High Notes, Vol 12 No 9, April 01 2011

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From the Principal

High Talent
Well done to the first grade basketball team on their GPS co-premiership for the 2010-2011 season. High has not won a premiership in basketball since 1994. The boys have played a lot of basketball together and several individuals have represented in basketball or other sports at a high level. It is a great credit to them that they worked so well as a team. A good effort was put in by the first grade tennis team to finish 4th in the GPS competition despite an end of season loss of form. Congratulations to Arman Abdollahi (Year 12) No3 and Patrick Rynsaardt (Year 10) No. 12, for their selection in the combined GPS tennis team to play CAS. Congratulations to Sam Marques (Year 11) on his successful audition to join the NSW Public Schools Drama Company. Thank you to the Rifle Shooting Committee for their barbecue fundraising efforts last Saturday after the small bore ‘friendly’ competition against Scots. Congratulations to Chris Morrow (Year 12) who was selected to represent NSW Combined High Schools in the Trans Tasman Volleyball competition.

Annual School Report
The Annual School Report has been published. A PDF of the document has been posted on the school website under ‘publications’ on the navigation bar. I urge you to read about the school’s activities and accomplishments. For anyone without access to a computer, a strictly limited number of hard copies are available from my Executive Assistant, Ms Lynne Williams.

Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation
This week I met with Vince Delzio, CEO of Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation, to discuss our relationship. We have been with this charity since it took on Sir Roden’s name in 2002. The Foundation is the Year 11 community service project. We agreed that a great goal for fundraising this year would be to try to fund a scooter to enable a handicapped person to become mobile. The target for this project is $3000. I hope that this year’s Year 11 will take on the challenge of making a great difference to someone’s life. As community service projects, we also discussed our boys helping to produce a quarterly digital newsletter using text supplied by the Foundation and lay-out editing and production supplied by Year 11. Another desirable project that I think we could help with is a promotional DVD. Students could get images of volunteer drivers at pick-me-up client homes, interviews with volunteers , carers and clients, as well as statements from patrons and management about the work of the charity. A very welcome decision by the Foundation’s Board means that one deserving Year 10 applicant will be awarded the Sir Roden & Lady Cutler Foundation Scholarship, worth $1500 a year for the final two years of his schooling at High. This is a generous gesture by the Foundation which is much appreciated by the school. I hope to work with the community services committee to increase the mutual benefits of our relationship with the Foundation.

Big Night Out
The Big Night Out was a great High community success, with 280 tickets sold. Despite it being a rainy Sunday, families came out in numbers to celebrate the diversity and uniqueness of our High family. The wonderful collaborative effort produced food from many cultural backgrounds. The entertainment from our Jazz Ensemble and String Orchestra was impressive, thanks to our Music Staff. There were stilt walking musicians and very energetic Bollywood dancers in full costume. Old Boys formed a band Icebergs who concluded the night’s entertainment. The purpose of the evening was to make social ties with each other by sharing a meal and conversation in a relaxed atmosphere. This year the evening was enlivened by a raffle, a heads and tails game and by a round of bingo – with numbers in English and Mandarin! I congratulate the Big Night Out Committee for a great job. Julie Connolly brought the people together. Course coordinators – Min Wang, Keshani Radharkrishnan, Geoff Waring, Soogie Sim, Sachiyo James – and Treasurer Richard James, played big parts in the evening’s success. I thank them and all the parents who gave up most of their evenings to serve others. Thanks to all the boys who helped in various ways. The High community has a lot to be proud about in our culture of cooperation.

Year 12 Personal Identification Numbers
Year 12 boys will soon be issued with a PIN by the Board of Studies. They will then be responsible for both accessing and providing information at the Board of studies website. Boys will find the PIN a very useful device for communication about all matters pertaining to their HSC.
Dr K A Jaggar

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Careers News

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

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

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

And much more.

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

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

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

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

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Die Deutsche Frage Im April

Wilber Koslowski (Year 10) hat die letzte Frage beantwortet: und den Schokoriegel bekommen:
Frankfurter (Würstchen)
Braunschweiger (Wurst)
Linzer Torte
were his selection of foods named after cities in German speaking countries. This is not an exhaustive list – but he beat the other entries. Gratuliere, Wilber!

Die Frage für April: welche drei Länder in Europa sind “Weltmeister” im Recyceln?
Frau St Leon

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Junior Library Amateur Chess Competition

Semi-finalists were: Johnson Lin – Year 7, Jemmy Ma - Year 8, Kit Man Cheng – Year 12, Andy Ho - Year 12
Finalists were: Johnson Lin, Andy Ho - Year 12 and Kit Man Cheng – Year 12 and Johnson Lin - 7

The final which was played by Andy Ho and Kit Man Cheng was won by Kit Man Cheng

The Year 12 boys were battling the Junior boys to retain their supremacy and many of the wins were from the clock and not the board. Congratulations to those boys. Well done also to all the entrants who all demonstrated their ability at the game. Come back next year and win. The winners were decided after 8/9 gruelling back to back rounds every recess and lunchtime since last Friday. This competition was designed to give the boys who do not play chess competitively for High a bit of fun with blitz chess. It proved just as popular this year as in past years with 64 entrants (many of them Year 12s competing for the last time). Everyone noticed how involved and serious the players were. The enjoyment was quite riveting.

The competition was played with clocks and was administered by our trusty Library Prefect – Tim Chan and his Chess expert organisers Anthony Xu and Darwin Shi. Thanks also to Mr Harvey and the Chess team who uncomplainingly loan out chess boards, clocks and competition players who have also judged non-stop – eating on the job every recess and lunchtime to complete this long exercise.
Mrs Crothers
Librarian- Andrews Junior Library

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What’s Up in the McDonald Senior Library?

Library borrowing in the McDonald Library is increasing as students realise that this is now a fully functioning library and that there are many new titles to choose from. We continue to transfer appropriate senior resources from the Andrews library and although limited this year our budget has allowed us to purchase some quality fiction and non-fiction to keep the collection growing and increasing in usefulness to students. Some new books added this term include:

When I was Jo by Keren David – this is a fast paced thriller about a boy who witnesses a particularly violent murder and has to enter the witness protection along with his Mum as the gangsters responsible pursue him.

When Courage Came to Call by LM Fuge – Imm lives on the island of Zamascus and when war comes to his homeland he has to use all his resources to survive. This is another thriller and fast paced read that will keep you reading late into the night! It “grips you right from the first page, exploring the horrors of war and the cost of courage.” (from Readings bookstore website)

Spinner: a novel by Ron Elliot – a great story for all cricket lovers about a young boy with an amazing gift and his promise to a dying man.

Non Fiction
Green Style – A title of interest to art students “[bringing] together the concepts of the eco-philosophy prevalent in the 21st century, offering the reader alternative ways of living which reconcile design and aesthetics with sustainable development.” (book blurb)

World Cricket Records 2011 – of interest to cricket fans of which there are many here at SBHS.

Cambridge Checkpoints 2011 series covering
Mathematics – HSC
Mathematics Ext 1 – HSC
Biology – HSC
Chemistry – HSC
Physics – HSC
Ancient History – HSC
Business Studies – HSC
Economics – HSC
English (Advanced) – HSC
Legal Studies – HSC
Modern History – HSC
Studies of Religion – HSC

These are just a few of the new titles added to the Senior Library collection. For those who are still in doubt, the McDonald Senior Library is a LENDING library with all resources available for loan!
Ms Gordon
Teacher Librarian

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Peer Mediation at SBHS

Hey got a problem? Get peer mediated! Peer mediation is a program run by a select group of Year 11 students which seeks to solve conflict between students without getting teachers involved. The program seeks to help the students resolve their issues while under the guidance of the Year 11 students. The program is confidential and stays between the peer mediators (Year 11 students) and the students who have a problem with each other.

How it works
When two students have a disagreement they are to email the following address:

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

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From the Canteen

The following people have been some of our recent volunteers in canteen, thank you to: Helen Chong, Rebecca Tsai, Jane Lin, Angela Pak, Seema Garg, Doris Fong, Hiroko Kaitajima, Mary Chan, Khoa Bui, Ming Lee, Ravi Velupillai, Usha Arvind. (Thank you very much, Usha, for coming in on call) Shilpar Punekar, Kiran Chokkanna, Louise Warren, Linda Perris. We do appreciate the time you give to help us and the boys

Next week also we will sell out of some stock as it is the end of term. We run our stock down as we like to minimize the food that we have in freezers etc over the holidays

Remember: If you want to be sure of getting something in particular for lunch, the best way is to ORDER IT.
Thank you
The Canteen Team

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From the High Store

The store has in stock 10 pairs of plain sky blue football socks only in size 11-14, great for training in, for a clearance price of $5.50

Be QUICK not to miss out. ONLY size 11-14!

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SBHS Debating

Parents Information Evening

The Debating Supporters Group is holding a meeting at 6.30pm on Thursday 7th April. The purpose of this meeting is to inform parents about the Debating Program at High. It is also an opportunity for parents to meet other parents of debaters and for you to be able to ask any questions you may have to members of the DSG or to me. Please come along and show your support for your sons who are debating.


Round 1 2 3 4 5
Y7 L W L L W
Y8 L L W W L
Y9 L W L L W
Y10 W W L L L
Y11 W L W W L
Y12 W W W W W

The final round of the regular Eastside season saw High hosting SCEGGS Darlinghurst. Our junior teams performed solidly, Years 7 and 9 claiming wins, and the Year 8s falling to a very strong undefeated SCEGGS side. Our seniors, debating the omnipresent topic of adopting nuclear power had more mixed results; our 10s and 11s falling, while the Year 12s continued their undefeated run. With two wins each, our Year 7s to 10s will need other results to fall our way to make the semi-finals, while the two most senior teams can look forward to finals debating early next term. It was again good to see substantial support from students and parents, both at the senior debates, and in supplying the supper table.
Ashwin Rudder
Debating Prefect


With a couple of extra socials on the card the FED round against Newington again proved to be a solid night of debating. While we saw success in the 8s, 9s (social) and the remaining teams, apart from the Year 11s who won, fought valiantly to be narrowly defeated. With Newington again proving to be increasingly tough competition it is certainly shaping up to be a competitive GPS season.
Dana Quick
Coach Coordinator

Termly Round-Up

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the coaches for their hard work this term; the parents who have organised supper, watched debates and paid their co-payments already and to the boys who have been well behaved, enthusiastic debaters - especially those who have represented High in the competitions.

In particular I want to thank Dana Quick who has been guiding me through my first term as Debating Coordinator. Her thorough preparation and useful advice has been invaluable. Thank you so much Dana. I hope we have you around for a few more weeks next term.
Rachel Powell
Debating Co-ordinator

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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Year 9 Old Boy Research Competition - 2011

English/History Faculties

First Prize - $100
Runner-up - $50

This competition aims to acknowledge the role of the Old Boys if Sydney Boys High who have served their country. This could be in any theatre of war.

Year 9 students are invited to submit a 500 word essay acknowledging the service of any Sydney High Old Boy.

Submissions should recount the serviceman's war experience and discuss how this service reflects one of the following themes of sacrifice, loyalty, tradition or pride in being Australia.

Entries should be on A4, double-spaced and 12pt.

year 9 students will have the opportunity to present their research from the War Archives in Canberra as well as any other research opportunities that are available. All references should be acknowledged.

The winning submissions will be entered in the "Australia My Country" competition with the Returned And Services League of Australia during Term 2 with the aim of building a relationship between the local school community and the RSL sub-branch.

Closing dates for entries is 8 April 2011
The winner will be announced at the beginning of Term 2
Enquiries should be directed to Mr Wright (English Faculty) and the History Faculty staff.

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CSC Feed

Community Services Committee

Congratulations to the 2011 CSC Year Reps
Leon Li, Tahmid Shariyar
Y11: Julian Edgetton, Tejas Iyer, Shubash Quazi, Siddarth Sethi, Jamian Vuong, Kah-Yang Wong
Y10: Shuming Wang, Frank Zhang
Y9: Sunny Cheng, William Wu, Glanden Zheng
Y8: Luke Hoad, Bosco Tran
Y7: Ciaran Farrell, James Goh, Garry Huang, Jacob Katafono, Peter Lin, Kai Matsumoto, Harry Park

World’s Greatest Shave
Over 20 students chose to be brave and shave for the Leukaemia Foundation. Nearly $500 was donated on the day plus more in sponsorships. Our Events Coordinator Andrew Gaffney went the extra mile, dyeing his hair auburn and then blond in the lead up to the event. More photos on our Facebook page.

Convo @ Clevo - Fridays
15 Senior students trek to Cleveland St Intensive English High School to talk with their pupils. We have an awesome opportunity to meet people from a range of backgrounds while they have a chance to practice their English skills with peers. The student response on both sides has been overwhelmingly positive.

Harmony Day Basketball
Wet weather didn’t dampen our spirits for the first-ever Harmony Day Basketball Game with our Cleveland St friends to celebrate diversity.

Maroon and Blue Day for QLD Floods
Our state-colour-themed Mufti Day was a resounding success with a record $2214.75 collected! Proceeds went to the Queensland Flood Appeal.

Y10 Lak Saviya Mufti & BBQ
The Lak Saviya Foundation funds education, technology, libraries and hospitals for the needy in Sri Lanka. Your generosity (and stomachs!) amounted to over $2000 in collections and BBQ profits all going to the foundation.

Red Cross Blood Drive
Our combined Blood Drive with SGHS is on Tuesday, 5 April. Last year, our blood drives brought in 233 donations. We’re looking to better that but we need your support! Your donation can save up to three lives and donors are in high demand for Easter. We’re at capacity for this drive but the next one is in late Term 3.
Publicity Coordinator
Andrew Hau

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

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Welfare and Wellbeing

Big Brother Spreads Wings
When the Big Brother program began it may not have been anticipated that by 2010 we would be able to say we have sent our student ambassadors to 12 schools to help with the transition process for new students. In Term 4 last year, 23 Year 9 boys were given the opportunity to return to their former primary school to meet students who would soon be arriving at SBHS for their first day at high school. Reports from all participants indicate this is a very popular program for all involved. Ms Karen Flowers, Assistant Principal of Carlton Public School had this to report about her student ambassadors:

The boys conducted themselves in a way befitting students from Sydney Boys. Both boys were polite and courteous at all times and took an active role in all class activities. Their presentation and informal discussion with the boys attending Selective High school in 2011 was most informative and was delivered in a positive manner. Both students participated in activities both with 5/6F and other Year 6 classes. It was a pleasure to have both boys visit. They were outstanding examples of the calibre of student that I have come to expect from Sydney Boys High School.

High Success with High Resolves
The Year 11 boys who are continuing their Community Action Project that they began through High Resolves, are now reaching a global audience. By raising awareness about Gender Equity issues they are having an impact way beyond their initial expectations. Roya Baghai, co-founder of High Resolves recently reported the following:

You are probably aware of the outpouring of positive responses that the 2010 High Resolves group have had over the weekend to their Gender Equality project from last year. Girl Effect posted the clip to their Facebook page, which went out to over a quarter of a million subscribers. Their clip has now had over 5000 hits on YouTube, from all over the world.

Check out the links below:

Congratulations to these boys. We look forward to the 2011 Year 10 group’s Community Action Project. Thanks to Mr Coan (High Resolves Co-ordinator) and Lee Martin (HR Program Manager) for their valuable guidance and commitment.

Steep Learning Curves
By now, all our families will be aware of the new format for our junior Values Education course. We have made the Daily Planner our central focus for all classes (Years 7-9) for two main reasons. We have identified planning, goal setting and time management as areas for further development across the whole junior school and we believe the daily/routine use of the planner will benefit students greatly as a tool for establishing sound work and study practices at home and at school. Secondly, the planner contains a wealth of teaching and learning material which will be used as a weekly focus for Values Education classes and teachers of this course are able to supplement this with additional material available on the Learning Curve website: http://learningcurveplanner.com.au/about-the-planners.html 

This website also contains a link for parents. The material in the planners was written by an experienced teacher and father of three sons and the aim is to empower parents to make a contribution to their child’s education. Parents are encouraged to look closely at the website and the monthly newsletters in which they will find very useful ideas and topics for ongoing family discussion.

Later in the year we will be running a competition for students who would like to create a suitable cover for the 2012 planners. This year we have used our pride in our school environment as the focus for the 2011 covers.

We welcome feedback about the design and use of the new planner (via email).
John Walker
Head Teacher Welfare

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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.

BIG NIGHT OUT – Fantastic Turnout and Thank You

What a terrific night was had by all who came to Big Night Out – thank you for your support of this P&C and school family event. Congratulations to the raffle, bingo and heads & tails winners and our sincerest thank you to all the people who donated prizes for the raffle and games.

Thank you to all the marvelous entertainers - The Music Department organised the Jazz ensemble and String orchestra. The Henna Tattoo artist has agreed already to return next year. The Napur dance troupe where sensational with three Bollywood numbers and of course Ali and Alex – the stilt walking musicians - where greatly admired. The Icebergs played the night out and sounded fantastic! Good luck to these talented ex-students for their future music careers.

In the end we had pre-sold over 210 tickets and approximately 70 tickets were sold at the door – thank you High Family!

Congratulations to the History Faculty for the most number of staff attendees.

Thank you to the staff of High, who have been involved in very many ways with the organisation of Big Night Out. The Library staff for printing of posters and tickets, the general office for selling and laminating of tickets and all the admin that goes with this, those who lent us BBQs and moved things around and cleaned up the school – thank you. Thank you to Richard James – P&C treasurer – for keeping the finances and cash flow well organised.

We grossed over $6,500.00 for the night but the whole point of Big Night Out is to come together as a High community and share our many different heritages through a wide variety of food and entertainment. It was terrific to see so many people involved who do not always have the opportunity to play a role in contributing to the P&C and the school for the benefit of all the boys.

Most of all, congratulations and biggest “Thank You”s to our Big Night Team who excelled themselves in their preparation and presentation of our dinner: Sachiyo James coordinated entrees; Min Wang, Keshani Radhakrishnan (with a boy no longer at school !), Geoff Waring and Soogie Sim coordinated main courses; Susan Adams coordinated desserts; Andrew Kirk soft drinks; Chris Andrews (Old Boy Class of 2008) the bar; Nina Liu tea and coffee. And behind these people where teams of fantastic cooks and organisers – rice paper rollers, cake bakers, rice cookers, BBQers, vegetable preparers, curry chefs and so on. Thank you to everyone. Again, it was great to have so many different parents involved in different ways right across the school family, with the common purpose of helping our boys.

Speaking of boys - our prefects excelled in the selling of raffle tickets and bingo cards. Cameron Morrison was fantastic calling the Head & Tails game. Shuming, Eric and Sangeeth – and others ! Where terrific calling bingo particularly Shuming with his numbers from 1 to 90 in Mandarin – thank you for being part of the night. Thank you to Charles Ovadia who helped establish this event and in his final year as a parent is always supportive.

We would really welcome your feedback to input into the planning for next year’s Big Night Out. Post your comments on the P&C Blog, send to the P&C gmail – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Upcoming Parent Meetings & Events

GPS Head of the River – Saturday 2nd April, Penrith
Cricket Committee Meeting – 6.00pm, Wednesday 6th April, Staff Common Room

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Rifle Shooting

Rifle Shooting finished it’s Summer season with a Smallbore Competition, a Fullbore Competition and a celebratory BBQ on the 26th March 2011. The Smallbore competition was very well supported with 34 students competing. Daryl FONG Year 11 was the overall winner shooting with a sling. Newton LE Year 8 won the section shooting with a stand. Congratulations to both boys. High were the winners of the Fullbore competition against Scots under difficult weather conditions. The day was a great success with thanks going to the parent helpers and Old Boys. We hope to hold a competition day once every term.

Shooting’s winter season will commence on Saturday 30th April 2011.
Cathy Meaney
Rifle Shooting MIC (Admin)

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SBHS Rowing Committee

High Regatta Results
SHS Rowing hosted a very successful regatta last Saturday, 26th March. The racing and the catering were outstanding thanks to a great team of parents, Old Boys and past parents. It was a shame about the wet and windy weather that kept the crowds away, but the spectators there and the High parents enjoyed the day.

The day started very early, in the dark, setting up the barbecue/catering area at Bayview Park, and on the water placing buoys for the course. Particular thanks to Anita Bezjak, and the committee, for coordinating the logistics, formulating a roster, and rallying the troops for the catering. Thanks also to old boys, Chris Watson, Con Barris, Dave Luscombe, David Blomberg, Dom Grimm, Shahar Merom, Gareth Deacon and Pat Desmond, and past parents Barry Schilling and Katharine Deacon for helping with the regatta.

Our best performances of the day went to our Year 9 3rd Quad, coming 3rd to Riverview and Newington – Brendan Kong, Kohen Lau, Byron Zhou, Chris Wang, (c) Joseph Tang, and the Year 9 1st Quad also coming 3rd to Riverview and Newington, beating Kings well – Brendan Guan, Rex Yi, Andrew Zhang, Steve Comninos, (c) Josh Lane.

GPS Head of the River

Saturday 2nd April
I do hope you can make the journey to the Sydney International Regatta Centre at Penrith to experience this impressive event.

Races start at 10.00am with the Year 10 Eights. The School Eights race at 11.35 and 11.50 am. It is all over by 12 noon. This is the big day on the GPS school calendar and is quite a spectacle with all GPS schools attending. We have our own decorated marquee with the School Stage Band playing, so put on the blue and brown and come and cheer! All rowing parents are invited back to the sheds for a presentation at approximately 3.00pm to thank everyone involved in the season – coaches, staff, committee, parents and the boys.

School Head of the River Crews

Representing SBHS for 2011 -

School 1st VIII – Jonah Petrie (stroke), Ben Wilcox (7), Isaac Eveleigh (6), Max Jones (5), Tim Montanaro (4), David Andrews (3), Ryan Caetano (2), Andreas Purcal (bow), Daniel Tam (cox)

School 2nd VIII – Koren Fang (stroke), Eric Ovadia (7), Allen Liao (6), Tim Gollan (5), Gianmarco De Nigris (4), Ilya Bonch-Osmolovskiy (3), Declan Gorey (2), Sean Martin (bow), Peter Tran (cox)

Year 10 1st VIII – James Wang (stroke), Alex Pereira (7), Ashley Chan (6), Edwin Li (5), Ronald Tran (4), Daniel Keogh (3), Nelson Tang (2), Ken Li (bow), Alfred Xing (cox)

Year 10 2nd VIII – Kin Pan (stroke), Patrick Chen (7), Jeffrey Lu (6), Tim Collier (5), Steve Comninos (4), Andrew Zhang (3), Rex Yi (2), Brendan Guan (bow), Albert Chau (cox)

We wish them luck on Saturday!

NSW Combined High School Championship Regatta - Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th April 2011

A team of 50 competitors will be travelling to Grafton for this regatta on the Clarence River, a wonderful way to finish off the rowing season. We will be competing in a range of events from U15s to Open single scull, double scull, quads, fours and eights.

Competitors are
Year 12 – Ilya Bonch-Osmolovskiy, Ryan Caetano, Isaac Eveleigh, Koren Fang, Tim Gollan, Declan Gorey, Allen Liao, Sean Martin, Eric Ovadia, Jonah Petrie, Peter Tran

Year 11 – David Andrews, Gianmarco De Nigris, Tim Montanaro, Andreas Purcal, Ben Wilcox

Year 10 – Ashley Chan, Patrick Chen, Tim Collier, Allan Feng, Daniel Keogh, Edwin Li, Ken Li, Jeffrey Lu, Kin Pan, Alex Pereira, Daniel Tam, Nelson Tang, Ronald Tran, Austin Wang, James Wang

Year 9 – Steve Comninos, Ray Fang, Brendan Guan, Brendan Kong, Sam Lin, Andrew Rong, Anthony Tran, Alfred Xing, Rex Yi, Andrew Zhang

Year 8 – Matthew Chan, David Huang, Louis Huyen, Yi Luo, Chi Mao, Josh Maloof, Jesse Nixon, Jackson Tan, James Tinker

Good luck at this regatta and let’s hope lots of medals are won!

Upcoming Rowing Events

Rowing Assembly Friday 1 April Great Hall 11.30am
This is a very special school occasion for all Head of the River competitors and families. Morning tea is served for parents after the assembly.

AAGPS Head of the River Saturday 2 April Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith
This is the big event, with all present and past rowers, and supporters, making the trek to cheer on High crews. We hope you can join us in the High marquee

NSW CHS Championships Mon 4 April Tues 5 April
A team of 50 rowers will represent High at this regatta in Grafton

Sheds Clean Up Saturday 9 April
This is the once-a-year big clean up! From 7.30am Rowing parents and the boys are responsible for leaving the Outterside Centre clean at the end of the rowing season ready for group hiring during the off season. All boys need to turn up at 7.30am Saturday morning, 9th April, to clean the boatshed and the weights room, and the committee is asking for parents to come and help clean the kitchen, the dormitory, the dining room and upstairs. We would appreciate everyone making the effort to help please.

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Basketball: Shooting Hoops

High VS Newington

High vs Newington 2010 Term 4 (Last time)

1st WIN 60-56 A.DUMOVIC 31
2nd LOSS 78-31 B.MCGLENCHY 14
5th LOSS 12-20 V.CHEN 6
6th LOSS 20-25 J.PARK 10
7th WIN 21-20 C.LUIKER 7
8th WIN 39-16 D.CHEN 14
16A WIN 33-25 M.SONG MVP
16B WIN 36-22 M.CHAN MVP
16C WIN 28-21 W.MA 11 (3,3’S!)
16E LOSS 28-31 A.ZHOU 12
16F WIN 28-18 A.XU 8
15A LOSS 40-46 B.CHEN 12
15B LOSS 21-33 W.LIU 8
15C LOSS 21-25 S.NORONHA 8
15D LOSS 26-31 J.NG 12
15E WIN 46-8 J.LE 16
15 F WIN 31-20 ANDREW .SHI 8
14A LOSS 64-21 A.SO 5, J.YANG 5
14B LOSS 28-20 C.LEE 4, K.LIANG 4
14C WIN 40-10 C.CHEN 11
14D LOSS 8-62 D.WANG 4
14F LOSS 31-16 J.TRAN 8

High vs Newington 2011 Term 1 (This time)

 1st LOSS 82-68 C.MOLLER 24
3rd LOSS 41-30 A.JAIN 8
8th WIN 47-16 S.DISSANAYAKE 16
16E WIN 32-20 T.CHUNG 11
16F WIN 30-18 L.ZHU 8
15A WIN 43-41 S.BELL MVP
15B WIN 36-26 S.WANG, W.LU 9
15C WIN 30-12 N.WANG-LY 5
15E WIN 36-14 D.SHAO 8
15F WIN 36-13 J.MA 10
14B WIN 22-10 K.LIANG 6
14D LOSS 18-28 K.SZET 5
13A LOSS 40-19 J.HONG
13D LOSS 26-9 K.LU MVP
13E LOSS 26-16 D.WANG 8

Combined GPS Team Selection

Congratulation to the following boys who were selected for the combined GPS basketball teams! The trials were held on Monday & the quality of the teams reflects how difficult it is to be selected: Andrija Dumovic, Christian Jurlina and Craig Moller, were all selected in GPS 1sts. The others did not try out due to State Basketball clashes.

1st Grade Ladder

  Played Won Lost For Against Difference Points
High 14 12 2 1180 747 +433 26
Newington 14 12 2 982 618 +364 26
Scots 14 12 2 1090 764 +326 26
St. Ignatius' 14 7 7 974 1012 -38 21
Shore 14 6 8 791 924 -133 20
St. Joseph's 14 5 9 789 979 -190 19
Grammar 14 1 13 737 999 -262 15
Kings 14 1 13 550 1050 -500 15

Although we unfortunately lost on the weekend to Newington, High still tied for the premiership with Scots and Newington, and was 1st on points differential, the best result for the school since 1994 in the GPS. Adding our first National Championships and Raschke Cup victories means that this is the most successful season for High basketball ever, hopefully with many more to come. Congratulations to all involved in the basketball program, particularly players from the 1st and 2nd grade team for producing some phenomenal results.

The Editor’s Experience by David Li Wang

This issue of Shootin’ Hoops will be the final issue that I’ll be writing and so I would like to share some of my experiences of High Basketball. Back in 2006 during my first season, I played for 13Es and was coached by Mr Baldock and like the majority of 13s teams, we lost every single game, but did come close to winning a match. When I played in the 14s Ms Ward was my coach and early on in that season I experienced my first win and a few more followed in that season. In the following season I captained the 15Es, once again coached by Ms Ward and we experienced quite a successful season as our team was quite a potent one, often winning against the Ds and Cs during training sessions. That season will remain as some of the best memories of my time at High, not only because it was the best in terms of my individual performance and our team’s success, but because I was in a team with some of my closest friends and we enjoyed every moment of basketball that we played and because of the competition and enjoyment factor, we were able to lift our games to another level.

In the 08/09 season I became the full-time editor of Shootin’ Hoops taking over from Johny Shih. I was picked in the 16Cs and coached by Joel Richards, and although the season wasn’t as successful as the previous season, we learnt a lot as basketballers. As I moved into the Opens division, I returned to playing under my old coach Mr Baldock in 8th Grade. In 09/10 we were the only Year 11s playing in the 8th Grade comp and so needless to say we were unable to defeat some of the more experienced Year 12s in the other GPS schools. However in this 10/11 season, 8th Grade assured Mr Baldock that we would have an incredibly successful season. We set out to win every game but unfortunately due to injuries, we were only able to field 7 players against an Iggy’s 15 man team, narrowly losing that game, finishing the season with 12/13 wins and 2/2 wins against the 1st and 2nd Grade teams of Alexandria Park.

I can honestly say I’ve had no regrets during my time with High Basketball, and like myself, I strongly encourage you all to get more involved either through doing scoring on the weekends or supporting 1sts and 2nds on the weekends. High Basketball has truly blossomed in recent years, evident from the exponential growth of accolades and the work Mr B Hayman has done has been phenomenal. I wish High Basketball all the best in the years to come and hope we can continue the legacy of playing hard, playing smart and playing together.

Highlights of the 2010/2011 Season

  • National Champions
  • GPS Co-Premiers
  • Raschke Cup Champions
  • 2010 Sydney Kings Schools Shootout Premier Division Winners – 1st Grade
  • 2010 Sydney Kings Schools Shootout Development Division Winners – 2nd Grade

Thank You!

A huge thank you to everyone who turned up at the Newington match on Saturday. It is estimated that about 400 students, parents and supporters of High basketball were present at the final game of the season. Although it is unfortunate we didn’t win, your support made the final game a memorable one for all involved.

As well as this thank you to everyone who came to watch 1st grade matches during the season. The extra effort you put in certainly went a long way to make the basketball program as successful as it was.

The parents of all the players who have supported their sons, must all be thanked, in addition to those parents who have helped out at the Basketball canteen on Saturdays.

To all the players who turned up for your matches and training every week: congratulations on choosing the best sport in the school and for your improvement every week. It is very pleasing to see a remarkable improvement from week to week, especially within our junior teams!

Last but certainly not least, thank you to Mr Ben Hayman for his dedication and impressive hard work which has made this all possible! GO HIGH BASKETBALL!

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Athletics 2011

Information for Athletes and their Parents


I would like to warmly welcome all athletes, new and old, and their families to the 2011 season.

Sydney Boys High School offers boys the opportunity to compete in the prestigious GPS Athletics competition. The GPS Athletic season is run in the last four weeks of Term 3. The season culminates in the AAGPS Athletics carnival held at Homebush. Here the nine GPS schools compete against each other in two different age divisions (senior and junior). Boys from each Year group represent Sydney Boys in these divisions. They compete in front of nearly 10,000 spectators. The nature of GPS Athletic competition is team oriented with a points system designed to reward a good all round performance from a team rather than one strong individual performance. The coaching staff stresses the importance of this aspect of the competition.

Athletics at High welcomes all athletes regardless of ability and it is our aim to develop you as an athlete in your discipline. The strength of our team lies in the enthusiasm of all athletes challenging each other for a place to represent the school at the AAGPS Athletics Finals.

There are tremendous benefits to be gained from athletics training; these include physical, mental, social and educational rewards. I hope that you become involved in High Athletics and that it is a rewarding experience in all these ways.

Good luck in the upcoming season.

Please check out Athletics on our Moodle website.

GPS Athletics

The Athletics season is short, but intense, and the boys involved always enjoy the experience. Boys (and parents) considering Athletics in 2011 should be aware of the following points….

  • Athletics does not compete with Soccer and Rugby. Boys are encouraged to do Athletics and another Winter GPS sport during the season
  • Sprint training for Athletics is held after school on Mondays on Moore Park West and Tuesdays for longer distance training at the same location
  • Athletics does not continue as a regular sport after the GPS Championships – 17th September
  • Boys are expected to take responsibility for their own training outside these times
  • High will host an Invitational carnival this year at ES Marks on Saturday 3rd September.
  • If your son is competing in the 2011 season please make yourself available to help at this carnival

The Student Award Scheme and Athletics

Athletes need to satisfy the following 5 criteria if they wish to get the student award scheme for athletics.

  1. Athletes must complete five of the six holiday training sessions at ES Marks
  2. Athletes need to compete in the 3 invitational carnivals
  3. Athletes must complete three athletics training session per week for the 4 week season
  4. Athletes must train every Monday or Tuesday in the five weeks up to the start of the GPS Athletics season
  5. They must also complete another sport’s training session or a weights session

This may seem a lot of training but in relation to winter or summer sports it is relatively light. Be committed to the training so we can challenge our rivals

Carnival Program & Rules – 2011

The School Carnival: ES Marks Field – Kensington (7 & 8/4/2011)
Sydney Boys High School
Athletics Carnival

PROGRAM OF EVENTS: Thursday 7th April

8.15am 1500m Finals
13 yrs, 14 yrs,
15 yrs, 16 yrs & 17 + yrs
8.55am Roll Call 8.55am Roll Call
9.00am 100m Heats
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs,
15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
9.00 am 17+ yrs Shot Put
16 yrs Long Jump
15 yrs Javelin
14 yrs Discus
13 yrs-no event
12 yrs High Jump
11.00am 200 m Heats
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs,
15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
10.00am 17+ yrs Long Jump
16 yrs Javelin
15 yrs Discus
14 yrs-no event
13 yrs High Jump
12 yrs Shot Put
1.00pm 800 m Heats
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs,
15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
11.00am 17+ yrs Javelin
16 yrs Discus
15 yrs-no event
14 yrs High Jump
13 yrs Shot Put
12 yrs Long Jump
2.00pm 100m Semi-Finals
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs,
15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
12.00noon 17+ yrs Discus
16 yrs –no event
15 yrs High Jump
14 yrs Shot Put
13 yrs Long Jump
12 yrs –no event
2.30pm 400m Heat/Finals
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs,
15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
1.00pm 17+ yrs –no event
16 yrs High Jump
15 yrs Shot Put
14 yrs Long Jump
11, 12 & 13 yrs Javelin
    2.00pm 17+ yrs High Jump
16 yrs Shot Put
15 yrs Long Jump
14 yrs Javelin
11, 12 & 13 yrs Discus

PROGRAM OF EVENTS: Friday 8th April

8.55am Roll Call 8.55am Roll Call
9.00am Hurdles : Heat/Finals
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs,
15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
9.00 am 17+ yrs Triple Jump
10.00am 200m Finals
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs,
15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
9.45am 16 yrs Triple Jump
10.30am Roll Class Shuttle Relays
(Time Permitting)
10.30am 15 yrs & under Triple Jump 
11.00am 100 m Finals
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs,
15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
11.30am House Relay Finals
12 yrs. 13 yrs, 14 yrs,
15 yrs, 16 yrs, 17+ yrs
11.55am Presentation of House Shield to winning House Captain
1212.00 noon: Return to school for barbeque and X-Country

Aims of the Carnival

  • Promote maximum student participation
  • Promote fair competition between athletes and houses
  • Promote a sense of pride in the achievements of fellow athletes and the school community.

Banned Items & Activities

  • Normal school rules apply
  • No footballs or Frisbees on the days of the carnival
  • Do not take valuables to this event, as theft at the carnival is a common occurrence
  • Athletes are not allowed to run in bare feet

House Rules & Events

  • Athletes must run in a least two track events and participate in one field event to get Student Award Scheme points.
  • Athletes will go to their designated area on the days of the carnival for roll call (see attached map).
  • Athletes will be seated in their designated area before and during roll call. Roll call teachers will not start roll call until everyone is seated.
  • Roll call classes will sit in lines – Year 7 closest to the track, moving in ascending order up to Year 12 at the back of the stands.
  • Athletes must come to the carnival in house colours or athletic singlets. All athletes must run in house colours. No house colours, no house point. One point will be allocated for each student in house SHIRTS OR ATHLETIC SINGLETS.
  • House captains and vice-captains will be asked to organise their respective houses for formal events during the day.

Points will be awarded for the following places………
1st – 10pts, 2nd - 8pts, 3rd - 6 pts, 4th - 4 pts, 5th - 2 pts, 6th and all finishers – 1 pts.

Double points for relays

Age Champions: The athlete with the most points in any Age Group will be declared the Age Champion.

Champion House: The house with the most points will be declared the Champion House.

Age Groups: An athlete ceases to be under 14 on the 31st December of the year in which he reaches the age of 14 years.

School Team: The school athletics team to compete at the GPS and CHS competition will be selected on the basis of performances at the school carnival, training sessions and the GPS invitational carnivals.

Lane Draws: Will be determined by Marshals for all Heats and Heat Finals. Lane draws for Semi-Finals and Finals will be based on times and announced by the Recorders.

100m Heats/Semi/Finals: The fastest 16 competitors will contest the Semi-Finals. The Fastest 8 will progress to the finals. No points will be awarded for places in Heats or Semis – entry points only.

200m Heats/Finals: The fastest 8 will progress to the Finals. No points will be awarded for placing in the Heats.

1500m, 800m, 400m Heat/Finals: These will be conducted as Heat Finals. Where there is more than one heat, placing will be determined on times. Athletes are advised to run these races to the clock as Heat speed may vary.

Relays: House relays will be conducted as 4×100m. House captains and vice-captains are asked to organise the house relays well in advance of the scheduled start.

Check out Moodle for the most up to date information on Athletics
Robert Devlin
MIC Athletics

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Annual Cross Country Carnival

Sydney Boys High School
1.15 - 3.00 pm 
Friday 8th April, 2011
Bat & Ball, Mount Steele
Ms Dam, Mr Kesting

Cross Country Student Information on

Your son will be dismissed earlier than usual on Friday 8th April 2011


1.25 pm 17+ & OPENS 3 km 3 Loops
1.40 pm 16 years 3 km 3 Loops
1.55 pm 15 years 3 km 3 Loops
2.10 pm 14 years 2 km 2 Loops
2.20 pm 13 years 2 km 2 Loops
2.30 pm 12 years 2 km 2 Loops

After the Athletics Carnival, students are to walk back to school.

Students are to cross the road at lights only.

A BBQ lunch will be available for students to purchase prior to commencement of the Cross Country Carnival. It will be held outside the Gym.

Stay in school grounds, then move over to the venue when the bell rings. When your race is called go to the starting area whether you are running or not. Non runners will stay in the starting area until directed to move by the Marshals At the finish you will be given a place ticket. If you are in the first 15 places you go to the first 15 table to have your position recorded, then proceed to your House Roll Table. All runners to proceed with finish ticket to your House Roll Table. Tell the teacher your name, roll class and finishing position After the race you will be dismissed by a teacher.

NON RUNNERS will have their attendance recorded at a separate table.

Everyone attends.
You must run in shoes.
Stay on the course and follow directions from course marshals.
Spectators must stay within 20m of Cleveland St and are not permitted on the course.
Winning house determined by the lowest total of the first ten runners to finish.
To qualify for the Award scheme you must compete & finish.
Top ten runners will comprise the provisional school team to compete at the zone.
Only the first 15 places will be timed.
Cross Country Champions will be selected from this event.
Any MIC ruling is final.

Additional Info:
The School Cross Country is the first qualifying event within the CHS Competition.
The first 10 runners for each age division will make up the school team for the Eastern Suburbs Zone Carnival.
The first 10 runners at the Zone Carnival will compete at the Sydney East Regional Carnival and the first 10 runners from Regional Carnival go on to the NSW All Schools Carnival.

You are also invited to join the Sydney High GPS Cross Country Team. GPS Cross Country is a Winter Sport and three age divisions (U14, U16, Opens) compete on Saturday mornings. The season spans across terms 2 and 3 and involves 11 Saturday morning carnivals. All are welcome to join.

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Football: The Onion Bag

New SHS Football Strip

The second and final stage of the phasing in of the new football uniform will take place this year. All players (other than the 1st and 2nd grade teams) will be required to wear the new uniform.

Uniforms are to be purchased from the High store.

Note: The first trial match this season is scheduled for Saturday, 30th of April. Make sure that you have your new strip by this date.

Permission note and letter to parents

A note will be sent home this week as part of the registration process for the football program. Please ensure that note is filled out correctly and returned by the date required.

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Sydney High Water Polo

Thomas Whalan Cup – Round 3

Opens v Saint Ignatius College
Lost 16 - 1
It was a testing match up in our last water polo game, but the result did not reflect the positive season to end 3 years of High water polo for most of our team. GPS representative Brendan Hancock scored in every game, Jeremy Dobrowolski outswum dozens twice his size, and keeper Ashwin Rudder consistently played to the high level demanded. With 2 successful years of experience going into this season, our team was taken over by supercoach Lachlan Hollis who provided the structure and strategy needed in the Opens competition. Every team member increased his training and contributed significantly each Saturday. Our success was shown in finishing 5th on the GPS/CAS table, and a victory over Sydney Tech in the CHS knockout was again a highlight to the year. I would like to thank Ms Evans on behalf of the team for a memorable sporting season.
Samuel Beston

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Phillip J Day Scholarship Dinner

You are invited to the

Phillip J Day Scholarship Dinner

Time: 7.00 pm on 31 May 2011
Venue: Great Hall
RSVP: 26 May 2011

Host: Daniel McPherson, Class of 1997 (Host of Dancing with the Stars, City Homicide and The Bill)

Speaker: Tom Cusbert, Class of 2002, University Medallist (2008)

(a corporate, tax deductible professional learning opportunity) $60 per head

The Phillip J Day Scholarship Dinner RSVP form is available 
in the PDF version of this edition of High Notes.

Enquiries: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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Junior Dance

Dear Year 7/8/9 Parents,

There will be a school dance for Year 7/8/9 students held in the School Hall, Sydney Girls High School on Monday, 4th April from 7:00 pm - 1 0:00 pm. This function is only for CURRENT students at Sydney Boys and Sydney Girls. No other people will be permitted.

Staff and security guards will provide supervision and students will only be allowed to leave before 10:00 pm if we can contact parents for permission. Drinks and chips will be on sale in the Cleveland Quadrangle. Students will be allowed to go into the Cleveland Quad from the School Hall and all this area will be secure.

We do request that parents are prompt to collect their daughter/son at 10:00 pm. Boys are to be collected in the Boys School Car Park and girls in the Girls School so as to reduce congestion. Please do not allow them to make their own way home at this time of night.

Students need to be fully aware of the expectations we have for them regarding acceptable behaviour. Should any incident occur parents will be contacted to collect their child. The NSW Department of Education Guidelines are the framework for conduct of this, and all other social events.

Please contact Mr Thomsen (Sydney Girls High School) or Mr Barris (Sydney Boys High School) if you need clarification.

We look forward to a successful evening.

Best wishes,

Ms Andrea Connell
Sydney Girls High School

Dr Kim Jaggar
Sydney Boys High School

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