High Notes, Vol 12 No 27, September 02 2011

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From the Principal

High Talent
Well done to our High volleyball teams –GPS champions again. Congratulations to the Community Services team of 65 Year 10 and 11 volunteers who collected $16990 for the NSW Cancer Council on Daffodil Day. Your efforts were greatly appreciated. Well done to Shobhan and Shaleen Baranwal and Henry Feng who were members of a band that won the 2011 State Band Championships at Penrith last weekend. Well done, boys! Good luck to our PDC Karl Cramp debating team in their Final next Monday. High will be represented by Chris Chiam, Robert Sternhell, Julian Edgtton and Suman Prusty. Congratulations to Ethan Ou (Year 9) who was a Semi Finalist in the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize Competition for 2011. Congratulations to Amandeep Dhaliwal (Year 11) who was selected in the Australian All Stars 7 Volleyball team. Well done to the 15 years basketball team – Sydney East Champions! Congratulations to Lloyd Perris (Year 11) who was selected to go to the AIS for AFL. He was the only U16/U17 in NSW to make it!

A Good News Train Story
“I am writing to let you know how much I admire the manners of the kids from SBHS. I am a regular commuter on trains going into the city every morning where numerous boys from your school are on. As a means of travelling on public trains, rules apply that school kids need to give up their seats for fare-paying passengers. On every occasion I have seen the students from your school do that. They always give their seats to the passengers even if there are seats vacant on the train and I don't mean when they are asked to or just for the elderly. There are numerous others kids from other schools on the train and I have never seen any other school kids do this except for Sydney Boys High School. It's also nice to see them all in the uniform which reflects unity and I would not know otherwise which school they are from.

"I just want to let you know that it's just a delight and wonderful to see that they are being raised with such good values and mannerism and god knows our society needs more of that. Good on you to you and your teachers and of course the parents of these children”. [I would love to be able to report that I only receive emails like this one, however I have also two complaints about rowdy behaviour on the Cronulla line and boys embarking at Parramatta and Strathfield. You are constantly under the gaze of the public. Please behave appropriately and promptly surrender your seat to a fare-paying passenger.]

Sick Students Policy
Students who fall sick at school need to be collected by parents or carers. Too frequently, parents respond to calls by saying that they cannot come or that they are too busy. The school does not provide a hospice facility for sick or injured students. Parents who cannot arrange to have their sons collected from sick bay may be forced to make arrangements to pick them up from the nearest hospital. The school may find it necessary to call an ambulance and remove sick or injured boys from the premises if prompt parental action is not assured.

Students who are visibly sick in the morning ought not to be sent to school. There are several likely negative outcomes that may result. The student may become too ill to continue classes and may have to report to sick bay. The boy might infect his peers or his teachers, thereby spreading the health issue wider. Parents are advised to consider the OH&S implications of knowingly sending sick boys to school.

Canteen Volunteers Needed
Our School Canteen raises very significant funds that are expended annually for the benefit of our boys. We have a great team on the Canteen Committee but each year we need to consider our succession planning. Several members of the team have sons in Year 12 and will be leaving us this year. I urge any parents who can spare some time once or twice a month to join our Committee. If you can help, call 93616901 ext 136.
Dr K Jaggar

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What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?

Library VIP Award

The lucky winner of our Library VIP award and book voucher in the Senior Library is David Zeng in Year 11. David has read 10 books and submitted his rewards card to win our first draw for the $50 book voucher redeemable at any bookshop in Australia. Congratulations, David. WELL READ!!

State Librarians at Sydney Boys High

State Librarians will be working with Year 10 transition classes from this week to demonstrate how students can get the most academic and optimum use of their new State Library membership cards. All Year 10 students have now joined and each class will attend a session on Thursday afternoons till the end of this term and into Term 4.

They will be focusing on the use of online databases available from outside the State Library. These fantastic resources will be invaluable when students are required to do research in their various subjects. They provide quality, authoritative information not available through general Google searches and extend the resources of our school libraries.

As the State Library is very close and accessible to students of SBHS they can also utilize the physical resources and attend the library in person. This program will be continued with future Year 10 classes as well to provide them with research tools to assist them in their studies into Year 11 and Year 12.

Author visit in Literacy Week to Senior Library

This Friday 2nd September, the Senior Library will be hosting a visit by the young adult author and journalist for the Australian newspaper, Mr Scott Monk.

Scott will be talking to Year 10 students about his career as a writer, telling stories about his own experiences and hopefully providing some words of wisdom to all the budding writers who are lucky enough to attend his presentation.

New Books in the Senior Library

Take a look at the list of new titles just added to the McDonald Senior Library collection this week. Go to the school website and look in Curriculum/Libraries at Sydney High/New in the Libraries!
S Gordon

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Premier's Reading Challenge

One of several SBHS Library initiatives to recognise the significance of developing a reading culture at High.

Plenty of evidence is still coming that students who read “books” are those whose good performance in exams win acclamation. (Last issue SCIS Connections)

In 2011 the Junior Library had its second attempt to succeed in making a significant entrance to the Premier’s Reading Challenge.

Congratulations to the 30 or so boys from Years 7, 8 and 9 who have read over 20 books so far this year according to our Library’s records. Thanks to the parents who emailed confirmation of claims to have read books from other Libraries. All junior boys who have achieved this quite laudable reading record have received a Library VIP Certificate saying exactly the number of books they borrowed from our Library. Please congratulate them and put the Certificates somewhere that the family notices. All boys who received a 20 book certificate from us were especially invited to enter the Premier’s Reading Challenge. Nearly all boys were kind enough to submit these entries for our school.

Congratulations to extraordinary reader, Roy Shen from Year 7, who has already borrowed 156 books from the Junior Library.

Thanks to Dr Jaggar and Mr Walker for “donating” a $50 Book Voucher which was drawn this week. James Chee, redoubtable Library Monitor, won this. (And he certainly deserves a prize for all the help he has given our Library staff this year)
Mrs Crothers
Librarian Junior Library

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Parent Information Evenings

Year 9 2012 Parent Information Evening

A Parent Information Evening will be held on Monday 12 September in the Great Hall at 6:00 pm to discuss the subjects studied by boys in Year 9 2012.

Year 10 2012 Parent Information Evening

A Parent Information Evening will be held on Tuesday 6 September in the Great Hall at 6:00 pm to discuss the subjects studied by boys in Year 10 2012. Subject Acceleration (in subjects such as Modern History, Geography, Music etc) has been offered to Year 10 boys in past years. In 2012 Year 10 boys will study 3 electives (possibly including an Acceleration subject). The options available to boys for 2012 will be discussed at the meeting. The main focus of the meeting will be relevant for boys interested in subject acceleration.

Year 11 2012 Parent Information Evening

A Parent Information Evening will be held on Monday 12 September in the Great Hall at 7:00 pm to discuss the subjects studied by boys in Year 11 2012.
R Dowdell
Deputy Principal

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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 and Thomas Zhang

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From the Canteen

Our thanks go to the following people for the help last week – your names will go into the draw for our $10 Thank You canteen voucher. The extra thank yous we have put in highlight why we consider ourselves fortunate to have the volunteers we do and also how much we appreciate what you all do......

MONDAY: Rebecca Tsai, David Qian – thank you David for ringing in and then helping out.

TUESDAY: Yan Mei Yin (Rena), Agnes Leo, Huiyu Ni (Jade), Jenny Dong - Thank you to Agnes for donating the bread to canteen that day as our delivery never came.

WEDNESDAY: Sally Hunt, Jenny Hu , Mei Gibbs, Sally Allingham . Welcome back to the 3rd Wednesday Sally, it is much appreciated as you do the 5th one as well.

THURSDAY: Fabienne and Charles Ovadia (our tag team) Jian Ping Li, Maria Farrell, Nada Andrews. Thanks Nada for coming in early and making the sandwiches and rolls.

FRIDAY: David Mah, Robyn Gordon, Shilpa Punekar, Louise Warren, Li Yang... Thanks David for your early start...

Our next canteen committee meeting is Friday 9th Sept in the Boardroom (Admin building). Please come along if you would like to see how the committee works - we would love to see you.

Please phone Canteen on 9360 4027 if you are able to help in any way.

Thank you
The Canteen Team

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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SBHS Debating

The taste of victory was so sweet last week that three students wanted to write reports, so I am leaving this week’s High Notes to them. I just wanted to apologise for making an error in the St Ignatius report. It was 10A that won not 10B. In addition I want to wish our Year 11 PDC team all the best of luck (although of course it is their fantastic debating skills that will get them a positive outcome, not luck!) on Monday in the State Final for the Karl Cramp PDC Competition.
Rachel Powell

GPS Round 6 – 26/8/2011

Grammar was always going to present the greatest challenge on the GPS calendar. Firsts entered the debate on the back of a loss to old foes Iggies, and well aware that only a win against the undefeated Grammar would keep the premiership alive. Ironically proposing the abolition of selective schools, we turned in what was undoubtedly our best team performance of the year, and in front of a large and animated audience, were unanimously victorious – Grammar First’s first loss in more than three years.

Our undefeated Seconds entered their debate against Grammar’s also-undefeated side with their premiership on the line. In the winner-takes-all debate, our Year 11s convincingly outspoke Grammar, in doing so unanimously convincing the adjudicators that selective schools were valuable. They have taken out the GPS Debating Cup for High for the first time since 2003. Well done!

Thirds also won their debate, and in doing so have confirmed their status as premiers of the third grade comp. As such, last Friday was our most successful night of debating in many years, and Grammar’s worst.

This Friday is the last round of debating for this year, and we face up to Newington in what promises to be a high quality end to the season. It is at home, and I would urge all boys – debaters and non-debaters – to be in the audience of one of the three senior debates. With premierships already sewn up in seconds and thirds, firsts find ourselves needing to win, and have King’s beat Grammar – the latter not likely, but stranger things have happened!


Last Friday, 2nd grade managed to defeat Grammar in a close debate that meant we are undefeated so far. If we win against Newington this week, we will be crowned undefeated champions and win the GPS Debating Cup for 2nd grade, the first time we have won it since 2003. Please come and support us in our final debate for the season as we aim to make it a clean sweep and win the elusive 2nd grade premiership. We can't do it without your support.
Christopher, Robert and Julian

Today was the big day; the clash of the Titans. High vs Grammar. The day where everything is on the line to win. Everyone was revved up to debate and the atmosphere was electric. The intermediate teams (Years 9 and 10) got the topic “Regular use of Laptops in the classroom is an impediment to education.” The A teams were on the affirmative sides while the B teams were on the negative. The High teams fought bravely but unfortunately only the Year 9 Bs were able to pull off a win in an extremely close debate. The debate was very high-class and every speaker in the debate crossed the time limit. High won as they were able to prove that laptops actually do encourage interactive learning and are great educational tools narrowly edging out Grammar’s points of laptops being a distraction and textbooks being superior. In the end a great result for the Year 9Bs, a team that has only lost one debate this whole season.
Lokesh Sharma (Year 9B)

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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End of Season Debating Dinner 2011

Help celebrate another great year of High Debating by attending the 2011 End of GPS Season Debating Dinner.

When? Saturday, 10th September 2011, 6.00pm for 6.30pm start
Where? Great Hall, Sydney Boys High School
Who? Debaters, parents, coaches, friends and supporters, Debaters wear school uniform
Why? To acknowledge the commitment and achievements of all our debaters
Cost? $30 adult/student, Children under 10/$20.

Payable to the school office by Wednesday 7th September, 2011
Please note this is a BYO alcohol function for adults.

The end of season debating dinner RSVP form is available in
the Pthe PDF version of this edition of High Notes

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Music Notes

HSC Music Showcase Concert & Visual Arts Viewing

The combined HSC Showcase Concert & Visual Arts evening on Tuesday was a huge success. Congratulations to all the students involved and we would like to wish them good luck in their examinations coming up next week. Thank you to all who attended and showed support to our musicians and artists.

Manly Jazz Festival

The Senior Stage Band has been selected to perform at the Manly Jazz Festival this year on the October Long weekend. They will perform on Saturday 1st October at 1pm in front of the MANLY COUNCIL CHAMBERS which will be the YOUTH and COMMUNITY JAZZ stage. Over a hundred audition recordings were sent in to the selection panel and we are very proud to have our boys performing in one of top Jazz Festivals in Australia.


Jesterfest High School Band Competition is on again for the third consecutive year running. The events will be held at Winmalee High and will give bands the opportunity to showcase their place in the NSW Music Industry. Jesterfest is the campaign for the Erik Hausoul Sarcoma Foundation raising awareness on Sarcoma in general and Osteo-Sarcoma in particularly. For further enquiries, please go to: www.jesterfest.webs.com 

New Instrumentalists

ALL New Instrumentalists 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!

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Athletics Report

Scots/Newington Invitational at SOPAC 27th August 2011

It was a cool, cloudy day, there was an expectation of rain which failed to show and thus the atmosphere was tingling with tension, filled with anticipation of the competition to come. The Sydney High athletics team showed up to the first invitational carnival for the athletics season at Homebush on the 27th of August ready to prove themselves. Such an event allowed the Sydney High team an ample opportunity to show that it is a force to be reckoned with. Some of our top athletes shone including Bovan Lin taking First in not only 100m (12.3) but also the 200m (25.5), as well as Ivor Metcalf who continues to claim numerous wins for High including; 16yrs High Jump (1.80) and 16yrs Hurdles (14.94). These athletes help show Sydney High’s true potential.

Sydney High achieved more wins including Scott Morrow winning the Opens High Jump (1.90m) and Scott Renzenbrink who won the 17yrs 200m with an amazing time (22.45)! With the competition coming to a close Sydney High still had more to give including the 13yrs relay team (51.7) which gave way to a more enjoyable 15yrs “Fatman” Relay (53.0). A special mention to the 14yrs Relay team who were robbed of first place due to an unlucky baton change in the last phase. As well as Ned Anson who ran a great time in the 1500m (4.39m) and Scott with a great, improved 100m time (11.2).

At the end of the day, Sydney High was able to come through as a major contender in this athletics season, and with such encouraging results there are some definite hopes for GPS. With the next carnival being held at ES Marks (hosted by Sydney High) there are hopes for major support by students at Sydney High.
Andrew Liu

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From the Basketball Master

Representative Basketball

It’s that time of year when your son can join a representative basketball team in your local area. If you live in/near the CBD the two major clubs to consider are The City of Sydney and The Northern Suburbs Basketball Association. Prior to the rep try-outs both clubs are running camps where coaches can see players developing their skills. Many other clubs, which are perhaps closer to your place of residence, are doing the same. It’s as simple as ‘googling’ your local basketball club and turning up.

I would encourage any student who wants to represent the school to the best of their ability to get involved in representative basketball in Sydney. The representative programs have excellent coaches and we are lucky, being a public school to be able to train and play games at hours which allow students to be involved in club sport outside of school.

City of Sydney Basketball Association is running a two day representative trial day camp. Few spots remain. This camp is to prepare players for the upcoming representative trials. The dates for the camp will be September 27th and 28th from 9.30-3pm. Camp cost is $120 for two days. The camp will have an emphasis on individual skill development along with some team offensive and defensive concepts. Details and payment methods are on the City of Sydney Basketball website.

Norths is running a program called ‘Leaps and Bounds’. This program runs twice a week with online challenging fun activities as well as in person sessions with coaches who will be working at Norths this year in their reps program. The ratio of player to coaches is advertised as better than 1 coach to 10 players. Details and payment methods are on the Northern Suburbs website. Spots very limited - 180 plus already booked! Northern Suburbs Basketball Association is on the train line and easy to get to.

Go High Basketball!!
B Hayman

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SBHS Rugby

High Rugby = High Spirit

Qantas Walla Rugby Week
The 2011 Qantas Walla Rugby Week will occur between September 12 and September 16. During this week, all students will be encouraged to get active by playing at least 40 minutes of non-tackle rugby to promote values of team work, camaraderie, inclusion and diversity. The week will coincide with the start of the Wallabies Rugby World Cup campaign playing against Italy on the 11th and Ireland on the 17th. Prizes for the school with the most active participation include: a visit from a Qantas Wallaby player, signed Qantas Wallabies jerseys and rugby balls, Panasonic projectors, Panasonic digital cameras and camcorders, rugby fitness packs and more! Therefore we strongly encourage ALL boys to participate in the activities that will be organised during the week. In particular, a lunch time Walla Rugby competition will act as the core of the week. So get your friends together and start forming up teams of at least seven players. There will likely be a juniors competition running in parallel to a seniors competition with great prizes to be won. Team submissions will be open soon so watch the notice boards and watch this space!

Rugby Dinner
The 2011 Rugby dinner was an outstanding success. Despite the earlier start time, we managed to fill the Great Hall with over 230 players, parents and coaches making the rugby dinner the biggest dinner of all winter sports! Some great speeches from team captains reflected on the successes and challenges of the season. We heard about great moments of team bonding and sportsmanship that only happen in the sport of rugby. Once again, there was a strong sense of belief and positivity pointing to the developments of Rugby at SBHS. Following the dinner, the Tri-Nations decider was shown on the big screen with most boys staying behind to witness Australia win the highly anticipated match. Some parents commented on the amazing atmosphere the boys created suggesting the dinner coincide with the Bledisloe in future years. The jury is still out on the five hour event… A massive thank you goes to the rugby committee for organising the night and ensuring everything ran smoothly. Congratulations on a fantastic season.

End of Season Reports
All captains must submit their end of season reports for The Record in digital form to Ms May by the 16th of September. Report guidelines are available for download on Moodle and a further template is available from Mr Stein if required. Without a report in The Record of your team, it will be like the team never existed! So make sure one is submitted as soon as possible.

Moment of the week:
Star Qiu – whilst watching the Tri-Nations decider on the big screen, being from New Zealand, it was Star against his 13s teammates… especially when a team scored.

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Volleyball Report

Open Boys U17 Report
On the 5th of August the newly formed Open Boys team competed in the NSW schools competition with the determination to win. The hasty decision to place the new team into the competitive tournament was made as a result of the absence of our Year 12 players which meant that most players were not familiar with each other. Despite this, the team worked together to patch weaknesses and was eventually placed 2nd behind Westfields. The team was comprised of Aman Dhaliwal (OH), Justin Yang (OH), Ivor Metcalf (M), Jun Park (Uni), Siddharth Sethi (Lib), Max Song (OH, M), Jonathon Clements Lendrum (M), Patrick Krakovsky (setter) with our coach, Mr Kay helping us achieve the high placement against a competitive field. The absence of Ennes Mehmedbasis our designated setter who was unable to compete due to a badly sprained ankle resulted in Patrick taking over. Throughout the competition, he stepped up and provided many opportunities for the team’s hitters. Our hitters Aman and Justin did their best to kill balls and win the team points in the worst of situations. Their consistency and power allowed different combinations to be played which confused the opposition on countless occasions. Ivor, JC and Max did an exceptional job in blocking the biggest of hits thrown at us by the other teams, with JC and Ivor placing a number of “roofs” and Sids efforts in the back court were not forgotten. His swift movements, great passes and loud calls strengthened the team throughout the games played.

The tournament started with an easy game against Great Lakes College. The early start mixed with a new team resulted in many of the plays being scrappy, but with a few inspirational words from our coach this was fixed and we were back on track. Aman’s strong jump serves and Ivor’s hit provided an easy win. The next game was against Holroyd where results were similar to the previous match. The big team in our pool and one of our biggest volleyball rivals, Kelso was next. The team needed to even a previous loss in the CHS knockout finals and they did with great determination. Tight play and consistency from all players destroyed the opposition and their only hitter did not stand a chance against the scrambling and blocking. The finals were played against Westfields, another of SBHS’s volleyball rivals. A full day of playing volleyball and the heat must have been the reasons for the disappointing loss. The opposition had confident blocks, a number of dynamic hitters as well as a cheer squad. The open squad tried their best to the very end with attempts by Aman with his back court spikes to turn the game around. In the end Westfields took the game with 2 sets. It was an unlucky encounter but the effort and determination of the team will not be forgotten. I would like to thank Ms Trompetter and Mr Kay for organising the event and congratulate the entire team for the amazing results.
Jun Park

16As Report
The NSW Schools Competition on the 5th of August was an exciting tournament with many highs and lows. Although we fell short of our goal of reaching the finals the 16As learned some valuable lessons about hard work, determination and teamwork and our day was far from a loss. We played some fantastic volleyball during our first few rounds under the guidance of our coach Ritam Mitra, working together and winning all of our matches in straight sets. We qualified for the semi final match against a strong Homebush Boys side. We had beaten this team in a previous state tournament which we had won and this combined with our confidence from our previous games proved to be a deadly mix. We won the first set of the match playing smart and strong however in the second set we lost focus and Homebush Boys took an early lead which left us scrambling to make up the lost points to no avail. Homebush Boys went on to win the game via point count back as time constraints didn’t allow us to finish the crucial third set. As heartbreaking as this loss was it taught us invaluable lessons about fighting for each and every point and never underestimating the strength of our opponents.

14As Report
On Friday the 5th of August we played our second NSW All Schools Tournament at Sydney Olympic Park. Our goal was to harness our skills to become champions of this prestigious tournament. After a solid warm-up we played against SBHS 13s. We grasped this opportunity to practise our spiking and passing, winning in 2 sets. After a duty and a short break, we played Kelso High, a dominant team in our last tournament. Kelso took an early lead in the first set due to poor passing and communication on our part. However, once our nerves settled and regained control, we fought back and 15 points down became 5 points up and soon we were able to take the first set, a tremendous comeback from what seemed like a lost set. We took the second set easily, due to the fact that Kelso’s momentum had shattered completely. Next we competed against Blayney Bs. Through great passing and spiking, we were able to maintain a steady lead. The first set came easy and although the second set was hard-fought we were able to defeat them in straight sets. This win marked the end of our pool matches, our confidence brimming as we started our semi-final against Blayney As. The first set started well for us, gaining the upper hand through great serves. Great hitting and serving allowed us to take the first set without difficulty. The second set saw a form slump as poor communication and lack of concentration resulted in a loss. In the last set we were able to maintain a comfortable lead through consistent passing and serving, allowing us to defeat Blayney and progress to the final.

The 15As loss against Kelso in the semi-finals meant that we played them again, this time in the finals. We started off well through strong serving and great passing from the team. We took a dominant stand against the barrage of spikes and serves, coming on top in the first set. In the second both teams fought hard and it resulted in an even battle. Switching leads every second, pressure building up, one team was bound to break out of the arm-lock. Luck swung Kelso’s way and they finally broke our stand, snatching away the second set. Determined not to let Kelso take 1st place again at this tournament, we played extremely well, taking the game point by point. Even through incredible communication and great passes, the game still remained locked. We kept our self-esteem and morale high and through amazing spikes and spike reception, we were able to defeat Kelso High, 25-12, 23-25, 19-17.

A huge thank you must go to Mr Kay MIC of Volleyball who supervised all our teams successfully, Ms Trompetter who organized the event and cheered on everyone and finally our coach Victor, whose efforts in coaching our team led us to this great achievement. I would like to give special appreciation to the Under 15s team which stayed and supported us through the match. Without these people the day wouldn’t have been as fun or exciting. And finally congratulations to Kevin Robinson, Jaiden Chin, Harry Park, Supan Arudselvan, Harry Seong, Greg Kim, Aiden Karihasan. Without your dedication and persistency during training, we would never have made it this far.
Sunny Xu Under 14s Captain

13As Report
On Friday the 5th the 13As played in the NSW All Schools Volleyball Tournament at Olympic Park. With two people missing from the team, we had to work twice as hard. We were drawn into the second pool which consisted of SBHS 14 As, Kelso High and Blayney High. Our first match was against the eventual champions, the 14As. We fell in the first set. After an encouraging pep talk from our coach Terry, we were able to salvage some points from our opponents. However, this wasn’t enough and we lost in two sets.

After a break and a duty, we were up against a strong Kelso outfit. From experience, we knew we shouldn’t take the Kelso team lightly. Kelso’s consistent serving and powerful spikes damaged our team’s focus. Once again, Terry gave us a boost in confidence stating that we still had two sets to go. With our minds back in place, we were able to take 12 points from our opponents but with several foot faults and unforced errors, we once again lost in straight sets. The first set against Blayney was very tight and we only lost by a couple of points. Midway through the second set, Ryan Sun injured his thumb and had to be replaced. We served at least seven aces in the second set. Now the score was one set each. Our spirits were high as we were on our way to winning our first match. With several spikes and excellent setting from the whole team, we were able to reach 8 points before our opponents in the third set. After switching sides, we lost several points due to silly mistakes. Terry was quick to resolve this problem and told us that we still had a chance of winning. When we had won our serve back, it was up to William Ha to take away their lead. He successfully served four serves in but his last serve went out. This made the score 13-13. With teamwork, we were able to win back the serve and it was up to me to serve the winning point. The serve went in, and the Blayney side failed to bring the ball over the net. This meant we beat Blayney 2-1. Although we didn’t progress to the semi finals, the team felt that it was a memorable competition. I would like to give a huge thanks to Terry for his inspirational coaching, Mr Kay who supervised the teams and Ms Trompetter for organising the event and supporting all of the teams. Without these people, we wouldn’t be able to participate in this tournament and we wouldn’t have had that much fun. And finally, thank you to Ryan Sun, William Ha, Kevin Cai, Shuyi Zhang and Ben Wu for their commitment and perseverance. With these results, who knows what we can achieve next time.
Thomas Nguyen

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The High Rowing Challenge

It's back on - The Sydney High Rowing Challenge starts Saturday 10 September 2011 at the High Rowing Sheds

Parents, friends, old boys and school community
Learn to row in 6 weeks ... or relieve your rowing experience
Get involved in the annual High Rowing Challenge.
All ages and abilities welcome

Enjoy early morning rowing for 6 Saturdays with experienced coaches and coxswains.
Enter your own crew of 8 or join others in a crew. If you can't make a week we can provide a sub for you.
It all culminates with a fun mini-regatta on Saturday 22 October.

Donation: $300 per seat (tax deductible)

  • 6 Saturday dawn training/tuition sessions - 10/17/24 September and 8/15/22 October
  • Boat, coach and coxswain per crew
  • Post training barbecue breakfasts
  • Mini Regatta Day includes races, brunch and presentation - Saturday 22 October.

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

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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.

Open Day

Thanks so much to Nina Liu and Sachiyo James and their fantastic team of parents who were terrific in sharing their experiences of High with visiting parents and students. The P&C morning tea table was once again a very welcome meeting point for prospective High parents during Open Day.

Report: P&C Meeting – Wednesday 17th August 2011

The P&C meeting held last month to discuss the Governors’ Centre joint project and ways to raise substantial amounts of capital for the SBHS Building Fund, voted unanimously in support of the introduction of a major works voluntary contribution.

Parents from each Year group across the school attended the P&C meeting and formally endorsed that:

  • A capital works voluntary contribution be introduced this term.
  • For 2011, the voluntary contribution will be invoiced in Week 7.
  • For the next two years (2012 and 2013) the voluntary contribution will be invoiced at the start of Term III.
  • Families choosing to contribute have the choice of paying $500 each year in a lump sum or joining the monthly giving program at $50 per month. All payments will be fully tax deductible. Donations greater than the suggested amount would be welcomed.

Parents attending the P&C meeting supported the new contribution to SBHS Building Fund for a variety of reasons including:

  • Our school needs more space. The joint project with SGHS is a significant opportunity for the two schools to join forces and establish a landmark education facility.
  • We need to accumulate capital at a faster rate to bring the building start date forward.
  • Government funding is increasingly difficult to secure and schools create their best chances by demonstrating substantial community financial support for a significant project such as the Governors’ Centre.
  • Together, the two schools have set a target of $2 million accumulated building funds for each school. The Girls school is ahead of us in saving to reach the target. We need to catch up. The SBHS Building Fund has a current balance of $1.1 million.
  • Previous Capital Campaigns have been well supported but the amounts raised are insufficient to reach our target of $2 million quickly enough.
  • A capital works voluntary contribution at $500 or $50 per month is more equitable as every family is directly asked to contribute but there is no expectation for families who cannot afford to pay.
  • SGHS has successfully used this voluntary capital works contribution model with a $500 annual contribution level.

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Upcoming Meetings & Events

Parent Information Evening on Subject Acceleration (Year 10 2012) – Tuesday, 6th September
Cricket Committee Meeting – Wednesday, 7th September, 6.00pm – Staff Common Room
Debating Annual Dinner – Saturday, 10th September, 6.00pm – Great Hall
Parent Information Evening (Year 9 2012) – Monday 12th September, 6.00pm – 7.00pm, Great Hall
Parent Information Evening (Year 11 2012) – Monday 12th September, 7.00pm – 8.00pm, Great Hall
Year 12 Farewell Assembly and Afternoon Tea – Tuesday 20th September, 1.30pm – 4.00pm, Great Hall
Year 9 Parent Meeting, Teenagers and Computers – Thursday 22nd September, 5.00pm – 8.00pm, Senior Library

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