High Notes, Vol 12 No 36, November 18 2011

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From the Principal

High Talent
Congratulations to Joseph Lui (SBHS 2011) whose major project for Visual Arts was nominated for possible inclusion in the ARTEXPRESS exhibition program. Well done indeed to the 15s CHS Knockout team who defeated Westfields Sports High in the final to win the title again for High. After battling through three gruelling matches in two days, the team faced up to a side stacked with natural athletes wanting to play a fast break, counter-attacking game. After being whacked by Westfields the day before, the boys knew they had to lift their intensity. Our boys showed great discipline in defence and very impressive team cohesion to shut down the attacking brilliance of their opponents. Moreover, they played to the coach’s well-constructed game plan to pull off an unlikely win. Braden Angell, Stefan Bell, Michael Chang, Byron Chen, Kavan Chen, Mitchell Flynn, Jack Hutchison, Eugene Lee, Charlie Shi, Nathan Sutton and Aidan Thom can be justifiably proud of their team’s success. Nathan Sutton was awarded player of the series in fitting acknowledgement of his pivotal role in guiding the team to victory.

Orientation Day
I want to acknowledge the great work done by Sharon Kearns (School Administration Manager) and her team of SAS staff who organised the enrolment process so well this year. In what can be a very time-consuming and stressful process, the staff operated very efficiently, professionally and effectively. Parents appreciated the service they received. The School Prefects who helped with finding satchels, photocopying documents, crowd control, conducting tours, checking payment forms and offering help to visitors, did a wonderful job and contributed significantly to minimising delays for parents enrolling their sons. The P & C and canteen tents were very convivial and welcoming and presented the school as inclusive, open and friendly – which I believe it is. Congratulations to the parent volunteers who gave up their time to help. I want to thank the volunteer helpers who promoted various sports and co-curricular activities, along with MICs, coaches, Old Boys and parents who set up displays and activities to give visitors and new students a feel for what goes on at High.

Fundraising Appeal for the Governors’ Centre
Thank you to all the parents who have responded generously to the appeal. As well as $47,000 in one-off donations, there are 150 people on the monthly giving scheme, including some staff, parents of Old Boys and Old Boys. The scheme will supply an ongoing income of c $4,000 per month towards the joint project. If you have not yet donated or are thinking about joining the monthly giving scheme, please download a form today and support this outstanding goal – to provide great performing arts and music facilities, classrooms and a multipurpose examination / teaching space. Join the growing group of supporters who want to make this long-awaited dream, a medium term reality!

Scholarship Applications
All staff and Year Advisers are requested to approach worthy candidates and urge them to apply by November 30 for one of our two scholarships – the one-year $1200, Phillip Day Memorial Scholarship (open to any boy in any Year) and the two-year, $3,000 Sir Roden and Lady Cutler Foundation Scholarship (open to a Year 10 student continuing into Year 11 or an enrolling Year 11 student). The criteria are published on the school website at www.sydneyboyshigh.com/scholarships and application forms can also be downloaded from that site. Teachers and coaches know many boys who would qualify for and benefit from the award of these scholarships. If you are interested in applying, please talk to your Year Adviser or Mr Walker. Don’t forget that newly enrolled boys are eligible, too.

Year 9 Reports
Year 9 boys will be receiving their reports next week. I am pleased to say that the issuing of Year 11 reports is finally complete. Boys should be getting their Clearance Forms completed as soon as possible. I will be targeting Periods 3 and 4 on Thursday, November 24 and all day Friday, 25th to discuss Year 9 progress with individual boys.

Subject Acceleration Classes
The applications for acceleration classes have been processed and students with a Year rank (scores-based) below 100 were vetoed on overall academic progress grounds. The number of classes that are allowed to run in 2012 has been decided but the final composition of those classes is yet to be finalised. Applicants approved by the Principal will be admitted to the acceleration course once their Individual Learning Plans have been lodged and approved. The process has procedural fairness in the right of appeal. Vetoed boys may appeal through their Head Teacher. All appeals must be in writing. High performance in the subject area may be considered favourably. I need to be convinced that the applicant is capable of performing within the top 5% of candidates in the HSC at the course proposed for acceleration.
Dr K A Jaggar

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From the Canteen

Our canteen managers would simply not be able to do their job as well as they do without the help of volunteers. If anyone thinks they may be able to spare some time once a month, then Tracey and Karen would love to hear from you!!

Give them a call at the canteen on 9360 4027.

Thank you
The Canteen Team

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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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Orientation Day

Many thanks to the students who participated in Orientation Day and helped our 2012 students and families feel welcome. It was great to see the large number of both junior and senior students become involved. The school tours were popular again this year and both the senior and junior tour guides did a wonderful job.

I would especially like to thank the senior students who assisted our Administrative Staff in and around the Common Room. Your help was invaluable and allowed us to move through the enrolment process as quickly as possible.

Once again, there were many compliments given on the evening by both staff and new families regarding our senior students. Thank you for doing such a fantastic job. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Thank you to Mr Con Barris, Mr Jamie Kay, Ms Ingrid Hybler, Ms Mina Genias and our Program Managers and MICs for organising the students and activities.

Thank you also to the staff and students who assisted with the set up for the day’s events and to our P&C parents who provided refreshments throughout the afternoon for our new families.

A special thank you must go to our Administrative Staff. Thank you for your hard work during the long weeks of preparation and your fantastic efforts on what is our busiest day of the year. In particular, to those who gave up their evening to help make this event a success.
Sharon Kearns
School Administrative Manager

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From the High Store

All Year 9 Students & Parents
ONLY 4 Weeks Till End Of Year
Come & purchase your Senior Uniform NOW to prevent waiting in long queues

Senior Tie $28.50
Senior Trousers $68
Short Sleeve Shirts 16-22 $28.00, 24-28 $31.00
Long Sleeve Shirts 16-22 $30.00, 24-28 $33.00

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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.

Orientation Day Thank You

Sachiyo James and Nina Liu coordinated the P&C catering for parents during Orientation Day last Tuesday. The P&C refreshment stall was a lively and welcome gathering point for parents and boys who will join the High Family in 2012 - a great first impression for newcomers. The Canteen stall right alongside was also a friendly and welcoming meeting place for new parents. The whole atmosphere was terrific. Thank you to all the parent volunteers who helped out on Orientation Day –new parents and boys felt very welcome and immediately joined in the friendly atmosphere.

P&C Executive 2011-2012

The P&C Annual General Meeting was held last Wednesday. Congratulations to the incoming P&C executive for 2011-2012:

President: Ian Sweeting
Vice Presidents: Jason Chen, Geoff Andrews
Secretaries: Anne Wall, Jason Chen
Treasurer: Richard James
Assistant Treasurer: Julie Connolly

Foundation Representatives: Ian Sweeting, Geoff Andrews, Julie Connolly
School Council Representatives: Ian Sweeting, Julie Connolly, Jeanette Brokman, Deborah Dukes
Student Wellbeing Committee Representative: Usha Arvind
Parking Coordinator: Ian Sweeting
Parent Mentor Coordinator: Jason Chen
P&C Website and Gmail Coordinator: vacant
P&C Catering and Events Coordinator: Sachiyo James, Nina Liu
Library Committee Representative: vacant
Big Night Out Coordinator: Min-Xia Wang

The P&C Annual Report and Financial Statements were tabled. The 2010-2011 year has been a productive one for the P&C. Highlights and achievements include:

  1. Another successful Big Night Out
  2. A more formalised and informative Welcome Night for New Parents
  3. Increased role for Sub-committees in financial management of the School’s Co-curricular Programs
  4. Lift in P&C membership payments to over $30,000 for the calendar year
  5. Direct input into the online school calendar
  6. Representation on the Working Committee for the joint building project with SGHS
  7. Again substantial profits disbursed by the Canteen.

The time and effort expended by the P&C Executive is tremendously appreciated. Thank you to Geoff Andrews and Seh Hang H’ng (Vice Presidents), Anne Wall and Deborah Cassell (Secretaries) and Richard James (Treasurer) for their energy and support throughout the year. Thank you to Fabienne Ovadia (Student Wellbeing Committee Representative) and Ian Sweeting (Car Parking Coordinator) for their valuable contributions in these capacities. Sachiyo James and Nina Liu coordinated the P&C catering for parents during Open Day, Orientation Day and other P&C events with great warmth and enthusiasm. Jason Chen expertly coordinated the Parent Mentor Program with appreciative feedback to the P&C from incoming parents. Thanks to all.

Year Group Parent Reps also attend P&C Executive meetings each month. Their contributions and support have been invaluable in assisting the P&C to identify specific Year issues. With input from Year Reps, the P&C now has in place an annual calendar for parent and school communications, which includes scheduled dates for each Year Group to meet with their Year Advisor. As a result of feedback from Year Reps, there is now increased time between subject selection meetings for parents and the student submission date for these choices, to allow family discussions about the importance and implication of these decisions for future studies.

This year the P&C says goodbye to a band of very active and generous “retiring” parents as their sons complete studies at High. Fabienne and Charles Ovadia, Deborah Cassell and Seh Hang H’ng have all made enormous contributions in many capacities to the P&C’s work at High. Thank you so very much for all that you have done. You will be missed.

Of particular note is the work of Charles Ovadia who initiated our ongoing annual whole School community event and pioneered the successful New Parent Mentoring Program. And above all Charles can always be counted on for a cool head and sage advice. Thank you to Fabienne for thoughtful and focussed work on the Student Wellbeing Committee and to Deborah and Seh Hang as tireless and supportive P&C executives over many years.

P&C Funding Contributions to School Programs

Full details of P&C income and disbursements to the School during the year are outlined in the Treasurer’s Report. However we’d like to acknowledge that the ongoing high level of financial support for School programs is made possible through the financial generosity of parents and through the giving of their time.

Special thanks to the Canteen Sub-committee, led by “retiring” parent Katrina Morrow, who together with the permanent Canteen staff and our large group of parent volunteers, have delivered over $90,000 in disbursements this year. The dedication and energy of the Canteen team continues to produce outstanding dividends. Warmest thanks to Katrina Morrow for many years of enthusiastic and professional leadership of the Canteen Committee.

P&C Events

Thank you to the team of organisers and chefs for delivering another fantastic whole school community event. SBHS Big Night Out held in March, was a great success with food stalls, music and dance from many cultures represented in the School. This function brings together an enormous number of generous parents who may not otherwise have an opportunity to become involved in the school community. The event continues to be well supported by families cooking and donating food and families attending.

February’s Welcome Information Night for new parents was also well attended. The P&C trialled a more formalised and informative New Parent Function to assist new parents in becoming immediately involved in the School community - putting an emphasis on the importance and benefits of co-curricular involvement for both boys and parents. Feedback was positive and Year 7 parents seem engaged with the school.

Co-curricular Sub-committees

From the start of the year, P&C Sub-committees took on an expanded role in the financial management of Co-curricular programs, working closely with their MICs for improved management outcomes. These improvements are demonstrated with 10 of 14 Sub-committees providing annual reports and season reviews for tabling at the annual general meeting. In total, Sub-committees raised over $160,000 in car parking revenues to provide coaching, equipment and facilities for each activity. This revenue is down on last year with the loss of pre-paid Swans parking but we have taken steps to reverse this trend including the P&C being responsible for the financial administration of parking events from 1st December this year.

Capital Campaign

Capital Campaign 2011 has been low key, as the Working Party for our joint project with SGHS has focussed on steps to obtain government funding for the project. However a major initiative to change the method of asking for voluntary contributions for the joint project was approved by the P&C at the August 2011 meeting. This year and for at least the next two years, each family are directly asked to make a major capital works voluntary contribution to the SBHS Building Fund of $500 per year or join the monthly giving program at $50.00 per month. This method has already achieved greater contributions to the Building Fund than the level achieved in recent years.

P&C Projects

The P&C Executive and Year Group reps worked hard through the year on several ongoing P&C objectives and projects that will carry over into 2012. These include:

  1. The primary goal to increase community participation in co-curricular programs.
  2. Improving P&C and co-curricular information on the P&C website.
  3. Increasing parent use of the dedicated Parent Portal on the school website.
  4. Accelerating the Capital Campaign to accumulate $2 million in the SBHS Building Fund to commence The Governors’ Centre for Excellence in Education.

The P&C has active representatives on key High Family governance bodies. The P&C was represented on the Sydney High School Foundation by Geoff Andrews as Chairman and Ian Sweeting. Sincerest thanks to them both for their contributions to the business of the Foundation managing Outterside Centre, Fairland Pavilion, the High Store and administering Great Hall and COLA bookings.

Thank you to Charles Ovadia, Geoff Andrews, Jeanette Brokman, Deborah Dukes and Anne Wall who represented the P&C at School Council meetings. At Council, the P&C contributed a community perspective on various School policies and continued to work for improvement in cleanliness of school grounds.

During the year, the parent community also participated on selection panels for the appointment of teaching positions within the School.

There is a great level of cooperation and common purpose between Dr Jaggar, the School Executive and Staff, the School Council, the SHS Foundation, the SHS Old Boys Union and the P&C. We thank all of these individuals and organisations for their interest and support of the P&C throughout the year and look forward to our combined efforts during 2012.

Thank you to all in the High community who have assisted in some way throughout the year. Every contribution great or small is vital, significant and valued. Our School community is noticeably and directly benefitted by your involvement.

On behalf of the P&C, I extend our warmest thanks to Dr Jaggar and the Staff at High who continue to provide a stimulating and enriching school environment for our sons and to guide the School in our shared purpose to develop scholar sportsmen.
Julie Connolly, President SBHS P&C 2010-2011

A full version of the P&C Financial Statements and Treasurer’s Report 2010-2011 are available on the P&C website.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

Jazz in the Courtyard 5.30pm, Sunday 20th November – Great Hall Courtyard
Learner Driver Workshop 6.00pm-8.00pm, Monday 21st November – Great Hall
Spring Music Festival 6.30pm, Tuesday 22nd November – Great Hall
Drama Production 7.30pm, Wednesday 23rd November – Room 204
Music Supporters AGM 6.30pm, Tuesday 29th November – Staff Common Room
Cricket Supporters Meeting 6.00pm, Wednesday 30th November – Staff Common Room

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Reading Torque

This Is Not An Exit - ‘American Psycho’, a novel by Bret Easton Ellis

When I first heard that Bret Easton Ellis’ 1991 novel ‘American Psycho’ could only be sold shrink wrapped and for sale to over eighteens, I had to grab hold of a copy. ‘Naked Lunch’, ‘Lolita’, ‘A Clockwork Orange’ and ‘Junky’ are all examples of transgressive literature that I have readily cherished. ‘American Psycho’ however is not the chef d’oeuvre that it is so easily labelled as.

Patrick Bateman is a suave and psychopathic serial killer who stalks the streets of New York at night in search of a victim. He is narcissistic and materialistic and spends most of his time working out, killing, purchasing and eating. ‘American Psycho’ doesn’t have a beginning or an ending, there is no resolution and there is no “exit”. Instead we are given 400 pages of utter boredom. I admit there are flashes of genius contained within the leaves of this novel, but the reader has to wade through countless dinners, orgies, murders, inane conversations, band overviews and an exorbitant amount of various other minute descriptions. Having read Ellis’ other works I know that ‘American Psycho’ is a work of a genius, but is it a work of genius? It is possible that there is a covert Freudian analysis that I am missing? Unless I see it from the eyes of a well read, well-bred critic it is likely that I will never know.

There has been a significant amount of furore surrounding this novel, both positive and negative; including numerous pleas by the women’s liberations groups and other scathing reviews that the book has introduced “serial killer chic” to the world. Most of this uproar however is simply hype. The murder and sex scenes are graphic but does this mean that other novels such as Vladimir Nabokov’s novel ‘Lolita’ (which has been described as a masterpiece of lyrical prose) be relegated to the banned books pile? Would we be no different to the Nazis, who burnt so called “degenerate” art and literature?

I recommend Ellis’ other works such as ‘Less Than Zero’ and ‘Lunar Park’ because this novel is seemingly a novel written for the critics, rather than something that is meant to be read and enjoyed by the general public. Just a final brief note to Ellis, books are meant to be enjoyed not endured.
By Michael Alexandratos
Year 9

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What’s up in the McDonald Senior Library?

As we approach the end of the year activities in the Senior library tend to be focused largely on exam preparation and study. The Year 12s have now completed their HSC exams and are having a well-deserved break before they receive their results. They drift in to clear library loans and say hello reporting on their visits to the beach, plans for trips around Australia and for some, overseas, and searches for jobs. Some mention a strange feeling of abandon, disconnection and disbelief that their years at Sydney Boys are at an end.

Already the next group of upcoming HSC, this year’s Year 11 students are conscientiously beginning their studies for their last year at Sydney Boys and Year 10 are completing the final School Certificate exams ever!

Reminder to all students – Please return all overdue items this week. Library clearance sign off is necessary in order to receive school reports.

The library has a collection of new books and DVDs to be put on display and some others have arrived and once processed will be added to our expanding collection. There should be some new fiction and high interest non-fiction titles to entertain during the summer break. So as soon as all overdue books have been returned most will be able to borrow during the holidays.

To view our latest additions check out the school portal My Library/New Resources/Senior Library.
Ms S Gordon
Teacher Librarian
McDonald Senior Library

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From the Office

Letters Re Absence/Lateness/ Early Leave

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

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


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

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Year 10 Parents Dinner

THURSDAY 1 DECEMBER 2011, 7.30 p.m.

Dear Year 10 Parents,

It's that time of year, the exams are nearly over for our boys!!!

We would like to organise a Parents' Dinner on Thursday 1 December, 7.30 p.m. We will be able to share our experiences, talk about the year that's just gone past, and share our plans for the coming year.

Please let us know if you are free to attend. We would love to see you. We will select a convenient location somewhere in Surry Hills, not far from the school, when we know how many parents can attend.

Please reply your attendance by 27 November to: Michelle DuMonet: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or Louise Meroni: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We look forward to seeing you!!!
The Year 10 Parents Group

Music Notes

Senior Strings Performance

The Senior Strings performed stunningly last Monday evening for the retirement celebration of Emeritus Professor Miraca Gross at the University of New South Wales. It was an honour to play for Professor Gross who founded and developed extensively the Gifted and Talented Program in Australia. Well done to all the boys in the ensemble for representing High proudly.

Jazz Workshop & Concert in the Courtyard

There will be a Jazz workshop for our Jazz in the Courtyard concert on Sunday the 20th November. The workshop will be held from 1pm-3pm followed by the concert in the courtyard at 4pm. We invite you to come along and enjoy the afternoon with us, and also to please bring a plate to share.

Music Awards Assembly

The Annual Music Awards Assembly will be held on Tuesday the 22nd of November in the Great Hall at 10am. The Music Assembly acknowledges our Music students’ achievements and accolades throughout the year. We would like to invite you to join us in recognising the wonderful talents at Sydney High at the assembly.

Spring Music Festival

The Spring Music Festival for Orchestras, Concert Bands and Small Ensembles will be held on the Tuesday 22nd November evening at 6:30pm following the Music Awards Assembly in the Great Hall. We invite all families and friends to come along and enjoy listening to our large ensembles perform. Tickets are available through the Main Office: $10 / Single and $25 / Family

Spring Music Festival Ticket Order 
[form is available in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes]

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Basketball: Shooting Hoops

High VS Shore

High vs Shore 2011 Term 1 (Last time)

1st WIN 90-52 C. MOLLER 21
 2nds LOSS 40-44 B.MCGLENCHY 10
3rd LOSS 21-31 B. OU 6
4th LOSS 23-40 G.LI  7
15B LOSS 23-31 S.WANG 6
15C WIN 38-27 B.TRUONG 16
15D WIN 33-29 S.NORONHA 6
15E WIN 42-14 E.WANG 10
15F WIN 44-16 MVP J.MA
14A LOSS 53-19 K.LIANG 11
14B LOSS 24-22 S.MCKENNA 8
14C WIN 38-37 K.LU 16
14D WIN 44-42 K.SZET,D.WANG 12
13A LOSS 30-14 J.GEK MVP
13C LOSS 36-2 T.DANG 2
13D LOSS 26-3 A.LEC 3

High vs Shore 2011 Term 4 (This time)

1st WIN 83-45 C.MOLLER 29
2nds LOSS 61-56 M.ECKENGARD 14
3rd LOSS 30-28 J.ZHOU 11
4th WIN 34-19 H.HEO 13
5th LOSS 25-22 J.PALLANDI 15
6th WIN 31-20 A.WU 10
7th LOSS 25-19 W.CHOI 9
8th WIN 19-8 C.LUIKER 6
16A WIN 30-25 B.TRUONG 23
16B WIN (OT) 26-19 E.LEE 8
16D WIN 42-28 G.QIN 14
16E WIN 35-8 E.WANG 15
16F WIN 38-8 S.CHEN 11
15A LOSS 32-19 T.ZHENG 6
15B LOSS 27-25 K.LIANG 8
15C WIN 54-23 A.NAM 14, M.JUN 6 BLOCKS
15D WIN 31-18 T.JIANG, H.ZHU 8
15E LOSS 24-25 A.HAN 10
15F WIN 53-3 T.CHANG 16
14B WIN 29-22 G.YUAN 9
14C LOSS 37-10 A.CHEN 4
14D WIN 32-26 M.YU MVP
14F WIN 14-10 J.LUO MVP

1st Grade Table

FIRSTS Played Won Lost For Against Points
Scots 5 5 0 370 270 10
High 5 4 1 405 279 9
Newington 5 3 2 332 249 8
St. Ignatius' 5 3 2 381 316 8
Shore 5 2 3 274 290 7
St. Joseph's 5 2 3 352 408 7
Grammar 5 1 4 293 338 6
Kings 5 0 5 166 423 5

High has moved to outright second on the table after Newington lost to Joeys. Back to back premierships are still within our reach if we defeat Scots later this year!

Mr B.Hayman’s teams of the week; 14 As & 15s State Knockout side!

The 14As had their first win! High 37 v Shore 32; Jerry Gek - 8pts, Jason - 8pts, Aiden Karahasan - 8pts All but one player scored in the game! High were up the whole game except for when there were 3 mins left and it was tied. A classy layup, then a free throw, then a final layup sealed the deal. We played the game the right way (SBHS way) with good rebounding and team passing to the open man to win the game.

15s Knockout team win the State Final!

Westfield Sports High rolled out their superstar giants and we defeated them after losing to them by 30 points the previous day! Michael Chang, Stephan Bell and Jack Hutchinson out-rebounded and aggressively fronted in the post stopping a few nationally selected forwards, including a 6’6 Sudanese boy, from scoring. Aidan Thom defended a NSW TAP selected player, plus attacked the ring with reckless abandon. 15s Captain, Mitchell Flynn, and Finals MVP, Nate Sutton, controlled the game in the big moments. True character that can only be developed through SBHS sporting endeavour was on full display.

~ Go High Basketball!
~ Play Hard, Play Smart and Play Together!
~ Don’t forget to visit the New Sydney High Basketball Website!
~ Brought to you by the editor Chris Chiam
~ Thank you to Mr Hayman for all his contributions to basketball and information  

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SBHS Rowing Committee

Senior Head of the Parramatta Results

Last Saturday 5 SBHS crews rowed a gruelling 4.5km time trial race down the Parramatta River, with 115 crews from many clubs and schools. Well done to those rowers, and results are below.

Race Position Time
School Eight 9th 15.47.00
Year 10 1st Eight 45th 18.04.00
School Four 74th 19.23.00
Year 10 2nd Eight 77th 19.31.00
School Quad Scull 81st 19.39.00

Melbourne High Exchange - Wed 16 to Sat 19 November

We have had 28 Melbourne High boys rowing and racing with our Year 10 eights on the Parramatta River during this week. After Wednesday night, when all boys camped at the sheds, Sydney High boys billeted the Melbourne boys for the Thursday and Friday nights. Thank you to those families.

Upcoming Events –

  • Saturday 19 Nov – GPS Grammar Regatta at Hen & Chicken Bay.
    This is the first GPS Regatta of the season and we have 4 Y9 Quads, 3 Y10 Eights, and the 2 School Eights racing. There are no Y8 Quad races in the GPS Regattas this term, they will continue training to be ready for Term One 2012.
  • Saturday 26 Nov – GPS St Joseph’s Regatta at SIRC, Penrith.
    All Year 9 Quads, Year 10 Eights, and School Eights will compete in this regatta. This will require an early start for everyone as the boys need to rig their boats before racing.
  • Saturday 3 Dec - Riverview Gold Cup at Lane Cove.
    High boys will row from the school sheds to the regatta course, and all parents are invited to St Ignatius College to watch the races.
  • Saturday 10 Dec – SHS Shed Race/Family Regatta Day.
    This is our end of year event at the High Sheds. All crews compete in the handicapped ‘Shed Race’ with the finish line in front of our shed, followed by families and school community having a try at rowing. A delicious barbecue brunch is served for all rowers and families to enjoy under the marquees by the river.

Contact Details

If you would like to receive more information about what is happening at Sydney High Rowing please email your details to – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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High Tide

Sydney Boys High School Sailing

Round four of the Saturday Point Score Competition started with the one thing that had been missing in the earlier rounds, good, steady wind. High endeavoured to beat its benchmark of three top ten finishes per race out of thirty two Pacers. The highlight this week was the added competition to the Pacer fleet of one of the Ascham crews. Marcus James/Julian Edgtton were the best of the High sailors this week, including finishing 2nd after a reasonable start and having three top ten finishes. Ennes Mehmedbasic/Gavin Sutton were closely second overall with three top ten places, the best a 5th in the second race. They were unfortunately forced over the line early in the third start and had to start again, but their tenth place was a credit to their quick recovery in this race. Bart Daniels/Toby Funston sailed well in the early races with positive starts, but found themselves in a difficult position within ten metres of the finishing line and let six boats sail under them to the finish.

The results for Week Four are summarised below.

Place Boat Race 1
(32 boats)
Race 2 Race3 Final Points 
1 Marcus James /Julian Edgtton 7 10 2 19
2 Ennes Mehmedbasic/Gavin Sutton 5 8 10 23
3 Bart Daniels/Toby Funston 10 5 19 34
3 Connor Robinson/Will Randles 8 12 14 34
5 Daniel Fang/Tiger Zhang 11 17 11 39
6 David Evans/Kah Yang Wong 14 15 13 42
7 Tim Pilien/Hayden Rabone 18 14 16 48
8 Darren Tiang/Kai Matsumoto 17 23 15 55

 Thanks to the other sailors who were reserves this week and to Mr Matsumoto for kindly driving them around to Rose Bay.

Racing Rule of the week: ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing 2009-2012 Part 2: Section A, Rule 42 Propulsion Only wind and water can be used to increase the speed of a boat. No pumping, rocking, paddling, repeated tacking or no excessive body movement may be used to propel the boat.

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Sydney Boys High School Cricket


Brisbane Exchange –
The annual Brisbane Exchange will take place from the 20-23rd of November, with matches at McKay on the 21st and 23rd. Congratulations to those boys selected in both the 15s and 14s teams. Billets will be arriving on the 20th at 1pm at the school gym and will leave directly after the conclusion of the official formalities following the games on the 23rd.

It was a day for the legspinners as several teams fought their way back into their respective games thanks to some great bowling, including a ‘6 for’ from Tushar Joshi (3rd XI) and two ‘4 for’s. Both 3rds and 15As have tricky yet attainable chases next week, while 1sts are locked in a tight tussle for first innings points, largely thanks to a monumental recovery from Owen Duffy and Jesse Moffat and sharp early bowling.

1st XI – High 160 (O. Duffy 70, J. Moffat 38) vs. Shore 2/32 (S. Dias – 1 wkt, N. Anson – 1 catch, J. Chen – 1 run out)

2nd XI – Shore 206 (64) (S. Sivayogarayan 4/49 [15], A. Koneru 1/13 [5], T. Subasinghe 1/16 [8], S. Thushyanthan 1/ 20 [8], T. Garg 1/39 [8]) vs High 1/36 (24) (A. Nayak 21*, T. Subasinghe 7*)

3rd XI – Shore 185 (49) (T. Joshi 6/49 [13], A. Kaluve 3/40 [15], V. Thayalan 1/57 [9]) vs. High 4/45 (15) (V. Thayalan 9*, A. Kaluve 1*)
High started the day very well with some very attacking bowling from Khushaal and Visakan, but unfortunately the team was very unlucky as there were many catches that were just out of reach from our fielders. Tushar came on right before the first drinks break and got the breakthrough in his first over. An amazing spell after drinks from Tushar and Anup saw Shore’s batting crumble, bowling nearly 20 overs straight and claiming 9 wickets between them, including an amazing stumping from Lalitha. The batting performance from High was not great as Shore took 4 wickets in the remaining 15 overs of the day setting a total of 140 off 65 overs with 6 wickets in hand, the target for next week. Visakan was batting very well and will continue his solid partnership with Anup. Congratulations to this week’s Player of the Week – Tushar Joshi

4th XI – High 34 (X. Feng 8, E. Ly 5) defeated by Shore 1/38 (E. Ly 1/18)
Tough bowling from Shore proved a tough feat to bat against, but with some stand outs such as Xu-Dong who hit two fours in a row. An excellent bowling performance Elbert, bowling out an opening batsman on his third ball.

5th XI – High 8/114 (20) (V. Puvanendran 65*, M. Pardeza 17) defeated by Shore 5/115 (19) (V. Puvanendran 2/18, S. Prusty 1/9, V. Ho 1/17, R. Chen 1/23)

16A – High 52 (26.2) (C. Mao 14) vs. Shore 7/132 (34) (S. Nagaraj 2/44 [11], L. De Fonseka 1/17 [6], M. Yu 1/18 [6], A. Dao 1/20 [8])
A lacklustre batting effort saw High all out for 52, with full and accurate bowling proving to be the downfall for the majority of batsmen, who struggled to recognise the need to get forward. Despite defending such a low total, the bowlers knuckled down and made the job as tough as possible for Shore. A vastly improved batting performance this week may transfer the pressure back to Shore for a tricky 4th innings chase.

16B – High 63 (24) (H. Gu 12) defeated by Shore 4/64 (18) (H. Gu 1/7 [4], L. Sharma 1/7 [4], J Huang 1/13 [4], S. Sethi 1/22 [4])
With a promising start, High was looking forward to a good total. However the introduction of spin seemed to have an effect on our batsmen, mistiming swings and getting balls in the air for easy catches. Nonetheless High continued to bat decently to the end despite some unfortunate wickets. Taking an initiative from previous matches, High was able to put Shore under constant pressure, keeping the catches coming and the wickets falling. An opening spell of spin alongside pace was continued to much amazement as it kept many of their players under control. High was able to swipe away 4 wickets with Jackson breaking a bail in half. Great enthusiasm and attitude on the field were a major highlight of the game, and it was pleasing for High to keep it up until the very end. A good solid effort from the team this week.

16C - Shore – 8/219 (J.Yu 3/36 [6], K.Chong 3/19 [2], A.Cao 1/44 [6]) defeated High – 27 (H. Zhang 5, G. Qian 4, R. Cheng 3)
Confident of another win, the 16Cs started the game enthusiastically, unlucky to be denied a wicket on the first ball. Some inconsistent bowling resulted in the Shore openers blasting their way up to 70, where both of them retired. After that, our bowling improved tremendously, restricting runs and grabbing wickets. At one point we were 6/104 until the arrival of a Shore batsman who hit almost every single ball for a 4 on his way to 50. In the end Shore made 219, and our hopes of winning were slim. However we still tried our best but with some unlucky dismissals and reckless shots only accumulated 27 runs. Well done to Shore for a great game and to the 16 Cs for trying their best.

15A – Shore 205 (G. Shankar 4/31 [11], N. Bari 2/26 [10], V. Murugananthan 1/16 [6], R. Sura 1/25 [7]) vs. High 2/4
SBHS started the day out with confidence and carried it into the first session, with Shore at 2/42. The second session was not very good and unfortunately we only took one wicket for 73 runs making the score at drinks 3/115. The third session of the day was much better for us, 3 wickets for the loss of 70 runs. The big success for us was in the last session of the day when Gautham and Niyazul just kept bowling their spin not letting through runs and taking wickets. We were 8 overs into the session when we bowled Shore out for only 205. We are pretty confident going into the second day of this match as we believe that we can chase down this total.

15B – Shore 8/270 (32) (S.Arudselvan 2/8 [2], J.Lin 1/13 [2]) defeated High 7/143 (32) (A.Huynh 30, S.Arvind 17, J.Lin 16)
High won the toss and elected to bowl, our fielding improvements displayed with 4 wickets coming from runouts. Great bowling from Anthony, Supan and Jason saw Shore reach 270. Our batting started off shakily, with Thomas hitting his own wicket on the first ball, but a partnership between Sudarshan and Supan saw us regain confidence. Commendable effort by Anthony, hitting 7 4s to accumulate 30 saw us reach 143, our personal best.

15C – High 7/128 (32) (T.Nassif 50, A.Wong 16, J.Zhou 12) defeated by Shore 2/131 (T.Nassif 1/9 [5], A.Wong 1/43 [5.1])
High won the toss and went in to bat. Great hitting and smart running between the wickets saw Thomas Nassif score his maiden century on a small McKay 2 field. Great support from Alex Wong and Jimmy Zhou helped High to a score of 128. High went into the field to win the game. Hard hitting from the Shore top order batsmen resulted in a high scoring first session. Although High eventually picked up those wickets, their number 3 batsmen continued to score the needed runs in this match. This resulted in the High 8 wickets loss to Shore.

14A – High 47 (30) (S. Nampalli 17*) vs. Shore 2/139 (34) (T. Nimac 1/20 [6], J. Pope 1/35 [6])
High got off to a shocking start, sinking to 3/10 from 12 overs. Things just kept going downhill with Eli being run out by a fantastic direct hit. Shashank batting at 4 was the only batsman to show consistent application and was not out at the end. The fielding was not much better with dropped catches, misfields and no energy. A much stronger batting effort is required by High next week to avoid an outright innings defeat.

14B – High 6/89 (K. Agrawal 42*, F. Alam 19) defeated by Shore 2/90 (F. Morshedi 1/7 [4], A. Deep 1/10 [4])
For the second successive week the top order collapsed as we found ourselves at 3/2 after 5 overs, before a steadying partnership from Kabir and captain Faiyaz resurrected our innings. A sloppy effort with the ball and in the field saw Shore reach the target with ease despite some great bowling from Fayed and Amit.

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Supporters Reception 2011

Thank you for all your support

Sydney Boys High School Parents & Citizens Association and Dr Kim Jaggar, Principal
warmly invite you to share an evening of goodwill, cheer and acknowledgement of contributions made by parents, staff and so many, throughout the High Family.

Please join us.
You are welcome to bring your partner. Light supper and refreshments will be provided.

5.30 pm - 7.30 pm
Monday 12th December 2011
Sydney Boys High School Great Hall

Please RSVP by Wednesday 7th December for catering purposes. Cathy Northey 9361 6910 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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Helping Learner Drivers Become Safer Drivers

Free workshops for parents and supervising drivers

To provide practical advice about:

  • new laws for learner and P-plate drivers.
  • how to use the new Learner Driver Log Book
  • how to plan on-road driving sessions and supervise learner drivers
  • understanding the benefits of supervised on road driving experience.

The next workshop in your area will be held:

Monday 21 November 2011, 6pm to 8pm
Great Hall
Sydney Boys High School

Book now on: 9265 9333

Bookings are essential


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