyaz Mostafa allowed our two main hitters Supan Arudselvan and Alif Khondaker to make great hits. Even though Sunny’s team tried to retaliate launching ferocious attacks, Thomas Nguyen, managed to defend and returned them with his deep passes which proved impossible for Sunny’s team to return. Miraculously, we managed to gain at least seven points which took us into a very close set which we won. However, the fatigue of the previous match started to settle in as we moved into the third set. We started out equally matched but Sunny’s team took the lead midway and surged on, taking advantage of our lethargy. We did not give up as we still fought on, with the points going both ways. But, the opposing team’s lead was too great for us to catch up which resulted in a defeat.

Although we did not win any of our games, we learned many important skills throughout our matches. Special thanks must go to Mr M Kay for organising the tournament as well as the trophy of treats which was shared amongst each other. Finally, many congratulations to Niyaz Mostafa (Vice-Captain), Supan Arudselvan, Alif Khondaker and Thomas Nguyen for trying your hardest as well as giving all of us a great, exhilarating day. Hopefully we can work together again to defeat them all next time.
Jaiden Chin

On the 25th of June, we played The Sydney High Junior Challenge with new, evenly shuffled teams. Our team was eager to succeed but success was obstructed with two great teams, led by Sean McKenna and Jaiden Chin.

As we did duty for the first match, we watched as Sean’s team defeat Jaiden’s team in a close two set match. We played our first match against Jaiden’s team prepared with our team fully warmed up. With consistent serving and good hits, we were able to take the first set. The second set started bad with our first few serves and passing unlike how we trained. The opposition were able to maintain their strong spiking and serving, ultimately better than us in the second set. We played vigilantly in the third set, taking the early lead. It became somewhat like a stalemate during the halfway point but through powerful serving and a great sense of movement allowed us to win in this tight, three setter.

Next we were up against Sean’s team already with one win under their belt. We played great in the first set by, maintaining a steady lead and putting pressure against Sean’s team, forcing more and more errors. We won the first set, our focus now on closing the match early. However early errors and poor communication dragged us back to our form during the first set. We played cautiously, making the most of their few arguments and held their ferocious attacks. We were able to hold a lead nearing the end of the set which we held firmly, allowing us to acquire victory in the hard fought match.

The matches on this day were very tough and arduous but thanks to the strength of the Jaiden’s and Sean’s teams, we were able to harness and perfect our skills. Many thanks must be given to Mr Kay who organised this brilliant event, as well as the trophy full of treats, shared amongst everyone. Finally, a big congratulation to all players in the team, Harry Park, Aidan, Ryan Sun, Ryan Seong, Greg Kim. Without your contribution we wouldn’t have made it this far.
Sunny Xu

On Saturday the 25th of June the three best teams from year 8 and year 7 went head to head in the first High Junior Challenge. Our first game was against Jaiden’s team. Thanks to good team spirit we overcame our opponents in straight sets. In this game we did very well at keeping the ball alive thanks to good digging and setting. After a rest we faced up against Sunny’s team. This was the final. In a very heated match, our good spiking and blocking kept us in the match. However we went down in three sets to a very strong opponent.

Congratulations to Sunny's team on their victory. Also thank you to Mr. Kay who organised the event. Hopefully this is the beginning of the Annual Sydney High Junior Challenge.
Sean McKenna

The Junior Challenge organized by Mr Kay and our coaches was a great experience for the 16As. It was a fun and friendly tournament which also tested us against the formidable 17As and Bs. We played a terrific game against the 17Bs under the guidance of our new coach Balraj Ougra, communicating effectively and adjusting to our new rotations and positions. Our next game against the 17As was very tough and ended up being decided in an extremely close 3rdset. Unfortunately the skill and experience of the 17As proved too great for us and we went down in a blaze of glory 25-23.
Shawn Noronha

The 17B team had a hard time, as we only had 5 players present of the original 8 in the team. It was made up on the day of Pete and Sunchit (year 9), Calum and Jeffrey (year 10) and Deron (year 11). Much appreciated were the two people who offered to step in and play as setters for us during our two matches, and although we lost 2-1 in the first game and 2-0 in the second, it would have been much harder without a full team.
Calum York

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Enrolment: Years 8 - 12, 2012

Applications for years 8 - 12, 2012 close on 28 July 2011

Application forms are available from the school or visit: www.sydneyboyshigh.com and click on the link to enrolments.

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Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship

For existing or enrolling students in years 7 - 12 who meet the scholarship selection criteria.

To apply, visit www.sydneyboyshigh.com/scholarship for full details.

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